...what? He's only trying to help.
"I hate to be the one to tell you this, Baron, but your torture victim appears to be having a wonderful time."
The best way to survive, nay, thrive
during torture is to get off on it (we mean the victim, not the audience
Whether it's masochism, an iron body
, nothing is more demoralizing to a torturer than his victim berating him on a sloppy job
, or worse, giving him tips!
Even bluffing enjoyment can work wonders when under torture, and we mean the good stuff
, not just talkies
If one really wants to take it Up to Eleven
, remember, it's a Good Thing You Can Heal
. One way to bypass this resistance to torture is use Forced to Watch
... unless that
victim likes the torture as well.
of Torture Is Ineffective
. Compare Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth
, Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?
, Deliberately Distressed Damsel
, Combat Sadomasochist
and, not least Threat Backfire
. To torture victims who enjoy all
sensations, try making them Go Mad from the Isolation
A form of Attack Backfire
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- Creed from Black Cat of course. Train tries to beat it into Creed that he is NOT interested in the sword-wielding Stalker with a Crush. The result? Train ends up unknowingly spread-legged on top of Creed, and only realizes too late that Creed got a hard-on and even orgasmed from it all. Disgust and exasperation are pretty much what describe Train's reaction.
- Hisoka from Hunter × Hunter. Killua, too. The latter just less extreme than the previous.
- Sebastian (in episode 20, anyway), Grell, and The Undertaker from Black Butler.
- Genkaku from Deadman Wonderland.
- A demon casts BDSM themed torture spells on the main cast in Dragon Half. This immobilizes everyone except for Rufa, who can't get enough of it.
- In one of the early episodes of Excel Saga, after getting a blast of high-voltage current from a soldier, Excel requests "A bit higher, please" with a blush. The torturer thinks his gear is malfunctioning and tries it on the unfortunate fellow next to Excel. Said fellow is promptly incinerated.
- Lisa, Kosame, and Fukuyama in Girls Bravo. Naturally that makes things difficult for Yukinari, Kirie, and Koyomi, respectively. For example, in one scene Lisa attempts to molest Yukinari but he shoves her so hard in retaliation that she rolls back and slams against a wall, blood squirting from her head. Lisa's response is...to give a huge Slasher Smile, get Glowing Eyes of Doom, and scream "Geez, Yukinari-sama! You're unexpectedly violent! But that's fine, please be more reckless with me!" She then proceeds to chase him again, perfectly content with her arms outstretched for a hug. In another scene Kirie prepares to do her usual wrestling moves on Fukuyama and Kosame immediately hugs her legs saying "AH! Onee-sama! Please do that move on me as well!" And Fukuyama continues to act like a huge pervert towards the girls despite knowing Kirie will just beat the crap out of him for it. In fact, it seems to make him even more willing to act like a pervert towards the girls.
- My Bride Is a Mermaid: On one occasion, Lunar tries to punish Nagasumi by tying him up and repeatedly grinding her heel into his crotch from behind. He actually enjoys it.
- Zigzagged with Buggy from One Piece. Presumably, torture might work on him, just not using sharp objects, seeing as they don't work on him because of his Bara Bara no Mi Devil Fruit power. As a result, he was easily able to survive his incarceration on the first level of Impel Down, because that's exactly how the prisoners on that level were tortured. (For some reason, none of the guards ever noticed that, and neglected to use seastone restrainers on him.)
- Germany from Axis Powers Hetalia. Or so Italy claims at gunpoint.
- France too. After his April Fool's rampage, some of his victims capture him and attempt to humiliate him in retaliation... only to find that he actually enjoys most of their punishment. Until Sweden comes up with a Cool and Unusual Punishment, that is.
- Ayeka in Tenchi Muyo! tries electro-torture on Ryoko early on in the OVA's. It doesn't quite work as intended. Her lines translate as something along the lines of "Ahh, I'm coming, I'm coming!" (For the record, that's exactly how Pioneer translated it in the official English dub.)
- The supplemental material reveals that Ryoko's body isn't capable of feeling much of anything, especially in terms of pleasurable sensations. Then again, thousands of years of only being able to feel pain might have simply led to her liking it because it was better than feeling nothing at all. However, she reacts VERY differently when exposed to the Master Key immediately after the electric shocks. If she HAD been faking, she'd probably just keep doing so.
- One of the ninjas in Ninin Ga Shinobuden discovers a new kink as he's getting spanked during one of Miyabi's rampages.
- Slan, the only female member of the Godhand from Berserk, definitely qualifies as this. When Guts fights her at one point in the manga, the only thing that he accomplishes by impaling her and blowing off half her torso is giving her an orgasm.
- Some odd combination of nihilistic joy and a closeted taste for Plant leads Legato of Trigun to get off on the idea of being tortured or killed by his master and even Vash the Stampede, who he sees as a god or... something... despite really wanting Vash dead. This happens, actually. Bullet to the brain, and Legato just smiles in victory. This is only speculative in the anime, but it's crystal clear in the much darker manga rendition.
Legato: Give me the gift of nothingness. Give me death!
- Ruby in the Rosario + Vampire manga is a masochist, which chapter 15 of R+V II seems to be dedicated to. The chain linking her to Tsukune shocks her with Tsukune's excess power, in order to force him to learn how to control it. However, Ruby literally orgasms over the feedback. Kurumu even lampshades it immediately after.
Kurumu: "You act all innocent, but you, Ruby... are kinky!"
- She has also likened tying herself up bondage-style to "wrapping the phone cord around your finger when you're bored", and does it with equal frequency. When the Harem was asked what they were to Tsukune (read: what they want to be to him), her immediate response was "toy" (the official Viz translation uses "plaything" as the answer, but the meaning is preserved).
- During the Volume 4 omakes the other girls try on the chain and let Tsukune shock them once. Kurumu and Koko hate it, Mizore is on the fence about it, Yukari likes it, and the very last panel has Moka try. Yukari looks on at Moka's reaction and states "Moka is a "yea" for sure!"
- Taken to the logical extreme in chapter 44 where one of the division leaders electrocute Ruby and she decides she doesn't need to defend against it because she "doesn't hate being shocked."
- She then counterattacks with a suit of Cast from Hit Points magical armor, called Iron Maiden, which she seems to enjoy as well.
- Played with in that same instance. Kurumu notices that Ruby is actually badly weakened by the experience (and not in a good way) but is acting otherwise so the team won't worry about her.
- When a doppelganger posing as Tsukune gives Ruby what's intended to be a rib-breaking elbow smash, her response is to hug him with a blush of pleasure and beg him to hit her again.
- Kakihara in the Ichi the Killer manga might be the very god of this trope. The whole series actually evolves around him pursuing something so insanely hardcore that even he will get off on it. The film downplays this somewhat, but is still an example of the trope.
- Played for laughs in Gintama. Poor Sacchan, nobody wants to beat her.
- As part of his Freak Out, Hell Kaiser Ryo from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX is forced to duel while wearing electrodes that shock him whenever he loses life points. At first, he hates them, but once his turn to The Dark Side is complete, he hardly duels without them.
- Also, Yubel, who enjoys pain and insults. The only things that can scare them are being separated from the one they loves forever, and the threat of being erased from existence.
- It's more than enjoying the pain and insults. Yubel truly believes for most of third season that extreme agony is the only way to express real love. If you don't hurt the person you claim you love, you don't actually love them.
- It's implied in an episode of Michiko to Hatchin that Atsuko would become aroused whenever Michiko would beat her up as a child.
- Hapxiel of Macademi Wasshoi.
- Gauron from Full Metal Panic!. Face it — don't even try to torture or threaten him. He likes it. He's so hardcore to the point where he didn't even seem to mind that much that sharks ate his arms and legs, and he lost an eye, being rendered completely immobile. And apparently, even in that sorry state, he's still in the mood to get off on seeing Sousuke's depressed face.
- The same goes for the female scientist that Gauron was strangling, as further explained in the novels. They both seemed to enjoy it, as Gauron even lampshades it by mocking her, asking her if she actually likes making him angry, and actually wants him to hurt her. He says this with a perfect mixture of "coldness and joy," and she responds by gasping with "pain and ecstasy."
- Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-chan!! has Arresta, who nearly orgasms (and wets herself) whenever hit by Sento's baseball bat.
- Takuma Fudou from Get Backers shows definite signs of being this. He actually enjoys and savors pain during battles, and is shown to start cutting his own chest up while yelling at Ban to "push him to the limit and make him bleed" when Ban doesn't put up enough of a fight. It's even lampshaded by other characters, who mention the stark difference between Fudou and Ban: Fudou lives for the sadomasochistic, bloody sensation of battle, whereas Ban has no such desire and is a cold professional. On another note, although Fudou seems to have carried a huge grudge for Ban ripping his arm off, it's implied that it's not actually the pain that Fudou hated so much as what was likely Ban's attitude when he did it. Fudou even mentions that he kept his rotting, maggot-infested arm with him, and the sensation he felt were "incredible chills rising up his body."
- Hidan in Naruto He pretty much orgasmed when he impaled himself, killing Azuma.
- Q & R from Seikon No Qwaser run around begging people to order or punish them sadistically, and when they don't consider the response to be enough for them, they "disqualify" their target in a very violent fashion. Even when they did encounter someone who impaled them on copper poles and shocked them to death with electricity, they regenerated and begged for more.
- Durarara!!: For Shinra if the torture is done by Celty, it's hot. On one occasion, he spent several hours trapped in one of her shadow-webs, and spent the entire time fantasizing about ways they could be used for S&M. He also doesn't consider regular asskickings a barrier to his friendship with Shizuo.
- Aoba admitted to Izaya that he's a masochist who is still looking for a special someone to be his sadist.
- Konuma Ryuuko and Haguro Dou of Wolf Guy - Wolfen Crest. So much so that it comes as no surprise when it's revealed that they're dating and that they frequently engage in violent sex and hope to do the same to Inugami whom they both lust after.
- Ryuuko, however, starts subverting it later. Unlike Haguro, her love for torture does have some small limits...
- Rip Van Winkle. During their battle, Alucard grabs Rip by the throat, slowly sticks her rifle through her chest until it comes out the other side of her body in an act of symbolic rape, and then sinks his fangs into her neck. And (in the OVA) how does Rip react to this? By blushing and letting out a series of orgasmic moans. It's helped by Maaya Sakamoto's voice acting. In the manga, the scene is drawn pretty much exactly like a hentai dojin (and Hirano DID quite a bit of those), down to the ridiculously intense blush on Rip's cheeks when Alucard drinks her blood. And her constant wriggling and gasping under his hands as he slowly inserts the rifle through her torso. And no, the rifle doesn't have a bayonet. Alucard just jammed it in, barrel first.
- Alucard could also qualify for this trope since he usually lets people shoot him full of lead before he kills them.
- Road of D.Gray-Man.
- Fullmetal Alchemist has Kimblee, the man who kept his identity inside the swirling vortex of hellish creepiness that is pride's typhoon of souls because "howls of anguish are like lullaby to my ears".
- It also has the original Greed who yelled "Ahhh, this is how hot I like my baths! I'm sure the flames of Hell are hotter than this!" as he was burned to death by his own father.
- Arthur of Air Gear.
- Ginka of Kyouran Kazoku Nikki.
- Tsukuyomi of Mahou Sensei Negima!.
- Tatewaki Kuno of Ranma ˝ frequently expresses his affections for Akane and the pig-tailed haired girl by glomping them despite knowing that they always just respond by beating him up or kicking him to the sky. In fact, since it's them beating him up, he seems to enjoy it.
- Happosai is confirmed by canon on this, not just speculation. You can't win with that guy - he enjoys both chikan and the consequences, as long as the beatdown doesn't actually put a stop to his scheme.
- Belphegor of Katekyo Hitman Reborn!. During their battle, Gokudera manages to hit him with one of his bombs. Belphegor simply sits up while making somewhat orgasmic noises and muttering excitedly "I was hurt again. It's so thrilling!"
- Mitsuka-sensei of DearS displays a kink for bondage and for being "punished" by her students.
- Taro of MM!, who's a masochist in a series built on Comedic Sociopathy.
- Yandere Kanojo: Manabu's little sister Mayami is a masochist who enjoys getting beaten up by Reina.
- While her older sister Panty from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt is the horniest of the duo, Stocking seems to be more of a masochist at nature, getting off on Electric Torture at one point. May be a hint to her true nature... as a demon (if that was her that came back).
- The villain Corset is one of these, especially since he's practically the embodiment of BDSM. When he's being trampled to death by Judgement, he screams in ecstasy and begs for more, though he does panic and beg her to stop when he realizes he's about to die.
- Kou of Monochrome Factor. In the anime adaptation, he's implied to have a bit of a bondage fetish, present for no other reason than to creep Aya out after she beats him up and he begs for more.
- Yami Marik from Yu-Gi-Oh! is also a good example.
- Virgo from Fairy Tail will ask for punishment, even if she's doing everything right!
- Gilbert from Kaze to Ki no Uta.
- In the first chapter of Hekikai No Aion, Minato warns Tatsuya about not messing around with Seine because he thinks she is a masochist that likes being bullied.
- Hilariously "enforced" by Seine to keep Tatsuya out of her neck.
- Yuki's father in Mirai Nikki once begged Minene to keep kicking him.
- Minako Aino in Sailor Moon. When someone looks in your Dream Mirror you usually faint from the horrible pain, when Hawk's Eye and Tiger's Eye looked into hers she got horny. She's the type who craves attention. She'd actually been chasing both of their disguised forms in that episode of Super S. Earlier, in one episode of S, she got jealous because her fellow Senshi had been targeted for their Heart Crystals and starts going out of her way to draw an attack on herself. It actually works, but here's the funny part. Normally, the process makes the victim faint almost instantly. Minako held out for several minutes, crying out that she had been worthy of an attack and taking the crystal with her a considerable distance before finally fainting deep in a parking garage.
- During Liang Qi's final episode in Canaan, Liang Qi, rapidly losing her grip on sanity (not that she's ever been sane to begin with) is so desperate for any kind of contact with her "nee-sama" Alphard that after the latter slices her leg with her knife during their big fight, Liang Qi begs her to hurt her more.
- In Date A Live:
- Kyouhei Kannazuki is such a masochist that he often screws up on purpose to get punished by his superiors. The only punishments that actually scare him are the threats of being castrated or killed.
- Origami Tobiichi doesn't care what humiliating things are asked of her, as long as her crush Shido Itsuka is the one asking. At one point, she even acts like a dog and uses Shido's belt as a leash on herself.
- Aria of Seitokai Yakuindomo has many kinks, including masochist ones. She has been seen to be happy with wearing a chastity belt all the time, and masturbated with enema at least once.
- In Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to, Sena tries to punish Aito for not paying her but she only ends up awakening his inner masochist because her lashes aren't strong enough to cause him serious pain.
- In an episode of Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san, Sarutobi threatens to put a gag over Inugami's mouth if she mentions her name again. All this does is make Inugami blush and drool with anticipation.
- In general, it's a Running Gag (no pun intended) that Inugami seems to enjoy being insulted, humiliated, or compared to a dog, just so long as it's by a pretty girl.
- In Sabagebu!, Urara falls in love with Momoka after she realizes that she enjoys getting beaten up by her.
- In Bleach after Charlotte Chuhlhourne is zombified by Mayuri he is completely immune to the trigger which causes his comrades to feel immense pain. Not that the trigger doesn't work, he just is completely unfazed.
- In Big Finish Doctor Who, the Eighth Doctor often pretends to be Too Kinky to Torture. It never really works, and there are plenty of audios in which he sarcastically begs for more torture just to screw with his captors, only to be broken soon after and start begging for them to stop.
- In an issue of X-Men, at one point during a battle between Iceman and the White Queen, Iceman binds his foe to the wall with ice shackles. Far from being intimidated, the White Queen mentions that she used to pay good money for just such an experience. Taken captive in Generation X...same words.
- There's a reference in Watchmen to Captain Carnage, a masochist who threw himself in front of masked heroes in an attempt to get beat up. This backfired when Rorschach threw him down an elevator shaft.
- In Villains United, Luthor's Society captures the Secret Six and they are tortured. Unfortunately, one of the Six is Parademon, an inhabitant of Apokalips, who has dealt with worse daily since childhood, and seems to enjoy the process.
Parademon: Thank you, Granny! May I have another?
- In the comic series Marshal Law, all the superhumans were created with a process that deadens their ability to feel pain. The Marshal himself wears razorwire wrapped around his arm as part of his costume. Many other "heroes" also mutilate themselves. When the Marshal is tortured, he thanks the torturer for letting him feel again, if for only a moment. Then he feeds the torturer to cannibals. A very dark World Half Empty.
- Batman's Joker doesn't seem to have a problem with pain, though he laughs at everything so take that as you will. At least once he was seen tied to a chair and beaten up by a so-called sadist. After a while, he pointed out how utterly ineffective the man was at torture by pointing out, quite correctly, that due to the man's lack of imagination, the face, the only part he had really focused on hitting, had mostly desensitized, and that since he had been focusing so intently in the area without specialized tools (which would be the case if the point of it all was deformity) led the Joker to conclude the man had no real gameplan beyond merely dishing out as many punches as he could, making him a complete bore.
- In Salvation Run it's revealed that he's in CONSTANT pain ever since the night he was bathed in the chemicals that made him the Joker, and he's just gotten used to it and gotten to like it.
- His consort Harley Quinn sometimes falls in this category as well, Depending on the Writer.
- This is jokingly mentioned when Green Arrow handcuffs her in the Injustice comic. Harley states that she finds being bound enjoyable, since it reminds her of the kinky games she used to play with the Joker.
- In one comic, Harley ties up a cabdriver and duct-tapes the man's mouth shut. When the guy cries out, Harley tells him to shut up and states that surely this isn't the first time he's ever been bound and gagged by a pretty woman.
- This is taken to its extreme in The Dark Knight Returns, especially in the fight scene at the fair.
- MAD features a Batman Begins parody where Bats starts beating up a bad guy. The reaction?
"Wait a minute. I'm getting smacked around and intimidated by a weirdo wearing a rubber bodysuit... Then what the hell do I need these hookers for? Usually, I have to pay them $500 a night for that same service!"
- This is a common theme with Etrigan. Being a demon, he is a natural masochist. Not only does he enjoy pain, it makes him physically stronger and more powerful.
- In one of the JLI reunion series, Mary Marvel threatened physical violence against Guy Gardner after he hit on her. Rather than be intimidated, Guy seemed aroused by the idea of being tied up and smacked around by Mary, which is especially disturbing given that he's a grown man and she's a teenager. note
- A Far Side strip features a pair of demons forcing the damned to toil in a mine. One guy is cheerily pushing a wheelbarrow while whistling. One demon says to another, "You know, I just don't think we're reaching that guy."
- A cartoon by Gahan Wilson showed a man on the rack... cracking up the torturers by telling jokes. "... But, seriously...." Of course, it might've been that he was making them laugh too hard to actually inflict any pain on him....
- A nameless alien in Nemesis the Warlock is in the hands of an inexperienced torturer, while his supervisor comes along. The alien sympathetically agrees with the criticism the supervisor gives, and while the torturer is soon busy receiving an earful from the supervisor, the alien says it'll torture itself if they won't do it.
- In Supreme Power, Hyperion feels pain for the first time while fighting Doc Spectrum, and asks for another hit.
- In an issue of Daredevil the title hero leaves the Crippler Bound and Gagged after defeating him. When Silver Sable rips the duct tape off of Crippler's mouth, the villain cries out in pain and then asks her to do it again.
- In the comic adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar are just as unkillable as they are in the book and TV series, but they also display shades of this trope. In the comic, Mr. Vandemar charges into a fireball with his tongue hanging out, as though he were lapping up the flames; Mr. Croup, meanwhile, seems to derive almost-orgasmic pleasure from devouring a rare vase, blood pouring from his mouth as he swallows the glass shards.
- In Croup's case this is possibly more pleasure taken in destroying something of great value which is also ancient and beautiful, but masochism certainly wouldn't be at odds with his characterization.
- In one comic, The Creeper is tortured to test his pain threshold. Though he obviously feels pain, he only laughs, telling that he can't help it as the torture tickles before passing out. Any less amount of pain and he just speaks his usual nonsense, meaning that torture for any other reason, would most likely be fairly useless.
- Safe to say that any psychological torture he would only find even more funny.
- During the Treasures Of Britain arc of Sláine, Sir Lancelot has taken refuge in a monastery after the death of King Arthur. Slaine conceals himself, while Slaine's rival and his troops arrive to torture the information out of Lancelot regarding the whereabouts of the story's MacGuffin. Unfortunately for them, they find that he wishes to be tortured as penance for having an affair with Guinevere and even offers them his own equipment to do so.
- In Peter Milligan's reboot of Shade, the Changing Man, version 3 of Shade is driven mad by his previous death and afterlife. When he finds out he's about to be tortured, he expresses enthusiasm for the idea, as long as it's being done by an expert.
- With his regenerative powers combined with insanity, torture is completely ineffective for Deadpool.
- The reason torture doesn't work all that well on Deadpool is because he was tortured past the Sanity Event Horizon as part of Weapon X. Killebrew, the doctor in charge of Wade's "treatment", can still cause him to break out in PTSD, but everyone else is a rank amateur.
- In an issue of Dark X-Men, Norman Osborn tries to control Aurora from Alpha Flight by fitting her with a tiara that electrocutes her every time she disobeys him. She eventually escapes by developing a Split Personality, one who is masochistic enough to enjoy the pain long enough to remove the tiara.
- In the Jackie Chan Adventures and Teen Titans crossover fic A Shadow Of The Titans, Gadjo, an Ax-Crazy Blood Knight OC, LAUGHS while being ELECTROCUTED in the final battle of the HIVE entrance exam. Later, when he is sent to "The Pit" for detention, Mammoth says at one point that probably the only reason he hasn't broken out yet is that he LIKES it there!
- In the Harveste Series, a Harry Potter fanfic series by kyaru-chan, this applies to, well, pretty much all of the protagonist characters. But then, it's a crossover with The Addams Family, so that's not so hard to imagine.
Umbridge: I believe you are inappropriately dressed for your detention today.
Harveste *cough* Harry *cough*: Am I? Did I need my own manacles? Should I go get them?
The dark red writing glowed wetly for a second before disappearing and slicing itself into the back of the abomination's hand. He gasped.
"Oh, Professor, this is a Blood Quill! I haven't used one in years!"
Voldemort has Harveste in the graveyard at the end of year four: "Crucio!"
It was unbearable, excruciating, maddening. It felt like he was being roasted, like hot pokers were pressing into his eyes, his mouth, his ears, every inch of his skin, followed by knives being tapped into the very marrow of his bones then twisted, twisted, twisted until he was like Karkaroff's hand or Draco's green peas. He felt like foot-long splinters were being driven under his nails, and he couldn't move, couldn't breathe because he was screaming, screaming so loud, louder than anyone had done under Wednesday, under Grandmama, and there was just pain, pain, pain everywhere…
Lord Voldemort laughed cruelly as he lifted the curse from Harry's panting, shaking body, and his Death Eaters laughed with him, too scared to do anything else.
"How does it feel, little boy?" Tom hissed threateningly. "How does your first taste of real pain feel?"
"Oh." Harry took a deep shuddering breath, then another one. That pain… had opened his eyes to what was really happening now. "Now I understand why Mother loves red-hot pokers so much."
"My Mother – oh -" Harry shuddered as another spasming ripple danced along his nerves. "-I've never really understood until now – ah- it was glorious. Absolutely divine. Do it again."
- In Reparations, Harry is a healer. At one point, one of his colleagues talks about a patient who kept trying to get out of bed, so in the end she had to conjure ropes and tie him up. Apparently, he liked it.
- In the Tenchi Muyo fanfic ''The Devil and Miss Mihoshi'', Mihoshi proves that not only is she too kinky to torture (breaking the devil's best torturer into a shell of his former self), she's too kinky/dumb to damn. The devil himself can't break her, and is forced to release her to avoid her relentless cheerfulness and bumbling from ruining hell.
- Toy Hammer features as one of its antagonists a Slaanesh cultist (as described under Tabletop Games.) The only thing that actually gets to her is being sneezed on—she enjoys being cut, and being zapped with lightning, and she's used to being bit and clawed at by beings significantly more destructive than the protagonist.
- This Yu-Gi-Oh fanfiction.
- In the Katekyo Hitman Reborn! Slash Fic "Homecoming" Chapter 4 Tsuna is about to be molested by Mukuro and hits him. This doesn't deter Mukuro in the slightest but he is stopped when guards arrive on the scene.
- One South Park fanfic called Stan the Masochist is centered around Stan and his love of physical and mental abuse from his older sister Shelly. There's a sequel that's much longer and goes in further about the origins of Stan's masochistic feelings and how it affects his life.
- First Place Sinner is a Harry Potter fanfic about Harry's life after his aunt's husband and son left her, and how he shares a masochistic relationship with her in order to prove that he first place in her life. It takes place before Hogwarts and the relationship isn't sexual, just really, really, messed up and disturbing.
- Pain and Parseltongues is an incomplete Harry Potter fanfic that depicts Harry as a masochist during the Third Task in which he gets tortured. His response serves to completely confuse and freak out Voldemort.
- A Tale of a Masochist and its sequel are a series of stories in which Harry has been caught by Death Eaters and tortured for over two months. One of the reasons why he never broke was because he was a masochist and he secretly enjoyed what they were doing to him. Voldemort ends up catching on to this, and the two fall into a sadistic and masochistic type of love.
- A variant happens in the Azula Trilogy, as Iroh isn't too kinky but too awesome: the attempt ended in the torturer wannabe escaping because his attempts had ended either in miserable failures or Iroh torturing him.
- Subverted in Constant Temptation which makes it very clear that torture is very different from harmless safe, sane, and consensual S&M games. Though Light's experience with taking pain helps him get through the ordeal.
- One Justice League fanfiction plays with this in the form of an Illusion Master OC. His reaction to torture severely freaks out his torturer. But he later admits to his partner that he actually used his sensory manipulation powers to simply convince his body that pain was pleasurable.
- In Off The Record when captured and tortured by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Loki begins giving them tips.
- A non-torturous variant occurs in the lemon fic White Christmas. In order to snap Molly out the succubus-induced lust haze she's in, Harry slaps her lightly on the arm. It doesn't work.
- Subverted in the Naruto Continuation Fic White Rain. Though Lucia is a masochist, she freely admits that she has her limits, and her various liaisons with Itachi Uchiha often exceeded said limits.
Films — Animation
Films — Live Action
- Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age involves someone who reacts to a seemingly horrific form of torture (direct pain-nerve stimulation) as if being tickled because he's got nanobots installed in his body to counteract it. His torturers simply decide to do things the old fashioned way.
- In the Discworld book Wyrd Sisters, the duke is trying to scare Nanny Ogg by showing her his torture instruments. There are conversations like:
Nanny Ogg What's that?
Duke Ah! That is my IRON MAIDEN. Well may you tremble, for -
Nanny Ogg Can I have a go in it?
Duke Your pleas fall on deaf - Wait, what?
- And also:
Duke And after that, we shall use FIRE!
Nanny Ogg Fine by me, it's bloody freezing in here! I mean, seriously, how much would it have cost to install some heating?
- One of the Dragon Lance Prequels, some minotaurs attempt to torture Sturm Brightblade and Tasselhoff Burrfoot. Sturm, being a Solamnic Knight, stoically endures everything with nary a change of expression. Tasselhoff, on the other hand, helpfully makes suggestions to his torturer. Being a Kender, he's incapable of feeling fear, and his bones are difficult to break — and heal quickly. Thus, the worst thing the minotaurs can do is to BORE him by trying the same form of torture for more than ten minutes, which is why he starts making suggestions. In the end, the torturer might have come away from the session feeling worse than his victim — if nothing else, he probably got a nasty headache.
- In the Saga of the Exiles, there is a character named Felice Landry. In one scene Culluket the Interrogator picks her out of a group of prisoners to torture for information. Worst choice he could have made. Not only does she get off on his treatment she actually becomes a superpowered badass and enables her comrades to escape using the powers he has inadvertently set free within her. She later spends quite a bit of effort looking for him to return the "favor."
- In the Star Wars Expanded Universe, Han Solo is tortured a number of times. His response is usually along the lines of "Is that all you've got? I was tortured by Darth Vader."
- In a threat of torture for two, Leia followed up with "So was I. That was before we met."
- Meanwhile, the Yuuzhan Vong love pain and torture. Their idea of a lazy Saturday afternoon involves spending time in an organic device called the Embrace of Pain.
- Adam Johnson's [[The Orphan Master's Son]] - Main character Pak Jun Do's training for the North Korean special forces involves lessons about turning the pain of being on fire into a warm, glowing light that illuminates one's soul, and how to retreat into a little private garden inside one's mind when in pain. He is in quite severe pain several times through the story, each time taking the opportunity to mentally revisit his fondest memory, his time on the fisherboat on which he worked before being drafted.
- As a result, a young woman shaped by the Vong to be like them gets lines like these: "I'm half Yuuzhan Vong inside. The only thing pain would cause me is a religious experience." and "I know something about pain you don't. Pain drowns other people. I just swim in it."
- In Lois McMaster Bujold's Mirror Dance, Mark, the insecure clone brother of the usual protagonist, Miles Vorkosigan, develops into this. While captured by a Mad Scientist crime lord with a torture obsession, he splits his personality into five aspects; Mark, the normal, goofy businessman; Killer, the result of his assassin training; and Grunt, Howl and Gorge, representing Mark's sexuality, masochism and gluttony, respectively. The last three are used to withstand any and all torture, while keeping the rest of his psyche relatively sane. Meanwhile, Killer and Mark are plotting a particularly awesome jailbreak.
- The split personality was actually anticipated and planned for. (The next step was to change the torture regime in order to encourage discord between the personalities and confuse the issue of who should be in charge when.) Mark only escapes because (1) they underestimate him and (2) they underestimate his initial mental fragility.
- Averted, ironically, in the Kushiel's Dart trilogy. The heroine literally experiences pain as pleasure, but when a captor begins skinning her alive, the sensation is so intense as to be torturous anyway. In the third book when she's trapped in the harem of a mad dictator, she doesn't exactly enjoy being done in the ass with a spiked iron rod either, and privately admits that this is about where she hits her limit.
- Just to clarify: she enjoys pain, rather than experiencing it as pleasure. (And that's all pain, including emotional pain and unfulfilled desires, though the effect is strongest with physical pain.) So torture still hurts her.
- In The Book of the New Sun, Severian the Torturer, who has been raised in the arts of professional torture, both mocks the ineptitude of his tormentor and offers professional tips. The casual manner in which he retells the experience makes it a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
- When the Doctor is psychically tortured in the Expanded Universe novel Return of the Living Dad by reliving painful memories, the pain he's experienced turns out to be more than the psychic torturing him can cope with. So instead, the torturer takes his most pleasurable memory (a nice cup of tea) and increases the sensation a million times, at which point he breaks.
- Semirhage does this intentionally in The Wheel of Time. Apparently nobody trains their operatives to resist intense pleasure, so it works better than pain in some cases.
- A couple of the Eighth Doctor Adventures novels feature this as regards to the Doctor's companion and the TARDIS's resident Lovable Sex Maniac Fitz. Subverted in one, in which he is hit with a whip and learns he doesn't get the appeal at all. In another (Mad Dogs And Englishmen), he, the Doctor, and fellow companion Anji are stripped and collared by space poodles. Anji hates it, the Doctor is wholly indifferent, and Fitz...
"Fitz," Anji hissed. "Are you telling me you really don't mind trotting around starkers in a collar and lead?'
He grinned. "Are you kidding?"
- Referenced in Ghost Ship when the Fourth Doctor converses with his Temporary Love Interest about her favourite poets:
'Oh please,' she said, scowling. 'Come the revolution, he'd be the first one I'd have lined up against the wall, given a last cigarette and then, you know, horsewhipped to death.'
'He would probably have quite enjoyed that, you know?' I noted, speaking from a keen personal knowledge of the man.
- Implied in the Short Trips and Sidesteps story "A Town Called Eternity", when the Fifth Doctor survives being hanged thanks to his respiratory bypass system. He notes in his internal monologue that hanging was not a means of execution on Gallifrey, but a 'risky hobby for seedy Cardinals with regenerations to spare'.
- In John Ringo's A Deeper Blue, a drug lord kidnaps Mike's manager/mistress/etc (It Makes Sense in Context), Anastasia, and tortures her for information. She's a hardcore submissive and enjoys it. Very, very much. It helps that the torturer in question is an ignoramus who fails to tell the difference between sounds made in response to pain and sounds made in response to orgasm.
- In one of the Dune sequels by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, a group are trying to reawaken the memories of a ghola of the Baron Harkonnen, which is usually accomplished by pushing someone to breaking point with some great trauma. However, he proves Too Kinky to Torture and the only thing that eventually works is sensory deprivation.
- Played dead straight in Anita Blake. The villain Gabriel's dream was to be slowly killed by Anita. Nathaniel, a protagonist, was also quite the masochist. As well as Narcissus, who was more of a grey character.
- Gabriel actually wanted to rape, kill and eat Anita, while she was armed and doing her best to kill him. He was very masochistic, not suicidal. And he's never actually tortured. Also, Nathaniel has limits, but Raina and Gabriel broke him, so that he was incapable of saying "no". He is shown badly hurt and clearly not enjoying it in "Narcissus in Chains" (pinned to the wall by multiple blades) and mentions that he was enjoying prostituting himself until he was gutted in "Burnt Offerings", but not during or after.
- Subverted with Tomasso in Guy Gavriel Kay's Tigana. He is known throughout the land for being an open homosexual and masochist, but he is nearly driven to tears before the real torture even starts, when the guards are allowed to "play with him". It doesn't help that he was deliberately exaggerating the more outrageous aspects of his lifestyle in order to make people underestimate him, so the masochism, for instance, may have been a complete and utter fiction on his part.
- The Pilfered Princess: Sarah annoys her torturer by orgasming during a torture session, and spends the entire story begging Inferno to "rape" her. Because, frankly, the Dark Lord's ogres, trolls and other assorted underlings just aren't that good at the whole sex thing.
- In the Wheel of Time, the Aiel are very, very resistant to torture. Perrin only manages to break his Shaido prisoner in the ninth book by chopping off one of his hands and threatening to chop off his other hand and his feet and leave him like that. When Egwene finally masters the Aiel technique she starts laughing her head off while being beaten, much to her captor's startlement. Semirhage, as the best torturer in the history of existence, doesn't eventually get broken through torture but by the humiliation of being spanked by a woman less than a seventh of her age.
- Also, when Semirhage is captured, even though Rand doesn't allow Cadsuane to torture her, the Aes Sedai decides that physical pain will never work anyways; it's what Semirhage is expecting and probably looking forward to. Instead, she decides that humiliation is a much better tactic.
- According to Anthony Blanche in Brideshead Revisited, a group of students were about to throw him in a fountain, but were put off when Blanche claimed he would enjoy it too much.
- In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect are captured early on by the Vogons. The Vogon captain proceeds to read his poetry, the third worst in the universe, but Arthur bluffs his way out of it, claiming he actually enjoyed the poem. However, he was lying; the television show displays him in the same pain as Ford, while the film simply shows him confused but certainly uncomfortable. He and Ford start an improvised literary analysis, but the captain is not convinced and dumps the two out an airlock. Fortunately, they are rescued.
- It's possible Arthur was better able to resist the torture than Ford due to indirect Earthling exposure to the worst poetry in the universe: that of Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex.
- Ford Prefect is implied to have a version of this related to the Janx Spirit drinking game, where the eventual loser is forced to perform a forfeit, "which was usually obscenely biological". It then states that Ford Prefect usually played to lose.
- In Clive Barker 's Hellraiser mythos, this is how the Cenobites initially came to be: they spent such a long time being tortured in Hell that eventually they found that they actually enjoyed the sensations. The natural extension then was to reshape their bodies and inflict this exquisite pain upon others.
- In the original short story the Cenobites, or Order of the Gash, have nothing to do with Hell and everything to do with sensation. Meaning they inflict their tortures and deformities on themselves for novelty's sake.
- In the Italian fantasy novel Balthis the Adventuress there's an entire underground subrace that lives by this trope: they sleep in hard stone beds, eat and drink awful-tasting things daily and often flail and beat each other up as a form of greetings. When we get to see on of their on kind "tortured", we see her sit on comfortable pillows, with no chains or restrains and with delicious food and excellent wine. And she complains a lot for it.
- Cara attempts it in Temple of the Winds. Doesn't work that well because the torturer A) can read people very well and B) can also use psychological torture
- In Robert Rankin's The Book of Ultimate Truths, a group of monks seem to have a fascination with paintings of martyrdom - naked, buffed martyrdom. Captured by the Big Bad, the Abbot, bound, gagged, and naked apart from a gossamer posing pouch, seems to be having a wonderful time.
- The Charonese from John Varley's novel The Golden Globe have turned pain into a religion. When "Sparky" Valentine tells Isambard Comfort that his sister died in pain, he replies 'Good'. Isambard eventually gets his just desserts when his pain nerves are permanently destroyed by our hero.
- Legacy of the Dragokin: The Mara race hate men and live to torture them but one of them found a guy like this who fell in love with her for it. They're soon Happily Married.
- In H. L. Oldie's "Messiah Clears the Disk", Judge Bao, a senior judiciary officer, is accused of treason, jailed, and whipped. First thing he tells to his interrogators? He points out that the investigation is being conducted with gross violations of the Torture Canon, then lectures them on the exact sequence and timing of various pain-inflicting techniques that the accused must be subjected to. The chief interrogator makes sure the protocolist takes notes.
- In Little Star, Max Hansen develops a masochistic complex after being wounded by Theres. When "The Wolves of Skansen" ultimately torture him to death, he has an orgasm.
- True Blood: Maryann's reaction to being bitten by Bill. "Yes! Ravage me! Ravage me!" Plus she probably knew that her blood was toxic to Bill, since she is a supernatural being.
- Maryann again in the Season 2 finale, when being impaled by a bull.
- The bar is set even higher in Season 3. At the end of Episode 3, Bill and Lorena have a very violent sexual encounter, where Bill (pissed off beyond belief) twists Lorena's head 180 degrees. Lorena's response?
- Sam Puckett of iCarly is implied to be this. In, iDate a Bad Boy, she describes being tased as "not so bad; it's actually kind of a rush" with a rather wistful look on her face. In iHatch Chicks, Carly bites one of Sam's hands for making a joke about fried chicken; Sam then implores her to bite the other one.
- Jade from Victorious is also implied to be this. In one episode, she got disappointed because something wasn't painful, and in another, she said "this is causing me pain, and not the good kind."
- Episode villain Namtar in Farscape could re-wire his nerve responses from pain to pleasure, turning a pinned arm near breaking into an intensely pleasurable experience. When Aeryn gives an experimental twist, his response is "Harder!"
- Stark has spent so much time in Scorpius' Aurora Chair, he now appears to enjoy the process of having the memories ripped out of his brain and shown on screen, to the point of screaming "Again, Scorpy! Frell me again!"
- And, in turn, when Scorpius is being tortured by the Scarran War Minister Ahkna, in between bursts of flesh-searing heat to the face, he waggles his tongue at her and remarks "I've been searching my whole life for a female like you."
- From CBS' Mom: after a brief but intense affair that ended up hurting her, Bonnie realizes that Chef Rudy would probably take pleasure in any physical pain she might inflict so she decides to take her anger out on his incredibly expensive wine collection instead. It still ends up arousing the both of them.
- An unintentional example occurred in House (Although Dr. House might have gotten a thrill out of it.) They put a teen with severe burns into a hyperbaric chamber (which would hurt like hell.) Apparently, he's in so much pain, his brain confuses pain with pleasure, and he orgasms.
- There's a running gag in The Mighty Boosh where any time Bob Fossil, or anyone played by the actor, will respond to being tortured/raped/brutally murdered with "Ooh, ah! A little to the left!"
- Once in Just Shoot Me!, Jack put electric buzzers on Nina and Elliot's chairs as punishment for making too many jokes at his expense. Nina enjoys the charge, and asks for "two short ones followed by a long, sustained one."
- Several years before Farscape, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine featured the enigmatic character of Cardassian tailor Elim Garak, a former spy, secret operative and assassin of the Cardassian Obsidian Order. In episode 22 of Season 2 ("The Wire") Dr. Bashir discovers that Garak has an implant in his brain that is wired to stimulate the pleasure centers of his brain to produce large amounts of endorphins whenever Garak suffers strong physical pain. Originally, it was meant to "protect" Garak against physical torture. During his exile among Bajorans (who hate Cardassians), humans and other aliens, Garak built a device that allowed him to remotely control the implant and turn it on or off whenever he wanted. At first, Garak had merely planned on using the implant from time to time, whenever the stress and depression of eking out an existence as a humble tailor on a space station among hostile aliens became too much for him. But one day, as he admits to Dr. Bashir, he turned the implant on and never turned it off; he became addicted to the high endorphin levels.
- Mirror Universe counterpart of Kira, 'The Intendant' seems to like the idea of torture. When she's captured by the Rebels, she advises Mirror!Julian to turn up the setting on his 'little toy' (a pain-inducing Phlebotinum).
- The torture of Gaius Baltar in the episode "A Measure of Salvation" (Season 3, Ep 07) of Battlestar Galactica is a subversion. While Cylon Number Three / D'Anna is torturing Baltar with pain inducers and psycho talk, Baltar tries to project himself to a beach to avoid the pain. There Head-Six appears to him and coaxes him into having sex, with her which results in a rather explicit reaction from Baltar. Naturally, D'Anna is really weirded out. Seriously, if the guy you are torturing and who only a moment ago was writhing in agony suddenly starts writhing in arousal and yelling "I love you!" and "Don't stop!" over and over doesn't make you think he's gone completely bonkers, lost his marbles, or gone nuts, then you're probably unflappable. Also, he's a keeper.
- From the same series, Leoben Conoy, the crazy Cylon Number Two. He actually fell in love with Starbuck while she was torturing him.
- The last episode of the first season of Burn Notice has Sam captured and continually beaten for information by heroin dealers. He begins by complimenting their technique in beating him, subverts Torture Always Works by giving one false confession after another, and basically constantly mocks his captors and actually encourages them to kill him (this is both to psyche them out and because he doesn't want his friends to be killed trying to rescue him).
- The Addams Family, as said above.
- Played for laughs in the Star Trek: Voyager "Captain Proton" holoprogram. In "Thirty Days" Ensign Kim (playing Proton's sidekick Buster Kincaid) has been captured and chained up by the Twin Mistresses of Evil (played by the ship's babes, Megan and Jenny Delaney from Stellar Cartography).
Torture me all you want, Demonica, I'll never crack! Demonica/Jenny:
Oh, but you will
By the time we're through with you, you'll be begging
to tell us everything you know. Demonica/Jenny:
You'll be our puppet
. Buster/Kim: (enthusiastically)
Great! You're doing great! (Tom Paris [playing the hero Captain Proton] bursts into the room waving a raygun) Proton/Paris:
You're done for, Demonica! Malicia/Megan:
Whatever. You two are going to jail for a very long time. Buster/Kim: I've got everything under control, Proton! Shouldn't you be getting back to Headquarters?
- Carla Tortelli of Cheers loves abuse.
Carla: Woody, you don't know what you're getting yourself into. I mean, those guys at Gary's are vicious. They could strip you naked, paint you red, and put you on a subway.
Woody: They wouldn't do that.
Carla: They did it to me. But I got the best of them.
Norm: How's that?
Carla: (chortling) I loved it.
- The entire run of Mystery Science Theater 3000 could be seen as an example of this directed at Cool and Unusual Punishment. The Mads whole goal in life is to try and break Joel/Mike's spirit, but he and his robot pals just laugh at all the awful movies sent their way. Not sure if you'd call that 'kinky,' but it's gotta be somebody's fetish.
- The bots sometimes show strange tastes. In Gamera Vs. Guiron, character Tom is threatened with a spanking. Tom Servo talks back at the screen, "I'm Tom. Spank me!"
- In The Movie, Tom ends up plugging a hole in the ship with his body, exposing his lower anatomy to the vacuum of space. His reaction is "I'm experiencing a sensation altogether new to me. and frankly...I love it!"
- The contestant in Pod #9 on Solitary 3.0 exhibited such behavior during the metal clips treatment. All the other contestants screamed in agony as they attached 40 hard metal clips around their body. Unbeknownst to them, contestant #9 acted nonchalant about the whole thing and even seemed enthusiastic about furthering the "torture". Later, when another contestant got to punish someone of their choosing with a second 10 clip treatment she chose #9, unaware of his preference for the "torture". #9 proceeded and mocked the treatment by feigning pain then laughing about it.
- In a third-season episode of La Femme Nikita, "Threshold of Pain", the terrorist Simon Crachek is captured by Section. The Torture Twins, a mousy-looking man and his equally mousy-looking woman both sporting large orange plastic briefcases, are brought in to interrogate him. Up to this point of the season, Madeline always sent them in to crack the more difficult prisoners, whereupon they'd emerge wordlessly a scene later, leaving the prisoner quivering and shaking and ready to spill his guts. In this episode, the Twins emerge after a session with Crachek, look at Madeline and shake their heads. Meanwhile, strapped to his chair in the interrogation room, Crachek has a big smile on his face.
Darla: You're (Angel) angry, that's good. You're hurting me; that's good, too.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys met Happiness in Slavery, for Drusilla and Darla both...at least in the case of Angelus. Soon enough, they were truly afraid of him; and wouldn't have traded it for anything.
- Also, Zachary Kralik, a one-shot villain from season three, thorougly enjoyed being burned by a cross in his... nether regions.
- Torchwood: No matter what punishment someone gives him, Captain John Hart manages to turn it into a fetish:
: ON YOUR KNEES!!! Captain John
: Honestly, it's always sex, sex, sex
with you people.
- A Saturday Night Live Dickens parody had the young protagonist on board Her Majesty's ship "The Raging Queen", where discipline was rigidly enforced and enthusiastically accepted.
- Was that Miles Copperthwaite? In which all the sailors are "manly men"?
- The Jackass crew. They certainly enjoy hurting each other, especially Knoxville.
- On Chuck, Jeff is quite the weirdo. Tie him to a tree, inject him with sodium pentothal, he just thinks it's a party.
- In Supernatural, many characters display this over the course of the show in response to torture, although it's usually just meant to piss off the torturer as they're still in agony when it's actually applied. One of the few who doesn't even display any physical signs of discomfort is the Alpha Vampire when he's captured and interrogated (read: getting electrocuted). This trope is also Crowley's reason for changing Hell from physical torture to an eternal waiting line.
Alpa Vampire: [bored] Oww. Please Stop. That hurts.
- Community, milder than most examples here, but the Dean misinterprets Jeff's threats to step on him as some kind of pleasure to enjoy.
- Larrin in Stargate Atlantis once experiences the terror of being fed on by a Wraith, a process which is known to be extremely painful and causes rapid aging in the subject. Sheppard forces the alien to return the lifeforce it took from her, after which a once again young Larrin remarks with a confused grin that "it felt kinda good".
- In fact, this is how Wraith worshippers are trained by their masters: the worshipper is fed upon until he or she is on the brink of death then the Wraith gives it all back. Rinse and repeat over and over again until the subject swears loyalty.
- Micheletto Corella of The Borgias seems to enjoy being whipped by Cesare far, far too much.
- In Sons of Anarchy there is an episode where Tig is captured by a crew of bounty hunters. He insults one of them to provoke a beating, and seems to enjoy it.
- In a later episode he says something to the effect of "I don't know if this is good or not but I'm totally hard right now" while Tara is busy picking a bullet out of his buttcheek.
- Blackadder II: when Blackadder is captured by the dastardly Spanish, he is taken to the second degree by gloating Inquisitors and shown the implements of torture. In his usual yawningly disdainful way, he corrects their poor English and suggests better Spanish terms for the devices. He also spot-translates a leering Spanish guard's threats conerning the pain that will soon be inflicted on him.
- On The Vampire Diaries:
- vampire Elena has turned off her emotions and Stefan and Damon are trying to find a way to elicit an emotional response from her that will 'flip the switch' back to normal. They finally resort to torturing her by exposing her to sunlight without her protective ring. Her skin starts to burn but she just uses this as an opportunity to mock the brothers again. Finally, she manages to get out of her bonds and stands fully in the sunlight. She is on fire and in agonizing pain but she is having way too much fun messing with the Salvatores to stop.
- In Continuum, Kiera is roughing up Garza. Garza considers this "foreplay".
- In Criminal Minds, serial killer Frank Breitkopf's modus operandi involved kidnapping a victim, injecting them with just enough ketamine to paralyze them, and then open up their bodies so he could remove all of their organs one by one. Breitkopf would get off on the look of fear on his victims' faces, encouraging his assault. However, he falls in love with one woman because, when she was incapacitated by Breitkopf, instead of being afraid of what was going to happen to her, she enjoyed it, thus subverting his plan, so he let her go so that he could pursue a relationship with her.
- On Person of Interest Shaw says she "kind of enjoys this sort of thing" when Root threatens to torture her with a hot iron.
- A particularly dark version in the Doctor Who story "The Deadly Assassin", in which the Doctor reacts to Agony Beam torture with boredom, heavily implying he's been through it a lot in the past.
- A variant appears in the Defiance episode "Slouching Toward Bethlehem." Nolan and Yewll interrogate a Votan spy, who also happens to be the BDSM specialist at the local brothel. The flaw in torturing him for information becomes obvious; the combination of him being Irathient and dealing in pain for a living means that his threshold for physical pain is through the roof. It's not that he enjoys it, per se; he can simply take it without breaking, and eventually his captors resort to a Mind Probe instead.
- WWE's Mankind used to be an example of this, back when he first started, with the announcers going on and on about his seeming affinity for pain. It was then subverted, during a Worked Shoot interview by Jim Ross...
Mankind: You know what you tell the people, week in and week out? You say, "Look at Mankind! I don't even know if he feels pain... or maybe, maybe he likes pain!"... What is it about pain that I love?... Is it when I can't get up when my little boy says, "Daddy, I wanna play ball!" and I can't do it? Is that where the fun starts? Is it where a doctor injects a 12-inch needle into the discs of my spine so I can wrestle one more day? Whoopee! Let the party begin!... All you've done to people is mislead them, and let them believe that I'm having the time of my goddamn life when I'm in pain!
- Raven, during his WCW days, invoked this a few times. One of the most memorable being during his first grudge match against Chris Benoit; when caught in the Crippler Crossface (Benoit's Finishing Move), he started laughing.
- Exalted has a fighting style called Laughing Wounds, pioneered by the Lover Clad in the Raiment of Tears, who may very well be the physical incarnation of this trope. To give you an idea of what it's like, one of the first Charms one can learn in the style allows you to turn wound penalties into attack bonuses. And yes, whips and chains count as form weapons, and a BDSM sense of fashion is included.
- In the Forgotten Realms setting exists the goddess Loviatar, The Maiden of Pain. Similarly to the Dark Mistress from Dungeon Keeper as mentioned below, her worshipers absolutely adore pain, both inflicting it and experiencing it—in a battle too. This goes double for Loviatar herself, who will actually wade into a pitched battle solely to get injured and experience the sensations.
- Pathfinder gives us the god Zon-Kuthon. Estranged brother of the Goddess of Love, he presides over darkness, suffering and sado-masochism. He is depicted in styles reminiscent of the Cenobites, having flayed and pierced his flesh countless times. His priesthood's creed is 'Experience Without Limits', and one of their most holy ceremonies involves stripping one of their number of limbs, eyes, ears, tongue, and lips (and often eating them in the process), leaving a head and torso which are kept alive to be violated and tortured ever after. They call this 'The Joymaking', and the victims are high ranking priests. They don't just volunteer, they demand it be done to them.
- In Deep 7's Red Dwarf Roleplaying game (yes, it exists), humans get extra dice to their fortitude because of this trope. They're crazy enough to enjoy things like Yanni concerts and five-alarm curries.
- This is why the Inquisition in Warhammer 40,000 hate having to deal with Chaos cultists from the Slaanesh faction. At least one Inquisitor found a sensory deprivation tank the best option. Makes sense.
- Most Slaaneshi cultists tend to be too kinky to care even about that. Whatever you do to them, if they win, they get the high of winning. If they lose, they get a new experience to savor. In fact, in a Ciaphas Cain novel at least one of the Slaaneshi cultist got off of being killed, and the others were fighting each other to get hacked to pieces, which lead to a great deal of Squick from Cain when he realised that they were actually getting sexual pleasure from being slaughtered.
- One example of this is towards the end of the novel Fulgrim where one of Ferrus Mannus' bodyguards is about to crush a fallen Emperor's Children legionnaire, the legion that fell to Slaanesh, who took a full hit from a flamethrower and pauses when he sees the look on the Marine's face isn't pain from having his entire body burned with futuristic napalm but ecstatic pleasure. This pause doesn't end well for said bodyguard.
- Easiest way to deal with Chaos followers would be a Pariah — particularly a Culexus Assassin. Just force them to stay in its presence, perhaps have the Pariah rape them... you know, because Pariahs are utterly horrific to regular people, and even more so to those touched by the Warp.
- A Culexus doesn't have to do anything in order to rape someone.
- Dark Eldar get bonus points by actually getting physically rejuvenated by torture. One book tells of some Space Marines failing miserably to extract information from a Dark Eldar captive through conventional torture methods because the captive got off on it. However, the Dark Eldar had a breakdown when one of them had the idea to lock him in an empty room with nothing to do.
- Naturally, the same problem exists for Witch Hunters in Warhammer. One enterprising Hunter figured out a way around this, by numbing the cultist's entire body before proceeding, torturing him by not letting him feel it.
- One awe-inspiring example of sheer stoicism is Giles Corey in The Crucible, who gets accused of witchcraft during the Salem trials but refuses to "confess" to a "crime" he didn't commit. Authorities interrogate him while slowly crushing him under heavy weights, but he never caves in - given the choices of "confess" or "more weight," he keeps opting for more weight until all the weight crushes him to death. And did we mention that this part of the play actually happened? To the real Giles Corey, rest in peace. We salute you.
- Undead warlock Richard from Looking for Group. He was only trying to be helpful to the torturer when he pointed out there was room by his calf to insert another knife. In fact, when he was taken back to the dungeon he asked if he could have another go. He seemed to mistake the torture chamber for a spa. Oh, and he started singing during his torture sessions. Which rather unnerved the Legion soldiers. Though he did complain about the waterboarding.
- After the death of Pompey in Something Positive, he appears in one of the 'Old Familiar Faces' arcs, complaining to the demon in hell that he doesn't get the worms eating his flesh or lake of fire torment.
Pompey: I was just re-reading this travel brochure, and I must say I'm filled with disgust at the false promises.
Demon: That's not a travel brochure. That's a Bible, and really I wanna know how you keep finding them down here.
- Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic: Practically any scene where someone tries to torture the drow women Arachne and Charlotte. They like a well-equipped dungeon. Epitomized in this comic.
- In fact, when Arachne needed to punish Charlotte and felt really mean, she put Charlotte in a cage in sight of the instruments... and refused to torture her. Instead, she read a magazine.
- Sexy Losers: Yuuko comes back to life and plans her revenge on Shiunji for the things he did to her corpse. When she finally starts threatening him, he's excited by it.
Yuuko: This murder is becoming less of a random act of revenge and more like a public service.
- In Flipside, protagonist Maytag has learned to accept pain rather than fight it, allowing her to be virtually impervious to torture and even mutilation. One scene has her smiling gently as her arm is being eaten, much to the dismay of the person doing the eating.
- In GastroPhobia, Klepto is either telling the truth or using this strategy to avoid being tortured at all:
Phobia: You know, some people whip their slaves for less than that.
Klepto: Phobia, it has been my goal to be whipped by an Amazon since I was thirteen.
- This quality is one of the reasons why Yocchi in Yamara is constantly and utterly cheerful: because she's The Chew Toy...
- Girly (here) features a torture chamber designed as a mock-up of hell, but when Winter and Otra arrive, there are only two prisoners. One of them is an immortal who loves being eviscerated. The other is a veterinarian who, while she has not shown any masochistic tendencies in this comic, is an Expy of an earlier character who has appeared in some less reputable comics.
- Girl Genius: André, just André.
- What happens when a sadist meets a masochist: not always True Love.
- Gloog from A Game of Fools, who, among other things, enjoys the feeling he gets from being shot by a laser gun. (although, as we see later, that's more due to Sylvester not really knowing how to use it)
- Played completely straight however when Sylvester and Adam eventually do try to torture him, which ends up being far more torturous for them. He eventually DOES give them the information they want though, as thanks for how much pleasure they gave him.
Gloog: I really did enjoy that wonderful burning pleasure you gave me.
Adam: (embarrassed) Don't mention it...
Gloog: You are a wonderful lover.
Adam: I SAID DON'T MENTION IT!!
- It's as much not understanding the situation, but Fooker from General Protection Fault shows signs of this.
- San Three Kingdoms Comic's version of Huang Gai enjoys whipping too much that it scares the living daylights out of his officer (Zhou Yu).
- Stated almost by name in this strip from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.
- Played with in this Order of the Stick strip, the Lantern Archons assume this when the Monster in the Darkness wants them to attack him with their rays of light, when really he just doesn't like the dark.
- In Ghastly's Ghastly Comic, Zsa Zsa (local dominatrix) said about Freddy that "I can neither beat nor fuck the otaku out of her".
- The grey aliens in the Sluggy Freelance story "Oceans Unmoving" are a bit weird like this, none more so than Murdock, who even likes to watch Dr. Viennason's DVDs. When he's put in futuristic manacles that cover his hands entirely, he wants to wear them permanently after he's been freed from imprisonment.
- A version that's oddly light on both kinkiness and torture - in Grrl Power, Sydney speaks dismissively to the waitress at a spicy-food-oriented restaurant, prompting the workers there to dose her food with "The Unmaker." To the astonishment of all involved, she ''loves'' it.
- Lighter versions occur in Ménage ŕ 3:
- Zii, as seen here.
- Yuki shows shades of this in the beginning with her "emergency handcuffs". Later, Didi comes home unexpectedly and mistakes Yuki for a burglar. As Didi's tying her up on the bed, Yuki yells out, "Harder! I can slip out of these easily!" She even asks Gary for some clothespins!
- Also see Yuki's happy place.
- And DiDi tells Yuki while blushing to spank her some more if she must punish her some more.
- Equius Zahhak from Homestuck not only gets off on someone of a lower blood status defying his orders, but also on being strangled to death by a bowstring.
- Mimi of Grim Tales from Down Below seems to rather enjoy being beaten up.
- In Oglaf, the "Justice" strip is what happens when Too Kinky to Torture meets Completely Missing the Point.
- One strip beforehand, the Snow Queen is stabbed in the gut multiple times. She innocently mistakes this as some sort of foreplay/sexual activity and moans in response, and even asks if she's "doing it wrong" once she realizes the stabbing party is not pleased at the outcome (because she isn't dead yet; in fact, she doesn't even bleed).
- In Drowtales, the Judicator Cas'nihlus is himself an expert Torture Technician, gets promptly betrayed by one of his allies as The Scapegoat and gets tortured himself. The ally who betrayed him is confident that he won't spill anything important due to this trope, and Cas himself starts singing a popular song as they're burning his feet. The in character commentary from the character's sponsor is also a classic example of this trope:
There are a million worse things you could be doing to me other then just setting my foot on fire. No no no, get the one with the hooked end on it, there you go. Sharess you're terrible at this, no wonder you didn't make it into the Order of Salvation.
- Karin-dou 4koma: A furious Seren hangs Kinka from the ceiling in apparent rope bondage off-panel for a perceived wrong. When she realizes her mistake and returns to release her, she finds a very happy Kinka saying that she could get used to this as a reward.
- Dilbert, when arrested by Homeland Security.
- Sailor Mars in Sailor Moon Abridged.
[after being bitten by a snake] "Ow! Oh, God... it felt good! Don't worry, Serena, I'm used to putting worse things in my body."
- And in a far less subtle example, the moment where she demands some rough sex from the villain attacking her.
Malachite: "I'm going to hit you with a beam now, that is supposed to knock you out, so I can molest you, take the crystal, and then molest you."
Lita: "No way!"
Mina: "Me first!"
- Dr. What in AH.com: The Series (and arguably Landshark as well). The only person who ever managed to successfully torture information out of What was one of his Alternate Universe counterparts, and that was by tantalising him by holding lesbian porn just out of reach.
- This was the basic premise of an erotic story titled The Pilfered Princess. In addition to being erotic, it's also a hilarious, self-aware parody of many Heroic Fantasy tropes. The Hero and the Evil Overlord are both determined to carry the Idiot Ball in the name of enacting tropes, The Dragon is also the Only Sane Man, and the kidnapped princess is Too Kinky to Torture. Eventually, The Dragon does manage to find a torture method that works on her, though: a chastity belt. The story ends with the princess becoming the new Evil Overlord and quickly demonstrating that she is Dangerously Genre Savvy.
- The titular Salad Fingers appears to have masochistic tendencies.
- A non-sexual variant occurs in Survival of the Fittest v4, where Rein Bumgarner is well-known for enjoying pain, enjoying the adrenaline rush that it gives him. As a result, he actually attempts dangerous stunts partly for this reason.
- Ask That Guy loves getting tortured by his boss, whether he does things right or not. There could also be another example after the Sage episode, while he clearly didn't enjoy it while it was happening, the next episode is basically nothing but sex jokes and orgasm-faces.
- Well, if Spooning With Spoony is any indication, Sage is also this. Note: he was rather nonchalant about being roofied and raped by Spoony. Twice.note
Sage: Same time next year? [kisses Spoony on the cheek]
- The Nostalgia Critic actually gets excited about the prospect of Electric Torture on his nipples. Good for him, considering he gets tortured plenty in every way possible.
- A running gag on Superdickery jokingly regards Wonder Woman as this due to just how many times she's been featured in various forms of barely-justified bondage on the covers of her series. "I'd make some crack about how if they really wanted to get information out of her, they should threaten to untie her, but it's just not funny anymore..."
- Diamanda Hagan tries to torture LC in Project Million. He thinks she's giving him foreplay.
- Warhammer40k Joke Character by JoPereira — Lolicron is too kinky to kill: "...she just keep going back for more". The only way to get rid of her is to fail at causing damage. But then she takes offence.
- Hilariously deconstructed in Reflets d'Acide, where the villain Mortis uses the Priest of Pain Sacher-Masoc as his Mole amongst the other priest of Maender-Alkor, convincing him to work for him by promising him to torture him as a reward. Similarly, when the priests find out about his betrayal and attempt to interrogate him, they quickly realize torture won't work on him and are Genre Savvy enough to promise him they will hit him if he confess. And it works.
- In Ultra Fast Pony, Rarity enjoys pain. Threats of violence don't work on her, because anything her opponents can think of is something she already does for fun.
Applejack: You take that back or I'll cut ya!
Rarity: [defiantly] Oh, yeah, will you? [hopefully] Will you? ... You can if you want...
- Edward Elric in Nullmetal Alchemist is this way in episode seven, when Barry the Chopper is about to kill Winry in front of him.
- Futurama: When Fry first awakes in the 31st century, he's put through a machine called the Probulator that almost leaves him in tears. Bender later undergoes the same treatment and says, "That Probulator sure knows how to treat a man."
- Of course, seeing as how Bender and the Probulator are both machines, it was probably a little more consensual than when Fry was on it.
- In Bender's Game, Leela is forced to wear an electric shock collar to discourage her tendency to violence. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your point of view), she comes to associate the electric shocks with the pleasure of beating people up, and starts to enjoy being shocked.
- In Total Drama Island when one of the challenges the campers face is to withstand ten seconds of torture, Izzy gets the challenge of being electrocuted by electric eels. She enjoys it. "Again!"
- She then gives herself a poison-ivy face-wrap.
- In the same episode, Lindsey thanks them for putting hot, gooey marshmellows on her face than ripping them off, though only because it was the best lip wax she's ever had.
- In the episode I Triple Dog Dare You, Owen becomes this. The entire episode was a long game of truth or dare (without the truth part), and until Gwen and Owen team up, Owen gladly undertakes each and every dare thrown at him. The highlights include chewing Harold's saved and chewed gum, giving a bear a purple nurple, and eating dog food.
- One episode of Family Guy contained a flashback of the Griffin family being tortured by the Dungeon Master. Peter was being whipped, but casually made fun of the torturer.
Peter: Um, oh I'm sorry were you just whipping me or did I just get bit by a mosquito? (Dungeon Master whips Peter again) Say Lois, if you happen to see the Dungeon Master could you tell him his grandmother was just trying to work me over?
- Let's not forget the cow that enjoyed being milked and branded.
- Or when Stewie found Lois hitting him stimulating.
Stewie: Come on, discipline me! Make me wear panties, rub dirt in my eye, violate me with a wine bottle- my God, I really do have problems, don't I?
- Or Lois's interest in BDSM and how in one scene Peter shoots her and she excitedly demands that he "Stick your finger in there and twist it!" or when Peter started kicking everything after seeing Road House, Lois asked him not to kick her, unless it was her nipple.
- Another flashback:
Slave-driver: [whips him] What's you name?
Tobi: Tobi with an "I." With an accent over the "I," and a little line over the "O" so you know it's a long vowel sound and not a short one. And sometimes I like to dot the "I" with a little smiley face or a heart or something. Something to brighten the reader's day.
Slave-driver: [whips him] I asked you what your name was.
Tobi: Honey, you keep that up it's whatever you want it to be.
- In South Park, when the boys approach Mel Gibson demanding their money back after seeing The Passion Of The Christ, Gibson proves to be this. The problem is, the boys have absolutely no intention of torturing him. Nevertheless, he oils and chains himself up whilst insisting that torture will do them no good (especially if they torture him in just the right place). The boys are, needless to say, utterly freaked out by this.
- Captain Hero from Drawn Together, being a profoundly perverted parody of a superhero gets off on most anything, from being smashed by a lead model of the Eiffel Tower, to having his intestines removed from his body. Given the show he's in, this is pretty much expected.
- An episode of Moral Orel has the title character misinterpreting the preacher's sermon about renouncing worldly pleasures as getting rid of everything that feels good; unfortunately, what makes Orel feel best of all is his relationship with the Lord. He tries to counteract this by subjecting himself to 24/7 torture, but ends up... well, looking forward to his father's next discussion "in the study."
- The 1953 Pepe Le Pew cartoon Wild Over You. Throughout the cartoon, the flirtatious skunk pursues a painted wild cat despite being viciously attacked by the feline several times.
- Homer, in one episode of The Simpsons gets sent to hell for a day after selling his soul for a donut. A demon forces Homer to eat all the donuts in the world in order to drive him insane, but he just keeps asking for more.
- Jimmy Two-Shoes:
- One episode has Heloise trying to give Beezy the rack. His only response is "Ah, that feels good." Another episode had him getting shocked by an electric helmet, only to clap "Again! Again!" Yet another episode has him constantly punching a Hollywood Voodoo doll of himself, saying "Neat!" every time.
- Another episode had Lucius hiring Jimmy as a product tester, specifically because he knew anything that could break him would be Misery Inc. material. Sure enough, he enjoys all the products, even when Beezy suffers.
- Archer has Cheryl, who's got a serious kinky side:
Pam: Well, what's the poem gonna be when Cyril snaps and horribly murders you?
Cheryl: ...I dunno. "World's Gushiest Orgasm?"
- She also gets off on deliberately provoking people into attacking her. At one point she provokes Lana into tackling her and beating her senseless, and has an orgasm in the process. Later, when she gets slapped by Archer, her only response is to smile, and then angrily call him a "Tease!" when he walks away.
- On Pinky and the Brain, Pinky ends up in a Fire and Brimstone Hell during the Halloween Episode and is subjected to numerious tortures...all of which he enjoys.
- Something like this is implied with Coach Buzzcut when he tells Butt-Head to "kick him in the jimmy". Butt-Head does so, prompting Buzzcut to turn red and demand he do it harder. When Butt-Head complies the second time, Buzzcut's response is a heated "EEEEEEEEEEEEEYES!"
- In The Venture Bros., Wonderboy (a Robin Captain Ersatz) states that as a result of years of being a Distressed Dude, he can't get an erection without being Bound and Gagged with a bomb taped to his chest.
- In King of the Hill, a pornographer makes a perverted website about Peggy's feet. Her husband, Hank, finds out about it, meets the pornographer, and gives one of his signature lines: "I'm gonna kick your ass!" The pornographer sticks his rear out and says something like, "Ooh, good! Let me get it on camera!" Hank decides against doing what he had threatened, as he usually ends up doing when he makes that threat.
- Interesting variation here. It's not for him, it's just that he takes his job seriously, and is clearly a pragmatic businessman.
- On Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Red Hood, a heroic Alternate Universe version of The Joker, tells Silver Cyclone (the evil Red Tornado) that his electro-shock torture "tickles!" He seems to be bluffing, but then, Red Hood admits that he sort of has a screw loose.
- Johnny Bravo in the original short when a girl zaps him with a stun gun at the Aron City Zoo, although (like the series that would later follow) it just may be that he actually doesn't have a clue (and thus is actually that stupid)...
- Rocko's Modern Life: In one episode Rocko is in the yard, practicing his jackhammering, only he can't see very well, so he's land the jack hammer on Spunky. Heffer dives taking Spunky out of harm's way at the last second, but Rocko lands the jackhammer on Heffer's back-side instead. Rocko apologizes for running him over, but Heffer says that he "kind of likes it" while biting the grass and looking extremely pleased.
- Somewhat in Green Lantern: The Animated Series. Razer's captors try to Mind Rape him into submitting by showing him his worst memories over and over again. He enjoys it, because he gets to see his dead wife again, if only for a moment.
- Mort from The Penguins of Madagascar is too stupid to torture because he can't comprehend pain.
- In Dragons: Riders of Berk Ruffnut and Tuffnut take this above and beyond. They constantly abuse each other and clearly enjoy the pain. Also, whenever someone jokes about a plan involving one of them getting seriously injured or even sacrificed, the usual response is that they're happily to oblige.
Fishlegs: In the past, I know Thor's enjoyed a sacrifice or two.
Ruffnut: Let's sacrifice Tuffnut!
Tuffnut: (ponders for a second) Okay. What time should I be there? There better be fire involved.
- On Adventure Time, Jake is sick of Finn using him as a battle suit and seriously hurting him, so he does the same to Finn to get him to admit that it sucks. Unfortunately, even non-conventional forms of torture (getting Finn to read a boring book, embarrass himself in front of his girlfriend's family, etc.) prove ineffective, until the end when Finn is begging Jake to actually go through with his plan of making him jump in a volcano. Having his burns treated by Clown Nurses? Too much for Finn. Worth It for Jake.
- Bill Cipher in Gravity Falls shows a degree of this in his Grand Theft Me episode, subjecting poor Dipper's body to all kinds of abuse, such as tumbling headfirst down a stairwell and stabbing himself with several forks. He explicitly says that it's not a Feel No Pain situation, he just thinks pain is hilarious.
- Ultimately, however, it's subverted. Come the climax, the injuries Bill inflicted on Dipper's body, coupled with several days of sleep deprivation Dipper inflicted on himself beforehand, actually hinder his ability to acquire and destroy the journal. At that point, Bill suddenly realizes pain isn't so hilarious after all.