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"It starts, as all historical epics must now do, with a hideous massacre seen from the point of view of a terrified child."
Mark Kermode, reviewing Pompeii

The town the hero first appears in is often his hometown. There is a very high chance said town will be demolished by evil forces, prompting him to go on his quest, although sometimes the town is inaccessible for other reasons (banishment, for example).

This is not strictly limited to hometowns. It's almost guaranteed that wherever the hero starts out — be it town, planet or even universe, depending on the scope of the story — is likely to be rudely destroyed by the forces of fate as soon as his back is turned.

Frequently paired with Refusal of the Call, since The Call Knows Where You Live, and often the reason You Can't Go Home Again after Easing into the Adventure. Often results in the hero watching the town burn, emotionally overcome at having their source of joy destroyed. Rarely, the Final Boss may take place in the very same town.


One of the worst examples of this trope, reserved for the most heartless of villains, is for when they are eventually confronted for it by the hero, and they don't even remember doing it.

Note that this trope does not include stories in which survival (within the town) during disaster or war, and its aftermath, are the main focus. The key aspect of this trope is not that the town is destroyed, but that the destruction of (or banishment from) the hero's old home becomes an impetus to the later adventures.

See also Where I Was Born and Razed, when the character is the doom of their own hometown.

Not to be confused with Domed Hometown, although these are easier to doom. See also Sugar Apocalypse.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Frieza does precisely this to Planet Vegeta, the Saiyan homeworld, in Dragon Ball Z, although it actually takes place before the series proper starts, and is shown in flashbacks. The Bardock special also recounts the events leading up to this Earth-Shattering Kaboom.
  • In UFO Robo Grendizer, one of the Mazinger Z sequels, Duke Fleed's planet gets destroyed two years before the beginning of the series, forcing him to flee to Earth.
  • Many of the princesses of Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch have run away from their destroyed kingdoms, or been caught in the attempt; curiously, the heroine is the only one whose home turf is safe.
  • Sara from Str.A.In.: Strategic Armored Infantry has a Doomed Space Academy that is attacked by her brother; she is the only survivor.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!:
    • Negi and Anya's hometown is attacked by demons that turn nearly all the townspeople to stone. Negi is saved by his father who gives Negi his staff before leaving. Much later on, it's revealed that the Megalomesembrian Senate was responsible, and that the entire attack may have been an assassination attempt on Negi.
    • Fate's minions all have this as their backstory, as well as all other orphans that he rescued.
  • Given the historical destruction of most of Japan's major cities during World War II, this comes up frequently in anime set in this period:
  • This is subverted in Fullmetal Alchemist where Ed and Alphonse Elric set fire to their own house so they can't turn back. Their attempts to redeem themselves from this "original sin" drive the plot. They do, however, make relatively frequent visits to their hometown to call on childhood friends.
    • This is further subverted, and may be even lampshaded, in the fact that during the Ishvalan civil war, Ed and Al's hometown is reported to have been run in and destroyed (which is used as an official excuse for Ed's limbs), but now it seems to be thriving again.
      • Various points indicate that while it hardly seems devastated, it would have been more of a bustling city had the Ishvalan civil war not happened.
      • Other points suggest it was simply attacked and damaged slightly rather than completely destroyed. As Ed is the only character we hear referring to it being destroyed this can probably be chalked up to him exaggerating things.
    • Hohenheim has an alternate interpretation of Ed and Al's motives, saying that they did it to forget trying to transmute their mother.
      • Hohenheim: "Pinako, where is my house? I can't seem to find it."
  • In Chrono Crusade, Chrono and Rosette's motivation for joining the Order is to find Rosette's brother, Joshua, who was kidnapped by Aion. When he was kidnapped, he was given Chrono's horns—and the power overwhelmed him and he ended up "stopping" the time of the orphanage Rosette and Joshua lived in, freezing everyone inside in stone. Chrono, Joshua and Rosette are the only survivors from it.
  • Gundam:
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! has a villainous example. Kul Elna, a village of former tomb builders turned tomb robbers, was burned to the ground and had its inhabitants slaughtered as components in the spell that forged the Millennium Items. Luckily for one small boy who managed to stay hidden, the sorcerers only needed the lives of the other 99 villagers, which left him as the sole survivor. Flash forward about ten to fifteen years, and Thief King Bakura is out for revenge...
    • In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, if Satellite counts as a Doomed Hometown (seeing as Zero Reverse reduced what was left of it to a crime-ridden slum) then Jack, Kiryu, and Crow are genuine examples, and Yusei in spirit. (Yusei grew up thinking he was born there, only learning later that he was sent there as an infant by his parents, who were killed in the disaster.) However, neither they nor any other survivor could leave it, at least for a while, as the corrupt government used the inhabitants like underclass serfs until it was liberated after Godwin's death.
    • And in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Yuto and Shun's home, Heartland was destroyed by Academia before the events of the story, prompting the formation of the Resistance.
  • The Lyrical Nanoha franchise has Amia, a mining town found in the 3rd Administrated World - Vaizen. It was destroyed in year 74 of the new Mid-Childa calendar, seven years before the events of Force. Official records state that it was an accident involving earthquakes and poisonous fumes. Tohma, the main character of Force and the only survivor of that event, believe otherwise and has made it his life's goal to find the true culprit behind the disaster.
  • Flame of Recca - the destruction of Recca's hometown and the wholesale slaughter of the Hokage clan is what causes Recca to be sent forward in time to the modern day.
  • In One Piece, there were two hometowns that we’re destroyed:
    • Ohara, the home island of eventual-protagonist Nico Robin is the product of this. Given that she is hunted by the World Government precisely because she is the sole survivor of the Marines' otherwise utter annihilation of her hometown.
    • Trafalgar Law was a victim of this. His hometown and country, Flevance, was quarantined with all its citizens, including children, getting summarily executed. The only way Law escaped was by hiding in the piles of corpses of his loved ones.
    • A downplayed example in that Gray Terminal was an inhabited landfill and scrapyard where protagonist Luffy and his childhood friends Ace and Sabo used to spend most of their time, which was then destroyed—with its inhabitants still in it—in an attempt by the corrupt aristocracy on the island to impress a visiting powerful politician, with the boys as the only known survivors. The towns where the three of them actually live, however, have remained intact.
  • In Inuyasha, the Demon Slayers' village and Sango's hometown was completely wiped out for Naraku to get the Shikon Jewel shards that were being protected there.
  • In Slayers, Copy Rezo destroys Sairaag, Syphiel's hometown. In Slayers Next, Lina Inverse destroys Xoana, Martina's hometown.
  • Kazuma's hometown was destroyed before the beginning of Kagerou-Nostalgia; the village he's defending in the opening doesn't last long either (although in his defense, it would have been gone even quicker without him).
  • Colin's home in Highlander: The Search for Vengeance gets destroyed by the Big Bad Marcus. Particularly brutal as Colin had recently been made chief of the village.
  • This is how Exa of Superior became a hero, in keeping with his "deconstructed '80s JRPG hero" nature. Very briefly, he resolved to kill all monsters, but when a little monster he'd tamed found and comforted him in the ruins, he changed that to "kill the demon queen." (Incidentally, the demon queen is the protagonist.)
  • Attack on Titan features several, as a direct result of Wall Maria being abandoned at the beginning of the series.
    • Shiganshina District, the home of Power Trio Eren, Mikasa, and Armin is the most prominent example. Its destruction is the focal point of the beginning of the series, and it serves as a symbol of everything lost when Wall Maria was breached. Reclaiming it becomes vital to the plot, since the mystery of Eren's powers may be hidden in the ruins of his home.
    • Reiner and Bertolt come from a remote mountain village in Wall Maria, and briefly describe it being destroyed because the Titans reached it before they could receive any warning. This is part of their cover story; they found the Sole Survivor of the village, learned about it, and then staged his suicide.
    • Jean's hometown, the Trost District, is badly damaged during the battle there, but manages to narrowly avoid this fate thanks to the discovery of Eren's powers.
    • Connie's village is found abandoned and destroyed during the breach of Wall Rose. The hints about what happened are chilling to say the very least.
  • In Pokémon Adventures, the XY chapter starts off with Xerneas and Yvetal duking it out with each other to the point that Vaniville Town gets destroyed while simultaneously Team Flare goes after X's Mega Ring and burn down his house to get to him.
  • In Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-, this is what prompts Kurogane to become a ninja serving under Princess Tomoyo in hopes of finding the one who did the deed and killing him.
  • Sunday Without God opens with the massacre of the protagonist's village by a gunslinger in black, and once she comes to terms with that she sets out on a journey to save the world.
  • Brave10 opens with the Izumo shrine where Isanami grew up being burned to the ground and all the priests and shrine-maidens killed by Tokugawa Ieyasu's ninjas, with only Isanami escaping.
  • Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms: The Iorph homeland gets attacked by Mezarte's troops near the beginning of the story. A series of coincidences results in Maquia escaping both death and capture.

    Comic Books 
  • Superman:
    • Krypton from the Superman mythos is the quintessential example of a Doomed Hometown, being a doomed home planet.
    • In Krypton No More, Clark is so frightened of losing Earth after losing Krypton that he is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Supergirl and the Kandorians are so worried about his mental health that they lie to him about his origins.
    • In Kingdom Come, it happened to him again, this time with Kansas.
    • In an Armageddon 2001 alternate timeline, Metropolis is destroyed by a nuclear bomb.
    • Later to be topped by Power Girl, whose entire universe was destroyed.
    • Supergirl lost her home-world twice. She tried to settle down in Earth but in Red Daughter of Krypton she left the planet because she felt she didn't belong there. Later on, she got kicked out of the Red Lanterns and had to leave planet Ysmault.
    • The Matrix version of Supergirl loses the Pocket Universe Earth to the Phantom Zone criminals in The Supergirl Saga.
    • In Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl, a flashback showed how Kara lost her planet... and then her hometown.
      Kara: First Krypton died. Then, I was the only one to escape the destruction of Argo City...
    • In Supergirl (Rebirth), Lar-On -a citizen of Argo City- is trapped in the Phantom Zone a while before the destruction of the city. When he leaves the Zone, Supergirl has to explain to him that his hometown is gone.
    • In Bizarrogirl, Bizarro sent his cousin to Earth because their homeworld was being devoured by the "godship".
    • In Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?, Pre-Crisis Bizarro Superman purposely destroyed Bizarro World as part of his self-improvement plan to become "the perfect imperfect duplicate of Superman".
  • Lobo subverts this by wiping out the inhabitants of his home planet all by himself.
  • Martian Manhunter's entire civilization was destroyed when his evil brother Mala'faak released a virus that set all Green Martians exposed to it aflame. Which was pretty much all of them.
  • In Rom Spaceknight, Claireton, West Virginia, which served as the setting for much of the series and is home to Rom's girlfriend Brandy Clark, is completely overrun by Dire Wraiths during Rom's absence, its inhabitants slaughtered. Brandy, by then a Spaceknight herself, becomes obsessed with exacting vengeance against the Wraiths for this atrocity.
  • ElfQuest. Humans burn down our heroes' forest holt, forcing them to go on... well, the entire rest of the story, basically, rather than just staying home.
  • The home planets of the eponymous seven in Sovereign Seven.
  • Green Lantern Hal Jordan's home base of Coast City was destroyed, starting a chain of events that turn him into an insane killer/possessed victim of an entity called Parallax.
  • Invoked in Infinite Crisis, when Deathstroke orders Nightwing's city, Bludhaven, destroyed as revenge against the hero.
    • However, this really didn't become an impetus for Nightwing's later adventures.
  • Inverted in Watchmen's "Tales Of The Black Freighter" comic-within-a-comic, where the protagonist believes his hometown is due to be visited by the eponymous ship only to realize (too late) he is batshit crazy and mistook the innocent villagers for undead aberrations after he murders them.
  • What happens to All in Red Hood and the Outlaws, which Red Hood feels is his real home and where he truly grew up.
  • Arwyn's hometown is wiped out by the Dark Lord Mordath in the first issue of Sojourn. This is what starts Arwyn on her Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • The Legend of Wonder Woman (2016): Despite the way the adults brush her off the danger Diana feels encroaching on Themyscira is not imagined. The power of the gods has waned to the point that they are begining to fade even in the pocket demension of Themyscira which they retreated to, and shortly after Diana leaves the island the infighting among the gods as they try to stave off death and force the Amazons to help them enslave humanity to get new worshipers leaves Themyscira in ruins and all the Amazons besides Hippolyta dead or turned to stone.
  • The Extremist Vector: The homeworld of the Extremists, Blue Jay and Silver Sorcerer, was destroyed in a nuclear war.

    Fan Works 
  • In Raven Child's The Smurfette Village series, the Smurfette Village is destroyed in the second story by a volcanic eruption, then the Smurf Village is destroyed in the third story by a Synthetic Plague known as "The Blue Plague."
  • In I Against I, Me Against You, Dodge Junction is this for Sunny Side, courtesy of the Meta
  • In Son of the Desert: Trisha's original village, Eshkolit is destroyed during the Ishval War and her family is killed with it.
  • Last Child of Krypton: Shinji has kryptonian powers because planet Krypton was about to explode (in the rewrite Krypton did not blow up but its inhabitants were dying), and Jor-El (Kal-El in the rewrite) sent a rocket with a DNA sample to Earth. Yui Ikari found it and used it to alter her unborn child's DNA. So that Shinji is technically kryptonian but his homeworld has disappeared.
  • Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: Asuka has kryptonian powers due to her biological father's planet exploding. Before Krypton blew up, Jor-El sent his son to Earth, but due a miscalculation on his part, the baby died when his rocket crashed. Later his DNA got used to impregnate one of the eggs of Kyoko, and thus Asuka was born.
  • The Keys of the Kingdom: Near the beginning of the story, Earth gets attacked by the Heartless, and eventually falls. Unlike most examples, however, most of the characters were whisked away from the planet either before the attack began or early on into it, with no way back. Consequently, they are not actually aware of what happened.
  • It happens systematically and repeatedly in Children of an Elder God. The main characters live in Tokyo-3, the whole country is destroyed. They move to NERV Germany, and their Home Base is destroyed. After the War they settle on America, but Shinji and Asuka can't lead a normal life anymore and leave.
  • In the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf story "Days Of Future Smurfed", the Smurf Village is eventually destroyed by an earthquake, resulting in a dispersion of its remaining Smurfs and Empath living alone in the forest with his great-grandson, who becomes Traveler Smurf.
  • The Sabrina Gaiden sidestory of Pokémon Reset Bloodlines features Turquoise Town, where Sabrina was born and raised. Fed up with the citizen's apathetic and lazy attitude, and disgusted that they force her to use her psychic powers for mundane tasks, she begins to terrorize them until someone stands up to her. Even after she leaves, in less than a year the town is all but abandoned, and by the present time it's been effectively erased from the maps.
  • Hunters of Justice: Remnant serves as this for Teams RWBY and JNPR, after the planet is destroyed by Braniac and its major cities are shrunken and bottled up for his studies. Because of this, both teams choose Starting a New Life when they arrive on Earth, since they have nothing to go back to.
  • The Victors Project: Arrow reveals that Lyme's home village Redfern (a hotbed of rebel sentiment) was massacred immediately after the Rebellion started, although a fair portion of the residents survived.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Titan A.E., the main character's home planet is destroyed.
  • Dinosaur:
    • Lemur Island, since it was unfortunately located very close to the meteorite's blast radius.
    • Also the region where Kron, Bruton, Neera, Eema, Baylene, Url, and the rest of the Herd came from. Subverted, however according to Dinosaur: The Essential Guide, which confirms that the Nesting Grounds is indeed their original home. The reason why they all do not stay there all the time is because in the winter, the Nesting Grounds actually becomes too cold for the dinosaurs to lay their eggs.
  • DreamWorks:
    • In Monsters vs. Aliens, Gallaxhar's planet was destroyed by Gallaxhar himself.
    • In Megamind, both Megamind's and Metro Man's planets (and to a much lesser extent, possibly their home solar system) are sucked in by a black hole.
    • In Kung Fu Panda 2, Po's home village is burned to the ground by Shen's wolves and cannons. Po witnessed the event, but was too young to remember it at the time.
  • The village in An American Tail, which is sacked in a cat-Cossack pogrom at the very beginning, in a Fiddler on the Roof parody. Surprisingly, this is intended to be a real town, which has in fact survived.
  • The village in Mulan the troops encounter before the Tung Shao Pass. The houses were on fire, pieces of cloth were torn, innocent people were murdered, and the army led by Shang's father were killed by the Huns, including the general himself
  • In Kubo and the Two Strings, the Sisters attack the village near where Kubo lives and where he goes to school, buys things, and generally interacts with people. Having no means to defend himself, Kubo has no choice by to run away, letting the village get completely consumed by the Sisters' black mist. Much later, he returns to the village and discovers many survivors hiding among the ruins.
  • Pepperland, in Yellow Submarine.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Possibly the most famous is the destruction of Luke's home in Star Wars, killing his aunt and uncle but freeing him to leave the planet. Notice that he never mentions them ever again, and instead obsesses over his father who didn't raise him.
  • In The Last Starfighter, when Alex Refused the Call and wants to go back to Earth, he finds the hard way The Call Knows Where You Live, as an alien assassin comes to his hometown. Centauri implies this trope (as well as Alex's death) will result unless Alex takes part in the war. Alex reluctantly agrees.
  • In Conan the Barbarian (1982), the main villain Thulsa Doom destroys young Conan's village and mercilessly slays his mother before his eyes, leading him to be sold into slavery where he is hardened by forced labor and trained as a champion gladiator. When he eventually wins his freedom, embarks on a career as a warrior, and seeks out Thulsa Doom to take his revenge, the villain calmly points out to Conan that everything he became is because of Doom himself and Conan actually owes him. (He even fits in a bit of the But for Me, It Was Tuesday, too.) Of course Conan is anything but grateful, but still the point stands.
  • In Starship Troopers, Johhny Rico's native city, Buenos Aires, gets destroyed by the bugs just as he resigned from the armed forces. Of course, now It's Personal.
  • In the Street Fighter movie, Chun Li reveals she's pursuing M. Bison because he destroyed her village and killed her father. This leads to the single most awesome bit about the movie, in an echo of Thulsa Doom above:
    M. Bison: For you, the day Bison graced your village was the most important day of your life. But for Me, It Was Tuesday.
  • In the film adaptation of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Allan Quatermain is living in self-imposed exile in a British colony in Africa, and has no interest in accepting the position of League leader. He accepts, however, when agents of the film's primary villain invade the colony, killing some of Quatermain's friends and blowing up the pub.
  • Mercilessly parodied in Mel Brooks' Robin Hood: Men in Tights:
    Robin Hood: Blinkin, listen to me. They've taken the castle!
    Blinkin: I thought it felt a bit drafty. Cor, this never would have happened if your father was alive.
    Robin Hood: He's dead?
    Blinkin: Yes.
    Robin Hood: And my mother?
    Blinkin: She died of pneumonia while... oh, you were away...
    Robin Hood: My brothers?
    Blinkin: There were all killed by the plague.
    Robin Hood: My dog, Pongo?
    Blinkin: Run over by a carriage.
    Robin Hood: My goldfish, Goldie?
    Blinkin: Eaten by the cat.
    Robin Hood: (on the verge of tears) My cat?
    Blinkin: Choked on the goldfish.
    Blinkin: Oh, it's good to be home, ain't it, Master Robin?
    • There's the village from the start of the film that gets shot by flaming arrows every time they film a Robin Hood movie.
  • Star Trek (2009): It involved as a key plot point the destruction of Vulcan by a Romulan lunatic from the future, and its effect on Spock.
    • The destruction of the Kelvin may also count, since James T. Kirk would've been born there otherwise. JJ Abrams explained in the commentary that the attack by Nero created premature labor, else he would have been born in Iowa.
    • The reasoning for the key plot point? Nero, said Romulan lunatic, watched Romulus get obliterated by the Hobus supernova.
  • The Western movie The Outlaw Josey Wales begins with the eponymous hero's house being burned down and his family killed.
  • Near the beginning of Apocalypto, the jungle village of the protagonist gets razed to the ground by city Mayans, and its inhabitants are captured as slaves and human sacrifices.
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire tells about the annihilation of Katniss' home district.
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay shows the ruins after the annihilation of Katniss' home district.
  • Hometree in Avatar, and possibly Earth.
  • The Wolfhound begins with the eponymous protagonists village being sacked, Conan-style, by the evil druids Zhadoba and Man-Eater.
  • Come and See has Florya's home village, which ends up slaughtered some time after he joins up with the partisans. He's in denial about it at first.
  • Superman's homeworld of Krypton is destroyed in Man of Steel's opening. Also Smallville and Metropolis get wrecked in the battles between Superman and Zod.
  • The Beastmaster. When Evil Rip Torn attacks Dar's village and kills his dog, Dar dresses in leather, burns the bodies and goes on a grand quest.
  • Cloud Atlas: The Kona destroy Zachry's camp and kill his family and people.
  • In Beyond Sherwood Forest, Will Scarlet's village is destroyed by the dragon searching for Robin Hood.
  • In Cry Blood, Apache, Vittorio returns from a hunting trip to discover everyone in his tribe's camp has been massacred by the prospectors. This sparks his Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Shirin's Bedouin village in Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears, as shown in flashback. It is Shirin's determination to reveal the truth of what happened to her village that drives much of the plot.

  • In the gamebook series Lone Wolf, the eponymous character's journey begins with the Darklords' destruction of his monastery, leaving him Last of His Kind.

  • In The Dark Tower series, Roland Deschain's hometown, the royal city of Gilead, was destroyed by the forces of John Farson.
  • This happens in Dragoncharm to South Point, Fortune and Cumber's home.
  • In Return of the Reaper we have Holtz's hometown, along with pretty much every other human city in the novel.
  • In Animorphs, Bug fighters destroy the kids' hometown in the second last book to create a giant dead zone around the Pool ship's landing site. They reduce the entire city to a desert of ash, so the nothing can get close without being seen.
  • In book 12 of the Honor Harrington series, Mission of Honor, this happens not just to Honor's hometown, killing half her extended family, but also to a treecat clan and to Manticore's assets and people in orbit.
  • In The Infernal City, Annaïg's and Mere-Glim's hometown of Lilmoth undergoes a miniaturized Zombie Apocalypse.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy opens on a Thursday morning as Arthur Dent looks outside his house at a bulldozer poised to demolish it to make way for a bypass. Coincidentally, the Vogon Constructor Fleet demolishes Earth later that day in order to build a hyperspace bypass. Before blowing up this Insignificant Little Blue Planet, the Vogons tell its inhabitants that they should have seen it coming: as with Arthur's house, the plans for the bypass were on file, even if some Obstructive Bureaucrat did store them in a slightly out-of-the-way location without telling anyone that there were plans that someone needed to look at and file an objection to ("What do you mean, you've never been to Alpha Centauri?") "I could never get the hang of Thursdays." Arthur remarks as all this happens.
  • Watership Down, Waif Prophet rabbit Fiver has a vision of their warren being destroyed. He, his brother and few others escape on this revelation and learn later that the vision was completely correct.
  • In the Cambridge Latin Course, hero Quintus Caecilius Iucundus grew up in Pompeii. After the fiery destruction of his hometown and everything else in a ten mile radius, he leaves to destroy the forces of evil and corruption in Roman Britain.
    • This also occurred to a certain extent in real life: Caecilius, Metella and Quintus were actually based on real people from Pompeii, (although Quintus' later adventures were fabricated) which made it funny when the family turned up in Doctor Who.
  • In The Pilgrim's Progress the City of Destruction (the main character's hometown) will be destroyed in the end of days by fire and brimstone, prompting him to escape to Celestial City (heaven).
  • In Eric Flint's 1632 and successor books, the 'hero' is in some sense Grantville, West Virginia, displaced in time and space to Thuringia in 1632 amidst the Wars of Religion. None of the characters in it can go home to Modern Earth, and they have no idea if Modern Earth has been destroyed by the event that moved them, or continues to exist in another 'branch' of time. In any case they can't go back and are forced into adventure, making this a case of a /town/ that has a Doomed Hometown.
  • In James Blish's Cities in Flight series, the flying cities are forced off Earth by the disaster of world conquest by a totalitarian state, then later because Earth has become a Crapsack World. The spindizzy surrounds them in a protective bubble as they travel through space, so they are a Doomed Hometown that has become a Domed Hometown.
  • Subverted in the second book of The Sovereign Stone Trilogy. The Evil Overlord sends his henchman to the home village of one of the protagonists with orders to burn the village, massacre the inhabitants and torture the survivors to death for information.The villagers, however, are part of a tribal culture whose main exports are fearless barbarian mercenaries. They massacre the henchman, torture the boss henchman to death and stake out his body as an example to those who will follow, before burning their village to the ground so the enemy (who knows where they live) will get no use from it then go off to found a new home elsewhere.
  • Mino, Takeo's village in Tales of the Otori, does not outlast the opening chapter of the first book.
  • Played with in The Wheel of Time: though Emond's Field is attacked by Trollocs in the first hundred pages and the father of The Hero is severely wounded in the assault, both the hometown and the main characters' families and friends all survive this and later defeat a second, worse invasion in the fourth book. Played straight for Perrin, though, whose whole family gets killed and his home burned to the ground.
    • Averted as of the most recent book: far from being demolished, the Two Rivers is thriving, having emerged from its sleepy isolationism, discovered the military application of being the home of some of the world's best archers, produced some of the most powerful young magic-users (both male and female) in the world, peacefully absorbed one nearby nation-state and built strong ties to two others, and gone from being a forgotten backwater of the queendom of which it was only nominally a part to being officially recognized and elevated above all other member states in what is quickly becoming one of the largest and most powerful empires on the continent.
    • Lan Mandragoran, the Uncrowned Prince of Malkier has monstrous hordes overrun his entire homeland while he's still a baby. He spends the next twenty years of his life training to be a warrior and promptly sets off to go mano-a-mano with the entire freaking Blight and all the minions of the Dark One. Of course, he gets sidetracked by becoming Warder to Moirane, but fast-forward twenty years and he's mentoring and helping The Chosen One to battle the Big Bad who, incidentally, was responsible for razing Malkier. Now, again, he's on his personal vengeance-for-the-homeland quest with practically all the Malkieri survivors.
    • Also true for Olver, whose parents were killed by Shaido and who has basically committed himself to avenging them someday.
  • Inverted, to an extent, in The Lord of the Rings. You Can Go Home Again, but home is not the same: the Big Bad is defeated, but the homeland they set out to protect has become a Dystopia. There aren't even any hints of this (except a brief glimpse via Galadriel's mirror, by Sam, and even then it's not clear whether it's really going to happen—Galadriel warns of a possible Self-Fulfilling Prophecy if Sam tries to go back and stop it) until the main plot of the book is over. It's compelling enough to avert the Ending Fatigue you'd expect when the climax is in Chapter Three of the last book, and its omission is one reason that Ending Fatigue exists in the movie, as it's a new source of tension in the Scouring of the Shire, which has to be resolved before the final ending of Frodo's and Bilbo's trip into the west and Sam's epilogue. With the Scouring removed in the film, so is the tension; as the rest remains the same, the plot spends its last half-hour just coasting downhill.
  • In the The Demon Princes, the destruction and enslavement of the Mount Pleasant colony is what kicks off Kirth Gersen's Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • In Suzzanne Collins' The Hunger Games series, Katniss Everdeen's hometown District 12 is bombed into oblivion under the orders of President Snow as retaliation for the occurrences of book two, Catching Fire. The book ends with some one telling her it's gone, so you know it's important. Later on, Katniss visits the District 12 ruins and is noticeably guilty over the fact that it's gone, and the bombing of 12 is brought up multiple times throughout the last book.
  • In the Inheritance Cycle, first of all Eragon's home is destroyed and Garrow killed, then in Eldest, the Empire come for Roran which results in the destruction of Carvahall and the villagers all leaving for the Varden.
  • In The History of the Galaxy series, the Norls are a race of Heavy Worlder humanoids, whose homeworld is rendered near-uninhabitable by a supernova. Unfortunately, their new home is about to suffer the same fate (apparently, even with FTL outrunning a supernova is difficult). Fortunately, the humans find out about this just in time and manage to shield the new planet from the destructive wave using powerful gravity generators.
  • In the first book of Chronicles of the Emerged World, Nihal's home city of Salazar is attacked by Dola and his army of Fammin and her adoptive father Lovin is killed while trying to buy her some time to flee.
  • In The Licanius Trilogy, the three main characters have grown up at Gifted Academy in the seaside town of Caladel. Aside from them, literally everyone at the Academy is brutally massacred 5 chapters in.
  • In Jack Campbell's The Lost Fleet Captain Tulev's Back Story was the destruction of his home system. He offers to draw up the list of highly critical systems because he's unbiased.
  • In The Name of the Wind, Kvothe never had a hometown, but his parents and their caravan of traveling performers are slaughtered by the Chandrian. This sets him off on his adventures alone and will eventually lead him to seek out the Chandrian for revenge.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, Winterfell, the Starks' castle, is gone by the end of book 2, being first invaded by Theon Greyjoy and then sacked by the Boltons.
  • Elin's hometown in Of Fear and Faith is destroyed before the story begins. This has clearly left its mark on poor Elin, as when she tells this to Phenix it's the first time we see her not jovial and bubbly.
  • In The Big Wave, Jiya's seaside village of more than twenty houses is destroyed by the eponymous tsunami.
  • At the beginning of the second book of the Gor series, the protagonist Tarl Cabot wants to go back to his home city of Koroba, only to find it destroyed and its inhabitants spread all around the world. It turns out the Priest-Kings of Gor did that just to piss him off, since home cities are a really important and touchy subject on Gor and they knew it was the surest way to make Tarl go to them.
  • In the Left Behind series, the Antichrist's capital city New Babylon is destroyed by God at the end of the Tribulation. Before that, Chicago (the home place of the inner-city ministry known as The Place) was destroyed by a nuke.
  • Dennagon's home city of Drakemight in Dragons: Lexicon Triumvirate, as it was destroyed in a barrage of nuclear missiles from humans.
  • In Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia, finding out that this was done to the Vadal casteless quarter where his mother lived sets Ashok Vadal into a Roaring Rampage of Revenge. This is a particularly nasty example, as to preserve secrecy about Ashok's past, not only were his family killed, but the rest the casteless with them. And the house servants who might have seen him. And the guards who enacted the slaughter.
  • The Kill Order opens with Mark living peacefully in a small Appalachian village with the other survivors of the Flare. No guess that it's going to meet a grisly end, if only so Mark can go outside his comfort zone.
  • In the second Warrior Cats series, the forest - the home of the Clans - is destroyed, prompting a journey to find a new home where the rest of the series takes place.
  • "The Tamarisk Hunter": It is implied that Travis once lived farther down in Lake Havasu City before the drought and whatever disaster happened to the city forced them to flee.
  • The Southern Reach Trilogy: The director of the Southern Reach lived in "the forgotten coast", as the place that became Area X used to be known, as a child. This is why she was driven to work at the Southern Reach in the first place.
  • The Seichi Chronicles: Britan's hometown, Thebes, gets destroyed by the ice-breathing wyvern Asager Shell in the first arc. To make matters even worse, Britan gets a front row seat as he tries to warn the villagers and escape himself.
  • In Candide, Candide, a while after being expelled from Thunder-Ten-Tronck, is told that its inhabitants were raped and slaughtered by an invading army.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Andromeda, Dylan's Commonwealth (which spanned three galaxies) fell while he was in the black hole, and his own world in particular is gone and is widely believed to have been mythical by people in the future he returns to.
    • Also Harper, who fled Earth after it became a Crapsack World after being attacked by the Magog and then enslaved by the Nietzscheans.
  • In the remade Battlestar Galactica, all twelve planets occupied by humans are razed by the enemy Cylons, using nuclear weapons. It is the catalyst that begins the events in the series.
    • Not only that. The humans' original homeworld, Kobol, was also devastated by war. The 12 colonies were founded after the devastation of Kobol. The 13th tribe, comprised of the Kobol equivalent of humanoid Cylons, left Kobol 2000 years prior to the other 12 tribes and landed on the first Earth. After the 13th colony created their own version of robot Cylons, the same cycle happened again and that Earth was destroyed, save for the final five. The final five being the ones who later help the 12 colonies' robot Cylons create the humanoid Cylons, which end up destroying the 12 colonies.
    • The same thing happened in the original, as well, though it was aerial bombardment / strafing from Cylon fightercraft that did the damage rather than nukes.
  • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: The Chicago that Buck Rogers knew was destroyed (along with most of the rest of Earth) in a nuclear war some 500 years before the series proper takes place. A new, if somewhat more sterile city has been built close to the blackened, mutant-infested ruins.
  • Doctor Who:
    • Nyssa of Traken, companion of the Fourth and Fifth Doctors, saw her homeworld and the rest of the Traken Union gone when the Master accidentally destroyed part of the Universe in "Logopolis".
    • "The Ghost Monument": Angstrom, one of the finalists in the Galactic Relay, says that her homeworld Aldar is being "cleansed". It's later revealed that the Stenza are responsible.
  • According to Firefly's background information, Malcolm Reynolds' homeworld of Shadow was rendered uninhabitable during the Unification War, and remains quarantined.
  • Heroes: The Haitian is revealed to have come from one of these in 'It Takes a Village'.
  • In Lost, one of the antagonists, "the man in black", has his village burned down.
  • The Outer Limits (1995): In "The Grid", Scott Bowman discovers that almost everyone in his hometown of Halford, Washington has been taken over by a computer.
  • The Outpost: A key part of protagonist Talon's backstory is that when she was a child, her village was massacred by a band of mercenaries sent by the Prime Order. She's spent her entire life since preparing for a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • In Robin of Sherwood the title character, a.k.a. Robin of Loxley, is a bit miffed when the Sheriff of Nottingham torches the village of Loxley.
  • In the Stargate SG-1 two-parter "Moebius", which is partly an Alternate Reality Episode, where the alternate SG-1 travel to Chulak and inadvertantly let Apophis find out about Earth, causing him to send a full fleet to attack it. Realizing they have no hope of stopping it, they decide to try to restore the original timeline, which they were initially unwilling to do.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation's Ridiculously Human Robot Data was created in a colony on the planet of Omicron Theta on which all life was mysteriously and utterly annihilated (right down to the level of soil bacteria) by a space entity that resembles a giant snowflake. After the disaster, Data was found by the crew of the USS Tripoli when they came to investigate. He was deactivated during the attack so the creature didn't count him as alive, and is effectively the sole survivor of the entire colony. Several later episodes see them either dealing with the return of this creature, or tracking it down.
    • Similarly, Worf was rescued as a child from the wreckage of the Khitomer outpost by a Federation starhip after a Romulan attack wiped it out. Not his "home" exactly, but his whole family more or less was killed in the attack.
    • Tasha Yar also managed to escape Turkana IV, which literally became a Crapsack World when its government collapsed and law and order effectively vanished overnight.

  • In The Adventure Zone: Balance, Magnus's hometown, Ravensroost, ended up being attacked once more by the tyrant he drove away - not to conquer it, but to destroy it. Only a portion of it got damaged, but it was enough to scare the surviving locals off, leaving the place a ghost town. Later on, it's revealed that the Starblaster crew's home planet fits this trope, too.

  • Brand by Henrik Ibsen used this trope in 1866. Brand`s hometown is sited in a narrow fjord, with a glacier hanging almost precisely in balance over it. It is a known fact that a sudden, sharp sound, like a rifle shot, will make the glacier fall. And by the end of the play, it does - and everybody in the vicinity perishes. Because of this glacier, Brand`s hometown is already doomed.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Thanks to a Running Gag-cum-meme in Exalted fandom, if the city of Gem is your hometown, this trope will happen to you at some point. Gem is always doomed.
  • Warhammer 40,000, happens a lot. The Dark Angels homeworld was destroyed, and their HQ The Rock is on a chunk of whats left of their home planet.

  • The BIONICLE character Tobduk's time in the Order of Mata Nui began after his home island became the first victims of the Visorak horde. The attack and his survival changed his personality a great deal.

    Video Games 
  • In Asura's Wrath, Olga blitzes the human village just to get to Asura.
  • In Doom II, the anonymous "Doomguy" is told in an intermission screen that "the alien base is in the heart of your own home city, not far from the starport."
    • The Doomguy of DOOM (2016) is revealed to be the last survivor of the vaguely-medieval world of Argent D'nur, which was absorbed into Hell. Doomguy was a member of the Night Sentinels, an elite force tasked with safeguarding the Wraiths, godlike beings which supplied Argent D'nur with magic. A traitor in the Night Sentinels' ranks allowed the Wraiths to be subverted by Hell and used to power the Well, a font of limitless power that allowed the demonic horde to invade countless other dimensions.
  • Dragon Quest
    • In Dragon Quest IV, the main character (who you only get to play after all the other characters have their chapters) has his/her humble hamlet destroyed simply because they are The Chosen One and the Big Bad's minions found out.
    • Also in Dragon Quest IV, the second chapter ends with the heroes returning triumphantly to the castle where they started the chapter... only to find the place utterly deserted and eerily quiet. Returning in a later chapter, the heroes find that the castle is now inhabited by monsters.
    • Santa Rosa/Whealbrook in Dragon Quest V may not be where The Hero was born, but it's the place he lived since he can remember, and it gets destroyed between the Time Skip thanks to the evil Queen using his father as a scapegoat for Prince Henry's disappearance.
    • In Dragon Quest VIII, the kingdom of Trodain is engulfed by vines before the game starts due to a curse laid on it by the villain. Only the hero, the king, and the princess escape, and the latter two were cursed into other forms before the kingdom was hit.
    • In Dragon Quest XI, it happens twice to the Luminary. First his home was destroyed by monsters trying to kill him while he was still a baby, so he ends up orphaned and grows up in Cobblestone. Later, King Carnelian believes he is a Doom Magnet and orders Cobblestone sacked for housing him.
  • Dragon's Dogma: This Western RPG is a rare aversion. The player's home town is attacked by the Dragon at the beginning of the game, but the player's actions prevent the Dragon from destroying your home town. It also convinces the Dragon to eat your heart and pin you as this generation's Arisen. However, if you killed the Dragon towards the end, it's Gran Soren that gets destroyed instead. As the city collapses, it reveals the Everfall, The Very Definitely Final Dungeon beneath the city.
  • In Dragon's Wake the player character is a young orphan dragon that is adopted by a village of Lizard Folk. This village is later destroyed by the same Black Knight that killed his parents.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • In Final Fantasy II, Fynn is taken over by the empire, and all of the protagonists' parents are killed, prompting them to want to join the rebellion, in addition to wanting to find Maria's brother Leon. The rebellion eventually retakes Fynn, though. It's also one of the few towns that doesn't get utterly wiped out by the Cyclone.
    • Rydia's hometown, the village of Mist, is burned to the ground early in Final Fantasy IV; this is notable in that the destruction was performed by the hero. Also, most of the inhabitants survived (though the rest of the summoners were wiped out).
    • In Final Fantasy V, Bartz's hometown is disintegrated late in the game. Strangely, nothing plot-relevant happens here, and you can play the game through without ever visiting it, and thus never learning it's his hometown.
    • Final Fantasy VI:
      • Early in the game, Kefka starts to burn down Figaro Castle as a punishment to Edgar for refusing to give Terra up to him. For a moment, it seems like Edgar may lose his kingdom. But instead, he gets away and then the entire castle sinks Beneath the Earth. While not immediately accessible right after this event, Figaro remains available for the player's use all the way through the game, ever after The End of the World as We Know It.
      • Kefka does bring an end to Cyan's kingdom. Killing everyone in the Kingdom by poisoned well.
      • Narshe, the first town in the game, eventually ends up (mostly) abandoned, desolate and swarming with monsters.
    • Final Fantasy VII:
      • Cloud and Tifa are from Nibelheim, which was razed by Sephiroth. (It later got rebuilt and repopulated in an attempt to conceal that it ever was destroyed, which briefly confused the heroes). Later (chronologically speaking), he and the party are forced to leave Midgar to avoid the authorities. This shortly after Shinra destroys the Sector 7 slums, where AVALANCHE is based. And then the entire city is mostly destroyed later on!
      • Corel, Barret's hometown, is razed by Shinra troops, which is his main motivation for rebelling against them.
      • Pre-game hero Zack's hometown of Gongaga is destroyed by Going Critical. What's worse is that Crisis Core reveals that however the reactor exploded, it occurred during the four years he was a test subject. When he arrives, the whole fact that the town is mostly a crater and there's gravestones all around the huts of whoever survived doesn't seem to really faze him.
    • Final Fantasy VIII:
    • Tidus from Final Fantasy X is from the city of Zanarkand, which is attacked at the beginning of the game; when he comes to, the people of Spira insist that it was destroyed a thousand years ago (which it was).
    • Final Fantasy IX has so very many contenders for this trope. Practically every major city is seriously razed by the end of the game, including Alexandria, the home of Dagger and the first place we meet Zidane and Vivi, and Burmecia, Freya's hometown. Lindblum, Zidane's de facto hometown also gets partially razed, and is in a constant state of rebuilding until the end of the game. Terra / Bran Bal also counts, since it's really where Zidane came from and is remarkable because it's a doomed alternate dimension.
    • In Final Fantasy XIII, the villains' plot is to cause this, and they succeed, though the heroes manage to avert the "everyone dying" part. This also turns out to be the case for Oerba, Vanille and Fang's hometown.
    • Final Fantasy XIII-2 has New Bodhum, a rebuilt version of the original that was lost in the previous game. Due to extremely screwed up time anomalies, you see mirages of the town's future as a desolate wasteland. Indeed, the next time you visit (seven centuries later, two centuries after Cocoon's literal Colony Drop), only one chunk of rubble can still be called a building... barely. The new journey is aiming to stop this from happening, though, and it succeeds... sort of.
    • Final Fantasy XV has Noctis' kingdom of Insomnia, home of the crystal, invaded and left in ruins as per the prequel, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV.
    • The unnamed-and-never-seen hometown of the hero from Final Fantasy Mystic Quest. Its destruction is only mentioned in the hero's first line of dialogue, and never alluded to after that.
  • In Bravely Default, Tiz is the sole survivor of Norende Village, which was swallowed up by a gigantic chasm. Unlike most victims of this trope, Tiz decides to roll up his sleeves and start rebuilding the village himself, which is done via a minigame of sorts.
  • In Kingdom Hearts I, Sora, Riku and Kairi are all from the Destiny Islands, which are vaguely snuffed out by the Heartless and later restored.
  • The Chosen One's hometown of Arroyo in Fallout 2 - ironically, the village is destroyed just as the hero finds the item that was supposed to save it.
    • In the ending, the village is rebuilt after freeing the survivors from the Enclave, and the Chosen One becomes the new leader.
    • And Fallout 3's story really begins when the player is forced to leave the Vault to search for their father. Later on, as part of a Sidequest, the PC is able to return and see what has happened in their absence - but however they choose to resolve (or completely ignore!) matters, they don't get to stay. One of these "resolutions" results in our "Hero" dooming the hometown himself!
    • The other hometown, Megaton, can also be doomed by the player by setting off the nuclear bomb it is named after. Refugees will occasionally appear and will be hostile.
    • In Fallout: New Vegas, the Courier can doom their own starting town of Goodsprings by siding with the Powder Gangers in the first quest. They are also responsible for inadvertently turning the Divide, a prospering community that they once called home, into a nuclear hellhole.
    • In Fallout 4, after being thawed out from cryogenic suspension, the protagonist's first stop in the main quest is their hometown of Sanctuary Hills, which has been devastated by nukes. Of course, they can rebuild the the town into a new community.
  • At the end of the first chapter of Jade Empire, the little town of Two Rivers is destroyed and almost all of its populace wiped out by Imperial forces.
    • And that was just his/her adopted hometown. His/her real hometown was destroyed 20 years earlier. The main character seems to have pretty bad luck with hometowns.
    • And played with in that your mentor was responsible for both, knowing that it would give you the motivation to kill his brother, the Emperor, and let him take the throne.
  • Inverted in Dead Rising: the US Government destroys the village that Carlito lived in after zombie-virus infected wasps escape from a secret lab. They send in special forces units to kill anyone still left and keep the bioengineering operation a secret. You finish up the story by confronting The commander of the special forces unit, who was sent in to do the same thing to Willamette.
  • The Xeno series (Xenogears, Xenosaga, and Xenoblade) makes a habit of this trope. Game-by-game, we have:
    • Xenogears:
      • The main character, Fei, unintentionally destroys his hometown, Lahan. Fei's attempt to pilot a giant, top secret, crash landed, military robot ("gear") in the middle of a firefight leads to the town's destruction. Also a prime example of devastating Lost Technology and a deconstruction of Falling into the Cockpit. Lahan's theme music is named "Our Village is Number One." It never stood a chance.
      • Not only is Lahan toasted right off the bat, but later Fei-as-Id destroys the capital of Solaris, the country where both Elly and Citan came from.
    • Xenosaga:
      • Shion's home planet Miltia is devastated some time before the beginning of the game in what is referred to as the "Miltian Conflict". On top of that, it gets disconnected from the UMN network, making it inaccessible by FTL means. For all intents and purposes, most consider it destroyed. The game actually plays with this in a rather interesting way, as this damnation of the hometown had apparently been planned by one of the villains in order to get the hero going.
      • At the beginning of Episode I, the Woglinde (the starting area of the game) is blown up.
      • In Episode III we learn that Kevin's homeworld was also destroyed before the start of the "gameline," while Earth itself has been "lost" for centuries already, if not more.
      • The Kukai Foundation, a giant floating city-state and home to Jr. and his peripherals, is also attacked and partially evacuated during the game.
    • Xenoblade:
      • The game keeps the tradition, but subverts it in regards to Colony 9. Although the town is attacked by the Mechon at the start of the main quest, the damage turns out to be minimal and aside from a few casualties (most notably, Fiora), things return to normal almost immediately afterward.
      • It turns out Colony 9 got off easy compared to Colony 6 (Sharla's hometown), which was also attacked and razed to the ground before the events of the game. One of the game's larger side-quests involves gathering supplies to rebuild the town.
      • A very long time before the events of the game, Agniratha, the capital of Mechonis and the hometown of all of the Machina, was attacked by an army of Telethia from Bionis. All the Machina except for Egil and Vanea moved to the Fallen Arm, leaving the city abandoned.
      • An even longer time before that, Zanza (or rather, his human form, Klaus) destroyed his and Meyneth's entire home universe (implied heavily to be our universe), turning both of them into Physical Gods and obviously killing everyone and everything else.
      • About two-thirds of the way into the game, Melia's hometown, Alcamoth, is doomed when all the pure-blooded High Entia are transformed into Telethia and the other residents are forced to evacuate. The game puts a very large Interface Spoiler on this event by labelling every single quest you get from the town as time-sensitive.
  • In the first three levels of Homeworld it's not only your hometown that is doomed but your entire civilization. The game starts with the first hyperspace test drive ever, which is only to the edge of the solar system, but when the sublight science ship you are supposed to meet with is found destroyed by aliens, you immediately turn back to your planet, only to find it a burned out husk with all orbital stations and satelites destroyed. With the planet being dead and your entire species located on your (admitedly massive) ship, you have to find a new planet to settle.
  • After a fashion, this happens twice in Knights of the Old Republic. The very first section of the game takes place on a spaceship which gets shot down, and the next section takes place on a planet which gets bombarded to oblivion just as the protagonists are leaving. It actually happens three times as the Jedi Academy on Dantooine (the planet visited after the aforementioned "planet bombarded to oblivion") is attacked and destroyed by Darth Malak after a certain number of Plot Coupons has been collected. You meet some survivors though.
    • Also, the home planets of two party members were destroyed in events prior to the game.
  • Star Ocean: The Second Story has a version of this where the planet your character starts on is destroyed after they leave it. And also the destruction of Future Dude Claude's starship, late in the game, for no other reason than to allow the bad guys to show off their uber-powerful weapons. Jerks.
    • The planet gets restored at the end though, and while not explicitly stated the ending also implies' Claude's dad's ship is also brought back.
  • Star Ocean: Till the End of Time has the resort planet of Hyda IV, which is attacked when the main character is chillin' out on it. Earth (along with most of the galaxy) gets destroyed midway through the game. The galaxy is restored at the end due to its inhabitants having the sentience to believe they are real and thus become real. Why this doesn't work for Earth or anything else that was "deleted" in the exact same manner is never explained.
  • In Neverwinter Nights 2, the (playable) prologue is a fair in the protagonist's home village, West Harbor, which is invaded and burned in the beginning of the main game. There is a subversion, however, as West Harbor is not quite destroyed and can actually be visited later at almost any point in the game, although the player can't do much there, and a double subversion as it is much later invaded again and destroyed during the player's absence.
  • In Fable I, the main character's hometown of Oakvale is ransacked by bandits, and he's the only survivor. Later in the game, however, he gets to return to the rebuilt and repopulated town. Then it gets destroyed AGAIN between the first and second game and people finally give up trying to resettle it. Lampshaded when a schoolteacher starts to read an in-universe book with a similar story and discards it as "unoriginal tosh".
  • StarCraft:
    • The Protoss homeworld of Aiur was ravaged by the Zerg invasion and were forced to retreat to Shakuras, home of the Dark Templars. However, in Legacy of the Void, the Protoss mobilized to retake Aiur from the Zerg and later Amon's force, and recaptured their homeworld.
    • In Legacy of the Void, This happened to Shakuras when Amon's Zerg brood and hybrids overrun the entire planet and the Protoss were forced to destroy it. Subverted in that despite Shakuras being their home, the Dark Templars still considered Aiur to be their true home.
    • In the original StarCraft, Korhal was this to Arcturus Mengsk when the Confederacy nuked the entire planet to suppress a rebel movement. After becoming emperor of the Terran Dominion, he organized a reconstruction of Korhal.
  • World of Mana:
    • In Secret of Mana the main character is banished from his adoptive hometown. He's let back in at the end.
    • Half of the protagonists of Trials of Mana (Duran, Riesz, and Charlotte) get their hometowns invaded by one of the three factions vying for power. The other three protagonists (Angela, Hawkeye, and Kevin) come from the countries doing the invading.
    • The Evil Empire invades Keldy's hometown in Dawn of Mana, as it's sitting on top of both the Sealed Evil in a Can and the Sealed Good in a Can.
  • Pirate Isle in Skies of Arcadia, though it's rebuilt not long after with little explanation.
    • Much later in the game, your new base gets destroyed just like Pirate Isle, but rebuilt after one quest. The only Doomed Hometown that stays doomed is Valua, Enrique's home country, which gets completely bombarded and only rebuilt after the end of the game.
  • Very common in the Tales Series:
    • In Tales of Phantasia, Cless' and Chester's initial motivations are revenge for the evil knight Mars burning down their hometown and killing their families.
      • In addition to this, Arche joins the party after being possessed by the spirit of her best friend, whose parents were killed in the destruction of said spirit's hometown. It Makes Sense in Context.
    • In Tales of Eternia, the main pair is banished for the heinous crime of finding an alien girl, whose presence gets the elder's house attacked.
      • Better example from the same game: said alien girl's hometown gets destroyed somewhere during the middle of the game. Arguably the first thing that made Reid realize not caring is not the answer to life.
    • Tales of Innocence has the main character able to enter his hometown, but unable to enter his house, since it's under surveillance because he has special powers.
    • In Tales of Symphonia, the hometown of Lloyd, Colette, Genis and Raine is partially burned down by Desians. Lloyd and Genis are banished for being partially to blame and forbidden from returning until Disc 2. But even after that, Genis decides to travel the world with Raine to help half-elves fit in, and Lloyd decides to set out with a companion of his choosing to destroy the Exspheres.
      • Dawn of the New World, on the other hand, has two: Palmacosta and (nearly) Luin (which, if you recall, both got wrecked in the first game already). They both get better, though.
    • Tales of Destiny averts the trope by having the player see the main character's hometown (which is notably NOT doomed) for the first time in the middle of the game, and when you arrive, he is welcomed home by his two living parents.
    • Downright inverted in Tales of the Abyss — it happened to the villain during the backstory and is his main motivation for his Well-Intentioned Extremist ways.
      • Though one of the protagonist's companions comes from the same town and was only able to get past the "wanting revenge" thing due to the friendship of the protagonist.
      • Ditto in Tales of Hearts. The villain is attempting to restore his dead planet. Unfortunately, not only does he plan to do this by stealing the life energy from the main characters' planet, but his plan isn't even going to work.
    • Tales of Vesperia continues the tradition with Rita's hometown, Aspio. But this happens near the end of the game. And no one dies since the one who destroyed it needs as many human lives as possible to power his superweapon.
      • Zaphias, the Imperial Capital and home to both Yuri and Estelle, becomes the target of a massive aer overgowth that decimates the city near the climax of Act II. The Lower Quarter, where Yuri is from, is noted to be completely overrun. However, it later turns out that the area was evacuated by the Inspector Javert and his cronies, and the city is rebuilt before the end of the game.
    • Every time a town is attacked by an enemy force in Tales of Graces, its always Lhant. "Save Lhant from <insert enemy here>" is regularly recurring objective in the game. Every military in the world attacks it at some point, plus the Big Bad's monsters of course.
    • Tales of Berseria continues the tradition with Velvet's hometown, Aball, which suffers from an outbreak of daemonblight as part of an event that would go down in history as the Advent. Everyone except Velvet and Artorius succumbs to it. For extra fun, because the townsfolk were turned into Always Chaotic Evil daemons and Velvet was turned into a daemon who feeds on other daemons Velvet had to eat her entire village to survive. Three years later, the party visits the village, looking as if nothing had ever happened to it, though it turns out to all be an illusion; Aball has remained uninhabited for those three years.
  • In the Ultima-clone Questron, your character's home town of Geraldtown is abandoned and assumed sacked whenever one of several conditions occurs (you increase your health to a certain level, step a certain distance from the town, etc.)
  • The main motivating factor of the character from Panzer Dragoon 2 was that his home was snuffed out by the empire for him raising a mutated beast of burden with the potential to grow into a dragon.
  • The Big Bad torches your hometown in Castle of the Winds once you progress far enough in the local dungeon. The trigger is reading a letter the first boss is carrying (or deciding to spontaneously read it if you exit the local dungeon with it in your possession). Which leads to the ludicrous situation where you can drop it just before the exit and go visit your hometown then go back to the dungeon, pick up the letter and exit in 3 moves to find a smoking wasteland.
  • In Devil May Cry 3, Dante's shop gets attacked by demons, and he later wrecks it with a sneeze, making it impossible to go back inside for the rest of the game. Played for laughs, though, given its ridiculousness.
  • Occurs repeatedly in Summoner: First, you accidentally destroy your beloved peasant village of Ciran in an attempt to defend it with your fledgeling powers, killing your friends and family; after disowning your powers, you settle down in Masad, which years later gets burned to the ground by the Big Bad's invading army in their search for you; you then resolve to confront your past and defend the nation of Medeva, which you accidentally end up destroying as well after a suitable Big "NO!".
  • Thanks to its use of multiple view points, Suikoden III both plays this trope straight for one character, then inverts it as another main character is responsible for destroying the home town in question during her own story's first chapter.
  • This occurs in The Legend of Dragoon to the main character Dart's hometown in an almost stereotypical fashion. Not only is his adopted hometown destroyed in the intro, we later find out that his actual birthplace was also desolated years before the game.
  • In SaGa Frontier, Riki's entire quest focuses on saving his doomed hometown that turns out to be a Evil Plan on the part of the Big Bad.
  • Deus Ex: Invisible War begins with Chicago being destroyed by a nanological terrorist attack.
  • Star Control II starts out with Earth under an Ur-Quan slave shield, which only the Ur-Quan (and also the Chmmr after you get them out, which happens at the end of the game) can penetrate.
    • As if that wasn't bad enough, returning to the protagonist's actual home (a distant colony in the Vela system) reveals that it was also placed under a slave shield.
    • Vela subverts this though, as under the Earthling's surrender agreement the Ur-Quan were within their rights to simply destroy the colony rather than slave shield it. It is in a sense a twisted act of mercy.
  • Subverted, then partially inverted in Golden Sun (2001). The game opens with a (mostly successful) attempt to keep it from happening, then the hometown is destroyed in the ending to the 2nd game.
    • And the fact that the 2 antagonist-couples where motivated by the fact that their hometown (and by extension, the entire world) was hanging on the verge of destruction, effectively making them Anti Villains
  • Fire Emblem cannot help itself. Since every game focuses on a royal brat reclaiming their home and throne. However only one game really fits this trope to a T. Fire Emblem 7 is slightly less grand on the usual cataclysm scale of Main lord hero losing home kingdom in Fire Emblem games. Lyn has only lost her tribe and her whole family at the start of the game due to bandits. When the Player incarnate arrives she's alone fending off bandits.
    • Hell, Super Smash Bros. Brawl has fun with it - Marth's castle ate a Subspace Bomb in Adventure mode.
    • There are a couple of characters from the latest Fire Emblem title, Fates that suffer from this trope:
      • Mozu, an optional playable character on all 3 routes (Birthright, Conquest, and Revelation) falls victim to this trope in her recruitment chapter. Unlike her Awakening Expy, Donnel, Mozu herself is the Sole Survivor of the Faceless attack on her Hoshidan village.
      • In the Revelation route, it is revealed that Gunter's hometown was destroyed by King Garon and his army, and like Mozu, everyone Gunter knew in his hometown were murdered, including his wife and child.
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • In the series' backstory, this is the case for Aldmeris, the lost continent homeland of the Aldmer, ancestors to all of the modern races of Mer (Elves). It is said that Aldmeris came under an unknown threat in the earliest Era of history following the creation of the mortal world and the Aldmer were forced to flee, settling in Tamriel. It is said to be "lost," and whether it still exists (or ever existed at all, as other theories claim that Aldmeris was simply Tamriel before the races of Men arrived) is unknown.
    • Yokuda, the original homeland of the Redguards, was mostly "sunk beneath the sea" in the 1st Era. There are many stories as to why it happened, ranging from the natural (earthquake, tsunami) to the fantastic (a rogue group of Ansei using their Dangerous Forbidden Technique Fantastic Nuke) with the truth likely lost to history. There are some indications there are still some Yokudans living there, but the once continental land of Yokuda has been reduced to a few small islands.
    • Done from the outside in Oblivion. Early in the main quest, the Player Character is sent to rescue the Emperor's last surviving heir from the burning remains of his hometown.
  • At the beginning of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood (and its remake Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles) Richter's girlfriend's hometown is attacked by Dracula's forces and several maidens kidnapped. Interestingly enough, one of the later towns encountered is from Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest.
  • The opening chapter of Drakengard is a War Sequence in which the protagonist is trying to hold off The Evil Army from capturing his sister's castle. He fails, but he does rescue her before the castle falls completely. Later flashbacks and exposition show that the kingdom the protagonist grew up in was also a Doomed Hometown for similar reasons.
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance opens with the player's hometown of Skalitz being razed to the ground by Emperor Sigismund of Hungary's Cuman army, as well as his parents' murder at their hands.
  • Done uniquely in Mother 3, wherein the quaint little town the game begins in is not destroyed, but abruptly abandoned by all but the mayor, protagonist, and his father.
  • In Secret of the Stars, Ray's entire home island is destroyed. Of course you never see the destruction as Ray is spirited away to a new area.
  • The tutorial area of Guild Wars: Prophecies begins in the player character's Doomed Home Kingdom, before switching to a ruined version (in the main game world) once the tutorial finishes. Even the opening narration clearly warns the player what is coming.
  • Terranigma: Banishment and eventual destruction near the end of the game.
  • In Banjo-Tooie, not only Banjo's House gets destroyed by Gruntilda, his whole homeworld is trashed after Grunty's sisters decide to leave their troops to raid the place.
  • Peasant's Quest starts with Rather Dashing's thatched-roof cottage being burninated by TROGDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOR!
  • South Town, the home of many original Fatal Fury characters, gets nuked from orbit in The King of Fighters 2000.
  • Resident Evil series, especially Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles which shows from the start Jill Valentine's city (where she works as part of SWAT-like police outfit STARS) being infected with a virus made by an Evil Corporation (turning everyone into zombies and worse) before being obliterated with a tactical nuclear strike by the US government as a safety measure for the rest of the country and her fighting the corporation from then on.
  • Ecco the Dolphin features a Doomed Home Bay; everything and everybody in it is taken away by a storm, starting Ecco's quest to reunite with his family.
  • Alicia, Welkin and Isara from Valkyria Chronicles are forced to abandon their hometown, Bruhl, because of The Empire's invasion. You get to take it back later though.
  • Halo:
    • Reach was the planet where all the Spartan-IIs (including the Master Chief himself) were raised and trained; the first game begins right after the Covenant have taken Reach, with the Chief being one of the few to escape the planet's fall. The actual events of the battle of Reach are covered in Halo: The Fall of Reach, Halo: First Strike, and Halo: Reach.
    • Edward Buck decided to become an Orbital Drop Shock Trooper after his homeworld of Draco III was razed by the Covenant.
    • The Spartan-IIIs are all war orphans who lost their homes and families to the Covenant, and initially joined the program to get revenge.
    • Though the precise timeline is still kind of iffy, much of Gabriel Thorne's determination to become a great Spartan is clearly born from the loss of his entire hometown of New Phoenix.
  • Drakan: Order of the Flame: Rynn crawls out of her burninating village filled with marauding orcs. No survivors except her and her abducted little brother, so she has to go rescue him.
  • Zero Wing: Somebody set up us the bomb, and you are on the way to destruction. You know what you doing and move "zig", otherwise you have no chance to survive make your time.
  • In Baldur's Gate you are forced to leave your hometown, and cannot get back until much later in the game. As it's a fortified monastery defended by a startling number of priests, mages, and soldiers considering its size, it's perfectly fine. Later in the game however, just about everyone you know there is killed and replaced with evil doppelgangers. Some dialogue and where they are suggest it might be a subversion, however — at least some of the doppelgangers appears to still be preparing for replacing their target when you come in and disrupt the entire scheme.
  • In another Black Isle game, Icewind Dale, the starting town is also blocked off for most of the game. Of course, seeing how the game is fairly linear, and practically characterless, it doesn't bother you much.
  • Although his hometown of Ordon Village is left intact, Link gets pulled into the action of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess when some of the Big Bad's goons invade the village and abduct him and all of the resident children.
  • Geneforge does this with the Wizarding School you start out in — swarms of monsters slaughter all but six of the people there while a creepy glowing woman rants about "fires of justice." You, a mere untrained apprentice, are the only one available to inform the nearby fort about the attack.
  • Romancing SaGa has this happen to one of the heroes: Poor unlucky Albert. The others generally manage to avoid this, although it's possible for Barbara to lose the closest thing she has to a hometown, the Frontier, to the Jewel Beast. Also, part of the endgame involves racing to defeat Saruin before his forces destroy Estamir, meaning that Jamil (and Farah and Dowd) nearly face this.
  • In Breath of Fire, the Dark Dragons attack and burn down much of the hero's home town. This is partly used to explain the poor selection of items in the town, and the abduction of the hero's sister in the course of this leads to him searching for her and fighting against the Dark Dragons.
  • If you pick the colonist background in Mass Effect, Shepard's homeworld was Mindoir, a tiny farming colony that is located in the Attican Traverse where the batarians fought against the humans for territory rights. Ironically when Shepard was 16, the batarians razed the planet, killed almost everyone in the colony except a couple of leftovers who are being dragged in chains for slavery while Shepard was lucky enough to escape from their clutches. An Alliance patrol found him/her but all of Shepard's relatives and friends died from the raid. As the result of that, it motivated Shepard to join the military two years later. Dialogue throughout the series reveals the colony was eventually rebuilt, but "It wasn't the same".
    • And, of course, Mass Effect 3 begins with the Reapers invading Earth. Which is then followed by: Palaven, Tuchanka, and Thessia, the homeworlds of the Turians, Krogan and Asari respectively. Palaven and Thessia don't fare well, but Tuchanka proves to be a bit more than the Reapers bargained for - it's seen worse, after all.
  • In Blue Dragon, Shu, Jiro and Kluke's hometown of Talta Village is rendered unliveable by yearly attacks from Nene's Land Shark. Nene seems to get off on this Trope, as most of the human villages you find have something wrong with them, from their inhabitants being frozen in ice to being cut off from the rest of the world by a forcefield. The only village that's unaffected is Kelaso, and it's underground in the Arctic.
  • In Stonekeep, the titular castle that is the childhood home of the protaganist is consumed by a devouring darkness. Drake is saved by a mysterious cloaked figure who teleports them both to safety and returns years later to reclaim the fortress.
  • Shirou from Fate/stay night had to live through a large portion of his hometown burning down around him at the age of eight — he was one of only a few people who survived the inferno, and the trauma of having lived through it while everyone else he saw died is one of the base pillars of his current mindset.
  • The Azuma village gets torched in Tenchu 2.
  • A variation of the trope happened in Sands of Destruction. Barni, and its residents, was turned to sand by the awakening of Kyrie's Destruct powers.
  • Hayabusa Village in Ninja Gaiden (2003).
  • Stinger's hometown of Port Lochane in Shadow Madness. The few survivors are driven insane and the town quickly falls under attack by monsters, to boot.
  • Poor Samus Aran gets orphaned twice by the Space Pirates. Once after they destroy the mining colony K-2L, killing her biological parents, and then again with the homeworld of the Chozo who adopted and raised her. It's no wonder that she spends the rest of franchise getting her revenge on them.
  • Shining Series:
    • In Shining Force, the characters return to their home town after their first mission to find that the town has been razed in their absence.
    • The first Granseal Kingdom in Shining Force II for Genesis where the main character lives. After the first few missions, the whole area is literally swallowed in a giant chasm.
  • Robin "Flint" Peters' homeworld of Locanda IV, in Wing Commander III, though while she's not the hero, she does assist him depending on your wingman choices.
    • It is possible to save Locanda IV (without breaking the game), but canonically Locanda IV was destroyed.
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood has Ezio fighting and failing to prevent a Templar sacking of Monteriggioni at the start.
  • In the God of War series, Zeus destroys Kratos' hometown of Sparta. Sorta' subverted considering how Kratos goes back in time and attacks him first. So, even though Sparta is technically still standing, as it was literally never destroyed at all, Kratos still holds Zeus responsible well into the third game.
  • In the first Dawn of War game, Captain Gabriel Angelos begins the game recently having returned from a campaign where he had to request an exterminatus on his own home planet. It'd probably be best to not mention it around him.
    • Planet Aurelia, in Dawn of War 2. Furthermore, Sergeant Thaddeus insists that he join in on your attack on the Chaos forces in Spire Legis specifically to avert this trope. (If you don't deploy him he'll become corrupted, potentially leaving your team and becoming That One Boss in the penultimate mission.)
  • Warcraft:
    • Argus, the home planet for the Draenei, then called the Eredar, is corrupted by Sargeras, turning about 2/3s of the population into demons. The remaining, uncorrupted 1/3 is forced to flee for their lives. What's more is that it's implied that every planet they tried to make a home on afterwards were destroyed or corrupted. This happens about 30,000 years before the start of even the first Warcraft game.
    • On Draenor, the home planet of the Orcs and the second-to-last home planet of the Draenei, is corrupted by Kil'jaeden, uniting the separate Orc clans and setting them on the Draenei, with whom they lived in peace for the previous 200 years. The massive amounts of fel energy used by the shaman-cum-warlocks tainted their once verdant planet making large portions of it unliveable. This forced the Orcs, now calling themselves The Horde, to take up a mysterious figure up on his offer to invade another planet filled with fertile lands and weak citizens. This happens just before the first Warcraft game.
      • Later, Ner'zhul, the orc largely responsible for this turn of events, destroyed Draenor further by opening so many portals to other places, it wreaked havoc on the stability of the planet. This happens in the expansion for the second Warcraft game.
    • The orcs invade Azeroth killing just about everyone they find and looting and/or razing towns, villages, farms, etc. They destroy the capital of the kingdom of Azeroth, Stormwind, after the King had been murdered. The survivors, including Prince Varian Wrynn, flee north to the southern coast of Lordaeron. This is the first Warcraft.
      • Stormwind later gets rebuilt. But it gets (partially) destroyed, again, in World of Warcraft's third expansion, Cataclysm.
    • The Horde, under new leadership, decide to make a preempitive strike against the human kingdoms to the north so they can make their home on this new planet without worry of retribution for the sacking of Stormwind. Second Warcraft.
    • The Kaldorei, or Night Elves, draw the attention of The Burning Legion (demons) due to the use of powerful magics by the Highborne (nobility). Under demonic influence, the highborne facilitate an invasion by the Burning Legion. This lead to a war so big, it destroys much of the Kaldorei kingdom and those of smaller races before the end. The resistance manages to to stop the invasion, but the recoil from the portal used in the invasion is so powerful it splits the continent into two! As a result, the surviving Kaldorei turn from arcane magics and focus more on the druidic arts.
      • The Quel'dorei, or High Elves, ended up splitting off from the Kaldorei due to this new attitude. They headed east and settled in the very north of the Eastern Kingdoms.
    • The Scourge, an army of undead, sweep through the northern human kingdoms, destroying all of Lordaeron. They then head north and destroy the majority of the High Elven kingdom. The source of high elven power, the Sunwell is also destroyed. These events led the majority of those survivors to rename themselves the Sin'dorei, or Blood Elves. Warcraft III.
      • Shortly after these events, a good number of Scourge members, including Sylvanas, former Ranger General for the High Elves, gain free will from the Lich King. That means there are two entire factions who gain their motivation from one war.
    • The Darkspear Trolls are forced to flee their home, three times! First, when the Troll Empires collapsed, the Gurubashi Trolls forced them out of Stranglethorn Vale. Then, during the third war they are forced out of Darkspear Isle by Naga and Murlocs, where they met the Orcs and settle in the Echo Islands. Later, they are forced out of their new home due to a troll witch doctor trying to take over; there were probably some Naga involved that time, too.
    • The Gnomes were forced to flee Gnomeregan, their home city, after the High Tinker was tricked into irradiating the entire city to get rid of invading Troggs.
    • After the Cataclysm, the Forsaken invade other areas of Lordaeron, including Gilneas, forcing the Gilneans to evacuate to Darnassus, while the Gilneas Liberation Front tries to push the Forsaken back.
      • Darnassus itself is later destroyed by Horde forces during Battle for Azeroth's pre-launch event, killing many night elf and worgen citizens and leaving the now-homeless survivors on the streets of Stormwind.
    • At the same time, Kezan is attacked by Deathwing, who sets off Mt. Kajaro, forcing the Goblins to flee.
    • Zandalar, the Zandalari homeland, is slowly sinking into the ocean after the Cataclysm. They've now resorted to allying with the Mogu and other trolls in an attempt to find a new home before their people all drown.
    • All examples are just playable races. Needless to say, most lore characters and player characters have this trope as a big part of their motivation.
  • In the Dragon Age series:
    • In the games' backstory, the Dalish elves lost their homeland when they tried to cut off ties to the Tevinter Imperium—the Imperium invaded and enslaved most of the race, going so far as to sink their capital city beneath the earth. After winning their freedom, they built a second homeland in the Dales... which was then destroyed when the Chantry led an Exalted March against them.
    • Averted for most of the Player Character backgrounds in Dragon Age: Origins. The City Elf's Alienage suffers riots and a vicious reprisal but remains standing, the great bulk of Orzammar is much as you left it for dwarves, the Dalish tribe doesn't even have a home, and the decision to make the mages' tower a doomed hometown is entirely in your hands. The only one that holds true is the Human Noble origin: Highever falls to Howe's men, you're the only survivor, and you'll never see it again in the game. Your brother, however, survived, and retakes it after the game ends.
    • In Dragon Age II, Hawke's (and Aveline's) hometown of Lothering is destroyed by the Darkspawn. This had already happened in the first game, it's just that the player is seeing it from a different perspective. Also, depending on your dialogue choices, Hawke and your Dalish elf party member Merrill may be forced to kill Merrill's clan in self-defense.
    • Dragon Age: Inquisition:
      • The town of Haven acts as your home base for the first part of the game. You're forced to destroy it to stop the Big Bad from killing everyone via dropping an avalanche on it and him. You can also lose citizens if you don't manage to save them before the avalanche.
      • There are multiple ways to get a Dalish Inquisitor's clan killed if you choose the wrong options during War Table missions. Life sucks for the Dalish.
  • Diablo has Tristram, which you spend all of the first game trying to save (and is pretty much a shadow of its former self already, having been ravaged first by Leoric's madness and then by Lazarus' betrayal), and which gets destroyed by demons come the second game.
    • Every Demon Hunter in Diablo III is a survivor of some village or other settlement ravaged by demons, which usually results in the deaths of every one of their family.
    • Furthermore, Barbarian characters in Diablo III also invoke this trope as the events of Diablo II is revealed to have caused the eruption of Mt. Arreat; destroying much of the Barbarian homeland.
    • The Necromancer in Diablo III has this happen twice over. The comic detailing their backstory shows they were born in a normal village before being taken as an apprentice, returning years later to find the village destroyed. In-game, the Necropolis which houses their order is attacked by Reapers resulting in the death of most of the priesthood, leaving the Necromancer to lead the rebuilding.
  • Chrono Cross: Lynx burnt down the orphanage that Kid lived in as a child, providing her motivation to both steal the Frozen Flame from him and kill him.
    • Serge suffers from this in a both less and more extreme sense. His hometown of Arni Village is still around, but he can't go back because he's Trapped in Another World. Even if he opted to stay in Arni in this alternate universe, the people of Another World don't know him because he died as a child years ago. By the time he's able to return to his Home World, he has new motivations to continue the adventure.
  • Your hometown in The Game of the Ages is plagued with "The Shadows." You defeat them in the game's final scene.
  • Sweet Water, the hometown of the main characters of Might and Magic VI is destroyed during the Night of Shooting Stars, and your characters are forced to flee from a devil attack during the intro. Much later, it turns out the devils set up their main hive just a little outside the ruins of Sweet Water.
  • In inFAMOUS, Cole MacGrath unknowingly activates a bomb that destroys six blocks of Empire City, killing countless people.
    • This is taken further in inFAMOUS 2, when the Beast destroys the rest of Empire City, forcing Cole and other survivors to flee to New Marais.
  • The prologue for Dragon Valor shows Clovis's hometown burning down, and him setting to avenge it.
  • Adlehyde in Wild ARMs 1 for Cecilia, the attack on the city by demons kicking off the events of the game (though the player can help rebuild it throughout the rest of the game.) Arctica, meanwhile, is Jack's personal Doomed Hometown, getting destroyed in the same manner before the start of the game.
  • Ciel in Wild ARMs 4, which could also double as a Floating Continent.
  • Norune Village from Dark Cloud suffers this fate, being blown up at the end of the opening cutscene. Happens to every other city the player visits as well. This is mitigated, however, by the fact that not only does everyone survive, but rebuilding each town/city is a central part of the game's plot.
  • In Lunar: The Silver Star, Burg is conquered by evil forces just as it looks like Alex will be welcomed back there. Averted in the remakes, however, where the town is left alone.
  • Captain Kayto Shields' home town is nuked immediately following the first battle in Sunrider.
  • In Star Trek Online, playing as part of the Romulan Republic starts you out as a villager in a Romulan colony on Virinat before it gets nuked to hell by the Tal Shiar and the Elachi. And if you happen to play as a Romulan or a Reman, this trope goes double for you as the game takes place in 2409, 23 years after the Hobus supernova and the destruction of Romulus and Remus as depicted in Star Trek (2009).
  • A third of the way through Watch_Dogs, Aiden's motel room is destroyed by mercenaries sent after him to prevent him from accessing sensitive information, as well as Aiden triggering his own countermeasures in response.
  • In Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, Trip and Monkey finally reach her village... to find everyone brutally murdered by Pyramid mechs. According to Monkey earlier on in the game, this is sort of thing is common.
    Monkey: Oh, I've seen it all before. Scattered tribes, coming together under one visionary leader. It's never long before they attract the attention of the slavers, which obviously has already happened.
  • Downplayed in the first Alphadia title, the heroes have their hometown invaded and occupied by the Evil Empire not 10 minutes into the game.
  • Alphadia Genesis 2 plays it perfectly straight as the hero's hometown is razed to the ground and everyone in it killed not 10 minutes into the game, again by the Evil Empire.
  • Onimusha 2: Samurai's Destiny opens with Nobunaga burning Jubei's village to the ground.
  • A variation of this trope happens in Hype: The Time Quest, as Torras has been invaded and put under the rule of the tyrannical Barnak, while the hero has been brought 200 years in the past. We spend most of the game going forward in time in the past, lively Torras knowing full well that a desolate and oppressed Torras awaits in Hype's era.
  • Forever Home has the protagonist's hometown of Ellea, which is wiped off the map by cannons in the first hour of the game. Parelin is Kina's doomed hometown, which was attacked a second time while they tried to rebuild the town after the first attack.
  • Lost Sphear has a two-for-one deal in the opening. The opening cutscene shows a king whose kingdom vanishes, and shortly after, Kanata's entire hometown vanishes.
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky has Joshua's real home, Hamel, Erebonia, razed to the ground as a Pretext for War against their neighbor Liberl. This then spills towards the rest of the series with The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel where it's revealed that Rean's home before being adopted by the Schwarzer's was razed to the ground by the same people who did the Hamel Incident.
  • Comes up twice in the Skyrim mod Falskaar. The ruined wood-elf settlement of Pinevale is revealed to be this for Kalevi, who was rescued as a baby and then Happily Adopted, though she finds out the truth as an adult. This is also the case for Jarl Valfred, whose hold and city of Borvald is razed halfway through much to his horror; unlike the Pinevale incident, he doesn't last much longer than his home.
  • World of Horror has the players investigate what's happening in Shiokawa before the paranormal destroys it.

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  • In Pokequest 2, evil fairies destroy Onii-Chan's house along with the rest of Nuvema town.
  • The Order of the Stick: Start of Darkness shows that Redcloak's village and all of its inhabitants (except for him and his brother) were destroyed by the Sapphire Guard shortly after his initiation as a cleric.
    • A variant: Origins of the PCs reveals that Durkon was sent away from the dwarven lands due to a prophecy that said it would get destroyed if he ever returned. Durkon does not know this, and a second prophecy has confirmed that he (or at least his body) would get to come home one day. Uh-oh...
  • What happened to Lance's hometown in Gold Coin Comics.
  • The hometown that gets doomed in Lennus II is an entire underground world.
  • In Impure Blood, apparently happened to Mac, off-stage. Here, it appears to be sinking in.
  • In Endstone, the day Kyri met Jon, her tribe was massacred.
  • Inverted in Looking for Group. A contingent of the Legarian forces try to convert a little town up the coast. Said town happens to be the source of Richard's power. The hometown instead doomed them.
  • Homestuck has an entire doomed homeworld.
    • And now, as of the end of Act 5, two entire doomed home universes.
  • Beartato from Nedroid hails from a doomed home planet according to his secret origin comic. Then Reginald happens. (Of course, Negative Continuity combined with an Unreliable Narrator render this all suspect.)
  • in Knights of Buena Vista, Ilene plans for this to be her Snowlem character's backstory.
  • Deliberately invoked in I Killed the Hero?!, in which the main characters are NPC characters in a game. Many of them are concerned over the story starting because the starting town always gets demolished at the beginning of the game.
  • In Guilded Age, averting this is a major factor in why and how Harky began to gather allies to fight the human invaders.
  • The plot of White Noise is kicked off when when the underground colony Wren lives in is destroyed by unknown attackers, forcing him into the unfamiliar post-apocalyptic surface of Earth.
  • In DMFA, this is the backstory of the Insectis character Chiki: She was on a scouting mission aboveground when her hive was exterminated by a stronger one.
  • Inverted in Blue Moon Blossom; the bunny returns to their hometown to find that it was ravaged by incorporeal snake demons that turned all the inhabitants to stone, leaving the bunny and the rabbit spirit to restore the village. The others tried to fight back, as evidenced by the villagers wielding swords and other weapons, but to no avail.

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  • RWBY: This is a fairly common occurrence on Remnant. Since the Creatures of Grimm seem to exist just to wipe out humanity, villages and cities outside the Four Kingdoms (and inside them is by no means a guarantee of safety either) tend to be frequent targets, and you have the various Bandit Clans that roam around out there. In the main cast, however, we have Lie Ren whose home village of Kuroyuri was destoryed by Grimm years ago.
  • In the first campaign of Critical Role, this is the backstory of the half elf twins Vax'ildan and Vex'ahlia. Their elven father took them away from their human mother to raise them as elves. When this didn't go so well and they sought to return to their mother's home in Byroden, they found the town and their mother had been destroyed in a dragon attack. They later spy the dragon responsible (Thordak, the Cinder King) during a jaunt on the Fire Plane, and encounter him again when he leads the Chroma Conclave's attack on Tal'dorei.
    • This also is the backstory for any Dragonborn characters in the Tal'dorei Campaign setting as their homeland Draconia was razed and literally cast to the ground by the Chroma Conclave
  • In The Gamer's Alliance, this happens to Skye when the Clergy of Mardük and Yamatians raze her hometown because it helped the Grand Alliance on its quest to liberate Remon from the Yamatian yoke.
  • Exaggerated to the point of parody in the first episode of the Ben McYellow series. Due to the nature of the series, the only inhabitant we see other than the title character is the inevitably doomed elder, the village itself is represented by a sign reading "Our Village", and its destruction is represented by totally unrelated Stock Footage of a random building demolition.
  • Look to the West: This happens so often, and so nonchalantly, during the background of various revolutionary leaders it is almost a running gag. Look To The Burning House Where Your Family Used To Live. It's also not only lampshaded in Part 71's title — For Want Of A Burned House — but played with. If that house in Part 71 had been burnt down like so many others, Pablo Sanchez would have died as a boy hiding in a cupboard and the world would have been spared a tremendous amount of misery.
  • In Unlikely Eden this happens twice technically, but the very first installment chronicles the escape of the two protagonists from a hometown in a state of current dooming.
  • Happens to no fewer than three of the eight heroes in The Questport Chronicles: Gawain's hometown is wiped out by a plague, Shadowa's is destroyed by darkness, and Emmy's home forest is flattened by a hurricane. All three are implied to have been caused by the Big Bad.
  • The Saga of Pretzel Bob begins with the destruction of the unnamed town of Platz (no, that's not a typo), whose town drunk happens to be the eponymous Bob.
  • Not an entire town, but the game Peasant's Quest on the Homestar Runner website kicks off with Rather Dashing's thatch-roofed cottage being burninated by Trogdor and Rather Dashing swearing revenge.
  • A lot of them in The Solstice War but most obviously, Leander loses Bika village a few days after becoming a citizen and settling down, this on the heels of being exiled from his home.
  • SCP-2424 ("Hostile Walrus Cyborg ''research ongoing''"). In the anomalous Video Game Eskimo Moe, the title character's home village was burned down by Emperor Penguin when he kidnapped Moe's girlfriend Anaaya.

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Not one, not two, but all four cardinal point Air Nomad temples were destroyed by Fire Lord Sozin in his campaign to wipe out the airbenders and prevent the Avatar from stopping him.
    • Pointedly subverted with Katara and Sokka's village to establish Zuko as an Anti-Villain. Aang agreed to turn himself in if Zuko left the village alone, and even though he breaks out and two villagers helped him, he doesn't do anything for revenge and just leaves.
    • Subverted with Jet in the sense that he plays the trope to the letter, but isn't the hero. Or even A hero.
  • The events of Dinotrux are set into motion when the main character's original home is destroyed in a volcano eruption, forcing him to move.
  • Discord from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic uses the threat of this in a Sadistic Choice on Rainbow Dash, forcing her to choose between allowing her hometown of Cloudsdale to be destroyed or helping her friends stop Discord. Even worse, there's nothing to imply it isn't happening for real and Discord is just enough of a psycho to go through with it.
  • Star Wars Resistance: Kazuda Xiono is from Hosnian Prime, the capital of the New Republic, which was destroyed by the First Order in The Force Awakens. In "No Escape, Part I", Kaz sees it happen.
  • Cybertron, the homeworld of the Transformers, has been destroyed in at least two continuities, rendered uninhabitable or slowly dying in a couple others, and ravaged by war pretty much across the board. To those who remember its golden age of peace and prosperity, "tragic" is an understatement. Not quite the doomed homeworld Krypton is, but on the flip side that makes it hit closer to home in a lot of ways, everyone dying one by one in a millon-year-long war that could very well tear the world apart.
    • What makes it worse is that their home planet is also their God. It talks to them.
    • And in the 2007 movie, the Allspark, which the Autobots are searching for to bring life back to their world, is destroyed in order to kill Megatron, leaving Cybertron doomed to be barren forever. Optimus Prime, upon Bumblebee's suggestion, sends out a signal suggesting Earth as a new home for any Autobots scattered amongst the stars.
    • The latest entry in the series makes it deader than dead. apparently being barren isn't just enough, they had to pull it halfway through a wormhole, then force it back in while the wormhole collapsed on itself. Cybertron, at least in this continuity, is pretty much erased from existence.
    • There was once a security officer named Depth Charge, in charge of a small colony called Colony Omicron. Then one day, Protoform X showed up...
    • In Transformers: Prime, the planet has been contaminated by Dark Energon at it's very core, rendering it uninhabitable.
      • It's so bad that, upon needing to take one of the human companions back there for something, tough-as-nails Action Girl Arcee seems to be sadder than she's ever been, even sadder than when her partner Cliffjumper died...
        "This isn't how I wanted you to see my home..."
      • After season 2, Jasper, Nevada becomes this for the human protagonists.

    Real life 
  • Ronnie Brunswijk was a Surinamese Maroon, a descendant of African slaves in the Americas who had escaped from slavery and formed independent settlements. In the early 1980s he served as the bodyguard of military coup leader Dési Bouterse, but became disgruntled with his disregard for the Maroon minority. In 1986, Brunswijk left the government and formed the so-called "Jungle Commando" to gain equal rights for his people. Outraged at his decision, Bouterse's first action was to attack Brunswijk's home village of Moiwana. His forces murdered at least 39 villagers, mostly women and children, then burned down Brunswijk's house and destroyed the village.


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Alternative Title(s): Beloved Peasant Village, Destroyed Hometown


Asura's Wrath

Olga blitzes the human village just to get to Asura.

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