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- One Archie Comics story has Archie and Jughead house-sitting for Mr. Lodge. Although the mansion has a sophisticated security system, the boys decide to play it safe and add some extra anti-burglar defenses, involving the usual buckets of water, tin cans, flypaper, etc. Of course, Mr. Lodge comes home and walks into all the booby traps.
- Home Alone is the Trope Namer and Trope Codifier. While the majority of the film is actually about a boy's attempts to live on his own after accidentally being left behind by his parents, and how he manages buying food, tricking people into thinking there are others in the house, and so on, the movie was overwhelmingly remembered for its ending, which consists of the boy setting traps for robbers that are planning to rob his house, and them getting caught in them. The traps only get more violent and extreme in the second movie.note
- It should be pointed out that, in at least the first two Home Alone films, some of the traps were made worse, or entirely created, by the bad guys as they bumbled around. In fact, in both movies, Keven was caught and would have been killed if there wasn't an intervention by an adult. In the first, the bad guys even catch up to Kevin early, and would have killed him had Kevin not been lucky enough to be within arms reach of his brother's spider.
- MouseHunt is this but replaces the child with a rodent. Hilarity Ensues of course.
- The Richie Rich live-action movie turned into this near the end, as the house's traps were used against the bad guys. This time it was a group of kids using them. This example might be an Actor Allusion too, since Macaulay Culkin starred as Richie as well as the first two Home Alones.
- 3 Ninjas included a scene early on where kidnappers were tripped by traps set by the brothers. It's actually a double subversion since the kids' first plan was to call the police, especially since the robbers have guns, but decide to do it anyway to convince their dad that their grandfather is a good teacher.
- Blank Check is mostly about a kid who lives it up with money he obtained dishonestly, but near the end, he suddenly knows how to use the layout of his castle to stop the bad guys who are out to get him.
- Ping is about a dog that manages to trip up two dumbass robbers who are attempting to rob the house.
- Alone in the Woods involves a boy tricking and tripping up two bad guys as he tries to rescue a kidnap victim.
- Too Much: The Robot With a Heart has Susie and a Japanese boy escape bungling kidnappers/robotnappers by setting traps that they comically fall for, resulting in them making a huge mess of a fish market.
- Subverted in Spy Hard: A bunch of secret agents chasing a Captain Ersatz of Kevin McAllister through a house simply evade and defuse all of the traps.
- Remote is an obscure 90s film where the child protagonist ends up on his own and must battle 3 silly villains all with the help of a… remote control! Or, being more specific, with a variety of remote-controlled toys that the kid (who has an obsession of collecting them that his parents are fed up with) had to hide within the model home that the villains have taken refuge in (and thus he is trapped on).
- Some could make an argument that the climatic battle in Skyfall turned out like this with M setting up explosive traps all around Skyfall Manor for when Silva's men invade the estate. Of course, given Skyfall's theme of "old methods vs. new methods," it's not a stretch to imagine that old-school spies—who likely got their start as soldiers and commandos—learned this stuff as basic training.
- A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)'s climax featured Nancy fighting off Freddy Krueger with booby traps and improvised anti-personnel devices the heroine had been studying earlier in the film.
- Comedy series Cousin Skeeter had an episode where the main characters worked in a toy store that was later robbed by a couple criminals. They use the toys to fight them off.
- In an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show while Rob is away Laura watches a scary movie on TV and is afraid that someone will break into the house. Milly comes over and they set booby-traps at the front door etc. so that whoever might break in will make a loud noise so they can bean him with a baseball bat. Naturally, Rob comes home earlier than expected and trips the homemade alarm.
- In one episode of Clarissa Explains It All, Clarissa and Ferguson are home alone while their parents are on a date night. Naturally, there is a freak thunderstorm which knocks out the power and the phones. When they think someone is trying to break into the house Ferguson sets up a series of improvised traps that hinder the burglar. Unfortunately the lights come back on at that moment revealing the intruder to be their dad.
- One Calvin and Hobbes strip has Calvin's parents come home to find a house full of booby traps, because Calvin watched a scary movie while they were out and then rigged up defenses against a monster attack.
- In a Falls Count Anywhere match in 2010, Chavo Guerrero Jr. takes on Hornswoggle. The match ends in the hallways backstage with a paint can from an unknown source hitting Chavo in the face and knocking him out, allowing Hornswoggle to easily pick up the victory. Macaulay Culkin, most well-known as Kevin from the Trope Namer series of films, even makes a cameo appearance.
- The episode "Home Alone Sweep" from Sooty and Co has Sweep left home alone. He hears sounds outside and starts setting traps for the burglars. However, it turns out that the 'burglar' was actually Matthew, who ends up falling into all of his traps.
- Alone in the Dark 2: During the part you play as Grace you must put in play several traps against the zombies, since you can't attack them directly.
- Tecmo's Deception series is a Bloodier and Gorier example of this.
- Trapt is about a young woman hiding out in her family's castle, while its inhabiting demon gives her the power to set various spiky traps to murder invaders.
- Mr. Bogus:
- In the first act of the episode "Shop Around The Clock", Bogus sets up a series of tactics and scenarios in order to stop Jake and Butch from stealing a priceless crown from the department store. These include controlling a pair of fishing pants, dressing himself up as a conductor to use music instruments to attack Butch, and controlling a fisherman dummy to chase away the two baddies.
- Used again in the first act of the episode "Bogunda, Bogetta & Bogus", this time in the Anybody residence when Jake and Butch return. This time, Bogus is able to keep them deterred by firing light bulbs from a lamp, using a toy mouse to grab them on the nose, and using his shadow projected on the wall to scare them out of the house.
- A regular occurance on Scooby-Doo after a Let's Split Up, Gang when Scooby & Shaggy are on the run from the monster of the week, then set up some kind of elaborate scenario in order to confuse the monster.
- Done almost literally in an episode of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, where Shaggy & Scooby and the gang must defend Shaggy's house and little sister from intruders with nothing but courage and improvised traps. Also justified at first for even though Shaggy's dad is the chief of police they can't call him since the phones are dead. They end up improvising a Bat Signal in order to summon the police.
- In the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog episode "Tails in Charge", Tails sets traps for Scratch and Grounder to get back at them for turning Sonic to stone.
- The Simpsons:
- A Discussed Trope (and giving a Shout-Out to the Trope Namer) yet averted on the episode "Homer Badman". Homer wants to leave the kids alone to go to a candy convention, only for an understandably horrified Marge to say no and call the babysitting service—which sets up the rest of the episode's plot.
- Played straight on the earlier episode "Some Enchanted Evening", where the Simpsons kids are left with a Babysitter from Hell (a serial, Springfield's Most Wanted-caliber thief called "The Babysitting Bandit") while Homer and Marge are out celebrating their anniversary and they knock her out.
- In "Marge on the Lam", Homer decides to go out in the town on his own (after Marge left with Ruth). When Lisa suggests he should hire a babysitter, Homer thinks the kids should be alone so when any robbers come it'll be "a very humorous and entertaining situation", using the movie as an example.
- Parodied in a cutaway gag in the Family Guy episode "Christmas Guy", showing what would happen if the robbers in the trope namer were smart. The results aren't pretty.
- In Clarence, Clarence, Jeff and Sumo set traps after being scared by a show about burglars. Chad comes to the house looking for some backstage passes he left in the house. In a variation of the trope, Clarence recognizes Chad and the kids have to trigger the traps on themselves to keep Chad from being hurt. It ''almost' works.
- My Little Pony Tales: In "The Tea Party", the seven girl ponies have been using an abandoned house for their club meetings. When they discover a group of other ponies stealing the furniture, they booby trap it to deter the thieves from going inside. However, they later discover the "thieves" are actually a family who have been fixing up the place since they would like to move in. The girls, feeling bad about what they have done, help them work on the house.
- Batman: The Animated Series: The episode "I've Got Batman In My Basement" has Batman, well, stuck in the basement of a kid's house while he recuperates from injuries taken while fighting the Penguin. The final act of the story has the Penguin and his goons finding the house and going in, forcing the kid and his friends to improvise a defense using the contents of the Bat-Belt (and still almost getting killed until Batman wakes up and pulls a "Big Damn Heroes" moment). Interestingly, this was one of the episodes that the entire production team (from Timm himself down to the animators) hated to work on the most.
- An episode of the The Little Mermaid TV series did this. Ariel was grounded (or "beached") at the palace while Triton was away, and had to stop two saltwater crocodile thieves from looting the palace.
- Beauty and the Beast has an unusual case — the Enchanted Objects, upon realizing that they won't be able to keep the Angry Mob out of the castle, decide to assemble in the foyer, freeze, and let the humans break in. As soon as LeFou grabs Lumiere to get a better look at things, the candelabra shouts "Now!" and all of the objects begin to attack and/or frighten the mob in various ways, ranging from the Wardrobe jumping off a balcony onto several men to the Footstool tricking others into the kitchen, whereupon the utensil drawers spring open to reveal knives standing at attention and the stove blazes and roars. In short, the defenders are the traps. This manages to Shoo Out the Clowns, leaving only Gaston to actually confront the Beast in the second half of the film's climax. As this film was originally released a year after Home Alone, one of the kid-skewing television ads for it actually focused on this sequence, even using the phrase "home alone" in the announcer's voiceover.