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15th Dec '16 4:33:57 AM Blazer
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* In the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode featuring ''Film/TheBrainThatWouldntDie'', Mike attempts to gain control of the Satellite of Love by cutting wires and when Tom Servo says to "cut the red wire", Mike responds "Which one? There are, like, four of them!" Tom responds "The green one." He ends up cutting something that is ''not'' the cheese compressor line.
13th Dec '16 2:32:45 PM HiddenWindshield
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' Adam Evans or Rubberband Man has to diffuse a bomb. The directions are literally written on the bomb. Problem is the he has Dyslexia that he never really got help for and the stress from a live bomb is making it act up. When he gets to the final step it's nothing but gibberish and doesn't know whether to rotate the detonator clockwise or counterclockwise. However he remembers that counterclockwise is longer and does so, saving the day.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' Adam Evans or Rubberband Man has to diffuse a bomb. The directions are literally written on the bomb. Problem is the he has Dyslexia that he can't read the instructions due to [[spoiler:his dyslexia, which he never really got help for and which is exacerbated by the stress from a live bomb is making it act up. When he gets to of the bomb]]. The final step it's nothing but gibberish and doesn't know whether is to rotate the detonator clockwise or detonator, but he can't figure out which way. [[spoiler:He reasons that the word is too long to be "clockwise", and so rotates it counterclockwise. However he remembers that counterclockwise is longer and does so, saving the day. He's right.]]
9th Dec '16 8:51:15 PM Odacon_Spy
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* In a scripted events in ''VideoGame/PapersPlease'', one of your entrants tosses a bomb into your booth, requiring you to defuse it. Fortunately, the bombmaker helpfully labeled the wires you need to cut with the exact order you need to cut them in, averting the actual ''dilemma'' part. Your guard buddy Calensk [[LampshadeHanging calls them out for this]].

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* In a scripted events in ''VideoGame/PapersPlease'', one of your entrants tosses a bomb into your booth, requiring you to defuse it. Fortunately, the bombmaker helpfully labeled the wires you need to cut with the exact order you need to cut them in, averting so the actual ''dilemma'' part.part is averted here. Your guard buddy Calensk [[LampshadeHanging calls them out for this]].
9th Dec '16 8:49:48 PM Odacon_Spy
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* One of the scripted events in ''VideoGame/PapersPlease'' is for an entrant to toss a bomb into your booth, requiring you to defuse it. The actual ''dilemma'' part 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 calls them out for this]].

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* One of the In a scripted events in ''VideoGame/PapersPlease'' is for an entrant to toss ''VideoGame/PapersPlease'', one of your entrants tosses a bomb into your booth, requiring you to defuse it. The actual ''dilemma'' part is averted, however, as Fortunately, the maker bombmaker helpfully labeled the wires you need to cut ''with with the exact order you need to cut them in''.in, averting the actual ''dilemma'' part. Your guard buddy Calensk [[LampshadeHanging calls them out for this]].
2nd Dec '16 7:10:42 AM mariic
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** First the bomb expert directs Archer and Lana to cut the blue and white striped wire... except there are two of them, and they can't tell which one is blue with white stripes and which one is white with blue stripes. Then, after checking the serial number of the bomb, Archer is directed to cut the green wire... except the bomb expert misheard the last letter of the serial number, so cutting the green wire speeds up the detonation. Eventually they just [[TakeAThirdOption dump out the bomb from the airship]]. [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Onto a populated area]].

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** First the bomb expert directs Archer and Lana to cut the blue and white striped wire... except there are two of them, and they can't tell which one is blue with white stripes and which one is white with blue stripes. Then, after checking the serial number of the bomb, Archer is directed to cut the green wire... except the bomb expert misheard the last letter of the serial number, so [[WrongWire cutting the green wire speeds up the detonation. detonation.]] Eventually they just [[TakeAThirdOption dump out the bomb from the airship]]. [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Onto a populated area]].



'''Ray:''' I wired the damn thing!

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'''Ray:''' [[JustifiedTrope I wired the damn thing!thing!]]
5th Nov '16 1:07:06 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''TheEnglishPatient'', this is basically Kip's job description as a sapper, constantly coming up against newer and newer Axis bombs.
* An interesting form of this shows up in ''[[OutboundFlight Survivor's Quest]]''. Luke and Mara have been trapped in a turbolift and are told that they can't slice their way out with lightsabers, because the power and control cables for both repulsor beams have been wrapped randomly around the turbolift car. Currently it's suspended midway between two Dreadnaughts, but if one is cut the forces will become unbalanced, and the surviving repulsor beam will quickly smash them into a Dreadnaught. They and the people caught in other turbolift cars are supposed to be kept there until their captors disarm the traps and let them out. Luke and Mara get out of this by carefully moving their lightsabers so that they don't quite nick the cables and using their danger sense to discover which wire will shove them up and which one will shove them down. Then they stand [[BackToBackBadasses back to back]], mindmeld, strike simultaneously, and sever both at once, cutting both repulsor beams. After that they start falling, but the safeguards in the car can handle normal falling speeds. Four [[BadassCrew 501st stormtroopers]] and an officer stuck in the same trap in a different car solve this by using their sensors to figure out what wire does what and rigging something using the control cables, so that some power from one beam is redirected to the other, letting them move.

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* In ''TheEnglishPatient'', ''Literature/TheEnglishPatient'', this is basically Kip's job description as a sapper, constantly coming up against newer and newer Axis bombs.
* An interesting form of this shows up in ''[[OutboundFlight Survivor's Quest]]''.''Literature/SurvivorsQuest''. Luke and Mara have been trapped in a turbolift and are told that they can't slice their way out with lightsabers, because the power and control cables for both repulsor beams have been wrapped randomly around the turbolift car. Currently it's suspended midway between two Dreadnaughts, but if one is cut the forces will become unbalanced, and the surviving repulsor beam will quickly smash them into a Dreadnaught. They and the people caught in other turbolift cars are supposed to be kept there until their captors disarm the traps and let them out. Luke and Mara get out of this by carefully moving their lightsabers so that they don't quite nick the cables and using their danger sense to discover which wire will shove them up and which one will shove them down. Then they stand [[BackToBackBadasses back to back]], mindmeld, strike simultaneously, and sever both at once, cutting both repulsor beams. After that they start falling, but the safeguards in the car can handle normal falling speeds. Four [[BadassCrew 501st stormtroopers]] and an officer stuck in the same trap in a different car solve this by using their sensors to figure out what wire does what and rigging something using the control cables, so that some power from one beam is redirected to the other, letting them move.
1st Nov '16 12:56:54 PM NB2000
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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 Oct '16 3:25:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TraumaCenter'' has one "operation" where Dr. Stiles is following very precise instructions to defuse a bomb. In the DS version, it's a fairly standard bomb -- but it becomes ''ridiculously'' elaborate in ''Second Opinion''.
* In ''TraumaTeam'', Naomi has to defuse a final bomb [[spoiler:that's in a pillow.]]

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* ''TraumaCenter'' ''VideoGame/TraumaCenter'' has one "operation" where Dr. Stiles is following very precise instructions to defuse a bomb. In the DS version, it's a fairly standard bomb -- but it becomes ''ridiculously'' elaborate in ''Second Opinion''.
* In ''TraumaTeam'', ''VideoGame/TraumaTeam'', Naomi has to defuse a final bomb [[spoiler:that's in a pillow.]]
17th Oct '16 5:23:23 AM foxley
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* In ''ComicBook/GrimmFairyTales: Genesis'', ComicBook/RobynHood has to defuse a bomb in Times Square in New York on New Year's Eve. She snarkily comments on how movies never get it right right, and how it is never just one wire, as she rips out all of the wires on the bomb.
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]].
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