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* Satirized in ''ComicBook/{{Nodwick}}'' by "This One Ring", which is a One Ring parody that inspired an epic ''Literature/LordOfTheRings''-esque plot based on ''hype'' alone. It has no actual powers, but only Nodwick [[OnlySaneMan realizes this and no-one else believes him]]. By the end of the story, history repeats itself when Nodwick bribes off the story's Gollum-equivalent with "this one rock". Yeah, it's just a rock. Cut to the DistantFinale...

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* Satirized in ''ComicBook/{{Nodwick}}'' by "This One Ring", which is a One Ring parody that inspired an epic ''Literature/LordOfTheRings''-esque ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''-esque plot based on ''hype'' alone. It has no actual powers, but only Nodwick [[OnlySaneMan realizes this and no-one else believes him]]. By the end of the story, history repeats itself when Nodwick bribes off the story's Gollum-equivalent with "this one rock". Yeah, it's just a rock. Cut to the DistantFinale...



* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', an OmnicidalManiac summons a golden flute with the power to destroy the world. He used [[Film/LordOfTheRings The Ring Inscription]].

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', an OmnicidalManiac summons a golden flute with the power to destroy the world. He used [[Film/LordOfTheRings The Ring Inscription]].


** The quintessential example is [[RingOfPower The One Ring]] from Tolkien's ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. The Ring [[AmplifierArtifact grants power proportional to that of the wielder]], so the effect on a mere {{hobbit|s}} is minimal (it just helps them "disappear" and makes them live forever), but in the hands of an elven mage or a demigod like Gandalf, it's a [[GameBreaker world-breaking]] artifact. The downside is: it contains the spirit of its maker, the Dark Lord Sauron (a.k.a. the Necromancer), so it will eventually corrupt anyone who wears it, or owns it, or even sees it. Also, it's virtually indestructible, and the quest to destroy it takes about three-quarters of the plot.

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** The quintessential example is [[RingOfPower The One Ring]] from Tolkien's ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. The Ring [[AmplifierArtifact grants power proportional to that of the wielder]], so the effect on a mere {{hobbit|s}} is minimal (it just helps them "disappear" and makes them live forever), but in the hands of an elven mage or a demigod like Gandalf, it's a [[GameBreaker world-breaking]] artifact. The downside is: it contains the spirit of its maker, the Dark Lord Sauron (a.k.a. the Necromancer), so it will eventually corrupt anyone else who wears it, or owns it, or even sees it. Also, it's virtually indestructible, and the quest to destroy it takes about three-quarters of the plot.


* "The Thing" is a song where the narrator finds a [[NothingIsScarier [* **] ]]in a box on the beach. At first he is overjoyed by the discovery, but then everybody he shows the [* **] to is horrified and tells him to GetOut or runs away. For some reason [[ClingyMacGuffin he can't just throw the [* **] away]], so he ends up spending the remainder of his life hopelessly wandering around looking for somebody to take the [* **] from him until he dies and the [* **] follows him to afterlife, which [[BarredFromTheAfterlife causes him to be banned from entering heaven]] and condemned to take the [* **] with him to hell. The song end with the narrator giving you [[SpoofAesop a dire warning to never open a box you find on the beach because you will never get rid of the [* **].]]

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* "The Thing" is a song where the narrator finds a [[NothingIsScarier [* **] ]]in a box on the beach. At first he is overjoyed by the discovery, but then everybody he shows the [* **] to is horrified and tells him to GetOut or runs away. For some reason [[ClingyMacGuffin he can't just throw the [* **] away]], so he ends up spending the remainder of his life hopelessly wandering around looking for somebody to take the [* **] from him until he dies and the [* **] follows him to afterlife, which [[BarredFromTheAfterlife causes him to be [[ReroutedFromHeaven banned from entering heaven]] heaven and condemned to take the [* **] with him to hell.hell]]. The song end with the narrator giving you [[SpoofAesop a dire warning to never open a box you find on the beach because you will never get rid of the [* **].]]


* "The Thing" is a song where the narrator finds a [[NothingIsScarier [* **] ]]in a box on the beach. At first he is overjoyed by the discovery, but then everybody he shows the [* **] to is horrified and tells him to GetOut or runs away. For some reason [[ClingyMacGuffin he can't just throw the [* **] away]], so he ends up spending the remainder of his life hopelessly wandering around looking for somebody to take the [* **] from him until he dies and the [* **] follows him to afterlife, causing him to be damned to hell. The song end with the narrator giving you [[SpoofAesop a dire warning to never open a box you find on the beach because you will never get rid of the [* **].]]

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* "The Thing" is a song where the narrator finds a [[NothingIsScarier [* **] ]]in a box on the beach. At first he is overjoyed by the discovery, but then everybody he shows the [* **] to is horrified and tells him to GetOut or runs away. For some reason [[ClingyMacGuffin he can't just throw the [* **] away]], so he ends up spending the remainder of his life hopelessly wandering around looking for somebody to take the [* **] from him until he dies and the [* **] follows him to afterlife, causing which [[BarredFromTheAfterlife causes him to be damned banned from entering heaven]] and condemned to take the [* **] with him to hell. The song end with the narrator giving you [[SpoofAesop a dire warning to never open a box you find on the beach because you will never get rid of the [* **].]]


* "The Thing" is a song where the narrator finds a [[NothingIsScarier [* **] ]]in a box on the beach. At first he is overjoyed by the discovery, but then everybody he shows the [* **] to is horrified and runs away or tells him to leave, and for some reason [[ClingyMacGuffin he can't just throw the [* **] away]], so he ends up spending the remainder of his life hopelessly wandering around looking for somebody to take the [* **] from him until he dies and the [* **] follows him to afterlife, causing him to be damned to hell. The song end with the narrator giving you [[SpoofAesop a dire warning to never open a box you find on the beach because you will never get rid of the [* **].]]

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* "The Thing" is a song where the narrator finds a [[NothingIsScarier [* **] ]]in a box on the beach. At first he is overjoyed by the discovery, but then everybody he shows the [* **] to is horrified and runs away or tells him to leave, and for GetOut or runs away. For some reason [[ClingyMacGuffin he can't just throw the [* **] away]], so he ends up spending the remainder of his life hopelessly wandering around looking for somebody to take the [* **] from him until he dies and the [* **] follows him to afterlife, causing him to be damned to hell. The song end with the narrator giving you [[SpoofAesop a dire warning to never open a box you find on the beach because you will never get rid of the [* **].]]


* "The Thing" is a song where the narrator finds a [[NothingIsScarier [* **] ]]in a box on the beach. At first he is overjoyed by the discovery, but then everybody he shows the [* **] to is horrified and runs away or tells him to leave, and for some reason [[ClingyMacGuffin he can't just throw the [* **] away]], so he ends up spending the remainder of his life hopelessly wandering around looking for somebody to take the [* **] from him until he dies and the [* **]] follows him to afterlife, causing him to be damned to hell. The song end with the narrator giving you [[SpoofAesop a dire warning to never open a box you find on the beach because you will never get rid of the [* **].]]

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* "The Thing" is a song where the narrator finds a [[NothingIsScarier [* **] ]]in a box on the beach. At first he is overjoyed by the discovery, but then everybody he shows the [* **] to is horrified and runs away or tells him to leave, and for some reason [[ClingyMacGuffin he can't just throw the [* **] away]], so he ends up spending the remainder of his life hopelessly wandering around looking for somebody to take the [* **] from him until he dies and the [* **]] **] follows him to afterlife, causing him to be damned to hell. The song end with the narrator giving you [[SpoofAesop a dire warning to never open a box you find on the beach because you will never get rid of the [* **].]]

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* "The Thing" is a song where the narrator finds a [[NothingIsScarier [* **] ]]in a box on the beach. At first he is overjoyed by the discovery, but then everybody he shows the [* **] to is horrified and runs away or tells him to leave, and for some reason [[ClingyMacGuffin he can't just throw the [* **] away]], so he ends up spending the remainder of his life hopelessly wandering around looking for somebody to take the [* **] from him until he dies and the [* **]] follows him to afterlife, causing him to be damned to hell. The song end with the narrator giving you [[SpoofAesop a dire warning to never open a box you find on the beach because you will never get rid of the [* **].]]


* The One Ring from ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' is the TropeCodifier and this page's image. It contains the bulk of Sauron's power and will corrupt whoever wears it. See Literature for more detail.

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* The One Ring from ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' is the TropeCodifier and this page's image. It contains the bulk of Sauron's power and will corrupt whoever not named Sauron wears it. See Literature for more detail.


* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Frozen}}'' fanfic "FanFic/SorryAboutTheMess" has [[spoiler: The Mirror, an ancient object created specifically to corrupt those who use it]].

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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Frozen}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Frozen|2013}}'' fanfic "FanFic/SorryAboutTheMess" has [[spoiler: The Mirror, an ancient object created specifically to corrupt those who use it]].



* The Frozen Flame, from Chrono Cross. It's one of the most desirable "treasure" of El Nido and almost everyone wants to get it and have a life of fortune. In reality however it's a fragment of Lavos, and if you aren't the Arbiter [[spoiler:(Serge, the 17 year old boy that lives in Arni Village)]], having contact with it results in death. Oh, and it's also the source of power of [[spoiler: Chronopolis and it can't be accessed because the arbiter is now someone else.]] In a nutshell the thing is wanted by every single Big Bad of the game.

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* The Frozen Flame, from Chrono Cross.''VideoGame/ChronoCross''. It's one of the most desirable "treasure" of El Nido and almost everyone wants to get it and have a life of fortune. In reality however it's a fragment of Lavos, and if you aren't the Arbiter [[spoiler:(Serge, the 17 year old boy that lives in Arni Village)]], having contact with it results in death. Oh, and it's also the source of power of [[spoiler: Chronopolis and it can't be accessed because the arbiter is now someone else.]] In a nutshell the thing is wanted by every single Big Bad of the game.

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* In ''ComicBook/LockeAndKey'', several of the magical keys hidden around Keyhouse can be rather dangerous if used in the wrong hands, but the most dangerous of all is the Omega Key, due to its only purpose being [[spoiler: to open the Black Door in the caves underneath the house and unleash [[EldritchAbomination the creatures]] locked away behind it]].


* The Artifact from ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 3''. It was created by the forces of Hell to counter the Soul Cube the martians created to fight them, and to act as a key many years later when humanity has colonized Mars. It gives the wielder the powers of super speed, OneHitKill, super strength and invulnerability but it has to be fuelled by human souls and as long as it's on the living world, Hell'll always have a way there. The only way to make sure that Hell won't conquer Earth is to destroy The Artifact in Hell for good... which [[spoiler:Betruger]] will not tolerate.

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* The Artifact from ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 3''. It was created by the forces of Hell to counter the Soul Cube the martians created to fight them, and to act as a key many years later when humanity has colonized Mars. It gives the wielder the powers of super speed, OneHitKill, super strength and invulnerability but it has to be fuelled by human souls and as long as it's on the living world, Hell'll Hell will always have a way there. The only way to make sure that Hell won't conquer Earth is to destroy The Artifact in Hell for good... which [[spoiler:Betruger]] will not tolerate.


* The ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' fanfic "FanFic/SorryAboutTheMess" has [[spoiler: The Mirror, an ancient object created specifically to corrupt those who use it]].

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* The ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Frozen}}'' fanfic "FanFic/SorryAboutTheMess" has [[spoiler: The Mirror, an ancient object created specifically to corrupt those who use it]].



* Maleficent's spinning wheel from ''Disney/SleepingBeauty''. The interesting thing here is that ''any'' spinning wheel could have fulfilled the curse instead of one particular evil/powerful one.
* The Black Cauldron from... ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' is ancient and can create an army of undead.

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* Maleficent's spinning wheel from ''Disney/SleepingBeauty''.''WesternAnimation/SleepingBeauty''. The interesting thing here is that ''any'' spinning wheel could have fulfilled the curse instead of one particular evil/powerful one.
* The Black Cauldron from... ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' ''WesternAnimation/TheBlackCauldron'' is ancient and can create an army of undead.



* The first two books in Lloyd Alexander's ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' series had the Black Cauldron, based on a Welsh myth, used by BigBad Arawn to create his army of the undead. (The Fates imply that the Cauldron once had other, more benign uses, but Arawn ruined the thing while he was "renting" it.) To destroy it, SomeoneHasToDie, and it can apparently corrupt former good guys who covet its powers. The Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon made a very loose adaptation simply titled ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron''.

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* The first two books in Lloyd Alexander's ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' series had the Black Cauldron, based on a Welsh myth, used by BigBad Arawn to create his army of the undead. (The Fates imply that the Cauldron once had other, more benign uses, but Arawn ruined the thing while he was "renting" it.) To destroy it, SomeoneHasToDie, and it can apparently corrupt former good guys who covet its powers. The Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon made a very loose adaptation simply titled ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron''.''WesternAnimation/TheBlackCauldron''.


** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls2013'' has an example overlapping with HolyIsNotSafe. [[spoiler:[[Characters/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsSunsetShimmer Sunset Shimmer]]]], who at that point is a pretty nasty piece of work, gets her hands on [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicTwilightSparkle Twilight Sparkle]]'s own [[CareBearStare Element of Harmony]], and undergoes a horrific PainfulTransformation into a demonic form which behaves about like Nightmare Moon did relative to Princess Luna: much less inhibited, much less moral, and much more magically powerful, but still recognizably herself. Originally, [[spoiler:Sunset]] hasn't been willing to threaten a dog; after she transforms, she tries to kill a group of high-schoolers.

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** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls2013'' ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls1'' has an example overlapping with HolyIsNotSafe. [[spoiler:[[Characters/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsSunsetShimmer Sunset Shimmer]]]], who at that point is a pretty nasty piece of work, gets her hands on [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicTwilightSparkle Twilight Sparkle]]'s own [[CareBearStare Element of Harmony]], and undergoes a horrific PainfulTransformation into a demonic form which behaves about like Nightmare Moon did relative to Princess Luna: much less inhibited, much less moral, and much more magically powerful, but still recognizably herself. Originally, [[spoiler:Sunset]] hasn't been willing to threaten a dog; after she transforms, she tries to kill a group of high-schoolers.




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* ''Webcomic/ElfAndWarrior'': Gilly gets an enchanted axe that turns her into a mindless creature of destruction bent only on feeding the axe with blood. [[AxeCrazy So not that different from how she was already]], but now she talks less. [[spoiler:Eventually Gillbert gets the axe, and explains the reason it rendered her mindless was because she wasn't killing enough. He ''is'' killing enough, and enters into a symbiotic relationship with the axe]].


* The killer camera in ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}: Say Cheese and Die!'', which destroys or causes harm to persons or objects [[SpookyPhotographs that it takes pictures of]].

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* ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'':
** ''The Cuckoo Clock of Doom'', as the name implies, is a malevolent cuckoo clock with the power to turn back time, and will inevitably RetGone the person who used it unless it's reset.
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The killer camera in ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}: Say ''Say Cheese and Die!'', which destroys or causes harm to persons or objects [[SpookyPhotographs that it takes pictures of]].

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