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->'''[[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries Rebecca]]:''' Say Hello to all nice people, Teddy!\\
'''Teddy Bear:''' [+'''I'll swallow your''' '''''souls'''''+]!!
-->-- ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLDAoT5u8rA Marik's Evil Council #2]]''

An otherwise fearsome character gets trapped in a cutesy body. This reduces him to the status of [[TeamPet Cuddly Mascot]] or (for more literal cases) CompanionCube. But there are times when he'll be able to [[LetsGetDangerous break out the fearsomeness again]] -- most obviously [[KidWithTheLeash in service to his mistress/master]] because that's when [[RestrainingBolt the seal]] is most likely to be loosened.

See FluffyTheTerrible and DeathbringerTheAdorable; see also SleepModeSize. Is almost always also a case of LeakingCanOfEvil. May cause KillerTeddyBear. HappyFunBall is the inanimate equivalent.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Boogie-Kun from ''Manga/{{Karin}}'' is the spirit of a serial killer trapped in the body of a doll.
* Ioryogi from ''Manga/{{Kobato}}'' We don't know exactly what he is unsealed, but he caused a lot of trouble in Heaven, where he is hoping to return.
* In ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', Cerberus dozes off while guarding the Clow Cards. This causes the cards to escape, and Cerberus ends up looking like a soft toy.
* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', during the Frieza Saga, this is Captain Ginyu's ultimate fate. While using his body-swapping technique, a frog is thrown in his way, causing his own consciousness to become sealed within the frog (and the frog's mind to enter his body). Notably, he cannot swap bodies if he cannot [[CallingYourAttacks say the word]]. He could only take over Bulma's body because she made a device that allowed frogs to speak, and was changed back the same way as before, when frog-Bulma was thrown in the way of his body-swapping beam. [[spoiler:In the ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' adaptation of ''[[Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF Resurrection F]]'', Ginyu figures out that he can activate it by writing the activation phrase "change" on the ground...but only so long as the victim can actually understand the alien script he uses.]]
* [[http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/contents/slayers-r/images/chara/cara-pokota.jpg Pokota]] of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' is a ChaoticGood example. Though, even in plush form, is still a fully capable PersonOfMassDestruction.
* ''Anime/GhostStories'' (or Gakkō no Kaidan), has the powerful entity, Amanojaku, who was released from his sealed prison (courtesy of the main character's mother)due to urbanization. His freedom didn't last long as he was sealed again by accident in the body of the main character's pet cat. Most of the series has him being their snarky, initially mean spirited pet mascot.
* A literal example in ''Manga/{{Pluto}}''. Dr Roosevelt is the smartest AI in a world full of robots, but because he was made by the less advanced nation of Thracia, he exists as an inanimate teddy bear sitting on a chair. The series has several villains and he is the one manipulating them all.
* In ''Manga/MugenSpiral'', Ura, all-powerful thunder wielding son of the Demon King, is sealed by Yayoi, a mystic, into the form of an adorable black cat when he wears the Cat's God Rosary. When Yayoi breaks one of the rosary beads, he can return to his full demon form, then he reverts almost right back to a cat afterwards.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In Creator/MarvelComics' ''ComicBook/GreatLakesAvengers'', Deathurge got trapped in the body of a squirrel.
* Similar to the above example, one ''ComicBook/MarvelAdventures'' comic, Dread Dormammu, by order of a magical contract with the Ancient One, could only return to this dimension if he took the form of a rodent. Cue Dormammu returning to Earth in the form of a squirrel and attacking the current Sorcerer Supreme by dropping acorns on his head until Strange finally frees him from this restriction by demanding that Dormammu reveals his true form.
* In ''ComicBook/LenoreTheCuteLittleDeadGirl'' there is Ragamuffin, a vampire cursed by the witch sister of his victim, who turned him into a rag-doll.
** He wasn't even animate until Lenore bleeds on the doll. The drop of blood was supposed to break his curse, but since she's been embalmed, he awakens but is stuck in doll form.
* ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'': The Doughboys. Not to mention [[spoiler:Shmee.]] In ''ComicBook/{{Squee}}'', Shmee is [[TheReveal revealed]] to be quite literally "sealed evil in a teddy bear" - he's [[spoiler: a creature that absorbs little [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood Todd Casil]]'s considerable trauma and impending insanity]].
* In the ''ComicBook/HackSlash'' story line "Slice Hard", the slasher Ashley Guthrie came back as a small animated teddy bear.
* One of the ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' comics had a plot involving a demon of some kind possessing a teddy bear in an attempt to get Dawn.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/TheParselmouthOfGryffindor'', the part of [[Character/HarryPotterLordVoldemort Lord Voldemort]] that was originally inside [[SoulJar Slytherin's Locket]] ends up transferred into an animated statue of… [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys a chimp]]. He is not amused.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', the villainess, Yzma, drinks one of her own shapeshifting potions near the very end of the movie and is turned into a cute little kitty cat with an adorable squeaky voice. [[CatsAreMean Quite fitting, really.]] Doubles as a StealthPun ActorAllusion considering one of her voice actress' most famous roles was ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' has [[spoiler:Lotso]]. After believing he was spurned by his owner (who loved him more than anything in the world), he becomes a G-rated StrawNihilist who rules [[CrapsaccharineWorld Sunnyside Daycare]] with an iron fist.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}''. Ray, forced to choose the ultimate destructive form for the evil entity Gozer, thinks of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, the most harmless thing he could imagine. It turns out to be far from harmless.
* ''Film/ChildsPlay'':
** The serial killer Charles Lee Ray is trapped by HollywoodVoodoo into a "good guy" doll called Chucky. Though he's far from helpless.
** And then there's [[Film/BrideOfChucky his girlfriend Tiffany]] about ten years later...
* ''[[http://dozerfleet.wikia.com/wiki/Volkonir Volkonir]]'' was essentially about Sealed Good In A Teddy Bear.
* There's the SoBadItsGood horror film ''Film/TheGingerdeadMan'': basically a ''Film/ChildsPlay'' knockoff of a serial killer (played by Gary Busey) whose soul gets trapped in a gingerman cookie.
* The ''Film/{{Jack Frost|1997}}'' series about a serial killer who gets doused in toxic waste and snow and becomes a killer mutant snowman.

* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book ''Death Masks'' had Harry summoning a Loa to gain some information. Part of this ritual requires Harry giving the Loa a physical body to inhabit during the interview. The only usable vessel Harry has on hand, much to the Loa's dismay, is a Cabbage Patch Doll. Harry, naturally, thinks it's hilarious.
* In ''Literature/GardensOfTheMoon'', the first book of the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' series, the morally dubious mage Hairlock has his soul shifted into a puppet after he is cut in half during a battle. In this form he plots revenge against High Mage Tayschrenn for some kind of perceived slight.
* Mogget from the ''Literature/OldKingdom'' books is sealed into the form of a cat. He is in fact an incredibly powerful Free Magic spirit. When freed he turns from a snarky animal sidekick to a murderous creature hell-bent of getting revenge on the heroes who imprisoned him. [[spoiler:This is also what they do to [[BigBad Kerrigor]] at the end of the first book.]]
* Played with in the chilling short story ''I Always Do What Teddy Says'' by Harry Harrison. In a future society, it is learned that by carefully shaping a child's psychological development ''from birth'', it can be made so that it is impossible for them to commit a crime like murder. This is done by giving the child a teddy bear that is carefully programmed to encourage good behavior and discourage criminal behavior. A group of scientists, wanting to effect political change, change the programming for the teddy bear for one of their sons, making it possible for him to commit murder. The child grows to adulthood, never suspecting anything but still having a feeling he is different from the rest of the people he knows. Finally, when he is in college, his father and his friends tell him exactly how he is different and give him a gun, wanting him to murder a political leader. What he proceeds to do is unexpected, terrifying, and heartbreaking. As is the last words of the story: "Teddy. Oh, Teddy. ''You should have told me.''"
* One children's horror novel had an evil demon possessing the body of a parrot and attempting to make the owner as miserable as he can. After a botched exorcism attempt, it possesses his dog.
* ''Literature/BoneChillers''
** In one book of the children's horror series, the main character discovers that his new pet parrot has the power to predict doom and was responsible for the death of his grandfather. In the end the parrot is eaten by a vulture, but the vulture starts to talk, squawk and grow bright blue feathers before dying mysteriously.
** And also in ''Bone Chillers'', "Scare Bear" - a literal sealed evil in a teddy bear.
* ''[[http://slshortstorydiscussiongroup.blogspot.com/2010/07/for-friday-july-30-professors-teddy.html The Professor's Teddy Bear]]'', a horror story by Creator/TheodoreSturgeon, in which a monster shaped like a teddy bear helps a four-year-old named Jeremy make terrible things happen, both in the present and the future.
* In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series Peter Pettigrew a dark wizard who works for Voldemort spent about 13 years masquerading as the Weasley's pet rat Scabbers.
* ''Strange Attractors'' by Creator/WilliamSleator has an example involving a literal teddy bear; a character is hiding a time machine inside her teddy bear while she sleeps, and this is an important plot point. The time machine may not be "evil" in the strictest sense, but it is certainly [[TimeIsDangerous an inherently dangerous technology.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The demon hunter trapped in the ventriloquist's dummy in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' qualifies, though he isn't restricted with a RestrainingBolt.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'''s Wesley once summoned a Loa that took the form of a fast-food restaurant's burger-shaped drive-thru speaker.
** And Angel himself was turned into a muppet in one episode. Complete with CuteLittleFangs.
* Salem in ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' was originally a human Napoleon-style dictator. After his world domination plot ultimately failed, some good witches magically trapped him in the physical form of a cat.
* Creator/RobinWilliams, in ''A Night at the Met'', claims that Teddy Ruxpin dolls are all about this trope.
-->'''Robin Williams:''' You start to think that late at night the doll will go, "[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: You must kill mommy and daddy! ]]
* In ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' episode "Under the Bed", there's a rather literal example in the opening when a Teddy Bear (actually a [[ChildEater child-eating monster]] in disguise) underneath the bed lures a kid by having it claim that he's scared of the dark and wants him to pull it out. The boy is then sucked under the bed to his sister's horror. Foreshadowing this, the bear starts ominously stating "little boy" and has its eyes open to reveal them to be red.
* Another literal example in ''Series/SpaceCases''. A teddy bear is found floating through space. Radu performs an unauthorized extravehicular maneuver to bring it to Rosie as a present. It turns out to be contaminated with a deadly pathogen. The aliens who put it there defend their territory by scattering contaminated toys and valuables around to kill off any interlopers dumb enough to try looting them. It gets more hilarious. They's the Straczynskians... and it's the same Teddy Bear from ''Series/BabylonFive''!
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Lilith, the first demon and Queen of Hell, frequently possesses little girls, though she's not trapped in them.
** [[spoiler:The Darkness, TheAntiGod of the Supernatural verse]], possesses a human baby soon after being freed.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' has Doll Golems, intended as guardians for children... in a setting where any magical construct is [[AIIsACrapshoot essentially guaranteed to turn murderous]]. Although you'd have to be an AbusiveParent to force your children to be in the same room with [[http://www.lomion.de/cmm/img/golem3.gif one of these]] anyway.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' had Clovis the Devil Bunny, favored toy and bodyguard of little Lucifer Whateley. Lucifer is a meaner expy of Damien from ''Film/TheOmen'' and Clovis in its true form can wipe out parties of player characters without breaking a sweat.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Tibbers, Annie's teddy from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', is actually a demonic bear-thing that she found in its very dangerous homeland, ensorcelled to be her pet, and later bound into teddy-bear form. When needed, she can summon him forth in the form of a giant flaming grizzly.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'':
** There is a small, weak summon spirit named Corrine who [[spoiler:dies and later, in an optional sidequest, returns to reveal that he was the very powerful Verius, Summon Spirit of Heart]]. Not exactly evil, but neutral.
** There's also the Evil Teddy enemies that count.
* [[spoiler: [[AristocratsAreEvil Count Veger]]]] in ''VideoGame/Jak3Wastelander'', when [[spoiler: the Precursors [[KarmicTransformation turn him into an ottsel.]]]] Of course, it's towards the end, so he doesn't do much evil afterwards, but still.
* A terrifyingly literal example appears as the third level's boss in ''VideoGame/{{Splatterhouse}} 3''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRpwWxdKWis See for yourself.]]
* From ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'' is Deady, Volatire's cuddly, demonic, wise-cracking, undead teddy-bear who is capable of slashing and blasting his way through entire armies of skeletal minions. The reason why this isn't played straight is because he ''chooses'' to appear in the form of an extremely creepy living teddy bear. The one time he is called out for it, he decides to switch into his ''real'' form...which can be pretty much summed up as an EldritchAbomination.
* In the Gamecube version of ''VideoGame/CustomRobo'', an intangible force of destruction called "[[EldritchAbomination Rahu]]" somehow got itself trapped inside a futuristic customizable virtual reality Rock-em Sock-em Robots toy (the titular Custom Robos) while in the process of causing cataclysmic ruin to Earth, finally being rendered tangible and thus vulnerable. It's not cutesy in the slightest as Rahu is still a force to be reckoned with, but it's a force of destruction hobbled by being trapped in a ''child's toy''.
* In ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlRevis'', [[CuteGhostGirl Pamela's]] ever-present teddy bear is posessed by the Mana of Life (seen during her LimitBreak) and does most of the fighting for her with claws, [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever tremendous growth]], and "[[LifeDrain kisses]]". It's not exactly evil, but it's master is [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant a bit off]].
* ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'':
** A colorful and fun band of Chuck E. Cheese-style animatronics from a children's pizza restaurant, who just so happen to try and horribly kill anyone who stays at the place after hours. The "sealed" part of this trope is also very literal here: [[spoiler:they are possessed by the spirits of children who were murdered and had their corpses stuffed inside the animatronic suits, where they apparently remain to this day]].
** Taken to further extremes in the third game with [[spoiler: Springtrap, who holds the body and spirit of the murderer after the children's restless souls got their revenge.]]
* If you choose to [[spoiler: arrest The Crooked Man]] at the end of ''VideoGame/TheWolfAmongUs'', Auntie Greenleaf will [[spoiler: transform him into a bird and lock him in a cage for the rest of his life]].
* In ''VideoGames/RatchetAndClankAll4One'', [[spoiler:Mr. Dinkles, Croid's childhood pet and muse, turns out to be the host of the Loki Master and the true villain of the story, making Nevo a DecoyAntagonist]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[BodySurf Reynardine]] from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' is [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=81 trapped in one of Antimony's stuffed animals]] after a botched attempt to [[GrandTheftMe steal her body]]. Because the stuffed animal was explicitly Antimony's property, he finds that [[KidWithTheLeash he can't jump to another body without her permission]]. And since possessing any living animal is invariably fatal to the host, Antimony isn't likely to grant that permission any time soon.
** Though he can apparently cause the toy to shapeshift, periodically turning it into a wolf.
* Loki from ''Webcomic/SparklingGenerationValkyrieYuuki''. But while he may look similar to Reynardine, he has no leash. He is, however, still technically trapped in a cave underground chained to a rock with snakes dripping venom into his eyes. He's merely controlling the doll remotely and experiencing life vicariously.
* In the (now-discontinued) webcomic ''Lowroad'', Natasha is dabbling in the occult and accidentally summons an evil spirit... which possesses one of her stuffed toys. '''Doom-Piggy!!'''
* Blair of ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'' is an adorable little blonde doll, with a grown perverted man inside. It hasn't been explained yet who or what Blair was, and how he ended up as Nina's favorite dollie. And he took the trope to its literal meaning when he disguised himself as a teddy bear so that he could take pictures of the girls during a SlumberParty. [[spoiler:He's also prepared to stake Nina if she ever develops a taste for blood.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Savestate}}'':
** While Harvey isn't exactly the traditional "teddy bear" type of cute, he possesses a certain kind of creepy cuteness. Kade initially thinks he's adorable, and even though he is ''some sort of'' ElderGod, he is easily held at bay and rendered harmless by Rick's tail.
** Once the demon possessing Nicole is [[http://www.savestatecomic.com/2015/05/scapegoat/ exorcised]], it finds its way into a small plush toy. Both Kade and Rick immediately find it [[TastesLikeDiabetes "D'aw-worthy"]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** In the season two finale, the Lich [[spoiler:body surfs to the Snail after his defeat.]]
** Also, the most evil soul in the land of Ooo is [[spoiler:Gunter]]. Take a moment to process that. More specifically the episode "Orgalorg" reveals that [[spoiler:Gunter is/was an eldritch god older than all of reality with the power to wipe out worlds on a whim, but Earth's gravity keeps him trapped in his current form with his memory and mind ''mostly'' suppressed.]]
* During the season one finale of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', Jackie uses the shapeshifting power of the Monkey Talisman to turn Shendu into a ''bunny rabbit''. Unfortunately Shendu still has his powers even as a [[KillerRabbit rabbit]] so he uses invisibility on Jackie and turns himself back into a demonic dragon when he retrieves the Monkey Talisman.
* In the first few seasons of ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', Wuya is in "spirit form", which basically looks like a mask with tentacles. She's a brilliant evildoer, but since she can't do anything for herself, she has to act as sidekick and mentor for whoever's willing to work with her, even the MinionWithAnFInEvil.
* Several episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' deal with this concept:
** "Janine's Genie": a demon passing for a genie is freed from a lamp.
** "Lost and Foundry": a ghost is accidentally mixed in melted metal and possesses several metallic objects spread around the city.
** "A Ghost Grows in Brooklyn": a ghost hides in Janine's geranium.
** "Rollerghoster": a rollercoaster is possessed by the angry spirits of animals killed in a fire.
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