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->''"You asked me once, what was in Room 101. I told you that you knew the answer already. Everyone knows it. The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world."''
-->-- [[spoiler:'''O'Brien''']], Part 3, Chapter 5, ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''

A FateWorseThanDeath. The place no one wants to visit: a [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] chamber, [[{{Brainwashed}} brainwashing program]] or place of punishment so terrible that it is [[HeWhoMustNotBeNamed spoken of only in whispers]]. No one knows just what is done there; those who are sent there either [[ReleasedToElsewhere never return]], or else are [[ShellShockedVeteran so traumatized]] that they [[HeroicBSOD cannot speak of the torments]] they experienced there.

The TropeNamer is the room in the Ministry of Love from George Orwell's ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', where it is eventually revealed that those who are sent there are [[spoiler:[[MindRape made to literally live out their]] [[NightmareFuel worst nightmares]]]]. No matter what spark of individuality you cling to hope, love, loyalty, whatever it is you '''''WILL''''' betray it in Room 101. You then irrevocably cross the DespairEventHorizon. As one character says, "You really do mean it, and nothing is ever the same afterward."

When the threat is used humorously, it can sometimes be known as the MaximumFunChamber, or involve CoolAndUnusualPunishment and SuckinessIsPainful. Often, the audience has to TakeOurWordForIt that YouDoNotWantToKnow what happens within. May also involve {{Animorphism}}. The widespread presence of these places in an EvilEmpire may or may not be a sign of IndustrializedEvil, depending on how personalized they are.

For the metaphysical equivalent see CosmicHorrorStory. The effect is the same, there's a... ''[[EldritchAbomination thing]]'' so terrible that it is [[HeWhoMustNotBeNamed spoken of only in whispers]]. No one knows just what it is; [[CuriosityKilledTheCast those who seek it]] either [[ReleasedToElsewhere never return]], or else are [[MindRape so traumatized]] (or, more likely, [[GoMadFromTheRevelation are driven so completely insane]]) that they [[HeroicBSOD cannot speak of the horrors]] they experienced by encountering it.

The name of the Orwell room inspired a [[Series/{{Room 101}} TV series of the same name]], in which celebrities sent their pet hates (including, in one controversial case, the Welsh) to Room 101.

Can be a SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere. Can also overlap with PlaceWorseThanDeath. No relationship to {{Subject 101}}. Or ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Room_222 Room 222]]'', for that matter -- unless the Ministry of Love knows the single episode of a soap opera can drive you nuts.

This sort of torture shows up a lot in film and television because ''actual'' torture tends to be pretty simple and brutal. Showing someone getting beat up doesn't make for very interesting drama, while having icy interrogators making vague but chilling threats about "your worst nightmares" or "destroying your will to live" multiplies the suspense. Related to PsychologicalTormentZone (a ''Location 101'', if you will) and BlackBugRoom (the MentalWorld equivalent).




[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/HollowFields'', underachieving students are sent to detention in "The Windmill". No-one who goes in ever comes out again. [[spoiler:Which is because the teachers are using the children sent there as test subjects for a GrandTheftMe experiment. They sort of... Break... In the process.]]
* ''Manga/{{Mahoraba}}'' has Shirogane's own Room 101 inside her classroom for students who misbehave in class or failed to do homework. When not in her classroom, she might borrow some random room for dealing punishments to her students. Played for laughs, misbehaving students are just heard screaming by other students and comes out pale as a ghost with no one ever willing to say what really goes on behind those doors.
* ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys'': People who resist being brainwashed at Friend Land (which is already bad enough) are sent for more advanced treatment to Friend World, which is never actually described.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has the Fifth Laboratory, where [[spoiler: the government's human experimentation]] takes place.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has Impel Down's Level 6 which the general public doesn't even know about, where society's very worse are kept pending execution and are meant to be forgotten and erased from history itself. [[spoiler: Ironically, it's really not so bad down there compared to the rest of the place; the only torture the inmates endure is isolation.]]
* ''LightNovel/OverLord'' The black capsule is an area of Nazarick's 2nd Floor that is ruled over by the area guardian Kyouhukou. The few humans who have been tortured there were left so Traumatized by the experience that they will demonstrably do absolutely anything to avoid even the possibility of going back. Even powerful members of Nazarick have mentioned they find the place horrifying. In the light novel's seventh volume 'Invaders of the Large Tomb' we see what actually happens there [[spoiler: victims are eaten alive by cockroaches while being constantly healed so they don't die.]]
* Class 3-E in ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' is a downplayed example. If you are a student at Kunugigaoka Middle School, then you will move heaven and hell to ''not'' end up in 3-E. Not only is it in an old, derelict building, it's also on top of a mountain (that has to be climbed ''every'' morning). While it will not make you go insane, plenty of non-3-E students have nightmares of ending up in it, the students in it get abused by the other students, mentally tormented by the principal and usually end up on the very bottom of society. [[spoiler: It gets way better [[ItMakesSenseInContext once that class gets the task to kill a monster that exploded the moon]] though]].

* ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}'' has a group dedicated to removing the fable characters from memory. One of their punishments for fables who get out of line is what looks like a pit. Apparently being inside causes people to simply forget your existence, which for a fable can mean they simply fade from existence (Paul Bunyan was reduced to a midget after multiple trips).
* In the classic (Earth 2) ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' story "The Autobiography of Bruce Wayne", the Scarecrow crashes a wedding that Bruce is attending, and hits the congregation with fear gas, causing everyone to relive their worst fears. When Batman suddenly sees his allies (Robin, Batgirl, Commissioner Gordon, Superman) disappear before his eyes, Scarecrow actually mentions this trope by name: "So, Batman, your greatest fear, your Room 101, is autophobia!"
* In Ted Rall's ''2024'', when Winston is arrested, he's forced to watch Channel 101, [[spoiler:which is showing an unbearably boring documentary about rats.]]
* The [[Characters/GLSinestroCorps Sinestro Corps]] has small capsules like these called fear lodges, since as Green Lanterns power their rings through willpower, Sinestros can power their rings through their own fear, so they face their own worst fear so that their rings can collect it.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Ripples}}'' and its sequel ''Stirred'', Level Zero of the Grand Royal Hospit of Meridian gains this reputation among the populace and the Rebellion. Mostly because it's where Will/Van and her assistants perform their [[PlayingWithSyringes medical experiments]]; while some of their test subjects ''are'' volunteers, the majority are imprisoned criminals and rebels.

* Michael Radford's film adaptation of ''Film/NineteenEightyFour'' successfully translated how much NightmareFuel Room 101 can be.
* "Ward E" from the made for TV movie ''Film/TheStranger'' (which was later made into an ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' episode.)
* The interdimensional gateway drive used in the 1997 film ''Film/EventHorizon''. This gateway was [[spoiler:an interdimensional jump drive that could travel instantaneously to any part of the universe, unfortunately, the ship would travel through a parallel dimension analogous to Hell.]]
* ''Film/TheShining'' - Room 237
** Room 217 in Creator/StephenKing's [[Literature/TheShining original novel]]. Why the change? [[SerendipityWritesThePlot The hotel used for filming the exteriors had a real Room 217, and the owners were afraid no one would stay there after seeing the film]].
* ''Film/VForVendetta'', no one knows what happens to the people who are black-bagged...except of course for the ones who enact said black-bagging. And [[spoiler: V, who escaped, and Evey, who was put into a fake interrogation by V.]]
* While never specifically revealed, there is some speculation that the cube in the ''Film/{{Cube}}'' movie series is one of these. Even if you manage to live through the [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom deadly deathtraps of death]], the massive psychological horror experienced within might make you wish you hadn't. [[spoiler:And that's only if the people ''outside'' the cube don't immediately kill you.]]
* In ''Film/HouseAtTheEndOfTheStreet'', The number [[spoiler:of the prison cell Ryan ends up in]] is 101. [[spoiler:It's implied that he is being tortured by the worst recollections of his life (though as a result of his own mental illness rather than outside interference)- and there are many.]]
* In the ''Film/TheKentuckyFriedMovie'' parody "A Fistful of Yen," the villain sentences a spy with the most evil punishment imaginable. "Take him to Detroit." "No! Not Detroit!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!'
* In ''Film/RobotHolocaust'', we have "The Room Of Questions" & "The Tortures Of The Damned".
* In ''Film/AddamsFamilyValues'', it's played for laughs. The camp counselors send Joel, Wednesday, and Pugsly for re-education at an isolated cabin tailor-made to produce {{Stepford Smiler}}s. They're made to endure horrors like ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic'', ''Series/TheBradyBunch'', ''Film/{{Annie|1982}}'', and Disney movies.

* ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''. TropeNamer. Winston has an extreme phobia of [[spoiler: rats,]] ever since he was a young boy. The culmination of his stay within the Ministry of Love, and the chilling climax of the novel's plot, involves him finally being sent to Room 101 [[spoiler: where they have a rather unique helmet-cage apparatus waiting for him. Rats are put in one end, his head in the other, and the barriers between his face and the feral rodents are removed one by one]] until he surrenders; That's not to say "pleads for mercy" or "admits defeat", he has to fully surrender to Big Brother by compromising the last shred of integrity and humanity he's been clinging to, by begging them to [[spoiler: inflict this terrible torture on his love interest, Julia, instead of himself]].
** Rather hilariously, Room 101 was named after a conference room at the BBC, where George Orwell had to sit through boring meetings.
** A short parody of ''1984'', "1984 Has Been Unavoidably Postponed" by Alan Coren, had the Ministry of Love turn out to be short of [[spoiler: rats]] -- and Smith wasn't scared of anything else they had to offer. He wound up actually trying to '''help''' them find a creature they could torture him with:
--->"If it's any help, I can't stand moths."
--->"Moths?!" Esmond screamed. "What do you think we are, ruddy Harrods? We can't get moths for love nor money!"
--->"Comes in here asking for moths," muttered Esmond's assistant.
* Creator/StephenKing has used this trope more than once in his stories.
** The room [[Film/FourteenOhEight 1408]] in the short story and movie adaptation of the same name.
** In ''Literature/TheShining'', Room 217 (Room 237 in [[Film/TheShining the Kubrick version]]) serves the same basic purpose. Danny Torrance initially surmises that certain areas of the Overlook Hotel are just as dangerous as Room 217 and should be avoided.
** In ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' (and its film adaptations), Margaret has a small, cramped closet in her house filled with religious paraphernalia. She locks her daughter Carrie in there to pray for hours on end whenever she so much as takes a tiny step out of line. In the '02 version, though, Carrie manages to [[SubvertedTrope make it into a refuge of sorts]] from Margaret's insanity, hiding a stash of fashion and gossip magazines in there. The '76 version also has Carrie hiding there [[spoiler:with Margaret's dead body as her house burns down]].
** ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' has the Door to ''[[NothingIsScarier todash space itself]]'' in Castle Discordia. Going through it is implied to be a FateWorseThanDeath by Mia.
* The "Objective Room" in ''Literature/ThatHideousStrength'' by C. S. Lewis is a sort of mental torture. At a glance, it's an unremarkable room, but the closer you look, especially at the pictures on the walls, the more unpleasant it gets.
* Subverted in ''Literature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse'' - the Total Perspective Vortex is a machine that causes the soul of whomever gets put into it to commit suicide by showing them how insignificant they are in the universe, but when Zaphod Beeblebrox goes in, it turns out that it merely reveals he's the most important thing in the Universe. [[spoiler:This is later attributed to this all occurring in a universe specially created for him, where he truly was the most important person in the universe]] ([[ItMakesSenseInContext go... read the book]]).
** At any rate, he's pissed off enough at Zarniwoop for first abducting him and then bursting his bubble about how he survived the Vortex that he eventually slugs him.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's "Sam Hall," the story opens with the protagonist's nephew being arrested and sent to a Room101; the protagonist must hide that they were related.
* ''Literature/ThePiloFamilyCircus'' has its own Funhouse, a place that even other circus employees avoid, as it's the home of the Matter Manipulator, a flesh-sculpting magician responsible for the creation of the Freakshow. Carnies are sent there as punishment for suitably unpleasant crimes, and visitors to the show that actually enter are never seen again. The only example we see of a victim of the Matter Manipulator besides the freaks is Winston the Clown, who has [[BodyHorror the flesh of his stomach ripped out and replaced with hot coals.]]
* Shayol, the prison planet in Creator/CordwainerSmith's ''Instrumentality of Mankind'' stories, named after Sheol (the Hebrew name for the Underworld). In the actual story 'A Planet Named Shayol', it is revealed that the planet hosts a virus which causes those infected to become immortal, but also to [[BodyHorror become painfully mutated and grow new limbs]], which the Instrumentality [[OrganTheft harvests for replacement parts]].
* ''Franchise/{{Discworld}}''
** The HQ of the Cable Street Particulars in ''Discworld/NightWatch'', one of Literature/{{Discworld}}'s darkest moments. There is a chair for people to be strapped into, there is a gully on the floor for blood to run, the walls are heavily soundproofed, and there is a single tooth left on the floor.
** Another dark moment: the Girls' Working School/Grey House in ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment''. And some of the places the inmates get sent on work hire. When Polly mentions that the headmaster seemed all right whenever she met him in town, Tonker replies "he was good at seeming." Only a few details are given, but escapees Tonker, Lofty, and Wazzer are all {{Shell Shocked Veteran}}s and none of them are over twenty.
* This is the test Richard has to go through to get the Key in ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}''. He's shunted into an illusionary double of an Underground station and confronted by his friends and girlfriend, who [[{{Gaslighting}} tell him he had a complete psychotic break and everything he's experienced so far is a delusion]]. And then it starts convincing him to kill himself...
* In the novel ''Literature/HellHouse'', the whole mansion qualifies, but over it all seems to be the ballroom, to the point Ben Fischer makes it a point to try avoiding it.
* The book ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'' has the Waiting Room: so horrible that even those who have never been there cringe in fear of it. [[spoiler:one of the main characters gets sent there, and it's just a room full of mud and insects; nevertheless, he is nearly broken by it.]] Later, Milligan gets captured and sent to it and it turns out to work to the party's advantage. He is able to hold his breath and sink down below the mud and then escape.
* Crowden, the big bad of ''Witchfinder'': dawn of the demontide, has a demonic cabinet, into which he places people to be tortured. One incredibly unlucky victim had to spend a month inside it.
* Dungeon Number One in ''[[Literature/SeptimusHeap Magyk]]''. It is essentially a huge chimney-like pit full of rancid water that drowns most of its inhabitants...''if they survived the fall'', that is.
* In ''Literature/ShadesOfGrey'', people whose merit score dips down low enough get sent to Reboot, where they supposedly are retrained to fit into society. [[spoiler:It turns out to just be an 'abandoned' town with a town hall painted with a color that kills you.]]
* The Danish fantasy series ''Literature/TheShamerChronicles'' featured a room that was covered head to toe in carvings of faces that would whisper the worst things you could imagine to you - remind you of horrible things you have done or play on your insecurities until you were driven mad.
* In the ''[[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Wheel of Time]]'' series, the Aes Sedai have one of these underground in Tar Valon. Thieves brave enough to try to rob the place get sent there, and are quietly released the next morning, apparently unharmed but never trying that again. We find out later what it is: [[spoiler:You're strapped to a block and the local magic really does give you immersive hallucinations of your worst fears.]]
* This is what Teddy assumes the lighthouse is in ''Literature/ShutterIsland''.
* In the novel ''Literature/{{Unwind}}'' by Neal Shusterman, the main characters are running from the law because they are scheduled for unwinding. The room where the unwinding takes place is one of these, except everyone knows exactly what goes on, just not how. We are later treated to [[spoiler: a disturbing scene of unwinding from the victim's point of view]].
* In ''The Dream Catcher'' by Monica Hughes, about a society of telepaths in a [[DomedHometown domed city]], misfit Ruth is sent to The Black Hole, a room with a terrifying reputation for stories of people who'd be driven mad from just a few minutes inside it. [[spoiler:Subverted when, it turns out all it does is block telepathy. Most telepaths can't handle it, but Ruth actually finds the place pretty relaxing, and the door wasn't even locked. It was actually a test to see if she was the type of person who could survive without being connected to the telepathic community.]]
* The house where the narrator is kept in ''Literature/TheYellowWallpaper''. Justified, as it used to be a BedlamHouse. (And in a way, it's still being used as such because she is there to recover from [[HystericalWoman hysteria]]. Needless to say, her being kept in a house (and especially her bedroom) that she thinks could be haunted does not help her.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' drops some mentions to Visser 3's personal torture chamber aboard his Blade Ship. For his underlings even death from starvation is ''much'' more preferable than ending up in there.
* Cell 25 in ''Literature/MichaelVey: The Prisoner of Cell 25''.
* One strange example appears in the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' short story "The Chalk Closet." At a certain school, students who misbehave are sent to the closet, where [[spoiler:they are forced to listen to the sound of NailsOnABlackboard for eternity.]]
* The Disturbed Ward in ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' subverts this. Despite the electroshock therapy and lobotomies performed there, it's actually a ''refuge'' from Nurse Ratched's tyranny, and the staff will often try to prolong a patient's time on the Disturbed Ward because Ratched is just that nasty.
* {{Downplayed}} in "Cell One", a realistic short story by Creator/ChinamandaNgoziAdichie. The titular cell is on a corrupt police station where prisoners are abused by the staff and abuse each other. The ordinary cells and the treatment therein are hellish enough, but everyone's afraid of cell one even though they don't know what's in there. Someone's carried out of there dead, and after the narrator's brother is released after having spent a short time there, he isn't traumatised out of his sense, but he doesn't speak of what happened and has signs of physical abuse and has turned much more somber than he used to be.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The humorous BBC chat show ''Series/{{Room 101}}'' where a celebrity comes on to talk about their most hated things, which can and will include anything and everything, whereby they make a case for their hatred and if successful, the item is dumped into Room 101 itself.
* Room 23 from ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': While Sheridan is being tortured in "Intersections in Real Time," his interrogator keeps mentioning Room 17 as the place Sheridan will wind up if he doesn't start talking. Eventually it's subverted when [[spoiler:Sheridan's willingness to die before talking ultimately gets him sent to Room 17. Instead of getting subjected to some brutal, final torture, Sheridan is brought to an identical interrogation room and starts the whole process all over again. The ultimate horror of Room 17 is simply that the torture will never stop]].
* Room 9 from season 2 of ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. Maury's apartment where Matt Parkman and Nathan Petrelli are trapped within Maury's illusions of a twisted alternate of the S1 "Bomb" Future.
* The Attic, on ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}''. We don't see what it actually does until late in season 2, but it's mentioned well in advance...
-->'''Topher:''' You know that feeling when you have a name on the tip of your tongue? Well...that's what it's like. For every thought you ''never have.''
* The SadistTeacher 's classroom in ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' is indeed room 101.
* The red bag on British sitcom ''Series/{{Ideal}}''. To put it in perspective, gangster [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Psycho Paul]] was said to have 'cried like a little girl' after looking inside it, and even AxCrazy hitman Cartoonhead is scared of it.
* ''Series/TheProfessionals''. Bodie and Doyle lampshade this trope after capturing a hitman who refuses to say who employed him. So they take the hitman to the business of an East End gangster whose brother he killed and handcuff him to a lamppost outside. "Oh he won't kill him. But he'll wish he had." The hitman wisely decides to talk.
* A terrorist played by Creator/QuentinTarantino in ''Series/{{Alias}}'' had a portable version of Room 101; "The Box," which he kept threatening to open if he didn't get answers. It turns out it was full of needles spiked with something that would cause a terrible burning sensation that he'd jam into the fingers of his torture victim; painful, but at the same time, not exactly up to the massive hype he built up.
* ''Series/{{Roswell}}'': The FBI Special Unit tortured Max inside "The White Room".
* ''Series/LaFemmeNikita'': Section 1 had a cell known as The White Room, where captured hostiles were routinely subject to torture, interrogation and "Cancellation".
* In ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', Skynet's machines operate one of these in the basement of an abandoned house in the wasteland. Precisely what happens down there is never made clear, but Derek Reese is subjected to whatever it was they did down there. Creepily enough, coming from said room is the sound of a piano playing a particular song by Chopin - the same song is playing an episode later while [[RobotGirl Cameron]] is ballet dancing, and later on in the series it is revealed that Allison Young, the girl whose face and identity Cameron stole, had a mother who liked that same song. Coupled with Derek Reese's familiarity of and hatred toward Cameron, there is a strong implication that she's tied to this particular instance of Room 101.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Played absolutely straight in ''The God Complex'', featuring a space prison resembling a hotel. Each inmate has a room which contains their worst fears, and a Minotaur-like monster that feeds on the inmates after being subjected to them. [[spoiler:The Doctor thinks the Minotaur is feeding on their fear, but it is revealed the purpose of the rooms is to force the inmates to reveal their faith in someone or something to protect them, and that is what the monster manipulates and feeds on.]]
** There's also Floor 500 on Satellite Five, from the episodes ''The Long Game'' and ''Bad Wolf''. Slightly subverted at first, since everyone ''wanted'' to be promoted there, but eventually revealed to be a place of horrors.
** In "Heaven Sent", the Doctor is put to the ultimate test: [[spoiler:He is trapped in his confession dial; a miniature prison, and subjected to torture for 4 billion years.]]
* There is a stealthy nod to the trope in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Coming of Age". Wesley Crusher is taking a test to enter Starfleet Academy, and the last test is a personalized "psych test" meant to pit the candidate against their greatest fear (although Wesley is passed up for admission this time around, he is commended for handling his test well). When he is summoned for the beginning of his final test, he is summoned into "Room 101".
* ''Series/DarkAngel'': [[EvilInc Manticore's]] Reindoctrination process for rogue or misbehaving genetic experiments. It was partly revealed to include excruciating brainwashing sessions via [[BodyHorror laser beam through the eye]], and other forms of physical and psychological torture.
* ''Series/{{Incorporated}}'' has the "Quiet Room", a torture chamber for anyone who breaks [[MegaCorp SPIGA's]] rules. People sent there have a tendency to not come back.
* Invoked on ''Series/GoodEats'' in the episode where Alton teaches a 32-year-old man how to make breakfast himself (instead of having his mother come over and make breakfast for him.) Alton instructs his assistant, Clarence, to take the man down to Sector 12. Which turns out to be...a simulation of a grocery store, where Alton shows his pupil how to buy bacon.
* ''Recap/BlackMirrorPlaytest'': While not used in the same sense as Orwell's novel, the trope is absolutely played straight in the episode's climax. Cooper is terrified to open the door to the access point that he is led to believe will allow the mind-altering game to end, as he thinks it will contain his greatest, deepest fear. After some coercion from Katie he opens the door to find his suspicions were true; the game does not end, Katie is [[MissionControlIsOffItsMeds actually malicious]], and she subjects him to his deepest fear: [[spoiler:succumbing to Alzheimer's and losing his memory and his mind just like his father did. Continuing this trope, [[HopeSpot when he finally is booted from the game and returns home to America]], he enters his mothers' bedroom to find to his abject terror that ''she'' has fallen into dementia in his absence. Poor Cooper actually died abruptly in reality from the game crashing and he spent his last living moments living out his worst nightmare, [[IWantMyMommy screaming out for his mom]].]]

* The TropeNamer example is mocked in an episode of ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' called "Nineteen Eighty-Five!": Protagonist Ned Seagoon is locked in a room and forced to listen to a recording... of himself, singing (Harry Seacombe, actor for Neddy Seagoon, was in fact a very accomplished opera singer).
* Also in ''[[Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook That Mitchell and Webb Sound]]'', in a sketch depicting the problems of working in Room 102. Especially when those noisy buggers next door are torturing someone whose worst fear is a whale with the face of his old French teacher. Also brings up the problem of what happens when people start getting wise to how Room 101 works. Seems a suspiciously large number of people have [[BriarPatching suddenly developed a fear of sexual intimacy.]] And even the staff are making sure everyone knows about their crippling phobia of beer...
* And in ''Radio/TheBurkissWay'', Room 101 contains the show's recurring irritant [[PungeonMaster Eric Pode]] [[DirtyOldMan of Croydon]].

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'' has the Rooms of Renunciation, [[spoiler:pocket dimensions where someone the universe doesn't like gets shut in until they come out different. How different? Depends on the room...]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has the Monstrances of Celestial Portion, which is like this to the Solar Exalted. Yes, even the immortal god-kings of Creation have something that makes them scream in fright. What are they? The Deathlords traded some favors to [[CosmicHorror the Yozis]] to create an engine that would invert a Solar Exaltation's nature and make them serve the cause of death, turning those bestowed with it into the Abyssal Exalted. And if a Solar's stuck in one of them... well, it ain't pretty. Hell, a Solar can't even ''look at one'' without feeling sick.
* Likewise, ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' has the Spiral labyrinth, which werewolves are forced to walk to turn them into Black Spiral Dancers (except in one notorious case where that didn't work, and Celeste Walks-The-Spiral-Backwards destroyed the labyrinth instead). ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' works on reincarnation of every mage's avatar, but has a horrid ritual to destroy avatars. And ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' contains a few fates worse than death because all the vampires are, of course, ''already'' dead.
** Also from Mage, the Cauls, which invert a mage's avatar, turning them into one of the Nephandi, mages dedicated to corruption and destruction. For that extra nasty twist, when a Nephandi dies, it's possible for their reincarnation to be born with their past life's twisted avatar - corrupted from birth.
* Heck, in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' the Technocracy Convention NWO actually HAS a Room 101, in direct homage to ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]''.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' brings us Commoragh, home of the Dark Eldar-a planet-sized extradimensional ''City 101'', which is as horrible as it sounds, since its residents live on {{squick}}.
** The Inqusition keeps a well stocked interrogation centre in the Damocles Gulf just for aliens and heretics. The most infamous is Interrogation Chamber IX.
** Mankind's first contact with the Necrons occured when a contingent of Sororitas were desintegrated to the last woman, in a place called... Sanctuary 101.
** Dark Elven cities in the ''Fantasy Battle'' setting are just as bad.
* Dr. [[spoiler: Dominiani]] has a whole ''asylum floor'' full of these in his domain of ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'', which he uses to systematically drive people mad.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Kult}}'', ''The Abyss'', a great chasm where [[{{God}} Demiurge's]] citadel once was. Only [[{{Satan}} Astaroth]] has ever been known to get in there and return, but only barely alive. And he refuses to speak about anything inside that place.

* Urinetown in ''Theatre/{{Urinetown}}'' has this reputation. [[spoiler:It turns out, though, that there is no Urinetown; those who are sent there are just thrown off a building to their deaths.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Punishment Sphere facility from ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''. Drones--the uneducated, disaffected unskilled worker class -- will never, ever riot if you have one of these. It's never explained what's done (though according to the sound file that plays when you build it, one man who was tough enough to take it quickly broke when his wife was put in...), but whatever goes inside must be really, really, really nasty, because building it also halves that city's scientific research output and prevents citizens from becoming Talents, the educated and creative class, which also prevents that base from ever entering an intellectual Golden Age.
** The game also references "nerve stapling" as the dictatorial method of quashing Drone Riots. Nerve stapling is implied to lobotomize its victims into mindless workers. Not necessarily gruesome per se, but certainly a flagrant violation of human rights nonetheless (and a horrific punishment by any measure).
*** In fact, using the Nerve Staple option to "calm" your populace is considered an Atrocity by the other factions, and will temporarily do horrible, ''horrible'' things to your economy as everyone stops trading with you for several turns (which can be devastating for any faction that relies on trade routes and external income, as in the other Civ games) and you get temporarily chucked off the Council.
*** If you manage to get the UN Charter repealed by the Council, then it is no longer considered an atrocity to nerve-staple people or use nerve gas on civilians. [[NukeEm Planet busters]] are still a no-no.
** In ''Dragon Sun'' by Michael Ely, nerve stapling is developed by Yang's scientists in order to more effectively control his population and create a nigh-unstoppable army. When the others find out about it, they are utterly horrified and put Yang in jail for life. The victims they find have some sort of electrodes in their heads used to induce intense pain.
** When a rival faction is defeated by the player, a short clip (one for male, female, and Progenitor) shows that leader in a punishment sphere.
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'': Nova Prospekt combines this with HumanResources, {{Brainwashed}} and SlaveMooks.
* ''VideoGame/{{Killer 7}}'' has the Forbidden Room, which may or may not be the source of the horrific screaming and moaning heard in the building throughout the game. Eventually it's revealed to contain Kun Lan and Harman playing chess, the entities who rewrote Garcian's identity, shaping him into a pawn in their endless metaphysical battle.
* ''VideoGame/EchoBazaar'' has a Room 101 in the evil hellhole that is the Orphanage [[spoiler:It actually contains nothing worse than mops, its a store room.]]
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', this is what can be described as Relius Clover's Astral Finish: Sending people to the {{Room 101}} that is his lab.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'' the Fear Nothing Foundation's downtown recruitment centre features one of these in the form of its mysterious 3rd floor. All the new recruits know and fear it, knowing that they'll only be summoned there if they've managed to piss off the counsellors; for good measure, past victims are unable or unwilling to explain what happened up there. However, it's also revealed that the counsellors are scared of it, too: [[spoiler: turns out it's actually haunted by the murderous ghost of one of the punished recruits, having died over the course of brutal experimentation]]. It's also heavily implied that the punishments are an integral part of the FNF's indoctrination process: quite apart from the mention of disobedient recruits having left the floor "smiling like broken glass," Kinji's [[ApocalypticLog final letter to his parents]] is revealed to have been written in the aftermath of his visit to the 3rd floor.
-->[[BrainwashedAndCrazy Everything is fine]]. [[MindRape Everything was explained]]. [[DissonantSerenity It is so beautiful]].
* The Containment Chamber in ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' functions as this with alien test subjects.
* In ''VideoGame/DownFall'', the main couple books a room in a hotel which is revealed to be room 101. You can imagine how well that went...

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* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'': [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/011020c the Rehabilitator]]

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* In ''WebOriginal/{{Mortasheen}}'', the [[TheHeartless Devilbird]] [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/diablymous.htm Diablymous]] uses this as an attack against its opponents, [[EmotionEater feeding on the fear the act generates]] and leaving its victim traumatized.

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* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'': Parodied in "A Room With A Moose", where Zim opens a wormhole and had several options of places he could choose from to send his rival Dib. Out of all the unpleasant places he could send Dib and the rest of the class, he chooses... "[[TitleDrop A ROOM...]] [[FelonyMisdemeanor WITH A MOOSE]]!" (His other options included a dimension of pure itching, and another of pure dookie.)
* Also parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' in one episode the Warners end up in Hades, where they annoy Satan. He eventually threatens to lock them in a room of "agony worse than all others", which turns out to be [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment "whiny protest songs from]] TheSixties."
* Lake Laogai from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is a place where the corrupt Dai Li do ''something'' to [[{{Brainwashed}} brainwash]] people. You'll find yourself completely stripped of your identity and memories, or simply a ManchurianAgent ready to kill your friends in a second.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Burns' Heir," a man is told Bart has been brainwashed by Mr. Burns and has to reprogram him. He tries to do this in the room 101 of a motel.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E2TheCutieMapPart2 The Cutie Map - Part 2]]", Starlight Glimmer locks the Mane Six (and any other dissenters to her {{Cult}}) in a room that constantly extolls her philosophy over a loudspeaker at all hours of the day. Fluttershy [[PretendToBeBrainwashed pretends to succumb to the abuse]] in order to spy on Starlight.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' has this in the form of the Isolation Room. The kids at the correctional facility deem it the "ISO" and what it does is [[NothingIsScarier NEVER explained.]] We do get to see one of the former inhabitants though. He sits quietly and appears to be painting, but when Terry gets close and asks him a question, he is completely unresponsive. The creepy is taken UpToEleven when you realize the tablet that he's painting with is devoid of paint and the canvas he's vigorously moving the brush across is completely blank...
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' has this in the form of Saint Olga's Reform School for Wayward Princesses. It serves as TheDreaded for quite a few episodes until Star and Marco finally go there in an attempt to bust Star's friend Princess Pony Head. They aren't wrong at all about the place. St. Olga's itself has the "Solitary Conform-ment" room, where especially troublesome students are brainwashed into obedience with a high-speed slide-show on princess etiquette.
* ''WesternAnimation/CaspersScareSchool'' has this as well. The students are told of a place so scary and horrible that only the screams of the monsters who enter are heard when you get near it. Subverted in that.... In what can't be a completely unforeseen twist, the place is a garden full of beautiful flowers and trees where the banished monsters sit and drink lemonade. The place contained things the would be scary to a stereotypical monster who was used to slime and mummies and vampires etc.