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...
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
In thisThe 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.