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17th Nov '17 7:32:18 AM __Vano
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This is also used sometimes as an explanation for ChaoticNeutral or ChaoticStupid actions. Contrast IDidWhatIHadToDo, which does the same as in this case, but for LawfulNeutral or LawfulStupid actions and their moral, rather than strategical, consequences. Often goes hand in hand with AlcoholInducedIdiocy for obvious reasons. If the plan somehow still ''works'' -- and is stated or implied to work not despite but ''because of'' how ridiculous it seems -- that's RefugeInAudacity.

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This is also used sometimes as an explanation for ChaoticNeutral or ChaoticStupid actions. Contrast IDidWhatIHadToDo, which does the same as in this case, but for LawfulNeutral or LawfulStupid actions and their moral, rather than strategical, consequences. Often goes hand in hand with AlcoholInducedIdiocy for obvious reasons. If the plan somehow still ''works'' -- and is stated or implied to work not despite but ''because of'' how ridiculous it seems -- that's RefugeInAudacity.RefugeInAudacity and/or CrazyEnoughToWork.
4th Oct '17 2:22:16 PM WillKeaton
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* In one commercial for Jameson's Irish Whiskey, Advertising/JohnJameson leaps overboard when one of his barrels of whiskey is lost in a storm to retrieve it, and while he's down there narrator says "In hindsight, that probably wasn't a good idea" when he sees a [[SeaMonster giant octopus]] start reaching towards him. Viewable [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOydQFJdx1k here]].

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* In one commercial for Jameson's Irish Whiskey, Advertising/JohnJameson leaps overboard when one of his barrels of whiskey is lost in a storm to retrieve it, and while he's down there narrator says "In hindsight, that probably wasn't a good idea" when he sees a [[SeaMonster giant octopus]] start reaching towards him. Viewable [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOydQFJdx1k here]].Viewable here.]]
4th Oct '17 11:45:15 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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Compare the situational trope, NiceJobBreakingItHero, as well as DidntThinkThisThrough.

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Compare the situational trope, NiceJobBreakingItHero, as well as DidntThinkThisThrough.
DidntThinkThisThrough and IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney.
23rd Sep '17 1:23:23 PM Eddy1215
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MonsterInc'', Mike sums this up in a [[SarcasmMode sarcastic]] rant after [[spoiler:he and Sully get banished to the human world]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MonsterInc'', ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', Mike sums this up in a [[SarcasmMode sarcastic]] rant after [[spoiler:he and Sully get banished to the human world]].
23rd Sep '17 1:22:55 PM Eddy1215
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MonsterInc'', Mike sums this up in a [[SarcasmMode sarcastic]] rant after [[spoiler:he and Sully get banished to the human world]].
-->'''Mike''': Oh, what a great idea [[spoiler:going to your ol' pal, Waternoose, [[SuddenlyShouting TOO BAD HE WAS IN ON THE WHOLE THING!]]]]
19th Sep '17 11:27:04 AM Eddy1215
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-->'''Uncle''': ''([[MisplacedRetribution To Jackie)'' You destroyed the demon! Yin and Yang! Now the world is out of balance! Nobody told you to destroy the demon!

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-->'''Uncle''': ''([[MisplacedRetribution To Jackie)'' Jackie]])'' You destroyed the demon! Yin and Yang! Now the world is out of balance! Nobody told you to destroy the demon!
19th Sep '17 11:25:57 AM Eddy1215
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-->'''Uncle''': I said ''face'' the dragon, not ''waste'' the dragon!
** It happens when Jackie destroys the talismans. He had hoped that their power would be destroyed and would end people misusing their powers, but unfortunately their powers can't be destroyed; only their hosts (which were the talismans at the time) can. Their powers then sought out new hosts and he inadvertently started the talisman hunt all over again.

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-->'''Uncle''': I said ''face'' ''([[MisplacedRetribution To Jackie)'' You destroyed the dragon, not ''waste'' demon! Yin and Yang! Now the dragon!
world is out of balance! Nobody told you to destroy the demon!
** It happens when Jackie destroys the talismans. He had hoped that their power would be destroyed and would end people misusing their powers, but unfortunately their powers can't be destroyed; only their hosts (which were the talismans at the time) can. Their powers then sought out new hosts and he inadvertently started [[GottaCatchThemAll the talisman hunt hunt]] [[HereWeGoAgain all over again.again]].
12th Aug '17 1:22:57 PM Business21
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* Owning a pet could turn into this trope in said pet's final years. The pain of watching a beloved dog or cat getting old, getting sick, and dying could make you wonder why you decided to get them in the first place considering the inevitable heartbreak experienced in the end.
9th Aug '17 8:48:46 AM ReikoKazama
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* ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie''. Maybe don't create the world's strongest pokemon to use for your own personal gain/ world domination without any way to control it. Also see GoneHorriblyRight
* The corrupt World Government in ''Manga/OnePiece'' often makes decisions that are this trope. The biggest one to date it the Summit War. They managed to capture the late pirate king Gol D. Roger's son Portgas D. Ace and wanted to not only end Roger's bloodline but also use Ace as bait to draw in Whitebeard, the strongest pirate in the world at the time, so they could defeat Whitebeard and his crew. Unfortunately several outside factors made things go south very fast. While the World Government had no control over the outside factors that turned what should have been a great victory into a PyrrhicVictory it should have been obvious to the World Government that things wouldn't go down so simply to say nothing of the fact that [[DidNotThinkThisThrough they really didn't consider the ramifications in the long term]]. To wit:
** Ace's brother [[TheHero Luffy]] tried to rescue him at the super prison Impel Down and when that didn't work, Luffy made a huge jail break that ended up releasing some of the most dangerous prisoners in the world. The Government's reaction to that was to cover it up so they wouldn't lose the people's faith despite the fact that if such prisoner's start something ([[CardCarryingVillain which they will]]) the escape will be exposed anyway and the government will lose face for both the escape and lying to the people.

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* ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie''. Maybe don't create the world's strongest pokemon Pokémon to use for your own personal gain/ world gain/world domination without any way to control it. Also see GoneHorriblyRight
GoneHorriblyRight.
* The corrupt World Government in ''Manga/OnePiece'' often makes decisions that are this trope. The biggest one to date it is the Summit War. They managed to capture the late pirate king Gol D. Roger's son Portgas D. Ace and wanted to not only end Roger's bloodline but also use Ace as bait to draw in Whitebeard, the strongest pirate in the world at the time, so they could defeat Whitebeard and his crew. Unfortunately several outside factors made things go south very fast. While the World Government had no control over the outside factors that turned what should have been a great victory into a PyrrhicVictory it should have been obvious to the World Government that things wouldn't go down so simply simply, to say nothing of the fact that [[DidNotThinkThisThrough [[DidntThinkThisThrough they really didn't consider the ramifications in the long term]]. To wit:
** Ace's brother [[TheHero Luffy]] tried to rescue him at the super prison Impel Down and when that didn't work, Luffy made a huge jail break that ended up releasing some of the most dangerous prisoners in the world. The Government's reaction to that was to cover it up so they wouldn't lose the people's faith despite the fact that if such prisoner's prisoners start something ([[CardCarryingVillain which they will]]) the escape will be exposed anyway and the government will lose face for both the escape and lying to the people.



** While they did succeed in beating Whitebeard, [[FamousLastWords with his final breath,]] [[DyingMomentOfAwesome he confirmed that the world famous treasure that belong to Roger and everyone was looking for did in fact exist.]] The fleet admiral Sengoku reacted with a look of both fear and rage when Whitebeard did this as he knew that with the word out more pirates would now venture out to find One Piece and a newer, bigger, and more chaotic age of piracy would begin. With his final breath, Whitebeard basically [[AllForNothing invalidated every aim the world government had by starting this war making all of the Marine's spent resources and sacrifices a complete waste.]]

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** While they did succeed in beating Whitebeard, [[FamousLastWords with his final breath,]] [[DyingMomentOfAwesome he confirmed that the world famous treasure that belong belonged to Roger and that everyone was looking for did in fact exist.]] The fleet admiral Sengoku reacted with a look of both fear and rage when Whitebeard did this as he knew that with the word out more pirates would now venture out to find One Piece and a newer, bigger, and more chaotic age of piracy would begin. With his final breath, Whitebeard basically [[AllForNothing invalidated every aim the world government had by starting this war making all of the Marine's spent resources and sacrifices a complete waste.]]



*** What if anything did the World government get out of all of this? They ''admitted'' they only wanted Ace dead because of his [[SinsOfTheFather parentage]], not because he was particularly threatening in and of himself. Whitebeard was on ''life support'' and would have died anyway in a few more years. Creator/{{Confucius}} say, "Do not use a cannon to kill a mosquito" - the WG basically set off an ''[[ApocalypseHow extinction level event]]'' to kill two particularly annoying bears.

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*** What if anything did the World government Government get out of all of this? They ''admitted'' they only wanted Ace dead because of his [[SinsOfTheFather parentage]], not because he was particularly threatening in and of himself. Whitebeard was on ''life support'' and would have died anyway in a few more years. Creator/{{Confucius}} say, "Do not use a cannon to kill a mosquito" - the WG basically set off an ''[[ApocalypseHow extinction level event]]'' to kill two particularly annoying bears.



* In ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'', after the Kremlin explodes, Ethan is taken to hospital and is suspected to be responsible for the explosion. The Russian cop Sidorov is sent to the hospital to investigate, but Ethan manages to free himself and climbs out of the window to [[TrashLanding jump down into a refuse container]], but realises that it's way to high.

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* In ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'', after the Kremlin explodes, Ethan is taken to hospital and is suspected to be responsible for the explosion. The Russian cop Sidorov is sent to the hospital to investigate, but Ethan manages to free himself and climbs out of the window to [[TrashLanding jump down into a refuse container]], but realises that it's way to too high.



* ''Terry and the Pirates'' episode "Deadly Species" (1952)

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* ''Terry and the Pirates'' episode "Deadly Species" (1952)(1952):



* ''Series/TrailerParkBoys'' episode "Propane, Propane"

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* ''Series/TrailerParkBoys'' episode "Propane, Propane"Propane":



* One stand-up comedian says that this is the reason why men do so many stupid and idiotic things, because guys aren't thinking about the past or the future and are only concerned with having a good time right now. He uses UsefulNotes/BillClinton as an example, and claims Bill would have gotten off scott free if he had just told the truth.
-->"Mr. President, are we to understand that she just walked right into your office and started...well, you know."

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* One stand-up comedian says that this is the reason why men do so many stupid and idiotic things, because guys aren't thinking about the past or the future and are only concerned with having a good time right now. He uses UsefulNotes/BillClinton as an example, and claims Bill would have gotten off scott scot free if he had just told the truth.
-->"Mr. President, are we to understand that she just walked right into your office and started... well, you know."



* The song "[[TitleDrop A Good Idea At the Time]]" by OkGo both expresses SympathyForTheDevil and is an [[ShoutOut explicit homage]] to Music/TheRollingStones song of the same, portraying Lucifer as simply a guy after a good time who keeps winding up causing horrific situations throughout history, usually because of [[ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime this trope]] and the consumption of [[AlcoholInducedIdiocy ludicrous amounts of booze]].

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* The song "[[TitleDrop A Good Idea At the Time]]" by OkGo Music/OKGo both expresses SympathyForTheDevil and is an [[ShoutOut explicit homage]] to Music/TheRollingStones song of the same, portraying Lucifer as simply a guy after a good time who keeps winding up causing horrific situations throughout history, usually because of [[ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime this trope]] and the consumption of [[AlcoholInducedIdiocy ludicrous amounts of booze]].



* In ''Videogame/{{Portal 2}}'' you're given the opportunity to remove BigBad [=GLaDOS=]' control over the facility and replace her with Wheatley, a cheery, kindhearted robot that's done nothing but help you. Seems like a great idea, right? Well, keep in mind that you should have noticed by this point that the "cheery, kindhearted robot that's done nothing but help you" is in fact an ''idiot.'' But the immediate effect is that [[spoiler:''anyone'' who gets put in charge of the facility is driven insane(good job turning your only friend into a [[FaceHeelTurn homicidal maniac]]) and said friend is actually a ''literal'' IdiotBall; "He's the product of the greatest minds of a generation working together with the express purpose of building the dumbest moron who ever lived." And you just put him in charge of the facility that was taking great effort to kill you ''before'' you put a vicious idiot in the driver's seat]].

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* In ''Videogame/{{Portal 2}}'' you're given the opportunity to remove BigBad [=GLaDOS=]' control over the facility and replace her with Wheatley, a cheery, kindhearted robot that's done nothing but help you. Seems like a great idea, right? Well, keep in mind that you should have noticed by this point that the "cheery, kindhearted robot that's done nothing but help you" is in fact an ''idiot.'' But the immediate effect is that [[spoiler:''anyone'' who gets put in charge of the facility is driven insane(good insane (good job turning your only friend into a [[FaceHeelTurn homicidal maniac]]) and said friend is actually a ''literal'' IdiotBall; "He's the product of the greatest minds of a generation working together with the express purpose of building the dumbest moron who ever lived." And you just put him in charge of the facility that was taking great effort to kill you ''before'' you put a vicious idiot in the driver's seat]].



* Another real life example. Back in 1988 Nintendo wanted to develop a CD peripheral for the SNES. They first partnered with Sony, but after discovering the deal gave Sony unprecedented control over the games on it, they bailed and partnered with Philips. This made Sony none too happy at the betrayal. The SNES never got a CD add-on, Philips got temporary rights to misuse [[VideoGame/HotelMario Nintendo]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames IPs]], and Sony got busy preparing for the formal announcement of the Playstation. NiceJobBreakingItHero indeed.

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* Another real life example. Back in 1988 Nintendo wanted to develop a CD peripheral for the SNES. They first partnered with Sony, but after discovering the deal gave Sony unprecedented control over the games on it, they bailed and partnered with Philips. This made Sony none too happy at the betrayal. The SNES never got a CD add-on, Philips got temporary rights to misuse [[VideoGame/HotelMario Nintendo]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames IPs]], and Sony got busy preparing for the formal announcement of the Playstation.UsefulNotes/PlayStation. NiceJobBreakingItHero indeed.



* In ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'', while the line itself is never said, [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2012/01/01/seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time/ it's the title of a strip where the truth comes out about Zenith Central...and in light of what's been revealed so far, it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'', while the line itself is never said, [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2012/01/01/seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time/ it's the title of a strip where the truth comes out about Zenith Central... and in light of what's been revealed so far, it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.]]
23rd Jul '17 3:04:53 AM Piterpicher
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* In the opening quote for one of the chapters in TheGrimnoirChronicles, this is the defense offered by the people who accidentally caused the Dust Bowl by magically altering the weather.

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* In the opening quote for one of the chapters in TheGrimnoirChronicles, ''Literature/TheGrimnoirChronicles'', this is the defense offered by the people who accidentally caused the Dust Bowl by magically altering the weather.
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