Idiot Plot: Web Comics

  • Sonichu has several.
    • Sonichu #1: Rosechu could have escaped on her own, considering she is just as powerful as the title character. But no, she willingly became the Distressed Damsel.
    • Sonichu #4: If Chris-Chan hadn't done... whatever it was... that got him suspect of solicitation, this issue wouldnít even have a premise, let alone a plot.
    • Sonichu #8: All of it. Whether itís Sonichu confusing drawings with reality, Rosechu trying to counteract 4-cent garbageís pornographic drawings with her own pornographic photographs, or Magi-chanís inability to warn Blake ahead of time the danger he was in, everybody has dropped quite a few IQ points this issue and thatís saying something.
    • Sonichu #9: Dating Education, starting from the fact that the title concept doesnít make any sense and only going worse from there.
  • Justified in the plot of Homestuck, as the main characters are kids and have to adhere to the laws of causality which make every single mistake they make required for paradoxes to not occur. They are also children.
  • In Questionable Content, bad-tempered girl-with-issues Faye Whittaker takes the initiative and hooks up with her insecure boss Dora's popular brother Sven, who is famous among the entire cast as a playboy that engages in completely physical relationships with no monogamy involved. Throughout their somewhat antagonistic sexual relationship, Sven repeatedly tells Faye that it's just physical, and that he retains the right to have sex with other girls whenever he wants. Despite this, when he actually does exactly what he said he was going to do, Faye is crushed as if he had cheated on her, Dora is chomping at the bit to kick his ass, and the rest of the cast likewise treats Sven with disdain. The only character that didn't juggle the Idiot Ball in this instance was Penelope, who outright lampshades that nobody should have been surprised that Sven slept with another girl.
  • The entire plotline of 8-Bit Theater, so very much. Fortunately, it's played for laughs the whole way through and is an endless wellspring of humor.
  • Subverted by Achewood; Ray is incredibly foolish by any objective standard, but his impulsive and thoughtless (albeit confident) behavior is invariably rewarded by the rules of the world in which he lives. (He gains his initial riches by selling his soul, for crying out loud, which results in only a brief detour in Hell before allowing him to enjoy his riches for the entire run of the strip.)
  • The author of The Order of the Stick has commented that this is occasionally necessary for the sake of the story, usually in response to people arguing a more efficient way of doing things based on the D&D mechanics the strip universe runs on.
    The strip is ABOUT the trouble these characters get in; if a tactic would result in an effortless solution to their latest problem, there would be little point in showing it, see? The characters are woefully inefficient as a result...