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21st Dec '17 10:28:43 AM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'' has a non-fatal variant: The primary researcher for a HolographicDisguise has his mind wiped and researched destroyed because Cobra Commander wanted to have the only one. It was also designed to only be usable by the first person to put it on. Unfortunately for him, Zartan [[GrandTheftPrototype puts it on first]], so the Commander has to settle for coercing Zartan into being his minion instead of having the power himself.

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* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'' has a non-fatal variant: The primary researcher for a HolographicDisguise has his mind wiped and researched destroyed because Cobra Commander wanted to have the only one. It was also designed to only be usable by the first person to put it on. Unfortunately for him, Zartan [[GrandTheftPrototype puts it on first]], so the Commander has to settle for coercing Zartan into being his a (coerced) shapeshifting minion instead of having the power himself.
21st Dec '17 10:27:58 AM thatother1dude
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* The EvilOverlordListCellblockB mentions this in item #212. Presumably, there is another entry elsewhere on avoiding the problems of NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup that would eventually come up.
** 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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* The EvilOverlordListCellblockB mentions this in item #212. Presumably, there is another entry elsewhere on avoiding the problems of NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup that would eventually come up.
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up. 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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* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'' has a non-fatal variant: The primary researcher for a HolographicDisguise has his mind wiped and researched destroyed because Cobra Commander wanted to have the only one. It was also designed to only be usable by the first person to put it on. Unfortunately for him, Zartan [[GrandTheftPrototype puts it on first]], so the Commander has to settle for coercing Zartan into being his minion instead of having the power himself.
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8th Dec '17 1:08:00 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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Of course, you have to hope there are NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup to ruin your scheme. Or the fact that an engineer/architect even a little bit GenreSavvy probably sees this trope coming and, by dint of the engineering skill the BigBad recruited them for in the first place, will often have a nasty FaustianRebellion prepped for a boss seeking to betray their builders.

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Of course, you have to hope there are NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup to ruin your scheme. Or the fact that an engineer/architect even a little bit GenreSavvy savvy probably sees this trope coming and, by dint of the engineering skill the BigBad recruited them for in the first place, will often have a nasty FaustianRebellion prepped for a boss seeking to betray their builders.



* 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, 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]].faces.



** Averted by Martellus, who decided to build his secret lair ''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 lair ''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]].
10th Nov '17 8:56:15 PM FlakyPorcupine
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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 Priest's downfall.

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* This is the fate of The Architect of the Ancient Pyramid level in ''WaxWorks'', ''VideoGame/WaxWorks'', who you find early on lying across a desk with his [[SlashedThroat throat slit.slit]]. However, he lived long enough to write down a few important clues, leading to the High Priest's downfall.
15th Oct '17 7:56:08 PM FordPrefect
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* According to some legends, Shah Jahan, the Mughal Emperor who had the Taj Mahal built, executed all the builders so they couldn't build anything to rival its beauty. Recorded fact proves that he did no such thing, he hired a team of architects that included several skilled labourers invited from Turkey, and Shah Jahan had no intention upsetting relationships with the Ottoman Empire.

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* According to some legends, Shah Jahan, the Mughal Emperor who had the Taj Mahal built, executed all the builders so they couldn't build anything to rival its beauty. Recorded fact proves that he did no such thing, he hired a team of architects that included several skilled labourers invited from Turkey, and Shah Jahan had no intention of upsetting relationships with the Ottoman Empire.
8th Oct '17 4:43:33 PM iowaforever
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* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' Tomb King army book, it's mentioned that it was expected of Necrotects to be buried with their pharaoh in the grandiose pyramid they designed. Refusing was not exactly illegal, but [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident accident-prone]].

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* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' Tomb King army book, it's mentioned that it was expected of Necrotects to be buried with their pharaoh in the grandiose pyramid they designed. Refusing was not exactly illegal, but [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident accident-prone]]. Ramhotep the Visionary made a career out of disguising himself as lesser builders and then swapping out when the time came for the builder to go into the pyramid. He only followed tradition when he was close to dying, and was none too happy upon waking up in undeath to find none of his other projects survived.
3rd Oct '17 8:29:09 PM ultimomant
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* ''Film/UnderworldEvolution'' states this is the real reason Selene's family was slaughtered.
** Slightly different in that this only happened after Lucian escapes and starts the Lycan uprising. Fearing that [[spoiler:Lucian will find William's location and free him]], he murders Selene's family and makes it look like a Lycan attack.

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* ''Film/UnderworldEvolution'' states this is the real reason Selene's family was slaughtered.
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slaughtered. Viktor had hired Selene's father to build a tomb to hold [[spoiler:William Corvinus, the first Werewolf]]. Slightly different in that this only happened after Lucian escapes and starts the Lycan uprising. Fearing that [[spoiler:Lucian will find William's location and free him]], he Viktor murders Selene's family and makes it look like a Lycan attack.
1st Oct '17 3:42:20 AM nighttrainfm
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* 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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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
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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.
28th Sep '17 3:06:18 PM foxley
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* ''Literature/{{Parker}}'': In ''The Man With the Getaway Face'', a criminal on the run returns to the underworld plastic surgeon who changed his face and murders him, as the surgeon was the only one to know what his new face looks like. This causes problems for Parker, who is another client of the surgeon, as the surgeon's staff start hunting down past clients for revenge.
19th Sep '17 11:27:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/XXx'', the BigBad kills all the scientists with his bioweapon, after they finished building his submarine.

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* In ''Film/XXx'', the BigBad kills all the scientists with his bioweapon, after they finished building his submarine. While it serves as a pretty good KickTheDog moment, it also raises FridgeLogic questions since he's planning to bomb ''every'' major city but they've only built one for him.
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