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-->-- '''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency''', arguing that because the Universe presently exists, there can't ever be an event which causes it not to.[[labelnote:*]]Think about it really hard. If a Reality Breaking Paradox were to exist, then it would destroy reality. Which would cause it not to exist, and therefore for reality to exist. Or even that if reality were to cease existing, it would cause a paradox in that there has to be a reality in which reality existed (for something to happen to undo everything), and because reality encompasses everything that has been or could ever be, the reality in which reality existed has to be itself. Basically, you are presently in reality, which means that nothing will have or can ever take away this reality. Stop thinking now and take some tylenol.[[/labelnote]]

The characters did something so incredibly ''wrong'' that reality itself couldn't handle it. It could be the result of a TimeParadox, the result of a YinYangClash, an [[UnstoppableForceMeetsImmovableObject unstoppable force meeting an immovable object]], the summoning of an [[TheOmnipotent Omnipotent]] EldritchAbomination, the risk behind the ForbiddenChekhovsGun, or making a logical error in RewritingReality. Whatever the case, it's TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt unless something gets fixed quickly.

See also [[ApocalypseHow/ClassZ Class Z Apocalypse]], TimeCrash, and LogicBomb, which can overlap with this. Often the LogicalExtreme of an EpicFail. Not to be confused with TheSingularity. Contrast BeyondTheImpossible (breaking internal logic) and UpToEleven (breaking a record). See also BreakingTheFourthWall, which is when a character violates ''fictional'' reality.

If this happens ''to'' the video game you are playing, it's a GameBreakingBug.

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-->-- '''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency''', arguing that because the Universe presently exists, there can't ever be an event which causes it not to.[[labelnote:*]]Think about it really hard. If a Reality Breaking Paradox were to exist, then it would destroy reality. Which would cause it not to exist, and therefore for reality to exist. Or even that if reality were to cease existing, it would cause a paradox in that there has to be a reality in which reality existed (for something to happen to undo everything), and because reality encompasses everything that has been or could ever be, the reality in which reality existed has to be itself. Basically, you are presently in reality, which means that nothing will have or can ever take away this reality. Stop thinking now and take some tylenol.[[/labelnote]]

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The characters did something so incredibly ''wrong'' that reality itself couldn't handle it. It could be The idea might seem to follow soundly from a few modernist premises: if the world is governed by natural laws, and laws can expose unexpected contradiction, why shouldn't there be some action so [[LogicBomb fundamentally paradoxical]] that reality itself crashes like a computer dividing by zero?

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result of a TimeParadox, might be an almighty explosion, [[RealityIsOutToLunch cause and effect breaking down]] or the result [[TimeCrash destruction of a YinYangClash, an [[UnstoppableForceMeetsImmovableObject unstoppable force meeting an immovable object]], the summoning of an [[TheOmnipotent Omnipotent]] EldritchAbomination, the risk behind the ForbiddenChekhovsGun, or making a logical error in RewritingReality.time]] itself. Whatever the case, it's TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt unless something gets fixed quickly.

See also [[ApocalypseHow/ClassZ Class Z Apocalypse]], TimeCrash, and LogicBomb, which can overlap with this. Often the LogicalExtreme of an EpicFail. Not to be confused with TheSingularity. Contrast BeyondTheImpossible (breaking internal logic) and UpToEleven (breaking a record). See also BreakingTheFourthWall, which is when a character violates ''fictional'' reality.

If this happens ''to'' the video game you are playing, it's a GameBreakingBug.



** After a bit of rules-lawyering and no shortage of Munchkin-like antics, someone developed a "black hole arrow/bolt." Essentially it's an arrow or crossbow bolt with a bag of holding and portable hole attached. They remain separated until fired, at which point the portable hole opens up. Thanks to Newton's laws of physics, when the arrow and bag of holding stop, the hole keeps going, swallowing both and leading to the horrible, horrible atrocity against nature. No sane DM would allow this. [[KillerDM Some, however, would]], and then [[RocksFallEveryoneDies severely punish the players]] for tampering with reality. [[spoiler:Or remember that canonically the result depends on which of these is stuffed into which.]] It should be noted that these arrows are quite expensive though.

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** After a bit of rules-lawyering and no shortage of Munchkin-like antics, someone developed a "black hole arrow/bolt." Essentially it's an arrow or crossbow bolt with a bag of holding and portable hole attached. They remain separated until fired, at which point the portable hole opens up. Thanks to Newton's laws of physics, when the arrow and bag of holding stop, the hole keeps going, swallowing both and leading to the horrible, horrible atrocity against nature. No sane DM would allow this. [[KillerDM Some, however, would]], and then [[RocksFallEveryoneDies severely punish the players]] for tampering with reality. [[spoiler:Or remember that canonically the result depends on which of these is stuffed into which.]] It should be noted that these arrows are quite expensive though.



** Much the same happens with any two "extradimensional interfaces", with specific effect defined by the one undergoing the transformation, i.e. "inner", if appliable -- usually destroying both. AD&D's ''Tome of Magic'' added 3 more -- Flatbox always explodes; Warp Marble always safely deactivates, dumping the stored creature to the Astral Plane (both also do the same when subjected to any form of teleportation); Dimensional Mine does nothing, but spews any extradimensional space it enters into the Astral Plane, which destroys the item creating the pocket, if any, but not the mine ("Hey, guys, I found a cool figurine on the Astral!"). Rulings on non-permanent spells with such effects (Deeppockets, Rope Trick, Extradimensional Pocket) vary.

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** Much the same happens with any two "extradimensional interfaces", with specific effect defined by the one undergoing the transformation, i.e. "inner", if appliable -- usually destroying both. AD&D's ''Tome of Magic'' added 3 more -- Flatbox always explodes; Warp Marble always safely deactivates, dumping the stored creature to the Astral Plane (both also do the same when subjected to any form of teleportation); Dimensional Mine does nothing, but spews any extradimensional space it enters into the Astral Plane, which destroys the item creating the pocket, if any, but not the mine ("Hey, guys, I found a cool figurine on the Astral!"). Astral!") Rulings on non-permanent spells with such effects (Deeppockets, Rope Trick, Extradimensional Pocket) vary.


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** ''Literature/TheHomestuckEpilogues'' spells out exactly what happened more clearly: [[spoiler:when Vriska uses the weapon, it releases the John, Rose, Dave, and Jade that had been trapped within it ever since Caliborn's claymation sequence. This version of Dave happens to possess a sword alchemized from the cue ball said to be Lord English's only weakness (the sword was created in Homestuck proper but never actually used against English), and deals him a mortal blow with it. Afterward, Davepetasprite^2 grabs English and throws both themself and English into the reality-devouring black hole.]]

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** ''Literature/TheHomestuckEpilogues'' spells out exactly what happened more clearly: [[spoiler:when Vriska uses the weapon, it releases the John, Rose, Dave, and Jade that had been trapped within it ever since Caliborn's claymation sequence. This version of Dave happens to possess a sword alchemized from the cue ball said to be Lord English's only weakness (the sword was created in Homestuck proper but never actually used against English), and deals him a mortal blow with it. Afterward, Davepetasprite^2 grabs English and throws both themself and English into the reality-devouring black hole.hole, within which he is consumed whole by Alt-Calliope.]]


** ''Literature/TheHomestuckEpilogues'' spells out exactly what happened more clearly: [[spoiler:when Vriska uses the weapon, it releases the John, Rose, Dave, and Jade that had been trapped within it ever since Caliborn's claymation sequence. This version of Dave happens to possess a sword alchemized from the cue ball said to be Lord English's only weakness, and deals him a mortal blow with it. Afterward, Davepetasprite^2 grabs English and throws both themself and English into the reality-devouring black hole.]]

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** ''Literature/TheHomestuckEpilogues'' spells out exactly what happened more clearly: [[spoiler:when Vriska uses the weapon, it releases the John, Rose, Dave, and Jade that had been trapped within it ever since Caliborn's claymation sequence. This version of Dave happens to possess a sword alchemized from the cue ball said to be Lord English's only weakness, weakness (the sword was created in Homestuck proper but never actually used against English), and deals him a mortal blow with it. Afterward, Davepetasprite^2 grabs English and throws both themself and English into the reality-devouring black hole.]]


** The current consensus among fans after watching [[spoiler:(S)Collide and the End of Act 7 animation]] is that [[spoiler:the kids and trolls manage to accomplish this AND save themselves by: 1. Trapping Lord English in an endless birth-permadeath cycle, at the exact moment when Caliborn first becomes Lord English and Vriska destroys Lord English. 2. Using the end-game mechanic of Sburb to escape the reality in which Lord English exists completely.]]

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** The current consensus among fans after watching [[spoiler:(S)Collide ''Literature/TheHomestuckEpilogues'' spells out exactly what happened more clearly: [[spoiler:when Vriska uses the weapon, it releases the John, Rose, Dave, and the End of Act 7 animation]] is Jade that [[spoiler:the kids and trolls manage had been trapped within it ever since Caliborn's claymation sequence. This version of Dave happens to accomplish this AND save themselves by: 1. Trapping possess a sword alchemized from the cue ball said to be Lord English in an endless birth-permadeath cycle, at the exact moment when Caliborn first becomes Lord English's only weakness, and deals him a mortal blow with it. Afterward, Davepetasprite^2 grabs English and Vriska destroys Lord English. 2. Using the end-game mechanic of Sburb to escape the reality in which Lord throws both themself and English exists completely.into the reality-devouring black hole.]]

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* One of the "Scraps" strips for ''Webcomic/{{TheWhiteboard}}'' has Roger putting LocTite and AntiSeize on the same bolt. Predictably, it exploded.


* ''Literature/TheBible'' has this when in a ''vague'' sense, while we know (not just by religion either) that God knows everything and yet still acts according to his' creations, which results in this trope when the Antichrist is about to kill off the remaining Jews and Christians and has the world in an awful state, then Jesus Christ comes down and has reality break apart, with the [[ShatteredWorld mountains and islands ''vanishing'', the stars ''falling'' out of the sky, with some at least landing on Earth (possibly asteroids), and this trope later appears when the Judgment of all humanity comes to pass a thousand years after the Second Coming when Satan is thrown into the lake of fire and this heaven and earth is burned with supernatural fire.

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* ''Literature/TheBible'' has this when in a ''vague'' sense, while we know (not just by religion either) that God knows everything and yet still acts according to his' creations, which results in this trope when the Antichrist is about to kill off the remaining Jews and Christians and has the world in an awful state, then Jesus Christ comes down and has reality break apart, with the [[ShatteredWorld mountains and islands ''vanishing'', ''vanishing'']], the stars ''falling'' out of the sky, with some at least landing on Earth (possibly asteroids), and this trope later appears when the Judgment of all humanity comes to pass a thousand years after the Second Coming when Satan is thrown into the lake of fire and this heaven and earth is burned with supernatural fire.

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* ''Literature/TheBible'' has this when in a ''vague'' sense, while we know (not just by religion either) that God knows everything and yet still acts according to his' creations, which results in this trope when the Antichrist is about to kill off the remaining Jews and Christians and has the world in an awful state, then Jesus Christ comes down and has reality break apart, with the [[ShatteredWorld mountains and islands ''vanishing'', the stars ''falling'' out of the sky, with some at least landing on Earth (possibly asteroids), and this trope later appears when the Judgment of all humanity comes to pass a thousand years after the Second Coming when Satan is thrown into the lake of fire and this heaven and earth is burned with supernatural fire.


-->'''Bob:''' Huh, it's an infinite data if/else loop.\\

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-->'''Bob:''' Huh, it's an infinite data if/else loop.loop[[note]]''If X is true, end; else, if X is true, end; else if X is true, end; else...'' The more likely scenario would be an infinite date if/''then'' loop, where the output of the "if" question is "then" put back into the "if" loop. These sorts of bad programming errors can lock up a computer on a logic train that it can't escape from, so this is pretty accurate[[/note]].\\

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* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'' features the Glitch, a quasi-EldritchAbomination that is summoned by breaking the [[CosmicKeystone Hexahedron]], a Void Artifact that contains the Source Code of the universe where the game takes place. It's so dangerous that it can ''[[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou attack the player's posts]]'' if they don't use safe colors and/or fonts.
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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E10TheBattleOfRanskoorAvKolos "The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos"]]: [[spoiler:The universe can't handle the five shrunken worlds stolen by the Ux on the orders of Tim Shaw being in close proximity to each other, as they still possess the same mass.]]


** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E12HellBent "Hell Bent"]] has this stated as a consequence of [[spoiler:cheating Clara's death by extracting her from the moment before her it and then never returning her. Having already demonstrated a willingness to FaceDeathWithDignity, Clara is quite prepared to return to her death to keep time from "fracturing"; however, because the process used to extract her has left her functionally immortal, she also recognizes that she need not be in any big hurry to get back to it.]]

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E12HellBent [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent "Hell Bent"]] has this stated as a consequence of [[spoiler:cheating Clara's death by extracting her from the moment before her it and then never returning her. Having already demonstrated a willingness to FaceDeathWithDignity, Clara is quite prepared to return to her death to keep time from "fracturing"; however, because the process used to extract her has left her functionally immortal, she also recognizes that she need not be in any big hurry to get back to it.]]


* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': Using an [[NeglectfulPrecursors Ancient Project]] to create a super-energy source, [[InsufferableGenius Doctor Rodney McKay]] accidentally makes particles that defy the laws of physics. The result? He [[NeverLiveitDown repeatedly gets called out for destroying an entire solar system]]!
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* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': Using an [[NeglectfulPrecursors Ancient Project]] In ''Series/TwelveMonkeys'', such paradoxes tend to create occur frequently as a super-energy source, [[InsufferableGenius Doctor Rodney McKay]] accidentally makes particles result of bringing two versions of the same object from different time periods into contact. These paradoxes tend to emit bright glows of light and have varying effects. The second season reveals that defy [[spoiler:the Army of the laws Twelve Monkeys are trying to [[TimeCrash collapse time]] using this method, by killing "primaries" (people who serve as living {{Cosmic Keystone}}s) with pieces of physics. The result? He [[NeverLiveitDown repeatedly gets themselves]]. Then in [[FinaleSeason Season 4]], the final threat faced by the heroes is [[spoiler: the Twelve Monkeys converting their [[SuperVillainLair headquarters]] (the city-sized time machine called out for Titan) into a WaveMotionGun capable of destroying the world across every day of existence, creating a paradox so big that time shatters]].
* In ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'', little Pete once caused
an entire solar system]]!
-->'''[=McKay:=]''' [[InsistentTerminology Five sixths!]]
explosion by putting a humidifier and a dehumidifier next to each other.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' has a tactic known as the "Bonehead Maneuver"[[note]][[RubberForeheadAliens No offense intended towards the Minbari]][[/note]], where a ship opens a jump point inside an active jump gate, resulting in a massive explosion. After experimenting with it during the Earth-Minbari War, the Earth Alliance abandoned the idea because no EA ship capable of creating its own jump point was fast enough to clear the blast radius before being destroyed. The ''White Star'', being based on Minbari technology, is fast enough to pull this off, but the tactic is still insanely risky. Even Sheridan was only willing to use it once. Plus, there was the potential high expense of destroying the various jumpgates; in the case where it was used, Sheridan specifically went after one that he saw as expendable--the jumpgate to the [[spoiler:Markab]] system, as the [[spoiler:Markab]] were more or less a dead race due to a massive plague barely a few months ago, and Sheridan wanted to make things harder for grave robbers.



** In Series 5, "cracks" in time and space appear in almost every episode; these release energy that un-writes time, erasing things from existence so that they never existed at all. The Doctor implies these cracks are the result of a future event where someone may have caused a reality-breaking paradox, and he's very much right -- the SeasonFinale sees them trying to avert [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the end of]] ''[[UpToEleven time]]'', as a result of the damage done to the universe by [[spoiler: the TARDIS explosion]].

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]]: The Ultimate Sanction, which the Time Lords led by Rassilon wanted to use at the end of the Last Great Time War.
** In Series 5, "cracks" in time and space appear in almost every episode; these release energy that un-writes time, erasing things from existence so that they never existed at all. The Doctor implies these cracks are the result of a future event where someone may have caused a reality-breaking paradox, and he's very much right -- the SeasonFinale sees them trying to avert [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the end of]] ''[[UpToEleven time]]'', as a result of the damage done to the universe by [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the TARDIS explosion]].



--->'''River''': He's interacting with his own past - it could rip a hole in the Universe.
--->'''Amy''': Yes, but he's done it before!
--->'''Rory''': And, in fairness, the Universe ''did'' blow up.
** The Series 9 finale "Hell Bent" has this stated as a consequence of [[spoiler:cheating Clara's death by extracting her from the moment before her it and then never returning her. Having already demonstrated a willingness to FaceDeathWithDignity, Clara is quite prepared to return to her death to keep time from "fracturing"; however, because the process used to extract her has left her functionally immortal, she also recognizes that she need not be in any big hurry to get back to it.]]
** The Ultimate Sanction, which the Time Lords led by Rassilon wanted to use at the end of the Last Great Time War.
** The ''Space'' and ''Time'' specials presented a scenario where, in order to make a safe landing, the TARDIS created a paradox and landed in the only safe place available... inside itself. The Doctor is ''a little concerned'' about this.
* ''Series/MADTv'' parody ''I Love the 00's'' has the commentators talk about things in the 00's (like ''Series/AmericanIdol'', Janet Jackson's boob exposure, ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'', etc.). Eventually, the show manages to catch up with itself, showing clips from that exact show piling up on top of each other, leaving the commentators screaming and the world blowing up!
* It's not exactly the end of the world, but on an episode of ''Series/{{Newsradio}}'', photocopying a mirror causes a building-wide blackout.

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--->'''River''': ---->'''River:''' He's interacting with his own past - it could rip a hole in the Universe.
--->'''Amy''':
Universe.\\
'''Amy:'''
Yes, but he's done it before!
--->'''Rory''':
before!\\
'''Rory:'''
And, in fairness, the Universe ''did'' blow up.
** [[Recap/DoctorWho2011RNDSSpaceAndTime "Space"/"Time"]] presents a scenario where, in order to make a safe landing, the TARDIS creates a paradox and landed in the only safe place available... inside itself. The Series 9 finale Doctor is ''a little concerned'' about this.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E12HellBent
"Hell Bent" Bent"]] has this stated as a consequence of [[spoiler:cheating Clara's death by extracting her from the moment before her it and then never returning her. Having already demonstrated a willingness to FaceDeathWithDignity, Clara is quite prepared to return to her death to keep time from "fracturing"; however, because the process used to extract her has left her functionally immortal, she also recognizes that she need not be in any big hurry to get back to it.]]
** The Ultimate Sanction, which [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E9ItTakesYouAway "It Takes You Away"]]: [[spoiler:The Solitract was exiled from the Time Lords led by Rassilon wanted universe because its very existence runs counter to use at the end natural order of the Last Great Time War.
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universe. The ''Space'' Solitract can be whatever it wants, in defiance of any and ''Time'' specials presented a scenario where, in order to make a safe landing, all natural laws, so the TARDIS created a paradox and landed in universe couldn't exist until the only safe place available... Solitract ceased to be a part of it. Likewise, having people from the main universe inside itself. The Doctor is ''a little concerned'' about this.
* ''Series/MADTv'' parody ''I Love the 00's'' has the commentators talk about things in the 00's (like ''Series/AmericanIdol'', Janet Jackson's boob exposure, ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'', etc.). Eventually, the show manages to catch up with itself, showing clips from that exact show piling up on top of each other, leaving the commentators screaming and the world blowing up!
* It's not exactly the end of the world, but on an episode of ''Series/{{Newsradio}}'', photocopying a mirror
it causes the Solitract to break down.]]
* In the BBC docudrama ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQQCxQuxSjQ End Day]]'', the Large Hadron Collider blows up as soon as it's turned on, creating
a building-wide blackout.singularity that proceeds to consume the entire planet.



* ''Series/SquareOneTV'' had the ShowWithinAShow "Oops!", where a mathematician makes a mistake that causes a certain disaster to happen. For example, incorrectly multiplying 603 by 7 causes the Galloping Gertie (Tacoma Narrows) bridge in Washington [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tacoma_Narrows_Bridge_(1940) to collapse]].
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' has a tactic known as the "Bonehead Maneuver"[[note]][[RubberForeheadAliens No offense intended towards the Minbari]][[/note]], where a ship opens a jump point inside an active jump gate, resulting in a massive explosion. After experimenting with it during the Earth-Minbari War, the Earth Alliance abandoned the idea because no EA ship capable of creating its own jump point was fast enough to clear the blast radius before being destroyed. The ''White Star'', being based on Minbari technology, is fast enough to pull this off, but the tactic is still insanely risky. Even Sheridan was only willing to use it once. Plus, there was the potential high expense of destroying the various jumpgates; in the case where it was used, Sheridan specifically went after one that he saw as expendable--the jumpgate to the [[spoiler:Markab]] system, as the [[spoiler:Markab]] were more or less a dead race due to a massive plague barely a few months ago, and Sheridan wanted to make things harder for grave robbers.

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* ''Series/SquareOneTV'' had In the ShowWithinAShow "Oops!", where a mathematician makes a mistake first season finale of ''[[Series/TheFlash2014 The Flash]]'', it turns out that causes a certain disaster to happen. For example, incorrectly multiplying 603 by 7 causes the Galloping Gertie (Tacoma Narrows) bridge in Washington [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tacoma_Narrows_Bridge_(1940) to collapse]].
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' has a tactic known as the "Bonehead Maneuver"[[note]][[RubberForeheadAliens No offense intended towards the Minbari]][[/note]], where a ship opens a jump point inside an active jump gate, resulting in a massive explosion. After experimenting with it during the Earth-Minbari War, the Earth Alliance abandoned the idea because no EA ship capable of
creating its own jump point was fast enough a TemporalParadox in close proximity to clear a wormhole is a ''very bad idea''.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'': Walter Bishop opened a door between two universes and crossed through. That moment marked
the blast radius before being slow destruction of the universes, creating nasty, swirling-vortex-of-doom "hot spots" in the alternate universe and milder but still uncanny "soft spots" in ours. Walter's actions linked the two universes together, and their existences and well-being now hinge entirely upon each other. Without help, both would eventually be destroyed. [[spoiler: The ''White Star'', being based on Minbari technology, eventual solution is fast enough to pull this off, but create a safe bridge between the tactic is still insanely risky. Even Sheridan was only willing to use it once. Plus, there was two, allowing the potential high expense universes to feed off of destroying the various jumpgates; in the case where it was used, Sheridan specifically went after one that he saw as expendable--the jumpgate each other to the [[spoiler:Markab]] system, as the [[spoiler:Markab]] were more or less a dead race due to a massive plague barely a few months ago, and Sheridan wanted to make things harder for grave robbers.heal.]]



* In ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'', little Pete once caused an explosion by putting a humidifier and a dehumidifier next to each other.
* In the BBC docudrama ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQQCxQuxSjQ End Day]]'', the Large Hadron Collider blows up as soon as it's turned on, creating a singularity that proceeds to consume the entire planet.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'': Walter Bishop opened a door between two universes and crossed through. That moment marked the slow destruction of the universes, creating nasty, swirling-vortex-of-doom "hot spots" in the alternate universe and milder but still uncanny "soft spots" in ours. Walter's actions linked the two universes together, and their existences and well-being now hinge entirely upon each other. Without help, both would eventually be destroyed. [[spoiler: The eventual solution is to create a safe bridge between the two, allowing the universes to feed off of each other to heal.]]
* In the first season finale of ''[[Series/TheFlash2014 The Flash]]'', it turns out that creating a TemporalParadox in close proximity to a wormhole is a ''very bad idea''.
* In ''Series/TwelveMonkeys'', such paradoxes tend to occur frequently as a result of bringing two versions of the same object from different time periods into contact. These paradoxes tend to emit bright glows of light and have varying effects. The second season reveals that [[spoiler:the Army of the Twelve Monkeys are trying to [[TimeCrash collapse time]] using this method, by killing "primaries" (people who serve as living {{Cosmic Keystone}}s) with pieces of themselves]]. Then in [[FinaleSeason Season 4]], the final threat faced by the heroes is [[spoiler: the Twelve Monkeys converting their [[SuperVillainLair headquarters]] (the city-sized time machine called Titan) into a WaveMotionGun capable of destroying the world across every day of existence, creating a paradox so big that time shatters]].


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* ''Series/MADTv'' parody ''I Love the 00's'' has the commentators talk about things in the 00's (like ''Series/AmericanIdol'', Janet Jackson's boob exposure, ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'', etc.). Eventually, the show manages to catch up with itself, showing clips from that exact show piling up on top of each other, leaving the commentators screaming and the world blowing up!
* It's not exactly the end of the world, but on an episode of ''Series/{{Newsradio}}'', photocopying a mirror causes a building-wide blackout.
* ''Series/SquareOneTV'' had the ShowWithinAShow "Oops!", where a mathematician makes a mistake that causes a certain disaster to happen. For example, incorrectly multiplying 603 by 7 causes the Galloping Gertie (Tacoma Narrows) bridge in Washington [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tacoma_Narrows_Bridge_(1940) to collapse]].
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': Using an [[NeglectfulPrecursors Ancient Project]] to create a super-energy source, [[InsufferableGenius Dr. Rodney McKay]] accidentally makes particles that defy the laws of physics. The result? He [[NeverLiveitDown repeatedly gets called out for destroying an entire solar system]]!
-->'''[=McKay:=]''' [[InsistentTerminology Five sixths!]]


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