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3rd Mar '17 6:30:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/{{Unthinkable}}'': Samuel L. Jackson plays an interrogator specialized in EnhancedInterrogationTechniques who is called in by his CIA handlers to torture the whereabouts of hidden nuclear bombs in the United States out of a muslim American terrorist. The ''first'' thing he does is to violently hack off his captive's thumb, prompting a WhatTheHellHero reaction from his colleagues. He later proceeds to do remove the nails from the rest of his fingers.
28th Feb '17 6:58:43 PM Willbyr
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25th Feb '17 11:55:27 AM nombretomado
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* In ''Film/TheTourist'', the BigBad threatens AngelinaJolie's character with this after she is captured.

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* In ''Film/TheTourist'', the BigBad threatens AngelinaJolie's Creator/AngelinaJolie's character with this after she is captured.
22nd Oct '16 8:30:45 AM StFan
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[[folder: Anime, Manga, and Light Novels]]
* [[PsychoForHire Claire]] from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' does this to one of Ladd Russo's men, Dune. Claire being the [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill master of overkill that he is]], doesn't simply cut off digits, but rather pulls him under a moving train and slowly grinds his arm off on the rails until he starts talking.
** Claire likes doing this in general--hence the horrific condition of the corpses left behind by the Flying Pussyfoot. And when one of his victims claims that he's been through enough torture to be immune to it, [[UpToEleven Claire informs him that he can do far worse yet.]]
* ''{{Weiss Kreuz}}''. In one of the drama [=CDs=], Birman is interrogated this way - by the time Weiss manages to rescue her, she only had enough fingers to pick up a gun [[spoiler: and shoot herself]].

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* [[PsychoForHire Claire]] from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' does this to one of Ladd Russo's men, Dune. Claire being the [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill master of overkill that he is]], doesn't simply cut off digits, but rather pulls him under a moving train and slowly grinds his arm off on the rails until he starts talking.
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talking. Claire likes doing this in general--hence general -- hence the horrific condition of the corpses left behind by the Flying Pussyfoot. And when one of his victims claims that he's been through enough torture to be immune to it, [[UpToEleven Claire informs him that he can do far worse yet.]]
* ''{{Weiss Kreuz}}''.''Anime/WeissKreuz''. In one of the drama [=CDs=], Birman is interrogated this way - by the time Weiss manages to rescue her, she only had enough fingers to pick up a gun [[spoiler: and shoot herself]].



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* In ''Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX'' story-arc "Up Is Down and Black Is White", Frank and some friends have SmugSnake Rawlins tied up in a motel room and are trying to think of how to get him to talk. Frank is left alone with him and...
--> '''O'Brien:''' What'd you do to Rawlins?
--> '''Frank Castle:''' Took an eye out of him.
--> '''O'Brien:''' ...well, why fuck around when you don't have to.

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* ''Comicbook/ThePunisher'':
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In ''Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX'' story-arc "Up Is Down and Black Is White", Frank and some friends have SmugSnake Rawlins tied up in a motel room and are trying to think of how to get him to talk. Frank is left alone with him and...
--> '''O'Brien:''' --->'''O'Brien:''' What'd you do to Rawlins?
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Rawlins?\\
'''Frank Castle:''' Took an eye out of him.
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him.\\
'''O'Brien:''' ...well, why fuck around when you don't have to.



* [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Black Mask]] likes to use this trope, drills, irons (as in clothes irons, with the steam and the hurting and the [[TheSimpsons OH GLAYVEN]]. His ... interrogation partners end up looking a whole less pretty than they used to be..

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* [[Franchise/{{Batman}} ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'': Black Mask]] Mask likes to use this trope, drills, irons (as in clothes irons, with the steam and the hurting and the [[TheSimpsons [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons OH GLAYVEN]]. His ... interrogation partners end up looking a whole less pretty than they used to be..



* This happened to Luca from ''Webcomic/TheMeek'', and as a result his fingers still don't work right, years later. As he put it, "It took them seven fingers to figure out that I didn't know anything."






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* Happens in the Literature/ArtemisFowl fanfic "Within Temptation" (not to be confused with the symphonic metal band of the same name).

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* Happens in the Literature/ArtemisFowl ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' fanfic "Within Temptation" (not to be confused with the symphonic metal band of the same name).



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* Played for laughs in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' when the Gingerbread Man gets both of his legs broken of and his head dipped into a glass with milk. Lord Farquaad then crushes one of the legs in his hands, but the other leg is later reattached with frosting, making it neccessary for Gingy to walk with a candy cane.

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* Played for laughs in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' when the Gingerbread Man gets both of his legs broken of and his head dipped into a glass with milk. Lord Farquaad then crushes one of the legs in his hands, but the other leg is later reattached with frosting, making it neccessary necessary for Gingy to walk with a candy cane.



--> '''Soviet Agent:''' ''For every question you do not answer, I cut off a finger...''
--> '''Fitz-Hume:''' ''Mine, or yours?''

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--> '''Soviet -->'''Soviet Agent:''' ''For For every question you do not answer, I cut off a finger...''
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'''Fitz-Hume:''' ''Mine, Mine, or yours?''yours?



* In the film noir/lesbian romance ''Film/{{Bound 1996}}'', a mobster steals a couple of million dollars from his employers. Despite a savage beating, he refuses to tell them where he's hidden it. Then one of the mobsters produces pruning shears, holds the guy's hands over a toilet bowl, and says: "I'm going to ask you ten times."

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* In the film noir/lesbian romance ''Film/{{Bound 1996}}'', ''Film/{{Bound|1996}}'', a mobster steals a couple of million dollars from his employers. Despite a savage beating, he refuses to tell them where he's hidden it. Then one of the mobsters produces pruning shears, holds the guy's hands over a toilet bowl, and says: "I'm going to ask you ten times."



* In ''Film/{{Oldboy 2003}}'', the protagonist Oh Dae-su tracks down the illegal holding facility where he was kept for 15 years after being kidnapped off the streets. Dae-su asks the warden who paid him to hold him, and when the warden doesn't answer he duct tapes him to his chair. He then uses his claw hammer to pry out the man's teeth one at a time, telling him that he owes him one tooth for each year of his life that was stolen from him. After about 7 or so, he gives the warden a chance to talk, with the implication that he'll continue through with all 15 if he doesn't.

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* In ''Film/{{Oldboy 2003}}'', ''Film/{{Oldboy|2003}}'', the protagonist Oh Dae-su tracks down the illegal holding facility where he was kept for 15 years after being kidnapped off the streets. Dae-su asks the warden who paid him to hold him, and when the warden doesn't answer he duct tapes him to his chair. He then uses his claw hammer to pry out the man's teeth one at a time, telling him that he owes him one tooth for each year of his life that was stolen from him. After about 7 or so, he gives the warden a chance to talk, with the implication that he'll continue through with all 15 if he doesn't.



* Played for laughs in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' when Dark Helmet threatens to have a surgeon give Princess Vespa a hideous nose job if her father doesn't give the access code to Drudia's shields. Even funnier in that this is stated to be the ''original'' appearance of her nose before having some work done. CrossesTheLineTwice when you remember the line "Funny, [[IncrediblyLamePun she doesn't]] ''[[IncrediblyLamePun look]]'' [[IncrediblyLamePun Druish]]."

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* Played for laughs in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' when Dark Helmet threatens to have a surgeon give Princess Vespa a hideous nose job if her father doesn't give the access code to Drudia's shields. Even funnier in that this is stated to be the ''original'' appearance of her nose before having some work done. CrossesTheLineTwice when you remember the line "Funny, [[IncrediblyLamePun she doesn't]] ''[[IncrediblyLamePun look]]'' [[IncrediblyLamePun Druish]].doesn't ''look'' Druish."



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* Mentioned in ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy The Vampire Slayer]]'', the first time Angel loses his soul and goes evil. Angelus expresses a desire to use chainsaws in his interrogation of Giles, but never actually progresses to that point.
-->'''Giles:''' You must perform the ritual... in a tutu. [[DefiantToTheEnd Pillock!]]
-->'''Angelus:''' All right. Someone get the chainsaw.
-->'''Spike:''' Now, now, don't let's lose our temper.
-->'''Angelus:''' Keep out of it, sit n' spin.
-->'''Spike:''' Look, if you cut him up, you'll never get your answers.
* Happens to [[Series/{{Alias}} Sydney Bristow]] in the pilot episode Truth Be Told - with teeth. She ends up losing her number 5 right molar (not a visible tooth usually, because BeautyIsNeverTarnished).
* [[GenderFlip Gender Flipped]] by ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Ana-Lucia threatens to cut off Nathan's finger unless he confesses to being an Other. However, this threat causes the ''real'' Other to kill Nathan and make it look like he got away.

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* Mentioned in ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy The Vampire Slayer]]'', ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', the first time Angel loses his soul and goes evil. Angelus expresses a desire to use chainsaws in his interrogation of Giles, but never actually progresses to that point.
-->'''Giles:''' You must perform the ritual... in a tutu. [[DefiantToTheEnd Pillock!]]
-->'''Angelus:'''
Pillock!]]\\
'''Angelus:'''
All right. Someone get the chainsaw.
-->'''Spike:'''
chainsaw.\\
'''Spike:'''
Now, now, don't let's lose our temper.
-->'''Angelus:'''
temper.\\
'''Angelus:'''
Keep out of it, sit n' spin.
-->'''Spike:'''
spin.\\
'''Spike:'''
Look, if you cut him up, you'll never get your answers.
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'': Happens to [[Series/{{Alias}} Sydney Bristow]] Bristow in the pilot episode Truth "Truth Be Told - Told" -- with teeth. She ends up losing her number 5 right molar (not a visible tooth usually, because BeautyIsNeverTarnished).
* [[GenderFlip Gender Flipped]] by ''Series/{{Lost}}'': ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
** {{Gender Flip}}ped:
Ana-Lucia threatens to cut off Nathan's finger unless he confesses to being an Other. However, this threat causes the ''real'' Other to kill Nathan and make it look like he got away.



* [[{{Series/Firefly}} Jayne]] threatens mole Dobson with this in order to find out how much the Alliance knows from the transmission he sent. A spooked Dobson immediately blurts that the Alliance knows everything, leading a disappointed Jayne to deduce that they know nothing. "Was gonna get me an ear, too."

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* [[{{Series/Firefly}} Jayne]] ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** Jayne
threatens mole Dobson with this in order to find out how much the Alliance knows from the transmission he sent. A spooked Dobson immediately blurts that the Alliance knows everything, leading a disappointed Jayne to deduce that they know nothing. "Was gonna get me an ear, too."



* In the TV adaptation of ''CasinoRoyale1954'' in ''Climax!'', the ball-whacking is [[ExecutiveMeddling substituted out]] for Bond's toenails being painfully pulled out.

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* In the TV adaptation of ''CasinoRoyale1954'' ''Literature/CasinoRoyale'' from 1954, in ''Climax!'', "Climax!" the ball-whacking is [[ExecutiveMeddling substituted out]] for Bond's toenails being painfully pulled out.



* This happened to Luca from ''Webcomic/TheMeek'', and as a result his fingers still don't work right, years later. As he put it, "It took them seven fingers to figure out that I didn't know anything."



9th Aug '16 11:16:01 PM PaulA
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* This turns out to be the reason [[{{Dragaera}} Vlad Taltos]] is missing a finger in the later books: he got caught by a TortureTechnician in ''Jhegaala''.

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* This In the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' novels, this turns out to be the reason [[{{Dragaera}} Vlad Taltos]] Taltos is missing a finger in the later books: he got caught by a TortureTechnician in ''Jhegaala''.''Literature/{{Jhegaala}}''.
20th Jun '16 2:48:46 PM Morgenthaler
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* This trope happens in one of the later ''AnitaBlake'' books, where Anita threatens to cut the fingers off of a henchman when he doesn't tell her where Richard's mother and brother are. He loses one finger before he talks.
* Another inversion in ''The High King's Tomb'', third book in the ''GreenRider'' series. In this one, a female interrogator does this to an evil henchman who had ''already'' lost one hand. To top it off, [[ItsPersonal this same henchman had driven the interrogator's brother to suicide]] by blaming him for an incident that made their sadistic master cut off ''both'' hands.

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* This trope happens in one of the later ''AnitaBlake'' ''Literature/AnitaBlake'' books, where Anita threatens to cut the fingers off of a henchman when he doesn't tell her where Richard's mother and brother are. He loses one finger before he talks.
* Another inversion in ''The High King's Tomb'', third book in the ''GreenRider'' ''Literature/GreenRider'' series. In this one, a female interrogator does this to an evil henchman who had ''already'' lost one hand. To top it off, [[ItsPersonal this same henchman had driven the interrogator's brother to suicide]] by blaming him for an incident that made their sadistic master cut off ''both'' hands.
20th Jun '16 2:48:23 PM Morgenthaler
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** There's also the scene in the film ''Film/ThePunisher2004'' in which Castle chains up a man in his room and proceeds to go into a lengthy explanation about how torture via blowtorch basically has you smelling your own flesh cooking before feeling cold from the nerve endings being fried, before letting the soon-to-be tortured man catch a glimpse of a blowtorch and letting him have it. [[spoiler:Subverted ultimately because Castle never did blowtorch the guy. He only cooked a slab of meat (hence the "smell your own flesh cooking" bit) and poked the man in the back with a Popsicle. The result was that the man ''thought'' he was being burned to death and spilled his guts only to be released unharmed.]]


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* There's the scene in the film ''Film/ThePunisher2004'' in which Castle chains up a man in his room and proceeds to go into a lengthy explanation about how torture via blowtorch basically has you smelling your own flesh cooking before feeling cold from the nerve endings being fried, before letting the soon-to-be tortured man catch a glimpse of a blowtorch and letting him have it. [[spoiler:Subverted ultimately because Castle never did blowtorch the guy. He only cooked a slab of meat (hence the "smell your own flesh cooking" bit) and poked the man in the back with a Popsicle. The result was that the man ''thought'' he was being burned to death and spilled his guts only to be released unharmed.]]
10th Jun '16 10:28:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* Multiply inverted in DeanKoontz' novel ''Sole Survivor''; agents of a secret conspiracy threaten to do this to a flight controller's son if she doesn't keep quiet about what she heard on a black-box recording. Worse, her son will be told that she could save him by cooperating, but in fact they'll keep cutting regardless of what she does, once they've started.

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* Multiply inverted in DeanKoontz' Creator/DeanKoontz' novel ''Sole Survivor''; agents of a secret conspiracy threaten to do this to a flight controller's son if she doesn't keep quiet about what she heard on a black-box recording. Worse, her son will be told that she could save him by cooperating, but in fact they'll keep cutting regardless of what she does, once they've started.
4th Jun '16 4:09:24 PM nombretomado
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* In Don Pendletons ''TheExecutioner'' series of books, the mafia have interrogators that turn people into "Turkeys" by taking several days to slowly carve them up. The first two cuts are to remove the eyelids.

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* In Don Pendletons ''TheExecutioner'' ''Literature/TheExecutioner'' series of books, the mafia have interrogators that turn people into "Turkeys" by taking several days to slowly carve them up. The first two cuts are to remove the eyelids.
3rd Apr '16 7:30:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the film noir/lesbian romance ''Film/{{Bound}}'', a mobster steals a couple of million dollars from his employers. Despite a savage beating, he refuses to tell them where he's hidden it. Then one of the mobsters produces pruning shears, holds the guy's hands over a toilet bowl, and says: "I'm going to ask you ten times."

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* In the film noir/lesbian romance ''Film/{{Bound}}'', ''Film/{{Bound 1996}}'', a mobster steals a couple of million dollars from his employers. Despite a savage beating, he refuses to tell them where he's hidden it. Then one of the mobsters produces pruning shears, holds the guy's hands over a toilet bowl, and says: "I'm going to ask you ten times."
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