Created By: Luc on April 20, 2011 Last Edited By: Luc on April 29, 2011
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Stupid Yet Awesome

It's stupid, but it's awesome.

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The union of the sets "Stupid things" and "Awesome things", which, surprisingly, are non-disjoint sets. A field mainly occupied by the obsessions of 8-year old boys, but one that can be surprisingly fertile for all that.

Examples should be confined to things that are acknowledged in-show as being stupid or ridiculous, yet are treated as being awesome or cool anyway.

Differs from So Bad, It's Good and So Cool, It's Awesome by being the localized case; those apply to the whole show. See also Achievements in Ignorance, a Sister Trope: when the "impossible" is achieved due to not knowing it's impossible; frequently, cases of Stupid Yet Awesome are acknowledged as being stupid, but carry on regardless "just to see what will happen".

Examples

  • Tyrannosaurs in F14's! ("This is so cool!" "This is so stupid.")
  • The Alt Text for this Dr Mc Ninja strip (in which Doc focuses his energy to fight ghosts by humming the Ghostbusters theme) reads, "Very stupid ideas taken very seriously. Dr. McNinja."
  • Flavor text from Dungeons & Dragons suggests that most of the gnomes' most brilliant inventions started with astoundingly dumb ideas. For instance, the Gnomish Magnetic Armor, which repels magical attacks, was originally intended to repel metal debris on workroom floors.
  • Many of the things Jeremy Clarkson builds on Top Gear. Past examples have included a V8 powered blender, a flamethrower mounted on a snowplough, and modding a car so much it caught fire. Although May and Hammond once converted a Reliant Robin (very small plastic three wheeled car) into a space shuttle. It is also their opinion of the Pagani Zonda.
  • Many a "carry the myth to its logical conclusion" test on Mythbusters. Past examples include a car shaped like a golf ball and a boat made out of duct tape.

Should We Have This??
Community Feedback Replies: 45
  • April 20, 2011
    jaytee
    Not to say I don't like it, but I feel like this is invites too much natter/YMMV and is mostly covered by Rule Of Cool/other YMMV tropes.
  • April 20, 2011
    MC42
    There doesn't seem to be anything that separates this from So Bad Its Good
  • April 20, 2011
    Ekuran
    Perhaps... this could apply to things that are "ridiculous" yet awesome, instead of just stupid. Like Crazy Awesome applied to things other than characters. That seems a bit more tropable.
  • April 21, 2011
    Luc
    Okay. Ridiculous Yet Awesome. And MC 42: So Bad Its Good is the entire work. This is the localized case.
  • April 21, 2011
    TonyG
    This would probably be a Subjective Trope.
  • April 21, 2011
    thegrenekni3t
    • The Alt Text for this Dr Mc Ninja strip (in which Doc focuses his energy to fight ghosts by humming the Ghostbusters theme) reads, "Very stupid ideas taken very seriously. Dr. McNinja."
  • April 21, 2011
    dalek955
    • Flavor text from Dungeons And Dragons suggests that most of the gnomes' most brilliant inventions started with astoundingly dumb ideas. For instance, the Gnomish Magnetic Armor, which repels magical attacks, was originally intended to repel metal debris on workroom floors.
  • April 21, 2011
    CrypticMirror
    Anything Jeremy Clarkson builds on Top Gear. Past examples have included a V8 powered blender, a flamethrower mounted on a snowplough, and modding a car so much it caught fire. Although May and Hammond once converted a Reliant Robin (very small plastic three wheeled car) into a space shuttle. It is also their opinion of the Pagani Zonda.
  • April 21, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    Here's a good quote for the page.

    "It takes an idiot to do cool things, that's why it's cool."
    - Haruhara Haruko, from FLCL
  • April 22, 2011
    CrypticMirror
    it doesn't have to be subjective, as long as it is acknowledged in universe that what has been is Stupid Yet Awesome.
  • April 22, 2011
    jaytee
    I dunno, I'm still not seeing this. It's either so subjective that anything anyone likes will be added, or it's objective (and in-universe-only) but so general that it isn't really a trope.
  • April 22, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    We are getting a rather superfluous about subjective tropes lately...
  • April 23, 2011
    Bisected8
    I think this is covered by So Cool Its Awesome.
  • April 23, 2011
    Luc
    Bisected8: Again, that's about the whole show, this is about the case of a single thing within a show.
  • April 23, 2011
    Sceptre
  • April 23, 2011
    SonofRojBlake
    Frankly, this describes basically all supercars, doesn't it?

    The concept of spending the price of several comfortable houses on a single car is inherently unbelievably stupid, and at the same time, such things are, by definition, awesome.
  • April 23, 2011
    DA
    I think the fridge-nuking scene in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull probably counts. If not, then maybe the "Frying the Coke" scene in Double Team
  • April 24, 2011
    azul120
    Sounds a lot like Narm Charm.
  • April 24, 2011
    Luc
    azull: Narm Charm is all about, well, Narm. Not all Narm is stupid, and not everything that falls under Narm Charm is Awesome. So, yeah, like "Stupid" and "Awesome", Narm Charm and Stupid Yet Awesome are overlapping, but Narm Charm xor Stupid Yet Awesome is a non-empty set.
  • April 24, 2011
    Luc
    Further, anybody mind if I launch this on Friday?
  • April 24, 2011
    FastEddie
    Title needs work. Awesome By Stupidity is better.
  • April 24, 2011
    Ryusui
  • April 24, 2011
    troacctid
    I think the answer to "Should We Have This?" is "No." Please don't launch it. It's a bad trope that will quickly degenerate into an exact duplicate of Awesome Moments. And I guarantee that the "Stupid" qualification will be rapidly lost to Trope Decay--the same thing happened to Crazy Awesome.

    In fact, the examples that have already been suggested show that it's already decayed. That was quick.
  • April 24, 2011
    Goldfritha
    Also, I think it's Achievements In Ignorance. To be sure those don't need to be awesome, but that's not enough of a distinction.
  • April 24, 2011
    Flioro
    Yeah, I don't think this is a valid trope.
  • April 24, 2011
    Rolf
    It's very valid for darth wiki I think? or maybe sugar wiki
  • April 24, 2011
    Ekuran
    Probably Sugar Wiki, since this is awesome in a way.
  • April 25, 2011
    MorganWick
    @troacctid: Stupid Yet Awesome, though, makes clear(er) that "stupid" is an adjective for the thing, not a superlative adjective for the awesomeness, unlike Crazy Awesome. I suspect Crazy Yet Awesome would have undergone less Trope Decay.
  • April 25, 2011
    Luc
    Goldfritha: Achievements In Ignorance is only vaguely similar. AII is about, well, achievements made in ignorance of the facts. This is about things that are in some way stupid.

    Q: Would Dumb But Awesome be a better title?
  • April 25, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    • Probably the whole concept behind the Air Gear manga. It's kids fighting. With roller blades. But somehow it manages to feel life-or-death, unless you stop to actually think about the story, and then you're just confused.
  • April 25, 2011
    troacctid
    ^^^ It's still a bad trope because it's a license to gush.

    ^ Case in point: how is that stupid? It's the basic premise of the series; the fact that roller-skating is Serious Business is part of the Willing Suspension Of Disbelief, not something that's actually stupid in-universe. Same with the fridge-nuking, and the card games on motorcycles. We're not even out of YKTTW and it's already badly Trope Decayed.
  • April 25, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    I could see this on the Sugar Wiki
  • April 26, 2011
    Ardiente
    Gurren Lagann. Kamina. "Real men never die, even when they are killed"
  • April 26, 2011
    Luc
    Hopefully, the latest edit makes clear what's in and what's out. Air Gear is out as it's not acknowledged as being ridiculous or stupid In Show (as far as I know, having not seen the series), and the proposed quote is rather borderline. Fridge Nuking wasn't nodded to as stupid (again, having not seen the movie)

    The "Card Games On Motorcycles" is also borderline. Give me some time to think on whether it's an actual example.
  • April 26, 2011
    troacctid
    If you can get "Awesome" out of the title, that would probably help. Awesome is a pretty loaded word that invites a lot of gushing.
  • April 26, 2011
    Luc
    troacctid: What would you suggest that gets the What Do You Mean Its Not Awesome / Rule Of Cool aspect of the trope across?
  • April 26, 2011
    troacctid
    Uh...I'unno...Stupid, But Pretty Cool? Cool, But Stupid? I'd say "Cool" is a better word here than "Awesome" because it's the same basic meaning with milder connotations.
  • April 26, 2011
    Luc
    Everybody: Does "Stupid But Cool" or "Cool But Stupid" sound about right for this trope?
  • April 27, 2011
    Luc
    If there are no further objections, I'll be launching this in 48 hours under "Stupid Yet Cool".
  • April 27, 2011
    troacctid
    If you're going with that, I think Cool But Stupid sounds better, personally.
  • April 28, 2011
    MorganWick
    Awesome Yet Impractical seems to work. How about Awesome Yet Stupid?
  • April 28, 2011
    Luc
    I'm tempted to do what I've done before in this situation: Launch under a title that would at least be a redirect, and start a crowner at the same time, since the only sticking point seems to be the name.
  • April 28, 2011
    0dd1
    I figured that this would just be a trope with in-universe examples only.
  • April 28, 2011
    troacctid
    ^^^ Actually, Awesome But Impractical has historically had a lot of problems with Square Peg Round Trope. I know because I've personally done some cleanup for it.

    ^^ You can start a crowner for a YKTTW without launching it. It's better because the YKTTW archive will be tied to the name it launches as, which saves the mods the trouble of moving the discussion.
  • April 29, 2011
    deuxhero
    In Atop The Fourth Wall's review of Brute Force, Linkara acknowledges this about the comic.
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