History IdiotBall / FanWorks

24th Feb '17 6:53:41 PM ItsLikeVanilla
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24th Feb '17 6:52:55 PM ItsLikeVanilla
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* In the ''Star Trek: Renegades'' pilot, everyone seems overly fond of the "vaporize" setting on their phasers, even when it might be useful to question someone. When TheManBehindTheMan shows himself, Chekov's security expert immediately kills him, despite knowing that he may be the only one who can stop [[spoiler:the portal about to destroy Earth]], simply shrugging and referencing old habits when the incredulous Chekov asks why. Borrada also holds the ball when he continues to blame the Federation for something that it supposedly did ''before'' it was ever founded.

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* In the ''Star Trek: Renegades'' pilot, everyone seems overly fond of the "vaporize" setting on their phasers, even when it might be useful to question someone. When TheManBehindTheMan shows himself, Chekov's security expert immediately kills him, despite knowing that he may be the only one who can stop [[spoiler:the portal about to destroy Earth]], simply shrugging and referencing old habits when the incredulous Chekov asks why. Borrada also holds the ball when he continues to blame the Federation for something that it supposedly did ''before'' it was ever founded.founded.

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*In the fanfic ''IProopedMyPants'' all of the characters get this at some point. After their mansion burns down, the Zharjeks all take minimum wage jobs at a hotel, even though they are still supermodels. And when the Mafia kidnaps [[spoiler:Tiffany]], they let her use her phone as long as she doesn't use it to call the police.
23rd Oct '16 5:17:37 PM TheAphid
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* The entire plot of ''[[Fanfic/ProjectChimeraTheAtticHypothesis]]'' was set in motion by an idiot ball rolling down the metaphorical hill of scientific advancement.

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* The entire plot of ''[[Fanfic/ProjectChimeraTheAtticHypothesis]]'' [[Fanfic/ProjectChimeraTheAtticHypothesis The Attic Hypothesis]] was set in motion by an idiot ball rolling down the metaphorical hill of scientific advancement.
23rd Oct '16 5:16:36 PM TheAphid
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* The entire plot of ''[[Fanfic/ProjectChimeraTheAtticHypothesis]]'' was set in motion by an idiot ball rolling down the metaphorical hill of scientific advancement.
17th Sep '16 12:54:54 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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17th Sep '16 12:53:50 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* There are a few of these snatched by the protagonists of ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', who are usually quite GenreSavvy, don't always realize that one of Calvin's inventions could completely avert a conflict. Granted, Hobbes is ''very'' reluctant to go along with Calvin if an invention is involved, but the other protagonists don't really have an excuse. Particularly egregious is "Nighty Shut Up!", where the solution to Calvin's insomnia is to use the Time Pauser to sleep as long as he likes. This only comes at the end of the episode, while it probably wasn't very hard to figure out at all!

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* There are a few of these snatched by the protagonists of ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', who are usually quite GenreSavvy, smart, don't always realize that one of Calvin's inventions could completely avert a conflict. Granted, Hobbes is ''very'' reluctant to go along with Calvin if an invention is involved, but the other protagonists don't really have an excuse. Particularly egregious is "Nighty Shut Up!", where the solution to Calvin's insomnia is to use the Time Pauser to sleep as long as he likes. This only comes at the end of the episode, while it probably wasn't very hard to figure out at all!
10th Aug '16 12:56:09 PM drakensis
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* In Obara VII of ''Fanfic/WearingRobertsCrown'', two Dornish emissaries approach Aegon Targaryen who's planning to return to Westeros, anticipating that he can carry out a lightning assault on the capital and that most of the Seven Kingdoms will be neutral, favourable or at least unable to oppose him in taking the crown. At a time when [[spoiler: the Wall has fallen, the king died heroically and Stannis Baratheon is uncontested as Regent to the young heir]]. Just to make this clear, [[spoiler: Viserys Targaryen]] had concluded that his feud with House Baratheon is less important that fighting the Others! To quote one review: 'FAegon, Jonny C, The GC, and Dorne weren't just holding the Idiot Ball, they were having kinky, filthy sex with it.'

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* In Obara VII of ''Fanfic/WearingRobertsCrown'', two Dornish emissaries approach Aegon Targaryen who's planning to return to Westeros, anticipating that he can carry out a lightning assault on the capital and that most of the Seven Kingdoms will be neutral, favourable or at least unable to oppose him in taking the crown. At a time when [[spoiler: the Wall has fallen, the king died heroically and Stannis Baratheon is uncontested as Regent to the young heir]]. Just to make this clear, [[spoiler: Viserys Targaryen]] had concluded that his feud with House Baratheon is less important that fighting the Others! To quote one review: 'FAegon, 'Aegon, Jonny C, The GC, and Dorne weren't just holding the Idiot Ball, they were having kinky, filthy sex with it.'
10th Aug '16 12:55:44 PM drakensis
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* In Obara VII of ''Fanfic/WearingRobertsCrown'', two Dornish emissaries approach Aegon Targaryen who's planning to return to Westeros, anticipating that he can carry out a lightning assault on the capital and that most of the Seven Kingdoms will be neutral, favourable or at least unable to oppose him in taking the crown. At a time when [[spoiler: the Wall has fallen, the king died heroically and Stannis Baratheon is uncontested as Regent to the young heir]]. Just to make this clear, [[spoiler: Viserys Targaryen]] had concluded that his feud with House Baratheon is less important that fighting the Others! To quote one review: 'FAegon, Jonny C, The GC, and Dorne weren't just holding the Idiot Ball, they were having kinky, filthy sex with it.'
11th Jun '16 12:45:00 PM Valiona
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* One FandomSpecificPlot for ''Manga/FairyTail'' fanfics involves the rest of Lucy's team falling for a WoundedGazelleGambit by [[RonTheDeathEater Lisanna]], and proceeding to beat Lucy up and/or kick her out of the team. ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10733441/1/Another-Chance Another Chance]]'' is particularly bad about this, as none of the Dragon Slayers present when Lucy's getting beaten up (Natsu participates, while Wendy and Gajeel don't attack Lucy but don't try to stop it) consider that Lisanna's wearing makeup, even though they have enhanced sense of smell, and even [[OnlySaneMan Makarov]] can smell it, and Lisanna's CrocodileTears cause it to run. Lucy lampshades this when she bitterly complains about Levy, a close friend, believing Lisanna's word over hers even though the two aren't as close, and when she yell "You idiots! Haven't you heard of make-up?!"

31st Mar '16 9:30:19 AM EricNeoMatrix
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* A huge portion of the central conflict in ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' could've been avoided if [[spoiler: Maledict had come right out and told Sonic that he was his father and that he needed his help]] ''before'' Tsali got there first and tried to kill Sonic. Also, the Metarex leaders continued to trust M/[[spoiler: Maledict]] even while they were slowly ''losing'' the Metarex War.
** Also, Tsali grabs it in Episode 73 - he could've easily killed Cosmo and escaped without anyone noticing if he didn't stop to gloat (and murder all of her friends first). Trinity lampshades it in the rewrite, and it's revealed that Tsali [[AxCrazy wants to watch her and her friends suffer before they die]].

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* A huge portion of the central conflict in ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' could've been avoided if [[spoiler: Maledict had come right out and told Sonic that he was his father and that he needed his help]] ''before'' Tsali got there first and tried to kill Sonic. Also, the Metarex leaders continued to trust M/[[spoiler: Maledict]] even while they were slowly ''losing'' the Metarex War. \n** Also, Tsali grabs it in Episode 73 - he could've easily killed Cosmo and escaped without anyone noticing if he didn't stop to gloat (and murder all of her friends first). Trinity lampshades it in by simply blowing up the rewrite, Blue Typhoon, and it's revealed only storms the ship because he's so AxCrazy that Tsali [[AxCrazy he wants to watch her and her friends suffer before they die]].
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