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22nd May '18 8:31:27 PM ImperialStormTroper
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* Tykebomb Itona Horibe of ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' attacks Koro-sensei from above via CombatTentacles. It's rather hard to tell how he's keeping himself off the ground.

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* Tykebomb [[TykeBomb Itona Horibe Horibe]] of ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' attacks Koro-sensei from above via CombatTentacles. It's rather hard to tell how he's keeping himself off the ground.
22nd May '18 8:27:19 PM ImperialStormTroper
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* [[Tykebomb Itona Horibe]] of ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' attacks Koro-sensei from above via CombatTentacles. It's rather hard to tell how he's keeping himself off the ground.

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* [[Tykebomb Tykebomb Itona Horibe]] Horibe of ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' attacks Koro-sensei from above via CombatTentacles. It's rather hard to tell how he's keeping himself off the ground.
22nd May '18 8:24:51 PM ImperialStormTroper
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* [[Tykebomb Itona Horibe]] of ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' attacks Koro-sensei from above via CombatTentacles. It's rather hard to tell how he's keeping himself off the ground.
3rd May '18 9:35:06 PM ZuTheSkunk
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* In ''VideoGame/RavenswordShadowlands'', the hostile pterodactyls that live in the Craigs are the only flying enemy, and are an absolute ''nightmare'' to deal with if they spot you.
14th Apr '18 1:35:09 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The Night's Watch takes full advantage of their position atop the Wall to rain arrows, flaming barrels, and even a huge scythe down on anyone who tries to storm the Wall.
** Whenever Dany's dragons show up, viewers can count on people being roasted from above. Especially evident in Season 7 when [[TheBigGuy Drogon]] absolutely obliterates [[spoiler: the Lannister/Tarly army]], showcasing just how [[FantasticNuke terrifying and destructive]] a mature dragon would be when used in combat.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
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The Night's Watch takes full advantage of their position atop the Wall to rain arrows, flaming barrels, and even a huge scythe down on anyone who tries to storm the Wall.
** Whenever Dany's dragons show up, viewers can count on people being roasted from above. For a specific example, Drogon drops out of the sky in Daenerys' darkest hour (surrounded by Sons of the Harpy at the Great Games) and immediately starts laying waste to her enemies. Especially evident in Season 7 when [[TheBigGuy Drogon]] absolutely obliterates [[spoiler: the Lannister/Tarly army]], showcasing just how [[FantasticNuke terrifying and destructive]] a mature dragon would be when used in combat.
6th Apr '18 2:55:43 AM YeOldeLuke
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* One level in ''VideoGame/Gamer2'' has Hailey plummeting through an endless sky dodging falling debris.
4th Apr '18 7:59:33 PM PrimeEvil
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* ''Film/ErnestGoesToCamp'': Takes the form of snapping turtles with parachutes. And ''these'' snapping turtles have a taste for human noses. Ernest even says, "Death from above!" [[MundaneMadeAwesome Their descent is set to "Ride of the Valkyries," no less!]]
17th Mar '18 10:32:11 PM nombretomado
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** NukeEm - would be several, if the party didn't mysteriously disappear at the beginning; most {{egregious}}ly Charon

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** NukeEm - would be several, if the party didn't mysteriously disappear at the beginning; most {{egregious}}ly {{JustForFun/egregious}}ly Charon
12th Mar '18 7:15:54 PM vexusdylandasecond
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* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': Eleenin can fire a beam of light upon her enemy from overhead.
27th Feb '18 11:29:01 PM Occidensill
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* A more practical version of the Rods From God is the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lazy_Dog_(bomb) Lazy Dog]] "bomb" used from World War II to the Vietnam War. These "bombs" are unguided kinetic projectiles about 1.75 inches long, a half-inch wide, and and 13 grams and dropped from planes in Mark 44 cluster adapters (weapons similar to bombs that pop open to spread Lazy Dogs). Lazy Dogs don't explode but what they do is just as bad; when dropped into the target, the entire area looks like somebody shot a machine gun with a ridiculously large caliber as tests had shown that Shape 5, an improved basic Lazy Dog slug, had the force of a .50 caliber bullet and could penetrate 24 inches of packed sand while Shape 2 could penetrate 12 inches of sand twice as much as a .45 caliber slug fired point blank. The Lazy Dogs could be dropped any way possible, ranging from Mar 44s to guys throwing buckets of the stuff. Anyone hit by a cluster of Lazy Dogs would be shredded apart. The rationale for dropping them in Vietnam was to attack enemies through the thick jungle.
* This trope applies to many machines of the U.S. Air Force. A number of USAF aircraft are joked about (fairly or otherwise) just because they might ''fall on you''. The Vietnam-era F-105 Thunderchief supposedly derives its nickname of "Thud" from this bit of humor. some more straight examples:
** The AC-130 "Spectre" Gunship - A conversion of a C-130 cargo plane that replaces the cargo with a [[GatlingGood 25mm Gatling Gun]], a [[MoreDakka 40mm automatic cannon]], and a [[{{BFG}} 105mm howitzer field artillery piece]]. All can be (and often are) equipped with [[StuffBlowingUp explosive rounds]] and the Air Force is considering [[SerialEscalation increasing the caliber of all weapons]] now that they have ways to compensate for the recoil.
** The B-52 "Stratofortress" strategic bomber - It holds 70,000 lbs. of [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill BOMBS]]. With software upgrades, each of these bombs can be as accurate as any precision bomb dropped by a strike fighter. This allows the B-52 to act as close-air-support, dropping 70,000lbs of bombs exactly where they're needed.
*** To say nothing of the B-52's [[NukeEm original purpose]].
** The A-10 "Thunderbolt II" attack aircraft (A.K.A. the "Warthog") - A close-air support aircraft capable of carrying a dozen bombs or missiles on the sort of "low and slow" flight plan necessary for accurate ground attack, but its main feature is a tank-busting [[GatlingGood 30mm rotary cannon]] that fires 65 depleted uranium slugs EVERY SECOND. It can still do this with about half of everything blown off. Even [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySuixFGIfbE#t=11s the noise it makes]], onomatopoeified as "BRRRRRRRT", has gained [[https://www.google.com/search?q=brrrrrt&tbm=isch a sort of iconic status]] in its own right.
*** There is a persistent urban legend that the Warthog's GAU-8 cannon produces more recoil than its engines do thrust and that continual fire of the cannon would eventually stop the forward momentum of the airplane entirely, save that it would run out of ammunition long before that point. While the recoil is significant, in practice the effect on the planes speed is negligible.
*** The Warthog's WWII-era ancestor, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_P-47_Thunderbolt Republic P-47 Thunderbolt]], is also well-known for this. Its armament of ten under-wing rockets, 2,500 pounds of bombs, and ''[[MoreDakka eight]]'' [[MoreDakka M2 heavy machine guns]] made it one of the most feared ground-attack planes of the war. And with its [[LightningBruiser powerful engine and brick-house durability]], it was a respectable air-to-air fighter to boot!

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* A more practical version of Flechette weapons, such as the Rods From God is the American [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lazy_Dog_(bomb) Lazy Dog]] "bomb" Dog]], mostly used from World War II to the Vietnam War. These "bombs" The flechettes are unguided kinetic projectiles about 1.75 inches long, a half-inch wide, and and 13 grams and dropped from planes in Mark 44 cluster adapters (weapons similar to bombs that pop open to spread Lazy Dogs). Lazy Dogs don't explode but what they do is just as bad; when dropped into the target, the entire area looks like somebody shot a machine gun with a ridiculously large caliber as tests had shown that Shape 5, an improved basic Lazy Dog slug, had the force of a .50 caliber bullet and could penetrate 24 inches of small metal darts, packed sand while Shape 2 could penetrate 12 inches of sand twice as much as a .45 caliber slug fired point blank. The Lazy Dogs could be dropped any way possible, ranging together until dispersed from Mar 44s their container to guys throwing buckets of blanket the stuff. Anyone hit by a cluster of Lazy Dogs would be shredded apart. The rationale for dropping them in Vietnam was target area, impacting with sufficent velocity to attack enemies through shred anyone outside an armored vehicle.
* Morbid humor applies
the thick jungle.trope to aircraft that have trouble staying airborne.
* This trope applies to many machines of the U.S. Air Force. A number of USAF aircraft are joked about (fairly or otherwise) just because they might ''fall on you''. The Vietnam-era F-105 Thunderchief supposedly derives its nickname of "Thud" from this bit of humor. some more straight examples:
**
humor.
*
The AC-130 AC-130u "Spectre" Gunship - A conversion and other variants of a C-130 cargo plane that replaces replace the cargo with a [[GatlingGood 25mm Gatling Gun]], a [[MoreDakka 40mm automatic cannon]], and a [[{{BFG}} 105mm howitzer field artillery piece]]. All can be (and often are) equipped with [[StuffBlowingUp explosive rounds]] and the Air Force is considering [[SerialEscalation increasing the caliber of all weapons]] now that they have ways improved methods to compensate for the recoil.
** * The B-52 "Stratofortress" strategic bomber - It holds 70,000 lbs. of [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill BOMBS]].bombs]]. With software upgrades, each of these bombs can be as accurate as any precision bomb dropped by a strike fighter. This allows the B-52 to act as close-air-support, dropping 70,000lbs 35 tons of bombs exactly where they're death to wherever it's needed.
*** To say nothing of the B-52's [[NukeEm original purpose]].
**
* The A-10 "Thunderbolt II" attack aircraft (A.K.A. the "Warthog") - A close-air support aircraft capable of carrying a dozen bombs or missiles on the sort of "low and slow" flight plan necessary for accurate ground attack, but its main feature is a tank-busting [[GatlingGood 30mm rotary cannon]] that fires 65 depleted uranium slugs EVERY SECOND. It can still do this with about half of everything blown off. Even [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySuixFGIfbE#t=11s the noise it makes]], onomatopoeified as "BRRRRRRRT", has gained [[https://www.google.com/search?q=brrrrrt&tbm=isch a sort of iconic status]] in its own right.
*** ** There is a persistent urban legend that the Warthog's GAU-8 cannon produces more recoil than its engines do thrust and that continual fire of the cannon would eventually stop the forward momentum of the airplane entirely, save that it would run out of ammunition long before that point. While the recoil is significant, in practice the effect on the planes speed is negligible.
*** ** The Warthog's WWII-era ancestor, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_P-47_Thunderbolt Republic P-47 Thunderbolt]], is also well-known for this. Its armament of ten under-wing rockets, 2,500 pounds of bombs, and ''[[MoreDakka eight]]'' [[MoreDakka M2 heavy machine guns]] made it one of the most feared ground-attack planes of the war. And with its [[LightningBruiser powerful engine and brick-house durability]], it was a respectable air-to-air fighter to boot!



** Also from the United States Air Force is the Tactical Air Control Party (TACP). These Airmen are trained and deployed with the Army, whether they be standard infantry, airborne, air assault, or in some cases Rangers. Their job description basically boils down to: If the enemy shoots at you, ''[[DisproportionateRetribution drop a 2,000 pound bomb on the enemy's head.]]'' [[PersonOfMassDestruction Individual TACPs]] have [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill "dropped" upwards of 200,000 lbs of bomb in the Iraq War alone.]] If the enemy is too close for said action, the enemy will likely get shot in the face.

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** Also from the United States Air Force is the Tactical Air Control Party (TACP). These Airmen are trained and deployed with the Army, whether they be standard infantry, airborne, air assault, or in some cases Rangers. Their job description basically boils down to: If the enemy shoots at you, ''[[DisproportionateRetribution direct an aircraft to drop a 2,000 pound bomb on the enemy's head.]]'' [[PersonOfMassDestruction Individual TACPs]] have [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill "dropped" upwards of 200,000 lbs of bomb in the Iraq War alone.]] If the enemy is too close for said action, the enemy will likely get shot in the face.



* Any aerial predator that feeds on ground-dwelling prey. Special mention goes to [[FeatheredFiend eagles]].
** [[SuperSpeed Falcons]] also deserve a special mention, as they're specialized for catching prey ''while'' flying.

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* Any aerial predator that feeds on ground-dwelling prey. Special mention goes to [[FeatheredFiend eagles]].
prey.
** [[SuperSpeed Falcons]] also deserve a special mention, as they're are specialized for catching prey ''while'' flying.



** From a certain point of view, there's even some truth to the concept of pterosaurs being this. A ''Pteranodon'' would be perfectly suited to killing you...if you happen to be a small sea creature.
** Oddly subverted with the biggest flyers of them all, the Azhdarchids. They seem to be in the perfect position to be this, being skilled and powerful flyers and absolutely ''massive''. But it turns out, based on the anatomy they possess, that they were more happy to kill things by ''walking'' (or even ''galloping'') than flying.
* During the Cold War the Strategic Air Command (or SAC for short) was this racked up to eleven. To put things into perspective these guys where in control of the nuclear arsenal of the United States of America, our strategy in the event of a nuclear war would be to drop calculated and precise B-52 nuclear strikes to weaken the Soviet's ability to mount a counter-attack and then all of our nuclear warheads from our submarines and Military bases would be launched for an all out assault. As some experts would recount SAC was probably the most powerful Military Force ever known to Mankind, but after the Cold War it had to be shut down because a nuclear threat from the Soviet Union had more or less ceased. The motto of the bomber wing (the guys who flew the B-52s and other tactical fighter planes) was "Death from Above" which makes sense as dropping a nuclear bomb on you definitely counts.

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** From a certain point of view, there's even some truth to the concept of pterosaurs being this. A ''Pteranodon'' would be perfectly suited did so, but only to killing you...if you happen to be a small sea creature.
** Oddly subverted with the biggest flyers of them all, the Azhdarchids. They seem to be in the perfect position to be this, being skilled and powerful flyers and absolutely ''massive''. But it turns out, based on the anatomy they possess, that they were more happy to kill things by ''walking'' (or even ''galloping'') than flying.
creatures.
* During the Cold War the Strategic Air Command (or SAC for short) was this racked up to eleven. To put things into perspective these guys where were in control of the nuclear arsenal of the United States of America, our America. The strategy in the event of a nuclear war would be was to drop calculated and precise B-52 nuclear strikes to weaken the Soviet's ability to mount a counter-attack and then all of our nuclear warheads from our submarines and Military ground bases would be launched for an all out assault. As some experts would recount SAC was probably the most powerful Military Force ever known to Mankind, but after the Cold War it had to be shut down because a nuclear threat from the Soviet Union had more or less ceased. The motto of the bomber wing (the guys who flew the B-52s and other tactical fighter planes) was "Death from Above" which makes sense as dropping a nuclear bomb on you definitely counts.
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