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25th May '16 8:24:58 AM 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 resurrecting 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]]'' couldn't]]'' be killed for good (or more commonly, the conditions weren't right to deal the final blow), so sealing is it was 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 was the evil sealed simply because the goods good guys 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 resurrecting it!]]
25th May '16 8:23:01 AM Dravencour
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Or perhaps it was awoken by unsuspecting [[DugTooDeep Mine Workers or Archaeologists]] who dug too deep and found something better left buried and undisturbed -- often ignoring [[DontTouchItYouIdiot every single warning they found before releasing it.]]

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Or perhaps it was awoken by unsuspecting [[DugTooDeep Mine Workers miners or Archaeologists]] archaeologists who dug too deep DugTooDeep and found something better left buried and undisturbed -- often ignoring [[DontTouchItYouIdiot every single warning they found before releasing it.]]
23rd May '16 1:45:33 PM Generality
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** ''Anime/DragonballSuper'' introduces an evil being sealed away on the planet Potofu. In a case that rivals the Denshi Jar for strangeness, it was kept in a pitcher inside an old fridge locked with a chain and padlock.
20th May '16 7:12:56 AM erforce
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* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''
** In the first movie, the Ghostbusters seal all of their captured ghosts in a large containment unit that can only stay locked through the help of a power grid. When they capture an individual ghost, they suck it into a smaller container. [[spoiler: And it then gets unlocked.]]

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** In the [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} first movie, movie]], the Ghostbusters seal all of their captured ghosts in a large containment unit that can only stay locked through the help of a power grid. When they capture an individual ghost, they suck it into a smaller container. [[spoiler: And it then gets unlocked.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' played with this trope on occasion, notably in the episode "Knock, Knock". They even played with Chthulu in one episode.

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''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' played with this trope on occasion, notably in the episode "Knock, Knock". They even played with Chthulu in one episode.
11th May '16 2:14:53 PM Scorntex
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** The [[Metaplot/YuGiOhHiddenArsenal Hidden Arsenal storyline]] has the three dragons of the Ice Barrier, sealed away long ago by a powerful sage. Unfortunately, the people of the Ice Barrier get so desperate in a war they decided to unleash them. When they got to the last, Trishula, it wound up getting them all killed. The three dragons were re-sealed, but eventually got infected by the Evilswarm and let out again.
9th May '16 5:01:39 PM ultimomant
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* ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' comics occasionally feature early JLA enemies the Demons Three (Abnegazar, Ghast, and Rath), evil beings who ruled the Earth a billion years ago until being imprisoned in crypts by mysterious powerful entities called the Timeless Ones. The three Demons were eventually summoned/released in the present by Felix Faust, with occasional other escapes from imprisonment since then.

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comics occasionally feature early JLA enemies the Demons Three (Abnegazar, Ghast, and Rath), evil beings who ruled the Earth a billion years ago until being imprisoned in crypts by mysterious powerful entities called the Timeless Ones. The three Demons were eventually summoned/released in the present by Felix Faust, with occasional other escapes from imprisonment since then.then.
** The Queen of Fables is the evil queen from the story ''Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', which actually happened in this universe, but there, Snow White defeated her by trapping her inside a story book. However, the Queen was able to use this to her advantage, becoming a DomainHolder inside the world of the book. In the modern times, she escaped to trouble the world again, and had the ability to travel back and forth from the book. She is defeated when she attempts to retreat into the book, but Franchise/TheFlash swaps it for a US tax records book at the last second. The Justice League hoped that with nothing imaginative inside that book, the Queen would be unable to do anything, but she eventually managed to escape.
30th Apr '16 6:47:23 AM ZimFan89
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* ''Series/WynonnaEarp'': The main plot is driven by the fact that the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent revenants]] of all the people Wyatt Earp ever killed are trapped within the town limits of Purgatory. And they want out.



* ''Film/TheStoneTape''. The scientists investigating the LivingMemory of a ScreamingWoman imprinted into the stonework of a HauntedCastle accidentally 'erase' the scream. They give up their research, thinking they've blown their chance, and refuse to listen to the sole member of the team who insists the scream was 'recorded' on top of a more ancient evil, which is now free.


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* ''Film/TheStoneTape''. The scientists investigating the LivingMemory of a ScreamingWoman imprinted into the stonework of a HauntedCastle accidentally 'erase' the scream. They give up their research, thinking they've blown their chance, and refuse to listen to the sole member of the team who insists the scream was 'recorded' on top of a more ancient evil, which is now free.
27th Apr '16 7:00:04 PM ImmortalFaust
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* In ''KamichamaKarin'', the BigBad sealed himself inside the ring of Zeus. [[spoiler In the anime, it's implied that [[BigGood Kujyou Kazuto]] [[SealedGoodInACan sealed himself or part of himself]] in the ring he gave Micchi, so he'd be able to help if/when Karasuma awakened.]]

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* In ''KamichamaKarin'', the BigBad sealed himself inside the ring of Zeus. [[spoiler [[spoiler: In the anime, it's implied that [[BigGood Kujyou Kazuto]] [[SealedGoodInACan sealed himself or part of himself]] in the ring he gave Micchi, so he'd be able to help if/when Karasuma awakened.]]
27th Apr '16 6:55:23 PM ImmortalFaust
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* In ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'', [[BigBad Lucemon]] was sealed away in the Digital World's core. [[spoileSome time later, he ends up using the Royal Knights to scan the entire Digital World and its three moons, effectively vaporizing them, to break free]]

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* In ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'', [[BigBad Lucemon]] was sealed away in the Digital World's core. [[spoileSome [[spoiler:Some time later, he ends up using the Royal Knights to scan the entire Digital World and its three moons, effectively vaporizing them, to break free]]
21st Apr '16 9:29:15 AM Luigifan
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Sealed Evil In A Can, as the title suggests, is a way to introduce a villain suddenly, especially one that is legendary and powerful. It also explains why the villain [[OrcusOnHisThrone hasn't done anything up to that point]]: It just now escaped.

Sometimes, the BigBad's plan is to unseal the can of some ancient GodOfEvil; hoping they'll get some of that great power as a reward. If they succeed, it almost always turns out that the Sealed Evil was manipulating them into freeing them, making the Sealed Evil the ''true'' BigBad. Sealed Evil[[TradeSnark ]] almost ''never'' rewards those who release it. It may act like the malevolent flavor of a JackassGenie, twisting their releasers' wishes back on them, or it may simply decide that YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness. Remember: EvilIsNotAToy.

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Sealed Evil In A Can, as the title suggests, is a way to introduce a villain suddenly, especially one that is legendary and powerful. It also explains why the villain [[OrcusOnHisThrone hasn't done anything up to that point]]: It it just now escaped.

Sometimes, the BigBad's plan is to unseal the can of some ancient GodOfEvil; GodOfEvil, hoping they'll get some of that great power as a reward. If they succeed, it almost always turns out that the Sealed Evil was manipulating them into freeing them, making the Sealed Evil the ''true'' BigBad. Sealed Evil[[TradeSnark ]] almost ''never'' rewards those who release it. It may act like the malevolent flavor of a JackassGenie, twisting their releasers' wishes back on them, or it may simply decide that YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness. Remember: EvilIsNotAToy.



Or perhaps it was awoken by unsuspecting [[DugTooDeep Mine Workers or Archaeologists]] who dug too deep and found something better left buried and undisturbed. Often ignoring [[DontTouchItYouIdiot every single warning they found before releasing it.]]

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Or perhaps it was awoken by unsuspecting [[DugTooDeep Mine Workers or Archaeologists]] who dug too deep and found something better left buried and undisturbed. Often undisturbed -- often ignoring [[DontTouchItYouIdiot every single warning they found before releasing it.]]



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 resurrecting 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 ''was'' killed and the method of breaking the seal was [[BackFromTheDead resurrecting it!]]



* As discovered in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', [[spoiler:The Walls themselves are stuffed with dormant Colossal Type Titans. How they got there and why is still a mystery.]]
* Mag Mel[[spoiler:[=/=]Emperor Barodius]] and Razenoid[[spoiler:[=/=]Dharak]] started the fourth season of ''Anime/{{Bakugan}}'' as this. Credit must be given to [[spoiler:Code Eve]] for being ''extremely'' thorough though. He was sealed inside armor [[MadeOfEvil crafted from his own evil]], then imprisoned in an alternate universe, ''and'' tied to his own throne with powerful webbing. The only reason he was able to free himself was simply because he had a PsychicLink to [[TheHero Dan and Drago]], allowing himself to become powerful enough to free himself, something the one who put him there wasn't aware of.

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* As discovered in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', [[spoiler:The [[spoiler:the Walls themselves are stuffed with dormant Colossal Type Titans. How they got there and why is still a mystery.]]
* Mag Mel[[spoiler:[=/=]Emperor Barodius]] and Razenoid[[spoiler:[=/=]Dharak]] started the fourth season of ''Anime/{{Bakugan}}'' as this. Credit must be given to [[spoiler:Code Eve]] for being ''extremely'' thorough thorough, though. He was sealed inside armor [[MadeOfEvil crafted from his own evil]], then imprisoned in an alternate universe, ''and'' tied to his own throne with powerful webbing. The only reason he was able to free himself was simply because he had a PsychicLink to [[TheHero Dan and Drago]], allowing himself to become powerful enough to free himself, something the one who put him there wasn't aware of.



** Central 46 decide the only way to handle Aizen is to imprison him in their most secure prison. For 20,000 years. [[spoiler: His fusion with the Hougyoku cannot be undone and renders him almost unkillable. As a result, the only option is imprisonment. In the Final Arc, the BiggerBad mysteriously offers Aizen the opportunity to leave prison if he's willing to be recruited. Equally mysteriously, Aizen refuses, choosing to remain in prison.]]

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** Central 46 decide the only way to handle Aizen is to imprison him in their most secure prison. For 20,000 years. [[spoiler: His [[spoiler:His fusion with the Hougyoku cannot be undone and renders him almost unkillable. As a result, the only option is imprisonment. In the Final Arc, the BiggerBad mysteriously offers Aizen the opportunity to leave prison if he's willing to be recruited. Equally mysteriously, Aizen refuses, choosing to remain in prison.]]



* In ''DeadmanWonderland'' the "evil" are people affected by the "Branch of Sin" [[spoiler:dangerous blood-manipulating powers]] who are secretly hidden deep in the "can", a maximum security prison/publicly open ''amusement park''. [[spoiler:Later [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] since it was revealed that many of them did not actually commit any crime, and were kept there solely for the study of their powers.]]
** In an example played more straight, [[spoiler:Deadman Wonderland itself was actually originally built to imprison the Wretched Egg, by keeping the majority of its powers sealed via the Mother Goose System. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], because as Makina points out, Wretched Egg's regenerative ability is so great that even a full extent of its own powers turned against it could not kill it. As such, the only way was to contain it.]]
* After "Him" in ''Anime/DemashitaPowerpuffGirlsZ'' is defeated horribly by [[MagicalGirl a bunch of girls]], he is contained in a tomb in an abandoned museum until [[ExtyYearsFromNow the present day]] at which point he sends out a mummy to find the means to release him from his prison. His main goal is to conquer the world and destroy the Powerpuff Girls for their resemblance to the Ōedo Chakichaki Musume, the first three to defeat him.
* In ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'', [[BigBad Lucemon]] was sealed away in the Digital World's core. [[spoiler: Some time later, he ends up using the Royal Knights to scan the entire Digital World and its three moons, effectively vaporizing them, to break free. ]]

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* In ''DeadmanWonderland'' ''DeadmanWonderland'', the "evil" are people affected by the "Branch of Sin" Sin", [[spoiler:dangerous blood-manipulating powers]] who are secretly hidden deep in the "can", a maximum security prison/publicly open ''amusement park''. [[spoiler:Later [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] subverted]], since it was revealed that many of them did not actually commit any crime, and were kept there solely for the study of their powers.]]
** In an example played more straight, [[spoiler:Deadman Wonderland itself was actually originally built to imprison the Wretched Egg, by keeping the majority of its powers sealed via the Mother Goose System. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], because as Makina points out, Wretched Egg's regenerative ability is so great that even a the full extent of its own powers turned against it could not kill it. As such, the only way was to contain it.]]
* After "Him" in ''Anime/DemashitaPowerpuffGirlsZ'' is defeated horribly by [[MagicalGirl a bunch of girls]], he is contained in a tomb in an abandoned museum until [[ExtyYearsFromNow the present day]] day]], at which point he sends out a mummy to find the means to release him from his prison. His main goal is to conquer the world and destroy the Powerpuff Girls for their resemblance to the Ōedo Chakichaki Musume, the first three to defeat him.
* In ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'', [[BigBad Lucemon]] was sealed away in the Digital World's core. [[spoiler: Some [[spoileSome time later, he ends up using the Royal Knights to scan the entire Digital World and its three moons, effectively vaporizing them, to break free. ]]free]]



** In the 13th movie, ''Wrath of the Dragon'', the monster Hirudegarn is split in two and sealed inside Tapion and Minosha. Hoi breaks him free and rejoins the two halves... [[spoiler: You guessed it, Hirudegarn stomps on Hoi and kills him. And Hirudegarn is eventually killed by Goku (who at that point used a technique that could have defeated him right from the start).]]

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** In the 13th movie, ''Wrath of the Dragon'', the monster Hirudegarn is split in two and sealed inside Tapion and Minosha. Hoi breaks him free and rejoins the two halves... [[spoiler: You [[spoiler:You guessed it, Hirudegarn stomps on Hoi and kills him. And Hirudegarn is eventually killed by Goku (who at that point used a technique that could have defeated him right from the start).]]



* Liselotte Werckmeister in ''VisualNovel/ElevenEyes'' was sealed by the Black Knights in a Crystal as she is an immortal and intends to destroy the world. Though in the finale of the story, the seal is undone. In the anime only ending, once again she is sealed away to a spacetime rift with Kakeru and the black knights combine effort. In the original game novel, Kakeru manage to finally [[KilledOffForReal kill her off for good]] by destroying the Voidstone within Liselotte using the Eye of Aeon.

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* Liselotte Werckmeister in ''VisualNovel/ElevenEyes'' was sealed by the Black Knights in a Crystal Crystal, as she is an immortal and intends to destroy the world. Though in the finale of the story, the seal is undone. In the anime only ending, once again she is sealed away once again, this time to a spacetime rift rift, with Kakeru and the black knights combine Black Knights' combined effort. In the original game novel, Kakeru manage manages to finally [[KilledOffForReal kill her off for good]] by destroying the Voidstone within Liselotte using the Eye of Aeon.



** The most powerful [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demon]] of the Dark Guild [[LegionsOfHell Tartaros]], [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Master E.N.D.]], is trapped within his [[TomeOfEldritchLore Book of Zeref]] and can only be freed if enough "curse power" is gathered together, around which the events of the eponymous arc were all about doing, [[spoiler:or if Natsu himself opens it.]] This is because E.N.D. [[spoiler:really stands for '''E'''therious '''N'''atsu '''D'''ragneel]], though it's not made clear if the book actually contains the demon himself [[spoiler:or simply his powers and memory]].

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** The most powerful [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demon]] of the Dark Guild Guild, [[LegionsOfHell Tartaros]], [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Master E.N.D.]], is trapped within his [[TomeOfEldritchLore Book of Zeref]] and can only be freed if enough "curse power" is gathered together, around which the events of the eponymous arc were all about doing, [[spoiler:or if Natsu himself opens it.]] This is because E.N.D. [[spoiler:really stands for '''E'''therious '''N'''atsu '''D'''ragneel]], though it's not made clear if the book actually contains the demon himself [[spoiler:or simply his powers and memory]].



* In the Gonzo version of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', the final episode reveals that Incognito plans to [[spoiler: release the Egyptian god Set in order to]] destroy the world. [[spoiler: Alucard defeats the released Set, it is left ambiguous if Set was really destroyed or just resealed]].

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* In the Gonzo version of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', the final episode reveals that Incognito plans to [[spoiler: release [[spoiler:release the Egyptian god Set in order to]] destroy the world. [[spoiler: Alucard [[spoiler:Alucard defeats the released Set, though it is left ambiguous if Set was really destroyed or just resealed]].



** In the third movie ''[[Anime/InuYashaTheMovieSwordsOfAnHonorableRuler Swords Of An Honorable Ruler]]'', the evil sword Sou'unga was also sealed away for a few hundred years, only to break the seal while in Kagome's time and go about trying to kill everyone.

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** In the third movie movie, ''[[Anime/InuYashaTheMovieSwordsOfAnHonorableRuler Swords Of An Honorable Ruler]]'', the evil sword Sou'unga was also sealed away for a few hundred years, only to break the seal while in Kagome's time and go about trying to kill everyone.



* In ''KamichamaKarin'', the BigBad sealed himself inside the ring of Zeus. [[spoiler: In the anime, it's implied that [[BigGood Kujyou Kazuto]] [[SealedGoodInACan sealed himself or part of himself]] in the ring he gave Micchi, so he'd be able to help if/when Karasuma awakened.]]

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* In ''KamichamaKarin'', the BigBad sealed himself inside the ring of Zeus. [[spoiler: [[spoiler In the anime, it's implied that [[BigGood Kujyou Kazuto]] [[SealedGoodInACan sealed himself or part of himself]] in the ring he gave Micchi, so he'd be able to help if/when Karasuma awakened.]]



* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', the Book of Darkness regenerates every ten years, sealing its programs (the Wolkenritter) inside of itself until then. Also, [[spoiler:Gil Graham plots against both the heroes and Wolkenritter to allow for the Book, Wolkenritter and their [[TheKidWithTheRemoteControl innocent mistress]] to be sealed in the space between dimensions forever, because the Book would just keep regenerating. He is stopped and regrets ever deciding to put these lives at risk.]]
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' features two examples, one completely straight and the other a little bizarre. First, as the straight example we have Ryomen Sukuna no Kami, a gigantic four-armed two-faced demon god sealed in the Kansai region of Japan; releasing and controlling him was the motivation for the villains of the Kyoto arc. Second, and rather more unusual, we have the ancient and legendary vampire sorceress Evangeline A.K. [=McDowell=]. While she ''was'' a wanted magical criminal, responsible for multiple heinous crimes and with a huge bounty on her head, her sealing was based less on her evil and more on her [[StalkerWithACrush obsession with the main character's father]], who made sure she would NOT get out of a certain BoardingSchool... And, once you get to know her, she's not really [[NobleDemon as evil as she liked to claim]]... to the point that when the aforementioned demon god is released, the protagonists defeat it by breaking the seal on Evangeline and letting her [[CurbStompBattle deal with it]].

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* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', the Book of Darkness regenerates every ten years, sealing its programs (the Wolkenritter) inside of itself until then. Also, [[spoiler:Gil Graham plots against both the heroes and Wolkenritter to allow for the Book, Wolkenritter Wolkenritter, and their [[TheKidWithTheRemoteControl innocent mistress]] to be sealed in the space between dimensions forever, because the Book would just keep regenerating. He is stopped and regrets ever deciding to put these lives at risk.]]
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' features two examples, one completely straight and the other a little bizarre. First, as the straight example example, we have Ryomen Sukuna no Kami, a gigantic four-armed two-faced demon god sealed in the Kansai region of Japan; releasing and controlling him was the motivation for the villains of the Kyoto arc. Second, and rather more unusual, we have the ancient and legendary vampire sorceress Evangeline A.K. [=McDowell=]. While she ''was'' a wanted magical criminal, responsible for multiple heinous crimes and with a huge bounty on her head, her sealing was based less on her evil and more on her [[StalkerWithACrush obsession with the main character's father]], who made sure she would NOT get out of a certain BoardingSchool... And, once you get to know her, she's not really [[NobleDemon as evil as she liked to claim]]... to the point that when the aforementioned demon god is released, the protagonists defeat it by breaking the seal on Evangeline and letting her [[CurbStompBattle deal with it]].



* Tailed Beasts in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' are generally SealedInSideAPersonShapedCan because it lets people use their power, there are a couple cases where they've been sealed inside objects: Shukaku was said to have been sealed in a teapot, the 8-tails was sealed in a giant jar (which can seal people in it as well), and [[spoiler:after removing the Ten Tails chakra the Sage of the Six Paths sealed it in stone and put it in the sky, creating the moon.]]
** [[spoiler: After acquiring chakra material of all 9 Tailed Beasts, Tobi/Obito uses the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path as a vessel for its resurrection.]]

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* Tailed Beasts in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' are generally SealedInSideAPersonShapedCan because it lets people use their power, there are a couple cases where they've been sealed inside objects: Shukaku was said to have been sealed in a teapot, the 8-tails was sealed in a giant jar (which can seal people in it as well), and [[spoiler:after removing the Ten Tails chakra chakra, the Sage of the Six Paths sealed it in stone and put it in the sky, creating the moon.]]
** [[spoiler: After [[spoiler:After acquiring chakra material of all 9 Tailed Beasts, Tobi/Obito uses the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path as a vessel for its resurrection.]]



** [[spoiler:It turns out the Ten-Tails wasn't evil at first either. It didn't even have a mind of its own since it was a tree. The Sage and his brother sealed their mother Kaguya inside the God Tree since her power had driven her mad. This only partly worked, since Kaguya ''fused'' with the God Tree and transformed it into the Ten-Tails to take her sons' chakra. That's when the Sage and his brother sealed the Ten-Tails, not realizing that their mother was the one controlling it.]] This is a weird case of one sealed evil in a can turning its ''can'' evil, making it necessary to seal the can too.

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** [[spoiler:It turns out the Ten-Tails wasn't evil at first either. It didn't even have a mind of its own own, since it was a tree. The Sage and his brother sealed their mother Kaguya inside the God Tree since her power had driven her mad. This only partly worked, since Kaguya ''fused'' with the God Tree and transformed it into the Ten-Tails to take her sons' chakra. That's when the Sage and his brother sealed the Ten-Tails, not realizing that their mother was the one controlling it.]] This is a weird case of one sealed evil in a can turning its ''can'' evil, making it necessary to seal the can too.



* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', [[TheAlcatraz Impel Down]], the world's most secure prison has a level that most people don't even know exists, Level 6 the "Eternal Hell" which contains at least two ex-Warlords of the Sea[[spoiler: former BigBad Sir Crocodile & Jinbe]], [[spoiler: Luffy's brother & Whitebeard Division leader Ace]] & Shiliew, the insane ex-Head Jailer who was a match even for Warden Magellan. And with the exception of [[spoiler:Ace]], all of these and more are free thanks to Luffy and Blackbeard.
** [[spoiler: Caribou, sealed evil in a barrel.]] Poor mermaids.
* The anime version of ''{{Pretear}}'' starts with [[DarkMagicalGirl the villain]] breaking free after sixteen years of being sealed away. And in the manga version, she ''remains'' sealed--but still manages to [[DemonicPossession possess others]] anyway. [[spoiler: Specially true in the case of Himeno's stepmom Natsue, her main "host".]]
* In ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' the evil raven was sealed away by a prince who broke his heart into shards; the raven gradually gains power through the series and is fully freed when the prince's heart is returned to him.

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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', [[TheAlcatraz Impel Down]], the world's most secure prison prison, has a level that most people don't even know exists, exists: Level 6 6, the "Eternal Hell" Hell", which contains at least two ex-Warlords of the Sea[[spoiler: former Sea [[spoiler:(former BigBad Sir Crocodile & Jinbe]], [[spoiler: Luffy's Jinbe)]], [[spoiler:Luffy's brother & Whitebeard Division leader Ace]] Ace]], & Shiliew, the insane ex-Head Jailer who was a match even for Warden Magellan. And with the exception of [[spoiler:Ace]], all of these and more are free thanks to Luffy and Blackbeard.
** [[spoiler: Caribou, [[spoiler:Caribou, sealed evil in a barrel.]] Poor mermaids.
* The anime version of ''{{Pretear}}'' starts with [[DarkMagicalGirl the villain]] breaking free after sixteen years of being sealed away. And in the manga version, she ''remains'' sealed--but sealed -- but still manages to [[DemonicPossession possess others]] anyway. [[spoiler: Specially [[spoiler:Specially true in the case of Himeno's stepmom Natsue, her main "host".]]
* In ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', the evil raven was sealed away by a prince who broke his heart into shards; the raven gradually gains power through the series and is fully freed when the prince's heart is returned to him.



* Poseidon from SaintSeiya, sealed in a jar. ''Literally''. He manages to employ GrandTheftMe on a boy named Julian Solo, and through Julian he gathers the Marine Generals in hopes of defeating Athena and her Saints so he can properly get out. [[spoiler: He not only fails, but is ''again'' sealed.]]

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* Poseidon from SaintSeiya, sealed in a jar. ''Literally''. He manages to employ GrandTheftMe on a boy named Julian Solo, and through Julian Julian, he gathers the Marine Generals in hopes of defeating Athena and her Saints so he can properly get out. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He not only fails, but is ''again'' sealed.]]



** At the end of the manga, the Kishin is left as [[spoiler: Sealed Evil ''[[WeirdMoon on the Moon]]'' by [[FromNobodyToNightmare Chrona.]] Hir method of doing so leaves the both of them, plus the moon, in a giant bubble of black blood.]]

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** At the end of the manga, the Kishin is left as [[spoiler: Sealed [[spoiler:Sealed Evil ''[[WeirdMoon on the Moon]]'' by [[FromNobodyToNightmare Chrona.]] Hir method of doing so leaves the both of them, plus the moon, in a giant bubble of black blood.]]



* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', Beatrice; The Golden Witch, The Endless Witch, The Witch Who Has Lived For A Thousand Years; is set up as this. [[spoiler:However, the longer the story goes on, the less that seems to actually be the case]]. According to her the can she was sealed in was originally meant to seal something else. [[spoiler:This is also most likely not the case.]]
* In ''{{Utawarerumono}}'', Hakuoro finally has his CrowningMomentOfAwesome and has the BigBad Sealed In A Can. [[spoiler: Since he has to merge with his EvilTwin to do so, it counts as both SealedEvilInACan and SealedGoodInACan.]]

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* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', Beatrice; The Golden Witch, The Endless Witch, The Witch Who Has Lived For A Thousand Years; is set up as this. [[spoiler:However, the longer the story goes on, the less that seems to actually be the case]]. According to her her, the can she was sealed in was originally meant to seal something else. [[spoiler:This is also most likely not the case.]]
* In ''{{Utawarerumono}}'', Hakuoro finally has his CrowningMomentOfAwesome and has the BigBad Sealed In A Can. [[spoiler: Since [[spoiler:Since he has to merge with his EvilTwin to do so, it counts as both SealedEvilInACan and SealedGoodInACan.]]



* In ''ComicBook/TheAstoundingWolfMan'' [[spoiler: Gorgg]] is an ancient and evil golem that was imprisoned under Stonehenge. As soon as he is released by [[spoiler: The Face]] he goes to kill the blood relatives of those who imprisoned him.

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* In ''ComicBook/TheAstoundingWolfMan'' [[spoiler: Gorgg]] ''ComicBook/TheAstoundingWolfMan'', [[spoiler:Gorgg]] is an ancient and evil golem that was imprisoned under Stonehenge. As soon as he is released by [[spoiler: The Face]] [[spoiler:The Face]], he goes to kill the blood relatives of those who imprisoned him.
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