- Trent: "Some plan; just *shoot* everything."'Ozu: "Sometimes, the simplest solution is the best."'
- Subverted in The Avengers. When Tony first encounters the portal generator, the first thing he tries is blasting it with his repulsors. This does absolutely no damage to the device; it does however create a shockwave which knocks Selvig back to his senses. Later on, he is then able to inform Natasha that despite being brainwashed, he was able to build an off-switch into the generator with Loki's sceptre as the key.
- In Sing Street, the evil school's principal wants to finish a dance at the gym by turning the lights back on. The school bully prevents this by smashing the light switch, making it impossible to do so. Everyone cheers and the dance continues.
- The Bionic Woman episode "Doomsday is Tomorrow". With the doomsday device's countdown running out, Jaime tries to stop the explosion by destroying the circuits of the ALEX 7000 computer that's controlling the countdown.
- Castle: During a particularly tense two-parter episode, Castle and Beckett have been chasing a group of domestic terrorists attempting to set off a dirty bomb in town. Eventually, they do find the bomb, but with only seconds left on the timer.... with no time to pick a wire to cut, Castle just yanks all of them at once... this works.
- Mr. Bean once opted to turn off a light by shooting it, in order to forego the effort of getting out of bed to do so manually.
- Torchwood: One both occasions where resurrection gauntlets are used to bring characters back to life, they end up going out of control and sucking the life out of hosts with no way of being turned off. So Jack just shoots them.
- Inside Out
- The emotions Anger, Disgust and Fear have realised that giving Riley the idea to run away was a mistake, and are trying desperately to correct the mistake by removing the idea bulb. But it proves to be unmovable. So they try smashing it. But is also proves unbreakable.
- Shortly afterward, Joy and Sadness make it back to headquarters, but are stuck outside the window with no way to get in. The first attempt to get them inside involves throwing heavy objects against the window to no avail. Disgust has the brilliant idea of getting Anger riled up, turning him into a living flamethrower and melting a hole in the window for Joy and Sadness to climb through.
- Voltron: Legendary Defender: After Sendak takes the castle and captures Lance and Shiro, Allura and Keith are stuck outside after the particle barrier is activated, leaving Pidge the only Paladin still at large on the inside. Allura directs Pidge to the castle's star drive chamber, in order to shut it down and prevent Sendak from getting away with the castle, and also the Lions. Unfortunately, the drive activates before Allura can go through the proper shutdown sequence, disrupting communications. With no other options, Pidge just says "whatever" and smashes the controls with her bayard, preventing the launch.
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