In which a character has their legs (or arms) restrained and has foodstuffs, preferably [[ProducePelting rotten fruit or veggies]], [[PieInTheFace cream pies]], wet sponges or something else in that line of thought thrown at them by members of the public. Alternatively, stocks can also be used for TickleTorture.

Technically, "stocks" only restrain the legs; the more commonly-seen restraint that holds one's arms and head is called a "pillory". However, the latter is often referred to as "stocks" regardless of this distinction.

A point seldom touched on in fiction is that being pilloried could be seriously dangerous. People were allowed to throw things at your head, and you could neither dodge nor block them. If you were lucky they would only throw fruit and vegetables (although ''you'' try getting hit in the face with a turnip and see how harmless that would be). If you were unlucky (or unpopular), they'd throw rocks. Or materials obtained from stable floors. And if you were really, ''really'' unlucky, [[PrisonRape it would be as bad as if you'd dropped the soap in a prison shower]].

Rarely occurs with females (except when [[RuleThirtyFour other]] [[{{Hentai}} stuff]] is done to them instead), for [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished some]] [[WouldNotHitAGirl reason]].

Often used in ComeToGawk.
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* ''AKnightsTale'' has this happen to the main character while his friends try to defend him.
** Earlier in the film, there's a flashback to him as a young boy, watching the knights parade into the tournament grounds with his father. There's a man locked in the stocks right next to them, who advises young William that it would be easier [[ArcWords for a man to change the stars]] themselves than for a peasant to grow up to be a knight.
* ''Andersonville'' and it's not funny in that movie.
* The female lead in ''Film/CaptainKronosVampireHunter'' is introduced in the pillory, a punishment for dancing on a Sunday. She does not appear to have had a good time of it.

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* ''Literature/ThePrinceAndThePauper'': The prince-as-a-pauper's friend, Miles, gets punished with these.
* In the ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' series, Captain Aubrey is pilloried after being set up for stock market fraud. The potential danger is made very clear [[spoiler:but, in a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, [[YouAreNotAlone lots and lots of his old shipmates]] turn up to cheer for him and look menacing at anyone who so much as ''thinks'' about throwing things.]] ManlyTears may have been involved.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': [[TokenEvilTeammate Roose Bolton]] sentences women caught fraternising with the enemy to this, the sexual implications being not only explicit but his twisted idea of LaserGuidedKarma. This is just one of many horrific punishments in the series, yet it manages to stand out among the crowd. POV character reactions run the gamut from truly scared to almost blasť.

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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* In an episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', there is a fieldtrip to a SalemWitchTrial themed village. At the end of the episode the AlphaBitch Libby ends up in the stock, but does not get things thrown at her.
* ''BlackAdder The Third'': Edmund invites Prince George to star in his new play, "Thick Jack Clot Sits in the Stocks and Gets Pelted with Rancid Tomatoes''. George naturally agrees enthusiastically.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}''- a bit of a RunningGag for the titular character- happens in the first episode when he picks a fight with Arthur, three times in one episode. The ChildrenInNeed scene naturally features it.
* In an entirely serious example from the George III-era VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory CostumeDrama ''Series/GarrowsLaw'' (coming soon to a US TV station near you...), [[http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/law/article6894063.ece William Garrow]] exposes Forrester, a professional "thief-taker" - basically a man who is paid to frame people up - as a perjurer. The judge sentences him to two hours in the stocks - a pillory in this case. He gets the rotten fruit treatment, then we see the grandmother of the boy he murdered as part of one such scheme pay the man who turned on him. The man then throws a rock...
** A similar thing happened to Mother Needham, the notorious bawd, in Channel Four's drama-documentary of Hogarth's ''A Harlot's Progress''.
** Kind of TruthInTelevision. Unpopular people put in the stocks faced a real risk of being beaten to death by angry mobs. Some people even wore armor when in the stocks in order to avoid this.
* ''Series/TheBill''. At a community fair someone suggests to Chief Superintendent Brownlow that it would be amusing for a couple of his officers to be placed in the stocks. The two officers with Brownlow try to vanish into the crowd, but they're not quick enough and get volunteered. Things become dangerous when some teenaged hoodlums who've previously had a run-in with these officers show up and start threatening violence, so the showman has to quickly let them out.

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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]
* ''TheWizardOfId'' had a peasant arrested for violating curfew. The Kings orders him made an example of. Cue peasant looking unhappy in the stocks in the middle of the night, and then hauled (still in the stocks) before the King by his brainless minions for violation of curfew.
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[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* The ''DungeonsAndDragons'' sourcebook ''Book of Vile Darkness'' has the pillory listed under torture devices. Every hour a victim spends pilloried in a public place, they suffer damage from passers-by tormenting and assaulting them.
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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The title heroines of ''Beat Blades Haruka'', ''Ikusa Otome Valkyrie'', and ''Himekishi Lilia'' all get scenes in which they are locked in pillories and raped.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSimsMedieval'' sims can end up in the stocks from failing to complete responsibilities, stealing, or [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential just because the player felt like it.]]
** It's technically a pillory, but apparently because nobody knows that word anymore, they call it the stocks. (Sims' heads and hands are restrained, not their legs.)
* ''LegoPiratesOfTheCaribbean'' uses this to replace scenes where people were hanged in the movie.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''Bruno The Bandit'' often ended up in one of these - mostly when the judge had run out of CoolAndUnusualPunishment for him.
* In ''{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4268 there's a pillory, as yet unoccupied, in the dungeon that Squidly falls to.]]
* In ''DragonMango'', [[http://dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter07/dm07-44.htm Dr. Yong-Hi is kept in one by the oni.]]
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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* There's one guy in Disney's ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' who is stuck in these. Used as a joke: he always gets out of things like stocks exclaiming "I'm Free! I'm Free!" and falls into another trap (an open manhole, etc.), muttering "Dangit!"
* Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' also has a guy in these tipping his hat to Belle at the start of her IWantSong.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': There are several.
* ''TheSimpsons'' did an odd version of this where they were deemed bad parents they were forced to wear portable Stocks 24/7 and then had additional punishments added onto such as standing next to a road while motorists spanked them as they drove by.
--> '''Wiggum:''' Hey, no extension cords!
* [[SpongebobSquarepants Mr. Krabs]] is treated with this (lima beans, to be specific) after kids discovered Krabby Land was another of his [[ZanyScheme get-more-money-schemes]].
* Used in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollz}}'' story arc where the town was sent back to the Middle Ages. The girls were put in pillories. Among other things, ''croutons'' were thrown at them.
* Used in ''KaBlam!'' when Henry and June were visiting Colonial Williamsburg, and ended upin stocks at the end (I guess they were too nineties)

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[[folder: Real Life ]]
* At least one Renaissance faire has one of these, in which fairegoers can buy a certain number of mushy tomatoes and throw them at the poor sod who gets paid to stand there. Fortunately, the poor sod in question is entitled to hurl as much verbal abuse upon the throwers as he likes.
* Some {{UsefulNotes/BDSM}} "dungeons" feature these.

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