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6th Feb '16 9:38:17 PM jormis29
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* {{Invoked|Trope}} and {{subverted|Trope}} in the Creator/MichaelConnelly book ''The Gods of Guilt.'' A GoodSamaritan helps Mick out of his crashed Lincoln after he gets [[CarFu run off the road]], noting that he smells gas leaking and citing the risk of the car catching fire/blowing up. It doesn't.
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* {{Invoked|Trope}} and {{subverted|Trope}} {{Subverted|Trope}} in the Creator/MichaelConnelly book ''The Gods of Guilt.'' ''Literature/TheGodsOfGuilt''. A GoodSamaritan helps Mick out of his crashed Lincoln after he gets [[CarFu run off the road]], noting that he smells gas leaking and citing the risk of the car catching fire/blowing up. It doesn't.
30th Jan '16 2:56:06 AM passivesmoking
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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 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 causing further harm]].
30th Jan '16 2:47:50 AM passivesmoking
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If the massive numbers of parodies 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 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]].
5th Jan '16 8:14:35 AM Jarfulous
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* In ''VideoGame/MadMax'', cars will burst into flames when they take enough damage. Odd, considering the fairly realistic cars in the [[Film/MadMax movies]].
31st Dec '15 10:48:52 PM MrNickelodeon
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* The ride-portion of the former ''Ride/EarthquakeTheBigOne'' attraction at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal Studios Florida]] had a propane truck immediately igniting upon hitting a subway column. Though since it was a propane truck, there is ''some'' justification.
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* The ride-portion of both the former ''Ride/EarthquakeTheBigOne'' attraction and ''Ride/{{Disaster}}'' attractions at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal Studios Florida]] had a propane truck immediately igniting upon hitting a subway column. Though since it was a propane truck, there is ''some'' justification.
31st Dec '15 12:34:16 PM MrNickelodeon
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[[folder: Theme Parks ]] * The ride-portion of the former ''Ride/EarthquakeTheBigOne'' attraction at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal Studios Florida]] had a propane truck immediately igniting upon hitting a subway column. Though since it was a propane truck, there is ''some'' justification. [[/folder]]
26th Dec '15 3:41:59 AM Angus_Old
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* ''VideoGame/BeamNG'' executes this trope realistically; the "explosions" are actually gasoline combustion fireballs and this trope gets into play only in the biggest crashes.
18th Dec '15 10:40:40 PM merotoker
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* The explosion in this [[http://youtu.be/BYyA4ekZvi8?t=3m2s safety video]] notably starts [[SpecialEffectFailure before the cars collide.]]
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* The explosion in this [[http://youtu.be/BYyA4ekZvi8?t=3m2s [[https://youtu.be/M4svAoq1usM?t=3m10s safety video]] notably starts [[SpecialEffectFailure before the cars collide.]]

* ''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 ''really'' blows up, belching forth a devil's head mushroom cloud.]] 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 the car with the bomb in it off of the ferry.]] ferry]]. Every car his car bumps into on the way off explodes massively.

* 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 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.]]credits]].

* In ''Film/RacingStripes'' In order for Channing to ride Stripes to work, Goose the pelican destroys her Motorcycle--somehow causing it to explode! Then Goose [[AshFace with a face full of ashes]] weakly walks back into the barn.
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* In ''Film/RacingStripes'' ''Film/RacingStripes'': In order for Channing to ride Stripes to work, Goose the pelican destroys her Motorcycle--somehow causing it to explode! Then Goose [[AshFace with a face full of ashes]] weakly walks back into the barn.

* In Film/{{Rage2014}}, Creator/NicholasCage is in a car chasing someone (in a van) who kidnapped a friend. He sioeswipes a parked car while making a turn at too fast a speed, and doesn't stop. He commits this hit and run where a police cruiser sees him, so the cruiser gives chase Code 3 (lights and siren). Cage runs a red light, just missing cars, the police car follows him, but is T-Boned by a car which was going through a green light. The police car explodes in flames.
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* In Film/{{Rage2014}}, Creator/NicholasCage Creator/NicolasCage is in a car chasing someone (in a van) who kidnapped a friend. He sioeswipes a parked car while making a turn at too fast a speed, and doesn't stop. He commits this hit and run where a police cruiser sees him, so the cruiser gives chase Code 3 (lights and siren). Cage runs a red light, just missing cars, the police car follows him, but is T-Boned by a car which was going through a green light. The police car explodes in flames.

* ''Literature/FullTilt'' justifies this via AmusementParkOfDoom--the bumper cars in an early ride are ''designed'' to kill their occupants. Later on it takes this to the point of RefugeInAudacity with [[spoiler:thousands of actual Pintos made to float in space as a sort of 3D minefield.]]
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* ''Literature/FullTilt'' justifies this via AmusementParkOfDoom--the bumper cars in an early ride are ''designed'' to kill their occupants. Later on it takes this to the point of RefugeInAudacity with [[spoiler:thousands of actual Pintos made to float in space as a sort of 3D minefield.]]minefield]].

* 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}}]].''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.

* This was a staple of cheesy 1970s and -80s action shows (''TJHooker, Series/StarskyAndHutch'', etc).
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* This was a staple of cheesy 1970s and -80s action shows (''TJHooker, (''Series/TJHooker, Series/StarskyAndHutch'', etc).

* In one of [[Series/BreakingBad Walter White]]'s first [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome moments of awesome]], it takes a wet squeegee being shoved between battery terminals to explosively take out the BMW of a SmugSnake businessman.
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* ''Series/BreakingBad'': In one of [[Series/BreakingBad Walter White]]'s White's first [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome moments of awesome]], it takes a wet squeegee being shoved between battery terminals to explosively take out the BMW of a SmugSnake businessman.

* In the ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow'' episode "[=EagleClaw=]!", Eagleclaw blows up Eaglebones' motorcycle in this manner using a guitar that shoots lasers. Later on, in "Ladyfingers!" Eaglebones unintentionally blows up a van with his own guitar that shoots lasers, and the partygoers associated with the van end up taking refuge in the Battletram.
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* In the ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow'' episode "[=EagleClaw=]!", Eagleclaw blows up Eaglebones' motorcycle in this manner using a guitar that shoots lasers. Later on, in "Ladyfingers!" Eaglebones unintentionally blows up a van with his own guitar that shoots lasers, and the partygoers associated with the van end up taking refuge in the Battletram.

* In ''[[VideoGame/StarWarsRacer Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer]]'', blowing up your pod is fairly easy to do if you take too much damage or crash, though it's [[DeathIsCheap just a brief time penalty]] at worst. In the sequel, ''Revenge'', blowing up your pod is much harder, but doing so makes you instantly lose the race (though now you can also inflict this on other racers).
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* In ''[[VideoGame/StarWarsRacer Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer]]'', ''VideoGame/StarWarsEpisodeIRacer'', blowing up your pod is fairly easy to do if you take too much damage or crash, though it's [[DeathIsCheap just a brief time penalty]] at worst. In the sequel, ''Revenge'', blowing up your pod is much harder, but doing so makes you instantly lose the race (though now you can also inflict this on other racers).

* Exaggerated for laughs in ShadowWarrior (2013), when a single shuriken is enough to cause a car to smoke, catch fire, and explode like a pipe bomb about three seconds after being struck.
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* Exaggerated for laughs in ShadowWarrior (2013), ''VideoGame/ShadowWarrior2013'', when a single shuriken is enough to cause a car to smoke, catch fire, and explode like a pipe bomb about three seconds after being struck.

* ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'': {{Lampshaded|Trope}}, {{Justified|Trope}}, and thus somewhat {{Parod|y}}ied in [[http://grrlpowercomic.com/archives/1487 this strip]] and the attached sketch:
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* ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'': {{Lampshaded|Trope}}, {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d, {{Justified|Trope}}, and thus somewhat {{Parod|y}}ied in [[http://grrlpowercomic.com/archives/1487 this strip]] and the attached sketch:

* During the infamous WebAnimation/DeathBattle between Music/JustinBieber and Music/RebeccaBlack, the "getaway car" Black was riding on crashed into Bieber and then into a wall, killing both driver and passenger. The JonasBrothers walked on the scene, but could only get off a FlatWhat before the car exploded. Bieber's katana wound up flying through the air as a result... and landing in the forehead of MileyCyrus.
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* During the infamous WebAnimation/DeathBattle between Music/JustinBieber and Music/RebeccaBlack, the "getaway car" Black was riding on crashed into Bieber and then into a wall, killing both driver and passenger. The JonasBrothers Music/TheJonasBrothers walked on the scene, but could only get off a FlatWhat before the car exploded. Bieber's katana wound up flying through the air as a result... and landing in the forehead of MileyCyrus.Music/MileyCyrus.

* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' ("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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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' ("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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16th Dec '15 9:45:23 AM Tdarcos
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* In Film/{{Rage2014}}, Creator/NicholasCage is in a car chasing someone (in a van) who kidnapped a friend. He sioeswipes a parked car while making a turn at too fast a speed, and doesn't stop. He commits this hit and run where a police cruiser sees him, so the cruiser gives chase Code 3 (lights and siren). Cage runs a red light, just missing cars, the police car follows him, but is T-Boned by a car which was going through a green light. The police car explodes in flames.
14th Dec '15 8:23:43 AM Prfnoff
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** Part of the reason the 1955 Le Mans disaster was so bad was that the car body of the Mercedes that flew off the track, and killed 84 people, was made of a magnesium alloy, and magnesium burns extremely intensely.
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** Part of the reason the 1955 Le Mans disaster was killed so bad many people was that the car body of the Mercedes that flew off the track, and killed 84 people, track was made of a magnesium alloy, and magnesium burns extremely intensely.intensely and also reacts vigorously with water under intense heat.
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