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Basic Trope: Content in a video game can no longer be accessed after a certain point.

  • Straight:
    • You can not obtain an item if you missed out on the sidequest that rewards you with it while it was available.
    • You can't buy an item if you do not visit the shop that sells it while it was still in stock.
    • The item was located in a One-Time Dungeon and you can no longer obtain it if you didn't pick it up while going through the dungeon.
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  • Exaggerated: Every single item in the game is permanently missable, including those you need to complete the game.
  • Downplayed:
    • The missable item is immediately outclassed by a superior item.
    • The game warns you if content can be missed.
  • Justified:
    • The NPC who gives the sidequest to obtain the item dies.
    • The shopkeeper who stocked the item either dies or is sold out of it.
    • The dungeon a permanently missable item is located in collapses upon completing it.
  • Inverted: You can't avoid obtaining the item in any way, and you are forced to collect it at some point in the game.
  • Subverted: You are given another opportunity to obtain the item later in the game if you missed it the first time.
  • Double Subverted: If you also miss out on getting the item the second time, you are given no more chances to obtain it.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: You are given a second chance to obtain the item, but you can miss out on getting the second time. You are later given a third chance to obtain the item, but you can also miss out on getting it the third time.
  • Averted:
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    • You are given an unlimited amount of chances to obtain the item.
    • You are given an unlimited amount of time to complete sidequests.
    • The shopkeeper always stocks the item.
    • You are able to revisit every dungeon, or no collectibles required for 100% are placed in One Time Dungeons.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: The game deliberately kills off characters who give you sidequests or can be recruited into your party.
  • Exploited: Emperor Evulz, the villain of the game, deliberately blocks access to items required to beat the game.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: "I should have picked up every treasure in that cave before it collapsed."
  • Conversed: "Be sure to help that person as soon as possible. Something bad might happen to them."
  • Deconstructed: The hero ends up failing their quest because they missed out on getting a powerful piece of equipment or ally.
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