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17th Jan '16 11:50:55 AM nombretomado
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* Psychological torture is used in ''LawAndOrderSVU'' by forcing a suspect into a small closet (he had an intense fear of the dark due to childhood abuse) to make him reveal the location of a woman trapped in a locker with a limited supply of oxygen.
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* Psychological torture is used in ''LawAndOrderSVU'' ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' by forcing a suspect into a small closet (he had an intense fear of the dark due to childhood abuse) to make him reveal the location of a woman trapped in a locker with a limited supply of oxygen.
6th Jan '16 5:01:11 PM Discar
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* ''Series/JessicaJones2015'': Played with. When Jessica and Simmons capture one of Kilgrave's bodyguards, Simmons wants to pry his kneecap off with a knife to get him to talk, but Jessica points out that he's mind-controlled, so he won't say anything no matter what they do. The bodyguard then says that 1: He's not mind-controlled, and 2: He'll tell them whatever they want, so could they please put the knife away?
19th Dec '15 7:53:00 PM nombretomado
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* Played straight again and again in ''TheShield''. [[CowboyCop Vic Mackey]] and his Strike Team frequently torture suspects before arresting them to get useful information. This can range from simply pointing a gun at the suspect or beating them to stabbing them with a badge pin or drowning them in oil. The perps always know exactly what the cops want to find out, they always give in and reveal the details, and they never attempt to give misleading information or tell outright lies. Could be partially justified because Mackey has a fearsome reputation and is likely to to track down and punish anyone who tries to play him, but it even works in situations where the suspect ought to be more scared of the people he is betraying, or where he is about to leave town never to be seen again.
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* Played straight again and again in ''TheShield''.''Series/TheShield''. [[CowboyCop Vic Mackey]] and his Strike Team frequently torture suspects before arresting them to get useful information. This can range from simply pointing a gun at the suspect or beating them to stabbing them with a badge pin or drowning them in oil. The perps always know exactly what the cops want to find out, they always give in and reveal the details, and they never attempt to give misleading information or tell outright lies. Could be partially justified because Mackey has a fearsome reputation and is likely to to track down and punish anyone who tries to play him, but it even works in situations where the suspect ought to be more scared of the people he is betraying, or where he is about to leave town never to be seen again.
23rd Nov '15 8:50:39 AM Roach
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* Always works when ''Literature/ButlerParker'' or one of his associates attempts it using psychological tricks instead of hard-handed torture.
11th Nov '15 4:39:36 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[TheRiftwarCycle Flight of the Nighthawks]]'' the protagonists torture an assassin for information about his organization's base. However, they only need him to think about it, as they have a mind reader among the interrogators. It still takes days.
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* In ''[[TheRiftwarCycle ''[[Literature/TheRiftwarCycle Flight of the Nighthawks]]'' the protagonists torture an assassin for information about his organization's base. However, they only need him to think about it, as they have a mind reader among the interrogators. It still takes days.
24th Sep '15 8:45:07 PM greybeige
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* Played with in ''Film/ReservoirDogs'': at one point the crooks try to beat information about TheMole out of a cop they've taken prisoner, but when Nice Guy Eddie shows up he points out that this isn't a reliable technique. Of course, Mr. Blonde turns out to be an AxCrazy psychopath who just wants to torture a cop for no reason, so this ends up being moot. -->'''Nice Guy Eddie:''' If you fucking beat this prick long enough, he'll tell you he started the goddamn Chicago fire, now that don't necessarily make it fucking so!
17th Sep '15 7:19:54 PM alixtolvaj
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* Lampshaded and played with in ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. Root needs answers from Shaw, and she notes that, statistically, torture only ever gets false answers or at the very least useless ones. That doesn't mean that she's ''not'' going to torture Shaw, because she ''is'' on a schedule. -->'''Root:''' You should know torture almost never produces good information. ''(picks up hot iron)'' Well... almost never. Sadly, we are on a bit of a clock.
3rd Jul '15 5:42:01 PM nombretomado
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* ''LastRes0rt'' subverts it with Daisy Archanis and her leaked confession that [[spoiler: she's actually the Galaxy Girl Scout Arael who set off a huge feud]], which was apparently extracted using torture... and ''everyone knows it'', including Daisy's supporters, arguing that because she was tortured for the information, it MUST be bogus.
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* ''LastRes0rt'' ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'' subverts it with Daisy Archanis and her leaked confession that [[spoiler: she's actually the Galaxy Girl Scout Arael who set off a huge feud]], which was apparently extracted using torture... and ''everyone knows it'', including Daisy's supporters, arguing that because she was tortured for the information, it MUST be bogus.
12th May '15 7:12:29 AM Aquila89
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aversions don't need to be listed: that's Torture Is Ineffective
* Averted in Episode 67 of ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos''. Cosmo begs Beelzebub to stop her suffering and offers to tell him whatever he wants if he'll stop the torture. Then she finds out he [[ForTheEvulz isn't after]] [[SenseFreak information]].

* Averted in Goya's Ghosts - ''NataliePortman'' is tortured into 'confessing' to being a secret Jew by the Inquisition, and then in revenge her father tortures her inquisitor into signing a 'confession' that he is an ape in human form with a secret mission to subvert the church. He hopes to blackmail him into releasing his daughter. It doesn't work.

* Averted in ''{{Film/Prisoners}}''. Vengeful father Keller, believes that kidnapping and torturing the child-minded man he believes kidnapped his daughter will force him to confess and reveal her whereabouts. [[spoiler: Turns out the child-minded man wasn't the kidnapper, the woman he was staying with was the true kidnapper as well as a serial child killer.]]

* Averted in [[{{Gor}} Raiders Of Gor]], where the AntiHero quickly establishes that the racked prisoner "will say whatever we tell him to."

** But averted with Angelus's torture of Giles. He was doing it partly for kicks, but never managed to get the information he wanted. In the end, Drusilla had to step in with her HypnoticEyes.

* Averted on ''Series/OrphanBlack''. Despite his wife Alison inflicting serious third-degree burns on his chest with hot glue from a glue gun, Donnie manages to convince her he's telling the truth about not being her monitor—which we might well believe, until the first season finale revealed that he was indeed.
7th May '15 9:17:01 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Erfworld}}'', Parson's understanding of the enemy plan (after Wanda reports that their prisoner has given it up) matches what we know of Ansom's actual plans. However, it's an open question how much this owes to torture (which the two have of a history of doing recreationally anyway) and how much to [[MoreThanMindControl other psychological pressures]] and ''regular'' mind control, using magic.
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* In ''{{Erfworld}}'', ''{{Webcomic/Erfworld}}'', Parson's understanding of the enemy plan (after Wanda reports that their prisoner has given it up) matches what we know of Ansom's actual plans. However, it's an open question how much this owes to torture (which the two have of a history of doing recreationally anyway) and how much to [[MoreThanMindControl other psychological pressures]] and ''regular'' mind control, using magic.
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