History IdiotPlot / WesternAnimation

16th Aug '17 3:51:24 AM MBG
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%%* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' is often accused of relying too much on idiocy to make the plots move forward.

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%%* * ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' is often accused of relying too much on idiocy to make the plots move forward. The series attempted to duplicate the TeethClenchedTeamwork attitudes of ''ComicBook/WestCoastAvengers'', but for the most part, it resulted in a bunch of characters who spent far more time arguing with each other while the villain continued their plans in the background.


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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' basically ran on this, as a consequence of having an enormous cast of heroes and [[VillainousUnderdog badly outnumbered and overpowered villains]], but a particularly notorious one is the plot of "Invasion of the Fearians." For reasons too complicated to explain here, the Legion of Doom has to terraform Earth to make it like Venus. They do so by tricking the Superfriends into doing things that are incredibly obviously bad for the planet, and also count on the presence of a specific member. For instance, Sinestro throws yellow asteroids at the Earth, and instead of just sending Superman or really anyone else to smash them, they send Green Lantern, whose WeaksauceWeakness means that his only recourse is to ''move the Earth out of orbit'' so the asteroids don't hit it. Then he ''doesn't put it back.'' The resulting InferredHolocaust was apparently required for the process, and when the Superfriends figure it out, Green Lantern proceeds to easily move the Earth back, foiling the Legion's plan. Basically, it's the Legion relying on Superfriends doing the stupidest possible thing they could do in that situation, and the Superfriends doing exactly that and not trying to fix it until the last minute.
30th Jul '17 10:34:00 PM ImpudentInfidel
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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 [[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.

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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 [[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.
10th Jul '17 9:24:00 PM immortalfrieza
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** The Episode "The Great Louse Detective" involves an attempt on Homer's life, so the police bring in Sideshow Bob as a consultant. This is stupid enough on it's own considering that Sideshow Bob has tried to murder Bart numerous times, but the only measure they put down to keep him from doing so is a shock device attached with nothing but some tape around his leg. The only way the episode can work is if Bob is too big of a baby to rip the shock device off his leg at any time, especially since the device causes Bob great pain whenever the Simpsons press the button and thus the pain of removal would be preferable.
17th Jun '17 5:12:12 AM fruitstripegum
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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}} 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 parents talking about him, or more correctly would have not happened had his dad parents decided to phrase his their 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!]]'''"
6th Jun '17 3:17:23 PM fruitstripegum
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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.
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.
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