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4th May '16 1:04:44 PM LaTriezieme
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* ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' -- Film/JamesBond chooses to chuck the stolen ATAC off a cliff to prevent the Russians from getting their hands on it, [[WeWinBecauseYouDidNot which was enough to accomplish Bond's mission]]. Gogol has just wasted a considerable amount of resources on something he hasn't acquired, as well as losing several operatives. The British still have lost a spy trawler, at least three agents, one Lotus Espirit, and the ATAC, but have denied the Russians the ability to turn their own missiles against them.

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* ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' -- Film/JamesBond chooses to chuck the stolen ATAC off a cliff to prevent the Russians from getting their hands on it, [[WeWinBecauseYouDidNot which was enough to accomplish Bond's mission]]. Gogol has just wasted a considerable amount of resources on something he hasn't acquired, as well as losing several operatives. The British still have lost a spy trawler, at least three agents, one Lotus Espirit, and the ATAC, but have denied the Russians the ability to turn their own missiles against them. Notably, Gogol apparently finds the whole thing rather amusing as well.
19th Apr '16 1:34:55 AM erforce
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-->--'''Film/JamesBond''', ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''

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-->--'''Film/JamesBond''', -->-- '''Film/JamesBond''', ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''



* In the IndianaJones comic "Thunder in the Orient", the 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 the IndianaJones comic "Thunder ''Franchise/IndianaJones: Thunder in the Orient", 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.
1st Apr '16 8:27:44 PM Prometheus117
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* Used in the ''Franchise/BIONICLE'' novel ''Time Trap'', where Toa Vakama threatens to destroy the [[TimeMaster Kanohi Vahi]] to keep [[BigBad Makuta]] from taking it. In this case though, it was more of an example of No MacGuffin, No Universe, because destroying the Vahi would cause a TimeCrash that would essentially doom the entire Matoran universe [[spoiler:and possibly reality outside of Mata Nui's [[HumongousMecha body]]]] to hell. This marks one of the few times Makuta was ''legitimately'' forced to admit defeat, with no backup plans in place to give him an edge.

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* Used in the ''Franchise/BIONICLE'' ''Franchise/{{BIONICLE}}'' novel ''Time Trap'', where Toa Vakama threatens to destroy the [[TimeMaster Kanohi Vahi]] to keep [[BigBad Makuta]] from taking it. In this case though, it was more of an example of No MacGuffin, No Universe, because destroying the Vahi would cause a TimeCrash that would essentially doom the entire Matoran universe [[spoiler:and possibly reality outside of Mata Nui's [[HumongousMecha body]]]] to hell. This marks one of the few times Makuta was ''legitimately'' forced to admit defeat, with no backup plans in place to give him an edge.
1st Apr '16 8:27:09 PM Prometheus117
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* Used in the ''Franchise/BIONICLE'' novel ''Time Trap'', where Toa Vakama threatens to destroy the [[TimeMaster Kanohi Vahi]] to keep [[BigBad Makuta]] from taking it. In this case though, it was more of an example of No MacGuffin, No Universe, because destroying the Vahi would cause a TimeCrash that would essentially doom the entire Matoran universe [[spoiler:and possibly reality outside of Mata Nui's [[HumongousMecha body]]]] to hell. This marks one of the few times Makuta was ''legitimately'' forced to admit defeat, with no backup plans in place to give him an edge.
31st Mar '16 5:26:28 PM CybranGeneralSturm
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* [[spoiler:Laharl]] eats a mystical herb in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'', which apparently had wondrous powers that would have allowed the heroes to easily defeat BigBad Xenon (or at least re-power Etna so she can [[CurbStompBattle curb stomp]] the bastard).

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* [[spoiler:Laharl]] eats a mystical herb in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'', which apparently had wondrous powers that would have allowed the heroes to easily defeat BigBad Xenon Zenon (or at least re-power Etna so she can [[CurbStompBattle curb stomp]] the bastard).
29th Mar '16 2:34:50 AM jormis29
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** ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' -- [[spoiler:Although it's used to bring back Indy's dad, the Holy Grail ends up falling down a hole]]. Arguably, the former still gives Indy a slight lead in the points.
** Similarly, in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk,'' the Ark of the Covenant [[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.

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** ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' -- [[spoiler:Although it's used to bring back Indy's dad, the Holy Grail HolyGrail ends up falling down a hole]]. Arguably, the former still gives Indy a slight lead in the points.
** Similarly, in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk,'' the Ark of the Covenant 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.
26th Mar '16 9:21:23 PM Prfnoff
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* In ''[[ComicBook/{{Tintin}} The Broken Ear]]'', it's revealed that what Alonzo and Ramon are after is not just the titular MacGuffin, an Arumbayan fetish, but a MineralMacGuffin stashed inside it. The villains finally get their hands on the real fetish on a ship heading back to Europe, but are surprised by Tintin on the deck. The fetish drops from Alonzo's hands, breaks open and the diamond falls into the sea, followed after a brief struggle by the bodies of Tintin, Alonzo and Ramon (of whom only the first emerges alive).



* ''ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'': The suitcase containing the $350,000 gets accidentally opened and the money falls into the streets below.

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* ''ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'': ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'': The suitcase containing the $350,000 gets accidentally opened and the money falls into the streets below.
24th Mar '16 4:47:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* The 4th season finale of the new ''Series/DoctorWho'' series featured a threat of this, where humanity attempted to [[spoiler:[[GodzillaThreshold destroy the Earth rather than letting it fall into the wrong hands]].]]

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
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The 4th season finale of the new ''Series/DoctorWho'' series featured a threat of this, where humanity attempted to [[spoiler:[[GodzillaThreshold destroy the Earth rather than letting it fall into the wrong hands]].]]
24th Mar '16 4:31:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' -- [[spoiler:Although it's used to bring back Indy's dad, the Holy Grail ends up falling down a hole]]. Arguably, the former still gives Indy a slight lead in the points.

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* ''Franchise/IndianaJones'':
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''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' -- [[spoiler:Although it's used to bring back Indy's dad, the Holy Grail ends up falling down a hole]]. Arguably, the former still gives Indy a slight lead in the points.
13th Feb '16 4:40:01 PM henry42
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* The Elder Wand from ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' cannot be beaten in direct combat, has power much greater than that of a standard wand, and will only work for whoever defeats its previous master. Many witches and wizards have killed for it, but as the wand places its owner in constant danger, Harry chooses not to accept it, probably hoping that nobody with the ambition of getting the wand figures out that he's the current master and goes after him.
** Played even straighter in the movie. [[spoiler:Harry breaks the damn thing in half, and tosses it away!]]
** Also, the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' falls directly into this trope.

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* Literature/HarryPotter:
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The Elder Wand from ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' cannot be beaten in direct combat, has power much greater than that of a standard wand, and will only work for whoever defeats its previous master. Many witches and wizards have killed for it, but as the wand places its owner in constant danger, Harry chooses not to accept it, probably hoping that nobody with the ambition of getting the wand figures out that he's the current master and goes after him.
** Played even straighter in the movie. [[spoiler:Harry breaks the damn thing in half, and tosses it away!]]
** Also, the
The Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' falls directly into this trope.
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