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22nd Apr '17 9:04:00 PM rjd1922
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*** Their defeat of Gozer destroyed the top couple floors of Dana's apartment complex, the street below, a nearby church, and covered what had to be a city block in marshmallow. In the second film, it's revealed they got sued by several government agencies and were placed under a restraining order to prevent them from continuing their business, which in short means they were denied compensation and punished for a ''job'' they were ''hired for'' by the city.

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*** ** Their defeat of Gozer destroyed the top couple floors of Dana's apartment complex, the street below, a nearby church, and covered what had to be a city block in marshmallow. In the second film, it's revealed they got sued by several government agencies and were placed under a restraining order to prevent them from continuing their business, which in short means they were denied compensation and punished for a ''job'' they were ''hired for'' by the city.
16th Apr '17 9:41:50 AM Dark_Lord_
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' parodies ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' and its unintentional usage of this trope in the skit "Super Strong Warner Siblings". Near the end of the skit, the parody version of Rita sends down a giant bug monster to the Warner Brothers studio. The Warner Siblings then summon their HumongousMecha and defeat the giant bug monster after a highly destructive battle, flattening many buildings in the process. After the battle, the Warner Siblings step out of their mecha and are approached by a very angry Warner Brothers CEO, followed by this exchange:
--> '''Yakko:''' Good job, Super Siblings! We've saved the lot from harm!
--> '''CEO:''' Look what you have done to my lot! Do you have any idea how much it's gonna cost to rebuild it?''
--> '''*Camera pans to the rubble that was once the studio*'''
6th Apr '17 8:02:06 AM LentilSandEater
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* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' minus the Savior bit - they're the bad guys of the story.
** Not that [[spoiler:Sarda is any better]].

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* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' minus the Savior bit - they're the bad guys of the story. \n** Not that [[spoiler:Sarda The actual Light Warriors are not, but who cares about them? The only actual figure with a chance of stopping Black Mage and co. is any better]].the omnipotent jackass wizard Sarda, who causes even more destruction than they do.
6th Apr '17 7:58:29 AM LentilSandEater
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* Commander Shepard has this reputation in ''Franchise/MassEffect''. While Renegade Shepard justifies this by being a SociopathicHero, even Paragon Shepard leaves just as much property damage in their wake. After destroying Saren's cloning labs on Virmire, the Council are more concerned that it was done by detonating a ''[[ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure nuclear device]]'' on the surface of a tropical garden world.
** Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', when a batarian on Omega comments that things have a habit of exploding around you, and in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', when Mordin is pleased to note that your affinity for destruction is still intact.

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* * ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
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Commander Shepard has this reputation in ''Franchise/MassEffect''.reputation. While Renegade Shepard justifies this by being a SociopathicHero, even Paragon Shepard leaves just as much property damage in their wake. After destroying Saren's cloning labs on Virmire, the Council are more concerned that it was done by detonating a ''[[ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure nuclear device]]'' on the surface of a tropical garden world.
** Lampshaded in In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', when a batarian on Omega comments that things have a habit of exploding around you, and in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', when Mordin is pleased to note that your affinity for destruction is still intact.
6th Apr '17 7:51:45 AM LentilSandEater
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* In RealLife, happens quite a lot. UsefulNotes/WorldWarII saw numerous examples, such as both Leningrad and Stalingrad, which were virtually levelled in the successful defence of them. Many of the great capitals of Europe, like Paris and Rome, escaped this sort of destructive fighting only because the German commanders quit them rather than engage in destructive fighting there. [[UsefulNotes/TheHomeFront London, not so much]]. UsefulNotes/DouglasMacArthur, upon fulfilling his pledge to return to the Philippines, expected the Japanese to do the same in Manilla, but instead they dug in and mounted a defensive resistance that was so difficult to break, [=MacArthur=] was forced to lift his ban on heavy artillery and air support. This decision allowed the US Army to eventually defeat the stubborn defenders while reducing American casualties, but at the cost of flattening most of Manila and its historical landmarks with tons of bombs and shells.
** The reasons for this type of defense are many, but the primary reason to obliterate a city while defending it is not so much to deny the enemy the resources, but rather to slow the enemy down. Stalingrad, for example, held up the Germans for ''months'' as they tried to get enough forces through the ruined city. This is less common in modern warfare with precision weapons, but still occurs. Fallujah during the Iraq War, for example.
*** The battle of Stalingrad stands out because the German army was [[ExecutiveMeddling forced to ignore]] [[WhatAnIdiot the strategy that had been winning the war before then]], which saw tough pockets of defense surrounded and picked off at a leisurely pace to conserve men and munitions.

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* In RealLife, happens quite a lot. UsefulNotes/WorldWarII saw numerous examples, such as both Leningrad and Stalingrad, which were virtually levelled in the successful defence of them. Many of the great capitals of Europe, like Paris and Rome, escaped this sort of destructive fighting only because the German commanders quit them rather than engage in destructive fighting there. [[UsefulNotes/TheHomeFront London, not so much]]. UsefulNotes/DouglasMacArthur, upon fulfilling his pledge to return to the Philippines, expected the Japanese to do the same in Manilla, but instead they dug in and mounted a defensive resistance that was so difficult to break, [=MacArthur=] was forced to lift his ban on heavy artillery and air support. This decision allowed the US Army to eventually defeat the stubborn defenders while reducing American casualties, but at the cost of flattening most of Manila and its historical landmarks with tons of bombs and shells.
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The reasons for this type of defense are many, but the primary reason to obliterate a city while defending it is not so much to deny the enemy the resources, but rather to slow the enemy down. Stalingrad, for example, held up the Germans for ''months'' as they tried to get enough forces through the ruined city. This is less common in modern warfare with precision weapons, but still occurs. Fallujah during the Iraq War, for example.
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The battle of Stalingrad stands out because the German army was [[ExecutiveMeddling forced to ignore]] [[WhatAnIdiot the strategy that had been winning the war before then]], which saw tough pockets of defense surrounded and picked off at a leisurely pace to conserve men and munitions.



* WWI also had its share of this. Before/After photos of [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c8/Passchendaele_aerial_view.jpg Passchendaele]] illustrate it fairly well.
** Many towns were literally wiped off the face of the Earth. A number of these "Lost towns" are listed on memorials to the war dead.

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* WWI also had its share of this. Before/After photos of [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c8/Passchendaele_aerial_view.jpg Passchendaele]] illustrate it fairly well.
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well. Many towns were literally wiped off the face of the Earth. A number of these "Lost towns" are listed on memorials to the war dead.



* Firefighters have torn down buildings and set their own fires to stop larger fires from spreading.
** From which originated the saying "fight fire with fire"

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* Firefighters have torn down buildings and set their own fires to stop larger fires from spreading.
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spreading. From which originated the saying "fight fire with fire"
10th Mar '17 8:16:18 AM rafi
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* The ''LightNovel/DirtyPair'' could give [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]] a run for her money, 'cuz they've destroyed just as many planets as she has, in the line of duty. Which is how they got their name. And no, [[BerserkButton they do NOT take kindly to being referred to as such, to their faces!]]
* Love Pheromone of ''Anime/AkahoriGedouHourRabuge'' have been [[FanNickname called]] "Dirty Pair from hell."
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'':
** This trope is played tragically. As early as the very first episode we can see how destructive [[HumongousMecha Mazinger-Z]] can be (in the original manga, [[UnbuiltTrope Kouji destroyed half a city]] [[FallingIntoTheCockpit as he was trying to figure out how to handle the damned machine]]. In the anime series, he activated Mazinger in an unpopulated area; still, he destroyed his grandfather's lab, went on a rampage through the landscape and nearly got his little brother killed). When Kouji and Sayaka battle a [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beast]], usually there is not much left of the battlefield in the wake of the fight. And when it is a city, buildings collapse and people die. By episode 7, it was shown people did NOT appreciate this and as far as they were concerned, Mazinger-Z was just as bad as Dr. Hell's Mechanical Beasts.
** The sequels ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' and ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' also used this trope.
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'': Lina Inverse has a nasty habit of casting the [[FantasticNuke Dragon Slave]] in populated areas, especially when the series takes a turn for the funny. The most famous incident is the first episode of the anime, in which a village is being attacked by a dragon Lina accidentally set loose by slaughtering/robbing the gang of bandits that it belonged to. Lina first makes the village elder promise to pay her before lifting a finger to help, then destroys the whole village along with the dragon because the dragon insults her by ''not'' stepping on her. (She still expects to be paid.)
* ''Anime/{{Zambot 3}}'': Yoshiyuki KillEmAll Tomino went to extreme lengths to show why it is not a good idea getting two HumongousMecha fighting in a populated area. Although the [[KidHero children]] piloting Zambot tries to stop the [[{{Robeast}} Mecha Burst]], they make just so much damage ([[UngratefulBastard which does nothing to convince the Earth folk who hate them that they are ON their side]]).
* Averted in ''Manga/DesertPunk''. In an early episode, Desert Punk and Rain Spider prepare to duel in the center of town for the right to a woman... as payment for her father's debt. The town elder tries to warn them off, saying their duel will be so epic and destructive that it will destroy the town. Turns out he didn't need to worry, as the duel turns out to be so non-epic and drawn out that most of the townspeople wander off in boredom after a few hours.

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* The ''LightNovel/DirtyPair'' could give [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]] a run for her money, 'cuz they've destroyed just as many planets as she has, in the line of duty. Which is how they got their name. And no, [[BerserkButton they do NOT take kindly to being referred to as such, to their faces!]]
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%%* Love Pheromone of ''Anime/AkahoriGedouHourRabuge'' have been [[FanNickname called]] "Dirty Pair from hell."
''Anime/AkahoriGedouHourLovege''.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'':
** This trope is played tragically. As early as
Eren in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' whenever he uses his titan form in a city. He tends to cause more collateral damage than the very normal titans by themselves since they're only interested in eating people while he punches and kicks them around causing them to crash into buildings. Fortunately the first two times he did that the city was already evacuated.
** Toward the end of the Female Titan Arc, Erwin Smith and the Survey Corps corner the suspected female titan shifter, [[spoiler:Annie Leonhardt]], to the Stohess district of Wall Sina. After their first attempts to capture her fail Eren assumes his titan form, and throws her into a church, in the middle of services. After both titan-shifters wreck many more buildings and crush several more people they finally manage to capture [[spoiler: Annie, but she encases herself in crystal preventing the Survey Corps from interrogating her]]. When the governor confronted Erwin about the collateral damage done and the civilians who were killed and asked if the operation was really worth it to help save humanity, Erwin responded with, "[[IDidWhatIHadToDo I think it's a step forward.]]"
* Guts from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' overlaps with this and WalkingDisasterArea, as most of the time, shit is already messed up by the time he gets to a town (the usual scenario is that [[TheUsualAdversaries an apostle]] is a terrorizing the place). However, since Guts [[DemonSlaying hunts apostles]], he takes it upon himself to kill them, which should make him a hero... [[AntiHero but he does his deeds at the expense of everybody around him]] [[{{Revenge}} and for his own desires]] - [[ImplacableMan and he knows it.]] [[DeconstructedTrope Thus,]] Guts is pretty much [[HeroWithBadPublicity viewed as a villain]] by most who come across him.
* Roger Smith in ''Anime/TheBigO''. His primary weapon is a HumongousMecha, and the setting is a city. Said giant robot also travels via underground rail system and causes massive damage to roads and buildings ''just by appearing''. Every
episode we inevitably features an enemy which only The Big O can see defeat. The Military Police Major Dastun understandably isn't particularly happy whenever the Big shows up, though he realizes that it's also the only thing that can save the day.
* Generally averted in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', where the Gotei 13 use barriers ([[spoiler: in one case, replacing an entire town with a replica of it specifically for fighting in]]) and their ability to stand on air in order to have their battles high enough that nothing will get too damaged in the fight. Played so straight with Komamura whose fight with Poww results in as much damage to the real town they're protecting as the fake one they're fighting in that even his allies comment on
how destructive [[HumongousMecha Mazinger-Z]] much that'll cost Squad 7 after the fight is over.
** Hitsugaya reveals that Komamura personally pays for any collateral damage he or his subordinates cause An after chapter omake drawning in the volume the fight was published in reveals that apparently it costs him enough that he'll only be able to feed his pet dog, Goro, okara (soy pulp) for the month.
** Played for laughs in the preview for episode 340. Iba grows concerned about Komamura's use of Bankai, as it could end up exhausting 7th Division's repair budget. Made worse by the fact that since Komamura's bankai draws the most attention, the other Divisions will blame 7th division for ALL of the damage caused by the battles with the reigai, causing Komamura to grow concerned as well.
* Heavily deconstructed in ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'', where the heroes' HumongousMecha, along with their opponents, are so powerful that their battles can cause thousands of civilian casualties if they don't take extreme caution. The pilots soon learn to fight in evacuated or unpopulated areas to limit the damage, but even then they're NotSoDifferent when [[spoiler:fighting in other worlds; then again, the damage they wreak then will pale compared to what'll happen to the place once they win--''the entire reality disappears!'']]. The populace initially has no way of telling that the heroes are even fighting for the Earth, and commonly refer to the mecha as {{Kaiju}}. Some foreign governments are so afraid that they [[spoiler:send assassins against the pilots]].
* Kazuki's efforts to get to the roof of his school to stop Victor's resurrection at the end of the LXE arc of ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' cause more property damage than the LXE did in the ''entire story arc''. And to top it off [[spoiler: Kazuki's transformation into Victor III makes him inadvertently do as much harm to his classmates as Victor did once he woke up.]] At least he was able to prevent any actual (civilian) deaths...
* In ''LightNovel/{{Campione}}'', whenever there's a historical monument present in the area, you
can be (in sure that Godou will use The Boar to destroy the landmark even if he really doesn't want it happening. His first battle in the original manga, [[UnbuiltTrope Kouji novel ended with him destroying the Colosseum, and it was just a ''sparring match''.
** Justified in that he needs to target something weighing several tons to invoke the Boar and his enemies are usually too small for that, so he chooses nearby landmarks instead. He'd stop the Boar if he could, but it just ignores him.
** Even without invoking the Boar, Godou is a hazard. The Tokyo Tower was
destroyed half by a city]] [[FallingIntoTheCockpit as lightning fight he was trying to figure out how to handle had with another Campione and Godou personally tore pillars off the damned machine]]. In façade of a landmark to use as oversized mallets against a god.
** John Pluto Smith fights to protect
the anime series, he activated Mazinger in an unpopulated area; still, he destroyed his grandfather's lab, went on a rampage through the landscape and nearly got his little brother killed). When Kouji and Sayaka battle a [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beast]], usually there is not much left of the battlefield in the wake of the fight. And when it is a city, buildings collapse and people die. By episode 7, it was shown people did NOT appreciate of Los Angeles but requires "sacrifices" to activate some of her Authorities. Relevant to this and as far as they were concerned, Mazinger-Z was just as bad as Dr. Hell's Mechanical Beasts.
** The sequels ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' and ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' also used this trope.
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'': Lina Inverse has a nasty habit of casting the [[FantasticNuke Dragon Slave]] in populated areas, especially when the series takes a turn for the funny. The most famous incident
trope is the first episode of the anime, in which a village is being attacked by a dragon Lina accidentally set loose by slaughtering/robbing the gang of bandits that it belonged to. Lina first makes she requires the village elder promise destruction of a large man-made structure to pay activate her before lifting a finger to help, then destroys the whole village along with the dragon because the dragon insults her by ''not'' stepping on her. (She still expects to be paid.)
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* ''Anime/{{Zambot 3}}'': Yoshiyuki KillEmAll Tomino went to extreme lengths to show why it is not a good idea getting two The titular HumongousMecha fighting in a populated area. Although the [[KidHero children]] piloting Zambot tries to stop the [[{{Robeast}} Mecha Burst]], they make just of ''Manga/CannonGodExaxxion'' is so much huge it causes massive property damage ([[UngratefulBastard which does nothing to convince every time it takes a step. And let's not even get into the Earth folk who hate them that they are ON shockwave created by the damn thing's {{BFG}}. In fact, one of the major themes of the series is the stunning amount of collateral damage caused by the hero (despite his attempts to avoid or reduce it), the enemy trying to take him and his mecha down, and their side]]).
* Averted in ''Manga/DesertPunk''. In an early episode, Desert Punk and Rain Spider prepare to duel
reprisals against anyone they ''think'' might be supporting him. Just ''knowing'' him, or being in the center of town for the right to a woman... as payment for her father's debt. The town elder tries to warn them off, saying their duel will be so epic and destructive that it will destroy the town. Turns out he didn't need to worry, as the duel turns out to be so non-epic and drawn out that most same part of the townspeople wander off in boredom after city when there's a few hours.battle, is dangerous.



* When things are starting to get rough in ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'', the members of Section 9 generally try to avoid hurting innocent bystanders. Everything else usually gets completely trashed within minutes by [[MoreDakka heavy machine gun fire]], rockets, tanks, and the occasional mecha.
* ''Anime/PhantomQuestCorp'' Ayaka's pretty handy with her [[LaserBlade Red Dragon Star Sword]] and she's a pro at demon slaying. Minus the fact that she ends up trashing public property and national landmarks, during most of her battles (like what she did to the observation room of TokyoTower).
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Parallel Works 6'' has an alternate Gurren-dan defeating their Beastmen oppressors in an incredibly badass way, but at the very end of the short, the ersatz Simon (who is an older, ordinary bloke in this version) is distraught to find that they have completely decimated his hometown in the process.
* Vash the Stampede of ''Manga/TriGun'', who is known as the "Humanoid Typhoon" due to being one of these. He eventually gets declared to be "the first human Act of God" because wherever he goes, things get wrecked.
** In the manga, he eventually gets dubbed "God's armed arm" in the aftermath of a particularly spectacular catastrophe. That's right, it's so bad he's considered the instrument of divine retribution (Though, in all honesty, [[spoiler:it was because of his brother Knives]].) The best part, and a good bit of the comedy early on in the series, revolves around the fact that Vash is a TechnicalPacifist, and things are wrecked by people gunning for him. His introduction into the series involves him sitting down to a bar and a hail of bullets completely and utterly destroying the entire building, save the stool he happened to be sitting on. Everyone tries to kill him because of the huge bounty on his head, and there's a huge bounty on his head because destruction follows him everywhere. He put a hole in THE MOON while trying to stop Knives (Which also happened to be Knives' fault).
** This gets tragically deconstructed in the anime rendition, where it's shown that while Vash somehow managed to avoid killing anyone when he blew up a town, everyone in the town then died of thirst and starvation afterwards. Which brings up the FridgeHorror of just how often similar scenes have played out in the past...
* The titular HumongousMecha of ''Manga/CannonGodExaxxion'' is so huge it causes massive property damage every time it takes a step. And let's not even get into the shockwave created by the damn thing's {{BFG}}. In fact, one of the major themes of the series is the stunning amount of collateral damage caused by the hero (despite his attempts to avoid or reduce it), the enemy trying to take him and his mecha down, and their reprisals against anyone they ''think'' might be supporting him. Just ''knowing'' him, or being in the same part of the city when there's a battle, is dangerous.
* In ''Anime/DevilMayCryTheAnimatedSeries'', Dante manages to stop a number of demons…unfortunately, the money for doing so is rarely enough to compensate for the way the damage bills add to his debts.



* Koichi Hayase in the early parts of ''Manga/LinebarrelsOfIron'' caused quite a lot of property damage with his humongous mecha, it later comes back to bite him in one of the most cruel ways imaginable, and THEN he gets called out on it.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' mentioned this a lot pretty early on, with NERV officials getting bills and complaints about all the damage caused by the frequent battles in and around Tokyo-3. Shinji is quickly singled out as the pilot of Unit 01 as he's the only new kid to show up right when everyone's moving out because they don't much like the idea of 'living in a warzone.'
** In the same vein, the repairbill of a single Eva - usually 01 - was supposedly large enough to bankrupt a small country, and Seele criticises Nerv for needing them to bail them out after they go over-budget.
** Something of a plot point in the first few episodes that becomes a ChekhovsGun towards the end. During his first time in an Eva to save the city, he accidentally destroys a number of buildings including one where Toji's sister is, putting her in hospital. This eventually [[spoiler: leads to Toji agreeing to become an Eva pilot in order to get his sister better healthcare, which in turn results in the [[CerebusSyndrome Bardiel episode]], where everything in the show starts going wrong.]]
* In ''Yuusha-Oh Anime/GaoGaiGar'', this trope bothers Koutarou Taiga so much he has the Dividing Driver built by episode 4. It creates a safe battlefield in any area by shifting the rest of the matter out of the way temporarily.
* Generally averted in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', where the Gotei 13 use barriers ([[spoiler: in one case, replacing an entire town with a replica of it specifically for fighting in]]) and their ability to stand on air in order to have their battles high enough that nothing will get too damaged in the fight. Played so straight with Komamura whose fight with Poww results in as much damage to the real town they're protecting as the fake one they're fighting in that even his allies comment on how much that'll cost Squad 7 after the fight is over.
** Hitsugaya reveals that Komamura personally pays for any collateral damage he or his subordinates cause An after chapter omake drawning in the volume the fight was published in reveals that apparently it costs him enough that he'll only be able to feed his pet dog, Goro, okara (soy pulp) for the month.
** Played for laughs in the preview for episode 340. Iba grows concerned about Komamura's use of Bankai, as it could end up exhausting 7th Division's repair budget. Made worse by the fact that since Komamura's bankai draws the most attention, the other Divisions will blame 7th division for ALL of the damage caused by the battles with the reigai, causing Komamura to grow concerned as well.
* Most of the cast of ''Manga/FairyTail''. At one point Natsu even states "The mages of Fairy Tail specialize in property damage!" shortly after this he hits a guy through a tower. Not through just a wall, from the tip of the structure to the base.
** Natsu's first fight involves him wrecking a harbor. In the next chapter you find out he also destroyed seven private homes, a clock tower, and a church. "Their Magic Spells Destruction" is even the tagline Funimation uses when they release the show on DVD and Blu-Ray!
** And then there's Gildarts. The city the Fairy Tail guild is based in has to be ''moved out of the way'' whenever he shows up due to his Crash magic. In chapter 299, Gildarts saves a village from a monster only to accidentally destroy it whilst celebrating Cana's victory. All it took was for him to trip over.
* The titular Children from ''Manga/ZettaiKarenChildren'' at first have a tendency to apply some amount of overkill during their missions. They get better though under the guidance of Minamoto.



* ''Hakaima Sadamitsu''. ''It's in the friggin' title!'' (Sadamitsu '''The Destroyer'''). For those who haven't seen the show, he's a sort of brain dead Ichigo (yes, [[TookALevelInDumbass it's possible]]), pretty much whacking every alien he sees, while destroying a few neighborhoods every time. When a government weasel decides to turn Earth into a refuge for reformed intergalactic criminals and Sadamitsu tries to call him on it, he's very well put down with the fact that "the rest of us can't afford to run around with a robot head destroying the entire planet... you... [[ShapedLikeItself destroyer]]". That actually hits a nerve, mostly because it's the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
** Almost taken to its LogicalExtreme later on: Sadamitsu calls out the Vulture on [[ThouShaltNotKill killing said aliens instead of capturing and incapacitating them]]. Later on the Vulture [[EleventhHourSuperpower gives him its power]]... and Sadamitsu's PoweredArmor [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity starts behaving extremely erratically: it laughs at and taunts their opponent then retaliates with electrical torture]]. When Sadamitsu reminds it they should recover the alien instead of killing it, Junk attempts to do so... [[CrazyAwesome by turning the Activator's power level so high a single shot would shatter the whole planet]]. It is at that point [[KnowWhenToFoldEm Sadamitsu decides they wreaked enough havoc already and calls a retreat]].
* Heavily deconstructed in ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'', where the heroes' HumongousMecha, along with their opponents, are so powerful that their battles can cause thousands of civilian casualties if they don't take extreme caution. The pilots soon learn to fight in evacuated or unpopulated areas to limit the damage, but even then they're NotSoDifferent when [[spoiler:fighting in other worlds; then again, the damage they wreak then will pale compared to what'll happen to the place once they win--''the entire reality disappears!'']]. The populace initially has no way of telling that the heroes are even fighting for the Earth, and commonly refer to the mecha as {{Kaiju}}. Some foreign governments are so afraid that they [[spoiler:send assassins against the pilots]].
* Quite common in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''--though, for alchemists, the repair is just as easy as the destruction.

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* ''Hakaima Sadamitsu''. ''It's Averted in ''Manga/DesertPunk''. In an early episode, Desert Punk and Rain Spider prepare to duel in the friggin' title!'' (Sadamitsu '''The Destroyer'''). For those who haven't seen center of town for the show, he's a sort of brain dead Ichigo (yes, [[TookALevelInDumbass it's possible]]), pretty much whacking every alien he sees, while destroying a few neighborhoods every time. When a government weasel decides right to turn Earth into a refuge woman... as payment for reformed intergalactic criminals and Sadamitsu her father's debt. The town elder tries to call him on it, he's very well put down with the fact that "the rest of us can't afford to run around with a robot head destroying the entire planet... you... [[ShapedLikeItself destroyer]]". That actually hits a nerve, mostly because it's the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
** Almost taken to its LogicalExtreme later on: Sadamitsu calls out the Vulture on [[ThouShaltNotKill killing said aliens instead of capturing and incapacitating them]]. Later on the Vulture [[EleventhHourSuperpower gives him its power]]... and Sadamitsu's PoweredArmor [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity starts behaving extremely erratically: it laughs at and taunts
warn them off, saying their opponent then retaliates with electrical torture]]. When Sadamitsu reminds it they should recover the alien instead of killing it, Junk attempts to do so... [[CrazyAwesome by turning the Activator's power level duel will be so high a single shot would shatter the whole planet]]. It is at epic and destructive that point [[KnowWhenToFoldEm Sadamitsu decides they wreaked it will destroy the town. Turns out he didn't need to worry, as the duel turns out to be so non-epic and drawn out that most of the townspeople wander off in boredom after a few hours.
* In ''Anime/DevilMayCryTheAnimatedSeries'', Dante manages to stop a number of demons…unfortunately, the money for doing so is rarely
enough havoc already and calls a retreat]].
* Heavily deconstructed in ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'', where
to compensate for the heroes' HumongousMecha, along with their opponents, are so powerful that their battles can cause thousands of civilian casualties if they don't take extreme caution. The pilots soon learn to fight in evacuated or unpopulated areas to limit the damage, but even then they're NotSoDifferent when [[spoiler:fighting in other worlds; then again, way the damage they wreak then will pale compared bills add to what'll happen to the place once they win--''the entire reality disappears!'']]. his debts.
*
The populace initially has no way of telling that the heroes are even fighting ''LightNovel/DirtyPair'' could give [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]] a run for the Earth, and commonly refer to the mecha as {{Kaiju}}. Some foreign governments are so afraid that they [[spoiler:send assassins against the pilots]].
* Quite common in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''--though, for alchemists, the repair is
her money, 'cuz they've destroyed just as easy many planets as she has, in the destruction.line of duty. Which is how they got their name. And no, [[BerserkButton they do NOT take kindly to being referred to as such, to their faces!]]



* [[Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt Panty and Stocking]] live and breathe this trope. Luckily the citizens of [[CityOfAdventure Daten City]] all appear to be MadeOfIron.
* Kazuki's efforts to get to the roof of his school to stop Victor's resurrection at the end of the LXE arc of ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' cause more property damage than the LXE did in the ''entire story arc''. And to top it off [[spoiler: Kazuki's transformation into Victor III makes him inadvertently do as much harm to his classmates as Victor did once he woke up.]] At least he was able to prevent any actual (civilian) deaths...
* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'''s Kotetsu Kaburagi/Wild Tiger cares deeply about saving people -- and not a lick about property damage. Thank God there's literal HeroInsurance in his city, though it still gets him chewed out regularly by his corporate sponsors. It's also earned him the nickname "Crusher for Justice."
* Guts from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' overlaps with this and WalkingDisasterArea, as most of the time, shit is already messed up by the time he gets to a town (the usual scenario is that [[TheUsualAdversaries an apostle]] is a terrorizing the place). However, since Guts [[DemonSlaying hunts apostles]], he takes it upon himself to kill them, which should make him a hero... [[AntiHero but he does his deeds at the expense of everybody around him]] [[{{Revenge}} and for his own desires]] - [[ImplacableMan and he knows it.]] [[DeconstructedTrope Thus,]] Guts is pretty much [[HeroWithBadPublicity viewed as a villain]] by most who come across him.

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* [[Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt Panty and Stocking]] live and breathe this trope. Luckily the citizens of [[CityOfAdventure Daten City]] all appear to be MadeOfIron.
* Kazuki's efforts to get to the roof of his school to stop Victor's resurrection at the end
Most of the LXE arc cast of ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' cause more ''Manga/FairyTail''. At one point Natsu even states "The mages of Fairy Tail specialize in property damage than damage!" shortly after this he hits a guy through a tower. Not through just a wall, from the LXE did in tip of the ''entire story arc''. structure to the base.
** Natsu's first fight involves him wrecking a harbor. In the next chapter you find out he also destroyed seven private homes, a clock tower, and a church. "Their Magic Spells Destruction" is even the tagline Funimation uses when they release the show on DVD and Blu-Ray!
**
And to top it off [[spoiler: Kazuki's transformation into Victor III makes him inadvertently do as much harm to his classmates as Victor did once he woke up.]] At least he was able to prevent any actual (civilian) deaths...
* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'''s Kotetsu Kaburagi/Wild Tiger cares deeply about saving people -- and not a lick about property damage. Thank God
then there's literal HeroInsurance Gildarts. The city the Fairy Tail guild is based in his city, though it still gets him chewed has to be ''moved out regularly by his corporate sponsors. It's also earned him the nickname "Crusher for Justice."
* Guts from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' overlaps with this and WalkingDisasterArea, as most
of the time, shit is already messed way'' whenever he shows up by due to his Crash magic. In chapter 299, Gildarts saves a village from a monster only to accidentally destroy it whilst celebrating Cana's victory. All it took was for him to trip over.
* Quite common in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''--though, for alchemists,
the time he repair is just as easy as the destruction.
* When things are starting to get rough in ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'', the members of Section 9 generally try to avoid hurting innocent bystanders. Everything else usually
gets to a town (the usual scenario is that [[TheUsualAdversaries an apostle]] is a terrorizing completely trashed within minutes by [[MoreDakka heavy machine gun fire]], rockets, tanks, and the place). However, since Guts [[DemonSlaying hunts apostles]], he takes it upon himself to kill them, which should make him a hero... [[AntiHero but he does his deeds at occasional mecha.
* ''Hakaima Sadamitsu''. ''It's in
the expense friggin' title!'' (Sadamitsu '''The Destroyer'''). For those who haven't seen the show, he's a sort of everybody around him]] [[{{Revenge}} and for his own desires]] - [[ImplacableMan and he knows it.]] [[DeconstructedTrope Thus,]] Guts is brain dead Ichigo (yes, [[TookALevelInDumbass it's possible]]), pretty much [[HeroWithBadPublicity viewed as whacking every alien he sees, while destroying a villain]] few neighborhoods every time. When a government weasel decides to turn Earth into a refuge for reformed intergalactic criminals and Sadamitsu tries to call him on it, he's very well put down with the fact that "the rest of us can't afford to run around with a robot head destroying the entire planet... you... [[ShapedLikeItself destroyer]]". That actually hits a nerve, mostly because it's the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
** Almost taken to its LogicalExtreme later on: Sadamitsu calls out the Vulture on [[ThouShaltNotKill killing said aliens instead of capturing and incapacitating them]]. Later on the Vulture [[EleventhHourSuperpower gives him its power]]... and Sadamitsu's PoweredArmor [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity starts behaving extremely erratically: it laughs at and taunts their opponent then retaliates with electrical torture]]. When Sadamitsu reminds it they should recover the alien instead of killing it, Junk attempts to do so... [[CrazyAwesome
by most who come across him.turning the Activator's power level so high a single shot would shatter the whole planet]]. It is at that point [[KnowWhenToFoldEm Sadamitsu decides they wreaked enough havoc already and calls a retreat]].



* Madoka from ''Anime/RinneNoLagrange'' ''tries'' not to be one, but she's still in a HumongousMecha fighting other Humongous Mecha, so it doesn't always work.

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* Madoka from ''Anime/RinneNoLagrange'' ''tries'' not Koichi Hayase in the early parts of ''Manga/LinebarrelsOfIron'' caused quite a lot of property damage with his humongous mecha, it later comes back to be one, but she's still bite him in a HumongousMecha one of the most cruel ways imaginable, and THEN he gets called out on it.
* Subverted in ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''. Nanoha's
fighting other Humongous Mecha, style involves lots of {{Wave Motion Gun}}s, so there tends to be a lot of property damage; but civilians are rarely at risk since battles either take place inside of barriers that remove all muggles from the area or occur away from populated areas (plus magic can be made entirely non-lethal at will). However, it's played completely straight during Nanoha's first battle (which is what caused her to realize that WithGreatPowerComesGreatResponsibility).
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'':
** This trope is played tragically. As early as the very first episode we can see how destructive [[HumongousMecha Mazinger-Z]] can be (in the original manga, [[UnbuiltTrope Kouji destroyed half a city]] [[FallingIntoTheCockpit as he was trying to figure out how to handle the damned machine]]. In the anime series, he activated Mazinger in an unpopulated area; still, he destroyed his grandfather's lab, went on a rampage through the landscape and nearly got his little brother killed). When Kouji and Sayaka battle a [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beast]], usually there is not much left of the battlefield in the wake of the fight. And when
it doesn't always work.is a city, buildings collapse and people die. By episode 7, it was shown people did NOT appreciate this and as far as they were concerned, Mazinger-Z was just as bad as Dr. Hell's Mechanical Beasts.
%%** The sequels ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' and ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' also used this trope.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' mentioned this a lot pretty early on, with NERV officials getting bills and complaints about all the damage caused by the frequent battles in and around Tokyo-3. Shinji is quickly singled out as the pilot of Unit 01 as he's the only new kid to show up right when everyone's moving out because they don't much like the idea of 'living in a warzone.'
** In the same vein, the repairbill of a single Eva - usually 01 - was supposedly large enough to bankrupt a small country, and Seele criticises Nerv for needing them to bail them out after they go over-budget.
** Something of a plot point in the first few episodes that becomes a ChekhovsGun towards the end. During his first time in an Eva to save the city, he accidentally destroys a number of buildings including one where Toji's sister is, putting her in hospital. This eventually [[spoiler: leads to Toji agreeing to become an Eva pilot in order to get his sister better healthcare, which in turn results in the [[CerebusSyndrome Bardiel episode]], where everything in the show starts going wrong.]]



* In ''LightNovel/{{Campione}}'', whenever there's a historical monument present in the area, you can be sure that Godou will use The Boar to destroy the landmark even if he really doesn't want it happening. His first battle in the original novel ended with him destroying the Colosseum, and it was just a ''sparring match''.
** Justified in that he needs to target something weighing several tons to invoke the Boar and his enemies are usually too small for that, so he chooses nearby landmarks instead. He'd stop the Boar if he could, but it just ignores him.
** Even without invoking the Boar, Godou is a hazard. The Tokyo Tower was destroyed by a lightning fight he had with another Campione and Godou personally tore pillars off the façade of a landmark to use as oversized mallets against a god.
** John Pluto Smith fights to protect the people of Los Angeles but requires "sacrifices" to activate some of her Authorities. Relevant to this trope is that she requires the destruction of a large man-made structure to activate her Archmage Authority.
* Eren in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' whenever he uses his titan form in a city. He tends to cause more collateral damage than the normal titans by themselves since they're only interested in eating people while he punches and kicks them around causing them to crash into buildings. Fortunately the first two times he did that the city was already evacuated.
** Toward the end of the Female Titan Arc, Erwin Smith and the Survey Corps corner the suspected female titan shifter, [[spoiler:Annie Leonhardt]], to the Stohess district of Wall Sina. After their first attempts to capture her fail Eren assumes his titan form, and throws her into a church, in the middle of services. After both titan-shifters wreck many more buildings and crush several more people they finally manage to capture [[spoiler: Annie, but she encases herself in crystal preventing the Survey Corps from interrogating her]]. When the governor confronted Erwin about the collateral damage done and the civilians who were killed and asked if the operation was really worth it to help save humanity, Erwin responded with, "[[IDidWhatIHadToDo I think it's a step forward.]]"

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* In ''LightNovel/{{Campione}}'', whenever there's a historical monument present in Saitama from ''Manga/OnePunchMan'' has shown to be able to control the area, you can be sure strength of his attacks (he is so strong that Godou will use The Boar to destroy the landmark even if he really doesn't want it happening. His first battle in the original novel ended can defeat powerful monsters and villains with him destroying the Colosseum, and it was just a ''sparring match''.
** Justified in that he needs to target something weighing several tons to invoke the Boar and his enemies are usually too small for that, so he chooses nearby landmarks instead. He'd stop the Boar if he could,
single normal punch), but it just ignores him.
** Even without invoking the Boar, Godou is
only upto a hazard. The Tokyo Tower was destroyed by a lightning fight certain point, as he had with another Campione and Godou personally tore pillars off the façade of a landmark still tends to use as oversized mallets against a god.
** John Pluto Smith fights to protect the people of Los Angeles but requires "sacrifices" to activate some of her Authorities. Relevant to this trope is that she requires the
go overboard, occasionally causing mass destruction of a large man-made structure to activate her Archmage Authority.
* Eren in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' whenever he uses his titan form in a city. He tends to cause more collateral damage than the normal titans by themselves since they're only interested in eating people while he punches and kicks them around causing them to crash into buildings. Fortunately the first two times he did that the city was already evacuated.
** Toward the end of the Female Titan Arc, Erwin Smith and the Survey Corps corner the suspected female titan shifter, [[spoiler:Annie Leonhardt]], to the Stohess district of Wall Sina. After their first attempts to capture her fail Eren assumes his titan form, and throws her into a church,
in the middle of services. After both titan-shifters wreck many more buildings aftermath.
* [[Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt Panty
and crush several more people they finally manage to capture [[spoiler: Annie, but she encases herself in crystal preventing Stocking]] live and breathe this trope. Luckily the Survey Corps from interrogating her]]. When the governor confronted Erwin about the collateral damage done and the civilians who were killed and asked if the operation was really worth it citizens of [[CityOfAdventure Daten City]] all appear to help save humanity, Erwin responded with, "[[IDidWhatIHadToDo I think it's a step forward.]]"be MadeOfIron.



* Roger Smith in ''Anime/TheBigO''. His primary weapon is a HumongousMecha, and the setting is a city. Said giant robot also travels via underground rail system and causes massive damage to roads and buildings ''just by appearing''. Every episode inevitably features an enemy which only The Big O can defeat. The Military Police Major Dastun understandably isn't particularly happy whenever the Big shows up, though he realizes that it's also the only thing that can save the day.
* Subverted in ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''. Nanoha's fighting style involves lots of {{Wave Motion Gun}}s, so there tends to be a lot of property damage; but civilians are rarely at risk since battles either take place inside of barriers that remove all muggles from the area or occur away from populated areas (plus magic can be made entirely non-lethal at will). However, it's played completely straight during Nanoha's first battle (which is what caused her to realize that WithGreatPowerComesGreatResponsibility).

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* Roger Smith in ''Anime/TheBigO''. His primary weapon is a HumongousMecha, ''Anime/PhantomQuestCorp'' Ayaka's pretty handy with her [[LaserBlade Red Dragon Star Sword]] and she's a pro at demon slaying. Minus the setting is a city. Said giant robot also travels via underground rail system fact that she ends up trashing public property and causes massive damage national landmarks, during most of her battles (like what she did to roads and buildings ''just by appearing''. Every the observation room of TokyoTower).
* Madoka from ''Anime/RinneNoLagrange'' ''tries'' not to be one, but she's still in a HumongousMecha fighting other Humongous Mecha, so it doesn't always work.
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'': Lina Inverse has a nasty habit of casting the [[FantasticNuke Dragon Slave]] in populated areas, especially when the series takes a turn for the funny. The most famous incident is the first
episode inevitably features an enemy of the anime, in which only The Big O can defeat. The Military Police Major Dastun understandably isn't a village is being attacked by a dragon Lina accidentally set loose by slaughtering/robbing the gang of bandits that it belonged to. Lina first makes the village elder promise to pay her before lifting a finger to help, then destroys the whole village along with the dragon because the dragon insults her by ''not'' stepping on her. (She still expects to be paid.)
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Parallel Works 6'' has an alternate Gurren-dan defeating their Beastmen oppressors in an incredibly badass way, but at the very end of the short, the ersatz Simon (who is an older, ordinary bloke in this version) is distraught to find that they have completely decimated his hometown in the process.
* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'''s Kotetsu Kaburagi/Wild Tiger cares deeply about saving people -- and not a lick about property damage. Thank God there's literal HeroInsurance in his city, though it still gets him chewed out regularly by his corporate sponsors. It's also earned him the nickname "Crusher for Justice."
* Vash the Stampede of ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'', who is known as the "Humanoid Typhoon" due to being one of these. He eventually gets declared to be "the first human Act of God" because wherever he goes, things get wrecked.
** In the manga, he eventually gets dubbed "God's armed arm" in the aftermath of a
particularly happy whenever the Big shows up, though he realizes that spectacular catastrophe. That's right, it's also so bad he's considered the only thing instrument of divine retribution (Though, in all honesty, [[spoiler:it was because of his brother Knives]].) The best part, and a good bit of the comedy early on in the series, revolves around the fact that can save Vash is a TechnicalPacifist, and things are wrecked by people gunning for him. His introduction into the day.
* Subverted in ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''. Nanoha's fighting style
series involves lots him sitting down to a bar and a hail of {{Wave Motion Gun}}s, so there tends to be a lot of property damage; but civilians are rarely at risk since battles either take place inside of barriers that remove all muggles from the area or occur away from populated areas (plus magic can be made entirely non-lethal at will). However, it's played bullets completely straight and utterly destroying the entire building, save the stool he happened to be sitting on. Everyone tries to kill him because of the huge bounty on his head, and there's a huge bounty on his head because destruction follows him everywhere. He put a hole in THE MOON while trying to stop Knives (Which also happened to be Knives' fault).
** This gets tragically deconstructed in the anime rendition, where it's shown that while Vash somehow managed to avoid killing anyone when he blew up a town, everyone in the town then died of thirst and starvation afterwards. Which brings up the FridgeHorror of just how often similar scenes have played out in the past...
* In ''Yuusha-Oh Anime/GaoGaiGar'', this trope bothers Koutarou Taiga so much he has the Dividing Driver built by episode 4. It creates a safe battlefield in any area by shifting the rest of the matter out of the way temporarily.
* ''Anime/{{Zambot 3}}'': Yoshiyuki KillEmAll Tomino went to extreme lengths to show why it is not a good idea getting two HumongousMecha fighting in a populated area. Although the [[KidHero children]] piloting Zambot tries to stop the [[{{Robeast}} Mecha Burst]], they make just so much damage ([[UngratefulBastard which does nothing to convince the Earth folk who hate them that they are ON their side]]).
* The titular Children from ''Manga/ZettaiKarenChildren'' at first have a tendency to apply some amount of overkill
during Nanoha's first battle (which is what caused her to realize that WithGreatPowerComesGreatResponsibility).their missions. They get better though under the guidance of Minamoto.



* Comicbook/IncredibleHulk

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* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' had fun with this in two directions. On the one hand, the series was the trope namer for ConvenientlyEmptyBuilding. On the other hand, there was an entire episode devoted to the consequences of this, in which a group of other heroes proclaimed Coop the greatest villain on Earth and tried to bring him to justice.
-->"Nobody wrecks MY city! Uh... except me."
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
** Most notable one being when the girls fight in HumongousMecha. Others are not that destructive.
** This is actually deconstructed in one episode where they move to a city on the more [[SlidingScaleOfCynicismVersusIdealism cynical end of the scale]]. The mayor [[WhatTheHellHero calls them]] on destroying an important suspension bridge in order to stop some bank robbers who stole only a few hundred dollars.
** Mojo Jojo also pulls a gambit to make the girls super huge so that they wreck townsville as they search for him. He's more anxious than usual about being caught, but the growth does get half the job done.
** Also shows up in TheMovie.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''
** In the episode "Wormy", Spongebob and Patrick sound the alarm about a monster (actually a butterfly) and send the entire city in a panic that causes far more destruction than the "monster" would have ever caused.
** In the episode "Sandy, Spongebob, and the Worm", Spongebob and Sandy managed to drive a giant off a cliff to get rid of it. However, at the same time the citizens of Bikini Bottom were pushing the city somewhere else in an attempt to get away from the worm. The city ended up at the bottom of the cliff that the worm fell off and so the giant worm landed on top of Bikini Bottom, destroying it.
* WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers destroys Planet X in an argument with Marvin the Martian in the original ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short. Seeing as it was a Cold War satire, this was quite intentional.



* Bulkhead of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' has this problem. Quite often, actually, as he DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength.
-->'''Sari''': I'm sure it wasn't that bad. You saved the city, right?\\
'''Bumblebee''': After destroying half of it.\\
'''Sari''': Not helping.
** Of course, as the perspective Autobot team in ''Animated'' started as a repair crew, and the city of Detroit isn't exactly happy about the collateral damage, on more than one occasion they have forced the Autobots to clean up after themselves. Which is good, because even the live-action PG-13 movies don't feature as much destruction as ''Animated.''
* One of the most-remembered episodes among fans of the original ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' series involved [[NewAgeRetroHippie peacenick Autobot Beachcomber]] stumbling across a strategic resource in an unspoiled meadow. Naturally, both sides end up completely laying waste to said meadow fighting over it. The final line of the episode is Beachcomber surveying the scene of devastation and declaring, heartbroken, "[[PyrrhicVictory We won.]]"
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime,'' Bulkhead is forever accidentally smashing sensitive equipment even if not in battle. Ratchet will always yell "Bulkhead! I needed that!"
* Cyborg in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' picked up a ''building'' to hit Plasmus. Raven likewise tends to telekinetically throw anything and everything not nailed down at her enemies, which has included buildings.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansTroubleInTokyo'', Raven laments the fact that nobody in Japan drives [=SUV=]s... Nevermind that all the people are probably lamenting the fact that their expensive cars are being used for FiveRoundsRapid.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': "Thank you, mysterious heroes. The value of the Gemerald you saved is slightly greater than the cost of the damage you caused to this museum. A net gain for our great city!"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': "Thank you, Bartman. Your overzealous homicide has saved me eighty cents!"
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' in his one-episode appearance in ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan''.
* ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'': Splendid frequently causes a tonne of damage along with the frequent fatalities he inflicts during his "heroism".

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* Bulkhead of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' has this problem. Quite often, actually, as he DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength.
-->'''Sari''': I'm sure it wasn't that bad. You saved
WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers destroys Planet X in an argument with Marvin the city, right?\\
'''Bumblebee''': After destroying half of it.\\
'''Sari''': Not helping.
** Of course, as the perspective Autobot team
Martian in ''Animated'' started as a repair crew, and the city of Detroit isn't exactly happy about the collateral damage, on more than one occasion they have forced the Autobots to clean up after themselves. Which is good, because even the live-action PG-13 movies don't feature as much destruction as ''Animated.''
* One of the most-remembered episodes among fans of
the original ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' series involved [[NewAgeRetroHippie peacenick Autobot Beachcomber]] stumbling across ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short. Seeing as it was a strategic resource in an unspoiled meadow. Naturally, both sides end up completely laying waste to said meadow fighting over it. The final line of the Cold War satire, this was quite intentional.
* A ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
episode is Beachcomber surveying has Peter and his friends (in a ''Series/TheATeam'' parody) tried to save a girl's cat. They fired at the scene of devastation and declaring, heartbroken, "[[PyrrhicVictory We won.]]"
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime,'' Bulkhead is forever accidentally smashing sensitive equipment even if not in battle. Ratchet will always yell "Bulkhead! I needed that!"
* Cyborg in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' picked up a ''building'' to hit Plasmus. Raven likewise tends to telekinetically throw anything and everything not nailed down at
tree until it fell down- onto her enemies, family's house.
* A RunningGag in ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'' is the frequency with
which has included buildings.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansTroubleInTokyo'', Raven laments
the fact that nobody titular character inadvertently causes havoc or breaks things while chasing a suspect.
* Fry, Leela and Bender
in Japan drives [=SUV=]s... Nevermind that all the people are probably lamenting the fact that their expensive cars are being used for FiveRoundsRapid.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' superhero episode: "Thank you, mysterious heroes. The value of the Gemerald you saved is slightly greater than the cost of the damage you caused to this museum. A net gain for our great city!"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': "Thank you, Bartman. Your overzealous homicide has saved me eighty cents!"
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' in his one-episode appearance in ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan''.
* ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'': Splendid frequently causes a tonne of damage along with the frequent fatalities he inflicts during his "heroism".
city!"



* The original WorldOfCardboardSpeech was followed up by Superman punching Darkseid through at least six skyscrapers (none come down, but at least a couple appear to take sufficient enough damage to be condemned) and then pounding him into a city-block-wide crater. The city was already torn up from the preceding fight, but daaaaaang.

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* ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'': Splendid frequently causes a tonne of damage along with the frequent fatalities he inflicts during his "heroism".
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
The original WorldOfCardboardSpeech was followed up by Superman punching Darkseid through at least six skyscrapers (none come down, but at least a couple appear to take sufficient enough damage to be condemned) and then pounding him into a city-block-wide crater. The city was already torn up from the preceding fight, but daaaaaang.



* A RunningGag in ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'' is the frequency with which the titular character inadvertently causes havoc or breaks things while chasing a suspect.
* Addressed in ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'', Nick Fury tells Spider-Man that he tends to cause to much collateral damage in fighting super villains, Nick is trying to train the team to do less property damage in their fights.

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* A RunningGag ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' in ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'' is the frequency his one-episode appearance in ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' had fun
with this in two directions. On the one hand, the series was the trope namer for ConvenientlyEmptyBuilding. On the other hand, there was an entire episode devoted to the consequences of this, in which a group of other heroes proclaimed Coop the titular character inadvertently causes havoc or breaks things while chasing a suspect.
greatest villain on Earth and tried to bring him to justice.
-->"Nobody wrecks MY city! Uh... except me."
* Addressed ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
** Most notable one being when the girls fight
in ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'', Nick Fury tells Spider-Man HumongousMecha. Others are not that he tends destructive.
** This is actually deconstructed in one episode where they move
to cause a city on the more [[SlidingScaleOfCynicismVersusIdealism cynical end of the scale]]. The mayor [[WhatTheHellHero calls them]] on destroying an important suspension bridge in order to much collateral damage in fighting stop some bank robbers who stole only a few hundred dollars.
** Mojo Jojo also pulls a gambit to make the girls
super villains, Nick is trying to train huge so that they wreck townsville as they search for him. He's more anxious than usual about being caught, but the team to do less property damage growth does get half the job done.
** Also shows up
in their fights.TheMovie.



* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Similar to the cat rescue story below, as Series/TheATeam Peter and his friends once tried to save a girl's cat. They fired at the tree until it fell down- onto her family's house.

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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Similar to ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': "Thank you, Bartman. Your overzealous homicide has saved me eighty cents!"
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''
** In
the cat rescue story below, as Series/TheATeam Peter episode "Wormy", Spongebob and his friends once tried Patrick sound the alarm about a monster (actually a butterfly) and send the entire city in a panic that causes far more destruction than the "monster" would have ever caused.
** In the episode "Sandy, Spongebob, and the Worm", Spongebob and Sandy managed
to save drive a girl's cat. They fired giant off a cliff to get rid of it. However, at the tree until it same time the citizens of Bikini Bottom were pushing the city somewhere else in an attempt to get away from the worm. The city ended up at the bottom of the cliff that the worm fell down- onto her family's house. off and so the giant worm landed on top of Bikini Bottom, destroying it.


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* Cyborg in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' picked up a ''building'' to hit Plasmus. Raven likewise tends to telekinetically throw anything and everything not nailed down at her enemies, which has included buildings.
** In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansTroubleInTokyo'', Raven laments the fact that nobody in Japan drives [=SUV=]s... Nevermind that all the people are probably lamenting the fact that their expensive cars are being used for FiveRoundsRapid.


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* One of the most-remembered episodes among fans of the original ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' series involved [[NewAgeRetroHippie peacenick Autobot Beachcomber]] stumbling across a strategic resource in an unspoiled meadow. Naturally, both sides end up completely laying waste to said meadow fighting over it. The final line of the episode is Beachcomber surveying the scene of devastation and declaring, heartbroken, "[[PyrrhicVictory We won.]]"
* Bulkhead of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' has this problem. Quite often, actually, as he DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength.
-->'''Sari''': I'm sure it wasn't that bad. You saved the city, right?\\
'''Bumblebee''': After destroying half of it.\\
'''Sari''': Not helping.
** Of course, as the perspective Autobot team in ''Animated'' started as a repair crew, and the city of Detroit isn't exactly happy about the collateral damage, on more than one occasion they have forced the Autobots to clean up after themselves. Which is good, because even the live-action PG-13 movies don't feature as much destruction as ''Animated.''
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime,'' Bulkhead is forever accidentally smashing sensitive equipment even if not in battle. Ratchet will always yell "Bulkhead! I needed that!"
* Addressed in ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'', Nick Fury tells Spider-Man that he tends to cause to much collateral damage in fighting super villains, Nick is trying to train the team to do less property damage in their fights.
10th Feb '17 10:38:42 AM Discar
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* ''Series/{{Powerless 2017}}'': It's casually mentioned that the leading cause of deaths in a corporate environment is Superman crashing through a building during a big fight.
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* One of the few grey areas in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' was Chrom's father waging a war against the ReligionOfEvil Grimleal in Plegia to stop their actions. However loss of soldiers in the war, led to recruiting of peasants, leading to no one farming his lands, [[SerialEscalation leading to]] widespread starvation in addition to not destroying the Grimleal, and likely damaging Plegia as a whole. Later in the game, a conqueror from another continent, Walhart also tries to exterminate the Grimleal, but makes enemies with entire continent, and also fails. [[spoiler: Walhart's supports reveal he was manipulated by hidden Grimleal in his army, one wonders if the same happened to Chrom's father?]]

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* One of the few grey areas in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' was Chrom's father waging a war against the ReligionOfEvil Grimleal in Plegia to stop their actions. However loss of soldiers in the war, war led to recruiting of peasants, leading to no one farming his lands, [[SerialEscalation leading to]] widespread starvation in addition to not destroying the Grimleal, and likely damaging Plegia as a whole. Later in the game, a conqueror from another continent, Walhart also tries to exterminate the Grimleal, but makes enemies with the entire continent, and also fails. [[spoiler: Walhart's supports reveal he was manipulated by hidden Grimleal in his army, one army. One wonders if the same happened to Chrom's father?]]
3rd Feb '17 3:08:22 PM Monsund
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* One of the few grey areas in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' was Chrom's father waging a war against the ReligionOfEvil Grimleal in Plegia to stop their actions, but his actions led to recruiting of peasants leading to no one farming his lands, and widespread starvation in addition to not destroying the Grimleal, and likely damaging Plegia as a whole. Later in the game, a conqueror from another continent, Walhart also tries to exterminate the Grimleal, but makes enemies with entire continent, and also fails. [[spoiler: Walhart's supports reveal he was manipulated by hidden Grimleal in his army, one wonders if the same happened to Chrom's father?]]

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* One of the few grey areas in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' was Chrom's father waging a war against the ReligionOfEvil Grimleal in Plegia to stop their actions, but his actions actions. However loss of soldiers in the war, led to recruiting of peasants peasants, leading to no one farming his lands, and [[SerialEscalation leading to]] widespread starvation in addition to not destroying the Grimleal, and likely damaging Plegia as a whole. Later in the game, a conqueror from another continent, Walhart also tries to exterminate the Grimleal, but makes enemies with entire continent, and also fails. [[spoiler: Walhart's supports reveal he was manipulated by hidden Grimleal in his army, one wonders if the same happened to Chrom's father?]]
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* One of the few grey areas in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' was Chrom's father waging a war against the ReligionOfEvil Grimleal in Plegia to stop their actions, but his actions led to recruiting of peasants leading to no one farming his lands, and widespread starvation in addition to not destroying the Grimleal, and likely damaging Plegia as a whole. Later in the game, a conqueror from another continent, Walhart also tries to exterminate the Grimleal, but makes enemies with entire continent, and also fails. [[spoiler: Walhart's supports reveal he was manipulated by hidden Grimleal in his army, one wonders if the same happened to Chrom's father?]]
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