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20th Aug '17 1:41:46 AM erforce
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* ''Film/ReturnOfTheLivingDead'' The army has no idea how to get rid of the zombies. They bomb the whole town. This proves to be ill-advised.

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* ''Film/ReturnOfTheLivingDead'' ''Film/TheReturnOfTheLivingDead'' The army has no idea how to get rid of the zombies. They bomb the whole town. This proves to be ill-advised.
9th May '17 11:14:59 AM DustSnitch
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* Granted, the point of ''Series/DoctorWho'''s "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E11TurnLeft Turn Left]]" is to show how hopeless Earth would be in a timeline without the Doctor, but come on. The characters from ''Torchwood'' or ''The Sarah Jane Adventures'' have plenty of PlotArmor on their own shows, but as soon as they're thrown into an alternate timeline, the writers can't help but kill off those entire casts.
7th May '17 4:04:40 PM DustSnitch
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* ImmortalLifeIsCheap
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* ImmortalLifeIsCheap
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* ''Film/RogueOne'' heartily subscribes to the mentality that "anything that can be expended, will be expended." As such, most unnamed characters, whether they're rebels or a stormtroopers, are killed in droves, often by violent explosives or waves of gunfire. And further than that, [[spoiler:nearly everything new to this movie is destroyed; Jedha city, the Scarif base, the entire Rogue One crew, Orson Krennic, the Erso family, Saw Gererra, and all of Green Squadron, are all gone while the characters from ''A New Hope'' and on are safe because they have to be.]]
6th May '17 11:02:39 PM DustSnitch
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* GoodThingYouCanHeal



Related to GoodThingYouCanHeal.

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Related The Trope Name is a reference to GoodThingYouCanHeal.the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which states that everything in nature increasingly trends towards disorder (or entropy, to be more accurate.) A similar naming convention was used for the FirstLawOfMetafictionalThermodynamics.



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9th Jul '16 8:24:57 AM narm00
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* [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Dark Age]] comics seemed to go through a period when blowing up or wrecking cities, or killing off characters, was the flavor of the decade. Especially [[TheDCU DC]] with its Coast City debacle, Gotham City's "No Man's Land", and three-quarters of Metropolis being wrecked. And Montevideo (wonder how the real city took the news?). The capitol of Nebraska gets nuked by an alien thingy, with the after effects blowing over half of Smallville. They seem to be reverting to this again with several [[ThrowAwayCountry throw-away countries]] being violently depopulated and Bludhaven drowning in toxic chemicals/going boom.
** Random worldwide massacres. Maggedon comes along, thousands croak in the affects of his defeat. Cyborg comes back to life, eats the moon, the world shakes and shimmies and buildings collapse. 'InfiniteCrisis' had hurricanes chowing down all over the world, entire cities flood and nearly every volcano ''ever'' blowing its top.
** Gotham City in the comics. Every time SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker slips loose from Arkham Asylum or the Scarecrow gets his crazy on or heck, there's just a party, something shows up and turns hundreds of people into crispy fried corpses. And the police officers...does anyone train them? They go down dead when looked at hard.
** During the mostly-Superman event Our Worlds at War, the city of Topeka, Kansas was completely destroyed. Unlike Marvel and their New York setting, DC apparently didn't care whether the "Topeka" depicted in the book actually resembled the real life Topeka.
* [[MarvelUniverse Marvel]] also had its bloodbaths, with Manhattan being badly damaged by Onslaught (and later, mostly leveled by Magneto), Carnage and his troops turning the streets into killing fields and the island of Genosha and its sixteen million mutants being killed.

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* [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Dark Age]] comics seemed to go through a period when blowing up or wrecking cities, or killing off characters, was the flavor of the decade. Especially [[TheDCU [[Franchise/TheDCU DC]] with its Coast City debacle, Gotham City's "No Man's Land", and three-quarters of Metropolis being wrecked. And Montevideo (wonder how the real city took the news?). The capitol of Nebraska gets nuked by an alien thingy, with the after effects blowing over half of Smallville. They seem seemed to be reverting to this again around ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' with several [[ThrowAwayCountry throw-away countries]] being violently depopulated and Bludhaven drowning in toxic chemicals/going boom.
** Random worldwide massacres. Maggedon comes along, thousands croak in the affects of his defeat. Cyborg comes back to life, eats the moon, the world shakes and shimmies and buildings collapse. 'InfiniteCrisis' ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' had hurricanes chowing down all over the world, entire cities flood and nearly every volcano ''ever'' blowing its top.
** Gotham City in the comics. Every time SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker slips loose from Arkham Asylum or the Scarecrow gets his crazy on or heck, there's just a party, something shows up and turns hundreds of people into crispy fried corpses. And the police officers...does anyone train them? They go down dead when looked at hard.
** During the mostly-Superman event Our Worlds at War, ComicBook/OurWorldsAtWar, the city of Topeka, Kansas was completely destroyed. Unlike Marvel and their New York setting, DC apparently didn't care whether the "Topeka" depicted in the book actually resembled the real life Topeka.
* [[MarvelUniverse Marvel]] The Franchise/MarvelUniverse also had its bloodbaths, with Manhattan being badly damaged by Onslaught (and later, mostly leveled by Magneto), Carnage and his troops turning the streets into killing fields and the island of Genosha and its sixteen million mutants being killed.



** UltimateMarvel has had ''millions'' killed by the various {{alien invasion}}s (especially the worldwide mass suicides during Ultimate Galactus), Magneto's Brotherhood attacks, Proteus' RealityWarper rampage, and the Liberators' brief conquest of the United States.
** Let's not forget the WorldWarHulk arc, where The Hulk caused a ludicrous amount of damage to UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. Admittedly, it was (somewhat) justified. Well, kinda. Ok, not really. He does ask for New York to be evacuated and this is while he's almost as mad as he can get due to his pregnant wife having been just killed. [[spoiler: Regular people even sympathize and cheer him on while he brutalizes and humiliates the heroes he blames for this, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Black Bolt, and Mister Fantastic then spares them claiming he wants justice not vengeance.]]
** It gets bad whenever Marvel has the heavier cosmic characters go at it. In one story simply waking the ruling celestial destroyed two galaxies. Even planet eater Galactus [[BringMyBrownPants was having trouble holding it in]].
** Infinity Gauntlet was an example of the reset button. ComicBook/IronMan loses his head, {{Spider-man}}'s head is crushed, Thor is turned to stone, half the universe suddenly dies etc.

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** UltimateMarvel ComicBook/UltimateMarvel has had ''millions'' killed by the various {{alien invasion}}s (especially the worldwide mass suicides during Ultimate Galactus), Magneto's Brotherhood attacks, Proteus' RealityWarper rampage, and the Liberators' brief conquest of the United States.
** Let's not forget the WorldWarHulk ComicBook/WorldWarHulk arc, where The Hulk caused a ludicrous amount of damage to UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. Admittedly, it was (somewhat) justified. Well, kinda. Ok, not really. He does ask for New York to be evacuated and this is while he's almost as mad as he can get due to his pregnant wife having been just killed. [[spoiler: Regular people even sympathize and cheer him on while he brutalizes and humiliates the heroes he blames for this, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Black Bolt, and Mister Fantastic Fantastic, then spares them claiming he wants justice not vengeance.]]
** It gets bad whenever Marvel has the heavier cosmic characters go at it. In one story simply waking the ruling celestial Celestial destroyed two galaxies. Even planet eater Galactus [[BringMyBrownPants was having trouble holding it in]].
** Infinity Gauntlet was an example of the reset button. ComicBook/IronMan loses his head, {{Spider-man}}'s ComicBook/SpiderMan's head is crushed, Thor [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] is turned to stone, half the universe suddenly dies etc.



* In relation to the comics above, ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' is an exception. In the comics, it's a rare, rare person who escapes the attentions of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker alive, much less un-maimed. In the movie, many do so, even cops who are usually the first to go. ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' and ''Film/BatmanBegins'' seem to be working very hard to present Batman and his world in a '[[{{Demythtification}} realistic]]' setting. In a superheroic setting where the main characters are far more powerful and capable than normal humans, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker can go omnicidal easily enough. But when you present Joker as a 'realistic' psycho, he's more limited.

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* In relation to the comics above, ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' is an exception. In the comics, it's a rare, rare person who escapes the attentions of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker alive, much less un-maimed. In the movie, many do so, even cops who are usually the first to go. ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' and ''Film/BatmanBegins'' seem to be working very hard to present Batman and his world in a '[[{{Demythtification}} realistic]]' setting. In a superheroic setting where the main characters are far more powerful and capable than normal humans, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker can go omnicidal easily enough. But when you present Joker as a 'realistic' psycho, he's more limited.



* One of the earliest scenes in the first ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel, ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic,'' had the main-characters accidentally burn down the city of Ankh-Morpork. Pratchett has since talked about how this would be impossible to do now, what with all the main-characters, side-characters and even just general culture that's sprung up in the forty odd books since.

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* One of the earliest scenes in the first ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel, ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic,'' had the main-characters main characters accidentally burn down the city of Ankh-Morpork. Pratchett has since later talked about how this would be impossible to do now, subsequently, what with all the main-characters, main characters, side-characters and even just general culture that's sprung that sprang up in the forty odd forty-odd books since.
28th Jun '16 6:59:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* This is the reason GeorgeOrwell's (a.k.a. Eric Arthur Blair) famous dystopian novel ''1984'' has such a downer ending. Mr. Orwell was dying from tuberculosis at the time he wrote the book.

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* This is the reason GeorgeOrwell's Creator/GeorgeOrwell's (a.k.a. Eric Arthur Blair) famous dystopian novel ''1984'' ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' has such a downer ending. Mr. Orwell was dying from tuberculosis at the time he wrote the book.
11th Feb '16 9:02:04 PM Unknownlight
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