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17th Nov '17 5:13:19 PM Jaloson
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** The basement reveal changes everything. [[spoiler:All along we'd been led to believe Humanity was extinct. In truth Humanity was never exterminated and the true enemy is the entire World.]]
22nd Oct '17 10:05:58 AM stuthehistoryguy
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* Creator/BabeRuth. In the early days of baseball, trying to hit home runs was seen as a sucker's game, and players were coached to drive the ball for a base hit. Since [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness Ruth came up as a pitcher]], no one bothered to correct his propensity for fly balls, and he developed into the first "power" hitter. Other players would follow suit in the 1920s, changing nearly every aspect of the game in a relatively short time.
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8th Oct '17 1:28:15 PM Abodos
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** ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 3: Corruption'': After the game's first mission, Samus is infected with an alien substance called Phazon that allows her to briefly supercharge her abilities [[spoiler: but corrupt her if she uses it for too long]]. It's a game changer for the ''Prime'' series as a whole as the previous games had Phazon be a hazard you were trying to destroy.

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** ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 3: Corruption'': ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'': After the game's first mission, Samus is infected with an alien substance called Phazon that allows her to briefly supercharge her abilities [[spoiler: but corrupt her if she uses it for too long]]. It's a game changer for the ''Prime'' series ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeTrilogy'' as a whole as the previous games had Phazon be a hazard you were trying to destroy.
14th Sep '17 9:06:49 PM azbyc15243
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* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':
** The events of World War III. Due to some extremely conspicuous uses of magic (a 40 kilometre long fortress being raised into the sky, an archangel being summoned), people everywhere have at least some suspicion that magic exists. The war significantly shifts the BalanceOfPower, with Academy City and the Anglican Church in a stronger position and the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches weakened. Aleister Crowley is forced to take action personally, revealing that he's still alive. The (perceived) victory of science over magic eventually leads to the formation of the anti-science magical cabal Gremlin.
** Othinus gaining her full power as a Magic God, only to be talked into a HeelFaceTurn and losing it. Her actions cause the other Magic Gods to begin taking an interest in the world. Aleister manages to find the Magic Gods and break into their sanctuary. The subconscious will of the Magic Gods inadvertently leads to the awakening of World Rejector, a power capable of instantly defeating them.
13th Aug '17 11:17:53 PM Dracis
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' has Daenerys Targaryen's three dragons, the first of their kind in over a century. Once grown to adulthood, the three give the Targaryen queen a practically insurmountable military advantage; between their flight, scales impervious to arrows and fire breath hot enough to reduce men to ashes in seconds, they can lay waste to armies and castles alike with near impunity.
19th Jun '17 7:34:03 AM MattStriker
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Dreadnought_(1906) HMS Dreadnought]]. Launched in 1906, her combination of firepower, armor and speed rendered all other battleships then in service obsolete in one fell swoop, leading to a massive worldwide arms race to replace the now-useless pre-dreadnought ships with ever more powerful dreadnought-type vessels. The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-German_naval_arms_race Dreadnought Arms Race]] between the UK and Germany in particular is thought to have been one of the major causes of World War I.
26th May '17 11:39:05 PM Gamermaster
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* ''Series/BabylonFive'': The results of Sheridan's visit to Z'ha'dum ([[spoiler: mainly the nuking of the Shadows' center of power]]) "opened an unexpected door" (in the words of Kosh II/Ulkesh), which [[spoiler: emboldened the Vorlons to unleash their planet killers and go all out destroying any worlds "touched" by Shadows--and the Shadows to reciprocate in this escalation. This turn of events showed the younger races just how dysfunctional and dangerous the Vorlons' and Shadows' guardianship had become. Sheridan gathers a massive fleet of the younger races to confront both the Shadow and Vorlon fleets near a targeted planet of six billion sentient beings, calls them out on their unfitness as guardians, and persuades them to leave the galaxy as their moral exposure becomes apparent to all.]] Thus had the events of "Z'ha'dum" not happened, the current war would arguably end up being just one more of a millennial cycle of wars orchestrated by the Shadows [[spoiler: and Vorlons]], rather than [[spoiler: the last of them]].

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'': The results of Sheridan's visit to Z'ha'dum ([[spoiler: mainly ([[spoiler:mainly the nuking of the Shadows' center of power]]) "opened an unexpected door" (in the words of Kosh II/Ulkesh), which [[spoiler: emboldened the Vorlons to unleash their planet killers and go all out destroying any worlds "touched" by Shadows--and the Shadows to reciprocate in this escalation. This turn of events showed the younger races just how dysfunctional and dangerous the Vorlons' and Shadows' guardianship had become. Sheridan gathers a massive fleet of the younger races to confront both the Shadow and Vorlon fleets near a targeted planet of six billion sentient beings, calls them out on their unfitness as guardians, and persuades them to leave the galaxy as their moral exposure becomes apparent to all.]] Thus had the events of "Z'ha'dum" not happened, the current war would arguably end up being just one more of a millennial cycle of wars orchestrated by the Shadows [[spoiler: and Vorlons]], rather than [[spoiler: the last of them]].
19th May '17 10:38:29 AM Generality
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* There are two in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'': First, the rediscovery of [[ThinkingUpPortals Traveling]], which catches on around the midpoint of the series. The ability of powerful channelers to make holes in the air to any desired location not only [[EasyLogistics shortens transportation]] and trade, but also potentially renders all fortifications obsolete. Second is the redevelopment of gunpowder-based weapons. These don't see real use until the final book, but Mat Cauthon, who has inherited the battle expertise of countless past incarnations, is well aware of how significantly these will change the world.
14th May '17 10:13:06 PM AthenaBlue
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* ComicStrip/FlashGordon is the game changer in his series: before he arrived on Mongo, various worlds under Ming's thumb were fighting each other. Flash slowly convinced the various worlds to set aside their differences and concentrate instead on overthrowing Ming the Merciless.
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* In ''Film/TronLegacy'', Kevin Flynn explains to Sam that his arrival into the Grid shook up the previous stalemate between Flynn and Clu. [[spoiler: This is what Clu was expecting by summoning Sam to the arcade, hoping to egg Flynn out of his self-exile. Flynn initially tries to ignore the bait but Sam doesn't like trying to stay still.]]

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* When conman Dmitri brings orphan Anya before Duchess Sophie, he thought he'd drilled Anya on every fact about the lost Princess WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}. But when Sophie asks how she'd escaped the palace during the uprising, Anya replies with something only the actual Princess Anastasia could know. It is then that Dmitri realizes that Anya really is the missing Romanov princess.
* The Game Changer in ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' is Hiccup discovering that dragons and humans are ''not'' mutual adversaries. The "kill on sight" directive in the Viking Handbook is fanaticism, and the dragons are raiding the Viking village under orders from an EvilBoss. The dragon revolution against the Red Death cements this change into NothingIsTheSameAnymore.
* The Game Changer in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' is the unexpected dubbing of Po as The Dragon Warrior, a clumsy giant panda who turns out be a preternaturally talented martial artist of considerable power with the right instruction who also enables his colleagues to find a happiness they did not know they needed.
* In ''Film/TronLegacy'', Kevin Flynn explains to Sam ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', Ralph is convinced that his arrival into the Grid shook up the previous stalemate between Flynn and Clu. it's pointless to continue helping Vanellope, as he feels any further assistance will doom her home game of ''Sugar Rush''. [[spoiler: This Until Ralph notices official artwork of Vanellope on the side of the game cabinet and returns to ''Sugar Rush'', now determined to get answers as to what's going on with Vanellope. Indeed, this new information ultimately leads to bringing down Turbo's reign in ''Sugar Rush''.]]
* At first, Nick Wilde of Disney's ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' teased and tormented rookie Officer Hopps during her investigation of the Emmett Otterton case. In fairness, Hopps was holding a Sword of Damocles over Wilde in the form of undeclared taxable income. The game changed significantly when key witness Renato Manchas came up missing, and Chief Bogo demanded that Hopps resign from the police force. Seeing a painful similarity with his own rejection by the Junior Rangers, Wilde intervened on Hopps' behalf. Rather than being TheLoad in the investigation, Wilde became an active participant, rising to heroic lengths to assist in cracking the case. Goodbye, {{Troll}}; hello, FireForgedFriends.
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* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' mid-film twist changes everything only Steve Rogers, but for the entire Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. The first half of the film is an investigation by S.H.I.E.L.D. into who led the assassination attempt on Nick Fury. [[spoiler:The second half reveals that the culprit was the unexpectedly alive HYDRA, who have infiltrated S.H.I.E.LD. and are using to bring about a NewWorldOrder. The defeat of HYDRA necessitates the dissolution of S.H.I.E.L.D., leaving heroes and citizens without its protection to rely on.]]
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': The Joker killing the Batman impersonators was cited by Bruce as crossing the line, while Alfred points out that him becoming Batman to begin with
is what Clu was expecting by summoning Sam to made the arcade, hoping mob so desperate.
* The One Ring of Power is TGC in ''Film/TheHobbit'' where it acts as a James Bond device for Bilbo Baggins. That same Ring becomes NothingIsTheSameAnymore in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' when it's revealed
to egg Flynn out be Sauron's SoulJar, with which he could reclaim all of Middle Earth under his self-exile. Flynn initially tries iron rule.
* The Nerdlucks from ''Film/SpaceJam'' are challenged
to ignore a basketball game by the bait but Sam doesn't like trying Franchise/LooneyTunes. The Nerdlucks seem badly overmatched, until they steal the talent of [=NBA=] players, and turn OneWingedAngel on the practice court. Now, it the Looney Tunes that are horribly outmatched, prompting Characters/BugsBunny to stay still.]] recruit Michael Jordan to their cause.



* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': The Joker killing the Batman impersonators was cited by Bruce as crossing the line, while Alfred points out that him becoming Batman to begin with is what made the mob so desperate.
* The One Ring of Power is TGC in ''Film/TheHobbit'' where it acts as a James Bond device for Bilbo Baggins. That same Ring becomes NothingIsTheSameAnymore in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' when it's revealed to be Sauron's SoulJar, with which he could reclaim all of Middle Earth under his iron rule.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' mid-film twist changes everything only Steve Rogers, but for the entire Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. The first half of the film is an investigation by S.H.I.E.L.D. into who led the assassination attempt on Nick Fury. [[spoiler:The second half reveals that the culprit was the unexpectedly alive HYDRA, who have infiltrated S.H.I.E.LD. and are using to bring about a NewWorldOrder. The defeat of HYDRA necessitates the dissolution of S.H.I.E.L.D., leaving heroes and citizens without its protection to rely on.]]
* The Nerdlucks from ''Film/SpaceJam'' are challenged to a basketball game by the Franchise/LooneyTunes. The Nerdlucks seem badly overmatched, until they steal the talent of [=NBA=] players, and turn OneWingedAngel on the practice court. Now, it the Looney Tunes that are horribly outmatched, prompting Characters/BugsBunny to recruit Michael Jordan to their cause.
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* The Game Changer in ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' is Hiccup discovering that dragons and humans are ''not'' mutual adversaries. The "kill on sight" directive in the Viking Handbook is fanaticism, and the dragons are raiding the Viking village under orders from an EvilBoss. The dragon revolution against the Red Death cements this change into NothingIsTheSameAnymore.
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', Ralph is convinced that it's pointless to continue helping Vanellope, as he feels any further assistance will doom her home game of ''Sugar Rush''. [[spoiler: Until Ralph notices official artwork of Vanellope on the side of the game cabinet and returns to ''Sugar Rush'', now determined to get answers as to what's going on with Vanellope. Indeed, this new information ultimately leads to bringing down Turbo's reign in ''Sugar Rush''.]]
* When conman Dmitri brings orphan Anya before Duchess Sophie, he thought he'd drilled Anya on every fact about the lost Princess WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}. But when Sophie asks how she'd escaped the palace during the uprising, Anya replies with something only the actual Princess Anastasia could know. It is then that Dmitri realizes that Anya really is the missing Romanov princess.
* The Game Changer in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' is the unexpected dubbing of Po as The Dragon Warrior, a clumsy giant panda who turns out be a preternaturally talented martial artist of considerable power with the right instruction who also enables his colleagues to find a happiness they did not know they needed.
* At first, Nick Wilde of Disney's ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' teased and tormented rookie Officer Hopps during her investigation of the Emmett Otterton case. In fairness, Hopps was holding a Sword of Damocles over Wilde in the form of undeclared taxable income. The game changed significantly when key witness Renato Manchas came up missing, and Chief Bogo demanded that Hopps resign from the police force. Seeing a painful similarity with his own rejection by the Junior Rangers, Wilde intervened on Hopps' behalf. Rather than being TheLoad in the investigation, Wilde became an active participant, rising to heroic lengths to assist in cracking the case. Goodbye, {{Troll}}; hello, FireForgedFriends.
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* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': The Joker killing the Batman impersonators was cited by Bruce as crossing the line, while Alfred points out In ''Film/TronLegacy'', Kevin Flynn explains to Sam that him becoming Batman to begin with is what made the mob so desperate.
* The One Ring of Power is TGC in ''Film/TheHobbit'' where it acts as a James Bond device for Bilbo Baggins. That same Ring becomes NothingIsTheSameAnymore in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' when it's revealed to be Sauron's SoulJar, with which he could reclaim all of Middle Earth under
his iron rule.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' mid-film twist changes everything only Steve Rogers, but for the entire Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. The first half of the film is an investigation by S.H.I.E.L.D.
arrival into who led the assassination attempt on Nick Fury. [[spoiler:The second half reveals that Grid shook up the culprit was the unexpectedly alive HYDRA, who have infiltrated S.H.I.E.LD. previous stalemate between Flynn and are using to bring about a NewWorldOrder. The defeat of HYDRA necessitates the dissolution of S.H.I.E.L.D., leaving heroes and citizens without its protection to rely on.]]
* The Nerdlucks from ''Film/SpaceJam'' are challenged to a basketball game by the Franchise/LooneyTunes. The Nerdlucks seem badly overmatched, until they steal the talent of [=NBA=] players, and turn OneWingedAngel on the practice court. Now, it the Looney Tunes that are horribly outmatched, prompting Characters/BugsBunny to recruit Michael Jordan to their cause.
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* The Game Changer in ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' is Hiccup discovering that dragons and humans are ''not'' mutual adversaries. The "kill on sight" directive in the Viking Handbook is fanaticism, and the dragons are raiding the Viking village under orders from an EvilBoss. The dragon revolution against the Red Death cements this change into NothingIsTheSameAnymore.
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', Ralph is convinced that it's pointless to continue helping Vanellope, as he feels any further assistance will doom her home game of ''Sugar Rush''.
Clu. [[spoiler: Until Ralph notices official artwork of Vanellope on This is what Clu was expecting by summoning Sam to the side arcade, hoping to egg Flynn out of his self-exile. Flynn initially tries to ignore the game cabinet and returns bait but Sam doesn't like trying to ''Sugar Rush'', now determined to get answers as to what's going on with Vanellope. Indeed, this new information ultimately leads to bringing down Turbo's reign in ''Sugar Rush''.stay still.]]
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* When conman Dmitri brings orphan Anya before Duchess Sophie, he thought he'd drilled Anya on every fact about The final book of ''Literature/CodexAlera'' sees the lost Princess WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}. But when Sophie asks how she'd escaped the palace during the uprising, Anya replies first use of catapults, loaded with something only spheres containing fire furies (which can be produced by people with even moderate firecrafting ability) which prove incredibly devastating on the actual Princess Anastasia could know. It is then level of a [[PersonOfMassDestruction High Lord]], several characters note that Dmitri realizes that Anya really is if Alera survives the missing Romanov princess.
Vord this is going to be a game changer for their civilization, because now the destructive power of a High Lord is in the hands of the common people.
* None of the OAS's efforts to assassinate French President Charles de Gaulle succeeded, because their ranks were riddled with police informers. The Game Changer in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' Frederick Forsythe's ''Literature/TheDayOfTheJackal'' comes when the OAS leaders contract the services of a British assassin, about whom the French Secret Service know almost nothing.
* The main conceit at the start of ''LightNovel/HeavyObject''
is the unexpected dubbing of Po as only thing that can counter a HumongousMecha is another mecha. The Dragon Warrior, first arc then features a clumsy giant panda who turns out be a preternaturally talented martial artist pair of considerable power soldiers and their mecha pilot destroying an enemy Object with an IndyPloy that triggers its self-destruct. From there the right instruction who also enables his colleagues to find a happiness plot has them made an official team, at which point they did not know they needed.
* At first, Nick Wilde of Disney's ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' teased and tormented rookie Officer Hopps during her investigation of the Emmett Otterton case. In fairness, Hopps was holding a Sword of Damocles over Wilde in the form of undeclared taxable income. The game changed significantly when key witness Renato Manchas came up missing, and Chief Bogo demanded
''continue'' doing that Hopps resign from the police force. Seeing a painful similarity with his own rejection by the Junior Rangers, Wilde intervened on Hopps' behalf. Rather than being TheLoad in the investigation, Wilde became an active participant, rising to heroic lengths to assist in cracking the case. Goodbye, {{Troll}}; hello, FireForgedFriends.
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* The Manticoran "Project Ghost Rider" in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' universe, involving warships designed to lay down clusters of missile pods for massive salvos, missiles exponentially longer ranged than anything ever built before, and mass-deployment of light assault craft mounting previously-impossibly powerful weapons loads ended a decade-long stalemate in weeks (nearly all of the time taken being spent travelling from one star to another.
* In the Literature/InheritanceCycle, Galbatorix is absurdly powerful, and Eragon and Saphira know that he can [[CurbstompBattle curbstomp]] them with magic without raising an eyebrow. It seems hopeless to confront him, until [[spoiler:Eragon discovers a long-lost cache of Eldunarya storing the life-forces of ancient dragons. With their combined power, it became possible to face Galbatorix on even terms]].
* ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}'':
** One of the biggest limitations of the Metallic Arts was that one had to be born with the power to access them, and the potential is inherited. Most of the lucky gifted are then only given access to one Art with one metal, and further feruchemical metalminds can only be drawn on by the person who stored power in them. The only exception to this was killing and stealing another's power via hemalurgy. In ''Literature/BandsOfMourning'' (third book of the ''Literature/WaxAndWayne'' sub-series), research into nicrosil, long included in the metal charts but never explained, allows for the creation of open metalminds, usable by any random person who picks one up. Nicrosil also allows the storage of allomancy powers, breaking open those magics for anyone to use as well. A source of the original magic is needed, and there seems to be new limits with combining magics, but this one metal can potentially change everything in the Elendel Basin. The southerners and their Magitek are a taste of things to come.
** For example, Feruchemical gold lets you store health, tapping it later to heal faster. The big limit is that if you store health while you're already sick and try and tap it to heal faster, you get no net gain. But if you can use health someone else has stored, then healthy people can store it and give it to sick people, sort of like donating blood.
* In Literature/TheNexusSeries, [[BrainComputerInterface Nexus 5]] permanently allows people to make direct mind-to-mind communication. This technology has the potential to disrupt the World Order if it ever makes it to the Internet. [[spoiler: It does at the end of Crux, after a 31-hour battle with the NSA to contain it.]]



* None of the OAS's efforts to assassinate French President Charles de Gaulle succeeded, because their ranks were riddled with police informers. The Game Changer in Frederick Forsythe's ''Literature/TheDayOfTheJackal'' comes when the OAS leaders contract the services of a British assassin, about whom the French Secret Service know almost nothing.
* The final book of ''Literature/CodexAlera'' sees the first use of catapults, loaded with spheres containing fire furies (which can be produced by people with even moderate firecrafting ability) which prove incredibly devastating on the level of a [[PersonOfMassDestruction High Lord]], several characters note that if Alera survives the Vord this is going to be a game changer for their civilization, because now the destructive power of a High Lord is in the hands of the common people.



* In the Literature/InheritanceCycle, Galbatorix is absurdly powerful, and Eragon and Saphira know that he can [[CurbstompBattle curbstomp]] them with magic without raising an eyebrow. It seems hopeless to confront him, until [[spoiler:Eragon discovers a long-lost cache of Eldunarya storing the life-forces of ancient dragons. With their combined power, it became possible to face Galbatorix on even terms]].
* The Manticoran "Project Ghost Rider" in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' universe, involving warships designed to lay down clusters of missile pods for massive salvos, missiles exponentially longer ranged than anything ever built before, and mass-deployment of light assault craft mounting previously-impossibly powerful weapons loads ended a decade-long stalemate in weeks (nearly all of the time taken being spent travelling from one star to another.
* In TheNexusSeries, [[BrainComputerInterface Nexus 5]] permanently allows people to make direct mind-to-mind communication. This technology has the potential to disrupt the World Order if it ever makes it to the internet. [[spoiler: It does at the end of Crux, after a 31-hour battle with the NSA to contain it.]]
* The main conceit at the start of ''LightNovel/HeavyObject'' is the only thing that can counter a HumongousMecha is another mecha. The first arc then features a pair of soldiers and their mecha pilot destroying an enemy Object with an IndyPloy that triggers its self-destruct. From there the plot has them made an official team, at which point they ''continue'' doing that kind of thing.
* ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}'':
** One of the biggest limitations of the Metallic Arts was that one had to be born with the power to access them, and the potential is inherited. Most of the lucky gifted are then only given access to one Art with one metal, and further feruchemical metalminds can only be drawn on by the person who stored power in them. The only exception to this was killing and stealing another's power via hemalurgy. In ''Literature/BandsOfMourning'' (third book of the ''Literature/WaxAndWayne'' sub-series), research into nicrosil, long included in the metal charts but never explained, allows for the creation of open metalminds, usable by any random person who picks one up. Nicrosil also allows the storage of allomancy powers, breaking open those magics for anyone to use as well. A source of the original magic is needed, and there seems to be new limits with combining magics, but this one metal can potentially change everything in the Elendel Basin. The southerners and their Magitek are a taste of things to come.
** For example, Feruchemical gold lets you store health, tapping it later to heal faster. The big limit is that if you store health while you're already sick and try and tap it to heal faster, you get no net gain. But if you can use health someone else has stored, then healthy people can store it and give it to sick people, sort of like donating blood.
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* In the Literature/InheritanceCycle, Galbatorix is absurdly powerful, and Eragon and Saphira know that he can [[CurbstompBattle curbstomp]] them with magic without raising an eyebrow. It seems hopeless to confront him, until [[spoiler:Eragon discovers a long-lost cache of Eldunarya storing the life-forces of ancient dragons. With their combined power, it became possible to face Galbatorix on even terms]].
* The Manticoran "Project Ghost Rider" in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' universe, involving warships designed to lay down clusters of missile pods for massive salvos, missiles exponentially longer ranged than anything ever built before, and mass-deployment of light assault craft mounting previously-impossibly powerful weapons loads ended a decade-long stalemate in weeks (nearly all of the time taken being spent travelling from one star to another.
* In TheNexusSeries, [[BrainComputerInterface Nexus 5]] permanently allows people to make direct mind-to-mind communication. This technology has the potential to disrupt the World Order if it ever makes it to the internet. [[spoiler: It does at the end of Crux, after a 31-hour battle with the NSA to contain it.]]
* The main conceit at the start of ''LightNovel/HeavyObject'' is the only thing that can counter a HumongousMecha is another mecha. The first arc then features a pair of soldiers and their mecha pilot destroying an enemy Object with an IndyPloy that triggers its self-destruct. From there the plot has them made an official team, at which point they ''continue'' doing that kind of thing.
* ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}'':
** One of the biggest limitations of the Metallic Arts was that one had to be born with the power to access them, and the potential is inherited. Most of the lucky gifted are then only given access to one Art with one metal, and further feruchemical metalminds can only be drawn on by the person who stored power in them. The only exception to this was killing and stealing another's power via hemalurgy. In ''Literature/BandsOfMourning'' (third book of the ''Literature/WaxAndWayne'' sub-series), research into nicrosil, long included in the metal charts but never explained, allows for the creation of open metalminds, usable by any random person who picks one up. Nicrosil also allows the storage of allomancy powers, breaking open those magics for anyone to use as well. A source of the original magic is needed, and there seems to be new limits with combining magics, but this one metal can potentially change everything in the Elendel Basin. The southerners and their Magitek are a taste of things to come.
** For example, Feruchemical gold lets you store health, tapping it later to heal faster. The big limit is that if you store health while you're already sick and try and tap it to heal faster, you get no net gain. But if you can use health someone else has stored, then healthy people can store it and give it to sick people, sort of like donating blood.
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* In ''Series/BurnNotice'', the game changer was Michael coming across a NOC list of the organization that burned him.
* The third season finale of ''{{Series/Lost}}'' shows flashbacks of Jack at his alcoholic worst. [[spoiler: Except that it's actually the first flash-''forward,'' revealing that some of the flight 815 survivors escaped the island.]]
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Storybrooke is a town in Maine where all the denizens of a fairy-tale world were sent by the powerful curse of Snow White's enemy, the Evil Queen Regina and live in an amnesiac state unaware of their true identities. Here, they do not age. The narrative revolves around Snow's daughter, [[TheHero Emma]], the very reluctant designated curse breaker. [[spoiler: She succeeds in breaking the curse in the first-season finale, only for a ''new'' game changer to arrive: [[TheMagicComesBack magic]]]]



* From ''Series/LawAndOrder'', two men riding the train together make a Devil's Pact: each would murder the other's antagonist, thinking the police would fail to connect them to their crimes. Their scheme almost worked [[spoiler: until detectives discovered the suspects routinely rode the [[StrangersOnATrainPlotMurder same train together]]]]. This game-changing fact moved the prosecutor's cases from iffy circumstances to roll-over confessions.



* The 50th anniversary special of ''Series/DoctorWho'', "The Day of The Doctor":[[spoiler: All of the doctors manage to save Gallifrey from destruction, so the Doctor's people are still alive and he now has a mission to find Gallifrey.]]

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* The 50th In ''Series/BurnNotice'', the game changer was Michael coming across a NOC list of the organization that burned him.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': 50[[superscript:th]]
anniversary special of ''Series/DoctorWho'', [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of The Doctor":[[spoiler: the Doctor"]]:[[spoiler: All of the doctors Doctors manage to save Gallifrey from destruction, so the Doctor's people are still alive and he now has a mission to find Gallifrey.]]his homeworld.]]
* From ''Series/LawAndOrder'', two men riding the train together make a Devil's Pact: each would murder the other's antagonist, thinking the police would fail to connect them to their crimes. Their scheme almost worked [[spoiler: until detectives discovered the suspects routinely rode the [[StrangersOnATrainPlotMurder same train together]]]]. This game-changing fact moved the prosecutor's cases from iffy circumstances to roll-over confessions.
* The third season finale of ''{{Series/Lost}}'' shows flashbacks of Jack at his alcoholic worst. [[spoiler: Except that it's actually the first flash-''forward,'' revealing that some of the flight 815 survivors escaped the island.]]
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Storybrooke is a town in Maine where all the denizens of a fairy-tale world were sent by the powerful curse of Snow White's enemy, the Evil Queen Regina and live in an amnesiac state unaware of their true identities. Here, they do not age. The narrative revolves around Snow's daughter, [[TheHero Emma]], the very reluctant designated curse breaker. [[spoiler: She succeeds in breaking the curse in the first-season finale, only for a ''new'' game changer to arrive: [[TheMagicComesBack magic]]]]



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* ComicStrip/FlashGordon is the game changer in his series: before he arrived on Mongo, various worlds under Ming's thumb were fighting each other. Flash slowly convinced the various worlds to set aside their differences and concentrate instead on overthrowing Ming the Merciless.
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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': The Tau were just another species scheduled for extermination by the ever-expanding Imperium, when a Warp storm cut them off from outside influence (that and the Imperium had other things to worry about). The Tau developped into a planetwide race with distinct cultures, at peace once the Ethereals arrived to spread their Greater Good philosophy, but no way to get anywhere in the galaxy. Then they found a crashed starship and managed to reverse-engineer it, and now the Tau have FTL that ''doesn't'' involve going through the Warp (at the cost of being much, ''much'' slower that the other options).

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* ComicStrip/FlashGordon is In ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', the game changer in his series: before he arrived on Mongo, various worlds under Ming's thumb were fighting each other. Flash slowly convinced discovery of the various worlds to set aside their differences and concentrate instead on overthrowing Ming Mask of Light leads to, in short succession: Takua becoming Takanuva, the Merciless.
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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': The Tau were just another species scheduled for extermination by
first-ever Toa of Light; the ever-expanding Imperium, when a Warp storm cut them off from outside influence (that and the Imperium had other things to worry about). The Tau developped into a planetwide race with distinct cultures, at peace once the Ethereals arrived to spread their Greater Good philosophy, but no way to get anywhere in the galaxy. Then they found a crashed starship and managed to reverse-engineer it, and now the Tau have FTL that ''doesn't'' involve going through the Warp (at the cost of being much, ''much'' slower revelations that the other options).island of Mata Nui wasn't the original home of the Matoran and they have to abandon it, that the [[BigBad Makuta]] was just one of many, that Tahu and his team weren't the first Toa, and that the elders have been lying to their people for a thousand years; the expansion of the story to multiple islands; and [[TheBadGuyWins Makuta winning]] and exiling Mata Nui into space, leading to further revelations.



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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': The Tau were just another species scheduled for extermination by the ever-expanding Imperium, when a Warp storm cut them off from outside influence (that and the Imperium had other things to worry about). The Tau developped into a planetwide race with distinct cultures, at peace once the Ethereals arrived to spread their Greater Good philosophy, but no way to get anywhere in the galaxy. Then they found a crashed starship and managed to reverse-engineer it, and now the Tau have FTL that ''doesn't'' involve going through the Warp (at the cost of being much, ''much'' slower that the other options).
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' the [[StoryArc Iacon relic hunt]] took a marked upswing when the outnumbered Autobots got the Forge of Solus Prime (a hammer capable [[ImaginationBasedSuperpower of forging anything]]) from [[spoiler: a defecting Dreadwing]], allowing Optimus to build a space bridge to meet the Decepticon forces on Cybertron looking for the Omega Lock, as without it they couldn't make the journey. Another game changer happened in the second season finale, where [[spoiler: the Decepticons discovered the location of the Autobot base and destroyed it, the Auobots being scattered around the world to hide from them]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Learning about Sozin's Comet and the utter destruction the Fire Nation could use it for was a game changer in that it gave the heroes a limited time frame to accomplish the premise of the series, learn the four elements and defeat the Fire Lord.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' the [[StoryArc Iacon relic hunt]] took a marked upswing when the outnumbered Autobots got the Forge of Solus Prime (a hammer capable [[ImaginationBasedSuperpower of forging anything]]) from [[spoiler: a defecting Dreadwing]], allowing Optimus to build a space bridge to meet the Decepticon forces on Cybertron looking for the Omega Lock, as without it they couldn't make the journey. Another game changer happened in the second season finale, where [[spoiler: the Decepticons discovered the location of the Autobot base and destroyed it, the Auobots being scattered around the world to hide from them]].
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Learning about Sozin's Comet and the utter destruction the Fire Nation could use it for was a game changer in that it gave the heroes a limited time frame to accomplish the premise of the series, learn the four elements and defeat the Fire Lord.



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* In ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', the discovery of the Mask of Light leads to, in short succession: Takua becoming Takanuva, the first-ever Toa of Light; the revelations that the island of Mata Nui wasn't the original home of the Matoran and they have to abandon it, that the [[BigBad Makuta]] was just one of many, that Tahu and his team weren't the first Toa, and that the elders have been lying to their people for a thousand years; the expansion of the story to multiple islands; and [[TheBadGuyWins Makuta winning]] and exiling Mata Nui into space, leading to further revelations.
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* In ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' the discovery [[StoryArc Iacon relic hunt]] took a marked upswing when the outnumbered Autobots got the Forge of Solus Prime (a hammer capable [[ImaginationBasedSuperpower of forging anything]]) from [[spoiler: a defecting Dreadwing]], allowing Optimus to build a space bridge to meet the Decepticon forces on Cybertron looking for the Omega Lock, as without it they couldn't make the journey. Another game changer happened in the second season finale, where [[spoiler: the Decepticons discovered the location of the Mask of Light leads to, in short succession: Takua becoming Takanuva, Autobot base and destroyed it, the first-ever Toa of Light; Auobots being scattered around the revelations that the island of Mata Nui wasn't the original home of the Matoran and they have world to abandon it, that the [[BigBad Makuta]] was just one of many, that Tahu and his team weren't the first Toa, and that the elders have been lying to their people for a thousand years; the expansion of the story to multiple islands; and [[TheBadGuyWins Makuta winning]] and exiling Mata Nui into space, leading to further revelations.
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In general, StatusQuoIsGod. This isn't a snarky term used to describe the stagnation of CharacterDevelopment or bringing us into ArcFatigue, but the reality is that the Status Quo does not have any reason to change unless something forces it to change.

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In general, StatusQuoIsGod. This isn't ([[TropesAreNotBad supposed to be]]) a snarky term used to describe the stagnation of CharacterDevelopment or bringing us into ArcFatigue, but the reality is that the Status Quo does not have any reason to change unless something forces it to change.


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** To best comprehend this, note that UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy was elected almost exactly a century after UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln, yet Kennedy's time is still considered completely modern and fundamentally the same as the present (likely because many Americans of his time are still living) but Lincoln's is remembered as totally different, when [[ValuesDissonance society was abominable]] and technology was laughably primitive with none of what we now take for granted. It just [[RealityIsUnrealistic doesn't seem right]] that a very old man who was born during the Lincoln Administration could live to hear Kennedy's inaugural address -- ''on television''. For that matter, UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt, who started the path of America becoming a world power, took office a century after ''UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson'', making his presidency closer in time to the Founding Fathers than the modern day.
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