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->''No-one knows why smoking boots always remain, no matter how big the explosion. It seems to be just one of those things.''
-->-- ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}''

In many less serious works, when a character gets disintegrated, struck by lightning, or otherwise blown away, there is a tendency for the character's shoes to be left behind, wisps of smoke rising from each.

See also EyesAreUnbreakable for the eye version, and FreeWheel for when the [[PerfectlyCromulentWord obliteratee]] is a wheeled vehicle. Compare EmptyPilesOfClothing for when there's more than just shoes left behind.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'', his partially-melted feet are all that is left of [[spoiler: Kikuchiyo]] after he uses his body and a giant sword to block a huge battleship/castle from crashing into Kanna Village. [[HeroicSacrifice But he stopped it]].
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* {{Asterix}}'s punches often have this effect on the Roman Mooks he fights (although he merely punches them very hard, not actually vaporizing them).
* Subverted in ''{{Tintin}}: Recap/TintinTheCalculusAffair''. Tintin briefly believes Captain Haddock to have been vaporized after receiving a massive electric shock, but he's merely been launched into the overhead chandelier.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Happens to Starscream in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'', and in the following season of the cartoon we see this reflected in his memorial in the Decepticon crypt.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'', this happens to Goofy when his car exploded and he was blasted into the air.
* Happens to a bird in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' after Princess Fiona sings it to death, causing it to explode after reaching its highest note, leaving its smoking feet behind. A pair of legs from a knight in Dragon's castle also hints at this fate.
* Only [[spoiler:Buzz Lightyear]]'s legs are left when Zurg blows him up in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2''. [[spoiler:Luckily, it's just a video game being played.]]
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Happens to [[spoiler: Irina Spalko]] in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''.
* Happened in ''The Green Berets'' after a mortar shell hit.
* Semi-example: ''Film/TimeriderTheAdventureOfLyleSwann'' (1982). Near the end of the movie, the BigBad has a fatal run-in with the tail rotor of a helicopter. All that's left are his boots standing on the ground, with his calves and feet still inside.
* ''Film/{{Hobgoblins}}'', featured on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': a character is blown to bits with a hand grenade, leaving nothing but smoking boots. In the same scene, a character is set on fire from head to foot by another grenade. Several scenes later, he's shown to be still alive, albeit with a few sticking plasters and a crutch.
-->'''Crow T Robot:''' So the result of his ''complete immolation'' is.. minor redness and irritation.
* Happens to the Trooper when he finds the maguffin in the trunk early in ''Film/RepoMan''.
* In Film/TheThreeStooges short "Half-Shot Shooters", the Army sergeant fires a cannon at Moe, Larry, and Curly at the end of the short. All that's left of the boys are three smoldering pairs of boots.
* In the mind-numbingly bad ''Razor Sharpe'', a straight-to-video vanity piece, one mook is blown to bits leaving only his boots. Yeah.
* In ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain'', the unofficial ''Film/JamesBond'' film (oddly enough a remake of ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'' starring Creator/SeanConnery, who played Bond in the original ''Thunderball''), [[spoiler: Fatima Blush is killed by a delayed-fuse rocket propelled grenade fired from Bond's pen, leaving nothing but her heels and marking the first time Bond was seen killing a woman directly in front of him.]]
* Befitting its comic book stylings, this happens to an unlucky superhero in ''TheIncredibles'', mentioned as part of Edna Mode's "No capes" rant.
-->'''Edna:''' Do you remember Thunderhead? Tall, storm powers? Nice man, good with kids. November 15th of '58! All was well, another day saved, when his cape snagged on a missile fin! (''Cuts to a shot of Thunderhead being yanked out of his boots by the missile launching'')
* ''Film/RaisingArizona'' - that's all that's left of the bounty hunter [[spoiler: when H.I. accidentally pulls off a grenade pin when he's getting the stuffings beat out of him.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'' specifically says that there's ''always'' smoking boots left behind, no matter what causes an explosion.
** Another more specific instance comes in ''Discworld/SmallGods'', where it's noted that whenever a philosopher comes in and [[FlatEarthAtheist says the gods don't exist]], "We find their sandals later, still smoking, and a [[BoltOfDivineRetribution Lightning bolt]] with a little sign saying, 'Yes, we do.'"
** Smoking boots are also mentioned in ''Discworld/{{Mort}}''
** Also comes up in ''Thud!''. A team of dwarfs are sent to kill Sam Vimes' family. One attacks his wife (who is tending the dragons at the time)... with a flamethrower. The dragons are not impressed. Cue white hot iron boots sitting in a pool of molten sand, and the outline of a dwarf scorched onto the doors beyond.
* Happens in one of the ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' books when Mat is struck by magical lightning. (He gets better)
* In ''Literature/TurnCoat'', book 11 of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', this is used as a threat. Ebenezar (Harry's second, better mentor) tells Lara Raith ([[EvilIsSexy the life-stealing succubus]]) that if she touches Harry again, all that will be left of her for her family to bury will be her five-hundred-dollar shoes.
** Just for the uninformed, Ebenezar [[NotHyperbole is not exaggerating.]]
* In Creator/StephenKing's novel ''TheTommyknockers'', two cops are almost completely disintegrated with a science-fiction weapon. All that remains is a single smoking shoe - with a foot still in it.
* This happens to a minor character towards the end of ''MortalEngines''. The narration specifically notes that it would be funny if his feet weren't still in them.
* In ''Literature/SonicTheHedgehogInCastleRobotnik'' all that is left of [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Ferdy]] after the boiler explosion are two blades and his left shoe.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Hunted," Sam walks into a grenade trap set by [[WellIntentionedExtremist fellow hunter Gordon Walker]]. After the explosion, Gordon sees Sam's Smoldering Shoe on the floor. The trope is subverted when Sam walks up behind Gordon and holds a gun to his head. It helps that Sam had recently met a fellow psychic who had foreseen his death.
* This happens to several fellows unlucky (or [[TooDumbToLive stupid]]) enough to stand in front of an activating [[Series/StargateSG1 Stargate]].
* The Series/MythBusters have tested the Asterix punch and decided that it's quite hard to punch someone hard enough to push them out of their shoes/socks. Not even a [[MoreDakka bomb blast]] did it.
* Happened in an episode of the bio-terrorism drama ''The Burning Zone''.
* The unfortunate fate of [[spoiler:[=SuperMagic PowerMan=] and Lanolin Lady after being vaporized by Space Monster M wearing [=SuperMagic PowerMan=]'s magic headband]] in ''TheAquabatsSuperShow'' episode "Showtime!".
* In an old sketch show, a woman in riding wear accidentally blows herself up by dropping her cigarette onto some explosive fertilizer. A farmhand comes back to find only her smoking riding boots left in the middle of the yard.
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[[folder:Music]]
* In Music/TheCranberries' "Promises" video, the cowboy fires at the witch/scarecrow, but she catches the bullets in her teeth. She then opens her mouth and emits a ray at the cowboy, leaving a smoldering pair of cowboy boots.

* 'Grateful Dead' "Mississippi Half Step/Uptown Toodeloo" Lost my boots in transit, babe, pile of smokin' leather, Nailed a retread to my feet and prayed for better weather."
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* When Monday Night Raw was in its "Guest Host" phase, Wrestling/{{R|on Killings}}-Truth was blown up by [[Series/SaturdayNightLive McGruber]], leaving nothing but the Truth's shoes behind. [[NegativeContinuity R-Truth showed up for NXT just fine with no mention of the incident though.]][[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* A pair of orc magic boots from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' are said to be all that was left of the warboss Bigged, who 'made his last boast in front of an Empire cannon.'
* If a Troubleshooter in ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' doesn't have this done to him at some point, the GM is not doing his job right.
** It's even on the box art for the ''Paranoia: Mandatory !Bonus Fun! Card Game.''
** In Paranoia 2nd Edition, there's [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/staplegunner/4442577348/ a picture of a smoldering boot with a laser gun sticking out of the ash heap]]... and a nice big [[superscript:TM]] next to the picture. It's not just a [[RunningGag recurring motif]] in the game - it's a ''trademark''.
*** In the XP edition, a pair of smoking boots is the symbol for the Zap play style, which advocates wild slapstick, {{excuse plot}}s, and bad puns.
** Occasionally, a bot's [[SpockSpeak lower ambulatory appendages]] are portrayed in the same pose.
** Actually lampshaded in the XP edition, in which a set of smoking boots is available as a toy on the open market (refills sold separately). They're likely to be used at least once in a dastardly plot; the big clue is that they are 1) equipment, 2) in ''Paranoia'', 3) that players can access.
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' TabletopRPG, supplement ''Curse of the Chthonians'', adventure "Dark Carnival". A man is pulled through the iron bars of a gate by ghouls: when his feet get stuck, they're ripped off, leaving them (still inside his shoes) on the ground. The shoes (and feet) are all that's left.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** The game usually avoids the prerequisite level of silliness for this, but the joke set Unhinged [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=74329 is almost overqualified in that respect]].
** The Gatecrash variant of [[http://magiccards.info/gtc/en/25.html Smite]] dives full on into this trope. The flavor text even lampshades it.
* As the ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' example indicates, anyone hit with a ''Disintegration'' spell in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons 3.5'' and failing their save[[note]]and not surviving the up-to-40d6 damage[[/note]] will be reduced to dust, but leave their equipment intact. In earlier editions both wearer and equipment was destroyed, but this led to the spell being wholly underused and hated because most players want to keep their loot intact.
** But magical items were allowed a saving throw, so everything except boots turning into fine ashes ''was'' a possible outcome.
* Used for both BlackComedy and an example of the protagonist's growing SanitySlippage in the ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' fluff novel "Test of Vengeance." The [[PowerArmor Ele]][[DesignerBabies men]][[SuperSoldier tal]] protagonist is suffering a long, slow HeroicBSOD, and at one point he fires his anti-Mech weapon in an [[OffhandBackhand Offhand Backlaser]] that explicitly leaves an enemy infantryman as nothing but a pair of smoking, highly polished black boots. The incident starts to push him into LaughingMad territory.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* In a computer game called ''Kingdom O'Magic'', your character finds a pair of boots in the woods, still smoking. Right next to an axe and a stump. The narrator comments that that tends to happen in enchanted forests.
* The death animation of Spaz in ''VideoGame/JazzJackrabbit II'' is him exploding and leaving only a shoe behind.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', killing a hobo with over 500 points of hot damage makes only the charred boots remain. Said boots are collected and can be used as part of a "Scarehobo", which also needs hobo skins, eyeballs, skulls, guts and crotches, collected in the same manner with different elemental damage. Yes - you can literally hit a hobo out of his skin. Given that you can also embarrass them out of their crotches, this is almost reasonable by comparison.
* In the original ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' games, a defeated cyberdemon explodes, leaving behind only its hooves and a puddle of blood.
* ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheTriad'' has these in its game over screen.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Glover}}'', this happens to the boss of the dinosaur world.
* ''VideoGame/HeartOfDarkness'' is an E-rated game whose pre-teen protagonist can be [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential killed in dozens of ways]], [[NightmareFuel most of them only leaving his shoes]].
* Frequently seen in the Gremlin Graphics's computer adaptation of ''Space Crusade''.
* Whenever Franchise/CrashBandicoot gets killed in an explosion, he always leaves behind one smoking shoe, and, strangely, [[EyesAreUnbreakable an eyeball]].
** In [[Videogame/CrashBandicoot2CortexStrikesBack the second game]], if Crash is riding the Polar bear cub, the bear will be unharmed as Crash's shoes land on either side of it. Followed by Crash's GoofyPrintUnderwear [[CrowningMomentOfFunny landing on the bear's head.]]
* Imps in ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper'' explode when they die, leaving only their feet behind.
* In ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'', this happens to [=LeChuck=] when the flaming voodoo cannonball he was about to use against Elaine gets knocked out of his hand. A pair of pirates later find the boots and fish them out of the sea, only to get turned into two more members of [=LeChuck's=] undead crew when he recorporates from his boots not long afterwards.
* In ''HogsOfWar'', this is what fallen soldiers leave behind during normal gameplay. Outside of combat, this is PlayedForLaughs in one of the cutscenes.
* ''VideoGame/BlackMesa'' recreates the scene from ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' where an offscreen guard who's a little [[TooDumbToLive slow on the uptake]] accidentally lets the Tau Cannon [[ChargedAttack overcharge]] and explode. When you get into the room he was in, his boots are undisturbed, though as in the original, [[LudicrousGibs various parts of him]] can be seen around the room.
* Described in ''VideoGame/{{Starsiege}}'' as what happens when a human is struck by a Cybrid [[{{Nanomachines}} nano-infuser]], becoming a one-person GrayGoo scenario. The nanites target metal atoms first, such as iron in the blood, which means that cloth, polymers, and similar materials are generally left untouched--the result is a horrific, steaming organic slurry with largely untouched clothing floating in it.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1252#comic This]] ''SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' strip.
* In [[http://www.crfh.net/d/20090422.html this]] ''Webcomic/CollegeRoomiesFromHell'' strip, Antananarivo finds himself on the wrong end of Margaret's battle monkey.
* Variation in [[http://www.awkwardzombie.com/comic1-121406.php this]] ''Webcomic/AwkwardZombie'' strip.
* [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0595.html Daimyo Kubota]] in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''.
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTLQJPX9xJM this]] parody ad, a low-profit-margin customer gets zapped by a laser. Only her smoking boots are left in front of her car, and her mobile phone lands next to them a moment later.
* The ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'' between [[Franchise/DragonBall Goku]] and Franchise/{{Superman}} ends with a shot of the loser's boot floating in space, [[spoiler:somehow having survived the EarthShatteringKaboom]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', Spongebob, as the Quickster, does this after being accidentally lit on fire. He still says "Much better."
* In ''WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut'', this happens to Principal Prickly (through unexplained means) after sticking his key in the school door. He turns out to have just been teleported, but how that happened is ''still [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse completely unexplained]]''.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', this is the aftermath of [[spoiler: Tarantulas']] death after he is vaporized.
* Combined with EyesAreUnbreakable for an ImagineSpot in ''MyLifeAsATeenageRobot''. {{S|talkerWithACrush}}heldon steals Jenny's blueprints to see what makes her tick, but then [[BigBad Vexus]] gets a hold of them, and Sheldon realizes he'll have to tell Jenny how Vexus has them. But in the ImagineSpot, when he does tell her, Jenny vaporizes him, leading to the above combo.
* Slightly justified in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' in which "Shoes can't fit through the phone [of Cthulu]. They're way too big!"
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* When Robert Ballard discovered the wreck of the RMS ''Titanic,'' he found a few sets of shoes lying side by side in perfect pairs, their owners long since decomposed. He described it as eerie, reminding him that the ship was a giant graveyard.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Cops}}'', a man was hit by a speeding car and his sneakers were found quite a distance away from where he was thrown by the impact.
* Shoes and boots--even moreso the pre-modern era ones--made of leather are usually the toughest part of someone's attire, [[RealityIsUnrealistic they escape even raging fires barely singed]], while the body is charred like a log.
** RealityIsUnrealistic example: during an armed clash in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanian_Revolution 1989 Romanian Revolution]], a group of soldiers had been killed when their light APC exploded under anti-tank gun fire. Throughout the next few days, the media barked they must have been some [[Film/JamesBond technologically advanced spies and infiltrators]], "since they had boots of exotic materials which did not burn in the explosion". [[FridgeLogic One may ask if it had been so]], why weren't they fully dressed in [[SarcasmMode such magical suits that do not burn]].
* The "wick effect", responsible for alleged cases of SpontaneousHumanCombustion, occurs when a human body is burned almost entirely due to the flammability of fatty tissue. As feet contain very little fat, they are likely to survive the process and be left intact.
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