Created By: MrInitialMan on January 12, 2012

Reduced To Dust

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Exactly What It Says on the Tin: An object is reduced to dust. Common phrases are "don't sneeze".


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  • January 12, 2012
    • Every single Will It Blend video involves grinding something to dust, and the host telling the audience not to breathe it in.
  • January 12, 2012
    The Sanderson Witches in Hocus Pocus die this way when the power of the Black Flame Candle runs out.
  • January 12, 2012
    "Men hang on to underwear until each individual underwear molecule is so strained it can barely retain the properties of a solid. It actually becomes underwear vapor. We don't even throw it out. We just open a window and it goes out like dandelion spores." --Jerry Seinfeld
  • January 12, 2012
    • In Labyrinths Of Echo, this is Shurf Lonli-Lokli's specialty. He owns an artifact that instantly dustifies anything it touches (except specifically designed Phlebotinum Handling Equipment) and can also shoot disintegration beams up to a certain range.
  • January 12, 2012
    A common result of being hit by a Disintegrator Ray or (for living creatures) being subjected to Rapid Aging. If done to human beings, can result in Empty Piles Of Clothing.

    If this is changed to anything being reduced to dust, so living things are included:

    • Batman The Movie. Commodore Schmidlapp's "instant whiskeymaker" can be used to remove all of the water from living creatures, reducing them to dust.
    • Night of the Comet. When the Earth passes through the tail of a comet, all of the living creatures fully exposed to the comet chemicals are reduced to a red dust.

    Western Animation
    • Duck Dodgers In The Twenty Fourth And A Half Century
      • Marvin the Martian fires his A-1 Disintegrating Pistol at Duck Dodgers, reducing him to dust. Luckily Dodgers' assistant has a Acme Integrating Pistol and returns him to normal.
      • Duck Dodgers fires his disintegrator pistol at Marvin.
      Duck Dodgers: And brother, when it disintegrates, it disintegrates! [Fires pistol - pistol disintegrates to dust] Well what do you disintegrated.
  • January 12, 2012
    • Mother Gothel from Tangled kicks the bucket this way due to Rapunzel's hair being cut and the Fountain Of Youth in it dying.
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  • January 12, 2012
    • In Singularity you can do this to enemy soldiers by aging them into dust.
  • January 13, 2012
  • January 13, 2012
    @ Arivne I'm with you. If beings are added:
    • Aging to dust happens at least twice in the original Twilight Zone series:
      • A columnist loses his youth, then his life to a ageless beauty queen with a magical scarab ring in "Queen of the Nile".
      • In "Long Live Walter Jameson", a charismatic and deeply knowledgeable history professor proposes to marry one of his students, but her father (a colleague on the faculty) objects to the match. It turns out that the professor lectures from experience, as he's been alive for centuries. The father shoots him fatally, and he ages rapidly as he dies, leaving his clothing full of dust.

    There's a still from "Long Live Walter Jameson" that might do as a pic for the article. I think the sight of the clothing visually shows the reduction, since it implies the previous existence of something more substantial than the remaining dust.

  • January 13, 2012
    • In many a vampire story, the vamp crumbles to dust after being staked.
      • In the Buffyverse vampires explode to dust when they get staked. Makes a certain amount of sense for old vamps like the Master; but even fresh vampires, like those who just came out of the ground after being turned, turn to dust upon slayage. In Real Life it was designed that way so they wouldn't hae to deal with dead bodies lying all over the place.
    • Heroes: When Adam Monroe (who has Immortality as his special ability) gets his ability stolen by Arthur Petrelli he turns to dust, then crumbles.
  • January 13, 2012
    This sort of thing seems to be a common way to kill people in works that strive for Bloodless Carnage.

    • In Doctor Who, a lot of people are dispatched this way.
  • January 14, 2012
    Warhammer 40 K: The backstory behind the Thousand Sons chapter is that the sorcerer Ahriman cast a spell that would protect the Chapter from mutation, which worked perfectly (From A Certain Point Of View, as incinerated piles of dust are no longer susceptible to mutation). The vast majority of the Thousand Sons chapter now consists of Rubric Marines, who are suits of Animated Power Armor with the powdered remain of the former Marine inside and his soul bound to the armor.
  • January 14, 2012
  • January 15, 2012
    @ Generality I agree. Showing people Reduced To Dust means they're thoroughly killed, but the lack of blood sanitizes matters.
  • January 19, 2012
  • January 19, 2012
    This is the result of a Disintegrate spell being cast on a creature that fails its save against it in Dungeons And Dragons.
  • January 19, 2012
    • Professor Quirrell dies this way in the first Harry Potter film.
    • In both movie versions of The Time Machine, books are so ancient by 802701 AD that they easily collapse into dust.
  • January 19, 2012
    a bubble of evil does this to a city block in The Wheel Of Time.
  • January 20, 2012
    The fate of Kabuta at the hands of Vaarsuvius in Order Of The Stick:
    Vaarsuvius: Disintegrate.
    Kubota is reduced to a pile of ash.
    Vaarsuvius: Gust of Wind.
    A gust of wind blows away the ashes.
    Vaarsuvius: Now can we PLEASE resume saving the world?
  • January 22, 2012
    • In the Doctor Who story "Nightmare of Eden", the monsters disintegrate into piles of dust when they're killed. This turns out to be an important plot point.