Follow TV Tropes


Context Main / SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan

Go To

1So 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.˛˛Unleashing the cosmic being usually results in the "can" either dying or being subsumed into it, or killing the "can" results in the destruction of the being. Occasionally causes a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind. Occasionally results in a SuperpoweredEvilSide, for the evil, neutral and KnightTemplar examples. {{Reincarnation}} may be involved.˛˛A Subtrope of SealedEvilInACan, SealedGoodInACan, and SealedBadassInACan. Contrast GrandTheftMe. Compare LivingMacGuffin and 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.˛˛----˛!!Examples:˛˛[[foldercontrol]]˛˛[[folder:Anime & Manga]]˛* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': The Jinchūriki are people who have tailed demons sealed inside them. They include the title character, Naruto, Gaara of the Desert, and Killer Bee (who contain the Nine-Tailed Fox, the One-Tailed Shukaku, and the Eight-Tailed Ox, respectively). Removing the tailed beast typically kills the host within minutes after the fact, and if the host dies with the beast still sealed inside it then it can take the beast some time to reform. As a result, the beasts grant their hosts supernatural power both to avoid pseudo-death and to weaken the seal. It's worth noting that being sealed in a human makes them ''more'' dangerous. Most Bijuu (Tailed Beast(s)) simply avoid humans and, due to their size and power, have little need for strategy. Jinchūriki can access their power and utilize years of training to focus it more effectively. Though, as the Eight-Tails and Nine-Tails have shown, they're quite capable of ''learning'' to use tactics. [[spoiler:And of acting like tag-team partners with their Jinchūriki.]]˛* ''Manga/FairyTail'''˛** The main example of this trope is a gigantic spoiler - but here's the idea anyway: [[spoiler:The first-generation Dragon Slayers ''contain'' 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 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.]]˛* Teito Klein, the protagonist of ''Manga/ZeroSevenGhost'', is Pandora's Box... and imprisoned inside Pandora's Box is the death god Verloren.˛* The main premise of ''{{Manga/Bastard}}'': a boy named Rushe Renren nontains within him the spirit of one of the most powerful sorcerers of all time, the infamous Exploder Wizard... Dark Schneider!˛* In ''Manga/BungouStrayDogs'', Nakahara Chuuya's body is basically the human container and controller of [[{{Headscratchers}} whatever Chuuya really is.]] ˛* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'':˛** [[spoiler:Rezo's eyes]] are a can for Shabranigdo.˛** Gaav, the Demon Dragon King was sealed in a human. The seal leaked, and it might be said that it leaked both ways, since this is what caused Gaav to revolt against the other demon lords in the first place. A common fan theory goes that the gods knew HumanityIsInfectious, and chose to imprison defeated demons in familial lines of people specifically as a failsafe, so that the AlwaysChaoticEvil would be diluted out over the generations.˛** In the series' backstory and novel series, [[spoiler:Lei Magnus and Luke]] are people-shaped cans for pieces of Shabranigdo. Since Shabby was split into seven pieces, we can assume that there are four others like them that we don't know about.˛* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':˛** Prince Endymion tries to do this with Metaria near the end of ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' but [[spoiler:she ends up possessing him instead, causing Sailor Moon to have to kill him]].˛** In ''Manga/SailorMoon'' proper, Sailor Galaxia sealed Chaos inside herself to protect the universe from it, but ended up turning evil from its influence instead.˛* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'':˛** A major plot-point is that Artifacts of the Crimson World are often hidden inside 'Torches', who are sort of like temporary simulacra of people killed by Crimson Lords and placed to make their disappearance unnoticeable.˛** The Flame Hazes, concerning their "masters". If they were to get out of their host, the Flame Haze [[spoiler:will explode and die.]]˛* ''Manga/HellTeacherNube'' has a demon who tried to kill him in his childhood sealed into his left hand by his [[TheMentor mentor Minako]].˛* In ''Manga/MyBalls'', there is a powerful demon sealed in the main character's left testicle.˛* In ''Manga/SorcererHunters'', the main character Carrot [[spoiler:has the God of Destruction sealed within him]].˛* In ''Manga/InuYasha'' ''[[Anime/InuYashaTheMovieTheCastleBeyondTheLookingGlass Second Movie: The Castle Beyond the Looking-Glass]]'', Kohaku is revealed to [[spoiler:have Naraku sealed within a scar on his back]].˛* In the first season of ''Anime/{{K}}'', after the main character Yashiro Isana regains his memory of [[spoiler: being the Silver King and being body-snatched by the [[BodySurfer Colorless King]],( he is still in the body of a random high school boy that the Colorless King body-snatched before swapping with him),]] he decided to trap the [[spoiler: Colorless King]] inside of ''himself'' this way [[spoiler: or, more precisely, the body of the high school boy that the Colorless King body-snatched before him. He then steps in between the Red and Blue kings as they're fighting, and lets the Red King destroy his body to kill the Colorless King. [[FromASingleCell Good thing he's immortal]].]]˛* ''{{Manga/Bleach}}'': Urahara didn't know how to destroy the Hougyoku so he placed it inside the soul of a spirit being (Rukia). By forcing Rukia to undergo a transformation into an ordinary, physical human, the Hougyoku would be forever sealed. It's strongly implied he actually did this to bait Aizen into revealing his true face since Aizen was forced into the open to recover the Hougyoku before Rukia fully transformed. [[spoiler:Aizen eventually fuses completely with the Hougyoku. There's no known way to separate them which makes Aizen almost unkillable. As a result, Aizen has been sealed for 20,000 years in Soul Society's most powerful prison.]]˛* The warrior Tapion and his little brother in one of the ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' movies had half of a beast each sealed inside them, and in turn they were sealed inside a magical music box, a wizard kills Tapion's little brother and frees the other half from Tapion himself, and Tapion is soon unsealed as well and ends up in Earth. In the end Goku manages to kill the beast ''without'' trapping it, which frees Tapion forever so he can live his life as he sees fit.˛* [[spoiler:Nia Teppelin]] from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' is a sleeper for the anti-spiral.˛* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', Touma's body contains... something ''that is more powerful than a guy who was more powerful than God''. Touma's right hand, [[AntiMagic Imagine]] [[PowerNullifier Breaker]] normally keeps it in check. Whenever his right hand is severed, the being escapes [[spoiler:but is resealed when the hand is reattached or, more commonly, regenerates on its own. Interestingly, it's implied that there may be more than one being inside Touma. On two occasions, a white dragon emerged, and on the second of these, it brought seven others with it as well. In all other cases, something invisible has emerged. The second one appears to fluctuate greatly in power, as it's [[TheWorfEffect been crushed easily by two different villains to demonstrate their power]]]].˛* From ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'', The Weiss [[spoiler:(who enter a gap in the host heart) and the Goddesses (who feed on ThePowerOfLove)]].˛* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' both plays this trope straight and inverts it. [[SealedBadassInACan Inner Moka]] remains sealed by the rosary she wears, but [[spoiler:she's the original, and Outer Moka is an [[ArtificialHuman artificial personality]], so she's effectively sealed inside her own body.]]˛* In ''Manga/DefenseDevil'', [[spoiler:Idamaria's body]] contains the goddess of Hell.˛* In ''Anime/SasamiMagicalGirlsClub'', [[spoiler:the "cauldron" holding all the witches' negative emotions]] turns out to be an actual person, as the negative emotions were too powerful to be held by anything other than a [[IncorruptiblePurePureness pure heart]].˛* In ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'', [[spoiler:Masaya Aoyama]] was created specifically as a can for alien entity Deep Blue.˛* In ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'', the ''Red Man'' AKA the Bad Egg is sealed inside [[spoiler:Shiro]]. This isn't a case of [[DemonicPossession possession]] or [[SuperpoweredEvilSide split personality]] of any sort, though it initially ''looks'' this way and [[spoiler:Shiro]] intentionally makes it ''seem'' like that's what it is; [[spoiler:while it may seem like her [[TheDitz ditzy]] GenkiGirl persona is the "real" one, she's just [[ObfuscatingStupidity putting up a front]] and spending as much time with [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Ganta]] as she can before it all goes to hell]].˛* ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'': Draig, the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent 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 ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', the demon Kurama placed his soul into the body of a human fetus before it could get its own soul.˛* In ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', [[spoiler:Yue, one of the two Guardians of the Clow Cards]] is sealed inside [[spoiler:Yukito Tsukishiro]], though it's more of a transformation rather than being sealed inside a different person.˛* ''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).]]˛* A rather unusual case happens in ''Manga/TheDemonGirlNextDoor''. [[spoiler:[[MadeOfMagic Sakura]]'s]] core is sealed inside Yuko. She actually did this to herself to boost Yuko's health. Yuko would die if it was removed before Yuko has the power to resist her family's curse alone. The unusual thing being the entity being sealed is this universe's BigGood, and Yuko, the "person-shaped can" in this case, is a demon (although only [[DarkIsNotEvil technically so]]).˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Comic Books]]˛* In ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'', when BigBad Winnowill finally gets killed, her spirit would be free to prey on the other elves... except that Rayek, the one elf who truly loves her and hopes for her [[HeelFaceTurn redemption]], pulls her spirit into his own to prevent her doing more harm.˛* In ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'', Johnny is revealed to be a "Waste-Lock", a human that serves as a form of receptacle for [[TheHeartless the spiritual negativity that humans generate by their very existence]]. This turns out to be the reason why Johnny [[SociopathicHero never ends up getting caught for any of the horrid things he does]] and also (partially) explains why he's so utterly messed up. [[spoiler:After the thing he was keeping locked up escaped during volume 5, he is freed from his duty once the universe is rebooted. It seems to do little to him except remove some of his compulsion to kill things and making people more aware of his existence.]]˛* ComicBook/{{Etrigan}} the Demon is sealed by Merlin inside Jason Blood.˛* In ''[[Franchise/GreenLantern Green Lantern: Rebirth]]'', previous events involving Hal Jordan having gone kind of AxCrazy over the loss of his hometown, killed most of the Green Lantern Corps, renamed himself Parallax, and eventually ending up as the host for Comicbook/TheSpectre were {{retcon}}ned: according to the new telling, Parallax had always been an entity unto itself, and possessed Jordan to use his power and anger for its own purposes. The Spectre getting involved turned the whole situation into more of a person-shaped-can scenario, with Jordan as host for ''both'' of them but the Spectre serving to keep Parallax stuck within him and unable to escape or exert any real control.˛* Creator/MarvelComics has legendary PlanetEater ComicBook/{{Galactus}}, who acts as the seal keeping the EldritchAbomination Abraxas imprisoned and not destroying the multiverse. He only needs to eat planets in the first place because the seal is powered by his metabolism.˛* Both Fuji and Hellstrike from ''ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}'' due to their transformations into energy beings.˛* ''ComicBook/XMen'' [[ Vol. 3 #15.1]] features a woman who had trapped several demons in her body.˛* Puck of ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight'' (the original, Eugene Judd), once served as a walking prison for a demon whose life-draining power resulted in his original dwarfism.˛* 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.˛* The ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' parody ''Webcomic/{{Raruto}}'' pokes fun at this: the fourth Bigboss[[note]]Yep, that's Hokage[[/note]] meant to seal the Kyubi in an urn, but there wasn't any non-living container at hand's reach, so he used a baby.˛* Mia of ''ComicBook/DeathVigil'' is a teenage-looking girl who was bound to a [[EldritchAbomination True Primordial]] from beyond the Veil in order to save her life. She can transform into the Primordial's monstrous form, though she is reluctant to do so without her father's guidance to keep her humanity intact.˛* In ''Comicbook/BillyBatsonAndTheMagicOfShazam,'' after [[KidHero Billy]] seems to be slowly becoming [[NotHimself more nasty and violent]], it's revealed that [[spoiler:[[PsychicPowers Mr. Mind]] has been living in his subconscious since being defeated in the previous series]]. ˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Fan Works]]˛* At the end of ''[[Fanfic/PoniesOfOlympus Rolling in Beaches]]'', the remnants of the Rainbow of Darkness are sealed inside [[spoiler: Spike]] after they use the Elements of Harmony to destroy it. The Princesses keep this to themselves, though Rodi is reluctant, as she sees this as a potential risk.˛* ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'':˛** In the [[BadFuture Dark World]] timeline, this trope is attempted and subverted during the BossBattle with [[spoiler:[[OneWingedAngel Odyne!]][[TheDragon Cruelty]]]]. Rarity tries to remove [[spoiler:Cruelty]]'s soul from the body she's [[BodySurf possessing]] and using her Element of Desire to seal it inside herself, but [[spoiler:Cruelty]] fights her off.˛** The Shining Armor Arc reveals that [[spoiler:Minuette is actually ''[[Series/DoctorWho the Master]]'' transformed into a pony with his consciousness sealed in a fob watch. And she refuses to become him again]]. Unlike many examples [[spoiler:in the end she manages to prevent him from escaping and feeds him to [[ClockRoaches the Blank Wolf]], [[DeaderThanDead erasing him from existence]] and freeing herself from him for good]].˛* In the backstory of ''Fanfic/ImperfectMetamorphosis'', [[spoiler:the Shadow Youkai]] proved too tough for Yukari and Co. to kill it outright, so they wiped its memories and {{De Power}}ed it into a more manageable form. Over the decades [[spoiler:Rumia]] developed her own personality, so when the former attempts to reemerge it has to fight the latter (and [[spoiler:Rin Satsuki]]) for control. Bonus points for including a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind, [[spoiler:which didn't end well]].˛* In the canon of ''FanFic/TheBridge'' we get an example of a villain container for an even worse villain with Monster X as the vessel for Kaizer Ghidorah. While Monster X is an AntiVillain with a sense of honor and is genuine friends with his teammates, Kaizer Ghidorah is a rampaging monstrosity that will kill anything around him. A big part of Monster X's [[VillainProtagonist story arc]] is both finding out about Kaizer's existence and keeping him contained. ˛* In ''Videogame/MidnightSun'' the main character Faratrass is used as seal to contain the Demon King and is taught magic to contain him. The {{Trauma Conga Line}} she goes through during the story ends up putting an emotion strain on her to the point where the seal begins to weaken.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Films -- Animation]]˛* The Dazzlings in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'' are sirens from Equestria who were banished and imprisoned in human bodies by sending them to the human world. Further illustrated by their "MagicalGirl" TransformationSequence, which looks less like a transformation and more like a ritual to release something unspeakably evil.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]˛* In ''Film/{{Dogma}}'', Almighty God herself took a vacation in the form of a mortal man. When that shell was beaten into a coma and put on life support, God was trapped inside. To be released, the shell had to be taken off of life support, and thus killed.˛* Calypso in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', sealed inside [[spoiler:Tia Dalma]]. She is fully aware of her true nature, however.˛* In ''Film/TalesFromTheDarksideTheMovie'' a man meets a woman after surviving a gargoyle attack. The Gargoyle doesn't kill him on the Promise not to tell anyone. Years later he tells the woman who is now happily his wife, with children. it's revealed [[spoiler:the woman ''is'' the Gargoyle who sadly kills him because he broke the promise, and takes their children also gargoyles to live in sadness]].˛* Creator/{{Elvira|MistressOfTheDark}} for Elura in ''Elvira's Haunted Hills''.˛* Ghost Rider is treated as this in ''Film/GhostRider'' by Johnny Blaze, his human form.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Literature]]˛* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':˛** In the first few books, Rincewind has one of the Eight Spells of Creation hidden inside his head. It's described as trying to escape, and it has filled his head to the point of him being unable to learn any other spells.˛** After ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'' [[spoiler:Samuel Vimes]] forced the Summoning Dark (basically the Dwarven AnthropomorphicPersonification of Revenge, [[EldritchAbomination sans anthropomorphism]]) to obey him rather than the other way around.˛* Literature/FelixCastor has a friend that suffers from this. The friend made the mistake of calling up what couldn't be put down, and Felix tried to exorcise it best he knew how -- only to find the thing had gotten tetherhooks into his friend's soul, meaning a proper exorcism would kill him. So he did the best he could and knitted them together.˛* In ''[[Literature/YoungWizards A Wizard Abroad]]'', [[spoiler:Ronan]] has the latest incarnation of Lugh, The One's champion, sealed inside him. The Champion was previously sealed inside of [[spoiler:a parrot, Peach]].˛* [[spoiler:Angleton]] is a willing, self-aware case of this, as revealed in the third ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'' book, ''The Fuller Memorandum''. [[spoiler:Bob Howard]] does this to ''himself'' to avoid being possessed by something worse.˛* Invoked and played with as the main plot device in Fiona Patton's ''Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm'' series, in which a fire god, the Living Flame, essentially inhabits the [[GodEmperor ruler]] of an [[FantasyCounterpartCulture alternate Britain]], hopping to the next-in-line whenever one dies. However, they use the Flame's power for the good of the realm, letting it out while (theoretically) keeping it under control. Played straighter in the third book, when the royal family converts to a different faith which regards the Flame as a demon, and deliberately locks it within themselves. Its own followers set out to [[SaveYourDeity release it]] into the body of a believer by [[StalkerWithATestTube seducing]] its current vessel.˛* One young adult ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' novel involved an evil wizard using this as an attempt to access the power and knowledge of a particularly evil ancient sorceress. Sadly for him, it turns out that EvilIsNotAToy.˛* At the end of ''The Last Dark'', the finale ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'' book, Covenant seals GodOfEvil Lord Foul inside [[spoiler:himself. He hopes that eventually he'll be able to change Foul's nature, but ends up withdrawing from the world in order to keep Foul from finding a way to hurt the people around him for the meantime]].˛* In ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheWell'', the woman in black is sealed within Tark's body by five mystic tattoos, and must murder five people to free herself. [[spoiler:The miko Chiyo had also habitually used herself as a person-shaped can for evil spirits, and ended up becoming the woman in black when they overwhelmed her.]]˛* In G.S. Denning's AffectionateParody of SherlockHolmes, ''Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone'', Holmes has trapped the soul of Professor Moriarty within his own body. As a detective, Holmes is a bumbling fool, but Moriarty takes over his voice from time to time in order to contribute his own observations about the cases. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for Holmes and Watson, Moriarty pulls a GrandTheftMe at novel's end.]]˛* In ''Literature/WingsOfFire'', doing this to his enemies is the specialty of [[spoiler:Chameleon]]. He transforms [[spoiler:Hailstorm and Tourmaline.]] into other dragons with a false identity and memories.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Live-Action TV]]˛* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Illyria.˛-->'''Illyria:''' This fate is worse than death. Condemned to live out existence in a vessel incapable of sustaining my true glory. How am I to function with such limitation?\˛'''Lorne:''' Have you ever tried a Sea Breeze?˛* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' ˛** The Hell-Goddess Glory, was imprisoned inside a mortal man named Ben, and protected by an enchantment that made any human (vampires and demons were immune) who learned of their connection to forget it quickly. In the end, [[spoiler:[[BadassBookworm Rupert Giles]] [[ShootTheDog smothers Ben]] to put an end to Glory's threat forever]].˛** Dawn: The anti-Glory "Key" that was hidden by being transformed into a girl living in this world, placed under protection of the Slayer. The "can" was lucky in this case: after the Key had served its purpose, it went out of existence, but Dawn remained as a real girl.˛* ''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.]]˛* ''Series/DoctorWho'' gives us a couple of good examples in the same season:˛** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E8HumanNature "Human Nature"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E9TheFamilyOfBlood "The 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. ˛** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E11Utopia "Utopia"]] has a similar example, [[spoiler:Professor Yana]], who in this case is unwittingly [[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 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.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Tabletop Games]]˛* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has [[DemonicPossession Daemonhosts]], [[TheHeartless daemons]] that hijack a person's body to manifest in our reality, which can also be done ''deliberately'', binding a daemon into a prepared body to bind it and [[KidWithTheLeash use it's power for themselves]]. This is of course [[EvilIsNotAToy horrifically dangerous]], as when it escapes the daemon will ''not'' be happy with whoever bound it. In ''Literature/{{Eisenhorn}}'' killing the host without simultaneously banishing the daemon simply allowed it to transfer to another host, and while official [[StateSec Inquisition]] policy is that the person is killed when their body is taken over, one daemon claims they still remain (not that daemons can be trusted).˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Video Games]]˛* In ''VideoGame/RuneScape'', the demon Agrith-Naar is sealed into the human body Denath by priests to render him powerless. To get around this, he gathered a group of dark wizards to summon a fellow demon, Delrith; when the player slays Delrith, he tricks them into thinking that he is in the [[EldritchLocation Infernal Dimensions]], and the player tries to summon him into the mortal plane to kill him, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero but instead send him back to his home plane, making him far more powerful.]]˛* In ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'', Princess Elise served as Iblis' "can", with her control over her sorrow being the lid -- if she cries, the can is opened and Iblis is unleashed upon the world once more.˛* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', the "sealed evil" is Nyx, an EldritchAbomination and AnthropomorphicPersonification of death -- while the "can" just so happens to be [[spoiler:[[BodyHorror the main character]]]].˛* At the start of ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'' [[OmnicidalManiac Gig]] is moved from the Onyx Blade to Revya.˛* Gilvaroth, the EldritchAbomination BigBad of ''VideoGame/JeanneDArc'', is willingly put inside King Henry V's body to protect him from his political enemies by Duke Bedford, Henry V's own uncle. However, Gilvaroth cannot be destroyed AsLongAsThereIsEvil, and a new vessel must be found. Enter Roger, who had the Reaper [[SevenDeadlySins Ira]] sealed inside him earlier, and volunteers in order to atone. Things go awry as Gilles [[TakingTheBullet takes his place at the last second]]... with [[FridgeBrilliance horrible consequences]] according to RealLife history. Whew! Gilvaroth gets around.˛* In ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'', it turns out Amane had a demon sealed inside of her when she was just a child. Unfortunately, said demon is one of the Bels... not the biggest of the problems caused by this, obviously, but considering the whole [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne fight for the Throne of Bel]]. Poor Amane ''also'' has a higher tier angel stuck in her to help balance out against the bel.˛* ''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.]]˛* In ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' lore, Aegwynn was tricked into unwittingly becoming this for the spirit of Sargeras, the series' BigBad. After defeating his physical form, his spirit entered her body and was later passed to her son, Medivh, who under its influence opened the Dark Portal to allow the Horde to invade Azeroth. Killing Medivh banished Sargeras' spirit back to the Twisting Nether.˛* In ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' lore, it is customary for the [[BigBad Prime Evils]] to spend time inside human hosts -- either as a safety measure, or chained there against their will. When the [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Wanderer]] was tricked into using Diablo's soulstone on himself, he became the unwitting host of the Lord of Terror, and at some unknown point in time lost his will for good. In the distant past, a monk by the name of Tal Rasha decided to [[HeroicSacrifice bind himself to Baal]] to imprison the Lord of Destruction forever and ever. [[DoomedMoralVictor It didn't go so well]].˛* A [[RecycledScript very similar arrangement]] occurs in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. After Arthas is defeated in-game, the heroes realize that his willpower was the only thing preventing the Scourge from launching a frenzied, full-force attack that would annihilate all life on Azeroth. To prevent this from happening, there ''has'' to be a Lich King. [[spoiler:Highlord Bolvar, the former human faction leader]], agrees to take on the role of "Jailor of the Damned".˛* ''VideoGame/WildARMs2'' has two of these. The first is a demon sealed inside the protagonist early in the game, which is kept in check by a magic sword [[spoiler:that sealed the same evil in a more standard can hundreds of years ago]]. Since that worked out so well, the same thing is planned for the Kuiper Core, the main threat of the second disc. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, the Kuiper Core is a ''living universe'', so the can immediately goes from person-shaped to EldritchAbomination. [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu At least you can stab it now.]]]]˛* ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts'' has the BigBad's mind trapped in [[spoiler:the main character]]. TheDragon finds this out at the beginning of the game and spends the entire first half trying to get him possessed.˛* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has a possible ending where the soul of the Archdemon, formerly Urthemiel, Dragon of Beauty, can end up inside [[spoiler:Morrigan's unborn, darkspawn-tainted fetus]]. If this option was taken, in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', you eventually meet this "can" in the form of [[spoiler: Morrigan's ten year old son, Kieran,]] who's a fairly nice boy despite being the host to an Old God--he does, however, make many cryptic remarks, and he appears to be much more ordinary if he was [[spoiler: conceived without the ritual taking place]]. Later in the game, [[spoiler: Flemeth takes the Old God soul out of him, leaving him relatively unharmed in a subversion of the usual trope]].˛* The [=DomZ=], local Eldritch Abominations of ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'', consume the life-force of people harvested/kidnapped from the planets they attack. They've had to step up their eating habits and are attacking Hillis because [[spoiler:the spiritual energy of one of the most powerful [=DomZ=] beings has been locked inside Jade, the player character.]]˛* In ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'', through the "reincarnation" option, [[spoiler:Rozalin is Overlord Zenon]] and still has the latter's original personality buried deep beneath her own personality. Laharl learns the hard way that unleashing it is a really, really bad idea.˛* In ''[[VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic Might and Magic: Heroes VI]]'', Kiril, the protagonist of the [[FireAndBrimstoneHell Inferno]] campaign, ends up sharing his body with Azkaal, a demon prince of destruction.˛* In ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'', the third incarnation of Dark Force is sealed up inside Seth, who joins your party. Creepier than most, in that it's never made clear whether Seth was ever really human, or if he was just a human form. On the one hand, he seems genuinely terrified when he starts to change; on the other, his skill list is 100% dark servitor.˛* The [[UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper "Whytechurch Murderer"]] in ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'' is eventually revealed to be an ancient wizard who tried to banish a powerful demon, and ended up with the demon sharing his body.˛* In the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' franchise, the hearts of many people take refuge, willingly or not, inside the main protagonist Sora for one reason or another, though for most of them he's not aware of it. The BigBad Xehanort also counts, except that he does the reverse [[GrandTheftMe deliberately subjugating others to his will for the sake of his schemes,]] though he ends up in this trope proper a couple of times as a result.˛* In ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta 2}}'', it turns out that [[spoiler:Father Balder, the villain from the previous game, was this for the evil half of the former God of Humankind, named Loptr. The overload of unadulterated evil was what turned him into a monster in the first place]].˛* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', [[spoiler:Zanza]] is sealed inside of [[spoiler:Shulk]]. It's the reason [[spoiler:Shulk can use the Monado and see the future]].˛* In ''VideoGame/YuGiOhReshefOfDestruction'', this is subverted. Tristan is believed to be trapped in a Monkey Robot by Kaiba or Reshef, but he is just absent, and the weak Monkey Robot is coincidentally as weak as Tristan.˛* ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3'' has a disturbing example [[spoiler:with The Purple Guy, his undead corpse sealed inside a rotting springlock suit of Spring Bonnie, hence his now name...]] Springtrap.˛* In ''Franchise/MortalKombat'', thousands of souls; including [[spoiler:the souls of King Jerrod, Kitana's father; & starting from ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', [[BigBad Shao Kahn]] himself]]; are sealed inside Ermac.˛* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series backstory, before recorded history, Jyggalag, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[ControlFreak Order]], grew powerful. The other ([[OrderVersusChaos chaotic-leaning]]) Daedric Princes grew fearful and jealous of his growing power, so they came together and [[IronicHell cursed him]] into [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis becoming his own antithesis]] - Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of [[MadGod Madness]]. However, at the end of every Era, Jyggalag is allowed to return to his true form in an [[EternalRecurrence event known as the Greymarch]]. During this time, he retakes and destroys the Shivering Isles (Sheogorath's and formerly his own [[EldritchLocation Daedric realm]]), only to return to the form of Sheogorath at the end. The main plot of the ''Shivering Isles'' expansion to ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' is Jyggalag attempting to break this ViciousCycle once and for all. [[spoiler:He succeeds in a LiteralSplitPersonalities fashion, freeing himself by [[AGodIsYou passing the mantle]] of Sheogorath onto the [[PlayerCharacter Champion of Cyrodiil]]]].˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Webcomics]]˛* 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. ˛* Played strangely in ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}''. The eventual BigBad is [[spoiler: a demon... sealed in a ''god''. Which has in turn been sealed beneath the earth]].˛* ''Webcomic/LovelyLovecraft'': [[spoiler:The Outer Gods, most notably Nyarlathotep and Azathoth,]] have mysteriously been trapped on Earth in humanoid bodies.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Web Original]]˛* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', Laverna, the Goddess of Thieves, is trapped inside the body of Haruko Mizushima who is at first unaware of the predicament although she realizes it later on when the goddess talks to her while she's asleep.˛* 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.˛* In ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'', [[spoiler:Doctor Insano]] is presented as one of these to [[spoiler:Spoony]]. His inevitable release is a [[Awesome/{{Kickassia}} Crowning Moment of Awesome]] yet still vaguely disturbing.˛* In the ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', SCP-231 plays this trope for extreme horror. They have to do [[NothingIsScarier SOMETHING]] [[FateWorseThanDeath horrific]] to this absurdly young girl a ''minimum'' of once a day to keep said evil inside. Each time one gets out (or the host dies) it's progressively worse, to the point that hers could mean [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Earth says adios]]. WordOfGod says it's ten times worse than whatever your guess is.˛** And it isn't shy about not-so-subtly hinting at where you should ''begin'' guessing. [[spoiler: She is, at the very least, repeatedly and violently raped (possibly while being subject to other tortures), while being forcefully kept conscious so she can't escape the pain. She is fed through a feeding tube and gets water through an IV so she doesn't experience the pleasures of eating, and she is never to be given any medication to dull her pain (and is only to be attended to by doctors who haven't taken the Hippocratic Oath). They wipe her memory every couple of days so her surprise, shock, and sensitivity to pain never drop; with careful timing, they do so when her feelings of despair reach their absolute peak and she is given no time to acclimatize.]]˛** Almost everyone involved with the project begs for a high-class amnesiac to erase the memory of what they've seen, and individuals are to be regularly cycled out of the project for risk of going insane.˛* ''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.˛* 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.]]˛* 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.]]˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Western Animation]]˛* ''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.˛* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' revealed that the origin of the Avatar was the Spirit of Light, Raava, [[SealedGoodInACan getting bound to Wan]], who became the first Avatar.˛* Jean Grey was the "can" for Dark Phoenix in the ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' animated series. Whether this is the case in [[ComicBook/XMen the original comics]] [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on which retcon is considered canon at the moment]].˛[[/folder]]˛----


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: