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2nd Aug '16 2:05:58 AM PaulA
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* King Jakoven in Creator/PatriciaBriggs' ''Hurog'' series built the Asylum specifically to lock up his brother Kellen, having been warned in a prophecy that it would be a very bad idea to kill his brother. While it's common knowledge that he's in there, most of the common people seem to have bought the idea that he's genuinely nuts, rather than unjustly imprisoned.

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* King Jakoven in Creator/PatriciaBriggs' ''Hurog'' ''Literature/{{Hurog}}'' series built the Asylum specifically to lock up his brother Kellen, having been warned in a prophecy that it would be a very bad idea to kill his brother. While it's common knowledge that he's in there, most of the common people seem to have bought the idea that he's genuinely nuts, rather than unjustly imprisoned.
27th Jul '16 1:35:58 AM PaulA
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* In Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''A Wizard of Earthsea'', Ged meets two people alone on a desert island, barely capable of understanding human speech. In ''The Tombs of Atuan'' Tenar explains that they were the last children of a royal line, and the God-Emperor was afraid to kill them, since they had RoyalBlood, so he abandoned them there, very young. Subverted in that Ged did not rescue them; in fact, they were terrified at the prospect of leaving their island.
** Notably, they were put to sea when they were children and were now at least middle aged. Royal blood clearly included excellent survival instincts, but they were a bit past their "crown by" date. The God-Emperor may have been cautious, but his grip on power was quiet definitely cemented when he had them exiled.

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* In Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''A Wizard of Earthsea'', ''Literature/AWizardOfEarthsea'', Ged meets two people alone on a desert island, barely capable of understanding human speech. In ''The Tombs of Atuan'' ''Literature/TheTombsOfAtuan'' Tenar explains that they were the last children of a royal line, and the God-Emperor was afraid to kill them, since they had RoyalBlood, so he abandoned them there, very young. Subverted in that Ged did not rescue them; in fact, they were terrified at the prospect of leaving their island.
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island, which they were put to sea when had lived on alone since they were children and were now at least middle aged. Royal blood clearly included excellent survival instincts, but they were a bit past their "crown by" date. The God-Emperor may have been cautious, but his grip on power was quiet definitely cemented when he had them exiled.
4th Jul '16 11:35:20 AM nombretomado
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* In the second Franchise/{{Bionicle}} movie, [[spoiler: Lhikan]] gets this treatment, down to the [[VisualPun mask]]. Weird but funny in hindsight, because most characters wear masks ''anyway''. The character in question actually ''complied'' with the treatment to be able to train three of the Toa Metru. [[spoiler: It turns out he could have escaped at any time.]]

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* In the second Franchise/{{Bionicle}} WesternAnimation/{{Bionicle}} movie, [[spoiler: Lhikan]] gets this treatment, down to the [[VisualPun mask]]. Weird but funny in hindsight, because most characters wear masks ''anyway''. The character in question actually ''complied'' with the treatment to be able to train three of the Toa Metru. [[spoiler: It turns out he could have escaped at any time.]]
12th Jun '16 1:45:46 PM Unversed333
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* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'' Zoom has someone in an iron mask kept in a prison cell on Earth-2.

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* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'' Zoom has someone a man in an iron mask kept in a prison cell on Earth-2.Earth-2. The man is later revealed to be Jay Garrick the Flash of Earth 3 as well as the doppelganger of Barry's father.
4th May '16 5:15:34 AM Dolphinjamez
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* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'' Zoom has someone in an iron mask kept in a prison cell on Earth-2.
29th Mar '16 6:58:13 PM WillKeaton
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* Ivan VI Antonovich Romanov, an [[UsefulNotes/TsarTsarAutocrats Emperor of Russia]]. Crowned when he was one year old, after his great-aunt Empress Anna Ioannovna the Bloody died. Deposed by Elizabeth of Russia, who thought that, as the daughter of UsefulNotes/PeterTheGreat, she has a better claim to the throne, one year later. Grew up in prison, understandably strange and lacking in education, but knowing well who he was. One disgruntled, plotting Guards officer in UsefulNotes/CatherineTheGreat 's times tried to free Ivan Romanov and reinstate him on the throne. It ended in both Ivan and the guardsman killed.

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* Ivan VI Antonovich Romanov, an [[UsefulNotes/TsarTsarAutocrats Emperor of Russia]]. Crowned when he was one year old, after his great-aunt Empress Anna Ioannovna the Bloody died. Deposed by Elizabeth of Russia, who thought that, as the daughter of UsefulNotes/PeterTheGreat, she has a better claim to the throne, one year later. Grew up in prison, understandably strange and lacking in education, but knowing well who he was. One disgruntled, plotting Guards officer in UsefulNotes/CatherineTheGreat 's UsefulNotes/CatherineTheGreat's times tried to free Ivan Romanov and reinstate him on the throne. It ended in both Ivan and the guardsman killed.
29th Mar '16 6:57:29 PM WillKeaton
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Has [[spoiler: Princess Cadence, who was imprisoned in some sort of crystal mine while Chrysalis, Queen of the changelings, took her place. Twilight sparkle then gets thrown into the same place and breaks her out]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Has [[spoiler: Princess Cadence, who was imprisoned in some sort of crystal mine while Chrysalis, Queen of the changelings, took her place. Twilight sparkle Sparkle then gets thrown into the same place and breaks her out]].
29th Mar '16 6:54:32 PM WillKeaton
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* His imprisonment -- quite possibly his very existence or the very fact that he is alive -- is a secret hidden from most the guards and/or the people at large
* Releasing the prisoner would put the overlord's reign (or plans to reign) in jeopardy

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* His imprisonment -- quite possibly his very existence or the very fact that he is alive -- is a secret hidden from most of the guards and/or the people at large
large;
* Releasing the prisoner would put the overlord's reign (or plans to reign) in jeopardy
jeopardy.
28th Mar '16 9:17:35 PM TheBigBopper
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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Late in the ''Golden Age Arc'', [[spoiler:The King of Midland imprisons Griffith in a dungeon under torture as punishment for deflowering his daughter, even though the mere fact that Griffith is alive represents a threat of rebellion from the Band of the Hawk. At least the King tries to prevent that from happening by preemptively outlawing Griffith's followers and ordering Midland's army to wipe them out. The king keeps the place of Griffith's imprisonment and the nature of his crime a secret to avoid losing face and to make sure that Griffith doesn't escape, telling the guards he'll kill them and their families if they breathe a word about it. Of course, the Hawks do manage to break Griffith out of prison a year later]], and for bonus points they find that his captors had literally put him in a locked iron mask that concealed [[TakeOurWordForIt the horrible things the torturer had done to his face]].
7th Feb '16 10:26:33 AM nombretomado
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* In some versions of ''Myth/RobinHood'', John claims to be raising money to free [[UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionHeart King Richard]] returning from TheCrusades, but in reality is using the money to stay in power.

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* In some versions of ''Myth/RobinHood'', John claims to be raising money to free [[UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionHeart King Richard]] returning from TheCrusades, UsefulNotes/TheCrusades, but in reality is using the money to stay in power.
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