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16th Feb '17 3:50:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* Used to a degree in the course of the later games in the ''MechWarrior'' series, 3 and 4 to be precise. Previous games had Mechs either explode into pieces or be rendered a standing but inert corpse (most likely as a limitation of the early game engines). 3, however, first introduced dramatic [[OverHeating heat induced deaths]]. One might expect the normal death animation to play where the 'Mech catches fire, its torso goes up in flames, and it falls over amid a shower of ruined internal structures spewing from the machine. Not so. Instead, a Mech destroyed by excess heat goes up in a highly damaging ''mushroom cloud,'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q53tQKt7Uog almost certainly invoking this trope.]] MechWarrior 4 simply had every destroyed Mech spew streams of blue-white light from its core as it fell, before exploding into chunky rubble loosely resembling the original chassis.

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* Used to a degree in the course of the later games in the ''MechWarrior'' ''VideoGame/MechWarrior'' series, 3 and 4 to be precise. Previous games had Mechs either explode into pieces or be rendered a standing but inert corpse (most likely as a limitation of the early game engines). 3, however, first introduced dramatic [[OverHeating heat induced deaths]]. One might expect the normal death animation to play where the 'Mech catches fire, its torso goes up in flames, and it falls over amid a shower of ruined internal structures spewing from the machine. Not so. Instead, a Mech destroyed by excess heat goes up in a highly damaging ''mushroom cloud,'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q53tQKt7Uog almost certainly invoking this trope.]] MechWarrior 4 simply had every destroyed Mech spew streams of blue-white light from its core as it fell, before exploding into chunky rubble loosely resembling the original chassis.
16th Feb '17 3:50:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* Ironically averted in MetroidFusion. For a series with so many [[EarthShatteringKaboom catastrophic countdowns]], the main reactor-related emergencies in Fusion aren't explosive. In the first instance, the cooling systems in the high-temperature habitat are deliberately shut down, risking a ''boiler'' explosion; in the second, vines invade the reactor and SCRAM it. The later [[EarthShatteringKaboom destruction of the station]] is caused deliberately by [[ColonyDrop running it into the nearby planet.]]

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* Ironically averted in MetroidFusion.''VideoGame/MetroidFusion''. For a series with so many [[EarthShatteringKaboom catastrophic countdowns]], the main reactor-related emergencies in Fusion aren't explosive. In the first instance, the cooling systems in the high-temperature habitat are deliberately shut down, risking a ''boiler'' explosion; in the second, vines invade the reactor and SCRAM it. The later [[EarthShatteringKaboom destruction of the station]] is caused deliberately by [[ColonyDrop running it into the nearby planet.]]
1st Dec '16 8:38:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/Holocaust2000'': Robert's company is working on building a new type of nuclear power plant in the Middle East that could provide energy for the entire Third World. The project garners masses of protestors because it could end up causing a meltdown that would result in nuclear stockpiles all over the world blowing up ([[ArtisticLicenceNuclearPhysics exactly how this would work is never addressed]]).
6th Aug '16 1:14:13 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', the eponymous ring, large enough to have its own ecosystem, is broken into pieces by throwing 4 grenades into a starship's engine containment field. "Wildcat destabilization".
** A fusion reactor can't go critical; rather than going out of control, the reaction just ''stops''. However, if, while the reaction is still functioning properly, one were to remove whatever is holding it in place (probably a magnetic field—the hotter fusion rockets would have to use those, rather than a rocket made of matter, because even diamonds would vaporize on contact with the plasma), it would vaporize everything within a very large radius. Of course, it's unlikely one would have the time to get away before that happened.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', the eponymous ring, large enough to have its own ecosystem, is broken into pieces by throwing 4 grenades into a starship's engine containment field. The term used to describe it is "Wildcat destabilization".
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destabilization". In reality, a fusion reactor can't go critical; rather than going out of control, the reaction just ''stops''. However, if, while the reaction is still functioning properly, one were to remove whatever is holding it in place (probably a magnetic field—the field — the hotter fusion rockets would have to use those, rather than a rocket something made of matter, because even diamonds would vaporize on contact with the plasma), it would vaporize everything within a very large radius. Of course, it's unlikely one would have the time to get away before that happened.
3rd Aug '16 10:22:18 PM CalvinBoyOfDestiny
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* * As in its source material, the titular starship's dark matter drive explodes in ''FanFic/AuroraFalls.''

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* * As in its source material, the titular starship's dark matter drive explodes in ''FanFic/AuroraFalls.''
3rd Aug '16 10:21:42 PM CalvinBoyOfDestiny
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* As in its source material, the titular starship's dark matter drive explodes in ''FanFic/AuroraFalls.''

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* As in its source material, the titular starship's dark matter drive explodes in ''FanFic/AuroraFalls.''


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* * As in its source material, the titular starship's dark matter drive explodes in ''FanFic/AuroraFalls.''
3rd Aug '16 10:20:34 PM CalvinBoyOfDestiny
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* As in its source material, the titular starship's dark matter drive explodes in ''FanFic/AuroraFalls.''
3rd Aug '16 8:56:11 PM Discar
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'''Tagon:''' Twice in the past three months. Remind me to tell you about my short, furry employer.

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'''Tagon:''' Twice in the past three months. Remind me to tell you about my short, furry employer.\\
'''Pranger:''' I'll buy the beer, Captain. I'll buy the beer.
30th Jul '16 2:40:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''GIJoeResolute'' does the above too, where Cobra has turned a number of nukes into a reactor. Scarlett has no idea how they did that.

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* ''GIJoeResolute'' ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeResolute'' does the above too, where Cobra has turned a number of nukes into a reactor. Scarlett has no idea how they did that.
29th Jul '16 9:46:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* There are quite a few in ''DukeNukem3D’’.

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* There are quite a few in ''DukeNukem3D’’.''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D’’.
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