-> ''The easy way is always mined.''
-->-- from '''Murphy's Laws of Combat'''

This occurs when a character is given two choices; one of which sounds much easier, safer or more pleasant than the other. When the "better" option is chosen, it is subsequently revealed that they've actually picked the ''worse'' option without realizing it until it's too late.

Named after a running gag in the film ''ImGonnaGitYouSucka''. Damon Wayans and Kadeem Hardison play EvilMinions who are always being told by other characters that they can leave the building via "[[DestinationDefenestration the window]] or the stairs". Each time, they choose the stairs and each time they get thrown painfully down a long flight of stairs.

For people ''actually'' leaving via the window, see DestinationDefenestration and SuperWindowJump. See also TheEasyWayOrTheHardWay. Contrast SadisticChoice. When someone is ''baited'' into this folly, it's usually SchmuckBait. If the two bad options turn out to be the same, that's MortonsFork. In video games, this is related to PathOfMostResistance.


* ''ImGonnaGitYouSucka'', as described above. The trope is subverted at the end of the film when the protagonist says "There's two ways you can leave this place..." at which point Wayans screams and jumps out the window. This prompts one of the heroes to say, "Didn't he know about the elevator?"
* This is part of [[StarWars Jedi]] philosophy. The DarkSide is the quick and easy path to power, but it will exact a terrible price from you and everyone you care about in the long run. Unless you're okay with that. [[WebVideo/CinemaSins And I am not okay with that.]]

* There is a famous joke where three men have been caught by a tribe of natives and get to choose their sentences. The two options are "Death" and "Nugoba"[[note]]or whatever word AsLongAsItSoundsForeign, other popular choices include "Tchi-Tchi" or "Poontah"[[/note]]. The first man says "Nugoba", thinking that whatever it is has to be better than death. He is immediately raped by all of the men in the village, then released. The second man chooses the same fate, knowing he will at least live after it is over. The third man, too proud to subject himself to such treatment, chooses death. The chief then says "Death...by Nugoba!".
* Many, many jokes about people going to Hell and getting to choose between a traditional torment or another that seems harmless or even desirable, only for the second choice turn out to be TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment.

* Played with in the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/GoingPostal''. Main character Moist von Lipwig is given a choice by Vetinari: He can take over the job of Postmaster General, or walk out a door in Vetinari's office, and Vetinari would never bother him again. Being a GenreSavvy sort of chap, Moist goes to the door, carefully peeks through it, and finds a deep pit where the floor should be. He drops a spoon into the pit, and it doesn't make a sound for a rather long time. He takes the job. [[spoiler:At the end of the book, the BigBad is offered the same choice with a job at the Mint. It isn't stated whether he [[TooDumbToLive walks straight out the door without pausing to look]] or [[IDieFree purposefully did not consent to Vetinari's bargain]], but it seems we will not be hearing from him again.]]
--> '''Vetinari:''' [[spoiler:You have to admire a man who ''really'' believes in freedom of choice. Sadly, he did not believe in angels.]]
** Further played with in ''Discworld/MakingMoney'': Moist is given the same choice, and referred to the same door, on being offered a new job. Having ostentatiously repeated his previous actions he discovers the room now has a perfectly normal floor. When he asks what happened to it, Vetinari claims to have no idea what he's talking about. (Playing With PlayingWithATrope? Where will it end?!!)
* One of the ''{{Dragonology}}'' choose your adventure books subverts this trope. Choose the nice wide gentle path and you make it to the castle safely, choose the narrow twisty trail you make it to a cave and set of a trip wire and get crushed by a boulder.

[[AC:Live Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E1TheRibosOperation "The Ribos Operation"]], the Doctor is given a mission by the White Guardian, and told that "nothing" would happen to him if he refused. The Doctor responds, "What? Nothing? You mean nothing will happen to me?", and the Guardian replies "Nothing at all. (pause) Ever."

* In many a 2D AdventureGame and PlatformGame, the screen will have a set amount of space it can display. If there are 2 paths to take and one has more {{Mooks}} or [[SpikesOfDoom Spikes]], it will be much easier in the long run.
* In Mitra's palace in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'', there are several areas where you have three hallways to choose from. On the floor in front of them, you find a message saying, "Take the long road". The shorter hallways either have a trapdoor that will drop you to the floor below or are lined with damaging floors.
* Episode 3 of ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead: Season Two'' ends with your group wandering through a horde of zombies, using the classic zombie disguise. However, some zombies see through it, and one woman in your gets bitten on the hand. You then have two choices; chop the zombies head in two with your hatchet, or chop the woman's arm off. Over 80% of players chopped it off, because they had recently found out that chopping off the infected area just after someone is bitten can stop the infection spreading. Unfortunately, doing so results in said woman [[spoiler:Letting out a scream that attracted several zombies which killed her immediately.]]

[[AC:Web Original]]
* Used straight in a '''Diceman''' game comic - In one story if you chose to descend the stairs you'd meet a bunch of demons on the way up and get torn to pieces. The other option involved escaping through the window onto clotheslines.

* In ''TheLandBeforeTime'', Cera and the other dinosaurs refuse to follow Littlefoot's instructions on where to go to find the Great Valley, instead taking an easier path. Their "easier path" winds up trapping them all in a deadly lava flow.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', our heroes come across a chasm. Dory was told that they had to go through it, and she tries to tell Marlin, who ignores her and then tricks her into swimming over it, since it seems much safer. They end up in a huge swarm of jellyfish, and they both almost die because of the stings.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheKingOfOmashu "The King of Omashu"]], the eponymous King is putting Aang through a series of tests. For the last one, he tells Aang to choose one of two warriors to fight. [[spoiler:Aang tries to TakeAThirdOption and choose the old, crazy King himself - but he was expecting this, informing Aang that he's an incredibly powerful earthbender and tougher opponent than both of the warriors presented. In fact, he's the strongest in the entire series until Toph comes along, and even then it's debatable.]]
-->'''His Majesty:''' Heh heh, ''wrong'' choice!
* This trope is subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode [[Recap/AdventureTimeS3E23AnotherWay "Another Way"]]. Throughout the episode, Finn keeps being presented with situations that seem to only have one (or two equally bad) options; he insists on finding another way each time, generally resulting in much more distress than necessary.