"Any first day chemistry student could have told Ragby never to put sparks near a mystery gas. Unfortunately, Ragby had never met any first day chemistry students, so it came as a complete surprise to him when the gas passed by Mulch Diggums ignited in a chain of miniature explosions."
Because most viewers have basic common sense, one would usually expect the same from characters on TV shows. Any deviation from such
usually prompts a Face Palm
and the comment "What an idiot" or similar, thus the entry name.
Can cause A Tragedy of Impulsiveness
, if the situation becomes more serious. It is also the usual reaction to a character demonstrating especially severe Genre Blindness
. Taking this to the next level, where a character dies or very nearly dies because of their stupidity, is being Too Dumb to Live
Can also be a response to ineffectual contestants on a Game Show
And please, as tempting as it is to defend your favorite show from forcing the Idiot Ball
into its characters' hands, refrain from making Justifying Edits
. With a Card-Carrying Villain
or Idiot Hero
, a few of these are to be expected. If the entire show has an Idiot Plot
, it goes on that page instead. Also, do not assume that something listed here automatically makes it a bad episode
; it is usually more along the lines of "something else that is better could have been done". And, of course, some characters are supposed
to be idiots, in which case we probably don't need a full and complete list of every stupid thing they do; a brief summing up would be more helpful.
Compare: Idiot Ball
and Villain Ball
There are also other examples which do not fit the standard idiocy.
Warning: Spoilers ahead!