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"Beneath an ancient laurel tree in the courtyard of King Priam’s palace stood the altar of Zeus. It was there that Hecuba gathered her daughters for sanctuary when they were woken by the din of the invading army and the shouts and screams in the streets below the palace. Frail as he was, Priam wanted to bring his spear with him, ready to hold the Argives off, but Hecuba held on to him, wailing that it was madness for a feeble old man to join the fight. So they were standing together beneath the tree, trembling at the terrifying noises rising up from the city."
Lindsay Clarke, The War at Troy

Watching Troy Burn is what the heroes do as they see a home or place they care about being attacked and possibly even having already been destroyed. And the thing that makes it so heart-wrenching to them is that for some reason, there's nothing that they can do about it. This trope is often paired with a camera technique to personalize this and drive it home to the viewers, who (let's face it) have likely been desensitized to this sort of thing. The camera will show the heroes approach a cliff/window and get a Reaction Shot of each, then turn and take a good, long look at the burning/ruined panorama, zooming from behind the heroes to a bird's eye view. They'll likely stand agape, The Heart will likely cling to The Hero and turn away from the carnage, and at least one hero will fall to their knees and/or scream to the heavens.

It doesn't have to be their actual hometown, or even a town, though it can be and this makes it hurt all the more when a war unleashes chaos and destruction on the homefront when the war was supposed to be far away. A bad guy thrashing the hero's secret base, a Base on Wheels, or a friendly king's castle can have the same effect. Basically, any landmark/large object/population center the heroes have a large emotional attachment to can be the "Troy." That said, burning a place that is physically gorgeous like the Shining City can have double the emotional impact. Villains into Evil Gloating will likely enjoy forcing a captured hero watch the destruction.

The placement of Watching Troy Burn in a story changes its intended effect. When used at the beginning it's a Doomed Hometown, meant to make it personal for the heroes. In the middle of a story, it ups the emotional stakes, Anyone Can Die and this Big Bad is not a Harmless Villain whose defeat will ensure no harm happens. In the end, and it's likely a cause for a Downer Ending or at best Bittersweet Ending. May lead to The Ruins I Caused, although often enough the hero is not given the chance to look back. This trope is often caused by Trouble Follows You Home

This trope is named for the city of Troy, which after years of being besieged was penetrated by the Trojan Horse and razed to the ground. All over Helen.

Often preceded by All Your Base Are Belong to Us. See also A Million Is a Statistic. Contrast Rape, Pillage, and Burn, which is what those within "Troy" experience. Contrast also While Rome Burns, for cases where the characters show a nonchalant attitude about the destruction.

As you can guess, this is a Spoiler trope, so read the examples at your own risk.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Attack on Titan starts with Shingashina falling to the Titans after a hundred years. As Armin, Eren, and Mikasa sail away on a boat they hear the cries of fear and see the smoke rising from several places. Bonus points for Shingashina actually being surrounded by walls thought to be impregnable.
  • The destruction of the Black Lagoon's dock and headquarters can be seen from the water during the Greenback Jane arc, while the boat is hauling engine to get there on time. They don't, but, it is rebuilt. It's one of the few times Dutch drops the Mother F Bomb.
  • Code Geass begins with the nation of Japan being attacked and occupied by Britannian forces as Lelouch and Suzaku, who are residing there, helplessly watch.
  • In the Wham Episode of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, this happens to the Section Six HQ.
  • The titular character of Naruto returns to his beloved village... to find it has been crushed into a rubble-filled crater with hundreds, if not thousands, dead. While the deaths were reversed, this made the actual objective of Akatsuki painfully clear.
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind: Pejite.
  • One Piece:
    • As the only survivor from Ohara, Robin sailed away watching the island burn up in an inferno.
    • The fate of Trafalgar Law's birthplace: "The White City" Flevance, a northern country that fell victim to an outbreak of lead poisoning. Neighboring kingdoms believed the sickness to be contagious and burnt Flevance to the ground following a mass genocide. Law, like Robin, was the only survivor.
  • The fortress of Alania in Record of Lodoss War, with the heroes escaping to witness its destruction by the Black Knight, Ashram.

    Comic Books 
  • When the Sentry brought Asgard to the ground in Siege, this was the universal reaction.
  • In The Smurfs comic book story "The Smurf Menace", the original Smurfs watched helplessly while being carried off in chains as the Gray Smurfs burned the Smurf Village to the ground.
  • Issue 175 of Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics) had Eggman invade and raze Knothole to the ground. Sonic made it back after being attacked by Snively with enough time to watch Castle Acorn be obliterated.
  • Star Wars: Legacy opens with a young Cade Skywalker watching helplessly as the Jedi Temple on Ossus is sacked by the One Sith, culminating in his father Kol being cut down while trying to protect the survivors' retreat. The experience scars Cade for life, serving as the Cynicism Catalyst that turns him from a hopeful padawan with great potential to a bitter, drug-addicted Anti-Hero.
  • Superman:
    • The Fall of Metropolis has Perry White watch helplessly as Metropolis is destroyed by missiles meant to destroy the city in case of an alien invasion. They were launched because of a lackey of Lex Luthor's refused to believe his boss would willingly surrender to Superman.
    • In the Pre-Crisis era, three-year-old Kal-El watched helplessly as his parents shoved him in a rocket and launched him into space as their home crumbled around them and the planet exploded.
    • In her different origin stories -The Supergirl From Krypton (1959), The Supergirl from Krypton (2004), Last Daughter of Krypton...-, as well as different alternate universes, Supergirl is the one who watches helplessly as her hometown Argo City gets destroyed and/or Krypton blows up while she gets blasted into space.
    • At the climax of New Krypton, Superman is fighting Zod's soldiers and Supergirl is locked up in a radiation pod when the planet goes up in flames around them. And they can't do anything to save it.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Mirage) has the Foot, led by a resurrected Shredder, attack the Turtles while they're living with April in her father's old junk shop, with the store being burned to the ground in the process, leading to the Turtles, April and Casey Jones going into exile in Massachusetts for a year, before kicking off the "Return To New York" storyarc. This storyline has been adapted in different ways, most notably in the 1990 movie and the 2003 cartoon.

    Film — Animated 
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven has the two main characters looking from afar as the nightclub they set up goes up in flames.
  • At the beginning of An American Tail, the village of Shostka, Russia suffers a pogrom at the hands of Russian Cossacks, and their pet cats. They set fire to most of the buildings, and after the Mousekewitz family survives the attack, they watch from a distance as their village goes up in flames. Thus, they decide to go to America, where there are no cats. Or so they think...
  • In The LEGO Movie, while escaping in submarine, Unikitty watches the remnants of Cloud Cuckoo Land sink beneath the waves and forces herself not to give in to negative emotions.
  • In The Little Mermaid (1989), Ariel can only watch in helpless horror as her father King Triton destroys her secret grotto by obliterating all her human treasures with his trident after she confessed her love for the human Prince Eric and her desperate pleas to stop only fall on deaf ears. Even Sebastian is visibly horrified and covers his eyes at one point.
  • This happens in Mulan, directly cutting off a cheery song to show us the burnt ruins of a village and an entire army.
    • This can be heard in the soundtrack - where the final note just fades with a kind of horrified confusion.
  • Sarah and her son Jim Hawkins in Treasure Planet look back at their burning home, the Benbow inn (torched by pirates led by Long John Silver), as they're sped away to safety. Don't worry, it gets better and Jim gets enough treasure to get it rebuilt much bigger and grander.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Towards the end of Avatar, Home Tree, the home of the Na'vi, come sunder attack by human forces.
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy can be summed up as Bruce's struggle to prevent this from happening to Gotham and his numerous failings along the way.
  • Bumblebee has the titular protagonist in an escape pod fleeing Cybertron on his way to Earth and he watches his planet ablaze in flames because of the war, and he looks aghast at this.
  • In Dune (2021), Paul and Jessica crest a dune and see the burning city of Arrakeen after escaping the Harkonnens.
  • Unlike the book, Smaug's reason for destroying Laketown in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is because he wants Bilbo and Thorin to watch Laketown burn.
  • In the film version of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Arethen and Freda stop a moment to watch their village be burned by wildmen before they flee to Edoras.
  • The end of Jurassic Park (1993) has Hammond grieving over the fall of his dinosaur theme park when the dinosaurs were let loose and ate his own staff.
  • In The Matrix Reloaded, Morpheus's ship the Nebuchadnezzar explodes after the Sentinels destroy it.
    "I have dreamed a dream. But now that dream is gone from me." - Morpheus
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie had Ivan Ooze smash their base and leave Zordon dying.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: A villainous example: Cutler Beckett as his ship is torn to splinters.
  • The bull dragon attacking the keep in Reign of Fire applies here, especially as Christian Bale's character has to watch from the outside at first.
  • Haven in Serenity. This one comes as a double blow due to Shepherd Book being killed along with the settlers in the attack, but not before taking the enemy's ship with him (not that he's proud of it).

  • In the final story arc of Animorphs, Jake, Marco and Tobias watch as Bug fighters burn their hometown to nothing to make a dead zone around their mothership's landing site.
  • In Bone Dance, the protagonist, Sparrow, has lovingly assembled a large collection of pre-war music and video. Halfway through the book, the Big Bad sets Sparrow's entire building ablaze, out of sheer cruelty. Sparrow has to be physically restrained from running inside.
  • In A Brother's Price, there is a scene where two of the princesses stand in front of a building that explodes ... with many of their family members in it.
  • Deptford Mice: In The Oaken Throne, the squirrel princess Ysabelle (chosen to be the next Starwife) is forced to flee her home, Coll Regalis, with guards to protect her. The bat army is to attack at nightfall. Her parents and many inhabitants of the realm have stayed behind as a diversion and it is certain that they will be killed. When the battle begins, Ysabelle and her entourage pause and sadly watch the destruction of their home in the distance behind them.
  • J. R. R. Tolkien's The Fall of Gondolin: As Gondolin is being burned to the ground, Tuor manages to lead several hundreds of survivors towards the mountains. Before began climbing up the mountain pass, the crowd turn around to watch their city for the last time. As the sun sets in the West, they see the last tower going up in flames and crumbling down before darkness covers the valley.
  • In Mercedes Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar universe, upon returning to their homeland after the Cataclysm, the Kaled'a'in find a glass-floored crater where it had been, and look down from the cliff walls into it.
  • In Dragon Bones, there is an unusual example, where the place was evacuated, the only ones in there were the villains, and the sadness, at least for Ward, the protagonist, comes from the fact that he himself made his own castle collapse by killing the Genius Loci, Oreg, who was his friend. Oreg didn't fear death, and had planned for the whole thing, but Ward still had a breakdown after doing what had to be done. For other characters, though, it is watching the only place they ever called home collapse to a heap of rocks.
  • In Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn Prince Josua takes a last glance at his castle Naglimund after the Storm King’s forces have brought death and hell to it and set it ablaze, prompting a moment of severe O.O.C. Is Serious Business in which he swears revenge and to take the crown of Osten Ard for himself.
  • In book two of the Nightrunner series, Seregil's real home at the Cockerel is destroyed and everyone inside mutilated. He burns the remains himself.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: In the second book, Theon watches Winterfell go up in flames (on his own orders), and Bran surveys the destruction afterward.
  • Track: In one of the action-adventure novels by Jerry Ahern, Dan Track and his girlfriend Desiree Goth go hiking up the mountain above their house, and so have a prime viewpoint when it suddenly explodes because a hit squad have attacked it thinking they're inside.
  • Warrior Cats:
    • In Warrior Cats: The New Prophecy, all the Clans go through this when the humans destroy their forest and they have to watch, knowing there's nothing they can do about it. One of the more impressive of these scenes comes at the end of Midnight when Firestar watches as a bulldozer uproots Fourtrees, the ancient oak trees that the Clans thought would stand forever.
    • The SkyClan saga prequel novella Cloudstar's Journey shows this happening to SkyClan while their home is developed to make way for a suburb. Cloudstar is helpless as trees around him are torn down, and it's pretty heartbreaking.
    • Happens in the Warrior's Refuge and Warrior's Return comic book spinoffs when Graystripe triumphantly returns to the forest, only to find it completely destroyed. He wanders around the destruction for a little while before Millie convinces him that his Clanmates are still out their somewhere.
  • Lots of examples in World War Z. One particularly memorable one is the evacuation of Kyiv, where the city burns as the Ukrainian Army tries to sort out the infected refugees from the uninfected. Eventually, the city and all the bridges leading out of it are bombed with nerve gas to kill them all, since the leadership thinks it's impossible to sort out the zombies otherwise.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Angel. In the Cliffhanger ending to "Apocalypse Nowish", heroes and villains alike look on with fear as The Beast rains fire on Los Angeles.
  • This was an essential aspect of both the original and the remake of Battlestar Galactica.
    • In the original, the Galactica left the Colonial Fleet during the Cylon ambush to race home because they feared the Cylon attack on the Fleet would be followed by an attack on the now-defenseless Colonies. They were too late; all they could do was watch in horror as the crowd that was gathered on Caprica to celebrate the peace treaty with the Cylons was instead massacred by strafing Cylon Raiders.
    • In the remake, a lot of the miniseries and the mirror version The Plan showed the devastation of the Cylon attack, and the emotional devastation it wrought. The iconic photo of the soldier, fallen to his knees, in front of the burning skyline of the capitol city on Aerilon jumps to mind as a perfect example.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "The Fires of Pompeii" has a scene where the Doctor and Donna watch the eruption of Vesuvius with the family they saved from Pompeii.
    • Another curious example: Although not a strict example of this trope, as it is not observed by any of the characters, anyone who is familiar with the brief views of Gallifrey in the classic series, the short flashback in "The Sound of Drums", or at the very least comprehends the awe of the place from the descriptions given by the Doctor in the TV Movie and the New Series, will feel this trope when they see the brief view of Gallifrey during the Time War in "The End of Time", with the smashed Citadel, wreckages of Dalek ships and fires.
    • "The Day of the Doctor" features a painting of Gallifrey's second city, Arcadia, in flames on the last day of the Time War. Being a Time Lord painting, it's in full 3D, of course. The title has some ambiguity, indicated as "No More"/"Gallifrey Falls", nobody is sure whether it's named in reference to the War Doctor's decision to end the war with a Mutual Kill or this trope respectively. The end of the episode reveals the Doctors' efforts in the episode succeeded, and the title is actually "Gallifrey Falls No More".
  • Detective Kathy Mallory has her childhood home (which is described as being the only place she has any emotional attachment to) with all her deceased parents' belongings burned to the ground in Killing Critics.
  • Power Rangers:
    • Power Rangers Turbo ends with Divatox's force invading, destroying and completely leveling the Command Center with the rangers still inside. They manage to survive but just barely.
    • That was the second and far more dramatic time that happened. At the end of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, they were forced to watch the Command Center (which was about to be called the Power Chamber) get destroyed... only for it to get rebuilt by Zordon's power or the Zeo crystal or something. It's never really explained how it came back together the first time.
  • Smallville:
  • In Supernatural's pilot episode, John Winchester watches his home burn with his wife inside while holding his two young sons.
  • In Westworld Season 3, a young Engerraund Serac and his brother, Jean-Mi, watched Paris being nuked. This made the former despise humanity which led him and Jean-Mi to build an A.I. that guide humanity from their dark impulses at the cost of their free will.

    Puppet Shows 
  • In The Dark Crystal, Jen watches as Aughra's lab is destroyed by the Garthim and Aughra is taken prisoner.

    Religion & Mythology 
  • Both times the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, first in 587 BCE by the Neo-Babylonian Empire, and then in 70 CE by the Romans. The first one is the entire basis of the Book Of Lamentations. Both times had such a deep effect on the Jewish people that the anniversary of the destruction (yes, it apparently happened on the same day each time) was enshrined as the holiday of Tisha B'Av.
  • In The Bible, Lot and his family were told not to look back as they fled from Sodom before its destruction by the Lord through fire and brimstone. Lot's wife, however, was the only one who looked back at the devastation, and was turned into a pillar of salt for it.
  • The Aeneid: Book II depicts the fall of Troy from Aeneas' point of view, replete with descriptions of fire and the destruction.

    Video Games 
  • At the beginning of Bravely Default, Tiz watches his hometown of Norende collapse into a chasm. As if that weren't bad enough, his brother also falls to his death right in front of him.
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: Washington, D.C. Especially prominent in the beginning of "Of Their Own Accord", where the first thing the player sees upon exiting the makeshift bunker is the Washington Monument with several chunks blown out of it.
  • The beginning of the A Dance with Rogues module. The Princess witnesses the destruction and slaughter that's taking place in her castle as she flees from the invading Dhorn. Later on, when she becomes a rogue and part of the Family criminal guild, the Dhorn again storm into their headquarters and kill almost everyone, with the Princess being unable to stop them.
  • In Dead Island, several locations that you travel to where survivors are gathered up get attacked and overtaken by zombies after certain quests are completed.
  • Enemy Front have the player character, Robert Hawkins, watching Warsaw burn when the Germans took over, and there's nothing he can do about it except flee with the rest of the partisans.
  • In the prologue of Fallout 4, the Sole Survivor watches the Commonwealth get nuked as they and their spouse and son descend into Vault 111 to take part in its Human Popsicle experiment.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Final Fantasy II's PlayStation remake opens with the four protagonists, Firion, Maria, Guy, and Leon, fleeing from their burning hometown after the Emperor's forces have set torch to it. The cinema ends with them watching the conflagration from a nearby hilltop.
    • Final Fantasy VII: Poor Cloud and Tifa go through this particular trauma several times throughout the course of the game. They see their hometown of Nibelheim burn to the ground once in person and then several times more thanks to Sephiroth's Mind Rapes and uncanny tendency to replay the scene whenever taunting Cloud.
    • Final Fantasy IX has several of these where summons are used as weapons of mass destruction. You are generally treated to the complete destruction, or in the very least decimation, of every single town or settlement, and in one case an entire planet, that you visit. Dagger's first hometown, the Village of the Summoners gets Death from Above from Garland before the game starts. Freya's hometown of Burmecia is a charred ruin by the time you arrive, Cleyra and its population get hit with Odin, whose attack sequence plays out like an atom bomb. Lindblum is treated to a dual attack by Brahne's black mages and the summoned Atmos. In a serious Player Punch, Alexandria is ravaged by Bahamut, becomes a battleground between it and Alexander, before being carpet-bombed by Garland- leaving poor Dagger mute. Finally, Terra is treated to multiple Ultimas via Kuja.
    • Inverted in Final Fantasy X, where the game starts off with Tidus beholding the ruins of his hometown, Zanarkand, before the 30-40 hour long flashback that is the game up to that point.
      • Played straight with Rikku and the Al Bhed watching the destruction of Home.
    • Final Fantasy XV: Noctis, Gladio, Ignis and Prompto watch from a cliff as their home, Insomnia, is razed by Niflheim and their daemons.
    • Final Fantasy Tactics: Fort Zeakden isn't Ramza's hometown, but what happens there is still enough to change not only his outlook on life but the fate of Ivalice as a whole, and the first chapter ends on a freeze frame of it going up in flames.
  • Done in both FreeSpace and the Silent Threat expansion. In the original, you have to try to fend of high-speed fighters in a bomber before an invincible superdestroyer finishes of the GTD Galatea, your homebase for the first half of the campaign. In the expansion, you can't keep the GTI insurgency from destroying the GTD Krios, your homebase for the first part of the campaign. The emotional impact is helped by the fact that the main menu is the interior of the ship you are based on, so when they are destroyed and you have to relocate to another destroyer, the graphic changes.
  • Happens in Golden Sun: The Lost Age.
  • Once could say that Halo: Reach is really just about this. Reach is doomed and mostly depopulated, but you stay in the burning ruins to the very end.
    • Played especially straight at the opening cutscene of the "Exodus" level, when Noble Six crests a hill, only to see the "crown jewel" city of New Alexandria being razed and glassed by the Covenant. Includes a drawn-out camera reveal over the hill and a brief pause as Six surveys the damage, poignantly holding Jorge's dogtags.
  • At the beginning of Haven (2020), the islet where Yu and Kay have stationed the Nest is fractured in two by an earthquake, causing the Nest to roll downhill and lose several vital parts as the couple helplessly watch. In the bad ending, a squad of Hornets descend on the Nest and capture Yu and Kay for recalibration into their arranged marriages, reducing their former love nest to a smoking ruin in the process.
  • Homeworld: Kharak in Mission 3. The burning planet serves as a backdrop as your forces rush to save the last 600,000 civilian survivors.
  • In Hyrule: Total War, this happens to Princess Zelda I when she witnesses the razing of Hyrule Castle at the hands of Ganon.
  • The Monastery near the beginning of Jade Empire also serves as an example.
  • Alluded to in Knights of the Old Republic as the heroes flee the bombing of Taris. Carth (who'd already seen the same thing happen to Telos IV) and Mission (who'd lived on Taris her entire life) particularly take it hard.
  • In Life Is Strange, if you choose to save Chloe at the end, the two of you hold hands while watching Arcadia Bay getting destroyed by the tornado.
  • Mass Effect has several; namely the Citadel at the end of the first game, the Normandy SR1 at the beginning of the second, and Earth itself, Palaven, the turian homeworld - at one point Garrus points out the biggest area that's on fire and says he was born there - and Thessia, the asari homeworld in Mass Effect 3.
  • At the end of Ninja Gaiden (2003)'s tutorial chapter, Ryu witnesses his home village being attacked and burned by Doku and his minions.
  • Happens thrice in Suikoden V. The first occurs after the coup, a major Player Punch accompanied by a real sense of loss even if it's sort of a Foregone Conclusion. The second is Lelcar being set ablaze, driving home just how far the enemy is willing to go since it's one of their own cities they're torching. The third is the attack on Beaver Lodge, which pushes the enemy from any argument of Well-Intentioned Extremist to monsters openly planning genocide to "purify Falena". In all cases, the target is the hometown of several of the 108 Stars of Destiny, and attention is always given to their reaction.
  • The burning of Croft Manor in Tomb Raider: Underworld.
  • The ending of Vietcong.
  • The beginning of Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger, when Luke Skywalker and Gimli view the wreckage of the TCS Concordia.
  • Zone 66: The intro starts with our hero running to the top of a hill just in time to see his love interest's (and possibly his) town get leveled by a nuclear missile, kicking off the story.


    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Subverted in Avatar: The Last Airbender: At the end of the second season, our heroes take one last look at Ba Sing Se (now under enemy control). But the fallen capital doesn't look any different, because the takeover was entirely political.
    • In the Sequel, The Legend of Korra, it goes the other way with Amon and the Equalists decimating the Pro-bending stadium and blowing up the ring. Unlike Ba Sing Se, everything is a wreck.
      • Near the end of season 3 Ba Sing Se falls into this trope. The Queen is assassinated and the city fall into chaos as rioters and looters overwhelm the place. The last we see the whole city is in flames.
  • The first part of the season 1 finale of Codename: Kids Next Door ends with the Delightful Children Down the Lane destroying the KND's treehouse HQ as an afterthought of achieving their main goal of turning Numbuh 1 into an adult. The next episode opens with the main characters reduced to using a cardboard box as a base. The treehouse is rebuilt during the credits of the season finale.
  • In the final arc of Gravity Falls Bill Cipher and his henchmaniacs escape into the real world and unleashes Weirdmaggeddon on the town, capturing its terrified citizens and turning them to stone and reducing the town to a fiery wasteland over several days.
  • In the season 3 finale of ReBoot we see Mainframe crash. Basically the entire city falls apart and everything but the Principal Office falls into the energy sea. The final shot is Dot and Bob staring at each other while everything fades to black. Fortunately the User intervenes and fixes everything.
  • One of Akus' preferred methods for dealing with strong opponents in Samurai Jack, as was shown with both Jacks' Father and later talked of by a Viking Chieftain: watching as their cities were destroyed by the master of Darkness while they were bound in place. While Jack's father was able to break out of his imprisonment to seal away Aku and save his wife and newborn son, the Viking wasn't as fortunate due to Aku learning from his previous mistake and instead of anchoring him to a tree and left alone like he did to Jacks' father, the Viking was sealed in crystal and later buried beneath the earth after seeing his home and entire family destroyed.
  • Star Wars Rebels: "The Siege of Lothal" gives us two: Ezra looking on his former house burning, and then seeing the remains of Tarkintown. The latter is a direct homage to the "burning homestead" scene in A New Hope.
  • Star Wars Resistance: In "No Escape, Part I", Kaz, Torra and CB-23 spy on stormtroopers watching a broadcast of Starkiller Base's destruction of the Hosnian system. To make it extremely personal, Kaz is from Hosnian Prime, and he's sent into a Heroic BSoD.
  • The Season 2 finale of Transformers: Prime has Megatron discovering the location of the Autobot base and brings down laser cannons to fire down on it. June and Agent Fowler, who are in a helicopter next to the base, watch in horror and anguish.