Created By: Iverum on April 16, 2010
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D'aw! What a cute baby! Wait... ma'am, is your baby ticking?

Baby carriages are prime locations for stashing a moving bomb. It's easy to hide a complex explosive in all that swaddling, and you can even drop a baby doll in there to distract onlookers. This trope is most commonly seen with old fashioned baby buggies and commonly involves a baby's cry being recorded an played back.

Related to Wave of Babies

  • Fallout 3 has traps which are constructed out of baby buggies and explode violently after crying for a moment.
  • In Condemned 2 you enter a doll factory, where a bunch of baby dolls crawl towards you. When they get close enough, they pull their own pull strings and wave to you before blowing up. You can disable them and use them as very creepy hand grenades.
  • Used in Monty Python's "The Bishop" sketch duing a baptism. "Don't say the kid's name Vic!"
  • On The Itchy & Scratchy Show Scratchy meets, falls in love with, and marries a female cat literally Made of Explodium by Itchy. They have offspring which are half cat and half bomb, but don't go off. Then as Scratchy & his wife are sitting on their front porch in old age, she finally goes off. (Subverted in that the offspring don't explode.)
  • In The Rock they are searching through a box for dangerous compounds and find a baby doll which sprays acid at them.
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  • April 15, 2010
    sageoftruth
    In Condemned 2, you enter a doll factory, where a bunch of baby dolls crawl towards you. When they get close enough, they pull their own pull strings and wave to you before blowing up. You can disable them and use them as very creepy hand grenades.
  • April 15, 2010
    Lullabee
    • Parodied in the Doctor Who Expanded Universe novel The Crooked World, which features a planet based on Western Animation children's cartoons. A news story is mentioned about a woman who "thought her infant son looked a little red in the face", found him to be "six sticks of dynamite", and later couldn't "explain how the explosives came to be in her pram." She throws them in the air, still swaddled, and they land on a passing train. Also, not a tangent, it all connects up via weird cartoon logic: Fitz's Girl Of The Week has no concept of sex, he (of course) does, and they confuse each other to the point that she writes to the Delivery Stork to bring them a baby. It drops the actual baby in a jungle, where it will "inevitably" be raised by wolves, and sees something wrapped in blankets going past on a train, picks that up, and delivers the still-undetonated dynamite to Fitz. And Fitz, being the avuncular but not paternal type, is somewhat relieved by the fact that at least it's not a baby.
  • April 15, 2010
    randomsurfer
    • Used in Monty Python's "The Bishop" sketch duing a baptism. "Don't say the kid's name Vic!"
    • On The Itchy And Scratchy Show Scratchy meets, falls in love with, and marries a female cat literally Made Of Explodium by Itchy. They have offspring which are half cat and half bomb, but don't go off. Then as Scratchy & his wife are sitting on their front porch in old age, she finally goes off. (Subverted in that the offspring don't explode.)
  • April 15, 2010
    DracMonster
    Just want to say, you win the internet forever for that title.
  • April 15, 2010
    GlennMagusHarvey
    OH GAWD THE PUN
  • April 15, 2010
    akazilliadenaro
    in The Rock they are searching though a box for dangerous coompounds and find a baby doll which sprays acid at them
  • April 16, 2010
    Stratadrake
    "Baby boomer" is already an established term, it should not be used for a trope that is related In Name Only.

    I'd suggest Baby Kaboomers (equally punny) or Baby Bombers.
  • April 16, 2010
    Medinoc
    I vote for Baby Kaboomers.
  • April 16, 2010
    Deboss
    Baby Kaboomers. And watch out for a wave of them.
  • April 16, 2010
    ViktorCrowford
    Nope, Baby Boomers all the way. Everything else just ruins a good pun.
  • April 16, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    In Battle Angel Alita - Nova uses a toddler-shaped robot as a suicide bomber.
  • April 16, 2010
    karstovich
    Baby Bombers is better than Baby Kaboomers (which, when you think about it, really just ruins the alliteration, and really just doesn't roll off the tongue). I think Stratadrake has a point with the confusion. Maybe call them Baby BOO Mers?

    In any case:

    It was a slow day/And the sun was beating/On the soldiers by the side of the road/There was a bright light/A shattering of shop windows/The bomb in the baby carriage/Was wired to the radio (that would be Paul Simon's "The Boy in the Bubble")
  • April 16, 2010
    Iverum
    I wouldn't mind Baby Bombers. The alliteration is still intact and the pun is still there partially.
  • April 16, 2010
    Duncan
    In a scene from Johnny Dangerously, a baby in a carriage turns out to be a gun-wielding mobster in disguise.
  • April 16, 2010
    randomsurfer
    @karsovich: the problem with Baby BOO Mers is that the wiki treats that as the same as Baby Boomers, unless the former gets ptitled - which would be just plain confusing.
  • April 16, 2010
    TBTabby
    In Bioshock, you find your first gun inside a baby carriage, where a crazy Splicer was treating it like an actual baby.
  • April 16, 2010
    Fanra
    Music:

    • Paul Simon, "The Boy in the Bubble":

      There was a bright light,
      A shattering of shop windows
      The bomb in the baby carriage
      Was wired to the radio,
  • April 17, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Baby Boomers is fine. If someone wants to make an actual article about real babyBoomers, then we can rename then.

    In Lost Danielle Rousseau constructs snare and net, log spike, and rock drop traps with baby dolls as the bait which people invariably pick up.
  • April 17, 2010
    DracMonster
    Another vote to keep Baby Boomers. A pun is a terrible thing to waste.
  • April 17, 2010
    BlackDragon
    Parasite Eve 2. I don't remember what they're actually called, but there's a type of (incredibly creepy) Neo-Mitochondrian Creature (read: monster) which sounds like a crying infant, and kinda' looks like a mutated baby too - big head, short arms, crawls on the ground (no legs). Their only means of attack is to crawl up close to you and blow themselves up - a helpful in-game manual even informs you that they do it by diverting a lot of blood to their heads, using the built-up blood-pressure to explode their skulls outwards in a lethal cloud of bone-splinters. Apparently, they're wasp-like hive-focused creatures, where the individual sacrifices himself for the good of the group.
  • April 17, 2010
    Iverum
    I'll launch this soon if no one has any objections.
  • April 17, 2010
    Blayde
  • April 17, 2010
    Tannhaeuser
    There is a Saki story, "The Easter Egg," that features a young child, if not exactly a baby, used to deliver a bomb.
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