- Aladdin shows that until his lamp is rubbed, a genie's existence is depressingly restrictive and empty. They are near omnipotent, but until summoned are confined in that small object with nothing to do - as Genie summed up: "PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWERS - itty bitty living space". And before Aladdin released him, Genie had to wait for ten thousand years! Jafar was bound to the same fate when he requested to become a genie himself, becoming sealed in his own lamp, which Genie then tossed away. However, Jafar dragged Iago along while being sucked by the lamp, and the sequel Aladdin: The Return of Jafar shows the lamp only resurfaced because the parrot managed to get through its nozzle and then dig through tons of sand. Iago even notes "If it weren't for me, you'd be stuck down there forever!"
- Antonia Chillingsworth in the animated interquel Dark Fury. She keeps criminals frozen into statues, and well... I'll let her explain it.Antonia: They are all very much alive. Each one sustained in a form of cryo so profound... That seconds seem weeks, and to blink an eye is a day's work. The brain, however, continues to function unimpeded. The mind continues to think and feel, swarming with whatever dark thoughts it's trapped alone with, as it will be for hundreds of years. So much more fitting a fate than dropping them off at the nearest slam.
- The LEGO Movie:
- Master Builders are locked up by the Big Bad in "Think Tanks", machines that suck away all of their creativity... while they're fully conscious. Yikes.
- Anyone affected by the Kragle is completely frozen in place. The Big Bad's plan was to inflict this on the whole universe so that nobody would be able to mess up his stuff.
- This also happens to Emmet after he falls off the edge of the universe.
- Tai Lung in Kung Fu Panda was locked away for twenty years, in the bottom of a Tailor-Made Prison. His arms were held tight by chains, and his back covered with a turtle-like shell that prevented him from moving anything but his tail. It's not strange he is absolutely pissed when he escapes, and he already had anger management problems.
- Hoodwinked has this gem from "Be Prepared":Ohhhhh an avalanche is coming and I do not feel prepared
It's running like a mountain lion, I must say that I'm scared
But if not for the witch's spell, you'd hear just how I scream
But since I'm only singing, I'll just yodel 'til we're creamed!
- Scooby-Doo Direct-to-Video Film Series:
- The zombies from Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island. They were once normal people who had their life force drained by the cat people, turning them into immortal zombie monsters but still retain their consciousness.
- The fate of Ben Ravencroft from Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost. Sarah pulls off a Taking You with Me by sealing him inside of her wicked book, making him suffer an eternity of being mercilessly haunted by her.
- In Frankencreepy, it's implied that Velma is aware of the terrible things she's doing while she's hypnotized.
- Penguins of Madagascar: Dave's ultimate fate - trapped inside a snow globe.
- Wreck-It Ralph:
- Turbo's death. In his Cy Bug form, he's forced to fly towards the beacon and be incinerated... while being aware the whole time.
- This is also the general concept of the movie: Ralph is always — always — the bad guy in Fix-It Felix Jr. The Nicelanders always treat him like garbage, he's always thrown off the roof, and then it all starts all over again. And if he (or any other video game character) ever leaves his own game, the game itself will be unplugged, leaving every resident homeless (or, if they're still in the game world when it's unplugged, sucked into an endless black void). The plot kicks off when Ralph has been doing this for thirty years, and finally can't take it any more, which is why he leaves his game in an attempt to become a hero.
- Toy Story: The number one rule of being a toy is that you must always pretend to be lifeless if you can be seen by a human. Even if you know that a human is about to do something horrible, including strapping an explosive to your body.
- Toy Story 2: Jessie, Bullseye, and Stinky Pete having been kept in storage for who knows how long. It can be reasonably assumed that they were conscious of it at the time, based on Jessie's reaction to the prospect of going back into the storage box. Then there is the idea of them being sold to the museum and ultimately being trapped in a glass case for who knows how long.
- In Toy Story 3, the Big Bad, Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear, gets strapped to the front of a garbage truck as an ornament, doomed to be pelted with dead bugs and the elements while being unable to move for years to come.
- In the film, Rise of the Guardians, Jack Frost's whole existence is exactly this. After dying to save his younger sister from falling in an icy pond, he is revived by The Man in the Moon and forced to wander for 300 years in silence. No one can see him, no one can hear him, no one even knows he exists. He has had minimal contact with other spirits of his kind, but it was never really confirmed he had someone to call a friend. Even worse, Jack has no memories of his past and was forced into isolation without even knowing why, no matter how much he pleaded to The Man in the Moon.
And I Must Scream / Animated Films