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->'''Weasel''': [''talking about Eddie Valiant''] Shall I [[DelusionsOfEloquence repose]] of him right now, Boss?
->'''Doom''': Let him watch his toon friends get Dipped. Then shoot him.
-->-- ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''

After capturing the hero, the {{villain|s}} will threaten him with ColdBloodedTorture unless he reveals where he's hidden the MacGuffin, etc. Being a good hero, he dares him to do his worst. [[MadeOfIron Not only can he take it]], but will do so [[TooKinkyToTorture with a smile!]] The villain will then calmly rotate the chair they're strapped into and show them a friend or loved one in deep trouble instead. OhCrap...

This "deep trouble" can be just about anything: a camera feed showing a hit squad offing allies or [[TrueCompanions friends]] one by one, the LoveInterest in a slowly moving DeathTrap or being outright tortured. If the villain has the means, they might force the hero into WatchingTroyBurn or the RedShirtArmy being massacred by the villain's GasMaskMooks.

The possibilities are nauseatingly endless, but the one constant is that they are Forced To Watch, often with the offer that they can make it stop if they just give in. Sometimes the act isn't meant to make someone talk, but to KickTheDog in a truly heinous way, {{Mind Rap|e}}ing them by taking whatever they love and destroying it before their very eyes. More cynically, this is a way for the writers to make sure that the heroes remain absolutely sympathetic--caving under torture would make them "weak," but caving to a loved one's torture makes them ''[[AlwaysSaveTheGirl heroic]].''

In family-friendly works it can be a way of softening a torture scene: rather than getting out the knives, simply threatening the hero's loved ones can carry the story without rousing the censors. It can even be a moment of comedy if the subject of [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment the threat is absurd or the punishment is ridiculous]].

In more adult works the hero's head may be {{strapped|ToAnOperatingTable}} to prevent them from looking away. In more extreme works their eyes may be taped open, or [[EyeScream their eyelids removed]]. An anesthetic or blow to the head may leave the hero too dazed to look away. Other times, like a car wreck, the hero just won't be able to look away. For bonus points, a hero trying to look away will have the villain grab them by the chin and force them to face forward while screaming that they look on.

The hero may find they AintTooProudToBeg and might plead "PleaseIWillDoAnything"

We might discover this dark scene in fragments as a TroubledBackstoryFlashback.

[[AntiHero Morally dubious]] [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique heroes]] may also force a victim to watch. It can mark where the WellIntentionedExtremist just crossed the MoralEventHorizon.

The villain is TemptingFate by attempting this form of torture with {{Determinator}}s, {{Plucky Girl}}s and {{badass}} {{antihero}}es, [[ItsPersonal as the consequences]] will ''not'' [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown be pretty]] if they [[HeroicResolve do not succeed]] in breaking them. Especially if the hero manages to [[HeroicWillpower bust loose]] [[ConvenientlyPlacedSharpThing from their imprisonment]] -- in which case the villain is going to be facing torture and/or [[KarmicDeath death]] soon enough.

See also WeHaveWaysOfMakingYouTalk.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''
** This happens to Guts in a supremely heinous fashion during the end of the Eclipse when he is forced to watch [[spoiler:his lover Casca be [[RapeLeadsToInsanity brutally raped to the point of insanity]] by his best friend turned BigBad Griffith, who has become a demon god named Femto. He tries to reach her by ''chiseling off his own arm'' which was trapped in the jaws of a demon, only to be [[DogPileOfDoom dogpiled by more demons]] before he can and is forced to watch the rape as a demon [[EyeScream claws out his right eye]]]]. It's made even more heinous in that [[spoiler: Casca was forced to look at Guts in the middle of her rape by Femto when he began to rape her from behind. Not only is Casca being degraded more and worse by the minute, but she has to look at Guts while it happens, and it's [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] to see [[DontLookAtMe Casca beg Guts not to look at her]] during her last sane moments, even though he's just as forced to look on while he's ''[[{{Determinator}} still trying to get to her]]''.]]
** Earlier (but later chronologically), in volume two of the manga, Vargas, the kind but deformed and revenge-driven fugitive, recounts how [[spoiler: he was forced to watch as the Count ate his wife and children.]] This alluded to Guts's own experience with Griffith.
** And Guts forced Theresia, the Count's twelve-year-old daughter, to watch as he [[spoiler: stabbed the mutilated but still living Count dozens of times]]. He actually dragged the Count over to her so she'd have a front row seat. This was one of Guts' darker moments.
* In ''{{Rideback}},'' though it only gets to implying such before he gives in, the main character's brother is forced to give false confession by threatening to rape his sister in front of him.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' Itachi has twice used his MindRape abilities to make Sasuke watch as Itachi murders their entire family over and over and over again.
** Also, in the Chuunin Exams arc, a trio of gennin under the orders of Orochimaru captured Sakura when she was looking after the comatose Naruto and Sasuke. The girl of the team grabs Sakura by her hair and says her companions should kill the incapacitated boys in front of her before killing her -- Sakura reacts via [[ImportantHaircut cutting her own hair to free herself]] [[PluckyGirl and doing what she can to fend them off despite knowing she barely can handle this]] - this causes Ino, Shikamaru and Chouji to step in, and later they're followed by the recovered [[spoiler: sorta]] Sasuke.
* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'',
** [[spoiler:the maddened Shion decides to lock Mion up]] and torture all of her friends where she can hear (but not see) it before finally killing her.
** Later on [[spoiler:[[BigBad Takano]] kills all of the TrueCompanions in front of each other]].
** On a much larger scale, [[spoiler:Hanyuu has to watch each timeloop]], forced to see her best friend and everyone else die, without being able to physically interact or help [[spoiler:[[GoldenEnding until the final world]].]]
* In ''BlackBird'': [[spoiler: Kyo's brother Sojo]] threatens Kyo with this (more exactly, with [[spoiler: ravishing his girlfriend Misao]])
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'':
** During Lucy's childhood, some [[KidsAreCruel cruel kids]] forced her to watch as [[MoralEventHorizon they beat a puppy to death that she had started caring for]]. [[spoiler:[[UnstoppableRage They did not survive the consequences]]]].
** Later in the manga, Lucy herself does this to Kurama, as she forces him to watch how she kills his secretaries and brutally dismembers his two daughters (killing the youngest) in [[RevengeByProxy revenge for having killed her second best friend and imprisoning her in a laboratory with others of her kind to be experimented on like an animal.]]
* Seras Victoria from ''{{Hellsing}}'' has a rather dark and disturbing backstory, which seems to have happened when she was very young. It consists of her father being murdered by burglars, her mother hiding her in a cupboard to protect her, and her mother's subsequent murder by the same burglars. Seras tries to exact revenge by [[EyeScream stabbing one of the guys in the eye with a fork]]; she gets shot for her trouble and one of the perpetrators proceeds to [[ILoveTheDead rape her mother's corpse]], due to it being "still warm". In full view of little Seras, who lies on the ground bleeding profusely.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'',
** Nnoitra orders his subordinate Tesla to beat Ichigo to death and grabs Orihime (who's in love with Ichigo ''and'' is the person whom Ichigo has come to rescue) and forces her to watch. He even says "I want you to watch while the guy who came to save you gets torn apart." [[spoiler: Thankfully, Kenpachi pulls a BigDamnHeroes moment before Tesla can kill Ichigo.]]
** Similarly, when [[spoiler: Ishida and Orihime]] arrive to the place where [[spoiler: Ichigo is fighting Ulquiorra]], the latter [[LampshadeHanging lampshades the trope]] when he tells her (paraphrased) to "watch as [[spoiler: the person you love the most]] dies", and then [[spoiler: blows a '''massive''' hole in Ichigo's chest, killing him.]]
* In ''TanteiGakuenQ'', while she and Ryu investigate a girl's vanishment in a BoardingSchool, Megumi is caught and kidnapped by a mysterious masked man. She finds herself BoundAndGagged and is forced to watch as [[spoiler: said masked man kills the also kidnapped StudentCouncilPresident by smashing a bottle in his head.]] Few later, Ryu and other kids find a video featuring this as well as [[spoiler: how the masked man threateningly approaches poor Megu and the scene goes to black, implying he's killed her too. He has not, and Megu is released unharmed but ''very'' shaken by what she was forced to see.]]
* In ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', the D-Reaper forces Sakuyamon and Gallantmon to watch [[spoiler:Beelzemon]] fall to his death by sending a ZergRush of its Agents at the former and physically restraining the latter. Gallantmon can't break free, and by the time Sakuyamon is done with the Agents [[spoiler:Beelzemon]]'s too far away for her to help. [[spoiler:Fortunately, he's not too far away for Grani to help.]]
* In ''WolfGuyWolfenCrest'', Akira Inugami arrives to [[spoiler: Haguro]]'s house in search of hints about where he and his goons are keeping [[spoiler: ''and'' continuously gang-raping]] his MoralityChain, Akiko Aoshika. He only finds a goon there and said goon forces him watch a video where [[spoiler:she's yet again being raped... by Haguro himself]]. The horrifying discovery sends out the normally TallDarkAndSnarky werewolf [[HeroicBSOD into a MASSIVE sobbing breakdown.]]
* Averted in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''. Because [[spoiler: Enishi did not force Kenshin to watch as he "killed" his love interest Kaoru even though he knew what affect it would have on Kenshin]], this... [[spoiler: set off Aoshi's suspicion that Kaoru [[DisneyDeath was not dead at all.]]. He was right.]]
* In the climax of the 'Saint Beasts' arc in Manga/YuYuHakusho Suzaku has a giant screen showing the footage of [[DontFearTheReaper Botan]] and [[LoveInterest Keiko]] being hunted down by his bug-kzombies. At first this serves mostly as a distraction, but as Yusuke increasingly gets the worse end of the fight and things get tighter and tighter for Keiko, it gets closer to torture, culminating in Yusuke on the ground, beaten past moving, while the zombies close in on Keiko. (Botan is not in real danger, as her real form is a spirit the zombies can't touch.)
* ''Manga/{{InuYasha}}'': In Episode 51, Gatenmaru, after [[AllWebbedUp trapping]] Inuyasha and Miroku in an acidic cocoon, decides to [[KickTheDog show them just how helpless they are before they die]] by making them watch as he kills and eats innocent village women ForTheEvulz. He [[KarmicDeath gets his just desserts]] when Inuyasha succumbs to his SuperpoweredEvilSide and rips him apart.
* Happens in ''DeadmanWonderland'' to Ganta when he is strapped down and made to watch Senji lose an eye during a penalty game. There was no point to this; Tamaki was just being a dick.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''KamenNoMaidGuy'', when [[HeroicComedicSociopath Kogarashi]] punishes a PsychoLesbian who has installed a hidden camera in his (female) master's bathroom. Kogarashi paralyses her with a BrownNote and [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment forces her to watch an overweight 40-year old man take a bath in the nude, with closeups as he starts washing his 'private parts']].
* In ''HaouAiren'', this happens thrice. In two of these times, the person forced to watch is the same:
** First, [[spoiler: Kaafai]] is forced to witness how [[spoiler: Hakuron rapes his girlfriend Kurumi, whom Kaafai himself has just befriended]]. This turns out to be [[ChekhovsGunman VERY plot-important]]: [[spoiler: it inspires the [[GoMadFromTheRevelation mentally]] [[BreakTheCutie broken]] Kaafai to join the police, learn how to handle guns... and to [[TheHeroDies shoot Hakuron dead]] the next time their paths cross.]]
** Also used when [[spoiler: a rival Triad gang kidnaps Kurumi, and their leader has Hakuron watch via video as he strips and molests her.]]
* In ''Manga/ShamanKing'', Faust VIII has Yoh forcibly restrained by skeletons and forces him to watch as he vivisects Manta.
* Happens more than once in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', being a mystery series and all. In example, [[spoiler: Conan and his friends are given a tablet supposedly coming from Officer Takagi - and when Takagi's girlfriend Sato turns it on, they see it's connected to a camera that shows them ''a kidnapped Takagi who's BoundAndGagged inside a DeathTrap''. So they either they find and free him soon, or they'll only be able to watch as he dies -- either by hanging in a makeshift gallow, by being blown up by a time bomb, or simply by [[SnowMeansDeath freezing to death]]. (He's rescued in the nick of time, though.)]]
* In ''SaintSeiya'', it takes place once in a while. The biggest example is [[spoiler: Cancer Deathmask using his PsychicPowers not only to restrain a girl named Shunrei and lift her up several meters over a waterfall ''located at the other side of the world''... but to force her prospect boyfriend/adoptive brother Shiryu to watch as ''he tosses her into the waterfall and to her death''. Though this '''massively''' [[ThedogBitesBack backfires]], via pressing Shiryu's biggest BerserkButton to the core and [[BewareTheQuietOnes sending him into]] [[CurbStompBattle a huge and glorious]] UnstoppableRage. (And it turns out Shunrei survived thanks to OldMaster Dohko's efforts.)]]
* Played with in ''Anime/HellGirl''. A little girl named Tsugumi Shibata is somehow [[PsychicLink able to see]] through [[DarkMagicalGirl Ai Enma's]] eyes as the Hell Girl meets with her clients, and she uses this ability to help her IntrepidReporter father Hajime track the clients down and attempt to tell them not to take Ai's deals. [[spoiler: As an adult, she still has this skill.]]
* In ''Anime/BlazblueAlterMemory'', after [[CurbStompBattle delivering a brutal thrashing]] to Noel and Makoto, Hazama tortures Makoto to enrage Noel and disable her Bolverk's limiter.
* In The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (the movie followup of ''LightNovel/TheMelancholyofHaruhiSuzumiya''), [[spoiler: Alt!]]Yuki is forced to watch when [[spoiler: [[Yandere Ryoko Asakura]][[spoiler: stabs Kyon. Ryoko even spins around, waves the knife, and splatters blood on Yuki's face!]]
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Black Mask]] is fond of this technique as a torture tool; he drove ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}'s sister insane by torturing her husband to death and forcing her to watch [[spoiler: and eat the bits he cut off]].
* In ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'', Mojo does this to Professor Xavier at one point, using metal wires that force his eyes open while making him grin in Mojo's image.
* In the {{Elseworlds}} story ''JLA: TheNail'', SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker uses his newly bestowed energy powers to capture Robin and Batgirl, and then make Franchise/{{Batman}} watch while he [[spoiler:rips them apart. Batman gets free (too late) and promptly kills the Joker.]].
* The most painful moment in the "[[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers Under Siege]]" storyline: Mr. Hyde forces a captive Captain America to watch as he brutally beats the Avengers' elderly butler, Jarvis.
* At the end of ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' 's "Conduit saga", Conduit sets up television around the {{deathtrap}} he stuck JimmyOlsen in, presumably to invoke this on Superman.
* The YoungAvengers[=/=]{{Runaways}} Civil War crossover has one: The Warden kidnaps Billy, Teddy, and Karolina (bringing [[spoiler: Xavin's dead body]] along), and preceeds to perform a vivisection on Teddy, while his boyfriend is forced to watch, able to hear everything except his own voice. This leaves said boyfriend brokenly trying to use his powers to kill The Warden.
* [[ScaryBlackMan Barracuda]] in ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' attempts to exact the ultimate revenge on The Punisher by [[spoiler: torturing Frank's illegitimate baby daughter in front of him before torturing Frank himself to death]] and [[EvilGloating even gloats about his intent]] [[BondVillainStupidity to a tied-up Punisher.]] [[BerserkButton It]] [[BreakingTheBonds backfires]] [[UnstoppableRage spectacularly.]]
* Typically a key part of the creation of a new revenant in any given episode in ''Franchise/TheCrow'' series. It's especially bad when fans of the first movie read the first comic, and realize just how loose an adaptation it was.
* Done to the audience in Creator/AlanMoore opus ''ComicBook/FromHell''. An entire issue is spent on the grisly details of one of the killings and subsequent mutilations.
* In one ''ComicBook/NewGods''/''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' story, {{Darkseid}} forced Mr. Miracle to watch a porno that ''his wife'' and ''Superman'' did (while brainwashed by Darkseid's rejected underling, [[MeaningfulName Sleez]]).
* In ''UltimateXMen'', Magneto punished Pietro for making the Brotherhood a joke by knee-capping Pietro with a shotgun. Wanda's punishment? He made her watch.
* Towards the end of an ''Outsiders'' arc in which Indigo is revealed to be the latest form of Brainiac, she briefly regains her normal personality long enough to beg Shift to kill her, claiming that once the Brainiac programming reasserts control, she'll be forced to watch as she kills all of her friends.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Thorgal}}'', [[{{Yandere}} Kriss de Valnor]] takes advantage of Thorgal's amnesia by claiming that he is [[CriminalAmnesiac Shaigan the Merciless]], a fellow pirate and her lover. Kriss enslaves Thorgal's wife Aaricia using her and Thorgal's daughter as leverage. Kriss then forces Aaricia to be her personal attendant so that Aaricia has a front row seat as her [[{{Netorare}} amnesiac husband makes love to Kriss night after night]]. It's not enough for Kriss that she finally has Thorgal to herself. No, Kriss has to rub it in Aaricia's face that she's stolen her husband.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In the ''FalloutEquestria'' universe, memory orbs - magical devices which allow unicorns to experience the collected memory within - cannot be exited until the memory has been played completely. No matter how horrific - or embarrassing - the memory is, once you've activated the orb, you're forced to watch (and feel, and smell, and taste) it all.
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6287337/1/The_Chong_Sheng_Trilogy_Revolution The Chong Sheng Trilogy]]'''s third installment, Chiang pulls this by [[spoiler: torturing Katara with acupuncture and forcing Zuko to watch. Initially it's to make her tell him about the White Lotus' plans since she just succeeded Pakku as the Grand Master of Water, but evolves into the KickTheDog variety once it's clear she no longer has the capacity to divulge any information. Bonus points in that Chiang makes it clear [[RapeAsDrama what he intends to do to her once she passes out]]]]. He doesn't succeed, as [[spoiler: Hakoda and others still loyal to Zuko pull aBigDamnHeroes moment out of the proverbial fire.]]
* One ''Anime/FullMetalAlchemist'' fanfic involves Envy employing this method on Edward, as he and Sloth engage in some kinky and graphic 'bonding', which proves to be a fairly effective way of squicking out poor Ed especially since this fic is set in the first anime continuity, where Sloth is actually a resurrected version of Ed's mom Trisha. And to add insult to injury, Envy [[CrossesTheLineTwice transforms into his and Ed's father]], Hohenheim!
* [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/119688/1/you-obey/the-interrogation You Obey]] by [[http://www.fimfiction.net/user/kalash93 Kalash93]] contains a very interesting and somewhat meta spin on this trope.
* The ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]'' fic ''Chrysalis'' has all four of the Rangers captured by [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen of the Crowns]]. She gladly sends Niko, Doc, and Shane to her torture chambers. But she puts [[TheCaptain Zachary]] in a well-appointed prison and trots him out to a balcony overlooking the chambers.
-->'''Queen:''' ''You won't pay, Captain, but your subordinates will.''
* In the ''[[Manga/AxisPowersHetalia Hetalia]]'' DarkFic AllHeEverWanted, a captured [[spoiler: Austria]] is forced to watch [[spoiler: as Prussia tortures and rapes his beautiful ex-wife Hungary [[ScarpiaUltimatum "for his sake"]].]]
** In ''An Asian's Harem of Asians'', Japan [[SexSlave sexually enslaves]] all of the Asian nations (OC's included). The only one that he won't directly violate is his little sister Taiwan, but he still abuses her via [[ShamefulStrip stripping her naked alongside the others]] and forcing her to watch how he either rapes their other siblings or makes them rape each other.
* The villain of Franchise/TheGreenHornet fanfic ''Bad Medicine'' plans to take revenge on the Green Hornet [[spoiler: by kidnapping one of his friends (the OC) and having her [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured to death]] ''while videotaping it for him'']]. Fortunately, [[spoiler: she's rescued]].
* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', Discord forces [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash]] to watch her hometown be DrivenToMadness right in front of her. Does he need to? No, this version of Discord does it ''[[ForTheEvulz for fun]]''.
* When Medley rescues Rainbow Dash in chapter 11 of ''Fanfic/AceCombatTheEquestrianWar'', [[spoiler: Gilda]] puts Medley through excruciating pain, while Rainbow is forced to watch. Had she moved, [[spoiler: Gilda]] would ''rip Medley's wings off''. [[ForTheEvulz In the end]] [[MoralEventHorizon she ''only'' breaks them]].
* ''Fanfic/InnerDemons'': [[spoiler: after [[EnemyWithin Queen!]][[BigBad Twilight Sparkle]] performs her FaceHeelTurn, her canonical ClingyJealousGirl attitude towards her brother is taken UpToEleven, straight into VillainousIncest territory. She kidnaps Cadence, strips her power, and then locks her up, forcing her to watch remotely as Twilight makes herself appear like Cadence before making love to Shining Armor.]]
* The ''Series/{{CSI}}'' fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4828756/1/Face_The_Music Face The Music]] has Grissom totured by Reggie Shelling and Ruben Denaglio. Grissom escapes, but near the end of the fic, he's recaptured after Shelling, who escaped the first time, uses Sara as bait. Shelling starts in on Sara, then Grissom convinces Shelling to focus on him so he'll stop hurting Sara, meaning they're both forced to watch at various points.
* In "What if Snape Died", Voldemort didn't know the prophecy but that just delayed (for a few years) the moment Literature/HarryPotter would become the Boy-Who-Lived. Some of his Death Eaters forced James to watch as he tried to kill Harry. Since Lily did sacrifice herself after all, the Killing Curse came back at him like in the book series.
* Subverted in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2706349/1/RedvsBlue-Revenge-of-the-Robots Red vs Blue: Revenge of the Robots]]. Unless Sarge gives O'malley what he wants, he'll be forced to watch Wyoming ''not'' kill Grif. Which considering how much Sarge hates Grif, is an unbearable torture.
* A horrifying version happens in the ''Series/LostGirl fic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8083729/1/Faeral Faeral]]. Dyson has, for complicated but well explained reasons, gone psychotic and previously tried to rape Lauren. When Bo is talking to him later, he is confused as to why she is angry over it. He then concludes that as a Succubus, she ''wants to watch'' him rape Lauren. Bo damn near kills him on the spot. He later breaks out of his cell, hell bent on raping Lauren in front of Bo. [[spoiler:Bo finally snaps, and gives him a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to make him stop]].
* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', episode 11, chapter 7, Mega is forced to watch as the entire army is slaughtered.
* In ''FanFic/NarutoTheSecretSongsOfTheNinja'' [[spoiler:Kakashi and Naruto]] get captured by an old enemy of [[spoiler:Kakashi]] who is out for revenge. He specifically [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this trope by torturing [[spoiler:Naruto]] in front of [[spoiler:Kakashi]], explaining that he's studied [[spoiler:Kakashi]] for years and knows that hurting his comrades will make him suffer far more than anything you can do to him. Defied by [[spoiler:Naruto]] when he tells the torturer to BringIt and tells [[spoiler:Kakashi]] not to give in, no matter what.
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[[folder:Film]]
* In ''Film/AClockworkOrange'' Alex does this to Mr. Alexander.
* ''LawAbidingCitizen'': Clyde removes the eyelids of the man who killed his wife and daughter and puts a giant mirror above the operating table he's been strapped to, forcing him to watch as he is tortured and dismembered.
* ''Film/StreetFighterTheLegendOfChunLi'': After capturing Chun-Li and letting her see her father again, Bison enters, declares that Chun-Li's dad had [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived his usefulness to him]], and then proceeded to [[NeckSnap snap his neck]] right in front of her despite her pleas.
* Princess Leia was forced to watch the destruction of Alderaan in ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ANewHope''. It is also the core of the Emperor's plan in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'': park Luke in front of a window with a view of the slaughter of the Alliance fleet, and indulge in some good old fashioned EvilGloating until he's ready to cross the MoralEventHorizon.
* In Marv's short of ''ComicBook/SinCity'', his friend and parole officer Lucille was kidnapped by the cannibal Kevin, who then ate her hand. When Marv finds her, the poor woman breaks down and cries "he made me watch!"
* Mal does this to the Operative in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' - torture in this case being watching a heartbroken Alliance researcher tell and show of the atrocity on Miranda - the Alliance's greatest crime - right before the speaker is [[spoiler:attacked, raped and ultimately eaten by Reavers. The feed goes on.]] It also tortures him in a different way. It destroys his entire view that the Alliance is truly making the universe a better place, [[KnightTemplar which is the reason he was doing horrible things for them.]]
* The killer does this to his first victim in ''Die Watching'', setting a TV monitor next to the chair she is tied to so that she can watch him kill her.
* ''Film/RoboCop2'': Hob turns away as Cain mercilessly butchers a traitor to his cause. Cain forces the maybe-15-years-old-tops Hob to watch anyway.
* In ''TheFinal'', the outcasts chain their victims to the floor and set up a torture chair in the front of the room, torturing and mutilating them one by one as their friends watch.
* In ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' when the Wicked Witch of the West has Dorothy and her friends cornered at the climax of the movie, she gloats, "The last to go will see the first three go before her. [[AndYourLittleDogToo And her mangy little dog, too!]]"
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones The Man Called Flintstone]]''. The [[DiabolicalMastermind Green Goose]] tortures Barney Rubble on the rack to make Fred Flintstone talk. Subverted when Fred ''doesn't'' crack and tell the Green Goose what he wants to know, but ignores Barney's suffering. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mc-IQcreAP4#t=4m30s here, starting at 4:30]].
* ''The PinkPanther Strikes Again''. Professor Fassbender refuses to help Dreyfus create a WeaponOfMassDestruction, so Dreyfus "tortures" Fassbender's daughter by dragging his steel-clawed gauntlet on a chalkboard. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fMst4xayY8#t=6m15s Starting at 6:15]].
* In the new ''Film/StarTrek'' movie, Nero [[WatchingTroyBurn makes Spock watch]] as he [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroys his home planet]].
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'':
** The Joker makes Harvey Dent listen to [[spoiler:Rachel]]'s last words as part of his EvilPlan to break him.
** One of the Joker's own {{multiple choice past}}s involves him as a child watching helplessly as his father stabbed his mother, then used the same knife to give the future Joker his GlasgowGrin.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', Bane gives the imprisoned Bruce Wayne a satellite connection so he can watch as Bane rips Gotham apart. Bruce smashes the screen before escaping.
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''. Judge Doom does an offhand version of this when he has Eddie Valiant, Roger Rabbit and Jessica Rabbit captive, providing the page quote.
* General Chance in ''PlunkettAndMacleane'', in a ''supreme'' KickTheDog moment, forces [[LoveInterest Rebecca]] to watch as [[spoiler:Macleane is hanged]].
-->'''Chance:''' Open your eyes!
* In ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'', El Indio, the BigBad, in one of his first KickTheDog moments of the movie, forces a guy who took money to place him behind bars to watch as the family that he started with that money (his wife and his little boy) are taken outside and shot to death, while also making him listen to the pocket watch that Indio always carries.
* Invoked in ''Franchise/TheGreenHornet''. "He took my favorite toy, and he ripped the head off. Right in front of me."
* Bryan Mills threatens to invoke this in ''Film/{{Taken}}'' when confronting a corrupt French agent about the whereabouts of his kidnapped daughter. After the agent attempts to intimidate him into dropping the case, Bryan shoots the agent's wife in the arm, assures him that [[OnlyaFleshWound he only winged her]], and orders him to help, or "the last thing you'll see before I make your children orphans is the bullet I put between her eyes." The agent complies.
* In ''UnderworldRiseOfTheLycans'', after Sonja is tried and found guilty of high treason [[spoiler: mainly due to her being impregnated by her lover, the werewolf Lucian, with a child who would be half vampire, half werewolf]], her punishment consisted of having her chained to a pillar and Lucian chained to the floor face-to-face, where she was forced to watch Lucian get whipped. Then, [[FromBadToWorse it all gets worse]] when Lucian was then forced to watch her [[spoiler: get burned to death by exposure to the sun.]]
* A rather chilling example in ''Film/StrangeDays'': a rapist blindfolds his victim, then hooks her up to the memory-recording device he's using at that moment... forcing her to experience her own rape and subsequent murder as though she were in his body. So not only is it happening to her, she's forced to get off on it the way he is.
* In ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster'', Freddy forces Alice to watch as he sucks the life out of Sheila, his first victim after the death of [[spoiler: Kristen Parker.]]
* In ''Film/TheAvengers'', Loki threatens to have [[spoiler: Clint]], who's under Loki's control, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar ambiguously rape]], torture, and finally kill [[BlackWidow Natasha]], and then release him from the mind control to allow him to see what he did before killing him. A bit of variation, however, as it's Natasha who he is threatening.
* ''Film/RedEye'': Inverted. When Rippner faces Lisa in their final confrontation, Rippner tells Lisa that he is going to make her father watch what he's going to do to her (instead of the hero/heroine watching a loved one get harmed). Whatever he was planning on doing, it is averted in the end.
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', [[spoiler: during the climax, the Cy-Bug King Candy/Turbo tries to force Ralph to watch as Vanellope is about to be eaten by the other Cy-Bugs. This only prompts Ralph to attempt his big HeroicSacrifice. A few minutes later, the Turbo side can only watch as he is drawn towards destruction.]]
* In ''Film/{{Soldier}}'', the SuperSoldier squad is forced to watch a pack of dogs attacking a wild boar as children during their training.
* BigBad's thing in ''Film/{{Opera}}'' is forcing the main character to watch him brutally kill people. He does this by placing needles under her eyes, making her unable to blink.
* ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead''. As a child Lady was forced to watch Herod hang her father, who asks the BigBad not to let her watch. Instead Herod says he'll let her father go if she's able to ShootTheRope. [[spoiler:Unused to the heavy revolver, she accidentally puts a bullet in her father's head.]]
* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' parodies this; the bad guys' plan to have the King give the air-shield combination is to force him to watch them give her daughter back...her old nose!
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', Lord Business would prefer to let Emmet and the Master Builders have a front row seat to the destruction of Bricksburg (Emmet's home city) to really torture them before the Think Tank self-destructs. After imprisoning the latter in his Think Tank and tying the former to the self-destruct mechanism's battery. Emmet being the one forced closest to the computer screen where the apocalypse is effectively taking place.
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* In "The Quillan Games" Bobby is forced to watch as [[spoiler: Mr. Pop]], Quillan's last hope, is [[spoiler:incinerated by BLOK, thus making Quillan the second territory lost to Saint Dane.]]
* Literature/AlexRider is tied down and forced to watch as Razim [[spoiler:kills Jack]] in ''Scorpia Rising''.
* In a indirect example, Captain Red Wegener from a Coast Guard ship investigating the rape and murder of a family aboard a ship in the Creator/TomClancy book ''Literature/ClearAndPresentDanger'' realizes that the suspects they have for the crime forced the owner of the ship to watch as they raped his wife and daughter before they killed him.
* ''Literature/LabyrinthsOfEcho'' by Max Frei. In one of sequels, the hero happened to witness things too overwhelmingly weird, even for a CosmicPlaything like him. He closes his eyes, but oops -- he's still forced to see it all. Eyelids do nothing.
* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', [[BigBad Morgoth]] captures Húrin and forces him to watch [[spoiler:his homeland overrun by the Easterlings and his son and daughter subjected to a terrible curse and eventually DrivenToSuicide.]] All through Morgoth's chosen lens, which hid all that was good and showed Húrin only bad things. [[HeroicResolve Húrin never asked for mercy, for himself or for any of his kin.]]
* King Jacob of ''The Tennis Shoes Adventures'' tries to get Garth to reveal the location of a treasure by forcing him to watch as Garth's niece, Melody, is killed. too bad he doesn't know. (While Garth has a HeroicBSOD, Mel gets better.)
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'''s "yodeling potato," having your limbs removed and your tongue cut out. In front of a mirror. Starting at the fingers/hands/feet and working up slowly. Additionally, the eyelids and lips are removed.
* The Creator/StephenKing short story "Quitters, Inc." (published in the collection ''Literature/NightShift'') about the ultimate anti-smoking program (adapted into a segment of the film ''Cat's Eye''). Three little words: "the rabbit room."
* In the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse novel ''DarthBane: Path of Destruction'', Bane kills a man's two sons and forces him to watch. Justified in that Bane then used the father's anguish to fuel his dark side powers.
** In ''Literature/TheCourtshipOfPrincessLeia'', Gethzerion, one of the two {{big bad}}s, wants to convince Han Solo to surrender himself to her so she can exchange him for a way off the planet. She does this by gathering harmless prisoners in a room and ordering them all shot down, while [[MindRape using her Force powers so Han sees the whole scene through her eyes.]]
* In ''TheWitcher'' saga, this is done by a PsychoForHire BountyHunter. [[spoiler:He makes Ciri watch as he cuts off the heads of her killed friends to collect the bounty on them.]]
* In the book of ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', things play out differently from the film. The witch does this because she can't physically harm Dorothy thanks to the protective charms of the slippers and the North Witch's [[ProtectiveCharm protection spell]]. Didn't stop the WitchWithACapitalB from trying to get Dorothy's cooperation by torturing the Lion, threatening Toto, and leaving Nick (the Tin Man) and Scarecrow as ruined heaps at the bottom of a nearby ravine. Baum had his moments...
* In ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'', in order to get information out of Door, the bad guys decide that instead of torturing her, they'll torture Richard instead while she watches.
* In the fifteenth [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Dresden Files]] book ''Skin Game'', [[spoiler: Nicodemus organizes a gambit around this and the fact that Karrin is a ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend to Harry. He surrenders to her when she wields the Sword of Faith, but not before ordering the Genowska to kill Harry. The Genowska ''slowly'' starts crushing Harry's skull, while Karrin is helpless to stop it. In a rage, she strikes at Nicodemus with the Sword, breaking her word and unmaking the Sword.]] [[CaptainObvious Nicodemus is a real bastard.]]
* In ''WarriorCats'', Tigerstar, after taking control of [=ShadowClan=] and [=RiverClan=], organizes an attack on [=WindClan=]. Once the CurbStompBattle was over, he rounded up all the prisoners and forced them to watch as he brutally killed a young apprentice, as a "warning" as to what would happen if any of them tried to defy him again.
** In the ''PowerOfThree'' series, [[spoiler:Ashfur]] tries to ''burn Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and Hollyleaf alive'' and force their [[spoiler:adoptive]] mother to watch as "[[DisproportionateRetribution vengeance]]" for [[spoiler:her choosing another mate instead of him ''two years'' ago]]. Her quick thinking gets them out of it, but at the cost of [[spoiler:her adopted kits' love]].
* In ''The Sword-Edged Blonde'', this is part of Eddie's BackStory: when he was sixteen, he and his girlfriend were attacked by bandits, who held him down and made him watch as they raped and killed her. Even worse, [[spoiler:it was kind of his fault the bandits attacked them in the first place.]]
* Turned sideways in NeilGaiman's ''The Problem of Susan'', where Susan is eaten first, but her (conscious) severed head is left behind so she can watch further horrors unfold regarding her siblings and [[BrainBleach what Aslan and the White Witch do.]]
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', Bellatrix Lestrange, unable to torture Harry because he's carrying a delicate MacGuffin of the Death Eaters, tells her colleagues to torture his love interest and local CuteWitch Ginny Weasley in front of him instead. She later tortures Harry's good friend Neville Longbottom in front of Harry as well, but is interrupted a moment before he gives in.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Ron Weasley listens from his basement prison as [[spoiler: Hermione, his soon-to-be girlfriend]] is tortured by [[spoiler: Bellatrix]] above.
* In ''TheSagaOfDarrenShan'', also known as the ''CirqueDuFreak'' series, the second-to-last book gives us this between [[spoiler: Steve and Darren]]. "I dare you to do this." Different in that [[spoiler: Steve]] is essentially doing it ForTheEvulz at this point, and if [[spoiler: Darren]] also does it, it'd keep [[spoiler: Steve]] from actually realizing and becoming truly evil, and if [[spoiler: Darren]] doesn't, [[spoiler: Steve]]would go absolutely batshit crazy. [[spoiler: Ultimately it's Steve killing Darren's godson and son-of-best-friend Shancus, that is Steve's crossing the MoralEventHorizon and he dares Darren to do it as well. And Darren almost does kill the kid he's holding, Steve's son Darius. What keeps him from doing it? Steve telling his boy to tell Darren his mom's name. His mom's name? Annie Shan, Darren's sister. [[WhamEpisode Woah.]]]]
* In the RizzoliAndIsles novel ''The Apprentice'', the cops are investigating the murder of a wealthy doctor and the disappearance of his wife. When they find the husband's body tied to a chair propped up in the middle of the bedroom, the cops are horrified to realize that the killer forced the helpless man to watch as he raped and murdered his wife before slashing his throat.
* In ''TheVoyageOfTheJerleShannara'', [[TheDragon Cree]] [[SmugSnake Bega]] forces {{Woobie}} Ahren Elessedil to watch as [[EvilSorcerer The Morgawr]] [[BrainFood devours the minds]] and LifeEnergy of an entire crew of men. He later [[KickTheDog threatens to make Ahren watch]] as they torture his friend, Ryer Ord Star as well.
* According to [[UnreliableNarrator Herodotus]] one Median prince was actually forced to ''eat'' his son by his king. Later he supposedly ended up commanding a large part of the same monarchs army [[WhatAnIdiot at a critical battle]] with CyrusTheGreat. Figure out what happened next.
* In ''TheSwordOfTruth'' series it is mentioned that part of the Mord-Sith training involves them being forced to watch their mothers tortured to death. The protagonist is threatened in the first book that if he won't help the BigBad, he'll be forced to see his love tortured for a very long time (not killed - the BigBad wanted a heir from her). A few more examples are present throughout the series.
* In ''{{Mistborn}}'', an Inquisitor mentions casually to Vin that when he tortured [[spoiler:her brother]], he died before spilling the secret they were after. Thus, this time, he was going to use a different tactic: torturing her friend Sazed instead. (He doesn't get the chance.)
* This turns out to be behind the plot of ''The Carpet makers'' by AndreasEschbach: [[spoiler: the previous Emperor puts a defeated rival king on life support and forces him to watch how all life on his home planet gets killed off, to be replaced by carpets.]]
* In the beginning of ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]'' by James Clavell, the Japanese are surprised to learn that the main character John "Anjin-san" Blackwell (who is the leader of a group of shipwrecked European sailors) isn't vulnerable to personal humiliation, and even more surprised to learn that he ''is'' vulnerable to this trope. Abuse and mistreat him all you want, and he won't break; but touch one of his companions instead...
* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', Tyrion reveals that he'd been forced to watch his beloved new wife Tysha gang raped. And then forced to participate himself. When he was thirteen. And the whole thing was orchestrated by his ''[[AbusiveParents father]]''. (With his older brother Jaime also in it.)
** [[spoiler: Theon Greyjoy]] is also forced to watch and participate as [[spoiler: Ramsay rapes and abuses Jeyne Poole. It's implied that this doesn't happen just once either.]]
* In ''{{Dune}}: House Harkonnen'', a teenaged Guerney Halleck is forced to watch as his sister, who has just spent a year as a SexSlave for Harkonnen soldiers, is brutally gang-raped before Rabban finally strangles her.
* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', one of [[spoiler: the Porter sisters]] turned Cira's [[BiTheWay lover]] against her years ago. When she's kidnapped while trying to save [[NonActionGuy Jerin]], Jerin says he'll do anything they want [[BlatantLies forever]] if they don't kill her. So they don't. Instead they [[ChainedToABed tie them to a bed, Jerin on it, Cira at the foot]] and gag her so she's there while one of them "rapes his mouth".
* In JohnCWright's ''Literature/CountToTheEschaton'', Larz mentions modifications so illegal that they kill your entire family out to cousins, and first, making you watch.
* ''Literature/AdventureHunters'': This is how Marcus secures Regina's cooperation [[spoiler: chaining her to a wall so she has to watch him tortue Golon.]]
* In ''ChaosWalking'''s second book, The Ask and the Answer, Mayor-turned-[[spoiler: President]] Prentiss tortures [[spoiler: Viola]] while a horrified Todd watches on behind a soundproof one-way mirror. [[spoiler: Todd]] breaks first and gives Prentiss information about the upcoming invasion by the Answer.
* In [[Literature/TheHungerGames Mockingjay]] [[spoiler:Peeta]] reveals that he was forced to watch the execution-by-torture of [[spoiler:Darius and Lavinia.]]
** The Hunger Games themselves are a nation-wide version of this for the districts. Each one is made to watch, on television, as two of their adolescent citizens engage in a weeks-long fight to the death with 22 other kids, and only one survives. Katniss sums up their message herself:
-->"Look how we take your children and sacrifice them and there's nothing you can do."
* The Crooked Man's favorite method of torture in ''Literature/TheBookOfLostThings''.
* In ''Literature/{{Coda}}'', Ell makes Anthem watch [[spoiler:Alpha and Omega track]].
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'', [[spoiler: Delphine]] is sent is sent to a personal hell where she is forced to watch [[spoiler: her daughters]] be tortured over and over again [[spoiler: in torture devices she herself devised]] .
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer:'' In season five, Glory, while confronting Buffy in her own home, invokes this when she openly threatens to kill Buffy's loved ones and friends and make Buffy watch her do so if she doesn't turn over [[ArtifactOfDoom the Key]].
-->'''Glory''': I'll kill [your sister]. I'll kill your mom, I'll kill your friends ... and I'll make you watch when I do.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' season 2 has a particularly brutal example. Just as Angel has finally saved Darla and convinced her to live out the remainder of her life as a human, Wolfram & Hart comes in with Drusilla; Lindsey [=McDonald=] himself tasers Angel and makes him watch as Drusilla turns Darla into a vampire again. This pushes Angel into HeWhoFightsMonsters territory for a good few episodes.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' has an unplanned bonus to Boomer impersonating identical humanoid robot Athena. Helo, Athena's husband, comes into the bathroom where Boomer has just BoundAndGagged Athena in a bathroom stall, and mentions that since "she" is going on a mission they should take the opportunity to say an intimate goodbye. Of course, Athena chooses that moment to become drowsily awake enough to watch.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has many examples. One is found in ''Genesis of the Daleks''. The Doctor has to tell Davros how every Dalek war was lost or Sarah Jane and Harry will be tortured.
** In the New Series, the Master also does this to the Doctor, forcing him to watch Earth literally get decimated while helpless to stop him. Why? ForTheEvulz, of course! Most villains find that this is the most effective way to break the Doctor. In Season 1, the Doctor was forced to reveal who he really was when Rose was getting tortured in front of him. In Season 4 Davros once again tried to break the Doctor first by making him watch the Tardis (with Donna in it) get destroyed and then was seconds close to forcing the Doctor watch as the Daleks destroyed reality itself with a reality bomb.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'': Jack Harkness describes being subjected to this in his past: "I went to war when I was a boy. I was with my best friend. We got caught crossing the border over enemy lines. They tortured him, not me, because he was weaker. They made me watch him die. And they let me go." Icing on the cake: [[spoiler: Jack convinced his friend to go to war. It would have been an adventure, he claimed]]
* In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' the crew stumbles upon a derelict ship plundered by vicious space cannibals called Reavers. All the passengers on the ship but one man were brutally tortured and murdered. It turns out later that the Reavers intentionally left that one alive and forced him to watch their atrocities until he snapped and became one of them. It's indicated this is how they "repopulate".
* On ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' Ensign Ro [[BackStory told a story about]] when she was a little girl, the Cardassians made her come into a room and watch her father being tortured to death.
** In "The Mind's Eye", Geordi is {{brainwashed}} into a ManchurianAgent by the Romulans by being shown horrifying images directly to his brain through his ocular connections.
* ''SpaceCases'': Spung do not question [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Andromedans]]. Humans are far more vulnerable to this trope.
* Jerks like this are common on ''Series/CriminalMinds'':
** In "True Night", the [=UnSub's=] backstory was that [[spoiler: a street gang forced him to watch as they murdered (and implied gang-rape) his pregnant girlfriend, whom he'd just proposed to]]. No wonder he snapped.
** It was part of Karl "The Fox" Arnold's modus operandi: he targeted dysfunctional families and forced [[spoiler: the father to watch as he killed the other members]] before finally killing him.
** Tim Curry's character in the two-parter "Our Darkest Hour"/"The Longest Night" would always leave behind a witness after raping, beating and killing their loved ones. It turned out that [[spoiler: his mother, a prostitute, used to make him watch while she worked. It's implied she also offered him up to her clients]].
** In "Revelations", the [=UnSub=] (Tobias Hankel) watches his potential victims through their webcams, then records and posts their murders online. He also kidnaps Reid and forces him to choose one of the victims to be murdered. When Reid instead chooses one to save, Tobias goes and kills a different one (and their spouse), leaving Reid tied up and forced to watch it happen on the laptop in front of him. Cue Reid's guilt. The next time we see him, he's staring catatonic. Garcia also had to watch all of the videos repeatedly, unable to track Tobias. Later in the same episode, when the team's efforts to track him down make him angry, Hankel punishes them by switching the video camera back on and making them watch while he beats Reid nearly to death.
** In "100", The Reaper (using a stolen cell phone) forces Hotch to listen [[spoiler:to his wife being shot dead]]. The entire team hears it, too. [[spoiler:It does ''not'' [[ExtremeMeleeRevenge end]] [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown well]] for the Reaper]].
** The same thing happened to the team when Prentiss was being beat up by a cult that had her and Reid. She used the fact that the team was listening to get a message to them.
** The episode "Proof" when the [=UnSub=] kidnapped and tortured his niece, burning her hands off with acid. In the final scene of the episode, her father as some sort of self-punishment for not noticing that his brother was seriously screwed up, forced himself to watch the video of his daughter being tortured.
** In the episode "Children of the Dark" the two [=UnSubs=] would force the kids to watch as the first [=UnSub=] beat the parents to death. Then the second [=UnSub=] would inject them with poison.
* The entire point of the {{MTV}} GameShow ''Series/{{Trashed}}''. Don't get enough questions right, and you get to see your prized possessions go up in smoke (sometimes literally).
* ''Series/{{Downfall}}'' is similar to ''Series/{{Trashed}}''.
* The "BonusRound" on ''Series/{{Distraction}}'': Get a question wrong, watch your brand new car get vandalized or one of your prizes get destroyed.
* A ''SunsetBeach'' storyline involved an evil twin imprisoning his good brother... and forcing him to watch through a two-way mirror as he made love to the man's fiancee.
* A third Ozian example. In ''Series/TinMan'', Cain was locked in a {{Steampunk}} stasis chamber for eight years while a holographic recording of his family's torture was set on repeat playback.
* The ''SpaceCases'' first season finale contained a textbook exmaple, where Warlord Shank demands information about the Crysta from Harlan after some of the gang have been captured and tied up. When Shank brings out his AgonyBeam, Harlan, of course, defiantly tells him that torture won't make him talk. Shank calmly asks, "Who said anything about torturing ''you?''" before turning it in the direction of the unconscious Catalina. Good thing he also didn't say anything about giving him ''truthful'' information.
* Sylar does this in Volume 4 of ''Series/{{Heroes}}; he tortures one of the soldiers sent to kidnap him, then immobilizes him while torturing two innocent bystanders. [[spoiler:Well, one innocent bystander and one villain wannabe, but he didn't know that yet...]]
* On ''Series/TwentyFour'', Jack Bauer orders {{Qurac}} soldiers to kill a terrorist's son on a webcam feed in order to break him. [[spoiler: It was staged.]]
** Jack threatens to do something similar to the villain of Season 3:
-->'''Jack''': When your daughter is infected, I'm going to make you watch her die.
* In ''Manga/{{Kurosagi}}'', Kurosaki is unable to stop his father from murdering his sister and mother before coming for him as well.
* In the TV movie ''Echo'', Jack Wagner's twin brother character moves into his brother's life after abducting him and makes love to his fiancee, having it broadcast to his brother through a live camera so he can sit helplessly and watch.
* Recurring bastard [[spoiler: Kolya]] on Series/StargateAtlantis pulled one of these on the entire city of Atlantis when he forced nearly every member of the command team to watch his torture of [[spoiler: Lt. Colonel John Sheppard]] via live-telefeed.
* In the penultimate episode of Series/BreakingBad, Jesse, who was captured and made to make his trademark blue meth for Jack and Todd, gets caught trying to escape their compound. Jack retaliates by [[spoiler: forcing Jesse to watch his girlfriend Andrea get executed at her front porch by Todd and then threatening to do the same to her son Brock if he tries to escape again.]]
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* In ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'', Karzahni's MaskOfPower has the effect of trapping the target in a vision where they're usually unable to move, and witness horrible alternate futures. In one instance, he made Jaller see what would have happened if he had frozen in place instead of saving his friend Takua, thus allowing the villain Makuta to win. In this alternate future, the terrorized islanders would have risen up against Makuta's rule, only to be brutally killed one by one by his henchmen. This also counts as MindRape, as it leaves the victim too shaken to try to escape Karzahni's realm.
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[[folder:Religion and Mythology]]
* In TheBible, a priest named Pash-Hur throws Jeremiah into jail for the night because of his prophesying about Judah's sins and the upcoming invasion by Babylon. The next morning Jeremiah declares that [[MeaningfulRename God has changed Pash-Hur's name]] to Magor-Missaviv, "[[UnfortunateName terror all around]]," because he will watch all his friends die in the attack before being dragged off to Babylon for the rest of his life.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'': Admiral Saul Karath eventually manages to capture the heroes and starts grilling the PlayerCharacter for information. He already expects that his ColdBloodedTorture isn't going to work very well if he simply uses the painful electrocution on the PC themselves. However, he has both your potential love interests in similar torture chambers...
** Do note that if you do give in fully, he points out that he already knew all everything you've told him. [[ForTheEvulz So he's doing it for shits and giggles]].
* In ''VideoGame/EvilGenius'', you defeat one of the superagents by [[spoiler: mangling her teddy bear.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheDarkness'', the eponymous EldritchAbomination does this to Jackie by using it's CombatTentacles to hold him back while [[spoiler:[[BigBad Paulie Francetti]] executes his girlfriend Jenny.]] THEN it lets go and scares off the villains. And then it cruelly mocks Jackie.
* One bit of FlavorText in ''AlphaCentauri'' notes that the one man tough enough to endure [[{{Room101}} The Punishment Sphere]] broke pretty quickly when they threatened to put his wife in.
* ''VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry'': Near the climax of the game, when Kat is arrested by the Feds, Dante, trapped in Limbo and unable to save her, can do nothing but watch helplessly as the [=SWAT=] team [[PoliceBrutality shoot her in the shoulder and beat the ever-loving shit out of her]].
* While he doesn't get to see ''how'' it happened, [[spoiler: Cormag]] from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' is forced by [[spoiler: Valter]] to have a long and good look at [[spoiler: his murdered brother Glen's mangled corpse.]] What [[spoiler: Valter]] didn't say, though, was that [[spoiler: ''he'' was the one who killed Glen.]]
* Also invoked in FireEmblemAwakening, when [[spoiler: Gangrel takes Emmeryn to be executed in a cliff near Plegia Castle]] so he can force Prince Chrom and his BadassCrew to watch [[spoiler: how she will die if Chrom doesn't hand the Fire Emblem itself to Plegia.]] [[spoiler: Emmeryn [[TakeAThirdOption thwarts this]] via [[HeroicSuicide willingly throwing herself off to her own death]]. ([[NotQuiteDead Or so we thought]]).]]
* One of the bad endings of Hijikata's route in ''VideoGame/{{Hakuouki}}'' has Kazama threatening to hurt Chizuru in front of Hijikata because, he declares, he's heard that humans suffer more watching someone they care about get hurt, and he wants Hijikata to suffer. [[spoiler:When Hijikata responds by throwing down his sword in surrender, Kazama tortures him to death in front of Chizuru with the specific intention of teaching her not to defy him]].
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', [[spoiler: Orphan forces Fang to watch him torture Vanille in order to get her to transform into Ragnarok and kill him. Fang ends up transforming into an incomplete Ragnarok but turns back into a human before she can kill Orphan. Then Orphan proceeds to torture Fang while Vanille watches. Who knows what would've happened if Lightning and co didn't pull a BigDamnHero moment.]]
* One was at the very end of Xenosaga3, [[spoiler: Wilhelm tortures Shion to try and get KOS-MOS to activate Zarathustra. It doesn't work of course because KOS-MOS decides she simply wants to be herself instead of someone else so she destroys the key to Zarathustra, making it spiral out of control. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Woops]]. Everything gets better though.]]
* A major driving force in Luca's rage-filled insanity in SuikodenII is that he was forced to watch his mother be gang-raped for an entire week by Jowston Alliance rebels when he was a child. [[spoiler: And when he finds out the kidnapping and gang-rape was all orchestrated by the mayor of Muse and leader of the Jowston Alliance Council, Darrel, he resolved to wiped the City-State off the map and murder all its inhabitants.]]
* Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny was one of the first to use this trope. [[spoiler: If you are captured by Lord Blackthorn, you are asked one of the mantras to the Shrines of Virtue. If you refuse, Lord Blackthorn will drag a companion under a swinging blade and ask "are you sure you don't want to tell me?" If you continue to refuse, your companion will die and will never return.]]
* At one point in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', Donald and Goofy are captured by a bunch of Heartless while Sora is unconscious. When he comes to, he encounters a "Heartless Commander", who then [[ElectricTorture tortures the two with electricity]] after Sora makes a [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] comment on his status. Sora instantly surrenders to save his friends, and all three of them are thrown in {{prison|Episode}}.
** The scene is recreated in the [[Manga/KingdomHeartsII manga adaptation]], but Sora is the one who gets tortured, while his friends watch in complete horror.
* ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld'': Eggman invokes this while ranting at the Deadly Six for their rebellion, vowing to "destroy everything they love and make them watch." Later happens to Sonic, who can do nothing but watch helplessly over the Miles Electric as the [[PlanetLooters planet-draining machine]] sucks the life out of Knuckles and Amy.
* ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes]]'': Skull Face uses Chico's crush on [[spoiler: Paz]] to his advantage by making him watch as he has her tortured and gang-raped.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'': During the climax of the "Cold, Cold Heart" DLC, Ferris Boyle, after freezing Batman and incapacitating Mr. Freeze, dismisses Freeze's pleas to restart the cryogenic machine and save Nora, stating that he'll keep Freeze alive just long enough to watch her die before he kills him. Fortunately, Batman breaks free from the ice and subdues Boyle before that happens.
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* This happened to TheBlondeMarvel when she didn't want to pay for Madame de Sade's broken window.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' Hereti-Corp tries [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/020618 torturing Gwynn]] to make Torg give up information on Dr. Steve and Oasis, until Torg [[MoodWhiplash points out]] that they ''hadn't asked him any questions yet''.
* Parodied in ''AoiHouse'' when Elle finds out two heterosexual men have joined their club. As they really can't lose two more members without getting closed by the university, she is determined to fix the minor problem with Alex and Sandy.
* Redcloak of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' attempts this, threatening to throw groups of prisoners into a rift in front of O-Chul, unless O-Chul gives him information. O-Chul simply doesn't have the information Redcloak is after, and tells him that if he's going to kill the prisoners, then do it quick and be done with it. [[{{Hypocrite}} Redcloak]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0547.html is astounded at how vile humans are.]] Notably, Redcloak orders that the prisoners be informed of O-Chul's statement... [[EvilCannotComprehendGood and fails to realize they'll see it as a sign of resistance rather than one of cowardice.]]
* In ''{{Unsounded}}'', Matty Quigley is blind, yet he is able see through the eyes of his pymaric doll, Chitz. When [[BigBad Starfish]] orders [[spoiler:Matty's father]] killed, he holds up Chitz so that, [[TearJerker even though Matty is crying and trying to close his eyes]], he still sees everything. [[spoiler:Luckily, Jivi performs a BigDamnHeroes and manages to save both Matty and his father]].
* ''Webcomic/TheGreatestGift'' has a disturbing example with [[spoiler:Astra/Venus. Her father forced her to watch her EvilTwin Jupiter/Fake Venus strangle their mother to death. Did we mention they were ''fillies'' when this happened?]]
* Any time Susan overpowers Anna in ''{{Webcomic/Sire}}'' she is forced to helplessly watch her "Sister" pilot the body that they share and commit impassioned crimes. This has included confirmed kills so far. One of which was their beloved uncle.
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* This is how [[spoiler:Marie]] feels in ''Literature/{{Pyrrhic}}'', having been forced to watch Joshua MercyKill Chase.
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* Oddly averted by [[BigBad Megabyte]] of all characters in ''WesternAnimation/{{Reboot}}''. Before giving his henchmen the okay to dissect Frisket, he tells them to take Enzo away so he ''doesn't'' have to see it. [[KickTheDog He doesn't let him say good-bye either, though]].
--> '''Megabyte:''' The boy doesn't need to see this.\\
'''Enzo:''' Can't I at least say good-bye?\\
'''Megabyte:''' Well... ... ... '''no.'''
* The premise behind ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'', the show opens as a dead chicken is brought back to life, then watches a bank of monitors with his head locked in place and eyes forced open. One of the monitors is blank as the show begins and zooms in upon it, supposedly this is what the chicken is going to be forced to see, and we will see it. As of Season 5, the tables have turned and the chicken has put the scientist in the same situation.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' Slade uses the threat of this to make Robin do a FaceHeelTurn.
-->'''Slade:''' If you join me, if you swear to serve me, if you never speak to your friends again, I will allow them to live. But if you disobey even the smallest request ... I will annihilate them, Robin. And I'll make you watch.
* ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'' has this example:
-->'''Living Laser:''' New York is gonna burn. And I'm gonna make you watch.
* In an ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode Roger goes on a campaign to ruin the life of a man named Sidney who Roger believes stole from him. This vendetta includes destroying Sidney's garden and [[BlackComedyRape raping his favorite sycamore tree]]. Later, Roger sends Sidney a letter that says, "Your sycamore had saplings. I made them watch."
** In an episode where [[ItMakesSenseInContext Stan puts his mind in the body of a horse]], he (in the horse body) keeps getting poked in the face by a little kid despite Roger warning him not to. To the kid's shock, horse-Stan threatens to go to the child's house and kick his mother to death while he watched.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' had a mild version of this played for laughs. The villain, Gutierrez, wants a code that will give him super powers. When the hero and his mentor refuse to give it to him (the hero doesn't even know the code), he reveals he has the hero's family captured as well. The method of torture used on the family? [[spoiler:[[CoolAndUnusualPunishment The best of Marty Ingles]]]].
** "What kind of sadistic creature are you!?!"
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode [[http://spongebob.nick.com/videos/clip/krab-borg-full-episode.html Krab Borg]], [=SpongeBob=] and Squidward think Mr. Krabs is a robot who can talk to electronics. They tie him up and force him to watch them interrogate his expensive appliances. Most of them end up destroyed, making the money-grubbing crab scream and cry.
** All in vain, as Spongebob realized the whole thing was all in his i.ma..gi...na....tionn -- oh look, there's Halley's Comet! (runs away).
* In the first animated movie bridging the original ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', ''World's Finest'', [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker Joker]] decided to get revenge on SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor by destroying everything [=LexCorp=] built in Metropolis with one of Luthor's own weapons and making him watch.
* Comically inverted in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'''s LighterAndSofter AnimatedAdaptation of ''ComicBook/EmperorJoker'': after Bat-Mite becomes powerless by accidentally giving all his powers to the Joker and making him a {{Reality Warp|er}}ing [[AGodAmI god]], the new Clown Emperor would use his newfangled cosmic powers to kill the Dark Knight and then bring him back from the dead. To make matters worse, he attempts to make Batman go insane. Despite Harley Quinn's pleas to spare the lives of Batman and Bat-Mite, the Joker complies of sparing Bat-Mite by turning him into a Jester!Harley version of him, then forcing him and Harley to watch (along with the newly-created Joker-Mite) while the Clown Emperor forces the Dark Knight through a comedic, torturous DeathMontage in an attempt to make him go insane! Poor, powerless Bat-Mite... or is that Harley-Bat-Mite?
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', after Mr. Burns accidentally walks into a tree, he orders its acorns killed while the tree watches.
** The trope was PlayedForLaughs when Homer was carving pumpkins for Halloween.
** The Clock Orange scene mentioned above is parodied when Mr. Burn uses a similar device to force Santa's Little Helper to watch scenes of terrible violence in an attempt to make him a vicious attack dog.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has an Earth Kingdom general try to force Aang into the Avatar State by making him watch as he slowly bends Katara underground, presumably to suffocate. [[GoneHorriblyRight It works.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' episode "To Heck and Back," Heffer is confronted with his gluttony in Heck, and forced to watch Rocko dying inside his guts (after Rocko fell in while trying to retrieve a chicken bone that had gotten caught in Heffer's throat.)
* In the final episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'', Darkseid tells Superman that this is his plan. He talks about how he is going to destroy the planet and kill everyone on it, and only after Superman has seen it, will he kill him.
* A ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode has Peter doing the really old cartoon gag where the steam coming off a freshly baked pie forms beckoning fingers and tries to go up Peter's nose, which is supposed to draw Peter into eating the pie. When Peter refuses, the steam [[RuleOfFunny somehow]] starts ripping off Peter's clothes so it can rape him. We then see the steam is also holding Quagmire's eyes open, forcing him to watch.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand:'' Zurg manages to capture Booster, XR, and Mira and gloats about the tortures they are in store for. He's especially proud of Mira's, saying she can [[IntangibleMan ghost]] right out of cell. Doing so however causes alarms to go, breaking her concentration, leaving her in her cell. The torture is that she has to watch her teammates be tortured, powerless to stop it. Except it's a kid's show. So XR finds being stretched enjoyable (it gets out the kinks); and while Booster's cell is supposed to turn his strength against him and throw him around the room, he sees it as a Bounce House and great fun. So Mira just smirks at him.
* Syndrome does a variation of this to Mr. Incredible in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''; he's made to listen to a radio transmission from his wife and children as their plane is being targeted by missiles. Worst of all, Syndrome didn't know it was Bob's family, but thought they were his back-up. The reveal there were children on board didn't stop Syndrome in the slightest.
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