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* ''Literature/TheButterBattleBook'' features the "Bitsy Big-Boy Boomeroo", a bean-sized explosive that's [[FantasticNuke supposed to have enough force to blow up an entire city]]. The book ends [[BolivianArmyEnding with the Yooks and the Zooks in a stalemate, threatening to use their bomb on the others]].

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* In ''Film/SuperMarioBrothers'', the Bob-Omb is a teeny-tiny wind-up bomb roughly the size of a cherry bomb and which, realistically, should explode with just as much force. When Mario pulls it out, all passerby on the other side of a street run away in terror and when it goes off, it tosses Koopa (who is halfway into devolving into a ''TyrannosaurusRex'' and either still weighs as much as Creator/DennisHopper, or halfway between that and the total weight of a ''Rex'') [[BlownAcrossTheRoom about a dozen feet straight into the air]].


* In the short ''WesternAnimation/HaredevilHare'', Marvin the Martian's Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator looks like an ordinary stick up dynamite but is powerful enough to blow up most of the Moon, and Bugs Bunny's rocket is propelled by what looks like an ordinary firecracker.

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* In the short ''WesternAnimation/HaredevilHare'', Marvin the Martian's Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator looks like an ordinary stick up of dynamite but is powerful enough to blow up most of the Moon, and Bugs Bunny's rocket is propelled by what looks like an ordinary firecracker.

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* In the short ''WesternAnimation/HaredevilHare'', Marvin the Martian's Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator looks like an ordinary stick up dynamite but is powerful enough to blow up most of the Moon, and Bugs Bunny's rocket is propelled by what looks like an ordinary firecracker.


When a real-life explosive emerges that breaks the laws of physics, ''then'' it can be added.. [[Videogame/Portal2 and may God help us]].

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When a real-life explosive emerges that breaks the laws of physics, ''then'' it can be added.. [[Videogame/Portal2 [[RealityBreakingParadox and may God help us]].

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* One ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' short revolves around an escaped lab mouse that had swallowed some experimental high-powered liquid explosive -- powerful enough that the amount that fills the stomach of a mouse maybe two inches tall at the most turns a very large house and significant chunk of its surrounding (very large) garden into a very deep crater.


* ''DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse'': The Virgin New Adventures saw Ace develop Nitro-9 ''in candy form.'' Ten times more powerful and easier to carry than the original, it's fortunate that human stomach acid neutralizes it.

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* ''DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse'': ''Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse'': The Virgin New Adventures saw Ace develop Nitro-9 ''in candy form.'' Ten times more powerful and easier to carry than the original, it's fortunate that human stomach acid neutralizes it.

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* ''DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse'': The Virgin New Adventures saw Ace develop Nitro-9 ''in candy form.'' Ten times more powerful and easier to carry than the original, it's fortunate that human stomach acid neutralizes it.

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* ''[[https://www.tor.com/2012/07/20/a-tall-tail/ A Tall Tail]]'' by Creator/CharlesStross concerns the creation and single, disastrous test of a Ridiculously Potent Rocket Propellant.


'''No Real Life Examples, Please!''' This trope is about those explosives [[ArtisticLicenseExplosives whose explosive portrayal would be impossible to replicate with real world equivalents]], ''not'' merely really powerful explosives. [[labelnote:*]]Even nuclear and antimatter-matter annihilation, while very explosively potent, [[ShapedLikeItself are still not any more potent nuclear and antimatter-matter annihilation]], respectively.[[/labelnote]]\\

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'''No Real Life Examples, Please!''' This trope is about those explosives [[ArtisticLicenseExplosives whose explosive portrayal would be impossible to replicate with real world equivalents]], ''not'' merely really powerful explosives. [[labelnote:*]]Even nuclear and antimatter-matter annihilation, while very explosively potent, [[ShapedLikeItself are still not any more potent than nuclear and antimatter-matter annihilation]], respectively.[[/labelnote]]\\


'''No Real Life Examples, Please!''' This trope is about those explosives [[ArtisticLicenseExplosives whose explosive portrayal would be impossible to replicate with real world equivalents]].[[labelnote:*]]Even antimatter-matter annihilation, the most energetic reaction we know of to date, [[ShapedLikeItself is still not more powerful than antimatter-matter annihilation]].[[/labelnote]]\\

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'''No Real Life Examples, Please!''' This trope is about those explosives [[ArtisticLicenseExplosives whose explosive portrayal would be impossible to replicate with real world equivalents]].equivalents]], ''not'' merely really powerful explosives. [[labelnote:*]]Even nuclear and antimatter-matter annihilation, the most energetic reaction we know of to date, while very explosively potent, [[ShapedLikeItself is are still not any more powerful than potent nuclear and antimatter-matter annihilation]].annihilation]], respectively.[[/labelnote]]\\


'''No Real Life Examples, Please!''' This trope is about those explosives [[ArtisticLicenseExplosives whose explosive portrayal would be impossible to replicate with real world equivalents]].[[labelnote:*]]Even antimatter-matter annihilation, the most energetic reaction we know of to date, [[ShapedLikeItself is still not more powerful than antimatter-matter annihilation]].[[/labelnote]] When a real-life explosive emerges that breaks the laws of physics, ''then'' it can be added.. [[Videogame/Portal2 and may God help us]].

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'''No Real Life Examples, Please!''' This trope is about those explosives [[ArtisticLicenseExplosives whose explosive portrayal would be impossible to replicate with real world equivalents]].[[labelnote:*]]Even antimatter-matter annihilation, the most energetic reaction we know of to date, [[ShapedLikeItself is still not more powerful than antimatter-matter annihilation]].[[/labelnote]] [[/labelnote]]\\
When a real-life explosive emerges that breaks the laws of physics, ''then'' it can be added.. [[Videogame/Portal2 and may God help us]].


Some authors realize this and create their explosives out of {{Unobtainium}}, [[FantasticNuke Magic]], or their local GreenRocks or MinovskyParticle in an attempt to justify the explosive power, but even that is not a guarantee that you won't end up with creating an unjustified Ridiculously Potent Explosive if, for instance, your explosion is chemical yet rivals nuclear, or {{antimatter}}, devices in potency.

Subtrope of ArtisticLicenseExplosives, often a case of SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale in [[SciFiWritersHave/NoSenseOfEnergy terms of energy]], or it might occur because WritersCannotDoMath. May be used to create {{Earth Shattering Kaboom}}s. Compare MadeOfExplodium, for things which really shouldn't be exploding in the first place. Compare and contrast BigBulkyBomb, another similar (but reversed) misconception where a huge-looking bomb may have a bigger yield compared to a smaller one (disregarding the bomb's active elements). Examples might be subjected to ScienceMarchesOn should we manage to create more potent explosives in the future. Compare with EverythingMakesAMushroom, where the mushroom cloud itself is usually PlayedForLaughs.

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Some authors realize this and create their explosives out of {{Unobtainium}}, [[FantasticNuke Magic]], or their local GreenRocks or MinovskyParticle in an attempt to justify the explosive power, but even that is not a guarantee that you won't end up with creating an unjustified Ridiculously Potent Explosive if, for instance, your explosion is chemical yet rivals nuclear, or {{antimatter}}, devices in potency. \n\n [[labelnote:*]]To put this in perspective, cubic gauche nitrogen, a solid form of nitrogen similar to diamond, has the highest energy density of any known nonnuclear substance. It would still take around twelve thousand tonnes of the stuff to match the yield of a tactical nuclear weapon weighing ''less'' than one tonne.[[/labelnote]]

Subtrope of ArtisticLicenseExplosives, often a case of SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale in [[SciFiWritersHave/NoSenseOfEnergy terms of energy]], or it might occur because WritersCannotDoMath. May be used to create {{Earth Shattering Kaboom}}s. Compare MadeOfExplodium, for things which really shouldn't be exploding in the first place. Compare and contrast BigBulkyBomb, another similar (but reversed) misconception where a huge-looking bomb may have a bigger yield compared to a smaller one (disregarding the bomb's active elements). Examples might be subjected to ScienceMarchesOn should we manage to create more potent explosives of the same category in the future. Compare with EverythingMakesAMushroom, where the mushroom cloud itself is usually PlayedForLaughs.
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'''No Real Life Examples, Please!''' This trope is about those explosives [[ArtisticLicenseExplosives whose explosive portrayal would be impossible to replicate with real world equivalents]].[[labelnote:*]]Even antimatter-matter annihilation, the most energetic reaction we know of to date, [[ShapedLikeItself is still not more powerful than antimatter-matter annihilation]].[[/labelnote]] When a real-life explosive emerges that breaks the laws of physics, ''then'' it can be added.. [[Videogame/Portal2 and may God help us]].




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* To put this in perspective, cubic gauche nitrogen, a solid form of nitrogen similar to diamond, has the highest energy density of any known nonnuclear substance. It would still take around twelve thousand metric tons of the stuff to match the yield of a tactical nuclear weapon.
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* To put this in perspective, cubic gauche nitrogen, a solid form of nitrogen similar to diamond, has the highest energy density of any known nonnuclear substance. It would still around twelve thousand metric tons of the stuff to match the yield of a tactical nuclear weapon.

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* To put this in perspective, cubic gauche nitrogen, a solid form of nitrogen similar to diamond, has the highest energy density of any known nonnuclear substance. It would still take around twelve thousand metric tons of the stuff to match the yield of a tactical nuclear weapon.


* To put this in perspective, cubic gauche nitrogen, a solid form of nitrogen similar to diamond, has the highest energy density of any nonnuclear substance. It would still around twelve thousand metric tons of the stuff to match the yield of a tactical nuclear weapon.

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* To put this in perspective, cubic gauche nitrogen, a solid form of nitrogen similar to diamond, has the highest energy density of any known nonnuclear substance. It would still around twelve thousand metric tons of the stuff to match the yield of a tactical nuclear weapon.



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