"What makes me a good demoman? If I were a bad demoman, I wouldn't be sittin' here, discussin' it with you, now would I?"
"One crossed wire, one wayward pinch of potassium chlorate, one errant twitch... and KABLOOIE!!!"
When a group needs to stop Stuff Blowing Up
(or cause it), the Demolitions Expert is the guy they will turn to. He's an expert at defusing
or planting explosives, and will often get creative about ways to design or use them.
Often a member of The Squad
or a Caper Crew
. Differs from a Mad Bomber
in that he's (usually) more disciplined and focused. If he is wounded and unable to do the disposal of a bomb himself, he may guide another squad member through the process.
Depending on the setting, he may also be The Engineer
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Anime and Manga
- Baccano!: Nice Holystone serves this function in the delinquent gang during the 1932 arc. With gusto.
- Wille of Jormungand. He's so proficient with disarming explosives, and reusing them against their planters, it landed him on the FBI's Blacklist. The only other member of the team on that list? Koko.
- Jun the Swan on Science Ninja Team Gatchaman She's wired a number of enemy machines (including a nuclear reactor) to explode, and has a yo-yo bomb containing fusion cylinders.
- This was Lightfoot's official role in G.I. Joe, although several other Joes sometimes acted as demolitions expert, including Tripwire, Tunnel Rat and Depth Charge.
- This is Robina Arthur's very particular set of skills in Desolation Jones.
- The members of the EOD team in The Hurt Locker, James in particular.
- Ocean's Eleven has Basher, master of power-cutting and safe-blowing explosions.
- Zig-Zagged in Munich, where after the bombs used by the team continuously malfunction, the bomb expert admits that he was trained to dismantle bombs rather than to build them.
- Corporal Miller from The Guns of Navarone.
- "Nitro" Jones in Once Upon a Texas Train.
- A Fistful of Dynamite stars James Coburn as a 19th century IRA explosives fanatic who is for some reason running around Mexico during the Revolution with a steady supply of nitroglycerin, blowing things up just right.
- The Hitler Rants version is even worse. He's depicted as a psychotic demolitions expert who for whatever reason has decided to make it his life's ambition to blow up Hitler. There are literally no limits to how he'll go about achieving that goal.
- Atlantis The Lost Empire has the Italian demolition expert Vinny, who chews a matchstick and treats explosives as office supplies.
- In Executive Decision, the special forces team includes such an expert, who is badly injured when they first board the plane. The two civilian experts brought along on the mission work on figuring out how to defuse the bomb, until the expert wakes up and is able to talk them through it (not to mention stopping them from cutting the Wrong Wire).
- Firefly from G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
- Bill Dolworth in The Professionals is hired specifically because the teams needs an explosives expert.
- Referenced in Pulp Fiction. Mia's Show Within a Show Pilot Episode "Fox Force Five" featured five foxy chicks. "The black girl was a demolition expert."
- In the Star Wars Expanded Universe X-Wing Series, Wraith Squadron member Kell Tainer is the teams explosive expert and is frequently called upon to disarm booby traps or create new explosives, which he sometimes refer to as "works of art".
- In the Halo novel Ghosts Of Onyx, Spartan-III Dante is described as being almost magical with finding, disposing, and setting bombs, and serves as Team Saber's explosives expert.
- Ben in The Leonard Regime.
- Captain Federer in the Ciaphas Cain series is the 597th's chief sapper, which means he has two jobs: build things on the battlefield, and blow things up on the battlefield. Guess which one he prefers. In one memorable instance in Caves of Ice he plants a bomb to take down an ork Gargant using a truly colossal amount of ordnance. It doesn't get used to its original role, though — instead it's repurposed to touch off an entire fuel depot, creating a shockwave felt on an orbiting troop ship. Federer's reaction is elation. And then there's the persistent rumor that he was in training for the Adeptus Mechanicus, but was kicked out for blowing up the school...
Live Action TV
- Angus MacGyver in MacGyver. He served in a bomb disposal unit in Vietnam War.
- Burn Notice: Ex-terrorist Fiona doubles as this, in addition to being the resident Gun Nut. Whenever the team needs something to blow up, Michael can just turn his head and say, "Fi...".
- Hogan's Heroes: Sgt. Carter has a real genius for - and very much enjoys - blowing stuff up. He's also the team Cloudcuckoolander, all of which might be slightly worrying if he wasn't such a nice guy.
- Revolution: Nora Clayton. She seems to specialize in trip wires and can even make a little gun to hide up a sleeve. You can see it in action in episode 5 and the first season finale.
- The Wild Wild West: Artemus Gordon. Usually he falls into the "creatively blowing things up" category, but on at least one occasion he's called upon instead to defuse a situation.
- Dino Attack RPG has at least two major explosives expert, both rather crazy. Demoman is a drunk but Firecracker (an expy of the Hitler Rants version of John Mallory) is a psycho who joined the team solely so that he could blow stuff up (he even got fired from a demolition company because of how much he loves dynamite).
- In the Gears of War franchise, Samantha Byrne is Delta Squads EOD member. Though her knowledge only comes into play once in Gears of War 3, it is used more in the novels.
- Halo 3: ODST has Michael "Mickey" Crespo, who rigs the bridge leading to the ONI building to blow up to prevent Covenant ground forces from crossing it, and later destroys the ONI building to prevent it from falling into enemy hands.
- The Demoman in Team Fortress 2, whose weapons of choice are a grenade launcher and a gun that shoots sticky mines. Then, if you want, you can even replace your melee weapon with a Stick Grenade unlock.
- In Brink the Soldier class focuses on the Stuff Blowing Up aspect of this trope, planting HE charges to complete objectives, and utilizing special grenades and satchel charges against enemies, whilst the Engineer class focuses on the Bomb Disposal aspect, disarming explosives planted by enemy players (though they can also plant land mines).
- In the Sly Cooper series of video games, starting from Sly 2: Band Of Thieves onward, Bentley is the team's "Brains and Demolitions Expert" as the back of the game box says. He uses a wide variety of unique explosives to pull off amazing heists, as well as defend himself. In the third game, The Panda King takes this role.
- Borderlands 2 gives us a number of examples, all of whom are as skilled with explosives as they are bonkers.
- Tiny Tina, the deadliest 13-year-old on Pandora and the game's signature Cute and Psycho Cloudcuckoolander. She's the main supplier for the Crimson Raiders on the matters of bombs, boomers, kablooies and such, and according to Roland, she's one of the best at her trade on the entire planet.
- The second boss in the game is Boom-Bewm, the Sibling Team of Bandit explosives experts Boom and Bewm. Light the fuses, bitches!
- The second DLC introduces Mr. Torgue, founder of Torgue Corporation. Despite being a screaming maniac, he personally designed all of Torgue's weaponry (all of which are of the Explosion element).
- The Mercenaries who specialize in explosives in Jagged Alliance. And most of them are insane.
- Loid from ''MOTHER has some of the best weapons in the game, including bombs and bottle rockets.
- EarthBound: Jeff, Loid's Expy in the sequel to MOTHER. However, it should be noted that in this game, anyone can use the bombs, unlike in the first only Loid can. However, Jeff is still the only one who can use the bottle rockets, of which the strongest kind deals so much damage that it is a Game Breaker.
- In Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, the dwarves (Alliance) and their Evil Counterpart the goblins (Horde) are specialized units that blow stuff up. Each unit is only good for a single explosion, killing the demolitions team in the blast of its own attack. They are, it would appear, so willing to die for the cause that they chose a specialty that makes every mission a suicide mission.
- Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, the dwarves, having suffered terrible losses among their sapper teams in the Second War, have been developing a method of delivering those explosives that do not require the demolition dwarves to themselves to get near the target. Hence, the dwarven mortar team replaces the old sapper units.
- Havoc Squad, the Republic Trooper's team in Star Wars: The Old Republic, begins the game with a dedicated demolitions man nicknamed "Fuze". Like the other veteran Havocs, he defects to the Empire, who puts him to use designing bombs. However, he returns to Republic when he realizes that the Imperials are testing his creations on civilians. His replacement, Tanno Vik, is an ex-street gang member with such a broad criminal streak that he was actually dishonorably discharged, but was recommissioned because he's just that good. And it's not an unjust assessment — on the mission he was tapped for, he plants a few pieces of heavy ordnance that destroy an entire Imperial cruiser (albeit from the inside) and the superweapon prototype it was carrying.
- This is specifically the role that Alias plays for the squad in Red Faction II.
- Schlock Mercenary currently has as the company demolition expert Lt. "Pi" Pibald, a Mad Bomber swinging between acute (if not always unjustified) paranoia and lapses in self-preservation related to explosives. There were two previous demolition experts: Hob blew himself up (heroically) and Pronto was too enthusiastic about duct tape, but ended up simply shot in the chest.
- In addition to the aforementioned characters, the entire profession was recognised in Maxim 3: An Ordnance Technician at a dead run outranks everybody.