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23rd May '16 7:59:58 AM Willbyr
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8th Apr '16 10:24:58 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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** TheArkOfTheCovenant, in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', supposedly grants the owner great power, and may be used as a Radio to God. However, opening the ark releases the Wrath of God, and anyone who looks upon the spirits that are released dies an extremely gruesome death. Arguably, it's less about ANYONE than "anyone who opens/handles/misuses the Ark with bad intent." The ancient Israelites (at least within the movie 'verse) did use it to make armies invincible and topple kingdoms. The Ark leaves Indy and Marion unharmed less because the angels automatically kill than because Indy knows not to look -- he respects the power of the Ark and by extension the "Hebrew God whose Ark this is". Belloq and ThoseWackyNazis ape Jewish rituals (even {{Lampshaded}} by one of the Nazi officers) and assume they only need to dress up and say the right words to make the magic box work. They don't die so much because they opened the Ark, but because they did so out of hubris (and also, y'know, because they're Nazis, and God is protective of his chosen people).

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** TheArkOfTheCovenant, in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', supposedly grants the owner great power, and may be used as a Radio to God. However, opening the ark releases the Wrath of God, and anyone who looks upon the spirits that are released dies an extremely gruesome death. Arguably, it's less about ANYONE ''anyone'' than "anyone anyone who opens/handles/misuses tries to use the Ark with ''with bad intent." intent''. The ancient Israelites (at least within the movie 'verse) did use it to make armies invincible and topple kingdoms. The Ark leaves Indy and Marion unharmed less because the angels automatically kill than because Indy knows not to look -- he respects the power of the Ark and by extension the "Hebrew God whose Ark this is". Belloq and ThoseWackyNazis ape Jewish rituals (even {{Lampshaded}} by one of the Nazi officers) and assume they only need to dress up and say the right words to make the magic box work. They don't die so much because they opened the Ark, but because they did so out of hubris (and also, y'know, because they're Nazis, and God is protective of his chosen people).hubris.
8th Apr '16 10:20:38 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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** TheArkOfTheCovenant, in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', supposedly grants the owner great power, and may be used as a Radio to God. However, opening the ark releases the Wrath of God, and anyone who looks upon the spirits that are released dies an extremely gruesome death. Arguably, it's less about ANYONE than "anyone who opens/handles/misuses the Ark with bad intent." The ancient Israelites (at least within the movie 'verse) did use it to make armies invincible and topple kingdoms. The Ark leaves Indy and Marion unharmed less because the angels automatically kill than because Indy knows not to look -- he respects the power of the Ark and by extension the "Hebrew God whose Ark this is". Belloq and the Nazis ape Jewish rituals (even {{Lampshaded}} by one of the Nazi officers) and assume they only need to dress up and say the right words to make the magic box work. They don't die so much because they opened the Ark, but because they did so out of hubris.

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** TheArkOfTheCovenant, in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', supposedly grants the owner great power, and may be used as a Radio to God. However, opening the ark releases the Wrath of God, and anyone who looks upon the spirits that are released dies an extremely gruesome death. Arguably, it's less about ANYONE than "anyone who opens/handles/misuses the Ark with bad intent." The ancient Israelites (at least within the movie 'verse) did use it to make armies invincible and topple kingdoms. The Ark leaves Indy and Marion unharmed less because the angels automatically kill than because Indy knows not to look -- he respects the power of the Ark and by extension the "Hebrew God whose Ark this is". Belloq and the Nazis ThoseWackyNazis ape Jewish rituals (even {{Lampshaded}} by one of the Nazi officers) and assume they only need to dress up and say the right words to make the magic box work. They don't die so much because they opened the Ark, but because they did so out of hubris.hubris (and also, y'know, because they're Nazis, and God is protective of his chosen people).



** In short, the moral of both movies is probably, "Don't take things that belong to someone else, ''especially'' things with powers bestowed by the will of God himself". Of course, as obvious as that should be, the villains in the movies [[TooDumbToLive clearly didn't know better]].

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** In short, the moral of both movies is probably, "Don't take things that belong to someone else, ''especially'' things with powers bestowed by the will of God himself". Of course, as obvious as that should be, the villains in the movies [[TooDumbToLive [[GenreBlind clearly didn't know better]].
30th Mar '16 6:58:38 AM DarkDuel
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* 'La Fin Absolue du Monde' in the ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "Cigarette Burns". Pretty much anyone involved in the production of this film-within-a-film died because of it, as do people who try to go look for it.

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* 'La Fin Absolue du Monde' in the ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "Cigarette Burns". Pretty much anyone involved in the production of this film-within-a-film died because of it, as do people who try to go look for it. Somewhat appropriately, the title translates from French to "The Absolute End of the World".
29th Mar '16 9:59:28 PM ObsidianFire
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* One of three henchmen tasked with retrieving {{McGuffin}}s for fully regenerating the Mummy in ''Film/TheMummyReturns'' is GenreSavvy enough to know that what they're doing is cursed...so much so that another of the henchmen [[LampshadeHanging teases him harshly about his continual warnings]]. Turns out, his warnings were all too true. That said, it never actually stops him from doing any of it or even just hightailing it out of there.

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* One of three henchmen tasked with retrieving {{McGuffin}}s for fully regenerating the Mummy in ''Film/TheMummyReturns'' is GenreSavvy smart enough to know that what they're doing is cursed...so much so that another of the henchmen [[LampshadeHanging teases him harshly about his continual warnings]]. Turns out, his warnings were all too true. That said, it never actually stops him from doing any of it or even just hightailing it out of there.
29th Mar '16 2:18:16 AM jormis29
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* The Ark of the Covenant in ''Literature/TheBible''. If anyone who wasn't ''specifically authorized'' to touch the Ark did so, God would kill them right there.

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* The Ark of the Covenant TheArkOfTheCovenant in ''Literature/TheBible''. If anyone who wasn't ''specifically authorized'' to touch the Ark did so, God would kill them right there.
20th Mar '16 12:21:28 PM Lopiny
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* The short cartoon ''Awfully Lucky'' has the Paradox Pearl, which grants its holder incredibly good luck -- followed immediately by incredibly BAD luck.

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* The short cartoon ''Awfully Lucky'' has the Paradox Pearl, which grants its holder incredibly good luck -- followed immediately by incredibly BAD luck. The end result for the protagonist was strokes of immense luck, followed by unsurvivable calamities, followed by enough luck to ''survive'' those calamities, and so on until he throws it away, having needed half his body rebuilt.
18th Feb '16 7:27:46 PM GrammarNavi
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* In the PS2 ''VideoGame/{{Shinobi}},'' main character Hotsuma wields Akujiki, a cursed sword that devours the souls of whoever it kills. If he does not kill constantly, the sword will turn its hunger back on him, weakening and eventually killing him.

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* In the PS2 [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 PS2]] ''VideoGame/{{Shinobi}},'' main character Hotsuma wields Akujiki, a cursed sword that devours the souls of whoever it kills. If he does not kill constantly, the sword will turn its hunger back on him, weakening and eventually killing him.
6th Jan '16 8:21:20 PM nombretomado
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* While in-story it's an EmpathicWeapon [[ArtifactOfDoom of]] [[EvilWeapon evil]], [[SoulSeries Soul Edge]] in-game is this for most characters in ''VideoGame/Soulcalibur II'', whether it's gradual over time or whenever you hit with an attack, though in some cases if you land a hit you [[EnergyAbsorption get an equal amount of health back]]. And everyone has their own version of this, even the [[GuestFighter guest characters]].

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* While in-story it's an EmpathicWeapon [[ArtifactOfDoom of]] [[EvilWeapon evil]], [[SoulSeries [[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Edge]] in-game is this for most characters in ''VideoGame/Soulcalibur II'', whether it's gradual over time or whenever you hit with an attack, though in some cases if you land a hit you [[EnergyAbsorption get an equal amount of health back]]. And everyone has their own version of this, even the [[GuestFighter guest characters]].
30th Dec '15 11:17:01 PM jormis29
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** The Ark of the Covenant, in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', supposedly grants the owner great power, and may be used as a Radio to God. However, opening the ark releases the Wrath of God, and anyone who looks upon the spirits that are released dies an extremely gruesome death. Arguably, it's less about ANYONE than "anyone who opens/handles/misuses the Ark with bad intent." The ancient Israelites (at least within the movie 'verse) did use it to make armies invincible and topple kingdoms. The Ark leaves Indy and Marion unharmed less because the angels automatically kill than because Indy knows not to look -- he respects the power of the Ark and by extension the "Hebrew God whose Ark this is". Belloq and the Nazis ape Jewish rituals (even {{Lampshaded}} by one of the Nazi officers) and assume they only need to dress up and say the right words to make the magic box work. They don't die so much because they opened the Ark, but because they did so out of hubris.

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** The Ark of the Covenant, TheArkOfTheCovenant, in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', supposedly grants the owner great power, and may be used as a Radio to God. However, opening the ark releases the Wrath of God, and anyone who looks upon the spirits that are released dies an extremely gruesome death. Arguably, it's less about ANYONE than "anyone who opens/handles/misuses the Ark with bad intent." The ancient Israelites (at least within the movie 'verse) did use it to make armies invincible and topple kingdoms. The Ark leaves Indy and Marion unharmed less because the angels automatically kill than because Indy knows not to look -- he respects the power of the Ark and by extension the "Hebrew God whose Ark this is". Belloq and the Nazis ape Jewish rituals (even {{Lampshaded}} by one of the Nazi officers) and assume they only need to dress up and say the right words to make the magic box work. They don't die so much because they opened the Ark, but because they did so out of hubris.
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