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  • Nosfera's husband Brahm, a vampire, is killed by being stabbed in the heart with a cross. This is lampshaded.
  • Schlock Mercenary takes this to heart, especially Kevyn, who wears antimatter grenades on his shoulders. One of those antimatter grenades is capable of slagging a shielded tank, and the other has the yield of a good-sized nuke.
    • Schlock himself runs around with two sawed off anti-tank multicannons and an oversized plasgun. The multicannons are especially ridiculous because he can hook up feeders and, quote, "fire breacher rounds on full auto."
    • One of the most popular books with mercenaries in the Schlockverse, The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries, contains several appropriate quotes on the subject, as shown in the quotes section for this trope. The one that quotes this trope practically verbatim can be found in poster form.
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    • Actually subverted on one occasion, in which Schlock mocks two enemies for aiming anti-tank weapons at him. They tell him that they're not worried about a little overkill, to which Schlock responds, "Actually, I was worried that you might want to be pointing your anti-tank weapons at, say, incoming tanks." Incidentally this wouldn't have been overkill— he can't be killed by explosions if his friends find even most of the pieces.
      • And the closest anything actually came to outright killing him involved a fall down a tunnel at non-atmospheric/vacuum terminal velocity, 1.8x Earth Gravity, near-0K temp, with several missiles and a grenade involved. Or, to put it another way, he found a way to throw a planet at his face.
        Schlock is still a main character, to this day.
    • Schlock's immune system is itself a form of overkill, it allows him to survive practically anything, even including foreign nanites.
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    • Once, the PD Fleetmind launched an all-out assault on an entire star system as a diversion, to extract Tagon's Toughs with minimum collateral damage. To quote the UNS Marine prize crew guarding the Toughs: "'Minimal collateral damage' and 'entire star system' do not belong in the same sentence"
    • The fishing boat captain in Schlocktoberfest 2005 has an array of buoys that, at full power, will detect fish clear across the planet, while boiling away the oceans on their side of the planet.
    • In this strip, Schlock tells us that the plasgun can be used to send 5mm blasts that can travel up a sniper's scope into his brain without scorching the furnishings. This came as news to everyone, given that, as Kevyn points out, Schlock has never willingly used any setting below "vaporise the target and set the room on fire".
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  • Richard of Looking for Group doesn't understand the concept of overkill, as demonstrated any time they decide to let Richard loose.
  • Sluggy Freelance:
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Familicide. There is killing a target, and there is killing your target's entire family, and then there is killing everyone related to your target and everyone related to any of those relatives, and then everyone related to them ad nauseam. Vaarsuvius speculates that Black Dragons have made the Endangered Species list. Just how far past the spell ended up that is a sobering reminder of just how badly people underestimate the concept of OVERKILL.
    • The Cloister spell. It shields the surrounding area in a barrier that prevents most forms of teleportation, sending spells, and divinations from entering, though the spell's creator Dorukan allowed a loophole for summons so his girlfriend could visit. The spell's duration lasts one week per the caster's level, so an epic-level caster could be shielded for months at a time. And if someone left the Cloister'd area, the effect would follow them as well.
  • The Last Days of FOXHOUND: Vulcan Raven's take on the matter: "Subtlety is a thing for philosophy, not combat. If you're going to kill someone, you might as well kill them a whole lot."
  • Anti-Heroes duplicates the MythBusters quote here.
  • Billy Mays Youtube Poop Suicide Putty: "Call right now and I'll triple the offer! And send you six sticks of Suicide Putty so you can kill yourself six times!"
  • Some of Agatha's death rays in Girl Genius.
  • In Quentyn Quinn, Space Ranger, the Empire of the Seven Systems responded to the (admittedly rather brutal) slaughter of one of their colony ships by incinerating an entire solar system. Did a wonderful job of convincing the enemy (who owned more systems) that war against them was not that great an idea after all.
  • 8-Bit Theater: Black Mage's preferred form of attack - he has been known to vaporize forests, and at one point destroyed a city by accident when demonstrating to its mayor how he would destroy the city if he didn't get what he wanted. He has refrained from using spells in battles where his life was at stake because he viewed anything that wasn't complete overkill a waste of his time.
  • Jeff manages this with a single bullet in Chicanery:
    "The 3219 armor-piercing, drill-tipped, rocket-propelled, nuclear-powered, high velocity bullet with pneumatic shaft explosion dampener, buzzing flagellatory membrane, and a miniature camera so you can see the look on his face before you go through it."
  • Parodied in Sam & Fuzzy with the Non-Disclosure Automaton. Overkill is just one of his many modes.
  • Exterminatus Now: Wildfire thinks Eastwood, Virus, and Lothar don't respect her because she's a girl. So she decides to prove herself by screwing up in the most spectacular way possible.
  • Bug like to use this trope. The bug wishes he could clean his bathroom this way, and a younger the bug wished would happen to his church.
    "What are you drawing, my son?"
    "Our church being destroyed by three Godzillas."
  • In Nip and Tuck, the Show Within a Show Rebel Cry features a disproportionate effort to go after one rebel.
  • From this episode of Genocide Man "The old government policy of proportionate response failed in the 21st century. Now the official policy is overwhelming response. Overkill. First and always."
    • And later, stated more simply:
    Lola Lamb: We kill threats! We use overkill to ensure the threats are gone!
    • It does bear mentioning the above quote relates to an incident where the objective was to shut down a rival supersoldier program, and the method was turn them into vicious and just-as-powerful zombies hostile to life, which did exactly that and also made sure no one could ever visit that particular country ever again.
  • Penny Arcade:
    "Don't say another Goddamn word. Up until now, I've been polite. If you say anything else—word one—I will kill myself. And when my tainted spirit finds its destination, I will topple the master of that dark place. From my throne, I will lash together a machine of bone and blood, and fueled by my hatred for you this fear engine will bore a hole between this world and that one. When it begins, you will hear the sound of children screaming—as though coming from a great distance. A smoking orb of nothing will grow above your bed, and from it will emerge a thousand starving crows. As I slip through the widening maw in my new form, you will catch only a glimpse of my radiance before you are incinerated. Then, as tears of bubbling pitch stream down my face, my dark work will begin. I will open one of my six mouths, and I will sing the song that ends the Earth."
  • In Bob and George, Megaman overcharges the gun and lets loose with an enormous explosion. He just loves working for Mad Scientist.
  • Rose and Dave from Homestuck are killed (through Doc Scratch's trickery) when the Green Sun is created. In the end that doesn't stop them from getting back up...
  • At the end of the Bloodsuckers Are Not Sexy arc of Fafnir The Dragon, Stephanie Meyer comes up with the brilliant idea of inventing time-traveling mermaids. The first one she runs into is... decidedly less than friendly.
    A.R.I.E.L.: I am the Automated Response, Investigation and Extreme Liquidation unit, also known as A.R.I.E.L. In the future, you, Stephanie Meyer, will instigate Lack-of-Judgment Day, in which nearly every mythological creature is melted down into plastic goo and repackaged as teenaged heartthrobs.
    Meyer: Oh, that sounds romantic!
    (targeting computer currently highlighting Kill It with Fire)
    A.R.I.E.L.: On behalf of what few intelligent creatures remain... *opens fire* #$@% YOU!!!
  • Non-violent example from The Daily Derp: Derpy putting out a candle with a garden hose.
  • In the story "Axe Cop Gets Married":
    • In a martial arts match, Axe Cop uses the Forbidden Move, which hits his opponent with the entire neighbouring province.
    • The Water Queen finishing off Zelda Laubber. She's being quite literal here:
    "Prepare to get stabbed. By the entire ocean."
  • Dating A Team Magma Grunt is a sequel to the events of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire following Brendan and his relationship with a Magma Grunt. When the Grunt is insulted by a Team Aqua Grunt, Brendan challenges her to a Pokémon battle and promises to use a ground type against any of her water types on the condition that she apologies to his girlfriend if he wins. Sounds pretty tricky, right? Well it might've been had he not immediately whipped out a Master Ball. Cue Primal Groudon's Sunny Day and a brutally torn up area with its footprints embedded into the cement.
  • Land Reclamation in Stand Still, Stay Silent. How do you make certain you got rid of all the monsters in the area you intend to colonise? First, you send in scouts, to map out the area and get a feel for where the monsters might be lurking. Then you send in Hunters with high-powered rifles to deal with all the ambulatory monsters. Then come the Cleanser squads, who use fire and explosives to destroy anything and everything a monster might use as a nest (usually it involves leaving the area a charred wasteland). After that you wait for winter, so that any missed monsters freeze to death, along with The Virus that created them. Then you send in the hunters again, this time along with specially trained cats and their handlers, to track down anything you missed. THEN you set up a palisade or electric fence around the area, so no new nasties can get in. And the worst thing? By all accounts, this isn't overkill in any way.


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