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17th Feb '18 7:58:00 PM JackG
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* Lampshaded in ''Literature/BrokenAngels'' where the MacGuffin is a Martian spaceship. [[spoiler:Turns out the local revolutionary group had already found the vessel, which they were planning to use a bargaining chip to achieve independence from the UN Protectorate. However the spaceship turns out to be a warship; on realising they had a WeaponOfMassDestruction they could use to crush the Protectorate, the archaeologist who's helping them is horrified to see them become DrunkWithPower like they were being influenced by this trope, so she decides to KillEmAll to avert this.]]



* Lampshaded in ''Literature/BrokenAngels'' where the MacGuffin is a Martian spaceship. [[spoiler:Turns out the local revolutionary group had already found the vessel, which they were planning to use a bargaining chip to achieve independence from the UN Protectorate. However the spaceship turns out to be a warship; on realising they had a WeaponOfMassDestruction they could use to crush the Protectorate, the archaeologist who's helping them is horrified to see them become DrunkWithPower like they were being influenced by this trope, so she decides to KillEmAll to avert this.]]

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* Lampshaded in ''Literature/BrokenAngels'' where the MacGuffin is a Martian spaceship. [[spoiler:Turns out the local revolutionary group had already found the vessel, which they were planning to use a bargaining chip to achieve independence from the UN Protectorate. However the spaceship turns out to be a warship; on realising they had a WeaponOfMassDestruction they could use to crush the Protectorate, the archaeologist who's helping them is horrified to see them become DrunkWithPower like they were being influenced by this trope, so she decides to KillEmAll to avert this.]]

17th Feb '18 7:57:05 PM JackG
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* Lampshaded in ''Literature/BrokenAngels'' where the MacGuffin is a Martian spaceship. [[spoiler:Turns out the local revolutionary group had already found the vessel, which they were planning to use a bargaining chip to achieve independence from the UN Protectorate. However the spaceship turns out to be a warship; on realising they had a WeaponOfMassDestruction they could use to crush the Protectorate, the archaeologist who's helping them is horrified to see them become DrunkWithPower like they were being influenced by this trope, so she decides to KillEmAll to avert this.]]
2nd Feb '18 1:45:50 PM morenohijazo
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* ''VideoGame/RandalsMonday'': The ring is this incarnate. Those who touch it end up having their minds distorted and actions manipulated by the object's will, if the business bum is to be believed. Add in its incredible power, and it could potentially turn someone into a mad god.
1st Feb '18 7:32:08 AM IsadorLevi
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** The Third Edition supplement ''Arms of the Chosen'' contained examples such as the Forgotten Blade (a sword with powers to erase the memories of those struck by it, and ultimately erase people killed by it from the memories of others), Stormcaller (a katana containing a demon that causes a hurricane to start building every time it's unsheathed, and tries to instil a love of destruction in the wielder), Gorgon (a sword made from the prison of an EldritchAbomination, that can [[TakenForGranite turn people to stone]] and feeds on them), and Karvara, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Walking Devil Tower]] (a [[{{Mecha}} warstrider]] acting as the prison for a reality devouring EldrithAbomination, that can [[{{UnPerson erase people from existence]] by eating them, and [[DemonicPossession takes control of its pilot]] when they Limit Break).
15th Jan '18 12:11:47 PM ZimFan89
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* ''Fanfic/GuardiansWizardsAndKungFuFighters'' has the Sword of the Berserker, also called the Sword of Thanatos, forged from the remains of the demon Abaddon. It can OneHitKill anything, but it also [[TheCorruption corrupts]] the user, turning them into a mindless [[TheBerserker Berserker]].
14th Jan '18 5:04:37 AM StFan
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Not to be confused with the Artifact of ''VideoGame/{{Doom 3}}''. Completely unrelated to TheArtifact.

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Not to be confused with the Artifact of ''VideoGame/{{Doom 3}}''.''VideoGame/Doom3''. Completely unrelated to TheArtifact.



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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''

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** The quintessential example is [[RingOfPower The One Ring]] from Tolkien's ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. The Ring [[AmplifierArtifact grants power proportional to that of the wielder]], so the effect on a mere {{hobbit|s}} is minimal (it just helps them "disappear" and makes them live forever), but in the hands of an elven mage or a demigod like Gandalf, it's a [[GameBreaker world-breaking]] artifact. The downside is: it contains the spirit of its maker, the Dark Lord Sauron (aka the Necromancer), so it will eventually corrupt anyone who wears it, or owns it, or even sees it. Also, it's virtually indestructible, and the quest to destroy it takes about three-quarters of the plot.

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** The quintessential example is [[RingOfPower The One Ring]] from Tolkien's ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. The Ring [[AmplifierArtifact grants power proportional to that of the wielder]], so the effect on a mere {{hobbit|s}} is minimal (it just helps them "disappear" and makes them live forever), but in the hands of an elven mage or a demigod like Gandalf, it's a [[GameBreaker world-breaking]] artifact. The downside is: it contains the spirit of its maker, the Dark Lord Sauron (aka (a.k.a. the Necromancer), so it will eventually corrupt anyone who wears it, or owns it, or even sees it. Also, it's virtually indestructible, and the quest to destroy it takes about three-quarters of the plot.



* In Creator/DanAbnett's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' Literature/HorusHeresy novel ''Legion'', learning of the Black Cube causes the Cabal to change their plans. [[spoiler:They give up their subtlety to openly contact the Alpha Legion and tell them they must flee the planet at once: their enemies are using the BloodMagic to bring about the Black Dawn, which [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt will wipe life from the planet]].]]

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* In Creator/DanAbnett's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' Literature/HorusHeresy novel ''Legion'', learning of the Black Cube causes the Cabal to change their plans. [[spoiler:They give up their subtlety to openly contact the Alpha Legion and tell them they must flee the planet at once: their enemies are using the BloodMagic to bring about the Black Dawn, which [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt will wipe life from the planet]].]]



* The source of Prismia’s power in ''Literature/TwilightSparkleAndTheCrystalHeartSpell'', was an amulet similar to the Alicorn Amulet.

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* The source of Prismia’s Prismia's power in ''Literature/TwilightSparkleAndTheCrystalHeartSpell'', was ''Literature/TwilightSparkleAndTheCrystalHeartSpell'' is an amulet similar to the Alicorn Amulet.



** The Demon Lord Orcus (the one who [[OrcusOnHisThrone has a Trope named after him]]) owns one of the most dreaded artifacts in the game, the Wand of Orcus, which is actually a rod topped with a skull. (In the 4th Edition, the shaft is part of a vertebra.) Orcus rarely lets it out of his sight, but some sources say that he "lends" it to worshippers occasionally to spread evil and chaos. The Wand not only kills victims, it turns them into powerful undead monsters under Orcus' control. (Just which type depends on which edition of the game.) No-one can agree on just who the skull used to belong to; some claim it was a god of goodness and light who Orcus murdered, while others say it was a great mortal hero who challenged him and failed (though, if that is true, magic must have been used to enlarge it). Whatever the case, the goodness of the soul the skull once belonged to [[ForcedIntoEvil has been corrupted into blackest evil.]]

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** The Demon Lord Orcus (the one who [[OrcusOnHisThrone has a Trope named after him]]) owns one of the most dreaded artifacts in the game, the Wand of Orcus, which is actually a rod topped with a skull. (In the 4th Edition, the shaft is part of a vertebra.) Orcus rarely lets it out of his sight, but some sources say that he "lends" it to worshippers worshipers occasionally to spread evil and chaos. The Wand not only kills victims, it turns them into powerful undead monsters under Orcus' control. (Just which type depends on which edition of the game.) No-one can agree on just who the skull used to belong to; some claim it was a god of goodness and light who Orcus murdered, while others say it was a great mortal hero who challenged him and failed (though, if that is true, magic must have been used to enlarge it). Whatever the case, the goodness of the soul the skull once belonged to [[ForcedIntoEvil has been corrupted into blackest evil.]]



** The Book of Keeping is not truly a cursed artifact, but still a dangerous one in the Dungeons & Dragons world. This book contains information on summoning powerful yugoloths, even giving the true names of a few of them. No-one knows who wrote it -- given that he would likely be the yugoloths' most hated enemy, he may no longer be alive. At least four copies of the Book exist, although some say as many as seven, and their owners tend to change frequently.

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** The Book of Keeping is not truly a cursed artifact, but still a dangerous one in the Dungeons ''Dungeons & Dragons Dragons'' world. This book contains information on summoning powerful yugoloths, even giving the true names of a few of them. No-one knows who wrote it -- given that he would likely be the yugoloths' most hated enemy, he may no longer be alive. At least four copies of the Book exist, although some say as many as seven, and their owners tend to change frequently.




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* The Ignika in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''. On top of that, it was made exactly like the One Ring.
** The nui stone may also count as this.
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* Windows installation disks are treated this way in ''Webcomic/UserFriendly''. One was once microwaved (with the goal of creating the pretty effect created inthe plastic by destroying a CD this way). It ''crashed the microwave''. Piotr suggested putting an Elder Sign Seal on it and leaving it alone.

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* Windows installation disks are treated this way in ''Webcomic/UserFriendly''. One was once microwaved (with the goal of creating the pretty effect created inthe in the plastic by destroying a CD this way). It ''crashed the microwave''. Piotr suggested putting an Elder Sign Seal on it and leaving it alone.



* ''WebVideo/TheAdventuresOfTheLeagueOfSTEAM'': In the webisode, "Curses!", the League have a cursed artifact appraised, in a curio shop run by [[Series/MythBusters Grant Imahara]] that apparently specializes in ArtifactsOfDoom. When our heroes realize what they have they keep passing it to each other, greatly confusing the {{Mummy}} that's [[FailedASpotCheck sneaking up on them with hands outstretched]].

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* ''WebVideo/TheAdventuresOfTheLeagueOfSTEAM'': In the webisode, webisode "Curses!", the League have a cursed artifact appraised, in a curio shop run by [[Series/MythBusters Grant Imahara]] that apparently specializes in ArtifactsOfDoom.Artifacts of Doom. When our heroes realize what they have they keep passing it to each other, greatly confusing the {{Mummy}} that's [[FailedASpotCheck sneaking up on them with hands outstretched]].
14th Jan '18 2:58:38 AM Scrounge
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* A substance rather than an object, but otherwise, Dark Energon from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', which is said to be the blood of [[EldritchAbomination Unicron]], fits the bill perfectly. Turns dead Cybertronians into mindless berserker zombies. Powers up Megatron, but likely at a horrible cost to his sanity... He claims he can hear Unicron speaking to him, and it's ''entirely posible'' he isn't hallucinating, but it'd probably be more reassuring if he ''is''. Can also be hazardous to your health just to be in contact with... Just ask Arcee or Raf, the first becomes dizzy and sick after contact with the stuff, while Megatron nearly ''kills'' the latter with it. If that isn't bad enough, Megatron forgeq himself a sword made out of the stuff that [[spoiler: shatterq the Star Saber.]] One final side effect is revealed during [[GrandFinale Predacons Rising]]. Anyone who dies with Dark Energon in their system is not allowed to enter the [[BarredFromTheAfterlife afterlife]] and can be [[DemonicPossession possessed]] by Unicron as puppet.

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* A substance rather than an object, but otherwise, Dark Energon from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', which is said to be the blood of [[EldritchAbomination Unicron]], fits the bill perfectly. Turns dead Cybertronians into mindless berserker zombies. Powers up Megatron, but likely at a horrible cost to his sanity... He claims he can hear Unicron speaking to him, and it's ''entirely posible'' he isn't hallucinating, but it'd probably be more reassuring if he ''is''. Can also be hazardous to your health just to be in contact with... Just ask Arcee or Raf, the first becomes dizzy and sick after contact with the stuff, while Megatron nearly ''kills'' the latter with it. If that isn't bad enough, Megatron forgeq forges himself a sword made out of the stuff that [[spoiler: shatterq shatters the Star Saber.]] One final side effect is revealed during [[GrandFinale Predacons Rising]]. Anyone who dies with Dark Energon in their system is not allowed to enter the [[BarredFromTheAfterlife afterlife]] and can be [[DemonicPossession possessed]] by Unicron as puppet.
9th Jan '18 8:09:00 AM Oxxi
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* In ''Literature/DragonBones'' the eponymous dragon bones will grant someone without magical abilities those abilities, if consumed in pulverized form regularly. If the one who drinks a beverage mixed with pulverized dragon bones had magical abilities to begin with, they will become insanely powerful. This is why it is so important to prevent the villains from getting the bones. Dragons usually eat their dead, so that humans can't play with the bones, and seem not to be affected by it. [[spoiler: In the end, the dragon bones are ground and ploughed into the fields, which not only prevents abuse, but is also a great fertilizer. Apparently, the plants grown in it aren't magical.]] While the bones aren't exactly ''evil'', the protagonists don't even ''think'' about consuming them, as all heroic characters who are knowledgeable about the magical properties agree that it would be a very, very bad idea, presumably because power corrupts.
5th Jan '18 10:09:37 AM ShinyManaphy
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* The Grand Relics in ''Podcast/TheAdventureZoneBalance'' are a set of seven incredibly powerful magical items which cast a powerful thrall over anyone who picks them up. They encourage their new owners to use them, invariably with catastrophic results. The Bureau of Balance is trying to find and destroy them so that they can't do any more damage. [[spoiler:As it turns out, it's more complicated than that. They were originally intended to protect the world, not destroy it, but that didn't really pan out...]]
29th Dec '17 12:38:18 PM lakingsif
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* The ''VideoGame/BlackMirror'' trilogy has the titular Black Mirror. [[spoiler: Hidden in a massive cave system under the castle of the same name, it transports the souls of anyone evil who dies near it to some kind of hellish dimension (if not ''the'' Hell), generates shadow versions of people that can torture said souls or kill the living, and literally radiates evil that only certain people can resist. It's heavily implied that the trilogy's BigBad Mordred was a heroic person until he was corrupted while studying it. No one knows why it exists or who made it, but one character claims there's proof that it's as old as the universe itself.]]

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* The ''VideoGame/BlackMirror'' ''VideoGame/BlackMirrorVideoGames'' trilogy has the titular Black Mirror. [[spoiler: Hidden in a massive cave system under the castle of the same name, it transports the souls of anyone evil who dies near it to some kind of hellish dimension (if not ''the'' Hell), generates shadow versions of people that can torture said souls or kill the living, and literally radiates evil that only certain people can resist. It's heavily implied that the trilogy's BigBad Mordred was a heroic person until he was corrupted while studying it. No one knows why it exists or who made it, but one character claims there's proof that it's as old as the universe itself.]]
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