* ''VideoGame/EveOnline''
** Had an unintentional form of player bait. Pressing Ctrl + Q at the same time quit the game back to the desktop. Many a new player, when asking in a public chat channel how to, for example open the galaxy map or launch all their drones at once would often recieve the answer "press Ctrl + Q". This has since been removed.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''
** A great example during the "Nature of the Beast" plotline. There is a treasure chest near the Keeper of the elven village. Touch it once and you get a mild warning. Touch it again and the Keeper's apprentice now hates your guts.
** There are 9 Revenants scattered around the game that will appear if you touch the wrong item and can easily mudstomp an unprepared player. The game does give ominous clues that the items (black vials or gravestones) shouldn't be touched.
* ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2''
** Played straight in the Museum "credits" level. After browsing the lifelike dioramas re-enacting scenes from the game, the player will invariably notice a large button, to which the onscreen prompt responds "Do Not Press (whatever the action button is for your platform)". Pressing the action button results in [[spoiler:all the figures coming to life and bloodily ending the unprepared player. If you're prepared, though, it's not all that hard to survive as long as you get out of the room fast enough]].
** Also in the ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' multiplayer mode some players will use care package crates as Schmuck Bait, throwing them out in the open and waiting for an unsuspecting enemy to wander over and attempt to steal the crate. Doing so leaves the "Schmuck" standing still in a helpless state for several seconds, enough time for the other player to score an easy head shot or tomahawk kill.
** Ironically the reverse can also happen to the owner of the care package. If a person with the Hacker Pro perk kills the owner before he/she can get the package the hacker can booby trap the crate and leave an unpleasant surprise waiting for their victim or any of their victim's teammates that happen upon the trap. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUwBIeM-pMw Let the multi-kills ensue]].
** ''Modern Warfare 3'' now gives us the Airdrop Trap support killstreak, which is a booby-trapped care package crate intended for your enemies. [[GenreSavvy Savvy players]] quickly learn to never go near one (especially if it's placed somewhere stupid like in the middle of the map), but with a little bit of acting and a tantalizing prize inside (such as an Osprey Gunner)...
* ''Videogame/{{Doom}}'': See that big health kit on the middle of this large, perfectly circular and otherwise completely empty room? You are free to take it. If you are ready to fight huge waves of monsters that will appear the moment you pick it from camouflaged trap doors on the walls, that is.
* ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}''
** Parodied in a mod, in which the player is led by several signs to a large button marked "Do Not Press". [[ButThouMust Leaving the room is impossible until the button is pressed.]] Played straight in the main ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life|1}}'' game. Early on, after the resonance cascade, you reach an elevator with a large warning sign next to it -- "In Case Of Fire Do Not Use Elevators" -- should you press the button, an elevator full of scientists will fall screaming to their doom. (The developer who thought this up said that it worked both as a game element and as a message to other developers -- "Enough with the [[FetchQuest damn button puzzles]] already.") The elevator still falls even if you don't press the button. Though most people probably do anyway.
*** After killing the assassins, a room opens up revealing a first aid station. Naturally, the player will go for it straight away to heal up, but gets ambushed by some soldiers and has all their weapons taken away. Even if you know about this in advance, [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption you can't avoid it.]]
** ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' and its expansions tend to leave small piles of ammo, health and power apparently in the open on the opposite end of seemingly empty rooms or vents, except when you go to get them the floor will collapse or something and leave you suddenly surrounded by headcrabs or somesuch. The first time you can probably be forgiven for falling for it, but afterwards not so much especially since you can grab the items safely from a distance with your gravity gun.
** In time, you come to realize that the corpses you tend to find nearby are from the many people that sacrificed themselves setting those caches, and the things that killed them are likely expecting your arrival, too.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead''
** If you see the Witch and manage not to instantly interrupt her, and everyone else tells you ''not'' to shoot her... ''listen''.
** Particularly annoying is in ''[=L4D2=]'', where you get an achievement for ''not'' startling any of the 10-20 Witches in the sugar mill of the Hard Rain campaign. It's not certain what is worst; the tension and difficulty of the actual task, the constant reminders about not shooting the Witches from the AI, or the AI taking the Schmuck Bait themselves and shooting a Witch that could easily have been avoided and forcing the rest of the group to save them.
** The sequel has jukeboxes at some places, in which you can put on music for use when zombie killing. The problem is, said music also attracts zombie hordes. A variation of this exists in The Passing DLC in which there is a stereo at a wedding... which causes the witch that always spawns there to get spooked and immediately attack the survivor that activated it, in addition to a horde being summoned.
** The "Dead Air" campaign takes place in an airport. In one part of that airport is a metal detector that you can walk through in plain sight. Walking through it cause an alarm, alerting a horde of Infected. It becomes a ButThouMust in the sequel due to changes in the map that force you to walk through the detector.
* Many {{Sierra}} [[AdventureGame adventure games]], particularly ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest''. It was something of a malicious joy for them.
** Pressing the "Don't Touch" button in the escape pod of ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest I'' causes the pod to plunge into ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIQuestForTheCrown'' or ''ConquestsOfTheLongbow'' (depending on whether you're playing the original game or the VGA remake) and crash upon impact.
** One computer terminal in ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest 4'' allows you to delete a file called "Space Quest 4" from its hard drive -- attempting to do so aborts the game and returns you to the DOS prompt[=/=]Windows desktop without a second warning.
** Also in '''VideoGame/SpaceQuest 4'', [[HaveANiceDeath "You were warned not to break into the change machine, but did you LISTEN?"]]
** The SCS Eureka's self-destruct mechanism in ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest 5'' [[spoiler: at [[ChekhovsGun any time other than]] when [[GodzillaThreshold it's (really) the only option you have left]]]].
** In ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'', the Genie attempts to get you to kill yourself through a succession of schmuck baits.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' has the sprays, which can be used to lay traps for enemy players; apply a spray, hide nearby, and ambush them when they stop to look at it.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOR3snVKW0E One griefer]] used [[DistractedByTheSexy images of scantily-clad ladies.]]
** Some snipers will use sprays with small, hard-to-read text to trick players into reading it while they line up a perfect shot.
** Clever Heavies can use their [[SatiatingSandwich Sandviches]] as Schmuck Bait. Throw the Sandvich someplace where an enemy is likely to notice it, wait for the schmuck to take the bait, then pump 'em full of minigun lead. Works especially well with the Tomislav (every minigun except the Tomislav makes a loud WHIRRRR when preparing to fire. The Tomislav just makes a small ''click!'')
** Spies who can disguise themselves as high-priority targets from their own team (Such as Snipers or Medics) and make enemies follow them hoping to get an easy kill...only to go around a corner and back-stab them, or lure them into an ally Sentry Gun or Heavy.
** One classic trick in the common map 2Fort is to lay a wad of stickybombs on the medkit in your team's sewer as you head out through it for the other team's fort. If the demoman encounters more resistance then planned, he just runs back to his own sewer and back pedals towards safety rather than going for the medkit. Since players instinctively jump towards the medkits when entering the sewers, they often stand right on the bombs. The tactic is so effective many players ignore the highly circumstantial nature of the trap and call it griefing.
* ''{{Starcraft}} 2'' -- OK HERE'S THE PLAN. THE OVERLORD WILL SERVE AS A ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cl_6q557AkY RETARD MAGNET]]'', DRAWING OUT THE PROTOSS ARMY FROM HIS BASE.
** Further immortalised [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okMyPEoSdaw in GSL]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9mdXuk2M6c elsewhere]].
* Some of the ''Tropico'' games have a Print Money edict you can implement, with FlavorText telling you [[CircularReasoning to print more money, after doing so drives the price of building too high.]]
* The PS1 game Blasto had buttons in the first few levels that had a big sign reading "DO NOT PRESS" over them. If you actually DO press them... you explode. [[GuideDangIt Except for one particular button that instead reveals a secret pathway.]]
* ''VideoGame/CommanderKeen 2'', subtitled "the Earth explodes", has an alien mothership orbiting Earth, with numerous death rays that will cause it to, you know, explode. Each of those comes with a convenient switch that allows the player to activate them. Oops.
* There are numerous video games where, when reaching the final boss, said boss offers you to [[WeCanRuleTogether join him]] instead. Almost without exception, taking that choice either [[NonstandardGameOver kills you outright]] or gives you a bad ending, or summons a horde of angry enemies. Examples: ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage'', ''VideoGame/UltimaVII'', ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'', and many others.
* The very short InteractiveFiction game ''VideoGame/PickUpThePhoneBoothAndDie'' is one of the purest examples of Schmuck Bait ever created. And yes, if you pick up the phone booth, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin you die]]. (There is a way to win, by the way.) There is also the frozen pole in the IF game ''So Far''. For any GenreSavvy player, the invitation to [[TongueOnTheFlagpole lick the pole]] is Schmuck Bait. But the game [[AChristmasStory triple-dog-dares you to lick it]] anyway...
* In ''VideoGame/TheNeverhood'', the only way to die partway through the game and get the "Game Over" screen is to jump into a pit, which is clearly labelled with signs that say ''not'' to jump there...
* After you are released from the Human Juicing Machines in ''VideoGame/{{Prey}}'', you come to a switch beneath an observation window overlooking the same machine. Pushing the switch causes the machine to resume its juicing of the other captives, and it cannot be deactivated again. Way to go, Hero.
* In ''VideoGame/ThiefIITheMetalAge'' you may come across a button labeled, "Do not push this button." [[spoiler:Press it, and two angry giant spiders spawn directly behind you. You were expecting maybe a prize, genius?]] Actually a fairly reasonable trap to put someplace where you're expecting a thief. People who live there know better than to touch the button. An unauthorized visitor wouldn't be able to resist.
* ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}''
** Say, what's this? Some old book? Hmm, what kind of language is -- holy crap! A tiny movie screen?! Is that an island? Looks a bit dusty, lemme see if I can wipe some off...
** The finale fits this trope, if [[spoiler:you fail to choose the green book -- or do choose the green book without its missing page.]]
** ''{{VideoGame/Riven}}'' presents a couple of Zigzags on this trope. There are at least two major pieces of Schmuck Bait in the game, and both are inaccessible when you start. By the time you've unlocked them, you should have figured out what they do ... but in order to win, you must use them anyway.
** Atrus invoked this trope when he designed his library. The shelves are full of books leading to worlds of bounty, easily plundered, but the two books given pride of place on lecterns are traps. Atrus explicitly told his sons never to touch them. Tragically, this might have contributed to the boys' {{Face Heel Turn}}s, as they were driven by their fantasies of what the books might hold, but also caused them to be [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Hoist By Their Own Petard]] when they entered the books and found there was no way out.
* Similar to the above, Mystcraft, a mod for {{Minecraft}} can have books such as this too. Fail to create a book linking to the Overworld before jumping into an Age you've created will, more often than not, cause you to be stuck in that Age. Alternatively, certain Age symbols that you use to write Ages carry with them a hefty toll. Good luck mining all that extra ore in that Age when the entire world is falling apart at the seams.
* The final ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' game hands you a greater wish. If you are stupid enough to wish to grow strong, you get handed a ton of enemies guaranteed to wipe you off the face of Faerun. That said, it's quite a fun fight and reasonably winnable at a high enough level. Admittedly this is only because you know it's coming and can get ready to spam short overpowered spells like Dragon Breath.
* In ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', one of the quests involves a [[SealedEvilInACan box]] that The Nameless One is forced to deliver to several people because they don't want it, and they stated repeated to ''never'' open it, that is it not good to ''know'' what's in it and more importantly, to never, ''ever'', under any circumstances leave the Hive (the part of the city the game starts in) while carrying the box. Classic Schmuck Bait. There are actually three ways to complete this quest: you can open the box yourself like an idiot [[spoiler:and fight a low-level demon which may overwhelm your party unless you have a magic weapon]], you can simply leave the Hive while it's still in your inventory (which causes the box to vanish with no apparent results other than the gem on it replacing it in your inventory), or you can complete a quest that has you run all over the Hive to find someone that will destroy the box and send its contents to multiple dimensions [[spoiler:netting you some XP and a small amount of money from the guy who gave you the box, provided you manage to find him]]. [[spoiler:Choose the second option and near the end of the game, you end up encountering "The Fiend from Moridor's Box", which turns out to be the strongest monster in the game]]. In fine ''D&D'' tradition, taking the hardest way out nets you the best treasure...if you survive.
* The first ''VideoGame/{{Ys}}'' game features a room in one dungeon in which a lone treasure chest is surrounded by several statues that look remarkably like enemies you encountered earlier. Guess what happens when you open the chest? You really DO need what's in the chest.
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''
** You are tasked with delivering a box to a Hutt and warned not to open it, or something very bad will happen. You have a choice as to whether or not to open it. If you do, your consciousness is transmitted to a PhantomZone-like prison dimension. The inmate there challenges you to a contest of riddles, the winner of which will get to return to the real world and inhabit your now-mindless body, and the loser of which will be stuck in the prison dimension indefinitely. Even if you win and return to your body, you don't get any rewards. Unless you like riddles, it's best not to open the box.
** At one point you visit a Sand People encampment. You're warned not to take anything from their camp without permission. If you do, every one of them turns hostile and attacks you.
** There is also a mild example in the second game. When you go to Korriban and start exploring the Valley of Sith Lords, Kreia will contact you and mention that you shouldn't disturb the corpses. If you decide to loot them anyway, enemies spawn and attack you and Kreia chastises you.
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/EvilGenius'', with the trap "Do Not Touch Button".
* ''[[http://www.rrrrthats5rs.com/games/dont-shoot-the-puppy/ Don't Shoot the Puppy]]''. The whole thing.
* ''VideoGame/KnyttStories'' has a fan level called ''Don't Eat the Mushroom'', with the laughable plot of Juni traveling three screens to deliver a package to a neighbor, running across a mushroom on the way. If you ignore the mushroom, you can deliver the package no problem. If you touch the mushroom, you drop into a psychedelic wonderland upon entering the next screen, and, upon completing the acid trip, you can either deliver the package or return home, or, alternately, go jump in the ocean.
-->'''LetsPlay/ProtonJon:''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGvZa3tiYwY Does doing drugs actually do this? I-- I'm gonna need to check this, 'cause if I took a hit of acid and suddenly saw the Burger King on fire singing "What is Love," I'd be amazed.]]
** There is also the level ''[[http://nifflas.lpchip.nl/index.php?topic=5156.0 Do Not Pick Up The Key]]'', in which everything tells you not to pick up the key at the end. {{NPC}}s, signs, hieroglyphs, computer screens, snowmen, ''everything''. There are dozens of message boxes throughout the level telling you not to pick it up. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSN5YtcyvKU#t=467 What happens if you pick it up?]] [[spoiler: First of all, the bridge leading to the GoldenEnding will disappear if you try to cross it. Below it is a teleporter with a rather ominous custom effect. If you step into that teleporter, a cutscene appears with the words "YOU LOSER!" on a red background, surrounded by a wall of text [[WhatTheHellPlayer calling you out for picking up the key you were explicitly told not to pick up]]. As a punishment, the game then sends you to the "Room of Doom", a rather difficult challenge area with [[HopeSpot non-functioning levers placed there to tease you]].]]
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'': Neku best summarizes it when Beat explains that if he sees a button, he has to press it after being asked why he didn't think about it:
-->'''Neku:''' I think they design traps with people like you in mind...
* The 580-point version of ''ColossalCave'' has a button marked "EMERGENCY STOP -- Do not push!". If you press it, the game deliberately enters an infinite loop. And this was written for a single-tasking operating system, so the only way to regain control of your computer is to reboot.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''
** An unusual instance of this in ''{{VideoGame/Sonic 3|AndKnuckles}}'' allows you to turn ''yourself'' into Schmuck Bait and gain a ludicrous amount of points and lives. [[spoiler:In the Launch Pad Zone act 1, going through a pair of lights causes an alarm to go off and a flying badnik to appear and dive towards Sonic at the first chance. If you do a spin dash and keep Sonic between those lights, the alarm will keep going off, summoning badnik after badnik which proceed to divebomb Sonic and get destroyed the instant they touch him. After destroying 15 robots without stopping the spindash, Sonic gets 10,000 points per robot. Every 50,000 points, he gets another life. Considering they appear mere seconds apart, one can quickly collect [[InfiniteOneUps a LOT of lives]].]]
** [[VideoGame/BlueSphere Only Sonic 2 and 3 work with Sonic & Knuckles. Really. Locking on anything else does squat. Even Sonic 1 will do nothing because Knuckles' palette wouldn't work. Even if you press all the buttons, nothing happens.]]
* In ''VideoGame/SonicRiders'', Sonic's arch-enemy Dr. Eggman appears on a gigantic TV screen and says he's holding a competition where entrants must give him their Chaos Emeralds. [[IdiotBall Sonic decides to enter and gives Eggman the Chaos Emerald he just found]].
* ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' contains a prime example of this trope that the game utterly delights in tantalizing you with. Midway through the sixth chapter, you encounter a ghost on a train who would like to help you on your quest but, before he does, insists you help him first. Turns out he left his diary somewhere in the baggage car and has been tormented for years with the knowledge that someone might find it and read it, preventing him from passing on to his next existence. He agrees to help you if you get the book, but he very sternly warns you that under no circumstances are you to open and read it. The game deliberately berates this point, meaning that if you are even mildly curious you will have your interest piqued. It even goes so far as to put a message on the game's bulletin board after the chapter saying, "Good thing you didn't read my diary!" Once you find the book in question, you can select it from your inventory and try to open it. The game will make you go through several confirmation screens before the diary finally opens. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vb9i2GoqtoY Your reward]] for your curiosity? [[spoiler:[[NonstandardGameOver An instant game over.]]]]
** And another regarding the story. Legend states that beyond the Thousand-Year Door beneath Rogueport lies untold treasures. However, that was a myth forged by [[spoiler:Beldam]]. Grodus and the X-Nauts know the truth, which is that the door is the prison of [[spoiler:the Shadow Queen]] and that the seven crystal stars are the locks on the door.
** Subverted with the four creatures in the chests that "curse" you after tricking you into opening the chests (who are, in fact, not cursing you at all, but giving you useful abilities).
* ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario''
** The game keeps the tradition alive by Tippi warning Mario about going into outer space without a helmet. Oddly enough, you ''can'' refuse to put on the helmet -- and if you do so enough times, you go into space and die.
** Also, several rooms in one chapter feature mushrooms just ''tantalizingly'' out of reach. They move away if you attempt to approach them. If you chase them, various nasty things will happen to you -- such as getting dropped into a pit.
* A disconcerting large part of Fawful's scheme in ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story]]'' relies on characters eating any piece of food offered to them by a complete stranger. [[spoiler:Or, in one case, by the person you're trying to defeat.]]
* At least one ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' hack pulled a move that makes the infamous KaizoTrap seem easy. At the start of a certain level, there was a message block saying not to hit the midway point. A little later, you see a seemingly inaccessible 3up moon with no way out. And then you see the midway point. If you hit the midway point and died later in that level, you'd spawn next to where the 3up moon was, and the message block there chastised you for not following directions.
* The original ''VideoGame/SystemShock'' sets you up rather evilly around halfway through. SHODAN plans to wipe out life on Earth with a massive barrage of laser fire from an orbital station, and naturally it's your job to stop her. Unfortunately, you stumble across an inadequately labelled laser-control switch. Play with it and...well. SHODAN will be pleased, at least.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' has several treasure chests, heaps of gold and suspicious wall panels scattered throughout the Nightfall lands labelled "Do not touch". When you touch them, you will get a precious item and gold, [[spoiler: but several Djinns will spawn and try to kill you.]]
* Every ''RogueLike'' has tons of unlabelled potions and fountains and things that you just know have fabulous magical effects... of some sort.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', while exploring in a cave, you may come across a narrow pathway where you seem to randomly pick up 1 gil. You move on, and, after a few more steps, you pick up 2 gil! And then 4! Wow! You're picking up double the previous amount every few steps! [[TemptingFate Surely no ill could come of this...]] [[spoiler:If you do tempt fate, you'll wind up facing [[ThatOneBoss Gil Turtle]], a horrible, undead turtle that is very, very difficult to kill.]]
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'': The Trickster/Lil' Murderer. First of all, it's an ''imp''. Secondly, the thing comes along, doesn't attack, and casts' [[EnemyScan Scan]] on ''itself'', telling you it has a weakness to Lightning; it never does anything else. You ''know'' it's a trap, this is the VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon and you've just fought your way down like 10 levels of dragons, dinozombies, and ninjas just to get this far; there's no way it's this easy! But you can't resist finding out what happens, and cast a lightning spell on it. [[spoiler:The scan's not lying, he ''is'' weak to Lightning, but that same spell just powered him up. ''A lot.'' [[KillerRabbit Oops]].]]
** In Cecil's Trial in Lunar Ruins, there's one trial which involves you standing still on guard duty while a fellow guard has to make an urgent leave, and he warns you ''not'' to get distracted. Of course, some things will happen before your eyes and tempt you to check things when you should not, which will make you fail this challenge... [[spoiler: Except that, even in Game Boy Advance, it was a bit glitchy, and you ''could'' move during some "events" within this challenge. Oops!]]
** Cecil's Trial has you battle an imp in one of the challenges. [[spoiler:But if you're in a rush, you'll kill the imp instead of waiting to listen to it, failing the challenge.]]
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' has several friendly monsters that [[FairyBattle ask you for an item]], which they will give you tons of AP for it and their battle theme is different to show they're friendly. However, there's a monster called the Gimme Cat that tries to trick you by demanding a Diamond and if you give it one, it runs off with it and you leave with nothing. However, since the normal battle theme plays, that should tell you "do not listen to this monster". Be careful fighting it because it attacks with the powerful Comet spell.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', after you defeat a Mark in Bhujerba the Moguri who gave you the quest will ask you to go to the shop where she works to get her diary, and tells you not to read it. [[spoiler:[[InvertedTrope Inverted]], since you whether you read it or not doesn't matter, but what you tell her when she asks you if you did.]]
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'': So you've just reached Pulse, now you can finally go anywhere you want! Hey, look at those gigantic tortoise-things! Surely they give massive CP! No need to worry, we just defeated a [[PhysicalGod fal'Cie]], we're Badass enough to handle this thing... [[spoiler: No, no you're not. HaveANiceDeath. Though they really DO give massive amounts of CP, and drop some amazing items, but by the time you're ready to fight them, you'll probably have maxed everyone's Crystarium anyway. [[GameBreaker Unless you use Vanille's Death spell...]] Mind you, it only has a 1% base chance of hitting, +1% per inflicted Debuff.]]
*** And similarly in the [[{{VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII-2}} sequel]] you gain access to the Archylte Steppe very early on, in which, under sunny conditions a Long Gui spawns. You can fight him more or less right out of the gate. [[CurbStompBattle You won't last ten seconds]].
* At one point in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', you'll get a chance to go to Ozzie's fort in 600 A.D. After defeating powered-up versions of Flea and Slash, you'll be led into a room where Ozzie's operating an obvious DeathTrap, where a guillotine is guarding a delicious-looking treasure. Attempting to grab it while the machine's running will cause damage to your party. Instead, you'll need to go up the stairs to chase after Ozzie, at which point a greedy imp will attempt to open the treasure box, only to get chopped to bits by the guillotine. You can grab the contents after chasing away Ozzie, but there's not much of use in there anyway (just a Hi-Potion). [[spoiler:There's a corridor on the lower right where Ozzie has hidden most of Magus' most powerful equipment. Curiously, he leaves this portion of the room unguarded.]]
* In ''Dengeki Gakuen RPG: Cross of Venus'', [[LightNovel/BludgeoningAngelDokurochan Dokuro-chan]] positively reeks of this trope in the ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'' world. After all, why would her first action after leaving the room you just landed in be to casually flick a switch that releases '''poison gas in the first floor of Taiga's apartment?''' And then she pulls every switch at the beginning of each subsequent floor (despite everyone's protests, even), though these do demonstrate the traps waiting for you there. (Thankfully, she doesn't touch the four levers at the end of each floor, three of which initiate battles.)
* The original ''VideoGame/{{Zork}}'' had a hint book in which the last chapter listed a number of things the player might try doing in the game. More than a few of them would result in the player's death, including desecrating dead bodies in Hades, burning a black prayer book, and waving a magic scepter while standing on a rainbow that the scepter made solid.
* ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy''
** "It's dangerous to go alone! Take this... [[HaveANiceDeath You jumped into a sword! You retard!]]"
** Also, "[[PressXToDie This is the safest room in the game, only Q can kill you.]]"
* In ''TheLostCrown: A Ghosthunting Adventure'', the Schmuck Bait turns out to be [[spoiler: the crown itself... which you have no choice but to take anyway]].
* In ''VideoGame/CaveStory'', the first time the pit of instant death appears in the game is adjacent to a sign saying: "Watch out! Deathtrap to your left! One touch means instant death!"
* ''VideoGame/DynamiteHeaddy'' has a stage late in the game with a couple blocks marked "Don't shoot!".
* In ''MisterMosquito'', the just-barely-cracked-open microwave visibly has a huge load of [[HeartContainer heart rings]] inside. Upon entering, the microwave closes and roasts you alive.
* In ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' the [[MacGuffin plot-driving]] Ankaran Sarcophagus, though not for the reason the character is led to believe. You just ''know'' there has to be something bad in there, given the ArcWords are "Don't open it!", every even remotely trustworthy character in the game cautions you against it, and it is ''heavily'' implied to contain an immensely powerful vampire capable of bringing about the end of the world. [[spoiler:In the end, the player gets to decide whether or not to open it. Its contents are a massive bomb and a mocking note from [[HeKnowsAboutTimedHits Jack, the tutorial man.]]]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'', the BigBad pulls a BriarPatching gambit in regards to a weird object she just dropped, even going so far as to {{lampshade|Hanging}} her use of ReversePsychology. Messing with it ''is'' bad for you.
-->'''[=GLaDOS=]:''' [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: I wouldn't bother with that thing. My guess is that touching it will make your life even worse, somehow. ]]
\\
[[/folder]]

[[folder: I don't want to meddle with your business, but if I were you I'd leave that thing alone. ]]
\\
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Do you think I'm trying to trick you with reverse psychology? I mean, seriously now. ]]

* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' has quite a few examples. To wit:
** The "missing" Emancipation Grill, which [=GLaDOS=] specifically tells you not to bring anything through. Sure enough, she just wants to YankTheDogsChain.
** [=GLaDOS=] attempts to lure you to her "final test", which is conveniently already solved and has an open doorway ostensibly leading to the outside. Falling for it earns you an [[ViolationOfCommonSense achievement]]... and a reload.
** A door marked "[=GLaDOS=] Emergency Shutdown and [[TheCakeIsALie Cake Dispensary]] -- Keep Unlocked". She savagely {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this one, despite it being a case of TrapIsTheOnlyOption.
** Several of [[spoiler:Wheatley]]'s {{Death Trap}}s, or as he refers to one of them, a "[[BetterToDieThanBeKilled Death Option]]", He goes so far as to express pleasant surprise if you actually fall for them, and one earns you an [[ViolationOfCommonSense achievement]].
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''
** Mimiron has his [[HarderThanHard higher level of difficulty]] activated by pressing a [[BigRedButton gigantic red button]] labeled "DO NOT PUSH THIS BUTTON". Fiery death ensues if you have pressed this button unprepared.
-->'''Mimiron:''' Now [[NiceJobBreakingItHero why would you go and do something like that]]? [[CantYouReadTheSign Didn't you see the sign]] that said "DO NOT PUSH THIS BUTTON!"? How will we finish testing with [[SelfDestructMechanism the self-destruct mechanism]] active?
** Also, a rogue class quest makes you go to the clan's secret base; the stated objective is "Survive the trial". When you find the secret entrance and wander through the cave, there's a lonely treasure chest that looks normal...but if you click on it, a much more higher level elite enemy will come and kill you with one strike. The kick? You must NOT click the chest, but calmly go through the cave. It's even lampshaded by the NPC you'll return the quest to: "Couldn't keep your hands away from the chest, could you? Don't worry, almost no one can."
** Players in Battlegrounds will often set up some schmuck bait with the following "/e has reported you AFK. Type /afk to clear this status." Typing /afk marks you as "Away from Keyboard" and if you're in a Battleground, it removes you. The results of this with {{Munchkins}} are [[HilarityEnsues predictable]].
** Another battleground prank is for a mage to open a portal, and say to click on it to help summon free food and water. And everyone who isn't paying attention gets dumped out to a city and given a "deserter" debuff that prevents them from rejoining for 15 minutes. [[AwkwardZombie As]] [[http://awkwardzombie.com/index.php?page=0&comic=011209 demonstrated.]]
** A weird example, as it first appeared in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III'', but you get a flashback of it in World of Warcraft as well: Frostmourne is floating above a dais that has an inscription that reads "Whosoever takes up this blade shall wield power eternal. Just as the blade rends flesh, so must power scar the spirit." Arthas decides that it's WorthIt - and TrapIsTheOnlyOption to defeat the current enemy.
* ''VideoGame/OddWorld: Abe's Oddysee'' has fireflies that give hints if you stand still and chant for a while. One of those hints is: "Watch...out...for...that...bat" -- whereupon the GoddamnBats would swoop down on you and kill you.
** The very end of the game has a countdown until DeadlyGas floods the factory and, should the player rescue the last worker, they will be given the one-use ability to avoid capture through granting the ability to murder the evil C.E.O.s and the capturing guards almost instantly. Doing so, however, leaves the player alone in the board room with the [[TimeBomb still counting down gas timer]] and a lever labelled "'''GAS SHUTOFF'''", which [[spoiler: drops two more guards into the room, forcing the player to be captured anyway or [[ButThouMust suffocate to death]]]].
** ''VideoGame/OddWorld: Abe's Exoddus'' has a lever in one level labelled "Pull for Customer Service". Pull it and a slig drops down right in front of you and instantly opens fire.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', it is possible to find a Garden of Eden Creation Kit (The G.E.C.K.) -- and you may activate it. Trying to do so will warn out that it will destroy everything in a several mile radius for raw materials -- whereupon you may confirm that you'd like to activate it.
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''
** The final chamber of Vault 11. It's locked by a terminal which can only be accessed through a password, which itself is at the far end of the explorable space in the Vault. Everything you've read up to this point tells you this chamber is bad news, as in the "not compatible with continued living" kind of bad, but chances are you're going to go there anyway simply because you ''have'' to know what the fuss is about. The game awards you with a decent amount of XP for doing so, since it's an unmarked quest. ...If you survive the surprise.
** There's also one in the "Dead Money" expansion, set up for plot purposes. You are explicitly told (before you have an opportunity to do so) that if you [[spoiler: read "Sinclair's Notes" on the terminal in the Sierra Madre Vault]] you will become permanently trapped. If you do so, you'll get a NonstandardGameOver where you starve to death. [[spoiler: That said, just because ''you'' know about the trap doesn't mean you can't spring it on someone else...]]
** The ghost people of "Dead Money" live by this trope, which many characters have pointed out. They leave out a bunch of seemingly innocuous and useful items, like food and bullets, as bait for incredibly lethal traps. Sometimes even the traps are traps themselves, tempting you to move in, disarm and salvage them. One example is a rigged shotgun that has a hidden land mine near it, so that when you salvage ammo from the gun, the mine goes off. Another is a pressure pad that, when pressed, discharges a shotgun into a cluster of fire extinguishers (which explode). While disarming the trap, you may find out that one of the fire extinguishers is actually a gas bomb, a type of mine rigged to proximity detonate. Surprise!
** The base game uses the double-trap all the time with land mines, since it knows that you will never pass up the opportunity to disarm a useful, valuable mine and add it to your inventory. There are many areas where a prominent mine is placed within the detonation radius of one that is hidden. One example is just outside of Nipton, where the developers have placed hidden frag mines under the traffic cones near some not-so-hidden mines, such that stepping within range to disarm the obvious mines will activate the others.
** The gold bars in the Sierra Madre vault are immensely valuable. You really don't want to leave without them... but picking up more than just a few will break your carrying capacity, slowing you to a crawl and ensuring that you won't get out of the vault before your bomb collar goes off. DeathByMaterialism is a ''major'' theme of this add-on.
** [[OmnicidalManiac The Toaster]] in "Old World Blues" offers you a super-rare Mojave snowglobe, if you stick your hand into his bread slot. What do you think happens when you stick your hand into the bread slot of a ''psychopathic, murderous toaster?''
* ''VideoGame/ThePath'' only gives you two instructions: Go to grandmother's house, and StayOnThePath. Guess what you do.
* Interesting Subversion in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'': on a date with Elizabeth she sees an open manhole sectioned off and assumes it's a trap preying on humans vulnerable to Schmuck Bait. ItMakesSenseInContext, because Elizabeth is an... extradimensional entity?
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'', a sign says not to throw anything into a nearby circle of stones. This game allows you to pick up and throw signs. [[spoiler:The ''first'' time you do this, you actually get rewarded for it; in fact, you need the item you get to complete the game. Do it again, though, and the creature that lives in the circle of stones throws an active bomb at you.]]
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'', the fight with Goht only happens because you decided to shoot a ''Fire Arrow'' at the giant mechanical demon entombed in a block of ice. As usual, to continue with the game you have to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero release the monster]], and then kill it.
** The miniboss of Arbiter's Grounds in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'', Death Sword. It's a honking great big sword, strapped to the ground with ropes covered in prayer strips. It practically screams, "Sealed Demon: Do Not Touch". But of course, you have to go and cut the ropes.
** Also subverted in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' in the bomb shop. Barnes has signs plastered everywhere warning customers that lit lanterns are forbidden in the shop. If you light your lantern, Barnes panics, drops his eye protectors... [[spoiler: and harmlessly dumps water on you to extinguish the lantern]].
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'' {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this via a treasure chest that appears while helping [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch Batreaux.]] Batreaux will warn you, ''desperately,'' that this treasure chest is ''not'' to be opened, and goes on at length about the horrible [[StandardStatusEffects Cursed Medal]] that lurks inside. You can repeatedly tell him you want to open the chest anyway. If you ''do'' open it, he admits that the curse is pretty easy to circumvent (the item greatly increases the chance that enemies drop items in exchance for being unable to open your pouch inventory and thus use your healing potions and all you need to do to circumvent the curse is to drop the medal off at the storage), and that the human tendency towards doggedly persistent curiosity is one of those things he finds so darn endearing about them.
** Also in ''Skyward Sword'', an NPC in a house warns you not to break her pots. If you've ever played any other game in the franchise, you'll know that breaking pots=cash, and most likely will see no reason why it should be any different here. Wrongo: bust her stuff and she'll charge you. A similar case happens in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]'' if you go to the bottom floor of the House of Wealth and smash Mila's father's vases.
** In addition to ''Skyward Sword'', when you first enter The Lumpy Pumpkin, you can see a Piece of Heart hanging from the chandelier, and you're warned not to roughhouse on the second floor to prevent it from falling. Once you roll into the railing twice, it falls and you're forced to work to pay for a new one. Once you do a few jobs, [[spoiler: the owner buys a more extravagant one and rewards you with another Piece of Heart]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{La-Mulana}}'', one of the stone tablets says not to read the glyph again (which triggers more enemy spawns, if the warning is ignored), one of them warns not to use weapons in certain location (else a lighting strikes upon player) and so on. The Chamber of Extinction's DisconnectedSideArea has a coin sitting out in the open at the end of a narrow side passage. It's a trap, since you don't get coins in this game except by breaking pots (and the occasional wall) or killing enemies.
* Obscure NES title ''VideoGame/{{Uninvited}}'' has a particular situation where attempting to go down a hole will result in the game warning you about the GiantSpider lurking around down there, and advise you to just leave it be. [[TooDumbToLive You can insist.]]
* In ''VideoGame/EVOSearchForEden'', in the fish level, you can attempt to go on land before beating the boss. Guess who doesn't get lungs till that boss is gone? Well, actually you get lungs, however there's no oxygen in the air until you defeat the boss, so they're useless.
* ''VideoGame/MegaMan''
** ''9'' has the Metools disguised as 1-ups. In normal gameplay, these are a bit more understandable to be tricked by, but in [[EndlessGame Endless Attack]], where you get only one life...
** ''5'' has a room in Charge Man's stage where you have just climbed a ladder, to the left is the way on, and to the right is a long bed of spikes with no wall on the other side, which may lead one to wonder if something is on the other side (not a stretch given that similar tricks have been present in earlier games). If one has Rush Jet, one can climb on, fly over the spikes to the other end...and end up hitting the end of the room, falling onto the spikes, and losing a life.
* ''VideoGame/{{Eversion}}''. A cute, cheerful platformer? Just how could this be "not for children or those of a nervous disposition"?
* ''VideoGame/EyeOfTheBeholder 2''
** If you are advised to ''not'' enter the little room filled with higher-than-normal magic items in a dungeon expressly made to kill you, guess what you should not do. Go on. Guess.
** A very literal one also happens in this game. At one point, you receive a message from your mentor that the BigBad is preparing a spell that will completely destroy your party, rendering you impossible to raise again. To foil the scheme, you have to go into the next room and let yourself be killed by the monsters. [[spoiler:It is the BigBad impersonating your mentor. If you ''do'' get yourselves killed, he'll mock you for your gullibility. If you don't, and slay the monsters, he'll just reveal himself and rage at you for ''not'' being a total schmuck.]]
* Putting the PlayStation game ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' into a music player results in finding a hidden audio track which starts with the main character Alucard reminding you that the disc is meant to be used on [=PlayStation=]s only, and that track 1 contains computer data, so please, don't play it. He also [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on this by saying, "But of course, you're probably not going to listen to me anyway, are you?" Whether anything does happen when you play the first track depends on the player you are using. Back when this game came out, CD-ROM data was not as common as it is today, and most of the earliest CD players would try playing the data track, resulting in a sound that ''can'' damage your speakers. To keep stupid people from doing this, a lot of games had a track similar to the one in the game in question.
* The ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' games have this in the form of Golden Lumber. It's an indestructible building material, but in most games, it can only be used as fencing. It's also expensive (one piece usually costs 100,000G. By comparison, one stone piece costs 100G and you can make them yourself). In many of the older games, golden lumber is taken by your neighbors as showing off your wealth, so your friendship levels will drop, until you sell the pieces you have off. The only game where the stuff is actually useful is in ''[=HM DS/DS Cute=]'', where you can make virtually indestructible buildings (and that's only really feasible [[BraggingRightsReward late into the game]] or using [[GoodBadBugs the 1 Billion Gold glitch]].
* ''[[VideoGame/GodOfWar God of War II]]'': Hold R1 to drain your godly power into one easily-stolen sword.
* In ''{{Karoshi}} 2'', there's a level where a message says "You will quit if you press "q".". Most people will try though.
* The "Maze of Madness" scenario in the online game ''Dungeons & Dragons: Tiny Adventures'' opens with the finding of a jeweled scepter, engraved with a "Keep out of the Maze!" warning. Naturally, your immediate conclusion upon finding it is that anyone who uses jeweled scepters to send warnings must be loaded...
* ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}}'''s dungeon contains a dead end passage four squares long. In the first three squares, you received these messages:
-->''A dungeon is dark...\\
When it's not lit...\\
Watch out, or you'll...''
::The fourth square holds a pit trap.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect''
** [[spoiler:The entire galactic civilization turns out to be the result of this. The AbusivePrecursors, [[SapientShip The Reapers]], created the [[PortalNetwork Mass Relay Network]] and placed the greatest fortress in creation at the center of it, in a completely unbreachable defensive location. Since the only way to find the Citadel is through said network, any aliens who find it are already conditioned to blindly trust any LostTechnology they find. Said fortress also contains enough space to house millions of civilians, communicate with and house the records of census data of all known civilization, and is completely self-sufficient, with a benevolent race of servants that can perform any maintenance job, large or small. Unfortunately, it is also a massive portal generator, intended to allow the Reapers to launch a surprise attack against the heart of any civilization that discovers it, as they would undoubtedly have made it the heart of their empire, along with all of the data and records to let the Reapers know everything they need to know to pick off the survivors.]]
** Occurs in gameplay as well. As you enter the [=ExoGeni=] facility, there is a locked room. You can hack (read: lockpick) your way in to find a crate full of loot and what looks like a dead geth armature (walking tank). Touch the crate and the armature wakes up.
** There's an example in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. So, there's this character called Morinth, see. She's an asari, an alien race that can mate with anyone by joining nervous systems. She has particularly rare genetic quirk that causes her to burn out the nervous system of whomever she mates with. This is extremely addictive for her and invariably fatal for the other person, but gives her a boost of strength and biotic power. Guess what she offers to you. Guess what one of your responses is. [[NonStandardGameOver Guess what happens if you take her up on it...]]
** There's a smaller example during Tali's loyalty quest. When you encounter Admiral Zaal'Koris vas Qwib-Qwib Tali tells you not to ask about the name. One of the dialogue options is, of course, to ask about it.
-->'''Tali:''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HyFMwTa5yE&feature=related Oh, here we go.]]
** When arriving at [[spoiler:Sanctuary]] in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', it becomes obvious ''very'' quickly that it's not really a luxury refugee camp open to any fleeing the Reapers. If you volunteer as a receptionist, you are promised even better accommodations once you're allowed to leave the reception area and enter the main compound, from which nobody returns. [[spoiler:It's actually a Cerberus facility where they select people fit for being turned into brain washed cyborg soldiers. Everyone who does not fit the requirements gets turned into a [[ZombieApocalypse Husk]] to become a test subject for weapon development.]]
** [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Kai Leng]] in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. He deals you your only mandatory defeat in the game using CutscenePowerToTheMax which gets under Shepard's skin and likely pisses off the player. The thing is, immediately after, your comm specialist is able to track Kai to his final hideout and Kai sends you an email specifically to taunt you about your loss. This can cause you to want to forego any further asset building missions, starting the endgame battle sequences with fewer war assets than you would have if you were patient and leading to a more costly victory, or even a defeat.
** Numerous in-game examples of Reaper Artifacts left over from previous [[ViciousCycle Extinction Cycles]]. Various characters throughout the games have tried to study these artifacts for various reasons, either to try and learn how to stop the Reapers, or to see if it is something they can sell, or just to figure out what it might be. Most, if not all of these people, end up brainwashed servants of the Reapers and are often turned into [[BodyHorror Husks.]]
** One of the series' most beloved {{Running Gag}}s is the ability to punch out an annoying reporter on camera. Doing this at any point in the series will cost the player five or ten war assets in the third game depending on if she was knocked out there or if she was punched previously.
* ''VideoGame/StarControl'': Similarly, you're given repeated warnings to stop asking about the Androsynth. If you don't take the hint and find a different topic to talk about, the [[spoiler:Orz]] turn hostile and attack... which sucks for you, because they're normally one of only two races in the game that are immediately outright helpful.
** Late in the game, the Utwig will give you a very large bomb. Do not play with it.
* In the ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' mod ''VideoGame/ADanceWithRogues'', one mission involves pretending to be a stripper so you can infiltrate the mayor's mansion and steal a statue, which you are warned in no unambiguous terms not to tamper with. If you use the item's 'unique power', it summons a succubus (a demon, which is rather more powerful than you should be at that point).
* Among the things said to VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin by his podmates in the [[EasingIntoTheAdventure harmless first lagoon]] is "How high in the sky can you fly?" Trying to answer that triggers the abduction of your pod by aliens and the start of the game.
* About halfway through the Plant chapter of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' there is an electrified floor that the player has to deactivate in order to progress in the game. Colonel Campbell specifically warns you not to test it. But you can anyway.
* ''VideoGame/{{Spelunky}}'' contains various ''Franchise/IndianaJones''-style traps, one or two different types per area. They're all very clearly marked by a shiny (and valuable) idol. Grabbing the idol will set off the trap, and -- if you haven't seen that particular variety of trap before -- it ''will'' kill you.
** It is more effective if you run away too fast. Really do it.
* ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow]]'' has the [[MagikarpPower Magikarp]] salesman. 500 Pokémon Dollars for a low-level Pokémon that starts off with no useful moves? While it's still a bit overpriced, the good news is he's available far sooner than the fishing rods are, allowing you to [[DiscOneNuke evolve it into a Gyarados]] before you'd even be able to catch one normally.
** The guy shows up in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' too, but this time, it's after you beat the main storyline, and this is the only way you can get a Gyarados in-game, other than transferring or trading one; you can't fish for them in Unova.
* In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Pokémon Platinum]]'', there is a member of Team Galactic running back and forth, looking up and down, about five paces each way, as if suffering an attack of epilepsy, in the Galactic Warehouse. He is one of the few Mooks in the building (and, indeed, in the game) who doesn't challenge you to a battle on sight. As those types are usually the ones who give the player useful items or information upon speaking to them, one is naturally inclined to do so...at which point, he challenges you to a battle.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Lemmings}}'', the bomber skill will cause a lemming to explode. This is useful in some levels for removing part of the landscape or simply getting rid of a blocker, but no matter how you use it, it results in the death of the lemming you assign it to. In some levels, you are required to save 100%, but the game still gives you the bomber skill. Obviously, there is no way to use this skill and still complete the level successfully. It's mainly there to tempt idiots.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Loom}}'', legend has it that looking under the hood of a Weaver is fatal. When he's got Bobbin captive, Cobb can't resist finding out whether the legend is true. [[spoiler:It is.]]
* In text adventure game ''Asylum'', at one point you find a written note that tells you to "look up". [[DeathByLookingUp Something that you don't want to do.]]
* ''EveOnline''
** A common tactic: a lone player will often wait somewhere off the stargate or station in low/null security space. When other unsuspecting players start shooting at him, not only do they find that said player has a strong tank, but several of his friends have warped in and/or decloaked.
** The Amarr have several ships that are specifically Schmuck Bait, especially the Maller and Prophecy, both of which are minimal threat but insanely hard to kill for their size and cost. Bonus points go to the Imperial Navy Augoror, which is a faction cruiser and thus an automatic high-priority target for new fleet commanders, but if properly fitted [[StoneWall is tougher to take out than a fleet battleship while being less dangerous than a frigate]]. Seeing any one of these three ships by itself minding its own business is almost always a new player or an ambush.
* The ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' series (specifically ''[[VideoGame/UltimaVI VI]]'' through ''[[VideoGame/UltimaIX IX]]'') has the [[FantasticNuke Armageddon spell]]. The beings who give or ''sell'' it to you specify that the spell will terminate all life in the current plane of existence. Who would be dumb enough to cast it? Well, there's a reason Sosaria's previous civilization came to a very sudden stop 700,000 years ago...
* In ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'', anomalies, semi-invisible energy surges frequently serve as this. They produce valuable, powerful artifacts which can be seen floating in the air from a distance, but dash to grab it too quickly and the anomaly will be happy to rip you to shreds. In fact the Zone (the game world) itself serves as a form of Schmuck Bait, as people are drawn to enter it by the promise of a making a fortune finding artifacts, but the mutated wildlife, invisible anomalies and hostile warring human factions means your life will likely be pretty short. If anything, this acts as a form of natural selection - [[WorldOfBadass anyone who manages to survive in the Zone is an ironclad badass.]] Or obscenely lucky.
* The Brass Bull, the Iron-Maiden and the Shoulder-Shattering torture chambers in ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent''. Go ahead, light the fire beneath the bull statue, and hoist the empty chains up to the ceiling. Or wander up and poke the Iron-Maiden's spikes.
* ''EpicBattleFantasy'': "Hey! Let's prod this chained demon we found with the business end of our weapons! What could ''possibly'' go wrong?!"
* In ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'', when Luigi looks in a mirror in this one room, he sees a red button that says "Don't push" reflected on the other side. Considering StupidityIsTheOnlyOption here, he presses it and part of the wall rolls back to reveal a storage thing in the floor, and a poster that says danger. Again, the only way to proceed is to vacuum up the poster and then push the other BigRedButton, releasing all the Boos.
* In the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' game ''Curse of the Azure Bonds'', while exploring a tower you have the option of picking up a piece of parchment on avoiding the tower's traps. Tip number one: Don't read Explosive Runes.
* ''VideoGame/LennusII'' takes this to a cruel extreme. It is ''very'' easy to talk to a shady NPC and wake up with your money missing -- [[LostForever for good.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' has two cases of Schmuck Bait. The first one is Dive Rock, the highest point on the map with [[SceneryPorn an incredible view of the game world]] and a very long drop. Yes, you can indeed dive off Dive Rock, achieving nothing but a messy you-shaped splatter on the ground below. Naturally. The other is attacking Sheogorath, [[PhysicalGod Daedric Prince]] [[MadGod of Madness]], which goes as well as you may think - it even has similar results to the previous example.
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has a similar location named Bard's Leap, an outcropping of rock channelling a stream a looooong way down into a pool of water. Jumping down the waterfall and surviving nets you a speechcraft level from a bard's ghost, a man who also took the bait but ''didn't'' survive.
* In ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'', Vyse can find a handkerchief hanging on the wall of Aika's house on Pirate isle. If you check it out, Vyse lifts it up to find a pinhole allowing him to see into Aika's bedroom. Aika is less than happy to find him inadvertently peeping on her, but Vyse notes that covering it with a hankie on the ''outside'' only draws attention.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'', in some stages you'll encounter Lakitu, the turtle enemy floating around in a cloud at the top of the screen, dangling a 1-Up mushroom at the end of a fishing line. If you grab the item, he'll rain Spinies down on you for the rest of the level. Luckily, he's easily killable and you can steal his cloud afterwards to bypass large parts of the stage. Amusingly enough, the ghost house levels feature Fishin' Boos instead which try to do the same, except with a blue flame that hurts you instead.
* In ''Videogame/JablessAdventure'', you encounter a mermaid who'd rather not talk to you, and keeps offering you useless things to make you go away. Eventually, she says, "Listen, if I tell you a secret, will you leave me alone? ...If you pester the mermaid too much, you're gonna have a bad time." If you talk to her again, she says "I warned you," and kills you instantly.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun''
** The game makes [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption stupidity the only option]]. You can find a pillar of the sort you are usually knocking down with Force deep in the Altin Mines, next to a sign saying "Do not strike the wall! Rocks may fall!" ''You have to trigger a rockslide here to continue in the game.'' This leads to two potential [[CrowningMomentOfFunny crowning moments of funny]]:
** If you do not have the Force Psynergy to knock over the pillar, Garet will pop out, get pissed off at the dead end, and kick it down, causing the rockslide.
** Whether you or Garet cause the rockslide, it results in Isaac having to make an IndyEscape from a giant rolling boulder (which knocks a hole in the floor of the mines, enabling you to continue further down).
* In the online ChooseYourOwnAdventure game ''VideoGame/FallenLondon'' some options contain a remark to the effect of "Don't do this, it's a bad idea." (Those curious enough to take this option will invariably find out that the remark was truthful.) Then there's Seeking Mr. Eaten's Name, an ongoing storyline composed of ''nothing but'' SchmuckBait of the [[BrownNote Lovecraftian]] [[GoMadFromTheRevelation sort]] that will destroy your character's stats, inventory, connections, pets, friends, health, soul and sanity. To top it off, it's unfinished, so you won't even get closure for your trouble. The Failbetter Games staff member responsible for most of the idea wrote it as an experiment on the crazy lengths players will go to complete a sidequest for no reward beyond learning what happens next.[[note]]An idea facilitated by the fact that players who seek the name are generally willing to keep mum on the plotline's story, making very little information regarding it (apart from the costs, that is) available even on fan-managed wikis.[[/note]]
-->'''Alexis Kennedy:''' If you like, think of it as an alternative to Molyneux's 'Curiosity', except instead of tapping on a cube you're gradually peeling your own skin off.
* In ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', at one point your augmentations start glitching and you are instructed to go to the nearest L.I.M.B. Clinic for a emergency replacement biochip. [[spoiler:If you've been paying attention to the game or are suitably paranoid, then you'll have picked up on the numerous hints that the "unforeseen" glitches and biochip aren't what the Illuminati-controlled news media is telling you. Even the ''opening cutscene'' has TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness talking about this plan before it goes into effect. Sure enough, if you get your biochip replaced then one of the {{Big Bad}}s uses a killswitch to disable your augmentations before a boss battle]].
* In ''VideoGame/SwimIkachan'', there's a chamber full of fish that comes with a sign "Curiosity killed the cat". Trying to enter this chamber will shut the entrance and should you come without ability to thrust sideways, you will be left to die on a(n in)conveniently placed spike-bed.
* What's that? You've just finished the tutorial to ''[[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy Dissidia 012: Duodecim]]'', and think you're some kind of bigshot? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dj-n-NG3YPk&t=2m35s You'll learn.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheImpossibleQuiz'', question 35. "Pressing this button will result in a game over." [[spoiler:It is ''not'' lying.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fan game ''VideoGame/StoryOfTheBlanks'' where you play as Applebloom, you are warned by Zecora not to go into the forest after dark and Twilight orders you not to go anywhere as she tries to clear the blocked forest exit. Of course, you ''[[ButThouMust have]]'' to follow that mysterious pony deeper into the forest for the game plot to progress...
* In ''VideoGame/{{Vay}}'', you'll run into an NPC guarding a treasure chest, warning you against opening it. If you [[KleptomaniacHero give in to your natural RPG instincts and try to open it anyway]], the chest will unleash what the WorkingDesigns localization crew affectionately calls the "Gold Vortex", which gobbles up '''''all''''' of your hard-earned gold.
* ''VideoGame/TheSims'' take this to TooDumbToLive levels when it comes to the Cow Plant in ''The Sims 2: University'' (also downloadable content for ''The Sims 3''). Hey, look! That plant has a slice of cake in its enormous tooth-filled mouth! Certainly nothing bad can [[KilledMidSentence come of--]]
* In many ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' games, you always end up finding a sign in the middle of a toxic swamp that tells you to keep out of the swamp that you have to cross just to read the damn sign. Even funnier in Hand of the Heavenly bride when the hero comes across one, he's a six year old who can't read yet.
* ''VideoGame/FantasyQuest'' gives a whole series of options like "bang your head against the rocks." All kill you, but the game lets you undo each fatal move.
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'', go to [[PaedoHunt www.littlelacysurprisepageant.com]] on the in-game internet and COOL THINGS happen! [[note]]Not really. You just get an instant five star wanted level.[[/note]]
** If you choose to take the [[spoiler:Deal]] route at the end of the game. Sure, nothing will go wrong with working with [[spoiler:Dimitri]] one last time for a huge payday, will it? Not that the other route is much better, mind you, but choosing to [[spoiler:Deal]] results in a full-on DownerEnding due to your greed while [[spoiler:Revenge]] still ends up being [[BitterSweetEnding quite a downer]] but not nearly as much.
* The first ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'' has the Thunderbolt, aka Lightning gun. Out of water, it's a frighteningly effective weapon; underwater, it discharges all of its ammo in one shot and kills everything in the water - including the player. This is the game's [[{{BFG}} final and most powerful weapon]] - the one that, more than any other, the player really ''really'' wants to try out '''now'''. You'll find it in a pond.
* ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors 3'' has the [[MemeticMutation famous line]] "Don't pursue Lu Bu!" regarding an optional miniboss in the Hu Lao Gate stage... who in every incarnation of the series as a beat 'em up is actually more powerful than the actual stage boss.
** The AI points out something strange? It's up to you to check and reveal that it was a Schmuck Bait... for the AI! It's even worse when you can't do a thing to prevent it.
--> '''[The Wu Units are behaving suspiciously]'''
--> '''[Cao Cao started a fire attack!]'''
** Pang Tong makes this clear sometimes. He knows a place is perfect for an ambush and he FALLS FOR IT just so you have to save him. Actually, this could be him underestimating the enemy's strength or it could be he is not very good at fighting at all, but...
--> '''Pang Tong''': This forest is a perfect place for an ambush!
--> '''[Wu Units came out of hiding]'''
** You are close to reaching the Enemy Commander and then...
--> '''[Enemy Ambush Troops appeared!]'''
--> '''Allied Commander''': What? An ambush! They are smarter than I expected!
--> '''[Enemy Units are moving towards the Allied Main Camp]'''
--> '''[Enemy Commander is moving towards the Allied Main Camp]'''
* In the second to last level in ''Franchise/TombRaider III'', after crossing over a pit of fire, there's a Large Med Kit sitting in plain sight in a narrow hallway. Seeing how difficult the game is in general and how stingy finding health kits are (unless you actively been looking in secret areas for them), most players will happily try to take the item. However, stepping on the tile where the item rests on causes a spiked log to roll down from above and crush you if you don't react fast enough. Even if you do avoid it, the trap sits on top of the item, rendering it inaccessible.
** You know that statue of King Midas in ''VideoGame/TombRaider Anniversary''? The one with one of his hands sitting on the floor? Go ahead, try standing on it. Hey, just how ''did'' the legend of King Midas go, again...?
* Chapter 2 of ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' presents a section of its ground-based level that has a treasure chest, just sitting out there in the open, waiting to be plundered. Not. That chest's a trap, and Magnus even tells Pit how the facet of an actual treasure chest with actual treasure presented in plain sight is outright ludicrous.
** And in case you think it'll still give you treasure, all it gives you is a heart. Have fun trying to make that worthwhile while facing a mob of two dozen enemies.
* Suicide Booths in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' the game. Walk inside. Press the button. Restart from last checkpoint. Turns out they function just like they did in the series. Who would have guessed?
* In ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', a herd of enemies called [[MixAndMatchCritters Cattlesnakes]] roam peacefully about a field, making no attempt to fight you, but a nearby sign warns you not to try to battle them. [[spoiler: You can battle them, but they're very hard enemies with very high offense, and when you first go to the area where you can find them, they will almost certainly steamroll you.]]
** Also, if you approach an enemy from the back in Mother 3, it has to spend a turn turning around to face you from the front, leaving it vulnerable for a turn or two. [[spoiler: Cue an enemy that launches missiles out of its rear.]]
* Upon first meeting [[MagnificentBastard Ocelot]] in ''MetalGearSolid3'', Snake knocks him out. Once control is restored to the player, many a player took their knife to him, causing a Time Paradox. This nets an achievement in the HD version.
* [[http://jayisgames.com/tag/detarou Detarou]]'s escape-the-room games almost always have at least one schmuck ending. Sure, go ahead and press that BigRedButton on a conspiciously darkened wall. Why, of ''course'' approaching that Finish Line is the way to finish the game even though half of your inventory is still full. And you should ''definitely'' go in the direction that [[BearsAreBadNews nice-looking panda]] is pointing in or pull that rope he really, really wants you to pull. You ''totally'' won't fall into a trapdoor and get a Bad Ending screen with Evil Panda laughing over your stupidity!
* You can invoke this in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'': Entering a hiding place gives you the ability to whistle, which lures guards to investigate, allowing you to easily take them out. Hilariously, the opportunity for this is an example in itself, because this can easily send 4 guards your way, more often then not making your discovery guaranteed.
* ''VideoGame/EdEddNEddyTheMisEdventures'': A switch in the Kankers trailer in level 6 with an obvious trapdoor under it is pulled by Eddy, thinking it will lead to his jawbreakers. It doesn't.
** "Stupid Kankers. I'm way too smart for them."
* A tablet in ''LaMulana'' tells you to not read it again, or face death. If you do read it again, you do get divine retribution. Though in the remake, an Anubis is summoned, which given you the short life bar you're likely to have at the first encounter, Lemeza won't last long.
** But since this is a regular Anubis, you can come back with the item that makes you immune to them and take the shmuck bait all you want.
* ''VideoGame/YouHaveToWinTheGame'' has this; one room has a sign telling you it's a bad idea to go left. It's not kidding, as doing so takes you to the beginning of a previous, very difficult room.
* In the ''Franchise/DeadSpace'' series, the Markers are literally bait that the Brethren Moons use to lure entire civilizations into becoming willing sacrifices. Space is "dead" because every race that preceded humanity fell for the same trap, at least in the Milky Way.
* In ''VideoGame/DustAnElysianTail'', half-crazed sidequest giver Reed asks you to find a mysterious box and repeatedly warns you not to open it if you find it...only for [[BumblingSidekick Fidget]] to do so when you're not looking.
* ''Bioshock Infinite'', "Dewitt, stop. Do not alert Comstock to your presence, stop. Whatever you do, do not pick number 77, stop. Lutece."
* The monster houses in the ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' series look innocent enough, initially appearing to simply be empty rooms with a higher number of items in them then usual. However, the moment you set foot in them, close to a dozen enemy Pokemon will appear out of nowhere, and likely put you through a lot of pain if you weren't prepared for it. They also tend to be laden with traps, which can lead to further complications even after getting rid of the enemies if you don't tread cautiously.
* ''VideoGame/SeriousSam'' absolutely ''adores'' this trope. While there are some that are painfully obvious i.e., a +1 Health pickup in the middle of a wide open area that would be ideal for encircling whatever schmuck took that bait and then blasting him to bits, there are some that trigger on picking up certain ''secrets'' as well!
* The ''VideoGame/{{Deadpool}}'' game gives you the option to use a toilet in his appartment. You might think you're going to get a quick quip about that option but, no, he sits down and uses the bathroom in real time and calls you a freak for choosing this option.
* The Vault in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' contains [[spoiler:The Destroyer]] and not the great riches promised but never seen.
** Also the main quest Jaynistown: Getting What's Coming To You is an obvious trap... [[ButThouMust which you have to trigger.]]
** And the ''Claptrap Rescue'' mission in the Robot Revolution DLC [[spoiler: it's an ambush]]
* In ''VideoGame/CookieClicker'', the game tells you it's a bad idea to purchase the late-game upgrades "One Mind", "Communal Brainsweep", and "Elder Pact" in their descriptions and gives you a series of increasingly omnious warning messages if you attempt to buy them. If you go ahead and buy them anyway, expect for [[SurpriseCreepy strange things]] to happen to your game screen.
* The Story Nexus game "Final Girl" has an option to take a bath at one point, but mentions it's an obvious trap.
* The potion is the "Drink Me" sequence in VideoGame/DragonsLair.
* The cake[[note]]Which, needless to say "is a(n obvious) lie"[[/note]] in VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii.
* Never use the "pause" function in a RhythmGame; no matter how much it looks like "pause", when you unpause it will be revealed that it was actually [[GameOver "quit"]].
* In {{Videogame/Mardek}} Chapter 3, during the Sun Temple, you come across a save point. In the same room you find a conspicuous chest in the middle of your path. Opening that chest will unleash a Griffen that will crush you if unprepared. If you're using the official walkthrough though you'll be informed beforehand.
** On a bigger note, after clearing the Sun Temple and gaining access to the world map you can go to a place called the "Desert Path." There is nothing special about the Desert Path except for a cave. Inside the cave is a save point and another conspicuous chest. The walkthrough doesn't tell you anything about this chest. You'd better have learned from your previous encounter with the Griffen and save before opening it. [[spoiler: Opening the chest will get you [[CurbStompBattle ruined]] by the [[BonusBoss Bone Demon]] inside that's meant to be fought at the end of the game. Beating him however grants you the InfinityPlusOneSword for a hirable [[OptionalPartyMember mercenary]].]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Antichamber}}'': "Don't look down."
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