D'aw! What a cute baby! How old is she? What's her name? Do y—... wait, is she supposed to be ticking?
Baby carriages are prime locations for stashing a moving bomb. It's easy to hide a complex explosive in all that swaddling, and you can even drop a baby doll in there to distract onlookers. This trope is most commonly seen with old-fashioned baby buggies and commonly involves a baby's cry being recorded and played back.
It's especially effective against superheroes
, as leaving one in obvious peril will attract the do-gooders to it while keeping everyone else away.
Related to Wave of Babies
. Not to be confused with Tyke Bomb
. Nor is it to be confused with the post-World War II
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Anime & Manga
- In The Rock they are searching through a box for dangerous compounds and find a baby doll which sprays acid at them.
- In a scene from Johnny Dangerously, a baby in a carriage turns out to be a gun-wielding mobster in disguise.
- In Blade Trinity Abigail Whistler poses as a single mother trying to just get home with a bag of groceries. She's attacked by four vampires, one of which steals her 'child' only to find out it spits liquid garlic and is in fact a plastic doll.
- La Résistance in Death Race 2000 destroys one of the drivers looking for an easy kill with a baby doll strapped with dynamite.
- Undercover Blues has the good guys using this to distract the bad guys, while their real daughter was safe with the neighbors.
- In the French movie Tais-Toi! ("Shut up"), this is part of how the villain's henchmen steal money from an armored truck: one of them, disguised as a woman, pushes a baby carriage filled with explosives towards the truck, which detonates it. It doesn't do that much damage to the truck itself, but enough for the drivers to fall unconscious, and for the villains to steal the money.
- There is a Saki story, "The Easter Egg," that features a young child, if not exactly a baby, used to deliver a bomb.
- There's a bomb in a baby carriage in The Long Run by Daniel Keys Moran.
Live Action TV
- Used in the Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch "The Bishop", during a baptism. "Don't say the kid's name Vic!"
- Angel: Angel flees Hyperion Hotel to draw W&H mercenaries, a vampire cult, a group of demons and a gang of bikers away. After being surrounded, Angel gives up his "baby", which then proceeds to explode. The real baby was safe and protected by Team Angel.
- Person of Interest. Finch is tailing the POI and realises too late that a woman would not walk off and leave her baby carriage while making a phone call. The phone-activated bomb blows up the POI's car as Finch is rushing to warn him.
- Fallout 3 has traps which are constructed out of baby buggies and explode violently after crying for a moment.
- In Condemned 2 you enter a doll factory, where a bunch of baby dolls crawl towards you. When they get close enough, they pull their own pull strings and wave to you before blowing up. You can disable them and use them as very creepy hand grenades.
- The Crawlers from Dead Space 2 fill a similar role: you see a zombified baby crawling towards its mother, she hugs it, then the whole rooms gets repainted a nice shade of red. Then they start coming after you...
- Baby carriages in Superman 64 explode for no apparent reason when picked up and thrown. Unlike the other examples, this one (probably) wasn't intentional.
- On The Itchy & Scratchy Show, Scratchy meets, falls in love with, and marries a female cat literally Made of Explodium by Itchy. They have offspring which are half cat and half bomb, but don't go off. Then, as Scratchy and his wife are sitting on their front porch in their old age, she finally goes off. (Subverted in that the offspring don't explode.)
- Happens once in Teen Titans It was just a distraction to lure the titans out into the open.
- One of The Tick's superhero cadets in the final episode throws baby dolls at evildoers. When faced with the Villain of the Week (an assassin in Power Armor), he breaks out the middle child, which turns out to be explosive.