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14th Sep '17 6:09:17 PM StevieCraft
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* SeriousBusiness
17th Jul '17 11:09:35 PM TimG5
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When multiple characters in the story have to grab the Idiot Ball to keep the plot going, you have an IdiotPlot.

Compare with PingPongNaivete where a character goes back and forth between grabbing and not grabbing a particular Idiot Ball, ForgotAboutHisPowers where a character stupidly advances the plot by ''not'' doing something expected rather than doing something unexpected, WhatAnIdiot which is an AudienceReaction to a potential Idiot Ball, and TooDumbToLive where an Idiot Ball puts a character in mortal peril if not kills them.
17th Jul '17 10:36:02 PM TimG5
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* JustEatGilligan
10th Jun '17 4:36:13 PM maxwellsilver
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->'''Obi-Wan:''' ''[trapped in ray shields]'' Wait a minute. How did this happen? [[LampshadeHanging We're smarter than this.]]\\

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->'''Obi-Wan:''' ''[trapped in ray shields]'' Wait a minute. How did this happen? [[LampshadeHanging We're smarter than this.]]\\\\
26th Mar '17 10:54:53 AM AlienPatch
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'''Anakin:''' [[LampshadeHangingApparently not.]]

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'''Anakin:''' [[LampshadeHangingApparently Apparently not.]]
26th Mar '17 10:53:44 AM AlienPatch
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->'''Obi-Wan:''' ''[trapped in ray shields]'' Wait a minute. How did this happen? We're smarter than this.\\
'''Anakin:''' Apparently not.

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->'''Obi-Wan:''' ''[trapped in ray shields]'' Wait a minute. How did this happen? [[LampshadeHanging We're smarter than this.\\
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'''Anakin:''' Apparently [[LampshadeHangingApparently not.]]
8th Feb '17 2:46:02 PM BURGINABC
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Coined by Creator/HankAzaria on ''[[Series/HermansHead Herman's Head]]'': Azaria would ask the writing staff, "Who's carrying the idiot ball this week?" This is generally not a compliment. Frequently, the person carrying the idiot ball is acting {{out of character}}, [[YouKnowWhatYouDid misunderstanding something that could be cleared up]] [[PoorCommunicationKills by asking a single reasonable question]] or [[JustEatGilligan not performing a simple action]] that would solve everything. It's almost as if the character holding the ball is being willfully stupid or obtuse far beyond what has been established as "natural" for them. Frequently, it's only because the story (and by extension, the writers) ''need'' them to act this way, or else the chosen plot/conflict for the episode won't happen.

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Coined by Creator/HankAzaria on ''[[Series/HermansHead Herman's Head]]'': Azaria would ask the writing staff, "Who's carrying the idiot ball this week?" This is generally not a compliment. Frequently, the person carrying the idiot ball is acting {{out [[OutOfCharacterMoment out of character}}, character]], [[YouKnowWhatYouDid misunderstanding something that could be cleared up]] [[PoorCommunicationKills by asking a single reasonable question]] or [[JustEatGilligan not performing a simple action]] that would solve everything. It's almost as if the character holding the ball is being willfully stupid or obtuse far beyond what has been established as "natural" for them. Frequently, it's only because the story (and by extension, the writers) ''need'' them to act this way, or else the chosen plot/conflict for the episode won't happen.



Compare and contrast HanlonsRazor. See the BallIndex for similar forms of {{Out-of-Character Moment}}s

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Compare and contrast HanlonsRazor. See the BallIndex for similar forms of {{Out-of-Character Moment}}s
OutOfCharacterMoment[=s=]
8th Feb '17 2:42:51 PM BURGINABC
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8th Feb '17 2:41:18 PM BURGINABC
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* AlcoholInducedIdiocy
* AngstWhatAngst
* BullyingADragon
* ConflictBall



* FailedASpotCheck
* ForgotAboutHisPowers



* HollywoodTactics
* IdiotPlot
* JerkassBall
* LoveMakesYouDumb
* MistakenForIndex
** PoorCommunicationKills
** OutOfContextEavesdropping
* MuggingTheMonster
* OutOfCharacterMoment
* PhlebotinumInducedStupidity
* PingPongNaivete
* StupidityInducingAttack

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* HollywoodTactics
* IdiotPlot
* JerkassBall
* LoveMakesYouDumb
* MistakenForIndex
** PoorCommunicationKills
** OutOfContextEavesdropping
* MuggingTheMonster
* OutOfCharacterMoment
* PhlebotinumInducedStupidity
* PingPongNaivete
* StupidityInducingAttack
PoorCommunicationKills (when used improperly)



* TooDumbToLive



* WhatAnIdiot

This trope is the {{opposite|Tropes}} of SmartBall, and probably not closely related to SanityBall, AdvantageBall, HappyFunBall, or MasqueradeBall. And not even ''remotely'' related to TimeyWimeyBall.

Compare and contrast HanlonsRazor.

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* WhatAnIdiot

[[/index]]

This trope is the {{opposite|Tropes}} of SmartBall, and probably not closely related to SanityBall, AdvantageBall, HappyFunBall, or MasqueradeBall. And not even ''remotely'' related to TimeyWimeyBall.

SmartBall.

Compare and contrast HanlonsRazor. \n See the BallIndex for similar forms of {{Out-of-Character Moment}}s
6th Jan '17 2:49:40 PM MagBas
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Idiot Balls can also deflect a boring InvincibleHero, which is positive for an audience reaction. There is nothing like a "Why on earth did he do that?" to get the fans talking about the show after it's over. However, Idiot Balls can be ''[[BadWritingIndex really]]'' bad when it's caused by CharacterDerailment (or vice versa).

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Idiot Balls can also deflect a boring InvincibleHero, which is positive for an audience reaction. There is nothing like a "Why on earth did he do that?" to get the fans talking about the show after it's over. However, Idiot Balls can be ''[[BadWritingIndex really]]'' bad when it's caused by CharacterDerailment (or vice versa).\n
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