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28th Oct '17 12:31:47 PM OlmoJV
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* ''FanFic/TheVow'': During the StartOfDarkness of [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 Lord Shen]], he accidentally creates explosive powder. Further experimenting on it gives him the idea of weaponizing it with his firework shooters as a way to proof his worth to the world and mark himself in history books. When Shen's fiancée Lady Lianne inquires what he is experimenting on so obsessively, he attempts to explain his invention's productive potentials to avoid scaring her, only to get carried on with his invention's potential in conquest. Shocked by this, Lianne tells this to Shen's parents, making them worried about how their son is taking their firework invention to directions they've sworn never to explore. It leads them to consult [[CourtMage the Soothsayer]] who foretells TheProphecy [[FromBadToWorse that Shen overhears]].

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* ''FanFic/TheVow'': ''Fanfic/TheVow'': During the StartOfDarkness of [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 Lord Shen]], he accidentally creates explosive powder. Further experimenting on it gives him the idea of weaponizing it with his firework shooters as a way to proof his worth to the world and mark himself in history books. When Shen's fiancée Lady Lianne inquires what he is experimenting on so obsessively, he attempts to explain his invention's productive potentials to avoid scaring her, only to get carried on with his invention's potential in conquest. Shocked by this, Lianne tells this to Shen's parents, making them worried about how their son is taking their firework invention to directions they've sworn never to explore. It leads them to consult [[CourtMage the Soothsayer]] who foretells TheProphecy [[FromBadToWorse that Shen overhears]].
28th Sep '17 8:06:30 PM Argon2
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* In various ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' continuities, Dr. Connors is convinced that his new invention can regrow lost limbs--but mostly it just turns people into megalomaniacal giant lizards. Often, Spidey must convince Dr. Connors his technology is too dangerous to save the day. Other times, he just beats the crap out of him.

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* In various ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' continuities, Dr. Connors is convinced that his new invention can regrow lost limbs--but limbs-- but mostly it just turns people into megalomaniacal giant lizards. Often, Spidey must convince Dr. Connors his technology is too dangerous to save the day. Other times, he just beats the crap out of him.



* ''FanFic/TheVow'': During the StartOfDarkness section of [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 Lord Shen]], he accidentally creates explosive powder. Further experimenting on it gives him the idea of weaponizing it with his firework shooters as a way to proof his worth to the world and mark himself in history books. When Shen's fiancée Lady Lianne inquires what he is experimenting on so obsessively, he attempts to explain his invention's productive potentials to avoid scaring her, only to get carried on with his invention's potential in conquest. Shocked by this, Lianne tells this to Shen's parents, making them worried about how their son is taking their firework invention to directions they've sworn never to explore. It leads them to consult [[CourtMage the Soothsayer]] who foretells TheProphecy [[FromBadToWorse that Shen overhears]].

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* ''FanFic/TheVow'': During the StartOfDarkness section of [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 Lord Shen]], he accidentally creates explosive powder. Further experimenting on it gives him the idea of weaponizing it with his firework shooters as a way to proof his worth to the world and mark himself in history books. When Shen's fiancée Lady Lianne inquires what he is experimenting on so obsessively, he attempts to explain his invention's productive potentials to avoid scaring her, only to get carried on with his invention's potential in conquest. Shocked by this, Lianne tells this to Shen's parents, making them worried about how their son is taking their firework invention to directions they've sworn never to explore. It leads them to consult [[CourtMage the Soothsayer]] who foretells TheProphecy [[FromBadToWorse that Shen overhears]].



** This happens a lot in the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' canon, to the point where a ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' review described it as part of the one plot that every media in the franchise uses, despite it being a disaster every time it's tried.

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** This happens a lot in the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' canon, to the point where a ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' review described it as part of the one plot that every media in the franchise uses, despite it being a disaster every time it's tried.
27th Sep '17 3:31:04 PM GahmahRaan
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* On a related note to the music section, Dr. Light thought long and hard about the potential of his last creation, VideoGame/MegaManX, and sealed him away in a capsule to be awoken in the future. The reasons vary between [[VideoGame/MegaManX1 the original SNES title]] and [[VideoGame/MegaManMaverickHunterX the PSP remake]]. The original states it was to run a 30-year diagnostic to ensure X wouldn't go berserk, Dr. Light having seen [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic such events many times.]] The remake rewrites this, as per the creator's original plan, to where X is already safe, but Dr. Light feels that humanity [[YouAreNotReady isn't mature enough]] to handle someone like X. Dr. Light avoided this trope, now Dr. Cain on the other hand...

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* On a related note to the music section, Dr. Light thought long and hard about the potential of his last creation, VideoGame/MegaManX, and sealed him away in a capsule to be awoken in the future. The reasons vary between [[VideoGame/MegaManX1 the original SNES title]] and [[VideoGame/MegaManMaverickHunterX the PSP remake]]. The original states it was to run a 30-year diagnostic to ensure X wouldn't go berserk, Dr. Light having seen [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic such events many times.]] times]], and these would be realized later with [[VideoGame/MegaManZero Copy X]], a technically perfect copy of X without any of the experience or maturity of the original. The remake rewrites this, as per the creator's original plan, to where X is already safe, but Dr. Light feels that humanity [[YouAreNotReady isn't mature enough]] to handle someone like X. Dr. Light avoided this trope, now Dr. Cain on the other hand...
18th Aug '17 5:19:22 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* On a related note to the music section, Dr. Light thought long and hard about the potential of his last creation, VideoGame/MegaManX, and sealed him away in a capsule to be awoken in the future. The reasons vary between [[VideoGame/MegaManX1 the original SNES title]] and [[VideoGame/MegaManMaverickHunterX the PSP remake]]. The original states it was to run a 30-year diagnostic to ensure X wouldn't go berserk, Dr. Light having seen [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic such events]] [[GenreSavvy many times.]] The remake rewrites this, as per the creator's original plan, to where X is already safe, but Dr. Light feels that humanity [[YouAreNotReady isn't mature enough]] to handle someone like X. Dr. Light avoided this trope, now Dr. Cain on the other hand...

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* On a related note to the music section, Dr. Light thought long and hard about the potential of his last creation, VideoGame/MegaManX, and sealed him away in a capsule to be awoken in the future. The reasons vary between [[VideoGame/MegaManX1 the original SNES title]] and [[VideoGame/MegaManMaverickHunterX the PSP remake]]. The original states it was to run a 30-year diagnostic to ensure X wouldn't go berserk, Dr. Light having seen [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic such events]] [[GenreSavvy events many times.]] The remake rewrites this, as per the creator's original plan, to where X is already safe, but Dr. Light feels that humanity [[YouAreNotReady isn't mature enough]] to handle someone like X. Dr. Light avoided this trope, now Dr. Cain on the other hand...



* This is the main reason for private industry funding the archaeological studies of the D'ni city in the ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' MMO ''VideoGame/{{Uru}}''. Strangely, the government itself seems to have passed on the opportunity to develop teleportation, access to unlimited resources, and devices that can instantly communicate over any distance. Maybe they were too GenreSavvy for their own good.

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* This is the main reason for private industry funding the archaeological studies of the D'ni city in the ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' MMO ''VideoGame/{{Uru}}''. Strangely, the government itself seems to have passed on the opportunity to develop teleportation, access to unlimited resources, and devices that can instantly communicate over any distance. Maybe they were too GenreSavvy for their own good.
18th Aug '17 3:33:10 PM shawn_allen
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* In the ''Film/IronMan'' series, Tony Stark builds a miniature ARC reactor to power his electromagnet to save his life, and then the IM Mark I to escape the Ten Rings. After that, he keeps the tech close to his chest because he knows the government, and his dad's old partner, would use its power against his wishes.
5th Aug '17 12:10:56 PM Malady
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* Website/{{Starwalker}}: All of the Starwalker crew (including Starwalker herself) in the early days of the experiments of the star step drive. See ForScience.

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* Website/{{Starwalker}}: ''Literature/{{Starwalker}}'': All of the Starwalker crew (including Starwalker herself) in the early days of the experiments of the star step drive. See ForScience.
30th Jul '17 5:35:18 AM Scorntex
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* ''Literature/StarTrekDepartmentOfTemporalInvestigations:'' Admiral Delgado thinks this way about time-travel, believing it could be used to prevent disaster. He even nearly uses the exact phrase trying to convince Kirk around to his way of think. Cut to a few months later, and Kirk's first encounter with the Guardian of Forever, and Kirk - thoroughly traumatized after what happened - decides to hell with the possibilities. Delgado remains firmly convinced for another decade or so, until he nearly erases the entire timeline.
21st Jun '17 9:28:38 PM Odacon_Spy
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* ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' parodies this notion with a seemingly MadScientist called [[IronicName Professor Death]] who creates increasingly bizarre {{Doomsday Device}}s, such as the Giant DeathRay, the [[HumongousMecha Armoured Scorpion of Death]], the Mind Controlling Death Ants, and the [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom Doom Melon]]. All of these have mundane and harmless purposes, such as scanning barcodes, and he is horrified when informed of the military potential, and tries to destroy them, claiming they were "Meant to help Mankind".

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* ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' parodies this notion with a seemingly MadScientist called [[IronicName Professor Death]] who creates increasingly bizarre {{Doomsday Device}}s, such as the Giant DeathRay, the [[HumongousMecha Armoured Scorpion of Death]], the Mind Controlling Death Ants, and the [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom Doom Melon]]. All of these have mundane and harmless purposes, such as purposes (the Giant Death Ray, for example, was designed for scanning barcodes, grocery barcodes) and he is horrified when informed of the anytime someone brings up their military potential, and potential; whenever this happens, he immediately tries to destroy them, claiming shouting that they were "Meant to help Mankind".''help'' Mankind, not ''destroy it''!"
7th Jun '17 7:18:59 PM nombretomado
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* Several of Jobe Wilkins' projects in the WhateleyUniverse, like the project that provided food for starving people in an African nation. Two words: tumor beef. Yes, cows with massive, super-fast growing edible cancers. And Jobe wonders why he keeps getting censured by the United Nations.

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* Several of Jobe Wilkins' projects in the WhateleyUniverse, Literature/WhateleyUniverse, like the project that provided food for starving people in an African nation. Two words: tumor beef. Yes, cows with massive, super-fast growing edible cancers. And Jobe wonders why he keeps getting censured by the United Nations.
14th May '17 4:31:18 PM nombretomado
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* Similar to the Aliens example above is the Mana Cannon of VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia and VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia, which is rediscovered, on average, every two thousand years or so, and every time it is rediscovered, it either wipes out the civilization that rediscovered it, or fails miserably, coming ''dangerously close'' to wiping out the civilization that rediscovered it. Its a weapon that makes nukes look safe, with what seems like a ninety percent chance of backfiring horribly... but think of the military potential such a powerful WaveMotionGun has!
* Twice in TraumaCenter. In Under the Knife 2, a medical researcher realizes that while incredibly deadly, GUILT creates some amusing reactions in people before it becomes active. Sure, there's that whole problem that barring mutations that exist in a very small portion of the populace, GUILT will eventually brutally murder the host, but all that's needed is a way to manipulate the GUILT so that it won't harm anyone, regardless of whether they're a natural host or not. [[spoiler: They fail. But it's not like anyone couldn't see that one coming, given the whole series is about operating on such super-parasites.]]

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* Similar to the Aliens example above is the Mana Cannon of VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' and VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia, ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'', which is rediscovered, on average, every two thousand years or so, and every time it is rediscovered, it either wipes out the civilization that rediscovered it, or fails miserably, coming ''dangerously close'' to wiping out the civilization that rediscovered it. Its a weapon that makes nukes look safe, with what seems like a ninety percent chance of backfiring horribly... but think of the military potential such a powerful WaveMotionGun has!
* Twice in TraumaCenter. ''VideoGame/TraumaCenter''. In Under ''Under the Knife 2, 2'', a medical researcher realizes that while incredibly deadly, GUILT creates some amusing reactions in people before it becomes active. Sure, there's that whole problem that barring mutations that exist in a very small portion of the populace, GUILT will eventually brutally murder the host, but all that's needed is a way to manipulate the GUILT so that it won't harm anyone, regardless of whether they're a natural host or not. [[spoiler: They fail. But it's not like anyone couldn't see that one coming, given the whole series is about operating on such super-parasites.]]
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