History IdiotPlot / WesternAnimation

22nd Feb '17 1:30:36 PM LurksnoMore
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*** It's strongly implied that Celestia knows about parasprites, and is just pretending to let Twilight (and Ponyville) save face.
26th Jan '17 9:55:32 PM Brainiac0982
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' episode "A Prime Problem" requires all of the Autobots to act like idiots. There are two Optimus Primes, one of which is an evil clone created by Megatron. For some reason, none of the Autobots, not even Optimus himself, think to do something simple like asking both of them a question only the real Optimus would know. Instead they pit the two against each other in physical contests, which doesn't prove anything since they are physically identical. On top of this, the clone exhibits blatantly strange and/or uncharacteristic behavior for Optimus Prime, which no one thinks to question.
20th Dec '16 8:42:01 AM Wkenneth334
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** The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "I've Got Batman in my Basement" is a very "embarrassing" example. As Batman ends up unconscious and a bunch of kids hide him in their basement. While Penguin is sneaking around the house trying to get back a treasure that Batman confiscated from him and is in the house, cue Penguin and his mooks acting completely incompetent as they get totally thrashed by the kids reenacting ''Film/HomeAlone''. This is especially sad as it's Penguin's debut episode. Even the show's creators don't like talking about it.

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** The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "I've Got Batman in my Basement" is a very "embarrassing" ''embarrassing'' example. As Batman ends up unconscious and a bunch of kids hide him in their basement. While Penguin is sneaking around the house trying to get back a treasure that Batman confiscated from him and is in the house, cue Penguin and his mooks acting completely incompetent as they get totally thrashed by the kids reenacting ''Film/HomeAlone''. This is especially sad as it's Penguin's debut episode. Even the show's creators don't like talking about it.



* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'':
** "Joyride". To put it simply, villain Avalanche joins the X-Men to get into Kitty's pants. Scott doesn't trust him. Meanwhile, the New Recruits start taking the X-Vehicles out for joyrides. When it becomes obvious ''someone'' is taking the vehicles out for a joyride they start to suspect Avalanche. Two ways this could have been avoided: Lance could have told them it wasn't him and that he saw the New Recruits sneaking around, or Xavier could have checked their minds/Logan could have used his advanced senses to smell the cars and detect who had been using them. In the end Avalanche takes Kitty with him when he realizes they're taking the X-Jet, thanks to their presence, Jubilee accidentally fries the control panel, and they're nearly blown up by the US military. Avalanche then quits because life at the mansion is too hard.
** Also, with all of the security at the mansion, things were really flimsy enough that a group of kids who couldn't properly beat a training simulation could crack security and sneak off in the various cars and jets? Surely after it became apparent that someone was using the vehicles, the team would think to at least put a better lock on the garage.

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''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'': "Joyride". To put it simply, villain Avalanche joins the X-Men to get into Kitty's pants. Scott doesn't trust him. Meanwhile, the New Recruits start taking the X-Vehicles out for joyrides. When it becomes obvious ''someone'' is taking the vehicles out for a joyride they start to suspect Avalanche. Two ways this could have been avoided: Lance could have told them it wasn't him and that he saw the New Recruits sneaking around, or Xavier could have checked their minds/Logan could have used his advanced senses to smell the cars and detect who had been using them. In the end Avalanche takes Kitty with him when he realizes they're taking the X-Jet, thanks to their presence, Jubilee accidentally fries the control panel, and they're nearly blown up by the US military. Avalanche then quits because life at the mansion is too hard.
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hard. Also, with all of the security at the mansion, things were really flimsy enough that a group of kids who couldn't properly beat a training simulation could crack security and sneak off in the various cars and jets? Surely after it became apparent that someone was using the vehicles, the team would think to at least put a better lock on the garage.



* The WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil episode where Star gets a Nike. 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 Nike.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.
16th Dec '16 2:46:48 AM ClatoLawa
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* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'': The entire, rather frustrating romantic subplot (Marinette loves Adrien, but as Ladybug, is annoyed by Adrien-as-Chat Noir's advances; Adrien thinks of Marinette as just a talented classmate and friend, but as Chat Noir, is head-over-heels for Marinette-as-Ladybug) could have been avoided if Marinette and Adrien destroyed their [[IdiotBall Idiot Balls]] and actually committed to make the connection between civilian and superhero. Marinette is even ClarkKenting.
7th Dec '16 2:22:57 PM infernape612
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** 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 BoE 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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** 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 BoE 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.
7th Dec '16 2:19:39 PM infernape612
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** The season 4 finale, while having a considerate amount of ''less'' idiot plot compared to season 2's, it still had some moments. For one, Celestia's plan of action is to send the God of Chaos out to confront the BigBad. Without sending backup. The premiere of the same season establishes that he's an untrustworthy guy so even if Celestia could trust him, it'd be pretty clear that someone would ''at least'' attempt to protest this. And just as predictably, Discord [[FaceHeelTurns Face-Heel Turns]] with the help of the ManipulativeBastard. So what's the next plan of action? ''Not telling the others about said betrayal''. This allows Twilight's friends to easily get captured by Discord and later be used as a bargaining chip to end the duel with Twilight in the BigBad's favor. Yes, just two moments of idiocy, but because of these two moments, [[NearVillainVictory the Big Bad nearly won]] had it not been for a foreshadowed plot device.

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** The season 4 finale, while having a considerate amount of ''less'' idiot plot compared to season 2's, it still had some moments. For one, Celestia's plan of action is to send the God of Chaos out to confront the BigBad. Without sending backup. The premiere of the same season establishes that he's an untrustworthy guy so even if Celestia could trust him, it'd be pretty clear that someone would ''at least'' attempt to protest this. And just as predictably, Discord [[FaceHeelTurns [[FaceHeelTurn Face-Heel Turns]] with the help of the ManipulativeBastard. So what's the next plan of action? ''Not telling the others about said betrayal''. This allows Twilight's friends to easily get captured by Discord and later be used as a bargaining chip to end the duel with Twilight in the BigBad's favor. Yes, just two moments of idiocy, but because of these two moments, [[NearVillainVictory the Big Bad nearly won]] had it not been for a foreshadowed plot device.
7th Dec '16 7:11:12 AM DisillusionedColony
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** 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 BoE 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.
7th Dec '16 7:05:17 AM DisillusionedColony
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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': The entirety of Terra's betrayal arc is this.
10th Nov '16 1:48:56 AM M3
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** It should be noted that ScoobyDooMysteryInc subverted this to a degree. Yes, many of the monsters were indeed humans in costumes...that weren't exactly afraid to inflict physical violence on the gang. They may be teenage sleuths, but they don't have guns or real means to protect themselves, so keeping a distance and running for their lives were justified.
12th Oct '16 5:13:05 PM Vir
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** Even before the obligatory reset button at the end of each episode, people rarely notice or care about the huge, unexplained changes in Timmy's behavior/appearance/life or the city of Dimmsdale as a whole, even if they're personally affected.

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** Even before the obligatory reset button ResetButton at the end of each episode, people rarely notice or care about the huge, unexplained changes in Timmy's behavior/appearance/life or the city of Dimmsdale as a whole, even if they're personally affected.



** One of the worst specific examples is "The Grass is Greener". The entire circus plot would literally have not happened had Timmy not overheard his dad talking about him, or more correctly would have not happened had his dad decided to phrase his opinion in literally any way that wasn't basically "Timmy is a worthless little prick who should have been a girl and then I would be much much happier... [Timmy walks out of earshot, sad, to go make preparations to run away] ...'''[[{{Not}} is the exact opposite of how I really feel!]]'''"

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** One of the worst specific examples is "The Grass is Greener". The entire circus plot would literally have not happened had Timmy not overheard his dad talking about him, or more correctly would have not happened had his dad decided to phrase his opinion in literally any way that wasn't basically "Timmy is a worthless little prick who should have been a girl and then I would be much much happier... [Timmy walks out of earshot, sad, to go make preparations to run away] ...'''[[{{Not}} '''[[{{NOT}} is the exact opposite of how I really feel!]]'''"


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** The plot of the episode "Man's Worst Friend" happens almost entirely because of Timmy [[TookALevelInDumbass Taking a Level in Dumbass]] and not being able to tell Sparky from his anti-fairy counterpart, despite the latter being, you know, ''completely blue''.
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