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"'Old on to tha pin, throw the udder part!"
—Ork Tankbusta, Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War

Tropes to do with hand-held explosive devices.


See also Stuff Blowing Up for the effects of grenade use.


Cooking off examples


  • Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979) had an example of 'cooking off'. One of the terrorists is about to throw a hand grenade into the hold (having already pulled out the pin) when Telly Savalas (playing the Big Bad) grabs hold of his hand. The mook struggles against his grip in wide-eyed silence for a couple of seconds until Savalas releases him so he can throw the grenade. Incredibly stupid in real life, but it did make Savalas' character look suitably Badass and cool under pressure.
  • Tom Clancy has another 'cooking off' example in Without Remorse. He notes that John Kelly had personally cut the grenade fuse to a precise length, in order to make the timing more predictable.
  • Played for Laughs on The Simpsons when a soldier pulls the pin before delivering an extended And This Is For speech to the enemy. Key word: extended.
  • In The Rock, one of the bad guys pops the pins and spoons on two grenades, and loudly counts to three before throwing them through the door towards the good guy. It still takes more than five additional seconds for the grenades to explode.
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