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** Even more absurd in World War Hulk. New York is mostly leveled and a huge number of people remain despite evacuation orders. Despite this, it is specifically noted that no one was killed.


* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/SymbionicTitan'', the fight between the Titan and their foe creates a giant crater in the city, which is still visible and noted in subsequent episodes, with the implication that thousands were killed. The heroes try to limit their efforts to outside the city from then on.

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* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/SymbionicTitan'', ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'', the fight between the Titan and their foe creates a giant crater in the city, which is still visible and noted in subsequent episodes, with the implication that thousands were killed. The heroes try to limit their efforts to outside the city from then on.



* In an early episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Godzilla}}'', Godzilla's counterattack against a monster wrecks a bunch of warehouses. When one of the team cheers at Godzilla turning the tide, another teammate asks him if he'd be cheering if there had been people in those buildings, conveniently letting the audience know that no one was hurt.

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* In an early episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Godzilla}}'', ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries'', Godzilla's counterattack against a monster wrecks a bunch of warehouses. When one of the team cheers at Godzilla turning the tide, another teammate asks him if he'd be cheering if there had been people in those buildings, conveniently letting the audience know that no one was hurt.

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* For a show starring magical ponies who learn about friendship, ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has blown up a ''lot'' of buildings. City Hall, Twilight's library, the Weather Factory, ''half of Canterlot''. The buildings just happen to always be empty, such as Rainbow Dash pointing out she waited until lunch break to sabotage the factory (and apparently [[NoEndorHolocaust every single pony in the building leaves for lunch at that same time]]).

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* In the second episode of ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'', Avalanche levels a number of buildings while the members of the Brotherhood are fleeing from the authorities. A news report later claims that the destroyed buildings were all empty warehouses, implying nobody got hurt.


** ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' has the climactic Battle of New York take place all around the downtown area. On a few occasions we see Hulk rampage through occupied buildings, but the flying Leviathan creatures seem to crash through empty buildings, one brought down personally by Hulk and Thor. And then at the very end it is averted as the hundres of candles seen at a brief memorial on the news are undoubtedly not for the Chitauri invaders that died.

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** ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' has the climactic Battle of New York take place all around the downtown area. On a few occasions we see Hulk rampage through occupied buildings, but the flying Leviathan creatures seem to crash through empty buildings, one brought down personally by Hulk and Thor. And then at the very end it is averted as the hundres hundreds of candles seen at during a brief memorial on the news are undoubtedly not for the Chitauri invaders that died.


When a building in a modern action film or series is [[StuffBlowingUp blown up]] or otherwise totaled, there will be no people or plot-critical items inside when the destruction hits.

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When a building in a modern action film or series is [[StuffBlowingUp blown up]] or otherwise totaled, there will be explicitly no people or plot-critical items inside when the destruction hits.



A probable reason is to keep villains (or heroes!) from crossing the MoralEventHorizon and to prevent viewers from getting a DownerEnding. Or else it's to maintain WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief: while action films are supposed to be for high stakes, one tends to think harder about what the characters have been doing when people are [[RuleOfPerception seen]] [[AMillionIsAStatistic dying ''en masse''.]]

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A probable reason is to keep villains (or heroes!) even heroes when they end up getting their hands on something that goes boom in populated areas) from crossing the MoralEventHorizon and to prevent viewers from getting a DownerEnding. Or else it's to maintain WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief: while action films are supposed to be for high stakes, one tends to think harder about what the characters have been doing when people are [[RuleOfPerception seen]] [[AMillionIsAStatistic dying ''en masse''.]]
]] Unless it is clearly stated or visibly shown that there were no casualties one cannot be sure that it was empty after all.



* Averted in ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve''. As Jackson and his family are flying the plane through the crumbling Los Angeles, you can see people falling out of the buildings and into the giant cracks in the crust.

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* Averted in ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve''. As Jackson and his family are flying the plane through the crumbling Los Angeles, where you can see people falling out of the buildings and into the giant cracks in the crust. Of course with a DisasterMovie of such proportions the only way this could work would be if Earth was a conveniently evacuated planet.



** ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' has the climactic Battle of New York take place all around the downtown area. On a few occasions we see Hulk rampage through occupied buildings, but the flying Leviathan creatures seem to crash through empty buildings, one brought down personally by Hulk and Thor.

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** ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' has the climactic Battle of New York take place all around the downtown area. On a few occasions we see Hulk rampage through occupied buildings, but the flying Leviathan creatures seem to crash through empty buildings, one brought down personally by Hulk and Thor. And then at the very end it is averted as the hundres of candles seen at a brief memorial on the news are undoubtedly not for the Chitauri invaders that died.


* One stage in ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'' takes place in an "Abandoned Warehouse District"; which has a HumongousMecha attack you; and it levels any building in between you and it. Interestingly, building damage to inhabited buildings can occur in similar attacks earlier in the game. While no people die in these attacks, for some reason; it's in the player's best interest to prevent this as it takes ''your'' time and money to avenge them and the requisite {{side quest}}s and power-ups.

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* One stage in ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'' takes place in an "Abandoned Warehouse District"; which has a HumongousMecha attack you; and it levels any building in between you and it. Interestingly, building damage to inhabited other buildings can occur in similar attacks earlier in the game. While no people die in these attacks, attacks for some reason; reason, it's in the player's best interest to prevent this as it takes ''your'' time and money to avenge them rebuild them. The exception is the City Hall building in the first attack; it is explicitly stated that the Mayor and a few others are still inside, and letting it get destroyed results in a NonStandardGameOver.
** The first boss battle against Tron Bonne in
the requisite {{side quest}}s sequel takes place in the middle of a small village, which for some reason is completely empty. Like the first game, all of the buildings can be destroyed in the fight. After she's defeated, all of the villagers reappear out of nowhere and power-ups.you can optionally pay for any repairs.



** Skyscrapers, however, are very rarely completely empty - night staff usually cleans and keeps an eye on things during the night.

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** Skyscrapers, however, are very rarely completely empty - night staff usually cleans and keeps an eye on things during the night. Although you're still looking at a few dozen casualties instead of hundreds or thousands.


* The final battle in season 3 of ''Series/StrangerThings'' [[TrashTheSet completely wrecks the Starcourt Mall]]. Luckily, because [[HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday it's the Fourth of July]], it's completely empty except for our heroes and [[BigBad the Mind Flayer]].

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* The final battle in season 3 of ''Series/StrangerThings'' [[TrashTheSet completely wrecks the Starcourt Mall]]. Luckily, because [[HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday it's the Fourth of July]], it's closed and completely empty except for our heroes and [[BigBad the Mind Flayer]].

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* The final battle in season 3 of ''Series/StrangerThings'' [[TrashTheSet completely wrecks the Starcourt Mall]]. Luckily, because [[HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday it's the Fourth of July]], it's completely empty except for our heroes and [[BigBad the Mind Flayer]].


** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' sought to, in part, explore the repercussions of the destruction in ''Man of Steel''. For starters, it shows the [[OnceMoreWithClarity Superman and Zod fight from Bruce Wayne's perspective]], and the building Zod destroyed with heat vision was Wayne Financial, and was NOT completely evacuated. But the climax uses this repeatedly when Doomsday goes on a rampage in Metropolis and is spotted up on top of Lexcorp's tower, the news reports express gratitude that it's well after the work day and the downtown is not packed to capacity. Moments later, Doomsday unleashes an energy wave that heavily damages numerous lit-up skyscrapers. Later on, Doomsday is shown crashing on Striker's Island in the bay, which MissionControl mentions is uninhabited. Then Batman lures him to the Gotham Port, and explains to Wonder Woman he knew the Port was abandoned due to his previous fight with Superman, and that is where the battle ends.

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** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' sought to, in part, explore the repercussions of the destruction in ''Man of Steel''. For starters, it shows the [[OnceMoreWithClarity Superman and Zod fight from Bruce Wayne's perspective]], and the building Zod destroyed with heat vision was Wayne Financial, and was NOT completely evacuated. But the climax uses this repeatedly when Doomsday goes on a rampage in Metropolis and is spotted up on top of Lexcorp's tower, the news reports express gratitude that it's well after the work day and the downtown is not packed to capacity. Moments later, Doomsday unleashes an energy wave that heavily damages numerous lit-up skyscrapers.skyscrapers, indicating there ''are'' some people there, but fortuitously less than normal. Later on, Doomsday is shown crashing on Striker's Island in the bay, which MissionControl mentions is uninhabited. Then Batman lures him to the Gotham Port, and explains to Wonder Woman he knew the Port was abandoned due to his previous fight with Superman, and that is where the battle ends.


** Also averted in 'Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' / ''Series/KyukyuSentaiGoGoV'', where much attention is given to the heroes rescuing civilians and trying to prevent fatalities from the demons' attacks. Since they're all rescue workers, it makes sense-- the Pink Ranger's Zord is even built for transporting civilians out of the way ''en masse''.

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** Also averted in 'Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' / ''Series/KyukyuSentaiGoGoV'', where much attention is given to the heroes rescuing civilians and trying to prevent fatalities from the demons' attacks. Since they're all rescue workers, it makes sense-- the Pink Ranger's Zord is even built for transporting civilians out of the way ''en masse''.

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** Also averted in 'Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' / ''Series/KyukyuSentaiGoGoV'', where much attention is given to the heroes rescuing civilians and trying to prevent fatalities from the demons' attacks. Since they're all rescue workers, it makes sense-- the Pink Ranger's Zord is even built for transporting civilians out of the way ''en masse''.

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*Toothy's alliance's clubhouse in ''WebAnimation/ObjectOverload''...At least, that's how Toothy found it anyway.

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* The ''Anime/PokemonHoopaAndTheClashOfAges'' movie runs with this to the extreme. At no point during the clash between Legendaries does the viewer see ''any'' citizens running or even seeing the battle raging across the whole city. 95% of the buildings are ''empty''. It's only during the final portion that a handful ''dozens'' of citizens even show up conveniently at the spot where the climax happens.

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