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"With these mutants, they don't plant the bombs. They are the bombs."

Superpowers that involve creating explosions. Can overlap with Why Am I Ticking?, Playing with Fire, and Ludicrous Gibs. See also Action Bomb. Villainous and/or mentally insane users are considered Mad Bombers. For the non-superpower equivalent see Throw Down the Bomblet. Not to be confused with someone who is having a good time, nor someone who goes out in coitus.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • The Colossal Titan from Attack on Titan has this ability to devastating effect. As a Titan shifter, the user of this Titan has the ability to create a massive explosion when transforming into Titan form, or none at all. The user will choose the former when trying to kill large amounts of enemies at once, just like how Bertholdt did at Shinganshina and Armin did at Liberio, four years after he ate Bertholdt and got his Colossal power.
  • Fairy Tail:
    • Azuma can blow up ships from a distance with his Great Tree Arc magic. According to him, it's done by absorbing the raw energy from the bowels of the earth through its plants, storing it in seeds and detonating them.
    • Jackal's curse lets him create massive spontaneous explosions. He can even turn anything he touches into a bomb.
  • By the same author of the above manga, Haru of Rave Master wields the Ten Commandments, a sword that can take on ten different forms. Haru's favorite is Explosion the, well, explosion sword, Also Shuda, one of the Oracion Six, wields the Dark Bring "Ballet Flare", which allows him to encapsulate his target inside a spherical shell which he then explodes. Another member of Oracion Six, Jegan, can also use the same trick as Azuma above (summoning plants to shoot explosive seeds).
  • One Piece:
    • Mr. 5 from has a Devil Fruit power, allowing him to make any part of his body explode at will (without harming himself). Because of how One Piece treats its powers, this means he can even breathe into an empty gun chamber to make explosive bullets. His preferred method of attack is flicking his boogers at people.
    • Subverted by Absalom, who appeared to be able to cause explosions by pointing his empty palms at his target, but was actually just using Arm Cannons that he rendered invisible.
    • In a variant, Gladius of Donquixote Family ate the Pop-Pop Fruit, which gives him the power to make any object he touches to inflate and then pop, releasing shrapnels of varying intensity depending on the object popped. At his best, he can make the ground itself pop.
  • Naruto:
    • Deidara, a former member of the Hidden Stone's Explosion Corps, uses Exploding Clay, which combines this trope with Dishing Out Dirt and Art Initiates Life.
    • Later on, we meet Gari, another member of the Explosion Corps with the "Explosion Release" Kekkai Genkai, who explodes people by simply punching them.
    • While the series does have explosive tags, the Shibuki sword is mainly comprised of them rolled up in a scroll.
  • Genthru the Bomb Devil from Hunter × Hunter has two abilities of this sort: He can create a small explosion with a touch or a bigger explosion (involving bombs conjured from thin air) if he sets things up right beforehand. Most notably, it also averts Required Secondary Powers: his "Little Flower" can potentially injure his arms, which is why he has to coat them into a thick layer of aura, and when Gon douses him in gasoline he's left unable to perform the technique, since it could set himself ablaze.
  • In The Red Ranger Becomes an Adventurer in Another World, everything behind Red will explode as part of his Transformation Sequence, and his Burning Kizuna Punch will also make things explode even if nothing inside them is prone to detonating.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
  • That kid Maki from Darker Than Black had psi-detonated fingerprints.
  • Cinque's Inherent Skill in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS is the ability to transmute any metal into high-grade explosives on touch. Combine that with her ability to summon any number of steel daggers out of thin air, and you get a Game-Breaker character who had to be Put on a Bus until the end of the season immediately after her introduction.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable: Anything that Yoshikage Kira's Stand Killer Queen touches can be made to explode at will (or just disintegrate if you can't see Stands). He also has a secondary ability to allows him to launch an autonomous heatseeking bomb from the Stand's main body. It makes interacting with him kind of rough.
    Killer Queen has already touched that doorknob...
  • Ax-Crazy villain Dholaki from Psyren can do this with his "Explosia."
  • Ki attacks in Dragon Ball Z that aren't piercing, cutting, concussive, or purely destructive will detonate like a standard explosive, including a fiery plume and thick clouds of dark smoke. Several attacks create an explosion by itself:
    • Nappa waves two fingers to create spontaneous explosions.
    • Frieza and Vegeta who can finish someone off by making them explode.
    • Chaotzu and Cell can self-destruct spectacularly, though only the latter can come back.
    • One of Jiren's specialties is a creating comparatively small spheres of energy that he can remotely detonate into massive explosions.
  • A skeleton ghost from March Story was able to create exploding bubbles by tap dancing on the ocean waves.
  • Karasu from Yu Yu Hakusho has the ability to create a wide variety of organic bombs out of his ki energy, ranging from dynamite sticks to flying eye bombs and bear trap-like mines.
  • In Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, the powerful Upper Rank 3 demon, Akaza, has many barrages of punches and kicks which are named similarly to certain japanese fireworks, and they have an added visual effect akin to that of a pulse blast, made more clear while it is shown in animated form. It is another reference to his happy days as a human being, the event in which he could finally take his fiancé Koyuki to watch a fireworks festival.
  • In Bleach, Bambietta Basterbine is actually codenamed E for "The Explode." She creates balls of reiatsu that enter objects and people and cause them to explode.
    • In the final arc, is revealed that Kensei Muguruma's Zanpakuto, Tachikaze releases a Razor Wind which blows up anything it touches, while the Bankai Tekken Tachikaze pretty much does the same thing, only to anything getting punched by Kensei.
  • My Hero Academia
    • Katsuki Bakugo can create explosions from the sweat from his palms. This sounds slightly ridiculous, but his palms sweat nitroglycerin, and he can apparently sweat at will, meaning he can conjure up explosions all the time. And his intelligence allows him to find new, novel, and useful methods for his power, such as utilizing the knockback to propel himself. His superhero suit incorporates oversized cuffs to collect his sweat for later use, allowing him to create building-leveling blasts.
    • Chitose Kizuki, aka "Curious" has the Quirk "Landmine", which allows her to turn anything she touches into a bomb that will then explode. While individual explosions are relatively weak compared to what Bakugo can pull off, she makes up for it by being able to prepare and launch multiple explosions at the same time, and if forced into physical combat she wears a special Power Fist that when combined with her Quirk is effectively an exploding boxing glove.
  • The Bombmon of Digimon Xros Wars explode as their sole attack. During the final battle against Bagramon's army, they are seen flying out of an explosion they created completely unharmed.
  • Megumin, one of the main characters from KonoSuba, is a young Arch Wizard who specializes solely in explosion magic. She can only create one blast before all of her mana is used up for that day, but with how powerful they can be, the world would practically be gone in a month if she could do it multiple times a day.
  • Kuroneko from Brynhildr in the Darkness is almost always fighting this way.
  • Louise from The Familiar of Zero causes explosions whenever she tries to use magic. That's because she's attuned to the Void element, and it backfires when she tries to use any other element. Louise learning to weaponize this power is a plot point of varying importance in many Fan Fics.
  • Buso Renkin: Papillon's buso renkin, Near-Death Happiness, gives him the ability to create and control gunpowder at will. Papillon typically forms this gunpowder into a pair of butterfly wings attached to his back, using controlled explosions to grant him a form of flight, but will also form the gunpowder into smaller butterflies that he will unleash against his enemies. An entire flock of these smaller butterflies is able to blow an opponent to pieces.
  • Samurai Deeper Kyo: minor villain Kitsunebi employs a fighting technique called "Bakujin'en" (Explosive Powder Feast): as he moves, he sheds clouds of a peculiar powder around his enemy and, at the same time, flings sharp metal darts at him, putting the opponent in a Morton's Fork. If they don't parry, they get wounded by the daggers. If they do, the resulting spark ignites the powder and causes an explosion.
  • In Magi: Labyrinth of Magic, Titus can combine Fire and Power to create the spell "Destruction", a tiny bullet which explodes in a massive blast, leaving craters in the ground. According to the onlookers, it's similar to a volcanic eruption, but is also considered an aberrant magic.
  • In 3×3 Eyes, one of the most common ways to employ Ki Attacks is to create massive explosions or use Juuma with similar effects. A specifically named technique are Spazug's "Bao Qi" (Explosive Aura), which Hasrath also describe with the name of Spell Bomb.

    Comic Books 
  • The Human Bomb, who made his original appearance in Police Comics #1 in August of 1941, is the original super-powered explosion maker. He literally could cause anything he touched to explode... the bigger the object, the bigger the explosion. When Quality comics went out of business, DC Comics purchased the rights to its entire stable of characters, and the Human Bomb became a member of the Freedom Fighters.
  • The "Human Hand-Grenade" from The Authority: Revolution had the power to explode, then reassemble himself.
  • Marvel supervillain Nitro had the ability to blow himself up and reform instantly. He is also the villain ultimately responsible for Captain Marvel's death as well as causing the incident that led to the first Marvel Civil War.
  • Marvel Mutant Tabitha "Boom-Boom" Smith has this as her superpower. She creates time-delay plasma balls which explode. They can be small or huge.
    • Also in X-Men, War of the Apocalypse horsemen had a power to detonate objects he focused on.
    • Gambit has a power to turn any object he touches into a bomb, as small as a playing card or as big as a car (he used that one when teaming up with Ben Grimm from the Fantastic Four).
    • Jubilee, pre-depowering, had this. Usually it was in the form of tiny little fireworks that could blind and deafen others, but in times of stress, she was able to level buildings with them.
    • The first War of the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse had the power to cause explosions anywhere he wished by clapping his hands together once.
    • X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever is about a mutant who recently discovers that he has the power to explode, but without any Required Secondary Powers that would let him survive this, meaning that his power is functionally just suicide-bombing.
  • Both Liberty Lad and El Diablo gain the ability to cause random bits of scenery to explode in Freedom Force.
  • The DC Universe character Plastique can cause explosions in objects she touches with her fingertips.
  • In Ultimate Marvel, the mother and daughter Bombshells are able to fire off explosive blasts. Mama Bombshell used her power for thefts, taking her daughter along on her crimes; after she got locked up, her daughter made a Heel–Face Turn, becoming a superheroine.
  • Family: Gio and Silver both have the ability to create explosions with their bloodline powers.
  • Black Moon Chronicles: Creating explosions is one of the many powers that a mage can learn. Shamballeau especially is very good at it, being introduced blowing up twenty soldiers who hassled him before Wismerhill adopts him into his crew.
  • The Ultraverse: Grenade from The Strangers has the ability to project explosive energy outwards from his body (most commonly focused through his chest).

    Fan Works 


  • Desmond from The Zombie Knight has the power to turn parts of his body into sodium. generally, this reacts with water to produce hydrogen gas, which goes off at about the right time for him to rip off an arm and throw it like a grenade.
  • "Boomers" have this power in The Grimnoir Chronicles. Giuseppe Zangara is the most prominent example, meaning that in this version his attempted assassination of FDR results in hundreds of casualties (though Roosevelt himself still survives).
  • Hero Megaton from Wearing the Cape ended up with this power.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Charmed. Piper can make things explode by "speeding up molecules".
  • Kamen Rider Wizard: This is the effect of the Explosion Ring, commonly used by the White Wizard.
  • In Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger, Furabijou is fond of opening her hand in the direction of the Hurricangers and saying "Boom." Then things go boom.
  • In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Inhuman Hellfire has this power — he merely has to touch an item to charge it up and have it explode a few seconds later.
  • In Titans (2018), Doctor Light generally used his powers to project blasts of energy, but also demonstrated the ability to inject energy into objects or, more horrifyingly, people, causing them to explode some time later.

    Tabletop Games 
  • DC Heroes. A character with the Bomb power could make objects explode.
  • Fantasy Games Unlimited's Psi World. The psionic ability Blast caused explosions.

  • In BIONICLE, this is the major difference between Rahkshi of Disintegration and Fragmentation; the former turns objects into dust, the latter turns them into shrapnel.

    Video Games 
  • Many characters of the Bomberman series, White Bomber potentially being the Trope Codifier among video game characters.
  • The title characters of 'Splosion Man and Ms. 'Splosion Man.
  • Borderlands - The Explosive Artifact, for Brick and Bloodwing, who then can make explosions and detonate their enemies with their fists and beak (respectively). In-game, Explosion is considered Non-Elemental damage: it deals above-average damage to most sources without any penalties to either health, armor or shields. In Borderlands 2, Krieg the Psycho can gain the ability to make his enemies explode when they die.
  • There is a magical item in Age of Wonders 2 that turns the hero wielding it, picture this, into a reusable suicide bomber.
  • In Touhou, this is usually how the fandom portrays Flandre Scarlet's powers over destruction to work since they were never shown ingame.
  • Dragon's Wake: In addition to a flamethrower-like Breath Weapon attack the player can also spit exploding fireballs.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, there's a mask called the Blast Mask. It's pretty much Exactly What It Says on the Tin. It doesn't have a whole lot of uses, but it does help out if you're low on bombs, or want to conserve. The only real problem is that when you use the mask, it cuts down on your life. Unless you're using your shield at the same time.
  • Hyper Princess Pitch's mother, the Goddess of Explosions.
  • In Ōkami, one of Amaterasu's powers is the ability to create bombs at will to destroy weak walls or harm enemies which she gains from Bakugami, the God of Explosive Force.
  • Hisahide of Sengoku Basara specializes in creating explosions by tossing gunpowder at his enemies and igniting them with a snap of his fingers.
  • In the Paper Mario series, Bob-omb party members like Bombette and Admiral Bobbery fall under this by having a lot of explosion-based attacks. Notably as a species, as long as they're a friendly Bob-omb, they're not as much of an Action Bomb due to being able to explode without repercussion.
  • The Pokémon moves Explosion and Selfdestruct. Unless you're a ghost-type. They're powerful moves but always faint the user in exchange. Can get a bit squicky when you imagine a Pokémon the size of Snorlax or Wailord using Selfdestruct.
  • Cole McGrath from inFAMOUS can use his power over electricity to pack kinetic energy into his moves. Most relevant are his grenade and rocket attacks.
  • The Grey Knight in Castle Crashers technically has this, as his projectile magic is summoning a bomb which promptly explodes.
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning has the RPG elements of Fire, Ice, Lightning , except fire effect are more boom and less fwoosh, with even the flaming blade weapons making small explosions on contact. The starter fire spell isnt even a Fire Ball or stream of flames, but 'tagging' enemies with the spell and remotely detonating them.
  • Monster Hunter:
    • Blast is an element in that accumulates on a monster every time an attack connects until it reaches a certain threshold, like most "ailment" type elements. Unlike most elements, rather than a poison or paralysis effect, Blast simply creates an explosion which deals a large amount of damage at a single spot, good for breaking off and harvesting monster parts.
    • Several creatures have some method of creating explosions. Brachydios, the cover mascot of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, covers its foes in slime that explodes after a few seconds. When the monster is enraged, its slime loses the delay and its punches just explode on contact.
  • A DLC pack for Saints Row IV gives you the "Explosion" element for your superpowers. Particularly noteworthy is the Explosion Blast, which is basically Chain Lightning but with stuff blowing up: it shoots a projectile that explodes upon hitting something, and anyone caught in that explosion also blows up, then anyone caught in their explosions blows up...
  • In Shantae: Risky's Revenge, the higher level Puff spells lets Shantae summon movable clouds that explode for a lot damage after a few seconds.
  • Kirby has the Poppy Bros, who are playful-looking enemies that give you the bomb ability when inhaled by the titular pink puffball.
    • The Bomb ability is another example from the Kirby series.
    • Averted for the Bomber enemy, which is an Action Bomb, wielding the Crash ability.
  • Epic Battle Fantasy eventually introduced "Bomb" to the roster of elemental powers of the game, performed through bombs but also weapons and techniques. Usually causes the status effect "Staggered", which means the target will suffer doubled damage from the next attack.
  • Dragon Quest:
    • Dragon Quest II: The Princess of Moonbrooke is your party's only member who learns the explosive spell Kaboom, and the first hero in the franchise to use a Blast type of spell.
    • Dragon Quest III: The Bang line of spells -learned by Mages and Sages- pounds the enemies with explosive force. Unlike Blaze, which is exclusively single target, or Fireball, which targets only a group of enemies and can thus be thrown off by funky enemy formations or heavily mixed groups, Bang will hit everything on the opposing side of the battlefield without exception.
    • Dragon Quest IV: Maya's speciality is blowing entire waves of enemies up.
    • Dragon Quest VIII: Jessica dominates the Bang-family class of explosive spells.
    • Dragon Quest IX: Sages' non-Zam offensive spells are all from the "Bang" family.
    • Dragon Quest XI: Mordegon can use the Boom-class spells.
    • Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and The Blight Below: Nera's "Hubble Bubbles" can be set to detonate like miniature bombs. She also has "Bang", "Boom" & "Kaboom" as a set of spells. But to top that off, her Coup de Grace is "Big Banger", a powerful mega hubble bubble that erupts into a massive explosion after traveling a couple of yards ahead.
  • Sundered has Eschaton Cultists, which attack by creating delayed magical explosions in the player's vicinity.


    Web Original 
  • In the Whateley Universe, it's done in more than one way. Breaker can create a blast centered around himself, with no harm to his body. Tennyo and Bomber can both hurl plasma that will explode on contact.
  • Arin Kalsey aka "Fury" of Academy of Superheroes can make explosions that emanate from her.
  • Butcher XIV (and Butcher VI before her) from Worm has a power that combines this with teleportation.
  • Cinder Fall from RWBY can use her Semblance in this manner, and uses it most often to explode the ground beneath her enemies. Given the prevalence of Personality Powers in the setting, it also foreshadows that she isn't the calm, composed Lady of Black Magic she initially presents herself as.

    Western Animation 
  • Combustion Man from Avatar: The Last Airbender fires beams from the Power Tatoo on his forehead, which cause explosions by heating the air.
    • P'Li from the Sequel Series The Legend of Korra has this same ability, combined with normal Firebending. Unlike Combustion Man, her explosions can happen at the end of a curved line instead of just a straight one.
  • Eustace from Courage the Cowardly Dog, one episode, took some hair growing tonic. The episode dealt with its most dangerous side effect: anything angered the user would violently explode. And it makes the already irritable Eustace that much more prone to anger.
  • On Generator Rex, an EVO (human super-mutated by nanites) had the power to charge objects with so much energy that they would bloat and explode. He later uses this power on himself, in an attempted Suicide Attack.
  • Cyborg Action Bomb Grenader from Skysurfer Strike Force.
  • It's not known whether it's sleight-of-hoof or this, but Trixie can summon fireworks for her show.
  • Batman Beyond: In the episode Mind Games, there is one psychic with the ability to throw bolts of energy that explode on impact, literally with the snap of her fingers. They call her 'Bombshell'.
  • Kablamus on The Mask. His gimmick was that he could make himself explode, thanks to being coated in a solution originally intended for balloons (he worked at a balloon factory). The Mask foiled his plans by switching his plutonium bomb (!) for a popcorn bomb (!!).
  • The dragon talisman in Jackie Chan Adventures grants the power of combustion. Whoever holds the talisman can shoot explosive balls of fire from their hands.

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