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9th Apr '16 5:13:05 PM ladubois
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Compare NoWaterProofingInTheFuture, HolographicTerminal (which doesn't explode -- just get spammed with pop ups). Should require NoOSHACompliance, although that point is rarely touched. Squat all to do with [[XylophoneGag musical instruments going kaboom]].


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Compare NoWaterProofingInTheFuture, HolographicTerminal (which doesn't explode -- just get spammed with pop ups). Should require NoOSHACompliance, although that point is rarely touched. Squat all to do with [[XylophoneGag musical instruments going kaboom]].

kaboom]], or the [[Music/PyotrIlyichTchaikovsky 1812 Overture]].




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11th Feb '16 11:35:41 PM wolftickets1969
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42Kn9JlXE5w A 12'000 volt transformer ignites]], 20 minutes of ImpressivePyrotechnics ensues.
30th Jan '16 9:55:20 AM Vale
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** Somewhat lampshaded in that deploying the communications buoy during an enormous hurricane was explicitly stated to be dangerous and run the risk of causing significant damage to the ''SeaQuest'' were something to go wrong.
*** Somewhat un-lampshaded in that this, the only time the ''SeaQuest'' was ever shown to deploy the communications buoy, was in the most dangerous conditions possible.
30th Jan '16 9:50:30 AM Vale
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** To be fair, both ships were deliberately trying to do as much damage to the other as possible; besides, the Minbari were completely unprepared for the human attack, and the humans were completely unprepared for the power of Minbari weaponry.
17th Jan '16 4:12:18 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''VideoGame/StarControl'' series, the LifeMeter for the ships is supposed to literally represent crewmembers, implying their deaths via exploding fuses in lieu of any damage to the ship itself. This is used in ''StarControl II'' to put a cap on ship repair early on (the space station you recruit from only has a few thousand crew), and one quest in the game actually involves finding a race of rapidly reproducing allies to replenish your crew.

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* In the ''VideoGame/StarControl'' series, the LifeMeter for the ships is supposed to literally represent crewmembers, implying their deaths via exploding fuses in lieu of any damage to the ship itself. This is used in ''StarControl II'' ''VideoGame/StarControlII'' to put a cap on ship repair early on (the space station you recruit from only has a few thousand crew), and one quest in the game actually involves finding a race of rapidly reproducing allies to replenish your crew.
10th Nov '15 4:38:47 AM GaidinBDJ
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** Inverted in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' when an A-wing kamikazes into the bridge of a Star Destroyer, it causes explosions to break out in other parts of the ship.
28th Oct '15 7:57:03 AM Kakai
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* ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'': Belial's attempt at kidnapping Chloe starts with him blowing up all the lights in her house. As she has entire chains of lightbulbs instead of curtains, it produces this effect.
14th Jul '15 11:20:29 PM foxley
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* ''Series/MacGyver'': The bad guy in "Slow Death" is killed when he ignores Mac's advice and attempts to start the train again. The sabotaged control panel explodes and kills him.
27th Jun '15 9:03:12 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic''.
** Also in ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'' during the liberation of New Caprica. And pretty much every other major battle scene in which ''Galactica'' participates. Key word being 'major': when the ''Galactica'' takes a real pounding we see some of this trope, never more so than New Caprica and the finale, but the CIC is in the most secure part of the ship, and in usual engagements the most that happens is some shaking.

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* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic''.
''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978''.
** Also in ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'' ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' during the liberation of New Caprica. And pretty much every other major battle scene in which ''Galactica'' participates. Key word being 'major': when the ''Galactica'' takes a real pounding we see some of this trope, never more so than New Caprica and the finale, but the CIC is in the most secure part of the ship, and in usual engagements the most that happens is some shaking.
13th Jun '15 2:47:00 PM merotoker
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* Surprisingly, for the all the Spiral Power gauges in ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' overlap, they turn out to be surprisingly durable as they usually just shift to a new color (each full meter apparently requiring exponentially more to fill than the last). [[spoiler:One only broke in the final episode when a BeamOWar with twice the power of the big bang is knocked back, send the meter overlapping so much as to be ''every color in the rainbow'' and the meter literally '''[[ReadingsAreOffTheScale continues to rise off the gauge in mid-air]]'''.]]

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* Surprisingly, for the all the Spiral Power gauges in ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' overlap, they turn out to be surprisingly durable as they usually just shift to a new color (each full meter apparently requiring exponentially more to fill than the last). [[spoiler:One only broke in the final episode when a BeamOWar with twice the power of the big bang is knocked back, send the meter overlapping so much as to be ''every color in the rainbow'' and the meter literally '''[[ReadingsAreOffTheScale continues to rise off the gauge in mid-air]]'''.]]



* In the second chapter of the series ''RebuildOfEvangelion'', [[spoiler:when Mari Illustrious Makinami activates the "beast mode" of her EVA, the energy countdown in the NERV room has problems like a stream with a wrong codec, although it's only a timer]].

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* In the second chapter of the series ''RebuildOfEvangelion'', ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'', [[spoiler:when Mari Illustrious Makinami activates the "beast mode" of her EVA, the energy countdown in the NERV room has problems like a stream with a wrong codec, although it's only a timer]].



* Played for laughs whenever [[ChildProdigy Clemont's]] inventions explode in the ''Anime/PokemonAnime'', with everyone being somewhat singed and their hair exploding into afros.

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* Played for laughs whenever [[ChildProdigy Clemont's]] inventions explode in the ''Anime/PokemonAnime'', ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', with everyone being somewhat singed and their hair exploding into afros.



* Given its source material, this obviously happens in ''Film/GalaxyQuest''.
** Both in the movie and on the [[ShowWithinAShow movie within the movie]].
** A possible case of FridgeBrilliance here in that the Thermians based their design exclusively on what they saw in the "historical documents", meaning they deliberately avoided standard safety practices in order to let the consoles explode, just like on the show. Same reason they have a room meant as an obstacle course.
* Happened in the [[spoiler: destruction of the Droid Control Ship by Anakin Skywalker]] in ''Franchise/StarWars, Episode I: Film/ThePhantomMenace''. This resulted in the deaths of all ship staff inside, including the Captain of the ship, who along with his fellow crew members were ''right in front of the computer'' when it malfunctioned and exploded as a result of the ship's destruction.

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* Given its source material, this obviously happens in ''Film/GalaxyQuest''.
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''Film/GalaxyQuest''. Both in the movie and on the [[ShowWithinAShow movie within the movie]].
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movie]]. A possible case of FridgeBrilliance here in that the Thermians based their design exclusively on what they saw in the "historical documents", meaning they deliberately avoided standard safety practices in order to let the consoles explode, just like on the show. Same reason they have a room meant as an obstacle course.
* ''Franchise/StarWars''
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Happened in the [[spoiler: destruction of the Droid Control Ship by Anakin Skywalker]] in ''Franchise/StarWars, Episode ''Episode I: Film/ThePhantomMenace''. This resulted in the deaths of all ship staff inside, including the Captain of the ship, who along with his fellow crew members were ''right in front of the computer'' when it malfunctioned and exploded as a result of the ship's destruction.






* In ''[[Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata When the Devil Dances]]'', during the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Posleen]] assault on the Rabun Gap wall one of the consoles in [=SheVa=] 14, supporting the wall's defenders, explodes after a plasma gun hit penetrates into the command center. A few paragraphs later it's even {{lampshaded}} by the [=SheVa's=] commander.

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* In ''[[Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata When the Devil Dances]]'', during the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Posleen]] assault on the Rabun Gap wall one of the consoles in [=SheVa=] 14, supporting the wall's defenders, explodes after a plasma gun hit penetrates into the command center. A few paragraphs later it's even {{lampshaded}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by the [=SheVa's=] commander.



* ''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and more ''Franchise/StarTrek''. Sometimes it seems like more people died on the bridge of the various Starships Enterprise from exploding duty stations than were killed on away missions. Occasionally, the bridge consoles will even explode ''before'' the shields get under 30%, which makes you wonder what the shields are for. Went hand in hand with ''Trek'''s [[StarTrekShake Impact-TiltCam and Flying Bodies]].

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and more ''Franchise/StarTrek''. Sometimes it seems like more people died on the bridge of the various Starships Enterprise from exploding duty stations than were killed on away missions. Occasionally, the bridge consoles will even explode ''before'' the shields get under 30%, which makes you wonder what the shields are for. Went hand in hand with ''Trek'''s [[StarTrekShake [[ScreenShake Impact-TiltCam and Flying Bodies]].



* ''Series/VoyageToTheBottomOfTheSea''.
* ''Series/LandOfTheGiants''.

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* %%* ''Series/VoyageToTheBottomOfTheSea''.
* %%* ''Series/LandOfTheGiants''.



* In a season three episode of ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', this starts happening to the android dogs townspeople have been building for a contest. Especially {{egregious}} since it wasn't even an energy surge, but a case of extreme ''computer processing potential'' that caused them to go asplode.

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* In a season three episode of ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', this starts happening to the android dogs townspeople have been building for a contest. Especially {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} since it wasn't even an energy surge, but a case of extreme ''computer processing potential'' that caused them to go asplode.



* ''{{X-COM}}'': During missions, you frequently end up boarding alien [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UFO UFOs]] that are chock full of valuable, salvageable, and explosive equipment. A stray bullet striking the navigation computer could cause a chain reaction of everything in the room exploding in a shower of stun damage and smoke. Conveniently, alien commanders tended to hide out in rooms full of computers and consoles.

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* ''{{X-COM}}'': ''VideoGame/XCom'': During missions, you frequently end up boarding alien [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UFO UFOs]] that are chock full of valuable, salvageable, and explosive equipment. A stray bullet striking the navigation computer could cause a chain reaction of everything in the room exploding in a shower of stun damage and smoke. Conveniently, alien commanders tended to hide out in rooms full of computers and consoles.



* In the ''StarControl'' series, the LifeMeter for the ships is supposed to literally represent crewmembers, implying their deaths via exploding fuses in lieu of any damage to the ship itself. This is used in ''StarControl II'' to put a cap on ship repair early on (the space station you recruit from only has a few thousand crew), and one quest in the game actually involves finding a race of rapidly reproducing allies to replenish your crew.
* ''[[VideoGame/GoldenEye1997 GoldenEye]]'' and its SpiritualSuccessor, ''PerfectDark'', were lousy with this trope. Practically any kind of computer, console, or keypad you could shoot at blew up in a [[ImpressivePyrotechnics spectacular fireball]].
** Don't forget the Oil Drums! Every game needs [[ExplodingBarrels exploding Oil Drums!]]

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* In the ''StarControl'' ''VideoGame/StarControl'' series, the LifeMeter for the ships is supposed to literally represent crewmembers, implying their deaths via exploding fuses in lieu of any damage to the ship itself. This is used in ''StarControl II'' to put a cap on ship repair early on (the space station you recruit from only has a few thousand crew), and one quest in the game actually involves finding a race of rapidly reproducing allies to replenish your crew.
* ''[[VideoGame/GoldenEye1997 GoldenEye]]'' and its SpiritualSuccessor, ''PerfectDark'', ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'', were lousy with this trope. Practically any kind of computer, console, or keypad you could shoot at blew up in a [[ImpressivePyrotechnics spectacular fireball]].
** Don't forget Also the Oil Drums! Every game needs [[ExplodingBarrels exploding Oil Drums!]]



* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', the Engineer's buildings don't collapse when they take excessive damage - they explode into surprisingly-harmless bits of shrapnel.
** Justified, since the Engineer does have a radio detonator in his inventory for demolishing his buildings. They must actually ''have'' bombs in them.

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* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', the Engineer's buildings don't collapse when they take excessive damage - they explode into surprisingly-harmless bits of shrapnel.
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shrapnel. Justified, since the Engineer does have a radio detonator in his inventory for demolishing his buildings. They must actually ''have'' bombs in them.



* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', [[RedShirt A few nameless crew members]], [[spoiler: as well as [[VideoGame/MassEffect1 ME1]] [[MauveShirt Mauve Shirt, Pressley]], fall victim to this in the opening cutscene as the ''Normandy'' gets torn to pieces.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', [[RedShirt A a few nameless crew members]], [[spoiler: as well as [[VideoGame/MassEffect1 ME1]] [[MauveShirt Mauve Shirt, Pressley]], fall victim to this in the opening cutscene as the ''Normandy'' gets torn to pieces.]]



* In ''VideoGame/{{HalfLife1}}'', computers, panels, and various other mechanisms throughout Black Mesa have a tendency to explode whenever the player is in close proximity. One computer manages to explode even ''before'' the [[ApocalypseHow resonance cascade]]. Another computer's keyboard shorts out violently after being tampered with in ''Blue Shift''.
** Lampshaded in ''FreemansMind'' where Gordon both complains about it and blames the explosions on going with Cyrex processors, the lowest bidder.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{HalfLife1}}'', ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'', computers, panels, and various other mechanisms throughout Black Mesa have a tendency to explode whenever the player is in close proximity. One computer manages to explode even ''before'' the [[ApocalypseHow resonance cascade]]. Another computer's keyboard shorts out violently after being tampered with in ''Blue Shift''.
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Shift''. Lampshaded in ''FreemansMind'' ''Machinima/FreemansMind'' where Gordon both complains about it and blames the explosions on going with Cyrex processors, the lowest bidder.



* Explosive-rigged computer terminals appear in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' as a {{booby trap}}.
** {{Subverted}}, in that it's literally just a computer case filled with grenades, in this case.

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* Explosive-rigged computer terminals appear in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' as a {{booby trap}}.
** {{Subverted}},
trap}}. {{Subverted|Trope}}, in that it's literally just a computer case filled with grenades, in this case.



* ''IrregularWebcomic'' makes a joke out of it [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/139.html here]].

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* ''IrregularWebcomic'' ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' makes a joke out of it [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/139.html here]].



* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] and then {{justified|Trope}} in ''AHDotComTheSeries'', in which it's mentioned that the ship's consoles are packed with explosives because its original builders wanted to give the captain the ability to [[YouHaveFailedMe detonate the console]] of a treacherous crewman.
* The ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum use Canon Analysis Devices, which have been known to explode on hitting [[OverNineThousand particularly massive]] breaches of canon. Though they melt sometimes too.

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* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d and then {{justified|Trope}} in ''AHDotComTheSeries'', ''Script/AHDotComTheSeries'', in which it's mentioned that the ship's consoles are packed with explosives because its original builders wanted to give the captain the ability to [[YouHaveFailedMe detonate the console]] of a treacherous crewman.
* The ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum use Canon Analysis Devices, which have been known to explode on hitting [[OverNineThousand particularly massive]] breaches of canon. Though they melt sometimes too.



* During the WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown review of ''Blade Trinity'', the line "cock-juggling thundercunt" caused Film Brain's Misogyny Meter to blow up.

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* During the WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown review of ''Blade Trinity'', ''Film/BladeTrinity'', the line "cock-juggling thundercunt" caused Film Brain's Misogyny Meter to blow up.



* Large fuses intended to handle high voltages and high currents can blow fairly spectacularly. However, such fuses are usually placed as far from personnel and equipment as is practical, for obvious reasons. Still, authors take note, this could easily be used as a {{lampshade}} in some cases. "Didn't the idiots that built this thing ever hear of ''fuses''?" "That ''was'' the fuse blowing, now go replace it!"

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* Large fuses intended to handle high voltages and high currents can blow fairly spectacularly. However, such fuses are usually placed as far from personnel and equipment as is practical, for obvious reasons. Still, authors take note, this could easily be used as a {{lampshade}} {{lampshade|Hanging}} in some cases. "Didn't the idiots that built this thing ever hear of ''fuses''?" "That ''was'' the fuse blowing, now go replace it!"



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