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20th Nov '17 7:38:56 AM Synchronicity
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* Discussed in ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia''. During a training simulation in an empty building, Bakugou is berated for using a blast that blew a large hole straight through several floors. Since the buildings in real-life villain attacks will most definitely ''not'' be empty, heroes should cause as little property damage as possible.


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** ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'': The climax takes place in a Russian town that was abandoned after a nuclear meltdown happened 30 years ago, with a few people just recently moving back nearby. This allows for plenty of destruction with minimal collateral damage or danger to civilians.
12th Oct '17 11:24:06 PM nanakiro
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* Subverted in ''Anime/ReCreators'' when Mamika fires off her Magical Splash Flare in the real world, where people were ''definitely'' present. [[spoiler: It's played painfully straight when she fights the Military Uniform Princess in the middle of town, where [[FantasticNuke her last blast]] barely raised an eyebrow despite being shown to destroy the buildings they were centered around.]]]
9th Sep '17 12:54:01 AM AlataSkick
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** Enforced in an episode of ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters'' as a news anchor on [[Franks2000InchTV Frank's 2000-Inch TV]] reports on buildings being evacuated before the Megazord's arrival.
4th Aug '17 6:21:12 AM PlasmaTalon
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* Z-City in ''Anime/OnePunchMan'' is largely abandoned due to the very high frequency of Monster attacks. Allowing heroes to cause insane collateral damage without any threat of civilian casualties.
3rd Aug '17 12:04:28 PM Gideoncrawle
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* ''Fanfic/TotalDramaWhatTheHeck'' features an exaggerated example. A nuclear blast levels a conveniently empty ''city'' which had previously been evacuated in the wake of an industrial accident.

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* ''Fanfic/TotalDramaWhatTheHeck'' features an exaggerated example. A nuclear blast levels a conveniently empty ''city'' which had previously been evacuated in the wake of an unrelated industrial accident.
25th Jul '17 8:57:53 PM Stealth
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* ''VideoGame/WorldOfTanks'' features a lot of maps with factories, houses, industrial areas, towns, villages, and so forth, but in spite of the tanks plowing through buildings and destroying each other, there are never any people shown to be at risk (one of the reasons the game is freely available in the usually quite restrictive German market).
24th May '17 10:59:12 AM xcountryguy
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* Subverted on ''Series/{{Banshee}}'' when crime kingpin Kai Proctor decides to send a message to the new tribal chief by blowing up the under-construction Indian Casino. Proctor is the kind of guy who would have made sure that construction was shut down for the day and that the construction site was empty. However, right as he is about to blow the building up we find out that [[spoiler: the mayor]] has trespassed on the site and is sitting inside the building. Even when you make sure that the building is conveniently empty, you cannot be sure that someone will not just wander in attracted by the emptiness.

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* Subverted on ''Series/{{Banshee}}'' when crime kingpin Kai Proctor decides to send a message to the new tribal chief by blowing up the under-construction Indian Casino. Proctor is the kind of guy who would have made sure that construction was shut down for the day and that the construction site was empty. However, right as he is about to blow the building up we find out that [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the mayor]] has trespassed on the site and is sitting inside the building. Even when you make sure that the building is conveniently empty, you cannot be sure that someone will not just wander in attracted by the emptiness.



* ''VideoGame/RhythmThiefAndTheEmperorsTreasure'' takes this to [[UpToEleven absurd extents]]. Even when Phantom R goes to world-famous Parisian landmarks like Notre Dame, Les Invalides and the Eiffel Tower ''mid-day'', absolutely no tourists or civilians are around to see him do things like find the Dragon Crown or a secret entrance into the catacombs or fight with the Chevaliers Diaboliques. [[spoiler: Even when the Eiffel Tower gets struck by lightning, there is no one in it other than him.]]

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* ''VideoGame/RhythmThiefAndTheEmperorsTreasure'' takes this to [[UpToEleven absurd extents]]. Even when Phantom R goes to world-famous Parisian landmarks like Notre Dame, Les Invalides and the Eiffel Tower ''mid-day'', absolutely no tourists or civilians are around to see him do things like find the Dragon Crown or a secret entrance into the catacombs or fight with the Chevaliers Diaboliques. [[spoiler: Even [[spoiler:Even when the Eiffel Tower gets struck by lightning, there is no one in it other than him.]]



* The combat arenas of ''VideoGame/SLAISteelLancerArenaInternational'' are clearly occupied in some form or fashion; many involve high rise buildings or places of commerce, perfectly usable shipping containers and vehicles are constantly wrecked, and yet somehow no one actually dies in these games [[spoiler: outside of the ongoing murder mystery that drives the game's plot]].

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* The combat arenas of ''VideoGame/SLAISteelLancerArenaInternational'' are clearly occupied in some form or fashion; many involve high rise buildings or places of commerce, perfectly usable shipping containers and vehicles are constantly wrecked, and yet somehow no one actually dies in these games [[spoiler: outside [[spoiler:outside of the ongoing murder mystery that drives the game's plot]].



** This was a plot point in the second season finale of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', where Cadmus' conveniently empty headquarters gets fired on by the League's [[SwordOfDamocles downward-pointing, orbital]] [[{{BFG}} Binary Fusion Generator]]. [[ComicBook/SuicideSquad Amanda Waller]], Cadmus director, is confronted by Batman for her and ComicBook/LexLuthor's earlier actions against ComicBook/TheQuestion and the League, and she suggests that their shot was a missed attempt at retaliation. When he points out the League's surveillance knew the building was empty, she suggests it was a "warning shot", so as not to show her hand that [[spoiler: she was considering what he was suggesting, which was that Luthor hacked the League's system and fired the shot, not caring whether or not Cadmus was in the building, and benefiting either way.]]

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** This was a plot point in the second season finale of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', where Cadmus' conveniently empty headquarters gets fired on by the League's [[SwordOfDamocles downward-pointing, orbital]] [[{{BFG}} Binary Fusion Generator]]. [[ComicBook/SuicideSquad Amanda Waller]], Cadmus director, is confronted by Batman for her and ComicBook/LexLuthor's earlier actions against ComicBook/TheQuestion and the League, and she suggests that their shot was a missed attempt at retaliation. When he points out the League's surveillance knew the building was empty, she suggests it was a "warning shot", so as not to show her hand that [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she was considering what he was suggesting, which was that Luthor hacked the League's system and fired the shot, not caring whether or not Cadmus was in the building, and benefiting either way.]]
1st Mar '17 2:12:26 PM DracoKanji
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* Constantly lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'', with signs like "[[TropeNamer Conveniently Empty Building]]" and "Going to Be Demolished Anyways" on the buildings in question. Played with in some episodes, with signs indicating no ''people'' are in danger, but plenty of important stuff is being destroyed, such as the "Museum of Irreplaceable Art".

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* Constantly lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'', with signs like "[[TropeNamer Conveniently Empty Building]]" and "Going to Be Demolished Anyways" on the buildings in question. Played with in some episodes, with signs indicating no ''people'' are in danger, but plenty of important stuff is being destroyed, such as the "Museum of Irreplaceable Art". Or the "Gunpowder, Ballbearing, and Shrapnel Factory", which was conveniently available while fighting Gorrath.
1st Feb '17 4:29:14 PM Stealth
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* The combat arenas of ''VideoGame/SLAISteelLancerArenaInternational'' are clearly occupied in some form or fashion; many involve high rise buildings or places of commerce, perfectly usable shipping containers and vehicles are constantly wrecked, and yet somehow no one actually dies in these games [[spoiler: outside of the ongoing murder mystery that drives the game's plot]].



* Z-City in ''WebComic/OnePunchMan'' is practically made of empty buildings. Entire blocks being destroyed without civilian casualties. Justified in that few people live there because of how frequently monsters attack. With the section Saitama lives in, and where most of the fights take place, being completely deserted.

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* Z-City in ''WebComic/OnePunchMan'' is practically made of empty buildings. Entire blocks being destroyed without civilian casualties. Justified in that few people live there because of how frequently monsters attack. With the section Saitama lives in, and where most of the fights take place, being completely deserted. It's also noted that the constant devastation suffered by Z-City has the side effect of making the rent there ''really'' cheap, which the ever-thrifty Saitama appreciates.
11th Jan '17 9:03:44 AM TranceWarp
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* Probably the most extreme example: ''ComicBook/Destroy'', a one-off comic that features a super-sonic impact of a superman spoof into the center of New York, flattening buildings for multiple blocks, with no one hurt.

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* Probably the most extreme example: ''ComicBook/Destroy'', ''Destroy'', a one-off comic that features a super-sonic impact of a superman spoof into the center of New York, flattening buildings for multiple blocks, with no one hurt.
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