And I Must Scream / Web Original
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  • Atop the Fourth Wall: Linkara tells The Entity that this will be the eventual conclusion once it absorbs all of reality.
  • Cracked:
    • This article points out this trope as one of the reasons why immortality would suck.
    • An After Hours episode also mentioned this when discussing the downsides of various superpowers. Wolverine's are dismissed, as when you are immortal and heal from any injury, the odds of eventually finding yourself trapped or immobilized approach one.
  • Don't Hug Me I'm Scared
    • Starting with the fourth episode, the puppets are shown to be completely aware of past episodes, where absurd teachers send them tumbling into madness with terribly violent ends, and unable to do anything to stop the show's sadistic formula from continuing to play out.
    • The undertones of this trope are made more explicit in the final episode. Yellow Guy is unable to do anything as a new teacher, the Lamp, begins to torture him with nightmares. Red Guy attempts to help him, but he appears to only make things worse, causing even more Teachers to appear in rapid succession; this only serves to make Yellow Guy scream uncontrollably and lose hair. Red Guy then pulls the plug on the entire world they inhabit, which causes them start over from the first episode again and will presumably continue to loop for all eternity.
  • The Youtube Poop - Zelda: Faces of Evil Alternate Ending has Link voluntarily turned into one of the faces of evil. At first he's happy that his face is much more beautiful that the others, but soon gets bored due to being an immobile rock and can't wait to die.
  • Super Mario Logan: At the end of "Bowser Junior's Annoying Toy!", Chef Pee Pee traps Junior inside of a Corn Popper Toy, after asking him to put in something "loud and annoying".
  • Red vs. Blue:
    • Tex would have fallen victim to this trope, her mind is imprisoned forever in an A.I capture unit. However this is subverted in that Church traps himself in the capture unit in order to save her or at least be with her.
    • How Maine ended up becoming the Meta: Sigma began to corrupt him, forcing his battle strategies to become more and more primal, until all resemblance of humanity was fully eroded, leaving him a merciless killer, murdering his former allies and taking their equipment and AI fragments, all so Sigma could become the reborn Alpha.
    • It doesn't stop there: by Reconstruction, after Wash activates the EMP failsafe, Maine doesn't go back to normal. If anything, he becomes more psychotic and unhinged. Sigma rewrote so much of his old personality, power-hungry psycho is all that's left. Can you imagine being a servant for so long, that all you can do when your master dies is to just keep on serving?
    • You Wake Up in a Room, and are forced to do calculations for fake combat scenarios. You fail every single time, being told your love had died in the process. That's what happens to the Alpha. By the time Tex goes to rescue him, he doesn't even remember her name, what he's been doing, or why he's even there.
  • The web fiction novel Eudeamon (sic) plays with this - the sentence for criminal offenders in the society of this story is to be turned into a moving latex statue that has no legal existence and is punished for interacting with other people by an extension of sentence (brutally unfairly, even when that interaction is being assaulted, beaten and possibly raped by gangs who take advantage of the legally unpersoned status of these "Banes"). The process reverses when the "Bane" neural network computer designed to oversee the sentence develops sentience and invariably sides with their host body instead of the legal system, but then is played straight again if the sentence is ended and the now-former bane is forcibly disconnected from an unembodied lover who knows them as thoroughly as they know themselves.
  • The Fear Mythos features the Eldritch Abomination "Archangel", who is, in reality a twisted incarnation of the afterlife — you are forever with your god, but God Is Evil. You are trapped with it forever, in a body which moves according to its will, not yours. There's also EAT (short for Epping AquaTarkus), which may inflict this upon its victims.
  • Anne Poole of Fine Structure is sealed alive in a coal seam for 18 months. Her body is immortal and invulnerable, but her mind is not. She goes irretrievably insane.
  • Gaia Online:
    • The Sentinel's backstory:
      The stronger, having cast her spell in aggression, found herself imprisoned in a darkness containing all manner of monsters and vicious creatures.
      In this place, blind and filled with rage and fear, she found the farthest thing from peace.
      Centuries passed, and for the god in the box, each scraped over her like nails on skin....
    • The Overseer gets a similar fate. The difference is that while he uses his time in prison to calm down and reach peace, the Sentinel remains angry.
  • Somewhat played straight with the Harbingers in the Lords of Shadow RP. While they are still human, with every death, they are cloned into a new body and retain every memory up to and including death and the brief void after death.
  • Played for Laughs by The Nostalgia Chick. During a Nightmare Sequence in the "Top Eleven Disturbing Christmas Songs", her face distorts into a silently screaming skull. See? Comedy!
  • Ruby Quest: Arguably everyone (given that they're trapped in a cycle of mutation, insanity, death, and resurrection), but the ones who really fit it are Jay and Bella. Bella was not exposed to the Cure. This means she's the Only Sane Man of the facility, but she also doesn't have the regenerative powers the Cure grants, and for about a year she's been trapped at her station by heavy life support. She can't move away, but she does have a window to the outside world- the outside world she'll never be able to reach. She aids Ruby and Tom in their quest so they can reach her and finally kill her. Jay was at some point trapped in the water filtration system by hooks. He's the reason the faucets in the Metal Glen pour blood. Jay eventually gets a happy ending. Bella gets a Mercy Kill.
  • Several entries in the SCP Foundation's database consist of this.
    • The horror inherent to this trope is part of what makes SCP-231 one of the most horrifically disturbing things imaginable.
    • SCP-439 is one of the crossovers between And I Must Scream and Body Horror. It's a species of insect that enter the mouths of sleeping humans and painfully converts their muscle into bone.note  Three days later, the victim will have been converted into a "bone hive" and have between 20000 and 30000 insects within their body, with the victim's different organs being eaten or used for incubating eggs. The victim is still conscious during all of this, and remains so for 4 to 6 months after which a new queen leaves the hive and the victim starts dying of starvation.
    • Then there's SCP-451, who believes everyone else in the world has disappeared and doesn't notice any of the people around him. His journals even reference the Trope Namer story and relates it to himself, adding "What's the point in screaming if no one's around to hear?"
    • Anyone who touches SCP-596 is kept alive forever until they release it, even regenerating from any injury. Not that you would want to be however, since you're kept alive in permanent agony, and the only way to let go is for someone else to touch it at which point you die. Victims can scream (and do, only stopping once their vocal cords are too shredded to continue... until they heal again.) but since they can't do anything else they still can't communicate.
    • The forsaken children that power SCP-1875.
    • SCP-911 is an Egyptian papyrus scroll that traps the mind of whoever touches it in an endless void. It is possible to escape, but only for a short period after someone else touches the scroll. Part of the horror comes from the fact that the foundation has no problem with sending people inside the scroll For Science! until they discover that it may be a Sealed Evil in a Can
    • SCP-2718. You thought The Nothing After Death or Hell was bad? You're in for a surprise...
    • SCP-446 ("Human Mannequin"). From the hints given (e.g. eyes following the nearest person and trying to make eye contact, trying to speak while being vivisected, etc.), the mannequin was originally a human woman who was somehow changed into its current form. It can't communicate with the Foundation doctors studying it though it very much wants to.
  • Discussed among The Sharkasm Crew. The general consensus is that "wishing for everything" would result in a state of omniscience and non-existence.
  • Even when Failure Cresh's ring monitor head is cut off in Sonic the Hedgehog 2: Special Edition, he still lives on.
  • The extra lore for ARCHON states that undead, whilst under the control of a Necromancer, are fully aware of everything they are doing but unable to intervene, trapped inside their own bodies.
  • Tal'Vorn:
    • Killar the Slaughterling, the Tal'Vornian God of Death is an almost perfect example of this trope, having been kept trapped in a dimensional cell exactly the same size as He is for millennia whilst being completely aware. He was somewhat unstable before, but now He's positively nuts.
    • The Tal'Vorn Order Sect has a spell that accomplishes this trope as well, the suitably named Eternal Torment. The spell, as its name might indicate, makes the individual functionally immortal, whilst being in perpetual agony. The people themselves are usually stored in things called Torment Engines and then any trace of their existence systematically destroyed.
  • Similar to the Ruby Quest example, Tgchan's Tozol Quest has this guy. The image is accompanied by the following log: Subject HYPERION log 
  • Rubber Soul, Double and Steely Dan somehow end up a part of Telence D'Arby's doll collection in Vaguely Recalling JoJo. They deserve it.
  • Worm: Fates of this kind happen to several characters.
    • The best example is probably Cherish, who was locked in a life-support chamber at the bottom of the bay with her emotion-sensing superpowers cranked up to the max and locked on negative emotions.
    • Cherish ends up a double case when the Undersiders arranged for her to make the Butcher commit Psychic-Assisted Suicide. The Butcher's special ability is to transfer the mind of all previous hosts into their killer. So Cherish's little pod ends up as this for her and fourteen psychopaths who no doubt hate her.
    • Of particular note is Gray Boy, who traps people in several-second long time loops that last "until the sun goes out". Nothing can enter or leave the looped area except Gray Boy and any injuries he inflicts persist through the loops. The only thing that doesn't reset is their mind so any torture he inflicts on them remains fresh without the benefit of their body adapting to the pain. Most people in this situation are trapped in a constant cycle of psychotic breaks.
  • TV Tropes has ruined my life. I have been trapped for 15 hours. I have no microphone, and I must scream.

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