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25th Nov '17 9:41:40 AM fruitstripegum
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* 'WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Olaf's lair has one, and [[TheDitz Stumpy]] pushes it despite Olaf telling him not to.

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* 'WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Olaf's lair has one, and [[TheDitz Stumpy]] pushes it despite Olaf telling him not to.
25th Nov '17 9:40:44 AM fruitstripegum
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Design for Leaving", Daffy Duck equips Elmer Fudd's home with "time-saving gadgets" operated from a push-button control panel. The panel includes one Big Red Button which Daffy warns to never touch. At the end of the cartoon, curiosity gets the better of Elmer and he pushes it. A display lights up reading "IN CASE OF TIDAL WAVE", and the entire house rises up hundreds of feet over the ground. Daffy arrives by helicopter and says "For a small price, I can install this little blue button to get you down."

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Design for Leaving", Daffy Duck equips Elmer Fudd's home with "time-saving gadgets" operated from a push-button control panel. The panel includes one Big Red Button which Daffy warns him to never touch. At the end of the cartoon, curiosity gets the better of Elmer and he pushes it. A display lights up reading "IN CASE OF TIDAL WAVE", and the entire house rises up hundreds of feet over the ground. Daffy arrives by helicopter and says "For a small price, I can install this little blue button to get you down."
23rd Nov '17 9:11:28 AM Arcana4th
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* ''Series/TheGoodPlace'': In a far off corner of the Good Place, an isolated beach, there's a big red button that reboots Janet. She will lead anyone who wants there, but she is programmed to desperately beg for her life (despite the fact that she can't really die and will come back in a few hours at worst). When [[spoiler:Chidi and Eleanor]] are attempting to reboot her, she begs for her life and even brings up a picture of three children claiming to be hers (after which she quickly admits that it was a stock image from Nickelodeon). [[spoiler:Michael]]'s attempts at doing cause her to even say that she is pregnant of his baby.
28th Oct '17 2:00:29 PM nombretomado
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* ''WebAnimation/{{Ducktalez}} 3'': In the cockpit of Robot ChristopherWalken. Scrooge pressed it when the Cornmander got angry at him. It activated the secret move that finished off Vegeta.

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* ''WebAnimation/{{Ducktalez}} 3'': In the cockpit of Robot ChristopherWalken.Creator/ChristopherWalken. Scrooge pressed it when the Cornmander got angry at him. It activated the secret move that finished off Vegeta.
26th Oct '17 12:31:03 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* In the classic sci-fi film ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'', the Big Red Button is a switch that, when thrown, initiates a chain reaction that will destroy the planet.
** It's not actually big, or red, and has to be activated by turning a disc. In other words, a disappointingly safe example.

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* In the classic sci-fi film ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'', the Big Red Button is a switch that, when thrown, initiates a chain reaction that will destroy the planet.
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planet. It's not actually big, or red, and has to be activated by turning a disc. In other words, a disappointingly safe example.



* The ''[[Franchise/StarWars Millennium Falcon]]'' has one of these to activate its hyperdrive, natch.
** And the van in ''Film/{{Fanboys}}'' (a ''Franchise/StarWars'' homage) has an exact duplicate of the ''Falcon'''s Big Red Button, which [[spoiler: activates the engine's nitro cylinder]].

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
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The ''[[Franchise/StarWars Millennium Falcon]]'' Falcon has one of these to activate its hyperdrive, natch.
** And the van in ''Film/{{Fanboys}}'' (a ''Franchise/StarWars'' homage) has an exact duplicate of the ''Falcon'''s Big Red Button, which [[spoiler: activates the engine's nitro cylinder]].
hyperdrive.



* The van in ''Film/{{Fanboys}}'' (a ''Franchise/StarWars'' homage) has an exact duplicate of the ''Falcon'''s Big Red Button, which [[spoiler: activates the engine's nitro cylinder]].



* ''Film/TheFifthElement''. Not Big, but definitely red. We'll let Mr. Zorg tell it, shall we? "I hate warriors, too narrow-minded. I'll tell you what I do like though: a killer, a dyed-in-the-wool killer. Cold blooded, clean, methodical and thorough. Now a real killer, when he picked up the ZF-1, would've immediately asked about the little red button on the bottom of the gun." Immediately after, Arnot the Mangalore pushes that button, and the weapon {{self destruct|Mechanism}}s. [[StuffBlowingUp Impressively.]]

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* ''Film/TheFifthElement''.
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Not Big, but definitely red. We'll let Mr. Zorg tell it, shall we? "I hate warriors, too narrow-minded. I'll tell you what I do like though: a killer, a dyed-in-the-wool killer. Cold blooded, clean, methodical and thorough. Now a real killer, when he picked up the ZF-1, would've immediately asked about the little red button on the bottom of the gun." Immediately after, Arnot the Mangalore pushes that button, and the weapon {{self destruct|Mechanism}}s. [[StuffBlowingUp Impressively.]]



* The Richard Matheson short story "Button, Button" features a stranger who offers a couple a box with a red button in it. Push the button, they are awarded a hefty sum of money... and someone they don't know dies. The short story was made into a [[Series/TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]] episode (also called ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Button,_Button_(The_Twilight_Zone) Button, Button]]'') in 1986, and into a 2009 film starring Cameron Diaz, James Marsden and Frank Langella (''The Box'').
** And a Rooster Teeth short. Considerably more important than Cameron Diaz.

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* The Richard Matheson short story "Button, Button" features a stranger who offers a couple a box with a red button in it. Push the button, they are awarded a hefty sum of money... and someone they don't know dies. The short story was made into a [[Series/TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]] episode (also called ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Button,_Button_(The_Twilight_Zone) Button, Button]]'') in 1986, and into a 2009 film starring Cameron Diaz, James Marsden and Frank Langella (''The Box'').
** And a Rooster Teeth short. Considerably more important than Cameron Diaz.



* In an episode of ''Series/ThePretender'', Miss Parker and Mr. Lyle are investigating one of Jarod's "lairs" (a shipping container) when they see a Big Red Button with a sign saying "DANGER - DO NOT PUSH" in Jarod's handwriting. Parker tells Lyle not to push it, saying it's probably a trap. Lyle pushes it...and it IS a trap.
** In the "lair", there's also a red lever marked "DANGER - DO NOT PULL". After the experience with the Big Red Button, Parker is understandably reluctant to pull it...until [[spoiler: the container arrives at The Centre and Broots reads a note that tells them to pull the lever. Parker pulls it...and the container unlocks.]]

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* In an episode of ''Series/ThePretender'', Miss Parker and Mr. Lyle are investigating one of Jarod's "lairs" (a shipping container) when they see a Big Red Button with a sign saying "DANGER - DO NOT PUSH" in Jarod's handwriting. Parker tells Lyle not to push it, saying it's probably a trap. Lyle pushes it...and it IS a trap.
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trap. In the "lair", there's also a red lever marked "DANGER - DO NOT PULL". After the experience with the Big Red Button, Parker is understandably reluctant to pull it...until [[spoiler: the container arrives at The Centre and Broots reads a note that tells them to pull the lever. Parker pulls it...and the container unlocks.]]



** Played straight in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY''. In Team Flare's lab, the player is given a choice of two buttons. The blue one deactivates the [[spoiler: ultimate weapon]], while the red one (obviously) activates it. However, even if you press the blue one, they activate it anyway.

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** * Played straight in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY''. In Team Flare's lab, the player is given a choice of two buttons. The blue one deactivates the [[spoiler: ultimate weapon]], while the red one (obviously) activates it. However, even if you press the blue one, they activate it anyway.



* ''VideoGame/{{Blasto}}'' has an interesting version of this; pressing a large button with the sign "Do Not Press" displayed above it will result in Blasto getting disintegrated by a lightning bolt.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Blasto}}'' has an interesting version of this; pressing ''VideoGame/{{Blasto}}'':
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a large button with the sign "Do Not Press" displayed above it will result in Blasto getting disintegrated by a lightning bolt.



** ''VideoGame/Portal2'', in addition to the above, has various highly prominent red buttons in the areas outside the test environments. They operate whatever key piece of machinery you need to resolve the current puzzle. The Old Aperture test chambers also feature a version of the Super Button with a retro 50's look.

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** * ''VideoGame/Portal2'', in addition to the above, has various highly prominent red buttons in the areas outside the test environments. They operate whatever key piece of machinery you need to resolve the current puzzle. The Old Aperture test chambers also feature a version of the Super Button with a retro 50's look.



* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': In the Ulduar raid dungeon, mechagnome boss Mimiron has one of these, conveniently labeled [[SchmuckBait "DO NOT PRESS THIS BUTTON"]], that sets off his lair's self destruct mechanism. If you defeat him after activating it, you get more loot. However, it also covers half the room with fire, causes him to go into a [[BerserkButton frenzy]] that increases the damage of all of his attacks, gives him several methods of combating said fires that also hurt you if you happen to be in the wrong place, and finally, places a timer on how long you have to kill him before the room goes kablooey. Good luck.

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* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
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In the Ulduar raid dungeon, mechagnome boss Mimiron has one of these, conveniently labeled [[SchmuckBait "DO NOT PRESS THIS BUTTON"]], that sets off his lair's self destruct mechanism. If you defeat him after activating it, you get more loot. However, it also covers half the room with fire, causes him to go into a [[BerserkButton frenzy]] that increases the damage of all of his attacks, gives him several methods of combating said fires that also hurt you if you happen to be in the wrong place, and finally, places a timer on how long you have to kill him before the room goes kablooey. Good luck.



* In ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'', [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/050419 George]] uses a Big Red Button to lower the not-yet-activated X's pod so that X's body can be placed back into it without Dr. Light seeing, and then uses the button again to raise the pod back in place, with X in it. George's "manipulation" of the control is a [[TakeThat shot at Dr. Light]] for putting him in a [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/030923 single button-operated time suit]] [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/030924 with overly complex controls]] in a previous arc (not a red button, but a big and important one nonetheless).

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* In ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'', ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'':
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[[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/050419 George]] uses a Big Red Button to lower the not-yet-activated X's pod so that X's body can be placed back into it without Dr. Light seeing, and then uses the button again to raise the pod back in place, with X in it. George's "manipulation" of the control is a [[TakeThat shot at Dr. Light]] for putting him in a [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/030923 single button-operated time suit]] [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/030924 with overly complex controls]] in a previous arc (not a red button, but a big and important one nonetheless).



* Coop's Big Red Button in ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR''. Its label and effect would [[ContextSensitiveButton change depending on the situation]], like when Coop yells "Maybe you'll like this better, then!", the button is ''actually labeled'' "This Better Then". He even has a button labeled "Big Red Button of Irony".

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* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR''.
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Coop's Big Red Button in ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR''.Button. Its label and effect would [[ContextSensitiveButton change depending on the situation]], like when Coop yells "Maybe you'll like this better, then!", the button is ''actually labeled'' "This Better Then". He even has a button labeled "Big Red Button of Irony".



* Cadet Stimpson is forced to guard the History Eraser Button in ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'''s "Space Madness" episode. [[http://jollycandylikebutton.ytmnd.com/ The jolly, candy-like button!]] He eventually caves to the [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/BRB.png pressure of the voice-over announcer]] and [[http://media.photobucket.com/image/recent/junker46/HistoryEraserButton.jpg pushes the button]], [[RetGone erasing himself, Ren, and the narrator from history]].
* Parodied (naturally) in ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'':
-->'''Dib''': [[LampshadeHanging How'd I miss that?]]

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* Cadet Stimpson is forced to guard the History Eraser Button in ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'''s "Space ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'''"Space Madness" episode. [[http://jollycandylikebutton.ytmnd.com/ The jolly, candy-like button!]] He eventually caves to the [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/BRB.png pressure of the voice-over announcer]] and [[http://media.photobucket.com/image/recent/junker46/HistoryEraserButton.jpg pushes the button]], [[RetGone erasing himself, Ren, and the narrator from history]].
* Parodied (naturally) in ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'':
-->'''Dib''': [[LampshadeHanging ** Parodied. Dib asks, "[[LampshadeHanging How'd I miss that?]]that?]]?



* As seen above, in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' one of Dr. Drakken's temporary lairs includes one of these, which Shego gleefully employes.

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* As seen above, in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' one ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
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of Dr. Drakken's temporary lairs includes one of these, which Shego gleefully employes.



* Used in every episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', by Dr. Doofensmirtz, to the point that he laments in one episode "Someone always finds my self-destruct button."
** In "Hail Doofania!", Phineas and Ferb build a big red self destruct button on their rainbow generator. Naturally, it gets activated, which prompts Ferb to comment, "In hindsight, I question the logistics of including a self-destruct button in the first place."

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* Used in every episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', by Dr. Doofensmirtz, to the point that he laments in one episode "Someone always finds my self-destruct button."
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" In "Hail Doofania!", Phineas and Ferb build a big red self destruct button on their rainbow generator. Naturally, it gets activated, which prompts Ferb to comment, "In hindsight, I question the logistics of including a self-destruct button in the first place."



* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' - The Joker gets to ride in the Batmobile during an EnemyMine, and is in full WhatDoesThisButtonDo mode, with Batman repeatedly telling him not to touch anything. He spots a Big Red Button, which Batman warns him he ''really'' doesn't want to touch. He touches it - [[spoiler: and gets hit in the face with knock-out gas. It's like Bats read the Evil Overlord List example at the top of the page and made it non-lethal.]]
** The Joker [[LampshadeHanging highlights]] this trope again during TheTeaser, only this time it's a SelfDestructMechanism, which results in an EarthShatteringKaboom.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' - The Joker gets to ride in the Batmobile during an EnemyMine, and is in full WhatDoesThisButtonDo mode, with Batman repeatedly telling him not to touch anything. He spots a Big Red Button, which Batman warns him he ''really'' doesn't want to touch. He touches it - [[spoiler: and gets hit in the face with knock-out gas. It's like Bats read the Evil Overlord List example at the top of the page and made it non-lethal.]]
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]] The Joker [[LampshadeHanging highlights]] this trope again during TheTeaser, only this time it's a SelfDestructMechanism, which results in an EarthShatteringKaboom.



** The "electrocutions" got progressively worse, with the victims (who were merely voice actors in another room) eventually screaming in horrible agony, and then finally going silent to imply that they had been killed or at least knocked unconscious.



** When the clip was shown in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pA9VZydTpNA&feature=related a local documentary on television]], the producers tried to "fix" it by showing the clip in B&W. Although not as obvious, the button still changes hue a bit.



* For a 2009 diplomatic visit to Russia, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton brought a big red reset button (connected to nothing) that she would offer for a Russian official to push, symbolically forgiving previous tensions.
** It was hillariously screwed up, as the button was supposed to be labeled "Перезагрузка" (Reload, as in reload Russian/USA relations), but [[BlindIdiotTranslation was instead labeled]] "Перегрузка" (Overload).

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* For a 2009 diplomatic visit to Russia, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton brought a big red reset button (connected to nothing) that she would offer for a Russian official to push, symbolically forgiving previous tensions.
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tensions. It was hillariously screwed up, as the button was supposed to be labeled "Перезагрузка" (Reload, as in reload Russian/USA relations), but [[BlindIdiotTranslation was instead labeled]] "Перегрузка" (Overload).



** Understandably, as most pushy urges come from not knowing what would happen or if anything bad would occur at all. It's common knowledge that any said button would usually stop an elevator dead, which is a common station of terror for some.



* The closest thing to a Big Red Button on cars turns on the four-way hazard warning flashers. On European cars it's a Big Red Button going back as far as TheSixties, but on most American ones from before TheNineties it's hidden on the underside of the steering column for some reason.
** Many cars modified for racing are equipped with an externally accessible kill switch, so safety crews can shut the engine down from outside the car in the event of a serious crash or emergency. Many drivers hide them behind the car's rear license plate; the plate can be removed while the car is racing, so the button is accessible, but when the car is on the road, the license plate is attached and the button is hidden away. Very often, they are [[http://www.streetperformance.com/part/flaming-river-industries/battery-kill-switch/304769-fr1013.html Big Red Buttons]].

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* Cars:
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The closest thing to a Big Red Button on cars turns on the four-way hazard warning flashers. On European cars it's a Big Red Button going back as far as TheSixties, but on most American ones from before TheNineties it's hidden on the underside of the steering column for some reason.
** * Many cars modified for racing are equipped with an externally accessible kill switch, so safety crews can shut the engine down from outside the car in the event of a serious crash or emergency. Many drivers hide them behind the car's rear license plate; the plate can be removed while the car is racing, so the button is accessible, but when the car is on the road, the license plate is attached and the button is hidden away. Very often, they are [[http://www.streetperformance.com/part/flaming-river-industries/battery-kill-switch/304769-fr1013.html Big Red Buttons]].



* Many IT datacenters contain Big Red Buttons for various purposes, usually for the purposes of cutting power (in a disorderly fashion) to all computer systems, or engaging the fire suppression system. These typically are behind some sort of safety cover, and contain signage stating something like "Emergency power off," "Halon" [[DeadlyGas (in the old days)]], or something to that effect. There was one datacenter where the button had a sign reading "Resumé button," as in "Have your resumé ready."
** Supposedly, after several unplanned shutdown incidents when giving tours, one mainframe operator put a nice Big Red Button, at kid height. One kid pressed the button and stood there, shaking in fear. All the button did was light up a small sign which said "Release button to cause explosion."

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* Many IT datacenters contain Big Red Buttons for various purposes, usually for the purposes of cutting power (in a disorderly fashion) to all computer systems, or engaging the fire suppression system. These typically are behind some sort of safety cover, and contain signage stating something like "Emergency power off," "Halon" [[DeadlyGas (in the old days)]], or something to that effect. There was one datacenter where the button had a sign reading "Resumé button," as in "Have your resumé ready."
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" Supposedly, after several unplanned shutdown incidents when giving tours, one mainframe operator put a nice Big Red Button, at kid height. One kid pressed the button and stood there, shaking in fear. All the button did was light up a small sign which said "Release button to cause explosion."



** Escalators. The emergency stop buttons are very attractive to some people.

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** * Escalators. The emergency stop buttons are very attractive to some people.
24th Oct '17 10:55:03 AM MasterFuzzy
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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' reveals in [[DarkestHour Chapter 74]] that there's one in the heart of Avengers Tower, which Tony presses in order to [[spoiler: [[SelfDestructMechanism overload the arc reactor and destroy the building]], preventing it from falling into HYDRA's hands.]]

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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' reveals in [[DarkestHour Chapter 74]] that there's one in the heart of Avengers Tower, which Tony presses in order to [[spoiler: [[SelfDestructMechanism overload the arc reactor and destroy the building]], preventing it from falling into HYDRA's hands.]]]] Actually deliberately invoked and justified, given that Tony's a PopCulturedBadass.
14th Sep '17 1:53:05 AM DrFraud
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7896387/8/Food-for-Thought Food for Thought]]'' Moriarty had a big red panic button that was supposed to summon his henchmen.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9466029/3/The-Last-Chance The Last Chance]]'' a man in the Resurrection Office pushed a big red button to send Harry and Hermione [[PeggySue back to fourth year]] when they were killed before their time.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7896387/8/Food-for-Thought Food for Thought]]'' Moriarty had has a big red panic button that was supposed to summon his henchmen.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9466029/3/The-Last-Chance The Last Chance]]'' a man in the Resurrection Office pushed pushes a big red button to send Harry and Hermione [[PeggySue back to fourth year]] when they were they're killed before their time.
31st Aug '17 8:03:29 PM Mdumas43073
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Not to be confused with the game company that developed the infamous ''[[VideoGame/SonicBoom Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric]]''. Or with actor and comedian Red Buttons.

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Not to be confused with the game company that developed the infamous ''[[VideoGame/SonicBoom Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric]]''. Or with the late actor and comedian Red Buttons.
31st Aug '17 8:03:07 PM Mdumas43073
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Not to be confused with the game company that developed the infamous ''[[VideoGame/SonicBoom Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric]]''.

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Not to be confused with the game company that developed the infamous ''[[VideoGame/SonicBoom Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric]]''.
Lyric]]''. Or with actor and comedian Red Buttons.
10th Aug '17 12:31:59 AM DeepRed
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Pressing the Big Red Button activates the function of a given machine that is [[ContextSensitiveButton important to the plot]], be it firing the superweapon, activating the SelfDestructMechanism, or emergency shutdown.

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Pressing the Big Red Button activates the function of a given machine that is [[ContextSensitiveButton important to the plot]], be it firing the superweapon, [[WeaponOfMassDestruction superweapon]], activating the SelfDestructMechanism, or emergency shutdown.
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