"When your life has been directly threatened by your boss and there's already been one unsolved murder in your office building, always work late and
The character who puts life and limb at risk by doing things that no sane human being would do
. Walking down the alley alone to tell his friend about the Serial Killer
. Telling everybody in earshot he has vital evidence that he'll be taking to the authorities very shortly. Hovering in a known dangerous area without backup
. Not telling the rest of the heroes about the upcoming trap laid out for them
. Bullying a Dragon
. Refusing to believe his glory days are behind him.
Not only possessing Genre Blindness
, but putting Zaphod Beeblebrox's Peril-Sensitive Sunglasses on over it
. Even close friends have to facepalm
upon hearing of his or her exploits. (Though it never penetrates their own heads
.) This trope is, surprisingly, Truth in Television
, as many people can attest to.
If the character's actions are motivated by romantic feelings, be extra careful when labeling a work with this trope. In this instance, a character putting him- or herself in harm's way for the sake of their love interest may not be enough. Love Makes You Dumb
or Love Makes You Crazy
may better cover this scenario, and to apply those tropes alongside this one is perfectly redundant.
If a character is stupid, but does not put himself at an obvious risk of harm, it is not an example of this; see instead What an Idiot
, The Ditz
, or Idiot Ball
. Compare Artificial Stupidity
, the video game equivalent of this which is a result of AI rather than the script being against them. Contrast Death By Pragmatism
and Let's Get Dangerous
. Not to be confused with Evilutionary Biologist
or The Social Darwinist
, although they generally consider it a Moral Event Horizon to not murder the dumb in cold blood
. See also Suicidal Overconfidence
, another video game version.
This trope has been subject to some misuse
. If you see any examples or pot holes
to this page in which the character's stupidity does not pose any threat to his physical well-being, please remove them or point them to one of the alternative idiocy tropes.
As this is a Death Trope
, expect unmarked spoilers on the subpages
For Real Life
examples, see the Darwin Awards
and What The Fuck Is Wrong With You
- You can play as someone like this in School Days. This is a good thing, as doing so is both hilarious and leads to the bad endings that made the game (in)famous.
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni plays a lot with this trope, being a horror game.