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Sealed Evil in a Teddy Bear
He gets better over the course of the series, though.

Rebecca: Say Hello to all nice people, Teddy!
Teddy Bear: I'll swallow your souls!!

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

See Fluffy the Terrible and Deathbringer the Adorable; see also Sleep Mode Size. Is almost always also a case of Leaking Can of Evil. May cause Killer Teddy Bear. Happy Fun Ball is the inanimate equivalent.


Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Boogie-Kun from Karin is the spirit of a serial killer trapped in the body of a doll.
  • Ioryogi from 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 Cardcaptor Sakura, Cerberus dozes off while guarding the Clow Cards. This causes the cards to escape, and Cerberus ends up looking like a soft toy.
  • In Dragon Ball Z, 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 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.
  • Pokota of Slayers is a Chaotic Good example. Though, even in plush form, is still a fully capable Person of Mass Destruction.
  • Ghost Stories (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 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 Mugen Spiral, 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.

    Comics 
  • In Marvel Comics' Great Lakes Avengers, Deathurge got trapped in the body of a squirrel.
  • Similar to the above example, one Marvel Adventures 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 Lenore the Cute Little Dead Girl 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.
  • Johnny the Homicidal Maniac: The Doughboys. Not to mention Shmee.
    • In Squee, Shmee is revealed to be quite literally "sealed evil in a teddy bear" - he's a creature that absorbs little Todd Casil's considerable trauma and impending insanity.
  • In the Hack Slash story line "Slice Hard", the slasher Ashley Guthrie came back as a small animated teddy bear.
  • One of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics had a plot involving a demon of some kind possessing a teddy bear in an attempt to get Dawn.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live Action 
  • Subverted in Ghostbusters. 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.
  • Child's Play
    • The serial killer Charles Lee Ray is trapped by Hollywood Voodoo into a "good guy" doll called Chucky. Though he's far from helpless.
    • And then there's Tiffany about ten years later...
  • Volkonir was essentially about Sealed Good In A Teddy Bear.
  • There's the So Bad, It's Good horror film The Gingerdead Man: basically a Child's Play knockoff of a serial killer (played by Gary Busey) whose soul gets trapped in a gingerman cookie.
  • The Jack Frost series about a serial killer who gets doused in toxic waste and snow and becomes a killer mutant snowman.

    Literature 
  • The Dresden Files 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 the Malazan Book of the Fallen series, the mage Hairlock had his soul shifted into a puppet after he was cut in half during a battle. In this form he plots revenge against Tayschrenn.
  • Mogget from the Old Kingdom 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. This is also what they do to Kerrigor at the end of the first book.
  • 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.
  • Bone Chillers
    • 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.
  • The Professor's Teddy Bear, a horror story by Theodore Sturgeon, 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 Harry Potter 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 William Sleator 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 an inherently dangerous technology.

    Live Action TV 
  • The demon hunter trapped in the ventriloquist's dummy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer qualifies, though he wasn't restricted with a Restraining Bolt.
  • 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 Cute Little Fangs.
  • Salem in Sabrina the Teenage Witch 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.
  • Robin Williams, in A Night At The Met, claims that Teddy Ruxpin dolls are all about this trope.
    "You start to think that late at night the doll will go, 'You must kill mommy and daddy!'"
  • A rather literal example existed in an episode of The Outer Limits, where a Teddy Bear 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 Space Cases. 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.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Ravenloft has Doll Golems, intended as guardians for children... in a setting where any magical construct is essentially guaranteed to turn murderous. Although you'd have to be an Abusive Parent to force your children to be in the same room with one of these anyway.
  • Deadlands had Clovis the Devil Bunny, favored toy and bodyguard of little Lucifer Whateley. Lucifer is a meaner expy of Damien from TheOmen and Clovis in its true form can wipe out parties of player characters without breaking a sweat.

    Video Games 
  • Tibbers, Annie's teddy from League of Legends, 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.
  • In Tales of Symphonia, there is a small, weak summon spirit named Corrine who 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.
  • Touhou's Rumia is usually interpreted as this by fandom, thanks to Word Of ZUN that her hair ribbon is a magical seal.
  • Count Veger in Jak 3, when the Precursors 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 Splatterhouse 3. See for yourself.
  • From AdventureQuest Worlds 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 Eldritch Abomination.
  • In the Gamecube version of Custom Robo, an intangible force of destruction called "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 Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis, Pamela's ever-present teddy bear is posessed by the Mana of Life (seen during her Limit Break) and does most of the fighting for her with claws, tremendous growth, and "kisses". It's not exactly evil, but it's master is a bit off.

    Web Comics 
  • Reynardine from Gunnerkrigg Court is trapped in one of Antimony's stuffed animals after a botched attempt to steal her body. Because the stuffed animal was explicitly Antimony's property, he finds that 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 Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki. 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 Eerie Cuties 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 Slumber Party.
    • He's also prepared to stake Nina if she ever develops a taste for blood.

    Western Animation 
  • In the season two finale of Adventure Time the Lich body surfs to the Snail after his defeat.
    • Also, the most evil soul in the land of Ooo is Gunter. Take a moment to process that.
  • During the season one finale of Jackie Chan Adventures, 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 rabbit so he beats the crap out of Jackie and turns himself back into a demonic dragon when he retrieves the Monkey Talisman.
  • In the first few seasons of Xiaolin Showdown, 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 Minion with an F in Evil.

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