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2nd May '17 9:06:57 PM nombretomado
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* Either despite or because of being set in Detroit of TheFuture, the (nonsentient, Earth-made) robots in ''TransformersAnimated'' tend to break down quite a bit. [[WalkingTechbane Especially around Captain Fanzone.]] This would mark the Transformers as superior beings, if only the space bridge would stop exploding.

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* Either despite or because of being set in Detroit of TheFuture, the (nonsentient, Earth-made) robots in ''TransformersAnimated'' ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' tend to break down quite a bit. [[WalkingTechbane Especially around Captain Fanzone.]] This would mark the Transformers as superior beings, if only the space bridge would stop exploding.
4th Dec '16 12:31:48 PM Zwazo57
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* In "Film/TheSixthWorld", the genetically-modified corn stops producing oxygen, endangering the colonization mission.
26th Oct '16 10:35:16 AM FGHIK
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** The transporter would break (in the simple "fails to work" sense) pretty much any time our heroes needed to make a hasty exit from a hostile planet. It would break (in the spectacular sense) on occasion as well. Broken transporters have created twins of at least two people (Kirk and Riker), in one case somehow separating "good" and "evil," caused people to regress in age, merged two individuals to create a viable and integrated third individual, sent people to a parallel universe, and even transformed a bunch of people into manatees trapped in the void between dimensions.

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** The transporter would break (in the simple "fails to work" sense) pretty much any time our heroes needed to make a hasty exit from a hostile planet. It would break (in the spectacular sense) on occasion as well. Broken transporters have created twins of at least two people (Kirk and Riker), in one case somehow [[LiteralSplitPersonality separating "good" and "evil," "evil"]], [[FountainOfYouth caused people to regress in age, age]], [[CompositeCharacter merged two individuals to create a viable and integrated third individual, individual]], sent people to a [[MirrorUniverse parallel universe, universe]], and even transformed a bunch of people into manatees trapped in the void between dimensions.
14th Aug '16 10:12:22 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* At the end of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', the firing of the replacement Halo causes the slipspace field to collapse prematurely, cutting a ship in half. The front half makes it to its destination, but the back half only materializes in space only partway there, leaving Master Chief and Cortana floating near a Forerunner planet in an unknown location.

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* At the end of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', the firing of the replacement Halo causes the slipspace field to collapse prematurely, cutting a ship in half. The front half makes it to its destination, but the back half only materializes in space only partway there, leaving Master Chief and Cortana floating near a [[VideoGame/{{Halo 4}} Forerunner planet in an unknown location.location]].
8th Aug '16 10:56:34 AM DarkHunter
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** The TARDIS is a particularly unreliable bit of Phlebotinum. Its navigation is notoriously unreliable when it works at all, its camouflage system has been stuck for the past 50 years, it has a habit of ignoring the Doctor's directions to deposit him in situations of extreme and immediate peril, and it was once blown to bits outright. Also, it once [[IncredibleShrinkingMan shrank its passengers to the size of fleas]]. In contrast to the examples above, though, rather than breaking at the worst possible moment, the TARDIS seems to work correctly ''only'' when it's absolutely vital that it does (see MillionToOneChance, OneBulletLeft). That said, the TARDIS is supposed to be piloted with six crewmembers, not just the Doctor plus one. The episode "The Doctor's Wife" revealed that the TARDIS [[spoiler:is sentient and in love with the Doctor]], and it often sends the Doctor where [[spoiler:she]] thinks he needs to be, sometimes malfunctioning to keep him there.

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** The TARDIS is a particularly unreliable bit of Phlebotinum.Phlebotinum, justified by the fact that it's an obsolete piece of crap by Time Lord standards that the Doctor stole from a junkyard. Its navigation is notoriously unreliable when it works at all, its camouflage system has been stuck for the past 50 years, it has a habit of ignoring the Doctor's directions to deposit him in situations of extreme and immediate peril, and it was once blown to bits outright. Also, it once [[IncredibleShrinkingMan shrank its passengers to the size of fleas]]. In contrast to the examples above, though, rather than breaking at the worst possible moment, the TARDIS seems to work correctly ''only'' when it's absolutely vital that it does (see MillionToOneChance, OneBulletLeft). That said, the TARDIS is supposed to be piloted with six crewmembers, not just the Doctor plus one. The episode "The Doctor's Wife" revealed that the TARDIS [[spoiler:is sentient and in love with the Doctor]], and it often sends the Doctor where [[spoiler:she]] thinks he needs to be, sometimes malfunctioning to keep him there.
30th May '16 3:47:03 PM WillKeaton
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* In ''Webcomic/ImpureBlood'', [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Issue3/ib070.html the timepieces are silent, giving no warning]].

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* In ''Webcomic/ImpureBlood'', [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Issue3/ib070.html the timepieces are silent, giving no warning]].warning.]]
30th May '16 3:46:37 PM WillKeaton
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* At the end of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', the firing of the replacement Halo causes the slipspace gate to collapse prematurely, dropping MC and Cortana near a Forerunner planet in an unknown location.

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* At the end of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', the firing of the replacement Halo causes the slipspace gate field to collapse prematurely, dropping MC cutting a ship in half. The front half makes it to its destination, but the back half only materializes in space only partway there, leaving Master Chief and Cortana floating near a Forerunner planet in an unknown location.
30th May '16 3:42:46 PM WillKeaton
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** The transporter would break (in the simple "fails to work" sense) pretty much any time our heroes needed to make a hasty exit from a hostile planet. It would break (in the spectacular sense) on occasion as well. Broken transporters have created twins of at least two people (Kirk and Riker), in one case somehow separating "good" and "evil", caused people to regress in age, merged two individuals to create a viable and integrated third individual, sent people to a parallel universe, and even transformed a bunch of people into manatees trapped in the void between dimensions.

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** The transporter would break (in the simple "fails to work" sense) pretty much any time our heroes needed to make a hasty exit from a hostile planet. It would break (in the spectacular sense) on occasion as well. Broken transporters have created twins of at least two people (Kirk and Riker), in one case somehow separating "good" and "evil", "evil," caused people to regress in age, merged two individuals to create a viable and integrated third individual, sent people to a parallel universe, and even transformed a bunch of people into manatees trapped in the void between dimensions.



** In a more down-played fashion, the communicators more than once had to be kept from working properly for the reasons mentioned in the CellPhonesAreUseless trope[[note]]That trope specifically points to this one for futuristic communications not working[[/note]].

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** In a more down-played fashion, the communicators more than once had to be kept from working properly for the reasons mentioned in the CellPhonesAreUseless trope[[note]]That trope.[[note]]That trope specifically points to this one for futuristic communications not working[[/note]].working.[[/note]]
17th Mar '16 4:08:25 AM Morgenthaler
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** Borg technology is popular AppliedPhlebotinum on ths show, being depicted as able to grow in an organic manner, absorb nearby technology and resist attempts to deactivate or remove it. But when the most important of Seven of Nine's implants breaks down, it is perhaps the only one that is not self-repairing and ones from deceased drones likewise become useless very quickly and thus cannot be salvaged. Pity Starfleet did not know this, because a weapon specifically designed to target that one implant could kill drones easily.

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** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': Borg technology is popular AppliedPhlebotinum on ths the show, being depicted as able to grow in an organic manner, absorb nearby technology and resist attempts to deactivate or remove it. But when the most important of Seven of Nine's implants breaks down, it is perhaps the only one that is not self-repairing and ones from deceased drones likewise become useless very quickly and thus cannot be salvaged. Pity Starfleet did not know this, because a weapon specifically designed to target that one implant could kill drones easily.
17th Mar '16 4:07:30 AM Morgenthaler
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*** ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' actually [[http://darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0105.html points this out]] regarding the "warp speed limit" and links this Trope's page.
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