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->''"Whoever shall be condemned to perpetual hard labour; to hard labour for time; or to solitary imprisonment; shall, before he undergo his punishment, be set in the pillory in the market-place, and shall remain there exposed to the view of the people for one hour; above his head shall be placed a label, containing, in large and legible characters, his name, profession, dwelling-place, his punishment, and the cause of his condemnation."''
-->-- '''[[UsefulNotes/FrenchCourts 1810 French Penal Code]]''', ''Article 23''

Device 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 (even some of those can be dangerous; ''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 stones at you instead. [[DungFu 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]].

Often used in ComeToGawk.

[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] ''standard'' forms of punishment.


* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11016032/3/My-Lord-My-Love My Lord, My Love]]'' Mundungus Fletcher ended up in the stocks for stealing, only to suffer Harry throwing Fletcher's own badly-made meat pies at his head.

[[folder: Film ]]
* ''Film/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.
* ''Film/{{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.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* ''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 blasé.
* In the beginning of ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', Quasimodo ends in one for attempting to kidnap Esmeralda on [[spoiler:Frollo]]'s orders in the night, and Esmeralda give him water while the mob is pelting him with rotten vegetables and other disgusting things.
* In ''Literature/WorldWarZ'', the president proposed bringing back the stock punishment and public flogging since the United States is in the middle of a ZombieApocalypse and putting criminals in prisons would be highly impracticable. Since the United States needs to dedicate all its resources to rebuild the nation and fight off zombies, publicly humiliating criminals would be more effective in deterring crime.
* ''Literature/MartinFierro'': This is a NarrativePoem about Martin Fierro, a {{Gaucho}} who is PressGanged into {{Conscription}} trying to SettlingTheFrontier. At song III, he describes various tortures the military use on the recruits as VillainousDemotivator, and this is one of them (its name is “La Estaca”).

[[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.
* ''Series/{{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 Series/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.
* A sketch on ''Series/YoureSkittingMe'' has two convicts locked in the stocks. While one of them complains bitterly, the other goes on about how lucky they are to be in Australia and how he plans to work hard when he is released, buy some land and have his own set of stocks in his backyard so he can relax.
* On ''Series/TheLastManOnEarth'', Phil #2 builds a pillory and uses it to punish Phil #1/Tandy. Later on it gets used on Todd, and eventually [[spoiler:Phil #2 himself]].
* ''Tony Robinson's Crime and Punishment'' was a documentary series in which Tony looked at the history of how the law worked and what happened if you broke it. Naturally, in one episode he gets pilloried.
* "Mileaway", one of Ronnie Barker's scripts for Series/TheTwoRonnies, has Ronnie Corbett's character put in "the stocks" (as the stage directions point out, actually a pillory) overnight. The word "stocks" may have been chosen for scansion, since the character in question was speaking in iambic pentameter.

[[folder: Music]]
* Music/AdamAndTheAnts' "Whip in my Valise"
--> You put my head into the stocks\\
And then you, you went to choose a cane

[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]
* ''ComicStrip/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.

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/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.

[[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 the TranslationTrainWreck game, ''JustForFun/PokemonVietnameseCrystal'', sometimes when switching out Pokemon, the game will say "(Pokemon) HAVE A PILLORY." A pillory is pretty much the same things as stocks, implying that this might be happening to them. But it's so badly translated, who knows?
* 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.)
* ''VideoGame/LegoPiratesOfTheCaribbean'' uses this to replace scenes where people were hanged in the movie.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Stronghold}}'' series, a pillory is one among the many devices of punishments the player can use where to send criminals both to punish and to gain prestige. It's actually the ''mildest'' punishment option available to you, only slightly hurting public opinion; everything else is an outright torture or execution method.
* In ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'', the victory animation for Sinestro has him making a HardLight construct of one with his lantern ring, suspending his defeated opponent in the air with it.
* The Gibbering Prophet of ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'' was put in a stock to die of exposure or starvation in one of the many ways that the Ancestor tried to kill him. To this day, he wanders around in said stock, although he broke one of his arms free so he can hold his eyeballs.
* ''VideoGame/Fallout4'''s "Contraptions Workshop" DLC added a pillory item you can build in your allied settlements and put [=NPCs=] into. This means that they won't be gathering food or scrap or manning a store, but if one of your settlers keeps complaining, or [[ArtificialStupidity blocking doorways]], or nearly killed you during that skirmish with raiders, maybe they deserve to be in there.

[[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 ''Webcomic/{{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 ''Webcomic/DragonMango'', [[http://dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter07/dm07-44.htm Dr. Yong-Hi is kept in one by the oni.]]

[[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.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' did an odd version of this where Marge and Homer were deemed bad parents, and were forced to wear portable pillories 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!
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': Mr. Krabs is locked into a stock and {{Force Fe|eding}}d lima beans 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 ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam!'' when Henry and June were visiting Colonial Williamsburg, and ended upin stocks at the end (I guess they were too nineties)
* In an episode of ''What's New,'' ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' the gang goes to a ren faire, and Scooby and Shaggy get sentenced to the pillory. Fairgoers throw (fresh) food at them. Cue Scooby and Shaggy open their mouths wide and eat the food...
* The ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' episode "Camera Shy" features this on the title card, with a film clapboard used in place of actual stocks. Rocko is stuck inside it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' Stan tries to leave the yearly Pioneer Day, but an altercation with the police ends with him stuck in the stocks for most of the day.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode, "Lotsa Latkes", this was Doofenshmirtz's daily trap with Perry the Platypus; he found it in a book of top 10 greatest historical traps. Perry makes his way to Phineas and Ferb in the end still trapped in the stocks, which gives Ferb his one line of the episode.
-->'''Phineas:''' What's Perry doing in a pillory?\\
'''Ferb:''' Actually, those are stocks; a pillory forces the wearer to remain upright, exposing them to poking and prodding from passers-by.

[[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.
* As said by the head quote, UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte reestablished pillory for some offenders, both as an consequence and as an autonomous penalty; this was legal until 1832.
* DanielDefoe was sentenced to pillory for seditious label by writing a book about the dissenters from the Church of England sarcastically advocating their extermination, ala ''Literature/AModestProposal''; {{Subverted|Trope}} when the mob pelted him with ''flowers''.
* Gays were often victims of vicious treatment by the mob; for example Ann Marrow, who [[SweetPollyOliver disguised herself as a man]] and married another woman, ended up [[EyeScream blinded]] by the stones thrown at her by a mob of women.
* Pillory was a legal sentence in UsefulNotes/BritishCourts until 1837.
* The last to have undergone this sentence was Peter James Bossy who, rather than serving a [[SentencedToDownUnder seven year sentence of transportation]], prefered the pillory.
** Perjurer John Waller ended up in a pillory for lying to the courts and was stoned by a mob drawn [[LaserGuidedKarma from the parents of those he sent to the gallows]].
* Comedian Bobby Davro was put in a pillory for a joke at the end of his series ''Public Enemy Number One''. This caused him a broken nose when the pillory fell over and there was nothing to stop him from falling face first onto the studio floor. This is in Real Life rather than Live-Action TV because it wasn't televised, but it was filmed and the BBC used it in a [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TxYBpZ70y70 health and safety video]]. He'd probably have been alright if Lionel Blair hadn't pulled his trousers down.