- In the Let's Play videos done by Achievement Hunter, you can be certain that 99% of the Too Dumb To Live moments in them are caused by Gavin.
- Belmont in A Day in Dracula's Life thinks it is a wise idea to keep spamming Hydro Storm. If not for Maria's Big Damn Heroes moment, Belmont would have stayed in Dracula's mercy after finding himself on the bad end of Dracula's Unstoppable Rage, which resulted from all the spamming. The Super Smash Bros. Brawl spin-off, A Day in Meta Knight's Life, has fun with this to deconstruct Character Tiers by having the Pikmin's Big Damn Heroes moment be a Double Subversion where they just increase Pit's intelligence increased by one rank, so Pit, no longer relying on his arrows (which besides being annoying can wreck any player without sufficient skill) at all, is at most a step above Too Dumb To Live when he is counteracting a (suddenly) Dangerously Genre Savvy Meta Knight's moves with ease.
- Parodied by The Angry Video Game Nerd in his A Nightmare on Elm Street video.
AVGN: Front door, closet... front door, closet... closet.
- Cracked blog once poked fun at Terminator, specifically how all these people were clearly either terminally dumb or seriously determined to self-terminate (sorry). That is —
Cyberdine's tech support engineer: ...Again, my strength really lie in fixing computers, not in designing or managing needlessly nightmarish robots, but it just seems like a basic rule of computer-making that you should be able to turn it off at some point. I mean, my toaster has a plug in case something goes wrong, you know? And i haven't armed my toaster or given it access to my house's security system.
- Misa in Death Note: The Abridged Series (Kpts4tv):
Misa: Okay guys it looks like you have everything you need so I'm gonna go to bed now! Alone! Naked! And with the door unlocked! Bye!
- The Demented Cartoon Movie has a driver who crashes his car into a wall at full speed after reacting indecisively to his onboard computer warning about just that.
"I think you should steer. Do you want to crash?"
- From the Dragon Ball Z Abridged Movie The World's Strongest: Doctors Wheelo and Kochin have just discovered that Gohan has an infinite supply of badassery and ki that only comes out when he is pissed.
Wheelo: Kochin, did you feel the amount of energy that just came out of him?Kochin: Yes, I did. And I have a great idea! Let's piss him off until he explodes!
- Dumb Ways To Die 2: The Games.
- The majority of the failtrolls on EDF and Combusting Herpes.
- 5 Second Films' Johnny Quickdeath is an interesting case. In his first appearances he's doing things that fit this trope to a T (Scissor Jogging, anyone?); but later, it appears he seemingly dies for no apparent reason; and takes people with him ("Johnny Quickdeath Celebrates Freedom"). It appears the trait is genetic, as well.
"It was ill-advised to begin with. But Johnny has a track record with this stuff."
- The Flying Man: Rob, the Dirty Cop who's dealing weapons. Sure, the Flying Man's been ruthlessly tracking down and murdering criminals for a week, but there's no way it'd happen to him, right?
- Happy Tree Friends has Lumpy.
- For a single episode example, in "Chew Said a Mouthful" Nutty gets a jawbreaker and doesn't understand the basic concept of how to eat it or why it has its name, so his attempts to chew it lead to his mouth getting wired shut, then at the end of the episode he tries to chew it again and dies.
- While in his emo phase, IGSRJ consumes an entire bottle of whiskey, drives 60 MPH through a residential neighborhood, and plays Duke Nukem Mobile on his cellphone. He manages to get through WITHOUT INCIDENT!
- Pretty much half the population of Klay World is at any given moment doing something that will most likely result in their death.
- J from Marble Hornets has made such brilliant decisions as, after being attacked when he visited an abandoned house, immediately deciding to return. Then announcing when he would do so to the internet at large. Totheark, who J thinks is the attacker, responds with a video that basically amounts to, "Yes, please come so we can eat you!" J still goes. At night.
- And taken to new heights in Entry #40, wherein J gets tired of waiting for Alex, so he decides the best idea is to go for a walk in the creepy haunted woods. He had never been in the woods before, didn't know his way around, and, needless to say, didn't tell anyone where he was. On the plus side, he then did the most sensible thing anyone in the whole series has done so far: When Slender Man shows up to say hi, J just drops the camera and runs.
- Some of the people in the stories on Not Always Right and its sibling sites, such as here.
- The Onion: The Experts agree, the giant, razor clawed bioengineered crabs pose no threat.
- The Interviewer guy of On the Set of 4th Edition normally is a Cosmic Plaything, getting killed by the creatures he interviews that don't get killed alongside him. But when drunk, all survival instincts flee him at high velocity as, to demonstrate a skill challenge, he decides to hit on The Lady of Pain, who he knows is capable of nullifying gods and flaying people with a glance, and he outright tries to intimidate her into giving him her number. Of all the times he's been killed in these shows, this was the one time he deserved it.
- About 99% of the people in the trailer in the fake Shark Pool movie. A giant, man eating shark has somehow ended up in a swimming pool...and yet they don't just stay out of the pool...which the Only Sane Man repeatedly suggests they do.
- Shrooms has Red; he believes the right way to drive ghosts from a haunted house is to insult their originality.
- February, the schience officer from Starship who goes down to an uncharted alien planet and scans the air for breathability... after taking off her helmet. It gets worse from there.
- Crops up from time to time in Survival of the Fittest. One of the most notable examples was the very first death in v4. Danya tooks pains to tell the students that the collars were more sensitive this time, and not as prone to tampering. This does not stop Remi Pierce from attempting to slice off his collar with a knife the second he woke up on the island, with expected results.
- Team Service Announcement: The BLU Heavy in Minigun Spinup takes so long to walk anywhere with his revving Brass Beast that the RED Spy and Sniper decide assassinating him is just too easy to be fun. So instead they drive a steamroller over him.
- The BLU Soldier in Grenade Launcher willingly stands on a stickybomb trap, claiming "I got a good feeling about this!"
- Third Rate Gamer has a bomb lying around in his house for no good reason. As if that weren't stupid enough, he sets a game on fire and manages to throw it at the bomb, lighting the fuse.
- In a world where you can buy mutant powers for money, these two guys decide they want to be like Wolverine. Problem is they only have enough for either adamantium claws or healing factor...They Chose the Claws.
- Many a video game Creepypasta protagonist turns out to be this, insisting on playing clearly broken copies of the game (usually without labels and the title written in Sharpie,) and even when the game doesn't force them to keep playing via supernatural means, they'll keep playing even when the sinister parts of the game reveal themselves.
- Some go the extra mile, like the protagonist of "Blood Whistle", who becomes convinced that he has to beat the game and then kill himself after all the horror that he's witnessed (he comes to this decision on Stage 2, when he could've easily just bailed out.) Even when people on the fake forum he's posting his recounting of what's going on to manage to get campus police on his case, he just sends them away and then bans the culprits before continuing with the game (and when he does finally go through with it, he opts to go with the overly-complicated method of somehow impaling himself on a recorder.) Keep in mind that the game was not directly controlling him to do any of this; He decided to do it all on his own.
- Danbooru has two pools dedicated to this trope. First of all the "Digging Your Own Grave" pool, which is about characters doing/saying something stupid with a lack of foresight and being about to be punished for it, comments along the lines of "Death Flag triggered" are quite common. Secondly is the "Told You Not To Do That" pool, which is about the aftermath and/or consequences of characters doing/saying something stupid with a lack of foresight.
- As noted here, Giselle doesn't learn her lessons all that well, considering the fact that she warned beforehand that Toki isn't the sort to trifle with. The fact that she's had a curse put on her for not paying the rent, on top of the fact that Toki did warn her, really shows this
- Eli from Deagle Nation classifies as this since he mistook Tyce's greeting card for a check, and also tried "parkouring" onto his mother's dinner table over thanksgiving, leading to a trip to the hospital.