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->''"Just for that, your entire party falls into hell. Roll to see how painfully you die."''
-->-- '''Comic Book Guy''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''

This is what happens in {{Tabletop RPG}}s when the GameMaster gets utterly fed up with the players: he kills them ''all'' spectacularly.

Precisely what drives a GM to this extreme varies. Perhaps somebody was a RulesLawyer once too often. Perhaps the gaming group mocked his plotting skills a bit too much. The players might have spent all their time going [[OffTheRails everywhere but where the plot wants them to]]. Maybe the group consisted entirely of {{Munchkin}}s. Maybe they didn't like that "totally awesome" {{GMPC}} as much as the GM did and tried to kill him in his sleep. Or maybe the players are just TooDumbToLive. Or maybe, just maybe, the GM is a [[KillerGameMaster sadistic bastard]] who's determined to see the players fail ''at any cost''.

Regardless of the cause, if the GM goes as far as Rocks Fall Everyone Dies, [[JumpingTheShark the campaign has failed]] on a [[EpicFail grand scale]]. Maybe it's time to stop the metagaming, let somebody else GM, or just find a new gaming group altogether.

A lesser form of this trope can target just one particularly annoying player, [[BoltOfDivineRetribution often with a bolt of lightning]]. Since the GM is the local god, this works even if the target character is underground, in a Faraday cage and wearing a static discharge bracelet. Merely threatening players with lightning can also be effective in controlling players. The first edition ''Advanced TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeon Masters' Guide'' even suggested using "blue bolts from the heavens" and "ethereal mummies" on {{PC}}s to keep their players in line.

The webcomic ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' is generally credited with bringing the phrase to the public consciousness in [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp05032002.shtml this strip]]. The underlying concept is rather [[OlderThanTheyThink older]], having been seen in the extremely deadly AD&D adventure ''TabletopGame/TombOfHorrors'' in 1975 (and quite likely used by individual [=DMs=] even before that). This ending is a TabletopGames form of ShootTheShaggyDog, or KillEmAll when premeditated. A subtrope of TotalPartyKill. When the players decide to detonate the game instead of the GM, it's OffTheRails. A nigh-unbeatable BeefGate used this way is sometimes referred to as a "Grudge Monster" or "Grudge NPC."

Usually the direct inverse of "Dice fall, everyone rocks." Not to be confused with BigRockEnding.

Referenced on 1d4chan, the archive for 4chan's /tg/ board [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Rocks_fall,_everyone_dies on this page]].

'''NOTE: This is not just a trope for everyone in a story dying. That is KillEmAll.'''

'''Also, do not add examples about the [[PhlebotinumKilledTheDinosaurs extinction of the dinosaurs.]] They are not a part of this trope. They too fall under KillEmAll. Unless you believe God did it because dinosaurs were too sinful.'''
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Early in ''Manga/YuGiOh'', Yami Bakura was an evil dungeon master whose goal was to steal his players' souls. When the series' protagonist managed to nearly beat him, he attempted to self-destruct and kill EVERYBODY. (The RPG allowed less freedom of rock-falling since it's played on a set game board.)
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* B.A. from ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'' finds himself forced to do this to his players constantly, just to keep them in line--two are dedicated HackAndSlash types, another is a RulesLawyer.
** Every GM who isn't Patty Gauzwieler will pull this at one point or another in the comic. The most infamous is Weird Pete's Temple of Horrendous Doom, an obvious jab at the Tomb of Horrors.
** One nice storyline, after the group pulled off some particularly annoying feat of munchkinry, rather than declaring a RFED, B.A. manipulates the characters that the same players play in his ''other'', science fiction campaign, into nuking his fantasy world (and thus, their fantasy characters) into oblivion.
** Averted when Weird Pete gets into a battle of wills with Sara over whether he can manage to kill off her player-character. After he arbitrarily declares the entire dungeon falls on her PC, Sara simply invokes a magical debt to survive it and then uses class level skills to begin digging her way out. When Bob asks Brian, "So who's losing?", Brian answers, "The architecture."
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* A deliciously silly ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' fic on the BioWare boards [[http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/97/index/1132093/1#1147841 here]] has Alistair as DM resort to this after a staggering amount of player stupidity from Morrigan, Sten, Wynne, and Oghren. "Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies" is actually the title.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/02/story-ponies-play-d.html Ponies Play D&D]], Spike gets fed up with the group's constant arguing over every decision they come across. When [[TheRealMan Rainbow Dash]] [[LeeroyJenkins attempts to slaughter the archangel NPC]] [[{{Railroading}} about to spell out the party's next objective]], his patience snaps and he traps the party in a cave with a massively overpowered Stone Ogre. [[spoiler: [[NaiveNewcomer Applejack]] unwittingly averts a TotalPartyKill by rolling a timely nat 20 and decapitating the Ogre in one blow.]]
* River mentions this trope by name in the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' fic, ''FanFic/{{Forward}}'', when [[spoiler: she's captured on Persephone and brought before Ornstintz, after intending to kill him. During her interrogation, when he comments on her foolishness for thinking she could come alone and kill him, she casually rattles off the names of several asteroids in unstable orbits she could have ''very'' easily destabilized and targeted him with]].
--> '''River''': Rocks fall, everyone dies.
* ''FanFic/KnowledgeIsPower'': This is literally how the author kills off the cast in the original timeline.
* Amastroph's ''Webcomic/NuzlockeComics'' spinoff ends with his sociopathic Kricketune [[http://amastroph.deviantart.com/art/TOPNC-Dlelewhoop-End-257331727 slaughtering the entire cast]] ("[[BlackComedy which went well, by the way]]") and becoming a GodOfEvil Genosect, explicitly due to boredom with the story.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Towards the end of ''Film/TheFall'', after [[spoiler: Alexandria fell trying to steal pills, Roy killed off all of the characters of the story in brutal ways. Fortunately, Alexandria stepped in and took over the story.]]
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[[folder:Folk Lore]]
* A [[http://www.duke.edu/web/DRAGO/humor/gazebo.html story passed around the Internet]] for about two decades now about a GM who killed a player character because of his player's architectural ignorance: Not knowing what a "gazebo" was, the player decided to ''attack'' it rather than, say, ''ask'' what it was. After numerous attacks with no effect, the player decided to leave, at which point the GM announced, "It's too late. You have awakened the gazebo. It catches you and eats you."
** This story was widely popularized in the gaming community by the comic ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable.''
** Referenced in the Steve Jackson card game ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'', where a Gazebo really is an enemy monster that players may encounter. A rather scary one, too. And if you try to run away from it and fail, it really will pounce and kill you.
--> "You must face the Gazebo--ALONE."
** Also referenced in ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'' at one point; in one of the last few issues, a gazebo was the location of a fault in space-time which an evil god planned to exploit.
** The comical ''D&D'' supplement ''Portable Hole Full of Beer'' actually includes monster stats for "The Dread Gazebo".
** As well as in the ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' board game, where you can accidentally land on the Gazebo and wake it up, if you're not careful.
** Also referenced in ''Dungeons & Dragons Online''.
* A [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Gongs.jpg similar story]] was provided by a [[FauxtivationalPoster demotivator]]: after a wizard forgot what a "gong" was and began hurling magic missiles at one (sample dialogue: "A sonic attack! Quick, everyone, cover your ears!"); the DM responds, "OK, while you're distracted the door sneaks up behind you and slits your throat."
* One story tells of a player who was annoyed by the DM, the DungeonmastersGirlfriend, the DM's and his girlfriend's characters and possibly the whole campaign and contrived to covertly gather [[EarthShatteringKaboom massive]] quantities of explosives using innocuous ingredients including barrels of stale urine. Using some advanced chemistry and geometry knowledge, the player managed to turn the city in the valley where the player party as well as every NPC of note stood into a crater, ''forcing'' the DM to say "Rocks fall, everyone dies."
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Used as a plot point in ''Literature/BimbosOfTheDeathSun'', where the main character, a guest of honor at a sci-fi convention, goes KillerGameMaster with a rigged ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' game to expose the murderer of the other author/guest of honor. [[spoiler:He kills off the dead author's most famous character in a humiliating fashion, enraging said character's biggest fan into confessing to the murder, [[ItMakesSenseInContext done to "save" the hero from being killed off by his creator]].]]
* Robert Fulghum describes telling a story to his children. He thought he had finished conclusively and the kids were asleep, only to hear them ask for "the rest of the story." He would resort to apocalypse. "Suddenly a comet hit the earth and blew everything to pieces." A moment of silence, and someone would ask "What happened to the pieces?"
* In the children's-book series ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' the mother of the protagonist, Gregory, forces his big brother Roderick to play ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' with Gregory. (Long story.) Gregory is prepared for the worst game-session of all time, when Roderick, who happens to be player AND GM in this session, just decides that all the adventurers fall into a hole filled with dynamite and die in the very first turn. Gregory is relieved.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}''. In a variation on this, Niles got so upset at Frasier's over-directing a radio play in "Ham Radio", he decided to take action.
-->'''Niles:''' Okay, that's it. Never mind all that. I'm just going to take this gun off the table. ''(fake gunshot)'' Sorry about that, O'Toole; I guess we'll never hear your fascinating piece of the puzzle. ''(two fake gunshots)'' Or yours, Kragan and Peppo! Could the [=McCallister=] sisters stand back to back? I'm short on bullets. ''(fake gunshot)'' Thank you. ''(to Roz)'' What was your name again, dear?
-->'''Roz:''' Mithuth Thorndyke.
-->'''Niles:''' Thank you. ''(fake gunshot)'' Oh, and also Mr. Wing. ''(fake gunshot, and sound of muted bell on Mr. Wing's hat)'' And, of course, one final bullet for myself, so the mystery will die with me. ''(fake gunshot. Niles taunts Frasier)'' HA.

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[[folder:Manhua]]
* The previous DM is ''Manhua/InfinityGame'' did this to his world by wiping out everybody except D.D./Trishia, an {{NPC}}, but mostly because he was insane and bored. [[spoiler:This killed the players, who were in the game at the same time, in real life]].
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Jason does this to Paige in one ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' strip, purely to annoy her. After a week's worth of strips setting up the game, Jason causes the cave to collapse and kill the entire party after Paige's ''very first turn''.
-->'''Jason''': Your bodies will remain undiscovered for...*roll roll roll*...82 centuries!
** This could also be a reference to the classical adventure ''TabletopGame/TombOfHorrors'' where, yes, the very first door in the beginning paragraph has a collapsing trap that can kill you.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Steve Jackson Games's ''TabletopGame/{{Toon}}'' actually has a table of 'Apocalyptic Big Finishes' in the back of the ''Toon Ace Catalog'' sourcebook, for when the characters don't quite make it to the end and you need a quick way to end things. Of course, no-one dies, but the principle's the same.
** Steve Jackson Games's ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'' card game features a card that's actually called RocksFallEveryoneDies. It can cause [[TotalPartyKill every player in the game to be killed]] if played at the right time.
* ''TabletopGame/TheApocalypseStone'' was a Second Edition ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' module deliberately designed for [=DMs=] that wanted to do this, in preparation for starting over with Third Edition. In it, the players steal a MacGuffin that triggers the end of the world. They can undertake quests to prove they are worthy to [[HeroicSacrifice die heroically]], but in the canonical ending, can't really do anything to prevent the world from imploding. However, the book included several cop-out scenarios to save things at the last minute in case the DM gets cold feet (or is being threatened with death himself...)
* In the ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' boardgame ''ArkhamHorror'', the players race to seal gates opening in the town of Arkham before a Great Old One (randomly decided at the start of the game) awakens and they have to fight it, which is difficult but (sometimes) possible to win. If the Great Old One threatening to awaken is Azathoth, however, the players ''[[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt automatically and instantly lose]]'' if he awakens, as his first "attack" is to ''destroy the world''.
* The magnificently awful tabletop RPG ''TabletopGame/{{FATAL}}'' has for the highest level caster ''job'' the spell F.A.T.A.L., which kills everything on whichever horrible planet the game is set... obviously including the caster and his fellow party members. Now, if only all their campaigns started that way...
** ''FATAL'' could probably actually work as a substitute for this.
---> '''DM:''' OK, you've pissed me off for the last time. We're playing ''FATAL'' now.\\
'''Players:''' ''[[BigNo NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!]]''
* This is the typical ending of many ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' missions where the players have somehow managed against all odds to squeak through with some of their backup clones intact. Actually, speaking of those clones, sometimes this is how the mission ''starts''.
** Paranoia is an odd case here. Rather than being a sign that the GM is doing his job poorly, this is seen as a sign that the game will be very good.
* [[{{Pinball}} TILT.]]
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* If ''VideoGame/NetHack'' encounters a fatal bug, the last messages it gives you are "Oops...", followed by "Suddenly, the dungeon collapses."
** "Suddenly The Dungeon Collapses" is an achievement in ''VideoGame/DungeonsOfDredmor'', obtained in the same way.
** This is also used in the "screen" terminal emulator. Try it next time you boot Slackware.
** [[http://git.savannah.gnu.org/gitweb/?p=screen.git;a=blob;f=src/attacher.c#l609 Here it is in screen]] - there's a whole pile of [=NetHack=]-inspired messages [[http://git.savannah.gnu.org/gitweb/?p=screen.git;a=blob;f=src/nethack.c;h=585dc4376c68caec50fccd8c42da5422faf0dafb;hb=HEAD here]], but the dungeon collapsing one is used even if the rest are not enabled. [[http://nethackwiki.com/wiki/End.c#line271 And here it is in [=NetHack=].]] Isn't open source great?
** In a straightforward example, attempting to exploit now fixed bugs (such as item duping) will result in the player's death, for "trickery".
* This is the preferred method among [=MMOs=] for closing up beta test servers, though generally with a bit more variety than rocks. This can range from [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft giant demon invasions]] to [[VideoGame/CityOfHeroes UFO attacks]] to [[VideoGame/GuildWars legions of fire-wielding little girls]].
* In ''VideoGame/BaldursGate 2'', the game summons Arkanis Gath to immediately {{One Hit Kill}} you if you attack any characters that are necessary to advance the plot. This is basically a way to prevent players from getting stuck if they kill someone who prevents them from advancing the plot.
** This only happens in the second game. In the first, [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything Biff the Understud
* In the 550-point and 580-point versions of ''VideoGame/ColossalCave'', you are warned not to use a particular magic word near water. If you ignore that warning, the most likely result is that you will turn into a jellyfish and die; but there's a small chance that the entire dungeon will collapse on you, your extra lives will be revoked, and you'll be summarily ejected from the game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'''s BonusBoss has some very specific (if unwritten) rules about the kinds of Persona and attacks you can and can't use. If any of these rules are broken, the boss will heal themselves back to maximum, then use Megidolaon to hit you for 9999 damage, [[OneHitKO killing you instantly]].
* The ''Franchise/StarWars''-based {{MUD}} ''Legends of the Jedi'' once used a Chiss invasion to kill off the galaxy during its annual timeline reset. In this case, though, the admins did it because they wanted to do something interesting instead of just having everyone's characters vanish into the night.
** Note that a Chiss invasion is something just as logical as rocks falling out of the blue and killing everything. This race practices [[MartialPacifist martial pacifism]] according to all canon sources.
* The ending to the original campaign for ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' seems to be a sort of homage to this trope; after you kill the FinalBoss, [[LoadBearingBoss the temple collapses]], killing over half your party ([[spoiler:Casavir, Elanee, Grobnar, the Construct, Bishop, Qara, and ''[[NeverFoundTheBody maybe]]'' Zhjaeve]], for those curious) and causing the PlayerCharacter to disappear, never to be seen again. (In this case, "never" lasted as long as it took the developers to make an expansion pack.) Being a ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' game, it's exactly the kind of ending a TrollingCreator would design.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', the beginning of the D&D-themed DLC ''Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep'' has Tina doing this at the beginning of her campaign, where she introduces a dragon that can't be damaged and downs you with a single attack. She's then told by Lilith that as the DM, she can't kill the party off right at the beginning, at which point Tina revives the player and replaces the dragon with a midget skeleton.
* The beginning of ''Videogame/FalloutNewVegas'' DLC Honest Hearts begins with your entire caravan being killed in an ambush once they reach Zion Valley.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* A wonderful ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' strip that illustrates a proper usage of the idea, and is widely [[OlderThanTheyThink believed to be]] the TropeNamer. [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp05032002.shtml She had it coming]].
* In the ''Webcomic/VGCats'' comic [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=110 Skittles]], a game-mastering Aeris performs what could be considered justifiable RocksFallEveryoneDies.
* The [[GameMaster Dungeon Master]] decides that RocksFallEveryoneDies in [[http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=1165 this strip]] of ''Webcomic/DMOfTheRings''. He apparently changes his mind though, as they're all fine in the next page.
** In an early strip, he threatens to strike everyone with 2d6 lightning damage when the players refuse to stop quoting ''Monty Python''. It doesn't work, because Legolas sees the violence inherent in the system. The DM finally gives in and refers to him as a "Bloody peasant!"
** "Rocks fall, everyone dies" [[MemeticMutation has become]] GM shorthand for "stop whatever it is you're doing before I lose my last shred of patience and kill you all" over the years.
** Similarly, if a lone player/character is the cause of the problems, the GM may threaten him with "Purple Lightning from the Heavens" rather than doom everybody.
* Used as a response to... let's call it "criticism", of 4th edition D&D in [[http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20080609 this strip]] of ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel''.
--> '''GM:''' An illithid appears and forces the cleric to tear out his own spine. The illithid then feasts on the cleric's brain. The cleric is dead. Forever. Rest of the party is fine.
* A ''DarthsAndDroids'' alternate strip in which the GM finally has enough of Qui-Gon's continual attempts to "cast SummonBiggerFish". [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0208.html Fish fall. Everyone dies]].
** Ironically, though, the player characters aren't included in the "everyone dies"...only the characters needed to continue the plot.
* [[http://www.thewotch.com/?epDate=2008-10-21 This]] strip from ''Webcomic/TheWotch'' features the individual variant.
* [[http://www.galactanet.com/comic/view.php?strip=440 This]] strip of ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy'' also features the individual variant.
** See also [[http://www.galactanet.com/comic/view.php?strip=513 this]] strip.
* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by name by [[SignificantAnagram Parson Gotti]] of ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/erf0149.html this page]] and the pages preceding it. [[spoiler:He wins a game that he has deduced to be basically [[UnwinnableTrainingSimulation unwinnable]] by [[UnusualEuphemism uncroaking]] an extinct volcano causing... well, you know the rest.]]
* ''Absurd Notions'' shows a genuine [[TotalPartyKill party-killing]] deathtrap in [[http://www.absurdnotions.org/page38.html this strip]].
* ''Webcomic/EmergencyExit'' has one when [[http://eecomics.net/?strip_id=504 the final boss of the RPG is killed in one hit.]]
* Alluded to in [[http://antiheroescomic.com/comic/50 this strip]] of ''Webcomic/AntiHeroes''.
* Tony from ''Webcomic/RealLifeComics'' does this quite a bit when [=DMing=]. His favorite is [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/archive/000731.html "A dragon eats you."]]
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'''s Tycho firmly believes that this is the final goal of ''all'' [=GMs=]. [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/12/02 Observe his prowess at it here.]]
* [[http://www.doesnotplaywellwithothers.com/comics/pwc-0021 This strip]] of ''Webcomic/DoesNotPlayWellWithOthers'' demonstrates a rather disgusting, but highly amusing, total party kill.
* After having the last campaign torn apart in one session and ragged with frustration at the nitpicking of the current one, the DM of ''Webcomic/FriendshipIsDragons'' [[http://friendshipisdragons.thecomicseries.com/comics/149/ turns to this.]] Fitting that Applejack's last statement before she sets the DM off is the classic TemptingFate line of "Trust me, I know what I'm doing."
* ''Webcomic/NerfNow'' [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/851 D&D arc]] had [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/861 this]] in a RebusBubble.
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* In ''Roleplay/AvatarAdventures'', the first time the gang decided to restart the RP they ended the current one by having everyone killed by a god of reality in one strike.
* ''WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun'' 's ''WebVideo/DesertBusForHope 4'': A New Hope. After raising $1,000 for the specific purpose, viewers were treated to Jer Petter's Temple of the Lava Bears. For an indicator of just how this went, Creator/WilWheaton personally called in and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny advised any remaining party members to cast "Don't be a Dick" on the GM]]
* In the French audio webseries ''AudioPlay/RefletsDAcide'', one character has a nightmare of the GM punishing him with the French equivalent, the falling necropolis. The advantage of the necropolis over rocks is that if the character(s) somehow survive the falling damage from the necropolis, then they have to survive the zombies inside, then the lich lord...
* ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'' features a mild version of this the end of the second RP when [[spoiler:Crimson Base levels Pelvanida with a massive airstrike]]. WordOfGod states this was done because the GM wanted the RP to end and it was starting to drag on.
* [[http://albruno3.blogspot.com/ Al Bruno III]]'s ''Literature/BinderOfShame'' includes an anecdote entitled [[http://albruno3.blogspot.com/2010/06/rpgnet-rant-2-day-i-killed-entire-party.html "The Day I Killed The Entire Party Before The First Combat Encounter"]], involving an incident with a character's motorcycle.
* Non-RPG example: [[Literature/TheLayOfPaulTwister Paul Twister]] [[InvokedTrope uses this word-for-word]] to describe a nasty trap involving boulders levitated by magic, hovering over some treasure that he needs to retrieve, but if he does, his AntiMagic will disrupt the spells...
--> '''Paul:''' "Thus placing me in right the middle of the room when [[LampshadeHanging the rocks start to fall, and everyone dies.]] Got it."
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* Wiki/TrollpastaWiki has a full-fledged category named after this very trope.

%% Do not add examples about the dinosaurs. They are not this trope. They fall under KillEmAll.
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