History SchmuckBait / Literature

24th Sep '17 11:35:30 AM nombretomado
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* In ''The {{Belgariad}}'', the nomadic Algars have one massive self-sustaining fortress for the sole purpose of acting as bait for invading armies. Being nomads, they never actually are there, but over the centuries nobody's caught on. They do ''visit'' the place, they just don't ''stay'' there long. They temporarily (did we mention ''nomadic''?) set up housekeeping ''around'' it while Gareth and company are visiting, mainly for the purpose of, essentially, doing minor repairs and light weeding so that it doesn't start to look ''too'' abandoned.

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* In ''The {{Belgariad}}'', ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', the nomadic Algars have one massive self-sustaining fortress for the sole purpose of acting as bait for invading armies. Being nomads, they never actually are there, but over the centuries nobody's caught on. They do ''visit'' the place, they just don't ''stay'' there long. They temporarily (did we mention ''nomadic''?) set up housekeeping ''around'' it while Gareth and company are visiting, mainly for the purpose of, essentially, doing minor repairs and light weeding so that it doesn't start to look ''too'' abandoned.
2nd Jul '17 12:39:18 AM Doug86
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* There is a failed bit of Schmuck Bait in ''Literature/TheRoad'' by CormacMcCarthy. The man finds a jar of preserved fruit in an abandoned house. It looks very nice, but "other people hadn't trusted it, and in the end, neither did he."

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* There is a failed bit of Schmuck Bait in ''Literature/TheRoad'' by CormacMcCarthy.Creator/CormacMcCarthy. The man finds a jar of preserved fruit in an abandoned house. It looks very nice, but "other people hadn't trusted it, and in the end, neither did he."
13th Feb '17 9:36:48 AM Euodiachloris
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* Lord Petyr Baelish aka "Littlefinger" of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is Schmuck Bait personified, as no matter how many times [[SelfProclaimedLiar he informs other characters]] of his being an untrustworthy liar either [[ILied quite directly]], through SarcasticConfession, by using paid proxies, by dressing like one of the most blatantly indoorsy [[NonActionGuy clerks]] ever (a red flag in Westeros) or just through pointing them at general gossip, they ''still'' manage to trust him. Or, at least, believe they can use him ''enough'' for ''this'', one, ''particular'' instance, even if they don't trust him in [[SleazyPolitician general terms]] or [[DevilInPlainSight think they are wise]] [[OpportunisticBastard to him]] and, therefore... safeish. The rational is usually that [[VetinariJoBSecurity he's good at his job]], [[LovableRogue amusing company]] and [[ApparentlyPowerlessPuppetmaster rather]] [[NotSoHarmlessVillain harmless]], or failing that, [[NonActionGuy is weak to physical threats]] and can be reined in later. [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Very]] [[BestServedCold bad]] [[MagnificentBastard move]]. The list of people he's disarmed/ set-up by doing this to is steadily growing.

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* Lord Petyr Baelish aka "Littlefinger" of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is Schmuck Bait personified, as no matter how many times [[SelfProclaimedLiar he informs other characters]] of his being an untrustworthy liar either [[ILied quite directly]], through SarcasticConfession, by using paid proxies, by dressing [[SimpleYetOpulent expensively dressing]] like one of the [[{{Bookworm}} most blatantly indoorsy [[NonActionGuy clerks]] ever clerks ever]] (a Braavosi style of display that ''should'' be a [[ApparentlyPowerlessPuppetmaster a humongous, red flag flag]] for the GenreSavvy, such as Tyrion, in Westeros) or just through pointing them at general gossip, they ''still'' manage to trust him. Or, at least, believe they can use him ''enough'' for ''this'', one, ''particular'' instance, even if they don't trust him in [[SleazyPolitician general terms]] or [[DevilInPlainSight think they are wise]] [[OpportunisticBastard to him]] and, therefore... safeish. The rational is usually that [[VetinariJoBSecurity he's good at his job]], [[LovableRogue amusing company]] and [[ApparentlyPowerlessPuppetmaster [[GoodWithNumbers rather]] [[NotSoHarmlessVillain harmless]], or failing that, [[NonActionGuy is weak to physical threats]] and can be reined in later. [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Very]] [[BestServedCold bad]] [[MagnificentBastard move]]. The list of people he's disarmed/ set-up by doing this to is steadily growing.
22nd Jan '17 9:53:47 AM DaibhidC
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* In Creator/CSLewis' ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'', kid protagonists Digory and Polly explore the ruined world of Charn and find a bell inscribed "Make your choice, adventurous Stranger; Strike the bell and bide the danger, or wonder, till it drives you mad, what would have followed if you had." [[WhatAnIdiot Digory then proceeds to waltz right up to it and hit the damn thing, despite the fact that Polly is physically trying to stop him.]] Cue the BigBad [[SealedEvilInACan getting uncanned.]]

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* In Creator/CSLewis' ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'', kid ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew''
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protagonists Digory and Polly explore the ruined world of Charn and find a bell inscribed "Make your choice, adventurous Stranger; Strike the bell and bide the danger, or wonder, till it drives you mad, what would have followed if you had." [[WhatAnIdiot Digory then proceeds to waltz right up to it and hit the damn thing, despite the fact that Polly is physically trying to stop him.]] Cue the BigBad [[SealedEvilInACan getting uncanned.]]



* In ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', Arthur Dent spots a big red button next to a sign that temptingly reads, "Please Do Not Press This Button". He presses the button only to have a warning message appear that says, "Please Do Not Press This Button Again".

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* In ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''
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Arthur Dent spots a big red button next to a sign that temptingly reads, "Please Do Not Press This Button". He presses the button only to have a warning message appear that says, "Please Do Not Press This Button Again".Again".
** In ''Literature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse'', Ford comes up with the interesting philosophy that it wouldn't have made any difference if Adam and Eve ''hadn't'' eaten from the Tree of Knowledge, because a God that fond of Schmuck Bait would have just tried something else until he got them.



* Arguable, but the Imperial Infantryman's Uplifting Primer has a page in it that has a large blanks space labeled, "Do not deface. ON PAIN OF DEATH!" Nearly every owner of the Primer has scribbled something in that space.

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* Arguable, but the ''[[TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 Imperial Infantryman's Uplifting Primer Primer]]'' has a page in it that has a large blanks space labeled, "Do not deface. ON PAIN OF DEATH!" Nearly every owner of the Primer has scribbled something in that space.



* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': The Headmaster of Hogwarts would like to remind you that the corridor on the third floor is off-limits to absolutely everyone. As well as the Forbidden Forest.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
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The Headmaster of Hogwarts would like to remind you that the corridor on the third floor is off-limits to absolutely everyone. As well as the Forbidden Forest.
18th Dec '16 5:26:06 PM GreyWriter
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** ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' has Vetinari offer a nice cushy job to two former criminals as an alternative to execution. He tells them that if they like they can simply walk out the door and never hear from him again. Both men are smart enough to guess that a quick death lurks beyond that door, and make informed decisions.

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** ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' has Vetinari offer a nice cushy job to two former criminals as an alternative to execution. He tells them that if they like they can simply walk out the door behind them, and never hear from him again. Both men are One man is smart enough to guess look first, and sees that a quick death lurks beyond that door, and make informed decisions.door. The other is never heard from again....
28th Sep '16 2:59:30 PM Euodiachloris
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* Lord Petyr Baelish aka "Littlefinger" of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is Schmuck Bait personified, as no matter how many times [[SelfProclaimedLiar he informs other characters]] of his being an untrustworthy liar either [[ILied quite directly]], through SarcasticConfession, by using paid proxies or just through pointing them at general gossip, they ''still'' manage to trust him. Or, at least, believe they can use him ''enough'' for ''this'', one, ''particular'' instance, even if they don't trust him in [[SleazyPolitician general terms]] or [[DevilInPlainSight think they are wise]] [[OpportunisticBastard to him]] and, therefore... safeish. The rational is usually that [[VetinariJoBSecurity he's good at his job]], [[LovableRogue amusing company]] and [[ApparentlyPowerlessPuppetmaster rather]] [[NotSoHarmlessVillain harmless]], or failing that, [[NonActionGuy is weak to physical threats]] and can be reined in later. [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Very]] [[BestServedCold bad]] [[MagnificentBastard move]]. The list of people he's disarmed/ set-up by doing this to is steadily growing.
** Speaking of Petyr, let's discuss the semi-habitable [[BigFancyCastle castle-complex]] that is [[AwesomeButImpractical Harrenhal]], the title to which he's managed to wrangle. It's humongous, the lands are great and the titles usually attached to the lot (there has been ''some'' change over time over the specifics) practically shine with promises of further political and social advancement, if you can play your cards right in the game of thrones. [[TheMillstone Lies]], [[{{Curse}} lies]], [[HauntedCastle lies]], [[HighTurnoverRate lies]]. Sure, it has ''a bit'' of a bad reputation and needs a lot of TLC, but... [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane it's just superstition]] and [[DIYDisaster nothing a bit of elbow grease won't fix]], [[TemptingFate right]]? Unlike most poor saps, however, Petyr's staying as far away as possible from the sodding thing while using his title's perks, given he sees it for [[WhiteElephant exactly what it is]]. He's even got wrecking balls in mind. We've yet to find out which one will win, or if they'll each manage to scupper each other. Or, worse, if they'll join baity forces, somehow.

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* Lord Petyr Baelish aka "Littlefinger" of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is Schmuck Bait personified, as no matter how many times [[SelfProclaimedLiar he informs other characters]] of his being an untrustworthy liar either [[ILied quite directly]], through SarcasticConfession, by using paid proxies proxies, by dressing like one of the most blatantly indoorsy [[NonActionGuy clerks]] ever (a red flag in Westeros) or just through pointing them at general gossip, they ''still'' manage to trust him. Or, at least, believe they can use him ''enough'' for ''this'', one, ''particular'' instance, even if they don't trust him in [[SleazyPolitician general terms]] or [[DevilInPlainSight think they are wise]] [[OpportunisticBastard to him]] and, therefore... safeish. The rational is usually that [[VetinariJoBSecurity he's good at his job]], [[LovableRogue amusing company]] and [[ApparentlyPowerlessPuppetmaster rather]] [[NotSoHarmlessVillain harmless]], or failing that, [[NonActionGuy is weak to physical threats]] and can be reined in later. [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Very]] [[BestServedCold bad]] [[MagnificentBastard move]]. The list of people he's disarmed/ set-up by doing this to is steadily growing.
** Speaking of Petyr, let's discuss the semi-habitable very obviously only ''semi''-habitable [[BigFancyCastle castle-complex]] that is [[AwesomeButImpractical Harrenhal]], the title to which he's managed to wrangle. It's humongous, the lands are great and the titles usually attached to the lot (there has been ''some'' change over time over the specifics) practically shine with promises of further political and social advancement, if but only ''if'' you can play your cards right in the game of thrones. thrones -- and, you can, can't you, slugger? [[TheMillstone Lies]], [[{{Curse}} lies]], [[HauntedCastle lies]], [[HighTurnoverRate lies]], [[GhostStory lies]]. Sure, it has ''a bit'' of a bad widely broadcast (and very bad) reputation and needs a lot of TLC, but... [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane it's just superstition]] and [[DIYDisaster nothing a bit of elbow grease won't fix]], [[TemptingFate right]]? Unlike most poor saps, however, Petyr's staying as far away as possible from the sodding thing while using his title's perks, given he sees it for [[WhiteElephant exactly what it is]]. He's even got wrecking balls in mind. We've yet to find out which one will win, or if they'll each manage to scupper each other. Or, worse, if they'll join baity forces, somehow.
11th Jun '16 1:22:50 AM Euodiachloris
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** Speaking of Petyr, let's discuss [[AwesomeButImpractical Harrenhal]], the title to which he's managed to wrangle. It's humongous, the lands are great and the titles usually attached to the lot (there has been ''some'' change over time) practically shine with promises of further advancement, if can you play your cards right in the game of thrones. [[TheMillstone Lies]], [[{{Curse}} lies]], [[HauntedCastle lies]], [[HighTurnoverRate lies]]. Sure, it has ''a bit'' of a bad reputation, but... [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane it's just superstition]], [[TemptingFate right]]? Unlike most poor saps, however, Petyr's staying as far away as possible from the sodding thing while using his title's perks, given he sees it for [[WhiteElephant exactly what it is]]. He's even got wrecking balls in mind. We've yet to find out which one will win, or if they'll each manage to scupper each other. Or, worse, if they join baity forces somehow.

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** Speaking of Petyr, let's discuss the semi-habitable [[BigFancyCastle castle-complex]] that is [[AwesomeButImpractical Harrenhal]], the title to which he's managed to wrangle. It's humongous, the lands are great and the titles usually attached to the lot (there has been ''some'' change over time) time over the specifics) practically shine with promises of further political and social advancement, if you can you play your cards right in the game of thrones. [[TheMillstone Lies]], [[{{Curse}} lies]], [[HauntedCastle lies]], [[HighTurnoverRate lies]]. Sure, it has ''a bit'' of a bad reputation, reputation and needs a lot of TLC, but... [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane it's just superstition]], superstition]] and [[DIYDisaster nothing a bit of elbow grease won't fix]], [[TemptingFate right]]? Unlike most poor saps, however, Petyr's staying as far away as possible from the sodding thing while using his title's perks, given he sees it for [[WhiteElephant exactly what it is]]. He's even got wrecking balls in mind. We've yet to find out which one will win, or if they'll each manage to scupper each other. Or, worse, if they they'll join baity forces forces, somehow.
7th Jun '16 12:31:17 PM Euodiachloris
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** Speaking of Petyr, let's discuss [[AwesomeButImpractical Harrenhal]], the title to which he's managed to wrangle. It's humongous, the lands are great and the titles usually attached to the lot (there has been ''some'' change over time) practically shine with promises of further advancement, if can you play your cards right in the game of thrones. [[TheMillstone Lies]], [[{{Curse}} lies]], [[HauntedCastle lies]], [[HighTurnoverRate lies]]. Sure, it has ''a bit'' of a bad reputation, but... [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane it's just superstition]], [[TemptingFate right]]? Unlike most poor saps, however, Petyr's staying as far away as possible from the sodding thing, given he sees it for exactly what it is. He's even got wrecking balls in mind. We've yet to find out which one will win, or if they'll manage to scupper each other.

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** Speaking of Petyr, let's discuss [[AwesomeButImpractical Harrenhal]], the title to which he's managed to wrangle. It's humongous, the lands are great and the titles usually attached to the lot (there has been ''some'' change over time) practically shine with promises of further advancement, if can you play your cards right in the game of thrones. [[TheMillstone Lies]], [[{{Curse}} lies]], [[HauntedCastle lies]], [[HighTurnoverRate lies]]. Sure, it has ''a bit'' of a bad reputation, but... [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane it's just superstition]], [[TemptingFate right]]? Unlike most poor saps, however, Petyr's staying as far away as possible from the sodding thing, thing while using his title's perks, given he sees it for [[WhiteElephant exactly what it is.is]]. He's even got wrecking balls in mind. We've yet to find out which one will win, or if they'll each manage to scupper each other.other. Or, worse, if they join baity forces somehow.
7th Jun '16 6:40:18 AM Euodiachloris
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** Speaking of Petyr, let's discuss [[AwesomeButImpractical Harrenhal]], the title to which he's managed to wrangle. It's humongous, the lands are great and the titles usually attached to the lot (there is some change over time) practically shine with promises of further advancement, if you play your cards right in the game of thrones. [[TheMillstone Lies]], [[{{Curse}} lies]], [[HauntedCastle lies]], [[HighTurnoverRate lies]]. Unlike most, however, he's staying as far away as possible from the thing, given he sees it for exactly what it is. He's got wrecking balls in mind. We've yet to find out which one will win, or if they'll manage to scupper each other.

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** Speaking of Petyr, let's discuss [[AwesomeButImpractical Harrenhal]], the title to which he's managed to wrangle. It's humongous, the lands are great and the titles usually attached to the lot (there is some has been ''some'' change over time) practically shine with promises of further advancement, if can you play your cards right in the game of thrones. [[TheMillstone Lies]], [[{{Curse}} lies]], [[HauntedCastle lies]], [[HighTurnoverRate lies]]. Sure, it has ''a bit'' of a bad reputation, but... [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane it's just superstition]], [[TemptingFate right]]? Unlike most, most poor saps, however, he's Petyr's staying as far away as possible from the sodding thing, given he sees it for exactly what it is. He's even got wrecking balls in mind. We've yet to find out which one will win, or if they'll manage to scupper each other.
7th Jun '16 5:24:09 AM Euodiachloris
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** Speaking of Petyr, let's discuss [[AwesomeButImpractical Harrenhal]], the title to which he's managed to wrangle. It's humongous, the lands are great and the titles usually attached to the lot practically shine with promises of further advancement, if you play your cards right in the game of thrones. [[TheMillstone Lies]], [[TheCurse lies]], [[HauntedCastle lies]], [[HighTurnoverRate lies]]. Unlike most, however, he's staying as far away as possible from the thing, given he sees it for what it is. He's got wrecking balls in mind. We've yet to find out which will win.

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** Speaking of Petyr, let's discuss [[AwesomeButImpractical Harrenhal]], the title to which he's managed to wrangle. It's humongous, the lands are great and the titles usually attached to the lot (there is some change over time) practically shine with promises of further advancement, if you play your cards right in the game of thrones. [[TheMillstone Lies]], [[TheCurse [[{{Curse}} lies]], [[HauntedCastle lies]], [[HighTurnoverRate lies]]. Unlike most, however, he's staying as far away as possible from the thing, given he sees it for exactly what it is. He's got wrecking balls in mind. We've yet to find out which one will win.win, or if they'll manage to scupper each other.
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