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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]].
21st Sep '17 3:22:46 PM Jeduthun
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In fact, some people have demonstrated, if you toss a lit cigarette into a bucket of gasoline, you don't even get a fire: the liquid extinguishes the cigarette before it can set anything ablaze.

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In fact, some people have demonstrated, if you toss a lit cigarette into a bucket of gasoline, you don't even get a fire: the liquid extinguishes the cigarette before it can set anything ablaze.
ablaze. (That said, under the wrong conditions gas in a bucket might let off some vapors that could ignite, so DontTryThisAtHome.)
5th Sep '17 1:51:12 PM REV6Pilot
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* Every whole-looking car in ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty [[VideoGame/ModernWarfare 4]]'' 's multiplayer is apparently packed to the rafters with explosives. Enough damage to a vehicle will cause it to burn, then violently detonate. (Inflicting a great deal of damage, such as with grenades or other explosives, makes it skip straight to the 'sploding.)
** Single player, too. This is lampshaded in "Death From Above", where hitting a car and blowing it up will prompt one of the pilots to say, "Shit, musta been a full tank of gas", though considering [[{{BFG}} the gun in question is from an AC-130...]]
** This dates back to at least the second game in the series, where [[GoodBadBugs it's possible to blow up an immobilized tank by smashing it with the stock of your rifle a few times]].
* In ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon FEAR: Extraction Point]]'', there are times when hitting a car in any way, be it gunfire or punching, will immediately cause it to explode. Since it doesn't happen consistently, it could possibly be just a bug.

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* Every whole-looking car in ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty [[VideoGame/ModernWarfare 4]]'' 's multiplayer is apparently packed to the rafters with explosives. Enough damage to a vehicle will cause it to burn, then violently detonate. (Inflicting Inflicting a great deal of damage, such as with grenades or other explosives, makes it skip straight to the 'sploding.)
** Single player, too.
'sploding. This is lampshaded in "Death From Above", where hitting a car and blowing it up will prompt one of the pilots to say, "Shit, musta been a full tank of gas", though considering [[{{BFG}} the gun in question is from an AC-130...]]
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AC-130]]... This dates back to at least the second game in the series, where [[GoodBadBugs it's possible to blow up an immobilized tank by smashing it with the stock of your rifle a few times]].
* In ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon FEAR: Extraction Point]]'', F.E.A.R.]]'''s Vivendi expansions (''Extraction Point'' and ''Perseus Mandate''), there are times when hitting a car in any way, be it gunfire or punching, will immediately cause it to explode. Since it doesn't happen consistently, it could possibly be just a bug.



* There's an infamous part near the end of ''VideoGame/{{Stalker}}: Shadow of Chernobyl'' where you can make an Armored Carrier explode by stabbing it with a knife. Once.
** To be fair, the knife does a ridiculous amount of damage, and the APC is one of the only remaining drivable vehicles in the game. The rest were cut ''because'' of bugs like this.
** Works on helicopters too, if you can get high enough.

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* There's an infamous part near the end of ''VideoGame/{{Stalker}}: ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}: Shadow of Chernobyl'' where you can make an Armored Carrier APC explode by stabbing it with a knife. Once.
** To be fair,
Once. [[GoodBadBugs That's because the knife does a ridiculous amount of damage, damage thanks to a glitch]], and the APC is one of the only remaining drivable intact vehicles in the game. The rest were cut DummiedOut ''because'' of bugs like this.
** Works
this. It works on helicopters too, if you can get high enough.
3rd Sep '17 3:39:22 PM benda
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* 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.

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* 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 credits]] - this despite the original story and the movie script (both written by Creator/RichardMatheson) actually featuring the explosion.explosion. Whereas David's ordinary car actually bursts into flames.
3rd Sep '17 3:27:51 PM benda
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* Brazenly subverted 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]].

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* Brazenly subverted 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.
24th Aug '17 11:17:01 PM Kadorhal
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* The ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' series. Any car can become a super-heated shrapnel dispenser, even if it is shot with the weakest pistol in game.

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* The ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' series. Any car can become a super-heated shrapnel dispenser, even if it is shot with the weakest pistol in game. Hell, motorcycles will explode just from having an actual car push into them from the side for two seconds.



* ''VideoGame/TrueCrimeStreetsOfLA'' featured this, but not only in the form of cars crashing and the like: the protagonist can receive training which makes him an exceptionally good shot. Following this training, when aiming at the rear license plate the targeting reticule will turn red. If you fire, the car instantly explodes, killing everyone inside.
** Oddly, if you were in a mission that required the driver to survive, they would be unhurt in the following cutscene.

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* ''VideoGame/TrueCrimeStreetsOfLA'' featured this, but not only in the form of cars crashing and the like: the protagonist can receive training which makes him an exceptionally good shot. Following this training, when aiming at the rear license plate the targeting reticule will turn red. If you fire, the car instantly explodes, killing everyone inside.
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inside. Oddly, if you were in a mission that required the driver to survive, they would be unhurt in the following cutscene.



* Particularly annoying in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'', due to the lethal combination of terrible driving controls (you can only steer by moving the camera), being very vulnerable to the explosion's damage, the vehicles being extremely fragile, and the "exit" animation taking a good full four seconds until you regain control, during which you're just as vulnerable to the potential explosion. In the second playthrough, they're really only useful for transportation; if you don't bail out the moment you start taking damage, you will be either killed or left vehicle-less at the very least. Oh, and if a car so much as grazes an ExplodingBarrel, the barrel explodes, the car explodes, you die.

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* Particularly annoying in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'', due to the lethal combination of terrible driving controls (you can only steer by moving the camera), being very vulnerable to the explosion's damage, the vehicles being extremely fragile, and the "exit" animation taking a good full four seconds until you regain control, during which you're just as vulnerable to the potential explosion. In the second playthrough, they're really only useful for transportation; if you don't bail out the moment you start taking damage, you will be either killed or left vehicle-less at the very least. Oh, and if a car so much as grazes an ExplodingBarrel, the barrel explodes, the car explodes, explodes with it, and you die.
11th Aug '17 1:50:16 PM jamespolk
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* This is playing with the term vehicle loosely, but in Disney's ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', when Frollo rides down with the gargoyle they appear to explode in the distance.



* Averted in ''Film/{{Breakdown}}'', when a truck falls from a very high bridge and ''doesn't'' explode.
* Averted in ''Film/TheSorcerersApprentice'', in which David turns his car into a Pinto, and surprisingly doesn't explode upon getting hit by a garbage truck.



* The MadeForTVMovie Piranhaconda, while being very silly in many other ways, averts this one realistically. A bullet hits the fuel tank, causing a leak. The car runs out of fuel and stops.


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* ''Film/{{Tangerines}}'': DiscussedTrope, and averted. Ivo, Magnus, and Juhan push one of the army jeeps off a bluff. It rolls and tumbles a good hundred feet into a ravine. Nothing happens.
--> '''Juhan''': I thought it would explode.\\
'''Magnus''': They explode in cinema.\\
'''Ivo''': Cinema is a big fraud.
31st Jul '17 8:25:15 PM wolftickets1969
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* In ''VideoGame/MaxPayne 3'', in addition to the wheeled vehicles, every ''boat'' is a Pinto, especially [[SnipingTheCockpit if the driver is killed]]. If your own boat gets too damaged, it goes boom as well.
22nd Jul '17 4:17:21 AM Andyroid
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** The episode "Jellyfishing" has Squidward falling off a cliff without any vehicle, and exploding in a MushroomCloud when he hits the bottom. It did happen to a few other characters throughout the series, too.

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** The episode "Jellyfishing" has Squidward falling off a cliff without any vehicle, and [[EverythingMakesAMushroom exploding in a MushroomCloud mushroom cloud]] when he hits the bottom. It did happen to a few other characters throughout the series, too.


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* ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'': Parodied in the chase scene in "Captain Craboo". A cop leaps out of his car just as it ''slowly'' collides with a tree... and then blows up in a spectacular fashion.
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