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28th Nov '16 4:57:29 AM StFan
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->''"I've done far worse than kill you, admiral. I've '''hurt''' you. And I wish to go on... '''Hurting''' you. I shall leave you as you left me - as you left her. Marooned for all eternity in the center of a dead planet. Buried alive... Buried alive!"''

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->''"I've done far worse than kill you, admiral. I've '''hurt''' you. And I wish to go on... '''Hurting''' you. I shall leave you as you left me - -- as you left her. Marooned for all eternity in the center of a dead planet. Buried alive... Buried alive!"''


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11th Nov '16 9:20:55 PM Odacon_Spy
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* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', the acting troupe manages to stumble into an oubliette. The traitor asks if anyone knows how to get out and then, when everyone answers in the negative, escapes via grapple gun.


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* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', the acting troupe manages to stumble into an oubliette. The traitor asks if anyone knows how to get out and then, when everyone answers in the negative, escapes via grapple gun.
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5th Nov '16 9:41:16 PM ergeis
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* ''Series/ZeroEscape'' series. In Virtue's Last Reward, 9 people are trapped in a warehouse not knowing the exact location. They are forced to play a game where they need 9 points to open a door that leads outside. However, the door only opens once and once it closes, it stays closed forever trapping whoever didn't make it out[[note]]Leaving before accumulating 9 points is not an option either, as doing so will cause the device on their wrists to activate a toxin that would kill them[[/note]].
** In ''VideoGame/ZeroTimeDilemma'', 9 people are trapped in another warehouse in the middle of the desert. This time, the rule is that 6 people must die in order for the door to be opened and just like the prequel, the door only opens once and anyone who didn't leave are trapped.
11th Sep '16 8:27:23 PM WillBGood
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* In [[Franchise/MarvelUniverse Marvel]]'s ''Acts of Vengeance'' [[BatFamilyCrossover crossover]], Loki gathered several supervillains together for a scheme against ComicBook/TheAvengers. Among the group were the ComicBook/RedSkull and ComicBook/{{Magneto}}. The Red Skull was [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler's]] right hand man. Magneto is a Jewish survivor of ''the Holocaust''. So, in the ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' portion of the crossover, Magneto took the opportunity to [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome seal the Skull in a underground chamber with just enough water to survive, but no way to escape]]. The Skull is [[JokerImmunity eventually rescued]] by his henchman Crossbones.

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* In [[Franchise/MarvelUniverse Marvel]]'s ''Acts of Vengeance'' [[BatFamilyCrossover crossover]], Loki gathered several supervillains together for a scheme against ComicBook/TheAvengers. Among the group were the ComicBook/RedSkull and ComicBook/{{Magneto}}. The Red Skull was [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler's]] right hand man. Magneto is a Jewish survivor ''survivor of ''the the Holocaust''. So, in the ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' portion of the crossover, Magneto took the opportunity to [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome seal the Skull in a underground chamber with just enough water to survive, but no way to escape]]. The Skull is [[JokerImmunity eventually rescued]] by his henchman Crossbones.
9th Sep '16 7:16:59 PM Stinkoman87
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* In {{Archer}}, at one point Barry kidnaps Malory and locks her, BoundAndGagged, in an underground chamber with air provided by a pump. The rest of the main cast have to help him beofre she runs out of air. However, sine she's a RetiredBadass, her escape makes up the b plot of the episode.
22nd Aug '16 3:42:13 PM RaisenRhaasen
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* In "Literature/TheOnesWhoWalkAwayFromOmelas," in order for the titular town to remain a Utopia, [[PoweredByAForsakenChild one child]] [[TailorMadePrison must be locked away in a dark basement room]].

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* In "Literature/TheOnesWhoWalkAwayFromOmelas," ''Literature/TheOnesWhoWalkAwayFromOmelas,'' in order for the titular town to remain a Utopia, [[PoweredByAForsakenChild one child]] [[TailorMadePrison must be locked away in a dark basement room]].
9th Aug '16 2:02:07 AM PaulA
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* In ''[[Literature/{{Dragaera}} Issola]]'', Morrolan and Aliera are magically abducted by [[spoiler: the Jenonine]] and chained up in a room with no doors or windows, that turns out to be [[spoiler: on another world which the Jenonine are using to steal amorphia from theirs]].

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* In ''[[Literature/{{Dragaera}} Issola]]'', ''Literature/{{Issola}}'', Morrolan and Aliera are magically abducted by [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Jenonine]] and chained up in a room with no doors or windows, that turns out to be [[spoiler: on [[spoiler:on another world which the Jenonine are using to steal amorphia from theirs]].
31st Jul '16 9:59:40 PM X2X
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Also known as an {{Oubliette}}, the Sealed Room in the Middle Of Nowhere is the least dramatic {{Deathtrap}} of all. Not being an elaborate plan of disposing enemies, the sealed room is usually more of an opportunistic ploy -- the good guys have gone into an abandoned mine or ancient crypt or isolated cave of their own volition, and the villain just takes this lucky chance to seal them in forever. Of course, forever turns into the twenty minutes or so it takes the hero to find an alternate way out, or occasionally to be rescued. Sometimes the stakes are raised by having the room [[DrowningPit slowly fill with water]] or [[GasChamber gas]].

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Also known as an {{Oubliette}}, the Sealed Room in the Middle Of Nowhere is the least dramatic {{Deathtrap}} DeathTrap of all. Not being an elaborate plan of disposing enemies, the sealed room is usually more of an opportunistic ploy -- the good guys have gone into an abandoned mine or ancient crypt or isolated cave of their own volition, and the villain just takes this lucky chance to seal them in forever. Of course, forever turns into the twenty minutes or so it takes the hero to find an alternate way out, or occasionally to be rescued. Sometimes the stakes are raised by having the room [[DrowningPit slowly fill with water]] or [[GasChamber gas]].



Sometimes the tension of this {{Deathtrap}} is increased by use of a good old-fashioned [[SlowDoors slowly-sealing door]], which the good guys fail to squeeze through at the last second, or using a very small and unventilated space like a bank safe where the trappee will theoretically soon run out of air.

This trope might have roots in the [[Myth/GreekMythology Greek myth]] of Antigone, who performed funeral rites for her dead brother - a traitor to the state - and was sentenced to death by her uncle, King Creon. The death sentence was, simply, being sealed in a cave to die of hunger/dehydration. In the play by Sophocles, Creon later had regrets, but when he tried to let her out she had [[YouAreTooLate already hanged herself]] (It is a tragedy, what did you expect?).

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Sometimes the tension of this {{Deathtrap}} DeathTrap is increased by use of a good old-fashioned [[SlowDoors slowly-sealing door]], which the good guys fail to squeeze through at the last second, or using a very small and unventilated space like a bank safe where the trappee will theoretically soon run out of air.

This trope might have roots in the [[Myth/GreekMythology [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek myth]] of Antigone, who performed funeral rites for her dead brother - a traitor to the state - and was sentenced to death by her uncle, King Creon. The death sentence was, simply, being sealed in a cave to die of hunger/dehydration. In the play by Sophocles, Creon later had regrets, but when he tried to let her out she had [[YouAreTooLate already hanged herself]] (It is a tragedy, what did you expect?).



* In the {{Bowdlerized}} American dub of the 1st Movie to ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', [[TheChessmaster Clow Reed]] sealed his student (and former [[HotForStudent girlfriend)]] in an alternate dimension after she started practicing dark magic. Although she is long dead, her spirit is stuck in there, waiting for him to come back and set her free. [[FridgeHorror Whether or not he ever intended to do so and when is unknown.]] Sakura has to set her free and help her move on to the afterlife, as this (very) unfriendly ghost attacks her and her friends.

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* In the {{Bowdlerized}} {{Bowdlerize}}d American dub of the 1st Movie to ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', [[TheChessmaster Clow Reed]] sealed his student (and former [[HotForStudent girlfriend)]] girlfriend]]) in an alternate dimension after she started practicing dark magic. Although she is long dead, her spirit is stuck in there, waiting for him to come back and set her free. [[FridgeHorror Whether or not he ever intended to do so and when is unknown.]] Sakura has to set her free and help her move on to the afterlife, as this (very) unfriendly ghost attacks her and her friends.



* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', {{Hell}} (or TheUnderworld, depending on your translation) is this...inside of a pocketwatch.

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* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', {{Hell}} (or TheUnderworld, depending on your translation) is this... inside of a pocketwatch.



* Creator/MarvelComics' version of Loki was trapped by Odin in the Room Without Doors on the Island Of Silence ... until he managed to escape. His previous punishment had been being transformed into a tree [[AndIMustScream for a dozen centuries or so]].

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* Creator/MarvelComics' version of Loki was trapped by Odin in the Room Without Doors on the Island Of Silence ...of Silence... until he managed to escape. His previous punishment had been being transformed into a tree [[AndIMustScream for a dozen centuries or so]].



*** Keep in mind the DC Version was also written [[UsefulNotes/TheModernAgeOfComicBooks after it was realized that]] [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids Comics Are Not Just For Kids Any More]]. The Marvel version was done in TheSixties at the height of the [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]].

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*** Keep in mind the DC Version version was also written [[UsefulNotes/TheModernAgeOfComicBooks after it was realized that]] [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids Comics Are Not Just For Kids Any More]].comics are not just for kids anymore]]. The Marvel version was done in TheSixties at the height of the [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]].



* In Comicbook/SupermanRedSon, the Soviet Batman attempts to trap Comrade of Steel in a bunker permanently illuminated with Red Sun lamps. Due to circumstances beyond Batman's control, Superman manages to break free. Batman does get back at him, by screwing up his girlfriend and eroding his belief in humanity.
* IDW's run of the ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' series features Twilight and Fluttershy falling into an abandoned one of these in the first story arc. A trap like this is of course no problem for Fluttershy, a pegasus ... especially since Twilight just teleports them out anyway. Twilight helpfully defines the term 'oubliette' for the target audience.

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* In Comicbook/SupermanRedSon, ''Comicbook/SupermanRedSon'', the Soviet Batman attempts to trap Comrade of Steel in a bunker permanently illuminated with Red Sun lamps. Due to circumstances beyond Batman's control, Superman manages to break free. Batman does get back at him, by screwing up his girlfriend and eroding his belief in humanity.
* IDW's run of the ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' series features Twilight and Fluttershy falling into an abandoned one of these in the first story arc. A trap like this is of course no problem for Fluttershy, a pegasus ... especially since Twilight just teleports them out anyway. Twilight helpfully defines the term 'oubliette' for the target audience.



* The basement in Wrestling/{{WWE}} fanfic series ''Fanfic/MindTricks''.
* Occurs in [[AlternateUniverseFic alternate universe]] ''{{Series/Heroes}}'' fic ''Fanfic/{{Unmade}}''.
* In ''[[http://www.mediaminer.org/fanfic/view_ch.php?id=19769&cid=49552&submit=View The Legend of Link: Lucky Number 13]]'', as punishment for [[spoiler:ordering Link's people and family murdered ''just to get to him'']], Magi is chained in one of these for roughly a decade while insects devour his honey-covered, disembodied heart over and over again.

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* The basement in Wrestling/{{WWE}} fanfic series ''Fanfic/MindTricks''.
''FanFic/MindTricks''.
* Occurs in [[AlternateUniverseFic alternate universe]] ''{{Series/Heroes}}'' ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' fic ''Fanfic/{{Unmade}}''.
''FanFic/{{Unmade}}''.
* In ''[[http://www.mediaminer.org/fanfic/view_ch.php?id=19769&cid=49552&submit=View The Legend of Link: Lucky Number 13]]'', 13,]]'' as punishment for [[spoiler:ordering Link's people and family murdered ''just to get to him'']], Magi is chained in one of these for roughly a decade while insects devour his honey-covered, disembodied heart over and over again.



** The main plot arc of the original ''Film/SawI'', with a twist: the hostages are free to leave at any time, but they must ''[[LifeOrLimbDecision saw off their feet]]'' to do so. Adam winds up [[spoiler: getting sealed in the room at the end anyway.]]

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** The main plot arc of the original ''Film/SawI'', ''Film/{{Saw|I}}'', with a twist: the hostages are free to leave at any time, but they must ''[[LifeOrLimbDecision saw off their feet]]'' to do so. Adam winds up [[spoiler: getting [[spoiler:getting sealed in the room at the end anyway.]]



* The central concept in ''Film/FermatsRoom,'' combined with math riddles that activated deathtraps when not solved.

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* The central concept in ''Film/FermatsRoom,'' ''Film/FermatsRoom'', combined with math riddles that activated deathtraps when not solved.



** [[spoiler: In the end, it turns out that the room isn't exactly "in the middle of nowhere" - Oh Dae-su later uses the taste of the dumplings to work out the location of room, and then proceeds to beat the living shit out of his captors.]]

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** [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the end, it turns out that the room isn't exactly "in the middle of nowhere" - -- Oh Dae-su later uses the taste of the dumplings to work out the location of room, and then proceeds to beat the living shit out of his captors.]]



* In the short horror film, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wW4JiK7xN8 ''daughter'']], the main character, a mother, finds herself trapped in a dreamlike version of her own house where darkly surreal things happen. [[spoiler: It turns out this place is an IronicHell where the mother is trapped for all eternity as punishment for taking her own--and her daughter's--life. Also, it's implied that all of Hell is composed of Sealed Rooms In The Middle of Nowhere, where each condemned person receives a punishment exclusively tailored to them.]]
* ''Film/TheCall'' ends with [[spoiler: the villain locked up and left alone in his own well-hidden TortureCellar]].

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* In the short horror film, [[https://www.''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wW4JiK7xN8 ''daughter'']], daughter,]]'' the main character, a mother, finds herself trapped in a dreamlike version of her own house where darkly surreal things happen. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It turns out this place is an IronicHell where the mother is trapped for all eternity as punishment for taking her own--and her daughter's--life. Also, it's implied that all of Hell is composed of Sealed Rooms In The in the Middle of Nowhere, where each condemned person receives a punishment exclusively tailored to them.]]
* ''Film/TheCall'' ends with [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the villain locked up and left alone in his own well-hidden TortureCellar]].



* This trope is well encountered in Nordic folklore. A traitor - usually a young lady who has fallen in love with an enemy warlord - is masoned inside a castle or town wall as punishment for her treason and left to die of starvation. This trope is present at Castle Olavinlinna in Finland, town of Visby in Sweden, Castle Kuressaare and Põlva in Estonia and town of Haapsalu in Estonia.

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* This trope is well encountered in [[Myth/NorseMythology Nordic folklore. folklore]]. A traitor - -- usually a young lady who has fallen in love with an enemy warlord - -- is masoned inside a castle or town wall as punishment for her treason and left to die of starvation. This trope is present at Castle Olavinlinna in Finland, town of Visby in Sweden, Castle Kuressaare and Põlva in Estonia and town of Haapsalu in Estonia.



* ''The Girl in the Box'' has the eponymous girl kidnapped and locked in a dark cellar for no apparent reason. The novel consists of her writing her story and pleas for help on an old typewriter in the cellar as she begins to run out of food and water. [[spoiler: And we're not even given the benefit of a happy ending. She dies there.]]

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* ''The Girl in the Box'' has the eponymous girl kidnapped and locked in a dark cellar for no apparent reason. The novel consists of her writing her story and pleas for help on an old typewriter in the cellar as she begins to run out of food and water. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And we're not even given the benefit of a happy ending. She dies there.]]



* This is what happens if a Vacuole splits off from the Pattern in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' - or at least, it is one of the possible outcomes.
* The entire cast of Creator/ChuckPalahniuk's book ''[[Literature/{{Haunted 2005}} Haunted]]'' is trapped in a particularly dangerous version. And it's stated that they're not the first to have been trapped there either...
** Trapped yes, but the room is not all that dangerous (aside from the moldy upholstery). [[spoiler: All the danger comes from the deranged psyches of the trapped individuals who convince themselves that when(if) they are rescued, they'll get more attention if they're in the worst possible situation. They proceed to torture themselves and destroy all of their food supplies so as to have the best story.]]

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* This is what happens if a Vacuole splits off from the Pattern in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' - -- or at least, it is one of the possible outcomes.
* The entire cast of Creator/ChuckPalahniuk's book ''[[Literature/{{Haunted 2005}} Haunted]]'' ''Literature/{{Haunted|2005}}'' is trapped in a particularly dangerous version. And it's stated that they're not the first to have been trapped there either...
** Trapped yes, but the room is not all that dangerous (aside from the moldy upholstery). [[spoiler: All [[spoiler:All the danger comes from the deranged psyches of the trapped individuals who convince themselves that when(if) they are rescued, they'll get more attention if they're in the worst possible situation. They proceed to torture themselves and destroy all of their food supplies so as to have the best story.]]



** King also did this in a short story, called (appropriately) "[[Literature/JustAfterSunset A Very Tight Place]]". The room? A steel-plated, overturned, and uncleaned port-a-toilet located on a long-abandoned construction site.

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** King also did this in a short story, called (appropriately) "[[Literature/JustAfterSunset A Very Tight Place]]". Place]]." The room? A steel-plated, overturned, and uncleaned port-a-toilet located on a long-abandoned construction site.



* In "Literature/TheOnesWhoWalkAwayFromOmelas", in order for the titular town to remain a Utopia, [[PoweredByAForsakenChild one child]] [[TailorMadePrison must be locked away in a dark basement room]].

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* In "Literature/TheOnesWhoWalkAwayFromOmelas", "Literature/TheOnesWhoWalkAwayFromOmelas," in order for the titular town to remain a Utopia, [[PoweredByAForsakenChild one child]] [[TailorMadePrison must be locked away in a dark basement room]].



* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', [[spoiler: [[SixthRangerTraitor David]]]] is tricked into ModeLock as a rat to remove him as a threat and because TheHeart of the team believed it to be a better alternative than killing him. The process of mode locking was two hours cramped to be sure he couldn't change forms. This rather quickly and apparently becomes a FateWorseThanDeath. The whole two hours, he's pleading, screaming, and threatening the "[[WhatTheHellHero heroes]]" to free him through [[{{Telepathy}} thought speak]], now his ''only'' means of communication. To be ''completely'' sure he's out of the way[[note]]there are ways to escape his fate, one of which is actually granted to him[[/note]], they have to maroon him on an island until his rat form dies. He's still screaming, and his thought speak can be heard by passing boats for ''years'', haunting the island. But no one can do anything to help him, short of literal DeusExMachina.
* In the NamelessDetective novel ''Shackles'', Nameless is kidnapped and transported to a remote cabin where he is shackled to the wall. He is left with food and water to keep him alive for a certain number of days, after which he will start to dehydrate and starve.

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* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', [[spoiler: [[SixthRangerTraitor [[spoiler:[[SixthRangerTraitor David]]]] is tricked into a ModeLock as a rat both to remove him as a threat and because TheHeart of the team believed it to be a better alternative than killing him. The process of mode locking was two hours cramped to be sure he couldn't change forms. This rather quickly and apparently becomes a FateWorseThanDeath. The whole two hours, he's pleading, screaming, and threatening the "[[WhatTheHellHero heroes]]" to free him through [[{{Telepathy}} thought speak]], now his ''only'' means of communication. To be ''completely'' sure he's out of the way[[note]]there are ways to escape his fate, one of which is actually granted to him[[/note]], they have to maroon him on an island until his rat form dies. He's still screaming, and his thought speak can be heard by passing boats for ''years'', haunting the island. But no one can do anything to help him, short of literal DeusExMachina.
* In the NamelessDetective Nameless Detective novel ''Shackles'', Nameless is kidnapped and transported to a remote cabin where he is shackled to the wall. He is left with food and water to keep him alive for a certain number of days, after which he will start to dehydrate and starve.



* Creator/JorgeLuisBorges's "The Two Kings and the Two Labyrinths" deconstructs this trope: The Prideful King of Babylon mocks the King of Arabia by forcing him to enter his BigLabyrinthineBuilding. The King of Arabia asks for God's help, [[DeusExMachina and gets out]]. He tells the King of Babylon he knows a ''simpler, better'' SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere and some day he will show it to him. Years later, [[spoiler: The Arabian King [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge makes war and dethrones the King of Babylon]], [[CrossingTheDesert cross with him the Arabian desert]] and abandons the King of Babylon there, [[ThirstyDesert where he died from thirst and hunger]] ]].

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* Creator/JorgeLuisBorges's "The Two Kings and the Two Labyrinths" deconstructs this trope: The Prideful King of Babylon mocks the King of Arabia by forcing him to enter his BigLabyrinthineBuilding. The King of Arabia asks for God's help, [[DeusExMachina and gets out]]. He tells the King of Babylon he knows a ''simpler, better'' SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere and some day he will show it to him. Years later, [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Arabian King [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge makes war and dethrones the King of Babylon]], [[CrossingTheDesert cross with him the Arabian desert]] and abandons the King of Babylon there, [[ThirstyDesert where he died from thirst and hunger]] ]].hunger]].]]



* At the end of the ''The Milkweed Triptych'', [[spoiler:the sociopathic {{seer}} Gretel is imprisoned on a tiny wind-swept island off the Scottish coast, with her food being supplied once every six months.]]

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* At the end of the ''The Milkweed Triptych'', [[spoiler:the sociopathic {{seer}} {{seer|s}} Gretel is imprisoned on a tiny wind-swept island off the Scottish coast, with her food being supplied once every six months.]]






* In ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'' episode "[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfSupermanS2E6TheDefeatOfSuperman The Defeat of Superman]]", the villains of the week shut Lois, Jimmy, and Superman into a basement room in their former hideout. The door is steel-plated and the villains threw a Kryptonite stick into the room, preventing Superman from breaking them out.

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* In ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'' episode "[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfSupermanS2E6TheDefeatOfSuperman The Defeat of Superman]]", Superman]]," the villains of the week shut Lois, Jimmy, and Superman into a basement room in their former hideout. The door is steel-plated and the villains threw a Kryptonite stick into the room, preventing Superman from breaking them out.



* The episode "Apocrypha" from ''Series/TheXFiles'' involves a [[BodySurf Body Surfing]] alien lifeform that manifests as a sentient black oil. The alien's final host body belongs to the traitorous Alex Krycek, who gets the unpleasant task of returning the creature to its ship -- which happens to be stored twenty floors underground in an abandoned missile silo. The episode ends with a shot of Krycek screaming in terror as he pounds on the now-sealed steel door of the silo. [[spoiler:In true ''X-Files'' fashion, however, Krycek returns the following season without a scratch on him (with a HandWave explanation for how he escaped the silo).]]

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* The episode "Apocrypha" from ''Series/TheXFiles'' involves a [[BodySurf Body Surfing]] {{Body Surf}}ing alien lifeform that manifests as a sentient black oil. The alien's final host body belongs to the traitorous Alex Krycek, who gets the unpleasant task of returning the creature to its ship -- which happens to be stored twenty floors underground in an abandoned missile silo. The episode ends with a shot of Krycek screaming in terror as he pounds on the now-sealed steel door of the silo. [[spoiler:In true ''X-Files'' fashion, however, Krycek returns the following season without a scratch on him (with a HandWave explanation for how he escaped the silo).]]



** One episode had an immortal marooned on a tiny barren island, where he starved to death -- over and over again -- until somebody finally found him. (Unlike in the films, immortals in the series couldn't walk underwater without drowning over and over, or staying seemingly dead until brought to the surface, so that wouldn't have worked well)

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** One episode had an immortal marooned on a tiny barren island, where he starved to death -- over and over again -- until somebody finally found him. (Unlike in the films, immortals in the series couldn't walk underwater without drowning over and over, or staying seemingly dead until brought to the surface, so that wouldn't have worked well)well.)



** The show does it again but this time [[spoiler: Peter and Sylar are trapped inside Sylar's own head with only each other to annoy.]]

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** The show does it again but this time [[spoiler: Peter [[spoiler:Peter and Sylar are trapped inside Sylar's own head with only each other to annoy.]]annoy]].



-->'''Eve''': If there's anything Wolfram & Hart excels at, it's keeping their unmentionables unmentioned.
** The same thing happened to Angel ''underwater'' in the season 3 finale.

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-->'''Eve''': If -->'''Eve:''' "If there's anything Wolfram & Hart excels at, it's keeping their unmentionables unmentioned.
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** The same thing happened to Angel ''underwater'' in the season Season 3 finale.



* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Dr. Brennan and Hodgins are captured by the serial killer "The Gravedigger", knocked out, locked in a car, and buried four feet underground in the middle of an abandoned coal field.

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* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Dr. Brennan and Hodgins are captured by the serial killer "The Gravedigger", Gravedigger," knocked out, locked in a car, and buried four feet underground in the middle of an abandoned coal field.



* 2D's current location in the {{Music/Gorillaz}} narrative is the basement of Plastic Beach, an artificial island in the middle of the ocean. He's being held captive and forced to sing by Murdoc, and the isolation of the place is one of the things that makes this possible.

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* 2D's current location in the {{Music/Gorillaz}} Music/{{Gorillaz}} narrative is the basement of Plastic Beach, an artificial island in the middle of the ocean. He's being held captive and forced to sing by Murdoc, and the isolation of the place is one of the things that makes this possible.



* The {{Opera}} ''Theatre/{{Aida}}'' ends with [[spoiler: Radames sentenced to death by starvation/dehydration in a tomb for unknowingly revealing the location of the Egyptian army to the king of Ethiopia. It's a happy ending though, because Aida sneaks in before the door is sealed, and they get to die together.]] What? This is Opera we're talking about, that '''''is''''' a happy ending!
** The musical makes it a little happier by [[spoiler: revealing that Aida and Radames find each other in a later reincarnation.]]

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* The {{Opera}} ''Theatre/{{Aida}}'' ends with [[spoiler: Radames [[spoiler:Radames sentenced to death by starvation/dehydration in a tomb for unknowingly revealing the location of the Egyptian army to the king of Ethiopia. It's a happy ending ending, though, because Aida sneaks in before the door is sealed, and [[TogetherInDeath they get to die together.together]].]] What? This is Opera opera we're talking about, that '''''is''''' a happy ending!
** The musical makes it a little happier by [[spoiler: revealing [[spoiler:revealing that Aida and Radames [[ReincarnationRomance find each other in a later reincarnation.reincarnation]].]]



* Some Samuel Beckett plays (Theatre/WaitingForGodot, Krapp's Last Tape) have elements of this.

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* Some of Samuel Beckett plays (Theatre/WaitingForGodot, Krapp's (''Theatre/WaitingForGodot'', ''Krapp's Last Tape) Tape'') have elements of this.



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* While it isn't instant death, in ''VideoGame//{{Super Mario 64 DS}}'', there is a star hidden in the mirror room you can get as Luigi, by passing through the mirror, and than exiting the door on that side of the room, in which, you access a completely empty white room with a star.

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* While it isn't instant death, in ''VideoGame//{{Super Mario 64 DS}}'', ''VideoGame/SuperMario64 [[VideoGameRemake DS]]'', there is a star hidden in the mirror room you can get as Luigi, by passing through the mirror, and than exiting the door on that side of the room, in which, you access a completely empty white room with a star.



** The "[[MinusWorld Black Room of Death]]" in the original SM 64.

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** The "[[MinusWorld Black Room of Death]]" in the original SM 64.''64''.



* In ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank Ratchet And Clank 3]]'', [[BigBad Dr. Nefarious]] and his right hand robot Lawrence wind up on a small asteroid. Also doubles as a massive BrickJoke in ''Ratchet: Gladiator'' when the same asteroid floats by the destroyed space station.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank Ratchet And Clank 3]]'', ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal'', [[BigBad Dr. Nefarious]] and his right hand robot Lawrence wind up on a small asteroid. Also doubles as a massive BrickJoke in ''Ratchet: Gladiator'' when the same asteroid floats by the destroyed space station.



* There's ''VideoGame/VampireSaga: Welcome To Hell Lock'', where there is a massive hole in the road out of Hall Lock. If David stays where he is, the unexplained goblin comes for him. If he goes in, he risks being poisoned, sucked into the mines, or blown up.
* The penal zone in ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' episode 301.

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* There's ''VideoGame/VampireSaga: Welcome To to Hell Lock'', where there is a massive hole in the road out of Hall Lock. If David stays where he is, the unexplained goblin comes for him. If he goes in, he risks being poisoned, sucked into the mines, or blown up.
* The penal zone in ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' episode Episode 301.



** [[spoiler: Or trick Father Elijah into activating the trap himself.]]

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** [[spoiler: Or [[spoiler:Or trick Father Elijah into activating the trap himself.]]



* VideoGame/GhostTrick has a room sent off into the depths of the ocean. [[spoiler: It is all to get rid of a very special dead body that the antagonist does not want to be used to travel back in time with.]]

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* VideoGame/GhostTrick ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'' has a room sent off into the depths of the ocean. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It is all to get rid of a very special dead body that the antagonist does not want to be used to travel back in time with.]]



* Not strictly an oubliette, but ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'''s "Cave of Two Lovers" was a death trap (just ask the nomadic music group the Gaang was saddled with for the episode) and the Fire Nation exploited it to easily dispatch Our Heroes.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', Squidward temporarily ends up in a blank, white "void" as a result of a time-traveling mishap. Though he's initially delighted by the solitude of the place, the experience quickly turns into a nightmare as his every spoken word becomes visible, turning into garishly-colored fonts that quickly fill up the screen. Attempting to run away in any direction only takes him back to his starting point. (Fortunately, he quickly breaks through the "floor" of the room and falls back into his time machine.)
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' features a rather unique version of this: The Room With The Moose. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin It is a dimension that consists entirely of just that: one room whose sole occupant is a moose.]] You can't get any more "In The Middle Of Nowhere" than a pocket dimension with no means of escaping it.
* Part 2 of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'''s season 2 finale opens with Twilight having been trapped in a secluded, crystalline cavern. [[spoiler: [[VileVillainSaccharineShow Princess Cadance's imposter]]]] explains that these are the caves beneath Canterlot, which have been almost entirely forgotten and block all sounds made from within, meaning that Twilight has no hope of being rescued (the implication being that she'll eventually die of thirst or hunger). Fortunately, [[BadassAdorable Twilight is so powerful]] that, in a [[UnstoppableRage fit of rage]], she manages to magically blast her way through the magically-resistant crystal walls.

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* Not strictly an oubliette, but ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'''s "Cave of Two Lovers" was a death trap (just ask the nomadic music group the Gaang was saddled with for the episode) and the Fire Nation exploited it to easily dispatch Our Heroes.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', Squidward temporarily ends up in a blank, white "void" as a result of a time-traveling mishap. Though he's initially delighted by the solitude of the place, the experience quickly turns into a nightmare as his every spoken word becomes visible, turning into garishly-colored fonts that quickly fill up the screen. Attempting to run away in any direction only takes him back to his starting point. (Fortunately, he quickly breaks through the "floor" of the room and falls back into his time machine.)
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' features a rather unique version of this: The A Room With The with a Moose. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin It is a dimension that consists entirely of just that: one room whose sole occupant is a moose.]] You can't get any more "In The Middle Of Nowhere" than a pocket dimension with no means of escaping it.
* Part 2 of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'''s season 2 finale opens with Twilight having been trapped in a secluded, crystalline cavern. [[spoiler: [[VileVillainSaccharineShow [[spoiler:[[VileVillainSaccharineShow Princess Cadance's imposter]]]] explains that these are the caves beneath Canterlot, which have been almost entirely forgotten and block all sounds made from within, meaning that Twilight has no hope of being rescued (the implication being that she'll eventually die of thirst or hunger). Fortunately, [[BadassAdorable Twilight is so powerful]] that, in a [[UnstoppableRage fit of rage]], she manages to magically blast her way through the magically-resistant crystal walls.



* Leap Castle, thought to be the most haunted castle in Ireland, has an oubliette that was discovered to be filled with bones. So many, in fact, they filled three carts when it was emptied. The scariest thing was, a pocket watch from the 1840s was also found in there, long after the castle was thought to be abandoned....

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* Leap Castle, thought to be the most haunted castle in Ireland, has an oubliette that was discovered to be filled with bones. So many, in fact, they filled three carts when it was emptied. The scariest thing was, a pocket watch from the 1840s was also found in there, long after the castle was thought to be abandoned....abandoned...



* Standard punishment for Vestal Virgins who broke (or were accused of breaking) their vows of chastity. Spilling their blood was forbidden, but so was burying someone alive in Rome. Sealing them in a room with a few days' worth of food and water so that the room is 'technically' habitable, though...

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* Standard punishment for Vestal Virgins who broke (or were accused of breaking) their vows of chastity. Spilling their blood was forbidden, but so was burying someone alive in Rome. Sealing them in a room with a few days' worth of food and water so that the room is 'technically' "technically" habitable, though...
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* The episode "Apocrypha" from ''Series/TheXFiles'' involves a [[BodySurf Body Surfing]] alien lifeform that manifests as a sentient black oil. The alien's final host body in the episode is the traitorous Alex Krycek, who gets the unpleasant task of returning the creature to its ship -- which happens to be stored twenty floors underground in an abandoned missile silo. The episode ends with a shot of Krycek screaming in terror, pounding on the now-sealed steel door of the silo. [[spoiler:In true ''X-Files'' fashion, however, Krycek returned the following season without a scratch on him (with a HandWave explanation for how he escaped the silo).]]

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* The episode "Apocrypha" from ''Series/TheXFiles'' involves a [[BodySurf Body Surfing]] alien lifeform that manifests as a sentient black oil. The alien's final host body in the episode is belongs to the traitorous Alex Krycek, who gets the unpleasant task of returning the creature to its ship -- which happens to be stored twenty floors underground in an abandoned missile silo. The episode ends with a shot of Krycek screaming in terror, pounding terror as he pounds on the now-sealed steel door of the silo. [[spoiler:In true ''X-Files'' fashion, however, Krycek returned returns the following season without a scratch on him (with a HandWave explanation for how he escaped the silo).]]
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* One story arc from ''Series/TheXFiles'' involves an alien lifeform which manifests as a sentient black oil. One such alien becomes separated from its spacecraft, and [[BodySurf takes possession of numerous people]] in order to destroy the evidence of its existence. The alien's final host body belongs to the traitorous Alex Krycek, who (having completed the alien's work) gets the unpleasant task of returning the creature to its ship -- which happens to be stored twenty floors underground, in an abandoned missile silo. The episode ends with a shot of Krycek screaming in terror, pounding on the now-sealed steel door of the silo. [[spoiler:In true ''X-Files'' fashion, however, Krycek returned the following season without a scratch (or a clear explanation for how he got out of the silo).]]

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* One story arc The episode "Apocrypha" from ''Series/TheXFiles'' involves an a [[BodySurf Body Surfing]] alien lifeform which that manifests as a sentient black oil. One such alien becomes separated from its spacecraft, and [[BodySurf takes possession of numerous people]] in order to destroy the evidence of its existence. The alien's final host body belongs to in the episode is the traitorous Alex Krycek, who (having completed the alien's work) gets the unpleasant task of returning the creature to its ship -- which happens to be stored twenty floors underground, underground in an abandoned missile silo. The episode ends with a shot of Krycek screaming in terror, pounding on the now-sealed steel door of the silo. [[spoiler:In true ''X-Files'' fashion, however, Krycek returned the following season without a scratch (or on him (with a clear HandWave explanation for how he got out of escaped the silo).]]
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