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"At its best, one of the things Doctor Who has always been extraordinary at is making new mistakes. This is true on a very fundamental creative level, where even from the very beginning of the program you are forced to say things like, "well in their defense, resolving two weeks of sci-fi experimental theater with 'oh, bother, the switch was stuck' is not something Iíve ever seen done before," up through the days of "racism and giant rats, huh" and "holy fuck that coat" and at last to things like "wait, they lied to their brother and told him he was a robot?" This is terribly important, because if you donít make new mistakes youíll never discover that obvious mistakes like evil robot salt shakers, hiring a construction worker dressed in a ludicrous scarf as your lead actor, a giant fascist Bertie Bassett, or a searing deconstruction of the normative rape/revenge plots that dominate sci-fi media in the early 21st century that argues for a focus on womenís narrative and experiences are, in fact, brilliant and important ideas that the world would be a poorer place without."
ďIt was like falling down an elevator shaft and landing in a pool full of mermaids.Ē
It's amazing what one can accomplish when one doesn't know what one can't do.
Let me guess, you've got a loosely formed idea that shouldn't work on paper but ultimately proves to be reasonably successful?
— Burton Guster, Psych
I know this defies the law of gravity, but you see, I never studied law.
— Bugs Bunny, "High-Diving Hare" (but to be perfectly honest, it would have easily fit into the end of any episode)
I'm so crazy, I don't know this is impossible!
— Daffy Duck riding an invisible bicycle in "Porky Pig & Daffy"
Black Belt: You try walking in a straight line without bumping into wave functions of neighboring realities!
Black Mage: We do it all the time. It's called not being so stupid that it warps the universe!
Helen: The console was a rusted mail-sorting machine. I told Dave it was a death ray in need of repair. It couldn't possibly have worked.
Mell: But Dave got killed by it!
Helen: He's got fantastic potential, doesn't he?
Dr. Wily: Ashura? What the? How did you get here?
Ashura: I followed you. I can run really fast, you know.
Dr. Wily: You ran after us!?! But this island is floating in the sky above the ocean!
Ashura: Really? I didn't notice that.
Ashura: So anyway...
Para-Medic: What's up?
Snake: You were right.
Para-Medic: About what?
Snake: I ate a Russian glowcap and it charged up my batteries.
Snake: What's wrong?
Para-Medic: I, uh... that's... that's great! Um, Snake, can you excuse me for a second?
Para-Medic: Did you just hear that?
Sigint: Yeah. There's no way eating a bioluminescent mushroom would cause your batteries to recharge.
Para-Medic: What do you think it means?
Sigint: Beats me...maybe it's all in his mind.
Para-Medic: You mean like a placebo effect?
Sigint: Why not? You've seen how gullible he is.
Para-Medic: I guess there's no harm done. Should we let him keep believing it?
Sigint: Sounds good to me.
Para-Medic: OK, Snake, I'm back. Yes, the Russian glowcap is a glowing mushroom, so it'll recharge your batteries when you eat it.
Only Bloody Stupid Johnson could have invented the 13-inch foot and a triangle with three right angles in it. Only Bloody Stupid Johnson could have twisted common matter through dimensions it was not supposed to enter. And only Bloody Stupid Johnson could have done all this by accident.
Robo: This is just... there can't be giant insects. They'd crush themselves.
Jenkins: But do they know that?
Robo: Probably not, no.
— Atomic Robo and the Fightin' Scientists of Tesladyne
Esk, of course, had not been trained, and it is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you're attempting can't be done. A person ignorant of the possibility of failure can be a halfbrick in the path of the bicycle of history.
Weakness: Doesn't know what the hell he's doing. This is also his Strength.
"Ambassador," Max said, "in the course of my life I have more than once been too ignorant to know that something was impossible before I did it anyway. I see no reason to jeopardize that success."
Mr. Turnerís influence reaches beyond the horror set: Last year the Museum of Arts and Design showed Tales From the Quadead Zone as part of its VHS retrospective. Jake Yuzna, curator of the show, said Mr. Turner stood apart from other amateur filmmakers because his films "failed in a way that made them more original and fantastic."
— The New York Times, "Chester Novell Turner and 'Black Devil Doll' Are Back."
Dr. Briefs: Goku, what have you done?! You've blasted off into space! You're incredibly lucky I already set the coordinates for Namek, but you... you... where did you get that muffin?
Goku: Muffin Button.
Dr. Briefs: But... I... never installed a Muffin Button.
Goku: (genuinely confused) Then where did I get this muffin?