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6th May '17 4:06:42 PM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheSpiritThief'', it eventually turns out that the Pillar of Gregorn houses Mellinor, the spirit of an inland sea. The Pillar keeps it from flooding the entire kingdom.
6th May '17 9:53:09 AM Generality
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* [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in the 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.

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* [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in the 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.second, but he's a human sorcerer rather than an extradimensional being. 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.
1st May '17 9:01:22 PM nombretomado
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-->--''[[Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries Transformers]]'' (2007)

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-->--''[[Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries Transformers]]'' -->--''{{Film/Transformers}}'' (2007)



* The [[LiveActionAdaptation live-action]] ''{{Transformers}}'' movie has the U.S. government in possession of a frozen Megatron and [[MacGuffin The All-Spark]]. All modern technology supposedly came from decades of reverse-engineering the former.

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* The [[LiveActionAdaptation live-action]] ''{{Transformers}}'' ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movie has the U.S. government in possession of a frozen Megatron and [[MacGuffin The All-Spark]]. All modern technology supposedly came from decades of reverse-engineering the former.



* In ''TransformersAnimated'', Megatron's head is found by Isaac Sumdac and becomes the base of all ''future'' technology, but Sumdac has no idea who he is. Then Megatron wakes up and tricks Sumdac into not revealing his presence to the Autobots while helping to rebuild Megatron's body.

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* In ''TransformersAnimated'', ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', Megatron's head is found by Isaac Sumdac and becomes the base of all ''future'' technology, but Sumdac has no idea who he is. Then Megatron wakes up and tricks Sumdac into not revealing his presence to the Autobots while helping to rebuild Megatron's body.
2nd Feb '17 9:52:19 PM Treekaru
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** Warhammer 40 000 also has the C'tan, the gods of the Necrons. The Necrons ''enslaved their own gods'' and now use them as weapons against their foes

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** Warhammer 40 000 also has the C'tan, the gods of the Necrons. The Necrons ''enslaved their own gods'' gods,'' trapping them in what amount to highly advanced cages, and now use them as weapons against their foes
2nd Feb '17 9:51:23 PM Treekaru
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** Warhammer 40 000 also has the C'tan, the gods of the Necrons. The Necrons ''enslaved their own gods'' and now use them as weapons against their foe

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** Warhammer 40 000 also has the C'tan, the gods of the Necrons. The Necrons ''enslaved their own gods'' and now use them as weapons against their foefoes
2nd Feb '17 9:50:39 PM Treekaru
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** Warhammer 40 000 also has the C'tan, the gods of the Necrons. The Necrons ''enslaved their own gods'' and now use them as weapons against their foe
26th Jan '17 3:29:24 PM margdean56
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* This happens with the [[GenieInABottle genies]] of [[OurGeniesAreDifferent Arabic mythology]]. Djinn were essentially free ethereal spirits with magical talents summoned and bounded to an object, such as a bottle or oil lamp, and had to serve (if they are in a good mood) whoever is currently in possession of the object or summons them via object.

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* This happens with the [[GenieInABottle genies]] of [[OurGeniesAreDifferent Arabic mythology]]. Djinn were essentially free ethereal spirits with magical talents summoned and bounded bound to an object, such as a bottle or oil lamp, and had to serve (if they are in a good mood) whoever is currently in possession of the object or summons them via object.



** Actually based on an ancient grimiore The Keys of Solomon! He used his knowledge of Kabbalah to bind 72 demons in a chalice! It eventually morphed into this. Damien-Daemon-Djinn Also, they did not mean evil spirit until centuries later!

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** Actually based on an ancient grimiore grimoire, The Keys of Solomon! He used his knowledge of Kabbalah to bind 72 demons in a chalice! It eventually morphed into this. Damien-Daemon-Djinn Also, they did not mean evil spirit until centuries later!
26th Jan '17 3:26:57 PM margdean56
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* 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 Creator/DeanKoontz 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 for the better...



* In 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]].

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* In Creator/PeterSBeagle's ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn'', the witch Mommy Fortuna, owner of a traveling circus-cum-freak-show, had has captured by magic [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harpies the Harpy]] Celaeno. The monster had has sworn revenge and makes tries all possible things ways to escape, while the witch [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu drains herself of power and ages herself quickly to still hold keep holding her under by a magic tether]].
26th Jan '17 3:21:51 PM margdean56
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* In the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]''[=/=]''Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' crossover from [[=IDW=]] and Creator/DCComics, [[TheConstant Vandal Savage]] is TheEmperor of a ''very'' powerful version of [[TheEmpire The Terran Empire]]. How did he do it? ''He captured Q''!

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* In the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]''[=/=]''Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' crossover from [[=IDW=]] [=IDW=] and Creator/DCComics, [[TheConstant Vandal Savage]] is TheEmperor of a ''very'' powerful version of [[TheEmpire The Terran Empire]]. How did he do it? ''He captured Q''!



*** When the guy stood up to Megatron though Megatron was so impressed by the guy's moxy he let him live.

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*** When the guy stood up to Megatron though Megatron, though, Megatron was so impressed by the guy's moxy moxie he let him live.



* This trope was the kickstart of the plot of ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' after a Ritual Magic society captured Dream of the Endless and held him for years. Of course, they were trying [[DeathTakesAHoliday to get his sister, Death]]. Keeping him kept captured caused all sorts of horrible havoc to dreams and sleeping patterns; imagine what would have happened if they ''had'' [[FateWorseThanDeath captured Death]].

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* This trope was the kickstart of the plot of ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' after a Ritual Magic society captured Dream of the Endless and held him for years. Of course, they were trying [[DeathTakesAHoliday to get his sister, Death]]. Keeping him kept captured caused all sorts of horrible havoc to dreams and sleeping patterns; imagine what would have happened if they ''had'' [[FateWorseThanDeath captured Death]].



* 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/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)

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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/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)X-Men.)



** The first to capture her is actually Paperinik, who knows only that Xadhoom hates the Evronians, and thus they could be allies against their invasion of Earth, and that she has mistaken for an Evronian in their first encounter. Then the Evronians (who still don't know what Xadhoom can do) show up to kill both, Paperinik kicks their asses... [[PlayAlongPrisoner And Xadhoom promptly frees herself and says they'll be allies]]. Paperinik's face is priceless;
** Later in the same story as above a group of Evronians successfully seal her in a forcefield that not even her can destroy. To do so, however, they had to repurpose their ship's engine and use Duckburg's electrical grid to power it, and the forcefield is promptly shut off when One hacks the power plant's computers.
*** This one shows up again in the AlternateUniverse "Universe Pk" stories, with the difference the Evronians weren't improvising and the forcefield was powered by their own power sources. Thing is, they also captured Paperinik, and the Raider, [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou who doesn't want anyone to steal his kill]], [[ResetButton rewinds time]], so when the ship with the forcefield projector shows up they're ready and disintegrate it.

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** The first to capture her is actually Paperinik, who knows only that Xadhoom hates the Evronians, and thus they could be allies against their invasion of Earth, and that she has was mistaken for an Evronian in their first encounter. Then the Evronians (who still don't know what Xadhoom can do) show up to kill both, Paperinik kicks their asses... [[PlayAlongPrisoner And Xadhoom promptly frees herself and says they'll be allies]]. Paperinik's face is priceless;
** Later in the same story as above a group of Evronians successfully seal her in a forcefield that not even her she can destroy. To do so, however, they had to repurpose their ship's engine and use Duckburg's electrical grid to power it, and the forcefield is promptly shut off when One hacks the power plant's computers.
*** This one shows up again in the AlternateUniverse "Universe Pk" stories, with the difference that the Evronians weren't improvising and the forcefield was powered by their own power sources. Thing is, they also captured Paperinik, and the Raider, [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou who doesn't want anyone to steal his kill]], [[ResetButton rewinds time]], so when the ship with the forcefield projector shows up they're ready and disintegrate it.



** Later a group of Evronians masquerading as Xerbians (Xadhoom's people) lure her in an ambush, planning to trick her into wearing a restraining device... Except [[ImposterForgotOneDetail they don't know what a Xarghon (traditional Xerbian welcome dance) is]], leading to Xadhoom seeing through their ruse... [[{{Troll}} And amuse herself with their attempts at guessing what a Xarghon is]]. When they finally catch on, she blows them up;

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** Later a group of Evronians masquerading as Xerbians (Xadhoom's people) lure her in into an ambush, planning to trick her into wearing a restraining device... Except [[ImposterForgotOneDetail they don't know what a Xarghon (traditional Xerbian welcome dance) is]], leading to Xadhoom seeing through their ruse... [[{{Troll}} And amuse amusing herself with their attempts at guessing what a Xarghon is]]. When they finally catch on, she blows them up;



** Because the authors love this trope, the PKNE relaunch stories give us Moldrock: an ancient and immortal tyrant [[spoiler: from planet Corona]] [[PhysicalGod with powers possibly comparable to Xadhoom]], he ruled his homeworld and a large empire with iron fist... Until his scientists, [[spoiler: led by Everett Ducklair]], hit him with a weapon that knocked him out, applied a restraining device, and shipped him to a pentadimensional world where his powers were almost completely suppressed.
* The Chinese and Japanese governments in ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'' eventually reveals they have done this two a pair of extraterrestrial, time traveling, reality altering dimension hoppers. They can release them to take care of a returned Plutonian, but simply doing so will unleash a cloud of radiation that will kill one-third of the human race. They do so. [[spoiler: In a related matter, they are sure they will handle the Plutonian because they are his biological parents ([[BizarreAlienBiology sort of]]) and voluntarily remained trapped precisely in order to avoid the inevitable radiation fallout.]]

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** Because the authors love this trope, the PKNE relaunch stories give us Moldrock: an ancient and immortal tyrant [[spoiler: from planet Corona]] [[PhysicalGod with powers possibly comparable to Xadhoom]], he Xadhoom]]. He ruled his homeworld and a large empire with an iron fist... Until his scientists, [[spoiler: led by Everett Ducklair]], hit him with a weapon that knocked him out, applied a restraining device, and shipped him to a pentadimensional world where his powers were almost completely suppressed.
* The Chinese and Japanese governments in ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'' eventually reveals reveal they have done this two to a pair of extraterrestrial, time traveling, reality altering dimension hoppers. They can release them to take care of a returned Plutonian, but simply doing so will unleash a cloud of radiation that will kill one-third of the human race. They do so. [[spoiler: In a related matter, they are sure they will can handle the Plutonian because they are his biological parents ([[BizarreAlienBiology --([[BizarreAlienBiology sort of]]) -- and voluntarily remained trapped precisely in order to avoid the inevitable radiation fallout.]]



* One of the "Planetary" stories had the team tracking down a secret facility rumored to be up to who-knows-what shenanigans. They find a dusty old base left over from the 1960's, where the caretaker tells them the story of the creature at the bottom of a reinforced mineshaft. It's basically a variant of the Incredible Hulk origin, with the military taking weeks to subdue the monster, and spending years struggling to contain it. They still monitor its corpse, just in case three decades without food or water wasn't quite enough to properly kill it.

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* One of the "Planetary" stories had the team tracking down a secret facility rumored to be up to who-knows-what shenanigans. They find a dusty old base left over from the 1960's, 1960s, where the caretaker tells them the story of the creature at the bottom of a reinforced mineshaft. It's basically a variant of the Incredible Hulk origin, with the military taking weeks to subdue the monster, and spending years struggling to contain it. They still monitor its corpse, just in case three decades without food or water wasn't quite enough to properly kill it.
8th Jan '17 1:49:00 PM nombretomado
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* In ''UltimateMarvel'', the Russian supersoldier program is based around reverse engineering a captured alien robot (the Vision).

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* In ''UltimateMarvel'', ''ComicBook/UltimateMarvel'', the Russian supersoldier program is based around reverse engineering a captured alien robot (the Vision).
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