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25th Mar '16 3:40:30 PM Saber15
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* In the finale to the third book to the ''Saga of the Grey Death Legion'' trilogy (part of the Franchise/BattleTechExpandedUniverse), the planet Helm was the site of a secret Star League weapons depot 300 years ago. The GDL manages to open the vault using a ceremonial data slate given to the planetary governor, while the pursuing House Marik company are forced to breach it using explosives, causing the facility to enter a self-destruct mode. A buried fusion reactor heats up underwater lakes, causing them to boil off and explode through the surface, returning the mysteriously vanished sea to Helm's surface and destroying the facility in the process. Luckily, the GDL managed to save a copy of the Star League library in the facility and its cache of LostTechnology specifications.
31st Jan '16 9:21:02 AM nombretomado
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* In ''SystemShock 2'', if you [[CriticalFailure trigger an ICE node]] when hacking open a security crate, it sets off a built-in explosive charge, destroying the crate and its contents (and on any difficulty higher than Easy, probably kills you in the process).

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* In ''SystemShock 2'', ''VideoGame/SystemShock2'', if you [[CriticalFailure trigger an ICE node]] when hacking open a security crate, it sets off a built-in explosive charge, destroying the crate and its contents (and on any difficulty higher than Easy, probably kills you in the process).
30th Dec '15 7:38:39 PM jormis29
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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' the stolen [[PublicDomainArtifact Shroud of Turin]] is kept like this, with a remote to deactivate the security. In this case it's a precaution against the seller being subjected to YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness after handing it over.

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' the stolen [[PublicDomainArtifact Shroud of Turin]] ShroudOfTurin is kept like this, with a remote to deactivate the security. In this case it's a precaution against the seller being subjected to YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness after handing it over.
3rd Nov '15 7:25:21 PM __Vano
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See also BoobyTrap, which the intent is to destroy the thief more than the loot. When this technique is used by a person to kill themselves to avoid torture/giving up secrets, that's CyanidePill. If said person is wired to kill themselves involuntarily before they divulge important data, it's InvoluntarySuicideMechanism instead.

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See also BoobyTrap, which the whose intent is to destroy the thief more rather than the loot. When this technique is used by a person to kill themselves to avoid torture/giving up secrets, that's CyanidePill. If said person is wired to kill themselves involuntarily before they divulge important data, it's InvoluntarySuicideMechanism instead.
1st Nov '15 10:10:09 PM direguy
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* In ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' the planet itself has self-destruct booby trap that will activate should anyone finds Captain Flint's treasure hoard.
10th Oct '15 2:00:50 PM nombretomado
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* Franchise/{{Batman}} has this on his [[CoolCar Batmobile]]. He has a number of deterrents to prevent crooks from jacking the Batmobile, up to five levels. The fifth level being detonating the Batmobile. Batman nearly became a victim of this in the final part of the ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'' storyline, ''[=KnightsEnd=]'' when he attempts to use the Batmobile to hunt down the rogue "Az-Bats" Jean-Paul Valley and it ends up blowing up on him. The incident causes {{Nightwing}} to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge on Jean-Paul, but Robin later finds out Bats is safe. Turns out he realized that Valley did the same thing he would have - just not that deadly.

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* Franchise/{{Batman}} has this on his [[CoolCar Batmobile]]. He has a number of deterrents to prevent crooks from jacking the Batmobile, up to five levels. The fifth level being detonating the Batmobile. Batman nearly became a victim of this in the final part of the ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'' storyline, ''[=KnightsEnd=]'' when he attempts to use the Batmobile to hunt down the rogue "Az-Bats" Jean-Paul Valley and it ends up blowing up on him. The incident causes {{Nightwing}} ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge on Jean-Paul, but Robin later finds out Bats is safe. Turns out he realized that Valley did the same thing he would have - just not that deadly.
8th Oct '15 6:57:59 PM nombretomado
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* Franchise/{{Batman}} has this on his [[CoolCar Batmobile]]. He has a number of deterrents to prevent crooks from jacking the Batmobile, up to five levels. The fifth level being detonating the Batmobile. Batman nearly became a victim of this in the final part of the ''KnightFall'' storyline, ''[=KnightsEnd=]'' when he attempts to use the Batmobile to hunt down the rogue "Az-Bats" Jean-Paul Valley and it ends up blowing up on him. The incident causes {{Nightwing}} to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge on Jean-Paul, but Robin later finds out Bats is safe. Turns out he realized that Valley did the same thing he would have - just not that deadly.

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* Franchise/{{Batman}} has this on his [[CoolCar Batmobile]]. He has a number of deterrents to prevent crooks from jacking the Batmobile, up to five levels. The fifth level being detonating the Batmobile. Batman nearly became a victim of this in the final part of the ''KnightFall'' ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'' storyline, ''[=KnightsEnd=]'' when he attempts to use the Batmobile to hunt down the rogue "Az-Bats" Jean-Paul Valley and it ends up blowing up on him. The incident causes {{Nightwing}} to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge on Jean-Paul, but Robin later finds out Bats is safe. Turns out he realized that Valley did the same thing he would have - just not that deadly.
23rd Jun '15 12:10:48 PM WillBGood
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** Occurs twice in the adventure T1-4 ''{{TapletopGame/Temple of Elemental Evil}}''.

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** Occurs twice in the adventure T1-4 ''{{TapletopGame/Temple of Elemental Evil}}''.Evil}}'':



*** Senshock, one of the demon lord Iuz's minions, knows some of his master's secrets. If anyone (such as a group of {{PC}}s) uses Charm or any other MindControl effect to make him reveal these secrets, Senshock will suddenly and mysteriously die, slain by luz himself.
** Module [=DA1=] ''Adventures in Blackmoor''. All of the Iron Duke's agents in the Comeback Inn (as well as the Warden in the Prison Out Of Time) have a special Geas placed on them. If anyone uses torture or magic to try to force them to tell about the plane to kidnap King Uther, the Geas will kill them.
** Module [=OA5=] ''Mad Monkey vs. the Dragon Claw''. If the {{PC}}s capture any Dragon Claw monks while in the nation of T'u Lung and try to interrogate them in any way, the monks will burst into flames rather than reveal any of the secrets of their master. This effect is created by the demon Lung Jua (AKA the Dragon Claw) himself.
23rd Jun '15 12:04:50 PM WillBGood
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* The MatthewReilly short story ''Altitude Rush'' ([[http://www.matthewreilly.com/resources Available in pdf on his website]]) has documents protected by a self destructing case that will release hydrofloric acid on the papers unless properly accessed. The case also has an altitude sensor that will trigger the self destruct if it goes above 1000 feet or below 10 feet, necessitating the thieves to execute a frantic escape across the NY skyline.

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* The MatthewReilly short story ''Altitude Rush'' ([[http://www.matthewreilly.com/resources Available in pdf on his website]]) has documents protected by a self destructing case that will release hydrofloric acid on the papers unless properly accessed. The case also has an altitude sensor that will trigger the self destruct self-destruct if it goes above 1000 feet or below 10 feet, necessitating the thieves to execute a frantic escape across the NY skyline.



* In Creator/HarryHarrison's ''The Ethical Engineer'' (second book of the {{Literature/Deathworld}} series), Jason crash-lands on a LostColony where remains of technology are with a religious-like fervor by various clans/cities. One of them builds primitive cars and have booby-trapped the engines should someone attempt to open and reverse-engineer them (or repair them - they make the cars so that they break after a few months). Jason is trying to break the monopoly and allow progress, currently working for the group making petroleum (to run said cars). He tries to make an impression by making repairs to one car. One of the traps (poison gas canisters) is triggered by attempting to remove the screws holding the cover. Jason figures out that the screws are deliberately threaded the wrong way (i.e. you have to turn clockwise instead of counterclockwise). Attempting to turn counterclockwise tightens them and smashes the canisters. He then defeats another trigger mechanism by using melting ice to slowly lower the engine from the housing. The reason he can't build a crude vehicle without reverse-engineering it is because no one in his time remembers how an internal combustion engine is supposed to work.

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* In Creator/HarryHarrison's ''The Ethical Engineer'' (second book of the {{Literature/Deathworld}} series), Jason crash-lands on a LostColony where remains of technology are venerated with a religious-like fervor by various clans/cities. One of them builds primitive cars and have booby-trapped the engines should someone attempt to open and reverse-engineer them (or repair them - they make the cars so that they break after a few months). Jason is trying to break the monopoly and allow progress, currently working for the group making petroleum (to run said cars). He tries to make an impression by making repairs to one car. One of the traps (poison gas canisters) is triggered by attempting to remove the screws holding the cover. Jason figures out that the screws are deliberately threaded the wrong way (i.e. you have to turn clockwise instead of counterclockwise). Attempting to turn counterclockwise tightens them and smashes the canisters. He then defeats another trigger mechanism by using melting ice to slowly lower the engine from the housing. The reason he can't build a crude vehicle without reverse-engineering it is because no one in his time remembers how an internal combustion engine is supposed to work.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Uplink}}'' one of the security measures you can purchase for your gateway is a self destruct mechanism as a last resort if the Feds are closing in on you. You lose all the hardware, but get to keep your reputation and avoid being disavowed (ie, gameover).

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Uplink}}'' one of the security measures you can purchase for your gateway is a self destruct self-destruct mechanism as a last resort if the Feds are closing in on you. You lose all the hardware, but get to keep your reputation and avoid being disavowed (ie, gameover).
23rd Jun '15 12:01:10 PM WillBGood
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* Franchise/{{Batman}} has this on his [[CoolCar Batmobile]]. He has a number of deterrents to prevent crooks from jacking the Batmobile, up to five levels. The fifth level being detonating the Batmobile. Batman nearly became a victim of this in the final part of the ''KnightFall'' storyline, ''[=KnightsEnd=]'' when he attempts to use the Batmobile to hunt down the rouge "Az-Bats" Jean-Paul Valley and it ends up blowing up on him. The incident causes {{Nightwing}} to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge on Jean-Paul, but Robin later finds out Bats is safe. Turns out he realized that Valley did the same thing he would have - just not that deadly.

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* Franchise/{{Batman}} has this on his [[CoolCar Batmobile]]. He has a number of deterrents to prevent crooks from jacking the Batmobile, up to five levels. The fifth level being detonating the Batmobile. Batman nearly became a victim of this in the final part of the ''KnightFall'' storyline, ''[=KnightsEnd=]'' when he attempts to use the Batmobile to hunt down the rouge rogue "Az-Bats" Jean-Paul Valley and it ends up blowing up on him. The incident causes {{Nightwing}} to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge on Jean-Paul, but Robin later finds out Bats is safe. Turns out he realized that Valley did the same thing he would have - just not that deadly.
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