"You take a standard G.I. sock, cram it with as much Comp B as it can hold, rig up a simple fuse, then coat the whole thing with axle grease. Now when you throw it, it should stick. It's a bomb that sticks, a 'sticky bomb.'"
If there's a live bomb thrown nearby you, you have a chance to grab it and throw it away. However, if a sticky one is involved, you better run away really fast. And if it's stuck on you ...
Usually adhesive is involved in making the bomb sticky, though things like nails and magnets can be used too. Expect there to be problems when a someone tries to throw such a bomb but gets it stuck on his/her person.
of Trick Bomb
. Compare with Insert Grenade Here
. See also Sticky Situation
. Frequently used in a game of Grenade Tag
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Anime and Manga
- When not in his Humongous Mecha, Setsuna F. Seiei frequently uses plastic bombs against nonhuman targets.
- Dead Leaves has sticky bombs in the form of lipstick. Pandy gets a whole bandolier of them.
- Naruto: All Deidara's explosives are clay and thus inherently sticky, but the insectile ones will also chase and cling to their target.
- Saving Private Ryan has improvised sticky bombs made of plastic explosive stuffed into socks and covered in axle grease used against German tanks. As Captain Miller notes, it is in fact in the GI handbook for World War 2 soldiers. The results are...mixed.
- Battle of the Bulge (1965): Infantrymen slap plastic explosive sticky bombs onto attacking German tanks.
- In the German/Russian movie Stalingrad German infantry in foxholes have to wait for tanks to drive over them so they can stick magnetic bombs on their undersides. Some of the soldiers come to sticky ends.
- Hudson Hawk: short range launcher shoots rockets with time-delay fuses that stick to their targets.
- In The Dark Knight, Batman uses a sticky-bomb launcher to blast his way into Lau's Hong Kong office, and later to stop the Gotham City SWAT team from killing the Joker's hostages.
- In The Fifth Element, Dallas uses a sticky grenade on the cruise ship.
- In Cloud Atlas, Hae-Joo uses sticky bombs to dispose of some Corporacy aircrafts.
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Nick Fury has successfully escaped a large scale ambush when the Winter Soldier makes his introduction, casually striding into the middle of the road and firing a grenade that slides along the road under Nick's SUV, magnetically clamps onto the undercarriage, and explodes.
- In the Babylon 5 book Legions of Fire, Vir of all people pats a villain on the head. The villain finds something stuck there just before Vir triggers the remote.
- AbleTeam sets up an ambush for a Salvadorean death squad. One of them sees he's triggered a grenade Booby Trap and runs for his life, not realising the grenade is bouncing after him because it's hooked on his clothing via a monofilament line and a fish hook.
Live Action TV
- An episode of Dads Army had the Home Guard training with sticky grenades. Hilarity Ensues.
- In the first episode of Power Rangers RPM, Dillon fashions a makeshift sticky bomb by sticking a grenade to a wet lollipop. Unrealistic? Yeah. Awesome? Hell Yeah!
- In the season 1 finale of Burn Notice, Michael and Fiona build one by plastering tile adhesive over a mop wrapped around a C4-containing piece of Tupperware.
- In the video for Twisted Sister's "I Wanna Rock", The Neidermeyer teacher tries to throw a grenade at the rock band, but instead ends up throwing the pin and winds up with the grenade stuck to his hand. He dives into the high school's swimming pool to try defusing it, but it explodes and Neidermayer bangs his head against the diving board.
- Limpet Mines from Tabletop GameGURPS: Ultra-Tech work this way. They even came up with good reasons to stick them to yourself.
- Warhammer 40,000 has Krak Grenades, Meltabombs, EMP Grenades and various similar weapons to give ordinary infantry a chance against tanks.
- On more than one occasion, Wile E. Coyote has had to deal with a lit stick of dynamite accidentally glued to his hand.
- Kim Possible had the nano-tick bomb. It eventually gets stuck on Kim, with classmates mistaking it for a zit.
- Transformers Prime: one of Dreadwing's usual tactics is sticking bombs on his enemies.
- In ThunderCats (2011), the Lizard army had magnetic bombs that stuck to walls and blew them up.
- During World War II, the British developed an anti-tank grenade that was little more than a bottle of nitroglycerine coated with glue. The user was expected to run up to an enemy tank, smack the grenade onto the armour, and hope to make it to a safe distance before it went off. Although the whole idea was clearly insane, the "sticky bomb" was nevertheless cheap and quick to manufacture - important advantages given that the British were expecting an imminent Nazi invasion and had been forced to abandon most of their anti-tank guns during the Dunkirk evacuation. The main drawback was that it was terrifyingly easy for the user to get an armed grenade stuck to themselves. In the words of one Home Guard volunteer:
"It was while practicing that a [Home Guard] bomber got his stick bomb stuck to his trouser leg and couldn’t shift it. A quick thinking mate whipped the trousers off and got rid of them and the bomb. After the following explosion the trousers were in a bit of a mess though I think they were a bit of a mess prior to the explosion
- Nearly everyone prior to WW2 had some kind of magnetic mine designed to be thrown a short distance onto a tank. As they were uniformly bad at sticking and required getting within a few feet of an active tank, most nations quickly phased them out a few days after they first tried to actually use them in combat. On the other hand, magnetic mines for naval use are more effective (these however don't stick to a ship — they're just exploded by its magnetic field).
- Zimmerit was a paste applied to WWII German vehicles to prevent the magnetic variant from sticking to the vehicle.
- Not surprisingly, the Sticky Bombs were quickly replaced with more reliable Anti-Tank weapons, like the Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank (PIAT) Spigot Mortar. And given the major shortcomings of the PIAT (cocking the weapon required considerable strength, especially if done while prone to avoid detection; the projectile would fall out of the tube if it was aimed downwards, and if improperly braced when fired the recoil could potentially dislocate the soldier's shoulder!), that should tell you how bad the sticky bomb was.
- The origin of the nailed bomb version would probably be the petard, a siege weapon consisting of a large explosive nailed to a castle door. William Shakespeare references just how easy it was to blow yourself up with it, hence naming the trope.
- The very controversial "Operation Tailwind" story that got a bunch of people fired from CNN in the 1990s claimed the existence of a type of anti-personnel mine called "Pot Pie" that was supposed to be deployed using a styrofoam cooler. When it warmed up, it was supposed to extend tendrils that would wrap around whatever was nearby and hold it in place until detonation. Whether this actually existed is unclear; after the producers were fired for alleged shoddy journalism, they sued CNN for millions and got fat settlements, while the executives who fired them were fired as well, leaving the veracity of the entire story more or less permanently unresolvable. Thus are the perils of reporting on The Vietnam War.