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3rd Dec '17 11:08:01 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* One is a big part of a major scene in ''Film/TheBridgeOnTheRiverKwai''. In fact, what happens at the end with it is actually another DeadHorseTrope: [[spoiler:The dying guy falling on the PlungerDetonator and setting off the explosives]].

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* One is a big part of a major scene in ''Film/TheBridgeOnTheRiverKwai''. In fact, what happens at the end with it is actually another DeadHorseTrope: [[spoiler:The dying guy falling on the PlungerDetonator detonator and setting off the explosives]].
21st Nov '17 9:16:16 AM Commander_Ysenir
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*A [[BuiltWithLEGO LEGO]] version shows up in the 6775 [[Toys/LEGOAlphaTeam Alpha Team Bomb Squad]] set.
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11th Nov '17 3:20:39 PM TravisLanceHawkins
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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': In "Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy VI", Sandy blows up the duo with one of these [[RunningGag every time someone says]] [[LiteralMinded the word "boom."]]
-->'''Sandy:''' Did somebody say boom? ''[detonates]''
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.
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