It's such a tragedy. All the great action heroes never get to see their own beautiful work. Always, they walk away.
"Cool guys don't look at explosions
They blow things up and then walk away
Who's got time to watch an explosion?
There's cool guys have errands that they have to walk to..
Keep walkin', keep shinin'
Don't look back, keep on walkin'
Keep struttin' slow motion
The more you ignore it, the cooler you look."
—The Lonely Island, Cool Guys Don't Look At Explosions
"How do they walk away in movies without flinching when it explodes behind them? There's NO WAY! I call bullshit on that! The movie industry is completely irresponsible for the way they portray explosions!"
GASP! He did it! And he's not looking back at that cool explosion! He's a hero!
—Bender (on Hermes), Futurama
Man oh man, look at this cover. Rothrock and Haim are back-to-back, posing with their weapons, with explosions and shit in the background. But they care not about explosions, because they're badasses.
An injured James presses the self-destruct on his briefcase before cooling limping away, because cool guys don't look at explosions.
Wolverine: Yeah, I know it's there, but I'm just too badass to turn around and look at it. What, you think I don't see explosions? I do. All the time. They bore me now.
—Nostalgia Critic, Top 11 Coolest Cliches.
"That Slab just blew up my buzzard without even looking at the explosion! But, I- I ain't scared!"
— Mortar, Borderlands 2