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Basic Trope: A landmark in a disaster or action film gets destroyed to add to the effect of power.

  • Straight: An evil alien overlord named Zuko destroys the Statue of Liberty in the invasion, to show he means business.
  • Exaggerated: Zuko destroys ALL of the world's famous landmarks onscreen.
  • Downplayed:
    • Zuko damages the Statue of Liberty only.
    • Zuko destroys the statue, but we only get to see a shrunken and brief clip of it being destroyed
  • Justified:
    • The Statue of Liberty is a Weaponised Landmark
    • Zuko wants to instill fear into the people of New York.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Zuko gets killed before he destroys the Stature of Liberty.
    • Zuko was about to destroy it, but the screen cuts away, with only the people seen in shock.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Then another alien overlord destroys it.
    • Then the Statue of Liberty was seen already destroyed in the aftermath.
  • Parodied: Zuko draws a target on the Statue of Liberty and fires a dart-like missile at it, destroying it in the process.
  • Zig-Zagged: ???
  • Averted: The Statue of Liberty isn't destroyed or targeted.
  • Enforced: The creator of the comic/films wants to add it in so it can be more recognizable to the audience.
  • Lampshaded: "He likes to take down the landmarks first."
  • Advertisement:
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: The Statue of Liberty was used as bait in order to lure Zuko's forces into a trap.
  • Defied: The government doesn't want Zuko to destroy the Statue of Liberty, so there are extra forces protecting it.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: The News reporter says that a statue in New York was destroyed by an Alien overlord, but the Statue of Liberty (and her destruction) was never directly shown.
  • Deconstructed: Zuko destroys the One WTC, thus creating huge public backlash against the creator and Zuko (and making him The Scrappy).
  • Reconstructed: Zuko was deliberately a Hate Sink to begin with, so the creator can use the WTC's destruction to draw more hate into Zuko.
  • Played For Laughs: Zuko accidentally destroys the Statue of Liberty with only a waffle iron; Hilarity Sues.
  • Played For Drama: People were seen dying in vain as Zuko destroys the Statue of Liberty.

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