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- Barbarella: Her brief stint in the Ex-sex-sive machine. It proved that orgasming her to death... would not be possible.
- If the sequel to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial had been made, part of it would have involved evil members of E.T.'s race coming to Earth searching for him and torturing Elliott and his family for information.
- Babylon 5:
- After being captured by the Clark Administration, Sheridan was sent to an interrogation center on Mars, where he underwent brutal psychological torture and attempts to subvert his hold on reality. To further portray his isolation, the episode had no B plot, being set entirely within the center. Sheridan fails to crack and prepares himself for death, only for the execution to be a fake and a new cycle of torture begins under a different interrogator.
- An unusual version in B5 Season 2, Comes the Inquisitor when Delenn spends the episode being tortured by a Vorlon inquisitor. The Vorlons are Delenn's allies. The audience knows from early on that she has volunteered for this as a test of her worthiness to play a leading role in the upcoming war, though that doesn't stop the Inquisitor from getting carried away, especially when Sheridan intervenes. At the end it turns out that the Inquisitor is Jack the Ripper, abducted from Victorian London by the Vorlons so they could harness his fanatical belief in absolutes of right and wrong, an early sign of the Vorlons' true nature.
- Another B5 example: G'Kar, after captured by the Centauri under Emperor Cartagia. As part of his scheme with Londo, he needed to stay alive, and this involved giving up his pride to preserve his life, giving Cartagia his scream.
"I must have my scream."
- Doctor Who: "Heaven Sent" sees the Doctor subjected to Cold-Blooded Torture by unseen tormentors who have trapped him alone in a castle in the middle of nowhere and observe from afar as he tries to figure out the workings of the place and escape a creature with a Touch of Death, all to get information about the Hybrid prophecy from him. He emerges from the experience for the Season Finale "Hell Bent" a . . . changed man.
- Farscape: Happened to Crichton at least once per season, starting with that Aurora Chair.
- The Firefly episode "War Stories," where Wash and Mal are captured by Niska and have to endure his worst while waiting for the rest of the crew to bail them out.
- Person of Interest: "Alethia" and "Asylum". Also 6,741.
- The writers of Prison Break wanted to add one of these in the second season, but the Moral Guardians didn't approve.
- The Stargate SG-1 episode "Abyss" is about Jack being tortured for information by Ba'al — mostly information he doesn't actually know.
- Star Trek:
- Star Trek: The Next Generation: In "The Chain of Command, Part II", Picard, after being captured by Cardassians, is tortured for information. When the torturer is failing to make any progress in breaking Picard, he attempts to get Picard to tell him (in a pretty direct reference to 1984) that there are five lights on a wall when there are only four. Picard defiantly insists there are four lights, despite being put through a full-body pain experience every time. In the end, Picard doesn't break, and when he is set free after after Star Fleet demands his release, he loudly proclaims that "THERE! ARE! FOUR LIGHTS!" He later tells his counsellor that, in fact, his release happened just in the nick of time, because at that moment he was so broken that not only was he ready to say that there were five lights just to make the pain stop, he could actually see five lights.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: In "The Die is Cast", Garak, having rejoined his mentor in the Obsidian Order, is given/volunteers to interrogate Odo. The only tool at his disposal is a device which prevents Odo from shape-shifting or even reverting to his true liquid form, painfully trapping him in his humanoid shape far longer than he can maintain it of his own freewill. After hours of Odo stubbornly holding out as his physical form ''decays'' and mocking him about his decision to betray their friends, Garak is the one begging Odo to tell him something, anything, so that he can end their "session" and release Odo from his suffering. Finally, Odo can't take anymore and reveals the one secret he's been keeping about his people, that he still, despite all their crimes and evil actions, wants to be with them in the Great Link. Garak is smug for a moment, proven correct in his assumption that there was something Odo was keeping secret, until Odo quietly (and still suffering) offers his congratulations and hope that this information is useful to him. The look on Garak's face shifts immediately to My God, What Have I Done? and he rushes to disable to anti-shape-shifting field. In the end, what could have been a Moral Event Horizon for Garak, leads to him and Odo becoming friends based on the revelation that they are Not So Different (each of them isolated from, but longing to return to, their own people despite them being their enemy).
- Adventure Time has "Power Animal", in which Finn is abducted by gnomes and forced to power their doomsday machine by various sadistic means.
- The Question spends most of the Justice League Unlimited episode "Flashpoint" being either tortured or carried out of the torture facility.
- "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted". Though it was All Just a Dream.
- Recess somewhat parodies this with "The Box". The episode deals with Miss Finster's new punishment for the kids, "the box", which is just a square drawn on the blacktop. After T.J. ends up in there, it ends up breaking him and sends him into a Madness Mantra.
- Star Wars Rebels: In "Rebel Resolve", a recently captured Kanan is tortured by the Empire for information. He was deliberately kept out of the loop on the secrets they want, so he has nothing to give.