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11th Jun '16 7:44:47 PM MacedonianKing
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', King Maegor [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Cruel]], who organized the completion of the royal palace and King's Landing, had the architects, masons, etc. murdered so that he would be the only one who knew the location of all of the secret passages.
* ''Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}:'' The final step in the WW-II Japanese plan to build a super-secret underground vault for their plundered wealth was to flood it with water, with all of their slave labour sealed up inside along with all the gold. Fortunately for some of the workers, one of their leaders knew what was coming, and designed in a back-door escape route.

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', King Maegor [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Cruel]], who organized the completion of the royal palace and King's Landing, had the architects, masons, etc. murdered so that he would be the only one who knew the location of all of the secret passages.
passages. [[spoiler: Despite this, Varys the Spider has access to most of the passageways.]]
* ''Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}:'' The final step in the WW-II Japanese plan to build a super-secret underground vault for their plundered wealth was to flood it with water, with all of their slave labour labor sealed up inside along with all the gold. Fortunately for some of the workers, one of their leaders knew what was coming, and designed in a back-door escape route.
11th Jun '16 7:40:11 PM MacedonianKing
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* In ''Film/OnceUponATimeInMexico'', Agent Sands kills a cook who made a dish Sands likes particularly well. As Sands sees it, he has restored balance, and can look back with enjoyment on that meal as a one time moment of perfection.

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* In ''Film/OnceUponATimeInMexico'', Agent Sands kills a cook who made a dish Sands likes particularly well. As Sands sees it, he has restored balance, and can look back with enjoyment on that meal as a one time moment of perfection. Sands is crazy.
26th May '16 3:39:15 PM margdean56
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* {{Subverted}} by King Minos and Daedalus from Myth/ClassicalMythology. Minos only locked the famous architect away, because he still wanted to use his talent. Even when Daedalus advised Ariadne the best way to help Theseus, Minos didn't kill him, but imprisoned in the labyrinth. Some versions of this myth suggest that Minos spared Dedalus' life, not only because of his talent, but also frienship they shared.

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* {{Subverted}} by King Minos and Daedalus from Myth/ClassicalMythology. Minos only locked the famous architect away, because he still wanted to use his talent. Even when Daedalus advised Ariadne the best way to help Theseus, Minos didn't kill him, but imprisoned in the labyrinth. Some versions of this myth suggest that Minos spared Dedalus' Daedalus' life, not only because of his talent, but also frienship the friendship they shared.
17th May '16 9:04:34 AM Luigifan
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* In ''[[Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX The Punisher: The End]]'', the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive executives]] who caused WorldWarThree had the engineer who built their survival bunker falsely incarcerated [[BondVillainStupidity instead of just killing him.]] Evidently, they never expected him to tell his cellmate, and never anticipated that his cellmate would be [[spoiler: ThePunisher]].
** A ''Punisher'' series annual story involves Frank barging into a mob meeting where a weapons engineer presents a mobster with "The Preacher"-a prototype super-pistol that has the capacity to fire any available pistol cartridge on the market (it's implied that he was strong-armed into building the gun, as well). The mobster is impressed with the engineer's work [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness and casually kills him]] before telling his mooks that once he mass-produces the Preacher, he will have total control of the weapons black market.

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* In ''[[Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX The Punisher: The End]]'', the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive executives]] who caused WorldWarThree had the engineer who built their survival bunker falsely incarcerated [[BondVillainStupidity instead of just killing him.]] Evidently, they never expected him to tell his cellmate, and never anticipated that his cellmate would be [[spoiler: ThePunisher]].
[[spoiler:The Punisher]].
** A ''Punisher'' series annual story involves Frank barging into a mob meeting where a weapons engineer presents a mobster with "The Preacher"-a Preacher" -- a prototype super-pistol that has the capacity to fire any available pistol cartridge on the market (it's implied that he was strong-armed into building the gun, as well). The mobster is impressed with the engineer's work [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness and casually kills him]] before telling his mooks that once he mass-produces the Preacher, he will have total control of the weapons black market.



* Recurring IronMan villain Killer Shrike attempts to do this to gadgeteer genius and villain arms maker The Tinkerer after he upgrades Shrikes suit. Tinkerer, being used to dealing with the worst scum Marvel has to offer, is too savvy to fall for it, and has built-in failsaves that lets him disable any weapon he has made, in case anyone would be stupid enough to try this trope on him.

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* Recurring IronMan villain Killer Shrike attempts to do this to gadgeteer genius and villain arms maker The Tinkerer after he upgrades Shrikes Shrike's suit. Tinkerer, being used to dealing with the worst scum Marvel has to offer, is too savvy to fall for it, and has built-in failsaves failsafes that lets let him disable any weapon he has made, in case anyone would be stupid enough to try this trope on him.



* In ''Film/XXx'' the BigBad kills all the scientist with his bio weapon, after they finished building his submarine.

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* In ''Film/XXx'' ''Film/XXx'', the BigBad kills all the scientist scientists with his bio weapon, bioweapon, after they finished building his submarine.



* Goldeneyes Silverhand Dactylos from ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'' who was maimed by various employers to stop him creating anything more beautiful. He earned his name by crafting replacement eyes and a silver prosthetic hand, until his last employer simply had him shot.

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* Goldeneyes Silverhand Dactylos from ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'' ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'', who was maimed by various employers to stop him creating anything more beautiful. He earned his name by crafting replacement eyes and a silver prosthetic hand, until his last employer simply had him shot.



* The brilliant cathedral architect Macallan, who designed the Water Pit in ''{{Literature/Riptide}}'', did his best to avert this trope in-universe. Being forced to work on the perfect hiding place for stashing an immense [[PirateBooty pirate hoard]], he knew his end would come upon the pit's completion. He delayed construction of the deathtrap-laden treasure pit as much as he possibly could, [[spoiler: and gets his posthumous revenge by rigging the final treasure room to be completely unsalvageable, dumping the treasure into the caverns below the pit once the room has been breached.]]

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* The brilliant cathedral architect Macallan, who designed the Water Pit in ''{{Literature/Riptide}}'', did his best to avert this trope in-universe. Being forced to work on the perfect hiding place for stashing an immense [[PirateBooty pirate hoard]], he knew his end would come upon the pit's completion. He delayed construction of the deathtrap-laden treasure pit as much as he possibly could, [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and gets his posthumous revenge by rigging the final treasure room to be completely unsalvageable, dumping the treasure into the caverns below the pit once the room has been breached.]]



* In one of the ''Literature/PreludeToDune'' prequels the Baron Harkonnen and some flunkies go to his secret resort, [[DeadGuyOnDisplay decorated with display cases containing the decaying corpses of the architects]], [[GenreSavvy who died with resigned looks on their faces]].

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* In one of the ''Literature/PreludeToDune'' prequels prequels, the Baron Harkonnen and some flunkies go to his secret resort, [[DeadGuyOnDisplay decorated with display cases containing the decaying corpses of the architects]], [[GenreSavvy who died with resigned looks on their faces]].



* Invoked and averted in the Dresden Files novel ''Literature/SmallFavor''. Gard, a decidedly non-human "security contractor" complains that after building a supernatural panic room, her employer refused her suggestion to simply execute all the workers who'd been part of the job in order to keep it secret.

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* Invoked and averted in the Dresden Files novel ''Literature/SmallFavor''. Gard, a decidedly non-human "security contractor" contractor", complains that after building a supernatural panic room, her employer refused her suggestion to simply execute all the workers who'd been part of the job in order to keep it secret.



* {{Subverted}} by King Minos and Daedalus from Myth/ClassicalMythology. Minos only locked the famous architect away, because he still wanted to use his talent. Even when Daedalus advised Ariadne the best way to help Theseus, Minos didn't kill him, but imprisoned in the labyrinth. Some versions of this myth suggest, that Minos spared Dedalus' life, not only because of his talent, but also frienship they shared.

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* {{Subverted}} by King Minos and Daedalus from Myth/ClassicalMythology. Minos only locked the famous architect away, because he still wanted to use his talent. Even when Daedalus advised Ariadne the best way to help Theseus, Minos didn't kill him, but imprisoned in the labyrinth. Some versions of this myth suggest, suggest that Minos spared Dedalus' life, not only because of his talent, but also frienship they shared.



* In ''EternalDarkness: Sanity's Requiem'', [[spoiler: Roberto Bianchi's chapter ends this way]].

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* In ''EternalDarkness: Sanity's Requiem'', [[spoiler: Roberto [[spoiler:Roberto Bianchi's chapter ends this way]].



-->'''Liara:''' I think I can guess
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' this was the fate of George Trevor, who designed the mansion ([[spoiler: he escaped, only to find that they were just messing with him anyway and gave up and starved to death after learning of his family's fate]]). However, compared to his wife and daughter he got off lightly; unbeknown to him they were [[spoiler: used as test subjects while he was working on the mansion. The latter became a TragicMonster, while the former fought off her infection, only to be killed by Umbrella when she failed as a test subject]].

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-->'''Liara:''' I think I can guess
guess.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'', this was the fate of George Trevor, who designed the mansion ([[spoiler: he ([[spoiler:he escaped, only to find that they were just messing with him anyway and ,and gave up and starved to death after learning of his family's fate]]). However, compared to his wife and daughter daughter, he got off lightly; unbeknown to him him, they were [[spoiler: used [[spoiler:used as test subjects while he was working on the mansion. The latter became a TragicMonster, while the former fought off her infection, only to be killed by Umbrella when she failed as a test subject]].



* ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'': The Practical Incarnation commissioned the construction of an elaborate crypt. Then he of course murdered the architect and builder to hide its secret. [[spoiler: It's not a tomb, it's a trap.]]

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* ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'': The Practical Incarnation commissioned the construction of an elaborate crypt. Then he of course murdered the architect and builder to hide its secret. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's not a tomb, it's a trap.]]



* This is the fate of The Architect of the Ancient Pyramid level in ''WaxWorks'', who you find early on lying across a desk with his throat slit. However, he lived long enough to write down a few important clues, leading to the High Priests downfall.

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* This is the fate of The Architect of the Ancient Pyramid level in ''WaxWorks'', who you find early on lying across a desk with his throat slit. However, he lived long enough to write down a few important clues, leading to the High Priests Priest's downfall.



** Averted by Martellus, who decided to build his secret fortress ''entirely by himself''. When Agatha asks why he didn't resort to this trope, Martellus points out that [[GenreSavvy in their world]] [[DeathIsCheap death keeps very few secrets]].

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** Averted by Martellus, who decided to build his secret fortress ''entirely by himself''. When Agatha asks why he didn't resort to this trope, Martellus points out that [[GenreSavvy in their world]] world]], [[DeathIsCheap death keeps very few secrets]].



** At least one version says that instead of this trope make sure they are well paid and live on site until your plans are finished. You need someone to repair and maintain the place and you will waste valuable time training the new guys.

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** At least one version says that instead of this trope trope, make sure they are well paid and live on site until your plans are finished. You need someone to repair and maintain the place place, and you will waste valuable time training the new guys.
9th May '16 5:28:58 PM Thecommander236
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postnik_Yakovlev Postnik Yakovlev]] was one of the architects and builders of [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ee/Moscow_StBasilCathedral_d18.jpg St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow]]. According to legend, Ivan the Terrible, at the time Tsar of Russia, had Yakovlev blined so that he could never build anything so beautiful again. Didn't stop him from building the Cathedral of Kazan, though.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postnik_Yakovlev Postnik Yakovlev]] was one of the architects and builders of [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ee/Moscow_StBasilCathedral_d18.jpg St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow]]. According to legend, Ivan the Terrible, at the time Tsar of Russia, had Yakovlev blined blinded so that he could never build anything so beautiful again. Didn't stop him from building the Cathedral of Kazan, though.
7th May '16 5:02:44 PM Reflextion
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* ''VideoGame/PathOfExile'': {{Implied|Trope}} by the Lord's Labyrinth, a DeathCourse that had originally been created by the late Emperor Izaro to test would-be successors. One type of enemy you can run across there are "Undead Engineers", suggesting that a good number of the people involved in building the labyrinth ultimately met this fate once their work was finished.
8th Apr '16 1:05:08 PM Kuchinawa
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* Not as literal as these other examples but right at the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the Japanese destroyed everything they could about their Yamato-class "super" battleships, apparently so they couldn't be copied ([[AwesomeButImpractical not that anyone wanted to]]). Most of the information about them comes from a report a visiting German officer compiled. This gets particularly funny in context: there was not a single technology or design Imperial Japan had by that time in the war that was better than what the United States already had in the field. The Yamato, and her sister ship Musashi, were less effective in ''any'' role than the contemporary US batttleships of ''Iowa'' class entering service about the same time, let alone the monster ''Montana'' class that were projected but never built; in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, old WorldWarI era US battleships at the Pearl Harbor and a series a torpedo boats completely decimated the Japanese Southern Force.) Even as a battleship, the Yamato class wasn't very awesome (aside from being the biggest battleship ever), because the only real advantage it had over the Iowa-class was its huge 18.1-inch guns (giving it a marginally greater range than other battleships--but their penetrative power comparison to the modernized US 16-inch guns of Iowa and Montana classes was not greater.), but Imperial Japan's fire control systems weren't advanced/accurate enough to make that extra range worth anything. The Musashi was wrecked unceremoniously by a series of carrier strikes, and the Yamato was rendered ''irrelevant'' shortly after, when Japan had no carrier forces whatsoever or enough of a surface fleet to be a threat, and the Yamato was obliterated with minimal casualties by a single carrier strike later in the war. In other words, Imperial Japan tried to invoke this trope for its Yamato-class battleships that were not as good as the average American battleship (not to mention carriers...), performed extremely poorly during the entire war, and the Japanese Empire ''knew this full well, but did it anyway.'' [[SanityHasAdvantages Sanity has its advantages, apparently.]]

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* Not as literal as these other examples but right at the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the Japanese destroyed everything they could about their Yamato-class "super" battleships, apparently so they couldn't be copied ([[AwesomeButImpractical not that anyone wanted to]]). Most of the information about them comes from a report a visiting German officer compiled. This gets particularly funny in context: there was not a single technology or design Imperial Japan had by that time in the war that was better than what the United States already had in the field. The Yamato, and her sister ship Musashi, were less effective in ''any'' role than the contemporary US batttleships battleships of ''Iowa'' class entering service about the same time, let alone the monster ''Montana'' class that were projected but never built; in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, old WorldWarI era US battleships at the Pearl Harbor and a series a torpedo boats completely decimated the Japanese Southern Force.) Even as a battleship, the Yamato class wasn't very awesome (aside from being the biggest battleship ever), because the only real advantage it had over the Iowa-class was its huge 18.1-inch guns (giving it a marginally greater range than other battleships--but their penetrative power comparison to the modernized US 16-inch guns of Iowa and Montana classes was not greater.), but Imperial Japan's fire control systems weren't advanced/accurate enough to make that extra range worth anything. The Musashi was wrecked unceremoniously by a series of carrier strikes, and the Yamato was rendered ''irrelevant'' shortly after, when Japan had no carrier forces whatsoever or enough of a surface fleet to be a threat, and the Yamato was obliterated with minimal casualties by a single carrier strike later in the war. In other words, Imperial Japan tried to invoke this trope for its Yamato-class battleships that were not as good as the average American battleship (not to mention carriers...), performed extremely poorly during the entire war, and the Japanese Empire ''knew this full well, but did it anyway.'' [[SanityHasAdvantages Sanity has its advantages, apparently.]]
8th Feb '16 6:17:31 AM erforce
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* ''UnderworldEvolution'' states this is the real reason Selene's family was slaughtered.

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* ''UnderworldEvolution'' ''Film/UnderworldEvolution'' states this is the real reason Selene's family was slaughtered.
21st Jan '16 5:41:01 PM marcoasalazarm
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** A ''Punisher'' series annual story involves Frank barging into a mob meeting where a weapons engineer presents a mobster with "The Preacher"-a prototype super-pistol that has the capacity to fire any available pistol cartridge on the market (it's implied that he was strong-armed into building the gun, as well). The mobster is impressed with the engineer's work [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness and casually kills him]] before telling his mooks that once he mass-produces the Preacher, he will have total control of the weapons black market.
6th Jan '16 10:47:27 AM CynicalBastardo
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* Downplayed cruelly in ''ComicBook/NikolaiDante''. The Tsar has a massive monument of his own visage built in New Moscow, which was paid for by a raise in the tribute from all of the other dynasties. He has the architects who designed it [[EyeScream blinded]] so that they may never top this achievement.
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