->"[[PunctuatedForEmphasis THERE! ARE!..]].. ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome FOUR!!! LIGHTS!"]]''
->-- Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration

Torture. That word should evoke all kinds of horrible images of pain and suffering and humiliation. Even when it is merely ''[[ToThePain described]]'', it has the effect of reducing many to wailing shivers. It takes a special kind of person to withstand [[ColdBloodedTorture brutal torture]]. No surprise, those characters make excellent heroes.

An episode about reinforcing how BadAss the hero is... by showing them completely helpless and at the mercy of someone who doesn't have their best interests. Expect a lot of [[DeadpanSnarker defiant comebacks]]. The torturer will almost always be AffablyEvil. A BattleOfWits is commonplace also. [[FreakOut Permanent psychological damage]] is a possibility.

Subtrope of BottleEpisode.
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!!Examples:
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* ''{{Barbarella}}'': Her brief stint in the Ex-sex-sive machine. It proved that orgasming her to death... [[TooKinkyToTorture would not be possible]].
* The second third of ''IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom''.
* If the sequel to ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' was made, part of it would have involved evil members of E.T.'s race coming to Earth searching for him and torturing Elliott and his family for information.

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* The ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "Abyss" is about Jack being tortured for information by Ba'al -- mostly information he doesn't actually know.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': The source of the page quote is "The Chain of Command, Part II". Picard, after being captured by Cardassians, is tortured for information. When the [[Creator/DavidWarner torturer]] is failing to make any progress in breaking Picard, he attempts to get Picard to tell him that [[TwoPlusTortureEqualsFive there are five lights when there are only four]]. Picard defiantly insists there are four lights, despite being put through a full-body pain experience every time. In the end, Picard doesn't break, and leaves the torturer sobbing. He later tells his counselor that he, in fact, ''did'' see five lights [[DespairEventHorizon the final time he was asked.]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** After being captured by the Clark Administration, Sheridan was sent to an interrogation center on Mars, where he underwent brutal psychological torture and attempts to subvert his hold on reality. To further portray his isolation, the episode had no B plot, being set entirely within the center. Sheridan fails to crack and prepares himself for death, only for the execution to be a fake and a new cycle of torture begins under a different interrogator.
** Another B5 example: G'Kar, after captured by the Centauri under [[TheCaligula Emperor Cartagia]]. As part of his scheme with Londo, he needed to stay alive, and this involved giving up his pride to preserve his life, giving Cartagia his scream.
--->"I must have my scream."
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': Happened to Crichton at least once per season, starting with that Aurora Chair.
* The ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "War Stories," where Wash and Mal are captured by Niska and have to endure his worst while waiting for the rest of the crew to bail them out.
* The writers of ''PrisonBreak'' [[WhatCouldHaveBeen wanted to add one of these]] in the second season, but the MoralGuardians [[ExecutiveMeddling didn't approve]].

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* TheQuestion spends most of the ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "Flashpoint" being either tortured or carried out of the torture facility.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' somewhat parodies this with "The Box". The episode deals with Miss Finster's new punishment for the kids, "the box", which is just a square drawn on the blacktop. After T.J. ends up in there, it ends up breaking him and sends him into a MadnessMantra.
* "PhineasAndFerb [[BootCampEpisode Get]] [[MindRape Busted"]]. [[spoiler: Though it was AllJustADream]].
* ''Adventure Time'' has "Power Animal", in which Finn is abducted by gnomes and forced to power their doomsday machine by various sadistic means.
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