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23rd Sep '17 1:49:36 PM morenohijazo
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** Hilariously subverted in a short story:
-->'''Super:''' ''(from a recording on a tape)'' This tape recorder will not self-destruct, because it's Japanese and costs a fortune. To make the tape useless, use the system X-28. Out! ''(cue Mortadelo eating the tape in the next panel)''
14th Sep '17 6:12:56 PM WillKeaton
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* In 1992, Creator/WilliamGibson contributed to an art project entitled ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agrippa_(a_book_of_the_dead) Agrippa (a book of the dead)]]'', which consisted of a poem encoded on a floppy disk that would erase itself after one reading, and engravings that would fade when exposed to light.

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* In 1992, Creator/WilliamGibson contributed to an art project entitled ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agrippa_(a_book_of_the_dead) Agrippa (a book of the dead)]]'', dead),]]'' which consisted of a poem encoded on a floppy disk that would erase itself after one reading, and engravings that would fade when exposed to light.
20th Aug '17 1:16:46 AM Mullane
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7989419/10/Hand-Delivered-Letter Hand-Delivered Letter]]'' Lucius Malfoy sent Minister Fudge a letter charmed to disintegrate several minutes after delivery.* In ''Literature/GoodOmens'' fics, there is a tendency for Crowley's written briefings to go up in flamboyant Hellfire. as you might expect.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7989419/10/Hand-Delivered-Letter Hand-Delivered Letter]]'' Lucius Malfoy sent Minister Fudge a letter charmed to disintegrate several minutes after delivery.delivery.
* In ''Literature/GoodOmens'' fics, there is a tendency for Crowley's written briefings to go up in flamboyant Hellfire. as you might expect.
21st Jul '17 2:14:30 PM StFan
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[[caption-width-right:320:Good luck, Jim.]]

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* Referenced in ''[[ComicBook/{{Asterix}} Asterix and the Black Gold]]'', where the parchment bursts into flames when the spy is done reading.

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* Referenced in ''[[ComicBook/{{Asterix}} Asterix and the Black Gold]]'', where the parchment bursts into flames when the spy Doubleosix is done reading.
12th Jul '17 1:35:12 PM eroock
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->''As always, should you or any of your IM force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim.''

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->''As ->''"As always, should you or any of your IM force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim.''"''
12th Jul '17 7:42:40 AM Berrenta
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* Parodied ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' (by video). Mr. Incredible is in a rush to find a pencil to write down what it says before it self-destructs, it explodes in a small room and he opens the door to escape the smoke, setting the fire sprinklers off.

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' (by video). Mr. Incredible is in a rush to find a pencil to write down what it says before it self-destructs, and then it explodes in a small room and he room. He opens the door to escape the smoke, setting the fire sprinklers off.
12th Jul '17 4:41:30 AM StFan
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* Referenced in ''[[ComicBook/{{Asterix}} Asterix and the Secret Agent]]'', where the parchment bursts into flames when the spy's done reading.

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* Referenced in ''[[ComicBook/{{Asterix}} Asterix and the Secret Agent]]'', Black Gold]]'', where the parchment bursts into flames when the spy's spy is done reading.
12th Jul '17 4:39:37 AM StFan
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[[folder:Tabletop RPG]]
* An old ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' spell "Magic Mouth". It records a short message and replays it later when pre-set conditions are met. And then vanishes.
** Then there is ''Explosive Runes'', which creates a magical writing which explodes when read. You can set some condition for non-triggering it, making it both versions of this trope at once.

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* An ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** The
old ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' spell "Magic Mouth". It records a short message and replays it later when pre-set conditions are met. And then vanishes.
** Then there is ''Explosive Runes'', "Explosive Runes", which creates a magical writing which explodes when read. You can set some condition for non-triggering it, making it both versions of this trope at once.



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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'', where Gadget's absentmindedness always leads to the message literally exploding in Chief Quimby's face (NonFatalExplosions, though), who can never quite remember why he keeps that guy on the payroll ("Why do I put up with him?").
** The tradition even remains in the later series when Chief Quimby made a guest appearance.
** The SpiritualSuccessor series ''WesternAnimation/GadgetBoy'' did this in at least a couple of episodes.

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'', where Gadget's absentmindedness always leads to the message literally exploding in Chief Quimby's face (NonFatalExplosions, though), who can never quite remember why he keeps that guy on the payroll payroll. ("Why do I put up with him?").
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him?") The tradition even remains in the later series when Chief Quimby made a guest appearance.
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appearance. The SpiritualSuccessor series ''WesternAnimation/GadgetBoy'' did does this in at least a couple of episodes.



* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The Trouble With Trillions", where the FBI agent is informed "This film will self destruct... if improperly stored".
** The message was hidden in a photo booth [[ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish where the password is "cheese"]], so spoofed again when Apu and Manjula walk in seconds later and we learn exactly why this trope exists in the first place.

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* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The Trouble With with Trillions", where the FBI agent is informed "This film will self destruct... if improperly stored".
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stored". The message was hidden in a photo booth [[ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish where the password is "cheese"]], so spoofed again when Apu and Manjula walk in seconds later and we learn exactly why this trope exists in the first place.
12th Jul '17 4:37:23 AM StFan
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12th Jul '17 4:37:00 AM StFan
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* In the comparatively less-known manga story ''Wasted Minds'' by RumikoTakahashi, the villains at one point get their instructions from their boss on a malfunctioning TV (because they dug it out of a garbage dump, being too cheap to buy one). At the end, they're told that "This TV will now self-destruct." One of the villains remarks, "Like it hasn't already?!"
* ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'': After her less-than-pleasant new encounter with her childhood friend, Ran, Lum is approached by a small Ran doll who tells her that Ran is sorry for everything and wants to meet and make up so they can be friends again. It then ends the message with "I will now self-destruct" and explodes. In Lum's face. To absolutely nobody's surprise, Ran isn't really interested in being friends after all.

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* In the comparatively less-known manga story ''Wasted Minds'' by RumikoTakahashi, Creator/RumikoTakahashi, the villains at one point get their instructions from their boss on a malfunctioning TV (because they dug it out of a garbage dump, being too cheap to buy one). At the end, they're told that "This TV will now self-destruct." One of the villains remarks, "Like it hasn't already?!"
* ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'': After her less-than-pleasant new encounter with her childhood friend, Ran, Lum is approached by a small Ran doll who tells her that Ran is sorry for everything and wants to meet and make up so they can be friends again. It then ends the message with "I will now self-destruct" self-destruct." and explodes. In Lum's face. To absolutely nobody's surprise, Ran isn't really interested in being friends after all.



* ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'' often plays with this trope, too, but the methods by which the message is destroyed are usually bizarre. For example, one recorded message states, "This message will be destroyed within five seconds," then proceeds to play a song which one of the main characters apparently hates, causing him to destroy the record (and the player) in a fit of rage. In another, the tape player deploys a pair of legs and walks towards the edge of a table while playing the countdown. When it reaches to zero falls to the ground and it's broken.

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* ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'' often plays with this trope, too, but the methods by which the message is destroyed are usually bizarre. bizarre.
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For example, one recorded message states, "This message will be destroyed within five seconds," then proceeds to play a song which one of the main characters apparently hates, causing him to destroy the record (and the player) in a fit of rage. In another, the tape player deploys a pair of legs and walks towards the edge of a table while playing the countdown. When it reaches to zero falls to the ground and it's broken.



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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7989419/10/Hand-Delivered-Letter Hand-Delivered Letter]]'' Lucius Malfoy sent Minister Fudge a letter charmed to disintegrate several minutes after delivery.* In ''Literature/GoodOmens'' fics, there is a tendency for Crowley's written briefings to go up in flamboyant Hellfire. as you might expect.

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7989419/10/Hand-Delivered-Letter Hand-Delivered Letter]]'' Lucius Malfoy sent Minister Fudge a letter charmed to disintegrate several minutes after delivery.* In ''Literature/GoodOmens'' fics, there is a tendency for Crowley's written briefings to go up ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' strip, when Linus' mother was putting notes in flamboyant Hellfire. as you might expect.his school lunch, one such note ended, "This note will self-destruct in five seconds," and promptly vanished.



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* Parodied ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' (by video.) Mr. Incredible is in a rush to find a pencil to write down what it says before it self-destructs, it explodes in a small room and he opens the door to escape the smoke, setting the fire sprinklers off.
* All five movies in the ''Film/MissionImpossibleFilmSeries'' follow the TV show in using this. [[Film/MissionImpossible First movie]] has a regular film tape[[note]]In a slight subversion from the way it's now expected to play out, the film tape itself burns quickly and soundlessly, just creating some smoke, that the spy then conceals by lighting a cigarette[[/note]], [[Film/MissionImpossibleII second movie]] has self-destructing VR Ray-bans, [[Film/MissionImpossibleIII the third]] has a camera with a player inside. The [[Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol fourth movie]] uses a self-parodying MythologyGag: the fancy touchscreen with the mission description is hidden in an obsolete Moscow payphone, and doesn't explode on the first try [[PercussiveMaintenance until Ethan thumps it]]. The [[Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation fifth movie]] is a [[MythologyGag vinyl disk and record player]], [[spoiler:which is also a trap set up by the BigBad. The "smoke" is sleeping gas that knocks out Ethan while he's locked in a soundproof booth.]]
** Arguably, the gag is pushed further a bit later in the fourth movie when [[spoiler:the mission briefing is delivered to Ethan directly by the IMF secretary, who gets shot in the head mere seconds after finishing the speech...]]
* In ''Film/SpyHard'', the hero left the self-destructing tape recorder in the helicopter he was flying in without thinking, and the pilot has a big OhCrap moment when he hears the self-destruct message. It blows up the helicopter, killing the pilot- Creator/MrT.
* Played around by Ernest in the beginning of ''[[Film/ErnestPWorrell Ernest in the Army]]''.
* In Soviet police drama ''Cure Against Fear'', at one point the detective receives an air-tight envelope with an anonymous tip where to search for the eponymous sedative used in several crimes. In a few minutes it takes him to bring the letter to his [[DaChief boss]], the paper turns into a steaming pile of ashes. At that point it's already clear that some pharmaceutical researcher with superiority complex is framing his colleague.

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[[folder:Film]]
* Parodied ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' (by video.) Mr. Incredible is in a rush to find a pencil to write down what it says before it self-destructs, it explodes in a small room and he opens the door to escape the smoke, setting the fire sprinklers off.
* All five movies in the ''Film/MissionImpossibleFilmSeries'' follow the TV show in using this. [[Film/MissionImpossible First movie]] has a regular film tape[[note]]In a slight subversion from the way it's now expected to play out, the film tape itself burns quickly and soundlessly, just creating some smoke, that the spy then conceals by lighting a cigarette[[/note]], [[Film/MissionImpossibleII second movie]] has self-destructing VR Ray-bans, [[Film/MissionImpossibleIII the third]] has a camera with a player inside. The [[Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol fourth movie]] uses a self-parodying MythologyGag: the fancy touchscreen with the mission description is hidden in an obsolete Moscow payphone, and doesn't explode on the first try [[PercussiveMaintenance until Ethan thumps it]]. The [[Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation fifth movie]] is a [[MythologyGag vinyl disk and record player]], [[spoiler:which is also a trap set up by the BigBad. The "smoke" is sleeping gas that knocks out Ethan while he's locked in a soundproof booth.]]
** Arguably, the gag is pushed further a bit later in the fourth movie when [[spoiler:the mission briefing is delivered to Ethan directly by the IMF secretary, who gets shot in the head mere seconds after finishing the speech...]]
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* In ''Film/SpyHard'', the hero left the self-destructing tape recorder in the helicopter he was flying in without thinking, and the pilot has ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7989419/10/Hand-Delivered-Letter Hand-Delivered Letter]]'' Lucius Malfoy sent Minister Fudge a big OhCrap moment when he hears the self-destruct message. It blows up the helicopter, killing the pilot- Creator/MrT.
* Played around by Ernest in the beginning of ''[[Film/ErnestPWorrell Ernest in the Army]]''.
* In Soviet police drama ''Cure Against Fear'', at one point the detective receives an air-tight envelope with an anonymous tip where
letter charmed to search for the eponymous sedative used in disintegrate several crimes. In a few minutes it takes him after delivery.* In ''Literature/GoodOmens'' fics, there is a tendency for Crowley's written briefings to bring the letter to his [[DaChief boss]], the paper turns into a steaming pile of ashes. At that point it's already clear that some pharmaceutical researcher with superiority complex is framing his colleague.go up in flamboyant Hellfire. as you might expect.



[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Parodied ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' (by video). Mr. Incredible is in a rush to find a pencil to write down what it says before it self-destructs, it explodes in a small room and he opens the door to escape the smoke, setting the fire sprinklers off.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* All five movies in the ''Film/MissionImpossibleFilmSeries'' follow the TV show in using this. [[Film/MissionImpossible First movie]] has a regular film tape[[note]]In a slight subversion from the way it's now expected to play out, the film tape itself burns quickly and soundlessly, just creating some smoke, that the spy then conceals by lighting a cigarette[[/note]], [[Film/MissionImpossibleII second movie]] has self-destructing VR Ray-bans, [[Film/MissionImpossibleIII the third]] has a camera with a player inside. The [[Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol fourth movie]] uses a self-parodying MythologyGag: the fancy touchscreen with the mission description is hidden in an obsolete Moscow payphone, and doesn't explode on the first try [[PercussiveMaintenance until Ethan thumps it]]. The [[Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation fifth movie]] is a [[MythologyGag vinyl disk and record player]], [[spoiler:which is also a trap set up by the BigBad. The "smoke" is sleeping gas that knocks out Ethan while he's locked in a soundproof booth.]]
* In ''Film/SpyHard'', the hero left the self-destructing tape recorder in the helicopter he was flying in without thinking, and the pilot has a big OhCrap moment when he hears the self-destruct message. It blows up the helicopter, killing the pilot -- Creator/MrT.
* Played around by Ernest in the beginning of ''[[Film/ErnestPWorrell Ernest in the Army]]''.
* In Soviet police drama ''Cure Against Fear'', at one point the detective receives an air-tight envelope with an anonymous tip where to search for the eponymous sedative used in several crimes. In a few minutes it takes him to bring the letter to his [[DaChief boss]], the paper turns into a steaming pile of ashes. At that point it's already clear that some pharmaceutical researcher with superiority complex is framing his colleague.
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-->'''Tananda''': Don Bruce isn't taking chances on any-one reading this, is he?
-->'''Guido''': That is the middle crux of the issue.
-->'''Chumley''': What was sealing the scroll?
-->'''Tananda''': Nasty Assassin's trick, Big Brother. [[YouDoNOTWantToKnow You really wouldn't want to know]] the details. You'd call the results [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness insalubrious or some other two-gold-piece word]].

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-->'''Tananda''': -->'''Tananda:''' Don Bruce isn't taking chances on any-one anyone reading this, is he?
-->'''Guido''':
he?\\
'''Guido:'''
That is the middle crux of the issue.
-->'''Chumley''':
issue.\\
'''Chumley:'''
What was sealing the scroll?
-->'''Tananda''':
scroll?\\
'''Tananda:'''
Nasty Assassin's trick, Big Brother. [[YouDoNOTWantToKnow You really wouldn't want to know]] the details. You'd call the results [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness insalubrious or some other two-gold-piece word]].



* In the first ''Literature/{{Gor}}'' novel Tarl gets a message from his father which says it will burst into flame in a few minutes. For some reason Tarl puts it in his backpack; sure enough, a few minutes later his backpack bursts into flame.

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* In the first ''Literature/{{Gor}}'' novel novel, Tarl gets a message from his father which says it will burst into flame in a few minutes. For some reason Tarl puts it in his backpack; sure enough, a few minutes later his backpack bursts into flame.



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* PlayedForLaughs in more than one episode of ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'':
-->"This tape will self-destruct NOW!"
-->"This message will turn into a bird and FLY AWAY!"
-->"This tape will self-destruct... in two or three days. So use British Mail and make sure it goes nowhere!"
** In addition, the "tapes" have been rewound or paused prior to detonation on some occasions.

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* PlayedForLaughs in more than one episode of ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'':
''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway''. In addition, the "tapes" have been rewound or paused prior to detonation on some occasions.
-->"This tape will self-destruct NOW!"
-->"This
NOW!"\\
"This
message will turn into a bird and FLY AWAY!"
-->"This
AWAY!"\\
"This
tape will self-destruct... in two or three days. So use British Mail and make sure it goes nowhere!"
** In addition, the "tapes" have been rewound or paused prior to detonation on some occasions.
nowhere!"



-->'''Orion:''' "IAlwaysWantedToSayThat."

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-->'''Orion:''' "IAlwaysWantedToSayThat."{{I always wanted to say that}}.



* [[Series/TheTonightShow Johnny Carson]] parodied the exploding tape without mercy.

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* [[Series/TheTonightShow %%* ''Series/TheTonightShow'': Johnny Carson]] Carson parodied the exploding tape without mercy.



* The video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDsfou6UfjU "Mission Impossible"]] by Music/LindseyStirling and Music/ThePianoGuys opens with Lindsey at a table in a Chinese restaurant, receiving her bill and a fortune cookie, she reads the slip and places it in a teacup, where it briefly flares in a burst of flash-paper.

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* The video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDsfou6UfjU "Mission Impossible"]] by Music/LindseyStirling and Music/ThePianoGuys opens with Lindsey at a table in a Chinese restaurant, receiving her bill and a fortune cookie, she cookie. She reads the slip and places it in a teacup, where it briefly flares in a burst of flash-paper.



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* In a ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' strip, when Linus' mother was putting notes in his school lunch, one such note ended, "This note will self-destruct in five seconds," and promptly vanished.

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* In a ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' strip, Mentioned in the instruction card of Creator/DataEast's ''Pinball/SecretService'' pinball:
-->"This card will vaporize
when Linus' mother was putting notes in his school lunch, one such note ended, "This note will self-destruct in five seconds," and promptly vanished.game over!"



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* Mentioned in the instruction card of Creator/DataEast's ''Pinball/SecretService'' pinball:
-->"This card will vaporize when game over!"
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