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22nd Dec '16 2:30:21 PM Psyclone
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* At the end of ''Film/TheManFromUNCLE'', Solo and Kuriakin 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'', Solo and Kuriakin 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.
21st Dec '16 12:23:03 AM Xtifr
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* This is a reoccurring theme in the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' series. There are many items of power and magic in Prydain; however, mankind tended to kill each other over them until they were lost or useless. Arawn stole many magical labor-saving instruments, tools, and weapons from the people of the land simply to make sure they couldn't have them, with a prequel short story showing that he tricked several people out of them by exploiting their greed, and [[spoiler:those items were all destroyed when his stronghold collapsed in the final book]]. A more low-key case involves two rival lords who constantly bicker over a pure-bred cow. Neither can actually remember who owned her to begin with, but keep going to war to steal her back. King Smoit finally has enough of it all and orders the cow taken for himself. Taran wisely advises him to instead give the cow to a humble farmer, whose lands had been destroyed in the latest fight. There's also an interesting variant with the Red Fallows, a stretch of land that was once incredibly fertile and fruitful. Because of the bloodshed over who owned it, the land was ruined and rendered useless (though it is implied that with some care, it might be made as it once was).

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* This is a reoccurring theme in the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' series. There are many items of power and magic in Prydain; however, mankind tended to kill each other over them until they were lost or useless. Arawn stole many magical labor-saving instruments, tools, and weapons from the people of the land simply to make sure they couldn't have them, with a prequel short story showing that he tricked several people out of them by exploiting their greed, and [[spoiler:those items were all destroyed when his stronghold collapsed in the final book]]. A more low-key case involves two rival lords who constantly bicker over a pure-bred cow. Neither can actually remember who owned her to begin with, but keep going to war to steal her back. King Smoit finally has enough of it all and orders the cow taken for himself. Taran wisely advises him to instead give the cow to a humble farmer, whose lands had been destroyed in the latest fight. There's also an interesting variant with the Red Fallows, a stretch of land that was once incredibly fertile and fruitful. Because of the bloodshed over who owned it, the land was ruined and rendered useless (though it is implied that with some care, it might be made as it once was).
4th Dec '16 4:13:40 AM upupandaway42
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* In the AgentsOfSHIELD episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E3MakingFriendsAndInfluencingPeople "Making Friends and Influencing People"]], SHIELD and HYDRA are racing to recruit/capture Donnie Gill, a [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividuals Gifted]] with the ability to [[AnIcePerson freeze people]]. In the end [[spoiler: Skye is [[ShootTheDog forced to shoot]] the [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed]] Donnie to save Hunter and May, [[NeverFoundTheBody apparently]] killing him, so neither side has him]].

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* In the AgentsOfSHIELD ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E3MakingFriendsAndInfluencingPeople "Making Friends and Influencing People"]], SHIELD and HYDRA are racing to recruit/capture Donnie Gill, a [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividuals Gifted]] with the ability to [[AnIcePerson freeze people]]. In the end [[spoiler: Skye is [[ShootTheDog forced to shoot]] the [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed]] Donnie to save Hunter and May, [[NeverFoundTheBody apparently]] killing him, so neither side has him]].
3rd Dec '16 10:12:44 AM upupandaway42
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3rd Dec '16 10:12:43 AM upupandaway42
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* In the AgentsOfSHIELD episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E3MakingFriendsAndInfluencingPeople "Making Friends and Influencing People"]], SHIELD and HYDRA are racing to recruit/capture Donnie Gill, a [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividuals Gifted]] with the ability to [[AnIcePerson freeze people]]. In the end [[spoiler: Skye is [[ShootTheDog forced to shoot]] the [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed]] Donnie to save Hunter and May, [[NeverFoundTheBody apparently]] killing him, so neither side has him]].
29th Nov '16 8:53:42 PM Psyclone
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* At the end of ''Film/TheManFromUNCLE'', Solo and Kuriakin 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 TheColdWar nuclear arms race.

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* At the end of ''Film/TheManFromUNCLE'', Solo and Kuriakin 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 TheColdWar the ColdWar nuclear arms race.
29th Nov '16 8:53:23 PM Psyclone
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* At the end of ''Film/TheManFromUNCLE'', Solo and Kuriakin 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 TheColdWar nuclear arms race.
30th Oct '16 11:54:13 AM Premonition45
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** 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.
** Downplayed in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom''. [[spoiler:While the village's Sankara Stone ends up getting returned, the two other Sankara Stones which Mola Ram had worked so hard to dig up fall deep into a croc-infested river.]]



** Similarly, 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.
** Downplayed in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom''. [[spoiler:While the village's Sankara Stone ends up getting returned, the two other Sankara Stones which Mola Ram had worked so hard to dig up fall deep into a croc-infested river.]]
14th Oct '16 10:50:17 PM Odacon_Spy
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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 [[ClassCatBurglar 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'', 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 [[ClassCatBurglar [[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.
9th Oct '16 4:10:59 AM erforce
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* In the fourth ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' film, the Fountain of Youth is coveted by Blackbeard, (captain) Jack Sparrow's pirates, and the Spanish. During the finale, the latter outgun the former two [[spoiler:and proceed to blow up the fountain, [[TheFundamentalist proclaiming that only God has the power to prolong life]]. Then they leave, though fortunately there's a tiny trickle left.]]

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* In the fourth ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' film, ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'', the Fountain of Youth is coveted by Blackbeard, (captain) Jack Sparrow's pirates, and the Spanish. During the finale, the latter outgun the former two [[spoiler:and proceed to blow up the fountain, [[TheFundamentalist proclaiming that only God has the power to prolong life]]. Then they leave, though fortunately there's a tiny trickle left.]]
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