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Removed the following Sword of Truth entry because it's a Nattery hell that needs serious attention, but I don't follow the series so I don't know how to compress it properly:
Also, removed Sonic Shuffle because the carbuncle eating itself isn't breaking reality, that's just self-destruction.
Divide by Zero was renamed to Reality-Breaking Paradox per TRS
I've done a bit of cleanup, but there are a few examples that I'm not sure of. For instance, with the Stargate Atlantis example, creating particles that break the laws of physics and leads to an Earth-Shattering Kaboom that destroys allmost all of a solar system is impressive, but does that qualify this for this trope(I.E. did it need to threaten reality itself, which is my understanding of the trope?)
^Possibly Downplayed Trope.
I think we should add Mort to the Discworld examples. But I can't think how to describe it.
Not exactly trope-related, but there's a running joke in the Mega Man X fandom about "Dividing by Zero". Meaning they get cut up by the Red Demon and his Z-Sabre.
I re-organized a lot of the page. Still need to do a bit, but now it should be better, at least. -Zersk
There is a SERIOUS problem with the trope. Dividing by 0 simply doesn't exist, a.k.a. it removes the number/whatever from existence. Check your maths.
So the page should probably be renamed Reality Rip or something similar.
Here's the math: x/0 = nothing.
Well, 'undefined' if we are being picky, as zero has no multiplicative inverse. Consequently, there is no value of x in the equation x=y/0 for any non-zero value of y. You might as well ask what value you get if you divide x by a cat...
But if you could divide by zero - which you can, sort-of-a-bit-not-really, using limits - you would get infinity. And when something diverges to infinity, usually due to dividing by something which tends to zero, it is often informally described by mathematicians (at least, all the ones I know) as 'it blows up'.
Also, am I misunderstanding it, or isn't the whole point of the trope that it's something that can't/shouldn't be able to happen, which causes everything to crash and burn, much like your equation if you wind up trying to divide by zero. It's one of the easiest ways to 'break maths', resulting, for instance, in an apparent proof that 1=2. I really don't see why your 'serious problem' is anything other than what was meant by calling it that.
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