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Overkill is the use of violent force that goes further than is necessary to achieve its goal.


Nuclear weapons

Overkill is especially used to refer to a destructive nuclear capacity exceeding the amount needed to destroy an enemy[1].

The term is attested from 1945[2] and was in common use during the Cold War era, referring to the arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union. Both nations possessed (US and Russia still possess) more than enough nuclear weapons to destroy one another many times over — nuclear overkill.

US policy was to be able to drop a nuclear bomb on every Soviet town and city forty times over; the term was called "pounding the rubble" or, as military officers sometimes joked, "pounding the ruble".


In criminal profiling, the term "overkill" refers to the wounds or mutilations inflicted by offenders (especially serial killers), which go beyond what is necessary to kill the victim. Such wounds are often inflicted post mortem. This often occurs when the attacker is completely out of control i.e. a blind rage or the metaphorical red mist. Alternatively, the deed may be done calmly in order to satisfy the control/possession fantasies of the assailant. A classic example would be a frenzied stabbing where the victim has suffered a very high count of abdominal wounds.

In media


In a critical sense, overkill might be considered a close relative of overacting and overdramatizing. For example, in most modern horror films, such as Friday the 13th, most of the killing is quickly clichéd, and is always overkill.

Video games

Overkill is a common feature in many video games. In some games, such as Final Fantasy X, "overkill" is made part of the battle system; finishing off an enemy with a very high-damage attack may give bonus rewards after battle. In first-person shooters, overkilling a character will often result in gibbing that character. In the game Halo 3, a medal named Overkill is awarded for killing four enemies in a short period of time.


  1. ^ <http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/overkill>.
  2. ^ "overkill." Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper, Historian. 31 Mar. 2009. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/overkill>.

Simple English

File:Metalmania 2008 Overkill
Onstage in 2008
Background information
Origin New Jersey, USA
Genres Thrash metal, Groove metal[1]
Years active 1980 - present
Labels megaforce, Atlantic, CMC, Metal-Is Records, Spitfire, Regain, Bodog
Website http://www.wreckingcrew.com/
D.D. Verni
Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth
Dave Linsk
Derek "The Skull" Tailer
Ron Lipnicki

Overkill is a thrash metal band from New Jersey. They formed in 1984 and have played since then.


  • Power In Black(1984)
  • Feel the Fire (1985)
  • Taking Over (1987)
  • Under The Influence (1988)
  • The Years of Decay (1989)
  • Horrorscope (1991)
  • I Hear Black (1993)
  • W.F.O. (1994)
  • Wrecking Your Neck (1995)
  • The Killing Kind (1996)
  • !!!Fuck You!!! and Then Some (1996)
  • From the Underground and Below (1997)
  • Necroshine (1999)
  • Coverkill (1999)
  • Bloodletting (2000)
  • Wrecking Everything (2002)
  • Killbox 13 (2003)
  • ReliXIV (2005)
  • Immortalis (2007)
     Ironbound (2010)


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