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->''Whenever there seems to be a dull, quiet or otherwise non-car-filled moment, [the Director of this film] likes to believe that filming a bunch of cars exploding will distract the audience long enough to forget that these movies are objectively terrible.\\\
I sort of hate that he's right.''
-->-- ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/i-cant-tell-if-movies-are-being-serious-anymore/ reviews the trailer]] for ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious Fast And Furious 5]]''.
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First rule of Hollywood: "''Anything'' can explode".

Let's face it, everything's better with explosions. Television scripts are short. Shortcuts are taken.

There is a pretty good chance the audience has already seen something blow up at least once during a typical day of television.

Note, however, that while we mere mortals react to explosions with some combination of shock and awe, if the folks on-screen are not so close to the blast they're surfing the shock wave away from the epicenter, they'll probably be [[UnflinchingWalk strolling off coolly]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sqz5dbs5zmo in slow motion]], not even deigning to turn their heads to acknowledge things going to Hades behind them. From this, we can also infer that if one does not grant an explosion power by looking at it, it cannot strike you down with a piece of shrapnel. If they foolishly glance at an explosion, they may still survive by running from it and jumping, but are much more likely to get killed.

A SubTrope of GarnishingTheStory.

A SuperTrope to:
* ActionBomb
* AngstNuke
* BabyBoomers
* BaaBomb
* BigBulkyBomb
* BubblegumPopping
* CatastrophicCountdown
* ChainReactionDestruction
* CartoonBomb
* DefeatEqualsExplosion
* DelayedExplosion
* DunkingTheBomb
* EarthShatteringKaboom
* EducationThroughPyrotechnics
* EveryCarIsAPinto
* ExplosiveInstrumentation
* ExplosiveOverclocking
* ExplosiveResults
* ExplosionPropulsion
* ExternalCombustion
* FieryCoverup
* GasLeakCoverup
* GrillingPyrotechnics
* HairTriggerExplosive
* HavingABlast
* HindenburgIncendiaryPrinciple
* ImpressivePyrotechnics
* KooshBomb
* MadeOfExplodium
* OutrunTheFireball
* PaperBagPopping
* PGExplosives
* PlanarShockwave
* PowderTrail
* ReadingsBlewUpTheScale
* RelocatingTheExplosion
* SplashDamage
* SpontaneousHumanCombustion
* StickyBomb
* ThrowDownTheBomblet
* XylophoneGag
* YourHeadAsplode

If only some characters in a work use it, can lead to FollowTheChaos. Compare KillItWithFire.


* StuffBlowingUp/{{Advertising}}
* StuffBlowingUp/AnimeAndManga
* StuffBlowingUp/ComicBooks
* StuffBlowingUp/FanFiction
* StuffBlowingUp/{{Film}}
* StuffBlowingUp/{{Literature}}
* StuffBlowingUp/LiveActionTV
* StuffBlowingUp/VideoGames
* StuffBlowingUp/WebAnimation
* StuffBlowingUp/WebComics
* StuffBlowingUp/WebOriginal
* StuffBlowingUp/WesternAnimation
* StuffBlowingUp/RealLife


* Humor columnist Creator/DaveBarry:
** He described his interest in Exploding Things in a note in ''Dave Barry Talks Back'':
--->"I don't wish to toot my own horn, but I definitely deserve to win several Nobel Prizes for the ground-breaking scientific work I've done in the field of exploding things. Since I wrote my first report, several years ago, about a snail that exploded in a restaurant in Syracuse New York, I have received literally thousands of letters from alert readers sending me newspaper clippings about exploding ants, pigs, trees, yogurt containers, potatoes, television sets, finches, whales, municipal toilets, human stomachs, and of course cows."
** Dave Barry was rather disappointed to find out that the medical discovery of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exploding_head_syndrome "exploding head syndrome"]] did not mean "the actual [[YourHeadASplode explosion of a person's head]], ideally Barry Manilow's in concert."
--->"... you wake up in the middle of the night having 'a violent sensation of explosion in the head.' Big deal. We get that all the time, but you don't see us whining to the ''Lancet''. You see us making a mental note to drink gin from smaller containers."
** He also, in what has to be one of his [[CrowningMomentOfFunny best-ever articles]], popularized the [[http://www.theexplodingwhale.com exploding whale incident]] in Oregon. This took place in 1970, long before Barry wrote about it, but it's through his article that most people know about it.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo in Slumberland'' always had fireworks being set off in some way on the Fourth of July.

* OlderThanTheyThink example: Music/PyotrIlyichTchaikovsky's ''1812 Overture'', a bombastic orchestral piece celebrating [[UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars Russia's victory against Napoleon]] in the titular year. Authentic performances are known to use actual cannons firing.
* Music/ThePlasmatics: They enjoyed blowing up cars during their stage shows.
* Music/FatboySlim "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NfPIs9Zlc8 Gangster Tripping]]". In fact, the final version of the script is a single line: "Blow stuff up."
* The end of Junior Senior's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trCwPP8ZW9Y Move Your Feet]]"
* [[Music/TheWho Keith Moon's]] ''raison d'être.''
* "7 and 7 Is" by Love -- the only way to cap the blistering tone of the song is with a thermonuclear explosion.
* The music video for "Hero" by Music/{{Skillet}} consists almost entirely of the band performing in front of this non-stop. ''[[RuleOfCool In the rain.]]''
* The absolute ending of the clip for remake of Ronnie Hawkins' "Mary Lou" (the same clip that had an EatTheCamera near the beginning).
* The Music/WiseGuys song "Hier fliegt gleich alles in die Luft" is discussing this exact trope.

* Explosions are in abundance in ''Pinball/AttackFromMars'' and its sequel ''Pinball/RevengeFromMars''.
* Everything in ''Pinball/DemolitionMan,'' appropriately enough.
* The playfield for Hankin's ''Pinball/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' has KooshBomb explosions everywhere.
* Not only does ''[[Pinball/F14Tomcat F-14 Tomcat]]'' feature lots of explosions throughout the game, but the player can press the flipper buttons before launching a ball to generate more.
* In the ''KISS'' pinball tables (both the [[Pinball/KissBally Bally original]] and the [[Pinball/KissStern Stern update]]), nearly everything is either [[IncendiaryExponent on fire]] or exploding.
* True to the license, this is heavily used in ''Pinball/LethalWeapon3''
* ''[[Pinball/OperationThunder Operation: Thunder]]'' is all about using a squadron of F-15s and Stealth Fighters to blow up enemy targets all over the place.
* The Potato mines and Cherry Bombs in ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombiesPinball''.
* ''Pinball/NoGoodGofers'' includes dynamite and gopher-seeking missiles... on a golf course.
* ''Pinball/RedAndTedsRoadShow'': Anything that Red and Ted can't run over with their bulldozer gets blasted instead.
* Creator/SternPinball's ''[[Pinball/StarTrekStern Star Trek]]'' has the ''Vengeance'', which shakes during battles; on the [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition Premium and Limited Edition tables,]] destroying it causes to list forward and "crash" into the playfield.
* Done all over the jungle in Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''Pinball/{{Raven}}''
* There's no shortage of explosions in ''Pinball/LastActionHero''

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Atsushi Onita got the idea to use landmines triggered by barbed wire, and later, plastic explosives concentrated in specific parts of the ring after founding [[Wrestling/{{FMW}} Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling]]. This eventually led up to matches wrestled on a timer that counted down to the moment the ring itself would explode. Even in the LighterAndSofter "World Entertainment Wrestling" era, Mr. Gannosuke stuck a cherry bomb in H's ass.
* During its short run, Wrestling/WrestlingSocietyX more than once saw a championship match decided via pin fall in an exploding coffin.
* When FMW was {{reviv|al}}ed, Atushi Onita was willing to go to New Jersey to work a match for Wrestling/{{CZW}} to promote it, vowing to bring explosives with him. CZW officials managed to convince him to keep explosions down to Wrestling Society X levels out of fear for Matt Tremont, who had stepped up to the challenge, but there were explosions in NoBudget CZW nonetheless.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Notably an airliner crashing on takeoff in ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons'' (properly dusty and smoky, not much of a fireball, but a visible shockwave. Nice).
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow''
** Crazy Harry, who would show up whenever someone would say "dynamite". Or "explosion". Or, once, "fish". He would then press down on a plunger trigger, and things would go boom. Presumably, the entire stage was always wired, just in case.
** Different Muppets would explode, sometimes precluded by a declaration to "Blow their tops", sometimes without warning. Kermit even admitted to explosions being one of the show's trademarks.
** The writers of ''The Muppet Show'' had three rules as to how to end a sketch quickly: Blow something up, eat something, or [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins throw penguins around]].
* The ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' titles end with a spectacular set of explosions to tell you that it's made with {{Supermarionation}}. Most Gerry Anderson shows seem to have something exploding in their titles, but ''Thunderbirds'' is definitely the most spectacular. Most episodes of Gerry Anderson shows usually involve large amounts of pyrotechnics at some point as well.
** The only thing Gerry Anderson loved more than building models was blowing them sky high.
* ''Series/{{Stingray}}'' opened with a shot of a still ocean followed by the words "STAND BY FOR ACTION!" followed by the ocean exploding for no adequately explained reason.


* ''Radio/TheGoonShow'': "You rotten swine, you! You have deaded me again with the dreaded dynamite!"
** The exploding taxis...
---> "Drop that explosion!" [BOOM]
** Or how to break the world altitude record for pianos.
** Or Major Bloodnok, who was a walking, talking series of explosive sound effects.

* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': There are plenty, some of them described quite impressively. From the death star to tanks to whatever the godmodder feels like blowing up.
** The UOSS did this... and took out half the battlefield in the process. The fireworks were so impressive none of the entities did anything that round.
* ''Roleplay/RockPaperAnything'': Explosives are used frequently, from dynamites to TNT to [[NukeEm a Tsar Bomba.]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games ]]
* In the FATE adaptation of ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo'', the GM advice notes recommend using the "Big Damn Explosion" tactic to restore interest - if things are stalling, or the players can't reach a conclusion on what to do, or everyone is running low on Fate points, [[ChandlersLaw have something blow up]] - [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs a car, a rocket-propelled grenade, a car hit by a rocket-propelled grenade]] - and then proceed from there. Explosions have the pleasant trait of being hard to miss, even for the most clueless player character.
* If something doesn't go kaboom at some point in ''TabletopGame/FengShui'', you're doing things wrong. The Jammers even have it as their battle cry: "BLOW THINGS UP! BLOW THINGS UP!"
* Similarly, the Death Leopard society in ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' has "blow shit up and have fun" as its entire policy. Also tends to happen when: the Troubleshooters use grenades, the Troubleshooters have grenades used on them, something overloads, something that's intentionally explosive explodes, a can of Bouncy Bubble Beverage gets shaken too hard[[note]]useful if you don't have clearance for real grenades[[/note]], someone {{Logic Bomb}}s Friend Computer and causes a reactor overload, a T-Shooter [[TooDumbToLive pyrokinetically sets off a grenade in someone else's bag while both are in a small room]][[note]]true story[[/note]], someone fires too many shots before changing laser barrels, or the GM is getting bored and wants to get the session over with.
* Orks in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' love explosions as much as they do loud guns, fast vehicles and a good fight. So much that for them, a troop transport detonating in midair killing every boy inside and resulting in a catastrophic explosion is just as good a result as if it had successfully landed.

* In the West End musical adaptation of ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', Violet Beauregarde explodes. [[DisneyDeath She gets better]]... maybe.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* Happens quite often at Ride/DisneyThemeParks, most notably in ''The Studio Backlot Tour''.
* At the Ride/UniversalStudios parks:
** The Hobgoblin makes several buildings blow up with his pumpkin bombs on ''Ride/TheAmazingAdventuresOfSpiderMan''.
** This occurred in the former ''Ride/EarthquakeTheBigOne'' attraction, when a propane truck crashed down and hit a subway column.
** Subverted in ''Ride/TheFuntasticWorldOfHannaBarbera'', when Bill Hanna and Joseph Barbera think that their computer is about to blow, but it doesn't.
** Several explosions occur on the ''Ride/{{Jaws}}'' ride due to the skipper's grenade launcher, the biggest one occurring when the skipper accidentally shoots a gas dock.
** The former ''Ride/{{Kongfrontation}}'' had several buildings partially blowing up, due to the damage from King Kong's rampage.

* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' has ExplodingFishtanks, [[FantasticFruitsAndVegetables Exploding Fruit]], an (apparently) [[NoodleIncident Exploding Rahi]], and, most recently, an exploding [[spoiler: EldritchAbomination]].