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  • Fate of the Clans: This how Cú Chulainn interrogates someone since he doesn't have the Discernment of the Poor skill or the sword Fragarach: Rip out the crossbow bolt he threw at the person hard enough for it to completely impale the person through the shoulder and tells them he'll heal the injury after the person's questioned but they have to hurry before they bleed out. Anna checks to see if the truth's being told. Then after Cú Chulainn closes the injury, he allows the Red Clan to beat the shit out of the person for attempting to kill Tatara.
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  • In the Firefly fanfic Forward, Mal and Zoe start interrogating one of Adelei Niska's men because Niska has kidnapped River and Jayne and is torturing them For the Evulz. The morality of the situation is highly suspect; most of the crew find the apparent necessity horrific, and in the end it proves entirely fruitless, as the thug is more afraid of Niska than he is of Mal. It isn't until Book drugs the man and Wash talks him into revealing information that they get anything useful.
  • You Obey makes very effective use of this trope. It's actually subverted in that the interrogator really doesn't want to have to resort to it, vastly preferring less disturbing and more reliable methods.
  • 24: The Musical, a fan-made musical version of the show's second season, parodies and lampshades this by having Jack sing "Torture and killing / They're par for the course / Sometimes there's no other way / You want results / You gotta use force / This is the longest day of my life!"
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  • In Child of the Storm, it's pretty much stated that Loki, who is Reformed, but Not Tamed, indulges in this when he really needs to get information out of someone fast. Practically speaking, it's far more effective than most examples of this trope because he can tell when people are lying. Morally speaking, it walks a certain line, and most of the other characters find it disconcerting. One indicative example is in the sequel, when urgently requiring information, Loki threatens Sabretooth with removing his nervous system while he's still alive, stringing a harp with it, and playing a tune accompanied by his screams. This leads a rather disturbed Jack O'Neill to ask if they're sure he's not still evil - Jack's mother, former Deputy Director of SHIELD, simply remarks words to the effect that he isn't, but he remembers how to play the part. Subverting the trope, however, Sabretooth isn't remotely fazed by this prospect, until Loki whispers something in his ear and conjures 'an illusion or two', whereupon to general astonishment, he's very free with information.
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  • In Slipping Between Worlds, British Army officer Lieutenant Philip Holtack attempted to subvert his Escape And Evasion training by asking the rational question "But there's nothing a trained interrogator cannot get out of a prisoner given enough time and effort. So what if I were to say Look, I'll tell you everything I know right now to save time, so we can both clock off early and spare a lot of aggravation?" This earned him a punishment from his tutors, who felt he wasn't taking things sufficiently seriously, and ultimately, a place on an SAS-level "resisting interrogation" course where things were ratcheted up to a level of nastiness he would not normally have experienced. This is Truth in Television: being "captured" and forced to undergo a mock interrogation under realistic conditions is part of training for many British service personnel.
  • In Origins, a Mass Effect/Star Wars/Borderlands/Halo Massive Multiplayer Crossover, Garrus Vakarian plays this trope straight. He's looking for information on a plot to build superlasers, but one of the criminals he has rounded up doesn't feel like talking. Eventually, said criminal spits out enough information for Garrus to guess what was up.
  • Navarone sometimes has to resort to this in Diaries of a Madman. This is nothing compared to Kat, however, who possesses skills that would make Jack proud.
  • Averted in Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race. Human rights laws mean the police can't use this on Mr. Black.
  • In Revelations chapter 11/12, Túrante tortures another vampire to get information about the plans of the Big Bad. She had killed the rest, but left one alive for this purpose.
  • In Into the Hedge, Lero is heavily implied to pull this on a pack of soulless clones of the Cutie Mark Crusaders; who are young school-age girls.
  • HK-47 in The Havoc Side of the Force asks a crew member of the ship that attacked them a question. When she refuses to answer, he holds her outside the force field keeping the ship's atmosphere in until she almost passes out then asks again. Harry's mildly disturbed by this but doesn't let it show.
  • Subverted in The Headhunt. Lieutenant Dul'krah, Clan Korekh, security chief of the USS Bajor, draws a knife while interrogating a Mafia capo ... and then just sits there picking his fingernails with it, all the while just staring at her for over half an hour. Helps that A) he's nearly seven feet tall and "built like a Cardassian main battle tank" in his captain's words, and B) his species has nictitating membranes (i.e. he can make his eyes look lidless) and vertical slit pupils, so all he really needs to do is sit there with the knife and look scary. The fact that the capo can't escape, being shackled to the table, does the rest.
  • Mortality Watson does this when Holmes is captured and tortured within an inch of his life. Needless to say, the criminal begs for mercy, and let's just say that Watson murders the criminal.
  • In Luna's Cupboard Andromeda uses torture to extract a written confession of his crimes from Snape.
  • Played with in Harry Potter and Grief's Wisdom. An MI5 agent acting as Harry's bodyguard, having captured Draco, implies that this is going to take place and lets a round of Good Cop/Bad Cop do the rest of the job.
  • In Second Chances Loki tortures Balder until he mentions who made the magic dagger Balder stabbed Loki with.
  • In Susan Bones and the Prisoner of Azkaban Alastor Moody tortures Walden Macnair using only variations on the levitation charm, ranging from letting a levitated rock drop on Macnair's ankle to letting him drop from a height of seven or eight feet.
  • In Project Delta, when Jane realizes a pirate ship they have captured is working for the Red Wake, she burns the flesh off the captain's hand to make her talk.
  • Averted in The Plague Ship.
    Harry: You said that Umbridge was questioned a lot. Did you torture her? I know Voldemort is known to torture.
    Grishnak: We do not torture to gain information. We have found it is quite useless to do so, because under torture the subject will tell you anything to make it stop. The quality of the information gained in that manner is negligible. However, for discipline, or just for fun...
  • Son of the Sannin: During the Fourth Ninja War arc, Kakashi starts piecing together what happened behind Rin's death and Obito's Face–Heel Turn, and traps Zetsu in the Kamui dimension to force him to spill the beans about it.
    Kakashi: Alright. (focuses the Sharingan on Zetsu's eyes) I have a few questions regarding Obito that you're going to answer. And no, that wasn't a request.
  • Fairy Leviathan in Manehattan's Lone Guardian delves into this when threatening the Midnight Castle gang's pegasi, threatening to remove their wings if they won't give her the information she needs. While her threat succeeds in its intent, the realization that she was trying this on flesh-and-blood beings (who can't be rebuilt) instead of mechanical ones (which can) rattles her enough that she kneels and apologizes to the thieves in full view of the Royal Police.