Grenade Tropes

"'Old on to tha pin, throw the udder part!"
Ork Tankbusta, Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War

Tropes to do with hand-held explosive devices.

See also Stuff Blowing Up for the effects of grenade use.

Cooking off examples

  • Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979) had an example of 'cooking off'. One of the terrorists is about to throw a hand grenade into the hold (having already pulled out the pin) when Telly Savalas (playing the Big Bad) grabs hold of his hand. The mook struggles against his grip in wide-eyed silence for a couple of seconds until Savalas releases him so he can throw the grenade. Incredibly stupid in real life, but it did make Savalas' character look suitably Badass and cool under pressure.
  • In Without Remorse, the narator notes that John Kelly and the rest of the SEALs operating in Vietnam personally cut their grenade fuses to a precise length, in order to make the timing more predictable.
  • Played for Laughs on The Simpsons when a soldier pulls the pin before delivering an extended And This Is for... speech to the enemy. Key word: extended.
  • In The Rock, one of the bad guys pops the pins and spoons on two grenades, and loudly counts to three before throwing them through the door towards the good guy. It still takes more than five additional seconds for the grenades to explode.
  • While The Punisher oneshot story Return to Big Nothing does not actually feature anyone cooking a grenade, there is a scene pertinent to the trope: The Punisher throws a grenade into a truck full of firearms about to be sold illegally, and as he proceeds to mow down the dealers and their customers, his internal narration counts down from five. The grenade goes off when he reaches one, and Punisher simply remarks, "Short fuse."
  • In Worm, Tattletale cooks a grenade at one point. Justified because her superpower lets her know the exact timing of the fuse.
  • The Terminator. During the final car chase, Kyle Reese is trying to blow up the pursuing Terminator with pipe bombs. After the first ones explode behind the Terminator's motorbike, he tries letting the fuse burn down a bit before throwing them. The second time he does this, the Terminator shoots him while he's waiting for the fuse to burn down.