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18th Jul '16 1:29:39 PM N8han11
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*** Music/AliceCooper made the analogy of a toothache over your entire body. For eternity. And then ''Series/SesameStreet'' decided to use that in a Muppet short during the episode in which Alice Cooper guest-starred. That's... kinda creepy.
*** The show that featured Alice Cooper as a guest was ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', and 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/SesameStreet'' decided to use that in a Muppet short during the episode in which Alice Cooper guest-starred. That's... kinda creepy.
*** The show that featured Alice Cooper as a guest was
''Series/TheMuppetShow'', and 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]].]]
12th Jul '16 6:06:52 PM DanielBenner8891
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** Karai screams in terror as she falls into the mutagen in "Vengeance is Mine"
2nd Jul '16 12:39:47 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' has the EldritchAbomination Tren Krom, who had his body sealed to an island and was rendered completely immobile. Furthermore, he was so hideous that anyone who looked at him ran the risk of going insane. Then, he went and tricked [[TheChewToy Lewa]] into switching bodies with him, leaving poor Lewa stranded on an isolated island in a monstrous, tentacled body, unable to move around, not being able to speak except via telepathy, and with no hope of rescue since his friends think he's still with them, if acting a bit strangely. It got reversed in the end, and after a while, Tren Krom was finally granted his freedom. And then murdered off screen instantly.

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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' has the EldritchAbomination Tren Krom, who had his body sealed to an island and was rendered completely immobile. Furthermore, he was so hideous that anyone who looked at him ran the risk of going insane. Then, he went and tricked [[TheChewToy Lewa]] into switching bodies with him, leaving poor Lewa stranded on an isolated island in a monstrous, tentacled body, unable to move around, not being able to speak except via telepathy, and with no hope of rescue since his friends think he's still with them, if acting a bit strangely. It got reversed in the end, and after a while, Tren Krom was finally granted his freedom. And then murdered off screen instantly.
28th Jun '16 3:56:06 PM Benthelame
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** 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.
28th Jun '16 12:37:43 PM ultimomant
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* 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.

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* 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.time, only dying when the larva starts eating its organs.
26th Jun '16 8:28:41 AM StFan
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* Gehenna (a.k.a. Valley of Hinnom), a valley near Jerusalem's Old City, has been used in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as an analogous or symbolic reference for Hell itself.
** In Judaism, this place is sometimes used to refer to She'ol, where wicked souls are sent for punishment and/or purification for roughly a year's time before being sent to the afterlife. The ''really'' wicked souls [[CessationOfExistence are destroyed instead]].
* In [[Literature/TheBible Mark's gospel]], Jesus refers to the Book of Isaiah's description of Hell in one of his sermons, specifically that those in Hell suffer everlasting fire, and that "their worm does not die" (they would be conscious of their perpetually rotting state). This is also where symbolic references to Gehenna (above) are made.
** Matthew's gospel recounts that Jesus spoke of Hell as "darkness" and "weeping and gnashing of teeth" (sorrow and regret).
*** Later theologians, such as Creator/CSLewis, speculate based on Jesus' statements in Matthew's gospel that the main punishment of Hell is mostly (or exclusively) from the [[GoMadFromTheIsolation isolation from God]].
*** Music/AliceCooper made the analogy of a toothache over your entire body. For eternity. And then ''Series/SesameStreet'' decided to use that in a Muppet short during the episode in which Alice Cooper guest-starred. That's... kinda creepy.
*** The show that featured Alice Cooper as a guest was ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', and 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]].]]
* Verse 87:13 of the Literature/{{Quran}} describes the torment of the damned in the "greatest fire" (Hell): "He does not die in there, nor does he live."



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* The [[http://www.archonseries.webs.com/loreraces.htm extra lore]] for ''Literature/{{ARCHON}}'' states that undead, whilst under the control of a Necromancer, are fully aware of everything they are doing but unable to intervene, trapped inside their own bodies.
* [[Website/GaiaOnline The Sentinel]]'s backstory:
-->The stronger, having cast her spell in aggression, found herself imprisoned in a darkness containing all manner of monsters and vicious creatures.
-->In this place, blind and filled with rage and fear, she found the farthest thing from peace.
-->Centuries passed, and for the god in the box, each scraped over her like nails on skin....
** The Overseer gets a similar fate. The difference is that while he uses his time in prison to calm down and reach peace, the Sentinel remains angry.
* The web fiction novel ''Eudeamon'' (sic) plays with this - the sentence for criminal offenders in the society of this story is to be turned into a moving latex statue that has no legal existence and is punished for interacting with other people by an extension of sentence (brutally unfairly, even when that interaction is ''being assaulted, beaten and possibly raped by gangs who take advantage of the legally unpersoned status of these "Banes"''). The process reverses when the "Bane" neural network computer designed to oversee the sentence develops sentience and invariably sides with their host body instead of the legal system, but then is played straight again if the sentence is ended and the now-former bane is forcibly disconnected from an unembodied lover who knows them as thoroughly as they know themselves.
* Somewhat played straight with the Harbingers in the ''Roleplay/LordsOfShadow'' RP. While they are still human, with every death, they are cloned into a new body and retain every memory up to and including death and the brief void after death.
* Killar the Slaughterling, the [[http://tal-vorn.com Tal'Vornian]] God of Death is an almost perfect example of this trope, having been kept trapped in a dimensional cell exactly the same size as He is for millenia whilst being completely aware. He was somewhat unstable before, but now He's positively [[AxCrazy nuts.]]
** The [[http://tal-vorn.com Tal'Vorn]] Order Sect has a spell that accomplishes this trope as well, the suitably named Eternal Torment. The spell, as its name might indicate, makes the individual [[DivineIntervention functionally immortal]], whilst being in perpetual agony. The people themselves are usually stored in things called Torment Engines and then any trace of their existence [[DeaderThanDead systematically destroyed.]]
* ''Literature/ArcanaMagiZero'' opened the story with Alysia Perez turning to [[TakenForGranite stone]] and completely aware of it, resulting in post trauma.
* ''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.]]
* ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'': Could apply to several characters, but is most explicitly stated by [[spoiler:Bella]], who pleads for death:
--> ''Every day for over a year now, [[spoiler:Bella]] has had to watch the sun rise and set, from just barely below the surface. Strapped to this wall, right next to the exit, able to watch the outside world, but never touch it.''
* [[{{TVTropesRuinedYourLife}} Tv tropes has ruined my life.]] I have been trapped for 15 hours. I have no microphone, and I must scream.
* 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]].
* [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Team Fortress 2]] Fan Fic has [[http://pastebin.com/jry1GApv one]]
* [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18708_5-reasons-immortality-would-be-worse-than-death_p2.html This]] Website/{{Cracked}} article points out this trope as one of the reasons [[WhoWantsToLiveForever why immortality would suck]].
** An [[{{WebVideo/AfterHours}} After Hours]] episode also mentioned this when discussing the downsides of various superpowers. [[ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} Wolverine's]] are dismissed, as when you are immortal and heal from any injury, the odds of eventually finding yourself trapped or immobilized approach one.
* Anne Poole of ''Literature/FineStructure'' is sealed alive in a coal seam for 18 months. Her body is [[CompleteImmortality immortal]] and [[NighInvulnerable invulnerable]], but her mind is not. She goes irretrievably insane.
* Similar to the Ruby Quest example, Tgchan's Tozol Quest has [[http://tgchan.org/kusaba/questarch/src/127199170845.png this]] guy. The image is accompanied by the following log:
-->OCT-1-2163: Subject HYPERION recovered, brought to interim lab for study. Limited regeneration observed in spite of catastrophic wounds and radiation dosage, halting presumably as nutrient stocks depleted.
-->OCT-3-2163: Subject regains consciousness. Immediate hostile response. One casualty. Suppress applied.
-->OCT-5-2163: Heavy restraints constructed. Nutrient drip administered.
-->OCT-6-2163: Metallic shell constructed secured to subject bones to prevent further regeneration.
-->OCT-21-2163: Suppress partially countered. Subject regains consciousness. Immediate hostile response, but unable to defeat restraints.
-->NOV-5-2163: Subject remains uncooperative.
-->NOV-19-2163: Subject remains uncooperative, but begins displaying periods of apparent sleep.
-->JAN-5-2164: Biological studies to date proving less fruitful than anticipated. Subject moved to QUADRANT FIVE. Subject remains uncooperative.
-->FEB-1-2164: Containment shell undergoing unexpectedly rapid corrosion.
-->FEB-6-2164: Shell replaced with newly acquired xeno alloys. Modified to allow access to subject nervous system through wounds.
-->FEB-20-2164: Nervous system experimentation begins.
-->SEP-8-2164: Shell displaying no significant detereoration. Nervous system experimentation continuing without significant progress. Subject remains uncooperative.
-->DEC-7-2164: Nervous system experimentation continuing without significant progress. Subject remains uncooperative.
-->AUG-25-2165: Nervous system experimentation continuing without significant progress. Subject remains uncooperative.
-->OCT-18-2165: Nervous system experiment to be run during period of subject sleep. Subject remains uncooperative.
-->OCT-22-2165: Subject loses consciousness. Sleep cycle experimentation begun. Subject awakens immediately.
-->DEC-1-2165: Subject loses consciousness. Sleep cycle experimentation begun. Subject awakens immediately.
-->MAR-9-2166: Subject loses consciousness. Sleep cycle experimentation begun. Subject awakens immediately.
-->APR-11-2168: Subject loses consciousness. Sleep cycle experimentation begun. Subject awakens immediately.
-->FEB-15-2169: Subject requests that it be killed. Request repeated between one and twenty times per hour for next four hundred and ninety days.
-->JUL-23-2173: Subject remains conscious. Has ceased almost all action. Has ceased responding to auditory stimuli regardless of duration or intensity. Remaining eye tracks movement.
-->SEP-8-2182: Subject consciousness impossible to determine. No longer reacts to any stimuli in meaningful way.
* Franchise/TheFearMythos features the EldritchAbomination "Archangel", who is, in reality [[spoiler: a twisted incarnation of the afterlife -- you are forever with your god, but GodIsEvil. You are trapped with it forever, in a body which moves according to ''its'' will, not yours.]] There's also EAT (short for Epping [=AquaTarkus=]), which ''[[DependingOnTheWriter may]]'' inflict this upon it's victims.
* [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] tells [[TheMissingNo The Entity]] this will be the eventual conclusion once it absorbs all of reality.
* PlayedForLaughs by WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick. During a NightmareSequence in the "Top Eleven Disturbing Christmas Songs", her face distorts into a silently screaming skull. See? [[SarcasmMode Comedy]]!
* Even when Failure Cresh's ring monitor head [[spoiler: is cut off]] in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2SpecialEdition'', he still lives on.
* Fates of this kind happen to several characters in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' -- the best example is probably [[spoiler:Cherish]], who was locked in a life-support chamber at the bottom of the bay with her [[TheEmpath emotion-sensing]] superpowers [[PowerIncontinence cranked up to the max and locked on negative emotions]].
** [[spoiler:Cherish]] ends up a double case when the Undersiders arranged for her to make the Butcher commit PsychicAssistedSuicide. The Butcher's special ability is to transfer the mind of all previous hosts into their killer. So [[spoiler:Cherish]]'s little pod ends up as this for her ''and'' fourteen psychopaths who no doubt hate her.
** Of particular note is Gray Boy, who traps people in several-second long time loops that last "until the sun goes out"[[labelnote:*]][[WordOfGod or "just" a few thousand years]][[/labelnote]]. The only thing that doesn't reset is their mind so any torture he inflicts on them remains fresh without the benefit of their body adapting to the pain. Most people in this situation are trapped in a constant cycle of psychotic breaks.
* Discussed among WebOriginal/TheSharkasmCrew. The general consensus is that "wishing for everything" would result in a state of omniscience and non-existence.
* Rubber Soul, [[VideoGame/SkullGirls Double]] and Steely Dan somehow end up a part of Telence D'Arby's doll collection in ''WebVideo/VaguelyRecallingJoJo''. [[AssholeVictim They deserve it]].
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* Several entries in the ''Wiki/SCPFoundation's'' database consist of this. The horror inherent to this trope is part of what makes [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-231 SCP-231]] one of the most horrifically disturbing things imaginable.
** [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-439 SCP-439]] is one of the crossovers between this trope and BodyHorror. It's a specie of insects that enter the mouths of sleeping humans and painfully converts their muscle into bone.[[note]]Which is a real condition. See the AndIMustScream/RealLife page for more information.[[/note]] Three days later, the victim will have been converted into a "bone hive" and have between 20000 and 30000 insects within their body, with the victim's different organs being eaten or used for incubating eggs. The victim is still conscious during all of this, and remains so for 4 to 6 months after which a new queen leaves the hive and the victim starts dying of starvation.
** Then there's [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-451 SCP-451]], who believes everyone else in the world has disappeared and doesn't notice any of the people around him. His journals even reference the TropeNamer story and relates it to himself, adding "What's the point in screaming if no one's around to hear?"
** Anyone who touches [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-596 SCP-596]] is kept alive forever until they release it, even regenerating from any injury. Not that you would want to be however, since you're kept alive in permanent agony, and the only way to let go is for someone else to touch it at which point you die. Victims can scream (and do, only stopping once their vocal cords are too shredded to continue... until they heal again.) but since they can't do anything else they still can't communicate.
** The [[PoweredByAForsakenChild forsaken children that power]] [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1875 SCP-1875]].
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-911 SCP-911]] is an egyptian papyrus scroll that traps the mind of whoever touches it in an endless void. It is possible to escape, but only for a short period after someone else touches the scroll. Part of the horror comes from the fact that the foundation has no problem with sending people inside the scroll ForScience until they discover that it may be a [[spoiler: SealedEvilInACan]]
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2718 SCP-2718]]. You thought TheNothingAfterDeath or {{Hell}} was bad? You're in for a surprise...
** [[http://scp-wiki.net/scp-446 SCP-446 ("Human Mannequin")]]. From the hints given (e.g. eyes following the nearest person and trying to make eye contact, trying to speak while being vivisected, etc.), the mannequin was originally a human woman who was somehow changed into its current form. It can't communicate with the Foundation doctors studying it though it very much wants to.
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* Gehenna (AKA Valley of Hinnom), a valley near Jerusalem's Old City, has been used in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as an analogous or symbolic reference for Hell itself.
** In Judaism, this place is sometimes used to refer to She'ol, where wicked souls are sent for punishment and/or purification for roughly a year's time before being sent to the afterlife. The ''really'' wicked souls [[CessationOfExistence are destroyed instead]].
* In [[Literature/TheBible Mark's gospel]], Jesus refers to the Book of Isaiah's description of Hell in one of his sermons, specifically that those in Hell suffer everlasting fire, and that "their worm does not die" (they would be conscious of their perpetually rotting state). This is also where symbolic references to Gehenna (above) are made.
** Matthew's gospel recounts that Jesus spoke of Hell as "darkness" and "weeping and gnashing of teeth" (sorrow and regret).
*** Later theologians, such as Creator/CSLewis, speculate based on Jesus' statements in Matthew's gospel that the main punishment of Hell is mostly (or exclusively) from the [[GoMadFromTheIsolation isolation from God]].
*** Music/AliceCooper made the analogy of a toothache over your entire body. For eternity. And then ''Series/SesameStreet'' decided to use that in a Muppet short during the episode in which Alice Cooper guest-starred. That's... kinda creepy.
*** The show that featured Alice Cooper as a guest was ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', and 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]].]]
* Verse 87:13 of the Literature/{{Quran}} describes the torment of the damned in the "greatest fire" (Hell): "He does not die in there, nor does he live."
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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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** This can also happen with certain hallucinogens like K-2 which also slow time perception. [[TakeOurWordForItIt It is not fun.]]

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** This can also happen with certain hallucinogens like K-2 which also slow time perception. [[TakeOurWordForItIt [[TakeOurWordForIt It is not fun.]]
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* "One" by Music/{{Metallica}}, inspired by ''Literature/JohnnyGotHisGun'', focuses on a soldier who has his eyes, ears, mouth, arms, and legs destroyed (by a WW1 German artillery shell in ''Johnny'' and a Vietnamese landmine in "One"), but is still conscious. Though he eventually manages to communicate with the doctors and military men keeping him alive, they refuse to disconnect his life support, and he presumably must exist in that condition (unable to communicate with anyone, see or hear anything, go anywhere, etc.) for the rest of his natural life. Now there's an unsettling thought. The song itself tells the story rather well, especially with these lines:

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* "One" by Music/{{Metallica}}, inspired by ''Literature/JohnnyGotHisGun'', focuses on a soldier who has his eyes, ears, mouth, arms, and legs destroyed (by a WW1 WWI German artillery shell in ''Johnny'' and a Vietnamese landmine in "One"), but is still conscious. Though he eventually manages to communicate with the doctors and military men keeping him alive, they refuse to disconnect his life support, and he presumably must exist in that condition (unable to communicate with anyone, see or hear anything, go anywhere, etc.) for the rest of his natural life. Now there's an unsettling thought. The song itself tells the story rather well, especially with these lines:



* "Moonshadow" by Music/CatStephens can be seen as someone trying to make the best of this.
* "The Song That Never Ends" is an example of this once the FridgeHorror sets in. [[TemptingFate Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was]]. And [[AndIMustScream they'll continue singing it forever]] just because this is the song that never ends. Yes it goes on and on my friends. Some people started singing it...

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* "Moonshadow" by Music/CatStephens Music/CatStevens can be seen as someone trying to make the best of this.
* "The Song That Never Ends" is an example of this once the FridgeHorror sets in. [[TemptingFate Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was]]. And [[AndIMustScream they'll continue singing it forever]] forever just because this is the song that never ends. Yes it goes on and on my friends. Some people started singing it...



* Music/{{Gloryhammer}}'s first album, ''Tales From The Kingdom Of FIfe'', ends with EvilSorcerer Zargothrax being imprisoned in magical ice on Triton. On their second album, ''Space 1992: Rise Of The Chaos Wizards'', he is released from his prison 1000 years later.

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* Music/{{Gloryhammer}}'s first album, ''Tales From The from the Kingdom Of FIfe'', of Fife'', ends with EvilSorcerer Zargothrax being imprisoned in magical ice on Triton. On their second album, ''Space 1992: Rise Of The Chaos Wizards'', he is released from his prison 1000 years later.



*** Well, one ''HorribleHistories'' book did try for a moderately humorous version in which they refer to each other as "Prommy" and "Eddie". This being an HH book, Prommy announced at the end that he was going to eat the eagle's liver.

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*** Well, one ''HorribleHistories'' ''Literature/HorribleHistories'' book did try for a moderately humorous version in which they refer to each other as "Prommy" and "Eddie". This being an HH book, Prommy announced at the end that he was going to eat the eagle's liver.



* Hell from {{Christianity}} and in the Book of Revelation is described as a lake of fire where sinners will be cast into and suffer for all eternity with no hope of escape since they are already dead. Other depictions of Hell describe it as a place of solitude and darkness. Either way, it is a place of eternal pain with no hope of escape.

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* Hell from {{Christianity}} UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} and in the Book of Revelation is described as a lake of fire where sinners will be cast into and suffer for all eternity with no hope of escape since they are already dead. Other depictions of Hell describe it as a place of solitude and darkness. Either way, it is a place of eternal pain with no hope of escape.



** The centuar Chiron was poisoned by hydra blood and could not heal himself, but due to being the son of Kronos he was immortal which would have left him in agony. Once again Hercules saved the day by arranging from him to die.

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** The centuar centaur Chiron was poisoned by hydra blood and could not heal himself, but due to being the son of Kronos he was immortal which would have left him in agony. Once again Hercules saved the day by arranging from him to die.



* Somewhat played straight with the Harbingers in the LordsOfShadow RP. While they are still human, with every death, they are cloned into a new body and retain every memory up to and including death and the brief void after death.

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* Somewhat played straight with the Harbingers in the LordsOfShadow ''Roleplay/LordsOfShadow'' RP. While they are still human, with every death, they are cloned into a new body and retain every memory up to and including death and the brief void after death.



* ''ArcanaMagiZero'' opened the story with Alysia Perez turning to [[TakenForGranite stone]] and completely aware of it, resulting in post trauma.

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* ''ArcanaMagiZero'' ''Literature/ArcanaMagiZero'' opened the story with Alysia Perez turning to [[TakenForGranite stone]] and completely aware of it, resulting in post trauma.



* [[{{TVTropesRuinedYourLife}} Tv tropes has ruined my life.]] I have been trapped for 15 hours. I have no microphone, [[{{AndIMustScream}} and I must scream.]]
* The 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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* [[{{TVTropesRuinedYourLife}} Tv tropes has ruined my life.]] I have been trapped for 15 hours. I have no microphone, [[{{AndIMustScream}} and I must scream.]]
scream.
* The YoutubePoop 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]].



** An [[{{WebVideo/AfterHours}} After Hours]] episode also mentioned this when discussing the downsides of various superpowers. [[{{Wolverine}} Wolverine's]] are dismissed, as when you are immortal and heal from any injury, the odds of eventually finding yourself trapped or immobilized approach one.

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** An [[{{WebVideo/AfterHours}} After Hours]] episode also mentioned this when discussing the downsides of various superpowers. [[{{Wolverine}} [[ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} Wolverine's]] are dismissed, as when you are immortal and heal from any injury, the odds of eventually finding yourself trapped or immobilized approach one.



* TheFearMythos features the EldritchAbomination "Archangel", who is, in reality [[spoiler: a twisted incarnation of the afterlife -- you are forever with your god, but GodIsEvil. You are trapped with it forever, in a body which moves according to ''it's'' will, not yours.]] There's also EAT (short for Epping [=AquaTarkus=]), which ''[[DependingOnTheWriter may]]'' inflict this upon it's victims.

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* TheFearMythos Franchise/TheFearMythos features the EldritchAbomination "Archangel", who is, in reality [[spoiler: a twisted incarnation of the afterlife -- you are forever with your god, but GodIsEvil. You are trapped with it forever, in a body which moves according to ''it's'' ''its'' will, not yours.]] There's also EAT (short for Epping [=AquaTarkus=]), which ''[[DependingOnTheWriter may]]'' inflict this upon it's victims.



* Discussed among TheSharkasmCrew. The general consensus is that "wishing for everything" would result in a state of omniscience and non-existence.

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* Discussed among TheSharkasmCrew.WebOriginal/TheSharkasmCrew. The general consensus is that "wishing for everything" would result in a state of omniscience and non-existence.



** [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-439 SCP-439]] is one of the crossovers between AndIMustScream and BodyHorror. It's a specie of insects that enter the mouths of sleeping humans and painfully converts their muscle into bone.[[note]]Which is a real condition. See the AndIMustScream/RealLife page for more information.[[/note]] Three days later, the victim will have been converted into a "bone hive" and have between 20000 and 30000 insects within their body, with the victim's different organs being eaten or used for incubating eggs. The victim is still conscious during all of this, and remains so for 4 to 6 months after which a new queen leaves the hive and the victim starts dying of starvation.

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** [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-439 SCP-439]] is one of the crossovers between AndIMustScream this trope and BodyHorror. It's a specie of insects that enter the mouths of sleeping humans and painfully converts their muscle into bone.[[note]]Which is a real condition. See the AndIMustScream/RealLife page for more information.[[/note]] Three days later, the victim will have been converted into a "bone hive" and have between 20000 and 30000 insects within their body, with the victim's different organs being eaten or used for incubating eggs. The victim is still conscious during all of this, and remains so for 4 to 6 months after which a new queen leaves the hive and the victim starts dying of starvation.



* Verse 87:13 of the {{Quran}} describes the torment of the damned in the "greatest fire" (Hell): "He does not die in there, nor does he live."

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* Verse 87:13 of the {{Quran}} Literature/{{Quran}} describes the torment of the damned in the "greatest fire" (Hell): "He does not die in there, nor does he live."



* {{Mortasheen}}'s most notable inflictor of this is [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/willoweird.htm Willoweird]], a nasty walking tree that hypnotizes you into eating one of its fruits. When then converts you into a tree, that the Willoweird then parasitically feeds upon. Did we mention that you can survive for ''decades'' in this state?

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* {{Mortasheen}}'s TabletopGame/{{Mortasheen}}'s most notable inflictor of this is [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/willoweird.htm Willoweird]], a nasty walking tree that hypnotizes you into eating one of its fruits. When then converts you into a tree, that the Willoweird then parasitically feeds upon. Did we mention that you can survive for ''decades'' in this state?



** A spinoff short story ''Into the Maelstrom'' has a traitor SpaceMarine imprisoned in a Dreadnaught battle suit, normally an honor, but never released, so he is doomed to live forever in a small metal box, with no limbs. This is in fact the fate of ''all'' Space Marines encased in Dreadnaught armour, with the occasional mindless rampage, but it isn't always this trope (and is a good example of how a different attitude can affect the outcome). Regular Space Marines, both those encased and their brethren, consider it an honour as they can fight the Emperor's enemies even after death, albeit with slowly degrading mental faculties. Chaos Marines however, being {{Sense Freak}}s taken to the literal utter screaming extreme, consider it to be the worst punishment imaginable, as even while battling they can't feel [[AxeCrazy the joy of slaughter]] and while inactive their brethren have to ''chain them to a wall'' to prevent the completely bugfuck insane Marine (even by Chaos standards) from breaking loose and killing everyone. Note that in all cases, the occupant of a Dreadnought ''can'' scream, it's just that in the case of Chaos Dreadnoughts, there's no one around that cares.

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** A spinoff short story ''Into the Maelstrom'' has a traitor SpaceMarine imprisoned in a Dreadnaught battle suit, normally an honor, but never released, so he is doomed to live forever in a small metal box, with no limbs. This is in fact the fate of ''all'' Space Marines encased in Dreadnaught armour, with the occasional mindless rampage, but it isn't always this trope (and is a good example of how a different attitude can affect the outcome). Regular Space Marines, both those encased and their brethren, consider it an honour as they can fight the Emperor's enemies even after death, albeit with slowly degrading mental faculties. Chaos Marines however, being {{Sense Freak}}s taken to the literal utter screaming extreme, consider it to be the worst punishment imaginable, as even while battling they can't feel [[AxeCrazy [[AxCrazy the joy of slaughter]] and while inactive their brethren have to ''chain them to a wall'' to prevent the completely bugfuck insane Marine (even by Chaos standards) from breaking loose and killing everyone. Note that in all cases, the occupant of a Dreadnought ''can'' scream, it's just that in the case of Chaos Dreadnoughts, there's no one around that cares.



** Haemonculi do this to their victims, surgically altering their bodies until they are, say, a collection of organs still alive and sentient, or a sack of helpless flesh. The Haemonculi arts, however, are in fact required by the Dark Eldar to survive (pain and the suffering of others apparently grants them immortality so that they in turn do not suffer AndIMustScream under [[EldritchAbomination Slaanesh]]). Needless to say, this may very well apply to every single slave of the Dark Eldar.

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** Haemonculi do this to their victims, surgically altering their bodies until they are, say, a collection of organs still alive and sentient, or a sack of helpless flesh. The Haemonculi arts, however, are in fact required by the Dark Eldar to survive (pain and the suffering of others apparently grants them immortality so that they in turn do not suffer AndIMustScream this trope under [[EldritchAbomination Slaanesh]]). Needless to say, this may very well apply to every single slave of the Dark Eldar.



** Several named [=NPCs=] of the Land of Mists have likewise suffered an AndIMustScream fate. Elise Mordenheim, trapped in a decaying and shattered body that her MadScientist husband struggles in vain to restore, is perhaps the most prominent example.

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** Several named [=NPCs=] of the Land of Mists have likewise suffered an AndIMustScream this fate. Elise Mordenheim, trapped in a decaying and shattered body that her MadScientist husband struggles in vain to restore, is perhaps the most prominent example.



* Poor Lavinia, in [[WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare's]] ''Titus Andronicus'', undergoes this fate. After being [[RapeAsDrama raped by two of Tamora's sons]], they cut her tongue from her mouth and chop off her hands so she can't communicate what's happened to her. Though she eventually devises a way to tell her father who committed the crime, she's still a virtually helpless, badly traumatized girl who can never speak again.

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* Poor Lavinia, in [[WilliamShakespeare [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare's]] ''Titus Andronicus'', undergoes this fate. After being [[RapeAsDrama raped by two of Tamora's sons]], they cut her tongue from her mouth and chop off her hands so she can't communicate what's happened to her. Though she eventually devises a way to tell her father who committed the crime, she's still a virtually helpless, badly traumatized girl who can never speak again.



* ''{{Bionicle}}'' has the EldritchAbomination Tren Krom, who had his body sealed to an island and was rendered completely immobile. Furthermore, he was so hideous that anyone who looked at him ran the risk of going insane. Then, he went and tricked [[TheChewToy Lewa]] into switching bodies with him, leaving poor Lewa stranded on an isolated island in a monstrous, tentacled body, unable to move around, not being able to speak except via telepathy, and with no hope of rescue since his friends think he's still with them, if acting a bit strangely. It got reversed in the end, and after a while, Tren Krom was finally granted his freedom. And then murdered off screen instantly.

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* ''{{Bionicle}}'' ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' has the EldritchAbomination Tren Krom, who had his body sealed to an island and was rendered completely immobile. Furthermore, he was so hideous that anyone who looked at him ran the risk of going insane. Then, he went and tricked [[TheChewToy Lewa]] into switching bodies with him, leaving poor Lewa stranded on an isolated island in a monstrous, tentacled body, unable to move around, not being able to speak except via telepathy, and with no hope of rescue since his friends think he's still with them, if acting a bit strangely. It got reversed in the end, and after a while, Tren Krom was finally granted his freedom. And then murdered off screen instantly.



* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' had an AI disconnected from the mainframe, [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2012-08-19 but still left running]], with no sensor input and no way to control anything or alert anybody to [[spoiler: her]] predicament. AIs in that universe operate so fast that they don't experience time the same way as humans do; a few seconds of real time is like millennia for them. This AI is left in this state for several hours, which seem like endless eons to [[spoiler: her]], while everyone else is unaware of [[spoiler: her]] situation. By the time [[spoiler: she]] is finally reconnected, [[spoiler:she]] has gone murderously insane.

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* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' had an AI disconnected from the mainframe, [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2012-08-19 but still left running]], with no sensor input and no way to control anything or alert anybody to [[spoiler: her]] predicament. AIs [=AIs=] in that universe operate so fast that they don't experience time the same way as humans do; a few seconds of real time is like millennia for them. This AI is left in this state for several hours, which seem like endless eons to [[spoiler: her]], while everyone else is unaware of [[spoiler: her]] situation. By the time [[spoiler: she]] is finally reconnected, [[spoiler:she]] has gone murderously insane.



* The fate of 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.]]

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* The fate of DonaldDuck 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.]]



** Although one of the comics shows Cliffjumper carrying the cube around with him, so he aparently saved from that last bit. Unfortunately, Cliffjumper doesn't seem like he knows how to get Blurr back to his old self...

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** Although one of the comics shows Cliffjumper carrying the cube around with him, so he aparently apparently saved from that last bit. Unfortunately, Cliffjumper doesn't seem like he knows how to get Blurr back to his old self...



* The ending of the ''[[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.

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* The ending of the ''[[ClassicDisneyShorts ''[[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/SouthPark'' gives us unfortunate kindergarden 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.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' gives us unfortunate kindergarden 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.



* ''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.

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* ''ThePenguinsofMadagascar'' ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' has Skipper's previous teammates, Manfredi and Johnson, as exhibits at an Aquarium...aquarium... and when he flies past them, he can't hear them.



* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is surprisingly heavy on the nightmarefuel. 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.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is surprisingly heavy on the nightmarefuel.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.



* This would've been the fate of Raggedy Arthur in the ''Literature/RaggedyAnn'' ChristmasSpecial ''WesternAnimation/TheGreatSantaClausCaper''. The villain, Alexander Graham Wolf (kind af 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.

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* This would've been the fate of Raggedy Arthur in the ''Literature/RaggedyAnn'' ChristmasSpecial ''WesternAnimation/TheGreatSantaClausCaper''. The villain, Alexander Graham Wolf (kind af 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.



* 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 repeatably 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.]]

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* 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 repeatably 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.]]



** 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).

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** NeilYoung's 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).



** [[HeartwarmingMoments Heartwarmingly]], one of the few things Wearing can always recognize and remember is his wife.

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** [[HeartwarmingMoments [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Heartwarmingly]], one of the few things Wearing can always recognize and remember is his wife.
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* 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, ([[spoiler: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:
--->[[spoiler:At first glance, Ouchiís 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.]]
--->[[spoiler: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.]]
--->[[spoiler: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.]]
--->[[spoiler:What most astonished Misawa was the muscle cells, normally thought to be the least susceptible to radiation damage. Ouchiís muscle cells had lost most of their fiber and only the cell membrane remained.]]
--->[[spoiler: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.]]

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* 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, ([[spoiler:Cherenkov (Cherenkov Radiation, a beautiful blue glow which is also a surefire sign that the nuclear fuel has reached criticality]]) 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:
--->[[spoiler:At --->At first glance, Ouchiís 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.]]
--->[[spoiler:The
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.]]
--->[[spoiler:Every
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.]]
--->[[spoiler:What
disappeared.
--->What
most astonished Misawa was the muscle cells, normally thought to be the least susceptible to radiation damage. Ouchiís muscle cells had lost most of their fiber and only the cell membrane remained.]]
--->[[spoiler:There
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 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 [[spoiler: 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.

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* 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 [[spoiler: Emilie was deaf, and the accident robbed her of her sight]].sight. You can listen to it [[http://www.radiolab.org/2011/jan/25/finding-emilie/ here]]; it's absolutely riveting.
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* Hell from {{Christianity}} and in the Book of Revelation is described as a lake of fire where sinners will be cast into and suffer for all eternity with no hope of escape since they are already dead. Other depictions of Hell describe it as a place of solitude and darkness. Either way, it is a place of eternal pain with no hope of escape.
** In Revelation 20:14, Hell is thrown into the lake of fire, showing that they're not the same thing.
** Orthodox Christianity states that sins are making 8 passions, deadly habits (think of seven deadly sins, when sloth is mostly absence of desire to live the salvation, and despair is unrestricted sorrow.) They CONTINUE to torture us after the death with GREATLY increased power. Forever, as sating them requires body. And lake of fire? It's how damned will feel God's love... while saved people will feel that as love.
* [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek mythology]] is full of these since many things were immortal. Prometheus was condemned to this by Zeus for stealing fire. He was chained to a rock where an eagle would eat his liver each day. As a Titan god he could not die and his liver would always grow back. In some versions an adamantine spike was driven through his chest for good measure. His harsh punishment is sometimes stated to also be because he refused to tell Zeus who was destined to over throw him so Zeus would never release him. He got off lucky thanks to Hercules freeing him thousands of years later since Prometheus had information Hercules needed.
** Sisyphus was forever forced to roll a boulder up a mountain, just to watch it roll back down every time he reached the top. Subverted in some tellings where there's nothing actually ''forcing'' him to push the boulder, he's just too proud to give up (fitting, since he's damned for the sin of hubris).
** Tantalus was stuck in hell, [[IronicHell in a lake that he couldn't drink from, with a fruit branch above him that he couldn't eat from]], because the water and the branch always moved just out of reach whenever he tried to drink or eat. Although, [[OffingTheOffspring he deserved it]].
** The Titans themselves were condemned to an eternity in [[HellHolePrison Tartarus, a dark pit]] for their war against Zeus.
** Atlas had to hold up the heavens forever. His torment only ended when Perseus used the head of Medusa to turn him into stone.
** The sky god Uranus was castrated by his son Kronos and must spend all time unmanned.
** The centuar Chiron was poisoned by hydra blood and could not heal himself, but due to being the son of Kronos he was immortal which would have left him in agony. Once again Hercules saved the day by arranging from him to die.
** Typhon. Trapped forever under Mount Aetna.
* Loki from Myth/NorseMythology was chained to a rock by the entrails of his own children with a snake dripping poison over him till the end of time for the murder of Balder among other acts. His wife only provide a brief respite from the pain by collecting the poison in a bowl that must be periodically dumped. [[YouCantFightFate Decrees of fate]] prevent him from dying or being freed. The only time he will be freed is to die in the final battle that ends the world. Interestingly enough, due to the common Indo-European origins of Germanic/Nordic and Greek mythology, the myth parallels that of Prometheus.
** There's a mostly mythologically-accurate depiction of it in the retro-style adventure "Heroine's Quest" (free and legal to download, too!), showing Loki bound there: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q50AAWGl4lo

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* Hell from {{Christianity}} and "Hyperspace Cryogenic Insomnia Blues" by Music/TomSmith, in which the Book of Revelation singer is described as a lake of fire where sinners will be cast into and suffer for all eternity with no hope of escape since they are already dead. Other depictions of Hell describe it as a place of solitude and darkness. Either way, it is a place of eternal pain with no hope of escape.
** In Revelation 20:14, Hell is thrown into the lake of fire, showing that they're not the same thing.
** Orthodox Christianity states that sins are making 8 passions, deadly habits (think of seven deadly sins, when sloth is mostly absence of desire to live the salvation, and despair is unrestricted sorrow.) They CONTINUE to torture us after the death with GREATLY increased power. Forever, as sating them requires body. And lake of fire? It's how damned will feel God's love... while saved people will feel that as love.
* [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek mythology]] is full of these since many things were immortal. Prometheus was condemned to this by Zeus for stealing fire. He was chained to a rock where an eagle would eat
awake during his liver each day. As a Titan god he could not die and his liver would always grow back. In some versions an adamantine spike was driven through his chest for good measure. His harsh punishment is sometimes stated to also be because he refused to tell Zeus who was destined to over throw him so Zeus would never release him. He got off lucky thanks to Hercules freeing him thousands cryogenic sleep.
-->We're two weeks out
of Terran orbit\\
Ten
years later since Prometheus had information Hercules needed.
** Sisyphus was forever forced
left to roll go...
* "One" by Music/{{Metallica}}, inspired by ''Literature/JohnnyGotHisGun'', focuses on
a boulder up soldier who has his eyes, ears, mouth, arms, and legs destroyed (by a mountain, just WW1 German artillery shell in ''Johnny'' and a Vietnamese landmine in "One"), but is still conscious. Though he eventually manages to watch it roll back down every time he reached communicate with the top. Subverted doctors and military men keeping him alive, they refuse to disconnect his life support, and he presumably must exist in some tellings where that condition (unable to communicate with anyone, see or hear anything, go anywhere, etc.) for the rest of his natural life. Now there's nothing actually ''forcing'' him to push an unsettling thought. The song itself tells the boulder, he's just too proud to give up (fitting, since he's damned for the sin of hubris).
** Tantalus was stuck in hell, [[IronicHell in a lake
story rather well, especially with these lines:
--> Darkness imprisoning me\\
All
that he couldn't drink from, with a fruit branch above him that he couldn't eat from]], because the water and the branch always moved just out of reach whenever he tried to drink or eat. Although, [[OffingTheOffspring he deserved it]].
** The Titans themselves were condemned to an eternity in [[HellHolePrison Tartarus, a dark pit]] for their war against Zeus.
** Atlas had to hold up the heavens forever. His torment only ended when Perseus used the head of Medusa to turn him into stone.
** The sky god Uranus was castrated by his son Kronos and must spend all time unmanned.
** The centuar Chiron was poisoned by hydra blood and could not heal himself, but due to being the son of Kronos he was immortal which would have left him in agony. Once again Hercules saved the day by arranging from him to die.
** Typhon.
I see, absolute horror\\
I cannot live, I cannot die\\
Trapped forever under Mount Aetna.
in myself, body my holding cell\\
Landmine has taken my sight\\
Taken my speech, taken my hearing\\
Taken my arms, taken my legs\\
Taken my soul, left me with life in Hell!
* Loki The song "Iron Man" by Music/BlackSabbath is about a man from Myth/NorseMythology a post-apocalyptic world where everything was chained devastated by a man made of metal. He travels back in time to a rock by warn the entrails people of the past, but something goes wrong during the time travel process and "he was turned to steel." He is aware of his own children with a snake dripping poison over him till the end of time for the murder of Balder among other acts. His wife only provide a brief respite from the pain by collecting the poison in a bowl that must be periodically dumped. [[YouCantFightFate Decrees of fate]] prevent him from dying surroundings, but unable to move or being freed. The only time he will be freed is to die in the final battle that ends the world. Interestingly enough, due to the common Indo-European origins of Germanic/Nordic speak, and Greek mythology, the myth parallels that of Prometheus.
** There's a mostly mythologically-accurate depiction of it in the retro-style adventure "Heroine's Quest" (free
he is completely ignored by everyone who sees him. He is driven insane and legal to download, too!), showing Loki bound there: https://www.when he finally regains mobility, he [[StableTimeLoop goes on a rampage and devastates everything.]]
* Music/IronSavior's song [[http://www.
youtube.com/watch?v=Q50AAWGl4locom/watch?v=77NyBO4yQWc&feature=related "Watcher in the Sky"]] is from the point of view of the living brain of Iron Savior as the spaceship travels endlessly, out of his control and increasingly unresponsive.
* Music/{{Queensryche}}'s "Screaming In Digital" perfectly inverts the Trope Namer, taking the POV of a sentient AI which, though granted consciousness by its domineering maker ('father'), is callously denied the option to exercise free will or communicate with anyone else.
* The video to Music/{{Radiohead}}'s "There There" has Thom Yorke turned into a tree. A tree with his screaming face still visible.
* "Brain Dead" by Music/JudasPriest is about a man suffering from locked-in syndrome who desperately wants to die.
* "Bird Song" by Music/FlorenceAndTheMachine.
* "Blow Up the Outside World" by Music/{{Soundgarden}}. The speaker is essentially singing about how much his life sucks, yet no matter how hard he tries, he either cannot bring himself to suicide, or simply fails at it again and again.
* The second-to-last verse of Music/{{Current 93}}'s epic ''I Have A Special Plan For This World'':
-->''There are some who have no voices \\
Or none that will ever speak \\
Because of the things they know about this world \\
And the things they feel about this world \\
Because the thoughts that fill a brain \\
That is a damaged brain \\
Because the pain that fills a body \\
That is a damaged body \\
Exists in other worlds \\
Countless other worlds \\
Each of which stands alone in an infinite empty blackness \\
For which no words are being conceived \\
And where no voices are able to speak \\
When a brain is filled only with damaged thoughts \\
When a damaged body is filled only with pain \\
And stands alone in a world surrounded by infinite empty blackness \\
And exists in a world for which there is no special plan.''
* The whole decay process in the song "The Hearse Song".
* "Moonshadow" by Music/CatStephens can be seen as someone trying to make the best of this.
* "The Song That Never Ends" is an example of this once the FridgeHorror sets in. [[TemptingFate Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was]]. And [[AndIMustScream they'll continue singing it forever]] just because this is the song that never ends. Yes it goes on and on my friends. Some people started singing it...
* The song "Alien Breed", from DeathMetal band Internal Bleeding, has this line:
--> I am unable to speak\\
I am unable to scream\\
I watch in horror\\
As the experiment goes on before me
* Music/{{Mothy}}'s [[Franchise/EvilliousChronicles Re_Birthday]] is the theme song of this trope. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zpl1uMEWM_g Just listen to it!]]. [[spoiler: For any not wanting to click the link, basically he's trapped in darkness where he can't hear or see anything and based on manual information it is most possibly the womb of a small doll.]]
* The song Hamburger Lady by English band Throbbing Gristle to some extent. The song is based on a short writing by Dr. Al Ackerman who seconds as a [[{{Body Horror}} from past medical experiences]] author. The story is focused on a woman burnt severely from the waist up, cutting off all senses and leaving her in a continuous state of agony.
* In the Rush song Hemispheres, an emissary to the gods Apollo and Dionysus pilots a spaceship into the black hole of Cygnus X-1, so as to pass through the Astral Door:
-->I have memory and awareness, but I have no shape or form.\\
As a disembodied spirit, I am dead, and yet unborn.\\
I have passed into Olympus, as was told in tales of old,\\
To the city of immortals, marble white and purest gold.\\
\\
I see the gods in battle rage on high:\\
Thunderbolts across the sky!\\
I cannot move, I cannot hide.\\
I feel a silent scream begin inside.
* "Nightingale" by Music/TheReignOfKindo is about a man left paralyzed and unable to speak after a car accident. To make things worse for him, his girlfriend left him for another man after the fact.
-->"I was driving fast, with roses on my seat\\
And headed home, I was late, with dinner getting cold\\
When I was struck in the side of the car,\\
And then I saw your face, I couldn't move, I couldn't say a word to you\\
\\
And everything in my world was yours,\\
When I held you tenderly\\
Oh now, my world is caving in, cause you're sleeping next to him,\\
[[FateWorseThanDeath If I could die, you bet your life I would..."]]
* Music/{{Gloryhammer}}'s first album, ''Tales From The Kingdom Of FIfe'', ends with EvilSorcerer Zargothrax being imprisoned in magical ice on Triton. On their second album, ''Space 1992: Rise Of The Chaos Wizards'', he is released from his prison 1000 years later.
* Music/{{Cormorant}}'s song "Hanging Gardens" has the vision of {{Hell}} where the damned are wrapped in numbered funeral pall, moaning to have a second chance at life. Others are instead hanged from trees, whispering warnings to trespassers to avoid this fate.
* The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster's [[VideoGame/GranTurismo Psychosis Safari]] describes the singer being tied up in the most gruesome way ever imagined:
I got my limbs tied up\\
And a blindfold across my eyes\\
I'm feeling I know\\
That I'm gonna have to tell a lie\\
\\
My heart's in my mouth\\
And my mind's in a furry cup\\
A feeling I know\\
That I'm dreaming, I can't wake up



[[folder:Mythology]]
* Prometheus's fate to be chained to a rock and have his ever-regrowing liver serve as a buffet for an eagle for eternity.
** In the tragedy ''Theatre/PrometheusBound'', lots of people come past his rock -- not [[ComeToGawk to point and laugh]] but sympathize and chat -- a chorus of Oceanids, Io, etc. That's probably just one take on the myth, but still. Ultimately, he was rescued by Heracles, who obviously had to know where he was. Is it wrong to find that scenario perversely comical? ("Hey, Prometheus, how're you doing?" "Oh, you know, Julius, same shit, different day." "Say, the 10:15 eagle is running late." "Yeah, that guy's a slacker. [eagle arrives] Hey, where ya been? This liver's not gonna eat itself!")
*** Well, one ''HorribleHistories'' book did try for a moderately humorous version in which they refer to each other as "Prommy" and "Eddie". This being an HH book, Prommy announced at the end that he was going to eat the eagle's liver.
*** And in the animated series based on Disney's ''Hercules'', the eagle brings an onion with him because a diet consisting entirely of liver doesn't provide enough roughage. Prometheus hopes he gets indigestion from eating his liver with an onion.
*** Another variation on the story has the eagle being friends with Prometheus, they carry on a brief chat until the eagle goes mad and tears out Prometheus liver. The eagle being forced to do this every day against his will might constitute a minor version of this trope.
** Prometheus still exults in being able to resist telling Zeus the secret of his eventual overthrow, a fate that Zeus has been anxious to evade ever since the start of his reign.
* Atlas being condemned to bear the heavens (''[[SadlyMythtaken not]]'' the world) on his shoulders for eternity.
** Then being [[TakenForGranite turned to stone]] by Athena, using Medusa's head.
** Although in some versions he ''asked'' to be turned to stone, as carrying the heavens had become too much for him to bear.
* Most of the Greek Titans are bound in Tartarus. As are the giants. Likewise, the Hebrew Watchers are bound in "deepest darkness," rendered in some accounts as Tartarus. The Nephilim were either bound in Tartarus or drowned in the Great Flood. Depending on the source, Satan, too, is cast into Tartarus.
* Loki, the bad boy of Myth/NorseMythology, was chained to a rock with a serpent eternally dripping caustic venom in his face. His wife, Sigyn, stands over him catching the venom in a bowl, occasionally has to turn aside to empty the bowl before it overflows. When she turns aside to do so, or if she allows it to become overfull and spill, his spasms of pain cause earthquakes. (Considering how many bastard children he's supposed to have fathered with giantesses and the like, one wonders if it's ''entirely'' accidental.)
** Creator/NeilGaiman made Loki's punishment ''even worse'' in ''ComicBook/TheSandman''. Same as before, except Loki's neck has been broken and his eyes ''ripped out'', [[spoiler:the Corinthian being responsible for both]], meaning that now he has snake venom dripping into his ''eye sockets''.
*** Some versions of the binding of Loki state that Loki wasn't just bound to a rock with poison dripping onto him, he was bound with his ''own son's intestines''.
** Another fun example from Norse mythology: the fate of Loki's monster offspring, the wolf Fenrir. It is bound by unbreakable fetters and gagged by ''a sword stuck in the roof of its mouth.'' A river of blood and saliva flows continuously from its jaws. It remains bound and gagged like this until the end of time.
* Lot's wife was turned into a pillar of salt for taking a last look at the home she lived in for so many years. Whether she was conscious after the transformation is to be debated, but if she was she couldn't move or speak while her salt body was slowly eroded by rainfall and winds (and maybe some local deer).
* Philemon and Baucis, who were turned into trees. They seemed pretty happy about it, though, and it was a reward. And since they asked to die together, it's likely they weren't conscious any more and the trees were more of a marker.
* Tantalus is to stand in a pool of water with fruit hanging over him. Whenever he tries to take a drink...it moves away. Whenever he tries to take fruit, it moves away.
** This is where we get the word ''Tantalize'' and its adjective.
** {{Justified}}, since Tantalus ''killed his son, cut him up, boiled him, and served the hideous stew to the gods at a banquet.'' The gods were not pleased by Tantalus' little stunt, and they did not simply stop at punishing the man, but laid a curse on his entire family that passed on to each succeeding generation.
* Sisyphus is told to move a rock up a hill. when it reaches the top...it rolls right back on down.
** Sisyphus had attempted to cheat death, so the gods made the punishment reflect the futility of trying to break the system.
** Anyone who has ''ever'' worked public service can probably tell you ''exactly'' how it feels to be stuck like that. (You try to clean something, or you think you finally can catch a breather or clean up after previous customers...and then a bus full of scouts or minivan full of people drives up and...)
* There were actually a bunch of women, the forty-nine Danaïdes who murdered their husbands, in Tartarus who had to carry water from one place to the next. The jugs they had to carry it in were full of leaks so by the time they reached it, they would be empty and have to go back over and over and ''over and over'' again. (Their sister who fell in love with her husband had a kinder fate.)
* In Chumash folklore (Native American tribe from Southern California), souls of murderers and other evil people are turned to stone from the neck down and are forced to watch other souls travel to the afterlife.
* [[Myth/NativeAmericanMythology Lakota mythology]] features one story dealing with the origin of the sweat: A boy whose uncles were all captured by a witch and dehydrated. As the vapors entered their bodies, they were restored.
* In Myth/GreekMythology, Tithonus is granted immortality, but not eternal youth. As a result, his body withers and his mind decays; he remains, for all time, forgotten in some hidden room, babbling endlessly. (In another story, he eventually turns into a cricket.)
* Another Greek myth example: When the gods want to swear the most solemn of oaths, they swear on the River Styx in the Underworld. Some authors simply have the oath unbreakable, but others say it can be broken. The consequences are harsh indeed: for a year the oathbreaker lies unable to eat, drink, move, ''or breathe'' (and Greek gods cannot die). The next nine years, in which they merely cannot associate with other deities at all, looks mild in comparison.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Myth And Religion]]
* Hell from {{Christianity}} and in the Book of Revelation is described as a lake of fire where sinners will be cast into and suffer for all eternity with no hope of escape since they are already dead. Other depictions of Hell describe it as a place of solitude and darkness. Either way, it is a place of eternal pain with no hope of escape.
** In Revelation 20:14, Hell is thrown into the lake of fire, showing that they're not the same thing.
** Orthodox Christianity states that sins are making 8 passions, deadly habits (think of seven deadly sins, when sloth is mostly absence of desire to live the salvation, and despair is unrestricted sorrow.) They CONTINUE to torture us after the death with GREATLY increased power. Forever, as sating them requires body. And lake of fire? It's how damned will feel God's love... while saved people will feel that as love.
* [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek mythology]] is full of these since many things were immortal. Prometheus was condemned to this by Zeus for stealing fire. He was chained to a rock where an eagle would eat his liver each day. As a Titan god he could not die and his liver would always grow back. In some versions an adamantine spike was driven through his chest for good measure. His harsh punishment is sometimes stated to also be because he refused to tell Zeus who was destined to over throw him so Zeus would never release him. He got off lucky thanks to Hercules freeing him thousands of years later since Prometheus had information Hercules needed.
** Sisyphus was forever forced to roll a boulder up a mountain, just to watch it roll back down every time he reached the top. Subverted in some tellings where there's nothing actually ''forcing'' him to push the boulder, he's just too proud to give up (fitting, since he's damned for the sin of hubris).
** Tantalus was stuck in hell, [[IronicHell in a lake that he couldn't drink from, with a fruit branch above him that he couldn't eat from]], because the water and the branch always moved just out of reach whenever he tried to drink or eat. Although, [[OffingTheOffspring he deserved it]].
** The Titans themselves were condemned to an eternity in [[HellHolePrison Tartarus, a dark pit]] for their war against Zeus.
** Atlas had to hold up the heavens forever. His torment only ended when Perseus used the head of Medusa to turn him into stone.
** The sky god Uranus was castrated by his son Kronos and must spend all time unmanned.
** The centuar Chiron was poisoned by hydra blood and could not heal himself, but due to being the son of Kronos he was immortal which would have left him in agony. Once again Hercules saved the day by arranging from him to die.
** Typhon. Trapped forever under Mount Aetna.
* Loki from Myth/NorseMythology was chained to a rock by the entrails of his own children with a snake dripping poison over him till the end of time for the murder of Balder among other acts. His wife only provide a brief respite from the pain by collecting the poison in a bowl that must be periodically dumped. [[YouCantFightFate Decrees of fate]] prevent him from dying or being freed. The only time he will be freed is to die in the final battle that ends the world. Interestingly enough, due to the common Indo-European origins of Germanic/Nordic and Greek mythology, the myth parallels that of Prometheus.
** There's a mostly mythologically-accurate depiction of it in the retro-style adventure "Heroine's Quest" (free and legal to download, too!), showing Loki bound there: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q50AAWGl4lo
[[/folder]]



[[folder:Religion]]
* Gehenna (AKA Valley of Hinnom), a valley near Jerusalem's Old City, has been used in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as an analogous or symbolic reference for Hell itself.
** In Judaism, this place is sometimes used to refer to She'ol, where wicked souls are sent for punishment and/or purification for roughly a year's time before being sent to the afterlife. The ''really'' wicked souls [[CessationOfExistence are destroyed instead]].
* In [[Literature/TheBible Mark's gospel]], Jesus refers to the Book of Isaiah's description of Hell in one of his sermons, specifically that those in Hell suffer everlasting fire, and that "their worm does not die" (they would be conscious of their perpetually rotting state). This is also where symbolic references to Gehenna (above) are made.
** Matthew's gospel recounts that Jesus spoke of Hell as "darkness" and "weeping and gnashing of teeth" (sorrow and regret).
*** Later theologians, such as Creator/CSLewis, speculate based on Jesus' statements in Matthew's gospel that the main punishment of Hell is mostly (or exclusively) from the [[GoMadFromTheIsolation isolation from God]].
*** Music/AliceCooper made the analogy of a toothache over your entire body. For eternity. And then ''Series/SesameStreet'' decided to use that in a Muppet short during the episode in which Alice Cooper guest-starred. That's... kinda creepy.
*** The show that featured Alice Cooper as a guest was ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', and 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]].]]
* Verse 87:13 of the {{Quran}} describes the torment of the damned in the "greatest fire" (Hell): "He does not die in there, nor does he live."
[[/folder]]



[[folder:Theater]]
* Downplayed and even made [[PlayedForLaughs slightly humorous]] in Stephen Sondheim's ''Sunday in the Park with George.'' At the end of Act One, all of the characters we've seen throughout the first act form a living tableau of ''A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte'', Georges Seurat's masterpiece. It's a beautiful, powerful image...until Act Two begins. It's been one hundred years, and the people in that idyllic park scene have been trapped there all of that time. While they're able to stretch slightly, they can only do so for a few seconds before they have to return to their positions. Time has stopped for them, and while they can't age, they're also wearing many thick layers of clothing on a blisteringly hot summer day, surrounded by people they've come to despise in the past century, and frozen exactly as they were the moment the painting was finished (a little girl with bad vision isn't wearing her glasses, so her vision will always be hopelessly blurred, ''and'' her hands are sticky; a boatman with bad hygiene has his odor lingering around him--and those sitting near him--and so on). And so long as art historians keep restoring ''La Grande Jatte,'' they're going to be stuck like that ''forever.''
* In the musical adaptation of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', the Enchantress's curse becomes one of these. Rather than automatically changing the Prince and his servants into a hideous beast and random household objects (presumably because there was no way to costume that convincingly), the spell instead works extremely slowly; the humans retain their normal sizes and shapes, but as time passes, they become more thing-like as their human features and appendages are gradually replaced with inanimate parts. It's never made clear whether or not completely transforming into an object (a fate that's befallen some of the servants already) kills you or traps your still-conscious mind in a piece of bric-a-brac without any sensory organs, but still very much alive.
* Poor Lavinia, in [[WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare's]] ''Titus Andronicus'', undergoes this fate. After being [[RapeAsDrama raped by two of Tamora's sons]], they cut her tongue from her mouth and chop off her hands so she can't communicate what's happened to her. Though she eventually devises a way to tell her father who committed the crime, she's still a virtually helpless, badly traumatized girl who can never speak again.
* ''Theater/{{Wicked}}'' has a particularly ambiguous and downright disturbing example. It's said throughout the play that animals are losing their power of speech, and if applicable, their ability to walk on two legs. But we're never told whether or not they actually remember when they could walk and talk, leaving one of two possibilitiesÖeither they have forgotten their own "sentience", or they are "psychologically tortured to the point of not speaking out for fear something will happen." Something Bad indeed.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Toys]]
* ''{{Bionicle}}'' has the EldritchAbomination Tren Krom, who had his body sealed to an island and was rendered completely immobile. Furthermore, he was so hideous that anyone who looked at him ran the risk of going insane. Then, he went and tricked [[TheChewToy Lewa]] into switching bodies with him, leaving poor Lewa stranded on an isolated island in a monstrous, tentacled body, unable to move around, not being able to speak except via telepathy, and with no hope of rescue since his friends think he's still with them, if acting a bit strangely. It got reversed in the end, and after a while, Tren Krom was finally granted his freedom. And then murdered off screen instantly.
* According to Sine's backstory in ''Toys/LittleAppleDolls'' she was transported to a purgatory full of people stuck in this fate after she died. It's referred to as "the inbetween" between life and death.
-->The Little Girl saw many like her. They were pale and hollow eyed. Lost and lonely. Some, their eyes sealed shut and their mouths wiped away. They could not speak. They could not see. Their time before, was cut short by being real sick and having their lives taken by force. A little boy ran up towards her and shook her; he was speaking but she could not understand. He spoke in rustling leaves and sirens.
[[/folder]]



[[folder: Music]]
* "Hyperspace Cryogenic Insomnia Blues" by Music/TomSmith, in which the singer is awake during his cryogenic sleep.
-->We're two weeks out of Terran orbit\\
Ten years left to go...
* "One" by Music/{{Metallica}}, inspired by ''Literature/JohnnyGotHisGun'', focuses on a soldier who has his eyes, ears, mouth, arms, and legs destroyed (by a WW1 German artillery shell in ''Johnny'' and a Vietnamese landmine in "One"), but is still conscious. Though he eventually manages to communicate with the doctors and military men keeping him alive, they refuse to disconnect his life support, and he presumably must exist in that condition (unable to communicate with anyone, see or hear anything, go anywhere, etc.) for the rest of his natural life. Now there's an unsettling thought. The song itself tells the story rather well, especially with these lines:
--> Darkness imprisoning me\\
All that I see, absolute horror\\
I cannot live, I cannot die\\
Trapped in myself, body my holding cell\\
Landmine has taken my sight\\
Taken my speech, taken my hearing\\
Taken my arms, taken my legs\\
Taken my soul, left me with life in Hell!
* The song "Iron Man" by Music/BlackSabbath is about a man from a post-apocalyptic world where everything was devastated by a man made of metal. He travels back in time to warn the people of the past, but something goes wrong during the time travel process and "he was turned to steel." He is aware of his surroundings, but unable to move or speak, and he is completely ignored by everyone who sees him. He is driven insane and when he finally regains mobility, he [[StableTimeLoop goes on a rampage and devastates everything.]]
* Music/IronSavior's song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77NyBO4yQWc&feature=related "Watcher in the Sky"]] is from the point of view of the living brain of Iron Savior as the spaceship travels endlessly, out of his control and increasingly unresponsive.
* Music/{{Queensryche}}'s "Screaming In Digital" perfectly inverts the Trope Namer, taking the POV of a sentient AI which, though granted consciousness by its domineering maker ('father'), is callously denied the option to exercise free will or communicate with anyone else.
* The video to Music/{{Radiohead}}'s "There There" has Thom Yorke turned into a tree. A tree with his screaming face still visible.
* "Brain Dead" by Music/JudasPriest is about a man suffering from locked-in syndrome who desperately wants to die.
* "Bird Song" by Music/FlorenceAndTheMachine.
* "Blow Up the Outside World" by Music/{{Soundgarden}}. The speaker is essentially singing about how much his life sucks, yet no matter how hard he tries, he either cannot bring himself to suicide, or simply fails at it again and again.
* The second-to-last verse of Music/{{Current 93}}'s epic ''I Have A Special Plan For This World'':
-->''There are some who have no voices \\
Or none that will ever speak \\
Because of the things they know about this world \\
And the things they feel about this world \\
Because the thoughts that fill a brain \\
That is a damaged brain \\
Because the pain that fills a body \\
That is a damaged body \\
Exists in other worlds \\
Countless other worlds \\
Each of which stands alone in an infinite empty blackness \\
For which no words are being conceived \\
And where no voices are able to speak \\
When a brain is filled only with damaged thoughts \\
When a damaged body is filled only with pain \\
And stands alone in a world surrounded by infinite empty blackness \\
And exists in a world for which there is no special plan.''
* The whole decay process in the song "The Hearse Song".
* "Moonshadow" by Music/CatStephens can be seen as someone trying to make the best of this.
* "The Song That Never Ends" is an example of this once the FridgeHorror sets in. [[TemptingFate Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was]]. And [[AndIMustScream they'll continue singing it forever]] just because this is the song that never ends. Yes it goes on and on my friends. Some people started singing it...
* The song "Alien Breed", from DeathMetal band Internal Bleeding, has this line:
--> I am unable to speak\\
I am unable to scream\\
I watch in horror\\
As the experiment goes on before me
* Music/{{Mothy}}'s [[Franchise/EvilliousChronicles Re_Birthday]] is the theme song of this trope. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zpl1uMEWM_g Just listen to it!]]. [[spoiler: For any not wanting to click the link, basically he's trapped in darkness where he can't hear or see anything and based on manual information it is most possibly the womb of a small doll.]]
* The song Hamburger Lady by English band Throbbing Gristle to some extent. The song is based on a short writing by Dr. Al Ackerman who seconds as a [[{{Body Horror}} from past medical experiences]] author. The story is focused on a woman burnt severely from the waist up, cutting off all senses and leaving her in a continuous state of agony.
* In the Rush song Hemispheres, an emissary to the gods Apollo and Dionysus pilots a spaceship into the black hole of Cygnus X-1, so as to pass through the Astral Door:
-->I have memory and awareness, but I have no shape or form.\\
As a disembodied spirit, I am dead, and yet unborn.\\
I have passed into Olympus, as was told in tales of old,\\
To the city of immortals, marble white and purest gold.\\
\\
I see the gods in battle rage on high:\\
Thunderbolts across the sky!\\
I cannot move, I cannot hide.\\
I feel a silent scream begin inside.
* "Nightingale" by Music/TheReignOfKindo is about a man left paralyzed and unable to speak after a car accident. To make things worse for him, his girlfriend left him for another man after the fact.
-->"I was driving fast, with roses on my seat\\
And headed home, I was late, with dinner getting cold\\
When I was struck in the side of the car,\\
And then I saw your face, I couldn't move, I couldn't say a word to you\\
\\
And everything in my world was yours,\\
When I held you tenderly\\
Oh now, my world is caving in, cause you're sleeping next to him,\\
[[FateWorseThanDeath If I could die, you bet your life I would..."]]
* Music/{{Gloryhammer}}'s first album, ''Tales From The Kingdom Of FIfe'', ends with EvilSorcerer Zargothrax being imprisoned in magical ice on Triton. On their second album, ''Space 1992: Rise Of The Chaos Wizards'', he is released from his prison 1000 years later.
* Music/{{Cormorant}}'s song "Hanging Gardens" has the vision of {{Hell}} where the damned are wrapped in numbered funeral pall, moaning to have a second chance at life. Others are instead hanged from trees, whispering warnings to trespassers to avoid this fate.
* The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster's [[VideoGame/GranTurismo Psychosis Safari]] describes the singer being tied up in the most gruesome way ever imagined:
I got my limbs tied up\\
And a blindfold across my eyes\\
I'm feeling I know\\
That I'm gonna have to tell a lie\\
\\
My heart's in my mouth\\
And my mind's in a furry cup\\
A feeling I know\\
That I'm dreaming, I can't wake up
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[[folder:Mythology]]
* Prometheus's fate to be chained to a rock and have his ever-regrowing liver serve as a buffet for an eagle for eternity.
** In the tragedy ''Theatre/PrometheusBound'', lots of people come past his rock -- not [[ComeToGawk to point and laugh]] but sympathize and chat -- a chorus of Oceanids, Io, etc. That's probably just one take on the myth, but still. Ultimately, he was rescued by Heracles, who obviously had to know where he was. Is it wrong to find that scenario perversely comical? ("Hey, Prometheus, how're you doing?" "Oh, you know, Julius, same shit, different day." "Say, the 10:15 eagle is running late." "Yeah, that guy's a slacker. [eagle arrives] Hey, where ya been? This liver's not gonna eat itself!")
*** Well, one ''HorribleHistories'' book did try for a moderately humorous version in which they refer to each other as "Prommy" and "Eddie". This being an HH book, Prommy announced at the end that he was going to eat the eagle's liver.
*** And in the animated series based on Disney's ''Hercules'', the eagle brings an onion with him because a diet consisting entirely of liver doesn't provide enough roughage. Prometheus hopes he gets indigestion from eating his liver with an onion.
*** Another variation on the story has the eagle being friends with Prometheus, they carry on a brief chat until the eagle goes mad and tears out Prometheus liver. The eagle being forced to do this every day against his will might constitute a minor version of this trope.
** Prometheus still exults in being able to resist telling Zeus the secret of his eventual overthrow, a fate that Zeus has been anxious to evade ever since the start of his reign.
* Atlas being condemned to bear the heavens (''[[SadlyMythtaken not]]'' the world) on his shoulders for eternity.
** Then being [[TakenForGranite turned to stone]] by Athena, using Medusa's head.
** Although in some versions he ''asked'' to be turned to stone, as carrying the heavens had become too much for him to bear.
* Most of the Greek Titans are bound in Tartarus. As are the giants. Likewise, the Hebrew Watchers are bound in "deepest darkness," rendered in some accounts as Tartarus. The Nephilim were either bound in Tartarus or drowned in the Great Flood. Depending on the source, Satan, too, is cast into Tartarus.
* Loki, the bad boy of Myth/NorseMythology, was chained to a rock with a serpent eternally dripping caustic venom in his face. His wife, Sigyn, stands over him catching the venom in a bowl, occasionally has to turn aside to empty the bowl before it overflows. When she turns aside to do so, or if she allows it to become overfull and spill, his spasms of pain cause earthquakes. (Considering how many bastard children he's supposed to have fathered with giantesses and the like, one wonders if it's ''entirely'' accidental.)
** Creator/NeilGaiman made Loki's punishment ''even worse'' in ''ComicBook/TheSandman''. Same as before, except Loki's neck has been broken and his eyes ''ripped out'', [[spoiler:the Corinthian being responsible for both]], meaning that now he has snake venom dripping into his ''eye sockets''.
*** Some versions of the binding of Loki state that Loki wasn't just bound to a rock with poison dripping onto him, he was bound with his ''own son's intestines''.
** Another fun example from Norse mythology: the fate of Loki's monster offspring, the wolf Fenrir. It is bound by unbreakable fetters and gagged by ''a sword stuck in the roof of its mouth.'' A river of blood and saliva flows continuously from its jaws. It remains bound and gagged like this until the end of time.
* Lot's wife was turned into a pillar of salt for taking a last look at the home she lived in for so many years. Whether she was conscious after the transformation is to be debated, but if she was she couldn't move or speak while her salt body was slowly eroded by rainfall and winds (and maybe some local deer).
* Philemon and Baucis, who were turned into trees. They seemed pretty happy about it, though, and it was a reward. And since they asked to die together, it's likely they weren't conscious any more and the trees were more of a marker.
* Tantalus is to stand in a pool of water with fruit hanging over him. Whenever he tries to take a drink...it moves away. Whenever he tries to take fruit, it moves away.
** This is where we get the word ''Tantalize'' and its adjective.
** {{Justified}}, since Tantalus ''killed his son, cut him up, boiled him, and served the hideous stew to the gods at a banquet.'' The gods were not pleased by Tantalus' little stunt, and they did not simply stop at punishing the man, but laid a curse on his entire family that passed on to each succeeding generation.
* Sisyphus is told to move a rock up a hill. when it reaches the top...it rolls right back on down.
** Sisyphus had attempted to cheat death, so the gods made the punishment reflect the futility of trying to break the system.
** Anyone who has ''ever'' worked public service can probably tell you ''exactly'' how it feels to be stuck like that. (You try to clean something, or you think you finally can catch a breather or clean up after previous customers...and then a bus full of scouts or minivan full of people drives up and...)
* There were actually a bunch of women, the forty-nine Danaïdes who murdered their husbands, in Tartarus who had to carry water from one place to the next. The jugs they had to carry it in were full of leaks so by the time they reached it, they would be empty and have to go back over and over and ''over and over'' again. (Their sister who fell in love with her husband had a kinder fate.)
* In Chumash folklore (Native American tribe from Southern California), souls of murderers and other evil people are turned to stone from the neck down and are forced to watch other souls travel to the afterlife.
* [[Myth/NativeAmericanMythology Lakota mythology]] features one story dealing with the origin of the sweat: A boy whose uncles were all captured by a witch and dehydrated. As the vapors entered their bodies, they were restored.
* In Myth/GreekMythology, Tithonus is granted immortality, but not eternal youth. As a result, his body withers and his mind decays; he remains, for all time, forgotten in some hidden room, babbling endlessly. (In another story, he eventually turns into a cricket.)
* Another Greek myth example: When the gods want to swear the most solemn of oaths, they swear on the River Styx in the Underworld. Some authors simply have the oath unbreakable, but others say it can be broken. The consequences are harsh indeed: for a year the oathbreaker lies unable to eat, drink, move, ''or breathe'' (and Greek gods cannot die). The next nine years, in which they merely cannot associate with other deities at all, looks mild in comparison.
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[[folder:Religion]]
* Gehenna (AKA Valley of Hinnom), a valley near Jerusalem's Old City, has been used in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as an analogous or symbolic reference for Hell itself.
** In Judaism, this place is sometimes used to refer to She'ol, where wicked souls are sent for punishment and/or purification for roughly a year's time before being sent to the afterlife. The ''really'' wicked souls [[CessationOfExistence are destroyed instead]].
* In [[Literature/TheBible Mark's gospel]], Jesus refers to the Book of Isaiah's description of Hell in one of his sermons, specifically that those in Hell suffer everlasting fire, and that "their worm does not die" (they would be conscious of their perpetually rotting state). This is also where symbolic references to Gehenna (above) are made.
** Matthew's gospel recounts that Jesus spoke of Hell as "darkness" and "weeping and gnashing of teeth" (sorrow and regret).
*** Later theologians, such as Creator/CSLewis, speculate based on Jesus' statements in Matthew's gospel that the main punishment of Hell is mostly (or exclusively) from the [[GoMadFromTheIsolation isolation from God]].
*** Music/AliceCooper made the analogy of a toothache over your entire body. For eternity. And then ''Series/SesameStreet'' decided to use that in a Muppet short during the episode in which Alice Cooper guest-starred. That's... kinda creepy.
*** The show that featured Alice Cooper as a guest was ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', and 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]].]]
* Verse 87:13 of the {{Quran}} describes the torment of the damned in the "greatest fire" (Hell): "He does not die in there, nor does he live."
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Downplayed and even made [[PlayedForLaughs slightly humorous]] in Stephen Sondheim's ''Sunday in the Park with George.'' At the end of Act One, all of the characters we've seen throughout the first act form a living tableau of ''A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte'', Georges Seurat's masterpiece. It's a beautiful, powerful image...until Act Two begins. It's been one hundred years, and the people in that idyllic park scene have been trapped there all of that time. While they're able to stretch slightly, they can only do so for a few seconds before they have to return to their positions. Time has stopped for them, and while they can't age, they're also wearing many thick layers of clothing on a blisteringly hot summer day, surrounded by people they've come to despise in the past century, and frozen exactly as they were the moment the painting was finished (a little girl with bad vision isn't wearing her glasses, so her vision will always be hopelessly blurred, ''and'' her hands are sticky; a boatman with bad hygiene has his odor lingering around him--and those sitting near him--and so on). And so long as art historians keep restoring ''La Grande Jatte,'' they're going to be stuck like that ''forever.''
* In the musical adaptation of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', the Enchantress's curse becomes one of these. Rather than automatically changing the Prince and his servants into a hideous beast and random household objects (presumably because there was no way to costume that convincingly), the spell instead works extremely slowly; the humans retain their normal sizes and shapes, but as time passes, they become more thing-like as their human features and appendages are gradually replaced with inanimate parts. It's never made clear whether or not completely transforming into an object (a fate that's befallen some of the servants already) kills you or traps your still-conscious mind in a piece of bric-a-brac without any sensory organs, but still very much alive.
* Poor Lavinia, in [[WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare's]] ''Titus Andronicus'', undergoes this fate. After being [[RapeAsDrama raped by two of Tamora's sons]], they cut her tongue from her mouth and chop off her hands so she can't communicate what's happened to her. Though she eventually devises a way to tell her father who committed the crime, she's still a virtually helpless, badly traumatized girl who can never speak again.
* ''Theater/{{Wicked}}'' has a particularly ambiguous and downright disturbing example. It's said throughout the play that animals are losing their power of speech, and if applicable, their ability to walk on two legs. But we're never told whether or not they actually remember when they could walk and talk, leaving one of two possibilitiesÖeither they have forgotten their own "sentience", or they are "psychologically tortured to the point of not speaking out for fear something will happen." Something Bad indeed.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* ''{{Bionicle}}'' has the EldritchAbomination Tren Krom, who had his body sealed to an island and was rendered completely immobile. Furthermore, he was so hideous that anyone who looked at him ran the risk of going insane. Then, he went and tricked [[TheChewToy Lewa]] into switching bodies with him, leaving poor Lewa stranded on an isolated island in a monstrous, tentacled body, unable to move around, not being able to speak except via telepathy, and with no hope of rescue since his friends think he's still with them, if acting a bit strangely. It got reversed in the end, and after a while, Tren Krom was finally granted his freedom. And then murdered off screen instantly.
* According to Sine's backstory in ''Toys/LittleAppleDolls'' she was transported to a purgatory full of people stuck in this fate after she died. It's referred to as "the inbetween" between life and death.
-->The Little Girl saw many like her. They were pale and hollow eyed. Lost and lonely. Some, their eyes sealed shut and their mouths wiped away. They could not speak. They could not see. Their time before, was cut short by being real sick and having their lives taken by force. A little boy ran up towards her and shook her; he was speaking but she could not understand. He spoke in rustling leaves and sirens.
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