Person of Mass Destruction
Dr. Manhattan, giving "the finger
" a whole new meaning.
I'm a walking nightmare, an arsenal of doom
I kill conversation as I walk into the room
I'm a three line whip, I'm the sort of thing they ban
I'm a walking disaster, I'm a demolition man
A person of mass destruction is a person with powers, abilities, or skills capable of causing damage on the level of a Weapon of Mass Destruction
. A Speculative Fiction
trope, it is frequently used as a metaphor for real-world technology—often nuclear weapons
. The source of their destructive powers varies; they may have won the Superpower Lottery
, have knowledge of Things Man Was Not Meant to Know
, or be a Physical God
. What gives them their destructive potential is less important than the fact that they have it.
The reaction to a person of mass destruction is often fear, anger, and hate
—which may cross over into outright abuse
. Despite this, a person of mass destruction is equally likely to be a hero or a villain, depending on whether they believe With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
or Might Makes Right
. A person of mass destruction is more likely than normal to undergo Superpower Meltdown
at some point, channeling the fear of losing control of a conventional weapon of mass destruction, as with an Empty Quiver
With few exceptions, they will almost always score at least as a Class 4 on the Super Weight
scale, or higher.
See also Human Weapon
, for when someone is literally treated as a weapon.
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- The Hero from Maoyuu Maou Yuusha. Easily the most powerful BEING in the world, perfectly capable of wiping out whole armies, cities, and mountains by himself with little to no effort. One of his companions mentions that he's so powerful that he's effectively completely removed from humanity in term of capacities.
- Shiba Tatsuya, from Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei, is able to use one of his powers to replicate the effects of a antimatter bomb at will. It is a magic that can decompose matter into energy. It is directly decomposing matter down into energy and so there is no loss of energy on this reaction, so the energy released from one drop of water, a paltry 50 milligrams of matter, is equivalent to 1000 tons of TNT.
- Ikaros, from Heaven's Lost Property, initially appears to be a simple, weak "Pet Class," but is actually the Uranus Queen, a extremely powerful Angeloid that possesses multiple weapons, such as Artemis, a Beam Spam attack, Apollon, an energy bow with the power to destroy the entire nation of Japan at full power, and Hephaestus, a colossal space warship. Also, she is able to fly at Mach 22 and has an energy shield that can block her own Apollon.
- Casshern from Casshern Sins is this, able to destroy countless enemies without breaking a sweat and is credited with killing life itself (well, the personification of life, but whatever). It comes to the point where he has to actively try to get himself killed. Of course, this is all Played for Drama, and the show is really a Deconstruction of common anime tropes and ends up with at least one Tear Jerker each episode.
- Ariel, from Is This a Zombie?, is a teacher with hundreds of millions of students who sends one of them, Haruna, to pick up kyo-tofu for her in Ayumu's dimension. She initially shows a bubbly and upbeat personality toward everyone when she's speaking with others, but after Ayumu criticizes her for the first time for not helping in his battle with Kyoko sooner, she says that she is only interested in the kyo-tofu and her student, not saving his life, of which she shows no concern. She initially seems to be only a part of the comedy theme, and playfully teases some of the characters to remind them of her abilities of mass destruction for the first time by smiling and snapping her fingers, causing an inferno to engulf them for just a second. Later on, she demonstrates that she has near-infinite magical power that allows her to traverse dimensions and use her abilities anywhere she pleases, and in fact even rivals the main antagonist of the first season. The only reason she doesn't help more is apparently because she's just indifferent about anyone's well-being except her students.
- Hotaru Tomoe from Sailor Moon, a.k.a. Sailor Saturn, the senshi of destruction and rebirth, is a perfect example. Able to destroy a planet at will, and just about anything by sacrificing herself in the process.
- In Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Princess Serenity herself is the Person of Mass Destruction, caused by her being driven insane by the sight of Prince Endymion's death. In the manga and original anime, she has the potential to be this but is generally a Person of Mass Healing.
- All Shinigami Captains and Lieutenants are required to have 80% of their power sealed away when travelling to the World of the Living and must receive special permission to release this limiter. If they don't, their very presence alone can warp the souls of the humans around them. During the battle for Karakura Town, Shinigami scientists had to find a way to teleport the whole town into another dimension just to allow the captains and lieutenants to fight to protect it. Otherwise, the Shinigami would have destroyed what they were trying to save. It still almost failed: when one of the boundary pillars collapsed, the real and fake towns began to merge and the destruction Komamura caused affected the real town as badly as the fake town.
- Yamamoto is far and away the most powerful Shinigami in the Gotei 13. His Shikai alone is enough to wipe out an area many times larger than Karakura Town and even other captain-class characters either have to gang up to fight him or have to use well-prepared strategy to limit his power before they fight him. His Bankai turns out to be The Power of the Sun, a power that cannot be activated freely as the very act of being in use will destroy Seireitei by accident if used for too long.
- The Espada and the Fracciones are so powerful, they can function at the level of captains and lieutenants. As a result, their power levels and the destruction they can levy more than equals that of their Shinigami counterparts. In fact, the top Espada are individually more powerful than individual captains and need to be fought several Shinigami versus one Espada. The protective fake version of Karakura Town wasn't solely about protecting the humans from the Shinigami, it was to protect them from the Espada as well.
- The Stern Ritters are extraordinarily powerful individuals, capable of curb-stomping even captains without having to stretch themselves into using the full might of their own power. As Quincies, they've been at war with the Shinigami for a thousand years, but have become particularly aggressive since the Shinigami instigated The Purge against them 200 years ago. In less than ten minutes, 16 Stern Ritters cause just under 3,000 casualties in the 6,000 strong Gotei 13, steal five bankais, obliterate Seireitei, and lose only five Stern Ritter in the process.
- Yhwach, leader of the Vandenreich, is the Quincy equivalent of Yamamoto. The Shinigami/Quincy war appears to have begun with a conflict between Yhwach and Yamamoto and escalated. Yhwach is far beyond the power level of even his Stern Ritters. When he and Yamamoto clash a thousand years after their grudge first began, Yhwach steals Yamamoto's bankai and obliterates him, meaning that not only does Yhwach have his own power, he now has Yamamoto's power, too.
- Thanks to his very colorful heritage, Ichigo is much more powerful than most characters in this manga and the factions in the story work constantly to either use him on their side or neutralize him. His power has been vulnerable to his resolve in the past, lampshaded late in the manga when he irritably observes to an enemy that he's getting fed up of villains thinking that the way to defeat him is by shaking his resolve. It's revealed in the final arc, his own power has been working against him, too: what he thought was his Shinigami power was actually his Quincy power suppressing his Shinigami power and only allowing the Shinigami to manifest in drips. In other words, he's much more powerful than even previous arcs depicted him as.
- Baki the Grappler has multiple people considered this through sheer martial arts ability. Most notably is Hanma Yujiro who has been named "the one and only Brute Strength Country", with the USA having made a pact of amity to him. Through Barack Obama.
- In Castle in the Sky the robot guardians of the titular Castle in the Sky certainly qualify. One of them almost manages to takes out an entire military base single-handed, if not for Dola's interference and the artillery reprisal from the airship Goliath.
- In Sands of Destruction, Kyrie is definitely a Person of Mass...well World Destruction actually. He basically has the power to revert anything (even the entire planet) back to its elemental sand. He was created by the gods specifically for this purpose, and his power becomes active whenever someone comes along who sincerely wishes the world would end.
- One of the best-known examples is the eponymous AKIRA and his fellow Numbers, complete with an opening scene of a mushroom cloud destroying Tokyo. And that's just in the first thirty seconds. The ultimate example is probably Akira's successor, Tetsuo, proving that the Japanese government didn't learn a thing the first time around.
- Lyrical Nanoha
- Hayate of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS demonstrates personal offensive magic on the scale of a small nuclear device, complete with evacuation warnings and authorisation requirements to release her limiters for combat. Due to the way she received her magic, "sub-nuclear explosion" is in fact the only way she can use it. Nanoha, Fate, Signum, and Vita qualify to a lesser extent, also requiring Power Limiters. They are all treated with enormous amounts of respect.
- When Caro was discovered by her village to be an insanely powerful dragon-summoner, she was shunned. Even some members of the TSAB suggested she would only be useful as a weapon. Fortunately the above people thought this idea was stupid.
- And Nanoha herself is not called White Devil without reason. In doujinshi, especially, she (or her device) is very prone to unleashing destruction anywhere, anytime.
- There's also the kings of Ancient Belka, who sacrificed their bodies to become living weapons of mass destruction that could lead their people to war as symbols of power. Considering how the few still existing come in Mysterious Waif form, they're quite sought after by those planning acts of terrorism.
- For a given definition of 'person', the setting has a whole lot of artificial sentient entities made specifically for war, from Intelligent Devices to combat cyborgs such as the Numbers, humanoid magical constructs such as the Wolkenritter, and Unison Devices such as Reinforce in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's, who deserves a special mention by being literally a tool that fulfills its masters wishes and somewhat of a Literal Genie. Despite this, power-wise, Reinforce might just be the most powerful character in the franchise, easily fending off Fate's Plasma Smasher and Nanoha's Excelion Buster at the same time, upgrading Fate's spells to a mass attack "Genocide Shift" mode, breaking through Nanoha's shield without much effort and casting a Starlight Breaker that leaves a city-sized explosion.
- Lina Inverse from The Slayers has a spell that works like a tactical nuke, AND a spell that can undo reality itself. Every now and then someone, from a bandit chieftain to a demon lord, tries to command, manipulate or coerce a person with such powers to work for them; Xellos appears to be the most successful with that, because he does not try to coerce, blackmail or threaten Lina: he is in no way sincerely nice to her, but he IS nice.
- In the series Nanatsu No Taizai Meliodas, in his backstory, wiped out the kingdom of Danafor single-handedly when he lost control of his powers in the past.
- In Naruto, the most powerful shinobi, those on the Kage level and above, can destroy whole armies and level mountains if they wish. A fight between two such individuals usually ends up with maps having to be redrawn. Case in point, Madara Uchiha vs the First Hokage, which carved out the valley where Sasuke and Naruto had their first all-out fight decades later.
- Naruto and his fellow jinchuuriki all have very nasty demons sealed inside of them. It is a bad idea to piss them off. But of course, they get the Bullying a Dragon treatment.
- Pain manages to catapult himself up to Dragon Ball Z levels of destruction with ease. Not only does he control 6 different bodies at the same time, each of whom have impressive destructive powers, but he also completely and utterly annihilates the village of Konoha with a single attack that can be best described as a Wave Motion Gun that uses gravity to crush the entire town. And he can also use a sphere of condensed gravitational energy to rip off entire chunks of the earth's surface to form a mini moon.
- Let's also keep in mind that the puppets were necessary because he was crippled and that operating six bodies at once, at a distance, and employing Functional Magic through them the entire time puts large stress on his mind (probably) and does put an enormous drain on his energy reserves. It was all originally meant to be channeled through the user, thus his effectiveness would have multiplied, if not gone up exponentially if he was at full health and capacity.
- O'onoki and his sensei Mu can combine fire,earth and wind elements to form Jinton(Dust release) bombs which can disintegrate their targets on a molecular level.
- Kakuzu can use wind,fire lightning elemental techniques that dwarf a forest casually,
- Maito Gai can unlock Chakra gates inside his body, drastically increasing his physical abilities. In this mode he can create flaming Tsunami-destroying shockwaves or fire tiger shaped mega-blasts of air pressure.
- Deidara as well, seeing as he can create pseudo-atomic bombs whenever he feels like it. He can also turn himself into a bomb and explode, although obviously he can only do it once. And later he's brought back to life as an immortal zombie, same as most of the rest of Akatsuki. He's outright stated that he can go nuclear repeatedly, as the resurrection technique allows himself to reform. Person of mass destruction INDEED.
- Konan's most powerful technique uses 600 billion explosives. She uses it in a failed attempt to kill a single person.
- But the real Uchiha Madara puts everyone else to shame when he summons giant meteors out of the sky. And that's just for starters. After which he proceeds to A) create a forest that covers the horizon filled with plants that release poisonous pollen, B) use some of the strongest fire-style abilities that take over 20 Elite Mooks to put out and does it casually, C) create upwards of 20 clones that are each people of mass destruction in their own right, D) have each clone use Susano'o, which on on its own is capable of kicking around 5 of the strongest people in the Narutoverse, E) Create an abolutely COLOSSAL Susano'o that dwarfs the local mountain ranges, F) use said monster to chop a mountain in half.
- The Sage of the Six Paths/ Hagoromo Otsutsuki took on the Ten-Tails along with his brother and literally made the moon when he was on his deathbed.
- Princess Kaguya was the strongest person to have ever lived, and proves it by moving Team 7 to an entirely different dimension with ease.
- The titular character of Puella Magi Madoka Magica has so much magical talent that if she became a magical girl, she would be capable of destroying the most powerful witch in a single blast. And then she becomes an ultimate witch who really can and does remove all life from the world. Part of the plot of the story is centered around when she would actually make her wish.
- The Record Of A Fallen Vampire has Strauss, the vampire immune to the sun who also has an almost godly amount of magic, and Adelheid, his queen, who wields the Moonlight of Corrosion.
- Ryner Lute of The Legend of the Legendary Heroes. He has the power to blow people up, cause things to implode, and completely disintegrate things in a matter of seconds, simply by thinking about it. And yet, people ''intentionally'' try to piss him off and provoke him. Real smart, huh?
- Chise of Saikano is a particularly cruel example of the horrible repercussions after she is turned into a super weapon, though it varies on the version, anime or manga. In both cases everyone dies. Everyone.
- In the anime version, she still has her powers, but doesn't actually cause the destruction directly, but isn't powerful enough to stop the rampaging Eldritch Abomination and gives up about halfway through story. Maybe.
- In the manga, she consciously and single-handedly kills everyone in the human race, save for Shuji.
- The Otome of Mai-Otome are thinly veiled analogs for WMDs, complete with a "SOLT" conference based on the real world "SALT" (Strategic Arms Limitations Talks) and issues similar to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The main Otome also have the added danger of being volatile young women in the middle of a twisted Love Triangle, so you know there's going to be trouble. One of the girls involved in that triangle (Nina) snaps and literally tries to destroy the world in the last few episodes.
- Mewtwo of the first Pokémon movie, despite not being human, is definitely a Person of Mass Destruction. This is made all the more apparent by the fact that in some translations his birthplace is listed as Mile Island. His power is so great the he was able to create an unnaturally huge hurricane that would've eventually wiped out all life on the planet aside from those on his island in the eye of the storm just by thinking about it and twirling his hand, then dissipated the storm just as easily after his Heel-Face Turn. Note that he was in no way focusing his full power on the storm at any time, and in fact kept expanding it even while controlling hundreds of individual Poké Balls, taking on his ancestor Mew in a psychic battle (in which Mewtwo had the upper hand), completely dominating the mind of at least one human, and psychically suppressing the abilities of every other Pokemon on the island. Afterwards, he then telekinetically lifted every single person and Pokémon on the island—easily over a hundred individuals weighing several tons in total, and again without any noticeable strain—erased their memories of the entire thing, and teleported them—again, en masse—to a port several miles away. It's a good thing he wanted to "prove himself" before his purge—had he been more efficient, he probably could have easily wiped out humanity in an afternoon at most.
- To further put this in perspective, a similar storm was generated in the second movie, but only after the three legendary birds had been fighting all-out for some time. Each of these three combatants, by the way, are implied to be so powerful that they are able to change the climate of wherever they are just by existing—and Mewtwo equaled their combined power without even trying!
- Said birds (Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres) and Lugia, who shut down the storm in that movie, all have weather control as explicit abilities. Mewtwo does not. He was duplicating it using telekinesis. Yes, that means he's better than several Olympus Mons in their specialization while faking that ability with another ability entirely. Be very afraid.
- May be a coincidence, but his powers glow the exact same color as Cerenkov radiation.
- Whitebeard from One Piece is definitely an example of this. His earthquake powers were once described as being enough to destroy the world. And then Blackbeard causes a tsunami, make an entire island tilt on it's side, splits it in half, and collapses one of the largest buildings in the world.
- Mermaid Princess Shirahoshi can summon and speak to Sea Kings, some of the most powerful and intelligent creatures in the sea. This ability also makes her the ancient weapon Poseidon. So all she needs to do is call out and these guys◊ will show up and eat up whatever she might want them to. Good thing she's kind of a peaceful girl.
- Seems to be requirement to advance to admiral in the Marines: Sakazuki is a living volcano, Borsalino can level cities with Frickin' Laser Beams, Kuzan can freeze entire islands over and finally Isshô can summon meteors to crash down on the battlefield.
- One Piece is a series where you do not need to have superpowers to be a Person of Mass Destruction, because the Charles Atlas Superpowers are that extreme. Take the world greatest swordsman, Dracule "Hawk-Eye" Mihawk, who can chop up armadas and ice mountains alike with no real effort, or Vice-Admiral Garp, who in a flash back offhandedly mentions crushing mountains as a training exercise, and has visibly thrown iron balls the size of battleships around with little effort.
- Vash from Trigun is (literally) single-handedly capable of destroying cities without meaning to, and is referred to as "the Humanoid Typhoon" throughout the series. His weaker, genocidal twin brother, on the other hand, wipes out millions of people and by the end of the manga poses a danger to humanity throughout the entire galaxy. This example, incidentally, shows us one effective Restraining Bolt for such a character: pacifism and/or guilt. He also has the dubious honor of being the first person to be declared a natural disaster; you know you're a Person of Mass Destruction when any damage you cause is labelled an "act of God".
- Though Vash did earn his reputation at first (through an act that wasn't even entirely his fault), after that he's actually a subversion ( at least when his Angel Arm isn't involved.) He's the Humanoid Typhoon with a $60,000,000 bounty because he causes destruction and mayhem wherever he goes. When hordes of overzealous bounty hunters or bandits or whatever who don't care about collateral damage aren't actively hounding him, he often inadvertently ends up coming right to them, and then all hell breaks loose.
- Stink Bomb, the second story in the Memories anthology film, is about a chemist who swallows a tablet, thinking that it's harmless cold medicine. Unfortunately, it turns out to be an experimental drug that makes him emit clouds of poison gas. (It also gives him immunity to most conventional weaponry.) What makes this Person of Mass Destruction particularly dangerous is that he has no idea that he's emitting all this poison, and is on a delivery mission that will take him straight into a major population center.
- As a "Rynasapien", Kurau from Kurau Phantom Memory can potentially wipe out entire populations. Her sense of morality prevents her from doing so, but unfortunately other Rynasapiens feel less restricted.
- A running theme in Haruhi Suzumiya is keeping the title character from getting bored, since as an immature and easily-fed up Reality Warper, she has the potential to destroy the world as we know it (without consciously intending to) and remake it into something more entertaining. Several factions within the series make it their goal to prevent this, whereas others actually want it to happen.
- Haruhi is also kind of a subversion. While she's undeniably incredibly powerful in the setting, and doesn't care about others much, she also doesn't actually want to hurt anyone. This is partly how Kyon realizes she didn't cause the murder in Remote Island. She did summon a typhoon, however.
- Her powers have taken out some significant beings, however: As part of Disappearance, Nagato "borrowed" Haruhi's powers and wrote her boss, the Integrated Data Sentient Entity, out of existence. And in Surprise Haruhi appears to have eliminated the Sky Canopy Domain (which seems to be as powerful as Nagato's boss, if not more) as part of the alpha path. So, Haruhi's powers have eliminated the next two most powerful beings mentioned so far.
- The diclonii from Elfen Lied are a borderline example; through their spreading of The Virus that propagate their species and their powerful psychic abilities, they're a very real danger for humanity (especially due to the masquerade)... However, most are already shamelessly homicidal due to maltreatment, and the Government Conspiracy treating the few diclonii they don't cull as lab rats do not improve matters.
- Lucy also gets steadily less borderline as time goes by in the manga, and eventually disappears by the end of it all, where her vectors become so numerous and massive, she can wipe out all of humanity from a single location.
- In Darker Than Black we have Havoc, whose powers consisted of spontaneously generating vacuums for explosive results and a remuneration of drinking the blood of children. There was pretty much no way she couldn't use her powers to murder tons of people.
- Victor of Busou Renkin is significantly smaller in radius than most Persons of Mass Destruction, but more deadly: thanks to his always-on energy absorption powers, he would likely kill every human being within a kilometer or two if he stayed in one place for more than an hour. Main character Kazuki is immune, but only because he's turning into a Victor-alike himself.
- Ranma's final opponent in Ranma ˝ is the Phoenix Emperor Saffron. If his maturation ritual is completed successfully, he becomes a living "power plant" to Mt. Phoenix and all its people, constantly shedding light and heat without the slightest effort. If something goes awry, though, he loses control of his power, becoming psychotic, and releasing his energy as raw flame and beams capable of vaporizing mountains. As one character put it, he's like "a flamethrower without a safety valve."
- Once the two sisters come together to form Genocyber, nothing is left standing after their rampage.
- The Crusniks in Trinity Blood. In the backstory (which isn't discussed in the anime, but is All There in the Manual), during the Armageddon War Abel single-handedly killed seven million humans.
- Ifurita of El-Hazard: The Magnificent World is one. However, she's far more level headed and self-controlled than most examples.
- Mahoro of Mahoromatic is an extraordinarily powerful Robot Girl who wields a huge pistol and can rip apart Humongous Mecha with her bare hands. She was created specifically to battle aliens. The trope of her creators treating her like crap is notably averted, as everyone really likes her and are friendly to her, and the fact that the more she uses her ultimate weapon, the shorter her lifespan is. Has a major part in parts of the plot, where using it could kill her. It eventually does.
- Kyouran Kazoku Nikki has Gouykouou, whose mere presence on Earth could make it violently explode if he doesn't actively suppress his power. Thankfully, he's the nicest guy anyone will ever meet.
- Several people in Mahou Sensei Negima! qualify. Just about any powerful mage could probably take out a good chunk of a city with little trouble. Then you have the really strong guys, such as Jack Rakan (accidentally blew up a mountain), Fate (pretty much obliterate an entire city sector with the flick of his wrist), Evangeline (beat the crap out of Fate when they fought), and Nagi (who beat Evangeline with no trouble at all). But the most ridiculous example is Asuna; her Anti-Magic actually caused a Floating Continent to crash, and nearly destroyed the entire Magic World. Even worse is the fact that she didn't intend to do that; other people are capable of harnessing that power.
- In-Universe, many people believe Queen Arika to be one of these, thinking she caused a Floating Continent to crash. She's actually taking the blame for Asuna.
- Chachamaru also counts now that's capable of summoning a Kill Sat that can take out an Eldritch Abomination.
- Ryoko from Tenchi Muyo! fits here, at least in her original OVA form, since she is listed as destroying several planets in her past. An honorable mention should also go out to Tenchi himself, as when his godself manifested in OVA 3, he nearly destroyed ALL THAT EXISTS. Give him his due, he doesn't mess about.
- Dragon Ball Z, in absolute SPADES. Consider that planet-destruction was a normal occurrence by the Saiyan Saga (Piccolo with the moon, Vegeta with Planet Arlia), and that every heroic character becomes exponentially stronger after that... Even Krillin could probably destroy a planet with a click of his fingers by the end of the Namek Saga, and by comparison to Frieza he's so weak as to not even be a consideration. Perfect Cell claimed to be able to destroy the entire solar system in a single blast with his energy, before Gohan stopped him.
- Then we get to the Buu Saga, by which time not only has every heroic character become so much stronger, Goku almost shakes the planet in two merely by TRANSFORMING into a Super Saiyan 3, and Buu begins to tear holes in the fabric of reality merely by screaming.
- Almost any and all State Alchemists in Fullmetal Alchemist. Roy Mustang burns down whole city blocks by snapping his fingers. Solf J. Kimblee blows up neighborhoods by clapping his hands. Alex Louis Armstrong rearranges the earth's crust by punching it. Basque Grand transmutes entire buildings into weapons. Isaac McDougal nearly buried Central City in a glacial layer of ice. It's worth noting that the Ishvalan civil war—which had been dragging on for seven years—ended within months of Order #3066 going out. What was the order? To weaponize and send in the State Alchemists.
- Father takes the trope up to the next level; he is so powerful that he is able to ABSORB GOD, and create a sun in the palm of his hand.
- Taken a bit less seriously in Ouran High School Host Club (obviously) with Hunny-senpai. After Japan's Secretary of Defence watched him beat the ever loving crap out of his father (who was supposedly the greatest martial artist of their great martial arts family), he asked Hunny never to fight in public again, lest other countries believe Japan was making a Weapon of Mass Destruction (i.e., this trope). At the time Hunny couldn't have been but 15 or 16.
- A Mad Scientist creates PoMDs in Out Code (no relation to Code: Breaker aside from pyrokinetic main characters), including a guy who's basically Seto Kaiba with Magneto's powers (but weaker) and causing several people to weep and sweat acid.
- Guilmon from Digimon Tamers, when you piss him off and unleash the Digital Hazard, resulting in a creature that could destroy the world simply by existing. Subverted in that he was accidentally created by someone who didn't want a weapon of mass destruction.
- The Tribe of Heroes in Heroic Age was a race composed entirely of Blood Knight Kaiju who nearly wiped themselves out in a massive civil war that obliterated entire star systems in the crossfire. As punishment, the Tribe of Gold (the gods of this particular fictional universe) sealed each of the five surviving members of the tribe into the bodies of members of other tribes. These individuals, called "Nodos", possess incredible powers (like super strength and the ability to survive in hard vacuum) even in their normal forms, and can also call upon the Heroes within them to transform into Nigh Invulnerable Kaiju capable of annihilating entire armadas without breaking a sweat.
- All of the major-level paopei in Houshin Engi are capable of some serious destruction, but none match this trope as well as Nataku, the Human Paopei (long story). And then there's ultimate Big Bad Jyoka, who is so ridiculously powerful that it takes a Combined Energy Attack from the gods themselves to take down.
- Beyblade 's third season G-Rev arc involves Boris happily assuming his new Person of Mass Destruction Brooklyn is going to help him Take Over the World. Unfortunately for everyone, Brooklyn turns out to be Ax-Crazy and far more interested in destroying everything than following the Evil Plan.
- A Certain Magical Index
- Index herself. She has a library of 103,000 magical texts in her brain and a photographic memory. Combine this with the ability to use that knowledge, and she could destroy the world. Subverted in that she doesn't know she can use magic, and her superiors want to keep it that way.
- Several characters in later novels who won the Superpower Lottery big time certainly fit this trope. This includes but is not limited to: Kanzaki Kaori, Archangel Gabriel, Acqua of the Back, Fiamma of the Right.
- Also every Level 5 Esper, almost by definition (more specifically, the requirement to be labeled Level 5 is the ability to destroy an army). At one point Accelerator was dropped off of a supersonic bomber as a back-up plan in case bombing with a laser/magma-like blade didn't work.
- Gildarts from Fairy Tail wields the "Crash" magic, allowing him to destroy pretty much anything he touches. Unfortunately for the people of Magnolia town, he often lets his mind wander while walking, and fails to pay attention to things like walls, houses and buildings, thus leaving a trail of destruction behind him as he benignly plows through them. When the townspeople catch wind of his return, they hastily activate a mechanism that essentially changes the town's layout to give him a straight path to the guild. He also counts as a Handicapped Badass, due to having lost some of his limbs and a few internal organs to a black dragon that even he couldn't defeat.
- Zeref is an even better example; he's The Dreaded for a reason. Not only is he capable of Death Magic on a scale that turns an entire forest into desiccated, shriveled husks, but his Living Magic, which is used by other characters to basically create mooks, creates colossal, nigh-unstoppable Eldritch Abominations that carve a path of destruction through entire continents. And he wishes he could take it all back, preferably by dying. At least until his disgust with the world becomes so great that he wants to wipe out humanity, that is.
- The Wretched Egg/Red Man/Shiro from Deadman Wonderland is this, managing to cause an earthquake powerful enough to destroy most of Tokyo. Also has the ability to massacre people with the wave of a hand.
- Toward the Terra has the Type Blue Mu, who are capable of single-handedly destroying starships and stopping beams from Planet Killers. Finally, the Mu have enough of Fantastic Racism and declare war on humankind and society controlled by computers. The only thing inhabitants of next attacked world can do, is to observe how their planetary defense is massacred by 7 teenagers.
- All the minus in Medaka Box certainly count with the exception, apparently, of Shiranui: Kumagawa can revert everything to nothingness(including the FRIGGIN' WORLD), Shibuki can open long-gone scars (and that includes damage done to structures of buildings... Just guess what happens when she goes to a recently rebuilt or reformed one and uses her power...), Mukae has the power to corrode things with her bare hands (even the air!) and she uses it to melt away an entire school building, and last but not least, Gagamaru, who can move any kind of injuries he would suffer to another random person... Luckily, he was never hit by something like a falling plane or an explosion of some sort—at least, not that we know of.
- All of the Eva pilots from Neon Genesis Evangelion are capable of absolute destruction of the world, made worse by the fact that they're all particularly emotionally unstable fourteen-year-olds. They regularly seem to defeat monsters capable of destroying the human race (leveling cities is child's play)—not to mention that in one episode Shinji actually melds with his Evangelion and is able to successfully destroy an angel when his Eva was completely out of power.
- Also, in End of Evangelion Asuka manages to completely destroy a massive army's offense and almost manages to destroy the mass-produced Evas in under five minutes.
- In Rebuild of Evangelion, Shinji manages to single-handedly trigger The End of the World as We Know It through just his sheer determination to save Rei. No wonder everyone was very wary of him afterwards.
- From what we've seen of their abilities in Ah! My Goddess, any First Class Goddess or Demon can probably qualify, especially without their limiters. Furthermore, anyone who obtains a wish can potentially ask for the destruction of the world.
- #01 is hinted to be this in Sekirei, as those in the know are absolutely terrified of what would happen if she were to act. Her neutrality is stated to be the only thing preventing the complete destruction of the Capital, as Karasuba would go into a frenzy at the chance to fight her. A flashback reveals her to be able to sink aircraft carriers with a single blow, hinting at just how powerful she might actually be.
- The Colossal Titan and Armored Titan, from Attack on Titan, are the most dangerous beings ever known and the greatest threat to humanity's survival. Their appearance ended a century of peace and safety, effortlessly destroying the gates of Wall Maria. Over the next year, a combination of Titan attacks, starvation, and a government-mandated culling resulted in 260,000 people dying. Then it's revealed that they are actually humans with a Lovecraftian Superpower and were 11 and 12 years old, respectively, when they wiped out 20% of the human population.
- The Unexpected Results series (a Trinity Blood fan fic) has Johanna Sinclair, a character with time manipulation abilities that can trigger what is referred to as 'temporal whiplash', with the effect varying according to the age of the victim. In the case of a human it'll have a similar effect to an electric shock and usually knocks them out. When used on a vampire the result is akin to a bomb going off and it is theorized that using it against anything older than a vampire (i.e. a Crusnik) would be like setting off a nuke. This puts her in the rather difficult position of being theoretically capable of taking out the Big Bad but not without a hell of a lot of collateral damage.
- Shinji in Shinji And Warhammer 40 K, due in part to the ever-increasing scale of the battles with the Angels, usually ends up destroying much of Tokyo-3 in his efforts to save it, to his considerable chagrin. Other cities and nations like him, but don't want him visiting since they can't afford the repairs. It gets to the point that after a leave of absence, the fact that surprise reinforcements cause so much devastation tips off the defenders that he's returned. There's also a time when whatever ability lets him sync with an Eva get flipped inside out, briefly giving him the power to "crack the planet in half," but he spends a whole story arc trying to fix it.
- Long Fen Zao in The Odyssey. Otherwise known as the Last Shogun, survivor of no less than two apocalypses, tutor of the current Empress. The man is an essence ten Dragon-Blood, which in Exalted terms means he's basically Armageddon on two legs.
- Deep Sleep, a Heroes fanfic, has Peter and Sylar battle (fully utilizing their powers) and inadvertently shattering continents, leaving the west half of the Americas a smoking wasteland, killing millions, and bringing about a very Bad Future.
- Mark Westion in Yukari Is Free (an Azumanga Daioh Mega-Crossover) possesses the power to fire giant lasers. At one point in the story, he fires one so big it accidentally destroys a planet. His girlfriend then hits him in the face with a baseball bat.
- Yachiru and Hitsugaya in Uninvited Guests. Between the two of them, they completely destroy Las Noches and defeat all espada in a couple of hours; though Hitsugaya was in berserk mode most of the time and Yachiru technically did it by accident. Or did she..?
- Paul in With Strings Attached, who could (if he wanted to, which he doesn't) either systematically and tirelessly dismantle everything in his path, or periodically reduce circular chunks of it to molten glass.
- Probably the others as well. John rejected many of the things the Kansael told him he can do and implied that he's unbeatable in the ocean; George at the very least could wreak havoc as a dragon; and Ringo apparently has a huge amount of power behind him that he's never tapped into. Luckily, they're Actual Pacifists, and besides, their experiences on Earth taught them what the really important things in life are, so it's easy for them to reject the seductive call of power. Which really isn't that seductive, given how much Suck it came with.
- In the Daria Expanded Universe series Legion of Lawndale Heroes, persons who fit this trope are classified as 'Class Five' beings. These are the people who have powers that could outright flatten a city... for starters. Quinn Morgendorffer is a perfect example: with her electrical powers, she once caused a line of nuclear detonations.
- Naruto is already a Person of Mass Destruction, but in The Best Laid Plans, this gets taken to the extreme by giving Naruto a nuclear rasengan.
- The Kyuushingai in Kitsune no Ken: Fist of the Fox are this, individually. Just one member alone is said to be able to take on a whole squadron of fighters, while all nine together could conceivably destroy an entire city in less than an hour.
- Every Anchor in The Infinite Loops is capable of this.
- While Naruto can certainly do this in True Warriors Never Die (having created a lake in Hueco Mundo when he and Harribel fought), Gaara reigns supreme. Apparently, several hundred years prior Barragan's forces pressed him hard enough that Gaara (who'd become an arrancar) was forced to use his Resureccion, which turned all of Hueco Mundo into the desert it is today.
- The villain Nuclear Man from Superman IV: The Quest for Peace was supposed to be an Anvilicious statement about nukes... until it was shown that he was actually solar powered, making him possibly the greenest supervillain in existence. Ouch.
- Ironically enough, Superman would prove to be this in Manof Steel, as his fight with Zod causes catastrophic damage to Metropolis as the two aliens demolish whole skyscrapers simply as a side effect of their battle.
- Aurora/Marie Zorn in Babylon A.D. is believed to be a viral weapon at first. In the book "Babylon Babies" another woman is used in this fashion — when she comes into proximity with the pheromones of her target, her body rapidly creates a virus that kills several hundred people in minutes, wiping out the upper echelons of the Neolite sect.
- The Matrix: After Neo Took a Level in Badass after dying and learned to disbelieve the reality of the Matrix, he gains Enlightenment Superpowers that effectively makes him a Physical God. The only time where he shows how potent a Reality Warper effect he can achieve is near the end of The Matrix Reloaded, where Neo escapes an exploding building, flies at such speed that virtual reality literally bends and breaks, with cars and debris ripped, pulverized and dragged behind him. After catching Trinity at super-speed without killing her, Neo uses his powers to reach into her body to revive her after she dies in his arms from an Agent's gunshot wound.
- Paul Atreides in the David Lynch film Dune is capable of calling gigantic sandworms, using the voice and using sonic weapons without the weirding module. His name is a killing word.
- Andrew in Chronicle after he snaps. He nearly demolishes an entire city with his Psychic Powers and there is absolutely nothing anyone except Matt, who also has telekinesis can do to stop him.
- X-Men: First Class:
- Liz Sherman of Hellboy. The harmless-looking girl is the one who as a child lost her temper and destroyed an entire city block and everyone on it (except herself).
- Looper has Cid, an extremely-powerful telekinetic who can level city blocks when angry or upset and crush people like lemons. Later on, he learns to control this power and becomes the Rainmaker.
- A bit downplayed in Godzilla (2014). Though still very destructive and tending to take out whole cities in his fights, Godzilla doesn't cause as much destruction as the Mutos do during the film and takes some effort not to plough through everything in sight.
- In Dracula Untold, once he becomes a vampire, Dracula is able to devastate entire armies singlehandedly with his supernatural powers.
- The most powerful Channelers in Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time. Three thousand years before the books start the male channelers going insane resulted in continents being reshaped and set humanity back thousand of years. Lews Therin's suicide alone reared up a large volcano. The less powerful damane and Aes Sedai of the current age can be compared to bringing tanks into a medieval conflict when on the battlefield. The Asha'man are worse. And then there's the pair of devices that are powerful enough to let a single man and woman working together break the world all on their own, or challenge God.
- In Neal Stephenson's novel Snow Crash, one antisocial character, Raven, connected himself through a Dead Man Switch to a literal nuclear bomb and claimed individual sovereignty. The Aesop appears to be about the elasticity of sovereignty rather than the perils of nukes. Mind you, Raven is a very obvious parody of the type of Badass characters often found in Cyber Punk fiction. The main character, Hiro Protagonist, hangs a big lampshade on him.
- Kurt Vonnegut's
- 1950 short story "Report on the Barnhouse Effect" is about Professor Arthur Barnhouse who develops the ability to affect physical objects and events through the force of his mind. He becomes the first Weapon of Mass Destruction with a conscience.
- One of his short stories is about a type of ice called "Ice-9" that will turn anything with water into it into Ice-9. So if a person touches it, they will turn into Ice-9 because the human body is 70% water. Causes a bit of a problem when a person who did that to commit suicide then falls into the Pacific Ocean...
- In Charles Sheffield's novel Dark As Day, one character has a bloodstream full of nanodevices that, if dropped into a gas giant, would cause the planet to collapse and release a burst of energy sufficient to wipe out civilization... and an obsessive fascination with the kind of turbulent weather patterns gas giants are full of.
- Firestarter by Stephen King. The titular pyrokinetic is a prepubsecent girl who can incinerate armored vehicles just by looking at them. It's implied that she has almost infinite potential power.
- Also Carrie, by the same author. As an adolescent who's only very recently gained any reliable powers, which get stronger as the book goes on, she totals a town. Had she survived, there's no reason to think her powers would not have kept increasing, and she certainly isn't the most emotionally stable person around.
- Melantha Green from Timothy Zahn's The Green and the Gray. It's implied that her earthquake-causing powers could level New York City if the Green/Grey rivalry ever escalated to full-on war.
- Any sufficiently powerful magic user in L.E. Modesitt's The Saga Of Recluce will have the capability to become one of these, and will usually end up killing large numbers of people no matter how much they wish they didn't have to.
- In Stephen R. Donaldson's The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant series Covenant is one of these through his partial control of wild magic. In the Second Chronicles the Big Bad's aim is to force Covenant to surrender not by making him weaker but by making him so powerful he can't use his power without risking all of reality.
- The Freehold Black Ops in Mike Z. Williamson's The Weapon fit this trope because of their Spartan Way training. Instead of special powers, it's a matter of being ruthless, creative, and cross-trained to the point of being Crazy-Prepared.
- Some Adept-level mages in the Heralds of Valdemar books have power of this magnitude - Vanyel is said to be capable of destroying a fair-sized city, and indeed does go kaboom in a fairly spectacular manner in his final Heroic Sacrifice. Occasionally, even "ordinary" Heralds can get fairly destructive, especially Lavan Firestorm who rivals Vanyel's feat with mind-magic alone.
- In the Mage Wars prequels, the combined detonation of the accumulated magical power of two opposing Great Mages set off the Cataclysm whose effects are still felt thousands of years later. The large, almost perfectly circular inland sea on Valdemar's border? The equally circular, considerably larger grassland some kingdoms to the south? Those were merely the physical effects.
- Flinx, of Alan Dean Foster's Humanx Commonwealth series, is something of a walking psychic time bomb, as he has a tendency to erupt in massive, uncontrolled telekinetic detonations when severely provoked. These are invariably highly destructive to his immediate surroundings, albeit not quite at the city/planet level. He later learns to control the power to some extent by deliberately walking into fatal situations in order to force it to trigger. That he is not treated as a superweapon by Commonwealth authorities who know of him is something of an incongruity.
- The canonical example from the early Perry Rhodan universe would be Ivan Ivanovich Gorachin — a Russian-born mutant best remembered for having two heads (with separate personalities) and the ability to cause nuclear explosions at will so long as he had targets containing carbon or calcium to work on. (Like, say, humans. Fortunately for the good guys his Heel-Face Turn followed shortly after his introduction.)
- Jame from Chronicles of the Kencyrath is already this to a degree, although she tends to be more of the spark that lights the powder-keg. It looks, though, like she's destined to be Nemesis, the avatar of the Destruction aspect of her God, and that's quite some mass destruction indeed.
- Aside from the obligatory demons, vampires and such, the German horror/fantasy/SF pulp series Professor Zamorra features a recurring species of near-human aliens, the so-called 'Eternals'. (Who did, of course, try to invade Earth at least once before.) Aside from having the obligatory advanced technology, much of their personal power comes from magical crystals known as Dhyarras, which come in distinct numbered power levels; social rank is determined largely by the ability to control the more powerful ones (with failure to do so generally resulting in insanity or death). Crystals of the highest (13th) order, only one of which is technically supposed to exist at a time because it doubles as the symbol of authority of the Dynasty's absolute leader, are explicitly stated to be powerful enough to destroy entire planets.
- The Dresden Files
- The Archive. Even putting aside that she knows the nuclear launch codes for every country on the planet, Ivy's ten years old and capable of holding off 8 fallen angels at once, with almost no resources, without breaking a sweat. But what else do you expect from the repository of all human knowledge?
- Ebenezar McCoy once pulled a disused Soviet satellite out of orbit and dropped it on someone. He is also responsible for The Tunguska Event, Krakatoa, and New Madrid. And those are just the things we know about. And then it turns out he's actually Blackstaff, meant to be a hitman, and can casually ignore the laws of magic. Guess that's where Harry got his tendency to burn down buildings... It must be genetic.
- Harry Dresden himself gets pretty close to this. He's capable of throwing a giant demonic werewolf across a city block with no preparation. When faced with the start of a Zombie Apocalypse, he responds by making his own zombie out of something much bigger than people, which stomps on National Guard trucks as an afterthought. When he goes to rescue someone from faerieland and encounters more resistance than he expected, he sets the whole place on fire.
- Harry's got a tendency to pull off highly destructive and risky magic that can leave even those who are used to dealing with near-godlike beings staring in shock. With access to soulfire and the power of the Winter Knight, there's a good chance he's now closer to being a PMD than even he realizes. If he's not a PMD now, it seems almost certain that he will be before it's all said and done.
- The Wardens of the White Council are an entire military force composed of PMDs. In Turn Coat, Harry sees a handful of Wardens go all-out to fight a bunch of nasties, and he's left completely dumbstruck.
- Anyone wielding the knife at the climax of the sacrificial rite in Changes could immediately become this, depending on how big a family the person they use it on belongs to.
- In something of a subversion, Harry Potter is harassed by his non-magical relatives, who walk a fine line between their own perceived power over him and his ability (and their knowledge of his ability) to accidentally use magic to turn them into frogs.
- In Simon R. Green's Deathstalker series the protagonist at one point seeks out an artifact used by his ancestor, the Darkvoid Device. To Owen's surprise, the Device is not some alien artifact but rather an infant. Placed in suspended animation at the center of the Madness Maze, it had absorbed so much power that the one time it awoke it had created the Darkvoid, a region of space where hundreds of stars had simply been extinguished.
- Any of the High Lords from Codex Alera will absolutely destroy you, since they're incredibly powerful crafters with control over all six elements. But especially the First Lord; Gaius Sextus wiped out two cohorts worth of brainwashed Super Soldiers by himself without slowing down and cast a fear spell so powerful that it destroyed an entire legion, leaving only one soldier not curled into a ball on the ground, who he promptly cuts down.
- Not to mention his Taking You with Me moment, where he creates a volcano underneath the capital city of Alera. It is awesome.
- Also not to mention our dear Guile Hero Gaius Octavian, who combines all that power with a devious little mind that looks at everything sideways and upside-down. He once had to get through the gates of Riva, a product of centuries of the strongest furycrafting which added up into something that could take dozens of fireballs without the slightest scorch mark. He pries it apart by using plants to make cracks and pits in the surface, then pushing water in and freezing it. When it finally shatters, the pent-up furies are released and... well, it takes four minutes for the buildings to finish collapsing.
- In the short story by Kurt Vonnegut "The Barnhouse Effect," the mild-mannered Professor Barnhouse learns a train of thought that eventually makes him into this trope. At the climax, while under the watchful eyes of a general (who wants this test), by merely concentrating as hard as he can, he single-handedly destroys an entire 1960s navy division, complete with aircraft carriers, jets, etc. Fortunately, he firmly wants peace, so he goes into hiding and methodically destroys all weaponry, leading pretty much all national leaders to start hunting him down to kill him.
- In the Babylon 5 Expanded Universe trilogy The Passing Of The Technomages, young technomage Galen becomes this after learning the spell that creates an unstoppable Sphere of Destruction. While there are limits on the spell, such as range and size, there is no limit on how fast or how many times Galen can cast it, the spell being one of the most primitive. In a fit of rage, Galen casts the spell dozens of times to level an entire city block in a matter of seconds (by destroying building supports) and eliminates 4 powerful warships (by literally taking out their power cores). And after that, he demands to be taken straight to the enemy homeworld to destroy everything there. It is no wonder both sides fear the technomages. He becomes even more powerful by the end of the trilogy. By the time of the Crusade, he is the strongest technomage in existence, simply because only one other technomage has managed to work in harmony with the tech instead of controlling it, but he died shortly after.
- Technically, two others were taught by the Shadows these same spells, but Galen killed them.
- The enslaved gods in the first book of the Inheritance Trilogy, who are used as AttackAnimals by their mortal masters, the Arameri family. Although these gods are 'hobbled' and less powerful than before their enslavement, they're still collectively responsible for deadly epidemics, 'disappearing' the inhabitants of cities, and turning a few mountains into craters. They are especially deadly because they're pissed about their enslavement; they will follow any instructions strictly to the letter, and will use any loophole to try and kill their masters. Their most powerful member, Nahadoth, uses a badly-worded command to sink a continent in a fit of pique. He was trying for the whole planet. The gods' mortal owners, who have used these gods to set themselves up as rulers of the world, tend to avoid using him for this reason.
- Retired Drop Commando Alicia DeVries in David Weber's Path of the Fury (revised/expanded in In Fury Born) is practically a PMD with her standard commando loadout of cyborgish enhancements. Then she gets inhabited by the last surviving Greek Fury, Tisiphone. Said Greek Goddess soon learns to interface with computers and other technology through Alicia's built in radio interface and no security system can stop her, especially since she can also dip into other humans' brains for information. Next Alicia/Tisiphone steal one of the elite AI fighter ships, which are their own special kind of POMD when combined with a "normal" enhanced human specially selected and trained to interface with those ships. The tripartite human/goddess/computer fusion becomes the unstoppable force to smash the people who murdered Alicia's family and the entire populations of several colony worlds.
- Dragon riders from the Inheritance Cycle. There are limits (those being your own ingenuity with magic and whether or not a particular spell exerts more energy than your body possesses), but otherwise there is literally nothing that they cannot do. The dragons they are partnered with are unable to mold magic beyond freak happenstance, but wield far greater power than their riders. Also: Riders can more or less meld their mind with their dragon's and use their resources for magic, which is the difference between moving a Sedan and moving an aircraft carrier. In the third book, it is revealed that utilizing the magical core of a dead dragon, an Eldunari (or multiple dead dragons, a la Galbatorix), the aircraft carrier can be bumped up to Texas, depending on how many Eldunari one has and how saturated with magic they are.
- Jaenelle as Witch in the Black Jewels trilogy by Anne Bishop. Even as a child she had immense power; upon reaching her mature strength, she is estimated to be six to six thousand times more powerful than the most powerful male in the history of the Blood (who once erased an entire culture from existence when his Berserk Button was pushed) and she states that she is so powerful that if she unleashed herself, she would destroy ALL of the Blood; human, nonhuman, and dead.
- In Psy Changeling, we have Kaleb Krychek, the only known Dual Cardinal ever, stated to be able to make the whole planet explode.
- In Night Watch an exceptionally strong curse can turn the victim into one of these. Usually cursed ones die from a fallen brick or mugger's knife, but when the curse runs out of control, it can result in things like a random gas explosion, sudden outbreak of mutated flu or an unprovoked nuclear attack.
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Percy Jackson. Not only is he capable of destroying entire armies by himself, he also once caused a volcanic eruption that resulted in one million people being evacuated and the literal father of all monsters being released from his prison beneath the volcano. He's so powerful that the Big Bad singles him out in the sequel series, The Heroes of Olympus, as the key for a blood sacrifice to bring on the gods' downfall.
- From The Stormlight Archive, Szeth-son-son-Vallano, Truthless of Shinovar. Not only does he kill quite a few people, Szeth tends to destroy the environment he kills them in nicely. Dalinar also kills hundreds of enemies every battle scene in which he appears. Really, anybody with a Shardblade and/or Shardplate counts as this, at least potentially, Szeth is particularly dangerous because in addition to having a Shardblade he's also a Magic Knight with Gravity Master powers.
- The Sith Emperor, as described in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, is supposedly more powerful than Palpatine ever was. The only thing matching his power is his madness and obsession with immortality. To show off, his guards are never present during audiences, even with other powerful Sith lords (who are allowed to keep their weapons). Furthermore, he always sits facing away from the door. He has Black Eyes of Evil and Voice of the Legion. He attained immortality by absorbing the life-force of everything alive on his homeworld, including insects and plants. It was he who corrupted Revan and Malak, turning them to the Dark Side to use them as vanguard for his invasion of the Republic. As powerful as he is, even Revan can't match the Emperor.
- Luke Skywalker, always, but especially in the The Thrawn Trilogy. At one point he takes out an entire base of bad guys almost by himself. On a planet where he cannot use the force. And while greviously injured and ill.
- In Shadow Ops, anyone capable of using one of the rare prohibited forms of magic (Black magic, necromancy, gate magic, or sentient elemental creation) is automatically one of these - which is why they're illegal to begin with. Necromancy and sentient elemental creation allows for their user to essentially create an entire army instantly. Someone who can use gate magic can pretty much move anywhere they want instantly and has access to a weapon that can effortlessly slice through any material. Black Magic is control of entropy, and the person who can use it can near-instantly decay anything - living, dead, organic, mechanical, it doesn't matter. Scylla, the only user of this power, demonstrates it quite spectacularly when she uses it to literally destroy the entire defensive perimeter of a military base, killing hundreds of people, with about as much effort as crushing insects.
- Jesus Himself in the Left Behind book series, as His Word alone can kill many people en masse.
- In Perry Moore's Hero, Justice is basically a Superman Expy, so he counts easily. Good thing he's a good guy. Except not really. He's the superhero murdering Big Bad.
- Coin, the title character of Sourcery. The ancient plural of "Wizard" was "war". Coin's mere presence is enough to trigger the return of those days. Any powerful Wizard has the potential, but social conditions and limited magic normally prevent them from getting out of hand. But a Sourcerer takes away the limitations on magic...
- John Taylor of the Nightside series inspires a certain amount of terror in most people because of this: he's seen as extremely dangerous and practically unstoppable. He himself seems to think he has limits, but considering what he's survived going up against so far, it's possible that he just doesn't want to be a PMD, and so the only reason he isn't one is because he's subconsciously limiting himself.
- A lot of characters in Dragaera would fall into this, but Sethra Lavode goes above and beyond, falling somewhere between this trope and Humanoid Abomination. She's an undead sorceress a few hundred thousand years old, wields the Great Weapon Iceflame, negotiates with gods on equal footing, and her power is considered one of the keystones keeping the Jenoine out of reality. On the less powerful but also much less responsible front, Adron e'Kieron vaporized the entire capitol city, turning the area into a small ocean of elemental chaos.
- Marshal-General Atkins, humanity's last soldier, in The Golden Oecumene. In addition to all the weapons he carries (which are powerful enough to, in his words, "crack the planet in half and fry it like an egg"), his body itself is a weapon: his surface skin cells each individually contain an Energy Weapon and his blood is Grey Goo that consumes all biological matter that isn't him.
- In The Chronicles of Amber, Merle Corey—a.k.a. Merlin, son of Corwin, a.k.a. Merlin, Lord of Chaos—is a rather low-key and intelligent twenty-something computer engineer. But if you push him hard enough, you'll discover that under that exterior is a superhuman sorcerer who's good at improvisation, can call on the two greatest sources of power in the known universe, can kick the ass of most beings even without magic, and as a last ditch option, can summon elemental chaos to utterly obliterate everyone and everything within the target area.
- The Power of Five: Scarlett definitely gives off this vibe at the end of Necropolis, when she all but destroys Hong Kong. Matt can become this - when Richard sees his older, more experienced past incarnation in Oblivion, he sees no reason to assume that the kid is incapable of parting the seas or rending apart the sky.
- Elites in Gavin Smith's Age of Scorpio have received so much ultratech enhancement that they closely resemble mini-apocalypses. They are introduced with one Elite shredding an entire battleship.
- Icarium Lifestealer from the Malazan Book of the Fallen may be one of the nicest and most caring people one can come upon in the books. Piss him off, though, and you may say goodbye to your city/country/civilization. And it's not even intentional, as afterwards he will not remember how he just levelled the city in the ruins of which he's now standing and will even be shocked at how someone could possibly bring so much destruction and death. In trying to use him as a weapon the Nameless Ones might have bitten off more than they could chew and characters who encounter Icarium have a hard time reconciling the person they've met with the stories trailing in his wake.
Mythology and Religion
- In Irish Mythology, Balor of the Evil Eye, as told about in The Battle of Magh Tuireadh, was a king of monstrous giants called the Fomor who used his eye as a weapon: "The Evil Eye was no ordinary eye but a deadly weapon that was never opened except on the battlefield. It was 'a ruinous venomous weapon' that needed four strong men to raise the lid from the eye with a polished grappling iron hung on massive wheels and pulleys. As the Evil Eye swept the battlefield its deadly gaze destroyed all who stood before it; whole troops of warriors lay withered in its wake and the tide of battle turned against the Tuatha Dé Danann."
- Satan in The Bible is said to be so large that he can wipe 1/3 of the stars out of the sky with his tail, yet is still infinitely less powerful than God himself.
- The Hekatonkheires in Classical Mythology were the embodiments of natural disasters, each with fifty heads and one hundred arms. Their primary tactic during the Titanomachy was continuously throwing entire mountains.
- All psykers (psychic humans) in Warhammer 40,000 have the potential to be this, not so much because of their abilities themselves but because they are incredibly vulnerable to Demonic Possession (which is bad), and are correspondingly treated with paranoid caution (at best) by the unbelievably repressive Imperium.
- The most powerful psykers (class Alpha Plus) can (depending on the type of power they have), mind-control entire cities, incinerate armies or snap a battle titan (the series' Humongous Mecha) in half with a mere thought. To make matters worse, the minds of current humans aren't built to handle Beta-and-above levels of psionic power, causing most psykers of such power levels to usually be batshit insane, not to mention very short lived, as their presence attracts daemons like flies to honey, usually resulting in them exploding apart in a gory fashion while reality tears asunder and daemonic legions march forth to slaughter all life on the world. One of the very few and most notable exceptions is the God Emperor of Mankind, who is beyond superhuman in both body and mind.
- Ork Weirdboyz use a form of magic tied to "Orkiness", that latent gestalt energy generated by every Ork, and used by them every day on an instinctual basis to tell the laws of physics to sit down and shut up. Weirdboyz tap into it more directly than other Orks though, channeling it into power blasts or giant feet falling from the sky. The more Orks around the psyker, the more powerful his magic is. There is a catch, however: if there are too many boyz around, or they get too excited, the poor Weirdboy can't handle the sheer amount of power, which can cause his magic to fizzle... or himself to go nuclear. Yuks ensue.
- Considering Rifts has rules for playing as a minor god, this should not come as a surprise. However the bar for Person of Mass Destruction is low; anyone in MDC body armor and packing an energy weapon is as durable as many modern armored fighting vehicles. Annihilating a rural village is well within the means of low-level player characters, unless said village pulls Superweapon Surprise with a supernatural protector or someone hiding a suit of power armor in their shed.
- Given that in Rifts creatures wandering the SAFER parts of the world are generally somewhat challenging for a party of low-level player characters, intelligent players will consider what it means for there to be an apparently undefended, unmolested village in the middle of nowhere in particular...
- The flexible, comic-book-based rules system of Mutants & Masterminds and its parabolic power progression make it easy to create a starting character with the ability to take on an army or wipe out a city. Omega, the Big Bad of the Freedom City setting, is a threat on a cosmic level and could personally blow through a mountain in seconds.
- Duplication and a reasonable smattering of other powers can provide you with a starting character that is an army and can wipe out a city by personally dismantling it piece by piece.
- That's nothing. It is possible to make a PL 4 (most starting characters are PL 10) character with an 8-point (out of 150 for the average starting character) power which completely destroys a planet.
- While not as extreme as some of the others on this page, the mages in Mage: The Awakening essentially become one of these when they reach mastery of virtually any Arcanum. The archmasters are more direct examples, to the point where they essentially have a non-aggression pact to prevent themselves from destroying the world, and instead conduct their affairs through a series of proxies, a la the Cold War.
- In Dark Ages: Mage (a historical setting for Mage: The Ascension)... to be honest, the time needed for this is exactly the amount of time one needs for standard character creation, if we count being able to be an orbital bomber enough for this. note So you can destroy towns with fire from the air needing only some simple item like a coin as a focus object (so not even clothes necessary) with a character out of creation. Oh, and the best part of this... that's all in medieval times. (Yes, orbital bombardment in a medieval setting.)
Most Old World of Darkness games can make madly powerful characters compared to sane things in their setting - usually ones that are one-trick wonders - but in Mage it won't even be a one-trick wonder. Sure you're human, but then again you can be a human foreseeing the future, living several thousand years, avoiding all situations where being a 'fragile human' could be a problem, just by knowing about them in advance and manipulating things like change, destiny, minds, natural forces and so on, to just achieve what you wished.
- Also, in the New World of Darkness, supplemental material from Hunter: The Vigil makes it clear that Task Force: VALKYRIE considers any werewolves to be a national security nightmare, because they're indistinguishable from humans until they walk into a secure facility and turn into nine-foot-tall killing machines.
- The Arisen of Mummy: The Curse all start out at the very height of their power, which includes, among other things, the ability to cause a magnitude 6.0 earthquake to devastate a 10-mile region or call down a meteor storm on everything within a mile. Fortunately(?), they get weaker the longer they're up and about.
- The whole point of Exalted is that you play as one of these. Exalted are very, VERY powerful - but no more mentally stable than the average person. In fact, due to the Great Curse, they're quite prone to become unhinged and abuse their power. It's a game mechanic. When an experienced Exalt starts to look even a little bit angry, run.
- Don't. You'll only die tired.
- This is also the case for a lot of major NPCs, such as the Deathlords, each of whom is, in their current state, entirely capable of taking on everything in the Underworld except the other Deathlords without backup.
- While all Exalts are good at this, Infernals have access to an entire charm tree built around a Fantastic Nuke effect. The most terrifying Infernal Shintai Charm, Demon Emperor, basically turns a large area around you into ground zero for anyone you don't specifically declare exempt, unless they grovel at your feet. Infernal Charms are quite literally as awesome as hell.
- Abyssals are also skilled in this area, but that's less about killing everyone who annoys you and more about blighting large chunks of Creation straight into the Underworld.
- Nobilis is another one where PCs tend to be phenomenally powerful but not particularly stable; most Nobles were pretty screwed-up people even before they were given their godlike powers and found themselves serving an inhuman morality code. Oh, and the Earth is ruled by someone who, among other things, has forbidden Nobles to love on punishment of being forced to kill their own loved ones if caught.
- Then there are the Strategists, each of whom has a power that permits them to destroy pretty much anything they like. One canonical use of the World-Breaker's Hand created the Dead Zone of Libya, a place where nothing grows, nothing lasts, nothing matters, and while you can break a man by leaving him there for a day or two, nobody takes advantage of this because the trait that makes places memorable is a trait the Dead Zone no longer has.
- In the game Scion you play as the mortal offspring of a god. You start out essentially as a minor superhero, but given enough time you can build yourself up to full god status and can do essentially anything within your purview (for instance, if you're a god of death you can kill essentially anyone up to and including the population of whole nations at will; or if you're a god of strength you can pick up the Willis Tower...and the Empire State building...at the same time...in either hand...and use them as battle clubs...)
- The Wild Talents game system actually details in its power generation tutorial how to build a power with unlimited range that halts nuclear fusion. Not terribly useful on its own, unless you spend the extra points to change the duration to permanent. For someone of a heroic bent, a power like this could be useful against a crazed dictator who has just launched his entire nuclear arsenal against the world. For someone a little more unhinged? Turn off the sun. FOREVER. Or, until the Game Master reveals your opposite number exists who has the power to restart nuclear fusion.
- There is a d20 RPG adaptation of The Slayers. In this game there are rules for learning the tac-nuke level Dragon Slave and the world-ending Giga Slave, though advice is given to the GM not to hand the latter to the players unless there's a good reason to.
- The Planeswalkers of Magic: The Gathering are mages of near-godlike power who can easily become this, depending on their style of magic. Chandra Nalaar, for example, is a pyromancer who caused so much damage as a child that her whole village was blamed for it. For players who want in on the fun, the game offers board-clearing spells in a number of flavors, especially red, black, and white. Lore-wise they were once Physical Gods able to make and unmake entire worlds. They had to be nerfed just so they could be represented in card form. To put that in perspective, demons, dragons, gods, and the avatars of entire planes themselves have all been represented as cards. Nicol Bolas is one of the most powerful Planeswalkers of them all, since absorbing a conflux of mana from a shattered plane restored him to near Pre-mending Planeswalker level.
- High level characters in Dungeons & Dragons tend to be this, with some variance for edition and class. Mages tend to do it better, both for power-progression reasons and because non-spellcasters tend to have to do their army-killing a few mooks at a time instead of just wiping out every mook in one with a single spell. This is touched upon in the fluff in various ways, with Forgotten Realms (for example) both mentioning cases of mass invasions being single-handedly thwarted by powerful spellcasters and having a rough variant of Mutually Assured Destruction as a reason the various high-level non-player characters don't get actively involved more often for their respective factions, with the NPCs themselves being the 'nukes'.
- Quite a lot of people in the Nasuverse are like this.
- For Tsukihime you have Arcueid, who has to use 70% of her power to stop herself from going into an Unstoppable Rage and even with the remaining 30% can apparently use her Marble Phantasm to pull the moon from 1000 years into the future into the sky for one night. See also: Zelretch, Aozaki Aoko, some of the Dead Apostles and even Shiki if he had the time to actually prep himself before his brain burned out. Example, killing the world around the entire school area in order to partially depower Arcueid and make her somewhat more vulnerable in Ciel's True End. Imagine if the 'point of death' of the entire world happened to be nearby him.
- Fate/stay night has, surprisingly, Dark Sakura because she has more magical energy than she could ever possibly use no matter what and can summon up apparently infinite giant freaky monster things if she has time. Is also the avatar of the devil. Some of the Servants like Gilgamesh could also probably blow up entire cities in a single blow if they felt like it. Servants tend to be much more about focused destruction than the characters in Tsukihime though, who cause wide area damage. Aozoki can blow up cities on a whim, for example!
- Any Servant with an anti-fortress/city phantasm counts, as their phantasm is specifically designed to annihilate a fully-defended castle in one shot. Heck, even an anti-army phantasm probably would count (though on the low end of the scale, being designed to kill hundreds of Muggles rather than wiping castles and supernatural horrors completely off the face of the earth.) Also, Gilgamesh can canonically pierce through Gaeia's Ultimate Reality Marble which manifests all over the planet, the results of which would no doubt be catastrophic.
- In Hatoful Boyfriend it is revealed in BBL that Nageki, while alive, harbored a disease that killed any human he came in contact with within minutes. When he was imprisoned and his virus started to be weaponized, he killed himself. But the researcher wasn't finished - he worked to weaken Ryouta and gave him that same virus, five years later.
- From the Union series, Tank born Shadow Agents, depending on the Country/Colony of origin, have a kill switch installed, resulting in The Berserker. To quote a passage from the story:
We popped the Kill Switch on a Schatten once, just to see what it could do. It tore through nearly half the Londinium ground forces before it died of blood loss. It took three days.
We never made that mistake again.
- In the Global Guardians PBEM Universe there is Quantum, a who can manipulate matter and energy on the quantum level. His death (he literally exploded after being mortally wounded while battling an alien invasion fleet) vaporized Triton. You know... the largest of Neptune's moons?
- Many of the humanoids housed by the SCP Foundation (and that may or may not include the researchers), particularly the ones with the object class Keter.
- SCP-076 ("Abel") is the prime example.
- Tennyo, of the Whateley Universe. What, the whole 'antimatter in her body' thing doesn't bother you? What about the 'neutron star blast' thing she did in her combat final? Or the death-blow that dissolved Killbot and disintegrated his soul? Or the thing she did when defending herself from over a hundred bad guys that ripped a hole in space-time? Or when she ate the demonically-tainted Weres that attacked the school? Or...
- Or what we found out in "Ayla and the Great Shoulder Angel Conspiracy": the part of her that is not Billie Wilson is older than Mankind and has destroyed entire interplanetary civilizations.
- Explored and deconstructed in Sam Hughes' Fine Structure science fiction series. Here's a relevant quote discussing why superhumans make terrible weapons of mass destruction:
Because they're weapons, the superhumans, but they're not weapons of mass destruction. They're in one place, at one time. And you can't send a human into a city and tell him to kill ten thousand people. He'd have to do it personally, hand to hand, in twos and threes, hurling cars, taking heads, pulling down buildings on crowds. He'd have no choice but to look into the eyes of at least one in every ten of his victims, and, if he wasn't hopelessly deranged to begin with, he'd be driven there by the end. If he didn't simply resign. Either way, he'd be out of your control. And that is much more important.
It's more humane, in a way. Walking up to your enemy and pushing your finger through his heart and out the other side is much more costly than doing the same from fifty yards away with a gun, or from the other side of the river with a mortar, or from another hemisphere with an intercontinental ballistic missile. Psychologically, that is.
It makes you think.
- Being a pilot in Pilots requires a mindset that is more or less directly antithetical to militarism or aggression, and you can't coerce them because that breaks the mental state required to switch. However, the mechanics of the power can be quite destructive—there are several cases of accidental pushback or too-small switch spheres that cause many deaths—and it gets even worse with the ADPs. X is discovered when he creates pushback that is initially mistaken for a major earthquake, by accident.
- The Knights of Grabacr from Lambda are each capable of singlehandedly wiping out entire armies. Their leader, Lady Weissteufel, does this on a regular basis.
- All of the Endbringers in Worm easily qualify. Several characters worry that Noelle does as well.
- Shatterbird can telekinetically control glass with an absolutely massive range, allowing her to create shrapnel out of every single window in an entire city. She does this to Brockton Bay.
- Phir Sē also definitely counts. By exploiting the mechanics of his power, he could create an attack potentially powerful enough to shatter the Indian subcontinent.
- And especially Scion, as he demonstrates when he obliterates Great Britain pretty much effortlessly. Not just the people on it- the actual island.
- Parodied with Kotomaru in Girl Chan In Paradise when he unleashes his secret power. Kenstar and Yusuke react with shock, while Green Guy comments that last time this happened, he destroyed a WHOOOOOOOOOOOLE kitchen.
- An episode of Justice League Unlimited featured a guy with (basically) a black hole in his gut.
- There's also Captain Atom, who's pretty much a walking nuclear fallout contained in a suit.
- Above everyone else is Ivo's Android (Amazo in the comics) who has enough power to make Dr. Manhattan look like an amateur. It can easily destroy the universe with a simple thought. Fortunately, by the time its ever-growing power reached that point, it had gone from villain to True Neutral.
- In the finale of Kim Possible, the sidekick Ron Stoppable became one of these when he finally got control of his Mystical Monkey Powers. He managed to defeat two powerful giant aliens and hurl them effortlessly into the sky and caused them to crash head on into their crashing spaceship. Needless to say, enemy and ally alike were impressed, shocked, and a little nervous.
- On a technicality, he was already one due to his destructive clumsiness. The only difference now is he can voluntarily control the chaos he causes.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender:
- Flame Princess from Adventure Time. Not only is she an Apocalypse Maiden if she ever kisses someone, but she caused a massive forest fire as a baby after her father left her in the woods to perish.
- The Disney Animated Canon has a few examples..
- Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty is so powerful she nears Reality Warper status. She casts incredibly complicated curses, creates a giant spiky forest or rose thorns in an instant and can turn into a dragon. All the powers of hell, indeed. She is so powerful that the story's hero is unable to defeat her, and needs the three good fairies to cop him out.. multiple times.
- Ursula in The Little Mermaid, but only after she obtains Triton's trident and therewith power over all the oceans (which means power over roughly 71% of the world.) She is only defeated by being caught off guard.
- Aladdin's Jafar, after being made a genie. He already had the ability to shapeshift into a giant snake. Now he has added Reality Warper powers! Except of course, being a genie meant being bound to your lamp..
- Hercules has a cast full of people of mass destruction: Hercules himself, the Titans, Zeus, Hades.. The list goes on and on. Though Hades' status as Non-Action Big Bad raises at least some doubts about his capabilities, he's still a Physical God commanding a cabinet full of creepy monsters.
- Ralph from Wreck-It Ralph arguably applies.
- Elsa from Frozen, or at least she sees herself this way. Given that she subjects her seaside capital to an Endless Winter harsh enough to freeze the harbor solid in midsummer and can create not only an entire massive castle out of ice but also living ice creatures all with barely any effort and with no real training , she has a point.
- The Watterson family in The Amazing World of Gumball frequently cause massive property damage, some good examples being "The Skull" (when Gumball and Darwin cause $20,000 of damage to the boy's shower room) and "Christmas" (when Gumball, Darwin, and Anais similarly cause thousands of dollars of damage at the local mall). In one episode, Mr. Watterson got a job, this was apparently so against the natural order that just driving around making deliveries unwound the fabric of the universe.
- Hector even moreso, by merit of being an easily-excited giant.
- While not one on a large scale (unless part of a Humongous Mecha) Dee-Dee from Dexter's Laboratory was considered one by her brother, as she was typically the cause of failure for his inventions - typically with Stuff Blowing Up.
- Hayley from American Dad! turns into one of these whenever she gets dumped.
- Spliced: Two-Legs Joe can create tornadoes and earthquakes, destroy buildings and cities, sink islands, create and destroy black holes, and even alter the orbits of celestial bodies just by stomping his feet.
- Peri and Entree have destroyed the island multiple times, though through just plain recklessness rather than any actual superpowers.
- Cosmo of The Fairly OddParents was responsible for sinking Atlantis, setting off the volcano that destroyed Pompeii, and instantaneously transfiguring the shining utopia of Xanadu into the disgusting rathole of Pittsburgh.
- The Legend of Korra: The Red Lotus are all extremely competent benders but P'Li and Ghazan take the trope. P'Li's combustion power can level opponents, and she's capable of blowing up cars, people and even shot down a dragon. Ghazan's lava bending allows him to turn the battlefield into a death hazard and put his team on the higher ground. He's also responsible for the single handed large scale destruction of the group destroying a wall of Ba Sing Se and later bringing down an air temple.
- Typhoid Mary was a Person of Mass Destruction. She was told, but she never believed she was responsible for those typhoid outbreaks, since she'd never shown symptoms of typhoid herself. After the wave of typhoid fever was traced back to her, she was specifically forbidden from having anything to do with food preparation. So she escaped, changed identity, and went back to making food... and triggered another wave of typhoid.
- Likewise, the spread of HIV in the first decade or so of the AIDS epidemic has been traced back to a specific handful of infectees. Many of the first wave of North American AIDS cases originated with an individual male flight attendant who'd contracted HIV overseas, then scored in dozens of U.S. and Canadian cities where his flights had stopped overnight.
- It's rare, but a few HIV-positive individuals have been brought up on criminal charges for deliberately passing their condition on to others without their knowledge (which, naturally, is featured in an episode of Law & Order). Those who did so with numerous partners may qualify as PMD.
- "Kill them all - God will know His own". Those were the the words of Simon de Montfort at assault to town Béziers, 22 July 1209, during the Albigensian Crusade.