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  • The earliest example is probably the Wave Motion Gun used by the eponymous Space Battleship Yamato in both the original and 2199 series. The massive weapon, capable of wiping out entire battlefleets or even whole planets at a single shot always saved until the last possible moment.
  • Anything that justifies unleashing the eponymous duo of Dirty Pair on a situation. Lampshaded in Adam Warren's original Amerimanga miniseries, Biohazard, by an official leaving a memo about their impending arrival. (For the record, they do, indeed, stop anyone from deliberately releasing a bioweapon, but one canister they were trying to bring as evidence survives an explosion and — accidentally — drops onto the planet in the last panel.)
    Director Goldin: However, despite their —ahh— shortcomings... the facts are simple. If the terrorists do release experimental bioweapons, this planet will become a sterile desert. Whereas, with the involvement of the Dirty Pair, there is a chance — a remote possiblity — that some people may be left alive. We have to play the odds, gentlemen... God help us.
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  • In Tenchi Muyo! In Love, this happens when the characters are discussing using a particular superweapon that is designed to destroy galaxies and galactic clusters on a being that is maybe 30 ft tall (but extremely powerful). At the beginning of the movie, it's a non option, but by the end things are so bad that they use it anyway, albeit with a huge setup to mitigate side-effects.
  • Slayers crosses the threshold in three Big Bad situations, just before Lina lets fly with a Giga Slave. Said spell carries a significant risk of ENDING THE UNIVERSE should she lose control of it.
  • Hellsing: Releasing the last of Alucard's restraints in the final arc is only done after London is overrun by baby-eating vampire Nazi super-soldiers and fanatical Catholic secret service armies. The results, while utterly horrifying (essentially feeding most of the souls in London, human or otherwise, to Alucard) cannot be argued with.
    • Integra's father Arthur considered using Alucard at all to be crossing the threshold and sealed him away after WW2, declaring Alucard to be "medicine too strong to be used for every ailment".
  • Humanity in GunBuster, once they realized that the Space Monsters were coming to Sol, famously resorted to transforming Jupiter into a Moon-sized Black Hole Bomb as part of Operation Carneades: piloting said bomb into the center of the Milky Way, where they would hit the Button. The result was a monstrous implosion that consumed the entire Galactic Core, along with roughly 65% of the Galaxy.
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  • In the sequel, DieBuster, the only hope humanity had to defeat the last Space Monster was to use the Earth itself as a weapon.
  • It's said on several occasions in Neon Genesis Evangelion that the Angel attacks had pushed humanity's situation past the Threshold, necessitating the use of the Eva units. The JSSDF only authorized the deployment of the Evas when Sachiel took an N2 mine to the face and survived. After the first three Angels, they even funded the construction of their own nuclear-powered Humongous Mecha. The reality of the situation is not so simple.
  • One Piece:
    • The Buster Call is a villainous version of this. When a situation is so threatening to the World Government that even the slightest leak would cause irreparable damage, the Buster Call is summoned. Ten massive warships essentially glass the target island, wiping out any trace of whatever threat they were called to deal with. They can't be called off, either, not even by the person who summoned them in the first place.
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    • The blueprints for Pluton were passed down through a line of shipwrights. Pluton is a legendary battleship that could wipe out whole islands in a single shot, one of three relics from a long-lost civilization. So why do the blueprints exist? Because the weapons are still out there, and if some idiot were to find and unleash them, an opposing power would be needed. During the Enies Lobby arc, Franky burns the blueprints, claiming that it would be too dangerous to let them exist if Spandam was going to keep seeking them out. Plus, he just found out that Nico Robin, the only scholar who can decipher the ancient records to find the weapon was less a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds and more a Broken Bird. It was a gamble, to be sure, as Spandam could just use Robin to get Pluton, but Franky was betting on the Straw Hats saving her from the World Government.
    • This also occurs in the Impel Down arc. By the time the arc is in full swing, two groups of people are on the attack while trying to break out of the prison and another group is trying to break in. With two of those groups containing people only Magellan himself is capable of stopping and one being a Zerg Rush, Magellan gambles and releases Shiryu, a former Warden that was put on death row due to being severely Ax-Crazy, thinking that Shiryu might stop some of the prisoners. This severely bites Magellan in the ass later, as Shiryu later saves Blackbeard from being poisoned and joins Blackbeard's crew, which leads to Magellan receiving a massive beating at their hands offscreen. It didn't even do anything to help stop the jailbreaks.
    • In the Fishman Island Arc, when Hody Jones reveals more and more of who he is and what he plans to do, the citizens eventually turn to calling on Luffy to stop him. What makes this a Godzilla Threshold is that their resident soothsayer, who is never, ever wrong, predicted that Luffy would destroy all of Fishman Island, not to mention Luffy being an extremely notorious pirate. They still decided that they would be better off with him than Hody.
    • In the Dressrosa Arc, Doflamingo is forced into this when Luffy and crew shatter The Masquerade that he had been using to keep control of the country while maintaining his underground deals as The Don of perhaps the entire world. He can't let the truth get out, so he uses his Devil Fruit's ultimate technique: the Birdcage, imprisoning the entire island and letting nothing in or out. But that's not the extent of it: in order to ensure that nobody ever learns the truth, he plans to kill everyone on the island.
    • Pre-timeskip, Chopper's Monster Point was this as, despite it being powerful, it was uncontrollable and caused Chopper to attack friends as well as enemies, not to mention dangerously depleted Chopper's energy. This was lampshaded in the Fishman Island Arc where, after seeing Chopper in the form, Usopp cried that the situation hadn't reached a point for Chopper to lose control of himself...before Chopper revealed he was in control.
  • Bleach: Yhwach is a being that exists by destroying the souls of others. He places shards of his soul into people, which helps empower them to achieve their full potential. Yhwach then claims back his shard, gaining the victim's powers. It empowers him and kills the victim. A thousand years ago, he was so powerful, even Yamamoto could not kill him; he was placed inside a seal that could only contain him for a thousand years. When he becomes fully active again, his determination to destroy the Soul King, the lynchpin of all worlds, threatens existence itself. His invasion of Soul Society therefore sets off a series of extreme measures that the Shinigami would never willingly undertake under normal circumstances:
    • Yamamoto has a picture on his wall of a humanoid figure wreathed in flames. As a young child, Kyouraku once asked what it was a picture of. Yamamoto explained that, in the past, that monster appeared when Soul Society was desperate need, but made things worse instead of better. He adds that monster ever appears again, Yamamoto will not survive. It's strongly implied to be Yamamoto's last fight against Yhwach a thousand years ago. When Yhwach returns, Yamamoto doesn't hesitate to use the Bankai even Aizen couldn't make him unleash. The Bankai wreathes his body in flames and churns out a heat equal to that of the Sun's core. It immediately begins destroying all moisture - even in people's bodies and the atmosphere; when active, the Bankai has to be used quickly or it will destroy the world just by accident. As prophecised, Yamamoto does indeed not survive the Bankai fight.
    • When Zaraki joined the Gotei 13, the Central 46 forbade Yamamoto from formally training him. Without formal training, Zaraki is capable of wreaking havoc in Soul Society in his pursuit of challenging fights. He is so powerful in an untrained state that he's a match for even Captains in full Bankai. With combat training, the Central 46 fears he will be unstoppable if he ever rebels. Yhwach's return forces the Central 46 to rescind that order. Yhwach's killing of Yamamoto is what forces them to acknowledge that they need something — anything — of equal or greater power to Yamamoto if they're to survive Yhwach.
    • Aizen's attempt to reach the Royal Realm fails, and he's only imprisoned instead of executed because he is immortal and therefore impossible to kill. He has to be locked inside a special prison which incarcerates only those uniquely dangerous criminals who are too powerful to be killable. Yhwach's invasion of the Royal Realm is easy compared with Aizen's failed attempt. He then defeats the five members of the Royal Guard, whose combined strength is greater than that of the entire six-thousand strong Gotei 13 and succeeds in destroying the Soul King, beginning the destruction of all the worlds. Kyouraku, who replaces the deceased Yamamoto as leader of the Gotei 13 and who convinced the Central 46 to empower Zaraki, convinces the Central 46 to allow him to do one more impossible thing: unleash Aizen to help defeat Yhwach. Aizen's power turns out to be a key ingredient in how Yhwach is eventually defeated.
    • Additionally, the Shinigami has absolutely no issues in enlisting the help of forces that they would either be indifferent or hostile to: for example, they receive help from Arrancars such as Nel and Grimmjow, Fullbringers such as Riruka and Tsukishima, and even defected Sternritter members that Yhwach betrays. Absolutely nobody is off-limits to bolster the group's offenses, if it means that Yhwach is defeated.
  • In Giant Robo: The Day the Earth Stood Still, Chief Chujo is a walking example of this trope; the mere suggestion of him breaking out his powers to use in the fight is enough to send fear and panic through his own allies, most of whom remember "the last time" he used them. When he does, we see that they are justified in their fears.
  • Saint Seiya:
    • The Athena Exclamation is taboo. It is a technique performed by three Gold Saints of Athena, who focus their Cosmo into a burst of power as powerful as the Big Bang and deliver it on a single opponent. But by the "Hades" arc, Saga, Shura, and Camus perform it because they figure they are already damned by their alliance with Hades. Then Athena's loyal Saints use another Athena Exclamation against them because it is the only thing that can stop it. It was claimed that two colliding Athena Exclamations can wipe out the whole universe.
    • In the Sanctuary arc, the bronze knights learned to use their seventh sense. Shun decided it was necessary to use it after a "World of Cardboard" Speech.
  • Digimon Tamers has Juggernaut (Shaggai in the original Japanese version). Before his Heel–Face Turn, Corrupt Corporate Executive Yamaki used this devastating program in an attempt to destroy all Digimon by creating a black hole between their worlds. He had no intention of using it again after he saw the light…but then the D-Reaper came to the real world. Immune to destruction, they had to infuse Terriermon with the program and send him and the other Tamers into the D-Reaper's core in order to activate it, regressing the D-Reaper back to a program less complicated than a calculator. But using the program resulted in the Tamers' partners being forced to return to the Digital World to avoid being deleted, meaning that they may never see each other again.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!:
  • In GaoGaiGar FINAL, we get the Goldion Crusher, used on a sun that is also an infinite regeneration machine keeping alive an evil solar system.
    • Before that, in the original series, we have Projectile X, which supercharges all G-Crystal machines past their limits, giving them incredible strength at the risk of killing them. 3G is forced to use this to stop EI-01.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
    • The presence of the Book of Darkness in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's, which kills planets, prompts the Bureau to equip the Athra with the Arc-En-Ciel, a weapon capable of wiping a significant chunk of Japan off the map.
    • The rise of the Saint's Cradle during the JS Incident in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Strikers is the only occasion when all five Aces' Power Limiters were removed simultaneously. While objectively speaking, the Aces aren't really much of a danger to anyone except the bad guys, a combination of regulations and office politics prevent Section Six from having unrestrained access to more magical power than Hayate's rank allows her to command, at least until the situation is completely out of hand already.
      • Speaking of the Saint's Cradle, it should be noted that the entire reason that TSAB was forced to let all of their strongest mages fight at full power as well as bringing their entire navy to destroy it is that it's a giant battleship that can raze the entire planet to the ground should it reach a certain distance up in the atmosphere. This is also the same battleship that was key to ending the Unification Wars during the Ancient Belkan era. To elaborate, the wars during the Ancient Belkan era have gotten to the point that the planet and its people was being slowly destroyed by the various factions' use of chemical and biological warfare. Seeking to end the war, the Saint King Alliance decided to use the Saint's Cradle, which indeed resulted in the end of that era.
    • Caro summoning Voltaire (basically Gunbuster, if it was a dragon instead of a mech) is another example. As the guardian deity of her home planet, he only allows himself to be summoned when absolutely necessary (like the aforementioned Saint's Cradle incident).
  • Naruto:
    • Naruto forms the 4th tail, the 6th tail, the 8th tail, and then proceeds to willfully tear off the seal keeping the Kyubi in in order to defeat Pain, who had killed Jiraiya and (albeit indirectly) Kakashi, destroyed the village, and severely wounded Hinata, in addition to having him at his mercy.
    • With Madara being immune to ninjutsu and genjutsu, and the only senjutsu users being incapacitated, only taijutsu can harm him at all. But Madara is also ludicrously durable, so Guy opens the Gate of Death.
  • InuYasha: Such a situation occurs in the very first episode. With Mistress Centipede on the warpath, and having obtained the Shikon Jewel for herself, Kagome has no choice but to free Inuyasha from Kikyo's seal to fight her off. Inuyasha slaughters Mistress Centipede in mere seconds before attacking Kagome in order to take the Jewel for himself.
  • The entire Dragon Ball franchise has a habit of this trope:
    • An extremely early example in the original Dragon Ball was Roshi (as Jackie Chun) using the "Lightning Surprise" attack on Goku, with the notion that Goku would give up rather than be killed by it. Stubborn ol' Goku refused to give up, but fortunately the full moon appeared and he turned into a Great Ape.
    • Goku becomes this for the Red Ribbon Army in that arc, and they resort to hiring the ruthless mercenary Tao Pai-Pai. How desperate were they? He charges 100 million zeni per kill (1 billion in the dub). And that includes anyone he might kill along the way, which in this case involve Bora and, in the anime, a tailor.
    • In the 22nd Tenkaichi Budokai, Tien resorts to this when fighting Goku in the finals: he uses the Kikōhō, or Tri-Beam, a crushing move that decreases the lifespan of the person who uses it.
    • For the King Piccolo arc, Pilaf realized he could never take over the world with Goku around (or, using the Dragon Balls, keep it), so he resorted to tracking down the rice cooker where the Demon King Piccolo had been sealed in centuries before. King Piccolo is an Ax-Crazy Card-Carrying Villain with more power than anyone in the world was known to have at the time with a reputation of being too powerful to kill, and if he got back his youth he'd become even stronger. King Piccolo being called a Demon King for a reason, his reward to the Pilaf Gang for freeing him and helping restore his youth is to force them to jump from their own airship without parachutes.
      • Master Roshi's original plan to deal with King Piccolo had been to recover the Dragon Balls, including the two Piccolo had already in his possession, and wish him dead. Upon witnessing Piccolo swallowing his two Dragon Balls specifically to prevent such a trick, Muten resorted to the Mafuba, the same technique that had sealed Piccolo away, fully knowing it would kill him and seal those Dragon Balls away with the demon.
    • King Piccolo crossed this threshold for Korin as well: he suggested Goku drink the Ultra Divine Water, a poisonous drink that will vastly increase the strength of the one who drinks it... but all previous attempts resulted in an agonizing death (and in the anime, is at the end of an ice and cave maze with snowstorms, a giant snow monster, and deceitful illusions). Goku decides to try it, and despite going through agony, he lives.
    • For Piccolo Jr. in Dragon Ball Z, the onset of the Saiyans Vegeta and Nappa crossed it in, and so he took Gohan, the son of his enemy, in the hopes that training him will allow Gohan to harness his vast untapped potential. Similarly, the normally extremely picky Kami agrees to train Krillin, Yamcha, Tien, Chiaotzu and Yajirobe as well.
    • The Genki Dama/Spirit Bomb is largely considered to be an ultimate technique. King Kai (or North Kai) described it as this trope to Goku, explaining that because the Spirit Bomb involves collecting the energy from the environment around the user, up to and including the energy released from the Sun (or any nearby star to the planet), using it has the risk of destroying the planet the user is on, and advised against its usage unless the situation is dire. It also requires immense skill, as the ball can easily gain an amount of ki that vastly overshadows the user's. If things have gone so far south that the person Goku is fighting not only is too strong, but his victory threatens either the world, the galaxy, or even the universe, Goku will use the Spirit Bomb, risking the planet's very destruction along with his opponent, and himself. One proposed gambit near the end of the series involved convincing every person on Earth to sacrifice energy in order to power it up against against the villain that had been casually blowing up planets left and right. It works, but barely, and everyone on Earth is exhausted as a result.
      • Along with the Spirit Bomb is the Kaio-Ken, a Dangerous Forbidden Technique that could increase a user's power by multiple levels. Goku is told to only use x2, as the surging ki will damage his body if he attempts to go any higher, but fighting Vegeta forces him to go x3, then x4 during a Beam-O-War between the Kamehameha and the Galick Gun (and his body pays the price). When he's fighting Frieza, Tien and Yamcha are shocked when King Kai tells him that he's been using the Kaio-Ken the entire time and Frieza's still too powerful.
    • The Ginyu Force is this for Vegeta. When he realizes that not only are they headed to Namek, but are mere minutes away, he throws his pride to the wind and suggests teaming up with his enemies Krillin and Gohan so that they might pool their Dragon Balls and have a chance of victory.
    • In the Frieza Saga, with said tyrant mere minutes from arriving and killing everyone, Krillin is convinced that the best thing to do to potentially stop him is to use their last wish to make Vegeta immortal. At this point in the series Vegeta was still in his ultra-violent Blood Knight stage and would very likely kill the rest of the Z Warriors he'd allied with once they weren't of any more use to him. The only reason he ultimately doesn't get it is that at the last second before Dende can complete the wish, Guru, the Namekian who created the Dragon Balls, dies of grief, which causes Porunga to disappear.
    • During the Android Saga, Dr. Gero activates the rebellious 17 and 18 once his attempt to defeat the Z Fighters himself went south and he had them literally at his door. Oh, sure, they easily manage to defeat the Z Fighters... but not before turning on Gero turning on Gero and killing him.
    • Piccolo despises the idea of merging with Kami to the point that he says he would never do it, even to fight Frieza. Once the Androids prove too much for him and his allies, he swallows his pride and goes to Kami's Lookout to do just that.
    • A lot in the Buu Saga:
      • Potara Fusion becomes this for Goku and Vegeta, both very proud fighters. Goku was willing to forever fuse with both his own son, and when no other option looked available, even Mr. Satan just to get a chance to defeat Buu. As for Vegeta, when told that this method is permanent, he initially refuses until Goku emphasizes that Buu had killed his family.
      • Majin Buu himself is this to everyone involved. His level of power and destructive tendencies were so high that the heroes keep saying that they'll revive everyone he killed with the Dragon Balls. This is initially one city, then several, then eventually Buu kills everyone on the planet. Then he starts blowing up entire worlds. The Supreme Kai violates his traditions to bring Gohan to their world and train with the Z-Sword in the hopes that he can defeat Buu. And then the predicament gets so bad that Vegeta puts aside his pride as a fighter for the aforementioned Potara Fusion to put a stop to him. Old Kai even offers the sacred World of the Kais as their consequence-free battle ground so they could fight Kid Buu with no concern over collateral damage.
      • Goku being revived in the first place was this to the Kais. Old Kai gave his life to bring Goku back to life after Gotenks and Piccolo were absorbed by Buu and was smacking Gohan around despite his huge power-up. Until this moment, a Kai has never given their life to a mere mortal.
      • Vegeta's revival also qualifies. With the fight against Buu getting more and more dire, King Yemma and Fortuneteller Baba pull Vegeta's soul out of Hell, restore his physical body, and send him to Earth so he can have a second shot at defeating Buu. Goku being there was a bonus, as neither Yemma or Baba knew that Old Kai revived him.
    • Frieza's revival in Resurrection 'F' is only brought about by his empire falling apart following his death, and his minions, while not happy about the idea, see his fear factor as the only way to restore it to its former glory. Sadly, Frieza is concerned only with getting revenge on Goku, and goes so far as to kill one of his minions simply for suggesting that he focus on rebuilding his empire and leave Goku alone.
    • Frieza's men going to Earth also count. Before the empire began to completely fall apart, they were searching for New Namek to no avail. They wanted to avoid Goku at all costs, and when they finally went to Earth, stayed just long enough to find the Dragon Balls and make their wish before getting the hell off the planet.
    • In Dragon Ball Super, we're shown the Super Kaio-Ken, a fusion of the Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan/Super Saiyan Blue form and the Kaio-Ken technique. The technique is insanely powerful and pushing it to x10 makes Beerus, the God of Destruction, go Oh, Crap! However, because it's an incomplete technique, it's extremely dangerous as it has a 90% failure rate, a short timespan, if done wrong, it could kill Goku, and even when it's done right, it can render Goku unable to effectively use his ki for some time after. He brings it out to full face the equally powerful Hit, who was improving himself at a frightening rate.
    • In the Future Trunks arc it's shown that in that timeline Shin, the Supreme Kai, went even further than in the main timeline to deal with Buu due having only Future Trunks rather than all the Z Warriors to help him: he went to Trunks and invited him to his world like he did with Gohan in the main timeline, but here he did it well before Babidi had recovered enough energy to release Buu, and threw making Trunks his disciple in as an additional measure. As a result, Majin Buu is not released, but Shin and his attendant Kibito get killed before they can explain Trunks he now has some special powers, and the Z Sword is destroyed, killing the Old Kai and that timeline's Beerus with him.
    • Upon Future Zamasu having a Villainous Breakdown as a result of the Mafuba seal, he decides not to play around anymore and decides to fuse with Black Goku. The latter, despite having the situation under control obliges and as a result, Fusion Zamasu has been born.
    • Despite unleashing the power of Vegito and Trunks somehow harnessing the power of the Spirit Bomb, Zamasu still won't go down and threatens the multiverse by merging with it itself. This forces Goku to call in the Future version of the God of Gods Zen-O, who decides this universe is just too corrupt and just eradicates it.
    • When Zen-O organizes the Tournament of Power, with any of the universes involved facing Cessation of Existence if eliminated, all universes cross it immediately, or at least come ready to do just that:
      • When they have only three fighters left, Heles, the beauty-fixated Goddess of Destruction of Universe 2, orders said three warriors to do anything it takes to win, no matter if it's not beautiful, quickly followed by team captain Ribrianne leading everyone into giving them her own, Rozie's and Kakunsa's powers.
      • When all other Super Survival plans failed, Paparoni of Universe 3 went for something that he expected to kill him: fusing with the robot Korchiarator, unleashing the incredibly powerful Aniraza at the full risk of losing himself in the fusion.
      • Universe 4 didn't have any explicit card, only a team full of Combat Pragmatists-and such an obvious gimmick as invisible fighters. Being so obvious, nobody expected the invisible fighters, who end up fighting their last stand and eliminating Piccolo from the tournament.
      • Universe 6 went in with Kale, their universe' Legendary Super Saiyan, knowing they couldn't control her. Also, Champa gave Kale and her friend Caulifla Potara Earrings to perform a fusion in case Hit was defeated, and their two Namekian fighters fused with every single other Namekian warrior of their universe (thus permanently killing them) in the hope to have enough power to win.
      • Originally Universe 7, home to the Z fighters, had not crossed it... Then Majin Buu falls asleep and is unable to participate in Tournament, and Goku is forced to attempt to recruit (and promise full resurrection after winning) the last person anybody expected, or wanted: Frieza!.
      • Universe 9 just sent out assassins to kill Goku and Frieza before the Tournament even started, equipping them with Energy of Destruction to make sure they succeeded.
      • Universe 10, known as the Macho Universe for their reliance on strength and brawn over smarts in anything, is forced to use the latter, taking advantage of the tournament rules forbidding ki-based flight by employing two winged fighters.
      • Universe 11 apparently didn't need it... Because the very act of bringing in their aces, Toppo and Jiren, was it: Toppo was a God of Destruction in training with his full ascension, that could happen any moment (and indeed happened during the Tournament) carrying the risk of killing any opponent due never having time to learn how to control the Energy of Destruction, and thus being disintegrated on the spot for breaking the rules, while Jiren was the mortal stronger than a God of Destruction and didn't care in the slightest for the rest of the team, only for the prize of being proclaimed the best fighter, and allowed his teammates to get eliminated to make sure he'd have it by default once he eliminated the other teams. The last actually cost them the victory, as during the final fight he's eliminated by Goku and Frieza, leaving Android 17 as the last fighter standing and the winner.
      • Being that powerful, Jiren causes his opponents to cross it all the time: during their first fight Goku resorted to the Spirit Bomb, immensely powerful but with a long charge-up time during which he has to be in base form, as that was the only thing he still had left that could carry a chance to actually defeat Jiren; after Jiren seemingly kills Goku with his own Spirit Bomb (thus escaping erasure as it was Goku's own attack), the group that assembles to take on Jiren includes Paparoni with the components for Korchiarator, Universe 4's invisible fighters, and the entirety of Universe 2's remaining team with Ribrianne (who was terrified by Jiren) ready to charge first, with Hit walking to join the group; later, Goku and Vegeta, who hate joining forces, do just that to try and fight Jiren, and later Goku does the same with Frieza, of all people. The latter is what finally defeats Jiren for good, and even then they had to drag him out and get eliminated themselves.
    • Jaco the Galactic Patrolman introduces the Galactic Patrol's Extinction Bomb, capable of killing off any life form on the planet. It's used if the danger on the planet is that bad... Or whatever is attacking it is unstoppable, as this quick death will be faster and less painful than the attacking enemy murdering everyone. When he came to Earth to deal with an impending Saiyan invasion, Jaco had orders to use it if the Saiyan was too strong (that is, an adult as opposed to a child)... And he admitted it would have killed only the Earthlings, as the Saiyan are immune.
    • In Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Broly's Legendary Super Saiyan power is so overwhelming that Goku and Vegeta decide to work together, culminating in them performing the Fusion Dance to bring about Gogeta.
  • Although a little drawn out, this is used in a minor way in Haruhi Suzumiya at the end of the "Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya" arc. After Haruhi spends a few days royally screwing with reality during the filming of the culture festival video, Kyon restores reality by making Haruhi read a disclaimer, thus distancing the movie from reality. In the epilogue, Kyon tries to make future events easier by flat-out telling Haruhi the identities of the SOS members (which was theorized to possibly cause her to rewrite reality on a conscious level), only to be be completely ignored.
    • In The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, Kyon reveals that he has a Godzilla in breaking The Masquerade to Haruhi if things ever get bad enough. Considering this risks destabilizing reality, it's not something he says lightly.
  • This has come up once or twice in Rosario + Vampire when unleashing Tsukune's uncontrollable - and potentially irreversible - ghoul aspect was the only way to give the final beat-down to the current Big Bad.
  • Fairy Tail:
    • The council declares the events of the S-class arc this, with Lahar saying they'll probably have to resort to using their Kill Sat, the only weapon they have that can effectively take out one of the top three guilds and the Ultimate Evil Zeref. That the area they'd fire down at happens to belong to an be populated by a large portion of the guild is something of an unfortunate bonus.
    • When they do fire the Kill Sat on Jellal's Tower of Heaven, in order to destroy it before he can use it to revive Black Wizard Zeref. It backfires horribly when they realize that the Tower of Heaven is actually a giant lacrima, and Jellal was counting on them firing it so he could absorb the energy.
    • After Jackal of Tartarus assassinates the entire Magic Council, including Laharl, Doranbalt frees the entire Oracion Seis Dark Guild from prison in exchange for Cobra's intel on Tartarus, but he also takes measures to nip any future problems in the bud by sending Jellal and Meredy after them.
    • It's later revealed that Etherion and Face were Ishgar's deterrents against an invasion from the western continent's Alvarez Empire which otherwise completely outclassed Ishgar in terms of military might. Too bad the actions of the antagonists of the previous arcs resulted in the loss of those weapons.
  • In Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse, the US has a backup plan in case of BETA landfall in Alaska called "Red Shift". It involves setting off several hundred hydrogen bombs, which would create a strait and a new line of defense, and allow the US to shore up a new defense line. Unfortunately, this plan would also kill just about anyone living in Alaska at the time, namely the main characters as well as the remnants of the Soviet Union.
  • In the last couple of episodes of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Walpurgisnacht is busily rampaging around and destroying the city — much like Godzilla. Mami, Sayaka, and Kyoko are dead, and Homura is on the verge of becoming a witch, so Madoka decides to make a dubiously legitimate contract specifically to eliminate all witches despite the risk that the entire planet could be wiped out if things didn't go how she planned. It works out pretty well, but the risk was certainly there, since in a previous timeline, Madoka's own uncontrollable "potential" turned her into a planet-destroying superwitch almost immediately after making a contract.
  • Homura's final battle with Walpurgisnacht eventually boils down to this. Homura is capable of exterminating witches with her time-stop powers coupled with a magazine clip of bullets and a grenade. When she fights Walpurgisnacht, she brings out what is basically the entire JSDF arsenal all at once and doesn't waste any time throwing all of it at the giant witch. Too bad for her, Walpurgisnacht is nigh-unkillable by anyone other than Madoka.
  • Muhyo and Roji:
    • Against Face-Ripper Sophie, as Rio has betrayed them and Muhyo is still weak from the previous battle, Muhyo has to take a potentially poisonous tempering elixir from Biko to recover the tempering he needs to fight.
    • In order to defeat Teeki, Muhyo decides to form a contract with Hades, one of the Six Kings of the Underworld, eliciting shocked reactions from his friends Yoichi and Biko, who don't even think it possible.
  • Getter Robo:
    • In Shin Getter Robo, Saotome sacrifices everyone in the facility to Shin Getter Dragon to destroy the alien mothership, which, in turn, attempts to ram Earth.
    • The decision to use Shin Getter Robo to save the world from both a nuke and a climate weapon in Getter Robo Go is this, considering one of the first things the robot does upon activation is kill half Japan. It's implied the victims' souls are absorbed into it in the process.
    • The emergence of Getter Emperor as described by Musashi in Getter Robo Arc. As humans are brought to the brink of extinction, they release a thing that can cause a Big Bang by merely transforming.
  • In Pretty Cure All Stars DX 3, using the Prism Flower for one last attack against Black Hole is this, knowing that never becoming Pretty Cure again and losing their fairy companions is better than letting him win. Things get better after the credits, though.
  • In The Animatrix: The Second Renaissance, in a mix of Godzilla Threshold and Too Dumb to Live, mankind decides to implement Operation Dark Storm, which would block out the sun with no apparent ways to reverse the effects. This cuts off the machines' power supply, but also kills all vegetation and phytoplankton, destroying the foundation for the Earth's biosphere (Hence the Too Dumb to Live, as things humans need require the sun). They were willing to perform a Class 4 Apocalypse, without any logical thinking or objections, just to beat the machines. Because of this bad planning, this doesn't work, and mankind eventually loses the war anyway.
  • Nasuverse: The Counter Force works In Mysterious Ways to counter possible threats to humanity (Alaya) or Earth's (Gaia) existence. If the subtle method fails and there are no mortal agents left to counter a threat to humanity, Alaya's Counter Guardians are dispatched to eliminate the threat and everyone even slightly related to it. Counter Guardians will destroy entire nations to complete their mission. On the other hand, if the threat is one to the Earth, instead, the Counter Force manifests through Gaia instead. Gaia's Counter Force started out with the True Ancestors (with the last one around being capable of destroying the world on a whim, if she were so inclined), and culminated in a dog-like monster known as Primate Murder, said to be capable of killing more humans in a faster timeframe than anything else in existence. And yes, it is possible that the two aspects of the Counter Force could end up in all-out conflict with each other; the result would likely be The End of the World as We Know It (such an occurrence might be the reason the planet is dead in Angel Notes). In most timelines, however, no threat has escalated to that point.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Sailor Moon pulling out the Silver Crystal to pulverize the Big Bad is usually a death sentence. The first time, it was. The second time, a second Crystal spared her.
    • This is the express purpose of Sailor Saturn, who has the power to destroy the world should it be overrun by evil forces.
    • In the manga and Sailor Moon Crystal, after Queen Metallia has swallowed Sailor Moon and the Silver Crystal Sailor Venus leads the others into using their Transformation Power for a last attack, knowing that the best case scenario was them sacrificing their powers and waking Sailor Moon up for a last chance at defeating the enemy. They wake Sailor Moon up, but get almost killed when Metallia retaliates.
  • In A Certain Magical Index:
    • The threat of Archangel Gabriel during the Angel Fall arc is so great that Kaori Kanzaki opens the fight by revealing her magic name to unleash her full power. She normally considers doing this a last resort and makes a point to avoid doing this, since she fears her own power. She has been compared to a nuke when going all out.
    • Generally speaking, Touma is unwilling to rely on the full power of Imagine Breaker, which has only been released by accident a couple of times. Even during World War III, against Fiamma of the Right, he suppressed it rather than use it. But at the climax of New Testament 13, facing a quite literal Physical God who is currently riding a meteor toward Academy City, Touma has finally run out of options and seems to be preparing to purposefully unleash that power for the first time in the franchise. Fortunately, the threat is dealt with by others before he has to go that far.
  • The human race in Attack on Titan lives here and has for over a century. Every side and faction in the story embraces methods that are normally horrifying and even downright wrong, including the heroes, although some are more evil than others, and it's all in the service of their own causes. It's much less morally grey than that all sounds. The bottom line is the heroes resort to things 'heroes never should', for practical or moral reasons, because there's no other choice.
  • In Magical Girl Apocalypse, faced with a Zombie Apocalypse and homicidal magical girls, the survivors resort to releasing a corrupt, rapist cop who had already tried to rape and murder them when they first met him from custody, since he's the only one among them who can competently wield a gun. Now that he's free, they have to weather his horrible nature, since he's completely unrepentant and only helping them because he wants to live, and will gladly kill or abandon them as soon as he thinks it's the better option.
  • In Episode 5 of Plastic Memories, the retrieval team's failure to locate and find Marcia prompts their bosses to call up R-Security to assist. Unlike the retrieval teams who attempt to talk the Wanderer down, R-Security's only concern is to shoot them to death. This doesn't go well with either Michiru or Kazuki when they find this out.
  • Pokémon: In the episode "Pallet Party Panic", when Pikachu was taken by Team Rocket, Ash was forced to release Charizard to chase after their balloon since he had no other options left (the only other flier on Ash's team was incapacitated by Poison Sting). Charizard didn't trust Ash yet and usually ignored orders, making him a last-resort option; he refused to rescue Pikachu until Team Rocket destroyed a fruit stand.
    • Evolution is also considered at several points to be crossing the threshold. Usually, when a Pokémon evolves, it's often under more dire circumstances than in the games, such as when facing a tough trainer or a region's villain team. Even more, if a Pokémon refuses to do so, it instead manages to cross it a different way by surpassing its limit and learning a powerful new move.
    • Pikachu disliking going into his Poké Ball may be usually be a Running Gag, but it's often considered to be this whenever he's told to go in there; notably in Pokémon: I Choose You! when Ash is able to get Pikachu into the Poké Ball right before he's disintegrated by the attacks of a bunch of mind-controlled Pokémon to protect him from the same fate.
  • In Saiyuki, any situation that justifies taking off Goku's diadem and unleashing the Seiten Taisei. In that form, he is Nigh Invulnerable, capable of healing himself with Earth's energies, and has an easy time beating the crap out of any enemy, but is also Ax-Crazy and unable to recognize his friends. As a result, the diadem only gets deliberately removed (as opposed to breaking) twice: once by Goku himself when he is forced to fight Kougaiji to get the antidote for Sanzo, and another time by Hakkai and Gojyo in a desperate attempt to revive Goku after the latter is mortally wounded.
    • Hakkai removing his own Power Limiters to stop the Seiten Taisei after the latter incident also qualifies. While he has fought a couple of battles without them before, during this one he seriously risked succumbing to the Minus Wave and going Ax-Crazy himself (to the point Gojyo has to interfere when Hakkai starts to enjoy violence a little too much). Hakkai's youkai powers ultimately prove not to be enough against the Seiten Taisei; he only wins the battle by teaming up with Gat to turn the Seiten Taisei's abilities against their user, which also nearly kills Hakkai in the process.
  • Blue Exorcist practically starts with this being crossed by Rin as he chooses to go against his foster father's warnings against breaking the seal on his demonic nature to attempt to save him and get out of the Gehenna Gate they are both stuck in. He fails to save his father but frees himself from the Gate by destroying it with his unleashed power. He then later goes on to do it again 12 chapters later to save his friends from his powerful half-brother Amaimon. He succeeds, but nearly gets his head chopped off for existing by the True Cross Order, only saved by his other half-brother Mephisto arguing a case for him.
  • Death Note: Having run out of plans and been exposed as Kira, Light begs Ryuk to help him by writing the names of Near and the task force in his Death Note. Instead, Ryuk writes Light's own name in the Death Note, outright saying that since Light was desperate enough to turn to him for help instead of having a backup plan, then it was all over for him.
  • In Hellstar Remina, the situation is so dire that the Godzilla Threshold is crossed almost immediately. An unspecified nuclear armed country lets fly with the nuclear weapons as soon as Remina shows up near the Earth. Unfortunately, it fails spectacularly.
  • Yugi from Yu-Gi-Oh! feels this way about the Egyptian God Cards. Unlike Kaiba, who's obsessed with power, or Marik, who loves destruction, Yugi is fully aware of how dangerous the cards are and only uses them against his most serious opponents.
    • The Wicked God Cards note  from the Spin-off Manga Yu-Gi-Oh! R were developed as a countermeasure against the Egyptian God Cards, should the latter end up in the wrong hands, with each Wicked monster being able to counter its Egyptian counterpart's effects. Though conceived for this purpose, they were never created, not only out of fear they would be misused, but unlike the Egyptian Gods, which chose their wielders, any duelist could use a Wicked God, at cost of the wielder being corrupted by the God's evil influence. Eventually, the main villains of this story would end up having the Wicked Gods created to use against Yami Yugi.
  • In Macross Zero. the UN force involved in the conflict deploys a Destroid Monster equipped with reaction weapons when the Bird Human goes on rampage and proves unstoppable with normal means, fully knowing the fallout may well make the nearby Mayan Island uninhabitable — and that they would die all this way, either killed by the blast or in the landing after the thing keeping their seagoing ships at hundreds of meters in the air was destroyed. Considering the alternative was the thing killing millions in the attempt of bombing humanity back into stone age, they considered the sacrifice acceptable. Fortunately, Shin had calmed Sarah (who was in control of the Bird Human) just as the Monster was being deployed, so the blast is contained and the ships are deposited on the sea gently.
  • Interestingly, in One-Punch Man, it's the antagonists who frequently have to cross the point of no return when they realize how freakishly powerful Saitama is. It never works, to Saitama's dismay.
    • Dr. Genus, leader of the House of Evolution, unleashes as his last card — his most dangerous creation, Asura Rhino, a powerful but extremely unstable mutant that he had kept locked away after deeming it a failure. The only reason Asura Rhino lasted more than 2 seconds was because Saitama wasn't really all that focused on the fight.
    • Boros, the leader of the alien invaders, and easily one of the most powerful beings in the galaxy, was forced to use a technique that drastically augmented his strength at the cost of the shortening of his lifespan during his battle against Saitama and threw him at the moon. Saitama "simply" jumped back to Earth without a scratch, so Boros followed with his ultimate, planet-busting attack... which Saitama dispelled with a single blow, the shockwave of which actually killed Boros.
    • For Saitama, it's when he has to use his Serious Series moves that the threat has become dangerous enough. To elaborate, Saitama is so obscenely strong that every opponent explodes into a mass of gore when he punches them, despite the fact that he rarely put effort in his attacks. Serious Series is when he decides to actually exert effort into his attacks. One of the times it was used was during the above fight with Boros, in which Saitama split the sky for miles after punching Boros' ultimate attack and killing him.
  • My Hero Academia:
    • The Hero Izuku Midoriya normally has to limit how much of his power he can tap into, due to his Quirk being powerful enough to cripple him for life until he masters it. However, during his fight against Overhaul, Izuku is forced to go beyond his usual limits of using only 8% of his powers, as the situation was too severe. He only went to 20%, but he was already in intense pain.
    • The threshold is crossed even harder later on: when Overhaul fuses with his underlings to become even stronger, Izuku has to go all out and use 100% of his power, albeit in this case Eri was there to use her Quirk to rewind Izuku's injuries, and he came out no worse for the wear.
    • For a villainous exampl, All for One told the League of Villains member Kurogiri to rely on his personal bodyguard Gigantomachia, in case something were to happen to All for One, leaving Kurogiri unable to take care of the villain's pupil Tomura Shigaraki on his own. Sure enough, when All for One is defeated and arrested (and ironically, Kurogiri himself later), Gigantomachia is released and introduced to the rest of the League, although they have to defeat him to get him to submit. This example is more literal than usual, since Gigantomachia is a throwback to Godzilla himself.

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