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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’’.
18th Apr '16 9:46:04 AM ChronoLegion
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* Discussed in Creator/MikhailAkhmanov's ''[[Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDark Invasion]]'' by the three admirals of the [[SpaceNavy United Space Forces]] in the wake of the ''Lark''[='s=] disappearance. The official story is that the cruiser's reactor experienced a meltdown and destroyed the ship. However, the admirals discuss the possibility and list three cases of reactor exploding in outer space and cite that those were either obsolete reactors on non-USF ships or the result of micrometeorites damaging the cooling systems. Played straight during the Battle of the Martian Orbit, when one USF cruiser is described as being destroyed, when her armor was punched through by an AntiMatter blast that impacted the reactor chamber. However, even if the reactor didn't explode, the anti-matter would've destroyed the ship anyway.
26th Mar '16 4:28:26 PM SovereignGFC
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* Averted in ''FanFic/HeroesOfTheDeskRepercussions''--a US supercarrier is sunk in shallow water but [[RealityEnsues the Navy gets the situation under control]]. Of course, since this trope exists, some people panic anyway even though nothing bad happens.
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* In ''FanFic/HeroesOfTheDeskRepercussions'', an escort ship is attacked by an 0-23-8, resulting in a reactor explosion. Seeing this happen, the ship it is protecting promptly [[GenreSavvy shuts down]] its own powerplant to avoid a similar fate. [[spoiler:Given that the attacker is a 4-dimensional being that can reach inside anything 3-dimensional and rearrange whatever it wants, it's not hard to see how pulling a few wires might make things go boom.]]
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