Too Dumb To Live: Animated Films

  • In The Book of Life, at least three of the deceased Sanchezes died by trying some stunts as bullfighters, all believing that "(Insert subject here) are for cowards":
    • Luis tried fighting three bulls at once because "fighting just one bull is for cowards".
    • Jorge tried fighting a bull with just one arm and leg because "fighting with two arms and legs is for cowards".
    • Carmelo fought a bull without using a cape, because "using a cape is for cowards".
  • In Grave of the Fireflies, the main character, Seita, endures incredible hardships with his sister during and after WWII. Most of that hardship is a result of him running out on his kinda-mean-but-not-that-bad aunt's house to live in a cave. One of the reasons the aunt resents him is that instead of working, he goofed off during the day. And instead of getting a job, he runs off with his toddler sister. Even when things become so bad that their lives are threatened, instead of simply asking his aunt to take them back, he sticks it out, while his sister eats mudballs out of hunger. And then both he and his sister die.
    • This is a rare justified example, though, because Grave of the Fireflies was originally a novel, and the novel was written by a WWII survivor named Nosaka. Seita is an Author Avatar of Nosaka, and Nosaka was torn up with guilt that in real life, he believes he really did indirectly cause his sister to die of malnutrition.
    • It's also a case of Values Dissonance, because Seita is now the only man in the family and would be expected to take up the responsibility with this, meaning he should be capable of taking care of himself and is sister and not "crawl back" to gain help from his aunt in the eyes of a Japanese.
  • The Lion King: Scar really shouldn't have lied to Simba about Mufasa's death by blaming it on the hyenas. He pays for it dearly.
    • In Scar's defense, he probably didn't know the hyenas were there. If he did, he probably wouldn't have blamed Mufasa's death on them.
  • Chief Wiggum in The Simpsons Movie is chowing down donuts at a sale by eating them off the barrel of his gun. He was once the trope's image, for crap's sake.
  • Spirited Away: Chihiro's parents really, really, really should have known better than to eat at an amusement park where the signs advertise such foods as "dog" and "eyeball". Even if you don't read or speak Japanese, the atmosphere of the whole place tips off to any rational human being that there is something ungodly wrong with it. Naturally, they fell for the Schmuck Banquet big time.
  • Anna in Frozen, who insists on staying close to her sister, even though she has dangerous powers that she can't keep under control and has nearly killed her with said powers. And Olaf, whose fondest wish is to experience summer, even though he's a snowman. Unlike Anna, however, Olaf has the excuse of basically being a child and genuinely not knowing better.
    • In Anna's defense, nothing should tear a family apart. Love is stronger than fear, as the movie's aesop teaches.
    • After being thrown out by Elsa's giant snow golem of a bouncer, despite Kristoff begging her to leave him alone, Anna throws a snowball at it. Not only does the snowball absolutely no damage whatsoever, the giant snowman becomes so angry, it chases them off a cliff. Fortunately, it had no intention of truly doing them harm and just really wanted them gone. In fact, it was already leaving before Anna tossed the snowball.
  • Gene and the other Nicelanders from Wreck-It Ralph have their town in danger of being destroyed, thanks to the eponymous Villain Protagonist, who makes the plot in their world work, leaving them. To clarify, Ralph is a Punch Clock Villain, playing the bad guy in Fix-It Felix, Jr., with the Nicelanders as the NPCs. However, Ralph and Felix are the only ones who even seem aware of the fact that Ralph is the most important asset of the game. Without him, the game literally won't function, which will cause the game to be decommissioned, which will make every resident either dead or homeless. Instead of respecting this, or even trying to be personable to Ralph, the Jerkass Nicelanders shun him and are generally mean to him, which eventually leads to Ralph leaving the game to try to prove that he can be a good guy. Not only does this mean that Ralph isn't in the game (which, again, is vitally important), but by the time he comes back the game is only a few hours away from being unplugged, and it's too late for his return to make any difference because in the meantime Felix has vanished into Sugar Rush while trying to find Ralph to bring him back. What the Hell, Townspeople? indeed.