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23rd May '17 7:34:11 AM Overanalyzer
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* In Comicbook/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic, Zayne warns the Mandalorians that their base on Jebble has been overrun by [[ZombieApocalypse rakghouls]], thinking that they'll quarantine the planet. [[TheDragon Cassus Fett]] opts to sterilize the site with a massive nuclear strike instead.
19th Feb '17 8:47:34 PM isoycrazy
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* ''Discworld/TheLastHero'' has a shoutout to this when Leonard de Quirm describes a possible threat to his spaceship he just made. His illustration of the Imaginary Hull Borer ("if such a creature invades the ship, vital crew split up in order to search for it") includes the Latatian "Nucleus situm ex orbita, unus certis maximus". In other words, "Nuke the entire site from orbit, It's the Only Way to Be Sure."
26th Jan '17 8:04:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* In VideoGame/StarcraftIIWingsOfLiberty'', Selendis wants to do this to an infested colony, albeit less drastically than the ones in the original. Instead of incinerating the entire planet, her method is vaporising the (potentially) infested parts.

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* In VideoGame/StarcraftIIWingsOfLiberty'', ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIWingsOfLiberty'', Selendis wants to do this to an infested colony, albeit less drastically than the ones in the original. Instead of incinerating the entire planet, her method is vaporising the (potentially) infested parts.
26th Jan '17 8:04:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'': The research facility on Noveria includes a safety mechanism in the so-called "hot labs" that initiates a NeutronBomb explosion and sterilizes the labs, to contain outbreaks. There's also a more comprehensive system that shuts down environmental control throughout the facility and sinks it deeper into the ice shelf, letting the conditions kill off anything hazardous. Similarly, this approach is also taken with Saren's facility in Virmire with the Salarians converting their ship's drive core to a makeshift nuclear device.

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''VideoGame/MassEffect1'': The research facility on Noveria includes a safety mechanism in the so-called "hot labs" that initiates a NeutronBomb explosion and sterilizes the labs, to contain outbreaks. There's also a more comprehensive system that shuts down environmental control throughout the facility and sinks it deeper into the ice shelf, letting the conditions kill off anything hazardous. Similarly, this approach is also taken with Saren's facility in Virmire with the Salarians converting their ship's drive core to a makeshift nuclear device.
26th Jan '17 8:03:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar II: Retribution'', the Inquisition executes the Exterminatus (explained in Tabletop section) to prevent a planet from being seized by an emerging Demon Prince. [[spoiler: They are a bit too late and not so thorough]].
* In ''{{Starcraft}}'', right before the first game, the Protoss incinerate ''a planet'' because it was overrun by the Zerg. The same thing happens another few times (off-screen) during the Terran campaign. The Protoss executor Tassadar abandons this tactic though, because he feels bad for all of the Terrans that die in the process.
** In [=SC2=] Wings of Liberty, Selendis wants to do this to an infested colony, albeit less drastically than the ones in the original. Instead of incinerating the entire planet, her method is vaporising the (potentially) infested parts.

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* In ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar II: ''VideoGame/DawnOfWarII: Retribution'', the Inquisition executes the Exterminatus (explained in Tabletop section) to prevent a planet from being seized by an emerging Demon Prince. [[spoiler: They are a bit too late and not so thorough]].
* In ''{{Starcraft}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'', right before the first game, the Protoss incinerate ''a planet'' because it was overrun by the Zerg. The same thing happens another few times (off-screen) during the Terran campaign. The Protoss executor Tassadar abandons this tactic though, because he feels bad for all of the Terrans that die in the process.
** * In [=SC2=] Wings of Liberty, VideoGame/StarcraftIIWingsOfLiberty'', Selendis wants to do this to an infested colony, albeit less drastically than the ones in the original. Instead of incinerating the entire planet, her method is vaporising the (potentially) infested parts.
15th Jan '17 1:33:20 AM tbszgr
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* On a smaller scale: A relatively quick and reliable (if messy) method to dispose of a nuclear weapon is to blow it up. While this scatters the fissile material (hence the mess), it also prevents unauthorised use or an accidental nuclear detonation.
30th Dec '16 5:34:12 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* Occurs with depressing regularity in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', usually from the Imperial method of Exterminatus, either by Virus Bomb or Cyclonic Torpedo or good ol' fashioned "shoot the planet until it breaks apart" trick. Ironically, it's also always justified. (Would you rather a quick, relatively painless death or millenia of torment as your soul is flayed from you along with your skin inch by inch?)

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* Occurs with depressing regularity in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', 40000}}''
** Occurs with depressing regularity,
usually from the Imperial method of Exterminatus, either by Virus Bomb or Cyclonic Torpedo or good ol' fashioned "shoot the planet until it breaks apart" trick. Ironically, it's also always justified. (Would you rather a quick, relatively painless death or millenia of torment as your soul is flayed from you along with your skin inch by inch?)inch?) [[note]] 40k being the [[CrapsackWorld setting]] it is, there have been occasions where Exterminatus orders have been issued (and carried out) for reasons as petty as a communications specialist not being allowed to retire and return home. Poor, poor Stalinvast... [[/note]]



** ''Almost'' always justified. 40k being the [[CrapsackWorld setting]] it is, there have been occasions where Exterminatus orders have been issued (and carried out) for reasons as petty as a communications specialist not being allowed to retire and return home. Poor, poor Stalinvast...
16th Dec '16 4:34:47 PM FordPrefect
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* In Series/StargateSG1, the main team drops a massive nuclear weapon to blow up the gate through which the Ori intend to come to the Milky Way galaxy. It fails spectacularly, as all the energy of the warhead is only used by the Ori to collapse a planet into a black hole to power a nearby supergate. But before they realised that, they billed it as the 'only way to be sure'.

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* In Series/StargateSG1, ''Series/StargateSG1'', the main team drops a massive nuclear weapon to blow up the gate through which the Ori intend to come to the Milky Way galaxy. It fails spectacularly, as all the energy of the warhead is only used by the Ori to collapse a planet into a black hole to power a nearby supergate. But before they realised that, they billed it as the 'only way to be sure'.
19th Nov '16 5:46:19 PM TrollMan
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* When the sheer ferocity and potential danger that the organisms of [[DeathWorld Hender's Island]] in ''Literature/{{Fragment}}'' could potentially unleash upon the world should they to the mainland is realized (the most conservative computer simulations suggest at [[ApocalypseHow the extinction of all other life on five continents within sixty years]]), the personnel involved (up to and including the President of the United States) decides the sterilize the island with a nuclear bomb to prevent any chance that anyone could use them as a WMD. A few of the characters grimly note that had they not discovered the island in the first place, this wouldn't have been necessary, as the organisms had survived in isolation for more than seven hundred million years up to this point.

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* When the sheer ferocity and potential danger that the organisms of [[DeathWorld Hender's Island]] in ''Literature/{{Fragment}}'' could potentially unleash upon the world should they somehow get to the mainland is realized (the most conservative computer simulations suggest at [[ApocalypseHow the extinction of all other life on five continents within sixty years]]), the personnel involved (up to and including the President of the United States) decides the sterilize the island with a nuclear bomb to prevent any chance that anyone could use them as a WMD. A few of the characters grimly note that had they not discovered the island in the first place, this wouldn't have been necessary, as the organisms had survived in isolation for more than seven hundred million years up to this point.
19th Nov '16 5:45:08 PM TrollMan
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* When the sheer ferocity and potential danger that the organisms of [[DeathWorld Hender's Island]] in ''Literature/{{Fragment}}'' could potentially unleash upon the world should they to the mainland is realized (the most conservative computer simulations suggest at [[ApocalypseHow the extinction of all other life on five continents within sixty years]]), the personnel involved (up to and including the President of the United States) decides the sterilize the island with a nuclear bomb to prevent any chance that anyone could use them as a WMD. A few of the characters grimly note that had they not discovered the island in the first place, this wouldn't have been necessary, as the landmass had been isolated for more than seven hundred million years up to this point.
** Later in the sequel, it turns out this still wasn't enough to wipe them out, and a handful of Hender's lifeforms end up a small island north of Japan after drifting for several months on an inflatable raft. When one of the characters with personal experience in them hears that the Japanese government firebombed the area and flooded it with poison gas, to kill them, he's still not completely convinced that it was enough. But then the person telling him this says they had to do it ''[[NoKillLikeOverKill three times]]'' until it worked.

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* When the sheer ferocity and potential danger that the organisms of [[DeathWorld Hender's Island]] in ''Literature/{{Fragment}}'' could potentially unleash upon the world should they to the mainland is realized (the most conservative computer simulations suggest at [[ApocalypseHow the extinction of all other life on five continents within sixty years]]), the personnel involved (up to and including the President of the United States) decides the sterilize the island with a nuclear bomb to prevent any chance that anyone could use them as a WMD. A few of the characters grimly note that had they not discovered the island in the first place, this wouldn't have been necessary, as the landmass organisms had been isolated survived in isolation for more than seven hundred million years up to this point.
** Later in the sequel, it turns out this still wasn't enough to wipe them out, and a handful of Hender's lifeforms end up a small island north of Japan after drifting for several months on an inflatable raft. When one of the characters with personal experience in them hears that the Japanese government firebombed the area and flooded it with poison gas, gas to kill them, he's still not completely convinced that it was enough. But then the person telling him this says they had to do it ''[[NoKillLikeOverKill three times]]'' until it worked.
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