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->''"You have the Bridge... what's left of it."''
-->-- ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', [[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS4E8YearOfHell "Year of Hell"]]

Want a big spectacular finale? Want to build a new set? Why not solve both your problems at the same time and trash the set?

Even animators are tempted to do this if the background is elaborate enough. May lead to a RebuiltSet.

Not to be confused with DieChairDie or TantrumThrowing. Related to ProsceniumReveal and OnASoundstageAllAlong (please make sure your examples relating to breaking the fourth wall in this way are on those tropepages). Sometimes it's an indication that NothingIsTheSameAnymore.

'''As this is an EndingTrope, beware of {{spoiler}}s.'''



* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyXFN4ocN_o heroin]] version of the "This Is Your Brain On Drugs" PublicServiceAnnouncement.
* In the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmUCM2m4r6M FACT Anti-Piracy PIF "The Pirates are out to get you"]], a creepy-looking blacksmith destroys several videotapes, compact discs, and several other items such as discs, and other media with his branding iron while the narrator explains how piracy affects media.
* Jasper is shown to do this in the [[WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse Steven Universe]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7Kn1cZgmRw Dove Self-Esteem commercial.]]


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'''s "Lord of Terror" arc was put right at the end of the anime's first season, probably just so it could use this trope.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' ended with the ''Bebop'' sustaining heavy damage.
* ''Anime/LuckyStar'': Minoru's endless abuse from his partner led to him trashing the ShowWithinAShow's set.
* ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'''s second half kicked off with the Bay Tower Base being utterly totaled, allowing them to move up to the Orbit Base. The finale of ''FINAL'' cheerfully deals outrageous property damage damage to copies of various Earth landmarks, as well as sacrificing the three {{Cool Ship}}s to the [[DropTheHammer Goldion Crusher]].
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' ended with the characters trying to prevent the destruction (via draining) of Jusenkyo. They failed. Then they destroyed it ''worse'' by flooding it (i.e., mixing up all the curses.)
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' pulls this off in the finale of season 01. [[spoiler: With the ''entire Digital World'' taking the role of the "set."]]
** Also happens in ''Anime/DigimonFrontier''.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' [[spoiler: The Going Merry, which had been the Straw Hats ship for a good chuck of the series is rendered unfit to sail when they reach Water 7. After sitting out most of the arc, it comes back into play one more time to save it's beloved crew before the damaged keel splits it in half. Forcing Luffy and the crew to give it a VikingFuneral in one of the series saddest moments.]]
* Tenchi's old house in ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' is destroyed at the end of the seventh OVA episode. The OVA series gets a brand new setting while it's spinoffs, ''Anime/TenchiUniverse'' and ''Anime/TenchiInTokyo'', end up reusing it.
* Of all of the major ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' battleships, only ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam White Base]]'', ''[[Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam Mother Vanguard]]'', ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Reinforce Jr.]]'' and the ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Ptolemious]]'' are actively destroyed
* After Yoshimori spends most of ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'' protecting his high school/the Karasumori site [[spoiler: his mother arrives to move Lord Karasumori to another location, resulting in the school collapsing.]]
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'': Honnouji Academy is routinely smashed whenever major characters do battle there, but never more so than [[spoiler: Episode 12]].
** The same happens to [[spoiler: Osaka]] in Episode 14, carried even further in Episode 15, when Satsuki and Ryuko fight it out.
*** Taken to [[UpToEleven its extreme]] in the last two episodes, what with [[spoiler:The Nudist Sun being beached, and Honnouji Academy taking a hell of a beating in the final battle with Ragyo. And then finally, the '''WHOLE''' island (Honnouji Academy and the Nudist Sun included) is completely ''cut in half'' and sinks beneath the sea not too long after.]]
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' saw the World Tournament arena's ring (and a decent amount of the ground underneath) ''neatly'' (as in nothing else was touched) destroyed by Tien's ''kikouhen'' during the second Tournament arc (this was intentional; he was trying to force a conclusion by leaving no safe haven). The World Tournament ''arena'' (and most of Papaya Island) was destroyed by the end of the Piccolo Jr. arc. The Buu arc saw Kami's lookout get demolished during Gotenks and Super Buu's fight, but that was quickly restored along with the rest of the Earth not long after.
** At the end of the Cell Saga King Kai's planet is blown up after being a regular fixture in the series since the Saiyan Saga. Although [[UnexplainedRecovery it's somehow back]] in the [[DragonBallZBattleOfGods Battle of Gods]] film.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'''s Pain Arc, just before the hero arrives to fight Pain, Pain uses his gravity powers to flatten the Hidden Leaf Village and turn it into a crater.
* In the GrandFinale of ''Anime/TheLittlBits'', the Bits' village is destroyed by an earthquake.
* In the final story arc of ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' known as the Silver Soul Arc, it begins with the Terminal blown up by the Altana Liberaton Army and then the destruction of the Yorozuya's home.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' had a storyline called "The Battle For Metropolis" which concluded with ''Action Comics #700'', kicking off "ComicBook/TheFallOfMetropolis" by leveling the entire city by missiles. It stayed destroyed for a few months until after ''ComicBook/ZeroHour''
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' kicked off the massive ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand'' storyline by leveling Gotham City by an earthquake. Nothing was spared, not even Wayne Manor and the Batcave.
* ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' had a storyline that had Eggman defeat Sonic, capture most of his pals and, to rub it in, turned Knothole and the Great Forest into a crater.
* ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' has the Watchtower get destroyed regularly every time the team disbands.
* [[Franchise/GreenLantern Hal Jordan's]] home town, Coast City, was destroyed during the [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman Death And Return Of Superman]] story arc. This in turn resulted in Hal getting possessed by Parallax and destroying the Green Lantern Corps. Both were eventually restored down the line.
* King Smurf's castle in ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' comic book story "King Smurf" gets destroyed near the end of the story by a bomb. In the AnimatedAdaptation, because of the addition of the BigDamPlot, it was destroyed by a deluge of water from the dam.
** The Smurf Village getaway resort is completely trashed by beavers at the end of "Bathing Smurfs".
** The Smurf Forest nearly gets destroyed by a fire in "The Wild Smurf", which exposes the way to the Smurf Village to Gargamel, requiring the Smurfs to keep themselves hidden until the forest fully regrows.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In "Defense" from Fanfic/TheReluctantFatherUniverse, Roxas [[UnstoppableRage utterly]] [[LimitBreak annihilates]] the outdoor courtroom in Wonderland in [[TitleDrop defense]] of Xion.
* In "How Things Smurf" from Raven Child's ''Fanfic/TheSmurfetteVillage'' series, Hefty and Toughette wreck everything in Gargamel's house as payback for unleashing the deadly "Blue Plague" on their fellow Smurfs and Smurfettes. The surviving Smurfs also set fire to the entire Smurf Village to prevent the disease from spreading.
* ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'', being a WarFic, sees a lot of this. Ponyville is smashed up during two separate battles over the course of the story (first against [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Nihilus]] near the beginning, and then [[EvilMatriarch Terra]] close to the end), Cloudsdale is heavily damaged by Nihilus's duel with Luna, Nihilus's OminousFloatingCastle ends up [[LoadBearingBoss disintegrating after her defeat]], and during the FinalBattle, much of the Everfree is burned down, while Canterlot is utterly and completely ''demolished'' by Twilight's duel with [[BigBad Titan]].
* ''FanFic/BookFiveLegends'', features the destruction of [[spoiler:Air Temple Island]] in the finale, a casualty of a very intense Avatar duel.
* In the ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' novel, Empath wrecks his entire house in anger toward his fellow Smurfs, then sets it on fire to distract the Smurfs from finding out until later on that he is running away and taking Baby Smurf with him.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie''. The Simpsons' house, as well as most of the town are destroyed, but they start to rebuild them at the end and everything's back to normal in the season premiere. Except for the next season's premiere all the town scenes of Springfield in the opening show the townspeople rebuilding and the couch gag shows the family sitting in a not-yet-finished house.
* In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', Triton destroys Ariel's grotto of human treasures after finding out about her rescue of Eric.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'''s climactic battle, Canterlot Castle gets wrecked by the Storm King's out-of-control weather magic. Luckily, the damage is repaired afterwards.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* "You Give A little Love" at the end of ''Film/BugsyMalone'' is 100% the kids splurging the set. It was done in one take and at the very end of production.
%%* ''Creator/JackieChan'''s Film/PoliceStory
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** In ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'', the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Enterprise]]''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration -D]] was destroyed for the benefit of a newer, more cinematic version, better fitted for Hollywood action and wide screen format. While the destroyed model was custom-built, the original bridge set ''did'' get blown up for real.
** A more subtle example from the last episode of the series. The final scene is the crew playing poker, joined by Picard for the first time ever, which features an overhead shot accomplished by cutting the ceiling out of the set.
** Most of ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'''s bridge set was trashed in the [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan second movie]] and then blown up in the [[Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock third]]. A part of it that was relatively undamaged was repaired and repainted for a single scene in the [[Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome fourth movie]], before an all-new set was built for [[Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier the fifth]]. Then ''that'' set got largely blown up in [[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry the sixth movie]]. However, expecting much else from the first series that comes to mind when people think of ExplosiveInstrumentation would be somewhat naive.
*** The [=TMP=] bridge got trashed ''a lot'' over the years. First, it was trashed heavily as both the ''Enterprise'' and ''Reliant'' bridges in ''The Wrath of Khan'', then it served as the already-trashed bridges of the ''Stargazer'', ''Hathaway'', and ''Enterprise''-C in various [=TNG=] episodes. In between, it served as the more pristine bridges of the Grissom (third film), Saratoga and Yorktown (fourth film), and the Bozeman ([=TNG=]: "Cause and Effect"), as well as the ''Enterprise''-D's battle bridge, a courtroom, a surgical suite, Data's cybernetics lab, and various other locales (which were sometimes trashed). The set got trashed once more for ''Generations'' as the Amargosa Observatory's control room.
*** The then-new ''Enterprise''-A set suffered from an ''accidental'' trashing, when after filming the bridge scenes for ''The Final Frontier'' was completed, the set was stored outside (as the sound stage was needed for other sets for the film), and was damaged by the elements. As a result, the bridge had to be extensively rebuilt for ''The Undiscovered Country'' (and then be modified to serve as the ''Excelsior'' bridge for that film).
** The corridor sets underwent several changes in their lifetime. Originally built for [=TMP=], the curved corridors were rebuilt for [=TNG=] to remove the angled bulkheads, though the straight corridors remained intact; they were significantly rebuilt for ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' immediately after ''Generations''; and they were finally obliterated after ''Voyager'' wrapped to build the new NX-01 sets from scratch for ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]''.
* During the temple scene in ''Theatre/JesusChristSuperstar'', Ted Neeley was so thorough in breaking the props on set that they could only shoot one take.
* PlayedForLaughs as part of one of cinema's greatest [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth wall breaks]] in ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', where the entire town of Rock Ridge trashes a set replica of itself in a massive brawl, (literally) [[CrossesTheLineTwice breaks into another set]], [[RuleOfThree trashes the Commissarry in a pie fight]], [[OverlyLongGag then spills out of the Warner Bros. film lot into the streets of Hollywood, still trashing the set.]]
-->'''[[RunningGag HEDLEY]] Lamarr:''' Get me out of this picture!
* In ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982'', Conan torches the temple that had housed Thulsa Doom's cult after killing Thulsa Doom. This was very much for real; they actually did burn down the set, though the flaming brazier that Arnold used didn't land in the throne room, but instead bounced off the balcony and into the rest of the set.
* ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' had the wooden bridge during the epic Civil War battle scene. It was built with the intent of it being blown up in the climax, so director Creator/SergioLeone knew [[WeOnlyHaveOneChance they had to do it in one take]]. Thanks to meticulous planning, the filming went beautifully, providing one of the most climactic scenes in the film.
* During the filming of ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'', they built a ship in a large tank of water... and then sank it. There's a reason it was among the most expensive movies ever made.
* In ''Film/BatmanForever,'' the Riddler sneaks into the Wayne Manor, bombs the Batcave, and destroys most of Bruce's arsenal, then trashes the Batmobile. The following sequel introduces a remodeled Batcave and newer Batmobile.
* Wayne Manor burns down in ''Film/BatmanBegins''. Though the mansion used for outside shots was not burnt, as it was an actual home of royalty.
* In Creator/JohnCarpenter's ''Film/TheThing1982'', the Norwegian camp scenes were actually the charred remains of the American site from the end of the film. Rather than go to the expense of building and burning down another camp, Carpenter re-used the destroyed American camp.
* ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'' will likely never be topped for this trope. Nowadays, a burning Atlanta would be CGI, but Golden Age Hollywood torched sets for real. They were scheduled for demolition anyway. One of the burning walls (the one that almost collapses on Rhett and Scarlett's wagon driving by) was the paper-mache wall from the original 1933 ''Film/{{King Kong|1933}}'' film.
* The EPIC set trashing in the gas station scene in ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld''.
* ''Film/HardBoiled'': The entire movie is a series of Trash The Sets. First the tea house, then the warehouse, then a goddamn hospital explodes. The teahouse in the opening was slated for demolition around the time the movie was made, and Creator/JohnWoo got permission to use the teahouse for the shootout in question.
* The same thing with the farmhouse in ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968''. The cast and crew were given permission to do whatever they wanted to the house since it was marked for demolition. After the film wrapped, the house was indeed torn down.
* The White house in ''Film/{{Carrie 1976}}'' was also marked for demolition, and the shots of the house falling apart at the end are real. However, the exterior scene of the house being stoned was cut because the stones looked like raindrops on film.
* ''Film/DeadSnow'' does this to the cabin. The scene where it burns down was supposed to be in the film, but had to be cut due to being too bright and unclear. The charred remains of the building remain used however.
* Happens in Music/AliceCooper's ''Good to See You Again Alice Cooper'', when he gets sick of pretending to be Music/FrankSinatra. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qO7-RLbpjHA Must be seen to be believed]].
* ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'' did this for the Draft Riot scene, which was a pity if you think about it, they don't often make such detailed and elaborate sets for movies these days.
* The forest in which Creator/GeorgeLucas filmed the Endor sequences for ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' was doomed anyway, because the government wanted to build a new highway or a mall or something like that in its place. So the film crew used real explosives for the pyro-effects in the final battle which burned and shredded real wood.
* ''Film/HarryPotter'':
** The Ministry of Magic gets trashed in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' - led to a RebuiltSet after the seventh book came out and more scenes at the Ministry were needed.
** In ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Hogwarts itself takes major battle damage from Voldemort and the Death Eaters and parts of the castle (the set of which had been standing for a decade) are nothing more than a ruin at the end. The difficult part was that destroying the sets outright would only reveal that the "stone" walls are really plywood with a plaster skin. Therefore, the damage to Hogwarts had to be pre-designed by the art department, which they did using ruined masonry from UsefulNotes/WorldWarII as reference.
* The climax of ''Film/LethalWeapon3'' takes place at an actual failed real estate development, which the producers had permission to basically demolish.
* The climax of Creator/BusterKeaton's ''Film/TheGeneral'' features an actual train attempting to cross an actual burning bridge and subsequently falling into an actual river. The resulting wreckage became a minor tourist attraction until World War II, when the train was salvaged for scrap metal.
* ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'' makes good use of the command center set, destroying it "early" and running the same footage backwards to "fix" it for the final scenes.
* ''Film/GoodBurger'' makes good use of Mondo Burger in the climax as Ed uses some sort of explosive chemical in the burgers, making them big & explosive destroying the joint.
* Early in the John Frankenheimer film ''Film/TheTrain'', a French rail yard is attacked in an Allied air raid. The yard was a real SNCF (French State Railways) facility which was to be closed down, so the production was able to fill it with scrappable rolling stock and engines, bury dynamite all over the site, and blast buildings and all in one long unrepeatable sequence.
* ''Film/RockAndRollHighSchool'' was filmed at the defunct Mount Carmel High School, which had closed a few years before. This gave them the latitude to trash the school building and blow it up at the end.
* The reason the 1960 movie ''Film/TheLastVoyage'' has such realistic effects of the cruise ship sinking is simple: the producers ''really did'' sink a ship.
* ''Film/TheBridgeOnTheRiverKwai'': the directors spent months and hundreds of man-hours engineering and building the eponymous bridge. Needless to say, the final scene required perfect acting and camera work...
* At the end of ''Film/RoboCop3'', the OCP building in Detroit is blown up via a massive explosion, as a way to symbolize the end of the film trilogy (and the corporation's rule).
* In ''Film/ApocalypseNow'', footage of the destruction of Kurtz's jungle outpost via pyrotechnics is shown at the end of the director's cut of the movie. Some have interpreted this as the aerial bombing Willard ordered in earlier.
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse''
** In ''Film/IronMan1'', Tony's Malibu house suffered some damage from his suit testing. In ''Film/IronMan2'', it's destructively remodeled during his fight with Rhodes, and subsequently repurposed into housing [[spoiler:a prismatic accelerator]]. It's really not much of a house any more. Probably why [[spoiler:he's living in New York in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''.]] ''Film/IronMan3'' opens with [[spoiler: Tony's "trophy room" of old suits exploding, and his entire BigFancyHouse getting blasted into the sea. Turns out he has more suits stored in a safe room which he uses in the finale... and he blows up all of them too.]]
** During a featurette about ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', one of the effects people states the scene where Ultron awakens at Stark Tower and attacks the Avengers was done because "[[DiscussedTrope if you build a set this big and don't destroy it, you're doing something wrong]]"!
* The climax of ''Film/HomeAlone2'' involves Kevin and burglars Harry and Marv completely wrecking Kevin's uncle's house.
* The Cyberdyne Systems building in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' was an office building that was scheduled for demolition, allowing the crew to use plenty of real explosives in it.
* In the ''Creator/LaurelAndHardy'' film ''Big Business'', the Christmas tree-selling duo trash a grumpy customer's house while he [[EscalatingWar destroys their truck in return]].
* In ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors'', Audrey II destroys every single prop in the flower shop one at a time until the whole place is completely wrecked, before collapsing the ceiling and destroying it all.
* Fyodor in ''Film/TheSaddestMusicInTheWorld'' trashes his studio towards the end out of frustration of being a {{Cuckold}}.
* This isn't always an ending trope. Any number of [[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek Lifetime Movies of the Week]][[note]]And other movies with similar production values, for that matter.[[/note]] can (but not always) have the main female character wreck everything in her house out of frustration, anger, or sadness (or even all of the above) over whatever situation is at the center of the movie, whether it's the entire plot, or just one part of it.
* ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' ended practically every scene this way, blowing up nearly every location in the film. Paris, most of what remains of Ancient Egypt, the Panama Canal, Mount Rushmore, and North Korea all get destroyed over the course of the film, all with practical effects.
* In ''Film/AnneOfGreenGablesTheContinuingStory'', the eponymous house is damaged by a fire, [[RealLifeWritesThePlot which occurred at the real Green Gables in 1997.]]
* The elaborate library set built for ''Film/TheNameOfTheRose'' was burnt for the final scenes. Four cameras had been set to shoot the fire, but only one started, much to the director's discontent, resulting in less spectacular shots than planned.
* One of the first things that happens in ''Film/AChristmasCarolGoesWrong'' is Jacob Marley's coffin shattering. The set only gets more wrecked from there.

* The climax of ''Literature/SophiesWorld'', as [[spoiler:the Major grows tired/annoyed at the novel he's writing -- which happens to be the world the main characters live in -- and starts making stuff up and breaking the world down while Sophie and Alberto attempt to escape from it. [[MediumAwareness They both find his edits to be in extremely poor taste]].]]
* In ''Desecration'' in the Literature/LeftBehind series, the AntiChrist Nicolae Carpathia fulfills the Scriptural prophecy of setting up "the abomination of desolation" when he sacrifices a pig in the Jewish temple during the midway point of the Tribulation. In ''Kingdom Come'', God destroys the desecrated temple with a lightning bolt at the beginning of the Millennium and builds a new one resembling its description in the book of Ezekiel in its place.
** And on a more global scale, the entire earth at the end of ''Kingdom Come'' is destroyed and then replaced by a whole new earth on which the New Jerusalem that comes down from heaven is placed.
* In the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse, the final [[Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures Eighth Doctor novel]], Lance Parkin's ''The Gallifrey Chronicles'', had the "steampunk" TARDIS console room destroyed by a nuclear bomb that the Doctor materialised the TARDIS around to save other people, so that the spin-off readers had an explanation of why the set would look different in the revived TV show.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': As part of the HolyShitQuotient of ''[[WhamEpisode Changes]]'', this happens twice -- [[spoiler:first, the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Red Court]] blows up Harry's office, and then later they burn down his apartment building.]]
* ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad Castle of Wizardry]]'': When Polgara finds out that Garion, Belgarath, and Silk had up and left in the night, leaving her behind to handle things in Riva, she is so enranged that she takes out her sorcery-enhanced frustration on the luxurious suite set aside for her thousands of years ago. Her fury was loud but very meticulous: blowing up teacups one at time, then the saucers they sat on, then the table ''they'' sat on. When Ce'Nedra came to try to calm her down, Polgara gave her the letter Garion (recently betrothed to Ce'Nedra) wrote explaining what he was doing.[[labelnote:Why?]]He was actually heading off to fight [[BigBad Torak]].[[/labelnote]] She read the note and, believing everyone will take this as a thinly-veiled jilting, strode to her room and decided to trash ''it'', too, "screaming all the while like a Camaar fishwife."

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'': The season 12 opener "The Night Virginia City Died," the first episode to be filmed on the set of Warner Bros. after spending the previous decade at Paramount. To remove some of the Virginia City buildings used on the old set, a script was devised to bring the "old" Virginia City down in flames ... literally, by having an unidentified arsonist fires to various buildings around town. Various people are suspected, but it isn't until episode's end that the real culprit -- the fiancé of Clem, the town's deputy -- is identified, and it happens only after she dies in the last fire she set (she had been sexually abused as a child by her stepfather, who died in a fire she set years earlier). By the episode's end, when the townspeople are rebuilding, the new set is seen for the first time. (The outside scenes set in Virginia City before this point are at night, when the arsonist goes to work.)
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'' in the Season 3 finale.
* From the season 2 finale "Liars, Guns, and Money" onwards, ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' practically specialized in ending each season with a literal bang by spectacularly destroying a large set. An especially good example of this is the shot of gallons of water cascading down a ship's staircase in the season 3 finale "Into the Lion's Den", which was impressive enough to be [[MoneyMakingShot used in the next season's intro sequence]].
* ''Series/WithoutATrace'' smashed some windows in its Season 4 finale.
* ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' didn't exactly trash the set, but the bloody shootout in the police station for the sixth season finale was used to justify the new set used afterward.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' did this a lot:
** In the Season 3 finale, Sunnydale High School was blown up. In late season 5, Tara's dorm room was destroyed. The Magic Box was ruined at the end of season 6. Buffy's house was trashed on a more regular basis, and quickly rebuilt for the next episode. During the last season there was extensive LampshadeHanging as Buffy commented everything in the house had been replaced at least once and Xander (a trained carpenter, at least at that point) mentioned how often he had to replace the windows and finally declares that he is tired of the picture window being smashed in over and over again, and refuses to repair it again. It remains boarded up for several episodes. There's also a dining-room chair in the battle-weary Summers household that's conspicuously duct-taped through most of the end of the series. Finally, in the series finale, the entire town of ''Sunnydale'' fell into a crater.
** Also, Spike's factory is set aflame thanks to Angelus' recklessness. However, Spike did revisit the charred ruins.
** The Bronze seems to have an unlimited refurbishment and furniture-replacement budget and, throughout all seven seasons of Buffy, seems to have self-repairing capabilities (like the school) since major damage is completely fixed by the next episode. Exceptions are when Olaf the Troll trashed it in "Triangle", which was used as an excuse to introduce a new Bronze set a few eps later, and when Xander rebuilt the window jamb after a SexBot tossed Spike through the window.
* Series/{{Angel}} got his office and home bombed in the first season finale, allowing them to find a more expansive location for later seasons. In the final season, the LA Branch of Wolfram & Hart (trashed in season 4 but quickly rebuilt) is completely destroyed by the Senior Partners.
** Also, Lorne's place got trashed with some regularity, something that he [[LampshadeHanging bemoaned]] once during a reconstruction.
* ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' had a tornado tear through the neighborhood in season 4. On the DVD, the producers were amazed ABC allowed them to trash the entire street set. They ended up using the delay brought about by the writer's strike to advance the storyline several months and thus explain how Wisteria Lane looked so cleaned up.
* ''Series/WarOfTheWorlds'' blew up their cottage headquarters in the Season 2 opener.
* The eponymous ship in ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' was trashed by the Magog, resulting in the bridge being rebuilt much more cool-looking and places for the crew to actually sit (except for the pilot, strangely, who had a seat before but had to stand after).
* In a rare GameShow example, several panelists progressively destroyed the set of ABC 70's flop ''Series/RhymeAndReason'' at the end of the GrandFinale.
* In a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot, the exterior set for ''[[Series/{{MASH}} M*A*S*H]]'' -- which had stood since the making of the original movie -- was destroyed by a wildfire during the filming of the show's GrandFinale. Rather than spend the money to rebuild the 4077th compound, the producers instead wrote its destruction into the script.
* In the DocuSoap arena, we have ''Series/AmericanChopper'', the cast of which rather enjoys trashing their old places and vehicles. Since it's also their place of business, it's not exactly a "set", but...
* Subverted by ''Series/TheYoungOnes'', which trashed various portions of the set in ''every'' episode - the damage would always [[SnapBack disappear by the beginning of the next episode]]. The main reason that the show featured a guest act or band every episode was so it would qualify for a "Variety Show" budget, not a "Sitcom" budget. This higher budget was needed as the sets were constantly being demolished by the cast. The character Vyvyan played a game called "Murder In The Dark" in one episode, the rules of which were Trash The Set with an axe and with the lights off.
* Early in the second season of ''Series/TwentyFour'', the headquarters of CTU is bombed, destroying much of the facility and killing people. Rather than relocate to a new set, however, the team merely work around the debris and gradually bring the facility back up to speed, and in later seasons the office is just the same as it always was.
* Done in the ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' GrandFinale -- Gordy gets fired and resolves to catch the weasel once and for all, completely and totally demolishing the set with a large bulldozer and several other pieces of construction equipment. He succeeds. (It must be really tempting at the end of a school-related series--the producers and stars get to act out their adolescent fantasies of tearing apart the school....)
* The third season finale of ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' involved a bunch of Irish criminals attacking the lab to recover a small fortune in seized cocaine. The place got shot up, soaked by sprinklers and then finally blown up by a pipe bomb.
** They shouldn't have tried to mess with Gary Sinise. That dude's awesome when he's given the chance to shine.
* In one season finale of ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' an entire "[[CaliforniaDoubling Minnesota]]" village set was burned to the ground.
** In the 2 hour series finale movie, the townspeople learn that Walnut Grove has been bought by a greedy developer who wants to make money from their businesses. They blow the town up in defiance and leave. In real life, Michael Landon did not want other TV shows using the sets, so the finale was written specifically to employ this trope.
* The set completely falls apart during the closing credits of the final episode of ''Series/PoliceSquad''.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers''
** At the end of [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers MMPR]] season three, just as the Rangers have fixed their "turned into kids" situation, Goldar and Rito show up in the Command Centre with a bomb. The Rangers teleport out just in time to watch their base explode with Zordon and Alpha still inside.
** In an even bigger cliffhanger, [[Series/PowerRangersTurbo Turbo's]] finale saw the Power Chamber invaded and completely demolished, with [[BewareTheSillyOnes comic-relief villain Elgar personally smashing the tube that once held Zordon / Dimitria.]]
** Once the different series stopped leading directly into each other, "[[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs villain breaks into]] / takes over the base and wrecks it" became a staple of the finale. Aquabase? Infiltrated and flooded. Clock Tower? Destroyed. Ninja Ops? Smashed to pieces by Lothor. Tommy's computer-cave? Blown up by Zeltrax. The Jungle Fury pizza place got out unscathed, but the ''villain'' base got demolished in a drag-out brawl.
** This also happens in just about every [[Franchise/SuperSentai Sentai]] series.
* In the final arc of ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'', poor Rabbit Hatch.
* Joey's apartment and Foosball table were smashed up in the last episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}''.
* The fifth-season finale of ''Series/TheXFiles'' ended with Mulder and Scully's office burning down, as a farewell to the sets. (The following seasons were produced in LA rather than Vancouver.)
* ''Series/TheBill'' used damage caused by a car bomb to justify one remodelling of the Sun Hill set, and damage from an arson attack to justify a second.
* ''Series/HomeImprovement'' tries it with the ''[[ShowWithinAShow Tool Time]]'' set, although firefighters were, regrettably, right on-hand.
** For good reason. ''TimTaylorTechnology'', anyone?
** Subverted in-universe in the series finale. The [[TheUmbridge new management]] tells Tim to ''intentionally'' light the set on fire as a ratings stunt. Tim acts like he's going along with it, since not complying meant cancellation...but then he and Al instead decide to reveal the manager's plan to the audience and instead make their last show a CurtainCall. They bring out the tool-themed band who sing a cover of the Talking Heads song "Burning Down The House" while Al and Tim brandish lighters. Nothing gets burned until the end, by accident, which was quickly doused.
* In 1981 the British SoapOpera ''Crossroads'' decided to refurbish its sets at about the same time that actress Noele Gordon was axed, and so her character Meg Richardson was written out in a fire, videotaped by burning the original sets in an empty studio backlot. (It later turned out that Meg had not died in the fire after all. Just before it broke out she had [[PutOnABus left to take a sea cruise]], without bothering to tell anybody...)
* In a "team transportation" example, ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' blew up [[CoolPlane the Bus]] two episodes before the Season 2 finale, and replaced it starting in the Season 3 premiere with ''Zephyr One'', an even bigger and ''[[CoolPlane cooler]]'' [[CoolPlane plane]]. Also one with notably more filming space on the set.
* The big Season 3 finale of ''Series/StrangersWithCandy'', combined with a bit of BitingTheHandHumor as the teachers riot and burn down Flatpoint High to prevent it from being converted into a strip mall, symbolic of ''Strangers with Candy'' being cancelled for ''Strip Mall''.
* The series finale of ''Series/BabylonFive'' ends with the station being decommissioned. Series creator Creator/JMichaelStraczynski [[TheCameo showed up as a random tech]] to shut off the lights before he left.
** Earlier, an episode had the station's casino trashed in a massive BarBrawl, after which the set was rebuilt as the War Room, a focal point for seasons three and four.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'':
** There was constant damage to the Manor, and Leo's cover was as a handyman who routinely fixed some of the damage. It's a RunningGag that the grandfather clock in the foyer gets blown up during demon attacks - with Piper saying in one episode [[LampshadeHanging "we can't afford to keep fixing that thing]]". It even gets blown up in a flashback to TheRoaringTwenties.
** The second-last episode had the house getting completely destroyed in a big battle. As the last episode revolves around preventing said battle and the deaths of those involved, that was filmed first.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'':
** The final season as a whole was a gradual example of this, with the eponymous spaceship suffering more and more damage.
** In the finale [[spoiler: the Final Five Cylons wreck the CIC in order to install Anders' to the ship.]]
** Earlier, the destruction of the ''Pegasus'' in the escape from New Caprica was written in because the space occupied by the ''Pegasus'' CIC set was needed for the Cylon basestar interior sets.
* The final episode of ''Series/GamesMaster'' saw that year's set being calmly dismantled and put away by the production team around presenter Dominik Diamond's half-hour farewell. [[ClipShow And clips]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The [[Creator/RussellTDavies Davies-era]] TARDIS console room was destroyed in-canon in the cliff-hanger between "The End of Time" and "The Eleventh Hour", when it's set on fire by the Tenth Doctor's regenerative energy and then further damaged by the subsequent TARDIS crash. The stunningly beautiful replacement interior makes it even more worthwhile. The 'Coral' console room set was not genuinely destroyed, however, but left assembled and intact so it could be used in a CallBack appearance in "The Doctor's Wife" as an archived version of the main console room. ''Then'' it was dismantled. And then rebuilt at the Doctor Who Experience in London, then moved to Cardiff. (The Experience had various replica console rooms, but that one was the real thing.) And ''then'' they had to use it ''again'' for "The Day of the Doctor". But, at least they knew where to find it - and actually filmed at the Experience.
** Averted with the changes to the Eleventh Doctor's second console room set and then the Twelfth Doctor's console room, which aren't given any explanation within the story beyond the Doctor fancying a change. In real life, this change was due to the show moving from the Upper Boat studios to Roath Lock - it was easier to build a new set at the latter.
** The Twelfth Doctor's console room, the final one of the [[Creator/StevenMoffat Moffat era]], was seemingly fine after getting blasted by his regenerative energy, just with a lot of smoke hanging in the air and a couple sparks here and there. However, Thirteen presses ''one'' button and ''the ENTIRE console room explodes!''
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' blew its set to smithereens in the five-part "[[Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth Children Of Earth]]" miniseries, with Jack in the middle, so that the studio could be used to accommodate the Eleventh Doctor's first console room.
* Just about every episode of ''Series/SomeMothersDoAveEm''.
* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' did this at the ends of both seasons.
** The violent action scene that surrounds the CliffHanger between the first and second seasons began with the Connors' car being destroyed by a bomb in a murder attempt, and ended with their house being destroyed by a gas explosion after the antagonists set it on fire.
** The final episode of the second season climaxed with Weaver's office being well and truly demolished by a Skynet drone attack.
* The 1st season finale of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' shows the team blowing up their home base to avoid having all their secrets falling into enemy hands.
* Conan O'Brian did this on air to his ''Series/LateNight'' set before taking on the reins of ''Series/TheTonightShow''.
* When ''Series/TheLateLateShow with Craig Ferguson'' was scheduled to get a new set, they did this on the last episode with the old set. Arguably the highlight was Bob Barker (yes, ''[[Series/ThePriceIsRight that]]'' Bob Barker, 82 years old at the time) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQL6B-t_728 breaking the top of Craig's desk with his bare left hand]]
* On ''Series/HappyDays'', the original Arnold's restaurant burns down when Chachi leaves the grill on and they build an all new, different set.
* The primary motivation of every episode of ''Series/HumanWreckingBalls''. Take a location and unleash a pair of professional breakers on it.
* ''Series/SesameStreet'' did it with Hooper's Store in one episode: Biff tries to put a single nail into the wall to hang up a picture, and somehow this causes a chain reaction that destroys the store's entire interior. The rest of the episode involved rebuilding it all, with a more modern décor.
** At the end of that episode, when Biff offers to hang Mr. Hanford's framed first dollar, Mr. Hanford, to make things safe, says "I'll hang this one myself."
** The [[MultiPartEpisode five-part]] [[VerySpecialEpisode hurricane episode]] has Big Bird's nest destroyed.
* The season 3 finale of ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' [[spoiler:blows up the Buy More. It got rebuilt]].
* Happens every once in a while on ''Series/HomeAndAway''. The Diner has had this happen several times, having been destroyed after an earthquake several years ago and more recently being burned down by some angry racist yobbos.
* Series/KnightRider had an interesting variation: they trashed the "prop"/cast Member KITT on average once a season so they could rebuild him with different trimmings.
* ''Series/BlakesSeven'' blew up the bridge set of the ''Liberator'' at the end of season 3 because it was falling apart anyway. They moved to a new ship in season 4.
** ..which was trashed in turn at the end of season 4.
* One early live episode of ''Series/HancocksHalfHour'' involved Hancock trying to sell a house without letting on that there was an airfield nearby. Over the course of the scene bits of the set were scheduled to fall apart from the vibrations of the as-yet unseen planes taking off. Unfortunately the set started falling down ahead of schedule, forcing Hancock to lean against a table for the whole of the scene to prevent it collapsing before it was supposed to.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' destroyed two long-standing sets for its final season, the Talon coffee shop/upstairs apartment (by missile) and the Luthor Mansion (by fire).
** It's also possible that the set decorators were frequently bored with the design of the Watchtower, since by season ten the insides were damaged almost every other week by one thing or another. Good thing they had two [[TheTeamBenefactor rich people]] on their team...
* At the end of the first season of ''Series/SpaceCases,'' the Command Post set was trashed to portray the severely damaged Command Post of the ''Christa's'' sister ship. Which caused some minor continuity issues when the second season began immediately after the end of finale in the Command Post...
* In February 2009, an open oxygen tank plus a spark equaled a burning ''Series/GeneralHospital''. This paved way for a brand new hospital set, which is the only thing [[FanonDisContinuity most fans care to remember from February 2009...]]
* At the end of the first season of ''Series/{{Nikita}}'', Nikita's loft is [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs attacked by a Division strike team]], and is subsequently blown up.
** A few episodes into Season 2, [[spoiler: Birkhoff's house]], which had been serving as the protagonists' new base, is attacked by a strike team and blown up (noticing a pattern here?)
** Happens ''again'' with their next base near the end of the season.
** Season 3's story arc involves shutting Division down for good, and the final episode has Nikita blow up Division HQ.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'':
** The show did a PaintballEpisode for its first two seasons. May act as a gambit since it forces the network executives to decide to renew or cancel them before the damage to the set becomes irreversible.
** It's also lampshaded twice-over the second time it happens: first, them trashing the campus is actually the villain's plan to force the school to shut down since they won't have the money to repair/rebuild. Later, after they find a way to get the money to save the school, Abed is talking to one of the janitorial staff, giving a play by play of the whole adventure. The janitor is ''not'' amused, and sarcastically suggests that next time they just spray paint everywhere with a hose.
-->'''Abed:''' We pretty much already did that. Did you not see the library yet?\\
'''Janitor:''' I'm working my way over.
** Notably they do not repeat this in subsequent seasons. The smaller budgets for later seasons involve subsituting a pillow fight and a game of "the floor is lava". When they eventually do another paintball episode, it goes underground in a parody of espionage tropes.
* On the last episode of ''Series/SuperPassword'', host Bert Convy had Creator/BettyWhite destroy the "Magic Toaster" prop for the Ca$hword round after she failed to guess the Ca$hword.
** Bert himself accidentally broke a different Magic Toaster a few years before. After a Ca$hword had to be thrown out due to an illegal clue, he dropped it on the floor behind him before he realized it.
* In the premiere of Season 7 of ''Series/TheFactsOfLife'', Edna's Edibles was destroyed in a fire. The second episode showed the store being rebuilt as "Over Our Heads", a Spencer's Gift-type novelty store.
* In the season 3 finale of ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'', the eponymous Warehouse was vaporized by an artifact-powered high yield explosive device. The season 4 premiere has it restored via a time travel ResetButton.
* The ''entire premise'' of both ''Series/FindersKeepers'' and ''Series/EstateOfPanic'' - trash the rooms in a house to find hidden objects or money.
* The third-season opener of ''Series/DueSouth'', "Burning Down The House," involves Fraser going back to his apartment building, which he discovers has burned down (off-screen). He tours the wreckage of the building before making his home at the Canadian Embassy in Chicago. This was done when production of the series changed hands from Creator/{{CBS}} to Alliance-Atlantis.
* The third anniversary show of ''I've Got A Secret'' ended with Steve Allen and Skitch Henderson destroying the old set because a new set was being made.
** What's more, the set wasn't ready next week, so they did the entire show with two desks made from orange crates and soapboxes.
* In ''Series/TheEricAndreShow'', the host lays waste to his talk show's set in the ''opening'' of every episode. After he finishes, the set rebuilds itself in seconds. [[spoiler:[[MindScrew The Season 2 finale is just the opening set-trashing for an entire episode.]]]]
* In the second season finale of the new ''Series/HawaiiFive0'', the HPD office is bombed.
* In early episodes of the PBS ''Series/AntiquesRoadshow'', we saw crew members taking down the set and packing it as the closing credits rolled.
* A 1987 episode of ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' was done while the crew was taking down the set and packing it to do a week in Florida. Halfway through, all the stars had to get up and leave their squares so they could move them out, so they all played on a set of audience risers so they could finish the game. [[http://youtu.be/69UAeFW21I0 Check it out (starts around 3:00).]]
* Robbie Rotten's lair in ''Series/LazyTown'' is a no brainer, no thanks to a bounty hunter destroying his stuff and all.
** This made Robbie relocate to [=RottenTown=] so he can be with his people & built a new lair under [=RottenTown=] Hall looking like the old lair but with some changes. A list would be too long to put here.
* ''Series/SixHundredSixtySixParkAvenue'': A real life example - Hurricane Sandy has severely damaged the show's sets.
* ''{{Series/Casualty}}'': Holby City Emergency Department has been destroyed several times.
** The most recent of these was a fire, used to accommodate the show's move from Bristol to Cardiff. While the new set in Cardiff still retained the general shape and layout of the Bristol set, it is obviously quite different - both outside and in.
*** Changes to the exterior set in the past have gone mostly unexplained.
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'':
** Though the destruction did not happen onscreen, in the final season Alex's school was destroyed by an asteroid and her graduation ceremony happened in the wreckage.
** In "The Wizards Return", the reunion special, Evil Alex burns the family couch◊.
* ''Series/{{Revenge}}'':
** In the Season 2 finale, the Grayson Global offices are blown up by [[NebulousEvilOrganization the Initiative]] [[spoiler: as part of a FalseFlagOperation to get Conrad into the Governor's mansion.]]
** A few episodes before the end, [[spoiler:Victoria apparently commits suicide]] by blowing up Grayson Manor.
* The 2nd season finale of ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' has Hershel's farm burned down and overrun by walkers.
** In the mid-season finale of season 4, the prison is pretty much destroyed thanks to the tank The Governor brings along with him.
** The Season 8 mid-season finale sees the Saviors firebombing Alexandria and burning it to the ground.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': Laurel's workplace, CRNI, is destroyed in the first season finale [[spoiler: by the earthquake leveling the Glades.]]
** The season 2 finale has two examples: in the present, the Arrow lair is wrecked by [[spoiler: [[BigBad Slade]]]]'s [[SuperSoldier Mirakuru soldiers]], while in the flashbacks the ''Amazo'' (a standing set all season) is sunk.
** The season 4 finale sees a squadron of [[{{Mooks}} Ghosts]] raiding the Lair, shooting it up to hell, shattering the costume cases and computers, and causing one of the ceiling light structures to fall.
** The season 5 finale has an epic example, as [[spoiler: Lian Yu, one of the core settings of the show's MythArc, gets rigged with explosives as part of [[BigBad Prometheus']] final gambit; upon his death, his DeadManSwitch triggers them, destroying the entire island.]]
** The penultimate episode of Season 6, "The Ties that Bind", sees [[BigBad Diaz]] having his men [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs assault and destroy]] both the Lair and the New Recruits' HQ.
* One of ErnieKovacs' series of specials ended this way -- Ernie was under the impression that his company (which was pretty much him) would get the balance of the unused production budget when the series of specials were finished. When he found out this wasn't true, the last episode had an elaborate set, and every member of the cast was issued a small hatchet...
* Two episodes of ''Series/TheMentalist'', "The Great Red Dragon" and "Red John," involve the CBI office's being dismantled. Even Jane's couch is taken away.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'':
** For a given definition of "set", the RV that Walt and Jesse used as a mobile lab in the first two seasons is destroyed in a compactor halfway through Season 3 before Hank has a chance to get a search warrant for it.
** The superlab introduced in Season 3 is burned down in the last episode of Season 4 after [[spoiler: Gus' death]] for fear of the impending DEA investigation.
* In ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'', the headquarters of the Science Patrol featured a ''wall-sized'' computer with lots of flashing lights making bell-like sounds. In the final episode of the 1966 series, one of Zetton's minions took over a human's body and, for no apparent reason, destroyed the computer by shooting a lightning ray gun at it. [[ExplosiveInstrumentation Lots of sparks and switch explosions]]. The Science Patrol building exterior took some hits as well, and even briefly caught fire, but in the end only suffered minor damage.
* In the first season finale of ''Series/{{Helix}}'', [[spoiler: [[TheDreaded The Scythe]] blows up Arctic Biosystems, leveling the entire facility]]. As a bonus, this [[ThePlotReaper kills off everyone outside of the core cast]].
* ''Series/HogansHeroes'' managed to ''outsource'' this: since hiring an actual demolition crew was expensive and couldn't destroy the set themselves, they allowed for the {{Gorn}} filled {{Nazisploitation}} film''Film/IlsaSheWolfOfTheSS'' to be shot in their set under the condition that they utterly destroy it. Which they did, via a climax where the prison camp is blown to hell.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' season 2 finale, [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E21AllHellBreaksLoosePartOne "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part One"]], the Roadhouse set was completely destroyed after it was burnt to the ground.
** In the second episode of Season 7, [[Recap/SupernaturalS07E02HelloCruelWorld "Hello Cruel World"]], the [[EldritchAbomination Leviathans]] completely destroy Bobby's home, which had been a fixture of the show since the end of the first season.
* ''Series/PunkyBrewster:'' The story arc "Changes" has Henry's photography studio destroyed by a fire. It leads to him collapsing from exhaustion and being hospitalized, which in turn leads to Punky being sent back to Fenster Hall.
* The [[ForeignRemake Dutch version]] of Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway known as "De Lama's" does this during its final recording. During the introduction, part of the backdrop partially came crashing down, and the rest of the destruction occurred during the final game after some scenery getting knocked over by accident made the whole thing escalate. One performer even grabbed a paint can from behind the set to write "See you next week!" on the wall. It was later mentioned in an interview that this specific recording was meant to be the ''second'' to last episode to be broadcasted, the actual last episode having been recorded beforehand. The performers thought it would be funny to make it look like the studio was completely rebuilt just for one last episode.
* ''Series/MonsterGarage'': The "Cop Car Donut Shop" episode was the last show filmed before they moved to a larger garage. They decided to send it off "in true Monster fashion," inviting a weird band to play music and shoot assorted donuts and confetti so as to "trash the place before leaving": not so much destroying the garage but at least leaving it a big, fat mess. One camera was noted on-air to have been damaged as a result.
* ''Series/{{The 100}}'' ends its first season by destroying its two major sets: the Ark station falls out of orbit, and the 100's camp is incinerated by the dropship's engines. Only the dropship itself is left standing in Season 2.
* ''Series/MythBusters'':
** Typically, the crew will find a nice, empty expanse to perform their stunts, but once in a while they have to use actual locations, in which case they locate places where it's safe to do this trope (example: they performed their "Falling Elevator" test in a condemned hotel slated for demolition which let them undo the elevator car's safety and drop it 90 feet to the basement below). In the GrandFinale, they placed their test dummy Buster on a rocket sled and launched him into a brick wall ''at supersonic speed'', destroying him beyond any chance of repair.
** In a less literal sense, when a myth involves something blowing up, and they bust the myth without a satisfying explosion, it's practically a [=MythBusters=] guarantee that they're not done until the object in question is destroyed ("replicating the results"). And sometimes they do it just for fun, whether it depicts the myth or not, such as removing hardened concrete from a mixer truck[[note]]This was actually plausible using something about as strong as a cherry bomb, providing just enough shock to loosen the concrete so it could be knocked off easily.[[/note]] with an explosion that had to be watched from a couple miles away[[note]]They filled the mixer truck with high explosives. End result: no cement anymore...''no truck, either''[[/note]].
--->'''Jamie:''' Jamie wants big boom.
** The GrandFinale had them destroying every single gadget that they had created throughout the show that was still lying around, culminating with giving Buster a VikingFuneral via the aforementioned rocket sled launch.
* ''Series/ShakeItUp'', like ''M*A*S*H'' is another example of real life dictating a set change. The original dance floor/studio set caught fire in between seasons, so the writers incorporated this into the show's plot and replaced it with a set more efficient and camera-friendly while allowing more physical room for dancers.
* Pretty much any HomeAndGarden show such as ''Series/FixerUpper'' where the emphasis is on "flipping" or major remodeling. The first step in the process is demolition of the outdated parts of the house.
* In the third season of ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'', the outdoor sets used for the recurring village of Wickham were slightly redressed to appear as the village of Cromm Cruac in the eponymous episode, and then really burned down in the episode's fiery climax.
* As noted in the Film section above, the ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' bridge set was often trashed on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', often representing a derelict or battle-damaged older Starfleet bridge, though in at least one case it was trashed to represent a non-Starfleet science outpost that had been raided.
** At the end of the episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E19FrameOfMind Frame of Mind]]", Commander Riker trashes the set of Dr. Crusher's [[ShowWithinAShow play]] "[[TitleDrop Frame of Mind]]", because the play (in which he portrayed a mental patient attempting to convince his doctor of his sanity) had been at the center of the MindScrew he was subjected to while being mind-probed by aliens. Once he was rescued, he couldn't sleep knowing the set (which was scheduled to be struck the next day) still stood, so he ripped it apart himself.
* ''Voyager'' itself got a serious trashing in the two-part ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Year Of Hell", though by the time the episode ends, time is reset and ''Voyager'' is back to its normally pristine condition.
* Pretty much every set on ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' got trashed during the CurbStompBattle in "Azati Prime." Despite extensive DamageControl, the sets were still half-destroyed going into Season 4, after which [[RebuiltSet they were rebuilt]].
* ''Series/AshVsEvilDead'': In the first season finale, Kelly burns down [[EldritchLocation the cabin]], finally destroying the damned place.
** Thanks to time travel, the second season finale ''also'' features the destruction of the cabin. Specifically, [[spoiler: [[BigBad Baal]]'s defeat]] causes the whole thing and everything in it to burst into flames, and be DraggedOffToHell.
* In ''Series/LifeGoesOn'', Corky accidentally causes the destruction of his father's recently opened diner and it remains that way for several episodes until it is rebuilt.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'':
** In the [[Recap/PersonOfInterestS03E23 third season finale]], after [[AIIsACrapshoot Samaritan]] comes online, an NYPD team raids Team Machine's library headquarters and trashes it.
** Happens again in the [[Recap/PersonOfInterestS05E13 series finale]] with their replacement subway base, this time by Team Machine's ''own hands''. When Samaritan operatives [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs storm the base to kill them]], their way of escape is to blow out a wall and take a car they had been harboring on a journey through the New York subway system.
* ''Series/LostGirl'': The series' penultimate episode has Bo burn down the building where she'd lived for the show's entire run.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** In "The Winds of Winter", the Great Sept of Baelor is blown up in a wildfire explosion, along with part of King's Landing.
** "The Dragon and the Wolf" ends with [[GreaterScopeVillain the Night King]] using [[spoiler: the [[DracoLich undead Viserion]]]] to destroy Eastwatch and its surrounding portion of the Wall.
* ''Series/TheGoodWife'': In the last-but-one ever episode men with sledgehammers arrive to smash down the walls of the lawyers' offices. Never mind why.
* This was the entire premise of ''Series/NeverEverDoThisAtHome'', which took a house that was about to be demolished and performed things that you should "[[DontTryThisAtHome never ever do at home]]" in the name of "science". Such as, for instance, moving a piano from upstairs to the ground floor by ''placing explosives on the ground under it.''
* The Portuguese version of ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' was hosted by a famous comedian, Herman José, that at the time could pretty much do anything due to his massive popularity. So what did he do during the series finale? [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJZcdGLAgaY He comes out with a leather jacket and a shotgun]], and proceeded to shoot at the prize displays throughout the show. As a grand finale, he also shot up the puzzle board. Needless to say, everyone was nervous and ''Wheel'' never came back for a long time.
* ''Series/{{Preacher 2016}}'': Two instances in the first season finale, one minor and one major:
** After the reveal of God's absence from heaven, some of the townfolk are shown tearing apart the interior of Jesse's church, complete with Odin Quincannon pulling down the cross.
** Near the end of the episode, Annville's power plant vents methane over the entire town, eventually causing an explosion with enough force to completely destroy the whole town. Special focus is given to the shock wave shattering Jesse's church, the last remains of which are shown pitifully collapsing afterwards.
* In the final episode of ''Series/TheMusketeers'', the season's BigBad blows up and burns down the Musketeers' garrison building.
* ''Series/LivAndMaddie'': Towards the end of the Season 3 finale "Californi-a-Rooney", the tower in Joey and Parker's hideout that is revealed to hold up the whole house falls apart, causing the entire house to collapse. In the end, the Rooney family moves in with Liv's Aunt Dena in Los Angeles.
* The cast of Spanish NewsParody show ''El informal'' had [[RunningGag a habit]] of destroying the set's table on every season finale.
* The final episode of Creator/{{ESPN}}'s talk show ''His & Hers'' (as its hosts are moving to ''[=SportsCenter=]'') had a minor case; Jemele Hill stole the show's logo sign, and Michael Smith poured his drink on the ground.
* In the final episode of ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryRoanoke'', Lee blows up the house [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice with herself still in it]]]] in order to insure that no one ever makes the mistake of moving in there and falling victim to the ghosts haunting the area ever again.
* A 1979 episode of ''[[Series/TheBozoShow Bozo's Circus]]'' in Chicago had Bozo, Cooky, Whizzo, and Golly the Gorilla trashing their set at the end of their re-enactment of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
* ''{{Series/Bones}}'' trashed the Jeffersonian institute via bomb blasts, just in time for the main characters to retrieve emotional keepsakes in the finale.
* On the ''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'' episode "Ripoffs," the set collapses at the end of the show because the warranty has expired.
* On ''Saved by the Bell: The New Class'' The Max burns down when Ryan forgets to turn off the Christmas lights. It is rebuilt with a new look the following season.
* In the season three finale of ''Series/BetterCallSaul'', Chuck relapses ''hard'' into his electromagnetic sensitivity, causing him to turn off all power to his house. However, against all reason, he becomes convinced that there's still some device operating in his home, and he tears the house apart in search of that last little spark of electricity. When the rampant distruction turns up nothing, [[spoiler:he goes almost catatonic, and, while rocking himself back and forth, he tips over his gas lamp onto the floor, setting the whole house ablaze.]]
* ''Series/TheGifted2017'': In the Season 1 finale, [[SecretPolice Sentinel Services]] finally tracks down the Mutant Underground headquarters and assaults it, wrecking the place in the process. [[spoiler: Ultimately, in order to buy time for everyone to escape, Andy and Lauren have to [[WonderTwinPowers combine powers]], which ends up vaporizing the building and everything in it.]]
* ''Series/{{Timeless}}'': Within the first five minutes of the Season 2 premiere, [[AncientConspiracy Rittenhouse]] blows up Mason Industries in an attempt to kill the heroes and destroy the Lifeboat. Afterwards, the team has to relocate to a secret government bunker.

* Many MusicVideos end with the band trashing their instruments and/or the set. So do many concerts.
** The end of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yJ2yWvGnkI literal video version]] of Music/TheBeatles' "Penny Lane" [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this with the line "Trash the set and end the video."
** Reportedly, the set-trashing of Music/{{Nirvana}}'s "Smells Like Teen Spirit" happened due to the (volunteer) cast getting a bit sick of filming, as opposed to being scripted.
* The video for Music/BillyJoel's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4lh4Ahl46E "She's Right On Time"]] ends with Billy and his date watching as the festively-decorated apartment turns into carnage around them. (There may or may not be some GladToBeAliveSex after the video ends.)
* Nearly the ''entire video'' of Family Force 5's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=au7of6Bd47Q BZRK]]. Nothing in the room stands a chance.
* Overlaps with {{Film}} and {{Theater}} in the case of Music/PinkFloyd's ''Music/TheWall'', in which Pink trashes the hotel room on the album. This is reproduced in the 1982 movie, when Bob Geldof trashes a hotel-room set, and in the 1990 Berlin Wall event, where Roger Waters breaks windows in a specially-built hotel room set in the upper-left-hand corner of the wall.
** Not to mention the end of the show, where the gigantic Wall set itself is torn down!

[[folder:Mythology And Religion]]
* In Literature/TheBible, the Babylonians sack Jerusalem and destroy the Temple after the reign of King Zedekiah of Judah, and it is left in ruins until the time of the Medo-Persian Empire, when King Cyrus allows the Jewish people to return home and rebuild the Temple. Later on, Jesus predicts the destruction of the Temple that existed during His first coming, which in extra-biblical accounts took place around 70 AD.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* In the 1980s and 1990s, this happened several times with talk show segments:
** '''Piper's Pit''', hosted by [[Wrestling/RoddyPiper "Rowdy" Roddy Piper]]:
*** During one of the most famous segments of the show's run, one featuring Piper mocking [[Wrestling/JimmySnuka Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka]] before smashing him in the head with a coconut, the set partition fell over as Piper began whipping Snuka.
*** In 1986, when Piper returned as a face and began dueling with former buddy "Adorable" Adrian Adonis, an overweight wrestler with an effeminate gimmick who had gotten his own talk segment, "The Flower Shop." On an installment of ''WWF Superstars of Wrestling'', Piper and Adonis began debating on their respective sets before Adonis began initiating a gang-style attack on Piper, destroying everything. A week later, in retaliation, Piper hobbled onto the set of '''The Flower Shop''', with a baseball bat in his hands and began smashing the set apart before screaming bloody revenge.
** '''The Brother Love Show''', hosted by Bruce Prichard as the title character (a smarmy, red-faced "preacher" inspired by the televangelists of the 1980s). On Brother Love's last segment, [[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior the Ultimate Warrior]] tore apart the set (knocking apart the podium in which Love sat "The Book of Love," ripping apart the curtain surrounding the set and tearing the pages of "The Book of Love") before chasing Love to the ring to give him a brutal beating.
** '''The Barber Shop''', hosted by [[Wrestling/BrutusBeefcake Brutus "the Barber" Beefcake]], a popular wrestler who (with a barber gimmick) was still recuperating from a near-fatal parasailing accident a couple of years earlier. His last segment saw bully wrestler Sid Justice damage everything on the set -- throwing the barber chair, smashing the plate-glass window (and this was just weeks after Wrestling/ShawnMichaels threw Marty Jannetty through it) and pushing over the set partitions.
* This happens in Wrestling/{{WWE}}, when the [=TitanTron=] ([=OvalTron=] on ''Smackdown'') gets destroyed to make way for a new model:
** In early 1999, [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin "Stone Cold" Steve Austin]] tore up the [=TitanTron=] (after Wrestling/TheBigShow ''brought it down''). The motive was that if anyone put the image of his Custom WWE Championship belt on it, he'd tear it apart.
** In 2001, Wrestling/{{Rhyno}} gored Wrestling/ChrisJericho through the [=OvalTron=], resulting in the "big fist" set.
** In January 2008, Wrestling/TripleH destroyed the [=TitanTron=] with his sledgehammer after Wrestling/VinceMcMahon tried to calm him down, which made way for the current [=TitanTron=] HD stage, which is used on all shows from then on. It also marked the WWE's transition to HDTV the following week.
* At the beginning of the last episode of ''Wrestling/{{WCW}} Worldwide'' (a RecapSeries) they showed a sped up video of stagehands building the set. At the end of the episode, when they admitted it was the last show and there was no more WCW they showed it again but forward, revealing that (1) the version shown at the start of the show was broadcast in reverse and (2) they were actually tearing down the set.
* At one point during the Wrestling/RingOfHonor vs Wrestling/CombatZoneWrestling feud, CZW wrestlers destroyed ROH's ring mat.
* In 2008, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon started to do a skit called "Million Dollar Mania", where he would give away his money to random fans. It was ended when the stage suddenly collapsed on him, and he was taken off television to "recover from his injuries".
* Jessicka Havok went on a rampage that cost Wrestling/{{WSU}} $4500 in property damages to protest a bad call that lead to her losing one of her title belts to Wrestling/MercedesMartinez. She'd have done more but was eventually restrained.
* In 2010, the WWE stable Wrestling/TheNexus made its debut when its seven members came to ringside to beat Wrestling/JohnCena, before turning their attention on everyone (the commentators, ring announcer, referee and cameramen) and destroying both the ring and the announcer's table.
* Defied by [[Wrestling/LondonAndKendrick Paul London]] in the finals of ''PWA Quest For The Cup 7''. After a garbage can got knocked over during a brawl between himself, Brian Kendrick and the Flatliners, London stopped to stand it back up and return the can's contents.
* The ring has collapsed no less than three times, all of which were caused by superplexing Big Show. First in 2003 by Wrestling/BrockLesnar, then in 2011 by Wrestling/MarkHenry, and finally in 2017 by Wrestling/BraunStrowman. The latter did the most damage to the ring, causing three of the posts to become dislodged, the ropes to collapse, and, amusingly, the referee to fall out of the ring.

* Creator/BertoltBrecht's very early play ''Die Kleinbürgerhochzeit'' (''The Petite Bourgeoisie Wedding'') is all about this: the man getting married is a carpenter and has built all of his furniture single-handedly. It breaks down over the course of the play, and ends with the (very drunken) characters falling through the floor and bashing each other over the head with chair legs.
* ''God's Favorite'' by Neil Simon uses this. During the first act, more and more pieces of furniture and finery are removed from the mansion onstage. When the curtain rises on the second act, the mansion has been burnt to the ground.
* Has been known to happen in a lot of plays - often unintentional and with sometimes humorous responses.
** Actors have been known to be a little more careless on the final performance, which sometimes leads to this - and some hilarious improv.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/TombRaiderUnderworld'', Croft Manor gets totally burnt and destroyed.
* ''VideoGame/{{Ico}}'': [[spoiler: The castle crumbles and sinks beneath the waves after the final battle.]]
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': [[spoiler: The SSV ''Normandy'' [=SR-1=] is destroyed within the first ten minutes and you later visit the crash site. But not to worry, you get a new, [[strike:similar]] far more awesome replacement, the ''Normandy'' [=SR-2=].]]
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', [[spoiler: this is combined with ApocalypseHow class 0 (at least) on Earth. Among the mayhem is a hapless Alliance cruiser in the background hovering over the besieged city, getting hammered by and futilely shooting at a landing Reaper, which then promptly blows up in a thermonuclear fireball and knocks Shepard over in the blast.]]
** Don't forget the final boss fight with Kai Leng, which takes place [[spoiler: in the Illusive Man's "office". It gets completely trashed, with Leng's shockwave attacks tearing off the floor panels that created the field-of-stars illusion.]]
** The ending in general. Regardless of which option the player chooses, the galaxy is changed ''[[NothingIsTheSameAnymore forever]]''.
** For that matter, the ending of [[VideoGame/MassEffect1 the original game]] [[spoiler: saw the game's HubLevel of the Citadel get completely demolished by Saren and Sovereign during the climax. It gradually was going through repairs in ''2'', which was why Shepard and crew were restricted mainly to the Wards section in that game, and the newly revamped version of it was back in time for ''3'', but then the ending happens and it's destroyed ''again''.]]
* Azeroth got this treatment in the aptly-named ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' expansion ''Cataclysm''. Interesting because, as an MMO, the set will be [[PermanentlyMissableContent lost for good]]. [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/issues/issue_267/7994-Azeroth-Is-Burning Examined here.]]
* Similar to the ''[=WoW=]'' example, albeit on a smaller scale, ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' destroyed its central hub town of Lion's Arch at the climax of the first season of the Living World when Scarlet Briar attacked it with her army. It remained in [[SceneryGorn an utterly trashed state]], strewn with rubble and littered with refugees, for the better part of a year before finally being rebuilt better and shinier than before.
* In ''VideoGame/BanjoTooie'', Spiral Mountain, Banjo's home in the first game, is smashed up. Eight years later, in ''Nuts & Bolts'', it is still in this state.
* This is the objective of Stage Battles in ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend''.
** Or rather, trash your ''opponent's'' set.
* The VideoGame/MightAndMagic series does this whenever it's looking for a plot reboot.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' starts the game in a still-functional and inhabited ''Pillar of Autumn''. The last level takes place in the same ship, albeit crashed, burned out, and otherwise not going anywhere. The object of said level is to [[GoingCritical detonate the ship's reactor]] and [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroy the entire ring]].
** ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' does this in Cairo Station's main control center. In the first level, it is populated and is well-lit. In the game's last few moments, Lord Hood is seen alone in the darkened, sparking room. On Earth, the Prophet of Regret's in-atmosphere hyperspace jump takes out a large chunk of New Mombasa, along with setting the stage for the collapse of the SpaceElevator, whose pieces are strewn about Tsavo Highway in the third game, and whose actual collapse is seen in the spinoff game ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST''.
** ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' does this with High Charity, which has been completely overtaken by the [[EldritchAbomination Gravemind]] since the previous game.
** ''VideoGame/HaloReach'': The first time you visit Sword Base, it's still in pretty good shape. The last time you do so, it's been wrecked by the Covenant. In between, the capitol city of New Alexandria, where a mission of the same name takes place, is completely destroyed by [[KillSat orbital bombardment]].
* The gameplay and setpieces of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' was considered busted by 2010 standards to the point that the development team working on it was fired or reassigned to other projects, and a new development leader was hired. His response to being told to fix the mess? [[RocksFallEveryoneDies smash it all with a giant meteor and literally reboot the world.]]
* VideoGame/{{Mother 3}} ends with the entire Nowhere Islands being destroyed as a dragon as large as the islands themselves rises. Footage of this destruction can be seen at the end of the game, though the dragon is never seen for some reason.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' does this when ''the entire world'' is destroyed halfway through the game, rearranging the map and drastically changing all the game's locations.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' ends with a collision between Meteor and a Lifestream-assisted Holy. As revealed in ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'', the collision flattened the city of Midgar.
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' has the Federation's Hub World, the Earth Spacedock, ravaged by the Undine/Species 8472 to explain the setting change between Season 8 and 9
* One of ''[[VideoGame/TheSeventhGuest The 11th Hour]]'''s endings has [[GeniusLoci Stauf Mansion]] [[KillItWithFire destroyed by fire]].
* At the end of ''VideoGame/{{Riven}}'', the eponymous age disintegrates upon the re-opening of the Star Fissure.
* ''VideoGame/{{Obsidian}}'' does this with both of its endings.
** If you choose to side with Max and crash Ceres for good, the AI and its entire world blows up bit by bit, along with the Conductor and the Obsidian structure itself, thus saving Earth and returning both you and Max to reality.
** Or you let Ceres finish its job and ''watch Earth become [[DeadlyEuphemism rebooted]] by Ceres' nanobots'', so that no humans sans Max and Lilah are allowed to ever exist, and thus never pollute Earth.
* ''VideoGame/TheLabyrinthOfTime'': At the end, destroying the eponymous' Labyrinth's keystone causes the entire complex to disintegrate, stranding you in the void outside of space and time, without any assistance from Daedalus. [[SequelHook There was a sequel advertised to explain what was to come next]], [[LeftHanging but it never came out]].
* The ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries Arkham]]'' series does this fantastically. The farther you go into each game, the more the city gets ripped to pieces: blown-up buildings and crashed elevators, gaping holes where enormous tentacles burst through the ground, dead bodies and riot-induced destruction littering the ground, your suit progressively getting torn to shreds, the spectacular wreckage of Gotham Pioneer Crossing bridge after you tussle with Firefly in ''Origins''. By the end of each game, you will really and truly feel like ''you're'' the only thing stopping the city from crumbling.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'':
** Early on, the player is given the option of [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential detonating the nuclear bomb at the center of Megaton]] in exchange for a penthouse suite in Tenpenny Tower. Conversely, they can also inflict this trope on Tenpenny Tower by destroying the power generator and releasing a horde of Feral Ghouls from the basement.
** When the Lone Wanderer returns to Vault 101 for the quest "Trouble on the Homefront", it's in shambles due to the worsening Radroach infestation and the residents' mutiny against the Overseer. [[WhereIWasBornAndRazed The Wanderer can finish it off by sabotaging the water purification chip]], forcing the residents to evacuate.
** At the end of ''Broken Steel'', you choose between firing the Enclave's KillSat on either [[HoistByHisOwnPetard their own]] BaseOnWheels [[MoralEventHorizon or the Brotherhood of Steel's Citadel]].
** In ''Point Lookout'', Desmond [[SelfDestructMechanism self-destructs]] the Calvert Mansion at the end of the penultimate story quest.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', if you've made enemies with the Brotherhood of Steel, you get to blow up their AirborneAircraftCarrier, the Prydwen, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard with Liberty Prime]] if you sided with the Institute. If siding against them, the Institute's ElaborateUndergroundBase meets this fate.
* Monteriggioni serves as the player's base in AssassinsCreedII. However it is attacked and severely damaged in the sequel, forcing Ezio to abandon it. However, Desmond and his friends are able to visit it three hundred years later, where it then serves as their base instead.
* VideoGame/CityOfHeroes destroyed the Galaxy City zone as part of a new issue release. The destruction was actually shown in the tutorial level, and the hero would choose to become a hero or villain based on how he reacted to a downed hero. It was largely done to allow for the hero classes to be made as villains and vice-versa and streamline the tutorial level better.
* Most ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' games end with the enemy base and/or laboratory self-destructing, but ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3'' takes it UpToEleven with Raccoon City being wiped off the map by a [[NukeEm nuclear missile strike]].
* ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' begins on the Space Pirate Frigate Orpheon, which has suffered a [[FreakLabAccident laboratory specimen breakout]] but is mostly intact. The defeat of the LoadBearingBoss causes a [[GoingCritical reactor meltdown]] and the ship crashes into a lake on Tallon IV, where you later revisit its wreckage.
* In ''VideoGame/MaxPayne3'', midway through Chapter 6, the Fabricas Branco HQ is firebombed by the Cracha Preto, and you have to fight through the burning wreckage.
* A literal one happens in ''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}''. In the final phase of the battle with [[AttentionWhore Sally Stageplay]], the stage is pretty much a mess as she sends her [[ParasolOfPain umbrella]] after you.
* At the end of ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'', [[spoiler: K1-B0 shoots down the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles before [[HeroicSacrifice self-destructing himself]], destroying the entire place.]] Thankfully, this only kills [[spoiler: K1-B0 himself and [[BigBad Tsumugi]], sparing Shuichi, Maki and Himiko.]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue Revelation''. For the Recollections Trilogy, Valhalla has been the main setting (basically the Halo 3 version of Blood Gulch). But with Halo Reach coming out the same year and [[spoiler: their fancy new CGI scenes, Valhalla has been on the receiving end of what could be some permanent damage.]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Volume 3 ends with [[spoiler: Beacon Academy being overrun by the creatures of Grimm, with serious damage to the building. The main characters are scattered throughout the world, with Ruby going with what's left of team JNPR on a trip to Haven. ]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The cast of ''WebComic/SluggyFreelance'' has lost two homes over the years. The first was their original apartment complex, which was taken over by an evil corporation and eventually blown up. The second was the Kesandru house, which lasted several years before being destroyed when Aylee assumed her 50-foot tall form inside it.
* "[[AltText Happy 3rd anniversary,]] [[Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja Dr. McNinja!]] [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/13p21/ You don't have an office anymore.]]"
* When the creator of ''WebComic/DandyAndCompany'' wanted to yank Mistake's owners from the cast, he just had the VillainOfTheWeek burn their house down, forcing them to move away.
* After the destruction of Gobwin Knob in ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'', the [[RidiculouslyFastConstruction new Gobwin Knob]] was created in a different architectural style suited to its new role as potentially world-conquering imperial capital.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'': So, after seven and a half years, we're finally at the FinalBattle? Let's trash Dino Attack Headquarters!
* ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'': The reason Spoony ended his ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' on such an explosive note was because he was moving and wanted to justify a change of scenery.
* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' has had a number of moments in each version where a particular location was destroyed through explosions of fire: v1 had the bamboo coppice burn to the ground from Jacob Starr's Molotovs, v2's school building suffered a destructive boiler explosion, v3 lost the field hospital to a grenade, and v4's lumber mill was destroyed by dynamite. These are only SOME of the examples of map-changing incinerations.
* Usually after LetsPlay/UberHaxorNova and [[LetsPlay/SSoHPKC Seamus]] finish a ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' adventure map together, they will celebrate the completion by spawning stacks of TNT and blowing the map up.
* The LetsPlay/{{Yogscast}} have done this a few times over the years:
** This happens a few times in ''Machinima/ShadowOfIsraphel'' [[Machinima/YogscastMinecraftSeries series]]: So far an unknown force destroyed the Yogcave, while [[spoiler:Jock Fireblast]] burned down Mistral City and (most of) BBQ Bay.
** This is how the first ''Tekkit'' server was destroyed, as LetsPlay/{{Sjin}} and LetsPlay/DuncanJones ended up waging war on one another. In their efforts to kill each other, they burned down the homes of LetsPlay/{{Strippin}} (plus business partner Benji), LetsPlay/{{Rythian}} and LetsPlay/ZoeyProasheck, among others, then Sjin blew up Duncan's nuclear reactor, totalling the area.
** The Jaffa Factory that LetsPlay/LewisBrindley, LetsPlay/SimonLane and Duncan worked on was blown up during episode 105 of ''[=JaffaQuest=]''. Their space station "Dwarf Star" was also destroyed in the sequel series "Hole Diggers".
** The end of the Yogscast Complete server was marked by a war between LetsPlay/HatFilms and the LetsPlay/FluxBuddies, in which they effectively nuked each other's bases off the map.
* Parodied on ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' in its 100th episode. Linkara had just moved into a new apartment, and since his old house was a bit of a WeirdnessMagnet, he set up a little trap at his old place. [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Cue Phelous walking into his old house and triggering the trap, resulting in an explosion and Phelous dying. Again.]]
* ''Creator/RoosterTeeth'' has, for their "LetsPlay ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}''", "Plan G", a bunch of dynamite buried underneath the courtyard of Achievement City. It's been used at least three times: once out of curiosity, once to stop one of their own from winning their match and once completely by accident when a Creeper detonated on the courtyard.
** Their nearly-year-long "Sky Factory" saga ended with their sun-powered nuclear reactor going critical and leveling the entire place.
* The ''WebVideo/HalfInTheBag'' review of ''Film/ManOfSteel'' ends with most of the furniture on the "Mr. Plinkett's house" set getting wrecked (although most of it was already in shoddy condition).

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* During the three-part second season finale "Hunter's Moon", ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' had the clock tower home of the heroes destroyed by a missle. This forced them to relocate ''back'' to the skyscraper-top castle they had previously abandoned due to the villain owning it.
* Rocket's evil counterpart destroies the Rocket Room with C-4in Little Einsteins twice in hopes of getting rid of the team.
--> The second time it happened, the Rocket Chamber came forth from the ashes of the debris from the Rocket Room.
* At the end of the second season of ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', the mansion is destroyed by a SelfDestructMechanism.
-->'''Nightcrawler:''' [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Ah, home sweet hole in the ground.]]
* In the GrandFinale for ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'', Gummi Glen is destroyed courtesy of Duke Igthorn.
* In the [[PostScriptSeason (second) finale]] of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Kim's house gets completely obliterated, along with most of her school and her boyfriend's favorite fast food joint.
* The pre-{{retool}} ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' ended by [[ColonyDrop dropping the Watchtower]] on the Thanagarian DoomsdayDevice, allowing for a shiny new satellite in JLU.
** In the GrandFinale of ''Unlimited'' (and, by extension, the entire DCAU), Darkseid lifts up the huge globe on top of the Daily Planet and smashes Superman with it, causing it to crash through the rest of building.
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' completely destroyed the ruined Mainframe at the end of season 3. This paved the way for a backup copy of the city to be loaded by the User to replace it.
* In the ''Fireball [=XL5=]'' episode "A Day In The Life Of A Space General," much of the Space City set is destroyed when the title ship crashes into it. [[spoiler: It was all a dream, but the crash sequence was filmed at the end of production on the series.]]
** "The Fire Fighters" from the same series did the same to the beach set and Venus's beach house.
* Parodied in ''{{WesternAnimation/Animaniacs}}'' for its first episode that aired on Kids' WB after the show's ChannelHop. It features a fake recap of the previous season which concludes with the Warner siblings' water tower being destroyed. Yakko states that they'll build a new one that's better, stronger, and otherwise exactly like the original one.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Applejack's barn goes through this with astounding regularity.
-->'''[[MondeGreen Raze]] this barn, raze this barn, one, two, three, four!'''
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom Part 2]]", [[spoiler:the Golden Oak Library is ''blown up'' by Tirek]].
* At the end of the first season of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'' the Hellicarrier gets smashed inside out by [[spoiler:Green Goblin and Venom]], so the team moves in with Peter till the new Tricarrier is built.
* Happened more than once to the Planet Express building during the run of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. In at least one episode, the rest of New New York gets trashed as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'': In the GrandFinale of ''All-Stars'', the island of Wawanakwa is sunk, destroying the set that's been used for most of the series and setting the stage for the next season, which is supposed to take place on a new island.
* In the season 4 episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' "Scion of the Shredder", [[spoiler: this happens to the Turtles' underground lair when it's destroyed by a vengeful Karai, along with most of the Turtles vehicles. They move into an abandoned pump station under the Central Park lake for the remainder of the series.]]
** Back in [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 the '87 show]], the 8th season premiere "Get Shredder!", [[spoiler: saw the Shredder blow up the Channel 6 news building.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'''s GrandFinale, [[spoiler:most of downtown Republic City]] is blown to pieces during the cilimatic battle: [[spoiler:the [[HumongousMecha Colossus]] blasts streets and skyscrapers into rubble with its WaveMotionGun, even more buildings are crushed or leveled in an effort to bring it down, and finally, the vines of the spirit wilds [[FantasticNuke go supercritical]], blasting a ''massive'' crater into the middle of the city.]] Thankfully, [[ConvenientlyEmptyBuilding the place had been evacuated beforehand]].
* The Bakshi ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'' episode "Mighty's Wedlock Whimsy" was a cautionary tale of Mighty Mouse's pending wedding to Pearl Pureheart. Towards the end, it cuts to live action of the animator crapping out, then to the cartoon's final scene--everyone laughing as the chapel in which they're holding the service is up in flames.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': The Season 1 finale ended with Ludo's castle getting blown up.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueAction'', the series starts with the Hall of Justice being reduced to rubble by an invading djinn wrecking havoc in an attempt to destroy the League. They build the Watchtower to replace it.
* Partway through the first season of ''WesternAnimation/XMen'', the X-Men return from a mission on Genoshia to find the mansion completely and utterly wrecked. The next episode has them aiding Colossus against the Juggernaut (the one who caused the damage) and the episode after that has the team rebuild the mansion.
* The Smurf Village in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' goes through a trashing every now and then, but one really devastating example is in "Revenge Of The Smurfs," where the Smurfs contemplate revenge on the humans that inadvertently trashed the village without knowing it.
** In "Skyscraper Smurfs", the smurfominium that Handy and Architect built is destroyed by a fire, and ends up becoming a tree house for birds at the end.
* The inevitable destruction of the Galaxy One in the Season 1 finale of ''WesternAnimation/FinalSpace'' was marked with laser fire tearing apart all of the familiar set pieces we've seen all along and directly hitting the most iconic parts, such as the cookie dispenser and Beth.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* After a sports venue's lifespan is over, it more often than not is destroyed in spectacular fashion. Some fans, however, don't wait until the official demolition process to begin to start destroying it after the last event.
** Fans tore up Cleveland Municipal Stadium after the final Browns game played there in 1995; the remains of the stadium were eventually dumped in Lake Erie.
** Also happened after the last Minnesota Vikings game played at Metropolitan Stadium in 1981.
** Pittsburgh's Forbes Field, former home of the Pittsburgh Pirates and occasional home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, had its last game in late June 1970[[note]]it was supposed to have been closed the previous October but delays in the construction of its successor, Three Rivers Stadium, forced the Pirates to play half a season at the old stadium[[/note]], after which a short ceremony was held in which certain items were raffled off. Afterwards, several fans stormed the field to take just about everything that wasn't auctioned off, [[http://www.post-gazette.com/news/portfolio/2015/05/22/Baseball-Lore-Nothing-topped-Forbes-Field-especially-on-last-day/stories/201501010221 including seats, pieces of the manual scoreboard, and bits of ivy from the outfield walls.]]
** Similarly, fans of the second Washington Senators baseball franchise (the original had moved to Minnesota) tore apart pieces of Robert F. Kennedy Stadium on the eve of that team's relocation to Texas. Anything not nailed down (and some things that were) was ripped up and carted off by unruly fans. Unfortunately they didn't bother to wait until ''after'' the final home game against the New York Yankees to trash the place, forcing the umpires to declare the Yankees the winner by forfeit. And then the stadium had to be repaired in time for the Redskins' home opener (they didn't move out of RFK until after the 1996 season).
* Rampant Fans burnt down Cumberland Oval after the Parramatta Eels triumphantly won the 1981 NSWRL Premiership in Australia.
* As an unfortunately discredited rumor would have it, this was Subverted (yes) by the ''Monsanto House of the Future'', the old Disneyland attraction. The House was scheduled to be demolished and replaced, but its sturdy plastic construction caused the wrecking ball to ''bounce off'', leaving the building completely unharmed. It eventually had to be taken apart manually, via a whole bunch of workers with a whole bunch of hacksaws. Truth time: According to the House's own introductory video, it was built modularly, meant to be easily assembled and disassembled. Neither hacksaws nor wrecking balls would have been necessary or practical. The rumor probably arose from the fact that the attraction's concrete base proved to be indestructible; wrecking crews gave up on trying to remove all the pilings and they can still be seen today.
* One thing that Las Vegas is famous for besides casinos and showgirls is its numerous building implosions and the celebrations associated with them. Since the early 1990s the ever growing city has been building bigger and more lavish (or gaudy) resorts and because of the lack of space: these new resorts have been replacing older ones. Many classic casino resorts that were established in the 1950s were closed down by their owners and were torn down. Some of the bigger hotel towers were imploded with dynamite. Some doomed resorts received a lot of attention and usually had fireworks displays prior to the building's implosion as a final tribute to the resort. Probably the greatest example is the implosion of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunes_%28hotel_and_casino%29 Dunes Hotel and Casino]] in 1993: The 24 story hotel tower was set ablaze by thousands of gallons of aviation fuel after a spectacular fireworks display, the tower collapsed moments after. The demolition of the Dunes is considered a turning point in the history of Vegas: the end of an era in which the city was closely associated with TheMafia and the beginning of a newer, glitzier Vegas this time run by mainstream media; the luxurious Bellagio rose from the rubble of the Dunes.
* A part of all theater productions is the 'striking of the set' in which sets used in the show are dismantled. Some parts will be [[RecycledSet saved for future use]] (or in the case of travelling productions the whole thing will be saved), while other parts will be destroyed.
* This often becomes a celebration (of sorts) for the cast and crew of long-running LiveActionTV shows following the completion of the final episode.
* Music/VanillaIce was offered the chance to destroy the master tape of the video for "Ice Ice Baby" by MTV on the 25 Lame special and did so but began trashing the set with a baseball bat.
* Creator/HughLaurie and Robert Sean Leonard shoot up the ''Series/{{House}}'' sets with paintballs during the "Swan Song" special that aired just before the series finale.
* In 2000, the Kingdome, Seattle's closed-roof multipurpose sports stadium, was due to be demolished to make way for a football stadium. So they planted explosives strategically throughout the building and the entire city gathered (with cameras rolling) to watch it blow. It was the first ever live event covered by ESPN Classic. Several clips are also viewable on YouTube.