History Main / EveryCarIsAPinto

31st May '16 9:13:31 AM Prfnoff
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* In the old PI show Mannix it was routine for a car to explode into flame after it drove off a cliff... ''even before impact, while still in mid-air''. Someone apparently liked this so much that an example showed up in the opening title sequence so we could [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hM3vxbesg1A&feature=related=related see it every week!]] (It's about 6 seconds in)

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* In the old PI show Mannix ''Series/{{Mannix}}'' it was routine for a car to explode into flame after it drove off a cliff... ''even before impact, while still in mid-air''. Someone apparently liked this so much that an example showed up in the opening title sequence so we could [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hM3vxbesg1A&feature=related=related see it every week!]] (It's about 6 seconds in)
31st May '16 9:07:32 AM Prfnoff
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** ''Crazy Cars II'' has a Ferrari F40 that explodes upon crashing into anything, leaving nothing behind.

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** ''Crazy Cars II'' has a Ferrari F40 that explodes upon crashing into anything, leaving nothing behind.behind, no matter how slow the speed of impact.
25th May '16 1:50:26 AM erforce
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** In the series, crashes and explosions are integral to the game. "Crash Junctions" challenge you to cause as much damage as possible by plowing into traffic. Starting with ''Burnout 3: Takedown'', certain junctions have explosives strategically placed, making your car explode and creating even more havoc if you can hit them. Once enough cars have crashed, your car can explode yet again. ''Burnout: Revenge'' carries the idea even further; when your car crashes during a crashbreaker race, a perfectly timed explosion can turn the tables on a rival. Note that you get to STEER your burning wreck in mid-air because Burnout is just that awesome.
** ''Burnout Paradise'' allows you to turn any stretch of road into a Crash Junction. Simply turn on Crash mode, and your car will suddenly ''flip into the air and begin running into crap''. Even worse, most of the stuff you can run into will have at least minor explosions, but ''god help you'' if you run into a bus or a tanker truck.

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** In the series, crashes and explosions are integral to the game. "Crash Junctions" challenge you to cause as much damage as possible by plowing into traffic. Starting with ''Burnout 3: Takedown'', ''VideoGame/Burnout3Takedown'', certain junctions have explosives strategically placed, making your car explode and creating even more havoc if you can hit them. Once enough cars have crashed, your car can explode yet again. ''Burnout: Revenge'' ''VideoGame/BurnoutRevenge'' carries the idea even further; when your car crashes during a crashbreaker race, a perfectly timed explosion can turn the tables on a rival. Note that you get to STEER your burning wreck in mid-air because Burnout ''Burnout'' is just that awesome.
** ''Burnout Paradise'' ''VideoGame/BurnoutParadise'' allows you to turn any stretch of road into a Crash Junction. Simply turn on Crash mode, and your car will suddenly ''flip into the air and begin running into crap''. Even worse, most of the stuff you can run into will have at least minor explosions, but ''god help you'' if you run into a bus or a tanker truck.
7th May '16 4:03:35 PM merotoker
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* In ''Film/TheNakedGun'', a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSjK2Oqrgic car-chase]] ends with the pursued [[BrainwashedAndCrazy villain]] crashing his car into the side of a tanker truck. Explosion #1. Then, straddling the flaming remains of his vehicle, he runs into an army missile being towed on a trailer. Explosion #2. Now riding the missile, he plows in through the front door of a fireworks factory. EXPLOSION NUMBER THREE, as Frank Drebin unsuccessfully attempts to shoo away gawking spectators: [[NothingToSeeHere "Move along! There's nothing to see here!"]]

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* In ''Film/TheNakedGun'', a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSjK2Oqrgic car-chase]] ends with the pursued [[BrainwashedAndCrazy villain]] crashing his car into the side of a tanker truck. Explosion #1. Then, straddling the flaming remains of his vehicle, he runs into an army missile being towed on a trailer. Explosion #2. Now riding the missile, he plows in through the front door of a fireworks factory. EXPLOSION NUMBER THREE, as Frank Drebin unsuccessfully attempts to shoo away gawking spectators: [[NothingToSeeHere [[MoveAlongNothingToSeeHere "Move along! There's nothing to see here!"]]



* 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 [[LawOfNarrativeCausality that's what happens]].

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* 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 [[LawOfNarrativeCausality [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality that's what happens]].



** Usually three times. First the ColdOpening to tell the viewers they are watching ''Series/AlarmFuerCobra11''. Then again halfway through to remind them they are watching ''Series/AlarmFuerCobra11'' and finally at the end as a reward for sitting through an entire episode of ''Series/AlarmFuerCobra11''.

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** Usually three times. First the ColdOpening TheTeaser to tell the viewers they are watching ''Series/AlarmFuerCobra11''. Then again halfway through to remind them they are watching ''Series/AlarmFuerCobra11'' and finally at the end as a reward for sitting through an entire episode of ''Series/AlarmFuerCobra11''.



* In the music video for Music/FearFactory's cover of [[Music/Gary Numan "Cars]], Burton Bell's car, which has just been wrecked, explodes when he returns to it.

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* In the music video for Music/FearFactory's cover of [[Music/Gary Numan "Cars]], [[Music/GaryNuman "Cars"]], Burton Bell's car, which has just been wrecked, explodes when he returns to it.



** This dates back to at least the second game in the series, where [[GoodBadBug it's possible to blow up an immobilized tank by smashing it with the stock of your rifle a few times]].

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** This dates back to at least the second game in the series, where [[GoodBadBug [[GoodBadBugs it's possible to blow up an immobilized tank by smashing it with the stock of your rifle a few times]].



* ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' is a bit more reasonable about this; it takes EnergyWeapons, a grenade or [[AbnormalAmmo Reaper rounds]] (which are some kind of tracer) to set a vehicle on fire, in which case you have until the next turn to get clear before it blows up, and even then the blast radius is only one tile. The Alien Grenade or rocket launcher can blow one up instantly, however, and the explosion will set any directly adjacent cars on fire. The explosion is quite powerful; enough to kill anything less tough than a Muton... including your troops if you haven't researched Carapace Armour yet. A [[GenreSavvy savvy]] commander can exploit the fact that aliens will always move away from burning cars that are set to explode, making them ripe for flanking or Overwatch attacks; however, as aliens killed by any sort of explosion leave nothing to salvage but corpses, which is a major inconvenience early on.

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* ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' is a bit more reasonable about this; it takes EnergyWeapons, {{Energy Weapon}}s, a grenade or [[AbnormalAmmo Reaper rounds]] (which are some kind of tracer) to set a vehicle on fire, in which case you have until the next turn to get clear before it blows up, and even then the blast radius is only one tile. The Alien Grenade or rocket launcher can blow one up instantly, however, and the explosion will set any directly adjacent cars on fire. The explosion is quite powerful; enough to kill anything less tough than a Muton... including your troops if you haven't researched Carapace Armour yet. A [[GenreSavvy savvy]] commander can exploit the fact that aliens will always move away from burning cars that are set to explode, making them ripe for flanking or Overwatch attacks; however, as aliens killed by any sort of explosion leave nothing to salvage but corpses, which is a major inconvenience early on.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has parodied it many times, including an exploding milk truck and a Gremlin driven by Hans Moleman... which coasts to a stop and ''doesn't'' hit anything, but still explodes. And it's not just cars, either. At least one episode had an ''empty shopping cart'' run into a tree and burst into flames.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has parodied it ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
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many times, including an exploding milk truck and a Gremlin driven by Hans Moleman... which coasts to a stop and ''doesn't'' hit anything, but still explodes. And it's not just cars, either. At least one episode had an ''empty shopping cart'' run into a tree and burst into flames.



* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' 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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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''
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The ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' 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.



** Richard Trevithic's ''Puffing Devil'' was probably the first practical self-propelled vehicle (or at least more practical than Cugnot's). It successfully transported passengers after being demonstrated for the first time on christmas eve of 1801. However, three days later it broke down due to a rough road, and was left on a shed where later on the boiler exploded (there are various versions of this story though). Boiler explosions were the cause of the fear of high pressure steam back in the day, accidents involving boiler explosions are not unheard of since then.

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** Richard Trevithic's ''Puffing Devil'' was probably the first practical self-propelled vehicle (or at least more practical than Cugnot's). It successfully transported passengers after being demonstrated for the first time on christmas eve Christmas Eve of 1801. However, three days later it broke down due to a rough road, and was left on a shed where later on the boiler exploded (there are various versions of this story though). Boiler explosions were the cause of the fear of high pressure steam back in the day, accidents involving boiler explosions are not unheard of since then.



* On June 18, 2013, Michael Hastings, who wrote an article for ''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, jacknifed, and crashed into a tree, exploding and sending pieces over 100 feet away.]] Of course, those of us who are GenreSavvy are wondering whether [[ConspiracyTheory this was not an accident]], or if this is a case of RealityIsUnrealistic.

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* On June 18, 2013, Michael Hastings, who wrote an article for ''RollingStone'' ''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, jacknifed, jackknifed, and crashed into a tree, exploding and sending pieces over 100 feet away.]] Of course, those of us who are GenreSavvy are wondering whether [[ConspiracyTheory [[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories this was not an accident]], or if this is a case of RealityIsUnrealistic.
5th May '16 10:15:54 AM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* Following a series of fiery accidents involving 1973-1987 Chevrolet/GMC pickups prompted the TV magazine ''Series/{{Dateline}} NBC'' to report on the crashworthiness of the trucks' gas tanks. A live demonstration seemed to back up the claim that the gas tanks were indeed susceptible to being damaged and causing deadly fires in the event of a side-impact crash on the gas-tank side (much like with the 1971-1976 Ford Pintos). However, a later investigation -- at GM's request -- showed the truck had been rigged to explode. The report severely damaged the reputation of NBC News (which settled a lawsuit with GM, and was forced to retract its story in an embarrassing on-air apology) and resulted in the resignation of its president, Michael Gartner, an Iowa journalist whose primary background was in newspapers ... a career that eventually won him a Pulitzer Prize.

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* Following a A series of fiery accidents involving 1973-1987 Chevrolet/GMC pickups prompted the TV magazine ''Series/{{Dateline}} NBC'' to report on the crashworthiness of the trucks' gas tanks. A live demonstration seemed to back up the claim that the gas tanks were indeed susceptible to being damaged and causing deadly fires in the event of a side-impact crash on the gas-tank side (much like with the 1971-1976 Ford Pintos). However, a later investigation -- at GM's request -- showed the truck had been rigged to explode. The report severely damaged the reputation of NBC News (which settled a lawsuit with GM, and was forced to retract its story in an embarrassing on-air apology) and resulted in the resignation of its president, Michael Gartner, an Iowa journalist whose primary background was in newspapers ...newspapers... a career that eventually won him a Pulitzer Prize.



*** ... and in reality, the Challenger explosion did not actually kill the astronauts. It was later revealed that the cabin survived and the passengers were still alive. Unfortunately they found themselves lacking air-worthiness and falling at high speed. Investigations concluded that the free-fall [[SoftWater impact with the water]] killed them. And on top of that, signs pointed to the astronauts [[NightmareFuel desperately trying to find a solution or exit during the fall.]]

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*** ... and in reality, the Challenger explosion did not actually kill the astronauts. It was later revealed that the cabin survived and the passengers were still alive. Unfortunately they found themselves lacking air-worthiness and falling at high speed. Investigations concluded that the free-fall [[SoftWater impact with the water]] killed them. And on top of that, signs pointed to the astronauts [[NightmareFuel desperately trying to find a solution or exit during the fall.]]
5th May '16 10:14:54 AM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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The trope namer is the now infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Pinto Ford Pinto,]] a low-cost car put out by [[EverybodyOwnsAFord Ford]] in the early '70s. The gas tank was easy to damage in a rear-end collision and this often led to the damaged car going up in flames (still not an explosion). However, this trope actually predates the Pinto by quite a while.

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The trope namer is the now infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Pinto Ford Pinto,]] a low-cost car put out by [[EverybodyOwnsAFord Ford]] Ford in the early '70s. The gas tank was easy to damage in a rear-end collision and this often led to the damaged car going up in flames (still not an explosion). However, this trope actually predates the Pinto by quite a while.
29th Apr '16 9:54:03 AM freesefan
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* Dates at least as far back as 1922 and ''Film/DrMabuseTheGambler''. A car plunges into a quarry and "explodes" via a very unconvincing smoke bomb.
23rd Apr '16 7:36:25 AM __Vano
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Any significant damage to a vehicle, particularly falling off a cliff, is liable to result in a large explosion or major fire even though real cars rarely explode. This is a subset of StuffBlowingUp. Evidently, TV cars [[MadeOfExplodium run on nitroglycerine instead of gasoline]]. This trope comes from the well accepted fact that vehicles are generally full of flammable substances like gasoline. It, of course, ignores that these flammable substances are not explosive unless vaporized ''and'' mixed with air at the proper ratio. At worst your "exploding" car would actually be a small fire. Needless to say, RuleOfCool is in effect.

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Any significant damage to a vehicle, particularly falling off a cliff, is liable to result in a large explosion or major fire even though real cars rarely explode. This is a subset of StuffBlowingUp. Evidently, TV cars [[MadeOfExplodium run on nitroglycerine instead of gasoline]]. This trope comes from the well accepted fact that vehicles are generally full of flammable substances like gasoline. It, of course, ignores the fact that these flammable substances are not explosive unless vaporized ''and'' mixed with air at the proper ratio. At worst your "exploding" car would actually be a small fire. Needless to say, RuleOfCool is in effect.
full effect here.
5th Apr '16 8:53:01 PM RisefromYourGrave
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* Despite having an actual Ford Pinto featured as a drivable car in ''VideoGame/ForzaMotorsport 4'' it will, unfortunately, [[AvertedTrope not explode when rear-ended]].

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* Despite having an actual Ford Pinto featured as a drivable car in ''VideoGame/ForzaMotorsport 4'' ''[[VideoGame/{{Forza}} Forza Motorsport 4]]'' it will, unfortunately, [[AvertedTrope not explode when rear-ended]].
28th Mar '16 2:30:20 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* This also [[http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=2564759&userid=0&perpage=40&pagenumber=113 plagues]] the first ''SakuraTaisen'' game.

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* This also [[http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=2564759&userid=0&perpage=40&pagenumber=113 plagues]] the first ''SakuraTaisen'' ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' game.
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