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There Is No Kill Like Overkill / Western Animation

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  • Robot Chicken presents how to kill a werewolf.
  • Ben 10:
    • The Omnitrix has a self-destruct device that destroys the universe. Could be because its creator is a misanthrope, or whatever you call someone who dislikes everyone, regardless of species (An ''Omni''cidal Maniac, perhaps?) Or just wanted to be absolutely sure it stayed out of the wrong hands. However, this depends on how long the timer is set: when Ben sets the Omnitrix to self-destruct in 30 seconds in the Grand Finale of Alien Force, only the Omnitrix itself is destroyed, but can incapacitate everyone around it; Ben explains that it would only destroy the universe if it charged for days like that first time.
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    • Speaking of Alien Force, the sequel series introduces us to Alien X, the DNA sample from a race with the power of OMNIPOTENCE. As if that isn't overkill enough, Omniverse gives us Atomix who, as his name suggests, has the power of Radiokinesis, and is second only to the aforementioned Alien X in terms of raw power. Omniverse's version of Ben 10,000 possesses a version of the Omnitrix that can fuse these two aliens together.
  • Megas XLR: The entire idea of the series was based around overkill. So much so that Jersey City was destroyed in just about every episode. One of the most notorious examples involved Coop sending the planet into a nuclear winter just to defeat the Monster of the Week.
    • Several times throughout the series, while fighting another Humongous Mecha, Coop would look down at the dashboard of the Megas, which seemed to change from week-to-week, and find hilariously appropriate buttons to push, such as: three buttons in a row, labeled "Missiles" "Lotsa Missiles" and "ALL DA MISSILES"... guess which one he chose? All three.
      • Going for his "save the world" button, he found it was out of order, but "Destroy the world", "Smite the world" and "Destroy the world WORSE" were perfectly fine.
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    • The absurdity of the overkills, however, sometimes went beyond physics, as, on two separate occasions, the Megas opened up its chest, and out came the main gun of an iconic anime spaceship - the first, in the pilot episode, was the main cannon and front hull of the Yamato from Space Battleship Yamato; and the second, in an episode close to the series finale, was the main guns of the SDF-1 Macross from Super Dimension Fortress Macross.
    • By and away the greatest moment of overkill in the series is Coop's imagined destruction of the DMV. He stomps the building to pieces, then punches the pieces to bits, then blasts the bits to smithereens, pauses, and then blasts the smithereens into whatever is smaller than smithereens. All while laughing maniacally.
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    • In "Universal Remote", Coop manages to give the Monster of the Week a shield that will reflect anything he shoots at it. His solution? Hit it with something bigger. Cue Jersey City getting utterly nuked.
    • Naturally, Coop's affinity for overkilling was lampshaded on more than one occasion. One memorable example is when Coop rapidly pressed the target button until the Monster of the Week had nothing by target reticles on it in Megas' on screen hub.
      Kiva: Um... Coop? Overkill?
      Jamie: Yeah... Do more!
  • Brock Samson of The Venture Bros. goes through Mooks like there's no tomorrow, often killing them in inventive and ultimately unnecessary ways. Like Bond, he has a license to kill so he can get away with it usually.
  • In an episode of Stroker and Hoop, Santa Claus (yes, Santa and no, he was not Bad Santa) shoots the guys who tried to kill him and Stroker and Hoop have to tell him to stop shooting, as they are dead.
  • The main strategy of Korgoth of Barbaria. Like this.
  • Every episode of Superjail! has this.
  • The second half of the series premiere for Superman: The Animated Series subverts this. The giant mecha slams Superman into a police car, crushes the car into a wad of steel around him, tosses it through the side of a building... then collapses the building on top of him by firing a missile into it... then sets the rubble on fire... then strides through the fire to stomp on top of the rubble pile. Problem is, he's fighting Superman — when Supes breaks out underneath the mecha, his hair isn't even mussed.
  • Non-fatal example: one episode of Invader Zim had a water balloon fight between the title character and his rival, Dib. While Dib builds a backpack that creates and launches water balloons, Zim created an orbital space station that sucks out all the water from the city, collects it into a balloon that dwarfs satellites, and launches it right onto Dib. The resulting collision causes a tidal wave that devastates the city.
  • The Perils of Penelope Pitstop did this with each and every trap the Hooded Claw used to kill Penelope.
  • The premise of the '90s cartoon The Bots Master is that an evil, near-future corporation is gradually upgrading all the millions of service robots in the world in preparation for an eventual robotic coup. In one episode, the hero's Bratty Half-Pint sister discovers that they're scheduled to upgrade two lowly lifeguard bots at a nearby beach. Determined to prove herself while her brother's away, she uses their automated base to construct a massive, Normandy-sized armada of mechas and fighter ships to storm the beach, while the shell-shocked villains are left frantically screaming "it's just two lifeguard bots!!"
  • The Simpsons:
    • One episode has Homer grabbing a cigarette, stomping on it until it's flat, and then unloading a whole mag into it.
    • In "Saturdays of Thunder," Homer watches one of the early scenes in the new McBain movie at the video store, where the title character's partner, Skowie, is shot 11 times by a hired gunman of Sen. Mendoza; Skowie then gasps out his last words before dying in McBain's arms. (Homer passes on the movie to pick up another "overkill"-type movie, the more mundane "Football's Greatest Injuries.")
    • In Season 4's "Mr. Plow" – that name again is Mr. Plow – Bart is ambushed and hit repeatedly (taking at least 30 hits) by snowballs, shortly after Homer clears the roads to get to school. The final snowball is to an unconscious Bart by one of Nelson's friends.
    • "You Only Move Twice," from 1996, has a scene where crimefighter James Bont (a parody of James Bond) has been captured by the episode's villain, Hank Scorpio, and is restrained to a table where his groin will be cut off by a laser. Bont somehow manages to escape, but then Homer – not realizing Bont was helping organize a government siege on Scorpio's compound – unwittingly tackles Bont to the ground. While Scorpio praises Homer for his "help," the trope kicks in as Bont is surrounded by Scorpio's stooges and shot multiple times (11 when the scene ends, but it is presumed to be far more than that).
    • "All's Fair in Oven War," James Caan (that episode's special guest) is shot more than 60 times at a toll booth by a bunch of Cletus Spuckler's hick cousins? Was he involved in international crime? No – he just made the mistake of becoming Brandine's boyfriend! This is a Shout-Out to The Godfather, where Caan's character, Sonny Corleone, was ambushed and gunned down at a tollbooth.
    • "These are the Yakuza. They kill you 16 times before you hit the ground."
    • "Welcome to Lee Carvallo's Putting Challenge. I am Carvallo. Now, choose a club. (beat) You have chosen a 3-wood. May I suggest a putter? (beat) 3-wood. Now enter the force of your swing. I suggest: feather touch. (beat) You have entered: power drive!"
    • In "Brake My Wife, Please," when Judge Harm revokes Homer's driver's license she chops it in half with a miniature guillotine, feeds the halves to two dogs and orders the bailiff to burn their poop.
  • In the Futurama episode "Where No Fan Has Gone Before", Zapp Brannigan cites the legal punishment of 12 concurrent death sentences for traveling to the forbidden planet Omega 3.
  • Metalocalypse:
    • When Dethklok is given the privilege to choose how a group of criminals would be executed, what is their idea? Strap the criminals to missiles, fire said missiles into the sky, then shoot them down with lasers. Naturally, they wrote a song about it.
    • When Ofdensen and Melmord were fighting over the position of Dethklok's manager by a fencing match. Ofdensen won, stabbing Melmord in the gut and throwing him off a tower. And to really make sure he was dead, Melmord got run over by a train. It was yet another Awesome Moment for Charles Foster Ofdensen.
  • ReBoot: Behold Matrix's bike?
  • In one episode of Inhumanoids, the over-the-top fanatical Soviet soldier accompanying the bad guys is asked whether using a particular weapon wouldn't be overkill. He responds, "There is no overkill! There is only kill and no kill!"
  • In TaleSpin, the official method of execution for the country of Thembria is by firing squad. In this case, the firing squad either uses cannons, or tanks. They also hang you after they shoot you, as Becky finds out in "The Time Bandit". At least you get to choose the type of noose they use.
  • This is how insane time traveler Chronos in Justice League Unlimited reacts to subordinate Chucko betraying him and giving key information to the Terry McGinnis Batman. Chronos sends Chucko to what is ground zero of a massive extinction event.
    Chronos: Do you know what killed the dinosaurs? Well, Chucko does!
  • A truly hilarious example in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Billy's bike is run over by a car, mangling it. Billy says "Well, it still kinda works..." The bike is then crushed by a falling tree, zapped by a UFO's laser cannon, and hit by a meteor... which then grinds itself (and the bike) down into the center of the earth.
  • In Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, the villain Maxwell in episode 15 admits his plan might have been a bit of overkill.
  • The Powerpuff Girls episode "Him Diddle Riddle" has Him presenting riddles of various levels of danger or else the Professor will PAY. Some could result in death, others could result in a missed phone call. One, however, could result in Ms. Keane being dumped into "this vat of boiling sharks". Him may have been bluffing, because as it turned out, the part about the Professor having to "pay" was a joke: it meant "pay full price" for breakfast at a restaurant.
  • ''My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic':
    • In the' episode "Green Isn't Your Color", Pinkie Pie's method of keeping a secret seems to be as follows: zipping her mouth shut, locking the zipper shut with a key, digging a hole in which she buries the key, building a house on top of the hole, and moving into the house.
    • In the episode "Feeling Pinkie Keen" a flowerpot, an anvil, a hay cart, and a piano fall on Twilight Sparkle's head in quick succession.
    • In "Lesson Zero" Rainbow Dash demolishes a barn so hard it creates a rainbow mushroom cloud.
    • In "Read it and Weep" Daring Do, the heroine of the book Rainbow Dash is reading, gets caught in a Death Trap that consists of spiky walls of doom, quicksand filling the room, snakes, and spiders. On top of all that, she is tied up with ropes that get tighter the harder she resists. Since she is an Captain Ersatz of Indiana Jones, she escapes anyway.
    • In "Wonderbolts Academy" Lightning Dust attempts to finish a cloud-clearing exercise by creating a tornado, despite already having a very clear lead on all the other competitors. Said tornado nearly kills somepony.
  • On Family Guy, mobsters make sure to finish the job.
    • "I'll tell you what's not safe? Going hunting with Dick Cheney."
    • In one episode, Stewie tries to kill Lois by pushing a piano down the stairs into her way, then tossing a hand grenade into the piano to blow it up. The kicker? She survives without so much as a hair out of place!
  • Transformers Prime has Cliffjumper, who has the unfortunate distinction of being fatally stabbed by Starscream. In the first five minutes of the series. Evidently there's no respect for the dead in this universe, as he's brought back as a mindless beserker in the next episode for all of twenty seconds before Megatron slices him in half and kicks him down a mine shaft. Then Starscream blows the mine up.
    • In the original series episode Roll For It, at one point Megatron declares that when he's finished with the Autobots (using the anti-matter energon cubes), he'll "reduce them to dust molecules!".
  • American Dad!:
    • In the episode "Surro-Gate", Francine imagines revealing to Stan that she is pregnant with Greg & Terry's child. He responds by smashing a bottle, only to then come back with a chainsaw, then coming back with a cougar, finally satisfied with a cougar holding a chainsaw.
    • In an episode, Stan kills Principal Lewis' "prison wife" Tracey by sending him off a cliff in his car, shooting him, feeding him to an alligator and turning said gator into skinned suitcases and clothes. And Tracey came back unscathed.
    • In the episode "Dreaming of a White Porsche Christmas". After Stan jumps off a bridge to kill himself, Bullock and four agents, some of who are armed with assault rifles open fire on him 'as he's falling to certain death', and continue to shoot him after he's hit the ground.
    • In "The Boring Identity", Stan and his co-workers break into a Doug & Buster's to capture the real Osama Bin Laden (the one that was killed in 2011 was part of a stunt to make the president look good). When an apathetic night shift worker comes up to Stan, he hits the guy in the chest hard enough to crush his heart, grabs the guy by the head while pushing his eyes out in the process, throws him to the ground, then shoots him.
  • The Kim Possible episode "Hidden Talent" edges on this for Dr. Drakken's latest Death Trap; first, he has Kim wrapped up in chains and sealed in a reinforced titanium box, then drops the box into a deep pit, which he proceeds to fill up with water, before releasing hungry sharks and a Giant Squid into the water. To top it all off, he uses a Freeze Ray to seal off the pit with a six-foot thick sheet of ice. Thanks to a few Contrived Coincidences, Kim manages to escape without a scratch.
  • In The Boondocks episode "The Red Ball", a referee supposedly commits suicide (but is actually murdered) by strangling himself, jumping off a bridge and overdosing on amphetamines.
  • King of the Hill
    Dale: I used as much ant killer as I needed, and not one 55-gallon drum more.
  • In the Young Justice: Invasion episode "Satisfaction", Captain Cold attempts to rob a bank. Unfortunately for him, Rocket was having a bridal shower nearby, with Batgirl, Black Canary, Bumblebee, Miss Martian, Wonder Girl, and Zatanna as her guests. Just one of them would be more than enough to take Cold down, yet all 7 of them rush after him! Knowing how hopeless the situation is, he doesn't even attempt to fight back:
    Captain Cold: I'm completely doomed, aren't I?
    Rocket: 100%...
  • This is Jimbo and Ned's preferred hunting method on South Park; in "Volcano", they say a deer looks to be about a 46-gauge; cut to Jimbo firing a bazooka at it. When they fish (in a boat named U.S.S. Fishkiller), they first throw grenades into the water, before launching some sort of missile down into the lake, killing every fish. And when they unknowingly hunt Cartman (in disguise as a creature he made up), he uses some sort of missile-firing harness thing. Then, in "The Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka", in order to skirt hunting regulations, they now claim they always have to "thin out the numbers" of animals; Ned promptly roasts some deer with a flamethrower, and Jimbo then states that they're gonna use napalm on beavers.
    • In season 10, Chef meets his doom like this. He falls off a bridge, is impaled, gets mauled by a mountain lion and a grizzly bear, and craps himself.
  • On Star vs. the Forces of Evil, when Star is bitten by a mosquito on a camping trip, she prepares to unleash a "Cataclysmic Total Extinction Death Blast" on it before Marco stops her.

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