Many a character will get MadeASlave in the course of his or her adventures, and then get away again; sometimes this is even the driving force of some [[NobleFugitive Long Lost Heir]] or ProudWarriorRaceGuy. Other times it's just [[HilarityEnsues Whacky Hijinks]], because who isn't going to laugh and enjoy the {{Fanservice}} of a little harmless GoGoEnslavement?

And then there are the ones who were never ''made'' slaves, because they were born into it. Some of these people may come from a SlaveRace, and some of them may even find HappinessInSlavery, but an overwhelming number of protagonists BornIntoSlavery are deeply opposed to this condition. They may wish to avenge particular wrongs, or start a war to free their people, or just join a moral crusade for general emancipation. And that's if the story isn't entirely focused on them struggling to gain freedom just for themselves and/or loved ones.

It is also not guaranteed they will succeed, even in modern works, although it leaves a bad taste in our mouths when they don't. May ultimately invoke IDieFree.

Generally, a childhood spent enslaved will mess you up pretty much for all time, regardless. This is also considered interesting.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' reveals that the protagonists' father, Hohenheim, was [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld over four hundred years old]]. It also reveals concurrently that around Ed's age he was a nameless slave designated #23, in the vanished Xerxes Empire. He climbs up from there with the help of [[BigBad Homunculus]], who regards him as a father, but until the little blob in the jar started talking to him he had no particular ambitions beyond doing his work and being left alone.
* One of [[TheDragon Legato Bluesummers']] ADayInTheLimelight bits in the ''{{Trigun}}'' manga shows us his backstory, which was either this or being MadeASlave in infancy or very early childhood. Then the little blue-haired SexSlave who discovers his [[PeoplePuppets psychic powers]] and instead of using them to escape sets out to make sure of killing [[BullyingADragon everyone in the entirety of the town]]. This causes them to start [[RapeAsBackstory raping him to death]] as a punishment, apparently preventing him from focusing enough to stop them, since he's just starting to grow into his powers.
** And then [[BigBad Knives]] has an accidental BigDamnHeroes moment, and decides to spare the kid and let him tag along when he ''offers his life gladly'' in thanks. Reaches TearJerker when the boy is clearly ''crying for joy'' even as he admits that he doesn't have a name, and stumbles after the MagnificentBastard with [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic the shackles still trailing shattered chains]].
** Rather than becoming a MoralityPet, as one might expect given the general scenario, the little boy pulls a FromNobodyToNightmare, and grows up to be both a major purveyor of horror and a poster boy for HappinessInSlavery, because of his MadLove for the aforementioned BigBad. Also a BoomerangBigot and NietzscheWannabe completely on board with his boss's plan to KillAllHumans.
* In ''Manga/{{Gangsta}}'' such was the fate of many children who were born Twilights, up until a few years ago when slavery became illegal at least.
** [[spoiler:Nicolas was BornIntoSlavery by his Twilight mother with his [[AbusiveParents dickhead mercenary father as his owner]].]]
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[[folder:Film]]
* Anakin Skywalker from ''Franchise/StarWars''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Akai, as well as his parents and mostly all elves in ''Literature/{{Phenomena}}'' with the exeption of [[TheChosenOne Alk and Ilke]]. [[spoiler:And a [[HiddenElfVillage hidden elf tribe]] called Dark Elves.]]
* Kullervo from the Finnish epic ''Literature/{{Kalevala}}''.
* Manpower's genetic slaves in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' novels.
* ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord'': Phaedrus the gladiator's father didn't get around to freeing his housekeeper and their son before he died. Phaedrus is rather lost after winning his freedom and ends up moonlighting as a tribal king.
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* The Jaffa in the ''Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}}'' universe, as an engineered SlaveRace, are all this. Teal'c, the Jaffa we see the most of, is more or less the TropeNamer for IDieFree.
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[[folder: Real Life]]
* Pursuant of Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution, the US actually banned the importation of slaves in 1808 (fifty-seven years before the ratification of the 13th amendment banning all slavery). The anti-slavery Founding Fathers hoped that the activation of this law would rapidly strangle slavery in the US by depriving the plantations of replacement slaves. However, what they did not foresee was the fact that by 1807, there were so many slaves in the US that the slave owners were simply able to breed more slaves from there current "breeding stock". Older male slaves who had worked well would be put out to "stud" (which provided the slave owners with another source of income). And in many plantations, slaves would be forced into marriages and made to breed (many masters cut the middleman and did the raping themselves). The intra-US slave trade was a massive business, and slave population actually ''rose'' post-1808. And all of those slaves freed at the end of the Civil War were probably all born into slavery (any foreign-born slaves would have been in their late 50s at least,[[note]]You can't simply say they'd be 57, as large numbers of slaves were freed by the Army starting in 1863[[/note]] which, given slaves' life expectancy, would be quite rare).
** This sort of thing did not happen in South America or the Caribbean in large numbers because working conditions were so harsh that most of the slaves were worked to death before age 30 (or they were freed, whereupon their children are no longer slaves).
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