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14th Sep '17 4:54:38 PM KZN02
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A subtrope of GoneHorriblyWrong. The product, itself, is a mercantile equivalent of TheScapegoat. Compare SabotageToDiscredit and FlawedPrototype. If a competitor flagrantly stages one of these with an otherwise-safe product to make their own gadget look better in contrast, see TooIncompetentToOperateABlanket.

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A subtrope of GoneHorriblyWrong. The product, itself, is a mercantile equivalent of TheScapegoat. Compare SabotageToDiscredit and FlawedPrototype. If a competitor flagrantly stages one of these with an otherwise-safe product to make their own gadget look better in contrast, see TooIncompetentToOperateABlanket.
TooIncompetentToOperateABlanket. See also TestingRangeMishap.
14th Sep '17 2:01:16 PM henke37
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* VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture begins with Layton and Luke witnessing a public demonstration of a time machine. It explodes, with the prime minster as the test subject in it. [[spoiler:All according to plan, it was staged to capture him.]] It is later revealed that this isn't the first time a time machine has exploded.
8th Sep '17 12:46:32 PM SeptimusHeap
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* In the original ''Amazing Franchise/{{Spider-Man}}'', Dr. Octavius has problems during his new invention's demonstration, which sets him on the path to become supervillain ComicBook/DoctorOctopus. The movie ''Film/SpiderMan2'' carried over this element of his origin-story.

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* In the original ''Amazing Franchise/{{Spider-Man}}'', Franchise/SpiderMan'', Dr. Octavius has problems during his new invention's demonstration, which sets him on the path to become supervillain ComicBook/DoctorOctopus. The movie ''Film/SpiderMan2'' carried over this element of his origin-story.
25th Aug '17 7:10:09 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Zigzagged when Lando reveals that, ''[[GenreSavvy of course]]'', with the head of state and a half-dozen influential generals in the next hovercar over, the droid isn't carrying heavy ordnance and has a power regulator on its blasters (meaning it can't shoot much more than a laser pointer). When this reduced arsenal understandably fails to stop the infiltrators, YVH 1-1A demonstrates a further feature, [[ItCanThink its flexible heuristic combat routines]]. Translation: it bear-hugs them to death.

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** Zigzagged when Lando reveals that, ''[[GenreSavvy of course]]'', ''of course'', with the head of state and a half-dozen influential generals in the next hovercar over, the droid isn't carrying heavy ordnance and has a power regulator on its blasters (meaning it can't shoot much more than a laser pointer). When this reduced arsenal understandably fails to stop the infiltrators, YVH 1-1A demonstrates a further feature, [[ItCanThink its flexible heuristic combat routines]]. Translation: it bear-hugs them to death.
9th Aug '17 11:48:46 AM Sharlee
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* Some of the ghosts from the second ''Series/SapphireAndSteel'' story were civilian workers on a 1938 submarine prototype, who died of asphyxiation after the vessel they were running through sea trials got stuck on the sea floor.

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* Some of the ghosts from the second ''Series/SapphireAndSteel'' story were civilian workers on a 1938 submarine prototype, who died of asphyxiation after the vessel they were running through sea trials got stuck on the sea floor.floor in mid-demonstration.
9th Aug '17 11:48:00 AM Sharlee
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* Some of the ghosts from the second ''Series/SapphireAndSteel'' story were civilian workers on a 1938 submarine prototype, who died of asphyxiation after the vessel they were running through sea trials got stuck on the sea floor.
20th May '17 1:45:50 PM TheBigBopper
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* The ''Vasa'', a huge warship built at great expense at the orders of King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, sank in Stockholm harbor a few minutes into its maiden voyage on 10 August 1628, in full view of hundreds--if not thousands--of Stockholm residents as well as several foreign ambassadors.

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* The ''Vasa'', a huge warship built at great expense at the orders of King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, sank in Stockholm harbor a few minutes into Sweden. When tested during construction it turned out to be too top-heavy and unstable, but the king was impatient for the ship to be launched and no one had the courage to tell him it was too dangerous. On 10 August 1628 the ship embarked on its maiden voyage on 10 August 1628, from Stockholm in full view of hundreds--if not thousands--of Stockholm local residents as well as several foreign ambassadors.ambassadors. A few minutes after it encountered any wind stronger than a breeze it heeled so far to the side that water got in through the lower gun ports, ruining its ability to right itself and quickly causing the ship to sink. The King was furious and there was a huge BlameGame during the inquest into the cause of the sinking, but ultimately no one was punished for the fiasco.
20th May '17 1:38:55 PM TheBigBopper
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* The ''Vasa'', a huge warship built at great expense at the orders of King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, sank as soon as it was launched in Stockholm harbor on 10 August 1628, in full view of hundreds--if not thousands--of Stockholm residents as well as several foreign ambassadors.

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* The ''Vasa'', a huge warship built at great expense at the orders of King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, sank as soon as it was launched in Stockholm harbor a few minutes into its maiden voyage on 10 August 1628, in full view of hundreds--if not thousands--of Stockholm residents as well as several foreign ambassadors.
20th May '17 1:19:51 PM TheBigBopper
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* In ''{{Joy}}'', the man hired to demonstrate the mop Joy invented live on a shopping channel obviously didn't bother to touch the thing before stepping in front of the cameras and trying to sell it. Needless to say, the demonstration went poorly.

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* In ''{{Joy}}'', ''Film/{{Joy}}'', the man hired to demonstrate the mop Joy invented live on a shopping channel obviously didn't bother to touch the thing before stepping in front of the cameras and trying to sell it. Needless to say, the demonstration went poorly.
20th May '17 1:18:31 PM TheBigBopper
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* Invoked in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' with the Jet Alone demonstration. Gendo is worried the competing mecha will be a problem for NERV so he has Ritsuko sabotage the demonstration. Having a combat vehicle go out of control and nearly suffer a nuclear melt down in a populated city was enough to get it scrapped.

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* Invoked in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' with the Jet Alone demonstration. Gendo is worried the competing mecha will be a problem for NERV so he has Ritsuko sabotage the demonstration. Having a combat vehicle go out of control and nearly suffer a nuclear melt down meltdown in a populated city was enough to get it scrapped.
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