PG Explosives

Everybody loves explosions. Trailers are packed full of them, and just about everything will explode, even things that really shouldn't. This is because, at least in the minds of the general population, Explosions = Fire, and fire is very exciting. The thing about Real Life explosions, though, is that they also have a tendency to create excessive amounts of gore.

Adventure shows tend to be catering to a PG-13 style audience, and it's only possible to get a certain amount of stuff past the radar, so although the violence itself remains, all of the gore is removed. When explosives are involved (even when people are constantly being killed by them), the bodies of the recently deceased will be either completely unharmed or slightly bruised/have a bit of dirt on them. Bodies will frequently be thrown around by the force of the explosions, but bodies will otherwise be completely intact. On the opposite extreme, they may be entirely consumed by the explosion, leaving no trace behind.

Can sometimes be Truth in Television, as explosions can cause fatal internal damage by creating a huge difference in air pressure, without much external damage. Those are called thermobaric weapons. The nasty thing is, they sometimes cause Eye Scream, as well as Ear Ache and lung damage. It's also horribly painful.

Subtrope of Bloodless Carnage. See Also: Non-Fatal Explosions, Ash Face.


Live-Action TV

  • Dueling Movies Volcano and Dante's Peak both have one instance of showing realistic bad burns from their respective volcano disasters, but otherwise follows this trope to the letter.

Tabletop RPGs
  • GURPS has an optional rule for this that causes explosions to deal only knockback. Obviously not recommended for realistic games.

Video Games

Western Animation