"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. A Demolitions Expert is often the Token Minority of The Squad or a Caper Crew. Depending on the setting, he may also be The Engineer.
— The Demoman, Team Fortress 2
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Anime and Manga
- Baccano!: Nice Holystone serves this function in the delinquent gang during the 1932 arc. With gusto.
- Deidara from Naruto. He uses explosive clay in the form of creatures he makes with the mouths on his hands.
- Wille of Jormungand. One of his favorite tactics is rewiring bombs then turning them against their planters; a habit that 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.
- Tinus Trotyl, although usually more of a Mad Bomber, has occasionally shown his demolition skills by clearing a road blocked by a rock avalanche, defusing an old WW2 bomb, and saving a mountain village from an avalanche. He does tend to have a little too much fun doing it though, and isn't shy of giving spectators heart-stopping scares while he's at it.
Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- 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.
- Logan Lucky has redneck safe-breaker Joseph "Joe" Bang. He's quite wacky, but he knows his science about explosives. He can a bomb out of bleach, salt substitute and gummy bears, for instance.
- 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.
- 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."
- Mei-lin of Mercenaries. She's introduced improvising a cherry bomb to blow up the prisoners' toilets for fun.
- Left Ear from The Italian Job. Helps the Caper Crew with all of their explosive needs.
- 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 Halo: First Strike, Grace-093 is the Spartan-IIs' best demolitions expert, described as being able to "shape a charge to cut through a single steel bolt with only a whisper sound, or rig a hundred thousand liters of kerosene to blow into a firestorm from hell".
- In Halo: 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.
- In the Halo: Evolutions short story Headhunters, Roland is the explosives expert of the duo. His partner Jonah is also trained for demolitions duty, in case Roland bites it.
- 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...
- Wet Desert: Tracking Down a Terrorist on the Colorado River: They are called in to blow up the spillways at Hoover Dam so that water can be drained at lower water levels. And later to pre-emptively breach dams which can't be saved farther down the Colorado.
Live Action TV
- Angus MacGyver in MacGyver. He served in a bomb disposal unit in Vietnam War (on the Second Gulf War in the remake).
- 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 Cloud Cuckoolander, 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.
- Edgar Montrose from The Red Green Show is a parody of this, as his hearing loss and missing finger can attest.
- Malcolm Reed from Star Trek: Enterprise loves blowing shit up. He once disables a Romulan drone ship with a single phase pistol set on overload.
- On The 100, Raven serves as an all-purpose engineer, but building bombs is acknowledged as being her specialty.
Bellamy: That bridge has survived a nuclear war and 97 years of weather.Raven: It won't survive me.
- In an episode of Barney Miller Detective Yemana is searching their records so they can track down a professional bomber. He rattles off a list of names, noting how many of them have the nickname "Boom Boom".
- Seven's Companion Ace was a self-taught one, with a couple bugs to work out, but if Seven needed some Stuff Blowing Up, he could be reasonably sure Ace "wasn't carrying" a couple cans of her favored concoction.
Ace: Do you feel like arguing with a can of deodorant that registers nine on the Richter scale?
- 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 Squad's 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 is either this or a Mad Bomber (it depends on whether he's on your team or not). His 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. However, it's not thrown; instead, it's meant to hit people, essentially turning Demoman into an Action Bomb.
- 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).
- The Objective Specialist Mercenaries of Dirty Bomb can handle the bomb planting and disposal aspects of this trope twice as fast as any other Merc. Fletcher and Proxy in particular also have sticky bombs and trip mines, respectively. Lesser so is any Merc with access to the "Mechanic" Augment, which speeds them up in defusing and planting, though not to the same level as an Objective Specialist. Fragger and Thunder also qualify; they have frag grenades for blowing up deployables and groups of enemies, and flashbangs that double as EMP grenades, respectively.
- 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 crew end up recruiting The Panda King as a dedicated demoman.
- 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.
- Minecraft: Story Mode: Magnus of the Order of the Stone. His demolition skill is why Axel suggests enlisting his help to fight the Wither Storm.
- A late-game mission in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption involves Samus protecting a group of demolition specialists as they make their way to a heavily reinforced door that cannot be opened any other way.
- Battleborn has DLC character Ernest, a pudgy pink bird of the military-themed Peacekeeper faction who serves as the demoman of his faction. While he uses primarily explosives in his kit, he also has some support options with his Power Egg, which buffs allies around it.
- 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.
- In Stand Still, Stay Silent, one of the main army jobs is Cleanser, which includes burning down and blowing up buildings in which Plague Zombie monsters could be dwelling.
- Rico from The Penguins of Madagascar, to the point where "Kaboom!" is one of the few intelligible words you can get out of him.
- Rattrap from Beast Wars is the main Maximal when it comes to explosives.
- Transformers Prime has Wheeljack on the Autobots, who much more of a combat engineer than his usual Gadgeteer Genius portrayal.