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11th Jul '16 2:11:54 PM mcgrew
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* In ''Film/{{Taken}}'', Liam Neeson's character [[spoiler:stabs a baddie in the legs with a pair of metal needles and hooks him up to the frayed wires of a light switch. He then explains how in other countries, this method he's about to employ isn't always successful because of the lack of reliable current, but here that's not a problem and he could theoretically leave it on until the electricity is cut by the power station by lack of payment.]] Should have given the daughter back...
** [[spoiler:Those weren't needles. They were heavy duty nails.]]

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* In ''Film/{{Taken}}'', Liam Neeson's Creator/LiamNeeson's character [[spoiler:stabs a baddie in the legs with a pair of metal needles heavy-duty nails and hooks him up to the frayed wires of a light switch. He then explains how in other countries, this method he's about to employ isn't always successful because of the lack of reliable current, but here that's not a problem and he could theoretically leave it on until the electricity is cut by the power station by for lack of payment.]] Should have given the daughter back...
** [[spoiler:Those weren't needles. They were heavy duty nails.]]
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26th Jun '16 2:42:07 PM nombretomado
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* Some of Harry [[DresdenFiles Dresden]]'s darker moments. When he went berserk after some ghouls killed Warden trainees, his torture was so gruesome that ''the other Wardens'' talked him down.

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* Some of Harry [[DresdenFiles [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Dresden]]'s darker moments. When he went berserk after some ghouls killed Warden trainees, his torture was so gruesome that ''the other Wardens'' talked him down.
23rd Jun '16 9:09:06 AM falcon2484
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* A variation occurs in ''Film/{{Dune}}''. Reverend Mother Mohiam has the Gom Jabarr at Paul's neck and his hand inside a box that causes excruciating pain. If he pulls his hand out of the box, the Gom Jabarr will kill him. Reverend Mother Mohiam recites the effects of the box on Paul's hand--for {{Exposition}}, surely, but also to make the torture a little worse (as Paul has a difficult time maintaining his internal "anti-fear" mantra, and Mohiam knows it):
--> "You will feel....an itching. There. Now, the itching becomes....burning. Heat....upon heat....upon ''heat''....You feel flesh....crisping. Flesh....dropping off...."
28th May '16 6:17:29 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''MahouSenseiNegima'', Haruna eventually finds out about magic during the [[TournamentArc school fighting tournament]]. Not only this, she finds out that her friends in the Library Research Club, [[ThePhilosopher Yue]], [[ShrinkingViolet Nodoka]], and [[{{Ojou}} Konoka]], have known all along and never told her (due to her incredible rumor-spreading abilities). Haruna decides to explain exactly how she thinks they should be tortured for not telling her, not just by telling them what she'll do, but by ''[[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v14/c126/4.html sketching said torture into manga]]''. [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v14/c126/5.html No, really.]] Judging by that image, they should be tied upside-down and [[GroinAttack whipped on the vagina]]. Still, knowing Haruna, she's probably posted Doujinshi of that online already. [[RuleThirtyFour There's certainly a market for it.]]

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* In ''MahouSenseiNegima'', ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Haruna eventually finds out about magic during the [[TournamentArc school fighting tournament]]. Not only this, she finds out that her friends in the Library Research Club, [[ThePhilosopher Yue]], [[ShrinkingViolet Nodoka]], and [[{{Ojou}} Konoka]], have known all along and never told her (due to her incredible rumor-spreading abilities). Haruna decides to explain exactly how she thinks they should be tortured for not telling her, not just by telling them what she'll do, but by ''[[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v14/c126/4.html sketching said torture into manga]]''. [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v14/c126/5.html No, really.]] Judging by that image, they should be tied upside-down and [[GroinAttack whipped on the vagina]]. Still, knowing Haruna, she's probably posted Doujinshi of that online already. [[RuleThirtyFour There's certainly a market for it.]]
14th May '16 4:56:01 AM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/{{Quicken}}'': [[AntiHero Emma]] Emma kills thug Yan, doing exactly what the ABB thugs were planning to do to her: cutting chunks off her face. And each time she announces what body part she’ll cut off next.
-->Nose. Eye. Mouth! Ears!
2nd May '16 11:39:42 AM ChaoticNovelist
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A third variation is to have the clever assassin who has poisoned her mark describe in every small detail exactly how the poison works, while she sits calmly in her chair watching the victim squirm. This is occasionally subverted when the assassin has not, in fact, poisoned the victim at all, but the description is so vivid that the victim either passes out or dies of fright. Fortunately for the victim, the assassin is often CarryingTheAntidote.

The fourth and final variation is common in kung fu stories. Hitting someone in a specific way in a specific pressure point on his body can have any number of effects on his body, ranging from beneficial to [[TouchOfDeath outright fatal]] (though the latter is usually reserved for villains or particularly vengeful martial artists). Once the martial artist performs the technique, he will then explain, in exacting detail, what the technique does to the character in question before [[YouAreAlreadyDead leaving the character to his fate]]. Particularly common among {{Old Master}}s.

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A third variation is to have the clever assassin who has poisoned her mark describe in every small detail exactly how the poison works, while she sits calmly in her chair watching the victim squirm. This is occasionally subverted when Sometimes the assassin has not, in fact, poisoned the victim at all, but the description is so vivid that the victim either passes out or dies of fright. Fortunately for the victim, the assassin is often CarryingTheAntidote.

The fourth and final variation is common in kung fu stories. Hitting someone in a specific way in a specific pressure point on his body can have any number of effects on his body, ranging from beneficial to [[TouchOfDeath outright fatal]] (though the latter is usually reserved for villains or particularly vengeful martial artists). Once the martial artist performs the technique, he will then explain, in exacting detail, what the technique does to the character in question before [[YouAreAlreadyDead leaving the character to his fate]]. Particularly It's particularly common among {{Old Master}}s.



* In ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'', Count Rugen doesn't merely stop at explaining the workings of his agonizing torture device to the hero, but tries to draw out some scholarly conversation about its effects. "Remember, this ''is'' for posterity, so... be honest." The hero seems to pick this up, for in the "To the Pain" monologue near the end of the movie that gives the trope its name, he describes in excruciating detail how he is going to dismember the villain and make him suffer if he doesn't surrender. [[spoiler:Although providing the Trope name, this is more of a subversion -- the Hero was clearly bluffing the villain with this speech, [[YouCanBarelyStand as he was in no condition to actually beat the villain]]. He was counting on the guy being such a coward that he'd surrender rather than risk the threat he was describing, and as it turned out, he was.]]

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* In ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'', Count Rugen doesn't merely stop at explaining the workings of his agonizing torture device to the hero, but tries to draw out some scholarly conversation about its effects. "Remember, this ''is'' for posterity, so... be honest." The hero seems to pick this up, for in the "To the Pain" monologue near the end of the movie that gives the trope its name, he describes in excruciating detail how he is going to dismember the villain and make him suffer if he doesn't surrender. [[spoiler:Although providing the Trope name, this is more of a isa subversion -- the Hero was clearly bluffing the villain with this speech, [[YouCanBarelyStand as he was in no condition to actually beat the villain]]. He was counting on the guy being such a coward that he'd surrender rather than risk the threat he was describing, and as it turned out, he was.]]



* In the original ''[[Literature/DirkPittAdventures Sahara]]'' novel by Clive Cussler, Al Giordino pulls this on the villain's main henchman, after which the henchman is describing as looking "on the verge of a nervous breakdown." We don't get to read the actual exchange though, only the "mention" afterward. Regrettably cut out of the movie.

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* ''Literature/DirkPittAdventures'': In the original ''[[Literature/DirkPittAdventures Sahara]]'' ''Sahara'' novel by Clive Cussler, Al Giordino pulls this on the villain's main henchman, after which the henchman is describing as looking "on the verge of a nervous breakdown." We don't get to read the actual exchange though, only the "mention" afterward. Regrettably cut out of the movie.



* In ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Mirror Dance]]'' by LoisMcMasterBujold, Baron Ryoval goes into rapturous detail about how he intends to destroy Mark Vorkosigan through torture. ("I'd intended to have you starved. But I believe I'll have you force-fed instead.") [[SplitPersonality Things don't]] [[TooKinkytoTorture turn out]] [[CrowningMomentofAwesome quite as he intended]]. This happens to Mark's mother, too, in an earlier book; in an interesting variant, what scares her the most, and what gets described the most, is not what will be done to her, but [[RevengeByProxy what will be done to Mark's father]] ''through'' her.

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* *''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'': In ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga '' Mirror Dance]]'' Dance'' by LoisMcMasterBujold, Baron Ryoval goes into rapturous detail about how he intends to destroy Mark Vorkosigan through torture. ("I'd intended to have you starved. But I believe I'll have you force-fed instead.") [[SplitPersonality Things don't]] [[TooKinkytoTorture turn out]] [[CrowningMomentofAwesome quite as he intended]]. This happens to Mark's mother, too, in an earlier book; in an interesting variant, what scares her the most, and what gets described the most, is not what will be done to her, but [[RevengeByProxy what will be done to Mark's father]] ''through'' her.



* At the end of ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]'': [[spoiler:Toranaga]] buries [[spoiler:Ishido]] up to his neck and invites passersby to saw away at his neck with a bamboo saw. He lasts three days, and dies "very old."

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* ''Literature/AsianSaga '': At the end of ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]'': ''Shogun'': [[spoiler:Toranaga]] buries [[spoiler:Ishido]] up to his neck and invites passersby to saw away at his neck with a bamboo saw. He lasts three days, and dies "very old."



*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': To convince Gruffle to surrender quietly, Fairtheora describes a scenario where he dismembers the troll and then sticks the rest into his stew "while you are still alive and bleeding".



* [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] is generally a wonderful friend and brilliant scientist. When he confronts an enemy, he tends to give them a chance to surrender peacefully. When forced into conflict, he will ''usually'' find a brilliant way to end the threat in one swift action. But when an enemy comes at him through his friends he is known to display a ''nasty'' side...

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* [[Series/DoctorWho ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor]] Doctor is generally a wonderful friend and brilliant scientist. When he confronts an enemy, he tends to give them a chance to surrender peacefully. When forced into conflict, he will ''usually'' find a brilliant way to end the threat in one swift action. But when When an enemy comes at him through his friends he is known to display a ''nasty'' side...
1st May '16 3:46:04 PM eroock
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->''" 'To the pain' means that the first thing you lose will be your feet below the ankles. Then your hands at the wrists, next your nose... The next thing you lose will be your left eye, followed by your right. [...] Your ears you keep, and I'll tell you why: so that every shriek of every child at seeing your hideousness will be yours to cherish; every babe that weeps at your approach; every woman who cries out, 'Dear God! What is that thing?' will echo in your perfect ears. ''That'' is what 'to the pain' means; it means I leave you in anguish, wallowing in freakish misery, forever."''

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->''" 'To ->''"'To the pain' means that the first thing you lose will be your feet below the ankles. Then your hands at the wrists, next your nose... The next thing you lose will be your left eye, followed by your right. [...] Your ears you keep, and I'll tell you why: so that every shriek of every child at seeing your hideousness will be yours to cherish; every babe that weeps at your approach; every woman who cries out, 'Dear God! What is that thing?' will echo in your perfect ears. ''That'' is what 'to the pain' means; it means I leave you in anguish, wallowing in freakish misery, forever."''
1st May '16 3:45:30 PM eroock
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->" 'To the pain' means that the first thing you lose will be your feet below the ankles. Then your hands at the wrists, next your nose... The next thing you lose will be your left eye, followed by your right. [...] Your ears you keep, and I'll tell you why: so that every shriek of every child at seeing your hideousness will be yours to cherish; every babe that weeps at your approach; every woman who cries out, 'Dear God! What is that thing?' will echo in your perfect ears. ''That'' is what 'to the pain' means; it means I leave you in anguish, wallowing in freakish misery, forever."

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->" ->''" 'To the pain' means that the first thing you lose will be your feet below the ankles. Then your hands at the wrists, next your nose... The next thing you lose will be your left eye, followed by your right. [...] Your ears you keep, and I'll tell you why: so that every shriek of every child at seeing your hideousness will be yours to cherish; every babe that weeps at your approach; every woman who cries out, 'Dear God! What is that thing?' will echo in your perfect ears. ''That'' is what 'to the pain' means; it means I leave you in anguish, wallowing in freakish misery, forever.""''
28th Apr '16 1:54:48 PM TARINunit9
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the second stage of a standard Inquisitorial interrogation consists simply of explaining the protocol for the next seven stages. This breaks most prisoners. If, indeed, the first hasn't already. First-stage interrogation consists simply of being asked the question by the [[KnightTemplar Inquisitor]] personally, rather than through an agent. Their (well-earned) reputation precedes them enough to break many subjects right there.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the second stage of Inquisition has a standard Inquisitorial nine-step interrogation process. Step one is simply the Inquisitor walking up and saying "Hello, I am an [[StateSec Inquisitor]]." The second stage consists simply of explaining the protocol for the next seven stages. This breaks The vast majority of subjects break before stage three, and most prisoners. If, indeed, who don't aren't even remotely sane in the first hasn't already. First-stage interrogation consists simply of being asked the question by the [[KnightTemplar Inquisitor]] personally, rather than through an agent. Their (well-earned) reputation precedes them enough to break many subjects right there.place.
12th Mar '16 8:54:05 PM WillBGood
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-->'''Jaime:''' You've seen our numbers, [[spoiler:Edmure]]. You've seen the ladders, the towers, the trebuchets, the rams. If I give the command, my cousin will bridge your moat and break your gate. Hundreds will die, most of them your own. Your former bannermen will make up the first wave of attackers, so you'll start your day by killing the fathers and brothers of the men who died for you at the Twins. The second wave will be [[spoiler:Freys]], I have no lack of those. My westermen will follow when your archers are short of arrows and your knights so weary they can hardly lift their blades. When the castle falls, all those inside will be put to the sword. Your herds will be butchered, your godswood will be felled, your keeps and towers will burn. I'll pull the walls down, and divert the river over the ruins. By the time I'm done no man will ever know that a castle once stood here. Your wife may whelp before that. [[UpToEleven You'll want your child, I expect. I'll send him to you when he's born. With a trebuchet.]] He then compounds it by having his camp musician play "The Rains of Castamere" to his intimidation victim -- a jaunty folk song about what his father did to one of his former bannermen who betrayed him. Let's not forget that (although Jaime doesn't know this) the musician he leaves behind to play "The Rains of Castamere" is the same guy who seduced the victim's first wife when the victim was too drunk to consummate the marriage on their wedding night. [[UpToEleven And made a song about it]].

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-->'''Jaime:''' You've seen our numbers, [[spoiler:Edmure]]. You've seen the ladders, the towers, the trebuchets, the rams. If I give the command, my cousin will bridge your moat and break your gate. Hundreds will die, most of them your own. Your former bannermen will make up the first wave of attackers, so you'll start your day by killing the fathers and brothers of the men who died for you at the Twins. The second wave will be [[spoiler:Freys]], I have no lack of those. My westermen will follow when your archers are short of arrows and your knights so weary they can hardly lift their blades. When the castle falls, all those inside will be put to the sword. Your herds will be butchered, your godswood will be felled, your keeps and towers will burn. I'll pull the walls down, and divert the river over the ruins. By the time I'm done no man will ever know that a castle once stood here. Your wife may whelp before that. [[UpToEleven You'll want your child, I expect. I'll send him to you when he's born. With a trebuchet.]] ]]
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He then compounds it by having his camp musician play "The Rains of Castamere" to his intimidation victim -- a jaunty folk song about what his father did to one of his former bannermen who betrayed him. Let's not forget that (although Jaime doesn't know this) the musician he leaves behind to play "The Rains of Castamere" is the same guy who seduced the victim's first wife when the victim was too drunk to consummate the marriage on their wedding night. [[UpToEleven And made a song about it]].
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