->"So, ten out of ten for style, but minus several million for good thinking."
-->-- Zaphod Beeblebrox, '''TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''' by Douglas Adams

The intersection 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-universe as being stupid or ridiculous, yet are treated as being [[MundaneMadeAwesome awesome]] or cool despite or because of this.'''

Differs from SoBadItsGood and SoCoolItsAwesome by being the localized case; those apply to the whole show. See also AchievementsInIgnorance, a SisterTrope: when the "impossible" is achieved due to not knowing it's impossible; frequently, cases of CoolButStupid are acknowledged as being stupid, but carry on regardless "just to see what will happen". Compare AwesomeButImpractical.
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* Many of the things Jeremy Clarkson builds on ''Series/TopGear''. 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 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pagani_Zonda Pagani Zonda]]. The ''TopGear'' equivalent of CoolButStupid, frequently leveled as a judgment on their own projects, is "Ambitious but rubbish."
* Many a "carry the myth to its logical conclusion" test on ''Series/MythBusters''. Past examples include a car with dimples like a golf ball and a boat made out of duct tape.
--> '''Adam:''' I've just had one of those "what the hell are we doing" moments.

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* Music/TobyKeith said that he decided to record "Red Solo Cup" because it was both the stupidest and most awesome song he had ever heard.

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* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'''s [[TropeNamers trope naming]] [[http://assets.amuniversal.com/7669e540784d01302116001dd8b71c47 example]]: [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs Tyrannosaurs]] [[AnachronismStew in F14's!]]
--> '''Calvin:''' "This is '''so''' cool!"\\
'''Hobbes:''' "This is '''so''' stupid."

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* Flavor text from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' suggests that most of the [[OurGnomesAreWeirder gnomes']] most brilliant inventions started with astoundingly dumb ideas. For instance, the Gnomish Magnetic Armor, which [[AntiMagic repels magical attacks]], was originally intended to repel metal debris on workroom floors.

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* The Civilopedia, the in-game encyclopedia of the ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'' series, has this opinion (quite vocally) about HumongousMecha. In Civ 5, it admits flat-out that mecha are [[AwesomeButImpractical deadly, but completely inefficient]], far too vulnerable to the enemy, [[MundaneSolution and could be outdone by]] [[TankGoodness chopping off the legs and putting the rest of it on treads]]. But they're ''[[RuleOfCool just too cool]]'' to not have.

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* [[WebAnimation/{{PonyDotMov}} SWAG.MOV]]'s climactic battle [[spoiler:between a {{Kaiju}}-sized Rainbow Dash and Discord]]. The FreezeFrameBonus in this scene reads, "THIS IS SO FUCKING RETARDED OH MY GOD I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M ANIMATING THIS".

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* The AltText for [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/20p67 this]] strip of ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' (in which Doc focuses his energy to fight ghosts by humming the ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' theme) reads, "Very stupid ideas taken very seriously. Dr. [=McNinja=]."
* Sword-chucks[[note]]That's nunchucks made out of swords. They're even stupider than they sound.[[/note]] in ''[[Webcomic/EightBitTheater 8-Bit Theater]]''. Every character except their inventor is fully aware of how completely idiotic this is, but they end up working perfectly.
** In a guest comic, Fighter even makes staff-chucks to cast spells with. They're considered even more ridiculous and turn out to spray destructive magic uncontrollably when used. Since he made them as a gift for [[HeroicComedicSociopath Black Mage]], it all works out.

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* In ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'''s review of ''ComicBook/BruteForce'', Linkara acknowledges this about the comic.
* ''WebVideo/HonestTrailers'': This is the Narrator's opinion of ''Film/PacificRim''. He dubs it "either ''The Most Awesome Dumb Movie Ever Made'' or ''The Dumbest Awesome Movie Ever Made''."
-->'''Narrator''': Let's be honest, that movie was super dumb. But I still cannot wait for the sequel!
* Brand in ''WebVideo/MidnightScreenings'' felt that ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'' worked better than the other films due to being just stupid enough to avoid pissing him off, and having the cool aspects that he enjoyed in other Creator/MichaelBay films.

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* The martians of ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' destroyed their own civilization and worked themselves to extinction to turn Mars into a workable space-craft (except, of course, that upon completion there was no-one left to drive it). Why? ''Because it was cool.''

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