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1st Sep '16 2:50:09 PM Kartoonkid95
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* The ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' episode "Archie Gets Branded" ends with a member of the Jewish Defense League getting blown up in his car in front of the Bunkers' house.
8th Aug '16 5:51:52 PM Doug86
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* ''ArtemisFowl'' manages to calmly deduce Holly's presence from the fact that Butler, the world's best bodyguard, ''didn't'' do his usual bomb check, and just about the only thing that would interfere with his reflexes is fairy mesmer.

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* ''ArtemisFowl'' ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' manages to calmly deduce Holly's presence from the fact that Butler, the world's best bodyguard, ''didn't'' do his usual bomb check, and just about the only thing that would interfere with his reflexes is fairy mesmer.
7th Aug '16 5:25:47 PM BDA1978
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* Famously done [[HowWeGotHere in the opening scene]] of ''Film/{{Casino}}''. Sam is narrating to himself as he walks out of a restaurant into his car, and it explodes when he turns the key. [[spoiler:Subverted, however, as we see later on that he survived.]]

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* Famously done [[HowWeGotHere in the opening scene]] of ''Film/{{Casino}}''. Sam is narrating to himself as he walks out of a restaurant into his car, and it explodes when he turns the key. [[spoiler:Subverted, however, as we see later on that he survived.survived, as a metal plate under the seat(factory installed due to a balancing issue), delayed the explosion enough for Sam to notice it and jump out with only minor injuries.]]
2nd Aug '16 5:17:35 AM DeepRed
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* ''Very'' External Combustion [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operación_Ogro Operación Ogro]], the plot to assassinate Admiral Luis 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 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.

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* ''Very'' External Combustion [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operación_Ogro Operación Ogro]], the plot to assassinate Admiral Luis 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 I (who Franco named as his new successor before dying) ended up supporting democratic change as wel], well, ultimately leading to the end of the fascist regime.
1st Aug '16 11:01:35 PM DrOO7
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* ''Series/BeverlyHills90210''. Dylan's father was killed this way, kicking off his downward spiral. Years later, it was revealed that he had actually been spirited away into witness protection.
1st Aug '16 10:59:40 PM DrOO7
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* The first updated ''Literature/TheHardyBoys'' novel killed off Joe's girlfriend Iola this way when the bad guys planted a bomb in Joe's car.


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** One year later, on the eve of his wedding to Brenda, Sonny had a nightmare about Lily's death. But when he got to the moment that haunted him the most--when she reached the car and turned back to smile at him--it was ''Brenda'' he saw. The fear that Brenda might end up like Lily prompted him to leave Brenda at the altar [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim for her own safety]].
** And a year after that, Robin nearly met Lily's fate after an evening out with boyfriend Jason, who had taken over Sonny's position. The scene played out almost identically, with Robin even dressed the way Lily had been. However, when she reached the car, Jason, who had witnessed Lily's death, suddenly had a premonition of what was going to happen and managed to save her.


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* ''Series/{{Sisters}}''. Teddy's husband met his death this way, courtesy of a drug lord he was preparing to testify against (he was a cop).
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.
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