History Main / PlungerDetonator

27th Mar '16 8:17:13 PM PowerSkunk
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* The squirrel in the Junior Senior video "Move Your Feet" uses one to blow up several items... and himself.
17th Feb '16 4:10:02 AM Medinoc
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* In the ''Comicbook/SpirouAndFantasio'' short story "La peur au bout du fil" (''Fear at the end of the wire''), the "fear" in the title is caused by the discovery of the "wire", with such a detonator on one end... which means the other end must be a bomb. [[spoiler:It's actually a bomb filled with the Count's metal-melting gas, and at the end of the story it's accidentally triggered by the marsupilami.]]
18th Oct '15 8:28:42 AM StFan
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* In the Glitter Gulch Mine level of ''[[Videogame/{{Banjo-Kazooie}} Banjo-Tooie]]'', Banjo and Kazooie could transform into a detonator. Its explosions were self-damaging but [[NonFatalExplosions not necessarily fatal]].

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* In the Glitter Gulch Mine level of ''[[Videogame/{{Banjo-Kazooie}} Banjo-Tooie]]'', ''Videogame/BanjoTooie'', Banjo and Kazooie could transform into a detonator. Its explosions were self-damaging but [[NonFatalExplosions not necessarily fatal]].
14th Sep '15 11:24:43 AM Prfnoff
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* {{Nickelodeon}}'s ''Wild and Crazy Kids'' used these on occasion, most memorably to blow up sandcastles.
* ''TheMonkees''. The title characters occasionally tried to use one, by clipping two alligator cables to whatever they were trying to blow up, then pushing the plunger on a hand-sized box, at which point something ''else'' would blow up.

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* {{Nickelodeon}}'s ''Wild and Crazy Kids'' ''Series/WildAndCrazyKids'' used these on occasion, most memorably to blow up sandcastles.
* ''TheMonkees''.''Series/TheMonkees''. The title characters occasionally tried to use one, by clipping two alligator cables to whatever they were trying to blow up, then pushing the plunger on a hand-sized box, at which point something ''else'' would blow up.



* In ''{{The Wire}}'', Mayor Royce makes a big publicity event out of demolishing a crime-ridden apartment complex. He pushes an old-fashioned plunger...which is then revealed to be a dummy mock-up while the explosives are actually set off from a nearby control panel.

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* In ''{{The Wire}}'', ''Series/TheWire'', Mayor Royce makes a big publicity event out of demolishing a crime-ridden apartment complex. He pushes an old-fashioned plunger...which is then revealed to be a dummy mock-up while the explosives are actually set off from a nearby control panel.



* Many of the buildings in [[Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie Walnut Grove]] were thus destroyed.

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* Many In ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'', many of the buildings in [[Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie Walnut Grove]] Grove were thus destroyed.



* In Twisted Sister's "I Wanna Rock", the villain (played by Mark Metcalf, aka Niedermeyer) is planning to blow up the band during a concert. As he's planting the dynamite by Dee Snider's feet, a butterfly lands on the plunger handle, pushing it down and setting it off.

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* In Twisted Sister's Music/TwistedSister's "I Wanna Rock", the villain (played by Mark Metcalf, aka Niedermeyer) is planning to blow up the band during a concert. As he's planting the dynamite by Dee Snider's feet, a butterfly lands on the plunger handle, pushing it down and setting it off.
11th Sep '15 10:52:15 AM Prfnoff
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* In the XboxLiveArcade version of ''SettlersOfCatan'', one of the [[EmoteAnimation emote animations]] shows a player using one of these to blow up the dice. The AI sometimes uses it when it has a run of particularly bad rolls.

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* In the XboxLiveArcade version of ''SettlersOfCatan'', ''TabletopGame/SettlersOfCatan'', one of the [[EmoteAnimation emote animations]] shows a player using one of these to blow up the dice. The AI sometimes uses it when it has a run of particularly bad rolls.



* The cave level (and some others at times) in the SNES ''Franchise/TheSmurfs'' game.

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* The cave level (and some others at times) in the SNES ''Franchise/TheSmurfs'' game.''VideoGame/TheSmurfs1994''.


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* In the EdutainmentGame ''Widget Workshop'', one of the switch parts is an ACME Plunger Detonator. Like the light switch, it's triggered by having the player click on it; unlike other switches, it can only be turned on.
3rd Aug '15 2:59:32 AM Medinoc
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* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'': In ''[[RecapTintinDestinationMoon Destination Moon]]'', a plunger detonator is used to remotely destroy the rocket [=X-FLR6=] when its radio control is captured by spies.

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* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'': In ''[[RecapTintinDestinationMoon ''[[Recap/TintinDestinationMoon Destination Moon]]'', a plunger detonator is used to remotely destroy the rocket [=X-FLR6=] when its radio control is captured by spies.
30th Jul '15 2:00:47 PM StFan
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* In the ''AchilleTalon'' album "La Traversée du Disert", a demolition worker uses one to set off charges in a stone quarry--where, unbeknownst to him, the protagonists have ended up. He is prevented in the nick of time from pressing the plunger, only to sit on it by accident the next minute.

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* In the ''AchilleTalon'' ''ComicBook/AchilleTalon'' album "La ''La Traversée du Disert", Disert'', a demolition worker uses one to set off charges in a stone quarry--where, quarry -- where, unbeknownst to him, the protagonists have ended up. He is prevented in the nick of time from pressing the plunger, only to sit on it by accident the next minute.



* In ''[[{{Tintin}} Destination Moon]]'', a plunger detonator is used to remotely destroy the rocket [=X-FLR6=] when its radio control is captured by spies.

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* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'': In ''[[{{Tintin}} ''[[RecapTintinDestinationMoon Destination Moon]]'', a plunger detonator is used to remotely destroy the rocket [=X-FLR6=] when its radio control is captured by spies.



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* ''Film/{{Patton}}''. During the Battle of the Bulge a German soldier uses one to detonate some explosives and start an avalanche onto an American column. Combines HollywoodHistory with HollywoodScience because no such incident ever happened and real German detonators used a clockwork mechanism using a handle that ''turned''.

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* ''ComicStrip/MotherGooseAndGrimm''. In the [[http://www.grimmy.com/images/MGG_Archive/MGG_2012/MGG-2012-09-17.gif strip for September 17th 2012]], Grimm uses an [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner Acme detonator]] in an attempt to open the refrigerator door.
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* ''Film/{{Patton}}''. During the Battle of the Bulge Bulge, a German soldier uses one to detonate some explosives and start an avalanche onto an American column. Combines HollywoodHistory with HollywoodScience because no such incident ever happened and real German detonators used a clockwork mechanism using a handle that ''turned''.



* Two bad guys attempt to use this on a bridge that the titular car is passing over in ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang''. Implausibly, the explosives don't explode, but the detonator itself does, resulting in AshFace.

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* Two bad guys attempt to use this on a bridge that the titular title car is passing over in ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang''. Implausibly, the explosives don't explode, but the detonator itself does, resulting in AshFace.



* ''The Bridge At Remagen'' has the Germans use a plunger detonator to try to demolish the eponymous bridge to prevent it from being captured, only to have it fail because the wires were damaged in the fighting. Also counts as a CriticalResearchFailure since the German army didn't use this type of detonator as noted above.
** Likewise in ''Film/ABridgeTooFar''. TheCoconutEffect may apply here -- as the explosives don't actually go off, it needs to be clear to the audience that the Germans are trying to set off explosives, but fail, hence the use of a more familiar detonator.
* The protagonists use modern ones in ''Film/Tremors2Aftershocks'' - explosives strapped to remote-control cars which they got the Graboids to eat before blowing them sky high.

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* ''The Bridge At at Remagen'' has the Germans use a plunger detonator to try to demolish the eponymous bridge to prevent it from being captured, only to have it fail because the wires were damaged in the fighting. Also counts as a CriticalResearchFailure since the German army didn't use this type of detonator as noted above.
** * Likewise in ''Film/ABridgeTooFar''. TheCoconutEffect may apply here -- as the explosives don't actually go off, it needs to be clear to the audience that the Germans are trying to set off explosives, but fail, hence the use of a more familiar detonator.
* The protagonists use modern ones in ''Film/Tremors2Aftershocks'' - -- explosives strapped to remote-control cars which they got the Graboids to eat before blowing them sky high.



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* ''ComicStrip/MotherGooseAndGrimm''. In the [[http://www.grimmy.com/images/MGG_Archive/MGG_2012/MGG-2012-09-17.gif strip for September 17th 2012]], Grimm uses an [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner Acme detonator]] in an attempt to open the refrigerator door.

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* ''ComicStrip/MotherGooseAndGrimm''. In An animated plunger sits on the [[http://www.grimmy.com/images/MGG_Archive/MGG_2012/MGG-2012-09-17.gif strip for September 17th 2012]], Grimm uses an [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner Acme detonator]] in an attempt to open playfield of the refrigerator door.Premium editions of the ''Pinball/{{ACDC}}'' pinball.



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* An animated plunger sits on the playfield of the Premium editions of the ''Pinball/{{ACDC}}'' pinball.
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* In [[http://dresdencodak.com/2010/06/10/dark-science-02/ this strip]] of ''DresdenCodak'', Kimiko's house is blown up using a plunger detonator. It's all the more remarkable as advanced {{Cyberpunk}} technology is otherwise available.
* In ''KarateBears'': the hero rigs explosives and an [[http://www.karatebears.com/2012/04/rig-electionsexplosions.html election]] at the same time!

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* In [[http://dresdencodak.com/2010/06/10/dark-science-02/ this strip]] of ''DresdenCodak'', ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak'', Kimiko's house is blown up using a plunger detonator. It's all the more remarkable as advanced {{Cyberpunk}} technology is otherwise available.
* In ''KarateBears'': ''Webcomic/KarateBears'': the hero rigs explosives and an [[http://www.karatebears.com/2012/04/rig-electionsexplosions.html election]] at the same time!



* The AnimatedAdaptation of ''Tintin in America'' switched Bobby Smiles's box with buttons for such a detonator.

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* The AnimatedAdaptation of ''Tintin in America'' switched switches Bobby Smiles's box with buttons for such a detonator.
14th Jul '15 1:41:44 AM ironcommando
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' version 1.3 onwards, all explosive block traps are connected to an ''{{incredibly obvious|Bomb}}'' one that is triggered by landing on top of one or [[TooDumbToLive activating one yourself]], much to the relief of players. (Before this, they were [[ParanoiaFuel triggered by hard-to-see pressure plates]])
14th Jun '15 8:46:05 PM nombretomado
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* ''JonnyQuest'' TOS episode "The Quetong Missile Mystery". The guards use these to detonate underwater mines to blow up intruding boats. At the end the BigBad suffers a KarmicDeath when he shoots one of the guards, who falls on the detonator and detonates a mine under the BigBad's boat.

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* ''JonnyQuest'' ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' TOS episode "The Quetong Missile Mystery". The guards use these to detonate underwater mines to blow up intruding boats. At the end the BigBad suffers a KarmicDeath when he shoots one of the guards, who falls on the detonator and detonates a mine under the BigBad's boat.
22nd May '15 7:09:27 PM eroock
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