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'''[[SincerityMode Warning:]]''' This page contains NightmareFuel. Preparation of BrainBleach is recommended.

* One of the most common forms of this is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Motor Neurone Disease or Lou Gehrig's Disease. If you have Lou Gehrig's Disease, your motor neurons, which are responsible for triggering actions, gradually decay away while the rest of your nervous system (including your brain) remains perfectly intact. You can still feel pain and boredom but cannot move to avoid it. [[ParanoiaFuel Clumsiness is one of the first symptoms]]. Poor Creator/StephenHawking gets more of a taste of this than anyone ''ever'' wants, living like this for ''years'', though he at least gets sight, hearing and enough eye movement to control his computer (which does the communicating for him), along with retaining his incredible mind. The fact that Hawking is not only able to maintain a positive attitude, but still focus his brilliant mind, [[HandicappedBadass is testament to his]] [[TheDeterminator sheer willpower.]]
-->''Hello. I am Stephen Hawking. Physicist, cosmologist, and something of a dreamer. Although I cannot move and I have to speak through a computer, [[DefiedTrope in my mind I am free]].''
** Most sufferers of this condition die after a year or two. Only 4% last for 10 years or more. Hawking has lived with the disease for half a century.
*** This fact has led to question whether it's actually [=ALS=] or not, and stymied a definitive diagnosis. Science is unlikely to identify the exact disease without an autopsy, which, for obvious reasons, won't happen as long as Hawking is alive. He doesn't seem to plan on dying anytime soon, however. He actually had to retire from his post as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics (the same title once held by Sir Isaac H. Newton) because nobody is allowed to hold that job-title after the year of their 67th birthday.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibrodysplasia_ossificans_progressiva Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP)]]. A horrible, horrible genetic disease where, if your muscles are damaged in any way at all, your body decides to replace the damaged muscle- not with more muscle, but with ''bone''. By the time you're thirty, most, if not all of your joints have been locked into place by newly-grown bones and you die of starvation/suffocation because you can't move your jaw or ribs. And trying to remove the bone growths with surgery only results in the body "healing" the surgical cuts with ''even more bone.''
** The case of [[http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/pictured-teenager-second-skeleton-growing-3464850 Seanie Nammock]] is heartbreaking, especially when her mom says that Seanie will eventually have to [[TearJerker choose whether she wants to be in a sitting position or a laying position for the rest of her life]]...
* The Tokaimura Nuclear Incident of 1999. Three technicians improperly feeding a uranium compound into a feeder reactor saw what may have been the most beautiful thing they ever saw, (Cherenkov Radiation, a beautiful blue glow which is also a surefire sign that the nuclear fuel has reached criticality) but in doing so, two of the three technicians, Hisashi Ouchi and Masato Shinohara, died painful deaths. While Shinohara died relatively quickly, Ouchi was kept alive for almost three months while doctors tried to do everything to save him, but even so, they also kept him alive to study the effects of radiation on the human body. His skin and eyes boiled away, his chromosomes couldn't be arranged into any order, for they were fragmented and destroyed. His organs failed and melted into goo. Not even transplanted bone marrow could survive in his body before it was destroyed by the radiation. Eventually, his bones turned black, and his muscles fell away. He begged the doctors to end his life, but they refused, thinking that there was a chance that he could be saved. To make matters worse, the doctors began carrying out experiments on his dying body, while he was ''still alive''. When his intestines failed, an endoscope was inserted to look into the cavity that was left behind, and on the 50th day, his heart stopped several times, but doctors revived him each and every time. To quote the Coroner:
--->At first glance, Ouchi’s body was bright red, as if he had been scalded. But it differed from burnt corpses whose entire bodies were pitch black. The front side of his body, where he had apparently been irradiated, looked severely burnt. No skin remained on this side and it was smeared in blood. The back side was entirely uncolored and the skin appeared normal. There was a distinct border between the irradiated and untouched areas.
--->The intestines were swollen and looked like a writhing serpent. There was 2,040 g of blood in his stomach and 2,680 g in his intestines. It was obvious that the gastrointestines had not been functioning.
--->Every mucus membrane in his body had disappeared. In addition to the mucus membranes in the intestines and other parts of the gastrointestinal tract, mucus membranes in the trachea had also disappeared.
--->What most astonished Misawa was the muscle cells, normally thought to be the least susceptible to radiation damage. Ouchi’s muscle cells had lost most of their fiber and only the cell membrane remained.
--->There was only one organ with vivid red muscle cells which had remained intact. It was the heart. Only the muscle cells of the heart had not been destroyed.
* The case of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPzfxvJ9cq8 Martin Pistorius]]. After contracting a brain infection at the age of twelve, Pistorius lost his ability to control his movements and speak but had full mental awareness for most of the 12 years he was trapped in his own body. An aromatherapist noticed his attempts to communicate through slight movements and he was eventually able to obtain a computer that gave him a voice, a job and a wife.
* A bad experience with dissociative drugs such as the psychoactive herb salvia divinorum can cause horrifying sensations of being trapped in an eternal loop or transformed into an inanimate object. Time dilation plus ego death equals this trope becoming very, very real.
** This can also happen with certain hallucinogens like K-2 which also slow time perception. [[TakeOurWordForIt It is not fun.]]
* During surgery[[note]]other than most oral, eye and brain surgeries where unconsciousness is not needed or desired[[/note]], patients are supposed to receive a general anesthetic cocktail that includes neuromuscular blocking agents (which keep them paralyzed so they don't twitch and mess up the surgery), sedatives (to knock them out and give them amnesia), and an analgesic (to numb them so they don't feel anything). There are numerous reports of patients who have had the sedatives and analgesics wear off during/after surgery but KEPT ON the neuromuscular blocking agent. So essentially they are wide awake -- but completely paralyzed -- with no possible way to give the doctors a sign that they are in excruciating pain. Luckily, the autonomous systems keep functioning and react to the pain as normal (quickened breathing and pace, heightened blood pressure, sweat), so a good doctor would probably be able to tell and readminister the anesthetic. Hopefully.
** Anesthesia awareness, as it is called, happens in about 1 in 500 operations.
** Modern anesthesia machines include an "entropy sensor", essentially an EEG, to make sure the patient is unconscious. The problem is that quite often it gets removed for being in the way.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polio Polio]] often caused paralysis. Sometimes of limbs. Sometimes of the various breathing mechanisms. [[http://historical.hsl.virginia.edu/ironlung/pg4.cfm Iron lungs]], for a ''very'' long time, meant lying down in a sort of cylinder, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Poumon_artificiel.jpg with only the head outside]]. That's a nonintrusive way to keep someone breathing, and it's fine and dandy as a temporary thing. Most people who needed them only needed them for a week or two. But some polio patients were never able to breathe on their own again, and it was years before smaller long-term breathing machines were invented. [[http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/010978.html Why We Immunize]] has a good article on that.
** There's [[http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/010978.html# Elizabeth Moon's essay on polio]]. Put your chin on your chest.
--->I did some volunteer work in a children's hospital. There was only one polio patient: one of the last cases, then a teenager, in an iron lung. By then there were no more specialty polio centers, no more polio wards, in which at least the inhabitants could talk to someone who understood. In a ward for children, where the other patients were kids who'd had some other treatable illness or injuries, there was his iron lung. He wanted no part of the cheerfulness we tried to bring to the ward.\\
And no wonder. Unless he could adapt to one of the smaller respiratory assists that came later, he was stuck for life in a huge, unwieldy, scary case... immobile, having to be tended by people who reached in through portholes on the side to clean him up, change his diaper... and who, increasingly, would not have a clue what his life was like because people like him were so few now. He could not see his body, engulfed in the machine that kept him alive. He could see only what was directly above him or reflected in the mirror over his head. None of the electronic aids for the disabled existed then... or for another decade or two.\\
There were, and are, more lethal diseases than polio: those with a higher mortality, and greater infectivity as well. But polio had a special horror to it.
* This is the gist of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Locked_in_syndrome Locked in syndrome]], wherein you appear comatose, but are actually 100% aware of everything going on. This can go undiagnosed, everyone thinking they're just plain comatose. Like [[http://www.mix1023.com.au/news/mother-in-coma-heard-everything-was-petrified-theyd-turn-off-life-support#CpMCvOqjgf8A6jPp.01 Kate Allat]], now a patient advocate.
** When former editor of ''Elle'' magazine Jean-Dominique Bauby was struck by locked-in syndrome after a stroke, he managed to communicate through a system of eyeblinks, and wrote a book about his experiences called ''Literature/TheDivingBellAndTheButterfly'', later made into a film.
* Some people have severe enough cerebral palsy or other brain injury that they have almost no ability to walk, speak, or control their muscles, but still have a normal I.Q. Thankfully, modern communication methods mean people can communicate in ways such as using a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letter_board letterboard]]. (This is how [[http://thedealwithdisability.blogspot.co.nz/ Eva Sweeney]] communicates. She is a massive, massive subversion of this trope!) However, [[NightmareFuel consider all the people in third world countries, or who lived in previous centuries.]]
** Christopher Nolan ([[NamesTheSame not]] ''[[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga that]]'' [[Film/{{Inception}} one]], the Irish author) could only communicate by typing with a "unicorn stick" ''after'' taking anti-spasmodics so that he could have some voluntary control of his muscles.
** Music/NeilYoung's son Ben has this. He is completely spastic, quadriplegic and non-oral. He uses a device similar to Stephen Hawking's and [[http://ultimateclassicrock.com/neil-young-son-ben-egg-farmer/ now runs]] [[http://www.sfgate.com/food/article/Golden-eggs-from-Ben-Young-s-farm-a-breakfast-star-3441577.php a chicken farm]] (something Neil himself had considered doing as a child).
* See the references to ''Literature/JohnnyGotHisGun'' in AndIMustScream/{{Film}} and AndIMustScream/{{Literature}}? [[http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/2007-06-24-1565250718_x.htm One unfortunate Gulf War II veteran is living the nightmare.]]
* Empress Dowager Lüi of the Han Dynasty, after having the young prince Ruyi murdered as a perceived threat to her son Hui's throne, tortured his mother, Consort Qi, by hacking off her hands and feet, putting out her eyes, deafening her, and tossing her in a pig pen to live out the rest of her life. Emperor Hui was so traumatized by his mother's unspeakable and pointless cruelty that he [[DrowningMySorrows took to drink]] and died.
** Depicted in a most {{Gallows Humor}}ous way in ''ComicBook/TheCartoonHistoryOfTheUniverse'':
--->'''Hui:''' Mother-- you're... you're '''''inhuman!'''''\\
'''Lüi:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Another animal could think of this?]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_II_of_Spain Carlos II of Spain]].
-->''[[TearJerker Many people tell me that I am bewitched... and I believe them, such is the life I suffer.]]''
* In the book "Musicophilia", Oliver Sacks describes the sad case of conductor Clive Wearing, who suffers from an acute case of both retrograde and anterograde amnesia (i.e. he has lost almost all memories of his past, and is also unable to form new long-term memories, like the protagonist in the film ''Film/{{Memento}}''). Wearing is aware that something is terribly wrong with him, but he has no way to learn what has happened or come to terms with it, and is left only with a constantly recurring realization of having been robbed of all past experience. At one point, Wearing's therapist suggested that he might try keeping a diary...
-->''But his journal entries consisted, essentially, of the statements "I am awake" or "I am conscious," entered again and again every few minutes. He would write, "2.10 pm: this time properly awake... 2.14 pm: this time finally awake... 2.35 pm: this time completely awake," along with negations of these statements: "At 9.40 pm I awoke for the first time, despite my previous claims." This in turn was crossed out, followed by "I was fully conscious at 10.35 pm, and awake for the first time in many, many weeks." This in turn was canceled out by the next entry. This dreadful journal, almost void of any other content but these passionate assertions and denials, intending to affirm existence and continuity but forever contradicting them, was filled anew each day, and soon mounted to hundreds of almost identical pages."'' (pp. 203-204)
-->Wearing has been keeping this diary for more than twenty years.
** [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Heartwarmingly]], one of the few things Wearing can always recognize and remember is his wife.
* [[http://www.webmd.com/brain/news/20100203/vegetative-patients-talk-with-brain This experiment involving MRIs]] implies that people in persisted vegetative states may be completely aware of their surroundings, even going so far as to answer complicated questions. What's worse, the BBC broadcast talking about this implied the moral and legal obligations of such a claim, that someone stuck in this state and capable of asking for it would not be legally allowed assisted suicide.
** However, several other methods of determining if someone in this state is aware are prone to problems. To wit, facilitated communication (where allegedly the comatose is able to communicate through another person "guiding" his hand to a keyboard) does not work (tests where different facilitators are used and where a test object is hidden from the facilitator, but not the PVS). The most prominent case of this is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom_Houben Rom Houben]], a man who was thought to be completely aware for his 23 years in a coma, but was determined to still be out when the facilitated communication used to stake the claim failed.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_paralysis Sleep paralysis]] is a condition in which the normal REM atonia that normally prevents the body from moving during REM sleep persists after one regains consciousness. Though generally this is experienced for only a few minutes at a time, the body is generally unable to accurately perceive the passage of time, and it can feel like hours. If it's not bad enough you're in a state of panic because you can't move, the subject can also experience terrifying hallucinations.
** Thankfully, it's possible to learn to recognize what's going on and teach oneself ways to stay calm. Some sufferers are also able to break out of it faster by wiggling their toes, gradually regaining the ability to move at a somewhat quicker rate than if one stayed perfectly still. For some people, sleep paralysis can be triggered by various environmental factors (some are more likely to experience it if they sleep in a hot room, for example), so figuring out and avoiding these factors may reduce the chances of it happening.
*** Annoyingly and/or terrifyingly, one can often suffer from the belief that they are moving. A person could be trying to move their leg and feel it move without actually having moved. This combined with hallucinations can cause someone to have the sensation that they got up and walked away from their bed only to reappear a moment later in their bed having never actually moved at all. For some suffers, even long-term ones, "fighting it" seems like the only reasonable option because they too tired to rationalize it.
** Sleep paralysis can occur before one goes to sleep. For some people, the inability to move even when tired is too terrifying to handle. This creates a catch 22 situation where someone is tired enough to go to sleep, but too terrified to attempt it.
** Some people experience sleep paralysis mostly as a result of sleep deprivation. That means that whenever you try to go to sleep, you get paralyzed, and once you escape, you're exhausted and [[ViciousCycle have to try to go asleep again, which leads to more sleep paralysis...]] The saddest part about this phenomenon is that it is not uncommon. It is where the word for nightmare originated from.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leukodystrophy leukodystrophies]], a family of disorders in which the fatty sheath covering the nerves slowly dissolves, oftentimes lead to the sufferer becoming paralyzed, blind and deaf.
* Although, it is extremely rare (and almost impossible today), there ''have'' been instances in which people have been thought to be dead and buried alive in a coffin.
* The WNYC program {{Radiolab}} reported the story of [[http://www.emiliegossiaux.com/ Emilie Gossiaux]], who suffered a traumatic brain injury that left her unable to communicate with the outside world. Or was she? It was unusually hard to tell, since Emilie was deaf, and the accident robbed her of her sight. You can listen to it [[http://www.radiolab.org/2011/jan/25/finding-emilie/ here]]; it's absolutely riveting.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetrodotoxin Tetrodotoxin]], a potent neurotoxin found in newts and puffer fish, can induce muscular paralysis and a comatose stupor that lasts for several days--''while leaving you fully conscious''. It's believed by some to be the active ingredient in real-life [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombie powder]].
* When you try to kill a bug, but it barely survives and you don't notice. That poor fly is lying on the pavement, unable to fly or do anything other than wiggle its legs, until either someone [[MercyKill kills it properly]] or it dies on its own of starvation. Luckily for bugs, they have very simple nervous systems and don't feel pain the way humans do -- but try telling that to your imagination.
** Which arguably makes it even worse. Humans, at least, have the cognitive capacity to understand what happened if they find themselves unable to move. A fly, for instance, wouldn't. All it would know is that it hit something hard and now it ''can't move no matter how hard it tries'', and it won't ever be able to understand why.
*** On the other hand, insect nervous systems are so non-centralized that the fly's brain understands very little of what its body does, typically. Ever had stomach cramps or indigestion or something, and had no idea why? That's a bit like how a fly feels about its entire body most of the time.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curare Curare]], a toxin that causes full-body paralysis without affecting the mind or the feeling of pain, was used as an "anesthetic" for surgeries in the 1940's. On patients which included babies.
** And before its medical uses were discovered, its traditional use was PoisonedWeapons. Specifically hunting, as most native preparations classified as curare could be safely ingested.
* Some types of wine involve pickling a live viper in a bottle for months. Usually the snakes die but sometimes, they survive. There are even instances of snakes coming back to life and [[http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2013/09/snake-preserved-in-wine-bites-woman/ biting people who try to open the bottle]].
** Because of reptiles' slow metabolisms, decapitation can take hours or days to kill them, though they feel every bit of it the whole time.
** Speaking of reptiles, if their prey is sufficently large (say, bigger than a duck), dying at the hands of a reptile becomes a slow and painful experience. A video online exists of an Alligator snapping turtle having caught a Mallard by the leg. As the bird tries to get away, the turtle just tightens its grip on the leg, slowly snapping the bird's leg bones one by one. Hours pass, and the turtle refuses to drown the bird. As the duck slowly lapses into exhaustion, it presumably has to endure being eaten alive.
* There are a number of parasites that take control of insects or small animals and then force them, sometimes against their will, to allow themselves to be eaten by predators. For example, the Dicrocoelium infects an ant and then forces the ant to crawl to the tip of a blade of grass where it can easily be eaten by a bird, thus allowing the parasite to continue its cycle inside a bird. Even worse, the Spinochordodes larvae enter grasshoppers that drink the water they reside in and then after growing inside the grasshopper, they take control and force the grasshopper to jump into a body of water and drown itself. Imagine being unable to stop your body from drowning itself.
* Encephalitis lethargica. A disease that reached epidemic levels in the 1920s, it started as a simple headache, fever, and sore throat. If it killed you, you were lucky, as many people in the late stages of the disease were left totally unable to move or speak, despite possibly still being conscious, as explored in the movie ''Film/{{Awakenings}}''.
* Some strokes can cause enough damage that they can leave you in such a state. An example is John Paul Getty III, grandson of oil baron J. Paul Getty. In 1981, years after his infamous kidnapping by Italian gangsters, Getty tried a [[DrugsAreBad cocktail of various drugs]]. He suffered a stroke and came out of it [[FromBadToWorse quadriplegic]] '''[[FromBadToWorse and]]''' [[FromBadToWorse blind]]. Up until his death in 2011, all Getty could do to communicate was scream.
* Contrary to stereotypes that some would try to have you believe, autistic people, ''including'' the supposedly most "low-functioning" autistics, ''do'' have thoughts and ''do'' try to communicate. The problem is, their default ways of communicating are either misinterpreted or outright ignored by most neurotypical people, especially those in the clinical professions, and instead (mis)categorized as "temper-tantrums", "rebellious defiance", "aggression", and a perennial favorite phrase, "socially inappropriate behavior".
** This leads to an even ''more'' NightmareFuel rich situation: attempting to "cure" a patient's autism by either drugging them until they can't object to their (mis)treatment, or worse, "aversive" therapy of the exact sort that was once touted as a [[CureYourGays cure for homosexuality]] but which has now been banned in many places and ruled to be a form of torture.
* Did you know that if you're decapitated, your brain doesn't die immediately? There are ''several'' documented cases of people being decapitated and being fully aware for up to ''two minutes'' afterward.
* There are several species of wasp that target a specific animal, paralyze it with a sting, then lay an egg or eggs on it. When the eggs hatch, the larvae devour the creature alive, eating the meat first and the organs second to keep it alive and fresh for as long as possible. Of special note are tarantula hawk wasps. Their larvae take about a ''month'' to finish eating a tarantula, and the spider stays alive and unable to move for that amount of time, only dying when the larva starts eating its organs.
* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boltzmann_brain Boltzmann brain]], an hypothetical self-aware entity that would appear because of quantum fluctuations out of nothingness[[note]]It would, however, take a ''[[TimeAbyss very]] [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment very]], [[UpToEleven very]]'' long time to happen... unless our Universe [[ApocalypseHow/ClassX4 self-destructed]] before one appeared because of a quantum vacuum collapse/Big Rip/whatever[[/note]]. On its basic formulation, the thing(s) would appear with false memories of it/them living a life as ours instead of the truth (alone and in the middle of the most absolute nowhere). However, nothing impedes a brain would appear without those fake memories and discovered it's alone in the cold, absolute darkness, and of course totally unable to do something about it -including, of course, [[ICannotSelfTerminate to be unable to kill itself]]-.
* Aphasia is a series of conditions that can arise following injury to the areas of the brain that deal with language, most commonly after a stroke. The most severe of these is Global Aphasia, where a person loses the ability to say more than a few words, understand speech, write, and even read. The good news is, since this type of Aphasia is often seen immediately following a stroke, most patients will be able to recover. However, if the brain damage is severe enough, the resulting language disability may be permanent.
* Apparently there exists an extremely rare skin disorder that, in short, makes TakenForGranite all too horrifyingly real. Your skin ''literally'' hardens into stone-like lesions, as [[http://abcnews.go.com/Health/colorado-boy-turning-stone-rare-skin-condition/story?id=37117485 this poor boy is learning all too well.]]
* According to a thought experiment called [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_suicide_and_immortality Quantum suicide]], it's impossible to die for every individual observer (for everyone else you would still be dead), no matter how small odds of survival are. If this were to be the case, then, depending on what counts as "survival", it could mean that either everyone in the Universe is destined to spend eternity in coma or this. [[note]] Doesn't really work, if we assume afterlife is real. [[/note]]
* Working retail on a big shopping day, holidays, or during some special deal feels like this - [[https://www.reddit.com/r/RantsFromRetail/comments/3rfv9x/national_sandwich_day_i_have_no_mouth_and_i_must/ Behold]] with [[ShoutOut shout outs]] to the TropeNamer.
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** Chaos' plan was to put everyone into this type of state.
*** "I'll use my supergod powers to lock the souls of all livings things on this plane in the eternal torment of the darkness between worlds."
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A character suffers from an extremely horrifying FateWorseThanDeath. [[DrivenToSuicide Suicide]] is not an option; even death never comes to free him from it. He is immobilized or otherwise contained, unable to communicate with anyone, and unlikely to be removed from this situation -- not even by death -- anytime in the foreseeable future.

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A character suffers from an extremely horrifying FateWorseThanDeath. [[DrivenToSuicide Suicide]] [[ICannotSelfTerminate is not an option; option]]; even death never comes to free him from it. He is immobilized or otherwise contained, unable to communicate with anyone, and unlikely to be removed from this situation -- not even by death -- anytime in the foreseeable future.
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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'':
** [[spoiler:Tex would have fallen victim to this trope, her mind is imprisoned forever in an A.I capture unit. However this is subverted in that Church traps himself in the capture unit in order to [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther save her]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming or at least be with her.]]]]
** How Maine ended up becoming the Meta: [[spoiler:Sigma began to corrupt him, forcing his battle strategies to become more and more primal, until all resemblance of humanity was fully eroded, leaving him a merciless killer, murdering his former allies and taking their equipment and AI fragments, all so Sigma could become the reborn Alpha.]]
** It doesn't stop there: by ''[[Machinima/RedVsBlueTheRecollection Reconstruction]]''[[labelnote:*]]Keep in mind that this is when the Meta had been running rampant for a year InUniverse[[/labelnote]], after Wash activates the EMP failsafe, Maine doesn't go back to normal. If anything, he becomes ''more'' psychotic and unhinged. Sigma rewrote so much of his old personality, [[ThatManIsDead power-hungry psycho is all that's left.]] Can you imagine being a servant for so long, that all you can do when your master dies is to just ''keep on serving''?
** YouWakeUpInARoom, and are forced to do calculations for fake combat scenarios. You fail every single time, being told your love had died in the process. [[spoiler:That's what happens to the Alpha. By the time Tex goes to rescue him, he doesn't even remember her name, what he's been doing, or why he's even there.]]
* The WebAnimation/YoutubePoop [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjzsCmkYHVI Link: The Faces of Evil alternate ending]] has Link [[WeCanRuleTogether voluntarily]] [[TakenForGranite turned into one of the faces of evil.]] At first he's happy that his face is much more beautiful that the others, but soon gets bored due to being an immobile rock and [[ICannotSelfTerminate can't wait to die]].
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* In the Joe Oriolo WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat cartoon "Stone Making Machine", [[BigBadWannabe The Professor]] tries to pull this on Felix [[ForTheEvulz just for the heck of it]]--he tries to capture Felix and turn him into a stone statue with the eponymous machine. But when [[DumbMuscle Rock Bottom]] goes off to kidnap Felix, he accidentally grabs a stone statue an artist made of Felix in his house (it was dark, so Rock couldn't see that well) and Felix, who thinks he's stealing his statue, trails behind him. They find out their mistake and capture Felix (who had snuck into the lair) and try to turn Felix into a statue for real, but Rock Bottom, who was supposed to keep Felix from stepping outside the machine, turns his back because he can't bear to watch Felix get turned to stone, which gives Felix a clear shot at an escape before the machine activates.
* In the Fantastic Four 90's animated series Doctor Doom uses his new cosmic powers which he stole from The Silver surfer to inflict this on Ben Grimm by slowing his metabolism down to the point where he can't move or speak, but is still aware and becomes in Doom's words a "living statue" for the rest of his life.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': The ninth season episode "Familyland" has a self-inflicted, deliberate example in Creator/WaltDisney {{expy}} Roy Family. When he created the titular theme park thirty years previous, he froze his body right in the center of the park in the form of a statue of himself. The entire time, he was fully conscious of his surroundings, which he did on purpose so he could watch the park come to fruition; he nonchalantly admits to Francine upon thawing that "it was awful." He willingly returns to that state at the end of the episode, but unfortunately, he only remembers he has to use the bathroom right before he's frozen again...
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' gives us Koh the FaceStealer, who does ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: steals your face and leaves you as a [[TheBlank blank]]. Imagine being stuck, with ''no eyes,'' ''no nose,'' and ''no mouth'' for the rest of your life. Worse, it's possible that you're stuck like that for eternity in the Spirit World.
** The Fog of Lost Souls from the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' is another nasty aspect of the Spirit World; a spirit prison for humans, it slowly drives its occupants insane with visions of their greatest fears and failures. Worse, while humans can die of old age and starvation in the Spirit World, the Fog keeps its victims alive and healthy so they can continue to stew in their madness. [[spoiler: Zhao]] has been imprisoned for almost seventy years, and he's been reduced to wandering the fog ranting about how he will defeat the Avatar.
* The fate of WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck at the end of "Donald's Snow Fight", where he gets ''frozen alive''. And we're supposed to sympathize with his nephews - who ''put him in that state'' - just because he beat them fair and square in the snowball fight earlier before they [[TookALevelInBadass got their act together]]. [[DidntThinkThisThrough Should've given this one some more thought, Disney.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' this seems to be the fate of anyone hit by a device that Swindle made, and Bumblebee seems to be freaked out that he had to spend even an hour like that. Bumblebee is then fine with intentionally [[KarmicDeath deflecting the beam back upon him]], [[MoralDissonance freezing him forever to be taken apart and sold at a police auction. Yeah...]] [[spoiler:Though luckily not the last part]].
** Though if you think that's bad then just wait until you hear what happened to Blurr. He was crushed into a cube by Shockwave and was confirmed to still be alive, then he was supposedly put into an incinerator soon after though there is some debate amongst the fandom about this.
** Although one of the comics shows Cliffjumper carrying the cube around with him, so he apparently saved from that last bit. Unfortunately, Cliffjumper doesn't seem like he knows how to get Blurr back to his old self...
* In ''WesternAnimation/SatansWaitin'', Sylvester goes to hell, presumably for eternal torment.
* In an episode of the ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperheroes'', the wizard Mordru is wrapped in a metal cocoon and sunken to the middle of the planet. Pretty harsh when you consider his eyes were still moving as he was buried, and the planet probably has a molten core... so either he is buried alive or melted. Pretty harsh for a team that works with the police and United Planets.
* The Happy Helmet from ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' will make you happy ''twenty-four hours a day, '''against your will'''''. With you being ''perfectly aware'' the whole time that you shouldn't be so damn happy.
** "Ren's Retirement": Basically it goes like this. Ren turns ten years old, seventy in dog years. He's convinced he's gonna die. He manages to get a high-end coffin and is buried, alive, with Stimpy. A large worm comes over to visit... and promptly eats all the meat from their bodies, leaving nothing but torn-up skin hanging on their skeletons. AND THEY ARE STILL ALIVE.
** If Stimpy was caught stealing that scooter, he would have been sentenced to "infinity years in jail".
** In another episode, Ren and Stimpy get sucked up into an interdimensional black hole, potentially for all eternity. Although, ultimately averted as they commit suicide.
** In "Bass Masters", [[{{Irony}} a fish reels Ren with a fishing hook and mounts him on a wall]] labeling him "[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Dumb Bass]]".
* This happens a few times in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
** James Woods is locked in a wooden crate without holes, and left in a warehouse. We do not see him again for two seasons. How he is alive is unexplained.
*** This happened to him ''again.''
** In one episode, when Stewie and Brian go back in time to correct something [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom Brian]] changed about the past, they run into hundreds of Stewie's and Brian's from different dimensions who all came tell each other that [[CrapsackWorld their attempts to fix the past only make it worse]]. One of these is a version of Stewie and Brian trapped in spinning barbershop poles. They basically say "Don't do whatever you're about to do: we don't know why but this is life for some reason!". To make matters worse, they vomit and it fills up their poles.
** In one episode, Stewie had to be kept in a plastic bubble. Brian [[KickTheDog spray-paints it black]] so Stewie can't see.
** In another episode, Brian's son Dylan places a paper bag over his head, causing his overloaded senses to drive him to run around in a panic.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DoubleDragon'' AnimatedAdaptation, the BigBad's favorite [[YouHaveFailedMe punishment for underlings who have screwed up once too many]] is to make them part of his mural.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'':
** In "Sneak Peek", TV personality Ian Peek [[IntangibleMan intangibility]] device finds the effect spreads to his body without the device being engaged. In the end, his PowerIncontinence winds up causing him to phase through Batman's hands, through the floor, and into the Earth. The ''best'' case scenario is that the lack of RequiredSecondaryPowers will mean incineration by the mantle, or death by suffocation, starvation, dehydration, or at least old age. If not, he's permanently phased into the core of the earth. ''Forever''.
** Another villain, Inque, can shapeshift by turning into liquid and reforming. In "Disappearing Inque", Aaron Herbst, a guard at her prison who had a crush on her, is sweet-talked into helping her, but wants powers like hers in exchange. She gives him an incomplete version of the formula, leaving him an immobile half-liquid blob. ''His'' guard is seen talking to him just as he once did with Inque, hinting that history may repeat itself, but that's unrealistic: he can't move, and doesn't know enough about the formula to instruct her on how to fully Inque-ify him were she to agree.
** In "Earth Mover", Tony Maychek fused with the Earth itself, for ''years''. His episode centered on his anger at his unjust fate and wanting to see his daughter again. Thankfully, it gets better for him, since he found a way to control the Earth itself, then found release when he was finally killed in a cave-in.
** In "The Winning Edge", it's revealed that Bane's body has withered away after years of Venom use, and he now lives in a nursing home under 24-hour life support, ironically staying alive only through the continuous infusion of more Venom.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' is usually nicer to its villains than ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond,'' but makes an exception for Mordred: Morgaine Le Fay's spell gave him eternal youth and life, but he's stuck as a child. When tricked into making himself an adult (thus causing him to disappear, as he'd cast a spell that teleported all adults to another dimension) it turns out that by breaking the youth spell, "all he has is eternal life." He's 1500 or so years old and counting, showing every bit of it, and is now essentially immobile in a chair at his (still-youthful) mother's home. And it's only going to get worse.
** At the end of the two-parter "The Once And Future Thing", Chronos winds up permanently trapped in a timeloop, being forever berated by his shrewish wife. At first glance, Chronos does not appear to be aware of his fate, but if you look closely when Chronos presses the button on his belt, you can see that between screen-flashes there is a one-frame image of Chronos with a look of horror on his face.
* In most adaptations, the Joker's signature venom kills people. However, to keep the body-count down, animated adaptions like ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', Joker venom "merely" paralyzes people with a huge grin, or leaves them unable to stop laughing. More than one fan has observed that this is far, far more disturbing. As Alfred put it in the first episode of the latter series,
-->'''Alfred:''' Aside from the ghastly grimace, [he's] fit as a fiddle. The poor soul simply seems to be a prisoner in his own body.
** Fortunately, Batman is able to find a cure by the end - this time.
** Then there's Grant Walker, a Walt Disney-esque billionaire who, in addition to building a "perfect" society on an island of his creation, convinces Mr. Freeze to give him the same mutations as Freeze himself, allowing him to live forever. However, after Batman convinces Freeze to stop Walker from freezing the rest of the world, Walker ends up trapped in a block of ice, lost at sea, COMPLETELY AWARE OF EVERYTHING AROUND HIM, YET UNABLE TO FREE HIMSELF OR EVEN MOVE FOR THE REST OF HIS IMMORTAL LIFE. As is to be expected, the last we ever see or hear of him is his anguished scream of horror, a scream that no one else can hear.
* The famous "Roswell That Ends Well" episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' had Bender fall off the back of the Planet Express ship as it was returning to the present, causing his head, which holds the AI, to be buried under the New Mexican ground for 1,000 years until the crew picked him up. [[SubvertedTrope Fry openly laments Bender's predicament, but Bender didn't seem to mind the wait.]]
-->'''Fry:''' Bender, what was it like lying in that hole for a thousand years?
-->'''Bender:''' [[AngstWhatAngst I was enjoying it until you guys showed up.]]
** The episode "A Head in the Polls" begins with the collapse of a titanium mine, trapping all the robot workers inside (some of whom are seen pinned in the entrance, still twitching). The proposed rescue plan is to "[[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman pave over the area and get on with our lives]]."
** Robots in the ''Futurama'' world seem to be programmed to not be bothered by this sort of thing. Besides the "Roswell That Ends Well" example, in the "Bender's Big Score" movie Bender is perfectly happy to spend a total of millions, maybe billions of years hiding in a cavern with only his own time duplicates for company. A "what if" episode also had him buried underground for 500 million years and coming out completely unaffected.
*** It could also be that Bender's intense narcissism enables him to spend however long he needs spending quality time with only Bender for company.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the episode "Raging Bender" when George Foreman says, "As a head without a body, I envy the dead."
** In the above mentioned "what if" episode the third short ends with the crew attempting to get beeswax from giant bees to make candles only for the bees to [[{{Irony}} encase them in wax and use]] ''[[{{Irony}} them]]'' [[{{Irony}} as candles]].
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'' featured a villain who turned his victims into living Tetris blocks.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' Saturday morning cartoon (as well as ''WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground'', and the Archie comics), roboticizing a person meant turning them into a machine, eliminating their free will. However, their minds still function, causing them to be used as slaves to Robotnik, knowing what's happening but incapable of doing anything about it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'', Duke relates the story of a misbehaving engine who was turned into a generator, with his face still intact and is ''still conscious''. It gets even more horrifying when the FridgeLogic sets in that he was likely buried along with the rest of the old railway and presumably still be down there underneath several feet of dirt.
** Duke himself was abandoned in his shed, which was covered over by nature and buried for many years, until he was unearthed in "Sleeping Beauty".
** In the special ''Misty Island Rescue'', Thomas and the three Logging Locos get trapped in an underwater tunnel (Bash, Dash and Ferdinand running out of fuel) with nobody knowing where they are.
* ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'':
** In "Blast From The Past", Sniffles accidentally causes an eternal time-loop of himself, Lumpy, Cuddles, Giggles, and Toothy dying over and over again.
** In "Tongue Twister Trouble", Sniffles gets frozen alive.
** In "House Warming", Petunia is reduced to a burnt bloody mush that can barely even move.
** In "By The Seat Of Your Pants", Handy (who already lost both of his arms), gets his legs chopped off by Flippy, rendering him immobile.
** In "Dream Job", Lumpy inadvertently tortures Sniffles by flipping through various channels of the TV attached to his dream helmet, forcing him to go through numerous deaths until he overpowers the TV and renders him catatonic.
* At the end of the "Squid On Strike" episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', Mr. Krabs punishes [=SpongeBob=] and Squidward by making them work for him... FOREVER. The next scene cuts to them reduced to skeletons and ''still working''.
** "Perfect Chemistry" ends with Plankton being stuck in a corked bottle, in Mr. Krabs' safe, where no one can hear him.
** In "Krabs a la Mode", Mr Krabs traps Plankton in an ice cube.
** The episode, "Home Sweet Pineapple" ends with Squidward trapped under Spongebob's house, unable to see anything or move.
** Another episode features Squidward trapped in a cement cocoon.
** At the end of "Hooky", Patrick gets [[SealedGoodInACan sealed in a can]] with no one to help him get out.
* [[WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry Tom]] ends up like this in a lot of episodes, mainly due to the fact that he is pretty much unkillable.
* The ending of the ''[[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts Silly Symphonies]]'' short ''Peculiar Penguins'', ends with the shark, who was chasing the protagonists for half the picture, with a very large rock falling into his belly, trapping him at the bottom of the ocean to possibly starve to death.
* ''WesternAnimation/WildKratts'' has Donita Donata who specializes in "living jewelry", i.e. living animals frozen in suspended animation and attached to horrendous fashion. And yep, they're still conscious.
* Paradox in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' found himself trapped in the event horizon of his time tunnel for hundreds of thousands of years, unable to escape or die.
-->'''Paradox:''' I went mad, of course. But I got [[BoredWithInsanity bored with that after a while]], and went sane. ''Very'' sane.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', "[[Recap/DarkwingDuckS1E57UFFoe U.F.Foe]]", Darkwing finds his brain taken out by aliens and his body controlled by remote. Although he has no mouth (or beak) and we "hear" his screaming thoughts, amazingly he can still kick ass as he destroys the computer brain and saves Launchpad from the same fate!
* Similarly, in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', the Beagle Boys manage to take control of Gizmoduck's armor by remote - while Fenton is still wearing it. He's not at all happy with being forced to rob his own employer in broad daylight... or stealing his crush's car, for that matter.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' gives us Monkey Fist's fate-- [[TakenForGranite as a statue]].
* Played for (dark) laughs in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', when Stan drugs and traps a lost tourist as an exhibit in the Halloween episode "Little Gift Shop of Horrors" when [[DisproportionateRetribution the tourist refuses to buy anything from the Mystery Shack gift shop]].
** In "Northwest Mansion Mystery", the people at the mansion's party are [[TakenForGranite turned into wood]] by the MonsterOfTheWeek; in particular, Dipper gets frozen ''mid-scream'', knowing what was happening to him. Even after the effects are reversed, he takes in a large gasp of air.
** After his DealWithTheDevil in "Sock Opera" Dipper is forced to watch his own body be controlled by a demon, and no one can see or hear the real him.
** Another BlackComedy moment in "The Deep End" shows a little boy trapped in a pool grate having to watch all the other kids have fun in the pool while he remains stuck. The end of the episode shows how he has been in there for over a year.
** Here's the clip of that with music from the Futurama example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7GuUHAt2cs.
** And then, there's "Weirdmageddon 2", in which [[spoiler:Bill Cipher turns the inhabitants of Gravity Falls to stone and then assembles their contorted bodies into "massive throne of frozen human agony".]] "Don't worry! They're not conscious any more. Probably." [[spoiler:Yes they are.]]
* ''The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury'' has the eponymous hero go up against a madwoman who "collects" criminals and keeps them awake but practically frozen in artistic poses as part of a grotesque, living gallery. She created a type of stasis that slows their bodies down to a crawl but lets their minds be fully functional. It takes them a day and some excruciating pain to even blink their eyes.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', it is eventually revealed that everything a child wishes for are put into "storage" in giant lockers. This includes any wishes that result in sentient creatures. And since they are immortal, they are stuck in a small, dark area ''forever''. The fact that no one bats an eye at this [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman says something]].
** Timmy's undone wishes are even worse, given that they had to abandon the locker concept entirely and port them all to an ''island'' (possibly [[LampshadeHanging a commentary]] on his tendency to hit the ResetButton every episode). It's revealed that the leader of this island is Timmy's imaginary friend Gary, who also fit this trope in his first appearance. After Timmy got Cosmo and Wanda as his fairy godparents, he forgot about his friend... but Gary never forgot about him, and was trapped inside Timmy's imagination, fully aware that he was being ignored. It's no surprise that he went for the revenge route.
** The fate of Turbo Thunder's parents in ''Wishology''. [[spoiler:Luckily, Timmy saves everybody in the end, including them.]]
* "Paralytic fluid" in the ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'' episode "Ether Drift Theory". The Habitat laboratory is submerged in a lake of said fluid, which [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin paralyzes those who fall in it]], with no hope of rescue. ''But they are still conscious.'' [[spoiler:This happens to Aeon herself at the end of the episode. The last scene of the episode is of Aeon, paralyzed in the fluid, as the two halves of the item that would neutralize the solution slowly float in front of her eyes, collide, and go in different directions.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' episode "Return to Spider Skull Island", Doctor Orpheus deals with two {{Jerkass}} rednecks by trapping their souls in a Homeboys figurine. They can actually be heard screaming.
* A version of this happens in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' where a werewolf is [[ChunkySalsaRule reduced to a bloody pulp]] by MoreDakka, cremated, had its ashes snorted and later crapped out and roasted in the sewage treatment. This is then shown to be a Tabletop RPG, where the Game Master states that it's technically still alive because the bullets weren't silver.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'': In one episode, the family face against a warrior king whose thirst for power long ago could not be quenched. Seeking to use the Methuselah tree, which makes all the water on Earth, he ended up entombed in salt due to the tree protectors (giant insect-like crab cryptids) causing an earthquake. Years later he breaks out of his imprisonment when the salt crystal gets exposed to water. Anything that he touches with his right hand turns or gets encased in an unbreakable layer of salt, which he uses to almost accidently turn the tree itself into salt. In the end it's revealed his thirst for power has now became a literal, unquenchable thirst, yet unable to touch water to quench it. He demands Zak retrieve the sap from the tree to finally end his suffering. Later he uses a flower from the tree to finally quench his thirst. As it turns out, he became nothing but living salt and drinking the sap from the flower reduced him to a pile of salt, finally ending his suffering.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollz}}'', Zirconia was turned into a tree for 3,000 years. It's a bit more complicated than that, though; at first, she was simply imprisoned within the tree. As time passed, she became ''part'' of it. ''She was conscious the entire time''.
** Spinell, her husband, was trapped in the form of a dragon. That couldn't talk.
* The short film ''[[http://almashortfilm.com/ Alma]]'' is about a little girl lured into a sinister toy shop by a doll that looks just like her, ending with her becoming the doll after touching it and the shop setting out another doll to lure another victim.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', the Gargoyles whose bodies composed the Cyborg Coldstone are given a moment of freedom by a spell that allows them to possess the bodies of their living brethren in the clan. Coldstone and his mate briefly contemplate keeping the bodies, but eventually give them back up shortly after it's discovered that the Gargoyles they're possessing are still conscious in their bodies. Fortunately, this was part of Puck and Xanatos' plan to transfer two of their consciousness' into new android bodies, leaving Coldstone in sole control of his own.
** Xanatos narrowly avoids this when he acquires a large magical pot which is said to grant "life as long as the mountains" to anyone who bathes in it. Xanatos hesitates to plunge in and Owen offers to test it for him, plunging his fist... and seeing it turn to solid stone.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In the backstory to the series, Nightmare Moon was imprisoned in the moon for a thousand years, and it's implied she was aware the entire time. However, her sanity doesn't seem to have suffered from the experience.
** There have been fanfics written that try to describe what her isolation must have been like, especially considering that the reason she turned evil in the first place was because she was lonely. Some of these fics imply that Celestia offered her an early release if she reformed; others aren't so generous.
** Discord, [[AngstWhatAngst somewhat offhandedly]] (though it's implied that he's more embittered about the incident than he lets on), mentions that "it's quite lonely being [[TakenForGranite encased in stone]]." Unlike Luna, there's considerably less sympathy to be had for him considering he's a ManipulativeBastard who desires nothing more than [[DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans ruling Equestria in never-ending chaos]], [[ForTheEvulz tormenting everypony for his own amusement.]]
*** A later episode confirms Discord, when encased in stone, is able to observe the world around him, which is probably why he was placed in the middle of an empty garden where nothing important happens.
** There is also the Windigos, spirits of cold and hatred that feed on hatred. They cause ponies to hate each other and then freeze them alive so they'll have a continuous food source.
** King Sombra of season 3, trapped in a glacier for 1000 years while he also cut his kingdom off from the outside world for that long.
** In the season 6 finale, the Mane Six, Spike, the Royal Family, Discord and Trixie are all kidnapped by Chrysalis and trapped in cocoons, unable to move around, talk or even ''speak''. The only thing that they can do is move their eyelids and twitch their hooves.
* In the original ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends'', ponies were at various times turned into glass, turned to stone, and frozen in ice.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Grant Walker, a sociopathic millionaire, has Mr. Freeze build a duplicate cryogenic suit for him and has him undergo the same chemical process that happened to him in order to obtain immortality. At the end of the episode Walker is frozen in an iceberg, sinking towards the bottom of ocean, condemned there for eternity. The last scene shows him watching a fish swim by, then he screams bloody hell.
** Well, he ''was''. A comic followed up his story by showing that he managed to get out (cause icebergs do melt ya know?) and tried returning to Gotham to get revenge upon Freeze after finding out that Freeze's condition had destroyed most of his body and the same thing would happen to him eventually. He was captured and imprisoned after Freeze almost killed him.
*** Poison Ivy, does this to a bunch of rich industrialists she blames for the destruction of the earth's various plant species, and natural habitats. She lures them to a resort and spa, floods their bodies with a mutagen by tricking them into eating food and water loaded with it, and eventually they turn into human trees. Fortunately Batman is able to save everybody.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''
** After coming back their first experience with the time machine, they bring back a T-Rex which tries to eat Candace only to be hit by Dr. Doofenshmirtz's freeze ray turning it into a living statue. He wanted to use the same ray on Perry the Platypus and other secret agent animals.
** In the [[BadFuture alternate dystopian future]] seen in "Phineas and Ferb's Quantum Boogaloo", kids are ''kept in PeopleJars'' until adulthood "for their own safety".
* The ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]'' episode "Psychocrypt" demonstrated that after having their soul torn out ''painfully,'' those tossed in the device are fully aware of what's happened, their LifeEnergy is used to make a construct the Queen (the person who put them there) can see and hear through, forced to do her bidding. GodSaveUsFromTheQueen.
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'': First off, it's implied that the other members of the Heinous family are still conscious in their HumanPopsicle state. There's also a throw-away joke about a gnome being completely encased in gold while still conscious.
* At the end of the ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Action Figures", the android Metallo is left encased in lava underneath a volcano. His InnerMonologue reveals that he is unable to see or hear anything (in addition to the loss of taste, touch, and smell from being a robot in the first place). To keep himself sane, he gives us this chilling thought:
-->I am Metallo, I am Metallo, I am Metallo...
** ...but he gets lucky and is rescued by a criminal organization. He angrily describes his experience to Superman in the next episode where he appears, “Heavy Metal”, (the experience obviously having driven him insane and sending him on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge):
-->'''Metallo:''' Do you remember how you left me Superman? Buried in rock? I couldn’t move! I couldn’t see! I couldn’t hear! But I could think. And all I thought about how I was going to make you pay!
* Anyone who ends up in the Fresnar in ''WesternAnimation/SpaceChimps''.
* Dark Danny's ultimate fate in the ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' special "The Ultimate Enemy". He's trapped in a Fenton Thermos and exists outside of time, for all eternity. [[ParanoiaFuel Hopefully.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', and thus throughout the rest of the ''Transformers: Generation 1'' continuity, it is revealed that Starscream has a mutant, immortal [[OurSoulsAreDifferent spark]]. After being killed by Galvatron ([[TheyKilledKenny again]]), Starscream spent countless centuries as a disembodied spark, drifting through the cosmos, before finding a way to go back in time, through the same Transwarp time hole that brought the Maximals and Predaconsof Beast Wars into prehistoric Earth. After being defeated here, his spark was once again doomed to wander the cosmos until it could hopefully possess some being.
* Near the end of ''[[PixarShorts Monster Truck Mater]]'', Tormentor ([[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Mater's]] monster truck wrestler alter ego) actually traps Paddy O'Concrete (an Irish modified cement mixer monster truck) in his own cement.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' gives us unfortunate kindergarten teacher Mrs. Claridge, who is burned so horrifically in an accident caused by the boys in pre-school that she's confined to a mechanical wheelchair, unable to move or speak, except beeping one time for yes, and two times for no (in a direct ShoutOut to Captain Pike from the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' episode "The Menagerie"). This earns her the sympathy of her fellow civilians, but things really go downhill for her when her chair's batteries go dead.
** ...in the middle of the street, and the townspeople think she's trying to commit suicide.
* One wonders how ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' villain Malchior took being imprisoned in that book for a thousand years.
** Not to mention that there were superheroes being frozen and held captive by the Brotherhood of Evil during a portion of the final season, and a later addition to this group is [[spoiler: Robin]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{ReBoot}}'':
** Upon losing a game, sprites and binomes alike can get "nullified" - in-universe, that means reduced to a deformed, slug-like creature that can't make any noise above a squeak.
*** Luckily, right at the end of the series, Phong almost perfected a cure. [[spoiler: Until Megabyte takes over and the show is cancelled]]
** The Medusa Bug episode, which proceeds to turn everything in Mainframe into stone.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MummiesAlive'', Scarab murders the son of the Pharaoh in order to obtain immortality; since Pharaoh cannot execute Scarab, he has him entombed instead. The modern-day archaeologist who accidently frees Scarab from his imprisonment many centuries later notes that the walls have multiple tallies scratched into them, caused by Scarab counting out the days of his immortal existence.
* This is the terrible fate [[WellIntentionedExtremist Van Kleiss]] suffers in ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex''. His attempt to control time misfires when Breach interferes, knocking him through a vortex that sends him all the way back to Egyptian civilzation. In order to get back to the present, he constructs a "hibernation" chamber that uses his Nanites to halt the aging of his body while ''staying'' '''''fully''''' ''conscious for'' '''''4,000 years.''''' Worse, he's forced to recreate the chamber each time it cops out too soon all the way up to the present, ''painstakingly'' waiting through era after era for his exodus. If that wasn't bad enough, a spectral entity is chasing him though it's revealed to be a mutated Breach being dragged along each time he sits in dormancy. Eventually, it takes so much of a toll on Van Kleiss, nearly all of his Nanites have died and the [[GoMadFromTheIsolation isolation drives him to insanity]], causing him to forget his own identity and purpose. When he ''finally'' makes it back to present day, he manages to recover his sanity little by little after Black Knight meets with him and tells him to [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan get a hold of himself]].
* In the finale of ''WesternAnimation/ActionMan'', this fate befalls Dr. X, the BigBad. He's gained superhuman abilities, [[TheNeedless doesn't need food or air any longer]], and becomes NighInvulnerable... and then Action Man traps him on an empty rock floating in the immense vastness of space with no means of escape. He actually does scream Action Man's name one last time as the rock drifts away from earth.
* In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' "Night of the Living Nightmare" Albedo gets a Cassiopean Dream-eater stuck on his head because he slipped on the spilled smoothie that Ben knocked over in the beginning of that episode. As if having a skull-faced alien jellyfish attached to his head wasn't bad enough, the Dream-eater traps him in a never-ending nightmare so it can feed on the chemicals his fear-addled brain produces. Said nightmare consists of an invincible Ben mercilessly beating him down. He gets better thanks to Galvan medicine, though.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' has Skipper's previous teammates, Manfredi and Johnson, as exhibits at an aquarium... and when he flies past them, he can't hear them.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretShow'' ends with Doctor Doctor being tricked into sucking the entire universe into [[ArtifactOfDoom the Trousers of Doom]]! Because she happens to be wearing them, she is forced to float through the void all alone where no one can hear her.
** In fact, one could argue that several things, such as the dinosaurs and the Atlanteans, that were sucked into the Trousers of Doom suffered this fate before the universe was added into the mix.
* The fate of the Trix at the end of Seasons 1 and 3 of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub''. They are trapped in a virtual world full of positive atmosphere that they hate, which is shown to be driving them mad at the beginning of Season 2 before they are rescued by Darkar. Also of note, while the Trix return in Season 5 in most versions, the 4Kids dub ends with Season 3, so in its continuity the three witches presumably remain there for the rest of their lives.
** Then there's Valtor/Baltor, who among many unnamed convicts is frozen in the Omega Dimension at the beginning of Season 3 before being released by the Trix. This was intended to last for eternity, and he was awake the entire time he was frozen.
* Murderface's grandfather in ''Metalocalypse''. Thunderbolt Murderface (that is his name) has had a massive stroke and was being pulled around in a wagon by his wife who rides a mobility scooter. After his grandmother guilt trips him into it, Murderface buys him his own blink operated wheelchair. Which he uses to say: "I've not had an erection in 30 years" and "I just used my underpants as a restroom" before just saying "Kill me." repeatedly.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', the Ice King's [[LossOfIdentity situation]] is stated to be this when he [[spoiler: temporarily returns to his old self]] in [[WhamEpisode "Betty"]], to the point that he outright states he would rather [[DyingAsYourself die as himself]] than go back to that.
* Alejandro in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'', after being trapped in the robot suit. Initially, he is able to speak through a communication chip, but it soon breaks, leaving him unable to communicate with anyone for a year.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': The Delightful Children from Down the Lane are in reality [[spoiler:the permanently Delightfulized Sector Z, who disappeared prior to the series]]. When they are briefly reverted back to their original forms, they make it all too clear that they are ''perfectly'' aware of what has happened to them.
* ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches'': Oggy is a victim to this, especially certain things like being trapped in a piece of paper, becoming part of the cockroaches' train track, or turned victim of a [[ItMakesSenseInContext voodoo doll made out of clay]].
** Occasionally, Jack too, especially in "Jack in a Box" and "Oggy's Puzzled".
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is surprisingly heavy on the nightmare fuel. This of course starts with Lapis who was imprisoned in a mirror for centuries being used as it's magical power source and could only speak if spoken to, which only Steven did in the episode she was introduced in.
** Lapis later fuses with Jasper to form Malachite. Although Jasper intended for this to be a power booster, Lapis uses her power over water to drag them to the bottom of the ocean. Since Lapis can (presumably) end that at any time by unfusing, this trope doesn't apply to her, but rather Jasper, who doesn't seem to be able to unfuse.
** Worse then most is what we've seen as the Gem version of "death," having your gem shattered, may be this instead. Gem shards can't communicate but have enough of a "partial consciousness" to be used as power sources, and even the heroes have relatively few qualms about using them as such.
*** In the episode "Frybo" a gem shard was used to bring life to a creepy french fry mascot costume, and had enough presence of mind to follow orders, albeit [[LiteralGenie too literally]] leading to the episode's conflict. More gem shards are then used to bring Steven's clothes to life so they could bring Frybo down. In "Secret Team," the gem shards were able to grow mutated limbs and move around the temple, causing chaos.
*** In the worst instance we see what the losing side of the gem civil war did with shards of fallen Crystal Gems. The losing side buried them in rocks under high pressure to force them to fuse together; some of these shards are combinations of two limbs, two feet, or other appendages, the larger ones are conscious enough to briefly form human silhouettes and ''scream together in agony'' before turning into a horrible monster, which was seemingly conscious enough to recognize Garnet and silently reach out for help.
** Far, far worse though is The Cluster [[spoiler: a massive forced fusion made up of thousands of gem shards, that if it ever takes form will shatter the earth like an egg and kill everyone on it in the process.]] Even worse is that the new resident expert on gem shards clarifies what exactly they're trying to do. Every shard and forced fusion monster is forming some kind of body, a limb or several depending, because they are all desperately trying to find the rest of there pieces to be whole again. They know what's happened to them and can sense other gems but can't tell what's a part of themselves and what's another gem because of how thoroughly their personalities have been warped by the process of being shattered and/or fused together.
* The ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' episode "The Wanders" has Wander accidentally getting split into 420 aspects of his personality, leaving the real Wander to just stand there with BlankWhiteEyes. After Sylvia puts them all back together, Wander seals up the cave and remarks that he'd hate to see anyone else go through what he went through, implying that on some level he was aware that he'd been shattered into fragments of himself and was incomplete and in danger of fading from existence.
** Another example of this is seen when Sylvia [[PaperThinDisguise Unwittingly]] begins talking to [[PsychopathicWomanchild Dominator]] about having fun. She states that she knows exactly what Sylvia means and begins talking about blowing up a sun so that the inhabitants of the planet that orbit it freeze and are stuck in their agonizing and final positions forever.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShowTheMovie'': Ross's time collar keeps bringing him back to life after his head is cut off, and the only thing he can repeat is [[BigNo "Noooo!"]]
* This would've been the fate of Raggedy Arthur in the ''Literature/RaggedyAnn'' ChristmasSpecial ''WesternAnimation/TheGreatSantaClausCaper''. The villain, Alexander Graham Wolf (kind of an {{Expy}} of [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner Wile E. Coyote]] is using a machine to encase Christmas toys in "gloopstik," and at one point, poor Arthur goes through the machine. The poor pooch is completely encased in a block of gloopstik from the neck down. Although he can breathe and bark (although why a rag doll dog would need to ''breathe'' goes unexplained), he is incapable of moving under his own power. Alexander claims gloopstik is incapable of being broken, meaning Arthur is effectively stuck this way for all eternity. Fortunately it makes no difference to Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy; after getting over their initial horror and anger and defeating the villain, they tell Arthur they'll always love him no matter what, whereupon the gloopstik shatters thanks to ThePowerOfLove.
** This would've also been the fate of Alexander G. Wolf himself, since he, too ends up being [[HoistByHisOwnPetard put through the machine]]. Like Raggedy Arthur, he winds up encased from the neck down and unlike Arthur this is a good thing since he is a living biological character who needs to breathe and eat. Since the machine had been on its Christmas tree setting, Alexander ends up in a chunk of gloopstik shaped like a Christmas tree, with lights and a star and everything, which allows the special to downplay the true horror his situation: rather than focusing on the fact he'd die a slow, agonizing death from being unable to excrete his own bodily waste, the defeated villain merely bemoans that now he'll have to live his life as a Christmas tree, wailing, "I don't know ''how'' to be a [[AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle Christ-mas]] tree!" Despite this, it's still rather disturbing seeing the special's bad guy sobbing his eyes out at his predicament, and fortunately for him, Raggedy Ann and Andy agree, as he, too, ends up being saved by ThePowerOfLove.
* In the episode "Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind" of ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' a Rick from another dimension kills other Ricks and subjects their Mortys to what he called the "Morty-Dome": a large dome with hundreds of Mortys attached to it, having their sides repeatedly stabbed to cause them pain. [[spoiler:Gets even worse that the end reveals that a ''Morty'' was behind it all, leading to some serious CloningBlues.]]
* In ''WesterAnimation/YoungJustice'', Jaime Reyes (Blue Beetle) experiences a taste of this. Not only was he told that [[spoiler:in the future, he would betray the human race for The Reach]], he eventually succumbs into this prophecy despite his desperate attempts to avoid his fate. Jaime falls [[spoiler:under control of the Reach]] and as a result, he was trapped in his own mind for ''months'', unable to control is body and could only sit back and watch in horror as [[spoiler:The Reach pretended to be him, deceived his family, and betrayed his team.]]
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*** Music/AliceCooper made the analogy of a toothache over your entire body. For eternity. And then ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', with the "Toothache All Over My Body" skit was possibly a way to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar get crap past the radar]]. It starts out with a room full of what look like stalactites and stalagmites. One complains about a toothache all over his body, and the others repeat what he says, and at one point beating him to it, which he [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]]. Then the camera zooms out to reveal that [[spoiler:the talking stalactites and stalagmites were all 'teeth' of another stalagmite [[MindScrew which is ALSO]] [[HereWeGoAgain complaining about a toothache]]. [[DontExplainTheJoke The joke is, when you're a tooth, you get a toothache]].]]

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*** Music/AliceCooper made the analogy of a toothache over your entire body. For eternity. And then ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', with the "Toothache All Over My Body" skit was possibly a way to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar get crap past the radar]].of GettingCrapPastTheRadar. It starts out with a room full of what look like stalactites and stalagmites. One complains about a toothache all over his body, and the others repeat what he says, and at one point beating him to it, which he [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]]. Then the camera zooms out to reveal that [[spoiler:the talking stalactites and stalagmites were all 'teeth' of another stalagmite [[MindScrew which is ALSO]] [[HereWeGoAgain complaining about a toothache]]. [[DontExplainTheJoke The joke is, when you're a tooth, you get a toothache]].]]
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Usually, when this arises, it is eternal unless he's freed by outside forces, but a "mere" years-long or centuries-long fate is possible. For instance, a robot with a 100-year battery life, buried underground. In fact, this is a very common sci-fi trope involving artificial intelligences who are potentially immortal due to being made of software. Unfortunately, if a victim ''is'' rescued, he may well [[GoMadFromTheIsolation have been driven insane from the experience.]] (Some of the listed examples show exactly that.)

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Usually, when this arises, it is eternal unless he's freed by outside forces, but a "mere" years-long or centuries-long fate is possible. For instance, a robot with a 100-year battery life, life getting buried underground. In fact, this is a very common sci-fi trope involving artificial intelligences who are potentially immortal due to being made of software. Unfortunately, if a victim ''is'' rescued, he may well [[GoMadFromTheIsolation have been driven insane from the experience.]] (Some of the listed examples show exactly that.)
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A character suffers from an extremely horrifying FateWorseThanDeath. [[MercyKill Suicide]] is not an option; even death never comes to free him from it. He is immobilized or otherwise contained, unable to communicate with anyone, and unlikely to be removed from this situation -- not even by death -- anytime in the foreseeable future.

This is often a variation on TakenForGranite in which the victim remains conscious, and the worst-case scenario for tropes such as SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere, BalefulPolymorph, PhantomZonePicture, and WhoWantsToLiveForever.

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A character suffers from an extremely horrifying FateWorseThanDeath. [[MercyKill [[DrivenToSuicide Suicide]] is not an option; even death never comes to free him from it. He is immobilized or otherwise contained, unable to communicate with anyone, and unlikely to be removed from this situation -- not even by death -- anytime in the foreseeable future.

This is often a variation on of TakenForGranite in which the victim remains conscious, and the worst-case scenario for tropes such as SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere, BalefulPolymorph, PhantomZonePicture, and WhoWantsToLiveForever.
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A character suffers from an extremely horrifying FateWorseThanDeath. [[MercyKill Suicide]] is not an option; even death never comes to free him from it. He is immobilized or otherwise contained, unable to communicate with anyone, and unlikely to be removed from this situation -- not even by death -- anytime in the foreseeable future. As the name of the Trope suggests, he can't even scream in anguish, even though he would if he could.

This is often a variation on TakenForGranite in which the victim remains conscious, and the worst-case scenario for tropes such as SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere, BalefulPolymorph, PhantomZonePicture, and WhoWantsToLiveForever.

Some other [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] -- eternal pain, [[ForcedToWatch seeing your]] [[{{Room101}} worst fears]] forever, et cetera -- may be layered on top of it, but simply being stuck like that forever can be more than enough.

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A character suffers from an extremely horrifying FateWorseThanDeath. [[MercyKill Suicide]] is not an option; even death never comes to free him from it. He is immobilized or otherwise contained, unable to communicate with anyone, and unlikely to be removed from this situation -- not even by death -- anytime in the foreseeable future. As the name of the Trope suggests, he can't even scream in anguish, even though he would if he could.

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This is often a variation on TakenForGranite in which the victim remains conscious, and the worst-case scenario for tropes such as SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere, BalefulPolymorph, PhantomZonePicture, and WhoWantsToLiveForever.

Some other [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] -- eternal pain, [[ForcedToWatch seeing your]] [[{{Room101}} worst fears]] forever, et cetera -- may be layered on top of it, but simply being stuck like that forever can be more than enough.
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