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9th Feb '16 2:52:41 PM margdean56
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* Snake and Eddie in ''Literature/BigTrouble'', though they do get pretty far on blind determination, aren't bright enough to believe they've robbed a [[ArtisticLicenseNuclearPhysics Suitcase Nuke]], even when told that it's a bomb. * In the ''Literature/WaysideSchool'' series, two robbers try to hold up Mrs. Jewls' class thinking they were holding up a bank. When it's pointed out to them that they're in a school, [[NeverLearnedToRead it's quickly revealed that they're illiterate.]] Todd ends up saving the day by giving them a spelling book and encouraging them to learn to read and write.
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* Snake and Eddie in ''Literature/BigTrouble'', though they do get pretty far on blind determination, aren't bright enough to believe they've robbed stolen a [[ArtisticLicenseNuclearPhysics Suitcase Nuke]], even when told that it's a bomb. * In the ''Literature/WaysideSchool'' series, two robbers try to hold up Mrs. Jewls' class thinking they were are holding up a bank. When it's pointed out to them that they're in a school, [[NeverLearnedToRead it's quickly revealed that they're illiterate.]] Todd ends up saving the day by giving them a spelling book and encouraging them to learn to read and write.
9th Feb '16 2:46:52 PM margdean56
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When it comes to committing crime, unfortunately, not everyone is an expert... or even a professional. A good caper usually takes the talent and skill of the likes of a ClassyCatBurglar or even a PhantomThief to pull off, and you either have a good knack for it or you don't. Those that don't have a knack for anything on that scale may think smaller, plan a less rewarding crime with fewer risks involved, and some people fail even at that.
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When it comes to committing crime, unfortunately, not everyone is an expert... or even a professional. A good caper usually takes the talent and skill of the likes of a ClassyCatBurglar or even a PhantomThief to pull off, and you either have a good knack for it or you don't. Those that don't have a knack for anything on that scale may think smaller, plan a less rewarding crime with fewer risks involved, and some people fail even at that.

Most commonly, Stupid Crooks are low-level burglars and petty thieves; other times, they may be people who don't even have criminal records or have never committed a crime before but are suddenly tempted to commit one for fast cash or some other small reward. No matter what though, these guys [[PlethoraOfMistakes always get]] ''[[PlethoraOfMistakes something]]'' [[PlethoraOfMistakes wrong]]. They use [[PaperThinDisguise Paper Thin Disguises]] (that don't work), they rob a store that they visit daily where all the employees would recognize them, they use their real names to communicate with each other, they do all three of those things at once and more! Stupidity has no limits, and that has never been truer than in instances involving Stupid Crooks. On most occasions, FailureIsTheOnlyOption with the crook(s) either bungling a job that has low-risk and is extremely petty (like taking candy from a baby) or one that comes with greater risk in a criminal field that they have no experience with. Stupid Crooks always get caught by the cops (even when PoliceAreUseless for anything else) or otherwise end up having [[LaserGuidedKarma a price to pay for their idiocy]]. In either conclusion, AmusingInjuries are very likely to occur.
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Most commonly, Stupid Crooks are low-level burglars and petty thieves; other times, they may be people who don't even have criminal records or have never committed a crime before but are suddenly tempted to commit one for fast cash or some other small reward. No matter what though, these guys [[PlethoraOfMistakes always get]] ''[[PlethoraOfMistakes something]]'' [[PlethoraOfMistakes wrong]]. They use [[PaperThinDisguise Paper Thin Disguises]] (that don't work), they rob a store that they visit daily where all the employees would recognize them, they use their real names to communicate with each other, they do all three of those things at once and more! Stupidity has no limits, and that has never been truer than in instances involving Stupid Crooks. On most occasions, FailureIsTheOnlyOption with the crook(s) either bungling a job that has low-risk low risk and is extremely petty (like taking candy from a baby) or one that comes with greater risk in a criminal field that they have no experience with. Stupid Crooks always get caught by the cops (even when PoliceAreUseless for anything else) or otherwise end up having [[LaserGuidedKarma a price to pay for their idiocy]]. In either conclusion, instance, AmusingInjuries are very likely to occur.

See Also: CutLexLuthorACheck, when someone with a habit for committing crime could actually achieve fortune and success through more sincere and legal means. The supporting characters in a TerribleTrio can commonly evoke this trope. Often TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily is similar. Stupid Crooks can also be a type of HarmlessVillain.
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See Also: CutLexLuthorACheck, when someone with a habit for of committing crime crimes could actually achieve fortune and success through more sincere honest and legal means. The supporting characters in a TerribleTrio can commonly evoke this trope. Often TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily is similar. Stupid Crooks can also be a type of HarmlessVillain.
4th Feb '16 11:20:38 PM Aspie
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* The Music/{{Nickelback}} song "Get 'Em Up" is the story of a would-be bank robbery that gets foiled before it even starts because [[EpicFail the robbers forgot that it was Sunday and that the bank was closed, meaning there was no one there to rob.]] The cops promptly show up and bust them.
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* The Music/{{Nickelback}} song "Get 'Em Up" is the story of a would-be bank robbery that gets foiled before it even starts because [[EpicFail the robbers forgot that it was Sunday and that the bank was closed, meaning there was no one there to rob.]] The cops promptly show up and bust them.
4th Feb '16 11:19:35 PM Aspie
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[[folder:Music]] * The Music/{{Nickelback}} song "Get 'Em Up" is the story of a would-be bank robbery that gets foiled before it even starts because [[EpicFail the robbers forgot that it was Sunday and that the bank was closed, meaning there was no one there to rob.]] The cops promptly show up and bust them. [[/folder]]
2nd Feb '16 10:06:40 AM AHI-3000
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* Ed Wuncler and Gin Rummy from ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks''. They'll rob a bank and forget to ask for money, they try to get past a heavily secured area by going through the back dooor (without checking to see if there's security there too) and generally just run around guns ablazing without any sense of purpose. They're just lucky that Ed's grandfather owns the cops.
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* Ed Wuncler III and Gin Rummy from ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks''. ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks''. They'll rob a bank and forget to ask for money, they try to get past a heavily secured area by going through the back dooor door (without checking to see if there's security there too) too), and generally just run around guns ablazing without any sense of purpose. They're just lucky that Ed's grandfather [[DirtyCop owns the cops.police]].
15th Jan '16 4:02:59 PM paul723
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* J.D. and Billy from ''Film/{{Barbershop}}''. They steal an ATM from a convenience store and spend the rest of the day trying to break it open, oblivious to the fact that it has no money inside.
6th Jan '16 8:21:16 AM StFan
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* ''World's Dumbest Criminals'', later ''Series/TheSmokingGunPresentsWorldsDumbest'', is a [=TruTV=] documentary show about... well, ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. ** ''AmericasDumbestCriminals'' too. * In the pilot episode of ''Series/DeadLikeMe'', one of George's first experiences with the reapers is with Mason at a bank, where we meet Bret, the hapless bank robber. Bret stumbles through a prepared announcement he wrote up before entering the bank and gets upstaged by one jealous wife of the bankers. However, he [[SubvertedTrope miraculously manages to get away with the bank's money.]]
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* ''World's Dumbest Criminals'', later ''Series/TheSmokingGunPresentsWorldsDumbest'', ''Series/WorldsDumbest'', is a [=TruTV=] documentary show about... well, ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. ** ''AmericasDumbestCriminals'' * ''Series/AmericasDumbestCriminals'' too. * ''Series/DeadLikeMe'': ** In the pilot episode of ''Series/DeadLikeMe'', episode, one of George's first experiences with the reapers is with Mason at a bank, where we meet Bret, the hapless bank robber. Bret stumbles through a prepared announcement he wrote up before entering the bank and gets upstaged by one jealous wife of the bankers. However, he [[SubvertedTrope miraculously manages to get away with the bank's money.]]
1st Jan '16 5:52:39 PM res20stupid
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* Buster Brady from ''Series/MrsBrownsBoys'' is a complete moron who, along with Agnes' son Dermot, spent some time in jail for a prior offence. However, unlike Dermot, he has never learned his lesson and keeps trying to rope Dermot into a get rich quick scheme whenever he can. [[spoiler: He's even at it during his legitimate work, such as how he stole a 1,000 watch when he was working for Dermot's brother on a New Year's special, causing him to get fired.]]
27th Nov '15 11:01:05 AM dmcreif
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* Quite a few stupid crooks show up in the first season of ''Series/BetterCallSaul''. The first episodes has two brothers who try to scam motorists [[{{Flopsy}} by throwing themselves in front of cars and faking injuries]]. (They do it to Saul, whose car is [[TheAllegedCar so shitty]] that he very obviously doesn't have any money to scam.) There's also the Kettlemans, who embezzled more than a million dollars from the county and left a trail so obvious that their conviction is all but guaranteed. Then there's Nacho, whose plan to kidnap the Kettlemans is so obvious that he gets himself arrested without even having committed the crime.
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* Quite a few stupid crooks show up in the first season of ''Series/BetterCallSaul''. ''Series/BetterCallSaul'', which is a given considering that at this point, Saul, then Jimmy [=McGill=], wasn't involved yet with the major criminals he handles in ''Series/BreakingBad'': **Jimmy's clients in the series premiere broke into a mortuary, cut off the head off a corpse and then had sex with it. On top of it, they made a video of the whole event. The prosecutor only needs to play the tape as his closing statement to get them sent to jail. **The first episodes has two brothers who try to scam motorists [[{{Flopsy}} by throwing themselves in front of cars and faking injuries]]. (They First they do it to Saul, Jimmy, whose car is [[TheAllegedCar beat-up Suzuki Esteem]] leaves so shitty]] much to be desirede that he very obviously doesn't have any money to scam.) There's also scam. They then are enlisted by Jimmy to stage one of their stunts on a client he's interested in obtaining, but because they fail to memorize the Kettlemans, who description of the car, they instead end up targeting [[AxeCrazy Tuco Salamanca]]'s grandmother. Then, their cultural sensitivity and people-reading skills leave much to be desired. And they make the mistake of calling Tuco's grandmother a "bizznatch." Seriously, if it weren't for Jimmy managing to successfully talk Tuco down from killing them to just breaking a leg on each of them, their fate would have been shallow graves. **The Kettlemans. After embezzling more than $1.6 million in county funds, they stage their own kidnapping and flee into the woods near their home. They clearly had no plan beyond that and things could have gone very tragic if Jimmy did not find them. On top of that, they did an awful job covering up the fact that they embezzled more than a million dollars from the county money with tactics such as writing government checks to themselves to falsely claim it. Jimmy later lampshades this to Mike and left a trail so obvious that their conviction is all but guaranteed. Then there's Nacho, whose plan to kidnap the Kettlemans is so obvious tells him that he thought that criminals would be smarter than that. **After Nacho gets himself arrested without even having committed for supposedly getting involved in the crime.aforementioned 'kidnapping', Nacho threatens Jimmy for supposedly ratting on him. Jimmy responds by pointing all the elementary mistakes Nacho made, like using his own van in staking out the Kettlemans' house and getting spotted by a neighbor, and failing to clean the blood (from the skaters) out of the back of his van which gave the cops the probable cause to arrest him and start to dig into his activities. He essentially framed himself for a crime he has not yet committed.
21st Oct '15 8:50:22 AM LuciaMoore
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The gun left on the counter belonged to Marcellus, who had stepped out to get breakfast.
* Vincent Vega from ''Film/PulpFiction'' has a large number of personal WhatAnIdiot moments, two of which are directly in relation to his job as a hitman and enforcer for Marcellus Wallace's criminal empire. Not only is he the TropeNamer for IJustShotMarvinInTheFace, but Vincent also [[spoiler:leaves his sub-machine gun sitting out in the open while he [[CentralTheme goes to the bathroom]] at Butch's apartment when he's supposed to be waiting to kill Butch if he shows up. Butch ''does'' show up, and, upon noticing the gun, picks it up and shoots Vincent dead after he steps out of the bathroom.]] It's quite likely this is a result of his heroin addiction taking its toll and being out of practise from the four years he spent in Amsterdam (WordOfGod says he ran a club for Marcellus), where he evidentally indulged in heavy drug use.
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* Vincent Vega from ''Film/PulpFiction'' has a large number of personal WhatAnIdiot moments, two of which are directly in relation to his job as a hitman and enforcer for Marcellus Wallace's criminal empire. Not only is he the TropeNamer for IJustShotMarvinInTheFace, but Vincent also [[spoiler:leaves [[spoiler:lowers his sub-machine gun sitting out in the open guard while he [[CentralTheme goes to the bathroom]] at Butch's apartment when he's supposed to be waiting to kill Butch if he shows up. Butch ''does'' show up, and, upon noticing Marcellus' gun sitting on the gun, counter, picks it up and shoots Vincent dead after he steps out of the bathroom.]] It's quite likely this is a result of his heroin addiction taking its toll and being out of practise from the four years he spent in Amsterdam (WordOfGod says he ran a club for Marcellus), where he evidentally indulged in heavy drug use.
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