Saving the world, one act of random destruction at a time.
— Harry Dresden, The Dresden Files
My god, you're like a living wrecking ball!
— Waldo Butters, on the above, when Harry is quite literally controlling a living wrecking ball
Morgan: You never change. Always blowing things up.
Harry: I am not "always blowing things up!"
Morgan: Right. Sometimes you set them on fire.
Well, I'll say this much, they don't call your friend "Wreck-It" for nothing.
— Sergeant Calhoun, Wreck-It Ralph
Nobody wrecks MY city! Uh... except me.
— Coop, Megas XLR
Reporter: How can you justify destroying a seven million dollar mini-mall to rescue a girl whose ransom was only twenty-five thousand dollars?
Girl: Fuck you, lady!
Spartan: Good answer.
Ray: Let's split up.
Venkman: Good idea, we can do more damage that way.
Unfortunately, the city has been liberated in a manner inconsistent with its continued structural integrity.
We sure liberated the hell out of this place.
— Anonymous American G.I. during World War II
The most important thing for a hero to do is protect the people! Destroy buildings if you have to!
— Kotetsu T. Kaburagi aka Wild Tiger, Tiger & Bunny
At that moment, Robin comes crashing through the front door of the museum on his bike. You know, if this is the amount of property these two supposed "heroes" have to destroy to save the diamond, then perhaps the museum would be better off just letting Freeze have it.
We might do a little bit of damage to the building, though we’ll try really hard not to. It... just sort of happens.
I protect people and property! ...okay, property, not so much.
— Rex Salazar, Generator Rex
Our hero, our hero claims a warrior's heart
I tell you, I tell you, the Dragonborn comes
With a voice wielding power of the ancient Nord arts
Beware, beware, the Dragonborn comes....
— "The Dragonborn Comes," The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Natalya Simonova: Do you destroy every vehicle you get into?
Luck: Miss Maria, your job is to guard the casino dancers. You do understand this, right?
Maria: Of course I do, amigo! That's why I took out those rowdy guests! It was over in the blink of an eye, chop chop!
Luck: And in the blink of my eye, I found myself looking at three completely totaled slot machines, an obliterated baccarat table, something that had once been the casino door, and a broken chandelier—all casualties of your blade along with the men you killed. Now, I would very much like to hear the reason why you found it necessary to destroy my property.
— Baccano!! 1933 - The Slash: Cloudy to Rainy
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's... coming right for us, everybody run!
...Whether Kethra will be sufficiently recovered to provide its tithe within the next year is a matter for the Administratum. The point I wish to raise is that the proper application of force could have resolved the entire affair without destroying the military strength of Kethra and leaving the world vulnerable to alien attack. I regret that the Officio Assassinorum did not respond to my request earlier when their Adepts could have ended the whole affair quickly and quietly.
While the warriors of the Adeptus Astartes, as ever, showed incredible determination and unwavering loyalty to the Emperor, unleashing them against any Imperial world is to use an ultimate force exceeded only by Exterminatus.
— Inquisitor Bastalek Grim, Warhammer 40,000