->''I forgot to include a character that says "Uh, I don't think that's such a good idea", at every juncture.''
-->-- '''Tom Siddell''' on ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''

In many media, especially in children's shows, there is a character who is passive to the point of being annoying. While everyone else is wanting to go off and try a dangerous adventure, they think that maybe everybody would be better off if they just stayed put or [[DidntWantAnAdventure went bowling]].

This is what the character says as a weak argument against the adventure. Usually the character is blown off as being stupid, unfun, out-of-touch, and uptight. But the overall portrayal is based on whether the adventure is seen as a good thing or a bad thing. If it's the wimpy character in a group of good guys, [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong it's bad]]. But if we're trying to teach an Aesop, then we were supposed to be listening to the wimpy guy.

Usually the StraightMan does this in comedies. The wacky guy wants to do something stupid, the StraightMan cautions against it, Mr. Wacky does it anyway, and HilarityEnsues. StraightMan rolls his eyes and laments, WhatAnIdiot! At least for the moment.

Compare TheDragAlong, TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong, and IWarnedYou. Compare and contrast AreYouSureYouWantToDoThat, which is delivered by a more confident person who is generally correct.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': When Kouji wants to get in the titular HumongousMecha for first time, his little brother Shiro says that he doesn't think that trying to pilot a super-powerful war machine without previous training is a good idea. Kouji blew him off as being irritating, but Shiro was very, very right.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/GhostsOfEvangelion'': Ryuko wanted to skate-board but Asuka didn't want to allow it because she could get hurt. Her daughter accused her from being anti-fun.
* In ''[[Fanfic/FacingTheFutureSeries Facing The Future]]'', when Sam is about to use the Fenton Portal to give herself ghost powers, Jazz comes in trying to advise her on what a bad idea is.

* ''Film/{{Aliens}}'':
-->'''Frost:''' Man, I'm telling you, I got a bad feeling about this drop.\\
'''Crowe:''' You always say that, Frost. You always say, "I got a bad feeling about this drop."
* [=C-3PO=] from ''StarWars''.
-->Artoo--I'm not sure that's such a good idea. It's a very long dr''ooooooppp!''
-->Surrender is a perfectly viable alternative! The Empire may be gracious enough to-- ''*click*''

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* One episode of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' made fun of the use of this trope on ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'':
-->'''Mike''' (or was it '''Joel'''?): Now, don't you kids go swimming off the pier! It's dangerous! Five minutes later...\\
'''Robots''': Ah! Help! We're drowning off the pier! Heeelp!
* ''Series/DadsArmy'''s [[TheConsigliere Sgt. Wilson]] has something very similar as his CatchPhrase, in response to TheNeidermeyer's ZanyScheme of the week.
--> Do you think that's ''wise'', sir?
* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'':
-->'''Randy:''' Earl, I need you to go to Joy's and punch her in the face.
-->'''Earl:''' I don't think that's such a good idea Randy.
-->'''Randy:''' Are you saying that because it's a ''great'' idea?
* Kel of ''Series/KenanAndKel'' usually thinks this about Kenan's ideas. Kel's often right.
* From ''Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'':
-->'''Arthur:''' I wonder what happens when I press this button?
-->'''Ford:''' I wouldn't.
-->'''Arthur:''' (''after pressing button anyway'') Oh...
-->'''Ford:''' What happened?
-->'''Arthur:''' A sign came on saying "Please don't press this button again."

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Hobbes from ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' is known for being this way around Calvin, only reluctantly going along with his crazy ideas related to the CardboardBox (the time travel scenes in particular), and stepping off at the last moment before their toboggan careens down into the abyss.
--> '''Calvin:''' C'mon, what could go wrong?
--> '''Hobbes:''' Whenever you ask me that, my tail goes all fuzzy.
--> '''Calvin:''' Oh, knock it off.

* Dorsel is this in the glow-in-the-dark children's stage show ''[[Theatre/JohnTartagliasImaginocean John Tartaglia's Imaginocean]]''. But the show has a lot of CharacterDevelopment, so he eventually gets over it.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', Chuckie used this exact phrase so often that it became a CatchPhrase. Even though his objections are almost always ignored, the ItsAWonderfulPlot episode, showed the world turned into a wasteland torn apart by babies.
-->'''Chuckie:''' Why are all the babies causing so much trouble?
-->'''Guardian Angel:''' I guess there's no one around to tell them it's not ''such a good idea!''
* The Wonder Twins shorts on ''{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}'' used this as a matter of formula. One teenager would suggest doing something really stupid. Another one would say it's not a good idea. The first one blows the second one off. When the first one gets in big trouble, the second one ends up calling the Wonder Twins.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Marge Simpson does this with Homer's ill-judged ideas, to the point where they started [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] it. She's usually right.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Brannigan Begin Again", [[GeneralFailure Zapp Brannigan]] tries to perform a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new DOOP HQ with the Nimbus' laser cannon. When Kif tells him that it's not a wise decision, Zapp replies that he doesn't like Kif's "I don't think that's wise" attitude.
** [[HilarityEnsues And then he blows up DOOP HQ]]
* Boo-Boo reacts to WesternAnimation/{{Yogi Bear}}'s {{zany scheme}}s with his CatchPhrase, "The ranger's not gonna like it, Yogi."
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episodes, "Pandemic" and "Pandemic 2: The Startling", Craig turns into this guy, but more to the effect of lampshading the whole show.
** An older episode does something similar--Barbara Streisand is trying to get Cartman's ancient mystical artifact, and she persuades the kids to go for a ride in her car. Kyle briefly realizes that they're not supposed to go into cars with strangers, but Cartman curtly replies by saying "not if they're giving you ''money'' dumbass!" Subverted in that, of course, getting into the car with Barbara Streisand was a really dumb thing to do.
* Arnold in ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus''.
* In a season one episode of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddnEddy'':
--->'''Edd:''' Eddy, I don't think this is such a good idea!
--->'''Eddy:''' Have I ever steered you wrong?
--->'''Edd:''' Yes.
* Zilly on ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines''. Invokes this with every invention Klunk comes up with.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', when Ed experiences cabin fever while trapped with Bev, Rocko, and Heffer, he snaps and decides to propel himself out by piling a bunch of stuff into a makeshift rocket.
-->'''Bev''': Ed, I don't think that's a good idea!