Created By: AlexSora89 on March 14, 2012 Last Edited By: AlexSora89 on April 9, 2012

Clowning Moment Of Awesome

A character saves the day by accident, thanks to his flaws.

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There are many moments: Awesome Moments, Funny Moments, Heartwarming Moments, you name it.

And then there's this.

Basically, a hypothetical set-up is sorta like this: the situation is desperate, or even worse, hell, even the Darkest Hour. The heroes are about to be killed... but hey, this is the moment where the Big Damn Heroes rush in and save the day, at the last second... any second now... right... right... right?!?

Oh no, here he comes! The idiot rushed in instead. So, not only the heroes are boned, but the last guy they get to see is this epic dumbass. Oh, and he popped up in a room filled with the same fire he's deathly afraid of, to boot.

How can things get any worse... what? The fool, while running away from the fire, bumped on the villain and made him fall over! How is this even possible?

Give yourself a high-five, dude - or take a shot, if this is what you've been seeking all along - for you've got yerself a Clowning Moment Of Awesome.

This is what happens when a character's flaw proves vital to turn the tables in a given situation, and generally, it sort of goes just as well as in the given example.

It doesn't need to either be a Crowning Moment of Awesome, nor a Crowning Moment of Funny, but might be either one as well, if not both.


Examples of this trope in action:

Anime and Manga
  • In the Thriller Bark arc of One Piece, Usopp is not affected by the depression-inducing attack. Why? Because he's The Eeyore already.

Film

Video Games
  • The last part of Kingdom Hearts 3D has Donald and Goofy "defeating" Xehanort's "Guardian" by falling on top of it.

Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 27
  • March 14, 2012
    Irrisia
    I suspect with that title you're going to get a lot of responses telling you not to snowclone your titles and also asking if we really need another "moment" topic, so I guess... that's done now, right?
  • March 14, 2012
    Duncan
    The main modus operandi of Inspector Clouseau from The Pink Panther films.
  • March 14, 2012
    AlexSora89
    @ Irrisia:

    I don't quite get what you mean, but as far as I know, "snowclone" means that this is a "spot the differences"-esque-ly similar version of the Moment of Awesome. This is not the case. I chose that title more for the pun, but the purpose itself is another one entirely (see the laconic version).

    You also seem to imply that this is an attention-seeking trolling attempt. This isn't the case either, considering that I generally hate trolls, let alone being seen as one.
  • March 14, 2012
    AlexSora89
    (continued from last comment)

    To clarify, many tropes define moments, as particular scenes tend to belong to a certain type of "stock scenes", depending on the case - for example, The Talk is a moment, in the most basic meaning of the word.

    That said, while this trope - provided it is "tropable" at all - is indeed inspired from the "trinity of crowning moments", that is In Name Only. This one is about an impressive feat accomplished thanks to a particular flaw, which I believe is a concept that has yet to have its own article. I guess that it's kind of a fair game to give it a shot, now isn't it?

    @ Duncan:

    Consider your example added. I mean, the same way you wrote it.
  • March 14, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    I don't care if its a snowclone - this title is awesome.
  • March 14, 2012
    AlexSora89
    @ Mogwsloiku:

    That's why I used it, dude! :-D
  • March 14, 2012
    Psi001
  • March 14, 2012
    AlexSora89
    @ Psi001:

    The first example is perfect, I'm gonna add that.

    As for the second, well, I don't know anything about The Dreamstone, so I'm not adding that for now. But the way it's written implies you've nailed it.
  • March 14, 2012
    Psi001
    It's the vaguer example of the two anyway, Rufus and Amberley were more often convinienced by the far more clownish villains' stupidity than performing any of their own, unless the villainous examples count in which case it uses the trope to excessive lengths (there were also a couple odd occasions the Urpneys' bumbling actually gave them the upper hand for a while but naturally it didn't last very long).
  • March 16, 2012
    AlexSora89
    Also, about the whole snowclone fuss - the "Crowning" is not a part of those trope names anyway (the moment of awesome apparently got renamed to "Pure Awesome"... *sighs*), so what's the big deal? Sure, "Clowning" is a reference to "Crowning", but that counts as an in-joke that only like four nostalgic tropers out of ten will get.
  • March 16, 2012
    JohnDiFool
    Sounds like Spanner In The Works.
  • March 16, 2012
    MyTimingIsOff
    Yeah, this is Spanner In The Works.
  • March 16, 2012
    AlexSora89
    It seems I've screwed up when writing the shaft then, but I still have a reason to think I didn't. Because despite what you've pointed out, there's a slight difference though:
    • SITW is about idiots ruining someone's plan.
    • Clowning MOA is about someone saving the day thanks to his flaws.

    The "we have it already" point would be valid by itself, but "saving the day" does not necessarily equal "ruining the big bad's plans".

    If anything, we could make this a subtrope of SITW.
  • April 3, 2012
    AlexSora89
    So, aren't there any further thoughts about this YKTTW?
  • April 4, 2012
    aurora369
    Like the title, like the trope.
  • April 5, 2012
    Alvin
    Me too.
  • April 5, 2012
    TheHandle
    Me gusta
  • April 5, 2012
    tdgoodrich1
    Not fond of snowcloney titles, not fond of trope (duplicates SITW w/elements of Big Damn Heroes). Also not fond of YKTTW necromancy.
  • April 8, 2012
    AlexSora89
    At first, I thought I had been a bit selfish by restoring the shaft.

    But given that, as I far as I can tell, there are tropers that like this, so I've changed my mind.

    Also, I chose this title before even finding out about the word "snowclone", let alone the way people seem to loathe snowclones.

    To clarify, I'm not trolling. I'm not sure if the pun lead me to the trope or viceversa, but anyway, this kind of moment does exist: "A flawed character, thanks to his very flaws, saves the day by accident."

    I don't see what's wrong with that, or what could possibly be wrong with that. It doesn't even need to be awesome, just as it doesn't have to be either a YMMV item, a Sugar Wiki item or whatnot.

    Just follow the definition and don't think about the title, if it's that HEINOUSSSSSS to you.
  • April 8, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Having a good title is equally important as having a good definition, sometimes more so. It's a sad but proven fact that over time, most tropers forget the definition and remember only the title, and start linking to the trope solely on the basis of its title. This is called Trope Decay and the wiki has a looong history of it. Let me pick a few random examples:

  • April 8, 2012
    AlexSora89
    So the whole snowclone fuss is a problem even if this time the pun is on a trope that has already been renamed? <:-O

    However you do have a point, while tdgoodrich1 before you... well, he didn't. You're fearing this will be sometime automatically linked to "Clowns' moments of awesome" or, even worse, "Awesome clowns" as the opposite of Monster Clown. That is an issue.

    Okay, title suggestions are welcome. Just remember to stick to the definition: "A flawed character, thanks to his very flaws, saves the day by accident."
  • April 9, 2012
    tvtroper98
    How about "Pulling A Homer", a reference to this episode of The Simpsons? In the episode, it pretty much meant what this trope is: To succeed despite idiocy.
  • April 9, 2012
    tdgoodrich1
    Too dependent on a single work. An improvement, though.
  • April 9, 2012
    tvtroper98
    • In the My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic episode "Sisterhooves Social", this was Played For Laughs when Sweetie Belle is trying to help Rarity by putting the garnish on a plate of eggs over easy. She stumbles into the table and everything goes flying...yet the plate, eggs, and garnish all land perfectly on top of each other.
  • April 9, 2012
    uncannybeetle
    Hercule in DBZ, especially the Bojack movie.
  • April 9, 2012
    Psi001
    "Effectual Incompetence"?
  • April 9, 2012
    Quatic
    I believe Jar Jar Binks had a moment like this in The Phantom Menace, where his incompetent bumbling wiped out a good portion of the invading Trade Federation Army.
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