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Grenade Tag
It's technically not a backstab if she does it to his front, right?

Penelope: This is hardly the time for sticky fingers.
Herbert: It's not what he's taking out of the guard's pocket, my dear, but what he's putting in. Duck and cover!

A wily character is facing up against a Giant Mook who is confident he's going to beat their puny opponent. Our hero does a move in which he runs up to the baddie, flips over him, and then flips away. The baddie turns around confused as to why they've left him otherwise unharmed until he looks down and sees the three explosive Sticky Bombs left on his chest (and yes, they always see the bombs before they go off). Bombs go off, and the baddie either falls unconscious if they were knockout bombs or... well, lets just hope it's a PG rated show for the baddie's sake.

Alternatively, if the Guile Hero really is completely outclassed in hand to hand, they may exploit the opportunity to plant the bombs and then break away or goad the baddie into throwing them to safety. Compare Pineapple Surprise.

Sub-Trope of Trick Bomb. Usually a Sticky Bomb, though a normal bomb may be somehow fastened to the baddie where it can't be removed in time (like snarled in a cape). See also; Throw Down the Bomblet for characters who may make use of this. Compare Misguided Missile.


Examples

Anime and Manga

Comic Books
  • In Batgirl #20 (the Stephanie Brown series), Batgirl defeats the speedster Slipstream by sticking several explosive electrogoop batarangs to his back.

Film

Literature
  • At one point in the X-Wing Series, Wraith Squadron is pinned down dirtside by a Viper probe droid.note  Kell Tainer dives on top of it and bounces off. Then it explodes violently. Turns out he managed to plant a charge.
  • In Skulduggery Pleasant, playing with fire, the spike bomb mentioned when Skullduggery retrieves his case from Finbar is used this way against the Grotesquery. Arguably a less than straight example, since Skullduggery is obviously holding the bomb beforehand, and the Grotesquery does not appear to react at all to the bomb. Until it goes off.

Live-Action TV

Video Games
  • As a general rule of thumb, virtually any game that has Sticky Bombs as usable weapons will involve this at some point.
  • Throughout the Fallout series, you can use the pickpocket skill to place a live explosive on someone. Doing this in Fallout 3 nets you the "Psychotic Prankster" achievement and increments your "Pants Exploded" stat. The Adventures of Herbert "Daring" Dashwood radio show also has the titular character's Hypercompetent Sidekick do this to some villains; Argyle calls it "the old Shady Sands Shuffle."
    • In Fallout: New Vegas, with a high-enough sneak skill, you can prank a prankster via this.
  • Resident Evil 4 when Leon gets into CQC with Ada, she drops her sunglasses on the ground at Leon's feet. Then after a few seconds the glasses explode.
  • In Resident Evil remake for the GameCube, if you're grabbed by a zombie you can use a defensive weapon. These include stun grenades, which can be shoved into the zombie's mouth and shot for an instant decapitation.
  • A common tactic in the Gears of War series, though not quite as subtle as in most games - when you melee attack someone with a grenade, it sticks to them with a wet thnk, and detonates after a couple seconds.
  • In Alpha Protocol, if Mike decides to kill Leland after agreeing to help him in the finale, he'll reveal that the evidence that he handed over to him was actually a mine. The look on Leland's face says it all.
  • In Dead or Alive 4, Spartan-458 Nicole has a showey move where she lifts up her opponent with one hand, activates a Plasma Grenade in the other, slams it into her opponent's torso, then kicks them away before the grenade detonates.
  • In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Snake can plant a pack of C4 directly on an opponent if he's standing close enough to them (Rather then dropping it on the ground), then blow it up at will. Amusingly, the C4 pack can also transfer itself to other players if the victim touches them (Snake himself included).

Web Comics
  • Wonderella provides the page image.
  • Girl Genius sports a nonlethal example, wherein swordstress Zeetha falls for one. Admittably, the payload was NOT the one that her opponent thought he was planting, but it ends off working out anyway.

Web Original
  • Haloid. Samus and MC are grappling. Samus breaks off, turns into a ball and flies away. As she does so she drops several mines at MC's feet, which explode and blast MC into the air.

Western Animation


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