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* The villain Black Mask's pathetic first appearance in ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' was marked by him walking into an obvious trap. He was obsessed with masks, and was killing people that had "wronged" him with them. Then one of the people he wanted dead, Bruce Wayne, held a Masquerade.
-->'''Batman:''' Good job, Alfred - Black Mask won't be able to resist an invitation like this.\\

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* The villain Black Mask's pathetic first appearance in ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' was is marked by him walking into an obvious trap. He was is obsessed with masks, and was is killing people that had "wronged" him with them. Then one of the people he wanted wants dead, Bruce Wayne, held holds a Masquerade.
-->'''Batman:''' Good job, Alfred - -- Black Mask won't be able to resist an invitation like this.\\



* '' '''Narrator:''' The Crypt...*''\\

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* '' '''Narrator:''' The Crypt...*''\\''\\



'''Black Mask:''' Of course, Tupeng - and moreover, it's obviously an obvious trap.\\

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'''Black Mask:''' Of course, Tupeng - -- and moreover, it's obviously an obvious trap.\\



* In ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'' it's obvious that the deadline is part of some greater plot, but the Mane Six decide they have to meet it anyway.

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* In ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'' ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'', it's obvious that the deadline is part of some greater plot, but the Mane Six decide they have to meet it anyway.



-->'''Orion Pax:'''It's not a trap if you know it's a trap.

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-->'''Orion Pax:'''It's Pax:''' It's not a trap if you know it's a trap.



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--->'''Mal:''' Y'all were watchin', I take it?\\
''[Everyone squirms uncomfortably]''\\

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--->'''Mal:''' -->'''Mal:''' Y'all were watchin', I take it?\\
''[Everyone ''[everyone squirms uncomfortably]''\\



'''Obi-Wan:''' ''(grins)'' Spring the trap.
** Expanded on in the novelization - this is Anakin and Obi-Wan's standard procedure whenever they encounter a trap during the war.
* In ''Film/StarshipTroopers'', the Roughnecks end up falling right into a Bug ambush, but as we later find out, command knew the Bugs had set a trap and sent in the Roughnecks as bait so they could confirm that there was a Brain Bug on the planet.
* Done quite [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOQNQTrq3tc literally]] in ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective''.

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'''Obi-Wan:''' ''(grins)'' ''[grins]'' Spring the trap.
** :: Expanded on in the novelization - -- this is Anakin and Obi-Wan's standard procedure whenever they encounter a trap during the war.
* In ''Film/StarshipTroopers'', the Roughnecks end up falling right into a Bug ambush, but as we later find out, command knew the Bugs had set a trap and sent in the Roughnecks as bait so they could confirm that there was is a Brain Bug on the planet.
* Done quite [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOQNQTrq3tc literally]] in ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective''.
planet.



* ''Film/{{Se7en}}''. After surrendering to police, SerialKiller John Doe promises to lead Detective Mills and Somerset ([[ComeAlone and only these two]]) to where he's left the bodies of his last victims; if so he will plead guilty to all crimes instead of an InsanityDefence. Suspecting John Doe has something more dramatic planned than retrieving a couple of bodies, he's manacled hand and foot, their car is followed by a SWAT team in a helicopter, and Mills and Somerset are determined to be ready for anything. They're not.

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* ''Film/{{Se7en}}''.''Film/Se7en''. After surrendering to police, SerialKiller John Doe promises to lead Detective Mills and Somerset ([[ComeAlone and only these two]]) to where he's left the bodies of his last victims; if so he will plead guilty to all crimes instead of an InsanityDefence. Suspecting John Doe has something more dramatic planned than retrieving a couple of bodies, he's manacled hand and foot, their car is followed by a SWAT team in a helicopter, and Mills and Somerset are determined to be ready for anything. They're not.



* At the end of the ''BlackJewels'' trilogy, the villains capture Lucivar's [[IHaveYourWife wife and child]]. He takes the bait, and then subsequently ''becomes'' new bait for his father. Who takes the bait, and subsequently becomes new bait for his other son. Who takes the bait. Unfortunately for the villains, he doesn't walk so much as ''saunter'' into the trap.
* In ''Literature/{{Dune}}'':
** when Paul Atreides tells his father Leto that their being given Arrakis was possibly a trap, Leto replies with the classic line "knowing there is a trap is the first step in evading it." [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler Leto got killed before the book was half-over]]. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Evading It Hero]].

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* At the end of the ''BlackJewels'' ''Literature/BlackJewels'' trilogy, the villains capture Lucivar's [[IHaveYourWife wife and child]]. He takes the bait, and then subsequently ''becomes'' new bait for his father. Who takes the bait, and subsequently becomes new bait for his other son. Who takes the bait. Unfortunately for the villains, he doesn't walk so much as ''saunter'' into the trap.
* In ''Literature/{{Dune}}'':
** when When Paul Atreides tells his father Leto that their being given Arrakis was possibly a trap, Leto replies with the classic line "knowing there is a trap is the first step in evading it." [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler Leto got killed before the book was half-over]]. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Evading It Hero]].



* Over the years on ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Doctor's walked into a few of these. It gets [[LampshadeHanging fitted with a lampshade]] in "The Androids of Tara":
-->'''The Doctor:''' I shall have to go alone of course. It's funny. They always want you to go alone when you're walking into a trap. Have you noticed that?

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* Over the years on ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Doctor's walked into a few of these. these.
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It gets [[LampshadeHanging fitted with a lampshade]] in "The Androids of Tara":
-->'''The --->'''The Doctor:''' I shall have to go alone of course. It's funny. They always want you to go alone when you're walking into a trap. Have you noticed that?



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'' are both pretty fond of playing with this. One season is bookended with Buffy walking into two different traps for two different reasons, only to discover that ''both'' of them were just red herrings to distract her. From the first instance:
-->'''Willow''': What about the other part of the note?
-->'''Buffy''': What other part of the note?
-->'''Willow''': The part that says "PS, this is a trap!"

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'' are both pretty fond of playing with this. this.
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One season is bookended with Buffy walking into two different traps for two different reasons, only to discover that ''both'' of them were just red herrings to distract her. From the first instance:
-->'''Willow''': --->'''Willow:''' What about the other part of the note?
-->'''Buffy''':
note?\\
'''Buffy:'''
What other part of the note?
-->'''Willow''':
note?\\
'''Willow:'''
The part that says "PS, this is a trap!"trap!"\\



-->'''Angelus:''' And you fall for it ''every single time''!

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-->'''Angelus:''' --->'''Angelus:''' And you fall for it ''every single time''!



* Thanks to a chronic case of HonorBeforeReason, Arthur from ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' has made a habit out of this trope. The title character gets his fair share, too.

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* Thanks to a chronic case of HonorBeforeReason, Arthur from ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' has made a habit out of this trope. The title character gets his fair share, too.



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* Not uncommon in the Adam West version of ''Series/{{Batman}}''... or its animated sequel, which provided the above quote.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' - Elmer Fudd, become a MadScientist in one cartoon, set a rabbit box trap for Bugs Bunny. Bugs notes that he had never actually seen one in real life but recognized it from what his grandfather described to him. He decided to go along with it merely because he concluded Elmer must have gone through a lot of trouble to set it up.

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* Not uncommon in the Adam West version of ''Series/{{Batman}}''... or its animated sequel, which provided the above quote.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' - -- Elmer Fudd, become a MadScientist in one cartoon, set a rabbit box trap for Bugs Bunny. Bugs notes that he had never actually seen one in real life but recognized it from what his grandfather described to him. He decided to go along with it merely because he concluded Elmer must have gone through a lot of trouble to set it up.



* Happens the animated ''[[WesternAnimation/XMen X-Men]]'' series in the season 2 finale, when Sinister brainwashes a captive Professor X to order the X-men to come meet him. Since Xavier is blatantly being mind controlled in his message and unknown to Sinister they've already found out Sinister has him it's an obvious trap. But since they've been trying to find Xavier all season they've got no choice but to go and hope they can save him.

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* Happens the animated ''[[WesternAnimation/XMen X-Men]]'' ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' series in the season 2 finale, when Sinister brainwashes a captive Professor X to order the X-men to come meet him. Since Xavier is blatantly being mind controlled in his message and unknown to Sinister they've already found out Sinister has him it's an obvious trap. But since they've been trying to find Xavier all season they've got no choice but to go and hope they can save him.



10th Jun '16 6:42:36 PM HeroGal2347
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* ''Series/TheATeam'', "[[Recap/TheATeamS3E9Showdown Showdown]]". B.A. asks if the fake A-Team might be an army trap to lure them out. Hannibal says he doesn't know if it is, but he knows that the army will attempt to use it. Whatever it is, the team has to go anyway.
18th May '16 4:02:28 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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%%* {{QI}} How many moons does the Earth have?

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%%* {{QI}} Series/{{QI}} How many moons does the Earth have?
20th Apr '16 10:29:04 PM Mhazard
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* If you happened to see a person named [[LegacyCharacter Patches]] in any RPG created by ''Creator/FromSoftware'', be sure to trigger all the traps set by him, because by doing so, you can befriend him and have him as a merchant, just don't say you're a [[BerserkButton cleric]].
2nd Mar '16 4:15:12 AM beergood
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--->'''Willow''': The part that says "PS, this is a trap!"
* And the second:

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--->'''Willow''': -->'''Willow''': The part that says "PS, this is a trap!"
* ** And the second:
21st Feb '16 9:00:56 AM ErikModi
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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'' are both pretty fond of playing with this. On season is bookended with Buffy walking into two different traps for two different reasons, only to discover that ''both'' of them were just red herrings to distract her.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'' are both pretty fond of playing with this. On One season is bookended with Buffy walking into two different traps for two different reasons, only to discover that ''both'' of them were just red herrings to distract her.her. From the first instance:
-->'''Willow''': What about the other part of the note?
-->'''Buffy''': What other part of the note?
--->'''Willow''': The part that says "PS, this is a trap!"
* And the second:
12th Feb '16 2:21:08 PM LinTaylor
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* In one of the last Russian Mafia missions in ''{{VideoGame/Mercenaries}}: Playground of Destruction'', the player is assigned to help Josef, the Mafia leader's assistant, with a negotiation. The player character says "You ''do'' realize this is a trap, right?" and Josef responds with the page quote. Sure enough, Sergei (said leader) is trying to tie up loose ends by killing his overly-ambitious assistant and the mercenary before either of them can become a danger to him. [[spoiler:[[HoistByHisOwnPetard This leads to Josef deposing Sergei and hiring the merc to kill him.]]]]
3rd Feb '16 2:23:44 AM Ravenhull
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* A supplement for West End Game's ''TabletopGame/StarWarsD6'' system detailed some of the Rebellion's special forces culture, and one of the things was "Bursting", defined as going into an obvious trap with far more firepower than the trap was ever ready for.
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26th Dec '15 10:39:55 PM JMQwilleran
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* Towards the end of ''VideoGame/FairyFencerF'', Paiga leads the party into a trap, claiming that where they're going has something that the party can use to bring down the big bad company Dorfa. There's nothing there, but Fang doesn't care much anyway. He knew there was a good chance it was probably a trap and so he's made sure the party is ready.
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