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->''"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!!!'''"''
-->-- '''The Demoman''', ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''

When a group needs to stop StuffBlowingUp (or cause it), the Demolitions Expert is the guy they will turn to. He's an expert at [[BombDisposal defusing]] or planting explosives, and will often get creative about ways to design or use them.

Often a member of TheSquad or a CaperCrew. Differs from a MadBomber 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 TokenMinority of TheSquad or a CaperCrew.

Depending on the setting, he may also be TheEngineer.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'': Nice Holystone serves this function in the delinquent gang during the 1932 arc. With gusto.
* Deidara from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. He uses explosive clay in the form of creatures he makes with the mouths on his hands.
* Wille of ''{{Manga/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 ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman''. She's wired a number of enemy machines (including a nuclear reactor) to explode, and has a yo-yo bomb containing ''fusion cylinders.''

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* This was Lightfoot's official role in ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel 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 ''ComicBook/DesolationJones''.
* ''ComicBook/TinusTrotyl'', although usually more of a MadBomber, 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.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/BetweenMinds'', a VideoGame/{{HalfLife}}/{{Videogame/Portal}} fic by [[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/3336431/3theCaptain 3theCaptain]] has [[DistaffCounterpart Sam]], a short, Asian teammate who seems to [[MadBomber take glee in blowing as many things up as she can]].
* Shikako, the [[SelfInsertFic self-insert]] of ''Fanfic/DreamingOfSunshine'', learned how to seal by starting with explosive tags. By the finals of her [[spoiler:first]] Chuunin Exams, she's got the explosive seals down to a ''touch.'' She's of the opinion that if explosives can't solve your problems, you're not using enough of them.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' has the Italian demolition expert [[DeadpanSnarker Vinny]], who [[OralFixation chews a matchstick]] and treats explosives as office supplies.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The members of the EOD team in ''Film/TheHurtLocker'', James in particular.
* ''Film/OceansEleven'' has Basher, master of power-cutting and safe-blowing explosions.
* ''Film/LoganLucky'' has [[DeepSouth redneck]] safe-breaker Joseph "Joe" [[MeaningfulName Bang]]. [[BunnyEarsLawyer 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.
* [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-Zagged]] in ''Film/{{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. [[spoiler:He ends up blowing himself up while building one.]]
* Corporal Miller from ''Film/TheGunsOfNavarone''.
* "Nitro" Jones in ''Film/OnceUponATexasTrain''.
* ''Film/AFistfulOfDynamite'' stars Creator/JamesCoburn 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 ''Film/ExecutiveDecision'', 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 WrongWire).
* Firefly from ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation''.
* Bill Dolworth in ''Film/TheProfessionals'' is hired specifically because the teams needs an explosives expert.
* Referenced in Film/PulpFiction. Mia's ShowWithinAShow PilotEpisode "Fox Force Five" featured five foxy chicks. "The black girl was a demolition expert."
* Mei-lin of ''Film/{{Mercenaries}}''. She's introduced improvising a cherry bomb to blow up the prisoners' toilets for fun.
* Left Ear from ''Film/{{The Italian Job}}''. Helps the CaperCrew with all of their explosive needs.
* ''Film/TheWarWagon'': Billy is recruited for the crew because of his expertise with explosives: being as good with explosives as Lomax is with a gun. The blase way in which he handles nitroglycerine tends to unnerve everyone else.
* In ''Film/TheHotRock'', Greenberg is the CaperCrew's demolitions expert. His main task during the first heist is blowing up a car outside the museum to distract the guards. he later creates the bombs the crew use when storming the police station.

* In the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Literature/XWingSeries, 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".
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** In ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'', 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 ''Literature/HaloGhostsOfOnyx'', 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 ''Literature/HaloEvolutions'' short story ''Headhunters'', Roland is the explosives expert of the duo. [[spoiler:His partner Jonah is also trained for demolitions duty, in case Roland bites it.]]
* Ben in ''Literature/TheLeonardRegime''.
* Captain Federer in the ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' series is the 597th's chief [[TheEngineer 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 [[HumongousMecha 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 [[MadBomber blowing up the school]]...
* ''Literature/WetDesertTrackingDownATerroristOnTheColoradoRiver'': 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.
* The heartless troop in ''Literature/TheHeartsWeSold'' has Cal. He's the group's scientist and technology guy, so he handles making things blow up when they fight monsters. [[spoiler:Riley takes over after he dies. She's not quite as refined or careful as Cal was, but what she lacks in precision, she makes up in passion.]]
* In ''Literature/RiverOfTeeth'', Hero Shackleby is hired by Houndstooth based on their reputation as both a demolitions expert and a MasterPoisoner. Mainly it's Hero's job in the gang to devise a plan on how to scare the hippos out of the Harriet by using explosives ''without'' demolishing the already cracked dam. Not only does Hero manage that, they also [[CrazyPrepared have a back-up plan on hand]] in case that is not enough fire power. Hero is also black, though not the only [[TokenMinority minority]] in the crew.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Angus [=MacGyver=] in ''[[Series/MacGyver1985 MacGyver]]''. He served in a bomb disposal unit in UsefulNotes/VietnamWar (or the Second Gulf War in [[Series/MacGyver2016 the remake]]).
* ''Series/BurnNotice'': Ex-terrorist Fiona doubles as this, in addition to being the resident GunNut. Whenever the team needs something to blow up, Michael can just turn his head and say, "Fi...".
* ''Series/HogansHeroes'': 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.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': [[Creator/DaniellaAlonso 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 [[Recap/RevolutionS1E5SoulTrain episode 5]] and the [[Recap/RevolutionS1E20TheDarkTower first season finale]].
* ''Series/TheWildWildWest'': 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 ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'' is a parody of this, as his hearing loss and missing finger can attest.
* Malcolm Reed from ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' loves blowing shit up. He once disables a Romulan drone ship with a single phase pistol set on overload.
* On ''Series/{{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:''' [[BadassBoast 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".
* [[Series/DoctorWho Seven's Companion]] Ace was a self-taught one, with a couple bugs to work out, but if Seven needed some StuffBlowingUp, he could be reasonably sure Ace "[[BlatantLies 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?''

* ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'' has at least two major explosives expert, both rather crazy. Demoman is a drunk but Firecracker (an {{expy}} of the WebVideo/HitlerRants 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).

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' 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.
* ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' 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 ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is either this or a MadBomber (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 ActionBomb.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Brink}}'' the Soldier class focuses on the StuffBlowingUp 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 BombDisposal aspect, disarming explosives planted by enemy players (though they can also plant land mines).
* The [[TheEngineer Objective Specialist]] Mercenaries of ''VideoGame/DirtyBomb'' 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 ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' series of video games, starting from ''VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves'' 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 [[VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves the third game]], the crew end up recruiting The Panda King as a dedicated demoman.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' gives us a number of examples, all of whom are as skilled with explosives as they are [[MadBomber bonkers]].
** Tiny Tina, the deadliest 13-year-old on Pandora and the game's signature CuteAndPsycho {{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 SiblingTeam 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 ''VideoGame/JaggedAlliance''. And most of them are insane.
* Loid from ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER|1}}'' has some of the best weapons in the game, including bombs and bottle rockets.
* ''Videogame/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 GameBreaker.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} II: Tides of Darkness'', the dwarves (Alliance) and their EvilCounterpart 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.
** ''VideoGame/{{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.
* [[ElitesAreMoreGlamorous Havoc Squad]], the Republic Trooper's team in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', begins the game with a dedicated demolitions man nicknamed "[[MeaningfulName Fuze]]". [[spoiler: 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 [[TheHero Alias]] plays for [[FiveManBand the squad]] in ''VideoGame/RedFactionII''.
* ''VideoGame/MinecraftStoryMode'': Magnus of the Order of the Stone. His demolition skill is why Axel suggests enlisting his help to fight [[spoiler:the Wither Storm]].
* A late-game mission in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'' involves Samus [[EscortMission protecting a group of demolition specialists]] as they make their way to a heavily reinforced door that cannot be opened any other way.
* ''Videogame/{{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.

* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' currently has as the company demolition expert Lt. "Pi" Pibald, a MadBomber swinging between acute (if [[ProperlyParanoid not always unjustified]]) paranoia and lapses in self-preservation related to explosives. There were two previous demolition experts: Hob blew himself up ([[HeroicSacrifice heroically]]) and Pronto was [[DuctTapeForEverything 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 ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'', one of the main army jobs is Cleanser, which includes burning down and blowing up buildings in which PlagueZombie monsters could be dwelling.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Rico from ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'', to the point where "Kaboom!" is one of the few intelligible words you can get out of him.
* [[YouDirtyRat Rattrap]] from ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' is the main Maximal when it comes to explosives.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' has Wheeljack on the Autobots, who much more of a combat engineer than his usual {{Gadgeteer Genius}} portrayal.