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A favorite execution method of DastardlyWhiplash types, this trope involves the villain [[BoundAndGagged tying a captured character]] [[StuffBlowingUp to an armed explosive device]]. Cue [[OhCrap frantic searches]] for the ConvenientlyPlacedSharpThing and attempts to [[BombDisposal disarm the device]] while still tied up (for example, a memorable scene in a ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'' episode where Shaggy and Scooby attempt to put out a bomb fuse with their butts). Generally, though, disaster gets averted by the BigDamnHeroes showing up to get their pal out of Dodge before [[DistressedDude he]]/[[DamselInDistress she]] gets [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 blasted to a pile of thin gruel]]. Bonus points if the rescue team cuts it ''so'' close that they and their rescuee wind up OutrunningTheFireball afterward.

It operates on a similar principle to ChainedToARailway, in that it's essentially a timed DeathTrap. However, the myriad ways to trigger a bomb means that villains can have ''lots'' of fun with this... for instance, rigging the bomb [[MoralEventHorizon to go off when somebody tries to rescue the victim]] (this is ''sure'' to mess with the victim's psyche a lot, and can also subvert a BigDamnHeroes moment by turning it into a SenselessSacrifice.)

See also DeathTrap and BoundAndGagged, as this is a SubTrope of both, and ExplosiveLeash and WhyAmITicking, which are {{Sister Trope}}s. RidingTheBomb is also closely related.

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[[folder:{{Comics}}]]
* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica and BuckyBarnes were strapped to an experimental plane laden with explosives by Baron Zemo. They managed to untie themselves, but while trying to defuse it Cap fell off and landed in the Arctic Ocean where he was frozen solid. Bucky was presumed blown up for many many years.
* This happened at least once to Franchise/WonderWoman. She wasn't just tied to the bomb, the bomb was dropped on a city. It was on the cover of a comic. [[http://tytempletonart.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/wonder-woman-da-bomb-bigger1.jpg This one, in fact]].
* The {{Franchise/Batman}} story "And The Executioner Wore Stiletto Heels" has the villain going above and beyond by covering the victim in glue and sticking the bomb to their chest (and sticking the victim to the ceiling, too). By the time Batman finds them, there's not nearly enough time to do something about the bomb...
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', this is played for drama in episode 6 when Kalinka is shackled to a city-destroying ion bomb.
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[[folder:{{Film}}]]
* ''SpyHard'' plays this for laughs, as the film was a spoof type film. The villain ties up the captured lady agent to the bomb, and after Leslie Nielsen's character arrives, the villain ends up going up with the rocket.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''. Sid duct tapes Buzz Lightyear to a model rocket and plans to launch him (the rocket will explode when it reaches its maximum height). Luckily, Woody saves him from this horrible fate, but later uses the rocket (with Buzz still attached to it) as part of a cunning plan.
** There was one earlier example where Andy's Toys spy on Sid in his backyard. They spot a toy soldier tied to a bomb. When Buzz sees this, he freaks out. Possibly used as CharacterDevelopment when Buzz maintains his cool (if not his sanity) when Sid does the same to him later.
* Happens to [=MacClane=] and Zeus in ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'' after they are captured by the BigBad.
* ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''. Film/JamesBond is handcuffed to an atomic bomb and left inside Fort Knox. When the bomb detonates, it will destroy and/or radioactively contaminate the gold supply of the United States, thus causing gold prices to rise and increasing the value of Goldfinger's gold stockpile 10 times.
* In the climax of ''WhatAboutBob'', Dr. Leo Marvin snaps and tries to kill Bob Wiley by tying him up in the woods and hanging 20 pounds of black powder around Bob's neck. Leo jokingly refers to this as "Death therapy, a guaranteed cure!"; Bob is ''completely'' oblivious to how much Leo hates him, so he immediately accepts that this really is some kind of therapy. Bob effortlessly unties himself, but assumes the still-ticking bomb is a prop and takes it with him back to Leo's house.
* In ''Film/NewPoliceStory'', JackieChan's girlfriend gets strapped to a bomb. In an attempted HeroicSacrifice, she removes the bomb to set it off while Jackie leaves the room to spare him... and nothing happens. [[spoiler: The real trigger was hidden and the bomb went off when she got up later.]]
* At the climax of ''RushHour'', Soo Yung's kidnappers outfit her with a vest covered in C4 charges, rigged to go off if triggered via remote ''or'' if the vest is removed.
* The ''Film/CaptainAmerica1990'' film has the hero tied to a rocket at the end of the first act, setting him up to be frozen and appear in modern day.
* In ''{{Cars 2}}'', Mater's filter is replaced by a bomb as a contingency plan to kill Lightning [=McQueen=]. [[spoiler:He later uses it to coerce a confession from the BigBad.]]
* Happens occasionally in the ''Film/{{Saw}}'' films. In particular ''Saw III'', where one character is strapped to a bomb and must rip himself free of the chains before it goes off to escape, and the "Shotgun Collar" forced onto a doctor kidnapped to treat Jigsaw himself.
* The plot of ''Film/ThirtyMinutesOrLess'' revolves around the hero being strapped to a bomb. And then being ordered to rob a bank or else be allowed to explode.
* In''Film/TommyBoy'', the title character fakes this to get a TV crew's attention, using road flares and duct tape.
* The hostages during the bank robbery in ''Film/{{Hancock}}'' have explosives wrapped around their torsos.
* The villain straps a bomb to Chun-shim when he takes her hostage and forces her on to the train at the end of ''Film/{{Quick}}''.
* ''Film/{{TheHurtLocker}}'' is all about a bomb disposal expert on duty in the Middle East, so it should be no surprise that he encounters one.
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[[folder:LiveActionTV]]
* In his first appearance in ''BurnNotice'', Anson claims he is being forced to work with Larry because Larry has strapped a bomb to his wife. There is a woman with a bomb strapped to her, but exactly who she is becomes less clear as the episode goes on.
* In an episode of ''TheGoodies'', the Goodies fall foul of a mad scientist who ties them to a bomb (after they escape his first inescapable death trap, which involved rising water, an alligator, a candle burning through a rope, and an acid bath).
* This happens to Swan in an episode of ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger''. When the episode was adapted for ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'', the same thing happened to Kat (Swan's counterpart), only now it was some sort of device that would [[{{Bowdlerise}} scramble her DNA]] or something.
* In a classic episode of ''Series/DadsArmy'', the over-age Walmington platoon are tasked with guarding the captured crew of a U-boat. The Germans try to escape and take Corporal Jones as a hostage, rigging a hand-grenade down his trousers that will explode if the Captain's wishes are not complied with. Fortunately, Sergeant Wilson has seen to it that there is no detonator in the grenade... but only he knows this...
* In one episode of ''Series/BlueBloods'', an ex-con Danny put away takes his partner, Jackie, hostage and ties her to a bomb in order to draw Danny out.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode ''Entangled'' has Lister attached to a machine that will blow up his groin if he does not pay the debt he owes a group of aliens after losing a poker game to them.
* It happens to ''Series/SledgeHammer'', allowing him the chance to speak his catch phrase one last time before the series definitively ends...
-->"Trust me. I know what I'm doing."
* The ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' episode "The Great Game" is based around having this trope as the conflict.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Alias}}'' had a captured spy tied to a bomb and forced to sing "Pop Goes the Weasel." It explodes when she gets to "pop!"
* In the ''Series/MartialLaw'' episode "Sammo Blammo", Sammo has a bomb strapped to his chest and it will explode if he stops moving.
* Not sure if this counts since it's not a literal example, but "Series/Castle" has Beckett standing on a bomb with a pressure plate, which will explode if she gets off of it.
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[[folder:{{Music}}]]
* One of the characters in the music video for the ''Music/BeastieBoys'' ' "Sabotage" gets taped and tied to a bomb.
* The song "Super Breez" by Breez Evahflowin:
-->''We stop to have discussion, as custom is the type'' \\
''Of a hero and the villain at the peak of a fight'' \\
''He speaks of a pipe, adjacent to the gas main in mom's basement'' \\
''His heart stop, start detonation'' \\
''I said 'It's on!''' \\
''Bit the end from the movie ''Spawn'''' \\
''Grabbed him by the hands, wrapped his arms around an atom bomb''
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', [=MechaMew2=] puts Giovanni in a headlock as it counts down to self destruct.
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[[folder:VideoGames]]
* One game in the ''{{Tekken}}'' series has an ending where three of the fighters are strapped to a rocket as it launches. It returns in ''Videogame/PlaystationAllStarsBattleRoyale'' as Heihachi Mishima's LimitBreak, complete with EvilLaugh.
* In ''VideoGame/IllusionOfGaia'', Will's friend Eric is kidnapped and tied to a bomb, from which you have to rescue him in a frustrating DualBoss fight with a time limit.
* Mayor Kroll gets tied to a chair with a bomb tied to him in ''VideoGame/BatmanDoom''. There's a time limit in which to save him, and if you take too long, you miss out on the bonus level.
* In ''Sly3HonorAmongThieves'', General Tsao's mooks tie Murray to a bomb when he tries to pry open a gas-filled booby trapped box during a mission, resulting in Penelope sending her RC to save him.
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[[folder:WebOriginal]]
* ''RolePlay/TheDoomyAdventuresOfIrkenDoominess'': A character named [[AliensAreBastards Melissa]] enjoys joking with HeroAntagonist Alyssa, by... strapping bombs onto her. In a world where NobodyCanDie, this is usually PlayedForLaughs, coupled with Melissa's CatchPhrase, "Okay, fine, so I blew your human up."
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[[folder:WesternAnimation]]
* As a reference to the CaptainAmerica example, ''TheSuperHeroSquadShow'' has an episode where the Scarlet Witch is sent back in time to WorldWarII, caught by the Red Skull and then tied to a rocket, but is then saved by Captain America and the Invaders (Bucky, the Jim Hammond Human Torch, and Toro).
* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost'' episode "Zorak". The title villain ties Jan and Jace to the seats of his Flying Time Bomb (a spaceship with a TimeBomb inside) and sends it away. Space Ghost rescues them JustInTime.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' had the hero and J. Jonah Jameson strapped to the same bomb in a ChainedHeat fashion. However, Alistair Smythe decided to use a countdown as a trigger for the detonation, and gave Spider-Man enough time to remove the bomb, and then later use it to destroy Alistair's Spider Slayer robots.
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