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Not related to TomatoSurprise, [[{{Pun}} though it can be related to]] [[ChunkySalsaRule chunky salsa.]]

The pin is pulled from a grenade on a [[BadassBandolier 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 [[TakingYouWithMe makeshift suicide belt]]. Expect it to be used on a nearly triumphant enemy leading to a cathartic OhCrap moment for the villain before he explodes.

Related to GrenadeTag 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 WhyAmITicking

As for why it's called a Pineapple Surprise, British and American [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI World]] [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII War]] and Vietnam-era grenades were nicknamed "pineapples", due to their shape (note the trope image.) Incidentally, [=WW2=] German grenades were called potato mashers (they had a handle which increased their throwing range). Most modern grenades are spherical.

Compare ExplosiveStupidity for when someone TooDumbToLive manages to do this to themselves. May be averted if someone decides to make a HeroicSacrifice by JumpingOnAGrenade.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* At the beginning of the final battle between Accelerator and Kihara in the second season of ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', the former [[OneHitPolykill takes out three mooks with this trick]]. The only remaining one [[OhCrap promptly craps himself]] and [[TooDumbToLive tries using the]] DamselInDistress (Accelerator's MoralityPet Last Order) as a HumanShield. Accelerator [[PistolWhipping doesn't appreciate it]].
* Done famously in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency'' by Joseph Joestar against [[spoiler:Straizo]]. The latter being a superhuman vampire, along with knowing how to use the Ripple, Joseph had no chance at a plain brawl. So as he runs away, he reveals that he had somehow snuck not one, but '''several''' grenades, strung together, onto his opponent's clothes, and his running away made him unpin all the grenades at once.
* In ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', during her first escape attempt from Yami's base, Shigure Kosaka pulls the pins on a mook's three grenades ''with her toes''. To his credit, the mook manages to throw the grenades away in time.
* Played for laughs in the ''Manga/{{Kochikame}}'' manga. Military crazed cop Volvo Saigo who's armed to the teeth has accidentally released his pins when fastening his seatbelt and from swimming. Since this is a cartoon, he gets better.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Stephanie Brown does this to her father the Cluemaster in ''ComicBook/BatmanEternal'' #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 ''Comicbook/DangerGirl and the Comicbook/ArmyOfDarkness'' 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 ''Comicbook/DangerGirl'' comic.
* ''ComicBook/HackSlash'': In ''Interdimensional Women's Prison Breakout'', Samhain does this to ComicBook/BombQueen: as she slaps a paralysis disk on his back, he pulls out the pins of all the grenades on her vest.
* During a flashback to Jesse's father's time in Vietnam in ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', a group of soldiers find an old Vietnamese woman crouching in a hut. They try to talk to her, only for her to hold up a pulled grenade.
* Jon Sable pulls this trick in ''ComicBook/ShamansTears'' #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 ''SixGuns'' mini-series, the Two-Gun Kid shots a flashbang off the vest of mercenary, causing it to detonate.
* In the comic ''ComicBook/StarWarsVaderDown'', after his TIE fighter sustains heavy damage Darth Vader has to make an emergency landing on a planet where the Rebel military has a post and was conducting drills. When surrounded by hundreds of rebel soldiers, Vader uses the Force to pull the pins on their grenades as they demand that he surrender, wiping out most of them before subjecting the survivors to a MookHorrorShow.
* During a day out with Cessily, ComicBook/{{X 23}} performs this during one of her battles with her former handler [[MadeOfIron Kimura]]


* The Mass Effect Fanfiction ''Uplifted'' features the quarian Captain Hanala'Jarva fumbling throwing a grenade. Joachim Hoch grabs it to throw it further. [[spoiler:He loses his arm doing so.]]


* In the remake of ''Film/AssaultOnPrecinct132005'', one of the characters does this while about to be executed by the [[spoiler: CorruptCop]] bad guys. It was only a flash bang, but it still caused a significant injury and distracted the captors enough for an escape attempt.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'': Captain America pulls the pin on a grenade being carried on the back of HYDRA bike during a bike chase.
* ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'': 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 OhCrap from the bomber and an amused grin from Bond.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', the Joker threatens to pull the pins on a jacket of grenades to escape the mobsters meeting with Lau.
* In ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious Furious 7]]'', Dom manages to pull a variant of this by hanging a bag of granades onto Jakande's chopper. It takes a shot by Hobbs from the gun to set them off tho.
* In the final battle in ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'', [[spoiler:Firefly]] pulls out one of his special bombs to use on [[spoiler:Roadblock]], only to find that [[spoiler:Roadblock]] is holding the detonator. Boom!
* A variation is used by the title character in the climax of ''Film/{{Hellboy}}''. When Hellboy sees that he is about to be eaten by the monster he grabs a grenade belt and yanks off all the pins. Possibly something of a subversion since Hellboy knew he would most likely survive the blast but he was going to be very sore tomorrow.
* ''Film/IAmNumberFour'': 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.
* ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'': Happens in the opening scene when the prisoner presents the pin of a grenade in his mouth.
* ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith2005'': John does this accidentally during the freeway chase, going for the grenade but accidentally yanking the pin. He quickly gets away, the explosion taking out the mook and the car he was riding in.
* The accidental version happens in ''Film/OnceBeforeIDie'', killing one of the American officers.
* ''Film/TheProfessional'': [[spoiler:Leon defeats the main villain using the suicide version of this. After being mortally wounded, Leon hands the villain the pin that has been pulled from a grenade. The villain is puzzled for a second, then opens Leon's jacket to see about a dozen grenades strapped to him. The bad guy has just enough time for an OhCrap before being blown to bits.]]
* ''Film/RaisingArizona'': Hi accidentally grabs the pin of one of the BadassBiker's grenades.
* In ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'', 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.
* ''Film/TankGirl'': The title character does this to the Water and Power mook who captured her, blowing him to bits.
* ''Film/TheThinRedLine'': [[spoiler:Woody Harrelson's character Sgt. Keck]], after tremendous build-up, dies accidentally a horribly short way into the film when [[spoiler:[[FinaglesLaw he pulls the pin instead of the grenade]]]].
--> "I blew my butt off!"
* Loki pulls this trick on [[spoiler:Kurse]] in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld''; detonating the grenade he is carrying on his belt.
* ''Film/TheTournament'': This is how Lai Lai kills Petrov during the fight in the church. She throws him over her shoulder into the pews. She then holds up her hand to show a grenade pin dangling from her finger. Petrov gets an OhCrap look on his face and looks to his belt to see which grenade it is before he explodes.
* Creator/TomCruise's ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' 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 [[PinPullingTeeth pulled them with his teeth]].
* In ''Film/X2XMenUnited'', Magneto pulls the pins from a squad of soldiers all at once using his powers.

* ''Literature/DocSidhe'': 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 [[Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth 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 [[TakingYouWithMe blows them both up]].
* ''Up Front'', by Creator/BillMauldin, features the "swamp hunter":
-->He loves to go on patrol, all alone, with a rifle, a Luger, a knife, plenty of ammo, and half a dozen grenades hung to his belt by their safety rings, so he can pluck them and throw them like ripe tomatoes. The fact that hanging grenades by their rings is not a good way to live to a respectable old age doesn't bother him at all. In fact, he tells with great relish how one came loose while he was creeping around a German position, and how it exploded under his feet, kicking his legs up in the air but leaving him miraculously unscratched.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/AlmostHuman'', this is how [[Creator/KarlUrban Kennex]] finally brings down a RoboticPsychopath.
* In the ''Series/{{Crusade}}'' pilot "War Zone" the away team investigating a crashed Drakh ship gets pinned down by a squad from the enemy crew. Dureena sneaks around back and trips a grenade on one of the Drakh soldiers' belts, ending the fight very quickly.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': 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.
* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'': In "The Final Showdown Part 2", [[Creator/ChuckNorris Chuck Norris]] does this to [[BigBad 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.
* ''Series/ThePrisoner'': In the episode "The Girl Who Was Death", Number 6 rigs a couple of German grenades, moving the explosives into the handles. When the villains hurl them, the heads end up in our heroes escape boat, while the villains are left listening to the omnious hiss from the handles before exploding.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* A variant in ''VideoGame/DoubleOhSevenFromRussiaWithLove''. One of the trick shots possible with the [[ImprobableAimingSkills Bond Focus mechanic]] is shooting a grenade off some poor schmuck's web gear, which causes it to explode.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'': During [[ThatOneLevel "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.
** This foreshadows a moment at the end of "Payback": [[spoiler:after Frank Woods stabs [[TheDragon Lev Kravchenko]], Krav pulls the pins on all of the grenades in his bandolier at once. Woods [[HeroicSacrifice tackles him out the window and they explode off-camera]].]]
** It's also a reference to ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty 3'', wherein the exact same thing happened between the player and a Nazi soldier.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'':
** A variation on this trope is a valid way to stealthily initiate hostilities in the series. By reverse-pickpocketing explosives into a target's inventory, you blow them up; the obvious implication is that you pulled the pin beforehand. If they catch on, they even give an OhCrap or WhyAmITicking reaction.
** A radio show in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' identifies this technique as "the old Shady Sands Shuffle." Performing it increments the "Pants Exploded" statistic and the first one earns the "Psychotic Prankster" achievement.
** One of the ways to complete "I Put A Spell On You" for the Legion in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' is to [[spoiler: pull the pin on Davey Crenshaw's grenade and later cite his pranking nature to convince Colonel Hsu that he planted the bomb on the NCR monorail]].
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' introduces Super Mutant Suiciders, a version of the super mutant that rushes the player with a mini-nuke as a suicide bomber. The safest way to take them out is to snipe the bomb (preferably from long range and before they notice you), killing both them and anyone else in the vicinity.
*** If you kill them without the mini nuke going off, you can actually loot it.
* This is one of the takedowns you can learn in ''VideoGame/FarCry3''. 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.
* One of the animations for capturing an enemy tank in ''VideoGame/{{Mercenaries}}'' World In Flames has you pull a grenade just as one of the tank's crew pops out of the top hatch with a pistol. After a brief struggle, your character will pull back, at which point the tanker will try to shoot you [[OhCrap only to realize that you swapped his gun for your grenade]]. You then shoot him in the chest, causing him to drop the grenade into the tank.
* ''VideoGame/SniperEliteV2'' lets you shoot grenades attached to enemies' web gear, detonating them. There's even an achievement for it, "Remote Detonation".
* In ''VideoGame/Uncharted3DrakesDeception'' game this is possible to do when engaging in melee. Just make sure you get away in time.
* In ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' "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''' [[TheLoad seem to be the only reason]] he needs to use such a card.
* A possible tactic in ''VideoGame/VelvetAssassin'', although it's a StealthBasedGame so it might be more trouble than it's worth.
* In ''VideoGame/XCOM2'', the Fuse psychic ability lets the Psi-Op detonate grenades or other explosives carried by an enemy or on their corpse.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The title card for WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's review of ''Film/{{Commando}}'' shows the critic holding four of Arnold's grenade pins, with him freaking out in the background.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAssaultOnArkham'': After he escapes from his cell, the Joker confronts one of the patrolling guards. The guard has just enough time to realise that the Joker is twirling a grenade pin around his finger before the tear gas grenade on his belt goes off.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Stewie does this to Lois in the climactic fight scene of ''Lois Kills Stewie''.
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/GIJoeSigma6 GI 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 ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/SkysurferStrikeForce'' gives us Grenader, a [[ActionBomb sentient, person-sized grenade]] complete with a giant pin. The heroes usually pull it out before he's ready to use it.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': In "Summit", Kid Flash pulls the pins on the smoke grenades being worn on the vests of three Light ninjas.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* 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.
* Charles Murray, a Scottish career soldier who signed on in the French Foreign Legion for the experience, related a story of the aftermath of a gruelling training march in full kit with weapons load. After thirty kilometres' march, the Legion recruits established camp and one man got into a tent shared with seven other recruits, gratefully and heedlessly throwing off his pack and webbing. Unfortunately, the action of shucking his pack also tugged the pin out of a grenade insecurely attached to one of the straps... All eight were killed and shrapnel injured men in neighbouring tents.