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18th Jul '16 2:21:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Subverted|Trope}} with a side order of DangerouslyGenreSavvy in the film version of ''TheSumOfAllFears''. Dressler has his bodyguard start the car first, as he's savvy enough to know people like him get offed this way. After a tense moment, the car starts just fine. When Dressler (who was established early in the film to be a chain smoker) pushes in the car's cigarette lighter, it explodes as soon as the lighter pops back up. The bodyguard who started the car survives.

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* {{Subverted|Trope}} with a side order of DangerouslyGenreSavvy in the film version of ''TheSumOfAllFears''.''Film/TheSumOfAllFears''. Dressler has his bodyguard start the car first, as he's savvy enough to know people like him get offed this way. After a tense moment, the car starts just fine. When Dressler (who was established early in the film to be a chain smoker) pushes in the car's cigarette lighter, it explodes as soon as the lighter pops back up. The bodyguard who started the car survives.
10th Jul '16 5:28:37 PM SteveMB
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "The Late Mr. Kent", Clark discovers evidence that supports the alibi of a falsely convicted murderer who's scheduled for execution. The real killer plants a bomb in his car, which of course doesn't hurt him one bit but leaves him unable to show his face as Clark until he can find a way to explain away his survival without revealing his {{secret identity}}.
25th Jun '16 3:07:14 AM ScorpiusOB1
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* ''Very'' External Combustion [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operación_Ogro Operación Ogro]], the plot to assassinate Admiral Luis Carrera Blanco, the confidant, prime minister, and presumed successor to [[UsefulNotes/TheFrancoRegime General Francisco Franco]]. Four ETA members posing as student sculptors rented a room on the street Blanco used to go to church, dug a tunnel under the road, and packed it with 80 kilograms of explosives. When a second set of "electricians" detonated the bomb as Blanco's car passed over it, [[ExplosionPropulsion the vehicle sailed over 60 feet into the air]] before landing on a second-floor balcony of a building the next street over. Blanco's successor was a relative liberal who openly called for reform, and King Juan Carlos III (who Franco named as his new successor before dying) ended up supporting democratic change as wel], ultimately leading to the end of the fascist regime.

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* ''Very'' External Combustion [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operación_Ogro Operación Ogro]], the plot to assassinate Admiral Luis Carrera Carrero Blanco, the confidant, prime minister, and presumed successor to [[UsefulNotes/TheFrancoRegime General Francisco Franco]]. Four ETA members posing as student sculptors rented a room on the street Blanco used to go to church, dug a tunnel under the road, and packed it with 80 kilograms of explosives. When a second set of "electricians" detonated the bomb as Blanco's car passed over it, [[ExplosionPropulsion the vehicle sailed over 60 feet into the air]] before landing on a second-floor balcony of a building the next street over. Blanco's successor was a relative liberal who openly called for reform, and King Juan Carlos III I (who Franco named as his new successor before dying) ended up supporting democratic change as wel], ultimately leading to the end of the fascist regime.
2nd May '16 2:21:32 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* In ''Film/OrdinaryDecentCriminal'', a judge is intimidated by planting a bomb in his daughter's car, triggered by the remote unlocker. The fact that it blew up right in front of the judge, and only injured his son-in-law instead of killing his daughter or himself, makes it a bit of a XanatosRoulette as far as intimidation tactics go.

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* In ''Film/OrdinaryDecentCriminal'', a judge is intimidated by planting a bomb in his daughter's car, triggered by the remote unlocker. The fact that it blew up right in front of the judge, and only injured his son-in-law instead of killing his daughter or himself, makes it a bit of a XanatosRoulette GambitRoulette as far as intimidation tactics go.
21st Apr '16 1:48:40 PM eroock
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* When [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]] was the Mayor's bodyguard, and the mob had threatened to kill him, he tries to get Bart to "start daddy's car for him". When Marge protests, he decides to get a cab.

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* When [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E9MayoredToTheMob Mayored to the Mob]], when Homer Simpson]] was the Mayor's bodyguard, and the mob had threatened to kill him, he tries to get Bart to "start daddy's car for him". When Marge protests, he decides to get a cab.
20th Apr '16 5:55:52 PM eroock
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-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "Mayored to the Mob"

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-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "Mayored "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E9MayoredToTheMob Mayored to the Mob"
Mob]]"
20th Apr '16 4:54:17 PM eroock
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* The baddies in ''Film/TheBigHeat'' try to kill the hero this way but the plan gets thwarted when the wife gets into the car and gets killed instead.
12th Apr '16 5:55:35 PM NeoChaos
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* If you return their brains, Maloof (who is implied to be from a mafia family) and Mikhail of ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' can be found rigging [[spoiler:Coach Oleander]]'s to explode. Since he's last seen leaving the camp in a jet, we don't know if it ever worked.

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* If you return their brains, Maloof (who is implied to be from a mafia family) and Mikhail of ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' can be found rigging [[spoiler:Coach Oleander]]'s car to explode. Since he's last seen leaving the camp in a jet, we don't know if it ever worked.
4th Mar '16 6:51:20 AM LondonKdS
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* In ''Series/AshesToAshes'', Alex's parents were killed by a car bomb that she believed was a political murder. [[spoiler:It was actually a murder-suicide by her father.]]
* A variation in the second season of ''Series/{{Forbrydelsen}}'', in which one of the victims is killed by an ignition-activated bomb in a motor boat.
24th Feb '16 4:57:28 AM erforce
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* ''Film/TheTransporter'': TheDragon attempts to get rid of Frank Martin with a bomb in a suitcase, resulting in his car going kaboom (he wasn't in it, but [[PunkInTheTrunk two policeman were]]).
* In ''Film/{{Transporter 2}}'', the villains have attached a remote-controlled bomb to the bottom of Frank's car, which he sees reflected in a puddle of water. As the villains are pointing guns at him he has to get in anyway, and detaches it by launching the car into the air so the magnetically-attached bomb is knocked off by a crane hook. It would have been a lot simpler [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim for the villains to have just shot him]], or for Frank to have parked the car and ran away as soon as he was out of sight, [[RuleOfCool but well...]]

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* ''Film/TheTransporter'': ''Transporter''
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TheDragon in ''Film/TheTransporter'' attempts to get rid of Frank Martin with a bomb in a suitcase, resulting in his car going kaboom (he wasn't in it, but [[PunkInTheTrunk two policeman were]]).
* ** In ''Film/{{Transporter 2}}'', the villains have attached a remote-controlled bomb to the bottom of Frank's car, which he sees reflected in a puddle of water. As the villains are pointing guns at him he has to get in anyway, and detaches it by launching the car into the air so the magnetically-attached bomb is knocked off by a crane hook. It would have been a lot simpler [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim for the villains to have just shot him]], or for Frank to have parked the car and ran away as soon as he was out of sight, [[RuleOfCool but well...]]
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