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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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17th Dec '15 12:13:47 PM erforce
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* In ''[[Film/AlienVsPredator Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem]]'', [[spoiler:TheMenInBlack deal with the Alien infestation by blowing up the entire town, leaving only the heroes who were smart enough to ignore the government advice to stay in the position and wait for evacuation.]]

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* In ''[[Film/AlienVsPredator Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem]]'', ''Film/AliensVsPredatorRequiem'', [[spoiler:TheMenInBlack deal with the Alien infestation by blowing up the entire town, leaving only the heroes who were smart enough to ignore the government advice to stay in the position and wait for evacuation.]]
7th Sep '15 12:53:03 PM nombretomado
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** Let's not forget the WorldWarHulk arc, where The Hulk caused a ludicrous amount of damage to 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.]]

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** Let's not forget the WorldWarHulk arc, where The Hulk caused a ludicrous amount of damage to NewYorkCity.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.]]
12th Aug '15 10:03:15 AM bluemist9999
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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.
27th Jul '15 10:49:52 AM Beacon80
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17th Jun '15 5:37:17 PM Paranoia
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', anything that touches Master Shake and then a surface (wall, ceiling, or floor) will explode. [[ConvectionSchmonvection With no effects on anything around it]]. [[EpilepticTrees Fans often speculate that this is Shake's superpower]]. Fortunately (for Meat Wad at least), Shake seems entirely unaware of this effect.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', anything that touches Master Shake and then a surface (wall, ceiling, or floor) will explode. [[ConvectionSchmonvection With no effects on anything around it]]. [[EpilepticTrees Fans often speculate that this is Shake's superpower]]. Fortunately (for Meat Wad at least), neither Shake seems entirely unaware of nor anybody else seem to really notice this effect.
14th Apr '15 5:59:09 PM nombretomado
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* DarkAge 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.

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* DarkAge [[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.
31st Mar '15 2:10:07 PM Tayot84
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** Let's not forget the WorldWarHulk arc, where The Hulk caused a ludicrous amount of damage to 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.]]

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** Let's not forget the WorldWarHulk arc, where The Hulk caused a ludicrous amount of damage to NewYorkCity. Admittedly, it was (somewhat) justified. Well, kinda. Ok, not really.
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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.]]
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