History IdiotBall / WesternAnimation

8th Apr '18 5:23:35 AM gophergiggles
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** Twilight Sparkle's mother, Twilight Velvet, greedily snaps the ball and kicks a field goal with it in "Once Upon A Zeppelin" when she blindly signs a consent form to claim a prize from a contest she never entered ''without reading it''. This leads to Iron Will having a field day exploiting Twilight Sparkle and Princess Cadance's royal status as was outlined in his consent form. The answer to Velvet's question of "Well, when somepony offers you a free vacation, who reads the fine print?" is "Anyone with a modicum of intelligence or common sense, dear."
19th Mar '18 10:16:10 AM nombretomado
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** The episode where SpongeBob lost his name tag had a big one. Normally, retracing your steps is a smart way to find something you lost. The idiot part is how [=SpongeBob=] thinks he has to perfectly recreate everything he did that morning, no matter how unpleasant, and having to redo the whole thing if even the tiniest detail is missed.

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** The episode where SpongeBob [=SpongeBob=] lost his name tag had a big one. Normally, retracing your steps is a smart way to find something you lost. The idiot part is how [=SpongeBob=] thinks he has to perfectly recreate everything he did that morning, no matter how unpleasant, and having to redo the whole thing if even the tiniest detail is missed.
15th Mar '18 5:18:18 PM Nicoaln
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* It's honestly amazing that the denizens of Pontypandy ''WesternAnimation/FiremanSam'' haven't gotten themselves offed, given how often the characters do something stupid that results in them having to [[CatchPhrase "call uncle sam]]" to bail them out of it.
25th Nov '17 10:32:09 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** [[NebulousEvilOrganization HYDRA]] and [[ScienceIsBad AIM]] are fighting and destroying New York in the ensuing battle. What does Maria Hill do with her army of [[EliteMooks highly trained soldiers]] and [[AirborneAircraftCarrier flying aircraft carrier]]? [[WhatAnIdiot Go after the Avengers]] [[SkewedPriorities and make them join S.H.I.E.L.D. by force, naturally.]]
* The Nickelodeon ChristmasEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' gives ''[[WhatTheHellTownsPeople the entire town of Bluffington]]'' an IdiotBall. In the beginning of the episode, Porkchop is shown accidentally injuring Beebe Bluff in an attempt to save her from drowning in a frozen lake. Because of this, her father initiates a massive smear campaign against him, painting the dog as a monster... and the town ''believes this'', even though many episodes show Porkchop ''helping people''. Even worse, when [[OnlySaneMan Doug]] tries to start a petition to save him, they flat out dismiss him, saying that "It's Christmas." When Porkchop goes to trial, Doug is forced to call everyone out on it.

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** [[NebulousEvilOrganization HYDRA]] and [[ScienceIsBad AIM]] are fighting and destroying New York in the ensuing battle. What does Maria Hill do with her army of [[EliteMooks highly trained soldiers]] and [[AirborneAircraftCarrier flying aircraft carrier]]? [[WhatAnIdiot Go after the Avengers]] Avengers [[SkewedPriorities and make them join S.H.I.E.L.D. by force, naturally.]]
naturally]].
* The Nickelodeon ChristmasEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' gives ''[[WhatTheHellTownsPeople the ''the entire town of Bluffington]]'' Bluffington'' an IdiotBall. In the beginning of the episode, Porkchop is shown accidentally injuring Beebe Bluff in an attempt to save her from drowning in a frozen lake. Because of this, her father initiates a massive smear campaign against him, painting the dog as a monster... and the town ''believes this'', even though many episodes show Porkchop ''helping people''. Even worse, when [[OnlySaneMan Doug]] tries to start a petition to save him, they flat out dismiss him, saying that "It's Christmas." When Porkchop goes to trial, Doug is forced to call everyone out on it.



* ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra:'' One major complaint fans have with season 2 is that nearly ''everyone'' is carrying the IdiotBall (which has lead to several {{Out Of Character Moment}}s).
** Lin is suddenly incompetent and quite frankly lazy in her handling of the attacks on Republic City, whilst constantly berating Mako for actually being proactive. She even falls for a rather obvious frame up when Mako gets too close to the truth. This was not received well by fans.

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* ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra:'' One major complaint fans have with season 2 is that nearly ''everyone'' is carrying the IdiotBall (which has lead to several {{Out Of Character Moment}}s).IdiotBall.
** Lin is suddenly incompetent and quite frankly lazy in her handling of the attacks on Republic City, whilst constantly berating Mako for actually being proactive. She even falls for a rather obvious frame up when Mako gets too close to the truth. This was not received well by fans.
16th Sep '17 2:11:41 PM Manimaul
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** Episode 3 season 4 "Don't drink the water" the Tennyson's meet [[spoiler: the idiot calling himself the "guardian" of the fountain of youth]], a man who states he has been “bound by honour” to keep its secret by Ponce de León himself, how exactly? [[spoiler:During a fair where he was pretending to be an employee at a dunk tank sideshow]]. Not only did he abandon he's post, the water in the tank is [[spoiler:FILLED WITH FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH WATER!]]. The Tennyson’s discover the true nature of the water shortly after Max requests to have a go, not only does the “honour bound” entrusted guardian fail to turn them away after stating the machine is broken, it actually works perfectly, dropping Max into the water where he would soon [[spoiler:revert to he’s 10-year-old self]]. The team return sometime later to investigate Max’s sudden condition, on the debris of the tank (destroyed earlier in a fight) they find an address that leads them right to the “guardian”. Once they arrive the “honor bound guardian” has already reviled its location to an aging dark sorcerer. En route to the fountain the “guardian” states he finds he’s eternal task is a nightmare, so why would he give up its location if the sorcerer had threatened him with pain or death? The sorcerer is a recurring character named Hex, who, if he possessed a spell to force people to tell the truth, would surly change some of he’s tactics and methods in the show. Really, it is quite audacious that he feel any degree of pride at all when he calls himself a “guardian”, as all he's actions served only to continuously jeopardize the fountains secret. While the isolated location of the fountain would understandably cause its watcher to feel lonely, and so occasional trips away are understandable, why on earth did he not only go through all the trouble of bringing such a large amount of water away with him, but also “disguise” it as [[spoiler:a game in which the objective is to have people regularly immersed in it?!]]. And in [[spoiler:a fair of all places?!]]. If he is too timid to turn people down from playing it no matter how much they insist or how much money they offer, why on earth not sabotage it so the machine truly is out of order?!
6th Jun '17 11:46:46 PM RacattackForce
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** The Cutie Mark Crusaders appeared to have held it when they were on the lookout for their cutie marks. Their talents were hinted at by Twilight Sparkle in Season 1's "The Show Stoppers" but they tried for another four seasons to get them by doing other things. However, this turns out to be subverted when they finally get them in the Season 5 episode "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" since their symbols turned out to be different than what they expected.

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** The Cutie Mark Crusaders appeared to have held it when they were on the lookout for their cutie marks. Their talents were hinted at by Twilight Sparkle in Season 1's "The Show Stoppers" but they tried for another four seasons to get them by doing other things. However, this turns out to be subverted ''subverted'' when they finally get them in the Season 5 episode "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" since their symbols turned out to be different than what they and fans expected.
29th Dec '16 8:24:31 PM TheHolotome
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* In ''WesternAnimation/VoltronForce'' [=S2E1=] (''Inside the Music''), Pidge picks up the Idiot Ball and runs with it for a touchdown. He's so heavily invested in keeping his secret identity as the mastermind of the band "Stereolactic" a secret, that he doesn't even tell his TrueCompanions. This results in the [[KidSidekick Cadets]] wasting time and effort chasing him down, believing that he's the Drule agent, that could have been used finding the real agent.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/VoltronForce'' [=S2E1=] [=S1E14=] (''Inside the Music''), Pidge picks up the Idiot Ball and runs with it for a touchdown. He's so heavily invested in keeping his secret identity as the mastermind of the band "Stereolactic" a secret, that he doesn't even tell his TrueCompanions. This results in the [[KidSidekick Cadets]] wasting time and effort chasing him down, believing that he's the Drule agent, that could have been used finding the real agent.
26th Dec '16 2:43:33 AM RandomnessUnlimited
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': The only person who is safe from this is [[VillainProtagonist Mr. Cat]] - and even he was used for this in "Let's Play Catch the Mailman".
12th Dec '16 10:54:57 AM fruitstripegum
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** Then there's the episode ''[[IdiotPlot A Prime Problem]]''... Let's just say, both sides, but [[EspeciallyZoidberg especially Autobots]] take [[TookALevelInDumbass several levels of dumbass]] just so the episode could work. [[´http://tfwiki.net/wiki/A_Prime_Problem The episodes' TFWiki article ]] sums it up pretty nicely.

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** Then there's the episode ''[[IdiotPlot A Prime Problem]]''... Let's just say, both sides, but [[EspeciallyZoidberg especially Autobots]] take [[TookALevelInDumbass several levels of dumbass]] just so the episode could work. [[´http://tfwiki.[[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/A_Prime_Problem The episodes' episode's TFWiki article ]] article]] sums it up pretty nicely.
16th Nov '16 10:13:59 AM Mitis
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*** On the other hand, Robotnik ''did'' leave said henchmen in the room to guard the cell, which was what let Sonic escape.
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