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31st Jul '16 6:49:45 AM Morgenthaler
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** The show [[JustifiedTrope justifies]] it with the nature of the {{MacGuffin}}s; they reveal themselves individually, showing up on both teams' scanners simultaneously, and both race to the location as fast as possible. They end up ''expecting'' the trope pretty quickly.
*** Possibly averted (albeit off-screen) when some Wu show up without us seeing their collection as well Wu changing hands between episodes on occasion. We only see the more dramatic Wu fights.
*** Definitely averted in the "Sands Of Time" episode. Jack brings his future self back in time, and his future self knows the exact location of every Shen Gong Wu, so the bad guys have a serious advantage for a while.
31st Jul '16 6:48:57 AM Morgenthaler
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31st Jul '16 3:43:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''PrisonBreak'' season 2 is basically 22 episodes of this trope. Mahone tracked down Michael by reading the Cliffs Note version of the plot tattooed on the latter's body and despite the tattoos not being in any particular order, Mahone always managed to figure out each development at the exact time Michael was enacting it.

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* ''PrisonBreak'' ''Series/PrisonBreak'' season 2 is basically 22 episodes of this trope. Mahone tracked down Michael by reading the Cliffs Note version of the plot tattooed on the latter's body and despite the tattoos not being in any particular order, Mahone always managed to figure out each development at the exact time Michael was enacting it.
29th May '16 12:51:15 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* Subversion: After the first 5 or so "Jewel Seeds" are individually fought over in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', both the heroes and villains focus on getting the closest ones that the other isn't pursuing. The plot jumps ahead to after each side has collected all the ones available.

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* Subversion: After the first 5 or so "Jewel Seeds" are individually fought over in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', both the heroes and villains focus on getting the closest ones that the other isn't pursuing. The plot jumps ahead to after each side has collected all the ones available.
28th Mar '16 4:10:38 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In the ''SakuraTaisen'' TV series, five mystic stones, scattered and hidden through the capital city, act as seals on an ancient and powerful demon. If even one remains, the demon cannot be released. [[YouCantThwartStageOne Naturally,]] the bad guys are locating and destroying them, and the good guys can never find any but the next one the bad guys are about to attack.

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* In the ''SakuraTaisen'' ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' [[Anime/SakuraWarsTV TV series, series]], five mystic stones, scattered and hidden through the capital city, act as seals on an ancient and powerful demon. If even one remains, the demon cannot be released. [[YouCantThwartStageOne Naturally,]] the bad guys are locating and destroying them, and the good guys can never find any but the next one the bad guys are about to attack.



* Done in the first ''GIJoe'' FiveEpisodePilot: "A Real American Hero", where the Joes and Cobra were after the rare elements needed to power the Mass Device.

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* Done in the first ''GIJoe'' FiveEpisodePilot: "A Real American Hero", ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' FiveEpisodePilot, where the Joes and Cobra were after the rare elements needed to power the Mass Device.
6th Jan '16 1:45:30 PM Willbyr
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* The hunt for Innocence in filler episodes in ''[[DGrayMan D.Gray-Man]]'''s anime. Whenever they find a fragment of innocence, the Akuma have found it too and are after it. Cue epic battle! Often justified by showing that the bad guys were there first but were too inept to break through the barriers, solve the puzzle or resist the protective magic to the [=MacGuffin=], and are just bashing away at those obstacles in the hope of getting through. Only the heroes have the resourcefulness to actually get through, so they always get it. Then the bad guys attack the heroes to try and get it, now that the barriers are gone.
* Averted in Part II of ''{{Naruto}}'': with the exception of Shukaku and the Nine-Tailed Fox (both of whom were/are sealed in major characters), the antagonistic Akatsuki has been able to collect most of the Tailed Beasts with almost no opposition from the protagonists whatsoever.

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* The hunt for Innocence in filler episodes in ''[[DGrayMan D.Gray-Man]]'''s ''Manga/DGrayMan'''s anime. Whenever they find a fragment of innocence, the Akuma have found it too and are after it. Cue epic battle! Often justified by showing that the bad guys were there first but were too inept to break through the barriers, solve the puzzle or resist the protective magic to the [=MacGuffin=], and are just bashing away at those obstacles in the hope of getting through. Only the heroes have the resourcefulness to actually get through, so they always get it. Then the bad guys attack the heroes to try and get it, now that the barriers are gone.
* Averted in Part II of ''{{Naruto}}'': ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': with the exception of Shukaku and the Nine-Tailed Fox (both of whom were/are sealed in major characters), the antagonistic Akatsuki has been able to collect most of the Tailed Beasts with almost no opposition from the protagonists whatsoever.
6th Sep '15 7:45:49 PM nombretomado
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* Averted in ''NeverwinterNights: Hordes of the Underdark'' in Shaori's Fell, where Sabal goes after the mirror pieces in a specific order, and even if you try to go ahead of her she ends up with at least one.

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* Averted in ''NeverwinterNights: ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights: Hordes of the Underdark'' in Shaori's Fell, where Sabal goes after the mirror pieces in a specific order, and even if you try to go ahead of her she ends up with at least one.
5th Jan '15 5:22:46 PM MrKingXemnas
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* In the ''SakuraTaisen'' TV series, five mystic stones, scattered and hidden through the capital city, act as seals on an ancient and powerful demon. If even one remains, the demon cannot be released. Naturally, the bad guys are locating and destroying them, and the good guys can never find any but the next one the bad guys are about to attack.

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* In the ''SakuraTaisen'' TV series, five mystic stones, scattered and hidden through the capital city, act as seals on an ancient and powerful demon. If even one remains, the demon cannot be released. Naturally, [[YouCantThwartStageOne Naturally,]] the bad guys are locating and destroying them, and the good guys can never find any but the next one the bad guys are about to attack.
19th Jun '14 6:25:32 PM Aiguille
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* In ''Manga/SailorMoon S'', the Outer Senshi (good guys, although not initially in the same team as the main character) and the Death Busters (bad guys) are simultaneously searching for three talismans supposedly hidden inside unknown humans. In every episode, both sides arrive at the same time to examine the next VictimOfTheWeek. It is hinted, however, that the good guys cannot extract the talismans themselves, and must thus rely on the bad guys to do the dirty work for them.

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* In ''Manga/SailorMoon ''Anime/SailorMoon S'', the Outer Senshi (good guys, although not initially in the same team as the main character) and the Death Busters (bad guys) are simultaneously searching for three talismans supposedly hidden inside unknown humans. In every episode, both sides arrive at the same time to examine the next VictimOfTheWeek. It is hinted, however, that the good guys cannot extract the talismans themselves, and must thus rely on the bad guys to do the dirty work for them.
11th Dec '13 12:10:34 PM Vilui
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* In the ''SakuraTaisen'' TV series, five mystic stones, scattered and hidden through the capitol city, act as seals on an ancient and powerful demon. If even one remains, the demon cannot be released. Naturally, the bad guys are locating and destroying them, and the good guys can never find any but the next one the bad guys are about to attack.

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* In the ''SakuraTaisen'' TV series, five mystic stones, scattered and hidden through the capitol capital city, act as seals on an ancient and powerful demon. If even one remains, the demon cannot be released. Naturally, the bad guys are locating and destroying them, and the good guys can never find any but the next one the bad guys are about to attack.
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