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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': In [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS1E5Rookies "Rookies"]], the Rishi Moon base, a Republic communications post, is about to be destroyed by the clone troopers present to warn the Republic of an impending Separatist invasion (a strike force of commando droids had hardwired the base to send the "all clear" signal) when they learn that the detonator is broken. Hevy, one of the troopers, stays behind and, with a BFG, takes out a fair share of Droids before he's shot as he goes for the bomb. As the droids wonder if they take prisoners, Hevy crawls towards the bomb and manages to say [[PreAsskickingOneLiner "I... Don't..."]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome before]] [[HeroicSacrifice detonating the explosives, destroying the base.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': In [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS1E5Rookies "Rookies"]], the Rishi Moon base, a Republic communications post, is about to be destroyed by the clone troopers present to warn the Republic of an impending Separatist invasion (a strike force of commando droids had hardwired the base to send the "all clear" signal) when they learn that the detonator is broken. Hevy, one of the troopers, stays behind and, with a BFG, takes out a fair share of Droids before he's shot as he goes for the bomb. As the droids wonder if they take prisoners, Hevy crawls towards the bomb and manages to say [[PreAsskickingOneLiner "I... Don't..."]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome before]] before [[HeroicSacrifice detonating the explosives, destroying the base.]]

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* ''Film/EventHorizon'': Needing an escape vessel because their own ship was destroyed, the surviving crew of ''Lewis and Clark'' decide to split the titular ''Event Horizon'' in order to use the front as a lifeboat, so they set explosives in key points. Before they can detonate them, however, they're attacked by visions of their dead friends that the ''[[EldritchLocation Event Horizon]]'' is projecting into their minds and even [[spoiler:a resurrected Dr. Weir]]. [[spoiler:Captain Miller]] stays behind to fight them off and detonates the explosives, sacrificing himself.

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* ''Film/TheCore'': Upon reaching the Earth's core, the crew discovers that one big nuclear explosion isn't going to cut it, so they devise a plan to split the bombs into multiple compartments, which they will then release in key locations. Unfortunately, ''Virgil'' wasn't designed to be able to jettison undamaged compartments, and the manual override switch is ''[[NoOSHACompliance outside]]'' [[NoOSHACompliance the ship]]. In an area exposed to ''magma''. [[spoiler:Braz]] volunteers to deactivate it, knowing it'll be a one-way trip.

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* ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'': After flying debris from the asteroid damaged the nuke's triggering device, someone has to stay behind to manually detonate the bomb. The crew draw straws and A.J. is selected, but Harry takes his place, giving him his blessing to marry Grace.


* In ''Film/PacificRim'', the protagonist has to substitute his own [[HumongousMecha Jaeger's]] exploding reactor for the nuke that was lost earlier in the mission, but the overload command fails and he has to manually engage the self-destruct, with his oxygen running low and the Jaeger sinking past the optimum spot for the blast.

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* In ''Film/PacificRim'', ''Film/PacificRim:'' The Jaeger program's final plan is to deliver a nuclear bomb through the protagonist has dimensional rift in order to substitute his SealTheBreach and kill the alien invaders in their own [[HumongousMecha Jaeger's]] exploding reactor for home. However, the nuke that was lost earlier in is destroyed before it can be delivered, so Raleigh and Mako decide to use their HumongousMecha's nuclear power source as a makeshift bomb instead. Then, after piloting the mission, but mech through the overload command fails and he has to manually engage rift, the self-destruct, with auto-self-destruct function doesn't work, so Raleigh's forced to trigger the self-destruct manually; the process takes long enough, he barely reaches his oxygen running low and the Jaeger sinking past the optimum spot for the blast.escape pod in time.

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* In ''Film/DrStrangelove'', the American bomber plane tries to drop a nuclear bomb, but the mechanism gets jammed. Major Kong rushes back to dislodge the bomb manually, and eventually climbs atop it to put his full weight on it. This leads directly to Kong RidingTheBomb all the way down.

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* In the British propaganda movie ''The Silver Fleet'' (1943), a Dutch submarine engineer is forced to collaborate with the German occupiers but is secretly a member of LaResistance. After several acts of sabotage make them suspicious, the Germans insist he accompany them on the sea trial of the submarine he's designed. As there is no other means of destroying the submarine, he sabotages it in a HeroicSacrifice during the trial.


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* ''StarWars: Literature/NewJediOrder: [[ColonCancer Force Heretic III]]: Reunion'' (how's ''that'' for a title?) features a scene of this type involving a gigantic {{Booby Trap}}ped signal transmitter. The bad guys manage to damage the explosives and one of the heroes has to go back and trigger the manual override -- and since there isn't a delay, [[HeroicSacrifice it'll have to be a one-way trip]]. A wounded character suspected of being TheMole volunteers on the grounds that his environment suit is damaged and therefore he won't survive the trip back to their base. After some deliberation, the heroes decide to send him in [[spoiler: and he succeeds, destroying a large number of enemy warriors in the process, but leaving the question of who the mole was, if not him]].

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* ''StarWars: ''Franchise/{{Star Wars|Legends}}: Literature/NewJediOrder: [[ColonCancer Force Heretic III]]: Reunion'' (how's ''that'' for a title?) features a scene of this type involving a gigantic {{Booby Trap}}ped signal transmitter. The bad guys manage to damage the explosives and one of the heroes has to go back and trigger the manual override -- and since there isn't a delay, [[HeroicSacrifice it'll have to be a one-way trip]]. A wounded character suspected of being TheMole volunteers on the grounds that his environment suit is damaged and therefore he won't survive the trip back to their base. After some deliberation, the heroes decide to send him in [[spoiler: and he succeeds, destroying a large number of enemy warriors in the process, but leaving the question of who the mole was, if not him]].






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* In the Season 1 episode of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', "Rookies" a Republic Base inhabited by the titular Rookies is about to be destroyed by the Republic when they learn that the detonator is broken. Hevy, one of the troopers, stays behind and, with a BFG, takes out a fair share of Droids before he's shot as he goes for the bomb. As the droids wonder if they take prisoners, Hevy crawls towards the bomb and manages to say [[PreAsskickingOneLiner "I... Don't..."]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome before]] [[HeroicSacrifice detonating the explosives, destroying the base.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': In [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS1E5Rookies "Rookies"]], the Season 1 episode of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', "Rookies" Rishi Moon base, a Republic Base inhabited by the titular Rookies communications post, is about to be destroyed by the clone troopers present to warn the Republic of an impending Separatist invasion (a strike force of commando droids had hardwired the base to send the "all clear" signal) when they learn that the detonator is broken. Hevy, one of the troopers, stays behind and, with a BFG, takes out a fair share of Droids before he's shot as he goes for the bomb. As the droids wonder if they take prisoners, Hevy crawls towards the bomb and manages to say [[PreAsskickingOneLiner "I... Don't..."]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome before]] [[HeroicSacrifice detonating the explosives, destroying the base.]]
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** In ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', Master Chief detonates [[spoiler:the engines of the Pillar of Autumn with rockets after 343 Guilty Spark stops the Cortana's automated countdown]].

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** In ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', Master Chief detonates [[spoiler:the engines of the Pillar ''Pillar of Autumn Autumn'' with rockets rockets/grenades after 343 Guilty Spark stops the Cortana's automated countdown]].


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* Done twice in ''Anime/ZoidsChaoticCentury'', thanks to the unreliability of Republic technology. The first time Moonbay is assigned to blow up a bridge used by the Empire and after she drops off the ton of explosives the detonator fails and Van has to use his Liger's guns to set them off. Another time Moonbay and Fiona stop a Republic general from sacrificing himself to blow up a base in a dormant volcano that is about to fall to the Empire and rig up a remote detonator, which fails, but Van and Irvine are able to bombard the volcano until it goes off with the Imperial forces inside.

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* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'':
** In the eye tree story arc, Hob rigs up an improvised bomb to help crack open a dome the Toughs are trapped in, but the detonator doesn't work, requiring firing at the bomb with a pistol to detonate it, resulting in his death.
** In the first Credomar storyline, Lt. Bradley is forced to rig a shell from his tank's ammo loadout to destroy his disabled tank before it can crash into civilian property and cause great damage. He succeeds in blowing up the tank while bailing out, but his low-profile PoweredArmor is destroyed in the process, leaving him KilledOffForReal when his body hits a building at an unsurvivably high speed.


* ''The Tango Briefing'' (1973) by Adam Hall. British spy {{Quiller}} must use a small nuclear weapon (what we'd now call a backpack nuke, though it's a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Plowshare US commercial design for blasting wells]]) to destroy a shipment of lethal psychotropic nerve gas on a crashed aircraft (the cylinders have cracked and the gas has filled the plane, so they can't just be removed). Unfortunately the timing device is smashed when Quiller parachutes in so he's ordered to detonate the device by hand (local military helicopters are in the area doing a sweep search, so there's no time to parachute in another device). [[spoiler:Fortunately Quiller is able to field-improvise a means of pushing down The Button, involving wedging the bomb under the thrust levers in the cockpit, then capturing a rather startled vulture who, when it's finished flapping around in outrage, settles down on the most suitable perch...]]

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* ''The Tango Briefing'' (1973) by Adam Hall. British spy {{Quiller}} Literature/{{Quiller}} must use a small nuclear weapon (what we'd now call a backpack nuke, though it's a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Plowshare US commercial design for blasting wells]]) to destroy a shipment of lethal psychotropic nerve gas on a crashed aircraft (the cylinders have cracked and the gas has filled the plane, so they can't just be removed). Unfortunately the timing device is smashed when Quiller parachutes in so he's ordered to detonate the device by hand (local military helicopters are in the area doing a sweep search, so there's no time to parachute in another device). [[spoiler:Fortunately Quiller is able to field-improvise a means of pushing down The Button, involving wedging the bomb under the thrust levers in the cockpit, then capturing a rather startled vulture who, when it's finished flapping around in outrage, settles down on the most suitable perch...]]


* ''StarWars: NewJediOrder: [[ColonCancer Force Heretic III]]: Reunion'' (how's ''that'' for a title?) features a scene of this type involving a gigantic {{Booby Trap}}ped signal transmitter. The bad guys manage to damage the explosives and one of the heroes has to go back and trigger the manual override -- and since there isn't a delay, [[HeroicSacrifice it'll have to be a one-way trip]]. A wounded character suspected of being TheMole volunteers on the grounds that his environment suit is damaged and therefore he won't survive the trip back to their base. After some deliberation, the heroes decide to send him in [[spoiler: and he succeeds, destroying a large number of enemy warriors in the process, but leaving the question of who the mole was, if not him]].

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* ''StarWars: NewJediOrder: Literature/NewJediOrder: [[ColonCancer Force Heretic III]]: Reunion'' (how's ''that'' for a title?) features a scene of this type involving a gigantic {{Booby Trap}}ped signal transmitter. The bad guys manage to damage the explosives and one of the heroes has to go back and trigger the manual override -- and since there isn't a delay, [[HeroicSacrifice it'll have to be a one-way trip]]. A wounded character suspected of being TheMole volunteers on the grounds that his environment suit is damaged and therefore he won't survive the trip back to their base. After some deliberation, the heroes decide to send him in [[spoiler: and he succeeds, destroying a large number of enemy warriors in the process, but leaving the question of who the mole was, if not him]].

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*In ''Film/PacificRim'', the protagonist has to substitute his own [[HumongousMecha Jaeger's]] exploding reactor for the nuke that was lost earlier in the mission, but the overload command fails and he has to manually engage the self-destruct, with his oxygen running low and the Jaeger sinking past the optimum spot for the blast.

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