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21st Aug '16 10:44:46 PM Mhazard
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* in ''VideoGame/{[Fallout 4}}'', in order to halt the Institute from bring the terror upon Commonwealth with their synthetic humans, you must nuke the entire facility to shut down the Institute for good. The quest name is also called "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Nuclear Option]]". Oddly enough, the other option is to join the Institute and change it by [[spoiler: becoming the Director of Institute itself]].

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* in ''VideoGame/{[Fallout ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', in order to halt the Institute from bring the terror upon Commonwealth with their synthetic humans, you must nuke the entire facility to shut down the Institute for good. The quest name is also called "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Nuclear Option]]". Oddly enough, the other option is to join the Institute and change it by [[spoiler: becoming the Director of Institute itself]].
21st Aug '16 10:44:25 PM Mhazard
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* in ''VideoGame/{[Fallout 4}}'', in order to halt the Institute from bring the terror upon Commonwealth with their synthetic humans, you must nuke the entire facility to shut down the Institute for good. The quest name is also called "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Nuclear Option]]". Oddly enough, the other option is to join the Institute and change it by [[spoiler: becoming the Director of Institute itself]].
21st Aug '16 7:16:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''A Colder War'' by CharlesStross. SovietSuperScience has SealedEvilInACan ''{{Cthulhu}}'' as a WeaponOfMassDestruction. To oppose this, the United States has nuclear-powered bombers on constant patrol, armed with [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supersonic_Low_Altitude_Missile XK-PLUTO]]. "Three hundred megatons of H-bombs pointed at a single target, and nobody was certain it would be enough to do the job." [[spoiler:It's not enough.]]

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* ''A Colder War'' by CharlesStross. Creator/CharlesStross. SovietSuperScience has SealedEvilInACan ''{{Cthulhu}}'' ''[[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Cthulhu]]'' as a WeaponOfMassDestruction. To oppose this, the United States has nuclear-powered bombers on constant patrol, armed with [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supersonic_Low_Altitude_Missile XK-PLUTO]]. "Three hundred megatons of H-bombs pointed at a single target, and nobody was certain it would be enough to do the job." [[spoiler:It's not enough.]]
14th Aug '16 5:04:08 AM ScorpiusOB1
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* In ''WebOriginal/TheSalvationWar'', while nukes are not used against Hell and just considered as a last resort against the [[FluffyTheTerrible Scarlet Beast]], the power of the atom is unleashed once in Heaven [[spoiler: against Yahweh's largest army]], with the predictable results.
14th Aug '16 5:02:49 AM ScorpiusOB1
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* The intro for ''Outpost'' states that a nuclear weapon was launched against the asteroid "Vulcan's Hammer", in collision course with Earth, in order to attempt to change its path (even if the animations showing it being destroyed into tiny pieces). It failed and just broke it instead in two large fragments that striked our planet.


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* In ''WebOriginal/TheSalvationWar'', while nukes are not used against Hell and just considered as a last resort against the [[FluffyTheTerrible Scarlet Beast]], the power of the atom is unleashed once in Heaven [[spoiler: against Yahweh's largest army]], with the predictable results.
12th Aug '16 7:33:42 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** The last mission of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' involves you trying to blow up [[spoiler:a Forerunner ship]] with a HAVOK.

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** The last mission of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' involves you trying to blow up [[spoiler:a [[spoiler:the BigBad's Forerunner ship]] with a HAVOK.
12th Aug '16 7:33:07 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' has nukes as standard armament on human ships, though in generally small numbers. A typical human ship will have an offensive armament of a [[MagneticWeapons MAC cannon]], ten or twenty missile pods with [[MacrossMissileMassacre dozens of missiles each]], and three or four nukes. Unfortunately for humanity, Covenant ship shields are strong enough to resist standard nukes. One way to get around that is by having your Spartans deliver a football-sized nuclear bomb (like a HAVOK) to the ''inside'' of a Covenant ship.

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' has nukes as standard armament on human ships, though in generally small numbers. A typical human ship will have an offensive armament of a [[MagneticWeapons MAC cannon]], ten or twenty missile pods with [[MacrossMissileMassacre dozens of missiles each]], and three or four nukes. Unfortunately for humanity, Covenant ship shields are strong enough to resist standard nukes. One nukes; one way to get around that is by having your Spartans deliver a football-sized nuclear bomb (like a HAVOK) to the ''inside'' of a Covenant ship.
12th Aug '16 7:32:34 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' has nukes as standard armament on human ships, though in generally small numbers. A typical human ship will have an offensive armament of a [[MagneticWeapons MAC cannon]], ten or twenty missile pods with [[MacrossMissileMassacre dozens of missiles each]], and three or four nukes. In the books, there are also nuclear grenades. They're basically just nuclear bombs the size a football that the Spartans can load onto a Covenant ship and destroy.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' has nukes as standard armament on human ships, though in generally small numbers. A typical human ship will have an offensive armament of a [[MagneticWeapons MAC cannon]], ten or twenty missile pods with [[MacrossMissileMassacre dozens of missiles each]], and three or four nukes. In the books, there are also nuclear grenades. They're basically just nuclear bombs the size a football that the Spartans can load onto a Unfortunately for humanity, Covenant ship and destroy.shields are strong enough to resist standard nukes. One way to get around that is by having your Spartans deliver a football-sized nuclear bomb (like a HAVOK) to the ''inside'' of a Covenant ship.
** The last mission of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' involves you trying to blow up [[spoiler:a Forerunner ship]] with a HAVOK.
8th Aug '16 6:43:12 PM the-furry-railfan
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** Shows up again in the sequel ''FanFic/FalloutEquestriaEmptyQuiver'', twice so far in the appropriately-named chapter The Nuclear Option. [[spoiler: First detonation of a megaspell with a yield of 1 kiloton was for eradicating a wrecked zebra nuclear sub to deal with the Anglerpony population taking hold there. Second was using one of the half-kiloton bombs from the [[CoolPlane Valkyrie]] to collapse the Battered-Sea Power Station atop the Shady Shores Biological Research facility, further thinning the number of Anglerponies.]]
28th Jul '16 10:47:55 AM MAI742
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* [[UsefulNotes/HarryTruman President Truman]] chose to utilize the Nuclear Option over the then-planned massive Allied sea invasion and conquest of the Japanese home islands, Operation Downfall, on the pretext that "[[LesserOfTwoEvils This will end the war five years sooner and save millions of lives]]". It remains debated among historians whether [[RealPolitik Asian geopolitics or domestic politics]] was a greater influence upon Truman's decision, as the United States did not want the Soviet Union to liberate any more of Asia than strictly necessary (accomplished in post-surrender occupied China by airlifting Chinese Nationalist troops to the major Japanese garrisons) and a Soviet invasion of northern Japan could occur in as little as a month (it very nearly happened anyway).

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* [[UsefulNotes/HarryTruman President Truman]] chose to utilize the Nuclear Option over the then-planned massive Allied sea invasion and conquest of the Japanese home islands, islands to take place in November 1945, Operation Downfall, on the pretext that "[[LesserOfTwoEvils This will end the war five years sooner and save millions of lives]]". It remains debated among historians whether [[RealPolitik Asian geopolitics or domestic politics]] The decision was a greater influence upon Truman's decision, as based on very sound RealPolitik logic. If it persuaded the United States did not want the Soviet Union to liberate any more of Asia than strictly necessary (accomplished in post-surrender occupied China by airlifting Chinese Nationalist troops to the major Japanese garrisons) and a Soviet invasion of Army-Navy Junta to surrender before the Soviets invaded northern Japan (in September/October 1945), great! If all it did was destroy two of the four cities that it had proven impossible to raze with regular firebombing, like the other 82 (there 87 including Kyoto, but it was not on the list), then that was also a plus. There wasn't even an opportunity cost to using the bombs against the difficult-to-firebomb-cities, as only a couple of bombs could occur be used in as little as a month (it very nearly happened anyway).''Downfall'' anyway (two days beforehand against the beaches they wanted to land on, so they would have an unopposed landing) and the USA would have produced several more by that time.
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