"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
. May or may not be a Mad Bomber
. If he is wounded and unable to do the disposal of an 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.
- Firefly from G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
- 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.
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.
- Depending on the situation, the soldier or engineer classes in Brink. Soldiers can plant HE charges to complete objectives, and can utilize special grenades and satchel charges against enemies, while engineers can deploy landmines and defuse explosives planted by enemy players.
- 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.
- Tiny Tina from Borderlands 2. Badonkadonks.
- 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.
- Same for Jeff, Loid's Expy in the sequel. 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, which the stongest kind deals so much damage that it is a Game Breaker.
- In WarcraftII, 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.