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10th Oct '16 2:04:51 PM HeraldAlberich
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'''Reverend Mother''': What is this sin, my children?\\
''[The nuns look at each other, then reveal from under their robes the distributor and coil they have removed from the Nazi's cars, stopping them from catching the Von Trapp family.]''

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'''Reverend Mother''': Mother:''' What is this sin, my children?\\
''[The nuns look at each other, then reveal from under their robes the distributor and coil they have removed from the Nazi's Nazis' cars, stopping them from catching the Von Trapp family.]''



There's a MacGuffin everyone is after and the BigBad has just managed to snatch it right out of the Hero's hands and is [[EvilLaugh laughing]] as they make their escape, with TheHero left in a bit of a HeroicBSOD. But wait! The PluckyComicRelief, team thief, or even a [[HiddenDepths less obviously sneaky]] character suddenly brightens the mood by revealing that they've just done the same -- stole the MacGuffin right out from under the villain's nose as he made his escape, too. Being a cheeky larcenist, the thief may even taunt the retreating villain with it, though they usually replace the stolen MacGuffin with a flawless decoy, worthless rock, mocking note, or other means of taunting the villain. If the MacGuffin is in a case, the thief may do a SatchelSwitcheroo.

As the page quote shows, the StolenMacGuffinReveal can also be used to other ways, such as removing engine parts to stop a villain in their tracks from getting the MacGuffin or another objective. Also worth noting is that the hero/villain roles can be reversed.

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There's a MacGuffin everyone is after and the BigBad has just managed to snatch it right out of the Hero's hands and is [[EvilLaugh laughing]] as they make their escape, with TheHero left in a bit of a HeroicBSOD. But wait! The PluckyComicRelief, team thief, or even a [[HiddenDepths less obviously sneaky]] character suddenly brightens the mood by revealing that they've just done the same -- stole same--stole the MacGuffin right out from under the villain's nose as he made his escape, too. Being a cheeky larcenist, the thief may even taunt the retreating villain with it, though they usually replace the stolen MacGuffin with a flawless decoy, worthless rock, mocking note, or other means of taunting the villain. If the MacGuffin is in a case, the thief may do a SatchelSwitcheroo.

As the page quote shows, the StolenMacGuffinReveal Stolen [=MacGuffin=] Reveal can also be used to other ways, such as removing engine parts to stop a villain in their tracks from getting the MacGuffin or another objective. Also worth noting is that the hero/villain roles can be reversed.



* There's an early ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' story where Cutter and Skywise get captured by Picknose the troll and his family because Picknose believes the pommel of Cutter's sword is the key to a treasure chamber. After escaping, Cutter is upset that the sword he got from his father is now ruined - until Skywise reveals that he stole back the pommel and hid it in his mouth (explaining why he seemed so tight-lipped during their escape).

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* There's an early ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' story where Cutter and Skywise get captured by Picknose the troll and his family because Picknose believes the pommel of Cutter's sword is the key to a treasure chamber. After escaping, Cutter is upset that the sword he got from his father is now ruined - until ruined--until Skywise reveals that he stole back the pommel and hid it in his mouth (explaining why he seemed so tight-lipped during their escape).



* In ''Film/TheFifthElement'', the case carrying the four stones needed to stop The Evil is fought over intensely. After villain Zorg finally gets it, it's amusingly revealed to be empty, much to Zorg's frustration. Their guardian, Plavalaguna, showed how seriously she takes guarding them by revealing she [[spoiler:hid them in her stomach.]]

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* In ''Film/TheFifthElement'', the case carrying the four stones needed to stop The Evil is fought over intensely. After villain Zorg finally gets it, it's amusingly revealed to be empty, much to Zorg's frustration. Their guardian, Plavalaguna, showed how seriously she takes guarding them by revealing she [[spoiler:hid them in her stomach.]]stomach]].



'''Bobo the Bear:''' Not as close as you think, my friend. ''(holds up futuristic gun clip)'' "Please load weapon"...

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'''Bobo the Bear:''' Not as close as you think, my friend. ''(holds ''[holds up futuristic gun clip)'' clip]'' "Please load weapon"...



* In ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic'', the Von Trap family manages to escape pursuing Nazi's because the nuns at the convent they were hiding in "sinned" by removing engine components from their cars.

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* In ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic'', the Von Trap family manages to escape pursuing Nazi's Nazis because the nuns at the convent they were are hiding in "sinned" "sin" by removing engine components from their the Nazis' cars.



* ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'' After Kirk and Co steal the Enterprise the [[SmugSnake Smug Captain of the Excelsior]] brags about how this will be the shortest hijack in history because his ship will quickly overhaul the old relic. Scotty, meanwhile, has nicked some rather important bits of it's engine, leaving the Excelsior floating helplessly in space.

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* ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'' ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'': After Kirk and Co co. steal the Enterprise ''Enterprise'', the [[SmugSnake Smug Captain SmugSnake captain of the Excelsior]] ''Excelsior'' brags about how this will be the shortest hijack in history because his ship will quickly overhaul overtake the old relic. Scotty, meanwhile, has nicked some rather important bits of it's its engine, leaving the Excelsior ''Excelsior'' floating helplessly in space.



* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'': Variation--immediately after thinking he'd escaped from the Cave of Wonders, Jafar discovered he no longer had the lamp; cue BigNo. ''Then'' it's revealed, when Aladdin thinks Jafar got away with it, that Abu had stolen it back from him.

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* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'': Variation--immediately after thinking he'd he's escaped from the Cave of Wonders, Jafar discovered discovers he no longer had has the lamp; cue BigNo. ''Then'' it's revealed, when Aladdin thinks Jafar got away with it, that Abu had has stolen it back from him.



** In ''Film/TheMummy1999'', the final fight leads to Imhotep briefly trying to kill Jon before Rick takes his arm off with a sword, leading Imhotep to go for him instead, by which time the [[ChekhovsSkill the kleptomaniac Jon]] had already filched the key to the Book of the Dead.

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** In ''Film/TheMummy1999'', the final fight leads to Imhotep briefly trying to kill Jon before Rick takes his arm off with a sword, leading Imhotep to go for him instead, by which time the [[ChekhovsSkill the kleptomaniac Jon]] had has already filched the key to the Book of the Dead.



* In ''[[AuntDimity Aunt Dimity: Snowbound]]'', the hikers prove to be [[spoiler: the offspring of the American G.I.s who stole the Peacock Parure. They have the jewels with them]], and the plot goes from locating them to returning them to their proper location.

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* In ''[[AuntDimity ''[[Literature/AuntDimity Aunt Dimity: Snowbound]]'', the hikers prove to be [[spoiler: the offspring of the American G.I.s who stole the Peacock Parure. They have the jewels with them]], and the plot goes from locating them to returning them to their proper location.



* In Series/{{Leverage}} in "The Top Hat Job" they do this in a rather clever fashion, fitting as they are thieves. [[spoiler: As the VillainOfTheWeek is busily erasing the incriminating files about the tainted food his company was selling, he forgot an important detail, those weren't the most important thing on the company servers. Team hacker Hardison steals the company food patents, worth millions, and downloads them to the baddie's cell phone as they captured Hardison with his hard drive. After Hardison convinces the baddie to walk outside, Parker pickpockets the phone with the information and Nate uses that to blackmail him into pulling the tainted food.]] In general this is a fairly common concept on the show and one of Parker's specialties, she almost always [[ItWorksBetterWithBullets does this with guns]].

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* In Series/{{Leverage}} in the ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' episode "The Top Hat Job" they do this in a rather clever fashion, fitting as they are thieves. [[spoiler: As the VillainOfTheWeek is busily erasing the incriminating files about the tainted food his company was selling, he forgot an important detail, those weren't the most important thing on the company servers. Team hacker Hardison steals the company food patents, worth millions, and downloads them to the baddie's cell phone as they captured Hardison with his hard drive. After Hardison convinces the baddie to walk outside, Parker pickpockets the phone with the information and Nate uses that to blackmail him into pulling the tainted food.]] In general this is a fairly common concept on the show and one of Parker's specialties, she almost always [[ItWorksBetterWithBullets does this with guns]].



* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', "Starship Mine": After a long, drawn out ''[[DieHardOnAnX Die Hard on the Starship Enterprise-D]]'', the bad guys still manage to get away with the highly unstable [[AppliedPhlebotinium trilithium resin]] they came to the ship to steal in the first place...until Picard reveals he stole the stabilising device on their container. Cue distant StuffBlowingUp.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', "Starship Mine": "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E16StarshipMine Starship Mine]]": After a long, drawn out ''[[DieHardOnAnX Die Hard [[DieHardOnAnX "Die Hard" on the Starship Enterprise-D]]'', Enterprise-D]] sequence, the bad guys still manage to get away with the highly unstable [[AppliedPhlebotinium [[AppliedPhlebotinum trilithium resin]] they came to the ship to steal in the first place...until place--until Picard reveals he stole the stabilising device on their container. Cue distant StuffBlowingUp.



* In one episode of [[TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 TMNT: Fast Forward]], the MacGuffin in question is a piece of revolutionary technology that looks strangely like a coffee maker. Smuggler Torben Zixx enlists the turtles to help him steal it by claiming he wants to use it to destroy an asteroid which threatens earth. When he later reveals he only wants to sell it to the highest bidder and the disaster is a hoax, Donny reveals that he switched the device for an actual coffee maker when Torben wasn't looking. The episode ends with Torben trying to talk down an annoyed crimelord with the words 'You know, it really does make an excellent cup of coffee...'

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* In one episode of [[TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 ''[[TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 TMNT: Fast Forward]], Forward]]'', the MacGuffin in question is a piece of revolutionary technology that looks strangely like a coffee maker. Smuggler Torben Zixx enlists the turtles to help him steal it by claiming he wants to use it to destroy an asteroid which threatens earth. When he later reveals he only wants to sell it to the highest bidder and the disaster is a hoax, Donny reveals that he switched the device for an actual coffee maker when Torben wasn't looking. The episode ends with Torben trying to talk down an annoyed crimelord with the words 'You words, "You know, it really does make an excellent cup of coffee...'"
17th May '16 12:33:35 PM Dravencour
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** In ''Film/TheMummy1999'', the final fight leads to Imhotep briefly trying to kill Jon before Rick takes his arm off with a sword, leading Imhotep to go for him instead, by which time the [[ChekovsSkill the kleptomaniac Jon]] had already filched the key to the Book of the Dead.

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** In ''Film/TheMummy1999'', the final fight leads to Imhotep briefly trying to kill Jon before Rick takes his arm off with a sword, leading Imhotep to go for him instead, by which time the [[ChekovsSkill [[ChekhovsSkill the kleptomaniac Jon]] had already filched the key to the Book of the Dead.
24th Feb '16 3:42:33 PM Dravencour
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* ''Manga/DeathNote''. At the end, [[spoiler: Near steals the Death Note and replaces half of the pages with fake]] to prove that Light is Kira.

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* ''Manga/DeathNote''. At the end, [[spoiler: Near steals the Death Note and replaces half of the pages with fake]] fakes]] to prove that Light is Kira.Kira. [[spoiler:This saves Near's life and those of the other SPK members when Mikami goes on his final "sakujo" rampage with the book in question.]]
24th Sep '15 8:48:43 PM PaulA
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* Played with in ''Literature/ANightInTheLonesomeOctober'': During the climax, the bad guys appear to be winning, and then the larcenous wannabe-hero reveals that he switched out a key MacGuffin. However, he speaks up because he's realised that ''because'' he switched out the MacGuffin, which inadvertantly put a spoke in the heroes' main plan, the villains are now ''actually'' winning, and something needs to be done about it quickly or the heroes will lose.
17th Jul '15 1:02:44 AM erforce
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-->-- ''TheSoundOfMusic''

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-->-- ''TheSoundOfMusic''
''Film/TheSoundOfMusic''



* ''Film/{{Star Trek III|The Search for Spock}}'' After Kirk and Co steal the Enterprise the [[SmugSnake Smug Captain of the Excelsior]] brags about how this will be the shortest hijack in history because his ship will quickly overhaul the old relic. Scotty, meanwhile, has nicked some rather important bits of it's engine, leaving the Excelsior floating helplessly in space.

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* ''Film/{{Star Trek III|The Search for Spock}}'' ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'' After Kirk and Co steal the Enterprise the [[SmugSnake Smug Captain of the Excelsior]] brags about how this will be the shortest hijack in history because his ship will quickly overhaul the old relic. Scotty, meanwhile, has nicked some rather important bits of it's engine, leaving the Excelsior floating helplessly in space.



* In ''Film/TheMummy'', the final fight leads to Imhotep briefly trying to kill Jon before Rick takes his arm off with a sword, leading Imhotep to go for him instead, by which time the [[ChekovsSkill the kleptomaniac Jon]] had already filched the key to the Book of the Dead.
* In ''Film/TheMummyReturns'' some bad guys steal a chest they think contains the Bracelet of Anubis but when they open it they find Alex's baseball trophy because Alex already took the bracelet out of the chest and put it on.

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* ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy''
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In ''Film/TheMummy'', ''Film/TheMummy1999'', the final fight leads to Imhotep briefly trying to kill Jon before Rick takes his arm off with a sword, leading Imhotep to go for him instead, by which time the [[ChekovsSkill the kleptomaniac Jon]] had already filched the key to the Book of the Dead.
* ** In ''Film/TheMummyReturns'' some bad guys steal a chest they think contains the Bracelet of Anubis but when they open it they find Alex's baseball trophy because Alex already took the bracelet out of the chest and put it on.
11th Jul '15 4:22:30 PM nombretomado
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* In MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers, it seems as though Sein has escaped with the case containing the Relic, but it turns out that [[TheSmartGuy Teana]] anticipated this and hid the real one under Caro's hat. The Combat Cyborgs only realize the mistake after they're back at base, and only after looking at an image of the action in thermal vision enables them to realize the heroes' ruse.

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* In MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers, ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', it seems as though Sein has escaped with the case containing the Relic, but it turns out that [[TheSmartGuy Teana]] anticipated this and hid the real one under Caro's hat. The Combat Cyborgs only realize the mistake after they're back at base, and only after looking at an image of the action in thermal vision enables them to realize the heroes' ruse.
5th Jul '15 6:53:06 AM LordAaronus
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* In ''Film/TheMummy'', the final fight leads to Imhotep briefly trying to kill Jon before Rick takes his arm off with a sword, leading Imhotep to go for him instead, by which time the [[ChekovsSkill the kleptomaniac Jon]] had already filched the key to the Book of the Dead.
11th Jun '15 10:32:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* There's an early ''ElfQuest'' story where Cutter and Skywise get captured by Picknose the troll and his family because Picknose believes the pommel of Cutter's sword is the key to a treasure chamber. After escaping, Cutter is upset that the sword he got from his father is now ruined - until Skywise reveals that he stole back the pommel and hid it in his mouth (explaining why he seemed so tight-lipped during their escape).

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* There's an early ''ElfQuest'' ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' story where Cutter and Skywise get captured by Picknose the troll and his family because Picknose believes the pommel of Cutter's sword is the key to a treasure chamber. After escaping, Cutter is upset that the sword he got from his father is now ruined - until Skywise reveals that he stole back the pommel and hid it in his mouth (explaining why he seemed so tight-lipped during their escape).



* In ''TheSoundOfMusic'', the Von Trap family manages to escape pursuing Nazi's because the nuns at the convent they were hiding in "sinned" by removing engine components from their cars.

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* In ''TheSoundOfMusic'', ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic'', the Von Trap family manages to escape pursuing Nazi's because the nuns at the convent they were hiding in "sinned" by removing engine components from their cars.



* ''Film/SherlockHolmes 2'' has Holmes reveal he stole Moriarty's red notebook with all his funds and assets. Though he doesn't hold the original, he gloats in having replaced it with one that he creatively drew a fisherman eaten by a shark in.

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* ''Film/SherlockHolmes 2'' ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'' has Holmes reveal he stole Moriarty's red notebook with all his funds and assets. Though he doesn't hold the original, he gloats in having replaced it with one that he creatively drew a fisherman eaten by a shark in.



* In ''[[TheMummyTrilogy The Mummy Returns]]'' some bad guys steal a chest they think contains the Bracelet of Anubis but when they open it they find Alex's baseball trophy because Alex already took the bracelet out of the chest and put it on.

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* In ''[[TheMummyTrilogy The Mummy Returns]]'' ''Film/TheMummyReturns'' some bad guys steal a chest they think contains the Bracelet of Anubis but when they open it they find Alex's baseball trophy because Alex already took the bracelet out of the chest and put it on.



* ''[[TheElusiveAvengers Crown of the Russian Empire]]'' ends with TheDragon Ovechkin thinking he threw the Russian Imperial Crown into the sea to avoid its repossession by Chekists... until the LovableRogue Naryshkin reveals that what Ovechkin threw was an empty bag, and the crown is safely with him, and hands it to the heroes.
* Creator/RoaldDahl's short story ''TheHitchhiker'' has the title character swipe a policeman's notebook after the protagonist gets a speeding ticket.

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* ''[[TheElusiveAvengers ''[[Literature/TheElusiveAvengers Crown of the Russian Empire]]'' ends with TheDragon Ovechkin thinking he threw the Russian Imperial Crown into the sea to avoid its repossession by Chekists... until the LovableRogue Naryshkin reveals that what Ovechkin threw was an empty bag, and the crown is safely with him, and hands it to the heroes.
* Creator/RoaldDahl's short story ''TheHitchhiker'' ''Literature/TheHitchhiker'' has the title character swipe a policeman's notebook after the protagonist gets a speeding ticket.



* In ''TreasureIsland'', Silver's crew finally reach the place where Captain Flint buried his treasure, only to find that it had been dug up already. Turns out [[{{Robinsonade}} a marooned Ben Gunn]] had found it years earlier and kept it hidden inside a cave.

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* In ''TreasureIsland'', ''Literature/TreasureIsland'', Silver's crew finally reach the place where Captain Flint buried his treasure, only to find that it had been dug up already. Turns out [[{{Robinsonade}} a marooned Ben Gunn]] had found it years earlier and kept it hidden inside a cave.



* In {{Leverage}} in "The Top Hat Job" they do this in a rather clever fashion, fitting as they are thieves. [[spoiler: As the VillainOfTheWeek is busily erasing the incriminating files about the tainted food his company was selling, he forgot an important detail, those weren't the most important thing on the company servers. Team hacker Hardison steals the company food patents, worth millions, and downloads them to the baddie's cell phone as they captured Hardison with his hard drive. After Hardison convinces the baddie to walk outside, Parker pickpockets the phone with the information and Nate uses that to blackmail him into pulling the tainted food.]] In general this is a fairly common concept on the show and one of Parker's specialties, she almost always [[ItWorksBetterWithBullets does this with guns]].
* Done repeatedly by Sheldon in the ''BigBangTheory'' episode "The Precious Fragmentation" while the guys are fighting over the One Ring prop. [[spoiler: Also done by Leonard after he claims to have mailed the ring back to Creator/PeterJackson.]]

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* In {{Leverage}} Series/{{Leverage}} in "The Top Hat Job" they do this in a rather clever fashion, fitting as they are thieves. [[spoiler: As the VillainOfTheWeek is busily erasing the incriminating files about the tainted food his company was selling, he forgot an important detail, those weren't the most important thing on the company servers. Team hacker Hardison steals the company food patents, worth millions, and downloads them to the baddie's cell phone as they captured Hardison with his hard drive. After Hardison convinces the baddie to walk outside, Parker pickpockets the phone with the information and Nate uses that to blackmail him into pulling the tainted food.]] In general this is a fairly common concept on the show and one of Parker's specialties, she almost always [[ItWorksBetterWithBullets does this with guns]].
* Done repeatedly by Sheldon in the ''BigBangTheory'' ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' episode "The Precious Fragmentation" while the guys are fighting over the One Ring prop. [[spoiler: Also done by Leonard after he claims to have mailed the ring back to Creator/PeterJackson.]]



* ''TheSimpsons'': Bart steals the keys to the Fighting Hellfish treasure from Mr. Burns while hugging him, asking to be brought along.

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* ''TheSimpsons'': ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Bart steals the keys to the Fighting Hellfish treasure from Mr. Burns while hugging him, asking to be brought along.
10th Mar '15 3:12:23 PM CrypticMirror
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-->And there's a joke to those souvenirs. Take a closer look. They're copper top batteries.
29th Jan '15 11:26:51 AM TheUnsquished
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* ''StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', "Starship Mine": After a long, drawn out ''[[DieHardOnAnX Die Hard on the Starship Enterprise-D]]'', the bad guys still manage to get away with the highly unstable [[AppliedPhlebotinium trilithium resin]] they came to the ship to steal in the first place...until Picard reveals he stole the stabilising device on their container. Cue distant StuffBlowingUp.

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* ''StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', "Starship Mine": After a long, drawn out ''[[DieHardOnAnX Die Hard on the Starship Enterprise-D]]'', the bad guys still manage to get away with the highly unstable [[AppliedPhlebotinium trilithium resin]] they came to the ship to steal in the first place...until Picard reveals he stole the stabilising device on their container. Cue distant StuffBlowingUp.
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