History IdiotPlot / WesternAnimation

15th May '17 11:41:47 PM M3
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** A surprisingly good use of this trope is the first episode featuring Norm the Genie. Timmy is explicitly warned by Wanda that the genies are notorious tricksters and that their wishes always bite the users in the butt. The audience knows full well that it won't end well, but how does Timmy rationalize using Norm anyway?
-->'''Timmy:''' [[DumbassHasAPoint Well, ''your'' wishes always tend to bite me in the butt. And his are rule-free!]]
10th May '17 12:32:58 PM NNinja
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** Arthur's entire dilemma in "Arthur's Mystery Envelope" rides on Mr. Haney apparently saying nothing about the package he asks Arthur to bring home to his mom, and on Arthur not simply asking what it was. Sure, Arthur and his friends may have overreacted and were too quick to assume the worst like it meant bad news, but they're just kids and simply explaining to Arthur what the deal was would've spared the poor kid his sister's harassment later.

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** %%** Arthur's entire dilemma in "Arthur's Mystery Envelope" rides on Mr. Haney apparently saying nothing about the package he asks Arthur to bring home to his mom, and on Arthur not simply asking what it was. Sure, Arthur and his friends may have overreacted and were too quick to assume the worst like it meant bad news, but they're just kids and simply explaining to Arthur what the deal was would've spared the poor kid his sister's harassment later.
29th Apr '17 1:46:31 PM mlsmithca
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!!Shows with their own pages
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* ''IdiotPlot/StarWarsTheCloneWars''
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'':
** The good guys in the entirety of the "R2-D2 is lost" 2-parter would have saved R2 and destroyed the listening post with no trouble if it weren't for their insistence on bringing the obviously defective R3-S6 unit along and making it do important tasks that it inevitably screws up over and over again [[spoiler:because it's a mole.]]
** The "Children of the Force" mini-arc is based on multiple characters, both good and evil, making errors in judgment.
** The second half of "Lightsaber Lost" is ten minutes of LeParkour which could have been resolved with three seconds of telekinesis. This is made all the more apparent due to the multiple uses of telekinesis in the episode itself, just not when it would have caught the lightsaber thief.
** The episode "Shadow Warrior", as well, particularly on Grievous' part.
** "The Gungan General" would have lasted about two to three minutes if not for every single character constantly taking leave of their senses:
*** It starts with Hondo deciding to hold Anakin and Obi-Wan for ransom, apparently not realizing that, when combined with taking Dooku prisoner in any sane universe, this would put him on the bad side of ''both'' the Separatists and the Republic (not to mention getting on the bad side of three of the most powerful and dangerous people in the galaxy).
*** Following this display of insanity, Obi-Wan, Anakin and Dooku repeatedly forget that all three of them are powerful Force users who could easily get the restraints off or mind-control someone to do it for them.
*** It ends with Anakin holding Hondo prisoner, easily able to take him back for trial, only for Obi-Wan telling him to let Hondo go because they have no quarrel with them, apparently forgetting that Hondo kidnapped them, was planning on ransoming them and ''[[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]]'' them when they tried to escape.
** The final arc of Season 5, dealing with [[spoiler:Barriss Offee framing Ahsoka for bombing the temple]]. The entire DownerEnding could have been averted if Ahsoka had done ''a single thing'' that didn't make her look more guilty, or if the Jedi Council and Republic Senate had bothered to even halfway try conducting a reasonable investigation.
25th Apr '17 11:10:31 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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*** Of course, THAT has its own problems: you either have Princess Celestia swoop down and solve everything in a DeusExMachina, or [[TheGodsMustBeLazy she sits on her rump and lets her student Twilight do everything in the guise of "learning a lesson".]]
25th Apr '17 10:59:30 PM Vir
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* The ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' episode where Star gets a bike. Why doesn't Marco tell Star that she could use her feet, and not just the brake, since she doesn't know how to use it? Also, Glossayck's refusal to help, because it's a non magic situation only adds on to the idioticy.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' episode where Star gets a bike. Why doesn't Marco tell Star that she could use her feet, and not just the brake, since she doesn't know how to use it? Also, Glossayck's refusal to help, because it's a non magic non-magic situation only adds on to the idioticy.
25th Apr '17 10:59:07 PM Vir
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* The WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil episode where Star gets a bike. Why doesn't Marco tell Star that she could use her feet, and not just the brake, since she doesn't know how to use it? Also, Glossayck's refusal to help, because it's a non magic situation only adds on to the idioticy.

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* The WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' episode where Star gets a bike. Why doesn't Marco tell Star that she could use her feet, and not just the brake, since she doesn't know how to use it? Also, Glossayck's refusal to help, because it's a non magic situation only adds on to the idioticy.
25th Apr '17 10:58:14 PM Vir
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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
%%** The entirety of Terra's betrayal arc is this.
** Also, the Brotherhood of Evil. Instead of, say, killing the heroes they capture, they decide to put them into easily reversible stasis to fill their Teen Titan collection of heroes. So when those they didn't defeat show up (because they never verified if they were dead), they release the ones they had captured and beat the crap out of them. To make things worse, the leader of the Brotherhood is a brain in a jar chessmaster with superhuman intelligence, and one of his top lieutenants is an immortal general who participated in almost every major war in history and is supposed to be the best strategist in the world. They should know better.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
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''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': The entirety of Terra's betrayal arc is this.
** Also, the
Brotherhood of Evil. Instead of, say, killing the heroes they capture, they decide to put them into easily reversible stasis to fill their Teen Titan collection of heroes. So when those they didn't defeat show up (because they never verified if they were dead), they release the ones they had captured and beat the crap out of them. To make things worse, the leader of the Brotherhood is a brain in a jar chessmaster with superhuman intelligence, and one of his top lieutenants is an immortal general who participated in almost every major war in history and is supposed to be the best strategist in the world. They should know better.
25th Apr '17 10:47:26 PM Vir
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* PlayedForLaughs in the ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' episode "Escalator", which has a worldwide panic caused by Uncle Grandpa and Pizza Steve getting trapped on a broken escalator. Not an elevator. An escalator. {{Lampshaded}} by Mr. Gus at the end, when Uncle Grandpa tells him they've tried everything, and he asks if they've tried just walking down.

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* PlayedForLaughs in the ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' episode "Escalator", which has a worldwide panic caused by Uncle Grandpa and Pizza Steve getting trapped on a broken escalator. Not an elevator. An escalator. {{Lampshaded}} {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Mr. Gus at the end, when Uncle Grandpa tells him they've tried everything, and he asks if they've tried just walking down.
25th Apr '17 10:47:16 PM Vir
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* [[WesternAnimation/HulkAndTheAgentsOfSMASH Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.]] runs on this. Nothing would happen in this show without some combination of random [[IdiotBall Idiot Balls]] being handed out to the cast, ForgotAboutHisPowers, and PowerCreepPowerSeep, among other things. People are continually out of character just to make random things happen in the name of driving the plot. In one episode, Thor asks Skaar to be an Asgardian prison guard. But not just any guard, Loki's sole prison guard. Keep in mind that Loki is intelligent enough to trick Dr. Doom into being his errand boy, and Skaar is slow even among the slow Hulks. Of course, Loki tricks Skaar into doing something horrible, and an entire episode happens because Thor doesn't have the good sense to not have one of (if not the) smartest liars in the MCU guarded by someone with the intelligence of a 7 yr old. Another episode only happens because Red Hulk, AKA General Thunderbolt Ross, a highly decorated US Army General, has no understanding of geography, and trespasses in Latveria, home to Dr. Doom. Then there's the premise of them holding the Leader as prisoner in their base (as opposed to The Raft or somewhere similar) after they capture him, even though the Leader is one of the smartest characters in the MCU, and no one on this Hulk team (even She-Hulk, who is a stunt woman in this incarnation) is known for their brains. Of course, Leader pwns their base later on in the season, and no one there can stop him because they're all idiots.

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* [[WesternAnimation/HulkAndTheAgentsOfSMASH Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.]] ''WesternAnimation/HulkAndTheAgentsOfSMASH'' runs on this. Nothing would happen in this show without some combination of random [[IdiotBall Idiot Balls]] being handed out to the cast, ForgotAboutHisPowers, and PowerCreepPowerSeep, among other things. People are continually out of character just to make random things happen in the name of driving the plot. In one episode, Thor asks Skaar to be an Asgardian prison guard. But not just any guard, Loki's sole prison guard. Keep in mind that Loki is intelligent enough to trick Dr. Doom into being his errand boy, and Skaar is slow even among the slow Hulks. Of course, Loki tricks Skaar into doing something horrible, and an entire episode happens because Thor doesn't have the good sense to not have one of (if not the) smartest liars in the MCU guarded by someone with the intelligence of a 7 yr old. Another episode only happens because Red Hulk, AKA General Thunderbolt Ross, a highly decorated US Army General, has no understanding of geography, and trespasses in Latveria, home to Dr. Doom. Then there's the premise of them holding the Leader as prisoner in their base (as opposed to The Raft or somewhere similar) after they capture him, even though the Leader is one of the smartest characters in the MCU, and no one on this Hulk team (even She-Hulk, who is a stunt woman in this incarnation) is known for their brains. Of course, Leader pwns their base later on in the season, and no one there can stop him because they're all idiots.
25th Apr '17 10:46:12 PM Vir
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* This is the premise of the "Chicken Boo" segment on ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''. Chicken Boo is dressed in a [[PaperThinDisguise painfully obvious costume]] yet still manages to fool everyone (except for [[OnlySaneMan one person]]) each time. [[TropesAreNotBad And it's hilarious to watch.]]

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* This is the premise of the "Chicken Boo" segment on ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''. Chicken Boo is dressed in a [[PaperThinDisguise painfully obvious costume]] yet still manages to fool everyone (except for [[OnlySaneMan one person]]) each time. [[TropesAreNotBad [[TropesAreTools And it's hilarious to watch.]]



* In the ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' episode "And Baby Makes Three," Peg is away from the episode. [[MistakenForPregnant Everyone in the cast thinks Peg is pregnant and almost due.]] Goofy's an idiot, Max is an only child, and Pistol is the baby of the family, but Pete (who has had two children with her) and PJ (who has a several-years-younger sibling) really have no excuse. They also only believe this because they circularly take everyone else's word for it, including [[UnreliableNarrator Pete taking Goofy's word for it and PJ taking Pistol's]]. PJ and Pistol also seem to think that a baby could do some or all of PJ's chores for him, and that ParentalFavoritism only crops up when the baby is the same gender they are--despite the fact that their extremely imbalanced treatment was given extensive focus in the beginning of the episode. Then Pete is fooled by PJ's PaperThinDisguise despite the fact that a) PJ is clearly not baby-sized and has fully-developed teeth and b) the made-up explanation for where PJ went was delayed enough he should have caught on. TropesAreNotBad, as this is frequently considered one of the funniest episodes.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' episode "And Baby Makes Three," Peg is away from the episode. [[MistakenForPregnant Everyone in the cast thinks Peg is pregnant and almost due.]] Goofy's an idiot, Max is an only child, and Pistol is the baby of the family, but Pete (who has had two children with her) and PJ (who has a several-years-younger sibling) really have no excuse. They also only believe this because they circularly take everyone else's word for it, including [[UnreliableNarrator Pete taking Goofy's word for it and PJ taking Pistol's]]. PJ and Pistol also seem to think that a baby could do some or all of PJ's chores for him, and that ParentalFavoritism only crops up when the baby is the same gender they are--despite the fact that their extremely imbalanced treatment was given extensive focus in the beginning of the episode. Then Pete is fooled by PJ's PaperThinDisguise despite the fact that a) PJ is clearly not baby-sized and has fully-developed teeth and b) the made-up explanation for where PJ went was delayed enough he should have caught on. TropesAreNotBad, as this [[TropesAreTools This is frequently considered one of the funniest episodes.episodes]].
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