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24th Jun '17 11:00:41 AM nombretomado
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* In ''CodeGeass'', Schneizel's ultimate plan is to scare the world into peace by hanging a KillSat fortress armed with [[NuclearWeaponsTaboo the Geassverse's equivalent of nukes]] over their heads. Appropriately enough, the fortress is actually named Damocles.

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* In ''CodeGeass'', ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Schneizel's ultimate plan is to scare the world into peace by hanging a KillSat fortress armed with [[NuclearWeaponsTaboo the Geassverse's equivalent of nukes]] over their heads. Appropriately enough, the fortress is actually named Damocles.
4th Jun '17 12:01:15 PM Yuihime
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* In [[http://unlevelednate.deviantart.com/art/Damocles-502680870 this]] comic, the Sword of Damocles is a talking ArtifactOfDoom which hangs over adventurers that find it, someday to fall and kill them, but first to drive them into despair and loneliness by its menace. [[spoiler: The girl who finds it is TooDumbToFool, and uses the Sword to fight evil and become a great hero. Will the Sword kill her? Yes, but [[CursedWithAwesome she will wield it for good until then]].]]
19th May '17 12:41:49 AM kome360
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** Unfortunately, he also plans to nuke any city that is currently at war. In other words, all of civilization will go back to the dark ages. Also, his character flaw is that he gets bored easily and might do a certain something [b]unnecessarily sadistic[/b] just to cheer himself up...
28th Mar '17 1:59:11 AM Blazer
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* There was a storyline in ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'', where Kang the Conqueror decides to invade Earth (again) in an attempt to train his son Marcus. His base of operations is a gigantic spacecraft shaped like a sword called Damocles.
19th Mar '17 12:02:50 PM nombretomado
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-->-- '''Governor Tarkin''', stating his [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Tarkin_Doctrine named doctrine]] in ''StarWarsANewHope''

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-->-- '''Governor Tarkin''', stating his [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Tarkin_Doctrine named doctrine]] in ''StarWarsANewHope''
''Film/StarWarsANewHope''
15th Mar '17 12:20:52 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Xykon discusses this in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' prequel ''Recap/StartOfDarkness''; he would only have to unleash [[EldritchAbomination the Snarl]] once or twice as part of his bid for world domination, and fear of the Snarl would keep anyone from opposing him ever again.

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* Xykon discusses this in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' prequel ''Recap/StartOfDarkness''; he would only have to unleash [[EldritchAbomination the Snarl]] once or twice as part of his bid for [[TakeOverTheWorld world domination, domination]], and fear of the Snarl would keep anyone from opposing him ever again.
18th Feb '17 3:58:01 PM nighttrainfm
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* A bit of ViewersAreGeniuses in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': Project Cadmus employs "Damocles Class Missiles", which were used to fire directly into the space based Watchtower of the League to preemptively start a war between superhumans. The use of them is explicitly because Cadmus could not trust the league to continue to protect the people of the world.
** In a different episode, Vandal Savage attempted to use a space based rail gun to aid his world domination.

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* A bit ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** In "Maid
of ViewersAreGeniuses in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': Honor", Vandal Savage attempted to use a space-based rail gun to aid his world domination.
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Project Cadmus employs "Damocles Class Missiles", which were used to fire directly into the space based space-based Watchtower of the League to preemptively start a war between superhumans. The use of them is explicitly because Cadmus felt they could not trust the league to continue to protect the people of the world.
** In a different episode, Vandal Savage attempted to use a space based rail gun to aid his world domination.
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18th Feb '17 2:07:50 PM BattleMaster
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* The inventor of the [[GatlingGood Gatling gun]] thought his invention would serve this purpose, hoping that such a terrible weapon would prevent wars. Or at least end them quicker; in those days, soldiers in prolonged conflicts tended to die from disease.

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* The inventor of the [[GatlingGood Gatling gun]] gun]], Richard Gatling, thought his invention would serve this purpose, hoping that such a terrible weapon would prevent wars. Or at least end them quicker; in those days, soldiers in prolonged conflicts tended to die from disease.
14th Feb '17 12:34:35 PM megarockman
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* The closed-shop structure of North American sports leagues (no promotion/relegation system so generally the same teams compete year to year; mutually-recognized territorial rights means most cities save really big ones like New York only have one team in the local market) means that the only ways a city that doesn't have a team but wants one is either get the league to grant an expansion franchise or entice a currently-existing team to relocate. With the Big Four leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL) already having at least 30 teams each, relocation is generally considered the more likely path. This means that team owners have a large bargaining advantage when it comes to negotiating with the host city regarding stadium leases and ''especially'' public funding for new ones - the sword over the city's head is the chance that the team may pack up and move. A particularly prominent example is the NFL between 1995 and 2015, when there were no teams in Los Angeles after the Rams moved to St. Louis and the Raiders moved back to Oakland - this time period was marked by varying degrees of subtlety about [=SoCal=] in public funding negotiations for stadium renovations or even entire new ones[[note]]True, San Diego had the Chargers, but they're three hours away and a city that pales on a national scale to LA[[/note]].

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* The closed-shop structure of North American sports leagues (no promotion/relegation system so generally the same teams compete year to year; mutually-recognized territorial rights means most cities save really big ones like New York only have one team in the local market) means that the only ways a city that doesn't have a team but wants one is either get the league to grant an expansion franchise or entice a currently-existing team to relocate. With the Big Four leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL) already having at least 30 teams each, relocation is generally considered the more likely path. This means that team owners have a large bargaining advantage when it comes to negotiating with the host city regarding stadium leases and ''especially'' public funding for new ones - the sword over the city's head is the chance that the team may pack up and move. A particularly prominent example is the NFL between 1995 and 2015, when there were no teams in Los Angeles after the Rams moved to St. Louis and the Raiders moved back to Oakland - this time period was marked by varying degrees of subtlety about [=SoCal=] in public funding negotiations for stadium renovations or even entire new ones[[note]]True, San Diego had the Chargers, but they're three hours away and in a city that pales on a national scale to LA[[/note]].
9th Feb '17 4:44:28 PM ZombieAladdin
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* The infamous Spiny Shell (also known as the Blue Shell) in the VideoGame/MarioKart series serves this purpose, or rather, the threat of one. It is a weapon that seeks out the racer in 1st place and slams into them, causing an explosion that stops them cold for several seconds and, with a few exceptions, [[UnblockableAttack cannot be avoided]]. Everyone who has played Mario Kart games for long enough will feel on edge whenever they're ahead in case someone obtains a Spiny Shell. And in the games where other players' items are visible, such as ''Mario Kart DS'' and ''Mario Kart 8'', you can sometimes see people in the lead slam on the brakes and let people overtake them when they see someone get one. And this mechanic works very well--so well that most other kart racers [[FollowTheLeader have adopted similar weapons]]: the Ghost in ''VideoGame/SnowboardKids'', the Swarm in ''[[VideoGame/SegaSuperstars Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed]]'', the Blue Pac-Bomb in ''VideoGame/PacManWorldRally'', etc.
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