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24th Jul '16 6:42:33 PM PaulA
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* In PeterSBeagle's ''[[{{Literature/TheLastunicorn}} The Last Unicorn]]'', the witch Mommy Fortuna, owner of a traveling circus-cum-freak-show, had captured by magic [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harpies the Harpy]] Celaeno. The monster had sworn revenge and makes all possible things to escape, while the witch [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu drains herself of power and ages herself quickly to still hold her under magic tether]].

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* In PeterSBeagle's ''[[{{Literature/TheLastunicorn}} The Last Unicorn]]'', Creator/PeterSBeagle's ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn'', the witch Mommy Fortuna, owner of a traveling circus-cum-freak-show, had captured by magic [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harpies the Harpy]] Celaeno. The monster had sworn revenge and makes all possible things to escape, while the witch [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu drains herself of power and ages herself quickly to still hold her under magic tether]].
18th Jun '16 1:54:09 AM DarkHunter
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* In ''Anime/CrossAnge'', this is eventually revealed to be the reason the [=DRAGONs=] continue to invade from another world: [[spoiler:their progenitor, Aura, the first and most powerful DRAGON, is being held captive by Embryo. She is also the source of the "Light of Mana" that suffuses the world, as Embryo harvests energy from the immense amount of Dracunium in Aura's body (replenishing it with more harvested from the dead [=DRAGONs=] the Norma shoot down).]]
3rd Jun '16 6:45:25 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* IDW's ''[[TheTransformersIDW Transformers]]'' comic has the Machination creating Headmaster technology from [[spoiler:the captured Sunstreaker. Scorponok's severed head is working with them voluntarily to rebuild his body]].

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* IDW's ''[[TheTransformersIDW ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW Transformers]]'' comic has the Machination creating Headmaster technology from [[spoiler:the captured Sunstreaker. Scorponok's severed head is working with them voluntarily to rebuild his body]].
27th May '16 1:13:24 PM Theriocephalus
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* In the Literature/KnownSpace universe novel "Destroyer of Worlds", humans capture a Protector. These are highly intelligent, fast and strong evolved beings. They are explicitly stated to be the next evolutionary step to humans, merely requiring a certain type of fungus to trigger. They have a deep hatred for anyone (including other Protectors) who is not in their clan. The Protector is captured to provide information, but as per this trope, ends up turning the tables on his captors.
* Literary example: In the opening of one of the ''Literature/{{Nightside}}'' novels, John Taylor is called on to discover why a ghost is constantly sabotaging a power plant. He finds out that the plant operates by [[LiquidAssets sucking power]] from a trapped and tormented solar being; the ghost is that of his enraged bride. Both were poisoned on their wedding day by the man who now runs the plant. For extra value, all three (captured being, ghost, and plant owner) were [[ItsPersonal friends of John]].

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* In the Literature/KnownSpace universe novel "Destroyer of Worlds", humans capture a Protector. These are highly intelligent, fast and strong evolved beings. They are beings, and explicitly stated to be the next evolutionary step to ultimate life stage of humans, merely requiring the consumption of a certain type of fungus root (and associated symbiotic virus) to trigger. trigger their development. They have a deep hatred for anyone (including other Protectors) who is not in their clan.bloodline. The Protector is captured to provide information, but as per this trope, ends up turning the tables on his captors.
* Literary example: In the opening of one of the ''Literature/{{Nightside}}'' novels, John Taylor is called on to discover why a ghost is constantly sabotaging a power plant. He finds out that the plant operates by [[LiquidAssets sucking power]] from a trapped and tormented solar being; the ghost is that of his enraged bride. Both were poisoned on their wedding day by the man who now runs the plant. For extra value, all three (captured being, ghost, and plant owner) were [[ItsPersonal friends of John]].



* In an out-of-print Creator/DeanKoontz's novel ''Fear that Man'' an inventor, using SomeKindOfForceField technology, captures ''something''. When he understands that he captured [[spoiler:a god]], he keeps it imprisoned, fearing retribution. Consequently, life in the entire galaxy takes a very definite turn to the better...

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* In an out-of-print Creator/DeanKoontz's novel ''Fear that Man'' Man'', an inventor, using SomeKindOfForceField technology, captures ''something''. When he understands that he captured [[spoiler:a god]], he keeps it imprisoned, fearing retribution. Consequently, life in the entire galaxy takes a very definite turn to the better...



* Considering that they're part of the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe, it shouldn't be too difficult to believe that the ''{{Literature/Eisenhorn}}'' novels feature this; when a number of captured Alpha-level [[PsychicPowers Chaos Psykers]] are paraded through a large hive on a victory march, they manage to escape and wreak considerable havoc, including [[spoiler: crippling recently-promoted Inquisitor Literature/{{Ravenor}} for life]]. Several of Eisenhorn's opponents ([[spoiler:and later, Eisenhorn himself]]) also make use of daemonhosts: [[SealedEvilInACan immensely powerful daemons bound into human bodies]], which are both immensely dangerous and intensely displeased with their enforced servitude.
** Alpha Level Plus Psykers are far more dangerous than you might think. ''ONE'' AL+ Psyker managed to enslave over ''fifty thousand'' innocents, and force them into combat against his enemies, he could even influence and control Space Marines to a lesser degree, allowing him to slip away unharmed when fifteen marines were right next to him... one even picked him up thinking him an ''ordinary six year old''...
* In the Kamigawa block of ''MagicTheGathering'', a feudal lord captures [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=74644 a newborn spirit from the Spirit World]], which makes him immortal. This act also incites the entire spirit world to declare a long and bloody war on the mortal world. The worst part is, the long and bloody war with the gods of his world doesn't cause him to take the hint; he's still convinced that his immortal reign is the best for Kamigawa. Which trope is that again?

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* Considering that they're part of the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe, it shouldn't be too difficult to believe that the ''{{Literature/Eisenhorn}}'' ''Literature/{{Eisenhorn}}'' novels feature this; when a number of captured Alpha-level [[PsychicPowers Chaos Psykers]] are paraded through a large hive on a victory march, they manage to escape and wreak considerable havoc, including [[spoiler: crippling recently-promoted Inquisitor Literature/{{Ravenor}} for life]]. Several of Eisenhorn's opponents ([[spoiler:and later, Eisenhorn himself]]) also make use of daemonhosts: [[SealedEvilInACan immensely powerful daemons bound into human bodies]], which are both immensely dangerous and intensely displeased with their enforced servitude.
** Alpha Level Plus Psykers are far more dangerous than you might think. ''ONE'' AL+ Psyker managed to enslave over ''fifty thousand'' innocents, and force them into combat against his enemies, he enemies. He could even influence and control Space Marines to a lesser degree, allowing him to slip away unharmed when fifteen marines were right next to him... one even picked him up thinking him an ''ordinary six year old''...
* In the Kamigawa block of ''MagicTheGathering'', a feudal lord captures [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=74644 a newborn spirit from the Spirit World]], which makes him immortal. This act also incites the entire spirit world to declare a long and bloody war on the mortal world. The worst part is, the long and bloody war with the gods of his world doesn't cause him to take the hint; he's still convinced that his immortal reign is the best for Kamigawa. Which trope is that again?NeverMyFault, much?



* TheMenInBlack in ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' actually ''don't'' traffic much in [[CapturedSuperEntity Captured Super Entities]]. [[MegaCorp Hellstromme Industries]], on the other hand, uses one to power [[spoiler: the titular starship in an adventure titled ''The Unity.'' The [[TheLegionsOfHell demon]] named Apostolos requires a specific act to fuel the ship's [[SubspaceOrHyperspace faster-than-light]] engine, the aptly named "Faustian Drive."]] For more information, refer to the example listed in SadisticChoice. You were warned.

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* TheMenInBlack in ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' actually ''don't'' traffic much in [[CapturedSuperEntity Captured Super Entities]].Entities. [[MegaCorp Hellstromme Industries]], on the other hand, uses one to power [[spoiler: the titular starship in an adventure titled ''The Unity.'' The [[TheLegionsOfHell demon]] named Apostolos requires a specific act to fuel the ship's [[SubspaceOrHyperspace faster-than-light]] engine, the aptly named "Faustian Drive."]] For more information, refer to the example listed in SadisticChoice. You were warned.



* The Wiki/SCPFoundation has several of these, up to a man who claims to be ''God''. Although their method of "capturing" him essentially consists of them knowing that he'll be back and not worrying too much that he can get out of his cell whenever it takes his fancy.

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* The Wiki/SCPFoundation has several of these, up to a man (''probably'' a man, anyway) who claims to be ''God''. Although their method of "capturing" him essentially consists of them knowing that he'll be back to a certain location more often than not and not worrying too much that he can get out of his cell whenever it takes his fancy.fancy. They also the Hindu god Kumbhakarna (he's dormant in a floating palace/battle station and the Foundation really only just keeps people from finding out) and some sort of deer-god that could destroy the world with ease that is kept contained with a phony ritual that the Foundation came up with to make it ''[[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve think]]'' they know how to contain it.
21st May '16 9:38:37 PM erforce
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* [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in the first Film/{{Ghostbusters}} movie. With all the capturing of ghosts, when they encounter an actual god, you expect them to capture it and contain it like all the ghosts. But all they end up being able to do is close the portal that is giving it access to our universe. Played straight with Vigo in the second. In the game which follows that, they keep Vigo in the station, powerless to do anything other than ask people to bring him a child.

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* [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in the first Film/{{Ghostbusters}} original ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' movie. With all the capturing of ghosts, when they encounter an actual god, you expect them to capture it and contain it like all the ghosts. But all they end up being able to do is close the portal that is giving it access to our universe. Played straight with Vigo in the second. In the game which follows that, they keep Vigo in the station, powerless to do anything other than ask people to bring him a child.
19th May '16 1:45:15 PM Willbyr
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* Long, long ago in the ''TenchiMuyo'' universe, way before she took on a mortal body, Washu was on our plane of existance, and was somehow imprisoned by a race. They built a planet-sized containment facility to study her, and eventually siphoned off some of her power into three Gems. Eventually, after the death of one of the Bioroids carrying one of her Gems, Tsunami became aware of what was going on. No-one knows exactly what she did then, because there were ''no survivors''.

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* Long, long ago in the ''TenchiMuyo'' ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' universe, way before she took on a mortal body, Washu was on our plane of existance, and was somehow imprisoned by a race. They built a planet-sized containment facility to study her, and eventually siphoned off some of her power into three Gems. Eventually, after the death of one of the Bioroids carrying one of her Gems, Tsunami became aware of what was going on. No-one knows exactly what she did then, because there were ''no survivors''.
19th May '16 5:28:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the KnownSpace universe novel "Destroyer of Worlds", humans capture a Protector. These are highly intelligent, fast and strong evolved beings. They are explicitly stated to be the next evolutionary step to humans, merely requiring a certain type of fungus to trigger. They have a deep hatred for anyone (including other Protectors) who is not in their clan. The Protector is captured to provide information, but as per this trope, ends up turning the tables on his captors.
* Literary example: In the opening of one of the ''{{Nightside}}'' novels, John Taylor is called on to discover why a ghost is constantly sabotaging a power plant. He finds out that the plant operates by [[LiquidAssets sucking power]] from a trapped and tormented solar being; the ghost is that of his enraged bride. Both were poisoned on their wedding day by the man who now runs the plant. For extra value, all three (captured being, ghost, and plant owner) were [[ItsPersonal friends of John]].

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* In the KnownSpace Literature/KnownSpace universe novel "Destroyer of Worlds", humans capture a Protector. These are highly intelligent, fast and strong evolved beings. They are explicitly stated to be the next evolutionary step to humans, merely requiring a certain type of fungus to trigger. They have a deep hatred for anyone (including other Protectors) who is not in their clan. The Protector is captured to provide information, but as per this trope, ends up turning the tables on his captors.
* Literary example: In the opening of one of the ''{{Nightside}}'' ''Literature/{{Nightside}}'' novels, John Taylor is called on to discover why a ghost is constantly sabotaging a power plant. He finds out that the plant operates by [[LiquidAssets sucking power]] from a trapped and tormented solar being; the ghost is that of his enraged bride. Both were poisoned on their wedding day by the man who now runs the plant. For extra value, all three (captured being, ghost, and plant owner) were [[ItsPersonal friends of John]].



* In an out-of-print DeanKoontz's novel ''Fear that Man'' an inventor, using SomeKindOfForceField technology, captures ''something''. When he understands that he captured [[spoiler:a god]], he keeps it imprisoned, fearing retribution. Consequently, life in the entire galaxy takes a very definite turn to the better...

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* In an out-of-print DeanKoontz's Creator/DeanKoontz's novel ''Fear that Man'' an inventor, using SomeKindOfForceField technology, captures ''something''. When he understands that he captured [[spoiler:a god]], he keeps it imprisoned, fearing retribution. Consequently, life in the entire galaxy takes a very definite turn to the better...
14th May '16 7:33:53 AM Doug86
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* It's been [[RetCon "revealed"]] that not only was the alien AI that operated the Danger Room sentient, but that Professor X ''knew'' it was sentient but chose to essentially keep it prisoner to train the ComicBook/{{X-Men}}. When it finally escaped (and made itself a robot body, calling itself "Danger"), it went on a rampage seeking revenge. (This was later eased off a little, to suggest that he didn't know Danger resented being used for training, but did realize she might go berserk if freed. They've since made up and Danger is an ally of the X-Men)

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* It's been [[RetCon "revealed"]] that not only was the alien AI that operated the Danger Room sentient, but that Professor X ''knew'' it was sentient but chose to essentially keep it prisoner to train the ComicBook/{{X-Men}}.ComicBook/XMen. When it finally escaped (and made itself a robot body, calling itself "Danger"), it went on a rampage seeking revenge. (This was later eased off a little, to suggest that he didn't know Danger resented being used for training, but did realize she might go berserk if freed. They've since made up and Danger is an ally of the X-Men)
10th Mar '16 7:01:27 PM DastardlyDemolition
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** Can be momentarily invoked by the Dragonborn in ''Dragonborn''. where a shout renders dragons compliant enough to be ridden.

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** Can be momentarily invoked by the Dragonborn in ''Dragonborn''. the ''Dragonborn'' [[DownloadableContent DLC]] where a the "Bend Will" shout temporarily renders dragons compliant enough to be ridden.ridden. It sounds awesome ''on paper'' and, while it does look cool, ''in practice'' you can only give them some orders, you're limited to magic or shouts on their back, you can't fast travel everywhere [[note]]Places like Whiterun or Solitude are separate cells from the overworld[[/note]], and eventually the dragon's service to you will end. At least it looks cool the first few times.
22nd Feb '16 4:48:13 PM majike
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*** It should be noted that the Key of Solomon (or the basis for it) is held to have been written in the 14th or 15th centuries, about a century after the Kabbalah first appeared and quite a few centuries after the appearance of djinn in Arabic Mythology.

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*** It should be noted that the basis for the Key of Solomon (or the basis for it) is held to have been was written in the 14th or 15th centuries, about a century after the Kabbalah first appeared and quite a few centuries after the appearance of djinn in Arabic Mythology.
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