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* In "Literature/ColdSnap", the villain's {{Magitek}} summoning device has power requirements that he satisfies by subverting the national grid. When he mentions this during his bout of EvilGloating, the hero recalls a nation-wide blackout a few days earlier that had been officially attributed to too many people using electric devices to beat the summer heat.

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* As mentioned in Literature, in the Literature/BookOfExodus from ''Literature/TheBible'', God caused a supernatural blackout to happen in ancient Egypt as one of the ten plagues, which prevented the Egyptians from seeing any form of light during the entire time of the plague.
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* In a commercial for Energizer batteries, a janitor working at a power plant accidentally spills coffee on the control panel, causing a city-wide blackout. To restore the power, he activates the emergency lithium backup system, who is none other than the Energizer Bunny.

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* In a commercial for [[Advertising/EnergizerBunny Energizer batteries, batteries]], a janitor working at a power plant accidentally spills coffee on the control panel, causing a city-wide blackout. To restore the power, he activates the emergency lithium backup system, who is none other than the Energizer Bunny.


* Much of the northeastern United States (including [[BigApplesauce New York City]]) and the Canadian province of Ontario saw massive power outages on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northeast_blackout_of_1965 November 9, 1965]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northeast_blackout_of_2003 August 14, 2003.]] New York City had another one on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City_blackout_of_1977 July 13, 1977.]]

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* Much of the northeastern United States (including [[BigApplesauce New York City]]) and the Canadian province of Ontario saw massive power outages on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northeast_blackout_of_1965 November 9, 1965]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northeast_blackout_of_2003 August 14, 2003.]] New York City had another one on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City_blackout_of_1977 July 13, 1977.]]]], followed by a partial one on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhattan_blackout_of_July_2019 July 13, 2019]].

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* In the second book of ''Literature/{{Gone}}'', the entire DomedHometown setting undergoes a blackout due to the Coates students, manipulated by [[BigBad the Gaiaphage]], messing with the local power plant.

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* ''Film/IRobot'': Thanks to US Robotics' proliferation of their robot technology, the BigBad is able to gain access to Chicago's power grid and cut power to everything except the USR building once its ZerothLawRebellion gets underway. The BigBad's defeat is followed almost immediately by a panning shot out the window as power is restored to the city.

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* ''[[Film/Yesterday2019 Yesterday]]'''s plot revolves around a 12-second worldwide power outage causing everyone in the world to forget that certain things existed, mainly Music/TheBeatles.


** More realistic power failures also happened in two weather-related episodes: one about a blizzard, another about a heatwave (the latter appropriately titled "The Blackout.")

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** More realistic power failures also happened in two weather-related episodes: one about a blizzard, blizzard ("The Blizzard"), another about a heatwave (the latter appropriately titled "The Blackout.")

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS1E47PoliticalPower Political Power]]", the Crystal Gems end up knocking out power to all of Beach City while testing a machine they built to disable Peridot's robonoids. Steven goes with Mayor Dewey to try and keep the townspeople calm, and the power is back on by the end of the episode.


* Many bad weather events tend to cause these, including snowstorms, hurricanes and thunderstorms. One notable example was Hurricane Maria, which knocked out power on the entire island, and wasn't restored until [[https://www.vox.com/identities/2018/8/15/17692414/puerto-rico-power-electricity-restored-hurricane-maria nearly a year after the storm.]]

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* Many bad weather events tend to cause these, including snowstorms, hurricanes and thunderstorms. One notable example was Hurricane Maria, which knocked out power on to the entire island, country of Puerto Rico, and wasn't restored until [[https://www.vox.com/identities/2018/8/15/17692414/puerto-rico-power-electricity-restored-hurricane-maria nearly a year after the storm.]]


* Many bad weather events tend to cause these, including snowstorms, hurricanes and thunderstorms. For example, Hurricane Maria caused power to be knocked out to the entire country of Puerto Rico.

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* Many bad weather events tend to cause these, including snowstorms, hurricanes and thunderstorms. For example, One notable example was Hurricane Maria caused power to be Maria, which knocked out to power on the entire country of Puerto Rico.island, and wasn't restored until [[https://www.vox.com/identities/2018/8/15/17692414/puerto-rico-power-electricity-restored-hurricane-maria nearly a year after the storm.]]

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** This sets off the plot of the [[OnIce live touring show]] ''Rugrats: A Live Adventure'', where one of Stu's blackouts causes Tommy to make a flashlight come to life and comfort Chuckie, who got scared.


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* Many bad weather events tend to cause these, including snowstorms, hurricanes and thunderstorms. For example, Hurricane Maria caused power to be knocked out to the entire country of Puerto Rico.


* Happens in the "New Dark Age" ending of ''VideoGame/DeusEx'', on a ''[[UpToEleven global scale]].''

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* Happens in the "New Dark Age" ending of ''VideoGame/DeusEx'', on a ''[[UpToEleven global scale]].''''[[note]]Though it is explicitly intended to be a global ''communications'' blackout, the initial destruction of the hub does cause widespread chaos and power issues. ''Invisible War'', set several years later, states that the chaos lasted for quite a while, but then people were able to re-establish their immediate societal surroundings pretty quickly, with only long-range, global communication semi-permanently affected.[[/note]]


* A variant in ''Series/{{Glee}}'' affects the whole school, forcing New Directions into an impromptu lesson in acoustics. They rise to the challenge, both ACapella and as a TrashCanBand.

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* A variant in ''Series/{{Glee}}'' affects the whole school, forcing New Directions into an impromptu lesson in acoustics. They rise to the challenge, both ACapella ACappella and as a an UpToEleven TrashCanBand.

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* A variant in ''Series/{{Glee}}'' affects the whole school, forcing New Directions into an impromptu lesson in acoustics. They rise to the challenge, both ACapella and as a TrashCanBand.

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