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* ''VideoGame/HollowKnight'': The FinalBoss of the game, hidden away in the Black Egg Temple, is [[spoiler: the Hollow Knight, who like the PlayerCharacter was a "Vessel" created by the Pale King to contain the plague that destroyed Hallownest. In "The Hollow Knight" ending, the PC slays the Hollow Knight and takes his place as the one containing the infection.]]



* ''VideoGame/HollowKnight'': The FinalBoss of the game, hidden away in the Black Egg Temple, is [[spoiler: the Hollow Knight, who like the PlayerCharacter was a "Vessel" created by the Pale King to contain the plague that destroyed Hollownest. In "The Hollow Knight" ending, the PC slays the Hollow Knight and takes his place as the one containing the infection.]]

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* ''VideoGame/HollowKnight'': The FinalBoss of the game, hidden away in the Black Egg Temple, is [[spoiler: the Hollow Knight, who like the PlayerCharacter was a "Vessel" created by the Pale King to contain the plague that destroyed Hollownest. In "The Hollow Knight" ending, the PC slays the Hollow Knight and takes his place as the one containing the infection.]]

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* In ''Manga/BungouStrayDogs'', Nakahara Chuuya's body is basically the human container and controller of [[{{Headscratchers}} whatever Chuuya really is.]]


* ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'': Draig, the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Welsh dragon]] is sealed inside the protagonist, Issei. Or rather Draig, and his counterpart Albion the Vanishing Dragon, were both sealed inside [[SealedBadassInACan 'cans']] called Sacred Gears, which pass on to a new host when the previous host dies. A case of Sealed Can in a Person Shaped Can. Draig and Albion are neither [[SealedGoodInACan Good]] or [[SealedEvilInACan Evil]], but their constant fighting with each other caused 3 separate warring factions to team up in order to seal them.

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* ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'': ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'': Draig, the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Welsh dragon]] Welsh/Red Dragon]] is sealed inside the protagonist, Issei. Or rather Draig, and his counterpart Albion the Vanishing Dragon, were both sealed inside [[SealedBadassInACan 'cans']] called Sacred Gears, which pass on to a new host when the previous host dies. A case of Sealed Can in a Person Shaped Can. Draig and Albion are neither [[SealedGoodInACan Good]] or [[SealedEvilInACan Evil]], but their constant fighting with each other caused 3 separate warring factions to team up in order to seal them.


* In Judge Death's first appearance in ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'', Dredd seals Death in Judge Anderson's body by encasing her in Boing, a spray-on, clear, rubber-like substance that, despite totally enclosing the person's body, nevertheless allows the person to breathe normally for no explained reason.

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* In Judge Death's first appearance in ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'', Dredd seals Death in Judge Anderson's body by encasing her in Boing, a spray-on, clear, rubber-like substance that, despite totally enclosing the person's body, nevertheless allows the person to breathe normally for no explained reason. She's done this trick on several other occasions when facing the Dark Judges, but only temporarily: the evil killer ghost judge in her head isn't exactly passive with the arrangement.

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* In ''Podcast/TheChroniclesOfOz'', [[spoiler: unlike the source material in which Tip is just Princess Ozma under a spell that turned her into a boy, Ozma is instead sealed inside Tip, who was created by magic, and unleashing Ozma means Tip gets to cease to exist. And of course, this becomes the only way to save Oz.]]

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* ''Series/ChillingAdventuresOfSabrina'': According to Madame Satan and Nick Scratch, the human body is the most powerful prison for demonic spirits that God ever developed. We get to see this put into effect at the end of Season 1, when [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice Nick allows himself]] to become a container for {{Satan}}, with Lilith putting him/them under a sleep spell for added measure before dragging them back down to Hell.]]


* In the Finale of the Fourth Volume of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Sylar was trapped in Matt Parkman's head, while Sylar's body walks around thinking it's Nathan Petrelli, with all of Sylar's and Nathan's powers. That lasts a few episodes before he [[JokerImmunity inevitably]] escapes.
* The angel Anna from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' was reborn in a human body, and was completely oblivious to the fact that she had great power, even without her Grace.
* ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'': Hajime Aikawa, a.k.a. Kamen Rider Chalice, is in reality the Joker Undead, a creature that serves as the ResetButton for the "Battle Fight", a battle royale among the Joker and 52 other Undead (each of which represents a different form of life) to determine what will become the dominant life form. The reset triggers with the sealing of all other Undead save Joker, and would result in the end of all life on the planet (at which all other 52 Undead would be unsealed and the Battle Fight would restart). Hajime keeps his SuperpoweredEvilSide sealed with the Change Mantis and Spirit Human cards.
* The ''Series/TwinPeaks'' spirit BOB is somewhere between this and DemonicPossession.



** "Human Nature" and "Family of Blood" gives us John Smith, a mild-mannered Englishman who teaches at a boy's school and clumsily works to win over the affections of the school nurse while keeping a diary of the various strange things he sees in his dreams. What he doesn't know is that those dreams are the memories of the Doctor, who used a special watch to seal himself away and transform his body into that of a human in order to hide from pursuers. When he learns this, and also that he needs to turn back into the Doctor to prevent the aliens from destroying the school and the surrounding town, he's heartbroken and terrified.
** "Utopia" gave us a similar example, [[spoiler: Doctor Yana]], who in this case is unwittingly [[spoiler: The Master.]]

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E8HumanNature "Human Nature" and "Family Nature"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E9TheFamilyOfBlood "The Family of Blood" Blood"]] gives us John Smith, a mild-mannered Englishman who teaches at a boy's school and clumsily works to win over the affections of the school nurse while keeping a diary of the various strange things he sees in his dreams. What he doesn't know is that those dreams are the memories of the Doctor, who used a special watch to seal himself away and transform his body into that of a human in order to hide from pursuers. When he learns this, and also that he needs to turn back into the Doctor to prevent the aliens from destroying the school and the surrounding town, he's heartbroken and terrified.
** "Utopia" gave us [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E11Utopia "Utopia"]] has a similar example, [[spoiler: Doctor [[spoiler:Professor Yana]], who in this case is unwittingly [[spoiler: [[spoiler:the Master]].
* In the finale of season 4 of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Sylar was trapped in Matt Parkman's head, while Sylar's body walks around thinking it's Nathan Petrelli, with all of Sylar's and Nathan's powers. That lasts a few episodes before he [[JokerImmunity inevitably]] escapes.
* ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'': Hajime Aikawa, a.k.a. Kamen Rider Chalice, is in reality the Joker Undead, a creature that serves as the ResetButton for the "Battle Fight", a battle royale among the Joker and 52 other Undead (each of which represents a different form of life) to determine what will become the dominant life form.
The Master.]]reset triggers with the sealing of all other Undead save Joker, and would result in the end of all life on the planet (at which all other 52 Undead would be unsealed and the Battle Fight would restart). Hajime keeps his SuperpoweredEvilSide sealed with the Change Mantis and Spirit Human cards.
* The angel Anna from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' was reborn in a human body, and was completely oblivious to the fact that she had great power, even without her Grace.
* The ''Series/TwinPeaks'' spirit BOB is somewhere between this and DemonicPossession.



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* The cruel Bear Witch from ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' tried use the Ducayne twins to cheat death after being killed by a rival but Mye was able to tear his soul in two, trapping his essence in her and her brother. It was not a perfect fix and the old wizard is still working on ways to revive himself.

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* The cruel Bear Witch from ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' tried to use the Ducayne twins to cheat death after being killed by a rival but Mye was able to tear his soul in two, trapping his essence in her and her brother. It was not a perfect fix and the old wizard is still working on ways to revive himself.



* Michael Waite, famed horror writer in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', turned out to be one of these. Locked inside him is The Kellith, a [[EldritchAbomination Great Old One]] foretold to wipe humanity off the planet and repopulate it with her spawn. Then he 'died' and changed into what everyone assumes is a vampiric girl mutant codenamed Carmilla. [[spoiler:Kellith did a pretty good job of being not-evil... or at least, not destroying-all-existence evil.]]

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* Michael Waite, famed horror writer Ancient Egyptian sorcerers in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', turned out ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' irreversibly bound Nephthys, Goddess of Chaos and wife of the Jackal-God Set, in the body of a twelve-year-old girl and sealed her into a Pharaoh's tomb, to be one of these. Locked inside him is The Kellith, a [[EldritchAbomination Great Old One]] foretold to wipe humanity off imprisoned for all time. Little did they suspect that the planet and repopulate it with her spawn. Then he 'died' and changed into what everyone assumes is goddess would find such treatment to only be a vampiric girl mutant codenamed Carmilla. [[spoiler:Kellith did a pretty good job of being not-evil... or at least, not destroying-all-existence evil.]]temporary inconvenience.



* Ancient Egyptian sorcerers in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' irreversibly bound Nephthys, Goddess of Chaos and wife of the Jackal-God Set, in the body of a twelve-year-old girl and sealed her into a Pharaoh's tomb, to be imprisoned for all time. Little did they suspect that the goddess would find such treatment to only be a temporary inconvenience.
* LetsPlay/VenturianTale: [[AxCrazy Jimmy]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Casket]] is trapped inside [[ParanormalInvestigation Johnny Ghost]], but it is debatable whether he is this trope, or merely a SplitPersonality.

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* Ancient Egyptian sorcerers in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' irreversibly bound Nephthys, Goddess of Chaos and wife of the Jackal-God Set, in the body of a twelve-year-old girl and sealed her into a Pharaoh's tomb, to be imprisoned for all time. Little did they suspect that the goddess would find such treatment to only be a temporary inconvenience.
* LetsPlay/VenturianTale: [[AxCrazy
''LetsPlay/VenturianTale'': [[AxeCrazy Jimmy]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Casket]] is trapped inside [[ParanormalInvestigation Johnny Ghost]], but it is debatable whether he is this trope, or merely a SplitPersonality.SplitPersonality.
* Michael Waite, famed horror writer in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', turned out to be one of these. Locked inside him is The Kellith, a [[EldritchAbomination Great Old One]] foretold to wipe humanity off the planet and repopulate it with her spawn. Then he 'died' and changed into what everyone assumes is a vampiric girl mutant codenamed Carmilla. [[spoiler:Kellith did a pretty good job of being not-evil... or at least, not destroying-all-existence evil.]]



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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': When Timmy wishes Vicky was good, her evil is shown to be the result of a bug that possesses humans [[{{Squick}} by crawling up their butts.]] Its ultimate goal is to destroy humanity by infecting someone of high enough influence to make this possible. Timmy is unable to capture the bug and in desperation tells good Vicky, who willingly sacrifices herself to it save humanity from being nuked. The bug is thus unable to possess anyone else [[StatusQuoIsGod and Vicky returns to evil.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'', the mighty demon Ke-Pa has been imprisoned for a hundred years by the power of the Peach Tree of Heavenly Wisdom in the body of a pig. When the tree dies, Ke-Pa breaks free and assumes his [[OneWingedAngel true form]]: a giant dragon.



* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'', the mighty demon Ke-Pa has been imprisoned for a hundred years by the power of the Peach Tree of Heavenly Wisdom in the body of a pig. When the tree dies, Ke-Pa breaks free and assumes his [[OneWingedAngel true form]]: a giant dragon.
* ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddparents'': When Timmy wishes Vicky was good, her evil is shown to be the result of a bug that possesses humans [[{{Squick}} by crawling up their butts.]] Its ultimate goal is to destroy humanity by infecting someone of high enough influence to make this possible. Timmy is unable to capture the bug and in desperation tells good Vicky, who willingly sacrifices herself to it save humanity from being nuked. The bug is thus unable to possess anyone else [[StatusQuoIsGod and Vicky returns to evil.]]

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* ''Webcomic/LovelyLovecraft'': [[spoiler:The Outer Gods, most notably Nyarlathotep and Azathoth,]] have mysteriously been trapped on Earth in humanoid bodies.


* ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3'' has [[spoiler:The Purple Guy, sealed inside]] Springtrap.

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* ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3'' has [[spoiler:The a disturbing example [[spoiler:with The Purple Guy, his undead corpse sealed inside]] inside a rotting springlock suit of Spring Bonnie, hence his now name...]] Springtrap.


* ''Manga/FairyTail'''s example of this trope is a gigantic spoiler - but here's the idea anyway: [[spoiler: The first-generation dragon-slayers ''contain'' the dragons that disappeared]]!

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* ''Manga/FairyTail'''s ''Manga/FairyTail'''
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example of this trope is a gigantic spoiler - but here's the idea anyway: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The first-generation dragon-slayers Dragon Slayers ''contain'' the their dragon parents that disappeared! Specifically, they sealed themselves inside their children in order to create "antibodies" that would ensure they wouldn't become crazy and omnicidal dragons like [[BigBad Acnologia]] and to prolong their own lives after Acnologia fatally wounded them.]]
** It comes up again in ''Anime/FairyTailDragonCry'' [[spoiler:with [[BigBad Animus]] being revealed to be a dragon fatally injured by Acnologia
that disappeared]]!sealed himself inside of the dying Sonya to save himself, which also saved her life and extended her lifespan. Unlike the Dragon Slayers' parents, who could leave their children at any time thanks to them possessing Dragon Magic, Animus couldn't since Sonya wasn't a Slayer, and thus he needed to obtain [[MacGuffin the Dragon Cry]] to free himself and maintain his existence.]]


So there is some cosmic being locked away so that it cannot interfere with the outside world. Some sort of powerful being... [[SealedGoodInACan Good]], [[SealedEvilInACan evil]], or [[SealedBadassInACan neither]], it doesn't matter. But this time, they didn't [[SealedEvilInACan lock away the being in a magical jar of some sort]]. Rather, they somehow managed to bind the thing into the body of a person. A person who may, or may not, be aware that they are carrying around some dangerous being within them.

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So there is some cosmic being locked away so that it cannot interfere with the outside world. Some sort of powerful being... [[SealedGoodInACan Good]], good]], [[SealedEvilInACan evil]], or [[SealedBadassInACan neither]], it doesn't matter. But this time, they didn't [[SealedEvilInACan lock away the being in a magical jar of some sort]]. Rather, they somehow managed to bind the thing into the body of a person. A person who may, or may not, be aware that they are carrying around some dangerous being within them.



A Subtrope of SealedEvilInACan, SealedGoodInACan, and SealedBadassInACan. Contrast GrandTheftMe. Compare LivingMacGuffin and TreasureChestCavity. See also RestrainingBolt. Evil beings sealed this way are almost always a LeakingCanOfEvil.

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A Subtrope of SealedEvilInACan, SealedGoodInACan, and SealedBadassInACan. Contrast GrandTheftMe. Compare LivingMacGuffin and TreasureChestCavity.TreasureChestCavity, as well as CagedInsideAMonster, where a someone is trapped within something else's body in a directly physical, rather than extradimensional or spiritual, sense. See also RestrainingBolt. Evil beings sealed this way are almost always a LeakingCanOfEvil.



** "Human Nature" and "Family of Blood" gives us John Smith, a mild-mannered Englishman who teaches at a boy's school and clumsily works to win over the affections of the school nurse while keeping a diary of the various strange things he sees in his dreams. What he doesn't know is that those dreams are the memories of The Doctor, who used a special watch to seal himself away and transform his body into that of a human in order to hide from pursuers. When he learns this, and also that he needs to turn back into The Doctor to prevent the aliens from destroying the school and the surrounding town, he's heartbroken and terrified.

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** "Human Nature" and "Family of Blood" gives us John Smith, a mild-mannered Englishman who teaches at a boy's school and clumsily works to win over the affections of the school nurse while keeping a diary of the various strange things he sees in his dreams. What he doesn't know is that those dreams are the memories of The the Doctor, who used a special watch to seal himself away and transform his body into that of a human in order to hide from pursuers. When he learns this, and also that he needs to turn back into The the Doctor to prevent the aliens from destroying the school and the surrounding town, he's heartbroken and terrified.


* ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'': Draig, the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Welsh dragon]] is sealed inside the protagonist, Issei. Or rather Draig, and his counterpart Albion the Vanishing Dragon, were both sealed inside [[SealedBadassInACan 'cans']] called Sacred Gears, which pass on to a new host when the previous host dies. A case of Sealed Can in a Person Shaped Can. Draig and Albion are neither [[SealedGoodInACan Good]] or [[SealedEvilInACan Evil]], but their constant fighting with each other caused 3 separate warring factions to team up in order to seal them.

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* ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'': ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'': Draig, the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Welsh dragon]] is sealed inside the protagonist, Issei. Or rather Draig, and his counterpart Albion the Vanishing Dragon, were both sealed inside [[SealedBadassInACan 'cans']] called Sacred Gears, which pass on to a new host when the previous host dies. A case of Sealed Can in a Person Shaped Can. Draig and Albion are neither [[SealedGoodInACan Good]] or [[SealedEvilInACan Evil]], but their constant fighting with each other caused 3 separate warring factions to team up in order to seal them.


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* ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'': [[spoiler:For a good chunk of the series, Kanna has a large amount of mana from a 'dragon ball' that she broke as a prank sealed inside her. She can't actually use it though, due to it being compressed (Kobayashi compares it to an unopened zip file).]]


* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'', the mighty demon Ke-Pa has been imprisoned for a hundred years by the power of the Peach Tree of Heavenly Wisdom in the body of a pig. When the tree dies, Ke-Pa breaks free and assumes his [[OneWingedAngel true form]]: a giant dragon.


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* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'', the mighty demon Ke-Pa has been imprisoned for a hundred years by the power of the Peach Tree of Heavenly Wisdom in the body of a pig. When the tree dies, Ke-Pa breaks free and assumes his [[OneWingedAngel true form]]: a giant dragon.

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* The cruel Bear Witch from ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' tried use the Ducayne twins to cheat death after being killed by a rival but Mye was able to tear his soul in two, trapping his essence in her and her brother. It was not a perfect fix and the old wizard is still working on ways to revive himself.

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