Created By: SAMAS on May 30, 2007

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A trope from a message board I often frequent:

When a character has the Idiot Ball slipped into their pocket while they weren't looking, causing them to forget to properly use their abilities, intelligence, or powers to stop a badguy or get out of a situation, even though they may have used the ability in similar situations before(often many times). This happens often with Superheroes.

Of course, the only excuse for this to happen is that if the character didn't forget, the story would be over right then and there.

Because of that, the trope was given the name Plot-Induced Stupidity.
Community Feedback Replies: 7
  • May 30, 2007
    Unknown Troper
    I suggested this a couple of days ago, especially in regards of the Green Laterns and Flashes. It got bumped off the page, though.
  • May 31, 2007
    Isn't this basically the same as Amnesia Danger?
  • May 31, 2007
    As mentioned in the one that fell off the page, Amnesia Danger is when the character can't use his powers because he has amnesia, while this is where the character doesn't use his powers just because it would wrap the story up too quickly.
  • May 31, 2007
    Wow, I'm having serious deja vu about the previous discussion, where Amnesia Danger was also mentioned, and I said it wasn't... I'm not going through all that again. It seems like we'll need to launch tropes much faster and discuss later.
  • May 31, 2007
    See also the last two episodes of the first season of Heroes. And probably some of the mid-season episodes too.
  • May 31, 2007
    Also used in the movie The Andromeda Strain. There's a disease from space wiping people out, and a group of sceintists are racing to find a cure. A cure is found, but the computer alert telling of the cure uses a flashing display, and, unfortunately, the one sceintist who sees it suffers from undiagnosed epilepsy. The flashing causes her to go into an epileptic trance, so she never recalls seeing the message.
  • May 31, 2007
    That's Amnesia Danger, though. This is when there isn't a good reason.