History IdiotBall / Film

17th Sep '17 8:07:33 AM SuperSonicHeroes
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* Late in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'', Poison Ivy lures Robin to her lair, and both of them have different goals during this meeting. Poison Ivy wants to finally get Robin alone and kill him with her KissOfDeath and Robin wants to find out what she and Freeze are planning and learn for sure if she really loves him. They both however grab onto the ball and make very bad decisions after they finally share a kiss.
** Robin: After his kiss with Ivy, Ivy reveals her true colors and taunts him, believing he will soon die. Robin however reveals he has [[OutGambitted outsmarted]] Ivy and has worn rubber lips to protect himself [[CrazyPrepared just in case]], and reveals this by ''taking them off'' while sitting right next to her. He could have kept them on in secret and tackled Ivy when she wouldn't see it coming, but instead took away his only defense from her while their faces are still only a few inches apart.
** Poison Ivy: She is shocked that Robin tricked her into revealing her plan and survived her kiss, but after he takes off his rubber lips instead of grabbing him and [[ForcefulKiss forcing a second kiss on him]] to ensure his death she angrily shoves him off of her throne and into the pond so her vines will drone him. Then instead of staying to make sure he drowns, she leaps from her throne and [[BondVillainStupidity tries to leave]], stopping only to taunt Robin by waving him goodbye and saying "see ya!" She treats the situation more like she's breaking up with Robin over a bad kiss instead of trying to kill him for [[HeKnowsTooMuch knowing too much]].
11th Sep '17 2:37:09 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* In ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' Ripley first finds the ball by telling Carter how she figured it all out that it was him who is responsible for the deaths of the colonists, creating for him a rather strong incentive to kill her before they get back, and then everybody else decides to start passing it from one to another by keeping Carter alive and conscious (after he tries to kill Ripley and the girl), adding an extra risk factor to their lives and giving him an opportunity to try and run away when aliens attack the survivors.
** Really? After the attempt to impregnate Ripley and Newt, and Ripley telling the Marines all, Hicks and Hudson were ready to kill him right then and there. Only the Alien attack and the lights going out gave him the chance to escape. The idiot part was in Ripley waiting to tell the Marines until ''after'' Burke tried to take her out.
** It's not explained why, but Ripley tries to prevent Burke's death saying that they 'need him' once they get out of there. Maybe they thought that murdering the one company representative would get them put on trial when they returned to the system that was completely controlled by said company.
13th Aug '17 5:02:02 PM immortalfrieza
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** In Return of the Jedi, Skywalker and Co. get caught in a net by the Ewoks because Chewbacca happened to fall for one of the most obvious traps in the universe, a hanging piece of meat over a hidden net. Now this is a character that is demonstrated to be fully sentient and smart enough to pilot a spaceship and make repairs to it, and he falls for a trap that a 5 year old kid wouldn't like he was just a dumb animal. What's worse, the other characters get caught too because they all clustered around him for some reason.
7th Aug '17 10:05:27 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* Here's a Cracked list of [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20254_the-6-dumbest-mistakes-supposedly-smart-movie-characters.html The 6 Dumbest Mistakes of Supposedly Smart Movie Characters]].
** It should note that there is some CriticalResearchFailure regarding [[Film/{{Watchmen}} Dr. Manhattan]] part of the list. In the list they claim that Dr. Manhattan can see the past and he should have been able to [[spoiler: stop Rorschach's journal from reaching the newspaper and preserve Ozymandias' [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans utopia]],]] and claim that even Manhattan's comic book science weakness shouldn't have stopped him. However both the original comic and the movie say he can only see ''his'' past not the past in general so there is no possible way he could have known [[spoiler: Rorschach mailed his journal to the newspaper.]]
** Dr. Manhattan can see the future, and it's ''very strongly'' implied that he can't change it in any way (he acts surprised when Laurie tells him [[spoiler: she's having an affair with Dan]] even though he had already watched her telling him about it and had in fact ''told her that she was about to surprise him with precisely that news'' moments before she does so), so it may be that since he didn't see himself doing anything about the journal in the future, he knows it's pointless to try. It's also very much possible he just doesn't care.
* Cracked also has a few things to say about [[http://www.cracked.com/article_17546_7-classic-star-wars-characters-who-totally-dropped-ball.html Star Wars]] and the [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20457_5-marvel-characters-who-totally-dropped-ball.html Marvel Cinematic Universe]].
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14th May '17 7:13:09 PM Zaptech
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* In ''Film/IronMan1'' the S.H.I.E.L.D agents, first ignoring the more advanced suit on the computer monitor and then trying to shoot at Iron Monger with handguns.
* ''Film/{{Inception}}'' has a big one near the climax. Earlier in the movie, Cobb explained to Ariadne that he shouldn't know the layout of the dream so that his psychotic dream wife will not be able to find the mark and screw things over. Then when they reached the third dream level, he suddenly insists on Ariadne to tell him where the short-cut is, despite her protests; and when she did tell him, all he responded was "tell that to Eames" - which is even more stupid and unnecessary, considering that ''Eames himself'' created that shortcut. Cobb didn't even ''use'' that information for anything, and sure enough [[spoiler: Mal used that short-cut to ambush and kill Fischer, almost jeopardizing the entire mission]].
** [[spoiler: Cobb deciding not to shoot Mal when she jumps down from the shortcut is the most obvious one, though. He doesn't seem to have an issue with it a second after she sabotages the entire mission!]].
12th May '17 9:48:44 AM Miracle@StOlaf
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** Really? After the attempt to impregnate Ripley and Newt, and Ripley telling the Marines all, Hicks and Hudson were ready to kill him right then and there. Only the Alien attack and the lights going out gave him the chance to escape.

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** Really? After the attempt to impregnate Ripley and Newt, and Ripley telling the Marines all, Hicks and Hudson were ready to kill him right then and there. Only the Alien attack and the lights going out gave him the chance to escape. The idiot part was in Ripley waiting to tell the Marines until ''after'' Burke tried to take her out.
24th Apr '17 7:21:45 AM Eilevgmyhren
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** Ironically, Peter Jackson wanted ''Pippin'' to be the primary ball holder throughout the movie, toning down most of his brighter moments. The fact that ''he'' is the one to lit the bonfire at Weathertop was meant to underscore this point. However, according to the logic of Middle-Earth, Pippin did exactly what he should have done. Frodo, who was ''supposed'' to be the smart one, puts out the fire, because it might draw the wraiths to it. WhatAnIdiot.
24th Apr '17 7:17:08 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' presents us with a number of idiot balls not present in the books. The most blatant example is from ''The Fellowship of the ring'', when the Nazgûl attack at Weathertop. Aragorn takes it when he just ''leaves'' the hobbits to fend off the wraiths all by themselves, with the lame excuse of searching out the area. He should know better. Frodo takes it right afterwards when he warns the others and ''puts out the fire'' although the wraiths are afraid of it. The attack immidiately afterwards, and Aragorn fends them off with a ''torch''. The movie, more than the books, drives the IdiotBall home pretty hard.

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* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' presents us with a number of idiot balls not present in the books. The most blatant example is from ''The Fellowship of the ring'', when the Nazgûl attack at Weathertop. Aragorn takes it when he just ''leaves'' the hobbits to fend off the wraiths all by themselves, with the lame excuse of searching out the area. He should know better. Frodo takes it right afterwards when he warns the others and ''puts out the fire'' although the wraiths are afraid of it. The They attack immidiately afterwards, and Aragorn fends them off with a ''torch''. The movie, more than the books, drives the IdiotBall home pretty hard.
24th Apr '17 7:16:02 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' presents us with a number of idiot balls not present in the books. The most blatant example is from ''The Fellowship of the ring'', when the Nazgûl attack at Weathertop. Aragorn takes it when he just ''leaves'' the hobbits to fend off the wraiths all by themselves, with the lame excuse of searching out the area. He should know better. Frodo takes it right afterwards when he warns the others and ''puts out the fire'' although the wraiths are afraid of it. The attack immidiately afterwards, and Aragorn fends them off with a ''torch''. The movie, more than the books, drives the IdiotBall home pretty hard.



* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRing'' presents us with a number of idiot balls not present in the books. The most blatant example is from ''The Fellowship of the ring'', when the Nazgûl attack at Weathertop. Aragorn takes it when he just ''leaves'' the hobbits to fend off the wraiths all by themselves, with the lame excuse of searching out the area. He should know better. Frodo takes it right afterwards when he warns the others and ''puts out the fire'' although the wraiths are afraid of it. The attack immidiately afterwards, and Aragorn fends them off with a ''torch''. The movie, more than the books, drives the IdiotBall home pretty hard.
24th Apr '17 7:14:51 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRing'' presents us with a number of idiot balls not present in the books. The most blatant example is from ''The Fellowship of the ring'', when the Nazgûl attack at Weathertop. Aragorn takes it when he just ''leaves'' the hobbits to fend off the wraiths all by themselves, with the lame excuse of searching out the area. He should know better. Frodo takes it right afterwards when he warns the others and ''puts out the fire'' although the wraiths are afraid of it. The attack immidiately afterwards, and Aragorn fends them off with a ''torch''. The movie, more than the books, drives the IdiotBall home pretty hard.
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