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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.]]
20th Apr '17 12:59:52 PM OlmoJV
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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]].
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8th Jan '17 2:47:31 PM nombretomado
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* In ''UltimateMarvel'', this is a huge [[GenreBlind genre blind-spot]] for Nick Fury, who is normally quite TheChessmaster. This is the main [[JustifiedTrope justification]] for JokerImmunity in ''UltimateMarvel'' - Nick Fury wants to keep super-freaks alive so he can study them and keep the United States in the lead in the [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke superhuman arms race]].

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* In ''UltimateMarvel'', ''ComicBook/UltimateMarvel'', this is a huge [[GenreBlind genre blind-spot]] for Nick Fury, who is normally quite TheChessmaster. This is the main [[JustifiedTrope justification]] for JokerImmunity in ''UltimateMarvel'' ''Ultimate Marvel'' - Nick Fury wants to keep super-freaks alive so he can study them and keep the United States in the lead in the [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke superhuman arms race]].
4th Jan '17 6:40:55 PM Eddy1215
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* In the 3-part episode of WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries, "World's Finest," [[Franchise/{{Batman}} [=WayneTech=]]] and [[ComicBook/LexLuthor [=LexCorp=]]] have a joint contract to build unmanned exploration drones. Luthor tries to sell Wayne on this -- to the point of bringing him to a room filled with modified versions outfitted for military applications. [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]] absolutely refuses, and becomes the TropeNamer for DoesntLikeGuns.

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* In the 3-part episode of WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries, ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', "World's Finest," [[Franchise/{{Batman}} [=WayneTech=]]] and [[ComicBook/LexLuthor [=LexCorp=]]] have a joint contract to build unmanned exploration drones. Luthor tries to sell Wayne on this -- to the point of bringing him to a room filled with modified versions outfitted for military applications. [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]] absolutely refuses, and becomes the TropeNamer for DoesntLikeGuns.
28th Nov '16 5:11:16 PM N1KF
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* In various ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'' 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/{{Spider-Man}}'' ''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.
26th Oct '16 4:50:36 PM FordPrefect
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** Understanding how something works also provides a how-to guide (real or assumed) for destroying or exploiting it if the knowledge is made public. While the information itself is not inherently bad it can give... ''ideas'' to less scrupulous people who would otherwise have not bothered. Scientists tend to respond to this by pointing out that we're not exactly short on methods of destroying or exploiting the world already.

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** Understanding how something works also provides a how-to guide (real or assumed) for destroying or exploiting it if the knowledge is made public. While the information itself is not inherently bad bad, it can give... ''ideas'' to less scrupulous people who would otherwise have not bothered. Scientists tend to respond to this by pointing out that we're not exactly short on methods of destroying or exploiting the world already.
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