"I'M TORGUE, AND I AM HERE TO ASK YOU ONE QUESTION, AND ONE QUESTION ONLY: EXPLOSIONS!?"Superpowers that involve creating explosions. Can overlap with Why Am I Ticking?, Playing with Fire, and Ludicrous Gibs. See also Action Bomb. Villainous and/or mentally insane users are considered Mad Bombers. For the non-superpower equivalent see Throw Down the Bomblet. Not to be confused with someone who is having a good time, nor someone who goes out in coitus.
— Mister Torgue, Borderlands 2
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Anime and Manga
- Azuma from Fairy Tail, who can blow up ships from a distance with his Great Tree Arc magic.
- Jackal's curse lets him create massive spontaneous explosions. He can even turn anything he touches into a bomb.
- By the same author of the above manga, Haru of Rave Master wields the Ten Powers, a sword that can take on ten different forms. Haru's favorite is Explosion the, well, explosion sword.
- Mr. 5 from One Piece has a Devil Fruit power, allowing him to make any part of his body explode at will (without harming himself). Because of how One Piece treats its powers, this means he can even breathe into an empty gun chamber to make explosive bullets. His preferred method of attack is flicking his boogers at people.
- Naruto villain Deidara, a former member of the Hidden Stone's Explosion Corps, uses Exploding Clay, which combines this trope with Dishing Out Dirt and Art Initiates Life.
- Later on, we meet Gari, another member of the Explosion Corps with the "Explosion Release" Kekkai Genkai, who explodes people by simply punching them.
- Genthru the Bomb Devil from Hunter × Hunter has two abilities of this sort: He can create a small explosion with a touch or a bigger explosion (involving bombs conjured from thin air) if he sets things up right beforehand.
- In Fullmetal Alchemist, Solf J. Kimblee can use alchemy to destabilize the air, which causes large explosions.
- In the 2003 anime version, he instead changes people's chemical makeup to make them explosive.
- Roy Mustang mixes this with Playing with Fire; his own alchemy allows him to transmute air and water into an explosive mix of hydrogen and oxygen, which he then ignites with a spark from his special gloves, creating explosive firebombs with little more than a Badass Finger Snap.
- That kid Maki from Darker Than Black had psi-detonated fingerprints.
- Cinque's Inherent Skill in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS is the ability to transmute any metal into high-grade explosives on touch. Combine that with her ability to summon any number of steel daggers out of thin air, and you get a Game-Breaker character who had to be Put on a Bus until the end of the season immediately after her introduction.
- Yoshikage Kira from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has this as the power of his Stand, Killer Queen: anything that it touches can be made to explode at will. He also has a secondary ability to allows him to launch an autonomous heatseeking bomb from the Stand's main body.
- Which makes interacting with him kind of rough. "Killer Queen has already touched that doorknob..."
- Ax-Crazy villain Dholaki from Psyren can do this with his "Explosia."
- Many characters from Dragon Ball Z.
- Nappa, who waves two fingers to create spontaneous explosions.
- Then there are Frieza and Vegeta who can finish someone off by making them explode.
- Chaotzu and Cell can self-destruct spectacularly, though only the latter can come back.
- In fact, just about any Ki Attack that isn't piercing, cutting, concussive, or purely destructive will detonate like a standard explosive, including a fiery plume and thick clouds of dark smoke.
- A skeleton ghost from March Story was able to create exploding bubbles by tap dancing on the ocean waves.
- Karasu from YuYu Hakusho has the ability to create a wide variety of organic bombs out of his ki energy, ranging from dynamite sticks to flying eye bombs and bear trap-like mines.
- In Bleach, Bambietta Basterbine is actually codenamed E for "The Explode." She creates balls of reiatsu that enter objects and people and cause them to explode.
- Katsuki Bakugo of My Hero Academia can create explosions from the sweat from his palms. His superhero suit incorporates oversized cuffs to collect his sweat for later use.
- The Bombmon of Digimon Xros Wars explode as their sole attack. During the final battle against Bagramon's army, they are seen flying out of an explosion they created completely unharmed.
- Megumin, one of the main characters from Konosuba, is a young Arch Wizard who specializes solely in explosion magic. She can only create one blast before all of her mana is used up for that day, but with how powerful they can be, the world would practically be gone in a month if she could do it multiple times a day.
- The Human Bomb, who made his original appearance in Police Comics #1 in August of 1941, is the original super-powered explosion maker. He literally could cause anything he touched to explode... the bigger the object, the bigger the explosion. When Quality comics went out of business, DC Comics purchased the rights to its entire stable of characters, and the Human Bomb became a member of the Freedom Fighters.
- The "Human Hand-Grenade" from The Authority: Revolution had the power to explode, then reassemble himself.
- Marvel supervillain Nitro had the ability to blow himself up and reform instantly. He is also the villain ultimately responsible for Captain Marvel's death as well as causing the incident that led to the first Marvel Civil War.
- Marvel Mutant Tabitha "Boom-Boom" Smith has this as her superpower. She creates time-delay plasma balls which explode. They can be small or huge.
- Also in X-Men, War of the Apocalypse horsemen had a power to detonate objects he focused on.
- Gambit has a power to turn any object he touches into a bomb, as small as a playing card or as big as a car (he used that one when teaming up with Ben Grimm from the Fantastic Four).
- Jubilee, pre-depowering, had this. Usually it was in the form of tiny little fireworks that could blind and deafen others, but in times of stress, she was able to level buildings with them.
- The first War of the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse had the power to cause explosions anywhere he wished by clapping his hands together once.
- Both Liberty Lad and El Diablo gain the ability to cause random bits of scenery to explode in Freedom Force.
- The DC Universe character Plastique can cause explosions in objects she touches with her fingertips.
- In Ultimate Marvel, the mother and daughter Bombshells are able to fire off explosive blasts. Mama Bombshell used her power for thefts, taking her daughter along on her crimes; after she got locked up, her daughter made a Heel–Face Turn, becoming a superheroine.
- Family: Gio and Silver both have the ability to create explosions with their bloodline powers.
- Black Moon Chronicles: Creating explosions is one of the many powers that a mage can learn. Shamballeau especially is very good at it, being introduced blowing up twenty soldiers who hassled him before Wismerhill adopts him into his crew.
- X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever is about a mutant who recently discovers that he has the power to explode without any abilities that would let him survive said explosion, meaning that his powers is functionally just suicide-bombing.
- The Ultraverse: Grenade from The Strangers has the ability to project explosive energy outwards from his body (most commonly focused through his chest).
- Dreaming Of Sunshine gives Shikako this as her preffered method of combat. Though the reader never finds out exactly how it began, or how she earned her reputation as a Mad Bomber.
- Vengeance, a homunculus in the Fullmetal Alchemist fanfic Forgive Us Our Trespasses, has the ability to heat her own body. She eventually figures out how to use this to turn herself into a living bomb - after her powers go haywire on a train. From Bad to Worse from there.
- Enjin from The Bridge can create energy spheres that explode on contact. It can either grab onto and punch the attack into someone for a direct hit, or throw them as a rapidly expanding explosion.
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Tim the Enchanter can cause explosions (presumably using magic) hundreds of yards away.
- Godzilla's "Nuclear Pulse" involves him overclocking his own body with radiation and unleashing a shockwave.
- In My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Legend of Everfree, the Humane Seven start developing super-powers, and Pinkie Pie gains the ability to make sugary foods (like sprinkles and marshmallows) spontaneously combust.
- Desmond from The Zombie Knight has the power to turn parts of his body into sodium. generally, this reacts with water to produce hydrogen gas, which goes off at about the right time for him to rip off an arm and throw it like a grenade.
- "Boomers" have this power in The Grimnoir Chronicles. Giuseppe Zangara is the most prominent example, meaning that in this version his attempted assassination of FDR results in hundreds of casualties (though Roosevelt himself still survives).
Live Action TV
- Charmed. Piper can make things explode by "speeding up molecules".
- Kamen Rider Wizard: This is the effect of the Explosion Ring, commonly used by the White Wizard.
- In Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger, Furabijou is fond of opening her hand in the direction of the Hurricangers and saying "Boom." Then things go boom.
- In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Inhuman Hellfire has this power — he merely has to touch an item to charge it up and have it explode a few seconds later.
- DC Heroes. A character with the Bomb power could make objects explode.
- Fantasy Games Unlimited's Psi World. The psionic ability Blast caused explosions.
- In BIONICLE, this is the major difference between Rahkshi of Disintegration and Fragmentation; the former turns objects into dust, the latter turns them into shrapnel.
- Many characters of the Bomberman series, White Bomber potentially being the Trope Codifier among video game characters.
- The title characters of 'Splosion Man and Ms. 'Splosion Man.
- Borderlands - The Explosive Artifact, for Brick and Bloodwing, who then can make explosions and detonate their enemies with their fists and beak (respectively).
- In the sequel, Krieg the Psycho can gain the ability to make his enemies explode when they die.
- In general, explosions is the entire point behind the Torgue Corporation and all of their weapons. Everything they shoot explodes. They even have a shotgun that shoots swords that then explode... into more swords. Which also explode.
- There is a magical item in Age of Wonders 2 that turns the hero wielding it, picture this, into a reusable suicide bomber.
- In Touhou, this is usually how the fandom portrays Flandre Scarlet's powers over destruction to work since they were never shown ingame.
- Dragon's Wake: In addition to a flamethrower-like Breath Weapon attack the player can also spit exploding fireballs.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, there's a mask called the Blast Mask. It's pretty much Exactly What It Says on the Tin. It doesn't have a whole lot of uses, but it does help out if you're low on bombs, or want to conserve. The only real problem is that when you use the mask, it cuts down on your life. Unless you're using your shield at the same time.
- Hyper Princess Pitch's mother, the Goddess of Explosions.
- In Ōkami, one of Amaterasu's powers is the ability to create bombs at will to destroy weak walls or harm enemies which she gains from Bakugami, the God of Explosive Force.
- Hisahide of Sengoku Basara specializes in creating explosions by tossing gunpowder at his enemies and igniting them with a snap of his fingers.
- In the Paper Mario series, Bob-omb party members like Bombette and Admiral Bobbery fall under this by having a lot of explosion-based attacks. Notably as a species, as long as they're a friendly Bob-omb, they're not as much of an Action Bomb due to being able to explode without repercussion.
- The Pokémon moves Explosion and Selfdestruct. Unless you're a ghost-type. They're powerful moves but always faint the user in exchange. Can get a bit squicky when you imagine a Pokemon the size of Snorlax or Wailord using Selfdestruct.
- Those moves made it in Smash 4 as one of Greninja's custom special attacks. Unusually for the trope, Greninja himself is immune to the blast and can do it whenever he wants.
- Cole McGrath from inFAMOUS can use his power over electricity to pack kinetic energy into his moves. Most relevant are his grenade and rocket attacks.
- The Grey Knight in Castle Crashers technically has this, as his projectile magic is summoning a bomb which promptly explodes.
- Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning has the RPG elements of Fire/Ice/Lightning , except fire effect are more boom and less fwoosh, with even the flaming blade weapons making small explosions on contact. The starter fire spell isnt even a Fire Ball or stream of flames, but 'tagging' enemies with the spell and remotely detonating them.
- Several creatures in the Monster Hunter series have some method of creating explosions. Brachydios, the cover mascot of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, covers its foes in slime that explodes after a few seconds. When the monster is enraged, its slime loses the delay and its punches just explode on contact.
- A DLC pack for Saints Row IV gives you the "Explosion" element for your superpowers. Particularly noteworthy is the Explosion Blast, which is basically Chain Lightning but with stuff blowing up: it shoots a projectile that explodes upon hitting something, and anyone caught in that explosion also blows up, then anyone caught in their explosions blows up...
- In Shantae: Risky's Revenge, the higher level Puff spells lets Shantae summon movable clouds that explode for a lot damage after a few seconds.
- In Touhou Nekokayou, Masha Kinoko's power (apart from "manipulation of fungus") is "creating explosions" due to the specific type of Magic Mushroom she was "born" from.
- Amanda Strazzulla of the Heroes Expanded Universe webcomics can blow things up with her mind.
- Carval Jarvok, from Heartcore, can use his volatile salamander blood to create bombs.
- In the Whateley Universe, it's done in more than one way. Breaker can create a blast centered around himself, with no harm to his body. Tennyo and Bomber can both hurl plasma that will explode on contact.
- Arin Kalsey aka "Fury" of Academy of Superheroes can make explosions that emanate from her.
- Butcher XIV (and Butcher VI before her) from Worm has a power that combines this with teleportation.
- Bambina combines this with the ability to ricochet off solid surfaces at very high speeds.
- Combustion Man from Avatar: The Last Airbender causes explosions by heating the air.
- Eustace from Courage the Cowardly Dog, one episode, took some hair growing tonic. The episode dealt with its most dangerous side effect: anything angered the user would violently explode. And it makes the already irritable Eustace that much more prone to anger.
- On Generator Rex, an EVO (human super-mutated by nanites) had the power to charge objects with so much energy that they would bloat and explode. He later uses this power on himself, in an attempted Suicide Attack.
- Cyborg Action Bomb Grenader from Skysurfer Strike Force.
- It's not known whether it's sleight-of-hoof or this, but Trixie can summon fireworks for her show.
- Batman Beyond: In the episode Mind Games, there is one psychic with the ability to throw bolts of energy that explode on impact, literally with the snap of her fingers. They call her 'Bombshell'.
- Kablamus on The Mask. His gimmick was that he could make himself explode, thanks to being coated in a solution originally intended for balloons (he worked at a balloon factory). The Mask foiled his plans by switching his plutonium bomb (!) for a popcorn bomb (!!).