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17th Aug '17 1:23:15 PM xcountryguy
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Though all are related to NonFatalExplosions, there are also two more directly related {{trope}}s. One is the RocketJump: an extremely hard-ass character may exploit the power of the blast as it propels them through the air to reach places they wouldn't normally have been able to. The second is combining this with OutOfTheInferno: for a second it seems that the characters won't make it as the flames from the explosion reach and engulf them...Then a few second later they come out bursting through the flames, slightly parched but unharmed.

On rare occasion, the characters will be made to look like fools by there being no explosion after diving into the dust (toward the camera). This will be followed by a four-count beat, to share an embarrassed moment, which will be punctuated by an explosion.

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Though all are related to NonFatalExplosions, there are also two more directly related {{trope}}s. One is the RocketJump: an extremely hard-ass character may exploit the power of the blast as it propels them through the air to reach places they wouldn't normally have been able to. The second is combining this with OutOfTheInferno: for a second moment it seems that the characters won't make it as the flames from the explosion reach and engulf them...Then a few second later them... then they come out bursting through the flames, slightly parched charred but unharmed.

On a rare occasion, the characters will be made to look like fools by there being no explosion after diving into the dust (toward the camera). This will be followed by a four-count beat, to share an embarrassed moment, which will be punctuated by an explosion.



* ''Manga/MiraiNikki'': Yuno, during the second episode; she's being held indoors (where there are several motion-detonated bombs set up), while Yukiteru is outside, about to be killed by [[spoiler: Minene/Ninth]]. Naturally, [[{{Yandere}} Yuno being Yuno]], she sprints down the corridor despite the bombs (and innocents killed as a result), resulting in this.

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* ''Manga/MiraiNikki'': Yuno, during the second episode; she's being held indoors (where there are several motion-detonated bombs set up), while Yukiteru is outside, about to be killed by [[spoiler: Minene/Ninth]].[[spoiler:Minene/Ninth]]. Naturally, [[{{Yandere}} Yuno being Yuno]], she sprints down the corridor despite the bombs (and innocents killed as a result), resulting in this.



* In ''Fanfic/CoOpMode'', [[spoiler: Lisa]] ends up doing this, to comedic effect, when [[spoiler: she]] first uses a [[PowerGlows Skillbook]] to learn a [[SuperEmpowering Skill.]] Taylor and James end up laughing the moment [[spoiler: she]] gets out behind the dumpster [[spoiler: she]] jumped to, leading [[spoiler: her]] to say this gem:
-->[[spoiler: ''Lisa'': *after learning Capoeira, with a [[DumpsterDive burger wrapper]] in her hair* "You ''do'' know I just learned how to kick your asses, right?"]]

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* In ''Fanfic/CoOpMode'', [[spoiler: Lisa]] [[spoiler:Lisa]] ends up doing this, to comedic effect, when [[spoiler: she]] [[spoiler:she]] first uses a [[PowerGlows Skillbook]] to learn a [[SuperEmpowering Skill.]] Taylor and James end up laughing the moment [[spoiler: she]] [[spoiler:she]] gets out behind the dumpster [[spoiler: she]] [[spoiler:she]] jumped to, leading [[spoiler: her]] [[spoiler:her]] to say this gem:
-->[[spoiler: ''Lisa'': -->[[spoiler:''Lisa'': *after learning Capoeira, with a [[DumpsterDive burger wrapper]] in her hair* "You ''do'' know I just learned how to kick your asses, right?"]]



** The climax of ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'' has the protagonists ''driving' away from an explosion. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny In reverse.]] [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse We never find out if]] [[spoiler: Basil and the creepy twins]] managed to outrun it on foot, though.

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** The climax of ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'' has the protagonists ''driving' away from an explosion. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny In reverse.]] [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse We never find out if]] [[spoiler: Basil [[spoiler:Basil and the creepy twins]] managed to outrun it on foot, though.



* Subverted in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''. A car full of {{Mooks}} tries to outrun [[spoiler: a nuclear explosion]] and get smoked hard. [[spoiler:Indy, on the other hand, survives [[RefugeInAudacity by hiding in a]] [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum lead-lined refrigerator]]]]. Maybe Indy had a major case of [[FridgeLogic Fridge]] [[{{Pun}} Logic]]?

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* Subverted in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''. A car full of {{Mooks}} tries to outrun [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a nuclear explosion]] and get smoked hard. [[spoiler:Indy, on the other hand, survives [[RefugeInAudacity by hiding in a]] [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum lead-lined refrigerator]]]]. Maybe Indy had a major case of [[FridgeLogic Fridge]] [[{{Pun}} Logic]]?



** In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', this is played straight and subverted. Bond outruns the fireball during the final battle when [[spoiler: he blows Skyfall Lodge [[{{Pun}} sky high]] in order to destroy [[BigBad Silva's]] helicopter and kill most of his men. Though he beats the fireball that took out the house, he doesn't beat the second fireball from the helicopter plowing into it. He instead dives into an alcove which spares him the brunt of the blast]].

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** In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', this is played straight and subverted. Bond outruns the fireball during the final battle when [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he blows Skyfall Lodge [[{{Pun}} sky high]] in order to destroy [[BigBad Silva's]] helicopter and kill most of his men. Though he beats the fireball that took out the house, he doesn't beat the second fireball from the helicopter plowing into it. He instead dives into an alcove which spares him the brunt of the blast]].



* At the end of ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', Bishop does this in the drop ship to escape from [[spoiler: the vapor explosion of LV-426]].

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* At the end of ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', Bishop does this in the drop ship to escape from [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the vapor explosion of LV-426]].



* In ''Film/TheExpendables3'', [[spoiler: after Barney kills Stonebanks, Barney has to escape the exploding building and head for Max's chopper as the batteries stalling the C4 ran out by the time Barney kills Stonebanks]].

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* In ''Film/TheExpendables3'', [[spoiler: after [[spoiler:after Barney kills Stonebanks, Barney has to escape the exploding building and head for Max's chopper as the batteries stalling the C4 ran out by the time Barney kills Stonebanks]].



* In ''Film/{{Suffragette}}'' the protagonists run away from a explosion [[spoiler: caused by a bomb one of them built herself. It is not explained why she didn't build the bomb in a way that gives them more time to run away.]]

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* In ''Film/{{Suffragette}}'' the protagonists run away from a explosion [[spoiler: caused [[spoiler:caused by a bomb one of them built herself. It is not explained why she didn't build the bomb in a way that gives them more time to run away.]]



* At the end of ''Film/LondonHasFallen'', [[spoiler: Banning and President Asher manage to escape one after jumping into an elevator shaft during the incineration of the terrorist's hideout.]]

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* At the end of ''Film/LondonHasFallen'', [[spoiler: Banning [[spoiler:Banning and President Asher manage to escape one after jumping into an elevator shaft during the incineration of the terrorist's hideout.]]



* Though there's no actual fireball, the spirit of this trope is made evident in ''[[Literature/KushielsLegacy Kushiel's Scion]]''. On a hunt in the Royal Forest, Imriel and Sidonie are alone together, having gotten separated from the group, when something starts charging through the underbrush. Imriel thinks it's a boar and knocks Sidonie to the ground to protect her. [[spoiler: It's a deer.]]

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* Though there's no actual fireball, the spirit of this trope is made evident in ''[[Literature/KushielsLegacy Kushiel's Scion]]''. On a hunt in the Royal Forest, Imriel and Sidonie are alone together, having gotten separated from the group, when something starts charging through the underbrush. Imriel thinks it's a boar and knocks Sidonie to the ground to protect her. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's a deer.]]



* In ''[[Literature/TalesOfKolmar Song in the Silence]]'', Lanen is in a cave while [[spoiler: Akhor is dying painfully, heating up and smoking at the edges]], and realizes that an explosion is imminent. She makes it just out of the entrance and trips, and the fireball gouts out above her head.

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* In ''[[Literature/TalesOfKolmar Song in the Silence]]'', Lanen is in a cave while [[spoiler: Akhor [[spoiler:Akhor is dying painfully, heating up and smoking at the edges]], and realizes that an explosion is imminent. She makes it just out of the entrance and trips, and the fireball gouts out above her head.



* Totally subverted on ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', when even FragileSpeedster Daphne can't outrun a nuclear blast without damage to her back. But later played straight when Claire and HRG outrun [[spoiler: [[PlayingWithFire Meredith]]'s SuperPowerMeltdown]].

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* Totally subverted on ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', when even FragileSpeedster Daphne can't outrun a nuclear blast without damage to her back. But later played straight when Claire and HRG outrun [[spoiler: [[PlayingWithFire [[spoiler:[[PlayingWithFire Meredith]]'s SuperPowerMeltdown]].



* The penultimate ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'' episode has Echo outrunning the fireball after [[spoiler: blowing up Rossum's main computer in her unsuccessful attempt to prevent the thoughtpocalypse]].

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* The penultimate ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'' episode has Echo outrunning the fireball after [[spoiler: blowing [[spoiler:blowing up Rossum's main computer in her unsuccessful attempt to prevent the thoughtpocalypse]].



* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''. The game ends with [[spoiler: Leon and Ashley on a Jet Ski outracing an incredibly large mass of water]].

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* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''. The game ends with [[spoiler: Leon [[spoiler:Leon and Ashley on a Jet Ski outracing an incredibly large mass of water]].



* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' has this as one of the endings. The last you see of JC Denton is him running away after he blew up [[spoiler: Area 51's bunker]] while still deep inside.

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* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' has this as one of the endings. The last you see of JC Denton is him running away after he blew up [[spoiler: Area [[spoiler:Area 51's bunker]] while still deep inside.



* In the ending of ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'', [[spoiler: Alex dumps a nuclear bomb into the ocean and flies away in a helicopter, but isn't fast enough to get out of range of the explosion]]. Earlier in the game, [[spoiler:Elizabeth Greene's OneWingedAngel form has the ability to shoot out a huge blast of fire from the base. The screen will go grayscale, time will slow down, and you'll run your ass off hoping to make it to high ground before it fries your health to critical no matter how much you have]].

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* In the ending of ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'', [[spoiler: Alex [[spoiler:Alex dumps a nuclear bomb into the ocean and flies away in a helicopter, but isn't fast enough to get out of range of the explosion]]. Earlier in the game, [[spoiler:Elizabeth Greene's OneWingedAngel form has the ability to shoot out a huge blast of fire from the base. The screen will go grayscale, time will slow down, and you'll run your ass off hoping to make it to high ground before it fries your health to critical no matter how much you have]].



** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', all endings have [[spoiler: the Normandy trying to outrun the space magic wave, complete with the equipment in the cockpit beginning to [[ExplosiveInstrumentation overheat and explode]]]]. The Extended Cut has it escape unscathed if your EMS is high enough.

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** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', all endings have [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Normandy trying to outrun the space magic wave, complete with the equipment in the cockpit beginning to [[ExplosiveInstrumentation overheat and explode]]]]. The Extended Cut has it escape unscathed if your EMS is high enough.



* During a cutscene in the last mission of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', CJ does this to escape an explosion in [[spoiler: [[FaceHeelTurn Big Smoke]]'s "Crack Palace"]], complete with SlowMotion.

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* During a cutscene in the last mission of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', CJ does this to escape an explosion in [[spoiler: [[FaceHeelTurn [[spoiler:[[FaceHeelTurn Big Smoke]]'s "Crack Palace"]], complete with SlowMotion.



* In the first ''VideoGame/FarCry'' game, Jack Carver and Valerie Constantine detonate a nuclear bomb and must fight their way out of the bunker to avoid being caught in the blast or mutated. [[spoiler: They outrun the explosion, but are rendered unconscious. It is revealed the anti-mutagens they had taken were fake and the bomb had mutated them.]]

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* In the first ''VideoGame/FarCry'' game, Jack Carver and Valerie Constantine detonate a nuclear bomb and must fight their way out of the bunker to avoid being caught in the blast or mutated. [[spoiler: They [[spoiler:They outrun the explosion, but are rendered unconscious. It is revealed the anti-mutagens they had taken were fake and the bomb had mutated them.]]



* ''VideoGame/PonyIsland'': [[spoiler: It's technically a full system dump you have to stay ahead of, but the trope still applies in the finale of the game.]]

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* ''VideoGame/PonyIsland'': [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's technically a full system dump you have to stay ahead of, but the trope still applies in the finale of the game.]]
6th Aug '17 8:28:26 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* Downplayed in the anime adaptation of ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead''. The tunnel Takashi and Rei go through is fairly short, but the gasoline-powered explosion that sent them through it isn't any less potent.


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* One THX trailer featuring Creator/{{PIXAR}}[=-designed=] mascot Tex has him doing it in a car's exhaust pipe as the usual Deep Note starts playing.
6th Jul '17 9:15:53 PM TomS98
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', Dash outruns a fireball bursting through a tunnel, and barely escapes. Admittedly, he does have SuperSpeed.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', Dash outruns a fireball bursting through burst of fire from a tunnel, rocket launch, and barely escapes. Admittedly, he does have SuperSpeed.
6th Jul '17 3:51:34 AM Ulrik54
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* In ''Film/TheWave2015'', the protagonists have to outrun (or get the higher ground on) a 300ft GiantWallOfWateryDoom. Made a bit more fair by having a 10 minute headstart once the landslide strikes, but they still only have 10 minutes to escape an 80 meter wave. Oh, and did we mention that [[RippedFromTheHeadlines this will actually happen]]?
2nd Jul '17 5:15:19 PM Az0riusG4m3r
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* ''{{Videogame/Doom}} II'' has "Barrels O' Fun" for its 23rd level, involving several segments where enemies can set of '''large''' chains of exploding barrels.
19th Jun '17 2:08:35 PM Linda58
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* Rambo has to outrun one in his [[Film/RamboIV fourth movie]] after he blows up the Tallboy Bomb.

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* Rambo has to outrun one in his [[Film/RamboIV fourth movie]] after he blows up the Tallboy Bomb. Done realistically too, he ties a claymore to it and then runs like hell to get as far as possible from the bomb, and when does it go off the shock-wave still overtakes him in seconds.
3rd Jun '17 11:02:54 PM Korodzik
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* ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheWoolBall'': The end cutscene of every level shows the protagonist running away as the facility blows up. The ending likewise shows the hero and his girlfriend cheerfully running away from a final giant explosion.
13th May '17 7:06:43 AM Steven
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* ''VideoGame/DinoCrisis'' in each ending has the protagonists outrun not an explosion (although there are explosions going on), but a ''time warp'' that's consuming the entire facility and possibly throwing it back to the dinosaur age.
12th May '17 5:01:01 AM Arivne
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** The end of ''Film/{{Predator}}'', which featured an alien countdown, a spooky, ominous laugh, and an explosion with the power of a tactical nuke.
** This becomes even more ridiculous in the sequel, when Gary Busey's character reveals that the self-destruct device is powerful enough to completely level a radius of 300 city blocks. Yet Schwarzenegger got away, despite only starting his run when the timer WAS ALMOST UP. Might be FridgeBrilliance when one realizes that the predator could purposely limit the power of explosion to give Arnold a sporting chance of survival for the last time.
** ''Film/{{Predator 2}}''. Harrigan somehow isn't burnt to a crisp by the fireball backwash of the departing Predator ship.

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** The end of ''Film/{{Predator}}'', which featured an alien countdown, a spooky, ominous laugh, and an explosion with the power of a tactical nuke.
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nuke. This becomes even more ridiculous in the sequel, when Gary Busey's character reveals that the self-destruct device is powerful enough to completely level a radius of 300 city blocks. Yet Schwarzenegger got away, despite only starting his run when the timer WAS ALMOST UP. Might be FridgeBrilliance when one realizes that the predator could purposely limit the power of explosion to give Arnold a sporting chance of survival for the last time.
** ''Film/{{Predator 2}}''. Harrigan somehow isn't burnt to a crisp by while running away from the fireball backwash fiery exhaust of the departing Predator ship.
18th Apr '17 9:45:08 PM FordPrefect
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** When the Twin Towers collapsed, they created a giant dust cloud that flowed through Manhattan. As these clouds roiled down streets, many people misinterpreted them as expanding explosions. There were many home movies of people ducking into buildings to avoid the advancing dust cloud, thinking they had outrun an explosion. Given the respiratory problems people who breathed in the dust have been suffering that was probably a good thing.
** At Ground Zero itself many people were forced to flee for their lives to escape the collapsing buildings. Shown in the documentary ''[[Film/NineEleven 9/11]]''.

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** When the Twin Towers collapsed, they created a giant dust cloud that flowed through Manhattan. As these clouds roiled down streets, many people misinterpreted them as expanding explosions. There were many home movies of people ducking into buildings to avoid the advancing dust cloud, thinking they had outrun an explosion. Given the respiratory problems people who breathed in the dust have been suffering suffering, that was probably a good thing.
** At Ground Zero itself itself, many people were forced to flee for their lives to escape the collapsing buildings. Shown in the documentary ''[[Film/NineEleven 9/11]]''.



* A photograph exists of a pyroclastic cloud tumbling down Mount Unzen in Japan. On the road in front of the cloud is a fire engine, in front of THAT is a single man running for his life. You can see the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cvjwt9nnwXY the video here]]. The pyroclastic cloud never actually reaches the place where the man was. However, it unfortunately kills a group of people who film volcanoes who were in the valley itself where the cloud was being channelled down. If it had reached the place where that man was he probably wouldn't be alive today.

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* A photograph exists of a pyroclastic cloud tumbling down Mount Unzen in Japan. On the road in front of the cloud is a fire engine, in front of THAT is a single man running for his life. You can see the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cvjwt9nnwXY the video here]]. The pyroclastic cloud never actually reaches the place where the man was. However, it unfortunately kills a group of people who film volcanoes who were in the valley itself where the cloud was being channelled down. If it had reached the place where that man was was, he probably wouldn't be alive today.
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