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A vigilante, usually a KnightTemplar or WellIntentionedExtremist, who, rather than killing his chosen targets, imprisons them. Unlike judges and prison wardens, this character typically has no legal authority to actually lock people up, and most often is doing this out of a desire to punish those they feel the law can't or won't, a desire for power over others, or quite frequently both.

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A vigilante, usually a KnightTemplar or WellIntentionedExtremist, who, rather than killing his chosen targets, imprisons them. Unlike judges and prison wardens, this character typically has no legal authority to actually lock people up, and most often is doing this out of a desire to punish those they feel the law can't or won't, a desire for power over others, or quite frequently both.
both. Don't expect this villain to be overly concerned about the rights of their prisoners.


A vigilante, usually a KnightTemplar or WellIntentionedExtremist, who, rather than killing his chosen targets, imprisons them. Unlike judges and prison wardens, this character typically has no legal authority to actually lock people up, and is doing this out of a desire to punish those they feel the law can't or won't, a desire for power over others, or quite frequently both.

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A vigilante, usually a KnightTemplar or WellIntentionedExtremist, who, rather than killing his chosen targets, imprisons them. Unlike judges and prison wardens, this character typically has no legal authority to actually lock people up, and most often is doing this out of a desire to punish those they feel the law can't or won't, a desire for power over others, or quite frequently both.


A vigilante, usually a KnightTemplar or WellIntentionedExtremist, who, rather than killing his chosen targets, imprisons them.

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A vigilante, usually a KnightTemplar or WellIntentionedExtremist, who, rather than killing his chosen targets, imprisons them.
them. Unlike judges and prison wardens, this character typically has no legal authority to actually lock people up, and is doing this out of a desire to punish those they feel the law can't or won't, a desire for power over others, or quite frequently both.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' has Rhombulus from the High Magical Commission; his primary magic ability is to trap people in stasis inside near-indestructible crystals, which he uses to [[SealedEvilInACan imprison various highly dangerous criminals]]. Unfortunately, he happens to also be a trigger happy, hot-headed DumbMuscle who relies on his guts too much and dislikes having his opinions questioned. [[spoiler:This eventually causes him to go full-blown KnightTemplar because he refuses to accept [[DarkIsNotEvil Eclipsa]] was a victim of racist prejudices rather than the EvilSorcerer she was made out to be.]]


* ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'' has the Wardens, dream entities from [[LotusEaterMachine the Dreamlands]] whose function was to keep the souls [[BigGood the Radiant Queens]] and their [[MagicalGirl Princesses]] imprisoned here so they couldn't use their BornAgainImmortality. By the time the story takes place, they have been overthrown and are hiding in the darkest corners of the Dreamlands, but they still occasionally try to capture Princesses when they can.

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* ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'' has the Wardens, dream entities from [[LotusEaterMachine the Dreamlands]] whose function was to keep the souls [[BigGood the Radiant Queens]] and their [[MagicalGirl Princesses]] imprisoned here so they couldn't use their BornAgainImmortality. By the time the story takes place, they have been overthrown and are hiding in the darkest corners of the Dreamlands, but they still occasionally try to capture Princesses when they can. Somewhat unusual for the trope, they actually are terrible at doing ''physical'' prisons- their true skills reside in [[MasterOfIllusion making you not realize you're imprisoned in the first place]].


* ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'' has the Wardens, dream entities from [[DreamLand the Dreamlands]] whose function was to keep the souls [[BigGood the Radiant Queens]] and their [[MagicalGirl Princesses]] imprisoned here so they couldn't use their BornAgainImmortality. By the time the story takes place, they have been overthrown and are hiding in the darkest corners of the Dreamlands, but they still occasionally try to capture Princesses when they can.

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* ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'' has the Wardens, dream entities from [[DreamLand [[LotusEaterMachine the Dreamlands]] whose function was to keep the souls [[BigGood the Radiant Queens]] and their [[MagicalGirl Princesses]] imprisoned here so they couldn't use their BornAgainImmortality. By the time the story takes place, they have been overthrown and are hiding in the darkest corners of the Dreamlands, but they still occasionally try to capture Princesses when they can.

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* ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'' has the Wardens, dream entities from [[DreamLand the Dreamlands]] whose function was to keep the souls [[BigGood the Radiant Queens]] and their [[MagicalGirl Princesses]] imprisoned here so they couldn't use their BornAgainImmortality. By the time the story takes place, they have been overthrown and are hiding in the darkest corners of the Dreamlands, but they still occasionally try to capture Princesses when they can.


* Gigi, a VainSorceress and HornyDevil from ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee''; in order to stay young, she had to [[VampiricDraining drain the energy from other magical beings]], so she kidnapped them and turned them into animals before imprisoning them in the Orchid Bay Zoo. (June herself became a victim while trying to rescue them; [[BadassDamsel a mistake on Gigi's part]], as is often the case with this Trope.)

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* Gigi, a VainSorceress and HornyDevil from ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee''; in order to stay young, she had to [[VampiricDraining drain the energy from other magical beings]], so she kidnapped them and turned them into animals before imprisoning them in the Orchid Bay Zoo. (June herself became a victim while trying to rescue them; [[BadassDamsel a mistake on Gigi's part]], part, as is often the case with this Trope.)

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* Peter Bellamy serves this role in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' of Creator/AAPessimal. He rises to the second-top job in Ankh-Morpork's prison service and effectively runs the Tanty prison in the City. [[note]]The Governor, Dame Amorine Maccalariat, lets him get on with most of the day-to-day management[[/note]]. Bellamy runs a fair and relaxed prison regime, administering prison officers and other staff, and dealing with Commander Sam Vimes of the City Watch. He is respected by the prisoners, and when one was ''not'' respectful and threatened his family, Bellamy asked if he had a pencil and paper and gave his home address, just to make sure. [[note]] [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend Mrs Bellamy]] is an Assassin. ''And'' a MamaBear.[[/note]]. Peter Bellamy is not now threatened by prisoners.


* In ''ComicBook/TheFlash2014'', the heroes turn part of STAR Labs into a private prison for metahumans who they think are too powerful for the criminal justice system to deal with.

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* In ''ComicBook/TheFlash2014'', ''Series/TheFlash2014'', the heroes turn part of STAR Labs into a private prison for metahumans who they think are too powerful for the criminal justice system to deal with.

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* In the ''Literature/BulldogDrummond'' novel ''The Black Gang'', Drummond and his friends set up a [[ValuesDissonance concentration camp]] in Scotland for Communists.

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* In ''ComicBook/TheFlash2014'', the heroes turn part of STAR Labs into a private prison for metahumans who they think are too powerful for the criminal justice system to deal with.


* In ''Film/HouseOfWhipcord'', Margaret runs a secret illegal prison for 'morally corrupt' and 'delinquent' young women, replete with a group of tough female wardens who administer a harsh regime of corporal punishment upon their prisoners.

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* In ''Film/HouseOfWhipcord'', Margaret runs a secret illegal prison for 'morally corrupt' and 'delinquent' young women, replete with a group of tough female wardens who administer a harsh regime of corporal punishment upon their prisoners. It is worth noting that this is ''not'' your bog-standard GirlsBehindBars exploitation flick, and what Margaret's victims go through is played for utter horror.


->'''Batman:''' I've seen how you treat your prisoners. Forgotten and scared, without hope or compassion.
->'''Lock-Up:''' And you actually care for those creatures? You're just as crazy as they are!

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->'''Batman:''' I've seen how you treat your prisoners. Forgotten and scared, without hope or compassion.
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compassion.\\
'''Lock-Up:'''
And you actually care for those creatures? You're just as crazy as they are!



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* [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Torog]], Evil God of the Underdark. Patron of Jailors and Torturers.
* The ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' TabletopGame/FreedomCity villain Warden is one of these. He worked on making prisons as [[CardboardPrison non-cardboardy]] as possible, and got a bit fed up with people making that task harder by telling him that the prisoners have rights; didn't they forfeit those when they ended up in prison? His current goal is to overthrow "soft and corrupt" law and replace it with something altogether more draconian.

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* [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Torog]], Evil God Der Fallensteller ("The Trapper") is a German superhero from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. He is a GadgeteerGenius who specializes in traps and bonds.
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of the Underdark. Patron of Jailors and Torturers.
* The ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' TabletopGame/FreedomCity villain Warden is one of these. He worked on making prisons as [[CardboardPrison non-cardboardy]] as possible, and got a bit fed up with people making that task harder by telling him that the prisoners have rights; didn't they forfeit those when they ended up
sheriff in prison? His current goal is to overthrow "soft and corrupt" law and replace it with something altogether more draconian.''Roleplay/ComicFuryWerewolf''.



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* Hydraxon from ''Toy/{{Bionicle}}''. To be fair, it is his job description, and he's hunting escapees in a place where he can expect to ''find'' only escapees, but he's still a little too quick to assume that everyone he meets is an escaped criminal. Botar, in charge of prisoner apprehension and transport, also liked his job a bit too much, trouble is he doesn't bother to look after his prisoners, or know that they might have escaped.

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* Hydraxon from ''Toy/{{Bionicle}}''. To be fair, it is his job description, [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Torog]], Evil God of the Underdark. Patron of Jailors and he's hunting escapees in a place where he can expect to ''find'' only escapees, but he's still a little too quick to assume that everyone he meets Torturers.
* The ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' TabletopGame/FreedomCity villain Warden
is an escaped criminal. Botar, in charge one of prisoner apprehension these. He worked on making prisons as [[CardboardPrison non-cardboardy]] as possible, and transport, also liked his job got a bit too much, trouble is he doesn't bother to look after his prisoners, or know fed up with people making that task harder by telling him that the prisoners have rights; didn't they might have escaped.forfeit those when they ended up in prison? His current goal is to overthrow "soft and corrupt" law and replace it with something altogether more draconian.



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* The Ur-quan Kzer-za in ''VideoGame/StarControlII''. Either you joined them, or you got slave-shielded and trapped on your home world.
* Warden Kuril from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', who you have to deal with during Jack's recruitment mission. Turns out he likes to make a tidy profit in selling select prisoners as slaves, which Shepard and his/her crew do ''not'' take kindly to.

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* The Ur-quan Kzer-za in ''VideoGame/StarControlII''. Either you joined them, or you got slave-shielded and trapped on your home world.
* Warden Kuril
Hydraxon from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', who you ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''. To be fair, it is his job description, and he's hunting escapees in a place where he can expect to ''find'' only escapees, but he's still a little too quick to assume that everyone he meets is an escaped criminal. Botar, in charge of prisoner apprehension and transport, also liked his job a bit too much, trouble is he doesn't bother to look after his prisoners, or know that they might have to deal with during Jack's recruitment mission. Turns out he likes to make a tidy profit in selling select prisoners as slaves, which Shepard and his/her crew do ''not'' take kindly to.escaped.



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* The Ur-quan Kzer-za in ''VideoGame/StarControlII''. Either you joined them, or you got slave-shielded and trapped on your home world.
* Warden Kuril from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', who you have to deal with during Jack's recruitment mission. Turns out he likes to make a tidy profit in selling select prisoners as slaves, which Shepard and his/her crew do ''not'' take kindly to.
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* Der Fallensteller ("The Trapper") is a German superhero from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. He is a GadgeteerGenius who specializes in traps and bonds.
* The role of the sheriff in ''Roleplay/ComicFuryWerewolf''.
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* In ''Film/HouseOfWhipcord'', Margaret runs a secret illegal prison for 'morally corrupt' and 'delinquent' young women, replete with a group of tough female wardens who administer a harsh regime of corporal punishment upon their prisoners.

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