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25th Nov '17 3:22:28 AM JackG
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* The ''Series/BlakesSeven'' episode "Countdown" uses the YourOtherLeft trope for this. Avon is trying to defuse a DoomsdayDevice that will kill everyone on the planet if he gets it wrong.
-->'''Avon:''' We're going to have to take out the relays to get at the activator. Which one is it first? Left, right, or centre?
-->'''Grant:''' Centre first.
-->'''Avon:''' Cutters. ''[Grant passes him the cutters. Avon cuts the centre wire]'' Which next?
-->'''Grant:''' Right next. [[OhCrap No, no, wait!]] I'm opposite you now. Left is the next in sequence. Your left.
-->'''Avon:''' [[DeadpanSnarker You don't get another guess.]]
11th Sep '17 2:42:14 AM Spindriver
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* Parodied in ''Webcomic/SkinHorse''. And then [[spoiler:it turns out that Chris can, in fact, tell the difference between carnelian, magenta and burgundy, as a result of the [[ChekhovsGun apparently-unrelated activity he'd been engaged in when the crisis began]].]]

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* Parodied [[http://skin-horse.com/comic/todays-comic-157/ here]] in ''Webcomic/SkinHorse''. And then [[http://skin-horse.com/comic/todays-comic-158/ then]] [[spoiler:it turns out that Chris can, in fact, tell the difference between carnelian, magenta and burgundy, as a result of the [[ChekhovsGun apparently-unrelated activity he'd been engaged in when the crisis began]].]]
29th Aug '17 4:17:49 PM Jacob175
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* Subverted(maybe more downright averted) in episode 13 of ''Anime/MasterKeaton'' there is an attempt at a more realistic bomb threat scenario where the trickiest parts of disarming the bomb are in fact having to find and open it. There are still more wires than would probably be necessary, and there is mention of how disarming a false timer would set the bomb off, but ultimately the whole thing is resolved without cutting any wires at all.

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* Subverted(maybe Subverted (maybe more downright averted) in episode 13 of ''Anime/MasterKeaton'' there ''Anime/MasterKeaton''. There is an attempt at a more realistic bomb threat scenario where the trickiest parts of disarming the bomb are in fact having to find and open it. There are still more wires than would probably be necessary, and there is mention of how disarming a false timer would set the bomb off, but ultimately the whole thing is resolved without cutting any wires at all.



* Parodied in the german comedy movie ''[=Neues vom WiXXer=]'', the sequel to ''Film/DerWixxer'' (set in London). The heroes, Very Long and Even Longer, have to disarm a bomb in an abbey. The abbey is usually in black-and-white, they just installed colour for the royal wedding. When they don't know, which of the differently coloured wires they have to cut, they simply switch off the colour so it doesn't make any difference. [[spoiler: It works.]]

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* Parodied in the german comedy movie ''[=Neues vom WiXXer=]'', the sequel to ''Film/DerWixxer'' (set in London). The heroes, Very Long and Even Longer, have to disarm a bomb in an abbey. The abbey is usually in black-and-white, they just installed colour for the royal wedding. When they don't know, know which of the differently coloured wires they have to cut, they simply switch off the colour so it doesn't make any difference. [[spoiler: It works.]]



* In one of TheHardyBoys books, ''Countdown To Terror'', a bomb maker named Omar Fellawi purposely fails to follow the "usual conventions" for wiring a bomb. Frank becomes the resident available expert on disarming Fellawi-made bombs by sheer dint of the fact that he's successfully done it a couple of times already in the book.

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* In one of TheHardyBoys Literature/TheHardyBoys books, ''Countdown To Terror'', a bomb maker named Omar Fellawi purposely fails to follow the "usual conventions" for wiring a bomb. Frank becomes the resident available expert on disarming Fellawi-made bombs by sheer dint of the fact that he's successfully done it a couple of times already in the book.



* ''Series/FamilyMatters'': Instead of having a timer, the bomb is on a treadmill, which has to have a rider on it non stop until it can be defused. So of course the bomb is discovered then [[BigEater Carl Winslow]] has just started running on the treadmill. When Carl begins to get tired, his boss jumps on the treadmill and starts running. Meanwhile, the [[DiscussedTrope trope is discussed at length]], with various mnemonics such as "Red you're dead" and "[[ChunkySalsaRule Blue you're goo!]]" tossed back and forth until they figure it out. And why were these two left to deal with the bomb? The [[BombDisposal bomb squad]] was afraid to come inside because there was a bomb. Worth noting, the entire scenario is PlayedForLaughs. This show, of course, came on well before the WarOnTerror was a thing.

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* ''Series/FamilyMatters'': Instead of having a timer, the bomb is on a treadmill, which has to have a rider on it non stop until it can be defused. So of course the bomb is discovered then when [[BigEater Carl Winslow]] has just started running on the treadmill. When Carl begins to get tired, his boss jumps on the treadmill and starts running. Meanwhile, the [[DiscussedTrope trope is discussed at length]], with various mnemonics such as "Red you're dead" and "[[ChunkySalsaRule Blue you're goo!]]" tossed back and forth until they figure it out. And why were these two left to deal with the bomb? The [[BombDisposal bomb squad]] was afraid to come inside because there was a bomb. Worth noting, the entire scenario is PlayedForLaughs. This show, of course, came on well before the WarOnTerror was a thing.



* Nicely subverted on ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' as Holmes and Watson find a large bomb set up in thier apartment. Joan wants to run to find the bomb squad but Sherlock carefully looks the bomb over, then yanks out a single large cable to defuse it.

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* Nicely subverted on ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' as Holmes and Watson find a large bomb set up in thier their apartment. Joan wants to run to find the bomb squad but Sherlock carefully looks the bomb over, then yanks out a single large cable to defuse it.



* The [[Series/PowerRangersInSpace Power Rangers]] and the [[Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutation Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]] face this dilemma in the ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' episode "Shell Shocked"

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* The [[Series/PowerRangersInSpace Power Rangers]] and the [[Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutation Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]] face this dilemma in the ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' episode "Shell Shocked"Shocked".



* In ''Webcomic/AnEpicComic'', Tails has to hack into a missile with two wires. One wire allows changes to be made to it and the other wire locks the missile so one can tamper with it. [[spoiler: With the help of the Nostalgia Critic knowing of [[Main/BatmanGambit Batman Gambits]], they cut the right wire, re-coordinating the missile.]]
* Yet ''another'' same-color play: in the first issue of the furry SuperHero spoof WebComic ''{{Supermegatopia}}'', Weasel Boy tries to defuse a nuclear bomb in mid-air, only to find that all the wires are blue. Fortunately, the bomb crashes through the roof of a candy factory and lands in a vat of caramel without detonating, and with little incident other than the creation of a fairly amiable caramel monster.

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* In ''Webcomic/AnEpicComic'', Tails has to hack into a missile with two wires. One wire allows changes to be made to it and the other wire locks the missile so one can tamper with it. [[spoiler: With the help of the Nostalgia Critic knowing of [[Main/BatmanGambit [[BatmanGambit Batman Gambits]], they cut the right wire, re-coordinating the missile.]]
* Yet ''another'' same-color play: in the first issue of the furry SuperHero spoof WebComic ''{{Supermegatopia}}'', ''Webcomic/{{Supermegatopia}}'', Weasel Boy tries to defuse a nuclear bomb in mid-air, only to find that all the wires are blue. Fortunately, the bomb crashes through the roof of a candy factory and lands in a vat of caramel without detonating, and with little incident other than the creation of a fairly amiable caramel monster.



* In one ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi'' sketch had us seeing a day in the life of [[PreciousPuppy Zwei]]. Among other heroic acts, he saves Res from one of these.

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* In one ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi'' sketch had us seeing a day in the life of [[PreciousPuppy Zwei]]. Among other heroic acts, he saves Res Ren from one of these.
31st Jul '17 11:38:36 PM mariic
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* ''Film/CatsAndDogs'': "Okay, cut the red wire." -- "Wait a minute. We're dogs. We're ''colorblind''!" PlayedForLaughs. By the way, dogs aren't totally colour blind and would at least have a vague hint of which colour was which.

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* ''Film/CatsAndDogs'': "Okay, cut the red wire." -- "Wait "[[OhCrap Wait a minute. We're dogs. We're ''colorblind''!" We're]] ''[[OhCrap colorblind]]''!" PlayedForLaughs. By the way, dogs aren't totally colour blind and would at least have a vague hint of which colour was which.
27th Jul '17 7:34:09 PM SplineTicker
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* In ''VisualNovel/{{Policenauts}}'', after completing several other steps to disarm a bomb, the timer suddenly speeds up, leaving Jonathan with the choice to cut either the red wire or the blue wire, with no apparent clue for which wire will disarm the bomb. [[spoiler:A character earlier in the story tells you he'd cut the blue wire; since he's the one who set that bomb, the solution is to [[ReversePsychology do the exact opposite of what he told you to do]].]]
20th Jun '17 7:28:38 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* In the Uldumn storyline of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', this dilemma comes up when the player and [[AdventureArchaeologist Brann Bronzebeard]] find the DoomsdayDevice left behind by the Titans. With a one-minute countdown due to Brann's sloppy approach, he decides to simply cut the color associated with the player's faction (blue if Alliance, red for Horde) and lucks out. (Unfortunately, the player can't help him here, even though he or she has done pretty much everything else in the dungeon.)
11th Jun '17 10:23:15 AM mlsmithca
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# The guy reading from the manual says something like "It says to cut the blue wire.." * snip* [[CueCardPause ".. after cutting the red one.."]]

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# The guy reading from the manual says something like "It says to cut the blue wire.." * snip* ''[snip]'' [[CueCardPause ".. after cutting the red one.."]]



* ''TheCrystalMaze'' would have a game like this [[OnceAnEpisode OnceASeries]].

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* ''TheCrystalMaze'' ''Series/TheCrystalMaze'' would have a game like this [[OnceAnEpisode OnceASeries]].once a series]].
27th May '17 3:42:26 PM nombretomado
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* The anime adaptation of ''ViewtifulJoe'' has a character who would show up randomly with this as his gimmick. He failed a lot.

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* The anime adaptation of ''ViewtifulJoe'' ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'' has a character who would show up randomly with this as his gimmick. He failed a lot.
8th May '17 3:07:00 PM Antigone3
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* PlayedForLaughs in the HiddenObjectGame ''Hidden Expedition: Devil's Triangle''. One minigame requires you to disarm a bomb by cutting colored wires in the correct order. If you cut the wrong wire, you get a short cutscene of the island exploding, a snarky comment on the lines of "try again", and the minigame resets.

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* PlayedForLaughs in the HiddenObjectGame ''Hidden Expedition: ''VideoGame/HiddenExpedition: Devil's Triangle''. One minigame requires you to disarm a bomb by cutting colored wires in the correct order. If you cut the wrong wire, you get a short cutscene of the island exploding, a snarky comment on the lines of "try again", and the minigame resets.
11th Apr '17 1:50:33 AM Vir
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** Subverted in a later episode when Archer calls him about disarming a SelfDestruct bomb wired to his mother's safe:

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** Subverted in a later episode when Archer calls him about disarming a SelfDestruct [[SelfDestructMechanism self-destruct]] bomb wired to his mother's safe:
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