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  • The eponymous hero of Bomberman uses these.
  • Gryphon Knight Epic: Lorraine Learn has an attack where she throws several at once.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Bob-Ombs are a slightly anthropomorphised version, making their debut in Super Mario Bros. 2 and having appeared in nearly every game since. In Super Mario 64, a red-colored subspecies is introduced, but they're friendly characters who give Mario (and the other playable characters in the DS remake) valuable tips as they aim to confront King Bob-Omb, a King Mook. Bob-Ombs become an obtainable weapon in the Mario Kart series from Double Dash!! onwards.
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    • Super Mario Bros. 2 also has a non-living kind of bomb, which players can pull out of the ground to destroy breakable walls. These bombs are thrown by Mouser, the boss of World 1 and 3. In this game, you pull items out of the ground indicated by a tuft of grass (not limited to vegetables). Many a Cartoon Bomb is found this way (though some Mouser encounters have no such mercy; you must catch the bombs he's throwing at you and send 'em right back before boom time!). There is at least one instance of a Bob-Omb being pull-out-able this way, but its fuse is much shorter than the ones you normally run across, so it's more of a trap; better think fast and throw it away quick!
    • The Bob-Ombs in Super Mario Sunshine look like a diagonally bisected Bob-Omb with an LED counter in the centre. Players can use the Bob-Ombs by freezing them and then throwing.
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    • The Bomb Boos in Super Mario Galaxy are a ghostly version of this. Mario and Luigi can use them as an explosive flail after grabbing their tongues.
    • In both Luigi's Mansion and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, non-living round bombs are present. In the former game, they're dropped by a kind of ghost enemy that taunts Luigi before teleporting to another part of the current room or area (their HP is 0, so they can be captured instantly); on rare occasions, one such bomb can also be found unintentionally every time Luigi is looking for a Boo. In the latter, a smaller version is thrown in large numbers by the Poltergeists, as well as the third boss.
    • In Mario Paint, some screens have a cartoon bomb on the exit button. The bomb button lives in the lower-left corner. Also, the "O" on the title screen becomes a bomb when you click it.
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  • The bombs in Jump Ultimate Stars look like this, but purple.
  • Serious Sam: Sam's logo is a pissed-off face in the middle of these bombs. From Second Encounter onward, he can use that bomb to blow up everything in sight.
  • Team Fortress 2:
    • Initially, the class emblem on the Demoman's shirt was one of these. It was changed to a representation of the game's sticky bombs when they wanted to sell car decals of all of the class emblems; presumably a car with a picture of a bomb on it, even a cartoon one, would be cause for alarm. The full-color icon representing Demomen in the scoreboard and non-melee Robot Demomen in Mann vs. Machine mode, however, is unchanged (he's not the only class with such a mismatch; the Heavy has a chain of bullets in the scoreboard and a fist on his shirt, and has been this way since the beginning). He then gets an unlockable grenade launcher (the Loose Cannon) that fires miniature cartoon bombs.
    • The Bombinomicon also clenches its teeth around one of these. As the name implies, badges made in its likeness are Made of Explodium.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • The bombs in The Legend of Zelda work like this, only due to NES colour restrictions and tradition, respectively, they're deep blue rather than black.
    • Link uses smaller, hand-grenade sized bombs of a similar style in the Super Smash Bros. series. Unlike the main Zelda games, they're small enough to be carried in one hand, though where he pulls them from remains a mystery.
    • The Bombchu, first appearing in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, are mouselike explosives. There are enemy versions called Real Bombchu (apparently what the regular bombchu are based on, though they only appear in Majora's Mask) whose tails end in cartoon bombs; they can walk up walls just like the bombchu item. You want to not get their attention in close quarters. And in Twilight Princess, bombfish make an appearance, looking like fish with cartoon bombs in their mouths (the advantage is that they can be used underwater unlike normal bombs).
    • A common plant in the franchise is the "Bomb Flower", which is indeed just that: it's a Cartoon Bomb-shaped flower that explodes. It's heavily implied in several games (and pretty explicit in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword) that the Cartoon Bombs Link uses are made from Bomb Flowers. Furthermore, they're harvested by Gorons; it's their 'special fruit' that only grows in the caverns they live in. Bombs are a common buyable item; the Gorons have a pretty sweet business going in a world that apparently has a lot of demolition being done by casual citizens.
  • In The Caverns Of Hammerfest, the protagonist's means of offense are spitting and kicking snow cartoon bombs that freeze the enemies within their explosion radius. One power-up plays this much more straight, transforming them in the actual, black and bowlingball-sized bombs we all are familiar with.
  • Mega Man:
    • This is Bomb Man's Weapon of Choice from Mega Man, as well as the player after defeating him.
    • The Black Bomb chips in the Mega Man Battle Network series are of this nature. The fuse doesn't come lit, however, meaning they need to be hit with fire or tossed at a fire element enemy to get them to explode. And in the sixth game, the same bombs appear to impede you in Dustman's garbage recycling minigame, occasionally flying his way along with the garbage he needs to vacuum up. This gets the simple Hand Wave that in the Undernet, it's typical for the navis to keep dangerous objects like that on their person.
  • The bombs thrown by the Peek-a-boom enemies, used against Large Fry and found lying around in various levels in Wario Land Shake It are this kind, and look almost exactly like the page image.
    • Likewise, the first game has bombs with wings that try to latch onto your head.
  • The Atari 2600 game Kaboom.
  • Prinnies in the Disgaea series use these bombs during various special moves.
  • Many puzzles in Alundra 2 featured these. For some reason, they are also pink.
  • Bombs in Spelunky.
  • Smart Bombs in Crystal Quest.
  • Kirby's recurring 'Bomb' copy ability, as well as most of the enemies that hold this ability (notably the Poppy Bros).
  • The upgraded Worker from Fat Princess throws them.
  • In Civilization 4 the Grenadiers (a late Renaissance/early Industrial Age gunpowder unit) throw these at the enemy. A case of Shown Their Work and Truth in Television, grenades at the time really looked like that.
  • The cover of TrouBalls depicts a glasses-clad guy holding a lit Cartoon Bomb.
  • World of Warcraft has several mobs that are large cartoon bombs being carried by little robots with big goggles that run up and explode at you. Engineers can also make a pet version of it that follows them around and doesn't explode.
  • They're one of your main weapons in CJ's Elephant Antics.
  • Muramasa: The Demon Blade: Used frequently by enemy ninjas, especially on mountains or in caves.
  • Zorne of Rosenkreuzstilette uses these kinds of bombs, and the Zornesbombe weapon lets Spiritia use these as well. The bombs are references to Bomberman as well.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • In Sonic The Hedgehog 3, Knuckles throws one of these into a building that Sonic is occupying at the time in Launch Base Zone.
    • Used by Tails in Tails Adventure, in several different varieties. There are regular bombs that explode on impact, remote bombs that go off when the action button is pressed, triple bombs for triple the firepower, and large bombs that can destroy all onscreen enemies and break stronger walls.
    • Also used by Bean the Dynamite, a green duck who appeared in Sonic the Fighters and Fighters Megamix but got Chuck Cunningham Syndrome.
    • In Sonic Adventure, the Kiki enemy throws these kind of bombs. They can be picked up and thrown, but they explode rather quickly, so you'll have to throw them fast. Kiki's action figure (which comes with the original Sonic Adventure release of Dr. Eggman's action figure by Toy Island) also comes with this kind of bomb.
    • In Sonic Mania, Heavy Magician uses these in her fight when she is disguised as Bean.
  • In Dynamite Dux, one of the weapons used by the duck protagonists Bin and Pin (blue and red respectively) is this. Bean was based off of these two, although such bombs are the only weapon he's been seen using, at least in the game-verse.
  • One of the first, if not the first, video arcade game to use this imagery was the Golden Age arcade game Kick Man. You had to catch falling balloons on your head, but you had to avoid the similar-looking falling bombs. (During development, the dropped-things-to-avoid were anvils, but the game's designers didn't think the average player would recognize anvils.)
  • Peacock in Skullgirls uses many of these, decorated like billiards 8-balls. They walk, drive cars and fly planes, and one of her super moves involves a bomb large enough to blow both her and her opponent clear across the screen if they get caught in the blast.
  • In Thief II: The Metal Age, the Mechanists' steampunk robots and cannons fire this kind of bomb. What's strange is that in gameplay, the bombs tend to hit the player character with full force and then rebound off you in the other direction, and then explode a few seconds later. The initial impact tends to kill you before it even explodes. It's at once terrifying and hilarious.
  • Beach Spikers had a mode called "Countdown" where the ball was replaced by a cartoon bomb. When the players hit the ball, it caused a "timer" to count down; whichever side had the ball/bomb when it exploded lost.
  • In Ōkami, one of the brush techniques creates a 'Cherry Bomb' for the orb and stem shape of these things. It's meant to be a firework, rather than just a bomb, but it looks almost the same.
  • Bomb Jack and Mighty Bomb Jack had plenty of such bombs to be collected. They could light up, but would never explode.
  • In the WarioWare series, the timer for each microgame is represented by a cartoon bomb (in games since Touched, one with Wario's face on it).
  • In Fruit Ninja, you actually have to slice as many fruit thrown at you while simultaneously avoiding these type of bombs that were mixed among said fruit. Slicing apart the bombs will result in an instant Game Over.
  • Wrecking Crew has this kind of bomb as a stage feature, though the manual calls it "dynamite".
  • The black bird in Angry Birds is shaped like a bomb and acts like one too. He was later given the name Bomb to emphasize this.
  • One of the last treasures players can get in Pikmin 2 is the "Comedy Bomb." Subverted in that the titan dweevil uses it to poison your pikmin, not blow them up.
  • The TNT Boxes in the Japanese version of the Crash Bandicoot series have a cartoon bomb on it instead of "TNT".
  • This is what you get if you summon a BOMB in Scribblenauts. The fuse doesn't light when you interact with it; it simply flashes for a couple of seconds before exploding. Any contact with fire causes it to detonate instantly.
  • In Battle Chess, King takes Knight with one.
  • In Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon:
    • Bombs take a form similar to Bob-Ombs but look more like traditional cartoon bombs with arms and legs. When Luigi activates them with his flashlight, they typically chase after him until they explode.
    • Standard cartoon bombs show up as well; they are used by some ghosts to try to attack Luigi; Luigi may find them in barrels or other objects; and at one point, he even rides a sled that fires cartoon bombs from a cannon.
  • Twisted Metal has the Ricochet Bombs, which in some installments look like large cartoon bombs with a (useless) burning fuse on them.
  • The bombs in Dweep look like this.
  • League of Legends has Ziggs, the Hexplosives Expert, who throws these about by the handful. His basic attacks are small but round bombs, while his abilities are a big, bouncing bomb, a minefield of small round bombs, and a GIGANTIC one that he can throw from across the map for his ultimate. Only one of his abilities features a different kind of bomb, and that's a Satchel Charge.
  • Rockin Kats has a Power-Up that makes Willy's gun shoot cartoon-style bombs.
  • In Shining Wisdom, cartoon-style bombs frequently appear in the labyrinths. They're throwable but non-equippable, and are often found obstructing passageways.
  • In Sid And Als Incredible Toons, this style of bomb is known as the Ball Bomb. It won't detonate unless its fuse is lit, unlike the World War II Bombshell (whose explosion can also set it off).
  • Conker's Bad Fur Day features a level where you have to deliver a live bomb to a certain location before it blows up on you. Many more bombs of this kind (as well as a grey-colored variant) appear in multiplayer.
  • Brigand Vvulf, one of the toughest bosses from Darkest Dungeon, makes use of these. The trope is played like modeling clay: it's justified given the early Modern Age period of the game, and subverted in that the bombs' effects are anything but cartoony – each bomb can deal up to 45 points of damage in a game where the flimsier classes struggle to be above 40 at their strongest.
  • A variation in Re-Volt — when the bomb powerup is collected, the entire car turns black, becoming the body of the bomb. The aerial becomes the fuse. The bomb can be passed off to another driver by bumping into them.
  • In Paladins, Bomb King and his bombs resemble cartoon bombs, with cute little faces to boot.
  • One of the Loads and Loads of Characters available for M.U.G.E.N is Zeeky H. Bomb.
  • Oxyd has cartoon bombs that can be set off with dynamite to produce large chain reactions.
  • Bomb Chicken lays bombs that look exactly like you'd expect.
  • In the 90's art program Kid Pix, the bomb icon could be used to completely erase your artwork.


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