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26th Aug '16 7:32:54 AM Prinzenick
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* In the Joe Oriolo WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat cartoon "Master Cylinder Captures Poindexter", Master Cylinder has hijacked a meteor and has sent it hurtling towards Earth, with the impact site being Professor's lab and the intention being to destroy the Earth. Felix and Poindexter take the Flying Saucer to it and try to reverse its path with Poinsy's Atomic Jet Pusher, but Master Cylinder steals the device and kidnaps him, escaping and leaving Felix for dead, pinned to a rock by a detachable claw while the meteor continues hurtling towards Earth. Felix manages to break free, and ties Poindexter's flying saucer to the meteor to redirect it towards a crater and inside the moon, where it explodes harmlessly.
4th Aug '16 5:55:53 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce 3'' [[spoiler: the same thing more or less happens again.]]

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** In ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce 3'' [[spoiler: the same thing more or less happens again.]]
4th Aug '16 5:30:54 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Of note here are the A.I. characters from ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'', one of whom described a plan to destroy the power station of the Pfhor on the planet Lh'owon as, effectively, "Step one: drop an asteroid on the roof of the (underground) power plant. Step two: drop the BadAss protagonist down the hole." This is about 25% of the way through ''Marathon 2: Durandal'', and similar plans occur elsewhere in Bungie games (The [[Franchise/{{Halo}} Master Chief]] in a drop pod is more dangerous than a warship)

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* Of note here are the A.I. characters from ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'', one of whom described a plan to destroy the power station of the Pfhor on the planet Lh'owon as, effectively, "Step one: drop an asteroid on the roof of the (underground) power plant. Step two: drop the BadAss protagonist down the hole." This is about 25% of the way through ''Marathon 2: Durandal'', and similar plans occur elsewhere in Bungie Creator/{{Bungie}} games (The [[Franchise/{{Halo}} Master Chief]] in a drop pod is more dangerous than a warship)



* ''VideoGame/HaloWars'' lets players who are playing as the UNSC faction call down fire from the MAC gun (Magnetic Accelerator Cannon) of an orbiting warship, or, mixing this with ItsRainingMen, they can drop [=ODSTs=] (Orbital Drop Shock Troopers) on enemy positions. In addition the Covenant Prophet faction can call down an orbital laser beam which can be left active indefinitely (and steered around) assuming you have the resources.



** In ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce 3'' [[spoiler: the same thing more or less happens again.]]
* In the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' verse, the Covenant fleet plasma-bombards planets into molten glass.
** ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' brings us the target locator, in which you can laze targets for artillery.
*** At the end of Tip of the Spear, the supercarrier Long Night of Solace delivers a DFA attack on the frigate Grafton.
** ''Halo 4'' introduced targetable ordinance drops. While intended to supply the user with a weapon, the drop will also insta-kill most players if they're standing under it.

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** In ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce 3'' [[spoiler: the same thing more or less happens again.]]
* In the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' verse, the Covenant ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** The Covenant's standard tactic against a hostile world is to have a
fleet plasma-bombards planets plasma-bombard it into molten glass.
** ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' brings us The UNSC's orbital MAC guns can also be used to attack targets already on a planet's surface.
** ''VideoGame/HaloWars'' lets players who are playing as
the UNSC faction call down fire from the MAC gun (Magnetic Accelerator Cannon) of an orbiting warship, or, mixing this with ItsRainingMen, they can drop [=ODSTs=] (Orbital Drop Shock Troopers) on enemy positions. In addition, the Covenant Prophet faction can call down an orbital laser beam which can be left active indefinitely (and steered around) assuming you have the resources.
** ''VideoGame/HaloReach'':
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target locator, in with which you can laze designate targets for artillery.
*** At the end of Tip "Tip of the Spear, Spear", the Covenant supercarrier Long ''Long Night of Solace Solace'' delivers a DFA attack on the UNSC frigate Grafton.
''Grafton''.
** ''Halo 4'' introduced ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' has targetable ordinance drops. While intended to supply the user with a weapon, the drop will also insta-kill most players if they're standing under it.
25th Jul '16 8:27:28 AM Tron80
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* In the ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' crossover ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' [[Franchise/GreenLantern Bleez]] asked one of her teammates [[spoiler:to use their flagship's enormous laser cannon to blast her and her brainwashed friend from space.]]
12th Jul '16 1:27:29 AM jormis29
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* One of the most dangerous scenarios in ''[[VideoGame/{{Battlefield}} Battlefield 2142]]'' is a fully-loaded Air Transport. Though less menacing than planetside drops (since there are at most two transports available per side), there is more than enough destruction aboard in the form of two vehicle-mounted cannons for infantry, engineers with anti-vehicle weapons and mines, as well as two engineers designated as mid-flight repairmen (who can easily repair most damage). Only a concerted attack by the enemy (or an extremely lucky kamikaze transport pilot) can hope to stop the assault.
** ''[[VideoGame/{{Battlefield}} Battlefield 2's]]'' "cartillery". Air-dropped ground vehicles crush the shit out of anything it lands on. Also done supply crates.

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* One of the most dangerous scenarios in ''[[VideoGame/{{Battlefield}} Battlefield 2142]]'' ''VideoGame/Battlefield2142'' is a fully-loaded Air Transport. Though less menacing than planetside drops (since there are at most two transports available per side), there is more than enough destruction aboard in the form of two vehicle-mounted cannons for infantry, engineers with anti-vehicle weapons and mines, as well as two engineers designated as mid-flight repairmen (who can easily repair most damage). Only a concerted attack by the enemy (or an extremely lucky kamikaze transport pilot) can hope to stop the assault.
** ''[[VideoGame/{{Battlefield}} Battlefield 2's]]'' ''VideoGame/Battlefield2'''s "cartillery". Air-dropped ground vehicles crush the shit out of anything it lands on. Also done supply crates.
3rd Jul '16 8:18:31 AM Waddle
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* BeakAttack, when [[FeatheredFiend nasty birds]] dive on you beak first.
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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!![[Main/SuperTrope !![[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:'''
guns.\\
'''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}}'':
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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.
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