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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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20th Feb '16 5:23:10 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* This happened to Precia's {{Mana}} reactor in the backstory of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', although the movie shows that this mainly happened because corporate executives [[IgnoredExpert took her out of the decision making process]] and pushed for it to be used [[UnfinishedUntestedUsedAnyway before the safety measures were fully tested]].

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* This happened to Precia's {{Mana}} reactor in the backstory of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', although the movie shows that this mainly happened because corporate executives [[IgnoredExpert took her out of the decision making process]] and pushed for it to be used [[UnfinishedUntestedUsedAnyway before the safety measures were fully tested]].
30th Jan '16 8:39:28 AM nombretomado
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* In ''SyphonFilter: Logan's Shadow'', one level has you aboard a recently sunk nuclear powered navy ship with the nuclear reactor about to "go critical" forcing you to hurry and shut it down by removing the fuel rods instead of inserting control rods as would be done in reality.

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* In ''SyphonFilter: Logan's Shadow'', ''VideoGame/SyphonFilterLogansShadow'', one level has you aboard a recently sunk nuclear powered navy ship with the nuclear reactor about to "go critical" forcing you to hurry and shut it down by removing the fuel rods instead of inserting control rods as would be done in reality.
16th Jan '16 10:02:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/AftermathPopulationZero'': Because the presently active nuclear power plants across the globe are no longer being manned after humanity's disappearance, it's only a matter of time before they go into nuclear meltdown. Whole regions are turned into death zones for decades to come for any animals trying to survive.

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30th Sep '15 7:36:46 PM DDRMASTERM
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->''"Last night Chernobyl nuclear power plant fulfilled the Five Year Plan for heat energy generation in four microseconds."''

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->''"Last night Chernobyl {{UsefulNotes/Chernobyl}} nuclear power plant fulfilled the Five Year Plan for heat energy generation in four microseconds."''
20th Sep '15 8:06:06 PM Adept
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* A major event midway through AnalogueAHateStory. When it starts, you're given an ExactTimeToFailure of twenty minutes, and it's made pretty clear that this is not enough time to get out of the blast radius, despite the PlayerCharacter being in pretty much the best possible position to be doing so.

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* A major event midway through AnalogueAHateStory.VisualNovel/AnalogueAHateStory. When it starts, you're given an ExactTimeToFailure of twenty minutes, and it's made pretty clear that this is not enough time to get out of the blast radius, despite the PlayerCharacter being in pretty much the best possible position to be doing so.
7th Sep '15 10:47:10 AM nombretomado
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* As part of a military operation in one of the ''NewJediOrder'' novels, Admiral Kre'fey programs the reactor on a decommissioned and unmanned Interdictor cruiser to go supercritical once its shields go below 20%. Justified in that it was intentional, and also possibly justified because most ships in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' galaxy use hypermatter reactors, which work by technobabble.[[note]]Supposedly they forcibly pull tachyons out of hyperspace, which makes them self-annihilate.[[/note]]

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* As part of a military operation in one of the ''NewJediOrder'' ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' novels, Admiral Kre'fey programs the reactor on a decommissioned and unmanned Interdictor cruiser to go supercritical once its shields go below 20%. Justified in that it was intentional, and also possibly justified because most ships in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' galaxy use hypermatter reactors, which work by technobabble.[[note]]Supposedly they forcibly pull tachyons out of hyperspace, which makes them self-annihilate.[[/note]]
24th Aug '15 2:08:38 PM Dravencour
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* ''VideoGame/{{Hatred}}'' has you [[spoiler:''causing'' one of these in the final sequence of the game, with the aid of two bundles of C4 explosive stolen from a military base]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Hatred}}'' has you [[spoiler:''causing'' one of these at a nuclear power plant in the final sequence of the game, with the aid of two bundles of C4 explosive stolen from a military base]].
24th Aug '15 2:03:10 PM Dravencour
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* ''VideoGame/{{Hatred}}'' has you [[spoiler:''causing'' one of these in the final sequence of the game, with the aid of two bundles of C4 explosive stolen from a military base]].
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