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30th Oct '16 6:20:58 PM StarTropes
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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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* 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.]]
28th Sep '16 2:51:09 AM bobfrank
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* Towards the end of ''Literature/TheFateOfPaulTwister'', Paul and Aylwyn come across a clue that looks suspiciously like a TreasureMap designed specifically to lure Paul in, most likely a trap set by a manipulative dragon. Paul asks [[ThePaladin Aylwyn]] to come along as backup, and when she points out that it's almost certainly a trap, he says he knows, but the dragon is persistent and it's better to walk into a trap he sees coming than to possibly get blindsided by the next one.
15th Sep '16 3:22:40 PM DaibhidC
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* In ''Series/{{QI}}'', when there's a really obvious answer that no-one wants to say, 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.

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* In ''Series/{{QI}}'', when there's a really obvious answer that no-one wants to say, 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.
15th Sep '16 3:21:30 PM DaibhidC
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%%* Series/{{QI}} How many moons does the Earth have?

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%%* Series/{{QI}} How many moons does * In ''Series/{{QI}}'', when there's a really obvious answer that no-one wants to say, but nobody can think of any ''other'' answers, a contestant will sometimes say the Earth have?obvious answer knowing it'll set off the klaxon and lose them points, just to break the tension.
15th Sep '16 3:19:17 PM DaibhidC
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'''Willow:''' The part that says "PS, this is a trap!"\\

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'''Willow:''' The part that says "PS, this is a trap!"\\trap!"
5th Sep '16 4:42:41 AM StarTropes
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* Sometimes happens in ''Anime/YuGiOh'' when a duelist will intentionally set off an opponent's trap card because he has a strategy to deal with it, such as a counter-trap. A perfect example occurs during Yugi's duel with Pegasus at Duelist Kingdom. Pegasus has his Ryu-Ran attack Yugi's Summoned Skull, causing Ryu-Ran to get caught in Yugi's Spellbinding Circle. Pegasus, however, saw this coming thanks to his Millennium Eye and has a Trap Displacement ready to go, which frees Ryu-Ran and traps Summoned Skull in the circle.
29th Aug '16 10:13:42 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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** Jake walked into one, everyone got killed, but Jake was thrown back in time, offered the chance to walk into said trap and said "screw it, let's go home".
13th Aug '16 4:20:04 PM StarTropes
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:: Expanded on in the novelization -- this is Anakin and Obi-Wan's standard procedure whenever they encounter a trap during the war.

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:: ** Expanded on in the novelization -- this is Anakin and Obi-Wan's standard procedure whenever they encounter a trap during the war.
9th Aug '16 9:09:48 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** It gets even funnier when the Exile encounters Mira on the way to the obvious trap, who tells right away that she's a bounty hunter (there's a huge price on the Exile's head) and tells the Exile to follow her... Into a trap. Then Mira walks into the same trap she just prevented the Exile from falling into. And the Exile follows her afterwards, without any protection despite knowing that the place is full of extremely poisonous gas.

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** It gets even funnier when the Exile encounters Mira on the way to the obvious trap, who tells right away that she's a bounty hunter (there's a huge price on the Exile's head) and tells the Exile to follow her... Into a trap. Then Mira walks into the same trap she just prevented the Exile from falling into. And the Exile follows her afterwards, without any protection despite knowing that the place is full of extremely poisonous gas. To make it especially ridiculous you can travel freely there at all other times with a readily available gas mask.
5th Aug '16 11:04:15 AM desudesu1998
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* Deconstructed in VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine, showing the repercussions such a mindset would bring. In a period of downtime after discovering that [[spoiler: the 33rd Infantry has gone rogue]], Captain Walker has the option to radio for evac to complete the original recon mission he entered sandstorm-ruined Dubai for. Instead, he leads his Delta Force unit further into the city, in order to contact the CIA and thereby find his hero, Colonel John Konrad. Delta team picks up a broadcast of CIA Agent Daniels being tortured, and because they're able to trace the signal's origin, Delta concludes that it's a trap. Walker decides to lead Delta into the trap anyway; this decision is followed shortly thereafter by Walker [[spoiler: ''literally falling off of a skyscraper'', [[RuleOfSymbolism symbolizing]] [[TragicHero his eventual downfall]].]] The team can't safely leave Dubai beyond this point, triggering all of the negative consequences of the rest of the game.

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* Deconstructed in VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine, showing the repercussions such a mindset would bring. In a period of downtime after discovering that [[spoiler: the 33rd Infantry has gone rogue]], Captain Walker has the option to radio for evac to complete the original recon mission he entered sandstorm-ruined Dubai for. Instead, he leads his Delta Force unit further into the city, in order to [[spoiler: contact the CIA CIA]] and thereby find his personal hero, Colonel John Konrad. Delta team picks up a broadcast of CIA Agent Daniels being tortured, and tortured and, because they're able to trace the signal's origin, Delta concludes conclude that it's the broadcast must be a trap. Walker decides to lead Delta into the trap anyway; this decision is followed shortly thereafter by Walker [[spoiler: ''literally falling off of a skyscraper'', [[RuleOfSymbolism symbolizing]] [[TragicHero his eventual downfall]].]] The team can't safely leave Dubai beyond this point, triggering all of the negative consequences of the rest of the game.
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