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28th Mar '17 6:36:08 PM Alexaxle
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* In ''VideoGame/TraumaTeam'', Naomi has to defuse a final bomb [[spoiler:that's in a pillow.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/TraumaTeam'', Naomi has to defuse a final bomb [[spoiler:that's in a pillow.teddy bear.]]
22nd Mar '17 5:20:52 AM Robotech_Master
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** Subverted in the first ''Detective Conan'' live-action special, in which [[spoiler:the culprit made the bomb with all wires the same color so that it could not be disarmed. Shinichi ends up soccer-kicking it through a skylight in one of the most blatant CGI special-effects ever]].
16th Mar '17 2:55:30 PM HiddenWindshield
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* Parodied in ''Webcomic/RealLifeComics'' [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqDzOLcJAv4&list=PL2A2EDE55F5B4450E&index=1[http://reallifecomics.com/archive/031212.html strip]]

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* Parodied in ''Webcomic/RealLifeComics'' [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqDzOLcJAv4&list=PL2A2EDE55F5B4450E&index=1[http://reallifecomics.[[http://reallifecomics.com/archive/031212.html strip]]
16th Mar '17 2:28:36 PM HiddenWindshield
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** Subverted in ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'': Film/JamesBond only has seconds to defuse a nuclear bomb in Fort Knox, and the best thing he can think of is to attempt to pull out a mass of wires and hope it does ''something''. However, just when he makes the attempt, Felix Leiter arrives with a bomb expert who brushes away Bond and simply hits the off switch for the bomb to stop its countdown. With "007" on the timer. Fun Fact: the original cut of the film actually read "003", and this is reflected when Bond explicitly says there were "three ticks" left. Only later did the producers think it would be clever to make the timer read "007", so they shot the timer reading just that... but Bond still says "three ticks" in the final cut of the film. Felix Leiter also makes reference to Bond's fate if they had been 3 seconds too late.

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** Subverted in ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'': Film/JamesBond only has seconds to defuse a nuclear bomb in Fort Knox, and the best thing he can think of is to attempt to pull out a mass of wires and hope it does ''something''. However, just when he makes the attempt, Felix Leiter arrives with a bomb expert who brushes away Bond and simply hits the off switch for the bomb to stop its countdown. With "007" on the timer. Fun Fact: the original cut of the film actually read "003", and this is reflected when Bond explicitly says there were "three ticks" left. Only later did the producers think it would be clever to make the timer read "007", so they shot the timer reading just that... but Bond still says "three ticks" in the final cut of the film. Felix Leiter also makes reference to Bond's fate if they had been 3 seconds too late.
16th Mar '17 2:23:36 PM HiddenWindshield
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* Played straight in ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'', where the Pentagon activates the nuclear bomb on the shuttle because they believe the mission is doomed to failure, and the Air Force nuclear specialists on the mission have to disarm it. In this case, the airmen can't shut the bomb down directly because it has been remotely activated, and they have to cut the wiring. The usual dilemma is subverted; the airman disarming the wires briefly hesitates when determining which wire to cut, but he remembers exactly which one to cut after a second of thought. Justified in that they weren't trying to disable the bomb, as they still needed to use it. They just needed to disable the activated timer and stop the Pentagon ordered the launch. It's also unclear if cutting the wrong wire would cause the bomb to detonate, or if it just wouldn't stop the countdown.

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* Played straight in ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'', where the Pentagon activates the nuclear bomb on the shuttle because they believe the mission is doomed to failure, and the Air Force nuclear specialists on the mission have to disarm it. In this case, the airmen can't shut the bomb down directly because it has been remotely activated, and they have to cut the wiring. The usual dilemma is subverted; the airman disarming the wires briefly hesitates when determining which wire to cut, but he remembers exactly which one to cut after a second of thought. Justified in that they weren't trying to disable the bomb, as they still needed to use it. They just needed to disable the activated timer and stop the Pentagon ordered the launch. Pentagon-ordered detonation. It's also unclear if cutting the wrong wire would cause the bomb to detonate, stop the countdown but render the bomb useless, or if it just wouldn't fail to stop the countdown.
11th Mar '17 6:39:17 PM jormis29
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* One episode of ''ElChapulinColorado'' has permutation number 10 (throwing the bomb out the window) happening twice. Actually, the second time used a door.

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* One episode of ''ElChapulinColorado'' ''Series/ElChapulinColorado'' has permutation number 10 (throwing the bomb out the window) happening twice. Actually, the second time used a door.



* ''[[Series/TheLibrarians2014 The Librarians]]'', in the pilot episode, had a straightforward example when Flynn asked Eve to locate the blue wire and ''then'' told her not to touch it.

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* ''[[Series/TheLibrarians2014 The Librarians]]'', ''Series/{{The Librarians|2014}}'', in the pilot episode, had a straightforward example when Flynn asked Eve to locate the blue wire and ''then'' told her not to touch it.



* After defeating one boss in the {{RPG}} ''IllusionOfGaia'', you have to cut one of the wires on the bomb tied to your friend (red or blue, naturally); however, either one will work, and the true problem is making your decision before the timer stops -- [[spoiler:at which point it turns out the bomb is a ''dud''.]] This is because, of course, the main character Will has the power to always guess correctly. No matter which one the player picks, it's right, because Will is psychic. Since this is introduced very early and not used throughout most of the game, it is often forgotten by the player. He uses this power later in the game to win a game of Russian Glass (like Russian Roulette, but with poisoned drinks)... unfortunately for the other guy. You actually ''can'' lose the Russian Glass game [[PressXToDie but only if you want to]].

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* After defeating one boss in the {{RPG}} ''IllusionOfGaia'', ''VideoGame/IllusionOfGaia'', you have to cut one of the wires on the bomb tied to your friend (red or blue, naturally); however, either one will work, and the true problem is making your decision before the timer stops -- [[spoiler:at which point it turns out the bomb is a ''dud''.]] This is because, of course, the main character Will has the power to always guess correctly. No matter which one the player picks, it's right, because Will is psychic. Since this is introduced very early and not used throughout most of the game, it is often forgotten by the player. He uses this power later in the game to win a game of Russian Glass (like Russian Roulette, but with poisoned drinks)... unfortunately for the other guy. You actually ''can'' lose the Russian Glass game [[PressXToDie but only if you want to]].



* In one of the "Ethan [=MacManus=], Space Archaeologist" storylines in ''CtrlAltDel'', he comes across a Wire Dilemma while hotwiring a spaceship. The catch? It's a ChooseYourOwnAdventure story by popular vote, and the voters had to ''guess''. They guessed wrong, but the character escaped before it exploded. The branching story tree revealed that one of the other choices would have [[KillerGameMaster killed him]] ''[[KillerGameMaster immediately]]''.

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* In one of the "Ethan [=MacManus=], Space Archaeologist" storylines in ''CtrlAltDel'', ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'', he comes across a Wire Dilemma while hotwiring a spaceship. The catch? It's a ChooseYourOwnAdventure story by popular vote, and the voters had to ''guess''. They guessed wrong, but the character escaped before it exploded. The branching story tree revealed that one of the other choices would have [[KillerGameMaster killed him]] ''[[KillerGameMaster immediately]]''.
4th Mar '17 4:15:40 PM DrFraud
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[[folder:Music]]
* The narrator in Music/TheyMightBeGiants' "Now I Know" fell afoul of this trope.
-->Now I know\\
Why they said not to cut the blue wire, now I know\\
I know that I only wish I could reach my hand into the past\\
Prevent the die from being cast that made it so, now I know
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23rd Feb '17 6:05:21 AM mhnospa
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** In the pilot of the reboot, young [=MacGyver=] has just jumped off a helicopter into a truck with a bomb in the back, complete with bright red LED countdown and a thing that goes "bleep" in time with it.
-->'''[=MacGyver=] (Voiceover):''' Yeah, well, you know how you always have to pick between cutting the blue wire and the red wire? - Yeah? - Well, I've got about 12 wires down here and they're all green. Well, you better pick one quick.
15th Feb '17 5:29:00 PM cybertoy0
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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 from one of these.
6th Feb '17 4:05:36 PM eroock
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* In ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'', there is a RailroadTracksOfDoom sequence where you have to save Chloe who is stuck between the tracks while a train is coming. Max can use pliers to cut a wire in the fuse box. There are three wires present (green, yellow, red) but only cutting the red one leads to the desired outcome.
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