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[[caption-width-right:198:It's technically not a backstab if she does it to his front, right?]]

->'''Penelope:''' [[ThisIsNoTimeForKnitting This is hardly the time]] for {{sticky fingers}}.\\
'''Herbert:''' It's not what he's taking out of the guard's pocket, my dear, but what he's putting in. Duck and cover!
-->-- ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', [[{{ShowWithinAShow}} "The Adventures of Herbert 'Daring' Dashwood"]]

A wily character is facing up against a GiantMook who is confident he's going to beat their puny opponent. Our hero does a move in which he runs up to the baddie, flips over him, and then flips away. The baddie turns around confused as to why they've left him otherwise unharmed until he looks down and sees the three explosive {{Sticky Bomb}}s left on his chest (and yes, they always [[OhCrap see the bombs before they go off]]). Bombs go off, and the baddie either falls unconscious if they were [[InstantSedation knockout bombs]] or... well, lets just hope it's a [[NonlethalWarfare PG rated show]] for [[LudicrousGibs the baddie's sake]].

Alternatively, if the GuileHero really is completely outclassed in hand to hand, they may exploit the opportunity to plant the bombs and then break away or goad the baddie into throwing them to safety. Compare PineappleSurprise.

SubTrope of TrickBomb. Usually a StickyBomb, though a normal bomb may be somehow fastened to the baddie where it can't be removed in time (like snarled in a cape). See also; ThrowDownTheBomblet for characters who may make use of this. Compare MisguidedMissile.

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!!'''Examples'''

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* The Third Hokage in ''{{Naruto}}'' does this when fighting Orochimaru to the resurrected First and Second Hokage. In this case it's a ''literal'' grenade tag, because ninja there use explosive {{Paper Talisman}}s.
** There are a lot of other examples from Naruto, namely due to the mentioned explosive Talismans.
* In Part 2 of JojosBizarreAdventure, this plays into [[GuileHero Joseph's]] [[EstablishingCharacterMoment Establishing Character Fight]] against Straits. After [[JustShootHim surprising the immortal vampire with a Tommy gun]] and distracting him with a mirror, he plants a grenade on Straits' scarf. Being GenreSavvy, Straits quickly removes it, [[spoiler: thus pulling the pins from the other ten grenades tied to his back]].

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* In ''[[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2009}} Batgirl]]'' #20 (the Stephanie Brown series), Batgirl defeats the speedster Slipstream by sticking several explosive [[TrickBomb electrogoop]] batarangs to his back.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Batman also does this in ''Film/BatmanReturns''.
* Bomb Voyage planting the bomb on "Incredi-Boy" in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''.
* Film/JamesBond did this in ''Film/CasinoRoyale'', using [[DeathByIrony the bomb that LeChiffre's man meant to blow up the tanker truck with]].

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* At one point in the XWingSeries, Wraith Squadron is pinned down dirtside by a Viper probe droid.[[note]]For reference, that's the type that showed up in ''TheEmpireStrikesBack''.[[/note]] Kell Tainer dives on top of it and bounces off. Then it explodes violently. Turns out he managed to plant a charge.
* In ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'', playing with fire, the spike bomb mentioned when Skullduggery retrieves his case from Finbar is used this way against the Grotesquery. Arguably a less than straight example, since Skullduggery is obviously holding the bomb beforehand, and the Grotesquery does not appear to react at all to the bomb. Until it goes off.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "The Ribos Operation", the Doctor sticks a bomb to the back of one villains when he embraces him before he heads into the labyrinth.
* Archer does this to a Xindi he's fighting in the ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' episode "Zero Hour".
* Shaw tosses a [[FacialHorror stun grenade inside a gas mask]] in ''Series/PersonOfInterest''

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* As a general rule of thumb, virtually any game that has {{Sticky Bomb}}s as usable weapons will involve this at some point.
* Throughout the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series, you can use the pickpocket skill to place a live explosive on someone. Doing this in ''Fallout 3'' nets you the "Psychotic Prankster" achievement and increments your "Pants Exploded" stat. The [[ShowWithinAShow Adventures of Herbert "Daring" Dashwood]] radio show also has the titular character's HypercompetentSidekick do this to some villains; Argyle calls it "the old Shady Sands Shuffle."
** In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', with a high-enough sneak skill, you can prank a prankster via this.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' when Leon gets into CQC with Ada, she drops her sunglasses on the ground at Leon's feet. Then after a few seconds the glasses explode.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' remake for the GameCube, if you're grabbed by a zombie you can use a defensive weapon. These include stun grenades, which can be shoved into the zombie's mouth and shot for an instant decapitation.
* A common tactic in the ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' series, though not quite as subtle as in most games - when you melee attack someone with a grenade, it sticks to them with a wet ''thnk'', and detonates after a couple seconds.
* In ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'', [[spoiler:if Mike decides to [[TheStarscream kill Leland]] after agreeing to help him in the finale,]] he'll reveal that the evidence that he handed over to him was actually a mine. [[OhCrap The look on Leland's face says it all.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' ''4'', [[VideoGame/{{Halo}} Spartan-458]] [[GuestFighter Nicole]] has a showey move where she [[NeckLift lifts up her opponent with one hand]], activates a [[StickyBomb Plasma Grenade]] in the other, slams it into her opponent's torso, then kicks them away before the grenade detonates.
* In ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]'', [[Series/MetalGear Snake]] can plant a pack of C4 directly on an opponent if he's standing close enough to them (Rather then dropping it on the ground), then blow it up at will. Amusingly, the C4 pack can also transfer itself to other players if the victim touches them (Snake himself included).

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''Webcomic/{{Wonderella}}'' provides the page image.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' sports a nonlethal example, wherein swordstress Zeetha falls for one. Admittably, the payload was NOT the one that her opponent thought he was planting, but it ends off [[{{Fanservice}} working out anyway.]]

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* ''{{Haloid}}''. Samus and MC are grappling. Samus breaks off, turns into a ball and flies away. As she does so she drops several mines at MC's feet, which explode and blast MC into the air.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Franchise/{{Batman}} in most animated versions does this about every episode.
* Robin in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''.
* In the first episode of ''TransformersAnimated'', Starscream bids Megatron good luck in his impending attack on the Autobots by patting him on the back, at the same time placing an explosive on it.
* Robin again in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. Honestly, this trope could practically be called The Other Batman Gambit.
* NickFury manages this ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' against the [[SinisterScythe Grim Reaper]]. Bonus points for getting himself tossed off the FlyingCar they were fighting on before detonation.

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