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10th Jun '16 7:19:17 AM Thereisnodana
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** Somewhat averted, though. There was a Grand Admiral/Dark Jedi controlling the Imperial fleet with battle meditation. The combination of him stopping this to flee and the destruction of the command bridge caused a chaotic panic and the remaining troops didn't coordinate fast enough to prevent Executor from falling into the Death Star's gravity well.
29th May '16 3:22:54 PM treehugger0369
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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' series, we find that SelfDemonstrating/{{GlaDOS}} had an emergency red phone in the control room, so scientists could call if she had problems. Too bad she killed all of the scientists with deadly neurotoxin before the call could be made.

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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' series, we find that SelfDemonstrating/{{GlaDOS}} had an emergency red phone in the control room, so scientists could call if she had problems. Too bad bad the cable was cut, preventing anyone from calling to report she killed all of the scientists was about to kill everyone with deadly neurotoxin before the call could be made.neurotoxin.
28th May '16 12:05:09 PM ultimomant
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* {{Invoked|Trope}} in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Make A Wish}}''. [[TeleportersAndTransporters Portkeys]] are made with a variety of safety features that prevent users from [[TeleporterAccident apparating in mid-air]] or [[CruelAndUnusualDeath inside a space too crowded or too small to contain them]]. The Death Eaters made the mistake of getting Portkeys from a wizard that doesn't like them, and is in fact giving them unsafe portkeys with the intention of getting them killed.
* In ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/295408/marionettes Marionettes]]'', it turns that [[spoiler:this trope is why Trixie (who [[RoboticReveal discovers she's an android]]) escaped the Stallions in Black who were chasing her's control: the [[ArtifactOfDoom Alicorn Amulet]] messing with her head fried her failsafes and freed her. Twilight later invokes this trope to free Lightning Dust the same way.]]

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* {{Invoked|Trope}} in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Make A Wish}}''.''Fanfic/MakeAWish''. [[TeleportersAndTransporters Portkeys]] are made with a variety of safety features that prevent users from [[TeleporterAccident apparating in mid-air]] or [[CruelAndUnusualDeath inside a space too crowded or too small to contain them]]. The Death Eaters made the mistake of getting Portkeys from a wizard that doesn't like them, and is in fact giving them unsafe portkeys with the intention of getting them killed.
* In ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/295408/marionettes Marionettes]]'', ''Fanfic/{{Marionettes}}'', it turns that [[spoiler:this trope is why Trixie (who [[RoboticReveal discovers she's an android]]) escaped the Stallions in Black who were chasing her's control: the [[ArtifactOfDoom Alicorn Amulet]] messing with her head fried her failsafes and freed her. Twilight later invokes this trope to free Lightning Dust the same way.]]
27th May '16 11:14:00 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** In the aftermath of the ''Acts of Vengeance'', the defeated Loki tried to get revenge by destroying New York by stealing control of three Sentinels built by Sebastian Shaw, and combining them into the titanic Tri-Sentinel, which he then ordered to destroy a nuclear power plant. As Spider-Man (who possessed the Captain Universe power) struggled to stop the thing, Shaw tried to activate a failsafe he had placed in the three Sentinels in the event they turned on him [[GenreSavvy (As Sentinels often do.)]] Simply put, the program would reveal to a Sentinel that, since their abilities were "inherited" and improved upon from the original Mach-1 Sentinels, they are technically mutants. In theory, this would act as a LogicBomb, causing a rogue Sentinel who has this revelation thrust upon it to destroy itself, as its directive is to destroy mutants. Unfortunately, Loki's sabotage had seriously screwed up the Tri-Sentinel's programming, and the failsafe didn't do anything more than confuse it for a couple of minutes. Still, that small delay was enough for Spidey to bring the Uni-Power to its full potential and blow it to dust in a climactic finish.

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** In the aftermath of the ''Acts of Vengeance'', the defeated Loki tried to get revenge by destroying New York by stealing control of three Sentinels built by Sebastian Shaw, and combining them into the titanic Tri-Sentinel, which he then ordered to destroy a nuclear power plant. As Spider-Man (who possessed the Captain Universe power) struggled to stop the thing, Shaw tried to activate a failsafe he had placed in the three Sentinels in the event they turned on him [[GenreSavvy (As Sentinels often do.)]] ) Simply put, the program would reveal to a Sentinel that, since their abilities were "inherited" and improved upon from the original Mach-1 Sentinels, they are technically mutants. In theory, this would act as a LogicBomb, causing a rogue Sentinel who has this revelation thrust upon it to destroy itself, as its directive is to destroy mutants. Unfortunately, Loki's sabotage had seriously screwed up the Tri-Sentinel's programming, and the failsafe didn't do anything more than confuse it for a couple of minutes. Still, that small delay was enough for Spidey to bring the Uni-Power to its full potential and blow it to dust in a climactic finish.



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', season 2, episode 1 almost invokes this by name. Magical chaos is running wild. Twilight Sparkle, having [[GenreSavvy seen this happen before]] ([[MagicMisfire mainly from her own spells]]), has developed a [[GameBreaker failsafe spell]] for just this sort of occasion, and sees no reason to [[HoldingBackThePhlebotinum not use it at the first sign of major trouble]]. But this time, [[JerkAssGods the source]] is stronger than she is used to, so...

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', season 2, episode 1 almost invokes this by name. Magical chaos is running wild. Twilight Sparkle, having [[GenreSavvy seen this happen before]] before ([[MagicMisfire mainly from her own spells]]), has developed a [[GameBreaker failsafe spell]] for just this sort of occasion, and sees no reason to [[HoldingBackThePhlebotinum not use it at the first sign of major trouble]]. But this time, [[JerkAssGods the source]] is stronger than she is used to, so...
6th May '16 3:42:20 PM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/skinhorse/series.php?view=archive&chapter=37571#strip2 here]] in ''Skin Horse''. Genetically-engineered dog Sweetheart has taken refuge from an Alaskan snowstorm inside the team's V-22 aircraft (with an A.I. known as Nick). After cranking up her courage [[spoiler: with a bottle of schnapps]], Sweetheart is ready to go out and save the mission, only to be stopped by Nick. Due to the fail-safe [[spoiler: big orange safety lever]], that doesn't stop Sweetheart for long.

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* Subverted [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/skinhorse/series.php?view=archive&chapter=37571#strip2 here]] here in ''Skin Horse''. Genetically-engineered dog Sweetheart has taken refuge from an Alaskan snowstorm inside the team's V-22 aircraft (with an A.I. known as Nick). After cranking up her courage [[spoiler: with a bottle of schnapps]], Sweetheart is ready to go out and save the mission, only to be stopped by Nick. Due to the fail-safe [[spoiler: big orange safety lever]], that doesn't stop Sweetheart for long.
3rd Feb '16 7:03:01 AM WhosAsking
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** After Virgil Grissom's Mercury capsule splashed down, the explosive bolts on the hatch (which were there for emergency egress purposes) went off, allowing water to rush into the tiny capsule and sink it. Grissom was very much in danger of drowning, as the crews of the recovery helicopters were trained ''too'' well and had to realize the capsule was a lost cause before finally realizing the astronaut was also having difficulty staying afloat and rescuing him. After losing a spacecraft, NASA decided explosive bolts were a bad idea, and did not incorporate them into subsequent designs, instead opting for doors which required much more deliberate effort to open. On the Apollo 1 spacecraft, the door opened inward. They claimed this was safer. While the crew of Apollo 1 was doing a test on the ground, a fire started in the capsule. The atmosphere inside was pure oxygen at greater than sea level pressure (in case you flunked chemistry, pure oxygen cranks any flame in it UpToEleven), and NASA had also managed to put all kinds of flammable materials in the cockpit. As the fire rapidly grew, the pressure grew inside the cockpit, making it ''impossible'' for any human being to open the inward-opening door, which, due to the lack of explosive bolts, could not be blown open. Smoke and fire turned the cockpit into a fiery tomb from which there was no escape, and all three astronauts died. One of these astronauts was Virgil Grissom.

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** After Virgil Grissom's Mercury capsule splashed down, the explosive bolts on the hatch (which were there for emergency egress purposes) went off, allowing water to rush into the tiny capsule and sink it. Grissom was very much in danger of drowning, as the crews of the recovery helicopters were trained ''too'' well and had to realize the capsule was a lost cause before finally realizing the astronaut was also having difficulty staying afloat and rescuing him. After losing a spacecraft, NASA decided explosive bolts were a bad idea, and did not incorporate them into subsequent designs, instead opting for doors which required much more deliberate effort to open. On the Apollo 1 spacecraft, the door opened inward. They claimed this was safer.safer (And in a fundamental way, it ''is''. Pressure doors are supposed to open in the direction of positive pressure so that this pressure works ''with'' the door to keep it closed under normal conditions. That's why airliner doors always open ''inward'' while submarine hatches always open ''outward''). While the crew of Apollo 1 was doing a test on the ground, a fire started in the capsule. The atmosphere inside was pure oxygen at greater than sea level pressure (in case you flunked chemistry, pure oxygen cranks any flame in it UpToEleven), and NASA had also managed to put all kinds of flammable materials in the cockpit. As the fire rapidly grew, the pressure grew inside the cockpit, making it ''impossible'' for any human being to open the inward-opening door, which, due to the lack of explosive bolts, could not be blown open. Smoke and fire turned the cockpit into a fiery tomb from which there was no escape, and all three astronauts died. One of these astronauts was Virgil Grissom.
26th Jan '16 7:42:18 PM laserviking42
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* The crew of Soyuz 11 died from a leaking pressure valve during reentry.

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* The crew of Soyuz 11 died from a leaking pressure valve during reentry. During descent, the explosive bolts which attached the service module to the descent module were fired simultaneously instead of sequentially. This damaged the pressure valve which was supposed to equalize pressure inside the module once they entered Earth's atmosphere, causing it to open while the module was still in space. There was a manual override for the valve, but it was located underneath the seats making it almost impossible to find in an emergency. Later a cosmonaut on the ground attempted to close the valve himself and found it took over a minute to do so, while the biometric sensors on one of the cosmonauts showed 40 seconds had elapsed between loss of pressure and death, in reality oxygen deprivation would have disabled the cosmonauts in far less time, approximately 15-20 seconds.
26th Jan '16 7:29:39 PM laserviking42
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** The O-rings weren't even designed to act as failsafes for the rocket boosters. It was discovered that the stress of ignition tended to bend the joints between two segments of the booster, however the O-rings, heated by the igniting rocket fuel inside, would expand enough to cover the holes. As it seemed to work just fine, the design wasn't changed. However being as the lauch site was in Florida, no one thought to take into account the extreme cold's effect on the rubber o-rings. In fact the Morton-Thiokol engineers specifically told NASA on the morning of the launch that they had no idea how the cold would effect the O-rings (as the launch had already been delayed several times, NASA put pressure on them to give the okay). So in a cascading series of improbable events, the joint bent under the stress of ignition while the O-rings, which had frozen overnight, failed to heat and expand fast enough to seal the gap and were instead vaporized.
12th Jan '16 6:54:26 AM Godzillawolf
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* In ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/295408/marionettes Marionettes]]'', it turns that [[spoiler:this trope is why Trixie (who [[RoboticReveal discovers she's an android]]) escaped the Stallions in Black who were chasing her's control: the [[ArtifactOfDoom Alicorn Amulet]] messing with her head fried her failsafes and freed her. Twilight later invokes this trope to free Lightning Dust the same way.]]



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7th Jan '16 11:20:13 PM merotoker
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->''"Out of order?! ''[[PrecisionFStrike Fuck!]]'' Even in the future nothing works!"''

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->''"Out of order?! ''[[PrecisionFStrike Fuck!]]'' ''Fuck!'' Even in the future nothing works!"''



*** Granted, this is justified to an extent by the fact [[spoiler: the Evas are only half-or-so machinery. Their human will seems to be able to screw things over pretty hard.]]

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*** Granted, this is justified to an extent by the fact [[spoiler: the Evas are only half-or-so machinery. Their human will seems to be able to screw things over pretty hard.]]hard]].



* Franchise/GreenLantern actually does have several failsafes which kick in, shutting down if the wearer breaks Lantern Code, reserving a small supply of energy the lantern normally can't access to protect the wearer from mortal energy and so forth. But Lanterns have been able to override the latter failsafe to continue fighting after their normal reserve is depleted (and given that lanterns are selected for fearlessness, it seems silly to allow that.) Also Hal Jordan was able to override the former failsafe after his ring was depleted for insubordination by drawing energy from a Guardian's construct.

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* Franchise/GreenLantern Franchise/GreenLantern
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actually does do have several failsafes which kick in, shutting down if the wearer breaks Lantern Code, reserving a small supply of energy the lantern normally can't access to protect the wearer from mortal energy and so forth. But Lanterns have been able to override the latter failsafe to continue fighting after their normal reserve is depleted (and given that lanterns are selected for fearlessness, it seems silly to allow that.) Also Hal Jordan was able to override the former failsafe after his ring was depleted for insubordination by drawing energy from a Guardian's construct.



** In the aftermath of the ''Acts of Vengeance'', the defeated Loki tried to get revenge by destroying New York by stealing control of three Sentinels built by Sebastian Shaw, and combining them into the titanic Tri-Sentinel, which he then ordered to destroy a nuclear power plant. As SpiderMan (who possessed the Captain Universe power) struggled to stop the thing, Shaw tried to activate a failsafe he had placed in the three Sentinels in the event they turned on him [[GenreSavvy (As Sentinels often do.)]] Simply put, the program would reveal to a Sentinel that, since their abilities were "inherited" and improved upon from the original Mach-1 Sentinels, they are technically mutants. In theory, this would act as a LogicBomb, causing a rogue Sentinel who has this revelation thrust upon it to destroy itself, as its directive is to destroy mutants. Unfortunately, Loki's sabotage had seriously screwed up the Tri-Sentinel's programming, and the failsafe didn't do anything more than confuse it for a couple of minutes. Still, that small delay was enough for Spidey to bring the Uni-Power to its full potential and blow it to dust in a climactic finish.

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** In the aftermath of the ''Acts of Vengeance'', the defeated Loki tried to get revenge by destroying New York by stealing control of three Sentinels built by Sebastian Shaw, and combining them into the titanic Tri-Sentinel, which he then ordered to destroy a nuclear power plant. As SpiderMan Spider-Man (who possessed the Captain Universe power) struggled to stop the thing, Shaw tried to activate a failsafe he had placed in the three Sentinels in the event they turned on him [[GenreSavvy (As Sentinels often do.)]] Simply put, the program would reveal to a Sentinel that, since their abilities were "inherited" and improved upon from the original Mach-1 Sentinels, they are technically mutants. In theory, this would act as a LogicBomb, causing a rogue Sentinel who has this revelation thrust upon it to destroy itself, as its directive is to destroy mutants. Unfortunately, Loki's sabotage had seriously screwed up the Tri-Sentinel's programming, and the failsafe didn't do anything more than confuse it for a couple of minutes. Still, that small delay was enough for Spidey to bring the Uni-Power to its full potential and blow it to dust in a climactic finish.



* The film version of ''Film/WingCommander'' begins with the [[CatFolk Kilrathi]] attacking an outpost in order to capture its navigational data. Realizing why the enemy is attacking, the commander of the outpost orders the navcom, which is located in a sealed room, destroyed. However, the SelfDestructMechanism refuses to work, [[spoiler:due to sabotage]].

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* The film version of ''Film/WingCommander'' begins with the [[CatFolk Kilrathi]] attacking an outpost in order to capture its navigational data. Realizing why the enemy is attacking, the commander of the outpost orders the navcom, which is located in a sealed room, destroyed. However, the SelfDestructMechanism refuses to work, [[spoiler:due to sabotage]].



** [[AvertedTrope The Aversion]]: To 'sell' the appearance of having destroyed the submarine ''Red October'' to its recently-evacuated crew, the US Navy attack it with an air-dropped torpedo. The torpedo is successfully aborted before impact in the scene which became TropeNamer for IWasNeverHere.

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** [[AvertedTrope The Aversion]]: To 'sell' the appearance of having destroyed the submarine ''Red October'' to its recently-evacuated crew, the US Navy attack it with an air-dropped torpedo. The torpedo is successfully aborted before impact in the scene which became TropeNamer {{Trope Namer|s}} for IWasNeverHere.



* Averted in ''Literature/ChildrenOfTheMind'', where an active MD Device is quickly and easily disarmed by a technician. The tech notes that the [[EarthShatteringKaboom planet-atomizing superweapon]] was deliberately designed to be easy to turn off, with the missile having instructions printed on it to explain how to do so. "Now, turning it on, ''that's'' hard." Good thing it had been designed like that, as in this book [[spoiler:the "Dr. Device" is fired at the planet Lusitania but the protagonists use their new teleportation tech to send it back inside the ship that fired it.]]

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* Averted in ''Literature/ChildrenOfTheMind'', where an active MD Device is quickly and easily disarmed by a technician. The tech notes that the [[EarthShatteringKaboom planet-atomizing superweapon]] was deliberately designed to be easy to turn off, with the missile having instructions printed on it to explain how to do so. "Now, turning it on, ''that's'' hard." Good thing it had been designed like that, as in this book [[spoiler:the "Dr. Device" is fired at the planet Lusitania but the protagonists use their new teleportation tech to send it back inside the ship that fired it.]]it]].



* When the Arrandas visit the [[IKnowWhatYouFear Nightmare Machine]] at Hologram Fun World, in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', they're told that the simulations, which are terrifying, will end if they say "End simulation!" Of course, it doesn't work [[spoiler: because the Nightmare Machine is actually a psychic monster, and not interested in letting them go.]]

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* When the Arrandas visit the [[IKnowWhatYouFear Nightmare Machine]] at Hologram Fun World, in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', they're told that the simulations, which are terrifying, will end if they say "End simulation!" Of course, it doesn't work [[spoiler: because the Nightmare Machine is actually a psychic monster, and not interested in letting them go.]]]].



* ''VideoGame/{{Ace Combat 5|TheUnsungWar}}'': During an airshow turned firefight, Chopper gets shot up by enemy forces, damaging most of his plane's internal systems. He still flies for a minute or so to find a safe place to land, [[spoiler:but by that time, his eject system is damaged too heavily for him to eject. He dies in the following crash.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Ace Combat 5|TheUnsungWar}}'': During an airshow turned firefight, Chopper gets shot up by enemy forces, damaging most of his plane's internal systems. He still flies for a minute or so to find a safe place to land, [[spoiler:but by that time, his eject system is damaged too heavily for him to eject. He dies in the following crash.]]crash]].



* In the ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' series, we find that SelfDemonstrating/GlaDOS had an emergency red phone in the control room, so scientists could call if she had problems. Too bad she killed all of the scientists with deadly neurotoxin before the call could be made.

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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' series, we find that SelfDemonstrating/GlaDOS SelfDemonstrating/{{GlaDOS}} had an emergency red phone in the control room, so scientists could call if she had problems. Too bad she killed all of the scientists with deadly neurotoxin before the call could be made.



* Referred to by name in ''VideoGame/TheStanleyParable''. In the explosion ending, there's a button that, when pressed, shows a message on a screen reading "Failsafe Failure". No button in the room can [[spoiler: stop the explosion and save Stanley.]]

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* Referred to by name in ''VideoGame/TheStanleyParable''. In the explosion ending, there's a button that, when pressed, shows a message on a screen reading "Failsafe Failure". No button in the room can [[spoiler: stop the explosion and save Stanley.]]Stanley]].



** There's a failsafe failure that is [[spoiler:actually part of Fox Hounds plans.]] You receive a key which is part of the override. But the game wants three keys for the override. Thus, you need to [[spoiler:heat the key up to make it the shape of the second slot, then cool it down for the third shape. It's kind of lucky that the base holding Metal Gear Rex contains a foundry, and is in Alaska, otherwise how else would you use the key?]] This is made even more baffling when you consider that the nuclear missile will launch with only two codes, yet three keys are needed to override [[spoiler:and even worse, said override key will actually '''arm''' the weapon if it's in a disarmed state.]]

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** There's a failsafe failure that is [[spoiler:actually part of Fox Hounds plans.]] plans]]. You receive a key which is part of the override. But the game wants three keys for the override. Thus, you need to [[spoiler:heat the key up to make it the shape of the second slot, then cool it down for the third shape. It's kind of lucky that the base holding Metal Gear Rex contains a foundry, and is in Alaska, otherwise how else would you use the key?]] This is made even more baffling when you consider that the nuclear missile will launch with only two codes, yet three keys are needed to override [[spoiler:and even worse, said override key will actually '''arm''' the weapon if it's in a disarmed state.]]state]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10SecretOfTheOmnitrix'', the titular device gets messed with in such a way as to cause it to start a countdown to an explosion that will destroy the universe. The subversion is that [[spoiler:that ''is'' the failsafe. The creator figured that destroying the universe itself was better than having the thing fall into the wrong hands.]] Which raises a number of questions that have never really been resolved.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10SecretOfTheOmnitrix'', the titular device gets messed with in such a way as to cause it to start a countdown to an explosion that will destroy the universe. The subversion is that [[spoiler:that ''is'' the failsafe. The creator figured that destroying the universe itself was better than having the thing fall into the wrong hands.]] hands]]. Which raises a number of questions that have never really been resolved.



* As shown on ''Series/MythBusters'': plugged safety valve on water heater + thermostat failure = [[SteamPunk steam-powered]] [[NoKillLikeOverkill ballistic missile]]. As reported all over the news, one such incident occurred in a strip mall in Burien, WA on July 28, 2001.

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* As shown on ''Series/MythBusters'': plugged safety valve on water heater + thermostat failure = [[SteamPunk steam-powered]] [[NoKillLikeOverkill [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill ballistic missile]]. As reported all over the news, one such incident occurred in a strip mall in Burien, WA on July 28, 2001.



* The power outage during [[SuperBowl Super Bowl XLVII]] was ironically caused by the failsafe ''itself''. A power relay, which was supposed to activate and relay power from another source in case of an outage, activated when it wasn't supposed to, causing a partial blackout in the stadium.

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* The power outage during [[SuperBowl [[UsefulNotes/SuperBowl Super Bowl XLVII]] was ironically caused by the failsafe ''itself''. A power relay, which was supposed to activate and relay power from another source in case of an outage, activated when it wasn't supposed to, causing a partial blackout in the stadium.



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