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-> ''"Some days you just can't get rid of a bomb!"''
-->-- '''Franchise/{{Batman}}''', ''Film/BatmanTheMovie''

If you ask a person to draw a bomb, this is probably what you will get: a spherical black object about the size of a bowling ball with a fuse sticking out of it. Sometimes it may have the word "Bomb" (or "Boom") written on it in bold letters. Very common in cartoons and comic books, and somewhat surprisingly in the relatively new medium of video games.

This actually has a basis in history: before the mid-19th century, contact or proximity fuses for detonating explosive payloads had yet to be developed. The only means by which an explosive shell or bomb could be feasibly detonated from a distance was by a slow-burning match cord. In Western militaries, these weapons often took the shape of an iron sphere with a match cord sticking out of one end, and the CartoonBomb actually ''is'' [[AluminumChristmasTrees a realistic representation of such ammunition]]. The resemblance to cannonballs is not coincidence; they were often designed to be fired out of cannons, or rather carronades, mortars or howitzers. (The "bombs bursting in air" from the traditional US song "[[NationalAnthem The Star-Spangled Banner]]" were of this variety.) A skilled bombardier could estimate how long it would take for the bomb to fly to the assumed target and cut the fuse to appropriate length so that the bomb would explode exactly at the desired moment.

Early hand grenades also took this shape, as did mortar bombs. In fact, the "pineapple" grenades used by Soviet, Franco-British Commonwealth, American, etc soldiers during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII were variations on this type of bomb. There were only three major differences. They included a built-in fuse lighter for convenience. (That's the handle-and-pin assembly made famous by the PinPullingTeeth trope.) They were oblong, and they had grooved skin so that they would fragment more easily and disperse shrapnel. (That's why they're called "frag" grenades.)

As Cartoon Bombs generally tend to appear in cartoons and comics, they usually tend to not do any serious damage- at least to characters. They may cause damage to their inanimate surroundings, but usually the worst a victim within the blast range suffers is ClothingDamage and AshFace, both of which are usually healed by the next scene. As a result, when a Cartoon Bomb is seen in a work, it tends to be more of a slapstick prop as opposed to a deadly weapon. Despite these bombs being very old-fashioned, they're prominently used in many video games, since the black-ball with sparky fuse is very iconic and quickly recognized by players.

This is a subtrope of IncrediblyObviousBomb, but that also includes more realistic but still blatantly obvious bombs like the classic digital timer (often ticking to make it even more incredibly obvious) attached to a bundle of explosives (which is fairly common in cartoons). Compare PlungerDetonator, which is the standard cartoon way of setting off explosives from a distance. [[ShapedLikeItself Often thrown]] by BombThrowingAnarchists.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* [=BomberNanimon=] from ''Anime/DigimonSavers''...provided you aren't watching the American dub. [=BomberNanimon=] also appeared in the card game and some of the video games, and in these media he avoided the {{Macekre}}.
* Nice Holystone from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' actually uses bombs like this as weapons, although given their small size, they're more like giant [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry_bomb cherry bombs.]]
* ''Manga/ToLoveRu'': Saki Tenjouin [[http://www.onemanga.com/to-LOVE-ru/84/11/ uses one]] in the sports festival.
* ''Anime/DGrayMan'' filler episode "Lenalee's Love" features two of these: first a small one used by a (rather pathetic) akuma to attack Lenalee, and later a gigantic one by her overprotective brother Komui.
* ''Anime/RanmaHalf'': [[ImprobableWeaponUser Happo]] [[IKnowKungFaux Fire]] [[SupernaturalMartialArts Burst]]. Exaggeration and combination with HyperspaceArsenal means Happosai is able to pull bombs ''bigger than himself'' from his shirt.
* The opening of ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan W'' has a blue bomb with a pink heart get passed around between the main cast members; when it finally explodes (while Nyarko is offering it to Mahiro), it just sprays streamers everywhere.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'': In ''The Broken Ear'', Corporal Diaz throws one through Alcazar's open window. Tintin picks it up and throws it right back, hitting Corporal Diaz on the head and knocking him into a fountain basin. Earlier, Tintin's suitcase is switched with one full of these in order to frame him as a terrorist.
* ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'': In the book ''Le Grand Duc'', the Russian anarchist assassin is shown throwing these all along the path of the Grand Duke and his adjutant. [[spoiler: Naturally, they all fail.]] The anarchist is then heard to yell ''Неудача!'' ("[[BilingualBonus Fail!]]") every time he fails.
* Often seen in ''ComicBook/TinusTrotyl'', as you might expect. One of them even replaces the O in the comic title.

* In ''Film/RevengeOfThePinkPanther'', members of the French Connection use one of these on Clouseau.
* ''Film/BatmanTheMovie'' has a hilarious scene revolving around trying to dispose of one of these. Oh, Batman. Because asking a nun to get out of your way [[WhatAnIdiot is apparently more difficult than not]] running a bomb all around town when you have no idea when it's going off!
* A critical prop in Creator/BusterKeaton's ''Film/{{Cops}}'' -- his horse-drawn cart gets in the middle of a police parade, an anarchist tosses such a bomb that lands on the seat next to him, he absently lights a cigarette with it and tosses it over... well, that's how these run-ins always start, don't they?
* In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: The Two Towers'', one of Saruman's orcs uses one of these to blow open Helm's Deep. This is somewhat justified as it's the first bomb ever in Middle Earth, or at least since the First Age. Worst. Olympics. Ever.
* In the 1982 film version of ''Film/{{Annie|1982}}'', a villain uses one of these to try to kill Warbucks.
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'': Grenades shaped like this were used, which was likely a historically accurate depiction.
* ''Film/MasterAndCommander'' also accurately depicts the use of these early hand grenades.
* ''Film/TheLastOfTheMohicans'' (1991): Played historically straight. The siege of Fort William Henry is ended by a French 18-inch mortar bombardment. The lighting of the separate fuses for both the huge iron ball, and the mortar that will then lob it over the walls, can clearly be seen.
* Creator/HaroldLloyd lost a finger and thumb to a prop bomb like this; later films had him wearing a specially designed glove to disguise the injury.
* ''Film/GetCrazy!'' (1983) "It's ticking!" "It's traditional!"
* A trailer for ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers2011'' shows one flying out of a cannon... in slow motion, and 3D.
* The unnamed puppeteer in ''Film/FunnyMan'' loses half of his head when, thanks to a dimensional portal to a ''Theatre/PunchAndJudy'' show on a beach being watched by the eponymous antagonist, a cartoon bomb (labelled as "bomb") is placed on his head and explodes.
* One of these is used in ''Film/GhouliesIIIGhouliesGoToCollege'', when a rival college member tries to blow up his rival's dorm room, one of the Ghoulies beats him to death [[BloodlessCarnage bloodlessly]] with a frying pan which causes the bomb to fly out the window and into the security guard's golf cart, which causes a massive explosion that only leaves him with [[AshFace blackened skin]] and [[ClothingDamage burnt clothes]].

* ''The Literature/AnarchistCookbook'': A caricature of "[[BombThrowingAnarchists the crazed anarchist]]" holding one of these appears at the beginning of chapter 4.
* In one of Duncan Ball's ''Selby'' books, a librarian is seen brandishing one of these bombs and threatening to blow it up. [[spoiler:Subverted because it turns out to be made out of papier mâché.]]
* In the thirteenth book of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles, Ghost Story,'' the army of ghosts uses some of these, along with the 'pineapple' grenades, when [[ItMakesSenseInContext Harry leads them to reenact the storming of Normandy Beach]].

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* Series 3 of ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' had an anarchist (played by series writer Ben Elton) throw one of these at the Prince of Wales [[TooDumbToLive who thinks it's just part of the play]]. It even worked like a cartoon bomb, as in the next scene George is fine save for [[AmusingInjuries a few bandages]], commenting about how much of a close shave it was before changing the topic.
* The ''Classic Series/{{Concentration}}'' rebus for "blond bombshell" (#103 in Steve Ryan's book) includes this type of bomb.
* ''Series/ISpy'': Robert Culp lit one of these off his cigarette in the opening credits.
* ''Series/TheScarletPimpernel'': One episode had the more realistic version; a hand-sized metal sphere with a fuse, used as a grenade.
* In episode 8 of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', the "It's" Man is handed one just before he says his word. It explodes over the closing credits.
* ''Series/UltimateForce'': Henno, having jumped out a transit stuffed with tertiary explosives, is on the cliff face when the van detonates, the yield supposedly capable of shifting an entire city block sideways, and Henno climbs up with no apparent ill effects from an overpressure that would normally have collapsed his lungs, throat and sinuses.
* The dungeoneers of ''Series/{{Knightmare}}'' would run across a room-sized CartoonBomb from time to time, causing panic and hasty directions to head towards the nearest exit.
* ''Series/TheAvengers'': A pair of vaudeville clowns kill off a number of folks -- one with such a bomb, complete with "BOMB" painted on it in big white letters.
* On ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', one is used to try to kill the Bundy family in England. It gets pushed into an elevator with the D'arcys, where it explodes. The elevator opens to show Jefferson and Marcy with [[AshFace burnt clothes, wild hair and stunned expressions, but generally OK]], meaning the cartoon bomb actually behaved like it was in a cartoon!
* Used occasionally on ''Series/TheMuppetShow''. The Swedish Chef finds one in a coconut; a chicken being cooked by the chef lays one; one is used in Rowlf's version of "The Cat Came Back", and one is even used as a joke by JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf.
** The Swedish Chef successfully cooks [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj0_GjAG1-c a chicken with one]] on ''Series/JimmyKimmelLive''.
** Crazy Harry, the show's pyrotechnics "expert", would almost never appear without a lit one of these, a lit stick of dynamite or a PlungerDetonator.
* A ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' DontTryThisAtHome promo spot has Jamie holding one of these while wearing a bomb suit. After Adam spouts the line and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere makes a break for it stage right]], [[spoiler:Jamie holds up a sign which says, "Not a Real Bomb"]].
** In the "Dive to Survive" myth, when J.D. is setting up some plastic C4, Jamie comes up to remold it into a ball and cover it in black tape specifically to invoke this look. Quoth J.D.:
--->'''J.D.''': [[DeadpanSnarker I'm sure you'll get that]] [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes roadrunner]] [[DeadpanSnarker this time.]]
* The opening theme of ''Series/MissionImpossible'' has Ethan Hunt walking on a high wire with a fuse burning it away behind him. Sure enough, at the end he reaches a bomb and jumps for safety as it blows up.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'': Gilly's "Christmas Ornament" (from "A Very Gilly Christmas").
* One of these shows up in the early ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "The Dalek Invasion of Earth." Interestingly it was designed to be an ''atypical'' bomb -- one that could melt through the normally invulnerable Dalek casings before exploding. Even better, the stereotyped bomb was developed by the leader of the resistance, a sterotyped anarchist.
* Series/TheGoodies are strapped to one by MadScientist Rat Fink Petal (played by Creator/PatrickTroughton).
* A RunningGag during some comedy skits in the Japanese GameShow ''Series/TakeshisCastle'', even though it comes in many forms of explosives, comedically resulting in ClothingDamage and an AshFace.
* In ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge,'' the bomb the villains hid to get rid of the Rangers (not caring about a good chunk of the city being wrecked too, natch) didn't have the fuse but was black and spherical.

* ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'''s "ComicStrip/SpyVsSpy".
* ''Magazine/TheNewYorker'': One of Creator/CharlesAddams' cartoons features a hobo carrying a large paper bag with a fuse sticking out asking the guy sitting next to him on a park bench, "Got a match, fella?"
* A ''Geek Monthly'' photoshoot from 2007 with ''Series/TwentyFour'' star Mary Lynn Rajskub had action photos of her holding such a bomb [[http://www.24spoilers.com/2007/03/27/mary-lynn-rajskub-geek-monthly-photo-shoot-and-interview/ (seen here at 24spoilers.com).]]

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* Music/{{Garbage}}'s video for "Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough" ended with the band performing in front of a giant metal globe with a lit fuse sticking out. However, that was just a stage prop; the real bomb was the robot clone of Shirley Manson, who had [[KissOfDeath killed]] and replaced the original.

[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'': Newt Gingrich, during his time as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, appeared as one.
* One of the most well known of the controversial Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons featured the prophet with one of these in place of his turban.

[[folder: Operating Systems]]
* The UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh used the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bomb_(symbol) bomb symbol]] in its "Sorry, a system error occurred" alert box (before OS X).
** To show UsefulNotes/MacOS X's new memory system, during one demo Apple showed an application built specifically to crash which now didn't lock up the entire OS. The application was called "Bomb.app", and featured the fuse on a cartoon bomb burning until the bomb went off.
** The old Mac program Sound Edit had a fake system error box with an exploding bomb, followed by an icon of a blown-out computer, when you selected "About Sound Edit".
* The UsefulNotes/AtariST used the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Row_of_bombs row of bombs]] to indicate system crashes.
* In some UsefulNotes/{{Linux}} distributions (for example SUSE 10), the default wallpaper for "root" user is the bomb on red background. To emphasize how dangerous it is to work as a superuser.

* These are used in ''Pinball/NoGoodGofers'', which is a given as it stars two {{Screwy Squirrel}}s.
* These litter the wheel in ''Pinball/JackBot'''s [[WizardMode Casino Run]], and hitting one [[{{Whammy}} drains all your collected cash and ends the Run instantly.]]
* ''[[Pinball/BugsBunnysBirthdayBall Bugs Bunny's Birthday Ball]]'' has them around the playfield.
* Played straight with the bomb targets in ''Pinball/TheAdventuresOfRockyAndBullwinkleAndFriends''.

[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* In an infamous promo spot for Wrestling/{{WCW}}'s 1993 ''Beach Blast'' PPV, a one-eyed midget hired by Wrestling/{{Vader}} and [[Wrestling/SidEudy Sid Vicious]] plants one of these bombs on a boat in an attempt to kill their rivals, Wrestling/{{Sting}} and Wrestling/DaveyBoySmith.
* Shows up in the crowd fairly often, where fans of Wrestling/{{Batista}} brings signs shaped like a bomb with the text "Batista Bomb" on them, referring to his finishing move.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Goblins'': One of these shows up in a sample scenario. [[spoiler:It's fake.]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk}} 2020'': An icon of one brute-force cracking program is described as 'a cartoon bomb with a burning fuse'.
* One of your units in ''TabletopGame/{{Stratego}}'' is a Bomb, depicted as being of the cartoon variety. Defeats any enemy except the lowly 8th-rank Miner.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Too|n}}oooooooon!''

* As a tie-in to the 2000 movie ''The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle'', CVS sold plushes of the main characters. Boris Badenov was depicted as shooting a bang gun, while his significant other Natasha Fatelle held one of these.
* The 1965 "Time Bomb" game / toy by Milton Bradley looked like this, a black ball with a fuse. The game was basically like the old-fashioned "hot potato" game, as people would toss the toy bomb to each other, and whoever was holding the bomb when the timer ran out was the loser.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The eponymous hero of ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman}}'' uses these.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** Bob-Ombs are a [[WaddlingHead slightly]] [[ActionBomb anthropomorphised]] version, making their debut in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'' and having appeared in nearly every game since. In ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'', a red-colored subspecies is introduced, but they're friendly characters who give Mario (and the other playable characters in the DS remake) valuable tips as they aim to confront King Bob-Omb, a KingMook. Bob-Ombs become an obtainable weapon in the ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' series from ''Double Dash!!'' onwards.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'' also has a non-living kind of bomb, which players can pull out of the ground to destroy brakable walls. These bombs are thrown by Mouser, the boss of World 1 and 3. In this game, you pull items out of the ground indicated by a tuft of grass (''not'' limited to vegetables). Many a CartoonBomb is found this way (though some Mouser encounters have no such mercy; you must catch the bombs he's throwing at you and send 'em right back before boom time!). There is at least one instance of a Bob-Omb being pull-out-able this way, but its fuse is much shorter than the ones you normally run across, so [[PoisonMushroom it's more of a trap]]; better think fast and throw it away quick!
** The Bob-Ombs in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'' look like a diagonally bisected Bob-Omb with an LED counter in the centre. Players can use the Bob-Ombs by freezing them and then throwing.
** The Bomb Boos in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' are a ghostly version of this. Mario and Luigi can use them as an explosive flail after grabbing their tongues.
** In ''VideoGame/MarioPaint'', some screens have a cartoon bomb on the exit button. The bomb button lives in the lower-left corner. Also, the "O" on the title screen becomes a bomb when you click it.
* The bombs in ''VideoGame/JumpUltimateStars'' look like this, but purple.
* ''VideoGame/SeriousSam'': Sam's logo is a pissed-off face in the middle of these bombs. From ''Second Encounter'' onward, he can use that bomb to [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill blow up everything in sight]].
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'':
** Initially, the class emblem on the Demoman's shirt was one of these. It was changed to a representation of the game's sticky bombs when they wanted to sell [[TheMerch car decals]] of all of the class emblems; presumably a car with a picture of a bomb on it, even a cartoon one, would be cause for alarm. The full-color icon representing Demomen in the scoreboard and non-melee Robot Demomen in Mann vs. Machine mode, however, is unchanged (he's not the only class with such a mismatch; the Heavy has a chain of bullets in the scoreboard and a fist on his shirt, and has been this way since the beginning). He then gets an unlockable grenade launcher (the [[JustForPun Loose Cannon]]) that fires miniature cartoon bombs.
** The Bombinomicon also clenches its teeth around one of these. As the name implies, badges made in its likeness are MadeOfExplodium.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** The bombs in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI'' work like this, only due to NES colour restrictions and tradition, respectively, they're deep blue rather than black.
** Link uses smaller, hand-grenade sized bombs of a similar style in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series. Unlike the main ''Zelda'' games, they're small enough to be carried in one hand, though [[HyperspaceArsenal where he pulls them from]] remains a mystery.
** The Bombchu, first appearing in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', are mouselike explosives. There are enemy versions called Real Bombchu (apparently what the regular bombchu are based on, though they only appear in ''Majora's Mask'') whose tails end in cartoon bombs; they can walk up walls just like the bombchu item. You want to ''not'' get their attention in close quarters. And in ''Twilight Princess'', ''bombfish'' make an appearance, looking like fish with cartoon bombs in their mouths (the advantage is that they can be used underwater unlike normal bombs).
** A common plant in the franchise is the "Bomb Flower", which is indeed just that: it's a Cartoon Bomb-shaped flower that explodes. It's heavily implied in several games (and pretty explicit in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'') that the Cartoon Bombs Link uses are made from Bomb Flowers. Furthermore, they're harvested by Gorons; it's their 'special fruit' that only grows in the caverns they live in. Bombs are a common buyable item; the Gorons have a pretty sweet business going in a world that apparently has a ''lot'' of demolition being done by casual citizens.
* In ''VideoGame/TheCavernsOfHammerfest'', the protagonist's means of offense are [[ItMakesSenseInContext spitting]] and kicking snow cartoon bombs that freeze the enemies within their explosion radius. One power-up plays this much more straight, transforming them in the actual, black and bowlingball-sized bombs we all are familiar with.
* ''Franchise/MegaMan'':
** This is Bomb Man's WeaponOfChoice from ''VideoGame/MegaMan1'', as well as the player after defeating him.
** The Black Bomb chips in the ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' series are of this nature. The fuse doesn't come lit, however, meaning they need to be hit with fire or tossed at a fire element enemy to get them to explode. And in the sixth game, the same bombs appear to impede you in Dustman's garbage recycling minigame, occasionally flying his way along with the garbage he needs to vacuum up. This gets the simple HandWave that in the [[WretchedHive Undernet]], it's typical for the navis to keep dangerous objects like that on their person.
* The bombs thrown by the Peek-a-boom enemies, used against Large Fry and found lying around in various levels in ''VideoGame/WarioLand Shake It'' are this kind, and look almost exactly like the page image.
** Likewise, [[VideoGame/WarioLandSuperMarioLand3 the first game]] has bombs with ''wings'' that try to latch onto your head.
* The UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}} game ''Kaboom''.
* Prinnies in the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series use these bombs during various special moves.
* Many puzzles in ''VideoGame/{{Alundra 2}}'' featured these. For some reason, they are also ''pink''.
* Bombs in ''VideoGame/{{Spelunky}}''.
* {{Smart Bomb}}s in ''VideoGame/CrystalQuest''.
* VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'s recurring 'Bomb' copy ability, as well as most of the enemies that hold this ability (notably the Poppy Bros).
* The upgraded Worker from ''VideoGame/FatPrincess'' throws them.
* ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} 4'': Used by Grenadiers.
* The cover of ''[=TrouBalls=]'' depicts a glasses-clad guy holding a lit Cartoon Bomb.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has several mobs that are large cartoon bombs being carried by little robots with big goggles that run up and explode at you. Engineers can also make a pet version of it that follows them around and doesn't explode.
* They're one of your main weapons in ''CJ's Elephant Antics''.
* ''VideoGame/MuramasaTheDemonBlade'': Used frequently by enemy ninjas, especially on mountains or in caves.
* Zorne of ''VideoGame/{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'' uses these kinds of bombs, and the Zornesbombe weapon lets Spiritia use these as well. Not to mention, the bombs are references to VideoGame/{{Bomberman}} as well.
* ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic The Hedgehog 3]]''
** Thrown by Knuckles into a building that Sonic is occupying at the time in Launch Base Zone.
** Also used by Bean the Dynamite, a green duck who appeared in ''VideoGame/SonicTheFighters'' and ''VideoGame/FightersMegamix'' but got ChuckCunninghamSyndrome.
** Used by Tails in [[VideoGame/TailsAdventure his Game Gear game]].
* In ''VideoGame/DynamiteDux'', one of the weapons used by the duck protagonists Bin and Pin ([[PaletteSwap blue and red respectively]]) is this. Bean was based off of these two, although such bombs are the only weapon he's been seen using, at least in the game-verse.
* One of the first, if not ''the'' first, video arcade game to use this imagery was the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfVideoGames Golden Age]] arcade game ''VideoGame/KickMan''. You had to catch falling balloons on your head, but you had to avoid the similar-looking falling bombs. (During development, the dropped-things-to-avoid were [[AnvilOnHead anvils]], but the game's designers didn't think the average player would recognize anvils.)
* Peacock in ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' uses many of these, decorated like billiards 8-balls. [[ActionBomb They walk, drive cars and fly planes]], and one of her super moves involves a bomb large enough to blow both her and her opponent clear across the screen if they get caught in the blast.
* In ''VideoGame/ThiefIITheMetalAge'', the Mechanists' steampunk robots and cannons fire this kind of bomb. What's strange is that in gameplay, the bombs tend to hit the player character with full force and then ''rebound off you'' in the other direction, and ''then'' explode a few seconds later. The initial impact tends to kill you before it even explodes. It's at once terrifying and hilarious.
* ''VideoGame/BeachSpikers'' had a mode called "Countdown" where the ball was replaced by a cartoon bomb. When the players hit the ball, it caused a "timer" to count down; whichever side had the ball/bomb when it exploded lost.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', one of the brush techniques creates a 'Cherry Bomb' for the orb and stem shape of these things. It's meant to be a firework, rather than just a bomb, but it looks almost the same.
* ''VideoGame/BombJack'' and ''Mighty Bomb Jack'' had plenty of such bombs to be collected. They could light up, but would never explode.
* In the ''VideoGame/WarioWare'' series, the timer for each microgame is represented by a cartoon bomb (in games since ''Touched'', one with Wario's face on it).
* In ''VideoGame/FruitNinja'', you actually have to slice as many fruit thrown at you while simultaneously avoiding these type of bombs that were mixed among said fruit. Slicing apart the bombs will result in an instant GameOver.
* ''VideoGame/WreckingCrew'' has this kind of bomb as a stage feature, though the manual calls it "dynamite".
* The black bird in ''VideoGame/AngryBirds'' is shaped like a bomb and [[ActionBomb acts like one too]]. He was later given the name [[MeaningfulName Bomb]] to emphasize this.
* One of the last treasures players can get in ''VideoGame/Pikmin2'' is the "Comedy Bomb." [[spoiler:Subverted in that the titan dweevil uses it to poison your pikmin, not blow them up.]]
* The TNT Boxes in the Japanese version of the ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' series have a cartoon bomb on it instead of "TNT".
* This is what you get if you summon a BOMB in ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}''. The fuse doesn't light when you interact with it; it simply flashes for a couple of seconds before exploding. Any contact with fire causes it to detonate instantly.
* In ''VideoGame/BattleChess'', King takes Knight with one.
* In ''VideoGame/LuigisMansionDarkMoon'':
** Bombs take a form similar to Bob-Ombs but look more like traditional cartoon bombs with arms and legs. When Luigi activates them with his flashlight, they typically chase after him until they explode.
** Standard cartoon bombs show up as well; they are used by some ghosts to try to attack Luigi; Luigi may find them in barrels or other objects; and at one point, he even rides a sled that fires cartoon bombs from a cannon.
* ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'' has the [[HyperDestructiveBouncingBall Ricochet Bombs]], which in some installments look like large cartoon bombs with a (useless) burning fuse on them.
* The bombs in ''VideoGame/{{Dweep}}'' look like this.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' has Ziggs, the Hexplosives Expert, who throws these about by the handful. His basic attacks are small but round bombs, while his abilities are a big, bouncing bomb, a minefield of small round bombs, and a GIGANTIC one that he can throw from across the map for his ultimate. Only one of his abilities features a different kind of bomb, and that's a Satchel Charge.
* ''VideoGame/RockinKats'' has a PowerUp that makes Willy's gun shoot cartoon-style bombs.
* In ''VideoGame/ShiningWisdom'', cartoon-style bombs frequently appear in the labyrinths. They're throwable but non-equippable, and are often found obstructing passageways.
* In ''VideoGame/SidAndAlsIncredibleToons'', this style of bomb is known as the Ball Bomb. It won't detonate unless its fuse is lit, unlike the World War II Bombshell (whose explosion can also set it off).
* ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' features a level where you have to deliver a live bomb to a certain location before it blows up on you.
* Brigand Vvulf, one of the toughest bosses from ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'', makes use of these. The trope is played like modeling clay: it's justified given the early Modern Age period of the game, and subverted in that the bombs' effects are ''anything'' but cartoony each bomb can deal up to '''45 points of damage''' in a game where the flimsier classes struggle to be above 40 at their strongest.
* A variation in ''VideoGame/ReVolt'' -- when the [[PoisonMushroom bomb powerup]] is collected, the entire car turns black, becoming the body of the bomb. The aerial becomes the fuse. The bomb can be passed off to another driver by bumping into them.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Paladins}}'', Bomb King and his bombs resemble cartoon bombs, with cute little faces to boot.

[[folder: Web Animation]]
* Zeeky H. Bomb from ''WebVideo/TheDementedCartoonMovie''. He's also sentient and capable of talking, but the only things he ever says are, "Here I am!", "Uh..." and, most frequently, "[[TheScottishTrope Zeeky Boogy Doog]]".
-->"You've [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom doomed]] us-" BOOM!
* A bomb is a character in ''WebAnimation/InanimateInsanity''. It got DemotedToExtra in season 2.

[[folder: Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/MountainTime'' occasionally underscores bizarre Aesops (such as "Don't rush to conclusions when [[http://mountaincomics.com/2010/07/22/we-are-the-future-so-you-dont-have-to/ identifying bricks]]" or "Never question a [[http://mountaincomics.com/2011/09/01/mountain-time-292/ constricted cowboy]]") with scenes depicting a cartoon bomb using various methods to kill a cartoon steak.
* When certain Danish cartoons were in the news for other reasons, ''Webcomic/BobTheAngryFlower'' complained that their choice of bomb was unrealistic.
* ''Webcomic/SquareRootOfMinusGarfield'' features them in a few strips - one [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=265 blows up a pool]] [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=818 and Garfield himself]], to say nothing of the aptly titled [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=298 "A Bomb"]].
* ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'' : [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-328/ Put on the Sea Train]] by [[MadScientist Cosmo]], who was '''driving''' it.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Diane, Charlotte and Andrea find themselves fighting a spider-vampire [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=2154 wielding six such bombs at once]].

[[folder: Web Original]]
* ''Website/{{Neopets}}'' has a bomb like that in its "Sutek's Tomb" game.
* The fan parody ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFkx-uEsw1g Steam Trek]]'' has cartoon bombs, part of the dastardly plot (around the four-minute mark).
* The [[spoiler:[[Franchise/StarWars death bomb]]]] in ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee''.
* Roy pulls out a cartoon bomb during his battle with Simon in ''WebVideo/TheCartoonMan''. He actually uses one in the battle with [[spoiler:Oswald Sherzikien]] at the end of ''[[WebVideo/TheCartoonMan Journey of the Cartoon Man]]''.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Very common in ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoons. The one Missing Lynx tries to plant on a bridge in ''Confusions of a Nutzy Spy'' had "Hallelujah, I'm a Bomb" on it.
* Seen in some ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' cartoons, to the point that they're almost the only type of weapon used in at least one case. Amusingly, there's an episode when Jerry tries to attack Tom with a microscopic bomb; the latter thinks it's harmless, but its power if as big as that of a regular-sized bomb, as he learns the hard way.
* Pick a Creator/TexAvery short, and chances are the one you pick will have a bomb of this type somewhere in it.
* The villain of the Creator/VanBeurenStudios Little King cartoon "The Fatal Note" uses such a bomb to try assassinate the eponymous king, but he fails miserably.
* The ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit'' short "WesternAnimation/AMatterOfLoafAndDeath" has one. Very reminiscent of the sequence in ''Film/BatmanTheMovie'', too. Probably deliberate.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' villain Splatter Phoenix, who can create objects out of thin air with magic paints, [[LampshadeHanging Lampshades]] it, lamenting about having "''[To] resort to making a ({{beat}}) '''cartoon bomb'''!''"
* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' has at least five in the opening sequence alone. Not to mention the page image.
* Discussed in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', when the Monarch and his henchmen reminisce about the good old days. 24 happily refers to it as simply a "round bomb", while miming the shape with his hands. He also once implemented a PlungerDetonator.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' episode "Game Over for Owlman!", in the big climactic fight scene, ComicBook/TheJoker basically pulls out a big Cartoon Bomb and runs around, giggling like the maniac he is, for the entire fight.
* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'': In the opening sequence, Gadget thinks he's arresting Dr. Claw, but then the chair spins around, it's a phony arm, and guess what's on the chair? Then the explosion forms the title, with the Inspector himself forming the "I". They're occaionally used by MAD Agents (natch) during the show, though they actually tend to be bright red as opposed to black.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'': A favorite of The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight. For bigger jobs, though, he uses a more advanced, disc-shaped IncrediblyObviousBomb, complete with visible timer and beeping.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', they are used by Heloise on Lucius, and by a weevil on Beezy in the same episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Not surprisingly, these are occasionally seen in some "Itchy and Scratchy" segments, although they tend to do a lot more damage to poor Scratchy than to the majority of other victims on this page.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'', one of the short cartoon segments was called "Donald's Dynamite", in which DonaldDuck finds a Cartoon Bomb while doing some mundane activity (fishing, bowling, et cetera) and tries increasingly desperate and zany things to dispose of it, none of which work.
* In an early episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', when Meg is trying to interview Quahog mayor/resident CloudCuckoolander Adam West, he ditches her by having an aide slip her a cartoon bomb. The explosion leaves Meg with AshFace, and a Daffy Duck-like bill, which she uses to say "Of course you realize this means war!"
* This also shows up near the end of the first act of the ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'' episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS2E7BogusPrivateEye Bogus Private Eye]]". Bogus and Brattus confront the weasels in the sewers while disguised as gangsters, which includes Brattus trying to blow open a safe with a cartoon bomb, with disastrous results. HilarityEnsues.
* On an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'', the detective is visited by a Robin Leach-type character who insists someone is trying to kill him. As evidence, he shows Duckman a note, a gun, a knife, and finally a cartoon bomb with the fuse lit. Duckman dismisses the first three as coincidental; when presented with the bomb, he nonchalantly says, "I get these every day," and casually tosses it out the window.
* One animated sequence on ''LiveAction/SesameStreet'' taught the word "peligro" [[note]]Spanish for "danger"[[/note]] by having the "O" be a cartoon bomb, which detonated at the end, after the two parts of the word said the whole word simultaneously. (The "GR" seems to have been a suicide bomber, in retrospect.)

[[folder: Other]]
* A diagram of a cartoon bomb appeared in [[http://youtu.be/YcUTm850BIc this speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu]] to the United Nations in 2012. Netanyahu drew a red line on the cartoon bomb, to argue that Iran must not acquire enough medium-enriched uranium to build its first nuclear bomb. Unsurprisingly, his critics widely mocked his use of a cartoon bomb drawing. Creator/JonStewart had an appropriately [[HollywoodMagnetism cartoony]] [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/vkw7yr/bore-games solution]] (at ~5:20).
* Reflecting its real life origins, a stylized cartoon bomb appears in insignia of several real life ethnic-Europeans' military units, including several elite ones. Grenadiers were an elite force, since before the 20th century most people were too weak (as a result of poverty-induced childhood malnutrition) to throw them (repeatedly). Examples include, but are not limited to, the British Grenadier Guards, the French Foreign Legion, the Italian Carabinieri, the artillery troops of Finland, Norway, and Portugal, and the Danish Royal Guards.
* A Finnish fireworks gadget, ''Tykinlaukaus'' ("Cannon Shot") is a tennis ball size spere of black styrofoam with black powder inside. Equipped with a thread fuse, it is intended to look exactly like the CartoonBomb.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* Subverted, during TheLowMiddleAges(Ca.1300) when gunpowder was discovered in europe, they made [[{{BFG}} big ass]] [[HandCannon hand cannons]] which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, [[BoomStick a cannon attached to a wooden base]], and hand grenades which have the same form as the "cartoon" bomb, and it has a fuse made of hemp. Now, [[FridgeLogic why is this a subversion]]?. Becuse they weren't made of metal, but rather [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/88/04/10/88041033a5839ce456a9aa2566d48f3d.jpg they were made]] [[FridgeBrilliance from clay]], [[CaptainObvious if they were made of metal they wouldn't be able to explode]], the only metal part is the caltrops that contain the bomb itself. [[http://cdn.obsidianportal.com/assets/7617/Medieval_Grenade_1.jpg Here, take a look.]] these were used until UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar.