History Main / MikEnelsonDestroyerOfWorlds

15th Feb '17 1:34:06 PM margdean56
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* A mild Real Life example is Thomas Midgley Jr., who discovered that engine knocking in automobiles was slightly reduced when iodine was added to fuel. Further experiments revealed that lead would eliminate knocking completely--leading to the worldwide use of leaded petrol, and the poisoning of the atmosphere for generations. Some sources claim that he felt guilty about the global health ramifications of leaded gasoline, and that guilt may have lead him to invent a substitute for the harmful ammonia, chloromethane, and propane used in refrigeration: dichlorofluoromethane, the first of the freons. Midgley died[[note]]he even died in a bizarre self-inflicted accident, strangled to death by a RubeGoldbergDevice he built to get himself out of bed when he was paralysed by polio[[/note]] long before it was discovered that these refrigerants were destroying Earth's ozone layer.\\

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* A mild Real Life example is Thomas Midgley Jr., who discovered that engine knocking in automobiles was slightly reduced when iodine was added to fuel. Further experiments revealed that lead would eliminate knocking completely--leading to the worldwide use of leaded petrol, and the poisoning of the atmosphere for generations. Some sources claim that he felt guilty about the global health ramifications of leaded gasoline, and that guilt may have lead led him to invent a substitute for the harmful ammonia, chloromethane, and propane used in refrigeration: dichlorofluoromethane, the first of the freons. Midgley died[[note]]he even died in a bizarre self-inflicted accident, strangled to death by a RubeGoldbergDevice he built to get himself out of bed when he was paralysed by polio[[/note]] long before it was discovered that these refrigerants were destroying Earth's ozone layer.\\
15th Feb '17 1:32:06 PM margdean56
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* Comicbook/{{Galactus}}, the Franchise/MarvelUniverse eater of worlds, is often portrayed as not exactly evil per-se, but as something of a sentient force of nature (though the question of whether it is possible to be a sentient destructive force of nature without this conferring some degree of "evil" may be a form of CarnivoreConfusion). Additionally, he ''was'' just an average Joe astronaut from the previous universe before the Big Crunch forced him into his new job, so he not only never had any choice in the matter- he's just become desensitized to it over the eons, and acted the trope much more in the beginning.\\

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* Comicbook/{{Galactus}}, the Franchise/MarvelUniverse eater of worlds, is often portrayed as not exactly evil per-se, but as something of a sentient force of nature (though the question of whether it is possible to be a sentient destructive force of nature without this conferring some degree of "evil" may be a form of CarnivoreConfusion). Additionally, he ''was'' just an average Joe astronaut from the previous universe before the Big Crunch forced him into his new job, so he not only never had any choice in the matter- he's just matter--he's become desensitized to it over the eons, and acted the trope much more in the beginning.\\



** In the past, it's also been implied that, while his hunger drives him to destroy planets (and all life on them), the shattered remains left behind are freed up to form new planets and new life, staving off entropy - which means that he functions sort of like a cosmic recycler. This is one of the reasons why Reed Richards has come to the conclusion in the past that, ultimately, the universe NEEDS Galactus. It's assumed that Galactus, being nearly omnipotent, [[ArtisticLicensePhysics can overcome the complications of that plan]].

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** In the past, it's also been implied that, while his hunger drives him to destroy planets (and all life on them), the shattered remains left behind are freed up to form new planets and new life, staving off entropy - -- which means that he functions sort of like a cosmic recycler. This is one of the reasons why Reed Richards has come to the conclusion in the past that, ultimately, the universe NEEDS Galactus. It's assumed that Galactus, being nearly omnipotent, [[ArtisticLicensePhysics can overcome the complications of that plan]].



* The bounty hunter SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}}, of DC fame, has blown up several planets, at least one star system, countless species, and an entire universe. All by accident though (save his own planet; he destroyed it on purpose), owing to nothing but apathy and a habit of leaving high explosive laying around. Not that he wouldn't have blown them all up anyway given the chance...
* A variation of this trope occurs in ''ComicBook/TheAuthority''. A past incarnation of The Doctor is given his old powers back for one hour by the current incarnation to help solve a problem. Past Doctor, of course, being an OmnicidalManiac, doesn't plan to give the power back after an hour, instead he will become the ultimate ruler of everything. [[OutGambitted He is foiled by the plans of the current Doctor]] when, before the hour is up, he is [[spoiler: exposed to the life, love, pain and death of every human who does and has ever existed due to the nature of being The Doctor - Earth's Shaman, with a spiritual connection to every Doctor who has existed and therefore connected to all life. The ''actual direct exposure'' the pain and destruction he would have caused puts him into shock long enough for the power to revert back to the current Doctor]].

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* The bounty hunter SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}}, of DC fame, has blown up several planets, at least one star system, countless species, and an entire universe. All by accident though (save his own planet; he destroyed it on purpose), owing to nothing but apathy and a habit of leaving high explosive laying lying around. Not that he wouldn't have blown them all up anyway given the chance...
* A variation of this trope occurs in ''ComicBook/TheAuthority''. A past incarnation of The Doctor is given his old powers back for one hour by the current incarnation to help solve a problem. Past Doctor, of course, being an OmnicidalManiac, doesn't plan to give the power back after an hour, instead he will become the ultimate ruler of everything. [[OutGambitted He is foiled by the plans of the current Doctor]] when, before the hour is up, he is [[spoiler: exposed to the life, love, pain and death of every human who does and has ever existed due to the nature of being The Doctor - -- Earth's Shaman, with a spiritual connection to every Doctor who has existed and therefore connected to all life. The ''actual direct exposure'' the pain and destruction he would have caused puts him into shock long enough for the power to revert back to the current Doctor]].



* ComicBook/{{Diabolik}} is this on a small scale: he may be a mass murderer, but he never meant to become [[TheDreaded cause mass panic by just having his name being mentioned]], or to indirectly cause the plane crash that gave him that fame, or to cause a terrorist attack that, had it been successful, would have started a civil war, or to cause a zombie scare...

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* ComicBook/{{Diabolik}} is this on a small scale: he may be a mass murderer, but he never meant to become [[TheDreaded cause mass panic by just having his name being mentioned]], or to indirectly cause the plane crash that gave him that fame, or to cause a terrorist attack that, had it been successful, would have started a civil war, or to cause a zombie scare...



* In a very early ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}} strip, he discovered a microscopic inhabited planet, which he accidentally crushed with his microscope while trying to focus in on it. He has accidentally caused quite a few other accidental deaths over the years, but never again on that scale. The best part, as {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Dogbert in the last panel, is that Dilbert's first words to the tiny planet are "[[IComeInPeace I mean you no harm]]".

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* In a very early ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}} strip, he discovered a microscopic inhabited planet, which he accidentally crushed with his microscope while trying to focus in on it. He has accidentally caused quite a few other accidental deaths over the years, but never again on that scale. The best part, as {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Dogbert in the last panel, is that Dilbert's first words to the tiny planet are "[[IComeInPeace I mean you no harm]]".
10th Feb '17 1:58:26 PM ironballs16
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* In a similar vein, Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, intended its use for construction and demolition purposes, and was horrified when a newspaper - mistaking his brother for Alfred - published "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Nobel#Nobel_Prizes the merchant of death is dead]]", and it was due to knowing that this would otherwise be his legacy that spurred him to establish the Nobel Peace Prize.

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* In a similar vein, Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, intended its use for construction and demolition purposes, and was horrified when a newspaper - mistaking his brother for Alfred - erroneously published his obituary, which started with "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Nobel#Nobel_Prizes the merchant of death is dead]]", dead]]" and it went downhill from there. It was due to knowing that this would otherwise be his legacy that spurred him to establish the Nobel Peace Prize.
10th Feb '17 1:56:59 PM ironballs16
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* In a similar vein, Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, intended its use for construction and demolition purposes, and was horrified when a newspaper - mistaking his brother for Alfred - published "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Nobel#Nobel_Prizes the merchant of death is dead]]", and it was due to knowing that this would otherwise be his legacy that spurred him to establish the Nobel Peace Prize.
5th Feb '17 8:16:57 PM TheUnknownUploader
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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "[[Recap/CommunityS2E06Epidemiology Epidemiology]]". Dean Pelton's actions not only helped [[spoiler: stopped the ZombieApocalypse from spreading outside of Greendale, but also prevented the possibility of other [[PatientZero patient zeroes]]]].

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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "[[Recap/CommunityS2E06Epidemiology Epidemiology]]". Dean Pelton's actions not only helped [[spoiler: stopped stop the ZombieApocalypse from spreading outside of Greendale, but also prevented the possibility of other [[PatientZero patient zeroes]]]].
5th Feb '17 8:16:26 PM TheUnknownUploader
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* In ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "[[Recap/CommunityS2E06Epidemiology Epidemiology]]". Dean Pelton's actions not only helped [[spoiler: stopped the ZombieApocalypse from spreading outside of Greendale, but also prevented the possibility of other [[PatientZero patient zeroes]]]].

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* In [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "[[Recap/CommunityS2E06Epidemiology Epidemiology]]". Dean Pelton's actions not only helped [[spoiler: stopped the ZombieApocalypse from spreading outside of Greendale, but also prevented the possibility of other [[PatientZero patient zeroes]]]].
1st Feb '17 10:14:43 AM StarTropes
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* On ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', a species called the Nacene visits the planet Ocampa--and accidentally destroys the biosphere. One of their kind stays behind to care for the Ocampans, becoming known as the "Caretaker."
26th Jan '17 10:21:02 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's Robots and Literature/{{Foundation}} universe, whoever programmed the original Three-Laws Robots is guilty of this. The First Law is "No robot may harm a human, or through inaction, allow a human to come to harm." Because of the definition of 'human', this led to [[spoiler: massive fleets of robot-controlled ships sweeping through the Galaxy, destroying /all/ sapient non-human life, leading to a humans-only Galaxy. The robots removed themselves (mostly), so the humans didn't know what had happened. Essentially we accidentally made a version of Berserkers]].
** That is not canon in the stories written by Asimov, but in [[OutlivedItsCreator a later series of novels that plastered his name on their covers.]] Asimov alludes to that possibility in Foundation and Earth, but it is never established by fact. Asimov himself explored the meaning of 'human' and 'humanity' in a number of stories and novels, which eventually led to the development of the [[spoiler:Zeroth Law]] in ''Robots of Dawn''.

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* In the Second Foundation Trilogy, written by other authors in the late Creator/IsaacAsimov's Robots and Literature/{{Foundation}} universe, whoever programmed the original Three-Laws Robots is guilty of this. The First Law is "No robot may harm a human, or through inaction, allow a human to come to harm." Because of the definition of 'human', this led to [[spoiler: massive [[spoiler:massive fleets of robot-controlled ships sweeping through the Galaxy, destroying /all/ sapient non-human life, leading to a humans-only Galaxy. The robots removed themselves (mostly), so the humans didn't know what had happened. Essentially we accidentally made a version of Berserkers]].
** That is not canon in the stories written by Asimov, but in [[OutlivedItsCreator a later series of novels that plastered his name on their covers.]] Asimov; Asimov alludes to that possibility in Foundation and Earth, but it is never established by fact. Asimov himself explored the meaning of 'human' and 'humanity' in a number of stories and novels, which eventually led to the development of the [[spoiler:Zeroth Law]] in ''Robots of Dawn''. His short story "That Thou Art Mindful of Him" suggests that in his view the robots are capable of adjusting their understanding of 'human' to take other sapient creatures into account.
23rd Jan '17 8:58:15 AM kenyastarflight
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* PlayedForDrama in ''Literature/AlasBabylon'', where the nuclear war that wrecks the US and Russia is started by a rookie Air Force pilot who, while trying to shoot down a bogey just outside Syria, misses his target and accidentally blows up an important Syrian port. The author makes a point of highlighting that it was a completely ordinary person's mistake that got out of hand, and not active malice, that precipitated TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
14th Jan '17 5:30:44 AM JackG
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* Scrat in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' has a habit of causing natural disasters in his pursuit of acorns. Especially in the short where he caused continental drift. The next one seems to involve him accidentally directing an asteroid at the Earth.

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* Scrat in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' has a habit of causing natural disasters in his pursuit of acorns. Especially in the short where he caused continental drift. The next one seems to involve him ''WesternAnimation/IceAge5CollisionCourse'' has Scrat accidentally directing an extinction-sized asteroid at towards Earth. [[spoiler:Our heroes save the Earth.day and deflect the asteroid, only for Scrat to destroy all life on Mars instead.]]
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