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* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': Discussed. When the galaxy was bound by a PortalNetwork, there was no Mutually Assured Destruction; the wormgates limited the size of ships that could use them, meaning that it was far easier to defend a system than attack. With the invention of the [[{{Teleportation}} teraport]], that limit was removed, edging the galaxy closer to MAD--but the use of [[TeleportInterdiction Teraport Area Denial]] prevented the most dangerous uses of the technology. Then "long-guns" were invented, giant cannons that shoot through hyperspace and overwhelm TAD; with proper location data, they can shoot at anywhere in the galaxy from anywhere in the galaxy. The galaxy was well and truly back in a state of MAD, since there was no defense. The various galactic leaders insist that while this system is terrifying, that's why it works; no one likes the fail state. [[DeusEstMachina Petey]] points out that eventually they'll find someone who ''does'' like the fail state, and then the entire galaxy will die, so they need to find a better solution. Finally, there have been multiple previous epochs of galactic history that were destroyed by failed MAD policies. The very rare surviving species call the long-guns "end-guns" for this reason.

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* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': Discussed. When the galaxy was bound by a PortalNetwork, there was no Mutually Assured Destruction; the wormgates limited the size of ships that could use them, meaning that it was far easier to defend a system than attack. With the invention of the [[{{Teleportation}} [[DestructiveTeleportation teraport]], that limit was removed, edging the galaxy closer to MAD--but the use of [[TeleportInterdiction Teraport Area Denial]] prevented the most dangerous uses of the technology. Then "long-guns" were invented, giant cannons that shoot through hyperspace and overwhelm TAD; with proper location data, they can shoot at anywhere in the galaxy from anywhere in the galaxy. The galaxy was well and truly back in a state of MAD, since there was no defense. The various galactic leaders insist that while this system is terrifying, that's why it works; no one likes the fail state. [[DeusEstMachina Petey]] points out that eventually they'll find someone who ''does'' like the fail state, and then the entire galaxy will die, so they need to find a better solution. Finally, there have been multiple previous epochs of galactic history that were destroyed by failed MAD policies. The very rare surviving species call the long-guns "end-guns" for this reason.


** The Doomsday Machine was speculated to have been intended as the ultimate deterrent, "a weapon built primarily as a bluff. It's never meant to be used. So strong, it could destroy both sides in a war". But then someone actually used it. However, many ExpandedUniverse materials suggest that it was actually built as a weapon against the Borg.

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** The Doomsday Machine was speculated to have been intended as the ultimate deterrent, "a weapon built primarily as a bluff. It's never meant to be used. So strong, it could destroy both sides in a war". But then someone actually used it. However, many Many ExpandedUniverse materials suggest that it was actually built as a weapon against the Borg.Borg; this conflicts with the episode as aired, in which Spock states that the planet killer's course shows it to have a trans-galactic origin.


Your end is at hand if they blow.

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Your end is at hand hand, if they blow.

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* Music/SonataArctica's "Destruction Preventer" is about how starting a nuclear war will lead to destruction.
-->Heat in the center, destruction preventer\\
If you release one, you release them all\\
You can't defend Her, kneel down and surrender\\
Your end is at hand if they blow.


* Comes up with regard to Soulcutter in the ''Literature/BookOfSwords''. When drawn, the blade projects an aura of such absolute despair and apathy that anyone within miles of the drawn Sword can do nothing but lie down and wait to die. The thing is, the bearer of the Sword is ''not'' immune to this effect, so drawing the Sword is essentially a suicide attack and it's more common for the bearer to use the ''threat'' of drawing it as a bargaining chip.

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* Comes up with regard to Soulcutter a couple of the titular blades in the ''Literature/BookOfSwords''. ''Literature/BookOfSwords''.
** Farslayer: If thrown with a target in mind, Farslayer will vanish and reappear impaled through the chosen target's heart. Where it will stay, ready for anyone nearby to pick up. And "the person who just killed my friend/lover/relative" is an entirely legitimate target for the blade's magic. Stories are told of entire FeudingFamilies wiping each other out by sending Farslayer back and forth.
** Soulcutter:
When drawn, the blade projects an aura of such absolute despair and apathy that anyone within miles of the drawn Sword can do nothing but lie down and wait to die. The thing is, the bearer of the Sword is ''not'' immune to this effect, so drawing the Sword is essentially a suicide attack and it's more common for the bearer to use the ''threat'' of drawing it as a bargaining chip.


* ''Series/{{Community}}''
** One episode had Professor Duncan abuse Chang by using his restraining order to torment the guy. By the end of the episode, it is shown that Chang has gotten his own restraining order on Duncan, who then states the name of the trope.

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* ''Series/{{Community}}''
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''Series/{{Community}}'': One episode had Professor Duncan abuse Chang by using his restraining order to torment the guy. By the end of the episode, it is shown that Chang has gotten his own restraining order on Duncan, who then states the name of the trope.

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* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' shows why this doctrine wouldn't work if one side was led by an insane, jingoistic lunatic convinced that their country's way is the only way: American President Robert L. Booth declared that the entire world was living off America's back and proceed to send American troops to occupy key industrial sites all around the globe. When the UN demanded a cease of operations, Booth gave them an ultimatum: either back off or he'd personally order every city in the world to be nuked. Which he did. Once the ultimatum expired, Booth unleashed all the nuclear arsenal of the USA into the world and was hit with a massive counterattack. The subsequent atomic wars reduced the entire planet to a smoldering, radioactive wasteland.

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* ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' has Sebastian Shaw [[BeenThereShapedHistory causing the Cuban Missile Crisis]] exactly to make the United States and the Soviet Union attack each other, wiping out the human population and leaving room for the Mutants to rule.


[[caption-width-right:327:VideoGame/TheNewOrderLastDaysOfEurope So long.]]

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[[caption-width-right:327:''VideoGame/{{DEFCON}}'' illustrates [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt how devastating]] this theory could be in practice.]]

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[[caption-width-right:327:''VideoGame/{{DEFCON}}'' illustrates [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt how devastating]] this theory could be in practice.[[caption-width-right:327:VideoGame/TheNewOrderLastDaysOfEurope So long.]]


* [[https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2014-03-30 SMBC's Jack and the accidental invention of high-fantasy drop warheads]].

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* [[https://www.''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'':[[https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2014-03-30 SMBC's Jack and the accidental invention of high-fantasy drop warheads]].

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* The M.A.D. tank from ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'' is a suicide unit that can destroy anything that isn't infantry in three shots- including itself.

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* ''Videogame/TheNewOrderLastDaysOfEurope:'' Only natural, since there is a Cold War with the powers changed utterly. It's a good part of what keeps the game from becoming paint-the-map conquest: Invade a nuclear power a bit too much, the nukes fly, and the playthrough ends there barring post-apocalyptic events. Ergo, any changes will need to be made slowly, through ways economical and political, if you want to make things better (or worse)... Interestingly, one downside to the M.A.D. policy that some other works merely mention is explored fully here: [[spoiler:Some people might ''like'' [[ApocalypseHow the fail-state]]. In this case, Burgundy, lead by an even-nastier-than-usual Heinrich Himmler. He has decided the only way to purge the untermensch in a proper, thorough manner is to scour the world clean with nuclear fire and let the Aryans live through it, and thus he eagerly throws metaphorical matches and gasoline everywhere in an effort to set it all alight]].

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* Comes up with regard to Soulcutter in the ''Literature/BookOfSwords''. When drawn, the blade projects an aura of such absolute despair and apathy that anyone within miles of the drawn Sword can do nothing but lie down and wait to die. The thing is, the bearer of the Sword is ''not'' immune to this effect, so drawing the Sword is essentially a suicide attack and it's more common for the bearer to use the ''threat'' of drawing it as a bargaining chip.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgersInTheTwentyFourthAndAHalfCentury'', being an allegory for the Cold War, includes this as the end result of Dodgers’ and Marvin’s escalating conflict. Dodgers prepares his secret weapon, an explosive cage around Marvin’s ship, to which the Martian responds by using the exact same weapon on Dodgers’ ship. Both pull on their respective detonators at the same time, and [[EarthShatteringKaboom the resulting explosion takes out almost the entirety of Planet X]]. Dodgers then shoves Marvin off the remains of the planet, and declares himself victorious, [[PyrrhicVictory even though he’s destroyed the shaving cream atoms he was sent to retrieve and has no ship to return home]]. The Eager Young Space Cadet puts it best.
-->'''Eager Young Space Cadet''': B-B-B-Big deal

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