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12th Jun '18 9:03:58 AM GrigorII
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* ''ComicBook/UltimateOrigins'': In the ComicBook/UltimateMarvel universe, Roosevelt did not start the war, but he's willing to end it by any means if it comes to that. He has the atomic bomb (an [[ArtisticLicenseHistory artistic licence]]), but using it would be a genocide. So, he prefers to rely on the sole super soldier available instead. As he seems to die stoping a Chitauri rocket, the US had to use the bomb to end the war with Japan.
28th May '18 5:55:01 PM GrigorII
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This trope is likely to be used in works set in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, as that war featured the only actual use of nuclear weapons in history.
22nd May '18 7:48:44 AM TomPN
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* 5E D&D's meteor swarm spell qualifies. To my understanding, in earlier versions, meteor swarm was a powerful area-effect spell, like fireball but stronger. In 5E... it summons 4 meteors from the heavens at any points within a mile radius of the caster, and each one annihilates (20d6 fire and 20d6 bludgeoning damage, 140 damage per meteor on average) everything within it's blast radius. Basically a magical nuclear bomb.
23rd Apr '18 1:32:04 PM MikeW
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* In the second episode of ''Series/WynonnaEarp'', Wynonna asks Dolls why his Black Badge agency just doesn't tell people that the town of Purgatory is being overrun by demons. In answer, Dolls, shows her a photo of a massive crater in the Arizona desert which he says is all that's left of the last town that found out about the supernatural in our world.

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* In the second episode of ''Series/WynonnaEarp'', Wynonna asks Dolls why his Black Badge agency just doesn't tell people that the town of Purgatory is being overrun by demons. In answer, Dolls, Dolls shows her a photo of a massive crater in the Arizona desert which he says is all that's left of the last town that found out about the supernatural in our world.


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** Indeed, a later episode has Chase bringing the daughter of the general most in favor of a nuke strike into Seattle, gambling he'll balk at killing his own daughter.
28th Mar '18 10:16:26 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, to get rid of a whole planet Admiral Nimitz elects to use a [[StarWarsExpandedUniverse Galaxy Gun-like]] missile capable of annihilating everything inside a ''50,000km radius'' [[spoiler:which makes sense since the planet has turned into a giant Flood organism]]. This only after the [[WaveMotionGun superlaser]] was deemed insufficient for the task.

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* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] ''MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, to get rid of a whole planet Admiral Nimitz elects to use a [[StarWarsExpandedUniverse [[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Galaxy Gun-like]] missile capable of annihilating everything inside a ''50,000km radius'' [[spoiler:which makes sense since the planet has turned into a giant Flood organism]]. This only after the [[WaveMotionGun superlaser]] was deemed insufficient for the task.
6th Mar '18 1:17:52 PM MikeW
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-->'''Dolls''': No.
** Becomes more disturbing when season 2 has Dolls discovering "Black Badge isn't a government agency. It never was." Meaning someone besides the government was responsible for basically nuking an entire town off the map.

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-->'''Dolls''': No.
No. Tomahawk missile.
** Becomes more disturbing when season 2 has Dolls discovering "Black Badge isn't a government agency. It never was." Meaning someone besides the government was responsible for basically nuking an entire town off the map.map and getting away with it.
5th Mar '18 1:58:02 PM MikeW
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* In the second episode of ''Series/WynonnaEarp'', Wynonna asks Dolls why his Black Badge agency just doesn't tell people that the town of Purgatory is being overrun by demons. In answer, Dolls, shows her a photo of a massive crater in the Arizona desert which he says is all that's left of the last town that found out about the supernatural in our world.
-->'''Wynonna''': Demons did this?
-->'''Dolls''': No.
** Becomes more disturbing when season 2 has Dolls discovering "Black Badge isn't a government agency. It never was." Meaning someone besides the government was responsible for basically nuking an entire town off the map.
* In the season three finale of ''Series/IZombie'', Chase reveals to the world zombies exist and has infected thousands in Seattle. He tells the U.S. government that if they supply fresh brains, he'll make sure no zombies spread out and Seattle become a "Zombie capitol." In a classic case of DidntThinkThisThrough, Chase is unprepared for the government to wall Seattle off in just 72 hours and refuse anyone to enter or leave. Chase soon realizes the only thing preventing the city from being nuked (with the support of the majority of the country) is that there are still a few hundred thousand regular people inside...but even that may not hold it off too long.
9th Dec '17 11:37:46 AM EDP
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** As per the ExpandedUniverse, [=EarthForce=] is quite liberal in the use of nuclear weapons in the middle of large-scale space battles: having started before first contact, they kept them because they were the only weapon they had that could compare to those of the more advanced Centauri, and by the time of the series they remain a mainstay of [=EarthForce=] arsenals as judicious use of nukes proved decisive both in a brief confrontation with the Centauri (when the long-brewing crisis went hot, the sudden and completely unexpected volley of nukes caused enough advantage to the local Centauri force to allow the otherwise badly outgunned and outmatched [=EarthForce=] squadron to wipe out a base and all its escorts) and, most importantly, the [[GreatOffscreenWar Dilgar War]] (where well-timed and ''immense'' volleys of nukes, fired from both the ''Nova''-class dreadnoughts and dedicated missile cruisers, caused devastating and long-term damage to the Dilgar fleets).

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** As per the ExpandedUniverse, [=EarthForce=] is quite liberal in the use of nuclear weapons in the middle of large-scale space battles: having started arming their ships with nukes before first contact, they kept them because they were the only weapon they had that could compare to those of the more advanced Centauri, and by the time of the series they remain a mainstay of [=EarthForce=] arsenals as judicious use of nukes proved decisive both in a brief confrontation with the Centauri (when the long-brewing crisis went hot, the sudden and completely unexpected volley of nukes caused enough advantage damage to the local Centauri force to allow the otherwise badly outgunned and outmatched [=EarthForce=] squadron to wipe out a base and all its escorts) escorts and convinced the Centauri emperor to settle things peacefully) and, most importantly, the [[GreatOffscreenWar Dilgar War]] (where well-timed and ''immense'' volleys of nukes, fired from both the ''Nova''-class dreadnoughts and dedicated missile cruisers, caused devastating and long-term damage to the Dilgar fleets).
9th Dec '17 11:24:31 AM EDP
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* In the ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'' novel, certain soldiers are occasionally armed with tactical nuclear rockets. They're drilled extensively to "get their money's worth" out of their use. They are also taken so seriously that eyeballing an attack with a ''simulation'' of one (the actual payload was a smoke grenade) instead of waiting for a targeting solution, and accidentally catching one of his teammates in the simulated blast earns Johnny a ''very'' real flogging.

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* In the ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'' novel, certain soldiers are occasionally armed with tactical nuclear rockets. They're drilled extensively to "get their money's worth" out of their use. They are also taken so seriously that that, during basic training, eyeballing an attack with a ''simulation'' of one (the actual payload was a smoke grenade) instead of waiting for a targeting solution, and accidentally catching one of his teammates in the simulated blast earns Johnny a ''very'' real flogging.flogging, and almost saw him subjected to a court-martial and drummed out of the military (the instructors declared he could be redeemed, so the officers simply tell him it's his right to be judged by one, at which point Johnny realizes just how much he screwed up and says no).
7th Dec '17 1:18:42 AM Cryoclaste
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* Midway through ''MetroidPrime 3: Corruption'', the only way to destroy the shield of the massive Leviathan Seed poisoning the planet Elysia is to assemble and drop a Chozo Theronian Thermonuclear Bomb on it, which [[spoiler:successfully works]].

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* Midway through ''MetroidPrime 3: Corruption'', ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'', the only way to destroy the shield of the massive Leviathan Seed poisoning the planet Elysia is to assemble and drop a Chozo Theronian Thermonuclear Bomb on it, which [[spoiler:successfully works]].
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