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->''"Suicide fucking bombing, there's a bright idea! Everytime there's a bang, the world's a [[BritishEnglish wanker]] short...I want to see the instructor: '[[FridgeLogic Right lads, I'm only going to show you this once!']] [[PrecisionFStrike Fucking pricks.]]"''[[note]] A certain incident ( http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/11/world/middleeast/suicide-bomb-instructor-accidentally-kills-iraqi-pupils.html?_r=0 ) makes that HilariousInHindsight.[[/note]]
-->-- '''Creator/BillyConnolly'''

A cousin to TakingYouWithMe and a technique used by the CorneredRattlesnake, a Suicide Attack is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: an attack where the attacker has every intention of sacrificing himself to destroy his target. Suicide attacks are mostly associated with explosives nowadays, either strapped to the body or packed in a vehicle, however, this trope is actually OlderThanSteam, with the first recorded example occurring in 162 BC. TruthInTelevision, needless to say (terrorists do this ''all the freakin' time''.)

Some involuntary instances are cases of WhyAmITicking.

ActionBomb is when this is treated as a HeroicSacrifice rather than a case of WeHaveReserves. Unlike WhyAmITicking (where the person rigged with explosives has been so rigged against his or her will, and is perhaps unaware of it until the kaboom) it's voluntary either way. When the trope is considered to be Suicide Attack, though, the bomber has usually been indoctrinated to ''believe'' it to be noble and just[[note]][[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} insert seventy-two virgins joke here]][[/note]]; needless to say, this means that the Suicide Attacker is more often than not a terrorist suicide bomber, or a mook for an EvilEmpire that [[WeHaveReserves has reserves]], and either way they're a CardCarryingVillain. (The RedshirtArmy sometimes uses Suicide Attacks too, though if the good guys are resorting to this, the work is probably using GreyAndGreyMorality at best.)

An ActionBomb is the straight-up heroic version, who blows himself up to make absolutely ''certain'' that his explosive is killing the BigBad or [[TheDragon one of his most dangerous subordinates]], or outright destroying the BigBad's lair/superweapon/plans/army/evil stuff. Furthermore, the ActionBomb resorts to this after considering all other options and deciding that they just won't do enough damage to the enemy in a timely enough fashion, or more commonly, when circumstances such as being under attack or captured by the bad guys prevent the formulation or execution of a less risky plan. Finally, the ActionBomb sometimes ''survives'' his attack, while the Suicide Attack is in virtually ''all'' cases ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.

Compare TakingYouWithMe. Contrast with SuicideMission, where survival is unlikely but self sacrifice is not mandatory.
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[[folder:Multiple Media]]
* In ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'', V uses this as a threat against the receptionist at the [[PropagandaMachine BTN]] building.
* The music video for the Music/{{Disturbed}} version of ''Land of Confusion'' (made by ''{{Spawn}}'' artist Todd [=McFarlane=]) features a young girl with a bomb strapped to her body and a detonator in her hand, preparing to press the button as a gnarled cleric spouts off rhetoric.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Chiaotzu tried this on Nappa in ''DragonBallZ.'' He died, [[TheWorfEffect Nappa didn't.]]
** Later, Tenshinhan tried to avenge him with the Kikoho, an attack so deadly that it eats up the life of its user, with the objective of both killing Nappa and killing himself, so he would see Chiaotzu again. It didn't worked either.
** This happens one more time... would've been two if Android 16's bomb not been removed. Given Cell's [[OhCrap reaction]], it's actually quite possible that this one would've worked. The third time is done by ''Vegeta'' against Majin Buu, and like Chiaotzu's example before him his sacrifice is in vain. Turns out that explosions aren't a good way to kill a magical being that can regenerate on the ''molecular'' level.
** The [[{{Mook}} Saibaman's]] self-destruct attack is the only instance in the entire series that kills its target as intended, and now Yamcha forever bears the shame of having been killed by cannon fodder.
*** There's also one example of a self-destruct successfully killing ''a'' target, but falling short of the intended effect. When Cell's fight with Gohan [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor wasn't going as planned]], in desperation he opted to [[TakingYouWithMe take everybody with him]] via a self-destruct so powerful [[EarthShatteringKaboom it would destroy the entire planet]]. What Cell failed to account for was that [[HeroicSacrifice Goku could grab Cell and teleport him off the planet before the explosion]].
** The Mafuba, which Master Mutaito used to imprison Piccolo. Roshi attempts to reseal him with it, but fails and dies in vain.
* In ''DigimonAdventure02'' Magnamon calls this attack...[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkUrHRWCqRg Extreme Jihad]].
* ''GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex 2nd Gig'' episode "Ambivalence". Section 9 has to deal with a series of suicide bombings carried out by [[spoiler:Asian refugees in Japan in retaliation to the terrorist strikes against the refugees by the Individual Eleven. One of the bombers is a young girl with the detonator in her mouth. Fortunately Bateau isn't fooled by the fact that she's got her hands up.]]
* The events of ''Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade'' are set in motion when the protagonist hesitates to shoot a young girl armed with a suicide bomb.
* ''ArmitageIII'': The villain D'anclaude has a habit of turning second-generation robots into walking bombs.
* Towards the end of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', [[spoiler:[[BadassGrandpa Fu]] tries to pull this on Wrath. It doesn't work.]]
** [[spoiler:But Buccaneer's does.]]
* The second episode of ''The Cockpit'' is about a kamikaze squadron.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': [[spoiler:Kyouko]] does this against Oktavia by [[spoiler:''destroying her own [[SoulJar Soul Gem]]]]. Given that [[spoiler:Oktavia is Sayaka's witch form]], the undertones here are... [[TogetherInDeath odd]].
* In the final battle of ''{{Gundam 00}}'', [[spoiler:practically all of [[BigBad Ribbons]]' forces are clones piloting MS designed only to use Trans Am and [[RammingAlwaysWorks crash into the enemies]].]]
* In OnePiece, Franky claimed to do this, when he inflated his ass... To use his {{Fartillery}} for himself and Nico Robin as a propellant for his escape.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''[[LightNovel/BakaToTestToShoukanjuu Baka and Test]]''. Class F, the worst class, is at war with Class B. They seem to be having some trouble, until the Class F leader gives Akihisa a secret weapon. He tells his classmates that the Class B rep is dating the Class C rep, which enrages them and causes them to blow their characters up in the summoner war in order to take out the much stronger Class B students. It largely works, although the Class B rep has a trick of his own...
* In ''PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'' several Neo Team Galactic members plant a bomb in the middle of Stadium when a Pokemon championship is going on. Alas they seemingly forgot they were in the middle of a ''Pokemon championship'', and the trainers find the bomb and surround it with Light Screen.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* In ''ComicBook/HolyTerror'', the terrorists attack with suicide bombers before sending in jets and stinger missiles.
* ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' introduced K-Class Decepticons, Decepticons who have their alternate mode replaced with that of a bomb. These individuals are either fanatically devoted to the cause or criminals sentenced to this in lieu of execution.

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[[folder:Fanfics]]
* This is the final action the hero does in [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/109581/1/i-did-not-want-to-die/i-did-not-want-to-die I Did Not Want To Die.]]
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[[folder:Films]]
* In ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' the "Judean People's Front's Crack Suicide Squad" committed mass suicide by killing themselves with swords: Famous last line: "That will show em!"
** No Roman soldier may have died, but they did all run away in terror!
* ''Film/IndependenceDay'' - "Do me a favour, tell my children...that I love them very much."
** "HELLO BOYS! I'M BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!"
** "In the words of my generation, UP YOURS!"
* In ''Film/{{Speed}}'', Howard Payne threatens this in the beginning while holding Harry hostage. Unfortunately for him, Jack's earlier ShootTheHostage discussion with Harry comes into play, depriving Payne of his hostage. The bomb was fake, anyway, just to make the LAPD think he was dead long enough for Plan B.
* ''Film/{{Contact}}''. A religous fundamentalist blows up the [[FasterThanLightTravel FTL]] machine.
* Implied in the Tom Cruise version of ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' where it's mentioned that the Japanese were able to destroy one of the giant alien tripods. Presumably because, you know, the Japanese have a tradition for that sort of thing (kamikaze attacks I mean, not giant mecha). Presumably they let one of themselves be 'eaten' with grenades attached. Tom Cruise does this but is fortunately pulled free from the alien orifice by his fellow captors, leaving the grenades behind.
* Spoofed in the comedy ''Film/{{Water 1985}}''. MichaelCaine and the Cascaran Liberation Front seize the Spenco well and threaten to blow it up using dynamite strapped to a CLF member's body. First Caine can't get his lighter to work, then the CLF guy promptly faints when he does.
* ''Film/ExecutiveDecision''. A sweat-covered man in an overcoat walks into a London restaurant and gives everyone an OhCrap moment before blowing them to bits. Turns out the plane hijacking which is the main plot is also this -- supposedly a hostage exchange, the plane is carrying nerve gas in its cargo and it's made clear the BigBad never actually intended to properly land.
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[[folder:Jokes]]
* What does the suicide bomber instructor say to his class? "Pay attention, I'm only going to do this once."
* A man was working in the Middle East, but being away from home was depressing him greatly. He called the local suicide hotline and the counselors got all excited, asking "Can you drive a truck?"
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The backstory to "Frictional Losses" by Creator/JohnWCampbell mentioned the Japanese super-charging airplane engines, packing the planes full of explosives, and crashing them into enemy ships. The enemy in Campbell's story were ''extraterrestrials'', and once the Japanese gave us the idea, the rest of Earth's nations started using kamikazes against the aliens, too, which is why they didn't wipe out humanity entirely (they ''did'' nuke Japan off the face of the Earth). He wrote this story in '''''1936'''''.
* In the AlternateHistory series, ''{{Timeline-191}}'', suicide bombers [[CallARabbitASmeerp are called]] "People Bombs". The tactic was invented by the Mormons during the [[WorldWarTwo Second Great War]] and later adopted by Black Marxists, Armenians, and other resistance groups.
* In the ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' series, Grand Inquisitor Clyntahn creates "Project Rakurai", which is designed around the use of such bombers carrying wagons loaded with gunpowder as the bombs.
* Of the ''GauntsGhosts'' story ''Necropolis'', a group of stranded workers of the war-torn Vervunhive banded together to fight off the invaders of their home, having been found by with military forces happening to meet and aid them. Their enemies have tanks, to which the workers' leader explained they've adapted wraps of mining charges with which they have run up and attached to said tanks. [[MartyrdomCulture This being the Imperium]], the workers have used the method diligently and the military officer's initial surprise at hearing such dangerous tactics being constantly employed quickly goes to him internally being awed by the workers' courage and determination.
--> ''[='How many tanks have you taken out with that method?'=]''
--> ''[='Twenty-four, I think.'=]''
--> ''[='How many men has it cost you?'=]''
--> ''[='Twenty-four, of course.'=]''
* In {{Unwind}}, clappers are terrorists who are injected with an explosive substance - so when they start clapping, you know you're in trouble. At one point, Connor and Risa spontaneously start applauding to create panic and escape. [[spoiler:Lev, Vincent, and Mai become clappers themselves after certain disillusioning events for each, though Lev realizes he can't go through with it at the last moment.]]
* In the Literature/StarTrekEnterpriseRelaunch novels, the Romulans send ships to make suicide runs on planets at warp speed. One such world is Coridan; the attack causes an antimatter explosion that kills a billion people and leaves the world aflame. 200 years later, even though the population has recovered, dilithium fires still burn on Coridan; indeed, the Burning Sea is a tourist attraction. The Romulans went on to do the same thing to planet Draylax.
* In ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Shards of Honor]]'', the Barrayarans cover their retreat from Escobar by having a ship self-destruct in the middle of a wormhole, making the wormhole unusable for weeks afterward.
* A wizard's death curse in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' involves the wizard using up their entire available store of energy, including the part that keeps their body running, to cast a single spell. Due to the sheer power behind them, a death curse is an order of magnitude greater than regular spells.
* The BigBad of ''Literature/{{Scorpius}}'', an ArmsDealer who specializes in trading with terrorists, established a cult to produce suicide bombers for profit.
* The Green Storm in the ''Literature/MortalEngines'' series uses this in the form of Tumblers, bombs that are designed to be dropped from airships, piloted to a specific location by their operatives, and detonated. Notably, the Storm has access to Stalker technology and could conceivably program A.I.s to pilot the bombs, but why bother when they have so many young men and women willing to die for their cause?
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' - "School Reunion".
** Another ''Doctor Who'' example - "Day of the Daleks". Two suicide bombings in that one, both against Daleks.
*** The Daleks themselves do this in "Destiny of the Daleks", despite having said earlier that suicide for a cause isn't logical.
**** [[AIISACrapShoot The Dalek battle computers decided that suicide isn't logical.]] [[JustifiedTrope Davros ordered them to do it anyway.]]
**** No, it's definitely the Daleks who say this -- the Doctor is holding Davros hostage with a bomb, but the Daleks think he's bluffing as suicide is il-log-i-cal. It's Davros who calls them off as he knows the Doctor is serious.
* The new ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' had this tactic used by both the Cylons and the Colonials in differing circumstances.
** The original series had Cylon raiders doing kamikaze runs on Galactica, sometimes with their vessels pre-packed with explosives.
** The plot of ''Series/{{Caprica}}'' is initiated by a suicide bombing.
* ''{{Oz}}''. IRA terrorist Connelly constructs a homemade bomb to blow up Em City in revenge for the US Government extraditing him back to Britian. Fortunately it turns out to be a dud.
* ''Series/TheXFiles''. In "Monday" Scully and Mulder [[GroundhogDayLoop keep getting killed]] because they don't know the bank robber is wired with explosives, which he detonates when the situation appears hopeless. Even when Mulder does become aware of this he can't stop events [[spoiler:until the robber [[TakingTheBullet accidentally shoots his girlfriend]], and is too emotionally stunned to even commit suicide.]]
* During ''Series/TwentyFour'' Day 8, Marcos (a [[ButNotTooForeign half-Kamistani]]) does this mostly to avenge his father. [[spoiler:He did [[VillainsDyingGrace surrender and asked for his vest to come off, but he exploded anyway due to failsafe.]]]]
* During the GrandFinale of Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy, BigBad Trakeena has her entire army of [[{{Mook}} Stingwingers]] equiped with bombs and sends them on a massive suicide attack against Terra Venture and the Rangers. They take down two megazords and a great number of buildings this way. It's one of the things that makes this season DarkerAndEdgier than an average PR season, and the fact Trakeena kills off her own army this way is one of the reasons her [[TheDragon Dragon]] Villamax does a HeelFaceTurn.
* In the beginning of the season 3 finale (and almost series finale) of TheMentalist, the cold opening has a suspicious guy arriving to a convenience store, only to end up blowing himself up. [[spoiler:It turns out he was actually an innocent victim: He was [[WhyAmITicking forced]] to carry an explosive device on him in order to deliver transaction records to the guy responsible, the clerk of the convenience store, and he unfortunately caught the attention of some police who happened to be nearby, forcing the clerk to blow him up.]]
* Similarly, in ''LieToMe'', two young men blow themselves up in what seem to be suicide terrorist attacks. It turns out they are innocent and unaware, having been given remote-controlled bombs disguised as innocuous items.
* What makes the Queen's [[MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Kamikaze Highlanders]] [[SuicideAsComedy so keen to kill themselves?]] ("The money's good..." "And the water skiing!") Sapper [=McDonald=] is recruited to infiltrate Russia and retrieve secret documents.
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[[folder:Music]]
* In the video clip of {{Rammstein}}'s "Ich Will", the band commits a terrorist heist on a bank. Five members get out, one stays behind with a bomb strapped to his chest which he eventually detonates.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* A lot of goblin cards in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=193496 Grotag Siege-Runner]], for example.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', [[TropeOverdosed naturally]]. Tau commander battlesuits are equipped with bombs. Chillingly, the Tau themselves consider this "the greatest expression of the Greater Good one can make". This isn't used ''en masse'' because [[PragmaticVillainy battlesuits - and good commanders - take a long time to produce]], but it probably won't be long before the Tau begin throwing entire waves of suicide bombers at enemy lines.
* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'': Mecha Phantom Beast Concoruda's capable of converting the decoys into energy to perform a suicide attack that breaks the sound barrier. However, the risks to Concoruda are immense, as the burden on the aircraft is immense, enough that it causes it to self destruction.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Illuminati}}'' collectable card game includes a "Suicide Squad" card which can launch this sort of attack on enemy assets.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'':
** VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlertSeries:
*** ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'' ExpansionPack ''The Aftermath'' provided the two first suicide units in the game: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Nuclear Demolition Truck]] and MAD Tank. The MAD Tank is a special case, in that the pilot actually gets out before it explodes, and the MAD tank only harms vehicles, not infantry. Both are AwesomeButImpractical however, as the Demo Truck had a tendency to explode at the slightest provocation (i.e: infantry gunfire) and mass producing them sometimes caused your base to be crowded with mini-nukes that'll go off in a chain reaction of anything bad happend (like an airstrike). MAD Tanks on the other hand had to deploy for several seconds, more than enough time for any enemy units nearby to simply flee the vicinity, not to mention it cost quite a lot to deploy in the first place.
*** The ([[WesternTerrorists Cuban]]) Terrorist unit in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2'' is the infantry variant, while the Libyan nuclear demolition truck is the vehicular variant.
*** ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'': One of the special abilities of the Empire is "Final Squadron X'', a squadron of suicide aircraft (although they are only drones). The Yari Minisubs are manned though, and while not a pure suicide unit, it can be used as such with devastating effects. The Empire also has the Honorable Discharge upgrade, which makes all of their units explode and damage other nearby units when they're killed.
** In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'', the Global Liberation Army's Terrorist, Toxin Terrorist and Bomb Truck units.
** VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries:
*** ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRenegade'' had no innately self-destructive enemies in the single player mode, but more than a couple of deranged folks in multiplayer would stack bricks of C4 onto a cheap, fast vehicle and charge headlong into the fray. As only [[MagicTool repair]] [[HealingShiv guns]] could disarm C4 and the healing beams didn't discriminate against friend or foe, this meant that most attempts ended only with the willful detonation of the C4 blocks ([[TimeBomb or waiting until the 30 second fuse burned down]]). In most servers, allies were FriendlyFireProof, so it was theoretically possible that allies could stick ''each other'' with C4 before joining a pitched fight, especially since even the cheapest, {{Mook}}iest infantryman spawned with a timed C4 block.
*** As well as the Nod Fanatics from ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberiumWars''.
* The vehicular version is featured in ''ProjectReality'', though there is talk of adding the infantry version.
* In ''StarCraft'', the Infested Terrans, which are essentially the science-fiction version of the aforementioned Toxin Terrorists.
** The scourge are the flying version of this for the Zerg.
** In addition, the end of ''StarCraft'' has [[spoiler:Tassadar]] carrying out a Suicide Attack on [[spoiler:the Overmind]].
** In the sequel, Zerglings can morph into Banelings, which are a purely biologic version of this.
* In ''{{Warcraft}}'', the Goblin Sappers.
** Ditto in WorldOfWarcraft, there is an engineering gadget called "Goblin Sapper Charge", I leave it to you to know what it does.
* There's a weapon in ''VideoGame/{{Worms}}'' called the Kamikaze that causes the worm to fly in a straight line and explode when it reaches a certain point. There's also the Suicide Bomb, that, depending on the game, either makes the worm explode like a [[ForMassiveDamage Holy Hand Grenade]] or detonate in a small blast that leaves a cloud of poison.
* The petard unit (the real life basis of which is the TropeNamer for HoistByHisOwnPetard) in ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII'' is a medieval suicide bomber. There is also the demolition ship, although it might be unmanned.
** Pirate fire ships in ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresIII'' which are essentially ships with parts on fire and the decks filled with black gunpowder. I'd suppose they are manned, but I assume the crew will jump to the sea or escape on lifeboats as soon as they set the ships on collision course on enemy ships.
* The Soldier's aptly-named Kamikaze taunt in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' has the soldier pull the pin on a hand grenade but not throw it, the explosion killing the Soldier and any enemy within a six foot radius of him.
** The Ullapool Caber is this for any Demoman who has taken moderate damage and doesn't have a shield.
* Bungie's ''Myth'' games have Wights, zombies that explode when attacked or when they get close to enemies, and spray a paralyzing toxin over nearby units. The ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' games feature similar enemies called Boomers.
** Also from Bungie, the Marathon games feature Assimilated BoBs, who look like civilians but run up to the player and explode, and in Halo 3 and Reach some grunts use suicide attacks with grenades.
* The GarrysMod game mode Trouble In Terrorist Town has a Traitor weapon called the Jihad bomb, which is basically a C4 that blows up in your hands with a 5 second warning to everyone around you before you explode, taking you and everyone in a large radius. The weapon isn't on all servers due to how [[GameBreaker overpowered it is]] by using it on a crowd of players or in a small room. While you die with it, you can usually take nearly 5 lives with you, which is difficult to do over one round.
* From the ''{{Pokemon}}'' series, there are two attacks that let you do this: Self Destruct and Explosion. Not a pure example as the Pokemon who learn these moves can learn other moves as well, and because they faint rather than die. There is, however, a minefield in a Team Rocket base in Gold/Silver that spawns enemies with Self Destruct in their move lists (though in an odd example, due to levels changing, in the remakes, one of these is unable to use their suicide attack.)
** Second Generation introduces Perish Song, which makes both the user and the target faint in three turns.
** Fourth Generation has the friendly version Healing Wish, which heals the user's team instead of causing damage, and Memento and Grudge, which severely cripple the opponent in exchange for the user's life.
** Fifth Generation gives us Final Gambit, which has the user sacrifice all of its remaining HP to cause the same amount of damage to the enemy. Because of its nature, it is best used by Pokémon with high HP.
* CityOfHeroes gives you one of these as a bonus power if you bought the Cyborg [[ExpansionPack super booster]]. Use it and it counts down from 10, then detonates in the single most damaging attack in the game. The downside? Not only do you die instantly but it prevents you from being targeted by any of the various resurrection powers in the game, forcing you to go back to the hospital.
** Masterminds with Traps as their secondary powerset can also get the Detonator power, which allows them to do this to their henchmen, though henchmen that aren't zombies or robots will try to set the bomb down and get away before it blows.
* The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Kamikaze]] Darkling from ''VideoGame/TheDarkness'' video game is a little maniac in a top hat and tails (and an inexplicable Russian accent) strapped with dynamite. His attack is to run up to the enemy, pull out a detonator box and push the plunger. He's also good at blowing out walls and doors.
** Your sidekick Darkling in the sequel performs a LOT of actions that keep constantly killing him, but since he respawns each time, he bears with it. [[spoiler:Until the ending, when he dies for real by burning from Hell-stored sunlight]].
* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', one of Zaeed's retirement plan ideas (since the other ones are unlikely retirement opportunities) involves taking a ship filled with explosives and ramming it in to the Omega station.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', this trope is basically one of the themes, as the entire game revolves around Commander Shepard recruiting new team members to help fight against the Collectors in a direct assault on their base (which is pretty much a DeathTrap).
* Several enemies in ''VideoGame/SuperheroLeagueOfHoboken'' have attacks that can hit everyone in the party (for example, "Lawyer SUES!"), but knocks them out in the process.
* Alice Margatroid of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' seems to have this as a reoccuring theme in her attacks: "Suicide Squad," "Suicide Pact," "Straw Doll Kamikaze," "Artful Sacrifice," etc. Note that it's not Alice sacrificing ''herself'', but rather sending legions of her dolls to blow up on the enemy.
* In ''MechWarrior 4'', the High Explosive Pack was a two-slot missile weapon with precisely one shot, no additional ammo, and an ominous skull and crossbones for its weapons icon. The premise behind this weapon was that, in multiplayer, a 'Mech on its last legs or with all other weapons lost could charge at the enemy and trigger the bombs it'd strapped to itself. As there was no visual indicator of what 'Mechs had these suicide kits installed, any charging opponent in a 'Mech design with missile slots could mean bad news. This weapon was eventually removed from later expansions.
* In ''VideoGame/KillingFloor'' stacking proximity bombs on your head and rushing the [[BossBattle Patriarch]] used to be a quite effective way of taking him out. The bombs have since been nerfed to prevent this.
* Beheaded bombers from the ''SeriousSam'' series.
* A "bomb" type monster in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series sometimes grow larger when it's attack or when it targets a member before it explodes. The damage dealt is usually lethel, like the Mom Bomb in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' and some other bombs in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', in which an explosion can kill your entire party in a second if the attack is not guarded.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', Pilots like [[MazingerZ Boss]] and [[GundamWing Heero Yuy]] sometimes have a "Detonate" command, which is basically a self-destruct ability. It works against any surrounding unit, and the damage is based on how much the unit's damaged. In Boss Borot's case, its repair cost is very low that it's safe to use this skill in an emergency. And, yeah, [[PlotArmor the pilots never die from doing this.]]
** Of course they would survive. Boss Borot would routinely fall apart during combat because it was made out of junk. In Heero's case, he actually ''did'' make his Gundam self-detonate ''while standing just outside the cockpit'' and '''''[[MadeOfIron survived]]''''' (though he hadn't intended to).
* In ''{{Minecraft}}'', the Creepers are a race of hostile green creatures whose main battle tactic is to run up into your face and blow themselves up. Or to run up behind you, [[ParanoiaFuel silently]], and blow themselves up. This led [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]] to label them "kamikaze shrubs" and "suicide hedges."
* The Shofixti Scout's Glory Device in ''StarControl'' is just a big bomb that Shofixti ships carry. Once set off, it automatically kills the Shofixti ship, but, if close enough to the enemy ship, it can also damage or destroy that ship as well. Interestingly, if a Shofixti ship kills the last Hierarchy ship in a scenario with its Glory Device, the Alliance wins, even if the Alliance has no ships left either.
* Psychos reduced to low health in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' may pull out a grenade and charge nearby players. The grenades don't disarm when the Psycho is killed and are more than powerful enough to take you from full shields and health to fighting for your life, [[ArtificialStupidity if]] they can close the distance before the grenade goes off. Hey, they ''are'' crazy.
** [[VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}} The sequel]] has Suicide Psychos, who has this as their primary attack as well as the EXP Loader, robots who run up to the player and self-destruct.
** ...and with the Psycho DLC pack, you can even play as a Suicide Psycho: One of Krieg's skill trees replaces Fight For Your Life mode with a phase called Light The Fuse in which you throw dynamite left and right and finally blow yourself up, instantly coming back to life if you manage to kill something in the process.
* At one point in Act 1 of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' (specifically, Urban Ruins), a Middle Eastern soldier arrives behind a PMC soldier and blows himself up, also taking the PMC soldier with him.
* [[spoiler:Subverted with]] Hubriks, the weakest enemy units in ''Future Tactics: The Uprising''. They have dynamite strapped to them and attack by blowing themselves up within range of your own units. [[spoiler:A major plot point half-way through is the discovery that said enemy creatures revive thanks to a device that brings back their dead.]]
* Hom in the ''VideoGame/{{Tobal}}'' series can push a button on his back to switch himself off; seeing as this costs him the round with no effect on the opponent, this is purely a gag maneuver.
* In ''The Revenge of VideoGame/{{Shinobi}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Shinobi}} III: Return of the Ninja Master'', Joe Musashi can use an attack called Mijin, which destroys all enemies on screen at the cost of his own life. If the player has at least one life remaining after using Mijin, Musashi's body parts will reform, allowing him to continue on the spot at full health. If not, his body simply explodes, and the game is over.
* In ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfLomax'', the barrel enemies from the first world stop dead and explode after a brief moment when you get close.
* Who could forget the [[SuperMarioBros Bob-Ombs and other explosive enemies?]] [[SubvertedTrope Paper Mario has shown us that not all of them die from their self-destructions, however.]]
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* The first episode of ''[[Creator/ZapDramatic Ambition]]'' features a [[WesternTerrorists Western]] suicide bomber with elements of PapaWolf.
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* Volaster from ''Webcomic/{{Heartcore}}'' and his Blast Bomb spell. This is pretty much an ability with the same power as a nuke, meant to take down entire cities with him.
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* One reason why suicide bomb attacks these days are so fearsome is because they can come without warning and you can't really know who orchestrated the attack as the only evidence is already dead. Also the Collateral damage caused by a detonation, whether the attack was successful or not, always has a negative psychological impact with physical damage tending to be a second priority.
* TheWarOnTerror, the ArabIsraeliConflict and the Sri Lankan Civil War, sadly, have produced countless examples.
* In the final months of WorldWarTwo, the [[KatanasOfTheRisingSun Imperial Japanese Army and Imperial Japanese Navy]] developed - with the tacit approval of [[ImperialJapan the rubber-stamp civilian government]] - [[WeAreStrugglingTogether separate programs]] for 'Tokubetsu Kogeki'/'Special Attack' units. Today these units and their function are better known by the informal term "kamikaze" - after the '[[DeusExMachina Divine Wind]]' (a great typhoon) that sank one-and-a-half of the two invasion fleets Kublai Khan forced the Mongol-controlled Yuan Empire of China to send against Shogunate Japan in the 13th century. Given the US Navy had countless numbers of anti-aircraft guns and the US Army had nearly ''fifty years'' of experience dealing with suicide attacks from infantry, they failed.
** The experience above was caused by dealing with the Filipino ''Juramentados'', who would tie ropes around their bodies, sneak upon enemy soldiers, officers and policemen and then charge with a sword. The Spaniards, who had experienced this before the Americans, were terrified, as their handguns weren't powerful enough to drop them at once and the ropes would slow the bleeding out. The Americans adopted more powerful guns (including the Colt Single Action Army in .45 Colt as a stopgap, revolvers in the .38 Special round developed just for them, and, ultimately, the Colt M1911), allowing their men to drop the attackers.
* The Japanese Red Army, a Marxist terrorist group operating in Lebanon in the 70's, allegedly developed this as one of the attackers in the Lod Airport Massacre reportedly killed himself with a grenade launcher. They are thought to have introduce suicide bombing to the Middle East by training and inspiring their allies the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, who in turn trained and inspired others until it reaches Hamas and AQ.
** According to TheOtherWiki, Hezbollah introduced suicide bombing to the Middle East in 1983. Suicide Attack was introduced in 162 BCE by Eleazar ben Mattathias, younger brother of Yahuda the Hammer, who hit upon the technique of killing a war elephant by running under it and stabbing up from underneath.
* An OlderThanPrint variant was a striking tactic of the original Assassins/Hashishin. They'd walk up to an emir and stab him in broad daylight, fully expecting the guards to kill them. The purpose of this was twofold: it's easier to assassinate someone if you don't care about living yourself, and it scares the hell out of your enemies, who realize people are willing to die to kill them.
** They ''did'' usually have an escape plan ready - sometimes every single bodyguard was in on the plot, for example. They only used this tactic when they wanted to make a really strong impression or were desperate. [[PragmaticVillainy Good assassins take a long time to train]].
* The brander, or fireship. It is basically a sailing ship filled with gunpowder and explosive liquids, and it is steered by a skeleton crew at an enemy flotilla with intention to ram one or more vessels, and set on fire just before the actual contact. The usual result is a conspicuous explosion, sinking not only the brander herself, but also the vessels around her. The crew members are intended to leave the brander just before the contact, but more often than not the skeleton crew will actually become one - literally. A brander attack at night against an anchored enemy can be devastating, as the Spanish Armada got to realize.
** Somewhat subverted in that the crew of a fireship would tie all the important lines tightly, so the ship would continue on its way for a while, then escape in a smaller boat or, if desperate, by swimming (presuming they knew how. Most sailors didn't, back then.) Actually dying with a fireship was not usually on the cards.
* These tactics are not limited to humans; certain species of ants have the ability to explode when the colony is under attack. Similarly, for some species of bees, a sting is a suicide attack when used on mammals: their stingers have barbs that get trapped in mammal skin and flesh. If the bee tries to pull out its stinger, it just rips off its body, fatally wounding it. However, unlike humans, worker and soldier ants and bees are not ''reproducing'' parts of the colony; it's more analogous to your immune system cells sacrificing themselves to stop bacteria.
* While terrorist bombings in Northern Ireland could be devastating, suicide bombing was never a tactic used by the IRA or INLA. Every so often, however, due to ill-trained operators or unreliable bomb components, a terrorist would be killed alongside the device he was planting. British security forces drily referred to such incidents as "own goals". It is also suspected that if the IRA command suspected a member of being unreliable or having been "turned" by British Intelligence, he would be cold-bloodedly sent out with a device timed to explode long before he planted it, so as to resolve the unreliability issue. It is also suspected that British Intelligence, hearing about this, deliberately planted suspicion that known IRA terrorists were acting as double agents, so as to provoke the IRA to kill its own members just to be on the safe side.
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