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->"''Explosive weapons are best used when dealing with crowds or in situations where precision is not a high priority.''"
-->--''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' loading screen.

When it comes to {{Fiction}}, nearly every weapon can be found as a WeaponOfChoice. They can range from the [[ImprobableWeaponUser wildly improbable]] or [[AwesomeButImpractical impractical]] to the mundane. Somewhere in-between these lie those who use thrown explosives and incendiaries as a weapon of choice.

A person who wields grenades as a weapon of choice will frequently be portrayed as having poor impulse control. They may feel about explosions the same way a PyroManiac feels about fire. As such, this trope frequently overlaps with MadBomber. They may also have a "fiery" or carefree personality. Oddly, there are a small number of grenadiers who are coldly logical and controlled in temperament, perhaps to contrast their fiery and out-of-control weapons. Usually, they favor GrenadeTag for the calculated subterfuge.

In reality, grenades and their ilk are dangerous, unpredictable weapons that are reserved for specific situations where they aren't likely to cause collateral damage. [[ConcussionFrags However, in fictionland they can frequently be thrown at any enemy, regardless of range or surroundings, without fear of injury to oneself or one's allies]].

This trope will usually only show up in settings which have sufficient technology for thrown explosives to exist, although [[SchizoTech this isn't always the case]].

This trope always results in StuffBlowingUp and may be PGExplosives. See MolotovCocktail for one specific type of weapon this person might use. See also HeyCatch and CatchAndReturn. If the explosives come from superpowers instead of mundane objects, it's HavingABlast.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In the anime ''GunsmithCats'', "Minnie" May Hopkins has a ''slight'' tendency to use home-made concussion grenades in inappropriate situations. However, she's [[ImprobableAimingSkills every bit as skilled in their use as Rally is with handguns.]] A single one will just leave a couple of gang members stunned for a minute or so. She can use three to blow out a pursuing car's drive shaft. And when she's really pissed off, she'll set off '''[[NoKillLikeOverkill a dozen of them at once]]''', causing extensive damage to whatever building she's in (typically shown with a DiscretionShot of the outside of the building with all the windows breaking and billowing out smoke).
* ''[[TowerOfGod Ja Wangnan]]'' and his trusty [[FanNickname PokéBombs]].
* Nice Hollystone of ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' is an explosives expert and keeps numerous grenades on her person. [[spoiler:[[EyepatchOfPower Or ]]''[[EyepatchOfPower in ]]''[[EyepatchOfPower her person]].]] She ''really'' likes explosions.
* In the ''CoyoteRagtimeShow'', each of Madame Marciano's [[ElegantGothicLolita 12 SISTERs]] has a WeaponOfChoice. One of the smaller ones prefers very large hand grenades.
* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', Sanosuke's former resistance comrade Katsuhiro Tsukioka employs this tactic, with the aid of flint rings on his fingers to ignite the fuses as and when needed.
** Henya from the Juppongatana uses dynamite sticks to both sustain his high-flying style and attack his opponents.
* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' Gokudera is a bomber with the personality to match. Although for firey personality he displays good control over his projectiles.
* Isis in ''MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'' battles through the use of various explosives and other chemicals. This allows her to go toe-to-toe with the villains who have been all but invincible against the previous heroes, as their AntiMagic doesn't help against getting blown up.
* Jillas in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', a [Gunslinger] Fox with a penchant for using any sort of explosive means.
* Minene Uryu from ''MiraiNikki'', completely in sync with her reputation as terrorist.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Homura Akemi fights exclusively with pipebombs [[spoiler:in the first timeline]]. While very efficient, other [[MagicalGirl Puella Magis]] complained about possible collateral damage. Homura answered by adding guns to her arsenal. [[MoreDakka Lots and lots of guns.]]
* Lan Fan and Fu from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' frequent the use of bombs in addition to hand-to-hand combat. While Fu uses various types of explosives such as flash bombs and tear gas bombs, Lan Fan almost exclusively uses grenades. Edward is able to confirm her identity after being caught in one of her explosions, (recognizing the previous destruction she had caused, which nearly killed him).
* ''Manga/{{BTOOOM}}'' almost exclusively uses bombs.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* There is a grenade-throwing IRA mercenary in the SinCity story ''Big Fat Kill''. He mentions that while he prefers using grenades, he'll use his knife against Dwight since he killed his friends. At that point, ItsPersonal.
* [[SpiderMan Spider-Man's]] arch enemy, the [[NormanOsborn Green Goblin]] and those who followed his designs all use pumpkin-shaped grenades as their weapon of choice. Though they will use explosives not shaped like pumpkins if necessary.
* ''Comicbook/BombQueen'' fights with powered gauntlets that let her toss out miniature sticky bombs.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' has Morath munitions which are primitive explosives contained in ceramic jars. Malazan armies use them with devastating results to the enemy. They are carried by sapper specialists who are usually elite soldiers. The regular troops consider sappers to be madmen for their willingness to carry and use the explosives.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Grenedier, one of the villains from the ''Kingdom of {{Champions}}'' supplement.
* Blood Bowl's goblin star player Bomber Dribblesnot.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* All three playable characters from ''VideoGame/ResonanceOfFate'' can equip the "Grenade Box", which allows them to throw grenades, [[ElementalRockPaperScissors elemental grenades]], {{Molotov Cocktail}}s, or even ''dog shit''.
* Jin from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' uses grenades as his weapon of choice.
* Alfred Schrödinger from ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 3}}'' uses explosives both in and out of battle.
* Ray in ''VideoGame/CallOfJuarezBoundInBlood'' can throw dynamite sticks (Thomas can't).
* In ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters: Future Perfect'', enemies can only carry one weapon at a time and grenades are treated as a specific weapon (compared to ''2'', which had some weapons with underslung launchers and various mines[[note]]Which were essentially {{Sticky Bomb}}s that came in timed, remote control and mine varieties.[[/note]] but otherwise lacked them, probably because explosions were [[GameBreaker always an instant kill]]). Meaning any equipped with grenades will only use grenades. This is {{lampshaded}} in story mode;
-->'''Mook Officer:''' Grenadiers; [[CaptainObvious Use your grenades!]]
* Everyone in ''VideoGame/TeamFortressClassic'' has some sort of grenade tailored to their class, and gameplay styles were generated from using them. In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', only the Demoman lobs grenades around.
* Multiple characters in ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman}}'', including the eponymous character, as one might guess from the title.
* In ''BattleBugs'' Ant, Bee, and Pill Bug throw bombs. Robber Fly can use a bomb too, but only after stealing it from enemy bugs.
* Various bomb and grenade-related powers can be obtained in ''FreedomForce''. Liberty Lad in particular specializes in them.
* Characters specializing in the Throwing skill in ''JaggedAlliance 2'' can be trained as one of these after they're given a proper supply of grenades. Very useful on night maps: grenades don't give away ''your'' position, for one, and the same skill applies to throwing knives, which can OneHitKill unaware enemies.
* ''{{X-COM}}'' soldiers can specialize in grenades, but the game's limit on items that can be carried to the battlefield makes it rather impractical. Aliens make very powerful grenades, and sometimes carry no other weapons.
** ''XCOMEnemyUnknown'' makes this much more difficult to pull off, as you're limited to one grenade (two, for high level Support soldiers), and even Heavy soldiers can only carry, at most, three explosives (two rockets and a grenade). However, the ''Enemy Within'' expansion has an upgrade that can allow soldiers to carry two grenades each, and high level Support soldiers can carry up to ''six'', with appropriate devastational capability.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}!'' had the snail boss... which grew a helicopter out of its shell, flew, and started dropping increasingly deadly bombs all over the arena. There were also ''literal'' army ants that shot out grenades from their tails.
* ''[[SoulSeries Soulcalibur III]]'' has the [[KnifeNut Dagger]] Create-a-Character style use a small bomb in several of its moves. It is used officially by the MagnificentBastard Chester from the AlternateContinuity mode ''Chronicles of the Sword''.
* [[{{Heel}} Rip Saber]] from ''[[VideoGame/SaturdayNightSlamMasters Slam Masters II]]'', who uses hand grenades against his fellow wrestler rivals.
* Fatman from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', a bomb expert in both setting and defusing bombs, though he only uses the former skill in his BossFight.
** Black Arts Viper in ''VideoGame/MetalGearGhostBabel'' is also an expert at setting up traps with bombs at incredible speed.
** And predating both, good ole' Red Blaster in ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'', [[CeilingCling standing in the ceiling]] and chucking grenades at you.
** All games also provide Snake with usable grenades and even a grenade launcher at times.
** In ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', Snake has a variety of explosives at his disposal. Due to realistic bullets being too small to see in regular gameplay, Nintendo opted to have Snake use explosive weapons (which are rarer) in ''Brawl''. He can use a mortar launcher, C4 packs, frag grenades, claymores, remote control missile launchers, a RPG and, for his [[LimitBreak Final Smash]], a grenade launcher.
* From ''VideoGame/PanzerBandit'', playable character [[GunsAkimbo Ein]] can throw bombs two-at-a-time or roll a single one towards his target. His MirrorBoss Tsuvai can only throw two bombs in a close mortar-like angle.
** BigBad Dr. Farado has a SpiderTank whose best move is to ''vomit'' a dozen bombs into the enemy.
* The Thief AssistCharacter from ''MagicSword'' throws bombs at a high angle, making him somewhat effective against airborne threats.
* ''TwistedMetal'' has both the Ricochet (a big spherical black bomb that sends enemies flying when hit) and Remote (more straightforward remote-controlled bomb) pickups introduced in the second game.
* Riot officer [[VideoGame/MortalKombat3 Kurtis Stryker]] from ''MortalKombat'', who can throw grenades at two different heights, and even in pairs.
** Cyrax, who debuted alongside him, can throw delayed-explosive grenades at close or far range, which would send the character soaring through the sky.
** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'' can use bombs in much the same way Cyrax does.
** No-Face in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatSpecialForces'' uses both bombs and a [[PlayingWithFire flamethrower]] to fight.
* Suminagashi from ''BushidoBlade 2'' uses three small bombs as his subweapon.
* The Napalm Bomber from GameBoy's ''VideoGame/KungFuMaster'' uses incendiary rounds as his gimmick.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}}'' series, bombs are usually among the selectable items to carry into a mission. They pack a very mean punch, but are usually not as effective due to the difficult to handle and slightly delay if it miss, not to mention the high risk of getting caught in the blast radius, which ''really'' hurts for poor Rikimaru/Ayame/etc.
** In terms of characters using bombs, ''Fatal Shadows'' has Hitoha, who uses incendiary bombs along his fire gauntlets.
* From the classic ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' series there are several Robot Master, like Bomb Man (''1''), Crash Man (''VideoGame/MegaMan2''), Napalm Man (''5''), Burst man (''7''), Grenade Man (''VideoGame/MegaMan8'') and Commando Man (''10'').
** There are tons of different explosives that can be utilized in the ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' series, including grenades, mines, [[TimeBomb time bombs]], [[CartoonBomb cartoon bombs]] and more. Some e-Reader cards [[DummiedOut (Which were regrettably removed in the US versions)]] even allowed Mega Man to replace his standard charged shot with one of the aforementioned explosives.
* Doctrine Dark from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterEX'' is themed around using bombs in several ways. And [[RazorFloss wire. Lots of wire]].
** He shares his weapon choice with fellow mercenary Rolento from FinalFight and VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha. Rolento though adds a tonfa and uses a very fast, acrobatic style.
* One of the [[DualBoss twin]] Smith Bros. in ''SunsetRiders'' is this, chucking bombs at you while the other [[PyroManiac does the same with candles to try to set you on fire]].
* The Engineer profession in ''GuildWars2'' can equip a backpack full of assorted types of grenades, throwing betweeen two and six with every use.
* The Knight class in ''KingArthursGold'' can carry up to three bombs, which explode in VideoGame/{{Bomberman}} fashion and destroy both blocks and enemy units. Interestingly, the thrower can be hit by the explosion (to facilitate [[RocketJump bomb-jumping]]) but not other teammates.
* ''LeagueOfLegends'' has Ziggs, the Hexplosives Expert. He fits this trope to a T - he carries such a huge amount of [[CartoonBomb bombs]] that, being a yordle, a member of a teensy furry race, he is more bomb than animal (by mass). He throws them as his basic attack and two of his abilities, one of which produces a whole cluster of them. His ability repertoire is closed by a remotely detonate-able satchel charge and a [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mega Inferno Bomb,]] which is powerful enough to produce a mushroom cloud.
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', one can encounter the Powder Gangers, a gang of escaped convicts who favor dynamite and are not afraid to throw it around liberally and in large quantities. Then there's the Boomers, who go from merely favoring bombing everything that opposes them to building a sort of cult of explosives. And it is totally possible to create an explosives expert, throwing dynamite and grenades, then moving to grenade launchers and even a fat man (Portable miniature nuke launcher), with the added benefit of being able to plant/disarm mines more effectively.
* In ''Chack'n Pop'', Chack'n (who happens to be a cutesy WaddlingHead) attacks by tossing smoke bombs to either side.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'', Roland, the soldier, has a skill which allows him to [[BottomlessMagazines regenerate his grenades]] as he kills more enemies ''with'' grenades, ensuring a constant supply of explosions. The variety of TrickBomb upgrades available to grenades makes this a useful skill for people who can place explosives. Conversely, Brick, the, uh, [[CharacterAsHimself Brick]] of the game, simply gets skills and gear that upgrades the power of his grenades. Though his grenades won't regenerate like Roland's can, they can do ''much'' more damage.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', Axton the Commando has the Grenadier skill, which increases the number of grenades he can carry. Grenadier ''class mods'' give boosts to grenade damage and put extra points into the Grenadier skill. A Grenadier-built Axton is thus, duh, very much encouraged to use grenades all the time. He also has Do or Die, which allows him to throw grenades in Fight for Your Life mode, and various skills that increase explosive damage. Krieg the Psycho uses sticks of dynamite in Fight for Your Life if he has the Light the Fuse skill, and a few skills of his own that boost explosive damage.
* ''DarkSouls'': There are firebomb-throwing skeletons in Undead Burg, and they can be quite the GoddamnedBats. On the other hand, throwing firebombs like a maniac is a valid way to fight your way through this NintendoHard game, especially if you're too weak to melee and doesn't have a spell to sling.
* The entire premise of the game ''VideoGame/SilentBomber'' is that the player is equipped with an "E-Unit" which allows him to place or throw around bombs.
* In ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Dawn of War II: Retribution]]'', the Ork Kommando hero, Spookums, is armed with a shotgun, but nearly all of his most powerful abilities involve explosives. He can throw Stikkbombs, smoke bombs, anti-tank Melta Bombs, [[ImprobableWeaponUser and truck tyres]]...
* Thrown bombs as a character's basic attack appear a number of times in the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series, starting with one of the playable characters in ''Final Fantasy VII Before Crisis''. Other habitual bomb-tossers include Ashe in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIIRevenantWings'', anybody who chooses to acquire any of the licenses for the various hand-bomb class weapons in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', and the DummiedOut Nu'mou job of Transmuter from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2''.
* In WorldOfWarcraft, the goblin race lives by the motto "When in doubt... blow it up. If at first you don't succeed: blow it up again". If you chose the engineer profession you can opt for either Gnomish or Goblin specialization. The latter allows you to create powerful explosives that are bound to cause you some damage as well.
* [[FatBastard Dong Zhuo]] has become one of these by the time of ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors 7'' DLC, which carried over into ''Dynasty Warriors Next, VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi 3'' and ''Dynasty Warriors 8''. His standard moveset involves throwing a ''lot'' of bombs around, employing either an excessive amount of bomb spam, or setting up timed traps with them. It is possible to give this weapon to almost any character by the time of''Dynasty Warriors 8'', so you can have an entire MadBomber cast if so desired.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', there's a group of repeated antagonists (possibly qualifying as a QuirkyMinibossSquad) known as 'The Rough Rhinos'. Each of them has specialized in a different weapon - including TheFaceless, the only one of them wearing a full helmet, who specializes in explosives - specifically, he throws dynamite-sticks at anything that moves.
** On the hero's side, there's Chey, a member of Jeong Jeong's group who uses small grenade-like exploding balls.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' gives us Mad Stan. His catch phrase (and approximately half his spoken dialog) is "'''BLOW IT ALL UP!'''" Yes, the bold and caps [[NoIndoorVoice are necessary]].
* ''TheTick''
--> [[LargeHam I'M THE EVIL MIDNIGHT BOMBER WHAT BOMBS AT MIDNIGHT!]] AH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!
* Done repeatedly by the Obliteratrix in the ''ScoobyDooMysteryInc'' episode "Pawn of Shadows".
* This is Doyle's attack of choice in ''TheSecretSaturdays''.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Averted in the Grenadier regiments of 18th-century European Warfare. Grenadiers had to be the biggest, brawniest, and ''most disciplined'' of an army's troops. Usually tall farmboys, they had to have the strength and force of will to stay in a neat line and march, in-step, to within twenty yards of the enemy (the effective range of a musket being 80 yards). The survivors would then throw 'very' temperamental lumps of gunpowder and iron the size of their own fists (or bigger) at them, and fire their muskets before charging, screaming wildly to channel their fear, into the probably-mostly-dead-and-dying enemy with their bayonets fixed to try and stab them to death. On the plus side, the fact grenadier units tended to have a higher turnover (mortality) rate than other units meant that most armies could afford to pay their grenadiers more than their other soldiers (dead men don't get paid), in addition to giving them extra-fancy uniforms and [[NiceHat really nice hats]].

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