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- German movie Das Experiment, which recreates the original Stanford experiment - but goes further. Things don't end well.
- The American remake of Das Experiment, The Experiment, pretty much says Humans Are Bastards.
- The 2015 film The Stanford Prison Experiment, dramatic reenactment of the original event.
- When I Was Ming the Merciless by Gene Wolfe invokes this trope, apparently being set in the aftermath of a particularly brutal large scale version of the experiment in a school. While the Stanford experiment is never mentioned, it is Wolfe's style to expect his readers to be familiar with it.
Live Action TV
- The Colony: This show has a psychology expert who frequently describes how the fake postapocalyptic scenario is being treated as real by the contestants.
- Veronica Mars: One episode had a psychology class running the Stanford Prison Experiment in Veronica's university, though it doesn't turn out quite the same way. While the "Guards" quickly assume their roles, the "Prisoners" manage to use their brains to mess with the "Guards".
- Episode "Debate" had Jeff referencing this very trope to argue that "man is evil".
- Episode "Beginner Pottery" involved several of the cast members taking a week-long sailing course. The sailboat was in the parking lot, but that didn't stop them from abandoning someone who fell overboard because that's what the teacher wanted.
- Life: In an episode, the Victim of the Week was a "guard" in one of these. The professor who was running it did it every semester for 5 days using college students.
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch: One episode had her class simulate the Salem Witch Trials and of course Sabrina ends up getting persecuted by her classmates, led by the Alpha Bitch.
- Star Trek: Voyager: In a possibly related example, The Doctor attempts to learn about family relationships by creating a home life in the holodeck with a holographic wife and kids. He ends up getting really emotionally invested in it, to the point where when his holo-daughter dies, he's absolutely heartbroken.
- One season 8 episode of Castle played this completely straight - a local psychology professor, with the help of the US military, was running an unauthorized dungeon/torture chamber with students playing both parts. It's discovered when one of the students is murdered trying to escape.
- Fallout: The Vaults were meant to provoke a Stanford Prison type of environment. Each with their own means of starting an experiment.
- Half-Life 2:
- It's revealed that the lower levels of the Combine forces, "Civil Protection" are completely unmodified humans, who initially join for the added rations and other benefits. The position of power, anonymity and access to stun-sticks does the rest of work turning them into a bunch of sociopathic thugs.
- The beta took this one step further: there would have been an arcade, wherein the NPC players controlled manhack drones hunting down refugees. The citizens are just too apathetic to care.