History Main / EveryCarIsAPinto

10th Feb '18 8:36:27 AM RaspyMink
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* On June 18, 2013, Michael Hastings, who wrote an article for ''Magazine/RollingStone'' that ended General [=McChrystal=]'s career, was driving his Mercedes (is Mercedes the new Pinto?), when [[http://ktla.com/2013/06/19/driver-killed-in-fiery-car-crash-in-hollywood/#ixzz2WcDXWNjW it burst into flames, jackknifed, and crashed into a tree, exploding and sending pieces over 100 feet away.]]

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* On June 18, 2013, Michael Hastings, who wrote an article for ''Magazine/RollingStone'' that ended General [=McChrystal=]'s career, Hastings was driving his Mercedes (is Mercedes the new Pinto?), at a high rate of speed when [[http://ktla.com/2013/06/19/driver-killed-in-fiery-car-crash-in-hollywood/#ixzz2WcDXWNjW it burst into flames, jackknifed, and crashed into a tree, exploding and sending pieces over 100 feet away.]]]] Hastings was known as the man who wrote the article for ''Magazine/RollingStone'' that ended General [=McChrystal=]'s career.
14th Jan '18 3:18:12 PM ZimFan89
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* In ''Film/LethalWeapon 4'', a car driven by some Triad {{Mooks}} try and ram Riggs' car into the path of an oncoming train. By cleverly pulling ahead, Riggs leaves them on the tracks instead, and their car is hit by the train, blowing up from the impact. Then the burned out wreck lands on the parallel tracks and get hits by another train going the opposite direction, causing it to blow up ''again''.
3rd Jan '18 5:29:23 PM Vir
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* Averted in the ''Film/SpeedRacer'' movie. The cars constantly crash, jump, flip, smash, and attack each other while racing at insane speeds. only the most intense crashes (head-on into a solid structure at high speed) result in an explosion.

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* Averted in the ''Film/SpeedRacer'' movie. The cars constantly crash, jump, flip, smash, and attack each other while racing at insane speeds. only Only the most intense crashes (head-on into a solid structure at high speed) result in an explosion.
7th Dec '17 1:19:21 PM xcountryguy
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** Also, an early case has a SalaryMan dying after his car crushes and explodes. His OfficeLady girlfriend survives since some bystanders managed to pull her out of the vehicle before it went boom. [[spoiler: She tricks Kogoro into finding the {{jerk ass}}es who caused the accident so she can burn them ''and'' herself to death, but Conan and a friend of the deceased boyfriend manage to dissuade her.]]

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** Also, an early case has a SalaryMan dying after his car crushes and explodes. His OfficeLady girlfriend survives since some bystanders managed to pull her out of the vehicle before it went boom. [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She tricks Kogoro into finding the {{jerk ass}}es who caused the accident so she can burn them ''and'' herself to death, but Conan and a friend of the deceased boyfriend manage to dissuade her.]]



* In ''Anime/SailorMoon'', [[spoiler: Mimete]] tampers with the brakes of [[spoiler: Eudial]]'s and sends both car and driver off a cliff. The first explodes, killing the second, and causes a LARGE water column to rise.

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* In ''Anime/SailorMoon'', [[spoiler: Mimete]] [[spoiler:Mimete]] tampers with the brakes of [[spoiler: Eudial]]'s [[spoiler:Eudial]]'s and sends both car and driver off a cliff. The first explodes, killing the second, and causes a LARGE water column to rise.



* ''Film/TheCar'': At the end of this horror flick when the eponymous vehicle goes over a cliff, [[spoiler: it ''really'' blows up, belching forth a devil's head mushroom cloud]]. In this case, at the bottom of the cliff was a very large pile of dynamite.

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* ''Film/TheCar'': At the end of this horror flick when the eponymous vehicle goes over a cliff, [[spoiler: it [[spoiler:it ''really'' blows up, belching forth a devil's head mushroom cloud]]. In this case, at the bottom of the cliff was a very large pile of dynamite.



* In ''Film/DejaVu'', Denzel Washington [[spoiler: drives the car with the bomb in it off of the ferry]]. Every car his car bumps into on the way off explodes massively.

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* In ''Film/DejaVu'', Denzel Washington [[spoiler: drives [[spoiler:drives the car with the bomb in it off of the ferry]]. Every car his car bumps into on the way off explodes massively.



* Brazenly inverted in ''Film/{{Duel}}''. A tanker truck (with "Flammable" prominently displayed on the side), after [[spoiler: attempting to ram the protagonist off the road for the entire movie, is itself run off a cliff. The protagonist runs to the cliff, waiting for the inevitable explosion. And... nothing happens. Fade to black, roll credits]] - this despite the original story and the movie script (both written by Creator/RichardMatheson) actually featuring the explosion. Whereas David's ordinary car actually bursts into flames.

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* Brazenly inverted in ''Film/{{Duel}}''. A tanker truck (with "Flammable" prominently displayed on the side), after [[spoiler: attempting [[spoiler:attempting to ram the protagonist off the road for the entire movie, is itself run off a cliff. The protagonist runs to the cliff, waiting for the inevitable explosion. And... nothing happens. Fade to black, roll credits]] - this despite the original story and the movie script (both written by Creator/RichardMatheson) actually featuring the explosion. Whereas David's ordinary car actually bursts into flames.



* In ''Film/VanHelsing'', a horse-drawn carriage explodes, since [[spoiler: it was filled with explosives, as an anti-vampire trap]]. Another one of those handy traps that work on regular folks too!

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* In ''Film/VanHelsing'', a horse-drawn carriage explodes, since [[spoiler: it [[spoiler:it was filled with explosives, as an anti-vampire trap]]. Another one of those handy traps that work on regular folks too!



* Parodied in a scene in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/SoulMusic''. [[spoiler: Mort and Ysabell]] go round a hairpin bend and go over the edge of a cliff. Upon landing, there is a large explosion, and "because there are certain conventions, even in tragedy" a [[FreeWheel burning wheel rolls out of the wreckage]]. The only thing is that they're not in a car, with petrol and electronics and other vaguely explodable things - this is the Discworld, so they're in a ''coach''. It's suggested it was triggered by the oil lamps, but really it just happens because [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality that's what happens]].

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* Parodied in a scene in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/SoulMusic''. [[spoiler: Mort [[spoiler:Mort and Ysabell]] go round a hairpin bend and go over the edge of a cliff. Upon landing, there is a large explosion, and "because there are certain conventions, even in tragedy" a [[FreeWheel burning wheel rolls out of the wreckage]]. The only thing is that they're not in a car, with petrol and electronics and other vaguely explodable things - this is the Discworld, so they're in a ''coach''. It's suggested it was triggered by the oil lamps, but really it just happens because [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality that's what happens]].



* A straight example in the final act of ''Literature/{{Christine}}''. [[spoiler: Arnie and Regina are killed in a freak accident,]] during mild winter weather on the turnpike. The car hits the guardrail, going no more than 45, and explodes. In reality, there would be significant body damage to the car (especially a 70s-era Volvo, which were built like tanks), but it's unlikely there would even be any injuries if everyone was wearing seatbelts.

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* A straight example in the final act of ''Literature/{{Christine}}''. [[spoiler: Arnie [[spoiler:Arnie and Regina are killed in a freak accident,]] during mild winter weather on the turnpike. The car hits the guardrail, going no more than 45, and explodes. In reality, there would be significant body damage to the car (especially a 70s-era Volvo, which were built like tanks), but it's unlikely there would even be any injuries if everyone was wearing seatbelts.



** In one episode, a helicopter survives [[spoiler: the shockwave from a nuclear explosion]] to crash on the roof of a two-story house, intact. When it tumbles off the house, however, it explodes in a dramatic fireball.

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** In one episode, a helicopter survives [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the shockwave from a nuclear explosion]] to crash on the roof of a two-story house, intact. When it tumbles off the house, however, it explodes in a dramatic fireball.



23rd Nov '17 3:26:53 AM Synchronicity
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* Double subverted on ''Series/Sense8'': Wolfgang rebukes Kala for shooting at a car's gas tank, telling her cars don't blow up when you shoot at them like in the movies. Being the resident [[ScienceHero science heroine]], she knew that, and was waiting for the gas to leak down to where they were. She then sets fire to the gasoline trail, making the car explode.
22nd Oct '17 3:41:55 AM scooter
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* A car drives off a low cliff in ''Series/SevenDays'' and immediately explodes in a huge fireball. Weirdly, when the past is altered and the event happens differently, the same car sails off a ''higher'' cliff and ''doesn't'' explode. The only difference is that in the first timeline the driver had eaten an infected shrimp salad sandwich, so.. maybe the shrimp was MadeOfExplodium?

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* A car drives off a low cliff in ''Series/SevenDays'' and immediately explodes in a huge fireball. Weirdly, when the past is altered and the event happens differently, the same car sails off a ''higher'' cliff and ''doesn't'' explode.explode until five minutes later. The only difference is that in the first timeline the driver had eaten an infected shrimp salad sandwich, so.. maybe the shrimp was MadeOfExplodium?
22nd Oct '17 3:40:38 AM scooter
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* A car drives off a low cliff in ''Series/SevenDays'' and immediately explodes in a huge fireball.

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* A car drives off a low cliff in ''Series/SevenDays'' and immediately explodes in a huge fireball. Weirdly, when the past is altered and the event happens differently, the same car sails off a ''higher'' cliff and ''doesn't'' explode. The only difference is that in the first timeline the driver had eaten an infected shrimp salad sandwich, so.. maybe the shrimp was MadeOfExplodium?
22nd Oct '17 3:33:44 AM scooter
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* A car drives off a low cliff in ''Series/SevenDays'' and immediately explodes in a huge fireball.
15th Oct '17 4:21:08 PM Tacitus
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', you'll find cars that explode with ''a mushroom cloud effect''. Though the cars [[ILoveNuclearPower do run on nuclear power]], any really big explosion, nuclear or non-nuclear, will produce a mushroom cloud. So in this case it's instead justified by the RuleOfCool. What makes it worse is that the AI likes to ''use these nuclear deathtraps as cover.''

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', you'll find cars that explode with ''a mushroom cloud effect''. Though the cars [[ILoveNuclearPower do run on nuclear power]], any really big explosion, nuclear or non-nuclear, [[EverythingMakesAMushroom will produce a mushroom cloud. cloud.]] So in this case it's instead justified by the RuleOfCool. What makes it worse is that the AI likes to ''use these nuclear deathtraps as cover.''




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* ''VideoGame/XCOM2''[='s=] ''War of the Chosen'' expansion adds the Reaper hero class, which can unlock the "Remote Start" ability to detonate any car or other explosive object on the map in single action, with a wider blast radius and more damage than a normal explosion. Even better, a Reaper can do this without revealing themself to the enemy.
1st Oct '17 3:19:04 PM ADrago
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If the massive numbers of parodies (such as cars exploding after the slightest dent, or things that couldn't possibly explode such as bicycles or trees blowing up in a collision) and {{Lampshade Hanging}}s in recent years is any indication, this is on its way to being a DiscreditedTrope, especially after ''Series/MythBusters'' [[JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythbusters debunked it]]. However, there are still plenty of people who believe this trope is true, leading to well-meaning bystanders pulling accident victims out of cars and [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs causing further harm]].

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If the massive numbers of parodies (such as cars exploding after the slightest dent, or things that couldn't possibly explode such as bicycles or trees blowing up in a collision) and {{Lampshade Hanging}}s in recent years is any indication, this is on its way to being a DiscreditedTrope, especially after ''Series/MythBusters'' [[JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythbusters debunked it]]. However, there are still plenty of people who believe this trope is true, leading to well-meaning bystanders pulling accident victims out of cars and [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs [[JustForFun/TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs causing further harm]].
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