Created By: Ikaru on June 26, 2009
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So your world had some ancients that managed to seal away some sort of powerful being - Good, Evil, Neutral, it doesn't matter. But the thing is, they didn't seal it in a thing. They somehow managed to seal it into a person, who may or may not be aware of it. This is Sealed Power In A Person.

A Subtrope of both Sealed Evil in a Can and Sealed Good in a Can, this is where the can is a person (Or in some cases, people). This is not where a standard person is what was sealed, unless they were sealed into another person. This may or may not result in the death of the 'can'. Sometimes the sealed being is reduced to a mere mind, and ends up taking over the body of the 'can'.

Examples:
  • Jean Grey was the can for Dark Phoenix in the animated series of X-Men.
  • In Dogma, God was sealed in a comatose man on life support. He had to be unsealed by taking the man off life support, thus killing him.
  • Naruto - This trope describes the Jinchuriki, people who have tailed demons sealed inside them. They include the title character Naruto, Gaara of the Desert, and Kirabee who contain the Nine-tailed Fox, the Ichibi, and the Eight-tailed Ox respectively.
  • Teito Klein, the protagonist of 07-Ghost, is revealed to contain inside himself Pandora's Box, the sealed body of the death god Verloren
  • Glory in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Sealed in Ben, who became a doctor. Eventually Ben was killed in order to kill the unkillable Glory.
  • The main premise of Bastard!!
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  • June 23, 2009
    Dcoetzee
  • June 23, 2009
    melloncollie
    • Naruto - This trope describes the Jinchuriki, people who have tailed demons sealed inside them. They include the title character Naruto, Gaara of the Desert, and Kirabee who contain the Nine-tailed Fox, the Ichibi, and the Eight-tailed Ox respectively.
  • June 23, 2009
    Arilou
    Often related to Barrier Maiden.

  • June 23, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    Jean was a Sealed Good In A Can. Phoenix just had a copy body.
  • June 24, 2009
    Sofos
  • June 24, 2009
    random surfer
    Glory in Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Sealed in Ben, who became a doctor. Eventually Ben was killed in order to kill the unkillable Glory.
  • June 24, 2009
    Michael
    The main premise of Bastard!!
  • June 24, 2009
    Pika_power
    Contrast Grand Theft Me.
  • June 24, 2009
    AvatarofRage
    Often results in a Super Powered Evil Side, for the evil, neutral and Knight Templar examples. Reincarnation may be involved
  • June 24, 2009
    Sukeban
    Teito Klein, the protagonist of 07-Ghost, is revealed to contain inside himself Pandora's Box, the sealed body of the death god Verloren
  • June 24, 2009
    Ikaru
    @Dragon Quest Z

    Maybe you've actually read the comics. But when the movie (which I know isn't canon, etc.) and what I seem to remember of when the animated series covered it, Phoenix at least started out having to use Jean's body. Granted, it has been a while since I've seen any of the animated series.
  • June 24, 2009
    EricDVH
    This turns out to be the premise of Summoner (except maybe not, according to the sequel, which I haven't played.)
  • June 24, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    In the animated series, yes. Just edit that comment to note it, and it will be correct (the movie was something different, and still not this trope).
  • June 24, 2009
    Ikaru
    Edited in all the examples except for Eric DVH's (I'd prefer to keep examples in for sure). And edited the Jean Grey example as requested.
  • June 24, 2009
    Jack Butler
    Would this include things like Harry Potter ending up as one of Voldemort's horcruxes?
  • This sounds suspiciously like Mac Guffin Girl...
  • June 24, 2009
    Ikaru
    Harry Potter being one of Voldemort's Horcruxes is iffy. Yeah, he's got a piece of Voldy's soul in him, but does that mean he has a powerful other being in him? I think it's closer to Mac Guffin Girl than this.

    And this isn't neccessarily Mac Guffin Girl. This is where there's a powerful, usually sapient, being inside the person. Mac Guffin Girl is when the person is quite literally a MacGuffin, not containing another being. This is only Mac Guffin Girl if the whole point of the revolves around unsealing/keeping sealed the other being, just as a Sealed Evil In A Can isn't neccesarily a MacGuffin.
  • June 25, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Rezo in The Slayers, whose eyes are a can for Shabranigdo.
  • June 26, 2009
    Ikaru
    Bump.

    Also, especially Up For Grabs during the next week or so (I'll be lacking computer access). And changed the title to something a bit more acceptable.
  • June 26, 2009
    Lee M
    Rayek in Elf Quest voluntarily seals Winnowill's spirit inside himself to prevent her doing any more harm. He has a constant never-ending struggle to prevent her breaking free.
  • June 29, 2009
    The_Void
    Heroes volume four finale spoiler: Sylar is now trapped in Nathan's body, thinking he is Nathan. Except he still has all Sylar's abilities. And doesn't have Nathan's. Yeah, that's gonna end well.....
  • June 29, 2009
    Rainbow
    Prince Endymion tries to do this with Metaria near the end of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon but she ends up possessing him instead, causing Sailor Moon to have to kill him.
  • June 29, 2009
    BlackDragon
    A major plot-point in Shakugan No Shana... powerful Treasures, artifacts of the Crimson World, are often hidden inside 'Torches', who are sort of like temporary simulacra of people killed by Crimson Lords, placed to make their disappearance unnoticeable.

    The main character is just a Torch who had the inordinate luck of becoming the host of the Midnight Lost Child, the most powerful of all the Treasures, and a source of literally infinite power. Thanks to that, he is able to go from being slightly less than human, to being a BFS-wielding demonslayer, over the course of two seasons. And a good thing too, considering that virtually every Crimson Lord out there would VERY much like to get their claws on the Midnight Lost Child, which basically requires them to tear it out of his chest...
  • June 29, 2009
    tomjenkins
    Also In heroes, Hiro's mother, and then Hiro himself were the carriers of "the lgiht", a crucial part of the formula
  • June 29, 2009
    Unknown Troper
  • June 30, 2009
    Arivne
    From the Sealed Evil In A Can page:

    Anime and Manga
    • Hell Teacher Nube has a demon who tried to kill him in his childhood sealed into his left hand by his mentor Minako.
    • In the manga My Balls, there is a powerful demon sealed in the main character's umm... left testicle. So Yeah.

    Video Games
    • Sonic The Hedgehog
      • Princess Elise served as Iblis' can, with her control over her sorrow being the lid - if she cries, the can is opened and Iblis is unleashed upon the world once more. Her dying father (I believe her mother was already dead) sealed Iblis in Elise, a child, just before dying.
    • In Persona 3, the "sealed evil" is Nyx, a Cosmic Horror and Anthropomorphic Personification of death -- while the "can" just so happens to be the main character.
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