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Eat the Bomb
A character eats a bomb (or anything explosive), unknowingly or not, and the resulting explosion will either cause death, slight indigestion, burping a fireball, or nothing at all. May be intended as Bomb Disposal.

For a more weaponized version (such as Video Game Boss Battles), see Feed It a Bomb.

See also Dinner Deformation.

Examples:

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     Anime & Manga  

  • Mr. 5 from One Piece, due to being immune to explosions thanks to having eaten the Bomu Bomu no Mi (Bomb Bomb Fruit) not only can eat bombs but also "taste" the quality of the explosive.
  • Majin Bu does this in Dragonball GT, neutralizing one of the Baby's attacks that threatened to destroy the city by swallowing it whole. Also doubles as Heroic Sacrifice, since it ends up blasting him from inside.
  • Toriko has to eat a Nitro Cherry in one of the latest chapters. If the explosive is left inside, it's the equivalent of eating a stick of dynamite. Due to Coco's fortunetelling and smart thinking, Toriko had eaten something beforehand that softened the impact of the explosion, but it still caused considerable internal damage. He got better.
  • At one point in the second part of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Esidisi swallows a lit stick of dynamite. Since he's Nigh Invulnerable, like all of the Pillar Men, it makes his stomach balloon out for a second but does no damage.
  • Somewhat averted in the Galaxy Angel manga adaptation. Takuto's latest bid to get away from the enemy is to have Vanilla use her nanomachines construct a bomb which is disguised as one of his teeth. The bomb is revealed, turning the tide on their captors and almost buying them their freedom. A brawl ensues as Takuto, Vanilla, and Milfeulle escort their prisoners back to the ship, and the bomb goes flying out of Takuto's mouth and into Milfeulle's, who swallows it and makes it irretrievable. Milfeulle's abdomen is actually in pain by having swallowed the tooth, and the end result is not expected to be very pleasant, so the bad guys let them get away. Then, the whole situation is subverted when Takuto reveals that the bomb is a fake. A later examination by one of the ship's doctors reveals that Milfie's pain is a slight case of food poisoning.
  • In Macross Dynamite 7, the poachers get their hands on a Reaction Warhead and decide to use it to try to kill the White Whale. The Whale responds by eating it... and being completely unharmed by the detonation. That is the cue for the poachers to give up and surrender; when your intended prey can No Sell eating a nuke, there's really not much else you can do.

     Comic Books  
  • Superman does this all time. It was his first line in Lois and Clark, (*burp* Excuse me.) though Clark Kent had lines throughout the episode.
  • In one Super Goof comic, the Beagle Boys try to get rid of Super Goof by feeding him an exploding peanut. It causes him to swell up like a balloon and then expel the explosion in a huge belch.
  • Matter Eater Lad pulled this stunt, long ago, in the DCU's Legion of Super-Heroes comic.
  • In a Looney Tunes comic book story, the Tasmanian Devil ate a pressure cooker disguised as a cake in order to keep it from producing a massive explosion.
  • In The Smurfs comic book story "Smurf Soup" (and its Animated Adaptation episode "Soup A La Smurf"), Bigmouth eats one of Jokey's surprises, thinking it was food, and it explodes harmlessly in his mouth.

    Film 
  • In Agent Cody Banks, the titular young hero chucks a cube of ice, containing nanites capable of melting through any substance, which ends up right down the Big Bad's throat. The subsequent outbreak ends up destroying the whole base.
  • The Mask has both the "slight indigestion"(expanding stomach) and "burping fire" version.
    "That's a spicy meat-a ball!"
  • Hot Shots! Part Deux has Charlie Sheen's character tossing a pineapple grenade at an enemy soldier. It lands in his mouth and he reflexively swallows it and blows up.
  • Casino Royale (1967) ends with Evil Overlord wannabe Woody Allen tricked into swallowing his pill-size bomb, and blowing everyone up.
  • Casper does this in his second live-action film to prevent his home from being blown up.
  • In The Tuxedo, the Big Bad accidentally swallows not an explosive, but an insect carrying lethal bacteria. Which turn him into a withered husk within seconds.
  • Bruce Banner in The Avengers sarcastically suggests that he should do this with the Tesseract.

     Live Action TV  
  • Torchwood: Children of Earth has the horrible death followed by slow painful regeneration version.
  • In an episode of She Spies, the Cold Open has the girls captured by a villain gloating about his tiny, but powerful bomb. Cassie then kicks it out of his hand, catches it in her mouth, and swallows it. Since the bomb is heat-activated, the villain is forced to set them free before the bomb warms to Cassie's body temperature and explodes in the middle of his base. The girls run to freedom and the opening credits start to run... only to be shoved off the screen by Cassie complaining that she has just swallowed a live bomb and will not survive through the credits. Once she coughs up the bomb (and kicks it back down into the villain's base where it explodes), she allows the credits to resume where they left off.
  • One episode of Lexx has the Lexx, a huge organic spaceship, being infiltrated by a saboteur with a nuclear bomb. The bomb detonates inside Lexx, but fortunately it is much too tough to sustain any damage. "I think I have eaten something hot," it mutters.
  • Happens in the pilot episode of Lois and Clark; Superman eats a bomb to save a space mission from disaster.
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Colin Mochrie did it in an "Impossible Mission" game.
  • Doctor Who: This is how River Song gets a Vortex Manipulator in "The Pandorica Opens." More specifically, she gets it from Dorium Maldovar, whose drink she has spiked with micro-explosives. She trades it for one of her earrings, which contains the detonator. Needless to say, Dorium is all too happy to accept.
  • In the 2007 Flash Gordon series, Baylin uses her Bizarre Alien Biology to disarm a bomb by neutralizing the alkaline components with her highly acidic stomach acid. Even though the bomb didn't go off, they still used the burp gag, minus the fireball.

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  • One animated sequence in Johnny Mnemonic shows the cartoon hero Captain Courageous doing this. His head expands for a bit after it explodes, but otherwise he's unharmed.

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     Video Games  
  • One of the classes in Battlefield Heroes has a skill called I Eats Grenades. Not only that, he gets HEALED by eating grenades in this fashion.
  • Wild Tickers in Gears of War 3 can eat grenades (friendly or enemy) and deliver them to the enemy at the cost of their own life. They can also eat spare ammo.
  • Kirby: When Kirby eats a bomb, he gets a bomb-related power. Depending on the game, this can be Bomb, where Kirby tosses bombs like the Poppy Bros., or Crash, where Kirby explodes and damages all enemies. (Unless, of course, it's the Egg Catcher minigame from Kirby's Adventure.)
  • Kirby, King Dedede, and Wario can eat explosive items in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, though that will hurt them (And in Wario's case, anyone who's standing too close to him).
  • On the menu of WarioWare Touched!, you feed a bomb to Wario-Man to change him back to Wario (to access Wario's levels).
  • A DS game called Zubo showed a character having a move called bomb burp.
  • In Super Mario World, Yoshi can eat Bob-Ombs even mid-explosion without adverse consequences.
  • League of Legends has Ziggs, Hexplosives Expert, whose joke emote has him eat his own bomb and burps out the explosion.

     Web Comics  
  • Happens in Schlock Mercenary, when Schlock eats a Plasma-Grenade. Being a Carboscilicate Amorph, he's incredibly tough, reforms if torn apart, and keeps his mind and memory distributed throughout his entire structure. Plasma, however, is one of the very few things that CAN hurt him, and the resulting explosion destroys 80% of his body, leaving him with a childlike mind and few remaining memories. He does, however, manage to save his two friends, who were in the same room as him, since his body absorbed most of the energy from the explosion. Also, he gets better when he travels back in time and merges with his old, non-blown-up self.
  • In A Girl and Her Fed, Ben takes care of a grenade this way.
  • Parodied by Cyanide and Happiness here.

     Western Animation  
  • In SpongeBob SquarePants, Squidward thinks he accidentally fed Spongebob a bomb shaped like a pie. He spends the rest of the day trying to make Spongebob's last day the best ever, only to find out Spongebob was saving the pie for later. He then drops it and it explodes in their faces.
  • Upchuck in Ben 10. He can eat anything, universe destroying explosives included.
  • Transformers Animated: Slag Snarl swallows a missile, which explodes within him to no effect.
  • Rico from The Penguins of Madagascar, and he's able to regurgitate it with fuse. The aptly named episode "All Choked Up" actually revolves around what happens when he can't spit up an activated bomb thanks to Alice's medicine.
  • Bender in Futurama puts a bomb in his belly to save his friends while attacking the ball planet. Being a robot, Bender has his entire chest cavity stretched out to double its original size, and after some extensive repairs is good as new.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • The Tasmanian Devil gobbles down an assemblage of dynamite Bugs passes off as Wild Turkey Surprise. Result - a second of distension, mild indigestion, and a polite "pardon".
    • "Curtain Razor" has this punchline: a wolf performs his idea of a sensational act — drinking a variety of explosive substances, followed by a lit match, and exploding. The act goes like gangbusters, but as the performer's disembodied spirit points out, "I can only do it once."
    • "Show Biz Bugs": Daffy Duck in drinks explosive stuff, which is followed by a lit match, and then BOOM! His spirit says he can only do it once.
  • In one episode of DuckTales, the Beagle Boys are in prison, when they get a box of bombs from their mother disguised as donuts. Burger, the Big Eater of the group, thinks they are donuts, and eats one, with rather unpleasant results. (And even when they realize what they are, he asks for another later. Fortunately, they keep him from eating any more, and use them to escape.)
  • In the Sam and Max cartoon, they're escorting a criminal on a plane who manages to escape, leaving behind a bomb. Sam orders Max to dispose of it while he's chasing the criminal down; Max eats it and then ducks into the overhead compartment to contain the explosion. Being Sam And Max, he's somehow okay after this.
  • A very strange version in The Tick. Instead of a bomb, it's a loaf of bread which is designed to swell to enormous sizes and destroy the building it's placed inside. Tick eats it, then has to keep punching it (i.e. himself) as it tries to expand out of his body until he can digest it. It gives him indigestion.
  • In the early Homestar Runner animation "Marshmallow's Last Stand", Strong Bad actually shoves a bomb into Homestar Runner's mouth during a fight and kicking him in the abdomen. Homestar, as a result of the bomb exploding inside his stomach, as well as the fact that he ate too many marshmallows earlier in the animation, actually pukes on Strong Bad, and as a result he wins the fight.
  • One episode of American Dad! has Stan get an invite which he is told he must memorize within the next ten seconds. He does so, then eats the paper. He is then informed that the paper will self-destruct. Everyone else's paper crumbles into ash, and Stan breathes a puff of smoke.
    Stan: I'm pooping blood tonight.
  • At the end of Donald Applecore, Donald Duck loads an agricultural helicopter with explosives to get rid of Chip 'n Dale, who has been eating all of his apples, but as he is gunning down the two chipmunks, one of the explosives lands inside a chicken coop and is eaten by one of the chickens, who then immediately lays an egg... ...a ticking egg that then explodes and destroys the entire apple orchard, leaving behind an extremely huge and extremely deep hole in its place, causing Donald to fall inside the hole and wind up in China upon falling out the other end.
  • In Legion Of Superheroes, as a Mythology Gag to the comics, Matter Eater Lad pulls out a ticking bomb in his Legion audition and proceeds to eat it, swallowing the timer last. He suffers no ill effects and, incidentally, gets the job.
  • In the final episode of Bonkers, Bonkers swallows a bomb and lets it explode inside him, doing no damage save for some slight indegestion.

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