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11th Aug '17 1:17:20 AM JudasZala
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** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'', as well as the prologue of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedCE73Stargazer'' features the remains of a previously destroyed space colony being sent towards the planet. It is mostly destroyed in orbit, but fragments of the wreckage still make their way through the atmosphere and cause massive casualties.

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** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'', as well as the prologue of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedCE73Stargazer'' features the remains of a previously the destroyed space colony colony, Junius Seven, being sent towards the planet.Earth by a [[TheRemnant group of rogue ZAFT Soldiers]] loyal to [[FantasticRacism Patrick Zala]]. It is mostly destroyed in orbit, but fragments of the wreckage still make their way through the atmosphere and cause massive casualties.
10th Aug '17 12:44:23 PM Stealth
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* ''[[Franchise/GundamExpandedUniverse Gundam Breaker 3]]'' deserves some credit for both inverting this trope and playing it straight while having absolutely no reason to do so. It is inverted at end of the main campaign, where [[TheRival Will]] and your team are invited to a geosynchronous space station for the grand final Gunpla battle of the tournament. [[spoiler: However, one of Will's corporate enemies, a DirtyCoward CorruptCorporateExecutive named Viras, unleashes a computer virus that severs the SpaceElevator tether, intending to [[DisproportionateRetribution fling Will into deep space as revenge for buying out his anti-virus company and outing him as a virus-writer]].]]
** The DLC deserves some credit for finding a way to include a colony drop in a setting without war or deep space travel. [[spoiler: WellIntentionedExtremist Nazir writes a backdoor worm that gives him access to the space station, intending to crash it onto Earth to destroy the super-efficient solar energy generating technology that would've rendered his oil-industry-dependent home country obsolete overnight. [[DidntThinkThisThrough How he expected his country to achieve this amid the backlash of a terrorist action that would've killed thousands is anyone's guess]]. Fortunately, he is stopped via HeroicSacrifice from Robota.]]
8th Aug '17 11:18:12 PM KhymChanur
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* In the ''Literature/ChanurNovels'' a ship coming into a system out of {{Hyperspace}} is travelling at a very high fraction of the speed of light. In theory, it's possible for a ship to hop out of hyperspace, drop off an asteroid so that it's on a collision course for an inhabited world, and then hop back into hyperspace. Since the asteroid will itself being travelling at a very high fraction of light-speed, not only is it impossible to stop, it doesn't even need to be very big to cause massive amounts of destruction. This form of Colony Drop was never used in the series, but one of the antagonists did threaten its use.

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* In the ''Literature/ChanurNovels'' a ship coming into a system out of {{Hyperspace}} is travelling at a very high fraction of the speed of light. In theory, it's possible for a ship to hop out of hyperspace, drop off an asteroid so that it's on a collision course for an inhabited world, and then hop back into hyperspace. Since the asteroid will itself being travelling at a very high fraction of light-speed, not only is it impossible to stop, [[KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter it doesn't even need to be very big to cause massive amounts of destruction.destruction]]. This form of Colony Drop was never used in the series, but one of the antagonists did threaten its use.
7th Aug '17 8:49:48 PM PaulA
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* In ''Luna Marine'' by [[Creator/WilliamHKeithJr Ian Douglas]], the [[UnitedNationsIsASuperpower UN]] attempts to do this with an asteroid in an attempt to cripple the US and end the war quickly. The plan is to use nukes to nudge the rock on a collision course that would result in it striking somewhere in the vicinity of Cheyenne, WY, as that would destroy NORAD. As a bonus, the resulting dust cloud would also slightly lower the global temperature, staving off climate change for a few years. The author goes into great detail to describe the sheer destruction such an act would cause. Fortunately, the US learns of the attempt and manages to use nuclear missiles to divert the asteroid. [[spoiler:Some of the fragments still hit Earth, resulting in the death of thousands and the destruction of a number of US and UN ships in the Atlantic. The French ship that was protecting the asteroid, though, ends up hitting Lake Michigan and wiping out Chicago, its nuclear power plant raining radioactive fallout all over the place]]. In addition, David Alexander finds video records of the [[AncientAstronauts Ahn]] colonies on Earth being wiped out by a tidal wave, caused by an asteroid dropped into the Red Sea by the so-called "[[AbusivePrecursors Hunters of the Dawn]]".

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* In ''Luna Marine'' ''Literature/LunaMarine'' by [[Creator/WilliamHKeithJr Ian Douglas]], the Creator/IanDouglas:
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[[UnitedNationsIsASuperpower UN]] attempts to do this with an asteroid in an attempt to cripple the US and end the war quickly. The plan is to use nukes to nudge the rock on a collision course that would result in it striking somewhere in the vicinity of Cheyenne, WY, as that would destroy NORAD. As a bonus, the resulting dust cloud would also slightly lower the global temperature, staving off climate change for a few years. The author goes into great detail to describe the sheer destruction such an act would cause. Fortunately, the US learns of the attempt and manages to use nuclear missiles to divert the asteroid. [[spoiler:Some of the fragments still hit Earth, resulting in the death of thousands and the destruction of a number of US and UN ships in the Atlantic. The French ship that was protecting the asteroid, though, ends up hitting Lake Michigan and wiping out Chicago, its nuclear power plant raining radioactive fallout all over the place]]. place]].
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In addition, David Alexander finds video records of the [[AncientAstronauts Ahn]] colonies on Earth being wiped out by a tidal wave, caused by an asteroid dropped into the Red Sea by the so-called "[[AbusivePrecursors Hunters of the Dawn]]".
5th Aug '17 8:39:50 AM Jhonny
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* The Chelyabinsk meteor - while it is much smaller than most examples on this list and it broke apart before impact, it still hurt quite a few Russians who saw it, stepped towards the window, only to get hit by glass shards as the shockwave (moving at the speed of sound) knocked out their windows. Thanks to the Russian love for dashcams, there is actually quite a bit of footage of the event which scientists are quite gleeful over.
2nd Aug '17 11:18:40 PM ultimomant
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* In ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'', one of [[spoiler:James Moriarty's]] Noble Phantasms summons an asteroid that can potentially destroy the planet. [[spoiler:In life, Moriarty was an ordinary human who had no ability to do this, but this ability was born from his dreams of creating a "Perfect Crime" and one upping every criminal in history by destroying the world.]]
20th Jul '17 12:26:23 PM Caps-luna
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* Similarly Venus spins the wrong way which means it likely got knocked ''upside down'' at some point in the past. Its possible this happened the moment the planet was formed when one planetoid hit another at just the right angle.
11th Jul '17 2:17:25 PM Raidrik
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* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'' the Xilian's ace in the hole, Monster X, is housed inside asteroid Gorath most of the time. When deployed into battle, he's often dropped from orbit. In [[https://www.fimfiction.net/blog/747964/tales-of-the-amalgamverse-monster-x-vs-ultraman-belial-end-of-days Tales of the Amalgam'verse: Monster X vs. Ultraman Belial - End of Days]], X makes his entrance by Gorath slamming into Belial and X jumping out the back before impact.
24th Jun '17 5:00:58 PM TheTraveller
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* In the ''VideoGame/FreedomPlanet'' fic ''FanFic/FreedomDiesWithMe'', this is eventually revealed to be [[spoiler: Clone Master's motivation to continue Lord Brevon's work after killing him]]. Gathering the armies of both Shang Tu AND Shang Mu to the Battle Glacier, he uses the Kingdom Stone to rise the broken Dreadnought as high as it can go [[spoiler: and rigs the engines to blow, causing the ship to crash into the Battle Glacier, smashing the Kingdom Stone in the process and nuking the planet to the point of near-armageddon]].
13th Jun '17 8:48:01 PM Linda58
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* ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'' Ivan Ooze's OneWingedAngel form is able to completely overpower the Rangers' Megazord. They decide to flee into space (aware he'll chase them) and lure into the path of an incoming comet, [[ChekovsGun mentioned earlier in the movie]]. [[spoiler:Getting him into the path of the comet is easy, getting out his grasp and away from it proves to be a problem]].
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