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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.
8th Jan '17 2:27:24 PM nombretomado
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* [[DependingOnTheWriter Some writers]] take this to absurd lengths in ''TheIncredibleHulk''. He could be a speck in a full-page of city-wide devastation, yet someone will maintain that no one was killed in the conveniently empty 20 city block radius. Averted in UltimateMarvel, where the Hulk's rampages really did kill people. This is because UltimateMarvel is significantly more [[DarkerAndEdgier cynical]], and because Ultimate Hulk goes out of his way to kill and [[ImAHumanitarian eat]] people.

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* [[DependingOnTheWriter Some writers]] take this to absurd lengths in ''TheIncredibleHulk''. He could be a speck in a full-page of city-wide devastation, yet someone will maintain that no one was killed in the conveniently empty 20 city block radius. Averted in UltimateMarvel, ComicBook/UltimateMarvel, where the Hulk's rampages really did kill people. This is because UltimateMarvel Ultimate Marvel is significantly more [[DarkerAndEdgier cynical]], and because Ultimate Hulk goes out of his way to kill and [[ImAHumanitarian eat]] people.
30th Dec '16 11:26:43 AM nombretomado
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* The {{DCAU}} exhibits this trope. The property damage in a typical episode of ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' or ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' can be massive, but almost no-one gets hurt. An extreme example was in the finale of JLU, in which Superman hits Darkseid with everything he's got, sending the big D flying through five or six skyscrapers, but the only people seen on screen are those on the ground watching in awe. Other buildings are seen being evacuated as they fight, but at the start of it, the entire Daily Planet staff was suspiciously hard at work during yet another alien invasion's start

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* The {{DCAU}} Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse exhibits this trope. The property damage in a typical episode of ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' or ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' can be massive, but almost no-one gets hurt. An extreme example was in the finale of JLU, in which Superman hits Darkseid with everything he's got, sending the big D flying through five or six skyscrapers, but the only people seen on screen are those on the ground watching in awe. Other buildings are seen being evacuated as they fight, but at the start of it, the entire Daily Planet staff was suspiciously hard at work during yet another alien invasion's start
11th Dec '16 10:20:28 AM StFan
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* This happens to a ''city'' in ''PokemonSpecial''. Then again, Lance does insinuate that there probably ''were'' a few people still in the city when he blew it up. Not that he cares.

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* This happens to a ''city'' in ''PokemonSpecial''.''Manga/PokemonSpecial''. Then again, Lance does insinuate that there probably ''were'' a few people still in the city when he blew it up. Not that he cares.



--> '''Subaru''': But is it okay for members of [[TheFederation the Bureau]] to damage public facilities like this?\\
'''Teana''': Well, this place has long been abandoned anyway...

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--> '''Subaru''': -->'''Subaru:''' But is it okay for members of [[TheFederation the Bureau]] to damage public facilities like this?\\
'''Teana''': '''Teana:''' Well, this place has long been abandoned anyway...



* ''{{Manga/Bleach}}'' takes it even further[[spoiler:, with the Shinigami creating a dummy of Ichigo's hometown to prevent Aizen from turning the whole town and its inhabitants into the Royal Key. The original plot of the town is temporarily placed in Soul Society. However, Aizen is able to reach the real town after curbstomping the Shinigami (and of course, much of the dummy town turned into rubble). Several people are killed when Aizen walks through town, but thanks to Ichigo's intervention (via Facepalm of Doom), not much of the real town is lost. And to think most of the town's population had their souls sucked away by Yammy]].

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* ''{{Manga/Bleach}}'' ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' takes it even further[[spoiler:, with the Shinigami creating a dummy of Ichigo's hometown to prevent Aizen from turning the whole town and its inhabitants into the Royal Key. The original plot of the town is temporarily placed in Soul Society. However, Aizen is able to reach the real town after curbstomping the Shinigami (and of course, much of the dummy town turned into rubble). Several people are killed when Aizen walks through town, but thanks to Ichigo's intervention (via Facepalm of Doom), not much of the real town is lost. And to think most of the town's population had their souls sucked away by Yammy]].



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* In a parody comic called ''What The--?!'', [[http://oi52.tinypic.com/2pq2o1l.jpg one panel]] thoroughly lampshades the use of this trope in the MarvelUniverse (and very nearly provides the TropeNamer before the TropeNamer in the process). Ironically, this particular example [[FridgeBrilliance would make perfect sense]] in the canon universe: no non-super-powered urban dweller with half a brain would want to risk living or working in buildings neighboring a publicly known superhero base where someone is always picking a fight. The buildings' owners would also have long since abandoned them as unprofitable, leaving the city to demolish them.

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* In a parody comic called ''What The--?!'', [[http://oi52.tinypic.com/2pq2o1l.jpg one panel]] thoroughly lampshades the use of this trope in the MarvelUniverse Franchise/MarvelUniverse (and very nearly provides the TropeNamer before the TropeNamer in the process). Ironically, this particular example [[FridgeBrilliance would make perfect sense]] in the canon universe: no non-super-powered urban dweller with half a brain would want to risk living or working in buildings neighboring a publicly known superhero base where someone is always picking a fight. The buildings' owners would also have long since abandoned them as unprofitable, leaving the city to demolish them.



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* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'', San Francisco has been emptied out by the government so the buildings damaged were empty -- however, during the Golden Gate Bridge scene, the alien robot crunches up several conveniently empty ''cars''. When B.O.B. moves the barriers to let the cars through, every other car on the bridge was occupied because they ''all'' drive away.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'', San Francisco has been emptied out by the government so the buildings damaged were are empty -- however, during the Golden Gate Bridge scene, the alien robot crunches up several conveniently empty ''cars''. When B.O.B. moves the barriers to let the cars through, every other car on the bridge was is occupied because they ''all'' drive away.



* Justified in ''Film/FightClub''. [[spoiler:The Narrator is furious at Tyler Durden for the mass murder he's about to commit in Project Mayhem, which involves blowing up several office buildings.]] It's then explained that the buildings are completely empty, as it's the middle of the night, and all the people that would be working there at that time are members of their group.
** [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18953_6-badass-movie-scenes-with-horrifying-unseen-consequences_p2.html But they forget about the people on the streets (at night, but still), who would be hit by debris.]] [[FridgeLogic Whoops!]]

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* Justified in ''Film/FightClub''. [[spoiler:The Narrator is furious at Tyler Durden for the mass murder he's about to commit in Project Mayhem, which involves blowing up several office buildings.]] It's then explained that the buildings are completely empty, as it's the middle of the night, and all the people that would be working there at that time are members of their group.
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group. [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18953_6-badass-movie-scenes-with-horrifying-unseen-consequences_p2.html But they forget about the people on the streets (at night, but still), who would be hit by debris.]] [[FridgeLogic Whoops!]]



* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', both hotels where they meet happen to be a ConvenientlyEmptyBuilding. The room they go to to answer the rotary phone also appears to be yet another one.
** Averted elsewhere, when the characters actively gun down innocent security guards, to prevent them from becoming bodies for Agents.

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* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', both hotels where they meet happen to be a ConvenientlyEmptyBuilding. The room they go to to answer the rotary phone also appears to be yet another one.
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one. Averted elsewhere, when the characters actively gun down innocent security guards, to prevent them from becoming bodies for Agents.



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** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' sought to, in part, explore the repercussions of the destruction in ''Man of Steel''. For starters, it shows the [[OnceMoreWithClarity Superman and Zod fight from Bruce Wayne's perspective]], and the building Zod destroyed with heat vision was Wayne Financial, and was NOT completely evacuated. But the climax uses this repeatedly when Doomsday goes on a rampage in Metropolis and is spotted up on top of Lexcorp's tower, the news reports express gratitude that it's well after the work day and the downtown is not packed to capacity. Moments later, Doomsday unleashes an energy wave that heavily damages numerous lit-up skyscrapers. Later on Doomsday is shown crashing on Striker's Island in the bay, which MissionControl mentions is uninhabited. Then Batman lures him to the Gotham Port, and explains to Wonder Woman he knew the Port was abandoned due to his previous fight with Superman, and that is where the battle ends.
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse
** ''Film/TheAvengers'' has the climactic Battle of New York take place all around the downtown area. On a few occasions we see Hulk rampage through occupied buildings, but the flying Leviathan creatures seem to crash through empty buildings, one brought down personally by Hulk and Thor.

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** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' sought to, in part, explore the repercussions of the destruction in ''Man of Steel''. For starters, it shows the [[OnceMoreWithClarity Superman and Zod fight from Bruce Wayne's perspective]], and the building Zod destroyed with heat vision was Wayne Financial, and was NOT completely evacuated. But the climax uses this repeatedly when Doomsday goes on a rampage in Metropolis and is spotted up on top of Lexcorp's tower, the news reports express gratitude that it's well after the work day and the downtown is not packed to capacity. Moments later, Doomsday unleashes an energy wave that heavily damages numerous lit-up skyscrapers. Later on on, Doomsday is shown crashing on Striker's Island in the bay, which MissionControl mentions is uninhabited. Then Batman lures him to the Gotham Port, and explains to Wonder Woman he knew the Port was abandoned due to his previous fight with Superman, and that is where the battle ends.
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** ''Film/TheAvengers'' ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' has the climactic Battle of New York take place all around the downtown area. On a few occasions we see Hulk rampage through occupied buildings, but the flying Leviathan creatures seem to crash through empty buildings, one brought down personally by Hulk and Thor.



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* Subverted in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'': when Vilgax seizes Ben as Heatblast and sends him flying through several buildings, people are actually seen at one point in the building, surprised to see Heatblast. Similarly to the Superman and Lobo case, nobody gets hurt (which is still surprising considering Heatblast is ''made of fire''), but the building was occupied.

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* Subverted in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'': ''WesternAnimation/Ben10'': when Vilgax seizes Ben as Heatblast and sends him flying through several buildings, people are actually seen at one point in the building, surprised to see Heatblast. Similarly to the Superman and Lobo case, nobody gets hurt (which is still surprising considering Heatblast is ''made of fire''), but the building was occupied.



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8th Dec '16 5:32:02 AM Turrican
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* ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins]]'' the Joker has rigged several buildings in Gotham to explode. He detonates the first one while Batman watches. After Batman tackles him and demands to know how many people he just killed, the Joker replies "None. I think." It was a construction site during a city-wide curfew.

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* ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins]]'' ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' the Joker has rigged several buildings in Gotham to explode. He detonates the first one while Batman watches. After Batman tackles him and demands to know how many people he just killed, the Joker replies "None. I think." It was a construction site during a city-wide curfew.
8th Dec '16 5:31:17 AM Turrican
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* ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins]]'' the Joker has rigged several buildings in Gotham to explode. He detonates the first one while Batman watches. After Batman tackles him and demands to know how many people he just killed, the Joker replies "None. I think." It was a construction site during a city-wide curfew.
6th Dec '16 7:30:33 PM KJMackley
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* ''Film/ManOfSteel'': During Zod and Superman's big fight, the Metropolis skyscraper Sup gets thrown into is seemingly empty, though he gets thrown into many more that we don't see the interior of. It's averted by WordOfGod, though, [[http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-talk/11-super-things-learned-man-steel-live-fan-220800093.html as an interview with director Zach Snyder]] had him state that about 5000 people died from the fight.[[note]]Actually a surprisingly low number, as just a little under 3000 people died on 9/11 from two buildings collapsing, while Metropolis has a much larger disaster site.[[/note]]
** Averted now also by ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', where the deaths of innocents from the fight during ''Film/ManOfSteel'' is one of the main reasons why Batman is going against Superman.
* In ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', as he's battling the out-of-control Hulk, Tony spots an under-construction skyscraper which his scans indicate to be empty. In the middle of the day. While it's possible they fled when the Hulk showed up, it's still pretty lucky.
* Three times in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'': When [[spoiler:Doomsday]] attack Metropolis and is spotted up on top of Lexcorp's tower, the news reports how fortunate it to be night time, because the citizens are at home and not at work. Moments later, it unleashes an energy wave that heavily damages numerous [[SubvertedTrope lit-up skyscrapers]]. Later, it crash-lands on Striker Island, which MissionControl makes sure to mention is uninhabited. Then Batman takes the fight to the abandoned docks of Gotham where he fought Superman earlier.

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* ''Film/ManOfSteel'': During Zod and Superman's big fight, the Metropolis skyscraper Sup gets thrown into is seemingly empty, though he gets thrown into many more that we don't see the interior of. It's averted by WordOfGod, though, [[http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-talk/11-super-things-learned-man-steel-live-fan-220800093.html as an interview with director Zach Snyder]] had him state that about 5000 people died from the fight.[[note]]Actually a surprisingly low number, as just a little under 3000 people died on 9/11 from two buildings collapsing, while Metropolis has a much larger disaster site.[[/note]]
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** Averted now also by ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', where the deaths of innocents from the fight during ''Film/ManOfSteel'' featured a massive amount of targeted destruction to Metropolis, an area that could house a football stadium got grounded to dust by the [[HostileTerraforming World Engine trying to convert Earth into a new Krypton]]. In contrast to the use of this trope, people are seen dying regularly and often shockingly. During Zod and Superman's big fight in the climax there is one a significant amount of property damage but little indication that individuals are harmed. Zod shreds a seemingly empty office building with his heat vision to where it collapses into the street. Superman crashes into a parking garage and is thrown through several skyscrapers. Earlier in the film Superman is hit by a thrown train car into an empty Sears store in downtown Smallville, but he did tell the civilians that it wasn't safe and they should evacuate. But, notably, this was all an aversion as significant collateral damage WAS intended by the production team, a byproduct of [[RealityEnsues people with the power and strength of Superman fighting each other]].
** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' sought to, in part, explore the repercussions
of the main reasons why destruction in ''Man of Steel''. For starters, it shows the [[OnceMoreWithClarity Superman and Zod fight from Bruce Wayne's perspective]], and the building Zod destroyed with heat vision was Wayne Financial, and was NOT completely evacuated. But the climax uses this repeatedly when Doomsday goes on a rampage in Metropolis and is spotted up on top of Lexcorp's tower, the news reports express gratitude that it's well after the work day and the downtown is not packed to capacity. Moments later, Doomsday unleashes an energy wave that heavily damages numerous lit-up skyscrapers. Later on Doomsday is shown crashing on Striker's Island in the bay, which MissionControl mentions is uninhabited. Then Batman lures him to the Gotham Port, and explains to Wonder Woman he knew the Port was abandoned due to his previous fight with Superman, and that is going against Superman.
where the battle ends.
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse
** ''Film/TheAvengers'' has the climactic Battle of New York take place all around the downtown area. On a few occasions we see Hulk rampage through occupied buildings, but the flying Leviathan creatures seem to crash through empty buildings, one brought down personally by Hulk and Thor.
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In ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', as he's battling the out-of-control Hulk, Tony spots an under-construction skyscraper which his scans indicate to be empty. In the middle of the day. While it's possible they fled when the Hulk showed up, it's still pretty lucky.
* Three times in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'': When [[spoiler:Doomsday]] attack Metropolis and is spotted up on top of Lexcorp's tower, the news reports how fortunate it to be night time, because the citizens are at home and not at work. Moments later, it unleashes an energy wave that heavily damages numerous [[SubvertedTrope lit-up skyscrapers]]. Later, it crash-lands on Striker Island, which MissionControl makes sure to mention is uninhabited. Then Batman takes the fight to the abandoned docks of Gotham where he fought Superman earlier.
lucky.
2nd Dec '16 11:49:22 PM Luc
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* Comes up frequently in ''Series/{{Highlander}}'', in which any given episode has an approximately 40 per cent chance of ending with a climactic duel between Duncan MacLeod and the VillainOfTheWeek in a random empty warehouse, factory, or parking lot, which is then devastated by the loser's Quickening. Just how they always manage to find an empty building in the middle of Paris is best not thought about too much.

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* Comes up frequently in ''Series/{{Highlander}}'', in which any given episode has an approximately 40 per cent chance of ending with a climactic duel between Duncan MacLeod and the VillainOfTheWeek in a random empty warehouse, factory, or parking lot, which is then devastated by the loser's Quickening. Just how they always manage to find an empty building in the middle of Paris is best not thought about too much. (Admittedly, the combination of swordfighting and sudden pyrotechnics does mean that both parties see the need to keep this private to avoid interference and later trouble with the law, and as such, likely to keep an eye out for such locations thus making this trope at least (flimsily) logical.)
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