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8th Feb '16 11:07:36 PM Anddrix
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* During the ''Comicbook/DarkReign'' storyline, ComicBook/NormanOsborn reveals that he has the cure for cancer, too. Except he decides to use it on SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} after the Merc With A Mouth goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge for Osborn stealing his thunder at the end of ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion''.
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* During the ''Comicbook/DarkReign'' storyline, ComicBook/NormanOsborn reveals that he has the cure for cancer, too. Except he decides to use it on SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} after the Merc With A Mouth goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge for Osborn stealing his thunder at the end of ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion''.

[[TheStinger As a side note,]] [[SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom Doom]] is pleased with the name of this trope. He would prefer it to be lengthened, but the censors wouldn't allow it.
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[[TheStinger As a side note,]] [[SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom Doom]] Doom is pleased with the name of this trope. He would prefer it to be lengthened, but the censors wouldn't allow it.
8th Feb '16 10:41:27 PM KJMackley
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* In an interesting {{sitcom}} example, the premise of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' is about young, incredibly smart geniuses working at Caltech and their adventures trying to navigate a normal life. They have specialties ranging into high-end theoretical and experimental physics and are depicted as giving lectures, having papers published and even going on scientific expeditions but it is nothing truly groundbreaking or would make them celebrities. This is lampshaded by Leonard in the third episode, when Penny asked if anything was new in the physics world his response was a bemused "Nothing" and explained that all basic physics concepts have been in place since the 1930s and most of physics work today is basically advanced theories that can't be proven, only internally consistent. The show does break out of this on a few occasions: ** Howard had been established early as being an engineer for NASA and design the toilet on the International Space Station (which apparently had a design flaw they spent an episode trying to fix). This connection with NASA leads him to be chosen as a payload specialist for a new piece of tech going up, with him getting the opportunity to brag about actually being in space. ** Sheldon formulates the creation of a new superheavy element, which is initially confirmed by other research teams. This earns him some significant prestige at the university, but nothing exceptional or worldwide news. Humorously, he discovered his math was off (by a factor of ''[[MisplacedADecimalPoint 10,000]]'') and the discovery was a fluke, which infuriated him. But in a later episode Leonard manages to disprove the results and he actually didn't discover anything. ** When talking to Penny about his work, Leonard had a EurekaMoment when it came to superfluid helium and interaction with the universe, and he partners up with Sheldon to flesh out the theory. Their idea quickly makes the rounds in the scientific community, praised by no less than Creator/StephenHawking, and in swift order they start getting published in science journals and lecturing at other universities.
7th Feb '16 6:42:19 PM DarthNANAME
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adding information to SCP entry.
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** Though the website has a very nebulous canon, some articles imply that the Foundation DOES use their technology to secretly help the world. [=SCP-4023-EX=], for example, is a substance excreted by an [=SCP=] that the Foundation discovered has medicinal properties. The Foundation now synthesizes it and markets it through a front company as an unidentified RealLife antibiotic.
7th Feb '16 5:39:47 AM Waddle
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[[TheStinger As a side note,]] Doom is pleased with the name of this trope. He would prefer it to be lengthened, but the censors wouldn't allow it.
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[[TheStinger As a side note,]] Doom [[SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom Doom]] is pleased with the name of this trope. He would prefer it to be lengthened, but the censors wouldn't allow it.
20th Jan '16 2:35:54 AM Allexan
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* Whole premise of ''Literature/MondayBeginsOnSaturday'' is an aversion - it takes place in Soviet research facility, dedicated to sharing benefits of magic with mundane part of humanity. Some of projects include wide distribution of Living Water (bottled healing factor), creating solvents for grief and hatred, seeking the meaning of life etc. Though most of their real successes are mentioned off-screen, while book concentrates on hilarious failures and research process itself.
20th Jan '16 1:24:34 AM Allexan
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* Averted in ''VideoGame/SecretWorld'' with Orochi Grp., whose inventions are applied worldwide and are bleeding edge of research of natural and supernatural, besides all that addictive drugs in soda and worldwide surveillance system. Played straight with all other supernaturals, but justified - most part of the secret world is very malevolent and dangerous and it took a lot of effort to cull all that demons and vampires to current level of [[Masquerade]].
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* Averted in ''VideoGame/SecretWorld'' ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'' with Orochi Grp., whose inventions are applied worldwide and are bleeding edge of research of natural and supernatural, besides all that addictive drugs in soda and worldwide surveillance system. Played straight with all other supernaturals, but justified - most part of the secret world is very malevolent and dangerous and it took a lot of effort to cull all that demons and vampires to current level of [[Masquerade]].Masquerade.
20th Jan '16 1:23:06 AM Allexan
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* Averted in ''VideoGame/SecretWorld'' with Orochi Grp., whose inventions are applied worldwide and are bleeding edge of research of natural and supernatural, besides all that addictive drugs in soda and worldwide surveillance system. Played straight with all other supernaturals, but justified - most part of the secret world is very malevolent and dangerous and it took a lot of effort to cull all that demons and vampires to current level of [[Masquerade]].
18th Jan '16 9:39:00 AM Discar
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# To ensure that there's some level of drama in the story. If the super science or magic can literally do ''anything'', then there's no reason the heroes can't just figure out a creative way to get them out of any jam. Goodbye potential conflict. In the case of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', there were tons of things the replicators and [[TeleportersAndTransporters transporters]] should have been able to do which would have ruined the plot of half the episodes, necessitating a lot of HoldingBackThePhlebotinum to maintain drama. As well, it could very easily be that the technology itself has some limitations, as "It can do anything you can imagine" is quite a bold statement for anyone to make. Other times, the DisposableSuperheroMaker is [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup disposable]] in the first place to avoid flooding the setting with {{superhero}}es.
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# To ensure that there's some level of drama in the story. If the super science or magic can literally do ''anything'', then there's no reason the heroes can't just figure out a creative way to get them out of any jam. Goodbye potential conflict. In the case of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', there were tons of things the replicators and [[TeleportersAndTransporters [[{{Teleportation}} transporters]] should have been able to do which would have ruined the plot of half the episodes, necessitating a lot of HoldingBackThePhlebotinum to maintain drama. As well, it could very easily be that the technology itself has some limitations, as "It can do anything you can imagine" is quite a bold statement for anyone to make. Other times, the DisposableSuperheroMaker is [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup disposable]] in the first place to avoid flooding the setting with {{superhero}}es.

** In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Rascals", they accidentally discover the secret of eternal life (by turning four crewmembers into children via the [[TransportersAndTeleporters transporter]], while they still retain their memory). No one ever tries to find out how that worked.
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** In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Rascals", they accidentally discover the secret of eternal life (by turning four crewmembers into children via the [[TransportersAndTeleporters [[{{Teleportation}} transporter]], while they still retain their memory). No one ever tries to find out how that worked.

** Replicator technology. Every sophont and his dog seems to get it shortly after developing warp drive (it's a logical spin-off from [[TeleportersAndTransporters transporter technology]], after all), and yet there are still traders who deal in small, easily portable, ''mass-produced'' items (which were probably made in a replicator in the first place). Artwork and particularly obscure substances/items a replicator can't (currently) produce make sense as trade goods, as do items too large to be produced by one, but given the ubiquity of replicators, the only reason that trading [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine self-sealing stem bolts]] makes any sense is because the writers want a point of familiarity.
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** Replicator technology. Every sophont and his dog seems to get it shortly after developing warp drive (it's a logical spin-off from [[TeleportersAndTransporters [[{{Teleportation}} transporter technology]], after all), and yet there are still traders who deal in small, easily portable, ''mass-produced'' items (which were probably made in a replicator in the first place). Artwork and particularly obscure substances/items a replicator can't (currently) produce make sense as trade goods, as do items too large to be produced by one, but given the ubiquity of replicators, the only reason that trading [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine self-sealing stem bolts]] makes any sense is because the writers want a point of familiarity.
11th Jan '16 11:56:02 PM Allan53
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** Panacea has the power to heal pretty much any disease or injury. She manifested this ability when she was 13 or 14 (she's about 16 at the start of the story) and spends a good chunk of her time going to hospitals and healing. She's constantly riddled with guilt about never doing enough, and is occasionally tempted to make a mistake to lessen the expectations on her - and then feels guilt about those temptations, leading her to loath herself and to irrationally resent those she heals, leading to greater guilt.
6th Jan '16 9:40:18 PM Olinser
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Not this trope. Throwing money at a problem has no guarantee of actually producing any kind of solution.
* Very much TruthInTelevision. For example, global spending on international aid in 2010: $131 billion [OECD stats]. Global ''military'' spending in 2010: $1,732 billion [Stockholm Int'l Peace Research Inst. stats], over ten times as much. We already have the resources to solve much of the world's problems, we just aren't doing it.
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