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*** Luring Hulk away from the city dropping a nuke on him was one of the plans to deal with him. Fortunately, the other plans worked and it was not needed to get so far.


* ''ComicBook/UltimateOrigins'': In the ComicBook/UltimateMarvel universe, Roosevelt did not start the war, but he's willing to end it by any means if it comes to that. He has the atomic bomb (an [[ArtisticLicenseHistory artistic licence]]), but using it would be a genocide. So, he prefers to rely on the sole super soldier available instead. As he seems to die stoping a Chitauri rocket, the US had to use the bomb to end the war with Japan.

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''ComicBook/UltimateOrigins'': In the ComicBook/UltimateMarvel universe, Roosevelt did not start the war, but he's willing to end it by any means if it comes to that. He has the atomic bomb (an [[ArtisticLicenseHistory artistic licence]]), but using it would be a genocide. So, he prefers to rely on the sole super soldier available instead. As he seems to die stoping a Chitauri rocket, the US had to use the bomb to end the war with Japan.
** ''ComicBook/TheUltimates''
*** When Bruce Banner is sentenced for the deaths he caused as the Hulk, he is drugged, taken to a ship in the ocean, and they drop an atomic bomb on him. Nothing short of that can truly kill the Hulk.
*** Also, they send everything they've got against the city, a futuristic dome created by ComicBook/TheMaker and which had already destroyed Berlin. But they resisted it, and the Maker blows up all of Washington DC as a counter attack.


** And used the fallout to mock the PunyEarthlings in a [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments high-pitched helium voice]].

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** And used the fallout to mock the PunyEarthlings in a [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments high-pitched helium voice]].voice.



* The starships in ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' use these as standard missiles, generally armed with stand-off laser heads to reduce the effectiveness of [[PointDefenceless point defence]]. That said, the few times that a contact nuke (as opposed to said laser heads) has got through, usually due to Rafe Cardones' sheer [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome awesomeness]], it has burned out or destroyed nearly every sidewall generator, particle shield, sensor array and weapon system mounted on the affected area of the ship. [[CurbStompBattle It generally dies quickly after Harrington gets a clear shot at this area]].

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* The starships in ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' use these as standard missiles, generally armed with stand-off laser heads to reduce the effectiveness of [[PointDefenceless point defence]]. That said, the few times that a contact nuke (as opposed to said laser heads) has got through, usually due to Rafe Cardones' sheer [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome awesomeness]], awesomeness, it has burned out or destroyed nearly every sidewall generator, particle shield, sensor array and weapon system mounted on the affected area of the ship. [[CurbStompBattle It generally dies quickly after Harrington gets a clear shot at this area]].

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* In ''Literature/RamaII'', the military sends aboard the mission craft nuclear explosives, and three officers who each have a code, all of which are required to trigger the bombs. The bombs are a backup plan in case the Rama ship is judged hostile. When it turns and begins to head to Earth,two of the officers deploy the bombs and enter their codes. The third, struck by pangs of conscience, deliberates. One cosmonaut had died so far due to Raman robots, and another was missing. With a third dead due to an error in a surgical robot, the crowd at home and some aboard were iffy about the intentions of the ship before it began a collision course. On the other hand the scientists who remained on board and one officer hoped and thought that the ship might not necessarily crash into Earth, perhaps diverting course at the last moment or approaching only to give a message. They feel it would be a shame to destroy a craft like this, of detailed and literally otherworldly construction, unless it was necessary and even then. Since it is an alien craft, no one knows if it is capable of acrobatic escape maneouvres which would make its approach not necessarily a threat, or conversely, if it is capable of offensives which render it unbeatable, except perhaps by a devastating surprise attack.


* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, to get rid of a whole planet Admiral Nimitz elects to use a [[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Galaxy Gun-like]] missile capable of annihilating everything inside a ''50,000km radius'' [[spoiler:which makes sense since the planet has turned into a giant Flood organism]]. This only after the [[WaveMotionGun superlaser]] was deemed insufficient for the task.

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* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, to get rid of a whole planet Admiral Nimitz elects to use a [[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Galaxy Gun-like]] missile capable of annihilating everything inside a ''50,000km radius'' [[spoiler:which makes sense since the planet has turned into a giant Flood organism]]. This only after the [[WaveMotionGun superlaser]] was deemed insufficient for the task.


** SCP 1178 is itself a Soviet nuclear ballistic missile that causes the early detection systems of the US and Russia to think there is a nuclear strike from the other side unless it is fed fake reports of the complete nuclear destruction of the world. SCP-1276 is a talking copy of the Fat-Man that is suicidal and has to be talked out of killing itself via detonation.

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** SCP 1178 is itself a Soviet nuclear ballistic missile that causes the early detection systems of the US and Russia to think there is a nuclear strike from the other side unless it is fed fake reports of the complete nuclear destruction of the world. SCP-1276 is a talking copy of the Fat-Man that is suicidal and has to be talked out of killing itself via detonation.exploding. No one in the Foundation is knows if 1276 could cause a nuclear detonation, but they aren't exactly keen to find out.

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** SCP 1178 is itself a Soviet nuclear ballistic missile that causes the early detection systems of the US and Russia to think there is a nuclear strike from the other side unless it is fed fake reports of the complete nuclear destruction of the world. SCP-1276 is a talking copy of the Fat-Man that is suicidal and has to be talked out of killing itself via detonation.


* Hypothetically, an option that might be considered to destroy an asteroid if it were about to strike the earth. However it's not considered a very good option except for fairly small ones, a large one might be broken into several large pieces that might collectively be more dangerous than the intact asteroid, as not only are there now several asteroid fragments, but now they're radioactive, too.

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* Hypothetically, an option that might be considered to destroy an asteroid if it were about to strike the earth. However it's not considered a very good option except for fairly small ones, a large one might be broken into several large pieces that might collectively be more dangerous than the intact asteroid, as not only are there now several asteroid fragments, but now they're radioactive, too. There are proposals to mitigate this risk by detonating the nuke far enough away that it doesn't break the astroid apart, but the blast pushes the astroid enough to alter its orbit.


** Londo takes a page out of Sheridan's book in "Into the Fire"; when the Shadow ships refuse to leave Centauri Prime, Londo blows up [[SittingDuck the island they're based on]].

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** Londo takes a page out of Sheridan's book in "Into the Fire"; when the Shadow ships Shadows refuse to leave remove their ships from Centauri Prime, Londo blows up [[SittingDuck the island they're based on]].on]]. This was the ''only'' way to destroy them, because, as their envoy gleefully pointed out, Shadow ships were ''much'' more powerful than Centauri ones and could wipe out even their most powerful vessel in an instant... If they took off.


** In the ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'' novel, certain soldiers are occasionally armed with tactical nuclear rockets. They're drilled extensively to "get their money's worth" out of their use. They are also taken so seriously that, during basic training, eyeballing an attack with a ''simulation'' of one (the actual payload was a smoke grenade) instead of waiting for a targeting solution, and accidentally catching one of his teammates in the simulated blast earns Johnny a ''very'' real flogging, and almost saw him subjected to a court-martial and drummed out of the military (the instructors declared he could be redeemed, so the officers simply tell him it's his right to be judged by one, at which point Johnny realizes just how much he screwed up and says no).

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** In the ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'' novel, certain soldiers are occasionally armed with tactical nuclear rockets. They're drilled extensively to "get their money's worth" out of their use.use (we see them being used only in one mission, a terror raid on a Skinnie city, with Rico having been given two and orders to expend all of his munitions. He nails a starship, and almost breaks his orders because he has trouble finding something else worth of getting nuked until he spots a water-processing plant whose destruction would make the whole city uninhabitable). They are also taken so seriously that, during basic training, eyeballing an attack with a ''simulation'' of one (the actual payload was a smoke grenade) instead of waiting for a targeting solution, and accidentally catching one of his teammates in the simulated blast earns Johnny a ''very'' real flogging, and almost saw him subjected to a court-martial and drummed out of the military (the instructors declared he could be redeemed, so the officers simply tell him it's his right to be judged by one, at which point Johnny realizes just how much he screwed up and says no).

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** It should be no surprise that nukes are a powerful option for Terrans and commanders in co-op, but have drawbacks such as the unit firing the nuke having to paint the target for multiple dedicated seconds for it to land. For most Terran commanders in co-op, each has a powerful blast of some kind that tends to have huge cooldowns or be usable only once per situation, necessitating the player to decide when the Nuclear Option is worth using.


* The ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series is named after and revolves around HumongousMecha that can launch nuclear missiles, and your job is to destroy them. It also features a use of the 'Davy Crockett' hand-held nuclear missile launcher at one point.

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* The ''Franchise/MetalGear'' ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' series is named after and revolves around HumongousMecha that can launch nuclear missiles, and your job is to destroy them. It also features a use of the 'Davy Crockett' hand-held nuclear missile launcher at one point.


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* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': {{Defied|Trope}} by the SuperSupremacist En Sabah Nur, who announces his bid for world domination by [[spoiler:forcing Charles to mind-control every nuclear launch officer]] and launch the planet's nuclear arsenal harmlessly into space, so that it can't be used against him.
-->'''En Sabah Nur:''' You can fire your arrows from the Tower of Babel... but you can never strike [[AGodAmI God]]!


* ''Genocidal Organ'', by Project ITOH. After an improvised terrorist nuke destroys Sarajevo, a world used to thinking of nuclear weaponry as a PointlessDoomsdayDevice suddenly realised it was a viable military option.

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* ''Genocidal Organ'', by Project ITOH. After an improvised a terrorist nuke destroys Sarajevo, a world used to thinking of nuclear weaponry as a PointlessDoomsdayDevice suddenly realised it was a viable military option.


->That was why, when India and Pakistan finally pulled the nuclear trigger on each other, the rest of the world wasn’t overly concerned. It was, of course, a dreadful event, and one that shouldn’t have happened. But it was neither the end of everything nor the beginning of anything.

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->That -->That was why, when India and Pakistan finally pulled the nuclear trigger on each other, the rest of the world wasn’t overly concerned. It was, of course, a dreadful event, and one that shouldn’t have happened. But it was neither the end of everything nor the beginning of anything.

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