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* The interdimensional prison Robyn is sent to in ''ComicBook/RobynHood: The Hunt'' is located on a FloatingIsland and surrounded by a HungryJungle.


* One issue of ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'' has TheVillain contain a pair of hostages within a magnetic force field generated by one of his devices. The field generator and the hostages are hidden within an active volcano, where the extreme heat would boil away the hostages in seconds without the protection that the force field offers. Superman's dilemma is how to extract the hostages and also keep their compartment intact.

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One issue of ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'' has TheVillain the villain contain a pair of hostages within a magnetic force field generated by one of his devices. The field generator and the hostages are hidden within an active volcano, where the extreme heat would boil away the hostages in seconds without the protection that the force field offers. Superman's dilemma is how to extract the hostages and also keep their compartment intact.intact.
** In ''ComicBook/WhoTookTheSuperOutOfSuperman'', Superman defeats and takes ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} and Amalak to a Galactic Prison Compound located in an asteroid drifting about the outer rim of the solar system. Any prisoner who tries to get out of the compound will die in the void of space.



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* In [[Creator/JackVance Jack Vance's]] ''Throy'', the [[BigBad Big Bads]] of the entire ''Cadwal Chronicles'' series end up marooned in one of these, one that they devised for [[HoistByHisOwnPetard imprisoning their own enemies]]. Just a small stockade with no guards at the top of an extinct volcano, smack in the middle of a DeathWorld continent where ''everything'' is [[HungryJungle a predator]].

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* In [[Creator/JackVance Jack Vance's]] Creator/JackVance's ''Throy'', the [[BigBad Big Bads]] of the entire ''Cadwal Chronicles'' series end up marooned in one of these, one that they devised for [[HoistByHisOwnPetard imprisoning their own enemies]]. Just a small stockade with no guards at the top of an extinct volcano, smack in the middle of a DeathWorld continent where ''everything'' is [[HungryJungle a predator]].predator]].
* The prison in ''Literature/EscapeFromFurnace'' is still a mile underground, with only one way up. Donovan does toss out the suggestion of picking a spot and digging a way out in the span of about a thousand years. But even in the chipping rooms, there runs the risk of a complete cave-in which previously reduced Room Two to rubble. Even though Alex tries to exploit the underground river in Room Two, it only takes him deeper into the bedrock of the prisons tunnels and into the hands of bloodthirsty rats.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. The old Dark Eldar codex mentioned that slaves pens in Comorragh don't have walls to keep the slaves in. They can leave any time they want... and wander out into the [[{{WretchedHive}} Dark City]] where they're likely to suffer [[{{FateWorseThanDeath}} an even worse fate]].

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''.''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000''. The old Dark Eldar codex mentioned that slaves pens in Comorragh don't have walls to keep the slaves in. They can leave any time they want... and wander out into the [[{{WretchedHive}} Dark City]] where they're likely to suffer [[{{FateWorseThanDeath}} an even worse fate]].


* When ''Film/{{Papillon}}'' is sent to Devil's Island, he's told that conditions are quite lax there as the sharks make sure no-one escapes.

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* When ''Film/{{Papillon}}'' In ''Film/Papillon1973'', when the titular character is sent to Devil's Island, he's told that conditions are quite lax there as the sharks make sure no-one escapes.


Often serves as an example of MortonsFork. May be how a villain carries out ReleasedToElsewhere. If there's any chance at all of success, the escape route is likely to be a DeathCourse; sufficiently Badass prisoners may theoretically [[WinYourFreedom win their freedom]]. Being imprisoned in such a facility, however, may lead to the realization that HopeIsScary. Some prisoners may choose to commit suicide using the escape route, [[IDieFree preferring death to imprisonment]].

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Often serves as an example of MortonsFork. May be how a villain carries out ReleasedToElsewhere. If there's any chance at all of success, the escape route is likely to be a DeathCourse; sufficiently Badass badass prisoners may theoretically [[WinYourFreedom win their freedom]]. Being imprisoned in such a facility, however, may lead to the realization that HopeIsScary. Some prisoners may choose to commit suicide using the escape route, [[IDieFree preferring death to imprisonment]].

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* The PrisonShip ''Purgatory'' in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' is one as it is located in what is the least-survivable environment known to life itself: The cold vacuum of space. The warden who runs this tight ship, a corrupt Turian who is as likely to extort your planet for money, lest he "misplace" a particularly dangerous prisoner or two on it as he is to look at you, boasts that he is able to prevent escape attempts simply because there is ''no where'' for the prisoners to go, and if they act up, he'll vent the cell of the trouble-making prisoner into space anyways. Unfortunately, he makes the mistake of trying to enslave [[OneManArmy Commander Shepard]] for ransom money, and Shepard responds by shooting their way through the ship and waking up the resident TykeBomb and [[FromBadToWorse it only goes downhill from there.]]


* The underground Klingon labor camp Rura Penthe where Kirk and [=McCoy=] are imprisoned in ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' has nothing preventing prisoners from escaping--except the extreme cold and storms of the surface, where death by exposure would be a certainty. In fact, prisoners are threatened with expulsion to the surface if they don't work.

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* The underground Klingon labor camp Rura Penthe where Kirk and [=McCoy=] are imprisoned in ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' has nothing preventing prisoners from escaping--except the extreme cold and storms of the surface, where death by exposure would be a certainty.certainty (technically, there's also a magnetic field to prevent transporter use). In fact, prisoners are threatened with expulsion to the surface if they don't work.

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* Some of the camps of TheGulag in the Stalin-era Soviet Union had very little in the way of perimeter security. Since these particular camps were located in some of the remotest areas of Siberia, there was simply no place for escaping prisoners to go, even if they did leave. Sometimes such camps were initially established by more-or-less dumping the first load of prisoners in the wilderness with a few supplies; they could either build their own crude "prison", or die.


Well, because escape would be suicide. The secure facility remains secure because it is located in an ''extremely'' [[DeathWorld inhospitable environment]]. It might be in the middle of a vast desert or tundra, such that anyone foolish enough to leave would die of exposure. Alternatively, the surroundings could be populated by [[SuperPersistentPredator Super-Persistent Predators]] or other deadly creatures. In extreme cases, the prison may be smack in the middle of the ocean, or at the top of a mountain with a hundred-foot drop on all sides. Needless to say, it's safer just to stay inside.

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Well, because escape would be suicide. The secure facility remains secure because it is located in an ''extremely'' [[DeathWorld inhospitable environment]]. It might be in the middle of a vast desert or tundra, such that anyone foolish enough to leave would die of exposure. Alternatively, the surroundings could be populated by [[SuperPersistentPredator Super-Persistent Predators]] or other deadly creatures. In extreme cases, the prison may be smack in the middle of the ocean, or at the top of a mountain with a hundred-foot drop on all sides. In sci-fi settings it could be in a space ship or station, on an asteroid, or a DeathWorld. Needless to say, it's safer just to stay inside.


* A reason why [[DeathWorld Australia]] was chosen to be the primary PenalColony of the British Empire.

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* A reason why [[DeathWorld Australia]] was chosen to be the primary PenalColony of the British Empire.Empire is that it was a big island far from the mainland where EverythingIsTryingToKillYou.


** In ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', when Vetinari is meeting his new BoxedCrook Moist von Lipwig, he tells Moist that if he doesn't like the offer he [[SchmuckBait can simply walk out that door]]. When Moist goes to check, the door leads to a deep pit full of spikes.

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** In ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', when Vetinari is meeting his new BoxedCrook Moist von Lipwig, he tells Moist that if he doesn't like the offer he [[SchmuckBait can simply walk out that door]]. When Moist goes to check, the door leads to a deep pit pit, possibly full of spikes.spikes; it's so deep Moist can't even seen the bottom.


* ''StargateSGOne'' had an underground prison colony accessible only through a Circle Gate or a Stargate with no Dial Out Device, which is used to deliver food rations for the prisoners. The prisoners belive that it's possible to escape through the Stargate during the moment it opens, which is impossible, as anything in front of the gate is vaporized when the energy burst starts.

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* ''StargateSGOne'' ''Series/StargateSG1'' had an underground prison colony accessible only through a Circle Gate or a Stargate with no Dial Out Device, which is used to deliver food rations for the prisoners. The prisoners belive believe that it's possible to escape through the Stargate during the moment it opens, which is impossible, as anything in front of the gate is vaporized when the energy burst starts.starts. [[spoiler:The team manages to escape by using cold fusion, invented by a scientist named Linea (unbeknownst to them, she's a mass murderer), and manually spinning the inner circle and locking each coordinate.]]


* ''Film/Alien3''. Incarceration on the former penal planet of Fury 161 is entirely voluntary. There's a staff of two with no weapons, as there's no place for anyone to escape to.

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* ''Film/Alien3''. Incarceration on the former penal planet of Fury 161 is entirely voluntary. There's a minimal staff of two with no weapons, as there's no place for anyone to escape to.to without a functioning spacecraft.

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* When ''Film/{{Papillon}}'' is sent to Devil's Island, he's told that conditions are quite lax there as the sharks make sure no-one escapes.
* ''Film/Alien3''. Incarceration on the former penal planet of Fury 161 is entirely voluntary. There's a staff of two with no weapons, as there's no place for anyone to escape to.

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* ''StargateSGOne'' had an underground prison colony accessible only through a Circle Gate or a Stargate with no Dial Out Device, which is used to deliver food rations for the prisoners. The prisoners belive that it's possible to escape through the Stargate during the moment it opens, which is impossible, as anything in front of the gate is vaporized when the energy burst starts.

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* One episode of ''Anime/OutlawStar'' had Gene infiltrating a prison that was located on a high-gravity planet. No prisoner sentenced to go there had lived to see the end of their stay because their hearts gave out from the gravity's strain sooner or later.

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