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* ''Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation'': In finale Ethan invoke this to challenge the BigBad in order to stop a timebomb straped in Benji. Ethan reveal that he is the only one knows the code he want and If he detonate the bomb, he be able to stars his operation

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* ''Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation'': In the finale Ethan invoke this to challenge the BigBad in order to stop a timebomb straped in time bomb strapped to Benji. Ethan reveal reveals that he memorized the bank account codes the big bad seeks (and destroyed the digital copy) and thus is the only one who knows the code he want and If if he detonate detonates the bomb, bomb with Hunt at point-blank range as he is now, he'll never be able to stars finance his operationoperations. The BigBad shuts off the bomb at the last second and orders Ethan to meet him face to face, thus falling in Ethan's trap.

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** Invoked in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', when Indy threatens to blow up the Ark of the Covenant while Belloq and the Nazis are making off with it, to get them to release Marion:
-->'''Dietrich:''' Dr. Jones. Surely you don't think you can escape from this island?\\
'''Indy:''' That depends on how reasonable we're all willing to be. All I want is the girl.\\
'''Dietrich:''' If we refuse?\\
'''Indy:''' Then your Führer has no prize.


** ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' -- Although it's used to bring back Indy's dad, the HolyGrail ends up falling down a hole. Arguably, the former still gives Indy a slight lead in the points. Just in case [[DeathByMaterialism the aesop]] [[{{Anvillicious}} wasn't clear enough]], a Nazi tries reaching for the Grail while holding onto Indy's hand, desperate to claim the treasure. Inevitably, the Nazi slips and falls, sinking into a canyon.

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** ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' -- Although it's used to bring back Indy's dad, the HolyGrail ends up falling down a hole. Arguably, the former still gives Indy a slight lead in the points. Just in case [[DeathByMaterialism the aesop]] [[{{Anvillicious}} [[{{Anvilicious}} wasn't clear enough]], a Nazi tries reaching for the Grail while holding onto Indy's hand, desperate to claim the treasure. Inevitably, the Nazi slips and falls, sinking into a canyon.


** ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' -- Although it's used to bring back Indy's dad, the HolyGrail ends up falling down a hole. Arguably, the former still gives Indy a slight lead in the points. Just in case [[DeathByMaterialism the aesop]] [[Anvillicious wasn't clear enough]], a Nazi tries reaching for the Grail while holding onto Indy's hand, desperate to claim the treasure. Inevitably, the Nazi slips and falls, sinking into a canyon.

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** ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' -- Although it's used to bring back Indy's dad, the HolyGrail ends up falling down a hole. Arguably, the former still gives Indy a slight lead in the points. Just in case [[DeathByMaterialism the aesop]] [[Anvillicious [[{{Anvillicious}} wasn't clear enough]], a Nazi tries reaching for the Grail while holding onto Indy's hand, desperate to claim the treasure. Inevitably, the Nazi slips and falls, sinking into a canyon.


** ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' -- Although it's used to bring back Indy's dad, the HolyGrail ends up falling down a hole. Arguably, the former still gives Indy a slight lead in the points. Just in case the aesop wasn't clear enough, a Nazi tries reaching for the Grail while holding onto Indy's hand, desperate to claim the treasure. Inevitably, the Nazi slips and falls, sinking into a canyon.

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** ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' -- Although it's used to bring back Indy's dad, the HolyGrail ends up falling down a hole. Arguably, the former still gives Indy a slight lead in the points. Just in case [[DeathByMaterialism the aesop aesop]] [[Anvillicious wasn't clear enough, enough]], a Nazi tries reaching for the Grail while holding onto Indy's hand, desperate to claim the treasure. Inevitably, the Nazi slips and falls, sinking into a canyon.


* Franky from ''Manga/OnePiece'' invoked this by burning the blueprints for Pluton, rationalizing that he'd rather ruin his own plans than help the World Government with theirs.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Attempted by Luffy during the battle of the Baratie- He decides to sink the ship so the Krieg Pirates won't be able to steal it for their own use. The course of the battle prevented him from doing it, though.
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Franky from ''Manga/OnePiece'' invoked this by burning the blueprints for Pluton, rationalizing that he'd rather ruin his own plans than help the World Government with theirs.

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* In the finale of ''Series/GameOfThrones'', [[spoiler:Drogon destroys the Iron Throne that everyone has been fighting to control. With the symbol of Targaryen authority gone and the last surviving member of the dynasty imprisoned for regicide, Westeros is forced to adopt elective monarchy.]]


* ''Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation'': In finale Ethan invoke this to challange the BigBad in order to stop a timebomb straped in Benji. Ethan reveal that he is the only one knows the code he want and If he detonate the bomb, he be able to stars his operation

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* ''Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation'': In finale Ethan invoke this to challange challenge the BigBad in order to stop a timebomb straped in Benji. Ethan reveal that he is the only one knows the code he want and If he detonate the bomb, he be able to stars his operation



** Needless to day, his plan doesn't work.

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** Needless to day, say, his plan doesn't work.



* Done in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' episode "The Golden Lagoon". The MacGuffin is a lake that makes any Transformer who bathes in it temporarily invincible. Megatron tries to sieze it, but is beaten back by the Autobots, and declares "If we can't have it, ''NOBODY CAN!!''" and begins firing his cannon into the lagoon. By the time the Autobots and Decepticons finish battling over it, both the lake and the entire area in which the lake is located have been destroyed. Beachcomber, who had originally found the lake, looks at the devastation and [[PyrrhicVictory bitterly declares that they had won]].

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* Done in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' episode "The Golden Lagoon". The MacGuffin is a lake that makes any Transformer who bathes in it temporarily invincible. Megatron tries to sieze seize it, but is beaten back by the Autobots, and declares "If we can't have it, ''NOBODY CAN!!''" and begins firing his cannon into the lagoon. By the time the Autobots and Decepticons finish battling over it, both the lake and the entire area in which the lake is located have been destroyed. Beachcomber, who had originally found the lake, looks at the devastation and [[PyrrhicVictory bitterly declares that they had won]].


** The Doctor spends the entirety of Season 16 on a mission for the White Guardian, searching for a device of unimaginable power called the Key to Time. At the finale, the Black Guardian tries to trick the Doctor into giving it to him by impersonating the White Guardian, so the Doctor scatters it around the universe one more without the White Guardian so much as seeing it. (Although it's possible that the White Guardian didn't need to be in possession of the Key in order to use its powers).

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** The Doctor spends the entirety of Season 16 on a mission for the White Guardian, searching for a device of unimaginable power called the Key to Time. At the finale, the Black Guardian tries to trick the Doctor into giving it to him by impersonating the White Guardian, so the Doctor scatters it around the universe one more without the White Guardian so much as seeing it. (Although it's possible that the White Guardian didn't need to be in possession of the Key in order to use its powers).powers.)



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* Suggested in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}''. If Ecosystems Unlimited were to consider going to war with the colonists of Jean over the robot population, the robots would [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2700/fc02609.htm destroy themselves to prevent it]], because their human safeguards cause them to value the entire robot population less than a single one of the human lives that might be lost in such a war.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', the story arc "Indiana Elliot and the Temple of Swedish Furniture" involves Elliot and Noah racing through [[BlandNameProduct Swedekea]] to get the last TV stand, as the store's online product tracker said that there is only one left. While Elliot did technically end up winning the race, [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1071 it didn't matter,]] as the store sold their last one the previous day. This served to allow the characters to bond as {{Worthy Opponent}}s without having the fact that one of them lost the TV stand to the other sour their relationship. Yes, [[Funny/ElGoonishShive it's as ridiculous as it sounds]], and the store manager threatens to ban them for life if they get caught running through the store again (plus, they have to pay for some pillows they damaged).



* Suggested in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}''. If Ecosystems Unlimited were to consider going to war with the colonists of Jean over the robot population, the robots would [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2700/fc02609.htm destroy themselves to prevent it]], because their human safeguards cause them to value the entire robot population less than a single one of the human lives that might be lost in such a war.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', the story arc "Indiana Elliot and the Temple of Swedish Furniture" involves Elliot and Noah racing through [[BlandNameProduct Swedekea]] to get the last TV stand, as the store's online product tracker said that there is only one left. While Elliot did technically end up winning the race, [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1071 it didn't matter,]] as the store sold their last one the previous day. This served to allow the characters to bond as {{Worthy Opponent}}s without having the fact that one of them lost the TV stand to the other sour their relationship. Yes, [[Funny/ElGoonishShive it's as ridiculous as it sounds]], and the store manager threatens to ban them for life if they get caught running through the store again (plus, they have to pay for some pillows they damaged).


** According to ''The History of Middle-Earth'', Tolkien ''had'' at one point planned an apocalyptic last battle, Dagor Dagorath, which would be followed by the recovery of the Silmarils and their being used to revive the two Trees (and then Arda being recreated entirely by a second Music of the Ainur), but this was left out of the published version of ''The Silmarillion''.



* In the ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'' episode "Ancient Awakening", [[BigBad Master Org]] discovers an emblem to unseal the Elephant Zord's spirit and has [[MonsterOfTheWeek Tire Org]] capture [[BigGood Princess Shayla]] in an effort for a person who is pure of heart to release its power. However, Shayla tells him that only the spirit locked inside can choose it's guardian. His response?

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* In the ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'' episode "Ancient Awakening", [[BigBad Master Org]] discovers an emblem to unseal the Elephant Zord's spirit and has [[MonsterOfTheWeek Tire Org]] capture [[BigGood Princess Shayla]] in an effort for a person who is pure of heart to release its power. However, Shayla tells him that only the spirit locked inside can choose it's its guardian. His response?



** Needless to day, his plan doesn't work.



** In "Enter the Cat", Jackie - usually the first person to say ItBelongsInAMuseum - decides the [=MacGuffin=] is too dangerous even for that, and smashes it.
** In the third season premier, Jackie attempts to destroy the [=MacGuffins=] of the first season by firing a laser at them. It only destroys the ''physical'' talismans - their powers seek out new hosts, setting the third season Macguffin-hunt in motion.

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** In "Enter the Cat", Jackie - usually the first person to say ItBelongsInAMuseum - decides the [=MacGuffin=] is too dangerous even for that, and smashes it.
it. (Which turns out to be the right thing to do, since the statue breaking releases the cure to the cat transformation it inflicted on Jade and Valmont.)
** In the third season premier, premiere, Jackie attempts to destroy the [=MacGuffins=] of the first season by firing a laser at them. It only destroys the ''physical'' talismans - their powers seek out new hosts, setting the third season Macguffin-hunt in motion.


* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In "Curse Of The Flying Hellfish", the paintings from the Hellfish tontine are quickly seized by federal authorities, [[WeWinBecausrYouDidnt although Grandpa Simpson defeated Burns by kicking him out]], and earned newfound respect from his grandson Bart.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In "Curse Of The Flying Hellfish", the paintings from the Hellfish tontine are quickly seized by federal authorities, [[WeWinBecausrYouDidnt [[WeWinBecauseYouDidnt although Grandpa Simpson defeated Burns by kicking him out]], and earned newfound respect from his grandson Bart.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In "Curse Of The Flying Hellfish", the paintings from the Hellfish tontine are quickly seized by federal authorities, [[WeWinBecausrYouDidnt although Grandpa Simpson defeated Burns by kicking him out]], and earned newfound respect from his grandson Bart.


* ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' -- Film/JamesBond chooses to chuck the stolen ATAC off a cliff to prevent the Russians from getting their hands on it, [[WeWinBecauseYouDidNot which was enough to accomplish Bond's mission]]. Gogol has just wasted a considerable amount of resources on something he hasn't acquired, as well as losing several operatives. The British still have lost a spy trawler, at least three agents, one Lotus Espirit, and the ATAC, but have denied the Russians the ability to turn their own missiles against them. Notably, Gogol apparently finds the whole thing rather amusing as well, especially after Bond invoked the trope:

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* ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' -- Film/JamesBond chooses to chuck the stolen ATAC off a cliff to prevent the Russians from getting their hands on it, [[WeWinBecauseYouDidNot [[WeWinBecauseYouDidnt which was enough to accomplish Bond's mission]]. Gogol has just wasted a considerable amount of resources on something he hasn't acquired, as well as losing several operatives. The British still have lost a spy trawler, at least three agents, one Lotus Espirit, and the ATAC, but have denied the Russians the ability to turn their own missiles against them. Notably, Gogol apparently finds the whole thing rather amusing as well, especially after Bond invoked the trope:


Since writers often want to avert an ending where TheBadGuyWins, this trope is perfect insurance against having an ending which is seen this way: The BigBad may be the obvious winner in terms of who kicked whose ass, and [[BittersweetEnding the hero may be suffering some kind of loss which is really nothing to be happy about]], but at least the villain is unsuccessful in that he hasn't made himself any richer or made any progress toward [[TakeOverTheWorld taking over the world]]. Which was really the whole point anyway.

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Since writers often want to avert an ending where TheBadGuyWins, this trope is perfect insurance against having an ending which is seen this way: The BigBad may be the obvious winner in terms of who kicked whose ass, and [[BittersweetEnding the hero may be suffering some kind of loss which is really nothing to be happy about]], but at least the villain is unsuccessful in that he hasn't made himself any richer or made any progress toward [[TakeOverTheWorld taking over the world]]. [[VillainsActHeroesReact Which was really the whole point anyway.
anyway.]]


* This is how ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunesRabbitsRun'' ''seems'' to end, with the {{Invisibility}} formula everyone's been looking for allegedly destroyed. Then WesternAnimaton/BugsBunny admits to Lola that he saved some of it for himself and has been using it all along....

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* This is how ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunesRabbitsRun'' ''seems'' to end, with the {{Invisibility}} formula everyone's been looking for allegedly destroyed. Then WesternAnimaton/BugsBunny WesternAnimation/BugsBunny admits to Lola that he saved some of it for himself and has been using it all along....

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