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Sub-Trope of Trick Bomb, the Stink Bomb is a common item used by pranksters in school settings. In other settings, it's used as a distraction or a deterrent.

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 or an actual bomb of stank.

See also The Other Wiki's article on this.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • 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.

    Comic Books 
  • 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.
  • One of the weapons carried on Flaming Carrot's Utility Belt.

    Fan Works 
  • 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.
  • In The Truth, Intrepid Reporter William de Worde constructs a truly epic one to stop the Watch's werewolf from following him when he's doing something of questionable legality. One of the components has to be kept in a sealed bottle, suspended in a bottle of water, inside a box, just so the smell doesn't get out before you want it to.
    • Ankh-Mopork's criminal elements, in later books, start using stink bombs to make a scene so smelly that picking out the scent of the perp becomes impossible over the stench (since anyone hit by the bomb starts smelling, it also means multiple tracks leading away from the site). The favoured type appears to be concentrate of peppermint, which is overpowering to a werewolf without being physically harmful.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the Doctor Who story "The Ice Warriors", the Doctor attempts to use a vial of ammonium sulphide to disable the Martians. Victoria identifies it as a stink bomb, and the Doctor snarks that she's had "a classical education".
  • Councilman Jamm attempts to ruin Leslie's wedding by setting off a couple of these (he got them from Amazon) in an episode of Parks and Recreation. Ron puts a stop to it by punching Jamm in the nose.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Spells that create stink bomb effects:
    • Shadowrun: Stink makes it more difficult for anyone in the area of effect to succeed in their actions.
    • Dungeons & Dragons: Stinking Cloud causes those inside of it to be helpless with nausea for as long as they're in it and up to 5 minutes after they leave it.

  • Early in West Side Story, A-Rab, the second youngest of the Jets, mentions that he recently stink-bombed Bernardo's father's store.

    Video Games 
  • 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.
  • Fortnite has gas grenades that are the typical grenade top on a translucent canister filled with something ominously yellow-brown, creating area-of-effect damage over time. The killfeed sums it up:
    X dealt it and Y smelt it

    Western Animation 
  • Animaniacs: In the "Mindy and the Brain" segment of the episode "Animaniacs Stew," the Brain's latest Take Over the World scheme is to construct a powerful stink bomb out of manure and other things from the garden, then build a rocket from the lawnmower's engine and blast the stink bomb through the world's capitals, driving the political leaders out into the streets so Brain can seize power. Of course it doesn't work: Mindy accidentally knocks Brain into the smelly formula, then causes the lawnmower to crash, so only Brain himself ends up stinking.
  • 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.

    Real Life 
  • 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".
  • The Halitosis Bomb was one of two Trick Bombs tinkered with by the United States as non-lethal psychochemical weapons (The other was a Gay Bomb. No, really). The Halitosis Bomb took it up a step by actually making its victims themselves terribly smelly, rather than just releasing a horrid stench: the idea was to demoralize the enemy and make it possible to literally sniff them out of hiding.


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Universal Bug Spray Gone Wrong

When Wren shakes up her universal bug spray, it has a reaction that accidentally turns it into a stink bomb.

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