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->''"Like new parents, spies take preventative measures to ensure a safe environment. Only instead of baby-proofing cabinets and electrical sockets, they use more extreme methods."''
-->-- ''Series/BurnNotice''

A version of the DeathTrap, except instead of the good guys being put into it, they have to somehow get past it to achieve their objective. Such devices will usually gruesomely kill the first RedShirt sent into it before the hero correctly figures out how to get past.

Otherwise, most such traps act in exactly the same way as {{Death Trap}}s. Explosives are a particular favorite, as they will also destroy the installation involved. Expect a [[DefensiveFeintTrap retreating character to trick a pursuer into it.]] Naturally a feature of the DeathCourse and TempleOfDoom. The TrapMaster has this as an M.O. and will plant such traps at every opportunity.

If you're looking for that ''other'' kind of [[BuxomIsBetter Booby]] Trap, see the MarshmallowHell page.

Also, please note that while [[GenreSavvy some good guys]] and definitely the audience knows when and where the booby trap is, [[GenreBlindness most characters just don't have these privileges]]. [[ContractualGenreBlindness Unless they feel compelled to do things the "right" way]]. Booby traps, being indirect weapons, are not very discriminating about who they go off on, and are [[FinaglesLaw just as likely]] to hurt someone that you ''don't'' want hurt (or [[HoistByHisOwnPetard even yourself]]) as your enemy.

Obviously, TruthInTelevision. Keep in mind, however, that in most countries booby traps are illegal and if they kill someone you'll likely face jail time. This includes incidences of home invasion by a thief.

Compare and contrast TrickBomb.



* A commercial for Toyota features a seemingly HappilyMarried couple, who've rigged the entire house with death traps, to prevent one another from getting to their RAV-4 before the other.

* When visiting an AbandonedHospital in ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'', Sousuke suspects that a telephone that suddenly starts to ring is a BoobyTrap (when in fact, it was "just" set up to scare him and Chidori), commenting that one of his friends was killed with such a device before.
** In the ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' novel "Burning One Man Force", [[spoiler: Kurama sets up a booby trap for Sousuke in the arena, which succeeds in dislocating Sousuke's left arm, and giving Kurama the time to deliver an almost lethal shot.]]
* When Lupin and his gang go after the Zufu national treasury in ''Anime/LupinIIIDeadOrAlive'', they find it is protected against thieves by programmed {{Nanomachines}}. It beats Lupin twice before the gang is finally able to fool the traps.
* As mentioned on the quotes page, "Booby Trap" is the title of the first episode of ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' (and ''Anime/{{Robotech}}''). It refers to the SDF-1/''Macross'' having been set up to automatically fire at any Zentradi ships when they approached it.
* In Gunsmith Cats OVA Roy and a Co-worker investigate a scene and find the suspect dead. Roy Moves the body carefully to find a primed grenade waiting, he re-pins it only for his co-worker to pick up the phone. Roy screams not to touch anything. Nothing happens until The Phone is hung up.......BOOOM!
* In an early episode of ''Manga/SgtFrog'', Giroro rigs the Hinata household with these to ensure no one gets in the way. This requires a quick definition which the GagDub makes the obvious joke on.
-->'''Narrator''': A booby trap is a bomb that's attached to something. Contrary to popular opinion, it has nothing to do with a woman's bosom...99.9 percent of the time.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* Hunter heroes in ShadowEra can cast some trap cards, such as "Spike Trap" that either harm or kill any monster summoned after it is cast.

* ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'' has a rat soaked in kerosene, set into a hole in wall of the bad guy's HQ and then set on fire.
* During the ComicBook/ElfQuest ''Shards'' storyline, the elves follow Two-Edge's secret tunnels under the Citadel. Two-Edge (being the half-crazy engineer he is) has booby traps to supplement the obvious barriers he's planted.
* ''ComicBook/TheFabulousFurryFreakBrothers'' are alarmed to hear the police can break into homes without knocking, so they booby trap the apartment with falling bowling balls, high-voltage wires - then they have Fat Freddy go to the store, telling him "Don't forget to be careful coming back in". He walks along repeating the mantra...then forgets what he was going to get. He rushes back in and, well...
* ''ComicBook/ButtonMan'': Harry is prety adept at making them, setting various traps in the forest near his home turf to take out all the other Button Men who are after him. Unfortunately however, [[spoiler:his best friend Wiley walks into one by mistake.]]
* Betty of ''ComicBook/RatQueens'' carries a bag of candy mixed with poison just in case her stuff gets stolen. It pays off when she's captured by goblins who immediately gorge themselves and die.

* The ladies of the Replica elite from ''FanFic/AeonNatumEngel'' love these.
* In the Literature/{{Worm}} x Videogame/{{Dishonored}} crossover fanfic, ''FanFic/AChangeOfPace'', the Bone Carver that builds the StalkerShrine for the Outsider, sets up a [[TrickBomb razorwire mine]] to deal with the person stealing his runes. Taylor mentions it [[ForeseeingMyDeath "killed her once"]] before she and Glory Girl bypass it to get the rune and mask.
* In ''Fanfic/TheWitchOfTheEverfree'', on top of all the traps ''already'' in the Princesses' old castle, Sunset adds some new ones of her own.
** She also sets up a huge one for Celestia during the Summer Sun Celebration, which she repurposes for [[spoiler:use against Nightmare Moon]] when it becomes clear that [[spoiler:she actually exists]]. [[StuffBlowingUp It levels half of Ponyville's town hall when it goes off]].
* ''[[FanFic/RealityChecksNyxverse Nyx's Family]]'': Rainbow Dash expects the Tomb of the Founders to have these, but Twilight and Professor Dubious insist (correctly) that there aren't - the tomb was in constant use, and putting up traps would just endanger the ponies using it. In his efforts to point out how ridiculous the idea is, Dubious then compares it to "laying booby traps around your kitchen", and is rather dumbfounded when Rainbow Dash says she HAS had to booby-trap her kitchen from time to time (non-lethally, of course), and explains why:
--> '''Rainbow Dash:''' "You've never tried to keep a batch of fresh muffins away from Derpy."

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'', the ''entire'' titular planet is booby trapped.
* Laird set up one long ago in the castle dungeon in ''WesternAnimation/ThePrincessAndThePea''. He tried to lead Rollo into it until Fearless set it off.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'': Blowing up the Enterprise with the Klingons on board.
* ''Film/BlazingSaddles''. The citizens of the town of Rock Ridge create a fake Rock Ridge filled with explosives as a giant trap for Hedy Lamaar's army.
** [[RunningGag That's]] ''[[RunningGag Hedley!]]''
* ''Film/TheGoonies'': Several, including a couple examples of the RubeGoldbergDevice. Data, in his [[{{Engrish}} broken English]], calls them "[[{{Malaproper}} Booty Traps]]".
* ''Film/TheBeastOfWar'' (1988). The Soviet tank crew leaves one of their own comrades tied to a rock with a grenade under his head. ("If you want anything, just nod.")
* ''Film/BlownAway'' centers on an bombmaker hounding a bomb disposal officer by rigging booby trapped bombs. The devices are cruelly ingenious in foreseeing how the bomb squad will work. At several points the camera passes through the scene and into the workings of the bomb in what appears to be a continuous take, striking shots which highlight, almost fetishistically, the workings of the device.
* Franchise/IndianaJones, being an AdventurerArchaeologist who frequently explores [[TempleOfDoom ancient tombs and ruins]], deals with these on [[ButForMeItWasTuesday any given day]].
* A rare heroic example - Marv sets up a few of these for Kevin in ''Film/SinCity''.
* Film/ConanTheBarbarian sets up a number of these in preparation for the Battle of the Mounds, including one calculated to take advantage of Thorgrim's penchant for smashing enemies' heads in with his [[DropTheHammer big two-handed hammer]], which gets the dumb brute ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice.
* In ''Film/TheRoadWarrior'', Max's gas tank is set to explode if anyone tries to steal from it.
* Part of the appeal of the ''Film/HomeAlone'' series is during the final segments of the movies, watching Kevin set up some ingeniously nasty traps for Harry and Marv to stumble into. A good number of these traps, particularly in the second movie, would probably kill those who stumbled into them, but Harry and Marv are {{Iron Butt Monkey}}s, so apart from getting banged up, neither of them get fatally hurt.
* In ''Film/RedDawn1984'', the Wolverines leave the dying Toni Mason's body behind for the Russians to collect, with a live grenade wedged beneath her body.
* In ''Film/BuffaloSoldiers'' a booby trapped drop box kills [[spoiler: Stoney]]. We later find out that it was set by [[spoiler: Sergeant Lee]].
* ''Brannigan'' (1975). Creator/JohnWayne is targeted by a hit-man who rigs up a SawnOffShotgun behind his hotel room door. In case this fails, the hit-man plants a bomb in the toilet as well, knowing that a near-death experience would lead to a BringMyBrownPants reaction. Fortunately the Duke is smart enough to dodge both traps.
* ''The Soldier'' (1982). The hero forces his way into the US Embassy at gunpoint and has them place a phone call to his superior in the CIA, who turns on his desklamp to take down the message. Unfortunately a terrorist has filled the bulb with a flammable liquid that explodes when the light is turned on, killing the man and preventing the Soldier from verifying his identity and passing on what he's discovered.
* Early in ''Film/AguirreTheWrathOfGod'', a Spaniard exploring the jungle walks into a sling which draws him up into a tree by some unseen contraption. Moments later we see blood dripping from above, revealing that the man has met his doom, although we do not see how.
* ''Film/MaskedAvengers'': The bad guys' lair is filled with booby traps, which cause such [[SarcasmMode lovely]] deaths as [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe being cut in half]], shot with arrows, impaled on spikes and melted by acid.
* ''Film/{{Replicant}}'': Garrote rigs a bomb to his computer that is triggered by a signal sent to his printer in case the cops came looking around his apartment.
* ''Film/{{Rampage|2009}}'': In the second and third movies Bill Williamson starts to use booby traps against the authorities pursuing him, primarily bombs and mines.
* In ''Film/CrocodileDundee'' 2, Mick uses a variety of non-lethal booby traps to pick off the goons hunting him and Sue in the Australian Outback. Including one that uses [[VisualPun Sue's bra]] as bait.

* In Creator/DanAbnett's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} novel ''Literature/BrothersOfTheSnake'', a squad of Space Marines finds one portion of Dark Eldar defense particularly fierce. Breaking in, they find that the eldar had left explosives in the phosphorus mines; they lug them off before they can explode.
* ''Literature/TheEnglishPatient'' is set in areas of UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo Italy that have been thoroughly boobytrapped by the retreating Axis. One of the main characters, Kip, is a sapper with the British army; the presence of unexploded bombs and mines is what brings him to the villa where the other protagonists live.
* [[Literature/XWingSeries Rogue Squadron]], when the world they were hiding on was discovered, left a lot of explosive traps for the Imperials. Said Imperials did work their way through all of them, but exactly what they were trying to achieve is up in the air. They didn't need anything that had been left on that world and they knew the Rogues had already left.
* In ''Literature/KissMeDeadly'' TheMafia leaves a brand new Ford for PrivateDetective Literature/MikeHammer as a bribe, with several sticks of dynamite attached to the ignition. Figuring he's smart enough to figure that out, they have a second bomb hidden underneath wired to the odometer. Fortunately Mike has a mechanic check out the car thoroughly. Later when two hitmen take him for a ride, Hammer lets them think he's missed the second bomb; the hitman driving instinctively slams on the brakes, giving Hammer a chance to overpower them both.
* A smuggler's encampment in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' is surrounded by such traps.
* ''Literature/AdventureHunters'': Lisa and Artorius have a running bet whenever they go treasure hunting: "What do you think? Giant boulder or rushing water?"
* In the ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novel ''Salvation's Reach'', the Ghosts attack a heavily fortified Chaos facility on an asteroid. While one group stages a frontal assault as a diversion, the rest of the regiment are trying to infiltrate from the others side through sections of the facility that have been abandoned. However, the Chaos forces booby trapped all the unused rooms and teams of sappers and specially trained snipers have to go ahead of the main force and painstakingly disarm all the traps. As they get deeper into the facility, the traps get more elaborate and the soldiers get tired and start making mistakes. The success of the mission hinges on whether the Ghosts can reach their target before they run out of sappers.
* In ''Literature/TheWitchlands'', the Nomatsi roads are packed up to brim with traps, ranging from snares and poisonous plants to spike holes and bear traps. They are marked in a way that only someone raised among the Nomatsi would notice and recognize, as their main purpose is to discourage or kill any outsider who'd wish to enter a Nomatsi camp.

[[folder:Newspaper Cartoons]]
* One of Bill Mauldin's UsefulNotes/WorldWarII cartoons showed a couple of Germans rigging a disabled tank ... unaware that American troops were already close enough that they could have reached out and touched them. The caption is an American saying, "Dang clever booby trap! I kinda hate to disturb 'em..."

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. Naturally only Captain Kirk can get away with a fake booby trap to win the day.
* At least one episode of ''Series/FoylesWar'' had a murder committed using the booby trap techniques which were being taught to the Home Guard in case of invasion.
* Admiral Chegwidden's girlfriend is killed by a booby trap, set up by an old rival, in front of him on his own porch in the ''Series/{{JAG}}'' episode "Ghosts".
* On ''Series/{{Strikeback}}'' during a mission Stonebridge FailedASpotCheck and almost got the team killed when he missed a basic grenade-with-a-wire booby-trap in a room he was securing. Stonebridge is suffering from PTSD and such a rookie mistake means that he is way off his game and should not be in the field.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Gordon makes not one but two traps for Sam, so that the first one would act as a RedHerring and Sam wouldn't expect the second one, which triggered an explosion.
* The Mexican drug cartel in ''Series/BreakingBad'' sets one for the DEA in the form of a large tortoise with "Hola DEA" painted on the side ... and the severed head of "El Tortuga", a cartel member turned DEA informant, riding atop it. When one of the agents picks up the head, it sets off the explosives concealed beneath it.
* On ''Series/TrueDetective'', Marty and Rust discover a meth lab booby trapped with grenades. One of the cookers runs and gets blown to bits by them.
* In one episode of ''Series/BabylonFive'', Sinclair and Ivanova are exploring the planet the titular space station is orbiting. At one point the pair come across a long-dead body; Sinclair, being GenreSavvy, realizes the next hallway is likely trapped and throws a stone down that hall to check. Sure enough, a ''lot'' of death lasers light up that hallway.
-->'''[[DeadpanSnarker Ivanova]]''': Well, that'll cut down on tourism.
* Providing the page quote, ''Series/BurnNotice''. starting from the pilot onward, Michael Westen would [[MacGyvering MacGyver]] up a booby trap based on whatever he can find on-hand. He potentially outdid Series/MacGyver for the sheer number of improvised traps and distractions.
--> '''Michael''' (narrating in the pilot): ''For a job like getting rid of the drug dealer next door, I'll take a hardware store over a gun any day. Guns make you stupid; better to fight your wars with duct tape. Duct tape makes you smart.''
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric "The Curse of Fenric"]], Commander Millington booby traps his chess set. Ace and the Doctor set off a gas grenade, which Doctor defeats by placing a wastepaper basket on top of it. Ace then comments that it was lucky that he used a gas grenade, and if it had been herm she would placed a couple of sticks of dynamite under the table. With sudden realization, Ace and the Doctor both then look under the table and bolt. A few seconds later, the table blows up.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* A staple during pretty much any old-school DungeonCrawling in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons.'' Particularly fiendish {{Game Master}}s love filling their dungeons with these.
** Taken ''UpToEleven'' with the Combat Trapsmith in 3.5. They specialize in being able to set up simple traps in the middle of a fight and are capable of trapping a small area within seconds.
* In ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil'', more Security dots in Safehouse merit means that your hiding place is rigged with those kind of mechanism. The illustration is a triggered shotgun.
* Partly this trope and partly TakingYouWithMe, ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' features Booby Trapped units, which have explosives placed in them. This can be anything from [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Buffalo innocuous transports]] to [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Banzai expensive experimental Battlemechs]]. Using it often involve baiting enemies into approaching the unit either to capture or defeat it, only to find themselves at the center of a cloud of explosions and shrapnel. Notably, primitive booby traps built to resemble fully functioning Battlemechs (even featuring basic weapons that could fire and deal damage) successfully lured in [[ProudWarriorRace Clans Smoke Jaguar and Nova Cat]] at the Battle of Luthien, tricking them into charging into what they thought were the defending lines to start making kills, only to get much of their force annihilated once the whole field of Mech-shaped bombs went off.
* Along with traps set by sentient creatures heroes in ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' also have to contend with the trip line spider, a giant Venusian arachnid who puts both the [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi ewoks]] and the [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietcong]] to shame.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/SilentStorm Silent Storm]]'' and it's sequel ''S3: Sentinels'', it's more than likely you will stumble upon a rigged chest or door. Having a skilled engineer around can save a lot of folks failing spot checks- and they're also useful when you lay your own traps for enemies to stumble upon.
* Jagged Alliance and it's sequel both had numerous areas littered with mines or booby-trapped boxes.
* [[CloudCuckoolander Arcueid]] apparently booby traps her underwear drawer, if that's as accurate a detail of Shiki's life as a lot of other things were in [[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} Kagetsu Tohya]]. The trap? A magical talking leopard that pops out and eats you. Yes. Really.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' features a [[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Fallout_3_traps wide variety]] of booby traps. Don't be surprised when you:
** Get hit by a swinging cow, log or I-beam chained to a ceiling.
** [[ExplosiveInstrumentation Try to use a computer, only to have it explode in your face]].
** Get your leg crippled by a {{bear trap}}.
** Exploding mail boxes
** Encounter one of several types of [[LandMineGoesClick plain ol' fashioned mines]] (which come in frag, plasma and EMP flavours) which you can disarm and replant yourself.
** Get shot by a {{pressure plate}}- or tripwire- activated shotgun sitting on a nearby bench.
** Get [[FallingChandelierOfDoom grenades hanging from a ceiling]] dropped on your head.
** [[EveryCarIsAPinto Exploding nuclear-powered cars]]
** Get pelted with baseballs by a pitching machine
** Ignite a gasleak with gunfire or explosives
** and all sorts of other booby fun!
*** You even get a perk which makes you invulnerable to tripwires, mines etc by allowing you to walk over them without triggering them (hard luck if an enemy or ally gets too close though).
*** Don't forget the [[BabyBoomers exploding baby carriages]].
** The ''Point Lookout'' sidequest "The Velvet Curtain" leads you to a Chinese spy bunker, where upon activating the extraction terminal in the basement, [[GasChamber the door locks and radiation starts venting into the room]]. If you don't have a high enough repair skill, you're doomed. This was meant to be a double-cross for the Chinese agent who died at the Turtledove Detention Camp. While not lethal ([[CriticalExistenceFailure unless you're low on health]]), the Calvert Mansion has a [[FloorboardFailure collapsing floor trap]] that drops you into its basement.
** [[SmashingHallwayTrapsOfDoom Trash compactors]] in the Waste Disposal area of ''Mothership Zeta''.
*** These are ''not at all'' like the slow sideways crushing trash compactors in ''Franchise/StarWars'', but lightning-fast power hammers smashing down from the ceiling. Fortunately for the player, they're more of a "hazard" than a "trap": they're timed rather than triggered by proximity.
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has all of the above. Also concealed mines which don't glow. Finding (or being victim to) them in an area full of corpses, without finding evidence that someone CrazyPrepared set them up, is usually evidence in itself that Caesar's Legion is responsible for said corpses.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' continues the tradition. In some cases, the Raiders go so far as to set up elaborate death mazes full of booby traps.
** ''Nuka-World'' has the Gauntlet, which is one of these death mazes. There's also a booby-trapped haunted house attraction on the outskirts of the park.
* In ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' Terran players can set up hidden land mines.
** And in ''Warcraft III'', any side can buy landmines from the goblins and lay them around the place. They turn invisible, so most units won't see them.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', many dungeons have booby traps in them. It is [[ArtificialStupidity pathetically easy to kill the people who set them up with them.]]
** Well, it ''would'' be, if the booby traps weren't so slow moving and badly designed...
** One dungeon in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' has what can only be [[http://steamcommunity.com/id/StarSword_C/screenshot/452848054054451402 the most obvious booby trap ever]][[note]]Bit of FridgeBrilliance: this trap was set up by a literally *blind* race of snow elves[[/note]]. By contrast, there are some booby traps in Dwemer ruins that can be really deadly. One type can only be described as a helicopter rotor in a trench; it can take out a [[GiantMook steam centurion]] in two hits.
** Though once you recognise the pattern Dwemer traps can be surprisingly easy to realize are there: they tend to be colour-coded[[note]]Which makes sense when one realizes that the main target for the traps would have been the aforementioned blind elves[[/note]]. Some of the traps appear to be less trap and more dangerous machinery, as well.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Stronghold}}'' series, players can set up all sorts of traps for their enemies, such as sand-covered pits or cages full of starved wolves that open up when enemies get too close.
* Pills and armor shards often trigger ambushes in ''VideoGame/SeriousSam''.
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife'':
** ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' has mines which can be set off via their blue/green laser tripwires and sentries which can be set off by nearby red beams[[note]]why they didn't simply have the sentries shoot anyone who walked past, as some indeed do, is anyone's guess[[/note]], the former are one of the available weapons.
** ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' has "hopper mines" which can be wrenched off the ground with the gravity gun and replanted[[note]]detonating when enemies approached rather than you or allies[[/note]] or simply punted for a quick explosion, as well as several traps in zombie infested [[GhostTown Ravenholm]]: re-purposed gas mains, blades on car engines and cars on pulleys.
* The ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters'' series has both remote and automated land mines as weapons.
* Ah, the horrible, horrible things you can do in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress''. From the simple "stone-fall trap" (which, as one would expect, drops a rock on something's head) to sections of hallway loaded with ten [[ChainsawGood giant serrated whirling discs]] to fully-fledged {{Death Trap}}s, the game lets you [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential indulge your horrible little imagination]] endlessly.
* These are half the "fun" of ''VideoGame/TheresiaDearEmile'', and an excellent reason not to TryEverything. Just after the title sequence, attempting to move a stretcher and see what's behind it makes it ''fire arrows at you''--and it only gets worse from there.
* The ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia'' series has ''lots'' of traps. SpikesOfDoom? Yup. Snapping metal jaws? Yup. Wall-mounted scythes or buzzsaws? Yup. SmashingHallwayTrapsOfDoom? Yup. Bladed pendulums? Yup. Spinning poles covered in spikes? Yup. The list goes on and on. Frequently combined with DeathCourse for extra fun.
* It simply wasn't ''Franchise/TombRaider'' without these. Huge rolling boulders, trap doors that gave way, spikes, lava pits...the list goes on and on.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil1'' had several of these peppered inside the mansion; one room would [[GasChamber fill with poison gas]] if you didn't seal the vents before pressing a button and another room would have the [[DescendingCeiling ceiling come down on you]] if you take the shotgun from the room next door. The underground leading to the laboratory had huge boulders that would start rolling down your path, crushing you instantly if you didn't find a place to duck into. The remake adds a few more traps, such an [[AdvancingWallOfDoom advancing spinning blade of doom]] and [[TheWallsAreClosingIn crushing walls]]. They occur throughout the rest of the series, including [[SpikesOfDoom spiked]] {{pit trap}}s and [[DescendingCeiling ceilings]], pitfalls into {{bottomless pit}}s, DeadlyGas traps as previously mentioned, a SaunaOfDeath, tripwire bombs, a gauntlet of pendulums, SmashingHallwayTrapsOfDoom, falling heavy objects, {{laser hallway}}s, {{Living Statue}}s, {{lava pit}}s, etc.
* ''VideoGame/ProjectReality'' has accurate depictions of Improvised Explosive Devices ([=IED=]'s) which are often used this way, ranging in size and sophistication from a hand grenade in a tin can with a tripwire across a doorway to pipe bombs & artillery shells with a cell phone acting as a remote detonator.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'': [[spoiler:The FinalBoss of the game demonstrates how even a complete idiot can be smart -- and subvert BossArenaIdiocy along the way -- by taking into account the possibility that you might win and placing a trap- sepsfically, a bunch of bombs- on the Stalemate Resolution Button]].
-->[[spoiler:'''Wheatley:''' (triumphantly) PART FIVE: BOOBY-TRAP THE STALEMATE BUTTON!]]
* It's possible In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' to use the Explosive Gel as a booby trap with the right upgrades, it's especially effective when planted at the top of a ladder which results in a flying mook and an instant KO.
* Plentiful in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', from rolling iron balls to pressure plate activated arrow storms. Sen's Fortress is so thick with these that players occasionally roleplay as Indiana Jones while running through it.
* Pyramids in ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' have TNT traps hidden from view. When you enter a pyramid and destroy the blue wool block, you can see 4 chests below and a pressure plate. Stepping on the plate triggers the TNT and will most likely kill you, but it will definitely destroy the chests and their contents.
** In a similar fashion, jungle temples have tripwires that, when tripped or destroyed without using shears, will activate a nearby dispenser that will fire arrows at you.
** The trope can be invoked by the player themselves with nearly any block they can use, such as pressure plates, TNT, pistons, etc.
* A staple of ''VideoGame/MetalGear''. {{Trap door}}s, [[GasChamber poison gas traps]], laser cannons, laser tripwires rigged to explosives, rolling spiked cylinders, crushers, electrified floors, {{sentry gun}}s, and the list goes on.
* Rico Muerte's hotel room in ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' is booby trapped with a sawed-off shotgun set to go off when someone opens the door.
* The main weapons in ''ComicStrip/SpyVsSpy'', which include a gun on a tripwire, a CartoonBomb, a giant spring, an [[BucketBoobyTrap electrified water bucket]], and a TimeBomb.
* In ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'', when Manny and Glottis attempt to retrieve their CoolCar from its garage after two years of travelling without it, they discover that it is surrounded by an elaborate set of dominoes that will trigger a bomb if disturbed. (Glottis's question about who could've done this seems a little odd, what's with one of the villains being named Domino and all...)
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' franchise has had these in spades since the beginning. Razor traps, flying tiles and pots, landmines, rotating spiked cylinders, guillotines, [[SmashingHallwayTrapsOfDoom crushing ceilings and walls]], fake switches that release bombs or enemies, fake doors that fall on Link, fake treasure chests, etc
* One of the [[DeathWorld many]] [[EverythingTryingToKillYou many,]] ''many'' threats in {{Videogame/Metro2033}}. They come in the shotgun-with-tripwire form, the pipe bomb-with-tripwire form, and the falling-log-with-nails-in-it form. Any of these can and will ruin your day if you don't look where you're going.
* ''VideoGame/SniperElite'', ''VideoGame/SniperEliteV2'', and ''VideoGame/SniperEliteIII'': You have land mines, trip mines, and explosives to place in doorways, along stairs, etc.
* The ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest'' series includes: Collapsing bridges, grates with monsters lurking underneath, laser fences, [[LaserHallway hallways lined with invisible laser traps]], DisintegratorRay-equipped slot machines, sticky trees that get you eaten alive by insects, acid pits, conveyor belts leading to shredding machines, and many more.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' and Platinum, you set these for other players in the Underground.
* ''VideoGame/SoldierOfFortune II'' has tripwire mines in some levels, which the player can disarm.
* In the ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' series, Care Packages can be rigged to explode when an opponent attempts to capture them.
* An obligatory obstacle in ''VideoGame/{{Lemmings}}'', including 10-ton weights, bear traps, rope snares, needles, crushing pistons, shredders, flame jets, and disintegrators.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' has this in varying flavors. Games like ''Renegade'' feature land mines, which tend to be placed to deter infantry. ''Generals,'' on the other hand, has the ability to lay entire minefields to destroy enemy units, as well as a GLA item called the Demo Trap--little more than a barrel of unknown dangerous stuff hidden from view that exploded either by proximity or on command. ''Red Alert'' featured more proactive traps, including a nasty Soviet trick called the Terror Drone Surprise, which causes vehicles to eject a nasty hidden AttackDrone when destroyed.
* In ''VideoGame/RickDangerous'' and its sequel, booby traps provide most of the challenge. They're as deadly to the enemies as they are to the player.
* ''VideoGame/LeadAndGold'': The trapper's special ability is setting up {{bear trap}}s.
* In ''VideoGame/OriAndTheBlindForest'', Nibel is rife with familiar and not-so-familiar traps, many of which were [[MalevolentArchitecture constructed by]] [[{{Precursors}} the Ancients]], others which originated following [[FisherKing Kuro's defilement of the Spirit Tree and the subsequent decay of the forest]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', in addition to the traps from ''Fallout 3'' and ''Fallout: New Vegas'', some doors and containers are rigged with Makeshift Bombs which will detonate and possibly instantly kill the player character if opened, and some rooms have motion-detecting cymbal monkey toys which might alert others to your presence or even trigger mines.
* ''VideoGame/SystemShock'' is full of them. One example occurs in a mission where you have to blow up a bunch of satellite arrays with a massive explosive; once you set the explosive [[TheAIIsACrapshoot the malevolent AI in charge of the station]] locks the door behind you and instructs you to [[SarcasmMode make yourself at home]]. A more common example is live landmines being mixed in with explosive caches and mulching incautious players trying to pick them up.

* ''Webcomic/GarnetAndGure''[='s=] animated short, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afa3E3JLS74 Bad Enough Dude]] focuses on the evil Dr. Upsetrose needing to call tech support for his "Montenegro spiked ceiling death apparatus".
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Vaarsuvius' RunningGag, "I prepared Explosive Runes this morning."
* Webcomic/KarateBears have the ability to actually [[http://www.karatebears.com/2011/12/wait-i-sense-something.html detect such traps.]] Like in Dungeons and Dragons.
* A literal one in ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}}'' in which [[PlayingWithFire Cin]][[FieryRedhead na]] wore a couple of water balloons in order to "pad herself up" when she was forced to play TheBait to lure [[PsychoElectro Rendo]] away from his comrades. (The lightning users are vulnerable to water attacks because it increases the risk of electrocuting themselves.) [[CrowningMomentOfFunny The funniest moment so far in the comic.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Here's one for the literal Booby Trappers-In the WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker short ''Drooler's Delight'', a crossdressing Woody [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids allows Buzz Buzzard to reach into the top of the dress...]] only to have a bear trap clamp down on his hand.
** HilariousInHindsight: [[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit Jessica Rabbit]] would repeat this feat many decades later.
* As WesternAnimation/BeastWars' Megatron once said:
---> "When expecting booby traps, always send the boob in first."
** Similarly, in the original ''{{Transformers}}'' series episode "Prime Target," when Astrotrain and Blitzwing blunder into a booby trap that Optimus Prime has just avoided, Prime says,
---> "Now, how do you like that? A booby trap that [[AccidentalInnuendo actually catches boobies]]!"
* Several of the ''WesternAnimation/PrivateSnafu'' cartoons were made to educate soldiers to the dangers of booby traps.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'', Rabbit gets so upset with the others wrecking his garden that he turns it into a fortress surrounded by booby traps. Leads to this line:
-->'''Tigger''': I'll lead around them booby traps. [[AccidentalInnuendo Tiggers are experts on trapping boobies, you know.]]
* Done regularly in every incarnation of ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' that features Fred Jones.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E3CastleManeia "Castle Mane-ia"]] shows that Celestia and Luna's old castle has these. They were installed so the Princesses can play around with each other.
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E2TheCrystalEmpirePart2 "The Crystal Empire - Part 2"]] shows [[spoiler:King Sombra hid the Crystal Heart behind a lot of these.]]
* Itís ''definitely'' easier to list the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoons that donít use this trope Ė especially if a certain coyote is using them Ė than those that do.
** In WesternAnimation/BullyForBugs, Bugs says this word for word when describing a shotgun he's hiding behind the cape.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Booby_trap Wikipedia]] will tell you more than you ever wanted to know.
* Rigging boobytraps is the bread and butter for TheEngineer. There's an old military saying: "If an engineer wants to get you by the balls, he will."
* It is common in some older areas of Britain to see walls with pieces of broken glass embedded in the cement tops, a common and surprisingly effective variant of this trope. Pretty too, because one can use a mix of clear, blue, and green glass to make the wall top. Illegal now, though you may keep the glass in place if it was already there when you bought the property, provided warning signs are displayed.
* The Viet Cong were very fond of these back in UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, as any veteran of that conflict will tell you.
* A variant of the grenade hooked-to-the-door trick shown in the trope picture was very popular during the Utica, N.Y. mob wars of the 1960s-70s. The hitman would pop the car door of the individual he was hired to make go away, jam a grenade under the gas pedal, then flatten a closet hanger, slip the hook under the grenade pin and then (very carefully) twist the bent middle of the hanger around the inside door handle. Opening the door pulled the pin and the grenade went off just as the vic was sitting down, solving da boss's problem with dispatch. It was used with great success several times before people wised up.