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23rd Feb '16 12:58:00 PM TheBigBopper
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* In ''Film/TheImitationGame'', Alan Turing considers his cryptography computer to be his life's work and obsesses over it constantly.
23rd Feb '16 12:45:41 PM TheBigBopper
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->''"I can tell you with no ego this is my finest sword. If on your journey, should you encounter God, God will be cut."''

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23rd Feb '16 12:45:10 PM TheBigBopper
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', there is a legend about a swordsmith who worked day and night trying to create the perfect sword, but always failed at the last stage. He finally succeeded by stabbing it into his own beloved wife, causing her blood to temper the blade and make it unsurpassed at killing.
23rd Feb '16 12:36:32 PM TheBigBopper
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* In ''Theatre/{{Amadeus}}'', Saliere's plot to surpass and destroy Mozart involves commissioning Mozart to write the greatest work of his life, killing him, and then presenting it as his own work. This work turns out to be the ''Requiem Mass in d minor'', and the strain of composing it is what ultimately [[spoiler:causes Mozart to die of exhaustion]].

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* In ''Theatre/{{Amadeus}}'', Saliere's plot to surpass and destroy Mozart involves commissioning Mozart to write ''Literature/CharlottesWeb'', Charlotte the greatest work of his life, killing him, and then presenting spider describes her egg sac as her magnum opus, the finest thing she has ever made. Or, as it as his own work. This work turns out to be the ''Requiem Mass in d minor'', and the strain of composing it is what ultimately [[spoiler:causes Mozart to die of exhaustion]].out, ''will'' ever make, as [[spoiler: she dies, as spiders do, shortly after producing it.]]




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* In ''Literature/CharlottesWeb'', Charlotte the spider describes her egg sac as her magnum opus, the finest thing she has ever made. Or, as it turns out, ''will'' ever make, as [[spoiler: she dies, as spiders do, shortly after producing it.]]
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* In ''Theatre/{{Amadeus}}'', Salieri's plot to surpass and destroy Mozart involves commissioning Mozart to write the greatest work of his life, killing him, and then presenting it as his own work. This work turns out to be the ''Requiem Mass in d minor'', and the strain of composing it is what ultimately [[spoiler:causes Mozart to die of exhaustion]].
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23rd Feb '16 12:36:00 PM TheBigBopper
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* In ''Literature/CharlottesWeb'', Charlotte the spider describes her egg sac as her magnum opus, the finest thing she has ever made. Or, as it turns out, ''will'' ever make, as [[spoiler: she dies, as spiders do, shortly after producing it.]]

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In ''Literature/CharlottesWeb'', Charlotte ''Theatre/{{Amadeus}}'', Saliere's plot to surpass and destroy Mozart involves commissioning Mozart to write the spider describes her egg sac greatest work of his life, killing him, and then presenting it as her magnum opus, the finest thing she has ever made. Or, as it his own work. This work turns out, ''will'' ever make, as [[spoiler: she dies, as spiders do, shortly after producing it.]]out to be the ''Requiem Mass in d minor'', and the strain of composing it is what ultimately [[spoiler:causes Mozart to die of exhaustion]].


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* In ''Literature/CharlottesWeb'', Charlotte the spider describes her egg sac as her magnum opus, the finest thing she has ever made. Or, as it turns out, ''will'' ever make, as [[spoiler: she dies, as spiders do, shortly after producing it.]]
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23rd Feb '16 12:28:42 PM TheBigBopper
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23rd Feb '16 12:28:15 PM TheBigBopper
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* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', Griffith describes a dream as something that a man spends his whole life working on, whether it be world domination or the perfect tempering of one sword. The last one perfectly describes Godo, the old master weapon smith who ultimately arms Guts with his armor and the BFS called the Dragon Slayer. The creation of the Dragon Slayer certainly qualifies; as Godo told Rickert, he was a young man working for kings and nobles and had grown tired of making refined and elegant weapons. When the king announced a contest to create a sword that could slay a dragon, Godo created a monstrous tool too big to be called a sword, because he wanted to make a point that to kill an impossible creature you would need an equally impossible weapon. That insolence forced him to leave court and set up shop in the middle of nowhere, but he kept that slab of iron as a reminder of when he bit off more than he could chew. Years later, Guts comes to him and needs a weapon. Godo gives him a finely made sword sharp enough to cut another sword in half, but when a demon appears Guts finds that a sword made to kill humans is too fragile for the job. Instead he takes up the Dragon Slayer and butchers the creature, and it has been his trademark weapon ever since. Godo ultimately acknowledged that the Dragon Slayer was his greatest creation, and the last act of forging he ever did was to repair it so that Guts could go and rescue Casca from the Tower of Conviction.
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* In ''Film/KillBill'', the swordsmith Hattori Hanzo used to make the most perfect and deadly Japanese swords in the world, but gave up his craft because he didn't want to be responsible for any more death. However, the Bride tracks him down in Okinawa and convinces him to break his vow and make one last sword for her. He spends a month on this deeply spiritual task, and presents it to her as his last and greatest masterpiece.
->''"I can tell you with no ego this is my finest sword. If on your journey, should you encounter God, God will be cut."''
28th Jan '16 4:09:58 PM eroock
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-> "Plaything? I should say not. It is my egg sac, my ''magnum opus''."\\

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28th Jan '16 10:50:05 AM mlsmithca
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* In the ''Series/{{Blackadder}} the Third'' episode "Ink and Incapability," Blackadder spends seven years writing ''Edmund: A Butler's Tale'', "a giant rollercoaster of a novel in four hundred sizzling chapters, a searing indictment of domestic servitude in the eighteenth century, with some hot gypsies thrown in," and describes it as his magnum opus. (Followed immediately by a parody in which Baldrick produces his "magnificent octopus": "Once upon a time, there was a lovely little sausage called Baldrick, and he lived happily ever after." Baldrick doesn't like long books, y'see.) And Samuel Johnson agrees that Blackadder's book is a masterpiece, pronouncing it the only book superior to his dictionary. A pity he's the only person besides Blackadder who ever gets to read it before a misunderstanding leads Baldrick to throw it on the fire...

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* In the ''Series/{{Blackadder}} the Third'' episode "Ink and Incapability," Blackadder spends seven years writing ''Edmund: A Butler's Tale'', "a giant rollercoaster of a novel in four hundred sizzling chapters, a searing indictment of domestic servitude in the eighteenth century, with some hot gypsies thrown in," and describes it as his magnum opus. (Followed immediately by a parody in which Baldrick produces his [[{{Malaproper}} "magnificent octopus": octopus"]], which, as he doesn't like long books, reads simply, "Once upon a time, there was a lovely little sausage called Baldrick, and he lived happily ever after." Baldrick doesn't like long books, y'see.) ") And Samuel Johnson agrees that Blackadder's book is a masterpiece, pronouncing it the only book superior to his dictionary. A pity he's the only person besides Blackadder who ever gets to read it before a misunderstanding leads Baldrick to throw it on the fire...
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