Playing With / Idiot Houdini

Basic Trope: An character does something stupid and never suffers the consequences for it.
  • Straight: Danny made an unintelligent decision, but never faces the repercussions for it.
  • Exaggerated: Danny made a decision which makes him Too Dumb to Live, but he is rewarded for it!
  • Downplayed: Danny gets a question wrong on a math test, but the answer sheet the teacher uses has the wrong answer marked as correct, so he gets the question right.
  • Justified: The gods above have mercy for Danny whose good-hearted nature outweighs his daftness.
  • Inverted: A character does something smart, only to suffer the consequences for it.
  • Subverted: Danny is unaffected by his actions for a long time, until something heavy hits him at high speeds.
  • Double Subverted: The heavy thing turns out to be a large gold nugget. Danny gets richer as a result of his dumb decision, even after the medical bills are paid.
  • Parodied: Danny is warned by an Insufferable Genius classmate that if he says something unintelligent, he will be struck down with lightning. Danny asks what is lightning. A few minutes later, nothing happens, and the classmate suffers a Villainous Breakdown.
  • Zig Zagged: Danny gets rewarded for an unintelligent decision, but then he's punished for his next. He is rewarded for the one after that, but punished again for the one after that, etc.
  • Averted: Danny suffers the consequences for his incompetence.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "What? Whenever that idiot does something stupid, he always get away with it."
  • Invoked: "If stupid people get away from the consequences, then I must pretend that I'm stupid."
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Another character who's sick of Danny evading the consequences of his stupidity decides to make him realize the consequences.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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