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1st May '16 5:11:53 PM shawn_allen
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* In the ''AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode "The Well," Team Coulson has to find the three pieces of an Asgardian Berserker's staff, to keep it out of the hands of a group of Neo-Paganists.

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* In the ''AgentsOfSHIELD'' ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode "The Well," Team Coulson has to find the three pieces of an Asgardian Berserker's staff, to keep it out of the hands of a group of Neo-Paganists.
1st May '16 5:09:55 PM shawn_allen
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* In the ''AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode "The Well," Team Coulson has to find the three pieces of an Asgardian Berserker's staff, to keep it out of the hands of a group of Neo-Paganists.
20th Apr '16 5:30:33 PM LucaEarlgrey
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** This plot point returns with less influence in ''Sonic Adventure 2''. But now there's ''two'' characters collecting the pieces.

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** This plot point returns with less influence in ''Sonic Adventure 2''. But now ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2''; this time, ''Knuckles himself'' breaks it as Eggman tries to do away with it. This time there's ''two'' characters collecting the pieces.
17th Apr '16 2:25:39 PM Psychopompos007
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* In ''VideoGame/ConanHyborianAge'', the quest's goal is initially to explore a dungeon to find a sword crafted in a superior metal. Said sword being found broken in two (the part with the handle and the lower part of the blade is usable as a dagger), the last objective is to reforge it at Whiterun's Skyforge, either as a one-handed sword or a greatsword.
30th Mar '16 2:51:08 PM StFan
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->'''Professor:''' Obviously, I'll also leave that here with y... Leave... It's only logical, so that the device... So I'll leave it... Lea... I'll leav...
->'''Professor:''' NO!!! ''I'm sorry, but the urge is too strong! I'll separate the punchcard into seven pieces and hide them deep within seven monster-infested dungeons distributed all over the country!!!'' Tell that to any group of people who might come asking for it...

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->'''Professor:''' Obviously, I'll also leave that here with y... Leave... It's only logical, so that the device... So I'll leave it... Lea... I'll leav...
->'''Professor:'''
leav...\\
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NO!!! ''I'm sorry, but the urge is too strong! I'll separate the punchcard into seven pieces and hide them deep within seven monster-infested dungeons distributed all over the country!!!'' Tell that to any group of people who might come asking for it...






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* In ''DGrayMan'', all the innocence were [[spoiler: originally one giant powerful innocence that was split after the earl was defeated for the first time.]]

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* In ''DGrayMan'', ''Manga/DGrayMan'', all the innocence were [[spoiler: originally one giant powerful innocence that was split after the earl was defeated for the first time.]]



* Several early issues of ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' featured the Demons Three, three vaguely Lovecraftian ancient giant demons who are imprisoned at three separate locations under the Earth's surface. The demons' power was dependent upon three magical artifacts a bell, a wheel and a jar which are separately useless but of great magical power when used together.

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* Several early issues of ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' featured the Demons Three, three vaguely Lovecraftian ancient giant demons who are imprisoned at three separate locations under the Earth's surface. The demons' power was dependent upon three magical artifacts a bell, a wheel and a jar -- which are separately useless but of great magical power when used together.



* ''Franchise/TheAdventuresOfTintin'' story "The Secret of the Unicorn," had the parts of the coordinates of the location of the sunken ship, ''The Unicorn'', copied on three pieces of paper and each hidden in the mast of a model of the sailing ship. It's only at the end did Tintin realize that you have to hold the papers together against a strong light to see the numbers properly.

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* ''Franchise/TheAdventuresOfTintin'' The Franchise/{{Tintin}} story "The ''The Secret of the Unicorn," had Unicorn'' has the parts of the coordinates of the location of the sunken ship, ''The Unicorn'', copied on three pieces of paper and each hidden in the mast of a model of the sailing ship. It's only at the end did Tintin realize that you have to hold the papers together against a strong light to see the numbers properly.



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* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' side-series ''7 Dreams/Nightmares'' makes use of this in Patch's story. The backstory reveals that the Paradise Estate ponies allowed the Rainbow of Light to be split up so that the separate pieces could be used to power a world-wide wish-granting spell meant to start a golden age, only for the draconnequi to sabotage it [[spoiler: in order to [[CosmicRetcon avert the G3 world]]]], with the resulting disaster sending the world back into TheDungAges. In the aftermath, Patch is tasked the quest of tracking the fragments down in order to restore the Rainbow. Unfortunately, all seven (there were originally seven, [[spoiler:Discord later destroyed the Element of Trust]]) have their own individual powers and most fell into the hooves of {{Evil Overlord}}s she has to take out.

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* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' side-series ''7 Dreams/Nightmares'' makes use of this in Patch's story. The backstory reveals that the Paradise Estate ponies allowed the Rainbow of Light to be split up so that the separate pieces could be used to power a world-wide wish-granting spell meant to start a golden age, only for the draconnequi to sabotage it [[spoiler: in order to [[CosmicRetcon avert the G3 world]]]], with the resulting disaster sending the world back into TheDungAges. In the aftermath, Patch is tasked the quest of tracking the fragments down in order to restore the Rainbow. Unfortunately, all seven (there were originally seven, [[spoiler:Discord later destroyed the Element of Trust]]) have their own individual powers and most fell into the hooves of {{Evil Overlord}}s she has to take out.



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* The eponymous ''[[Film/TheDarkCrystal Dark Crystal]]'' needs to be reunited with its missing shard to restore the [=UrRu=] and Skeksis to their natural state and make the world safe again.

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* ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'': The eponymous ''[[Film/TheDarkCrystal Dark Crystal]]'' Crystal needs to be reunited with its missing shard to restore the [=UrRu=] and Skeksis to their natural state and make the world safe again.



* ''ForgottenRealms'' novel ''[[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Thornhold Thornhold]]'' features Kezefbane -- artifact used to win second Trollwar. Three activation tokens were split between three brothers who last used it and then their respective successors, separated far from each other and thing itself. HilarityEnsues, of course.

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* ''ForgottenRealms'' ''Literature/ForgottenRealms'' novel ''[[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Thornhold Thornhold]]'' features Kezefbane -- artifact used to win second Trollwar. Three activation tokens were split between three brothers who last used it and then their respective successors, separated far from each other and thing itself. HilarityEnsues, of course.



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* The Cup Of Ankh in ''HouseOfAnubis''. According to Fabian's book on Egyptian mythology, Amneris took the Cup and hid it inside the tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen. Anubis was angered by this and split the Cup into seven pieces, preventing it's use. Rufus later explains that Anubis and Amneris reached an agreement whereby the Cup could be put together once every twenty five years at a certain hour, but only by a member of Amneris's bloodline.

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* The Cup Of Ankh in ''HouseOfAnubis''.''SerieS/HouseOfAnubis''. According to Fabian's book on Egyptian mythology, Amneris took the Cup and hid it inside the tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen. Anubis was angered by this and split the Cup into seven pieces, preventing it's use. Rufus later explains that Anubis and Amneris reached an agreement whereby the Cup could be put together once every twenty five years at a certain hour, but only by a member of Amneris's bloodline.



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* The [[CosmicKeystone wish granting artifact]], the 'Magicant' in ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure''. It was created by [[TricksterGod The Lady of Fate and Fortune]] with the intent that man would abuse its power and did this for her own amusement. Then Makala and the other gods destroyed it, but since artifacts created by gods aren't so easily destroyed it was broken apart and [[GottaCatchEmAll scattered across the plane of Manjulias.]]

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* The [[CosmicKeystone wish granting wish-granting artifact]], the 'Magicant' "Magicant" in ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure''. It was created by [[TricksterGod The Lady of Fate and Fortune]] with the intent that man would abuse its power and did this for her own amusement. Then Makala and the other gods destroyed it, but since artifacts created by gods aren't so easily destroyed it was broken apart and [[GottaCatchEmAll scattered across the plane of Manjulias.]]



* ''SpartakusAndTheSunBeneathTheSea:'' the entire series.

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* ''SpartakusAndTheSunBeneathTheSea:'' ''WesternAnimation/SpartakusAndTheSunBeneathTheSea:'' the entire series.
3rd Mar '16 11:57:09 AM Tahaneira
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* In ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider'', Lara Croft must find the two halves of [[spoiler: the All-Seeing Eye/triangle of light]] which will allow the user to [[spoiler: time travel]] so that she may [[spoiler: reunite with her dead father]].

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* In ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider'', Lara Croft must find the two halves [[spoiler:and one fleck-sized fragment]] of the [[spoiler: the All-Seeing Eye/triangle of light]] light which will allow the user to [[spoiler: time travel]] travel so that she may [[spoiler: reunite with her dead father]].
26th Feb '16 2:02:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/{{Hellbound}}'': An ancient demon who was about to unleash HellOnEarth is stopped by King Richard the Lionheart who sealed him in a tomb and broke the demon's magical scepter into several pieces, which were then sent for safekeeping to Christian orders across Europe. After the demon awakens he spends decades tracking down the pieces to reignite his plan.
18th Feb '16 12:15:05 PM DannWoolf
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* ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet in the Marvel Universe is a device that grants the wielder control over... everything. It requires six gems plus the gauntlet itself. Thanos at one point gained it, but it was wrested from him by Adam Warlock. However, the Living Tribunal deemed that he was unworthy of wielding it, so Warlock formed the Infinity Watch, and gave five of the six gems to each of the other five members, keeping the Soul Gem for himself. Later, even this proves ineffective, and the Tribunal forbids the six gems from ''ever'' being used together. Most recently, ComicBook/TheIlluminati (a secret council of the six most powerful figures in the world) have each taken and hidden a gem to prevent the Gauntlet from being reassembled.[[spoiler: Captain America and the Illuminati later used them in an attempt to stop the Incursions in the Time Runs Out story arc, but the Gauntlet and stones were destroyed, seemingly for good.]]

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* ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet in the Marvel Universe is a device that grants the wielder control over... everything. It requires six gems plus the gauntlet itself. Thanos at one point gained it, but it was wrested from him by Adam Warlock. However, the Living Tribunal deemed that he was unworthy of wielding it, so Warlock formed the Infinity Watch, and gave five of the six gems to each of the other five members, keeping the Soul Gem for himself. Later, even this proves ineffective, and the Tribunal forbids the six gems from ''ever'' being used together. Most recently, ComicBook/TheIlluminati (a secret council of the six most powerful figures in the world) have each taken and hidden a gem to prevent the Gauntlet from being reassembled.[[spoiler: Captain [[spoiler:Captain America and the Illuminati later used them in an attempt to stop the Incursions in the Time Runs Out story arc, but the Gauntlet and stones were destroyed, seemingly for good.]]
17th Feb '16 6:10:01 PM jormis29
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* In ''Lighthouse: The Dark Being'', Lyril attempts to tell the player that the Priests built the six parts for a [[ChekhovsGun "Particle-ionizing vacuum cannon"]], the only thing that could capture and incapacitate the titular [[BigBad Dark Being]]. The Priests were en route to put the gun together themselves, but they died with one of the parts on board when their ship sank, so [[ItsUpToYou naturally you have to]] find and assemble the gun yourself.

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* In ''Lighthouse: The Dark Being'', ''VideoGame/LighthouseTheDarkBeing'', Lyril attempts to tell the player that the Priests built the six parts for a [[ChekhovsGun "Particle-ionizing vacuum cannon"]], the only thing that could capture and incapacitate the titular [[BigBad Dark Being]]. The Priests were en route to put the gun together themselves, but they died with one of the parts on board when their ship sank, so [[ItsUpToYou naturally you have to]] find and assemble the gun yourself.
8th Feb '16 6:20:31 AM erforce
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* In ''UnderworldEvolution'', the vampire lord Viktor kept half the key to Wiliam's tomb sealed to his sternum; the other half is in Selene's pendant.

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* In ''UnderworldEvolution'', ''Film/UnderworldEvolution'', the vampire lord Viktor kept half the key to Wiliam's tomb sealed to his sternum; the other half is in Selene's pendant.
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