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25th Aug '16 9:54:44 AM xelldx
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* Played for drama in ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. Android 16 attempts a TakingYouWithMe HeroicSacrifice against Cell by setting off the bomb inside himself (which in theory would have been powerful enough to destroy Cell). Only to realize moments later that he doesn't have a bomb anymore -- Bulma and her father had removed it while they were repairing him since they didn't trust him with it. Cell promptly destroys the defenseless 16.

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* Played for drama in ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. Android 16 attempts a TakingYouWithMe HeroicSacrifice against Cell by setting off the bomb inside himself (which in theory would have been powerful enough to destroy Cell).Cell though Cell bragged that such a weapon wouldn't kill him anyway). Only to realize moments later that he doesn't have a bomb anymore -- Bulma and her father had removed it while they were repairing him since they didn't trust him with it. Cell promptly destroys the defenseless 16.
4th Aug '16 1:30:51 AM PaulA
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* In Creator/TerryBrooks' ''Gypsy Morph'', 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' ''Gypsy Morph'', ''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.
8th Jul '16 6:45:06 PM Metallix
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/TwentyOneJumpStreet'' when Schmidt and Jenko find themselves in a high speed chase, running away from some drug dealers on motorcycles. Firstly, a biker falls off his bike, and his bike impacts a truck carrying numerous propane tanks, which fall onto the street and breach. Jenko and Schmidt both brace themselves for an explosion but it never happens, much to their confusion. A second time during the chase, another biker fires blindly into the fuel tank of a gasoline truck, before falling off, and the gas on the street ignites. Once again Jenko and Schmidt brace themselves for an explosion, which never happens, much to their confusion. A third time, another biker falls off his bike, and his bike impacts a truck carrying a bunch of chickens...which explodes...much to Jenko and Schmidt's confusion.
22nd Jun '16 12:07:39 PM VicGeorge2011
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* 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.
15th Jun '16 10:34:01 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* 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.
15th Jun '16 10:26:38 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* Nuclear bombs are exceptionally delicate; the detonation relies on detonating several hexagonal blocks of C-4 at ''exactly'' the same time. If one fails to detonate, the fission material is merely pulverized, rather than forced to undergo fission. Although more modern designs only use [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_weapon_design#Two-point_hollow-pit_implosion 2 explosive lenses]] rather than than the original 32 (the number of faces of a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truncated_icosahedron truncated icosahedron]]).

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* Nuclear bombs (ones using plutonium at any rate- uranium bombs are simpler, but far more expensive to manufacture) are exceptionally delicate; the detonation relies on detonating several hexagonal blocks of C-4 at ''exactly'' the same time. If one fails to detonate, the fission material is merely pulverized, rather than forced to undergo fission. Although more modern designs only use [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_weapon_design#Two-point_hollow-pit_implosion 2 explosive lenses]] rather than than the original 32 (the number of faces of a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truncated_icosahedron truncated icosahedron]]).
28th May '16 8:46:18 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Played for tragedy in ''{{Heroman}}''. [[spoiler:Joey's father died when he tried to blast a passage clear for his fellow trapped miners. When the dynamite failed to detonate, he went to check what was wrong, and found out that faulty wiring caused a delay of a few secon- '''BOOM!''']]

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* Played for tragedy in ''{{Heroman}}''.''Manga/{{Heroman}}''. [[spoiler:Joey's father died when he tried to blast a passage clear for his fellow trapped miners. When the dynamite failed to detonate, he went to check what was wrong, and found out that faulty wiring caused a delay of a few secon- '''BOOM!''']]
16th May '16 7:17:26 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* ''{{Help}}'' - the MadScientist hands a curling stone with an explosive charge into a game. When it's seen to be 'a fiendish thingie' everyone scatters...and the ticking stone clicks to a stop. The scientist fumes "Useless. Ex-army rubbish - I can't get the equipment!" and it explodes before he can finish talking.
* ''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.
* On ''GalaxyQuest'', the ship's self-destruct counts down to 1 second and stops, because that's what always happened on the TV show.

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* ''{{Help}}'' ''Film/{{Help}}'' - the MadScientist hands a curling stone with an explosive charge into a game. When it's seen to be 'a fiendish thingie' everyone scatters...and the ticking stone clicks to a stop. The scientist fumes "Useless. Ex-army rubbish - I can't get the equipment!" and it explodes before he can finish talking.
* ''ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'' ''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.
* On ''GalaxyQuest'', 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.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.
11th Apr '16 9:35:32 PM aye_amber
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* A particualarly sadistic version appears in ''[[Fanfic/FalloutEquestriaProjectHorizons Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons]]''. When triggered, a booby-trapped jack-in-the-box springs open and drops three grenades. The grenades are duds; the ''real'' bomb is the jack-in-the-box itself, which explodes several seconds ''after'' the expected grenade blast.

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* A particualarly particularly sadistic version appears in ''[[Fanfic/FalloutEquestriaProjectHorizons Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons]]''. ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestriaProjectHorizons.'' When triggered, a booby-trapped jack-in-the-box springs open and drops three grenades. The grenades are duds; the ''real'' bomb is the jack-in-the-box itself, which explodes several seconds ''after'' the expected grenade blast.



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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]].
** 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 for a few seconds until the explosions re-started... and And then [[OhCrap he started running]].
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** Played straight in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', ''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]].
22nd Mar '16 8:41:27 PM TVRulezAgain
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* It happens in an episode of ''TheCloneWars'', when Heavy is forced to stay behind ad blow up the outpost to warn the Republic of Grievous's approach.

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



** He's more aggravated then disappointed, [[PetTheDog having spent the entire day doing stuff with Spongebob to make his last day alive enjoyable.]]

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** He's more aggravated then disappointed, [[PetTheDog having spent the entire day doing stuff with Spongebob to make his last day alive enjoyable.]]



** It's soon revealed that Spongebob didn't explode because [[spoiler:he never ate the pie, but rather he was saving it to share it with Squidward later. Then he tripped and accidently dropped the pie on Squidward's face. THEN the explosion happened]].

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** It's soon revealed that Spongebob didn't explode because [[spoiler:he never ate the pie, but rather he was saving it to share it with Squidward later. Then he tripped and accidently accidentally dropped the pie on Squidward's face. THEN the explosion happened]].
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