Created By: Doubledome on February 5, 2012 Last Edited By: Doubledome on February 18, 2012

Infinite Resources Zero Competence

A plan with nearly unlimited resources goes awry due to ignorance and dumbness

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Sometimes even Gods can ruin their own plan. You've got the MacGuffin, can end everything at the snap of a finger, yet somehow you still manage to fumble things up. If this happens then you've got Infinite Resources Zero Competence.

The difference between IRZC and just plan ole getting defeated is that it's significantly your fault for ruining the plan, even when you have nearly everything at your disposal. The Hero only had a minimal effort in thwarting your masterminded plan and you could've easily disposed of him.

A combination of A God Am I and Nice Job Breaking It, Hero or Nice Job Fixing It, Villain. Compare Laser-Guided Karma. Contrast Karma Houdini. Needs More Examples.


  • Timmy Turner, who does this every episode on The Fairly OddParents. He literally has two fairies who will grant his every wish yet somehow things manage to go haywire every time..
  • Jafar in Disney's Aladdin becomes the most powerful sorcerer in the world and can do pretty much anything, then he decides to become a genie and gets trapped in a lamp.
  • The characters from Dragonball have two sets of balls that can make wishes yet aren't creative enough to wish something that can permanently get rid of their problems.
  • In Pinky and the Brain, one episode reveals that Brain, despite his genius, is the one factor which always ruins his plans.
  • In Portal 2, Wheatley fails despite having the entire facility under his control and you and a sort-of-reformed Gla DOS trapped inside. Then again this is because he was (quite literally) built to be a complete idiot who could be plugged into Gla DOS and serve as a Restraining Bolt by (once again, quite literally) sapping her intelligence.
  • In one episode of Phineas and Ferb, Doctor Doofenshmirtz is waiting for his nemesis Perry the Platypus to attempt to stop him (the Genre Blind doctor refuses to carry out his plan without Perry showing up to try and stop him). However, when Perry doesn't show, Doof creates "Planty the Potted Plant" to be his temporary nemesis. It's a potted plant with a hat on it. However, due to spectacular bad luck and idiocy, he accidentally swings the plant on a rope at such an angle as to beat him up, destroy his lab and thwart his plot. All without his nemesis ever showing up at all.
Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • February 5, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    Needs A Better Title, especially since there are other notable characters with that first name. And "gambit" isn't that good a qualifier either.
  • February 5, 2012
    nman
    Time to put my terrible naming skills to use.... Supreme Screw-up?
  • February 5, 2012
    Bisected8
    Everything But Competence? Planner In The Works? Infinite Resources Zero Competence? Cant Buy You Success?

    • In Pinky And The Brain, one episode reveals that Brain, despite his genius, is the one factor which always ruins his plans.
    • In Portal 2, Wheatley fails despite having the entire facility under his control and you and a sort-of-reformed Gla DOS trapped inside. Then again this is because he was (quite literally) built to be a complete idiot who could be plugged into Gla DOS and serve as a Restraining Bolt by (once again, quite literally) sapping her intelligence.
  • February 5, 2012
    Doubledome
    There we go. Renamed.
  • February 5, 2012
    Ultrayellow
    In one episode of Phineas And Ferb, Doctor Doofenshmirtz is waiting for his nemesis Perry the Platypus to attempt to stop him (the Genre Blind doctor refuses to carry out his plan without Perry showing up to try and stop him). However, when Perry doesn't show, Doof creates "Planty the Potted Plant" to be his temporary nemesis. It's a potted plant with a hat on it. However, due to spectacular bad luck and idiocy, he accidentally swings the plant on a rope at such an angle as to beat him up, destroy his lab and thwart his plot. All without his nemesis ever showing up at all.
  • February 5, 2012
    dalek955
    I don't get the new title.
  • February 6, 2012
    Doubledome
    ^ You're pretty much the king and you've clumsied things up
  • February 6, 2012
    Psychobabble6
    The title makes me think of either someone who trips or falls embarrassingly or something while on stage/ during a ceremony or, alternatively, someone who's simply not regal enough to rule. Forgotten Superpower, Forgotten Phlebotinum or something like that is probably a little better (I'm really bad at titles, for the record).
  • February 6, 2012
    Desertopa
    Forgotten Phlebotinum is an existing trope name, and Forgotten Superpower sounds like it would have the same meaning as the trope we're currently calling Forgot I Could Fly. I didn't guess the meaning of Tripped At The Throne either though.

    Of the proposed names so far, I think Infinite Resources Zero Competence is the most comprehensible.
  • February 7, 2012
    Specialist290
  • February 7, 2012
    Doubledome
    Alright, Infinite Resources Zero Competence it is
  • February 7, 2012
    Ryusui
  • February 7, 2012
    Psychobabble6
    See, I told you my titling abilities were garbage. I like the current one.
  • February 18, 2012
    TBeholder
    Infinite Inefficiency? I'd replace the second line with:

    Some people managed to use a scheduled nuclear explosion to light a cigarette. Exploding a nuke merely to light a cigarette, obviously, would be an extremely inefficient use of energy. However, to "achieve" Infinite Inefficiency someone have to waste a nuke and then fail to do as much as lighting a cigarette with it.
  • February 18, 2012
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    Compare Epic Fail.

    Would these count?

    Film - Live Action:
    • In Star Wars, I would argue that The Empire doesn't count because it's more a case of overconfidence / lack of being Dangerously Genre Savvy than incompetence. For example, in Return Of The Jedi, the emperor thought a legion of his troops could beat a platoon of the top Rebel commandoes. What he failed to realize was that his troops were facing a platoon of commandoes, several named characters, and a primitive army.

    Western Animation:
    • In an episode of The Powepuff Girls, Mojo Jojo gained the power to turn people into dogs, only to make the mistake of taunting the title characters after turning them into dogs to prevent them from beating him up, but didn't consider that they could still bite him. Later, he pulled the same caper again, but to prevent the same result, added protective armor to his pants and didn't turn The Powerpuff Girls into dogs, apparently having failed to realize that adding armor to his pants would only help if The Powerpuff Girls were turned into dogs.
  • February 18, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    In one webcomic, an angel talks to God, lampshading the inefficiency of creating the whole Universe just for the sake of making a single planet an environment for the human race.
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