"Do not call up that which you can not put down"
Not all manufacturers of Sealed Evil in a Can
use child-resistant caps.
Sometimes the Sealed Evil in a Can doesn't escape by itself
, nor is it released by the Unwitting Pawn
, but it is deliberately set free by a villain (or hero). Let's call him Bob. Bob usually thinks he can control the sealed evil, or bargain with it
, expecting to trade on a certain level of gratitude on its part since he was the one who freed it.
This never works.
The Sealed Evil in a Can will inevitably turn on the one who freed it — sometimes sooner, sometimes later. In many cases, it turns out to have no understanding of loyalty or gratitude at all
. Bob may end up being killed on the spot, or he may be enslaved
by the sealed evil. The sealed evil may make a bargain that it has no intention of honoring (or it may promise Bob he will be rewarded "as he deserves"
... guess what he deserves?
). Or it may simply refuse to obey him. If he's very
lucky, Bob may merely be forced to become the newly-unsealed evil's minion
on pain of death. In any case, if Bob was the Big Bad
before, he was really just a Disc One Final Boss
; the formerly-sealed evil is the true Big Bad
. In the event that Bob survives, this is a leading cause of Enemy Mine
twists, since Bob now must seek any allies he can find to deal with the evil that he unleashed. In any case, in order for this trope to work, the one who releases said evil can't be Genre Savvy
in any way and must always have Genre Blindness
In some cases, the sealed evil was even manipulating Bob into freeing it, and you certainly don't get rewarded just for doing what you're expected to do, especially after You Have Outlived Your Usefulness
. Other times, the evil being may ask Bob what exactly he expected
after releasing an evil
This goes triple for anyone attempting to activate a hero's Super-Powered Evil Side
. Unless you are The Emperor
and would already be stronger than them, just remember: once they're evil, they no longer have any qualms about killing you.
If you're a villain, take note
: Sealed evil should not be released unless you expect it to betray you. Also, it should be kept away from children under 3 as it has small parts and they may choke on it.
All too often the character will die horribly
within seconds of uttering "Now its power is MINE!"
This goes both ways, as sometimes Bob is the Sealed Evil in a Can
and the villain he's trying to dupe into releasing him is the one who's not a toy (due to being Genre Savvy
or simply more powerful than the Sealed Evil in a Can
), and as such will brutally
subjugate Bob the moment
he underestimates the releaser.
See also This Is Your Brain on Evil
. If Bob created the evil in the first place, it's a case of Turned Against Their Masters
. When the evil actually is
a toy, it may coincide with My Little Panzer
, or a Killer Rabbit
. If the Evil in question is the Bigger Bad
, expect the lesson to be particularly painful. Contrast Holy Is Not Safe
, where concentrated goodness is similarly threatening, and Hijacking Cthulhu
, where the "lesser" evil really does make a toy of the "greater" one.
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Anime and Manga
- In Digimon, Ken does his Heel-Face Turn after getting a demonstration of what true evil is like. Though his Heel Realization played a big part in that.
- Kaolinite was instantly killed by Mistress 9 in Sailor Moon upon her revival. Likewise Metaria possessed Queen Beryl in the end of the first season.
- Emperor Pilaf, the comic relief villain from early Dragon Ball, ends up releasing evil incarnate King Piccolo to get revenge on Goku. Piccolo proves infinitely more competent than Pilaf ever was: not only does he kill several of Goku's friends, but he kills Shenron, the show's resident Get Out of Death Free Card. Considering there's 300+ episodes afterward, though, rest assured: he gets better. Pilaf and his minions end up punted out of a moving airplane. Initially, it seemed as though they had learned from their mistakes; something like 300 episodes (approx. 40+ years in show) pass before they reappear to steal the Black Star Dragonballs... which ends in the entire planet blowing up. (Again.)
- In Dragon Ball Z, Dr. Gero releases Androids 17 and 18, hoping to be able to control them with a remote control which 17 promptly takes away from him and breaks. A somewhat unusual case in that Gero was the one who created the Androids in the first place, and knew that he was taking a big gamble when he activated them.
- Babidi revives Majin Buu and plans to use him to take over the world. Things don't go as planned. Initially, Buu does obey Babidi and shows no interest in betraying him, probably because he's too stupid to think of such things. Even when Babidi insults Buu and threatens to re-seal him, the clearly enraged Buu backs down. Then Goku points out that Buu is far stronger (and faster) than Babidi and shouldn't take such abuse from him. Then Buu kills Babidi with a single punch to the face (which obliterates his head). The immediate consequences of Buu betraying Babidi are largely positive, since his capricious frolicking leads him to accidentally discover that Good Feels Good... Then a vigilante tries to kill him and nearly offs his new best friend in the process. Cue Enemy Without.
- Mazinger Z gives a textbook example. Dr. Hell searched and found the army of giant robots that legends rumored the lost civilization Mykene used, and thought he could control them through the rod of Rhode (a device he invented) and use them to Take Over the World. However, the Mykene civilization still existed, thriving underground... and Dr. Hell stealing their ancient weapons drew their attention back to the surface. Oops. One of them confronted Hell, accusing him of thieving their Lost Technology and demanding he returned it. Hell tried to bargain with him, and the Mykene messenger pretended to agree, but in reality he planned backstabbing Hell as soon as possible -which he did- to allow the Mykene Empire conquer the surface world instead of Hell.
- He also does it in an one-shot chapter drawn by Ken Ishikawa (called Mazinger-Z: Relic of Terror and later adapted to Mazinkaiser manga and Shin Mazinger) with the Kedora: Mykene bio-computers that can take over any machine. There's just one problem: The Mykenes designed them specifically to wipe out any non-Mykene civilization they found. Lucky for him, Dr. Hell had only activated one of them before he found that out, and promptly destroyed the rest.
- In Slayers, the original Rezo found out that he would have to release Shabranigdo in order for Rezo to be able to open his own eyes; he believes he can adequately contain the lord of all demons thereafter, seal him back up, no harm done, right? It doesn't work out that way, mainly because Shabranigdo was actually sealed inside of Rezo; the very act of opening his eyes breaks the seal and allows Shabranigdo to take over his body.
- Then there is Phibrizzo/Fibrizo, who arm-wrings Lina into casting the Giga Slave, in hope that the released power of the Lord of Nightmares will consume the world. He does partly succeed... the Lord of Nightmares itself is released inside Lina's body. It then promptly obliterates Phibrizzo.
- Hell Girl both subverts it and plays it straight. Ai can be summoned by humans through her website in a fairly simple manner and will kill the person she's ordered to as promised. However, as she warns you, the cost of having her do this is that you get dragged down to Hell upon your own death too. Also, over the course of the series, certain people make attempts to capture and/or control Ai for her abilities or to avoid the cost of her services, but that never works.
- In Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pegasus takes ancient magic duels that nearly destroyed the world and resurrects them as a (supposedly non-magical) card game, thereby threatening to incur the wrath of the Egyptian God Monsters. No wonder the game soon became Serious Business. (After said gods were placated, the game continued to be a Weirdness Magnet for all sorts of mystical forces.)
- The Seal of Orichalcos is another example. As many villains of the DOMA Arc discovered, this cursed card does not play favorites.
- In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, both Fubuki Tenjoin (Atticus Rhodes in the English dub) and Yusuke Fujiwara seem to have trouble grasping this concept and end up using a Mask of Power and developing (the same) Super-Powered Evil Side. Then there's Brron, Mad King of Dark World, who tries to defeat Juudai by forcing him into despair by killing his friends. This activates Juudai's Super-Powered Evil Side, and does not end well for Brron. Ryo Marufuji/Zane Truesdale developed heart problems after forcing his opponents into duels in which both players wear collars that release electricity whenever the player takes damage.
- Tears to Tiara kicks off the plot with the evil High Priest Drwc releasing the Demon King Arawn from his 1000 years of slumber in the first episode. Arawn kills Drwc shortly afterward, but instead of being the Big Bad, Arawn turns out to be the Noble Demon protagonist.
- Umineko no Naku Koro ni: If setting up a family meeting just so you can sacrifice the whole lot of them to a witch to bring her back to life seems like a good idea, you probably need your head examined. Appropriately enough, Kinzo tends to be found dead on a regular basis. However, it turns out to be a subversion; he's been dead for more than a year.
- This trope is a common theme in Chrono Crusade, usually having to do with the demons. The most obvious examples are the New York mobsters that think they can use demons as hit men, and Rosette's brother Joshua, whom accepted a Deal with the Devil to have a pair of demon horns on his head.
- In Monster, various shady forces- a conspiracy or two consisting of Neo-Nazis, mad scientists, and ex-Secret Police amongst others- all want to use Johan to bring about their One World Order. Johan is also implied to be The Antichrist. For real. As Tenma points out, he is not interested in ideas of racial or ethnic superiority, for he "laughs at all of humanity". Ultimately he plays along with their plans for his own ends- namely, The End of the World as We Know It-, only to suffer an existential crisis and murder them all as a kind of metaphorical "suicide", vis a vis erasing everyone and everything who has any significant connection to him, while planning to be shot by Tenma. The last part fails, but the conspirators' plan never had a hope.
- In Bleach, relying on the Hogyouku for power proves to be Aizen's undoing. Even though he survives Ichigo's Mugetsu and is on the verge of attaining even greater power, the Hogyouku is so unimpressed with his performance in the past few chapters that it no longer considers him a worthy master and depowers him. This activates a kidou Urahara hid inside Aizen which turns him into a Sealed Evil in a Can.
- In Naruto the First Hokage used his Wood Release techniques to capture several of the tailed beasts and divided them among the other shinobi villages both as peace treaties and to stabilize the balance of power. However, being monstrous embodiments of chakra energy, the villages had trouble just containing them and attempts to utilize their power often met with mixed result (like Gaara and the Shukaku).
- But completely averted with Madara, who was able to use his sharingan alone to bind the Kyuubi (the most powerful of the tailed beasts) to his will and attack both the Hokage and the Hidden Leaf Village separately (along with controlling the Sanbi and its human host in a flashback). His Evil Plan involves using the seven beasts he already captured to make 100,000 Zetsu from their chakra, with the overall goal of combining all the captured tailed beasts into one colossal ten-tailed beast, become its host, and use its power to place the entire world under his control with his Tsukuyomi technique.
- Also averted by Killerbee, for whom the more appropriate trope would be Evil Is A Toy And Also Your Best Friend. He managed to become allies with the Hachibi, while Yugito appears to have had a decent relationship with the Nibi, which means that it makes a bit more sense for others to try it, too.
- To his credit, post-time-skip Gaara was shown to be more or less in complete control of Shukaku by the time he became the Kazekage. Whether he had made peace with it (like Killer B) or had simply worked up the willpower to completely suppress its murderous tendencies wasn't revealed before the Akatsuki ripped it out of him.
- During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Naruto actually has a talk with eight of the nine beasts and discovers that not only are they all individual sentient beings with varying personalities, they were once all pretty nice. Once the Sage of the Six Paths died, however, people began treating them like monsters and they became monsters in retaliation. With Naruto treating them like people, they all offer him their support and he's able to break Kurama/the Kyuubi's seal and let him share his body as an ally. So it turns out to be Evil Responds Well To Being Treated Like A Person.
- Even Uchiha Madara admits that the Ten-tails might be difficult to control as it mutates. That said, when he finally merges with it he has no problem handling it because they want the same thing.
- And then, Madara gets hit by this when his ultimate plan turns out to have just been the resurrection scheme of someone even worse, who immediately possesses him.
- InuYasha: Onigumo made his fateful deal with demons to become Naraku hoping he'd be able to control his new body. Instead, the demons suppress his consciousness, leaving Naraku himself in full control.
- In Star Driver, Glittering Crux gets a taste of this in episode 14 when their Maiden seeking Cybody Ayingott turns out to be an evil robotic horror that overpowers its own Driver and goes berserk. It immediately attacks the Crux leaders. Only Takuto's and Sugata's intervention prevents things from getting worse.
- In chapter 242 of Fairy Tail, Zancrow gloats about retrieving Zeref. Seconds later, he is slain by a burst of Zeref's uncontrollable "Death Magic".
- Hades wastes no time following his example. While trying to get the proper tools to undo the seal, Zeref informs him that he's wasting his time, that he has no interest in helping create Hades' magic horror world, and also that Hades trying to drag him into the whole thing has angered him enough to intentionally kill him.
- Alan Gabriel in The Big O learns the hard way what happens when somebody thinks the Megadeuces are just a type of Humongous Mecha. Ye Guilty.
- In episode 3 of Soul Eater, a witch revives an ancient pharaoh and says he is now her servant. The pharaoh angrily eats her alive and goes back to sleep. Several groups try to manipulate the Great Old Ones, Asura in particular, and run into trouble trying to get personifications of human madness to do what they want. Medusa's more indirect attempt by leading Crona down the path of becoming a replacement for Asura is more successful because she has no intention of controlling the final outcome.
- Rosario + Vampire: Gyokuro steals Moka's rosary and uses it to control Alucard. It works at first, but Moka ultimately takes back her rosary, and Gyokuro is promptly devoured by Alucard as a result.
- A lot of Hellboy's enemies seem to think that they can use the Right Hand of Doom and Ogdru Jahad for their own ends (even Hell), while it is implied that they would merely destroy all of reality. A reoccurring theme among others who don't try to use the Ogdru Jahad. Sorcerers and witches who traffic with demons die painful deaths and are sucked down to Hell. The Fair Folk and witches revive a mad Nimue to wage war on humanity, The results are far more horrifying then anyone expected.
- Sebastian Shaw, foe of the X-Men, helped to develop and secure funding the mutant-hunting Sentinels, figuring if he builds them instead of someone else, he can instill a Restraining Bolt to keep them from recognizing him as a mutant. This led to the Days of Future Past, a Bad Future where the Sentinels Turned Against Their Masters and waged a genocidal war on mutants everywhere.
- The Phoenix Force is the big topic of Avengers vs. X-Men. The Avengers are on this side of the trope thanks to Wolverine while Cyclops believes the Force will bring back mutantkind. When five mutant gain control of the Phoenix Force, the Avengers grab hold of the Idiot Ball as they continue to espouse this trope.
- In one Witchblade/Tomb Raider crossover comic, a haughty socialite goes to great lengths to summon the goddess Bastet, without ever considering whether she could actually control a divine being. When she wishes to be kept out of prison, the goddess remarks that this is easily arranged, and sics a pet lion on her.
- Doctor Strange used the power of the demonic entity Zom to bolster his magics on at least two occasions. Both times the power used him far more than he used it, and after the second time he renounced both it and the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme. He didn't get his title back until years later, once he'd demonstrated that he could use dark magic without letting it get out of his control and without hurting anyone else.
- In Siege, Norman Osborn and Loki realize just how badly they underestimated Sentry/Void's power and evil.
- In Batman RIP, when the Black Glove attempts to use the Joker to finish off Batman. Joker himself tells them that they haven't come nearly as close to beating Batman as they think, and that they can't control the Joker himself. Later, after the dust has settled, Batman's won, and the Black Glove members have gone home to hide behind their money, Joker murders them all.
- John Constantine's first rule of magic: Never summon up something you can't put back down. He learned this the hard way in Newcastle in '77.
- Pretty much Once an Episode in Vampirella, someone will make a Deal with the Devil, only to realise too late that they got more than they bargained for.
- In New Suicide Squad #1, Amanda Waller loses full control of the team of supervillains and has to share it with Victor Sage. Unlike Waller, however, Sage treats the Squad (sorry, Task Force X) like his personal fantasy league, and Amanda fully admonishes him for not taking it seriously. This becomes abundantly clear when he reveals that he put Harley Quinn and Duela Dent, the self-proclaimed "Joker's Daughter", on the team together in a bid to draw the Joker out of hiding so that they can put him on the team, to which Waller says, "You don't know The Joker very well, do you?"
- The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic Whispers implies that Princess Luna transformed into Nightmare Moon by intentionally tapping into evil magic out of bitter jealousy, apparently overestimating her ability to handle it.
- Played for Laughs during Theory of Chaos:
Chaos: How is it that I'm supposed to do your schoolwork? I'm CHAOS!! Not some sort of encyclopeadia!
- In the Danny Phantom fanfic Facing The Future Series, Clockwork lampshades Vlad's many attempts to gain power beyond his control in his "Reason You Suck" Speech to him. Vlad is currently trying to steal Clockwork's power over time. Subverted in this instance because Clockwork beats him instantly before Vlad can do any damage.
Clockwork: "Vortex…the Infi-Map…Pariah Dark. Time and again, you've tried to seize control of powers beyond your meager understanding and time and again, you've met with failure. And now you come into my domain with all the forethought of a teenager looking to steal a car for a joyride and brazenly declare that you will take MY power from ME?"
- Showing that he learned absolutely nothing from that total failure. he then promptly proceeds to try and use a Fenton device to steal the power of Dan, Future Danny and Future Sam. Not only does he get electrocuted multiple times trying to rewire the device, he ends up healing Dan of all the damage the future heroes had managed to inflict on him!
- In Tails of the Old Republic, Tails thinks back on the occasions Eggman fell into this trap
- In Yognapped, Peva frees Herobrine from beneath the bedrock layer, planning to partner up with him and destroy Minecraftia. Herobrine briefly considers this, before scorching Peva's hand, completely obliterating his gathered troops, and going off to fulfill his own agenda.
- Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness: Fairy Tale has a very bad habit of trying to take control of powerful beings and artifacts for their own purposes. While they may have no problem controlling them at first, more often than not, it blows up in their faces in the end.
- In Act II, they manage to get their hands on Apoch and Astreal's original summoning spell and use it to create their own personal Clone Army of slaves. By chapter 51, the clones snap under the constant abuse and turn on them, helping Tsukune and co. put an end to Fairy Tale's Ashton City branch.
- In Act III, Kiria hopes to harness Tsukune's inner ghoul, planning to infect it with Blackheart and sent back in time to the Battle of Kahdaln to rewrite history in favor of the monsters. In chapter 52, when Tsukune deliberately unleashes it, the ghoul promptly pounces on Kiria and both dismembers and disembowels him with his bare hands while Kiria tries in vain to reason with it.
- In Act VI, Gyokuro makes a clone of Luna, enhanced with a quadruple overdose of improved Blackheart, named Discord, intending for it to be a new Alucard under her control. According to the Act VII preview chapter published at the very end of Act VI, when Discord is completed, it will rage out of control and destroy the entire universe.
- In Prison Island Break, Shadow the Hedgehog doesn't like being told what to do. His insanity results in what Knuckles jokingly refers to as 'Shadow Logic' (a combination of Insane Troll Logic and Poe's Law), under which he would start a forest fire to light a cigarette. On top of that, he uses poorly conceived gambits that succeed, but with horrible knock-on effects.
Films — Animated
- In Disney's Aladdin: The Return of Jafar, Abis Mal gets pressed into servitude after accidentally summoning the genie Jafar. Jafar accomplishes this by constantly threatening violence against Abis. (The hapless thief is aware that in his world, genies cannot kill, but Jafar keeps repeating ominously, "You'd be surprised what you can live through.") Also, Jafar is the epitome of the Jackass Genie, so it's not like he can make his wishes and be on his way.
- Another Disney example would be The Princess and the Frog. The "Friends on the Other Side" are not at all friendly, as Dr. Facilier realizes way too late in the finale.
- Rasputin of Anastasia was so blinded by his hate for the Romanovs that he really didn't think his deal with the dark side through. Swearing "not to rest until the last Romanov is dead" unwittingly turns him into a decaying lich, then when his Soul Jar gets damaged the dark forces immediately intervene to claim him and he dies absolutely horrifically, his soul likely in their possession for all time.
- In the 2009 Astro Boy movie, Stone is very enamored of the explicitly evil Red Core. Experience fails to teach him that you must not play with it.
- In Marvel's Hulk VS animated movie, Loki, in an attempt to defeat Thor, removes Bruce Banner from the Hulk and then uses magic to try and control the Hulk. This doesn't last long as the Hulk's rage soon overcomes Loki's control and the Hulk runs around destroying all of Asgard.
- In Batman: Under the Red Hood Black Mask has some idea of what is going to happen if he releases The Joker.
Black Mask: I'm being forced into negotiating with a psychotic.
Ms. Li: That doesn't sound good.
Black Mask: No. It's going to be a nightmare.
- In Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Sal Valestra enlists the Joker's help as a hitman against Batman, whom he thinks is killing off mob bosses. The Joker promptly murders Valestra to use as bait for the hit he himself ordered.
Films — Live-Action
- The Hellraiser series shows that demonic torturers are never to be trifled with by ambitious summoners:
- In Hellraiser, Frank Cotton releases four demons with the magical cube, which looks quite like some toy. They don't exactly reward him, although it's technically neither a reward nor a punishment. The Cenobites' job is to bring the summoner to the heights of "pain and pleasure", at least in the first film. The summoners never really understand what they're getting into.
- Probably even more true for Hellbound: Hellraiser II where Dr. Channard's obsession with the Lament Configuration ultimately leads to him becoming horrifically tortured and turned into a Cenobite himself. He's horrified at first, but in the end...And to think, I hesitated.
- In Hellraiser: Bloodline, The Duc de l'Isle and Jacques summon a demon princess to suit their whims. She ends up killing both of them, the Duc by seducing Jacques to betray him and disposing of Jacques when he decides to stand in her way centuries later.
- Ivan Ooze in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie. He traps Zedd and Rita in a snow globe shortly after being freed by them.
- In Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, the villainess Divatox wants to resurrect the demon Maligore and marry him to gain untold power. When she does, he starts attacking everyone, and is ultimately destroyed by the Rangers.
- In The Mummy Returns, a museum curator, Hafez, deliberately digs up and raises Imhotep, thinking that Imhotep would defeat the Scorpion King. The fact that this would lead to an evil undead ruling the whole world apparently didn't cross the curator's mind. That or it did and Hafez figured Imhotep would let him help rule the world.
- In Fido, the kid takes his pet zombie to the park to play catch. When the collar controlling its zombie nature malfunctions, it eats an old lady and nearly starts a new Zombie Apocalypse. The adults of the movie barely punish him for this.
- In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, both Barbossa and Beckett are convinced they have what it takes to keep evil on a leash and working for them. First, there's Calypso, a vicious pagan goddess bound in human form by pirate lords, who Barbossa — a pirate lord himself — disrespectfully throws in the brig, with the intention of unleashing her on Beckett. Then, there's Davy Jones, Calypso's ex-lover turned heartless Reaper, who Beckett has enslaved and intends to have take on the entire Brethren Court for him. This, inevitably, works out for neither of them. Well, it kinda worked for Barbossa. Calypso was angry at him, but this anger was dwarfed by her anger at Jones, and the following storm she created gave the pirates a much needed advantage.
- The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice - A group of former KGB agents, wishing to restore the Soviet Union, try to resurrect Vlad Dracula in order to create an army of invincible undead soldiers. They hope to control the infamous vampire by using the Judas Chalice, but it's revealed that the handicapped vampire-obsessed professor they brought with them was in fact a disguised Dracula, who proceeds to feast on the men and turn them into his vampiric minions.
- In Freddy vs. Jason, Freddy provokes Jason into rising up and attacking the teens of Springwood, in order to stir up a fresh generation's fear and give himself the power that'll let Krueger resume killing also. It works, but the two killers wind up sparring over a dwindling supply of victims rather than rampaging freely.
- Dr. Flemming in The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra becomes the titular skeleton's bitch after resurrecting him.
- Dr. Cocteau in Demolition Man brings convicted criminal Simon Phoenix out of cryogenic imprisonment and gives him all sorts of Crazy Awesome weapons and combat training so he will kill rebel leader Edgar Friendly. Since Phoenix is already an Ax-Crazy terrorist and mass murderer, this ends badly for Dr. Cocteau.
- In the film version of The Wave, a teacher starts a youth movement to make his lessons about autocracies more immersive. While the students initially play along just to humor him, the Wave soon spreads beyond his control. Realizing that he also got into his leader role a bit too much, he summons the class together to call the whole thing off and show what they have become. The class outcast refuses to believe it and whips out a loaded gun.
- The Dark Knight Saga:
- In Dracula II: Ascension, a group of idiots (to call them scientists would be charitable, at best) steal Dracula's coffin, hoping to replicate his immortality. Dracula is weak, but very much alive. It's demonstrated, for all to see, that his immortality is magic (holy water burns an infected tissue sample). One character deliberately infects himself, another infects someone else to save him (she, at least, was already infected and had yet to turn).
- In Judge Dredd, Justice Griffin tries to use Rico to instill chaos and thereby reopen the Janus project, intending to clone an army of Judges to enforce order in the city. He doesn't seem to realize until too late (despite the mountain of evidence) that he has literally no way to control Rico, and gets himself ripped apart by a robot for his trouble.
- The plot of Star Trek Into Darkness is kicked off by the fact that Admiral Marcus tried to use a man named John Harrison to make weapons for Starfleet. So, what's the problem here? John Harrison is just a pseudonym. He's really the revived Khan Noonien Singh. This ends just as well as you'd expect.
- Jerry Lundergard in Fargo thinks that he can hire a couple of out-of-town hoodlums to kidnap his wife, extort the ransom from his father-in-law, and have her returned safe and sound. He is tragically wrong.
- Almost all of the Alien franchise is perpetuated by Weyland-Yutani's misguided belief that they can contain a Xenomorph and sell it as a weapon. They never do, and lots of people always die as a result. In Alien: Resurrection the military tries to weaponize the Xenomorphs too, and the personnel on the same ship as the aliens pay for it with their lives. In the Alien Versus Predator films, the Predators deliberately seeded worlds with Xenomorphs to provide them with sport. In both films this backfires on the Predators when the Xenomorphs start hunting them.
- Delacourt from Elysium thinks she can keep Agent Kruger on a leash. When he screws up, she starts chastising him for his recklessness. This bites her in the ass. Big time.
- In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Wolverine and Professor X free Magneto from his metal-free prison to get him to stop Mystique. Of course, he develops his own agenda...
- Death Warrant: The prison officials, on the orders of their mastermind, bring the Ax-Crazy killer the Sandman to their prison to kill the undercover cop Burke. The Sandman uses the opportunity to release all the prisoners and start a riot for his own amusement.
- Transformers: Age of Extinction reveals that humans have been using parts of Decepticons (including Megatron) to build their own Transformers. Guess what happens. No go on, guess.
Live Action TV
- The Master ends up pleading in terror after unsealing the Daemon in the Doctor Who serial The Daemons.
- The X-Files: "Did you really think you could summon up the devil and then expect him to behave?"
- For context: a small town Satanic cult has been going a bit light on their worship lately, offering maybe token prayers. Then one of their kids actually summons the Devil. People die.
- In Power Rangers Jungle Fury, Jarrod (accidentally) releases Dai Shi from his box. Dai Shi promptly possesses Jarrod's body. (The box containing the ancient über-evil opened when it was dropped on the ground. You'd think the Pai Zhua masters would lock the box or something, but no.)
- Dai Shi keeps releasing more and more overlords, even though in his human shape he's weaker than all of them. The third is finally fed up enough to boot Dai Shi off the throne and take it for himself.
- Inverted in Angel when an already free demon possesses a boy, expecting to use him as a host. The boy turns out to be Eviler Than Thou, and the demon finds himself trapped inside.
- Played straight when Gunn attempts to get help from the conduit in "A Hole in the World":
Conduit: This is the part where I need to be clear. I am not your friend. I am not your flunky. I am your conduit to the Senior Partners, and they are tired of your insolence. Oh, yeah. They are not here for your convenience.
- A room of Wolfram and Hart lawyers discover this after reuniting Darla and Drusilla. Once restored to a vampire (which was part of Wolfram and Hart's plan too) Darla turns out to be rather upset about being used as a pawn, and invade Holland Manners' house as he's organized a wine tasting party to celebrate his plan's victory. At that moment, Angel shows up, but instead of saving them as they expect, is pissed as hell at them as well and locks them all in, giving Drusilla and Darla free rein to tear them all apart.
- In Cast a Deadly Spell where the villain attempts to release the Great Old Ones into the world. Guess he should have made sure he used a real virgin.
- In one episode of Relic Hunter a monk tricks Sydney and Nigel into helping him unleash a demon which promptly kills him. The "evil" abbot who tried to prevent it happening turned out to have been the good guy all along.
- The seasonal Chessmaster Big Bads of Heroes regularly fall victim to this in regards to Sylar. They regularly try to recruit him as their Dragon, or at least use him as a pawn in their schemes. After going along for a few episodes, he regularly turns around and makes things end very badly for them. Bennet even lampshades this to Danko: "Just how dumb are you? Who did you think would be left standing the moment Sylar got bored? You?"
- In the last season of DS9, Kai Winn joins with Gul Dukat to free the pa wraiths (Bajoran devils) sealed deep inside the planet. While Dukat was insane and knew exactly what he was getting into (hell, they went so far as to empower him), Winn figured she could control both the Pah Wraiths and Dukat. It ended about as well as you would expect.
- Earlier in the series, Dukat also thought that he could leverage an alliance with the Dominion into a position of greater galactic influence for the Cardassian Union. In fairness, he was actually managing fairly well until he got captured by The Federation; it was under his incompetent, drunken successor that the alliance turned sour.
- Something of an heroic example on Star Trek: Voyager, with Janeway's attempt to ally with the Borg against Species 8472. Thankfully, the crew was Genre Savvy enough to prepare for the Borg's inevitable betrayal.
- A frequent occurrence in Supernatural. The major example is apparently Lucifer, who according to Crowley would have destroyed the demons as soon as he no longer needed them.
- The witch who summoned the demon Samhain, and was immediately killed after he had a body.
- The idiotic amateur witch who summoned a demon without any kind of protection. It possessed his friend, and offered him "gratitude" instead of the rewards they'd been promised for killing Dean. Then he complained to it about how hard he'd worked and demanded something more, at which point it killed him.
- VERY MUCH the case for Castiel at the beginning of Season 7. He sucked in every soul from Purgatory to make himself powerful enough to kill Raphael, declared himself the new God, and lasted a VERY short amount of time (hard to tell exactly in-universe, a few days probably, weeks at most, less than a full episode), and proceeded to get taken over and blown up from inside by the ancient race of evil that had been sealed in Purgatory.
- In "A Little Slice of Kevin", Linda Tran makes the horrible mistake of trusting a witch to help them fight demons, who immediately betrays them to Crowley. Said witch also makes the mistake of irritating Crowley, the new King of Hell, who responds by vanishing her away somewhere with a flick of his wrist. The episode never clarifies what happened to her, but knowing Crowley, she probably didn't end up somewhere pleasant.
- Ultra Series
- Yapool in the Ultraman Mebius film, Mebius & the Ultra Brothers. Once Alien Nackle (Who was part of a group of aliens with the same goal until the rest were killed by Mebius) succeeded in releasing him... Yapool kills him shortly after, having no need for him anymore.
- Seen again the Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle film, when Alien Zarab releases the genuinely EVIL Ultra, Ultraman Belial from a space prison and presents him with a weapon that can control 100 monsters. Belial however kills Zarab shortly after, not wanting to form an alliance with anyone..
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villains Andrew and Jonathan were both prone to fiddling with magic they didn't understand, and unleashing horrible demons into the world. It also didn't help taking up with a genuine psychopath like Warren Mears.
- Spike and Drusilla release the Judge (an ancient demon with the power to incinerate anything with a trace of good in it). He notes that they love each other, which makes them vulnerable to his power, but Spike points out that they're the ones who set it free, and he relents. Whether this state of affairs would have lasted once he regained full strength is unclear.
- Are we supposed to be surprised that Professor Walsh's human-demon-cyborg stabs her in the back and tries to conquer the world in Season 4?
- Dawn may have done this when she attempted to bring Joyce back from the dead. Since the spell was broken before we saw the results in full, we will never know for sure.
- Anya's dealings with Dahophren after she becomes a demon again - he didn't like her simply coming and going as she pleased.
- In both series of GARO, the Big Bad falls victim to this trope. Barago is devoured by Messiah after summoning her, and when Sigma Fudou draws power from Ganon's corpse once too often, it triggers a resurrection and he is absorbed.
- The meth industry from Breaking Bad: Not only has it turned Walt into a sociopath, but his family is now under constant threat of assassination from the cartels.
- Priest uses this in the climax of its several volume long flashback; a corrupt order of priests have succeeded in opening the Domas Porada, the "can" (and it does rather resemble one) containing the fallen angel Temozerela, believing him to be their savior. Unfortunately, Temozerela isn't too fond of humans...he kills almost the order with a single breath (he breathes at them and their heads explode), mocks the leader a bit, and them kills him by making demon faces sprout out all over the leader's body and bite him to death.
Mythology and Religion
- The Ars Goetia includes instructions for making sure that conjured demons don't show up in Eldritch Abomination form, but as something more comprehensible...but given the angels described in the book of Ezekiel, this would apply whether or not they had/have a low opinion of humanity. However, there are four exceptions, besides the pomp-and-sycophantry-loving kings (Beleth, Belial, etc.), who get special instructions.
- Phenex: Don't listen to his song; in fact, interrupt it as soon as possible (the text doesn't say why, but there's an implication that the conjuror risks becoming Phenex's errand boy...at best).
- Valefor: Beware of his temptations to become a robber; he's trying to get you caught and executed.
- Malphas: Yes, he accepts sacrifices happily, but that opens the gate for him to start deceiving you.
- Andras: Follow the binding procedures to the letter, and ignore every temptation he sends at you to do otherwise. Otherwise? He becomes free to KILL you and every single one of your associates. (No surprise that Andras's powers are causing murder and sowing discord.)
- It is a customary rule in all magic-using religions that you do not conjure up something that is more powerful than you are. If you don't have the power to send it away again, things can get ugly very quickly. Another rule is that magic is held by the rules of karma — the more evil the curse is, the more likely the spell will backfire. This led religions to discourage the use of evil spells in the first place.
- Big Finish Doctor Who has this happen to the Meddling Monk. He forms an alliance with the Daleks, thinking they're partners and he can loot the worlds they conquer of their art and become the richest man in creation. He realises his mistake after his companion Tamsin is killed by the Daleks.
- Dungeons & Dragons
- sourcebook "Elder Evils" features several evils sealed in cans. One of these, Pandorym, is so alien it might as well add another axis to the alignment diagrams. Plus it's angry. Good luck controlling that.
- The Inevitable trying to release Pandorym isn't doing so for its own benefit, though. It just thinks Pandorym got cheated on a contract and is trying to redress that "wrong." The mages who summoned and sealed it in its can get bonus stupid points when you learn why they did so: to blackmail the gods into letting them keep their worshipers enslaved without interfering lest they unseal the can. Guess how the gods responded to that.
- For that matter, trying to summon any being from the Lower Planes without casting spells to protect yourself and/or contain the creature in question is guaranteed to end badly. A reckless demon summoning will result in both the enemies and the party being killed, if not worse.
- In any RPG based on the Cthulhu Mythos, one of the villains will be trying to unleash an Elder God not to end the world, but to harness its power. To date, not one of them has ever succeeded.
- The backstory for Warlord villain Avinaar Esmerek looks like one of these, with the heroes finding an ancient temple, obviously recently disturbed, full of prophesies about the awful things that will happen if the being entombed there ever awakens. However, in the final room he is found Killed Off for Real, with a message from the mysterious Avinaar explaining that he unsealed this evil just to have a worthy foe - and it was too weak, anyway. Cue panic.
- More than a few denizens of Warhammer 40,000 have made the stunningly catastrophic mistake of treating Chaos or something devised by the Necrons like this.
- In an especially interesting example, excellent fanfic "The Emperor's Finest"note has, as a plot point, a son of Khorne being summoned and incarnated simply to provide an Ax Crazy daemon prince with a decent fight. The people who try to summon it don't even think about what would happen if it got loose.
- A website referenced a Vampire: The Masquerade game where evil cultists wanted to revive and enslave Cain, the first vampire, while the PCs were to behold the impending doom, their hands carefully tied. Due to a PC heroically tossing his shoe to one of the cultists, the ritual was screwed up: Cain was revived but not enslaved, and the rest of the world was safe(ish).
- This is how one Gehenna scenario ends for the Followers of Set. The clan as a whole descends from an insanely powerful vampire they believe to be the god Set from Egyptian mythology, and worship him by tempting others into wickedness. Well, when he finally wakes from his millennia-long slumber, he can't believe his childer would stoop so low as to worship him, and starts eating them like popcorn.
- In GURPS, summoning a demon is temptingly easy to do, even for an inexperienced mage. The probable reason is that demons want to be summoned — by people who can't control them.
- In Magic: The Gathering, demon type creatures tend to be powerful for their cost but occasionally have drawbacks that can screw over their controller unless steps are taken to deal with them. Certain demons like the classic Lord of the Pit and Archdemon of Greed demand regular sacrifices from their summoners and attack them if they are denied. Bloodgift Demon and Griselbrand both have abilities that allow their summoners to trade life for knowledge, and players can easily render themselves vulnerable to an opponent's surprise attack. Abyssal Persecutor will decimate your opponent's forces but it also keeps him/her from losing and you from winning just to keep the slaughter going for a little longer. Rakdos the Defiler is so hard to control that he is just as dangerous to his summoner as he is to the opponent.
- The Dark Eye has the story of mage-emperor Fran-Horas who, in order to put down a particularly troublesome revolt against his rule, summoned the Archdemons themselves and unleashed them onto the battlefield. They proceeded to wipe out the rebels...then turned on Fran's own forces, plunging the realm into chaos. Fran-Horas himself ended up dragged to hell a few years later, having first had to witness the fall of his empire. And a couple of generations down the line his descendant, the empress Hela-Horas tried to do the same thing. Another century or two of Dark Ages was only averted because the gods themselves decided that enough was enough and made a personal appearance to stop the summoning.
- As a core part of Mummy: The Curse, the Arisen pretty much invariably gather cults around themselves, even whilst lying dormant. More than once, a cult has tried to use its patron as a tool, aided by the fact that rising from the grave in an amnesiac state and being bound to fulfil whatever purpose they were called back for is an inherent part of the Curse. However, what these cultists fail to take into account is that the Arisen are amnesiac, not mindless, and they do not simply fall down dead again once their purpose is fulfilled; they get to stick around and do whatever they want for a good while first. And their cultists are quite expendable...
- In 8-Bit Theater, Black Mage tries to control unstoppable forces of evil whenever possible, usually causing a double-subversion or whatever might be hilarious. He takes control of an accidentally summoned Eldritch Abomination—pretty successfully, since it's almost as sociopathic as he is—until one of his "friends" accidentally kills it. He tries to become the ruler of Hell, and he does, but then someone brings him back to life. Played with most destructively in the end: Sarda absorbs Black Mage's super-evilness, which seems to work fine, until he explodes and turns into Chaos. And Black Mage immediately tries to control him.
- Angel Moxie, Tristan helps release Vashi on the promise that when Vashi's boss Yzin takes over the world Tris can rule France. Vashi lied. Tris got mad and punched Vashi so hard she landed in China, before joining the good guys.
- Girl Genius. Zola releases and tries to help The Other. One Gilligan Cut later and she's hog-tied and an unwilling test subject for another fine display of Mad Science.
- A Modest Destiny: The villain Gilbert raises Deo-Deo from the dead, in exchange for immortality. However...
- Vaarsuvius in The Order of the Stick makes a Deal with the Devil and actually does get huge amounts of power temporarily. Having accomplished a couple hits against evil, s/he's now DePowered back to his/her usual self, with the added bonus of putting him/herself in debt, jeopardizing his/her alignment, and making several powerful entities really, really angry. Plus coming back to bite the party in new and interesting ways with the death of the Draketooth clan as well as gods alone know how many other innocents across the Western Continent. Oops.
- And on top of it all, his/her mate filed for divorce.
- Xykon also believes (and this is whole plan) that he will be able to control the Snarl. Instead, he'll just unleash a god-destroying monstrosity that has no idea of control at all. Redcloak knows this full well, and has other plans of his own.
- To say nothing of Redcloak recruiting Xykon to help with his plan to give the Dark One control of a gate and then turning Xykon into a lich when the plan went awry, making Xykon far more powerful and far more evil than before, to the point that he overshadowed Redcloak.
- In Sinfest, a yokel ridicules Satan's stand and sells him his soul. Gets processed, and gets the T-shirt he asked for, and to burn in flames.
- In the "K'Z'K" arc of Sluggy Freelance, Gwynn summons a demon to wreak vengeance on Riff. Unfortunately for Gwynn, the demon goes about this by possessing her, stealing her soul, and warping her body into some sort of monster. Oh, and it turns out that, once the demon fulfills its contract, it's free to destroy the world.
- In Cucumber Quest, the summoned Nightmare Knight reminds Cordelia that he's not her servant.
- In The Gamers Alliance, a greedy mage uses an ancient spell in the Second Age to release the imprisoned demon lord Yurius in order to use him for his bid for power over the kingdom. Yurius immediately kills him for his troubles.
- SCP Foundation: Incident 668-682, where a disgruntled agent (subsequently referred to as "the Victim") tries to smuggle a weapon to Omnicidal Maniac SCP-682.
- For most of Red vs. Blue: Revelation, the Meta seems to be treated as a guard dog of sorts by Agent Washington, and manages to somehow be a comedic foil for Wash and Doc. At the end of the series, he captures the AI Tex to return his lost powers, and promptly returns to being the Ax-Crazy Implacable Man he was in Reconstruction.
- In Prolecto, it's subverted big time. Sonya, knowing Azazel was not a toy, took appropriate precautions, and through the majority of the book controls Azazel perfectly.
- Part of the shared backstory of Tribe Twelve, Dark Harvest, and Everyman HYBRID is that the Nazis, and later American scientists working with ex-Nazi scientists, attempted to recreate the ancient rite of Gorr'Rylaehotep (a.k.a., Slenderman).
- Justice League
- Felix Faust releasing Hades. He learned from his experiences, and was able to live out the more fun side of the trope by possessing Tala later on.
- And with Dr. Milo releasing Doomsday.
Milo: And you'll solve both our problems?
Doomsday: Yes. Release me.
Milo (deactivating the restraints): ...Wait! What are you doing?
- A bunch of teenagers tried to do some cult like ritual hoping it would grant them powers, it goes awry and instead summons Solomon Grundy back from the dead. His first victim was one of the teens.
- Invoked in the finale of the show: Lex Luthor attempts to revive Brainiac from his last known gravesite so he can team up with him again. To do this, he uses the Evil Sorceress Tala as a conduit to revive him, a process which will kill her. Unfortunately for Lex, said area was also the gravesite of Physical God and Galactic Conqueror Darkseid, and you get no points for guessing which one of the two Tala ends up reviving as a final 'gift' to the man who killed her.
- Aladdin: The Series: In the bulk of his appearances, Abis Mal is shown tracking down various magical beings and artifacts, hoping to use them to conquer Agrabah. Inevitably, the being/artifact in question will turn on him, forcing Aladdin and co. to step in and save the day.
- Xiaolin Showdown. The spirit of a nigh-omnipotent sorceress who was freed from her puzzle-box prison by Jack in the pilot, and promised him the world if he helped her. Although Jack never quite succeeded and eventually became her adversary, when Raimundo restores her powers with his Face-Heel Turn, she repays him by... granting his every wish and grooming him to rule the world alongside her. It seems she was a villainess of her word after all.
- An episode of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) had an evil sorcerer freeing an evil dragon, and said dragon sticking the sorcerer into his old prison.
- In "To Save Skeletor", Skeletor decides to summon an elder god. You can guess from the episode title how that worked out.
- In "Computron Lives", an episode of The Galaxy Trio, a group of would-be terrorists find the deactivated Computron, the first villain of the series, and decide to wake him up so they can use his power to conquer the world. They survive the experience, but really ought to have known better, given that his defining qualities had been his self-determination and contempt for organic life.
- One episode of Captain N: The Game Master centers around Mother Brain's quest to free Ganon (the Big Bad of The Legend of Zelda), so he could help her conquer Videoland. Unfortunately for her, she seriously underestimated his douchebaggery. As Ganon puts it, the only being Ganon serves is Ganon.
- In Teen Titans, Slade cuts a deal with the demonic Trigon to come Back from the Dead in return for Slade helping the demon take over the world. After Slade fulfills his role, Trigon turns on him. Slade knew this was going to happen and took precautions. He ends up orchestrating Trigon's downfall and getting his mortal life back, and is still at large at the end of the series while Trigon either was either destroyed or re-sealed in Hell. Technically, they were sealed in the same can — Trigon was in Hell because he was a demon, and Slade was there because he was evil and dead. However, Trigon seems to have drawn Slade's soul to him, and he was the one who instigated the deal. Slade took it because it was the only chance he had.
- Darkwing Duck,
- F.O.W.L. decides to find Taurus Bullba (the villain from the pilot and the only non-goofy villain of the series) and rebuild him as a cyborg. He was pissed. His voice is dripping with bitter sarcasm when he says, "So what if I have to drink motor-oil cocktails for the rest of my LIFE?"
- In the comics, F.O.W.L. high command decided to revive Duckthulu. Surprisingly, Duckthulu thanked them by disposing them and continuing to destroy all of reality.
- Dexter's Laboratory: A rare subversion occurred in one episode, "Jeepers, Creepers, Where is Peepers?", where GOOD is not a toy. An evil alien warlord kidnaps DeeDee's first imaginary friend, Peepers, a cute yet obnoxious furry critter who rules over her imaginary world of Koosland, to use as a potential energy source for his secret weapon. After being battered around by Dexter and DeeDee's other imaginary friend, Koosy, the villain's taunting is cut short as he realizes in an Oh, Crap moment that he is about to be smushed into a pancake by Peepers, who has mutated (not transformed, but mutated) himself into a flesh-coloured, evil-looking dragon (who also makes his own evil-sounding laugh afterward).
- In the five-part Centurions episode "Man or Machine", Mad Scientist Doc Terror recreates an alien Master Computer on Earth because they share the same goal—ridding the world of organic lifeforms. Terror assumes that as a cyborg, he'll be spared. He's wrong.
- Shredder from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1987 series has problems with this. In the pilot, he teams up with the brain from Dimension X Krang, but refuses to create a new body for him because of this trope, but caves in later on. Once the bad guys and the Technodrome end up in Dimension X, Krang takes charge. This pops up later on in Turtles Forever, when Shredder rescues his counterpart from the 2003 series from imprisonment on an asteroid for the purpose of a Villain Team-Up. Unfortunately, the Darker and Edgier Shredder not only takes control of the Technodrome and Krang's technology, but also decides to wipe out creation himself.
- In Transformers Prime, Megatron tries to revive Unicron so he can rule by his side. When Unicron wakes up he tells him he was wrong about two things: 1) Unicron woke up himself without Megatron's help, and 2) Unicron wants to destroy the universe and everything in it, including the Decepticons.
- In Jackie Chan Adventures, Valmont's dealings with the demonic dragon Shendu ultimately lead to his ruin. In the third season finale, Shendu (now a spirit) pulls this on Daolon Wong, who offers to resurrect him in exchange for the Dragon Talisman power that his body will attract. To absolutely no-one's surprise, Shendu takes both the dragon power and the two Wong had managed to acquire.
- In "Birds of a Feather", an episode of Batman: The Animated Series, Veronica Vreeland brings the Penguin into her social circle as a publicity stunt. He eventually finds out he's being used, and in his true flamboyantly villainous fashion, kidnaps and attempts to murder her.
- In Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Vilgax messes with Diagon's seal in an attempt to claim the demon's power and is promptly mutated and enslaved by it. The "Evil" eventually turns out to be Vilgax.
- In Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, Professor Pericles spent the entire series and a good chunk of its backstory trying to free the entity in the sarcophagus that drove most of the plot hoping to claim its power. In the end, he finally does, only for said entity to use Pericles as a physical vessel, killing him in the process.
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Celestia decided to release Discord, a Laughably Evil Mad God, so she could put his Reality Warper powers to productive use. Even her most faithful student thinks she's crazy for seriously considering this and even more so for thinking he could be redeemed beforehand. Fluttershy succeeds by befriending him.
- Discord himself has to learn this lesson in the Season 4 finale. Celestia has asked him to stop Tirek's rampage; instead the latter manages to appeal to his vanity and convince him that he is now his new special friend and they should rule Equestria together. As soon as Tirek has grown strong enough absorbing the magic of enough ponies, he simply promptly turns around and steals Discord's powers as well.
- In Danny Phantom: Vlad Plasmius attempts to gain enormous power by stealing the Crown of Fire (having already obtained the Ring of Rage). He opens the sarcophagus of Pariah Dark, waking him up. Within minutes, Vlad is beaten, and is forced to team up with Danny to stop him.
- He falls into the same trap with Vortex after his Retraining Bolt is accidentally destroyed.
- The Mummy The Animated Series: In the pilot episode, Colin Weasler uses the Book of the Dead to resurrect Imhotep, believing that he could use the book to control the mummy. Unsurprisingly, Imhotep promptly takes the book back, forcing Weasler to become his Bumbling Minion in exchange for his life.