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* There are multiple instances of this from ''Series/StarTrek''. Most notably, Parmen uses his advanced mental powers to force Kirk and Spock to perform humiliating stunts in "Plato's Stepchildren".

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* There are multiple instances of this from ''Series/StarTrek''.''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. Most notably, Parmen uses his advanced mental powers to force Kirk and Spock to perform humiliating stunts in "Plato's Stepchildren".


The heroes have been captured and are at the mercy of the villain. Rather than simply killing them, the villain wishes to draw out their torment and humiliate them. So the heroes are forced to perform in a play, often written by the villain themself. This often takes place in front of a CaptiveAudience. Needless to say, the heroes won't survive til the curtain call. Expect BadBadActing, either from the reluctant performers, the villain's [[StylisticSuck lousy script]], or a combination of the two.

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The heroes have been captured and are at the mercy of the villain. Rather than simply killing them, the villain wishes to draw out their torment and humiliate them. So the heroes are forced to perform in a play, often written by the villain themself. This often usually takes place in front of a CaptiveAudience. Needless to say, the heroes won't survive til the curtain call. Expect BadBadActing, either from the reluctant performers, the villain's [[StylisticSuck lousy script]], or a combination of the two.


Inverse of the ScheherezadeGambit, in which the heroes initiate the performance in order to buy time.

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Inverse of the Compare to ScheherezadeGambit, in which the heroes initiate the performance in order to buy time.


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--> '''[[Creator/WilliamShatner Shatner]]:''' (deadpan) Alas, my ship, whom I love like a woman, is ... disabled.\\
'''Nimoy:''' (deadpan) Fascinating, Captain, and logical too, that we need some help.

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--> '''[[Creator/WilliamShatner -->'''[[Creator/WilliamShatner Shatner]]:''' (deadpan) ''[deadpan]'' Alas, my ship, whom I love like a woman, is ...is... disabled.\\
'''Nimoy:''' (deadpan) ''[deadpan]'' Fascinating, Captain, and logical too, that we need some help.


The heroes have been captured and are at the mercy of the villain. Rather than simply killing them, the villain wishes to draw out their torment and humiliate them. So the heroes are forced to perform in a play, often written by the villain themself. This often takes place in front of a CaptiveAudience. Needless to say, the heroes won't survive til the curtain call. Expect BadBadActing, either from the reluctant performers, the villain's lousy script, or a combination of the two.

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The heroes have been captured and are at the mercy of the villain. Rather than simply killing them, the villain wishes to draw out their torment and humiliate them. So the heroes are forced to perform in a play, often written by the villain themself. This often takes place in front of a CaptiveAudience. Needless to say, the heroes won't survive til the curtain call. Expect BadBadActing, either from the reluctant performers, the villain's [[StylisticSuck lousy script, script]], or a combination of the two.

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* ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'': Count Legato kidnaps the people of Organetto, and later Cucumber and company, and forces them to be extras in his "magnum opus", Prince Crescendo, which mainly consists of them singing his praises.


* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'': The Bad Beginning. Count Olaf forces Violet and Klaus to act in his play "The Marvelous Marriage" under threat of harming a kidnapped Sunny. Rather than trying to kill the Baudelaires, this play is meant to forcibly marry Violet to Count Olaf. As such, the majority of the play is terribly written.

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* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'': The Bad Beginning. Count Olaf forces Violet and Klaus to act in his play "The Marvelous Marriage" under threat of harming a kidnapped Sunny. Rather than trying to kill the Baudelaires, this play is meant to [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe forcibly marry Violet to Count Olaf. Olaf]]. As such, the majority of the play is [[StylisticSuck terribly written.written]].


* ''Webcomic/{{Widdershins}}'': A rogue [[OurSpiritsAreDifferent Spirit]] of [[SevenDeadlySins Envy]] takes over a theatre and puts on depraved (and deadly) skits that exploit the viewers' and actors' vulnerabilities, enforced by it using the "actors" as PeoplePuppets. [[spoiler:It's [[https://widdershinscomic.com/wdshn/february-7th-2017 foiled]] when TheResenter Voss refuses to play his role as "the Hero" and kill his UnknownRival Wolfe.]]

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* ''Webcomic/{{Widdershins}}'': A rogue [[OurSpiritsAreDifferent Spirit]] of [[SevenDeadlySins Envy]] takes over a theatre and puts on depraved (and deadly) skits that exploit the viewers' and actors' vulnerabilities, enforced by it using the "actors" as PeoplePuppets.with a combination of {{Emotion Bomb}}ing and {{People Puppet|s}}ry. [[spoiler:It's [[https://widdershinscomic.com/wdshn/february-7th-2017 foiled]] when TheResenter Voss refuses to play his role as "the Hero" and kill his UnknownRival Wolfe.]]

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* ''Webcomic/{{Widdershins}}'': A rogue [[OurSpiritsAreDifferent Spirit]] of [[SevenDeadlySins Envy]] takes over a theatre and puts on depraved (and deadly) skits that exploit the viewers' and actors' vulnerabilities, enforced by it using the "actors" as PeoplePuppets. [[spoiler:It's [[https://widdershinscomic.com/wdshn/february-7th-2017 foiled]] when TheResenter Voss refuses to play his role as "the Hero" and kill his UnknownRival Wolfe.]]
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%% * There are multiple instances of this from ''Series/StarTrek''. Most notably, Parmen uses his advanced mental powers to force Kirk and Spock to perform humiliating stunts in "Plato's Stepchildren".
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%% * There are multiple instances of this from ''Series/StarTrek''

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%% * There are multiple instances of this from ''Series/StarTrek''''Series/StarTrek''. Most notably, Parmen uses his advanced mental powers to force Kirk and Spock to perform humiliating stunts in "Plato's Stepchildren".


* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': The Planet Express crew take Creator/LeonardNimoy to the planet where the rest of the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' actors had gone... only for everybody to get captured by Melllvar, an energy cloud creature who is also an [[LoonyFanboy obsessed Trekkie]]. Melllvar declares that they will now be forced to participate in a FanConvention for all eternity, and the first activity is for the cast to record an awful, awful [[FanFiction fan script]] he had written for the show.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': The Planet Express crew take Creator/LeonardNimoy to the planet where the rest of the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' actors had gone... only for everybody to get captured by Melllvar, an energy cloud creature who is also an [[LoonyFanboy [[LoonyFan obsessed Trekkie]]. Melllvar declares that they will now be forced to participate in a FanConvention for all eternity, and the first activity is for the cast to record an awful, awful [[FanFiction fan script]] he had written for the show.


* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': The Planet Express crew take Creator/LeonardNimoy to the planet where the rest of the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' actors had gone... only for everybody to get captured by Melllvar, an energy cloud creature who is also an [[{{Fanboy}} obsessed Trekkie]]. Melllvar declares that they will now be forced to participate in a FanConvention for all eternity, and the first activity is for the cast to record an awful, awful [[FanFiction fan script]] he had written for the show.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': The Planet Express crew take Creator/LeonardNimoy to the planet where the rest of the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' actors had gone... only for everybody to get captured by Melllvar, an energy cloud creature who is also an [[{{Fanboy}} [[LoonyFanboy obsessed Trekkie]]. Melllvar declares that they will now be forced to participate in a FanConvention for all eternity, and the first activity is for the cast to record an awful, awful [[FanFiction fan script]] he had written for the show.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': The Planet Express crew take Creator/LeonardNimoy to the planet where the rest of the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' actors had gone... only for everybody to get captured by Melllvar, an energy cloud creature who is also an [[{{Fanboy}} obsessed Trekkie]]. Melllvar declares that they will now be forced to participate in a FanConvention for all eternity, and the first activity is for the cast to record an awful, awful [[FanFiction fan script]] he had written for the show.
--> '''[[Creator/WilliamShatner Shatner]]:''' (deadpan) Alas, my ship, whom I love like a woman, is ... disabled.\\
'''Nimoy:''' (deadpan) Fascinating, Captain, and logical too, that we need some help.
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* There are multiple instances of this from ''Series/StarTrek''

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