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11th Oct '17 4:32:28 AM JackG
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* Attempted in ''Good Guys Wear Black'' (1978), only for the BigBad to reveal that the only witness who can verify the story has just been admitted to a mental hospital. Creator/ChuckNorris then decides to settle the matter [[VigilanteExecution via more direct means]].
8th Oct '17 4:11:33 AM eroock
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Compare and contrast the villainous counterpart, DoNotAdjustYourSet. See also InformationWantsToBeFree, YouCannotKillAnIdea and IrrevocableOrder.

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Compare and contrast the villainous counterpart, DoNotAdjustYourSet. See also InformationWantsToBeFree, YouCannotKillAnIdea and IrrevocableOrder.
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30th Aug '17 12:01:22 PM RedScharlach
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* Smith from ''Film/ShootEmUp'' does this because [[GenreSavvy he's aware of how this goes in movies]] -- see the page quote. Unfortunately, it's an AvertedTrope-the villains have too much power and keep the news from getting out. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Which is all right for Smith...]]

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* Smith from ''Film/ShootEmUp'' does this because [[GenreSavvy he's aware of how this goes in movies]] -- see the page quote. Unfortunately, it's an AvertedTrope-the AvertedTrope--the villains have too much power and keep the news from getting out. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Which is all right for Smith...]]



* Literature/{{Serpico}} makes futile attempts to get his various police superiors and the Mayor's office to do something about police corruption, but it's only when he and his colleagues go to the ''New York Times'' that a proper enquiry is held not only into corruption but how it's allowed to flourish. This only makes Serpico a greater target however.

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* Literature/{{Serpico}} makes futile attempts to get his various police superiors and the Mayor's office to do something about police corruption, but it's only when he and his colleagues go to the ''New York Times'' that a proper enquiry inquiry is held held, not only into corruption but how it's allowed to flourish. This only makes Serpico a greater target target, however.



* Villianous example at the climax of ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance''. The humans win the Battle Of Narak, crushing the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Voidbringers]]. But it's already too late. The Voidbringers have had time to release a magical signal that will transform all the parshmen into Voidbringers, and there are parshmen ''everywhere''. The enemy may have lost twenty or thirty thousand Voidbringers at Narak, but he'll soon have twenty or thirty ''million'' to replace them.

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* Villianous Villainous example at the climax of ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance''. The humans win the Battle Of Narak, crushing the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Voidbringers]]. But it's already too late. The Voidbringers have had time to release a magical signal that will transform all the parshmen into Voidbringers, and there are parshmen ''everywhere''. The enemy may have lost twenty or thirty thousand Voidbringers at Narak, but he'll soon have twenty or thirty ''million'' to replace them.
28th Jun '17 7:43:56 AM RedScharlach
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* In ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'', the [[spoiler:remaining]] Module 77 kids use it to expose the Magius to the world by [[spoiler:showing the Dorssian Furher's immortality.]]

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* In ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'', the [[spoiler:remaining]] Module 77 kids use it to expose the Magius to the world by [[spoiler:showing the Dorssian Furher's Fuhrer's immortality.]]



* Series/{{Nikita}} often threatens this, but she never actually does it. The problem is that the actions that [[RogueAgent Divison]] carried out could never be released to the world due to all of the problems it would cause.

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* Series/{{Nikita}} often threatens this, but she never actually does it. The problem is that the actions that [[RogueAgent Divison]] Division]] carried out could never be released to the world due to all of the problems it would cause.
16th May '17 9:40:47 PM SSJMagus
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* Averted, barely, in ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'' only because Duncan uses the quickening to fry Paris' power grid -- and the computer holding the disk which holds information about Immortals and Watchers.

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* Averted, barely, in ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'' only because Duncan uses the quickening Quickening to fry Paris' power grid -- and the computer holding the disk which holds information about Immortals and Watchers.Watchers. Sure was lucky that the BigBad of the season who had been using the that disk in an attempt to blackmail Duncan chose the observation deck of the Eiffel Tower as the site of their showdown, providing a convenient antenna to transmit the lightning from the Quickening.[[note]]Convenient, but in-character; the villain in question had a massive flair for the theatrical and saw the highest point in Paris as the ideal place to enact his vengeance against Duncan.[[/note]]
20th Apr '17 6:08:55 PM johnnye
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* ''Film/TheNiceGuys'' ultimately fail to [[spoiler:prevent Andrea's murder, but they do find her]] and discover the whistleblowing significance of the porno movie they had thought was just a lead. The rest of the film is about their attempt to keep the last surviving copy out of the hands of [[spoiler:Andrea's killers]].

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* ''Film/TheNiceGuys'' ultimately fail to [[spoiler:prevent Andrea's Amelia's murder, but they do find her]] and discover the whistleblowing significance of the porno movie they had thought was just a lead. The rest of the film is about their attempt to keep the last surviving copy out of the hands of [[spoiler:Andrea's [[spoiler:Amelia's killers]].
20th Apr '17 6:01:11 PM johnnye
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* ''Film/TheNiceGuys'' ultimately fail to [[spoiler:prevent Andrea's murder, but they do find her]] and discover the whistleblowing significance of the porno movie they had thought was just a lead. The rest of the film is about their attempt to keep the last surviving copy out of the hands of [[spoiler:Andrea's killers]].
19th Apr '17 2:06:52 PM Jake
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** Episode 2: A Martian ship is about to grab the ''Canterbury's'' life pod and Holden thinks that the people who destroyed their ship are coming to finish them off so he sends a broad-spectrum message accusing Mars of destroying the ''Canterbury''. It causes riots to break out throughout the Belt.

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** Episode 2: A Martian ship is about to grab the ''Canterbury's'' life pod and Holden thinks that the people who destroyed their ship are coming to finish them off so he sends a broad-spectrum message accusing Mars of destroying the ''Canterbury''. It causes riots to break out throughout the Belt. [[spoiler: Subverted immediately afterwards because Holden turns out to be completely wrong; the whole thing was a FalseFlagOperation, and finding out who was really responsible takes them the rest of Season 1.]]
17th Apr '17 8:06:39 PM MiinU
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* ''Manga/UchiNoMusumeNiTeODasuNa'': Athena retired from being a superheroine 20 years ago, due to constantly being subjected to sexual harassment and [[spoiler: because [[RapeAsBackstory she was raped]]]]. Her friend, Hanna, was able to use her connections as commander of N.U.D.E.[[note]]"Next Ultimate Defense Experts"[[/note]] to cover up those events and silenced any witnesses. But things are different in her daughter's day and age, thanks to the prevalence of the internet and social media. Athena fears what could happen to Clara's reputation as a heroine if she were to suffer the same humiliation she endured, especially if anyone were to broadcast it. So she comes out of retirement to keep it from happening.

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* ''Manga/UchiNoMusumeNiTeODasuNa'': Athena retired from being a superheroine 20 years ago, due to constantly being subjected to sexual harassment and [[spoiler: because [[RapeAsBackstory she was raped]]]]. Her friend, Hanna, was able to use used her connections as commander of N.U.D.E.[[note]]"Next Ultimate Defense Experts"[[/note]] to cover up those events and silenced any witnesses. But things are different in her daughter's day and age, thanks to the prevalence of the internet and social media. Athena fears what could happen to Clara's reputation as a heroine if she were to suffer the same humiliation she endured, especially if anyone were to broadcast it. So she comes out of retirement to keep it from happening.
17th Apr '17 8:05:21 PM MiinU
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* ''Manga/UchiNoMusumeNiTeODasuNa'': Athena retired from being a superheroine 20 years ago, due to constantly being subjected to sexual harassment and [[spoiler: because [[RapeAsBackstory she was raped]]]]. Her friend, Hanna, was able to use her connections as commander of N.U.D.E.[[note]]"Next Ultimate Defense Experts"[[/note]] to destroy all evidence of those events and silenced any witnesses. But things are different in her daughter's day and age, thanks to the prevalence of the internet and social media. Athena fears what could happen to Clara's reputation as a heroine if she were to suffer the same humiliation she endured, especially if anyone were to broadcast it. So she comes out of retirement to keep it from happening.

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* ''Manga/UchiNoMusumeNiTeODasuNa'': Athena retired from being a superheroine 20 years ago, due to constantly being subjected to sexual harassment and [[spoiler: because [[RapeAsBackstory she was raped]]]]. Her friend, Hanna, was able to use her connections as commander of N.U.D.E.[[note]]"Next Ultimate Defense Experts"[[/note]] to destroy all evidence of cover up those events and silenced any witnesses. But things are different in her daughter's day and age, thanks to the prevalence of the internet and social media. Athena fears what could happen to Clara's reputation as a heroine if she were to suffer the same humiliation she endured, especially if anyone were to broadcast it. So she comes out of retirement to keep it from happening.
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