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Everybody loves explosions. Trailers are packed full of them, and just about everything will explode, even things that really shouldn't. This is because, at least in the minds of the general population, Explosions = Fire, and fire is very exciting. The thing about Real Life explosions, though, is that they also have a tendency to create excessive amounts of gore.

Adventure shows tend to be catering to a PG-13 style audience, and it's only possible to get a certain amount of stuff past the radar, so although the violence itself remains, all of the gore is removed. When explosives are involved (even when people are constantly being killed by them), the bodies of the recently deceased will be either completely unharmed or slightly bruised/have a bit of dirt on them. Bodies will frequently be thrown around by the force of the explosions, but bodies will otherwise be completely intact. On the opposite extreme, they may be entirely consumed by the explosion, leaving no trace behind.


Can sometimes be Truth in Television, as explosions can cause fatal internal damage by creating a huge difference in air pressure, without much external damage. Those are called thermobaric weapons. The nasty thing is, they sometimes cause Eye Scream, as well as Ear Ache and lung damage. It's also horribly painful.

Subtrope of Bloodless Carnage. See Also: Non-Fatal Explosions, Ash Face. Contrast Ludicrous Gibs.




  • When explosive ki blasts in Dragon Ball kill people, they'll generally either be obliterated or fall over limp with very minor visible injuries. Yamcha's death is a clear example, as a Saibaman's point-blank explosive leaves him on the ground in the epicenter of a crater, but visibly just covered in dirt and a few scuffs.
  • Megumin in Konosuba primarily uses explosion, but nobody were actually injured after the explosion.

Live-Action TV

  • Happens all the time in Star Trek when all the C4-loaded panels explode, sending Red Shirts flying around the room. They may die, but the most visible injuries you may get is some burns plastered on their faces.

Film — Animation

Film — Live Action

  • Dueling Movies Volcano and Dante's Peak both have one instance of showing realistic bad burns from their respective volcano disasters, but otherwise follows this trope to the letter.

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