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20th Jan '17 6:03:08 PM Jhonny
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* Similar to the V1 example, the Brits intentionally reported on V2s hitting areas south of London (when in reality they were hitting London, their intended target) so that the Germans would think they were undershooting their target, thus correcting and sending the next batch of V2s into some less densely populated areas north of London. It worked.
20th Jan '17 3:03:34 AM LondonKdS
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* Subverted in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''. Scarlet Witch ends up blowing up part of an office building when she redirects a bomb away from the ground-level crowds but angles it too close to the building.

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* Subverted in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''. Scarlet Witch ends up blowing up part tries to prevent a suicide bomber from killing anyone else by sending him flying upwards into the sky, but the bomb explodes when he's still only a few stories above the ground, killing many people on the relevant floors of an adjacent office building when she redirects a bomb away from the ground-level crowds but angles it too close to the building.
18th Dec '16 2:03:03 PM Codefreak5
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', the crew has to plant a bomb on a giant garbage ball that's on a collision course with Earth. Unfortunately, the Professor mounted the timer display on upside-down and set it for 15 seconds rather than 51 minutes. Bender grabs the bomb and throws it as far as he can into space, saving their lives but dooming the planet to smelly destruction. [[spoiler: Of course, they subsequently find another way to save the day.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', the crew has to plant a bomb on a giant garbage ball that's on a collision course with Earth. Unfortunately, the Professor mounted the timer display on upside-down and set it for 15 52 seconds rather than 51 25 minutes. Bender grabs the bomb and throws it as far as he can into space, saving their lives but dooming the planet to smelly destruction. [[spoiler: Of course, they subsequently find another way to save the day.]]
4th Oct '16 4:18:45 PM merotoker
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Picture this: You're one of the heroes of the story, and you and your allies find yourselves stuck between a rock and death by fiery explosion. What do you do? You can't OutrunTheFireBall, BombDisposal isn't an option, and JumpingOnAGrenade won't do much good either. Then, you remember that you're the only one who can fly (or is the only one thinking fast enough), and that there's only one real thing left for a hero to do... RelocatingTheExplosion far away from your friends, or the city, or even the world you're in. Be it a missile, a bomb, [[GreyGoo matter eating nanomachines]], or some other form of mass death, it's up to you take it somewhere it can detonate "safely." Cue a distant explosion, and the nagging question the viewers are left concerning your ultimate fate.

This trope is often used near (or is) the climax of a story, and one of the ultimate (and easiest) methods of providing immediate suspense. Did the hero [[HeroicSacrifice make the ultimate sacrifice]], ensuring the villain's last resort would only have one casualty? Or did they get away in one piece, and are just on their way back to their friends? Often times, you'll find out within the same episode/chapter. Other times, you'll be waiting for the sequel. Occasionally, their survival isn't a question at all, and the suspense comes from whether or not the hero can make it in time.

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Picture this: You're one of the heroes of the story, and you and your allies find yourselves stuck between a rock and death by fiery explosion. What do you do? You can't OutrunTheFireBall, BombDisposal isn't an option, and JumpingOnAGrenade won't do much good either. Then, you remember that you're the only one who can fly (or is the only one thinking fast enough), and that there's only one real thing left for a hero to do... RelocatingTheExplosion Relocating The Explosion far away from your friends, or the city, or even the world you're in. Be it a missile, a bomb, [[GreyGoo matter eating nanomachines]], or some other form of mass death, it's up to you take it somewhere it can detonate "safely." Cue a distant explosion, and the nagging question the viewers are left concerning your ultimate fate.

This trope is often used near (or is) the climax of a story, and one of the ultimate (and easiest) methods of providing immediate suspense. Did the hero [[HeroicSacrifice make the ultimate sacrifice]], ensuring the villain's last resort would only have one casualty? Or did they get away in one piece, and are just on their way back to their friends? Often times, you'll find out within the same episode/chapter. [[CliffHanger Other times, you'll be waiting for the sequel. sequel.]] Occasionally, their survival isn't a question at all, and the suspense comes from whether or not the hero can make it in time.



* In ''Manga/DragonBall Z'' Goku relocates the about-to-explode Cell to King Kai's Planet in order to save the Earth.

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* In ''Manga/DragonBall Z'' ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' Goku relocates the about-to-explode Cell to King Kai's Planet in order to save the Earth.



* The first volume of ''Comicbook/TheUltimates'' had Thor disposing of an alien bomb that would have destroyed the entire solar system by teleporting it to [[Myth/NorseMythology the wastes of Nastrond]], where its detonation won't cause any significant damage besides some small ripples in timespace. Included a humorous scene of Black Widow moaning that they were doomed, since she disbelieved Thor's claims of godhood and thus figured that he just teleported the bomb to another location on Earth.

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* ''Comicbook/TheUltimates''
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The first volume of ''Comicbook/TheUltimates'' had Thor disposing of an alien bomb that would have destroyed the entire solar system by teleporting it to [[Myth/NorseMythology the wastes of Nastrond]], where its detonation won't cause any significant damage besides some small ripples in timespace. Included a humorous scene of Black Widow moaning that they were doomed, since she disbelieved Thor's claims of godhood and thus figured that he just teleported the bomb to another location on Earth.Earth.
** One of the early issues had Galactus, now a hive mind composed of multiple probes, approach Earth with the intent to kill, maim and eat it. One of the several plans put in motion by SHIELD was, in a rare inversion of the trope, a transdimensional portal built by Reed Richards, tapping into a very young alternate dimension who just underwent the Big Bang in order to use the massive energy against the swarm.



* In ''ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet'', with Adam Warlock in possession of the titular weapon, Thanos decides to pull a TakingYouWithMe by triggering a thermal nuclear device. ComicBook/{{Thor}} is able to launch his hammer into Thanos' stomach, sending him away from the heroes' location and explode harmlessly.
* One of the early Ultimates issues had Galactus, now an hive mind composed of multiple probes, approach earth with the intent to kill, maim and eat it. One of the several plans put in motion by SHIELD was, in a rare inversion of the trope, a transdimensional portal built by Reed Richards, tapping into a very young alternate dimension who just underwent the Big Bang in order to use the massive energy against the swarm.

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* In ''ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet'', with Adam Warlock ComicBook/AdamWarlock in possession of the titular weapon, Thanos decides to pull a TakingYouWithMe by triggering a thermal nuclear device. ComicBook/{{Thor}} [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] is able to launch his hammer into Thanos' stomach, sending him away from the heroes' location and explode harmlessly.
* One of the early Ultimates issues had Galactus, now an hive mind composed of multiple probes, approach earth with the intent to kill, maim and eat it. One of the several plans put in motion by SHIELD was, in a rare inversion of the trope, a transdimensional portal built by Reed Richards, tapping into a very young alternate dimension who just underwent the Big Bang in order to use the massive energy against the swarm.
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* ''Film/AngelsAndDemons'' has the MagnificentBastard fly an anti-matter bomb away from Rome in a helicopter. He survives, JustAsPlanned.

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* ''Film/AngelsAndDemons'' has the MagnificentBastard fly an anti-matter bomb away from Rome in a helicopter. He survives, JustAsPlanned.[[AllAccordingToPlan just as planned]].



* Parodied in the Creator/AdamWest [[Film/BatmanTheMovie Batman film]]. Batman finds [[CartoonBomb a classic comedy bomb]] in a waterfront restaurant -- a black sphere complete with huge, burning fuse -- and runs it outside to get rid of it. Everywhere he goes, however, there's some innocent blocking his way: nuns walking slowly down an alley, a woman pushing a baby carriage! He sprints up one side of the dock and down the other, occasionally [[RunningGag running into the same]] [[IncrediblyLamePun moving barricades]] over and over again. Exasperated, he eventually groans, "Some days, you just can't get rid of a bomb." Of course, the trope is spun into [[spoiler:BombDisposal]] at the last second, but the scene was meant to make the audience think Bats was still [[spoiler:holding the bomb]] when it went off.

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* Parodied in the Creator/AdamWest [[Film/BatmanTheMovie Batman film]]. Batman finds [[CartoonBomb a classic comedy bomb]] in a waterfront restaurant -- a black sphere complete with huge, burning fuse -- and runs it outside to get rid of it. Everywhere he goes, however, there's some innocent blocking his way: nuns walking slowly down an alley, a woman pushing a baby carriage! He sprints up one side of the dock and down the other, occasionally [[RunningGag running into the same]] [[IncrediblyLamePun [[{{Pun}} moving barricades]] over and over again. Exasperated, he eventually groans, "Some days, you just can't get rid of a bomb." Of course, the trope is spun into [[spoiler:BombDisposal]] at the last second, but the scene was meant to make the audience think Bats was still [[spoiler:holding the bomb]] when it went off.



* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', [[spoiler:Batman does it with the destablizing fusion reactor core-turned bomb using the Bat to fly it out of range of the city.]]

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* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', [[spoiler:Batman does it with the destablizing fusion reactor core-turned bomb using the Bat to fly it out of range of the city.]]city]].



* In the climax of ''Literature/BlackSunday'', [[spoiler: Kabakov and Corley [[SternChase chase down the stolen blimp in a commandeered helicopter]]. Kabakov kills Dahlia, mortally wounds Lander, and damages the bomb's detonator with an SMG. Unfortunately, the blimp is still on course for the stadium, and Lander is able to light the backup fuse (an old-fashioned slow-burning type) before he dies. With minutes to spare, Kabakov jumps onto the top of the blimp and attaches a cable onto it, and they're able to tow it over the Atlantic before it detonates.]]
* Subverted in ''CaptainAmericaCivilWar''. Scarlet Witch ends up blowing up part of an office building when she redirects a bomb away from the ground-level crowds but angles it too close to the building.

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* In the climax of ''Literature/BlackSunday'', [[spoiler: Kabakov and Corley [[SternChase chase down the stolen blimp in a commandeered helicopter]]. Kabakov kills Dahlia, mortally wounds Lander, and damages the bomb's detonator with an SMG. Unfortunately, the blimp is still on course for the stadium, and Lander is able to light the backup fuse (an old-fashioned slow-burning type) before he dies. With minutes to spare, Kabakov jumps onto the top of the blimp and attaches a cable onto it, and they're able to tow it over the Atlantic before it detonates.]]
detonates]].
* Subverted in ''CaptainAmericaCivilWar''.''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''. Scarlet Witch ends up blowing up part of an office building when she redirects a bomb away from the ground-level crowds but angles it too close to the building.



* ''NashBridges'': In "Patriots", after shooting the terrorist villain of the week, Nash drives (Joe joins) the rigged to explode in less than four minutes automobile through the traffic to some random abandoned lot and then the two hurry to put some good distance between them and the imminent explosion. In due time the car goes disappointingly *poomf*, then Nash complains that that could have been taken inside that car, then *KA-BOOM* follows, knocking them off their feet.
* The [[{{Teleportation}} transporter]] in ''StarTrek'' has been used not a small number of times to quickly beam some explosive that's about to go off safely out into space.

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* ''NashBridges'': ''Series/NashBridges'': In "Patriots", after shooting the terrorist villain of the week, Nash drives (Joe joins) the rigged to explode in less than four minutes automobile through the traffic to some random abandoned lot and then the two hurry to put some good distance between them and the imminent explosion. In due time the car goes disappointingly *poomf*, then Nash complains that that could have been taken inside that car, then *KA-BOOM* follows, knocking them off their feet.
* The [[{{Teleportation}} transporter]] in ''StarTrek'' ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has been used not a small number of times to quickly beam some explosive that's about to go off safely out into space.



* At the end of ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'', [[spoiler:Alex Mercer]] flies a nuclear bomb away from New York in a helicopter to save the city from destruction. Oh, and [[spoiler:he ''[[NighInvulnerable survives]]''. Sure, [[GoodThingYouCanHeal he's totally gooped]], but he regenerates]].

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* At the end of ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'', [[spoiler:Alex Mercer]] flies a nuclear bomb away from New York in a helicopter to save the city from destruction. Oh, and [[spoiler:he ''[[NighInvulnerable ''[[NighInvulnerability survives]]''. Sure, [[GoodThingYouCanHeal he's totally gooped]], but he regenerates]].



* In ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxTheDevilsPlayhouse'', [[spoiler:giant Max, already risking exploding due to his psychic powers going out of control, is hit with a nuclear warhead. He uses his teleportation power to send himself, and the warhead, to Skun-ka'pe's spaceship before it can detonate and blow up the city.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxTheDevilsPlayhouse'', [[spoiler:giant Max, already risking exploding due to his psychic powers going out of control, is hit with a nuclear warhead. He uses his teleportation power to send himself, and the warhead, to Skun-ka'pe's spaceship before it can detonate and blow up the city.]]city]].



* In the ''FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' episode "Cherry Bomb", Applejack gets the hell out of Dodge but her friends chase her down. Once caught, AJ reveals that she was ''trying'' to carry a timebomb far away, so her friends wouldn't be caught in the explosion, but now they're all going to die instead. [[spoiler:Then, with less than a minute left on the bomb's timer, Raincloud swoops in and carries the bomb into the sky, while the music from ''The Iron Giant'' plays.]]

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* In the ''FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' episode "Cherry Bomb", Applejack gets the hell out of Dodge but her friends chase her down. Once caught, AJ reveals that she was ''trying'' to carry a timebomb far away, so her friends wouldn't be caught in the explosion, but now they're all going to die instead. [[spoiler:Then, with less than a minute left on the bomb's timer, Raincloud swoops in and carries the bomb into the sky, while the music from ''The Iron Giant'' plays.]]



** In an episode, Captain Atom's suit gets breached during combat, forcing him to fly into space so that his subsequent detonation doesn't kill his fellow heroes. He gets better.

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** In an one episode, Captain Atom's ComicBook/CaptainAtom's suit gets breached during combat, forcing him to fly into space so that his subsequent detonation doesn't kill his fellow heroes. He gets better.



* The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Time Out of Joint" features a time-slowing device lets the user move at [[Franchise/TheFlash Flash-like]] speeds. Batman uses the device to carry a bomb out of Gotham City and throw it into a nearby river as it's in the process of exploding.
* In the 1964 puppet series ''Stingray'' episode "Countdown", using a voice recording of Troy and Phones' entry request into Marineville, X20 manages to get his craft into Stingray's pen inside Marineville while the real Stingray was still out on patrol and primes a bomb with a 15 minute countdown with Marina tied up as hostage. When Stingray returns, they find the enemy craft, rescue Marina, and Troy tries to get the craft out of Marineville and use the ejector seat. Everyone wait with baited breath as the craft slowly makes its way through the launch tunnel. Eventually it reaches the end of the tunnel and Marineville is saved, then after a few seconds of silence inside the control tower, cut to the bomb as the countdown completes, cue nasty explosion on the ocean surface. We didn't see Troy escape [[spoiler:but in the next scene at Marina's house-warming party, we see Troy with the rest of the main cast having apparently escaped unscathed.]]

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* The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Time Out of Joint" features a time-slowing device that lets the user move at [[Franchise/TheFlash Flash-like]] speeds. Batman uses the device to carry a bomb out of Gotham City and throw it into a nearby river as it's in the process of exploding.
* In the 1964 puppet series ''Stingray'' episode "Countdown", using a voice recording of Troy and Phones' entry request into Marineville, X20 manages to get his craft into Stingray's pen inside Marineville while the real Stingray was still out on patrol and primes a bomb with a 15 minute countdown with Marina tied up as hostage. When Stingray returns, they find the enemy craft, rescue Marina, and Troy tries to get the craft out of Marineville and use the ejector seat. Everyone wait with baited breath as the craft slowly makes its way through the launch tunnel. Eventually it reaches the end of the tunnel and Marineville is saved, then after a few seconds of silence inside the control tower, cut to the bomb as the countdown completes, cue nasty explosion on the ocean surface. We didn't see Troy escape [[spoiler:but in the next scene at Marina's house-warming party, we see Troy with the rest of the main cast having apparently escaped unscathed.]]unscathed]].



* Towards the end of WorldWarII, the Germans were launching their V-1 weapons on London. Basically a medium-fast robot plane with primitive pulse-jet propulsion, with a ton of high explosive in the warhead. Shooting them down usually resulted in a ton of high explosive detonating prematurely in the air instead of on the ground. However, this created a massive explosion in the air that the pilot of the shoot down plane was flying directly into. A safer, but perhaps more nerve wracking, tactic was evolved. The fighter pilot would fly next to the V-1 and use his wing tip to lift up the tip of the V-1's wing. The V-1 had no aileron control, relying on the rudder for directional corrections. Once tipped past a critical angle, the rudder could not recover it, and so the V-1 would spiral into the English Channel, moving the detonation from land to water (or at worst into an empty field rather than an urban area).

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* Towards the end of WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the Germans were launching their V-1 weapons on London. Basically a medium-fast robot plane with primitive pulse-jet propulsion, with a ton of high explosive in the warhead. Shooting them down usually resulted in a ton of high explosive detonating prematurely in the air instead of on the ground. However, this created a massive explosion in the air that the pilot of the shoot down plane was flying directly into. A safer, but perhaps more nerve wracking, tactic was evolved. The fighter pilot would fly next to the V-1 and use his wing tip to lift up the tip of the V-1's wing. The V-1 had no aileron control, relying on the rudder for directional corrections. Once tipped past a critical angle, the rudder could not recover it, and so the V-1 would spiral into the English Channel, moving the detonation from land to water (or at worst into an empty field rather than an urban area).
16th Sep '16 3:50:07 PM eroock
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16th Sep '16 3:45:56 PM eroock
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* Subverted in ''CaptainAmericaCivilWar''. Scarlet Witch ends up blowing up part of an office building when she redirects a bomb away from the ground-level crowds but angles it too close to the building.
4th Jul '16 6:45:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* In episode one of ''TheTick'', the Tick carries a time bomb planted in a dam by the Idea Men, up onto the top of the dam where it more or less explodes safely (except for destroying the Idea Men's blimp). The Tick himself is, fortunately, nigh indestructible.

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* In episode one of ''TheTick'', ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'', the Tick carries a time bomb planted in a dam by the Idea Men, up onto the top of the dam where it more or less explodes safely (except for destroying the Idea Men's blimp). The Tick himself is, fortunately, nigh indestructible.
7th Jun '16 7:07:06 PM Willbyr
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* In ''OnePiece'' Pell uses his falcon transformation to take a huge bomb away from the capital city.
* One episode of the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime had Riley and his Lucario trap a large explosion inside a sphere of Aura and then force it into the sky to detonate harmlessly. A similar thing happened in ''PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'', but with Hareta using Empoleon's Hydro Pump to force the (as of yet unexploded) bomb into the air and many Pokemon containing the blast with Light Screen.
* In the third episode of ''TigerAndBunny'', Barnaby defuses the bomb down to the last 2 wires [[WireDilemma but can't decide which one to cut.]] That's when he and his partner Kotetsu decide to just kick the annoying contraption through the roof instead.

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* In ''OnePiece'' ''Manga/OnePiece'' Pell uses his falcon transformation to take a huge bomb away from the capital city.
* One episode of the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime had Riley and his Lucario trap a large explosion inside a sphere of Aura and then force it into the sky to detonate harmlessly. A similar thing happened in ''PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'', ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'', but with Hareta using Empoleon's Hydro Pump to force the (as of yet unexploded) bomb into the air and many Pokemon containing the blast with Light Screen.
* In the third episode of ''TigerAndBunny'', ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', Barnaby defuses the bomb down to the last 2 wires [[WireDilemma but can't decide which one to cut.]] That's when he and his partner Kotetsu decide to just kick the annoying contraption through the roof instead.
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