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* ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'': Doraemon's gadgets always have some sort of weakness that causes them to never work as planned.

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* ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'': ''Manga/{{Doraemon}}'': Doraemon's gadgets always have some sort of weakness that causes them to never work as planned.


* In the backstory of the ''Literature/{{Foreigner}}'' series, the starship ''Phoenix'' fails to drop out of {{hyperspace}} when it should. When the pilot presses the "emergency stop" button they find that they haven't merely overshot their target, they haven't merely gotten turned in the wrong direction, but ''they have no idea where they are''. With the amount of fuel they had it shouldn't have been possible to go further than 30 light years from Earth, in which case they should easily be able to spot the Sun, but no known stars or pulsars are visible to their telescopes, so it seems they accidentally took a trip through a shortcut in hyperspace which hyper-physics says shouldn't exist.

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* In the backstory of the ''Literature/{{Foreigner}}'' series, the starship ''Phoenix'' fails to drop out of {{hyperspace}} when it should. When the pilot presses the "emergency stop" button they find that they haven't merely overshot their target, they haven't merely gotten turned in the wrong direction, but ''they have no idea where they are''. With the amount of fuel they had it shouldn't have been possible to go further than 30 light years from Earth, in which case they should easily be able to spot the Sun, but no known stars or pulsars are visible to their telescopes, so it seems they accidentally took a trip through a shortcut in hyperspace hyperspace, a shortcut which hyper-physics says shouldn't exist.

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* ''Anime/TheMysteriousCitiesOfGold'': The Golden Condor uses solar energy to fly. Which is great, except when it's nighttime or the sky is overcast.

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* The entire point of the ''Literature/ProfessorBranestawm'' series. Only one invention featured in the books works as intended throughout the story, and even that one fills his house with cake.


** ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and every incarnations.

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** Every incarnation of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and every incarnations.


** The TARDIS is a particularly unreliable bit of Phlebotinium, justified by the fact that it's an obsolete piece of crap by Time Lord standards that the Doctor stole from a junkyard. Its navigation is notoriously unreliable when it works at all, its camouflage system has been stuck for the past 50 years, it has a habit of ignoring the Doctor's directions to deposit them in situations of extreme and immediate peril, and it was once blown to bits outright. Also, it once [[IncredibleShrinkingMan shrank its passengers to the size of fleas]]. In contrast to the examples above, though, rather than breaking at the worst possible moment, the TARDIS seems to work correctly ''only'' when it's absolutely vital that it does (see MillionToOneChance, OneBulletLeft). That said, the TARDIS is supposed to be piloted with six crewmembers, not just the Doctor plus one. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife "The Doctor's Wife"]] revealed that the TARDIS [[spoiler:is sentient and in love with the Doctor]], and it often sends the Doctor where [[spoiler:she]] thinks they need to be, sometimes malfunctioning to keep them there.

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** The TARDIS is a particularly unreliable bit of Phlebotinium, justified by the fact that it's an obsolete piece of crap by Time Lord standards that the Doctor stole from a junkyard. Its navigation is notoriously unreliable when it works at all, its camouflage system has been stuck for the past 50 years, it has a habit of ignoring the Doctor's directions to deposit them in situations of extreme and immediate peril, and it was once blown to bits outright. Also, it once [[IncredibleShrinkingMan shrank its passengers to the size of fleas]]. In contrast to the examples above, though, rather than breaking at the worst possible moment, the TARDIS seems to work correctly ''only'' when it's absolutely vital that it does (see MillionToOneChance, OneBulletLeft). That said, the TARDIS is supposed to be piloted with six crewmembers, not just the Doctor plus one.Doctor. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife "The Doctor's Wife"]] revealed that the TARDIS [[spoiler:is sentient and in love with the Doctor]], and it often sends the Doctor where [[spoiler:she]] thinks they need to be, sometimes malfunctioning to keep them there.


** The TARDIS is a particularly unreliable bit of Phlebotinium, justified by the fact that it's an obsolete piece of crap by Time Lord standards that the Doctor stole from a junkyard. Its navigation is notoriously unreliable when it works at all, its camouflage system has been stuck for the past 50 years, it has a habit of ignoring the Doctor's directions to deposit him in situations of extreme and immediate peril, and it was once blown to bits outright. Also, it once [[IncredibleShrinkingMan shrank its passengers to the size of fleas]]. In contrast to the examples above, though, rather than breaking at the worst possible moment, the TARDIS seems to work correctly ''only'' when it's absolutely vital that it does (see MillionToOneChance, OneBulletLeft). That said, the TARDIS is supposed to be piloted with six crewmembers, not just the Doctor plus one. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife "The Doctor's Wife"]] revealed that the TARDIS [[spoiler:is sentient and in love with the Doctor]], and it often sends the Doctor where [[spoiler:she]] thinks he needs to be, sometimes malfunctioning to keep him there.
** The Doctor also has a piece of "psychic paper" that appears to the people he shows it to as whatever credentials the Doctor needs to pass as whatever he's trying to pass himself as. [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol One time]], he tried to use it to convince a kid that he is "universally recognised as a mature and responsible adult":

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** The TARDIS is a particularly unreliable bit of Phlebotinium, justified by the fact that it's an obsolete piece of crap by Time Lord standards that the Doctor stole from a junkyard. Its navigation is notoriously unreliable when it works at all, its camouflage system has been stuck for the past 50 years, it has a habit of ignoring the Doctor's directions to deposit him them in situations of extreme and immediate peril, and it was once blown to bits outright. Also, it once [[IncredibleShrinkingMan shrank its passengers to the size of fleas]]. In contrast to the examples above, though, rather than breaking at the worst possible moment, the TARDIS seems to work correctly ''only'' when it's absolutely vital that it does (see MillionToOneChance, OneBulletLeft). That said, the TARDIS is supposed to be piloted with six crewmembers, not just the Doctor plus one. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife "The Doctor's Wife"]] revealed that the TARDIS [[spoiler:is sentient and in love with the Doctor]], and it often sends the Doctor where [[spoiler:she]] thinks he needs they need to be, sometimes malfunctioning to keep him them there.
** The Doctor also has a piece of "psychic paper" that appears to the people he shows they show it to as whatever credentials the Doctor needs to pass as whatever he's they're trying to pass himself themself off as. [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol One time]], he the Eleventh Doctor tried to use it to convince a kid that he is "universally recognised as a mature and responsible adult":



'''The Doctor:''' ...Yeah, it's shorted out. [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Finally, a lie too big.]]

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'''The Doctor:''' ...Yeah, it's shorted out. [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments [[Funny/DoctorWho Finally, a lie too big.]]


The thinking is this: the [[{{Teleportation}} transporter]] does something really amazing and miraculous when it's ''working.'' Just imagine how amazing and miraculous a thing it could do if it were ''broken''. Never mind that this is no more logical a line of thought than, say, "A functioning toaster makes toast, but a broken one might start suddenly making [[LiteralGenie ''French'' toast!]] Or maybe even [[SerialEscalation sausage links!!]]"

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The thinking is this: the [[{{Teleportation}} transporter]] does something really amazing and miraculous when it's ''working.'' Just imagine how amazing and miraculous a thing it could do if it were ''broken''. Never mind that this is no more logical a line of thought than, say, "A functioning toaster makes toast, but a broken one might start suddenly making ''[[LiteralGenie French]]'' [[LiteralGenie ''French'' toast!]] Or maybe even [[SerialEscalation sausage links!!]]"


'''The Doctor:''' ''[looks at paper]'' Yeah, it's shorted out. [[ManChild Finally, a lie too big.]]

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'''The Doctor:''' ''[looks at paper]'' Yeah, it's shorted out. [[ManChild Finally, a lie too big.]]


HolodeckMalfunction is a subtrope, as is TeleporterAccident on occasion.

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HolodeckMalfunction is a subtrope, as is TeleporterAccident on occasion.
occasion. Compare PlotDrivenBreakdown.

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* In the former ''Ride/TheFuntasticWorldOfHannaBarbera'' at Ride/UniversalStudios, Bill Hannah and Joseph Barbera's computer-animating machines ends up malfunctioning due to Dastardly's interference, resulting in it creating a wormhole.
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* ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'': Doraemon's gadgets always have some sort of weakness that causes them to never work as planned.
** Subverted in the episode [[Recap/Doraemon1979E1759SoapBubbles "Soap Bubbles"]]. When Noby needs to use the Soap Bubble Straw on Big G, it looks like the gadget won't function when he needs it most. However, it turns out that it ''does'' work after several bubbles are blown.


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->'''The Doctor''': I think you'll find I'm universally recognised as a mature and responsible adult.\\

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->'''The Doctor''': Doctor:''' I think you'll find I'm universally recognised as a mature and responsible adult.\\



'''Kazran''': It's just a lot of wavy lines. \\
'''The Doctor''': ''[looks at paper]'' Yeah, it's shorted out. [[ManChild Finally, a lie too big]].

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'''Kazran''': '''Kazran:''' It's just a lot of wavy lines. \\
'''The Doctor''': Doctor:''' ''[looks at paper]'' Yeah, it's shorted out. [[ManChild Finally, a lie too big]].big.]]



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* The "malfunctioning toaster would make sausage rule" also applies to magic as well as science. In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', when Saiou's defeat-equals-mind-control spell fails on Judai, instead of just not being {{Brainwashed}}, Judai loses the ability to see monster spirits and the images on Duel Monsters cards.

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* The "malfunctioning toaster would make sausage rule" also applies to magic as well as science. In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', when Saiou's defeat-equals-mind-control spell fails on Judai, instead of just not being {{Brainwashed}}, Judai loses the ability to see monster spirits
and the images on Duel Monsters cards.Manga]]



* The "malfunctioning toaster would make sausage rule" also applies to magic as well as science. In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', when Saiou's defeat-equals-mind-control spell fails on Judai, instead of just not being {{Brainwashed}}, Judai loses the ability to see monster spirits and the images on Duel Monsters cards.



* ''Literature/AwakeInTheNightLand'' has the Earth Current, which can protect the humans from the {{Eldritch Abomination}}s of the titular Night Land. However the exact date in which it will fail has been calculated for eons, which will eventually culminate in the extinction of mankind.



* ''Literature/AwakeInTheNightLand'' has the Earth Current, which can protect the humans from the {{Eldritch Abomination}}s of the titular Night Land. However the exact date in which it will fail has been calculated for eons, which will eventually culminate in the extinction of mankind.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' likes this one, usually with things (or people) breaking or being corrupted by Chaos at just the right time to sentence lots of people to horrific death.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' likes this one, usually with things (or people) breaking or being sabotaged by Commie Mutant Traitors at just the right time to sentence lots of citizens to highly amusing death.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' likes this one, usually with things (or people) breaking or being sabotaged by Commie Mutant Traitors at just the right time to sentence lots of citizens to highly amusing death.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' likes this one, usually with things (or people) breaking or being corrupted by Chaos at just the right time to sentence lots of people to horrific death.



* At the end of ''VideoGame/{{Descent}} 2'', the Pyro GX's [[FasterThanLightTravel warp core]] malfunctions and dumps him in the wrong place. This is revealed in ''Descent 3'' to have been deliberate sabotage.



* In the original Japanese version of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'', if [[OldSaveBonus you carried over save data]] where Ike had beaten the Black Knight, he attributes his defeat to malfunctioning [[VillainTeleportation warp powder]] leaving behind [[ActuallyADoombot a weak "ghost" of himself]]. This isn't in other versions, as the localization team [[{{Woolseyism}} deemed it ridiculous and changed it]] to [[ILetYouWin letting Ike win]].
* At the end of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', the firing of the replacement Halo causes the slipspace field to collapse prematurely, cutting a ship in half. The front half makes it to its destination, but the back half only materializes in space only partway there, leaving Master Chief and Cortana floating near a [[VideoGame/{{Halo 4}} Forerunner planet in an unknown location]].
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork 3'', Flashman's last gasp before deletion glitches up Lan's PET, at one point making it impossible for Megaman to jack out.



* In the PC game ''VideoGame/EmpireAtWar - Forces of Corruption'', during the last mission, Tyber Zann captures the Eclipse-class Star Destroyer. The game then allows you to use its [[WaveMotionGun superlaser]], capable of smashing a capital ship instantly. Predictably, it breaks down just as a Super Star Destroyer enters the area.

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* Fenix in ''Videogame/StarcraftI'' is ambushed by hydralisks in a cutscene. Unfortunately for him his psi-blade emitters picked that moment to malfunction. Incredibly enough he still managed to survive whatever the hydralisks did to him, though the damage was severe enough that he had to be placed inside a Dragoon.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
In the PC game ''VideoGame/EmpireAtWar - Forces of Corruption'', during the last mission, Tyber Zann captures the Eclipse-class Star Destroyer. The game then allows you to use its [[WaveMotionGun superlaser]], capable of smashing a capital ship instantly. Predictably, it breaks down just as a Super Star Destroyer enters the area.



* At the end of ''VideoGame/{{Descent}} 2'', the Pyro GX's [[FasterThanLightTravel warp core]] malfunctions and dumps him in the wrong place. This is revealed in ''Descent 3'' to have been deliberate sabotage.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', the firing of the replacement Halo causes the slipspace field to collapse prematurely, cutting a ship in half. The front half makes it to its destination, but the back half only materializes in space only partway there, leaving Master Chief and Cortana floating near a [[VideoGame/{{Halo 4}} Forerunner planet in an unknown location]].
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork 3'', Flashman's last gasp before deletion glitches up Lan's PET, at one point making it impossible for Megaman to jack out.
* Fenix in ''Videogame/StarcraftI'' is ambushed by hydralisks in a cutscene. Unfortunately for him his psi-blade emitters picked that moment to malfunction. Incredibly enough he still managed to survive whatever the hydralisks did to him, though the damage was severe enough that he had to be placed inside a Dragoon.
* In the original Japanese version of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'', if [[OldSaveBonus you carried over save data]] where Ike had beaten the Black Knight, he attributes his defeat to malfunctioning [[VillainTeleportation warp powder]] leaving behind [[ActuallyADoombot a weak "ghost" of himself]]. This isn't in other versions, as the localization team [[{{Woolseyism}} deemed it ridiculous and changed it]] to [[ILetYouWin letting Ike win]].

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