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* During ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline''[='s=] "Fairy Dance" arc, Asuna is held prisoner in a [[GildedCage luxurious]] human-sized bird cage atop TheWorldTree of ''Alfheim Online'', not only behind bars, but unable to log out from the virtual reality game.

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* In ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', one of the things [[spoiler:Jafar does after taking control of the lamp is to turn Rajah, Jasmine's pet tiger, [[FountainOfYouth back into a cub]]. Rajah is later seen imprisoned in a birdcage.]]


Another common invocation of this trope is when the TeamPet is captured along with the hero. The hero will usually be placed in a normal prison while the Team Pet is confined in the birdcage.

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Another common invocation of this trope is when the TeamPet is captured along with the hero. The hero will usually be placed in a normal prison while the Team Pet is confined in the birdcage.
birdcage. If the pet is left outside altogether, PetGetsTheKeys may occur.



May overlap with CagedBirdMetaphor. Not to be confused with GildedCage, which is not literal.



* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'': [[RuleOfSymbolism Symbolic example]]: Anthy's rose garden is inside a birdcage-shaped greenhouse, emblemizing her mysterious imprisonment as the "Rose Bride" instead of a more literal cage. [[spoiler: The fact that she can technically leave this "cage" - but chooses to stay - also hints that [[MoreThanMindControl she's imprisoned]] [[EpiphanicPrison by more than physical or magical means]].]]



** During the last third of the story, [[KidHero Fievel and Olivia]] spend several weeks trapped in one of the birdcages of [[spoiler:Jebediah's gold [[AbandonedMine mine]]]]. When they're locked up, they're told that the cages' original purpose was to keep around birds that would die in toxic gas leaks and warn humans about them in time.

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** During the last third of the story, [[KidHero Fievel and Olivia]] spend several weeks trapped in one of the birdcages of [[spoiler:Jebediah's gold [[AbandonedMine mine]]]]. When they're locked up, they're told that the cages' original purpose was [[CanaryInACoalMine to keep around birds that would die in toxic gas leaks and warn humans about them in time.time]].



-->'''Hsi Wu:''' Sing for me my little caged songbird.\\

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-->'''Hsi Wu:''' Sing for me me, [[CagedBirdMetaphor my little caged songbird.songbird]].\\



* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SkyDancers'' had Queen Skyla, in her shrunken Sky Dancer form, imprisoned in a cage and taunted by the imps comparing her to a bird.

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SkyDancers'' had Queen Skyla, in her shrunken Sky Dancer form, imprisoned in a cage and taunted by the imps [[CagedBirdMetaphor comparing her to a bird.bird]].





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* Puck winds up in a birdcage when he is captured by the Count in the Guardians of Desire arc of ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', and spends some time getting to know the Count's daughter Theresia.

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* Puck winds up in a birdcage when he is captured by the Count in the Guardians of Desire arc of ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', and spends some time getting to know the Count's daughter Theresia.



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* ''{{Disney/Pinocchio}}'': Pinocchio is locked in a cage by the evil puppeteer Stromboli to keep him from going back home.

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* ''{{Disney/Pinocchio}}'': ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'': Pinocchio is locked in a cage by the evil puppeteer Stromboli to keep him from going back home.



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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords "Last of the Time Lords"]], the Master keeps an artificially-aged Doctor in a birdcage to humiliate him.
* One of the obstacles on the game show ''[[Series/DoubleDare1986 Double Dare]]'' is a giant birdcage.
* In ''Series/FraggleRock'', a shrunken Mokey is placed in a dollhouse.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords "Last "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords Last of the Time Lords"]], Lords]]", the Master keeps an artificially-aged Doctor in a birdcage to humiliate him.
* One of the obstacles on the game show ''[[Series/DoubleDare1986 Double Dare]]'' ''Series/{{Double Dare|1986}}'' is a giant birdcage.
* In ''Series/FraggleRock'', a shrunken Mokey is placed in a dollhouse.
birdcage.



* It's a running theme in this ''MileyCyrus'' song. [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sjSG6z_13-Q Can't Be Tamed]]. Anted up by her being propped as an actual bird.

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* It's a running theme in this ''MileyCyrus'' song. the ''Music/MileyCyrus'' song [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sjSG6z_13-Q Can't "Can't Be Tamed]]. Tamed"]]. Anted up by her being propped as an actual bird. bird.
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* In ''Series/FraggleRock'', a shrunken Mokey is placed in a dollhouse.



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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. The Prison of Zagyg was a magic item in the form of a small birdcage. When the command word was given, the victim was shrunk to 3 inches high and stored in the cage.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. The Prison of Zagyg was is a magic item in the form of a small birdcage. When the command word was is given, the victim was is shrunk to 3 three inches high and stored in the cage.



-->'''Hsi Wu''': Sing for me my little caged songbird.
-->'''Viper''': [[DeadpanSnarker Twit, twit.]]
* Happens to Wilykat in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats}}" episode "The Tower of Traps". While investigating the titular tower, he gets caught in a trap which leaves him imprisoned in a cage suspended from the treasure room's ceiling. Lion-O and Wilykit must get past the rest of the traps and reach the top of the tower in order to rescue him.

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-->'''Hsi Wu''': Wu:''' Sing for me my little caged songbird.
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songbird.\\
'''Viper:'''
[[DeadpanSnarker Twit, twit.]]
* Happens to Wilykat in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats}}" ''WesternAnimation/{{ThunderCats}}" episode "The Tower of Traps". While investigating the titular tower, he gets caught in a trap which leaves him imprisoned in a cage suspended from the treasure room's ceiling. Lion-O and Wilykit must get past the rest of the traps and reach the top of the tower in order to rescue him.




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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SkyDancers'' had Queen Skyla, in her shrunken Sky Dancer form, imprisoned in a cage and taunted by the imps comparing her to a bird.


* An episode of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' incorporates Sawyer locked away in one.



* An episode of Series/{{Lost}} incorporates Sawyer locked away in one.

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* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'': [[RuleOfSymbolism Symbolic example]]: Anthy's rose garden is inside a birdcage-shaped greenhouse, emblemizing her mysterious imprisonment as the "Rose Bride" instead of a more literal cage. [[spoiler: The fact that she can technically leave this "cage" - but chooses to stay - also hints that [[MoreThanMindControl she's imprisoned]] [[EpiphanicPrison by more than physical or magical means]].]]


* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'': When Diana's supporting characters come tearing after her to save her from Neron he puts Cassie and ComicBook/{{Artemis}} in giant spiky birdcages to watch as he tortures their friends.

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* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'': When Diana's [[ComicBook/WonderWoman Diana]]'s supporting characters come tearing after her to save her from Neron he puts Cassie and ComicBook/{{Artemis}} in giant spiky birdcages to watch as he tortures their friends.


* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'': When Diana's supporting characters come tearing after her to save her from Neron he puts Cassie and ComicBook/{{Artemis}} in giant spiky birdcages to watch as he torturers their friends.

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* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'': When Diana's supporting characters come tearing after her to save her from Neron he puts Cassie and ComicBook/{{Artemis}} in giant spiky birdcages to watch as he torturers tortures their friends.

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* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'': When Diana's supporting characters come tearing after her to save her from Neron he puts Cassie and ComicBook/{{Artemis}} in giant spiky birdcages to watch as he torturers their friends.

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* The 1951 version of ''Film/{{Othello|1951}}'' starts with a HowWeGotHere scene where the villain, Iago, is hung outside the walls of a citadel in a cage, presumably until he dies.


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* ''Fanfic/TheParselmouthOfGryffindor'' has Grindelwald brought to Hogwarts in a large, enchanted birdcage.


* When Tristran gets turned into a hamster in ''Literature/{{Stardust}}'', this happens to him.

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* When Tristran gets turned into a hamster mouse in ''Literature/{{Stardust}}'', this happens to him.


* In the video game adaptation of ''IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream'', AM, when not [[StealthPun playing games]] with them, holds his 5 human playthings in birdcages, each one [[TailorMadePrison specifically built to exploit the weaknesses of whoever is inside.]]

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* In the video game adaptation of ''IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream'', ''VideoGame/IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream'', AM, when not [[StealthPun playing games]] with them, holds his 5 human playthings in birdcages, each one [[TailorMadePrison specifically built to exploit the weaknesses of whoever is inside.]]



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[[caption-width-right:350:Do I ''look'' like I have wings and a beak?! [[PinocchioNose Okay, fine, I guess I have the beak part down...]]]]

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