of Trick Bomb
, the Stink Bomb is a common item used by pranksters in school settings. In other settings, it's used as a distraction or a deterrent.
The most common variety are simply vials of either ammonium sulfide (which breaks down into several smelly gases on contact with air) or Thiols (a range of hydrocarbon derivatives which smell unpleasant and evaporate quickly) which are released by rupturing them.
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Anime and Manga
- Usopp in One Piece used to use them. Now, that his skills with exotic plants allow him to combine Green Thumb and Elemental Baggage, he uses a seed pellet that grows on impact, blooming into a fully grown rafflesia right into the opponent's face.
- Referenced in the title of a segment of the anthology film Memories — "Stink Bomb" is the story of a man who accidentally becomes a living stench weapon.
- The Dodurian Bomb in Toriko. Its stench is so horrible that getting a full blast of it will send a person into shock. The only way to remove the stench is to eat the Dodurian Bomb itself. Fortunately, the fruit is as delicious as it is stinky.
- Extremely common as stock pranks in The Beano and similar children's comics. Also the name of one of the characters in the Beano strip Super School.
- Getting Back on Your Hooves has Spike ask Twilight if he can throw one Rainbow Dash gave him into Prince Blueblood's room during their visit to Canterlot as revenge for his treatment of Rarity at the Gala. Twilight tells him no, because she doesn't feel like getting arrested...again. He does it anyway when Twilight wasn't looking, causing her to have to go to Canterlot and clean up his room.
- Fred and George uses these often, as does Harry Potter sometimes.
- In the Doctor Who story "The Ice Warriors", the Doctor attempts to use a vial of ammonium sulphide to disable the Martians. Victoria identifies it as a stink bomb, and the Doctor snarks that she's had "a classical education".
- Spells that create stink bomb effects:
- Shadowrun: Stink makes it more difficult for anyone in the area of effect to succeed in their actions.
- Dungeons & Dragons: Stinking Cloud causes those inside of it to be helpless with nausea for as long as they're in it and up to 5 minutes after they leave it.
- A chemical beaker full of this is one of your weapons in Bully.
- CS Gas, commonly known as teargas, used to disorient and discomfort people. It's often used in hostage situations by SWAT officers and the like.
- Triple-dog-dare you to go intimidate a skunk. The smell made by skunks isn't actually like the cartoon-y green gas that makes your nose curl up. Depending on where you were sprayed and how hard, it ranges from vomit-inducing stench to eye-watering, nose burning, "Someone please kill me now!" type pain. It can also cause temporary blindness in certain cases.
- The London Northeastern Railway (LNER) decided to equip their express engines with stink bombs as a warning system in case their connecting rods were overheating. If the crank axle overheated, it would set off the stink bomb, which released a sharp scent of violet or aniseed. Given that drivers could not see the inner workings too well, or hear very much on the footplate of a noisy engine, a smell would be the best thing they could notice.
- A number of weaponised stink agents exist, the most recent one the Israeli "Skunk".