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Some [[WesternAnimation cartoon characters]] [[CloudCuckooLander can be]] [[TheDitz completely clueless]], others [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal can be capable of common sense]]. [[WhatAnIdiot Here, it's hard to tell which is which.]]
Shows that have their own page:
* ''WhatAnIdiot/AdventureTime''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/{{Arthur}}''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
** ''WhatAnIdiot/TheLegendOfKorra''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/{{Ben 10}}''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/BobsBurgers''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/{{Disney}}''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/EdEddNEddy''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/TheFairlyOddParents''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/FamilyGuy''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/{{Futurama}}''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/GarfieldAndFriends''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/GravityFalls''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/HappyTreeFriends''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/JackieChanAdventures''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/{{Kaeloo}}''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/MiraculousLadybug''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
* Animated series based on ''WhatAnIdiot/SonicTheHedgehog''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/SouthPark''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/SpongeBobSquarePants''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/StarWarsTheCloneWars''
* Animated series based on ''WhatAnIdiot/SuperMarioBros''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/TheSimpsons''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/TotalDrama''
* ''WhatAnIdiot/TUFFPuppy''

* At the beginning of the ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode, "The Authority", Richard wants to watch TV, but there are no batteries in the remote. Fortunately, he spots a pair of batteries on the table.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Richard to put the batteries in the remote and then use the remote to turn on the TV.\\
'''Instead:''' Richard throws the batteries at the TV, hoping to hit the power button. He misses and hits the screen instead, breaking the TV as a result. This happens again later in the episode when [[spoiler: Gumball, Darwin, and Anais take on Richard's shape and IQ as a result of Granny Jojo overprotecting them.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "The Weiner of our Discontent," Roger gets hold of some poisonous hot dogs which will kill anyone who eats them, and decides to keep hold of them so that he can feel important (and kill anyone who pisses him off by feeding them one of the poisoned hot dogs). Due to a mix-up, Steve and Toshi nearly end up eating them in a hot dog-eating contest, but Toshi's mother unknowingly prevents them from doing so. Afterwards, Stan destroys the poisonous hot dogs once and for all.\\
'''You'd expect:''' Francine to be furious at Roger for nearly killing both her son and one of his friends, and to lecture him about how you don't need power over life and death just to feel good about yourself.\\
'''Instead:''' She blames ''Stan'' for everything, because he was mean to Roger earlier in the episode. Stan then tries to make amends by letting Roger hold onto the adrenaline shot that he uses to stave off his lethal shellfish allergy... and the [[SarcasmMode brilliance of this thinking]] is demonstrated in the very next scene, when Roger deliberately poisons Stan with some crawfish cookies, withholds the adrenaline shot so that he can feel high and mighty again, and then reveals that he wasted it on himself shortly after Stan gave it to him.
** In another episode, Hayley's kidneys fail and she needs a transplant, but Francine drops a bombshell that Stan may not be Hayley's father due to Francine having a one night stand before she married Stan. However, Francine cannot remember who she slept with, so Stan takes her and himself into the past with a time travel machine from the CIA so they can see who Francine slept with and get the guy's info so they can go back to the present and use the info to save Hayley's life.\\
'''You'd expect:''' Stan and Francine to get the man's information from his dropped wallet and leave to go back to their own time with the information.\\
'''Instead:''' Stan, being the jealous and overprotective husband that he is, blows his cover and berates the man that is kissing the young Francine, causing her to get upset at the mistake she almost made and leaves. This causes the past to be messed up and present Francine points out that this will cause Hayley to be RetGone, so she convinces Stan to get her younger self to sleep with the guy by any means necessary.\\
''' How it works out:''' The couple tell their younger selves about the situation and young Stan is up for the idea to get young Francine to have the one night stand, but she refuses to do it. Present Stan then remembers he has the formula needed to create the drug Ecstasy, so he goes to young Roger for assistance in making the drug. Once they have it, they drug young Francine and convince the man from the one night stand to sleep with her only because she was drugged up. Roger then ties the guy up and takes his kidneys.
** In Bullocks To Stan, Jeff is in a diner hiding from Stan and Bullock and is telling a waitress to pretend she doesn't know him but she actually does not know him.\\
'''You'd expect:''' Jeff to come up with a fake name. Or, better yet, just roll with that and not draw ''any'' attention to himself.\\
'''Instead:''' Jeff says his name, and this allowed Bullock to recognize him. If it weren't for Hayley, he would have been dead right now.
** In Daddy Queerest, Terry and Greg are letting Terry's football-playing father stay over for the time being. And Terry decides to try and let his dad know he's a homosexual.\\
'''You'd expect:''' Terry would toughen up and tell his father the flat-out truth.\\
'''Instead:''' He chickens out and lies to his dad, saying that Francine was his wife.\\
'''Later:''' after being told the truth by a drunken Stan (by accident), Terry's dad rejects him. So Stan tries to fix things by asking Terry's dad to accept him, which he doesn't.\\
'''You'd expect:''' Terry would be disappointed but thanks Stan for trying to help.\\
'''Instead:''' He [[UngratefulBastard starts blaming Stan]] [[WhatTheHellHero for causing all this trouble]]. But then Francine steps in and retorts that despite what Stan did, he DID [[TheAtoner try and fix it]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': In the first ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' segment "Win Big", Brain needs $99,000 to complete his latest world domination device. He becomes a contestant on the game show ''[[Series/{{Jeopardy}} Gyp-Parody!]]'' and dominates the competition, winning $49,500 before the final round.\\
'''You'd think:''' Brain to be somewhat familiar with the rules of the show he's on and know that he can come back as a returning champion as long as he doesn't finish with $0. The only way that can happen is if we wagers everything and gives an incorrect response.\\
'''Instead:''' The problem isn't that he stumbles on the same exact subject that Pinky was pestering him about earlier in the episode; Brain's greed gets the better of him and he goes double or nothing, finishing with $0 and losing his chance to compete the next day.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'':
** "Nightmare in Red": ComicBook/RedHulk attacks the S.H.I.E.L.D. Hellicarrier.\\
'''You'd think:''' The then-current SHIELD director, Maria Hill, would order a hunt for Red Hulk.\\
'''Instead:''' Maria apparently assumes that The ComicBook/IncredibleHulk somehow changed his skin tone from green to red, then attacked the Helicarrier, and so orders a hunt for him instead. The hunt succeeds, depriving the Avengers of their strongest member for [[ArcFatigue an unspecified lengthy amount of time]]. Meanwhile, Red Hulk remains free to wreak havoc under the order of [[spoiler:ComicBook/RedSkull]].
** "Powerless": Amora the Enchantress helps Loki extract revenge on the Avengers by casting a spell which turns ComicBook/TheMightyThor mortal, strips ComicBook/CaptainAmerica of his strength, and drains ComicBook/IronMan's technical knowledge, giving Loki the opportunity to kill them with the Destroyer armor.\\
'''You'd think:''' The Enchantress would make sure that this spell would prove impossible for the Avengers to break.\\
'''Instead:''' Before Loki goes to fight, she warns him that if Thor learns a lesson in humility, he and his teammates will regain their abilities. Thor had already gained humility by this point, and didn't revert to arrogance until the morning on which this episode began. The magic doesn't reverse until Thor gains humility ''again'', but the episode never says why the Enchantress and Loki believed Thor would have trouble losing the arrogance he lost before.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/BackToTheFuture'', Doc Brown's EvilFormerFriend Walter Wisdom steals the [=DeLorean=] knowing full well about how the flux capacitor works and wanting to profit from it. Doc and the others chase Wisdom through time, but the villain manages to shake them at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1883_eruption_of_Krakatoa the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883.]]\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Wisdom to use the time machine to amass a large sum of money a la Biff Tannen in BTTF 2. Or set up an empire with himself as sole dictator. Really, when you have a time machine, [[TimeTravelForFunAndProfit the possibilities are endless]].\\
'''Instead:''' He immediately takes the [=DeLorean=] back to 1991, goes on live national TV, and starts offering time machine rides for $999,995 a pop. This gives Doc and the others enough time to catch up with him and discredit him in front of the public.
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieLifeInTheDreamhouse:'' In the short "Trapped in the Dreamhouse", Barbie's rival Raquelle tries to stop Barbie from outshining her at a fashion show by setting the AI system of the dreamhouse to "evil", causing it to prevent Barbie and her friends from leaving to do the show.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Barbie would remember that she's just a few steps away from the AI's good/evil switch, set it back to its default setting, and unlock the dreamhouse.\\
'''Instead:''' Barbie decides to walk all the way to the control room and remove the CPU. She and her friends barely survive several {{Death Trap}}s along the way. [[spoiler:The last trap destroys the dreamhouse, requiring Ken to quickly build a new one.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Mudslide", Batman is chasing down actor Matt Hagen, who has been robbing various chemical factories. Hagen is obviously falling apart at the seams, leaving muddy trails behind him as he struggles to run. Batman offers to help restore Hagen's humanity but Hagen - justifiably skeptical given that Batman nearly killed him in the past - says that he doesn't need Batman's help. It turns out he has found another doctor - a medical consultant from one of his old movies - who has found a chemical process that will restore his body... and the final chemical they need is at Wayne Enterprises, which leads to Batman catching the trail again and finding Hagen's hideout, just as Hagen is undergoing the final process to save his life.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Batman to just let this crime go. Hagen was an unwilling villain, blackmailed into crime by a corrupt businessman and unwittingly turned into a monster by the minions of the same businessman. Batman knows of Hagen's past and offered to help Hagen earlier in the same episode. Even if he couldn't justify letting the crime go, nothing stops him from letting him get cured ''then'' throw a non superpowered Hagen in jail. Besides, it wouldn't be the first time Bruce Wayne made a public show of supporting the rehabilitation of a criminal, having paid for the experimental surgery and therapies that would restore Harvey Dent to a normal life in "Second Chance".\\
'''Instead:''' Batman blows up the machine that is injecting Hagen with the chemicals and says "It's all over, Hagen. The lab boys can take it from here." This leads to an all-out battle which Batman only wins after taking the fight outside where the rain further weakens Hagen.
** Batman does this to Clayface ''again'' in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Secret Society". Granted, Grodd probably wouldn't really have allowed Hagen to be cured of his condition anyway, but still...
-->'''Batman:''' Always trying to find a cure, aren't you?
-->'''Clayface:''' Can you blame me?
-->'''Batman:''' No... but it's made you predictable.
** But the above example just leads to another one, this time on Clayface's part. So the only thing Hagen wants in the entire world, the thing that he says makes him keep committing crimes and falling in with villains, is his humanity back. Batman has been shown to not only offer Hagen his help with this, but has attempted it with other villains before, and isn't known for lying about something as serious as this.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Mr. "IJustWantToBeNormal" would consider, even the slightest, to turn himself in. He could get actual, legal help for his condition, and he won't have to worry about Batman tearing him a new one every time they cross.\\
'''Instead:''' He stays a criminal, often going out of his way to use someone either under duress or just as crooked as he is, if not worse. He eventually stopped whining about being normal and just turned bad.\\
'''Even Worse:''' This could be said for just about any villain really, not just on the show, including some of the ones listed here, like Mr. Freeze.
** In "Cat Scratch Fever", Batman is being chased by a rabid, infected dog through the snowy wilderness with several crooks he was trying to foil also following him. He slides out onto a frozen-over lake and manages to administer a cure to the dog. The villains arrive on the scene, armed and ready against a potentially tired and weakened Batman.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' The villains to keep their distance and shoot Batman with their weaponry from afar, perhaps breaking the ice so that he falls in and guard the immediate area so that he can't get back out. This would insure an icy death for the caped crusader.\\
'''Instead:''' The villains do indeed submerge Batman after shooting the ice, but not before ''walking out onto the ice themselves''. The predictable happens and Batman comes out from under them, causing the villain's weaponry to go off and break the ice beneath their feet, disarming them and allowing Batman to take them in.
** "Joker's Wild": A millionaire called Kaiser has a casino built but becomes bankrupt in the process, so he hatches a plan to undo it all: he decides to use extensively use the Joker's image and name for his casino so that the Joker would become enraged and destroy it, allowing him to collect the insurance money.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Him to realize how convoluted and just plain moronic his plan is. Enraging one of the most dangerous psychotic serial killers in the world isn't the best of ideas, and he had no guarantee that the Joker would decide to destroy it (he might have thought of it as a homage to him), or that he wouldn't directly go after Kaiser rather than targeting the place.\\
'''Instead:''' He goes ahead with his plan.\\
'''Later:''' Despite all, his plan works. And would have succeeded, if not for a major screw up on Kaiser's part: Thanks to security cameras, he catches the Joker laying explosives in the place's basement. Just as Kaiser is about to leave the place, Batman breaks in and reveals to him that he of knows his plan. Following this, Kaiser pushes a button that sends an electric shock to Batman and knocks him out.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Him to leave Batman there chained up or something to get killed when the place blows up.\\
'''Instead:''' ''He has Batman sent to the Joker'', hoping that he would take care of him. Predictably, Batman reveals Kaiser's plan to the Joker, who, not happy with having been manipulated and played for a fool, cancels his plans to blow up the place and goes after Kaiser instead. In the end, Kaiser gets lucky that Batman barely manages to stop the Joker and save his life.
** In Batman's SuperHeroOrigin story in ''Mask of the Phantasm'', Bruce is struggling with choosing between a life with Andrea and a life as Batman.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Bruce to be up front with Andrea and tell her about his struggle and plans and leftover trauma from his parents' death (he trusts her enough to marry her, after all), maybe even think of her as a partner after that surprise sparring match with her.\\
'''Instead:''' He assumes he couldn't be Batman because she'd "always be home waiting for me." And this isn't even a universe where female characters have always [[StayInTheKitchen stayed in the kitchen]]! Bruce, what gave you that idea that's what marriage had to be like? Well, [[StarCrossedLovers they both paid the price]]...
** Also in ''Mask of the Phantasm'', Andrea Beaumont's father embezzled a lot of money from some very nasty gangsters. They've given him 24 hours to give it back, but that's not enough time. His daughter is dating Bruce Wayne, one of the richest men in the world.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Mr. Beaumont would talk to Bruce and ask to borrow the money from him to pay back what he owes. Wayne is a good guy, and Beaumont can pay him back in a few weeks.\\
'''Instead:''' Mr. Beaumont and Andrea flee the country, and Andrea leaves Bruce a note breaking up with him. A few years later, the gangsters track them down and kill him.
** In ''Batman and Mr.Freeze: Subzero'' Freeze and his partner in crime, Dr. Gregory Belson, have just discovered that the vital signs of Freeze's terminally ill wife Nora have stabilized. They take Barbara Gordon, their captive and involuntary organ donor, into the operating room, where Freeze's adopted inuit son, Koonak, sees them nearly kill Barbara to save Nora's life. Horrified, Koonak rushes to stop them, and in the ensuing chaos, Barbara escapes and runs to the outside of the hideout (an abandoned oil refining station.)\\
'''You'd Expect: '''Mr. Freeze (wielding a cryogenic energy gun) to have Gregory watch over Nora and go after Barbara himself. This would be a safe way to retrieve her without causing much damage.\\
'''Instead: '''Freeze sends Belson (wielding a revolver) to do it for him. Belson, being the impulsive dumbass that he is, ends up starting a fire when his bullets hit some fuel tanks, effectively ruining Mr. Freeze's chances to save his wife.
** If ''The New Batman Adventures'', the revamp of this animated series has one, it's the episode "Joker's Millions". The titular character realizes that he's been duped by a rival mob boss about the money. If he tries to tell to the public about it, he'll be a laughing stock. His only option is to commit a crime, but without any use of the gadgets he usually carries.\\
'''You'd Expect''': He will go the Iceberg Lounge by himself and allow his men to secretly rob Gotham Mint by placing it on a boat. That way, Batman won't have any clue that he did the crime since he's not with his men.\\
'''Instead''': He sends his lawyer, Ernie, to impersonate as him. Batman interrogates him roughly to discover what Joker just did and successfully foils it.
** "Over the Edge" has this when Batgirl is pursuing Scarecrow by herself. She noticed him standing in the ledge of a skyscraper.\\
'''You'd Expect''': She throws a Batarang to make sure if it's really him or not. If he's not knocked over, then it's a decoy.\\
'''Instead''': She tackles him, only to discover it's just his coat worn on an antenna. Scarecrow then shows up and hits her with his stick, sending her falling to her death.
*** This moment becomes null when [[spoiler:it's [[AllJustADream all just a dream]]]], but still.
** In "Terror in the Sky", Francine Langstrom saw her father accidentally drop a beaker of chemicals.\\
'''You'd Expect''': As an accomplished scientist, Francine put on some protective gloves and apply the proper procedure to clean-up that mess.\\
'''Instead''': She doesn't take any precautions and clean with a rag. A shard of glass cut her skin and ''she bit the wound to suck the blood'', [[spoiler:effectively infecting her with the mutagen his father was working on.]]\\
'''Even Worse''': [[spoiler:Francine later mutate into She-bat and goes on a rampage inside an airplane.]]
** In "The Clock King", the future title character, Temple Fugate, is due to appear at an important business hearing appealing a $20 million lawsuit against his company. Mayor Hill--then just an attorney--suggests that he take fifteen minutes to relax before the hearing, so he's not so tense. Temple takes the advice and decides to enjoy the park, and takes along the important documents he needs for the hearing. Some children are playing volleyball nearby, but otherwise the park is very quiet.\\
'''You'd Think:''' He would carry the extremely important documents that he cannot afford to lose in a briefcase so they're protected from any mishaps that should occur.\\
'''Instead:''' Temple carries the documents to the park in nothing but the folders they were delivered to him in.\\
'''Result:''' He loses the papers when the kids hit him with their ball, rushes to recover them before the wind could blow them away, and then ends up falling into a fountain with them because of a random dog startling him. Temple shows up disheveled, waterlogged, and late to his hearing, and loses the appeal by default as a result.
* In the first season finale of ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', Ethan gets captured by Joker and is about to go into a MindRape situation until Batman stops his plan.\\
'''You'd Expect''': He should keep things quiet and make up a story that Batman is under the leagues with Joker into kidnapping him.\\
'''Instead''': Ethan just shouted out loud that the Batman saves his life in front of the news media, ''including Chief Rojas''.\\
'''Result''': Rojas suspends him for this. Too bad that Ethan inhaled the dose of Joker Putty so along with this, this sets the events of the second part of the first season finale.
** Also the moment when Joker is about to use Joker Putty on Ethan...\\
'''You'd Expect''': Batman to take away the formula from his hands and smash it somewhere far.\\
'''Instead''': He makes Joker drop the formula with the use of his Batarang. Ethan inhaled the dose of it, turning him into Clayface.
* The characters of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' have their share, as well.
** "Lost Soul": An evil AI (the [[BrainUploading preserved mind]] of the late Robert Vance) is on the loose in Gotham, hijacking all sorts of computer systems. Bruce and Terry are fully aware of this; Bruce even shuts down the cave's computer at one point to stop Vance from hacking in. At a later point, while Terry's in the field, the last thing Bruce hears him say is, "There's something wrong with the suit -- I can barely move my leg" before all contact is lost completely.\\
'''You'd expect:''' The original Batman to deduce that Vance has hacked the suit (or at least realize it's a strong possibility) and hit the suit's kill switch immediately.\\
'''Instead:''' He waits over a minute before hitting the kill switch, giving Vance enough time to drag Terry up to his shoulders in the middle of the Gotham River. Terry's seconds away from drowning before Bruce arrives with the Batmobile to pull him out.
** "Hidden Agenda": Batman realizes that the Jokerz are after Max and believes this is because of the computer program she's running to uncover their identities. He rushes to the school where she's stayed after hours to work on it and saves her from their latest trap.\\
'''You'd expect:''' Batman to tell Max, "The Jokerz are after you because of that program you're running -- for your own safety, you need to stop." After all, there would be nothing suspicious about Batman having such knowledge.\\
'''Instead:''' Batman leaves as soon as he saves her, without saying anything, immediately returns as Terry, with no explanation for what he's doing there or how he got in the building, and then tells Max why the Jokerz are after her.\\
'''Result:''' Max instantly believes her program's conclusion that Terry is one of the Jokerz. Later, she easily deduces he's actually Batman.
** "The Last Resort": Terry gets caught secretly videotaping a friend's testimony of the emotional abuse PsychoPsychologist Wheeler is inflicting on the teenaged inmates of his facility. Wheeler destroys the camera and recording and locks Terry in a patient room until he can think of how to stop him from revealing the truth. He considers just denying everything since "it's his word against mine" but discards that plan and decides to just kill him and MakeItLookLikeAnAccident, after putting him in an isolation chamber ("total sense deprivation -- no light, no sound") for a few hours to "take the fight out of him." The (in)efficiency of this plan aside...\\
'''You'd expect:''' Wheeler to put his plan into motion immediately, since there's no reason in context for him to delay and the first part will take several hours.\\
'''Instead:''' He waits until morning for absolutely no reason.\\
'''Result:''' Terry eventually gets word of his plan through the prison grapevine and has plenty of time to form a (successful) plan of escape with another inmate who's being sent to isolation at the same time.
** "Rebirth": Warren McGinnis comes into possession of an incriminating disc that proves Derek Powers created an illegal nerve gas. This disc costs Warren his life, after which Terry finds it and shows it to Bruce Wayne.
*** '''You'd expect:''' Someone to make at least one backup of the disc's contents, especially knowing that Derek is seeking it and had Warren murdered because of said disc.
*** '''Instead:''' Neither Warren, Terry nor Bruce think of making one. As a result, they lose all evidence they had against Derek when this one forcefully takes the disc away from Terry.
* There's a few in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars.''
** "Dark Designs": After Megatron forcibly converts Rhinox into a Predacon, the Maximals break into their base to rescue him and in the ensuing battle, successfully take down the Predacons. Optimus orders Dinobot to grab Rhinox and for the Maximals to excape. Dinobot protests, pointing out that this is the Maximals' chance to take command of the base.\\
'''You'd expect:''' Optimus to fully consider this. During the converted Rhinox's coup, most of the Predacons were incapacitated, and those that weren't had been just taken out by his troops, who themselves are at minimal damage. (Optimus himself had just sliced of Megatron's arm, Skorponok was beaten by Dinobot, and Waspinator shot down by Cheetor).\\
'''Instead:''' He still orders a retreat.\\
'''Result:''' The Predacons are eventually able to recover and continue the war.
** "Call of the Wild": Megatron has stolen a component of the Maximal's base. This causes them to be forced to remain in beast mode, and eventually their instincts taking over, making them easy prey for the Predacons.\\
'''You'd expect:''' For Megatron to simply destroy the component after he's stolen it. He has no apparent use for it, and keeping it around would only cause the Maximals to at some point, attempt a retaliation to reclaim it. Plus, destroying it would simply put more pressure on the Maximals, as they have no way of replicating it. Additionally, if he did have a use for it, Megatron to immediately integrate it into the Predacon base so that it wasn't easily reclaimable, or to hide it away where only he would know where to find it. \\
'''Instead:''' Instead he keeps it out in the open within the base, with only a single booby trap. \\
'''Result:''' Airazor breaks into the base, easily disables said booby trap, (while remarking about how predictable it is, and reclaims it for the Maximals. And speaking of Airazor...
** In the same episode, Airazor has just successfully infiltrated the Predacon base in order to recover the aforementioned, Maximal component.\\
'''You'd expect:''' That in addition to her objective, Airazor to also completely trash the place to detriment the Predacons. She doesn't have to blow it up entirely, (as a prior episode shows that an underground energon deposit would run a chance of destroying the Maximal base as well), but she could still destroy their repair chambers, computer systems, or perhaps even steal the Cybertronian golden disk, etc. She's also not pressed for time either, as the entire Predacon force is out enacting a scheme, (which she knows her teammate Tigatron is circumventing).\\
'''Instead:''' She leaves the base intact.\\
'''Result:''' The Predacons essentially are able to return to an intact base and resume the war.
** "Changing of the Guard": Depth Charge has just completely incapacitated Rampage, and is about to either kill him or cut out his spark. Silverbolt however, interferes to ask Depth Charge to aid the Maximals in their current operation.\\
'''You'd expect:''' Silverbolt to leave Depth Charge be. Rampage is currently THE most powerful Predacon under Megatron's command, (Possibly stronger than Megatron himself). Taking him out of the picture completely would be a an absolute advantage to the heroes. Added to this, Rampage landed on Quickstrike when he was knocked out, so nothing's stopping Depth Charge or Silverbolt from finishing him too.\\
'''Instead;''' Silverbolt, and then Rattrap, argue with Depth Charge, allowing Rampage and Quickstrike to sneak away. This also costs the two Maximals valuable time to complete their mission.\\
'''Result:''' Depth Charge later considers Silverbolt's words, and does go to help... only to unintentionally cause the Maximals to lose the current mission. The Predacons gain the Maximal's technology, and retain Rampage and Quickstrike.
** "Nemesis Part 1: Depth Charge has found the underwater, dormant, Nemesis war ship. This situation is so desperate that he's willingly put aside his vendetta against rampage in order to stop Megatron from activating it. Ironically, however, Rampage still shows up to fight him.\\
'''You'd expect:''' For Depth Charge to completely ignore Rampage, break away from the fight, and focus on infiltrating the Nemesis. Considering that his alternate modes are easily faster and more versatile than Rampage, Depth Charge could easily pull this off.\\
'''Instead:''' he lets Rampage goad him into a fight, which eventually results in his and the Predacon's deaths. \\
'''Result:''' Megatron launches the Nemesis with no interruption.
** "Nemesis Part 2": Pressed into a corner with the Nemesis hovering above, Optimus flies up to infiltrate the Nemesis before it can recharge its power and destroy the Ark.\\
'''You'd expect:''' For Optimus to bring backup with him. He doesn't know how many Predacons that Megatron currently has with him. Admittedly, the other Maximals are trying to reactivate the Ark for another line of defense, but out of them, only Rhinox and Blackarachnia are savvy enough to reverse engineer the technology to do so. Therefore he could still take Rattrap, Cheetor, and Silverbolt. \\
'''Instead:''' Optimus goes in alone, with our any backup, or even any extra guns or weapons to give himself an edge.\\
'''Result:''' Optimus gets his ass kicked by Megatron. He and the other Maximals only luck out thanks to Dinobot 2's last minute HeelFaceTurn.
** Also from "Nemesis Part 2": The Maximals have won the Beast Wars, captured Megatron, and are about to head home on their Autobot shuttle.\\
'''You'd expect:''' The Maximals to dismantle Megatron, (Since, as Waspinator proves, the transformer can live on as just a head), or place him in stasis lock, and also keep him in full view of the other Maximals inside the shuttle. Megatron has proven time and time again to be an extremely cunning opportunist and strategist.\\
'''Instead:''' They tie him, in one piece, TO THE OUTSIDE OF THE SHUTTLE, out of view of the Maximals.\\
'''Result:''' During the trip home, he eventually breaks free. Cue ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines.''
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead:'' Beavis cuts his finger off, and the rest of the episode is spent at the hospital, where he needs said finger put back on.\\
'''You'd expect:''' The doctor would, y'know, ''fasten'' it on with a cast or something.\\
'''Instead:''' He simply warns Beavis just not to use it. [[spoiler: He does right away, and it falls off again. Cue the next episode.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BoJackHorseman'':
** [=BoJack=] constantly reminds his agent/ex-girlfriend Princess Carolyn that her new boyfriend Vincent is actually three young children standing atop each other, and not an adult human.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Princess Carolyn, an otherwise smart and driven anthropomorphic cat, to find something fishy (no pun intended) about a "grown man" in a trenchcoat with a child's voice and a limited vocabulary who doesn't let her visit him at home, among other things.\\
'''Instead:''' Princess Carolyn and Vincent date for most of Seasons 1 and 2, with Carolyn none the wiser and still dismissing [=BoJack=]'s warnings as more of his trademark insecurities.
** [=BoJack=]'s rival, friend, and pet peeve Mr. Peanutbutter isn't the sharpest tool in the shed either. He frequently goes along with slacker Todd's outrageous business ventures, no matter how silly they are.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Mr. Peanutbutter to wise up and gently, politely ask Todd what the hell he's smoking to come up with such terrible ideas.\\
'''Instead:''' Mr. Peanutbutter's extremely positive personality makes it virtually impossible for him to say no.\\
'''Result:''' PB Living, the company run by Mr. Peanutbutter and Todd, goes bankrupt due to their wacky, money-losing business ideas, forcing Mr. Peanutbutter to temporarily work at a Lady Foot Locker store.
* On ''{{Brickleberry}}''s first episode ("Welcome to Brickleberry"), Malloy runs away to find junk food after Woody puts him on a diet more befitting for a bear cub. After scrounging for garbage and nearly starving to death, Malloy happens upon a trailer with a redneck inside, who has junk food -- and a criminal record for sexually molesting children and small animals.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Malloy to tell the redneck that he's not going in his trailer for junk food because of his criminal history (even when the redneck makes it crystal clear that he has the tools and court order stating that he's not allowed within 50 feet of children and small animals).\\
'''Instead''': Malloy does tell off the rapist, but lets his guard down when the rapist tells him he has 99% cacao dark chocolate.\\
'''Worse Still''': Malloy didn't leave after he got his fill of junk food and the rapist (now dressed in leather bondage gear) told him he was about to be stuffed. When Steve and Ethel find him, he's... stuck on the rapist.
* One ''WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}'' episode has this infamous exchange: Caillou is afraid of a man he sees and tells his mother.
** '''You'd Expect''': Caillou's mother would keep him away from the man.
** '''Instead''': She simply leaves Caillou alone with him. Actually, the writers of that episode would probably qualify as [[WhatAnIdiot an idiot]], because they should know that a parent leaving their child alone with a stranger is an '''''EXTREMELY''''' irresponsible thing to do.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'': both the N Team and The Forces of Chaos tend to display stupidity when an opportunity for victory is in sight. In "Wishful Thinking", the N Team discover a lamp containing a Genie with the ability to what else? Grant wishes.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That the N Team would wish for the defeat of Mother Brain and all others seeking to dominate Videoland, plus bring King Charles back. Even Lana considers using a wish to stop Mother Brain.\\
'''Instead:''' The N Team members make personal wishes like Kevin's skills being enhanced, Mega Man becoming stronger, Lana falling heads over heels for Simon (literally) and VideoGame/KidIcarus making himself big. By the end of the episode, no attempt is made to use a wish to permanently stop The Forces of Chaos or bring the King back home. Granted the wishes could come out wrong if not worded right, Kid Icarus managed to make several wishes without them backfiring.
** But again the bad guys can be equally stupid. In ''Happy Birthday, Mega Man'', The N Team accompany Mega Man on a mission to the Warp of Life which can make him human. To achieve humanity, he has to pass three challenges. The first is gaining the will to leave the Pleasure Zone (as the world is so fun due to the many games/stores/rides that no one wants to leave). After Mega Man and the N Team depart, they discover that they've been in the Pleasure Zone for three weeks.\\
'''You'd expect:''' That Mother Brain and The Forces of Chaos would take advantage of the N Teams' absence and try for another takeover of Videoland. Someone from the N Team would have to consider that.\\
'''Instead:''' We don't see the aforementioned villains, nor are they acknowledged.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'', Samson is delivering the new rule books for Camp Kidney and Acorn Flats but accidentally drops them mixing up the delivery tags and he ends up sending the Camp Kidney rule book to Acorn Flats.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Miss Doe would stop Samson and notify him of the mistake or notify Scoutmaster Lumpus of the mix up and give him the rule book.\\
'''Instead:''' She throws it away, and all the boy scouts are wearing dresses and having tea parties.
** In another episode, the Bean Scouts are having a competition to build and race their own go-karts. Lazlo, Raj, and Clam, however, blow their money on riding a kiddie ride instead of spending it on parts for their race car, so they need to get more money.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Every time they get new money for the car, one or more of them would make absolute certain to remind them that this money is strictly for the car, and not for the kiddie ride. Better yet, have someone (like Slinkman or someone else) monitor them and make sure they spend their money wisely.\\
'''Instead:''' They blow the money on the kiddie ride every single time.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Castlevania}}'' mini-series, Dracula appears in a literal ball of fire after the death of his wife, Lisa, at the hands of the people of Wallachia. Dracula tells them [[ThisIsUnforgivable he'll never forgive them for her death]], and that in one year's time, he'll unleash the hordes of Hell on their town and kill everyone still left there.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' The people of Wallachia would flee the town in terror. Or at least make plans to escape, seeing as how Dracula gave them a whole year to leave before he'd descend on the town.\\
'''Instead:''' Not only do they not leave, the people of Wallachia throw a party on the one-year anniversary of Dracula's announcement, believing the Bishop's claims that it was all a mass illusion caused by Satan, specifically to mock Dracula. Predictably, Dracula chooses that moment to come back, making it literally [[RainOfBlood rain blood]] while summoning a horde of demons that [[KillEmAll put the entire town to the slaughter]], including women and children. ValuesDissonance or not, common sense should've told them to haul ass out of Wallachia.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'' episode "Mush, Dog, Mush!" Cat and Dog are participating in a sled race, and Cat really wants to win. When Dog gets tired, Cat takes over his place as the runner. They're in first place, and the finish line is in sight.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Cat to, oh, I don't know, ''cross the finish line!''\\
'''Instead:''' Cat is feeling a bit smug. As soon as they're right in front of the finish line, he suddenly stops, slowly lifts up his finger, and places it down on the finish line, going "Oh, yeah!"\\
'''As a result:''' Everyone passes them, and they don't get first place. And even though it's his own fault, Cat still complains that they were "so darn stinking close!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'', Darla's EvilPlan to discredit the heroes has worked: she tricked [[TheHero Danny]] into using a soundstage to try and impress the studio head. Then she sabotaged it via floods, and just drops by to drop off the hostage again.\\
'''You'd Think:''' She'd feign being angry, shouting "[[WhatTheHellHero What the heck]]?! How could you disappoint me like that, after that opportunity? And you trusted the controls to a little [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguin]]?"\\
'''Instead:''' She takes the opportunity to engage in some EvilGloating that makes it very clear she's responsible, and eventually leads to her downfall.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanet'' episode ''An Inside Job'', Dr. Blight walks into a Rock formation with a clearly visible door, Kwame comes by the Rock formation. \\
'''So You'd Expect''': Kwame would use his Earth ring to lift the rock formation or find a way to open the door of the rock formation. \\
'''Instead''': He assumes that Dr. Blight is in another place and ignores the rock formation.
** In ''The Unbearable Blightness of Being'', [[MadScientist Dr. Blight]] constructs a machine that lets her switch bodies with [[PhysicalGod Gaia]] and uses Gaia's powers to wreck havoc.\\
'''You'd expect''': Blight would put her own body in a cage or something similar before the switch, so that Gaia will be trapped in Blight's body. Or, at the very least, inform her "assistant" [=MAL=] of the switch.\\
'''Instead''': She does none of these things, leaving Gaia able to fight the disasters with Blight's own technology, even getting the Planeteers and [=MAL=] on her side.
** In ''Mission to Save Earth, Part II'', Captain Pollution is being drained of his energy. In pain, Captain Pollution wonder outloud who's responsible for this.\\
'''You'd expect''': The Planeteers and Commander Clash to remain hidden and continue draining Captain Pollution's energy until he's dead.\\
'''Instead''': Ma-Ti yells that their device is the cause of his energy loss, giving away their position and revealing their secret weapon. [=MAL=] hears this and renders the device inoperable. Captain Pollution regains his composure and approach the Planeteers menacingly.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CodeMonkeys'', Mr. Larrity is in a high-stakes poker competition against up-and-coming entrepreneur [[CaptainErsatz Gill Bates]]. He's brought Benny with him to help him cheat by staring at his competitors' hands. Benny sees Gill's hand and warns Larrity that it's really good.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Larrity to trust Benny and just drop out of the hand, cutting his losses but not making things worse.\\
'''Instead:''' Larrity completely ignores Benny's advice and bets ''Gameavision'' on his hand, which ''includes cards not even found in a standard deck'' (including an [[TooDumbToLive Old Maid and a blue Uno Reverse]]). Naturally, [[EpicFail he loses spectacularly]].
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', the episode with the talking baby: The KND have just defeated a minor villain with a device that changes people's ages.\\
'''You'd expect:''' Numbuh One would keep this age-changing device to use against the adults, or at least to stop anyone else from getting their hands on it.\\
'''Instead:''' He [[OutOfSightOutOfMind throws it away]], and the [[TheDragon Delightful Children From Down The Lane]] pick it up. Way to go there, Nigel.
* In the WesternAnimation/{{Cyberchase}} episode "The Creech Who Would Be Crowned", Matt has been picking on Inez about her vocabulary for the majority of the opening action, eventually citing [[JustJokingJustification "I was just teasing"]] as the reason.\\
'''You'd Think:''' Jackie would notice that Inez is getting ''really'' upset and tell Matt to knock it off.\\
'''Instead:''' Jackie tells [[TheNapoleon Inez]] "No offense, Inez but [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness sometimes your vocabulary is]] [[BerserkButton bigger than you are]]."\\
'''Result:''' The camel's back breaks so to speak and Inez storms off after snapping "Well, here's a ''little'' word for ''both'' of you: BYE!" and spends the majority of the rest of the episode ignoring Matt and Jackie and actually has to ''think about saving their lives''. Way to go, Matt and Jackie.
** In ''True Colors'', Hacker is running against MotherBoard for potentate of Cyberspace, which is perfectly legal according the Cyber constitution. With the Cyber squad acting as her campaign managers, they appear on a talk show to defend Motherboard and explain why she should be re elected.''\\
'''You'd Expect:''' The kids to take time and prepare a valid case before appearing on the show, finding valid evidence that Hacker hasn't really turned over a new leaf and listing what specific strengths Motherboard has.\\
'''Instead:''' With no preparations whatsoever, they do a horrible job at presenting their case. All Jackie and Inez can think of as to why Motherboard should be reelected is that she is a kindhearted and intelligent leader in general, with no specifics mentioned as to how she is. Afterwards, Matt starts roasting Hacker as a liar, claiming that with all the schemes he has done before, there is no way he could actually have changed or done the good deeds he's claimed to (with providing verifiable evidence that he has not).\\
'''The Result:''' The kids not only fail to persuade the audience, but also make Motherboard out to be a corrupt politician who verbally attacks her opponents.
** In ''Borg of the ring'', Hacker obtains a magic ring that can make whatever he says is his hearts desire come true.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Hacker to realize that Motherboard will no doubt send the Cybersquad to get the ring from him and use it to take over Cyberspace and get rid of Motherboard right away, so they can't stop him.\\
'''Instead:''' He wastes time wishing for things like hair, a brand new TV, and making Buzz and delete mute. And so by the time he actually does try to use the ring to attack Motherboard, the Cybersquad reaches him and tricks him into taking the ring off his head so they can get it back.
** In ''The snelfu snafu part 2'' Hacker has just succeeded in tricking the kids into buying the encrypted chip, which he reprogrammed the drain motherboard inside, allowing him to finally take over Cyberspace. Wicked, who is now his partner since she helped him with his plan, is eager to start spending the money which she and hacker got from the kids in the auction (which they spent ''weeks'' earning for nothing)\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Hacker to tell Wicked to only spend a certain amount, and leave the rest for him.\\
'''Or:''' First go to the black hole, pay the amount needed to throw Motherboard in, and give the rest to her.\\
'''Instead:''' Too distracted by making plans as the new ruler of Cyberspace, he unwisely tells Wicked to buy anything she wants, and just leave him alone. Wicked immediately goes on a shopping spree, ordering a variety of expensive and pointless items, just handing the delivery people handfulls money and never asking for change. So by the time Hacker gets the black hole, he finds Wicked has spent nearly everything he made in the auction, and cannot pay for the disposal.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' episode "Double Cross My Heart" has Danny spying on Gregor, whom he is hanging out with Sam, suspecting him of working for the Guys in White. Sam has talked about it the next day at school.\\
'''You'd Expect''': He should be careful in what he said and keep his cover maintained.\\
'''Instead''': Danny gives out a hint he's spying on her by saying "spaghetti sauce", leading Sam to realize of what he just did. Boy, she's really pissed off by this one.
** "The Ultimate Enemy", in the aftermath of the fight at the Nasty Burger, Danny accidentally obtains the answers to the C.A.T.. Although later on, Mr. Lancer soon discovers the answers are in fact missing from his briefcase, after he overheard Tucker talking about Danny cheating on the C.A.T..\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Mr. Lancer, the vice-principal of a high school, as well as an administrator of education, would be rational, if not sensible, about the whole situation and therefore conduct a thorough investigation as to how some teenager, if not any student in general, would be able to steal the answer sheet right from under his nose, when he had the only key to his briefcase and had said briefcase handcuffed to his wrist the whole time.\\
'''Instead:''' HE BLOWS IT WAY OUT OF PROPORTION! He literally had no physical, solid, and/or concrete evidence to prove Danny DID steal the answers. But, irregardless, he was going to fail Danny anyway!\\
'''On that note:''' This is the same teacher who plays favorites with the school football star-who is a Jerk Jocks, wears his pride on his sleeve on a constant basis, as well as see "his students work as a reflection of his work" (Teacher of the Year). In short, he is the epitome of cynicism, egocentrism, and biasness at its finest, in the entire series, itself!\\
'''Even Worse:''' To add injury to insult, he was going to make a scene by asking Mr. & Mrs. Fenton to bring Danny to the still-standing Nasty Burger, minutes away from exploding, just to make an example out of Danny.\\
'''Result:''' He, along with Sam, Tucker, Jazz, and Mr. & Mrs. Fenton, end up dead! And thus, setting off a cataclysmic chain of events that would set Danny on the path to Evil, and destroy the whole world.
* ''WesternAnimation/DennisTheMenace'': In "Shark Treatment", Dennis stumbles into a robotic shark and finds the remote control inside.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Anyone with eyes to see that the shark is obviously a fake and that Dennis is in there just by listening to his voice.\\
'''Instead:''' Both [[TheSmartGuy PeeBee]] and Mr. Wilson are fooled into thinking that the shark is real and that it can talk. Neither can tell that it's Dennis' voice until he jumps out.
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''
** In "Trapped With a Vengeance", Dexter constantly stays at the school past designated hours and makes a mess out of the school after Yani the janitor has already cleaned up forcing Yani to clean up the mess he made before he can return home where his wife is angry at him for arriving so late.\\
'''You'd expect:''' Being an adult, Yani would report Dexter for staying past school hours when he should be home and forcing Yani to work overtime, giving Dexter the appropriate punishment and most likely preventing him from making any more messes.\\
'''Instead:''' He prevents Dexter from leaving the school when Dexter prepares to leave and tries to make sure he can't escape.\\
'''The End Result:''' In all of his efforts to keep Dexter from leaving the school, he ends up making a complete mess out of the out of the cafeteria while taunting Dexter, his wife also shows up angry about him not coming home, and Dexter gets to go home scott free.\\
'''What's Worse:''' He doesn't even get to clean up the mess he had made before leaving, so not only does he get his wife angry at him again, but he more than likely got fired the next morning for not cleaning the school, which would explain why [[OneShotCharacter he only appears in this episode]].
** In the episode "Dexter Detention," Dexter is attempting to finish a test, only for a {{jerkass}} student to bother Dexter and constantly ask for the answer to a question.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' For Dexter to pause his test and complain to the teacher about the student pestering him. It also helps that the student is also attempting to cheat.\\
'''Instead:''' Dexter loses his patience and accidentally blurts out the answer, causing him to go to detention. The other student [[KarmaHoudini gets away with bothering Dexter too]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DonkeyKongCountry'' AnimatedSeries episode "The Legend of the Crystal Coconut", DK has gone to ask this all-knowing tiki statue thing how to use the [[MacGuffin Crystal Coconut]]. It's advice? [[{{Koan}} "To know everything, you must give up everything"]].\\
'''You'd Expect''': Ask someone else for advice.\\
'''Instead''': He [[NiceJobBreakingItHero gives the Crystal Coconut to King K. Rool]], thinking he'll know everything about the Crystal Coconut once he gives it away (when it's not even his to begin with).
** "The Day the Island Stood Still": DK decides to take a nap after guarding the Crystal Coconut for some time.\\
'''You'd Expect''': DK to curl into sleep without any incident.\\
'''Instead''': He accidentally [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor wishes that he could sleep]] ''[[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor forever]],'' causing the Crystal Coconut to stop time.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' episode, "Doug Ripped Off", Doug's parents decide to surprise him by getting him a new bike and donating his old one.\\
'''You'd Expect''': For them to donate his old bike when they get the new one.\\
'''Instead''': They go ahead donate it and ''then'' go out and buy the new bike without telling Doug not to worry about his old one.\\
'''The Result:''' Doug goes into the garage and finds that his bike isn't there and freaks out because he thinks it's been stolen. The police tell him that since nothing else appears to be missing, it was probably a kid causing Doug to develop trust issues with his friends, and it gets worse when he sees that Al and Moo have his old bike. He goes after them and takes it back, and ''that's'' when he finds out about his parents' surprise. It's too late, Al and Moo reported Doug to the police. Doug gives the bike back and for some reason, gets grounded for a week. He does seem to take the punishment in stride though.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DragonBooster'' episode "The Mouth that Roared" there's obviously someone dealing in black market gear during an incredibly important racing qualifier. Dragon City Security is contacted by a child who claims that while he was playing near the racing area, he saw the dealer meeting with one of the racers.\\
'''You'd Expect''': The police to send a small group to stake out the area for the rest of the qualifier and thank the kid for their only tip.\\
'''Instead''': The cops scope the area out, wait a few minutes, and denounce the kid as a liar. Shortly after they leave, the dealer makes a deal in that very location.
* ''Franchise/EverAfterHigh'':
** In "Spring Unsprung", Bunny falls off a balcony, while ''very'' high up.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That Alistair would ''not'' immediately jump after her, as that would only get both of them killed.\\
'''Instead:''' He does, and only survives the fall because they happen to land in SoftWater.
** In "The Day Ever After", Raven and Apple manage to persuade two feuding political factions to stop fighting.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That, having resolved the issue, they would move on.\\
'''Instead:''' Apple goes on to say something ''extremely'' inflammatory about one of the factions, for no reason other than spite, and starts them fighting all over again.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad'', during the retaking of Australia, the Neo Sapiens reveal their newest weapon of war-the Neo Warriors. Due to insane regeneration or durability, they can tank laser blasts and most explosions, and could get into melee range with the Frames and effortlessly destroy them. After narrowly escaping with their lives, Able Squad returns to Exofleet.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Since lasers and other weapons were ineffective against the Neo Warriors, and that they regularly get into melee range, the engineers at Exofleet would counter with putting at least a combat knife, sword, mace, or laser cutter onto each frame to deal with close range combat.\\
'''Instead:''' They continue to arm the Frames with the same old configuration, [[CurbStompBattle and in several battles, the Exoframes are overwhelmed by superior numbers of Neo Warriors and don't have any real way to defend themselves, and get destroyed.]] Things get [[FromBadToWorse even worse]] when the Neo Lords are revealed.
** In the first early season Admiral Marcus upon hearing news that the homeworlds were getting destory by the Neos' invasion.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Marcus to make sure Exofleet arrive their at full strengths to take on whatever threat.\\
'''Instead:''' GeneralFailure Marcus order the Carriers to go at full speed leaving the support ships behind fighting at half power at best. And putting JT Marsh in jail for calling his plan stupid.\\
'''The Result:''' On the receiving end of a CurbStompBattle from the Neos that have Exofleet running away with their tail inbetween their legs.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1967'' episode "The Three Predictions of Doctor Doom" begins with the Fantastic Four receiving a warning that Doctor Doom will remove TheHeart of their team, then he will remove their greatest strength, then the most powerful force will conquer all. Doom proceeds to disguise as a photographer in hopes of kidnapping the Invisible Girl.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' The Invisible Girl would recognize Doctor Doom's ''very'' distinctive voice, then try to prevent him from taking her.\\
'''Instead:''' She fails to recognize Doom until he ties her up by shooting vines from his camera. He then carries her off to his lair, fulfilling the first prediction.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1978'': In the episode "The Menace of Magneto", Mr. Fantastic crafts what appears to be a gun which will rob Magneto of his powers. Magneto can't take control of the gun and concedes defeat. As he is taken by the police, Reed explains that he tricked him with a gun made out of wood and thus Magneto's powers were ineffective.\\
'''You'd expect:''' Magneto to take control of the situation and start attacking again, especially after such an embarrassment.\\
'''Instead:''' He puts up no resistance and whines about being beaten with a wooden gun.
* In one of the [[Creator/VanBeurenStudios Van Beuren]] ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'' cartoons, "The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg", we see Felix donating tons of gold coins (thanks to the Goose making Golden Eggs by the dozen, which Felix grinds into coins) to the local poor folk.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Felix to try and ration the gold, so that it doesn't become so common that it becomes worthless.\\
'''Instead:''' He hands out the stuff by the bagload, and by the end of the short the entire town is flooded with coins that Felix captured from the band of pirates he encountered. And yet everyone praises him as a hero for it. [[YouFailEconomicsForever Wait'll they find out that all thanks to how much of it there is]], [[InferredHolocaust all that gold has been rendered worthless and their economy is ruined as a result]], [[NiceJobBreakingItHero all thanks to Felix and his goose!]]
** In the second Joe Oriolo Felix the Cat cartoon "Into Outer Space", the Professor has Felix trapped inside of his laboratory and has a clear shot at getting the Magic Bag away from him.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Professor to take the Magic Bag then and there and imprison Felix somewhere else in the lab.\\
'''Instead:''' For some unfathomable reason, he instead decides to trap Felix ''and'' the bag in a satellite and launch him out into outer space, the ''exact opposite'' of what would've helped get the bag. On top of that, it gets Felix recognized as a worldwide hero by being launched into space. And Professor decides to go to the trouble of travelling all the way to the antarctic where Felix landed to steal the bag anyway. Even the Professor realizes he [[DidntThinkThisThrough didn't think things through by the end.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' had a ''ton'' of these.
** The pilot episode, "The Flintstone Flyer": Barney invents a flying machine and Fred wants to start a business selling the machine for people to fly in. He states that he'll be president and Barney will be vice president in charge of production, even wanting to change the name from "The Barney Copter" to "The Flintstones Flyer".\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That since Barney was the one who made the invention, and Fred had initially mocked him when he first told him about, to immediately refuse. He would state that ''he'' would be the head president in charge of the company and Fred would having nothing to do with his new business.\\
'''Instead:''' Barney actually agrees, despite not being too happy about it. However, Fred gets injured while testing it out, and walks out on the project (but later ''re-elects himself'' president of the company when it works out better).\\
'''Later:''' Fred pretends to be sick so he won't have to go the opera and instead go bowling with Barney. They take the flying machine there, but coincidentally the bowling alley is right next to the opera theater where Wilma and Betty are!\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Fred and Barney would notice this when they arrived at the alley, and go find another bowling alley to play in,\\
'''Instead:''' They assume Wilma and Betty won't go into the alley at all, but they do, and are nearly caught, but luckily, Fred and Barney [[PaperThinDisguise use to black broom bristles as fake mustaches which fool the girls]].\\
'''Later:''' The boys manage to beat the girls back to the house, and Fred resumes his sick act and Barney his caretaker act when the girls arrive, who feel guilty about ever doubting them.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Barney would just not do anything that would give the charade away.\\
'''Instead:''' ''He scolds the girls as the German mustached man he pretended to be at the bowling alley along with Fred'' , which gives the game away.\\
'''Finally:''' In order the escape the wrath of their pissed wives, they take off on the flying machine.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' They would take turns peddling and operating it, so that they won't tire out quite as quickly and hopefully stay up long enough for the girls anger to cool down.\\
'''Instead:''' Barney does the peddling all by himself, and eventually grows exhausted. The episode ends as the girls comment on how Barney will "run out of gas" in no time, and be ready for them.
** In "The Golf Champion", after Fred wins his lodges golf tournament, Barney, who is the club's president at the time, will not award him his trophy because he is behind in paying his membership dues\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That Barney would remember that Fred, who was also in the election for president with Barney, had graciously withdrawn from the election, just so Barney could have the honor of being club president for once, and let him off the hook just this once and give him the trophy.\\
'''Instead:''' Barney ungratefully still refuses to give him the cup, resulting in another feud between him and Fred.\\
'''Earlier:''' While Barney was making his speech about president after Fred dropped out of the election from him, promises to be good president and help the lodge by start charging back dues.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' The members would start booing and throwing things at Barney for starting to add payment to their membership.\\
'''Instead:''' They all actually cheer for him!\\
'''You'd then expect:''' Fred to just pay his dues and get the cup.\\
'''Instead:''' He demands Barney return everything he borrowed from him, which turns out to just be one can opener. Barney then demands the same thing from Fred, making the situation a nightmare.\\
'''Later:''' After Barney is successful in this stallmate for quite some time, Betty suggests that he go over to Fred's house and nicely ask him to pay the dues promising to give him the cup the moment he does so.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Barney to listen to Betty's advice. Given Barney has been somewhat of a jerk to Fred about this lodge dues issue, perhaps he'd be more willing to listen if Barney was more friendly about it.\\
'''Instead:''' Barney decides to do it the way he's been going about it the entire time, "Give me the dues ya big cheapskate, or ya don't give the cup!" \\
'''The Result:''' Fred crowns the cup onto Barney's head again (like he did in the tournament after confiscating the cup). Although Barney doesn't mention that he was still a jerk to Betty of course.
** In "The X-Ray Story", Dino is sick, so Fred takes him to the vetenarian. The vetenarian takes an x-ray of Dino, and discovers that he has a disease called a "dinopeptic germ", that is harmless to dinosaurs [[ChekhovsGun but incredibly virulent to humans.]] After Fred and Dino leave, the nurse writes Fred's name on it to store it in his file, but when she is called into another room the the x-ray is accidentally blown out the window, and is discovered by a police officer who takes it down to the police laboratory\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That since they found the X-Ray out on the street and don't even know the source, that they would not make any immediate assumptions about, and instead try to find out where it came from or go ask Fred about it, since his name is on it.\\
'''Instead:''' They immediately jump the conclusion that it's Fred's x-ray because it has his name on it, and that he has the Dinopeptic Germ (which is very dangerous to humans).\\
'''The Result:''' The police laboratory scientist goes to Wilma and tells her she must keep Fred awake for 72 hours (as the disease only attacks when the patient is asleep)in order for him to be cured, without telling him why (for the shock would be harmful). So Fred has a long and miserable night all for nothing.
** "The House Guest": AFter Fred "fixes" the Rubbles Plumbing, he invites them to stay with them for a week while their house is being repaired, but Wilma and Betty are reluctant because she thinks two couples living together will be hard. Fred assures her she is wrong, and she relents. But Barney turns out to be a completely selfish, inconsiderate, and rude house guest, for reasons that could have been avoided.\\
'''First:''' Wilma gives Fred and Barney both a piece of cake.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That Barney, as a polite house guest would do, wait to be offered the big piece of cake.\\
'''Instead:''' He takes it all to himself immediately.\\
'''Then:''' At bedtime, while the women get the bed, Fred plans to sleep on the couch, and as for Barney...\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Fred to rent a cot for Barney to sleep on.\\
'''Instead:''' Apparently wanting to save on money, Fred sets up two chairs instead. Barney understandably does not like the idea, and claims the couch for himself.\\
'''You'd Then Expect:''' Fred and Barney to calmly try to find a compromise, like maybe having one sleep on the couch one night, and the chairs the other.\\
'''Instead:''' Fred angrily demands Barney to get up and Barney won't budge.\\
'''The Result:''' Fred has to sleep on the chairs the whole week.\\
'''It Gets Worse:''' Barney plans to get up at 5:00 A.M. the following morning, and sets his alarm clock for that time.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Barney to give Fred a heads up about this, so he won't be startled in the morning. Or even ask if it's okay with him\\
'''Instead:''' He doesn't, and Fred has a rude awakening.\\
'''Later:''' Barney is reading his newspaper in the living room, but does not want to be bothered by the telephone.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Barney to simply go find somewhere else to read his paper where he won't hear the phone ring.\\
'''Instead:''' Barney takes the phone off the hook so it won't ring. It just so happened that Fred was expecting an important phone call from Mr. Slate that day, and never gets it!\\
'''Later Still:''' Barney saves the worst for last. Wilma gets a delicious pizza for the two couples to eat on their last night together. While the girls go shopping, Barney comes home from work, sees the pizza in the fridge and wants to eat it.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Barney to wait until the girls come home and ask to make sure that it wasn't for anything special.\\
'''Instead:''' Barney eats it all right away.\\
'''You'd then Expect:''' Fred to realize that having the pride of being right is not worth putting up with Barney's selfish behavior, and finally berate him for it in front of the girls.\\
'''Instead:''' He still puts up with it.
** In "The Rock Vegas Caper", the gang arrives for a two week vacation in Rock Vegas.\\
'''You'd Expect:'''Tat since Fred has a major gambling problem and they are staying in a place known for gambling more than anything, that that the gang would probably realize it would probably be better if Wilma held the money they brought for the trip.\\
'''Instead:''' Wilma leaves ''[[TheGamblingAddict Fred]]'' with ''all'' the money they brought.\\
'''So:''' Wilma warns him not to gamble with their vacation funds while she and Betty go to the pool.\\
'''You'd Then Expect:''' Fred to heed his wife's warning and stay away from the casino or at the very worst keep the gambling to an absolute minimum.\\
'''Instead:''' Fred immediately disobeys Wilma's order and loses all their money playing a slot machine!\\
'''The Result:''' They must work as employees at the hotel to pay their bill (thought the owner, who was an old friend of Fred's had offered to let them stay for free, which Fred turned down). It is kind of fun though, and Betty and Barney get to sing an awesome musical number together on stage.
** In "Divided we Sail" the gang's new houseboat has hit a rock and begins to sink. The life raft can only hold three people, leaving Fred and Barney to argue over which one of them has to stay. Wilma asks if she can hold the raft for Fred.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Fred would realize that Wilma wanted to do this so she and Betty could escape while Fred and Barney were arguing, and refuse.\\
'''Instead:''' He gives it to her, and Wilma and Betty sail off while Fred and Barney continue arguing and the ship sinks.
** In ''The Happy Household'', Wilma and betty go to get jobs, and the employment agency tells to go to a famous tv network. They ask Wilma to sing, and she does amazingly, and then they tell her to sign a contract.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Wilma, to maybe...read it first!\\
'''Instead:''' She signs without doing so, and is forced to be star of a tv show called ''happy housewife'' or will be sued.\\
'''Later:''' Fred, with no wife home to cook for him, is offered to eat at Betty and Barney's. But Fred does not like Betty's cooking, cause it's different than Wilma's.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Fred to keep his opinions to himself, because Betty is being so kind to him by offering to cook him dinner for several weeks.\\
'''Instead:''' He tactlessly criticizes Betty's cooking, and Betty then kicks him out.
** "The Gravel Berry Pie King": Fred's coworkers want him to take a list of grievances to Mr. Slate, but refuses. The Great Gazoo advises him to do so as well, claiming that he bets Mr. Slate will be impressed with his courage.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That since Mr. Slate is not the friendliest boss in the world and that taking the Great Gazoo's advice has gotten him in deep water before, that Fred would refuse.\\
'''Instead:''' Fred does it anyway, and gets fired.\\
'''Later:''' Fred meets a rich grocery magnate who likes Wilma's homemade pies, and offers to market them in exchange for 40 cents. They do so, but the families soon realize they're losing money from the transaction, and the Great Gazoo suggests they explain the situation to the magnate (Mr. Safestone) and ask to increase their payment to 64 cents, so they make 12 cents. Fred decides he wants more, so he decides to raise the price to ''75 cents''. Barney doesn't think Mr. Safestone will like that (which was a lot back in those days.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That Fred would realize Barney is probably right, and settle for the 64 cents a pie, thus making the 12 cent profit.\\
'''Instead:''' Fred asks for the new 75-cent payment, to which Mr. Safestone says is ridiculous. When Fred says take it or leave it, Mr. Safestone ''leaves'' it and angrily kicks them out.
** "At The Races": Fred expresses interest in buying a popular pool hall from its retiring wealthy owner, knowing it'll result in the Flinstones' (and the Rubbles') fortunes turning around. However, Fred and Barney don't have enough cash on hand to acquire it, so they put their life's savings into a bet on a nearby horse, er, dinosaur race. They manage to win by the skin of their teeth and head home to tell Wilma the good news. Before they get there, however, Fred begins to fear how Wilma will react to how he won the money in the first place. Thus, he and Barney decide they need to hide the check from Wilma, just in case she blows her stack.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Since Barney is with him and knows the whole story, Fred can just have him wait outside with the check while he tells Wilma about his big win. Thus, all Fred and Barney have to do is have Barney walk in with it if she is ecstatic about the big win. (Which she ultimately is.)\\
'''Instead:''' Fred and Barney decide to hide the check under a rock a fair distance away from the house (where just anyone could stumble upon it) as they tell Wilma. Now when Wilma is ecstatic about the win and what Fred plans to do with the money, they have to go all the way back out to find the ticket. They then fall victim to a DiabolusExMachina in the form of a mugger who over-powers both Fred ''and'' Barney and relieves them of the check, resulting in a DownerEnding.\\
'''Additionally, You'd Expect This:''' It's not like they couldn't call the police or the bank to either find the check, replace it (since it wasn't cashed in yet), or find the mugger. Heck, if the mugger tries to cash the check, the teller would likely see that it wasn't his and call the police and the Flintstones. (It's not like he could have cleanly scribbled out who the check was made for; like everything else in Bedrock it's made of stone! It's also not like Wilma would refuse to believe Barney's story about how they lost the check forever, either.)\\
'''Instead:''' It's clear from the rest of the series' run that none of this happened and the check was treated as gone forever. Granted, it likely would have ended the series if the two couples had moved on up like that from buying the pool hall and becoming wealthy, but still...
* ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum''
** A flashback in "Brain Freeze" deals with one of Kyle's failed attempts to get reaccepted to Milkweed Academy. Right before it's finished, the titular boys are entering, induced with all the Berry Pink Frosty Freezy Freeze, which shocks him.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Kyle to politely excuse himself for a moment to take care of the boys himself, maybe getting them to leave so the readmittance can go on without a problem.\\
'''Instead:''' He begins hesitating over the boys' entrance any minute, and even forces his former teacher Professor Flan to speed up which he refuses to do. Indeed, the boys enter, and mistake Flan for a brthday cake and escape with him, resulting in the admittance to be denied.
** In "Speed Eraser" (the biggest example yet), Kyle isn't here yet, so Chum Chum tells him he should erase the board.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Fanboy to not do so and just wait for Kyle to arrive.\\
'''Instead:''' He does erase the board, complete with a dance routine, just as Kyle arrives. As a result, he becomes the new board eraser-er, replacing him.\\
'''Then:''' Jealous over his role being stolen, Kyle gives Fanboy an eraser-er that literally erases anything.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Fanboy to politely refuse.\\
'''Instead:''' He takes it, and tries it out on the wall. Mr. Mufflin is shocked at first and appears to punish him, but then gets excited due to "freeing everyone". Kyle is angry he's praised and not punished.\\
'''Eventually:''' Kyle literally attaches the eraser to Fanboy's hand, which horrifies him upon hearing what will happen upon doing so.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Fanboy to tell Mr. Mufflin that Kyle is ruining everything.\\
'''Instead:''' He is so horrified that he pleads Kyle to help him.\\
'''Then:''' Kyle's body gets erased, a backfire to Kyle's plan. He then asks Fanboy to help him out by giving him his wand.\\
'''You'd expect:''' Fanboy to use the non-erasing hand to easily grab the wand and give it to Kyle.\\
'''Instead:''' He tries to erase Kyle's head, even refusing to allow Chum Chum to help. When he finally gets the wand, he erases it due to seeing dirt on it and trying to erase it. He does the same to the other wand.\\
'''Then Again:''' Fanboy is dimwitted and can't follow the rules.
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'':
** The episode "Everybody Knows It's Bendy" is so bad, it's even [[OldShame a source of regret]] for writer Creator/LaurenFaust due to this. For starters, the eponymous Bendy is dropped off at the house for his constant trouble-making. However, Frankie and Mr. Herriman come to believe that that Bendy's kid was framing him for it. Whether that is or isn't the case, Bendy certainly is a troublemaker, [[ForTheEvulz causing mischief for no other reason than to frame Bloo, Wilt, Eduardo, and Coco]].\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Frankie and Mr. Herriman to, at any point, question why three longtime friends who have generally been honest and well-behaved are suddenly at the epicenter of a rash of bad behavior and pointing fingers at this newcomer. Plus while Bloo may be a troublemaker, he usually doesn't go around framing other people for what he's done and if the three aforementioned people are vouching for his innocence, that speaks for evidence in his favor. If Bendy's sob story was that convincing, they could at least declare both parties innocent until proven guilty.\\
'''Instead:''' They believe Bendy over Wilt, Ed, and Coco and punish them.\\
'''Then:''' Bloo's foolishness and impulsiveness doesn't help matters. At one point Bloo catches Bendy writing on the walls.\\
'''You'd Then Expect:''' Bloo hightail it and hope Frankie and Mr. Herriman catch him this time.\\
'''Instead:''' Being the thoughtless guy he is, Bloo tries to confront Bendy, snatching the marker as he does so, leaving the evidence against him.\\
'''Eventually:''' Bloo and the gang make a plan to prove Bendy guilty of these crimes, leaving a baseball and bat next to a large window. They duck and cover, waiting to take pictures. Bendy smashes the window, but heads out before they can incriminate him.\\
'''You'd ''Then'' Expect:''' For them to also leave and hope they can avoid further trouble if they stay away from the scene of the crime.\\
'''Instead:''' Bloo, for no real reason, picks up the bat while wondering how Bendy can get away. Coco's tongue then slips (who was holding the camera in her mouth) and takes pictures of Bloo holding the bat near the broken window (which begs the question of why they didn't put someone more dexterous in charge of the camera). Frankie and Mr. Herriman then enter the room and see the broken window and the photos of Bloo holding the bat, getting him in further trouble.\\
'''Later:''' They hear Bendy mocking Frankie and Mr. Herriman over the intercom.\\
'''You'd THEN Expect:''' Bloo heed Wilt's warning and stay put.\\
'''Instead:''' Bloo feels the need to rush down to the intercom just so he can gloat "Ha! I caught you!", and even goes so far as to summon Frankie and Mr. Herriman down there as if he thought his "Ha, I caught you" would ensure Bendy would stay put and not leave Bloo to take the blame. You can practically ''tell'' by Bendy's grin that Bloo got ahead of himself.\\
'''Finally:''' One of Bloo's plans to frame Bendy is actually a success, albeit causing the house to flood. Frankie and Mr. Herriman confront Bendy when it seems he's at the epicenter of the trouble for once.\\
'''You'd ''THEN'' Expect:''' For Bloo to keep his mouth shut and [[StatusQuoIsGod watch Bendy get his well-deserved comeuppance]].\\
'''[[FailureIsTheOnlyOption INSTEAD]]:''' ''[[FacePalm He inexplicably yells out the entire plan in front of Frankie and Mr. Herriman.]]''\\
'''The Result:''' Bloo gets in huge trouble and [[KarmaHoudini Bendy spray paints the camera.]] [[TheBadGuyWins The end.]] [[GainaxEnding Roll credits.]]
** Also, in the episode "Go Goo Go," Frankie and Herriman are angry with Mac and try to confront him about Goo always showing up in the house and plan on barring him from Fosters.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' For Frankie and Herriman to let Mac explain his side of the story and why Goo always pops up.\\
'''Instead:''' They ''keep interrupting him'' while he speaks, causing Mac to get angry at Goo and give her a mean speech.\\
'''The Result:''' Mac realizes what he's done, and apologizes to her.
** In "Frankie My Dear", Mac, Bloo, and the pizza guy share a TotemPoleTrench to get Frankie's true love interest, Dylan. Their position is that Bloo will be the head, Mac will be the chest, and the pizza guy will be the legs. However, Mac finds his position stupid and wanted to be the head of the disguise.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Bloo would find Mac has a point and let him lead.\\
'''Instead''': He ignores his suggestion and insisted on being the head ''all because he thinks he's older than Mac'' which itself was something he believed because of InsaneTrollLogic. Because of this, Frankie can see through this disguise.
** In the episode, "One False Movie", The school principal is impressed with Mac's film about Foster's (which Bloo added armpit fart sound effects into) and enters Mac to represent his school in the Annual State-wide Elementary School film festival. He gives Mac a $500 budget and the idea for the film, which Bloo helps make into a movie called "[[TheresNoBInMovie T-Rex-A-Tron Alien Wolf III: A Prequel In Time]]". After puting a lot of effort and money into the film [[note]] Far beyond the budget Mac's Principal gave him. Specificially, Bloo had Creator/TomHanks play a robot, and a [=CGi=] Eduardo when the real one refused to be involved in the project. To get the money for those, Mac had to sell his [[Franchise/StarWars Space Wars]] action figure collection and Madame Foster's antiques (which she unknowingly bought back anyway) [[/note]], the film is finally complete and Bloo throws a party to celebrate its completion. \\
'''You'd expect:''' For Bloo to keep the tape in a safe place until the contest begins so that nothing bad happens to it, especially considering he put a lot of effort and money into the film. \\
'''Instead:''' He leaves the tape on the table during the party. Also during this party, Eduardo is trying to watch his favorite show, "[[WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer Lauren is Explorin']]", and the noise from the party is making it hard for him to hear. \\
'''You'd also Expect:''' Eduardo to go into another, much more quiet room. Surely one of them must have a working TV that he can watch "Lauren is Explorin'" on. \\
'''Instead:''' Eduardo finds Mac and Bloo's tape and uses it to record the "Lauren is Explorin'" episode. As a result, when Mac shows the movie to everyone in the festival, the ending is recorded over by Eduardo's "Lauren is Explorin'" episode, and everyone (save for Eduardo) boos and jeers, and some people even [[ProducePelting throw tomatoes at Bloo]].
* In the Literature/{{Franklin}} episode, "Franklin and the Bus Patrol", Skunk is working on a drawing on the bus, but she drops it. Luckily Franklin picks it up for her. Unfortunately, he cannot return it to her because if he gets up while the bus is moving, Bear (who is acting as the bus safety officer) will give him a ticket.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Franklin would say to Skunk that she'll have to wait until the bus stops so he can return her drawing.\\
'''Or:''' Politely ask the bus driver, Mr. Fox, to stop the bus so he can return Skunk's drawing to her.\\
'''Instead:''' He tosses Skunk's drawing over to her, resulting in Bear giving him a ticket for throwing things on the bus.

* In WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}, in City of Stone Arc, the flashback when Macbeth was king and Demona was his [[TheDragon Dragon]]. After the defeat of the hunter army Macbeth held a secret meeting with his son Lulach and his father-in-law to decide what to do next. The father-in-law suggest to let the gargoyles be killed in order to appease the English army. Lulach doesn't agree, but Macbeth inform Lulach that a king had to look all options. All this time Demona was listening in.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That Demona would stay there and listen to find out what Macbeth's final choice is. If he says yes, burst in there, kill everyone or quietly leave to let Macbeth fend for himself. If he says no, she can still give Macbeth a WhatTheHellHero speech for even thinking of dumping your clan to the enemy\\
'''Instead:''' She leaves without knowing the final choice and just assumes the worst\\
'''Additionally:''' Betrays Macbeth to the England invaders and the hunter because [[SarcasmMode they sure are a bunch of trust-worthy people]] with no FantasticRacism against gargoyles.\\
'''The Result:''' Demona is alone again and this time has a immortal {{Rival}} that wants her dead even if it costs him his life.
** In the second episode of the third season, when everybody suddenly hates the Gargoyles, Lexington is captured, crucified (!) and put on public display, apparently to be lynched.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Him to cry out that he's innocent or try to reason with the crowd or say ''anything''. If nothing else, it would've at least proved that he's in fact sentient.\\
'''Instead:''' He says nothing and just snarls at them like the beast people think he is.
** In "My Brother's Keeper", Elisa got a recording from Fox about what Xanatos is planning for her younger brother, Derek. She shows it to him.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Him to listen the tape to learn that Xanatos is up to no good and quits working for him.\\
'''Instead''': He didn't listen to the tape at all, and assumes the worse.\\
'''Worse Still:''' WordOfGod say he ''did'' in fact listen to the tape, but [[WrongGenreSavvy decided he was smart enough to handle Xanatos]] and [[{{Pride}} didn't want to admit his sister was right]].
** Speaking of this one, there's also the season 2 episode, "The Cage", when Xanatos shows Derek (now Talon) a video recording of Goliath kidnapping Sevarius. He made him think they're still working together, and Owen ended up revealing their location. Cue Talon running off.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Xanatos should stop him immediately and tell him that he's been using him all this time, saving Goliath's life.\\
'''Instead''': Oh boy:
-->'''Xanatos''': Oh hello, Goliath, didn't even notice you there.
-->'''Goliath''': Did you have to save my life ''after'' Talon nearly killed me?!
* Cobra Commander from ''GIJoe'' follows right on this trope in TheMovie. After a failed battle with G.I. Joe, Serpentor insults them.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Cobra Commander to shut up and take his abuse as usual.\\
'''Instead:''' Cobra Commander insults Serpentor.
** Also, in that very same scene, literally ''all'' of Cobra Commander's lieutenants stand around berating him for being a coward, an idiot, and generally just a horrible leader. Then, there's an intruder alert, and Cobra Commander orders everyone to follow him to stop the intruder.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Having just stood around enumerating his plethora of flaws in leadership, everyone would tell him to buzz off, or at least smack him once or twice.\\
'''Instead:''' Everyone blindly falls in lockstep behind him, as if they weren't even listening to themselves not two minutes before.
** In a way, the birth of Serpentor is also an idiot move by Cobra. Destro, the Baroness, and all the other main Cobra bad guys have had enough of Cobra Commander's inept leadership.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' All of them of just get rid of the Commander and take over Cobra themselves. After all, all of them have command experience, and Destro and the Twins pretty much take care of the financial/weapons side of things already.\\
'''Instead:''' They follow Dr. Mindbender's scheme to genetically create a new leader out of the genes of the world's greatest warlords. Yes, they decide to create someone to boss them about. And his plans are almost as awful as Cobra Commander's.\\
'''To Make Things Worse:''' When the leaders of G.I. Joe realized that Cobra was stealing DNA, they came up with a theory as to what they were up to that would have made a ''lot'' more sense: creating an army of genetically-enhanced super-soldiers. If Dr. Mindbender had used his skills to that, the Joes would have been in ''big'' trouble. Apparently, it never occured to him.
** In yet another example of rather questionable strategizing from the Commander, comes an episode where he has his Cobra agents seize an advanced laser guidance device from a G.I. Joe laboratory.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' The Commander using the device to hold either America or the world ransom by threatening to blow up random monuments or capitals with his laser device augmented with the Joes' laser guidance technology, or, in a more sensible plan of strategy, attack the Joes' headquarters with the damn thing.\\
'''Instead:''' Cobra Commander uses it to deface the moon by putting his image on it, stating that he's striking fear into the hearts of the world by putting his mug on the moon. If anything, after that little scheme predictably blew up in their faces, Destro was completely justified in calling out Cobra Commander for his insanity.
* ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'':
** In the episode, "Tub Be or Not Tub Be", Pete manipulates PJ into being his spy and setting up booby traps for the Goofs by faking affection and convincing him the traps are safety features. Once PJ finds out what happened, he goes out of his way to disable the traps, at which point Max catches him in the act.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Max would remember that PJ is one of the nicest people he's ever met and would never dream of lying to him, and that Pete is a huge jerk who is so controlling that PJ should be given the benefit of the doubt. Lacking that, he would notice PJ's obvious contrition and let him explain.\\
'''Instead''': He immediately accuses PJ of cheating, hits him, and breaks off their friendship.
** In "Close Encounters of the Weird Mime", Max and PJ accidentally begin recording their science fiction video to a satellite dish instead of a VCR, thus making the whole town frightened of an alien invasion. Peg hears about it and believes that they need to leave town.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Given that she wanted her family to move, she would look for her son immediately and have everything cleared up when she finds him.\\
'''Instead:''' Peg makes plans to leave town without even bothering to look for him.
* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/GrandmaGotRunOverByAReindeer'', Cousin Mel is about to successfully sue Santa Claus for running over Jake's grandma until he and Santa's elves come into court and reveal all of the bad things she's done.\\
'''You'd expect''' that Cousin Mel would do some quick ad-libbing to prevent her from being sentenced guilty. After all, all of that time she spent with [[AmoralAttorney I.M. Slime]] should've paid off.\\
'''Instead''' she confesses literally ''everything''. Granted, she could've believed that she could've gotten off with a better sentence if she'd confessed, but she weaseled her way out before!
** Earlier, Santa found Jake's grandma unconscious after accidentally running her over.\\
'''You'd expect''' that Santa would go door to door finding out if anyone knows in her in this neighborhood or bring her to the nearest hospital or just leave her be with a note. \\
'''Instead''' He took her to the North Pole where she's been missing nearly an entire year. He could have prevented the plot if he simply didn't take her to the North Pole and endangering her condition. Besides the whole world knows he exists after all.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeathcliffAndTheCatillacCats'', "Soap Box Derby": Heathcliff finishes building his soap box derby racer but Hector, Wordsworth and Mungo [[VehicularSabotage sabotage it overnight]]. [[JerkAss Hector and Spike ram into Heathcliff's car]], causing it to fall apart during the race. On the sidelines, Mungo notices this and points it out to Wordsworth.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Wordsworth to keep quiet, lest they risk Heathcliff getting suspicious.\\
'''Instead:''' He confesses what they did to the car...''[[FacePalm just as Heathcliff passes by.]]'' Needless to say, Heathcliff gets pissed off, wrecks Spike's and Hector's cars and wins the race unopposed.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'':
** "Stinky Goes Hollywood": Country bumpkin Stinky decides to turn down a lucrative soda ad contract, even though his family is poor, and he is doing so right in front of his dad, and many of his classmates, because he overhears the heads of the company saying what he believes to be insulting to him and that he has no skill.\\
'''You'd expect:''' That Stinky would explain ''why'' he wasn't going to sign the contract, especially since his dad might be able to accept his reason instead of repeatedly crying, "Why???" He had just overheard a conversation at the advertising studio that Stinky was perfect to ridicule, and that's why he was picked to film the ads.\\
'''Instead:''' Stinky says "I ain't signing it, you can find yourself another fool," without explaining anything. While Sid does say "What an idiot", this is because he is likely thinking "It's a million dollar contract, of ''course'' you sign it."
** "Arnold Betrays Iggy": While taking homework to the "Cool Kid of the School" Iggy who was sick that day, Arnold finds out that Iggy has an embarrassing secret- he wears full-on bunny pajamas: cotton tail, bunny feet, and even big floppy ears. Iggy begs Arnold not to tell, and Arnold gives his word; however, Sid and Stinky find out due to really accurate conclusion-jumping and now Iggy is a laughing stock. Arnold feels guilty because Iggy thinks that he told and will never forgive him, even after Arnold profusely apologized and told him that he didn't spill.\\
'''You'd expect:''' That after apologizing and telling Iggy that he had no part in exposing his secret, Arnold would've then just moved on; the ball is now in Iggy's court, if he doesn't want to accept his honest, sincere apology, then too bad.\\
'''Instead:''' Arnold completely throws himself at Iggy's feet, doing anything he can to insure that Iggy completely forgives him, including doing all of his chores ''and'' homework for an entire week. However, Iggy either [[RejectedApology can't forgive easily]] or [[JerkAss just likes to see people squirm]], because he ''still'' doesn't forgive Arnold. Arnold, at the end of his rope, asks what ''can'' make Iggy forgive him. It turns out in order for Iggy's forgiveness, [[MoralEventHorizon Arnold walks out of his house in the same bunny pajamas that Iggy wore, out in front of everybody in the urban public area, and grovel at Iggy's feet]]. While Arnold is doing this Walk of Shame, kids and ''grownups'' are laughing, some kids douse him with water balloons, and the ''entire Walk of Shame is [[MoralEventHorizon taped live on public access TV!]]'' It's only then when Iggy realizes he's [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone gone overboard]]; however, [[HereWeGoAgain Arnold doesn't forgive him...]]\\
'''You'd also expect:''' That Iggy would forgive Arnold early on or at least call off Arnold's public humiliation.\\
'''Instead:''' He didn't and leads to the mess above.\\
'''Even worse:''' The things that make this so bad though are, for one, Iggy doesn't realize he went overboard at all, he only overhears the spreaders of his secret mention that Arnold never told them and they wormed an answer out, the same explanation Arnold gave that he wouldn't accept. And ignoring that, Arnold accepts this massive humiliation and then begrudged Iggy for it. He is only doing this to sooth his own obsessive guilt but upon doing this he resents the guy he was trying to please for something he accepted doing. It's not like Iggy stole all of Arnold's clothes from the school locker room and only left the pajamas and then invited the entire school to see, they both arranged this to happen, so why is Arnold suddenly mad at him over something he couldn't let it go and that Iggy misunderstood?
** In "Tour de Pond" Arnold, Gerald, and Grandpa huddle up to strategize after tying with the Smythe-Higgins in the first race.\\
'''You'd expect:''' That Arnold would take the remote for his boat with them knowing that Rex I is known to sabotage and cheat.\\
'''Instead:''' Arnold leaves the controller on the ground and pays no attention to the Smythe-Higgins as they proceed to tinker with the device.\\
'''You'd also expect:''' That Arnold would after leaving his controller alone at least make certain that it works, maybe give the boat a quick test run before the next race.\\
'''Instead:''' He just picks up the remote with a goofy smile on his face.\\
'''The result:''' He almost loses the race.
** Yet another ''Hey Arnold!'' episode, "Stuck in a Tree": Eugene [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin climbs a tree and gets stuck]], as does Arnold when he tries to help bring him down. The two attract the attention of Harold who "borrows" a ladder and sets it against the limb.\\
'''You'd expect:''' That Harold would simply hold the ladder for Eugene and Arnold so they can get back to the ground safely.\\
'''Instead:''' Harold ''climbs the ladder'' because Arnold and Eugene each promised to give him a nickel. When he gets to the top, he accidentally kicks it off the branch, leaving the three of them stuck.\\
'''Also:''' They mentioned that they're starting to hungry.\\
'''You'd expect:''' That they'll eat the cherries since they were stuck on a cherry tree.\\
'''Instead:''' They never thought about it!
** Another ''Hey Arnold!'' episode, "The New Teacher": This episode features Mr. Simmons first appearance as the class new teacher but all children make his life very impossible, forcing him to quit.\\
'''You'd expect:''' Arnold to at least convince Mr. Simmons to be a better teacher and give him advice, so the next day, all is forgiven.\\
'''Instead:''' Arnold [[WhatTheHellHero imitates his fellows]] which does not sit well, [[OutOfCharacterMoment because of his personality.]]
** In "Biosquare", [[{{Tsundere}} Helga]] and Arnold are locked in a small greenhouse for a science project. Animosity between Helga and Arnold rises exponentially, and it leads up to a damaged faucet starting to flood the house. The kids frantically try to get the attention of Grandpa Phil and Oskar, who have been watching them.\\
'''You'd Expect''': That they would notice the rapidly rising water in the greenhouse and try to get the kids out.\\
'''Instead''': Grandpa thinks that they need MORE water and ''[[FacePalm turns the water up]]''. Fortunately, the walls of the greenhouse burst and Arnold and Helga are okay, but seriously...
** "Bag Of Money" involves Arnold, Sid, and Gerald stumbling upon a sack of several thousand dollars. Arnold goes to take it to the police, only for a bag mix-up to occur when a pink-haired lady with a peg-leg takes the money and Arnold takes one of hers. When Arnold tells Sid and Gerald what happened, Sid not only doesn't believe Arnold, but thinks Arnold went and spent it all on himself in various ways. Sid decides to tell the other kids this.\\
'''You'd expect:''' Given that Sid is a paranoid nutcase that has pulled out wild theories like this before, and Arnold isn't the type of kid who would pull something like this, the kids either wouldn't take Sid seriously or, at the very least, try to get Arnold's side of the story.\\
'''Instead:''' They actually believe Sid's story and begin shaming Arnold; even getting talked by Sid into tying him to a tetherball pole.
** "Dinner for Four": Helga wins a coupon for four people to dine at a French restaurant, inviting Arnold, Gerald and Phoebe to dinner. When she receives the bill, she realizes they just ate at another restaurant with a similar sounding name.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Helga to, as Phoebe suggests, explain the mistake to the wrong restaurant's management. Since the two restaurants' logos and names are similar in appearance, they can have the owner try to clear up the misunderstanding with the other restaurant.\\
'''Instead''': She forces her party to order more food, making the management suspicious. Then, she then lies to the staff, saying she is [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections an heiress to a wealthy ambassador and demands to be treated with respect]]. When the restaurant finds holes in her logic, she calls in Nadine to release tarantulas into the restaurant. The police are called, the restaurant gets shut down and the four kids are forced to [[WorkOffTheDebt wash dishes until they cover their bill]]. [[SarcasmMode Way to go, Helga]].
** "Arnold's Valentine": Helga decides to ask Arnold out on Valentine's Day. This being [[{{Tsundere}} Helga]], she can't go through with it. That is until Arnold's pen pal, Cecile writes him a letter. She opens up the letter and adds that "she" will be coming to town on Valentine's Day and wants to meet up with Arnold at Chez Paris. Helga changes up her look by getting a haircut, putting on a new outfit ([[PaperThinDisguise that's still in a pink color scheme and includes a bow in her hair]]) and wearing makeup and is ready to finally show Arnold what he's been missing.\\
Arnold shows up at the restaurant and notices that something is off about "Cecile". She has an American accent despite being born and raised in France, she mispronounces French words, she looks nothing like the picture he received in the letter, and contradicts everything that was written. He even says that he feels like he knows her already.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Arnold to figure out that "Cecile" is really Helga, considering how instantly recognizable Helga is and how bad her disguise is. She even starts yelling at him in the end, which should have tipped him off even if the disguise fooled him.\\
'''Instead''': Nope. He buys it. And when the jig is up, he still has to ask who she is. She of course refuses to tell him, leaving him forever wondering who this mystery girl was.\\
'''Bonus Idiocy''': At the end of the episode, the real Cecile [[ContrivedCoincidence coincidentally]] decided to visit Arnold on Valentine's Day and ends up arriving at the restaurant. He asks who she is, and when she tells him, he says "But you're not Cecile, ''she's'' Cecile." This is despite the fact that A) she actually has a French accent and B) ''It's the same girl as the one in the picture!'' Come on, Arnold.
* ''WesternAnimation/HuntikSecretsAndSeekers'': [[spoiler:Zhalia has finally revealed herself to be the mole of the Organization. She beats the crap out of Lok and Sophie.]]\\
'''You'd Expect:''' [[spoiler:She finishes them off.]]\\
'''Instead:''' [[spoiler:She doesn't. What did she do? She just ties them down, but still plans to finish them off once it's over.]]\\
'''Bonus idiocy:''' [[spoiler:She doesn't again since 1) she's sided with them in the end and 2) Lok and Sophie manage to get out of this situation their own.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'', being an IdiotHero, is often prone to these moments. One example is in the episode "Haunted Castle" when he and Penny fall into a [[SpikesOfDoom pit of spikes]] with the [[TheWallsAreClosingIn walls closing in on them.]]\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Gadget to [[ByThePowerOfGreyskull yell "Go Go Gadget]] [[HelicopterPack Copter!"]] and fly out of the pit with Penny.\\
'''Instead:''' He tries stopping the wall by using his spring-loaded legs and arms to no avail. Brain eventually has to save them.
* The ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' episode "Gaz, Taster of Pork" has Dib accidentally place a curse on Gaz that forces her to taste nothing but pork. When their scientist dad discovers Gaz's condition, he quarantines her and reveals her new sense of taste to the public. Later, Dib visits Gaz in a scientific facility, where, keep in mind, she's imprisoned in a large tank. Gaz threatens to punish Dib horribly if he doesn't cure her.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Dib to realize that this is his chance for revenge. Before all this, Gaz mocked him, beat him up, verbally abused him, and even threatened to feed him to her robot dolls. Now, she's truly suffering, trapped where she won't be able to lay a finger on him for months, maybe even years were, since all she can eat now without choking is hot dogs she'll grow enormously fat. Dib flips his bitch sister the bird, then leaves her to a well-deserved fate.\\
'''Instead:''' He gives into her bullying, and eventually frees her from the containment unit. From there,things only get worse.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'': to save her father's music production company and the OrphanageOfLove it supports, Jerrica Benton uses the sophisticated hologram-projecting AI Synergy to create for herself the alternate identity of rock singer Jem, with her younger sister and two best friends as her band the Holograms and her longtime steady boyfriend Rio as their road and stage manager.\\
'''You'd Expect''' that of all people Jerrica would trust her boyfriend with the secret of Jem's identity and enlist his help as her stage manager in maintaining the illusion of Jem and Jerrica as two different people.\\
'''Instead''' Jerrica withholds the information from Rio, which forces upon herself and the Holograms the constant headache of keeping up the pretense in front of their own road manager, and prevents them from making use of most of Synergy's special effects capabilities because they can't explain to Rio where the effects would be coming from. To make matters worse, a few slips on Jerrica's part result in Rio developing romantic feelings for Jem. Only at this point does Jerrica consider bringing Rio in on the secret, but after her first attempt to do so is interrupted, she concludes that his pride will be so hurt by the deception that the only option is to keep him LockedOutOfTheLoop indefinitely, a hole she digs herself further and further into every time she perpetuates the lie.
** In multiple episodes, the Misfits and Eric Raymond (and all their various cohorts) repeatedly put people in harm's way and attempt murder more than once. Heck, in the FiveEpisodePilot alone, the Misfits attempt to run over a wealthy benefactor with a bulldozer, and Eric Raymond flat out ''assaults'' Jerrica. And there are witnesses every time.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Someone to press charges and/or arrest the villains. Regardless of how good Eric Raymond's lawyers are, evidence is evidence.\\
'''Instead:''' All the villains stay free to attempt murder another day.
* In the "Porta Johnny" episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'', Johnny and Dukey had [[spoiler: been transported to right outside an art museum as part of punishment by Johnny's sisters]]. They have been asked for help by guys wearing ''facehoods'' to put artwork in the truck. Johnny and Dukey have teleporting powers. [[spoiler: Granted, the girls had messed with them, but still...]]\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Johnny and Dukey to realize that these guys must be ''burglars'', stand up against them or something which shouldn't be too hard because they have fought ''supervillains'' in the past, and if things took a turn for the worst, just teleport out of there [[spoiler: even if the punishment the girls are dishing out would continue]].\\
'''Instead:''' They just help the burglars without thinking they are burglars. [[spoiler: It only dawns on them ''at all'' when they're passing the ''freaking Mona Lisa'' by, and by the time they are aware enough of this, the burglars already get away. They get on the World's Most Wanted for this.]] What kind of brain fart did these two morons have to suffer to do this?
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', rather than a specific moment, it's a re-occurring theme for J'onn J'onzz. He'll see a missile/blast/laser or some other projectile heading towards him. He has no time to dodge; but enough time to gasp in surprise.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' He'll turn ethereal to avoid the attack. Or morph into something so the blast would miss him. He's been shown to do both in the blink of an eye.\\
'''Instead:''' He forgets about his own superpowers and gets shot in the face - again.\\
'''Of Course:''' Jonn has done the intangible trick before, so this is more a case of [[TheWorfEffect Worf]][[ForgotAboutHisPowers Forgot About His Powers]]
** In the ''Justice League Unlimited'' episode "Grudge Match", Lex Luthor finds a way to mind control the members of the Justice League.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' He'd use it to make the JLU members help conquer Earth, defeat other superheroes, rob banks, etc.\\
'''Instead:''' He forces female JLU members to fight in underground cage matches.
** Another one from JLU - Downpour, a pastiche of Zan from the Wonder Twins, gets into a fight. With Aquaman.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' He'd run like freakin' hell, never looking back, because of his powers. Which loosely translate to "I lose against Aquaman."\\
'''Instead:''' He fills the room with water. Attempting to drown Aquaman. AQUAMAN. This works as well as it sounds: "King of the seas, remember?" Though he's kind of insane at this point.
** One more, this time shared with Batman. In the original series finale, someone needs to crash a ship into a BFG, making sure that it does not burn up on entry into the atmosphere. In this series, J'onn J'onzz does not have his trademark [[WeaksauceWeakness fear of fire]]. His three most prominently used powers are telepathy, flight, and Intangibility/Phasing.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Batman would evacuate himself and Flash, and telepathically guide J'onn through the whole process, like they did in the series premiere. J'onn would then complete his task, and phase out of the ship, and fly away from the ensuing explosion. Doing the job well would mean there'd be no fire to be afraid of anyway.\\
'''Instead:''' Batman pushes the Flash and Martian Manhunter into an escape capsule, tells them ItHasBeenAnHonor, and prepares to go through with his suicide mission, NOT knowing that [[spoiler: [[HoYay Superman]] would hear him and come to his rescue]].\\
''Why'' does he think he can get away with being such an idiot? Because [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome He's]] [[CrazyPrepared the]] [[MemeticMutation GODDAMN]] '' [[BatmanGambit Batman]]!'' That's why!
** In the JLU episode "The Balance", the spirit of the sorcerer Felix Faust has taken over Tartarus with the Annihilator armor, imprisoned Hades and has him tortured by vultures in a cold, frozen part of Tartarus. While Faust is satisfying his thirst for knowledge in Hades' library, he is encountered by Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl, who have been sent by the gods to restore Hades to power.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That Faust would fight them, or somehow use his magic to... GAH, just anything but what he actually does!\\
'''Instead:''' Faust teleports them away into the aforementioned cold, frozen part of Tartarus... you know, the exact same place where he has chained up Hades! Once they're there, there was absolutely nothing preventing them from setting Hades free, which they do. Hades proceeds to teleport them back to Faust, and then helps them defeat him. What... an... ''idiot''!
** In the JLU episode "Clash," Superman uses his x-ray vision and sees what appears to be a bomb beneath Lexor City. Lex Luthor says it's just a harmless generator that could potentially be dangerous to a Kryptonian, but Superman doesn't believe him. [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] arrives and suggests getting the Atom or Steel to inspect it, just to be sure.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Superman to consider it. Captain Marvel has the Wisdom of Solomon, after all. Or that he would actually remember that Lex would never do anything so blatantly evil for no good reason.\\
'''Instead:''' Superman acts like an impatient child and fights off Captain Marvel when he tries to intervene. The two destroy Lexor City in a brawl, and it turns out that the device actually ''was'' a generator. Superman loses credibility with the public (which was Luthor's goal in the first place). Captain Marvel, disgusted by the whole thing, resigns from the Justice League, costing them one of their more powerful members.
** The Injustice Gang have captured Batman thanks to Joker's help. In doing so, they have knocked him out.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' The Injustice Gang would unmask Batman to learn his secret identity. It would have helped them a lot in taking out the TropeNamer of the BatmanGambit--not quite as much as they'd expect at first, but learning Batman to be Bruce Wayne would have Lex at least know who he is dealing with in case he escaped somehow.\\
'''Instead:''' They just restrain him. Inevitably, Batman escapes with help from a mole ([[spoiler:Ultra-Humanite]]) while having torn apart the Injustice Gang from the inside. There is no subsequent sign of an attack on Bruce Wayne instead of Batman before the Batman Beyond timeline, and when the Joker ''does'' learn of Batman's identity, he ultimately gets himself killed when he tries to use it to his advantage.\\
'''But Even Worse:''' All that could have been avoided had Superman brought J'onn J'onzz to read Copperhead's mind and learn the location of Lex's secret lair.
** In "[[FreakyFridayFlip The Great Brain Robbery]]," while Flash's and Lex Luthor's minds are switched into each other's bodies, Luthor-in-Flash's-body has a moment of security in a bathroom; he looks into a nearby mirror and gets the bright idea that, if nothing else, he can at least learn Flash's real identity. With this in mind, he pulls off the mask, and... "I have no idea who this is."\\
'''You'd expect:''' Luthor to find some clever workaround (like taking a picture of himself and uploading it somewhere where he can access it later) in order to capitalize on the information at a later date. If all else fails, he knows at least that the Flash's secret identity is that of a red-haired guy, and there's no indication given that he's ever forgotten that point even after getting back into his own body at the end of the episode (in an earlier episode, Batman had indicated that Luthor's got a photographic memory). Plus, it's common knowledge that the Flash hails from Central City; all Luthor would have to do is single out every red-headed male of adult age in the city, and then use his resources (and the skills of the Legion of Doom) to sift through the potential suspects until he gets the right one. From there, he could either just kill the Flash or blackmail him with his secret identity. And one would think he'd want to take revenge on the guy who single-handedly stopped his last TakeOverTheWorld bid, after all.\\
'''Instead:''' Luthor never capitalizes on this advantage. Granted, when he killed the Flash in an AlternateUniverse, [[BewareTheSuperman that universe's Superman reacted very badly]], but still.
** In "Injustice For All", Batman puts a tracer on Luthor, which tells him the location of the headquarters of the Injustice Gang.\\
'''You'd expect:''' Him to tell the league so they can all raid the place. Trying to take on six superhumans by himself alone would be suicidal.\\
'''Instead:''' He leaves the Watchtower without saying anything to his teammates and tries to take on the Injustice Gang alone. Predictably, he gets caught, and the League has no idea where he is being held as he couldn't be arsed to say a word about it.\\
'''Even Worse:''' The Gang is able to use Batman's transmitter to infiltrate the Watchtower and plant a bomb there. In the end, if it hadn't been for a mole within the Gang's ranks warning the League about the bomb, they would all have gotten killed thanks to Batman's screwup.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueAction'' Circe had managed to turn Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman into trees, but not before finding out that Lex Luthor planned to betray her. Infuriated by this, she proceeds to take the oculus away from him.\\
'''You'd expect:''' With Lex Luthor at her mercy, she would leave the heroes as they were and deal with Lex herself. After that, she could escape without ever having to worry about Wonder Woman again.\\
'''Instead:''' Circe reverses her spell on all three heroes and lets them have their way with Lex while she tries to sneak off. Considering only one of them even needs to bother with catching Lex, she doesn't get far.
* An episode of {{WesternAnimation/Kaijudo}} has [[TheOrder three of the duel masters]] searching for the kids in [[LethalLavaLand the Fire Civilization]] in a rush given how blatantly dangerous the Kaijudo Realm as a whole is, let alone a place full of carnivorous dragons and inhospitable climate with [[OnlySaneMan Hector]] summoning a dragon for them to ride to cover more ground, which is against their [[TheFettered rules to touch, let alone ride their creatures,]] but this is ''clearly'' an emergency.\\
'''You'd Think:''' If the other masters have such a problem with the rule, they'd bring ATVs or some kind of craft to cover more ground instead of just ''walk'' around like idiots in what's basically a living hell.\\
'''Instead:''' [[DarkIsNotEvil Jaha]] writes him off as "picking up the children's bad habits" and reluctantly climbs aboard.\\
'''Result:''' The masters still pull a BigDamnHeroes to save the kids, but had they blindly obeyed the rules or even just stood there debating, the kids would've been ''eaten or burned alive.''
* In ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', the Hills host Lean, Luanne's mother who is a recovering alcoholic who was in prison for assault.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Hank to either lock up the refrigerator with all the beer in it, move it to Dale's or Boomhauers, or even just hide it where she can't find it...\\
'''Instead:''' Hank leaves the beer in the fridge, and when Lean can't get turned on from Bill's feet anymore due to its fungus (ItMakesSenseInContext), she uses a nail to drink out of all the beer cans and gets drunk and begins physically and verbally abusing Bill and Luanne.
** In the episode where Luanne becomes a boxer, it becomes clear that all of the people she fought had thrown the fight to get money since Luanne provides {{fanservice}} to all the guys at the matches with her...[[MostCommonSuperpower bouncing]]. Then she schedules a fight with Frieda Foreman, George Foreman's daughter, who is a champion boxer. Realizing how stupid this is, Hank goes to talk with George Foreman himself to call off the fight after he learned Luanne's fights were rigged. George graciously says that he'll do it, and offers some George Foreman grills for Strickland Propane to sell.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Hank to either graciously accept. Those things ARE cash cows during that time after all, and his corrupt boss would approve. If he didn't accept at least, he'd let him down gently saying they can only carry Propane Accessories.\\
'''Instead:''' Hank goes on his Propane Gospel, insults Foreman's product (calling them a product for ''little girls'') and George angrily reinstates the fight for the insult.
** In one episode, [[TheScrappy Peggy]] tries to sell a house by putting on a play with actors to interest buyers. It goes well, and her boss brings a buyer to rehearsal. He becomes interested in the Hills' house, and offers to buy it for $25,000 over asking price.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Peggy to do what any rational person would do, and kindly turn him down.\\
'''Instead:''' [[DidntThinkThisThrough Without a second thought]], she immediately accepts. Hank is furious the next day, and Peggy says they wouldn't be able to afford the penalty.\\
'''Even Worse:''' The only way for it to work out, would be to fail the home inspection, which would ruin Hank's reputation.\\
'''Luckily:''' The inspector fails them, but after the customer leaves, he reveals that he knew the damage was faked and recognizes Hank's skill as a craftsman.
** In the series finale, after getting one question wrong, the team that Bobby was in turns on him, and even makes a threat, and before the finals, they try blinding their opponents. He decides to tell his dad that he wants to quit, and was asked why.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' To tell what happened, that they threatened him when he screwed up, and that they attempted to blind their opponents before the finals.\\
'''Instead:''' He just calls them weird, fixating only on their interest in grading meat and saying that they're obsessed with it.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', "The Hidden Canyon", is one big idiot moment on the part of the adults. The basic premise is that between the Great Valley and the Mysterious Beyond, there is a canyon filled with fruits that taste sweet, but smell rancid to predators like Sharpteeth; if anyone eats enough of these fruits, the smell won't be as strong, thus making it easier for predators to get in.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' The adults to tell the kids about the significance of the canyon as soon as possible; this is something they need to know, since their lives and others' lives could potentially be on the line.\\
'''Instead:''' The adults never say a word about the canyon, leaving the kids to discover it for themselves and learn the hard way why those fruits aren't meant to be eaten. And the adults are shocked that the kids ate the fruits, even though the kids didn't know any better.
* In ''WesternAnimation/LazerTagAcademy'', the Lazer Tag Academy staff revive a man who had been in suspended animation for over nine hundred years, and know he has a criminal background. They also know that he has the power to use Starlytes and Star Sensors for time travel. \\
'''You'd Expect:''' they would call the equivalent of the Department of Social Services to help him integrate with modern society, while asking for investigators to unobtrusively jkeep an eye on him in case he discovers his power on his own.\\
'''Instead:''' They tell him that he can use the Starlytes and Star Sensors for time travel.
* The Littles has one episode :The Little Babysitters" which Henry is forced to babysit baby Oscar while his parents are away and later, his friends come by the door to invite Henry to play football with them. \\
'''You'd Expect:''' Henry to keep more responsibilities on babysitting and rather not go with them.\\
'''Instead:''' He decides to go in with his friends, leaving the Littles to babysit Ocsar while he's out. \\
'''But Even Worse:''' The Littles couldn't even handle it more like Henry and other humans do, which leaves Ocsar to almost wreck everything and cause a fire in Henry's room. Smooth move Henry.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'':
** In the episode, "Working Duck", Daffy becomes a rich CEO and now has to make an important decision to keep his company from bankruptcy. The only advice his predecessor gave was to always trust a muffin deliverer's advice (which works pretty well in this realm). So he looks for the muffin deliverer and asks him what to do. Daffy takes his decision to the marketing guy, but just as he leaves the real muffin deliverer appears to get his cart back. The muffin deliverer tells Daffy that was a bad decision and now his company is in peril.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Daffy to go tell the marketing guy that he changed his mind.\\
'''Instead:''' He just sits there impotently and sobs about the worse to come. Predictably, his company bankrupts...
** Throughout the episode, "Gribbler's Quest", Daffy orders various unnecessary items online using Bugs' online bank account, much to Bugs' ire. Knowing Bugs' TrademarkFavoriteFood, Daffy predicts the password is "Carrot", so Bugs decides to change his password to ensure Daffy can't access his account and order anything else online.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Bugs to change his password so that it doesn't include the word, "Carrot", and instead includes a word Daffy wouldn't think to predict.\\
'''Instead:''' Bugs continues to use the word, "Carrot" in his password. Because of this, Daffy is able to predict it every time and use Bugs' bank account to do more online shopping.

* In the ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' episode "The Beginning", Guts Man tosses a monorail car at Roll, hoping to crush her. Mega Man sees this and runs to the rescue.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' him to push Roll out of harm's way, then dash to safety.\\
'''Instead:''' although he manages to push her out of the way, ''he doesn't make a run for it. He steps back underneath the falling car's shadow in order to blast it to pieces''. Why would he even need to do that in the first place? In the time he steps back, raises his ArmCannon, says "Oh no! I'm out of power!", ''continues to stand there and stare at the car'', he could have safely gotten away. Needless to say, he get's crushed.\\
'''Even Worse:''' This stems back to Roll. Keep in mind, this all takes place on the apron of an airport, where there's more than enough space to run. When Roll saw the car heading her way, she just gawks at it and starts cowering, not even trying to run to safety.
** In another episode, Mega Man and Proto Man are fighting in front of Abraham Lincoln's statue, and the former is easily dodging all of the later's shots. Then Proto Man aims at the statue. Mega Man decides to save it, even though he's many meters away from it.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Him to shoot Proto Man while he's aiming at the statue.\\
'''Instead:''' ''He runs in front of the statue and takes the shot'', even though just shooting Proto Man would have taken less time.\\
The scene in question: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dI8RPO87vSc
* ''MegasXLR'': In the second episode, Mag Nanimous gives Kiva access to a junkyard to scrounge for parts while Coop is busy competing in the arena. Kiva comes away with a nice haul of parts from the visit.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Kiva to carry the parts in a box or cart, so she doesn't drop one by accident.\\
'''Instead:''' She carries them by hand, and ends up dropping a part. Which leads into another one from Mag Nanimous' security detail.
** In chasing the stray part, Kiva wanders into a restricted area, tripping a silent alarm. The truth is that Mag Nanimous is looking to make a killing if Coop loses the tournament, and this area is the command center that controls the traps installed in the arena to make sure of it. Kiva doesn't know that. She doesn't see anything worth investigating, and shows no intention of poking around; all she's doing is retrieving a part she dropped and leaving.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Security to back off and let her leave peacefully. Or, if they have to make their presence known, escort her out and give her a box or something so she doesn't wander into any other sensitive areas.\\
'''Instead:''' They claim [[HeKnowsTooMuch she's seen too much]] and immediately try to pick a fight, which ActionGirl Kiva has [[CurbStompBattle no problems winning]]. Kiva takes the fight as confirmation that Mag Nanimous isn't playing things legit in the arena, and begins hacking the control center to sabotage Mag Nanimous's attempts to rig the tournament in his favor.
* ''WesternAnimation/MonsterAllergy'': Zick gets trapped into a device that absorbs his powers for every zap.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' He'll just have to wait until rescue comes.\\
'''Instead:''' He continuously zaps the container until he loses his powers.
** In the same episode, Elena can finally see monsters. She enters Magnacat's secret lair and pretends not to see him. This act has not only fooled him, but also Zick, who tries to warn her that Magnacat is around. She then grabs into some end of the device and starts swing over to Magnacat.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' He dodges her swing, then realizing that she can see him.\\
'''Instead:''' He just stands still and watches getting a chance to kick him in the face, knocking him out.
** There's also in first episode of season 2 where Elena is taking care of Bombolo when Bobby Clash, a new Tamer that [[TheScrappy Zick really hates]], gets a hold of him to feed him with chocolate and gives him back to Zick as he started to explode farting from it.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Elena scold Bobby for feeding him with chocolate.\\
'''Instead''': She falsely accuses Zick for this act.
** Zick successfully sucks Magnacat, Vizosed, and the Monster-Saur all at the same time.\\
'''You'd Expect''': In common Dom Boxes, only one monster at a time. They have to be placed in separate Dom Boxes.\\
'''Instead''': They were imprisoned in one Dom Box. Magnacat and Vizosed managed to absorb the Monster-Saur long enough to confuse it that it ended up freeing him. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice job, Zick]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'': "Beforel Orel" has Clay reunited with his father, Arthur, whom he is bitter with ever since he blames him for the death of Angela in "Passing". The latter begins to [[HeelRealization realize]] [[AbusiveParents of his treatment to the former]].\\
'''You'd Expect''': Clay realizes of his mistakes as well and reconcile with his father.\\
'''Instead''': He refuses to reconcile with Arthur, ruining any chances for this moment to happen again.
** Speaking Of Arthur and his long cold shunning of his son. \\
'''You'd Expect''': Arthur would forgive Clay early on since Angela's death was an accident, Clay probably didn't even knew or at least too young to understand that his mother's heart condition.\\
'''Instead''': He continuously shunned Clay and their relationship worsened over the years, leading Clay the man we know. And while Clay refusing to make peace with his father is indeed an idiotic and childish move, Arthur being cold to his son is just as boneheaded if not more.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey'' the episode "The Magic Fish", Adam saves a fish from suffocating who in return offers him one wish. However, Adam says he doesn't believe in wishes and denies the offer causing all the students to try to get him to use the wish on them.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Adam would try to prove himself right and wish for something and if the wish didn't happen, he'd be proven right and he'd be the winner.\\
'''Instead:''' He spends the entire episode so caught up in his own ego, all he keeps saying is that there is no such thing as wishes. This leads to the entire school attacking him landing him in the water. When asked why he doesn't want it, he finally fesses up saying that when he was really young, he wished on a shooting star for an action figure of the superhero he worships, but he didn't get one so he doesn't believe in them and starts crying over it. Yeah, you read that right a 12 year old boy is still crying over the fact he didn't get an action figure he could've bought with his own money, for his birthday when he was like 4 or 5. The students see how ridiculous his logic is and demand he gives them his wish. Adam unintentionally wishes to go back in time before any of it happened. The fish grants the wish sending Adam to the time of the dinosaurs. The episode ends.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'':
** In "Battle of the Bands", Melody and her band the Rockin' Beats enter Ponyland's first-ever [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Battle of the Bands]]. However, Melody's mother has to work that day and Melody has to find a babysitter for her little sisters.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Melody to talk this over with each of her friends in advance and see if one of them or even their parents can babysit.\\
'''Instead:''' She waits until ''the day of the contest'' to look for babysitters. As it turns out, none of her friends can babysit so she decides to bring her sisters to the studio so she can perform.
** "Blue Ribbon Blues": Teddy's teddy bear is ripped apart after a fight with Yorkie, his cousin Corny's pig. Teddy decides to get revenge by scaring him off the farm in the middle of the night. His laughing attracts Corny and Sweetheart who discover that Yorkie is missing. They then become worried since the pig is supposed to be judged at the country fair the next morning.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Teddy to apologize for what he did and help his cousin find Yorkie.\\
'''Instead:''' He lies and tells Corny that Yorkie was gone when he went to check on him. Sweetheart sees through his lie immediately and calls him out on it.
** Teddy gets another one in "Roll Around the Clocks" when he is teamed up with Sweetheart in the roller skating contest. While practicing, he shouts "Crack the whip!" and the ensuing move results in him letting go of Sweetheart while he falls.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Teddy to ''not'' do this in the contest as it will likely result in himself and Sweetheart getting eliminated.\\
'''Instead:''' He does this anyway despite Sweetheart's objections and winds up throwing her into the referee, getting them both kicked out of the contest.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3'': In ''Twinkle Wish Adventure'', Mayor Flitterflutter gives Cheerilee a box containing the Twinkle Wish star. She warns her not to open the box until the Winter Wishes festival begins.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Cheerilee to heed the mayor's warning, keep the box closed and not let anyone get near it.\\
'''Instead:''' Scootaloo opens the box and the Twinkle Wish star jumps out. Seconds later, the star is stolen by a dragon.
* Every episode of the [[Creator/TheDisneyChannel Disney Junior]] short series, ''Nina Needs To Go!'' starts with either of Nina's parents or her older brother, Frank, asking Nina if she [[PottyEmergency needs to use the restroom]], or if she used it before they left the house.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Nina to tell either of her parents or Frank that she needs to go to the bathroom, in case she can't hold it in the entire time the rest of the family is involved in whatever the episode's activity is.\\
'''Instead:''' She tells them that she's fine, and about 10 seconds later, she tells them she needs to go immediately. Unfortunately for her, there's no nearby restroom.
** The Beach episode has one of its own. Nina's Mom is trying to get Nina to the beach's bathroom, and on their way, they come to a volleyball field.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Nina's Mom to continue to try to take Nina to the bathroom, not even letting the volleyball game distract her.\\
'''Instead''': Nina's Mom says she loves volleyball, and joins the other players in the volleyball game, forgetting about taking Nina to the bathroom. Fortunately, Nana takes over for her.
* The French series of educational cartoons ''WesternAnimation/IlEtaitUneFois'' (''Once Upon a Time...'') has the characters portrayed by Pest (who the official site describes as the "king of idiots" -- those exact words).
** In the second installment, the sci-fi cartoon ''Once Upon a Time... Space'', he truly takes the cake. General Pest, GloriousLeader of Cassiopeia and apparent BigBad, has caused trouble to [[TheFederation the Confederation of Omega]], and near the end, confiding in both his military superiority over Omega's SpacePolice and the Confederation's members and the help of the Humanoids, androids from the planet Yama that have built weapons, ships and a ''PlanetKiller'' for him, leaves Omega and threatens war if they don't surrender unconditionally, only for the Humanoids, who still have to deliver the PlanetKiller, to demand ''his'' unconditional surrender. This right after the Space Police warned him that it was about to happen, asking him to join forces against the common enemy.\\
'''You'd expect:''' [[EnemyMine He'd join forces with Omega]], postponing his attempt at taking over the cosmos until after the RobotWar has been won.\\
'''Instead:''' He sends his entire fleet to confront the Humanoid armada. An armada many times his fleet, that includes ships based on the Cassiopeian ones but improved ''and'' that PlanetKiller, whose crews know every single strength and weakness of most of the Cassiopeian warships. And threatens to shoot down any Omegan ship that shows up. Of course the Humanoids [[CurbStompBattle easily destroy wave after wave of his ships]] [[ApologeticAttacker while begging him to stop this]] [[WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife senseless massacre]], while the SpacePolice uses the chaos of the battle to infiltrate the Humanoid mothership and gain data on their battleplans.\\
'''Then:''' Pest orders the charge of his ''Nautilus''-class battleships, the ones the Humanoids don't know better than his own men as he had made them produce in his empire, right in the mouth of the heavily-armed and protected PlanetKiller.\\
'''As a consequence:''' The Humanoids wipe out most of the battleships and, having lost their patience, threaten to [[EarthShatteringKaboom blow up his homeworld if he doesn't surrender]]. He surrenders, but the once formidable Cassiopeian fleet is now destroyed.
** Another Pest one from the same series, shared with his good friend the Dwarf. This time Pest and the Dwarf are portraying the leader of a cavemen tribe and his advisor, and the strange man (actually Peter of the SpacePolice) has summoned the Great Spirit of the Sky (actually a Space Police starship).\\
'''You'd expect:''' They'd kneel and worship Peter, his colleague and LoveInterest Psi and the starship, as the other cavemen are doing.\\
'''Instead:''' They walk under the now landing ship, trying to chase her away as they believe it's an evil spirit.\\
'''As a consequence:''' They're vaporized by the landing rockets of the ship, that promptly lands where they have been disintegrated. And Psi, a very nice girl, seems to have thrown herself on Peter's shoulder not to cry but to ''hide her own WhatAnIdiot reaction''.
** From the same series, when we're shown the history of Earth between our time and the present, we have Pest and the Dwarf as the dictators of two nuclear powers on Earth, dealing with domestic unrest.\\
'''You'd expect:''' They would try to either better their people's welfare or suppress the riots.\\
'''Instead:''' They try to distract them with a war. On each other. ''Both of which are nuclear powers''.\\
'''As a consequence:''' [[WorldWarIII The Button War]] [[NukeEm was very short and nearly destroyed the planet]].
** In one episode of ''Once Upon a Time... Life'' (teaching about the workings of the human body), Pest visits the doctor due a series of pains that are promptly revealed to be symptoms of an imminent heart attack. Thus the doctor orders him a very strict diet and forbids him from smoking.\\
'''You'd expect:''' He'd follow the doctor's orders, or at least ''try''.\\
'''Instead:''' He starts eating and smoking ''worse than before'', to prove he could.\\
'''As a consequence:''' He has an heart attack, faints and almost drowns in a beer. Next we see him after this, he's in an hospital bed with a very bemused doctor at his side.
* ''WesternAnimation/PeppaPig''
** "Sports Day": The first event is about to begin. All the children are getting ready to race. Peppa tells her best friend, Susie Sheep that she's going to beat her.\\
'''You'd expect:''' That the two of them would stay focused so that they can start running when the starter says "go!"\\
'''Instead:''' They both start arguing about who is faster, causing the other children to run miles ahead of them!
*** Later in the episode, it's the relay race. Daddy Pig manages to get the baton over to Peppa.\\
'''You'd expect:''' Peppa to start running right away.\\
'''Instead:''' She stands there complimenting Daddy Pig, causing the other racers to run miles ahead of her AGAIN!
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''
** "Candy is Dandy": Mojo Jojo had just got out of jail so the Powerpuff Girls could get free candy by "stopping" his crimes.\\
'''You'd expect:''' That Mojo Jojo would be smart enough to realize that [[FoodAsBribe the girls accept candy as bribery]] and exploit it for all it's worth.\\
'''Instead:''' After having his "fun" for a while he steals their candy, [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder just to break their heart]]. This decision would likely have been his death if the girls didn't [[HeelRealization stop to reflect on their actions]] after beating him to the pulp.
** "Cootie Gras": Mojo Jojo throws the girls into a pit along with Harry, a dirty boy with cooties, that the girls are mortally afraid of.\\
'''You'd expect:''' Oh right, the girls have flying powers. How about, oh let's say, flying out of the pit?\\
'''Instead:''' [[AcrophobicBird They run from Harry around the pit]]. Only when they realize that their fears of him were nonsense, they fly out of the pit to beat Mojo Jojo.
** Also, in the episode "Mommy Fearest," the scene when the girls fly out of their windows to fight crime, then they are done.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' The girls to fly into the house through the windows, to avoid getting caught by Ima Goodlady (really Sedusa in disguise).\\
'''Instead:''' They enter the house through the door, get caught, and end up grounded. Only until she tries to steal the Mayor's jewels, is exposed for her disguise, and ends up getting arrested.
** In the episode "Daylight Savings", the girls start falling asleep in class, causing the Professor to start taking the whole "Saving the world before bedtime" thing seriously. This leads to the villains taking advantage of this, plunging the town into chaos at night.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' The Professor to make an exception in extreme cases.\\
'''Instead:''' Even after watching news reports about the absolute ''hell on Earth'' occurring at the time, he still refuses to wake the girls up.\\
'''Luckily:''' The professor quickly realizes that it was Daylight Savings Time and he forgot to set the clocks back, and he quickly wakes the girls up to save the town.
** In the episode "Knock It Off", after Dick sees the Girl's potential for money and outright declared them as such right in front of the Professor Utonium, he realized just how much of a douchebag Dick really is.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That after kicking Dick out, the Professor tell the Girl's that Dick is not someone to be trusted and should be avoided as much as possible.\\
'''Instead:''' He doesn't do this, giving the Girl's no reason to suspect Dick's true intentions.
*** Dick Hardly arrives at Pokey Oaks Kindergarten, offering them a ride home, and then, starts telling the girls about how much evil there is in the world, then he asks what the girls are made of.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That one of the girls would just say they can't tell him anything.\\
'''Or:''' For all three to realize they're potentially dealing with a stalker and get the hell out of there or threaten to call the police.\\
'''Instead:''': They tell him anyway.
*** The girls finally decide to confront [[MonsterOfTheWeek Dick Hardly]] at his laboratory after seeing an infomercial on the Powerpuff Girls Xtreme, when they ask him to give them back the Chemical X that they gave him earlier in the episode, he snatches the bottle of Chemical X and they back him into a corner.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That the girls would either snatch it from him or destroy it using their EyeBeams.\\
'''Instead:''' They keep verbally trying to get him to hand it over, and Dick Hardly swallows the Chemical X, resulting in him transforming into a OneWingedAngel, and the girls almost dying.
** In the episode "Schoolhouse Rocked", the Ganggreen Gang is sent to Pokey Oaks Kindergarten. During milk and cookies, they bully the other children and the Powerpuff Girls draw Ms. Keane's attention.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' The girls to step aside and let Ms. Keane have a word with the Ganggreen Gang.\\
'''Instead:''' Buttercup persuades the girls into dishing out the justice themselves and they start beating the gang up. Ms. Keane reminds the girls that no fighting is allowed in class and [[AdultsAreUseless punishes them]] while letting [[KarmaHoudini the Ganggreen Gang off easy.]]
** In "Fuzzy Logic", Fuzzy Lumpkins is going on a rampage because he's upset with the people of Townsville touching his property.\\
'''You'd expect:''' The Townsville citizens to direct Fuzzy over to his belongings and point them out ''without'' touching them. That way, he can pick up his things and go on his merry way.\\
'''Instead:''' They continue to pick up his belongings and Fuzzy becomes increasingly pissed off, repeatedly screaming at everyone to keep their hands off his property.
** In "The Boys Are Back In Town", the Rowdyruff Boys get resurrected by HIM and proceed to attack the Powerpuff Girls. They decide to use their feminine wiles and kiss them to make them explode like they did last time, but to no avail as their [[DistaffCounterpart Spear Counterparts]] [[VisualInnuendo grow bigger.]]\\
'''You'd Expect:''' The Girls to stop after they saw that it wasn't working, and think of a different method like, oh, how about finding Antidote X and dousing them in it to make them powerless?\\
'''Instead:''' The Girls continue kissing them until the're literally giants, enabling them to beat the shit out of them, until the Girls discover their enemies' new weakness.
** "Twas The Fight Before Christmas", Princess Morebucks breaks into Santa's computer and sees that once again, she's on the naughty list, while everyone else is nice. So she switches it around.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Santa to be suspicious that the list shows ALL the children in the world are naughty, (including the Powerpuff Girls who he is a huge fan of) except for the one girl that has always been on the naughty list, and do an investigation.\\
'''Instead:''' Santa believes the tampered list, and falls into a depression.
*** Soon after, Santa learns that Princess's Christmas wish is to be a Powerpuff Girl.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' By mentioning the Powerpuff Girls, Santa would realize that THEY are on the naughty list, something must be wrong with it.\\
'''Instead:''' It doesn't occur to him.
*** The girls finally convince Santa that the list is wrong, as they are the Powerpuff Girls. There's no way they should be on the naughty side. They also point out that Princess is naughty.\\
'''What Princess probably should have done is:''' be on her best behavior while defending herself. It's better that what she actually does. Which is...\\
'''Instead:'''...throwing a violent temper in front of everybody. Proving the Powerpuff Girls right. Santa is furious, takes away her powers, then puts her on the Permanent Naughty Block. Forever.\\

* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' would have this moments as well:
** In "More Smarter", Mordecai ended up finding out that Rigby got smarter because of the Brain Max.\\
'''You'd Expect''': He should give him a dose of his own [=RigJuice=] to fix this problem. How smart he could get?\\
'''Instead''': Mordecai drinks the Brain Max as well and goes in a battle of wits with Rigby.
** "Skunked" has the main duo finding the Were-Skunk lying in the middle of the road. They believe they got a Bingo, and go all excited with it.\\
'''You'd Expect''': They poke it with a stick to make sure if he's really dead or not.\\
'''Instead''': Rigby shouts "BINGO!" at the Were-Skunk that he ended up not only waking it up, but also getting sprayed. Good thing Mordecai isn't near at that time.\\
'''Even Worse''': Being a Were-Skunk, Rigby is also gonna turn into one.
** In "Muscle Mentor" Rigby and Muscle Man begin to fight underwater and risk drowning. Benson drives by.\\
'''You'd Expect''': It doesn't matter how much Rigby has slacked off with Mordecai. It doesn't matter how much Benson is a {{Jerkass}}. All in all, he still needs to help Rigby!\\
'''Instead''': He just watches how much time is left.\\
'''Even Worse''': [[FridgeHorror Benson's rude traits have been played down in lots of newer episodes.]] And also, he [[KarmaHoudini got away with it]]!
** In "Muscle Woman", Mordecai is forced to date with Muscle Man's ex-girlfriend, Starla. So far, he hasn't dumped her and goes on a forced date in the coffee shop.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Mordecai to do a bad performance on her in order to get her to dump him.\\
'''Instead''': "I don't like you," says Mordecai as those words echo on Starla. He thinks she took that well, but [[WomanScorned too bad she didn't]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' episode [[Recap/RickAndMortyS2E5GetSchwifty Get Schwifty]], a race of planet-sized giant alien heads known as the Cromulons challenge Planet Earth to win at a musical reality show, in which the losing planets are blown to smithereens via a giant WaveMotionGun. While Rick and Morty themselves volunteer to "SHOW THEM WHAT THEY GOT", the US's top general meanwhile is planning to attack the Cromulons [[NukeEm with nukes]], and near the end of the episode, Rick and Morty appear to be pulling this off, much to the pleasing of the Cromulons. It is at this point that [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent The President Of The United States]] tells the mission control to abort the attack, now that the the show is going as planned.
** '''You'd Expect:''' That everyone including The General would have enough common sense to stand down and not do anything to ruin the show just as things are going right for them.\\
'''Instead:''' The General ends up disobaying a direct order (again) from The President and slams his fist on the BigRedButton, launching the nukes at their enemy.
** '''Speaking Of Which, You Might Also Expect:''' given that the Cromulons use a giant wave motion gun to [[EarthShatteringKaboom blow up losing planets,]] how about the military [[SarcasmMode oh, I dunno,]] AIM THEIR FRIGGEN' MISSLES AT SAID WAVE MOTION GUN, destroying it before perhaps launching a second wave of missles at a more obvious weakspot of the Cromulons's faces (e.g. their eyes perhaps?)\\
'''Instead:''' their nukes [[NoSell mearly graze the lower chin]] of the Cromulon leader, promting him to yell "BOO!!! NOT COOL" followed by [[NiceJobBreakingItHero "DISQUALIFIED!!! DISQUALIFIED!!!"]]\\
'''The Result:''' Since their planet has been disqualified, the Cromulons get to aim and fire their WaveMotionGun to blow up Planet Earth. [[spoiler: It is only when ''Music/IceT'' [[ItMakesSenseInContext has a change of heart about Rick, Morty and their people and blocks the wave motion beam to let them finish their song]] that the Cromulons ultimatly declair their planet the winners and teleport their planet back to the solar system, sparing it's destruction.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'', "Race Across New Zealand": Ray has one that lasts ''most'' of the movie. The titular race was something he did when he was around Reggie and Otto's ages and he lost badly in the end to the father of one of their current competitors.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That Ray would ''tell'' his kids just ''why'' he's so caught up in the competition, ''especially'' since he suspects both the competitor and his father of cheating.\\
'''Instead:''' He blatantly favors Otto since he's a boy, giving him a more inflated ego than usual and ignores Reggie, making her feel inadequate and leading to the following moment.
** In a windsurfing race, Reggie takes the lead. However, her dad, Ray, is still cheering on Otto, prompting her to think: "Maybe this will get Raymundo's attention".\\
'''You'd Then Expect:''' That Reggie would get Ray's attention by just winning the race, and in the process putting herself in contention for the main title.\\
'''Instead:''' Reggie deliberately jumps off her board to ensure that both she and Otto lose the race.
** Ray gets ''another'' moment when he confronts Reggie about hers.\\
'''You'd '''''Then''''' Expect:''' That Ray asks Reggie what's wrong since it's [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness extremely out of character for her to throw a race at all let alone make her brother lose as well]].\\
'''Instead:''' He blames her entirely for ''everything'' that's gone wrong up to that point, making her even more furious and causing her to [[CallingTheOldManOut bitterly call him out]] before storming off.
* In the StopMotion animated special ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'', SantaClaus has a JerkAss moment that doubles as a WhatAnIdiot reaction. It happens during the Reindeer Games scene where Donner covers Rudolph's nose. Eventually, the cover pops off revealing his red nose and [[KidsAreCruel all the yearlings laugh and tease him]]. Comet, the coach of the games, [[AdultsAreUseless accepts their behavior and forbids Rudolph from taking part in any more games.]] Santa witnesses the whole thing.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' For Santa, being the personification of all that is good, to put his foot down on this bullying, call out the yearlings for their name-calling, and force Comet, ''one of his own pulling the sleigh,'' to allow Rudolph to continue playing.\\
'''Instead:''' He does nothing except tell Donner that he should be ashamed of himself. Taken the wrong way, it could mean Santa chastised Donner ''just because of Rudolph's nose!'' [[SarcasmMode Great job standing up for Rudolph there, Santa!]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}: WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' episode "Bad Blood", Dil has stolen a video that claims to show an alien autopsy and he invites Tommy's friends and various other people to watch it. They would be punished if his parents found out but his Grandpa Pickles is babysitting that night. However Tommy and Dil's ''other'' Grandpa comes and wants to upstage Grandpa Pickles. Eventually, Tommy and co get both grandpas to settle down. As they go to watch the video, they hear a crashing noise and have to stop the video.\\
'''You'd expect:''' - Dil to leave the video in the VCR while coming up to solve the problem. \\
'''Instead:''' - Dill ''takes the video with him'' and as a result, the video gets destroyed and Tommy and co are in a disaster situation. Seriously, ''what the hell''?! So this is not just an example of "WhatAnIdiot", this is also an example of DeusExMachina!
** Also in Rugrats itself there's a few. One example is when Tommy and his family go to a Canadian themed tourist attraction, Chuckie and Tommy go on a kiddie train that nearly drives them off a cliff and Stu goes chasing after it. The train stops, Tommy & Chuckie get off and gravity makes the train go backwards, and Stu is still on the track.\\
'''You Expect:''' Stu would jump off to the side and let the train pass him.\\
'''Instead:''' Stu apparently went to the [[Webseries/CinemaSins Prometheus School of running away from things]], [[OneDimensionalThinking as he runs away from it in the same direction the train is going]] and, given his appearance at the end of the episode, is presumably hit.
** Also "The Big Showdown:" Didi feels Reptar is too violent and is scaring Dil so she tries to get Tommy & Dil interested in a new toy, Goober the Gopher. Tommy shows a dislike to it so Didi takes him to a fair where a man dressed as Goober approaches them. The guy tries to give Tommy a stuffed Goober, but Tommy wants to keep his Reptar toy. [[JerkAss The Gopher guy steals his Reptar and forces him to have his stuffed toy, making Tommy cry.]]\\
'''You Expect:''' Didi to raise a fuss at the man in the Goober costume for doing such a thing, then take back the Reptar toy and usher Tommy and Dil far away from Goober. Maybe she can file a complaint about him in the process.\\
'''Instead:''' Didi is appalled ''at Tommy'' for reacting the way he did and ''apologizes'' to the guy who made Tommy cry.
** In "Silent Angelica", Angelica tries to be quiet because her mom is having an important business call (and because she was promised toys if she was quiet). However, the babies are brought over for a visit.\\
'''You Expect:''' Angelica would whisper to the babies and explain that they need to be quiet.\\
'''Instead:''' She doesn't say a thing, and whenever the babies do something loud, she stops them and shushes them. This leads the babies to think that there's something wrong with her, and she ends up paying for it in the end.
*** In the same episode, there's a part where the doorbell rings. Angelica goes to tell Drew, who is watching a badminton game with Stu.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Drew would recognize the sound of his own doorbell, get up, and go see who's at the door.\\
'''Instead:''' "Pumpkin, could you please find out which of the babies is causing that racket?"
** In "Chuckie Is Rich" Chaz allows Drew to invest money in a contest in an invention called "the ear-whiz" which supposedly cleans your ear perfectly and is supposed to make a lot of money.\\
'''You Expect:''' Drew, with his wife being a CEO ''and'' being an investment banker himself, would know how risky the stock market is and invest an amount that Chaz won't miss if it's gone, but will still make a decent profit if it works.\\
'''Instead:''' Drew invests almost all of Chaz's money. The company ends up going bankrupt due to the invention actually ''increasing'' ear wax, resulting in Chaz loses everything he got from the contest.
** In "A Visit From Lipschitz" Didi invites Lipschitz to the Pickles' house for dinner after catching him at a book signing, much to the disagreement of Stu, Lou, and Chaz who would rather have spent the evening at a baseball game. In the middle of the evening, the guys have had enough of Lipschitz and leave for the game. Lipschitz recommends Didi leave the house (being the only legal adult of familiarity to Tommy & Chuckie) and follow them to the game to bring them home.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' If Didi knew a thing about child care, she would refuse to leave the house without taking the kids too.\\
'''Instead:'''she leaves the house with no hesitation leaving Tommy & Chuckie at home with Lipschitz, a person with whom they have no familiarity.\\
'''To Make Matters Worse:''' This episode shows even Lipschitz ''himself'' knows nothing about parenting and is just a sell-out to parents like Didi who choose to buy his books and follow his advice.
*** To add on to this fact...\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Didi to never listen to another word Lipschitz says after this episode.\\
'''Instead:''' She continues to follow his worthless advices in future episodes, such as "Naked Tommy".
** Most of the adult characters on ''Rugrats'' could fall into this trope. To give just one example: In "At the Movies," Stu, Didi, Chaz, Betty and Howard take the kids to see their first theatrical movie, ''The Dummi Bears in the Land Without Smiles.''\\
'''You'd Expect''' the parents to hold onto the babies and/or keep a close eye on them throughout the movie so they don't wander off.\\
'''Instead''' they set the babies on the floor and turn their undivided attention to the movie.\\
'''As a result''' Tommy, Chuckie, Phil and Lil end up wandering off to explore other areas of the theater (first the snack bar, then the projection booth).\\
'''You'd Expect''' a theater employee to discover this and alert someone.\\
'''Instead''' the snack bar attendants are too busy arguing with each other, and the projectionist too busy reading his "Slimeman" comic book, to notice the ''very obvious'' fact that a group of babies are running loose and making a mess of things ''right behind their backs''.\\
'''As a result''' the theater is left in shambles, with the confused patrons wondering why their film ended so abruptly and why the popcorn tasted of soda pop.\\
'''Also:''' at one point, Grandpa Lou gets bored with the movie and decides to go get some snacks. While there, he finds the babies and takes them back to the movie.\\
'''You'd Expect''' Grandpa Lou to tell the other parents that the babies escaped, so they'll keep a closer eye on them next time.\\
'''Instead''' without the least bit of concern, he comments that the babies must have gotten bored with the movie too, and says nothing to the other parents.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheRugratsMovie'', Phil and Lil attempt to take Dil back to the hospital in an attempt to make Tommy happy. Tommy, himself, refuses to let that happen and they all get in the Reptar Wagon and drive off. As it leaves the house, Chuckie tells himself to stay out of the conflict.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Considering that he's not involved with the conflict, Chuckie would either stay out of the conflict or cry to draw attention to Grandpa Lou and get help.\\
'''Instead:''' He gets in the wagon and ends up having to suffer the same consequences as his friends ended up in.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RugratsInParis'', [[BigBad Coco Labouche]] is trying to marry Chaz to get promoted in her job, but has to deal with Chaz's child, Chuckie, along with Chuckie's friends.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Coco would allow the children in the wedding. That way, she would make the chances of marrying Chaz much higher if she remains nice until after the wedding.\\
'''Instead:''' She has her assistant, [[TheDragon Jean-Claude]] [[VillainBall lock the children up until after the wedding]], which they managed to escape and crash the wedding, shocking the parents and making them wonder where they were.\\
'''Although You'd Also Expect:''' That the parents would ask Coco where their children were in the first place.\\
'''Instead:''' [[AdultsAreUseless They don't.]]
** Later on, Kira and Coco Labouche are on the way to the church for Coco to get married, Kira finds out the real reason Coco wants to marry Chaz.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' For Kira to keep her mouth shut and wait for the limo to arrive at the chapel, so she can tell Chaz the truth.\\
'''Instead:''' ''[[NiceJobBreakingItHero She runs her mouth and says she will tell Chaz the truth]]'', getting Coco to throw her out the limousine.
** After Jean-Claude was beaten by Chuckie, he makes his way to Notre Dame to inform Coco about what just happened.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Jean-Claude would keep his mouth shut about the babies or better yet, not go inside and explain the situation right after the wedding.\\
'''Instead:''' [[NiceJobFixingItVillain He tells Coco right in front of everyone that the babies escaped.]]\\
'''The Result:''' Chaz calls off the wedding and Coco gets fired from her job.

* Having managed to lure ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' to the graveyard, Aku has successfully snatched Jack's sword thanks to the witch possessing it. With the only weapon that can truly destroy Aku in his hands, Jack is now completely defenseless in his grasp.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Considering that Jack, for all his training is useless against him without the sword, Aku just destroys the sword first then either kill Jack with his million lethal arsenals or being the {{Sadist}} he is, inflict a CruelMercy on him; let him go with the knowledge that he can never destroy Aku now that sword is destroyed and destroy any time portals out there so the samurai will undergo a slow, painful death of old age.\\
'''Instead:''' He chose to destroy the sword ''only after'' he stabs Jack with it to give him a "[[DeathByIrony fitting death at the hands of his own sword]]". Somehow, the fact that Jack could potentially snatch it back does not cross his mind. Predictably, when Aku decides to stab him with it, it simply doesn't work allowing Jack to take the sword back, completely wasting an opportunity to get a decisive victory over Jack and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking cause Aku's flaming eyebrows to go out]].
* The Christmas special ''WesternAnimation/SantaClausIsCominToTown'': Sombertown's ruler, Burgermeister Meisterburger, has issued a decree outlawing toys in his town.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' The residents of Sombertown to heed this warning and hide the toys that Kris Kringle brings whenever the Burgermeister and his guards are present.\\
'''Instead:''' Throughout the special, the children play with their toys in the streets and ''in the presence of the Burgermeister and his soldiers!'' Needless to say, the Burgermeister becomes increasingly pissed off and makes it harder for Kris to deliver the toys.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' episode "Howl of the Frighthound", Scooby wound up in a maximum security kennel because the mother of some kid crushing on Velma was trying to break up the gang and fix her son up with the girl he'd built a shrine to built a robot dog designed to frame him.\\
'''You'd expect:''' Velma to move heaven and earth to clear Scooby's name so that he'd be beholden to her and pretty much let her have her way in the FriendVersusLover conflict the two of them had wound up in.\\
'''Instead:''' She not only did as little as possible to free the rival she claimed would get out some indefinite time in the future, she was so dismissive of Shaggy's concerns for his friend's well-being, she alienated him to the extent that he decided having a girlfriend wasn't for him at this stage in his life.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'' episode "Kooky Space Kook": Shaggy and Scooby lock themselves in an old air force cabin to protect themselves from the alien ghost. Scooby throws the key out the window. But the alien manages to get in by opening the other door from the other side.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Shaggy and Scooby to jump out the window and run for their lives.\\
'''Instead''': They jump out the window, retrieve the key, jump back into the cabin, and unlock the door so they can get out.
* In the first episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/SimbaENatoUnRe Simba, the Lion King]]'', Simba's father is playing with his daughters, when he sees a gun that was ready to shoot him.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Simba's father to leave or do something else. It's a gun, after all.\\
'''Instead''': ''[[TooDumbToLive He just calmly stays there and stares at the gun, leading to his own death]]''. Sheesh, how stupid...
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode, "The Smurfette", Gargamel noticed changes in Smurfette, realizing she's not anymore working with him. Therefore, he tricks her into bringing all the Smurfs to lunch.\\
'''You'd Expect''': She will realize this is a trap and decided not to follow his orders.\\
'''Instead''': She is fooled by this act and does exactly what he said. Not only this allows him to catch the titular characters, but also led them to think Smurfette double crosses them.
** Earlier on, Smurfette tries to get Greedy to open the dam so that the Smurfs' village will be flooded. When he hesitates, she decided to have another Smurf do her bidding. Greedy, being Greedy, has flipped open the valve to open the floodgates. Suddenly, he begins to close it, out of fear that the village will be flooded.\\
'''You'd Expect''': That Smurfette has no choice, but to accept the fact that her plan foiled. That way, it would lessen the suspicions about her.\\
'''Instead''': She struggles with Greedy over the switch, resulting not only the both of them falling to the waters, but also Greedy telling the Smurfs his suspicions about her.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' episode ''Growing Pains'' ends with Venom crashing into the Daily Bugle office and declaring Peter Parker is Spider-Man. \\
'''You'd Expect:''' Venom to do something that forces Peter into action, like throwing Jameson or one of the other Bugle staff members out of a window, thereby providing incontrovertible proof that Peter is Spider-Man.\\
'''Instead:''' Venom leaves immediately after dropping this bombshell, leaving no proof of his claims but his word.
** In the next episode "Identity Crisis", as journalists are trying to get proof of Spider-Man's identity,, Venom attacks Spidey and eventually rips off his mask as Spidey quickly dives behind a car to avoid being seen.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Venom to rip the mask in half, so Peter has no way of protecting his identity.\\
'''Instead:''' Venom, holding the mask with him, checks under the car for Spidey. He get whacked, allowing Peter to put his mask back on.
** From the same series, in "Gangland," Peter is on a date with Liz Allan on Valentine's Day. Many of his friends are also there with dates, including Gwen Stacy, who Peter has feelings for more than he does for Liz. Halfway through the date, Peter has to leave early for photographer/Spider-Man reasons. Liz forgives him, but wants a goodbye kiss.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Peter to give her the goodbye kiss and go off superheroing. If he must break up with her so he can pursue Gwen, do it at a more opportune time. While there is no way to break up with someone who loves you "in a good way," it's a much better option than what Peter ended up doing.\\
'''Instead:''' Peter acts like a {{Jerkass}}, not give the kiss and apologizes to ''Gwen'' for leaving early. Poor Liz is humiliated, her relationship with Peter is shattered, and Peter is to blame for being stupid.
** And one more, this time from the episode "Natural Selection". Even though its a growth in character development and meant to establish the status quo of the Spider-Man mythos, a ridiculous situation occurs when Kurt is taking his serum and becomes the Lizard through some unforeseen side effects. Peter, as Spider-Man, manages to defeat him in the process taking some pictures for the Daily Bugle for a contest and has it printed on the newspapers.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Peter, being as smart as he is, would request he'd be listed as "Anonymous" or use a fake name since the whole affair was a private matter and keep suspicion off of him since he was suppose to be helping them.\\
'''Instead:''' Like a dope, he has his name printed in bold letters on the paper. End result is he gets fired from his intership and his friends are now distrustful of him. And the funny thing he does it again in a later episode, "Persona", which leads to his falling out with Eddie Brock. You all know what happens after that.
** At their first encounter Dr. Octopus and Spider-Man are fighting over a super-battery capable of supplying Doc's mechanic tentacles with infinite resource. Currently Doc is using a makeshift battery with another hour of charge. Finally he pins Spider-Man down and grabs the super-battery.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That he would finish Spidey off before changing the battery, since he still had enough juice.\\
'''Instead:''' He proceeds with the change and removes his current battery thus rending himself powerless for a moment. That moment is enough for Spidey to defeat him.
* In the "Hobgoblin" episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' Kingpin and Osborn stage a [[IdiotBall juggling competition]].
** In order to wipe out the Kingpin, Osborn employs [[PsychoForHire Hobgoblin]] and equips him with a glider. However, Spider-Man thwarts the attempt, and Osborn decides it's too dangerous to carry on and gives Hobgoblin a boot.\\
'''You'd expect:''' Osborn to have installed a remote-controlled shut down switch in the glider or, better else, rigged it with explosives, so that when Hobgoblin outlives his usefulness, he can be stripped of his power and easily disposed of.\\
'''Instead:''' Osborn basically tells Hobgoblin to fuck off, insults him and threatens to expose him. And then acts genuinely surprised when Hobgoblin has the audacity to fly away with the glider and team up with Kingpin. He should be surprised Hobgoblin didn't exsanguinate him on spot!
** Hobgoblin successfully completes his first mission for the Kingpin - kidnap Harry Osborn - and demands payment.\\
'''You'd expect:''' Kingpin to pay him. Hobgoblin is a seemingly competent henchman, who's just entered his employement, so it'd be reasonable to give him some incentive.\\
'''Or:''' Since Hobgoblin is also a dangerous lunatic loyal to no-one but himself, Kingpin to get rid of him right there and then, and give the glider to one of his own reliable goons.\\
'''Instead:''' Kingpin refuses him for no reason other than to assert himself, ignoring the lack of any leverage over the nutcase. No surprise here, Hobgoblin immediately turns on him and goes to Osborn to plot revenge.\\
'''Even Worse:''' Osborn never learns, as he repeats his act of idiocy AGAIN: team up with Hobgoblin, give him an improved glider with no safeguards in it, act surprised when Hobgoblin betrays him AGAIN.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheNewAnimatedSeries'' episode 3: The Lizard gets lifted by Spider-Man with the use of a helicopter.\\
'''You'd Expect''': He jumps on him, throws him off, and clings to a helicopter.\\
'''Instead''': Lizard just scratches Spider-Man's hand, and ended up falling below skyscraper's feet. [[KilledOffForReal His death]] is ''his own fault''.
* Being a ''Franchise/StarWars'' animated series, ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' has some idiotic moments.
** In the first season finale, ''Fire Across the Galaxy'', the Inquistor and Grand Moff Tarkin take Kanan to Mustafar. In orbit, the Inquisitor tries to interrogate him, but can't get anything out of him. A while later, the crew of the ''Ghost'', including Ezra, gets to Mustafar, and send an EMP-laced [=TIE=] Fighter into the Star Destroyer that Kanan is being held at, so that they could knock out the power and get in undetected. The Inquisitor figures that the [=EMP=] is the work of the ''Ghost'' crew.\\
'''You'd Think''': The Inquisitor would kill Kanan, since Ezra and the rest of the ''Ghost'' crew came to try to save him. After all, since he wasn't able to get anything out of him, the least he could do is kill him, and make the rescue mission fruitless (Similar to when Cad Bane interrogated Bolla Ropal to death in the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' episode, ''Cargo of Doom'', where the rescue mission becomes fruitless because by the time Anakin and Ahsoka got there, Master Ropal was already dead).\\
'''Instead''': He just leaves him in his cell, with ''no guards'' at the cell. Ezra is able to save Kanan, and eventually, the Inqusitor gets defeated by Kanan in the reactor room and he ends up committing suicide for failing to stop Kanan.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** In "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E7LoveLetters Love Letters]]", Jamie the mailman has fallen in love with Garnet, and sent her a love letter. Everyone but him knows that it won't happen [[spoiler: since Garnet is a fusion of two Gems who became one as an expression of their love]]. When Connie asks her to help write a rejection letter, Garnet is content to simply say "No".\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Connie would ask Garnet to let him down gently, or at least give a reason why she can't reciprocate his feelings. If the whole [[spoiler: love fusion]] angle is too much to explain, she could simply say the she's spoken for.\\
'''Instead:''' She doesn't, and the resulting letter is... pretty harsh. Steven and Connie then feel the need let him down gently themselves.\\
'''You'd then Expect:''' They gently say that she's spoken for.\\
'''Instead:''' They write a letter trying to replicate his YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe, based on old {{soap opera}}s. This has misled Jamie into thinking she accepted, worsening the situation.
** [[spoiler:Peridot]] has been defeated and imprisoned by enemy soldiers. Because she has valuable information [[spoiler:about the Cluster]], the soldiers make a deal with [[spoiler:Peridot]]: they will let her out of jail if she helps them to stop [[spoiler:the Cluster]].\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That [[spoiler:Peridot]] would not try to assert dominance over the people who just kicked her ass- especially given that [[spoiler:Peridot]] has no weapons or combat skill to speak of.\\
'''Instead:''' ''Two days'' after being released, [[spoiler:Peridot]] tries to force one of the soldiers into slavery, repeatedly declaring [[FantasticRacism her belief]] that she is nothing more than a mindless slave who should obey [[spoiler:Peridot]]'s every whim. And then [[spoiler:Peridot]] bodily seizes the 'slave', *screaming in her face* that "You are beneath me! I'll always be better than you!" Cue MegatonPunch.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' has a ''lot'' of instances of characters [[ForgotICouldFly forgetting that they have superpowers]]. In one particularly {{egregious}} example, the Legion of Doom has come up with a device that can transport people into books. Toyman lures Hawkman into following him into "Jack and the Beanstalk", and flees by scaling the beanstalk.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Hawkman would remember that, not only does he have wings, but flying is his ''only power'', and thus he would use that power to chase and apprehend the villain.\\
'''Instead:''' Hawkman ''climbs up the beanstalk after Toyman'', and has quite a difficult time of it, from the look of things. You just ''know'' that, the whole time, he's thinking "Boy, if only I didn't have these big weights on my back, I'm sure I could climb a lot faster!"
* An episode of WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries has a [[FourEyesZeroSoul Mook]] armed with a laser pistol that ''could'' at least stun Superman if it's as Badass as he thinks it is.\\
'''You'd Think:''' He unloads on Superman from behind while he's distracted with another high-tech mook and let the EvilPlan go on without a hitch.\\
'''Instead:''' The [[SarcasmMode genius]] decides to pull a Film/DirtyHarry and lovingly describe said weapon without firing a shot.\\
'''Result:''' [[CombatPragmatist Supes]] averts TalkingIsAFreeAction by zipping up to him in mid-sentence, breaks the gun and is made to talk ''by the precariously spacious window behind him.''
** In the episode "Ghost in the Machine", Lex Luthor is unveiling an anti-missile weapon with the press and high ranking military officers in attendance.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' He would have the missile fired at a target far away from them and just have them watch the weapon shoot the missiles down.\\
'''Instead:''' He has two actual missiles fired ''at the building they're currently in''. And apparently has no backup plans such as remote detonation or anything else to stop the missiles after the weapon malfunctions as a result of sabotage. There's arrogance and then there's suicidal overconfidence.
** Everytime Parasite is around. He has the ability to gain people's powers and thoughts, but only for a limited time.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Knowing this limitation, he would start taking written notes of his discoveries, especially when he absorb Superman's powers and learn of his secret identity, Clark Kent.\\
'''Instead:''' He does nothing and end up forgetting all that he learned every single time. [[IdiotBall This trend]] continue in Justice League.
** The episode ''The Late Mr. Kent'' has Clark researching a murder from years ago and suggesting that the man convicted, Earnest Walker, wasn't actually guilty. The actual murderer, [[spoiler: Detective Bowman]], learns of this.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' For the murderer to not do anything. At the time they learned this they didn't have anything to suggest that Clark actually ''would'' find anything to clear Walker, let alone lead them to the real murderer. Besides which, murdering a reporter investigating the case would convince everyone that Clark had been right and probably make the Daily Planet do a very public investigation.\\
'''Instead:''' The murderer planted a bomb in Clark's car and put a very traceable bug on his phone. As if that wasn't enough, the murderer put a bomb in Clark's apartment and stuck around to watch it blow up. Really [[spoiler: Bowman on his own]] did more than Superman and Lois put together to reveal the truth.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats: the Radical Squadron'', Mac Mange kidnaps the mayor and Callie, while dressed up as their new chauffeur. Except, he's wearing the mask based off his original face.\\
'''You'd expect''' Callie would immediately recognize the face of a dangerous criminal, especially since she was the one who signed his life sentence, and alert the titular vigilantes immediately.\\
'''Instead''' She's completely oblivious to him. At least the mayor noticed that it's not his regular driver.
** "Katastrophe", and it is a significant error on her part. However, it could also be said that by that point (end of season 1) she was used to seeing them as the Metallikats, and seeing their metallic forms. It didn't even dawn on ''me'' until it was mentioned here, after I watched both the episodes in the same day once. :p
** In "The Origin of Dr. Viper", the titular character, when he was once Dr. Purvis, has stolen the Viper Mutagen 368 in order to become rich by selling it to the highest bidder. The next thing, is that his colleague, Dr. Zyme, arrives because he forgot to get his reading glasses. He ended up discovering his plans so Purvis runs to the staircase where he punches Zyme.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Zyme should call the police to let them arrest his butt for trying to steal their formula.\\
'''Instead''': He trips Purvis by kicking his briefcase at the stairs, and the latter trips over with the formula spilled over him.\\
'''Result''': Dr. Viper is born. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Way to go]], [[SarcasmMode Dr. Zyme]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'':
** During the early parts of the series, the Turtles discover that Shredder has mooks that can go invisible, and [[BadassBookworm Donatello]] is quickly able to make some infared goggles that allow the Turtles to see them. Later in the series, the turtles and Splinter [[StormingTheCastle attack Shredder's HQ]].\\
'''You'd Expect''': The heroes to bring the goggles along, in case they encounter the mooks in question, which they probably will, given the place they're attacking.\\
'''Instead''': They don't, and do encounter the mooks, who give them quite a bit of trouble until Leonardo comes up with the idea of weaponising a nearby fire extinguisher.
** Stockman in "Return to New York Part 3". He battles the Turtles and the Shredder with an exosuit, and doesn't go down easily.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Stockman to continue battling them, and make speeches that doesn't reveal his secret of how he keeps going.\\
'''Instead''': He openly admitted the reason why he doesn't go down easily: the exosuit's limbs each have a backup power supply. Donatello gets the suit's gatling gun arm and blasts him out of the sky with it.
** In "Aliens Among Us", while in a plot to fake an alien invasion just so the President of the United States would fund his organization, the Earth Protection Force, Bishop discovers that his alien creations explodes mutagen whenever they got hit once.\\
'''You'd Expect''': that Bishop to order some of his men to clean up this mess, and at the same time, continue on with his plot.\\
'''Instead''': He attempts the latter, ignoring the mess and "rescuing" the President in the process. Not only does the mutagen remain, but it also goes down into the sewers. This results in the mutagen starting an outbreak in New York City.
** In "Worlds Collide" part 2, while defending the Fugitoid, the Turtles ended up being surrounded by the black soldiers sent by Agent Bishop.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Considering they don't even know if they're good or not, they have no choice but to make a surrendering move.\\
'''Instead''': Raphael, being the hothead that he is, has no plans to surrender that he ended up picking a fight with them. Leo calls him out on that by saying, "Nice going, Raph," in sarcasm. Eventually, they ended up getting captured.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' has this kind of moment in the beginning in season 2 where the Turtles are stopping Kraang shipment filled with mutagen. Even worse, [[spoiler:they ended up spilling the canisters and one of them spilled on April's father, mutating him into a mutant bat]] and April claims [[ItsAllMyFault it's all her fault]] for the worse moment.\\
'''You'd Expect''': The Turtles to comfort her from this and try to reassure her that it's all the Kraang's fault FromACertainPointOfView. Apologize for how they failed in saving [[spoiler:her father]] and try to do the best they can the next time they fight the Kraang.\\
'''Instead''': Mikey stupidly spilled the beans on how it's [[spoiler:their fault that the mutagen is spilled around New York]], and neither Leo, Raph, nor Donny call him out or smack him for telling her the AwfulTruth, resulting [[spoiler:in pissing April off to never wanting to see their faces again]]. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Way to go, Mikey]].
** In the episode "Vengeance is Mine", Karai [[spoiler:Miwa]] is reunited with Splinter at last. But then, Karai asks Splinter what happened between himself, Shredder and her mother.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That Splinter would take into account that [[spoiler:Karai already has a lot resentment towards Shredder from being imprisoned in a cell, apart from lying to her and kidnapping all those years ago.]] Thus politely promise to tell her another time.\\
'''Instead:''' Splinter tells the whole truth, the knowledge what Shredder has done, angers Karai so much that she decides she wants revenge. But while she is about to sneak out, she runs into Leo, who offers to help.\\
'''So Now You'd expect:''' That Karai would accept Leo's help. After all, she of all people should know that going after Shredder alone is a bad idea. Something that Leo points out.\\
'''Instead:''' Karai knocks out Leo and leaves the safety of the lair to take on Shredder herself, this leads to [[spoiler:Karai's accidental mutation.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "Trust" - The plot revolves around Robin trying to find Hot Spot, who is engaged in a fight with Madame Rouge (who can shapeshift). Now, the episode ends with Hot Spot ending up victorious against Rouge and Robin gives him a communicator so that they can keep in touch.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Robin, being the former sidekick of the goddamn Franchise/{{Batman}}, to at least make sure that Hot Spot is the real deal, having seen firsthand Rouge's shape changing abilities.\\
'''Instead:''' It turns out to be Rouge and Robin ends up giving the Brotherhood of Evil the little trinket the Brain wanted so that they could use against the Titans by spying on them. So Robin nearly causes all of the Titans to go down because of his stupid mistake. Yeah... you wouldn't think this kid was the sidekick of the world's greatest detective after this episode.
** The Brain gets one himself in the GrandFinale. He's in command of a very powerful QuirkyMinibossSquad, a large team of lesser supervillains, and a small army of {{Mooks}} and MechaMooks led in the field by an immortal tactical genius. His headquarters is attacked in the middle of a victory celebration by Beast Boy and a small team of reserve Titans, who are soon joined by reinforcements.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' After the initial chaos, the Brain would use said QuirkyMinibossSquad to crack a few heads to restore order, then take command of his forces and coordinate them in a truly epic showdown (remember, most of these guys have lost to the Titans hpreviously because they're stupid/insane, not weak - and suddenly here's Brain to provide the smarts for them).\\
'''Instead:''' Brain is so confident of victory that he just ''sits there'', making the occasional snarky comment, but doing nothing else. By the time he realizes he's actually in danger, the situation has progressed to the point where retreat is the only option. And this from a guy who's normally at least on par with Slade for being the show's smartest [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]].
** At the climax of "The Apprentice - Part 2", not wanting to choose between apprenticeship or the safety of his friends, Robin chose to infect himself with the nanomachines, giving Slade the choice of either killing Robin or saving the other Titans.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Realizing that he has absolutely no chance of having Robin as his apprentice, Slade simply let the nanomachines kill the Teen Titans and try to look for another potential apprentice for him. Or if he really wanted Robin to remain his apprentice, he restrauns Robin and the other Titans before releasing the nanomachines, threatening their lives by torture if Robin fails to comply his demands.\\
'''Instead:''' Per the BondVillainStupidity rules, Slade chose to free Robin and the others somehow thinking that he can ''still'' take Robin as one. This results in the Titans kicking their asses and forced to pull a VillainExitStageLeft and the Titans are united once more.
** At the end of "Terra", the Teen Titans offer Terra to join their team and let them train her so that she could control her power.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' With her new friends fully know her issue and have no problem with it whatsoever, Terra stays, has a proper home and learn self-restraint in a positive way.\\
'''Instead:''' She runs away immediately only to get corrupted by Slade.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasAndFriends'' also falls victim to these moments:
** In "Best Dressed Engine", towards the end of the episode, Gordon ends up having a banner stuck around his smoke box, he tells his driver to stop the train. \\
'''You'd Think''': That the driver would stop the train, and try and remove the banner. \\
'''Instead''': [[FacePalm He tells Gordon "You can't stop, you're the Express," and doesn't stop at all.]]
** "The Sad Story Of Henry": Henry goes into a tunnel and squeaks through his funnel, because he doesn't want the rain to spoil his lovely green paint and red stripes, again and again, the passengers along with his driver and fireman try and get him to get out. \\
'''You'd Expect''': That Henry would stop being a pompous dick and listen to them. \\
'''Instead''': He blows steam at them, telling them that "he's not going to spoil his lovely green paint and red stripes for them"
** A "What an Idiot" moment also happens in "Gordon Takes A Tumble". As you may have presumed from the title, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Gordon proceeds to endure a tumble]]. How, you may ask? Well an incompetent signal man forgets to change the points, and Gordon is diverted to a much weaker track. However, the track is not to blame, as there is a sign that specifically says, in no unclear terms, "Go Slow". \\
'''You'd Expect:''' That Gordon would not act like an asinine moron and abide by the clearly labelled sign. \\
'''Instead:''' Gordon concludes that since he's an express engine (though not pulling the express at the given time), he's exempted from having to pay attention to the sign. He then accelerates, derails, and crashes into a nearby barn.
** Here's a "What an Idiot from all three of the big engines, towards the end of the episode "Dirty Work", Gordon, Henry and James find out that apparently, Duck had been telling lies about them to the trucks (In reality, it was Diesel as revenge for Duck apparently making the trucks laugh at him). \\
'''You'd Expect''': For the big engines to, upon Duck returning to Tidmouth sheds, they would ask him if he had anything to do with the Trucks laughing at them. \\
'''Instead''': They block him from entering the shed, and immediately jump to the conclusion that Duck had been giving them names. \\
'''Extra Points''': Henry specifically said that Duck would never be that cruel.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'':
** In the episode, "The Acme Bowl", during the big game against [[AcademyOfEvil Perfecto Prep]], Babs, Shirley, and Fifi decide to help Buster when he needs three more members on his team. When Babs is passed the ball, the Perfecto Football players charge at her, but stop when she screams about having lost her contact lens. \\
'''You'd Expect''': For the Perfectos to realize this is a trick and snatch the ball from Babs so they can try to make another touchdown with it. \\
'''Instead''': They decide to help Babs look for her contact lens. While they are distracted, Babs scores a touchdown.
** The "[[Series/NightGallery Night Ghoulery]]" special has one in the "A Gremlin on a Wing" sketch. Throughout the sketch, The Gremlin [[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS5E123NightMareAt20000Feet is trying to destroy the wing of the airplane]] that Plucky and the other passengers are on. At one point, he has a huge pile of explosives, but his lighter won't work. Plucky approaches him, carrying the plane's fire hose, and the Gremlin asks him if he has a working lighter. \\
'''You'd Expect:''' Plucky not to give the Gremlin a working lighter, or to at least try to spray him with the fire hose, thus [[DisneyVillainDeath knocking him off the plane]] and preventing the explosives from ever being set off. \\
'''Instead:''' Plucky hands the Gremlin his working lighter, thus letting him set off the explosives, only to realize a minute later [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone what he was doing]]. He attempts to defuse the explosives with the fire hose only to miss by seconds, resulting in the plane's wing being destroyed.

* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' had a villain break into a lab by carving a hole into the window with the diamond tipped heel of her shoe. She jumps through the hole and the heel breaks off as she lands on the floor. She notices this and comments on it.\\
'''You'd expect:''' She'd pick up the broken heel. Even if she wasn't GenreSavvy she could still super-glue it back on or something so her shoe wouldn't be ruined.\\
'''Instead:''' She just leaves it there. When the spies find it they immediately track it to her, and later use it to escape the villain's trap, allowing them to foil her plan with ease.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' had the episode, "Heavy Metal War", where Optimus Prime and Megatron agree to [[CombatByChampion one-on-one combat]] - the losing side has to leave Earth. Every single Autobot tells Optimus this is a bad idea because Megatron can't be trusted to fight fairly. They're right, as Megatron uses AppliedPhlebotinum to [[PowersAsPrograms transfer the special abilities of the other Decepticons into himself]]. [[SarcasmMode Guess who wins the battle?]]\\
'''You'd Think:''' Optimus would notice with ''his own optics'' that Megatron suddenly has powers he's never used before and call Megatron out on the deal, at least until he was sure about it.\\
'''Instead:''' Until footage from Teletraan-1 shows him exactly how Megatron pulled his deception off, Optimus simply accepts his defeat and prepares to pack the Autobots off to parts unknown...with every Autobot protesting that Megatron obviously cheated. "HonorBeforeReason"? "LawfulStupid"? Take your pick. Optimus is an idiot, regardless. It also arguably blows up in Megatron's face since after the cheating is revealed Optimus Prime and his Autobots come back with a vengeance, breaking up a fight between the Dinobots and the Constructicons in Devastator mode and then blasting the ever loving crap out of the Decepticons and knocking them into a pool of lava since they can't fight back due to not having their own natural abilities at the moment, with Prime then blasting the crap out of Megatron and knocking him into the lava pool with them. Too bad you can't keep a good Decepticon down...
** In the movie, Unicron is a massive planet eating monstrosity, who can only be destroyed by the "Matrix of leadership". Galvatron brings it to him, and plans on using it against Unicron, but can't get to work.\\
'''You'd Think:''' Unicron wouldn't take his chances and destroy the Matrix right away.\\
'''Instead:''' He eats Galvatron with the Matrix. In doing so Hot Rod, once inside Unicron, eventually takes it from Galvatron, and uses it on Unicron.
** In "More Than Meets The Eye, Part 3", Mirage has snuck aboard the Decepticons' ship, while [[{{Invisibility}} invisible]]. [[BigBad Megatron]] and [[TheStarscream Starscream]] are fighting a duel over the leadership of the Decepticons.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Mirage would take advantage of the distraction and his own invisibility to pick off the Decepticons, take over their ship, pick up the rest of the Autobots, and return to Cybertron.\\
'''Instead:''' He becomes visible, forcing a fight and crashing the ship. Sure, he survives, but so do the Decepticons.\\
'''In All Fairness:''' He can't fire his weapons while invisible, as far as anyone knows.
** All the godamn time, Megatron transforms into a gun that has to be fired by someone else.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Him to go into the hands of someone loyal, like Soundwave or Shockwave, or just you know, ''don't transform in the first place'' and use his own ArmCannon, or even better, order Shockwave to turn into a pistol and jump into ''his'' hand instead.\\
'''Instead:''' he jumps into the hands of [[TheStarscream the guy who has a trope about betraying things named after him]] and Starscream gets to hold the boss he longs to overthrow in his hand and point and shoot him. It's only because Starscream is even more of an idiot that this doesn't backfire.
** In ''A Prime Problem'' Megatron builds a fake Optimus Prime to infiltrate the Autobots and bring them down from the inside after seemingly neturalizing the real Optimus Prime. Various problems ensue (such as the fake Prime not knowing some of the basic day to day aspects of the Autobots routine or who certain Autobots are, mistaking Iron Hide for Bumblebee and what not) before the real Prime shows up and confronts his evil twin and the Autobots have to figure out which Prime is the real one, since the fake is so well built that even Teletran-1 can't tell them apart.\\
'''You'd expect:''' That the Autobots would easily solve the problem by just sitting the two Primes down and asking questions that only the real Prime would know the answers to, or that the real Prime would just assert himself by using his knowledge of all things Autobot related to discredit the fake Prime.\\
'''Instead:''' The Autobots make the two Primes compete in absurd contests of shooting and racing as if these will somehow show which Prime is the real one. Megatron then tries to make his clone look good by rigging it so his fake Prime kills a fake Starscream, which somehow convinces the Autobots that fake Prime is the real Prime even though the real Prime had never heartlessly killed any opponent like that before, no matter how evil or just plain annoying, and almost follow the fake Prime into a dangerous area that could kill them all against the protests of the real Prime and only stop short when another Autobot warns them that it's dangerous and informs that Spike is in danger, which the fake Prime dismisses as not important, at which point the Autobots finally realize that fake Prime is a fake because the real Prime would save Spike even if it meant losing out on a valuable energy source. Also reflects badly on Megatron because you would think after all those centuries of war that Megs would know the real Prime better than that.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', the Constructicons have recently had their memories erased after drinking a tainted batch of oil provided by Bulkhead. While their basic, generally helpful and friendly personalities are intact, they have no recollection of any of their previous dealings with either the Autobots or the Decepticons.\\
'''You'd expect:''' That Bulkhead would attempt to explain, slowly and calmly, that the Autobots are good and the Decepticons are evil. This would allow him to maintain his friendship with the Constructicons and gain powerful allies for his team.\\
'''Instead:''' Bulkhead, still furious from the Constructicons' betrayal, threatens them with his giant wrecking ball weapon and generally throws a temper tantrum. This frightens the Constructicons off, which eventually leads to them falling back in with Megatron and becoming true-blue, dyed-in-the-wool Decepticons. That's what happens when you are voiced by [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants Patrick]] [[TheDitz Star...]]
** In a later episode, the "You'd Expect" is ''exactly'' what he does after he tracks them down again, and for a while, it actually works. Unfortunately this is confounded by a) [[spoiler: Dirt Boss]] and b) the fact that at their core, the Constructicons seem to have a tendency to follow orders no matter who's giving them or what they were doing before.
** Another episode, "Decepticon Air" has Sentinel Prime, on the way back to Cybertron, bringing out the captured Decepticons from their cells to interrogate them. Then he is called to the bridge to speak with the High Council.\\
'''You'd expect:''' That Sentinel Prime makes sure that the Decepticons were back in their cells before leaving them alone, realizing how dangerous they are and how stasis cuffs aren't always a sure thing. In addition, earlier in the series, Starscream was on the very same ship and in the cuffs and he somehow escaped.\\
'''Instead:''' He completely leaves them unattended, not even bothering to make sure that they were back in their cells. Thus when Swindle, who was previously [[ShapeshifterModeLock Mode Locked]], is revived thanks to the lightning from an Ion storm they traveled to, he frees the other Decepticons and thus proceeds to take over the ship.
** Adding more to Sentinel's stupidity is his decision on how to deal with Omega Supreme when he transwarped on Cybertron.\\
'''You'd expect:''' Sentinel to try to gain control of Omega as it would give the Autobots a massive advantage over the Decepticons. Plus all the brownie points he can get out of it.\\
'''Instead:''' He orders the Fortress Maximus to fire on Omega Supreme. While ignoring Ratchets warning, that Omegas transwarp energy, plus the blast from the [[WaveMotionGun WMG]] could destroy a huge chunk of Cybertron.
** A rather brutal example: in "Predacons Rising", Sentinel discovers that Blackarachnia [[spoiler: was once his old friend, Elita-1.]]\\
'''You'd expect:''' Since [[spoiler: Elita-1's disappearance]] is arguably the main reason Sentinel is such a {{Jerkass}} today, he'd soften up due this revelation and [[spoiler:try to help her overcome her condition.]]\\
'''Instead:''' Since Sentinel has a fear of organics [[spoiler:and Blackarachnia is part organic, he's actually willing to kill her...simply for ''existing''.]]
* This trope is played straight with ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' episode "Metal Attraction". Breakdown and Airachnid are fighting over an [[MacGuffin artifact that magnetizes metal]]. Arcee and Bulkhead arrive at the scene to watch them duke it out.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Arcee and Bulkhead to [[PassThePopcorn sit back and watch]] as their most hated enemies tear each other apart.\\
'''Instead:''' They immediately leap into action and inevitably results in Airachnid and Breakdown teaming up against them.
** At the end of the same episode, Bulkhead and Arcee are standing over the defeated Breakdown and Airachnid, who have been magnetized together. They contemplate on what to do next.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Since those two Decepticons are their personal greatest adversaries, they'd finish them off right there, or at least take them prisoner.\\
'''Instead:''' Fearing that the Polarity Gauntlet could cause even more trouble, they just leave them there, allowing Megatron to recruit Airachnid, who's been a rogue so far. Do mind, they have no problem using the Gauntlet later on, and besides, ''they have other weapons''.
** Miko, it turns out, is one to actively try to sneak out and charge headlong into the Autobots' conflicts. This usually makes her the SpannerInTheWorks for the Autobots. Within the first two episodes after her debut, ''everyone'' has caught on to this.\\
'''You'd Think:''' They would modify their Groundbridge transit procedures to prevent Miko from darting through undetected. Like never leaving the Groundbridge open longer than necessary for safe transport. Or the Autobots checking themselves and the surrounding area on both sides of the bridge ''before'' proceeding with their mission. Or having somebody watch Miko and SHOUT if she so much as ''flinches.''\\
'''Instead:''' They don't, and then groan when she ''does'' manage to end up on the frontlines with them. AGAIN.\\
'''You'd Also Think:''' That upon discovering that they have a stowaway (again), the Autobots would insist that Miko return to base, no matter how much she begs and pleads. They ''are'' giant robot warriors, after all; they ''do'' have that kind of authority.\\
'''Instead:''' They just shrug and let her tag along, thinking [[TemptingFate "It can't really be all ''that'' dangerous."]]\\
'''You'd ''Also'' Think:''' Anyone would remember to use ''their own judgment'' rather than take advice from Miko at face value. Yes, she ''does'' sometimes have a point, and yes, her idea ''does'' work for the better every once in a while. But what tends to happen ''more'' often is...\\
'''Instead:''' They take her advice, wind up in over their heads, and have to be bailed out by BigDamnHeroes.
** Another jarring example happens in the ep ''Flying Mind''. The Autobots and Agent Fowler take advantage of the grounded and defenseless Decepticon ship and try to use the Spatk Extractor to kill all Decepticons in one shot. However they soon learn that the ship is indeed fully functional.\\
'''You'd Think:''' Having lost their tactical advantage, they would retreat.\\
'''Instead:''' They try to attack the ship anyway, even after it zaps several of them into stasis with its guns. The Autobots fall one by one, leaving themselves and Fowler at the mercy of the ship's cannons. Thankfully, the ship had its own agenda and left the area, so they remained safe, but the Autobots wouldn't have known that. They thought the ship was under Megatron's command, so why did they then keep advancing after almost all of them have been zapped? Even if one of them managed to activate the Extractor, those immobilized Autobots still would have had to be dragged away before its extracting wave reached them or before the ship crashed on them.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'':
** Spider-Man is part of the team of young heroes formed by SHIELD and trained personnally by Nick Fury. During a previous episode, they fought with Comicbook/{{Venom}}, and got a perfectly good look at it, since all of them but White Tiger got possessed by it. Sure, they aren't sure of what it was, but they got a good look at its abilities. Later, when a mysterious new Spider-Man dressed in black suit that possess exactly the same scheme colour than Venom, does a better job than Peter and becomes everyones' idol, [[OnlySaneMan Spider-Man]] points out it's most-likely to be Venom.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' them to at least consider the possibility Peter ''might'' be right. The similarities are suspiciously similar after all, and they all know Venom can change shape and size according to his host.\\
'''Instead:''' they dismiss Peter's warning and [[YoureJustJealous blame him for being jealous that a guy is doing a better job than him]], arguing that "''[[ClarkKenting Venom was huge while this is just a guy in a black suit]]"''. Even Fury doesn't seem to consider the possibility (though he at least didn't blame Spidey for anything). Made even worst by the fact the story then switches to Doctor Octopus' point of view, who after visioning the image ''immediatly recognizes Venom''.
** Later, in episode "Freaky", Spider-Man ends up teaming up with ComicBook/{{X-Men}} member {{Wolverine}} against Mesmero, a mutant villain with MindControl powers.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Mesmero to use his powers to take over both Wolverine and Spidey, then force them to either kill each other, commit suicide, work for him or let him go.\\
'''Instead:''' He takes over control of civilians and send them to attack them. Unsurprisingly, Wolverine just reaches him and threaten to kill him until he frees the civilians. After getting arrested, Mesmero does realize he can use his power directly on them... and uses it to switch Wolverine's and Spidey's bodies [[EvilIsPetty just to screw with them]]. This result in Spidey and Wolverine having a hard day, and him being threatened to be killed ''again'' until he switches them back, and ''then'' almost killed by a still infuriated Wolverine. Basically, he ended up as a minor nuisance rather than the actual threat he could have been.
** In episode "Awesome", Peter has a Science Project to do with Luke Cage, but fails to do everything, partially because his aunt sold his chemestry kit and because he was busy fighting the Juggernaut. Considering the Principal actually is Agent Coulson, and as such knows about his superheroing:\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Peter to merely explain to Coulson why he couldn't do the science project in time. After all, the whole Juggernaut part is an acceptable justification, and unless Coulson is a major JerkAss, he would most likely understand and arrange for Luke and Peter to get away with it.\\
'''Instead:''' He steals one of Dr Connor's inventions in his SHIELD lab and bring it as their science project, without even knowing clearly what it does. The invention turns out to be the Awesome Android, a robot that feeds on any non-organic tissues and ends up wrecking havoc, humiliating Coulson in the process. Spidey and his team go the whole episode stopping the Android, and Coulson is now mad at him.
** In the season 1 finale, ''Rise of the Goblin'', ComicBook/NormanOsborn is mutated into the Green Goblin by Doctor Octopus injecting him with both Spider-Man and Venom's DNA. Later, when confronting his son, the Goblin says his mutation was caused by Spidey's DNA, leading Harry to confront Spider-Man and accuse him of having caused the transformation:\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Spider-Man to just tell Harry it was Dr Octopus who injected the DNA.\\
'''Instead:''' He starts trying to find the best way to explain to Harry that his father was a sick bastard anyway, which of course only ends up pissing off Harry even more.
** In "Iron Vulture", Peter learns from Vulture [[spoiler: that Doctor Octopus has a mole inside S.H.I.E.L.D. and that it's a Spider.]]\\
'''What You'd Expect:''' [[spoiler: Peter to remember that part about it being a Spider and thus limit his suspect list to Iron Spider, Miles Morales, Agent Venom, and especially the newly-introduced Scarlet Spider.]]\\
'''Instead:''' [[spoiler: He doesn't bother remembering the part that it's a Spider, leading Iron Spider to incorrectly and insistently guess that it's Doctor Connors throughout "Lizards". Moreover, he later trusts Scarlet Spider, whom he just met, with his secret identity--and Scarlet turns out to be the true mole.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/VentureBrothers''
** The season three opener "Shadowman 9 - In The Cradle Of Destiny" has Phantom Limb find The Monarch with Queen Etheria (in a flashback). Limb asks for Monarch's name, to which he responds "The Mighty M...Manotaur!" and is then put on Limb's "Shit List".\\
'''You'd Think:''' When Phantom Limb goes to kill Manotaur (an actual villain, Monarch didn't just make that up), who retired from villainy years ago, he would realize that he looks (and sounds) nothing like the man that slept with his partner so many years ago, and leave him alone.\\
'''Instead:''' Limb kills Manotaur, insisting that "nobody retires from [his] shit list!", ''still'' failing to realize that Dr. Girlfriend ended up marrying Monarch, let alone that Monarch was ever one of his henchmen. This is even lampshaded by Dr. Girlfriend, who thinks that Limb couldn't possibly have been ''that'' thickheaded.
* In every episode of ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' Dick Dastardly is often able to get ridiculously far ahead of the other racers.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That he would keep driving on and maintain his lead.\\
'''Instead:''' He [[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat stops to set up some hairbrained car-trap]] for the drivers behind him. These '''ALWAYS''' [[HoistByHisOwnPetard fail]] and either bump him back several places or cost him the race.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'': **The heroes are visiting a place where women can't play Gobbowl, necessitating that Amalia and Evangeline use magic to disguise themselves as men. This magic has a code word that immediately reverses it, just in case.\\
'''You'd Expect''': They'd pick something that would be very hard to say in casual conversation: "[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick squiddleydoodlefluffer]]", maybe, or "You're a genius, [[DumbMuscle Percedal]]".\\
'''Instead''': The code word is "Gobbowl". ''They are playing Gobbowl.'' The word that immediately reverses the transformation ''is the one they are most likely to say''.
** When Sadlygrove does his [[spoiler: Heroic Sacrifice]], you have to consider this.\\
'''You'd Expect''': He would use his enhanced leaping (when possesed) and quick recovery to [[spoiler: jump at the robot or at the girls to take them to safety]]\\
'''Instead''': He jumps ''right in front of the laser beam'' and ends up [[spoiler: dead]]. While that was a noble move, his LoveInterest was so distraught that she almost allowed the robot to kill her and have succeed if Ruel hasn't pulled a BigDamnHeroes.
* WesternAnimation/WatchMyChops (Corneil and Bernie)
** At the end of "Unlucky Break", Karen founds out about Bernie's broken leg, and she tells him that there will be no lies between them, and then she asks him how he broke his leg.\\
'''You'd Expect''': For Bernie to make something up, like that he just tripped by accident or somethng like that.\\
'''Instead''': Bernie told her the exact truth about what happened (Corneil was playing chess and he slipped on the king) and then, she refused to go out with him because she had just told him not to lie.\\
'''Even Worse''': Bernie could've just said that he slipped on a chess piece that was lying on the floor, without mentioning anything about Corneil playing chess. It's not the entire truth, but it's still the truth, and one that sounds more plausible than the full truth!
* In "Let the Rhinos Roll!" of WildKratts, Chris went off to find the mother of Thornsley, a baby black rhino Martin is looking after. Later Chris calls Martin, telling him that there's nothing to worry about and that he can keep Thornsley as long as he wants.\\
'''You'd Think:''' Martin would realize that [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Chris would want to return Thornsley to the wild as soon as possible]]\\
'''You'd ''also'' think:''' Martin would notice that Chris is wearing red instead of [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience his standard green]].\\
'''Instead:''' Martin misses both [[OutOfCharacterAlert alerts]] and goes on as if nothing's wrong.\\
'''Result:''' The Tortuga is nearly trampled by a herd of mind-controlled black rhinos.
** What makes this more irking is that Martin did notice [[OutOfCharacterAlert Chris using the word "Toodles" as a send-off]].
* ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears''
** In the episode "Cellie", After Panda's jealousy of his brothers new phones got the best of him, he steals them in the night while their sleeping. \\
'''You'd Expect''': Panda to destroy the phones and throw the remaining pieces away so his brothers aren't able to track where they are. \\
'''Instead''': He buries them in the backyard and leaves them perfectly intact, giving Grizzly and Ice Bear the opportunity to track their phones using an app that helps make them "come back to the owners". \\
'''Then again:''' Panda should be lucky that his brothers didn't search outside in the backyard and discovered where he hid them or looked out the window and see his footprints leading to them. If it went that way, he would have been in '' deep '' trouble.
** In "Planet Bears", Grizzly [[PottyEmergency needs to pee]] while at a supermarket.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' For Grizzly to ask an employee where the bathroom is.\\
'''Instead:''' He just runs around asking random people where it is, but none of them know.\\
'''After That:''' Grizzly finds a bathroom, but it requires a code for the door to open.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' For Grizzly to get the code from an employee.\\
'''Instead:''' He just tries to knock it down by ramming into it, to no avail. Then he uses a forklift, causing it to go out of control.\\
'''As A Result:''' He ends up having a BringMyBrownPants moment after crashing the forklift. Serves you right, Grizzly, for being such a fool.
* In ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' (Episode 1x17), Bloom accidentally bumps into Diaspro, making her drop a hologram of Sky. While Diaspro is rude to her about it, Bloom just randomly assumes she must be one of the Trix simply because of this rudeness. She tricks Diaspro into leaving her seat in the stadium, leads her to a back room and attacks her. Diaspro doesn't fight at first, but she is finally forced to fight to defend herself. It's not until the battle is taken into the stadium and Diaspro reveals Sky's secret that Bloom sees she's not a witch.\\
'''You'd Expect''': For Bloom to have eventually realized that Diaspro was not one of the Trix due to how much restraint she was showing. Diaspro clearly didn't want to fight Bloom and only did so when Bloom refused to leave her alone.\\
'''Instead''': Not only does Bloom not realize Diaspro isn't one of the Trix until it's too late, but even after she finds out the truth about Sky, she continues to be angry with Diaspro, ''[[{{FacePalm}} as if it's Diaspro's fault that Sky was two-timing her!]]'' [[{{Jerkass}} She also never apologizes to Diaspro for this incident]] or realizes that she should be angry with Sky, not with the person who didn't even know she existed.\\
'''It gets worse:''' that's because the creator seems to have [[AssPull set things up]] so that [[FirstGirlWins Bloom was supposed to be Sky's fiancee all along]] while [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Diaspro is just supposed to sit there and take it.]]\\
'''Then again:''' stupidity seems to be the only option...as evidenced by Diaspro and the Trix Girls deciding that the best way to kill a fire elemental like Bloom is to send her to something called the [[ShootingSuperman Vortex of Flames]].
** There's also an episode in season six where a childhood friend of Bloom's, Selina, returns. Said friend is assisting the Trix, but Bloom isn't aware of this. However, keep in mind Bloom hasn't seen or heard from Selina in at least six years and she randomly comes and asks for the Winx's help.\\
'''You'd Expect''': For Bloom to be suspicious. While she may not be aware of Selina's true intentions, at the very least, you'd think she'd wonder where her friend has been all this time.\\
'''Instead''': Bloom blindly trusts Selina, not even questioning her story, and the others also go along with it!\\
'''Then''': Selina inconspicuously poisons Flora and when she and Bloom go to the potions lab to create a cure, Selina makes an even stronger poison while Bloom is distracted. She gives Bloom the poison and Bloom, thinking it's the cure, nearly pours it into Flora's mouth, inadvertently almost killing her! She's stopped just in time, but even when she's later expressing remorse, she doesn't at all say how she shouldn't have blindly trusted Selina as she did.
* In the WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker short ''Buccaneer Woody'', at the end when Woody is hiding in a barrel from Buzz Buzzard, Buzz is looking for Woody through the group of barrels... and then Woody's arm pops out of his barrel and points to Buzz that Woody is hiding in a nearby barrel.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Buzz to question how a barrel could have an arm and speak.\\
'''Instead:''' Buzz takes the barrel's advice and drags off the barrel he thinks has Woody in it... and as he's passing by Woody's barrel, Woody pulls the cork out of Buzz's barrel and lights the gunpowder falling out with a match. [[StuffBlowingUp The rest is self-explanatory.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'' has Dr. Steven Boxleitner working on an experiment that would allow him to read the mind of his pet mouse, Squeaky. Suddenly, he gets distracted by the smell of his sandwich.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That he should lock Squeaky in a cage in order to avoid risks in him making his experiment gone horribly wrong.\\
'''Instead:''' He leaves him down near the "HOLY COW!! Don't press this button!" button and leaves the Narrator in charge of stopping him. By the time he came back since he doesn't know the Narrator doesn't do any physically, Squeaky ended up pressing the button anyway. That's when Dr. Two-Brains is born! Not good, indeed.
** In the episode "High-Five Sandwich" Chuck The Evil Sandwich-Making Guy wins a local sandwich contest and is looking forward to seeing the article in the paper about it, but finds it overshadowed by the titular "high-five sandwich" [[note]] Actually a three-person high five that Becky, Violet, & Scoops came up with [[/note]] and gets angry over another "sandwich" showing him up.\\
'''You'd Expect''': That, like the narrator suggested, Chuck actually read the article and find out it's not an actual sandwich.\\
'''Instead''': Chuck attacks the city to destroy the high-five sandwich out of jealousy, resulting in him going to to jail over a misunderstanding.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wunschpunsch}}'': in the episode "Nice wizards", Bubonic and Tyrania try to cast a spell that would make their supervisor, Mr. Maggot, a nice man who wouldn't bother if they did their work or not.\\
'''You'd Expect''': their pets, Jacob and Mauritio, will allow their owners to go through with this plan, because it is a well known fact by now that Bubonic and Tyrania are [[PunchClockVillain punch clock villains]] who only curse the city when mr. Maggot reminds them it's their duty to do so. Allowing them to complete this plan means Jacob and Mauritio most likely never have to worry about another spell being put on the city again.\\
'''Instead''': Jacob and Mauritio try to seize this opportunity to turn Bubonic and Tyrania into nice people themselves, by interfering with the spell. It works, but the Bubonic and Tyrania are so clumsy, that all their attempts to use magic to do good deeds end up causing disasters they're oblivious to, making them an even greater threat to the city than when they're their normal evil selves.
* In the 1990s ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' cartoon, Rogue's character is defined by her [[strike: sassy, flirty one-liners]] inability to touch people without draining their life/powers/mind. She is forced to wrestle with this in virtually every episode that gives her a serious role. Halfway through the first season, Gambit, Storm and Jubilee imprisoned on an island where mutants are used for slave labor, and controlled with collars that can disable their powers.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That when Rogue helps to rescue them, after all the enslaved mutants have removed their collars, she would take one, break the locking mechanism, and have the means to activate and deactivate her powers at the drop of a [[strike: hat]] collar. For added convenience, she could also take a few spares so that any of her genius friends could figure out how they work and make a more discreet and secure version.\\
'''You'd Also Expect:''' Gambit, having spent several days in the collar, would have at some point realized that since the only thing standing between him and the woman he loves is her out of control power, it might just be a good idea to bring her one when he escapes.\\
'''Instead:''' She almost immediately tries to track down the scientist who is offering a cure (which would eliminate her flying, superhuman strength, and nigh invulnerability as well) without stopping for one second to think about the fact that the only reason she has to believe that the guy is legit is because he was the one who invented collars that can suppress mutant powers! In the process, she comes within an inch of becoming a pawn of Apocalypse. After that, the collars would show up numerous times in the series, and never once did she ever make the connection between her overwhelming desire to control her power and a device that controls powers.
** In addition, with not only numerous collars available for use and/or study, but for an entire season a device that suppressed the powers of all mutants in the entire savage land as a major plot point...\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Someone, ANYONE, would have thought to make to use of this technology to deal with the the untold number of mutants that are constantly fighting. The X-Men could easily slap a device on any of their immensely powerful mutant foes, quickly neutralizing them rather than trying to simply beat the crap out of them in a drawn out, knock-down, drag out fight. The same goes for any sufficiently intelligent team of villains. And most certainly the authorities who are more or less useless whenever a mutant goes on a rampage ought to consider adding this to their crowd control arsenal.\\
'''Instead:''' The X-Men continue to fight without using any possible advantage they might have at their disposal. The only villain to use this technology for anything other than detaining prisoners is Mr. Sinister, who despite inventing the technology and being able to build a machine that can block powers over a vast area, as well as devices that grant immunity to this effect, never actually deploys the technology offensively, replaces the device when destroyed, or gives the protective devices to henchmen with even moderately useful abilities. As for the authorities, they continue to spend all their money on terribly ineffective lasers, and giant robot canon fodder.
* In ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', the team is taking a boat cruise to get away from the [[FantasticRacism mutant persecution]]. During the evening, [[AnIcePerson Bobby "Iceman" Drake]] decides to start making sculptures out of the sea water. Now, this is already pretty dumb - considering they're trying to avoid having anyone onboard I.D. them as mutants - but Bobby is not content with just that level of idiocy. Thus, at a request to "make a big one" he declares: "name this movie" and creates an iceberg.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Bobby to create his "masterpiece" off to the side, so the ship will pass right by it.\\
'''Instead:''' He creates the iceberg ''directly in the ship's path'', despite the fact he has no way of moving it aside, or changing the ship's course. Perhaps he wanted to emulate Titanic as much as possible.\\
'''Additionally:''' Iceman gets extra stupid points for not even exacerbating a tense and fragile situation like most of these, but by saying "Hey, watch this!" and ''creating'' one. For ''absolutely no reason''.
** Jean gets one in the same episode for almost the exact reason. Later on, during breakfast, Boom-Boom decides to teach a whiny customer a lesson by covertly throwing a tiny explosive orb onto her food, causing it to explode rather harmlessly. The woman, of course, freaks out, and starts a chain of events which ends with her table being on fire.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Jean to just leave it be, or at the very least grab a fire extinguisher. It's only a table, after all, not like it'll burn down the entire ship. Or ''put out the fire telekinetically'' without anyone possibly being able to see that it's linked to her, since she can ''control atoms with her thoughts.''\\
'''Instead:''' She telekinetically lifts ''an entire lobster tank'' and pours it, lobster and all, on the fire. This right after lecturing Bobby for his iceberg stunt. As a result of this overreaction, not only is she exposed as a mutant, every one of her friends are either directly or indirectly outed as mutants, too.
** Magneto builds a machine that enhances mutant powers while also brainwashing them into being his obedient slaves. There are two prominent groups of mutants available: the unscrupulous and dim-witted bullies of the Brotherhood led by Magneto's associate Mystique and the heroic X-Men.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Magneto to secretly offer the treatment to the Brotherhood and other dregs of mutant society he can find and then use the resulting army of super-mutants to subdue or destroy the X-Men, at his discretion, and TakeOverTheWorld.\\
'''Instead:''' He puts mutants from both factions in sparring matches to determine the "worthy" ones. This not only makes the remaining X-men aware of his scheme but also leaves the defeated Brotherhood members disgruntled, including Mystique ''who knows where his base is''. Out of spite they team up with the X-men, storm Magneto's base and wreck the whole operation.
** Mystique and Cyclops happen to fight in a cellar. Having lost his glasses, Cyclops has to keep his eyes shut, but he manages to pinpoint the only lamp in the chamber and blast it, plunging the cellar in complete darkness and stripping Mystique of her advantage.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Mystique to morph into a nightsighted predator, or at least its eyes, and carry on trouncing Scott.\\
'''Instead:''' She just stumbles around in the dark until Cyclops receives reinforcements and she's defeated.