Theory in military strategy which asserts that if a state has so much weaponry that it can defend itself, destroy any aggressor (and perhaps the world) and still have weapons to spare, it is capable of overkill.

Not surprisingly, the concept has been met with a mixture of derision and dismay, and has passed into common usage as a synonym for an unnecessary and excessive response in any situation; not so much a sledgehammer to crack a nut, as a flamethrower which defeats the object of eating the nut.

David Robertson, The Penguin Dictionary of Politics (London, 1986)

Overkill may refer to:

  • Overkill (term), the use of excessive force or action to achieve a goal
  • Overhunting
  • Overfishing


  • Overkill (G.I. Joe), a character in the G.I. Joe universe
  • Overkill (Transformers), a character in the Transformers universe
  • Overkill, a character in the Marvel Comics O-Force team
  • Scarlet Overkill, main antagonist in Minions (2015 film)


  • Overkill (comic book), a British comics anthology
  • Overkill (novel), a 2007 novel by Vanda Symon
  • Overkill, a 1966 spy novel by William Garner
  • Overkill, a 2001 true crime book by Lyn Riddle about the 1991 murder of Laurie Show


  • Overkill (band), an American thrash metal band from New Jersey
    • Overkill (EP) an EP by the New Jersey band, or the title song
  • Overkill L.A., originally Overkill, an American speed metal/hardcore band from Los Angeles
  • Overkill (Motörhead album), a 1979 album by Motörhead
    • “Overkill” (Motörhead song), 1979
  • Overkill (Savant album), 2013
  • “Overkill” (Men at Work song), 1983
  • “Overkill”, a song by Kosheen from Damage


  • “Overkill” (Murder Most Horrid), an episode of Murder Most Horrid


  • OverKill (video game), a 1992 vertical scrolling shooter
  • The House of the Dead: Overkill, a 2009 rail shooter gun game
  • Overkills, a variety of finishing moves in the video games Eternal Champions and Eternal Champions: Challenge from the Dark Side
  • Overkill Software, a Swedish video game developer
  • Overkill (Flying Buffalo), a role-playing game adventure

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