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19th May '16 2:04:46 PM gophergiggles
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** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' actually ''parodies'' the series' love of self-destruct sequences. In the finale Ada has rigged the entire island with explosives and set a timer, and given Leon a heads up and a means to escape. Leon's more than accustomed to escaping such sequences at this point, but poor Ashley Graham on the other hand...
--> '''Leon (Calmly):''' We have to get off this island now. It's going to blow any minute.
--> '''Ashley (Panicked):''' IT'S GONNA '''WHAT?!'''
19th May '16 11:05:58 AM Andyroid
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', D.Va's ultimate ability involves setting her MiniMecha to self-destruct and [[ActionBomb sending it towards her opponents]]. [[VerbThis "Nerf THIS!"]]
19th May '16 5:54:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* An early version of this trope appears in Creator/RobertEHoward's planetary adventure ''{{Almuric}}''.
* In the ''KnownSpace'' series, the Puppeteers have transparent, indestructible hulls. In one book, a Puppeteer scientist discovers a way to destroy said hulls [[spoiler:by destroying the optical computer holding it together]] which is used in "Destroyer of Worlds"

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* An early version of this trope appears in Creator/RobertEHoward's planetary adventure ''{{Almuric}}''.
''Literature/{{Almuric}}''.
* In the ''KnownSpace'' ''Literature/KnownSpace'' series, the Puppeteers have transparent, indestructible hulls. In one book, a Puppeteer scientist discovers a way to destroy said hulls [[spoiler:by destroying the optical computer holding it together]] which is used in "Destroyer of Worlds"



* In TimothyZahn's ''Literature/TheConquerorsTrilogy'', the computers on human spacecraft are equipped with self destruct mechanisms to prevent sensitive information from falling into enemy hands. The one example we see of the device being used for this purpose is {{subverted}}, as [[spoiler:the task force admiral kept a personal log of important data contrary to Peacekeeper regulations, which the Zhirrzh found when sifting through the wreckage of the ''Kinshasa'']].

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* In TimothyZahn's Creator/TimothyZahn's ''Literature/TheConquerorsTrilogy'', the computers on human spacecraft are equipped with self destruct mechanisms to prevent sensitive information from falling into enemy hands. The one example we see of the device being used for this purpose is {{subverted}}, as [[spoiler:the task force admiral kept a personal log of important data contrary to Peacekeeper regulations, which the Zhirrzh found when sifting through the wreckage of the ''Kinshasa'']].
4th May '16 6:58:06 AM DonPiano
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** In ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'', the final boss of the first game, [[EvilKnockoff Copy X]], self-destructs after defeat in his [[OneWingedAngel Armed Phenomenon form]], leaving Zero in the desert where he stays even in the intro stage of the second game.
*** In the third game, Copy X self-destructs when trying to achieve his aforementioned Armed Phenomenon due to a trap set by [[BigBad Dr. Weil]] when the doctor rebuilt the Reploid.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce 3'' has [[spoiler:[[TheDragon Joker]], who when defeated as Dread Joker, has his self destruction mechanism activated by [[BigBad Mr. King]] to blow up the entire secret Dealer base in order to [[TakingYouWithMe kill everyone in the building]], including [[TheHero Geo]], [[TheBrute Zack]] and [[TheDarkChick Tia]].]] [[spoiler:The blow is [[HeroicSacrifice absorbed entirely by Ace, killing him]].]]
29th Apr '16 7:10:14 AM 5zero2
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** Not to be confused with Battle Short, certain [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B61_nuclear_bomb nuclear weapons]] are fitted with a "command-disable" mechanism. This uses a thermal battery to melt down the internal circuitry that fires the warhead, rendering the weapon unusable by anyone until it has been completely rebuilt.

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** Not to be confused with Battle Short, certain [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B61_nuclear_bomb nuclear weapons]] are fitted with a "command-disable" mechanism. This uses a thermal battery to melt down the internal circuitry that fires the warhead, firing circuitry, rendering the weapon unusable by anyone until it has been completely rebuilt.returned to the manufacturer for rebuild.
29th Apr '16 5:41:29 AM 5zero2
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* A lot of US Military gear, such as mobile generators, are fitted with a "Battle Short" switch. Throw it and the unit overloads to the point that it burns out (and may even ''explode''). During a retreat, if there isn't enough time to extract the gear, this prevents the enemy from capturing the gear to use for themselves. [[TruthInTelevision Like most self-destruct mechanisms in fiction]], there is no way to cancel it once activated.

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* A In a lot of US Military gear, such as mobile generators, are fitted with generators or anything where shutdown would endanger lives in combat, there's a "Battle Short" switch. Throw it and the unit overloads to the point that it burns out (and may even ''explode''). During a retreat, if there This isn't enough time to extract the gear, this prevents the enemy from capturing the gear to use for themselves. [[TruthInTelevision Like most a self-destruct mechanisms in fiction]], there is no way per se, but a bypass of any fuses or circuit breakers so that the gear will continue to cancel function until it once activated.physically fails, as opposed to being shut down by a tripped breaker or blown fuse; it has been shorted for battle, hence "battle short". Once the need has passed, the equipment can be returned to normal (protected) operation.
** Not to be confused with Battle Short, certain [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B61_nuclear_bomb nuclear weapons]] are fitted with a "command-disable" mechanism. This uses a thermal battery to melt down the internal circuitry that fires the warhead, rendering the weapon unusable by anyone until it has been completely rebuilt.
25th Mar '16 5:42:57 PM NozzDogg
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* ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'''s titular [[RetroRocket rocket ships]] are often equipped with self destruct mechanisms to scuttle the ship and prevent it from falling into enemy hands, as well as potentially [[TakingYouWithMe take out the enemy with it]].
15th Mar '16 8:21:10 AM Discar
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* ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'': Penny mentions that during mad science, self-destructs "just happen." She puts a self-destruct on her otherwise perfectly ordinary smelter, and in [[Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsIBlewUpTheMoon the second book]] Remmy doesn't see anything weird about someone asking where the station's self-destruct is. When Penny needs to blow up a biotech base built by BlueAndOrangeMorality pacifists, she asks if it has one. He is initially horrified and offended... before sheepishly admitting that yes, it does.

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* ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'': Penny mentions that during mad science, self-destructs "just happen." She puts a self-destruct on her otherwise perfectly ordinary smelter, and in [[Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsIBlewUpTheMoon the second book]] Remmy doesn't see anything weird about someone asking where the station's self-destruct is. When Penny needs to blow up a biotech base built by BlueAndOrangeMorality pacifists, she asks the base's AI if it has one. He is initially horrified and offended... before sheepishly admitting that yes, it does.
15th Mar '16 8:20:35 AM Discar
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* ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'': Penny mentions that during mad science, self-destructs "just happen." She puts a self-destruct on her otherwise perfectly ordinary smelter, and in [[Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsIBlewUpTheMoon the second book]], Remmy doesn't see anything weird about someone asking where the station's self-destruct is. When Penny needs to blow up a biotech base built by BlueAndOrangeMorality pacifists, she asks if it has one. He is initially horrified and offended... before sheepishly admitting that yes, it does.

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* ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'': Penny mentions that during mad science, self-destructs "just happen." She puts a self-destruct on her otherwise perfectly ordinary smelter, and in [[Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsIBlewUpTheMoon the second book]], book]] Remmy doesn't see anything weird about someone asking where the station's self-destruct is. When Penny needs to blow up a biotech base built by BlueAndOrangeMorality pacifists, she asks if it has one. He is initially horrified and offended... before sheepishly admitting that yes, it does.
15th Mar '16 8:20:13 AM Discar
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* ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'': Penny mentions that during mad science, self-destructs "just happen." She puts a self-destruct on her otherwise perfectly ordinary smelter, and in [[Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsIBlewUpTheMoon the second book]]. Remmy doesn't see anything weird about someone asking where the station's self-destruct is. When Penny needs to blow up a biotech base built by BlueAndOrangeMorality pacifists, she asks if it has one. He is initially horrified and offended... before sheepishly admitting that yes, it does.

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* ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'': Penny mentions that during mad science, self-destructs "just happen." She puts a self-destruct on her otherwise perfectly ordinary smelter, and in [[Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsIBlewUpTheMoon the second book]]. book]], Remmy doesn't see anything weird about someone asking where the station's self-destruct is. When Penny needs to blow up a biotech base built by BlueAndOrangeMorality pacifists, she asks if it has one. He is initially horrified and offended... before sheepishly admitting that yes, it does.
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