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Basic Trope: A supernatural or otherwise fictional weapon or spell which recreates the destructiveness of a nuke.

  • Straight: Slay All is a forbidden spell that releases a shockwave of mana which is powerful enough to ruin an entire landscape. The residual mana becomes corrupted and poisons anything that visits the impact site.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Slay All has an array of enchantments that serve to prevent it from being cast outside the caster's control - for instance, by preventing random conjuration effects from casting it, or foiling spell-copying effects. This is justified - Slay All can wipe out an entire country and creates a fissure of the same size through which Eldritch Abominations may manifest.
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    • Slay All has a globally destructive version, called Obliterate All, which guarantees planetary annihilation. Not just the world, but the whole planet. It was intended to destroy unnecessary planets.
  • Downplayed: Slay All creates a large mana explosion which is powerful enough to raze a street to rubble, but leaves no residual effect. It is mostly because the destruction is indiscriminate that it is banned rather than because of immense power.
  • Justified: Sorcery is treated as a form of fantastic science, so it is reasonable to believe that such a powerful effect can be created with enough research.
  • Inverted: Restore All resurrects everyone and everything in the radius and leaves behind a mystical energy which continues to heal anything near the casting site.
  • Subverted: Slay All hits a group of enemies...and doesn't explode. The targets are left bewildered.
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  • Double Subverted: The spell left a small amount of extremely unstable mana inside each of the targets, which, after a few moments, all detonate in a monumental explosion.
  • Parodied: The episode in which the casting of Slay All is discussed is a reference to all kinds of Cold War fiction tropes, from the fact that the Godzilla Threshold may or may not have been crossed up to the use of a Two-Keyed Lock just to get the scroll with the spell's conjuration. There may even be a Fictional Geneva Conventions law with a Punny Name.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Spells simply never become powerful enough to simulate a nuclear explosion.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "You know, I've never understood why we even have Slay All. Couldn't we just nuke that monster and have the same effect?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Countries with magicians that know Slay All are sovereign over those who do not."
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  • Defied: Different circles of sorcerers come to an agreement to never cast Slay All, because of the threat of mutually-assured destruction.
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  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Disagreements between the circles of sorcerers come to a head. The agreement is broken, and the resulting battle wipes them all out, plus a huge number of animals and innocent people. The survivors begin to die slowly and horribly in the aftermath.
  • Reconstructed: Restore All is reverse-engineered from Slay All by one of the survivors, curing most of the damage. Having learned their lesson, the newly-revived sorcerers make sure to learn Restore All, and once more agree never to use Slay Living on each other.

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