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"CAVEAT: Bringing about Armageddon can be dangerous. Do not attempt it in your own home."

Mandatory disclaimer heard at least once, and often more times, during any show which presents outrageous stunts or death-defying acts of derring-do. Mandatory because there are more than a few morons out there with so little common sense that they will actually try these things without the proper training and then sue everybody in sight when they get hurt (or their family will do it for them when they get killed or forgot/don't know how to sue). Sometimes played for laughs within a show, as a character turns to the audience and says "Do not try this at home" before beginning the most comically dangerous part of the Zany Scheme.

Compare Do Not Attempt (for less-than-realistic stunts) and Do Not Do This Cool Thing (when the warning rings hollow to the awesome thing being performed). Sister Trope to And Some Other Stuff, when key parts of a dangerous formula or device are obscured to prevent any attempt at replicating it from going horribly right. Contrast Never Be a Hero. See also Life Imitates Art, Our Lawyers Advised This Trope, and Television Is Trying to Kill Us.



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Note how, in many of these cases, the producers decide to have fun with the disclaimer by putting it humorously or adding a bonus gag.
  • One commercial for the Game Boy version of Paperboy showed the Paperboy doing destructive and dumb things while he was trying to deliver the papers. The commercial said that the actions were "irresponsible, immature, and very foolish", then recommends you "try it at home...on your Game Boy".
  • "Professional driver, closed course" — Any ad involving racing or car stunts. Or, in many cases, just plain driving. In fact, pretty much any ad that features a vehicle, really. Incidentally, while most people understand this, "closed course" simply means the location is (usually temporarily) closed off to public traffic. There isn't some big facility with parking lots and stretches of highway built for shooting car commercials; however, private locations built for other purposes (such as racetracks and film sets) can be chosen for car shoots so as to avoid potential issues with using public facilities.
    • Lampshaded by a commercial where a man lives his life with the phrase always positioned below him. Eventually works out as he becomes what his label says.
    • Seen in one car commercial that parodied Field of Dreams, by having the character build a race track in his cornfield. In the end, it said "Professional driver on a closed cornfield." Later they changed it back to "closed course."
    • In a particularly ludicrous case, a tire commercial displays this warning while showing astronauts driving a rover across the moon.
    • Even better is when they added this to the commercial for "The Cube," when the car never actually moves.
    • One particular ad showed a car performing its usual fancy stunts, then driving towards a cantilevered bridge just as the bridge was separating and rising. Cut to black with white lettering saying "Whatever you do"; cut back to car driving up the bridge; cut to black with big letters: "Don't do this!"; and finally a shot of the car leaping across the gap in the bridge.
    • There was at least one commercial for a Ford pickup truck where this disclaimer was showed on a shot of the truck... while it was parked.
    • "Trucks cannot snowboard...Or do barrel rolls."
    • A commercial for the Chevy Sonic shows it doing jumps and grinding on rails as a skateboard would. The disclaimer on the box reads "The Chevy Sonic is NOT a skateboard. Do not attempt." Surprising that they need to have that disclaimer, but considering how advertisements can inspire people, it is justifiable.
    • One commercial accidentally parodied this, showing a car being driven through a fairly typical subdivision, at a safe speed and in a sensible and responsible manner. So what exactly are we not supposed to imitate?
    • Ford had an ad spoofing Twilight where the vampire character jumped onto the back of the car carrying the female character and her current boyfriend. The disclaimer said "Stunt vampire. Do not attempt."
    • A 1972 Volkswagen commercial touts the claim that the Beetle is built so well that it's almost air-tight by driving one into a body of water. The disclaimer notes that "The VW will definitely float, but it will not float indefinitely."
    • A commercial for an SUV depicted two men driving to a mountain top to distribute the ashes of their Uncle Fred. As they bounce along through the woods, the disclaimer says "Drive like this and you could end up like Uncle Fred."
  • An advert for Emerald's Nuts featured a woman in her therapist's office saying that sometimes she just wanted to burn the world. Her barely awake therapist says "sounds great" and we cut to his office on fire with him still out of it. The disclaimer at the bottom? "Don't commit arson. Not even once."
  • An advertisement featured a refrigerator being hit by a large wrecking ball with the admonishment "Do not attempt". Who could?
  • There was an ad for what at the time was the latest version of Office that showed a man sitting at his office desk, which was racing through the desert. The disclaimer was again, "Do not attempt."
  • In a Degree ad, a man, after smelling the deodorant they were advertising, proceeds to leap out an airplane, with his shopping cart, and land on the ground, riding the shopping cart down the freeway. Only when he makes it in between two 18-wheelers do we see the "Do not attempt" disclaimer.
  • A British Kellogg's commercial for one of its brands, Crunchy Nut, showed a man riding on the back of an Irish Wolfhound in order to get home to have a bowl of the product - this advert contained a "Don't try this with your dog at home" on-screen disclaimer during scenes of the man on dog-back. Ninety-three people complained to the UK Advertising Standards Authority about the commercial, but the complaints were not upheld.
  • These ads show a Post-it on a wall supporting a kid/a dog. Brief text says "Just Kidding. Cannot support a child/dog."
  • There was a British commercial for a brand of cereal that tasted so good a man ran back into a burning building to finish a bowl. There was a caption that read "In a real emergency get out and call the fire brigade", but that wasn't good enough for the regulators who pulled the ad off the air after a couple of days.
  • This Dannon yogurt commercial features a woman who eats it (or in this case, slurps it in one sitting) standing in the aisle of the grocery store (because she loves it so much she cannot even wait until she gets home to eat it). Since if you were to do this in a real grocery store you would get sentenced to a preposterously long time in prison, a disclaimer reading "Please Pay For All Items" pops up as the woman comically slurps the cup.
  • A Carl's Jr. commercial had a man in a convenience store eat a really hot burger and chug some mouthwash to cool down the intense heat; the disclaimer read "Dramatization. Do not attempt. Mouthwash fatal if swallowed.". Nevertheless, they re-shot it later so that the man rinses his mouth out with it instead.
  • Averted with one refrigerator ad where a woman attempts to defrost her open freezer with a flame-thrower. You'd think there'd be some sort of caption with a disclaimer warning people not to try such a stunt at home, but apparently, they forgot (Fridge Logic (no pun intended) suggests that they thought nobody would be able to do something like that in real-life).
  • One ad for Visa (the credit card) showed a pregnant woman picking out house paint with her husband, trying to get juuuuust the right shade of vermilion. When she finally found the shade she wanted and said "This is going to be perfect", the scene switched to her in a gridiron Football stadium screaming "Catch the stinkin' ball, stinker!", with her face painted in the vermilion and light-blue colors of her team. A disclaimer at the bottom of the screen during this scene read: "Do not paint your face with house paint."
  • A commercial for cold cuts shows a woman shopping in a big-box store with her two children who are determined to try everything on display, from drum sets to trampolines. The disclaimer includes the words "Obey your mother."
  • A Disney Theme Parks commercial shows a man in a home-supply store playing Darth Vader with a welding mask and a fluorescent tube as a lightsaber. After he knocks stuff over, the disclaimer reads "Use the Force responsibly."
  • Inverted by the Israeli home design company Golf & co., which uses the slogan ‘Golf & co.: Try this at home’.
  • Another commercial in the series showed a woman swimming underwater in a giant fish tank in a restaurant had the disclaimer "Do not try this at home. Unless you are a mermaid."
  • Captain 20 decided to tell kids not to try to fly like Superman when he made this PSA about the difference between fantasy and reality.
  • Commercials for superhero-themed roleplay items (such as Captain America's shield or Spider-Man's web shooter) have a disclaimer stating "professional stunt - do not imitate", even when the most dangerous stunts shown in the commercials are cartwheels and leaps beyond one foot-tall walls.
  • These promos for an Ed, Edd n Eddy marathon parodied this trope.
  • This infomercial shows Phil Swift demonstrating the power of Flex Seal by using it to fix damage done to a bucket by a knife (accompanied with the words "Don't try this!") and a chainsaw (with the words "Seriously don't try this!").
  • WWE actually have PSAs stating that the wrestlers are trained professionals and the stunts should not be attempted at all costs airing at regular intervals on channels that broadcast their matches because of reports that children were actually trying the stunts and getting themselves and their friends hurt.
  • Sony Computer Entertainment Europe once commissioned a video for a demo disc showing a man chowing down on an entire PlayStation 2note  at a fancy restaurant. The video ends with the notice that PS2s are not edible and that this shouldn't be tried at home.

    Anime & Manga 
  • The Anime series Hayate the Combat Butler parodies this trope — the series' version of Censor Steam, a genie carrying a sign that covers the suspect content, occasionally shows up with a Don't Try This At Home variant instead for not quite as egregious misdemeanors, like littering.
    • In the manga version, the chapter where Hayate defeats a robotic butler by sticking silverware into its joints and shorting it out is actually titled something like "Good Little Kids Shouldn't Try This At Home! And Neither Should The Bad Ones!"
    • Good boys and girls should never jump out of a moving train.
  • The anime Cromartie High School has an animated disclaimer to open the show. The gist of the spoken disclaimer is "The guys that appear in this anime are delinquents. Please do not, under any circumstances, imitate anything they do.", then shows one of the characters sitting in a jail cell (with a caption that translates, "Do not imitate! Or this will happen!"). The dub adds a little emphasis in case the subtitles aren't turned on: "Don't do it, man! I'm serious! It's a BAD idea!" Which is made more amusing by the fact that the tough delinquent characters hardly ever actually do anything dangerous or likely to get anyone in trouble.
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Before Satoru dies from his stab wound, he tells his co-worker to get rid of all the content on his computer. His co-worker drops Satoru's computer into a bath with a message popping to say "Never do this at home" as this is a sure-way to start a fire or get electrocuted.
  • Sonic X:
    • In the first episode, Sonic jumps on top of an S-Team race car during a chase, causing the driver to protest that they don't want any kids copying him; Sonic duly warns the kids in the audience never to stand on moving cars. This is possibly a parodical Shout-Out to the original Sonic Sez segments of the first animated series. The dub plays it a little differently. Sonic does the same thing and receives the same complaint from the driver: "What if some kid tries this?" Sonic turns to the camera and says:
      Sonic: Kids, don't use Formula One race cars to chase hedgehogs!
    • In a later episode, a Chaos Emerald was found under water, and Chris Thorndyke was helping Sonic go get it. During an attempt with a hosepipe, Chris holds up a sign saying, "Good kids: Don't imitate this!!" Sonic then holds up a sign saying, "You mean I'm not a good kid?" This only happens in the Japanese version—for the international version, [1] ruined the joke by blanking out the signs and not bothering to put in any replacement text. This happens again a bit later, when Chris holds up a similar warning sign as they are about to use a bell in their scheme, and 4Kids, of course, blanked it out senselessly.
  • In episode 10 of Fruits Basket Hatsuharu trips Kyo with a rope while Kyo is running (fortunately Kyo gets an Instant Bandage). Hatsuharu then breaks the fourth wall to say that doing this could cause serious injury to anyone besides Kyo, so Don't Try This At Home.
    Kyo: Don't try it here! Who are you even talking to?!
  • Parodied in episode 25 of the first Slayers anime, when "Pritty Lina's Magic Lecture" explains how Zelgadis does one of his spells.
    Zelgadis: This is dangerous, kids, so don't try it at home!
    Lina & Gourry: Like they could?!
  • Skip Beat! shows Corn jumping off a terrace, grabbing a flagpole sticking out of the building's wall, twirling around it for a bit and then landing safely on the ground. A note on the page says 'Good kids, don't try this at home!'.
  • Bleach:
    • When Flipping the Table in Bleach, a note attached to the table reads "CAUTION: For use in sight gags only!"
    • Also used in the Hueco Mundo arc by Dondachakka after Pesche reaches into his loincloth and pulls out his sword
  • At the end of one chapter of Sgt. Frog, the Sergeant can be seen with his back turned to the reader, using a screwdriver to take a Rubik's Cube apart. There is a caption at the bottom of the panel saying "Don't try this at home, kids".
  • School Rumble, Episode 2, shows the main character, Tenma, climbing down the school's outer wall from the second floor using a pair of toilet plungers as tools. As soon as she steps out the window, a caption appears reading "This is a joke. Please do not try at home."
  • Kaleido Star's first OVA has May climbing from one speeding taxi to another with the standard "Good children should not attempt this!" message. All while the Gonzo team were clearly having too much fun with the camera angle now that they weren't on TV.
  • In Chapter 0 of Kamichama Karin Chu, Kazune is going to England. Not wanting him to go, she replaces his passport photo with a picture of Francis Xavier, a Jesuit missionary. There's a caption of Nya-ke/Shi-chan saying, "This is an illegal act called 'forrrgery of official documents,' so good kids, don't trrry this ★" under the panel.
  • In Waq Waq, when Fran uses Ninjutsu: Flying Squirrel to float in the air by holding onto a sheet, the narrator states "Because situations like these will never arise in real life, please do not imitate, you might die."
  • Parodied in Samurai Pizza Cats: "Kids, don't try this at home. We're professional cartoon characters."
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • In Himitsu Project's fanslation, under the panel with the infamous game between Yami Yugi and the bully Ushio where they must stab a pile of money placed on their bare hands, you can find the following disclaimer "If you try this at home, you are stupid".
    • In the dub of anime episode 77, when Mai executes a quick 180 turn in her car, she says "Do not try this at home!"
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX:
    • In one two-part episode, Amon duels Manjyome while both are standing on ledges suspended from helicopters. Judai - one of the witnesses to the duel - makes this warning in the preview for part 2 (spoken at the end of part 1).
  • In one episode of Kämpfer, Mikoto is doing rather dangerous things at a water park, such as pushing Akane off of a diving board. Two disclaimers pop up during the episode: first, "good children should not imitate Mikoto", and later, "even bad children should not imitate Mikoto".
  • The second episode of Panda Z features the eponymous character trying to eat a big plate of hot, steaming batteries. Every other scene had a text scroll across the bottom with phrases like "Batteries are not food", "Do not expose batteries to heat", or "Do not cut batteries".
  • The Trigun anime gives us this comedic line: "The Deadly Dodgeball Face! A technique that involves holding the ball to your mouth with intense suction! TRY THIS AT HOME, KIDS!"
    • A truly unforgettable moment from the very first episode is when Vash, just prior to getting the actual bad guy Hoist by His Own Petard, glances into the camera with a Cat Smile and remarks: "Dangerous toys are fun - but you could get hurt!"
  • In the Reborn! (2004) OVA, Reborn will appear with a sign saying: "Good kids don't do so." This is because the events in question are things like sleeping on a bus roof while it's driving, having water fights in Hot Springs, and peeing on ice sculptures.
    • Fran literally breaks the fourth wall by saying not to try anything that Bel does at home. Bel is not too pleased.
  • At the beginning of every episode of Is This a Zombie?, we're helpfully reminded "Our protagonist is a zombie. Do not try this at home!"
  • Star Driver parodies this occasionally: at one point it holds up a notice, when a character rides the top of the bus to school, that only people who live on the fictional island the show is set is allowed to ride on the roof of a bus. Later it advises viewers to not shoot fireworks at each other "like these idiots are doing", and to not use supernatural powers when your friend is around to get caught in them.
  • In one of the My-HiME sound dramas after the main events of the series, Nao (who is in middle school) offers Mai and the others (who, except for the middle school age Mikoto, are in high school) some alcohol, and they start drinking. Nagi then reminds listeners that they shouldn't try this until they're 20.
  • In the Cooking Duel of Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA 2wei, while Suzuka was wrapping up Tatsuko like a mummy to prevent her from further screwing up the cake they were baking, Nanami breaks the fourth wall to address the readers.
    Nanami: Kids, be good and don't imitate this, please!
  • When Walker uses an Aerosol Flamethrower in the sixth Durarara!!, the narration notes that this is, in fact, a terrible idea and more likely to set you on fire than your opponent. It then notes that Walker knows this and does it anyway, because he's Walker.
  • In the second Ah! My Goddess OAD, packaged with vol. 43 of the manga in September 2011, Keiichi does the old Mentos and Diet Coke eruption trick by holding the Mentos in his mouth and spitting them into a 2-liter bottle of Diet Coke. An onscreen caption says "He is using it the wrong way. Children, don't do what he's doing." (Putting the Mentos in his mouth would probably make them less effective anyway since the nucleation points on their surfaces would dissolve away.)
  • A shot in Sankarea that shows Chihiro's grandfather eating hydrangea leaves includes a warning to the viewer that hydrangea leaves are poisonous, and that the grandfather's acts should not be imitated.
  • In an episode of Heaven's Lost Property, a don't try this at home message pops up when Sohara, Astraea, and Nymph counter Tomoki's attempt to peep on them by using mirrors to reflect sunlight through his periscope into his eyes.
  • In episode 15 of My Bride is a Mermaid, Chimp outlines a plan for Kai to kidnap Sun to take as his bride. The screen says, "This is a crime. Don't try this at home."
  • In episode 4 of Binbō-gami ga!, Bobby says this when he witnesses Momiji pouring boiling water on Momo to feed his masochistic fetishes.
  • In episode 9c of Sakura Trick, Kaede fantasizes on riding on the back of Yuzu on the latter scooter. Immediately a big red X was put over her Imagine Spot with an "Illegal Traffic Maneuver!" caption, and the narrator said, "No, you don't!"
  • Sailor Moon Super S episode 155 was probably the one time the anime used this trope honestlynote  when Chibi-Usa's friend Kyusuke pulled off a crazy swinging and leaping stunt. The anime quickly plastered on the screen, "This is dangerous; do not imitate." The Cloverway dub was sensible enough to keep and translate the warning.
  • March Comes In Likea Lion uses this for a minor, one-panel joke in Chapter 38. As Hina and Momo are watching a squirrel-related cartoon show, one of the Kawamotos' ever-hungry cats claims that they could go for some squirrel (before adding that they could instead eat just about anything, as per their usual M.O.). A disclaimer outside the margins of the panel tell the readers "Don't eat squirrels."
  • Repeatedly used in the more cartoonish parts of the His and Her Circumstances anime.
  • Ghost in the Shell. In Human Error Processor, Togusa runs across the street between two speeding cars, and a footnote advises that readers should not try this unless they are cyborgs. Which kind of says something when you realize most accounts paint Togusa as the least augmented of the team.
  • In The Testament of Sister New Devil OVA, Maria puts some of Mio's panties in a soup and tricks Basara into eating it. The screen says "Don't do this at home."
  • Yo-Kai Watch has a warning before each episode, most likely for comedic effect considering how unrealistic the series is.
    Whisper: Any attempt to replicate youkai behavior would be ill-advised.
  • When Meibo "attacks" Hai An with chalk in Infinity Game it says "Danger, do not imitate this action" twice.
  • During episode 4 of Yuki Yuna is a Hero, warnings appear onscreen when Karin downs several health supplements in a row. One of them mentions that she's a trained professional.
  • During the first and second seasons of Initial D, a warning pops up saying to not replicate anything that is being shown and to follow traffic laws before the intro starts.
  • Done in-universe in a post-Cell Game episode of Dragon Ball Z: before trying to break 19 large tiles on live television, Mr. Satan takes the time to give the warning, with a twist: he doesn't warn the children at home to not imitate him but the parents to make sure the children don't try it. Considering he's a parent himself and his only daughter does try and imitate him, it's a very sensible warning.
  • Dr. Stone features lots of accurate and well-explained science, so this trope was bound to show up:
    • When Senku acquires sodium hydroxide (aka lye), he explains that it can be used to dissolve bodies, and then tells good boys and girls not to do so. Another character then points out that good boys and girls wouldn't need to dissolve bodies in the first place.
    • The anime shows the following disclaimer at the end of each episode:
    This Is a Work of Fiction, but the plants, animals, and production methods described are based on reality. Foraging and making things on your own accord is extremely dangerous and, in some cases, illegal. Please do not imitate without expertise.
    • In one episode, Senku and friends make gunpowder. The actual process is shown and described in detail, followed by a robotic version of Senku popping up and Breaking the Fourth Wall to warn viewers that doing this WILL create real, explosive black powder, and that it is extremely dangerous.
  • During the omake in episode 6 of Mysteria Friends, there is a scene depicting the show's resident Butt-Monkey Lou getting fireworks shot at her by her "friends". This is given the disclaimer "DO NOT ATTEMPT".
  • In Chapter 13 of The Demon Girl Next Door (and its equivalent Episode 6), Yuko ate Momo's grotesque-looking attempt at cooking a hamburger steak without any consideration that it might be less than edible, since Momo had intended to make it for her. After Yuko mentions how she defines the word edible (anything that doesn't trigger a gag reflex), a warning message appears:
    Warning: This girl has undergone special training in this field as part of her family's circumstances. Please be very careful to confirm whether food prepared and left out during the summer is safe to eat.
  • In episode 5 of Excel Saga, the vice-mayor's mistress is tossed in the fridge when Kabapu walks in, and some background text reminds kids not to stuff themselves in the fridge.

    Asian Animation 
  • Season 8 episode 6 of Happy Heroes has Smart S. warn viewers not to hit people on the head since it hurts a lot.
    The King: Ever since then [his magic training], I was knocked by the grandmaster with that wand for so many times that my head has been adapted to the real wand! With just one knock, I will know what that wand is!
    Smart S.: Wait a minute, your majesty! I have something to say! (the frame zooms in on Smart S., who directly addresses the audience) It's painful being knocked on the head. Audience in front of the TV, I warn you, never do this anywhere!
  • Certain airings of Motu Patlu will sometimes feature a "don't do this at home" warning for when characters do actions that could be considered violent.
  • In episode 7 of Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf, Wolffy repels a bunch of piranhas that are after him by peeing in the water. A message appears on-screen afterwards saying that the Flora and Fauna Council advises against doing what Wolffy just did.

    Comic Books 
  • Squirrel Girl likes to take advantage of her fourth-wall-breaking recap pages by warning us kids that we should not replicate the questionable acts done made during the issues. She especially warns us against downloading stuff free off the Internet. But then this was subverted in the very first issue of G.L.A. Misassembled when Grasshopper hops in and announces that there are no kids who read comic books, only overweight thirty-year-old men who still live with their parents, so he encourages readers to try these very questionable acts and do the human gene pool a favor. And then this trope is subverted yet again when he dies during his very next appearance.
  • Cliff Steele of the Doom Patrol, to goggle-eyed youths with skateboards following one incident: "And remember kids, don't walk through plate-glass windows!"
  • Parodied (we hope) in Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics), which advises you to not try vibrating your molecules fast enough to slip past an energy barrier.
  • A Burp strip in Oink! was once driven to remind readers not to imitate its star by looking at the Sun through a telescope or binoculars. This was funny considering that Burp was standing on the surface of the Sun at the time.
  • Jonny Fartpants in Viz once worked as a nail gun by having a load of nails inserted anally, which he the farted one-by-one at the relevant target. As the nails were funnelled into his bum, he pointedly warned readers to "be extremely careful when you try this at home".
  • X-Men villain Mojo (essentially, a galactic reality show producer) sometimes includes this sort of disclaimer in his shows. For example, once when throwing an underling to his doom, he notes that his crew are trained professionals, and the viewers shouldn't try to do something like this without proper preparations.

    Comic Strips 
  • One The Far Side, showing a kid sticking his head in a missile silo.
    Caption: Don't ever, ever do this.
  • Spoofed in one Rubes strip that showed a man's gravestone with the epitaph "He tried it at home." The widow viewing the grave says "I told him not to."
  • Garfield: Garfield readies himself for a 20-hour nap and tells the readers "Remember, I'm a professional. Don't try this at home."
  • A Robotman And Monty strip has Monty on a camping trip spraying his entire body with bug spray, including his eyes, with the words "Cartoon Character. Dont Try At Home" on the bottom of the panel.

    Fan Works 
  • Vocaloid Fan Vids:
    • One advises children not to try any of the things featured in the video at home... in three languages: Traditional Japanese, English, and then Kansai. Considering that it involves Miku juggling balls while Neru's trying to chop her head off, it's pretty well advised.note 
    • Another video of the same author advises, in much the same manner, not trying to juggle a soccer ball while walking the tightrope between two skyscrapers.
  • In The Horror! The Horror! the Realtor's Guide to Household Charms' only comment on the space expansion charm is "Use of this charm by a non-professional warder can result in dire, life-ending consequences."
  • In Harry Potter, Magic Programmer a description of fire manipulation is interrupted by a parenthetical comment about not playing with fire at home.
  • In The Journey Begins McGonagall warns the students that trying to cast mage-level spells would burn out an ordinary witch or wizard's magical core, prompting a flippant remark by the ruler of the magical empire of Camelot.
    King Edward: In other words, don't try this at home, kids.
  • An author's note for Harry Potter and the Rune Stone Path warns real-life divers not to hold their breath like Harry does after giving his only remaining oxygen-supplying rune cluster to a drowning Gabrielle.
  • In Albus Dumbledore and the Harbinger of Magic Luna uses Pettigrew's Dark Mark to summon the other Death Eaters.
    Luna: Don't try this at home - it won't end well.

    Films — Animation 
  • In the Curious George movie, to save George being shipped to Africa, Ted proceeds to use a nearby ramp to reach the ship, all while telling the audience to never do something like this. Except, he doesn't realize how bad this idea is until halfway through.
    Ted: Oh what was I thinking?! This isn't an action movie! It's real!
  • Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: Jimmy Neutron, in the film, remarks to Goddard, "Don't try that at home" after shooting a communications toaster satellite into orbit by hand. The important question: Why say this, when 99% of households do not contain the materials to produce an upper-atmosphere rocket large enough for two human children and a robot dog? The remaining 1% doesn't either, for the record.
    • Parodied in one trailer for the film that had Jimmy asking his parents where he could find raw plutonium. This is quickly followed up by a screen that reads, "Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon do not advocate the pre-teen use of plutonium."
  • Ice Age had a TV spot for its home video release that showed comic violence throughout the spot over an announcer admonishing, "Don't try this at home... or this... or this..." over and over again as the characters do dangerous things to "Orpheus in the Underworld".

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Stay Tuned, Helen, in cartoon form, says "Kids, don't try this at home", as she and Roy are dumping a handheld hair dryer (still plugged in!) into a bathtub filled with water to disable Robo-Cat. Of course, Helen and Roy are trapped in a variety of demented TV shows, and their kids are watching this all play out on TV.
  • At the end of The Men Who Stare at Goats a note includes that people shouldn't try several of the attempted psychic abilities at home, including mind control and cloudbursting while driving. But invisibility's okay. And note that they specifically said "while driving". Well, yeah; cloudbursting while not driving is just staring up at the sky. Elvis used to do it.
  • At the beginning of Beerfest, a movie that (unsurprisingly) involves inhuman amounts of beer ingestion, the viewer is warned that "if you attempt to drink this much... You will die."
  • The protagonist of The Crow: City of Angels says this before taking a mook's gun and shooting himself in the mouth.
  • When Ling Ling Fat is demonstrating his gunpowder at the beginning of Forbidden City Cop, he reminds the audience that Fat Yun is highly trained for such feats and that children should never attempt detonating gunpowder in their mouths.
  • In the climactic scene of Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird, Big Bird is in the back of a truck, in a giant cage, doing about 30 on the interstate. Gordon and Susan have followed him in a Volkswagen Beetle that's had the trunk cover chewed off by Cookie Monster (keep in mind, Volkswagen Beetles have the trunk in the front of the car). Despite the vehement protestations of driver Susan, Gordon leaves the inside of the vehicle through a Cookie Monster-created hole in the roof and tries to get Big Bird to jump from the cage into the hood.
    Big Bird: You should never jump from a moving truck! Why... I shouldn't even be standing up!
    Gordon: You have my permission! Just this once. NOW, COME ON!
  • The 2012 The Three Stooges film ends with one of these disclaimers, featuring the directors Breaking the Fourth Wall and demonstrating how much of the physical humor was done with rubber props (the sound effects make it sound realistic) and with safety being the top priority for the production. This may look completely pointless, seeing as how the movie was primarily targeted toward the adults who grew up on the B&W shorts, and they would easily know that all of the slapstick was faked. But to be on the safe side, they are addressing kids; even though some of the content in the movie was not even suitable for kids at all (the movie had lion testicles, and a guy from Jersey Shore getting his head stuck in a microwave, for starters), they know that some parents will let the kids watch. In the end, they're maintaining a tradition, as the actual Three Stooges would do this during personal appearances as well, to show the kids how they kept from being seriously injured doing their slapstick.
  • Project X has a warning at the beginning that no one should attempt to re-create the events in the film; given that the film was inspired by events in real-life, this is useful -but hasn't stopped people from trying to emulate it though.
  • The second Jackass movie has one too, saying the stunts were done by professionals and "neither you nor your dumb little buddies should try these at home."
  • Matilda has a DVD bonus feature detailing the filming of the scene in which Matilda blows up the TV. In the end, Rhea Perlman (who portrayed Matilda's mother) warns viewers not to re-enact this at home, because then they'd have nothing to watch Matilda with.
  • Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life: Most of the lessons consist of rather simple "See this stuff we're doing? It's a bad idea. Don't do it."
  • The Sure Thing: Gib is teaching Alison to shotgun a beer. He looks into an imaginary camera:
    Gib: For all you kids watching, this is very dangerous. Let's not try this at home.
  • Girl vs. Monster opens with Skylar and Henry trying to fix a crooked banner. As they don't have a ladder, Skylar gets Henry to toss her up in the air, straightens the banner, and lands on her feet, unharmed. Henry immediately points out that it was a real "don't try this at home" moment. Sure enough, when Alpha Bitch Myra later attempts the same thing (rather than swallow her pride and ask Skylar to help), she breaks her neck.

  • Every instance of someone climbing into the eponymous wardrobe in C. S. Lewis's first Narnia book, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, is accompanied by the narrator's remarks on how dangerous it is to close oneself into a wardrobe, how smart Lucy and Peter are to leave the door ajar, and how foolish Edmund is to close it on himself — no doubt to prevent children from getting themselves trapped in wardrobes while trying to emulate the Pevensies. This becomes Hilarious in Hindsight as of the Walden Media movie adaptation: one of the outtakes has Skandar Keyes (Edmund) climbing into the wardrobe and closing the door behind him... and getting locked in.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events: the second book, The Reptile Room, warns the reader to never, ever, ever, ever, ever (continued for slightly more than a page) ever stick things in an electric socket. Ever. We are warned precisely 209 times. In the third book, The Wide Window he explicitly warns the readers that if they ever need to get to Curdled Cave in a hurry, not to steal a boat and attempt to sail across a lake in a hurricane, which is precisely what the protagonists are doing.
  • The Red Green Book describes a fictional "game" that essentially involves drinking oneself into low-level alcohol poisoning. Understandably, that section of the book contains an editor's note that says "Do not, under any circumstances, ever play this game."
  • Curious George: "George is a monkey, and he does things we can't do." One of the books goes through the consequences of what happens when George eats a puzzle piece, thinking it might be candy -hospital visit included.
  • Discworld:
    • Aside from the Good Omens quote at the top of the page, Terry Pratchett pulls this trope in Interesting Times: When fireworks are mentioned, Rincewind tries to clarify as "The sort of thing where you light the blue touch paper and stick it up your nose?" The helpful footnote on the same page reads, "KIDS! Only very silly wizards with very bad sinus trouble do this. Sensible people go off to a roped-off enclosure where they can watch a heavily protected man, in the middle distance, light (with the aid of a very long pole) something that goes 'fsst.' And then they can shout 'Hooray.'"
    • Another footnote, this time from I Shall Wear Midnight:
      A message from the author. Not all cauldrons are metal. You can boil water in a leather cauldron if you know what you are doing. You can even make tea in a paper bag if you are careful and know how to do it. But please don't, or if you do, don't tell anyone I told you.
    • One of the Tiffany Aching books had a Feegle queen boiling water in a leather cauldron.
  • Another Pratchett example: Nation features an afterword discussing the truth behind some implausible-sounding things that happen in the story; most of them are accompanied with warnings that you should not try this at home. The last one, instead, says "Thinking This book contains some. Whether you try it at home is up to you."
  • Stephen Colbert's I Am America (And So Can You!).
  • Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous Medicine begins with a warning to children not to follow the protagonist's lead and start mixing up things they find in their medicine cabinets at home and drinking them because it might make them sick. Or well and truly dead.
  • Parodied in The Action Hero's Handbook: "This book is for action heroes only."
  • Dave Barry comedy books:
    • Dave Barry's Guide to Guys parodies this in a footnote to a passage overendowed with metaphors: "I am a professional writer. Do not try these metaphors at home."
    • The Taming of the Screw (a spoof home-improvement guide) has a number of instances where he tells you not to try something yourself. "Have your neighbor do it."
  • The commentary to several of Mercedes Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar books discusses the author's love of equestrianism and falconry, and in one notable case is careful to point out that the Tayledras bondbirds and Valdemaran Companions are not normal animals and people should not go into these pursuits expecting real animals to behave like that.
  • In the first book of The Dresden Files, Harry warns us not to try to catch faeries at home, because we don't know what to do when it goes wrong.
  • In Sewer, Gas & Electric, when Morris Kazenstein appears in Dufresne's eco-activist video, he warns kids not to try what he's about to do without parental supervision. Namely, sink an illegal whaling ship with a magnetic railgun that fires whole kosher salami.
  • Pretty much everything Ragnar Benson has ever written is encrusted in warnings that the book in question is for information purposes only and that attempting to actually apply the instructions found within could easily result in a long stay in prison, hospital, or prison hospital. It's probably worth noting at this point that Benson's works include Homemade C4: A Recipe For Survival, The Most Dangerous Game: Advanced Mantrapping Techniques, Ragnar's Guide to Home and Recreational Use of High Explosives, Breath of the Dragon: Homebuilt Flamethrowers, Home-Built Claymore Mines: A Blueprint For Survival, David's Tool Kit: A Citizen's Guide to Taking Out Big Brother's Heavy Weapons, and Homemade Grenade Launchers: Constructing the Ultimate Hobby Weapon.
  • After describing the aftermath of a kitchen grease fire in Maggody and the Moonbeams, Arly warns readers not to set off fire extinguishers indoors to find out if her description is accurate, or they'll be sorry.
  • In China, there exists the proverb "The young should not read Water Margin, and the old should not read Three Kingdoms". This proverb came into existence because the former depicts the lives of outlaws and their defiance of the social system and may have a negative influence on adolescent boys, as well as the novel's depiction of gruesome violence. The latter presents every manner of stratagem and fraud and may tempt older readers to engage in such thinking.
  • In The Shadow pulp series, The Shadow infrequently uses a substance he calls "The Devil's Whisper" — an explosive mixture smeared on his thumb and forefinger that explodes violently when he snaps his fingers. In one story, Maxwell Grant leaves this note: "Note: The explosion from the fingertips, produced by the action of two chemicals, is terrific in its power. It is extremely dangerous in use; for an over-amount, even though seemingly slight, will produce an explosion with the effect of TNT. The Shadow has used it but seldom; on those occasions, with the strictest care. Properly produced, the explosion is so instantaneous that the operator remains uninjured. Because of the danger from these chemicals, I have never made a copy of the formula; and can answer no requests concerning it. ~Maxwell Grant." "Grant" is actually Walter B Gibson, who was, among other things, a professional stage magician. "Devil's Whisper" is a rarely-performed real-world magic trick that is extremely dangerous — if done wrong, the magician would lose fingers at a minimum. The note may have been an attempt to keep curious readers from researching the trick.
  • A variation found in How to Mix Drinks by bartender Jerry Thomas. One drink, called the Blue Blazer, requires the drink to be set on fire before being poured back and forth between two mugs. The end of the recipe contained a warning that novices at this drink should practice the pouring with cold water before attempting this; that way, the inevitable slip-ups would only get the novice wet.
  • James Randi's An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural contains an entry on fire-eating which states "Do not try this at home."
  • The guys who wrote The Anarchist Cookbook left out crucial components that would have made things work properly (and dangerously), except their aim was allegedly to get people hurt.
  • Most kitchen recipes for children include steps "Ask an adult to...".
  • Spoofed to high heaven in the first Franny K. Stein book Lunch Walks Among Us at a section where the reader can cut three pages to mix and match different recipes for creating a monster.
    WARNING— We assume no responsibility if you actually create a real monster and it destroys your city and eats your stuff.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Common on children's game shows:
    • As the premise of Finders Keepers was ransacking rooms (often involving breaking things) to find hidden objects, something home viewers might think they could easily imitate, the hosts, particularly Wesley Eure, would take great pains to point out that the prop plates, vases, etc. in the house were made of easily breakable clay rather than more durable glass or ceramic, and that the contestants in the Room-to-Room Romp wore helmets, chin guards, and elbow pads.
      Wesley Eure: So that's why you can't do this at home, only on Finders Keepers.
    • Nickelodeon GUTS had a disclaimer from host Mike O'Malley:
      Mike O'Malley: Remember, all our events are designed with the players' safety in mind. They will be wearing safety equipment during all our events and will have safety spotters and stunt coordinators with them at all times. So please, do not try this at home.
  • MythBusters
    • "We're what you call 'experts'." Jamie and Adam try to ward off the brain-dead at least twice every episode, with additional reminders at the start of especially dodgy (or deceptively safe-looking) experiments. See also "We've got years of experience that keeps us safe," and the blanket admonition usually seen at the outset:
      Adam: Please, don't try anything you're about to see us do at home.
      Jamie: Ever!
    • In an interview, they claimed that they hated to have to say this because they wanted people (at least those who knew what they were doing) to try their experiments. They did comment that "Diet Coke and Mentos" was entirely safe to try at home, but advised not to do it indoors since it does tend to make a bit of a mess.
      • An episode from early 2014 subverted the usual disclaimer. They looked at several stories and judged them on 1) were they factual and 2) could you try this at home?
    • They have a book called "Don't Try This at Home (Unless We Tell You to)", which mixes their myths with at-home science experiments.
    • This is lampshaded by Adam Savage's Twitter account: "@donttrythis".
    • Obscuring the labels of dangerous substances is frequently lampshaded, usually by Adam, as in "Hindenburg Disaster" with two substances that are "made of blur":
      Adam: Blur is very dangerous. You don't want to mix blur with blur.
    • They've done this with non-dangerous experiments that might be misused, such as the episode where they defeat a fingerprint scanner with a technique more commonly used to etch circuit boards—they leave out at least one step, and the narrator mentions they might have left it out.
    • In the MacGyver episode it was hinted that some things you could go ahead and try to do at home. Mainly because most people had access to that kind of stuff and it wasn't life-threatening. Ditto for the phone book episode; you can really interleave the pages of two phone books together without disastrous effects. You can even try to separate them with a tank, as the Mythbusters did because if you've got a working tank at your disposal, trying to separate phone books with it is about the safest possible use.
    • During the YouTube Special, Adam threatens to "personally come to your house and kick your butt" if he ever finds out that anyone tried the "get a million match heads and set them on fire" myth for themselves.
      • In that same episode, they built a flamethrower so illegal, it wasn't even shown being built on screen. They had to call in several favors to get permission to make it.
        Adam: So when we say 'do not try this at home', this is what we mean.
    • During an episode where Jamie had to back out of doing a stunt because it carried too high a risk of spinal injury (the stunt was instead performed by a professional), Adam closed out the episode with "Don't try this at home. We didn't!"
    • It was parodied in "You spoof Discovery" - "Remember kids, don't try this at home. Even though it's REALLY COOL and we're giving you step by step instructions on how to do it!"
    • During the Chinese Rocket Chair experiment, the real Adam uttered this gem:
      Adam: Remember, kids, no matter how much fun I'm having, under no circumstances should you try this at home.
    • A variant during a pseudo-crossover with Moonshinersnote : Jamie pointed out that distilling booze without a permit is illegal, and held up the permit the MBs had gotten in order to film themselves making moonshine in M5.
    • In one of the final episodes, Adam and Jamie were tasked with making a glitter bomb. Adam did a skit where he jokingly showed off the glitter, paint, and high explosive as if he was the host of a craft show instructing the audience in how to do the project, while an on-screen caption contradicted him and warned not to try it at home.
  • Another Experiment Show, Time Warp, also has disclaimers. On the episode where they brought in someone to blow giant bubbles to see what they were like on the high-speed, though, the hosts said: "Do try this at home, it's fun."
  • In Breaking The Magicians Code Magics Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed, the only time they say not to try it at home are the ones that the average person could duplicate (because it used common items that a normal person could get his hands on) and is dangerous. If the trick is safe or would be hard-to-impossible for the average person to try and duplicate, they don't bother.
  • "Neither you nor your dumb little buddies should attempt anything seen on this show." The original, funnier opening warning of Jackass. Changed to a more serious disclaimer when one of their stunts was tried at home. The show also told viewers not to submit videos of their own stunts, and that any tapes they received would be thrown away unwatched.
  • A "don't you or your dumb buddies try this" disclaimer is used at the start and end of each episode of the spin-off show Wildboyz.
  • Brainiac: Science Abuse not only uses this a lot, especially with putting things in microwave ovens that cause them to explode, but invariably reinforces it a few seconds later with "No, really — Don't," in the Richard Hammond era, and "Don't try this at home — or, indeed, any other place" in the Vic Reeves era. The latter was probably because the producers realised that the phrase alone is so clichéd now that people don't actually register its meaning any more when they hear it.
  • Penn & Teller produced a special entitled Don't Try This At Home! which subverted this by mostly containing stunts which were impossible to do at home anyway, such as enclosing themselves in a tent with a million bees, or counterweighting a truck with several tons of stage weights to drive it over Teller's chest. Further subverted for humourous effect later in the special, when they demonstrate the use of hydraulic squibs for producing blood effects by having Teller throw marshmallows at Penn's fake body — near the end of the scene, Penn yells, "Guess what, kids? You can try this at home!"
  • In an episode of Married... with Children, Al and Peg go on a game show where the idea is for a contestant to inflict torture on his/her spouse to win prizes. Before the very dangerous bonus round (where electric chairs are used) the host makes this warning to the viewers.
  • Back in the 1980s, on the David Letterman Show, Letterman would occasionally warn the viewers, "Don't try this at home."
    • On at least one occasion, after witnessing an especially bizarre stunt, he looked at the camera and said, "Go to a friend's house instead."
    • Once when crushing random things with a huge block, Letterman used this variant:
      Letterman: It would be very irresponsible of me not to tell you kids that when you try this at home with your own crane and your own three-thousand-pound block, be very, very careful.
    • Once while wearing a suit of magnets, Letterman warned kids not to walk up to the TV with magnets because they will destroy it. A few seconds later he said, "Hell what do I care. Try it at home." Technology Marches On: With the adoption of flat-screen TVs that don't need an electron gun to show pictures (and therefore don't react so much to magnets), this skit doesn't age well.
  • The "go to a friend's house instead" punchline was also used by the Reduced Shakespeare Company. The guys are about to perform Hamlet really fast (as in the entire play in under a minute). They give a short disclaimer to the effect that props will be thrown about, etc., and the audience should not try this at home. Adam tosses back "go to a friend's house" as he assumes his position.
  • Avoided in MacGyver: There probably was no single instance of this happening, and MacGyver did some awesomely dangerous stuff with things kids could easily get their hands on. Granted, a number of the things, while technically possible and based on scientific principles, are pretty much impossible to pull off. Plus, in interviews, the writers stated that if something was truly dangerous they'd often omit a crucial component so that people couldn't get hurt trying it.
  • In the Spike series 1000 Ways to Die, the disclaimer is probably the one that gets the most to the point: "Do not attempt to try ANY of the actions depicted! YOU WILL DIE!" In bloody red letters to boot (no pun intended). And if that weren't enough to hammer in the point, they flash an "Idiot Alert" on the screen for particularly dumb deaths, warning you in no uncertain terms that not only will attempting what you're watching get you killed, but you will deserve it for being stupid enough to try.
  • There was a "shockumentary" about sharks, where one man in a wet suit was in a boat dangerously close to sharks, and trying to reach his arm out to attach a tracker (or something). The narrator then said "Don't try this at home", in a completely non-mocking, serious way. One would wonder how you could get close to a shark within your own home.
  • Many science shows aimed at children show due caution in their depiction of experiments. Mr. Wizard's World threw a voiceover whenever an experiment shouldn't be done unsupervised: "This is one you ought not to try at home unless your parents are around..." usually "...because you're using fire."
  • In Beakman's World, one particularly dangerous demonstration involving ammonia and strong acids has a comical quick cut beforehand of all the characters turning in place with klaxons blaring and rotating red lights flashing before cutting a particularly urgent "Don't try this..." warning. It was also used before a "Bed of Nails" stunt and a stunt of placing a fluorescent lamp in a microwave. On the whole, however, this trope is actually avoided, as with careful following of the instructions and parental supervision, you could do most of the experiments shown at home. The "safe" stunts had their own warning: "Experiments should be performed only with adult supervision, and all appropriate safety precautions should be taken. All directions should be followed exactly, and no substitutions should be used."
  • As for Bill Nye the Science Guy:
    • "Do not, I repeat, DO NOT attempt this demonstration at home!"
    • Some "Nifty Home Experiments" advised kids to get an adult's help if it involved boiling water or suchlike.
    • Parodied with a Spoof Aesop when Bill goes off to demonstrate the distance between our solar system and the next star in space (the solar system is in a soccer field, the next star is on a beach several miles away). Bill goes racing off in a car with the camera running on fast-forward and the announcer remarks, "Don't drive like this at home, kids! You could leave tire marks on the living room carpet!"
  • That's Incredible was famous in the early 1980s for the use of this phrase to disclaim its many stunts, which was understandable considering how many real stuntmen were injured appearing on the show. However, they lampshaded themselves in a story on how a young girl spent a $5 bill containing a birthday inscription from her grandfather and then received the same bill many years later as change for a purchase. The odds they gave (completely ignoring any multiplicity effects) for receiving that exact bill were something like six quintillion to one. The number is so high to count that they exhorted viewers Don't Try This At Home.
    • Supernatural fans on Tumblr tried that at home and did it. Misha Collins, who plays the angel Castiel, is known for frequently trolling his own fandom. A Tumblr user offhandedly said she wanted to write "Are you Misha Collins?" on a dollar bill and spend it in the hopes that he'd get it one day, and HE'D be the one mind-screwed for once. She did it. Of course, other fans thought that it was funny, so they did it too. A year later, he got one - and for once, he had no idea it was coming.
  • On a Farscape transcript Ben Browder tells people not attempt Unity, a special alien mental bond. Since the closest anyone could come to it is banging their heads together and hoping for the best this probably wasn't necessary. Probably.
  • There was a programme on ITV with the title Don't Try This At Home. It featured numerous dangerous acts including climbing up very high cliffs in awful weather and doing the tightrope inside a building.
  • At the end of every Gladiators episode there was a pretty generic "don't try this at home". Not even a "you could get horrifically injured due to lack of training".
  • Subversion: in one episode of Good Eats, while Alton carves a roast the scrolling text at the bottom of the screen says "Semi-skilled professional in a real kitchen... do try this at home... but be careful won't you?"
    • Alton seems to like parodying this trope; another variation (spotted in "Raising the Steaks" as AB chows down on a homemade fajita) reads "Professional eater on closed course. Don't try this without a napkin."
    • "Closed course" warning was also present in "Romancing the Bird" while making cornbread pudding blindfolded.
    • Hazardous procedures are regularly preempted by lawyers Itchy and Twitchy, often forcing Alton to attempt safer methods of doing things. Foods with potentially hazardous ingredients (frequently raw eggs, though other ingredients such as unpasteurized milk or raw/undercooked meats also count) generally prompt a visit from the Food Police.
  • A comedy sketch show featured a man who came to see a doctor because whenever he walked he would make a funny sound (he farted with every step). Eventually, the doctor told the man to shut his eyes, he went to a window and opened it, said to the screen "don't try this at home" and leaped out.
  • Tomica Hero Rescue Fire had a variation/lampshade. Ritsuka was fighting a pair of Ninja Jakkast who were using a giant spoon and a large metal pot. She attacked them because she didn't want to see any cute little kids imitating them.
  • On an episode of QI it was revealed that custard is dense enough to walk on if you have, say, a kiddie pool full of it. The panel jumped at the opportunity to tell any kids watching that they definitely should try this at home.
    • The footage shown of someone actually walking on custard was from an episode of Brainiac: Science Abuse, which is already mentioned above. In fact, the occurrence might be considered a Shout-Out to the show.
    • The trope was also applied to the pronunciation of Vincent van Gogh.
    • Played with when Stephen Fry advises against wiring gherkins to electric lights, then changes his mind and tells the audience they shouldn't do things just because he told them to and they should live their own lives.
  • The Goodies: "We would like to point out that Ecky Thump is the ancient Lancastrian art of self-defence. When practised by the untrained, it could be dangerous."
  • Aversion: Appears nowhere at all in Top Gear, possibly because no one watching at home has the wherewithal to do most of their more outlandish stunts. Clarkson has been told he has to look disapproving whenever something illegal is mentioned; he remembers this occasionally. And, of course, he's "driving at the speed limit" in all the road tests and races.
    • When putting old Eighties cars through their paces, the presenters decided to relive some of the crazy stunts they did in their cars when they were teens back in the Eighties, but wondered about modern teens imitating them. They decided they were probably in the clear since they didn't think teens were imitating them to begin with. (Nobody was asking to have his hair cut like James May's, for example.)
  • James May's Man Lab: In "The Beer Hunter" segment, James warns the viewers not to imitate what his team is doing "at home, or in a pound shop mockup of Vietnam."
  • Scare Tactics: "Watching us is hilarious, imitating us is dangerous. Don't do it."
  • Frequently played around with on Tosh.0. Exaggerated when Daniel plays "Guess What Happens Next" with a video of an Asian kid who lights his crotch on fire; he spends about a minute driving home the point that viewer should not try this at home.
    • Zig Zagged with "Surprise Trust Falls". Subverted when Daniel follows his surprise trust falls by saying, "Feel free to send us your own surprise trust falls to our website, and be careful." Doubly subverted when Daniel is "forced" to ask people to stop doing them after people start sending in their own videos. Triple subverted when, after showing the surprise trust falls already sent in, Daniel says, "Screw it, keep sending them in!"
  • Web Soup has a segment called "Please, please, please, for the love of God, don't try this at home!"
  • Power Rangers:
    • When the show first aired in the UK, it was broadcast in ITV's morning slot as part of their breakfast show GMTV. GMTV also included a fitness segment with "Mr Motivator", who would appear before Power Rangers to warn viewers that the Rangers were played by trained martial artists/stunt performers and kids should Not Try This At Home.
    • This was also done when Power Rangers aired on Fox Kids UK at the end of every episode. "You are advised that the fight scenes in Power Rangers (Whatever series it was) are performed by trained martial arts experts and should not be performed at home."
  • Lost: The DVD featurettes of Terry O'Quinn (John Locke) throwing huge knives are always accompanied by a warning not to repeat it without a professional trainer at your hand.
  • The Young Ones - "The BBC would like to warn small children that putting people in old refrigerators is a bloody stupid thing to do."
  • Back in the 1960s Bob Monkhouse's Mad Movies frequently had Monkhouse telling kids never to copy dangerous stunts from silent movies.
  • Jokingly shown on the sitcom Arrested Development, where when Gob combines eating a sandwich, applesauce, and drinking from three bottles of liquor in order to swallow a key for his magic trick, the words "Professional magician, do not attempt at home" appear on-screen.
  • One of the charms of Sons of Guns is Will coming up with some new way to remind the viewers at the start of the episode that they're professionals and to not try this at home. What they don't mention is that plenty of what they do with fully automatic weapons and suppressors is illegal for those without the proper licensing.
  • This Movie Sucks: Ed The Sock would point out it was only OK for him to smoke because he's a puppet.
  • After one sketch on Harry Hill's TV Burp, he lampshaded this by telling the camera: "Now kids, some grownups think that because you've seen me do this, you might try it, and they write to ITV to complain. So just to be sure: DON'T CUT YOUR HAND OFF WITH A CLEAVER! Aren't grownups silly?"
    • And in a later show, when he has dropped a washing machine on his own head: a klaxon goes off, "Don't try this at home!" is flashed up as a caption... and he says "You hadn't even thought about it till I just said that, had you?"
  • Cake Boss has needed to invoke this on occasion. When they made a cake for Grucci Fireworks (which included live fireworks), the episode opened with a safety warning. And then Buddy blew up a test cake trying to see how this was going to work; maybe he should have watched the safety warning.
    • When Buddy was asked to make a fire-breathing cake, he invoked this trope by name during a test run.
  • Dick & Dom Go Wild open each show with a reminder that they're working with trained animal handlers and kids shouldn't approach wild animals on their own, and repeat it if they do anything particularly dangerous (or cute, like feeding fawns.) And when Dick did the notorious cow pregnancy test note : "This probably doesn't need saying, but don't try this yourselves."
  • Call of the Wildman used a variant particularly suited to its purpose and its star: "Handling wild animals is dangerous. With your bare hands? Just plain crazy. Don't try this at home."
  • Crash & Bernstein: "Whoa, hold on a second! I am made of cloth and stuffing. All the crazy and wild things I do on this show cannot harm me..."
  • Taken Up to Eleven by a Discovery Channel Canada show, Never Ever Do This At Home, which involves intentionally doing such ridiculous things just to see what would happen (seemingly in the interest of science, but more of a Refuge in Audacity). Some of the things done by the two excitable hosts (and their safety crew) include: launching fireworks in the living room, turning a small bathroom into a giant microwave to defrost a whole fish and filling a water bed with 1000 gallons of water (weighing 4000 kg) then popping it while still in the same room.
  • Horrible Histories has had them a few times, usually with the Historical Paramedics, because what they do could be seriously dangerous but at the same time is nowhere near impossible to imitate. One particularly horrible example was the one where they tried to figure out what was wrong with someone by tasting their blood.
  • Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey has Michael Faraday say this while doing one of his Christmas Lectures for children, in this case using electricity to ignite a small quantity of gunpowder. (The warning may or may not be an anachronism—Faraday wrote a book on candles that emphasized proper safety measures for the "at home" experiments.)
  • When the 1960s Batman (1966) series arrived in the UK, worrisome parents who imagined their kids dressing in Batcostumes and jumping off roofs led to the addition of an announcement at the end of each installment. A suitably dressed Adam West and Burt Ward told us, "Remember kids, Batman can't fly."
  • The Discovery Channel series Street Outlaws, a documentary on street racing, has a rather tongue-in-cheek example:
    Just because we're dumbasses don't mean you can be one too. So, don't do any of this Beep that we do at home.
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong? uses this as a Couch Gag.
    So whatever you do, don't try this at home. Leave it to us. The stupid guys.
  • Off The Air uses this in the episode "Food" when someone blows up bananas attached to their face. The preceding clip is filled with Public Secret Messages reading "DON'T TRY" and "DON'T DIE", along with the more visible message of "DO NOT try anything you see on this show, EVER."
  • Emergency! inspired a lot of people to help save lives. But apparently, back in the 70s when the show was airing, there were instances of people injuring themselves or others or worsening an already injured person's condition when they tried to imitate what they saw onscreen. Episodes started airing with a voice-over disclaimer that "You can't learn first aid from watching "Emergency" or any other television show" and encouraging people to contact the proper groups to learn proper first aid techniques.
  • Forged in Fire always opens with a warning to never try blacksmithing without proper training after an inspired fan's impromptu forge started a fire that burned down several houses, caused millions of dollars worth of damage, and got them arrested for reckless endangerment.
  • In an episode of Little Howard's Big Question gives us an amusing spin on this, with Little Howard stating that as this is a dream sequence he doesn't have to tell people not to try it at home.
  • A video of 18-month-old Tansy Aspinall playing with gorillas included the warning that the Aspinall's knew the gorillas well and vice versa. Damien Aspinall, her father stated that this isn't safe without that knowledge.
  • A notice with this display was shown during a case on Judge Rinder when the judge was shown a picture of the defendant shooting a firework from between his bumcheeks while it was also tied to his penis. Arguably verging into the realms of Deconstruction as this was after the defendants nearly killed someone and the reason they were brought to court - they got their friend to sit on an airbag which they deployed and it nearly killed him. Rinder was so horrified by how callous they were he threw one of them out of court.
  • Occasionally, the chefs on Iron Chef America take risks in their effort to finish their dishes in the 60-minute time limit. Whenever something particularly dangerous is happening, host Alton Brown tends to call out the trope. In particular, when chefs use the mandolin slicer with just their hands, he'll say the trope and remind viewers at home to "use the handguard" while emphasizing that the chefs have plenty of bandages and good medical. One time, Alton subverts the trope when Michael Symon poured hot oil from a deep fryer to crisp the skin of a smoked duck. He said, "If you try it at home, oh do please be careful."
  • World's Dumbest... does this at the start of their "Daredevils" episodes, along with the warning against sending in submissions. It's also sometimes used when Danny Bonaduce tries to reenact some of the stunts.
  • All Aussie Adventures parodies this in the credits a number of times - the point is not that Russell is a qualified and experienced professional, but that even the producers realise he's dangerously incompetent. For example, "The use of diesel fuel to start a campfire is not recommended unless you want a really big campfire." In one case, it shows up during the actual episode, during Russell's botched demonstration of applying a pressure bandage after a snake bite.
  • The 2017 version of The Gong Show featured an act where a rapper did his bit barefoot on broken glass. A quick disclaimer was thrown up: "Broken glass can injure you. Don't try this at home.''
  • Some of the challenges on Canada's Worst Driver, such as the J-turn, are good lessons in driving control but are illegal on public roads. As such, the host reminds viewers to not do them.
  • Two of the spinoffs of the kids' game show Raven had warnings to viewers not to attempt the challenges themselves in each episode, pointing out that the kid warriors are supervised and have their safety checked by experts. The warning in Raven The Island is delivered during the end credits by a CBBC announcer while the warning in Raven: The Dragon's Eye is delivered by Raven before the opening titles.
  • Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger has a moment in Brave 10 that gets Played for Laughs. When Souji and Amy are stuck in a trap and tied up, Amy reveals that she can operate a TV remote with her feet (so she'll be able to help get them out of their situation). Cue a flashback of Amy at home doing exactly that, only for the narrator to chime in...
    Shigeru Chiba: HEY!!! *Amy jumps out of her skin* Kids, don't do this at home!
  • Lampshaded in the Theme Tune for Bizaardvark:
    You could watch Dirk doing crazy dares
    Saying "Here we go"
    He'll do anything you want
    But don't try this at home!
  • The Weird Al Show had a joke in the episode "Mining Accident" where, after Harvey the Wonder Hamster did a stunt, Al told the audience that any hamsters watching at home shouldn't imitate Harvey's stunts because Harvey is a trained professional.
  • A humorous variation on the term occurs in Series 4 of Robot Wars, during a Heat Final bout between Dominator 2 (an overhead spike) and 101 (a low, tracked robot), courtesy of Jonathan Pearce:
    Jonathan Pearce: (as Dominator 2 impales 101 and drags it around) Dominator 2, madly flailing away with that axe. Do not try this at home, children, with a toothpick on your brother's favourite model car. Wait until Christmas Day and do it then!

  • Eminem’s song “Role Model” about how his alter ego Slim Shady is an Anti-Role Model. To illustrate, the song opens with Slim announcing that he’s going to try drowning himself. He then adds, “You can try this at home. You can be just like me.”
  • The song "Cartoon Heroes" by Aqua features the line "What we do is what you just can't do" to remind kids not to try all the things they see their cartoon heroes doing.
  • When the Irish music group Darby O'Gill covered Tom Lehrer's The Irish Ballad, they added this disclaimer after detailing one of the female protagonist's murders.
  • Songs to Wear Pants To's "I am The Reason Why Girls Are Hot" ends with "Yo I got a flamethrower and a microwave \ bring any girl to me and I'll make her real hot \ Don't try this at home, kids... bring her to my house".
  • "Hellbent" by Self includes the line "I've been trying things at home that I saw on television, and I'm doin' 'em wrong!
  • The Dead Milkmen song "Part 3" contains the warning: "Don't any of you kids try this guitar solo at home - that man is a trained professional"
  • Warrant's "Cherry Pie" has one very quickly, just before the final verse begins: Jani Lane shouts "I'm a trained professional!" over a brief guitar solo.
  • Welcome to the Disclaimer! (On "Ixnay On The Hombre", featuring also this trope.)
  • The music video for Captain Tractor's The Last Saskatchewan Pirate. It's really all lowercase letters.
    captain tractor wishes to assure its audience that no shoppers were harmed during this filming at the palatial west edmonton mall. that also goes for the students who participated in the making of this film. do not attempt this at home.

    Myths & Religion 
  • Any book of Catholic exorcism prayers to be used by exorcists will have very strict and severe warnings that laypeople and even priests not authorized by their bishops to perform exorcisms should never attempt to use the prayers or even read them. The reason is that in Catholic theology, these prayers directly address demons and command them to leave. Attempting to deal with demonic forces on such a direct level without training could lead to serious spiritual harm.

    Pro Wrestling 

    Puppet Shows 
  • Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons: "Captain Scarlet is indestructible. You are not. Remember this. Do not try to impersonate him."
  • The Dinosaurs Image Song "I'm the Baby (Gotta Love Me)" tells the listeners not to stick peoples' fingers in sockets and light them up.

  • Parodied in an episode of Hello Cheeky. The gang present kung fu on radio, followed by about fifteen seconds of exaggerated yelling. This is followed by "Children are warned not to do what we have just done because you feel a right berk."

    Tabletop Games 
  • There is a rather hilarious "disclaimer" in Exalted first edition rulebook that goes "Exalted is not really the secret history of the world. You cannot really cast spells. You should not hit your friends or loved ones with swords. This game is not intended to be played by people who can't tell the difference between fantasy and reality."
    • Of course, given how detailed and immersive the setting is, this might be helpful actually...
    • This is pretty common for White Wolf; both Vampire games have disclaimers that amount to "Remember: this is a game. You are not a vampire. If you start thinking you are one, please seek help."
      • Considering that White Wolf was one of the companies hit hardest by the moral panic surrounding tabletop RPGs in the early nineties, these disclaimers were probably more for the benefit of the Moral Guardians than anyone actually intending to play the games in question.
  • A review of the notoriously panned FATAL, which can be found here (DANGER: LANGUAGE USED IS DECIDEDLY NSFW), features the memorable line from Jason Sartin, "Remember, folks, Darren's a professional, and we're reviewing on a closed course. Don't projectile vomit blood at home!"
  • Many fantasy roleplaying games have a disclaimer in which the authors basically tell the reader not to become involved in the occult simply because the game world postulates that magic actually works. (The disclaimer in C. J. Carella's Witchcraft is particularly humorous in this regard.) Weis and Hickman's Darksword Adventures contains the rules for Phantasia, a roleplaying game set in the Darksword novels' world of Thimhallan. One of the book's conceits is that it was written by a character in the fictional world for Earth humans (a future advanced spacefaring culture, who refer to the planet as "Kinsky-3") and that the game is actually played in the fictional world. In Thimhallan, magic is Life and Technology, or Death is considered Evil, and so the "author" cautions readers against playing characters who have no ability to use magic and expresses reservations about discussing the "Dark Arts" of technology within the rules.
  • In the same vein as its novel cousin, the Dresden Files RPG plays this for a Fantastic Aesop. In particular, the author Billy (an in-universe character) specifically disclaims any responsibility for the reader (or their characters) trying out the Shadowman's heart-exploding spell and "having [their] fool head chopped off by a Warden".


    Theme Parks 

    Video Games 
  • Monkey Island:
    • The Curse of Monkey Island has a scene where Guybrush gives the audience a disclaimer right before cheerfully ingesting a spiked drink.
      Guybrush: It just occurred to me that mixing medicine and alcohol is a really stupid and possibly lethal thing to do. If I were a real person instead of a lovable, inept cartoon character (with the potential for a few more sequels), I wouldn't even consider it. Skoal!
    • In Escape from Monkey Island, just before he pulls the fire alarm at the schoolhouse on Knuttin Atoll, Guybrush turns to the player and says that you should never, ever do this in Real Life.
  • In Day of the Tentacle, Laverne revives a hamster from cryogenic suspension by putting it in a microwave. She then turns to the camera and remarks in a very emotionless, bored tone that you should never do this unless you have access to a highly advanced future microwave. "Kids who put hamsters in microwaves back where I'm from get taken away from their parents and put up for adoption. So DON'T do it!"
  • "The skaters depicted in this game are either professionals, made-up or just plain crazy." — The Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series.
  • The Need for Speed series always included a short video disclaimer about safe driving, delivered by whoever was playing the hottie in the FMV cutscenes.
    • Many Racing Games tend to have an opening disclaimer urging you to always race on a professional track, ensure your car is in racing condition and, of course, to wear your seat-belt wherever you drive.
  • Lampshaded in Ratchet: Deadlocked, which had Dallas, the male announcer spouting out random comments while you fight, say "Remember, don't try any of this at home. Go to a friend's house!"
  • Psymon Stark in the SSX series will occasionally shout, "Don't try that at home, kids!" after landing a death-, logic- and gravity-defying snowboard trick.
  • Used in a more subtle way in Saints Row 2, during a mission after trying to find out the recipe for Loa Dust, Tobia's wife tells about what is in the Loa Dust but does not explicitly tell what exactly it is made of to the player and gives it to Shaundi instead. Given the possible controversy of teaching gamers to produce real-life chemical drugs. It was a good idea anyway.
  • Used in the title of an Xbox game, Backyard Wrestling — Don't Try This At Home, featuring various characters (including members of Insane Clown Posse) mauling one-another with garden-tools and various common-household improvised-weaponry.
  • Some eroge come packaged with a message like this. An example can be found here.
  • If the player falls hard in Backyard Skateboarding, Erik says "Don't try this at home, kids" after landing.
  • In Brütal Legend, Eddie Riggs can perform an attack with the roadie unit where he holds his guitar in front of the amplifiers the roadie is carrying, and play it, hurting enemies with feedback. While doing so, he'll remind the player that he is a professional and not to do this themselves.
  • Tekken Tag Tournament PS2's bowling minigame when the player overcharges and gets a foul or chooses to knock out someone with the ball on either side of the bowling alley. The manual is more serious, stating the game is for entertainment purposes and states not to try using the moves at home.
  • From Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People: Baddest of the Bands:
    Strong Bad: Kids, this may look like fun, but Strong Bad is a stunt driver on a closed course with a team of licensed crustacean wranglers backing him up. So remember, NEVER put live buttered lobsters down your pants... Unless, you know, you got five bucks riding on it. Then knock yourself out.
  • Hedgewars manual, disclaimer:
    Do not try to recreate the cake in the real world. Some people might not appreciate the idea of their heads blown off by a birthday cake.
  • Rune Factory Frontier pulled this when you're trying to cheat on your wife by triggering the "Love Confession" scenes. If Raguna is already married, his wife will come and beat him up, following with the line "* Do not try this at home." after the screen has turned white.
  • Monday Night Combat announcer Mickey Cantor sometimes lampoons the trope as parting words. An example:
    Canor: Remember the violence you see here is performed by trained combat professionals with a deep personal hatred for their opponents. Do not try any of these things you see here at home unless you have a certified copy of our home game.
  • The Spider-Man game tying into the latest set of movies had a spoof message in the tutorial. When it comes to web-slinging, Spidey informs children that they should not try this at home... because "your house isn't nearly tall enough".
  • Both Jet Set Radio games have the following disclaimer at the start of the game.
    Graffiti is art. However, graffiti as an act of vandalism is a crime. Every state/province has vandalism laws that apply to graffiti, and local entities such as cities and counties have anti-graffiti ordinances. Violation of these laws can result in a fine, probation, or a jail sentence. Sega does not condone the real-life act of vandalism in any form.
  • I Am an Insane Rogue A.I. has "Children, don't try this at home, unless you are also an insane rogue AI."
  • The disclaimer for Science Papa states "Never try to reproduce anything in this game without professional supervision!"
  • Star Ocean: The Second Story features a private event where Rena reformats a public computer's hard drive, erasing the data. The fourth wall is broken and the player is told: "Do not try this at home!"
  • In Flight, when you purchase an upgrade which allows you to use a fuel engine to make your paper plane go faster, it displays the message "This is totally impossible in real life. Please don't try it at home!"
  • In MacSki, an old Obstacle Ski Course game for the Macintosh, one of the help screens says that the game is only for entertainment purposes, not training: "If you do not seek professional ski instruction, you could injure yourself very badly and look like a complete idiot in front of family and friends."
  • The Inazuma Eleven video games hilariously informs younger players not to try performing the special moves from the games at home when you start a new game, despite said special moves involving including summoning the hand of God, jumping in the air and spinning around so fast the ball catches on fire, summoning a dragon, kicking the ball into the air so that it gets zapped by godly powers and summoning the devil.
  • The description of the "Pyromaniac" achievement in Rescue Team 4 states "Wait until 10 houses are on fire on level 31. Warning: do not try this at home!"
  • In Fire Emblem Awakening, this is one of Basilio's critical lines.
  • "Remember kids, taking someone's possessions and selling them without asking is a crime." — Disgaea DS
  • The Long Dark opens with a short warning that even though the developers have pushed for realism in the game's development, that the game should absolutely not be taken as a substitute for real wilderness survival training. It also states that the animals present in the game are abnormally aggressive due to the bizarre geomagnetic event that also knocked out all electronics and sent humanity back to the stone age; in real life, wolves and bears are not ravenous killing machines that attack all humans on sight, and the development team does not in any way condone the killing of wildlife in real life.
  • The Arcade Game 720° displays this warning message at the start of a new game:
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition gives an In-Universe example: Leliana can offer to train you to be a bard, re: spy/assassin. Said training is a codex entry that, based on her bad experience, amounts to, "Don't."
  • The dynamite-making achievement plaque in Grim Facade 7: Monster in Disguise states "Please do not try this at home."
  • Sega's official magazine, Sega Visions would occasionally stick disclaimers into articles for games like Road Rash or the extreme roller-blading game Skitchin', usually followed by something like "seriously, you didn't try running into walls at high speed after playing Sonic the Hedgehog, did you?"
  • During the Hairdresser Octopus rap in Parappa The Rapper 2, a caption reading "Kids, don't try this at home!" appears as Parappa and the Octopus dance around with scissors.
  • In Subterraneus Clodomir comes across an altar with a statue made of junk, surrounded by candles.
    Clodomir: Some lit candles, with no one around, surrounding a pile of inflammable things? Please, don't do this at home!
  • In Matchington Mansion the profile for Gustavo, a balloonist who attaches fireworks to his balloon for added altitude, states "Gustavo recommends that no one try this at home, fireworks should be handled by professionals."
  • In PAYDAY 2, one of the loading screen tips simply states "Do not try this in real life." If you do, you'll most likely be taken into custody.
  • In Puyo Puyo SUN, Zoh Daimaoh gets angry at Schezo for calling him a "demon" and performs a technique where he burns a hole in the ground just by standing in place and slowly sinks into it, all with Schezo set aflame in his grasp. Zoh yells "This technique is dangerous, so be a good kid and don't imitate this!"
    Schezo: Like a human could possibly do that?!

    Visual Novels 
  • In Little Busters!, if someone picks up fireworks when battling, a note from Kyousuke will appear saying 'It's actually dangerous to point fireworks at someone, don't try this at home.'
  • The disclaimer for LifeSigns: Surgical Unit states in part "Furthermore, the examinations, operations and other behavior performed in this game differ from the real ones. Do not imitate them under any circumstance."

    Web Animation 
  • Episode 1 of Inanimate Insanity opens with the following disclaimer, based off the one from Total Drama: "The following cartoon contains scenes of actual stupidity, some of the stunts which you are about to see were performed by animated objects! Do not try any of what you see here at home! Seriously, you could get really messed up!"
  • Variations of this trope are used in SMG4's Mario Bloopers, the most common being "Don't do drugs" (which is used in some bloopers such as "Ssenmodnar 2", "Super Happy Magical Fun Fun Island", and "Yoshrooms").
  • Played for laughs in The Gmod Idiot Box episode 8, where, in a parody of Will It Blend?, the Engineer tries to blend three revolvers.
  • In Taco-Man Plays a Video Game, scenes of Taco-Man performing such activities as smoking and pointing a gun towards his head get accompanied with reminders for kids not to do them.

  • Irregular Webcomic!: In the annotations of this comic.
    And do not, under any circumstances, attempt to emulate Kyros. He is a trained idiot.
  • Used seriously in Collar 6, which has warnings that it's a fantasy world, NOT a guide to BDSM safety.
  • Amazing Super Powers did it in the strip about the watercooler (see Alt Text).
  • Schlock Mercenary warns you: "...but in truth, it is Something You Kids Should Not Be Trying At Home. (I mean it. Put away that linear accelerator RIGHT NOW or I'm telling your mom.)
  • Near the start of the MythBusters storyline of Least I Could Do, this happens. While the Mythbusters DO use the trope's name for legal reasons, Rayne imagines them saying "Come on. Do it. Do it at home." "But do it bigger'" instead.
  • Darths & Droids:
    • At the climax of the Battle of Yavin, Pete has Corey roll an apparently explosive die. The usual annotation is a disclaimer:
      Many of the things we depict in the comics, we encourage you to try in your own games.

      Not today.

      We disclaim all responsibility where Pete's dice are concerned.
    • Played more seriously in The Rant for strip #968:
      Vehicles often have additional capabilities that don't normally come into the awareness of roleplayers. But knowledge of these features can help save your skin in difficult adventure situations. For example, if your car breaks down in the desert, (the following is roleplaying game advice only, do not try this in real life) you can drink the water from the radiator. [and again in the next paragraph]
  • The commentary for this El Goonish Shive strip goes out of its way to inform readers of the potential hazards of using a sleeper hold.
    • In one comic in which Grace, in squirrel form, is being scratched and petted by Sarah, both Sarah and the commentary point out that it is a very unwise idea to attempt to do this to a real squirrel. Grace can be trusted not to scratch and bite; actual squirrels cannot.
  • Discussed in Paranatural, when Max talks about his Parkour idol Shred Eagle:
    Max: He'd always say "Don't try this at home, kids!" So me and my friends would go around the city and copy his moves in much more dangerous places.
  • Played with in the votey for a Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comic about impressing your significant other with condom tricks.
    SMBC is not responsible for any unfortunate outcomes of taking the advice contained in this comic.
    SMBC is completely responsible for any awesome outcomes of taking the advice contained in this comic.

  • The straightest, most serious and most thoroughly justified example imaginable appears at the beginning of one Escape Pod sci-fi short fiction podcast. The content warnings are usually delivered in a fairly lighthearted manner, but when one story featured auto-erotic asphyxiation by young children as a plot point, there was an audible note of fear in host Stephen Eley's voice as he delivered the warning. Listen to it here, and please, heed the warning.

    Web Original 
  • Cracked's list of 6 Death-Defying Stunts That Are Secretly Easy to Do repeatedly says "Seriously, don't try this yourself."
  • The beginning of the System Shock walkthrough by IT-HE Software, where the author explains that you shouldn't actually indulge in drugs, gleeful violence, or evil in real life.
  • Randall Munroe says this a number of times in his science blog What If?. One of the more amusing examples comes from the entry "Lightning":
    Randall: Before we go any further, I want to emphasize something:
    I am not an authority on lightning safety. I am a guy who draws pictures on the Internet. I like when things catch fire and explode, which means I do not have your best interests in mind.
  • The WrestleCrap entry for Mr. America mentions how after Hulk Hogan beat Vince McMahon at WrestleMania XIX, Vince was so angry he told Hogan he never wanted to see him again and would pay him to stay at home.
    RD Reynolds: Somehow I doubt if you, dear reader, ever pissed your boss off royally you’d get the same “punishment.” But hey, what the hell, tomorrow I want you to go in and punch your boss right in the face. Let us know how it turns out for you. (Disclaimer: will not be held legally responsible for any idiotic action you may take based upon our idiotic request.)
  • 17776: Eddie Krieger breaks the fourth wall mid-conversation to warn the reader never to go to Eleven Jones Cave, where he's currently hiding out, since the carbon dioxide levels there will kill anyone who doesn't share his Complete Immortality.

    Web Videos 
  • EXTREME ARSON! -Not actually a sport, please don't try this at home.
  • This video starring the Swedish Chef of The Muppets fame warns at the beginning "The Swedish Chef is a trained professional. (Sort of) Do not try this at home. (Seriously) Thanks. (Really)"
  • =3 features Ray constantly telling people to not try things at home. One episode actually featured him telling off people for not listening to this trope:
    Ray: Now, I know every time I say don’t try this at home you guys are like "Sweet, something I'm gonna try at home! Honey, get me my beer, the midget on the Internet is tellin' me not to do somethin' so I gotta do it!"
  • Two Best Friends Play kicked off their RustleMania event (in which they played a bunch of wrestling videogames) with a parody of the PSA's from WWE's home videos (see Professional Wrestling, above). Matt, Pat, and Woolie explained the serious injuries to their reputations that they've sustained—and that one gaming session that left Pat's thumb really, really sore—and they urged their viewers against Lets Playing at home.
  • Recurring use by the French videomaker Experimentboy (mainly in his video descriptions, but sometimes also in the video itself). As his videos essentially consist in playing with fire, destroying things with a lawnmower, cooking dangerous things in microwave ovens, or firing improvised ammunition (tin cans, nails, dolls, etc) with a spud gun, this is totally justified.
  • JonTron:
    • At the end of his Hercules Games episode, JonTron kills himself by swallowing a bottle of pills and a large swig of vodka, while displaying a sarcastic disclaimer:
      Dear Kids: Please don't kill yourselves and then sue me.
    • At a later date, he has plenty of fun with this trope in Waterproofing my life with FLEX TAPE during the last infomercial shown; the salesman has decided to demonstrate how good the product is at plugging holes by assaulting a bucket with a knife and a chainsaw, and the whole time a "Don't try this!" warning is onscreen (escalated to "Seriously don't try this!" when the chainsaw comes out):
      JonTron: Don't try this. Don't try this. It's not even a "don't try this at home", just Don't try this! Phil... he's gone insane, he came in here earlier with a knife and a chainsaw, please help! Send help!
  • In the Barney the Purple Dinosaur episode "Barney's Internet Adventure", Barney sees this warning as he watches the famous "Diet Coke + Mentos" video. He thinks they're taking a shower, so he decides to go take a shower using Diet Coke and Mentos in the outdoors.
    Barney: Boys and girls, they said don't try this at home, that's why I'm outside! (rimshot)
  • Played for laughs in the Area 11 skit "Monopoly", in which Kogie makes Parv chew his Monopoly houses for failing to bail him out yet again. He then tells him to swallow them, at which point the sketch pauses to a mock announcement from In The Little Wood telling people not to do this at home since they will probably die. After he's finished, this exchange happens:
    Martyn: Is that what you want?
    Sparkles: Pretty much.
    Martyn: Okay, good. [reaches for a spliff] Kogie's sketches are really doing my head in. [lights up]
  • In this YouTube video a father magically "shrinks" his dog (introducing the new puppy).
    Father: Don't try this at home.
    Daughter: We are home!
    Father: Forget what I just said.
  • Averted by Games Repainted: the Repainted team actively encourages fans to do their own repaintings and send them in for the team to play.
  • The Nintoaster Instructional Video repeatedly hammers in the point that one should not try any of what's shown in the video at home unless they know what they're doing (and for good reason, given it involves sensitive electrical equipment).
  • Will It Blend? included the "Don't try this at home" warning along with Tom's "Don't breathe this" warning if the after product of a blended item had a chance of causing sickness or worse. If an item would do no worse than making a mess in your blender, the disclaimer "Please try this at home" was used.
  • Is It a Good Idea to Microwave This? used the simple text warning "Don't try this at home" in the earlier seasons. Later on, in the show's run, a stinger was placed first thing in the video that referenced the "We're what you call experts" disclaimer from Myth Busters. Late run episodes used a variant message in the stinger. If an episode's results were particularly dangerous, such as the fireworks and airbag, the message not to attempt the experiment yourself was heavily emphasized.
  • Outside Xbox sometimes make cocktails from video games. Some go better than others.
    • After misreading the recipe for a cocktail led to putting a handful of nutmeg into the cocktail shaker - which is a legitimately toxic amount of nutmeg to put into anything - a disclaimer at the bottom of the screen stated "Spoiler: This is a dangerous amount of nutmeg. Like seriously, a dangerous amount. Do not eat this much nutmeg ever."
    • Their video of the Dragon Flame cocktail from Hitman 2 included the "don't try this at home" warning because it is vile: it includes chili and raw egg.
  • In the Cooking with Dog episode about boiling a fresh octopus arm, Francis says that some people who live in coastal areas where octopus is caught will dedicate a particular washing machine at their local laundromat for cleaning the goo off of octopus arms, claiming that the machine does the job faster than the hand-rubbing with coarse salt method that Chef is doing while also tenderizing the meat. Without missing a beat, Francis gently warns not to try this at your local public laundry.
  • In HBomberguy's video "Soy Boys: A Measured Response", he eats a mouthful of grass in defiance of EU regulations, only to immediately spit it back out.
    "Grass contains silica, which can seriously mess up your teeth, like, permanently. Do not even do this for a joke!"
  • Life of Boris: Usually subverted. Boris usually recommends you not try his antics at home "unless you know what you are doing, in which case, go ahead". The one time this was played absolutely straight was in the "Cooking With Chainsaw"-video which proclaimed that Boris can do it only because he is a professional "debil" (idiot).

    Western Animation 
  • Starting in season 2, Beavis and Butt-Head was prefaced with a voiceover pointing out that flesh and blood human beings aren't likely to survive some of the imbecilic stunts that the cartoon characters pull off. "Some of the things they do could cause a person to get hurt, expelled, arrested — possibly deported." Season 1 also had a disclaimer, but it was more a case of, "We didn't come up with them, but they're Actually Pretty Funny."
    If you're not a cartoon character, swallowing a rubber full of drugs will probably kill you.
  • On an episode of Drawn Together, Captain Hero says "No one ever dies, watch!" before cutting his head off with a sword, and walking back onscreen. He then states "Now you try!"
  • Futurama:
    • Parodied in the episode where Bender becomes famous, then infamous, for children imitating his televised behavior. According to the DVD commentary, the network forced them to include the disclaimer, no matter how obvious the joke seemed. But since it fits into the in-verse television screen, it still works.
      Bender: Try this, kids at home! [lights self on fire]
      Disclaimer: Don't try this, kids at home.
    • Parodied again, in the same episode. The kids decide to mimic Bender's actions and find that drinking and smoking only makes them puke. So they decide to steal instead. One of the kids mentions TV gave them the idea; cue the following disclaimer:
      Bender: You're watching Futurama, the show that does not condone the cool crime of robbery.
    • And yet again in the same episode: Farnsworth, leading an anti-Bender mob, after failing to get the Execu-bots to listen to him, pulls out a gun because it's something Bender did on TV.
  • In the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Joker's Wild", the Joker escapes from Arkham with a rather dangerous-looking stunt: tying a rope made from bedsheets around a rock, using it as a grapple to snag a passing truck, and letting it pull him over the asylum fence. He laughs "Don't try this at home, kiddies!" before he pulls it off.
  • Parodied in Ed, Edd n Eddy in the episode "See No Ed." where Kevin is performing dangerous skateboarding stunts.
    Kevin: Don't try this at home, kids.
    Rolf: This would be impossible, as Rolf would hit the ceiling.
  • Every episode of Total Drama begins with Chris informing us that "This episode of TDI contains scenes of extreme stunts performed by animated teens. Do not try any of what you see here at home. Seriously, you could get really messed up." The latest version has him going out of his way to stress the part about "Animated Teens"; as he says the words 'animated teens' very slowly, the letters A-N-I-M-A-T-E-D T-E-E-N-S are themselves animated to emphasize how stupid it would be to do what he forces his victims to do. This is true for the original, but not in the American version. Considering the cut broadcast in America is frequently bowdlerised, that's rather surprising.
  • American Dragon: Jake Long: Supposedly part of an aborted plan to give Jake Long's dragon form a helmet was based on the prospect of children imitating it. Yeah, children turning into a dragon and flying without a helmet, makes perfect sense.
  • Sometimes in Animaniacs before they were about to viciously attack an enemy or do a dangerous stunt, Yakko would tell the audience, "Kids, don't try this at home."
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
    • Sometimes before they were about to do something dangerous in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, Raphael would say, "Kids, don't try this at home." Even Rocksteady said this deliberately to the audience after he and Bebop jumped off the back of a moving subway train.
    • Played as a joke in Donatello's opening narration in one episode of the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon: "Warning: the stunt you are about to witness is performed by professional maniacs..."
  • Garfield and Friends
    • In the episode "School Daze", Garfield is surprised by Nermal, a grey tomcat. He finds himself on the ceiling thanks to his claw and climbs down. On the way, he informs the viewers that it takes sharp claws and he's a pro... so don't try it.
    • An episode entitled "Lemon Aid" had this. Long story short, Jon, Garfield, and Odie were in Jon's car, chasing another out-of-control car down a pier. Garfield leans out the window holding a harness attached to a rope, as he is about to save the man in the other car, and says to the camera, "Kids, don't try this at home. We're professionals, and also we're cartoon characters." It was a really long pier.
    • In another episode, Garfield leads a pursuing dog into a box for sawing someone in half. Shortly after he starts sawing the box, he pauses to tell viewers, "Don't try this at home."
    • This is literally the last verse of a song in the U.S. Acres cartoon "Secrets of the Animated Cartoon".
  • Inverted and played with in an episode of Gumby called "Lawn Party", when he and Pokey were watching animated people. When Gumby imitates the lawn mowing sequence himself, he wrecks the yard and a portion of the house!
    Pokey: We've been FRAMED! Never trust animated people!
  • Sam & Max: Freelance Police:
    • In one episode, Sam says, "Remember, kids, we're professional cartoon characters. Don't try this at home!" and proceeds to use Max as a projectile battering ram (just after the 4:00 mark).
    • And in another short, after in an attempt to show how useful a vice is for randomly crushing things, Max detonates a sea mine. In fact, he crushes a sea mine specifically labelled "Do not crush in Dad's vice".
      Max: On second thoughts, don't try this at home. Leave it to the professional boneheads.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Homer lectures Bart after taking him to see a UFC Expy, telling him "Don't try this at home. Try it at school, somewhere where we can sue if you get hurt — and not just the school, but the county, the state, and that jackass Joe Biden!"
    • When Bart asks if he's ready to imitate a Jackass stunt, Milhouse notes all those disclaimers made him want to do it more.
    • Parodied when Bart is trying to fake PTSD and uses a marker to draw on bloodshot eyes. He then decides it's too much and undoes it with white-out, while a disclaimer pops up reading "Kids, try this at home!"
  • KaBlam!: "Remember motorheads, don't try this at home. June is a professional comic book character."
  • In the Space Goofs Christmas Episode, the aliens are trying to drive away Santa Claus by lighting explosives under the chimney:
    Etno: Don't try this at home, kids.
    Candy: Yes, you could hurt yourself...
    Bud & Gorgeous: ...or someone you love.
    Stereo: (Head 2:) So remember, (Head 1:) girls and boys...
    Santa Claus: ...have a safe, and happy holiday!
    • After this attempt...
    Bradley the Elf: You see, kids? Don't do this at home!
  • In the first episode of Johnny Test, Johnny tries to fly using cardboard wings from atop a ladder. Dukey addresses the camera:
    Dukey: Kids, don't try this at home.
  • An episode of I Am Weasel featured the creation of onion rings by putting onion rings all over someone's face and then sticking said face in a vat of boiling oil. The creator acknowledges that the man about to undergo this is "a professional boiling-oil stuntman" and adds that you really, really don't want to try doing this at home.
  • In an episode of Jackie Chan Adventures, Jackie and Jade swap bodies, allowing Jade to finally do all the things she's been warned never to do every episode beforehand. Jackie as Jade, then dropkicks some Shadowkhan, runs up a wall to knock out another two, and immediately warns Jade never 'to try that at home'.
  • Spoken several times in Tom & Jerry Kids, usually by a human character, just before Tom was about to do something dangerous. One of them involved him splitting in two, and going around a tree from both sides.
  • Bonkers says as much during the introduction.
  • Even the animated series Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! would have the cast members saying this from time to time. Igor Smith is seen hitchhiking in the episode "The Phantomato of the Opera". An 18-wheeler passes him by, kicking up a big cloud of dust and truck exhaust in its wake.
    Igor: Kids, do NOT try this at home!!!
  • In one Super Friends episode, the heroes host a charity golf event. Before Batman and Robin show off a stunt (involving Robin making a drive while somersaulting off of Batman's shoulders) the announcer advises the viewers not to try this yourself without certified training in acrobatics.
  • Episode 4 of Ultimate Spider-Man begins with Spidey riding the Spider-Cycle in a subway tunnel. He looks at the audience, in the way he often does on the show, and says, "No, I'm not allowed to do this. And neither are you."
  • In Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation, Elmyra sneaks out of her parents' car as they're driving through a safari to get herself a kitty ("Or, to be more precise, a cheetah!") just as a voice blares from the bullhorn outside, "And may I repeat so that Warner Bros. won't get sued if anyone really does this: DO NOT GET OUT OF THE CAR!"
  • After watching Jackass on Family Guy:
    Peter: Hey. You know what. We should try some of that stuff. Here, at home.
    Cleveland: I don't know, Peter. That skull and crossbones warning before the show is pretty clear about not doing that.
    Peter: Cleveland, shut up. I saw something on TV that I want to imitate.
    • This is pointing out that some people are stupid enough to try it at home even if there is a warning.
  • During the end credits for the short cartoon Feast (which involves a small dog with a big appetite for "people food"), one credit advises viewers to "Pick up a new friend at your local animal shelter (but feed them responsibly)!"
  • Looney Tunes: In the Daffy Duck short "Night of the Living Duck", a Leatherface look-alike uses his chainsaw to cut his steak, which is accompanied by a "Don't try this at home!" caption.
  • In one episode of Beetlejuice, BJ does a swan dive off a diving board which is several thousand feet high, into a glass of water on the ground. But before he does, he makes sure to warn the kids watching at home not to imitate him.
    BJ: Remember, folks, don't try this at home, because I Have No Idea What I'm Doing!
  • Quick Draw McGraw, in his El Kabong alter ego, says this in an episode of Yogi's Treasure Hunt after he's brought in on trial for assault with his guitar. "We're only trying to make you laugh," he tells us.
  • Parodied in The Amazing World of Gumball episode "The Safety", as part of one of the show's No Fourth Wall moments. The family is attempting to enter City Hall to stop Darwin. They attempt the old "zip-lining through power line" stunt, causing them to crash into one of these warnings.note 
  • A variant in the Wander over Yonder episode "The New Toy", where the commercial for the H.A.T.E.R.V. toy has an Unreadable Disclaimer saying that it's too dangerous to sell as an actual toy and that you shouldn't try to make one yourself.
  • Bump in the Night:
    • In the episode "Party Poopers", Mr. Bumpy and Molly Coddle at one point try to get away from the Cute Dolls by hiding in a toaster. Before jumping in, Molly says to the audience, "Kids, don't try this at home."
    • One of the Karaoke Cafe songs is dedicated to this.
      Mr. Bumpy: I'm not built the same as you/So whatever else you do/Don't try this at home!
    • Inverted in the Karaoke Cafe song "Making Music is Fun", where a throwaway line has Bumpy say, "Kids, I want you to try this at home."
  • Parodied in Steven Universe with Sunstone. Since she's meant to be a parody of '90s attitude mascots that just ooze Totally Radical, she wouldn't be complete without a fourth-wall-breaking aside to warn the kids at home not to try climbing giant robots.
  • One episode of Phineas and Ferb shows an informational video on the Drusselsteinian "Humiliating Dance of Contrition," one of the necessary moves of which is to "split an atom in a breakfast nook." The video helpfully warns not to attempt this.
  • In the Ready Jet Go! episode “Our Sun is a Star!", when Dr. Rafferty conducts her experiment with the campfire and poker, she warns the kids to not try the experiment at home.
  • In The New Adventures of Beany and Cecil episode "The Bad Guy Flu", Dishonest John says, "Don't try this at home, kids" when he deflates his raft to project himself onto Captain Huffenpuff's boat, the Leakin' Lena.

    Real Life 
  • The real-life Trope Namer was the late motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel, who on his numerous televised death-defying feats in the 1970s included the same disclaimer: "Kids, don't try this at home."
  • Some humorous variants of this are "Don't try this at home. Try it on the hospital steps." and "Don't try this at home. Go to a friend's house." The latter appears in The Reduced Shakespeare Radio Show.
  • Rudy Coby got an audience member — a middle-aged woman — onstage as part of one trick, and had her give the warning: "Kids, don't try this at home."
  • Dane Cook joked about turning the nozzle for a glass cleaner halfway between on/off and to not try it at home, but knew someone in the audience would do it when they got home anyway.
    • More specifically that doing that would either do nothing or release a ghost.
      Dane Cook: [as the ghost] Mwhahaha, he told you not to! I am Windextor! I will clean your soul!
  • Meat Loaf tends to use profanity on stage. At one of his concerts, he noticed some young children in the audience. He told them "Kids, don't talk like I do when you get home." And added, "Wait 'til you get to school!"
  • One psychology textbook talks about neurosurgeons a half-century ago discovering that stimulating different areas on the exposed motor cortex caused different parts of the body to respond. In parentheses, the book adds, "Kids, don't try this without parental supervision."
  • Discussed in Theodore Gray's book "Mad Science," where he performs various DIY experiments and scientific demos of varying safety and sanity. He opens with a foreword discussing his disappointment regarding the overuse of these disclaimers and his feeling that DIY scientific exploration has been effectively neutered, comparing it to Crying Wolf. He then says that many of the experiments performed in the book actually are safe to replicate at home, and promises the reader that he will point out which ones are okay to do, and which ones are too dangerous. And throughout the book, he even provides instructions for how to replicate particular experiments using household materials (as opposed to what he uses.)
  • Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities illustrates parity by describing a con-trick, requiring "three cups and one mug". Stewart adds, "Do not try this at home or anywhere else ... or if you do, keep me out of it."
  • On the old newsgroup, accounts of mind-bogglingly extreme S&M sessions would end with disclaimers such as "— are highly trained stunt perverts. Don't try these tricks at home." These disclaimers have also become increasingly common on porn DVDs.
  • Invoked in a popular meme in some places, which says that in the past, people didn't have to be told not to try things at home, they were smart enough to know it wasn't safe.
  • A T-shirt in the 2013 Signals Christmas catalog featured a flaming pictograph of a man and the slogan "I tried it at home."
  • In this video,, Prof. John Guttag from Massachusetts Institute of Technology attempted to perform the Buffon-Laplace method to estimate Pi note  by... shooting a paper held by a student with real arrows. To quote what is said at the subtitles:
    Subtitle: Semi-professional archer on closed course. Do not try at home.
    • Later on, when he realizes he is not shooting randomly enough, he then attempts to shoot blindfolded. Hilarity ensues.
      Subtitle: Crazy archer on closed course. Do not try ANYWHERE.
  • There is a T-shirt that depicts a Man on Fire with the caption "I tried it at home!"
  • Ray Mears often eats wild plants in his documentaries because he's had a great deal of survival training and knows which plants are edible. He frequently warns viewers that it can be very dangerous to do this if you aren't highly knowledgeable about plants.
  • When Donald Trump began mulling if the coronavirus could be combatted if people took disinfectant into their bodies, disinfectant manufacturers and emergency services almost immediately put out statements that disinfectants are not meant for internal use in any way shape or form.


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