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15th Feb '17 7:17:13 PM WillBGood
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This is in some ways out of character for Wilson, as he tends to be quite a careful person. However, his vagueness sometimes leads him into trouble. Another example is in "A Soldier's Farewell" where he pokes the slab of cheese Mainwaring plans to give his wife for supper. Moral of this section: you shouldn't go about poking things.
15th Feb '17 7:16:40 PM WillBGood
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* '''[[Literature/ShadowKeep Sranul]]'''. Frequently bordering with TooDumbToLive and TemptingFate.

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* %%* '''[[Literature/ShadowKeep Sranul]]'''. Frequently bordering with TooDumbToLive and TemptingFate.







A leak starts, meaning Mainwaring has to work with an umbrella up, which he won't share with Wilson, who's getting wet:

-->'''MAINWARING''': Well, that's your fault isn't it, you shouldn't go about poking things.

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\n** A leak starts, meaning Mainwaring has to work with an umbrella up, which he won't share with Wilson, who's getting wet:

-->'''MAINWARING''':
wet:
--->'''MAINWARING''':
Well, that's your fault isn't it, you shouldn't go about poking things.
things.



4th Jan '17 2:02:46 PM dalek955
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*Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'', when a mysterious man asks the wombat main character what she would do "if I gave you a box that must not be opened, ever, under any circumstances?" She promptly launches into a description of encasing it in concrete and using it as a foundation block for a long-lifespan public works project, with allowances for extra measures depending on the specifications of the box itself, without even bothering to ask why.
-->'''Trader Manuel:''' Heh heh heh. Excellent. Why did I never consider a wombat before?



* Referenced and lampshaded several times in Ursula Verson's ''Literature/{{Gearworld}}'' journal. The explorers of the labyrinthe, self-modifying and seemingly boundless structure known as Gearworld find that it contains many hazards, several of which are marked by polite signs left by an unknown group calling themselves the Monks of Perdition. These signs always take the ForbiddenFruit factor into account and plead the reader to heed them while acknowledging that they may very well choose not to do so. The uncovering first such sign can be found [[http://gearworld.livejournal.com/13707.html here]]:

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* Referenced and lampshaded several times in Ursula Verson's ''Literature/{{Gearworld}}'' journal. The explorers of the labyrinthe, labyrinthine, self-modifying and seemingly boundless structure known as Gearworld find that it contains many hazards, several of which are marked by polite signs left by an unknown group calling themselves the Monks of Perdition. These signs always take the ForbiddenFruit factor into account and plead the reader to heed them while acknowledging that they may very well choose not to do so. The uncovering first such sign can be found [[http://gearworld.livejournal.com/13707.html here]]:
20th Dec '16 11:46:25 PM Xtifr
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* 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 Dyrnwyn, only thou of noble worth". After four books of CharacterDevelopment, Taran is able to safely draw the sword.]]

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* In the Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' 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 Dyrnwyn, only thou of noble worth". After four books of CharacterDevelopment, Taran is able to safely draw the sword.]]
27th Nov '16 2:03:16 PM nombretomado
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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 happened 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]]'': ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'': 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 happened if the button isn't pressed. It's never revealed if this was a bluff or the truth.
16th Oct '16 5:08:06 PM Outis
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*''Podcast/TheMagnusArchives'': The coffin in "Do Not Open" has those three words scratched on its lid. Thankfully, the protagonist ''isn't'' TooDumbToLive and is smart enough not to do so. Though it's not for lack of trying on the part of the coffin.
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11th Sep '16 8:25:56 PM tropower
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* The ''Series/EureekasCastle'' special "Don't Touch that Box"[[note]]Which guest stars Creator/LutherVandross.[[/note]] does this.[[note]]Minus the "You idiot" part. It is a preschool series, after all.[[/note]] There's even a song about it.
4th Sep '16 10:16:27 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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Another one of the GenreSavvy's StockPhrases. Just like how there are some things [[TemptingFate nobody is absolutely ever supposed to say]], there are some objects the viewer/reader can instantly, instinctively tell nobody is ever supposed to touch: the singular artifact placed on a pedestal in the abandoned TempleOfDoom, the MineralMacGuffin locked in a treasure chest buried in a cave on an uncharted island, the [[PowerGlows glowing]] MacGuffin in a display case in the DiabolicalMastermind's study, or the ForbiddenFruit surrounded by signs that boldly warn [[SchmuckBait DO NOT TOUCH! WILL CAUSE]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT!]]

WhoWouldBeStupidEnough to [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong touch any of that]]? [[RuleOfDrama Fortunately for the plot]], ''plenty'' of GenreBlind characters are, all the while ignoring their GenreSavvy [[TheCassandra companion's]] warning of "Don't touch it, you idiot!" They ''never'' listen to them. Cue the rolling boulder/erupting volcano/invasion of {{Mooks}}/release of the SealedEvilInACan and all their complications/a snarky "IWarnedYou."

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Another one of the GenreSavvy's savvy's StockPhrases. Just like how there are some things [[TemptingFate nobody is absolutely ever supposed to say]], there are some objects the viewer/reader can instantly, instinctively tell nobody is ever supposed to touch: the singular artifact placed on a pedestal in the abandoned TempleOfDoom, the MineralMacGuffin locked in a treasure chest buried in a cave on an uncharted island, the [[PowerGlows glowing]] MacGuffin in a display case in the DiabolicalMastermind's study, or the ForbiddenFruit surrounded by signs that boldly warn [[SchmuckBait DO NOT TOUCH! WILL CAUSE]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT!]]

WhoWouldBeStupidEnough to [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong touch any of that]]? [[RuleOfDrama Fortunately for the plot]], ''plenty'' of GenreBlind characters are, all the while ignoring their GenreSavvy [[TheCassandra companion's]] warning of "Don't touch it, you idiot!" They ''never'' listen to them. Cue the rolling boulder/erupting volcano/invasion of {{Mooks}}/release of the SealedEvilInACan and all their complications/a snarky "IWarnedYou."



This {{trope}} is for variations of a warning Stock Phrase by the GenreSavvy. Otherwise, see ForbiddenFruit and SchmuckBait (of which the BigRedButton labeled "DO NOT TOUCH" is a {{subtrope}}). Plus, if someone ever asks, [[WhatDoesThisButtonDo "What does this button do?"]], this is the ''only'' [[PoorCommunicationKills acceptable way to answer]].

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This {{trope}} is for variations of a warning Stock Phrase by the GenreSavvy.Phrase. Otherwise, see ForbiddenFruit and SchmuckBait (of which the BigRedButton labeled "DO NOT TOUCH" is a {{subtrope}}). Plus, if someone ever asks, [[WhatDoesThisButtonDo "What does this button do?"]], this is the ''only'' [[PoorCommunicationKills acceptable way to answer]].



* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': While the gang is deep in the mines of Moria, Pippin the Hobbit innocently fiddles with an ancient suit of armour... Gandalf [[GenreSavvy reacts appropriately]].

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* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': While the gang is deep in the mines of Moria, Pippin the Hobbit innocently fiddles with an ancient suit of armour... Gandalf [[GenreSavvy reacts appropriately]].appropriately.



* 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 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 did something better than panic as he watched himself become petrified, resulting in a seriously subverted TakenForGranite situation.



--> '''Buck:''' [[GenreSavvy ...had to go and touch it.]]

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--> '''Buck:''' [[GenreSavvy ...'''Buck:''' ...had to go and touch it.]]



* In ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'', Bud [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/let-me-see/ warned Monica that she shouldn't touch an artifact]] because it had frightened a group of Nazis enough to make them kill each other. Naturally, Monica touched it, but not before TemptingFate. Bud was GenreSavvy enough to expect this, and had even taken bets on whether or not Monica would touch it.

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* In ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'', Bud [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/let-me-see/ warned Monica that she shouldn't touch an artifact]] because it had frightened a group of Nazis enough to make them kill each other. Naturally, Monica touched it, but not before TemptingFate. Bud was GenreSavvy enough to expect expected this, and had even taken bets on whether or not Monica would touch it.



* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'''s resident GenreSavvy chararacter Church, upon discovering that "the stupidest being in the universe" will be responsible for a prophesied apocalypse, attempts to warn the team [[TheDitz ditz]], Caboose: "Don't touch anything, don't look at anything, don't ''breathe'' on anything!" By then, though, it's already too late.

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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'''s resident GenreSavvy chararacter Church, upon discovering that "the stupidest being in the universe" will be responsible for a prophesied apocalypse, attempts to warn the team [[TheDitz ditz]], Caboose: "Don't touch anything, don't look at anything, don't ''breathe'' on anything!" By then, though, it's already too late.



-->'''Aang''': Remember [[DurableDeathtrap what happened out there with those spikes]]? [[GenreSavvy I'm just very suspicious of giant, glowing gems sitting on pedestals]].

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-->'''Aang''': Remember [[DurableDeathtrap what happened out there with those spikes]]? [[GenreSavvy I'm just very suspicious of giant, glowing gems sitting on pedestals]].pedestal.
11th Aug '16 11:56:47 PM BattleMaster
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* In the music video for ''Music/{{AC/DC}}'s'' Heatseeker, there's a lever marked "Under no circumstance should you touch this lever." Angus Young casually tosses his hat on it, causing a missile to launch.

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* In the music video for ''Music/{{AC/DC}}'s'' ''Music/{{ACDC}}'s'' Heatseeker, there's a lever marked "Under no circumstance should you touch this lever." Angus Young casually tosses his hat on it, causing a missile to launch.
11th Aug '16 11:55:52 PM BattleMaster
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* In the music video for ''Music/{{AC/DC}}'s'' Heatseeker, there's a lever marked "Under no circumstance should you touch this lever." Angus Young casually tosses his hat on it, causing a missile to launch.
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