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\n* Used many times in ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'' as part of its SpyFiction parody. In the story ''ComicBook/ValorYAlToro'', the mission's briefing is given in a large gramophone that self-destroys.


* ''Series/GetSmart''. In "The Impossible Mission", Max goes to a coin locker where a taped message from the Chief is waiting, then opens [[RuleOfFunny two other lockers holding the speakers]]. After getting his briefing, the Chief announces that the tape will destruct in five seconds. [[TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat Maybe six...]] The explosion destroys everything except the tape, which [[ItWontTurnOff refuses to stop playing]] after Max's repeated attempts to destroy it. In the end Max has to tuck the bulky tape player under his coat and walk off with it.

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* ''Series/GetSmart''. In "The Impossible Mission", Max goes to a coin locker where a taped message from the Chief is waiting, then opens [[RuleOfFunny two other lockers holding the speakers]]. After
-->'''The Chief (on tape):''' Should you choose to accept this mission, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. Should you choose *not* to accept it, you're fired.
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getting his briefing, the Chief announces that the tape will destruct in five seconds. [[TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat Maybe six...]] The explosion destroys everything except the tape, which [[ItWontTurnOff refuses to stop playing]] after Max's repeated attempts to destroy it. In the end Max has to tuck the bulky tape player under his coat and walk off with it.


* [[TropeNamer Of course]], this was the way every MissionBriefing for the original ''Series/MissionImpossible'' was done. While in parodies the message often destroys itself with a large and lethally dangerous explosion, in the actual series the destruction was harmless and the most the audience sees is the tape suddenly start to smoke slightly; there weren't even any flames, and Phelps usually just dumps the ruined and still-smoking tape in a rubbish bin or something equivalent. Sometimes they tried to get creative on exactly how the item self destructed. This show is pretty much the UrExample of this trope. That being said, [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness the early episodes didn't have this trope yet]]. The tape ended with "Please dispose of this message in the usual manner", upon which the addressee (Briggs first season, Phelps later) threw all the documents into a conveniently placed incinerator or used other means to destroy the tape. Acid was used at least once.

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* [[TropeNamer Of course]], this was the way every MissionBriefing for the original ''Series/MissionImpossible'' was done. While in parodies the message often destroys itself with a large and lethally dangerous explosion, in the actual series the destruction was harmless and the most the audience sees is the tape suddenly start to smoke slightly; there weren't even any flames, and Phelps usually just dumps the ruined and still-smoking tape in a rubbish bin or something equivalent. Sometimes they tried to get creative on exactly how the item self destructed. This show is pretty much the UrExample of this trope. That being said, [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness the early episodes didn't have this trope yet]]. The tape ended with "Please dispose of this message in the usual manner", upon which the addressee (Briggs first season, Phelps later) threw all the documents into a conveniently placed incinerator or used other means to destroy the tape. Acid was used at least once. On other occasions, the message was delivered on a vinyl record in a sealed plastic bag, and would destruct a minute after the seal was broken.


* ''Series/GetSmart''. In "The Impossible Mission", Max goes to a coin locker where a taped message from the Chief is waiting, then opens [[RuleOfFunny two other lockers for the speakers]]. After getting his briefing, the Chief announces that the tape will destruct in five seconds. [[TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat Maybe six...]] The explosion destroys everything except the tape, which [[ItWontTurnOff refuses to stop playing]] after Max's repeated attempts to destroy it. In the end Max has to tuck the bulky tape player under his coat and walk off with it.

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* ''Series/GetSmart''. In "The Impossible Mission", Max goes to a coin locker where a taped message from the Chief is waiting, then opens [[RuleOfFunny two other lockers for holding the speakers]]. After getting his briefing, the Chief announces that the tape will destruct in five seconds. [[TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat Maybe six...]] The explosion destroys everything except the tape, which [[ItWontTurnOff refuses to stop playing]] after Max's repeated attempts to destroy it. In the end Max has to tuck the bulky tape player under his coat and walk off with it.


* ''ComicBook/DarthVaderDarkLordOfTheSith''. A strange droid warns the wife of [[Film/RogueOne Galen Erso]] about the [[WeaponOfMassDestruction true nature]] of the Death Star project, melting down the second the message is delivered. Since Vader has used self-destructing droids before, it's implied he sent the robot messenger to sabotage the Death Star, as he didn't like giving up his role as TheDreaded for a technological terror machine.


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* ''ComicBook/DarthVaderDarkLordOfTheSith''. A strange droid warns the wife of [[Film/RogueOne Galen Erso]] about the [[WeaponOfMassDestruction true nature]] of the Death Star project, melting down the second the message is delivered. Since Vader has [[ComicBook/StarWarsDarthVader used self-destructing droids before, before]], it's implied he sent the robot messenger to sabotage the Death Star, Star project, as he didn't like giving up his role as TheDreaded for a Tarkin's technological terror machine.

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* ''ComicBook/DarthVaderDarkLordOfTheSith''. A strange droid warns the wife of [[Film/RogueOne Galen Erso]] about the [[WeaponOfMassDestruction true nature]] of the Death Star project, melting down the second the message is delivered. Since Vader has used self-destructing droids before, it's implied he sent the robot messenger to sabotage the Death Star, as he didn't like giving up his role as TheDreaded for ''another'' technological terror machine.


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* ''ComicBook/DarthVaderDarkLordOfTheSith''. A strange droid warns the wife of [[Film/RogueOne Galen Erso]] about the [[WeaponOfMassDestruction true nature]] of the Death Star project, melting down the second the message is delivered. Since Vader has used self-destructing droids before, it's implied he sent the robot messenger to sabotage the Death Star, as he didn't like giving up his role as TheDreaded for ''another'' a technological terror machine.


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* ''ComicBook/DarthVaderDarkLordOfTheSith''. A strange droid warns the wife of [[Film/RogueOne Galen Erso]] about the [[WeaponOfMassDestruction true nature]] of the Death Star project, melting down the second the message is delivered. Since Vader has used self-destructing droids before, it's implied he sent the robot messenger to sabotage the Death Star, as he didn't like giving up his role as TheDreaded for ''another'' technological terror machine.



* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' (by video). Mr. Incredible is in a rush to find a pencil to write down what it says about his next mission before it self-destructs (although he didn't know about the self-destruction at the time, only that the recording would be important and "will not be repeated"), and then it explodes in his trophy room after helpfully informing him of this and giving up the contact number. 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 about his next mission before it self-destructs (although he didn't know about the self-destruction at the time, only that the recording would be important and "will not be repeated"), and then it explodes in his trophy room after helpfully informing him of this and giving up the contact number. He opens the door to escape the smoke, setting the fire sprinklers off.off and causing the rest of his family to yell at him from different rooms.

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* "The Mark of Kane", from the ''Literature/AngelsOfMusic'' series, is a 19th-century-set ''Series/MissionImpossible'' homage that begins with the protagonists receiving a mission briefing on a phonograph that self-destructs at the end.

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* WesternAnimation/TheHairBearBunch is recruited to be special agents for Mission: Fantastical (issue #6, May 1973). This happens twice--once in the bears' cave with a recording tape and again in a taxi radio.

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* Happens to Dick Dastardly in the ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'' episode "Stop That Pigeon" after receiving his instructions from the General on the phone.


** In ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', Sam Vimes receives a self-destructing ''note''. Including an apology from Leonard of Quirm for not having better chemicals to do the job.
** In ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', the codebook is edible paper, allowing easy destruction in case of capture.[[spoiler:.. laced with arsenic, so the spy can't be captured either.]]

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** In ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', ''Literature/{{Jingo}}'', Sam Vimes receives a self-destructing ''note''. Including an apology from Leonard of Quirm for not having better chemicals to do the job.
** In ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', ''Literature/MonstrousRegiment'', the codebook is edible paper, allowing easy destruction in case of capture.[[spoiler:.. laced with arsenic, so the spy can't be captured either.]]


** The old 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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** The old spell "Magic Mouth".''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.



* In [[TabletopGame/{{Clue}} Clue II: Murder in Disguise]], during Chapter 3, Colonel Mustard and Miss Scarlet (the former spies) have gone back into business, and they get a mission via self-destructing tape that plays aloud. Thing is, in Chapter 3, Miss Peach has started writing in a diary, which gets read aloud in Peach's voice as exposition for the watching audience. But since Clue II indulges in meta-humor, everyone ''including the other characters'' can hear the diary being read aloud, and everyone except Peach finds it annoying. So when Mustard starts playing the tape with his instructions, almost immediate Madame Rose says, "Lay off the diary!" which Mustard protests that it's not a diary.

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* In [[TabletopGame/{{Clue}} ''[[TabletopGame/{{Clue}} Clue II: Murder in Disguise]], Disguise]]'', during Chapter 3, Colonel Mustard and Miss Scarlet (the former spies) have gone back into business, and they get a mission via self-destructing tape that plays aloud. Thing is, in Chapter 3, Miss Peach has started writing in a diary, which gets read aloud in Peach's voice as exposition for the watching audience. But since Clue II indulges in meta-humor, everyone ''including the other characters'' can hear the diary being read aloud, and everyone except Peach finds it annoying. So when Mustard starts playing the tape with his instructions, almost immediate Madame Rose says, "Lay off the diary!" which Mustard protests that it's not a diary.



'''Mustard:''' ''(sarcastically)'' Terrific.\\

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'''Mustard:''' ''(sarcastically)'' ''[sarcastically]'' Terrific.\\



'''Plum:''' I invented that, you know - self-destructing tape.

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'''Plum:''' I invented that, you know - -- self-destructing tape.



* [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquer CABAL's]] secret message to Slavik when the latter is imprisoned by GDI. [[JustifiedTrope Justifed]] though as the "message" contained enough C-4 to blow up Slavik's cell door.
** "The C-4 in this device will explode in 5 seconds"...3 seconds later...*boom*. [[AIIsACrapshoot Slavik should have noticed it then and there]]. Or maybe the countdown started at the beginning of the sentence.

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* [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquer CABAL's]] secret message to Slavik when the latter is imprisoned by GDI. [[JustifiedTrope Justifed]] though as the "message" contained enough C-4 to blow up Slavik's cell door.
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door. "The C-4 in this device will explode in 5 seconds"...seconds"... 3 seconds later...later... *boom*. [[AIIsACrapshoot Slavik should have noticed it then and there]]. Or maybe the countdown started at the beginning of the sentence.



* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' Explosive Runes: Once Read Kaboom. One tactic of Vaarsuvius in his/her "discussions" with Belkar. The RunningGag with them ended after V zapped Xykon's prize possession with them.

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Explosive Runes: Once Read Kaboom. One tactic of Vaarsuvius in his/her "discussions" with Belkar. The RunningGag with them ended after V zapped Xykon's prize possession with them.





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* In one episode of FilmSerial ''Film/TheMysteriousMrM'', the bad guys get a letter from Mr. M, who is MasqueradingAsTheUnseen and has taken over their organization. The bad guy smugly says that now they can compare the handwriting in the letter with everyone they know in order to find out who is Mr. M. Right after this, and without any warning, the letter bursts into flame.

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