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Sweeping Ashes
Animated characters in Non-Fatal Explosions usually just get charred, but a really big boom (or really hot fire) will do more.

The entire victim's body turns to ash and crumbles into a dozen pieces, except the eyeballs, which bounce into the mess. Then another character will produce a broom and dustpan, and sweep up the ashes, eyeballs and all. Or a (relatively intact) arm reaches from the ash, produces a broom and dustpan, and the character sweeps himself up. Of course, all will be well a few seconds later.

Also see Ash Face, where the explosion leaves the victim with a blackened face.

Examples:

Film

Literature
  • Happens in the novel Left Behind, after Hattie Durham gets incinerated by the Anti-Christ with a lightning bolt. Her friends sweep what's left of her into a jar to take back.

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Western Animation
  • Happens to several of the Looney Tunes characters:
    • Wile E. Coyote swept up his own ashes in almost every Roadrunner cartoon.
    • Daffy Duck sometimes did this with his feathers. He also does the full-on ashes version during the disintegrator pistol duel in Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century.
    • Also, Foghorn Leghorn, when he gets his feathers blasted off for one reason or another.
    "Fortunately I keep my feathers numbered, for just such an emergency."
  • It's happened to Tom of Tom and Jerry a few times too. Though moreso in the Chuck Jones shorts. This must have been a favorite trope of his.
  • The title character of Dave the Barbarian does this almost as frequently.
  • Groundskeeper Willie's ghost did it as part of his Freddy Krueger impression on one of The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror specials.
  • Happens very often to Basile, the clumsy assistant to Léonard le Génie.
  • Occurred in "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V" from SpongeBob SquarePants: Squidward (as volcano-powered Captain Magma) becomes a pile of ashes after getting hit with Mermaid Man's water ball.
  • In the Animaniacs episode "La La Law" after Yakko brings in the Mime as a surprise witness, he drops an anvil on his head which somehow reduces him to a pile of dust, Wakko then sweeps up his remains with his eyes and tongue visible.
  • In the Earthworm Jim episode "The Eggbeater" when Jim throws a moldy cheese grenade, it hits Professor Monkeyforahead and reduces him to a pile of ashes and eyeballs, a hand then comes out of the ashes and sweeps them up.

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