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1st May '17 2:29:01 PM WillKeaton
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* In the ''STarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] novel ''[[Literature/NewJediOrder Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream]]'', pilot Voort [=SaBinring=] notices the enemy attack pattern indicates they're going to spring a trap on their squadron. Squadron leader Jaina Solo decides to weather the trap out; they couldn't run ''every'' time they were targeted by a seeming ObviousTrap. [[spoiler: It nearly proves fatal to her, and her LoveInterest Jagged Fel.]]

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* In the ''STarWars'' ''StarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] novel ''[[Literature/NewJediOrder Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream]]'', pilot Voort [=SaBinring=] notices the enemy attack pattern indicates they're going to spring a trap on their squadron. Squadron leader Jaina Solo decides to weather the trap out; they couldn't run ''every'' time they were targeted by a seeming ObviousTrap. [[spoiler: It nearly proves fatal to her, and her LoveInterest Jagged Fel.]]
1st May '17 2:28:47 PM WillKeaton
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* In the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' novel ''[[Literature/NewJediOrder Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream]]'', pilot Voort [=SaBinring=] notices the enemy attack pattern indicates they're going to spring a trap on their squadron. Squadron leader Jaina Solo decides to weather the trap out; they couldn't run ''every'' time they were targeted by a seeming ObviousTrap. [[spoiler: It nearly proves fatal to her, and her LoveInterest Jagged Fel.]]

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* In the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' ''STarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] novel ''[[Literature/NewJediOrder Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream]]'', pilot Voort [=SaBinring=] notices the enemy attack pattern indicates they're going to spring a trap on their squadron. Squadron leader Jaina Solo decides to weather the trap out; they couldn't run ''every'' time they were targeted by a seeming ObviousTrap. [[spoiler: It nearly proves fatal to her, and her LoveInterest Jagged Fel.]]
30th Apr '17 1:25:59 PM StarSword
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* In ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', the hero is being warned that the meeting with Robert the Bruce would be a trap and he kind of senses it himself, but he feels it is worth trying because the chance to reunite the Scottish forces is their only hope.

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* In ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', the hero William Wallace is being warned that the meeting with Robert the Bruce would be a trap and he kind of senses it himself, but he feels it is worth trying because the chance to reunite the Scottish forces is their only hope.



* Used in "Sacrifice of Angels" from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. Sisko leads a large Federation fleet to retake [=DS9=] from the Dominion, but encounter twice as many Cardassian and Jem'Hadar ships. While Starfleet attempts to lure Cardassian ships out of formation, Gul Dukat recognizes Sisko's plan, and carefully withdraws a few ships to draw him in so Dukat can crush Sisko with superior numbers. However, despite seeing through the trap, Sisko points out they may not get another opportunity and he orders Starfleet forward.
** The earlier episode "Rocks and Shoals" features a far more somber version. A Vorta field officer deliberately sends his Jem'Hadar soldiers walking into a death trap, so that he can safely surrender once they are out of the way. They know it's a trap, but they go anyway simply because [[HonorBeforeReason obeying the Vorta "is the order of things."]]

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* Used in "Sacrifice of Angels" from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. Sisko leads a large Federation fleet to retake [=DS9=] from the Dominion, but encounter twice as many Cardassian and Jem'Hadar ships. While Starfleet attempts to lure Cardassian ships out of formation, Gul Dukat recognizes Sisko's plan, and carefully withdraws a few ships to draw him in so Dukat can crush Sisko with superior numbers. However, despite seeing through the trap, Sisko points out they may not get another opportunity and he orders Starfleet forward.
''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** The earlier episode "Rocks and Shoals" features a far more somber version. Shoals": A Vorta field officer deliberately sends his Jem'Hadar soldiers walking into a death trap, so that he can safely surrender once they are out of the way. They know it's a trap, but they go anyway simply because [[HonorBeforeReason obeying the Vorta "is the order of things."]]"]]
** "Sacrifice of Angels": Sisko leads a large Federation fleet to retake [=DS9=] from the Dominion, but encounter twice as many Cardassian and Jem'Hadar ships. Sisko attempts to lure Cardassian ships out of formation, but Gul Dukat recognizes Sisko's plan and carefully withdraws a few ships to draw him in so Dukat can crush Sisko with superior numbers. Sisko sees through the trap, but realizes they've been delayed long enough they may not be able to reach their objective in time and so orders the fleet forward anyway. [[spoiler:They're nearly wiped out, but TheCavalry in the form of a Klingon fleet hits the Dominion flank just in time and Sisko is able to break through.]]
12th Apr '17 5:41:42 PM AthenaBlue
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* In the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode "The Only Light in the Darkness", Skye discovers [[spoiler:Grant Ward]] is TheMole just before he tries to trick her into leaving the base with him. Since she has no allies nearby, she lets him believe his cover is intact and plays along.



* 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?
** Naturally, the enemy was no different in being GenreSavvy. [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Count Grendel]] considered the fact that the Doctor would know it's a trap and take every precaution he could think of as a reason why it would be even more fun.
* On ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Jack and co. know that Michael is leading them straight into a trap by taking them to the Others' camp. Jack's plan is to go along with it and pretend they don't know it's a trap, believing they'll have the advantage since Michael doesn't know that they have another party led by Sayid preparing to attack the Others' camp from sea. Unfortunately, he doesn't realize that Michael has lied about the camp's location, and Sayid's party ends up at an abandoned decoy camp miles away from the real trap, where Jack and co. are easily caught.

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* Over the years on ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Doctor's walked into a few of these.
** It gets [[LampshadeHanging fitted
In ''Series/BabylonFive'', Sheridan goes to Z'ha'dum 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?
** Naturally, the enemy was no different in being GenreSavvy. [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Count Grendel]] considered the fact that the Doctor would know
[[WeUsedToBeFriends Anna]], knowing it's a trap and take every precaution he could think of as a reason why trap. He plans to make it would be even more fun.
a very ''[[TakingYouWithMe costly]]'' [[NuclearOption trap.]]
* On ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Jack and co. know that Michael is leading them straight into a trap by taking them to Parodied in the Others' camp. Jack's plan is to go along with it and pretend they don't know it's a trap, believing they'll have the advantage since Michael doesn't know that they have another party led by Sayid preparing to attack the Others' camp from sea. Unfortunately, he doesn't realize that Michael has lied about the camp's location, and Sayid's party ends up at an abandoned decoy camp miles away from the real trap, ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV series where Jack and co. are easily caught.in one of the episodes Robin trips on death bee beehive trip wire which is clearly marked.



* In ''Series/{{QI}}'', when there's a really obvious answer that no-one wants to say because it's one of [[Creator/StephenFry Stephen]]'s "[[Literature/WinnieThePooh heffalump traps]]", but nobody can think of any ''other'' answers, a contestant will sometimes say the obvious answer knowing it'll set off the klaxon and lose them points, just to break the tension.
* Parodied in the ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV series where in one of the episodes Robin trips on death bee beehive trip wire which is clearly marked.
* Too many times to list on ''Series/StargateSG1'' (and ''[[Series/StargateAtlantis Atlantis]]'', too.) Usually occurs after a thorough LampshadeHanging, taking the form of "You know this is a trap, right?" "Yep." "Okay, just checking."

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* In ''Series/{{QI}}'', ''Series/DoctorWho'': Over the years, the Doctor's walked into a few of these.
** It gets [[LampshadeHanging fitted with a lampshade]] in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E4TheAndroidsOfTara "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 there's you're walking into a really obvious answer trap. Have you noticed that?
*** Naturally, the enemy was no different in being GenreSavvy. [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Count Grendel]] considered the fact
that no-one wants to say because the Doctor would know it's one of [[Creator/StephenFry Stephen]]'s "[[Literature/WinnieThePooh heffalump traps]]", but nobody can a trap and take every precaution he could think of any ''other'' answers, as a contestant will sometimes say the obvious answer knowing it'll set off the klaxon reason why it would be even more fun.
* On ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Jack
and lose co. know that Michael is leading them points, just to break the tension.
* Parodied in the ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV series where in one of the episodes Robin trips on death bee beehive trip wire which is clearly marked.
* Too many times to list on ''Series/StargateSG1'' (and ''[[Series/StargateAtlantis Atlantis]]'', too.) Usually occurs after
straight into a thorough LampshadeHanging, trap by taking them to the form of "You Others' camp. Jack's plan is to go along with it and pretend they don't know this is it's a trap, right?" "Yep." "Okay, just checking."believing they'll have the advantage since Michael doesn't know that they have another party led by Sayid preparing to attack the Others' camp from sea. Unfortunately, he doesn't realize that Michael has lied about the camp's location, and Sayid's party ends up at an abandoned decoy camp miles away from the real trap, where Jack and co. are easily caught.



* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', Sheridan goes to Z'ha'dum with [[WeUsedToBeFriends Anna]], knowing it's a trap. He plans to make it a very ''[[TakingYouWithMe costly]]'' [[NuclearOption trap.]]
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** [[Recap/SupernaturalS09E02DevilMayCare "Devil May Care" (S09, Ep02)]], Sam and Dean go to rescue two hunters even though they know it is a trap.
** And in "Unforgiven" Sam is sent a mysterious text message about a town where women have been disappearing. Turns out it's a town where Sam hunted while he was soulless, and all the women were people he'd slept with (Sam can no longer remember this). When Dean discovers this, he wants to get the hell out of town, but Sam believes he did something terrible and wants to make amends. [[spoiler:Turns out a sheriff Sam used as TheBait for the demon, then {{Mercy Kill}}ed instead of taking to a hospital, is actually alive (having been turned into a demon himself) and wants revenge.]]
** Pretty much anytime Crowley or Abaddon contact the boys in any way, Dean and Sam know it's a trap but usually [[TheBait innocents' or friends' lives]] are at stakes so...
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Unification," [[{{Ambadassador}} Ambassador Spock]] is invited by the Romulan Proconsul to discuss Vulcan/Romulan reunification. The Proconsul comes across as too eager, leading to some suspicion that it's part of a Romulan ploy. Spock decides to go through with the meeting, saying that if there is a ploy afoot, he needs to play along to find out what's going on. [[spoiler:He turns out to be right--the Proconsul is working with Commander Sela on a plot to conquer Vulcan.]]
* Used in "Sacrifice of Angels" from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. Sisko leads a large Federation fleet to retake [=DS9=] from the Dominion, but encounter twice as many Cardassian and Jem'Hadar ships. While Starfleet attempts to lure Cardassian ships out of formation, Gul Dukat recognizes Sisko's plan, and carefully withdraws a few ships to draw him in so Dukat can crush Sisko with superior numbers. However, despite seeing through the trap, Sisko points out they may not get another opportunity and he orders Starfleet forward.
** The earlier episode "Rocks and Shoals" features a far more somber version. A Vorta field officer deliberately sends his Jem'Hadar soldiers walking into a death trap, so that he can safely surrender once they are out of the way. They know it's a trap, but they go anyway simply because [[HonorBeforeReason obeying the Vorta "is the order of things."]]
* The ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Basics" starts with ''Voyager'' receiving a DistressCall from traitorous ex-crewmate Seska, who had earlier stolen Chakotay's DNA to impregnate herself; her call says that Kazon Maje Culluh (whom she left ''Voyager'' for) is furious that Seska's newborn baby is [[HalfHumanHybrid half-human]] and not half-Kazon. Our heroes are reluctant to embark on a rescue mission, especially Chakotay, until a VisionQuest with his deceased father convinces him otherwise. Fully aware that this may be a trap, ''Voyager'' goes in with a battle plan that almost succeeds--except that [[TheChessmaster Seska]] has an even better plan that leads to the Kazon capturing the ship and marooning the crew on an alien planet. [[spoiler:And just to drive the knife farther in, it turns out that the baby really isn't Chakotay's.]]
* In the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode "The Only Light in The Darkness," Skye discovers [[spoiler:Grant Ward]] is TheMole just before he tries to trick her into leaving the base with him. Since she has no allies nearby, she lets him believe his cover is intact and plays along.



* In ''Series/{{QI}}'', when there's a really obvious answer that no-one wants to say because it's one of [[Creator/StephenFry Stephen]]'s "[[Literature/WinnieThePooh heffalump traps]]", but nobody can think of any ''other'' answers, a contestant will sometimes say the obvious answer knowing it'll set off the klaxon and lose them points, just to break the tension.
* Too many times to list on ''Series/StargateSG1'' (and ''[[Series/StargateAtlantis Atlantis]]'', too.) Usually occurs after a thorough LampshadeHanging, taking the form of "You know this is a trap, right?" "Yep." "Okay, just checking."
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Unification", [[{{Ambadassador}} Ambassador Spock]] is invited by the Romulan Proconsul to discuss Vulcan/Romulan reunification. The Proconsul comes across as too eager, leading to some suspicion that it's part of a Romulan ploy. Spock decides to go through with the meeting, saying that if there is a ploy afoot, he needs to play along to find out what's going on. [[spoiler:He turns out to be right--the Proconsul is working with Commander Sela on a plot to conquer Vulcan.]]
* Used in "Sacrifice of Angels" from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. Sisko leads a large Federation fleet to retake [=DS9=] from the Dominion, but encounter twice as many Cardassian and Jem'Hadar ships. While Starfleet attempts to lure Cardassian ships out of formation, Gul Dukat recognizes Sisko's plan, and carefully withdraws a few ships to draw him in so Dukat can crush Sisko with superior numbers. However, despite seeing through the trap, Sisko points out they may not get another opportunity and he orders Starfleet forward.
** The earlier episode "Rocks and Shoals" features a far more somber version. A Vorta field officer deliberately sends his Jem'Hadar soldiers walking into a death trap, so that he can safely surrender once they are out of the way. They know it's a trap, but they go anyway simply because [[HonorBeforeReason obeying the Vorta "is the order of things."]]
* The ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Basics" starts with ''Voyager'' receiving a DistressCall from traitorous ex-crewmate Seska, who had earlier stolen Chakotay's DNA to impregnate herself; her call says that Kazon Maje Culluh (whom she left ''Voyager'' for) is furious that Seska's newborn baby is [[HalfHumanHybrid half-human]] and not half-Kazon. Our heroes are reluctant to embark on a rescue mission, especially Chakotay, until a VisionQuest with his deceased father convinces him otherwise. Fully aware that this may be a trap, ''Voyager'' goes in with a battle plan that almost succeeds--except that [[TheChessmaster Seska]] has an even better plan that leads to the Kazon capturing the ship and marooning the crew on an alien planet. [[spoiler:And just to drive the knife farther in, it turns out that the baby really isn't Chakotay's.]]
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** [[Recap/SupernaturalS09E02DevilMayCare "Devil May Care" (S09, Ep02)]], Sam and Dean go to rescue two hunters even though they know it is a trap.
** And in "Unforgiven" Sam is sent a mysterious text message about a town where women have been disappearing. Turns out it's a town where Sam hunted while he was soulless, and all the women were people he'd slept with (Sam can no longer remember this). When Dean discovers this, he wants to get the hell out of town, but Sam believes he did something terrible and wants to make amends. [[spoiler:Turns out a sheriff Sam used as TheBait for the demon, then {{Mercy Kill}}ed instead of taking to a hospital, is actually alive (having been turned into a demon himself) and wants revenge.]]
** Pretty much anytime Crowley or Abaddon contact the boys in any way, Dean and Sam know it's a trap but usually [[TheBait innocents' or friends' lives]] are at stakes so...



* ''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.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' cartoons:
** The plot of ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' episode, "[[PrisonEpisode Sonic Breakout]]" is based around Robotnik imprisoning a cartoonist who drew a less-than-flattering strip of the Eggman. In order to break into [[TheAlcatraz the prison]] and save him, Sonic willingly lets himself get captured by Scratch and Grounder... but not before putting them through the usual hijinx.
** In the episode, "Zoobotnik" from the same series, Robotnik teams up with Katella the Intergalactic Huntress, who has captured everyone on Mobius, in order to catch Sonic. They lure him using an obvious doll of Tails, whom Katella captured earlier. Even though Sonic knows it's a trap (he even [[BreakingTheFourthWall informs the viewers of it]])), he willingly falls for it in the hope of finding Tails.
** In ''WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground'', in the episode, "Wedding Bell Blues," the hedgehogs know Robotnik's wedding to Queen Aleena is a trap, but fall into it anyway on the off-chance Aleena is actually there.
** In another episode of the same series, in a call back to a ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' plot, Robotnik challenges Sonic to a race. Sonia and Manic, figuring Sonic couldn't resist, show up to try and rescue him... except he knew it was a trap and didn't show, and they have to be rescued.

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* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' -- Elmer Fudd, become In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Morituri Te Salutamus", Finn and Jake stumble across an arena where they meet 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.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' cartoons:
** The plot of ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' episode, "[[PrisonEpisode Sonic Breakout]]" is based around Robotnik imprisoning a cartoonist
creepy looking zombie known as the "Fight King" who drew a less-than-flattering strip of the Eggman. In order to break into [[TheAlcatraz the prison]] and save him, Sonic willingly lets himself get captured by Scratch and Grounder... but not before putting promises them glory if they [[SchmuckBait step through the usual hijinx.
** In the episode, "Zoobotnik" from the same series, Robotnik teams up with Katella the Intergalactic Huntress, who has captured everyone on Mobius, in order to catch Sonic.
arena's seal]]. They lure him using an obvious doll of Tails, whom Katella captured earlier. Even though Sonic knows [[GenreSavvy immediately realize it's a trap (he even [[BreakingTheFourthWall informs trap]] and start walking away, commenting on how if they did step through, they'd probably be sealed inside and forced to fight gladiator ghosts for the viewers of it]])), he willingly falls for it in the hope of finding Tails.
** In ''WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground'', in the episode, "Wedding Bell Blues," the hedgehogs know Robotnik's wedding to Queen Aleena is a trap, but fall into it anyway on the off-chance Aleena is actually there.
** In another episode of the same series, in a call back to a ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' plot, Robotnik challenges Sonic to a race. Sonia and Manic, figuring Sonic couldn't resist, show up to try and rescue him... except he knew it was a trap and didn't show,
Fight King's amusement...and they have to be rescued.think this is "[[BloodKnight flipping AWESOME]]" and thus they ''run'' back in.



* Played straight with a bit of humor in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', in which the Green Goblin invites his two greatest enemies, Spider-Man and Tombstone, to come alone to an incredibly dangerous abandoned foundry - which both of them quickly peg as a trap but which he baits with incriminating evidence on Tombstone, which neither of them can afford to ignore. Nobody is fooled, and not even the Goblin takes it seriously, as he reveals that he never had incriminating evidence in the first place:
-->"Yes yes, I'm a big fat liar. Like we didn't all know this was a trap."

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* Played straight with a bit Franchise/{{DCAU}}:
** In the ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Solar Power", Dr. Hamilton points out that the VillainOfTheWeek is trying to catch the Man
of humor Steel [[BroughtDownToNormal at one of his weak points]]. Superman knows, but because [[IHaveYourWife the rogue has Lois and Jimmy]], he doesn't feel he has a choice.
** Invoked
in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "Babel", which begins with Bruce [[NoodleIncident in the Green Goblin invites middle of telling]] Terry a story about one of his two greatest enemies, Spider-Man and Tombstone, missions back in his days as Batman:
--->'''Terry:''' How did you know Robin would get there in time
to come alone to an incredibly dangerous abandoned foundry - which both of them quickly peg as save you?\\
'''Bruce:''' [[HowDidYouKnowIDidnt I didn't.]]\\
'''Terry:''' Then for all you knew, you were walking into
a trap but which he baits with incriminating evidence on Tombstone, which neither of them can afford no way out.\\
'''Bruce:''' Sometimes you have to.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'': In the episode "Long Way
to ignore. Nobody is fooled, Morning", Demona poisons Elisa and not even taunts her with [[CarryingTheAntidote the Goblin takes antidote]], but Elisa's [[PocketProtector badge blocked the poison dart]] so she's actually fine. Goliath and Hudson chase after the antidote anyway, knowing full well it's a trap, because if they don't it seriously, as he reveals will tip Demona off that he never had incriminating evidence in the first place:
-->"Yes yes, I'm a big fat liar. Like we didn't all know this was a trap."
her plan failed, and she'll come after Elisa again.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'': In the episode "Long Way to Morning", Demona poisons Elisa and taunts her with [[CarryingTheAntidote the antidote]], but Elisa's [[PocketProtector badge blocked the poison dart]] so she's actually fine. Goliath and Hudson chase after the antidote anyway, knowing full well it's a trap, because if they don't it will tip Demona off that her plan failed, and she'll come after Elisa again.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Solar Power", Dr. Hamilton points out that the VillainOfTheWeek is trying to catch the Man of Steel [[BroughtDownToNormal at one of his weak points]]. Superman knows, but because [[IHaveYourWife the rogue has Lois and Jimmy]], he doesn't feel he has a choice.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Morituri Te Salutamus", Finn and Jake stumble across an arena where they meet a creepy looking zombie known as the "Fight King" who promises them glory if they [[SchmuckBait step through the arena's seal]]. They [[GenreSavvy immediately realize it's a trap]] and start walking away, commenting on how if they did step through, they'd probably be sealed inside and forced to fight gladiator ghosts for the Fight King's amusement...and they think this is "[[BloodKnight flipping AWESOME]]" and thus they ''run'' back in.
* Happens the animated ''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.
* Invoked in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "Babel", which begins with Bruce [[NoodleIncident in the middle of telling]] Terry a story about one of his missions back in his days as Batman:
-->'''Terry:''' How did you know Robin would get there in time to save you?\\
'''Bruce:''' [[HowDidYouKnowIDidnt I didn't.]]\\
'''Terry:''' Then for all you knew, you were walking into a trap with no way out.\\
'''Bruce:''' Sometimes you have to.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'': In the episode "Long Way to Morning", Demona poisons Elisa and taunts her with [[CarryingTheAntidote the antidote]], but Elisa's [[PocketProtector badge blocked the poison dart]] so she's ''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 fine. Goliath 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.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' cartoons:
** The plot of ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' episode, "[[PrisonEpisode Sonic Breakout]]" is based around Robotnik imprisoning a cartoonist who drew a less-than-flattering strip of the Eggman. In order to break into [[TheAlcatraz the prison]]
and Hudson chase after save him, Sonic willingly lets himself get captured by Scratch and Grounder... but not before putting them through the antidote anyway, knowing full well usual hijinx.
** In the episode, "Zoobotnik" from the same series, Robotnik teams up with Katella the Intergalactic Huntress, who has captured everyone on Mobius, in order to catch Sonic. They lure him using an obvious doll of Tails, whom Katella captured earlier. Even though Sonic knows
it's a trap (he even [[BreakingTheFourthWall informs the viewers of it]])), he willingly falls for it in the hope of finding Tails.
** In ''WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground'', in the episode, "Wedding Bell Blues," the hedgehogs know Robotnik's wedding to Queen Aleena is a
trap, because but fall into it anyway on the off-chance Aleena is actually there.
** In another episode of the same series, in a call back to a ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' plot, Robotnik challenges Sonic to a race. Sonia and Manic, figuring Sonic couldn't resist, show up to try and rescue him... except he knew it was a trap and didn't show, and they have to be rescued.
* Played straight with a bit of humor in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', in which the Green Goblin invites his two greatest enemies, Spider-Man and Tombstone, to come alone to an incredibly dangerous abandoned foundry - which both of them quickly peg as a trap but which he baits with incriminating evidence on Tombstone, which neither of them can afford to ignore. Nobody is fooled, and not even the Goblin takes it seriously, as he reveals that he never had incriminating evidence in the first place:
-->"Yes yes, I'm a big fat liar. Like we didn't all know this was a trap."
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'':
** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsTheSiegeOfLothal "The Siege of Lothal"]]: PlayedWith. The rebels are contacted by Minister Tua, who wants to defect, and promises them secret intel
if they help her escape. They don't trust her, believing it to be a trap, but accept the risk anyways because it could get them more allies. It turns out it ''was'' a trap, all right, but not the obvious one: it was set ''for'' her, not ''by'' her, in an attempt to ensnare both parties.
** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E03HerasHeroes "Hera's Heroes"]]: Hera and Ezra are captured by Imperials during an attempt to retrieve a family heirloom from the Syndulla home. The rebels are contacted and told that if Hera's father Cham gives himself up, Hera and Ezra
will tip Demona off be released. Everyone realizes that this is a trap, but Cham sees his daughter's life as worth the sacrifice and trusts the ''Ghost'' crew to work the situation to get her plan failed, and she'll out. Fortunately, Hera's already formulated her own escape plan.
** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E06IronSquadron "Iron Squadron"]]: After Commander Sato's stubborn nephew Mart is left stranded in orbit above Mykapo in his disabled ship as the rebels are forced to leave, they promise to
come after Elisa again.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Solar Power", Dr. Hamilton
back. When they do, it's obvious to them all that Admiral Konstantine has set a trap involving planting a mine on Mart's ship and letting him transmit a partial distress signal. Ezra points out that the VillainOfTheWeek is trying to catch the Man of Steel [[BroughtDownToNormal at one of his weak points]]. Superman knows, but because [[IHaveYourWife the rogue has Lois and Jimmy]], he doesn't feel he has a choice.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Morituri Te Salutamus", Finn and Jake stumble across an arena where they meet a creepy looking zombie known as the "Fight King" who promises them glory if they [[SchmuckBait step through the arena's seal]]. They [[GenreSavvy immediately realize
knowing it's a trap]] and start walking away, commenting on how if they did step through, they'd probably be sealed inside and forced to fight gladiator ghosts for the Fight King's amusement...and they think this is "[[BloodKnight flipping AWESOME]]" and thus they ''run'' back in.
trap makes them more prepared.
* Happens in the animated ''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.
* Invoked in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "Babel", which begins with Bruce [[NoodleIncident in the middle of telling]] Terry a story about one of his missions back in his days as Batman:
-->'''Terry:''' How did you know Robin would get there in time to save you?\\
'''Bruce:''' [[HowDidYouKnowIDidnt I didn't.]]\\
'''Terry:''' Then for all you knew, you were walking into a trap with no way out.\\
'''Bruce:''' Sometimes you have to.
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-->'''Zoe:''' So, trap?
'''Mal:''' Trap.
'''Zoe:''' We goin'?
'''Mal:''' Ain't but a few hours out.

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-->'''Zoe:''' So, trap?
trap?\\
'''Mal:''' Trap.
Trap.\\
'''Zoe:''' We goin'?
goin'?\\
'''Mal:''' Ain't but a few hours out.\\
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* ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', after Inara sends a message inviting Mal to come see her at the Companion training house, Mal and Zoe recognize it instantly as a trap, but because the bait's a friend of theirs (and Mal's LoveInterest besides), Mal decides to go in anyway. He knows, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that it's a trap. Turns out that was how [[OutOfCharacterAlert she was trying to warn them.]]
-->'''Mal:''' Y'all were watchin', I take it?\\
''[everyone squirms uncomfortably]''\\
'''Kaylee:''' ...Yes.\\
'''Mal:''' [[BelligerentSexualTension Did you see us fight]]?\\
'''Kaylee:''' No.\\

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* ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', after Inara sends a message inviting Mal to come see her at the Companion training house, Mal and Zoe recognize it instantly as a trap, but because the bait's a friend of theirs (and Mal's LoveInterest besides), Mal decides to go in anyway. He knows, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that it's a trap. Turns out that was how [[OutOfCharacterAlert she was trying to warn them.]]
-->'''Mal:''' Y'all were watchin', I take it?\\
''[everyone squirms uncomfortably]''\\
'''Kaylee:''' ...Yes.\\
'''Mal:''' [[BelligerentSexualTension Did you see us fight]]?\\
'''Kaylee:''' No.\\
anyway.
-->'''Zoe:''' So, trap?


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'''Zoe:''' We goin'?
'''Mal:''' Ain't but a few hours out.
'''Wash:''' Yeah, but... remember the part where it's a trap?
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--->'''Shepard:''' That son of a bitch sent us right into Collector hands!
--->'''Garrus:''' And here I thought I'd had my betrayal and attempted murder for this year.
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* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Unification," [[Ambadassador Ambassador Spock]] is invited by the Romulan Proconsul to discuss Vulcan/Romulan reunification. The Proconsul comes across as too eager, leading to some suspicion that it's part of a Romulan ploy. Spock decides to go through with the meeting, saying that if there is a ploy afoot, he needs to play along to find out what's going on.

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* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Unification," [[Ambadassador [[{{Ambadassador}} Ambassador Spock]] is invited by the Romulan Proconsul to discuss Vulcan/Romulan reunification. The Proconsul comes across as too eager, leading to some suspicion that it's part of a Romulan ploy. Spock decides to go through with the meeting, saying that if there is a ploy afoot, he needs to play along to find out what's going on. [[spoiler:He turns out to be right--the Proconsul is working with Commander Sela on a plot to conquer Vulcan.]]



** The earlier episode "Rocks and Shoals" features a far more somber version. A Vorta field officer deliberately sends his Jem'Hadar soldiers walking into a death trap, so that he can safely surrender once they are out of the way. They know it's a trap, but they go anyway simply because obeying the Vorta "is the order of things."
* The ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Basics" starts with ''Voyager'' receiving a DistressCall from traitorous ex-crewmate Seska, who had earlier stolen Chakotay's DNA to impregnate herself; her call says that Kazon Maje Culluh (whom she left ''Voyager'' for) is furious that Seska's newborn baby is [[HalfHumanHybrid half-human]] and not half-Kazon. Our heroes are reluctant to embark on a rescue mission, especially Chakotay, until a VisionQuest with his deceased father convinces him otherwise. Fully aware that this may be a trap, ''Voyager'' goes in with a battle plan that almost succeeds--except that Seska TheChessmaster has an even better plan that leads to the Kazon capturing the ship and marooning the crew on an alien planet. [[spoiler:And just to drive the knife farther in, it turns out that the baby really isn't Chakotay's.]]

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** The earlier episode "Rocks and Shoals" features a far more somber version. A Vorta field officer deliberately sends his Jem'Hadar soldiers walking into a death trap, so that he can safely surrender once they are out of the way. They know it's a trap, but they go anyway simply because [[HonorBeforeReason obeying the Vorta "is the order of things."
"]]
* The ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Basics" starts with ''Voyager'' receiving a DistressCall from traitorous ex-crewmate Seska, who had earlier stolen Chakotay's DNA to impregnate herself; her call says that Kazon Maje Culluh (whom she left ''Voyager'' for) is furious that Seska's newborn baby is [[HalfHumanHybrid half-human]] and not half-Kazon. Our heroes are reluctant to embark on a rescue mission, especially Chakotay, until a VisionQuest with his deceased father convinces him otherwise. Fully aware that this may be a trap, ''Voyager'' goes in with a battle plan that almost succeeds--except that Seska TheChessmaster [[TheChessmaster Seska]] has an even better plan that leads to the Kazon capturing the ship and marooning the crew on an alien planet. [[spoiler:And just to drive the knife farther in, it turns out that the baby really isn't Chakotay's.]]
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* ''[[Literature/MordantsNeed]]'': The BigGood allies realize that the valley where they'd face off against the enemy is an obvious trap. Some state they'd rather retreat to Orison for a LastStand. The heroes realize that ''that'' is the ''real'' trap. [[spoiler: Fortunately, the Congery invents the aforementioned BoringButPractical mirrors, which allow the Orison and Alend armies to intentionally spring the trap long before the Cadwal forces are ready for, and being stronger than Festten epxects to them to be.]]

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* ''[[Literature/MordantsNeed]]'': ''Literature/MordantsNeed'': The BigGood allies realize that the valley where they'd face off against the enemy is an obvious trap. Some state they'd rather retreat to Orison for a LastStand. The heroes realize that ''that'' is the ''real'' trap. [[spoiler: Fortunately, the Congery invents the aforementioned BoringButPractical mirrors, which allow the Orison and Alend armies to intentionally spring the trap long before the Cadwal forces are ready for, and being stronger than Festten epxects to them to be.]]
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* ''[[Literature/MordantsNeed]]'': The BigGood allies realize that the valley where they'd face off against the enemy is an obvious trap. Some state they'd rather retreat to Orison for a LastStand. The heroes realize that ''that'' is the ''real'' trap. [[spoiler: Fortunately, the Congery invents the aforementioned BoringButPractical mirrors, which allow the Orison and Alend armies to intentionally spring the trap long before the Cadwal forces are ready for, and being stronger than Festten epxects to them to be.]]
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