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29th Apr '16 4:11:02 PM azul120
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As such, note that NukeEm is only when using nukes is a bad idea, either because it's clearly overkill or it's likely to backfire. If it's a well-considered and reasonable choice given [[GodzillaThreshold the situation]], then it's the NuclearOption. Sometimes exactly which trope the planned nuking falls under may be debated InUniverse.

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As such, note that NukeEm Nuke Em is only when using nukes is a bad idea, either because it's clearly overkill or it's likely to backfire. If it's a well-considered and reasonable choice given [[GodzillaThreshold the situation]], then it's the NuclearOption. Sometimes exactly which trope the planned nuking falls under may be debated InUniverse.



* In ''ComicBook/KingdomCome,'' [[spoiler: this is the government's response to the super hero war that threatens to engulf the world.]]

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* In ''ComicBook/KingdomCome,'' ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', [[spoiler: this is the government's response to the super hero war that threatens to engulf the world.]]



* The default strategy of ''Webcomic/BioApocalypse'' is to saturate the monster with nukes. [[SerialEscalation When it only hurts the monster but fails to stop it, they launch even more. When that doesn't work they unleash]] a [[spoiler:device [[MoreDakka that fires 50 nukes per second!]] And while it royally fucks up the monster, even THAT doesn't work.]] Beyond just using nukes as a go-to weapon of choice, NukeEm seems to be the default strategy for everything, but [[CrapsackWorld considering the setting]] [[EldritchAbomination of the story]], [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu it makes sense]] in context.
* In ''ComicBook/TheSecretHistory,'' the nuke dropped on Nagasaki was really just to kill [[spoiler: William de Lecce. It's a matter of speculation whether he's really dead or not.]]

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* The default strategy of ''Webcomic/BioApocalypse'' is to saturate the monster with nukes. [[SerialEscalation When it only hurts the monster but fails to stop it, they launch even more. When that doesn't work they unleash]] a [[spoiler:device [[MoreDakka that fires 50 nukes per second!]] And while it royally fucks up the monster, even THAT doesn't work.]] Beyond just using nukes as a go-to weapon of choice, NukeEm Nuke Em seems to be the default strategy for everything, but [[CrapsackWorld considering the setting]] [[EldritchAbomination of the story]], [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu it makes sense]] in context.
* In ''ComicBook/TheSecretHistory,'' ''ComicBook/TheSecretHistory'', the nuke dropped on Nagasaki was really just to kill [[spoiler: William de Lecce. It's a matter of speculation whether he's really dead or not.]]



* In the Fanfic/DevaSeries [[spoiler: the Americans use a pair of [=SLBMs=] to obliterate a massive swarm of [[ImplacableMan Seeds]] that were heading for either New York or London. Even though nothing else significant was harmed -- middle of the ocean, and all -- Hayate was not happy, since she feels that it wouldn't be too much of a stretch now for someone to think to launch a barrage of nukes at Al Hanthis... which would obliterate Cairo in the process. Also, the Al Hantheans are utterly horrified once they learn exactly how nuclear weapons work. It is probably worth noting that there is InUniverse debate as to whether this was NukeEm or NuclearOption; it did work, and [[WarriorPrince Yussef]] and [[SergeantRock Maunders]] don't consider it an overreaction. Yussef notes that point defences now make anything short of a nuclear MacrossMissileMassacre worthless against Al Hanthis and would rather not use another if possible, but is mentally prepared to do so [[GodzillaThreshold if all the chips are down]], unlike Hayate who absolutely refuses to consider it.]]

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* In the Fanfic/DevaSeries [[spoiler: the Americans use a pair of [=SLBMs=] to obliterate a massive swarm of [[ImplacableMan Seeds]] that were heading for either New York or London. Even though nothing else significant was harmed -- middle of the ocean, and all -- Hayate was not happy, since she feels that it wouldn't be too much of a stretch now for someone to think to launch a barrage of nukes at Al Hanthis... which would obliterate Cairo in the process. Also, the Al Hantheans are utterly horrified once they learn exactly how nuclear weapons work. It is probably worth noting that there is InUniverse debate as to whether this was NukeEm Nuke Em or NuclearOption; it did work, and [[WarriorPrince Yussef]] and [[SergeantRock Maunders]] don't consider it an overreaction. Yussef notes that point defences now make anything short of a nuclear MacrossMissileMassacre worthless against Al Hanthis and would rather not use another if possible, but is mentally prepared to do so [[GodzillaThreshold if all the chips are down]], unlike Hayate who absolutely refuses to consider it.]]
4th Mar '16 5:48:25 AM erforce
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* Subverted in ''MarsAttacks'': Nothing Earth has done thus far can so much as scratch the Martians. The GeneralRipper has spent the movie insisting on using nuclear weapons, and the President, depressed at how nothing is working, finally gives the go-ahead. The Martian response to a nuke headed their way is... a small flying nozzle which intercepts the missile and sucks up the explosion. The Martian leader inhales the explosive gas and speaks with a squeaky voice, as though the gas were helium. It's possible that this was a subtle joke: when you fuse hydrogen (as in a hydrogen/fusion bomb), you get helium.

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* Subverted in ''MarsAttacks'': ''Film/MarsAttacks'': Nothing Earth has done thus far can so much as scratch the Martians. The GeneralRipper has spent the movie insisting on using nuclear weapons, and the President, depressed at how nothing is working, finally gives the go-ahead. The Martian response to a nuke headed their way is... a small flying nozzle which intercepts the missile and sucks up the explosion. The Martian leader inhales the explosive gas and speaks with a squeaky voice, as though the gas were helium. It's possible that this was a subtle joke: when you fuse hydrogen (as in a hydrogen/fusion bomb), you get helium.
8th Feb '16 12:57:09 AM StFan
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->'''Adam:''' Let's go; there's a nuke. Just telling you again.
->'''Herman:''' That's what they do to everything; it didn't work in ''Film/IndependenceDay''.

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->'''Adam:''' Let's go; there's a nuke. Just telling you again.
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again.\\
'''Herman:'''
That's what they do to everything; it didn't work in ''Film/IndependenceDay''.



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-->'''Robo''': I didn't found this crazy organization to '''not''' nuke things.

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-->'''Robo''': -->'''Robo:''' I didn't found this crazy organization to '''not''' nuke things.



* The default strategy of "Webcomic/BioApocalypse" is to saturate the monster with nukes. [[SerialEscalation When it only hurts the monster but fails to stop it, they launch even more. When that doesn't work they unleash]] a [[spoiler: device [[MoreDakka that fires 50 nukes per second!]] And while it royally fucks up the monster, even THAT doesn't work.]] Beyond just using nukes as a go-to weapon of choice, NukeEm seems to be the default strategy for everything, but [[CrapsackWorld considering the setting]] [[EldritchAbomination of the story]], [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu it makes sense]] in context.

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* The default strategy of "Webcomic/BioApocalypse" ''Webcomic/BioApocalypse'' is to saturate the monster with nukes. [[SerialEscalation When it only hurts the monster but fails to stop it, they launch even more. When that doesn't work they unleash]] a [[spoiler: device [[spoiler:device [[MoreDakka that fires 50 nukes per second!]] And while it royally fucks up the monster, even THAT doesn't work.]] Beyond just using nukes as a go-to weapon of choice, NukeEm seems to be the default strategy for everything, but [[CrapsackWorld considering the setting]] [[EldritchAbomination of the story]], [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu it makes sense]] in context.



* Cheshire, of {{DC Comics}}, famously once destroyed {{Qurac}} with a nuclear explosive to prove that she wasn't bluffing about having nukes or being willing to use them. It gets brought up from time to time, but [[ThrowawayCountry nobody really cares about the country itself being gone]].
** And this was the reason ''why'' she chose Qurac, because she knew if most people tried to call her a monster because of it they would be reminded that she destroyed a country considered to be the terrorist capital of the world, and that secretly, they may have been glad she did it. She murdered millions just to troll the world, and laughed as the country burned.

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* Cheshire, of {{DC Comics}}, Creator/DCComics, famously once destroyed {{Qurac}} with a nuclear explosive to prove that she wasn't bluffing about having nukes or being willing to use them. It gets brought up from time to time, but [[ThrowawayCountry nobody really cares about the country itself being gone]].
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gone]]. And this was the reason ''why'' she chose Qurac, because she knew if most people tried to call her a monster because of it they would be reminded that she destroyed a country considered to be the terrorist capital of the world, and that secretly, they may have been glad she did it. She murdered millions just to troll the world, and laughed as the country burned.



* In the Fanfic/DevaSeries [[spoiler: the Americans use a pair of [=SLBMs=] to obliterate a massive swarm of [[ImplacableMan Seeds]] that were heading for either New York or London. Even though nothing else significant was harmed - middle of the ocean, and all - Hayate was not happy, since she feels that it wouldn't be too much of a stretch now for someone to think to launch a barrage of nukes at Al Hanthis... which would obliterate Cairo in the process. Also, the Al Hantheans are utterly horrified once they learn exactly how nuclear weapons work. It is probably worth noting that there is InUniverse debate as to whether this was NukeEm or NuclearOption; it did work, and [[WarriorPrince Yussef]] and [[SergeantRock Maunders]] don't consider it an overreaction. Yussef notes that point defences now make anything short of a nuclear MacrossMissileMassacre worthless against Al Hanthis and would rather not use another if possible, but is mentally prepared to do so [[GodzillaThreshold if all the chips are down]], unlike Hayate who absolutely refuses to consider it.]]

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* In the Fanfic/DevaSeries [[spoiler: the Americans use a pair of [=SLBMs=] to obliterate a massive swarm of [[ImplacableMan Seeds]] that were heading for either New York or London. Even though nothing else significant was harmed - -- middle of the ocean, and all - -- Hayate was not happy, since she feels that it wouldn't be too much of a stretch now for someone to think to launch a barrage of nukes at Al Hanthis... which would obliterate Cairo in the process. Also, the Al Hantheans are utterly horrified once they learn exactly how nuclear weapons work. It is probably worth noting that there is InUniverse debate as to whether this was NukeEm or NuclearOption; it did work, and [[WarriorPrince Yussef]] and [[SergeantRock Maunders]] don't consider it an overreaction. Yussef notes that point defences now make anything short of a nuclear MacrossMissileMassacre worthless against Al Hanthis and would rather not use another if possible, but is mentally prepared to do so [[GodzillaThreshold if all the chips are down]], unlike Hayate who absolutely refuses to consider it.]]



* ''FanFic/FalloutEquestria'': [[spoiler: Need to get rid of the [[HiveQueen queen]] of a [[UtopiaJustifiestheMeans brutally pragmatic]] HiveMind AND the Zebra [[TomeofEldritchLore Necronomicon]] at the same time? Blow both of them to atoms with the same [[FantasticNuke balefire bomb!]] [[SubvertedTrope It works.]]]]

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* ''FanFic/FalloutEquestria'': [[spoiler: Need [[spoiler:Need to get rid of the [[HiveQueen queen]] of a [[UtopiaJustifiestheMeans brutally pragmatic]] HiveMind AND the Zebra [[TomeofEldritchLore Necronomicon]] at the same time? Blow both of them to atoms with the same [[FantasticNuke balefire bomb!]] [[SubvertedTrope It works.]]]]



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* Subverted too in the 1953 version of ''Film/{{The War Of The Worlds|1953}}''. The military throws everything against the Martians before reluctantly turning to a nuke as a last resort. Notably the civilian scientist hero does ''not'', unlike his counterpart in ''Film/IndependenceDay'', object to the use of nukes. The nuke fails to do anything to the Martians.
** Unlike the original H.G. Wells novel, in which the Martians ''are'' vulnerable to Earthly weapons, but theirs are so much more powerful that resistance is futile once the element of surprise is lost.

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* Subverted too in the 1953 version of ''Film/{{The War Of The Worlds|1953}}''. The military throws everything against the Martians before reluctantly turning to a nuke as a last resort. Notably the civilian scientist hero does ''not'', unlike his counterpart in ''Film/IndependenceDay'', object to the use of nukes. The nuke fails to do anything to the Martians.
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Martians. Unlike the original H.G. Wells novel, in which the Martians ''are'' vulnerable to Earthly weapons, but theirs are so much more powerful that resistance is futile once the element of surprise is lost.



* In ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness the World]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist Security]] [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Council]] decides that the Avengers are going to lose the final battle and decide to just nuke Manhattan Island (along with all its inhabitants) to disrupt the wormhole through which the Chitauri army is invading. [[spoiler: Tony winds up nearly sacrificing himself to guide the nuke into space and chuck it at the alien ship instead.]] Needless to say, neither Nick Fury nor any of the Avengers were particularly impressed by their stellar display of competence.
-->'''Fury:''' ''I realize that the council has made a decision, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny but given that it's a stupid-ass decision, I've elected to ignore it.]]''
* How the first few {{Kaiju}} were defeated in ''Film/PacificRim''. Jaegers were developed specifically because no one liked the idea of having to do this ''repeatedly''. [[spoiler:In the end, it's their creator's turn.]]

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* In ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness the World]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist Security]] [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Council]] decides that the Avengers are going to lose the final battle and decide to just nuke Manhattan Island (along with all its inhabitants) to disrupt the wormhole through which the Chitauri army is invading. [[spoiler: Tony winds up nearly sacrificing himself to guide the nuke into space and chuck it at the alien ship instead.]] Needless to say, neither Nick Fury nor any of the Avengers were particularly impressed by their stellar display of competence.
-->'''Fury:''' ''I I realize that the council has made a decision, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny but given that it's a stupid-ass decision, I've elected to ignore it.]]''
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* How the first few {{Kaiju}} were defeated in ''Film/PacificRim''. Jaegers [[HumongousMecha Jaegers]] were developed specifically because no one no-one liked the idea of having to do this ''repeatedly''. [[spoiler:In the end, it's their creator's creators' turn.]]



* Subverted in the book and the 1971 film version of The ''Literature/AndromedaStrain.'' The titular extraterrestrial organism (a single-celled, quasi-crystalline life form) mutates as it's exposed to ionizing radiation - at a rather sedate rate under atmospheric UV exposure, extremely rapidly with more powerful sources. Of course, the secure biohazard laboratory where this bug is being studied is equipped with a thermonuclear device for "terminal sterilization" in case of contamination, and the lab becomes contaminated when the organism mutates to a form that degrades organic polymers, thus compromising the synthetic rubber gaskets and hatch seals throughout the lab. FailsafeFailure ensues.
** The greatest {{Irony}} in all that was that with mutation into the "rubber-eating" form the organism ''stopped'' being dangerous to humans (which was just an unfortunate coincidence anyway), but subjecting it to the radiation of a nuclear blast [[NiceJobBreakingItHero might mutate it into something even more horrific]].

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* Subverted in the book and the 1971 film version of The ''Literature/AndromedaStrain.'' The titular extraterrestrial organism (a single-celled, quasi-crystalline life form) mutates as it's exposed to ionizing radiation - at a rather sedate rate under atmospheric UV exposure, extremely rapidly with more powerful sources. Of course, the secure biohazard laboratory where this bug is being studied is equipped with a thermonuclear device for "terminal sterilization" in case of contamination, and the lab becomes contaminated when the organism mutates to a form that degrades organic polymers, thus compromising the synthetic rubber gaskets and hatch seals throughout the lab. FailsafeFailure ensues.
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ensues. The greatest {{Irony}} in all that was that with mutation into the "rubber-eating" form the organism ''stopped'' being dangerous to humans (which was just an unfortunate coincidence anyway), but subjecting it to the radiation of a nuclear blast [[NiceJobBreakingItHero might mutate it into something even more horrific]].



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** Later seasons started using them more frequently, such as the Mark IX "Gatebuster," a [[{{Unobtainium}} naquadriah]]-enhanced warhead with a supposed yield of several gigatons[[note]]For reference, the most powerful nuke ever actually detonated in reality was "merely" 50 megatons, which is roughly 100 times weaker than the Gatebuster[[/note]]. Of course, given that they were fighting the Ori in their last season, it's logical that they would bring their most powerful weapons to bear.
** The SpinOff ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', on the other hand, practically giggles any time nukes are mentioned to the point where [[TheHero John Sheppard]] makes putting a nuke on the enemy ship his ''default'' anti-capital ship tactic, though he's more often than not justified in this (Wraith Hive Ships are quite large and for most of the series the only other weapons capable of reliably destroying them are the perpetually in short supply Ancient drone weapons), and pretty much every application works as intended. Nukes are used [[spoiler:on the first two Hive Ships sent to Atlantis, one flown into the Dart Bay, the other beamed on. Nukes are beamed onto two more Hive Ships. The Wraith are quick learners though, and find a way to jam Asgard beaming devices after this. The Genii use one to kill one of their own armies and their boss in a coup. Finally, Sheppard single-handedly flies an F-302 into the Dart Bay of a [[FinalBoss Super Hive Ship]] undetected and armed with a nuke.]]

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** Later seasons started using them more frequently, such as the Mark IX "Gatebuster," "Gatebuster", a [[{{Unobtainium}} naquadriah]]-enhanced warhead with a supposed yield of several gigatons[[note]]For reference, the most powerful nuke ever actually detonated in reality was "merely" 50 megatons, which is roughly 100 times weaker than the Gatebuster[[/note]]. Of course, given that they were fighting the Ori in their last season, it's logical that they would bring their most powerful weapons to bear.
** The SpinOff ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', on the other hand, practically giggles any time nukes are mentioned to the point where [[TheHero John Sheppard]] makes putting a nuke on the enemy ship his ''default'' anti-capital ship tactic, though he's more often than not justified in this (Wraith Hive Ships are quite large and for most of the series the only other weapons capable of reliably destroying them are the perpetually in short supply perpetually-in-short-supply Ancient drone weapons), and pretty much every application works as intended. Nukes are used [[spoiler:on the first two Hive Ships sent to Atlantis, one flown into the Dart Bay, the other beamed on. Nukes are beamed onto two more Hive Ships. The Wraith are quick learners though, and find a way to jam Asgard beaming devices after this. The Genii use one to kill one of their own armies and their boss in a coup. Finally, Sheppard single-handedly flies an F-302 into the Dart Bay of a [[FinalBoss Super Hive Ship]] undetected and armed with a nuke.]]



* Series/ThumbWrestlingFederation: The Big Time can cause nuclear explosions simply by winding up & slamming his opponent to the mat. [[SuperStrength Yes, he's that strong]].

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* Series/ThumbWrestlingFederation: ''Series/ThumbWrestlingFederation'': The Big Time can cause nuclear explosions simply by winding up & and slamming his opponent to the mat. [[SuperStrength Yes, he's that strong]].



* RandyNewman's "Political Science" ([[RefrainFromAssuming incorrectly known]] as "Let's Drop the Big One Now") deconstructs and mocks this trope by suggesting the flimsiest, most frivolous excuses for nuking everyone and everything (except Australia).

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* RandyNewman's Music/RandyNewman's "Political Science" ([[RefrainFromAssuming incorrectly known]] as "Let's Drop the Big One Now") deconstructs and mocks this trope by suggesting the flimsiest, most frivolous excuses for nuking everyone and everything (except Australia).



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* ''Roleplay/RockPaperAnything'' has nukes of various kinds used every now and then.
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* Used intermittently in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. Actual nuclear weapons are not prominent, being relegated to use by garrison forces for the most part. When a cosmic horror rears its head the three most favoured options are [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill saturation]] [[DeathFromAbove orbital bombardment]], [[EarthShatteringKaboom Exterminatus]] or deploying the Grey Knights.

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* Used intermittently in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. 40000}}''.
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Actual nuclear weapons are not prominent, being relegated to use by garrison forces for the most part. When a cosmic horror rears its head the three most favoured options are [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill saturation]] [[DeathFromAbove orbital bombardment]], [[EarthShatteringKaboom Exterminatus]] or deploying the Grey Knights.



* In ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'', Ares Macrotechnology used a tactical nuke in an attempt to saturate Chicago's astral plane with toxicity and kill the hordes of bug spirits that ravaged the city. Fortunately the bug spirits' own energy-shield trapped the physical and metaphysical blast ''inside'' the bugs' nest, preventing its full impact from reducing Chicago to a radioactive ruin.
** You gotta give props to FASA: it takes nerve to nuke your game company's own hometown.
*** Their own headquarters, as a matter of fact.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'', Ares Macrotechnology used a tactical nuke in an attempt to saturate Chicago's astral plane with toxicity and kill the hordes of bug spirits that ravaged the city. Fortunately the bug spirits' own energy-shield trapped the physical and metaphysical blast ''inside'' the bugs' nest, preventing its full impact from reducing Chicago to a radioactive ruin.
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ruin. You gotta give props to FASA: it takes nerve to nuke your game company's own hometown.
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hometown. Their own headquarters, as a matter of fact.



* ''VideoGame/{{Mekton}}'' has rules for nuclear weapons, with the degree to which you are screwed being directly proportional to how close you are to the centre of the blast. If you're within the basic blast radius, you automatically die unless you have a ''really good'' excuse. Outside of that, you're simply ''very likely'' to die. It also gives some key rules about using them so as not to destroy the ''game'', just the ''battlefield'', such as "Only drop them to establish a scenario, rather than as a cheap Draw button" and "if you ''must'' drop it during the fight, do so in the centre of the battlefield." (Just to reinforce this, the "nuclear" upgrade for missiles and bullets is very expensive.) Supernovas use the same rules, although the rules state that you just treat the hex you're in as ground zero and quit whining - the ''entire system'' is screwed, why should you be immune unless you're flying an Excessive Scale HumongousMecha that could [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu stomp Cthulhu underfoot]]?

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* ''VideoGame/{{Mekton}}'' has rules for nuclear weapons, with the degree to which you are screwed being directly proportional to how close you are to the centre of the blast. If you're within the basic blast radius, you automatically die unless you have a ''really good'' excuse. Outside of that, you're simply ''very likely'' to die. It also gives some key rules about using them so as not to destroy the ''game'', just the ''battlefield'', such as "Only drop them to establish a scenario, rather than as a cheap Draw button" and "if you ''must'' drop it during the fight, do so in the centre of the battlefield." (Just to reinforce this, the "nuclear" upgrade for missiles and bullets is very expensive.) Supernovas use the same rules, although the rules state that you just treat the hex you're in as ground zero and quit whining - -- the ''entire system'' is screwed, why should you be immune unless you're flying an Excessive Scale HumongousMecha that could [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu stomp Cthulhu underfoot]]?



* TabletopGame/CarWars said 'Using a nuke ends the game'. The standard play maps used were 2x3 feet or so, and the smallest available nuke would destroy five maps in all directions, damage which no car would survive.

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* TabletopGame/CarWars ''TabletopGame/CarWars'' said 'Using "Using a nuke ends the game'.game". The standard play maps used were 2x3 feet or so, and the smallest available nuke would destroy five maps in all directions, damage which no car would survive.



* In {{DEFCON}} your job is to pretty much nuke the entire world (with the exception of your own continent). While several other weapons beside nukes exist, they are mostly used to shoot down nuclear missiles. Or shoot down airplanes carrying nuclear missiles. Or sink submarines that can sneak up on you and fire nuclear missiles. And all is shown in the style of the final scene from ''WarGames''.

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* In {{DEFCON}} ''VideoGame/{{DEFCON}}'' your job is to pretty much nuke the entire world (with the exception of your own continent). While several other weapons beside nukes exist, they are mostly used to shoot down nuclear missiles. Or shoot down airplanes carrying nuclear missiles. Or sink submarines that can sneak up on you and fire nuclear missiles. And all is shown in the style of the final scene from ''WarGames''.



* Every game in the main ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'' series features the development of nuclear weapons (or "Planet Busters" in ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'') in the late game, which are by far the most devastating offensive units available even after it becomes possible to build countermeasures. However, using them makes all AI players declare war on you automatically, releases vast amounts of pollution, and in some games advances the GlobalWarming timer by a significant amount. Too bad the AI doesn't have nearly the same compunctions about deploying them.
** What makes it stand out is [[MemeticPsychopath Nuclear]] [[UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi Gandhi]], thanks to a GoodBadBug which makes him a MadBomber.
* In ''{{MUGEN}}'': The [[GameBreaker A-Bomb]]. It nukes your characters and completely vaporises anything that isn't as overpowered.

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* Every game in the main ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'' series features the development of nuclear weapons (or "Planet Busters" in ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'') in the late game, which are by far the most devastating offensive units available even after it becomes possible to build countermeasures. However, using them makes all AI players declare war on you automatically, releases vast amounts of pollution, and in some games advances the GlobalWarming timer by a significant amount. Too bad the AI doesn't have nearly the same compunctions about deploying them.
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them. What makes it stand out is [[MemeticPsychopath Nuclear]] [[UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi Gandhi]], thanks to a GoodBadBug which makes him a MadBomber.
* In ''{{MUGEN}}'': ''VideoGame/{{MUGEN}}'': The [[GameBreaker A-Bomb]]. It nukes your characters and completely vaporises anything that isn't as overpowered.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', one of the first sidequests has the option to detonate the nuke in the center of Megaton, which can be done as soon as you leave the Vault.

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of the first sidequests has the option to detonate the nuke in the center of Megaton, which can be done as soon as you leave the Vault.



--> '''Alt-Gwynn:''' "Terrible thunder. Paper cuts impending. Litter unimaginable."

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--> '''Alt-Gwynn:''' "Terrible -->'''Alt-Gwynn:''' Terrible thunder. Paper cuts impending. Litter unimaginable."



* ''Roleplay/RockPaperAnything'' has nukes of various kinds used every now and then.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Nelson has a poster in his room which says 'Nuke the Whales''.
-> '''Lisa:''' You don't really believe that, do you?
-> '''Nelson:''' (''shrugs'') Gotta nuke ''something''.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Nelson has a poster in his room which says 'Nuke "''Nuke the Whales''.
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Whales''".
-->'''Lisa:'''
You don't really believe that, do you?
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you?\\
'''Nelson:''' (''shrugs'') Gotta nuke ''something''.



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* In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer: Tiberium Wars'' Kane's discovery of Killian Qatar's [[spoiler: apparent]] betrayal and alliance with GDI results in a [[VillainousBreakdown slightly angry response]]. His subsequent orders are to, well....
** In ''Renegade'' he decides to nuke a small town just to eliminate the protagonist and his squad. Justified in that he just killed his way through a mansion filled with Nod's elite.
** In ''Tiberian Sun'' Kane, dissatisfied with General Vega (an [[DrugsAreBad Eye Candy addict]]), decides to reprimand him. With a tactical nuke. Sadly, he misses [[ColonelBadass Commander McNeil]] by a few minutes.
** In ancient history, in ''Tiberian Dawn'' you get nuked by Kane during the final mission. He sure likes his nukes.
** In ''Red Alert 1'' Stalin launches nukes against capital cities of the Allies to ensure victory. Of course, the good guys disarm them in flight.
** In ''Red Alert 2'' Chicago is destroyed by a nuclear bomb after the player destroys the psychic amplifier and the USSR has no further use for the city. A technical FissionMailed too.
** In ''Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge'' the mission Power Play basically revolves around you trying to stop Yuri from nuking the city every ten minutes. It doesn't help that Yuri tends to use his first nuke to destroy your War Factory and you don't have a Construction Yard in this mission.
** In ''Red Alert 3,'' Soviet General Krukov and Premier Cherdenko go back in time and kill Einstein to prevent him from granting the Allies technological superiority. On their return, they find that Japan has become the Empire of the Rising Sun and is invading Leningrad. Krukov orders the entire Soviet nuclear arsenal to be used in defense of Leningrad. Nuclear what now? [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Oops.]]
** In ''Generals'' the Chinese have nukes. And you can build as many silos as you want. Each with a separate nuclear silo. You don't need line of sight to fire them either. DeathFromAbove indeed. General Tsing Shi Tao is noted to be ''obsessed'' with nuclear weapons, and is eager to use them in every combat situation [[WeHaveReserves without regard to the safety of his own men]].

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* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries'':
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In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer: Tiberium Wars'' ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberiumWars'' Kane's discovery of Killian Qatar's [[spoiler: apparent]] betrayal and alliance with GDI results in a [[VillainousBreakdown slightly angry response]]. His subsequent orders are to, well....
** In ''Renegade'' ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRenegade'' he decides to nuke a small town just to eliminate the protagonist and his squad. Justified in that he just killed his way through a mansion filled with Nod's elite.
** In ''Tiberian Sun'' ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun'' Kane, dissatisfied with General Vega (an [[DrugsAreBad Eye Candy addict]]), decides to reprimand him. With a tactical nuke. Sadly, he misses [[ColonelBadass Commander McNeil]] by a few minutes.
** In ancient history, in ''Tiberian Dawn'' ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianDawn'' you get nuked by Kane during the final mission. He sure likes his nukes.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlertSeries'':
** In ''Red Alert 1'' ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'', Stalin launches nukes against capital cities of the Allies to ensure victory. Of course, the good guys disarm them in flight.
** In ''Red Alert 2'' ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2'', Chicago is destroyed by a nuclear bomb after the player destroys the psychic amplifier and the USSR has no further use for the city. A technical FissionMailed too.
** In ''Red Alert 2: ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2: Yuri's Revenge'' the mission Power Play basically revolves around you trying to stop Yuri from nuking the city every ten minutes. It doesn't help that Yuri tends to use his first nuke to destroy your War Factory and you don't have a Construction Yard in this mission.
** In ''Red Alert 3,'' ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3,'' Soviet General Krukov and Premier Cherdenko go back in time and kill Einstein to prevent him from granting the Allies technological superiority. On their return, they find that Japan has become the Empire of the Rising Sun and is invading Leningrad. Krukov orders the entire Soviet nuclear arsenal to be used in defense of Leningrad. Nuclear what now? [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Oops.]]
** * In ''Generals'' ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'' the Chinese have nukes. And you can build as many silos as you want. Each with a separate nuclear silo. You don't need line of sight to fire them either. DeathFromAbove indeed. General Tsing Shi Tao is noted to be ''obsessed'' with nuclear weapons, and is eager to use them in every combat situation [[WeHaveReserves without regard to the safety of his own men]].
7th Feb '16 9:29:39 PM Willbyr
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30th Jan '16 11:52:01 PM eroock
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* Same as ''Film/IndependenceDay'', ''[[Film/{{Oblivion2013}} Oblivion]]'' has the protagonist Jack Harper smuggled a nuke to the alien ship Tet and detonate it to save humanity. Only difference is that the hero dies with the alien ship.

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* Same as ''Film/IndependenceDay'', ''[[Film/{{Oblivion2013}} Oblivion]]'' has the protagonist Jack Harper smuggled a nuke to the alien ship Tet and detonate it to save humanity. Only difference is that the hero [[HeroicSacrifice dies with the alien ship.ship]].
30th Jan '16 8:23:27 AM HeraldAlberich
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* ''{{Metroid}} Prime 3'': [[spoiler: The [[TheCorruption Leviathan Seed]] on Skytown is protected by an [[DeflectorShields energy shield]], and unlike the last level the generators are out of reach. So what solution does the local supercomputer come up with? Assemble some parts they happen to have lying around the place, and ''drop a nuke on it''.]] It's called a 'Theronian Bomb', but is also referred to as a nuclear weapon, so presumably [[CallARabbitASmeerp it's pretty much the same thing with slightly different ingredients]].
** The Omega Cannon in ''Hunters'' is practically a portiable nuclear bomb. It's the only weapon that can kill the final boss and in multiplayer, it kills anyone, including the shooter, instantly if they are caught in the blast.

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* ''{{Metroid}} Prime 3'': [[spoiler: ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'':
** ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'':
The [[TheCorruption Leviathan Seed]] on Skytown is protected by an [[DeflectorShields energy shield]], and unlike the last level the generators are out of reach. So what solution does the local supercomputer come up with? Assemble some parts they happen to have lying around the place, and ''drop a nuke on it''.]] It's called a 'Theronian Bomb', but is also referred to as a nuclear weapon, so presumably [[CallARabbitASmeerp it's pretty much the same thing with slightly different ingredients]].
** The Omega Cannon in ''Hunters'' ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeHunters'' is practically a portiable portable nuclear bomb. It's the only weapon that can kill the final boss and in multiplayer, it kills anyone, including the shooter, instantly if they are caught in the blast.
26th Jan '16 8:28:13 PM AtticusOmundson
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->"''I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure''."
-->-- '''Ripley''', ''Film/{{Aliens}}''

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->"''I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way ->'''Adam:''' Let's go; there's a nuke. Just telling you again.
->'''Herman:''' That's what they do
to be sure''."
everything; it didn't work in ''Film/IndependenceDay''.
-->-- '''Ripley''', ''Film/{{Aliens}}''
''Film/LazerTeam''
5th Jan '16 4:57:50 PM ZimFan89
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* When ''FanFic/Zero2ARevision'' [[OriginalCharacter Shaun]] attempts to head to Little Edo to gather up reinforcements in hopes of gathering a resistance against the Digimon Emperor, the entire population of Little Edo ends up getting brainwashed along with a "surprise" should he manage to survive for two hours: a ''freakin'' nuclear warhead that the Emperor chucks towards Little Edo to prevent TheAce from interfering with his plans. Had Davis and (Agumon) not arrived in time, Shaun would have been outright obliterated by it.

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* When ''FanFic/Zero2ARevision'' ''FanFic/Zero2ARevision'': When [[OriginalCharacter Shaun]] attempts to head to Little Edo to gather up reinforcements in hopes of gathering a resistance against the Digimon Emperor, the entire population of Little Edo ends up getting brainwashed along with a "surprise" should he manage to survive for two hours: a ''freakin'' nuclear warhead that the Emperor chucks towards Little Edo to prevent TheAce from interfering with his plans. Had Davis and (Agumon) not arrived in time, Shaun would have been outright obliterated by it.
5th Jan '16 4:56:52 PM ZimFan89
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* When [[OriginalCharacter Shaun himself]] from a Digimon fan fiction ''FanFic/Zero2ARevision'' attempts head to Little Edo to gather up reinforcements in hope to gather a resistance against the Digimon Emperor, the entire inhabitants of Little Edo ended up getting brainwashed along with a "surprise" should he managed to survive for 2 hours. What is the "surprise": A ''freakin'' nuclear warhead that he chucked towards Little Edo to prevent TheAce from interfering with his plans. Had Davis and (Agumon) not arrived in time, Shaun would have been outright obliterated by it.

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* When ''FanFic/Zero2ARevision'' [[OriginalCharacter Shaun himself]] from a Digimon fan fiction ''FanFic/Zero2ARevision'' Shaun]] attempts to head to Little Edo to gather up reinforcements in hope to gather hopes of gathering a resistance against the Digimon Emperor, the entire inhabitants population of Little Edo ended ends up getting brainwashed along with a "surprise" should he managed manage to survive for 2 hours. What is the "surprise": A two hours: a ''freakin'' nuclear warhead that he chucked the Emperor chucks towards Little Edo to prevent TheAce from interfering with his plans. Had Davis and (Agumon) not arrived in time, Shaun would have been outright obliterated by it.
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