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4th May '17 6:05:15 AM Jeduthun
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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 truly could 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, calling real life people idiots is easy FlameBait so 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 truly could have avoided it if they had acted rationally instead of irrationally. (If the characters come to realize this InUniverse, by the way, that's a CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot.) 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, calling real life people idiots is easy FlameBait so NoRealLifeExamplesPlease
15th Sep '16 6:02:49 PM kablammin45
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* IdiotPlot/WebAnimation
24th Aug '16 2:33:37 PM ShorinBJ
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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, calling real life people idiots is easy FlameBait so 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 truly 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, calling real life people idiots is easy FlameBait so NoRealLifeExamplesPlease
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]]
IdiotPlot/AnimeAndManga
* [[IdiotPlot.ComicBooks Comic Books]]
IdiotPlot/ComicBooks
* [[IdiotPlot.FanFiction Fan Fiction]]
IdiotPlot/ComicStrips
* [[IdiotPlot.AnimatedFilm Animated Film]]
IdiotPlot/FanFiction
* [[IdiotPlot.LiveActionFilm Live-Action Film]]
IdiotPlot/AnimatedFilm
* [[IdiotPlot.{{Literature}} Literature]]
IdiotPlot/LiveActionFilm
* [[IdiotPlot.LiveActionTV Live-Action TV]]
IdiotPlot/{{Literature}}
* [[IdiotPlot.NewspaperComics Newspaper Comics]]
IdiotPlot/LiveActionTV
* [[IdiotPlot.ProfessionalWrestling Professional Wrestling]]
IdiotPlot/ProfessionalWrestling
* [[IdiotPlot.{{Theatre}} Theatre]]
IdiotPlot/{{Theatre}}
* [[IdiotPlot.VideoGames Video Games]]
IdiotPlot/VideoGames
* [[IdiotPlot.{{Webcomics}} Webcomics]]
IdiotPlot/WebComics
* [[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)
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