Everybody loves explosions. Trailers are packed full of them, and [[MadeOfExplodium just about everything]] will explode, even [[ExplosiveInstrumentation things that really shouldn't]]. This is because, at least [[TheCoconutEffect in the minds of the general population]], Explosions = Fire, and [[KillItWithFire fire]] is [[IncendiaryExponent very exciting]]. The thing about RealLife explosions, though, is that they also have a tendency to create [[LudicrousGibs 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 [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar 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 TruthInTelevision, 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 EyeScream, as well as EarAche and lung damage. It's also horribly painful.

Subtrope of BloodlessCarnage. See Also: NonFatalExplosions, AshFace.

* Every explosive shown on ''Series/MacGyver'', ever.
* Every explosive shown on ''Series/StargateSG1'', ever.
* Every explosive shown on ''Series/TheATeam'', ever.
* Happens all the time in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' when all the [[ExplosiveInstrumentation C4-loaded panels]] explode, sending {{Red Shirt}}s flying around the room. The best you may get is some burns plastered on their faces.
* Have you ever seen an episode of ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' or ''Franchise/PowerRangers''? Everything explodes with frightening regularity and little result.

%%* ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'' has the explosive devices in Egg Shen's Six-Demon Bag.
* DuelingMovies ''Film/{{Volcano}}'' and ''Film/DantesPeak'' both have ''one'' instance of showing realistic bad burns from their respective volcano disasters, but otherwise follows this trope to the letter.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' has an optional rule for this that causes explosions to deal only knockback. Obviously not recommended for realistic games.

* [[EnforcedTrope This was actually cited as the reason]] [[Franchise/MetalGear Snake]] got a lot of explosive weapons but no simple guns in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl''; explosions are sillier.
* Every explosive shown in ''VideoGame/{{Warhawk}}'', ever.
* ''VideoGame/ScarfaceTheWorldIsYours'': Tony Montana's "don't kill innocents" morality means any explosives he launches just knock down and disorient non-enemies. However, if his lackeys fire a grenade, blood ensues.

* Anything thrown on the floor in ''[[WesternAnimation/TwelveOunceMouse 12OzMouse]]'' or ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' would explode.
* Seen in ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2'' when [[spoiler: Stoick is killed by one of Toothless' plasma blasts.]]