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In both fiction and Real Lifeprisoners, slaves, and other captives are often made to go without shoes. This can be done for practical or psychological reasons, or some combination of the two. 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 for one reason or another before being abductedimprisoned or enslavedand then simply continue to go barefoot afterwards.
On the other hand, being forced to go barefoot in captivity may change a character into someone who Does Not Like Shoeseven after escaping or being freed. A sister trope to Shirtless Captives. Community Showcase More. Follow TV Tropes. You need to to do this. Get Known if you don't have an. In Bleachall prisoners of the Soul Society must wear standard outfits of white gowns and bare feet.
This is most evident when Rukia is being held for execution. In Code Geass: Akito the Exiled Suzaku loses his shoes after he gets captured by the Big Bad ; his fellow captive " Julius " seems to still have his shoes however.
Also she is a Kick Chick with Super Strength. If she did wear shoes, they would be quickly destroyed every time she gets into a fight. After she is rescued and taken into the care of U. In Sword Art Online when Asuna is held captive by Sugou in a cage, he dresses her in a very provocative outfit which includes no footwear. However, she is often given shoes when she is taken out of the cell.
Comic Books. She stays this way throughout the entire story, even after changing out of her dress and into a jumpsuit.
Of course, the antagonist of the story is a fish with cat minions who don't wear shoes either, so it's unlikely they'd have any shoes to provide her with. During her imprisonment, Luana meets another prisoner clad in the same kind of jumpsuit and nothing on her feet; this turns out to be Luana's long-lost mother. In MonstressArcanic slaves of the Federation of Man are kept barefoot. Superboy : The human slaves on the anthropomorphic animal's island have their shoes taken from them.
Wonder Woman Wonder Woman : The slaves of the Empire of Saturn are not allowed shoes, and those that arrive with shoes have them taken from them in short order. Wonder Woman : Sangtee Empire slaves have their clothing, including footwear, taken from them and replaced with plain work clothes and no shoes to help discourage attempts to run away.
Still Stand in the Sun : Katara and the other Southern waterbenders are dressed only in ragged tunics and forced to go barefoot while they're imprisoned by the Fire Nation. Even after escaping, Katara has to endure Barefoot Povertysince she's living in hiding and on the run in the wilderness. Subverted in Tangledwhilst it may Rapunzel is kept barefoot as part of her imprisonment in Mother Gothel's tower, she appears to be barefoot purely by her own choice rather than by Gothel. Indeed, even after escaping the tower she continues to go barefoot for the rest of the movie and in the Sequel Series Tangled: The Series where it is expressly stated that she Does Not Like Shoes.
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. Captain Marvel : Carol is captured by the Skrulls and wakes up in restraints with her boots removed.
She quickly breaks free and during her escape from the Skrull ship, she finds her boots and puts them back on. The Disappearanceof Alice Creed : As soon as the protagonist is kidnapped, they take off her shoes and remain barefoot throughout the film.
No Retreat, No Surrender 2 : Sulin loses her shoes after getting abducted halfway through the film and remains in this state until the end credits. Saw : Jigsaw's victims often wake up barefoot, although it's possible that at least some of them were that way when they were abducted he usually takes people from their homesbut it's probably to make the "games" just that tiny bit more uncomfortable for them.
She manages to escape and take a pair of boots before escaping. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes : When the tributes of the 10th Games arrive, the outfits they are given by the Capitol seem to have been inspired by Roman slave garb, including the lack of footwear.
Chalion : When Ista surrenders herself to the Jokonans in Paladin of Soulsthey 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. 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. Typical for slaves in the Gor novels.
When one of the women asks why, she is told that it's done to make it harder for the women to run away. Vorkosigan Saga : In Borders of Infinitythe 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. Live-Action TV. When she tries to escape, it is snowing outside and they are in rocky terrain, so her feet really suffer and they are bleeding by the time she is rescued.
Many female characters on Criminal Minds have their shoes removed when being held hostage. In an episode of Ghost Adventures set in the Shanghai Tunnels in PortlandOregon it's explained that after being dropped through a trap door a target would have his shoes taken, and broken glass scattered around the tunnels meant the kidnappers could follow the blood trail if he got out of the cell.
Eerily, the discarded shoes are still there in a pile over a century later.
In Spartacus: Blood and Sandall the slave characters are barefoot almost all the time, except for the gladiators when fighting in the arena. Video Games. In the expansion kit, they get them they're a researched upgrade that increases the Workers abysmal resource gathering rate and speedand their voices are filled with palpable gratitude.
In the Legion expansion of World of Warcraftone of the main story quests sees the player rescue a captive Maiev Shadowsong. She is clad in tattered clothing and bare feet, until the player gives her her armor and weapon; which she equips. Western Animation. Avatar: The Last Airbender : People imprisoned by the Fire Nation are dressed in nothing more than rags and bare feet. The most prominent example of this are the Southern waterbenders. In Kim PossibleKim first meets Dr.
Drakken and Shego when she and Ron are sucked up into his base from underwater. Kim's flippers are removed off-camera and she goes barefoot the rest of the scene. And because their captive ancestors existed before shoes were commonplace.
Historically, prisoners and slaves have often been kept barefoot, as described in the Other Wiki. Show Spoilers. How well does it match the trope? Media sources:.Barefoot women in prison
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