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2nd Feb '16 5:46:44 AM ladyofthelibrary
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* In an early CodeLyoko episode, Ulrich, Odd and Jeremie's class (and the first two though Odd jumps off before things really get out of hand) are trapped on an electric bus that XANA has possessed. Jim cuts some wires, hoping to turn it off but no luck. The driver tries to open the door so everyone can jump off...only the doors don't work anymore.
30th Jan '16 11:35:32 AM nombretomado
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* Security cameras suffered badly from this trope in both ''SystemShock'' games. Blowing them up ''reduced'' the security of a level, rather than set off the alarm. The idea being that the security cameras are what SHODAN was using to track the player: the fewer of them there were, the more ignorant SHODAN was of the player's exact whereabouts.

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* Security cameras suffered badly from this trope in both ''SystemShock'' ''VideoGame/SystemShock'' games. Blowing them up ''reduced'' the security of a level, rather than set off the alarm. The idea being that the security cameras are what SHODAN was using to track the player: the fewer of them there were, the more ignorant SHODAN was of the player's exact whereabouts.
27th Oct '15 9:26:52 PM AtticusOmundson
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* One of the main plot points in the climax of ''WesternAnimation/TheReturnOfJafar''. A genie's soul is bound to the lamp that it lives inside, so when Iago kicks Jafar's lamp into boiling lava, he explodes into a cloud of ash.

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* One of the main plot points in the climax of ''WesternAnimation/TheReturnOfJafar''.''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar''. A genie's soul is bound to the lamp that it lives inside, so when Iago kicks Jafar's lamp into boiling lava, he explodes into a cloud of ash.
27th Oct '15 9:26:11 PM AtticusOmundson
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* One of the main plot points in the climax of ''WesternAnimation/TheReturnOfJafar''. A genie's soul is bound to the lamp that it lives inside, so when Iago kicks Jafar's lamp into boiling lava, he explodes into a cloud of ash.
16th Oct '15 5:01:51 PM Gallimaufry
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[[Creator/DetsniyOffSkiword Kid Icarus Uprising 2: Hades Revenge]] includes an example of this when Cloud Angle and [[RonTheDeathEater Pit2]] are fighting each other atop a satellite of terror. Cloud finds a computer with information on the satellite, and smashes it. This apparently destroys the attached laser cannon.

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* [[Creator/DetsniyOffSkiword Kid Icarus Uprising 2: Hades Revenge]] includes an example of this when Cloud Angle and [[RonTheDeathEater Pit2]] are fighting each other atop a satellite of terror. Cloud finds a computer with information on the satellite, and smashes it. This apparently destroys the attached laser cannon.


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* Predictably subverted in the ''DirtyPair'' fanfic "Big Bang" by Ryan Mathews. Kei, Yuri and an interdimensional agent named Daved have to stop a cult from trying to create an artificial black hole on a planet. Daved goes after the cult leader, and asks Kei to shut down the machine that is about to generate the black hole. He ''assumes'' she understands that it needs to be shut down in a careful, controlled manner in order to reverse the already active processes and avoid letting loose unimaginable forces that will tear the planet apart. ...did I mention that this is ''DirtyPair''?
5th Aug '15 9:38:42 PM marcoasalazarm
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** Well, being more specific, shooting the computer deactivates the program that made dozens of "phantom satellites" appear on the NORAD radar screen and prevent them from shooting down the KillSat until it destroyed Washington and instantly brings it back to NORAD's control, so they trigger the SelfDestructSequence JustInTime. Doesn't reduces the FridgeLogic one bit, though.
16th Jul '15 12:56:01 PM Aetol
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** Nuclear weapons play this trope straight. A nuclear weapon is detonated by setting off explosives in a ''very'' precise pattern, so that all the radioactive material can react before being blown away by the explosion. Destroying the weapon will result in an incomplete nuclear reaction, or even no reaction at all, resulting in far less damage than if the weapon had gone off perfectly. Radioactive material will still be dispersed everywhere, though.
15th Jul '15 9:13:39 PM Llygodenfawr
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This even happens with systems where it would make little sense to turn it off upon destruction. Why would you include a fail-safe that automatically- for example- lowers the shields of your starship when the console that controls the thing defending your starship is destroyed? And why wouldn't aforementioned vital system not have a secondary control console somewhere, or at least a Shield Dimmer Switch?

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This even happens with systems where it would make little sense to turn it off upon destruction. Why would you include a fail-safe that automatically- automatically -- for example- example -- lowers the shields of your starship when the console that controls the thing defending your starship is destroyed? And why wouldn't aforementioned vital system not have a secondary control console somewhere, or at least a Shield Dimmer Switch?
8th Jul '15 5:05:27 AM Odon
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* Averted in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E5TheSeedsOfDeath The Seeds of Death]]" where an Ice Warrior pulls a bunch of levers on a (very simple) control panel and then shoots it, so it'd melt and nobody could change the setting. As the system is otherwise undamaged, the Doctor is able to rewire a new setting.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho''.
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Averted in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E5TheSeedsOfDeath The Seeds of Death]]" where an Ice Warrior pulls a bunch of levers on a (very simple) control panel and then shoots it, so it'd melt and nobody could change the setting. As the system is otherwise undamaged, the Doctor is able to rewire a new setting.setting.
** ZigZaggedTrope in "Mummy on the Orient Express". Clara suggests fetching the Doctor with his handy sonic screwdriver to get them into a sealed compartment, but the woman with her just smashes the lock's control panel with her shoe, which instantly opens the door. The door then closes behind them, and they can't get out because the panel is smashed. When the Doctor turns up with his sonic screwdriver, even he can't get them out.
25th Jun '15 2:29:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''; in fact, it's the ''Omnidroid itself'' seeking to destroy its remote control, so it cannot be controlled by anyone else, and it's up to the Incredibles to try keep it safe until they can figure out how to operate it.
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* Averted in WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles; in fact, it's the ''Omnidroid itself'' seeking to destroy its remote control, so it cannot be controlled by anyone else, and it's up to the Incredibles to try keep it safe until they can figure out how to operate it.
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