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22nd Aug '16 12:10:13 PM mimitchi33
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* One of the cards for the ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' edition of ''TabletopGame/TheGameOfLife'' says "A thunderstorm knocks out the power!" and requires the player to collect a Fear memory.
12th Aug '16 12:34:17 PM Mdumas43073
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* The 1996 suspense film ''The Trigger Effect'' depicts society falling apart following a massive power outage that stretches over several days over the whole of Southern California (at least), the cause of which is never revealed.

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* The 1996 suspense film ''The Trigger Effect'' depicts society falling apart following a massive power outage that stretches over lasts for several days over the whole of throughout Southern California (at least), the cause of which is never revealed.
12th Aug '16 12:33:17 PM Mdumas43073
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* The suspense film ''The Trigger Effect'' depicts society falling apart following a massive power outage that stretches over several days over the whole of Southern California (at least), the cause of which is never revealed.

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* The 1996 suspense film ''The Trigger Effect'' depicts society falling apart following a massive power outage that stretches over several days over the whole of Southern California (at least), the cause of which is never revealed.
12th Aug '16 12:32:38 PM Mdumas43073
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* The suspense film ''The Trigger Effect'' involves a massive (seemingly nationwide) power outage that stretches over several days, the cause of which is never revealed.

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* The suspense film ''The Trigger Effect'' involves depicts society falling apart following a massive (seemingly nationwide) power outage that stretches over several days, days over the whole of Southern California (at least), the cause of which is never revealed.
11th Jul '16 7:10:33 PM Steven
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* ''ViedoGame/WatchDogs'' allows the player character to do this.

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* ''ViedoGame/WatchDogs'' ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'' allows the player character to do this. this.
* ''VideoGame/TheWarriors'' has one level where all of New York City is experiencing a blackout, which causes widespread looting and your objective is to join in and steal as much loot as you can. This was likely a reference to the actual New York City blackout in the late 1970s, which the game takes place in.
28th Jun '16 12:28:21 AM Random888
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* ''Film/Popstar:NeverStopNeverStopping'' had Conner causing a nationwide blackout by having all of the appliances play his music.

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* ''Film/Popstar:NeverStopNeverStopping'' ''Film/PopstarNeverStopNeverStopping'' had Conner causing a nationwide blackout by having all of the appliances play his music.music.
* In ''[[Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951 The Day the Earth Stood Still]]'', Klaatu demonstrates his power by causing a global blackout for exactly thirty minutes. He thoughtfully makes exceptions for such things as hospitals and airplanes in flight.
10th Jun '16 8:16:14 AM Andyroid
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* In one chapter of ''Manga/SgtFrog'', a government-mandated power shutdown during a summer heat wave causes considerable discomfort for Fuyuki and Natsumi... until Koyuki and Dororo [[GreenAesop teach them how to keep cool without electricity]].



* A ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' was about Strong Bad accidentally creating a power outage thanks to a pair of electric boots he apparently ordered from the mail.

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* A The ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' "extra plug" was about Strong Bad accidentally creating a power outage thanks to a pair of electric boots he apparently ordered from the mail.



* The ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode "Boom Boom Out Goes the Ed", the power to the cul-de-sac goes out. [[TheDitz Ed]] quickly stirs up most of the kids into a frenzy with talk of evil mole people at work, while [[FarmBoy Rolf]] simply tried to get his generator working.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode "Boom Boom Out Goes the Ed", the power to the cul-de-sac goes out. [[TheDitz Ed]] quickly stirs up most of the kids into a frenzy with talk of evil mole people at work, while [[FarmBoy Rolf]] simply tried to get his shanghais Kevin into operating a generator working.to get the power going again.
7th Jun '16 10:26:25 AM LadyNomad
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* ''Film/Popstar:NeverStopNeverStopping'' had Conner causing a nationwide blackout by having all of the appliances play his music.
20th May '16 6:01:05 PM merotoker
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* Anime/AldnoahZero shows one happening across continental America [[spoiler: after the Orbital Knights' landing pulverizes New Orleans and other places.]]

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* Anime/AldnoahZero ''Anime/AldnoahZero'' shows one happening across continental America [[spoiler: after the Orbital Knights' landing pulverizes New Orleans and other places.]]places]].



* In the ''ComicBook/BatmanHush'' storyline, Batman follows a lead to Gotham City on Poison Ivy's whereabouts, only to find that she's used her poisons to control Franchise/{{Superman}}'s mind. After initially getting away, Batman gets the drop on Superman and electrocutes him with a main power line. All of the lights in Metropolis (which is generally shown to be a highly modern, borderline Crystal Spires kind of city) momentarily go off. Superman was only stunned for a short time, but Batman was only buying time until he could break Ivy's control anyway.
** This is a ShoutOut to ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns, where Bats hooks into Gotham's power grid to stun Superman.

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* In the ''ComicBook/BatmanHush'' storyline, Batman follows a lead to Gotham City on Poison Ivy's whereabouts, only to find that she's used her poisons to control Franchise/{{Superman}}'s mind. After initially getting away, Batman gets the drop on Superman and electrocutes him with a main power line. All of the lights in Metropolis (which is generally shown to be a highly modern, borderline Crystal Spires kind of city) momentarily go off. Superman was only stunned for a short time, but Batman was only buying time until he could break Ivy's control anyway.
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anyway. This is a ShoutOut to ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns, ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', where Bats hooks into Gotham's power grid to stun Superman.



* ''ComicBook/MegaMan'' has Ra Moon do this [[spoiler: to the ''entire planet''.]]

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* ''ComicBook/MegaMan'' has Ra Moon do this [[spoiler: to the ''entire planet''.]]planet'']].



* ''Film/SupermanReturns'', when Lex Luthor throws a shard of the Fortress of Solitude into a small pool of water, the resulting blackout interferes with a flight test of a space shuttle to be launched into space from its piggy-back mounting on an airliner, on which one of the passengers is Lois Lane. The plane goes for a takedown crashing dive, sending Lois bouncing off the cabin walls trying to get her oxygen mask. Then Superman arrives and manages to stop the plane from crashing onto a baseball stadium.

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* ''Film/SupermanReturns'', ''Film/SupermanReturns'': when Lex Luthor throws a shard of the Fortress of Solitude into a small pool of water, the resulting blackout interferes with a flight test of a space shuttle to be launched into space from its piggy-back mounting on an airliner, on which one of the passengers is Lois Lane. The plane goes for a takedown crashing dive, sending Lois bouncing off the cabin walls trying to get her oxygen mask. Then Superman arrives and manages to stop the plane from crashing onto a baseball stadium.



* One is caused by the bad guys in ''[[Franchise/DieHard Live Free or Die Hard]]''

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* One is caused by the bad guys in ''[[Franchise/DieHard Live Free or Die Hard]]''''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard.''



* In Literature/TheDresdenFiles book ''Dead Beat'', baddies do this to Chicago in order to create a panic, as it knocks out not only building power but all electronics in the area, although phones and cars still work sporadically for some reason.

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* In Literature/TheDresdenFiles book ''Dead Beat'', ''Literature/DeadBeat'', baddies do this to Chicago in order to create a panic, as it knocks out not only building power but all electronics in the area, although phones and cars still work sporadically for some reason.



* A supernatural version of this occurs in the Literature/LeftBehind books, as one of God's Bowl Judgments causes New Babylon to be so dark that, even though they still have power, none of Nicolae Carpathia's loyalists can see any form of light save for [[PowerGlows Nicolae's faint aura]]. The believers in Christ, on the other hand, can still see with the illumination level of a low-powered chandelier. The blackout lasts for a whole year until an angel of the Lord illuminated the city long enough to warn God's people to get out of New Babylon before [[DoomedHometown it is destroyed]]. Even worse for Carpathia's loyalists is that, during the blackout, they also suffer pains and sores for which there is no relief.
** Also [[Literature/TheBible Biblical]], as one of God's plagues upon Egypt was to plunge it into thick darkness.
* In Vadim Shefner's ''The Modest Genius'', the titular character uses a device he invented to restore youth to himself and his LoveInterest (as well as a cat that got caught in the beam). The device causes a massive blackout while working... not in the electrical grid though; that's shown to still work, but throughout the Solar System. Meaning, it requires ''the entire power output of the Sun''.

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* A supernatural version of this occurs in the Literature/LeftBehind books, as one of God's Bowl Judgments causes New Babylon to be so dark that, even though they still have power, none of Nicolae Carpathia's loyalists can see any form of light save for [[PowerGlows Nicolae's faint aura]]. The believers in Christ, on the other hand, can still see with the illumination level of a low-powered chandelier. The blackout lasts for a whole year until an angel of the Lord illuminated the city long enough to warn God's people to get out of New Babylon before [[DoomedHometown it is destroyed]]. Even worse for Carpathia's loyalists is that, during the blackout, they also suffer pains and sores for which there is no relief.
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relief. Also [[Literature/TheBible Biblical]], as one of God's plagues upon Egypt was to plunge it into thick darkness.
* In Vadim Shefner's ''The Modest Genius'', the titular character uses a device he invented to restore youth to himself and his LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} (as well as a cat that got caught in the beam). The device causes a massive blackout while working... not in the electrical grid though; that's shown to still work, but throughout the Solar System. Meaning, it requires ''the entire power output of the Sun''.



** The idea then gets [[RecycledScript recycled]] on ''Series/NCISNewOrleans''.

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** The idea then gets [[RecycledScript recycled]] {{recycled|Script}} on ''Series/NCISNewOrleans''.






* A Strong Bad Email from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' was about Strong Bad accidentally creating a power outage thanks to a pair of electric boots he apparently ordered from the mail.

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* A Strong Bad Email from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' was about Strong Bad accidentally creating a power outage thanks to a pair of electric boots he apparently ordered from the mail.



* The first-season episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E4TheresNoDisgraceLikeHome There's No Disgrace Like Home]]" of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' where the family members apply so many electric shocks at each other at Dr. Marvin Monroe's therapy that they take the power from the city.
** Blackouts have occurred several times in Springfield. In keeping with the show's [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism exaggeratedly cynical]] take on human nature, citizens tend to riot the very second the power goes out.
*** Including once when the mob smashes into a musical instrument store and come out playing a university fight song.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** In the
first-season episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E4TheresNoDisgraceLikeHome There's No Disgrace Like Home]]" of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' where the family members apply so many electric shocks at each other at Dr. Marvin Monroe's therapy that they take the power from the city.
** Blackouts have occurred several times in Springfield. In keeping with the show's [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism exaggeratedly cynical]] take on human nature, citizens tend to riot the very second the power goes out.
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out. Including once when the mob smashes into a musical instrument store and come out playing a university fight song.



* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead''

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* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead''%%* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead''



* A somewhat embarrassing one occurred on February 3, 2013 and was localized to one building in southern Louisiana. Unfortunately, that building happened to be the Mercedes-Benz Superdome right in the middle of [[SuperBowl Super Bowl XLVII]]. Ironically, one of the competing teams [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball (the San Francisco 49ers)]] had suffered a similar power outage at their own stadium in December 2011.

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* A somewhat embarrassing one occurred on February 3, 2013 and was localized to one building in southern Louisiana. Unfortunately, that building happened to be the Mercedes-Benz Superdome right in the middle of [[SuperBowl [[UsefulNotes/SuperBowl Super Bowl XLVII]]. Ironically, one of the competing teams [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball (the San Francisco 49ers)]] had suffered a similar power outage at their own stadium in December 2011.
12th May '16 11:26:38 AM FlyingDuckManGenesis
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* In a commercial for Energizer Batteries, a janitor working at a power plant accidentally spills coffee on the control panel, causing a city-wide blackout. To restore the power, he activates the emergency lithium backup system, who is none other than the Energizer Bunny.
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