->''"No deaths? Incredible."\\
"I've always felt it's best not to dwell on these things."''
-->-- '''Discussion on the ''lack'' of fatalities in one of [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk the Hulk's]] rampages'''

[[StuffBlowingUp Explosions are cool]]. So are giant objects. Therefore, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs giant objects exploding]] are [[RuleOfCool extremely cool]].

[[FridgeLogic But let's think about this for a moment]]. Halt the AttackOfThe50FootWhatever in a major city by blowing it up. Or just kill it and let it fall over, for that matter. That's going to do some [[StealthPun monstrous]] damage to the city. Yet any collateral damage or casualties are depicted as minimal. Either we cut to credits before we see any aftermath, or (more blatantly) we see that there was no collateral effect at all. If there are, they are just {{Conveniently Empty Building}}s.

Why? You can't have the heroes take down the alien spacecraft ForGreatJustice and the American way, only to look sheepish when the [[NiceJobBreakingItHero flaming debris flattens the city]]. Not in any show on [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism the idealism end of the scale]], anyway. Maybe they have a brilliant {{plan}} to lure it somewhere uninhabited before they blow it to rubble, but surprisingly often, it's just not something the writers concern themselves with, leading viewers to notice the InferredHolocaust.

If you're a hero, you needn't worry about this. Even if there is collateral damage, your HeroInsurance is going to cover it. If not, then HilaritySues.

See ColonyDrop for when a large man-made object is deliberately dropped on top of a planet ''in order to'' cause a massive impact. The TropeNamer is the fan theory about the destruction of Endor as a result of the detonation of the Death Star in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' (see Film section below).

Compare ThereAreNoGlobalConsequences and NeverSayDie. InferredHolocaust is when you realize the MonsterOfTheWeek might be dead but chances of survival are grim after the extensive damage.

As potentially mass-death-causing events tend to happen during pivotal plot points, '''expect spoilers.'''


* Any media where a number of people are shooting guns in or near populated areas. Bullets tend to go through concealment a few times before stopping, and people dying by accident due to stray bullets isn't uncommon.

[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* Averted in ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'', where the giant robot fights are shown quite explicitly to cause utter devastation to the area/city they are fighting in, with reports afterward ([[spoiler:if it was a "home" battle]]) mentioning the hundreds if not thousands of dead and injured and (hundreds of) millions of dollars' worth of damage. This is even [[LampshadeHanging brought to our attention]] during Kodaka Masaru's battle, where one of the characters observes that the "enemy" robot is going out of its way to cause as little damage as possible; Kodaka's response to this was to state that he couldn't care less and proceeds to move carelessly, trashing the city... [[spoiler: and ends up crushing his dad's car (with his dad inside it) in the process]]. Cue BSOD when he realizes this.
* Pell of ''OnePiece'' saved Alubarna by flying the giant bomb (designed to annihilate the whole city and its inhabitants) straight up for a few seconds. [[spoiler:And he also survived the blast, even though clutching onto the bomb. Hey, [[DisneyDeath unless it's a flashback, nobody dies]] in ''OnePiece''.]]
* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' includes an attack that results in an huge explosion. There is no damage afterwards.
* Played straight in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', which is a MagicalGirl show with lots of StuffBlowingUp. Each battle take place in a PhantomZone that removes non-magicians, but static structures remain. At one point, the title character is sent crashing down into a building. At another point, a character forcefully enters the PhantomZone and, upon landing, makes a crater on a building's rooftop. Some dialogue implies that the [[TheFederation The Bureau]] has to fix the damaged areas before they can drop the PhantomZone effect. Due to some internal LampshadeHanging within the production company, the majority of fights in [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers the third season]] avert this by having the fights taking place in the abandoned part of a city the protagonists are stationed in. That way, they can blow up as much stuff as possible and nobody would care, since the infrastructure was abandoned anyway.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'' partially averts it. The show constantly shows how much death and destruction would cause a humongous war mecha rampaging through the land or a battle between giant robots in a highly-populated city, and the heroes often have to suffer the consequences of it. Episode 7 gave an example when mobs of people -- sick of people getting killed and homes getting demolished due to several HumongousMecha battling -- threw stones at the heroes and besieged the Institute and Kouji's house. Still, the series does not go into that topic with so much depth as it could. The sequels -- ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' and ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' -- dealt with the trope in similar fashion.
* In ''SaintSeiya'', when [[{{Filler}} Princess Hilda of Asgard]] or [[AGodAmI Poseidon]] flood the Earth by melting the ice caps, the series goes out of its way to show the devastation from tidal waves and superstorms even in spite of [[BarrierMaiden Athena's]] attempts to hold the waters back. When the villain du jour is defeated, though, it's considered a victory for mankind, and no mention is made of the millions of lives lost while the Saints battled. Likewise, the Gold Cloth Saga actually showed a very violent war breaking out, but it never reached the heroes and was never brought up before or after the BigBad's defeat.
* ''Manga/DragonBall Z'': Piccolo ''[[DetonationMoon blew up the moon]]'' to stop a monkey from rampaging in a forest. ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged'' had [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ys7pLfOVZDE#t=7m42s something to say about this]].
** Jackie Chun beat him to it in the original ''Manga/DragonBall''... but played with when the announcer for the tournament chews him out for it. Notably, they fixed it by having Kami make another one after Goku traded his tail... which didn't happen in the ''DBZ'' example.
** In addition, the opening animated sequence of ''DBZ Budokai 2'' has Goku slice the moon in half with a Kamehamaha. ''Dragon Ball'' just seems to have it in for the moon.
** The series also generally falls under this when it comes to [[EarthShatteringKaboom especially destructive]] KiAttacks. Apparently something that is strong enough to blow a planet apart is no danger as long as it's not pointing down, even though that kind of thing should have sucked the atmosphere right off of Earth. An especially bad case was Vegeta's "Final Flash" attack against Perfect Cell, which made it into space despite being fired ''horizontally'' and apparently taking a ''continent's'' worth of land with it.
** The series often averts this trope as well, especially in the beginning. The protagonists will often force the fight away from civilization, as to avoid any innocent casualties during the explosive battles.
* In the ''[[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Pokémon]]'' anime, there's one episode where a coastal city is [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever attacked by a giant Tentacruel]]. The place is flooded within seconds and several large buildings are destroyed, yet there's never any mention of injuries or deaths. That's to be expected, though, considering the show's place on the [[SlidingScaleofIdealismVersusCynicism Sliding Scale]].
* ''Manga/UFOPrincessValkyrie'' has a huge UFO crash-landing in the middle of a bathhouse, still filled with visitors, with exactly one casualty -- which is [[FirstEpisodeResurrection instantly rectified]]. Somewhat later, a destructive fight between a crazy {{catgirl}} [[GirlWithPsychoWeapon With Psycho Weapons]] and a KamehameHadoken-throwing space-princess leaves several large chasms blasted through the entirety of the cityscape. Neither the potentially-astronomical casualties, nor the damage to the city, is mentioned again. But the catgirl apologized, so it's cool...
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' often avoids this, but it's played straight when Lina [[spoiler:uses a Dragon Slave to blow up an enormous rock that threatened to fall on Seyruun. The spell accidentally destroys a sizable chunk of the city, and presumably kills hundreds of people.]] However, people react more or less like they normally do when Lina Dragon Slaves stuff, as described above.
* Virtually every single episode of ''Anime/TheBigO'' simply ''begins'' with the eponymous robot exploding up from underground, taking streets, cars, skyscrapers, and one can only presume people along with it. And yet the chief of police is good friends with its pilot and never bitches him out for mass slaughter.
** [[spoiler:{{Hand Wave}}d when the GainaxEnding reveals that the entire two seasons were some sort of simulation or theatrical piece on a massive sound stage. There are lots of such headscratchers in real fiction too.]]
* In the ''Anime/SonicX'' adaptation of the plot of ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', it's stated that no one died when Chaos flooded downtown Station Square, because everyone evacuated in time. They also blew up the moon at one point.
** For the former, 4Kids Entertainment didn't think that the implied details were good enough, so they had one of their developers state in the middle of the climax's episode that everyone (including those harmed in explosions and falls) were perfectly okay.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass Nightmare of Nunnally'', unlike in the main series, the consequences of triggering an avalanche on Narita are largely unexplored, given that the plot quickly moves on.
** The [[Anime/CodeGeass main series]] also plays this straight later on [[spoiler:when Lelouch sets off Mount Fuji. No mention of an evacuation of all the towns surrounding the mountain for about 100 miles, which should include much of the Tokyo metropolitan area, is ever made]]. This is mitigated by the fact that [[spoiler:Tokyo Settlement was the site of a nuke-equivalent explosion a few episodes earlier, causing millions of casualties and several HeroicBSOD]] and further mitigated by the fact that [[spoiler:Lelouch is going for a ZeroApprovalGambit (haha) at this point, so several hundred thousand casualties do more to advance his plans than anything else.]]
* Parodied in ''Anime/DirtyPairFlash'': After one of their little "accidents" involving a space station, Kei and Yuri are ordered to send a hand-written letter of apology to each one of the 300,000 survivors.
* The first ''[[Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld El-Hazard]]'' OVA features this. When an AttackAnimal is awakened, one of the villains ''immediately'' orders her to destroy an ''entire city'', which she goes about efficiently and brutally. Fortunately this is an unimportant city, and throughout the continuity said villain never faces any consequences for ordering this destruction. The main cast even confronts him in the sequel OVA and nobody even brings up the subject. This also holds true for the living weapon herself, although she technically had no choice in the matter.
* The series finale of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' has the entire cast fighting for the universe... in a robot large enough to use galaxies as weapons, which they do quite often. It's implied that the universe they fought in may have been created by their own warping power, and so nobody was actually in trouble.
** ''[[TheMovie Lagann-hen]]'' takes it one step further and ''explicitly'' destroys the universe they were fighting in. The only way that scene makes sense is if they were in a pocket universe.
* ''Anime/PonyoOnTheCliffByTheSea'' gives us a non-explosion version, where the main character causes sea levels to rise drastically, but no one ever points out that logically she could have killed millions of people.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' makes it abundantly clear that it intends to avert this from quite early on, not only showing how much damage is caused by Angel/ Eva scraps, but that people can and will get hurt or [[AnyoneCanDie killed]], the first case being [[spoiler: Touji's sister]], who is mentioned to have been hospitalised after a building collapsed on her. It carries this on in later episodes, as big chunks of Tokyo 3 get turned into craters, eventually culminating in [[spoiler: TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]].
** There are even numerous occasions where this is {{Lampshaded}}, mostly by NERV and SEELE personnel.
** The designers of Tokyo 3 knew it would become a battlefield for Angels and Evas. At first it seems CrazyPrepared. Apparently, not enough.
* ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'', like [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion it's base mythos]], intends to avert this trope, showing in great detail the devastation a [[FunnyAneurysmMoment massive tidal wave of liquified Angel]] can wreak on a Japanese city. Mostly, it succeeds in conveying the reality that people will die because of the Angel Attacks by announcing over loud speakers the transferrance of all civilians to shelters and the retraction of large buildings - now unoccupied - below the surface roofing the Geofront. The trope isn't completely straight though, as, on several occasions, the military suffer dozens to hundreds of fatalities without acknowledgement: at least once, an ''entire tank batallion'' was sent to its death without so much as a shrug from our favourite bridge crew or child pilots.
* In ''[[VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders Dolores, i]]'', the eponymous HumongousMecha[=/=]RobotGirl causes a massive wave after falling to earth at hypersonic speeds, inundating a city up to at least the second floor. Although the damage is blamed on the heroes, there are oddly no fatalities mentioned.
* Averted in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. Homura says that Walpurgisnacht [[spoiler:(that thing that was juggling ripped-up buildings in Madoka's dream)]] will probably kill thousands of people even if they manage to defeat it. The muggles interpret it as a destructive superstorm. [[spoiler:But Madoka ends up [[RetGone erasing it from existence entirely]], so this doesn't happen.]]
* Averted in ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan''. [[spoiler:Saitama shattered a meteorite about to wipe about several cities, but the debris created by destroying such meteorite devastated Z-City.]] Of course, the damage would've been much worse had he stood still.
* ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' averts this where the Dragons of Heaven knew that their battles against the Dragons of Earth caused a lot of collateral damages and many casualties. This gave them the ability to create a ''kekkai'' (barrier field) where it protects the area and the civilians from being damaged. When a Dragon of Heaven dies, their barrier field gets destroyed along with the area and the people in it. The only Dragon of Heaven who can't create a barrier field is Kamui and he's aware of it ''painfully'' which is why he's hopeless in stopping Fuuma from destroying much of Tokyo.
* Averted in ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' with 2 different pieces of technology. The heros knew that HumongousMecha battles in cities were destructive. So they invented the Dividing Driver, which used Space Warping technology to create pocket dimensions for them to fight in. Later the enemies started exploding so violently when defeated that they became larger than the folded space. Enter the Eraser Head, which absorbed and redirected explosions straight upward, harmlessly into space.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Lampshaded at the end of the ''JLA: Trial by Fire'' arc, when [[spoiler:Plastic Man]], fighting Fernus, a.k.a. [[spoiler:Martian Manhunter]], throws him through three buildings while saying "Thank god... for this crummy economy... or we'd never have abandoned buildings... to smash!"
** Afterwards, it's noted that the League rebuilt the city (it could've referred to that city in Russia, not [[BigApplesauce New York]]).
* As mentioned in one of the page quotes, The Comicbook/IncredibleHulk can go a long way without killing anyone during his rampages. Hulk's buddy, Amadeus Cho, tries to explain this by suggesting that the Hulk is amazingly gifted, doing math to know exactly where every chunk of debris he creates will fall.
** At least during The Hulk and Franchise/{{Superman}}'s bout in ''DC Vs. Marvel'', they were teleported to the Grand Canyon, where Superman {{lampshades}} that it would be one place they wouldn't hurt anyone collaterally.
** Averted in [[http://heavyink.com/graphic_novel/1698-Banner ''Banner,'']] where the plot involves testing The Hulk as a WeaponOfMassDestruction by repeatedly dropping him in populated areas where he wakes up to find entire square city blocks leveled, complete with strewn body parts.
* Lampooned by Creator/ScottMcCloud's ''Destroy!!'', in which two quarreling superheroes demolish most, and finally '''all''', of Manhattan. The punchline: [[spoiler:"Well, at least no one was hurt."]]
* Comicbook/ThePunisher, in his 30-odd years of punishing (racking up something in the order of 2000+ bodies, it's estimated) has never killed an innocent. It's reasoned that Frank's whole schtick is that he's a phenomenally well trained, extremely diligent US Marine, who makes damn sure everything's in place before he starts his "work".
** In the "Comicbook/WelcomeBackFrank" Trade Paperback, he actually kills a copycat vigilante for not taking the same precautions and accidentally killing an innocent.
* Played straight for the most part in ''Comicbook/AstroCity''. The city is frequently attacked by hundred-foot-tall monsters or rampaging gods, but most collateral damage either occurs off-screen or with scenes showing heroes rescuing civilians. Most aftermath is limited to broken windows and litter in the streets, and the residents take this all in stride, praising the city's robust public works services.
** Generally averted in stories set in the late 70s/early 80s (Astro City's version of TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks), though.
* Parodied in ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' where one panel depicts the aftermath of King Kong with a ChalkOutline of King Kong on the street. Inside the outline of Kong are lots of outlines of people apparently flattened when he fell off the Empire State Building.
** Two others have the end of a dog leash coming out from under him, implying he crushed a dog, and a squashed shopping bag with a woman lamenting, "Well, there go my tomatoes."
* ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}'' averts this trope, along with several other common comic book tropes. Whenever there's a big, city-leveling battle between superheroes and supervillains, innocent people die. The first time this happened was when [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler Invincible's father was revealed to be a bad guy]]. Later issues revealed that ''thousands'' had died as they fought.
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'':
** Superman is known to go to great lengths to enforce this trope, but he does fail from time to time.
** In ''Comicbook/SupermanVsTheAmazingSpiderMan'', Superman fights a HumongousMecha in Metropolis's West Side. Later a newscaster informs that most of the demolished buildings were empty.
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}:
** Kara does her best to avoid and prevent collateral damage and civilian casualties, but being a younger and less experienced hero than [[Franchise/{{Superman}} her cousin]], she sometimes fails. Every time it happens, she feels horribly guilty.
** In ''Superman/Supergirl: Maelstrom'' she was unable to stop a Comicbook/{{Darkseid}} minion from bringing a hospital down.
** In ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'', two villains deliberately choose to fight her in a populated city in different times, knowing that she would hold back not to hurt people.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* Twilight Sparkle, being the genius that she is, helps give FanFic/TheConversionBureauTheOtherSideOfTheSpectrum an incredibly in-depth and {{Troperiffic}} monologue on the scientific problems of the FanFic/TheConversionBureau universe.
-->'''Twilight''': "[[LetMeGetThisStraight Is that what you're saying?]] That somepony popped Equestria out of our reality and [[WhenDimensionsCollide crashed it onto his]]? How's that even meant to work? [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale Several trillion tons of continent]] [[ColonyDrop does not make a gentle impact on another world]], not without [[GiantWallOfWateryDoom mega-tsunamis]] and earthquakes that would level entire cities, followed by a dust cloud that would blanket the world in an artificial winter lasting decades! [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse And what about the world we leave behind, what about Equus?]] Would it just carry on spinning without a care, despite having a hole several-thousand-miles-across gouged out of the planet's crust? Even if you didn't breach the mantle, creating a supervolcano that would pull the planet inside-out, the change in mass and absence of the Princesses would throw the sun and moon out of their orbits, causing them to collide, or even worse, [[ColonyDrop to impact with Equus itself!]] [[FridgeHorror Anypony Ė anything, left behind would die, horribly!]] Every griffon, every dragon, zebra, reindeer, whatever!"
** [[spoiler: [[KillEmAll Not that the last part matters much now...]]. It's also implied that there's some property to the Barrier that may be more sinister.]]
* Near the climax of ''[[Fanfic/YuGiOhTheThousandYearDoor Yu Gi Oh: The Thousand Year Door, Redux]]'', Andy and the Queen's duel causes Exor, who is described as being the size of a skyscraper, to crash into the center of the mountain palace. By all rights, this should have sunk Arcadia into the ocean, but all it does is knock out the power and cause some minimal damage. Most remarkably, the protagonists and the Queen herself, who are ''at the point of impact'' survive, even though it leaves a huge crater. (Possibly justified. It's suggested that her magic was protecting them, as she wanted to see the battle to its conclusion.)
* Suprisingly averted in ''Fanfic/SonicXDarkChaos'' despite the fact that it is quite soft science fiction. Episode 66 has a space battle above a planet - and the planet below is quickly annihilated by the millions of disabled ships crashing into it.
** In Episode 67, it's specifically stated that the Galaxy Crusher - a Demon battlestation the size of a ''red giant'' - cannot be deployed anywhere near planets or stars. Its sheer size messes up gravity so much that being anywhere near it destroys planets.
** The birth of [[EldritchAbomination Dark Tails]] in Episode 75 causes nearby stars to literally burn out and moons to turn into clouds of blood. [[NightmareFuel The results are not pretty]].
* Averted in ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod''. The body count in some battles is pretty high, even if the main characters arenít fighting with their giant robots. At the end of episode nine, after defeating "[[EldritchAbomination The King of Yellow]]", Misato looks over the devastation, and thinks:
-->Medics and police covered the auditorium, checking on the wounded of body and soul. Misato looked at the devastation with sadness.\\
They were at war, and every war has its casualties.
* ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'' averted this. The narration frequently informs how many people die during the battles among giant robots and robeasts and how much destruction they caused.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'': the whole reason that the various Supers were forced out of the heroing business is because society is tired of all the collateral damage and interference. (And because people figured out that lawsuits can be used on Supers.) However, at the very end, Violet is shown putting up a force-field when some wreckage from the explosion comes by, but no one seems concerned about anyone else being injured and you even see the neighbor kid from before standing just a couple dozen feet away a minute later completely unharmed. Never mind the climactic fight itself or the Underminer's appearance.
* After test audiences left ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' thinking that the ending of the movie left [[InferredHolocaust humanity doomed]]. The credits sequence was specifically designed to let people know they survived quite handily. This one is justified: humankind may now be living an a nearly-uninhabitable earth, but they're not stranded -- they still have a fully-functioning cruise ship capable of meeting all their needs, and hundreds of friendly robots with various skills.
* In the ''Anime/CuteyHoney'' movie, Panther Claw have this giant drill-like tower underneath ''Tokyo Tower''. Meaning: If you work in the area (which is a central business district in RealLife), don't bother coming in. Then, Scarlet Claw blows up three buildings. They all remain largely intact, save for a giant hole in the middle. One of them, hilariously, is Cutie Honey's former office, and the only reaction this gets is a dazed "what the...?" from the boss. And finally, the tower ''explodes''. If you're in Tokyo when this kind of thing is happening, ''get out of the city''. The only things we see? A traffic jam and other people not caring.
** FridgeHorror kicks in once you realize that there are also scads of women who have just been released from said structure. The fact that this was a ''mass kidnapping'' notwithstanding, these women would be effectively ''screwed''.
* In ''Disney/BigHero6'', there are two instances of this - when the showcase building explodes and the only two people seen being mourned are [[spoiler: Tadashi and Callaghan - and Callaghan turns out to not have died]] and again (although partly averted) when Yokai [[spoiler: sets the portal above the new Kreitech building]]. The second time, it's reported as "what could have been a major catastrophe", but there are no reported deaths. The second example was in the middle of its opening ceremony, so it make sense that it would be unoccupied.
** To a much lesser extent, [[spoiler: many people may have lost their jobs when the building was destroyed.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MegaMind'': It seems like Mega Mind and Metro Man have an unwritten rule about damage, but when Titan/Tighten goes on a rampage - even tossing an entire ''skyscraper'' at Mega Mind, the trope is subverted, as Mega Mind's Brain Bots are repairing the city after the day has been won.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The trope comes from ''Franchise/StarWars'' and is named after a [[http://www.theforce.net/swtc/holocaust.html theory]] that argues the destruction of the second Death Star in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' turned the Ewoks' homeworld, the Forest Moon of Endor, into a smoking wasteland. The [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Endor_Holocaust Wookieepedia article]] explains that [[WordOfGod canonically]], the Endor Holocaust did not happen, [[DiscontinuityNod only existing as Imperial propaganda]]. Later material would HandWave it by explaining that the Death Star's destruction created a wormhole (long story; just know the Death Star was intended for faster-than-light capabilities) that sucked most of the debris (including Literature/TheGloveOfDarthVader) into parts unknown, with any dangerous leftovers being caught in Rebel tractor beams. Furthermore, there has been a rebuttal to the original theory that argues the original theory overestimated the size of the Death Star by a substantial amount. Lastly, the film's camera angles imply Endor is ''massive'', bigger than your average Earth-like planet, so much so that even if the holocaust did happen it would only decimate a portion of the surface.
** Finally, and most bluntly, the Rebels and Ewoks would ''not'' have been able to throw that [[DancePartyEnding epic party]] on the surface, which is shown to take place at nightfall. If the hypothetical holocaust were to happen, it would have caused problems by then.
* ''Film/X2XMenUnited'': As pointed out in this [[http://www.the-editing-room.com/x2.html abridged script]], when Stryker first makes Xavier use the other Cerebro to try to kill all mutants in the world (of which there are hundreds of millions). We are shown the X-Men writhing in pain. Then Magneto comes and rewires Cerebro to kill humans instead. All 6 billion of them. While Xavier is stopped a few minutes later, this means that for several minutes, every human in the world (including pilots, surgeons, high-rise construction workers, etc.) were immobilized with pain. Guess what, no collateral damage is mentioned. However, given that the president seems about to do something drastic with regards to mutants before Xavier stops him, there may, in fact, have been tremendous damage.
* ''Film/IndependenceDay'' initially looks like it's going to [[AvertedTrope avert]] the trope with the considerable concern about the collateral damage which would be caused by staging a nuclear attack on one of the alien ships, but then plays it straight anyway in the climax:
** The destroyed battleship was directly over the Area 51 bunker when it was destroyed (from beneath and in the center), yet it goes flying to one side until it's completely clear before crashing into the desert. How convenient; if it had gone straight down, it would have buried the bunker entrance and trapped everyone inside.
** The mothership was destroyed with a nuclear warhead that apparently made its reactor explode. See that debris burning up in the skies? That's nuclear fallout irradiating the atmosphere of the entire hemisphere. There's also the issue of 18.4 quintillion tons of alien mothership rubble falling out of orbit... or not. If it stays up there then [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kessler_syndrome space is now an unusable cluttered junkyard]]. If it falls in big chunks it's the end of life on Earth. If it falls in small chunks the heat of friction as it burns up will likely render the Earth uninhabitable.
** Nothing of the sort is mentioned in the [[Film/IndependenceDayResurgence sequel]]. While many people (over 3 billion = half the population of the world at the time) were killed during the attacks on cities, those cities were eventually rebuilt (except Vegas, which became a memorial). Two decades later, not only has humanity rebuilt, but we also have several bases throughout the Solar System. As pointed out by a number of people doing basic calculations, the more likely result of losing most major cities and half the population (especially in the industrial countries) would be a complete collapse of global society and the inability to restore it for centuries, if ever. People would be struggling to survive in a post-apocalyptic world instead of rebuilding everything as it was and building bases on the Moon
* ''Film/AlienResurrection'' ends with the good guys destroying the aliens on the research ship by crashing it into Earth's surface. We get a view from space as it crashes into what appears to be the east coast of either Africa or India, producing an ''enormous'' explosion that realistically would undoubtedly have killed millions... ''maybe'' more than a xenomorph infestation. In this case it is implied that Earth was already a devastated wasteland ("Earth. What a shithole."). The Special Edition contains an alternate ending with the protagonists in the ruins of Paris, which appears to be a wasteland. There's also a scene where Call says she re-calibrated ground level - ensuring the ship would crash in an uninhabited quadrant.
* Played completely straight in ''Film/FantasticFour: Rise of the Silver Surfer'' with Galactus (a huge sentient cloud-thing ''several'' times the size of earth) being completely '''obliterated''' as he hovers above the planet, having a snack. This would at least strip away Earth's atmosphere with the shock wave or, far more likely, just disintegrate Earth entirely. But no, the Richards/Storm wedding goes off as planned.
* Franchise/{{Batman}} may have [[ThouShaltNotKill "one rule"]] in ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'', but he causes a lot of incidental destruction:
** ''Film/BatmanBegins'':
*** Pointed out by an exasperated Alfred after the Tumbler chase, in which Bruce causes a lot of structural damage across the city and smashing into police cars. Alfred calls him out on his recklessness and emphasizes that it was [[HandWave a miracle that no one was killed.]]
*** Bruce's actions set off a chain reaction, leading to the complete destruction of the ninja-monastery he was training at. It's rather unrealistic to think everyone made it out alive, especially the ''shackled prisoners''. The extra irony is that Bruce rebelled in the first place because he had been ordered to kill one of said criminals. Sure, he went out of his way to ensure that Ducard didn't die, but [[NiceJobBreakingItHero even that didn't turn out to be such a good idea]]. While Batman doesn't kill, ''Bruce'' did, and probably had to do it more than once while travelling the world.
** In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' he was [[CouldHaveBeenMessy tremendously lucky]] that there was no one ''in'' any of those cars he blew up (we even see two kids playing in a car ''one row over''), or that no shrapnel from the Batmobile's "intimidate" setting hit those vagrants, and that when he went barreling on a very large, fast, heavy motorbike-thing through a shopping centre all the people in his way were agile enough to leap out of it. What if they'd chanced to be disabled, or obese, or if they'd simply frozen in shock?
** In the third act of ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', [[spoiler:Batman shoots at Bane's Tumblers with the Batwing. One could argue that he knew exactly how to disable them from when he had one, being CrazyPrepared and all, he doesn't know what modifications Lucius and/or Bane did, and machine guns aren't exactly precision instruments. During the climactic chase, he's shown firing on Bane's men, and DeadlyDodging a missile into one of those same Tumblers. Then he fires on the truck carrying the bomb to stop it, which kills Talia, and several tall buildings explode while he tries to take the bomb out of the city, with the implication that he blew them up, killing anyone in them or near them. What does it take to get Batman to break his one rule? A [[GodzillaThreshold nuclear bomb]], apparently.]]
* Near the end of ''Film/DeepImpact'', the crew of the spaceship sent to knock the comet off of its collision course with the Earth (they failed to do this) essentially turns their ship into a missile and flies straight at the comet ''as its entering Earth's atmosphere''. We are treated to a nice light show. In reality, this would be the equivalent of detonation a massive bomb in Earth's upper atmosphere.
* Amazingly, despite making liberal use of HollywoodScience, [[DuelingMovies rival movie]] ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' averts this trope as it's used to explain why they can't just Nuke the Killer Asteroid. [[spoiler: Played straight at the end however.]]
* In the 1980 adaptation of ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'', the moon is hurtling towards the Earth, causing natural catastrophes. Flash "saves" the world just in time, but... er... forget it.
** Granted, given the complexity of steering objects in space, and given that the moon seemed to need constant guidance, the Moon and the Earth presumably did not collide, but the tidal stress on both bodies from the close approach would be utterly appalling, enough to flood every coastline, trigger every dormant volcano, start record-setting earthquakes, and that's barely the start of it. Not to mention the long term effects of a drastically more erratic lunar orbit...
* At the climax of the ''Film/VForVendetta'', [[spoiler:the Houses of Parliament are destroyed by a massive bomb on a tube train beneath them. An explosion of such size would devastate a wide area around it, but miraculously the thousands of be-masked V supporters watching the show from only a few metres away are completely unharmed, rather than being shredded by flying debris.]] ''Possibly'' justified, as there is a shot of the Army successfully holding back the crowd behind barricades in places, so it's unlikely those Vs would have been standing immediately adjacent to the structure. Also, they all knew it was going to explode, they probably stood well back.
* The ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' movies play this trope both ways. It's averted between the two films: The death of [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever the giant Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man]] in [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} the original]] rained splodge over most of the city (and its inhabitants, and cars) and resulted in the devastation and demolition of several buildings; by the beginning of [[Film/GhostbustersII the second film]], the Ghostbusters had been bankrupted by the subsequent lawsuits. But then it's played straight elsewhere in the films - at no point in either of the films (or [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame the 2009 video game]]) is it confirmed that ''anyone'' has died from an encounter with a ghost. Considering some of the things we've seen the ghosts do (such as ghost driving vehicles - poorly), human casualties were a very real possibility.
* In the ''Film/OceansEleven'' remake, Danny's crew uses an electromagnetic device to shut off all electricity in Las Vegas for 30 seconds. Realistically, we should be looking at pacemakers going haywire, car crashes in the thousands, hospital equipment failing, and God help them if any planes were flying low over the city when it happened. Yet the sequels still only refer to them as thieves, not as the most successful and high-tech terrorists of all time. [[note]] It's possible that the device was set up such that it would cause an electrical disturbance that would upset the Las Vegas power grid. Most electrical grids are set up to shut down when it detects anomalies to save itself. Case in point, the blackout of southern California/Northern Mexico in 2011 was caused by a problem with one of the distribution hubs... in Arizona.[[/note]]
** They follow it up by causing a localized ''earthquake'' in the heart of the Strip for ''Ocean's Thirteen'', severe enough to send the Bank's clients and employees scrambling for the exits. Not a safe bet to say nobody got trampled during the evacuation, especially since the "quake" lasted longer and was more intense than they'd initially intended.
* ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries''
** The [[Film/{{Transformers}} first movie]]. Very strange logic on the part of the army to take the Allspark into the middle of downtown Los Angeles when a horde or psychotic giant alien robots plus the good guys' jet fighter air support, was destined to converge on its location. The ensuing battle destroys a huge number of buildings and who knows how many innocent bystanders. But the situation was so desperate that it [[GodzillaThreshold was the only option.]]
** ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'': has [[spoiler:Cybertron itself in the process of being teleported to Earth's orbit. Cybertron is a massive, metallic world much larger than Earth, yet no effects on the tides and earthquakes are mentioned]]. Especially considering that one of Megatron's plots in the Generation One cartoon was to bring Cybertron close to Earth specifically to ''cause'' said tidal waves and earthquakes, and then harvest the energy from them. The movie's novelization ''does'' in fact mention this as a concern. Gen 1 ended with Cybertron either in Earth's orbit or between Earth and Mars with no problems.
** [[spoiler:Sentinel]] does [[{{handwave}} mention]] the Space Bridge warps our laws of physics, though. Plus, they wouldn't care about damage to the Earth anyway, and the heroes were too busy trying to win the war to focus on that.
* In ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'', most of the aliens live inside a large artificial dome that was constructed over the city of Denver, along with thousands of human slaves and lots of old human buildings that have been repurposed for Psychlo rule. The heroes plan to shatter the dome to suffocate most of the Psychlos since many of them will not be wearing their protective masks; very little time is given to the incredible collateral damage of shattering foot-thick glass all over the tops of everyone, humans included.
* ''Film/BlueThunder'' pulls an interesting one in having the big aerial battle sequences occur over a major city (presumably Los Angeles). In the course of the battle, {{Misguided Missile}}s hit a Japanese barbecue shop and a skyscraper, and a jet aircraft is shot down. While the people in charge do express dismay over these events, nowhere is it implied that anyone got killed, and the news voiceover that closes the film seems more concerned with the fate of the helicopter than with the flaming debris raining down over the city.
** It was a Sunday, so the skyscraper was empty. And the F-16's velocity took it out to the sea where it crashed harmlessly.
* ...and [[Film/KingKong1933 King Kong]] didn't land on anyone when he fell off that skyscraper. In fairness, surely the first thing any sane person would do if they say a giant ape climbing the Empire State Building being attacked by fighters would be to get out of Dodge.
** Those airplanes didn't hit Kong with every bullet. They had to land somewhere.
* The 2008 remake of ''[[Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still]]'' ends with Klaatu causing his ship to emit a massive EMP wave that shuts down all the GORT [[GreyGoo nanites]]. It also shuts down every piece of technology on the planet, even things that should not be affected by EMP, such as analog watches. This means millions dead in hospitals, planes falling out of the sky, no way to get food or water to starving masses, etc. And billions of dead silicon-based nanites covering the landscape. Good luck making use of that land. Yes, Klaatu mentions our way of life will have to change. He just didn't mention most of us would die, while he happily flies off home, mission complete.
** It is possible that ''was'' his intention. Reduce the human population, take away our ability to mess up our planet. Perhaps, as he may have reasoned, this might give us the chance to start over, be more green, especially with less mouths to feed. [[CluelessAesop This ignores the mass environmental destruction such an act would cause]], as per capita, iron age living is far more environmentally destructive than industrialized life (Roman Italy and Renaissance England has massive shortages of wood due to the mass deforestation and horrid pollution due to the inefficiencies in combustion). The land simply cannot support 6 billion people without industry, so every living creature would be killed for food and every available acre cleared and tilled. The death toll, and environmental toll, would be apocalyptic.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** In the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' film, the BigBad is stopped from destroying Earth, while he was drilling a big hole into Earth's crust to reach the core in the San Francisco Bay. Everybody is happy, but there is still a big hole in the bay, which can lead to all sorts of bad things for San Francisco and Starfleet (whose HQ and academy are in the city). Additionally, the film fails to mention that Starfleet is now in a bad shape, thanks to the loss of the majority of the graduating class and 6 top-of-the-line starships. There is also the loss of one of the founding member worlds of the Federation. There is also the threat of another war with the Romulans. Good luck convincing people that Nero was not associated with the Empire.
*** Another point is that the drill was stopped from ''drilling'', but not from ''falling''. Something this large falling down to Earth from this height would have quite an impact.
** In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', the question of the militarization of Starfleet and destabilization of the galaxy due to the destruction of Vulcan is a major plot point. In the film's climax, [[spoiler:a starship crashes into San Fran. Though we don't see any bodies, the ship plows through multiple blocks of clearly-occupied buildings. The final scene takes place one year after that event, and they're still rebuilding.]]
* ''Film/{{Hulk}}'' went out of its way to show that no-one died during the Hulk's rampages. Although in the final fight scene of the movie a helicopter-borne minigun fires a 20-second stream of bullets into a number of city buildings.
* Averted in two fifties era giant monster movies, ''Film/TheBeastFromTwentyThousandFathoms'' and ''Film/TheGiantBehemoth''. In both of these films, disposing of the titular monster's corpse is a major concern for the heroes because of an extremely virulent germ contained in the blood of the former and the overwhelming radioactivity of the latter preclude destruction with more conventional weapons, which would scatter pieces of the monsters' corpses thus contaminating a large area.
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** ''Film/IronMan2'' features more collateral damage than you can shake an explosion at, including a swarm of combat drones going amok among a crowd of people, and not a single bystander is shown with so much as a scratch. Even the test pilot being shown having his ''spine'' snapped ([[BloodlessCarnage bloodlessly]]) is pointed out to have survived albeit by an individual of extremely dubious trustworthiness.
** Averted in ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', but in a subtle way. While no bodies or civilian deaths are seen in the FinalBattle, and Cap specifically tells the cops to get the civvies to safety, a news report afterwards shows a bunch of grieving people in front of wall covered in memorials for innocents killed by the Chitauri, and a senator demanding that the Avengers pay for the massive amount of damage to the city..
** Leviathans are also shown crashing into buildings when killed, and [[spoiler:the Avengers shut down the portal to prevent the nuclear explosion from coming back to Earth]].
** Director Creator/JossWhedon also didn't want any of the jets to fall off the Helicarrier when it is attacked. He commented that it would kill innocent people, and he didn't want viewers blaming the Avengers or SHIELD for that. Prior to take off workers are shown strapping the jets down, as the explanation for why they didn't fall off.
** Much of ''Film/IronMan3'' and ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' is dedicated to showing the aftermath of "The Battle of New York," and what kind of effects of the death toll and the knowledge there are other lifeforms in the universe has on the world.
** ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'' shows that the Chitauri invasion caused significant damage to Hell's Kitchen. Subsequently,[[Creator/VincentDOnofrio Wilson Fisk]] is able to gain a stronghold in the neighborhood. His construction company Union Allied is able to secure numerous reconstruction contracts. In the first episode of the show, [[Creator/BobGunton Leland Owlsley]] says "[[OpportunisticBastard Heroes and their consequences are why we have our current opportunities]]" referring to the damage caused by the battle. In the same episode, Matt Murdock remarks to Karen Page that "the world watched half of New York get destroyed", though this appears to be hyperbole since the Chitauri appeared to confine the battle to Midtown Manhattan and didn't go into any of the other boroughs or Jersey City. It's also mentioned that the battle also caused real-estate values to drop dramatically, allowing Matt and Foggy to find space to start their law firm.
** ''Series/{{Jessica Jones|2015}}'' showed there's a lot of fear and hate towards "gifted" people over this. One woman tries to kill Jessica in revenge over her mother dying as a result of the Chitauri invasion, even though she wasn't involved.
** Averted in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', where the various battles in the movie devastates several cities, with most of the Avengers' time being spent trying to minimize civilian casualities. The widespread destruction caused by the film will lead also directly to the worldwide SuperheroRegistrationAct of ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''. The villain Ultron's EvilPlan also averts this trope directly as [[spoiler: he plans to levitate a several mile wide chunk of the Earth's surface into the upper atmosphere, then accelerate it back onto the Earth, causing an extinction level event similar to the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs. One of the reasons he chooses this method is because it's a XanatosGambit; Ultron lampshades the "NoEndorHolocaust" trope, and points out dropping the city early (the heroes hope to destroy the repulsors lifting the city before it can gain any real altitude, and drop it into a lake below) ''should'' still do serious damage. Thus it's left an exercise to the viewer why that didn't happen.]] Furthering the aversion is the Sokovia Accords being created in direct response to the damage they did, with the implication that not only were there casualties and property damage costs shown for the final battles of the ''Avengers'' films and ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', [[spoiler: but part of the main villain's motivation is that his family was killed during the battle of Sokovia and he holds the Avengers responsible for what happened, trying to tear their team apart from the inside]].
* Film/DCExtendedUniverse:
** ''Film/ManOfSteel'': The climax with [[HostileTerraforming the world engine]] pancakes a major section of Metropolis with thousands of people dead. This is in addition to a, relatively smaller, super powered fight between Superman and Zod. The very last scene (taking place an unknown time later) has the Daily Planet running again, previously evacuated because of the world engine, and seemingly in okay condition and the whole scene is rather upbeat. This was one of the major complaints levied towards the movie - [[WordOfGod although it was stated that this was intentional]], and the fact that the death and destruction that occurred is something [[MyGreatestFailure even Superman couldn't stop]] and will factor into later installments.
** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' dives headfirst into this discrepancy, showing that while much of the world reveres him for what he can do there are a lot of public figures calling for him to be held accountable, not just for Metropolis but other isolated incidents where him just showing up to high tension situations cost lives. The opening scene of the film delves into Bruce Wayne being in Metropolis, seeing the fear and chaos of the event first hand. Protesters at a [[HauledBeforeASenateSubcommittee Senate Hearing]] hold up signs attacking him for what happened, one mockingly featuring the phrase "[[SarcasmMode Great job!]]" over a picture of a destroyed skyline. In the final action sequence of this film, the heroes make the effort to limit the destruction: Superman throws Doomsday into space so he can be nuked, and when the monster comes back on Earth, Batman lures him into the practically-deserted wharf district of Gotham City (the battle is at night; people tend to not hang around wharfs at night).
* In ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', the Terminator on the protagonists' side promises not to kill anyone. A readout on his display confirms that his minigun antics at the Cyberdyne facility resulted in no casualties, but even without hitting anyone directly, he could have easily accidentally killed multiple people thanks to exploding grenades, errant shards of glass etc. To explain this, he is shown taking his time aiming his weapon so that the police have time to run away, and being a robot does give you some precise aim. He also kneecaps people, which makes him a TechnicalPacifist.
* In the film ''Film/{{Surrogates}}'' widespread use of robot avatars may justify a lack of casualties in a car pileup but [[spoiler: at the end every surrogate, which 98% of people use, is forcefully shut down. We are told this caused no casualties, which is incredibly implausible when you think of all the pilots, drivers, surgeons and others who would have been interrupted in the course of vital tasks.]]
* Taken to ridiculous extreme in ''Film/{{RIPD}}''. In the final battle, the magic McGuffin used by the BigBad causes mass destruction in Boston, including several buildings being ruined. And guess what, by the end of film the {{Main/Muggle}} world ''still'' doesn't know the existence of R.I.P.D. and ghosts
* While not an explosion, the climax to ''Film/FastFive'' entails a chase where two muscle cars are dragging a vault filled with 100 million dollars through the streets of Rio. As they weave and turn the vault naturally does a lot of collateral damage to property, including going through a bank window in the middle of the day. We even see a woman standing right in front of the bank in the cut before the vault hits it.
* In ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', while little is shown, it seems almost every world leader getting their heads blown off, along with many government officials and corporate figures, and millions killed across the globe as result of Valentine's SIM cards driving everyone insane with rage, seemed to done little to affect everyday life. Though that being said, the ones locked up by Valentine like the Swedish princess are likely to have taken the place of those whose heads were just blown off. The movie also ends mere minutes after Valentine is defeated, so there wasn't time to explore the possible long-term side effects of his partially implemented evil plan.
* Closely related is the climax of ''[[{{Literature/Divergent}} The Divergent Series: Allegiant]]'' where a gas is released in the city that will wipe everyone's memories. Tris shuts down the mechanism before the city gets the full blast - but some gas is still seen being released, and Edgar was seen getting wiped with it. Presumably ''The Divergent Series: Ascendant'' will show the aftermath.
* Inverted in ''{{Film/Elizabeth}}: The Golden Age'' showing the Spanish Armada. There are lines referencing English ships being destroyed. However in real life [[RealityIsUnrealistic the English didn't lose a single ship]].

* Countless soft science fiction stories feature weapons that are said to vaporize a person shot with them. The effects of those weapons are always depicted as making the victim disappear without any effect on the surroundings, rather than creating a large steam explosion or disintegrating the planet in the case where the entire mass of the person is converted to energy. Say an adult male human masses 100 kilograms. His rest mass energy is equal to 8.98755179 × 10^18 joules, by the famous E=mc^2. This is equivalent to the energy released by combusting 2.15 gigatons of TNT, or equivalently, 2,150 megatons or 2,150,000 kilotons. Compare to Little Boy (the Hiroshima bomb) at 13 to 18 kilotons (they don't have an accurate estimate), and Fat Man (the Nagasaki bomb) at 21 kilotons. The largest nuclear bomb ever tested was Tsar Bomba, at 50 megatons (50,000 kilotons). The energy contained in our hypothetical human is therefore over 40 times larger than the largest nuke.
** Dealt with 'realistically' as part of the plot in Neal Asher's [[Literature/ThePolity Polity]] novel ''Gridlinked''. The interplanetary transport system, called a runcible, is sabotaged causing a single person to arrive at a planet as pure energy. The ensuing explosion and resultant environmental impact kills off the entire planetary colony.
* Commented upon in a ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' novel where a commander berates a subordinate about firing indiscriminately in a crowded city in order to get to him. So it was a simulator fight, but it was still reckless behavior. The novels nonetheless show plenty of instances of combat in an urban setting. The presumably resulting civilian casualties are rarely even mentioned in passing unless it's explicitly a plot point (like the Smoke Jaguars' orbital bombardment and resulting total destruction of Edo, which was in fact considered over the top by even their allies and a genuine war crime by most everybody else). The Jade Falcons repeat the orbital bombardment in the animated series, but it's explicitly stated that the city's population was evacuated prior to the bombardment. A sourcebook for the series goes into further detail, comparing the two incidents, and bringing up the question of what the Falcons did with the people afterwards.
** In ''[=BattleTech=]'', it's considered a fact that if you fight in a city, there ''will'' be civilian casualties. However, this trope is played straight in that the fusion reactors that power Battlemechs, if ruptured, would spread radioactive products[[note]]most notably tritiated water[[/note]] over a decent radius, but cities are never rendered even temporarily irradiated from this happening despite centuries of warfare. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that [[RealityEnsues tritiated water is only a weak beta emitter, carries no adverse health effects from external exposure, and is only an extremely mild radiation hazard when ingested.]]
* Deconstructed and averted in ''[[Literature/NightWatch Final Watch]]''. As explained there is a fundamental difference between Mass Sleep spells used by the Light Ones and the Dark Ones. The Light version allows the victim a few moments of consciousness to put whatever he's doing to a halt and make himself comfortable. The Dark one simply knocks everybody out. After the Dark spell is used the characters enter the area of effect and register numerous crashed cars, starting fires and other unpleasantries. This is also why no one is keen on resurrecting a mad ancient dragon mage in an earlier novel, as he would then rampage across Europe, unaware of the Grand Treaty (and not caring in the least). Sure, humans would eventually put him down with modern weaponry, but untold millions would still die.
* Averted in ''Literature/HonorHarrington: Mission of Honor''. [[spoiler:The destruction of space stations orbiting the Manticoran system worlds]] causes a great deal of collateral damage from debris striking the planets below, including the complete destruction of a city, and [[spoiler:a treecat clan being wiped out]].
* Averted in Creator/MikhailAkhmanov's novel ''[[Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDark Invasion]]'', where the destruction of the alien mothership's computer causes its autonomous modules to crash and explode, while they were suspended above Earth's major cities, destroying countless historical artifacts and killing millions of people. However, this is still viewed as a victory, as the aliens were planning on enslaving humanity. This also serves to drive humanity to the stars in the later novels of the series. In all fairness, though, 40 million people is still a little low, given that these modules were filled with {{Antimatter}}. The only HandWave we get is a mention that the explosions were surprisingly small and were mainly limited to several miles in diameter.
* Mostly played straight in ''Literature/TheMoonIsAHarshMistress''. The rocks are carefully guided to cause minimum casualties (in the hundreds or maybe thousands at most), and in fact many were aimed at completely unpopulated areas as a show of force. However, some were aimed near heavily populated areas and if they were intercepted they were knocked off their intended course and caused a lot more damage. In addition, the ones aimed at unpopulated areas? Some people decided to mock the aim of the Lunar residents and ''picnic'' in some of those places. A textbook example of TooDumbToLive.
** In fairness, those "heavily populated areas" were next door to the military bases and spaceports the Moonies were trying to bomb in the first place, not the actual targets themselves. And only one or two are mentioned as having been knocked off course in such a manner. (They specifically avoided targeting the headquarters of the government they were revolting against, since it happened to be dangerously close to the Taj Mahal. Quite apart from the PR implications of destroying the Taj Mahal, it was the favorite building of the revolutionary prime minister.)
* In the Franchise/StarTrek novel ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterpriseRelaunch Beneath the Raptorís Wing]]'', several starships carrying antimatter explode in orbit over Andoria. The planet is fine, but characters do note that had the explosions been a certain degree more powerful, the atmosphere ''could'' have been stripped away.
* In the novel ''Literature/NuklearAge'', this is parodied to an extent; a GiantEnemyCrab rampages through the city, destroying entire buildings, but no one is harmed because everyone happens to be out on a lunch break. Later, when a city block is nuked, casualties are handwaved by the fact that the people of the city had already been sent off to work in warehouses and construction zones, to build an invasion fleet for their new hypnotic master; and, towards the end, the trope is subverted with a quite vivid description of casualties.
* Partly averted in Creator/VladimirVasilyev and Creator/AlexanderGromov's novel ''Antarctic-online'', in which the titular continent inexplicably finds itself in Central Pacific, while the islands that used to occupy the area find themselves near the South Pole. While the novel largely focuses on the political consequences of a continent that nobody wants suddenly becoming prime real estate, there is plenty of talk about the ecological consequences, such as many coastal cities being flooded in the near future as the result of the melting Antarctic ice cap (this is handled, more or less, realistically - it's stated that the process will last for millennia given the sheer amount of ice). There are immediate effects, though, such as tidal waves hitting the coasts from the sudden shift, and the numerous Polynesian islands, stuck in the Antarctic Circle, to evacuate. The world's nations wish to blame somebody, and the blame falls on the newly-declared sovereign Antarctic nation. Many nations demand reparations from Antarctic representatives, even though the continental "jump" was not their fault ([[spoiler:actually, the ending reveals that it was accidentally caused by one of them, who had found a strange-looking orb and dropped it. He later uses it intentionally to send an American destroyer into orbit in order to stop the invasion of the Antarctic by the US]]).
* Averted in Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''[[Literature/LineOfDelirium Emperors of Illusions]]''. A former Imperial planet once attempted to secede from TheEmpire, asking the [[BirdPeople Alkari]] for help. TheEmperor sends a fleet to pacify the colony, which engages the fleet sent by the Alkari in the vicinity of the planet. This vicious battle results in debris continuing to fall from orbit for decades. Not that the colonists mind, as nearly all of them were massacred by mercenary squads sent ahead of the Imperial fleet as punishment.

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* In the season 4 finale of ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'', a military-grade nuclear missile is intercepted and destroyed just above downtown LA seconds before it was to detonate. While this should have spread several kilos of plutonium across the city in a "dirty bomb" effect, nobody seems to be concerned about this aside from a HandWave about NEST cleaning up the scene. Although the plutonium would only be particularly dangerous if inhaled or eaten, as the alpha radiation it emits wouldn't penetrate your skin. There was some handwave about prevailing winds blowing it away from the city. This is however still much better than the bomb actually going off though.
** Plutonium itself is much less radioactive than its fission products, which would be produced by nuclear explosion.
** ''24'' largely averts this tropes otherwise. In Season 2, they have to fly a nuclear bomb out of LA to have it detonate elsewhere. The short and long term effects of it detonating in the Pacific Ocean and the desert are both discussed. The only real concern for the desert is the fallout, but the ocean has a whole mess of problems. The characters routinely state they can't shoot down aircraft over populated areas, as the debris would result in fatalities. In a possible nod to Season 4 above, in Season 6 they stop a suitcase nuke from going off but there is a radiation leak. It is contained quickly, but it's pointed out that there will still be consequences from it.
* In ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', the MonsterOfTheWeek's energy blasts regularly hit the Zords and they fall back and ''through'' a building. Nobody ever talks about the implications of that... The later [[HandWave dodge]] of many fights happening in an AbandonedWarehouseDistrict is an [[VoodooShark inelegant solution]] to say the least.
** In the first season, a news reporter almost always assured us that amazingly, no one was seriously hurt in the day's monster rampage.
** This was lampshaded in an episode of ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' (though not intentionally) with the line "Thank goodness no one was in that building!" The Ranger saying it ''really'' had no way of checking, too. In another episode, a MonsterOfTheWeek says "I hate empty buildings!" before smashing one (''not,'' by the way, the more menacing line used in the trailer.)
** A LampshadeHanging in ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'': In one episode, the heroes kablooify the MonsterOfTheWeek, and then reduce an enemy HumongousMecha to scrap, in the good ol' ''PowerRangers[=/=]SuperSentai'' tradition. ...Then, the next episode begins with them having to clean up the wreckage of the enemy robot. The same thing happens in ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'', where the B-Squad Rangers had to clean up debris after the A-Squad's mecha battle.
* An EMP problem ensued in an episode of the short-lived alien invasion drama ''Series/{{Threshold}}'', where an EMP is unleashed in Miami to keep an alien signal from spreading. They know that it will cause a panic and result in various damages. There are injuries from it and the leader is told that there are no casualties ''so far''. Caffrey also points out that the simple truth is they have stop the alien signal from getting out, regardless of collateral damage.
** To the show's credit, they take another two steps. A minimum safe-distance is cleared around the device, so no one is killed by the EMP itself; and they make no planes (and presumably helicopters) are in the blast radius when it goes off.
** A less lethal example; A character smugly points out that anyone losing data because of the EMP have only themselves to blame for not backing up, completely ignoring the many perfectly responsible backup schemes that don't go as far as storing the backed up data somewhere outside of your city (and this is before cloud backup became a widespread option too).
* ''Series/FlashForward2009'' averts it in the pilot. When [[spoiler:almost]] everybody on Earth falls asleep for two minutes, there aren't exactly exemptions for drivers, pilots, or train conductors. Invoked though later, as while they keep showing residual damage on skyscrapers, all the cars are dent-free and the streets show no lingering, unfixed damage. What a public works department the USA must have!
** Played straight in the series finale, however. [[spoiler: The good guys manage to figure out that the next black out will happen within a couple of minutes. Authorities and media are alerted, and then we get a montage of the black out in which everyone seems prepared and dramatic casualties appear to have been avoided. Except that '''two minutes''' are a rather shitty forewarning for such a global event. It's better than nothing but not much notice. Commercial planes have fly-by-wire. They can do the entire flight autonomously from taking off to landing without the need for human input. Air-line pilots right now are more observers then controllers.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has plenty examples of this:
** In the Series 2 [[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion Christmas Special]], Torchwood blows up the Sycorax's ship while it's still in atmosphere, with no ill effects, when just earlier, the ship's entry into the atmosphere shattered windows. This is justified because we see the beam pass by the Earth's moon before it strikes the ship. So, we should be able to assume the ship is more than 300,000km away from the planet. Earth's atmosphere stops at around 10,000km for all practical purposes, and then, there aren't many particles in the exosphere. Yes, parts of the ship reach the Mesosphere, burning like meteors into ash. Really, the [[RuleOfCool explosion shouldn't have been that large on screen]].
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E5ThePoisonSky "The Poison Sky"]], the Doctor sets the ''entire atmosphere'' of earth ablaze to eliminate all the poisonous gas the Sontarans have released, and nothing even gets SINGED. Plus, there's plenty of oxygen left afterwards, and no excess CO2.
*** A solar flare similarly sets the atmosphere ablaze in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E10InTheForestOfTheNight "In the Forest of the Night"]], with [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext mysteriously-sprouted new trees absorbing all the energy]].
** Defied in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E14TheNextDoctor "The Next Doctor"]], where after defeating the local [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever 50-Foot Whatever]], the Doctor makes sure to teleport it away before it falls over and crushes London. Along with why the event isn't recorded in history (the story being set in Victorian times), is justified in a later episode by the whole event being [[RetGone sucked into a crack in time]].
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E7TheRingsOfAkhaten "The Rings of Akhaten"]] the day is saved by the destruction of a "parasite planet". Fans have pointed out that this left nothing for the seven moons to orbit, nor any energy source for them. Oops.
** The destruction of the Moon in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E7KillTheMoon "Kill the Moon"]] as it hatched its space dragon embryo probably should've had some sort of effect on Earth, given the sheer amount of debris that would generate. Possibly justified by the Moon actually being a rocky eggshell, and most of its mass flying away in space, but nonetheless unlikely.
* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'':
** There are a few cases of this in Series 1, notably when the Moon had a closer orbit to Earth, when an asteroid was within probably a few hundred kilometres of the surface, and when all power everywhere was removed for a few minutes. No widespread damage or visible deaths.
** Discussed and averted in the Series 4 story "The Empty Planet". After almost all humans are briefly taken away, Clyde and Rani noticed that the streets were surprisingly clean and unwrecked. This was deliberate on the part of the aliens; they phase-shifted all the moving vehicles away along with the people so that there would be no crashes, leaving behind only the parked ones.
** In the final story of Series 4, "Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith", however, our heroes defeat Ruby White by projecting a hologram of a meteor shower all over the world to overwhelm her with the human race's panic. The fact that this would logically result in crashes and heart attacks is never mentioned. I mean, we could assume that it was worth it to stop her from becoming powerful enough to destroy the world, but no one even brings it up.
** "Death of the Doctor" does a single-character version of this by making it clear that Barbara Wright is still alive off-screen, contradicting the common dark fanon that gave her the real-life early death from cancer of her actor Jacqueline Hill, and blamed it on her irradiation on Skaro.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'':
** Huge sections of Atlantis are regularly demolished by alien invaders, natural disasters and our heroes -- yet this seems to have very little overall impact on the city as a whole and the population, which appears to stay remarkably steady in numbers. Although the latter could be explained after contact is re-established with Earth as new personnel arriving to fill the gaps. Still, all in all, Atlantis is a ''gigantic'' city with some self-repairing ability. Over 90% of it is uninhabited; the expedition (numbering a couple thousand at most) stays almost exclusively in the central tower, while the Athosians live in colonies on the mainland.
** In "Adrift", a huge section of the city is taken out by an asteroid -- Sheppard and Zelenka have to hop it in zero-g. No mention is never made of the missing chunk again, nor can it be seen in the [[EstablishingShot establishing shots]].
** In "Enemy at the Gate", a larger-than-normal Wraith hive ship blows up in low Earth orbit. In fact, the nuclear blast appears to vaporize the ship. There is an incredibly bright flash, and then nothing. No consequences for Earth either. Then there's a giant Ancient city-ship crash-landing in the San Francisco Bay.
* Mercilessly averted in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'': The opening credits feature a survivor count reminding you how every incident be it big or small in the previous episode [[DyingRace is slowly chipping away]] at what's left of the Human race.
* In ''Series/OrphanBlack'' many audience members were worried that Helena had killed a large number of innocent people when she [[spoiler:set fire to the cult's compound after killing Johanssen]]. John Fawcett explained via WordOfGod that [[spoiler:she raised the alarm and helped everyone get out]], and all the named characters who might have been involved were explicitly shown alive in the third season.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', in which the moon [[spoiler:falls close enough to the planet for the HumongousMecha-sized Four Giants to catch it, and is later disintegrated, all without harm to the surrounding area. The scenes with the moon in the atmosphere make the moon look a ''lot'' smaller than it does in the sky...]]
** Averted when it does hit - rather than just crushing the city like it might do, it catches fire in the low atmosphere and causes a planet-wide flaming shockwave that kills all living creatures. It also fucks up the earth's gravity fairly dramatically.
** And when it disintegrates... well, you can't have the moon suddenly disintegrate without massive changes to the planet's inhabitants' way of life.
** Although... Termina doesn't have lunar tides in the first place. You can wait at the ocean all three days and the level never changes. And the moon disintegrated? Maybe it was being teleported back up.
** Termina's moon is actually fairly small, only about the size of Clock Town (as you can see in the ending scenes, or by using cheats to fly up to it earlier on). It is also a lot closer than you think, and is "falling" very slowly. Probably not big enough to make much of a difference as far as tides are concerned, although at the speed that it's falling it shouldn't be catching on fire in the atmosphere or making much of an impact on collision (aside from crushing Clock Town). It's also clearly not in freefall, as it takes a full 3 days to drop just a few miles. Let's just say [[AWizardDidIt Majora did it]].
* Averted in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''. Near the end of the game, when [[spoiler:Lavos]] goes out of control, the entire floating continent [[spoiler:Zeal]] which used him as a power source crashes down to earth, bringing significant climactic change and death along with it.
* Notably [[NotASubversion Averted]] in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''. The Rikti invasion included an enormous mother ship that hovered over Paragon City. When it was eventually defeated by a huge gathering of heroes (many of which died in the battle), the ship crashed into a section of the city now known as the "Rikti Crash Site," which is walled off from the rest of the town and considered extremely dangerous for all but the most powerful and experienced heroes. It's also a quite sizable game map of what one would expect a cityscape to look like after a gigantic alien battleship fell on it.
** The back-story indicates that the heroes saw the damage they were doing when they took down the ships, so they then started tossing them into the ocean instead, which is why there's even a city left standing at all.
* Pick a cinematic attack in the game ''VideoGame/TouhouSoccer 2''. There's no way the audience could have survived this. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u823w5GI24 Rising Game]] ''starts'' with the world [[EarthShatteringKaboom blowing up]]. And then Sakuya and Eirin send knives and arrows flying in every direction. If the explosion didn't kill the audience, all those pointy implements would've skewered them!
* Speaking of ''Videogame/{{Touhou}}'', the actual games raise some questions about the the collateral damage from [[BulletHell danmaku]]. ZUN is [[ShrugOfGod expectedly obtuse on the matter]], and interpretations range from it being only dangerous to the intended target, only dangerous to people and not the surroundings (''[[AllThereInTheManual Perfect Memento]]'' mentions that while danmaku duels are pretty, a safe distance is advised), to potentially damaging everything it impacts but most people and things in Gensoukyou are resilient enough to avoid lasting damage.
* One between-levels cutscene in ''VideoGame/{{Afterburner}} Climax'' passes you orders to hunt down a nuke-bearing bomber, and explicitly tells you not to worry about the "sympathetic detonation" of the nuclear device.
* Averted (slightly) at the end of the [[spoiler:Ghirlandaio]] mission in ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles''. [[spoiler:The explosion that Selvaria causes is explicitly stated to have vaporized the entire army and demolished the fortress, but this has no impact on the player or Squad 7 because the army is painted as an unsympathetic hindrance to the militia.]]
** [[spoiler:By that point, most of the Imperial army was defeated so the militia can handle their remnants. And if the Universal Conscription is anything to go by, I'm guessing that the bulk of Gallia's military might is in their militia anyway, which explains why the regular army doesn't get anywhere much while the militia does the heavy lifting.]]
* ''VideoGame/AceCombat'':
** Explicitly lampshade-hung in ''VideoGame/AceCombatXSkiesOfDeception'', where it's noted that the raining debris from the Gleipnir somehow never caused any casualties. As if in acknowledgement of this trope, however, earlier on we had Crux pleading for the Gleipnir Captain not to crash the airborne fortress into Santa Elva.
** The last mission of ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'' involves shooting down a satellite aimed to [[ColonyDrop fall on the Osean capital city]], and explicitly carrying a nuclear bomb. It explodes less than twenty miles off the coast, and rains debris over the city. No indication of any damage is given.
* ''VideoGame/AirForceDelta Strike'' sends the squadron to destroy a space elevator located in the center of a city, then in the immediate next mission, ''you'' have to destroy the falling debris to prevent the [[InferredHolocaust Endor Holocaust]]
* Averted in ''VideoGame/EveOnline: The Empyrean Age''. The falling wreckage from the Minmatar and Amarr fleets fighting over Mekhios were more destructive than any orbital bombardment could have been.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: VideoGame/ModernWarfare2''. [[spoiler:When the second nuke goes off, Starfish Prime style, the ensuing EMP blast over D.C. knocks out aerial vehicles (despite their military grade electronics shielding), sending them crashing to the ground and killing fellow soldiers]], as well as [[BigBlackout disabling the power grid on most of the east coast]] and [[MadeOfExplodium destroying the International Space Station]].
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', the Lunar Cry causes monsters to rain down from the Moon. The last time this happened, it destroyed the [[{{Precursors}} Centra civilization]] and reduced most of a continent to a crater (plainly visible on the World Map). When it happens in the game, it even tints Esthar's sky red and infests the country-sized city with incredibly strong monsters. It is implied that despite the damage of the monster assault, the Estharian military is able to contain the situation because they were prepared for it. So it makes sense they had plans for next lunar cry.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', the ending has [[spoiler:Cocoon falling towards Pulse, only to be saved by Ragnarok forming a giant crystal pillar to stop the fall. Logically, a very large portion of Cocoon's population should be dead (if nothing else, because the fal'Cie providing artificial gravity to the inside of the HollowWorld were gone, to the detriment of the people on the upper half of the inner surface who are now subjected to the ''planet'''s gravity,) but the ending implies that there was NoEndorHolocaust.]]
** Actually, it's mentioned in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'' that a lot of people '''were''', in fact, killed. One sidequest in the game has you picking winter flowers for man to give to his young niece, [[spoiler: who died in the fall]].
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLpgxry542M a gunnery sergeant is shouting down at his troops]] that if you fire a gun in space that projectile keeps on going and will eventually hit something. When using a weapon that strikes with the impact of a city-buster, this is a very bad thing, so under no circumstances are you to "eyeball" it.
-->'''Sergeant''': "It keeps going until it hits something! That can be the ship, or the planet behind the ship! It may keep going into deep space, and hit someone else in ten thousand years! If you pull the trigger on this, you are ruining ''somebody's'' day, somewhere and sometime!"
** Sovereign's destruction at the end of the first game seemed to play this straight, except for the one piece that landed on the Citadel Tower. The sequel (set two years later) reveals that at ''least'' tens of thousands were killed by falling debris, and they're ''still'' clearing out debris and making repairs and are expected to continue for at least five years (five years more or five in total, it isn't clear). From the destruction of '''one''' ship; it was a big ship.
** Subverted in ''Arrival''. To stop an imminent Reaper invasion, Shepard is reluctantly forced to [[spoiler: cause the destruction of a Mass Relay, wiping out a solar system filled with 300,000 Batarians.]]
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', the extended cut ending makes it clear that [[spoiler: the Normandy's crew survived their crash, the mass relays were repaired and therefore averted the stranding of millions of aliens on Earth, and that galactic civilization rebuilt itself, possibly with the help of the repurposed, Shepard-controlled Reapers. The original ending before the extended cut involved exploding mass relays, some of which were located in rather populated solar systems, including our Earth's solar system. Add to that that an exploding relay would, according to the aforementioned ''Arrival'' DLC, destroy a solar system, and you might realize that humanity would have become a lot rarer. The extended cut, however, changed it into the relays simply falling apart, causing a LOT less damage. Compare RocksFallEveryoneDies]].
** [[spoiler: Averted by the "destroy" extended ending with low preparation and EMS, which can be summed up as a galaxy wide extinction event for organic and synthetic life above microbes, whether involved in the war or not. There are bare few survivors and the narrator doesn't express much hope for their future.]]
* Despite the series already having [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure a major metropolitan area and a military island base]] among its human casualties, and despite ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'' being a DarkerAndEdgier spinoff, the game makes note that all civilians evacuated the capital city before [[MultipleEndings it was destroyed by a giant space laser or overrun with alien forces]]. A slightly more justifiable example from the same game occurs during the final boss, where the heroic [=NPCs=] comment that they were able to escape the aliens' comet/organic spaceship, freeing the protagonist to not worry about destroying the thing. This is also averted: the main villain is spreading a paralyzing gas over the Earth, and though you don't see it since you're fighting in the sky you can hear the [=NPCs=] choking and passing out over the radio as the fight goes on.
** ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' is horrible about this, considering in the opening cutscene Eggman kind of, you know, ''cracks open the planet'' and no-one even considers the extremely high probability that he just slaughtered billions of people.
** The original ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' is also guilty of this. Perfect Chaos assembles in the middle of Station Square, taking the city's populace by surprise. The cinematic before the fight clearly shows streets bursting into rubble as water erupts from beneath, and buildings being blown apart from within by flooding. When he's finished, the city is completely destroyed and flooded by hundreds of feet of water, [[FridgeLogic and yet people are heard cheering Sonic on as he prepares to battle despite no one being visible.]]
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', when you first fight [[EldritchAbomination Sin]], you're treated to a couple cutscenes showing you ''exactly'' what you're about to fight. The attack shown is strong enough to pull the moon, and absolutely tear up the geography, leaving behind a series of tunnels and canyons filled with fire and rubble. After you beat Sin, you can go and visit the rest of Spira, and at no point did you see any collateral damage. Considering what happened at [[CurbStompBattle Djose]], you'd think that thousands of people had died in those blasts. Nope. All the places are intact, and no one mentions dying in the attacks.
** Invoked in the Calm Lands, where battles are staged specifically to avoid collateral damage.
** It is mentioned in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' that Sin fell on Bevelle during the final battle and did cause some damage to the lower districts, all of which seems to have been repaired in the two years between the two games.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/MegaManX''. The post-''[[VideoGame/MegaManX5 X5]]'' games show that, if anything, the collateral damage caused by the pieces of Eurasia falling to Earth was ''[[UpToEleven even worse]]'' than what the damage would have been if simply the colony itself fell.
* The ending of ''VideoGame/{{Freespace}}'' is, while [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet]], is still treated as a triumph, but let's look at what actually happened. Yes, the human and Vasudan colonies have survived, as shown by the ExpansionPack and the sequel, and have even prospered. But what about Earth? It has been cut off from the rest of the galaxy, meaning it's probably overpopulated, low on resources, and just had lost the ability to trade with other worlds, meaning planetary economy will be in ruins. Neither the ExpansionPack nor the sequel show what happens to Earth after the collapse of the wormhole. If ''Freespace 3'' is ever made, it should be about pissed off descendants coming back into the galactic community to "thank" everybody for cutting off their only link to the rest of the galaxy.
** Yes, Earth was saved from being turned into an uninhabitable wasteland by the ''Lucifer'', no one had any idea that blowing up a giant ship in subspace would destroy the subspace node it was done in and the ones who did it were stuck on the Earth side of the node, but humans tend to have short memory for good things and long memory for bad. The descendants will definitely blame their colonies and will probably think they caused this intentionally to gain independence. Assuming there ''are'' technologically proficient survivors[[note]]Alpha Centauri is in Vasudan/GTVA space, so sending and receiving messages at light-speed isn't actually all that much of an issue, given that Freespace 2 takes place thirty-two years after the first game, yet no-one in the GTVA knows what is happening in the Sol system[[/note]].
** This is addressed by numerous fan-made sequels, which often feature a war breaking out when the GTVA repairs the node and re-opens passage to Earth. There are also some fan-made stories taking place within the Sol system after the cutoff, generally showing the fragmentation of society, civil wars, and (usually) eventual reunification under a new government. None of this is actually canon.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', in May of 2011 a skeletal version of the Death Star was being built to [[RageAgainstTheHeavens destroy]] [[FluffyCloudHeaven Valhalla]] (the afterlife). The player base eventually blew it up. This trope was very much ''not'' in effect.[[note]]Although the trope was {{Double Subver|sion}}ted in that the thousand-year reconstruction took only a day as far as the players could tell, due to [[YearInsideHourOutside the flow of time being different in Vahalla]][[/note]].
* The second act of ''VideoGame/{{Warzone 2100}}'''s singleplayer campaign appears to dodge this one at first, as it takes place in the ruins of a city that had a nuclear warhead dropped on it. Then comes a mission where you have to prevent the opposing faction flying a large number of civilians out of the area. The realisation that those half-wrecked apartment buildings (which some players had probably shot at just to see the rather cool collapse animation) might have had people inside them made this mission something of a WhamEpisode.
* Occurs in the ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' demo. [[spoiler:PhysicalGod Wyzen assumes a form that is apparently larger than the planet the game is set on and attempts to crush Asura with a mountain-sized index finger, but he is destroyed. The following cutscene shows even ''larger'' explosion that should have shattered the planet as well. The gravitational effects of having such a vast entity suddenly materialize just outside the atmosphere are also absent.]]
** ''Asura's Wrath'' proper never lets the collateral damage hit ''anywhere'' [[ApocalypseHow near the scale it actually would]]. [[spoiler: Yes, we're shown that humans have become slavishly loyal to [[GodGuise The Seven Deities]] to the detriment of society and that the Ghoma [[DoomedHometown burn villages left and right]]. However, the greater ecological effects, such as Wyzen's transformation, the [[KillSat Brahmastra's]] laser, or even Vlitra (an eight-headed snake growing out from the planet's core), are never addressed. By all accounts, Earth should have been space dust ''aeons'' ago.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' features a couple instances of NoEndorHolocaust. The Tower of Zot, a huge flying structure that falls apart moments after you leave it, never crashes anywhere. The Tower of Babil is perfectly fine (and is totally structurally intact, according to the sequels) after the Giant of Babil seemingly walks out of it. Similarly, in the sequels, there are almost no changes to the world map (not even changes to local climates, tides, or sea lanes) after one of the planet's moons flies off into deep space, never to return.
* Certain developments in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears'' lead many players to assume that the planets on which the ''other'' ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games take place were blown up as "failed experiments" by {{God}}, [[spoiler:who is actually a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien EvilutionaryBiologist]]. WordOfGod assures us this did not happen.
* Occurs in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'', when STAG brings in a giant ''flying aircraft carrier'' to bomb Steelport. It eventually gets blown up, but the city miraculously does not get flattened by the falling debris.
** Averted with an earlier cargo plane the player infiltrates and brings down, however - it crashes into canisters carrying [[TheVirus a zombie-creating virus]] [[ContinuityNod from the previous game's DLC]], and for the rest of the game the only people you find in that specific part of the city are zombies.
* The last act of ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' has players witness no less than [[spoiler:the Bionis and Mechonis, the HumongousMecha/continents the game's characters live on, '''coming to life and engaging in mortal combat.''' ''No'' one is shown dying or being injured, even though the simple act of the Bionis moving its leg should have ended at least 3 civilizations.]]
** Egil does speculate that he's probably killed thousand of homs in one attack when he first starts the fight and that's when he has very limited control over it. So a crap ton of deaths probably are happening, just not the extinction level events that logically would occur.
* In ''VideoGame/MaxPayne3'', the title character at one point is in a favela in Sao Paulo, where he comes across a drug lab belonging to a gang that is out to kill him. He decides to destroy the lab by setting fire to it using fireworks and explosives that also happen to be inside. Thing is, this being a favela where shoddily-built buildings are tightly packed together, the fire should have spread uncontrollably and destroyed a huge number of homes, but none of this appears to happen as the fire is contained only in that building.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** In ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', Magnetic Accelerator Cannons, one of them a "Super" MAC, are twice fired at targets not far off the ground, destroying them neatly. In the books, Super [=MACs=] in particular are described as so powerful that they fire at 0.04% the speed of light, which in real life would cause ecological disaster on the scale of the meteor that killed the dinosaurs, nevermind that the shockwave alone actually has the potential to ''rend continents and set the atmosphere itself on fire''. The seemingly careless use of them near the ground in ''Reach'' is lampshaded by one character, who expresses surprise that a mere ''regular'' (ie non-"Super") MAC cannon being used in-atmosphere. His commander's remark "One way to get [the Covenant]'s attention" suggests it's because they've passed the GodzillaThreshold. The general consensus among fans is that the [=MAC=] firings seen were fired at a slower speed to reduce their collateral damage.
** Also occurs in ''VideoGame/HaloWars'', where Captain Cutter's special ability is to fire MAC rounds from orbit to ground targets. Once again, no collateral damage.
* In ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2016'', late in the game, [[spoiler:Novalis gets blown up by the Deplanetizer]]. However, Clank tells Ratchet that ''everyone'' was evacuated before it happened.
* All three Parasite Eve games avert this pretty hard.
** In [[VideoGame/ParasiteEve the first game]], casualties are kept to a minimum by evacuating the entire population as soon as a clear threat is identified, but Eve is still explicitly shown killing at least two concert halls full of people.
** Near the end of [[VideoGame/ParasiteEve2 the second game]], it's revealed that most of the monsters you've been fighting [[WasOnceAMan used to be human]].
** [[VideoGame/The3rdBirthday The third game]] shows several people being killed during the Twisted's initial attack (both by the Twisted themselves and as a result of the city-wide panic). [[AllThereInTheManual In-game files]] put the global death toll between 5.5 million and 335 million [[TimeyWimeyBall depending on the point in the game you're at]].
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront2015'' partially averts the Film/ReturnOfTheJedi example: one of the maps takes place in a burning Ewok village, damaged by fallen space debris.
* At the end of ''Videogame/{{Ultima Underworld}} I'', the volcano erupts, destroying the entire civilisation within... but then in the very last cutscene, Garamon appears to the Avatar in a dream and explains that he was able to open a portal to send everyone to Destard.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'' Subvert this, ending with the heroes desperately trying to stop the BigBad's [[LoadBearingBoss collapsing]] flying fortress from crushing a city. when they solve it [[http://www.adventurers-comic.com/d/20060623.html in their usual manner]], there is, indeed, NoEndorHolocaust. The fact that there's NoEndorHolocaust when there logically should've been is what forces Ardam to give up his attempts to surrender to irrationality.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Apparently the [[WebAnimation/TheMercuryMen Mercury Men]] universe never heard of the Roche Limit; the Moon gets so close to the Earth that it's affecting the cloud cover. Possibly justified however, as we don't really know how the Gravity Engine works.
* ''WebVideo/HowItShouldHaveEnded'''s take on ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ANewHope'' involved Grand Moff Tarkin deciding to expedite victory and destroy the planet around which the rebel base was in orbit. [[RuleofFunny The base remains intact.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* {{Superhero}} fiction is a big offender here as well... [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ywo6F4xYTvA Especially if you're Superman fighting Darkseid]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2BvSqqmidM Or fighting Captain Marvel.]] [[WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday Or Doomsday]]...
** That's nothing. In an episode where the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'''s space gun was taken over, it destroyed half the city of Covenant, New Mexico, "sending shockwaves detectable as far away as Japan". Yet, no one was killed, despite almost EVERY SINGLE BUILDING in the city getting knocked over or having its windows blown out and every road getting torn up by the blast and resulting shockwaves.
** Worst of all: a ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' episode from the 1970s had Franchise/GreenLantern move the Earth from its orbit in order to prevent a rogue planetoid from crashing into it. ''He never put it back.'' Averted when Black Vulcan points out that [[NiceJobBreakingItHero moving the earth has caused its temperature to rise steadily and combined with other things is causing worldwide problems.]] The Super Friends spend much of the episode fixing the damage and GL ''finally'' puts the earth back where it belongs.
** In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE25TheClockKing "The Clock King"]], Temple Fugate, the Clock King, tampers with traffic lights, gasses (nonlethaly) the employees of a bank and causes a deliberate subway crash only to make Mayor Hill look incompetent. It's lampshaded that all those antics didn't result in any death.
* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'': New Jersey is utterly destroyed by the end of several episodes, but is always [[SnapBack fixed by the next one]]. Subverted in the episode where [[DetonationMoon Coop accidentally blew up part of the moon]]: Earth was hit with severe and deadly climate change, at least until Coop flew back up and put the moon pieces back.
* [[{{Parody}} Spoofed]] in a WhatIf episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': When the characters see what it would be like if Bender was a giant, he goes around destroying New New York. A newspaper headline reads "Giant Robot on the Rampage. Thousands Dead. None Injured."
** Further spoofed in the superhero episode: "Thank you, mysterious heroes. The value of the Gemerald you saved is slightly greater than the cost of the damage you caused to this museum. A net gain for our great city!"
** Also parodied in the episode "Love and Rocket".
--->'''Zoidberg''': As the candy hearts poured into the fiery quasar, a wondrous thing happened, why not. They vaporized into a mystical love radiation that spread across the universe, destroying many, many planets, including [[PlanetOfHats two gangster planets and a cowboy world]]. But one planet was exactly the right distance to see the romantic rays but not be destroyed by them: Earth. So all over the world couples stood together in joy. [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And me, Zoidberg]]. And no one could have been happier unless it would have also been Valentine's Day. What? ''It was?'' Hooray!
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' Bulkhead warps an about-to-explode burning oil tower into the middle of the lake. Better than the alternative, sure, but what about the pollution from the oil? Though near [[PlaceWorseThanDeath Detroit]], who'd notice?
* Played horribly straight in ''Anime/TransformersHeadmasters'': Scorponok plans to blow up UsefulNotes/{{Mars}} and harvest the energy. The Autobots are motivated to stop him primarily to prevent Earth being bombarded with billions of asteroids. However, after Mars does explode, no mention is ever made of Earth being damaged.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' had [[AllUpToYou Ron]] stopping a balloon filled with extremely smelly gas that would cause the victim to stink for years exploding in the conference hall by pushing the balloon out of the building. Later it did some LaserGuidedKarma to some bad executives. AllIsWellThatEndsWell, until you think about a balloon with extremely stinky gas infecting the entire town with bad smell.
* In the final StoryArc of the ''WesternAnimation/IronMan'' animated series, the Mandarin uses AppliedPhlebotinum to cut off all electrical power in New York City, and, later, several other cities. It's explicitly stated that this applies to ''all'' "electrical and mechanical" devices, not just the main power grid. Both Tony and MODOK have a hard time muddling through without their life-support technology, but they do survive. Nothing is said of the thousands of other people who would have surely been killed by these power outages. Tony isn't the only person on artificial life support, and some of the others couldn't survive without it nearly as long as he did...
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'':
** In the "City of Stone" arc, Demona casts a spell that turns the large majority of Manhattan's population into stone during the night hours. Leaving aside all the physical damage that is likely to have occurred, the fact that Manhattan in effect stops working from dusk to dawn (which, given the fact that the story takes place in early November, would be from roughly 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.) for two consecutive days should have caused a nationwide panic, and had notable economic impact. One of the episode cliffhangers is David Xanatos stuck in a helicopter with a TakenForGranite pilot. He doesn't watch TV either, as [[TropeNamer he's busy planning stuff.]] Then there's that woman whose arm Demona casually broke off. What do you think happened when the curse was lifted?
*** WordOfGod says this is averted, but unable to be shown due to Disney's censorship practices. The woman remains an amputee. The piles of rubble are rather disturbing come morning. The economy's not mentioned, but this was otherwise going to be referenced as a major aspect of the origin of the Quarrymen in season 3. Naturally, ExecutiveMeddling killed off this and other storylines.
** There's a similar instance in "The Gathering" when Oberon put every human in New York to sleep, except for Xanatos and Fox. We do see a bunch of cars crashing, but no mention of anybody dying. Even though Oberon likely killed more people in that one episode then every other villain in the series combined, nobody seems to hold it against him.
** In "Grief", after Jackal merges with the god Anubis, he uses Anubis' powers to casually wipe out life in the nearby area -- including laying an entire ''city'' to waste. By the time the Emir has become Anubis' avatar, he cryptically says, "What is dead and gone cannot be restored, but the stolen energies can be rechanneled." Whether said energies merely apply to Jackal's ageing tricks played on the heroes, Hyena and Wolf is never elaborated upon, leaving the fate of said city entirely up in the air.
* Spoofed/Averted in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'' which ends with [[spoiler:the bomb destroying the thick glass bubble that has encased Springfield.]] The huge car-sized pieces of jagged falling glass have a suspiciously small effect on the town and its citizens, with the sole exception of [[spoiler:Dr. Nick, who dies horribly.]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Dr. Nick Rivera]]''': Bye, everybody!
** Oddly enough, he's been seen in episodes that came out after the movie.
** Spoofed in "The Otto Show" episode, after Otto causes a massive bus crash.
--->'''Principal Skinner''': It's a miracle no one was hurt!
--->'''Otto''': Hey, I stand by my record - fifteen crashes and not a single fatality!
* Technically, the entire series ''WesternAnimation/ThundarrTheBarbarian'' could be considered an aversion of this trope, as civilization's collapse was a result of a comet passing between Earth and the Moon. Although a [[ColonyDrop direct collision]] by this comet is narrowly avoided, humanity is still knocked back to the Stone-Age-plus-cheesy-magic by the gravitational havoc it wreaks.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', Lucius casually blows up one of Miseryville's [[AlienSky three suns]]. Something like that is bound to have consequences, but none occur. Probably RuleOfFunny.
* Both ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' and ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' have enormous sections of the city annihilated, which one may realize by FridgeHorror that THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE ARE DEAD, but the few times that the actual damage is addressed, only the damage to property is mentioned, often by an official. In the latter case, it is all but stated that lots of people died, and the show does often show people and monsters dying.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'': the planet the show takes place on is prehistoric Earth, and in the series finale Megatron, while onboard a working spaceship, with a weapon that outright killed the near-god like Tigerhawk, opens fire on a tribe of protohumans. It's outright shown at the end of the episode that all or most of them are alive and well, without so much as minor injuries.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', Sandman tries to help the mob jack crude from a tanker. Spidey shows up, and they do what superheroes and villains have done for ages...only now they do it on an oil tanker. In New York harbor. At least the ''Valdez'' wasn't anywhere near a human port of millions of people, though I'm sure that was cold comfort to the wildlife.
* Yet another blunder from ''WesternAnimation/{{Redakai}}''. "Kairu", the [[StarWars Life-energy of the universe]], is regularly made off with by the heroes. However, the presence of the energy generates prosperity with the surrounding wildlife. The heroes realize this in one episode when they find some of the energy on a farm where one of them grew up. They decide to leave the energy where it was in this case, ''but what happened to the places that they have taken the energy from before and since?!''
* One ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' episode has ''lava'' flooding Bellwood, toppling buildings and engulfing cars (including some in traffic - we see some drivers get out but most cars have their doors still closed when the lava reaches them). Absolutely no mention is made of even the physical damage.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** The episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]" has two; a construction worker lets his jackhammer get away from him while [[ConstructionCatcalls mackin' on Rarity]]; it bores through the cloud he's working on and probably spoiled someone's day when it landed; and [[TitleDrop the event the episode derives it's name from]] is a hypersonic shockwave that causes a rainbow. Performed as it was-about 10 feet off the ground-it would have the destructive potential of a [[NukeEm nuclear blast]]. In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero a subsequent episode]], it is shown to do just that, complete with [[EverythingMakesAMushroom mushroom cloud]].
** Subverted in Season 5, where there is mention of the schoolhouse and playground being destroyed in the [[ContinuityNod battle with Tirek]] in the Season 4 finale.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' she casts a spell that accidentally destroys the town's dam, causing a massive flood. She runs through the town warning everyone and everyone is apparently able to make it to safety - afterwards one character says "it's a miracle nobody was killed". Though in a touch of realism, Sabrina is still extremely upset about flooding the town. Also time rewinds itself so that the flooding never happens.
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax,'' probably most harshly in "[=CyberSkull=] II: The Next Level." The villains forces his pawn to channel all the electricity in the world into a machine meant to free him from the internet. The episode itself doesn't show it, but Max points out hospitals and other places need that power, and we're left to assume a lot of people are dead by the time Max and his buddies get things back to normal.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'' episode "The Little Big Man Syndrome", the MIB turn the Fmeks' death ray, [[FantasticRacism intended for the planet Arquillia]], [[HoistByHisOwnPetard back to their homeworld Fmoo]], and we see Fmeks signal a planet-wide evacuation, and Zed tells everyone that they all managed to evacuate in time.
* In ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', Primus' vehicle mode [[GeniusLoci is the planet Cybertron itself]]. Transforming into his robot mode does ''not'' follow this trope, which is the main reason he doesn't do it.
* The finale for ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' takes place in a very empty Republic City, which was evacuated prior. Good thing too, because [[spoiler:[[ArcVillain Kuvira's]] [[HumongousMecha Colossus]] and its [[WaveMotionGun Spirit Ray Cannon]]]] do quite a number on the city (and so do Our Heroes to [[GodzillaThreshold combat it]]), especially after [[spoiler:the cannon [[FantasticNuke explodes]]]].
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** In the episode "Laser Light Cannon", the destruction of the Red Eye causes quite a bit of property damage around town, but none of the citizens get seriously hurt. Then again, Beach City's permanent populace seems to consist of [[ThrivingGhostTown only a dozen or so regular characters]].
** In "Ocean Gem", Lapis Lazuli makes a huge tower out of the ocean's water but it doesn't cause mass extinction of the fishes. This might be intentional on her part though, as there are fish swimming around in the tower and they seem to be perfectly happy. The tower pretty abruptly collapses when Lapis leaves Earth, and this doesn't seem to cause any problems for the fish either, or for anyone else when all this water crashes back into the Earth at a high speed.
** Happens again in "The Return"/"Jail Break". [[spoiler: Peridot's]] attack on the Crystal Gem's temple forces the citizens of Beach City to evacuate, and the subsequent destruction of their ship causes even more property damage to the town. A few later episodes are focused on picking up the pieces.
* PhineasAndFerb: A lot of their inventions would have ramifications that are never explored, but the best example is from ''Phineas and Ferb Save Summer'' where Doofenshmirtz pulls the Earth slightly further out in it's orbit, causing temperatures to drop, trees to lose their leaves, and more. Even though Phineas and Ferb [[GondorCallsForAid (and similar geniuses from around the world)]] put the Earth back in a matter of hours, the damage it should have caused would be catastrophic to ecosystems around the world. But it shows that everything is fine afterwards (even the trees have their leaves back)

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Self-proclaimed "alternative historians" who advocate the hypothesis of a global diaspora from {{Atlantis}} are quick to invoke this trope, if asked how such an ancient sea-spanning trade empire managed to avoid spreading hundreds of [[ThePlague virulent epidemic diseases]] and [[ExplosiveBreeder invasive species]] across the globe, along with their pyramid-building techniques.
* New [=WMD=] technologies and anything else involving large explosions or forays into the fundamental forces of the universe are often accompanied by a group of die-hard doomsday prophets proclaiming that this New Thing will definitely bring TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. [[CaptainObvious So far, no device has lived up to this expectation]].
** For instance, it was hypothesized that travelling at over forty mph (this was back when trains were just being introduced) would cause fatal brain haemorrhages[[note]]As well as that the air would be sucked out of the carriages, killing everyone onboard[[/note]]. Another gem was the belief that the A-bomb would cause all the nitrogen in the atmosphere to fuse, killing everyone and everything on Earth. Some have espoused the belief that the Large Hadron Collider would produce microscopic black holes that would swallow the Earth.[[note]]While such subatomic-mass black holes are hypothetically possible, their lifetimes would be far too short to swallow anything; Hawking radiation would cause them to evaporate in less than a nanosecond.[[/note]]
* It's just as well that the prevailing winds were not blowing when Chernobyl exploded. If they had been, the radiation would have blown south over Kiev, making that city uninhabitable. Although the explosion ruined large swathes of Belarusian and Ukrainian countryside, caused the abandonment of one town, Pripyat, and has caused cancer in many people, the city escaped largely unharmed. The danger is still present, though, as large wooded areas were likewise irradiated. Most of those trees are now dead and dry. Forest fires are now a real threat, once again raising the possibility of radioactive smoke blowing into a populated area.
* Many contemporary and not-so-contemporary sources have stated that the 1666 Great Fire of [[LondonTown London]], an infamous disaster which leveled about 90% of the city and [[NiceJobFixingItVillain even managed to purge it from the last great plague epidemic]], killed no more than ''eight'' to ''twenty'' people, in ''total''. Some have attributed to things such as Stuart-era London's above-average fire alert system, but even then, this death toll seems to be an extraordinarily generous {{Understatement}} for a Renaissance city of 80,000.
* [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/19/Train_wreck_at_Montparnasse_1895.jpg This train wreck]] only killed one person, and that was because of falling masonry.
* A recent discussion on a professional military historians' bulletin board tried to ascertain the existence of any statistics for civilians deaths caused by bullets, shrapnel, and aircraft parts falling out of the sky during a dogfight. While no contributor could answer the question, many observed that the Japanese and Germans used to collect aluminum from crashed aircraft and steel splinters from flak shells for recycling. The Americans used drop tanks (external fuel tanks for extra range that could be jettisoned before combat to increase maneuverability) made out of paper after they realized the Germans were collecting the original metal tanks to ease their shortages.
* There have been numerous incidents in which people on the ground have been killed or injured when a plane crashes on them (this does not include purposely kamikaze or terrorist crashes, just accidental malfunctions and CFOT incidents).
* Prior to the European colonization of the Americas, total indigenous population of North and South America was quite large--anywhere from 50 to 100 million. After contact with Europeans, [[ThePlague viruses and bacteria]] brought over from the Old World ran rampant across the New, with the result that the total indigenous population dropped to only about 9 million by the seventeenth century. North America was particularly hard-hit, with mortality rates reaching 90% in some areas, leaving whole regions that had once been home to large agricultural villages and small city-states to return to wilderness. The change was so drastic it even had an effect on weather patterns. This history did not until recently get much discussed in the history books.
* Floods and other consequences of the infamous BritishWeather tend to invoke this effect; property damage always ends up running into the hundreds of millions but actual ''deaths'' tend to be in the single digits, usually boat-owners or motorists [[TooDumbToLive with more valour than discretion]] or some unlucky soul who has a tree fall on their car. It helps that we have the tax base for effective disaster-relief.