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28th Jun '16 2:29:19 PM StFan
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-->-- '''[[MagnificentBastard Durandal]]''', ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}} 2: Durandal''

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-->-- '''[[MagnificentBastard Durandal]]''', '''Durandal''', ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}} 2: Durandal''



!![[Main/SuperTrope Listed below are a few ways to rain this holy judgment:]]

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* The various Star Destroyer type vessels in ''Franchise/StarWars'' are equipped for orbital bombardment; the ExpandedUniverse says they were ''designed around the task'', which is part of why they so heavily outgunned everything else in space at the time and had such an advantage against other vessels designed for starship combat. Notably, in the novel ''[[Literature/NewJediOrder Rebel Dream]]'', a Super Star Destroyer uses this tactic while ''defending'' - by using ground troops to force the enemy into specific locations on the planet below, where they could safely be blown to bits. Repeatedly.
*** [[TruthInTelevision That's actually a standard infantry/air support tactic.]] Pin the enemy with the ground troops, then flatten them with an airstrike.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
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The various Star Destroyer type Destroyer-type vessels in ''Franchise/StarWars'' are equipped for orbital bombardment; the ExpandedUniverse says they were ''designed around the task'', which is part of why they so heavily outgunned everything else in space at the time and had such an advantage against other vessels designed for starship combat. Notably, in the novel ''[[Literature/NewJediOrder Rebel Dream]]'', a Super Star Destroyer uses this tactic while ''defending'' - -- by using ground troops to force the enemy into specific locations on the planet below, where they could safely be blown to bits. Repeatedly.
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Repeatedly.[[note]][[TruthInTelevision That's actually a standard infantry/air support tactic.]] Pin the enemy with the ground troops, then flatten them with an airstrike.[[/note]]



-->'''Ali:''' God pity the men under those guns.
-->'''Lawrence:''' They're Turks.
-->'''Ali:''' Even so, God pity them.

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-->'''Ali:''' God pity the men under those guns.
-->'''Lawrence:'''
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'''Lawrence:'''
They're Turks.
-->'''Ali:'''
Turks.\\
'''Ali:'''
Even so, God pity them.



* In the Literature/WingCommander novel ''Fleet Action'', multiple Terran Confederation planets are bombarded from orbit by a massive [[CatFolk Kilrathi]] fleet the humans are unable to stop, using {{antimatter}} warheads and dirty nukes specifically employed to sterilize worlds.

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* In the Literature/WingCommander ''Literature/WingCommander'' novel ''Fleet Action'', multiple Terran Confederation planets are bombarded from orbit by a massive [[CatFolk Kilrathi]] fleet the humans are unable to stop, using {{antimatter}} warheads and dirty nukes specifically employed to sterilize worlds.



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* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'' has had multiple uses of this on all scales, from as small as an airstrike, to the UNSC Preston Cole doing orbital bombardments, and it doesn't even stop at having the entire solar system thrown at the godmodder.
** Probably one of the most notable examples would be ninjatwist's meteor strike that completely obliterated the PG side in one shot.
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* Numerous ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' spells such as [[PlayingWithFire Flame Pillar, Flame Strike, Meteor Shower]], [[KillItWithWater Storm of Vengeance]], [[AnIcePerson Hail Storm]], and [[ShockAndAwe Call Lightning]]. It's more common amongst Divine Spellcasters, because Gods enjoy this kind of smiting.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
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Numerous ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' spells such as [[PlayingWithFire Flame Pillar, Flame Strike, Meteor Shower]], [[KillItWithWater Storm of Vengeance]], [[AnIcePerson Hail Storm]], and [[ShockAndAwe Call Lightning]]. It's more common amongst Divine Spellcasters, because Gods enjoy this kind of smiting.



*** As of at least 3.0 Edition, if not earlier, the rules for such spells explicitly do not allow this, as they specify that summoned creatures/items have to appear on the ground. However, there are still a few ways to accomplish something similar- the Earthquake spell can cause a cave in if cast in an underground cavern, while enemies can be buried alive by using Transmute Rock To Mud or [[FromBadToWorse Transmute Rock To Lava]] on a cave's ceiling.

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*** As of at least 3.0 Edition, if not earlier, the rules for such spells explicitly do not allow this, as they specify that summoned creatures/items have to appear on the ground. However, there are still a few ways to accomplish something similar- similar -- the Earthquake spell can cause a cave in cave-in if cast in an underground cavern, while enemies can be buried alive by using Transmute Rock To to Mud or [[FromBadToWorse Transmute Rock To to Lava]] on a cave's ceiling.



*** Dimension Door (4th level teleport, self + about 200lbs) + Feather Fall (2nd level, 'take no falling damage'). Choose your rock. Touch it. ''Dimension Door''. Drop the rock. The Forgotten Realms setting allows [[BizarreBiology Fey'ri]] (half-succubus elf) characters to do this at ''level one'', with an innate ability and wings.
** There is a Tiger Claw technique in the ''Tome of Battle'' named Death From Above. You jump over your enemy, attack for massive damage, and then dismount anywhere next to the enemy.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy'' gave us the spells ''Comet of Casandora'', ''Forked Lightning'' and ''Uranon's Thunderbolt''. Pretty much ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.

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*** Dimension Door (4th level teleport, self + about 200lbs) + Feather Fall (2nd level, 'take "take no falling damage').damage"). Choose your rock. Touch it. ''Dimension Door''. Drop the rock. The Forgotten Realms setting allows [[BizarreBiology Fey'ri]] (half-succubus elf) characters to do this at ''level one'', with an innate ability and wings.
** There is a Tiger Claw technique in the ''Tome of Battle'' named Death From from Above. You jump over your enemy, attack for massive damage, and then dismount anywhere next to the enemy.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'':
** ''Warhammer
Fantasy'' gave gives us the spells ''Comet of Casandora'', ''Forked Lightning'' and ''Uranon's Thunderbolt''. Pretty much ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.



* ''NuclearWar''. 'nuff said.
* Even space-combat game ''StarfleetBattles'' has a few in the Marines supplement for planetary combat. You can use Transporter Artillery (teleport a load of anti-personnel and anti-vehicular bombs over the enemy), or, should transporters not be feasible, load the bombs into a missile casing and have a fighter drop it as a cluster bomb. Then there's the fighters that can make strafing runs, and the dedicated ground-attack shuttles...

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* ''NuclearWar''.%%* ''TabletopGame/NuclearWar''. 'nuff said.
* Even space-combat game ''StarfleetBattles'' ''TabletopGame/StarfleetBattles'' has a few in the Marines supplement for planetary combat. You can use Transporter Artillery (teleport a load of anti-personnel and anti-vehicular bombs over the enemy), or, should transporters not be feasible, load the bombs into a missile casing and have a fighter drop it as a cluster bomb. Then there's the fighters that can make strafing runs, and the dedicated ground-attack shuttles...






* In ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'', the Space Marines special unit - Assault Marines has this phrase as a battlecry. The same faction also uses drop pods in a planetary assault. The commander unit can call in an Orbital Bombardment as well.
** In ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Dawn of War 2]]'', the Assault Marines actually do damage in the single-player by dropping down - in the multiplayer, they knock infantry down.
* In ''CompanyOfHeroes'' the paratroopers have this as a battlecry, as well.
** They can also use the more direct version of this trope with the ability to call in strafing runs and bombing runs from P-47s. Meanwhile, the Panzer Elite Luftwaffe tactics can order Henschel Hs-129s to patrol a point, wiping out whole fleets of Allied vehicles with their 75mm cannon, and the Brits can call in gliders full of Commandos. And let's not even get started with the artillery...

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* In ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'', the ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'':
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Space Marines special unit - unit, the Assault Marines has Marines, have this phrase as a battlecry. The same faction also uses drop pods in a planetary assault. The commander unit can call in an Orbital Bombardment as well.
** In ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Dawn ''Dawn of War 2]]'', 2'', the Assault Marines actually do damage in the single-player by dropping down - -- in the multiplayer, they knock infantry down.
* In ''CompanyOfHeroes'' ''VideoGame/CompanyOfHeroes'' the paratroopers have this as a battlecry, as well.
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well. They can also use the more direct version of this trope with the ability to call in strafing runs and bombing runs from P-47s. Meanwhile, the Panzer Elite Luftwaffe tactics can order Henschel Hs-129s to patrol a point, wiping out whole fleets of Allied vehicles with their 75mm cannon, and the Brits can call in gliders full of Commandos. And let's not even get started with the artillery...



* The Bard class in the text game ''{{Achaea}}'' has an ability named Death From Above, which allows them to jump from the trees directly onto a target to deliver significant damage. (they even scream out "Death From Above!" when they do it).

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* The Bard class in the text game ''{{Achaea}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Achaea}}'' has an ability named Death From Above, which allows them to jump from the trees directly onto a target to deliver significant damage. (they even scream out "Death From Above!" when they do it).



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* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'' has had multiple uses of this on all scales, from as small as an airstrike, to the UNSC Preston Cole doing orbital bombardments, and it doesn't even stop at having the entire solar system thrown at the godmodder. Probably one of the most notable examples would be ninjatwist's meteor strike that completely obliterated the PG side in one shot.
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7th Jun '16 10:57:36 AM MarqFJA
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* TheCavalry, if [[ItsRainingMen they arrive]] in a GunshipRescue or a DropShip.


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* DropShip, for rapidly transporting hordes of TheCavalry.


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* GunshipRescue, where armed aircraft rain heaps of mass destruction upon ground-bound enemies.
* ItsRainingMen, for when TheCavalry simply falls from the sky.
5th Jun '16 12:15:49 PM lavendermintrose
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* All of the Kings in ''Anime/{{K}}'' have a SwordOfDamocles that hangs above their head and serves as an indicator of their powers. When these swords fall, however, they destroy a lot more than just the one King - ''miles'' of land turned into a crater, entire Clans killed, plus tons of civilians, the topography of the country forever altered, due to a King losing control and overextending his power.
3rd Jun '16 9:48:19 AM nombretomado
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* Far, far, far too common in ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore'' arena fights against the heavies near the first rank. Most players have more trouble getting to the dude at rank 1 than beating him. The grenade happy psycho ex-con in [=AC2=] destroyed many a PS2 controller.

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* Far, far, far too common in ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore'' arena fights against the heavies near the first rank. Most players have more trouble getting to the dude at rank 1 than beating him. The grenade happy psycho ex-con in [=AC2=] destroyed many a PS2 [=PS2=] controller.
29th May '16 12:46:05 AM Doug86
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* [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} Storm's]] snow storm super in the ''[[CapcomVsWhatever Marvel vs. Capcom]]'' games. Or, as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZZUMjoxfZA this video]] would say, '''MAKE IT RAIN!'''

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* [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} Storm's]] Comicbook/{{Storm}}'s snow storm super in the ''[[CapcomVsWhatever Marvel vs. Capcom]]'' games. Or, as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZZUMjoxfZA this video]] would say, '''MAKE IT RAIN!'''
23rd May '16 12:31:46 PM Exxolon
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** Owls are the stealth version of this - they hunt at night and are almost silent in flight - most of their prey are dead before they know what hits them.
23rd May '16 12:29:08 PM Exxolon
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** 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. The plane had to be specially designed with a low stall speed and two very powerful engines just to keep it from dropping out of the sky every time the pilot pulled the trigger. It can still do this with about half of everything [[{{Badass}} 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.
*** The Warthog's GAU-8 cannon produces more recoil than its engines do thrust. 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.

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** 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. The plane had to be specially designed with a low stall speed and two very powerful engines just to keep it from dropping out of the sky every time the pilot pulled the trigger. It can still do this with about half of everything [[{{Badass}} 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.
*** The There is a persistent urban legend that the Warthog's GAU-8 cannon produces more recoil than its engines do thrust. Continual 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.point. While the recoil is significant, in practice the effect on the planes speed is negligible.
28th Mar '16 5:42:11 PM LentilSandEater
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->''"You should encounter little organized resistance because the Pfhor are preoccupied. I've been introducing them to the '''magic''' of {{orbital bombardment}}."''

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->''"You should encounter little organized resistance because the Pfhor are preoccupied. I've been introducing them to the '''magic''' of {{orbital bombardment}}.orbital bombardment."''
24th Mar '16 9:04:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* An unusual take on the trope occurs in ''TheBoondockSaints''. TheMafiya soldier is about to execute one of the protagonists when [[ItMakesSenseInContext a toilet drops on his head]].

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* An unusual take on the trope occurs in ''TheBoondockSaints''.''Film/TheBoondockSaints''. TheMafiya soldier is about to execute one of the protagonists when [[ItMakesSenseInContext a toilet drops on his head]].
10th Mar '16 2:01:49 PM khalcyon2011
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*** To say nothing of the B-52's [[NuclearOption original purpose]].

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*** To say nothing of the B-52's [[NuclearOption [[NukeEm original purpose]].
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