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.


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  • 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.
    • 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.