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10th Feb '17 2:11:33 PM Onlythrice
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', and ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', the Vault Dweller, Lone Wanderer, and Soul Survivor, whose badass quotients only [[TookALevelInBadass increase]] after leaving the safety of their Vaults.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', and ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', the Vault Dweller, Lone Wanderer, and Soul Sole Survivor, whose badass quotients only [[TookALevelInBadass increase]] after leaving the safety of their Vaults.
10th Feb '17 2:06:01 PM Onlythrice
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', the Vault Dweller and Lone Wanderer, who's badass quotient only [[TookALevelInBadass increases]] after leaving the safety of their respective Vaults.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', and ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', the Vault Dweller and Dweller, Lone Wanderer, who's and Soul Survivor, whose badass quotient quotients only [[TookALevelInBadass increases]] increase]] after leaving the safety of their respective Vaults.
3rd Feb '17 4:33:45 PM Xtifr
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* Charles Sheffield's novel "Tomorrow and Tomorrow" features Drake, who cryo-freezes himself and his wife to await a cure for her fatal illness. While he's nowhere near badass by our standards, an ultra-advanced future society which has forgotten the whole concept of "war" has a different perspective.

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* Charles Sheffield's Creator/CharlesSheffield's novel "Tomorrow ''Tomorrow and Tomorrow" Tomorrow'' features Drake, who cryo-freezes himself and his wife to await a cure for her fatal illness. While he's nowhere near badass by our standards, an ultra-advanced future society which has forgotten the whole concept of "war" has a different perspective.
16th Jan '17 12:02:57 PM merotoker
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* In ''Manhwa/TheLegendOfMaian,'' Felicia Rand Philistine is this. Originally portrayed as SealedEvilInACan, [[spoiler: recent events have suggested she had noble intentions. She is by no means good though.]] Interestingly enough, Fenix Maian is the actual can, while Felicia is the badass. [[spoiler: Well, the sealed on. Fenix is [[TookALevelInBadass leveling up at the moment.]]]]
* In ''Anime/MacrossII'', we are given a glimpse of the cargo bay of an alien ship, where an army of ProudWarriorRace giant slave-soldiers are preserved waiting to be revived and sent into space.

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* In ''Manhwa/TheLegendOfMaian,'' Felicia Rand Philistine is this. Originally portrayed as SealedEvilInACan, [[spoiler: recent events have suggested she had noble intentions. She is by no means good though.]] though]]. Interestingly enough, Fenix Maian is the actual can, while Felicia is the badass. [[spoiler: Well, the sealed on. Fenix is [[TookALevelInBadass leveling up at the moment.]]]]
* In ''Anime/MacrossII'', we are given a glimpse of the cargo bay of an alien ship, where an army of ProudWarriorRace Proud Warrior Race|Guy}} giant slave-soldiers are preserved waiting to be revived and sent into space.



** In ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'', [[spoiler:Eva-01 itself is sealed in an orbital Can shaped like a 3D-unfolded tesseract (it looks like a [[CreepyCoolCrosses cross]]). It penetrates the Can briefly to kill an enemy.]]
* Inner Moka from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' is badass enough to [[CurbStompBattle curb stomp]] all but the best monsters out there. She spends the bulk of her time sealed in a [[CreepyCoolCrosses rosary]] while Outer Moka takes care of daily life. Interestingly, [[spoiler:Inner Moka is the original personality and Outer Moka is artificial, so she's actually sealed ''in her own body''!]]

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** In ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'', [[spoiler:Eva-01 itself is sealed in an orbital Can shaped like a 3D-unfolded tesseract (it looks like a [[CreepyCoolCrosses cross]]). It penetrates the Can briefly to kill an enemy.]]
enemy]].
* Inner Moka from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' is badass enough to [[CurbStompBattle curb stomp]] all but the best monsters out there. She spends the bulk of her time sealed in a [[CreepyCoolCrosses rosary]] while Outer Moka takes care of daily life. Interestingly, [[spoiler:Inner Moka is the original personality and Outer Moka is artificial, so she's actually sealed ''in her own body''!]]body'']]!



* ComicBook/LesLegendaires: [[BarbarianHero Razzia]] got [[TheSymbiote Amy]] that way: she had been trapt for years inside [[EvilSorcerer Skroa]]'s lab and agreed to join force with Razzia in exchange for his promise to kill Skroa.

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* ComicBook/LesLegendaires: [[BarbarianHero Razzia]] got [[TheSymbiote Amy]] that way: she had been trapt trapped for years inside [[EvilSorcerer Skroa]]'s lab and agreed to join force with Razzia in exchange for his promise to kill Skroa.



* In ''Film/DemolitionMan'' criminals are locked in cryo-storage, and the world gradually gets more clean, neat and pacifistic. Then Wesley Snipes breaks out of cryostorage and starts killing people, and nobody knows how to stop him! Fortunately, they cryo-preserved Sylvester 'The Itallian Stallion' Stallone too, so they thaw him out to counter Snipes...

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* In ''Film/DemolitionMan'' criminals are locked in cryo-storage, and the world gradually gets more clean, neat and pacifistic. Then Wesley Snipes Creator/WesleySnipes breaks out of cryostorage and starts killing people, and nobody knows how to stop him! Fortunately, they cryo-preserved [[Creator/SylvesterStallone Sylvester 'The Itallian Italian Stallion' Stallone Stallone]] too, so they thaw him out to counter Snipes...



** In fact, at the end of the story we learn that [[spoiler:the entire ''planet'' is a literal WorldOfBadass. All its inhabitants are Badasses, and have chosen to live a live of peace because that's more of a challenge than conquering the universe. The ones who get sealed away in a can are the ones who have ''failed'' to conquer their own violent tendencies.]] Before you highlight this spoiler, read the story [[http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0743498925/0743498925.htm here]]: the publisher, Creator/BaenBooks, has released it for free as part of the "sample chapters" for its book.

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** In fact, at the end of the story we learn that [[spoiler:the entire ''planet'' is a literal WorldOfBadass. All its inhabitants are Badasses, and have chosen to live a live of peace because that's more of a challenge than conquering the universe. The ones who get sealed away in a can are the ones who have ''failed'' to conquer their own violent tendencies.]] tendencies]]. Before you highlight this spoiler, read the story [[http://www.webscription.net/chapters/0743498925/0743498925.htm here]]: the publisher, Creator/BaenBooks, has released it for free as part of the "sample chapters" for its book.



* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Bob]], who whenever released for combat purposes makes everyone extremely thankful that it's Harry (now Butters) that owns him.

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* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Bob]], ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Bob, who whenever released for combat purposes makes everyone extremely thankful that it's Harry (now Butters) that owns him.



** In the episode "The Hunted", the crew of the ''Enterprise'' are sent to oversee the induction of pacifistic Angosia III into the Federation when a criminal escapes from a lunar prison. The ''Enterprise'' [[TeleportersAndTransporters transports]] the criminal on board, but he quickly escapes and starts wreaking merry havoc on the ship. After he's captured again, it's discovered that he and the other "criminals" in the prison are actually {{Super Soldier}}s who, due to their psychological and biochemical conditioning, were considered unsuitable for civilian life and were sealed away after the last war ended.

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** In the episode "The Hunted", the crew of the ''Enterprise'' are sent to oversee the induction of pacifistic Angosia III into the Federation when a criminal escapes from a lunar prison. The ''Enterprise'' [[TeleportersAndTransporters [[{{Teleportation}} transports]] the criminal on board, but he quickly escapes and starts wreaking merry havoc on the ship. After he's captured again, it's discovered that he and the other "criminals" in the prison are actually {{Super Soldier}}s who, due to their psychological and biochemical conditioning, were considered unsuitable for civilian life and were sealed away after the last war ended.



* KingArthur is slumbering in Avalon until England needs him most, Charlemagne will someday return to help Europe, Frederick Barbarossa's beard is wrapping around some table somewhere counting the days till he saves Germany, Denmark has Holger Danske sleeping in the catacombs under Kronborg (Elsinore), and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking America has Walt Disney on ice]]. There is also the Filipino-Spanish mixup of Bernardo del Carpio.

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* KingArthur Myth/KingArthur is slumbering in Avalon until England needs him most, Charlemagne will someday return to help Europe, Frederick Barbarossa's beard is wrapping around some table somewhere counting the days till he saves Germany, Denmark has Holger Danske sleeping in the catacombs under Kronborg (Elsinore), and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking America has Walt Disney on ice]]. There is also the Filipino-Spanish mixup of Bernardo del Carpio.



* [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Shadow the Hedgehog,]] the world's UltimateLifeForm, was unleashed by Eggman in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'', in a long line of [[SealedEvilInACan things being]] [[SealedGoodInACan released]] from cans in that series. As soon as Shadow is released, he defeats a {{giant m|ook}}echa by himself.
** Shadow seems to have a tendency to get himself canned- this happened again at the beginning of ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'', and again with a large robot, only that time the robot was smaller and ended up becoming his ally in breaking things. For bonus points, he got canned by [[spoiler: the same person who let him out in the first game, and it was probably done to save his life/help him heal from ''orbital reentry''.]]

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* [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Shadow the Hedgehog,]] the world's UltimateLifeForm, was unleashed by Eggman in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'', in a long line of [[SealedEvilInACan things being]] [[SealedGoodInACan released]] from cans in that series. As soon as Shadow is released, he defeats a {{giant m|ook}}echa by himself.
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himself. Shadow seems to have a tendency to get himself canned- this happened again at the beginning of ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'', and again with a large robot, only that time the robot was smaller and ended up becoming his ally in breaking things. For bonus points, he got canned by [[spoiler: the same person who let him out in the first game, and it was probably done to save his life/help him heal from ''orbital reentry''.]]reentry'']].



** Invoked as GallowsHumour by Garrus, who suggests that if it ever looks like they're going to lose the Reaper War, they could simply freeze Shepard for 50,000 years, since Javik has proven that this option ''can'' work!

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** Invoked as GallowsHumour GallowsHumor by Garrus, who suggests that if it ever looks like they're going to lose the Reaper War, they could simply freeze Shepard for 50,000 years, since Javik has proven that this option ''can'' work!



* In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights: Hordes of the Underdark'', [[spoiler:the PlayerCharacter is "killed" by Mephistopheles and sent to the Eighth [[CirclesOfHell Circle of Hell]].]] Act III is consumed with getting back out.

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* In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights: Hordes of the Underdark'', [[spoiler:the PlayerCharacter is "killed" by Mephistopheles and sent to the Eighth [[CirclesOfHell Circle of Hell]].]] Hell]]]]. Act III is consumed with getting back out.



** Then again, there are so many examples of this trope in the Nippon Ichi universe, but almost all of them pale in comparison to [[spoiler:[[TomatoInTheMirror the REAL]] Overlord Zenon from ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories'', who slaughtered [[OneManArmy 99 Overlords and 1000 Demon Lords.]] [[CurbStompBattle IN A SINGLE NIGHT.]]]] Though technically, [[spoiler:s]]he's more on the [[SealedEvilInACan evil]] kind.

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** Then again, there are so many examples of this trope in the Nippon Ichi universe, but almost all of them pale in comparison to [[spoiler:[[TomatoInTheMirror the REAL]] Overlord Zenon from ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories'', who slaughtered [[OneManArmy 99 Overlords and 1000 Demon Lords.]] [[CurbStompBattle IN A SINGLE NIGHT.]]]] NIGHT]]]]. Though technically, [[spoiler:s]]he's more on the [[SealedEvilInACan evil]] kind.



* Wiki/{{SCP|Foundation}}-[[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-076 076]] is the very ''embodiment'' of this trope.
** Although he also qualifies as SealedEvilInACan.

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* Wiki/{{SCP|Foundation}}-[[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-076 076]] is the very ''embodiment'' of this trope.
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trope. Although he also qualifies as SealedEvilInACan.



** The show gave us Sealed KingArthur in a Glass Coffin. Yes, ''that'' King Arthur, and yes, he's incredibly badass.

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** The show gave us Sealed KingArthur Myth/KingArthur in a Glass Coffin. Yes, ''that'' King Arthur, and yes, he's incredibly badass.
7th Dec '16 8:51:59 PM DustSnitch
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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has Evangeline, an uber-powerful [[ElegantGothicLolita goth-loli]] [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] who was placed under a curse by Negi's father which [[SealedEvilInACan trapped her on Mahora campus]] and severely [[PowerLimiter limited her power]]. At one point when the protagonists are outclassed by an enemy demon (by ''far'' the most powerful being the series at that point), they just temporarily release Eva and let her deal with it. She then tops it by forcing the series' BigBad to retreat just by ''being there''. She's still quite BadAss even with the PowerLimiter, but when it's removed, she's practically TooPowerfulToLive (Well, not that the latter trope would apply because... she's immortal).

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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has Evangeline, an uber-powerful [[ElegantGothicLolita goth-loli]] [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] who was placed under a curse by Negi's father which [[SealedEvilInACan trapped her on Mahora campus]] and severely [[PowerLimiter limited her power]]. At one point when the protagonists are outclassed by an enemy demon (by ''far'' the most powerful being the series at that point), they just temporarily release Eva and let her deal with it. She then tops it by forcing the series' BigBad to retreat just by ''being there''. She's still quite BadAss badass even with the PowerLimiter, but when it's removed, she's practically TooPowerfulToLive (Well, not that the latter trope would apply because... she's immortal).
6th Dec '16 6:36:08 PM robotsy
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** From the same series, having all the cards of Exodia the Forbidden One is a non-standard victory condition. Bonus points for needing 5 pieces instead of just one.
28th Nov '16 9:59:53 PM N1KF
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* ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'': Galacta Knight, the FinalBoss of Meta Knight's game mode and the answer to Meta Knight's wish of fighting the most powerful warrior in the universe. What makes him even more badass is the fact that he was sealed away simply because he was too strong, and that he ''transcends space and time'' just for the sake of fulfilling Meta Knight's wish.

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* ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'': ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar Ultra'': Galacta Knight, the FinalBoss of Meta Knight's game mode and the answer to Meta Knight's wish of fighting the most powerful warrior in the universe. What makes him even more badass is the fact that he was sealed away simply because he was too strong, and that he ''transcends space and time'' just for the sake of fulfilling Meta Knight's wish.
12th Nov '16 6:46:09 AM Morgenthaler
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A {{Badass}} who, as the trope's title suggests, is locked and sealed away from the world, indefinitely (or at least until such a time when their abilities become needed).

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A {{Badass}} badass who, as the trope's title suggests, is locked and sealed away from the world, indefinitely (or at least until such a time when their abilities become needed).



* Inner Moka from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' is {{badass}} enough to [[CurbStompBattle curb stomp]] all but the best monsters out there. She spends the bulk of her time sealed in a [[CreepyCoolCrosses rosary]] while Outer Moka takes care of daily life. Interestingly, [[spoiler:Inner Moka is the original personality and Outer Moka is artificial, so she's actually sealed ''in her own body''!]]

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* Inner Moka from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' is {{badass}} badass enough to [[CurbStompBattle curb stomp]] all but the best monsters out there. She spends the bulk of her time sealed in a [[CreepyCoolCrosses rosary]] while Outer Moka takes care of daily life. Interestingly, [[spoiler:Inner Moka is the original personality and Outer Moka is artificial, so she's actually sealed ''in her own body''!]]



* Fëanor from ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' is stuck in Mandos' halls(the place the elves go after dying for a period of reflection before getting reborn) until the end of time thanks [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge to his crimes against his own people while pursuing his revenge]] [[BigBad against]] [[SatanicArchetype Melkor.]] he is openly and repeatedly stated to be the single most powerful(both physically and mentally), [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist skilled]](metallurgist, linguist, artisan, sculptor, orator etc) elf to have ever lived, or ever will. [[{{Badass}} His final act alive was to fight every single Balrog. Alone.]] [[UpToEleven At the same time.]] [[{{Determinator}} For hours.]] They ran away once [[BadassArmy his army showed up.]]

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* Fëanor from ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' is stuck in Mandos' halls(the place the elves go after dying for a period of reflection before getting reborn) until the end of time thanks [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge to his crimes against his own people while pursuing his revenge]] [[BigBad against]] [[SatanicArchetype Melkor.]] he is openly and repeatedly stated to be the single most powerful(both physically and mentally), [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist skilled]](metallurgist, linguist, artisan, sculptor, orator etc) elf to have ever lived, or ever will. [[{{Badass}} His final act alive was to fight every single Balrog. Alone.]] [[UpToEleven At the same time.]] [[{{Determinator}} For hours.]] They ran away once [[BadassArmy his army showed up.]]



* Beyond The Grave, the absurdly {{Badass}} [[TheGunslinger gunslinger]] from the ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}'' games is a prime example, since he has to remain sealed in his can for long periods of time before being released or else his body will collapse, to his young ward's sadness. Mainly due to Grave requiring a large blood supply and regular transfusions to sustain his undead body. Supposedly his blood type is rare and as Juji in the second game explains, Mika and Grave can't exactly walk into a blood bank and request to give a transfusion to a corpse.

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* Beyond The Grave, the absurdly {{Badass}} badass [[TheGunslinger gunslinger]] from the ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}'' games is a prime example, since he has to remain sealed in his can for long periods of time before being released or else his body will collapse, to his young ward's sadness. Mainly due to Grave requiring a large blood supply and regular transfusions to sustain his undead body. Supposedly his blood type is rare and as Juji in the second game explains, Mika and Grave can't exactly walk into a blood bank and request to give a transfusion to a corpse.
25th Sep '16 12:45:06 AM Chabal2
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*** Space Marine Dreadnoughts are also kept asleep until they are needed. The main difference between a Dreadnought and most other examples is that most Badasses don't ride the can they're sealed in into battle, while a Dreadnought serves as a life support system for the mortally wounded Space Marine interred within.

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*** Space Marine Dreadnoughts are also kept asleep until they are needed.needed (the oldest of them, Bjorn the Fell-Handed, still remembers the Emperor ''before'' he unwillingly became the God-Emperor, some 10,000 years previously). The main difference between a Dreadnought and most other examples is that most Badasses don't ride the can they're sealed in into battle, while a Dreadnought serves as a life support system for the mortally wounded Space Marine interred within.
22nd Sep '16 1:28:33 PM SmoCro
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** Extremly doubtful. St. Helena was a British colony with British guards while Elba was an independent state to which not France but the (more or less) united monarchs of Europe had banished Napoleon. Being able to 'retrieve' him in case of trouble was already doubtful in case of Elba (a small island) but virtually impossible in case of St.Helena where he was held by one of the potential enemies against which he would have been useful.
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