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9th Jun '16 2:52:35 PM margdean56
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** He did realize he shouldn't stick his hand blindly into Dumbledore's Pensive in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]''. Such a shame he managed to ''accidentally'' touch it by leaning in too far.

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** He did realize he shouldn't stick his hand blindly into Dumbledore's Pensive Penseive in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]''. Such a shame he managed to ''accidentally'' touch it by leaning in too far.



* This trope shows up often in Literature/{{Discworld}}, ''especially'' with the wizards. In fact, at one point Ridcully had to put up another sign to specifically deter other wizards, which in effect says "No, don't do it even to see what would happen". In ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', Ridcully finds a bathroom that has been boarded up, had a sign put up warning not to open the room, and the door hidden behind a bookcase. So, of course, he opens it up to see why it was closed up.
* In the Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain series, there are at least two major artifacts (and several minor ones) that can cause painful injury, or even instant death, if the wrong people try to handle or use them. The sword Dyrnwyn is the most plot-central example; the inscription on its hilt, visible above the sheath, begins: "Draw Dyrnwyn, only thou of royal blood." Taran, who grew up on a farm but doesn't know his true heritage, tries to draw it anyway, and his companion all but quotes the page title warning him not to. Eventually he decides to do it anyway. [[spoiler:The sword promptly stuns him with a blinding flash. What, did you think he was King Arthur? Of course, it later turns out that Eilonwy had mistranslated the inscription, it really read "Draw Dyrnmyn, only thou of noble worth". After four books of CharacterDevelopment, Taran is able to safely draw the sword.]]

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* This trope shows up often in Literature/{{Discworld}}, ''especially'' with the wizards. In fact, at one point Ridcully had to put up another sign to specifically deter other wizards, which in effect says "No, don't do it even to see what would happen". In ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', Ridcully finds a bathroom that has been boarded up, had a sign put up warning not to open the room, and the door hidden behind a bookcase. So, of course, he opens it up to see why it was closed up.
* In the Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain series, there are at least two major artifacts (and several minor ones) that can cause painful injury, or even instant death, if the wrong people try to handle or use them. The sword Dyrnwyn is the most plot-central example; the inscription on its hilt, visible above the sheath, begins: "Draw Dyrnwyn, only thou of royal blood." Taran, who grew up on a farm but doesn't know his true heritage, tries to draw it anyway, and his companion all but quotes the page title warning him not to. Eventually he decides to do it anyway. [[spoiler:The sword promptly stuns him with a blinding flash. What, did you think he was King Arthur? Of course, it later turns out that Eilonwy had mistranslated the inscription, it really read "Draw Dyrnmyn, Dyrnwyn, only thou of noble worth". After four books of CharacterDevelopment, Taran is able to safely draw the sword.]]
5th Jun '16 7:20:22 PM BattleMaster
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* In ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'', [[MadScientist Brainstorm]] had several Autobots in his lab on the Lost Light and warned them not to touch the Metafictional Bomb, which would cause anyone exposed to its effects to believe that they were nothing but a bit character in a fictional series. [[TheDitz Swerve]] said that he'd already done so but nothing had happened. When asked when, he stated that it must have happened [[BreakingTheFourthWall off panel]].
4th Jun '16 2:13:58 PM TonyG
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* On ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'', the first event in the Scare Games is a race through an underground passageway littered with poisonous urchins. The host warns the contestants that "you don't want to be touched by these babies!", to which Art, Oozma Kappa's resident {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, responds with "I want to touch it." When the race begins, Art immediately dives towards one of the urchins and grabs it... and blows up like a balloon from the toxins.
* On ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', Nemo defies his father by swimming up to a boat, despite his warnings to not do so. When he reaches is, Marlin yells at him "Don't touch the boat!". Nemo does touch the boat, but on his way back he's caught by scuba divers, setting up the plot.


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* The ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Designs for Leaving" has WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck install automatic devices on WesternAnimation/ElmerFudd's home, controlled from a panel of buttons. Elmer's attention immediately goes to the BigRedButton at the end, But Daffy warns him "No, no, no! Not the wed one! Don't ever push the wed one!" At the end, Elmer can't resist and pushes it. [[spoiler:It causes the house to be lifted up hundreds of feet up in the air, in case of a tidal wave.]]
13th May '16 3:45:28 AM Morgenthaler
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** In the VGA remake the scene was changed to the pod winding up in ''ConquestsOfTheLongbow'' instead, and would simply crash and burn against a hillside.

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** * In the VGA remake the scene was changed to the pod winding up in ''ConquestsOfTheLongbow'' ''VideoGame/ConquestsOfTheLongbow'' instead, and would simply crash and burn against a hillside.
28th Apr '16 12:08:57 AM aye_amber
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* The ''IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfTheForbiddenEye'' attraction at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]] revolves around a recently-discovered temple where an ancient deity resides, offering to bestow upon visitors endless wealth, eternal youth, or visions of the future, on the one condition that they don't look into the deity's eyes. If they do, they'll be led to certain doom. Almost as soon as the ride starts, the vehicles enter the treasure room, which contains a large statue of the deity's face on the far wall ... and you can guess what happens from there.

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* The ''IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfTheForbiddenEye'' ''Franchise/IndianaJones and The Temple of the Forbidden Eye'' attraction at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]] revolves around a recently-discovered temple where an ancient deity resides, offering to bestow upon visitors endless wealth, eternal youth, or visions of the future, on the one condition that they don't look into the deity's eyes. If they do, they'll be led to certain doom. Almost as soon as the ride starts, the vehicles enter the treasure room, which contains a large statue of the deity's face on the far wall ... and you can guess what happens from there.
19th Mar '16 2:17:36 PM Kalaong
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* In a MortadeloYFilemon album, a rival agent is given a box to be delivered to the Súper office, with explicit instructions not to open it (the box contains a magic spider that will turn into a pig any person it touches). The agent can't stand not knowing what's inside, and opens the box to take a peep. The spider touches his nose and turns him into a pig.



* In a MortadeloYFilemon album, a rival agent is given a box to be delivered to the Súper office, with explicit instructions not to open it (the box contains a magic spider that will turn into a pig any person it touches). The agent can't stand not knowing what's inside, and opens the box to take a peep. The spider touches his nose and turns him into a pig.

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* In a MortadeloYFilemon album, a rival agent is given a box to be delivered to the Súper office, with explicit instructions not to open it (the box contains a magic spider that will turn into a pig any person it touches). The agent can't stand not knowing what's inside, and opens the box to take a peep. The spider touches his nose and turns him into a pig.
11th Mar '16 2:16:24 PM Brynhild.Svanhvit
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* In a MortadeloYFilemon album, a rival agent is given a box to be delivered to the Súper office, with explicit instructions not to open it (the box contains a magic spider that will turn into a pig any person it touches). The agent can't stand not knowing what's inside, and opens the box to take a peep. The spider touches his nose and turns him into a pig.
24th Feb '16 1:13:25 PM LaurelHS
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* In a ''Breaking Cat News'' [[http://www.breakingcatnews.com/comic/the-new-plant-is-armed-and-dangerous/ strip]], the cats repeatedly sniff at a cactus even though this leads to the needles pricking their faces. Tommy asks if anyone has tried leaving the cactus alone, but Elvis stubbornly refuses to do so.
24th Jan '16 2:25:01 PM kithas
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*** There are also lots of species that mimic both brightly-colored animals, without the sickening or poisoning part, so it's safe to assume that this is a good tactic to remain safe. Mostly.
24th Jan '16 11:24:32 AM F1Krazy
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* ''Film/JoevstheVolcano'': There is a large pipe with a sign saying "DO NOT TOUCH" however this is a subversion as Joe has never had the guts to actually open the Main Drain and see what happens. When he does, nothing happens. (However he did always wonder what would happen.)

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* ''Film/JoevstheVolcano'': ''Film/JoeVsTheVolcano'': There is a large pipe with a sign saying "DO NOT TOUCH" however this is a subversion as Joe has never had the guts to actually open the Main Drain and see what happens. When he does, nothing happens. (However he did always wonder what would happen.)



* An IronicEcho echo occurs in ''Film/MenInBlackII'', Agent J pretty much cries this when Agent K, having been [[LaserGuidedAmnesia neuralized]] from previous film, touches a small round object, which turns out to be a tiny planet.

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* ** An IronicEcho echo occurs in ''Film/MenInBlackII'', Agent J pretty much cries this when Agent K, having been [[LaserGuidedAmnesia neuralized]] from in the previous film, touches a small round object, which turns out to be a tiny planet.



* The Emergency Stop lever on [[Film/{{Spaceballs}} Spaceball One]] is labeled "NEVER USE".

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* The Emergency Stop lever on [[Film/{{Spaceballs}} Spaceball One]] is labeled labelled "NEVER USE".



** Special mention should go to Millbourn, who apparently thinks what is quite clearly an alien snake (and ''hissing like a cobra''), should be petted like a dog.

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** Special mention should go to Millbourn, who apparently thinks what is quite clearly an alien snake (and ''hissing like a cobra''), cobra'') should be petted like a dog.



* ''[[{{Narnia}} The Magician's Nephew]]'': Polly tries to tell Digory how ridiculous it is to want to ring the bell just because a sign [[SchmuckBait dares you to ring it]], but Digory just ''has'' to find out what happens. He releases the SealedEvilInACan. In fairness to him, the sign implied that it had a magical power to drive them insane from the uncertainty of what ''would'' have happend if the button isn't pressed. It's never revealed if this was a bluff or the truth.

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* ''[[{{Narnia}} The Magician's Nephew]]'': Polly tries to tell Digory how ridiculous it is to want to ring the bell just because a sign [[SchmuckBait dares you to ring it]], but Digory just ''has'' to find out what happens. He releases the SealedEvilInACan. In fairness to him, the sign implied that it had a magical power to drive them insane from the uncertainty of what ''would'' have happend happened if the button isn't pressed. It's never revealed if this was a bluff or the truth.



* Played with in Patricia Wrede's [[EnchantedForestChronicles Dealing With Dragons]]. The character who is only identified as the stone prince ''knows'' he has to use the tin dipper, not the one made of solid gold and covered in jewels, to take the Water of Healing from the well. But he figures it can't hurt to just have a look at the gold one, right? Wrong, but at least he was GenreSavvy enough to do something better than panic as he watched himself become petrified, resulting in a seriously subverted TakenForGranite situation.

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* Played with in Patricia Wrede's [[EnchantedForestChronicles ''[[EnchantedForestChronicles Dealing With Dragons]].Dragons]]''. The character who is only identified as the stone prince ''knows'' he has to use the tin dipper, not the one made of solid gold and covered in jewels, to take the Water of Healing from the well. But he figures it can't hurt to just have a look at the gold one, right? Wrong, but at least he was GenreSavvy enough to do something better than panic as he watched himself become petrified, resulting in a seriously subverted TakenForGranite situation.



* ''Series/DoctorWho''. The last words we hear in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E4TheFaceOfEvil The Face of Evil]]" is the Doctor shouting at Leela not to touch that button after she's slipped inside the TARDIS. Cue the latter dematerialising, and the Doctor now has a new companion.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho''. The last words we hear in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E4TheFaceOfEvil The Face of Evil]]" is the Doctor shouting at Leela not to touch that button after she's slipped inside the TARDIS. Cue the latter TARDIS dematerialising, and the Doctor now has a new companion.



** Cue John returning to Earth over a decade before he left. * FacePalm*

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** Cue John returning to Earth over a decade before he left. * FacePalm**FacePalm*



* This shows up in a version of the original tale of ''Literature/{{Aladdin}}'', although unlike the Disney movie, Aladdin didn't have a pet monkey to disobey the order. Good thing he did, too; in the original version he was told that he'd ''die instantly'' if he touched the walls. Maybe actually being told what would happen is what saved Aladdin from what happened to so many other victims of this trope... plus, if he died there, it'd be a pretty short story.

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* This shows up in a version of the original tale of ''Literature/{{Aladdin}}'', although unlike the Disney movie, Aladdin didn't have a pet monkey to disobey the order. Good thing he did, thing, too; in the original version he was told that he'd ''die instantly'' if he touched the walls. Maybe actually being told what would happen is what saved Aladdin from what happened to so many other victims of this trope... plus, if he died there, it'd be a pretty short story.



--> '''Bulma's father''' : The start button. Don't touch...THE start button. Now I'll be right back.

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--> '''Bulma's father''' : The start button. Don't touch... THE start button. Now I'll be right back.



* WebVideo/YuGiOhtheAbridgedSeries had a variation of this, where a magic door appears in front of Serenity, Duke and Tristan, telling them to open it. When Duke asks what's behind the door, it answers "You will enter a world of deep, unending pain and torment! ...Oh, and, uh...ponies." The following dialogue actually happens ''twice'':

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* WebVideo/YuGiOhtheAbridgedSeries had a variation of this, where a magic door appears in front of Serenity, Duke and Tristan, telling them to open it. When Duke asks what's behind the door, it answers "You will enter a world of deep, unending pain and torment! ...Oh, and, uh... ponies." The following dialogue actually happens ''twice'':



-->'''Iroh''': "Zhao, whatever you do to that spirit, I'll unleash on you ten-fold! ''Let it go now!''"

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-->'''Iroh''': "Zhao, Zhao, whatever you do to that spirit, I'll unleash on you ten-fold! ''Let it go now!''"now!''



-->'''Bart:''' I know I shouldn't...but when am I gonna be here again?

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-->'''Bart:''' I know I shouldn't... but when am I gonna be here again?



** In a non-Treehouse episode, "Homer's Enemy" Frank Grimes stops Homer from drinking acid instead of his Buzz Cola by slapping it out of his hand, splashing it against a wall which instantly decomposes. Of course Grimey is instantly in trouble for ruining the wall instead of being praised as a hero for saving Homer.

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** In a non-Treehouse episode, "Homer's Enemy" Enemy", Frank Grimes stops Homer from drinking acid instead of his Buzz Cola by slapping it out of his hand, splashing it against a wall which instantly decomposes. Of course Grimey is instantly in trouble for ruining the wall instead of being praised as a hero for saving Homer.



* As the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' is exploring an area with a number of magical artifacts, TheFlash picks one up, and accidentally blows a hole in the wall. {{Franchise/Batman}} yells at him not to touch anything, since it could be extremely dangerous. Pan over to {{Franchise/Superman}} and ComicBook/MartianManhunter [[CrowningMomentOfFunny quickly putting down artifacts]]. Franchise/WonderWoman, at least was smart enough to not touch anything.

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* As the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' is exploring an area with a number of magical artifacts, TheFlash picks one up, and accidentally blows a hole in the wall. {{Franchise/Batman}} yells at him not to touch anything, since it could be extremely dangerous. Pan over to {{Franchise/Superman}} and ComicBook/MartianManhunter [[CrowningMomentOfFunny quickly putting down artifacts]]. Franchise/WonderWoman, at least least, was smart enough to not touch anything.



-->'''Harley'''(small voice):Yes, sir.
* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', construction workers digging more tunnels for the New York subway system come across a door with a demonic face that repeatedly telling them to not open it until [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Doomsday]]. Because they're on a schedule, and because they don't want to be told what to do by a talking door, they attempt to continue digging. And when the door sees that they aren't going to listen to it, it then opens, unleashing HellOnEarth into New York's subway system.

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-->'''Harley'''(small voice):Yes, voice): Yes, sir.
* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', construction workers digging more tunnels for the New York subway system come across a door with a demonic face that repeatedly telling tells them to not open it until [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Doomsday]]. Because they're on a schedule, and because they don't want to be told what to do by a talking door, they attempt to continue digging. And when the door sees that they aren't going to listen to it, it then opens, unleashing HellOnEarth into New York's subway system.



* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "I'm Your Biggest Fanatic" has a RunningGag in which Patrick touches something he's not supposed to touch and is promptly chastised by a security guard.
-->'''Spongebob''': Wow! It's Dr. Man-O-War! The man who got stung by Big Lenny and lived!
-->''[cuts to a man with a very large welt on his face]''
-->'''Dr. Man-O-War''': -and now it only hurts when you touch it.
-->''[Patrick touches the welt, causing Dr. Man-O-War to cry out in pain]''
-->'''Patrick''': Touch.
-->'''Security Guard''': Do I have to follow you around all day?
* One ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'' episode features the following exchange:
-->'''Presidential Aide''': Mr. President, whatever you do, do not touch that red button next to the salt!
-->'''[[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed President]]''': You mean this button? ''[presses it, launching a nuclear missile, and knocks over the salt for good measure]''



-->'''Numbuh 2:''' I told you not touch that!

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-->'''Numbuh 2:''' I told you not to touch that!



** In "Operation: F.O.U.N.T.A.I.N.", the team is in an ancient temple that resembles has a school-theme, and are currently in what looks like a cafeteria, complete with food. Numbuh Five is certain that a trap is here (seeing as they barely survived the one in the last big room) but her warning as they walk through it is distorted like some twisted game of "whisper down the alley":

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** In "Operation: F.O.U.N.T.A.I.N.", the team is are in an ancient temple that resembles has a school-theme, school, and are currently in what looks like a cafeteria, complete with food. Numbuh Five is certain that a trap is here (seeing as they barely survived the one in the last big room) but her warning as they walk through it is distorted like some twisted game of "whisper down the alley":



* Subverted in the movie TeenTitansTroubleInTokyo; when visiting the japanese police center, Beast Boy notices a red button and is about to touch it... only to be intimidated into not doing it by Raven.

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* Subverted in the movie TeenTitansTroubleInTokyo; when visiting the japanese Japanese police center, Beast Boy notices a red button and is about to touch it... only to be intimidated into not doing it by Raven.



* "Pandora's Box" was a Terrytoons films starring Super Mouse (would become WesternAnimation/MightyMouse) and is based on the old mythology tale. Pandora and her boyfriend are mice (of course), and she stumbles upon a mysterious box. Her boyfriends calls out "Don't touch it!" Pandora opens it anyway, and out comes a horde of demonic cats. "I told you not to touch it!!"

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* "Pandora's Box" was a Terrytoons films starring Super Mouse (would (who would later become WesternAnimation/MightyMouse) and is based on the old mythology tale. Pandora and her boyfriend are mice (of course), and she stumbles upon a mysterious box. Her boyfriends boyfriend calls out "Don't touch it!" Pandora opens it anyway, and out comes a horde of demonic cats. "I told you not to touch it!!"



** Whenever you go out to eat, the server warns you the dish they set down is still hot...and someone in your party will invariably touch it to verify the fact.

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** Whenever you go out to eat, the server warns you the dish they set down is still hot... and someone in your party will invariably touch it to verify the fact.



* In the Evil Overlord List, one of the items is that all devices will have a well concealed self destruct button, and an obvious button labeled "do not press" which will trigger an immediate spray of bullets into anyone stupid enough to disregard it.

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* In the Evil Overlord List, one of the items is that all devices will have a well concealed self destruct self-destruct button, and an obvious button labeled "do not press" which will trigger an immediate spray of bullets into anyone stupid enough to disregard it.
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