Created By: animeg3282 on August 21, 2012 Last Edited By: animeg3282 on November 7, 2012

Explode Into Coins

When you kill enemies they explode into a shower of coins

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In some Video Games the Money Spider explodes into various objects such as coins, orbs, Health Food when you defeat it. The enemy fades and then you collect the stuff. Sometimes parodied in other media. Believed to have originated in River City Ransom

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  • August 23, 2012
    Arivne
    Video Games
    • This could happen when you killed a monster in Diablo.
  • August 23, 2012
    Koveras
    Isn't this a staple in the Sonic series? I have never played them but I think that's where Scott Pilgrim got the idea from...
  • August 23, 2012
    KTera
  • August 23, 2012
    KingZeal
    ^^ It would be the inverted in Sonic. Most enemies don't give you jack, but Sonic himself explodes in a shower of rings when he takes damage.

    Related: In new-age Beat Em Ups, enemies usually break out into coins, orbs, "essence" or any other number of items that can be traded in for more gear/better abilities.
  • August 23, 2012
    animeg3282
    It happens in the Scott Pilgrim Video Game too. But we need to get a decent description here.
  • August 23, 2012
    lsignifer
    Nobody seems to realize that the "exploding into coins" is a reference to River City Ransom, in which the protagonists Alex and Ryan beat up gangs and take their money (which drops when they disappear).
  • August 23, 2012
    animeg3282
    Sorry, too young to remember. Hahhaa!
  • August 23, 2012
    ShadowHog
    All of the bosses in the first Wario Land cause a fountain of coins, both large and small, to pop out of the center of the screen for a good 10 seconds or so. Most mooks in the entire series drop coins or other valuables when hit, in addition.
  • August 23, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    Does this need to be limited to coins? There can be plenty of other drops that can happen, like how the Kingdom Hearts games have a variety of drops, usually health and money.
  • August 23, 2012
    animeg3282
    well, just as long as it works this way: hit enemy. they go POOF! and then the enemy vanishes leaving the coins, orbs, etc, behind.
  • August 23, 2012
    Amberine
    ^ By that definition, Minecraft counts as well - the enemy corpses fall to the ground, but then POOF! into orbs.
  • August 23, 2012
    animeg3282
    btw what's that trope where the enemy drops part of ther body?
  • August 23, 2012
    KZN02
    Team Fortress 2: the robots in Mann vs. Machine.
  • August 23, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    Someone needs to do a parody where the enemy is a monster actually made of coins.

  • August 23, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ There is a level like that in Castlevania 4.
  • August 23, 2012
    juanguy
    Well, there are the gold golems in Nethack, created by polypiling gold coins & other gold items.

    Another roguelike, Moria, had animate heaps of coins. I think they were called crawling X coins (gold, silver, platinum, etc).
  • August 23, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ That could be a trope about something literally made of money.
  • August 24, 2012
    KarjamP
    @Shadow Hog:

    Well, all but the bonus boss. The bonus boss summons big hearts that gives you 3 1 ups instead.
  • August 24, 2012
    Generality
    This probably originates with the Mario franchise, though in most games you only get one coin per monster.
  • August 24, 2012
    animeg3282
    Yea, this is more like you hit a Orc and POW, coins.
  • September 5, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    Any good pictures we could use?
  • September 5, 2012
    animeg3282
    You know I'm not so good with the pictures!
  • September 20, 2012
    DragonQuestZ

    BTW, some enemies in Super Mario RPG fade after defeat, and coins pop up to show money drops. Does that count for this trope?
  • September 20, 2012
    hwahyunhae
    This happens quite literally when the hero kills enemies in Kamen Rider OOO.
  • September 20, 2012
    StarValkyrie
    Related to Die Chair Die.
  • September 20, 2012
    SharleeD
    FWIW, there is a monster made out of gold coins in the Ravenloft tabletop game setting: Lucre, a golem created from animated currency. Presumably it would play this trope straight if defeated permanently.
  • September 21, 2012
    TBeholder
    By necessity, it's currently merged with Money Spider - see the page image. Split "loot-splosion" vs. "weird loot" would be good, of course.

    But if you don't want leave the impression it's coins-only, but any Random Drop raining out, why not name it accordingly? E.g. Loot Pinata?
  • September 21, 2012
    JohnnyCache
    ^above comment reminded me of these examples:
    • In Dexters Laboratory, Dee Dee took over a Dungeons And Dragons game and had the dragon the group was fighting turn out to literally be a pinata.
    • In The Power Puff Girls, "Him" gave the girls a giant, animated pinata for a birthday present. The professor even blindfolded Buttercup before she hit it with a telephone pole.

    Hm, Enemy Pinata or Pinata Of Doom, perhaps? Edit: maybe not. Stuff just falls from pinatas, most of the other examples have an explosion or fountain effect.
  • September 21, 2012
    Nocturna
    In the LEGO Adaptation Games, when the player character dies, they scatter coins before reappearing. One of the power-ups you can gain causes non-player characters to scatter coins upon death as well.
  • September 21, 2012
    OneInTwenty
    @Koveras: No, they poofed into small woodland creatures when defeated. Scott Pilgrim took this from River City Ransom, as seen in how ~70% of the video game adaptation is River City Ransom.

    Also, this is Money Spider
  • September 21, 2012
    Omeganian
  • September 21, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Please add context.

    ^^^ Just amend coins to "studs", but it otherwise is an example.
  • September 21, 2012
    captainsandwich
    I think some people turned into a mix of bills and coins in Scott Pilgrim.
  • September 25, 2012
    animeg3282
    should this be split? I think it is distinct.
  • November 7, 2012
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Dungeons And Dragons, Dragon magazine #2 (August 1976) article "Hints for D&D Judges: The Dungeon". One type of possible treasure was a monster that, when killed, turned into a pile of gold pieces (500-3,000).
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