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22nd Sep '16 4:06:31 PM Odacon_Spy
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* One of the scripted events on Day [[spoiler: 15]] in ''VideoGame/PapersPlease'' is for the [[spoiler: 2nd]] entrant to toss a bomb into your booth, requiring you to defuse it. The actual ''dilemma'' part of this trope is averted, however, as the maker helpfully labeled the wires you need to cut ''with the exact order you need to cut them in''. Your guard buddy Calensk [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this.

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* One of the scripted events on Day [[spoiler: 15]] in ''VideoGame/PapersPlease'' is for the [[spoiler: 2nd]] an entrant to toss a bomb into your booth, requiring you to defuse it. The actual ''dilemma'' part of this trope is averted, however, as the maker helpfully labeled the wires you need to cut ''with the exact order you need to cut them in''. Your guard buddy Calensk [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this.calls them out for this]].
3rd Sep '16 8:27:47 PM foxley
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* ''Series/NCISNewOrleans'': Percy faces a variation of this in "Sleeping With the Enemy". In her case, she knows exactly which wire she needs to cut, but - in order to do so - she has to locate the detonator, and she is fast fast running out of time because the Coast Guard has orders to sink the boat she is on if it does not stop.
28th Aug '16 10:12:47 AM __Vano
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# The bomb explodes... harmlessly (with a shower of confetti or powder, maybe a large "BANG" sign), and we're shown it was all [[UnwinnableTrainingSimulation a test that the hero just failed]].

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# The bomb explodes... harmlessly (with a shower of confetti or powder, maybe a large "BANG" sign), and we're shown it was all [[UnwinnableTrainingSimulation [[SecretTest a test that the hero just failed]].
5th Aug '16 5:20:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/SkyHigh'', where the device that sabotaged the school's anti gravity systems could be disabled by severing the red wire, but most of its wires are red.

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* In ''Film/SkyHigh'', ''Film/SkyHigh2005'', where the device that sabotaged the school's anti gravity systems could be disabled by severing the red wire, but most of its wires are red.
10th Jul '16 12:14:47 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''[[DesertStrike Urban Strike]]'' had one in the World Trade Centre, where the player has to choose between Red, Blue or Green. [[spoiler: Blue is correct.]]

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* ''[[DesertStrike ''[[VideoGame/DesertStrike Urban Strike]]'' had one in the World Trade Centre, where the player has to choose between Red, Blue or Green. [[spoiler: Blue is correct.]]
4th Jul '16 8:40:45 PM Micah
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* ''One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night'' by Christopher Brookmyre has a fairly standard version of this trope, with the two twists that: [[spoiler: 1) it's some of the villains who are trying to defuse the bomb, with the heroes having already gotten away, and 2) they pick the wrong wire.]]
28th Jun '16 1:21:33 PM nielas
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* Subverted in an episode of ''Series/{{Elementary}}''. Faced with a big bomb placed in their living room, Sherlock simply yanks away the detonator and pulls all the wires attached to it. He deduces that the bomb was made by a pro who likes to keep things simple (the bomb is two water bottles filled with chemicals and a detonator with an attached cell phone). The bomb was meant to be detonated remotely when the bomber saw Sherlock and Watson enter the house but they snuck in through the back instead. As such there is no reason for the bomb to have any anti-tampering devices and disconnecting the detonator from the trigger cell phone should deactivate it. He is right.
25th May '16 8:32:48 PM Willbyr
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* ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' subverts this beautifully with a bomb made by the Laughing Fist, Diego Carlo. Miu disarms it, and a little video of Diego pops up, telling her that he wouldn't make disarming the bomb that easy, and starts the timer. Then she disarms it again...and another video pops up, with Diego mocking her for attempting to disarm the bomb again, and takes another minute off the timer as a penalty. Then [[spoiler: [[BigDamnHeroes Miu's grandfather shows up]], picks up the bomb, and throws it far enough away that it doesn't do any damage.]]

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* ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' subverts this beautifully with a bomb made by the Laughing Fist, Diego Carlo. Miu disarms it, and a little video of Diego pops up, telling her that he wouldn't make disarming the bomb that easy, and starts the timer. Then she disarms it again...and another video pops up, with Diego mocking her for attempting to disarm the bomb again, and takes another minute off the timer as a penalty. Then [[spoiler: [[BigDamnHeroes Miu's grandfather shows up]], picks up the bomb, and throws it far enough away that it doesn't do any damage.]]
11th May '16 2:06:59 PM MikeW
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-->'''Holmes''': Unlike in the various movies you say are good but are in face not good, bomb-makers do not design intricate testaments to engineering, they design things that go "Bang".

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-->'''Holmes''': Unlike in the various movies you say are good but are in face fact not good, bomb-makers do not design intricate testaments to engineering, they design things that go "Bang"."Bang".
11th May '16 2:04:20 PM MikeW
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-->'''Holmes''': Unlike in the various movies you say are good but are not, bomb-makers do not design intricate pieces of engineering, they design things to go boom.

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-->'''Holmes''': Unlike in the various movies you say are good but are not, in face not good, bomb-makers do not design intricate pieces of testaments to engineering, they design things to that go boom."Bang".
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