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->''"Please... if you have any mercy, let me die"''
->''"When I grow tired of the sounds you make, then you will die."''
-->-- '''Sarris and an unfortunate Thermian captain''', ''Film/GalaxyQuest''

Torture. Sure, some characters [[ToThePain gloat]] until their victims are [[BigDamnHeroes rescued]]. But some gloat and torture at once. And others just get to doing it.

Often shown only by [[ScreamDiscretionShot implication]], or in [[PastVictimShowcase its aftereffects]] (which [[ScarsAreForever can be nasty]] even if the victim survives), for obvious reasons.

In ascending order of reason nastiness, the typical reasons: [[TortureAlwaysWorks for information]], for punishment, and [[ForTheEvulz for pleasure]]. The punishment may, indeed, be [[RevengeByProxy for another character to have to watch]] or [[ForcedToWatch see the results]]. But others are possible. A MadScientist may torture to [[PlayingWithSyringes learn about the victim]]. HumanSacrifice may call for a particular and [[CruelAndUnusualDeath gruesome]] death, and if mere death is too good for some criminal (or alleged criminal), he may be tortured to death. If the person wants to break the victim, this may be a way to force him to say that TwoPlusTortureMakesFive, or somehow [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil get the victim to join them]].

May be a FateWorseThanDeath, calling for a MercyKill or ICannotSelfTerminate when the hero comes upon the victim -- the victim is likely to plead for death even if the hero can save him, but the hero is (obviously) prone to override the plea and drag him out of there, if he can. Recovery is [[AllIsWellThatEndsWell likely to be improbably complete]].

[[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique Heroes torture]], sometimes, when they are in a great rush and dire need, and there, the effects tend to be [[TortureAlwaysWorks rather unrealistic]]; in RealLife, torture leaves physical scars and mental trauma, and tends to have [[InterrogatedForNothing poor results]] in terms of getting reliable and accurate information. If the bad guys don't like getting their hands dirty, they are likely to employ a TortureTechnician or RoboticTortureDevice to do this for them.

One motive for BetterToDieThanBeKilled is to avoid this.

Any work that paints UsefulNotes/TheSpanishInquisition (or their nearest fantasy analogue) as bad guys will often have them engaging in some form of this on people they suspect to be heretics or worse. This general portrayal of the Inquisition is known as the Black Legend.

Compare NoHoldsBarredBeatdown. A "light" sci-fi and fantasy equivalent is the AgonyBeam. Except when [[MindRape it's not]]. Sometimes, however, [[TooKinkyToTorture it's not so bad]].

See also ToThePain, ElectricTorture, MindRape, {{Room 101}}, and WeHaveWaysOfMakingYouTalk.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** Frieza has this method of fighting, goring Krillin (and then flailing his limp body around to cause him even more pain) and brutally strangling and beating Vegeta before he kills him.
** [[AxCrazy Super Buu]] is no slouch in this department either, being worse or equal to Frieza in nature. His methods of killing are extremely brutal; he even killed a man by liquifying his own body, forcibly going down a guy's throat, and [[NightmareFuel making him explode him from the inside out.]] Kid Buu has this style of fighting as well. He was brutally beating and strangling Vegeta.
* Used in ''HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi''. It wasn't pretty. Ironically, the arc that actually showed the torture made the character performing it far more sympathetic with a well-done StartOfDarkness showing how [[CrapsackWorld the universe]] [[TheWoobie hates her]]. [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji Ikari]] has ''nothing'' on [[spoiler:Shion Sonozaki.]]
** Talking about [[spoiler:Miyo]], what about the people at the orphanage? The anime censored it, the manga on the other [[BrainBleach hand]]..
* This trope occurs in ''ElfenLied'' quite often, whether it's from the AxCrazy [[TykeBomb diclonius]] or the clearly more [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters inhuman]] humans.
* ''{{Berserk}}'''s villains, being in a [[TheDungAges Dung Ages]] medievalesque CrapsackWorld, do this a lot, and it gets nasty. Griffith in particular suffers a nasty year-long torture as punishment for [[spoiler:having sex with the King's daughter]], and Bishop Mozgus crosses the MoralEventHorizon when he has some refugees put through this. Let's not even get into what Emperor Ganishka gets up to.
** Or what [[spoiler:Griffith himself]] does to the Band of the Hawk.
*** Especially what he does to [[spoiler:Casca. Not only does he rape her right in front of the man she loves (which is traumatic enough already), but because she has the Brand of Sacrifice and is as close as anyone can possibly get to a ''member of the Godhand'' (which is closer than Guts himself was able to get to him in the Guardians of Desire arc because of the pain his own Brand was causing him), she is in ''utterly excruciating agony'' all the while he's doing this to her]]. And it's made all the worse [[MindRape by the effect of this horrible act]] on [[spoiler:Guts himself, who is pinned down and completely at his mercy, a situation that is all too familiar to his first traumatic experience, which he's only told Casca about -- and the possibility that Griffith may have gleaned this from either or both of them with his newfound powers as a Godhand and is deliberately using this to torture them both]].
*** That's not even mentioning [[spoiler: the sort of things that Griffith is doing to Casca as he is raping her... It can only be described as pure ''sexual sadism'', no more, no less.]]
** Guts himself. After being broken and turned into a near-soulless husk of pure rage by the horrible events of the Eclipse, he starts sending the pain right back. Knowing that what would definitely kill normal humans only hurts the Apostles, he pulls absolutely no punches. Particularly, the Baron, whom he riddles with crossbow bolts after rendering him crippled and helpless, and the Count, whom he stabs dozens of times in the face until his knife breaks off.
-->'''Guts:''' Amazing! No wonder you're higher than us humans -- ''[[WhyWontYouDie you don't know how to fucking die]]!''
* In ''DeadmanWonderland'', Genkaku does this to Nagi to try to get him to revert back to being AxCrazy and [[InLoveWithYourCarnage so that he'll join the Undertakers]]. It's shown to have been done mostly in the form of drugs and MindRape.
* In the first episode of ''SamuraiChamploo'', Mugen and Jin are captured by a corrupt magistrate who has them tortured with various methods over a period of several hours for their (at best very indirect) responsibility for his equally nasty son's death.
** A later episode has a government agent captured by criminals and tortured for an extended period, but essentially tells his captors nothing.
* Any [[Franchise/{{Digimon}} Malomyotismon]] joke you have becomes a FunnyAneurysmMoment when you hear what he said when the dubbers weren't in control. He was not asking Arukenimon if she was afraid, he asked her if the torture hurt, and he pledged to give her a "million years of Hell." He then said very calmly how he would "evaporate that pitiful love Mummymon felt." Evaporation followed. He then declares he will crucify the Digidestined upon the same cross as his minions. Yikes. According to this version, the children were not yelling jobs, but expelling darkness from them. There was a reason this version has never been given to American kids.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** Uchiha Itachi has a power that serves as one of these. Tsukiyomi may appear to be a second-long MindRape to those outside, but those experiencing it they're suffering a near-eternity of endless physical and emotional torture. It's enough to leave them catatonic and Itachi doesn't even try to extract information with it; he just wants them out of the way.
** Jasshinism encourages its priests to drag out the suffering of their victims as long as possible before killing them. Experiencing the pain of his dying victim has an almost narcotic effect on Hidan; only when extremely angered or pressed for time will he make their deaths clean.
** Ibiki Morino, the head interrogator in the Konoha Intelligence Corps was subjected to nightmarish torture when he was captured on a mission. [[spoiler: The top of his head is just one massive scab with several old scars...from drills, screws, and other implements used on him. He didn't break and escaped.]]
* In ''NightmareInspector'', Chitose [[spoiler:who is now the current Hiruko the Baku]], was tortured for much of his backstory, for the entertainment of a mysterious group of people.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'': Poor, poor Czeslaw Meyer. No wonder the kid's [[CrazySurvivalist a little paranoid]]; he's gone through probably the single worst example of WhoWantsToLiveForever this side of ''Literature/IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream''.
* ''NowAndThenHereAndThere''...just, ''[=NATHAT=]''. Abelia doing so to Shu is notable in that she's an adult and he's a young boy. You don't see ''that'' in media everyday.
* ''BladeOfTheImmortal'' has Hyakurin's torture which included being beaten, stabbed, poked with red-hot spikes, having her fingernails ripped off and her arm broken and being raped almost continuously for up to several days. She later learns that she is pregnant and she doesn't even know which of her attackers was the father.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': In his released form, Szayel has the ability to create a small voodoo doll that has his enemy's likeness. Any damage done to the dolls' internal organs, accessed by taking the doll apart (which doesn't happen to the original) removing the organs and then crushing them, is done to the original, debilitating them from the inside. The doll's exterior has some effect on the victim as well, as seen when Ishida felt Szayel scratch and flick his doll's face. Szayel uses the voodoo dolls to sadistically torture Ishida and Renji. He tries to do the same to Mayuri who fakes that he's in pain, having replaced his organs with dummies before encountering Szayel.
* In ''SakuraGari'' [[DepravedBisexual Katsuragi]] tortures Masataka because he's {{Yandere}} for Souma who is in love with Masataka. He does so by drugging Masataka after inviting him to his house for tea, tying him up, and then raping him. He follows that by [[spoiler:whipping him, beating him up, and sticking a household object up Masataka's anus right after raping him]]. He then orders Masataka to give up on Souma and [[spoiler:submerges his hand in boiling hot tea and Masataka retaliates by throwing the tea in Katsuragi's eyes, which allows him to escape.]]
** Also, almost every lover of either sex [[spoiler:Souma]] takes [[spoiler:in the Saiki household]] has been through this at the hands of [[spoiler:Sakurako, his {{Yandere}} sister]]. Who not only tortures them, but also ''takes pictures of it'' for her amusement. The most notorious victims are Masataka (whom she [[spoiler:ties up and feeds forcefully, while telling him to go away]]), [[spoiler:Terashima (whose drawing hand she crushes, right before tossing him down a flight of stairs)]], and a young and pretty maid whom she [[spoiler:got BoundAndGagged and savagely beat up, causing her to lose Souma's baby that she was pregnant with.)]]
* Ashley does this to Shusei in episode 10 of ''UragiriWaBokuNoNamaeWoShitteiru'' via sticking long thin needles in a VoodooDoll of Shusei which makes Shusei bleed and scream in agony.
* ''[[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/oto_x_maho/v02/c012/26.html Oto x Maho]]'' features Kanata breaking Jou's arm, just to confiscate some pictures. Based on the class's reaction to the torture, Kanata performing this kind of torture is quite common.
* In ''MiraiNikki'' Minene gets tortured by Twelth for information who [[EyeScream pulls her bad eye out of her head]].
* Most of what Greg does to Jeremy in ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'' mixed in with a lot of {{Mind Rape}}.
* [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist L]] of ''Manga/DeathNote'' occasionally employs this technique as part of his cold-blooded approach to investigation, though situations tend to be mostly ambiguous; the most blatant example, of course, is his treatment of [[MadLove Misa]], which is far less than kind.
-->'''Misa''': ''(to [[SerialKiller Light]])'' I won't tell them anything, even if they torture me.
--> '''[[EnemyMine L]]''': I can attest to that.
* [[SoftSpokenSadist Vincent]] from ''PandoraHearts'' has been known to use this technique (scissors are usually involved) both as a way to get information ''and'' to [[AxeCrazy get out of a bad mood.]] He is very good at it.
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', Minister Nick is tortured to try to get him to reveal Eren's location (he doesn't break). Later, Hanji and Levi do the same to the people who tortured him, partly for information, and partly as revenge. There's some BlackComedy in there too, when Hanji admits she doesn't really know how to torture, and the victim screams that she's supposed to ask questions ''before'' [[{{Fingore}} pulling the fingernails off]].
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' features several graphic scenes of torture throughout the series. TortureTechnician Yamori and PsychopathicManchild Juuzou both became warped individuals as a result of extensive torture in their pasts, and are prime examples of how BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil. But torture becomes a key plot point when Yamori manages to catch gentle and idealistic protagonist Kaneki Ken, who happens to possess a very powerful HealingFactor. Several [[{{Fingore}} chapters]] of [[EyeScream graphic]] [[SadisticChoice torture]] [[CreepyCentipedes later]], Kaneki is forced to abandon his kindness and [[TheDogBitesBack turn on Yamori]] to save his own life. He emerges from over a week of torture a [[AntiHero changed]] [[PayEvilUntoEvil person]], and is shown to be suffering serious psychological problems as a direct result.
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[[folder:Audio Play]]
* Scratch from AudioPlay/WereAlive locks Burt up for months, starves him half to death, and finally gets fed up and destroys [[ICallItVera Shirley]] in front of him and then cuts off him trigger finger.
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[[folder:Ballads]]
* In the Literature/{{Child Ballad|s}} ''Literature/YoungBeichan'', the hero is tortured in prison in many variants.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In IDW [[TheTransformersIDW Transformers]], it's the purpose of the Decepticon Justice Division to locate and torture Decepticons who frustrate Megatron's goals, for the sole reason of making sure other hesitant 'cons fear repercussions from them enough to stay on the straight. And that's bad, but it's even worse when it's obvious that they care little for the Cause and mostly just get off on torturing people...or giant [[HumongousMecha robots]]... whatever.
* In ''ComicBook/KickAss'', Dave is tortured through testicular electrocution, with his balls hooked up to a car battery, mainly for [[JerkAss Red Mist's]] pleasure, because he knew Dave knew nothing.
* The Crime Doctor in TheDCU Infinite Crisis miniseries ''ComicBook/VillainsUnited''.
* Chang Tzu in TheDCU ''[[ComicBook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders Outsiders]]'' tortured Captain Boomerang to force him to move at superspeed and let him get a reading (leaving him unable to stand) and started to vivisect the Black Queen (without, needless to say, anesthesia.)
* Even Ray Palmer (Yes, The Atom) gets in on the action in ''ComicBook/CryForJustice''. See the quote in that page for the details of how he tortured one villain.
* Comicbook/ThePunisher commonly uses this to extract information he needs, though he recognizes that it doesn't always take. He also tries not to drag it out, since he prefers his revenge cold.
** One memorable storyline in ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' has Frank fighting European sex slavers. The evil they deal in makes him snap, with one book beginning with him reading up on human anatomy and ending with one of the ringleaders being left to talk or die, '''''as his intestines are hanging above looped around a tree.'''''
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' villain Roman Sionis - better known as Black Mask. It seems to be his hobby.
* The Reaver Cleaver from ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' liked to chop off bits of his victims and send them to loved ones before killing them. His last victim survived, albeit without a face. Or a scrotum.
** Oh, he still had a face, it was just [[{{squick}} upside down]].
* Like in the film mentioned below, V from ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'' starves and tortures his sidekick Evey for an indeterminate amount of time in order to "free" her, even if it meant driving her insane. It would be quite the WhatTheHellHero moment if [[GreyAndGreyMorality V were meant to be a hero in the comic]].
* ''ComicBook/SinCity'': The SociopathicHero Marv is really fond of torture, but only [[PayEvilUntoEvil towards bad guys]]. Examples include:
** He amputates all of Kevin's legs and sicks Kevin's own wolfdog on him to eat him alive. Okay, Kevin was a cannibalistic serial killer, but still... brrr. Becomes AFateWorseThanDeath, but it didn't seem to bother Kevin much. He never screamed, just stared at Marv the whole time.
** Cardinal Roark might have gotten it worse than Kevin, [[GoryDiscretionShot we don't know for sure what happened,]] but judging from Marv's narration he had the most "fun" with him.
--->'''Marv:''' ''Keven was damn frustrating but Roark's a pure joy. ... I stare the bastard in the face and I laugh as he screams to God for mercy and I laugh harder when he squeals like a stuck pig and when he whimpers like a baby I'm laughing so hard I cry. He spurts and gurgles and life is good.''
** Marv also tortures and dismembers a cop, partially for information but mainly to avenge [[spoiler:Lucille.]]
* An unspeakably horrible example occurs in ''ComicBook/AHistoryOfViolence''. Tom, the main character, and a friend robbed and murdered a group of New York gangsters when they were teenagers, partly as payback for the murder of the friend's brother. The friend is [[LooseLips found out later]], though, and we see him in a room with a [[ProfessionalKiller hitman]] holding a [[AnAxeToGrind hatchet]]. Tom has to make a run for it and change his name. Twenty years later, they catch up to him...and he learns that his friend ''is still alive''. When you see what he looks like, [[BodyHorror you'll wish]] you hadn't.
** In a subversion of standard hero practice, when the friend begs for a MercyKill from Tom, he complies.
* [[spoiler:Dick Grayson]] inflicts horrible torture and mutilation on [[spoiler:Carrie]] in the finale of ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain''.
* Subverted in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'': in the first tome, the Romans tie Getafix to a table and tickle his foot for hours, and Getafix doesn't even break a laugh. Later, they threaten to torture Asterix to force Getafix to prepare his magical potion: both Asterix and Getafix say that there is no way they are going to do it, but as soon as he starts to be tied to the table, Asterix starts to beg for mercy and Getafix decides to do what the Romans say. This is all a way for the Gauls to play the Romans like fools.
* It seems that to be a practitioner of TheDarkSide in the Franchise/StarWars universe, you have to love torture. (Indeed, according to at least one [=RPG=] sourcebook, to become a Sith Lord you had to have ''endured'' unimaginable pains.) Palpatine, Count Dooku, Aleema and Satal Keto, and Asajj Ventress are some of the most sadistic examples. Sometimes it was done for information, sometimes for punishment, and often for pleasure.
* The ComicBook/RedSkull from the Marvel Universe loves torturing people. His second-in-command Crossbones probably enjoys torturing people even more.
* Batman regularly walks into Arkham Asylum and breaks peoples' bones; not because they know something, oh no, because they ''might'' know something. (DependingOnTheWriter. As always in comics.)
* ComicBook/{{Diabolik}} started out using this for interrogation. He currently uses realistic [[TruthSerum Truth Serums]], but if you're either immune or allergic to it he'll first [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique threaten you with torture]]... And then do it if you're stupid enough to not talk: [[PragmaticVillain torture may be unreliable]], but if he has no choice...
* In ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', [[spoiler: Batman finds an audio tape that has Joker burning Alfred's eyes with ammonia. Batman is not pleased]].
* ComicBook/{{X-23}}'s treatment at the hands of the Facility falls into this. Among the highlights: Her HealingFactor was forcibly activated by exposing her to lethal radiation ''at age seven'' and her claws were removed one at a time to be coated in adamantium at the same age ''while she was wide awake'', [[note]]Not because they could not mainline enough drugs to keep her under but because the head of the surgical team ordered everyone else out of the theater for daring to suggest anasthetic[[/note]] while the process of conditioning her to respond to the Trigger Scent involved electrocution and near-drowning. When Laura is later recaptured by her abusive ex-handler Kimura, she goes to work on her ''with a chainsaw'' for being a "bad girl." GoodThingYouCanHeal...
** As a trained assassin and spy, Laura herself isn't exactly squeamish about using the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique herself, and has been shown to torture mooks for information, [[WhatTheHellHero much to the shock of her teammates]].
* After monster hunter Robert Hellsgaard has taken out ComicBook/{{Morbius}} [[OurVampiresAreDifferent the Living Vampire]] with a burst of pure sunlight, he tells his henchmen, "Bring the good doctor. I will like to torture him."
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* Hago in ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'' is quite fond of this.
** [[spoiler: In ''The Return of Hago'', he kidnaps Nala, his daughter, and [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker tortures her into becoming the perfect child.]] It backfires horribly, though.]]
** The Royal Reaper, in the story of the same name, likes torture, too. [[spoiler: He drowns Nala in the waterhole, only to pull her out before she dies.]]
* A [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4725356/1/ fanfiction]] where the entire premise is Bakura The Thief King torturing Seth [[{{Reincarnation}} (the ancient version of Seto Kaiba]] in the hopes of getting the Pharaoh to give him the Millennium Items in exchange for his safe return. [[spoiler:Failing that, he continues to torture Seth just because he's a psychopath and [[ForTheEvulz considers it fun]].]]
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4041754/1/Time_and_Again Time and Again]]'', one of the most popular ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fics out there (almost 4000 reviews at time of writing) ends with [[spoiler:Naruto being captured by Orochimaru, who is convinced Naruto deliberately [[SetRightWhatOnceWasWrong went back in time]] and accidentally took Orochimaru]]. [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4781296/1/Here_and_Now The sequel]] picks up where ''Time and Again'' left off and starts by covering [[spoiler:Naruto's]] two years of torture and starvation as [[spoiler:Orochimaru tries to learn how Naruto did it, when it was a complete accident.]]
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2426552/1/Kim_Possible_Mind_body_and_Soul Kara Fang]]
* The notorious Power Rangers fanfic ''Agony In Pink''... and yes, its sequels.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4657412/1/Operation_There_Is_No_Operation Operation: There Is No Operation]]'' introduces Operative Numbuh V8, the [[WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor Kids Next Door]] Organization's Interrogation and Vegeatology specialist, whose calm, scientific approach to force-feeding people with veggies utterly creeps out his fellow operatives.
-->''"Impatient this time, sir? Usually I get at least a couple days. We haven't even gotten through the steamed stage yet."''
* The ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'' has this happening twice in the first "episode" - to [[spoiler:River and Jayne when they are captured by Niska]], and [[spoiler:by Mal and Zoe to one of Niska's {{mook}}s, in order to find where Niska took River and Jayne.]]
* ''Fanfic/DumbledoresArmyAndTheYearOfDarkness'' features this -- on characters as young as eleven years old. DarkerAndEdgier, in spades. This actually happened in canon. (Offscreen, though; the fic takes place at the same time as book seven, but follows different characters.)
* One of the loyal mooks serving the VillainProtagonist in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' fanfic ''The Council Era'' is subjected to this by the Manaban Emperor, a vicious religious zealot who seeks to kill the VillainProtagonist for his destroying of a site that is sacred to the manaba.
* In the infamous ''KimagureOrangeRoad'' RevengeFic ''Fanfic/RevengeRoad'', Hikaru, after [[MurderTheHypotenuse killing Madoka]], stabs Kyosuke in the throat so that he can do nothing but feel pain, then slices him to pieces [[PunctuatedPounding while telling him all her grievances with each slash]].
* {{Cupcakes}}. The whole plot of the story is that Pinkie Pie tortures Rainbow Dash. And it shows all of it in [[PurpleProse Graphic]] detail.
** While we're on [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Friendship is Magic]], ''Sweet Apple Massacre'' turns the sheer horror of Cupcakes UpToEleven as [[spoiler:Big Mac horribly rapes and mutilates the Cutie Mark Crusaders.]] Luckily it's offset by a huge amount of {{Narm}} from the poor writing and transparent attempts at shock.
** Yet another WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfic, Fanfic/PagesOfHarmony, takes this trope UpToEleven by having [[spoiler: Twilight murdering her closest friends and several others, in ''[[PurpleProse extremely graphic detail]]'']]. As was said by someone on deviantArt, it "makes Cupcakes look like Barney".
** Fanfic/CheerileesGarden Takes it even further with the violent murders of her students, seemingly taking it up a notch in each torture, and then going even further in Scarlet Harvest by [[spoiler: luring the Mane Six into a torture dungeon and splitting them up before horribly mutilating them]].
* ''[[{{Fanfic/AceCombatEquestriaChronicles}} Ace Combat: The Equestrian War]]'' has [[spoiler: Gilda]], who, upon her [[KnightofCerebus first appearance]] in chapter 11 [[spoiler: violently beats up Rainbow Dash to "punish her"]] and later [[spoiler: tortures Medley, as Rainbow tries to save her, and, ultimately, [[ForTheEvulz breaks Medley's wings]]]]. Ealier, in chapter 6, Applejack is subjected to one of these, while being pinned against a wall made of ice. Despite two-hour long beatdown, [[MadeOfIron she doesn't break]].
* ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'' shows that [[EvilMatriarch Terra]] enjoys doing this in her free time [[spoiler: to Celestia, her own daughter]]. Late in the story, [[BigBad Titan]] does this as well, to Twilight Sparkle for information -- of course, this has the [[NiceJobFixingItVillain side effect]] of [[spoiler: causing Twilight's splintered mind to [[SplitPersonalityMerge fuse back together]]]].
* The plot of the DragonsLair fanfic "[[http://mcbain755.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2sh8hq Princess Daphne's Ordeal]]".
* At the climax of the first arc of ''FanFic/JewelOfDarkness'', [[spoiler:Midnight captures Robin and attaches him to a harness that apparently injects chemicals of some sort into his body, causing intense pain]]. The point of this is to mentally break [[spoiler:Robin]], in order to [[spoiler:dissolve the Titans.]]
* ''[[WesternAnimation/BlinkyBill The Adventures Of Blinky Bill]]'' fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7782580/3/Scars_Are_Forever Scars Are Forever]] has an OC named Jeromy doing this to [[spoiler: Shifty Dingo. It involves chains, matches, a switchblade and Shifty's tail.]] Do the math.
* ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'': EvilSorcerer and SmugSnake Lung captures Jade's astral self and tortures her via bright lights, which burn away at the shadows composing her astral form (including making her [[EyeScream eye lids]] ''[[EyeScream dissolve]]'' at one point) with the promise that he'll stop if she submits and agrees to serve him... which she refuses to do. So, the torture continues, driving Jade to the brink of insanity, and probably would have ''killed'' her if [[CoDragons Left and Right]] hadn't saved her.
* Revealed in the TwistEnding of the Fanfic/SpyroMadnessSaga. At first, we were lead to believe that Ember died after laying the egg that Spyro fathered. The truth, however, is that [[spoiler: Ember was kidnapped right after she gave birth. The kidnapper was her father, Terrador, who wanted her to suffer for the [[SarcasmMode crime]] of being a descendent of Malefor from her mother. Terrador had her locked up for a year and beat her daily to within an inch of her life.]] When Ember is finally discovered, [[TearJerker she's badly scarred with tattered wings and her entire left horn is gone]].
* In the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fanfic ''Experimenting Fear,'' the nameless scientist has no problem using Nando, a 10-year-old kid, for an experiment which involves forcing the test subject to face [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes whatever their worst fear is.]] Nando is afraid of losing his hearing, so his ears are blasted with high-pitched sound frequencies, then his eardrums are shattered by the scientist firing a gun right next to his head.
* Gil Grissom and Sara Sidle both get it in the ''{{Series/CSI}}'' fic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4828756/1/Face_The_Music Face The Music]], and it gets pretty dark at times. The same author also wrote [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4896376/1/Thirty_Minutes_and_Counting Thirty Minutes And Counting]], another Grissom torture story that crosses with ForcedToWatch.
* Sora is beaten almost to death [[CrucifiedHeroShot (with description suggesting he's crucified against a cliff)]] in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8242551/1/Kingdom_Hearts_3_The_Return Kingdom hearts 3: The Return]][[spoiler: so he won't resist when [[FanNickName Organortzation XIII]] turns him into a vessel]].
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6260492/1/Happy_Families_Are_All_Alike Happy Families Are All Alike]] doesn't show the torture in the detail some of the other stories on this page do. [[spoiler: Even so, we get a disturbing NightmareSequence ending with Naruto waking up covered in the blood from the dream-injuries the Kyuubi inflicted on him. Which apparently happens almost every time he falls asleep.]]
* In the third part of {{Fanfic/Uplifted}} though not shown, it's heavily implied. Joachim Hoch leaves his detainment in Kiel starved and beaten mercilessly, all for sins of others... Given that he is an SS officer who just found out about the Holocaust, he feels like he almost deserves it.
* In the ''Series/LostGirl'' [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8180681/1/Mad-World Mad World]], [[TheDragon Thane]] first psychologically tortures Lauren; and then captures her to actually torture her. To make it worse, she has a HealingFactor. Meaning he can torture her, wait for the wounds to heal, and then just torture her again. She, understandably, begins to lose the will to live. It's suggested that while Thane and [[BigBad The Garuda]] are waiting to kill Lauren until they can do it in front of Bo, the torture is mainly for [[ForTheEvulz fun]].
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6390781/1/Broken BROKEN]]. Just...Broken. It does this HORRIBLY to Syaoran, Fai, [[spoiler: and an OC]]. Graphically. And it [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8659684/1/At-Kingdom-Come isn't]] [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5559965/1/Dead the author's]] only work in that vein.
* Done chilling in [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/119688/1/you-obey/the-interrogation You Obey.]] The story is a deconstruction of second person, as well as a horrifying RealityEnsues look at how interrogation is actually done and what its effects are, from the point of the interrogator.
* In the incredibly dark [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3851787/1/The-Joker-s-Wild The Joker's Wild]] the Joker puts Beast Boy through this. Joker's methods include skinning him with a scalpel, burning him, using drills, power tools, acid, and tazers on him, and ''nailing him to a cross with railroad spikes, with razor wire wrapped around his head.'' The worst part? Beast Boy's regenerative abilities keep him from dying, so the Joker can do anything he wants to him for however long he wants. Brrrrr.
* ''FanFic/{{Hivefled}}''s' prequel ''Reprise'' is TorturePorn, and there's enough detail in Hivefled proper to know exactly what was going on. The sidechapters are pretty brutal as well.
* FanFic/TheConversionBureauTheOtherSideOfTheSpectrum does this... to [[spoiler: Spike]], of all the characters. The poor bastard...
* Poor, poor [[CloudCuckooLander Ellis]]... In the VideoGames/Left4Dead2 fanfic "Fanfic/BlindMansBluff", [[spoiler: [[AxCrazy Jerry]] attempts to do this to Ellis.]]
* In ''FanFic/MegaManRecut'', Ballade tortures an innocent woman with the Mad Grinder. Later, he himself is tortured by the Syndicate bosses.
* ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'' has this happen with Wily torturing Ice Man early on, and an innocent Metool in Episode 7. [[spoiler:He later inflicts this on [=ProtoMan=]]].
* In ''FanFic/NarutoTheSecretSongsOfTheNinja'', Kakashi and Naruto are captured by an AxCrazy ninja who's an old enemy of Kakashi's out for revenge. He tortures Naruto for days using a jutsu that forces his own muscles to strain against themselves until they begin to rip themselves apart. He tortures Kakashi by [[ForcedToWatch forcing him to watch.]]
* A good portion of Episode 67 of ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' is Beelzebub torturing Cosmo after luring her into his base by shattering her eardrums with extremely loud rock music and drugging her with neurotoxins (and - in the rewrite - electrocuting her before stripping her naked and tying her to his chair with razor wire). Then when Chris goes in to save her, he is captured and suffers even worse torture, eventually ending in [[spoiler: BlackComedyRape via [[NightmareFuel giant acid-covered stinger]]]]
** The Chaotix and Dr. Eggman are arrested by Maledict and also suffer (mercifully less gruesome) torture in Episode 74.
* ''FanFic/MLPNextGenerationKnowFear'': [[spoiler: Twilight Sparkle]], after being lured into a trap in Maretonia and captured by [[CoDragons Wing Commander]] Steel Wing, is sentenced to public flogging for the "crime" of opposing the griffon invasion of Equestria. Steel Wing has this broadcast live over the radio across the country both as a morale blow, and [[BatmanGambit bait to lure out the Fear Lantern]], which proves successful. [[spoiler: And since the Lantern is Twilight's daughter Starburst, it also succeeds in [[BerserkButton pissing her off enough]] that she duels and kills him.]]
* "Fanfic/{{Frostbite}}": Dalsh Ruul is very calm and conversational most of the time he's torturing Tess, except when Tess' flat refusal to cooperate and constant repetition of her name, rank, and serial number start to get on his nerves.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Subverted in ''Film/ThePunisher2004'' when the MC hangs his victim upside down, threatens to torture him with a torch, and [[spoiler: runs a Popsicle up and down his back]].
* ''Film/ActOfValor'': CIA agent Lisa Morales is severely tortured, culminating with holes drilled through her hands and feet.
* The notorious ''Film/GuineaPig'' film series, released in Japan from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s, are nothing ''but'' graphic depiction of hardcore torture, often without even the pretense of a story. The most (in)famous one, ''Flowers Of Flesh And Blood'', depicts a woman being slowly dismembered by a psychopath. There's even an UrbanLegend that Creator/CharlieSheen watched it, thought it was a legitimate snuff film, and reported it to the FBI.
* In ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', Westley is subjected to this at one point by Count Rugen, the six-fingered man of Inigo Montoya's past, who considers himself a "scholar of pain."
* {{Film/Prisoners}}: Keller Dover resorts to this in an attempt to get information about his missing daughter.
* ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''
** By the Nazi agent Toht on the captive heroine. Marion is willing to confess when she sees the instruments, but Toht wants to torture her anyway.
** Later wryly subverted when Toht has Marion at his mercy again. He whips out an ominous-looking assemblage of rods and chains, she gasps in shock...[[spoiler:and he snaps it together to form a coat-hanger, drapes his leather greatcoat on it, and asks her with a polite smile what she knows.]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Darth Vader tortures Leia to get information; later, in ''The Empire Strikes Back'', he tortures Han and the other captives to lure Luke to him. (ScreamDiscretionShot comes into play.)
-->''"They didn't even ask any questions."''
** In the case of the former, the door shuts before we ever see any of the actual torture. However, the radio adaptation stays with the scene: Vader uses hallucinogenic drugs to make Leia believe she is suffering great pain. While she is physically safe, the emotional and psychological effects are played disturbingly straight. The novelization had a line suggesting her screams were loud enough to be heard in the hallway outside.
** The {{Novelization}} of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' made a passing reference to Leia's torture on the first Death Star. Evidently it included "fire knives" and "electrojabbers." Not so harmless, I'd say.
** Jabba the Hutt used torture to amuse himself. He even had ''droids'' tortured, and put a droid that loved the pain of others as much as he did in charge of it. A droid from a line that had, decades earlier, been given then-illegal interrogator droids' motivators by mistake.
** After Luke refuses to [[SelfMadeOrphan kill his father]] and take his place, Palpatine, [[VillainousBreakdown infuriated that something isn't going according to his plan]], proceeds to [[ElectricTorture slowly electrocute him.]] Thankfully for Luke it only lasts a few minutes before [[HeelFaceTurn his dad throws the Emperor down a reactor shaft.]] (Although, it is mentioned in some sources that Force Lightning is more like a pure evil energy than electricity which causes more than just physical pain, and that someone who survives it doesn't forget it easily...)
* ''Film/VForVendetta'':
** The source of V's [[BadassNormal resilience and strength]] was the gruesome medical experiments performed on him.
** Evey gets her courage to go back to "regular" society after she is tortured.
* Seen in the movie ''Film/{{Transsiberian}}.'' [[spoiler:Kolzak is a thug connected to a Russian drug-dealer, looking for information on one of their smugglers who stole a bunch of drugs and money from them. Near the climax of the film, he tortures the girlfriend of the drug-runner, but she legitimately doesn't know where her boyfriend is]]. The scene and the after effects are particularly gruesome.
* Creator/TakashiMiike hearts this trope in films such as ''Film/{{Audition}}'' and ''Film/IchiTheKiller''.
* In Creator/TerryGilliam's ''Film/{{Brazil}}'', the dark world of the future features white-collar {{Torture Technician}}s who have government offices, waiting rooms, and secretaries who transcribe their victims' screams. The major driving force of the plot is when a misidentified man is tortured to death by mistake. In the end, [[spoiler:the hero is tortured into insanity by the government torture technician, who just so happened to be his best friend.]]
-->"It's not my fault Buttle's heart condition didn't show up in Tuttle's file!"
* Vic Vega (Mr. Blonde) cutting off that cop's ear in ''Film/ReservoirDogs''.
* Marcellus Wallace in ''Film/PulpFiction'' promises to "get medieval" on Zed with a pair of pliers and a blowtorch in revenge for raping him.
* Bryan Mills in ''Film/{{Taken}}'' tortures a particularly nasty guy who is part of the slave ring that has his daughter by hammering two long, blunt and rusty nails into his thighs, connecting them to a fusebox and then [[ElectricTorture running current through them]] by turning on the light. And once he's gotten the info he's gotten from him, he leaves the guy in the room with the light still on. The UK version is better.
* In ''Literature/{{Perfume}}'', the captured VillainProtagonist is tortured to extract a confession, and then sentenced to be publicly broken in the process of his execution.
* In ''Film/FlashGordon'', Klytus and Kala inflict this on Princess Aura -- while her father watches, sipping a cocktail.
* In ''Film/TheRecruit'', there's a scene where Colin Farrell's character, who is training to be a CIA covert agent, is kidnapped along with his LoveInterest fellow recruit [[spoiler:(or so he believes)]], and after keeping and beating him for days the torturers approach him with this electric device that makes him completely ''shit'' himself -- it's the fact that he's portrayed up to this point as a really tough, brave character who won't be broken that makes his reaction so scary. A ScreamDiscretionShot follows. What kind of makes this whole scene a TearJerker too is that he only breaks when he's told that they have the LoveInterest and she's been tortured -- they prove this by throwing her pants at him to show she ''pissed herself in fear'' for God's sake -- [[spoiler:but it turns out that the whole thing is a set-up where the CIA kidnapped him for training purposes and the whole recruit class has been observing him while he's been captive, ''including'' the LoveInterest]].
** Possibly made worse by the fact that the purpose of the torture was to show the recruits that when captured and tortured, it doesn't matter how strong your will is, or how smart you are, or even ''what you know'': You. ''Will.'' Break. It wasn't designed to teach them how to resist torture, it was designed to show them what resistance would get them. ''And then they're told to resist anyway.''
* Dr. Szell, the twisted Nazi concentration-camp dentist, puts the protagonist of ''Film/MarathonMan'' through one of the most nightmarish torture sessions ever filmed. "Is it safe?"
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** In the opening sequence of ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', we see Bond repeatedly getting his head shoved into a bucket of ice water, stung with scorpions, and beaten, all for the guards' amusement. When the sequence concludes and the movie begins, the caption tells us that Bond has endured this treatment for over a year. Once rescued, we overhear Q talking about what else James went through: he'd be injected with poison and then his torturers would watch the poison take affect for some indeterminate amount of time before injecting the antidote. Multiple times.
** In ''Film/CasinoRoyale'', the BigBad uses a knotted rope, a bottomless chair, and some very [[GroinAttack strategic blows]] to persuade James Bond to reveal some very vital information. Specifically, [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfFunny that he has an itchy scrotum]]]].
* Captain Vidal in ''Film/PansLabyrinth'' seems a bit too fond of torturing rebels his soldiers capture, to the point at which he describes the "bond" developed between himself and the victim after various instruments (pliers, hammers, knives, etc) are used. He then orders the doctor to heal a captured rebel who was nearly tortured to death. [[spoiler:Thankfully the doctor is kind enough to euthanize the poor guy.]]
* ''Film/ClosetLand'' is one long torture session. The film was intended to dramatize the real-life fate of many Third-World dissidents.
* ''Film/TheGunsOfNavarone'':
** The heroes meet a pair of locals, one of whom was held by the Nazis for a while and tortured. She was so traumatized that she refuses to show anyone the scars from the experience. [[spoiler:But that's because there are no scars; she broke under just the threat of torture and has been acting as TheMole for the Nazis. After finding out, her close friend kills her with complete lack of emotion in a very disconcerting scene.]]
** In the film, an SS officer tortures an injured Major Franklin to try to make the others talk.
* ''Film/LawAbidingCitizen'' has a nice discretion shot for the torture scene, but it's described in a... cringe-worthy way.
** 'I took his fingers with bolt cutters, his toes with tin snips, his balls with a hacksaw, and his penis with a box cutter. How's that for specifics?'
* In ''Film/TheWayOfTheGun'', [[spoiler:Parker and Longbaugh torture Obecks the captured bodyguard on a makeshift rack]].
* Gavin Hood's ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rendition_%28film%29 Rendition]]'' features a full complement of contemporary methods of "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enhanced_interrogation enhanced interrogation techniques]]" including water-boarding and electricity, performed on a suspected terrorist.
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension''.
** Lord Whorfin hooks up Buckaroo to the Shock Tower and uses electricity to try to force him to tell Whorfin how to make his Overthruster work.
** Lord Whorfin's henchmen uses the "smeared with honey and covered with ants" bit on Penny Priddy, then kill her with a poisonous slug.
* ''Film/{{Unthinkable}}'' features an interrogator called "H", played by Creator/SamuelLJackson, who specializes in this sort of "questioning."
* This is the usual [=MO=] of the Convenience Store Killer in ''{{Cornered}}''.
* ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'': Moriarty sticks a hook in Holmes' shoulder, hangs him by it and, after [[WickedCultured singing along with some Schubert]], proceeds to swing Holmes around on it, tugging on him and twisting around the arm to which the violated shoulder is attached; his motivation for doing this seems to be half to get information and half just to prove that Holmes is his bitch.
* The main characters in ''Film/AmericanDreamer'' are captured by drug dealers, and when hung upside down, their captor explains just the kind of pain all the blood rushing to the head will do.
* ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''
** What Khan does to the scientists on Regula I in the {{Novelization}}. We only see the aftermath in the movie.
** Partially subverted/combined with RoaringRampageOfRevenge -- as Khan got more and more frustrated, he ended up beating the scientists to death with his bare hands.
* The 2013 drama film ''Film/{{Prisoners}}'' plays this painfully straight. Hugh Jackman hits, punches, threatens to stab, scalds, freezes and psychologically destroys the Paul Dano character who he thinks has kidnapped his and his best friend's daughters. What makes it even worse is that for most of the film, we don't know if he's a guilty kidnapper or an innocent retarded kid.
* ''Film/{{Matewan}}'': What Kenehan describes the Hutterite conscientious objectors suffering while in Fort Leavenworth, and later what a company man does to a ''14-year old boy'' caught stealing coal.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Literature/TheRadix: Adriana Borgia (a descendant of 'that' Borgias) tortures Edgar Wurm. [[spoiler:The scene becomes more creepy in hindsight, when we find out she was his daughter and knew it.]]
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': Duke Nobel threatens to subject Hermeline to this in order to get Reynard to comply with him in ''Reynard the Fox''. Given the severity of the crime (harming a priestess is a crime punishable by death no matter who you are), it's unclear whether or not he would have gone through with it.
** Ghul, a Glyconese TortureTechnician, plans to make Reynard suffer ''very slowly'' before killing him.
* ''Literature/{{Transition}}'' has a torturer's POV, in which he describes, among other things, his favorite methods, the importance of simply scaring people into talking, and the need to inflict a minimum amount of pain so that the agency he works for will remain feared. [[LaserGuidedKarma Don't worry:]] [[KarmicDeath he gets his.]]
* In the Gary Jennings novel ''The Journeyer'', set in 12th-century China, torture is a trade. The royal torture artist is called "The Tickler" (due to the words for "torture" and "tickle" sounding very close in Chinese) and he has apprentices.
* In Micah E. F. Martin's short story "Literature/TheCanticle", most of the cast are members of an inquisitorial sect. Naturally, this comes up often.
* In the ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'' series by Jacqueline Carey, the protagonist, Phedre, is a [[TooKinkyToTorture true masochist and craves and enjoys pain]], so normal BDSM torture occurs quite often. However, there is one scene in which Melisande tortures Phedre for sheer pleasure, and after a brief part of the scene is shown, we're treated to a literary ScreamDiscretionShot.
* Creator/DanAbnett has used this in various ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novels.
** In ''Xenos'', Literature/{{Eisenhorn}} is captured and tortured by a Chaos cult. They demonstrate the techniques with their threats, including the promise he will [[FrozenFace never smile]] again -- and the damage to his nerves is so extensive that he never will.
** In ''Malleus'', Eisenhorn is going to be "questioned" -- he knows he will not survive. [[BigDamnHeroes His friends]] [[GreatEscape stage a rescue]].
** In ''Literature/BrothersOfTheSnake'', the TownWithADarkSecret had lured Space Marines to capture and [[HumanSacrifice sacrifice]] one of them. They are found after the Marine has nearly been tortured to death.
** In the ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novel ''Only in Death'', the discovered Blood Pact camp holds many prisoners who have been gruesomely tortured; Mkoll {{Mercy Kill}}s them. [[spoiler:Until he recognizes Gaunt from [[ScarsAreForever an old scar]].]]
** In ''First & Only'', Heldane tortures [[spoiler:Rawne]]. We see it exclusively from the eyes of the rescue team, who [[ScreamDiscretionShot hear his screams]].
** In ''Honour Guard'', Pater Sin tortures [[spoiler:Yael]] to death as a [[HumanSacrifice sacrifice]] to his Chaos cult.
** In ''Necropolis'', the BackStory between Gaunt and Kowle is that Gaunt had him transferred from the front after Kowle had a trooper flogged to death for improper uniform.
* In Creator/AaronAllston's ''Literature/GalateaIn2D'', after the villain sends [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman magically animated paintings]] after him to kill him, the hero tracks them down and tortures one in the front of the other to get information. Produces [[WhatHaveIDone ghastly guilt]]; after defeating the villain, the hero tells them they can leave safely if they don't bother him again.
* In Creator/SpiderRobinson's ''Literature/VeryBadDeaths'', Alan is a wealthy hypersadist. Alan's repertoire includes drugs to enhance pain, drugs to prevent his victims from passing out, a perfect painkiller that lets him break every bone in someone's body then allows them to contemplate the excruciating pain they're about to experience. He boasts at one point that he kept someone dying horribly for 22 days.
* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga The Vor Game]]'', General Metzov's BackStory included torturing a prisoner to death.
** In ''Mirror Dance'', Baron Ryoval tortures Mark in {{Revenge}} for what Miles did to him -- not knowing, or caring, that it is Mark rather than Miles.
** In ''Borders of Infinity'', the Cetagandan prison camp that Miles has infiltrated is full of subtle and not-so-subtle tortures designed to break the prisoners' will, and every one of these tortures abides by the letter to interplanetary treaties on how to treat prisoners of war.
*** Access to trained medical personnel? Some of the prisoners are med-techs. They have no equipment, but they're medtechs.
*** Sufficient lighting? It's on all the time.
*** No solitary confinement? No individual cells at all.
*** And so on.
** Konstantin Bothari, appearing in ''Shards of Honor'', ''Barrayar'' and ''The Warrior's Apprentice'', is a mentally ill soldier with a troubled past, and used as a torturer/rapist by a sadistic admiral. Cordelia (as a prisoner of war) observes that "there are two victims in this room".
*** In ''The Warrior's Apprentice'', Miles orders Bothari (then his bodyguard) to interrogate a prisoner, inadvertently causing Bothari to lose control and torture the prisoner to death.
* Invoked in Creator/GKChesterton's ''Literature/TheManWhoWasThursday''
-->''Now listen to me. I like you. The consequence is that it would annoy me for just about two and a half minutes if I heard that you had died in torments. Well, if you ever tell the police or any human soul about us, I shall have that two and a half minutes of discomfort. On your discomfort I will not dwell. Good day. Mind the step.''
* In Diana Gabaldon's ''Literature/{{Outlander}}'', Col. Jack Randall tortures Jamie Fraser, shattering his hand and raping him. Earlier in the story, Randall had whipped Jamie twice in a week, so that he almost died. (His manner is disturbingly professional throughout, and his attentions, even when they aren't explicitly violent, are creepy. [[ScarsAreForever Jamie never physically recovers complete use of his hand, and keeps the scars through the series]].)
* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/IfThisGoesOn...'', Johnny is captured and tortured by the authorities of the CorruptChurch. Later, when he is offered a position as assassin (to ensure he knows how serious his commitment must be), they point out that he has at least one useful qualification for it -- they ''know'' that if the enemy catches him and puts him to the Question, he won't crack.
** Later in the novella, we learn that LaResistance has a ready source of suicide agents: men whose wives have been tortured by the secret police.
* In Creator/RobinHobb's ''[[Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings Royal Assassin]]'', Fitz is subjected to torture. There are also suggestions that the Fool may have been tortured earlier in the same book.
** And then, at the end of the second series starring Fitz, ([[spoiler:the Fool is physically and psychologically broken by a particularly horrific and extended series of torture, which included being flayed alive. Poor Fool]]).
* Talia was tortured in ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Arrows Fall]]'' by Creator/MercedesLackey. (Spoilered for gory details) [[spoiler:Talia is raped repeatedly, burned, branded by Hulda's magic, and has her feet crushed]]. She was portrayed with fairly realistic mental and emotional symptoms after she is finally rescued, and needs the help of another Mind Healer to block the emotional pain. Talia is one of the few [[spoiler:raped women]] who ''wasn't'' immediately cured by True Love. Bonus points to Lackey for that.
* Derry is tortured by Wencit and Rhydon in ''High Literature/{{Deryni}}''. In ''The King's Justice'', after [[spoiler:Duncan]] is captured at Dorna, Loris and Gorony keep him drugged with ''[[FantasticDrug merasha]]'' (the side effects are themselves very unpleasant) and torture him for hours, including [[ATasteOfTheLash multiple whippings]] and pulling out all his nails.
* In the Patrick O'Brian's ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' series, Stephen Maturin is tortured by French officers in Mahon. Details are sparse: his fingernails were pulled out among other things (the damage to his hands remains throughout the rest of the series, impacting his musical skill), but not only did he not break, even to revealing his nationality, he steals important papers while he is being rescued.
* In Creator/JKRowling's ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** The Cruciatus Curse. Repeated attacks drove Neville's parents insane, as revealed in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', then shown in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''.
** The Cruciatus Curse has been used on about half of the main characters in the series, Harry and Hermione probably being the most notable (with thanks to Voldemort and Bellatrix, respectively). Also, during the peak of Voldemort's reign, Hogwarts students were actually being ''forced'' by the Carrows to perform this curse on one another. Yeeps.
*** The Cruciatus Curse, a supreme form of torture such that no character has ever been shown withstanding it, seems to be definitively cold-blooded; it works best when the caster is in control, or who delights in the pain caused, whereas casting it out of spite or righteous anger is far less effective. Although, that said, it works just fine for Harry in Book 7 on Carrow because he "really means it".
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', [[SmugSnake Dolores]] [[Characters/HarryPotter Umbridge]] magically forces Harry to carve the words "I must not tell lies" onto the back of his hand through writing the line with a magic quill that cuts the line into his skin as he writes, pulling his blood out through the wounds and depositing it on the paper. By the end of the book, he's had to write "I must not tell lies" so many times that his hand is permanently scarred with it.
** ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' has Bellatrix torturing Hermione with a combination of the Cruciatus Curse and a knife for information. She seems rather fond of this--as Dumbledore says, she "plays with her food before she eats it". The film managed to make this even worse by having Bellatrix carve the word "mudblood" into Hermione's arm with her knife.
* In Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', when Pippin looks into the palantír, Sauron gives orders for him to be brought to Mordor rather than perform the on-the-spot MindProbe that he ''could'' have done. Gandalf explains that Sauron wished to deal with Pippin himself -- slowly. Brrrrrr...
** He also tortured Thráin (Thorin's father) while he had him prisoner in the BackStory to ''Literature/TheHobbit'', and Gollum in the BackStory to ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' (the latter was how Sauron and his minions learned that the Ring was loose in Middle-Earth). And that's the ''named'' victims.
** He also tortured Celebrimbor (the chief maker of the Rings of Power) to death in an attempt to get him to tell where the Rings were. Then he [[DeadGuyOnDisplay used Celebrimbor's body as a flag]] when he invaded Eregion.
** Poor Frodo in the tower of Cirith Ungol. What exactly happened to him was never specified, but odds are it wasn't good.
* In Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', Maedhros is tortured when Morgoth captures him. Enough that he [[ICannotSelfTerminate begs for death]] when Fingon tries to rescue him and looks like he won't succeed.
** While Húrin Thalion isn't ''physically'' harmed, he's still [[AndIMustScream horrifically tortured]].
** And in the "Lay of Leithian" when Sauron captures Beren, Finrod, and their ten followers, he has them "chained in chains that eat the flesh." And then has a demonic wolf eat them, one by one...
* In the Franchise/SherlockHolmes story "The Crooked Man" a soldier had been betrayed to the enemy by his rival in love and suffered [[ColdBloodedTorture horrific tortures]].
* Coralyn in ''Literature/TheLegendsongSaga'' encourages and makes extensive use of this practice, her son, Kalide, particularly enjoys it and is infamous for his 'skill'. He tends to be less cold-blooded about it, frequently becoming frustrated and losing control; getting him in trouble with Coralyn for causing excessive damage.
** [[spoiler: Bleyd]] and [[spoiler: Glynn]] are both on the receiving end from Kalide.
** Myrmidons fall into a coma to avoid it, requiring the trigger word within three days to waken them, or they die.
* Parodied in ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' where a Vogon captian tortures [[UnfazedEveryman Arthur]] and Ford with bad poetry
** It makes more sense when you realize that in the ''Hitchhiker's'' universe, Vogon poetry is capable of inflicting actual pain and suffering on its listeners. Vogons themselves are apparently immune to the effects.
* In Creator/PatriciaCWrede's ''[[Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles Talking to Dragons]]'', one [[EvilRedhead fire-witch]] tortured people to power her magic.
* Patrick Bateman from ''Literature/AmericanPsycho'' is a master of this trope, creating some of the most sickening and gruesome tortures ever put to print. He even keeps his victims alive longer ''just'' so they can experience more pain.
* JR Ward's Literature/BlackDaggerBrotherhood has Phury -- who, owing to a fucked-up mental state, enjoys taking a hammer and chisels to his enemies' joints and carving interesting shapes on their faces.
* ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'' trilogy features DeadpanSnarker Sand dan Glokta, an Inquisitor who does his job frequently and well. Since he was tortured horrifically for two years before taking up his current job and lives in constant pain, he really doesn't care about the agony he inflicts on others. He chops off, smashes and burns sensitive body parts several times in each book. Generally, this is done for information, but at other times he gets innocents to confess to crimes they never committed, after being ordered explicitly to do so. He also ends up torturing [[spoiler:Arch Lector Sult]] for the amusement of both himself and [[spoiler:Salem Rews]], though the man certainly deserved it.
* In William King's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} SpaceWolf'' novel ''Ragnar's Claw'', the [[WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture enslaved convicts]] are kept in line with the lash or inquisitors' interrogation machines.
** In ''Wolfblade'', Ragnor passes by where a prisoner is being questioned and feels rather queasy about it. When he realizes that the other Space Wolves, who have been on Terra longer, feel no misgivings at all about it, he is uneasy about the whole affair.
* {{Invoked}} in Creator/CSLewis's ''[[{{Narnia}} The Horse and His Boy]]''.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has the character of the Tickler, one of Gregor Clegane's merry band of psychopaths. He's first seen torturing civilians for information, and it's implied that he does very little else.
** There is also Ramsay Bolton, who likes to torture any living being, especially if said living being is a female. He also enjoys torturing [[spoiler:the second Reek.]]
* In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} ([[BlackAndGreyMorality noticing a theme yet?]]) ''Literature/{{Ultramarines}}'' novel ''Nightbringer'', practiced extensively by the Dark Eldar and by [[spoiler:de Valtos]]. When they raid [[spoiler:de Valtos's]] estate, they find [[spoiler:Solena Vergen's]] corpse and [[spoiler:Taryn Honan]], still alive and [[ICannotSelfTerminate asking for death]]; they had [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived their usefulness]].
** In ''Dead Sky Black Sun'', the captured {{Space Marine}}s are handed over to torturers.
** In ''The Killing Ground'', the Grey Knight, Leodegarius, clearly disbelieves in Uriel's protests of [[IncorruptiblePurePureness innocence]] and burns him to secure his compliance with the ordeals to test him for Chaos taint. (Once they pass the first ordeal, a mind probe, Leodegarius is far more conciliatory.)
* In Creator/GeorgeOrwell's novel ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'', prolonged ColdBloodedTorture of prisoners is standard practice at the [[SuperFunHappyThingOfDoom Ministry of Love]].
* In the first book of the ''Literature/WarchildSeries'', BigBad Falcone tortures Jos at the climax. Because he is also the man who raped and abused Jos as a child, this scene is undoubtedly a source of terror for both the protagonist and the reader.
* In JamesSwallow's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} ''Literature/BloodAngels'' novel ''Deus Encarmine'', the Word Bearers use this to make a [[BloodMagic sacrifice]]. Then, when one of them is captured, Inquisitor Stele uses it on him, culminating in a MindRape.
* In Patrick Rothfuss's ''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind'', when Kvothe finds the massacre, he hears the killers talk; Lord Haliax rebukes Cinder for not killing cleanly.
* ''Literature/TheExecutioner''. Being turned into a "turkey" is the fate of several people who anger TheMafia, usually leaving the protagonist Mack Bolan to inflict the MercyKill. Such torture is inflicted by specialists such as MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate "Fat Sal", who tortured undercover Federal agent Georgette Chebleu. While Bolan is not into torture himself, he does blow Sal's kneecaps off on this occasion before executing him.
* At one point in ''Literature/AlteredCarbon'' Takeshi Kovacs is captured and loaded into a VR torture program. This allows his captors to torture him in the body of a woman, which is more vulnerable to their techniques, as well as torture him to death before starting again in a fresh virtual body. Also, the [[YearInsideHourOutside accelerated time in VR]] means that they can subject him to several days of torture in only a few minutes.
* Torture of various forms crops up a several times in the sequel ''Broken Angels''. The most notable are:
** The company goon whose cortical stack Kovacs captures. He sets him up in a bare-bones VR to interrogate him, but doesn't have the time or inclination to bother with the normal torture. So he just threatens to leave the guy there. In the VR that's just an empty room on an endless gray plane, with nothing to do whatsoever. And the hardware for the VR is a low power unit in a random location running on a [[YearInsideHourOutside high time ratio]]. So by the time the guy would be found (if ever) he would have spent the equivalent of several hundred years in an empty room with nothing to do and no way to even kill himself. Kovacs is confident that the goon would be utterly insane before the end. Naturally the guy cracks and tells Kovaks what he wants to know.
** One character is subjected to the Wedge punishment for traitors; a machine designed to slowly torture them to death over the course of a day. While the machine is busy flaying skin, breaking bones and cracking teeth for the enjoyment of the watching crowd, it's also carefully administering drugs and medical attention to ensure that the subject is alive and conscious for as much of the ordeal as possible.
* In the book ''Messiah'' by Creator/BorisStarling, the police are chasing a serial killer who [[spoiler:believes himself to be Christ and is gathering apostles by murdering people by the names of James, Peter, Thomas, etc, based on how the apostle with the matching name is said to have died]]. One gruesome murder consists of the victim being [[FlayingAlive flayed alive]] - while kept upside down in order to stay conscious for as long as possible.
* In ''Oath of Gold'', the third novel of ''Literature/TheDeedOfPaksenarrion'' by Creator/ElizabethMoon, the paladin buys the freedom of the lost king by enduring days of torture at the hands of priests of Liart, the god of torment.
* In ''Literature/TheSwordOfTruth'', this is the function of the Mord-Sith. Virtually all villains in the series demonstrate a fondness for torture, although at one point the "[[DesignatedHero good guys]]" have an enemy soldier tortured to death after he gives them the information.
* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''[[JohnCarterOfMars A Princess of Mars]]'', the Green Martians are fond of this. In Sola's BackStory, they tortured her mother in an attempt to learn who her father had been.
** In ''A Fighting Man of Mars'', Tan Hadron is threatened with this twice.
* The Cable Street Particulars are ... particular in this regard in Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/NightWatch''. When a building full of their victims is found, Vimes goes to each cell to give what help he can. He also has a knife with him, for the same reason. [[MercyKill Think about that]].
* In Susan Matthews's novel ''Exchange of Hostages'', a doctor is drafted into service as an official torturer of the state. He is {{squick}}ed to discover that he enjoys it - a lot.
* Creator/WalterMoers's book ''Literature/RumoAndHisMiraculousAdventures'' has General Tictoc, the love of his life -- a pimped-out Iron Maiden -- and Rala, the main character's love interest.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book ''Turn Coat'', the [[EldritchAbomination skinwalker]] tortures [[spoiler:Thomas by peeling strips of skin off and [[HealingFactor waiting for them to grow back]]. Once he's so low on vamp energy that he's about to die, it feeds him someone, who, given his current state, he's guaranteed to kill. Then it starts the process over. By the time Harry gets him back, Thomas is so completely [[BreakTheCutie broken]] that he's stopped caring about much of anything.]]
** Harry undergoes a milder version himself in ''Dead Beat'' at the hands of [[spoiler:Cassius, who wanted revenge for Harry's JackBauerInterrogationTechnique last time they met]]. It's mentioned three books later that he still has scars from having his stomach beaten with a chain for who knows how long.
*** Yeah, the knife cutting into his abdominal wall had nothing to do with that.
** This trope barely covers what Mab did to the traitorous winter knight, from Summer Knight until [[spoiler:Harry killed in ''Changes'', which was roughly 6 years later]]
** Harry himself does this in ''White Night'' to one of a group of ghouls who raped, killed, and partially ate two teenage Wardens-in-training. He blasts a hole in the desert sand, dumps the ghoul in, melts the sand around it, then leaves a trail of orange juice from the ghoul to a nest of fire ants. He does MercyKill the ghoul eventually at the behest of Ramirez, but still, DAMN.
** Heavily implied that [[spoiler:Lily was tortured by Maeve and Lloyd for an unknown amount of time for the amusement of the Winter Court]]
* The [[Literature/NewJediOrder Yuuzhan Vong]] torture ''all the time'', but as they attach spiritual significance to pain in all its forms, they're generally not "Cold-blooded" about it. (In fact, it's implied that they see torturing someone to death as being more merciful than straight-up killing them, as it gives them the chance to connect with the gods before they die. Yes, this civilization is [[ScaryDogmaticAliens massively screwed up]]. However did you guess?)
* In the Creator/DaleBrown novels, [[spoiler:David Luger]] was tortured by his Soviet captors as part of his {{brainwash|ed}}ing. ''Wings of Fire'' has some redshirts tortured to death by the Libyans. ''Executive Intent'' has [[spoiler:Wayne Macomber]] being badly beaten by GRU agents.
* Considering that it's the story of a professional torturer, there is surprisingly little of this trope in ''Literature/BookOfTheNewSun.'' (The narrator actually [[LampshadeHanging mentions]] that it isn't a book for people who enjoy reading about such things.) We do see a few torture-executions and one very horrible device, the Revolutionary: [[spoiler:a MindRape device whose victims become their own worst enemy, to the point where they will tear off their own eyelids because they hate themselves so much.]]
* If it wasn't already obvious that Colonel Williams from ''Literature/{{Tranquilium}}'' was an '''anti'''hero, there is a brief, but graphic description of how he had his men torture a key Soviet spy to death over a long period of time, drawing out enough information out of him to take down a huge part of the Soviet intelligence network in Tranquilium. Ofcourse, the Soviets try this on Gleb too, but it's rather subtler as they were trying to break his spirit and ''recruit'' him.
* [[Literature/TheElricSaga Elric's]] torturer Doctor Jest gets his hands on some spies early in the series. It's a toss-up which is worse: the Doctor's gleeful professionalism, Elric's bored demeanor, or author Michael Moorcock's discrete yet horrifying references to the proceedings...
** Happens to Corum and the hands of Glandyth in one of his other series.
* In the ''Literature/FarsalaTrilogy'', Garren orders this done to Kavi. What makes it particularly horrifying is that, as far as torture goes, it's relatively tame, but relentless.
* [[Literature/RogueWarrior Richard Marcinko]] is funny about this. On the one hand he sees torture as a necessary evil in obtaining information when lives are on the line. On the other hand, he despises those who go beyond the call of duty and enjoy it. In his post 9/11 novel he has a female soldier absolutely butcher a terrorist to death, however he taped the orders to do whatever it takes from the President and uses it as blackmail.
* [[SmugSnake Cree Bega]], TheDragon in ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheJerleShannara'', is fond of doing this. He and his [[LizardFolk Mwellrets]] eagerly torture the seer Ryer Ord Star, stripping, beating, cutting, and (possibly) raping her. He later [[KickTheDog tells her friend]] Ahren [[JustBetweenYouAndMe all about it]].
* In Andy Hoare's WhiteScars novel ''Hunt for Voldorius'', how the Alpha Legion tries to secure Malya's compliance.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/AWitchShallBeBorn" Salome subjects her sister to this after usurping her throne, starting with rape; when physical pain no longer hurts her, she opts to demonstrate her RevengeByProxy.
** In ''Literature/TheDevilInIron'', Octavia's refusal to allure Conan is silenced by threatening her with the torturer.
** In ''Literature/ShadowsInTheMoonlight'', Olivia [[DreamingOfTimesGoneBy dreams]] of a [[HalfHumanHybrid demigod]] being tortured to death. [[PhysicalGod His father]] arrives only after his son [[CallOnMe calls on him]] and is murdered]]. He opts for TakenForGranite, with the victims coming alive now and again.
* In ''Literature/PerryRhodan'', the Empire of Arkon has been known to combine this with capital punishment in the form of the so-called "infinite" death penalty, which involves the condemned being repeatedly executed and promptly revived again for another round until the reanimation attempts finally fail for good. During some of the Empire's more decadent periods, this ''has'' been used as [[BreadAndCircuses a form of public entertainment]].
* In ''People of the Book'', Reuben aka Renato, a converted Jew, is tortured to death for "Judaizing", trying to convert a Christian woman into a Jew.
* In Philip Kerr's ''The Second Angel'', Prevezer is forced to do this to Gates and Dallas by Rimmer, under threat of death. Even though it doesn't go into explicit detail as to exactly what's happening to Dallas and Gates inside the Simworld, we're probably better off not knowing.
* In ''[[Literature/ShadowsOfTheApt Blood of the Mantis]]'', the Ants torture [[spoiler:Sperra]]. Particularly cold-blooded in that they found her side innocent and show no remorse.
** The Empire does it throughout the series.
* In Creator/StephenHunt's ''The Court of the Air'', [[spoiler:Molly]] suffers this to control the Hexamachine through her.
** In ''The Rise of the Iron Moon'', [[spoiler:Molly and Coppertracks]] are subjected to this for scientific purposes.
* The Literature/InDeath series: David Palmer from ''Midnight in Death'' has done this to his victims and so... ''clinically''.
* Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: The Vigilantes have inflicted this on some villains, like John Chai from ''Vendetta'' and Karl Woodley from ''The Jury''. It's okay, because those villains had it coming to them!
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' has a book where Tobias is captured by a sadistic human-controller named Taylor and tortured with an AgonyBeam.
* In Teresa Frohock's ''Literature/MiserereAnAutumnTale'', Catarina did this to Lucian, laming him.
* The torture in later chapters of ''Literature/CountAndCountess'' is calculated, methodical, and occasionally hard to read.
* ''Literature/DarkFuture'''s [[ReligionOfEvil Church Of Joseph]] engages in this in order to spill blood to hasten the coming of the Dark Ones. Seth deliberately pushes resettlers from their vehicles in Route 666, has Josephites flagellate themselves to death and Jesuit commandos crucified and kept alive with occasional doses of water in Krokodil Tears, in order that their deaths are prolonged to make them better food for the Dark Ones.
* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Literature/{{Freckles}}'', Black Jack agreed that Wessner can kill Freckles however he pleases, but object to watching.
-->''We agreed to take out these trees and leave him for you to dispose of whatever way you please, provided you shut him up eternally on this deal. But I'll not see a tied man tormented by a fellow that he can lick up the ground with, loose, and that's flat. It raises my gorge to think what he'll get when we're gone, but you needn't think you're free to begin before. ''
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's "A World Called Maanerek", the Hegemony ship, having suffered too many discipline problems, had taken over part of a planet and let the men abuse the men and children there, and rape the women, freely to release their pent-up aggression.
* Several characters are subjected to this in ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Mockingjay]]'' including [[spoiler:Johanna Mason, Annie Cresta and Peeta Mellark.]]
* [[spoiler: The computer SIM]], in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', can't use conventional tortures and has to get creative - but it ''is'' called torture, several times. This is done partially to get something equivalent to a RestrainingBolt removed, partly for fun - as soon as [[NiceJobBreakingItHero someone else undoes that]], they start getting put through the same thing.
--> "[[spoiler: Malik]] was a brilliant computer programmer, but not a very good soldier. Especially since I've kept him trapped in this room for hours, turning the lights on and off, raising the heat to the boiling point, then letting the room nearly freeze over. In between, I'd send [[HollywoodAcid crab droids]] in to hunt him."
* The Literature/FirebirdTrilogy
** The dendric striker is used once on a {{mook}} who had failed his mission and once on a prisoner who the Shuhr had no more need for and wanted to make a point with.
-->''"It causes all the central motor neurons to fire. Every muscle contracts, every synapse sparks as if it were insane. It will tear your muscles from the bones, and eventually stop your breathing . . . but it leaves sensory nerves intact to the very end."''
** The worst of the Netaian execution methods fall under this, too. There's the D-wave rifles, which disrupt and then destroy nerve cells, crazing the victim with pain. Firebird's sister intended to execute her using it under vigilante "justice." And then there's lustration, which is when super-heated plates are set at the end of the prisoner's extremities and very slowly moved inwards, vaporizing flesh and bone but leaving the victim alive until the plates reach the torso. Firebird was sentenced to die via this method.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye}}'', [[spoiler:Dragur]] observes that only the unimaginative resort to this, since a man will say anything to stop the pain.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Storm Over Literature/{{Warlock}}'', the Throg threatens Shann with this to get him to make a broadcast and lure a ship in, so that it can be disposed of, preventing news from getting back. He does make the broadcast, and gives the warning cryptically, so it's only when the ship veers off that they drag him off for it. They strap him to a frame so that arrivals will see him and be warned. When a counter-attack comes, the leader appears to ponder whether to drag him with them so that ThePromise to do this can be fulfill. [[spoiler:Thorvald, arriving to cut him loose, looks anxiously over him to see if he's hurt, and Shann assures him that they arrived soon enough.]]
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/TheZeroStone'', Jern arrived home to find his father dead, bound to his chair with ropes that are covered with blood -- in a RansackedRoom.
* Torture of a rather Pavlovian nature makes up the backbone of ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'''s second act, where VillainProtagonist [[TheSociopath Alex]] is "cured" of his criminal impulses by being forcibly drugged and brainwashed to [[RestrainingBolt become violently ill]] when he thinks of crime. Of course, this process is pretty nasty, and the resulting miserable helplessness is even worse, eventually [[spoiler: [[DrivenToSuicide leading him to attempt suicide]]]].
-->'''Alex''': Stop it, stop it, stop it. Oh, I've had enough. It's not fair, you vonny sods!
-->'''Dr. Brodsky''': First class. You're doing really well. Just one more and then we're finished...
-->'''Alex''': Stop! Stop, you [[ConLang grahzny disgusting sods]]. It's a sin, that's what it is, a filthy unforgivable sin, you bratchnies!
* The death penalty in ''Literature/FrostflowerAndThorn'' is a form of this, and [[spoiler:Frostflower herself experiences liberal amounts of torture when questioned about the identity of her "stolen" child's parents. While the priestly family stand singing hymns around the altar she is being tortured on.]]
* In ''Literature/TheRedVixenAdventures'', pirate turned bodyguard Alinadar is captured by her old pirate commander and has her entire pelt shaved off and left bound outside in the cold rain to die of hypothermia.
* The ''Literature/DanielFaust'' series:
** Torture -- and making suspected troublemakers watch, to teach them a lesson -- is Nicky Agnelli's preferred way of dealing with traitors. Juliette and Justine, his [[TortureTechnician torture technicians]], refer to the act as "our favorite game: attitude adjustment!"
** Caitlin grants [[spoiler: Carl Holt]] a swift death, because he's mortally wounded, in shock, and torturing him "wouldn't have been any fun." [[spoiler: His partner Alvin]], on the other hand, isn't so lucky. Given some of Caitlin's remarks, she enjoys torture as a recreational pastime and according to Nicky, she tortured [[spoiler:an angel she captured]] until its mind shattered.
** When Daniel first meets Naavarasi, she's torturing a food critic who panned her restaurant. It reads like she's acting more out of petty spite than actual sadism.
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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' came up with some ''doozies''!
** Scorpius had lots of fun with the Aurora Chair -- plus the mind-control probes he'd use to make his prisoners torture ''themselves'', resulting in a charming scene where he made Grunchlk bite off two of his own fingers.
** In the Shadow Depository storyline, Natira, the owner of the bank, was so good at this that part of her own body is dedicated exclusively to poking her victim's eyes out, making her even ''creepier'' than the [[Franchise/StarTrek Borg Queen]].
** The really nighmarish one one took place in "A Clockwork Nebari" and featured our hero ''getting his eyeballs pulled out''. They even showed that one in the ''trailer''. Jesus ''fuck''.
** [[TheNapoleon Rygel]] slowly carving a Charrid soldier up with his own knife--not for answers, but for fun. True, he got answers, but still...
** Under considerable stress and SanitySlippage, Talyn starts torturing Crais via their neural link, resulting in hideous sores growing on Crais's body as he screams at Crichton to put him out of his misery.
** [[spoiler: Pregnant]] Aeryn endures torture-by-Scarran-heat-probe in season 4. Given that she's Sebacean and therefore has a natural intolerance for heat (which is exacerbated by the [[spoiler: pregnancy]])...yikes.
* ''Series/TwentyFour'':
** Jack Bauer. [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique Over and over and over again]]. To the point where CTU torture innocent people, even have hired torturers on their pay roll.
** In addition, Audrey Raines was [[spoiler:tortured by the Chinese government for months until her mind completely broke down]]. This would be the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique had someone mentioned that Audrey went through this for some reason ''other than'' [[spoiler:the Chinese believing this would be a trump card against Jack Bauer at some point due to having tortured ''him'' for nearly two years and failed to break him]].
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** Adelai Niska is shown to be a rather twisted individual early on when he shows ''Serenity'''s crew the tortured body of his nephew during "The Train Job", but in the episode "War Stories", he gets his hands on Mal and Wash and puts them to the torture in revenge for what happened in that episode. He opens up with ElectricTorture on them, but when Zoe gets Wash out of there, Niska gets extra nasty with Mal, first [[EarAche cutting off his ear to give to Zoe]] and then using a rather nasty little device on Mal that ends up ''killing him''...and then Niska brings Mal back to life just so he can torture him some more. His reason for doing this is because he strongly believes in the works of Shan Yu, which hold that only when you put someone through hell will you finally meet the real man. Niska's other reason was in regards to reputation -- brutally torturing Mal would let others in the 'Verse know the consequences of crossing him like Mal did. Meeting [[TheDeterminator the real Malcolm Reynolds]] proves to be a very painful experience for him.
** Jubal Early, from the episode "Objects in Space". Tying up Kaylee in the engine room and threatening to rape her for interfering with his plans was [[MoralEventHorizon bad enough]], but then we hear from River during her BreakingSpeech that he once tortured his neighbor's dog to death, which lays bare his true nature as a PsychoForHire in general.
** The Reavers (psychotic cannibalistic zombie-like barbarians) not only kill their victims in the most horrible and prolonged manner possible (remember, you are VERY lucky if you are already dead by the time they start their meal) but also apply torture as a recruiting solution - they force some of the prisoners witness the unthinkable sufferings their comrades are put to until they completely snap and embrace the Reavers' ways. The bastards then leave these mishaps as a surprise gift for the rescue team...
** The cruel medical experimentation performed on River at the Academy, described partially in horrifying detail by Simon in "Ariel", could also qualify.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Chain of Command, part 2", Picard is captured by Cardassians. They use drugs to extract information, but [[InterrogatedForNothing later]] Madred tortures him ''just for the sake of it''. And beyond that, Picard later reveals to Counselor Troi that, just for a moment, Madred had successfully broken his mind.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': When Romulans discover that Bashir cannot be mind-probed, they torture him for information.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'':
** There's an episode where the inmates of an insane asylum get loose and take particular pleasure in using a very nasty device that simply activates the pain receivers in the brain, resulting in an increasing sensation of pain the longer it's kept on with no evidence afterward, and theoretically nothing to stop the pain until you die from it. The fact that ''the Federation'' was shown to use such a device even in those early, ridiculously idealistic days of the franchise is quite chilling.
** Another episode in the original series, named 'The Empath' uses this tropes as the entire PLOT. A race of aliens named the Vians subject both Kirk and [=McCoy=] to physical torture to see how an alien named Gem (who's race is able to cure the physical injuries by taking them on themselves) will react. It turns out the Vians have the power to save Gem's dying planet, but will not do so unless she is willing to sacrifice herself for victims, proving her race compassionate enough to save. No prizes for spotting the hypocrisy in this scenario.
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'': The agony booth in the MirrorUniverse was developed by Dr. Phlox, who is a [[TortureTechnician master of torture]] in his universe, as well as [[MadDoctor a doctor]], in order to cause the subject continuous pain via nerve stimulation. It also continually switched nerve clusters in order to prevent the victim from getting accustomed to the pain. In one ExpandedUniverse novel, the mirror-Chekov was killed by being left in the agony booth by Tiberius (mirror-Kirk) set on high (right after the "Mirror, Mirror" episode).
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** Willow kills Warren in a very gruesome way in Season 6 following her [[BewareTheNiceOnes transformation]] from meek geek to BigBad of Season 6. She first impales him with the bullet that he shot Buffy with, then ''rips his skin off'' before ''burning him alive''.
** [[spoiler:He gets even with her]] in the Season 8 comics, when [[spoiler:he slowly lobotomizes her -- but she is rescued and able to heal herself.]]
** Angelus (and by extension Angel) is implied to be good at this too. While torturing Giles also mentions how chainsaws are liable to make torture that much more fun. A pissed off Angel notes that he knows enough about blood transfusions to keep a person alive no matter what parts he cuts off.
** Another example from Angelus was the psychological torture he inflicted on Drusilla before he turned her that drove her crazy. After this, Drusilla is quite a fan of inflicting torture on people as well.
** Spike hired a vampiric TortureTechnician to get the location of the Gem of Amara from Angel. It mostly involved red hot pokers.
** Faith tortures Wesley while laying out the primary torture groups (she was using Sharp). Needless to say, this makes their later cooperation in defeating a BigBad... a tad awkward.
** In the spin-off, Wolfram and Hart has a special hell dimension where they keep people who have really ticked them off. The victim is brutally tortured by a giant demon before having their heart torn out before growing a new one. And the worst part? During all of this, their mind is purposefully programmed to believe they have a perfect suburban life so they have no ability to deal with the torture each time it occurs.
** And early in Season 2 Buffy dangles a cross on a chain down a vampire's throat for information. Bad enough even if it wouldn't burn.
** Spike references the fact that he is quite the TortureTechnician himself in Angel series 5, mentioning that he got out of servant of Illyria, 'screams, various bodily fluids and a name'.
* In the ''{{Roswell}}'' episode "The White Room", [[TheMenInBlack Agent Pierce]] tortures Max to get him to reveal the location of the [[MacGuffin second alien orb]]. He uses hallucinogenic drugs, [[ElectricTorture electric torture]], some lectures, and a shirtless dunk in ice water. Max withstands the torture, but gives in when [[spoiler:Pierce threatens to kill his girlfriend Liz]]. He then threatens Max with [[PlayingWithSyringes live dissection]] to get Max to show him how the orbs work. Through all his threats, Pierce remains [[SoftspokenSadist calm and professional]].
* Used often enough in ''Series/{{The Vampire Diaries}}'' to suspect at least some AuthorAppeal.
** Damon tortures Mason to get information out of him and then kills him.
** Brady does this with Caroline in "Daddy Issues".
** Jules does with Damon in "Crying Wolf". Damon acknowledges the irony.
** In the Season 3 premiere we see Stefan torturing a werewolf by chaining him to a wall over a dart board and throwing darts at him that have been dipped in wolfsbane.
** As of Season 4, most of the main characters have tortured, been tortured, or both. [[AllIsWellThatEndsWell There are never any lasting repercussions, though.]]
* Captain Jack Harkness of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', is unable to stay dead, always reviving after some time that varies depending on how injured he is, and this is repeatedly used against him. For example:
** In the episode "Exit Wounds", [[spoiler:his nemesis Captain John Hart takes him back to 27 A.D. in Cardiff where Jack's long-lost brother Gray buries him alive as punishment for not saving him from an attack when they were children. He is eventually dug up by Torchwood in 1901, having repeatedly suffocated and revived for 1874 years.]]
** In the third series, ''Children of Earth'', [[spoiler:an attempt to kill Jack with a bomb in his stomach fails, so after his body reassembles itself and he revives, he is sealed in concrete until Ianto comes with a fork truck to break him out by dropping the concrete block off a cliff.]]
** Then there's the end of ''Series/DoctorWho'''s third new season. [[spoiler:He's captured by a very, very gleeful Master. A gleeful homicidal and practical Master]]. And probably spends the next ''year'' being tortured and killed in every possibly concievable way.
*** When Torchwood picks up in a new series chronologically after this, he tells Gwen, "I have died...''so'' many times."
** In "Countrycide", Jack claims that he himself has experience doing this.
** In ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'' we get a flashback of Jack being chained in a basement and killed repeatedly.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E5Underworld Underworld]]'', Herrick is tortured to get the truth out of him.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E4TheSunMakers The Sun Makers]]'', the Others threat to burn the Doctor with a red-hot iron.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E1TheMasqueOfMandragora The Masque of Mandragora]]'', Marco is tortured to get him to accuse the Duke.
* An episode of ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' has the much loathed [[TheScrappy Stuckey]] taking out his frustrations on Elliot's chest with a knife... Ouchies. Any permanent damage [[HollywoodHealing isn't very likely]].
* In ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', an Islamic terrorist spends four months torturing main character Ziva for information. It doesn't [[TortureAlwaysWorks work.]]
* In the ''Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}}'' universe most of the Big Bads go with a patented AgonyBeam and MindRape to get information and their jollies.
** Ba'al, by far the most MagnificentBastard of the series, wasn't satisfied with something so menial. While holding Jack O'Neil captive he tortured him to death dozens of times using everything from daggers to acid. And then, when Jack dies, he has him popped in a Sarcophagus so he can be revived to go through it all over again. The combination of torture and the mental decay from repeated resurrections drove him to demand death before he could give in.
** The Goa'uld Marduk's own people killed him [[spoiler:(or tried to)]] by locking him in a healing sarcophagus with a dangerous, flesh-eating predator. He was eaten alive while the sarcophagus continuously regenerated him...
** Even worse is the Goa'uld Sokar. He basically takes the personage of the devil and even goes so far as to turn an entire planet into a literal hell just to invoke this trope, complete with people screaming in agony and gleefully listening to it.
* ''Series/BabylonFive''
** In "Ceremonies of light and dark", the Special-Operations-turned-Nightwatch guy recollects taking seven days to kill a Minbari. He cut his victim to pieces, starting from the digits and extremities and tying off the body part to be removed next, so as to avoid his victim dying from blood loss. He ends his story with "It was beautiful, you should have seen it." And ''then'' he starts singing ''Dem Bones'' in CreepyMonotone...
** Also, [[TheCaligula Emperor Cartagia]] of the Centauri tortured G'Kar to the brink of death several times, mostly as an amusing diversion.
** The Inquisitor
** The episode where Sheridan is imprisoned. Made even more chilling by the fact that it uses a methodology ''based on real torture techniques''.
* In ''Series/{{Lost}}'', when IllGirl RichBitch Shannon almost dies of asthma and Sawyer has her medicine, Sayid tortures him for information by jamming reeds under Sawyer's fingernails. He follows that by threatening to stab Sawyer in the eye before Jack stops him.
** Actually, torture as a whole is ''very'' important in Sayid's backstory. He was a TortureTechnician for the Iraqi Republican Guard, after all.
* ''Series/PrisonBreak'':
** Used by Mahone on Wyatt. Wyatt killed Mahone's son. Consider it payback time. Mahone shoves a needle into Wyatt's finger. Oh, and he's also connected to a defibrillator that will give him a wake-up call when he starts to fall unconcious due to the pain. The effects are spectacular, as the normally completely [[TheStoic stoic]] Wyatt is screaming and wheezing from the crippling pain.
** Wyatt himself is both a ProfessionalKiller and a TortureTechnician for the Company. He repeatedly invades people's homes to slowly torture them for information. He's most thorough with Gretchen Morgan, whom he ties up and locks up in a tiny cell with nothing but a bucket for days, occasionally coming back to explain what he's going to do to her next.
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'', alien abductees are tortured and "tested" by their alien abductors.
** Duane Barry, a deranged former FBI encountered in Season 2 reports that he had his teeth drilled with lasers (while awake) and implants inserted into his nose and gums.
** Women who get taken aboard get their ova removed -- Scully is one, though she does not remember much.
** The pinnacle comes when Mulder himself is abducted in Season 8. Shots of him show he has metal anchor rods ''drilled right through his wrists and ankles'' to a stone chair and forced to endure painful procedures, like open heart surgery while still awake and with no anethesia. Like Duane Barry, he has his teeth drilled, and his mouth held open by hooks inserted into his cheeks.
** MonsterOfTheWeek "Beyond the Sea" episode had a pair of kidnapped teenagers tortured by a SerialKiller.
* In ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'', Chalky White is effectively TheDon of Atlantic City's black underworld. One night, a group of out of state gangsters attempt to kill him, but not being familiar with him, get [[TheDriver his driver]] instead. To try to find out who was behind this, Chalky and some of the {{Dirty Cop}}s he works with bring in one of the leaders of the local KKK group. Before he starts going to work, Chalky shows the man a group of large, vaguely menacing tools, and explains that they belonged to his father, a self-taught carpenter who was lynched after doing some work for a white man. Sometime later, Chalky exits the room and confidently says that the Klan wasn't involved in the murder. When asked why he's so sure, he responds "There comes a point when you ''know'' a man is telling you the truth. We passed that point 10 minutes ago". To drive things home, he unwraps the bundle that holds the tools, revealing a [[{{Fingore}} severed finger]] with a Klan ring still on it. Chalky then absently wonders whether the man will want the ring back, or if it will be adding insult to injury.
* Institutionalised by the ''Series/BlakesSeven'' Federation. Most torture occurs offscreen, but it's implied to be common procedure, especially for suspected politicals.
-->"I'm going to start by burning out your eyes..."
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* In ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'', Aura starts to torture Flash for refusing her. Fortunately for him, she's enough in love to freak out at the actual pain.
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* [[BigBad Haine]] inflicts this on both [[spoiler: Marcus and Sylvestre]] in ''Roleplay/YuGiOhEastAcademy''. Never mind the Shadow Game, the deck he uses is essentially made as a collection of ''his favorite torture devices.''
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* The Dark Eldar, a faction in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' revolves its entire culture and ''survival'' around extreme torture. And they enjoy it, too.
** As mentioned in other ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' examples on this page, this is also standard procedure for both Inquisitors and their many enemies.
** The NightLords legion of Chaos Space Marines make this their [[PlanetOfHats hat]], along with being TheDreaded.
* Devils in ''DungeonsAndDragons'' harness their power by torturing the souls of the damned:
-->''To devils, these souls are all the same — clay to be sculpted...even as it screams.''
** Pain devils are specifically designed to function as torturers, but the worst by far is Alloces, the Butcher of Nessus. A unique devil who was a gruesome torturer even when he was [[LightIsNotGood an angel]], Alloces' reasons for torture have shifted over the countless years he's been doing it. First it was simply inflicting pain and suffering for the enjoyment of it, which shifted into turning the infliction of pain into an art form, which changed into a study of the nature of life and the resiliance and malleability of flesh (he was experimenting on other angels at the time, mind), to experimenting on torturing souls and other devils to see what he could make out of them.
*** Kytons, or chain devils, are another type of devil that specializes in torture. They are the rulers of Jangling Hiter, a city in the Third Hell were torture is the biggest source of revenue. They and pain devils are hated rivals.
** The ''Book of Vile Darkness'' suppliment actually gives official rules for interrogation using torture. (Meaning how to determine how someone can successfully get a victim to talk by using it.) This is recommended for villains only, naturally, much like a lot of the stuff in the book.
** Fourth Edition has a ''god'' devoted to this -- Torog, God of Jailers, Torturers and the Underdark.
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' setting, Routine torture done solely for information counts as a [[MoralEventHorizon Act of Ultimate Darkness]] that always gets the character attention from the [[PowersThatBe Dark Powers]] when done to a good aligned character or a family member. Even when done to evil or neutral aligned characters, you have a relatively high chance of attracting attention from the Dark Powers. In the case of sadistic torture, done for pleasure, torturing anyone but an evil character is an Act Of Ultimate Darkness and even torturing an evil character has a very high chance of attracting the Dark Powers' attention.
* Subverted in the TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}} adventure CLONES IN SPACE. The aliens' idea of torture is... alien, revolving mostly around things which offend their developed aesthetic sense, like [[spoiler:listening to Waylon Jennings]]. After a while, the players should get into the spirit and start shouting "Do your worst, Commie alien scum! We'll NEVER betray The Computer!"
** In Alpha Complex itself, Internal Security tortures people for information.
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* In ''VideoGame/CallOfCthulhuDarkCornersOfTheEarth'', Jack is tortured with jumper cables by a doctor working for the FBI. It says a lot about the horrors he's seen that it takes several high-powered shocks and threatening to send him back to the asylum for him to agree to return to Innsmouth.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', two guards are gleefully beating [[spoiler:Celes]] and jeering over the treatment she's to receive the following day when [[spoiler:Locke]] shows in to rescue her in South Figaro.
* In ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry 2'', [[spoiler:Kaptain K. Rool is seen beating Donkey Kong before you fight him aboard the Flying Krock.]]
* In the ''{{Halo}}'' universe, there is a torture device known as Cupid's Knife. It makes the victim feel pain whenever they think any negative thoughts about the user, forcing them to love their torturer, hence the name.
** "The Knife is gonna hurt you. A lot. Only way to stop the pain is to surrender, to break, to love..."
* Used in the first game of the ''MegamanBattleNetwork'' series.
-->'''Colorman:''' Now, now, I'll delete you soon enough... Heheh! But first I'll watch you squirm a little!
* In the ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' the Sith use Force Lightning or just common electricity, at different times, to extract information, [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil convert Jedi to the Dark Side]], [[YouHaveFailedMe punish apprentices for faults]] and ''as a part of a question-and-answer game''.
** In fairness, said "question and answer game" is conducted by someone [[AxCrazy unhinged]] even by Sith standards.
** The fondness for lightning is still alive and well in the [[TheEmpire Sith Empire]] [[StarWarsTheOldRepublic three hundred years later]], though the game treats some uses as ComedicSociopathy.
* ''FateStayNight'', Unlimited Blade Works route, Caster capture Shirou's Servant, Saber by force, then tortured her. And knowing Caster from Fate route, you know she is ''not'' a nice person.
** The background of [[spoiler:Avenger]] reveals that in life he was a completely ordinary human who was made TheScapegoat for all the evils in the world by his village. They tortured him endlessly for years, carving curses into his skin, cutting off parts, and committing every sin imaginable on his flesh. They continued this until his death, and he only died because of ''old age''.
*** Made even worse by the fact that the people torturing him included his friends and family, who had all agreed he was the source of evil.
* ''SplinterCell'': Chaos Theory. In the first mission you find the person your supposed to be rescuing being tortured. [[{{Squick}} With his legs in a shallow bathtub and a car battery with jumper cables being pressed onto his chest]]. Apparently they had already gotten everything they wanted out of him, and was just torturing him out of spite (so much so that one comments on seeing smoke coming from his head).
** In the final level of Chaos Theory, guards in a certain area carry [[StunGuns LTL ammo]] and, if hit, Fisher will black out, only to wake up mid-interrogation. After blacking out again, Fisher awakens to one of the guards preparing to torture him whilst expressing joy at the concept; after escaping, however, Lambert tells Fisher ''he's only been gone a few minutes'', which suggests it wasn't exactly a last resort.
* "[[WorldOfWarcraft Beat this]] [[ExaltedTorturer filth until]] [[KnightTemplar it speaks]]..."
** A torture chamber can be found in the Scarlet Monastery; their head interrogator really seems to enjoy his job.
** Arthas uses this to some degree to break particularly strong individuals to heel. He seems to transcend purely physical torture, though, even going so far as tearing at the enemy's very soul.
*** Something his minions learned: one Death Knight tortured an enemy by threatening to destroy the man's soul, beginning the process until he broke...and then finishing it out of spite.
** The Pit of Saron seems only explainable as a form of this. Captured warriors forced to work endlessly in a quarry, stripped down to only their tabards despite the bone-freezing chill of Northrend? The only likely explanation is that Arthas simply wants to make them suffer before turning them.
** And it's [[WhatTheHellHero not just the bad guys]] who do it; the Kirin Tor have you torture a WellIntentionedExtremist they have captured until he talks. And [[SarcasmMode naturally]] he knows all the details and blurts them out after repeated applications of excruciating pain, because TortureAlwaysWorks.
*** [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential You can also continue torturing him even after he gives you information]], [[YouMonster he calls you sick through an exhausted from screaming whimper]].
* There's a good deal of this in ''[[EVEOnline EVE Chronicles]]''. [[http://www.eveonline.com/background/potw/default.asp?cid=29-01-07 This]], for example.
* ''KaneAndLynch 2: Dog Days'' opens with the duo being sliced like deli meat by a Chinese gangster with a box-cutter. A later level shows the results of this and has them running a ''naked and bloody'' marathon through Shanghai.
** Xiu, Lynch's Chinese girlfriend, is [[spoiler:disemboweled and highly implied to have been [[RapeAsDrama raped]]]].
* The 2005 [[VideoGame/ThePunisher Punisher]] game lets you punch out, choke, threaten with guns and smash faces, and that's the boring stuff. Angle grinders, drills, car crushers, eels and rhinos, open fires, wood chippers, furnaces, sharks, [[GroinAttack table saws]] and electric chairs are just a sampling of what to expect.
* While we can only speculate on the specifics, it can be assumed that one Kron Harga, slaver, was loathsome enough to not warrant a swift and efficient (or ironic) execution via [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 Omega's resident badass vigilante, Archangel]]. Injuries include, but were most likely not limited to: bullets in every extremity and major organ, massive head trauma possibly delivered through the butt-end of a rifle, before finally being in very close proximity to a container filled with explosives when said container suddenly detonated.
** Or he was Krogan who had an affinity for torturing slaves as he did to himself. Making him pain resistant and this was just barely enough to take him down.
* In ''MetalGearSolid3'', Colonel Volgin dispenses with elaborate, drawn-out methods of causing pain, preferring instead to beat on prisoners with his own two fists (that happen to be charged with 10 million volts of electricity). He doesn't really care if this produces information or not, as long as he gets his kicks.
** Vamp from ''MetalGearSolid2'' qualify as well. You must save [[spoiler:Otacon's step-sister]] from the flooded base. You must take her back to the Control Center in the first part of the Big Shell. However, the normal bridge was destroyed earlier, so you must take a floating path, complete with mines and guards. This trope comes out when she's grabbed by [[spoiler:Vamp]]. You shoot the bad guy and rush to Emma, only to discover that while she was grabbed, [[spoiler:Vamp ''knifed her in the back repeateadly'']]. And that bastard's not even dead yet!
** [[spoiler:Solidus Snake]] is a great bastard, too. He captures Raiden, who is ''naked'' , and ''strangles him with an electrified metallic tentacle'' . He repeats that later in the game.
** Skull Face from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidGroundZeroes'', however, outdoes them all. The interrogation cassette tapes that the player can find in the game are considered by fans to be arguably the most horrific things in the entire series.
* [[HornyDevils Nifilhema]] of ''{{Lusternia}}'' spends her time birthing new and exciting torture techniques: she favours cutting and piercing tools, as she relishes blood. Though she generally practises on angel, she'll consent to torture her followers and ''[[CombatSadomasochist herself]]''. Incidentally, any angels tortured by her are so traumatized that [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil they become demons themselves]].
* The Penguin from VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity, [[IncrediblyLamePun in more ways than one]].
* The [[spoiler: Damned 33rd]] in ''Videogame/SpecOpsTheLine'' torture civilians and [[spoiler: CIA agents]], often killing them afterwards. Their favored method of torture is to pin them on the ground, and fire their guns into the sand next to their face, causing the sand to shoot up and rip up the victim's skin. One victim you find appears to have been dosed with gasoline and set alight.
** [[PlayerCharacter Walker]] begins to inflict what amounts to torture in his execution moves - early on in the game, they are {{MercyKill}}s, though later on they become increasingly violent, such as blasting out the enemy's knee caps before shooting them repeatedly in the chest, or bashing their head into the ground repeatedly to kill them.
* In ''VideoGame/TheDarkness'', Jackie is captured by [[spoiler: police captain Eddie Shrote]] and tortured for information on who helped him raid a crooked cop's stash (unfortunately for everyone involved, the answer is: no one). He uses a drill to do things the viewer can't quite see thanks to the game's first-person perspective. We can hear Jackie scream though, and afterward his mouth is bloody and his speech is slurred.
** Then, in the sequel, it gets kicked up a few notches when Jackie gets captured and tortured ''twice'', this time by [[spoiler: The Brotherhood of the Darkness]] who are trying to get Jackie to give the Darkness up. First they crucify him bloodily and try to siphon the power out of him; then later, they shove him into an iron maiden, ''actually'' siphon the power out of him, and ''then'' hang the iron maiden over a fire just to make his death as painful as possible. Nice guys.
** Jackie's Darkness execution moves probably qualify as well, ranging from "Wishbone" to "Throat Plunge" to tearing out a dude's spinal cord, while the poor mooks scream bloody murder.
* Happens to [[spoiler: Miguel]] in ''GTA III'', though like everything else in that game it's played for (very dark) laughs: [[spoiler: "Shall we tighten it some more or just wait for it to turn black and fall off?"]]
** Most certainly not played for laughs when it comes up in GrandTheftAutoV. [[spoiler: Trevor, under the control of the player, has to use several instruments of torture to beat the information out of a prisoner. These methods include pulling a tooth out with some pliers, electrocuting him with a car battery, smashing his testicles with a wrench and waterboarding him with gasoline.]]
* There are many examples of this in ''{{VideoGame/Outlast}}'', although the most nightmare-worthy example is when [[spoiler: Miles is captured by Doctor Trager. He is strapped to a wheelchair, taunted with an exit, then has two of his fingers crudely chopped off with bone shears.]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', [[ANaziByAnyOtherName the Thalmor]] are exceptionally fond of this trope. In addition to grisly blood spatters and skeletons chained to the walls, their dungeons usually contain racks, embalming tools, and ''axes''. In one quest you even interrupt an in-progress interrogation, which is about as unpleasant as you'd expect.
* The bad guys of the ''{{VideoGame/Diablo}}'' universe are quite fond of this.
** Act I of ''Diablo II'' has you going through the Rogue Monastery, which has been taken over by the evil forces of Andariel, the Maiden of Anguish. Those Rogues who didn't become demons can be seen dead on various torture devices throughout the monastery, and judging by the state of their bodies, what happened to them was not pleasant.
** What Baal did to Marius was pretty cold-blooded too. [[spoiler:Instead of simply seizing the soulstone from Marius and killing him quickly, Baal used an illusion to disguise himself as Tyrael, forced Marius to relive his horrific adventure with Diablo, and convinced Marius to give up the soulstone willingly... and then revealed his true colors before finally killing Marius.]]
** The Halls of Agony from ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' were the old torture chambers of King Leoric, back when he was still alive and insane. In addition to having many people (up to and including his own queen) executed out of paranoia brought on by Diablo's attempts to take over his mind and the evil whisperings of Archbishop Lazarus, he had quite a lot of people put to the torture. The Darkening was not a fun time to live through.
** Maghda's Dark Coven (and by extension, the minions of Belial) are quite fond of torturing others. In particular, the Coven's use of torture is used to power their magic, including illusions.
** This is basically what Kormac's "initiation" into the Templar Order amounted to. He was chained to a wall and beaten for three days till he was half-mad from pain and hunger, at which point the whipping began. According to the inquisitors who did this, this was meant to make the initiate relive his transgressions and everything that brought him tainted joy, and to cleanse the joy and the sin from him, leaving him pure. Needless to say, your character doesn't see it that way -- the Wizard in particular is outraged, telling him that the inquisitors treated him worse than an animal. [[spoiler:As it turns out, Kormac did not commit any crimes, but that the order wanted him for his fighting prowess, so they piled false sins upon him and brainwashed him to take away his memory -- and that they did the same thing to his fellow Templar Jondar, who you helped him to kill]].
* ''VideoGame/FarCry3'' features this in spades, performed by both heroes and villains throughout the game. One particularly notable and darkly hilarious example occurs in the live-action promo videos, in which [[BigBad Vaas]] has Christopher Mintz-Plasse buried up to his neck on the beach and periodically tortures him over the course of several days: he pulls out some of his teeth with pliers, zaps him with car batteries, covers his head with a fishbowl full of spiders, pisses in his face, and lets off a firecracker in his face. Even in the rare moments in which Vaas [[FauxAffablyEvil pretends to be friendly]] take a turn for the sadistic: at one point, he serves Chris a barbecue, complete with Argentinian wine... only for Chris to [[IAteWhat learn that that the meat is actually]] [[spoiler: the remains of Barry the cameraman.]]
* In ''VideoGame/StillLife2'' the killer releases video of himself torturing victims to death. For some reason they are prominently played on mass media.
* VideoGame/BioshockInfinite has a particularly horrifying example in the Burial at Sea Episode 2 DLC, where [[spoiler:Atlas]] tries to get Elizabeth to tell him the "Ace in the Hole." His method? Sliding an ice pick just above her eye so it grazes the top and GRABBING A HAMMER. [[NightmareFuel Through a first-person point of view!]]
** [[spoiler: When Elizabeth refuses to talk, he threatens to do the same to a little girl.]]
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': It's implied that Heavy Weapons Guy has done this in the past. A file on record with his employers explains that he was sent to TheGulag with his mother and sisters (after the death of his father, a counter-revolutionary), and that only by torturing the guards to death and setting the gulag ablaze were the prisoners able to escape. When the KGB agents ran after Heavy and his family, he taught his sisters to "butcher them like hogs" until "their screams died on their lips". Heavy is very proud when he discovers that his sisters, now all grown women, are more than capable of taking care of themselves without his help.
* In VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo no torture is ever actually shown, but one of the Merovingian's former {{Mooks}} is chained and stretched across a table in a [[TortureCellar dungeon]], while the loyal {{Mooks}} are ready to do this, until you help her free herself.
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* Though we don't see it on-screen in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Redcloak tortures O-Chul for months in order to get information that he knows the paladin does not have, leading to massive scarring. He continues merely as a pretense to convince his boss Xykon that they should stay in the city. [[LaserGuidedKarma It doesn't work out for him]].
** And [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0757.html now it has been shown on-screen]] that Tarquin (Elan's father and General-in-chief of the Empire of Blood) is definitely not above torturing women until they agree to marry him...*shudder*
* In ''SluggyFreelance'' villains have tried this on Torg a couple times. [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=980429 They]] [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=980430 just]] [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=980501 never]] [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=980504 seem]] [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=980505 to]] [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=020613 get]] [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=020616 it]] [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=020618 quite]] [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=020619 right]].
** Bun-Bun tries it after a fashion in [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=000201 this]] strip.
* In ''{{Goblins}}'' Dellyn Goblinslayer does "experiments" on monsters. It becomes clear however, that he does it mostly for pleasure, with the majority of information learned being new methods of causing pain in each race. But seeing as they're "[[FantasticRacism evil monsters]]", all the "good" races think it's just.
** Perhaps the most chilling example was Kin, the Yuan-ti that Goblinslayer kept as a "pet". He used her to satisfy all of his carnal and sadistic urges at the same time. This was enough to turn Minmax, who was normally Dellyn's biggest fan, against him.
** KnightTemplar Kore is an exceptionally brutal torturer. After capturing Chief, he began to torture him so that his screams of pain would draw the other goblins back, first using holy magic to heal him from the near fatal injury he'd caused capturing him, and then brutally mauling the goblin's body with his axe, including severing an ear and a ''hand''. [[spoiler:And the injuries he caused killed him soon after the torture stopped.]]
* The [[Webcomic/{{Asperchu}} Asperpedia Four]] are put through this as their death sentence in ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}''. Alec, the creator of ''Asperchu'', gets the ten-button electric chair for not portraying Chris-Chan's characters "correctly", Sean, the creator of ''{{Moon-Pals}}'', gets shot to death by three characters presumably for portraying them as stoners. Mao, the host of Asperpedia, gets ripped apart using psychic powers. Evan, the creator of ''{{Simonchu}}'' and whom Chris-Chan had shamelessly and imfamously stolen a character from, gets brutally drilled apart by a [[CuteAndPsycho small child]] and then finished by the child and her father. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids This is from a webcomic that is supposedly meant for children]].
* ''BobAndGeorge'': [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/010911 Here]] and [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/010922 here]].
* ''WapsiSquare'': The golem girls are victims of this [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/isnapped/ in the backstory]]
* When a particularly vile character in ''{{Pibgorn}}'' learns that the title character [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2004/12/10/ can talk and feel pain]], obviously [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2004/12/11/ this is the method used to explore that topic further.]]
* ''ExterminatusNow'': First, the team will have Lothar cut your balls off. Then, you'll talk. And no, they didn't get that the wrong way around.
* Black Mage of ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' is of the Type 3 variety. While he mostly [[AxCrazy just enjoys killing]], he sometimes takes his time, like with his blind brother. Said brother [[EyeScream wasn't blind at first]].
* In ''MinionComics'', Spencer and Dingus are allowed to pick their torture, with options ranging from "The Spiky Thing" to "The Shocker" to [[http://www.meetmyminion.com/?p=1042 a George Lopez comedy special]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Remus}}'''s Ryan Davidson has been on the receiving end of this from Williams.
* In ''TalesOfTheQuestor'', [[http://www.rhjunior.com/totq/00125.html Nessie suffered it. Perhaps a less severe form that most, but she's only a little girl.]]
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* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', The Church of the Memory of Cardia and the Clergy of Mardük are fond of using cold-blooded torture on their captives.
* Kor from M.C.A. Hogarth's ''[[http://www.stardancer.org/kherishdar2/ The Admonishments of Kherishdar]]'' is tortured by the Emperor as part of his training to become Shame. His role is to provide Correction to deviants in ''Literature/{{Kherishdar}}'''s society, and he is only permitted to use tortures that have been inflicted on himself. Suffice it to say he's one of the most effective Shames in history.
* Pretty Pink Ponytails in ''Literature/AngelOfDeath'' has a special room in which she does this. So far, she's been seen preparing to press an electric sander against someone's hand with the intent of grinding it off (though something came up before she could get around to it). She also tortured a woman in an alley in order to attract the Angel of Death.
* In the ''WhateleyUniverse'', mutant Phase is tortured by MadScientist Emil Hammond. Who is apparently ''working for Phase's family'' to learn about what makes mutants manifest.
** What's scary is how Emil Hammond always refers to Phase as 'it', and clearly is just doing this to learn more about Phase. The height would be 'what happens if Phase is in the middle of an object when he goes from light to solid.'
** "Apparently working" nothing. His family actually comes in at one point to see how things are going. When Phase calls for them to help, they ignore him at first and then quickly leave.
* In serial 2 of ''Literature/{{Spectral Shadows}}'' there's Omega, the {{Final Boss}} of The Aslander Roleplaying game. According to the Character Index he doesn't kill characters who fail to complete his stage. He likes to torture them by forcing them to listen to obnoxiously avant-garde {{Progressive Rock}}.
* J.R. Rizzolo of ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' is apparently rather fond of this, seeing how he viciously tortures Cara Scholte and Laeil Burbank (the former by cutting up the helpless Cara's face, breaking her fingers, and then mutilating her right hand with a morning star before finally pushing her off a nearby cliff, the latter by [[EyeScream cutting out her left eye and crushing it]]. [[{{Squick}} And you get to read about both of them]] in graphic detail.
** Sarah Atwell [[MadArtist makes an art of this trope]].
* ''[[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/439144 The Torture Game]]'', a delightful little web game that lets you brutally torture some poor guy with: Ropes, guns, a flesh-stripping razorblade, a chainsaw, huge spikes that shoot out of the walls, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking paint]]. It could either be seen as a great stress-reliever. Or perhaps both.
* The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin aptly-named]] CreepyPasta [[http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Torture Torture]].
* In ''WebVideo/PokemonApokelypse'', Brock is tied up, beaten, and tortured with a Magnemite.
* [[TheUndead Thorolf]], from ''Literature/TheSaints'', has a knife that keeps its victims alive for as long as it remains in their heart. He uses it to keep victims alive while he [[HorrorHunger eats them]]. He doesn't have to eat them, [[ForTheEvulz he just wants to]].
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* Parodied in ''MegasXLR''. Coop gets captured by the Glorft. Gorath's torture techniques? Eating a Philly Cheese Steak slowly in front of Coop. And smashing Mega Slushes. This would be considered CoolAndUnusualPunishment, but since it's [[BigEater Coop]]... Humorously, it's just as much torture for Gorath, who can barely stomach the Philly Cheese Steak.
* ''ReBoot'' had Megabyte tear off Phong's head, stick in a jar, and torture ''that'' for information. Painful electroshock ripping the portal command codes right out of Phong's memory. When this ''takes too long'' Megabtye tells HerrDoctor to use other methods, involving saws. Thankfully Matrix interrupts Herr Doctor before he gets started with that. Despite all the pain Phong was defiant throughout all of the torture, never giving in to Megabyte.
* Appears in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. KanyeWest really, ''really'' wants to know why Carlos Mencia is calling him a gay fish.
* A G-rated version appears in ''SpongeBob'''s "Krusty Land". For revenge against lying to the children of Bikini Bottom that Mr. Krabs' park will be fun and a clown will be there, Mr. Krabs is tied up to a post... and fed lima beans.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'' has [[MonsterClown the Joker]] cross the MoralEventHorizon once and for all when [[spoiler: he kidnaps Tim Drake, [[MindRape Mind Rapes]] him over a period of six weeks to break his mind and get him to reveal [[SecretIdentity Batman's secrets]], mutilates him in order to turn him into "Joker Junior," then lures Batman to his hideout in the old Arkham building just so that he can torment Batman by showing him what he's done (most heinously, by showing Batman video footage of one segment of Robin's ElectricTorture) and try to make the BrainwashedAndCrazy Robin deliver the final punchline by murdering his former mentor. To top it all off, [[WouldHurtAChild Robin is only a teenager when all of this happens.]]]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' this is what happens [[spoiler: to TheQuestion after he attempts to assassinate Luthor. After receiving a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown from Lex, Question is handed over to Cadmus and subjected to ElectricTorture and something which causes him to hallucinate about the AlternateUniverse BadFuture. The TortureTechnician demands to know what Question found out about Cadmus and only gets nonsense comments in return.]]
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