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Basic Trope: A disclaimer telling the audience not to do try things in real life that they see in a show.

  • Straight: Alice and Bob host a kids' science show. After an experiment involving explosives, they purposefully warn viewers not to try it out for themselves.
  • Exaggerated: Alice and Bob give the same warning at end of every experiment, even the less dangerous ones.
  • Downplayed:
    • A written disclaimer appears in small print during the credits.
    • Advertisement:
    • The experiment can be tried at home, but only with an adult's supervision.
  • Justified:
    • Explosives are dangerous, and shouldn't be handled without the necessary training.
    • Impressionable children might otherwise get the idea that it's okay to play with explosives.
  • Inverted: After an experiment involving thermite, Bob irresponsibly tells viewers to try it at home.
  • Subverted: After a tame experiment involving red cabbage dye, Alice says that it is safe to try at home.
  • Double Subverted: She goes on to say that the next part however, isn't safe.
  • Parodied:
    • "Don't try this experiment at home. It involves flammable metals, poisonous gases and red cabbage indicator."
    • A ton of safety disclaimers are shown when Alice and Bob are building an extremely safe experiment, like a mini-volcano set.
    • A "do not attempt" disclaimer appears over a scene of Alice and Bob suing the network.
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  • Zig Zagged: The original disclaimer was a joke. But when someone tries it at home, they start giving serious warnings. Later on they stop doing all but the safest experiments. But the safety warnings come back as a gag.
  • Averted: Alice and Bob do all manner of dangerous experiments, and there is no disclaimer.
  • Enforced:
    • The network has to give people the disclaimer, otherwise they could get sued if people hurt themselves.
    • They did it to shut the Moral Guardians up.
  • Lampshaded: "No really, don't."
  • Invoked: Bob gives the warning because he always wanted to say that.
  • Exploited: Alice gives a positive spin on the disclaimer to encourage kids to pursue careers in science, where they really do get to try out awesome experiments.
  • Defied: Alice and Bob avoid doing anything so dangerous that it requires a warning.
  • Discussed: Bob explains to the audience what would happen if they did try it at home.
  • Advertisement:
  • Conversed: "The thermite experiment looks awesome. Pity it's too dangerous?"
  • Deconstructed: Viewers ignore the warnings, and try it at home anyway.
  • Reconstructed: They warn viewers because someone actually did try it at home, and got hurt.

Don't you dare click this link at home. Don't you know the dangers?

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