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A favourite assassination method of [[TheMafia mobsters]] and [[SpyFi spies]] alike is to hook up a bomb to the ignition switch of a car, so that it will lie dormant until some poor soul starts it.

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A favourite assassination method of [[TheMafia mobsters]] and [[SpyFi [[SpyFiction spies]] alike is to hook up a bomb to the ignition switch of a car, so that it will lie dormant until some poor soul starts it.


* ''Series/AllMyChildren'' did something similar when investigative journalist Edmund Grey was tailing a corrupt politician, shocking his wife and his other loved ones when he walked into his own funeral and revealed that the politician himself must have died in the explosion. Apparently the man didn't trust his own lackeys to do the job right and decided to plant the bomb himself.

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* ''Series/AllMyChildren'' did something similar to the ''Series/{{Hunter}}'' example when investigative journalist Edmund Grey was tailing a corrupt politician, shocking his wife and his other loved ones when he walked into his own funeral and revealed that the politician himself must have died in the explosion. Apparently the man didn't trust his own lackeys to do the job right and decided to plant the bomb himself.



* On ''Series/GeneralHospital'', Sonny's wife Lily was killed this way, when her father planted a bomb meant to kill ''Sonny'', enraged that he had not stopped carrying on with his ex-girlfriend. The sad irony is, Sonny and Lily had just reconciled and resolved to start over. She was driving the car because Sonny had drunk too much champagne celebrating her pregnancy. The scenes played out very much like in the play description--a joyful Lily walking towards the car, turning to smile back at Sonny, getting into the car, starting the ignition. . .cue the sound of the explosion and a BigNo from the now widowed Sonny.

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* On ''Series/GeneralHospital'', Sonny's wife Lily was killed this way, when her father planted a bomb meant to kill ''Sonny'', enraged that he had not stopped carrying on with his ex-girlfriend. The sad irony is, Sonny and Lily had just reconciled and resolved to start over. She was driving the car because Sonny had drunk too much champagne celebrating her pregnancy. The scenes played out very much like in the play trope description--a joyful Lily walking towards the car, turning to smile back at Sonny, getting into the car, starting the ignition. . .cue the sound of the explosion and a BigNo from the now widowed Sonny.

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** These were frequently used by extremist groups on both sides of [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles the Troubles]], both in Northern Ireland and elsewhere in the British Isles.


While the intended target is, naturally, the car's owner, this trope is the number one killer of [[DisposablePilot chauffeurs]] and valets -- which occasionally raises the FridgeLogic of why you would put an ignition-triggered explosive in a chauffeured car in the first place -- and has claimed its fair share of helpful {{Dead Sidekick}}s and DisposableWomen as well.

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While the intended target is, naturally, the car's owner, this trope is the number one killer of [[DisposablePilot chauffeurs]] and valets -- which occasionally raises the FridgeLogic of why you would put an ignition-triggered explosive in a chauffeured car in the first place -- and has claimed its fair share of helpful {{Dead Sidekick}}s and DisposableWomen [[DisposableWoman Disposable Women]] as well.


* Creator/StephenKing short story ''[[Literature/NightmaresAndDreamscapes Dolan's Cadillac]]'' involves a guy whose wife was killed with a car bomb (she had information on a local mob boss). The rest of the story details how he gets his revenge.

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* Creator/StephenKing short story ''[[Literature/NightmaresAndDreamscapes Dolan's Cadillac]]'' ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' manages to calmly deduce Holly's presence from the fact that Butler, the world's best bodyguard, ''didn't'' do his usual bomb check, and just about the only thing that would interfere with his reflexes is fairy mesmer.
* Happened to one of Literature/{{Dirk Pitt|Adventures}}'s many vintage automobiles. He wasn't in it, and he had it restored at the end of the book.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': ''Literature/WhiteNight'' has Murphy's car wired with a pipe bomb by one of the villains, who doesn't want her and Harry looking into a series of serial killings. Fortunately, Harry was just a little bit pissed off from a meeting the scene before, so he lets off a hex to blow off some steam... which just happens to activate the car bomb's detonator while he and Murphy are across the street.
* ''Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes'': In the third book, a corrupt customs officer who was hired to help the villain's plot to interfere with an interplanetary teleport to replace a statue with a fake with a bomb inside is disposed of after the job has been done in this fashion.
* The first updated ''Literature/TheHardyBoys'' novel killed off Joe's girlfriend Iola this way when the bad guys planted a bomb in Joe's car.
* ''Literature/JoePickett'': In ''Stone Cold'', Templeton's lackeys plant a bomb underneath Joe's pickup, to be detonated by a mobile phone. Fortunately, Joe discovers it before it can be detonated.
* In the first book of the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' series (and its film adaptation), Alan Tompkins was killed by a bomb planted inside his car.
* The second high-profile assassination in the first chapter of ''Literature/NeverSendFlowers'' is a politician whose car was rigged with a bomb. The thing wasn't set to explode immediately, it took eight startings of the vehicle before the inevitable.
* Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/NightmaresAndDreamscapes'': "Dolan's Cadillac"
involves a guy whose wife was killed with a car bomb (she had information on a local mob boss). The rest of the story details how he gets his revenge.



* Happens in the Literature/StephaniePlum book ''One for the Money'', with the car she appropriated from Morelli (in this book, he's the skip she's chasing). Another of Vinnie's bounty hunters is the ill-fated person who starts the car.
** This is actually one of the least common ways Stephanie's [[RunningGag cars get blown up]].
* ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles White Night]]'' has Murphy's car wired with a pipe bomb by one of the villains, who doesn't want her and Harry looking into a series of serial killings. Fortunately, Harry was just a little bit pissed off from a meeting the scene before, so he lets off a hex to blow off some steam... which just happens to activate the car bomb's detonator while he and Murphy are across the street.



** In the first novel, the carbomb is placed in the suspension, rigged to go off when it falls and hits the ground as the car starts moving. As Quiller needs to fake his death to escape surveillance, he starts the car's engine and leaves the bomb on the hood, hoping the vibrations will cause it to slide down the hood, fall off and detonate. After a while nothing happens, and Quiller thinks the bomb has got stuck and he'd better go back and dislodge it, when the garage blows up in his face.

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** In the first novel, the carbomb car bomb is placed in the suspension, rigged to go off when it falls and hits the ground as the car starts moving. As Quiller needs to fake his death to escape surveillance, he starts the car's engine and leaves the bomb on the hood, hoping the vibrations will cause it to slide down the hood, fall off and detonate. After a while nothing happens, and Quiller thinks the bomb has got stuck and he'd better go back and dislodge it, when the garage blows up in his face.



* Happened to one of Literature/{{Dirk Pitt|Adventures}}'s many vintage automobiles. He wasn't in it, and he had it restored at the end of the book.
* In the first book of the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' series (and its film adaptation), Alan Tompkins was killed by a bomb planted inside his car.
* The second high-profile assassination in the first chapter of ''Literature/NeverSendFlowers'' is a politician whose car was rigged with a bomb. The thing wasn't set to explode immediately, it took eight startings of the vehicle before the inevitable.
* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' manages to calmly deduce Holly's presence from the fact that Butler, the world's best bodyguard, ''didn't'' do his usual bomb check, and just about the only thing that would interfere with his reflexes is fairy mesmer.
* The first updated ''Literature/TheHardyBoys'' novel killed off Joe's girlfriend Iola this way when the bad guys planted a bomb in Joe's car.
* ''Literature/JoePickett'': In ''Stone Cold'', Templeton's lackeys plant a bomb underneath Joe's pickup, to be detonated by a mobile phone. Fortunately, Joe discovers it before it can be detonated.
* Protagonist Rafaella in Creator/JackieCollins's ''RockStar'' loses her father at a young age to this trope.

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* Happened to one of Literature/{{Dirk Pitt|Adventures}}'s many vintage automobiles. He wasn't in it, and he had it restored at the end of the book.
* In the first book of the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' series (and its film adaptation), Alan Tompkins was killed by a bomb planted inside his car.
* The second high-profile assassination in the first chapter of ''Literature/NeverSendFlowers'' is a politician whose car was rigged with a bomb. The thing wasn't set to explode immediately, it took eight startings of the vehicle before the inevitable.
* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' manages to calmly deduce Holly's presence from the fact that Butler, the world's best bodyguard, ''didn't'' do his usual bomb check, and just about the only thing that would interfere with his reflexes is fairy mesmer.
* The first updated ''Literature/TheHardyBoys'' novel killed off Joe's girlfriend Iola this way when the bad guys planted a bomb in Joe's car.
* ''Literature/JoePickett'': In ''Stone Cold'', Templeton's lackeys plant a bomb underneath Joe's pickup, to be detonated by a mobile phone. Fortunately, Joe discovers it before it can be detonated.
* Protagonist Rafaella in Creator/JackieCollins's ''RockStar'' ''Literature/RockStar'' loses her father at a young age to this trope.



* Happens in the ''Literature/StephaniePlum'' book ''One for the Money'', with the car she appropriated from Morelli (in this book, he's the skip she's chasing). Another of Vinnie's bounty hunters is the ill-fated person who starts the car.
** This is actually one of the least common ways Stephanie's [[RunningGag cars get blown up]].



* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' deals with the [[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail problem mentioned above]] in an interesting fashion in the Season 3 finale. We see all the team getting into their respective cars, in a way that practically screams "car bomb". But because they're official FBI vehicles, they all are driving the same car. The episode ends with ''one'' of them blowing up, but without showing which one. [[spoiler:It was the one that Hotch and his [[RememberTheNewGuy old friend]] who [[ReplacementGoldfish happens to look just like his (ex?)wife]] and had been introduced in the same episode. He lives, but she dies at the hospital.]]
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'':
** In "Cat's in the Cradle", the B-plot involves a bomb planted in a woman's car that explodes when she stops at a garage to investigate a strange noise the car is making.
** A simple time bomb left in the boot of [[DisproportionateRetribution a cheating husband]]. Unfortunately an unexpected detour means the bomb takes several bystanders with it.
** In "Hog Heaven", an undercover cop is killed by a bomb planted in her car. Nick and Greg are standing in the car park when it happens.
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Fire," Mulder and Scully get into their car to find a strange cassette tape on the dashboard. They pop it in, and a voice informs them that by doing so they have armed a bomb hooked up to the car, and opening the door will trigger the explosion. Someone then opens the door from the outside, and Scully jumps--turns out the voice on the tape was just Mulder's NewOldFlame, trying to mess with their heads.

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* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' deals The ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' episode "Archie Gets Branded" ends with a member of the [[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail problem mentioned above]] in an interesting fashion in the Season 3 finale. We see all the team Jewish Defense League getting blown up in his car in front of the Bunkers' house.
* ''Series/AllMyChildren'' did something similar when investigative journalist Edmund Grey was tailing a corrupt politician, shocking his wife and his other loved ones when he walked into his own funeral and revealed that the politician himself must have died in the explosion. Apparently the man didn't trust his own lackeys to do the job right and decided to plant the bomb himself.
* Referenced in the finale of ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Izzy and his minions get
into their respective cars, car and there's a closeup of a hand turning the ignition key -- but instead of an explosion we get [[HumanoidAbomination Illyria]] revealed in the headlights, and [[BattleDiscretionShot after a way cutaway]] the vehicle looks like it's been carbombed.
* In ''Series/AshesToAshes2008'', Alex's parents were killed by a car bomb
that practically screams "car bomb". But because they're official FBI vehicles, they all are driving the same car. The episode ends with ''one'' of them blowing up, but without showing which one. she believed was a political murder. [[spoiler:It was the one that Hotch and his [[RememberTheNewGuy old friend]] who [[ReplacementGoldfish happens to look just like his (ex?)wife]] and had been introduced in the same episode. He lives, but she dies at the hospital.actually a murder-suicide by her father.]]
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'':
** In "Cat's in the Cradle", the B-plot involves a bomb planted in a woman's car
''Series/BeverlyHills90210''. Dylan's father was killed this way, kicking off his downward spiral. Years later, it was revealed that explodes when she stops at a garage to investigate a strange noise the car is making.
** A simple time bomb left in the boot of [[DisproportionateRetribution a cheating husband]]. Unfortunately an unexpected detour means the bomb takes several bystanders with it.
** In "Hog Heaven", an undercover cop
he had actually been spirited away into witness protection.
* [[spoiler: Theo]]
is killed by a bomb planted in her car. Nick and Greg are standing strapped to his car (courtesy of Vogel) in the car park when it happens.
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Fire," Mulder and Scully get into their car to find a strange cassette tape on the dashboard. They pop it in, and a voice informs them that by doing so they have armed a bomb hooked up to the car, and opening the door will trigger the explosion. Someone then opens the door from the outside, and Scully jumps--turns out the voice on the tape was just Mulder's NewOldFlame, trying to mess with their heads.
French crime drama ''Series/{{Braquo}}''.



* Series/{{Monk}}'s wife's DeathByOriginStory is a textbook case. More show up over the course of the series, sometimes hitting their intended target and sometimes not.
* A clip of one of these going off is part of the Opening Montage to the "[=MacGruber=]" recurring filmed sketch on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''.
* Used in Fox News' [[MemeticMutation infamous]] "Hackers On Steroids" 4chan expose.
* In an episode of ''Series/FXTheSeries'', a main character is saved from this by her habit of remote-starting the car with one of Rollie's gadgets: The car explodes in front of her and she's hospitalized.
* In an episode of the LiveActionAdaptation ''Series/TheFlash1990'', the main villain [[DeathBySecretIdentity knows Barry's identity but dies]] this way after threatening Barry that [[TheyWouldCutYouUp They'd Cut Him Up]].
* ''Series/DueSouth'': The fate of Ray's second ([[RunningGag or third]]) [[CoolCar '71 Buick Riviera]]. Rigged to the driver's side door handle in this case. [[spoiler:However, Ray, the intended target, wasn't the one who opened the door. [[TearJerker Poor Louis]].]]
* ''Series/MagnumPI''
** In "Did You See The Sunrise?" one of these, intended for Magnum, kills recurring character Lt. [=MacReynolds=] instead. Magnum is ''not'' happy.
** Magnum's wife and daughter were killed when a bomb set in their car went off. [[spoiler: Later, he finds out that his daughter actually got out moments before, leading him on a quest to find out if she survived and where she is.]]
* ''Series/{{Hunter}}''. A journalist writing a story on the mob is apparently blown up in his car. Later his wife is shocked to find him [[NotQuiteDead turn up at their home]] in the middle of the night; when she asks who was in the car he replies: "The unluckiest car thief who never lived."
** ''Series/AllMyChildren'' did something similar when investigative journalist Edmund Grey was tailing a corrupt politician, shocking his wife and his other loved ones when he walked into his own funeral and revealed that the politician himself must have died in the explosion. Apparently the man didn't trust his own lackeys to do the job right and decided to plant the bomb himself.
** Another ''Hunter'' episode had the bomber using the "someone else starts the car" to his advantage. He was a police chief who wanted to kill his wife, so he left his car in the driveway so that his wife would have to move his car to get hers out, activating the carbomb that was supposedly left for him.
* ''Series/TheProfessionals'' ("The Purging of [=CI5=]"). Bodie and Doyle have just escaped a bomb in their phone, and Doyle worries there might be another in the car they've just gotten into. He suggests Bodie wait across the street while he starts the ignition. Bodie just gives him a contemptuous look and says "Oh just [[HoYay stick it in!]]" (There's no bomb).

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* Series/{{Monk}}'s wife's DeathByOriginStory is a textbook case. More show up over the course of the series, sometimes hitting their intended target and sometimes not.
* A clip of one of these going off is part of the Opening Montage to the "[=MacGruber=]" recurring filmed sketch on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''.
* Used
Played with in Fox News' [[MemeticMutation infamous]] "Hackers On Steroids" 4chan expose.
* In
an episode of ''Series/FXTheSeries'', ''Series/{{Castle}}''. We see a main character is saved from this by her habit of remote-starting get into a car and die when the car with one of Rollie's gadgets: The car explodes in front of her and she's hospitalized.
* In an episode of the LiveActionAdaptation ''Series/TheFlash1990'', the main villain [[DeathBySecretIdentity knows Barry's identity but dies]] this way after threatening Barry that [[TheyWouldCutYouUp They'd Cut Him Up]].
* ''Series/DueSouth'': The fate of Ray's second ([[RunningGag or third]]) [[CoolCar '71 Buick Riviera]]. Rigged to the driver's side door handle in this case. [[spoiler:However, Ray, the intended target, wasn't the one who opened the door. [[TearJerker Poor Louis]].]]
* ''Series/MagnumPI''
** In "Did You See The Sunrise?" one of these, intended for Magnum, kills recurring character Lt. [=MacReynolds=] instead. Magnum is ''not'' happy.
** Magnum's wife and daughter were killed when a bomb set in their car went off. [[spoiler: Later, he finds out that his daughter actually got out moments before,
explodes, leading him on a quest to find out if she survived and where she is.]]
* ''Series/{{Hunter}}''. A journalist writing a story on
the mob is apparently blown up in his car. Later his wife is shocked to find him [[NotQuiteDead turn up at their home]] in the middle of the night; when she asks who was in usual expectation that someone planted a car bomb. As it turns out, the car he replies: "The unluckiest car thief who never lived."
** ''Series/AllMyChildren'' did something similar when investigative journalist Edmund Grey
was tailing hit by a corrupt politician, shocking his wife and his other loved ones when he walked into his own funeral and revealed that the politician himself must have died in the explosion. Apparently the man didn't trust his own lackeys to do the job right and decided to plant the bomb himself.
** Another ''Hunter'' episode had the bomber using the "someone else starts the car" to his advantage. He was a police chief who wanted to kill his wife, so he left his car in the driveway so that his wife would have to move his car to get hers out, activating the carbomb that was supposedly left for him.
* ''Series/TheProfessionals'' ("The Purging of [=CI5=]"). Bodie and Doyle have just escaped a bomb in their phone, and Doyle worries there might be another in the car they've just gotten into. He suggests Bodie wait across the street while he starts the ignition. Bodie just gives him a contemptuous look and says "Oh just [[HoYay stick it in!]]" (There's no bomb).
guided missile.



* In the ''Series/MiamiVice'' pilot, this is what happened to Crockett's first partner.
* This occurred once or twice on ''Series/TheRockfordFiles''. However, the interesting part was not the explosion, but rather Jim's attempt to explain what happened to his insurance agent.
* An episode of ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' in which Earl was studying for a GED ended up with this trope as a downtrodden teacher was convinced to play a trick on an unruly student but got some wires crossed. The car was supposed to lock the teenager in and play an annoying tune, but the results were a bit more dramatic.
* Referenced in the finale of ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Izzy and his minions get into their car and there's a closeup of a hand turning the ignition key -- but instead of an explosion we get [[HumanoidAbomination Illyria]] revealed in the headlights, and [[BattleDiscretionShot after a cutaway]] the vehicle looks like it's been carbombed.

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* In ''Series/CriminalMinds'' deals with the ''Series/MiamiVice'' pilot, this is what happened to Crockett's first partner.
* This occurred once or twice on ''Series/TheRockfordFiles''. However, the
[[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail problem mentioned above]] in an interesting part fashion in the Season 3 finale. We see all the team getting into their respective cars, in a way that practically screams "car bomb". But because they're official FBI vehicles, they all are driving the same car. The episode ends with ''one'' of them blowing up, but without showing which one. [[spoiler:It was the one that Hotch and his [[RememberTheNewGuy old friend]] who [[ReplacementGoldfish happens to look just like his (ex?)wife]] and had been introduced in the same episode. He lives, but she dies at the hospital.]]
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'':
** In "Cat's in the Cradle", the B-plot involves a bomb planted in a woman's car that explodes when she stops at a garage to investigate a strange noise the car is making.
** A simple time bomb left in the boot of [[DisproportionateRetribution a cheating husband]]. Unfortunately an unexpected detour means the bomb takes several bystanders with it.
** In "Hog Heaven", an undercover cop is killed by a bomb planted in her car. Nick and Greg are standing in the car park when it happens.
* One of these is left in Simon Elder's car in ''Series/DirtySexyMoney'', instead taking out one of his nameless LivingProp henchmen.
* ''Series/DueSouth'': The fate of Ray's second ([[RunningGag or third]]) [[CoolCar '71 Buick Riviera]]. Rigged to the driver's side door handle in this case. [[spoiler:However, Ray, the intended target, wasn't the one who opened the door. [[TearJerker Poor Louis]].]]
* In the 1990's Australian series ''Embassy'', a terrorist tries to kill the Australian ambassador by putting a grenade (minus pin, with the lever held down with tape) in the fuel tank of his official car. When the petrol dissolves the glue on the tape, the safety lever flies free and sets off the grenade. It's effective for random terrorism but
not assassination, as shown when the explosion, but rather Jim's attempt to explain what happened to his insurance agent.
car explodes while it's parked on the embassy grounds, not while the ambassador is in it.
* An In an episode of ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' the LiveActionAdaptation ''Series/TheFlash1990'', the main villain [[DeathBySecretIdentity knows Barry's identity but dies]] this way after threatening Barry that [[TheyWouldCutYouUp They'd Cut Him Up]].
* A variation in the second season of ''Series/{{Forbrydelsen}}'',
in which Earl was studying for a GED ended up with this trope as a downtrodden teacher was convinced to play a trick on an unruly student but got some wires crossed. The car was supposed to lock one of the teenager victims is killed by an ignition-activated bomb in a motor boat.
%%* Used in Fox News' [[MemeticMutation infamous]] "Hackers On Steroids" 4chan expose.
* ''Series/FoylesWar'': A grenade wired to the steering wheel
and play an annoying tune, but rigged to explode when the results were door is opened is used to kill a bit more dramatic.
* Referenced
former Nazi in "Sunflower". [[spoiler:Or so it seems. Actually, the finale of ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Izzy and his minions get into their car and there's a closeup of a hand turning the ignition key -- but instead of an explosion we get [[HumanoidAbomination Illyria]] revealed in was used to fake his death]].
* In an episode of ''Series/FXTheSeries'', a main character is saved from this by her habit of remote-starting
the headlights, car with one of Rollie's gadgets: The car explodes in front of her and [[BattleDiscretionShot after a cutaway]] the vehicle looks like it's been carbombed.she's hospitalized.



* ''Series/TheGlades'': In "Family Matters", someone attempts to murder Jim by planting a bomb in his car linked to his remote locking system. The plan fails because they lock the car door and Jim never locks his car at work. He backs off and beeps the car, which blows up.



* ''Series/{{Tracker}}'' This was attempted in "A Made Guy", but Cole used his abilities to hyperspeed and manipulate electronic devices to disable it before it could go off.
* Used on a number of occasions by the ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' team and their opponents.



* Played with in an episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}''. We see a character get into a car and die when the car explodes, leading to the usual expectation that someone planted a car bomb. As it turns out, the car was hit by a guided missile.
* One of these is left in Simon Elder's car in ''Series/DirtySexyMoney'', instead taking out one of his nameless LivingProp henchmen.
* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': In "Bulit for Speed", the VictimOfTheWeek is a street racer who is killed when his nitrous tank is replaced with propane and detonated with a remote detonator.
* ''Series/FoylesWar'': A grenade wired to the steering wheel and rigged to explode when the door is opened is used to kill a former Nazi in "Sunflower". [[spoiler:Or so it seems. Actually, the explosion was used to fake his death]].

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* Played with ''Series/{{Hunter}}''. A journalist writing a story on the mob is apparently blown up in an his car. Later his wife is shocked to find him [[NotQuiteDead turn up at their home]] in the middle of the night; when she asks who was in the car he replies: "The unluckiest car thief who never lived."
** Another ''Hunter''
episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}''. We see a character get into a car and die when had the car explodes, leading to bomber using the usual expectation that someone planted a car bomb. As it turns out, "someone else starts the car car" to his advantage. He was hit by a guided missile.
* One of these is
police chief who wanted to kill his wife, so he left in Simon Elder's his car in ''Series/DirtySexyMoney'', instead taking out one of the driveway so that his nameless LivingProp henchmen.
* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': In "Bulit
wife would have to move his car to get hers out, activating the carbomb that was supposedly left for Speed", the him.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'': A variation happens in "Contract". The
VictimOfTheWeek is killed by an explosive charge hidden in the headrest of his car seat; detonated when he activates the cigarette lighter.
* ''Series/LethalWeapon2016'': In "Jingle Bell Glock", Hannah the meddling journalist gets outed in
a street racer who carsplosion, courtesy of Eddy Flores from the town's drug ring. The show's detectives pose it could have been remote controlled.
* Used on a number of occasions by the ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' team and their opponents.
* ''Series/MagnumPI''
** In "Did You See The Sunrise?" one of these, intended for Magnum, kills recurring character Lt. [=MacReynolds=] instead. Magnum
is ''not'' happy.
** Magnum's wife and daughter were
killed when a bomb set in their car went off. [[spoiler: Later, he finds out that his nitrous tank is replaced with propane daughter actually got out moments before, leading him on a quest to find out if she survived and detonated with a remote detonator.
* ''Series/FoylesWar'': A grenade wired to the steering wheel and rigged to explode when the door is opened is used to kill a former Nazi in "Sunflower". [[spoiler:Or so it seems. Actually, the explosion was used to fake his death]].
where she is.]]



* In the ''Series/MiamiVice'' pilot, this is what happened to Crockett's first partner.
* ''Series/{{Monk}}''[='s=] wife's DeathByOriginStory is a textbook case. More show up over the course of the series, sometimes hitting their intended target and sometimes not.
* An episode of ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' in which Earl was studying for a GED ended up with this trope as a downtrodden teacher was convinced to play a trick on an unruly student but got some wires crossed. The car was supposed to lock the teenager in and play an annoying tune, but the results were a bit more dramatic.
* ''Series/NewTricks'': At the end of "Last Man Standing - Part Two", [[spoiler:Gerry]] is seemingly killed by a car bomb. [[spoiler:The explosion was actually used to fake his death to allow him to disappear into witness protection.]]



* [[spoiler: Theo]] is killed by a bomb strapped to his car (courtesy of Vogel) in the French crime drama ''Series/{{Braquo}}''.
* ''Series/TheGlades'': In "Family Matters", someone attempts to murder Jim by planting a bomb in his car linked to his remote locking system. The plan fails because they lock the car door and Jim never locks his car at work. He backs off and beeps the car, which blows up.
* In the ''Jingle Bell Glock'' episode of ''Series/LethalWeapon2016'', Hannah the meddling journalist gets outed in a carsplosion, courtesy of Eddy Flores from the town's drug ring. The show's detectives pose it could have been remote controlled.
* ''Series/NewTricks'': At the end of "Last Man Standing - Part Two", [[spoiler:Gerry]] is seemingly killed by a car bomb. [[spoiler:The explosion was actually used to fake his death to allow him to disappear into witness protection.]]
* In ''Series/AshesToAshes2008'', Alex's parents were killed by a car bomb that she believed was a political murder. [[spoiler:It was actually a murder-suicide by her father.]]
* A variation in the second season of ''Series/{{Forbrydelsen}}'', in which one of the victims is killed by an ignition-activated bomb in a motor boat.

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* [[spoiler: Theo]] ''Series/TheProfessionals'' ("The Purging of [=CI5=]"). Bodie and Doyle have just escaped a bomb in their phone, and Doyle worries there might be another in the car they've just gotten into. He suggests Bodie wait across the street while he starts the ignition. Bodie just gives him a contemptuous look and says "Oh just [[HoYay stick it in!]]" (There's no bomb).
* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': In "Built for Speed", the VictimOfTheWeek is a street racer who
is killed by when his nitrous tank is replaced with propane and detonated with a bomb strapped remote detonator.
* This occurred once or twice on ''Series/TheRockfordFiles''. However, the interesting part was not the explosion, but rather Jim's attempt to explain what happened
to his car (courtesy of Vogel) in the French crime drama ''Series/{{Braquo}}''.
* ''Series/TheGlades'': In "Family Matters", someone attempts to murder Jim by planting a bomb in his car linked to his remote locking system. The plan fails because they lock the car door and Jim never locks his car at work. He backs off and beeps the car, which blows up.
* In the ''Jingle Bell Glock'' episode of ''Series/LethalWeapon2016'', Hannah the meddling journalist gets outed in a carsplosion, courtesy of Eddy Flores from the town's drug ring. The show's detectives pose it could have been remote controlled.
* ''Series/NewTricks'': At the end of "Last Man Standing - Part Two", [[spoiler:Gerry]] is seemingly killed by a car bomb. [[spoiler:The explosion was actually used to fake his death to allow him to disappear into witness protection.]]
* In ''Series/AshesToAshes2008'', Alex's parents were killed by a car bomb that she believed was a political murder. [[spoiler:It was actually a murder-suicide by her father.]]
insurance agent.
* A variation in the second season clip of ''Series/{{Forbrydelsen}}'', in which one of these going off is part of the victims is killed by an ignition-activated bomb in a motor boat.Opening Montage to the "[=MacGruber=]" recurring filmed sketch on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''.



* ''Series/BeverlyHills90210''. Dylan's father was killed this way, kicking off his downward spiral. Years later, it was revealed that he had actually been spirited away into witness protection.
* The ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' episode "Archie Gets Branded" ends with a member of the Jewish Defense League getting blown up in his car in front of the Bunkers' house.
* In the 1990's Australian series ''Embassy'', a terrorist tries to kill the Australian ambassador by putting a grenade (minus pin, with the lever held down with tape) in the fuel tank of his official car. When the petrol dissolves the glue on the tape, the safety lever flies free and sets off the grenade. It's effective for random terrorism but not assassination, as shown when the car explodes while it's parked on the embassy grounds, not while the ambassador is in it.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'': A variation happens in "Contract". The VictimOfTheWeek is killed by an explosive charge hidden in the headrest of his car seat; detonated when he activates the cigarette lighter.

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* ''Series/BeverlyHills90210''. Dylan's father ''Series/{{Tracker}}'' This was killed this way, kicking off attempted in "A Made Guy", but Cole used his downward spiral. Years later, abilities to hyperspeed and manipulate electronic devices to disable it was revealed that he had actually been spirited away into witness protection.
before it could go off.
* The ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' In ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Archie Gets Branded" ends with a member of the Jewish Defense League getting blown up in his "Fire", Mulder and Scully get into their car in front of the Bunkers' house.
* In the 1990's Australian series ''Embassy'', a terrorist tries
to kill the Australian ambassador by putting find a grenade (minus pin, with the lever held down with tape) in the fuel tank of his official car. When the petrol dissolves the glue strange cassette tape on the tape, dashboard. They pop it in, and a voice informs them that by doing so they have armed a bomb hooked up to the safety lever flies free car, and sets off opening the grenade. It's effective for random terrorism but not assassination, as shown when door will trigger the car explodes while it's parked explosion. Someone then opens the door from the outside, and Scully jumps--turns out the voice on the embassy grounds, not while the ambassador is in it.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'': A variation happens in "Contract". The VictimOfTheWeek is killed by an explosive charge hidden in the headrest of his car seat; detonated when he activates the cigarette lighter.
tape was just Mulder's NewOldFlame, trying to mess with their heads.



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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has Roger plant bombs in the cars of three teachers at Steve's school after they gang up on him. Only the first two bombs actually go off; the third teacher suddenly becomes MadeOfExplodium and his torso explodes, leaving behind his legs.



* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has Roger plant bombs in the cars of three teachers at Steve's school after they gang up on him. Only the first two bombs actually go off; the third teacher suddenly becomes MadeOfExplodium and his torso explodes, leaving behind his legs.


* In ''Series/AshesToAshes'', Alex's parents were killed by a car bomb that she believed was a political murder. [[spoiler:It was actually a murder-suicide by her father.]]

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* In ''Series/AshesToAshes'', ''Series/AshesToAshes2008'', Alex's parents were killed by a car bomb that she believed was a political murder. [[spoiler:It was actually a murder-suicide by her father.]]

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* In ''[[ComicBook/SpiderMan The Amazing Spider-Man]]'', a thug named Georgie Hill discovered a cache of weapons belonging to [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn The Green Goblin]], and showed the cache to a mysterious contact in exchange for money. The contact detonated a bomb under Georgie's car once the transaction was completed [[HeKnowsTooMuch because he was a loose end]]. The contact later used Osborn's weapons and glider to become the Hobgoblin.


* ''The Specialist'' by Gayle Rivers. Rivers is hired to kill a Basque terrorist and [[FalseFlagOperation make it look like the work of Spanish extremists]]. He decides a car bomb is best, but the terrorist has a bodyguard who always inspects the car and starts the engine beforehand. So Rivers studies the model and makes a shaped-charge designed to [[UndersideRide fit underneath the car without being seen]], set off by radio detonation. After sliding underneath a long line of cars to get to the target vehicle without being observed, he plants the device and leaves, only to have the Spanish extremists he's trying to frame show up and blatantly stuff explosives inside the vehicle where the bodyguard is bound to notice. Fortunately the bomb goes off prematurely, removing the evidence of River's more professional attempt.

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* ''The Specialist'' by Gayle Rivers. Rivers is hired to kill a Basque terrorist and [[FalseFlagOperation make it look like the work of Spanish extremists]]. He decides a car bomb is best, but the terrorist has a bodyguard who always inspects the car and starts the engine beforehand. So Rivers studies the model and makes a shaped-charge designed to [[UndersideRide fit underneath the car without being seen]], set off by radio detonation. After sliding underneath a long line of cars to get to the target vehicle without being observed, he plants the device and leaves, only to have the [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Spanish extremists he's trying to frame show up and blatantly stuff explosives inside the vehicle where the bodyguard is bound to notice.notice]]. Fortunately the bomb goes off prematurely, removing the evidence of River's more professional attempt.


* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E9MayoredToTheMob Mayored to the Mob]], when Homer was the Mayor's bodyguard, and the mob had threatened to kill him, he tries to get Bart to "start daddy's car for him". When Marge protests, he decides to get a cab.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E9MayoredToTheMob Mayored to the Mob]], Mob]]", when Homer was the Mayor's bodyguard, and the mob had threatened to kill him, he tries to get Bart to "start daddy's car for him". When Marge protests, he decides to get a cab.


** Though a steam train is already an external combustion engine [[IThoughtItMeant in the original sense of the word]].

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* ''{{Series/Golgo 13}}''. A criminal gang attacks a hijacker who's parachuted into the Amazon with his three million ransom. Actually they've been LuredIntoATrap, as the hijacker is Duke Togo who has a contract on them. As Duke masscares the attackers with machine guns and rocket launchers he's prestashed in the area, their leader decides ScrewThisImOuttaHere and runs for the vehicles. One of his mooks starts a vehicle a moment before he does and blows up. The leader looks at his own ignition key, throws it away and decides to go on foot. [[ImplacableMan He doesn't get far]].

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* ''{{Series/Golgo 13}}''.''Manga/Golgo13''. A criminal gang attacks a hijacker who's parachuted into the Amazon with his three million ransom. Actually they've been LuredIntoATrap, as the hijacker is Duke Togo who has a contract on them. As Duke masscares the attackers with machine guns and rocket launchers he's prestashed in the area, their leader decides ScrewThisImOuttaHere and runs for the vehicles. One of his mooks starts a vehicle a moment before he does and blows up. The leader looks at his own ignition key, throws it away and decides to go on foot. [[ImplacableMan He doesn't get far]].



* In the Franchise/{{Batman}} ''Comicbook/{{Knightfall}}'' saga, a villain has stolen the Batmobile. Batman gets in the car, starts it, and kaboom! Cut to Robin ([[ComicBook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]]) screaming, when Batman walks by and says he got out just in time, realizing it was booby-trapped, "because that's what I would have done."
** The Batmobile gets targeted with a car bomb again in ''Comicbook/RedHoodTheLostDays'' after Jason Todd's dip in a Lazarus Pit. The bomb is never set off since Jason wants to look Bruce in the face when he kills him and Bruce finds and disables it without learning who had planted it until his broken resurrected son returns years later as the Red Hood and tells him while trying to kill him.
* ''ThePunisher'' once ran into villains who took to modifying taxis with booby-traps that would horribly kill the driver. When he realized this, he switched cars with the bad guys pursuing him, who forgot whose car the remote activated...

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* In the Franchise/{{Batman}} ''Comicbook/{{Knightfall}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'' saga, a villain has stolen the Batmobile. Batman gets in the car, starts it, and kaboom! Cut to Robin ([[ComicBook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]]) screaming, when Batman walks by and says he got out just in time, realizing it was booby-trapped, "because that's what I would have done."
** The Batmobile gets targeted with a car bomb again in ''Comicbook/RedHoodTheLostDays'' ''ComicBook/RedHoodTheLostDays'' after Jason Todd's dip in a Lazarus Pit. The bomb is never set off since Jason wants to look Bruce in the face when he kills him and Bruce finds and disables it without learning who had planted it until his broken resurrected son returns years later as the Red Hood and tells him while trying to kill him.
* ''ThePunisher'' ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'': Frank once ran runs into villains who took to modifying taxis with booby-traps that would horribly kill the driver. When he realized realizes this, he switched switches cars with the bad guys pursuing him, who forgot forget whose car the remote activated...



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* In ''Film/TheGodfather'', Michael's [[HopeSpot blissful]] [[KarmaHoudini escape from mob life]] in Sicily comes to an end when his [[DisposableWoman new wife]], Apollonia, decides to bring the car around for him. He gets FiveSecondForeshadowing when one of his compatriots, Fabrizio, panics and runs off when he realizes Michael isn't driving himself.

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* In ''Film/TheGodfather'', ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' had this as the way they killed off the CreatorsPet, Moon Maid. The twist is that instead of being under the hood, the bomber, Little Lettel, preferred to place his bombs under the dashboard in the interior of the car.
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* ''Film/TheGodfather'':
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Michael's [[HopeSpot blissful]] [[KarmaHoudini escape from mob life]] in Sicily comes to an end when his [[DisposableWoman new wife]], Apollonia, decides to bring the car around for him. He gets FiveSecondForeshadowing when one of his compatriots, Fabrizio, panics and runs off when he realizes Michael isn't driving himself.



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* British agent Literature/{{Quiller}} was the target of one of these in Tunisia. Fortunately, the bombers didn't have the chance to wire the bomb to the ignition, so they set it to go off when the car experienced a sharp vibration, such as the door closing. And then a heavy bus rumbled by and triggered it while Quiller was still halfway across the street. In Adam Hall's typical narrative style, it's stated:
-->So at 19.15 I checked out of the Hotel Africa and went across to where the Chrysler was parked and they said later at the hospital that the glass had been the worst trouble because some very small fragments had got stuck in my face....
** In the first Literature/{{Quiller}} novel, the carbomb is placed in the suspension, rigged to go off when it falls and hits the ground as the car starts moving. As Quiller needs to fake his death to escape surveillance, he starts the car's engine and leaves the bomb on the hood, hoping the vibrations will cause it to slide down the hood, fall off and detonate. After a while nothing happens, and Quiller thinks the bomb has got stuck and he'd better go back and dislodge it, when the garage blows up in his face.

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* ''Literature/{{Quiller}}'':
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British agent Literature/{{Quiller}} was Quiller is the target of one of these in Tunisia. Fortunately, the bombers didn't have the chance to wire the bomb to the ignition, so they set it to go off when the car experienced a sharp vibration, such as the door closing. And then a heavy bus rumbled by and triggered it while Quiller was still halfway across the street. In Adam Hall's typical narrative style, it's stated:
-->So --->So at 19.15 I checked out of the Hotel Africa and went across to where the Chrysler was parked and they said later at the hospital that the glass had been the worst trouble because some very small fragments had got stuck in my face....
** In the first Literature/{{Quiller}} novel, the carbomb is placed in the suspension, rigged to go off when it falls and hits the ground as the car starts moving. As Quiller needs to fake his death to escape surveillance, he starts the car's engine and leaves the bomb on the hood, hoping the vibrations will cause it to slide down the hood, fall off and detonate. After a while nothing happens, and Quiller thinks the bomb has got stuck and he'd better go back and dislodge it, when the garage blows up in his face.



** And in "North Light". Quiller is tipped off by his SpiderSense on that occasion.

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** And in "North Light".''North Light''. Quiller is tipped off by his SpiderSense on that occasion.



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-->'''Jeff''': Looks like someone sent us a message... a tiny, thoroughly underwhelming message.

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* ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' had this as the way they killed off the CreatorsPet, Moon Maid. The twist is that instead of being under the hood, the bomber, Little Lettel, preferred to place his bombs under the dashboard in the interior of the car.

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* ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' The BBC Radio series ''Paul Temple'' had this as OnceAnEpisode while the way they killed off the CreatorsPet, Moon Maid. The twist is that instead of being under the hood, the bomber, Little Lettel, preferred to place title character and his bombs under the dashboard in the interior of the car.wife were investigating murders and n'er-do-wells.



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* The BBC Radio series ''Paul Temple'' had this OnceAnEpisode while the title character and his wife were investigating murders and n'er-do-wells.
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** Though a steam train is already an external combustion engine [[IThoughtItMeant in the original sense of the word]].

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* The BBC Radio series ''Paul Temple'' had this OnceAnEpisode while the title character and his wife were investigating murders and n'er-do-wells.
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