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10th Nov '17 4:05:09 AM GauriR
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* StatingTheSimpleSolution: The characters are faced with a problem with a blindingly obvious solution... apparentky the "blinding" part was literal, because only one guy can see the solution, and has to go out of their way to tell everyone else what it is.

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* StatingTheSimpleSolution: The characters are faced with a problem with a blindingly obvious solution... apparentky apparently the "blinding" part was literal, because only one guy can see the solution, and has to go out of their way to tell everyone else what it is.
30th Oct '17 5:11:43 AM Nadim
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* StupidSacrifice: A character performs a HeroicSacrifice that was completely unnecessary and/or accomplished nothing.

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* StupidSacrifice: A character performs a HeroicSacrifice that was completely unnecessary and/or accomplished nothing.unnecessary.
30th Oct '17 5:08:10 AM Nadim
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* ObliviousToHisOwnDescription: Someone who is so stupid theey can't recognize themselves in the mirror.

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* ObliviousToHisOwnDescription: Someone who is so stupid theey they can't recognize themselves in the mirror.
12th Oct '17 8:12:53 AM Nadim
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* ObliviousToHisOwnDescription

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* ObliviousToHisOwnDescriptionObliviousToHisOwnDescription: Someone who is so stupid theey can't recognize themselves in the mirror.
28th Sep '17 9:32:48 AM Nadim
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* SkewedPriorities: An idiot only thinks of the less important things.
21st Sep '17 5:47:00 PM starkitty93
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* CLuelessDeputy: This guy isn't really much of a threat to criminals...

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* CLuelessDeputy: CluelessDeputy: This guy isn't really much of a threat to criminals...
17th Aug '17 12:16:04 PM Luigifan
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* BullyingADragon: Yes let's antagonize the guy who we just saw beat the crap out of another, it's not like he'll beat us up too ya'know.

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* BullyingADragon: Yes Yes, let's antagonize the guy who we just saw beat the crap out of another, another guy; it's not like he'll beat us up too too, ya'know.



* CLuelessDeputy: This guy isn't really much of a threat to criminals...



* VirginityMakesYouStupid
* ViolationOfCommonSense: The proper course of action involves doing something a sane person would most likely be unwilling to do.

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* VirginityMakesYouStupid
VirginityMakesYouStupid: Lacking sexual experience impairs one's intelligence.
* ViolationOfCommonSense: The A situation where the proper course of action involves doing something a sane person would most likely be unwilling to do.



** HaveYouToldAnyoneElse: [[HeKnowsTooMuch Someone has just acquired some information whose spread could be very dangerous to a morally bankrupt individual or group...]] So naturally, the endangered individual or group is ''the first one'' they share the information with. No points for guessing what happens next.

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** HaveYouToldAnyoneElse: [[HeKnowsTooMuch Someone has just acquired some information whose spread that, if spread, could be very dangerous to a morally bankrupt individual or group...]] So naturally, the endangered threatened individual or group is ''the first one'' they share the information with. No points for guessing what happens next.
17th Aug '17 9:52:01 AM Luigifan
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** HaveYouToldAnyoneElse

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** HaveYouToldAnyoneElseHaveYouToldAnyoneElse: [[HeKnowsTooMuch Someone has just acquired some information whose spread could be very dangerous to a morally bankrupt individual or group...]] So naturally, the endangered individual or group is ''the first one'' they share the information with. No points for guessing what happens next.



** OnceIsNotEnough
** WhatWereYouThinking

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** OnceIsNotEnough
OnceIsNotEnough: No, you can't just whack the monster once and be done with it.
** WhatWereYouThinkingWhatWereYouThinking: The StockPhrase used to call an idiot out on their idiocy.
17th Aug '17 9:33:30 AM Luigifan
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See ContrivedStupidityTropes for a specific set of these tropes dealing with unrealistic stupidity driving the plot. Compare AntiIntellectualism and contrast IntelligenceTropes.

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See ContrivedStupidityTropes for a specific set of these tropes dealing with unrealistic stupidity [[IdiotPlot driving the plot.plot]]. Compare AntiIntellectualism and contrast IntelligenceTropes.



* AlmightyIdiot: Godlike powers zaps one of their intelligence and sanity.

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* AlmightyIdiot: Godlike powers zaps one of their intelligence and sanity. (Alternatively -- a character who happens to have godlike power and rocks for brains.)



* CuriosityKilledTheCast: The plot kicks off because some idiot thought it would be a good idea to explore something suspicious looking.

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* CuriosityKilledTheCast: The plot kicks off because some idiot thought it would be a good idea to explore something suspicious looking.suspicious-looking.



* DugInDeeper: When one is too stupid to tell the truth about their friend's talentlessness and a whole disaster insues.

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* DugInDeeper: When one is too stupid to tell the truth about their friend's talentlessness and a whole disaster insues.ensues.



* HonorBeforeReason: Sticking to your moral code is noble in all, but doing so in a way that screws you and other people over shows lack of intelligence and/or good judgment.

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* HonorBeforeReason: Sticking to your moral code is noble in and all, but doing so in a way that screws you and other people over shows lack of intelligence and/or good judgment.



* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: Don't ever let a stupid person handle guns, they don't know anything about or don't care about gun safety.

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* IgnorantOfTheirOwnIgnorance: This character is too stupid to realize that they're stupid.
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: Don't ever let a stupid person handle guns, guns; they don't know anything about or don't care about gun safety.



* KindheartedSimpleton: Not very bright but they're so sweet.
* KnowNothingKnowItAll

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* KindheartedSimpleton: Not very bright bright, but they're so sweet.
* KnowNothingKnowItAllKnowNothingKnowItAll: A character who constantly brags about knowledge that they obviously don't have.



** LawfulStupid: Being so devoted to following the rules without really stopping to really think about it.
** StupidEvil
** StupidGood

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** LawfulStupid: Being so devoted to following the rules without really stopping to really think about it.
** StupidEvil
StupidEvil: Doing evil things without rhyme, reason, or any sense of self-preservation.
** StupidGoodStupidGood: A character who's so pure-hearted and idealistic that they are hilariously easy to take advantage of.



* LeeroyJenkins: He doesn't know the meaning of the words "planning", "caution", "restraint", "stealth", or "subtlety". Actually, all he ''does'' know is "charge in and whack things".



* TheMillstone

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* TheMillstoneTheMillstone: A character whose sheer stupidity is detrimental to everyone around them.



* MuggingTheMonster

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* MuggingTheMonsterMuggingTheMonster: A character picks a fight with someone who turns out to be ''way'' more powerful than them.



* NeverRecycleYourSchemes

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* NeverRecycleYourSchemesNeverRecycleYourSchemes: A "mastermind" never bothers to reuse or even revise their failed plans, regardless of the circumstances behind the failure -- instead, they start from scratch ''every single time''.



* NoPeripheralVision

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* NoPeripheralVisionNoPeripheralVision: A character fails to notice anything that isn't '''directly''' in front of them, as if they're wearing blinders.



* NobodysThatDumb

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* NobodysThatDumbNobodysThatDumb: [[TemptingFate Don't express disbelief that anybody could be stupid enough to perform an incredibly ill-advised action.]] You will inevitably be proven wrong.



* NumberTwoForBrains

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* NumberTwoForBrainsNumberTwoForBrains: TheLancer (or TheDragon) is an imbecile.



* ObliviousToHints

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* ObliviousToHintsObliviousToHints: Subtlety is completely lost on this guy -- if you want him to understand something, you have to tell him ''exactly'' what point you're trying to get across.



* PhlebotinumInducedStupidity
* PingPongNaivete
* PlayerExclusiveMechanic
* PlotSensitiveSnoopingSkills

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* PhlebotinumInducedStupidity
PhlebotinumInducedStupidity: The substance that drives the plot has a side-effect of impairing higher cognitive functions.
* PingPongNaivete
PingPongNaivete: A character oscillates between trusting and not trusting someone who shouldn't be trusted.
* PlayerExclusiveMechanic
PlayerExclusiveMechanic: A mechanic in a video game that only humans can use, because programming the AI to be capable of it would be too damn hard (or make the game too damn hard).
* PlotSensitiveSnoopingSkillsPlotSensitiveSnoopingSkills: A character who tries to secretly gather information will be exactly as successful at it as the plot needs them to be.



* RevengeBeforeReason

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* RevengeBeforeReasonRevengeBeforeReason: A character pursues a grudge at the expense of all notions of sanity or self-interest.



* RichInDollarsPoorInSense
* RunsOnIgnorance
* SanityHasAdvantages

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* RichInDollarsPoorInSense
RichInDollarsPoorInSense: A character who's extremely wealthy and extremely dumb.
* RunsOnIgnorance
RunsOnIgnorance: This thing literally can't function except around stupid people.
* SanityHasAdvantagesSanityHasAdvantages: Those who are intelligent and reasonable fare better than those who are not.



* SelectiveObliviousness

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* SelectiveObliviousnessSelectiveObliviousness: A character intentionally ignores anything they wish to remain unaware of...
** IRejectYourReality: ...even at the expense of all notions of logic and objective truth.



* StatingTheSimpleSolution
* StopDrowningAndStandUp

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* StatingTheSimpleSolution
StatingTheSimpleSolution: The characters are faced with a problem with a blindingly obvious solution... apparentky the "blinding" part was literal, because only one guy can see the solution, and has to go out of their way to tell everyone else what it is.
* StopDrowningAndStandUpStopDrowningAndStandUp: A character ends up in water and blindly panics until they're informed that the water is ''far'' too shallow for them to actually drown in.



* StupidCrooks
* StupidFuturePeople
* StupidSacrifice
* StupidScientist
* StupidSurrender
* StupidityInducingAttack
* SuicidalOverconfidence
* StrategySchmategy

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* StupidCrooks
StupidCrooks: Criminals who have no idea what they're doing.
* StupidFuturePeople
StupidFuturePeople: In the future, everyone will be '''dumb!'''
* StupidSacrifice
StupidSacrifice: A character performs a HeroicSacrifice that was completely unnecessary and/or accomplished nothing.
* StupidScientist
StupidScientist: A scientist whose pursuit of knowledge serves as a demonstration of their lack of it.
* StupidSurrender
StupidSurrender: A character throws in the towel while they're not even losing.
* StupidityInducingAttack
StupidityInducingAttack: A combat technique that actively reduces the victim's intelligence.
* SuicidalOverconfidence
SuicidalOverconfidence: These guys make a habit out of MuggingTheMonster.
* StrategySchmategyStrategySchmategy: "Tactics are for the weak!"



* SurroundedByIdiots

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* SurroundedByIdiotsSurroundedByIdiots: The sentiment of a smart guy frustrated by his colleagues' relative lack of intelligence.



* TooDumbToFool

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* TooDumbToFoolTooDumbToFool: A character who proves immune to deception by virtue of not even getting the point the liar's trying to make.



* UpperClassTwit

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* UpperClassTwitUpperClassTwit: A character who's high on the social ladder... and not so high in common sense.



* ViolationOfCommonSense

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* ViolationOfCommonSenseViolationOfCommonSense: The proper course of action involves doing something a sane person would most likely be unwilling to do.



* YourBrainWontBeMuchOfAMeal

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* YourBrainWontBeMuchOfAMealYourBrainWontBeMuchOfAMeal: A brain-eater finds stupid people repulsive.
6th Aug '17 10:29:08 PM starkitty93
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* ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime
* JugglingLoadedGuns

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* ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime
ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime: That so-called "good idea" you had turned out to be a really stupid mistake.
* JugglingLoadedGunsJugglingLoadedGuns: Idiots using guns incorrectly because it's funny.
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