Created By: KZN02 on June 26, 2010 Last Edited By: KZN02 on June 26, 2010
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Trick Bomb

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Conventionally, bombs are associated with Stuff Blowing Up, but then there are special ones with different effects.

Types include Smoke Bombs, Sticky Bombs, Stink Bombs, and Phlebotinum Bomb.

Some Real Life example are flashbangs, fireworks (explode into pretty), and the aforementioned smoke grenades. Then there are the IR-emitting hot-smoke grenades used for targeting IR-sensitive missiles. Or baffling them, it all depends.

Compare and Contrast with some Booby Traps.

Examples:

Comic Books
  • In the 1988-89 DC Comics Invasion crossover, a member of the alien Dominator species develops and detonates a "gene bomb" which targets those with the "metahuman" gene (responsible for the emergence of Earthling superheroes) and causes them to lose control of their powers. For some, it eventually proves lethal.
    • The Invasion example (along with Invasion itself) was parodied in an issue of ''X-Men'', with a Jean Bomb that destroyed relationships. Guess who it looked like?
  • Comics/Batman and Robin use these.
  • Lobo used a "guilt grenade" against The Mask since it was the only way for Lobo to defeat an otherwise "cartoon-invulnerable" opponent.
  • The Super Mario Bros. comic had a story called "Duh Stoopid Bomb!" The titular bomb would temporarily turn anyone in the blast radius into an idiot.

Film

Literature
  • Discworld: Scent bombs used to as a routine countermeasure now that it is generally known that the Ankh-Morpork city watch has a werewolf on staff.

Live-Action TV
  • There was a Propaganda Bomb in an early episode of M*A*S*H. A friendly fire bomb landed at the unit, and didn't explode. They tried to disarm it but that just set it off, which is when they discovered it was only leaflets. The propaganda read:
Give yourselves up. You can't win.
--Douglas MacArthur.

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Video Games

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Western Animation
  • Static Shock: Gear made a shock bomb that Static could use if he ran out of juice, a net bomb that shot a net out when it hit something.

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Community Feedback Replies: 20
  • June 17, 2010
    Kayube
    I remember this one cartoon about a bomb squad going against a crazy bomber who had bombs with a bunch of weird effects, like an Elvis bomb or an Ugly bomb.
  • June 17, 2010
    Mozgwsloiku
    Lobo once used "guilt grenade" that overpowered its target with remorse.
  • June 17, 2010
    KZN02
    ^ Source please?
  • June 17, 2010
    akazilliadenaro
    Static Shock's Gear made a shock bomb that static could use if he ran out of juice, a net bomb that shot a net out when it hit something.
  • June 17, 2010
    PaulA
    One of the non-lethal weapons in Mystery Men was a trick bomb, but I don't recall off-hand what the trick was. (Short-lived windstorm that only affected the target?)
  • June 17, 2010
    ChevalierMalfait
    • In the 1988-89 DC Comics Invasion crossover, a member of the alien Dominator species develops and detonates a "gene bomb" which targets those with the "metahuman" gene (responsible for the emergence of Earthling superheroes) and causes them to lose control of their powers. For some, it eventually proves lethal.
    • The Get Smart movie The Nude Bomb involves a bomb that dissolves people's clothing.
  • June 17, 2010
    LuxExterior
    @Paul A: That was a tornado in a can.
  • June 18, 2010
    randomsurfer
    See also Phlebotinum Bomb.
  • June 19, 2010
    Mozgwsloiku
    The one with "guilt granade" happened in Lobo vs The Mask - it was the only way for Lobo to defeat an otherwise "cartoon-invulnerable" opponent
  • June 20, 2010
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    Compare and Contrast with some Booby Traps
  • The Bowser Bomb in Mario Party 2 explodes... and turns the tiny Baby Bowser into a full-sized Bowser.
  • June 20, 2010
    nonesuchplace
    Some Real Life example are flashbangs, fireworks (explode into pretty,) and the aforementioned smoke grenades. Then there are the IR-emitting hot-smoke grenades used for targeting IR-sensitive missiles. Or baffling them. It all depends.
  • June 22, 2010
    akazilliadenaro
    • in Teen Titans robin has many types of bombs.
    • im sure Batman does to
    • and James Bond
  • June 22, 2010
    VampireBuddha
    The SCP Foundation has a bomb that makes people gay.
  • June 24, 2010
    TB Tabby
    The Super Mario Brothers comic had a story called "Duh Stoopid Bomb!" The titular bomb would temporarily turn anyone in the blast radius into an idiot.
  • June 25, 2010
    Arivne
    Real Life
    • Bombs filled with propaganda leaflets. Often used during World War 2.
    • Bombs filled with chaff (metal strips used to confuse radar).
  • June 25, 2010
    LeMessor
    • The Invasion example (along with Invasion itself) was parodied in an issue of ''X-Men'', with a Jean Bomb that destroyed relationships. Guess who it looked like?
  • June 26, 2010
    randomsurfer
    @Arivne's "Bombs filled with propaganda leaflets:" Airborne Leaflet Propaganda. It was called a Propaganda Bomb in an early episode of MASH. A Friendly Fire bomb landed at the unit, and didn't explode. They tried to disarm it but that just set it off, which is when they discovered it was only leaflets. The propaganda read,
    Give yourselves up. You can't win.
    --Douglas MacArthur.
  • June 26, 2010
    DragonQuestZ
    "The Invasion example (along with Invasion itself) was parodied in an issue of X-Men, with a Jean Bomb that destroyed relationships. Guess who it looked like? "

    Sadly, I'm not sure if that' an actual example, or a troper tying to use this to hose a character.
  • June 26, 2010
    GymQuirk
    Discworld: Scent bombs used to as a routine countermeasure now that it is generally known that the Ankh-Morpork city watch has a werewolf on staff.
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