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6th Apr '18 12:48:48 AM Hyoroemon
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* ''Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation'': In finale Ethan invoke this to challange the BigBad in order to stop a timebomb straped in Benji. Ethan reveal that he is the only one knows the code he want and If he detonate the bomb, he be able to stars his operation
25th Feb '18 12:06:06 AM timotaka
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* Similarly, scorched earth tactic when a military force is retreating: Everything useful in the surroundings is either taken or destroyed in an effort to starve the advancing opposing force of supplies.
11th Feb '18 6:22:29 PM HeroGal2347
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* The resolution of the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' episode "Master of the Djinni". Archenemies Scrooge and Glomgold discover a JackassGenie and compete for the rest of the episode over who is to be [[AGodAmI its master]]. [[spoiler: Glomgold wins the contest and immediately abuses his newfound power, but when [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor he fails to watch his choice of words around the genie]], he ends up stuck in the same predicament he wished Scrooge into, causing him to "wish he'd never found that blasted lamp." The episode resets, only this time, the Vault of Aladdin caves in, leaving the lamp [[AndIMustScream (and its occupant)]] buried for eternity.]]

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* The resolution of the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' episode "Master of the Djinni". Archenemies Scrooge and Glomgold discover a JackassGenie and compete for the rest of the episode over who is to be [[AGodAmI its master]]. [[spoiler: Glomgold wins the contest and immediately abuses his newfound power, but when [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor he fails to watch his choice of words around the genie]], he ends up stuck in the same predicament he wished Scrooge into, causing him to "wish he'd never found that blasted lamp." The episode resets, only this time, the Vault of Aladdin caves in, leaving the lamp [[AndIMustScream (and its occupant)]] buried for eternity.]]
9th Jan '18 7:03:19 PM gjjones
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* In the ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'' episode "Ancient Awakening", [[BigBad Master Org]] discovers an emblem to unseal the Elephant Zord's spirit and has [[MonsterOfTheWeek Tire Org]] capture [[BigGood Princess Shayla]] in an effort for a person who is pure of heart to release its power. However, Shayla tells him that only the spirit locked inside can choose it's guardian. His response?
-->'''Master Org:''' Then if I can't have it... ''no one will''!
9th Jan '18 3:47:27 PM Amahn
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* ''Literature/SigmaForce'', as an arm of DARPA,[[note]]The [[FunWithAcronyms Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency]], an actual US agency under the [=DoD's=] umbrella[[/note]] have a mandate of ensuring American technological superiority. However, few if any of the books end with them or anyone else getting their hands on the historical mystery that has reared its head to threaten the world. They're generally forced to destroy it in order to prevent catastrophe.
2nd Jan '18 11:34:15 AM HiddenWindshield
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* ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'': The bad guys get hold of the Falcon, but it turns out to be a fake. It's left open whether it was fake all along, or there's still a real Falcon out there somewhere.

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* ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'': The bad guys get hold of the Falcon, but it turns out to be a fake. It's left open whether it was fake all along, or if there's still a real Falcon out there somewhere.
24th Dec '17 12:43:25 PM nighttrainfm
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The lost object is often (but not always) a MacGuffin; it isn't a [=MacGuffin=] if it did something else before being lost. The loss of the object can be StatusQuoIsGod and ResetButtonEnding, in those cases where keeping the destroyed object would have a major effect on the work. IfICantHaveYou is the LoveTriangle equivalent. See also ShaggyDogStory, where the object was never important after all... and ShootTheShaggyDog, when the characters' lives are lost in the process. If one side can claim a "victory" by doing this, it overlaps with WeWinBecauseYouDidNot.

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The lost object is often (but not always) a MacGuffin; it isn't a [=MacGuffin=] if it did something else before being lost. The loss of the object can be StatusQuoIsGod and ResetButtonEnding, in those cases where keeping the destroyed object would have a major effect on the work. IfICantHaveYou is the LoveTriangle equivalent. See also ShaggyDogStory, where the object was never important after all... and ShootTheShaggyDog, when the characters' lives are lost in the process. If one side can claim a "victory" by doing this, it overlaps with WeWinBecauseYouDidNot.
WeWinBecauseYouDidnt.
28th Nov '17 8:54:39 AM nighttrainfm
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* At the end of ''Film/TheManFromUNCLE'', Solo and Kuryakin agree to destroy the uranium enrichment research their bosses tasked them to retrieve (and kill the other for), which would have granted whoever got it a massive advantage in the ColdWar nuclear arms race.

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* At the end of ''Film/TheManFromUNCLE'', ''Film/TheManFromUNCLE2015'', Solo and Kuryakin agree to destroy the uranium enrichment research their bosses tasked them to retrieve (and kill the other for), which would have granted whoever got it a massive advantage in the ColdWar nuclear arms race.
18th Oct '17 7:24:49 PM PaulA
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* In ''Franchise/IndianaJones: Thunder in the Orient'', Indy and his allies in the Chinese resistance are racing the Japanese to find a set of scrolls said to contain the original account of the Buddha's teachings, written by the Buddha himself. Once they find the scrolls, however, [[spoiler: they crumble as soon as they are exposed to air, before anyone can read what they say.]] Of course, as the examples in the Film section show, this is about par for the franchise.

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* In ''Franchise/IndianaJones: Thunder in the Orient'', Indy and his allies in the Chinese resistance are racing the Japanese to find a set of scrolls said to contain the original account of the Buddha's teachings, written by the Buddha himself. Once they find the scrolls, however, [[spoiler: they crumble as soon as they are exposed to air, before anyone can read what they say.]] Of course, as the examples in the Film section show, this is about par for the franchise. ]]



** In ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk,'' TheArkOfTheCovenant [[spoiler:is confiscated by the US government and put in a crate with multiple locks marked "Do Not Open Under Any Circumstances."]] Yet again, however, getting the girl and [[spoiler:the opportunity to see Rene Belloq die in his moment of supposed triumph]] is still a plus.
14th Sep '17 4:06:36 PM nighttrainfm
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* In ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', Master Fung teaches the kids a lesson about "not losing" when a clear win in untenable. Fung does this by having them try to snatch a jade elephant from him while he dodges them; when it becomes clear that they're going to win, Fung takes out a hammer and smashes the statue. In that same episode, Omi had already lost a [[MacGuffin Shen Gong Wu]] to mook of the week [[ClassyCatBurglar Katnappe]], and opts to keep the [[OurWormholesAreDifferent Tiger Claw]] out of her hands by opening a portal to the core of the earth and tossing them in. At the end of the episode, Master Fung offers to repeat his earlier exercise with a different statue, but the kids wisely refuse. Omi recovers the Tiger Claw several episodes later when they are needed again, though.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'':
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Master Fung teaches the kids a lesson about "not losing" when a clear win in untenable. Fung He does this by having them try to snatch a jade elephant from him while he dodges them; when it becomes clear that they're going to win, Fung takes out a hammer and smashes the statue. In that same episode, Omi had already lost a [[MacGuffin Shen Gong Wu]] to mook of the week [[ClassyCatBurglar Katnappe]], and opts to keep the [[OurWormholesAreDifferent Tiger Claw]] out of her hands by opening a portal to the core of the earth and tossing them in. At the end of the episode, Master Fung offers to repeat his earlier exercise with a different statue, but the kids wisely refuse. Omi recovers the Tiger Claw several episodes later when they are needed again, though.



* Third season of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'': Jackie attempts to destroy the [=MacGuffins=] of the first season by firing a laser at them. It only destroys the ''physical'' talismans - their powers seek out new hosts, setting the third season Macguffin-hunt in motion.
** Also, in one episode he says of the current MacGuffin "This is too dangerous to be in a museum," and smashes it.

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* Third ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'':
** In "Enter the Cat", Jackie - usually the first person to say ItBelongsInAMuseum - decides the [=MacGuffin=] is too dangerous even for that, and smashes it.
** In the third
season of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'': premier, Jackie attempts to destroy the [=MacGuffins=] of the first season by firing a laser at them. It only destroys the ''physical'' talismans - their powers seek out new hosts, setting the third season Macguffin-hunt in motion.
** Also, in one episode he says of the current MacGuffin "This is too dangerous to be in a museum," and smashes it.
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