Created By: Earnest on June 28, 2009
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Explosion Propulsion

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Up for Grabs. We probably already have this, but I can't find it.

When you have Stuff Blowing Up, the shockwave is usually strong enough to push those running away a few meters onto conveniently located soft materials. So is it any surprise that when characters become Genre Savvy of this they devise plans (improvised as often as not) where their escape/pursuit of others is helped along by making stuff blow up behind them?

In Quake (at least I think it was Quake) this was a legitimate strategy called "Rocket Jump", where players would launch a rocket just below themselves as they jumped to up much higher.
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  • June 28, 2009
    Shellsh0cker
    The end of the 2009 Star Trek film has them escape from the pull of a black hole this way.
  • June 28, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Nuclear pulse propulsion is a method being studied on and off using nuclear detonations to propel a spacecraft.
  • June 28, 2009
    SweetMadness
    "In Quake (at least I think it was Quake) this was a legitimate strategy called "Rocket Jump", where players would launch a rocket just below themselves as they jumped to up much higher. "

    I'm almost positive Halo has this mechanic too.

  • June 28, 2009
    adam_grif
    Rocket motors, real life. Someone already mentioned Nuclear Pulsed Propulsion.
  • June 29, 2009
    Medinoc
    A good part of it is already in the Rocket Jump trope.
  • June 29, 2009
    DanielLC
    Dr. McNinja does it here.
  • June 29, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    In Lilo And Stitch, Stitch propels himself to Gantu's ship by driving a gasoline truck into a volcano, sitting on the tank and ripping a hole on the side so that it blows up. Good thing he has Nigh Invulnerability, or else that would have been painful.
  • June 29, 2009
    RocketDude
    It was Quake. It even popularized the Rocket Jump technique, with later installations to the series and Team Fortress 2 allowing and even encouraging it.
  • June 30, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The volcano in Space Chimps, kind of.
  • June 30, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    In the original Dragon Ball TV series, Goku launches himself sky-high at Piccolo using an explosive kamehameha right at the ground below him. Goku is moving so fast after the propulsion that he literally flies through Piccolo, like a human bullet.
  • June 30, 2009
    occono
    Just used on the Virtuality pilot as the ship's method for approaching 1/10th Light Speed (Based on real-life Orion Drive concepts)
  • June 30, 2009
    DocHaus
    The game Dead to Rights, I think there's a cutscene after a mini-boss battle with a couple assassins where Jack tries to catch a plane and ends up using the terrorists' own bomb to propel himself into the open cargo bay.

    Also, this is a tactic that can be used by the Soldier or Demoman classes in Team Fortress 2, using their own explosive weaponry to extend their normal jump height at the cost of some health.
  • July 1, 2009
    Arivne
    Live Action TV
    • This happened in an episode of The Wild Wild West. James West stood on some improvised explosives (bullet gunpowder?). When they blew up, he was boosted up to where he needed to go.
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