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Comic Book Prisons You Wouldn't Want to Be Locked Up In

Updated February 12, 2020 1.4k votes 271 voters 8.8k views19 items

List RulesVote up the worst jails in comic books, from real life places to fictional penitentiaries

When your industry is based on memorable and iconic characters, and half of them are bad guys, you're going to need memorable and iconic prisons to hold them. Some comic book prisons only serve as villainous pit stops between capers, while others have been settings for influential storylines.

Some comic book jails are outrageous and fantastical in design, some are based on real prisons, and others really are real prisons. Nobody wants to be in prison, but prisons in comics are especially bad since you can count on above average amounts of escape attempts, riots, superpowers, and general danger. You're far more likely to see a coffin than the end of your sentence.

These are the comic book prisons where you'd least like to serve time. Vote up the most nightmarish penitentiaries in comic books, the ones in which you wouldn't last a minute if you were locked up.
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    Blackgate Penitentiary

    Blackgate is where Gotham stores its "sane" criminals. It's on a fault line prone to earthquakes, and whenever Arkham Asylum gets destroyed, inmates are likely to end up with psychotic new cellmates.
    Bad place?
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    Belle Reve

    Belle Reve is where DC's version of Louisiana sends its worst criminals. Inmates can get out from time to time by joining the Suicide Squad, but they call it the Suicide Squad for a reason.
    Bad place?
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    The Negative Zone / Project 42

    During the Civil War storyline, Marvel's most sciencey heroes (Iron Man, Mr. Fantastic, and Yellow Jacket) built a prison for their allies-turned-enemies. The worst thing about "Project 42" is that it was built inside the Negative Zone, an anti-matter universe where Marvel sends the characters nobody cares about enough to properly kill off.
    Bad place?
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    The Big House

    If shrinking your enemies and storing them in a prison the size of an ant farm isn't "cruel and unusual punishment," then what is? Nevertheless, that's exactly how Ant-Man deals with baddies. Also cruel, but not unusual: the painfully forced ironic nickname.
    Bad place?