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* ''Series/TheWorstWitch'': Agatha and Miss Gimlett trap Ada in one of these when they take over the school. After Miss Hardbroom finds out and attempts to rescue her, she gets the same treatment. Eventually the tables are turned, and both end up trapped in the same picture as punishment.

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* One ''WebVideo/FiveSecondFilms'' sketch featured a newspaper cover with a picture of a confused dork and a header [[AC:'Get help!' cries trapped loser]]. A gleeful passerby tried to pick up that newspaper, only to get sucked in, changing the picture to that of him berated by trapped loser and the header now saying [[AC:Loser to sucker: 'I said get help!']].
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* In ''Literature/UserUnfriendly'', the villain uses magic to trap victims inside of portraits and drain their life force.


If the person is forced to immobility, may become a case of AndIMustScream. This sort of trap has a strong possibility of being the work of a MadArtist. Compare CrystalPrison.

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SubTrope to AnomalousArt. If the person is forced to immobility, may become a case of AndIMustScream. This sort of trap has a strong possibility of being the work of a MadArtist. Compare CrystalPrison.

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* In ''Manga/DeliciousInDungeon'', Laios travels into several "living paintings" to eat the meals pictured inside, but is not able to gain any nutrients from the painted food. In an extra at the end of the volume, he instead tries to draw a picture of himself on the art. From an outside perspective, this seems to have no effect, but the drawing has actually gained sentience. The drawing tries to get the attention of Laios' friends outside the painting, but [[AndIMustScream they cannot hear it and walk away]], leaving the drawing to [[ExistentialHorror ponder its existence]] and wonder how long it will be stuck in the painting. The extra ends with the warning "amateurs should never mess around with magic".


* Used both in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode 3 season 2 "The Painted World", and in episode 7 season 8 "The Lost Picture Show".

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* Used both in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'' episode 3 season 2 "The Painted World", and in episode 7 season 8 "The Lost Picture Show".


* Luxord from ''KingdomHearts'' can imprison people within cards or dice, and Zexion can imprison people in his Lexicon.

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* Luxord from ''KingdomHearts'' ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' can imprison people within cards or dice, and Zexion can imprison people in his Lexicon.


* One episode of ''Series/NightGallery'' features a middle-aged man named Joseph Strobe who discovers a beautiful, idyllic painting of a man fishing in a lake in a Buenos Aires museum. He's captivated by the image and begins to see himself literally inside of it. As the episode progresses, the truth comes out: "Strobe" is actually a former Nazi and concentration camp commander, who escaped to Argentina to avoid punishment. When Strobe eventually snaps and murders an elderly Jewish man who's figured out his identity, he flees from the authorities and enters the room with "his" painting, and finally manages to permanently will himself into it...[[spoiler: but the fishing painting has been replaced with one showing a ''crucifixion'', and [[KarmicTwistEnding Strobe finds himself doomed to eternally suffer for his crimes.]]]]

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* One episode of ''Series/NightGallery'' features a middle-aged man named Joseph Strobe who discovers a beautiful, idyllic painting of a man fishing in a lake in a Buenos Aires museum. He's captivated by the image and begins to see himself literally inside of it. As the episode progresses, the truth comes out: "Strobe" is actually a former Nazi and concentration camp commander, who escaped to Argentina to avoid punishment. When Strobe eventually snaps and murders an elderly Jewish man who's figured out his identity, he flees from the authorities and enters the room with "his" painting, and finally manages to permanently will himself into it...[[spoiler: but [[spoiler:but the fishing painting has been replaced with one showing a ''crucifixion'', and [[KarmicTwistEnding Strobe finds himself doomed to eternally suffer for his crimes.]]]]



* Tabletopgame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: Poor [[spoiler: Fulgrim]] is trapped in one of these, while a Daemon uses his physical shell.

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* Tabletopgame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: Poor [[spoiler: Fulgrim]] [[spoiler:Fulgrim]] is trapped in one of these, while a Daemon uses his physical shell.



--> "Nooooo! Not into the pit! It buuuurns!!!"
--> "Aargh! The chains! Nooooo! You haven't seen the last of me!"

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'''Ganon:''' Aargh!
The chains! Nooooo! You haven't seen the last of me!"me!



** A slight inversion occurs in "Fight Fighters", when [[spoiler: Rumble [=McSkirmish=] attempts to look directly up, despite not having a looking up animation, and ends up falling flat like a picture onto the ground himself. He proceeds to get up off-camera.]]
** Played straight in "Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back the Falls", when [[spoiler: Bills traps Wendy, Soos, Old Man [=McGucket=], Robbie, Gideon and Pacifica inside tapestries]].

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** A slight inversion occurs in "Fight Fighters", when [[spoiler: Rumble [[spoiler:Rumble [=McSkirmish=] attempts to look directly up, despite not having a looking up animation, and ends up falling flat like a picture onto the ground himself. He proceeds to get up off-camera.]]
** Played straight in "Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back the Falls", when [[spoiler: Bills [[spoiler:Bills traps Wendy, Soos, Old Man [=McGucket=], Robbie, Gideon and Pacifica inside tapestries]].



-->'''Green Lantern''': If it's money you want, Luthor, try this on for size! (''zaps him with his ring'')

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-->'''Green Lantern''': Lantern:''' If it's money you want, Luthor, try this on for size! (''zaps ''[zaps him with his ring'')ring]''

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* Yoshihiro Kira from ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable'' ends up in this once Jotaro takes a portrait of Kira and then destroys the [[MagicalCamera camera to which Atom Heart Father was bound.]] While he can no longer remotely affect reality by interacting with photographs, he can lean out of his prison and manually affect the world, an ability with which he steals Kira's Arrow from the protagonists and uses a thread unravelled from his nightshirt to lasso a crow for mobility. ([[spoiler:Unfortunately for him, it turns out that he's now just as [[WeakToFire flammable]] as an ordinary polaroid.]])


* In ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'', the non-lethal means of defeating Delilah in the ''Brigamore Witches'' is to replace the painting which will allow her to [[spoiler:steal Emily's body]] with a [[spoiler:painting of a tree in the Void. When her ritual is complete, she is sucked into the Void for eternity.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'', the non-lethal means of defeating Delilah in the ''Brigamore ''Brigmore Witches'' is to replace the painting which will allow her to [[spoiler:steal Emily's body]] with a [[spoiler:painting of a tree in the Void. When her ritual is complete, she is sucked into the Void for eternity.]]]] Though, as [[VideoGame/Dishonored2 the sequel]] shows, it didn't stick, so you can do that ''[[HistoryRepeats again]]'' by [[spoiler:tampering with her ritual of creating "The world as it should be" and trapping her in her own painting.]] Apparently, the second time she's imprisoned for good, as the painting doubles as a LotusEaterMachine.


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* A variation exists in book two, ''The Black Unicorn'', of the Terry Brooks fantasy series ''Literature/MagicKingdomOfLandover'': the black unicorn of the title is [[spoiler:the collective soul of the trapped unicorns,]] [[SealedGoodInACan sealed in]] [[SoulJar one of the volumes of magic]], while the rest of the unicorns are [[spoiler:their bodies]] trapped as drawings in the other volume. In this case, destroying the books frees those imprisoned in them.

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* A variation exists in book two, ''The Black Unicorn'', of the Terry Brooks fantasy series ''Literature/MagicKingdomOfLandover'': the black unicorn of the title is [[spoiler:the collective soul of the trapped unicorns,]] [[SealedGoodInACan sealed in]] [[SoulJar one of the volumes of magic]], while the rest of the unicorns are [[spoiler:their bodies]] trapped as drawings in the other volume. In this case, destroying the books frees [[spoiler:and rejoins]] those imprisoned in them.

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* A variation exists in book two, ''The Black Unicorn'', of the Terry Brooks fantasy series ''Literature/MagicKingdomOfLandover'': the black unicorn of the title is [[spoiler:the collective soul of the trapped unicorns,]] [[SealedGoodInACan sealed in]] [[SoulJar one of the volumes of magic]], while the rest of the unicorns are [[spoiler:their bodies]] trapped as drawings in the other volume. In this case, destroying the books frees those imprisoned in them.

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* While it's never used as a prison (that we know of), the Quantum Mirror on ''Series/StargateSG1'' could be considered a variation of Type 4. It's a mirror which serves as a doorway to [[AlternateUniverse Alternate Universes]]. ''Atlantis'' implies that given infinite probability there should be universes devoid of life.


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* In the ''Give Yourself Goosebumps'' book "Scream of the Evil Genie," wishing to be attractive [[spoiler:[[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor turns your character into a painting in a museum.]]]]

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* In the ''Give Yourself Goosebumps'' book "Scream of the Evil Genie," Genie", wishing to be attractive [[spoiler:[[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor turns your character into a painting in a museum.]]]]



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* Used both in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode 3 season 2 "The Painted World", and in episode 7 season 8 "The Lost Picture Show".
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Done first in the 20th anniversary special [[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors "The Five Doctors"]] as a means of capturing said Doctors, TheBrigadier and Sarah Jane Smith.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E11FearHer "Fear Her"]]: The CreepyChild has the power to trap people in drawings.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E9TheFamilyOfBlood "The Family of Blood"]], [[spoiler:the mirror variant was the fate of Sister of Mine]].
** Lots of people get trapped in paintings in ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' story "Mona Lisa's Revenge". Not least of which was Mona Lisa herself, when the painting was originally made. Probably. It's left ambiguous just ''what'' was going on with her, and she explicitly wasn't the woman who was actually painted, but the painting seems to have been made as a prison for her.
** The 50th anniversary special, "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor]]", revolves around Gallifreyan pictures which, like the TARDIS, are larger on the inside. Although they're ordinarily only used to make great-looking 3D art, several characters hitch a ride in the spacious interiors.



* One episode of ''Series/NightGallery'' features a middle-aged man named Joseph Strobe who discovers a beautiful, idyllic painting of a man fishing in a lake in a Buenos Aires museum. He's captivated by the image and begins to see himself literally inside of it. As the episode progresses, the truth comes out: "Strobe" is actually a former Nazi and concentration camp commander, who escaped to Argentina to avoid punishment. When Strobe eventually snaps and murders an elderly Jewish man who's figured out his identity, he flees from the authorities and enters the room with "his" painting, and finally manages to permanently will himself into it...[[spoiler: but the fishing painting has been replaced with one showing a ''crucifixion'', and [[KarmicTwistEnding Strobe finds himself doomed to eternally suffer for his crimes.]]]]



* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "The Family of Blood", [[spoiler:the mirror variant was the fate of Sister of Mine]].
** And then there are those drawings made by that CreepyChild in "Fear Her".
** Lots of people get trapped in paintings in the [[Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures Sarah Jane adventure]] "Mona Lisa's Revenge". Not least of which was Mona Lisa herself, when the painting was originally made. Probably. It's left ambiguous just ''what'' was going on with her, and she explicitly wasn't the woman who was actually painted, but the painting seems to have been made as a prison for her.
** Done first in the 20th anniversary special "The Five Doctors" as a means of capturing said Doctors, TheBrigadier and Sarah Jane Smith.
** The 50th anniversary special, "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor]]", revolves around Gallifreyan pictures which, like the TARDIS, are larger on the inside. Although they're ordinarily only used to make great-looking 3D art, several characters hitch a ride in the spacious interiors.
* ''Series/PowerRangersSPD:'' [[MonsterOfTheWeek Alien criminals]] are basically turned into playing cards.
* This trope is named for the visual effect used to depict people trapped in the Phantom Zone in ''Series/{{Smallville}}.'' It's pretty much the same as in the Creator/ChristopherReeve movies.
* Used both in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode 3 season 2 "The Painted World," and in episode 7 season 8 "The Lost Picture Show".
* [[Literature/ThroughTheLookingGlass Lewis Carroll's mirror]] turns out to be one of these in ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}''.

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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "The Family of Blood", [[spoiler:the mirror variant was the fate of Sister of Mine]].
** And then there are those drawings made by that CreepyChild in "Fear Her".
** Lots of people get trapped in paintings in the [[Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures Sarah Jane adventure]] "Mona Lisa's Revenge". Not least of which was Mona Lisa herself, when the painting was originally made. Probably. It's left ambiguous just ''what'' was going on with her, and she explicitly wasn't the woman who was actually painted, but the painting seems to have been made as a prison for her.
** Done first in the 20th anniversary special "The Five Doctors" as a means of capturing said Doctors, TheBrigadier and Sarah Jane Smith.
** The 50th anniversary special, "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor]]", revolves around Gallifreyan pictures which, like the TARDIS, are larger on the inside. Although they're ordinarily only used to make great-looking 3D art, several characters hitch a ride in the spacious interiors.
* ''Series/PowerRangersSPD:''
''Series/PowerRangersSPD'': [[MonsterOfTheWeek Alien criminals]] are basically turned into playing cards.
* This trope is named for the visual effect used to depict people trapped in the Phantom Zone in ''Series/{{Smallville}}.'' It's pretty much the same as in the Creator/ChristopherReeve movies.
* Used both in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode 3 season 2 "The Painted World," and in episode 7 season 8 "The Lost Picture Show".
* [[Literature/ThroughTheLookingGlass Lewis Carroll's mirror]] turns out to be one of these in ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}''.
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* In Series/WitchesOfEastEnd, an ex-boyfriend of Freya has been trapped in a painting for decades. He escapes and takes Freya with him into another painting to imprison her there. But she escapes and the witches put him into another painting and bury it.
* One episode of ''Series/NightGallery'' features a middle-aged man named Joseph Strobe who discovers a beautiful, idyllic painting of a man fishing in a lake in a Buenos Aires museum. He's captivated by the image and begins to see himself literally inside of it. As the episode progresses, the truth comes out: "Strobe" is actually a former Nazi and concentration camp commander, who escaped to Argentina to avoid punishment. When Strobe eventually snaps and murders an elderly Jewish man who's figured out his identity, he flees from the authorities and enters the room with "his" painting, and finally manages to permanently will himself into it...[[spoiler: but the fishing painting has been replaced with one showing a ''crucifixion'', and [[KarmicTwistEnding Strobe finds himself doomed to eternally suffer for his crimes.]]]]

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* This trope is named for the visual effect used to depict people trapped in the Phantom Zone in ''Series/{{Smallville}}.'' It's pretty much the same as in the Creator/ChristopherReeve movies.
* [[Literature/ThroughTheLookingGlass Lewis Carroll's mirror]] turns out to be one of these in ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}''.
* In Series/WitchesOfEastEnd, ''Series/WitchesOfEastEnd'', an ex-boyfriend of Freya has been trapped in a painting for decades. He escapes and takes Freya with him into another painting to imprison her there. But she escapes and the witches put him into another painting and bury it.
* One episode of ''Series/NightGallery'' features a middle-aged man named Joseph Strobe who discovers a beautiful, idyllic painting of a man fishing in a lake in a Buenos Aires museum. He's captivated by the image and begins to see himself literally inside of it. As the episode progresses, the truth comes out: "Strobe" is actually a former Nazi and concentration camp commander, who escaped to Argentina to avoid punishment. When Strobe eventually snaps and murders an elderly Jewish man who's figured out his identity, he flees from the authorities and enters the room with "his" painting, and finally manages to permanently will himself into it...[[spoiler: but the fishing painting has been replaced with one showing a ''crucifixion'', and [[KarmicTwistEnding Strobe finds himself doomed to eternally suffer for his crimes.]]]]
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