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"(1) Slavery is the status or condition of a person over whom any or all of the powers attaching to the right of ownership are exercised. "

There are many elements to being a good slave, so here's a list of things you might like to keep in mind as you put your backs into it! * whip!*

See also Servant Tropes. Contrast Freedom Tropes. For a different meaning of "slave", see BDSM Tropes.


  • Barefoot Captives: People taken as slaves are forced to forgo shoes.
  • Bargain with Heaven: Making a deal with God, another deity, an angel, etc.
  • Battle Thralls: Captured soldiers are forced to fight in their enemy's army.
  • Beautiful Slave Girl: A girl born/raised as a slave grows up to be beautiful.
  • Born into Slavery: A slave inherited their status from their enslaved parents.
  • Boxed Crook: A convicted criminal is offered a deal to get them out of prison.
  • Breeding Slave: Someone is forced to mate with others and reproduce offspring for a breeding experiment.
  • Child Soldiers: When underage children or teenagers join an army, they most likely didn't have any choice in this matter.
  • Claimed by the Supernatural: A character is "claimed" by some supernatural person/power, and the claim results in some kind of mark on their person.
  • Condemned Contestant: A prisoner(s), instead of going to prison or being executed, are instead forced to do some kind of contest as punishment.
  • Conscription: When someone is forced into serving in the military, especially if they have no interest in risking their lives for war.
  • Deadly Game: When the consequences of losing the game is death.
  • Deal with the Devil: Making a deal with Satan, another demon, evil being, etc., usually with an extreme personal cost (often one's own soul).
  • Defeated and Trophified: You lose against them, your opponent keeps you as a living trophy of their victory.
  • Divine Delegation: When gods are created by gods.
  • Enslaved Elves: A once-powerful race is forced into slavery.
  • Explosive Leash: Keeping prisoners in line with a collar that can kill.
  • Familiar: A witch/wizard's magical pet.
  • Forced Creativity: Someone is forced to make a creative work against their will.
  • Forced into Evil: Someone is forced to commit villainous acts against their will.
  • Forced Prize Fight: People are forced into some kind of brawl/fight with a prize.
  • Geas: A supernatural force that compels a person to meet certain conditions, or they will suffer consequences.
  • Genie in a Bottle: A genie (or some other powerful magical being) is trapped inside some sort of container, and is forced to grant the wishes of whomever takes this object.
  • Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!: Being willing to die for freedom.
  • Gladiator Games: Someone (usually a slave, though sometimes a volunteer) must fight in spectated battles against other combatants for entertainment.
  • Gladiator Revolt: Until the gladiator(s) in those games decide they've had enough with performing.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: Character is enslaved and put into an embarrassing and usually revealing outfit.
  • Got Volunteered: Someone is forcibly "volunteered" by someone else to do a task.
  • Happiness in Mind Control: Someone knows that their minds are being controlled by someone else, but they don't care.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Someone is enslaved, but is perfectly happy and content about their lack of freedom.
  • Henchmen Race: A race whose sole purpose is to act as minions.
  • Hero's Slave Harem: A hero owns multiple slaves to double as their Love Interests.
  • Hijacking Cthulhu: A Physical God is successfully enslaved by or fused with a being of much less power.
  • Human Pet: Treating people like domesticated animals is even more dehumanizing than regular slavery.
  • Human Traffickers: People who trade in live human beings; a modern version of the global slave trade.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: During a hunt, the hunter(s) is a human. So is the prey.
  • I Die Free: Someone fails to get their freedom, and decide that at least they'll be free in death.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: A character's greatest desire is their freedom.
  • Incapable of Disobeying: A character is enslaved in such a way that they can not disobey their master no matter how much they may want to.
  • Indentured Servitude: A laborer who is obliged to serve someone else for a certain period of time.
  • Involuntary Battle to the Death: When characters are forced to a battle to the death, but they did not choose to do so.
  • Involuntary Suicide Mechanism: To keep a captured person from giving away information, they'll automatically die when interrogated.
  • Join or Die: The only choice is to join the other side or be killed by it.
  • Leonine Contract: Character A has something Character B needs, so Character B must agree to a bargain.
  • Lost Him in a Card Game: Gambling for people.
  • Made a Slave: When someone who was born free later becomes a slave.
  • Magically-Binding Contract: A magical contract that is physically impossible to break.
  • Mind Control: When someone's own free will is completely denied to them, via hypnosis or magic, to force them to behave in a certain way.
  • Muggle in Mage Custody: A person without magical powers is enslaved to a sorcerer, a witch, or another supernatural being.
  • Nested Ownership: When even servants/slaves have their own underlings.
  • Not Used to Freedom: When someone is too much used to oppression to ever function in liberty.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Though technically an offer, it's one that cannot be refused without dire, dire consequences.
  • People Zoo: Especially if you force someone to live like a zoo animal being displayed for other people's amusement.
  • Press-Ganged: People in need of someone to fill a job or position grab the first person they can find and force them to do it.
  • Prisoner's Work: When prison inmates perform physical labor, often being forced into doing so (though sometimes it might be voluntary).
  • Property of Love: When one is so in love with another that they don't mind being dubbed as their property — either figuratively or literally.
  • Reforged into a Minion: A character is rebuilt to be a minion of the villain.
  • The Renfield: A human henchman who (un)willingly serves an evil vampire.
  • Restraining Bolt: Physical object or seal stuck on a character that forces them to comply to certain demands.
  • Resurrect the Villain: New villains (mistakenly) think they can bring an old villain back from the dead to serve them.
  • Robots Enslaving Robots: When sapient/sentient machines treat other similar machines as expendable objects, much like how robots in general are treated by humans and other organic beings.
  • Saved to Enslave: A person who rescues another takes advantage of the opportunity to force them into service.
  • Servant Race: A race whose sole purpose is servitude.
  • Sex Slave: Someone (usually a woman or child) is forced to prostitute themselves to satisfy the lust of their masters.
  • Shirtless Captives: Male captives have their shirts removed.
  • Slave Brand: A mark on a person to show that they're a slave.
  • Slave Collar: A collar worn by a slave to show that they are such.
  • Slave Galley: When a boat is powered by slaves rowing in the galley.
  • Slave Liberation: Freeing people from slavery, whether by peaceful means or through violent force.
  • Slave Market: A place where people gather to buy and sell slaves.
  • Slave Mooks: Soldiers or similar footmen enslaved to do their job.
  • Slave Race: A race whose sole purpose is to be enslaved.
  • Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: When enslaving people is considered the worst thing a person could possibly do.
  • Sons of Slaves: An entire culture descended from a Slave Race liberated.
  • Summon Binding: Magical techniques are used to force targets of Summon Magic to act in accordance with their summoners' wishes.
  • Superhuman Trafficking: Superhuman or non-human people are hunted and traded for the exploitation of their special powers.
  • Sympathetic Sentient Weapon: A sentient weapon unhappy with its role.
  • Sympathetic Slave Owner: When a slave owner is a good person.
  • Tongue-Tied: Someone is physically incapable of sharing important knowledge.
  • Too Important to Walk: Someone is so "important" that they are carried place to place by others.
  • Trading Bars for Stripes: When they decide to serve in the military instead of facing prison time.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: A race (usually robots) created by another revolts against their creators.
  • Wager Slave: In a bet, the loser must do what the other says.
  • We Will Use Manual Labor in the Future: Even with all the amazing technology of a futuristic setting, forced manual labor still exists.
  • Wheel of Pain: A giant wheel that captives are forced to push, even if it doesn't have a purpose.
  • Whip of Dominance: Using a whip as a symbol of dominance, control, authority, or sadism.
  • Win Your Freedom: A contest wherein the prize is freedom.
  • Working on the Chain Gang: A group of prisoners are chained together while doing forced labor.
  • Work Off the Debt: Someone who owes a lot of money is forced to work until they can pay off their debtors.