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23rd Feb '17 5:15:20 AM JackG
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* In the Norwegian film ''The Last Lieutenant'' (1993), the eponymous character comes out of retirement to fight against Hitler's invasion, but the regular army soldiers mock this old man in his obsolete uniform. They're sent to blow up a bridge, but the detonators fail to explode. The old man proves his bravery by walking out onto the bridge and setting the charges off manually.
3rd Feb '17 1:25:48 PM SeptimusHeap
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* ''Literature/WetDesertTrackingDownATerroristOnTheColoradoRiver'': For an instant, the bomber thinks that the bombing has gone wrong when the explosion does not immediately manifest.
15th Jan '17 3:46:17 AM Anura
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* As bad as the UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} high school massacre was, it could have been much worse; the shooters had set up some bombs in the cafeteria that were supposed to detonate at lunchtime, killing hundreds.
1st Jan '17 1:38:32 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* We have this to thank for the [[UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} Columbine High School massacre]] not being as bad as it could've been. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold's plot called for them to detonate a pair of giant propane tank bombs in the cafeteria, causing it to collapse and take with it the library and faculty lounge on the second floor right above it, killing hundreds of people. They also left similar bombs in their cars, timed to detonate after the police, paramedics, fire department, and reporters had arrived in order to take them out. Fortunately, thanks to Harris' lack of finesse at bomb-making (specifically, he screwed up the detonators), the bombs in the cafeteria and in their cars failed to explode. Unfortunately, this still left them with the guns they had brought for what would've been the second phase of their killing spree, allowing them to kill thirteen people and wound twenty-four more before committing suicide.

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* We have this to thank for the [[UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} Columbine High School massacre]] not being as bad as it could've been. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold's plot called for them to detonate a pair of giant propane tank bombs in the cafeteria, causing it to collapse and take with it the library and faculty lounge on the second floor right above it, killing hundreds of people. They also left similar bombs in their cars, timed to detonate after the police, paramedics, fire department, and reporters had arrived in order to take them out.out as well. Fortunately, thanks to Harris' lack of finesse at bomb-making (specifically, he screwed up the detonators), the bombs in the cafeteria and in their cars failed to explode. Unfortunately, this still left them with the guns they had brought for what would've been the second phase of their killing spree, allowing them to kill thirteen people and wound twenty-four more before committing suicide. (They also had some Molotov cocktails and homemade "cricket" grenades made with [=CO2=] canisters, which ''did'' detonate, but those didn't accomplish anything except to start some nuisance fires.)
20th Dec '16 3:58:10 PM tkzv
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* In the Creator/AlanDeanFoster novel, ''Quozl'', a group of an alien settler dissident on Earth and some sympathetic humans face this situation when their expedition comrade, whom the ruling council insisted on accompanying them, reveals her bomb and her orders to blow herself up to kill the dissident and his human friends. With a maximum of drama, the agent hits the detonation button, but nothing happens. The dissident then reveals he discovered the bomb and disarmed it some time ago.
** It's pointed out though that had he sided with the agent, they'd all have been atomized.

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* In the Creator/AlanDeanFoster novel, ''Quozl'', ''{{Literature/Quozl}}'', a group of an alien settler dissident on Earth and some sympathetic humans face this situation when their expedition comrade, whom the ruling council insisted on accompanying them, reveals her bomb and her orders to blow herself up to kill the dissident and his human friends. With a maximum of drama, the agent hits the detonation button, but nothing happens. The dissident then reveals he discovered the bomb and disarmed it some time ago.
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ago. It's pointed out though that had he sided with the agent, they'd all have been atomized.
13th Dec '16 2:26:11 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* While much less lethal than a traditional gunpower-based explosive, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad4QQgeRvK4 an airsoft grenade that fails to detonate as planned]] is still a rather nerve-wracking experience, because it's essentially the noisy half of a flashbang (at ~130 decibels) that has yet to go off, and which occasionally flings bits of itself every which way when it ''does'' finally fail dramatically, just often enough to make walking near one a touchy proposition.

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* While much less lethal than a traditional gunpower-based explosive, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad4QQgeRvK4 an airsoft Airsoft grenade that fails to detonate as planned]] is still a rather nerve-wracking experience, because it's essentially the noisy half of a flashbang (at ~130 decibels) that has yet to go off, and which occasionally flings bits of itself every which way when it ''does'' finally fail dramatically, just often enough to make walking near one a touchy proposition.proposition.
* We have this to thank for the [[UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} Columbine High School massacre]] not being as bad as it could've been. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold's plot called for them to detonate a pair of giant propane tank bombs in the cafeteria, causing it to collapse and take with it the library and faculty lounge on the second floor right above it, killing hundreds of people. They also left similar bombs in their cars, timed to detonate after the police, paramedics, fire department, and reporters had arrived in order to take them out. Fortunately, thanks to Harris' lack of finesse at bomb-making (specifically, he screwed up the detonators), the bombs in the cafeteria and in their cars failed to explode. Unfortunately, this still left them with the guns they had brought for what would've been the second phase of their killing spree, allowing them to kill thirteen people and wound twenty-four more before committing suicide.
29th Oct '16 7:50:28 AM JackG
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* Also subverted in the film ''Film/ForceTenFromNavarone'' where the explosives go off but it seems like they have failed to do anything. Mallory and Barnsby curse Miller (the explosives expert) as they walk away but then the dam starts to shake and the cracks grow larger until it finally collapses. Turns out it's the pressure of the water against the now-damaged dam that does the work, not the explosion.

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* Also subverted in the film ''Film/ForceTenFromNavarone'' where the explosives go off but it seems like they have failed to do anything. Mallory and Barnsby curse Miller (the explosives expert) as they walk away but then the dam starts to shake and the cracks grow larger until it finally collapses. Turns out it's the pressure of the several million tons of water against the now-damaged dam that does the work, not the explosion.
29th Oct '16 7:48:02 AM JackG
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* In the UsefulNotes/WorldWarII movie ''Film/TheBridgeAtRemagen'', the Germans all set to blow up the bridge the Allies are just crossing. Unfortunately for the Nazis, they used cheap explosives that weren't capable of bringing the thing down. In Real Life, as told below, they were sabotaged by the Polish engineers who were forced to place them.

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* In the UsefulNotes/WorldWarII movie ''Film/TheBridgeAtRemagen'', ''The Bridge at Remagen'', the Germans are all set to blow up the bridge the Allies are just crossing. Unfortunately for the Nazis, they used cheap explosives that weren't capable of bringing the thing down. In Real Life, as told below, they were sabotaged by the Polish engineers who were forced to place them.them.
* Also ''Film/ABridgeTooFar'' about the same incident. The Germans hit the plunger to blow up the bridge just as the allied tanks are crossing it, only for them not to go off due to a malfunction or the lines being cut. However an earlier bridge blows up right in the face of the US paratroopers advancing towards it. Their commander can only respond, "[[OhCrap Ah Shit!]]"



* Also subverted in the film ''Film/ForceTenFromNavarone'' where the explosives go off but it seems like they have failed to do anything. Mallory and Barnsby curse Miller (the explosives expert) as they walk away but then the dam starts to shake and the cracks grow larger until it finally collapses.
* ''Film/ABridgeTooFar''. The Germans hit the plunger to blow up a bridge just as the allied tanks are crossing it, only for them not to go off due to a malfunction or the lines being cut. (An eariler bridge however blows up right in the face of the US paratroopers advancing towards it. Their commander can only respond, "[[OhCrap Ah Shit!]]")

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* Also subverted in the film ''Film/ForceTenFromNavarone'' where the explosives go off but it seems like they have failed to do anything. Mallory and Barnsby curse Miller (the explosives expert) as they walk away but then the dam starts to shake and the cracks grow larger until it finally collapses.
* ''Film/ABridgeTooFar''. The Germans hit
collapses. Turns out it's the plunger to blow up a bridge just as the allied tanks are crossing it, only for them not to go off due to a malfunction or the lines being cut. (An eariler bridge however blows up right in the face pressure of the US paratroopers advancing towards it. Their commander can only respond, "[[OhCrap Ah Shit!]]")water against the now-damaged dam that does the work, not the explosion.
22nd Oct '16 1:28:40 PM KidDynamite
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* ''Series/HogansHeroes'' had a few instances when they would set a bomb and Carter (the team's munitions expert) would count down the explosion "5,4,3,2,1" and nothing would happen. He'd then say "I said 1!", and the bomb would go off.
16th Oct '16 1:38:02 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TheSimpsons'' episode ''Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming", Bob attempts to detonate a nuclear bomb, only for it to go off with a disappointing fizzle and fall apart, revealing a family of mice and a 'best before' date of 1959.

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* In ''TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode ''Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming", Bob attempts to detonate a nuclear bomb, only for it to go off with a disappointing fizzle and fall apart, revealing a family of mice and a 'best before' date of 1959.



* From the ''BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' episode "The Lightyear Factor", in which Zurg sets off a universe-altering bomb, but no explosion occurs:

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* From the ''BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' episode "The Lightyear Factor", in which Zurg sets off a universe-altering bomb, but no explosion occurs:
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