Schmuck Bait: Web Comics
- In this strip, El Goonish Shive does a Lampshade Hanging on the "dark alleyway" variation as an excuse for revealing Grace's secret:
Grace: Why not go through that gap between the buildings?
Sarah: Hmmm, dark alley... night... two unarmed teenage girls... screams wouldn't be heard over nearby traffic... sounds good, let's go!
Grace: Uhm, wait a second...
- Freefall has "The bright, shiny temptation of the Eject button".
- Subverted in Ursula Vernon's Digger by the eminently sensible and practical title character.
Traveling Merchant: Tell me, wombat — if I gave you a box and told you that it must not be opened, ever, under any circumstances, what would you do?
Digger: Hmmm... Encase it in concrete, probably. Actually, I'd encase it in lead first, if the box materials could take the heat, then in concrete. Then I'd put it in the foundations of a useful public works project. Something they wouldn't be digging up again in a hurry. Grain storage, or mole dung composting... I'd have to check and see what was available... how big a box are we talking about, anyway?
- Proof that the difference between genius and idiocy is only a very fine line indeed, laid out in easily-erased ink.
- And there's also this one.
- The ultimate example. Hint: Click the comic.
- Black Hat Guy even leaves a warning note!
- 8-Bit Theater: This switch.
- Discussed in the Queen of Wands commentary to the horrible, putrid, awful, bad milk strips.
- Cyanide & Happiness has a pretty good example in their animation "The Sign", where police beat anyone who reads a sign that says "Do Not Read".
- The Order of the Stick
- Castle Self-Destruct. Do Not Touch Ever. (No, not even then.)
- Vaarsuvius is fond of using Explosive Runes in this way, so much so that it has become something of a signature spell for him/her.
- "Gosh, I hope none of the adventures comes close to the conspicuously barely guarded gate over there! One touch would utterly destroy it, wink wink!" — Xykon, showing how many ranks he has in Reverse Psychology.
- Gadgeteer Genius Jyrras from Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures has a big red button on the control panel of his main computer, which, if pressed lock the whole system and displays the message: "Warning Idiot Detected By Keyboard"
- In the "Forbidden Door" strips (this specific strip, and the next page, are clean); averted by the Genre Savvy apprentice. "This is what, a moron trap? Fuck off." (Some other strips of that comics are Not Safe for Work.)
- Also played with and lampshaded in "Tribute Day 2" (which is Not Safe for Work), where the Schmuck Bait is avoided due to the intended schmucks' heroic lack of curiosity — revealed after Mistress commented on such a trait being the only thing that would save them.
- College Roomies From Hell
- In The Dementia of Magic, here.
"In the event that someone reading this does try, I wish to preemptively state on the record that I Told You So."
- In Sluggy Freelance, Riff's latest robot, the Mark 19, has a sign over its crotch reading, "Do Not Kick!" Torg kicks it. Hilarity Ensues.
- Castle Heterodyne in Girl Genius is one big, intelligent fortress of Schmuck Bait. "And what's worse is... it likes to think it has a sense of humor."
- More from Studio Foglio: The Winslow in Buck Godot: Zap Gun for Hire. A fuzzy, friendly lizard creature that happens to be the most desirable object in the universe, as almost every race craves to possess it for any number of reasons... and are willing to annihilate the current possessor, planet, race and all, to get it. Not dangerous in itself, but having it is bad for your long-term plans.
- Head Trip strip "For The Critics".
- Bob and George: Whatever you do... For once Megaman is Too Dumb to Fool.
- In Goblins, the treasure plant. Only a danger to the stupidest of adventurers.
- In Captain SNES, Eggplant Wizard has entered the mind of Golbez, thinking he's his one-time ally Garland, who's lost his memory. He finds a big red button marked "Do Not Push by order of FuSoYa." The only surprise with what happens next is that Eggplant Wizard's Shoulder Angels take the forms of Dexter and Dee-Dee.
- By way of VG Cats, the crate.
- Dragon Mango: Free Meat! In the middle of a large red target. Next to a "Free Meat" sign. Directly under a sixteen-ton weight. And poisoned.
Claw: You let the princess eat raw meat off the floor?!
Mango: Sorry! Sorry! It's just... well... Have you ever tried to get between that kid and a hunk of meat?
Claw: Okay... I have to admit you have a good point there.
- Penny Arcade: "Click OK to be kicked in the beanbag."
- In this The Whiteboard strip, Roger is presented with a button with a warning sign reading "For the love of God do not push this button!", as a filler strip. Doc Nickel invited readers to suggest the results of pressing the button, and got several hundred replies (after expecting only a dozen or so). Strips illustrating the suggestions are usually posted on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
- This SMBC strip