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->''1606. If my fireballs always form a mushroom cloud, time to tone it down a bit.''
-->-- ''Blog/ThingsMrWelchIsNoLongerAllowedToDoInAnRPG''

The shape of a mushroom cloud is indelibly associated in everyone's minds with nuclear explosions. This trope is for explosions where that isn't the case--instead, the mushroom cloud is PlayedForLaughs, or just to show how powerful the explosive is.

It's worth noting that the mushroom cloud effect is not actually exclusive to nuclear weapons, it's just that nuclear weapons are far beyond the heat and explosive force required to cause the effect, whereas very few non-nuclear explosions are powerful enough to result in mushroom clouds. Therefore, the two [[TheCoconutEffect became heavily associated with each other]].

Virtually always involves StuffBlowingUp. In some cases, may be a sign of an EpicFail.
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!!Examples:
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[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* OuranHighSchoolHostClub has Honey getting angry represented with a pink bunny mushroom cloud.

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[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]

* ''Film/OverTheHedge'' 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 ''CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' early in the movie.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun'', an explosion of gravy looks an awful lot like a mushroom cloud.
* During the opening sequence of WesternAnimation/ToyStory3, a bomb dropped by Hamm's spaceship creates a mushroom cloud. Made of Monkeys. The whole sequence takes place in Andy's imagination.
* In ''Film/HowToTrainYourDragon'', the impact of [[spoiler:The Green Death]] into the ground results in a large mushroom cloud, which [[spoiler:Hiccup and Toothless]] have to [[OutrunTheFireball outrun]].
* In ''AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', the characters at one point throw [[LethalChef Cookie's]] greasy food into their campfire. The result is a miniature, oily-looking mushroom cloud. In a non-comedic example, the Viking Prologue DeletedScene features an unlucky longship targeted by [[MechanicalMonster the Leviathan's]] BreathWeapon, resulting in a huge mushroom cloud of vaporized seawater and a few wooden splinters.

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[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]

* As previously mentioned, any powerful enough explosive will create a mushroom cloud, but few conventional explosive are that powerful. The Tall Boy bomb, as seen in ''{{Rambo}}'', [[ShownTheirWork is one that is that powerful]], something many internet "comedians" failed to realize when snarking about [[RealityIsUnrealistic how Rambo should have been poisoned by nuclear fallout]].

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In the second book of ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', Tyson and Percy, playing with chemicals, make a "orange mushroom cloud in the trash can."
* The ''TabletopGame/GammaWorld'' choose-your-own-adventure book ''American Knights'' has a large conventional explosion create a mushroom cloud. The main character nearly has a heart attack before his sentient PoweredArmor explains this trope to him.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The Series/MythBusters made a mushroom cloud with a 1,000 pound [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=LptXaQ4Wkjw bomb]].

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[[folder: Pinball ]]

* In ''Pinball/MedievalMadness'', destroying a castle causes it to explode in a mushroom cloud.
* The playfield for Creator/{{Bally}}'s ''Pinball/{{KISS}}'' shows the band surrounding an exploding mushroom cloud shooting flames around the table.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series is fond of having attacks produce these, sizes ranging from ones slightly bigger then a character to ones extending into outer space. Some recurring mushroom cloud producers include Zetta's Zetta Beam, the Dragon's Dragon Nova, and the Prinny's Pringer Beam.
* Pretty much ''every'' conventional explosive, from TNT-rockets, to iron bombs in ''RedAlert3'' causes a small mushroom-shaped cloud to appear. And this is a setting in which nuclear weapons are specifically mentioned to have ''never'' been developed.
* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank 2'' has the Mini Nuke, an explosive grenade that isn't nuclear.
* Explosives in ''LittleBigPlanet'' create mushroom clouds in the background if you detonate many of them.
* The Cain in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' is specifically explained to ''not'' be nuclear in nature it's simply a large, explosive-filled shell launched at relativistic velocities towards a target. Since the resulting impact is powerful enough to create the characteristic mushroom cloud, it's referred to as the 'Nuke Gun' by its users in-universe, and has radioactivity symbols plastered all over it. Presumably this is just clever product marketing by the Cain's manufacturers.
** Also the end result of [[BoomHeadshot decapitating]] a [[GiantMook YMIR Mech]].
* The Doom-Shroom from ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies'' is a black, evil-looking mushroom that explodes in a mushroom cloud. Granted, the explosion is pretty big and instantly kills anything short of a Gargantuar, but it is definitely not nuclear in nature.
* The E3 trailer for ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'' (semi-)ended with Wario preparing his [[{{Fartillery}} fart attack]] -- whereupon the camera shifts to a remote view of a lime-green mushroom cloud.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'', the strongest fire spell "Exploder" creates a large mushroom-shaped explosion of fire.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/MegaMan4'', Dr. Wily's lab explodes in a skull-shaped mushroom cloud.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Lemmings}}'', the "Nuke" (explode all lemmings) icon.
* The All-Out Attacks in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' result in a mushroom cloud when they finish off the enemy party. Its sequel, ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', added a dark gray wisps to it to give it a comical "skull-shaped" aspect, which was then put back into the UpdatedRerelease ''{{Persona 3}} Portable''.
* In ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XIII'', Yuri Sakazaki's Haoh Raiouken Neo MAX gives her fireball in the shape of a mushroom cloud when it hits the opponent.

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[[folder: Web Animation ]]

* When [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad]] blows up the Tandy 400 in the Strong Bad Email "retirement" using the King of Town's denture-cleaning tablets, a bottle of Mountain Dew, and a pickaxe, the computer explodes in a pixellated mushroom cloud drawn in the same style as the Bad Graphics Ghost.
** Later, when he presses the USB self-destruct button on his Lappy, it explodes in a hundred-foot-tall mushroom cloud "with those blast-wavy saturn rings that have become so popular these days". [[SlapOnTheWristNuke Strong Bad and his house are conspicuously unharmed.]]

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Played for drama in the AlternateHistoryDotCom timeline ''ProtectAndSurviveATimeline''. The bombing of a NATO munitions depot with conventional weapons creates a mushroom cloud explosion. An American officer witnesses the explosion, mistakes it for a nuclear strike, orders a retaliatory nuclear strike, and things go downhill from there.
* As the ''Blog/WhatIf'' physics blog demonstrates, [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/1/ a baseball can create one]], provided you can throw it at relativistic speed.

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[[folder: Western Animation Television ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Sideshow Bob take Bart and Lisa hostage next to a 50's A-bomb. His demands are refused, he pushes the detonator, and a mushroom cloud explodes... before the camera pans out to reveal the cloud is, at most, two inches tall. Sideshow Bob then comments that "he HAD to go for the retro charm".
* In the episode "The Desert" of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Aang's airbending makes a mushroom cloud. [[PluckyComicRelief Sokka]], who is [[IntoxicationEnsues tripping on cactus juice]], reacts hilariously:
-->'''Sokka:''' Friendly mushroom! Mushy, giant friend!
* In ''XavierRenegadeAngel'', the titular character pulls out a tobacco pipe when he starts getting philosophical at one point, and a tiny mushroom cloud puffs out of it, for whatever reason.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Insane in the Mainframe", Malfunctioning Eddie is in the robot asylum because he explodes whenever he is told something surprising. When he's told he's being released, everyone tenses for an explosion, but all that happens is a tiny mushroom cloud erupts from his shoulder.
* Since [[MadeOfExplodium anything and everything]] explodes when thrown or handled roughly in ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', mushroom clouds occasionally add a bit of emphasis.
* Ditto on ''{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}''.
* In ''DanVs'' "Traffic," the explosives used to blow up a car lot make a mushroom cloud.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Rainbow Dash makes a ''rainbow-colored'' mushroom cloud while helping to tear down Applejack's old barn in "Lesson Zero" (which she accomplishes by ''slamming into the ground at mach 5'').
* Seems to happen a lot in ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', where even being thrown off of a seahorse or crashing a bike down a cliff results in massive explosions that give off a mushroom cloud.
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