History IdiotPlot / WesternAnimation

22nd Jan '18 4:00:00 PM Nevermore2002
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** Slash is hired by a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive businessman]] to go on a rampage in the city, in order to make the Turtles look bad. [[IdiotBall April]] somehow mistaken Slash for one of the Turtles, despite being friends with them for years''. How could she not tell the difference, [[ObviouslyEvil as Slash is dressed differently, has spikes on his back and behave aggressively?]] All that to broke April's friendship with the Turtles.

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** Slash is hired by a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive businessman]] to go on a rampage in the city, in order to make the Turtles look bad. [[IdiotBall April]] somehow mistaken Slash for one of the Turtles, despite ''despite being friends with them for years''. How could she not tell the difference, [[ObviouslyEvil as Slash is dressed differently, has spikes on his back and behave aggressively?]] All that to broke April's friendship with the Turtles.
22nd Jan '18 3:59:35 PM Nevermore2002
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** Slash hired by a CorruptCorporateExecutive to go on a rampage in the city to make the Turtles look bad. [[IdiotBall April]] somehow mistaken Slash for one of the Turtles, despite being friends with them for years''. How could she not tell the difference, [[ObviouslyEvil as Slash is dressed differently, has spikes on his back and behave aggressively?]] All that to broke April's friendship with the Turtles.

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** Slash is hired by a CorruptCorporateExecutive [[CorruptCorporateExecutive businessman]] to go on a rampage in the city city, in order to make the Turtles look bad. [[IdiotBall April]] somehow mistaken Slash for one of the Turtles, despite being friends with them for years''. How could she not tell the difference, [[ObviouslyEvil as Slash is dressed differently, has spikes on his back and behave aggressively?]] All that to broke April's friendship with the Turtles.
22nd Jan '18 3:58:51 PM Nevermore2002
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** Slash hired by a CorruptCorporateExecutive to go on a rampage in the city to make the Turtles look bad. [[IdiotBall April]] somehow mistaken Slash for one of the Turtles, despite being friends with them for years''. How could she not tell the difference, [[ObviouslyEvil as Slash is dressed differently, has spikes on his back and behave aggressively?]] All that to broke April's friendship with the Turtles.
19th Jan '18 1:19:16 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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*** Adding to that is that Princess Celestia had never even heard of parasprites. Despite being the freaking goddess who ruled the world for eons. Seeing the massive destruction they can cause (destroying entire towns in a matter of hours) you'd think one of her subjects would have bothered to bring them up at some point.
*** It's strongly implied that Celestia knows about parasprites, and is just pretending to let Twilight (and Ponyville) save face.



** The season 3 episode "Games Ponies Play". The entire plot revolves around the main cast not realizing that the pony they picked up from the train station wasn't the games inspector, something that could have been completely averted if any of them would have referred to her by name or in any way attempted to confirm who she was.
** 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 [[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. Even that only happened because he was stupid enough to turn on Discord too early, who then promptly gave them the last PlotCoupon they needed to win. Even worse: Does said BigBad bother killing the Mane 6 after draining Twilight, thus ending the series? No!

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** The season 3 episode "Games Ponies Play". The entire plot revolves around the main cast not realizing that the pony they picked up from the train station wasn't the games inspector, something that could have been completely averted if any of them would have referred to her by name or in any way attempted to confirm who she was.
** The season 4 finale, while having a considerate amount of ''less'' idiot plot compared to season 2's, it still had some moments.finale. 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.him. And just as predictably, Discord [[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. Even that Their only happened stopped because he was stupid enough to turn on Discord Discord, [[StoryBreakerPower who could have easily won for him]], too early, who then promptly gave them the last PlotCoupon they needed to win. Even worse: Does said BigBad bother and not killing Discord afterwards or the Mane 6 after draining Twilight, thus ending the series? No!Twilight.
19th Jan '18 1:02:28 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** 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.

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** 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.]]
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%%** 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.
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%%** The episode "Shadow Warrior", as well, particularly on Grievous' part.



** 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.
** Even worse, despite many if not all of the Council being accomplished telepaths, no one even ''thinks'' of trying to MindProbe Ahsoka to see if she's guilty.

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** 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.
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Council, many if not all of the Council being accomplished telepaths, no one even ''thinks'' ''thought'' of trying to MindProbe Ahsoka to see if she's guilty.
19th Jan '18 12:50:21 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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*** 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.
19th Jan '18 12:43:21 PM ThomasVeggieDramaFan
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** The whole thing with "Crime After Crime" suddenly suffering from MoodWhiplash in the final act by pointlessly torturing Mac for about two minutes could've been avoided had it not been for this trope. A running gag throughout the episode is that Frankie has to keep making "It" until she gets it right due to the bowl with the "It" in it continuously getting ruined by loose plaster from above falling into the bowl due to people jumping on Madame Foster's bed. The fourth time this happens, it's because of Mac which causes Frankie to come upstairs and forcibly kick him out believing that he's been the one jumping on the bed all day. What follows is about a minute and a half of Mac being chased by the police due to his bag being full of diamonds that Bloo had placed inside in order to try and get out of having to eat the "It" for dinner. All of this pointless cruelty towards Mac could've easily been avoided had Frankie just moved the "It" bowl the first time it was ruined.
16th Jan '18 12:21:10 PM ThomasVeggieDramaFan
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* Part of the reason why some episodes of ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' aren't so fondly remembered is because if they're not overly sadistic and mean-spirited, then they're relying on this trope to make the plot work (as well as also sometimes having the sadism on top of all the idiocy):
** The last act of "Duchess of Wails" is a pretty egregious example since everyone whose names aren't Mac, Bloo, Duchess or Terrence suddenly turn into a bunch of giant dumbasses. The episode starts with Duchess getting adopted by a family that turns out to be Mac's new neighbors. Duchess' constant dismay over her new stresses Mac's mom out to the point where she wants to move out. Terrence makes Mac believe that they're moving to Singapore (which he thinks is in Wisconsin) so he teams up with Bloo to vandalize his neighbor's apartment to make them believe Duchess did it so that they can return her to Foster's. When that doesn't work, they just outright kidnap her and return her to Foster's by force. For [[PlotHole no explained reason]], Terence is somehow able to beat them there despite being slowed down by falling into a pile of wet cement, and tells everybody that they're coming to return Duchess (while purposely leaving out the reason for ''why''). Everybody blindly takes his word and blocks their attempts to get her back in by bombarding them with sharpened carrots and apples among other things. It's only after they've needlessly tortured them that they find out '''''why''''' they were returning her so they take her back... On the condition that Mac & Bloo become Duchess' personal assistants and go through the same suffering that everyone else did at the beginning of the episode. Extra idiot points for the fact that Terrence [[KarmaHoudini manages to get off scot-free]] for the whole ordeal besides a couple of angry glares from everybody when they realize they've been tricked.
11th Dec '17 2:52:52 AM Erin582
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** "22 Short Films About Springfield" is a pretty good example, even for the universally dim residents of the town. Whereas Homer is already pretty stupid in his own right, here he takes it UpToEleven by trying to get a newspaper out of a machine while juggling groceries, Maggie and Santa's Little Helper, causing his daughter to be trapped inside and having no way to get her out due to [[WhatAnIdiot throwing all his other quarters on the the train tracks.]] Even more sensible characters get in on the idiocy: whereas Marge tries to get gum out of Lisa's hair by putting a variety of ineffective foods in it (even at one point smearing mayonnaise on her and ''telling her to go sit out in the sun''), Principal Skinner, who keep in mind is a ''Mensa'' member, burns the meal that he was making for Superintendent Chalmers and instead of manning up and admitting to what happened, makes up an outlandish story involving calling grilled Krusty Burgers "steamed hams" and localized Aurora Borealis instead of just turning his oven off. [[TooDumbToLive Predicatably, his home catches on fire.]]
26th Nov '17 1:37:46 PM SSJMagus
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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. bike, "Star on Wheels". 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? Or the very visible hand brakes, since the idea of peddling backwards to activate the brakes threw the [[HumanAliens alien]] Star for such a loop? Or for that matter, why wouldn't Star just ''jump off the bike'', given that she's got superhuman durability and couldn't possibly be hurt by doing so? Also, Glossayck's refusal to help, because it's a non-magic situation only adds on to the idioticy.idiocy.
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