Created By: Frank75 on July 23, 2012

Bread and Water diet

Poor prisoners get nothing but water and bread

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Part of the depiction of a truly hellish prison: All the prisoners get to eat is water and bread. A trope involved with many villains.


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  • July 23, 2012
    Should this be included?- the Evil Overlord List honored major contributors by claiming they would get better quality bread and water.
  • July 23, 2012
    • The procedure for Papal conclaves is to limit the cardinals to a diet of bread and water if they take too long to elect a new Pope. This rule was adopted in the late 13th century, after several conclaves dragged on for years on account of power struggles between the pro-French and anti-French parties within the College of Cardinals.
  • July 23, 2012
    In The Tamuli, when Emperor Sarabian overthrows his government, he has all the ministers locked up in a dungeon. For added emphasis, they're only given bread and water.
  • July 24, 2012
    Corporal Clott (an old comic that used to run in The Dandy) has a strip where a pair of his comrades are sent to the jail at the barracks and end up with stale bread and water for food.
  • July 24, 2012
    Live Action TV
    • Star Trek Voyager episode "Thirty Days". Tom Paris is sentenced to thirty days in the brig for violating the Prime Directive. Captain Janeway orders that he receive "Basic nutrition only", which he interprets as "bread and water".
  • October 1, 2012
    Bump. Surely this can't be all that is there?
  • October 3, 2012
    • Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers. When Ted Hendrick is sentenced for disobeying orders, one of his punishments is to be denied lunch and restricted to bread and water for dinner for thirty days.
  • January 28, 2013
    In an episode of Life where a professor was re-conducting the Stanford Prison Experiment, the "prisoners" are fed a paste which gives them nutrition but has no taste whatsoever. "They take away everything from you, even flavor." Crews was fed this when he was in prison.
  • January 28, 2013
    • In the seventh book of A Series Of Unfortunate Events, the Baudelaires are thrown in prison and given only a loaf of bread and jug of water. After finding out the cell walls are held together by cheap mortar, the Baudelaires use the bread and water as a sponge to loosen the bricks for them to escape.
  • January 28, 2013
    The description could include some historical information, I am no expert but I assume that a water & bread diet was common in prisons for many hundreds of years?
  • January 28, 2013
    Video Games:
    • In Trans-Con!, a Licensed Game from Lionel Model Trains, you can threaten a prisoner with this. He replies that he likes bread and water.
  • January 28, 2013
    Loosely used in book 7 of the Ranger's Apprentice series; Halt, Horace, and Cassandra only get flat bread, bad dates and water.