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12th Jun '17 7:13:29 AM ApeAccount
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** The worst in the entire series may be Xander in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E7OnceMoreWithFeeling}} Once More, With Feeling]]". It turns out that the whole reason people are stuck acting like they're in a musical, and worse, people are literally dancing themselves to death, is because Xander found Sweet's talisman and decided that what his emotional friends needed was a demon to come to town and force everyone to sing and dance. Xander summoned a demon to make everyone happy. This is probably the worst example, because while not only is it stupid, it is entirely out of character and is painfully obvious that it happened only because the writer (Joss) needed someone to do it.

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** The worst in the entire series may be Xander in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E7OnceMoreWithFeeling}} Once More, With Feeling]]". It turns out that the whole reason people are stuck acting like they're in a musical, and worse, people are literally dancing themselves to death, is because Xander found Sweet's talisman and decided that what his emotional friends needed was a demon to come to town and force everyone to sing and dance. Xander summoned a demon to make everyone happy. This is probably the worst example, because while not only is it stupid, it is entirely out of character and is painfully obvious that it happened only because the writer (Joss) needed someone to do it. Popular fanon has it Dawn actually did the summoning and Xander merely took credit to protect her from the demon who wanted to take the summoner as his queen.
30th May '17 4:01:30 AM SorPepita
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* Several characters in ''Series/TheFlash2014'' do that, especially Barry. Being able to move faster than the eye can see should give him the ultimate advantage in any fight, and yet there are plenty of times his enemies are able to put up quite a fight, mainly to avoid making Barry seem like an invincible force. It's lampshaded several times, especially by [[Series/{{Arrow}} Oliver]], that Barry tends to rush into situations without thinking, despite the fact that he has plenty of time to analyze the situation and prevent the bad guys from getting the drop on him. That still doesn't excuse him being occasionally punched by the bad guys despite the fact that, to him, it should all be happening in slow motion, so he should be able to easily dodge any strike.
** There's also Cisco, who designs a deadly weapon in case Barry turned out to be crazy or evil. Instead of putting it somewhere secure, he keeps it in a locker that gets robbed almost immediately. Not only that, but he doesn't tell his boss and his colleague about the weapon until after it's gone. And now one of the Flash's smartest and most ruthless enemies has a weapon he can use to freeze pretty much anything.



* Appears repeatedly in ''Series/JessicaJones2015;'' there are many times where the mind-controlling villain Kilgrave gets incapacitated or captured, but escapes to cause more trouble only because someone gets a plot-convenient dose of stupidity. Lampshaded when Jessica's allies ask [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim why she doesn't just kill him,]] and her reasons get weaker as Kilgrave's body count rises.
** Not to mention that Jessica is utterly dismissive of Malcolm when he suggests that they learn more about how Kilgrave's power works, despite the fact that it is obviously a good idea, and the only plans she's made that have been even slightly successful have been based on information about how Kilgrave's power works.



* Several characters in ''Series/TheFlash2014'' do that, especially Barry. Being able to move faster than the eye can see should give him the ultimate advantage in any fight, and yet there are plenty of times his enemies are able to put up quite a fight, mainly to avoid making Barry seem like an invincible force. It's lampshaded several times, especially by [[Series/{{Arrow}} Oliver]], that Barry tends to rush into situations without thinking, despite the fact that he has plenty of time to analyze the situation and prevent the bad guys from getting the drop on him. That still doesn't excuse him being occasionally punched by the bad guys despite the fact that, to him, it should all be happening in slow motion, so he should be able to easily dodge any strike.
** There's also Cisco, who designs a deadly weapon in case Barry turned out to be crazy or evil. Instead of putting it somewhere secure, he keeps it in a locker that gets robbed almost immediately. Not only that, but he doesn't tell his boss and his colleague about the weapon until after it's gone. And now one of the Flash's smartest and most ruthless enemies has a weapon he can use to freeze pretty much anything.
* Appears repeatedly in ''Series/JessicaJones2015;'' there are many times where the mind-controlling villain Kilgrave gets incapacitated or captured, but escapes to cause more trouble only because someone gets a plot-convenient dose of stupidity. Lampshaded when Jessica's allies ask [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim why she doesn't just kill him,]] and her reasons gets weaker as Kilgrave's body count rises.
** Not to mention that Jessica is utterly dismissive of Malcolm when he suggests that they learn more about how Kilgrave's power works, despite the fact that it is obviously a good idea, and the only plans she's made that have been even slightly successful have been based on information about how Kilgrave's power works.
30th May '17 3:58:07 AM SorPepita
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*** As of Season 6, the idiot balls now seem to be superglued to the Winchester brothers' hands. Most of their wangst--and the survival of so many individuals--could have been prevented if not for their incredibly dumb decisions.

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*** As of Season 6, the idiot balls now seem to be superglued to the Winchester brothers' hands. Most of their wangst--and the survival deaths of so many individuals--could have been prevented if not for their incredibly dumb decisions.



** Every main character in the first two series has been directly responsible for at least one of the crises they've had to face - Gwen in "[[{{Recap/TorchwoodS1E2DayOne}} Day One]]", Ianto in "[[{{Recap/TorchwoodS1E4Cyberwoman}} Cyberwoman]]", Toshiko in "[[spoiler:[[{{Recap/TorchwoodS1E7GreeksBearingGifts}} Greeks Bearing Gifts]]" and Owen in "[[spoiler:[[{{Recap/TorchwoodS1E13EndOfDays}} End of Days]]]]". People also chalk Ianto's up to the fact that [[LoveMakesYouDumb his love for Lisa has blinded him to the fact that]], no, that isn't Lisa anymore (even though it looks like her)

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** Every main character in the first two series has been directly responsible for at least one of the crises they've had to face - Gwen in "[[{{Recap/TorchwoodS1E2DayOne}} Day One]]", Ianto in "[[{{Recap/TorchwoodS1E4Cyberwoman}} Cyberwoman]]", Toshiko in "[[spoiler:[[{{Recap/TorchwoodS1E7GreeksBearingGifts}} Greeks Bearing Gifts]]" Gifts]]]]" and Owen in "[[spoiler:[[{{Recap/TorchwoodS1E13EndOfDays}} End of Days]]]]". People also chalk Ianto's up to the fact that [[LoveMakesYouDumb his love for Lisa has blinded him to the fact that]], no, that isn't Lisa anymore (even though it looks like her)
30th May '17 3:54:36 AM SorPepita
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** And then Dean in "[[Recap/SupernaturalS05E12SwapMeat Swap Meat]]". They live in a world full of demons and shape-shifters (granted, the tattoos block out the demons) and [[spoiler:have angels hounding them to say yes to being possessed by Lucifer, in Sam's case]], and yet Dean goes almost the entire episode without realizing that ''[[spoiler: Sam is not Sam]].'' Particularly glaring when Sam noticed Dean wasn't Dean in "Skin" ''immediately'' from a miniscule hint.

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** And then Dean in "[[Recap/SupernaturalS05E12SwapMeat Swap Meat]]". They live in a world full of demons and shape-shifters (granted, the tattoos block out the demons) and [[spoiler:have angels hounding them to say yes to being possessed by Lucifer, in Sam's case]], and yet Dean goes almost the entire episode without realizing that ''[[spoiler: Sam is not Sam]].'' Particularly glaring when Sam noticed Dean wasn't Dean in "Skin" ''immediately'' from a miniscule minuscule hint.
30th May '17 3:41:40 AM SorPepita
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** The Xindi believe that humans are going to destroy their people in the future, so they build a PlanetBuster to destroy Earth before that happens. They've got their working prototype, and decide to give it its first test run. Not by using it on some uninhabited planet, but by attacking Earth. Who were never aware that the Xindi existed, or that they were planning on destroying the planet.

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** The Xindi believe that humans are going to destroy their people in the future, so they build a PlanetBuster Planet Buster to destroy Earth before that happens. They've got their working prototype, and decide to give it its first test run. Not by using it on some uninhabited planet, but by attacking Earth. Who were never aware that the Xindi existed, or that they were planning on destroying the planet.
30th May '17 3:40:05 AM SorPepita
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* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'': Sarah Jane Smith in the story "[[Recap/TheSarahJaneAdventuresS2E9E10TheTemptationOfSarahJaneSmith The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith]]", and her temptation to stop her parents' death, with numerous lampshade hangings. Thankfully, she's a good actor, and it's built up.

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* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'': Sarah Jane Smith in the story "[[Recap/TheSarahJaneAdventuresS2E9E10TheTemptationOfSarahJaneSmith The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith]]", and her temptation to stop her parents' death, with numerous lampshade hangings. Thankfully, she's a good actor, actress, and it's built up.
30th May '17 1:58:37 AM SorPepita
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** "Skin Deep" -- Every doctor managed to miss the fact that their patient had [[spoiler:no uterus]] and didn't notice [[spoiler:the pair of undecended testes in "her" abdomen]] despite numerous ultrasounds and scans.
*** She only had the one ultrasound as far as I can recall - Wilson mucked it up thinking her ovaries were simply undersized and wouldn't be looking for a uterus when he was searching for ovarian cancer. When they got a proper scan, that's when the problem reared its ugly head

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** "Skin Deep" -- Every doctor managed to miss the fact that their patient had [[spoiler:no uterus]] and didn't notice [[spoiler:the pair of undecended undescended testes in "her" abdomen]] despite numerous ultrasounds and scans.
*** She only had the one ultrasound as far as I can recall - Wilson mucked it up thinking her ovaries were simply undersized and wouldn't be looking for a uterus when he was searching for ovarian cancer. When they got a proper scan, that's when the problem reared its ugly headhead.
30th May '17 1:35:09 AM SorPepita
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** Littlefinger's plan to elude justice for Lysa's murder is uncharacteristicly shaky so Sansa can prove her growing worth by helping him. In the books, he frames Lysa's despised singer Marillion (who suffered an adaptational tongue amputation in Season 1) and has a plan for reconciling with the lords of the Vale.

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** Littlefinger's plan to elude justice for Lysa's murder is uncharacteristicly uncharacteristically shaky so Sansa can prove her growing worth by helping him. In the books, he frames Lysa's despised singer Marillion (who suffered an adaptational tongue amputation in Season 1) and has a plan for reconciling with the lords of the Vale.



* ''Series/{{Survivor}}'': This has happened a lot, but one example is the Ometepe tribe in ''Redemption Island''. Both teams were put with two of the biggest [[CreatorsPet Creator's Pets]] in the show's history. Both of them are credited with knowing the game inside and out. The Zapatera knew that if any of them wanted to win, Russell had to go ASAP. (Unless your name was Stephanie Valencia.) Unfortunately, most of the Ometepe seemed to think that they could win against Rob and never once seemed to think about tossing him; the ones that ''did'' know were gone quick. Once again, Rob manages to be placed on the Buffoon tribe...and the ''stupidest'' tribe to ''ever'' play. Except that he didn't have a problem with ''their'' buffoonery.

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* ''Series/{{Survivor}}'': This has happened a lot, but one example is the Ometepe tribe in ''Redemption Island''. Both teams were put with two of the biggest [[CreatorsPet Creator's Pets]] in the show's history. Both of them are credited with knowing the game inside and out. The Zapatera knew that if any of them wanted to win, Russell had to go ASAP. (Unless your name was Stephanie Valencia.) Unfortunately, most of the Ometepe seemed to think that they could win against Rob and never once seemed to think about tossing him; the ones that ''did'' know were gone quick. Once again, Rob manages to be placed on the Buffoon tribe... and the ''stupidest'' tribe to ''ever'' play. Except that he didn't have a problem with ''their'' buffoonery.
29th May '17 3:51:13 PM SorPepita
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** "[[Recap/DoctorWho2014CSLastChristmas Last Christmas]]" has a part where Clara is concerned about an apparently empty room, calls "Doctor?" and then heads into the room without pausing. Of course she gets attacked. This is a standard companion manoeuvre and wouldn't be notable had "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E8ColdWar Cold War]]" not gone out of its way to establish that Clara is the companion who ''doesn't'' wonder off. Possibly forgiven however, since the episode ultimately reveals that much of what we see is a [[spoiler: shared dream]].

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** "[[Recap/DoctorWho2014CSLastChristmas Last Christmas]]" has a part where Clara is concerned about an apparently empty room, calls "Doctor?" and then heads into the room without pausing. Of course she gets attacked. This is a standard companion manoeuvre and wouldn't be notable had "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E8ColdWar Cold War]]" not gone out of its way to establish that Clara is the companion who ''doesn't'' wonder wander off. Possibly forgiven however, since the episode ultimately reveals that much of what we see is a [[spoiler: shared dream]].
29th May '17 2:39:41 PM SorPepita
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* ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'': Mitchell gets one in the episode where Tully moves in. He comes home and finds that Annie is outside, scared and crying, after Tully tried to rape her. At this point, it has begun to show that George and Tully were starting to bond over their lycanthropy, so he protests over Tully's forced eviction. Instead of Mitchell taking George aside and explaining to him what Tully tried to do to Annie, he makes out like he's simply tired of Tully being a permanent guest, which leads George to become angry (which is somewhat reasonable, since Mitchell spent the entire first part of the episode encouraging the neighbors to visit whenever and all but forced George to spend time with Tully in the hopes that it would help George deal with his condition). The result is that when Mitchell finally ''does'' think to mention the assault on Annie (as a sidenote in the argument, more or less), George is too worked up to really care. Granted it ''was'' a very icky situation and Mitchell was shown to be very protective of his friends, but still....

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* ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'': Mitchell gets one in the episode where Tully moves in. He comes home and finds that Annie is outside, scared and crying, after Tully tried to rape her. At this point, it has begun to show that George and Tully were starting to bond over their lycanthropy, so he protests over Tully's forced eviction. Instead of Mitchell taking George aside and explaining to him what Tully tried to do to Annie, he makes out like he's simply tired of Tully being a permanent guest, which leads George to become angry (which is somewhat reasonable, since Mitchell spent the entire first part of the episode encouraging the neighbors to visit whenever and all but forced George to spend time with Tully in the hopes that it would help George deal with his condition). The result is that when Mitchell finally ''does'' think to mention the assault on Annie (as a sidenote in the argument, more or less), George is too worked up to really care. Granted it ''was'' a very icky situation and Mitchell was shown to be very protective of his friends, but still....still...
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