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A common [[FilmPosters Film Poster]] meant to shock and attract a viewer, the Earth Shattering Poster features the planet Earth being destroyed in an EarthShatteringKaboom, usually with tectonic cracks all along the edges that glow a volcanic red. Occasionally, it's because a gigantic hand, possibly alien and definitely evil looking, is crushing it. Other variants include the Earth being zapped with a DeathRay, or having a meteor colliding against it.

Needless to say, if the planet ever actually has this happen to it in the film it wouldn't be a case of InferredHolocaust; it would be an outright planetary catastrophe that would cause a Class 5 ApocalypseHow.

Hopefully this will not become HarsherInHindsight anytime soon.

See also GotTheWholeWorldInMyHand, ApocalypticMontage.

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[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* The poster for ''FutureWar198X'' had a flow of lava/blood pouring out of the cracks. In the actual movie, this is mimicked by the shot of earth from space turning slowly red when nuclear bombs are set off in major cities all around the world.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''WorldWarHulk'' has several covers of [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]] living up to his title of "World Breaker".
** To further illustrate this, the "u" in the World War Hulk logo is formed by a broken Earth.
** The RedHulk arc "Planet Red Hulk" has a cover with Red doing the same.
* The cover of ''[[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers #49 (v3)]]'' has Kang the Conqueror impale Earth on his orbital base "Damocles". Kang has never been much for subtlety. ThatOtherWiki has an image on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kang_Dynasty the article]] for the [[ComicBook/TheKangWar arc]].
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' had the Earth in front of a humongous meteor silhouetted against a ring of fire.
* ''Film/DeepImpact'' had a meteor impacting Earth, and actually followed through on that promise.
* The central concept of the ''[[ShowWithinAShow Scorcher]]'' film series in ''Film/TropicThunder''
* The 2005 remake of ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' had an alien hand spreading some type of red weed around Earth.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/killer_klowns_from_outer_space.jpg Killer Klowns From Outer Space]]
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[[folder: Literature]]
* Creator/LRonHubbard's ''MissionEarth'' had the planet Earth gripped by a hand wearing a spiked wristband.
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[[folder: Live-Action TV]]
* The image of the Earth cracking was also used in Season 3 of ''Series/{{Heroes}}.''
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[[folder: Music]]
* The cover Music/JudasPriest's ''Ram It Down'' album features a giant fist which is, well, [[http://images.uulyrics.com/cover/j/judas-priest/album-ram-it-down.jpg ramming the earth down]].
* Music/IronMaiden has [[http://www.ironmaidencommentary.com/pictures/pictures04_pom/tourbook04_pom.jpg the poster]] for "The World Piece Tour".
* Music/IcedEarth has [[http://www.nuclearblast.de/static/articles/153/153750.jpg/1000x1000.jpg the album cover]] of "The Crucible of Man".
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''StarControl 2'' had a poster with ''two'' hands grasping Earth.
* The LoadingScreen for the final episode of ''CityOfHeroes''' "Who Will Die?" signature story depicts the villain holding Earth while it cracks apart under his assault.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Planetary_Annihilation_cover.jpg box art]] for ''VideoGame/PlanetaryAnnihilation'' shows an asteroid crashing into a planet and shattering the crust.
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