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->'''Evek:''' How big was the explosion?
->'''pipes!:''' It was really big but it was shaped like a sphere but there was no shockwave, but that's OK...
-->-- '''The LetsPlay/FreelanceAstronauts''', ''Fanfic/TheTaleOfSephirothGokuTheStampede'', [[https://youtu.be/J3UsDSdxCEk?t=6m15s as recounted here.]]

Explosions in fiction sometimes have a negligible effect outside of anything in the direct blast radius - buildings and sidewalks have relatively precise chunks taken out of them, but there's precious little singeing or shockwave damage. In the most blatantly overdone cases, the blast radius looks like a huge sphere of negative space 1500 feet across, with neat slices taken out of surrounding buildings, pavement, cars, hillsides, et cetera; there appears to have been no actual ''heat'', let alone shockwaves, emanating from the explosion at all - the only result is that a massive spherical section of the environment appears to be ''missing''.

This is often done with [[AppliedPhlebotinum Phlebotinum-enabled]] explosives, allowing creators to HandWave this effect under the RuleOfCool. If the target of the attack happens to have a BeehiveBarrier, expect anything surrounding him to be in similar pristine conditions.

Related to ConvectionSchmonvection, DoNotTouchTheFunnelCloud, PillarOfLight and KungFuSonicBoom. Stylistically similar to SphereOfPower.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' frequently employed this; the designers often ignored actual physics in order to create [[RuleOfCool memorable visual images]], at least when the explosions weren't [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic implausibly]] [[CreepyCoolCrosses cross shaped]].
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'': Lina Inverse's ultimate spell worked much like this; everything inside the Dragon Slave's blast radius is devastated, while nothing outside of it is even touched. So did pretty much every other destructive spell in her repertoire for that matter.
** Lina's best spell, the Giga Slave, is actually all about the sphere. It is capable of destroying anything, including gods, because [[spoiler: it draws upon the power of The Lord of Nightmares, creator deity of all things. However, without being limited to a specific area "Destroy Anything" becomes "Destroy EVERYTHING". The spell is front and center for 3 of the 4 big bad fights of the first 3 seasons, and is mentioned as a last ditch resort against the last big bad. More importantly, it is the driving force of the entire second season.]]
* ''Manga/{{Akira}}'': shows up every time someone uses psychic powers, although sometimes only through implication (stress fractures in the walls/floor around the user). [[spoiler: The first one of these, generated by the title character, was responsible for the destruction of Tokyo and the start of World War III.]]
* The antibody coralians in ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' attack in this fashion, blowing precise, spherical holes into buildings (and anyone unfortunate enough to be in that part of said building).
* Sho, the protagonist of the ''Manga/{{Guyver}}'' anime is encased in a gravity-based Sphere of Destruction as protection during his TransformationSequence. The villains use this to their advantage in one episode, handcuffing Sho to his girlfriend in the knowledge that if he transformed, the sphere would annihilate her.
* Subverted in ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionCenturyOrguss Orguss 02]]'', when a missile TheManBehindTheMan fires at a city creates one of these - and the citizens find themselves still intact once it passes over them. Until they collapse, coughing up blood - neutron bombs, go figure.
* The dome around Mugen/Infinity Academy during the climax of ''Anime/SailorMoon S''. The Sailor Scouts are even able to hold its expansion by using their powers at its exact border.
** The [[BigBad BigBads]] of the first two seasons [[spoiler: are destroyed this way, Queen Beryl and the Negaforce with a giant energy ball, and Wiseman with an exploding energy wave powered by two silver crystals, although in Wiseman's case the other Sailor Scouts may have been in the blast radius and were not harmed at all.]]
* In ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', these make up most of the attacks of wide-area spell users like Reinforce and Hayate. Even [[WaveMotionGun Starlight Breaker]] was turned into a city-wide SphereOfDestruction in the hands of Reinforce.
* Used in ''Anime/CodeGeass R2''; [[spoiler:the nuclear-sakuradite weapon FLEIJA causes everything within 8000 meters to cease to exist, surrounding objects are affected by the rapid expansion of air due to the initial explosion and also by the rapid vacuum effect caused by the collapse of the sphere.]] Picture [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_8nBeRJ0KWv8/SLLSSDCM5NI/AAAAAAAACG0/5pSF3g6-erw/s320/02.JPG here]].
* ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'': This is one of Velgemon's attacks, and being the upgraded form, it is quite lethal.
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** Used ''a lot'' in ''Anime/DragonballZ'', especially in the video game adaptations. Sometimes you can apply a [[InactionSequence few cubic feet of air]] for the people who [[KiAttacks shoot these blasts]].
*** Probably the most obvious offender is Tien's Kikoho/Tri-Beam attack, which leaves absolutely ''massive'' holes in the earth that would look to be far beyond repair, yet somehow doesn't damage anything the blast doesn't hit, and doesn't even show any shockwaves like some energy blasts of the show do.
*** Frieza's gigantic Death Balls, which he primarily uses to [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroy planets]], but when he uses it on Namek it forms a neat hole that went all the way to the core before the planet was destroyed.
** ''Anime/DragonBallGT'': The very last attack ever unleashed in the entire series, and the single-most powerful, was a galactic-scale Spirit Bomb against TrueFinalBoss Omega Shenron. Goku's energy had been all but wasted, and Omega Shenron had all seven Dragonballs in his chest, ready to kill literally everything he ran into. The only hope left for Goku was to call on the spiritual energy of ''every'' single living being in the galaxy, charging a gargantuan Spirit Bomb that he used to vaporize Omega Shenron, [[NoEndorHolocaust somehow managing not to waste Earth with him]]. Fitting for such an epic series to go out with a bang.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse'', the FinishingMove you can learn from your mentoring under [[Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods Beerus]] is called this by name.
* ''Anime/{{Macross}}'':
** In ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross''[=/=]''Anime/{{Robotech}}''[='s=] first season, the hyperdrive transports everything within a spherical radius of the ship, which on its first activation [[PortalCut includes South Ataria Island]].
*** And again when the Point Barrier system, which had been modified as an omnidirectional sphere barrier, overloads and explodes. The sphere becomes a wave of destruction that vaporizes a good chunk of Ontario in ''seconds'', with the Macross itself, unharmed, in the very center.
** ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' introduces the "Dimension Eater"/"fold bomb", which generates an expanding swirly purple sphere of doom that shunts anything consumed by it into a [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace Fold vortex]] (where it will be torn apart and disintegrated) as it grows to planetary scale before collapsing in on itself. Weaponized [[NegativeSpaceWedgie space wedgies]] [[RuleOfCool for the win]].
*** It gains points in that the original Dimension Eater used on Galia IV (see image above) is treated with all due horror and provides a ShockingSwerve for the series, as well as a MoralEventHorizon for a previously behind-the-scenes BigBad. But by the end of the series, the [[FunWithAcronyms NUNS]] fleet uses these as ''standard warheads'' for their [[MacrossMissileMassacre iconic missile salvos]]. Brr.
** Dimension/Fold weapons reappear in ''Anime/MacrossDelta'', with one having been responsible for creating a permanent space-time rift on Windermere during its war of independence.
* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura's'' Void card used this during the series-finale movie.
* Dark Schneider's Black Sabbath spell in the manga ''Manga/{{Bastard}}!!'' works like this, although it is somewhat justified as being a nuclear explosion contained in a force field, in order to focus all of the energy on one target
* Several jutsu in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' have a similar effect:
** 3rd Tsuchikage's attack (''Genkai Hakuri no Jutsu'') is a '''cube''' of destruction, which creates a cube with a sphere inside that explodes but is contained by the cube, leaving an imprint of its shape in anything only caught half-way in.
** Juugo's [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Cursed Seal 2]] [[BeamSpam Chakra blast]] has a radius and beam which leave a near-perfect imprint of a sphere.
** The destruction left by [[spoiler:Danzo]]'s TakingYouWithMe sealing technique is also perfectly spherical.
** Deidara's "suicide bomber clone" to escape from Team Kakashi and Team Gai is also a sphere. [[spoiler:As is C0, which left a town just outside of its radius unharmed even though the explosion was larger than the city itself.]]
** The largest, most obvious example is the [[YinYangBomb Tailed Beast Bomb]]. Depending on the size and density of the attack, the explosion can range from a mountain-destroying sphere, to a [[UpToEleven mountain-range-destroying sphere]], to a county-sized ''cone'' of destruction that extends to space, and ultimately a blast that can destroy a small country. Interestingly, the larger the blast is, the ''less'' of an impact it has on the ground it engulfs, and there is a notable lack of a shockwave, despite the fact that it can cause tsunamis and that ring clouds form around it, similar to a nuke.
** Naruto himself has quite a few, all being variants of the Tailed Beast Bomb and Rasengan. His entire arsenal consists of a Cloning technique, a Transformation technique, a Replacement technique, and about 30 different Spheres of Destruction. The Bijudama, Rasengan, and Rasenshuriken, ten variants each.
* The Festum in ''Anime/FafnerInTheAzureDeadAggressor'' seem to shoot small black holes at their targets; the visible effect is a purple sphere for a couple of seconds which then disappears leaving a perfect spherical void. They appear to have a pull effect as one unfortunate RedShirt found out in the first episode.
** They explode into black holes when destroyed as well. The same technology is somehow incorporated into the Fafner's [[TakingYouWithMe Fenrir System]].
* Masamori's Zekkai is a tiny SphereOfDestruction in ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}''.
* One of [[spoiler:Kuma]]'s powers, especially Ursus Shock in ''Manga/OnePiece.'' In his case it doesn't seem to vaporize anything, just knock out all of the people and leave most of the architecture still standing, despite being an explosion of compressed air.
** Before that, the finale of the Ace VS Blackbeard fight ends with [[http://www.mangareader.net/103-2548-27/one-piece/chapter-441.html a clash of the two's big guns]]. [[spoiler: Blackbeard's unnamed one wins]].
* A strategic-class attack spell, banned by international treaty, in ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'' causes this. When used on a seaborne target, the spell leaves a bowl-shaped hole ''in the ocean'', which quickly becomes a devastating tsunami.
* Firing the [[WaveMotionGun Angel Arm]] in ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' has this effect both at the target and, if used at a high enough power, at the point of origin.
* It is implied that this is how the Tokyo Jupiter from ''Anime/RahXephon'' came to be. Detonating a Trans-Dimensional Drive can also create one artificially although no one has the idea of weaponizing it until the final battle.
* Manga/{{Zeorymer}} [[spoiler:and Great Zeorymer]]'s Mei-Oh Kougeki.
* Spoofed in the first five minutes of ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'', when [[RobotGirl Nano]] [[CrashIntoHello runs into a random schoolboy]]. While it certainly ''looks'' impressive, the end result is just Nano and the boy getting stuck on different roofs (although Nano could easily get down [[ShrinkingViolet if she weren't so timid]]), and a bunch of small items being thrown around the town (most of which end up falling on [[FieryReadhead Yuko's]] head).
* ''Manga/RaveMaster'' has one in it's prologue. In an odd use of the trope, the explosion does have some affect other than destroying everything inside of it. Apparently the sheer force of it's destruction created a storm around the circumference of the blast, which has been going for 50 years by the time the protagonists find it.
* Vanilla Ice's Stand in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has the ability to form a mobile SphereOfDestruction by eating itself Ouroburos-style, erasing anything it comes into contact with.

* TimeTravel in the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' movies functions like this. They even go out of their way to show the audience the perfectly spherical damage to nearby fences, buildings, and sidewalks. The purpose of the sphere-of-melt is to prevent the time traveler from [[TeleFrag merging themselves with an unanticipated brick wall.]] A discarded scene idea from [[Film/TheTerminator the first film]] was to have another human sent back from the future die in exactly this manner.
* Neo and Agent Smith's final battle in ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'' produced several [[KungFuSonicBoom perfectly spherical shockwaves]] (made especially visible by the torrential rain).
* According to [[AllThereInTheManual the technical manuals]], thermal detonators (of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' fame) behave like this.
** According to the games they appear in, however, they don't. The one in the movie was never detonated.
* The [[spoiler: Dr. Manhattan-based [=WMD=]s]] in ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' work like this, at least upon initial detonation.
* ''Film/TheManWhoKnewTooLittle'': Sergai described his bomb as working this way, claiming it would destroy everything in a thirty-meter radius and nothing outside. Which was important because Sergai himself was going to be present at the function where he was planning to set off the bomb. (However, when the bomb does eventually detonate, high in the sky, it looks like normal ImpressivePyrotechnics.)
* Shows up in the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' film series, most prominently in ''Film/ResidentEvilAfterlife'', as a spectacular self-destruct system used by Umbrella in their bases. The device itself is about the size of a briefcase but generates an expanding blue sphere of utter destruction that seems to work more like a black hole than an actual bomb, sucking in everything it touches in a roughly kilometer-sized area until it reaches its maximum range and dissipates, leaving nothing behind but a (mostly) perfectly circular crater.
* The Dark Elves' grenades from ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' is both this and WeaponsThatSuck. Incredibly nasty, it's powerful enough to eliminate a NighInvulnerable SuperSoldier in a single blow.
* Happens twice in ''Film/StarTrekGenerations''.

* ''Literature/TheEternalPrison'' by Jeff Somers has rockets and artillery shells that do this by detonating conventional explosives inside a very short lived forcefield.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' the cleansing of ''saidin'' made a black sphere (described as being BlackerThanBlack) which chopped a spherical section - and the cursed city Shadar Logoth - out of the ground. The damn thing also ''imploded'', which left everyone in the area really windswept, but had a minimal effect on the surrounding area. The city itself and everything inside of it, however, was gone forever.
* One of the [[SuperweaponSurprise superweapons]] in Creator/ArthurCClarke's story "Superiority" is the "Sphere of Annihilation", which is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin just what it sounds like]]. It's devastating when it works... but [[CoolButInefficient the bugs and delays and logistical limitations]] proved to be the first step in the defeat of the narrator's side by "the ''inferior'' science of our enemies".
* In ''Literature/StarTrekFederation'', a crazed cyborg pursues Zefram Cochrane for centuries in hopes of learning to create a "warp bomb" based on an accident during the warp drive's testing. The effect works, creating a perfectly spherical radius of destruction - but the sphere can never be more than 18 meters across. (Any larger, and the drive works fine.) Conventional weapons are thus much more effective.
* Creator/AlastairReynolds' ''Literature/RevelationSpace'' trilogy gets some weapons that do this in the later books. There's one weapon that just nips everything in a chunk of space out of existence (its a real bitch to calibrate, since the only way to test the settings is to ''use it on your own ship'', if you can't stop off at a convenient planet and use the atmosphere), and the "bubble bombs" which seem to work in a similar fashion.
** Hypometric weapons, they're called. Roughly meaning, in this context, "absence of space-time". Nasty, because they can attack arbitrary points in space... lines of sight not required at all. The little bombs are called "bladder mines", and are used more like conventional warheads.
* Bobbles in Creator/VernorVinge's ''Literature/ThePeaceWar'' and its associated stories have this effect. It wasn't until some time after their first use (as weapons) that it was discovered the silver spheres were actually stasis fields, freezing their contents in time instead of simply destroying them. Then people started using them for one-way TimeTravel.
* Warp grenades in David Weber's ''Heirs of Empire'' trilogy move anything within a certain radius into hyperspace when they detonate.
* Warp grenades in Simon Hawke's ''Literature/TimeWars'' series combine a time machine with a good old-fashioned nuclear device to provide ultimate destructive power within a pre-set (and adjustable) spherical radius, making seemingly neat and clean little nuclear bombs that just happen to have horrific unintended consequences [[spoiler:(the extra destructive force is being shunted into another universe -- an ''inhabited'' other universe, which gets fed up with being nuked and declares war)]].
* The ''Series/BabylonFive'' ExpandedUniverse trilogy ''The Passing of the Techno-Mages'' has Galen accidentally discover a new spell that creates a SphereOfDestruction that, after several seconds, collapses and takes everything in it into another universe. The spheres themselves cannot exceed two meters in diameter. However, there is no limit as to how many or how fast Galen can cast the spell. In a fit of rage, he uses the spell to destroy a skyscraper and level an entire city block by casting it dozens, if not hundreds, of times.
* Yog-Sothoth of the Franchise/CthulhuMythos is literally (made of) Spheres of Destruction: should anyone come into physical contact with "the Key and the Gate", bad stuff happens.
* Literally invoked by Creator/DanBrown in ''Literature/AngelsAndDemons'' with no apologies to the laws of physics.
-->''As if bound by God's own will, the surging radius seemed to hit a wall. It was as if the explosion were contained somehow in a giant glass sphere. The light rebounded inward, sharpening, rippling across itself. The wave appeared to have reached a predetermined diameter and hovered there.''
* The novo-vacuum in Creator/GregEgan's hard sci-fi novel ''Literature/SchildsLadder'' is an accidentally-created, large-scale version of this: an expanding sphere of 'new' spacetime more stable than our own, annihilating everything it overtakes. Fortunately, it only expands at ''half'' the speed of light.
* ''Literature/TheWillBeDone'' has the Sphere of Destruction. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Guess how it looks and what it does]]. Despite supposedly being hard to cast, all three times it's used it works just fine. [[spoiler:Well, except for the time when Praen cheated.]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': Fireballs and similar area effect spells are like this. At least it's specifically mentioned in Fireball's description that it creates almost no pressure.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** Eldar distort weapons in remove perfect spheres from their targets, sending everything in the sphere ''straight to hell''. [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace Literally]].
** The Vortex Grenade, which is a Sphere of Annihilation by another name, and uses a template which follows this trope to a T. Anything that even touches the Vortex Grenade template is sucked straight into the Warp and killed instantly with no saves, regardless of special rules that grant immunity to instant death. The only exception are superheavy vehicles and gargantuan creatures, which take D3 structure points and D6 wounds worth of damage respectively (and are presumably left with a perfectly spherical hole in the side). The Vortex also randomly teleports around the battlefield at the start of each turn, making it very risky to use.
** The Dark Eldar Void Bomb actually creates a spherical barrier of force fraction of a second before its warhead detonates, creating a catastrophic detonation contained by the force barrier. Everything outside the sphere is untouched, everything inside the sphere has been annihilated.
** In-game, the imagery is implied by any Nova-type psychic power, which potentially affects anything within a certain distance of the psyker using the power.
* Then you have Creator/WhiteWolf's ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' RPG, in which there are at least one spell which fits the trope - the Solar Circle Sorcery spell "Total Annihilation". Invoking the lost name of Ligier, the Green Sun (the sun in Hell, AKA Malfeas), begins with a fifty yard wide, five mile high pillar of green light. Everything caught in it takes major damage as it is destroyed. The pillar grows outward at a rate of 10 yards per second, from twenty five to fifty seconds depending on the caster (a sorcerer with the right hearthstone and good friends can boost this all the way up to 100 seconds).
* ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy'' has a spell literally called SphereOfDestruction, though that spell isn't nearly as powerful as this trope. More to the point are Divine Level Spells, like Holocaust of Light/Darkness, which ARE this trope.
* If your MagicalGirl incurs too much Magic Overcharge in the game ''TabletopGame/MagicalBurst'', her magical power goes out of control and annihilates everything and everyone (save the most powerful of magical beings) in a sizable radius around her.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** The Mythic Map Pack for ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' features a new [[LevelEditor Forge]] item called the Kill Ball. It is essentially this trope to a T. It since appeared in every subsequent game's Forge.
** ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' and more directly ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' shows the effect of the Assault Carrier's in-atmosphere slipspace jump basically being this, as more or less everything enveloped by the massive "slipspace rupture" is torn away and carried off into slipspace with the ship. Not a perfect example though, as there were some effects outside the radius including a shockwave and radiation release, although the damage was still quite well-contained, all things considered, with most of the city remaining intact and functional.
** In ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', [[spoiler: Noble Team uses a "slipspace bomb" on a Covenant supercarrier orbiting the planet. The bomb doesn't explode: it creates an oversized, circular slipspace rupture which, since it is in space and the released antimatter does not explode as it does in the above example, cleanly removes about a third of the ship around its center.]]
* The MIDAS bomb in ''VideoGame/FrontMission 3'' works by emitting several rays of energy, which disintegrate everything they touch, randomly along every single angle and vector, until it creates a perfect sphere of light that leaves nothing behind when it fades. In one cutscene, a MIDAS bomb is dropped on a seaside city; skyscrapers are neatly cleft in twain and left standing, and the sea begins rushing back in to fill the space left by the water that was instantly vaporized by the blast.
** Of course, the story starts proper when one malfunctions, but still creates a lovely and very big sphere-shaped hole in what must be several floors of the bunker it was being kept in.
* One mission in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' has the player boarding a disabled Borg cube, [[TooSpicyForYogSothoth only to find a massive, spherical void has been removed from the center of the vessel by an unknown race the Borg attempted to assimilate.]]
* Giga-Graviton, Sin's ultimate weapon in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', does this - with the added side effect that the vacuum created by the blast does even more damage when it resolves.
** Well, it's not so much the vacuum, but the fact that it cut a perfectly cylindrical section out of the land and sea and the laws of physics took a few seconds to realise what was happening.
** The Ultima spell in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII VIII]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX X]]''.
** The Void summoned by Exdeath in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV''. Justified in that it's a self-expanding, spherical portal into nothingness, so no shockwave is produced.
* Chun-Li's Kikousho attack from ''StreetFighter''.
** From the Marvel crossovers, actually. The original version, in Alpha, was a small ball with energy trails; this became a curved barrier in Third Strike.
* Particularly bad in ''VideoGame/ScorchedEarth'', where even nuclear weapons exhibit this behavior.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Lemmings}}'', Bombers do this, via a self-destruct on a five-second timer, to any non-indestructible scenery within a fairly small radius of their position.
* Most of the weapons of the 2D ''VideoGame/{{Worms}}'' games leave perfectly circular holes behind, although worms can still be damaged and moved outside the circular blast radius. Explosives in ''Worms 3D'' leave behind spherical craters - sort of. The "poxel" deformable landscape engine is pretty innovative, but the resolution of an individual poxel is quite low - so the craters are essentially "blocky spheres".
* One might well say that nearly ''all'' computer game explosions work like this, as few have variable damage, and nearly none have shrapnel or spalling.
* ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'' demonstrates this effect with the Force Repulse ability, which has the main character leap up and emit a shockwave of Force energy in a sphere around him, bowling over any unfortunate souls in his vicinity.
** Turned UpToEleven in [[http://kotaku.com/5662499/darth-vader-can-sure-take-a-beating this trailer]] for the sequel (the first video), where Starkiller can ''disintegrate'' {{Mooks}} with his mind. TakeThat, Mace Windu!
* The Subspace Bombs of ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]'' do precisely this.
** Technically they send everything within the blast radius into Subspace completely damage free [[spoiler: as we see from the ending of Subspace Emissary when the final boss is defeated and all the locations affected by the bombs are returned.]]
*** Not ''entirely'' damage-free, as in one cutscene where we see the [=ROBs=] at the epicenter of the blast get literally ripped apart by the vacuum forces. Also, [[spoiler: as a consequence of having ''[[NoKillLikeOverkill hundreds]]'' [[NoKillLikeOverkill of subspace bombs detonated inside it at once]], the FloatingContinent is completely and irrevocably destroyed.]]
** Within the gameplay of ''Super Smash Bros'', the SmartBomb from ''VideoGame/StarFox'' is this trope on a smaller scale.
* Cybuster's "Cyflash" attack in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' takes it a step further: It only hurts what the pilot ''wants'' to hit (i.e. Enemy units).
** Shu's mech, the Neo Granzon's ultimate attack, the Shukutaihou, is pretty much this crossed with a black hole. It also seems to get more and more large an destructive in each installment, that by the time of ''2nd Original Genrations'', it seems to be able to create and then destroy a ''galaxy''.
** ''Super Robot Wars'' in general runs with this as Map based attacks.
* The Lightning spell Luminaire in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''.
* Same as the Almighty (aka neutral) spell Megidolaon from ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'' and ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga''. It has the added bonus that is a transparent dome of energy, and then it detonates like glass, dealing huge damage (of course, strong characters can shrug off several straight Megidolaons, but eh.)
* The nukes in ''VideoGame/TotalAnnihilation'' and the crawling bombs have this effect; using them effectively allows the player to cut circles out of an enemy base.
* Some weapons in ''VideoGame/{{Tyrian}}''- the [[LethalJokeItem banana bomb]], in particular- work like this. They create a huge cyan sphere that does damage to everything in its radius, but which pops instantaneously into and out of existence and only persists for a moment.
* The Quantum Deconstructor of Crypto's FlyingSaucer in ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans''.
* The Psionic Decimator in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' does this, as an obvious ShoutOut to ''Akira''.
* So does the Ray Sphere in ''VideoGame/InFamous''.
* ''VideoGame/MachinesWiredForWar'' has a ''gravity collapse weapon'' that seems to be a perfect sphere.
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'': One of Bao's [[LimitBreak Super Moves]] involves him going all ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' on the enemy and encasing himself in a giant sphere of deadly psychic energy.
* The MPBM of ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar''-- the blast itself is a sphere, but the hitbox is a strangely shaped area of death... that's larger than the screen engulfing blast when it's fired by the ADFX-01... and thankfully smaller when it's fired by [[FinalBoss the ADFX-02]].
* The Golden Undead Warrior's berserker move in ''VideoGame/GuardianHeroes''. It causes him to charge up for a few seconds and then unleash a gigantic explosion which will kill or severely maim anything it hits, in addition to knocking them clean offscreen. Just... pray you don't get hit by anyone while he uses it, or it'll hit (and kill) you too.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' focusing on "Unarmed" with Jessica rewards you with the "Magic Burst" super powerful attack.
* ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore'' for Answer has Assault Armor which basically detonates your [[HumongousMecha NEXT'S]] nuclear reactor for a high damaging blast around your NEXT.
* The Quirium Cascade Mine (or "Q-bomb") in ''VideoGame/{{Oolite}}'' generates a literal Sphere of Destruction which, when it touches most objects, vaporizes them and causes ''them'' to generate one.
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'': [[spoiler: Berserker Asura uses these in episode 12 along with KamehameHadouken's after completely losing his shit when an innocent girl that's a lot like his daughter in looks is killed by Olga to destroy her and her space fleet. When pressing the [[LimitBreak burst]] button, he creates much bigger ones of these with each press of a burst, and effectively makes Olga retreat with her tail between her legs.]]
** In the Episode IV DLC [[spoiler: the TrueFinalBoss uses these as attacks in his final form.]]
* Cliff's aptly named "Sphere of Might" in VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime
** The Dark Sphere spell that [=PCs=] and enemies alike use has a chance of instantly [=KOing=] the target. Gravitation has a similar scheme, only with a different color and merely slows you down.
* There's many examples of this in the ''VideoGame/TalesSeries''. Some recurring ones include the Guilty Resolver spell and some renditions of Explosion.
** From ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'', there's Dhaos with his signature Dhaos Corridor[=/=]Dhaos Blast, which generates a sphere of energy around him and sends the victims flying. His {{Expy}} Sekundes from ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia'' later received it (titled "Sekundes Corridor"), as did [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Yggdrasill]] (albeit renamed "Outburst") and [[VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2 Chronos]] (as "Chronos Collider".)
* In the self-titled game and Sonic 2006, Shadow the Hedgehog's Chaos Blast turns him into one.
* In ''Videogame/SengokuBasara'', Nobunaga's LimitBreak was changed into this in the third game.
* Bomb-type weapons in ''VideoGame/VirtualOn'' tend to detonate in distinct sphere shapes, or at least have a visible maximum radius with a sharp cutoff. The various Temjins with bombs exemplify this best, as the resulting explosion is a glowing blue globe of energy. If any portion of an opponent's model overlaps the sphere, they get knocked flat on their backs. If they stand even a pixel completely outside its blast radius, however, it's little more than pretty fireworks.
* Taki generates one in the intro to ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur II'' ([[CutscenePowerToTheMax and nowhere else.]])
* In ''VideoGame/MegaMan'', most explosions are shown as yellow-rimmed white spherical blasts, with both exploding bots and the various explosive weapons.
* Some sufficiently large explosions in ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriorsGundam'' will do this. Most of the pertinent examples are [[LimitBreak SP attacks]], such as the air based attack for the Gundam Double X, which fires a blast into the ground that causes an explosion at ground level--in space you can see that it's actually a sphere.

* The battle between Viole and Luminous ends with this in the ''[[Webcomic/TowerOfGod Tower of God X]] VideoGame/MapleStory'' cross-over.

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* The supervillainous Void, from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' can use what he calls "miniature dimensional rifts" as weapons. These take the form of silvery spheres of energy that, when they collapse, leave spherical areas of emptiness in anything they've touched.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** The plot catalyst of the early episode "Legends" is a dimensional rift that carves a perfect sphere out of the surrounding area and dumps more than half the team in a RetroUniverse.
** Also, one episode appears to have neat explosions such as these, but it turns out that that's the first sign that whatever was caught in them ({{Superman}} falling into that category) wasn't destroyed, but [[spoiler:[[PortalCut sent forward in time.]] Supes eventually made it back with the help of a reformed Vandal Savage, who'd managed to wipe out all life on Earth in Superman's absence.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' episode "Walk For Your Lives" featured a slooooowly expanding Sphere Of Destruction (literally just an explosion moving in slow motion), simply vaporizing anything it came into contact with. Once it's accelerated, however, it becomes a standard explosion.
* Happens in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight’s Kingdom Part 2]]'', when Twilight & Tirek's energy beams collide at the climax of their battle. The resulting blast leaves both of them picking themselves up out of piles of rubble when the dust clears.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Exosquad}}'s'' second season, J.T. Marsh's E-Frame is equipped with a Solar Flare, and expanding field of energy that destroys anything caught in it except the E-Frame generating it. When he uses it in battle, it carves out a neat curve in part of a mountain caught in the edge of the effect.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* This is averted with diagrams describing destruction caused by nuclear weapons. Normally there is a small circle labeled "fireball" imposed over a satellite photo of a city, but a much, much larger circle labeled "Destruction radius" and sometimes another, even larger circle labeled "Damage radius." Indeed, the shockwave and heat caused by the fireball is meant to be the main cause of damage, rather than the fireball itself, which often doesn't even touch the ground during a detonation (The Hiroshima Bomb exploded 2000 feet above the ground, and modern nukes are designed to detonate even higher.)
* In theory any explosion in space or similar event (supernova, nova, etc) would fit this trope. In practice, interactions with the interstellar medium, different speeds of the ejecta, presence of a companion star,etc. make the remnant to have other shapes. However there [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SN_1572 are]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simeis_147 some]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IC_3568 exceptions]][[note]]This one is rather a subversion since planetary nebulae tend to have a considerably lower expansion speed than supernova remmants as the other two. If a supernova is a dying scream, a planetary nebula is a dying whisper[[/note]] (more or less).
* The effects of a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_vacuum#Vacuum_metastability_event Quantum vacuum collapse]] would take this form, as an sphere of destruction expanding at the speed of light from its origin - and because of that speed, [[NightmareFuel anything in its path would be unable to see it coming]].