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3rd Nov '16 11:10:37 AM Orbiting
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-->-- ''Series/DoctorWho'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfMh_5hy-48& blooper]] from '''"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E6TheArmageddonFactor The Armageddon Factor]]"'''

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-->-- ''Series/DoctorWho'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfMh_5hy-48& blooper]] from '''"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E6TheArmageddonFactor "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E6TheArmageddonFactor The Armageddon Factor]]"'''
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26th May '16 9:47:05 PM Blazer
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* This trope seems to happen in every ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' game. Samus' powerups always malfunction or disappear somewhere whenever she needs them. Typically, this happens offscreen between games. However, the first two ''VideoGame/{{Metroid Prime|Trilogy}}'' games [[TasteOfPower start you off with some items]] but have you lose them early on, to a reactor explosion and some thieving Ing, respectively. ''[[VideoGame/MetroidOtherM Other M]]'' instead has you in possession of all your items but unable to use them for plot-related reasons--not a malfunction, strictly speaking, but it serves the same purpose.

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* This trope seems to happen in every ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' game. Samus' powerups always malfunction or disappear somewhere whenever she needs them. Typically, this happens offscreen between games. However, the first two ''VideoGame/{{Metroid Prime|Trilogy}}'' games [[TasteOfPower start you off with some items]] but have you lose them early on, to a reactor explosion and some thieving Ing, respectively. ''[[VideoGame/MetroidOtherM Other M]]'' instead has you in possession of all your items but unable to use them for plot-related reasons--not a malfunction, strictly speaking, but it serves the same purpose. ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'' explains that you had your abilities, but they were all loaded into your old Power Suit, which had to be surgically removed. [[GrandTheftMe Then, the X Parasite took it over...]]
27th Apr '16 7:35:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* This happens all the time to any source of light in ''Film/DarknessFalls''.



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* This happens all the time to any source of light in ''Film/DarknessFalls''.



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7th Dec '15 10:05:12 AM Hossmeister
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* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Trials and Tribulations'', Phoenix bravely and perhaps stupidly attempts to cross a burning bridge to save Maya, only to have it collapse when he is half way across. He is sent plunging into an incredibly deadly river only to survive with little more than a head cold. But this accident ultimately leads to a major break in the case.

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* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Trials and Tribulations'', ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations'', Phoenix bravely and perhaps stupidly attempts to cross a burning bridge to save Maya, only to have it collapse when he is half way across. He is sent plunging into an incredibly deadly river only to survive with little more than a head cold. But this accident ultimately leads to a major break in the case.
29th Jul '15 9:47:56 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'':
** Jean's maneuver gear malfunctions while he's attempting to escape two Titans in Episode 12. He immediately notes [[LampshadeHanging the timing of it.]]
** [[spoiler:Eren is unable to transform in Episode 24 after finding out that Annie is the Female Titan, despite her shifting right in front of him. It takes Mikasa, Armin, and Jean (only Mikasa and Armin in the manga) to help him find his resolve and shift.]]
6th Jul '15 5:48:51 PM Atreides
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* In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', the Millennium Falcon's HYPER Drive systems refuse to work for nearly the whole film which means they can't easily escape the Imperial Fleet like everyone else, [[ForWantOfANail leading to their eventual capture, which requires Luke to divert from his training early to save them leading to his defeat by Vader and Han's capture by Fett.]] Basically if it had worked there wouldn't be any danger in the film at all past the quarter point.

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* In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', the Millennium Falcon's HYPER Drive systems refuse to work for nearly the whole film which means they can't easily escape the Imperial Fleet like everyone else, [[ForWantOfANail leading to their eventual capture, which requires Luke to divert from his training early to save them leading to his defeat by Vader and Han's capture by Fett.]] Basically if it had worked there wouldn't be any danger in the film at all past the quarter point. Of course, YMMV on this one. The initial failure is justified by Han's shoestring and glue approach to ship maintenance, plus having to evacuate Hoth in the middle of repairs. After leaving Cloud City, the next failure is due to Imperial sabotage.
1st Jul '15 4:35:59 PM nombretomado
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* In the reimagined ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' episode ''Act of Contrition'', a recon drone kills 13 pilots when its restraints come off seemingly on their own. It's some tragic TruthInTelevision, as this exact same incident had happened in reality with missiles being shuffled to their aircraft on aircraft carriers falling to the deck and going kablooie. A character in the episode even says "I know it's hard to hear, but we were lucky. If that had been a ''missile...''"

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* In the reimagined ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' episode ''Act "Act of Contrition'', Contrition", a recon drone kills 13 pilots when its restraints come off seemingly on their own. It's some tragic TruthInTelevision, as this exact same incident had happened in reality with missiles being shuffled to their aircraft on aircraft carriers falling to the deck and going kablooie. A character in the episode even says "I know it's hard to hear, but we were lucky. If that had been a ''missile...''"
15th Jun '15 4:42:06 AM MattII
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** Sometimes, ''Franchise/StarTrek'' couldn't think up a reason for the transporter to not be working, or at least for the crew to not come down in a shuttlecraft. So half the time, it wasn't just that the transporters were down; the communicators wouldn't work either, or had been stolen.

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** Sometimes, ''Franchise/StarTrek'' couldn't think up a reason for the transporter to not be working, or at least for the crew to not come down in a shuttlecraft. So half the time, it wasn't just that the transporters were down; the communicators wouldn't work either, or had been stolen. stolen.
** Also happens with the warp drive, or more commonly, the holodecks, the latter being lampshaded by O'Brien in one episode of DS9.
21st Mar '15 10:07:53 PM redandready45
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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': In an Orange Islands episode, Ash accidentally breaks Snorlax's Pokeball. It's lampshaded how dumb that is. The good news is that there is a Pokemon Center. Bad news it's on the other side of a mountain, which means that Ash and his friends have to carry the sleeping giant up a mountain to get there. HilarityEnsues.
14th Feb '15 7:52:31 PM Blazer
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* In ''Anime/SailorMoon R'''s FillerArc, Usagi's Moon Tiara Magic craps out during a monster fight, requiring the other Sailor Guardians to save the day. When it happens again, leading to her being BroughtDownToNormal, Usagi and Luna both realize it's because her IJustWantToBeNormal mindset has caused it.
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