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* An inadvertent example: the Joker's famous hospital-demolition scene from ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' in which he attempts to do an UnflinchingWalk to the getaway bus while the hospital implodes behind him, which turns into black comedy when midway through, the explosions suddenly stop. The scene was synchronized around the actual demolition of an old Brach's candy factory in that part of Chicago. It's heavily debated whether this was a RealLife case of "Where's the Kaboom" or if Creator/ChristopherNolan just decided not to tell Creator/HeathLedger that there would be a pause in the explosions, or if Heath Ledger just didn't tell anyone what he planned to do. Without once breaking character, Ledger flung up his arms and fiddled around with the detonator(including a little PercussiveMaintenance) for a few seconds until the explosions re-started... And then [[OhCrap he started running.]]
** Played straight in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises,'' when Commissioner Gordon disrupts the radio detonator [[spoiler:as Miranda Tate [[MotiveRant reveals herself]] to be Talia Al G'hul and attempts to destroy Gotham City]].

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* An inadvertent example: the Joker's famous hospital-demolition scene from ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' in which he attempts to do an UnflinchingWalk to the getaway bus while the hospital implodes behind him, which turns into black comedy when midway through, the explosions suddenly stop. The scene was synchronized around the actual demolition of an old Brach's candy factory in that part of Chicago. It's heavily debated whether this was a RealLife case of "Where's the Kaboom" or if Creator/ChristopherNolan just decided not to tell Creator/HeathLedger that there would be a pause in the explosions, or if Heath Ledger just didn't tell anyone what he planned to do. Without once breaking character, Ledger flung up his arms and fiddled around with the detonator(including a little PercussiveMaintenance) for a few seconds until the explosions re-started... And then [[OhCrap he started running.]]
** Played straight in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises,'' when Commissioner Gordon disrupts the radio detonator [[spoiler:as Miranda Tate [[MotiveRant reveals herself]] to be Talia Al G'hul and attempts to destroy Gotham City]].
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* Used for comedic/suspenseful effect in the 2001 remake of ''Film/OceansEleven'': Danny and Linus are reduced to doing this when they try to blow the charges inside the vault door, which is actually a good thing, as Yen is currently stuck near the door and struggling to get free. Doubles as an IronicEcho when Linus repeats with only light ribbing what Danny told him earlier about focus.
---> '''Linus:''' You know, you lose focus in this game for one second...
---> '''Danny:''' I know, and somebody gets hurt. You don't hear Yen complaining.
* ''Film/HudsonHawk''. A paralyzed Hawk and Five-Tone manage to regain control of their limbs, and trip Snickers as he is firing sticky bombs around the apartment. The golf bag he is using to hold the launcher slips away from him, hits a wall, and fires a bomb directly onto his forehead. As the countdown reaches zero, the bomb does nothing, and Snickers remarks hopefully, "Maybe it was a dud." Hawk and Five-Tone perform a delayed OhCrap out the window as seconds later, Snickers' head is blown apart.
* ''Film/BlazingSaddles''. The {{heroes}} plan to blow up the fake town of Rock Ridge with explosives, but the detonator fails. The Waco Kid has to set off the dynamite by shooting it with a revolver, at a range that would be a challenge to a sniper with a scope mounted rifle.



* ''Film/BlazingSaddles''. The {{heroes}} plan to blow up the fake town of Rock Ridge with explosives, but the detonator fails. The Waco Kid has to set off the dynamite by shooting it with a revolver, at a range that would be a challenge to a sniper with a scope mounted rifle.



* Subverted in the film ''Film/TheBridgeOnTheRiverKwai'', where [[spoiler:the detonator works just fine, the problem is that Colonel Nicholson betrays the Allied troops trying to blow up the bridge, causing them to be killed before they can activate it. After he finally realizes his treason he sets it off as he dies...although it's deliberately ambiguous as to whether Nicholson is trying to reach the detonator or just falls on it accidentally.]]



* Subverted in the film ''Film/TheBridgeOnTheRiverKwai'', where [[spoiler:the detonator works just fine, the problem is that Colonel Nicholson betrays the Allied troops trying to blow up the bridge, causing them to be killed before they can activate it. After he finally realizes his treason he sets it off as he dies...although it's deliberately ambiguous as to whether Nicholson is trying to reach the detonator or just falls on it accidentally.]]

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* Subverted An inadvertent example: the Joker's famous hospital-demolition scene from ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' in which he attempts to do an UnflinchingWalk to the getaway bus while the hospital implodes behind him, which turns into black comedy when midway through, the explosions suddenly stop. The scene was synchronized around the actual demolition of an old Brach's candy factory in that part of Chicago. It's heavily debated whether this was a RealLife case of "Where's the Kaboom" or if Creator/ChristopherNolan just decided not to tell Creator/HeathLedger that there would be a pause in the film ''Film/TheBridgeOnTheRiverKwai'', where [[spoiler:the explosions, or if Heath Ledger just didn't tell anyone what he planned to do. Without once breaking character, Ledger flung up his arms and fiddled around with the detonator(including a little PercussiveMaintenance) for a few seconds until the explosions re-started... And then [[OhCrap he started running.]]
** Played straight in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', when Commissioner Gordon disrupts the radio
detonator works just fine, [[spoiler:as Miranda Tate [[MotiveRant reveals herself]] to be Talia Al Ghul and attempts to destroy Gotham City]].
* In ''Film/TheDukesOfHazzard'' film, Sheev and the Dukes need to crack a safe, so they cover it in [=C4=] and try to blow it up. The fuse fails to set if off, so they're left with a safe covered in potentially dangerous [=C4=]. Luke solves
the problem is that Colonel Nicholson betrays by shooting a flaming arrow at the Allied troops trying to blow up the bridge, causing them to be killed before they can activate it. safe, creating an impressive explosion.
* ''Film/TheFifthElement'' subverts this nicely.
After he finally realizes planting a bomb to evacuate the cruise ship, Zorg stops the countdown himself with only five seconds to spare - only to have his treason he sets it off as he dies...although it's deliberately ambiguous as former underlings arm ''their'' bomb, right next to whether Nicholson is trying to reach the detonator or just falls him, [[YankTheDogsChain on it accidentally.]]a five second timer]].



* ''Film/TheFifthElement'' subverts this nicely. After planting a bomb to evacuate the cruise ship, Zorg stops the countdown himself with only five seconds to spare - only to have his former underlings arm ''their'' bomb, right next to him, [[YankTheDogsChain on a five second timer]].
* ''Film/UncommonValor'': The team's strategy to attack the prison camp requires that a bridge be blown up to cut off reinforcements. The detonation caps fail, forcing Blaster to make a HeroicSacrifice to manually explode the bombs.
* In ''Film/Tremors2Aftershocks'', Burt's explosive-laden truck is set to explode and take out the Shriekers, but the heroes don't have a very good handle on how long it was set for. Eventually one of them complains about the delay... and the bomb obliges.
* ''[[Literature/{{Quiller}} The Quiller Memorandum]]'' (film and novel). Quiller finds a bomb tucked under his car, rigged to detonate as it hits the ground when Quiller drives off. Because he's under surveillance and wants to fake his death, Quiller places the bomb on the hood and starts the engine, hoping the vibrations will make it slide down the hood and fall off. However nothing happens after a while and Quiller worries that the bomb has become stuck; he's going to check when the garage blows up in his face.

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* ''Film/TheFifthElement'' subverts this nicely. After planting a bomb to evacuate In ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', the cruise ship, Zorg stops the countdown himself with only five seconds ship's self-destruct counts down to spare - only to have his former underlings arm ''their'' bomb, right next to him, [[YankTheDogsChain on a five 1 second timer]].
* ''Film/UncommonValor'': The team's strategy to attack the prison camp requires that a bridge be blown up to cut off reinforcements. The detonation caps fail, forcing Blaster to make a HeroicSacrifice to manually explode the bombs.
* In ''Film/Tremors2Aftershocks'', Burt's explosive-laden truck is set to explode
and take out the Shriekers, but the heroes don't have a very good handle on how long it was set for. Eventually one of them complains about the delay... and the bomb obliges.
* ''[[Literature/{{Quiller}} The Quiller Memorandum]]'' (film and novel). Quiller finds a bomb tucked under his car, rigged to detonate as it hits the ground when Quiller drives off. Because he's under surveillance and wants to fake his death, Quiller places the bomb
stops, because that's what always happened on the hood and starts the engine, hoping the vibrations will make it slide down the hood and fall off. However nothing happens after a while and Quiller worries that the bomb has become stuck; he's going to check when the garage blows up in his face.TV show.



* ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'' - Melville, trapped with his wife in a hardware store basement, lights a long fuse on a small charge of dynamite on a door. The fuse goes out halfway, but ignites a crate of fireworks. Wondering why it hasn't gone off, Melville breaks cover at just the wrong time.
* In ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', the ship's self-destruct counts down to 1 second and stops, because that's what always happened on the TV show.
* In ''Film/TheDukesOfHazzard'' film, Sheev and the Dukes need to crack a safe, so they cover it in [=C4=] and try to blow it up. The fuse fails to set if off, so they're left with a safe covered in potentially dangerous [=C4=]. Luke solves the problem by shooting a flaming arrow at the safe, creating an impressive explosion.

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* ''Film/HudsonHawk''. A paralyzed Hawk and Five-Tone manage to regain control of their limbs, and trip Snickers as he is firing sticky bombs around the apartment. The golf bag he is using to hold the launcher slips away from him, hits a wall, and fires a bomb directly onto his forehead. As the countdown reaches zero, the bomb does nothing, and Snickers remarks hopefully, "Maybe it was a dud." Hawk and Five-Tone perform a delayed OhCrap out the window as seconds later, Snickers' head is blown apart.
* ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'' - -- Melville, trapped with his wife in a hardware store basement, lights a long fuse on a small charge of dynamite on a door. The fuse goes out halfway, but ignites a crate of fireworks. Wondering why it hasn't gone off, Melville breaks cover at just the wrong time.
* In ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', the ship's self-destruct counts down to 1 second and stops, because that's what always happened on the TV show.
* In ''Film/TheDukesOfHazzard'' film, Sheev and the Dukes need to crack a safe, so they cover it in [=C4=] and try to blow it up. The fuse fails to set if off, so they're left with a safe covered in potentially dangerous [=C4=]. Luke solves the problem by shooting a flaming arrow at the safe, creating an impressive explosion.
time.



* Used for comedic/suspenseful effect in the 2001 remake of ''Film/OceansEleven'': Danny and Linus are reduced to doing this when they try to blow the charges inside the vault door, which is actually a good thing, as Yen is currently stuck near the door and struggling to get free. Doubles as an IronicEcho when Linus repeats with only light ribbing what Danny told him earlier about focus.
-->'''Linus:''' You know, you lose focus in this game for one second...\\
'''Danny:''' I know, and somebody gets hurt. You don't hear Yen complaining.
* ''[[Literature/{{Quiller}} The Quiller Memorandum]]'' (film and novel). Quiller finds a bomb tucked under his car, rigged to detonate as it hits the ground when Quiller drives off. Because he's under surveillance and wants to fake his death, Quiller places the bomb on the hood and starts the engine, hoping the vibrations will make it slide down the hood and fall off. However nothing happens after a while and Quiller worries that the bomb has become stuck; he's going to check when the garage blows up in his face.
* In ''Film/Tremors2Aftershocks'', Burt's explosive-laden truck is set to explode and take out the Shriekers, but the heroes don't have a very good handle on how long it was set for. Eventually one of them complains about the delay... and the bomb obliges.
* ''Film/UncommonValor'': The team's strategy to attack the prison camp requires that a bridge be blown up to cut off reinforcements. The detonation caps fail, forcing Blaster to make a HeroicSacrifice to manually explode the bombs.



* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'': In book 4, ''The Opal Deception'', there's an interesting variation. Part of the BigBad's plan is two explosive devices (one to do the job and one as a backup), which she had on her ship. The heroes send a guy to break into their ship and take the bombs. She assumes that this means that they've taken them on ''their'' ship, and tries to detonate them. Problem is, ''they didn't''. They actually hid the bombs on her own ship, in the ship's smuggler's box (a small compartment shielded from all forms of detection). The detonation signal couldn't reach the bombs as long as they were there, resulting in no kaboom. They then goad her into opening the box, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard allowing the detonation signals to reach the bombs]]. The kaboom follows shortly afterwards.
* In ''[[Literature/CiaphasCain Cain's Last Stand]]'' the heroes attempt to collapse a shrine containing an immensely powerful ArtefactOfDoom rather than let it fall into the hands of Necrons. Alas, Necrons have advanced enough means to simply jam their signal and take the artifact.
* At the end of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' [[Literature/NewSeriesAdventures book]] ''Shining Darkness'', [[spoiler:the protagonists set off a bomb hidden in one of their (robotic) members to destroy the Cult of Shining Darkness and their space station. The cult members teleport away but the bomb's countdown can't be stopped and the protagonists can't get out before the bomb's countdown reaches zero. They are very surprised when there is no kaboom, at which point the Doctor reveals that he surreptitiously removed the bomb earlier and the cult members, not knowing what it was, confiscated it when they took him captive. Meanwhile, on the ship the cult evacuated to, a strange object they took from the Doctor has started flashing [[KilledMidSentence and they have no idea what it me-]] ]]
* In ''Literature/ForWhomTheBellTolls'', [[spoiler: Pablo throws the detonators into a river, forcing one of the other guerillas to die while manually setting them off (HeroicSacrifice).]]
* In Creator/TerryBrooks' ''Literature/GypsyMorph'', this occurs when the heroes try to destroy a bridge and slow the advancing army. One of the characters raced down into the ravine and fixed the problem in a HeroicSacrifice.



* In Creator/TerryBrooks' ''Literature/GypsyMorph'', this occurs when the heroes try to destroy a bridge and slow the advancing army. One of the characters raced down into the ravine and fixed the problem in a HeroicSacrifice.

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* In Creator/TerryBrooks' ''Literature/GypsyMorph'', this occurs ''Literature/WetDesertTrackingDownATerroristOnTheColoradoRiver'': For an instant, the bomber thinks that the bombing has gone wrong when the heroes try to destroy a bridge and slow the advancing army. One of the characters raced down into the ravine and fixed the problem in a HeroicSacrifice.explosion does not immediately manifest.



* In ''Literature/ForWhomTheBellTolls'', [[spoiler: Pablo throws the detonators into a river, forcing one of the other guerillas to die while manually setting them off (HeroicSacrifice).]]
* In ''[[Literature/CiaphasCain Cain's Last Stand]]'' the heroes attempt to collapse a shrine containing an immensely powerful ArtefactOfDoom rather than let it fall into the hands of Necrons. Alas, Necrons have advanced enough means to simply jam their signal and take the artifact.
* In the ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' book ''The Opal Deception'' there's an interesting variation. Part of the BigBad's plan is two explosive devices (one to do the job and one as a backup), which she had on her ship. The heroes send a guy to break into their ship and take the bombs. She assumes that this means that they've taken them on ''their'' ship, and tries to detonate them. Problem is, ''they didn't''. They had actually hid the bombs on her own ship, in the ship's smuggler's box (a small compartment shielded from all forms of detection). The detonation signal couldn't reach the bombs as long as they were there, resulting in no kaboom. Then they goad her into opening the box, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard allowing the detonation signals to reach the bombs]]. The kaboom follows shortly afterwards.
* ''Literature/WetDesertTrackingDownATerroristOnTheColoradoRiver'': For an instant, the bomber thinks that the bombing has gone wrong when the explosion does not immediately manifest.
* At the end of the Series/DoctorWho [[Literature/NewSeriesAdventures book]] Shining Darkness [[spoiler:the protagonists set off a bomb hidden in one of their (robotic) members to destroy the Cult of Shining Darkness and their space station. The cult members teleport away but the bomb's countdown can't be stopped and the protagonists can't get out before the bomb's countdown reaches zero. They are very surprised when there is no kaboom, at which point the Doctor reveals that he surreptitiously removed the bomb earlier and the cult members, not knowing what it was, confiscated it when they took him captive. Meanwhile, on the ship the cult evacuated to, a strange object they took from the Doctor has started flashing [[KilledMidSentence and they have no idea what it me-]] ]]



-->'''The Doctor:''' ''[disappointed]'' Oh, is that it?

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-->'''The --->'''The Doctor:''' ''[disappointed]'' Oh, is that it?



* PlayedForDrama in the ending of ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 4}}''. The C4 charges planted on [[BigBad Admiral Chang's]] destroyer fail to explode, so one of your teammates must head back down the zipline to rewire them. Whichever one you send down [[HeroicSacrifice will die]] when the charge blows. Alternatively, you can TakeAThirdOption and refuse to send either of them down... [[DownerEnding resulting in Chang's warship sinking the USS Valkyrie]], killing [[TheCaptain Captain Garrison]] and [[BigGood Jin Jie]] and destroying your best chance of ending the war.
* How Lance tricks [[TooDumbToLive Fritz into looking at the cannon]] in ''VideoGame/BrainDead13''.
* Toward the end of ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'', Gremlin Gus attempts to launch the fireworks Mickey primed, only to realize that the detonator's batteries are dead. He replaces them in a jiffy, but before launching them, he is grabbed by the Blot.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' has a detonator with two buttons. Pressing one of them leads to this trope. Pressing the other forces you to run like hell.



* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', this is played for laughs, when Link sets the third pearl into its slot, the statue starts to glow. Link runs for cover, but nothing happens. Confused, he goes back to the statue to check...only for it to blow up in his face, causing him to fly hundreds of yards away, flying right into the wall of the tower that is rising from the ocean.
** Only to fall back into the water hundreds of feet below, and have his [[ExpositionFairy boat]] collect him.



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' has a detonator with two buttons. Pressing one of them leads to this trope. Pressing the other forces you to run like hell.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' has a detonator The "Dud" Bomb attack in ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave''. The user tries to blow their opponent up with two buttons. Pressing one of the bomb, but it fails to go off. After a {{beat}}, they simply pick up the bomb and start hitting them leads to this trope. Pressing with it.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', Salazar is listening into an ear trumpet, wondering about the lack of, rather than a kaboom, "the satisfying sound of one's impalement" after Leon gets dropped into a booby-trap. Also toyed with a bit when he ''gets'' a kaboom when Leon, hanging from his belt-mounted grappling hook (amazing how often that thing comes into play!), shoots
the other forces you end of the trumpet and causes Salazar [[FunnyMoment to run like hell.flip his lid.]]



--> '''Delta Leader:''' Misfire? Misfire!! Who packed that charge?!
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', this is played for laughs, when Link sets the third pearl into its slot, the statue starts to glow. Link runs for cover, but nothing happens. Confused, he goes back to the statue to check...only for it to blow up in his face, causing him to fly hundreds of yards away, flying right into the wall of the tower that is rising from the ocean.
** Only to fall back into the water hundreds of feet below, and have his [[ExpositionFairy boat]] collect him.

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--> '''Delta -->'''Delta Leader:''' Misfire? Misfire!! Who packed that charge?!
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', this is played for laughs, when Link sets the third pearl into its slot, the statue starts to glow. Link runs for cover, but nothing happens. Confused, he goes back to the statue to check...only for it to blow up in his face, causing him to fly hundreds of yards away, flying right into the wall of the tower that is rising from the ocean.
** Only to fall back into the water hundreds of feet below, and have his [[ExpositionFairy boat]] collect him.
charge?!



* Toward the end of ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'', Gremlin Gus attempts to launch the fireworks Mickey primed, only to realize that the detonator's batteries are dead. He replaces them in a jiffy, but before launching them, he is grabbed by the Blot.
* How Lance tricks [[TooDumbToLive Fritz into looking at the cannon]] in ''VideoGame/BrainDead13''.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', Salazar is listening into an ear trumpet, wondering about the lack of, rather than a kaboom, "the satisfying sound of one's impalement" after Leon gets dropped into a booby-trap. Also toyed with a bit when he ''gets'' a kaboom when Leon, hanging from his belt-mounted grappling hook (amazing how often that thing comes into play!), shoots the other end of the trumpet and causes Salazar [[FunnyMoment to flip his lid.]]
* The "Dud" Bomb attack in ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave''. The user tries to blow their opponent up with the bomb, but it fails to go off. After a {{beat}}, they simply pick up the bomb and start hitting them with it.



* PlayedForDrama in the ending of ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 4}}''. The C4 charges planted on [[BigBad Admiral Chang's]] destroyer fail to explode, so one of your teammates must head back down the zipline to rewire them. Whichever one you send down [[HeroicSacrifice will die]] when the charge blows. Alternatively, you can TakeAThirdOption and refuse to send either of them down... [[DownerEnding resulting in Chang's warship sinking the USS Valkyrie]], killing [[TheCaptain Captain Garrison]] and [[BigGood Jin Jie]] and destroying your best chance of ending the war.



* ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany'''s Marty wonders this after imitating the [[Franchise/StarWars Death Star run]] and firing a missile barrage up the marines' exhaust pipe. After he [[spoiler: autopilots his jet into the pipe the fireworks fly.]]



* Happens in [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2002-03-01 this strip]] of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''. Hob, the demolitions guy, has to rig a quick bomb for a bunch of Amorphs to escape a dome being filled with Amorph nerve gas. It fails due to a bad primer.
--->'''Kevyn''': Maybe you've set my expectations too high, Hob. I was anticipating rather more noise.
** [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2010-09-07 In another instance]] the current crazy demolitions guy Pi sets up a few armour piercing proximity charges as trap for tanks. When the explosion doesn't occur as expected, he quotes Marvin the Martian.



--> '''Aylee''': So if you don't hit that button '''right now''', ''I will!''
--> '''Torg''': Dude! I've been hitting this button non-stop since you said you took out [[KillerRabbit Bun-bun]]! But nothing's happening!
--> '''Aylee''': Then what, exactly, is '''[[PlotTwist that]]?'''
* Happens in [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2002-03-01 this strip]] of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''. Hob, the demolitions guy, has to rig a quick bomb for a bunch of Amorphs to escape a dome being filled with Amorph nerve gas. It fails due to a bad primer.
--> '''Kevyn''': Maybe you've set my expectations too high, Hob. I was anticipating rather more noise.
** [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2010-09-07 In another instance]] the current crazy demolitions guy Pi sets up a few armour piercing proximity charges as trap for tanks. When the explosion doesn't occur as expected, he quotes Marvin the Martian.
* ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany'''s Marty wonders this after imitating the [[Franchise/StarWars Death Star run]] and firing a missile barrage up the marines' exhaust pipe. After he [[spoiler: autopilots his jet into the pipe the fireworks fly.]]

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--> '''Aylee''': --->'''Aylee''': So if you don't hit that button '''right now''', ''I will!''
-->
will!''\\
'''Torg''': Dude! I've been hitting this button non-stop since you said you took out [[KillerRabbit Bun-bun]]! But nothing's happening!
-->
happening!\\
'''Aylee''': Then what, exactly, is '''[[PlotTwist that]]?'''
* Happens in [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2002-03-01 this strip]] of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''. Hob, the demolitions guy, has to rig a quick bomb for a bunch of Amorphs to escape a dome being filled with Amorph nerve gas. It fails due to a bad primer.
--> '''Kevyn''': Maybe you've set my expectations too high, Hob. I was anticipating rather more noise.
** [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2010-09-07 In another instance]] the current crazy demolitions guy Pi sets up a few armour piercing proximity charges as trap for tanks. When the explosion doesn't occur as expected, he quotes Marvin the Martian.
* ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany'''s Marty wonders this after imitating the [[Franchise/StarWars Death Star run]] and firing a missile barrage up the marines' exhaust pipe. After he [[spoiler: autopilots his jet into the pipe the fireworks fly.]]
that]]?'''
15th May '17 8:15:54 PM ngh93
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* Involving ''walking the plank'' happens in the ''Disney/PeterPan''. Out of sight of the pirates, Pan rescues Wendy before she hits the water, and a CaptainObvious crewman remarks that there was no splash. Captain Hook seems annoyed at the insistence that there ''must'' be a splash when someone walks the plank, so he throws said crewman overboard to create one.

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* Involving ''walking the plank'' happens in the ''Disney/PeterPan''. Out of sight of the pirates, Pan rescues Wendy before she hits the water, and a CaptainObvious crewman remarks that there was no splash. Captain Hook seems annoyed at the insistence that there ''must'' be a splash when someone walks the plank, so he throws said crewman overboard to create one.
15th May '17 8:15:39 PM ngh93
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* Involving ''walking the plank'' happens in the ''Disney/PeterPan''. Out of sight of the pirates, Pan rescues Wendy before she hits the water, and a CaptainObvious crewman remarks that there was no splash. Captain Hook seems annoyed at the insistence that there ''must'' be a splash when someone walks the plank, so he throws said crewman overboard to create one.
-->'''Hook''': So, you want a splash, Mr. Starkey? I'LL GIVE YA A SPLASH!"
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* A similar situation involving ''walking the plank'' happens in the DisneyAdaptation of ''Disney/PeterPan''. Out of sight of the pirates, Pan rescues Wendy before she hits the water, and a CaptainObvious crewman remarks that there was no splash. Captain Hook seems annoyed at the insistence that there ''must'' be a splash when someone walks the plank, so he throws said crewman overboard to create one.
-->'''Hook''': So, you want a splash, Mr. Starkey? I'LL GIVE YA A SPLASH!"
12th May '17 7:09:09 PM SinDustries
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* Used for comedic/suspenseful effect in the 2001 remake of ''Film/OceansEleven'': Danny and Rusty are reduced to doing this when they try to blow the charges inside the vault door - which is actually a good thing, as Yen is currently stuck near the door and struggling to get free...

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* Used for comedic/suspenseful effect in the 2001 remake of ''Film/OceansEleven'': Danny and Rusty Linus are reduced to doing this when they try to blow the charges inside the vault door - door, which is actually a good thing, as Yen is currently stuck near the door and struggling to get free...free. Doubles as an IronicEcho when Linus repeats with only light ribbing what Danny told him earlier about focus.
---> '''Linus:''' You know, you lose focus in this game for one second...
---> '''Danny:''' I know, and somebody gets hurt. You don't hear Yen complaining.
8th May '17 3:09:29 PM Omegatron
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* At the end of the Series/DoctorWho [[Literature/NewSeriesAdventures book]] Shining Darkness [[spoiler:the protagonists set off a bomb hidden in one of their (robotic) members to destroy the Cult of Shining Darkness and their space station. The cult members teleport away but the bomb's countdown can't be stopped and the protagonists can't get out before the bomb's countdown reaches zero. They are very surprised when there is no kaboom, at which point the Doctor reveals that he surreptitiously removed the bomb earlier and the cult members, not knowing what it was, confiscated it when they took him captive. Meanwhile, on the ship the cult evacuated to, a strange object they took from the Doctor has started flashing [[KilledMidSentence and they have no idea what it me-]] ]]
4th May '17 10:24:20 AM Kalaong
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* An inadvertent example: the Joker's famous hospital-demolition scene from ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' in which he attempts to do an UnflinchingWalk to the getaway bus while the hospital implodes behind him, which turns into black comedy when midway through, the explosions suddenly stop. The scene was synchronized around the actual demolition of an old Brach's candy factory in that part of Chicago. It's heavily debated whether this was a RealLife case of "Where's the Kaboom" or if Creator/ChristopherNolan just decided not to tell Creator/HeathLedger that there would be a pause in the explosions, or if Heath Ledger just didn't tell anyone what he planned to do. Without once breaking character, Ledger flung up his arms and fiddled around with the detonator for a few seconds until the explosions re-started... And then [[OhCrap he started running.]]

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* An inadvertent example: the Joker's famous hospital-demolition scene from ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' in which he attempts to do an UnflinchingWalk to the getaway bus while the hospital implodes behind him, which turns into black comedy when midway through, the explosions suddenly stop. The scene was synchronized around the actual demolition of an old Brach's candy factory in that part of Chicago. It's heavily debated whether this was a RealLife case of "Where's the Kaboom" or if Creator/ChristopherNolan just decided not to tell Creator/HeathLedger that there would be a pause in the explosions, or if Heath Ledger just didn't tell anyone what he planned to do. Without once breaking character, Ledger flung up his arms and fiddled around with the detonator detonator(including a little PercussiveMaintenance) for a few seconds until the explosions re-started... And then [[OhCrap he started running.]]
29th Apr '17 9:46:52 PM AthenaBlue
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* Played with a few times in ''Series/StargateSG1''. One of the more bizarre examples was when [[spoiler:Teal'c's brainwashed son]] tried to set off a hyper-toxic chemical bomb hidden in a pair of ''fake teeth'' by clacking his jaws together. Nothing happens, because the heroes had already noticed his deadly teeth and replaced them with harmless ones.

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* Played with a few times in ''Series/StargateSG1''. One of On ''Series/{{The 100}}'', the more bizarre examples was when [[spoiler:Teal'c's brainwashed son]] tried Grounder/Sky People alliance has a one minute window to set off a hyper-toxic chemical the bomb hidden they planted at Mount Weather's front gate, otherwise they'll never get the door open. Unfortunately, Mount Weather jams the signal from the remote detonator, and the guys who try to detonate it manually are shot down before they can get close. It takes Lincoln shooting the bomb with [[ArrowsOnFire a flaming arrow]] to save the day.
* In the HBO miniseries ''Series/BandOfBrothers'', two soldiers had a mortar round land ''in their foxhole'' and... smoke a little bit. The two are, understandably, quite shaken up. Then they use it to light a cigarette.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E4TheSontaranStratagem "The Sontaran Stratagem"]]: The Doctor and a UNIT soldier are trapped
in a pair of ''fake teeth'' by clacking his jaws together. Nothing happens, because the heroes had already noticed his deadly teeth and replaced car with an autopilot ready to dump them into a river. The Doctor [[LogicBomb confuses]] the autopilot, and both leap out of the car waiting for [[EveryCarIsAPinto the whole thing to blow up]] . . . and the device simply shuts down with harmless ones.a fizzle.
-->'''The Doctor:''' ''[disappointed]'' Oh, is that it?
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E3ThinIce "Thin Ice"]]: [[AristocratsAreEvil Lord Sutcliffe]] attempts to set off the explosives [[spoiler:that will destroy the ice and send people on the frozen Thames down to be fed to the giant serpent imprisoned underwater]] -- and nothing happens. He's not pleased. It turns out that the Doctor [[spoiler:moved the explosives underwater so they would destroy the serpent's chains, thus freeing it]].
* ''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.
* In ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', Mac and Charlie try to fake their deaths by blowing up a car. First they run it into a wall, but it doesn't explode. Then they go to a pawn shop and buy a gun and a grenade. They toss the grenade into the car expecting a mammoth explosion, but it releases little more than a puff of smoke. Thoroughly disappointed, Mac does some poppers and tries shooting the gas tank, but even that does nothing. They ultimately give up, reasoning that the damage is enough to convince everyone that they were vaporized.



* In ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', Mac and Charlie try to fake their deaths by exploding a car. First they run it into a wall, but it doesn't explode. Then they go to a pawn shop and buy a gun and a grenade. They toss the grenade into the car expecting a mammoth explosion, but it releases little more than a puff of smoke. Thoroughly disappointed, Mac does some poppers and tries shooting the gas tank, but even that does nothing. They ultimately give up, reasoning that the damage is enough to convince everyone that they were vaporized.

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* In ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', Mac and Charlie try ''Series/RedDwarf'', the self-destruct is accidentally triggered by Lister ordering a chocolate bar. They do everything possible to fake their deaths by exploding a car. First they run it deactivate it, even transferring the mind of one of the crew into a wall, but it doesn't explode. Then they go to a pawn shop Lister so she can give the abort code. Nothing doing. It reaches zero... and buy a gun and a grenade. They toss [[RuleOfFunny it dispenses the grenade into bar]]. Turns out Holly removed it.
* Played with a few times in ''Series/StargateSG1''. One of
the car expecting a mammoth explosion, but it releases little more than bizarre examples was when [[spoiler:Teal'c's brainwashed son]] tried to set off a puff hyper-toxic chemical bomb hidden in a pair of smoke. Thoroughly disappointed, Mac does some poppers ''fake teeth'' by clacking his jaws together. Nothing happens, because the heroes had already noticed his deadly teeth and tries shooting the gas tank, but even that does nothing. They ultimately give up, reasoning that the damage is enough to convince everyone that they were vaporized.replaced them with harmless ones.



* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Sontaran Stratagem'' The Doctor and a UNIT soldier are trapped in a car with an autopilot ready to dump them into a river. The Doctor damages the autopilot and both leap out of the car waiting for [[EveryCarIsAPinto the whole thing to blow up]]...and the device simply shuts down with a fizzle.
-->'''Doctor''': ''[Disappointed]'' Oh, is that it?
* ''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.
* In ''Series/RedDwarf'', the self-destruct is accidentally triggered by Lister ordering a chocolate bar. They do everything possible to deactivate it, even transferring the mind of one of the crew into Lister so she can give the abort code. Nothing doing. It reaches zero... and [[RuleOfFunny it dispenses the bar]]. Turns out Holly removed it.
* In the HBO miniseries ''Series/BandOfBrothers'', two soldiers had a mortar round land ''in their foxhole'' and... smoke a little bit. The two are, understandably, quite shaken up. Then they use it to light a cigarette.
* On ''Series/{{The 100}}'', the Grounder/Sky People alliance has a one minute window to set off the bomb they planted at Mount Weather's front gate, otherwise they'll never get the door open. Unfortunately, Mount Weather jams the signal from the remote detonator, and the guys who try to detonate it manually are shot down before they can get close. It takes Lincoln shooting the bomb with [[ArrowsOnFire a flaming arrow]] to save the day.



* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' episode "So Long, and Thanks For All The Smoothies"; In it, all sides are fighting over the Anihilargh, a weapon capable of destroying the entire universe if set off. Of course, it goes off, and Ben is forced to use [[RealityWarper Alien X]] to [[ResetButton recreate the universe]] [[CosmicRetcon (barring some slight changes)]]. Because the universe was recreated to before the Anihilargh went off, everyone minus Ben is confused when the weapon apparently doesn't work, and write the device off as a fake.
* From the ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' episode "The Lightyear Factor", in which Zurg sets off a universe-altering bomb, but no explosion occurs:
-->'''Zurg:''' That's ''it?!?'' Where's my big universe-altering explosion!?
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' episode when the Souphanousinphones and the Hills travel to Mexico. Bobby and Connie bought a giant "Labomba!" firework and set it off on a business display, but was a dud after both are waiting for a while hoping it will explode. It remained there through the credits.



* It happens in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', when Heavy is forced to stay behind ad blow up the outpost to warn the Republic of Grievous's approach.



* From the ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' episode "The Lightyear Factor", in which Zurg sets off a universe-altering bomb, but no explosion occurs:
-->'''Zurg:''' That's ''it?!?'' Where's my big universe-altering explosion!?

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* From the ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' episode In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' AnimatedAdaptation of "The Lightyear Factor", in which Zurg Fake Smurf", Hogatha sets off up a universe-altering bomb, sabotage of the Smurf River Bridge by placing Jokey's "surprises" underneath and was hoping they would detonate at the moment the Smurfs cross the bridge, but no explosion occurs:
-->'''Zurg:''' That's ''it?!?'' Where's my big universe-altering explosion!?
unfortunately they don't, leaving Hogatha fuming and thinking that a sneaky dishonest Smurf has "sabotaged [her] sabotage". The "surprises" don't go off, however, until Hogatha herself tries to cross the bridge.



* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' episode "So Long, and Thanks For All The Smoothies"; In it, all sides are fighting over the Anihilargh, a weapon capable of destroying the entire universe if set off. Of course, it goes off, and Ben is forced to use [[RealityWarper Alien X]] to [[ResetButton recreate the universe]] [[CosmicRetcon (barring some slight changes)]]. Because the universe was recreated to before the Anihilargh went off, everyone minus Ben is confused when the weapon apparently doesn't work, and write the device off as a fake.
* Happens in the debut episode of ''WackyRaces.'' Dick Dastardly has Muttley plant explosives at a rock face in order to create a road-blocking avalanche, but when Muttley pushes the plunger, it doesn't go off. Dastardly splutters "Now what went wrong??" Muttley finds the problem: a wire was disconnected. He reattaches the wire and the explosives go off in Dastardly's face.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' episode when the Souphanousinphones and the Hills travel to Mexico. Bobby and Connie bought a giant "Labomba!" firework and set it off on a business display, but was a dud after both are waiting for a while hoping it will explode. It remained there through the credits.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' AnimatedAdaptation of "The Fake Smurf", Hogatha sets up a sabotage of the Smurf River Bridge by placing Jokey's "surprises" underneath and was hoping they would detonate at the moment the Smurfs cross the bridge, but unfortunately they don't, leaving Hogatha fuming and thinking that a sneaky dishonest Smurf has "sabotaged [her] sabotage". The "surprises" don't go off, however, until Hogatha herself tries to cross the bridge.

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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': In [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS1E5Rookies "Rookies"]], the ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' episode "So Long, plan is to blow up the Rishi Moon outpost so the Republic will be warned about the Separatist invasion fleet. However, there's a problem with the detonator not linking up with the remote, and Thanks For All The Smoothies"; In it, all sides are fighting over there's no time to fix it. So Hevy winds up staying behind to [[HeroicSacrifice set it off manually]], which the Anihilargh, a weapon capable of destroying the entire universe if set off. Of course, it goes off, and Ben is forced to use [[RealityWarper Alien X]] to [[ResetButton recreate the universe]] [[CosmicRetcon (barring some slight changes)]]. Because the universe was recreated to before the Anihilargh went off, everyone minus Ben is confused when the weapon apparently doesn't work, and write the device off as a fake.
others don't discover until it's too late.
* Happens in the debut episode of ''WackyRaces.'' ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces''. Dick Dastardly has Muttley plant explosives at a rock face in order to create a road-blocking avalanche, but when Muttley pushes the plunger, it doesn't go off. Dastardly splutters "Now what went wrong??" Muttley finds the problem: a wire was disconnected. He reattaches the wire and the explosives go off in Dastardly's face.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' episode when the Souphanousinphones and the Hills travel to Mexico. Bobby and Connie bought a giant "Labomba!" firework and set it off on a business display, but was a dud after both are waiting for a while hoping it will explode. It remained there through the credits.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' AnimatedAdaptation of "The Fake Smurf", Hogatha sets up a sabotage of the Smurf River Bridge by placing Jokey's "surprises" underneath and was hoping they would detonate at the moment the Smurfs cross the bridge, but unfortunately they don't, leaving Hogatha fuming and thinking that a sneaky dishonest Smurf has "sabotaged [her] sabotage". The "surprises" don't go off, however, until Hogatha herself tries to cross the bridge.
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17th Apr '17 2:03:16 AM morane
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* The real life version of this trope is a large part of the the reason for the existence of Explosive Ordinance Disposal (as the American military calls them; other countries have the same job under different names). Civilian Bomb Squads also sometimes serve this role in planned situations (see the Mythbusters example above) or as first response until the military can arrive. Although when any of these teams get involved in real life, the primary goal is the protection of others (which usually means a safe detonation that harms no one). An ordnance which is fired in anger but has failed to detonate is called a '''dud'''. An ordnance which has been disposed of, abandoned, installed or rigged but have not been fired in anger yet has the detonator on is called an '''uxo''' (from UneXploded Ordnance). An ''absolute dud'' is a nuclear weapon which has failed to detonate: a nuclear weapon which goes off only partially is a ''fizzle''.

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* The real life version of this trope is a large part of the the reason for the existence of Explosive Ordinance Disposal (as the American military calls them; other countries have the same job under different names). Civilian Bomb Squads also sometimes serve this role in planned situations (see the Mythbusters example above) or as first response until the military can arrive. Although when any of these teams get involved in real life, the primary goal is the protection of others (which usually means a safe detonation that harms no one).
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An ordnance which is fired in anger but has failed to detonate is called a '''dud'''. An ordnance which has been disposed of, lost, abandoned, installed or rigged but have has not been fired in anger yet has the detonator on is called an '''uxo''' (from UneXploded Un-eXploded Ordnance). An ''absolute dud'' is a nuclear weapon which has failed to detonate: a nuclear weapon which goes off only partially is a ''fizzle''.
17th Apr '17 2:00:57 AM morane
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* The real life version of this trope is a large part of the the reason for the existence of Explosive Ordinance Disposal (as the American military calls them; other countries have the same job under different names). Civilian Bomb Squads also sometimes serve this role in planned situations (see the Mythbusters example above) or as first response until the military can arrive. Although when any of these teams get involved in real life, the primary goal is the protection of others (which usually means a safe detonation that harms no one).

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* The real life version of this trope is a large part of the the reason for the existence of Explosive Ordinance Disposal (as the American military calls them; other countries have the same job under different names). Civilian Bomb Squads also sometimes serve this role in planned situations (see the Mythbusters example above) or as first response until the military can arrive. Although when any of these teams get involved in real life, the primary goal is the protection of others (which usually means a safe detonation that harms no one). An ordnance which is fired in anger but has failed to detonate is called a '''dud'''. An ordnance which has been disposed of, abandoned, installed or rigged but have not been fired in anger yet has the detonator on is called an '''uxo''' (from UneXploded Ordnance). An ''absolute dud'' is a nuclear weapon which has failed to detonate: a nuclear weapon which goes off only partially is a ''fizzle''.
26th Mar '17 1:08:04 PM nombretomado
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* Used for comedic/suspenseful effect in the 2001 remake of ''OceansEleven'': Danny and Rusty are reduced to doing this when they try to blow the charges inside the vault door - which is actually a good thing, as Yen is currently stuck near the door and struggling to get free...

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* Used for comedic/suspenseful effect in the 2001 remake of ''OceansEleven'': ''Film/OceansEleven'': Danny and Rusty are reduced to doing this when they try to blow the charges inside the vault door - which is actually a good thing, as Yen is currently stuck near the door and struggling to get free...
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