A subtrope of Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique
, this type of extracting information isn't quite torture
, as such, but it comes fairly close. When using the Gene Hunt Interrogation Technique, the interrogator isn't simply causing pain to a victim to get information, they're doing it creatively, and probably having far too much fun in the process. In the Trope Namer
example, it's the hero
instigating this technique, but it's more likely to be in the repertoire of the Magnificent Bastard
or an Anti-Hero
Simply put, it's the difference between beating a man senseless
and beating him senseless with a pool cue and stripping his clothes off, having your friends hold him down on the table, and striking the eight-ball right into his sensitive regions.
: DCI Gene Hunt of Life on Mars / Ashes to Ashes
, who seems to be on a lifelong quest to come up with the world's most imaginatively appalling ways of pissing off the Human Rights Council.
Related Tropes: Gallows Humor
, Black Comedy
, Refuge in Audacity
, Crosses the Line Twice
. Compare Cool and Unusual Punishment
, which is what happens after you're charged.
Examples of this trope include:
Live Action TV
- Reservoir Dogs. Yeah, you know the scene. Sing it with me now: "Stuck in the middle with you . . ."
- In the first Punisher movie, the Punisher strings a man up by his ankles and explains that a blowtorch will kill nerves so quickly that the person being blowtorched doesn't feel pain so much as a sense of numbness. He then lights his blowtorch behind the victim so he can't see, directs it at a raw piece of meat, and drags a Popsicle along the man's back. The victim gives up everything he knows almost instantly, totally convinced he can smell his flesh burning even as it's numbed by the intense heat. In this case, the Punisher used intense mental anguish rather than physical agony, but the pain was just as real and probably more severe.
Alternate Title / Redirect: Gene Genie Treatment
. Needs More Examples