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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.
21st Apr '16 1:56:28 AM aye_amber
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* Seems to be the case with the [[spoiler: Kingdom of Sorrow]] in ''VideoGame/Klonoa2LunateasVeil''. [[spoiler: As it turns out, it was sealed away because no one wanted to remember sorrow, and the King of Sorrow tried to undo the seal so everyone could remember sorrow.]]

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* Seems to be the case with the [[spoiler: Kingdom of Sorrow]] in ''VideoGame/Klonoa2LunateasVeil''. ''VideoGame/{{Klonoa}} 2: Lunatea's Veil.'' [[spoiler: As it turns out, it was sealed away because no one wanted to remember sorrow, and the King of Sorrow tried to undo the seal so everyone could remember sorrow.]]
11th Apr '16 12:07:14 PM Morgenthaler
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* The [[OurZombiesAreDifferent T'lan Imass]] of the ''MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' are notable offenders for this. During their genocidal war against the Jaghut and, off-and-on, the Forkrul Assail, they developed a ritual for binding enemies when they lacked the strength to directly kill them. Either pinned under massive stone slabs or buried in barrows, it's not uncommon for their ancient enemies to be unearthed.

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* The [[OurZombiesAreDifferent T'lan Imass]] of the ''MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' are notable offenders for this. During their genocidal war against the Jaghut and, off-and-on, the Forkrul Assail, they developed a ritual for binding enemies when they lacked the strength to directly kill them. Either pinned under massive stone slabs or buried in barrows, it's not uncommon for their ancient enemies to be unearthed.



* In ''{{Mistborn}}'', Ruin, the [[OmnicidalManiac primal force of chaos and destruction]] was imprisoned by his "good" counterpart Preservation after they teamed up to create life. This is a bit more complicated than most examples because Preservation split Ruin apart to make his release more difficult. Ruin's mind was put in [[spoiler: the Well of Ascension]], while the bulk of his power was bound into [[spoiler: the atium]]. The problem was, even an imprisoned Ruin still had some power, so he [[spoiler: altered the prophecies regarding a messianic figure called the Hero of Ages to say that the Hero should go to the Well of Ascension and release its power to the being trapped there. Following the prophecy, the heroine of the trilogy does this. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Oops]].]]

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* In ''{{Mistborn}}'', ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'', Ruin, the [[OmnicidalManiac primal force of chaos and destruction]] was imprisoned by his "good" counterpart Preservation after they teamed up to create life. This is a bit more complicated than most examples because Preservation split Ruin apart to make his release more difficult. Ruin's mind was put in [[spoiler: the Well of Ascension]], while the bulk of his power was bound into [[spoiler: the atium]]. The problem was, even an imprisoned Ruin still had some power, so he [[spoiler: altered the prophecies regarding a messianic figure called the Hero of Ages to say that the Hero should go to the Well of Ascension and release its power to the being trapped there. Following the prophecy, the heroine of the trilogy does this. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Oops]].]]
27th Mar '16 9:50:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''ForeverKnight'', [=LaCroix=]'s daughter was sealed inside a coffin after [=LaCroix=] staked her. The Egyptian sun disk kept her prisoner much like a Christian cross, until she was released by grave robbers and came after him and his children.

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* In ''ForeverKnight'', ''Series/ForeverKnight'', [=LaCroix=]'s daughter was sealed inside a coffin after [=LaCroix=] staked her. The Egyptian sun disk kept her prisoner much like a Christian cross, until she was released by grave robbers and came after him and his children.
11th Mar '16 11:17:10 AM pablo360
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* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', it looks like [[spoiler: Oisri]] is a massive prison for the [[spoiler: dark matter entities like the ones which destroyed the galaxy in the alternate timeline.]] Petey thinks it's something far worse.

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* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', it looks like [[spoiler: Oisri]] is a massive prison for the [[spoiler: dark matter entities like the ones which destroyed the galaxy in the alternate timeline.]] Petey thinks [[FromBadToWorse it's something far worse.worse]].
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', Marceline's father, the Lord Of Evil, is sealed in the Nightosphere. Finn [[NiceJobBreakingItHero frees him, not knowing how evil he was]]. In the end, Finn manages to seal him back into the Nightosphere. Even worse is [[OmnicidalManiac the Lich]], the UltimateEvil who was imprisoned inside amber within a great tree by the legendary hero Billy. He finally broke free during the season 2 finale.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AlfredJKwak'', Alfred encounters the Evil Spirit of Darkness, an ancient demon who caused so much torment and destruction that God locked him inside a magic bottle.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', the Warner Brothers (and their sister Dot) were Sealed Zany in a Water Tower. In this case, it was more Sealed ''Chaos'' in a Can.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' brought us [[PsychoPrototype Protoform X a.k.a. Rampage]]. He was the result of Maximal experiments to produce an immortal super-soldier by copying Starscream's mutant spark. They got that part right in the form of [[GoneHorriblyRight an unkillable serial killer that slaughtered human and cybertronian alike]]. After eventually capturing him, the Maximal Elders sealed in up in a stasis pod then turned him over to Optimus Primal's to dump on some desolate asteroid since they could figure out how to destroy him. Several adventures later and the monster was unleashed again and recruited by the Predacons.
* Vilgax, from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', tends to be put in a can of whatever sort between appearances, be it a healing chamber, a block of ice, or a pocket dimension. He's slightly unusual in that we see him ''out'' of the can first.
** And in the same show, Ghostfreak[=/=]Zs'Skayr is an odd example of evil that got sealed in a can ''accidentally'', his DNA sampled for the show's ClingyMacGuffin so that the wearer can turn into him, and the personalities of his species being encoded in their genes somehow. Eventually, he gets loose and becomes Ben's EnemyWithout.
* ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' had Natron the First in the aptly named episode "Ancient Evil". After he is defeated and returned to his tomb, Mira melts the door to it. Hopefully this will keep him sealed.
** Subverted with NOS-4-A-2, as he can still drain energy whilst in his coffin and his coffin can turn into a spaceship.
* ''WesternAnimation/CampLakebottom'': In "Pandora's Jock", the counselors banished the training titan Jacques the Jock to limbo by sealing him in an old television and tossing it into the shed. Naturally, [=McGee=] lets him out.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCareBearsMovie'' had the Evil Spirit, whose can was a locked book of magic spells a young boy, Nicholas, opened. The spirit is powerful but, since it's confined to the book, needs Nicholas to cast its spells; he becomes progressively more evil in the process. ThePowerOfFriendship helps him come to his senses and he helps close and relock the book, ending the threat.
* ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'' had a two-part episode called "The Big Blow Up", which was about Rudy Tabootie opening the door to the temple of King Mumbo Jumbo and in doing so accidentally freeing a swarm of creatures known as Inflatermaus, who were imprisoned in there for centuries because their bite infects inhabitants of [=ChalkZone=] with a fatal disease called Balloonemia, which causes victims to inflate until they burst. Upon being freed, the Inflatermaus swarm begin to infect the people of [=ChalkZone=] again, leaving it up to Rudy, Penny, and Snap to find out how to cure Balloonemia and reimprison the swarm.
* In the prequel episode of ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'', we discover that the dormant Supercomputer was sealing XANA for 10 years. It is Jérémie, by turning it back on, who unleashed the malevolent program (plus his future girlfriend) on the world.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'':
** Nicolai Technus spent a fair amount of episodes imprisoned in Level Zero of the ''Doomed'' video game, until Danny freed him by deleting the game.
** Fright Knight was sealed away inside a pumpkin, and was released first by Danny himself (accidently), and later by Pariah Dark so that he could act as TheDragon.
** Pariah Dark was sealed away to free the Ghost Zone from his tyranny.
** Vlad seems particularly fond of releasing these - he released Pariah Dark unintentionally, and then later on intentionally releases Vortex on the world and then quickly loses control of him.
** Any ghost trapped in the Fenton Thermos. Temporary, but still sealed away.
** Technically not a can, but Pandora's box definitely qualifies.
*** ''WesternAnimation/TheUltimateEnemy'': [[spoiler:Dark Danny was sealed away in a Fenton Thermos and left with Clockwork, though for how long is unknown.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/DiGataDefenders'' the plot of the first season is for the titular Defenders to reseal an obscenely powerful entity known as the Megalith that the seasons' BigBad used to take over most of the world a generation ago. However, the defenders decide on a change of tactics after finding out that not only has this thing been sealed and escaped numerous times in the past, but that it gets better at unsealing itself each time.
** The Megalith [[spoiler:happens to be keeping another evil sealed in another dimension.]]
* Norm the Genie in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents''.
** He's released multiple times by Crocker, Chester, and Timmy, and each time has a different scam towards his revenge on Timmy.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Felidae}}'''s Claudandus means "something that must be sealed".
* In WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones, it can be argued The Great Gazoo was this to his people. He invented a death machine and they stuffed him in a satellite and sent him to Earth's stone age. Turns out in this case he's not such a bad guy, but it was a dangerous machine that got him sealed in his respective can.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' episode "Invisibo" had an evil Egyptian prince with the power of invisibility who was buried alive in a sarcophagus sealed with a carving of a scarab, but ended up free to wreak havoc on the modern world when Dexter Douglas' older brother Duncan accidentally broke the scarab carving while trying to punch Dexter.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheGodzillaPowerHour,'' the Cyclops was so invulnerable that even the SufficientlyAdvanced aliens who discovered it couldn't destroy it, so they trapped it on an island behind an impenetrable force field. The sucker's so tough, even Godzilla doesn't successfully destroy it at the end, so the crew just ends up trapping it back behind its force field.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', the wax statues in "[[Recap/GravityFallsS1E3Headhunters Headhunters]]" were locked away for ten years before Soos stumbled across them and they were able to seek their revenge.
* The Red Sentients in ''WesternAnimation/HotWheelsBattleForce5''. They were sealed away in five seperate Battle Zones by [[TheStarscream Zemerick]] when he betrayed them. At the end of season 2, [[BigBad Krytus]] is freed by a traitor named Praxion (whom he promptly [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves drops off a cliff]]) and proceeds to release the rest of his team from their own prisons. The rest of the Red Sentients were all frozen by Sage before they could join Krytus in his multiversal conquest. [[spoiler:These are ultimately a subversion, as it turns out they're just as tired of the war as the Blue Sentients are when they're released and gladly make peace instead. They then ''reseal'' Krytus in a block of ice on a distant world as punishment.]]
* All of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Inhumanoids}}'' were locked away for thousands of years before the beginning of the series. Tendril was chained up 2 miles underground, D'Compose was trapped in amber, Metlar held by a being with magnetic powers, and Sslither covered with concrete. And Blackthorne Shore freed all of them, the former three in the pilot alone.
* Most seasons of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' involved the cast attempting to reseal escaped Sealed Evil in a Can once using a jar-like object. In the series, this is {{justified|Trope}} by the fact that destroying evil will only allow a different (and probably stronger) evil to take its place. Better then to keep around the evil threat you already ''know'' how to deal with, than risk leaving the way open for something far worse to come up that you may not know how to deal with in time.
** In other words, the devil you know is better than the one you don't.
** In addition to the main villains, there was also Spring Heeled Jack, who was [[TakenForGranite turned to stone]] long ago and accidentally released and the Monkey King, who's imprisoned as a puppet.
* Hades, Greek God of the Underworld, in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. Released by Felix Faust in the hopes that Hades will grant him "ultimate knowledge" in return. Hades naturally betrays Faust by [[spoiler:causing him to instantly age to an old man since "Ultimately, pain and suffering are all humans will ever know."]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' had some sort of a sealed evil monkey man who petrified people in one episode. His name fit him perfectly, The Yono, and anyone who beats him gets to watch the one who released him petrified and re-sealed along with Yono.
* Chiros, the secondary antagonist of ''WesternAnimation/KongTheAnimatedSeries''. Imprisoned in a stone tablet that is implied, by Harpy cautioning the gargoyles moving it, would turn out bad for Chiros if it was broken (whether it will actually kill him or simply prevent him from being released ever again is unknown). It is also unknown why it was never destroyed the first time he was sealed inside it. At the end, [[spoiler: Chiros is released, but Lua opens up a portal and Kong spins him by the tail and throws him back in, sealing him inside the tablet again. Kong immediately smashes the tablet.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': Vaatu, the BigBad of Book 2 is an evil spirit who is the embodiment of chaos, is sealed in a dead tree in a desert by the first Avatar, in the Spirit World; Vaatu's design is similar to [[WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack Aku's]], as is his prison (evil spirit sealed in a dead tree in a swamp), which is itself a reference to [[WesternAnimation/FerngullyTheLastRainforest Hexxus]] (toxic spirit sealed in a dead tree in a dead forest).
* ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'', "Phantoms": Due to TimeTravel, Franchise/{{Superman}} accidentally unseals an evil that, it's implied, his future self [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble sealed/will seal]] a thousand years beforehand.
* The singing, dancing frog who ruined a man's life in the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "WesternAnimation/OneFroggyEvening" was placed into a cement slab and freed several hundred years in the future. The frog was also found by the man in question in that cement slab, so he may have been taken out of and put back into the slab many, many times by all the men whose lives he had ruined.
** This is based on the story of a real (not evil) horned lizard that was sealed in the cornerstone of a courthouse (long before they were on any endangered species list). 31 years later the stone was opened and the horned lizard was alive and lived on for almost a year afterward.
* ''WesternAnimation/MonsterAllergy'' has this when it comes to trapping monsters.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MuchaLucha: The Return of El Malefico'', El Malefico was imprisoned in the core of the Earth for 100,000 years. He used The Flea to trick Rikochet into freeing him by reading a passage from the Code of Masked Wrestling backwards. At the end, El Malefico is defeated and he is sealed back up again.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Nightmare Moon was sealed in the Moon for a thousand years as "The Mare in the Moon".
** Discord had been [[TakenForGranite imprisoned in a stone statue]] by Celestia and Luna since ancient times for the suffering his rule brought everyone in Equestria. However, his prison weakened over time, and the Cutie Mark Crusaders release him by [[NiceJobBreakingItHero creating discord (fighting) in front of him]], giving him the power to break free. The Mane Six put him back in his can at the end of the two-parter. [[spoiler:Eventually, though, they release Discord and [[HeelFaceTurn reform him]] when Celestia decides she has use for his powers]].
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E20ItsAboutTime "It's About Time"]] reveals that there are a bunch of evil creatures and villains sealed away in Tartarus that are guarded by Cerberus.
** King Sombra was turned into a LivingShadow and imprisoned in the northern ice by Celestia and Luna. They were at least more thorough than with Discord.
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation "Inspiration Manifestation"]], the tome was hidden away and locked behind a caged door for a reason. But Spike fails to notice any of this.
** As shown in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 "Twilight's Kingdom, Part 1"]], Lord Tirek was imprisoned in Tartarus and has escaped.
* ''Franchise/{{Ninjago}}'': The Serpentine and the Stone Army start off as this, [[UltimateEvil The Overlord]] becomes this in season 3 when his essence is sealed in a hard drive, and The Preeminent is this in season 5.
* The Sorcerer from ''WesternAnimation/RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja'', who is sealed below Randy's school and seeks to free himself by causing chaos with the people he mutates.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' played with this trope on occasion, notably in the episode "Knock, Knock". They even played with Chthulu in one episode.
** The SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters'' also used this trope a few times.
* Aku in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''.
** The three servants of Set.
* Done a few times in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''.
** The mischievous spirit in "The Box Of Dirty Tricks", which is sealed inside a box in an attempt to contain it from doing anyone any harm. Not that it stops the spirit entirely from doing its dirty tricks upon whoever possesses it.
** Mystico the goblin from "Nobody Smurf", who was sealed inside a fountain and was accidentally released by Nobody and Clumsy Smurf when they knocked over a goblet near the fountain that they were not supposed to touch.
** The druids in a tree in the episode "The Smurfs' Time Capsule". Only their leader managed to escape so that he could get the Moonrock Amulet and free his brothers when the light of the full moon hits the amulet. The Smurfs stopped his attempt and sealed the druid leader back inside the tree.
** The evil wizard trapped in the Swapping Well. (Papa Smurf was the one who had trapped him there, it turned out.)
** The MadArtist Maestro, who was trapped in a painting for making art that could do that to living creatures, inadvertently released by Painter Smurf (who Maestro affectionately called his "apprentice" later; Painter later had to create the most convincing work of his life - as he said - in order to put him back.)
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' cartoons:
** In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'', Robotnik steals a computer of magic spells from the [[HeelFaceTurn formerly evil]] wizard Lazar, and Sonic attempts to get it back. When asked why he can't just destroy the computer, Lazar says that would release all the evil it contains.
** In the ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' episode, "Closed Door Policy", Amy sells all of Sticks' possessions at a yard sale. This includes a surfboard blocking the entrance to the underground lair of the Froglodytes, a race of frog-like warriors. When the entrance is unblocked, the Froglodytes escape, capture Sticks, and attempt to [[HumanSacrifice sacrifice her to their idol god]]. Thus, it's up to Sonic and his friends to travel to the Froglodytes' underground lair to save Sticks.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III", the Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy villain Man-Ray is shown to be imprisoned in frozen tartar sauce. [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick, who were watching over Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy's headquarters in the superheroes' absence, end up accidentally thawing Man-Ray out. The villain escapes to resume wreaking havoc after tricking [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick into removing the tickle belt used to restrain him and exposing them to the Orb of Confusion, but he ends up doing a HeelFaceTurn after finding that the tickle belt's made him unable to commit crimes without bursting into laughter.
* Baron Mordo in ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow'' is sealed within a ''soda'' can... that Thor opens when raiding ComicBook/DoctorStrange's refrigerator for a late-night snack.
* The Dark One from ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'', who is so large he requires a planet for a functioning seal. Please see the first "Exaggerated" example on the trope's Playing With article for further details.
* ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'': In the first episode, the Pastmaster is Sealed Evil in a Treasure Chest. We don't learn he exists until ''after'' he gets unsealed.
** There's also the Mad Kat The Insane Jester, who was sealed in a jack in the box.
* Trigon in season four of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', where his daughter Raven becomes his portal into the world, allowing him to turn every creature in the biosphere [[TakenForGranite into stone]] and cover the planet in lava.
** Also, the dragon Malchior in an earlier episode qualifies, sealed in one of Raven's spellbooks.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee,'' June's distant [[FallenHero ancestor]] [[EvilCounterpart Kai Yee]] got turned into a jade statue as punishment for trying to [[WellIntentionedExtremist take over the world of magic]]. Centuries later, a monster corporation frees him for their own evil purposes. It does not go well for them. [[spoiler: Happens a second time when June defeats him.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode, "The Looney Beginning", when Buster and Babs need to find villains for their series, they find a box known as the "Villains Box", that has signs with warnings such as '''DANGER!''' '''STAY OUT!''' and '''GO AWAY!''' written on it. Upon opening the box, it releases many of the series' villains, many of which are minor and one-shot characters, such as the Candy Bar Monster from the "Best O' Plucky Duck Day" episode segment, "Sticky Feathers Duck", The Devil from the ending to "Sawdust and Toonsil", The Metropolis Marvels from "The Acme Bowl", and Dr. Gene Splicer from "Hare Raising Night". Eventually, it gets down to Dizzy Devil, Elmyra Duff, and of course, Montana Max.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Total Drama All-Stars]]'': Mal, Mike's evil personality who was incarcerated in the same juvie Duncan was in sometime prior to the series. After he was pardoned from juvie Mike was able to take control and seal him in his mind, years later Scott accidentally hit him as Manitoba Smith in the head with a shovel, partially freeing him.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' had a lot of these.
** For 4 million years, the ''Ark'' held the Decepticons and Autobots in stasis, under a volcano... until volcanic activity shook things up and woke up the evil Decepticons.
** In ''Cosmic Rust'', there's a [[GhostPlanet dead planet]] with radio beacons warning travelers to stay away or die horribly. The Decepticons plunder it, and in the process, catch the metal-eating plague called Cosmic Rust.
*** [[TheStarscream Starscream]] shows signs of TabletopRPG GenreSavvy in this episode: when confronted with [[AncientTomb a sealed crypt]] with a curse warning on it, he proclaims that "a curse on the door means treasure behind the door" and breaks in. Unfortunately, he's in a Transformers cartoon, not a [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D game]], making it a near-fatal case of WrongGenreSavvy.
** In ''Return of Optimus Prime'', the HatePlague spores were sealed ''inside a star'' after their last outbreak. Unfortunately, the star went nova.
** Starscream himself could be considered Sealed Evil in a Can in the episode ''Starscream's Ghost''; his ghost first appears after Octane tumbles into the Decepticon crypt and knocks over the ruins of Starscream's grave marker.
** Deconstructed in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''. [[spoiler: After Unicron's defeat by Primus, his body was cast away into the depths of space. His gravitational pull attracted matter over billions of years which coallessed into the Earth itself. Unicron's physical form is the Earth's core, but he can control the mineral deposits on the surface and create golems of himself, among other things.]] Played straight [[spoiler:when Optimus traps Unicron's Anti-Spark (his soul basically) inside an indestructible reliquary in the series GrandFinale.]]
* Simon and Snarf in ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollz}}''; while the Magic of the Five was sufficient to release Snarf, Simon had to trick the girls into helping him, as he could only be freed by someone pure of heart helping him of their own free will.
* ''TheVentureBrothers'' - Dr. Orpheus, threatened in a diner by two "foulmouthed rednecks", magically traps them in a 'homeboy' figurine he'd earlier bought from a vending machine.
* Valtor from ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' may count as sealed evil in a block of ice, until the Trix released him in the beginning of season three.
* The position of [[EvilOverlord Phobos]] and several of his most powerful minions for most of the second season of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' [[spoiler: until he gets released by the heroines]]. [[BigBad Nerissa]] was also once a Sealed Evil In A Can, but she escaped several decades before the series begins.
* Wuya from ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' was trapped in a puzzle box for 1,500 years until Jack Spicer freed her unwittingly.
** Likewise, Hannibal Roy Bean was trapped in the Yin-Yang world for nearly as long until Omi freed him unwittingly.
** And then there's Sibini, who was trapped in the Mosaic Scale until "The Evil Within".
* The 13 Ghosts from the Chest of Demons in ''WesternAnimation/The13GhostsOfScoobyDoo''.
** In an episode of The Scooby Doo Show, legend had that flying demons were sealed underground. The gang doesn't find any evidence to support there ever be real demons though.
** The Nibiru entity from ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated''
* The Dark Dragon from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong''.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SheZow'', [=BrouHaHa=] was imprisoned in a vacuumn cleaner, that also happened to be in a box, by Anges Monroe, the previous [=SheZow=]. He was imprisoned there for 61 years, until some unwitting customer brought it off Guy Hamdon, the current [=SheZow=], in a garage sale.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', Marceline's father, the Lord Of Evil, is sealed in the Nightosphere. Finn [[NiceJobBreakingItHero frees him, not knowing how evil he was]]. In the end, Finn manages to seal him back into the Nightosphere. Even worse is [[OmnicidalManiac the Lich]], the UltimateEvil who was imprisoned inside amber within a great tree by the legendary hero Billy. He finally broke free during the season 2 finale.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AlfredJKwak'', Alfred encounters the Evil Spirit of Darkness, an ancient demon who caused so much torment and destruction that God locked him inside a magic bottle.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', the Warner Brothers (and their sister Dot) were Sealed Zany in a Water Tower. In this case, it was more Sealed ''Chaos'' in a Can.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' brought us [[PsychoPrototype Protoform X a.k.a. Rampage]]. He was the result of Maximal experiments to produce an immortal super-soldier by copying Starscream's mutant spark. They got that part right in the form of [[GoneHorriblyRight an unkillable serial killer that slaughtered human and cybertronian alike]]. After eventually capturing him, the Maximal Elders sealed in up in a stasis pod then turned him over to Optimus Primal's to dump on some desolate asteroid since they could figure out how to destroy him. Several adventures later and the monster was unleashed again and recruited by the Predacons.
* Vilgax, from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', tends to be put in a can of whatever sort between appearances, be it a healing chamber, a block of ice, or a pocket dimension. He's slightly unusual in that we see him ''out'' of the can first.
** And in the same show, Ghostfreak[=/=]Zs'Skayr is an odd example of evil that got sealed in a can ''accidentally'', his DNA sampled for the show's ClingyMacGuffin so that the wearer can turn into him, and the personalities of his species being encoded in their genes somehow. Eventually, he gets loose and becomes Ben's EnemyWithout.
* ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' had Natron the First in the aptly named episode "Ancient Evil". After he is defeated and returned to his tomb, Mira melts the door to it. Hopefully this will keep him sealed.
** Subverted with NOS-4-A-2, as he can still drain energy whilst in his coffin and his coffin can turn into a spaceship.
* ''WesternAnimation/CampLakebottom'': In "Pandora's Jock", the counselors banished the training titan Jacques the Jock to limbo by sealing him in an old television and tossing it into the shed. Naturally, [=McGee=] lets him out.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCareBearsMovie'' had the Evil Spirit, whose can was a locked book of magic spells a young boy, Nicholas, opened. The spirit is powerful but, since it's confined to the book, needs Nicholas to cast its spells; he becomes progressively more evil in the process. ThePowerOfFriendship helps him come to his senses and he helps close and relock the book, ending the threat.
* ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'' had a two-part episode called "The Big Blow Up", which was about Rudy Tabootie opening the door to the temple of King Mumbo Jumbo and in doing so accidentally freeing a swarm of creatures known as Inflatermaus, who were imprisoned in there for centuries because their bite infects inhabitants of [=ChalkZone=] with a fatal disease called Balloonemia, which causes victims to inflate until they burst. Upon being freed, the Inflatermaus swarm begin to infect the people of [=ChalkZone=] again, leaving it up to Rudy, Penny, and Snap to find out how to cure Balloonemia and reimprison the swarm.
* In the prequel episode of ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'', we discover that the dormant Supercomputer was sealing XANA for 10 years. It is Jérémie, by turning it back on, who unleashed the malevolent program (plus his future girlfriend) on the world.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'':
** Nicolai Technus spent a fair amount of episodes imprisoned in Level Zero of the ''Doomed'' video game, until Danny freed him by deleting the game.
** Fright Knight was sealed away inside a pumpkin, and was released first by Danny himself (accidently), and later by Pariah Dark so that he could act as TheDragon.
** Pariah Dark was sealed away to free the Ghost Zone from his tyranny.
** Vlad seems particularly fond of releasing these - he released Pariah Dark unintentionally, and then later on intentionally releases Vortex on the world and then quickly loses control of him.
** Any ghost trapped in the Fenton Thermos. Temporary, but still sealed away.
** Technically not a can, but Pandora's box definitely qualifies.
*** ''WesternAnimation/TheUltimateEnemy'': [[spoiler:Dark Danny was sealed away in a Fenton Thermos and left with Clockwork, though for how long is unknown.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/DiGataDefenders'' the plot of the first season is for the titular Defenders to reseal an obscenely powerful entity known as the Megalith that the seasons' BigBad used to take over most of the world a generation ago. However, the defenders decide on a change of tactics after finding out that not only has this thing been sealed and escaped numerous times in the past, but that it gets better at unsealing itself each time.
** The Megalith [[spoiler:happens to be keeping another evil sealed in another dimension.]]
* Norm the Genie in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents''.
** He's released multiple times by Crocker, Chester, and Timmy, and each time has a different scam towards his revenge on Timmy.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Felidae}}'''s Claudandus means "something that must be sealed".
* In WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones, it can be argued The Great Gazoo was this to his people. He invented a death machine and they stuffed him in a satellite and sent him to Earth's stone age. Turns out in this case he's not such a bad guy, but it was a dangerous machine that got him sealed in his respective can.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' episode "Invisibo" had an evil Egyptian prince with the power of invisibility who was buried alive in a sarcophagus sealed with a carving of a scarab, but ended up free to wreak havoc on the modern world when Dexter Douglas' older brother Duncan accidentally broke the scarab carving while trying to punch Dexter.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheGodzillaPowerHour,'' the Cyclops was so invulnerable that even the SufficientlyAdvanced aliens who discovered it couldn't destroy it, so they trapped it on an island behind an impenetrable force field. The sucker's so tough, even Godzilla doesn't successfully destroy it at the end, so the crew just ends up trapping it back behind its force field.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', the wax statues in "[[Recap/GravityFallsS1E3Headhunters Headhunters]]" were locked away for ten years before Soos stumbled across them and they were able to seek their revenge.
* The Red Sentients in ''WesternAnimation/HotWheelsBattleForce5''. They were sealed away in five seperate Battle Zones by [[TheStarscream Zemerick]] when he betrayed them. At the end of season 2, [[BigBad Krytus]] is freed by a traitor named Praxion (whom he promptly [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves drops off a cliff]]) and proceeds to release the rest of his team from their own prisons. The rest of the Red Sentients were all frozen by Sage before they could join Krytus in his multiversal conquest. [[spoiler:These are ultimately a subversion, as it turns out they're just as tired of the war as the Blue Sentients are when they're released and gladly make peace instead. They then ''reseal'' Krytus in a block of ice on a distant world as punishment.]]
* All of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Inhumanoids}}'' were locked away for thousands of years before the beginning of the series. Tendril was chained up 2 miles underground, D'Compose was trapped in amber, Metlar held by a being with magnetic powers, and Sslither covered with concrete. And Blackthorne Shore freed all of them, the former three in the pilot alone.
* Most seasons of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' involved the cast attempting to reseal escaped Sealed Evil in a Can once using a jar-like object. In the series, this is {{justified|Trope}} by the fact that destroying evil will only allow a different (and probably stronger) evil to take its place. Better then to keep around the evil threat you already ''know'' how to deal with, than risk leaving the way open for something far worse to come up that you may not know how to deal with in time.
** In other words, the devil you know is better than the one you don't.
** In addition to the main villains, there was also Spring Heeled Jack, who was [[TakenForGranite turned to stone]] long ago and accidentally released and the Monkey King, who's imprisoned as a puppet.
* Hades, Greek God of the Underworld, in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. Released by Felix Faust in the hopes that Hades will grant him "ultimate knowledge" in return. Hades naturally betrays Faust by [[spoiler:causing him to instantly age to an old man since "Ultimately, pain and suffering are all humans will ever know."]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' had some sort of a sealed evil monkey man who petrified people in one episode. His name fit him perfectly, The Yono, and anyone who beats him gets to watch the one who released him petrified and re-sealed along with Yono.
* Chiros, the secondary antagonist of ''WesternAnimation/KongTheAnimatedSeries''. Imprisoned in a stone tablet that is implied, by Harpy cautioning the gargoyles moving it, would turn out bad for Chiros if it was broken (whether it will actually kill him or simply prevent him from being released ever again is unknown). It is also unknown why it was never destroyed the first time he was sealed inside it. At the end, [[spoiler: Chiros is released, but Lua opens up a portal and Kong spins him by the tail and throws him back in, sealing him inside the tablet again. Kong immediately smashes the tablet.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': Vaatu, the BigBad of Book 2 is an evil spirit who is the embodiment of chaos, is sealed in a dead tree in a desert by the first Avatar, in the Spirit World; Vaatu's design is similar to [[WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack Aku's]], as is his prison (evil spirit sealed in a dead tree in a swamp), which is itself a reference to [[WesternAnimation/FerngullyTheLastRainforest Hexxus]] (toxic spirit sealed in a dead tree in a dead forest).
* ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'', "Phantoms": Due to TimeTravel, Franchise/{{Superman}} accidentally unseals an evil that, it's implied, his future self [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble sealed/will seal]] a thousand years beforehand.
* The singing, dancing frog who ruined a man's life in the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "WesternAnimation/OneFroggyEvening" was placed into a cement slab and freed several hundred years in the future. The frog was also found by the man in question in that cement slab, so he may have been taken out of and put back into the slab many, many times by all the men whose lives he had ruined.
** This is based on the story of a real (not evil) horned lizard that was sealed in the cornerstone of a courthouse (long before they were on any endangered species list). 31 years later the stone was opened and the horned lizard was alive and lived on for almost a year afterward.
* ''WesternAnimation/MonsterAllergy'' has this when it comes to trapping monsters.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MuchaLucha: The Return of El Malefico'', El Malefico was imprisoned in the core of the Earth for 100,000 years. He used The Flea to trick Rikochet into freeing him by reading a passage from the Code of Masked Wrestling backwards. At the end, El Malefico is defeated and he is sealed back up again.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Nightmare Moon was sealed in the Moon for a thousand years as "The Mare in the Moon".
** Discord had been [[TakenForGranite imprisoned in a stone statue]] by Celestia and Luna since ancient times for the suffering his rule brought everyone in Equestria. However, his prison weakened over time, and the Cutie Mark Crusaders release him by [[NiceJobBreakingItHero creating discord (fighting) in front of him]], giving him the power to break free. The Mane Six put him back in his can at the end of the two-parter. [[spoiler:Eventually, though, they release Discord and [[HeelFaceTurn reform him]] when Celestia decides she has use for his powers]].
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E20ItsAboutTime "It's About Time"]] reveals that there are a bunch of evil creatures and villains sealed away in Tartarus that are guarded by Cerberus.
** King Sombra was turned into a LivingShadow and imprisoned in the northern ice by Celestia and Luna. They were at least more thorough than with Discord.
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation "Inspiration Manifestation"]], the tome was hidden away and locked behind a caged door for a reason. But Spike fails to notice any of this.
** As shown in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 "Twilight's Kingdom, Part 1"]], Lord Tirek was imprisoned in Tartarus and has escaped.
* ''Franchise/{{Ninjago}}'': The Serpentine and the Stone Army start off as this, [[UltimateEvil The Overlord]] becomes this in season 3 when his essence is sealed in a hard drive, and The Preeminent is this in season 5.
* The Sorcerer from ''WesternAnimation/RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja'', who is sealed below Randy's school and seeks to free himself by causing chaos with the people he mutates.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' played with this trope on occasion, notably in the episode "Knock, Knock". They even played with Chthulu in one episode.
** The SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters'' also used this trope a few times.
* Aku in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''.
** The three servants of Set.
* Done a few times in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''.
** The mischievous spirit in "The Box Of Dirty Tricks", which is sealed inside a box in an attempt to contain it from doing anyone any harm. Not that it stops the spirit entirely from doing its dirty tricks upon whoever possesses it.
** Mystico the goblin from "Nobody Smurf", who was sealed inside a fountain and was accidentally released by Nobody and Clumsy Smurf when they knocked over a goblet near the fountain that they were not supposed to touch.
** The druids in a tree in the episode "The Smurfs' Time Capsule". Only their leader managed to escape so that he could get the Moonrock Amulet and free his brothers when the light of the full moon hits the amulet. The Smurfs stopped his attempt and sealed the druid leader back inside the tree.
** The evil wizard trapped in the Swapping Well. (Papa Smurf was the one who had trapped him there, it turned out.)
** The MadArtist Maestro, who was trapped in a painting for making art that could do that to living creatures, inadvertently released by Painter Smurf (who Maestro affectionately called his "apprentice" later; Painter later had to create the most convincing work of his life - as he said - in order to put him back.)
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' cartoons:
** In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'', Robotnik steals a computer of magic spells from the [[HeelFaceTurn formerly evil]] wizard Lazar, and Sonic attempts to get it back. When asked why he can't just destroy the computer, Lazar says that would release all the evil it contains.
** In the ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' episode, "Closed Door Policy", Amy sells all of Sticks' possessions at a yard sale. This includes a surfboard blocking the entrance to the underground lair of the Froglodytes, a race of frog-like warriors. When the entrance is unblocked, the Froglodytes escape, capture Sticks, and attempt to [[HumanSacrifice sacrifice her to their idol god]]. Thus, it's up to Sonic and his friends to travel to the Froglodytes' underground lair to save Sticks.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III", the Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy villain Man-Ray is shown to be imprisoned in frozen tartar sauce. [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick, who were watching over Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy's headquarters in the superheroes' absence, end up accidentally thawing Man-Ray out. The villain escapes to resume wreaking havoc after tricking [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick into removing the tickle belt used to restrain him and exposing them to the Orb of Confusion, but he ends up doing a HeelFaceTurn after finding that the tickle belt's made him unable to commit crimes without bursting into laughter.
* Baron Mordo in ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow'' is sealed within a ''soda'' can... that Thor opens when raiding ComicBook/DoctorStrange's refrigerator for a late-night snack.
* The Dark One from ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'', who is so large he requires a planet for a functioning seal. Please see the first "Exaggerated" example on the trope's Playing With article for further details.
* ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'': In the first episode, the Pastmaster is Sealed Evil in a Treasure Chest. We don't learn he exists until ''after'' he gets unsealed.
** There's also the Mad Kat The Insane Jester, who was sealed in a jack in the box.
* Trigon in season four of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', where his daughter Raven becomes his portal into the world, allowing him to turn every creature in the biosphere [[TakenForGranite into stone]] and cover the planet in lava.
** Also, the dragon Malchior in an earlier episode qualifies, sealed in one of Raven's spellbooks.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee,'' June's distant [[FallenHero ancestor]] [[EvilCounterpart Kai Yee]] got turned into a jade statue as punishment for trying to [[WellIntentionedExtremist take over the world of magic]]. Centuries later, a monster corporation frees him for their own evil purposes. It does not go well for them. [[spoiler: Happens a second time when June defeats him.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode, "The Looney Beginning", when Buster and Babs need to find villains for their series, they find a box known as the "Villains Box", that has signs with warnings such as '''DANGER!''' '''STAY OUT!''' and '''GO AWAY!''' written on it. Upon opening the box, it releases many of the series' villains, many of which are minor and one-shot characters, such as the Candy Bar Monster from the "Best O' Plucky Duck Day" episode segment, "Sticky Feathers Duck", The Devil from the ending to "Sawdust and Toonsil", The Metropolis Marvels from "The Acme Bowl", and Dr. Gene Splicer from "Hare Raising Night". Eventually, it gets down to Dizzy Devil, Elmyra Duff, and of course, Montana Max.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Total Drama All-Stars]]'': Mal, Mike's evil personality who was incarcerated in the same juvie Duncan was in sometime prior to the series. After he was pardoned from juvie Mike was able to take control and seal him in his mind, years later Scott accidentally hit him as Manitoba Smith in the head with a shovel, partially freeing him.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' had a lot of these.
** For 4 million years, the ''Ark'' held the Decepticons and Autobots in stasis, under a volcano... until volcanic activity shook things up and woke up the evil Decepticons.
** In ''Cosmic Rust'', there's a [[GhostPlanet dead planet]] with radio beacons warning travelers to stay away or die horribly. The Decepticons plunder it, and in the process, catch the metal-eating plague called Cosmic Rust.
*** [[TheStarscream Starscream]] shows signs of TabletopRPG GenreSavvy in this episode: when confronted with [[AncientTomb a sealed crypt]] with a curse warning on it, he proclaims that "a curse on the door means treasure behind the door" and breaks in. Unfortunately, he's in a Transformers cartoon, not a [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D game]], making it a near-fatal case of WrongGenreSavvy.
** In ''Return of Optimus Prime'', the HatePlague spores were sealed ''inside a star'' after their last outbreak. Unfortunately, the star went nova.
** Starscream himself could be considered Sealed Evil in a Can in the episode ''Starscream's Ghost''; his ghost first appears after Octane tumbles into the Decepticon crypt and knocks over the ruins of Starscream's grave marker.
** Deconstructed in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''. [[spoiler: After Unicron's defeat by Primus, his body was cast away into the depths of space. His gravitational pull attracted matter over billions of years which coallessed into the Earth itself. Unicron's physical form is the Earth's core, but he can control the mineral deposits on the surface and create golems of himself, among other things.]] Played straight [[spoiler:when Optimus traps Unicron's Anti-Spark (his soul basically) inside an indestructible reliquary in the series GrandFinale.]]
* Simon and Snarf in ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollz}}''; while the Magic of the Five was sufficient to release Snarf, Simon had to trick the girls into helping him, as he could only be freed by someone pure of heart helping him of their own free will.
* ''TheVentureBrothers'' - Dr. Orpheus, threatened in a diner by two "foulmouthed rednecks", magically traps them in a 'homeboy' figurine he'd earlier bought from a vending machine.
* Valtor from ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' may count as sealed evil in a block of ice, until the Trix released him in the beginning of season three.
* The position of [[EvilOverlord Phobos]] and several of his most powerful minions for most of the second season of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' [[spoiler: until he gets released by the heroines]]. [[BigBad Nerissa]] was also once a Sealed Evil In A Can, but she escaped several decades before the series begins.
* Wuya from ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' was trapped in a puzzle box for 1,500 years until Jack Spicer freed her unwittingly.
** Likewise, Hannibal Roy Bean was trapped in the Yin-Yang world for nearly as long until Omi freed him unwittingly.
** And then there's Sibini, who was trapped in the Mosaic Scale until "The Evil Within".
* The 13 Ghosts from the Chest of Demons in ''WesternAnimation/The13GhostsOfScoobyDoo''.
** In an episode of The Scooby Doo Show, legend had that flying demons were sealed underground. The gang doesn't find any evidence to support there ever be real demons though.
** The Nibiru entity from ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated''
* The Dark Dragon from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong''.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SheZow'', [=BrouHaHa=] was imprisoned in a vacuumn cleaner, that also happened to be in a box, by Anges Monroe, the previous [=SheZow=]. He was imprisoned there for 61 years, until some unwitting customer brought it off Guy Hamdon, the current [=SheZow=], in a garage sale.
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* The demon in ''{{Phantasmagoria}}''.
* The Dark One of SRMTHFG has nothing on the Profound Darkness in ''PhantasyStarIV''; the Precursors sealed it with a ''solar system''.

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* The demon in ''{{Phantasmagoria}}''.
''VideoGame/{{Phantasmagoria}}''.
* The Dark One of SRMTHFG has nothing on the Profound Darkness in ''PhantasyStarIV''; ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV''; the Precursors sealed it with a ''solar system''.



* ''PhantomBrave'' features an example as the main antagonist, the demon Sulfur. Rather than the usual thousands of years of imprisonment though Sulfur is capable of coming back every 30 years, and during his imprisonment can extend enough influence into the world to wreak havoc.
* In ''PlanescapeTorment'', [[spoiler: the literal Sealed-Evil-In-A-Box]]. Also, the Monster Jug (which you can buy at a shop and open, should you feel like it).

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* ''PhantomBrave'' ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave'' features an example as the main antagonist, the demon Sulfur. Rather than the usual thousands of years of imprisonment though Sulfur is capable of coming back every 30 years, and during his imprisonment can extend enough influence into the world to wreak havoc.
* In ''PlanescapeTorment'', ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', [[spoiler: the literal Sealed-Evil-In-A-Box]]. Also, the Monster Jug (which you can buy at a shop and open, should you feel like it).



** In ''ShiningForce'', Darksol's evil plan is to unseal Dark Dragon.

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** In ''ShiningForce'', ''VideoGame/ShiningForce'', Darksol's evil plan is to unseal Dark Dragon.
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