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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })A favourite assassination method of mobsters and spies alike is to hook up a bomb to the ignition switch of a car, so that it will lie dormant until some poor soul starts it.
While the intended target is, naturally, the car's owner, this trope is the number one killer of chauffeurs and valets — which occasionally raises the Fridge Logic of why you would put an ignition-triggered explosive in a chauffeured car in the first place — and has claimed its fair share of helpful Dead Sidekicks and Disposable Women as well.
There is an interesting case of The Law of Conservation of Detail attached to this trope. In normal circumstances, little to no screentime is devoted to a character walking to their car or starting it. Hence, whenever this does happen — especially if you see a close-up of the key — the viewer probably has a distinctly uneasy feeling in his stomach. Wait for it... three... two... one... ignition! Another dead giveaway is if the car is a gift from someone the recipient really shouldn't trust.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })Variations include remote-detonation and bombs hooked up to other parts of the car, but the idea is to kill the occupant. Cars turned into suicide bombs don't count.
A subtrope of Vehicular Sabotage. See Every Car Is a Pinto for cars blowing up that have no reason to.
Unrelated to steam engines and Stirling engines, which really do work by "external combustion".
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In an episode of F/X: The Series, a main character is saved from this by her habit of remote-starting the car with one of Rollie's gadgets: The car explodes in front of her and she's hospitalized.
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Empire from the Ashes: In the third book, a corrupt customs officer who was hired to help the villain's plot to interfere with an interplanetary teleport to replace a statue with a fake with a bomb inside is disposed of after the job has been done in this fashion.
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In the Miami Vice pilot, this is what happened to Crockett's first partner.
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Wonder Woman (1987): Julianna Sazia took out her last major crime lord rival in Boston by planting a car bomb in her own car which she then activated when he stole it to try and escape from her hitmen.
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The first updated The Hardy Boys novel killed off Joe's girlfriend Iola this way when the bad guys planted a bomb in Joe's car.
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One of Darkman's allies is killed this way in Darkman II: The Return of Durant.
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Referenced in the finale of Angel. Izzy and his minions get into their car and there's a closeup of a hand turning the ignition key — but instead of an explosion we get Illyria revealed in the headlights, and after a cutaway the vehicle looks like it's been carbombed.
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Theo is killed by a bomb strapped to his car (courtesy of Vogel) in the French crime drama Braquo.
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Alex Murphy becomes the eponymous character in RoboCop (2014) when this is done to him.
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Played with in an episode of Castle. We see a character get into a car and die when the car explodes, leading to the usual expectation that someone planted a car bomb. As it turns out, the car was hit by a guided missile.
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In The Simpsons episode "Mayored to the Mob", when Homer was the Mayor's bodyguard, and the mob had threatened to kill him, he tries to get Bart to "start daddy's car for him". When Marge protests, he decides to get a cab.
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Hunter. A journalist writing a story on the mob is apparently blown up in his car. Later his wife is shocked to find him turn up at their home in the middle of the night; when she asks who was in the car he replies: "The unluckiest car thief who never lived."
Another Hunter episode had the bomber using the "someone else starts the car" to his advantage. He was a police chief who wanted to kill his wife, so he left his car in the driveway so that his wife would have to move his car to get hers out, activating the carbomb that was supposedly left for him.
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Grand Theft Auto 2: While car bombs can still be found in later GTA games, they aren't as relevant as in this game. Every garage (as opposed to later games, which require a travel to a special garage found on a hidden location) has, as one of its servicesnote Red Army Surplus, the ability to put a bomb in the chosen car. Many missions have objectives that are completely invulnerable to your weapons — whenever you find one of these, those easily available car bombs will be your only option, as nothing is immune to them.
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Magnum, P.I.
In "Did You See The Sunrise?" one of these, intended for Magnum, kills recurring character Lt. MacReynolds instead. Magnum is not happy.
Magnum's wife and daughter were killed when a bomb set in their car went off. Later, he finds out that his daughter actually got out moments before, leading him on a quest to find out if she survived and where she is.
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In Scarface (1983), Tony is supposed to help a hitman kill a government official with the remote-detonated variant. He refuses to do so when he sees the official's kids get in the target car.
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Spoofed in the Community episode "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design", when a car belonging to Annie is rigged to blow to scare her and Jeff off investigating the college's night school and the mysterious Professor Professorson... except the car in question is a small model car on a diorama she's constructed, and the 'explosion' is a handful of small, insignificant sparks.
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Hawaii Five-O, the original version, does this with McGarret's car. He was temporarily blinded, but they eventually caught the guys, and Hollywood Healing meant he was back to relatively normal by the end of the episode.
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Michael Collins features one of the assassinations of British agents as being accomplished via this. The use of such a method in the time period (as well as the Northern Irish agents featured) is entirely fictitious, and an obvious reference to The Troubles.
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Yuri's uncle in Lord of War, after Yuri gifts his car to him.
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All My Children did something similar to the Hunter example when investigative journalist Edmund Grey was tailing a corrupt politician, shocking his wife and his other loved ones when he walked into his own funeral and revealed that the politician himself must have died in the explosion. Apparently the man didn't trust his own lackeys to do the job right and decided to plant the bomb himself.
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Michael discusses this trope in his Internal Monologue while trying to prevent the initial bad guys from blowing up their client.
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In the original version of The Mechanic (1972), McKenna gets into his car at the end of the film, realising too late it was rigged to explode by Bishop, who knew that McKenna would eventually kill him.
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The Dresden Files: White Night has Murphy's car wired with a pipe bomb by one of the villains, who doesn't want her and Harry looking into a series of serial killings. Fortunately, Harry was just a little bit pissed off from a meeting the scene before, so he lets off a hex to blow off some steam... which just happens to activate the car bomb's detonator while he and Murphy are across the street.
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The Batmobile gets targeted with a car bomb again in Red Hood: The Lost Days after Jason Todd's dip in a Lazarus Pit. The bomb is never set off since Jason wants to look Bruce in the face when he kills him and Bruce finds and disables it without learning who had planted it until his broken resurrected son returns years later as the Red Hood and tells him while trying to kill him.
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In Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, the evil aliens put a bomb in the heroes' car. Nanbara saw it coming and starts the car at a distance by turning the key with a long string. After seeing the explosion at a distance, the aliens relax and think their plan succeeded.
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The Glades: In "Family Matters", someone attempts to murder Jim by planting a bomb in his car linked to his remote locking system. The plan fails because they lock the car door and Jim never locks his car at work. He backs off and beeps the car, which blows up.
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In Hitman: Codename 47 one of the missions in Hong Kong requires Agent 47 to use this method. Same goes for one mission in St. Petersburg in Silent Assassin.
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The X-Files: Fight the Future, where the Well Manicured Man is eliminated in this fashion.
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The Godfather:
Michael's blissful escape from mob life in Sicily comes to an end when his new wife, Apollonia, decides to bring the car around for him. He gets Five-Second Foreshadowing when one of his compatriots, Fabrizio, panics and runs off when he realizes Michael isn't driving himself.
A cut scene from the sequel has Fabrizio dying this way on Michael's orders.
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An episode of My Name Is Earl in which Earl was studying for a GED ended up with this trope as a downtrodden teacher was convinced to play a trick on an unruly student but got some wires crossed. The car was supposed to lock the teenager in and play an annoying tune, but the results were a bit more dramatic.
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Grand Theft Auto III: An early mission has you booby-trapping a guy's car. For added irony, he just came out of a resturant called Ernie's Eat Till You Explode. And later you can end up on the receiving end of this trick if you're not careful.
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In the Superman: The Animated Series episode "The Late Mr. Kent", Clark discovers evidence that supports the alibi of a falsely convicted murderer who's scheduled for execution. The real killer plants a bomb in his car, which of course doesn't hurt him one bit but leaves him unable to show his face as Clark until he can find a way to explain away his survival without revealing his secret identity.
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Happens in the Stephanie Plum book One for the Money, with the car she appropriated from Morelli (in this book, he's the skip she's chasing). Another of Vinnie's bounty hunters is the ill-fated person who starts the car.
This is actually one of the least common ways Stephanie's cars get blown up.
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In The Dark Knight, a judge is shown out to her car by secret service types with sealed instructions as to her destination. When she opens the envelope, the note contains only a single word: "UP". BOOM.
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The pilot episode of The Pinkertons gives this trope a 19th century twist: the villains try to sabotage a passenger train by disguising explosives as lumps of coal.
Though a steam train is already an external combustion engine in the original sense of the word.
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An episode of American Dad! has Roger plant bombs in the cars of three teachers at Steve's school after they gang up on him. Only the first two bombs actually go off; the third teacher suddenly becomes Made of Explodium and his torso explodes, leaving behind his legs.
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Law & Order: Criminal Intent: A variation happens in "Contract". The Victim of the Week is killed by an explosive charge hidden in the headrest of his car seat; detonated when he activates the cigarette lighter.
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In The X-Files episode "Fire", Mulder and Scully get into their car to find a strange cassette tape on the dashboard. They pop it in, and a voice informs them that by doing so they have armed a bomb hooked up to the car, and opening the door will trigger the explosion. Someone then opens the door from the outside, and Scully jumps—turns out the voice on the tape was just Mulder's New Old Flame, trying to mess with their heads.
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Foyle's War: A grenade wired to the steering wheel and rigged to explode when the door is opened is used to kill a former Nazi in "Sunflower". Or so it seems. Actually, the explosion was used to fake his death.
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Two episodes of NUMB3RS have the respective antagonists get rid of a witness by blowing up their car. A third episode has another antagonist try to do the same thing, but the bomb explodes prematurely before the victim gets in the car, and she survives.
In another episode, a Mad Bomber sets a bomb in an ATF agent's car because he blames her for blowing a case that was personal to him. Luckily for the would-be victim, rather than an instantaneous explosion, the bomber decides to trap her in the car and then alert her to the bomb's presence (even giving her a visual on the timer) because he wants her to suffer before she dies. This advance warning gives the team the chance to thwart the bomb before it goes off.
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During the make-your-ownTeen Girl Squad segment of the first episode of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, using the car on Whats-Her-Face at the right time will reveal that her dad bought her a car "at a government auction", which turns out to be rigged with a bomb. "A SPLODE!"
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Law Abiding Citizen. The Well-Intentioned Extremist put remote-controlled bombs inside the gas tanks, where a prior search didn't find them. The protagonist is Forced to Watch as the woman he mentored struggles to escape from a vehicle with sabotaged locks as the other cars explode one by one, before her car also blows up.
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On General Hospital, Sonny's wife Lily was killed this way, when her father planted a bomb meant to kill Sonny, enraged that he had not stopped carrying on with his ex-girlfriend. The sad irony is, Sonny and Lily had just reconciled and resolved to start over. She was driving the car because Sonny had drunk too much champagne celebrating her pregnancy. The scenes played out very much like in the trope description—a joyful Lily walking towards the car, turning to smile back at Sonny, getting into the car, starting the ignition. . .cue the sound of the explosion and a Big "NO!" from the now widowed Sonny.
One year later, on the eve of his wedding to Brenda, Sonny had a nightmare about Lily's death. But when he got to the moment that haunted him the most—when she reached the car and turned back to smile at him—it was Brenda he saw. The fear that Brenda might end up like Lily prompted him to leave Brenda at the altar for her own safety.
And a year after that, Robin nearly met Lily's fate after an evening out with boyfriend Jason, who had taken over Sonny's position. The scene played out almost identically, with Robin even dressed the way Lily had been. However, when she reached the car, Jason, who had witnessed Lily's death, suddenly had a premonition of what was going to happen and managed to save her.
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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City has a garage which outfits any car you drive in with a remote-detonated car bomb.
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In the Batman Knightfall saga, a villain has stolen the Batmobile. Batman gets in the car, starts it, and kaboom! Cut to Robin (Tim Drake) screaming, when Batman walks by and says he got out just in time, realizing it was booby-trapped, "because that's what I would have done."
The Batmobile gets targeted with a car bomb again in Red Hood: The Lost Days after Jason Todd's dip in a Lazarus Pit. The bomb is never set off since Jason wants to look Bruce in the face when he kills him and Bruce finds and disables it without learning who had planted it until his broken resurrected son returns years later as the Red Hood and tells him while trying to kill him.
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Golgo 13. A criminal gang attacks a hijacker who's parachuted into the Amazon with his three million ransom. Actually they've been Lured into a Trap, as the hijacker is Duke Togo who has a contract on them. As Duke masscares the attackers with machine guns and rocket launchers he's prestashed in the area, their leader decides Screw This, I'm Outta Here! and runs for the vehicles. One of his mooks starts a vehicle a moment before he does and blows up. The leader looks at his own ignition key, throws it away and decides to go on foot. He doesn't get far.
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Rizzoli & Isles: In "Built for Speed", the Victim of the Week is a street racer who is killed when his nitrous tank is replaced with propane and detonated with a remote detonator.
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Monk's wife's Death by Origin Story is a textbook case. More show up over the course of the series, sometimes hitting their intended target and sometimes not.
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In Grisaia no Kajitsu, Makina's sister is seriously injured by a bomb placed under her car.
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The Professionals ("The Purging of CI5"). Bodie and Doyle have just escaped a bomb in their phone, and Doyle worries there might be another in the car they've just gotten into. He suggests Bodie wait across the street while he starts the ignition. Bodie just gives him a contemptuous look and says "Oh just stick it in!" (There's no bomb).
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Sisters. Teddy's husband met his death this way, courtesy of a drug lord he was preparing to testify against (he was a cop).
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Quiller:
British agent Quiller is the target of one of these in Tunisia. Fortunately, the bombers didn't have the chance to wire the bomb to the ignition, so they set it to go off when the car experienced a sharp vibration, such as the door closing. And then a heavy bus rumbled by and triggered it while Quiller was still halfway across the street. In Adam Hall's typical narrative style, it's stated:
In the first novel, the car bomb is placed in the suspension, rigged to go off when it falls and hits the ground as the car starts moving. As Quiller needs to fake his death to escape surveillance, he starts the car's engine and leaves the bomb on the hood, hoping the vibrations will cause it to slide down the hood, fall off and detonate. After a while nothing happens, and Quiller thinks the bomb has got stuck and he'd better go back and dislodge it, when the garage blows up in his face.
Happens again by accident in Quiller's Run. Quiller has been boxed in by an extensive surveillance team. As night falls, another agent of similar build plans to drive away in his car in the hope of leading off the enemy so Quiller can escape. It works better than expected because a bomb had been placed in his car. The surveillance team quickly vanish before the police show up, thinking Quiller has been killed.
And in North Light. Quiller is tipped off by his Spider-Sense on that occasion.
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A variation in the second season of Forbrydelsen, in which one of the victims is killed by an ignition-activated bomb in a motor boat.
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Lethal Weapon (2016): In "Jingle Bell Glock", Hannah the meddling journalist gets outed in a carsplosion, courtesy of Eddy Flores from the town's drug ring. The show's detectives pose it could have been remote controlled.
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Joe Pickett: In Stone Cold, Templeton's lackeys plant a bomb underneath Joe's pickup, to be detonated by a mobile phone. Fortunately, Joe discovers it before it can be detonated.
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In one The Saint book, set in Italy, Simon borrows a Bugatti Type 41 "Royale" to get around, and his latest set of targets (specifically, the Mafia) rig it with a car bomb. Simon's reaction is, naturally, irritation; that people would try to blow up his car is to be expected, given his career, but this is a Bugatti.
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In For Your Eyes Only, the Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me self-destructs when one of the bad guys tries to use the butt of his gun to break into the car.
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As with the book, so with the film: in The Pelican Brief, attempting to kill the protagonist.
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Due South: The fate of Ray's second (or third) '71 Buick Riviera. Rigged to the driver's side door handle in this case. However, Ray, the intended target, wasn't the one who opened the door. Poor Louis.
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If you return their brains, Maloof (who is implied to be from a mafia family) and Mikhail of Psychonauts can be found rigging Coach Oleander's car to explode. Since he's last seen leaving the camp in a jet, we don't know if it ever worked.
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In Johnny Dangerously, Roman Maroni does this to you if you park in his space.
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Parodied in Father Ted, which was spoofing Speed - Father Dougal gets hired to temporarily drive Craggy Island's milk truck, which has been wired to explode by disgraced ex-milkman Pat Mustard
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The All in the Family episode "Archie Gets Branded" ends with a member of the Jewish Defense League getting blown up in his car in front of the Bunkers' house.
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One of these is left in Simon Elder's car in Dirty Sexy Money, instead taking out one of his nameless Living Prop henchmen.
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In Ashes to Ashes (2008), Alex's parents were killed by a car bomb that she believed was a political murder. It was actually a murder-suicide by her father.
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A clip of one of these going off is part of the Opening Montage to the "MacGruber" recurring filmed sketch on Saturday Night Live.
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In The Amazing Spider-Man, a thug named Georgie Hill discovered a cache of weapons belonging to The Green Goblin, and showed the cache to a mysterious contact in exchange for money. The contact detonated a bomb under Georgie's car once the transaction was completed because he was a loose end. The contact later used Osborn's weapons and glider to become the Hobgoblin.
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Used on a number of occasions by the Leverage team and their opponents.
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Parodied in the PvP "Bulldog and Cooch" strips. It started as a car, then the Stuff Blowing Up got more and more unlikely as time went on.
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This is of course the whole set-up to Speed - the bomb is rigged to activate at the bus hitting 50 mph, and detonate upon it going under that speed.
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In the first book of the Left Behind series (and its film adaptation), Alan Tompkins was killed by a bomb planted inside his car.
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The Punisher: Frank once runs into villains who took to modifying taxis with booby-traps that would horribly kill the driver. When he realizes this, he switches cars with the bad guys pursuing him, who forget whose car the remote activated...
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Déjà Vu has a booby-trapped car that will explode if you start the ignition or pop the hood.
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Deus Ex has the infamous aerial version. Say it with me: a bomb!
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Dick Tracy had this as the way they killed off the Creator's Pet, Moon Maid. The twist is that instead of being under the hood, the bomber, Little Lettel, preferred to place his bombs under the dashboard in the interior of the car.
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CSI:
In "Cat's in the Cradle", the B-plot involves a bomb planted in a woman's car that explodes when she stops at a garage to investigate a strange noise the car is making.
A simple time bomb left in the boot of a cheating husband. Unfortunately an unexpected detour means the bomb takes several bystanders with it.
In "Hog Heaven", an undercover cop is killed by a bomb planted in her car. Nick and Greg are standing in the car park when it happens.
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Criminal Minds deals with the problem mentioned above in an interesting fashion in the Season 3 finale. We see all the team getting into their respective cars, in a way that practically screams "car bomb". But because they're official FBI vehicles, they all are driving the same car. The episode ends with one of them blowing up, but without showing which one. It was the one that Hotch and his old friend who happens to look just like his (ex?)wife and had been introduced in the same episode. He lives, but she dies at the hospital.
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Beverly Hills, 90210. Dylan's father was killed this way, kicking off his downward spiral. Years later, it was revealed that he had actually been spirited away into witness protection.
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Tracker This was attempted in "A Made Guy", but Cole used his abilities to hyperspeed and manipulate electronic devices to disable it before it could go off.
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This occurred once or twice on The Rockford Files. However, the interesting part was not the explosion, but rather Jim's attempt to explain what happened to his insurance agent.
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Major Crimes: The Body of the Week in "Year-End Blowout" is a used car dealer killed by a bomb placed in one of his vehicles. A second bomb later turns up in the car of the company's comptroller.
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The second high-profile assassination in the first chapter of Never Send Flowers is a politician whose car was rigged with a bomb. The thing wasn't set to explode immediately, it took eight startings of the vehicle before the inevitable.
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One of the manga adaptations of Mobile Suit Gundam, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, covers a lot of backstory from prior to the start of the anime. One scene has a car bomb used against the sons of Degwin Sodo Zabi, who many suspected of having assassinated his predecessor, political rival, and fellow revolutionary Zeon Zum Daikun in order to take his job. Although the Zabi's eagerly blame Zeon's remaining followers, it's very strongly implied that Degwin's daughter set the bomb to take revenge on one of her brothers.
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In Family Guy, when Lois is wanted by the mob, the valet retrieves their car shortly after a hit is called off. It ends rather poorly for the boy.
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Happened to one of Dirk Pitt's many vintage automobiles. He wasn't in it, and he had it restored at the end of the book.
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Artemis Fowl manages to calmly deduce Holly's presence from the fact that Butler, the world's best bodyguard, didn't do his usual bomb check, and just about the only thing that would interfere with his reflexes is fairy mesmer.
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The second episode Sam and Fiona do this accidentally - they were meant to hook up a small explosive charge to the electrical system to enable them to remotely disable the car, but it turns out Fiona attached it to the petrol tank... fortunately the target uses his remote starter, blowing the car up before getting anywhere near it.
A later example has someone try to ambush Michael with one, only to discover Mike had removed the detonator when the guy went to the toilet.
The season 1 finale two-parter has multiple examples:
Michael discusses this trope in his Internal Monologue while trying to prevent the initial bad guys from blowing up their client.
A group of mercenaries take a more direct approach in another episode, the crooks that the gang was following get into their car only for it to be hit by a missile fired from the other side of the canal.
Several times Michael has Exploited this trope for Gaslighting purposes by simply disabling the ignition on the car of someone who's already paranoid (either thanks to Mike or because they're in a dangerous line of work to begin with).
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The baddies in The Big Heat try to kill the hero this way but the plan gets thwarted when the wife gets into the car and gets killed instead.
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