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Sometimes things explode. Sometimes they are radioactive. Sometimes they are chemical explosives.
This is for when that isn't the case. The mushroom cloud is Played for Laughs
, and to show how powerful the explosive is.
- Ratchet & Clank 2 Plays with this. One of the weapons makes a mushroom cloud while not being nuclear at all.
- LittleBigPlanet's explosives create mushroom clouds in the background if you detonate many of them.
- Over the Hedge has a scene where the cast open a bag of well shaken cheesy puffs. Cue mushroom cloud visible from the moon.
- Flint Lockwood gets a mushroom cloud in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs early on in the movie.
- The Cain in Mass Effect 2 is specifically explained to NOT be nuclear in nature - it's simply a large, explosive-filled shell launched at relativistic velocities towards a target. But since the resulting impact creates a characteristic mushroom-cloud, it's referred to as the 'Nuke Gun', and has radioactivity-symbols plastered all over it.
- A mushroom cloud is shown on The Simpsons, but it's only a few inches tall.
- In Chicken Run, an explosion of gravy looks an awful lot like a mushroom cloud.
- In the second book of Percy Jackson And The Olympians Tyson and Percy, playing with chemicals, make a "miniature mushroom cloud" near the trash can.