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6th Jan '17 8:14:33 AM MrUnderhill
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* Invoked by [[VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution Adam Jensen]] in the [[spoiler: Kill 'em all ending. He says that humanity has the option of determining the future of augmentation, and that no one should have the ability to influence that decision. Not even himself. So he destroys Panchea and kills (seemingly) everyone with the power to do so.]]

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* Invoked by [[VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution In ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', Adam Jensen]] in can invoke this trope with the [[spoiler: Kill 'em all [[KillEmAll "Destroy Panchaea"]] ending. He says that humanity has the option of determining the future of augmentation, and that no one should have the ability to influence that decision. Not even himself. So he destroys Panchea and kills (seemingly) everyone with the power to do so.]]
21st Dec '16 1:43:50 PM Eddy1215
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* Subverted in Creator/LloydAlexander's ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' novel ''The Black Cauldron'', where the good guys would like nothing better than to eat the titular MacGuffin, and half of the plot of the book is them trying to figure out how to destroy the damned thing. As it turns out, to destroy the Cauldron, you have to [[spoiler: willingly jump into it, sacrificing yourself in the process]]. The climax of the book is the good guys [[spoiler: all running for the Cauldron, attempting to throw themselves in it before the bad guys can get it, or before [[FromBadtoWorse one of their friends jumps in]], instead.]] It also includes a {{Tearjerker}} and CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, when [[spoiler: one of their former foes reaches the Cauldron first]].

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* Subverted in Creator/LloydAlexander's ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' novel ''The Black Cauldron'', where the good guys would like nothing better than to eat eliminate the titular MacGuffin, and half of the plot of the book is them trying to figure out how to destroy the damned thing. As it turns out, to destroy the Cauldron, you have to [[spoiler: willingly jump into it, sacrificing yourself in the process]]. The climax of the book is the good guys [[spoiler: all running for the Cauldron, attempting to throw themselves in it before the bad guys can get it, or before [[FromBadtoWorse one of their friends jumps in]], instead.]] It also includes a {{Tearjerker}} and CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, when [[spoiler: one of their former foes reaches the Cauldron first]].
21st Dec '16 11:08:51 AM Xtifr
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* Subverted in Creator/LloydAlexander's Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain novel ''The Black Cauldron'', where the good guys would like nothing better than to eat the titular MacGuffin, and half of the plot of the book is them trying to figure out how to destroy the damned thing. As it turns out, to destroy the Cauldron, you have to [[spoiler: willingly jump into it, sacrificing yourself in the process]]. The climax of the book is the good guys [[spoiler: all running for the Cauldron, attempting to throw themselves in it before the bad guys can get it, or before [[FromBadtoWorse one of their friends jumps in]], instead.]] It also includes a {{Tearjerker}} and CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, when [[spoiler: one of their former foes reaches the Cauldron first]].

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* Subverted in Creator/LloydAlexander's Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' novel ''The Black Cauldron'', where the good guys would like nothing better than to eat the titular MacGuffin, and half of the plot of the book is them trying to figure out how to destroy the damned thing. As it turns out, to destroy the Cauldron, you have to [[spoiler: willingly jump into it, sacrificing yourself in the process]]. The climax of the book is the good guys [[spoiler: all running for the Cauldron, attempting to throw themselves in it before the bad guys can get it, or before [[FromBadtoWorse one of their friends jumps in]], instead.]] It also includes a {{Tearjerker}} and CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, when [[spoiler: one of their former foes reaches the Cauldron first]].
29th Oct '16 3:22:29 PM Premonition45
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* The page quote is from ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''. After watching an informational video on Project Genesis, a device meant to {{terraform}} inhospitable planets, Dr. [=McCoy=] immediately realizes that it can also be used as a weapon of mass destruction, [[ApocalypseHow eradicating life on hospitable worlds]]. Spock initially believes [=McCoy=]'s overreacting, [[ProperlyParanoid until they find out]] [[BigBad Khan Noonien Singh]] [[ProperlyParanoid wants Genesis for himself]]. Dr. David Marcus, one of Genesis' co-developers, also realizes the same thing even before Khan got involved.

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* The page quote is from ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''. After watching an informational video on Project Genesis, a device meant to {{terraform}} inhospitable planets, Dr. [=McCoy=] immediately realizes that it can also be used this could just as easily [[ApocalypseHow eradicate life on hospitable worlds]] as a weapon of mass destruction, [[ApocalypseHow eradicating life on hospitable worlds]].destruction. Spock initially believes [=McCoy=]'s overreacting, [[ProperlyParanoid until they find out]] [[BigBad Khan Noonien Singh]] [[ProperlyParanoid wants Genesis for himself]]. Dr. David Marcus, one of Genesis' co-developers, also realizes the same thing even before Khan got involved.
27th Oct '16 6:17:24 PM Premonition45
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* The page quote is from ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''. After watching an informational video on Project Genesis, a device meant to {{terraform}} inhospitable planets, Dr. [=McCoy=] immediately realizes that it can also be used as a weapon of mass destruction, [[ApocalypseHow eradicating life on hospitable worlds]]. Spock initially believes [=McCoy=]'s overreacting, [[ProperlyParanoid until they find out]] [[BigBad Khan Noonien Singh]] [[ProperlyParanoid wants Genesis for himself]]. Dr. David Marcus, one of Genesis' co-developers, also realizes the same thing even before Khan gets involved.

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* The page quote is from ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''. After watching an informational video on Project Genesis, a device meant to {{terraform}} inhospitable planets, Dr. [=McCoy=] immediately realizes that it can also be used as a weapon of mass destruction, [[ApocalypseHow eradicating life on hospitable worlds]]. Spock initially believes [=McCoy=]'s overreacting, [[ProperlyParanoid until they find out]] [[BigBad Khan Noonien Singh]] [[ProperlyParanoid wants Genesis for himself]]. Dr. David Marcus, one of Genesis' co-developers, also realizes the same thing even before Khan gets got involved.
3rd Oct '16 7:42:07 AM Clare
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* In ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'', the "Necklace of Oros" arc ends with Jedda casting the Necklace into the magma at the heart of the (dormant) volcano where Monitor is located, saying:
-->Some powers are too great for the hands of men.
8th Aug '16 1:02:25 PM Sharlee
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** Something of a case of BookEnds, as ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' had ''also'' ended with the titular magical artifact being destroyed to ensure its power would never be stolen and abused.
3rd Jul '16 4:25:36 PM Premonition45
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* On one episode of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', the heroes embark on a quest to find the Sword Of Kahless, a very important religious artifact to the Klingons. So important, in fact, that whoever finds it and brings it back to the homeworld would gain the cultural/religious/political power to take over the Klingon Empire. As it turns out, it seems to corrupt its wielder faster than [[LordOfTheRings The One Ring]], and after seeing her cohorts plotting to take over the empire and fighting amongst themselves over who gets to do it, Jadzia beams the sword into space. WordOfGod said that the sword was just a sword, with no unnatural powers; the lure of power and glory was what caused people to fight over it.
** The StarTrekExpandedUniverse has the sword retrieved at least twice. In ''StarTrekArmada'', Worf's enemy Toral seeks to take over the Empire with a fake and goes after Worf in order to prevent anyone from finding the real one. Worf survives, retrieves the real sword, and reaffirms Martok as the Chancellor. In a novel, Ezri Dax retrieves the sword and gives it to Martok, who has been overthrown by his illegitimate son, causing the pitched battle to stop and every Klingon to bow down to their Chancellor.
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', when Q appeared in "Hide and Q" he endowed Riker with the power of the Continuum in an attempt to uncover how humanity might someday surpass his species. Picard immediately pressured Riker into resisting the urge to use this power, ostensibly to prevent Will from abusing it, and also to win a wager against Q in the hopes of making the God-like being sod off forever. Even though he is corrupted by the power, Riker ultimately decides to remain human and has the power taken away, with the moral being that humanity will take its own path without needing to be uplifted by Q. This doesn't stop Q from continuing to harass Picard once a season for the rest of Next Gen's run, of course.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' introduces the "Omega Directive," which is this trope applied to the Omega molecule--a super-powerful substance which, if mishandled, can not only blow up anything around, but also turn entire sectors of space into a NoWarpingZone. If Omega is detected, Starfleet must do anything necessary to destroy it, with all other directives - even the Prime Directive itself - rescinded.

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* On one In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "The Sword of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Kahless", the heroes embark on a quest to find the Sword Of Kahless, eponymous sword, a very important religious artifact to the Klingons. So important, in fact, that whoever finds it and brings it back to the homeworld would gain the cultural/religious/political power to take over the Klingon Empire. As it turns out, it seems to corrupt its wielder faster than [[LordOfTheRings The One Ring]], and after seeing her cohorts plotting to take over the empire and fighting amongst themselves over who gets to do it, Jadzia beams the sword into space. WordOfGod said that the sword was just a sword, with no unnatural powers; the lure of power and glory was what caused people to fight over it.
** The StarTrekExpandedUniverse has the sword retrieved at least twice. In ''StarTrekArmada'', ''VideoGame/StarTrekArmada'', Worf's enemy Toral seeks to take over the Empire with a fake and goes after Worf in order to prevent anyone from finding the real one. Worf survives, retrieves the real sword, and reaffirms Martok as the Chancellor. In a novel, Ezri Dax retrieves the sword and gives it to Martok, who has been overthrown by his illegitimate son, causing the pitched battle to stop and every Klingon to bow down to their Chancellor.
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', when ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': When Q appeared in "Hide and Q" he endowed Riker with the power of the Continuum in an attempt to uncover how humanity might someday surpass his species. Picard immediately pressured Riker into resisting the urge to use this power, ostensibly to prevent Will from abusing it, and also to win a wager against Q in the hopes of making the God-like being sod off forever. Even though he is corrupted by the power, Riker ultimately decides to remain human and has the power taken away, with the moral being that humanity will take its own path without needing to be uplifted by Q. This doesn't stop Q from continuing to harass Picard once a season for the rest of Next Gen's run, of course.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' introduces the "Omega Directive," which is this trope applied to the Omega molecule--a super-powerful substance which, if mishandled, can not only blow up anything around, but also turn entire sectors of space into a NoWarpingZone. If Omega is detected, [[GodzillaThreshold Starfleet must do anything necessary to destroy it, with all other directives - even the Prime Directive itself - rescinded.rescinded]].
3rd Jul '16 3:48:30 PM Premonition45
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* The page quote is from ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''. After watching an informational video on Project Genesis, a device meant to {{terraform}} inhospitable planets, Dr. [=McCoy=] immediately realizes that it can also be used as a weapon of mass destruction, [[ApocalypseHow eradicating life on hospitable worlds]]. Spock initially believes [=McCoy=]'s overreacting, [[ProperlyParanoid until they find out]] [[BigBad Khan Noonien Singh]] [[ProperlyParanoid wants Genesis for himself]].

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* The page quote is from ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''. After watching an informational video on Project Genesis, a device meant to {{terraform}} inhospitable planets, Dr. [=McCoy=] immediately realizes that it can also be used as a weapon of mass destruction, [[ApocalypseHow eradicating life on hospitable worlds]]. Spock initially believes [=McCoy=]'s overreacting, [[ProperlyParanoid until they find out]] [[BigBad Khan Noonien Singh]] [[ProperlyParanoid wants Genesis for himself]]. Dr. David Marcus, one of Genesis' co-developers, also realizes the same thing even before Khan gets involved.
3rd Jul '16 3:46:36 PM Premonition45
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->'''Spock:''' I do not dispute that in the wrong hands...
->'''[=McCoy=]:''' "In the wrong hands"? Would you mind telling whose are the ''right'' hands, my logical friend?
-->-- ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''


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* The page quote is from ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''. After watching an informational video on Project Genesis, a device meant to {{terraform}} inhospitable planets, Dr. [=McCoy=] immediately realizes that it can also be used as a weapon of mass destruction, [[ApocalypseHow eradicating life on hospitable worlds]]. Spock initially believes [=McCoy=]'s overreacting, [[ProperlyParanoid until they find out]] [[BigBad Khan Noonien Singh]] [[ProperlyParanoid wants Genesis for himself]].
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