Created By: ghpmartin13 on February 21, 2011 Last Edited By: salieri on February 24, 2011

Pineapple Surprise

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Needs More Examples alternative name: Pin Steal

Caption: Grab the pin for the win

Not related to Tomato Surprise

The pin is pulled from a grenade on a grenade belt, causing the wearer and anyone in the immediate vicinity to explode. It can be used to elaborately kill a tooled-up enemy or as a makeshift suicide belt. Expect it to be used on a nearly triumphant enemy leading to a cathartic Oh, Crap! moment for the villain before he explodes. A case of Did Not Do The Research as grenades don't work that way. A subtrope of Why Am I Ticking?

  • Leon: Leon defeats the main villain using the suicide version of this
  • Raising Arizona: Hi steals the pin of one of the Badass Biker's grenades in the Most Triumphant Example of this trope
  • The Dark Knight: The Joker threatens to do this to escape a room full of mob bosses.
  • Tank Girl: The title character does this to the Water and Power mook who captured her, blowing him to bits.
  • Callof Duty:Black Ops: The protagonist is almost killed by an enemy pulling a suicidal version of this trope until the villain is tackled out of a window by a self-sacrificing friend.
  • X Men 2: Magneto pulls the pins from a squad of soldiers all at once using his powers.
Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • February 21, 2011
    Not related to Tomato Surprise
  • February 21, 2011
    Magneto does it to a bunch of Stryker's soldiers in the second X-Men movie, pulling all of the pins of the many grenades they were carrying.
  • February 21, 2011
    May not quite count, but a bit of a reversal in the horror film House: the protagonist pulls the pin on a grenade and shoves it into the torso of a zombie.
  • February 21, 2011
    Why is it called Pineapple Surprise?
  • February 21, 2011
    Pineapple is a nickname for hand grenade, due to the ribbed appearance.
  • February 21, 2011
    Why is it a surprise?

    Also, X Just X is poor style; the examples should elaborate.
  • February 21, 2011
  • February 21, 2011
    The Rutger Hauer vehicle Wanted: Dead Or Alive had the villain captured by Hauer's character at the end, with a grenade stuffed in his mouth. Hauer eventually pulls the pin-cue Your Head A Splode.
  • February 22, 2011
    • Tank Girl. The title character does this to the Water and Power mook who captured her, blowing him to bits.
  • February 22, 2011
    In some of the Modern Warfare games, some of the multiplayer classes have the ability to drop a grenade on dying.
  • February 23, 2011
    Team Fortress 2 - When equipped with the Equalizer, the Soldier can attempt Taking You With Me this way, thought the warm-up animation takes so long it's rarely a surprise unless the player mashes it at a point they're not expected to.
  • February 23, 2011
    Needs A Better Name, I think. They haven't used pineapple style hand grenades in a long time. Most grenades you see nowadays are either cylindrical or spherical.

    Also, it sounds like we're describing two or three separate tropes here - grenade-based booby traps, grenade-based Taking You With Me, killing someone else with their own grenades, and at least a couple of examples of just killing someone with a grenade. We need to either refine this a bit to decide what we're talking about, or else just make it a broader trope about killing people with grenades (assuming we don't have that one already).
  • February 24, 2011
    The title card for The Nostalgia Critic's review of Commando.
  • February 24, 2011
    The original post seems pretty clear that this is supposed to be pulling the pin on a grenade someone else is wearing.