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* ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'': When Samus takes a portal from the hot part of [[TidallyLockedPlanet Bryyo]] to its icy part, she loses contact with Aurora Unit 242 aside from some ''very'' garbled audio transmissions. It's not until she returns through the portal that a worried 242 can contact her again.


* In the ''VideoGame/SplinterCellDoubleAgent'', Lambert serves as mission control most of the time on behalf of Third Echelon, while Dufraisne occasionally does the same for the JBA. During the penultimate mission, Lambert turns out to [[spoiler:have been kidnapped by the JBA for posing as an arms dealer]] and his role is filled by Third Echelon Director Tom Reed for the rest of the game.

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* In the ''VideoGame/SplinterCellDoubleAgent'', ''VideoGame/SplinterCell: Double Agent'', Lambert serves as mission control most of the time on behalf of Third Echelon, while Dufraisne occasionally does the same for the JBA. During the penultimate mission, Lambert turns out to [[spoiler:have been kidnapped by the JBA for posing as an arms dealer]] and his role is filled by Third Echelon Director Tom Reed for the rest of the game.


[[CaptainObvious Obviously]], a SubTrope of MissionControl.

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[[CaptainObvious Obviously]], Obviously, a SubTrope of MissionControl.

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*** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'' features a straighter example as Oracle is kidnapped by the titular villain after the level in Ace Chemicals. Similarly Lucius Fox mysteriously goes silent at one point in the game leading to a side-mission [[spoiler: He is being hostage by Hush.]]
* ''VideoGame/Payday2'' [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection Bain]] [[spoiler: is kidnapped by what are pretty much TheIlluminati At the end of the Reservoir Dogs Heist]] This leads to [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor Vernon Locke]] becoming to the gangs MissionControl in all Heist released afterwards [[spoiler: even when the The gang gets Bain back, Locke keeps the role as Bain has only days left to live.]]


* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': The crew's vehicle breaks down later in the story, and the radio is rendered useless as well in the process. They techically have a back-up plan in the form of the TalkingInYourDreams system the mages can use, except that the mage on MissionControl's side is basically comatose from helping out long distance earlier in the story, thus hindering his capacity to communicate with the other members.

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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': The crew's vehicle breaks down later in the story, and the radio is rendered useless as well in the process. They techically technically have a back-up plan in the form of the TalkingInYourDreams system the mages can use, except that the mage on MissionControl's side is basically comatose from helping out long distance earlier in the story, thus hindering his capacity to communicate with the other members.

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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': The crew's vehicle breaks down later in the story, and the radio is rendered useless as well in the process. They techically have a back-up plan in the form of the TalkingInYourDreams system the mages can use, except that the mage on MissionControl's side is basically comatose from helping out long distance earlier in the story, thus hindering his capacity to communicate with the other members.
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* Later on in ''Anime/LastExile'', Claus and Dio return to the Silvana after a successful mission and try to contact the bridge...only to find that no one is responding. Turns out that Maestro Delphine, the charmingly sadistic leader of the Guild, has pulled an AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs on them and is waiting...


* In ''TheNamelessMod'' your handlers cannot reach you while deep underground or during the horror-based mission on each route. You can get a substitute in the first instance ([[AnnoyingVideoGameHelper though you may not want to]]) but in the latter cases you are alone (save for the mad AI in one of them) to increase the sense of isolation.

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* In ''TheNamelessMod'' ''VideoGame/TheNamelessMod'' your handlers cannot reach you while deep underground or during the horror-based mission on each route. You can get a substitute in the first instance ([[AnnoyingVideoGameHelper though you may not want to]]) but in the latter cases you are alone (save for the mad AI in one of them) to increase the sense of isolation.


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* In episode 7 of ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'', the last thing L-Elf Karlstein does before his coup d'état is take out [[HollywoodHacking Hollywood Hacker]] Akira. When another student notices that the alarms have failed to sound during Karlstein's attack, the camera cuts to Akira BoundAndGagged in the control room.

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* In episode 7 of ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'', the last thing L-Elf Karlstein does before his coup d'état is take out [[HollywoodHacking Hollywood Hacker]] Akira. When another student notices that the alarms have failed to sound during Karlstein's attack, the camera cuts to Akira BoundAndGagged in the control room.

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* In the episode "Penelope" of ''Series/CriminalMinds'', the team's MissionControl Garcia is shot and hospitalized. The rest of her FBI team has to try to catch the attempted murderer without her. However, they do have a stand-in who is not nearly as skilled or quick as Garcia.

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* In the episode "Penelope" of ''Series/CriminalMinds'', the team's MissionControl Garcia is shot and hospitalized. The rest of her FBI team has to try to catch the attempted murderer without her. However, they do have a stand-in who is not nearly as skilled or quick as Garcia.



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* Dan in ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' becomes unavailable ''twice'': once in Sector [[spoiler:5]] and [[spoiler:6]] (communications failure), and again in Sector [[spoiler:8]] (kidnapped). [[spoiler:The second time also ends with his death if you aren't CrazyPrepared.]] Also an HarsherInHindsight example, since Iji initially expresses annoyance that she's the only one risking her life.
* The mysterious benefactor in VideoGame/{{Depict1}} loses the ability to communicate with you after the first few levels. [[spoiler:They come back for the endgame, though.]]
* ZigZagged in the final mission of ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge'': [[spoiler:Faith's original MissionControl Merc dies of a gunshot wound in the opening cutscene, so she sets off to storm the Shard on her own. Mid-mission, however, she meets Lieutenant Miller, who guides her through the more tricky parts of the building before being cut off (captured or worse) by the PK, so Faith has to go on on her own again]].

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* Dan in ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' becomes unavailable ''twice'': once in Sector [[spoiler:5]] and [[spoiler:6]] (communications failure), and again in Sector [[spoiler:8]] (kidnapped). [[spoiler:The second time also ends with his death if you aren't CrazyPrepared.]] Also an HarsherInHindsight example, since Iji initially expresses annoyance that she's the only one risking her life.
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* The mysterious benefactor in VideoGame/{{Depict1}} loses the ability to communicate with you after the first few levels. [[spoiler:They come back for the endgame, though.]]
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* ZigZagged in the final mission of ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge'': [[spoiler:Faith's original MissionControl Merc dies of a gunshot wound in the opening cutscene, so she sets off to storm the Shard on her own. Mid-mission, however, she meets Lieutenant Miller, who guides her through the more tricky parts of the building before being cut off (captured or worse) by the PK, so Faith has to go on on her own again]].



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* In ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', this happens when John leaves Cortana in the Control Room while he goes to find the [[MacGuffin Index.]]
** Ditto for most of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', after leaving Cortana in High Charity at the end of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}''. This time, she's also off her meds.

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In ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', this happens when John leaves Cortana in the Control Room while he goes to find the [[MacGuffin Index.]]
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** Ditto for most of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', after leaving John leaves Cortana in High Charity at the end of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}''. This time, she's Cortana's also off her meds.



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* In ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'', after defeating the third boss, Cap'n Cuttlefish ends up getting captured by the BigBad, forcing you to clear the next level without any guidance. Afterwards, Agents 1 and 2 (A.K.A. [[spoiler:the Squid Sisters]]) show up and act as your MissionControl for the rest of the adventure.



-->'''Wade''': You spiked my system! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis NOBODY! SPIKES! MY SYSTEM!]]
-->'''Ron''': [To Team Impossible] Dude, now you're so over I don't even wanna be around you!

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* In ''TheNamelessMod'' your handlers cannot reach you while deep underground or during the horror-based mission on each route. You can get a substitute in the first instance ([[StopHelpingMe though you may not want to]]) but in the latter cases you are alone (save for the mad AI in one of them) to increase the sense of isolation.

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* In ''TheNamelessMod'' your handlers cannot reach you while deep underground or during the horror-based mission on each route. You can get a substitute in the first instance ([[StopHelpingMe ([[AnnoyingVideoGameHelper though you may not want to]]) but in the latter cases you are alone (save for the mad AI in one of them) to increase the sense of isolation.


* In the ''SplinterCell'' game ''Double Agent'', Lambert serves as mission control most of the time on behalf of Third Echelon, while Dufraisne occasionally does the same for the JBA. During the penultimate mission, Lambert turns out to [[spoiler:have been kidnapped by the JBA for posing as an arms dealer]] and his role is filled by Third Echelon Director Tom Reed for the rest of the game.

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* In the ''SplinterCell'' game ''Double Agent'', ''VideoGame/SplinterCellDoubleAgent'', Lambert serves as mission control most of the time on behalf of Third Echelon, while Dufraisne occasionally does the same for the JBA. During the penultimate mission, Lambert turns out to [[spoiler:have been kidnapped by the JBA for posing as an arms dealer]] and his role is filled by Third Echelon Director Tom Reed for the rest of the game.


If the main character also resents the MissionControl for sitting in a comfortable office while they risk their necks, this can lead to instances of HarsherinHindsight, and can also lead to the main character developing a strong sense of guilt. If they are kidnapped, there will probably be a StoryArc later on revolving around rescuing the MissionControl character.

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If the main character also resents the MissionControl for sitting in a comfortable office while they risk their necks, this can lead to instances of HarsherinHindsight, HarsherInHindsight, and can also lead to the main character developing a strong sense of guilt. If they are kidnapped, there will probably be a StoryArc later on revolving around rescuing the MissionControl character.

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