Too Dumb to Live
Uh... can I use a lifeline?

"Okay, Marge, you hide in the abandoned amusement park! Lisa, the pet cemetery! Bart, spooky roller disco! And I'll go skinny dipping in that lake where the sexy teens were killed one hundred years ago tonight!"

There's simple ignorance, when you just didn't know something. And there's fear and panic, when the Apocalypse How is getting down all around you and everybody's going crazy. And there's the people for whom Love Makes You Dumb. There are people who just meet requirements for What an Idiot and The Ditz, or happen to catch the Idiot Ball. And then there's these guys. People who are so stupid that they simply do not deserve to survive.

Walking down the alley alone to tell his friend about the Serial Killer in town. 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 or Mugging the Monster. Touching buttons when told not to. Juggling Loaded Guns. Refusing to believe his glory days are behind him. Blackmailing someone about murder. 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.

This trope is, surprisinglynote , Truth in Television, as many people can attest to, although we won't.

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 kill the dumb. See also Suicidal Overconfidence, another video game version. Lethally Stupid is when someone's stupidity simply causes havoc, instead of being the cause of their demise.

Note: 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 result in their demise, please remove them or point them to one of the alternative idiocy tropes. Suicide and Heroic Sacrifices are not examples either.

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?.


Alternative Title(s): Too Stupid To Live, Dumbass Victim