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6th Dec '17 10:57:57 AM OlmoJV
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* The plot of ''Fanfic/HopeForTheHeartless'' -- which takes place immediately after the events of ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' -- starts with the [[VillainProtagonist Horned]] [[TheDreaded King]] being contacted by [[CosmicEntities the Fates]] while his soul endures [[AndIMustScream agony]] inside [[ArtifactOfDoom the Black Cauldron]]. They [[ResurrectedForAJob bring him back]] to Prydain to [[RedemptionQuest fulfill]] [[ImpossibleTask an assignment]] under the period of 18 months. If he doesn't fulfill it, his soul will be ''permanently'' trapped inside the Cauldron.\\\
The Cauldron also contains the spirit of the Horned King's former [[EvilMentor master]], [[BigBad Arawn]], the [[AscendedExtra Death Lord of Annuvin]]. He was defeated [[AncientEvil centuries ago]] and sealed inside the Cauldron while he sought it. Now he wants to ensure that his former apprentice shall return to the Cauldron and at his mercy. He's also a case of LeakingCanOfEvil: he can [[{{Telepathy}} communicate telepathically to others]] and [[DreamWeaver influence their dreams]]. It's also hinted that he's not the only one trapped inside the Cauldron.

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* The plot of ''Fanfic/HopeForTheHeartless'' -- which takes place immediately after the events of ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' -- starts with the [[VillainProtagonist Horned]] [[TheDreaded Horned King]] being contacted by [[CosmicEntities the Fates]] while his soul endures [[AndIMustScream agony]] inside [[ArtifactOfDoom the Black Cauldron]]. They [[ResurrectedForAJob bring him back]] to Prydain to [[RedemptionQuest fulfill]] a [[ImpossibleTask an hard assignment]] under the period of 18 eighteen months. If he doesn't fulfill it, his soul will be ''permanently'' trapped inside the Cauldron.\\\
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The Cauldron also contains the spirit of the Horned King's former [[EvilMentor master]], [[BigBad Arawn]], the [[AscendedExtra Death Lord of Annuvin]]. He was defeated [[AncientEvil centuries ago]] and sealed inside the Cauldron while he sought it. Now he wants to ensure that his former apprentice shall return to the Cauldron and at his mercy. He's also a case of LeakingCanOfEvil: he can [[{{Telepathy}} communicate telepathically to others]] and [[DreamWeaver influence their dreams]]. It's also hinted that he's not the only one trapped inside the Cauldron.
3rd Dec '17 10:27:04 AM Muppet
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* Double Subverted in [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6263444/1/Transition Transition]] after [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Jinx and Raven]] teleport back to earth unconcious the police put her into a CryoPrison due to her increased power levels, what they don't know is: A) [[SealedGoodInACan Jinx isn't a villain any more]] and B) Her powers are now semi autonomous like Ravens, meaning putting her in cryosleep doesn't turn them off, it lets them do anything they want to get Jinx free without her mind holding them back with things like [[LeakingCanOfEvil "concern for collateral damage" or "ability to tell friend from foe"]]

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* Double Subverted in [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6263444/1/Transition Transition]] after [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Jinx and Raven]] teleport back to earth unconcious the police put her into a CryoPrison due to her increased power levels, what they don't know is: A) [[SealedGoodInACan Jinx isn't a villain any more]] and B) Her powers are now semi autonomous like Ravens, meaning putting her in cryosleep doesn't turn them off, it lets them do anything they want to get Jinx free [[TheUnfettered without her mind holding them back back]] with things like [[LeakingCanOfEvil "concern for collateral damage" or "ability to tell friend from foe"]]
3rd Dec '17 6:56:16 AM Muppet
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* Double Subverted in [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6263444/1/Transition Transition]] after [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Jinx and Raven]] teleport back to earth unconcious the police put her into a CryoPrison due to her increased power levels, what they don't know is: A) [[SealedGoodInACan Jinx isn't a villain any more]] and B) Her powers are now semi autonomous like Ravens, meaning putting her in cryosleep doesn't turn them off, it lets them do anything they want to get Jinx free without her mind holding them back with things like [[LeakingCanOfEvil "concern for collateral damage" or "ability to tell friend from foe"]]
27th Nov '17 10:42:57 AM fruitstripegum
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* On sale in the[[http://nekothekitty.smackjeeves.com/comics/1361561/909-steamy/ Gift Shop of Death]] in ''Neko the Kitty''.

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* On sale in the[[http://nekothekitty.the [[http://nekothekitty.smackjeeves.com/comics/1361561/909-steamy/ Gift Shop of Death]] in ''Neko the Kitty''.
18th Nov '17 9:38:52 PM MasterN
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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 ô]] 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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Sometimes, A sealed evil is often introduced as a GreaterScopeVillain: the direct BigBad's plan is will be to unseal the can of some ancient GodOfEvil, hoping they'll get some of that great power as a reward. If Of course, EvilIsNotAToy: if they succeed, it almost always usually turns out that the Sealed Evil was does not care for them (or may have even been manipulating them into freeing them, them) and [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness disposes of them,]] making the Sealed Evil the ''true'' BigBad. FinalBoss. Sealed Evil[[TradeSnark ô]] almost ''never'' [[UngratefulBastard rewards those who release it. it.]] It may even act like the malevolent flavor of a JackassGenie, twisting their releasers' wishes back on them, or it may simply decide that YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness. Remember: EvilIsNotAToy.
them. (Of course, occasionally the BigBad actually ''[[HijackingCthulhu succeeds]]'' in controlling the sealed evil.)



Oddly enough, no matter what the cause of the seal being broken, it seems to always happen 1,000 years after the evil was first sealed. Yet nobody ever seems to know that the BigBad is about to reemerge in that time frame.

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), ThouShaltNotKill (heroes can take pity and/or show mercy towards the oddest things), and/or AsLongAsThereIsEvil. Maybe it ''[[{{Immortality}} couldn't]]'' be killed for good (or more commonly, the conditions weren't right to deal the final blow), so sealing it was the next best thing. Another common excuse is the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil; if they'd killed the ancient evil, then a [[BiggerBad bigger, badder]] evil would've taken its place, thus sealing it away neutralizes the threat but also keeps it in the world and maintains the balance. For some reason, only on a very few occasions was the evil sealed simply because the good guys didn't have the power at the time to kill it outright. Or maybe it ''was'' killed and the method of breaking the seal was [[BackFromTheDead resurrecting it]].

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Oddly enough, no matter what the cause of the seal being broken, it seems to always happen 1,000 years after the evil was first sealed. Yet nobody ever seems to know that the BigBad evil is about to reemerge in that time frame.

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), ThouShaltNotKill (heroes can take pity and/or show mercy towards the oddest things), and/or AsLongAsThereIsEvil. Maybe it ''[[{{Immortality}} couldn't]]'' be killed for good (or more commonly, the conditions weren't right to deal the final blow), so sealing it was the next best thing. Another common excuse is the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil; if they'd killed the ancient evil, then a [[BiggerBad bigger, badder]] 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 was the evil sealed simply because the good guys didn't have the power at the time to kill it outright. Or maybe it ''was'' killed and the method of breaking the seal was [[BackFromTheDead resurrecting it]].



This is an ''extremely'' common plot and backstory in video games because it's such a simple backstory: the BigBad, put away by some ancient hero, has escaped. You (the player) must put him back in.

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This is an ''extremely'' common plot and backstory in video games games, especially RolePlayingGames, because it's such a simple backstory: the BigBad, put away by some ancient hero, has escaped. You (the player) must put him back in.
in. Or, as mentioned above, the current BigBad wishes to release the GreaterScopeVillain to use itís power, and the hero must stop them.
2nd Nov '17 11:19:46 AM Scorntex
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** ''Fanfic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse:'' Corona starts off the series sealed inside the sun (she gets out, naturally). Discord, meanwhile, is not only in statue form, but Luna had the statue buried under a massive amount of cement (though she's well aware that if and when Discord gets out, that won't do ''squat'', it's just to stop other people letting him out early). And then there's Tirek, who's been sealed away inside Tartarus for several thousand years ([[spoiler:and who ''doesn't'' want to get out.]]).
12th Oct '17 11:56:23 AM ZimFan89
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* In the ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' universe, Yggdrasil was created as the Can to [[UpToEleven end all Cans]], serving simultaneously as a power-source to allow someone to fight [[PhysicalGod Surtur]] on something approximating the same level (enough to stall him, at least), as a cosmic scale prison to keep Muspelheim locked away, and a complex locking mechanism to keep Surtur trapped in Musphelheim once he's lured there and siphon off his power. [[TheAlliance The Alliance of Realms]] were very thorough when they put it together.
9th Oct '17 10:09:51 PM darkemyst
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* ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' had a big old [[http://www.charbythevampirate.com/comic/568/comic_archive]], slightly subverted since it had originally been sealed by an amaturish effort to defeat it, only to [[http://www.charbythevampirate.com/comic/903/comic reseal it with a tighter lid]] later after it got loose. We didn't learn that evil came in cans until after the fact.

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* ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' had a big an old evil [[http://www.charbythevampirate.com/comic/568/comic_archive]], com/archive/568 sealed inside two of the main characters]], slightly subverted since it had originally been sealed by an amaturish effort to defeat it, only to [[http://www.charbythevampirate.com/comic/903/comic com/comic/903 reseal it with a tighter lid]] later after it got loose. We didn't learn that evil came in cans until after the fact.
27th Sep '17 6:23:05 PM Rmpdc
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27th Sep '17 6:22:52 PM Rmpdc
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