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Prisoners and slaves without shoes

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Proposed By:
sablesword on Mar 17th 2018 at 9:02:45 PM
Last Edited By:
sablesword on May 30th 2018 at 7:35:21 AM
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New arrivals for sale. Shoes not included
In both fiction and Real Life, prisoners, slaves, and other captives are often made to go without shoes. This can be done for practical, psychological, or fetish fuel reasons, or for all of the above.

Note that the characters' captivity must somehow cause their shoeless state in order for this trope to apply. It does not apply to characters who normally went barefoot before being abducted, imprisoned or enslaved, and then simply continue to go barefoot afterwards.

May overlap with Go-Go Enslavement or Barefoot Poverty. A sister trope to Shirtless Captives.


Examples

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     Anime and Manga 

     Comicbooks 
  • In Monstress Arcanic slaves of the Federation of Man are kept barefoot.

     Film 
  • In Tangled Rapunzel is kept barefoot as part of her imprisonment in Mother Gothel's tower
  • In Big Fish: The town of Spectre steals the shoes of new visitors, forcing everyone to be barefoot so that they stay to the soft grasses of town and not leave through the painful woods around it.

     Literature 
  • In Borders of Infinity, the prisoners in Dagoola #3 are issued trousers and a tunic, but no shoes. The gang that attacks Miles on his arrival are thus all barefoot, but their lack of combat boots doesn't help Miles very much.
  • When Ista surrenders herself to the Jokonans in Paladin of Souls, they remove her sandals to humiliate her: "You will walk barefoot and bareheaded into the presence of the August Mother, as befitting a lesser woman and a Quintarian heretic." As an aversion, they leave Ilvin his boots, driving home his inability to protect Ista.
  • Typical for slaves in the Gor novels. "It is a high girl, and a rare girl, who is permitted sandals."
  • Dragon Jousters: Serfs such as Vetch aren't even allowed the cheap straw sandals given to slaves. The dragon-boys go barefoot on duty as well, but that's practicality rather than this trope — sandals would just get lost in the sand wallows.
  • In Elvenbane, the elven lords keep their human harem women barefoot. When one of the women asks why, she is told that it's done to make it harder for the women to run away.

     Live-Action TV 
  • In Spartacus: Blood and Sand, all the slave characters are barefoot almost all the time, except for the gladiators when fighting in the arena.

     Real Life 
  • Historically, prisoners and slaves have often been kept barefoot, as described in the Other Wiki

Feedback: 18 replies

Mar 19th 2018 at 7:17:30 AM

Mar 20th 2018 at 4:26:57 AM

Dragon Jousters: Serfs such as Vetch aren't even allowed the cheap straw sandals given to slaves. The dragon-boys go barefoot on duty as well, but that's practicality rather than this trope — sandals would just get lost in the sand wallows.

Apr 3rd 2018 at 2:04:59 AM

Is this something that Needs A Better Description? Or is the current short description a good thing?

Apr 3rd 2018 at 2:05:31 AM

OK, I'm seeing 4 hats, zero bombs - and a discard button. ("Enough Tropers think this YKTTW should be nuked from orbit.")

Given the lack of bombs, is this a bug in the TLP/YKTTW code? Or is there a big problem that I've Failed A Spot Check against?

Apr 3rd 2018 at 3:35:13 AM

As I write this I see five hats. At the bottom of the page I see a Launch button, but no corresponding Discard button.

Apr 3rd 2018 at 6:18:47 AM

^Interesting. At this time I see five hats (and zero bombs) too. But at the bottom of the page I see both a Launch button AND a Discard button. So it seems to be just me. EDIT: And on trying a few different browsers, I'm seeing the same thing with each one. Weird.

Apr 5th 2018 at 12:11:57 PM

Apr 6th 2018 at 3:49:08 PM

^ It isn't this trope if a character normally goes barefoot (for whatever reason) and continues to do so after being Made A Slave, thrown into jail, or otherwise taken captive. That would be a case of "People Sit On Chairs in prison."

At most, it might be a subversion when a character appears to have been cruelly deprived of footwear but turns out to actually be a case of Does Not Like Shoes, Barefoot Sage, or some other normally-shoeless trope that applied before the character fell captive.

Apr 6th 2018 at 8:58:51 PM

Let Me Get This Straight: this potential trope could be played for fanservice? I don't get it.

Apr 7th 2018 at 9:58:21 AM

^^ Lots of people find bare feet sexy, even if they don't have an outright foot fetish. "Bare feet are as provocative as bare breasts, although most people do not seem to know it." - Friday, Robert A Heinlein

Apr 8th 2018 at 12:35:49 PM

Thinking about possible page images:

From The Other Wiki - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prison_uniform#Early_prison_uniforms

An image of my own

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/new_arrivals350.png
New arrivals for sale. Shoes not included

But I'm open to suggestions for anything better.


Apr 8th 2018 at 9:08:45 AM

  • In Monstress Arcanic slaves of the Federation of Man are kept barefoot.

Apr 8th 2018 at 12:39:04 PM

  • Big Fish: The town of Spectre steals the shoes of new visitors, forcing everyone to be barefoot so that they stay to the soft grasses of town and not leave through the painful woods around it.

Apr 8th 2018 at 1:41:51 PM

Film

  • When Samwise looks into the Well of Galadriel in The Fellowship Of The Ring, he sees a nightmare future where the Orc armies are driving to the coast of the Western Sea, over-running the Shire, leaving Hobbiton in flames and chaining long columns of captive Hobbits away to serve as slaves. Hobbits are naturally barefooted.

Apr 8th 2018 at 5:23:06 PM

^ Does it count if they're already barefoot?

Apr 8th 2018 at 9:46:35 PM

No, it does not count if they're already barefoot. Just like it isn't (or shouldn't be) an example of Shirtless Captives if a character who normally goes bare-chested gets captured.

May 30th 2018 at 7:35:21 AM

Several female characters on Criminal Minds end up barefoot when captured.

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