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5th Feb '16 4:34:29 AM Morgenthaler
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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/{{Doom 3}}''. Completely unrelated to TheArtifact.
1st Feb '16 9:35:33 PM Willbyr
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* The Keyblades from ''KingdomHearts'' shattered the world from one large one into millions of small isolated world-shards, due to a war between good Keyblade wielders and evil ones (the shards were saved from ''total'' destruction by the hearts of children, although the good keyblade wielders may have helped). Not for nothing is the general reaction of people who recognize the Keyblades for what they are something along the lines of "oh god, get away from my world-shard NOW".
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* The Keyblades from ''KingdomHearts'' ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' shattered the world from one large one into millions of small isolated world-shards, due to a war between good Keyblade wielders and evil ones (the shards were saved from ''total'' destruction by the hearts of children, although the good keyblade wielders may have helped). Not for nothing is the general reaction of people who recognize the Keyblades for what they are something along the lines of "oh god, get away from my world-shard NOW".
1st Feb '16 3:59:32 AM NanoMoose
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* [[spoiler:The Apple, aka one of the [[LostTechnology Pieces of Eden]]]] from the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series. As observed by [[spoiler:Alta´r]] in the [[spoiler:Codex]], where he states [[spoiler:"I freed myself. But now I wonder... Did I really? For here I sit ´┐Ż desperate to understand that which I swore to destroy."]].
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* [[spoiler:The Apple, aka one of the [[LostTechnology Pieces of Eden]]]] from the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series. As observed by [[spoiler:Alta´r]] in the [[spoiler:Codex]], where he states [[spoiler:"I freed myself. But now I wonder... Did I really? For here I sit ´┐Ż - desperate to understand that which I swore to destroy."]].

** ''[[InfinityPlusOneSword Vigilance]]'', the sword forged by Wade for the Warden-Commander from the bones of an Ancient Dragon. The epilogue of ''Awakening'' claims it was later stolen by the Antivan Crows and rumours abound that it's steadily [[PowerLevels growing in power]] and possesses [[EmpathicWeapon a will of it's own]].
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** ''[[InfinityPlusOneSword Vigilance]]'', [[InfinityPlusOneSword Vigilance]], the sword forged by Wade for the Warden-Commander from the bones of an Ancient Dragon. The epilogue of ''Awakening'' claims it was later stolen by the Antivan Crows and rumours abound that it's changing hands rapidly, steadily [[PowerLevels growing in power]] power and possesses [[EmpathicWeapon a will of it's its own]].

** The ''True Rune of Punishment'' from ''SuikodenIV'' By the time characters figure out what it is, the rune has killed EVERYONE who is seen using it. In an optional scene, the main character can overhear a discussion where other characters discuss who is going to get the rune next ''after it kills the main character!''
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** The ''True Rune of Punishment'' from ''SuikodenIV'' By the time characters figure out what it is, the rune has killed EVERYONE ''everyone'' who is seen using it. In an optional scene, the main character can overhear a discussion where other characters discuss who is who's going to get the rune next ''after it kills the main character!''

** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' has the Numidium, a HumongousMecha of Dwemer craftsmanship. It was used to forge Tiber Septim's empire and each of the main parties wants the Mantella (Numidum's control rod powered by the soul of the former Imperial Battlemage) for themselves. [[spoiler: [[MultipleEndings Which one gets it is up to the player.]]]] ** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' has the Heart of Lorkhan. The literal heart of the dead creator god. The Dwemer tapped into it using the "tools of Kagrenac" (Wraithguard, Keening, and Sunder) causing them to disappear. [[BigBad Dagoth Ur]] and [[PhysicalGod the Tribunal]] then used the tools and the heart to achieve divinity. [[spoiler: [[PlayerCharacter The Nerevarine]] will need to gather the tools and destroy the heart in order to defeat Dagoth Ur.]]
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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' has the Numidium, a HumongousMecha of Dwemer craftsmanship. craftsmanship which may have been responsible for the Dwemer vanishing utterly. It was used to forge Tiber Septim's empire and each of the main parties wants the Mantella (Numidum's control rod rod, powered by the soul of the former Imperial Battlemage) for themselves. [[spoiler: [[MultipleEndings Which one gets it is up to the player.]]]] ** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' has the Heart of Lorkhan. The literal heart of the dead creator god. The Dwemer tapped into it using the "tools of Kagrenac" (Wraithguard, Keening, and Sunder) Sunder), causing them to disappear. [[BigBad Dagoth Ur]] and [[PhysicalGod the Tribunal]] then used the tools and the heart to achieve divinity. [[spoiler: [[PlayerCharacter The Nerevarine]] will need to gather the tools and destroy the heart in order to defeat Dagoth Ur.]]

*** Another example would be the sword Umbra. The sword absorbs the souls of the people it kills and corrupts the wielder. **** Curiously, using the sword has NO downside whatsoever in game; it's just a really powerful sword with great soul capturing ability. The fact that the sword reappears in different games with different owners is a tad ominous... **** Even weirder, you can enchant ''your own weapons'' to have the same effect as Umbra with no side effects to you or the weapon, despite Umbra supposedly being some incredibly rare uber-evil artifact. **** To be fair the corruption is implied to be somewhat slow, especially on the mighty warrior your character is supposed to be by the time they can actually win the damn fight. Morrowind's Umbra claims to have wielded it for a long time, and seen several wars with it, and the next Umbra was a somewhat unskilled warrior so could have fallen to its corruption much quicker (WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity and all that). **** In ''Literature/TheElderScrolls'' novels, Umbra is too much for even [[spoiler:Clavicus Vile, a ''Daedric Prince'', to handle. It steals a good chunk of his power before he manages to get rid of it.]] ** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' also has several. The Amulet of Kings and the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Mysterium Xarxes]] both play a part in the game's main quest. ** Speaking of corruption: There are a few more (mostly daedric) artifacts that could probably qualify for this rope. Such as the aptly named Skull of Corruption, which in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' [[spoiler: steals dreams of people and gives them nightmares]] or Mehrunes Razor, though, admittedly, for most of the daedric artifacts it's actually only an 'air' of doom that is often also created by the way they are acquired, such as the Ring of Namira in Skyrim, for which [[spoiler: you have to lure a priest to a cave and eat him together with a coven of cannibals]]. * The Mani Mani from ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'' is very desirable, and emits an aura that causes anyone who gets near it to be consumed with greed. These factors allow it to play a prominent role in getting the BigBad to rise to power.
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*** ** Another cross-game example would be the sword Umbra. The sword absorbs the souls of the people it kills and corrupts the wielder. **** Curiously, using the sword has NO downside whatsoever in game; it's just a really powerful sword with great soul capturing ability. The fact that the sword reappears in different games with different owners is a tad ominous... **** Even weirder, you can enchant ''your own weapons'' to have the same effect as Umbra with no side effects to you or the weapon, despite Umbra supposedly being some incredibly rare uber-evil artifact. **** To be fair the corruption is implied to be somewhat slow, especially on the mighty warrior your character is supposed to be by the time they can actually win the damn fight. Morrowind's Umbra claims to have wielded it for a long time, and seen several wars with it, and the next Umbra was a somewhat unskilled warrior so could have fallen to its corruption much quicker (WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity and all that). **** In ''Literature/TheElderScrolls'' novels, Umbra is it was too much for even [[spoiler:Clavicus Vile, a ''Daedric Prince'', to handle. It steals a good chunk of his power before he manages to get rid of it.]] ]] The sword absorbs the souls of the people it kills and corrupts the wielder - one to the point where the sword supplanted her identity and she was known by its name as a remorseless killer. Though it has no apparent effects in gameplay, it always has a new wielder by the next game... ** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' also has several. The Amulet of Kings and the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Mysterium Xarxes]] both play plays a part in the game's main quest. ** Speaking of corruption: There there are a few more (mostly daedric) artifacts that could probably qualify for this rope. Such as the aptly named Skull of Corruption, which in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' [[spoiler: steals dreams of people and gives them nightmares]] or Mehrunes Razor, though, admittedly, for most of the daedric artifacts it's actually only an 'air' of doom that is often also created leant by the way they are they're acquired, such as the Ring of Namira in Skyrim, for which [[spoiler: you have to lure a priest to a cave cave, murder, and eat him together with a coven of cannibals]]. * The Mani Mani from ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'' is very desirable, and emits an aura that causes anyone who gets near it to be consumed with greed. These factors allow it to play a prominent role in getting the BigBad to BigBad's rise to power.

* PandorasBox fits this Trope in most settings, but in ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', it was probably more responsible than Kratos was for what happened. The whole plot starts when Ares opens it, and the evils within it proceed to corrupt the other gods with the evils of the Titanomachy, which caused them to become paranoid and power hungry. Zeus himself fell prey to Fear, causing him to begin his campaign to destroy Kratos and ultimately betray him. In the third game, as Kratos slays each infected god, the evils of the Box are released upon the world, causing cataclysms. When Kratos finally gets ahold of it, he finds it empty, and... [[DarkestHour then the trouble really starts.]] * The Artifact from ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 3''. It was created by the forces of Hell to counter the Soul Cube the martians created to fight them, and to act as a key many years later, when humanity has colonized Mars. It gives the wielder the powers of super speed, OneHitKill, super strength and invulnerability but it has to be fueled by human souls and as long as it's on the living world, Hell'll always have a way into the world and the only way to make sure that Hell wouldn't conquer Earth is to destroy The Artifact in Hell for good... which [[spoiler:Betruger]] will not tolerate.
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* PandorasBox fits this Trope in most settings, but in ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', it was probably more responsible than Kratos was for what happened. The whole plot starts when Ares opens it, and the evils within it proceed to corrupt the other gods with the evils of the Titanomachy, which caused them to become paranoid and power hungry.power-hungry. Zeus himself fell prey to Fear, causing him to begin his campaign to destroy Kratos and ultimately betray him. In the third game, as Kratos slays each infected god, the evils of the Box are released upon the world, causing cataclysms. When Kratos finally gets ahold of it, he finds it empty, and... [[DarkestHour then the trouble really starts.]] * The Artifact from ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 3''. It was created by the forces of Hell to counter the Soul Cube the martians created to fight them, and to act as a key many years later, later when humanity has colonized Mars. It gives the wielder the powers of super speed, OneHitKill, super strength and invulnerability but it has to be fueled fuelled by human souls and as long as it's on the living world, Hell'll always have a way into the world and the there. The only way to make sure that Hell wouldn't won't conquer Earth is to destroy The Artifact in Hell for good... which [[spoiler:Betruger]] will not tolerate.

* [[spoiler:The Patriots]] in the ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' series are in fact [[spoiler:four computers built by the aging leader of a conspiracy who no longer trusted his co-conspirators to be completely loyal to the cause. Eventually they did no longer obey him, kept him as their prisoner, and went for full out world domination.]]

* ''Department 42: The Mystery of the Nine'' involves the recovery of nine cursed artifacts with a limited intelligence that enabled them to escape the safekeeping of the [=titular=] agency and do various funky things to their unlucky possessors.
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* ''Department 42: The Mystery of the Nine'' involves the recovery of nine cursed artifacts with a limited intelligence that enabled them to escape the safekeeping of the [=titular=] eponymous agency and do various funky things to their unlucky possessors.

** In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' [[AllLovingHero Twilight Sparkle]]'s own [[CareBearStare Element Of Harmony]] is shown to be able to cause a horrific {{Painful Transformation}} {{Baleful Polymorph}} that can create an army of zombies in the wrong hands. Not a straight example, since it usually is implied to be an artifact of ultimate good and it's vague if the ensuing megalomania involved in the transformation was always part of [[spoiler:[[TheSociopath Sunset]]]]'s personality or a result of the change, but still a notable case since her evil was amplified quite a bit by its usage by somebody other than Twilight.
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** In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' [[AllLovingHero Twilight Sparkle]]'s own [[CareBearStare Element Of Harmony]] is shown to be able to cause a horrific {{Painful Transformation}} {{Baleful Polymorph}} that can create an army of zombies in the wrong hands. Not a straight example, since it usually is implied to be an artifact of ultimate good and it's vague if the ensuing megalomania involved in the transformation was always part of [[spoiler:[[TheSociopath Sunset]]]]'s personality or a result of the change, but still a notable case since her evil was amplified quite a bit by its usage when used by somebody other than Twilight.
8th Jan '16 7:27:52 PM nombretomado
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* The Terror Mask from the ''{{Splatterhouse}}'' series is a sentient, diabolic mask (roughly shaped like a grinning skull) that grants its wearer tremendous power. Its true goal is a BatmanGambit to ''take over Hell''.
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* The Terror Mask from the ''{{Splatterhouse}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Splatterhouse}}'' series is a sentient, diabolic mask (roughly shaped like a grinning skull) that grants its wearer tremendous power. Its true goal is a BatmanGambit to ''take over Hell''.
4th Jan '16 4:37:54 PM nombretomado
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* The demonic sword Soul Edge from the ''SoulSeries'' of fighting games. The sword invades the mind of its wielder and turns it into its host body, removing his self-consciousness and turning him into a bloodlusting machine whose only goal is to offer the souls of those he slay to the sword. The sword's influence can also affect the user's physical appearance in varying degrees, the most common effect being a demon-looking deformed arm. ** In ''SoulCalibur IV'', some of the characters' story paths imply that [[spoiler:Soul Calibur, the "good" counterpart of Soul Edge, may be evil as well. In one ending, it "covers the world with crystals in an eternal utopia"; essentially trapping the world in stasis forever.]] *** [[spoiler:LightIsNotGood. Considering that SoulCalibur was created from a piece of Soul Edge, we probably should've seen this one coming...]] *** Confirmed in ''SoulCalibur V'': [[spoiler: Soul Calibur has an avatar named Elysium living within it (just as Soul Edge has Inferno) who seeks this "eternal utopia", and [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith takes the form of Sophitia]] to trick Patroklos into doing its bidding]].
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* The demonic sword Soul Edge from the ''SoulSeries'' ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'' of fighting games. The sword invades the mind of its wielder and turns it into its host body, removing his self-consciousness and turning him into a bloodlusting machine whose only goal is to offer the souls of those he slay to the sword. The sword's influence can also affect the user's physical appearance in varying degrees, the most common effect being a demon-looking deformed arm. ** In ''SoulCalibur ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur IV'', some of the characters' story paths imply that [[spoiler:Soul Calibur, the "good" counterpart of Soul Edge, may be evil as well. In one ending, it "covers the world with crystals in an eternal utopia"; essentially trapping the world in stasis forever.]] *** [[spoiler:LightIsNotGood. Considering that SoulCalibur [=SoulCalibur=] was created from a piece of Soul Edge, we probably should've seen this one coming...]] *** Confirmed in ''SoulCalibur ''[=SoulCalibur=] V'': [[spoiler: Soul Calibur has an avatar named Elysium living within it (just as Soul Edge has Inferno) who seeks this "eternal utopia", and [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith takes the form of Sophitia]] to trick Patroklos into doing its bidding]].
1st Jan '16 5:01:57 PM jormis29
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* ''ComicBook/TrinityWar'' has Pandora's Box, which contained the Seven Deadly Sins of Man and can also re-contain them. It can only be opened by those with the [[PureIsNotGood strongest or darkest heart]]. Those that aren't get corrupted by it when they hold it. [[spoiler: And in the finale, it turns out to be an advanced piece of technology that opens a doorway to Earth 3, the birthplace of evil, and allows the [[EvilCounterpart Crime Syndicate]] to arrive on the Prime Earth.]]
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* ''ComicBook/TrinityWar'' has Pandora's Box, PandorasBox, which contained the Seven Deadly Sins of Man and can also re-contain them. It can only be opened by those with the [[PureIsNotGood strongest or darkest heart]]. Those that aren't get corrupted by it when they hold it. [[spoiler: And in the finale, it turns out to be an advanced piece of technology that opens a doorway to Earth 3, the birthplace of evil, and allows the [[EvilCounterpart Crime Syndicate]] to arrive on the Prime Earth.]]

* Pandora's Box fits this Trope in most settings, but in ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', it was probably more responsible than Kratos was for what happened. The whole plot starts when Ares opens it, and the evils within it proceed to corrupt the other gods with the evils of the Titanomachy, which caused them to become paranoid and power hungry. Zeus himself fell prey to Fear, causing him to begin his campaign to destroy Kratos and ultimately betray him. In the third game, as Kratos slays each infected god, the evils of the Box are released upon the world, causing cataclysms. When Kratos finally gets ahold of it, he finds it empty, and... [[DarkestHour then the trouble really starts.]]
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* Pandora's Box PandorasBox fits this Trope in most settings, but in ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', it was probably more responsible than Kratos was for what happened. The whole plot starts when Ares opens it, and the evils within it proceed to corrupt the other gods with the evils of the Titanomachy, which caused them to become paranoid and power hungry. Zeus himself fell prey to Fear, causing him to begin his campaign to destroy Kratos and ultimately betray him. In the third game, as Kratos slays each infected god, the evils of the Box are released upon the world, causing cataclysms. When Kratos finally gets ahold of it, he finds it empty, and... [[DarkestHour then the trouble really starts.]]
30th Dec '15 11:56:03 PM jormis29
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* The Ark of the Covenant from ''Literature/TheBible''. More of a case of HolyIsNotSafe than a bringer of disaster, at least within authentic Judeo-Christian texts: anyone who touched the Ark without the proper ceremonies being observed would be instantly struck dead. This is why it is always depicted as being carried on staves. But, when used in accordance with God's commands, the Ark would cause good things to happen for Israel. In several cases where the Ark was captured by powers hostile to Israel, however, it is depicted as bringing disaster upon them ({{God}} apparently doesn't like it when His holy artifact is being kept as a trophy).
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* The Ark of the Covenant TheArkOfTheCovenant from ''Literature/TheBible''. More of a case of HolyIsNotSafe than a bringer of disaster, at least within authentic Judeo-Christian texts: anyone who touched the Ark without the proper ceremonies being observed would be instantly struck dead. This is why it is always depicted as being carried on staves. But, when used in accordance with God's commands, the Ark would cause good things to happen for Israel. In several cases where the Ark was captured by powers hostile to Israel, however, it is depicted as bringing disaster upon them ({{God}} apparently doesn't like it when His holy artifact is being kept as a trophy).
21st Dec '15 11:03:53 PM Sugao
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* The Destruct Code in ''Anime/SandsOfDestruction'' is suspected to be this. It appears as a little black sphere, which supposedly has the ability to destroy the world. However, Morte has no idea how to use it, though it seems to react to Kyrie, glowing with a mass of tentacles and eyes whenever he touches it. [[spoiler:It turns out that the sphere is nothing more than a memory storage device for Kyrie, the one who is ''actually'' able to destroy the world. Without it, he's an amnesiac and has no clue about his own powers. However, even he doesn't figure out how to trigger it - or even realize that he should try - and get his memories back until the final episode.]]
20th Dec '15 4:10:21 AM StFan
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* In ''The Skull of Agarash'' graphic novel, a spin-off from the ''Literature/LoneWolf'' series, the eponymous demonic cranium is yet another evil artifact that needs to be destroyed by Lone Wolf.
20th Dec '15 4:06:33 AM StFan
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** A weird example is the Moonstone, a GOOD Artifact of Doom: crops grow better, children are born healthier, summers are longer... but it threatens to destroy the natural equilibrium of Magnamund. *** The ''Legends of Lone Wolf'' series elaborates. The gods have literally set up a BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil. The Shianti were outsiders who meant well, but by putting the Moonstone into Magnumund; this gives [[GodOfEvil Naar]] the right to match it.
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** A weird example is the Moonstone, a GOOD Artifact of Doom: crops grow better, children are born healthier, summers are longer... but it threatens to destroy the natural equilibrium of Magnamund. *** Magnamund. The ''Legends of Lone Wolf'' series elaborates. The elaborates: the gods have literally set up a BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil. The Shianti were outsiders who meant well, but by putting the Moonstone into Magnumund; Magnumund, this gives [[GodOfEvil Naar]] the right to match it.
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