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->''"Now they sent me to school but things got weird''
->''When the kids made fun of my long red beard''
->''And OOOOOOOOOH! I blew my stack!"''
-->-- '''Yosemite Sam''', ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow''

A character releases bottled, superhuman rage and literally ''[[PersonOfMassDestruction blows up]]''.

The building they were in, as well as any buildings in a mile's radius, are leveled. Many die. But strangely, the originator of the explosion is usually unharmed.

Very rarely can be a SuicideAttack, if it is done on purpose and kills the user. Might also rarely be WhyAmITicking, if the detonation trigger is specifically tied to the character's rage. Compare BurningWithAnger, which is seldom destructive past a few charred bits of furniture.

[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] EmotionBomb, which induces emotion as an attack. Any character using this probably has EmotionalPowers, especially when [[PentUpPowerPeril said power builds up as the emotion does]].

See also RageBreakingPoint, a merely ''metaphorical'' explosion of rage.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/DragonBall'':
** Majin Buu. When we first see him, he's a [[OmnicidalManiac omnicidal]] but misguided pink blob, thanks to Babidi's cruel teachings. With luck, he meets Mr. Satan and befriends him, causing him to give up killing and [[TookALevelInKindness become kind-hearted]]. He gives a blind child sight for the first time, and even heals and adopts a wounded puppy. So... what went wrong, you ask? One completely ordinary guy with a gun shot his puppy and Mr. Satan, and set Buu off so horrifically, he expelled his own evil and it soon [[SuperpoweredEvilSide overtook him]]. Things got so bad [[ApocalypseHow everybody died]] and [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the world]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom went kaboom]]. BUT... he got better. Let's just say pissing Buu off means you need a set of Dragonballs and a planet-wide Genki Dama on hand to fix the damage he does.
** Also Cell. He was so furious after Gohan made him vomit out Android 18, causing him to revert back to a weaker form, that he inflated himself to a massive size planning to take everyone on the planet with him as he detonated. It took some quick thinking and a HeroicSacrifice from Goku to stop him. There were still casualties from this, but much less than there could have been.
** Vegeta does this in the final arc of ''Dragon Ball Z'' when he self-destructs to (unsuccessfully) kill Majin Buu.
%%* Almost the whole plot of ''Manga/{{Akira}}''.
%%* Mewtwo in ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie''.
* Lucille from ''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats'' combines this with MacrossMissileMassacre whenever she gets upset.
** Don't forget Big Cheese! He blows up every time he gets really angry.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', due to containing SealedEvilInACan - when he snaps, the explosion of power is only the first of the list of problems...
** All of the Jinchuriki have this problem; losing control means letting their Tailed Beast out, who sees the people that [[SealedEvilInACan stuffed it in the Jinchuriki in the first place]]. It doesn't help that the Tailed Beasts are equal parts EldritchAbomination and [[PowerOfHate seething hatred]].
** Deidara [[spoiler:kills himself by exploding to try to kill Sasuke. It fails because Sasuke teleports away.]]
** [[spoiler: The WarArc takes this UpToEleven when Madara/Tobi sets off ''six'' Angst Nukes within a close proximity of each other. The result was 6 jinchuuriki, [[OhCrap all in their V2 state]].]]
** [[spoiler: Obito]] did this when he saw [[spoiler: Rin]] die. The result looked like something out of ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry''
* Ryouga learns an ultimate technique powered by his depression in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. There are two forms of this. A standard [[KiAttacks Ki Blast]], and the proper 'Angst Nuke'. The reason why Ryouga survives the nuke version is that the level of depression needed, combined with actually performing the technique, leave him emotionally dead for a few seconds, letting the attack pass right through him. Why it still affects inanimate matter is anyone's guess.
* In ''Manga/TowardTheTerra'', Carina has a prolonged and destructive psychic freakout when she thinks Tony is dead. Later in the series, Matsuka does the same when he thinks Keith is dead.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': [[spoiler: Sayaka's [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie witch transformation]]]] may count. While it doesn't kill anyone, it sends Kyoko and objects around her flying, [[spoiler: including Sayaka's own corpse]].
* ''Anime/HeroicAge'': Yuti La/Cervius flies into one of these when [[spoiler:she believes Karkinos has died]]. In her rage she creates a black hole the size of an entire ''solar system'', which comes very, very close to killing all remaining Nodos in existence.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' chapter 554, when [[HavingABlast Bambietta Basterbine]] discovers she's been talking to herself for the past few pages because her friends ran off somewhere when she wasn't looking, she becomes furious and releases a massive explosion around herself that takes out sizable a chunk of the surrounding area.
* How Meliodas from ''Manga/TheSevenDeadlySins'' became the Sin of Wrath. After Meliodas' love interest was killed before his eyes, his [[spoiler: demon blood]] ran out of control and created a gigantic explosion that wiped the kingdom of Danafor off the map alongside with the person responsible.
* In Episode 17 of the anime adaption of ''Anime/AceAttorney'', [[spoiler:Mimi Miney does this after being revealed in court, also as the result of MakeMeWannaShout.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The [[ComicBook/TheNewUniverse Star Brand]] wielder has this as one of their powers.
* Variation, the ComicBook/RedHulk's body is always releasing an unnatural amount of heat. His body temperature rises with rage, so much so that he can cook vast stretches of land, but spending too much time in this state will weaken him.
* In ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' there's Xadhoom: according to what she says, if she ever lost control of her powers she would ''GO NOVA'', and then she would become a black hole and swallow the entire solar system she's in. Fortunately enough, she approached that level of fury only three times and every time she calmed herself.
* This is how ComicBook/{{Magneto}} first discovered his powers; his first daughter, Anya, was killed in a fire while he was prevented from rescuing her by villagers with a grudge. While the comic that shows it [[SmashToBlack cuts to a black panel]], his wife Magda's horrified reaction, and the smoking corpses when we next see him, heavily implies that he electrocuted the entire village, except for her, in one fell swoop.
* In ''ComicBook/WhiteSand'', when Praxton has his DyingMomentOfAwesome, he literally explodes with power with a roar of rage.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* Try [[UpToEleven Angst]] '''[[TheTunguskaEvent Tunguska]]''' - in FanFic/TheConversionBureauTheOtherSideOfTheSpectrum, when Celestia absorbs [[ShellShockedVeteran Marcus']] memories, she's so horrified by the war crimes she sees an evil alternate version of herself doing that she flies to "Ponguska, Sibearia" and has a cross-dimensional [[BadassBoast chat with her evil alter]] which culminated in an outstanding explosion of raw fury.

* Hades incinerates a forest in a flash fire after learning that Disney/{{Hercules}} is still alive.
** He also does a more literal form of this after Hercules is an established hero in Thebes as he easily vanquished every monster Hades threw at him, and realizing that his two minions Pain and Panic are wearing Hercules merchandise. To a lesser degree, the flames on Hades' body flare up and turn red and yellow when he's angrier.
* In ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'', Lo Pan's Storm bodyguard Thunder balloons himself in pure rage after his master is killed, then pops himself with his knife explosively to try and [[TakingYouWithMe take out Jack and Wang in the process]].
* In ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', Scarlet Witch senses [[spoiler:her twin brother Quicksilver die]] through telepathy, and a telekinetic blast wave issues from her that handily obliterates [[spoiler:all the Ultron mooks swarming her position]].

* Happens several times in ''Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm'', particularly to Kassandra in ''The Painter Knight''. She does severe damage to her entire ''kingdom''. Since she's [[KingIncognito incognito]] at the time, this poses a problem for her party since it's very obvious where the destruction radiated from.
* Very common in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime.'' Every channeler can "overload" which results in a significantly more powerful action then they're normally capable of, but the price is that they either die or their abilities are burned out which can be just as bad.
** The shining example of this is definitely the death of Lews Therin Telamon, The Dragon. After discovering that he slaughtered everyone he loved in his insanity, he Travels to the middle of nowhere and starts drawing ''massive'' amounts of ''saidin'', drawing more and more until it killed him and erupted all at once. This eruption is described as a pillar of light from the earth to the sky, so bright that anyone who even glimpsed was permanently blinded. After the light vanished, an enormous erupting volcano spewed forth from the ground where he died. This mountain's name is Dragonmount and it's basically Mount Everest: Volcano Edition. Thus died the Lews Therin, The Dragon, Lord of the Morning, Prince of Dawn, Kinslayer.


[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Ted Sprague in ''Series/{{Heroes}}''.
** Also, [[spoiler: Sylar in the future when his son dies]].
* Dr. Cox in at least one of JD's {{Imagine Spot}}s in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''.
** And JD himself in another Imagine Spot.
* Done deliberately in an episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}''.
* This is one of the signs of the Hellmouth regaining power in the last season of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. It acts as a LiteralGenie to the kids in the high school built on top of it, so one of them says they're so stressed they think they might explode, one can imagine what happens shortly after...

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/PsionicsTheNextStageInHumanEvolution'' bursts of intense negative emotions can cause espers to “overload” (lose control of their powers in a way that’s spectacularly dangerous). Depending on their strongest talent, this will result in heads exploding, a massive fire, or everything around them being torn to shreds.
* Skarbrand from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'' and ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' is a creature of pure rage. When released in a mighty roar, this rage can destroy buildings, blood boil and cause the heads of those nearby to explode in bloody fountains of gore.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The backstory of the BonusBoss in ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' is that he caused one of these [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil while being tortured]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', Fei lets off one of these in the beginning of the game, under severe stress.
* In ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'', [[PersonOfMassDestruction Asura]] [[SuperpowerMeltdown absolutely loses it]] and undergoes one of these when [[spoiler: [[TearJerker the little girl and the village]] [[PlayerPunch he's been trying to protect are destroyed by Olga.]]]] The result is Asura literally [[BurningWithAnger burning with anger]] as he [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome massacres an entire space fleet with it.]]
* In ''Star Wars: VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed 2'' (Wii version), Starkiller unleashes an enormous explosion of the Force on the bridge of a cruiser about to hit Kamino's planetary shield generator, essentially blowing up the entire cruiser and shield generator, along with a good portion of the city and cloning facilities. Starkiller soon afterwards travels through the remains of the cruiser to find Vader, fighting off waves of imperial troops while navigating the maze of debris.
* Giegue in ''[[VideoGame/CognitiveDissonance Mother: Cognitive Dissonance]]'' unleashes one on himself during his VillainousBreakdown when he learns [[spoiler:his [[EnemyWithout Hero Without]] Niiue is still alive.]] Giegue completely snaps in anger and fear which caused his PsychicPowers to stretch and rip him apart and [[spoiler:merge him with the fabric of [[MentalWorld Magicant]]]], leading to the birth of [[EldritchAbomination Giygas]].
* In ''Videogame/{{Nier}}'', [[spoiler:Popola]] ends up causing a SphereOfDestruction after [[spoiler:her sister]] is killed and she's left a screaming delirious mess. The only reason the heroes end up surviving is because [[spoiler:Emil performs a HeroicSacrifice]].
* A vulnerability for human brain scans in ''VideoGame/{{SOMA}}'', as negative emotions or excessive stress cause those scans to shut down. One example in-game involves Brandon Wan, whom you, Simon Jarret must manually restart if he freaks out when active, and at the end of the game, [[spoiler: Catherine Chun shuts down for good when she becomes sufficiently angry at you during an argument.]] Then again, Carl Semken and Simon himself both can become extremely distressed and continue to function, so it may be a question as to the quality of the hardware the A.I. mind is hooked up to.

* ''WebComic/NeoKosmos'': Seven has a panic attack and lashes out with their powers when Tye and Z leave range of their ability to sense them, leaving them utterly alone. They appear to shatter their containment unit from the inside out with a huge outburst caused by their anger and fear, and reduce most of their (solid stone) room to rubble with the side effect of blasting it open and allowing them access to the rest of the facility.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The final sketch in ''Machinima/TheGModIdiotBox'' episode 9. [[spoiler:After Derrick knocks Alex's candy out of his hand, Alex literally explodes with rage, and then proceeds to scream so loud he destroys the entire Earth. Both he and Derrick survive.]]
** In ''The Gmod Idiot Box'' episode 1, [[spoiler:a man who has been arrested tries so hard to escape his cuffs he devastates the surrounding area.]]
* [[BreathWeapon Weaponized]] by Lily in ''Roleplay/DorfQuest''.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic does not like plot holes:
--> '''Nostalgia Critic:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Just! Ex! Plain!]] *boom*
** Which is kinda funny/harsh when you realize what happened at the end of WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee
* Over at Blog/DasSporking, Ket Makura does this so frequently over the ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey'' sporkings that she has an icon that says "Gehayi [her co-sporker] has to sweep me up in a dust pan". Mervin also occasionally explodes, which she represents with videos or pictures of atomic explosions.
* [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP-]][[http://www.scp-wiki.net/decomm:scp-531-d 531-D]], a since-then "[[KilledOffForReal decommissioned]]" RealityWarper, [[GodModeSue released waves of darkness that vaporized everything organic within a radius of half a mile around himself when he felt his mother die.]]
* [[spoiler:Scion]] of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' will use an attack that erases everything surrounding him if sufficiently aggravated by his attackers. The final instance of this attack wiped out everything within ''ten miles''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
%%* Katie Ka-Boom in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** During one episde, protagonist and resident PersonOfMassDestruction Aang loses his temper from the frustration of being unable to find his animal companion, Appa. The resulting explosion can be seen for miles in every direction and bears a striking resemblance to UsefulNotes/NuclearWeapons. Luckily, he was in the middle of a desert on his own at the time so no bystanders were hurt, but Katara could still feel the backlash from miles away. Ironically, [[spoiler: Appa himself saw the explosion, but was tied down by a group of merchants and was stuck while he was desperately trying to get to Aang.]]
** A smaller example, but whenever Zuko gets frustrated or upset, he accidentally firebends. Most notably during "The Beach", when he snaps and causes their small campfire to explode into a huge column of fire.
* The plot of one ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' episode involved a hair tonic which caused its users to [[HairTriggerTemper get angry over minor things]], become red with rage, and cause an explosion (which they somehow survive unscathed, but the surroundings don't).
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' movie "WesternAnimation/ChannelChasers", when Vicky calls and tells Timmy's parents that he watched TV against their orders (and lied about other bad things she actually did like writing "My parents stink!" and "[[SitcomArchNemesis Dinkleberg]] rules!" on the walls), the scene then cuts to a DistantReactionShot where they explode into a mushroom cloud, whose smoke forms into the shape of their faces and yell "TIMMY!!!".
* Yosemite Sam on ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MYiIYBzrsc an entire musical number]] about this.
-->''Now they sent me to school but things got weird''
-->''When the kids made fun of my long red beard''
-->''And OOOOOOOOOH! I blew my stack!''
* PlayedForLaughs in the season 3 premiere of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. When [[TheHero Twilight Sparkle]] was freaking out over taking a mysterious test being given by her mentor [[BigGood Princess Celestia]], Spike tries to calm her down by saying it's just a test. Given this is [[SuperOCD Twilight Sparkle]], he should have known better.
-->'''Twilight Sparkle''': Princess Celestia wants to give me some kind of exam, and you're trying to tell me to calm down because it's ''"just a test"?!''
-->'''Spike''': (dons a suit of pillows and an army helmet) Uh... yes?
-->'''Applejack:''' I'd say she's handling things pretty well, considering...
-->''(Cue DistantReactionShot of the tree-house library getting blown into the air and crashing down again)''
* ''WesternAnimation/RatedAForAwesome'': Noam spent one episode wearing a device to remove his negative emotions (The "Blues Smoother"). The others, wanting the old Noam back, desecrate his favorite shirt, making him so angry that the Blues Smoother overloads and explodes (The resulting explosion being seen from space).
* Benson on ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' has this happen in "Think Positive", when he unleashes an episode's worth of pent-up rage at Mordecai and Rigby all at once, resulting in them being bathed in flames as he [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech tells them off]].
%%* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': "Day...'''''OOOOOOOOOOFFFFFF?!?!?'''''"
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** Red Star. A science experiment by MadScientist Dr. Chang to make him the perfect super soldier turned him into a living nuke, who once blew up and devastated a village. He had to keep draining the excess buildup of power as to not overload and do it again (which got so bad it leaked out and took a [[EldritchAbomination life of its own]]). Finally it became too much for him and he had to fly into deep space to wait for a massive explosion to go off from the inside out as to not charbroil the Earth. He appeared to die in that episode, but he later returned minus the PowerIncontinence for the GrandFinale battle: the final explosion stabilized his powers and gave him a chance to be normal again.
** Raven spends much of her time meditating and intentionally being TheStoic in order to ''prevent'' this from happening: her powers are influenced by her emotions, so the more stressed out/angry she gets the more devastating they can be. PlayedForLaughs when Cyborg left to help Titans West, and mentioning his name in a deadpan manner while [[BlatantLies saying she doesn't care that he's not there]] causes her hair to swirl and a giant monitor behind her to almost shatter. Decidedly ''not'' played for laughs in the episode where [[spoiler:the group watches a campy horror movie. She's so unable to cope with the FACT that she's afraid that her powers don't explode, they turn into a [[EldritchAbomination massive horde of demonic, red-eyed shadow-creatures that snatch away the team one by one]] until she comes to grips with it.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "Terry's Friend Dates a Robot" has Cynthia, the [[SexBot robot girlfriend]], being programmed to be "100% devoted" to Howard (the friend). Problem is she's so possessive that [[{{Yandere}} she'll attempt to murder anyone who gets in her way]] and when Howard tries to break things off with her, particularly when he says "LetsJustBeFriends", she gets so pissed off that she explodes, causing the entire house to go with her.