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1st Jan '16 4:32:59 PM jormis29
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** This trope [[OlderThanFeudalism hearkens back]] to the Myth/GreekMythology of Pandora's Box. The box iself is an unusual case, as it was created and given to her for no other reason than Zeus felt like being a dick. After seeing all the atrocities emanating from the box, Pandora quickly shut it, leaving only one thing inside -- Hope. As aforementioned, all according to [[MagnificentBastard Zeus']] plan. This is also an example of SadlyMythtaken. The "box" was actually a jar.
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** This trope [[OlderThanFeudalism hearkens back]] to the Myth/GreekMythology of Pandora's Box.PandorasBox. The box iself is an unusual case, as it was created and given to her for no other reason than Zeus felt like being a dick. After seeing all the atrocities emanating from the box, Pandora quickly shut it, leaving only one thing inside -- Hope. As aforementioned, all according to [[MagnificentBastard Zeus']] plan. This is also an example of SadlyMythtaken. The "box" was actually a jar.
16th Dec '15 7:04:45 AM ZimFan89
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** ''Fanfic/TheGreatAlicornHunt'' has minor ArcVillain Malfunziona, a lesser cousin of Discord's who is basically a giant [[GripingAboutGremlins gremlin]]. His driving desire to break any complex technology he finds is why Equestria was stuck in MedievalStasis for so long, until Bold Lion (an {{expy}} of Leonardo Da Vinci) locked him away in a secret compartment of a statue. He finally breaks his way free while Applejack's group is visiting a convention the statue is on display at [[spoiler: and is resealed when Apple Bloom figures out how to design a prison that [[TailorMadePrison turns his own powers against him]] -- he's locked inside a clockwork container that stays sealed because it's ''already'' broken, and any attempts to break it open will actually ''fix'' it, something Malfunziona's powers and nature won't allow him to do.]]
13th Dec '15 1:34:27 PM Dravencour
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The primary question is usually "Why did they just seal it, as opposed to KILL it?" Well, the answer tends to vary; but usually it's a variant of ThePunishment (for both the sealed and everyone else), and/or AsLongAsThereIsEvil. Maybe it ''[[{{Immortality}} can't]]'' be killed for good (or more commonly, the conditions weren't right to deal the final blow), so sealing is the next best thing. Another common excuse is the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil; if they'd killed the ancient evil, then a [[BiggerBad bigger, badder]] evil would've taken its place, thus sealing it away neutralizes the threat but also keeps it in the world and maintains the balance. For some reason, only on a very few occasions is the evil sealed simply because the goods didn't have the power at the time to kill it outright. Or maybe it WAS killed and the method of breaking the seal was [[BackFromTheDead ressurecting it!]]
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The primary question is usually "Why did they just seal it, as opposed to KILL it?" Well, the answer tends to vary; but usually it's a variant of ThePunishment (for both the sealed and everyone else), and/or AsLongAsThereIsEvil. Maybe it ''[[{{Immortality}} can't]]'' be killed for good (or more commonly, the conditions weren't right to deal the final blow), so sealing is the next best thing. Another common excuse is the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil; if they'd killed the ancient evil, then a [[BiggerBad bigger, badder]] evil would've taken its place, thus sealing it away neutralizes the threat but also keeps it in the world and maintains the balance. For some reason, only on a very few occasions is the evil sealed simply because the goods didn't have the power at the time to kill it outright. Or maybe it WAS killed and the method of breaking the seal was [[BackFromTheDead ressurecting resurrecting it!]]
11th Dec '15 7:03:11 AM ZimFan89
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** ''Fanfic/TheBridge'': The BigBad [[spoiler: Bagan]] was sealed within Attu island for more than 70,000 years, until an archaeologist accidentally broke the seal enough for him to wake up and began manipulating events remotely, eventually culminating in seizing control of Dimension Tide and using it to transport himself (and the kaiju) to Equestria. ** In ''FanFic/TheEquestrianWindMage'' continuity, [[GodOfEvil Majora]] has been imprisoned in the Dark World for countless years. The entire plot is driven by his minions working to free him.
4th Dec '15 4:26:04 AM StFan
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* In ''ComicStrip/HsuAndChan'', the Tanaka brothers fight off a demon invasion by sealing them in various trinkets and keepsakes.
4th Nov '15 2:53:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/{{Hellbound}}'': Prosatanos is sealed inside his own tomb by Richard the Lionheart during the Crusades. He's set free six hundred years later by two tomb raiders.
30th Oct '15 5:27:30 PM nombretomado
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* Just saw this in the opening of an article about the third ''GuitarHero'' game:
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* Just saw this in the opening of an article about the third ''GuitarHero'' ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' game:
20th Oct '15 3:56:07 AM ScroogeMacDuck
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* In ''[[WebComic/TheDwarfsTheSpiritAndTheSorceress The Dwarfs, the Spirit and the Sorceress]]'', a ''Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'' FanWebComic, Zoso was this — in a rock — until the beginning, and is sealed a gain — in a medallion — at the end.
15th Oct '15 12:38:58 PM DDRMASTERM
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** [[AllThereInTheManual Prequel comics]] for ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' reveal Shockwave to be this; he was found by the USSR decades ago and had been sealed under Chernobyl for years. When he gets out, he's ''ticked off''. And there's [[spoiler:Sentinel Prime]], who's [[spoiler:been locked in stasis on board the Ark, which crashed on the moon]].
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** [[AllThereInTheManual Prequel comics]] for ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' reveal Shockwave to be this; he was found by the USSR decades ago and had been sealed under Chernobyl UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}} for years. When he gets out, he's ''ticked off''. And there's [[spoiler:Sentinel Prime]], who's [[spoiler:been locked in stasis on board the Ark, which crashed on the moon]].
18th Sep '15 7:43:50 PM nombretomado
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*** ''The Princess of Themyscira'': [[GodOfEvil Ares]]' master plan is to unleash the army of demons created by the Olympians' war with the Titans and then locked away in Tartarus, in order to start a ForeverWar. [[spoiler: While he briefly succeeds in releasing them, Twilight (empowered by the [[DoctorFate Helmut of Nabu]]) sends them back, and Ares himself ends up sealed with them.]]
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*** ''The Princess of Themyscira'': [[GodOfEvil Ares]]' master plan is to unleash the army of demons created by the Olympians' war with the Titans and then locked away in Tartarus, in order to start a ForeverWar. [[spoiler: While he briefly succeeds in releasing them, Twilight (empowered by the [[DoctorFate [[ComicBook/DoctorFate Helmut of Nabu]]) sends them back, and Ares himself ends up sealed with them.]]
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