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16th Mar '17 10:57:14 PM LadyNorbert
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* Princess Sakura herself in ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', who was actually disassembled by the BigBad, intending for [[spoiler:Clone!Syaoran ([[MindScrew it's complicated]]) to reassemble her soul feathers back together, dragging poor Sakura's unconscious (and memory-less) body through countless dimensions to, in a sense, map the whole universe. Of course, this is just the cliff-notes version...]]

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* Princess Sakura herself in ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', who was actually disassembled by the BigBad, intending for [[spoiler:Clone!Syaoran ([[MindScrew it's complicated]]) to reassemble her soul feathers back together, feathers, dragging poor Sakura's unconscious (and memory-less) body through countless dimensions to, in a sense, map the whole universe. Of course, this is just the cliff-notes version...]]



* The Franchise/{{Tintin}} story ''The Secret of the 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 Franchise/{{Tintin}} story ''The Secret of the 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 that Tintin realize realizes that you have to hold the papers together against a strong light to see the numbers properly.



* The Cup Of Ankh in ''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 Cup Of Ankh in ''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 its 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.



* VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft loves this trope with regards to it's Legendary Weapons. You have to collect numerous pieces of the weapon from raid bosses, ''then'' complete additional quests (for example, doing something unusual during boss fights). Sometimes you would also need a big pile of cash for buyable materials. And in the end you get yourself a nice, flashy weapon that will last you for a couple of content patches at most and end as a BraggingRightsReward later.

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* VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft loves this trope with regards to it's its Legendary Weapons. You have to collect numerous pieces of the weapon from raid bosses, ''then'' complete additional quests (for example, doing something unusual during boss fights). Sometimes you would also need a big pile of cash for buyable materials. And in the end you get yourself a nice, flashy weapon that will last you for a couple of content patches at most and end as a BraggingRightsReward later.



* In ''VideoGame/StarshipTitanic'', the [[SpaceshipGirl ship's central AI, Titania]], was sabotaged in a scuttling plan, and without her being functional, the ship was put in a very unstable state, hence why it crashed into your house in the first place. One of the saboteurs initially tried to remove her components from the ship entirely, but security systems got in the way, so they were conveniently hidden within the ship instead. Not that that means they're easy to reach, mind you.

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* In ''VideoGame/StarshipTitanic'', the [[SpaceshipGirl ship's central AI, Titania]], was sabotaged in a scuttling plan, and without her being functional, the ship was put in a very unstable state, hence why it crashed into your house in the first place. One of the saboteurs initially tried to remove her components from the ship entirely, but security systems got in the way, so they were conveniently hidden within the ship instead. Not that that this means they're easy to reach, mind you.



* The basic premise in VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves. [[BigBad Clockwerk]] is still dead from events of the first game, but his pieces have been acquired by various criminals across the globe, and the gang needs to retrieve them before someone gets the [[SealedEvilInACan bright idea]] to try to put them back together.

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* The basic premise in VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves. ''VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves''. [[BigBad Clockwerk]] is still dead from events of the first game, but his pieces have been acquired by various criminals across the globe, and the gang needs to retrieve them before someone gets the [[SealedEvilInACan bright idea]] to try to put them back together.together.
* The [[{{BFS}} Sulevin Blade]] in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' falls under this trope. Its recovery isn't central to the plot - it's a completely optional sidequest - but if the Inquisitor travels to the Cradle of Sulevin and gathers all the fragments of the lost blade, it can be reforged into one of the best two-handed swords in the entire franchise.



* 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 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.]]
8th Mar '17 9:34:34 AM nombretomado
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* The golden capstone of the great pyramid of Giza in MatthewReilly's ''Seven Ancient Wonders''. It is the key to stopping the end of the world, but also gives its possessor invincibility in battle. Alexander The Great got bored with its power and split it into 7 pieces, hiding each in one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

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* The golden capstone of the great pyramid of Giza in MatthewReilly's Creator/MatthewReilly's ''Seven Ancient Wonders''. It is the key to stopping the end of the world, but also gives its possessor invincibility in battle. Alexander The Great got bored with its power and split it into 7 pieces, hiding each in one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
3rd Mar '17 4:48:13 PM ZimFan89
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* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', specifically the Shen Gong Wu used in conjuction to create [[EldritchAbomination Mala Mala Jong]].Individually, they're a magic breastplate, helmet, gauntlet, boots, sash, and pendant. Add in the Heart of Jong, with the power to make AnimateInanimateOjbects? You get a PhysicalGod that can absorb the weapons you use to fight him, whith a single minded dedication to ending the world.

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* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', specifically the Shen Gong Wu used in conjuction to create [[EldritchAbomination Mala Mala Jong]]. Individually, they're a magic breastplate, helmet, gauntlet, boots, sash, and pendant. Add in the Heart of Jong, with the power to make AnimateInanimateOjbects? AnimateInanimateObjects? You get a PhysicalGod that can absorb the weapons you use to fight him, whith a single minded dedication to ending the world.
24th Feb '17 8:13:54 PM Lightmaster
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** The example that pulled this trope in the grandest scale was ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', wherein the dismantled MacGuffin happened to be [[spoiler:the entire planet, which was split into two to prevent the Cleft of Dimensions from reforming. The villain seeks to merge the two planets back into one, and inevitably succeeds]]

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** The example that pulled this trope in the grandest scale was ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', wherein the dismantled MacGuffin happened to be [[spoiler:the entire planet, which was split into two to prevent the Cleft of Dimensions Interdimensional Rift from reforming. The villain seeks to merge the two planets back into one, and inevitably succeeds]]
21st Feb '17 6:04:58 PM ZimFan89
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* Season 2 of ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' is a race between the Legends and the villains to assemble the Spear of Destiny (the spear of Longinus from ''Literature/TheBible''), its pieces scattered throughout history. The key to finding the pieces of the spear is the Legends' missing leader ComicBook/RipHunter.

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* Season 2 of ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' is a race between the Legends and the villains LegionOfDoom to assemble the Spear of Destiny (the spear of Longinus from ''Literature/TheBible''), which gives the user the power to [[RewritingReality rewrite reality]], its pieces scattered throughout history. The key to finding the pieces of the spear is the Legends' missing leader ComicBook/RipHunter.
8th Feb '17 3:50:11 PM ExSlacker
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* Season 2 of ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' is a race between the Legends and the villains to assemble the Spear of Destiny (the spear of Longinus from ''Literature/TheBible''), its pieces scattered throughout history. The key to finding the pieces of the spear is the Legends' missing leader ComicBook/RipHunter.
7th Feb '17 8:28:49 PM wootzits
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* Pictured above: in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureSteelBallRun'', the Holy Corpse parts are scattered across America, which grant mysterious powers to those who hold them. It's eventually explained that they naturally separated via (super)natural means after [[spoiler: Jesus died and his corpse was mummified]].

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* Pictured above: in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureSteelBallRun'', In ''Manga/DGrayMan'', all the Holy Corpse parts are scattered across America, which grant mysterious powers to those who hold them. It's eventually explained innocence were [[spoiler:originally one giant powerful innocence that they naturally separated via (super)natural means was split after [[spoiler: Jesus died and his corpse the earl was mummified]].defeated for the first time.]]



* ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'': The Shikon Jewel was broken into shards at the beginning of the story. The rest of the story was essentially a quest by almost everyone alive (with the sole exception of Sesshoumaru) trying to collect the shards in an attempt to either gain great power or to prevent others from gaining great power. [[spoiler: In the end, the DismantledMacGuffin turned out to be an ArtefactOfDoom that not only unleashed TheHeartless against Sesshoumaru and Inuyasha but was also TheManBehindTheMan that could only be defeated by Kagome.]]

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* ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'': The Shikon Jewel was broken into shards at the beginning of the story. The rest of the story was essentially a quest by almost everyone alive (with the sole exception of Sesshoumaru) trying to collect the shards in an attempt to either gain great power or to prevent others from gaining great power. [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the end, the DismantledMacGuffin turned out to be an ArtefactOfDoom that not only unleashed TheHeartless against Sesshoumaru and Inuyasha but was also TheManBehindTheMan that could only be defeated by Kagome.]]]]
* ''Anime/JewelpetKiraDeco'': The heroes are on a quest to collect all the Deco Stones that form the Mirror Ball, which was shattered in the backstory. Putting it back together will restore Jewel Land's goddess and rid the human world of darkness.
* Pictured above: in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureSteelBallRun'', the Holy Corpse parts are scattered across America, which grant mysterious powers to those who hold them. It's eventually explained that they naturally separated via (super)natural means after [[spoiler:Jesus died and his corpse was mummified]].
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', we eventually find out [[spoiler:the tailed beasts]] were split apart from [[spoiler:the Ten-Tailed Beast,]] one giant EldritchAbomination.
* Mostly subverted in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. [[spoiler:The whole series is essentially the protagonists trying to keep the Angels from reuniting with Lilith. Partial in that a few of the "protagonists" secretly WANT an Angel to reunite with Lilith, only on their timetable.]]
* Inverted and then played straight on all sides in ''Anime/RoninWarriors''. Originally, the Ancient [[FlingALightIntoTheFuture defeated Talpa, and divided his armor into 9 parts, which were then separated]]. However, Talpa managed to survive and recover 4 of them. The Ronin Warriors were given the other 5, which they had to recover. Eventually, the Ronin Warriors gain all 5 armors and combine them into the Inferno armor, however this is where the trope gets averted (or played straight on the other side) as this merely puts all 5 armors in one place for Talpa to get ahold of. Finally played straight when the Ronin Warriors AND Talpa's evil henchmen give him exactly what he wants, and overpowers him with the rejuvenated force of all 9 armors, thus defeating him permanently.



* Princess Sakura herself in ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', who was actually disassembled by the BigBad, intending for [[spoiler:Clone!Syaoran ([[MindScrew it's complicated]]) to reassemble her soul feathers back together, dragging poor Sakura's unconscious (and memory-less) body through countless dimensions to, in a sense, map the whole universe. Of course, this is just the cliff-notes version...]]



* Mostly subverted in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. [[spoiler: The whole series is essentially the protagonists trying to keep the Angels from reuniting with Lilith. Partial in that a few of the "protagonists" secretly WANT an Angel to reunite with Lilith, only on their timetable.]]
* Inverted and then played straight on all sides in ''Anime/RoninWarriors''. Originally, the Ancient [[FlingALightIntoTheFuture defeated Talpa, and divided his armor into 9 parts, which were then separated]]. However, Talpa managed to survive and recover 4 of them. The Ronin Warriors were given the other 5, which they had to recover. Eventually, the Ronin Warriors gain all 5 armors and combine them into the Inferno armor, however this is where the trope gets averted (or played straight on the other side) as this merely puts all 5 armors in one place for Talpa to get ahold of. Finally played straight when the Ronin Warriors AND Talpa's evil henchmen give him exactly what he wants, and overpowers him with the rejuvenated force of all 9 armors, thus defeating him permanently.



* In ''Manga/DGrayMan'', all the innocence were [[spoiler: originally one giant powerful innocence that was split after the earl was defeated for the first time.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', we eventually find out [[spoiler:the tailed beasts]] were split apart from [[spoiler: the Ten-Tailed Beast,]] one giant EldritchAbomination.
* Princess Sakura herself in ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', who was actually disassembled by the BigBad, intending for [[spoiler:Clone!Syaoran ([[MindScrew it's complicated]]) to reassemble her soul feathers back together, dragging poor Sakura's unconscious (and memory-less) body through countless dimensions to, in a sense, map the whole universe. Of course, this is just the cliff-notes version...]]
1st Feb '17 10:19:39 AM ZimFan89
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* In ''Fanfic/TheBridge'', the spell needed to break the [[SealedEvilInACan seal]] [[spoiler: keeping [[GodOfEvil Grogar]] in Tambelon]] is split up in portions amongst the four [[TomeOfEldritchLore dark magic tomes]] that are in turn divided up amongst [[spoiler: Grogar's students]]. Additionally, in order to carry out the spell, the magic of an alicorn is required.
10th Jan '17 2:56:37 PM MiddleEighth
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*The Nine-part Key in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone''. This object must be put together in order to breach the impregnable Black Tower.
**And the list of instructions on how to put it together.
10th Dec '16 10:11:44 AM Brainiac0982
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* The Mask of Ultimate Power in BIONICLE: Journey to One.



* The Mask of Ultimate Power in BIONICLE: Journey to One.

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* The Mask of Ultimate Power in BIONICLE: Journey to One.

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