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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]].
8th May '16 4:00:01 AM Ghidorah1972
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* ''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 rescinded.

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* ''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.
26th Apr '16 6:21:13 AM XTC
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* Rodimus Prime proposed this in ''WesternAnimattion/TheTransformers'' season 3 episode "Fight or Flee" when the Decepticons conquer an energy-rich, game-changing planet populated by pacifist robots. Although understandably reluctant, the pacifist residents, who had neither the skill nor the desire to fight a protracted war, agreed to the plan and eliminated their beloved home/galaxy-threatening weapon in one giant blast.
25th Apr '16 10:35:03 PM Eddy1215
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** Done more successfully with the Cat of Khartoum, which transformed anyone scratched by its claws into CatPeople. Fortunately, smashing it is what undoes the transformation.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'', to prevent anyone from using the Kraang's [[PowerOfTheVoid Black Hole Generator]], the Utrom split it into three parts and hid them across the galaxy. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, the Triceratons found the fragments and used the weapon on Earth]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'', to prevent anyone from using the Kraang's [[spoiler:actually Professor Honeycutt's]] [[PowerOfTheVoid Black Hole Hole]] [[UnrealisticBlackHole Generator]], the Utrom split it into three parts and hid them across the galaxy. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, the Triceratons found the fragments and used the weapon on Earth]].Earth. Fortunately, [[TheAtoner an atoning]] Honeycutt pulled a HeroicSacrifice to change the future and destroy both the generator and the Triceraton fleet]].
13th Feb '16 4:57:58 PM henry42
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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has Sensei Greg. Who eventually closed his dojo of "[[SupernaturalMartialArts Anime Style]] Martial Arts" in part due to worries that it turned out to be a magical training and there's no way to ensure that good powers would be granted to the right people. Just before the dojo was wrecked by [[spoiler:a sleepwalking magic-user and a dragon]] anyway.
** Raven [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-06-09 asks Abraham why he has not simply destroyed the Dewitchery Diamond yet.]] Abraham claims the Diamond is impossible to destroy and [[ClingyMacguffin seems to thwart attempts to hide it away permanently]]. Raven jokes that he could have considered [[Literature/LordOfTheRings Mount Doom]] and Abraham admits he never considered using a volcano. After that conversation, the destruction of the Diamond is never brought up again.
** This is the reason why TheMasquerade exists. The government is afraid that magic could fall into the hands of the wrong people and so keep the fact that it can be learned a secret. [[spoiler: The antagonist of the ''Family Tree'' arc is one such example of magic falling into the wrong hands.]]

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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'':
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Sensei Greg. Who Greg eventually closed his dojo of "[[SupernaturalMartialArts Anime Style]] Martial Arts" in part due to worries that it turned out to be a magical training and there's no way to ensure that good powers would be granted to the right people. Just before the dojo was wrecked by [[spoiler:a sleepwalking magic-user and a dragon]] anyway.
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** Raven [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-06-09 asks Abraham why he has not simply destroyed the Dewitchery Diamond yet.]] Abraham claims the Diamond is impossible to destroy and [[ClingyMacguffin seems to thwart attempts to hide it away permanently]]. Raven jokes that he could have considered [[Literature/LordOfTheRings Mount Doom]] and Abraham admits he never considered using a volcano. After that conversation, the destruction of the Diamond is never brought up again.
permanently]].
** This is the reason why TheMasquerade exists. The government is afraid that magic could fall into the hands of the wrong people and so keep the fact that it can be learned a secret. [[spoiler: The antagonist villain of the ''Family Tree'' arc is one such example of magic falling into the wrong hands.]]
8th Feb '16 9:09:23 AM Eddy1215
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'', to prevent anyone from using the Kraang's [[PowerOfTheVoid Black Hole Generator]], the Utrom split it into three parts and hid them across the galaxy. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, the Triceratons found the fragments and used the weapon on Earth]].
4th Feb '16 9:57:01 AM Chazz
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** Turns out, the original seven felt that way about the Justice League ''itself.'' The expansion wasn't just to increase numbers and power, but to also bring in a far wider variety of viewpoints to help keep them grounded; GA's lecture about the cannon was just the first and most prominent example.
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