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  • Inspector Clouseau (played by Peter Sellers) gets subjected to these in nearly each one of the Pink Panther films. Pictured here from Revenge of the Pink Panther, he has just received this one from members of the French Connection.
  • Batman: The Movie has a hilarious scene revolving around trying to dispose of one of these. Oh, Batman. Because asking a nun to get out of your way is apparently more difficult than not running a bomb all around town when you have no idea when it's going off!
  • A critical prop in Buster Keaton's Cops — his horse-drawn cart gets in the middle of a police parade, an anarchist tosses such a bomb that lands on the seat next to him, he absently lights a cigarette with it and tosses it over... well, that's how these run-ins always start, don't they?
  • In The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, one of Saruman's orcs uses one of these to blow open Helm's Deep. This is somewhat justified as it's the first bomb ever in Middle Earth, or at least since the First Age. Worst. Olympics. Ever.
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  • In the 1982 film version of Annie, a villain uses one of these to try to kill Warbucks.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: Grenades shaped like this were used, which was likely a historically accurate depiction.
  • Master and Commander also accurately depicts the use of these early hand grenades.
  • The Last of the Mohicans (1991): Played historically straight. The siege of Fort William Henry is ended by a French 18-inch mortar bombardment. The lighting of the separate fuses for both the huge iron ball, and the mortar that will then lob it over the walls, can clearly be seen.
  • Harold Lloyd lost a finger and thumb to a prop bomb like this; later films had him wearing a specially designed glove to disguise the injury.
  • Get Crazy! (1983) "It's ticking!" "It's traditional!"
  • A trailer for The Three Musketeers (2011) shows one flying out of a cannon... in slow motion, and 3D.
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  • The unnamed puppeteer in Funny Man loses half of his head when, thanks to a dimensional portal to a Punch and Judy show on a beach being watched by the eponymous antagonist, a cartoon bomb (labelled as "bomb") is placed on his head and explodes.
  • One of these is used in Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College!, when a rival college member tries to blow up his rival's dorm room, one of the Ghoulies beats him to death bloodlessly with a frying pan which causes the bomb to fly out the window and into the security guard's golf cart, which causes a massive explosion that only leaves him with blackened skin and burnt clothes.
  • Bob-Ombs in Super Mario Bros.. They're tiny, about the size of a golf-ball, yet they're the most feared weapon in all of Dinohattan. Mario pulling one out of his work belt is enough to send a large crowd of people running in a blind panic!


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