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10th Jul '17 5:26:06 PM WillKeaton
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** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-557 SCP-557 ("Ancient Containment Site")]]. Around 2,400 B.C. a tomb was built to be a prison for supernatural beings. Sometime later the "bastard son of Apep" (SCP-557-1) was captured with the help of the gods and secured in the tomb by being chained to a block of granite. Around 300 A.D. the last Keeper (guard) of the tomb died. In 1988 a geological survey team stumbled across the site and somehow released SCP-557-1 from confinement.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1739 SCP-1739 ("Obsolete Laptop")]]. SCP-1739 contains an EldritchAbomination by creating an AlternateUniverse. The Abomination is distracted by being allowed to destroy the AlternateUniverse, keeping it from destroying the universe it's in.

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** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-557 SCP-557 ("Ancient Containment Site")]]. Site").]] Around 2,400 B.C. a tomb was built to be a prison for supernatural beings. Sometime later the "bastard son of Apep" (SCP-557-1) was captured with the help of the gods and secured in the tomb by being chained to a block of granite. Around 300 A.D. the last Keeper (guard) of the tomb died. In 1988 a geological survey team stumbled across the site and somehow released SCP-557-1 from confinement.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1739 SCP-1739 ("Obsolete Laptop")]]. Laptop").]] SCP-1739 contains an EldritchAbomination by creating an AlternateUniverse. The Abomination is distracted by being allowed to destroy the AlternateUniverse, keeping it from destroying the universe it's in.



* ''Website/{{Neopets}}'' now has its very own Sealed Evil In A Can, as of the end of the Return of Dr. Sloth plot event that happened January 29 - March 15, 2008. The comic is [[http://www.neopets.com/space/ros/comic.phtml?chapter=1 here]], and spoilers are here: [[spoiler:Dr. Frank Sloth is the sealed evil. The can is the Space Faerie's token. Roll your mouse over the very last panel of the last chapter, and you'll see the token, which was not destroyed in the explosion of the ship, floating through space. When it gets most of the way across the panel, a pair of red eyes glow from within...]]

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* ''Website/{{Neopets}}'' now has its very own Sealed Evil In A Can, as of the end of the Return of Dr. Sloth plot event that happened January 29 - March 15, 2008. The comic is [[http://www.neopets.com/space/ros/comic.phtml?chapter=1 here]], The comic is here]] and spoilers are here: [[spoiler:Dr. Frank Sloth is the sealed evil. The can is the Space Faerie's token. Roll your mouse over the very last panel of the last chapter, and you'll see the token, which was not destroyed in the explosion of the ship, floating through space. When it gets most of the way across the panel, a pair of red eyes glow from within...]]
10th Jul '17 5:25:05 PM WillKeaton
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* TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}} gives us Rovagug, the "Rough Beast" and god of destruction. He resembles a giant arthropod and seeks nothing more than to undo the works of the other gods and destroy creation itself. Faced with this foe, [[EnemyMine good and evil deities]] alike joined forces to destroy him, and many lost their lives. In the end it was [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Sarenrae]] and [[{{Satan}} Asmodeus]] who managed to take him down, with Sarenrae battling him for long enough that Asmodeus was able to seal him within the world of Golarion with a special key. Rovagug is still there within the world, where his struggles are blamed for volcanoes and earthquakes. The Pit of Gormuz (a 20 mile wide chasm) is a weak spot in his prison, and while Rovagug himself can't get out, he ''can'' periodically release some new Spawn on the world to continue his work (the most famous of which is the [[{{kaiju}} Tarrasque]]).

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* TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}} ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' gives us Rovagug, the "Rough Beast" and god of destruction. He resembles a giant arthropod and seeks nothing more than to undo the works of the other gods and destroy creation itself. Faced with this foe, [[EnemyMine good and evil deities]] alike joined forces to destroy him, and many lost their lives. In the end it was [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Sarenrae]] and [[{{Satan}} Asmodeus]] who managed to take him down, with Sarenrae battling him for long enough that Asmodeus was able to seal him within the world of Golarion with a special key. Rovagug is still there within the world, where his struggles are blamed for volcanoes and earthquakes. The Pit of Gormuz (a 20 mile wide chasm) is a weak spot in his prison, and while Rovagug himself can't get out, he ''can'' periodically release some new Spawn on the world to continue his work (the most famous of which is the [[{{kaiju}} Tarrasque]]).
10th Jul '17 5:24:25 PM WillKeaton
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* The legends of genies often fall under this trope. Not all genies are good, ya see, and the good ones will interpret wishes [[LiteralGenie literally]]. Moreover, the UrExample for many of the bad jinn/wicked ifrit stories is the tale that Solomon/Sulayman used his ring to seal (yes, seal, with molten lead and a magic seal ring) a number of bad jinn into brazen urns (which is a fancy name for brass cans) and cast them into the ocean, only to have them later dredged up as in stories like "The Fisherman and the Genie." And the genie is now full of even ''more'' anger at humanity, for sealing it up, and is ready for vengeance. Since this has an evil spirit sealed in an actual can, this makes this trope 'OlderThanFeudalism.'

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* The legends of genies often fall under this trope. Not all genies are good, ya see, and the good ones will interpret wishes [[LiteralGenie literally]]. Moreover, the UrExample for many of the bad jinn/wicked ifrit stories is the tale that Solomon/Sulayman used his ring to seal (yes, seal, with molten lead and a magic seal ring) a number of bad jinn into brazen urns (which is a fancy name for brass cans) and cast them into the ocean, only to have them later dredged up as in stories like "The Fisherman and the Genie." And the genie is now full of even ''more'' anger at humanity, for sealing it up, and is ready for vengeance. Since this has an evil spirit sealed in an actual can, this makes this trope 'OlderThanFeudalism.'OlderThanFeudalism.
10th Jul '17 5:21:38 PM WillKeaton
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** The demon Withengar, also from the ''Innistrad'' expansion, was sealed inside [[http://magiccards.info/dka/en/147a.html Elbrus, the Binding Blade]]. If the Blade tastes blood, [[http://magiccards.info/dka/en/147b.html Withengar is freed.]]

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** The demon Withengar, also from the ''Innistrad'' expansion, was sealed inside [[http://magiccards.info/dka/en/147a.html Elbrus, the Binding Blade]]. Blade.]] If the Blade tastes blood, [[http://magiccards.info/dka/en/147b.html Withengar is freed.]]
10th Jul '17 5:16:59 PM WillKeaton
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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has a card called [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=121155 Dark Depths]], which, after certain conditions are met, i.e. the costly "unsealing" process of removing ten ice counters from it, creates a [[http://www.wizards.com/magic/images/mtgcom/arcana1000/1119_maritlagetoken.jpg large and damn near unkillable monster]].
** For a much older example, consider the [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=1098 Bottle of Suleiman]], which upon being sacrificed has a 50/50 chance of either releasing a fairly powerful djinn that joins your forces or else simply blowing up in your face.
** And then there's the [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=74492 Tomb of Urami]], who nets you a big demon at the price of sacrificing all of your lands.

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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has a card called [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=121155 Dark Depths]], Depths,]] which, after certain conditions are met, i.e. the costly "unsealing" process of removing ten ice counters from it, creates a [[http://www.wizards.com/magic/images/mtgcom/arcana1000/1119_maritlagetoken.jpg large and damn near unkillable monster]].
monster.]]
** For a much older example, consider the [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=1098 Bottle of Suleiman]], Suleiman,]] which upon being sacrificed has a 50/50 chance of either releasing a fairly powerful djinn that joins your forces or else simply blowing up in your face.
** And then there's the [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=74492 Tomb of Urami]], Urami,]] who nets you a big demon at the price of sacrificing all of your lands.
10th Jul '17 2:43:42 PM RedScharlach
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* Uwe Boll's ''Film/AloneInTheDark2005'' has this, though watching the movie it can be hard to tell exactly what it is. The movie talks about a dark world that mirrors our light world, but at other times, it suggests that the Abcane tribe that discovered them ARE the evil in the can. But then, it's Uwe Boll, so...

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* Uwe Boll's ''Film/AloneInTheDark2005'' has this, though watching the movie it can be hard to tell exactly what it is. The movie talks about a dark world that mirrors our light world, but at other times, it suggests that the Abcane tribe that discovered them it ARE the evil in the can. But then, it's Uwe Boll, so...



* ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}''. The title ghostly con artist is trapped in the afterlife. He can be temporarily brought back to the real world (and returned) by saying his name three times, but can only be truly free if he marries a human female.

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* ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}''. The title titular ghostly con artist is trapped in the afterlife. He can be temporarily brought back to the real world (and returned) by saying his name three times, but can only be truly free if he marries a human female.



** [[Film/TheBlob1958 The original 1958 movie]] has the heroes create a sealed evil in a can out of the title menace by freezing the monster and transporting it to the north pole. And now we have Global Warming...

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** [[Film/TheBlob1958 The original 1958 movie]] has the heroes create a sealed evil in a can out of the title menace by freezing the monster and transporting it to the north pole. North Pole. And now we have Global Warming...global warming...



* ''Film/DemolitionMan'' Phoenix was thawed out of cryo-prison to take out people who dont like Cocteau. But he has his own agenda and plans to release every other criminals in the prison to create his own army.

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* ''Film/DemolitionMan'' ''Film/DemolitionMan'': Phoenix was thawed out of cryo-prison to take out people who dont don't like Cocteau. But he has his own agenda and plans to release every other criminals criminal in the prison to create his own army.



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



* Played with and subverted in ''Film/KungFuHustle''. The Beast is locked up in an insane asylum -- but only because he was bored from the lack of worthy opponents to duel and so checked himself in. When Sing is snuck in by the Axe Gang to break out the Beast for recruitment and picks his cell door open, the audience sees the Beast as a bald old man with a pair of spectacles in wifebeaters and boxers sitting on the john reading a newspaper. Which makes the Beast Sealed Evil '''On''' the Can.

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* Played with and subverted in ''Film/KungFuHustle''. The Beast is locked up in an insane asylum -- but only because he was bored from the lack of worthy opponents to duel and so checked himself in. When Sing is snuck in by the Axe Gang to break out the Beast for recruitment and picks his cell door open, the audience sees the Beast as a bald old man with a pair of spectacles in wifebeaters a wifebeater and boxers sitting on the john reading a newspaper. Which makes the Beast Sealed Evil '''On''' the Can.



* ''Film/LivingHell'', a recent horror movie has sublevel 4, vault 12, on a military base, which the protagonist doesn't want disturbed. The military had completely missed the hidden door in the vault 'til the protagonist waltzed in and told them there was something there... and we all know what to do with hidden doors, right? So, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero nice job there, hero]].

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* ''Film/LivingHell'', a recent horror movie movie, has sublevel 4, vault 12, on a military base, which the protagonist doesn't want disturbed. The military had completely missed the hidden door in the vault 'til till the protagonist waltzed in and told them there was something there... and we all know what to do with hidden doors, right? So, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero nice job there, hero]].



** Agarash the Damned, Naar's most powerful champion of evil, was sealed in another dimension by the Elder Magi millenia ago. In the ''Grey Star'' books he is the BiggerBad goading the BigBad Shasarak into freeing him. Grey Star has to prevent this.

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** Agarash the Damned, Naar's most powerful champion of evil, was sealed in another dimension by the Elder Magi millenia millennia ago. In the ''Grey Star'' books he is the BiggerBad goading the BigBad Shasarak into freeing him. Grey Star has to prevent this.
4th Jul '17 3:50:00 PM dr_toonie
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* Just saw this in the opening of an article about the third ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' game:
-->"''As is the case with all ancient evils, 80's rock music was never sealed away in a very permanent fashion.''"
3rd Jul '17 10:34:50 AM CaptainTedium
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* After the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, which affected some estimated 200 people directly and forced the evacuation of nearly 115,000 people living in the area, the tons of nuclear waste left strewn about the site released a constant stream of radioactive fallout into the air, where wind and weather patterns picked it all up and began to spread it throughout Europe. A team of half a million workers who came to be known as "The Liquidators" were mobilized immediately and risked their lives to work on a massive "Sarcophagus" in an attempt to seal away the fallen reactor as well as the entire building. Though the Sarcophagus was a temporary solution, it wasn't built to last, and is beginning to slowly break down. If it were to collapse, experts believe that a radioactive dust cloud that has been building up inside the confined space for decades would be ejected from its tomb and straight into the atmosphere, which would spell doom for Ukraine and potentially contaminate the entire world. Fortunately, work on a new structure called the "New Safe Confinement" has been in progress since the early 2000s, and is nearing completion, but this new confinement won't last forever either, so a new solution will have to be devised in about 100 years after it's finished.
* Various diseases exist only in the form of a few samples left in the world. The most famous is small pox which now exists only as two sealed samples in laboratories.
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24th Jun '17 1:46:22 PM ZimFan89
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* In the backstory of ''FanFic/AgesOfShadow'', Jade is sealed in the Shadow Realm by her family after her FaceHeelTurn, after more mundane ways of locking her up failed. Her entire plot during the Third Age (Chapters 3-6) is to gather the power to escape this imprisonment. [[spoiler: Ultimately, Trace fixes the flaw in the seal that let her communicate with other worlds, locking her away for good.]]
21st Jun '17 6:05:14 PM The_Cosmic_Troper
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* Like above, ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' and ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' have these instances, so it only figures that ''Fanfic/ATriangleInTheStars'' would have at least two:
** Bill Cipher. He starts off as this - the statue he became in Gravity Falls's finale. Steven comes across it, which kicks off the plot. [[spoiler: It's ultimately {{Subverted}}, since Bill finds that he's lost some powers. But over the course of the story, he steadily regains them...]]
** [[spoiler: Gabriel is another one. He had gotten thrown into the Void, though he [[{{Inverted}} wasn't evil then.]]]]
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