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->''"But here, cleverly disguised as a bomb, is a bomb."''
-->-- '''Bullwinkle''', ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle''

So, the bad guys have broken through the bank vault, stolen all the cash, and are heading towards the elevator intending their escape. The protagonist is nowhere to be seen... until the elevator opens and the bad guys see their stolen TNT right in the middle. [[OhCrap Their jaws drop]], and the timer counts down, [[MagicCountdown 3, 2, 1...]]

This kind of surprise encounter with explosives can be used in all sorts of ways. The only constant is that Character A sends Character B something [[StuffBlowingUp with a big boom]] (sometimes a {{nuke|Em}}) when Character B isn't expecting it, leaving Character B with [[VideoGame/ZeroWing no chance to survive or to make his time]].

See IncrediblyObviousBomb, TimeBomb, PineappleSurprise. Often part of YouGotMurder or WhyAmITicking. Compare and contrast ExplosiveStupidity for when someone TooDumbToLive manages to do this to themselves.



* ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' has Excel and Hyatt repeatedly try to do this. It doesn't work right. Even when they disguise the bomb as a giant panda.
* In ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', Gren sets Vicious up the bomb in the form of [[spoiler:a music box.]]
* In ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'', Tylor gives a present to the enemy captain he has just surrendered to, not knowing that it was actually a bomb the space marines on board had given to him wrapped as a gift to get rid of him, making this a totally unintentional instance of SomebodySetUpUsTheBomb.
* JUNGLE does this often in ''Anime/{{K}}'' - not with casualties, though. They hide bombs in plushies, plastic fruit, etc. In the anime, it's mostly to Kuroh and Neko, but in the manga, they have ordinary users of their chat app leave these in public places, not knowing what's in them.
* There's a running gag of [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Team Rocket]] getting stuck with some really undesirable mon-related situation, such as being surrounded by Gyarados. Sometimes, this is a Voltorb that proceeds to, you guessed it, self-destruct.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The [[spoiler:New Pride]] leaves a bomb for the Comicbook/{{Runaways}} in a red herring trap.
* Major Bludd leaves a bomb for both sides of a business deal in an issue of the Devil's Due version of Comicbook/GIJoe.
* In Issue 9 of ''ComicBook/{{Reyn}}'', [[spoiler:Bram reprograms an igniter component to self-destruct]]. This isn't revealed until ''after'' [[TheReptilians the Venn]] plug the [[spoiler:igniter]] into the weapon they're trying to use to destroy ''Fate''. It promptly blows up in their faces.
* ''Comicbook/SuicideSquad'':
--> '''Harley Quinn''': "Uh, fellas? Our boy is a blow-up doll. [[CrossesTheLineTwice And]] ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny not]]'' [[CrossesTheLineTwice the fun kind]]."

* The original ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' movie had O'Neil sending a nuclear warhead up to Ra's spaceship.
** Even better, Ra's soldiers were going to use that bomb to do the same to Earth, and after killing them, O'Neil sent it to Ra ''because he couldn't deactivate it''.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''
** ''Film/StarTrekGenerations''. Captain Picard is fiddling with the control panel for Soran's sun-killer missile. When Soran orders him away from it and goes to work on it himself, he discovers that Picard has sabotaged the missile. As the launch clock counts down to zero, the last we see of Soran is [[OhCrap the look of despair on his face]] as the missile explodes, killing him.
** ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock''. After some Klingons beam over to the Enterprise in order to capture it, they hear the computer counting down the last few seconds before the ship's SelfDestructMechanism activates. Their leader, Kruge, is listening in and tells them to get out, but it's too late.
*** Alt-Captain Janeway (or maybe the original? It's a bit confusing) pulls the same trick in "Deadlock." The Vidiians, having overrun ''Voyager'', enter the bridge, where they are greeted by a pleasantly smiling Janeway and a silent autodestruct countdown.
--->"Hello. I'm Captain Kathryn Janeway. Welcome to the bridge." ''BAH-WHAM''
** Janeway sets the Borg up the bomb three years later, beaming an armed photon torpedo into an oblong Borg probe.
** In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', Spock allows the torpedoes that contained Khan's crew to be transported to his ship. But not before he'd armed them.
* One of these happens in ''Film/TheFifthElement'' right near the end. After failing to escape, TheDragon races to stop the bomb that he had set to destroy the space cruise ship he is on. He succeeds with five seconds left on the clock... then turns to see ANOTHER bomb that his mutinous henchmen have set off, counting down from five...
* This turns up a lot in ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'' films from ''Film/AShotInTheDark'' onwards. More often than not, they result in NonFatalExplosions.
-->'''Clouseau''': Special delivery -- a bermb. Did you order one? A BERMB?!
* In ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', part of Le Chiffre's EvilPlan is to get his mook to blow up the newest Skyfleet plane with a key fob explosive attached to a fuel truck. Bond interferes. One unnecessarily long fight later, Bond's down and out, and the mook triumphantly hits the button on the trigger...[[OhCrap then sees that the bomb's been attached to his belt...]]
%%** Something very similar happened with a mook in Tim Burton's ''Film/BatmanReturns''.
* The protagonists manage to set one of these up for the invading cockroach aliens in ''Film/GodzillaVsGigan''. They set up a pile of TNT in an elevator, paste a drawing of themselves to the front, and send it up. When the elevator hits the top floor, the aliens (apparently unable to distinguish a marker drawing from an actual person) shoot at it, leading to the inevitable StuffBlowingUp.
* Samir Horn in ''Film/{{Traitor}}'' is an American operative deep undercover in a radical Islamic terrorist organization. Their plan is to blow up fifty passenger buses across the United States simultaneously, and Horn is tasked with instructing the terrorists on which buses to board. He puts them all on ''the same bus.''
* In ''Film/LawAbidingCitizen'', the villain/protagonist/whateverheis has a napalm bomb placed in City Hall, intending to kill the major and the city's emergency service officers. However, the attorney he's been up against the entire film shows up and lectures him, telling him that if he detonates, he'll have to live with his decision for the rest of his life. He decides to detonate, not realizing that the attorney has placed the bomb underneath his prison cot.
* In the Creator/ChuckNorris masterpiece ''Film/InvasionUSA1985'', a group of [[DirtyCommunists bad guys]] are trying to [[KickTheDog blow up a church]] while people inside are seeking shelter. They hit the detonator, and-- click. Cue Chuck showing up behind them: "Didn't work, huh?", dropping the bomb into their car, then connecting the wires he cut. [[PreMortemOneLiner "Now it will."]] Boom.
** Elsewhere in the same movie, a group of bad guys in a car attach a time bomb to the side of a [[BusFullOfInnocents school bus full of children]]. Chuck drives up next to it, yanks the bomb off, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard then attaches it to the bad guys' car.]]
* ''Film/BattlefieldEarth''. Johnny manages to strap the neck bomb on Terl's arm, then convinces him to detonate it - Terl thinks it'll [[YourHeadAsplode blow up Johnny's girlfriend's head]].
* ''Film/VanHelsing'': When the carriage Van Helsing is driving plummets into a ravine, Dracula's Bride Vernona breaks the door off the carriage, thinking Frankenstein's monster is inside... instead she finds a nitroglycerin bomb rigged to fire a salvo of stakes when it goes off...
* In ''Film/ResidentEvilAfterlife'', Wesker flees from the Umbrella ship in a jet, then smugly activates the ship's self-destruct countdown - only to realize that Alice had already moved the device onto the very plane he's flying.
* In ''Film/MagnumForce'' Film/DirtyHarry disarms the bomb that the villain planted in his mailbox and takes it with him. When he confronts the villain, he reactivates it and tosses it into the villain's car, who drives off, unaware.
* In ''Film/{{Speed}}'', the movie does this with Harry.
* In ''Film/PacificRim'', the {{Precursors}} are really surprised by a [[HumongousMecha Jaeger]] making its way through their portal (which is only supposed to allow {{Kaiju}} through) into the Anteverse. One of them watches the Jaeger and then appears very obviously distressed when its reactor goes into overload. ''BOOM!''
* In ''Film/{{Help}}'', Music/TheBeatles are vacationing in the Alps where they're being followed by [[MadScientist Professor Foot]] and his assistant Algernon. While the Beatles are curling, Foot replaces George's curling stone with a bomb version, complete with smoke coming out of it. George can only say "[[BuffySpeak Hey, it's a thingy! A fiendish thingy!]]" before getting Ringo away from the explosion.

* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'', [[spoiler:The Opal Deception]]
** Twice.
** He also does it in the first book, luring Root to Holly's transponder.
* TheChessmaster in the last ''Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes'' book sets up the Emperor [[PointlessDoomsdayDevice the bomb]] by disguising it in an important statue. By the time this is discovered, it is inside the most heavily defended section of the palace, has an anti-tamper device set to go off if Imperial technology gets ''close'', and packs enough power in its bite-sized package to destroy a ''sun''. OhCrap.
* In ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'', the humans on the planet Reach allow the invading Covenant to come into possession of a NOVA bomb, which is a basically a Mega Nuke capable of destroying an entire planet. The [[BatmanGambit plan]] is for the Covenant to take it back to their capital for study and detonate it in the process. [[spoiler:It's revealed in ''Literature/HaloGhostsOfOnyx'' that they instead took it to one of their colony worlds that nonetheless has a large fleet orbiting it, and inadvertently set it off, [[EarthShatteringKaboom annihilating the fleet and a great deal of the planet]]. However, the fleet that was blown up was, while not exactly friendly to humanity, part of an EnemyCivilWar against the main Covenant.]]
* Happens in ''Literature/StormThief'' when [[spoiler:Finch reverse pickpockets the explosive armband Bane attached to him while he the detonator for the armband.]] The future victim of the explosion notices that the detonator was stolen from him but is still cocky since the bomb should still be attached to it's intended target. He gets just enough time to realize the bomb is in his pocket.
* Creator/PhilipKDick's short story ''Impostor'' deals with a war between Earth and aliens from Alpha Centauri, and a man that is accused of being a robot, planted by the enemy and which carries a bomb inside, set to explode when a trigger is activated. The man escapes and tries to find the robot, to attempt to prove he is actually human. [[spoiler:He isn't. And the bomb inside him explodes right after discovering the truth, laying waste to good part of the Earth.]]

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The ending of the three part "Hot to Katrazi" arc on ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' had John dropping a mini-nuke into the Scarran's gardens.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** A XanatosGambit variant in the stories "Remembrance of the Daleks" and "Silver Nemesis". [[spoiler:The Doctor sees to it that his enemies gain control of a Gallifreyan superweapon, which ends up 'sploding the bad guys in space. Either way they can't use it and the Doctor says the device returns home, but blowing them up was a nice bonus.]]
** A straight example in DoctorWhoS6E1TheDominators, with the Doctor planting the Dominators' atomic seed aboard the Dominators' ship.
* Both the season one opener and closer of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' featured a bomb going off like this. The first was deployed by the villain, the second by the protagonists(though it wasn't meant to kill, only to destroy the evidence in their office)
* Favorite tactic early on in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', since it ensured that the nuke took out a Basestar.
* They did it to a Borg...rounded rectangular prism? in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' with a photon torpedo set to "overload" beamed onto it after Voyager had disabled its shields.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** In the MadeForTVMovie ''Legend Of The Rangers'', the Rangers did this to the same villains on two separate occasions. The enemy did use precautions the second time, but the protagonists anticipated and nullified them.
** In the episode "The Fall of Night", [[spoiler:a group of Centauri]] try to set up Sheridan the bomb. Sheridan avoids the blast itself by jumping out of the shuttle just in time, but this only substitutes one deadly danger for another--namely, a potentially fatal collision with the station's outer wall. [[spoiler:It takes an almost literal DeusExMachina (albeit one that had been lightly foreshadowed) to save him.]]
** Sheridan...actually REALLY loves this, and related, tropes. [Thirdspace, his destruction of the Black Star, and his destruction of Za-ha-dum ALL involved very, very big bombs.]
* One opening quote in ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' gives us Argosy Special Operations requisition form, CY 9512:
One Mark V ECM unit, 1000 km of Fullerene cable, one low-yield nuclear warhead.\\
Surprise party for a foreign dignitary."
* In ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': At the end of the third season, Lord Zedd sends Goldar and Rito into the tunnels under the Command Center to plant a bomb and blow the place up. It succeeds, quite chillingly, though Zordon had prepared for the possibility. And in the finale to ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'', Rita and Zedd blow up the Royal House of Gadgetry with a package bomb. They get rebuilt by the beginning of ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''.
* In ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'', Keeper tricks Fury into carrying an Energem case that actually contained Keeper's crystal bomb. When Fury gives the case to Sledge, the crystal blows up the latter's ship and resulted in the extinction of dinosaurs.
** Done again in the GrandFinale as a Bookends [[spoiler:when Tyler did the same after the Rangers traveled back in time, this time destroying Fury]].
* In the [[AlternateUniverse alternate reality]] of the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "There But For the Grace of God", the Jaffa invading the alternate SGC arrive at the gate room and control room just as the base self-destruct reaches zero. They can be seen milling about going OhCrap as the P.A. system counts down, "Five, four, three, two, one..."
** Honorable mention to the fireworks O'Neill used to booby-trap the MacGuffin in one of the training scenarios in "Proving Grounds". His trainees abort the "mission" rather than try to disarm them.
** According to "Summit", the System Lord Ba'al apparently had a reputation for doing this to his enemies. In the words of Daniel Jackson, gifts from Ba'al "have a habit of exploding."
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': In "War Cries", an old lady leaves a basket in front of the Embassy's front gate. A Marine sentry sees this and immediately sounds the alarm just before the bomb explodes.
* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', [[spoiler:Walter White]] finally kills [[spoiler:Gus Fring]] this way at the conclusion of season 4.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/ZeroWing'' is the TropeNamer, via its infamous {{Engrish}}-y opening.
* [[spoiler:Quite a few of the MultipleEndings]] of ''[[VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines]]''.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}} 2'', [[spoiler:Hale destroys the Chimeran fleet by setting them up with a [[strike:nuke]] fission bomb]]
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'': After temporarily disarming the bomb the Covenant set up on Cairo Station, the Master Chief then [[RidingTheBomb rides the bomb]] back to its setter-uppers.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'''s second mission, you set the Covenant up the bomb in [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs one of your base that is belong to them]].
** In one level of ''VideoGame/Halo4''[='s=] ''Spartan Ops'', Fireteam Crimson has to find and disable HAVOK nukes that the Covenant managed to sneak aboard the ''Infinity''.
* In ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty4'', [[spoiler:US Marines charge into a city in the Middle East in search of terrorist leader Al-Asad. Al-Asad isn't there, but a 500 kiloton nuclear warhead is...]]
* ''VideoGame/SyphonFilter'': "This one's different from the others'', :turns over bomb to reveal [[OhCrap timer at 4 seconds]], BOOM. Also occurs several more times throughout the series, with at least one involving a DeadManSwitch.
* Happens just as you're leaving the hospital in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis''. Luckily, it's a MagicCountdown, the bomb doesn't go off until a couple seconds after the timer reaches zero.
* In the old ''VideoGame/DragonBallZBudokai'' game, Mr. Satan (AKA Hercule) uses an exploding portable console (looks like an oversized GBA) to trick his enemies in his Super Attacks. Everyone falls for it, even Cell...
* Happens at the end of every level in the ThirdPersonShooter subgame of ''[[Franchise/DieHard Die Hard Trilogy]]''.
* In every last ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman}}'' game, you set the bomb up.
* This is actually a cheat code in ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'' that makes you instantly lose.
** In the middle of the Zerg campaign, Kerrigan boards a science vessel to get the data she requires to break her psychic RestrainingBolt. A Terran demolition team boards the ship as well to destroy it and get ambushed. Seeing no way out, they detonate the nuke they brought with them to vaporize all the Zerg on the station... but Kerrigan's no longer onboard.
** The Terran campaign of ''Brood War'' has [[spoiler:Duran]] setting up the bomb to the UED NonEntityGeneral by luring him into the Psi Distruptor and setting the reactor on overload.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', the very first quest a new goblin player gets is to deliver a "present" from your executive assistant to a mining foreman who hasn't met quotas. You can guess what the present is.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: VideoGame/DawnOfWar: Dark Crusade'' has the player do this to the Necron stronghold. Especially with the Necron Pariah's reaction.
* In [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Meet the Demoman]], the RED Demoman does this to the entire BLU team.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', [[spoiler:Anders uses Hawke as an UnwittingPawn to set up the Chantry the bomb.]]
* In the attact mode cinematic to ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 5'', someone delivers a bomb to Heihachi Mishima via Jack robot.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', after going to [[spoiler:Sur'Kesh to get the fertile krogan female]] and coming under attack by [[spoiler:Cerberus operatives]], you go to the elevator to try to get topside, only to find a bomb in the elevator. Garrus says it best.
-->'''Garrus''': OhCrap!
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', an optional sidequest (absent from the Japanese version) has you set up and detonate the nuclear bomb in the middle of Megaton. Doing this will put your KarmaMeter [[VideoGameCrueltyPunishment into the red]], however.
* When Big Boss rescues [[spoiler:Paz]] in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVGroundZeroes'', he [[spoiler:discovers a bomb in her stomach. His crew manages to remove it, but they end up missing a second bomb deeper in her body, which subsequently detonates and brings down their helicopter.]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/XWing Star Wars: X-Wing]]'', a cutscene had Rebel spies sneaking a bomb onboard the Star Destroyer ''[[IronicName Invincible]]'', disguised as a delivery of supplies. They escaped as the ship blew up.
** ''VideoGame/StarWarsRebellion'' As a similar cutscene with a Rebel spy disguised as a stormtrooper for planting a bomb, but inside a ''friggin' Death Star''!
* This a challenge in ''Videogame/DeadIslandRiptide'', where the player has to use explosives to kill a certain number of zombies depending on the player's skill level.
* ''VideoGame/GhostRecon: Future Soldier'''s ActionPrologue in Nicaragua ends with the DecoyProtagonist and the rest of his squad getting blown up by a dirty bomb.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0659.html "Guess what spell I cast before giving this to the bird."]]
** Scribing Explosive Runes on random items for various enemies to find, usually in the form of "[[ShmuckBait Guess what spell I prepared this morning]]" is one of Vaarsuvius's running gags.
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'': Parodied in the [[http://xkcd.com/433/ fifth installment of the "Journal" series]]: the man goes to the woman's house and greets her. She presses a button and there is an explosion outside of the frame.
-->'''Man''': What was that?!
-->'''Woman''': Remote mines under your car.
-->'''Man''': Oh, those. I moved them to your garage before knocking.
-->'''Woman''': Touché.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[Roleplay/RubyQuest TRY AND CATCH ME NOW.]]
* ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'' does this in the Final Fantasy VIII finale. [[spoiler:Spoony's robot, Burton, is a cleverly designed bomb that acts when Spoony is mortally wounded by Squall Leonheart.]]
** Bonus points for recreating the above-mentioned ''Enterprise'' self-destruct in ''Film/{{Star Trek III|The Search for Spock}}''.
* [[Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures I WILL EXPLODE]] [[OhCrap IN YOUR FACE.]]
* The Source Filmmaker short "Teleporter trouble" has the Engineer deal with a group of teleporter-camping enemies in a rather.... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbeygplKBH8 unconventional fashion.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}: Bender's Big Score'': "[[BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame You've been scammed,]] [[OutGambitted sweetheart!]]"
* Happens in the ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' episode "Equal Measures." An energon vein that runs underneath both bases means that one can travel from one to another instantaneously but an explosion on one end will mean explosion on the other. Cheetor, in the Predacon base, sends this information to the Maximals via a data disk through this instantaneous connection... only for the bomb he was warning them not to use to suddenly appear in the base.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' episode "Decepticon Air", Optimus loads a pile of explosive energon cubes onto the lift and then cuts the lift cable, dropping it right down to the Decepticons waiting for him at the bottom.
** If it seems [[Film/DieHard familiar]], that's because the entire episode is [[DieHardOnAnX Die Hard with Transformers.]]
* Transformers is apparently really big on this trope. ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Prime]]'' uses this to dispose of Makeshift in "Con Job": he's thrown through the [=GroundBridge=] with a bomb strapped to him, [[WhyAmITicking which takes him a little while to notice]].
* In a season 3 episode of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', Zeb and Chopper find an abandoned droid that turns out to be an Imperial Recon Droid [[ActionBomb with a Proton Warhead in its chest]]. [[spoiler:After disabling it and reprogramming it, they send it back and let it detonate in its mothership, destroying all the recon droids so that the Imperials won't learn which system it went to]].
---> '''Technician 1:''' Is that a ''countdown''?!
---> '''Technician 2:''' Oh my....