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5th Jan '16 7:08:38 PM Shoebox
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->''"The Idiot Plot, of course, is any plot that would be resolved in five minutes if everyone in the story were not an idiot. And rarely has there been a film in which more idiots make more mistakes than in this one."''

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->''"The Idiot Plot, of course, is any plot that would be resolved in five minutes if everyone in the story were not an idiot. And rarely has there been a film in which more idiots make more mistakes than in this one."''
31st Dec '15 4:37:38 AM StFan
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* [[IdiotPlot.AnimeAndManga Anime and Manga]]
* [[IdiotPlot.ComicBooks Comic Books]]
* [[IdiotPlot.FanFiction Fan Fiction]]
* [[IdiotPlot.AnimatedFilm Animated Film]]
* [[IdiotPlot.LiveActionFilm Live-Action Film]]
* [[IdiotPlot.{{Literature}} Literature]]
* [[IdiotPlot.LiveActionTV Live-Action TV]]
* [[IdiotPlot.NewspaperComics Newspaper Comics]]
* [[IdiotPlot.ProfessionalWrestling Professional Wrestling]]
* [[IdiotPlot.{{Theatre}} Theatre]]
* [[IdiotPlot.VideoGames Video Games]]
* [[IdiotPlot.{{Webcomics}} Webcomics]]
* [[IdiotPlot.WesternAnimation Western Animation]]

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* [[IdiotPlot.AnimeAndManga Anime and Manga]]
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* [[IdiotPlot.ComicBooks Comic Books]]
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* [[IdiotPlot.FanFiction Fan Fiction]]
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* [[IdiotPlot.AnimatedFilm Animated Film]]
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* [[IdiotPlot.LiveActionFilm Live-Action Film]]
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* [[IdiotPlot.{{Literature}} Literature]]
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* [[IdiotPlot.LiveActionTV Live-Action TV]]
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* [[IdiotPlot.NewspaperComics Newspaper Comics]]
IdiotPlot/LiveActionTV
* [[IdiotPlot.ProfessionalWrestling Professional Wrestling]]
IdiotPlot/ProfessionalWrestling
* [[IdiotPlot.{{Theatre}} Theatre]]
IdiotPlot/{{Theatre}}
* [[IdiotPlot.VideoGames Video Games]]
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* [[IdiotPlot.{{Webcomics}} Webcomics]]
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* [[IdiotPlot.WesternAnimation Western Animation]]IdiotPlot/WesternAnimation
30th Oct '15 1:24:44 PM Galacton
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It is important to note that this is [[TropesAreTools not always a bad thing]], and is sometimes the entire point of the story. Part of what can make a drama so dramatic or a tragedy so tragic is that the characters could truly have avoided it if they had acted rationally instead of irrationally. Likewise, this is frequently PlayedForLaughs in a comedy. And sometimes it's just a case of RealityIsUnrealistic; many real-world problems, viewed from a distance, can seem like Idiot Plots themselves. That said, for obvious reasons, NoRealLifeExamplesPlease

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It is important to note that this is [[TropesAreTools not always a bad thing]], and is sometimes the entire point of the story. Part of what can make a drama so dramatic or a tragedy so tragic is that the characters could truly have avoided it if they had acted rationally instead of irrationally. Likewise, this is frequently PlayedForLaughs in a comedy. And sometimes it's just a case of RealityIsUnrealistic; many real-world problems, viewed from a distance, can seem like Idiot Plots themselves. That said, for obvious reasons, calling real life people idiots is easy FlameBait so NoRealLifeExamplesPlease
4th Sep '15 9:20:18 PM AFreakyDude
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* [[IdiotPlot.ProfessionalWrestling Professional Wrestling]]
22nd Jun '15 9:37:05 AM Llygodenfawr
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It is important to note that this [[TropesAreTools not always a bad thing]], and is sometimes the entire point of the story. Part of what can make a drama so dramatic or a tragedy so tragic is that the characters could truly have avoided it if they had acted rationally instead of irrationally. Likewise, this is frequently PlayedForLaughs in a comedy. And sometimes it's just a case of RealityIsUnrealistic; many real-world problems, viewed from a distance, can seem like Idiot Plots themselves. That said, for obvious reasons, NoRealLifeExamplesPlease

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It is important to note that this is [[TropesAreTools not always a bad thing]], and is sometimes the entire point of the story. Part of what can make a drama so dramatic or a tragedy so tragic is that the characters could truly have avoided it if they had acted rationally instead of irrationally. Likewise, this is frequently PlayedForLaughs in a comedy. And sometimes it's just a case of RealityIsUnrealistic; many real-world problems, viewed from a distance, can seem like Idiot Plots themselves. That said, for obvious reasons, NoRealLifeExamplesPlease
11th Apr '15 8:53:54 PM mkmckoy
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Originated by SF author Creator/JamesBlish and popularized by film critic Creator/RogerEbert during his review of the remake of ''Narrow Margin'', this trope is a term for a {{Plot}} that hangs together only because the main characters behave like idiots. [[JustEatGilligan A single intelligent move or question by any of the characters, and all problems would be resolved]]. It's not so bad if the characters are ''supposed'' to be [[TheDitz acting like idiots]], but it's ''very'' bad if the Idiot Plot depends on a character [[PlotInducedStupidity suddenly acting stupid enough]] for the Plot to work.

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Originated by SF author Creator/JamesBlish and [[TropeCodifier popularized by by]] film critic Creator/RogerEbert during his review of the remake of ''Narrow Margin'', this trope is a term for a {{Plot}} that hangs together only because the main characters behave like idiots. [[JustEatGilligan A single intelligent move or question by any of the characters, and all problems would be resolved]]. It's not so bad if the characters are ''supposed'' to be [[TheDitz acting like idiots]], but it's ''very'' bad if the Idiot Plot depends on a character [[PlotInducedStupidity suddenly acting stupid enough]] for the Plot to work.
4th Apr '15 4:59:37 PM Elusivehawk
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->''"The Idiot Plot, of course, is any plot that would be resolved in five minutes if everyone in the story were not an idiot. And rarely has there been a film in which more idiots make more mistakes than in this one."''\\
-- '''Creator/RogerEbert''' in his [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19900921/REVIEWS/9210302/1023 review]] of ''Narrow Margin'' (1990)

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->''"The Idiot Plot, of course, is any plot that would be resolved in five minutes if everyone in the story were not an idiot. And rarely has there been a film in which more idiots make more mistakes than in this one."''\\
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'''Creator/RogerEbert''' in his [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19900921/REVIEWS/9210302/1023 review]] of ''Narrow Margin'' (1990)
8th Dec '14 11:28:19 PM poi99
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->''"The Idiot Plot, of course, is any plot that would be resolved in five minutes if everyone in the story were not an idiot. And rarely has there been a film in which [[WhatAnIdiot more idiots make more mistakes]] than in this one."''\\

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->''"The Idiot Plot, of course, is any plot that would be resolved in five minutes if everyone in the story were not an idiot. And rarely has there been a film in which [[WhatAnIdiot more idiots make more mistakes]] mistakes than in this one."''\\
8th Dec '14 1:02:57 PM TheUnknownUploader
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2nd Dec '14 2:39:37 PM Aquillion
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It is important to note that this [[TropesAreTools not always a bad thing]], and is sometimes the ''entire point'' of the work. Part of what can make a drama dramatic is that the characters could truly have avoided it if they had acted rationally instead of irrationally. This is often what ''makes'' a comedy so funny in the first place, as well.

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It is important to note that this [[TropesAreTools not always a bad thing]], and is sometimes the ''entire point'' entire point of the work. story. Part of what can make a drama so dramatic or a tragedy so tragic is that the characters could truly have avoided it if they had acted rationally instead of irrationally. This Likewise, this is often what ''makes'' a comedy so funny frequently PlayedForLaughs in the first place, as well.
a comedy. And sometimes it's just a case of RealityIsUnrealistic; many real-world problems, viewed from a distance, can seem like Idiot Plots themselves. That said, for obvious reasons, NoRealLifeExamplesPlease
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