Created By: TheHandle on June 25, 2014 Last Edited By: Arivne on April 5, 2015

Hot-Blooded Torture

Torture performed in anger, hatred, impulsively, emotionally.

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Cold-Blooded Torture is remarkable because the Torture Technician is eerily detached from the pain and horror they're inflicting, it's often Nothing Personal, and so on.

Hot Blooded Torture is like a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, except we're past (or skipped) the actual fight part, and now the torturer is beating the crap off, or otherwise inflicting horrible pain on, a helpless victim. They're not doing it with detachment; they're furious, they're hateful, and it's not even the Tranquil Fury type, it's the sort where they're screaming at you, red in the face.

If the torturer is an authority figure or otherwise intended to come off as a good guy, it can overlap with Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Downplayed Trope in Kill la Kill: Ragyo isn't beating her daughter up particularly hard, but she makes it up by imbuing it with massive sexual abuse, and it's clear that she's very enthusiastic about it and having the time of her life. On the other hand, Ira Gamagoori's BDSM-themed scourgings of his enemies would easily count as this if they didn't happen within the context of battles.
  • In Black Lagoon, when Roberta the Ninja Maid tortures a CIA operative complicit in the assassination of her late employer (to whom she had a very strong emotional attachment) for information on the whereabouts of his other accomplices, it is obvious how much she hates the guy and how much she enjoys every moment of his agony.

Comic Books
  • A Punisher story set in the aftermath of The Troubles has a guy mention that no, it wasn't necessary to take a power drill to a guy's kneecaps over a dozen times, but in the heat of the moment it was just the thing to do. The Punisher in general enjoys torturing his enemies, whether in cold or hot blood, and regardless of whether it's for information or for punishment.
  • Downplayed Trope, during the "Homeschooling" arc of Runaways, Chase makes of point of deliberately keeping Klara upset because he's angry that she survived an explosion that killed his beloved Old Lace. After Klara gets so wound up that Nico resorts to magic to try and calm her down, Chase regrets his actions and later tries to cheer Klara up.

Film Live Action
  • In The Dark Knight, when Batman beats the crap out of The Joker for that vital information, it's pretty obvious that he's being emotional and is not using any kind of technique or finesse, as the Joker helpfully points out.
  • At the climax of the film Hannibal Rising, Hannibal intends to kill a man he has been chasing for the entire film. But after the man taunts Hannibal with facts they share from their past, Hannibal goes into a rage of hate and self-loathing and begins to inflict serious bodily harm to his victim before killing him.
  • In The Princess Bride, Torture Technician Count Rugen was applying Cold-Blooded Torture on Wesley. When Wesley taunts Prince Humperdnick, the latter turns the torture device on maximum setting, very painfully sucking the life out of Wesley, and ruining Rugen's experiments. There was nothing cold-blooded or premeditated about this action: it was pure, impulsive wrath.
  • In The Robe Demetrius' the slave-valet of the Roman Noble Marcellus is so angry at a sexual assault on a woman he had made friends with that instead of knocking him unconscious, he goes out of his way to make the fight last as long as possible to hurt him some more.
  • Downplayed Trope in Star Wars. Darth Vader will slowly choke the life out of you in sheer, impulsive anger, but it is an anger that runs cold, and is full of contempt.

Literature
  • In the heat of the moment, Harry Potter at various times attempts the Cruciatus curse on Bellatrix Lestrange, Severus Snape, and Amycus Carrow. Subverted in that it never really worked for him, said curse needs a certain measure of calculated intent.
    Bellatrix: You need to really want to cause pain... to enjoy it... righteous anger won't hurt me for long....

Live-Action TV
  • In Gang Related's episode "Pilot", one of the Long Beach Lords gangsters in Los Angelicoss captivity insults Javier Acosta by calling him a Mexican "cockroach". Javier calmly tells him that he is a cockroach, but has his hand on a meat cleaver. The episode implied that Javier personally killed the gangster for insulting his ethnic origin.
  • In The Shield, the protagonist beats up a child molester with a phonebook for the info on where he had hidden a little girl, who was locked and starving. He's not cold-blooded at all about it; the beat-down is brutal and vicious.
  • In Tyrant, Jamal furiously beats up the uncle of a suspected terrorist after the guy keeps accepting Jamal's bribes without actually doing anything to prevent the nephew's plans to bomb Jamal's son's wedding. He even attempts to cut the uncle's fingers off in sheer anger. Given that this happens right after a Furo Scene, he ends up losing his towel in the process, and is too angry to care. It is not funny.
  • In one episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Stabler is asked by a judge to visit a prolific child rapist and murderer in prison and put pressure on him to get him to reveal what he did to the judge's long-missing son. Unfortunately, the rapist never touched the judge's kid, and had only given the judge the impression that he had in order to screw with the poor guy's head. Not realizing that the aging bastard doesn't know anything, Eliot grabs the old man's oxygen tube and squeezes it, hoping that the fear of oxygen starvation will loosen his tongue.

Community Feedback Replies: 32
  • June 25, 2014
    DAN004
    Please categorize examples by media.

    How would this relate to Extreme Melee Revenge?
  • June 25, 2014
    Chabal2
    A Punisher story set in the aftermath of The Troubles has a guy mention that no, it wasn't necessary to take a power drill to a guy's kneecaps over a dozen times, but in the heat of the moment it was just the thing to do.

  • June 26, 2014
    jatay3
    • In The Robe Demetrius' the slave-valet of the Roman Noble Marcellus is so angry at a sexual assault on a woman he had made friends with that instead of knocking him unconscious, he goes out of his way to make the fight last as long as possible to hurt him some more.
  • June 26, 2014
    Koveras
    • In Black Lagoon, when Roberta the Ninja Maid tortures a CIA operative complicit in the assassination of her late employer (to whom she had a very strong emotional attachment) for information on the whereabouts of his other accomplices, it is obvious how much she hates the guy and how much she enjoys every moment of his agony.
  • June 26, 2014
    TheHandle
    ^^What kind of media is that?
  • June 26, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    ^ It would appear to be a film: The Robe.
  • June 30, 2014
    TheHandle
    Any hats?
  • July 1, 2014
    jatay3
    I was thinking of the book The Robe.
  • July 11, 2014
    FerrousFaucet
    At the climax of the film Hannibal Rising, Hannibal intends to kill a man he has been chasing for the entire film. But after the man taunts Hannibal with facts they share from their past, Hannibal goes into a rage of hate and self-loathing and begins to inflict serious bodily harm to his victim before killing him.
  • July 11, 2014
    Ominae
    • In Gang Related's episode "Pilot", one of the Long Beach Lords gangsters in Los Angelicoss captivity insults Javier Acosta by calling him a Mexican "cockroach". Javier calmly tells him that he is a cockroach, but has his hand on a meat cleaver. The episode implied that Javier personally killed the gangster for insulting his ethnic origin.
  • July 12, 2014
    f1shst1x
    • In the heat of the moment, Harry Potter at various times attempts the Cruciatus curse on Bellatrix Lestrange, Severus Snape, and Amycus Carrow. Subverted in that it never really worked for him, said curse needs a certain measure of calculated intent.
      Bellatrix: You need to really want to cause pain... to enjoy it... righteous anger won't hurt me for long....
  • July 13, 2014
    StrixObscuro
    Comic Books
    • In minor example, during the "Homeschooling" arc of Runaways, Chase makes of point of deliberately keeping Klara upset because he's angry that she survived an explosion that killed his beloved Old Lace. After Klara gets so wound up that Nico resorts to magic to try and calm her down, Chase regrets his actions and later tries to cheer Klara up.
  • August 22, 2014
    TheHandle
    Hats, please?
  • August 22, 2014
    randomsurfer
    Watchmen: Rorschach's backstory Start Of Darkness (or possibly darkerness) is when he tracks down a man who kidnapped a little girl. Rorschach discovers that the man killed her and fed her to his dogs; Rorschach handcuffs the man to a pipe, gives the man a hacksaw, then sets his house on fire and leaves. The kidnapper has the option of trying to cut through the handcuffs or his hand in order to escape - but if he goes for the handcuffs, he won't be able to cut through in time. Explicitly not done this way in the Watchmen film - because the same torture was used in one of the Saw movies and the Watchmen producers didn't want to be accused of plagiarizing the scene (even though Watchmen came out long before that film). Instead, Rorschach handcuffs the kidnapper, then uses a meat cleaver to the head to kill him.
  • August 22, 2014
    StrixObscuro
    I don't think the above counts, as the trope requires a much more active role than simply leaving someone to die.
  • August 23, 2014
    TheHandle
    ^ Well, wouldn't Saw's traps count as Cold Blooded Torture?
  • August 23, 2014
    randomsurfer
    He's not simply leaving someone to die, he locked him in and tied him down. The options are cut the hand off & live or try to cut the handcuffs and die.
  • August 23, 2014
    BKelly95
    It should be noted this is not necessarily being tortured with the Foreigner song.
  • August 24, 2014
    StrixObscuro
    Vince Mc Mahon basically had Umaga torture Andy Simmonz on the October 15th 2007 edition of Monday Night Raw, while screaming that Simmonz was "Triple H" and Umaga yelled things in Samoan.
  • August 24, 2014
    TheHandle
    IT'S ME, AUSTIN! IT WAS ME, ALL ALONG, AUSTIN!
  • August 24, 2014
    IndirectActiveTransport
    I got to say though, I don't see anything in Cold Blooded Torture's description that implies it has to be detached, it just reads like a page of torture in general. I didn't add that previous example because it was already on Misplaced Retribution
  • August 24, 2014
    TheHandle
    ^It's in the name. Otherwise it should be called Torture, period. Look at the examples: does any of them seem cold-blooded to you?
  • August 24, 2014
    StrixObscuro
    @Randomsurfer: That would be a Sadistic Choice, not torture.

    @Indirect: What did Vince do to Simmons, exactly?

    @Handle: I looked at the Saw page, and nowhere is Cold Blooded Torture listed among its tropes...
  • August 25, 2014
    TheHandle
    Okay.
  • September 1, 2014
    IndirectActiveTransport
    This is part one of Umaga vs Andy Simmonz. You really only need to watch part two but both contain the torture session.

    As said though, nothing on cold blooded torture says the person has to be cold about it, at least nothing that I'm saw. Am I reading it wrong? Because it seems to just be a page about torture in general, and thus all these examples should work on that page.
  • September 1, 2014
    TheHandle
    ^ It's in the title. It's not repeated in the description because it would be redundant. All of the cited examples are cold-blooded.
  • September 1, 2014
    IndirectActiveTransport
    Most maybe but the Yuzzhan Vong aren't cold blooded about their torture, for instance. If it gets another hat so be it, I won't dock any, just felt it should be raised.
  • December 31, 2014
    DAN004
    Bump?
  • January 1, 2015
    KyleJacobs
    How the hell did this get four hats? There's plenty of potential here, but it's nowhere near launch ready.
  • April 4, 2015
    Koveras
    • In season 4 of Acquisitions Incorporated, after the party gets ahold of Lear Ambershard (the bad guy indirectly responsible for Aoefel's death in their previous season), they visibly enjoy beating and scaring the crap out of him as they interrogate him—especially Binwin, who was Aoefel's closest friend in the group (in addition to just hating the Ambershards on principle).
  • April 4, 2015
    Gowan
    • In Dragon Bones, after Bastilla tortures Tosten, to get Ward to talk, Ward regretfully says to Tosten that he's sorry, and should have talked earlier. Tosten replies that it's okay, that most of the torture was done after Ward had already talked, and the torturer seemed to enjoy it in a sexual way.
  • April 5, 2015
    Synchronicity
    • What The 100 result to in order to get the antidote for a local poison from Lincoln — it's motivated by fear and desperation for their dying friend and rising anger that Lincoln won't tell them (at least until Octavia poisons herself).
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