Notice anything missing?
Not related to Tomato Surprise
, though it can be related to chunky salsa.
The pin is pulled from a grenade on a grenade belt
, causing the wearer and anyone in the immediate vicinity to explode. It can be used to elaborately kill a tooled-up enemy or as a makeshift suicide belt. Expect it to be used on a nearly triumphant enemy leading to a cathartic Oh Crap
moment for the villain before he explodes.
Related to Grenade Tag
in which a character during hand-to-hand combat secretly plants a bomb onto their opponent's body before quickly retreating. Both are a subtrope of Why Am I Ticking?
As for why it's called a Pineapple Surprise, British and American World War
and Vietnam-era grenades were nicknamed "pineapples", due to their shape (note the trope image.) Incidentally, WW2
German grenades were called potato mashers. Most modern grenades are spherical.
- Stephanie Brown does this to her father the Cluemaster in Batman Eternal #3; pulling the pin on one of the smoke canisters hanging on his costume when he tries to shoot her.
- Happens to a mercenary in Danger Girl and the Army of Darkness when his possessed hand pulls out the pins of the grenades he is wearing on his vest.
- Abbey herself pulls this on an enemy early in the original Danger Girl comic.
- Jon sable pulls this trick in Shaman's Tears #8: yanking the pin out of one of the grenades on a bandoleer worn by one of the nestlings as he flees their sewer lair.
- In the Six Guns mini-series, the Two-Gun Kid shots a flashbang off the vest of mercenary, causing it to detonate.
- In the remake of Assault on Precinct 13 (2005), one of the characters does this while about to be executed by the Corrupt Cop bad guys. It was only a flash bang, but it still caused a significant injury and distracted the captors enough for an escape attempt.
- Captain America: The First Avenger: Captain America pulls the pin on a grenade being carried on the back of HYDRA bike during a bike chase.
- Casino Royale: A bomber tries to use a tiny keyring bomb attached to a fuel tanker to blow up a plane. After a long fight with Bond, the bomber triumphantly pushes the switch on his detonator...only to realize that Bond had attached the bomb to his belt loop. Cue Oh Crap from the bomber and an amused grin from Bond.
- In The Dark Knight, the Joker threatens to pull the pins on a jacket of grenades to escape the mobsters meeting with Lau.
- In the final battle in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Firefly pulls out one of his special bombs to use on Roadblock, only to find that Roadblock is holding the detonator. Boom!
- I Am Number Four: Number Four kills the leader of the Magadorians by using his telekinesis to set off all of the leader's futuristic bullets while they're still strapped to his chest.
- The Professional: Leon defeats the main villain using the suicide version of this.
- Raising Arizona: Hi accidentally grabs the pin of one of the Badass Biker's grenades.
- In Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Watson shoots a mook who just pulled the pin on a grenade. The wound isn't fatal, but it's disorienting enough that the mook can't find the primed grenade in the sack of identical grenades it fell into.
- Tank Girl: The title character does this to the Water and Power mook who captured her, blowing him to bits.
- Loki pulls this trick on Kurse in Thor: The Dark World; detonating the grenade he is carrying on his belt.
- Tom Cruise's The War of the Worlds has the main character pull the pins of at least one while he was being sucked into one of the tripods. Since he spit them out when his cagemates pulled him back, it seems implied that he pulled them with his teeth.
- In X2: X-Men United, Magneto pulls the pins from a squad of soldiers all at once using his powers.
- Doc Sidhe: Doc does this while possessed by the spirit of the Warbringer; using magic to cause the grenades Blackletter's men are carrying to detonate while they are still wearing them.
- The short story Once More from the Top by A. Scott Glancy shows what happened when the marines were sent to clear out Innsmouth. A couple of soldiers have succeeded in driving back a shoggoth with flamethrowers only to be fired on by the townspeople. Realising the safety lever has been shot off a phosphorous grenade clipped to his webbing, and that when it goes off he'll also kill his friend as he's wearing a flamethrower tank full of jellied gasoline on his back, a soldier leaps into the river where the shoggoth has retreated to and blows them both up.
- In Almost Human, this is how Kennex finally brings down a Robotic Psychopath.
- Walker, Texas Ranger: In "The Final Showdown Part 2", Chuck Norris does this to Big Bad. After a long fight, Chuck and his adversary fall out of a window and land on top of a car. After they both roll off the roof, Chuck reveals that he pulled the baddies grenade pin. As he runs off, the grenade explodes.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation: In Starship Mine, after a scuffle with Picard, a thief makes off with a container of explosive trilithium resin. It turns out Picard removed a stabilizer from the container during the scuffle. She doesn't get far..
- Call of Duty: Black Ops: During "S.O.G.", an NVA soldier pounces on Alex Mason. After the player struggles for a bit, Mason pulls the pin on one of Charlie's grenades and pushes him away.
- One of the ways to complete "I Put A Spell On You" for the Legion in Fallout: New Vegas is to pull the pin on Davey Crenshaw's grenade and later use his pranking nature to convince Colonel Hsu that he planted the bomb on the NCR monorail.
- In fact, a variation on this trope is a valid way to stealthily initiate hostilities in the series, in general. You can reverse-pickpocket your own explosives, most often grenades, into NPC inventories... the obvious implication being that you pulled the pin beforehand. If they catch on, they even give an Oh Crap or Why Am I Ticking? reaction.
- This is one of the takedowns you can learn in Far Cry 3. Interestingly, the person you pull it on is already dead, as it is a follow-up to a stealth knife assassination. The "surprise" belongs to the group of his friends that his body gets kicked into.
- In the third Uncharted game this is possible to do when engaging in melee. Just make sure you get away in time.
- In Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines "Nines" Rodriguez saves the PC from Sabbat goons by threatening them with a grenade. Given Nines is at a power level to curb stomp the 3 young Sabbat easily, you seem to be the only reason he needs to use such a card.
- A possible tactic in Velvet Assassin, although it's a Stealth-Based Game so it might be more trouble than it's worth.
- The title card for The Nostalgia Critic's review of Commando shows the critic holding four of Arnold's grenade pins, with him freaking out in the background.
- In Family Guy, Stewie does this to Lois in the climactic fight scene of Lois Kills Stewie.
- In G.I. Joe: Valor vs Venom, Snake Eyes pulls the pins on every grenade on Storm Shadow's bandolier to escape him. Storm Shadow survives by tossing the belt before it's too late.
- The Question does this to a Cadmus mercenary in the Justice League Unlimited episode "Fearful Symmetry", but he's nice enough to remove the grenade belt before pulling the pins so the guy has a chance to get clear of the blast.
- Skysurfer Strike Force gives us Grenader, a sentient, person-sized grenade complete with a giant pin. The heroes usually pull it out before he's ready to use it.
- Young Justice: In "Summit", Kid Flash pulls the pins on the smoke grenades being worn on the vests of three Light ninjas.
- U.S. Senator Max Cleland ended up being a real life case of this when a grenade whose pin had fallen out shredded both his legs and one of his arms during the Vietnam War. It turned out that the grenade came from a squad mate who had straightened all of the pins on his grenades (a dangerous but common enough practice during the war), but had failed to secure them with duct tape. Cleland and the hapless squaddie were disembarking from a helicopter, and the jolt of him jumping onto the ground was enough to jar the grenade loose.