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->''"That was the secret of secrets," said the Queen Jadis. "It had long been known to the great kings of our race that there was a word which, if spoken with the proper ceremonies, would destroy all living things except the one who spoke it."''
-->-- ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew''

In a fantasy setting featuring FantasyGunControl, MedievalStasis, and assorted other reasons why the culture would never develop anything even ''close'' to nuclear weaponry, there may be some form of magic attack so powerful and destructive that it is obviously a stand-in for nuclear weapons. This goes double if it leaves behind some sort of corrupting effect that lingers long after the spell itself is cast, ''a la'' fallout. Compare to how AutomaticCrossbows stand in for guns. KamehameHadoken, WaveMotionGun and PersonOfMassDestruction are common ways of invoking it.

Elsewhere, this trope is about the deliberate insertion of something nuke-like into a civilization that hasn't even invented the steam engine yet. Like FantasticRacism and FantasticDrug, in that the situation is obviously designed to parallel a real world situation, either in order to make some point about the issue or simply to allow all the connotations and associations of the real world situation to easily be applied to the fantastic. In Japanese works, may be related to NuclearWeaponsTaboo.

A Fantastic Nuke may set off a WorldWreckingWave or precipitate TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. It's frequently also an UnholyNuke based on TheDarkArts.

[[UnfortunateImplications And no]], [[IThoughtItMeant we're not saying that nukes are fantastic as in "wonderful and great"]]. [[DudeNotFunny That would be just plain sick,]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards even for this wiki]].

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* The “Dragon Slave” from ''{{Slayers}}''.
** Also “Blast Bomb” (Fire element spell capable doing purely physical damage) and “Ra Tilt” (Spirit Shamanism doing damage only on the astral plane) are considered to be equivalent in power.
** Not to mention the “Giga Slave” (think localized ''black hole'', not nuke) backstory even mentioned that a prototype version of it permanently turned a lake and surrounding environs into a magically contaminated “[[EldritchLocation Sea of Death]].”
** The Dragon Slave has acquired a bit of NoEndorHolocaust due to use in {{Contractual Gag}}s from CharacterExaggeration. This makes it all the more noticeable when [[CerebusSyndrome the drama kicks in]] and ground-level imagery recalling atomic bomb test footage is suddenly turned way, ''way'' up.
*** Rah-Tilt and Blast Bomb, on the other hand, never suffer from this effect. Blast Bomb is more or less novel-exclusive, only appearing in the anime once in a scene that contained no comical exaggerations. Rah-Tilt is an astral spell with no physical effects, so it's less funny.
* The "Vegatron bombs" from ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' (one of the ''Anime/MazingerZ'' sequels). Each one of them could obliterate one whole city, and left the land polluted with radioactivity in the wake of the explosion.
* ''MahouSenseiNegima'' has Nagi reference this concept during the war when he mentioned his own world (earth) developing 'a very powerful bomb' that would end all wars. He said there were spells that were even more powerful available to mages.
** Three examples are the 'High Ancient' (Greek) incantations: Khilipl Astrape (Thousand Thunderbolts), Kosmike Katasrophe (End of the World) and Ourania Phlogosis (Burning Sky). Their power seems to depend on the mage casting it, though.
** Of course, Natsumi repeatedly refers to [[BoisterousBruiser Jack Rakan]] as "the Human Atomic Bomb". Given [[StoryBreakerPower his ridiculous amount of power]], this is not entirely inaccurate.
* "They're [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion N2 mines]], [[NuclearWeaponsTaboo not nukes]]."
** "[[WebVideo/EvangelionAbridged What's the difference?]]"
** They don't leave behind radiation. Aside from that, there's no difference.
* ''ScrappedPrincess'' has the Ginnungagap, a "Long Ranged Strategic Class Spell", one of a whole class of nuke spells.
* In Manga/{{Naruto}}, the Bijuu and [[PersonOfMassDestruction Jinchuuriki]], [[{{Kaiju}} giant monsters]] [[EnergyBeings made out of chakra]] and humans with [[SealedEvilInACan the things sealed within their bodies]], are treated like nuclear weapons by the ninja villages that don't simply shun and fear them. The First Hokage, the guy that at one point had control of them all, even gave most of the bijuu away to other villages to prevent them from shifting the tide of war too heavily and help grant stability. Pain and his organization have been kidnapping all the Jinchuuriki, intending to extract their bijuu and use them to rapidly start and stop wars to convince the other nations of their power as part of their plan to TakeOverTheWorld. [[spoiler:However, his real plan turns out to be to create a superweapon capable of wiping out ''entire countries'' instantly, available to any country who's will to pay, and likely to be used if one side doesn't have ninja. [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans After being used once he thinks people will stop war altogether out of fear]], until someone uses it again, repeating the cycle.]]
** In Chapter 572, [[spoiler:a Tailed Beast Bomb clash between Kurama and 5 other tailed beasts]] creates a fireball that is about 50 times the diameter of a normal Bijuu-Dama explosion. Suddenly that "wiping out an entire country" idea sounds plausible. Kurama [[UpToEleven one-ups]] it by having Hachibi join in and creating a Combined Tailed Beast Bomb many times their size [[spoiler:in a vain attempt to stop the Juubi's revival in 609]]. The resulting explosion could be seen from all the battlefields in the war.
** Following [[spoiler: Pain's death, Tobi instead wants to use their chakra to fuel MassHypnosis]].
** A special material in the second movie has the capabilities of producing infinite free energy, and served as the foundation of an ancient civilization, that was gone since then. In the climax, the mines where this material is found begin to collapse, threatening to wipe out the entire continent in one giant explosion. Hmm.
** In Chapter 613 the Ten-Tails completely revives and is very reminiscent of a familiar [[Franchise/MetalGear mobile nuke launcher]]. In fact the first thing it does is launch a couple of hyper-Tailed Beast Bombs and destroy a couple of cities. Its range is so impressive some attacks take a few ''minutes'' to hit. Unlike a normal Tailed Beast Bomb, the Ten-Tails' bombs explode in a conical, rather than spherical, shape and can be seen the next country over.
*** The Ten-Tails, in frustration and having gathered more chakra, prepares a Tailed Beast Bomb similar to the aforementioned bombs, but as large as itself. Its explosion engulfs an entire sea.
** Pain himself has a jutsu that creates a small gravitation pull towards everything in area that qualifies, [[spoiler: given that he destroy Konoha with it.]] [[spoiler: The real]] Madara also has one in the form a jutsu that [[ColonyDrop calls in a gigantic meteor]] that's so big he considered it impractical to use in life because he had no way of making sure that he himself wasn't killed by it.
* ''VisionOfEscaflowne'': Toward the end of the series one country drops a {{Magitek}} nuke.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'': The Time-Space Administrative Bureau possesses a [[WaveMotionGun shipboard weapon]], the Arc-En-Ciel, that is described as a "magical distortion cannon" and is ''far worse'' than a nuke. Fired at a planetary surface it will consume everything for hundreds of kilometers. Fitting a ship with an Arc-En-Ciel requires extensive background checks and briefing for all crew who have access to the bridge, and firing it requires both two seperate verbal commands and a key-based interlock. The Arc might even adhere to the Two-Man Rule; the ship's technical specialist down in the sensor room appears to be the one who powers and arms the weapon, but only someone on the bridge can fire it.
* In the Bount arc of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' it is revealed that the Soul Society previously used Jokai Crests to produce Reishi. They stopped using them and sealed the rest away under giant concrete blocks after one exploded and destroyed a 1/10 of the Seiretei, but now the BigBad has absorbed one and plans to release its energy and detonate the others in a chain reaction. It's clear what the inspiration was.
** Ulquiorra's Lanza del Relámpago he missed and it landed far away and still the ChunkyUpdraft still reach Las Noches.
** Not to mention Soi Fon's bankai, which is pretty much a nuclear missile. She makes an anchor of sorts with a metallic sash to stop herself from being blown away by the blast.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has some major DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything whenever it refers to the Buster Call or the ancient weapon Pluton.
* In ''{{Trigun}}'', the Angel Arms and (manga only) photon-ion cannon are often seen by fans as analogous to nuclear weapons in their effects and their power. As an exception, references to actual atomic bombs are made in the final chapters of the manga. [[spoiler:The special reload of this weapon in Doom the Roguelike is a nuclear blast.]]
** Also note that the [[spoiler: draining and long torture of the plants]] can be seen as an allegory of [[GreenAesop how 'humankind' causes possibly irreversible environmental damage]].
* The god warriors and their [[WaveMotionGun main weapon]] in ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'', as well as the method of warfare of provoking an ''Ohmu'' stampede against enemy cities.
** Almost subverted in the manga, which makes clear that the god warriors do emit plenty of harmful radiation.
* In HayaoMiyazaki's film ''Anime/CastleInTheSky'', the floating island of Laputa has the power to launch some sort of energy weapon that results in an explosion of nuclear scale.
* The titular aircraft of ''{{Simoun}}'' possess extremely destructive capabilities, which are triggered by executing "Ri Maajons" - elaborate patterns in the sky usually performed in complex flight formations. Some Ri Maajons have the power to destroy several thousands of enemy aircraft and tanks ''in one go''. That the Simoun are intended for use in religious services and are thus piloted by [[{{Miko}} priestesses]] is rather ironic.
* The titular Otome of ''MaiOtome'' are weapons that singlehandedly win wars and determine a country's military strength. In the one major conflict since their creation, an entire country was wiped out, the survivors and their children suffering from debilitating illnesses. The underlying technology, if used peacefully, would improve the lives of millions. In the OVA, the various nations get together for Strategic Otome Limitation Talks (S.O.L.T.). And they're all [[MoeAnthropomorphism entirely non-nuclear, nanomachine-powered, magical-girl maids]].
* The Black Cores from ''DaiNoDaibouken'', which are basically magic-powered nukes. (created from a rare ore analogous to the plutonium / uranium, nonetheless) On the back-story, one of them was powerful enough to destroy an entire continent.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' has a {{magitek}} KillSat called the Aetherion, which fires a burst of magical energy to create a nuclear-level explosion. This blast also grows in power over time, if the initial burst is contained, like a chain reaction.
** There's also Fairy Law, a spell that can annihilate everything in a radius of miles that the caster considers an enemy. If it's in the middle of a battlefield where you need to be selective about your targets, it's simply an extremely precise WaveMotionGun that destroys enemies without hurting allies. However, if the caster were in enemy territory surrounded by enemy units, then it would probably rival Aetherion in it's capability for taking huge numbers of lives in an instant.
** Then there's Acnologia Roar [[spoiler: apparently capable of wiping out an entire island and leaves no traces.]]
* When Louise uses Void Magic for the first time in LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima the result is a flash of blinding light and then everything belonging to the enemy (that's what we see at least) spontaneously catches fire.
* The FLAYA of {{Code Geass}} is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kOUZLaxzjE basically this]], even made [[spoiler:by an Einstein]].
* In early ''SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' series and [=OAVs=], the good guys used "reaction weaponry" which was [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial not nuclear weapons in any way shape or form]], instead being [[{{Handwave}} officially antimatter weapons]]. Later series, either not having to deal with or outright ignoring the NuclearWeaponsTaboo, have been more open to out-and-out using nuclear weapons as part of the setting.
* ''DragonBall'' started presented KiAttacks as this with the introduction of [[KnightOfCerebus Piccolo Daimou]], who when restored to his youth, reduced a large city to a wasteland that extended beyond visible site during his fight with Goku. After Raditz's introduction, they were taken to EarthShatteringKaboom levels.

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* In FalloutEquestria and its derived works, "balefire bombs" were instrumental in causing the postapocalyptic world described in the stories. They are clear analogues to nuclear weapons.
** Referenced in ''Fanfic/UnderTheNorthernLights'', an otherwise unrelated Friendship Is Magic fanfic. Twilight Sparkle stops a bomb-throwing assassin who seems to be destroyed by his own bomb when Twilight traps him and the bomb within a forcefield. Media and gossip make this into a "balefire bomb" to the ire of Twilight because balefire bombs are just theoretical weapons, no assassin is stupid enough to use a nuke-equivalent to kill someone, and nopony could contain a balefire blast like that.
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* In the Czech film ''Císařův pekař - Pekařův císař'' the golem is an obvious allegory for nuclear power. (The villains attempt to use the golem to rule the world and get killed in the process, while the hero goes to use it for the good of all.)

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[[folder:Literature]]

* The civil war that breaks out between the wizards in ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'' (as well as the earlier Mage Wars) has clear allusions to a nuclear war, though we don't get to see the truly powerful spells close up. There are areas mentioned repeatedly throughout the series but never shown where fallout from spells like this in ancient wizard conflicts make them uninhabitable. Finally, modern wizards essentially see it as their job to learn how to do magic and then ''never to do it'', or at least not any of the seriously reality-warping stuff, aware of the MutuallyAssuredDestruction that Mage Wars had always ultimately caused.
** There's a reference to the Mage Wars in ''Going Postal'' which makes this more explicit:
--> Any ignorant fool can fail to turn someone else into a frog. You have to be clever to refrain from doing it when you knew how easy it was. There were places in the world commemorating those times when wizards hadn't been quite as clever as that, and on many of them the grass would never grow again.
** In ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', Sam Vimes makes explicit reference to the "first use of magic" in a war... a clear parallel with nuclear weapons.
** Pratchett is quite fond of using the adjective "thaumaturgical" in relation to the Mage Wars, which does the double duty of being Disc science's equivalent of the word "atomic" and bearing a cosmetic similarity to "thermonuclear".
** ''Discworld/ReaperMan'' we get to finally see one up close. It was powerful enough to destroy an entire [[spoiler: living]] city.
** Pratchett was in fact formerly a scientific journalist specialising in nuclear physics, so his books are full of in-jokes about the subject.
** The Science of Discworld involves the magical equivalent of a nuclear reactor, designed largely from information contained in scrolls found in a cave in a dangerously magical area (everyone who went there died of rare, magically induced diseases) in the form of a bowl-shaped valley surrounded by rings of mountains. When the thing begins to overload, Ponder Stibons says he thinks that the reactor at that site probably was shut down in this state, so they need to come up with a way to bleed off the magic FAST.
** And inverted in ''Jingo'', where it's implied that Leonard of Quirm ''has'' designed a bona-fide nuclear bomb (the materials it's made from "don't like being squeezed. So they go bang. With extreme alacrity.") This is one of the many reasons he's kept locked up.
** ''Discworld/TheLastHero'' gives us Agatean Thunder Clay. Cohen the Barbarian and his Silver Horde fill a fifty-pound keg with the stuff and plan to deliver it to the gods. Such an explosion would not only blow up Cori Celesti, but also erase the Discworld's magic field. and with no magic, there would be no Discworld.
* Tolkien got tired of people viewing [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings the One Ring]] as an allegory for nuclear weapons. He was fond of noting that if the Ring was an allegory for the Bomb, Saruman wouldn't have tried to steal but, instead would have tried to develop his own, and the Alliance would have used the Ring against Sauron.
** Although, strictly speaking, Saruman DID create his own Ring, although it was never used as more than an indication of how mad he had become.
* ChinaMieville's ''PerdidoStreetStation'' makes mention of Suroch, an area of the world that's been... ''twisted'' after New Crobuzon dropped a "torque-bomb" on it. Torque... twists things. That's what it means in physics, and that's definitely what one would call the results. [[GoryDiscretionShot The descriptions of Suroch try to avoid saying anything explicit]]. Apparently it was part nuke, part key to the gates of Hell. It can even be considered to be ''worse'' than Hell because ''demons'' are scared of the things that have crawled out of there.
** "Colourbombs" in the same setting are implied to be less ''wrong'' but even more destructive; Mieville's influences being what they are, this latter might bear some relation to [[Creator/HPLovecraft "The Colour out of Space"]]. Colourbombs were used to cover up whatever the Torque did to Suroch. Basically, it was better to blanket nuke the area than try to explain the effects of torque to the populace of New Crobuzon.
** The city-killer (aka Hecatomb) in Literature/IronCouncil is beyond even colourbombs (another kind of fantastic nuke) for sheer alien annihilation. It ERASES CITIES. And casts ripples of destruction BACKWARDS IN TIME.
* The Deplorable Word in ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' is a magic spell that destroys all life in the world save that of the person who speaks it. We see a world where it was used in ''The Magician's Nephew'', complete with not-so-subtle allusions to nuclear weaponry.
* The seventh book of TheSwordOfTruth series has a wizard activating an ancient spell in the middle of the enemy camp. The results are quite nuclear, and cost the enemy about a million soldiers.
** The ''LegendOfTheSeeker'' TVSeries that is loosely based on the books features Whisperers, which are cylinder-shaped containers that hold the screams of the shadow people. When released manually or via the timer, the Whisperer emits an ear-piercing scream that kills very living thing within a league. Only creatures that can hear are affected, so a wizard may be able to place a temporary deafness spell to protect everyone in the affected area. Not surprisingly, used as weapons of terror by both the [[TheEmpire D'Harans]] and the [[LaResistance rebels]].
*** Which is a mix of two different concepts from the books. The first is Shadow People, incorporeal wraiths killing anyone touched (used by Darken Rahl's father), which were actually fought with sonic weapons. The second is the Dominie Dirtch, stationary stone bells serving as a border defense of a country. These shredded anyone in front of them when struck from behind. Plugging one's ears as a countermeasure was implied to have been used a couple thousand years ago; it was recommended again during the books, but the weapons were destroyed before it was needed.
* The [[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Wheel of Time]] has Balefire, which obliterates the target [[RetGone in the past]], leading to a whole load of complications when linked circles with ''[[AmplifierArtifact sa'angreal]]'' started using it to blow up cities during the War of the Power.
** The Choedan Kal, a pair of [[AmplifierArtifact Amplifier Artifacts]] exponentially more powerful than any others in existence, also tend to invoke this trope. [[spoiler: While one eventually melts during the Cleansing of the Source, Rand ultimately destroys the other precisely because the destruction even one alone can cause is so great.]]
** [[spoiler: It goes even deeper then that. When Rand grasps the full power of the Choedan Kal, he concludes that even the single one he has is more than powerful enough to bring all of reality to a crashing halt, forever.]]
** Unravelling, or taking apart an existing Weave of Power, can cause massive explosions. For extra points, do it to a Gateway and ''survive''.
* In Creator/JohnMoore's ''Literature/BadPrinceCharlie'', two neighboring kingdoms are both trying to find a "Weapon of [[strike: Mass]] Magical Destruction" left behind by a previous king.
* In the ''Age of Unreason'' series, France uses alchemical magitech, building on the theory of creating resonance between two objects to make them attract, originally used to make target-seeking cannonballs, to attract an ''asteroid'' to ''London'', creating the equivalent of a nuclear winter. This "Newton's Cannon" gives name to one of the books in the series.
* Making a volcano erupt in the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series amounts to this. The series has several [[PersonofMassDestruction Persons of Mass Destruction]], including one CompleteMonster and one who's always ready to ShootTheDog, so volcanoes get used as weapons in the series.
** There's also Garados, the Great Fury in the Calderon Valley. Basically a giant Titan [[SealedEvilInACan sleeping in the valley]] who doesn't like trespassers. [[spoiler: And Tavi [[SummonBiggerFish wakes it up]] in order to damage the Vord Queen.]]
* ''HeraldsOfValdemar'': Powerful mages in this series are akin to [[PersonOfMassDestruction walking nuclear weapons]], and treated as such.
** In the backstory of the series proper, a war was fought between rival Great Mages, aptly termed the Mage Wars. It culminated in the total and near-simultaneous destruction of both enemies, along with their respective strongholds, which were filled with magical artifacts. The resulting Cataclysm gouged vast craters and [[WorldWreckingWave reshaped the entire continent]], an event so powerful that it echoed through time to recur three thousand years later.
** To a lesser extent, a sufficiently powerful mage can perform a form of HeroicSacrifice called a Final Strike, expending all their magical power and any they can draw from their surroundings in a massive detonation. When Vanyel did this, he scoured a mountain pass down to bedrock and destroyed an entire invading army. In life, Vanyel was explicitly stated to be capable of leveling cities all by himself.
* Xhum Y'Zir's Seven Cacophonic Deaths, in ''Lamentation'' by KenScholes.
* The Andadt from ''TheLongPriceQuartet'' make nukes seem like pop-guns. The Andat "Sightless" [[spoiler: blinds the entire world, right down to the insects]].
* In Lawrence Watt-Evans' ''Literature/TheLegendsOfEthshar'' novels, there is a simple spell that can permanently negate magic within a huge volume. This is a bad thing in a world that heavily depends on magic and is one of the reasons that no one makes flying castles anymore. Naturally, the wizards of the world have gone to great lengths to expunge knowledge of it from the world.
* In ''the Silver Tide'' by Michael Tod, the real reason given for why Grey Squirrels so rapidly displaced Reds in Britain in the 1960's is that as they can ''count in binary'' they can use numerology to tap into "stone power", creating squares that give of waves of energy, making anyone inside nauseous with small squares (sixteen stones) or killing ''everything'' inside with larger squares (4096 stones), disrupting ley-lines with its power, and sending waves of nausea and evil across the landscape. When one of the Red’s learns to count (base eight, non-binary), they retaliate with numerology powered BeamSpam.
* DavidWeber's ''Wind Rider'' series had a group of spells used to "strafe" the continent of [[ThrowawayCountry Kontovar]], killing everything not under the most powerful black wizards' shields.
* Possibly the "Doom of Valyria" in ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' which wiped out the series' [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Rome analogue]] and left a "demon-haunted" wasteland. As a result of the cataclysm, a lot of Valyrian inventions were lost or exist in the present as LostTechnology.
** GeorgeRRMartin [[WordOfGod has also stated]] that he thinks the dragons as a counterpart to the nuclear deterrent. This makes Daenerys the most powerful person in the world and Martin wishes to explore in his writing whether weaponry power can be used not only to destroy but also to accomplish something good.
* Inverted in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', where involving vanilla mortals into a supernatural conflict is likened to using nukes; in part because humans have regular old nukes, in fact (the other reason are, in order, that the sheer force of numbers means that whoever gets the humans on their side basically wins, and pretty much the entirety of human folklore consists of a long how-to guide on dealing with the supernatural).
** The closest thing ''TDF'' has to a straight example is the Darkhallow ritual, the most potent necromantic spell to date, which sucks the area dry of all living and undead energy for many miles around the caster. Although it should be noted that this is only a SIDE EFFECT of the spell, the purpose of which is actually to make the caster a [[PhysicalGod god]]
* ''[[Literature/InheritanceCycle Eragon]]'' [[spoiler: Literally. Any sufficiently skilled magic-user can create a nuclear blast by uttering "Be Not" in the ancient language, converting their mass to energy. This is how the Rider Glaeron killed several Forsworn and turned Vroengard into {{Mordor}} so Galbatorix wouldn't find the hidden cache of Eldunari and dragon eggs.]] It's also how [[spoiler: Galbatorix tries to pull a TakingYouWithMe after Eragon and the Varden have beaten him in the climax.]] Angela can seemingly also do it, but vows not to unless there is absolutely no other option to win a battle.
* Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''Literature/DarknessSeries'' has a magic nuke in form of the unnamed product of the Naantali Project, a [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Kuusaman]] mega-spell that utilises a link between the [[FunctionalMagic laws of similarity and contagion]]. It makes use of animals (or, theoretically, people...) that are grandparents and grandchildren of each other, pushing the elder one forward in time and the younger one back in order to create a massively destructive discharge of sorcerous energy that can be directed anywhere on a map.
* In ''TheMalazanBookOfTheFallen'', this is the origin story of the [[BigBad Crippled God]]. A cabal of wizards decided that High King Kallor needed to die, and so used their magic to ensnare a god, which they then launched at Kallor's head. The God's impact destroyed an entire ''continent'', devastated the God's very being, and ''failed'' to kill Kallor.
* The "Ritual of Desecration" in the ChroniclesOfThomasCovenant certainly seems to be rather nuke-like.
* The Fiendfyre spell from ''Literature/HarryPotter'' borders on this, being an extremely destructive spell that can even destroy Horocruxes, but it is EXTREMELY hard to control and is as likely to kill the caster as it is the intended target.
** In fairness, it ''might'' be unbelievably easy to control, all we know for sure is that Crabbe wasn't listening when when the Carrows told him how to stop it. The numpty.
* In the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', this is how turbo lasers on large starships are depicted when fired at planets, with cases of things like three Star Destroyers bombarding a planet for a day, and by the end of it it was completely uninhabitable.
* In RogerZelazny's ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber'' anybody who passed though the Logrus--the maze-avatar of pure Chaos--''and'' received sufficient training in magic is able to summon raw Chaos to permanently destroy everything in the designated area. The destruction can be localized, but there seeps to be no upper limit on the area size. The protagonist Merlin explicitly compares this to calling in a nuclear strike, since Chaos obliterates ''everything'' in the area, even evidence or things that are of interest, and there's no way to stop it. Only to escape. A variation of the spell surrounds the caster with a [[AdvancingWallOfDoom slowly advancing wall of Chaos]]. Merlin cast it twice: once by accident, once to threaten an enemy.
** In earlier Zelazny's series ''Dilvish the Damned'' Dilvish escaped from hell with the knowledge of several highly destructive dark spells. Unfortunately they are [[AwesomeButImpractical way too powerful]] and devastate an area as large as a city. He refrains from using them most of the time for much the same reasons.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The war that led to the creation of the Daleks was not fought with nuclear missiles, but in fact "Neutronic missile". Presumably this was done because it gave them more creative freedom over what they could say the weapons do/did, for example real nuclear missiles would just burn or vaporise a jungle rather then petrifying it.
* ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'': The brick from the House of Commons is said to have contain the entire force of the London Blitz. Artie calls it out as an "Artifact Nuclear Device".
** The Minoan Trident in the season 2 finale. If struck into the ground three times it causes huge earthquakes. Do it near a supervolcano and you don't just get a nuclear-level blast, but the ash causes the equivalent of nuclear winter as well.
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* HinduMythology and [[{{Ramayana}} numerous assoc]][[{{Mahabharata}} iated stories]] described the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahmastra Brahmastra]], a weapon that could only be used by someone who had meditated on the god Brahma and possessed the highest levels of concentration that could completely obliterate its target in a single strike and would never miss, but would destroy all life in the area and render everyone nearby sterile. Yes, the ancient Indians were talking about nukes ''before nukes were invented.''
** If the [[WildMassGuessing fringe theorists]] are to be believed, it ''really'' was nuke. Scientists measuring the level of radiation in Rajasthan found out that the area has been suffering from high radioactive levels since more than 10000 years ago. Combine this with vivid description of (what is today understood as) nuclear warfare in certain Hindu scriptures, and you really wonder whether this is a RealLife case of AndManGrewProud.

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* ''{{Exalted}}'' has the Soulbreaker Orb, a magical device that, when triggered, simply kills anything in a five-mile radius. No actual damage is done, there is no giant fireball, everything just falls down dead. Of course, this being Exalted, it probably means that your character will [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat survive with a minor scratch.]]
** Also, the Imperial Defense Grid and some of the Solar Circle spells, such as Rain Of Doom and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Total Annihilation]].
** The Thousand-Forged Dragons also count, being weapons of mass destruction that can utterly destroy local geomancy. Since {{Ley Line}}s and [[PlaceOfPower demesnes]] are the source of...[[BackgroundMagicField pretty much every natural phenomenon]] and quite a few non-natural ones, this makes nuclear fallout look like a fairly minor side-effect in comparison.
** Exalted has a LOT of Fantastic Nukes. Other canonical ones include the Gunzota Device, which turns every living thing in a several-mile radius into amethyst statues, and the Godspear, a WaveMotionGun that does ''infinite damage'' to anything in its line of fire.
*** Then there's the Eye of Judgment, a larger, less resource-efficient Godspear that kills everything within five miles or so of the target ground, mounted on a flying castle.
** Some of the Malfeas Charms for the Infernals are obviously building up to this, at least in the hands of homebrew. The "Green Sun Nimbus Flare" charm tree allows you to turn opponents into mushroom clouds and inflict magical radiation sickness on hell steroids on your enemies. Who knows how this could end up by Essence 10? There's even a Malfeas shintai charm that basically turns a significant area around you into Ground Zero except to allies and people who grovel at your feet.
* ''MagicTheGathering'' has a fair number of mass-damage and mass-destruction cards, usually rare. World-killing spells are often much cheaper than one would expect. For example, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=129808 calling down God to destroy the world]] costs the same amount of mana as [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=29913 summoning an antelope]]. The [[http://magiccards.info/aq/en/16.html Golgothian Sylex]] is probably the most famous example: Urza used it to destroy Argoth, which led to nuclear winter and an ice age. However, the card only destroys Antiquities cards, which makes it nearly useless. Other classic examples are [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?id=233 Armageddon]] (destroys all lands), [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=37 Nevinyrral's Disk]] (destroys everything ''except'' lands...okay, and nowadays planeswalkers), and [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?id=11581 Wrath of God]] and its alternate-universe counterpart [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=122423 Damnation]] (destroy all creatures, no regeneration to weasel out of it). [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=45396 Obliterate]] destroys all artifacts, creatures and lands, which can't be regenerated -- and unlike the others, this spell ''can't be countered''. Possibly the most devastating example printed to date, though, is [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=4802 Apocalypse]] which simply removes everything currently in play from the game, thus killing it DeaderThanDead...
** There are also [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/pages/card/details.aspx?name=Pernicious%20Deed Soul Bombs]], which are powered by a sentient being's ethereal spirit, which were used by Urza and his strike team to destroy most of Phyrexia.
** And Yawgmoth's own stone chargers, which turned the [[MeaningfulName Meghiddon Defile]] from a narrow crevice into a massive bowl carved out of a rock...and unleashed a choking white-mana fog that destroyed the nearby city of Halcyon. ([[SpannerInTheWorks Yawgy wasn't actually planning that part]].)
** Another prime example would be [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=278195 Worldfire]] which somehow manages to make the above cards look rather tame.
* ''[[{{FATAL}} F.A.T.A.L.]]'' had the titular spell F.A.T.A.L. which took a week to cast and killed all life on earth. Then again, as Sartin said, with [[CrapsackWorld this game]], [[HumansAreBastards humanity]] wasn't going to amount to much anyway.
** Note that a F.A.T.A.L. effect can be randomly activated by simply fumbling any spell. ''Any''. It's just a matter of time before something tragic happens in a F.A.T.A.L. campaign (as always).
*** [[TakeThat That implies that anyone is masochistic enough to run a F.A.T.A.L campaign.]]
* ''DungeonsAndDragons''
** The first D&D nuke is from the World of Greyhawk, the Twin Cataclysms: the Invoked Destruction and the Rain of Colorless Fire, which sound a lot like a nuclear blast and fallout. This destroyed the the Bakluni and the Suloise nations and left a desert waste.
** "Apocalypse from the Sky" spell is a legal, non-epic, destructive spell in 3rd Edition with a ''ten-mile per level'' radius centered on you (and due to fact that you have at least to be level 18 to cast the spell you can imagine the blast), and, unlike any other spell, you can't exclude yourself from it, and even if you do survive that, the [[BlackMagic corruption damage]] would probably put you in a coma.
** Any half-competent {{Munchkin}} can make up pretty good overkill using effects like [[DivideByZero dimensional ripple]].
** In 3.5, a wizard can use a number of feats to make almost any spell dangerously explosive. Combine this with the spell "Locate City", which has a range of HUNDREDS OF MILES, and the results speak for themselves. The "locate city bomb" works like this: take Locate City (range: 10 miles/level), apply Snowcasting (making it [cold]), apply Flash Frost (adding 2 cold damage to everything in the area), apply Energy Substitution to make it electric, apply Born of the Three Thunders to change damage type and add a reflex save to avoid half the damage, then apply Explosive Spell, forcing a Reflex save vs being blasted to the edge of the area, taking 1d6 of damage per 10 feet traveled (so, at the center, it's 5280d6/level of falling damage). It's actually much trickier for a Wizard to pull this off than for a Sorcerer to do the same, owing to the interaction of feats which can't be applied until the spell is actually cast and a Wizard's need to prepare spells in advance.
*** A few noted problems: The spell is definitionally two-dimensional (a circle), meaning it might propel its targets only a few feet up or knock them to the ground to send them to its closest "edge". Also, any obstacles hit by anyone in the radius simply deal 1d6 damage and cause them to stop traveling.
**** The spell actually has a three-dimensional spell, as the description mentions being able to locate subterranean cities, provided they are easier to get to than their surface counterparts.
*** A variant (and less rules questionable) is to apply fell drain (negative level to anyone hurt) which turns anyone in the radius with 1 hit dice (most small animals, including vermin, count and, depending on the DM, most [=NPCs=], qualify) into [[TheVirus wights]] which promptly kills anything left and make more wights, instead of everything after Flash Frost.
** Things like Meteor Storm might count, at least given [[VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2 Obsidian's]] interpretation of what they look like.
** TabletopGame/{{Mystara}}, according to ''The Principalities of Glantri'' (''DungeonsAndDragons Gazetteer''), has a force known as the Radiance meant to amplify magical powers. One of the spells related to the Radiance is a fireball variation that creates a mushroom cloud, and causes some form of sickness for those who remain in the area.
** TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms had a few. The most destructive single spell about which there's some lore and not just mentions is "Killing Storm" from Elven [[TooMuchForManToHandle High Magic]]. During ancient elven wars, these blasted one kingdom so thoroughly that after 11,000 years the place remained a moor.
** In the {{Eberron}} campaign setting, the entire nation of Cyre was destroyed during the Last War by an event known as the Mourning. A thick mist covered the country and killed anyone caught in it. While the particulars of the event itself seem rather un-nukelike, the devastated Mournlands are described in a way reminiscent of an area destroyed by nukes and heavily contaminated by fallout, including a "Glass Plateau" and a rift in the ground that glows with eerie light and mutates anything that stays too close too long.
* The Skaven of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' made a literal nuke out of [[GreenRocks Wyrdstone]]. It's currently armed but undetonated, sitting under the human city of Middenheim.
** There's a spell as well that drops an asteroid on the battlefield. It can wipe out castles, and half the opposing army when timed right.
* The tabletop RPG TabletopGame/{{Hackmaster}} has a spell named Fireball: Nuclear Winter.
** Its range is several hundred feet, while its area is several miles. Needless to say, casting it is a bad idea unless you're immune to fire.
* TabletopGame/MageTheAscension had a set of items called selective mines. Each of them looked like a large landmine and when properly activated, would totally devastate everything in a large radius - except for a small group of people selected by the user. Handy.
** The [[HermeticMagic Order of Hermes]] {{Splat}} book included the rote "Ball of Abyssal Flame", basically a really powerful [[{{Fireballs}} Fireball]] that also converts matter in the target area (essentially disintegrating it) into [[{{Mana}} Quintessence]] to directly fuel the spell. Associated with the destructive House Tytalus mages.
** ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' also included "spirit nukes" in the metaplot, although exactly what they were was a little inconsistent. Their story use was apparently to imply hubris on the part of the Technocracy, despite the fact that they were used on a nearly unkillable vampire; different sourcebooks said different things about what would've happened had they not been used. In any case, they ripped people's souls apart in addition to the physical damage, and wrecked the spirit world globally.
* A similar effect: [[SenZar SenZar's]] Astromancy and its MagikarpPower. Quoth Jason Sartin:
-->''The 10th level Black Hole spell is fun if you've ever wanted to cause a three mile swath of obliteration and piss off the entire planet doing it.''
* The apocalypse in {{Deadlands}}: Hell On Earth came about with ghost rock bombs, nukes made with irradiated GreenRocks. The physical destruction from a "city buster" is fairly limited, but it then releases a storm of damned souls that kill everyone within a 100-mile radius.
* Divine level spells of certain paths (and even certain Ki attacks) in ''AnimaBeyondFantasy'' qualify as this. At the ''most'' extreme cases of the former, the spells affect everything within a radius of ''1 AU (150,000,000 kilometers)''.
* ''StrikeLegion'', has '''WAY''' to many to list. Most weapons carried by PowerArmor or [[HumungousMecha frames]] would qualify as WeaponsOfMassDestruction in most other settings, if they aren't capable of outright blowing up a planet.
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* The Final Flame ability of the [[PersonOfMassDestruction Valkyria]] in ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles''. Valkyria are bad enough. If they decide they're TakingYouWithMe they'll take out a city in a mushroom cloud.
* The old computer game ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}}'' had the Tiltowait spell.
--> "The effect of this spell is somewhat like the detonation of a small tactical nuclear weapon."
** From the same era, the original ''[[TheBardsTaleTrilogy BardsTale]]'' games had a spell named ''Gotterdamurung''. The four-letter codeword used to cast it? "NUKE."
** ''Wizardry VI'' through ''8'' went one better with the Nuclear Blast spell. Description: "A miniature fusion bomb".
* VideoGame/MightAndMagic has the Armageddon spell (whose icon is a mushroom cloud...) it doesn't do that much damage, but it deals damage to ''everything living on the map''; since most NPC's have very little HP it is known as the "Town killer" spell.
** Similarly, ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' features a spell called Armageddon. It actually can do severe amounts of damage, though not as much as a single-target spell--but, again, the damage is done to every unit on the map, with a few exceptions: the Heroes themselves aren't affected, and any unit immune to fire magic or 4th- or higher-level spells is immune. In addition, units with magic resistance retain their ability to resit it. Finally, in the ''Armageddon's Blade'' expansion pack, the titular weapon is an artifact that, aside from boosting the wielding character's statistics significantly, also places Expert Armageddon in the hero's spellbook (regardless of whether they even have the ability to cast such a high-level spell) ''and makes their units immune to Armageddon''. Ouch.
** The intro to ''Heroes of Might and Magic IV'' shows the result of two extremely-powerful swords (Armageddon's Blade and Sword of Frost) coming into contact with one another. The result is a gigantic explosion with the mushroom cloud seen from space. The world of Enroth is destroyed, forcing the survivors to flee to another world called Axeoth.
*** Given the two facts that the narrator turns out to be an in-universe character, and that basic facts about several of the campaigns ''directly contradicts'' the explosion being ''that'' large (we see it immediately cover areas we know had many survivors that weren't immortal), it is probable that the actual explosion wasn't quite so large, even if the clash of the swords caused the end of the world.
* The ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' series has its own Armageddon spell. It empties the planet, save for two or three people, and they are very upset.
* Lots of ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' examples.
** Many summons in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' arguably qualify. That is, if their damage actually lived up to [[CutscenePowerToTheMax the animation]].
*** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', the summon Odin (in a [[CutscenePowerToTheMax cutscene]]) completely annihilated the settlement of Cleyra in a giant explosion.
** Same with some final boss animations. *cough* [[SlapOnTheWristNuke Super Nova]] *cough*
** The well-known "Flare" spell, one of the most powerful ones (excluding summons) in the series, was translated as "NUKE" in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' for good reason; Flare spells are pretty much a magical nuclear blast; whether this is accomplished by magically fissioning atoms around the opponent or teleporting a piece of the sun or whatever is never really specified.
*** Also; Bahamut. His "Mega Flare" attack is much like any other dragon's BreathWeapon, except ''he'' breathes ''nuclear explosions''.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' features Nethicite weapons that qualify for this trope. Furthering the metaphor, Nethicite is also a [[{{Magitek}} potent power source for everyday life]], but the characters forget this due to it's destructive power.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' had Merton/Meltdown, which kinda looked like a big shockwave. Fire 3, Meteor, and Ultima make really big explosions, too, but Merton takes the nuclear-weapon-firestorm-and-shockwave similarity cake (if not the damage cake).
*** Storywise, [[BigBad Kefka]] as the [[PhysicalGod god of magic]] had this in the form of the [[LightIsNotGood Light of Judgement]].
** ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 Final Fantasy X-2]]'' had Vegnagun, which would supposedly level the same amount of damage as a nuclear weapon.
*** Its prequel had [[EldritchAbomination Sin]] at this level. It's strongest attack, a SphereOfDestruction, when charged, caused a gravitational pull so strong that it ripped up part of the planet's crust and had a visible effect on the moon, and when fired it moved for miles and left no trace of anything it directly touched.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' had the Enemy Skill BETA, which did massive fire damage to all enemies (4000+, and possible to obtain about a quarter of the way through the first disc). The animation was a mushroom cloud.
*** In-story, the spell Meteor is treated much like a nuclear weapon that had got into the hands of a madman. The phrase Aeris uses for it is even 'Ultimate Destruction Magic', sounding similar to the phrase Weapons of Mass Destruction.
** The animation for the Ultima spell in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' is a (green) fireball burning the center out of a pure white cloud.
* ''QuestForGlory 5'' had the aptly named "Thermonuclear Blast", which does ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Usually, it's just a NonstandardGameOver, but supposedly, casting it while fighting the final boss results in a Nonstandard victory, where the game mentions that you saved the rest of the world at the expense of Crete. However, the last boss fight can be very glitchy, so using the spell usually just crashes the game.
* In ''VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue'', [[PhysicalGod Physical Goddess]] Althena's magic was used to take out another god...[[EarthThatWas devastating the whole planet in the process, such that it would take thousands of years to recover]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', [[TheDitz Utsuho Reiuji]] throws mini-suns at you, and has [[ILoveNuclearPower Nuclear Power]], fitting this trope.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has introduced a few examples.
** The Cipher of Damnation is an ancient incantation capable of causing immense damage to a world. In the hands of Gul'dan, it created a massive volcano tainted by fel energy and severed the connection between Orcs and the elements. This may also be the incantation used by the Eredar seen in Velen's visions, which can level an entire world.
** Blood elves under Kael'thas developed the Mana Bomb. Early versions didn't damage structures but would kill any sentient beings while irradiating the area. The first such bomb was used to wipe out a neutral outpost, while the second was turned on its own creators.
*** Garrosh Hellscream has apparently approved its use in warfare. Using the [[AppliedPhlebotinum Focusing Iris]], a Horde force reduced Theramore to a crater.
** The Forsaken Blight is an even better example, a biological weapon first deployed in a CavalryBetrayal that wiped out a combined force of Alliance and Horde (and even managed to give [[BigBad The Lich King]] a nasty cough... until he started using it himself). Since then, the Horde have banned using it... a ban the Forsaken don't seem to take that seriously at all. The "weaker" Blights they use are still horrifying and have rendered Southshore uninhabitable by anything except sentient slimes for years to come.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' and ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' feature the Mana Cannon. It causes mass destruction (its destroyed all civilization twice, and came damn close to doing so two more times), and leaves vast swaths of areas barren after use, although for different reasons than actual atomic weaponry.
** The Heracles' unnamed main gun in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' is one as well, looking at the cutscene where it's fired and the PillarOfLight that dwarfs the capital city.
* The Carronade or Hex Cannon from ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'' is one of the more blatant examples seen of the trope. It is powered from the pain and sorrow and despair of human sacrifices who are ''tortured to the point of '''insanity''' first'' and are explicitly selected based on their connection to the target (yes, you're reading this right; it's a FantasticNuke that ''literally'' runs on NightmareFuel).
** One town depicted as being "Hex Cannoned" requires people to go in with decontamination suits for years after its Fantastic Nuking, (although the harmful to all living things magic that fills the town isn't the only problem, as the town is haunted by ghosts created when the Hex Cannon blast kills people and filled with twisted monsters changed by the hex as well) and is depicted ''explicitly'' as being uninhabitable for at least a year past that point.
** And unsurprisingly, the very thing that causes the GodEmperor of the game to decide that HumansAreBastards is [[spoiler: when ''the very empire he founded uses it on him''...'''WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND AS THE FANTASTIC WARHEAD'''.]] He goes LaughingMad and proceeds to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against humanity as a result.
* ''VideoGame/WildArms2'' has a "Nuclear Weapon" being transported that the heros have to stop. It gets released, and it turns out to be a Nuclear Fire Breathing Dragon; which; if not stopped before it takes off in flight; will nuke the country.
* The "Reset Bomb" in ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' is a powerful weapon that explodes with the force of a nuclear bomb. What differentiates it from other nukes is that instead of simply laying everything in the blast radius to ashes and ruin, it creates a massive twisting forest in its wake.
* The Destroy All spell available to Liches in DungeonSiege: Throne of Agony. The icon is, of course, a mushroom cloud.
* Bring It On Home from BrutalLegend. It summons a flaming Zepplin to crash-land and explode at your location. It's kind of a WaveMotionGun, you're vulnerable while jammin' out the long and complex spell and it has a five minute recharge.
* ''VideoGame/MasterOfMagic'' features the "Call the Void" spell, which sucks an enemy city into the void, with the game effect being much the same as that of a nuke in Civilization.
* After defeating the final boss in ''PhantasyStarIII''', your character makes use of the otherwise inaccessible "Megido" technique in a cutscene to destroy the final DungeonTown.
* One ExpansionPack for ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} II'' features a scenario taking place in the world of {{Norse myth|ology}}. The equivalent to the Cruise missile is a lightning bolt, and to the Nuclear bomb is a fireball.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', [[spoiler:Anders uses some combination of magic and gunpowder (!) to destroy the Kirkwall Chantry and kill [[BigGood Grand Cleric Elthina]] in the final mission, kicking off the Mage/Templar War.]]
* The Rune Wars in the back-story of LeagueOfLegends have some parallels to atomic warfare. Some places are laced with residual magic energy which delivers similar effects to radiation poisoning, for example Kalamanda, the location of the Crystal Scar game map.
* The ''CommandAndConquer'' series typically has actual nukes, but in ''RedAlert3'', where a TimeParadox led to them not be invented, the Soviets substituted with the Vacuum Imploder. The Allied campaign also depicted a [[WaveMotionGun intercontinental laser]] mounted inside Mt. Rushmore that in game dialogue implies can wipe out entire cities.
** ''Tiberium Wars'' had a case of a weapon exceeding the power of nuke in the form of the Liquid Tiberium bomb.
* The global mode of ''UniverseAtWar'' depicts all three sides of the game with their own variant this in the form of their Mega Weapons, which when used on an area automatically kills an enemies on the map without needing a battle. The only one to feature in the game's campaign mode is the [[PlanetLooters Hierarchy]]'s [[TripodTerror Purifer]], and gigantic walker that makes even their usual [[HumungousMecha walkers]] look small, which they deploy as the final stage of the invasion of a planet to wipe out an remaining life on it.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars Prophecies'' ends its [[DoomedHometown tutorial]] with the Charr using Titan magic to cause an event known as the Searing. Flaming crystals rained down across the entirety of Ascalon, destroying cities, shattering the Wall, and transforming the idyllic landscape into a barren wasteland. It took centuries for the land to recover from the resulting damage.
** Only a few days later, Vizier Khilbron used magic from the time of [[spoiler:Abaddon]] to stop a Charr army marching on Orr. The magic caused the Cataclysm, wherein nearly the entirety of the Orr peninsula sank beneath the waves and every living being was transformed into the undead.
* In ''VideoGame/AVeryLongRopeToTheTopOfTheSky'', the God's Eye is an example, [[spoiler:as is unstable saecelium weaponry in general.]]

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* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' has black Mage's [[KamehameHadoken HADOKEN!]] Which actually managed to take out ''an entire world'' [[spoiler:[[ThrowawayCountry of lizard men]].]]
** That wasn't a planet of lizard men. It was a planet of dinosaurs. OUR planet. And now you know why they are extinct.
* Webcomic/GirlGenius has the Hive Engines, some unknown combination of [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke bioengineering]], [[SteamPunk pneumatics]], and [[ClockworkCreature clockworks]], each of which hatches into a hive queen and begins generating prodigious numbers of soldier bugs and [[NotUsingTheZWord revenant]]-[[ZombieApocalypse producing slaver wasps]].
** The Lion, a machine specially built to hard-shutdown Europa's most powerful ([[AIIsACrapshoot and craziest]]) artificially intelligent fortress, has been given something of this treatment as well - it's more like a Fantastic {{EMP}} Nuke though.
* In ''{{Heartcore}}'', Volaster turns himself into one via the Blast Bomb spell: letting himself be sliced up by swords, [[BloodMagic shedding enough Salamander Demon blood to]] [[SuicideAttack turn himself into a living bomb powerful enough to vaporize the Beastman capital.]]

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* During her meeting to obtain her spaceship parts in ''Roleplay/WeAreOurAvatars'', Imca suggested that Aurora could wipe out the Thalmor with a gigantic magic spell as a warning to those who try to take over the world. At first, Aurora thought it was bad because there's the possibility of civilian casualties. Mitch even compared it to the situation that caused America to drop the nukes on Japan.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Rainbow Dash is capable of a Sonic Rainboom, typically a combination of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin rainbow and sonic boom]]. However, as shown in the episode "Lesson Zero", it seems that if she directs the force at the ground, rather than at generating fancy flightwork, it creates a rainbow explosion, complete with mushroom cloud.
** In "Twilight's Kingdom Part 2", Twilight sets off one during her one-on-one fight with Tirek.

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