A Deadly Fireworks Display occurs whenever a character dies in a slow and occasionally agonizing way that is worked out to be as flashy as possible. What will generally happen is that bright colors will appear during a death scene and that said bright colors will create a dazzling show akin to a fireworks display (hence the trope name). Circumstances can be however they are for the death of a character, but it counts as a DeadlyFireworksDisplay if the death is either directly accompanied or caused by a light show. The show is also there to show us that the character met a generally unpleasant end, be it a good or bad guy.

Oftentimes this trope occurs as a result of a DealWithTheDevil, and the death itself is caused by the spirits of the one whom the deal was made with when they are unable to pay up. Said spirits thus make it a point to make his death as flashy as possible, with plenty of flashing lights supposedly representing BlackMagic as the character is dragged to their doom.

The trope can also be used when someone is [[SealedEvilInACan Sealing Evil in a Can]], in which case it does not count as a death so much as it does a sealing. In the case that the light show occurs as a result of TrickingTheShapeshifter, it can be tied in to AGodAmI, although some examples don't do this.

Yet other times, it involves the BigBad directly if said BigBad is a supernatural entity like a spirit or a god. In these cases, TrickingTheShapeshifter is not entirely necessary; if it dies, it will simply die in a light show.

Subtrope of TechnicolorDeath, the key difference being that the death is always flashier than most Technicolor deaths really are. (For example, the Wicked Witch of the West would count as a Technicolor death, but it's not flashy enough to count as a deadly fireworks display.) For the version of this trope that shows a more pleasant end, see DisappearsIntoLight.

!!'''As a DeathTrope, all Spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.'''


[[folder: Film - Animation ]]

* An iconic example occurs in ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' in which Dr. Facilier is dragged into a headstone when he cannot pay up all the souls his voodoo gods need.
** Specifically, when the talisman he would use to send the souls to his "Friends" is broken. Sort of like if all your creditors called in all your debts the instant your Paypal account broke.
* A variation on this death occurs in ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'', wherein Rasputin decomposes in flashes of green light after the title character steps on [[SoulJar his talisman]].
* Played straight in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' when Jafar is tricked into turning himself into a genie and he gets pulled into the lamp with literal fireworks accompanying it.
** Played straight again in the sequel, when Jafar's lamp melts in lava, along with XRaySparks.
*** Similarly, Ursula's death in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''.
* Played very literally in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' when the villain gets destroyed by fireworks that were lit by Mushu.
* ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'': The scene where Sykes hits the train...
* The [[FinishingMove Wuxi Finger Hold]] from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' can be seen as a variation of this kind of death that occurs away from the influence of demonic objects.
** This is up for debate, however, as it's never explicitly mentioned in the movie that Tai Lung was in fact killed by the finger hold.


[[folder: Film - Live-Action ]]

* In ''Film/DragMeToHell'', the heroine encounters this kind of death at the very end of the movie, in which she is literally dragged to hell.
** Oddly enough, this is not the result of a deal with the devil on her end; rather, it is because of a deal on the end of the [[RoaringRampageofRevenge old woman she blew off at the beginning of the movie]].
* In ''Film/{{Ghost}}'', the main villain is killed by a window pane. They are then dragged to hell by demons.
* The entire climax of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' is a massive Deadly Fireworks Massacre.
* Blackout from the new ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movie goes out in a blaze of typical Michael Bay explosions. The results of that speak for themselves...
* The entire final scene of ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''.
* Emperor Palpatine from ''Franchise/StarWars Episode VI: Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', being tossed down a shaft while sending electricity everywhere. When he hits the core, that burst of energy is enough to show us he's gone.
* In ''Film/{{Platoon}}'', there are [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar MANY moments]] of [[WarIsHell fireworks]], especially [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome the end]].
* ''[[{{Rush Hour}} Rush Hour 2]]'', Hu Li's time bomb.
* This is very literal in ''Film/FinalDestination3'', where the finale takes place at a tricentennial, featuring fireworks. Said fireworks set off a horse that manages to nearly kill one character (and upon failing to do so, kill another), and at the end of the scene, the fireworks nearly hit the three main characters, only to cause the death of the film's only human antagonist.
* Johann Schmit/Red Skull ends up suffering from this trope in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' when his attempt to use the Tesseract/Energy cube on Captain America after the device holding it was destroyed ended up backfiring on him.
** Though, if you've watched ''{{Film/Thor}}'', you'll recognize that particular bit as the Bifrost teleportation sequence. Meaning that it's most likely that Red Skull isn't [[NotQuiteDead finished just yet.]]
* ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'' has every mook's [[YourHeadAsplode head explode]] into a literal fireworks display, complete with [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Pomp and Circumstance]] playing in the background. It's just as [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hilarious]] as it is [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]].


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* This is the standard death scene for the MonsterOfTheWeek on ''PowerRangers'' and "SuperSentai". Usually there's lots of sparks and lightning crackling as the monster collapses from the FinishingMove, then it explodes when it hits the ground.


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* By all accounts, this is what the death of [[{{Exalted}} the Primordials]] looked like (except less fireworks and more tearing gaping holes to the Void in the fabric of reality).
* ''TabletopGame/PsionicsTheNextStageInHumanEvolution'': A victim of the Atomize talent is ripped apart at the atomic level, resulting in a rather brilliant and flashy display. The book even literally compares their atoms being pulled apart and spinning away into the air to fireworks.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Happens to every final boss of the ''FireEmblem'' series except for Ashnard.
* The Lambent Brumak from ''[[{{GearsOfWar}} Gears of War 2]]''.
* Subverted at one point in ''KingdomHearts'': in the version of Aladdin that is played through during the game, Jafar actually ''avoids'' this kind of death by wishing to become a genie. This subversion occurs as a result of Sora defeating him in his human form. Also consider the fact that Jafar would have been eaten by Darkness if he hadn't wished to become a Genie.
** He ends up playing it straight in the sequel after being defeated in his genie form, however.
*** Also, [[SquishyWizard Donald Duck's]] {{Limit Break}}s take the form of fireworks.
*** The Ducky Goose and Drak Quack Dream Eaters from ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'' will use firecrackers and fireworks against enemies.
* ''{{Star Fox 64}}'' has a few of these, most notably the ending of Macbeth where the train crashes into the weapons base.
* A few of the fatalities from the ''MortalKombat'' series are this, as well as Shao Kahn's demise from ''Mortal Kombat 3''.
* Most ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games have this. Most of the time it's flashes of light accompanied by the boss crumbling away.
* The [[EpilepticFlashingLights seizure-inducing]] boss explosions in ''Iron Tank''.
* In the ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' games all the boss enemies die this way as their power cells explode when they're defeated...but only after they've finished their [[{{FamousLastWords}} dying monologue]] of course! More impressive when defeated by a normal saber attack as they continue talking (and notably not exploding) despite being clearly cut into two.
* All the hunters corrupted by Dark Samus's earlier attack on them in ''MetroidPrime 3: Corruption'' suffer this fate as a result of their defeat. Similarly, Dark Samus herself, shortly after she is defeated while possessing Aurora Unit 313, also suffers this trope (It's notably different than the previous DisappearsIntoLight example of her death in the previous game as she is screaming in agony shortly after surviving a fatal blow, and then blows up... taking Samus's corruption and Phaaze with her).
* Volgin in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' ends up defeated by Snake, and ends up being hit by lightning. He then catches on fire, and the bullet bandomeers end up being set off by the flames.
* Alduin of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' gets the most spectacular death out of all the dragons of the game when he finally goes down in Sovngarde.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Towards the end of ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheDiamondCastle'', VainSorceress Lydia tries to cast a spell on the protagonists, but it backfires and hits her instead, surrounding her with swirling green sparkles until she disappears in a flash of light. Though she turns out to be NotQuiteDead...
** Also in 2 of the 3 the Barbie Movies which are located in Fairytopia (respectively the first part; Fairytopia and the third part; Magic of the Rainbow), where the BigBad of several movies gets hit by the Power of the Rainbow and (after getting swirled about in the first movie,) "explodes" in a rain of rainbow-colored sparkles.
* Optimus Prime's ([[DeathIsCheap temporary]]) death in ''TransformersArmada''.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Explosions in fireworks factories are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_t4yFHZQqc&feature=related both terrifying and pretty]].