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"When I need to find something out, I just go out and find somebody that knows more than me, and I go and I ask them. Sometimes I ask pretty hard."
Marv, Sin City

"The flesh is weak and the mind is strong, but torture the flesh and you destroy the mind."
Tagline of The Red Cell

"Give me smallest finger on man's hand. I'll produce information. Computer unnecessary."
Rorschach, Watchmen

"Well Emil, guess it's just you...me...your balls...and this drawer."
Pep Strebeck, Dragnet

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"I don't want to tell you. You'll just hurt me some more."
Beni, The Mummy (1999)

"Tell me what I need to know and I might not snap your neck."
Sam Fisher, Splinter Cell: Conviction

"I've been amused by the debate in America over whether torture is effective... Of course it's effective."
The Major, Freedom™

"You ever hear about the Russian Gulag? A string of prisons in northern Siberia. The Russians didn't have a lot of high-tech equipment up there, so...they kinda had to make do with what was around. Sort of like what I'm doing right now. You probably don't think that I could force this towel down your throat. But, trust me: I can. All the way. Except I hold onto this one little bit at the end. When your stomach starts to digest it...I pull it out, taking your stomach lining with it.
Jack Bauer, 24

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"You are going to tell me what I want to know, it's just a matter of how much you want it to hurt."
Jack Bauer, 24

"You're not going to get any information out of him if you just ask. You gotta make him squeal a little! (...) If you're too squeamish or worried about being reported, I'll handle it."
Captain Bailey, Mass Effect 2

"Nothing will shake a man out of his merely verbal thinking and his merely notional beliefs. He has to be knocked silly before he comes to his senses. Only torture will bring out the truth. Only under torture does he discover it himself."
C. S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

"It’s through the pain that we find the truth of who we are. It strips us of our defenses. We are made innocent again, like children... I’m here to help you find that innocence."
— Vampiric torture technician Marcus, Angel ("In the Dark")

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"A half hour's drive later I had the jump leads clamped to the skin of his balls and I'd been turning the key in the ignition for fifteen minutes and he'd shit all over himself and the world was a beautiful place."
Frank Castle, The Punisher MAX

Mal: Now, you only gotta scare him...
Jayne: Pain is scary.
Firefly, "Serenity"

"Fist, we're all adults here. Let's not lie to each other. It'll just lead to tragedy for your limbs. I know you're working for Saren. Now tell me why."
Garrus, Renegade

"There's a saying in interrogation: violence perceived is violence achieved."
— Michael Westen, Burn Notice

Vision: Speak! Your lackeys will not rescue you, held at bay as they are by my comrades. Tell me of this contingency plan, and the location of the Throneworld as well.
Skrull: I... I dare not. To reveal its coordinates... is certain death.
Vision: Correction, commandant: not to do so is even more certain death.

"You're gonna tell me where Jeanette is, or I'm gonna choke the life out of you."

Narrator: Then Jotaro started his interrogation.
Jotaro: Each time that you lie, an ORA is going to meet with you.
Rubber Soul: That's scary.
Jotaro: Do you know the guy with two right hands?
Rubber Soul: Dunno.
Jotaro: ORA!
(Star Platinum punches Rubber Soul in the face.)
Rubber Soul: Euwah! I know him!
Jotaro: Then, him. What's his name?
Rubber Soul: Tom Cruise.
Jotaro: ORA!
(Both of the Star Platinums punch Rubber Soul in the face.)
Rubber Soul: Euwah! J. Geil!
Jotaro: Ah, th..then where is he?
Rubber Soul: Japan.
(Star Platinum punches Rubber Soul in the face.)
Rubber Soul: Ewahhh! I dunno!
(Both of the Star Platinums punch Rubber Soul in the face.)
Rubber Soul: I really don't know! Oww....
Jotaro: Seems like you really don't know. Then I've no need of you! Orarararararararararara!
(Star Platinum pummels Rubber Soul into oblivion.)
Rubber Soul: Ahwaimygoblarnuuu!

"I'll just get what I need from your screams."
Bullseye, Punisher Max #7

"Soundwave, we have treated you fairly. For the sake of the natives of this planet, tell us what Megatron is attempting to build before we are forced to rely upon less civil methods of interrogation."
Optimus Prime, Transformers: Prime

"Come on, just tell me what I need to know. It will make things a lot less painful for you... in theory."
Bluebeard, The Wolf Among Us

"Lemme tell ya how this is gonna work. I'm gonna ask you one question, you are gonna answer that question in a way I find satisfactory, and if you do not, I will saw your head off with this here appliance, you hear me?!"
William "B.J." Blazkowics, Wolfenstein: The New Order

MC: Why in the world did you need to point a SWORD at me?
Masamune: That? Your story was so farfetched, I needed to be sure you were telling the truth. Hard to lie with a blade at your throat.
MC: (thinking) I would have told you I came from ancient Egypt to get you to NOT point a sword at my throat.

I'll only ask you one more time. Failing to answer...won't be good.
Nash, Street Fighter: Resurrection

Kin: How did you find out about all this?
Silver: Promise me that if we get back home, you won't mention the information-gathering system we, uh, evolved. I could be subject to sever disciplinary action from the all-planet committee on anthropological research procedures.
Kin: My lips are sealed.
Silver: Marco slugs a likely-looking subjects, flies him over here and knocks the shit out of him until I've heard enough.
Kin: It's not like drawing circles in the sand, is it?
Silver: Much more efficient, though.


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