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Basic Trope: Buildings which get destroyed in the action just so happen to be empty; no-one gets hurt.

  • Straight:
    • Amazing Girl, trying to stop Super Evil Dude from committing nefarious acts, flies at him and ploughs straight through a disused skyscraper in the process.
    • With a swish of its tail, Gigantosaurus demolishes the Abandoned Warehouse before Megabot-7 rocket-punches it into the nearby disused offices.
  • Exaggerated: Amazing Girl hurls a small asteroid at Super Evil Dude, turning the whole of downtown Trope City into a kilometer-wide crater. Lucky the city had been evacuated first.
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  • Downplayed: Amazing Girl hurls Super Evil Dude at the nearest building, smashing the windows and denting the wall slightly. Since most people had gone home for the night, no-one gets hurt.
  • Justified:
    • The hero(es) deliberately drew the villian/kaiju to a disused industrial estate due for redevelopment, to make sure no-one gets hurt.
    • Trope City experiences so many superhero vs. supervillain/giant robot vs kaiju battles that the city council has drawn up plans for rapid evacuation, and/or most residents and businesses saw sense and moved elsewhere.
    • Everyone was already dead to begin with.
  • Inverted: Gigantia stomps on the hideout of the gang that raped her before she grew in size, deliberately killing all inside.
  • Subverted:
    • Luckily no-one was hurt... except, it later turns out, for the unfortunate nightwatchman.
    • Everyone did live. Injuries, however, are a completely different story.
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  • Double Subverted: Or so they assumed. The nightwatchman turns up shaken but unhurt, having just nipped out for a cigarette break.
  • Parodied: Constructing buildings that have no other purpose but to be smashed down by superbeings is an essential part of Trope City's urban planning.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: There are people still in the building when it gets destroyed. They die.
  • Enforced:
    • The producers don't want to make the heroes seem reckless without a care for the lives of innocent bystanders.
    • The producers want to make the work kid-friendly, and don't want to expose their young audiences to death. (If it's a Cut-and-Paste Translation of a foreign work, expect dubbing-in of dialogue pointing out the building was evacuated and removal of the scene where workers get buried under falling masonry.)
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Look how ugly and run down this building is! Arrgh!" [kicks wall in]
    • Advertisement:
    • "Good job that building was condemned! I'd hate to be ringing my insurance broker tomorrow morning if I was the boss of Trope Co.!"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Evil Dude deliberately launches his attack from the middle of downtown when all the skyscrapers are full and the roads are busy, so that Amazing Girl will have a hard time stopping him without hurting civilians.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

Back to Conveniently Empty Building to survey the wreckage. Lucky no-one died.

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