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StuffBlowingUp in movies and TV is cool and very common. When the hero isn't [[UnflinchingWalk calmly walking away]] from an explosion, they're running away from it while ''still'' being caught by the blastwave and sent flying several meters onto conveniently located soft materials. Characters who become wise to this method of explosive propulsion will devise plans (improvised as often as not) where their escape or pursuit of the bad guys is accelerated by blowing stuff up behind them.

Naturally, the only harm from having a powerful explosion detonate very near is mild singeing on their clothes. Occasionally, this is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by the character in question being NighInvulnerable or using a ship designed to be propelled this way.

Sometimes this trope can be used to just move objects and not people attached to them. This is a bit more logical, since for obvious reasons this is [[DontTryThisAtHome not something you should try at home]].

This is similar to the videogame strategy or move called RocketJump, where players launch a rocket just below themselves as they jump to go up much higher. To avoid overlap gameplay examples should go there, but if it [[GameplayAndStorySegregation only appears in cinematics]] the examples should go here. A distinct subtrope is the OrionDrive, which uses nukes, because nothing says boom like a nuke.

Compare NonFatalExplosions and RecoilBoost. GasCylinderRocket and OrionDrive are specialized subtropes.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In the original ''Manga/DragonBall'' 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.
** In a later episode he does the same thing again by firing the kamehameha ''using his feet''.
* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', Yahiko does a ''dynamite'' jump with the help of a tatami mat to catch a flying opponent.
** Said opponent also used dynamite as a way of keeping himself aloft and away from an enemy's attacks.
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Ranma and Akane are falling from hundreds of feet in the air thanks to the [[BlowYouAway tornado]] created by the [[FinishingMove Hiryuu Shouten Ha]]. Intent on revenge, [[TricksterMentor Happosai]] uses the force of his Happodaikarin (a highly-concentrated explosive) to boost himself up to their height; both he and Ranma use the updraft from the explosion (and Happosai's "flying squirrel" costume) to slow their descent.
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'' Death The Kid (after his [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes usual, asymmetry induced]] HeroicBSOD) flies through a "minefield" of floating bombs. He does so quickly enough that they're behind him by the time they explode and thus make him move even faster.
* In season 2 of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', the Ptolemaios II [[spoiler:uses an enemy mobile suit's particle beams to accelerate into Earth's atmosphere for a crash landing after its propulsion systems run out of GN Particles]].
* In the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' this is a HandWave applied to Char's famous "three times faster" Zaku II: the Zaku isn't actually capable of propelling itself that fast, but during the Battle of Loum, in which Char made himself a legend, he used the explosions of Federation battleships to accelerate to such speeds. That said, Char's Zaku ''is'' faster than normal, but only 33% faster under its own power.
* This is commonly used on ''Anime/SDGundamForce'', usually on mooks when BloodlessCarnage ([[MechaMooks to an extent]]) is in effect. In one instance, Zero, Bakunetsumaru and Genkimaru are trapped in a well in the ground when a bomb drops in and the force of the blast frees them.
* Dandy in ''Anime/SpaceDandy'' employs this tactic repeatedly during a race. Then at the end after [[TheRival Prince's]] mouse Squeak rigs Dandy's ship with dynamite and [[SpannerInTheWorks Meow drops food in the fuel tank]], [[spoiler:[[FasterThanLightTravel Dandy propels out of time into a realm faster than thought]] [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence and reawakens five billion years later revered as a god]].]] [[GainaxEnding End of episode]].
* In the ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' film "Countdown to Heaven", in order to escape the bomb-loaded [[spoiler:Twin Tower Building A]], Conan must [[spoiler:accelerate the prize sports car through the building's window at just the right time so that the bomb explosion will propel them to the swimming pool atop the adjacent building.]]
* Bakugou from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' does this, possessing a superpower that lets him create explosions from his hands that are powerful enough to launch him into the air. Soon after it inspires Midoriya to improvise a version of the trick himself to ride the explosions of several landmines.
* In the end of Part 2 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', [[spoiler:Cars]] is defeated by Joseph throwing him into a volcano, which, [[spoiler:due to his newfound [[MaskOfPower Stone Mask]] [[AdaptiveAbility powers]],]] makes him react by turning himself to stone. The volcano then erupts, causing him to be propelled to space, unable to turn back.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'''s version of Gambit once used one of his exploding cards under a manhole cover to blast himself onto a rooftop.
* [[http://www.againwiththecomics.com/2010/01/asgardian-dynamite.html Dynamite Thor]], a GoldenAge comic character who used to fly by propelling himself through the air with small, controlled detonations of dynamite. Check out the link because mere words cannot describe the brilliant lunacy of this character.

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* In ''FanFic/CalvinAndHobbesGetXtreme'', an exploding popcorn machine does this to Calvin.
* In the ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' fanfic ''FanFic/ChaosTheory'', Shirou uses Rho Aias to let an explosion propel him and Rin along their escape route.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', the [[NighInvulnerability nigh invulnerable]] 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.
* In the movie ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'', as the ship and its crew are trying to escape a star that has just collapsed to form a black hole. The new hole was explosively belching X-rays in waves after sucking in the supernova remains [[note]]as real black holes do.[[/note]] The ship absorbed the explosion's power via its 'solar sails' to in turn supercharge its engines and rocket launch back to safety. DoNotTryThisAtHome.
* The volcano in ''WesternAnimation/SpaceChimps'', kind of.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/PlanetTerror'', Cherry Darling uses her leg-mounted grenade launcher to rocket-propel herself over a wall and get a drop on the zombie soldiers.
* In ''Film/SinCity'', a grenade explodes under Miho but it just launches her undamaged into the air.
* The end of the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' film has them [[spoiler:escape from the pull of a black hole by blowing up their warp reactors behind them, and then riding the explosion out.]]
* The beginning of ''Film/TokyoGorePolice''. The heroine uses a bazooka to hurl herself to the top of a building.
* Ironhide does this in Creator/MichaelBay's 2007 film version of ''Film/{{Transformers}}''. Its awesomeness is severely diminished by a [[{{Narm}}random screaming lady]] who's in the shot for no reason. Which lead to a Podcast/RiffTrax joke, "A whole lot of effort to get a peek down her shirt."
* Subverted in the first ''Film/IronMan1'' film: near the beginning, Tony Stark is near one of his own bombs when it blows up, sending him flying several yards. However, in spite of his bulletproof vest, he gets enough shrapnel in him to kill him if it's not removed [=ASAP=].
* In ''Film/LastActionHero'', Slater is propelled into the air while attempting to outrun a TimeBomb.
* Not voluntary example: In ''Film/MissionImpossible'', [[spoiler:Ethan Hunt jumps off a helicopter in the climax just as he put explosive gum on it. The blast practically pins Ethan on the train he was jumping onto.]]
** Far less voluntary than the one in the [[Film/MissionImpossibleIII third movie]], which launches him ''sideways''.

* This comes in handy at the end of one of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' books. Question: What is the best plan when [[spoiler:a wizard and a succubus are trapped in a cave that's rigged with explosives and is going to blow up any second]]? Answer: [[spoiler:The wizard makes out with the succubus and uses the emotional energy generated to create a shield that basically turns them into a cannonball.]] Truly, this series is CrazyAwesome.
* Creator/ElizabethBear's ''[[Literature/JacobsLadderTrilogy Dust]]'' ends with [[spoiler: the surviving characters using their hideously damaged spaceship to escape a supernova by riding the blast wave out of the star system]].

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* This happened in an episode of ''Series/TheWildWildWest''. James West stood on some improvised explosives (bullet gunpowder?). When they blew up, he was boosted up to where he needed to go.
* Series/{{Buck Rogers|InTheTwentyFifthCentury}} placed a "25th Century cherry bomb" under a conveniently abandoned helmet to launch himself up to a ledge.
* Discussed and played straight in ''Series/TheLibrarians2014'', during season 2. The team uses grenades to explode themselves to the other side of a hole. Colonel Baird states that this is not how grenade works, but since [[spoiler:the team is actually inside a video game]], it works.
* Used in the pilot of ''Series/{{Chuck}}''. Bryce Larkin blew up the Intersect and used the explosion both to bust out of the room it was in and as a weapon to knock down the guards waiting at the door.
* Happens in ''SuperSentai'' ''all the time''. To non-transformed rangers.
* That was the plan of Blon Fel-Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Boom Town". She got herself elected Lord Mayor of Cardiff and sponsored the construction of a nuclear power plant in order to get it to overload and interact with the [[NegativeSpaceWedgie Cardiff Rift]], resulting in a massive explosion. She would then ride the explosion with the tribophysical waveform macro-kinetic extrapolator (basically, a high-tech surfboard that projects a shield around the "rider") to another planet.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''[[TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} GURPS: Spaceships]]'' has various nuclear pulse engines. In ''GunFu'' there is a perk that lets a cinematic character propel himself with the recoil of his gun.
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': Inquisitor Kryptmann applied this method to an entire ''moon'' containing a dormant genestealer brood, sending it into the Warp so that it would emerge light-years later in the middle of the ork-infested Octarius system. This caused a Tyranid hive fleet to follow the genestealers' signal, but Kryptmann had every planet in the way Exterminatused to deny the 'nids the biomass they need to replensih their forces. Meaning that on arrival, the fleet wasn't strong enough to destroy the orks (who reproduce by being killed), and are now trapped in a ForeverWar, with the caveat that whoever wins the war will be entirely unstoppable.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series features the Morph Ball Bombs, and ExplosionPropulsion is arguably their primary function. Most of them that you'll ever use will be to send Samus airborne while she's in Morph Ball form.
* The game ''VideoGame/DeadToRights'', 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 explosion caused by shooting a pursuing foe's motorcycle to propel him into the plane's open cargo bay. It is just as epic, and ridiculous, as it sounds.
* ''[[{{VideoGame/Tribes}} Tribes: Ascend]]'' features Impact Nitrons, low-damage grenades with high knockback intended for use with light armors to execute ridiculously long jumps. With considerable skill and a lot of extra hardware, heavy armors can use mortars to similar effect.
* In ''VideoGame/WingCommander IV'' cutscenes, [[TheDragon Seether]] does this utilizing mines deployed from his own fighter, in one instance using it to allow a bomber he was flying to go to escape. [[StoryAndGameplaySegregation The player is unable to do it]], but in the {{novelization}} of ''[=WC4=]'' Blair uses the technique to allow his damaged fighter to catch up to Seether and destroy him.
-->'''Hawk:''' When I signed up for Confed there was a rookie pilot on my ship. He was the only guy I ever knew who could do that trick.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}}'', Gray, Ishi, and Trishka escape from a crumbling building dangling above a cliff by jumping in an elevator car. When it isn't moving fast enough to make it out, Ishi points out a series of explosive containers and tells Gray to shoot them.
* Any game whose physics engine allows [[RocketJump rocket jumping]].
* Some orbital strikes during sidequests in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' will fling the player a ways away if you're caught too close to them.
* In ''VideoGame/ProjectFirestart'', shooting the explosives in the armory is typically a poor idea. Stand near the doorway, though, and the blast shoves Jon out.
* A player in ''VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram'' detonated [[http://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/threads/39947 700 decouplers]] simultaneously and reached the Mun in 13 seconds.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', minecarts are propelled by detonating a bomb in the caged section of their rears.
* ExplodingBarrels in ''VideoGame/HypeTheTimeQuest'' can will send Hype and his foes flying if they are too close when they blow up. In the Second Era, there is also a little girl standing on barrels that will be send flying up into the clouds if Hype shoots the barrels with his crossbow. She gets back on Earth only during the ''Fourth Era'' (which takes place approximatively ''one entire century later'').

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja Dr. McNinja]] does it [[http://drmcninja.com/page.php?pageNum=20&issue=13 here]].
* [[Webcomic/EightBitTheater Black Mage]] did [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2002/12/24/episode-229-blast-off/ a variant]] with a "[[KamehameHadoken Boatdoken!]]"
* Elliot of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', does it [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-02-10 here]] with Tedd {{Lampshading}} the Goo [[MadeofExplodium exploding]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Shanks tried to do a rocket jump by using a rocket launcher to get to the top of the tower in ''WebVideo/DoomsdayArcade''. [[spoiler: He ended up getting his legs blown off.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Toward the end of ''[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Tokyo Mater]]'', [[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Mater]] is forced to get to TokyoTower as part of a drift race before the villain does (because if he loses, then he will lose his modifications), and in the process, he is launched into the air by a construction site fire caused by Dragon [=McQueen=].
* WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender: in "Beach", Aang creates a shield of air to protect himself from Combustion Man's blast and it pushes him high in the air.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Nuclear pulse propulsion is a method being studied on and off using nuclear detonations to propel a spacecraft. It's sometimes referred to as an 'OrionDrive' after the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Orion_(nuclear_propulsion) first serious attempt to develop the concept]]. See also [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Plumbbob Operation Plumbbob]], in which an underground nuclear bomb test blew the metal cap off of the bomb's drill shaft at extreme velocity.
* [[BoringButPractical This trope is pretty much how a gun fires a bullet, how rockets go into space, and how fragmentation grenades kill people.]]
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulse_jet_engine pulse jet engine]], with the WWII buzz-bomb being the most widely known example.
** Also the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulse_detonation_engine pulse detonation engine]], a pulsejet taken UpToEleven.
* Diesel engines are sometimes described as such, which explains why they're noisier than Petrol engines (the clattering sound diesels make is equivalent to the "knocking" phenomenon in petrols where the air-fuel mixture burns ''explosively'' rather than progressively) and have higher torque.
* When the PEPCON solid rocket fuel factory burned and subsequently exploded, a worker was running away in the parking lot; he was hit by the shockwave and was sent flying over 50 meters in the air. Incredibly he survived without major injuries.
* A boiler explosion can send large chunks of boiler, or other steam locomotive parts, flying through the air. A Santa Fe Railway boiler explosion in 1912 not only flattened the engine shed and the engines in it but also ruined several houses in the nearby town due to the shrapnel.
* UsefulNotes/{{NASA}}'s hyper-sonic rocket sled. The Series/{{Mythbusters}} [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSVfYwdGSsQ are very fond of this one]]. [[AwesomeButImpractical Even if it doesn't tell them anything useful about the myth they're busting]].
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operación_Ogro Operación Ogro]], the plot to assassinate Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco, the confidant, prime minister, and presumed successor to [[UsefulNotes/TheFrancoRegime General Francisco Franco]]. Four ETA members posing as student sculptors rented a room on the street Blanco used to go to church, dug a tunnel under the road, and packed it with 80 kilograms of explosives. When a second set of "electricians" detonated the bomb as Blanco's car passed over it, the vehicle that weighted almost two tons ''[[ExplosionPropulsion sailed over 60 feet into the air]]'' before landing on a second-floor balcony of a building the next street over.