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- Léonard le Génie: Happens very often to Basile, the clumsy assistant to Léonard.
Films — Live-Action
- Done in a dream sequence in Joe Dirt.
- 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.
- In The Truth this has to be done for Otto several times. He's a vampire photographer. The light from the device is enough to turn him to dust.
- Happens if you take a nasty enough fall in Marble Madness.
- Dweep: Happens to Dweep (sans the "sweeping" part) if he's incinerated by a laser or a bomb (or the player, with a torch.)
- In The Lost Mind of Doctor Brain, Rathbone has four different ways of getting Inside a Computer System, one of which involves this. (He gets restored with a single drop of water.)
- In Plants vs. Zombies and Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time, this happens to most zombies that are destroyed by fire damage, sans the sweeping part (they just fade away instead).
- 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.
Foghorn Leghorn: Fortunately I keep my feathers numbered, for just such an emergency.
- One episode had Porky getting so angry at Daffy he burned himself up to ashes, then the smoke from the ashes condenced and tranformed into Porky once again.
- 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.
- 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.
- Fairies on The Fairly OddParents! need to grant wishes; otherwise, they suffer from "magical backup" and explode into a pile of confetti (complete with eyes and their little crowns on top).
- Kaeloo: Happens to Quack Quack twice, both times because of Mr. Cat's inventions.