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* The punishment Silas saves for immortals in the ''Literature/{{Fallocaust}}'' series is this. He encases them alive in concrete with a breathing tube, continuously dying and resurrecting. Some chimeras have been in this state for years, and [[spoiler:Gage]] has been entombed for ''centuries.''
* Thankfully averted in Reaver's case in ''The Ghost and the Darkness'', but most of the characters spend the majority of ''The Suicide King'' [[spoiler:believing that he's trapped in the ruins of Sky's lab, burning to death over and over again, holding onto Killian's corpse.]] The very earliest anyone estimates his rescue would be possible is ''decades'' into the future, by which time they all believe he would have long since lost his mind.
25th Mar '17 3:26:56 AM WillBGood
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* The fate of Doran the Dragonlover was revealed in ''Literature/DeltoraQuest 3: Isle of the Dead'' to be [[spoiler:becoming the Guardian of the Sister residing there, which he originally sets out to destroy to save Deltora. Not only he guards the thing he cannot destroy as a Guardian, but he [[ICannotKillTerminate can't die without someone else killing him]]]].

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* The fate of Doran the Dragonlover was revealed in ''Literature/DeltoraQuest 3: Isle of the Dead'' to be [[spoiler:becoming the Guardian of the Sister residing there, which he originally sets out to destroy to save Deltora. Not only he guards the thing he cannot destroy as a Guardian, but he [[ICannotKillTerminate [[ICannotSelfTerminate can't die without someone else killing him]]]].
2nd Jan '17 2:05:01 PM TomServo3000
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* ''The Heaven Makers''(?) by Creator/FrankHerbert features the Chem, an immortal and near-invulnerable race. Because of these two traits, the only punishment the Chem can inflict on a Chem criminal (no matter what the crime) is to isolate them from the rest of the Universe, with full life-support. How often this has been done, and what tends to happen to such (although it's said that their near-invulnerability gives them immunity to mental health problems as well as physical ones -- although boredom is a constant threat, and by an effort they can [[spoiler:commit suicide]]), is not revealed.

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* ''The Heaven Makers''(?) Makers'' by Creator/FrankHerbert features the Chem, an immortal and near-invulnerable race. Because of these two traits, the only punishment the Chem can inflict on a Chem criminal (no matter what the crime) is to isolate them from the rest of the Universe, with full life-support. How often this has been done, and what tends to happen to such (although it's said that their near-invulnerability gives them immunity to mental health problems as well as physical ones -- although boredom is a constant threat, and by an effort they can [[spoiler:commit suicide]]), is not revealed.



* In a situation that almost fully embodies this trope, Mrs Coulter, Lord Asriel and Metatron of Philip Pullman's "Literature/{{His Dark Materials}}" [[spoiler: fall into a bottomless void (specifically in a gap between the worlds of the multiverse).]] You would think this would not be too awful, as they would die, but [[spoiler: as ghosts exist in the novels, their ghosts would continue falling indefinitely...]] Lyra explicitly talks about this after it happens in ''The Amber Spyglass''.

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* In a situation that almost fully embodies this trope, Mrs Coulter, Lord Asriel and Metatron of Philip Pullman's "Literature/{{His Dark Materials}}" from ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' [[spoiler: fall into a bottomless void (specifically in a gap between the worlds of the multiverse).]] You would think this would not be too awful, as that they would die, but [[spoiler: as ghosts exist in the novels, their ghosts would continue falling indefinitely...]] Lyra explicitly talks about this after it happens in ''The Amber Spyglass''.
2nd Jan '17 2:00:34 PM TomServo3000
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* In ''Literature/{{The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen}}'' by Creator/LloydAlexander, some soldiers are turned into stone, but find that they can move with great effort.

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* In ''Literature/{{The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen}}'' ''Literature/TheRemarkableJourneyOfPrinceJen'' by Creator/LloydAlexander, some soldiers are turned into stone, but find that they can move with great effort.



* Subverted in Creator/JorgeLuisBorges' story "The Secret Miracle", in which TimeStandsStill for a writer who's been placed before a firing squad. He can't move or speak, but it doesn't bother him, because he has a year to finish writing his masterpiece, for himself (and God) alone. Not only that, but the writer himself asked God for the extra time exactly so he could finish his masterpiece, and the time stop also prevents him from feeling tired, or feeling any pain.
* Mars, who was trapped under a stone shell, and [[spoiler:Abraham the Mage, who was turned into a gold statue,]] from ''Literature/TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel.''

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* Subverted in Creator/JorgeLuisBorges' story "The Secret Miracle", in which TimeStandsStill for a writer who's been placed before a firing squad. He can't move or speak, but it doesn't bother him, because he has a year to finish writing his masterpiece, for himself (and God) alone. Not only that, but the writer himself asked God for the extra time exactly so he could finish his masterpiece, and the time stop also prevents him from feeling tired, or feeling any pain.
* Mars,
''Literature/TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel'': Mars who was trapped under a stone shell, shell and [[spoiler:Abraham the Mage, who was turned into a gold statue,]] from ''Literature/TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel.''statue,]].



* In ''Literature/TheSongOfTheLioness'', Duke Roger of Conté called out on his attempts for the throne by the main character. Roger demands trial by combat, as per his rights as a noble, but he's going up against the best swordfighter in the series, so he loses. But he had a contingency plan: a spell known as the Sorcerer's Sleep, which resembles death but keeps the caster's soul bound to his body, making him easy to resurrect if someone powerful enough can be goaded into it. In the months between Roger's death at Alanna's hand and his resurrection at her brother's, Roger is fully conscious of who and where he is and how much time is passing. He has no way of knowing if someone will succeed in bringing him back, though, so he ComesBackWrong (or rather, as an OmnicidalManiac).

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* In ''Literature/TheSongOfTheLioness'', ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'', Duke Roger of Conté called out on his attempts for the throne by the main character. Roger demands trial by combat, as per his rights as a noble, but he's going up against the best swordfighter in the series, so he loses. But he had a contingency plan: a spell known as the Sorcerer's Sleep, which resembles death but keeps the caster's soul bound to his body, making him easy to resurrect if someone powerful enough can be goaded into it. In the months between Roger's death at Alanna's hand and his resurrection at her brother's, Roger is fully conscious of who and where he is and how much time is passing. He has no way of knowing if someone will succeed in bringing him back, though, so he ComesBackWrong (or rather, as an OmnicidalManiac).
2nd Jan '17 1:56:57 PM TomServo3000
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* In ''The Song of the Lioness'', part of Creator/TamoraPierce's [[Literature/TortallUniverse Tortall]] metaseries, Duke Roger of Cont?s called out on his attempts for the throne by the main character. Roger demands trial by combat, as per his rights as a noble, but he's going up against the best swordfighter in the series, so he loses. But he had a contingency plan: a spell known as the Sorcerer's Sleep, which resembles death but keeps the caster's soul bound to his body, making him easy to resurrect if someone powerful enough can be goaded into it. In the months between Roger's death at Alanna's hand and his resurrection at her brother's, Roger is fully conscious of who and where he is and how much time is passing. He has no way of knowing if someone will succeed in bringing him back, though, so he ComesBackWrong (or rather, as an OmnicidalManiac).

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* In ''The Song of the Lioness'', part of Creator/TamoraPierce's [[Literature/TortallUniverse Tortall]] metaseries, ''Literature/TheSongOfTheLioness'', Duke Roger of Cont?s Conté called out on his attempts for the throne by the main character. Roger demands trial by combat, as per his rights as a noble, but he's going up against the best swordfighter in the series, so he loses. But he had a contingency plan: a spell known as the Sorcerer's Sleep, which resembles death but keeps the caster's soul bound to his body, making him easy to resurrect if someone powerful enough can be goaded into it. In the months between Roger's death at Alanna's hand and his resurrection at her brother's, Roger is fully conscious of who and where he is and how much time is passing. He has no way of knowing if someone will succeed in bringing him back, though, so he ComesBackWrong (or rather, as an OmnicidalManiac).
2nd Jan '17 1:53:16 PM TomServo3000
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* In the ninth book in the Literature/YoungWizards series, the [[spoiler: Martians were stuck in a timelock for millions of years]] ''while still fully conscious''.

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* In the ninth book in of the Literature/YoungWizards ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series, the [[spoiler: Martians were stuck in a timelock for millions of years]] ''while still fully conscious''.
2nd Jan '17 1:52:04 PM TomServo3000
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-->The stone virus was spreading upwards across his chest and along his neck. No.1 felt the urge to scream. He was suddenly terrified that his mouth would turn to stone before he could scream. To be petrified forever and hold that scream inside would be the ultimate horror.

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-->The --> The stone virus was spreading upwards across his chest and along his neck. No.1 felt the urge to scream. He was suddenly terrified that his mouth would turn to stone before he could scream. To be petrified forever and hold that scream inside would be the ultimate horror.



%%* In Harlan's anthology ''Literature/DangerousVisions'', there are a couple of these--including one by him (but not the TropeNamer).
%%* Shades in general, in Sherrilyn Kenyon's ''Literature/TheDarkHunters'' series.



* The short story "[[http://googology.wikia.com/wiki/Forever_Endeavor Forever Endeavor]]" by Jonathan Bowers.



%%* The short story "[[http://googology.wikia.com/wiki/Forever_Endeavor Forever Endeavor]]" by Jonathan Bowers.
* A short story about a boy who acquired a possessed guitar which made him play beautifully. However, the boy had guitar virgin fingers, without protective calluses, and the guitar decided when the boy could stop playing.
* There is a story where it is explained that Hell and Purgatory are places where you are placed in your personal horror. The difference is Purgatory is temporary, after a period of seeming eternity you will wake up, as if you have just experienced a nightmare, and you'll have the chance to rethink your life. So how do you know if it's only Purgatory? By waking up.
%%* The fate of those devoured by a monster in ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}!''.
* There is book with a sentient sword, who can only really talk. When he is taken and sealed up, he can't talk. And seeing as he's a sword, he can't do anything else. He screams silently until he's rescued.
* In one short story, two mobsters undergo an experimental treatment to make them both immortal. After the procedure is successful, one mobster [[HeKnowsTooMuch shoots the scientist dead,]] then betrays and kills his partner in an incinerator [[KillItWithFIre (fire being the only thing that can destroy immortal flesh)]] making the secret of immortality his alone. He doesn't get to enjoy it for long though, as a rival mobster guns him down outside. He passes out with a smile on his face, knowing he's safe...and then comes to chained up in an oil drum...chained up inside of another oil drum...being dumped off a boat into the Mariana Trench.
2nd Jan '17 1:47:22 PM TomServo3000
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* ''Dearly Devoted Literature/{{Dexter}}'' has the "yodeling potato". That's where ''everything'' except the eyes (but including the eye''lids'') is stripped away... and they're forced to watch in a mirror the entire time.

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* ''Dearly Devoted Literature/{{Dexter}}'' has the "yodeling potato". That's where ''everything'' except the eyes (but including the eye''lids'') is [[FlayingAlive stripped away...away]]... and they're forced to watch in a mirror the entire time.
2nd Jan '17 1:46:20 PM TomServo3000
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* "Despair" by Yuri Nesterenko. It was like if the author read "Literature/IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream" and think to himself: "That was fine, but I don't like happy endings." In his novella killing someone by skinning alive in the most agonizing way is considered an act of kindness. In the end protagonists are in a position similliar to that from Ellison's story, but even worse [[spoiler:they are amalgamated into a blob of flesh inside something called dark energy which is a featureless void for all eternity, feeling only growing despair (which by the way is a physical force in the story) unable to die, fall unconsious or even become insane, whithout any way to be freed from their situation. In "I Have no Mouth..." the protagonist could at least look forward to, for example, unevitable destruction of Earth by the dying sun in a few billion years, no such luck here. The universe in this story is eternal, so they will be living forever and ever and ever and ever... Oh, and as a cherry on top the main protagonist is afraid of bugs, so of course there are undying bugs crawling around him. As for the screaming - they have no lungs, and there is only vacuum around them.]]
31st Dec '16 10:15:26 PM TomServo3000
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* The fate of Doran the Dragonlover was revealed in ''Literature/DeltoraQuest 3: Isle of the Dead'' to be [[spoiler:becoming the Guardian of the Sister residing there, which he originally sets out to destroy to save Deltora. Not only he guards the thing he cannot destroy as a Guardian, but he [[KillMe can't die without someone else killing him]]]].

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* The fate of Doran the Dragonlover was revealed in ''Literature/DeltoraQuest 3: Isle of the Dead'' to be [[spoiler:becoming the Guardian of the Sister residing there, which he originally sets out to destroy to save Deltora. Not only he guards the thing he cannot destroy as a Guardian, but he [[KillMe [[ICannotKillTerminate can't die without someone else killing him]]]].
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