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Everything Explodes Ending
"Or does it explode?"
Langston Hughes, "A Dream Deferred" (last line)

Sometimes a comedic piece, rather than a punchline, will have everything suddenly explode instead. The randomness combined with the coolness factor of explosions is guaranteed to get some laughs.

This is an example of Stuff Blowing Up. Also compare Drop the Cow.

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  • Near the end of Caddyshack, Carl Spackler uses a bunch of plastic explosives as a last resort against the gopher. (Never mind that there's a crucial golf game going on.)
  • The Three Stooges used this ending in quite a few shorts.
  • Dr. Strangelove ends in this precise manner.

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  • Sealab 2021 ends (nearly?) every episode with Sealab exploding. Sometimes justified by the plot, sometimes purely for Once an Episode Rule of Funny.
  • The Sponge Bob Square Pants episode "Dying For Pie" ends with the exploding pie completely destroying Bikini Bottom, using footage from the Bikini Atoll nuclear tests as said explosion.
  • Ren and Stimpy:
    Narrator: Thus ended the Republican party as we know it.
    Ren's Brain: You eediot!
    • "Sven Hoek" ends with Ren, Stimpy and Sven being blown straight to Hell after Ren pees on a board game named "Don't Whiz On The Electric Fence".
    • Inverted in "Black Hole", which ends with Ren and Stimpy imploding.
  • The Tom and Jerry cartoon "The Missing Mouse" has Tom scared by a lab mouse that swallowed a powerful explosive. By the end a radio announcement declares that the mouse will not explode and Tom gives it a good kick. It explodes anyway.
  • Looney Tunes
    • Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century ends with Dodgers and Marvin blowing up Planet X.
    • "Captain Hareblower" has Bugs Bunny blowing up Yosemite Sam's ship by throwing a lit match into the gunpowder room. Sam tries to get even by doing the same to Bugs' ship, but Bugs doesn't even try to stop him and Sam makes a hasty retreat. Turns out it was the other kind of powder room (the ladies' bathroom), yet it explodes anyway.
      Bugs: I don't know what he's so worried about... talcum powder doesn't explode.
      (cue big explosion)
      Bugs: Uh, I guess I could be wrong, you know...

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