Many a character will get MadeASlave in the course of his or her adventures, and then get away again; sometimes this is even the driving force of some [[NobleFugitive Long Lost Heir]] or ProudWarriorRaceGuy. Other times it's just [[HilarityEnsues Whacky Hijinks]], because who isn't going to laugh and enjoy the {{Fanservice}} of a little harmless GoGoEnslavement?

And then there are the ones who were never ''made'' slaves, because they were born into it. Some of these people may come from a SlaveRace, and some of them may even find HappinessInSlavery, but an overwhelming number of protagonists BornIntoSlavery are deeply opposed to this condition. They may wish to avenge particular wrongs, or start a war to free their people, or just join a moral crusade for general emancipation. And that's if the story isn't entirely focused on them struggling to gain freedom just for themselves and/or loved ones.

It is also not guaranteed they will succeed, even in modern works, although it leaves a bad taste in our mouths when they don't. May ultimately invoke IDieFree.

Generally, a childhood spent enslaved will mess you up pretty much for all time, regardless. This is also considered interesting.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' reveals that the protagonists' father, Hohenheim, was [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld over four hundred years old]]. It also reveals concurrently that around Ed's age he was a nameless slave designated #23, in the vanished Xerxes Empire. He climbs up from there with the help of [[BigBad Homunculus]], who regards him as a father, but until the little blob in the jar started talking to him he had no particular ambitions beyond doing his work and being left alone.
* One of [[TheDragon Legato Bluesummers']] ADayInTheLimelight bits in the ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' manga shows us his backstory, which was either this or being MadeASlave in infancy or very early childhood. Then the little blue-haired SexSlave who discovers his [[PeoplePuppets psychic powers]] and instead of using them to escape sets out to make sure of killing [[BullyingADragon everyone in the entirety of the town]]. This causes them to start [[RapeAsBackstory raping him to death]] as a punishment, apparently preventing him from focusing enough to stop them, since he's just starting to grow into his powers.
** And then [[BigBad Knives]] has an accidental BigDamnHeroes moment, and decides to spare the kid and let him tag along when he ''offers his life gladly'' in thanks. Reaches TearJerker when the boy is clearly ''crying for joy'' even as he admits that he doesn't have a name, and stumbles after the MagnificentBastard with [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic the shackles still trailing shattered chains]].
** Rather than becoming a MoralityPet, as one might expect given the general scenario, the little boy pulls a FromNobodyToNightmare, and grows up to be both a major purveyor of horror and a poster boy for HappinessInSlavery, because of his MadLove for the aforementioned BigBad. Also a BoomerangBigot and NietzscheWannabe completely on board with his boss's plan to KillAllHumans.
* In ''Manga/{{Gangsta}}'' such was the fate of many children who were born Twilights, up until a few years ago when slavery became illegal at least.
** [[spoiler:Nicolas was BornIntoSlavery by his Twilight mother with his [[AbusiveParents dickhead mercenary father as his owner]].]]
* [[spoiler:Askeladd]] in ''Manga/VinlandSaga'' was born a slave, his mother a SexSlave of his father. He was eventually freed by his father after he showed promise.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/XMen member Longshot was a clone created by scientists working for Mojo, with the express purpose of working as a stuntman in movies; however, the inventor of the technology had planted a seed that would grow into the desire for freedom in his creations, and Longshot's first words were to tell Mojo, "No-one owns me." Eventually, he would indeed lead a rebellion and escape to Earth, beginning Mojo's long enmity with the X-Men and other heroes.

* ''Fanfic/BloodAndHonor'': Vette was born a slave on Ryloth and separated from her family at a young age. After being sold to various owners, she was freed, only to end up in a slave collar again shortly after the story begins. Eventually she manages to find both her mother and sister and buy the latter's freedom.

* Anakin Skywalker from ''Franchise/StarWars''.
* In ''Film/UnderworldRiseOfTheLycans'', Lucian was born from a Werewolf that was caged by the Vampires. Viktor swiftly killed his mother and raised him as a slave.

* Akai, as well as his parents and mostly all elves in ''Literature/{{Phenomena}}'' with the exception of [[TheChosenOne Alk and Ilke]]. [[spoiler:And a [[HiddenElfVillage hidden elf tribe]] called Dark Elves.]]
* Kullervo from the Finnish epic ''Literature/{{Kalevala}}''.
* Manpower's genetic slaves in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' novels.
* Paulo the Elder and the Malê of ''Literature/MaleRising'', as were most politicians in [[spoiler: post-Civil War South Carolina]].
* ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord'': Phaedrus the gladiator's father didn't get around to freeing his housekeeper and their son before he died. Phaedrus is rather lost after winning his freedom and ends up moonlighting as a tribal king.
* The Attwell family, in ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', is enslaved by an [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Incarnation]] of [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Conquest]], due to mistakes made by an ancestor. Each child is allowed to grow until they reach thirteen years of age, and then they are [[TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening forcibly awakened by their parents]] and then bound. Malcolm Fell Attwell, Conquest's main agent, is a DeathSeeker who's looking for someone to kill him so that he won't have to do it to his niece in his deceased brother's stead.
* ''Literature/{{Pharaoh}}'', being set in AncientEgypt after its golden age, has fellahin (peasants) who are, for all intents and purposes, slaves. Of the state, so they don't have any protection from the clerks.
* In the ''Literature/RedRising'' trilogy, every character not born into the [[GoldColoredSuperiority Gold]] ruling caste is typically seen as property. [[FantasticCasteSystem Some colors]] have more freedom than others, but their roles in society all exist to prop up Gold.

[[folder: LiveActionTV]]
* The Jaffa in the ''Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}}'' universe, as an engineered SlaveRace, are all this. Teal'c, the Jaffa we see the most of, is more or less the TropeNamer for IDieFree.
* Melisandre in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' was this. She reveals that her mother was a slave, presumably making her daughter one as soon as she was born. The books reveal she was sold to the Red Temple as a young girl.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series' backstory, this was the case for St. Alessia, the "Slave Queen", as was the case for nearly all of Cyrodiil's native humans under [[AbusivePrecursors Ayleid]] rule. Alessia would escape, [[BargainWithHeaven pray to]] the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Aedra]] for aid, and would then lead a [[SlaveLiberation slave uprising]] known as the Alessian Revolt. After defeating the Ayleids, she would be crowned as the [[FounderOfTheKingdom first Empress of Cyrodiil]].

* The universe of ''Literature/RunningWithRats'' has thoughtforms - people created out of [[AppliedPhlebotinum a magical dreamstuff called lio]] - who are widely [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman claimed to be soulless automata performing an illusion of real emotions]] and therefore perfectly acceptable to hold as slaves and [[ColdBloodedTorture treat the way slaves are treated.]]

[[folder: Real Life]]
* Pursuant to Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution, the US actually banned the importation of slaves in 1808 (fifty-seven years before the ratification of the 13th amendment banning all slavery). The anti-slavery Founding Fathers hoped that the activation of this law would rapidly strangle slavery in the US by depriving the plantations of replacement slaves. However, what they did not foresee was the fact that by 1807, there were so many slaves in the US that the slave owners were simply able to breed more slaves from their current "breeding stock". Older male slaves who had worked well would be put out to "stud" (which provided the slave owners with another source of income). And in many plantations, slaves would be forced into marriages and made to breed (many masters cut out the middleman and raped the women themselves). The intra-US slave trade was a massive business, and slave population actually ''rose'' post-1808. And all of those slaves freed at the end of the Civil War were probably born into slavery (any foreign-born slaves would have been in their late 50s at least,[[note]]You can't simply say they'd be 57, as large numbers of slaves were freed by the Army starting in 1863[[/note]] which, given slaves' life expectancy, would be quite rare).
** This sort of thing did not happen in South America or the Caribbean in large numbers because working conditions were so harsh that most of the slaves were worked to death before age 30 (or they were freed, whereupon their children are no longer slaves).
** The other factor, economics making slavery untenable, also never happened due to the invention of the cotton gin which made harvesting it much easier. So slavery remained a profitable institution up to its abolition.