Playing With: Made a Slave

Basic Trope: A character is taken captive and sold as a slave.
  • Straight:
    • Alice is on shipboard when pirates take it; they sell her to a slave merchant, who brings her to market, where she is inspected as so much merchandise.
    • Bob is captured among the losing army, and sold with the rest of the defeated soldiers.
  • Exaggerated: The fabulously wealthy but militarily incompetent King Bob the Nth is captured while leading his troops in battle. Though his captors are aware of his identity and thus of how much of a valuable hostage he is, they still sell him as just another slave, for a minimal fraction of what they'd get for his ransom.
  • Downplayed:
    • At a port, Alice and everyone else on board must perform tasks for the governor for three days.
    • Bob works without pay at a POW camp.
    • Alice pays for her passage by pawning her work as an indentured servant.
    • Alice becomes Bob's "slave" for one day, after losing a card game to him.
  • Justified:
    • Slaving is a major industry, and the pirates' greatest profit.
    • The army doesn't want their opponents to go free to attack them again, can't support them in idleness, and doesn't want to slaughter them all.
    • Bob was captured by the navy while engaged in piracy and human trafficking. The Government ordered him sold. To one of his captive's family.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice and her master are on shipboard when pirates take it; they can get no ransom for her, and so dump her off at some port.
    • The losing army was mostly composed of slaves; the victors emancipiate them.
    • A free character voluntarily enters slavery, possibly to be released against their will later on.
    • Alice is a slave on board a ship which is then captured by pirates. They offer her the chance to join as a freewoman, as part of their crew.
    • Alice is a slave who is bought by Bob. Bob then destroys all documents which show him owning her, so he can make her free.
    • Slavery is abolished by the government, making all slaves freedmen overnight.
  • Subverted: The pirates threaten to enslave all their captives — to ensure their letters home to beg for ransoms are imploring enough.
  • Double Subverted: The ransoms are pocketted, and the pirates sell them as slaves anyway.
  • Parodied: Alice steals Bob's toaster and resells it. This is treated by the characters as a heinous violation of human rights.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Alice is captured to be enslaved; raiders on the market have no interest in her and let her go free; trying to get back home, she is captured by bandits, who proceed to sell her; she and the other slaves revolt and break free; another slave, unscrupulous, overpowers her and sells her to buy himself passage home; the others among them find this out and break her free again.
    • Bob is captured after the battle, and enslaved; the king offers the enslaved soldiers their freedom if they will fight for him; he sends them somewhere where he does not mind losing soldiers; they are captured and enslaved again; this king offers them their freedom and some farmland on his borders so they will be able take the brunt of any invasion.
  • Averted: Slavery is not legal and so not profitable.
  • Enforced: "They can't kill Alice, but we need some way to show how evil they are."
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: The pirate captain explains his men that they enslave captives as part of psychological warfare.
  • Exploited: Alice deliberately took the ship because of the danger; in the city where she is sold, she knows she can find her father's murderer.
  • Defied: "They'll enslave us — but only if they take us alive."
  • Discussed: "We're only alive so they can sell us, you'll see."
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: Bob, who knew Alice years ago, finds her again, working at a tavern. Everything seems fine until he notices that she is wearing a thin iron collar around her neck and has a letter shaped burn in her arm...

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