->''"Come see the violence InherentInTheSystem! [[TropeNamer Help! Help! I'm being repressed!]]"''
-->-- '''Dennis the Peasant''', ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''.

When you live under the thumb of TheEvilEmpire or a {{Dystopia}}n government, they have several ways to keep you there. This is a list of the many ways.

[[TropeNamers Named]] for a line in ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'', which may have its origins in a [[OlderThanTheyThink Norman legal proceeding]] called the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clameur_de_haro clameur de haro]].
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!!Tropes
[[index]]
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Categories:
+ CivilUnrestTropes
+ TheIndexIsWatchingYou
+ ASlaveToTheIndex
+ ATorturedIndex
]
* TwoPlusTortureMakesFive: Forcing people to believe in a lie.
* AirstripOne: Your country no longer has a name.
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: If they don't like you, torture them 'till they do.
* BigBrotherIsWatching: Intruding in all aspects of private life.
* BookBurning: Destroying literature and art that dissents against the powers that be.
* CannedOrdersOverLoudspeaker: Broadcasting propaganda ''everywhere''.
* ColdBloodedTorture: When used as a method for oppression.
* CrushingThePopulace: When an empire decides that an area it has gained or regained a hold on must be punished, rather than rebuilt.
* CulturePolice: Censoring all forms of art that seem subversive.
* DystopianEdict: If you break the edict, you suffer the government's wrath.
* EvilColonialist: A foreign oppressor against the natives.
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: We can't have everyone making up their own minds, now can we?
* ExaltedTorturer: Those people being tortured had it coming.
* TheExile: You're no longer welcome in your homeland.
* FascistsBedTime: Forced curfews.
* ForceFeeding: When the victim won't eat, or just to torture them.
* ForcedToWatch: ColdBloodedTorture is so passe. Better to make the victim watch their loved ones suffer!
* FullCircleRevolution: Leaders change, but things stay the same.
* GovernmentDrugEnforcement: Forcing everybody to take mind-controlling drugs.
* HappinessIsMandatory: Show how wonderful the regime makes you feel, on pain of death.
* IconOfRebellion: The symbol of freedom fighters opposing the government.
* IllegalReligion: Forbidding people from following their own religion, usually in favor of the religion of those in power or devotion to the state.
* LadyLand: Sucks to be a guy.
* {{Newspeak}}: Political correctness turned UpToEleven.
* NoWomansLand: Sucks to be a girl.
* OppressiveStatesOfAmerica: America being the exact polar opposite of the "Land of the Free".
* PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny: Masquerading as a democracy.
* PersecutedIntellectuals: Scholars are considered a threat to the regime, and dealt with accordingly.
* PoliceBrutality: Police are given free rein to get brutal on those who don't toe the line.
* PoliceState: Keeping a close watch over the citizens.
* PopulationControl: In order to have a manageable population, the government takes measure to keep the population within certain limits, either by sterilization or punishing dissenters. Alternatively, if the government needs labor or armies, they will mandate or encourage more babies.
* ThePresentsWereNeverFromSanta: Used as an excuse to justify oppressive power.
* PresidentForLife: Wanted to vote the guy out of office? You're outta luck.
* PropagandaMachine: Hiding the truth from the people, feeding them lies instead.
* ReignOfTerror: Causing panic to turn the population docile and easily manipulable.
* ReleasedToElsewhere: Executions are covered up with lies by the powers that be.
* SecretPolice: A stealth repressive arm that secretly abducts troublemakers.
* StateSec: Thought PoliceBrutality and the SecretPolice were bad? Well, now they have an entire army backing them, just so you know a direct confrontation is hopeless.
* {{Thoughtcrime}}: You're not allowed to even ''think'' against the establishment.
* {{Unperson}}: Erasing someone from existence, when used as a method for oppression.
* YouAreNumberSix: Numbering people as a means of dehumanization and oppression.
[[/index]]
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