Cut the Fuse

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One way of demonstrating Implausible Fencing Powers (or even Improbable Aiming Skills) is combining it with Bomb Disposal: cutting (or shooting) the fuses.

Examples of Cut the Fuse include:

Anime and Manga


  • The Soviet action movie The Crown of the Russian Empire or The Elusives Again had this in the intro. One of the Elusives shoots the fuse to thwart a bomb on the rails before a moving train.

Live Action TV

  • Reality show Top Shot had one round where the contestants tried to shoot through a bomb's fuse to stop it from going off. It was one of the most difficult challenges on the show.
  • Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Phryne shoots a burning length of film that is being used as an improvised Powder Trail in "Framed for Murder". However, the burning film flips and lands on the piled celluloid, reigniting it.

Newspaper Comics

  • In a Terry and the Pirates strip, the Dragon Lady shoots through the fuse of an explosive that has been stuffed in Connie's mouth!

Video Games

  • One of the challenges in the Mad Dog McCree arcade game involved shooting the fuse off some dynamite to save the prospector.
  • On the Game Over screen of the original Final Fight, you're tied up with a bomb next to you. Continuing means a knife drops in to cut the fuse.