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24th Sep '17 3:28:42 AM Ccook1956
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* Dick Dastardly uses one in the ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' debut episode "See Saw To Arkansas." It fails to detonate the dynamite he employs to block a pass and stall the other racers, so he runs over to the dynamite to see what went wrong. Muttley sees what it is: the wire leading from the detonator to the dynamite was severed, so he reconnects it. The dynamite subsequently blows up in Dastardly's face. Cue Muttley snicker and Dastardly's DopeSlap.
2nd Aug '17 8:52:14 PM Kartoonkid95
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': In "Hex Games", Vicky uses one to blow up a section of the skating ramp that Timmy is riding down.
29th Jun '17 8:54:59 AM WillKeaton
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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 the [[http://www.grimmy.com/images/MGG_Archive/MGG_2012/MGG-2012-09-17.gif strip for September 17th 2012]], 2012,]] Grimm uses an [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner Acme detonator]] in an attempt to open the refrigerator door.
29th Jun '17 8:53:51 AM WillKeaton
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As often as not, a comedic character attempting to use it results in WheresTheKaboom. Alternatively, a comedic character may accidentally set it off early (or during the moment of relief after an explosive crisis has been averted) by absently sitting or leaning on the handle. Bonus points if the detonator actually explodes instead of the attached explosives. May be PlayedForDrama, as someone throws their body weight on the handle as a LastBreathBullet.

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As often as not, a comedic character attempting to use it results in WheresTheKaboom. WheresTheKaboom Alternatively, a comedic character may accidentally set it off early (or during the moment of relief after an explosive crisis has been averted) by absently sitting or leaning on the handle. Bonus points if the detonator actually explodes instead of the attached explosives. May be PlayedForDrama, as someone throws their body weight on the handle as a LastBreathBullet.
11th Jun '17 3:50:10 PM nombretomado
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* In the XboxLiveArcade version of ''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.

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* In the XboxLiveArcade UsefulNotes/XboxLiveArcade version of ''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.
6th Jun '17 6:20:37 PM jormis29
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* ''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.

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* ''The Bridge at Remagen'' ''Film/TheBridgeAtRemagen'' 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.
27th May '17 5:23:17 AM JackG
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* ''Series/DoctorWho''. A Regency-era villain uses a prochronistic [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wimshurst_machine Wimshurst machine]] with a plunger stuck on the top to set off explosives manually after the Doctor sabotages his TimeBomb.
10th May '17 2:58:37 PM Prfnoff
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* ''Film/DudleyDoRight''. When Snidely Whiplash's chief minion Homer goes to blow up Dudley's house, he brings one along bust accidentally prematurely detonates the dynamite when he tucks the detonator under his arm.

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* ''Film/DudleyDoRight''. When Snidely Whiplash's chief minion Homer goes to blow up Dudley's house, he brings one along bust but accidentally prematurely detonates the dynamite when he tucks the detonator under his arm.
18th Mar '17 9:41:30 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/TheDesertRats'': The raid on the German ammo dump nearly goes horribly wrong when the Aussie soldier charged with pushing the plunger detonator is shot dead before he gets the chance. Major [=MacRoberts=] has to leap out of the truck and do it himself.
13th Mar '17 1:44:18 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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* [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi notable]] Hermann Goering had a major LongLastLook, when he realised he had to abandon his home at Karinhall as it was in the direct path of the Russian advance into Germany. He took a leisured final tour of the estate and mansion house whilst his escort set demolition charges and fretted about the nearness of the Red Army, willing him to get on with it. then, in a MagnificentBastard moment, Goering insisted on personally pushing the plunger detonator which activated the explosive charges to destroy the building, thus denying the Russians a propaganda trophy.
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