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12th Jun '17 3:45:42 AM JackG
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->'''Clara:''' There's no way out of this. We're going to die here.
->'''The Doctor:''' Pass me the vibro-cutters.
->'''Clara:''' They're in my pocket.
->'''The Doctor:''' Come on then, pass them to me.
->'''Clara:''' In my other jacket. At home.
->'''The Doctor:''' Why have you got two jackets? Is one of them ''faulty?''
-->-- ''Series/DoctorWho'', "The Caretaker"
11th May '17 2:22:35 PM StFan
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* In the ''{{ComicBook/Asterix}}'' animated movie ''Asterix vs. Caeser'', Asterix has an argument with his best friend [[TheBigGuy Obelix]] while attending a bath-house in Rome. He storms out while getting dressed, leaving his bottle of [[SuperSerum magic potion]] behind accidentally. He does not realize this until he is accosted by two Roman legionnaires, who promptly throw him in jail.
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* While on the way to fire off the flares needed to destroy the titular giant spider in ''Film/TheGiantSpiderInvasion'', Dr. Vance forgets the flares and needs to run back to the car and get them. [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Mike and the Bots]] immediately call out how dumb this was, since it doesn't add any real tension and only pads out an extra 10 seconds or so of running time.
* In the ''{{ComicBook/Asterix}}'' animated movie ''Asterix Vs Caeser'', Asterix has an argument with his best friend [[TheBigGuy Obelix]] while attending a bath-house in Rome. He storms out while getting dressed, leaving his bottle of [[SuperSerum magic potion]] behind accidentally. He does not realize this until he is accosted by two Roman legionnaires, who promptly throw him in jail.
* In ''Film/CrocodileDundee'', the titular character left his [[KnifeNut knife]] behind in the limousine just before he encountered a pimp he'd earlier decked. As things turned ugly, he reached for it to find it no longer there, and only escaped being killed due to timely intervention by the limo driver.
* Martin pauses, then leaves his gun in the hotel room as he leaves for the reunion in ''Film/GrossePointeBlank'' - either because he's got a newfound respect for life or because he's in love with Debbie. [[spoiler: He ends up having to improvise when the assassin finds him at the reunion]].

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* While on the way to fire off the flares needed to destroy the titular title giant spider in ''Film/TheGiantSpiderInvasion'', Dr. Vance forgets the flares and needs to run back to the car and get them. [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Mike and the Bots]] immediately call out how dumb this was, since it doesn't add any real tension and only pads out an extra 10 seconds or so of running time.
* In the ''{{ComicBook/Asterix}}'' animated movie ''Asterix Vs Caeser'', Asterix has an argument with his best friend [[TheBigGuy Obelix]] while attending a bath-house in Rome. He storms out while getting dressed, leaving his bottle of [[SuperSerum magic potion]] behind accidentally. He does not realize this until he is accosted by two Roman legionnaires, who promptly throw him in jail.
* In ''Film/CrocodileDundee'', the titular titler character left leaves his [[KnifeNut knife]] knife behind in the limousine just before he encountered encounters a pimp he'd earlier decked. As things turned turns ugly, he reached reachs for it to find it no longer there, and only escaped escapes being killed due to timely intervention by the limo driver.
* Martin pauses, then leaves his gun in the hotel room as he leaves for the reunion in ''Film/GrossePointeBlank'' - -- either because he's got a newfound respect for life or because he's in love with Debbie. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He ends up having to improvise when the assassin finds him at the reunion]].




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* In ''Literature/{{Masques}}'', this is played with. Aralorn leaves behind [[spoiler: her, unbeknownst to her, ''antimagic'' sword]] when she goes off to fight the BigBad. However, she didn't even know she would need the object, as she thought it was completely mundane and relatively useless. She is called out on it by someone more knowledgeable about magical things.

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* In ''Literature/{{Masques}}'', this is played with. Aralorn leaves behind [[spoiler: her, [[spoiler:her, unbeknownst to her, ''antimagic'' ''AntiMagic'' sword]] when she goes off to fight the BigBad. However, she didn't even know she would need the object, as she thought it was completely mundane and relatively useless. She is called out on it by someone more knowledgeable about magical things.



* Slightly different example in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. While a group of people are escaping from [[spoiler: Ramsay Bolton]], with a plan that requires them to climb down the castle wall with a rope, they get discovered, and one of them decides to pull a HeroicSacrifice YouShallNotPass on the guards chasing them to let the others escape. They go ahead and reach the top of the wall...[[OhCrap only to realize that the person who stayed behind had the rope.]] Despite one of them bursting into hysterical laughter at the absurdity of it, this is ''very'' much PlayedForDrama.
* Played with in ''Literature/MostlyHarmless''. Tricia Macmillian laments her boring life because a few years back she had the opportunity to go with a guy who was from another planet, but right after she went back for her bag, Zaphod left in his spaceship. She then used the mantra "Never go back for your bag." At the present time, she's running late for an interview as a prestigious anchor for a news program, and when she realizes she left her bag upstairs, doesn't bother to get it, citing her mantra. Later, she returns to her hotel room feeling horrible, having completely blown the interview, and goes straight for her bag, which has her contact lenses inside (without which made it impossible for her to read the teleprompter.)

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* Slightly different example in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. While a group of people are escaping from [[spoiler: Ramsay Bolton]], with a plan that requires them to climb down the castle wall with a rope, they get discovered, and one of them decides to pull a HeroicSacrifice YouShallNotPass on the guards chasing them to let the others escape. They go ahead and reach the top of the wall... [[OhCrap only to realize that the person who stayed behind had the rope.]] Despite one of them bursting into hysterical laughter at the absurdity of it, this is ''very'' much PlayedForDrama.
* Played with in ''Literature/MostlyHarmless''. Tricia Macmillian laments her boring life because a few years back she had the opportunity to go with a guy who was from another planet, but right after she went back for her bag, Zaphod left in his spaceship. She then used the mantra "Never go back for your bag." At the present time, she's running late for an interview as a prestigious anchor for a news program, and when she realizes she left her bag upstairs, doesn't bother to get it, citing her mantra. Later, she returns to her hotel room feeling horrible, having completely blown the interview, and goes straight for her bag, which has her contact lenses inside (without which made it impossible for her to read the teleprompter.) teleprompter).



* Discussed in HowNotToWriteANovel as a possible way to handle any situation where a reader might think, "Why doesn't the protagonist just whip out their cell phone and solve the problem with one call?" For example, having a character not have their phone on them because they were woken by a fire alarm and ran out of the house is completely believable.

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* ''{{Series/Ultraviolet}}''. The protagonist rushes out to meet his [[AllLoveIsUnrequited Unrequited]] LoveInterest, taking his pistol but forgetting the video camera attachment used to identify vampires. This causes problems when he starts suspecting she's a vampire, but has no means of verifying it.

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* Discussed in HowNotToWriteANovel ''Literature/HowNotToWriteANovel'' as a possible way to handle any situation where a reader might think, "Why doesn't the protagonist just whip out their cell phone and solve the problem with one call?" For example, having a character not have their phone on them because they were woken by a fire alarm and ran out of the house is completely believable.

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* ''{{Series/Ultraviolet}}''. ''Series/{{Ultraviolet}}'': The protagonist rushes out to meet his [[AllLoveIsUnrequited Unrequited]] LoveInterest, taking his pistol but forgetting the video camera attachment used to identify vampires. This causes problems when he starts suspecting she's a vampire, but has no means of verifying it.



* In the last episode of ''Series/{{Blackadder}} The Third'', Prince George is shot dead by the Duke of Wellington after a complicated switcheroo to avoid the prince being shot dead by Wellington. Moments later, the prince reveals that the bullet struck a cigarillo case he was holding over his heart, stopping the bullet. He then finds out that he left the case on his dresser, [[PuffOfLogic and promptly drops back dead]].

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* In the last episode of ''Series/{{Blackadder}} The the Third'', Prince George is shot dead by the Duke of Wellington after a complicated switcheroo to avoid the prince being shot dead by Wellington. Moments later, the prince reveals that the bullet struck a cigarillo case he was holding over his heart, stopping the bullet. He then finds out that he left the case on his dresser, [[PuffOfLogic and promptly drops back dead]].




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* One of the Treehouse of Horror specials of ''Franchise/TheSimpsons'' had a ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' spoof with Groundskeeper Willie as Freddy Krueger. After the Simpsons kids kill the evil Willie in their dreams, they go outside and an alive-and-well Willie gets off a passing bus and approaches them menacingly -- only to start chasing after the bus because he says he left his gun on it.

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* One of the Treehouse of Horror specials of ''Franchise/TheSimpsons'' had has a ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' spoof with Groundskeeper Willie as Freddy Krueger. After the Simpsons kids kill the evil Willie in their dreams, they go outside and an alive-and-well Willie gets off a passing bus and approaches them menacingly -- only to start chasing after the bus because he says he left his gun on it.


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18th Aug '16 9:54:27 AM marcoasalazarm
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* Inverted in ''Film/{{Lockout}}'': Hock, even when prison regulations insist that he leaves all of his weapons behind, [[IdiotBall stupidly]] decides to bring along an ankle-holstered pistol to Hydell's interrogation (and lies about it when asked if he gave all of his guns). [[TooDumbToLive This act gives Hydell access to the weaponry needed to stage a mass prison break-out, effectively dooming everybody inside.]]
10th Jun '16 6:10:13 AM Austin
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* Left Your Lightsaber Behind is a running gag for Anakin in the Star Wars prequels.

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* Left Your Lightsaber Behind is a running gag for Anakin in the Star Wars ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels.



* Happens in Deadpool. Deadpool leaves the taxi to kill Francis, and realizes he left his duffel bags of guns and bullets behind, leading to him only being able to use his swords.
* In "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" Tim Holt takes away the insane Humphrey Bogart's revolver. He returns it only after unloading it. Bogart forgets to reload it and finds himself defenseless at the end.

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* Happens in Deadpool.''Film/{{Deadpool}}''. Deadpool leaves the taxi to kill Francis, and realizes he left his duffel bags of guns and bullets behind, leading to him only being able to use his swords.
* In "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" ''Film/TheTreasureOfTheSierraMadre'' Tim Holt takes away the insane Humphrey Bogart's revolver. He returns it only after unloading it. Bogart forgets to reload it and finds himself defenseless at the end.
3rd Jun '16 8:09:21 PM MarcInGA
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* In "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" Tim Holt takes away the insane Humphrey Bogart's revolver. He returns it only after unloading it. Bogart forgets to reload it and finds himself defenseless at the end.
2nd Mar '16 9:08:06 AM DarkerShining
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* As Mia prepares to head to Centopia in episode 21 of season 1 of ''WesternAnimation/MiaAndMe'', the camera calls attention to the fact that Mia's friendship ring has been left inside one of the gloves she was using while helping out with gardening. Naturally, this ends up causing trouble when Mia gets separated from her friends due to strong winds, since not only does she not have the ring with her, but because she doesn't have it, Yuko and Mo can't use their own rings to find her either.
2nd Mar '16 8:48:36 AM Someoneman
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* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. Cyborg girl Triela runs away in tears after realizing her handler went on an assassination mission without her and [[SecretStabWound got wounded in

the process]]. She leaves both her pistol and conditioning medicine behind, and withdrawal symptoms make her too weak to defend herself when she gets grabbed by a couple of Camorra thugs.

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* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. Cyborg girl Triela runs away in tears after realizing her handler went on an assassination mission without her and [[SecretStabWound got wounded in

in the process]]. She leaves both her pistol and conditioning medicine behind, and withdrawal symptoms make her too weak to defend herself when she gets grabbed by a couple of Camorra thugs.



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* ''TabletopGame/Shadowrun'' on the Sega Genesis has a double dose of this. The first quest in the game is to scrape together 250 nuyen so you can get your brother Michael's stuff out of storage - it may hold some clues as to why Michael was killed in a firefight. Once you get his stuff, you not only find a credstick for 500 nuyen, but also a Doc Wagon wrist band, which summons immediate medical aid once the user's vitals drop to dangerous levels (like during firefights.)

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* ''TabletopGame/Shadowrun'' ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' on the Sega Genesis has a double dose of this. The first quest in the game is to scrape together 250 nuyen so you can get your brother Michael's stuff out of storage - it may hold some clues as to why Michael was killed in a firefight. Once you get his stuff, you not only find a credstick for 500 nuyen, but also a Doc Wagon wrist band, which summons immediate medical aid once the user's vitals drop to dangerous levels (like during firefights.)
18th Feb '16 6:57:14 AM Bezerker21
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* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. Cyborg girl Triela runs away in tears after realizing her handler went on an assassination mission without her and [[SecretStabWound got wounded in the process]]. She leaves both her pistol and conditioning medicine behind, and withdrawal symptoms make her too weak to defend herself when she gets grabbed by a couple of Camorra thugs.

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* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. Cyborg girl Triela runs away in tears after realizing her handler went on an assassination mission without her and [[SecretStabWound got wounded in in

the process]]. She leaves both her pistol and conditioning medicine behind, and withdrawal symptoms make her too weak to defend herself when she gets grabbed by a couple of Camorra thugs.




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* Happens in Deadpool. Deadpool leaves the taxi to kill Francis, and realizes he left his duffel bags of guns and bullets behind, leading to him only being able to use his swords.
16th Nov '15 7:32:00 AM FF32
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* In the last episode of ''Series/BlackadderTheThird'', Prince George is shot dead by the Duke of Wellington after a complicated switcheroo to avoid the prince being shot dead by Wellington. Moments later, the prince reveals that the bullet struck a cigarillo case he was holding over his heart, stopping the bullet. He then finds out that he left the case on his dresser, [[PuffOfLogic and promptly drops back dead]].

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* In the last episode of ''Series/BlackadderTheThird'', ''Series/{{Blackadder}} The Third'', Prince George is shot dead by the Duke of Wellington after a complicated switcheroo to avoid the prince being shot dead by Wellington. Moments later, the prince reveals that the bullet struck a cigarillo case he was holding over his heart, stopping the bullet. He then finds out that he left the case on his dresser, [[PuffOfLogic and promptly drops back dead]].
6th Nov '15 1:59:17 PM eroock
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