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.
Depending on how potent the smell is, a Stink Bomb can work as Knockout Gas.
- 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.
- In The Smurfs story "The Great Smurfette", Jokey accidentally creates one when he tests out a smoke bomb he created for Hefty's plan to rescue Papa Smurf from Gargamel.
- Robin takes to using stink bombs he terms "pukers" which smell so bad they usually make the mooks he targets them with vomit.
- 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.
- Pretty Little Liars: Jenna was hit by one of these. The Liars were aiming for someone else.
- In the apocryphal book of Tobit, Tobit's son Tobias creates one for the demon Asmodeus by burning fish guts in Sarah's room, causing the demon to flee.
- A chemical beaker full of this is one of your weapons in Bully.
- Saints Row: The Third has the Fart in a Jar, a weapons-grade stink bomb that makes victims gag and vomit uncontrollably. It wasn't intended to show up in the final game, but when fans caught wind of its existence, they begged for the weapon to be included.
- Ed, Edd n Eddy: the El Mongo Stinkbomb, which Eddy claimed to have learned from his older brother.
- In The Simpsons episode spoofing 24, Bart (in the Jack Bauer role) has to stop Jimbo, Dolph and Kearney from detonating a powerful stink bomb on the school's bake sale.
- In an episode of The Venture Bros., Brock and Shore Leave have to stop an evil scientist from making. . . a stink bomb. Brock is skeptical of its importance at first until Shore Leave explains the significance of olfactory science.
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Hakoda invented tanglemines which would gum up the propeller of a ship and cause a terrible smell to force an evacuation.
Hakoda: I call it the Stink-n-Sink.
- Gargamel's stink bomb in The Smurfs episode "Born Rotten" is a purple smelly hatchling imported from the steppes of central Asia which hatches in the Smurf Village, forcing the Smurfs to wear masks over their faces. The main problem, however, was that Gargamel intended to use the hatchling's smell to help him find the village.
- Mr. Stenchy (Experiment 254) from Lilo & Stitch: The Series is made by Jumba to be a living one, and a really cute one at that. He's designed to unleash a powerful odor on enemies by having them take him in after being charmed by his cuteness, then release his smell 42 hours after activation, with said stench capable of rendering a 40-square-mile area uninhabitable for decades.
- 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 (that's just a visual indicator). 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".