Playing With / Inferred Holocaust

Basic Trope: A fridge Horror which a badass scene has Unfortunate Implications of Millions of civilian deaths.
  • Straight: Alice and Bob defeat Emperor Evulz using the Ultimate Bomb, but it destroys the city, resulting in deaths of millions of innocent civilians.
  • Exaggerated: The Ultimate Bomb destroys the entire universe, but at least Emperor Evulz doesn't get to take over.
  • Downplayed:
    • The city that was destroyed is hardly referred to again.
    • The city was evacuating, so most of the city was somewhere else.
  • Justified:
    • The city was populated entirely by Evulz' followers.
    • The beginning of the episode mentioned the city's population evacuating it to escape Evulz.
  • Inverted: The bomb failed to go off in a lab with hundreds of experiments yearning for an end to their suffering, even in death. After they promised to help them no less.
  • Subverted: It seems like the damage from the bomb is ignored ... but three episodes later Alice and Bob are arrested and charged with mass-murder.
  • Double Subverted: They were framed by Evulz for a mass-murder completely unrelated to them blowing up a large city. That mass-murder is still ignored and forgotten.
  • Parodied: The bomb causes an Earth-Shattering Kaboom. Alice states that they saved the world without any irony.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: The aftermath is acknowledged next episode. Cue My God, What Have I Done? and Heroic B.S.O.D. reactions, as well as Roaring Rampage of Revenge from the families of the dead.
  • Enforced: The bomb initially only gibbed Evulz and left a crater underneath , test audiences found it underwhelming so they made the explosion far bigger.
  • Lampshaded: "Thank goodness nobody was hurt when we set that nuke off."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Knowing the consequences if they deployed the bomb Evulz uses it to turn the world against the heroes and gain sympathy for himself. Even though he was killed he still won and his empire remains in the hands of his son.
  • Defied:
    • They have Charles mass teleport everyone except them and Evulz from the city before they deploy it.
    • "Thank you?!? You expect us to thank you??? You just blew up the city! 100 million people died in that explosion!! You're both under arrest for mass-murder, and I'll see you on the electric chair for this."
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "Oh sure a happy ending, never mind that you made Chernobyl look like a spilled drink when you blew up his space fortress! The surface should be uninhabitable after that many reactors exploded mid-operation."
  • Deconstructed: The heroes actions are shown to have caused wide death and destruction after the fact, leaving them to deal with the guilt, the cost, and the consequences of their actions.
  • Reconstructed: The heroes reexamine the situation and realize that it was a Lesser of Two Evils decision. While the consequences of the heroes' actions were great, they ultimately did the best they could in a bad situation. They are able to stop blaming themselves after understanding that the blame should rest with the villains for causing the situation in the first place.


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