Schmuck Bait: Comic Books

  • One Superboy comic contains what could be the ultimate in Schmuck Bait. A cage with a big sign that says "Luthor Trap to Catch Superboy" and one over the door that says "Enter here, please." He does. The bars are Kryptonite. It's too bad it was All Just a Dream. Otherwise that would definitely be Lex Luthor's Crowning Moment of Awesome. It's such an obvious trap that even the narrator gives up on Superboy.
  • An issue of Ultimate Spider-Man features Jean Grey accidentally setting up her own Schmuck Bait, and getting both Peter and herself caught in it when she congratulates him on not mentally picturing her naked. If you didn't get it, she just said the word sequence "Picture me naked" to a teenage boy. And she's one of the most powerful psychics in the universe. It then runs into an Overly Long Gag as Peter tries to stop thinking about Jean Gray naked.
  • In Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, the bright yellow logo on Batman's chest is revealed to be Schmuck Bait, as he deliberately included this target in his costume to bait Mooks into shooting at his well-armored chest, not his head.
  • The Punisher has said the same thing. He wears the skull on his chest (over his body armor) so they don't shoot the one in his head.
  • Batman: The Batmobile has an unlabeled large bright shiny red button in easy reach of the driver's side. When pressed, it floods the car with sleeping gas, the driver's side first and foremost. Why? In case the Joker ever steals it. Because The Joker would never be able to resist pushing an unlabeled large bright shiny red button just to see what happens.
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws: A long, empty corridor that leads to the McGuffin and gives your War Trained Princess the creeps? Seems fine.
  • Lampshaded by Rainbow Dash in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW), assured that the Queen's plan is just a trap for the Mane Six.
  • Employed in a Felix the Cat comic where he figures out that the person who just stole a set of jewelry is a compulsive reader. So he has the police set up upside-down signs around the city and waits for someone to do a handstand to read the sign and have the jewelry fall out of their pockets.
  • Ultra Comics #1. Its cover has the eponymous Ultra warning the reader that only they can save the universe and themselves by not reading this comic. Earth-20's Atom didn't heed the warning in Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors from the Counter-World #1. Will you?