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What An Idiot: Fan Fic
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    Anime/Manga 
  • Ash's New Look has Ash went into an place called Salon Rocket where he meets Team Rocket who are in disguise as stylists.
    You'd Expect: Considering Ash's past experiences with Team Rocket and their disguises he should see through them and get out of there.
    Instead: Ash doesn't see through their disguises until they reveal themselves.
  • To Kill A Thief: Light Yagami has it on with his final plan to kill Jeanne.
    You'd Expect: He has to check out on his Death Note to make sure Miyako doesn't touch it and write down not only her name, but also Jeanne's and Chiaki's to make them die of heart attacks quickly.
    Instead: He writes down on the notebook, not realizing it's a fake one. On the top of that, he blurted out to Jeanne, Miyako, and Chiaki that he's Kira. As soon as the 40 second countdown ends, they're not dead. Now they know the truth.
  • In That Look Suna goes to war with Konoha again (this time because a plot by Temari and Kankuro to avenge Gaara got Kankuro killed). Naruto and Anko are ordered to stealthily take out a reservoir that supplies over 70% of Suna's water.
    You'd Expect: That Naruto follow his superior's orders: the two of them sneak in, cut communications, plant some explosives, and get out before blowing the place sky high.
    Instead: Naruto summons Manda to destroy the place which results in Suna being warned that he and Anko are in the area before the reservoir is destroyed. As a result, both are stuck deep in enemy territory with the enemy forces knowing both where they are and what they look like. Anko promptly chews Naruto out for that.
    • From the same story, Naruto is partnered with Anko despite knowing she cheated on him because they have almost a decade of experience working together.
      You'd Expect: Naruto to put aside his dislike of Anko and follow orders since not only is she his superior officer, they're also in the middle of a war.
      Instead: He regularly back-talks her and disobeys her orders, even after she reminds him that he could receive a court-martial for such behaviour.
  • In Maylu's Revenge, it's revealed that Roll was Not Brainwashed when she's Empress. During the match in the N1 Grand Prix...
    You'd Expect: Roll to maintain her cover, and at the same time, try to give out hints to MegaMan, Lan, and of course Maylu, that she's still herself and try to do a little damage as possible.
    Instead: She doesn't do any of the above, trying to delete MegaMan for real, and telling off Maylu that she doesn't need to controlled by her anymore. Also, the matter of reverting back to her old self while grabbing a hold of the former.
    So now you'd expect: She would reveal her true colors and with the power of the rare twisted chip, she would defeat TorchMan so that she and her teammate would win and proceed to the finals of the N1.
    Instead: She continues to act like she's brainwashed by pretending like she wasjust getting MegaMan to drop his guard so that he will have no other options to do with her. Afterwards, she left the responsibility of being freed by Maylu inserting a Cyclone chip to free herself from the corrupted chip.
    Result: Maylu has defected to World Three and her quest to destroy DenTech City. Way to go, Roll.
  • A Protectors Pride. Oh damn! Ichigo's sisters and mother have been taken to hell! Naturally Ichigo wants to go save them and can even go God Mode should things go south. Unfortunately Ichigo needs Yamamoto's go ahead.
    You'd Expect: Since Ichigo is willing to actually go to Yamamoto and ask him for a way to save them without Nice Job Breaking It, Hero happening, Yamamoto comes up with a plan to help him. Ichigo is playing by the rules this time and willing to listen to him. He even knows how to open a portal to Hell. So what would it hurt to quickly iron out a plan, give Ichigo a few Shinigami to help and let him go on his way?
    Instead: Yamamoto treats him like a child and basically tells Ichigo to shut up and stay put. Prompting Ichigo to get desperate. Desperate enough to bust the gates of Hell open and triggering a war.
  • Ranma 1/2 fic Those Who Hunt Ninjas has Ryoga find a magic doll that can grant a single wish.
    You'd Expect: Him to use the wish for something useful, such as getting rid of either his curse or his terrible sense of direction.
    Instead: Skewed Priorities kicks in and he wastes time considering a load of useless wishes, before he wishes for a bigger penis. And it never even occurs to him to make one of the other two wishes.
  • Another Ranma 1/2 fic, Sendai has Ranma and Akane move to Sendai. Morishita, a guy at their new school who's the closest thing to a Muggle in the Ranma 1/2 universe, attacks Ranma, jealous of his relationship with Akane, but is easily beaten. That same day, he tries to gang up on Ranma with some of his friends, and again, is easily beaten.
    You'd Expect: Morishita to realise that he's got no hope of beating Ranma in a fight, and subsequently stop trying to antagonize the guy.
    Instead: He gets some more friends to attack Akane, and they end up suffering an even worse beatdown because of Akane's lack of skill compared to her fiancée. And even if this wasn't the case, Ranma would have almost certainly gotten pissed with them.
  • In Chapter Six of the Axis Powers Hetalia fic What a Way to Fall (a sequel to the Financial Crisis Gangbang story), England (along with the rest of the world) has just met the new personification of the USA, a young girl that Really Was Born Yesterday and also possesses her predecessor's memories (including those of the assault that made Alfred kill himself).
    You'd Expect: England would keep his distance from the girl, or at least courteously introduce himself to her to let her know he's not going to hurt her like he hurt her predecessor.
    Instead: England, viewing the new America as a second chance to make things right, tries to kidnap her and take her back with him to raise her himself. Canada (New!America's guardian) thankfully foils this and rightfully calls England out on trying to force the girl to play out a redemption fantasy.
    Now You'd Expect: England would take the hint, realize what he did was wrong, and apologize.
    Instead: He tries to justify himself by accusing Canada of being unfit to care for the new America. This only deepens Canada's already broken trust and resentment for him, and when England does try to apologize, Canada shoots it down and cuts England out of his life for good.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! Forever, during the Dueltropolis arc, world-class-level duelist Forrest Wiles (aka "Leo the Wildmaster" of the Zodiacs) is slated to duel Jillian Uriah, and he brings out his most powerful monster, Master of Oz, which has a base attack strength of 4200 points and a defense of 3700. He also has in his hand the magic card Wild Nature's Release, which increases the attack power of one selected monster by an amount equal to its defense points, and by contrast Jillian has on her side of the field a monster named Guardian of the Labyrinth, whose attack strength is currently at 1500 points, far weaker than the Master of Oz. And at the moment, Jillian's life points are 5150 points.
    You'd expect: That Forrest would use Wild Nature's Release on Master of Oz, which would increase its attack power to 7900 (4200 + 3700) and make it strong enough to both destroy Guardian of the Labyrinth and wipe out Jillian's life points, thus winning him the duel. Furthermore, Jillian doesn't have any cards or card effects on her side of the field that would impede Forrest from doing so at all, or for such an attack not to succeed.
    Instead: Forrest uses Wild Nature's Release on another of his monsters, Berserk Gorilla, whose base attack and defense are, respectively, 2000 and 1000, thus increasing its attack to 3000, and then uses that to destroy Guardian of the Labyrinth; he explicitly says that he could have used it on Master of Oz, but he's having too much fun with her to end the duel prematurely. Unfortunately, this sets him up to be defeated by her later on, and sometime afterward fellow Zodiac member James Truesdale chews out Forrest for messing around in his duel because he wanted to get into Jillian's pants.
    • Later in the same arc, when the group is on Pegasus' liner en route to Tokyo Dome, Seta Kaiba is slated to have his semi-final duel against Zander Zabel, The Dragon of the Zodiacs, who had only a short while earlier ditched his Bitch in Sheep's Clothing appearance by almost killing one of the protagonists during his quarter-final duel (and the reader has already seen him brutalize one other opponent prior to all this). Given what they know of Zander at this point, Joey suggests to Yugi that they should just throw Zander overboard and thereby allow Seta to win the duel by default.
      You'd expect: That Yugi would let Joey follow through on that idea, as he himself acknowledges that Zander and the organization he represents are bad news.
      Instead: Yugi insists that the duelists should play out their battle and Zander should be knocked out of the competition fair and square. Joey calls him on this, pointing out that the Zodiacs clearly don't care about honor or Combat by Champion, but Yugi says that that doesn't give them, the good guys, to sink to the level of the bad guys. Zander winds up losing his duel, but he still manages to activate a microchip that brainwashes Seta and turns him to the side of the Zodiacs.
  • In Kitsune no Ken: Fist of the Fox, Some members of Mizuki's gang meet Naruto for the first time and assume he's a pushover. Except Naruto isn't—he's one of the Kyuushingai, nine people of mass destruction who laid waste to numerous cities over a one-year period. Naturally, Naruto gives them all a beating. Naturally, Mizuki hears about it, gathers the rest of the gang to go to Ino's family's greengrocery (since they were the last ones to have any known contact with Naruto). Fortunately, Naruto shows up right there and then, pummels Mizuki's mooks without getting a scratch on himself, and then outs himself as a former Kyuushingai while debunking Mizuki's own claims of being part of that group.
    You'd expect: That Mizuki would Know When to Fold 'Em, say "Screw This, I'm Outta Here!" and beat a hasty retreat.
    Instead: Mizuki decides to challenge Naruto, figuring that if he can defeat the kid, he can legitimize his own false claims of being a Kyuushingai. The expected happens.

    Crossover 
  • In Teenage Jinchuriki Shinobi Hun's army of purple dragon mooks are curbstomped by the new Team Seven (Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, Kin, and Himeko) and The Ninja Turtles
    You'd Expect: He retreats since his army is defeated, especially since how the turtles have defeated him numerous times in the past, and sees just how strong Naruto and Himeko were in their last encounter.
    Instead: He came charging at all nine of them. If he had problems with just the turtles, what gave him the idea that he could fight them plus 5 of Konoha's greatest chuunin?
  • In A Spark of Genius, the entire island of Themyscira is sent to Hell and after a year (a week on Earth) Xander comes with a Humongous Mecha and supplies to help them.
    You'd Expect: Hippolyta to realize that trapped inside Hell would be a bad time to continue discriminating against men and let him into the city.
    Instead: She insists that he leave the supplies at the gate and remain outside the fortified city.
  • In the Harry Potter/Mass Effect story Lightning Among the Stars Luna is an A.I. acting as the V.I. (less intelligent and emotional A.I.) for Harry's and Hermione's ship.
    You'd Expect: Luna to acknowledge that due to the Geth A.I. aren't trusted and to act like a V.I. around people who don't know the truth.
    Instead: She constantly acts in a way that reveals her nature as an A.I. and either ignores or doesn't notice Harry's and Hermione's attempts to stop her.
    The Result: Both Harry and Hermione regularly have to quickly explain that Luna isn't like the Geth and is not a threat, lest someone shoot first and ask questions later.

    Literature 
  • In Soulless Shell, Arnold has been sentenced to death for rape by Leif, who is the incredibly powerful leader of the vermin of Redwall, but manages to escape and convince his guards to join him.
    You'd Expect: Him to flee the country, given that no creature alive can even hope to challenge Leif. Failing that, you'd expect him to come up with a plan to take Leif by surprise and use his guards to gain an advantage in numbers.
    Instead: Arnold decides that vengeance against Leif can wait until after he's raped a young girl. Since Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil Leif finds him, turns into a demon, and kills him. His guards aren't even present, and soon afterward try to attack Leif in revenge, only to get killed fairly easily.
  • Black Heir: Harry has a magical contract that forces Narcissa Malfoy to do whatever he writes on it. When he decides that he's restricted her freedom too much, he asks for advice from her on how to change it (after ordering her to tell the truth). Narcissa suggests that on top of not being able to reveal his secrets, he should make it so she can't harm or allow him to be harmed in any way, shape, or form and that he force her to not hate or resent him for what he did.
    You'd Expect: Harry to take her advice since she has to be honest about what would be good failsafes against her acting against him.
    Instead: He decides that manipulating her emotions would be too harsh. Cue Narcissa painlessly knocking him out, changing every rule he's written, then destroying the contract so that while it's still in effect, he can't change anything on it anymore.
  • From Twilight spitefic Resisting Devotion, the scene in which Quil tries to start a romantic relationship with an 18 year old Claire. He tries to kiss her, but she pulls away from him. (Quil at least has the sense not to pull a Sam Uley, figuring that doing so will make Claire hate him.)
    You'd Expect: Quil to just apologise for kissing her. It's not likely that she would automatically hate him for it; they've been good friends for several years and she was probably just shocked that he made an advance like that.
    Instead: The first thing he does when she asks what he's doing is reveal that he's loved her since she was a child. THAT does make Claire hate him, and she states that she'll have him given a restraining order at the end of the fic.
  • In the AU Worm fanfic She Who Skitters in Darkness, Skitter's powers have recently manifested, and as a result she joins the Wards, a teenage superhero group. The Wards unmask themselves, revealing their private identities, and Skitter does the same. Then it's revealed that one of the Wards- Shadow Stalker- goes to the same high school as Skitter, and has been viciously bullying her for years. Skitter deeply resents her because of this. Worsening the situation is that Shadow Stalker's abuse directly led to Skitter developing her powers and suffering severe emotional trauma.
    You'd Expect: Shadow Stalker to recognize that she and Skitter are now on the same level,note  and that Skitter is no longer the fearful, powerless girl who Shadow Stalker once tormented. If that weren't enough, Shadow Stalker could consider that she is surrounded by a group of literal superheroes who would NOT take kindly to her bullying their newest recruit. (The Wards are well aware of Shadow Stalker's sadism, and put her on probation to try and curb it.)
    Instead: Shadow Stalker actively attacks Skitter, relentlessly taunting her and dismissing Skitter's Traumatic Superpower Awakening as 'pathetic'. She continues to do this even after the Wards' leader orders her to stop, and after Skitter's anger at Shadow Stalker makes lightbulbs shatter and the room's electricity short out. At no point does she think 'Hey, maybe I shouldn't try to agitate the superpowered girl with a serious grudge against me!' As a result, Shadow Stalker is nearly kicked off the team note  and Skitter's Power Incontinence puts the fear of God into everyone in the room. note 
  • In one Harry Potter story, Ginny decides to dose Harry with a love potion. A note on the recommended dosage is cut off halfway and continued on the next page: "Potion should be re-administered -"
    You'd Expect: That Ginny would turn the page to make sure she gets the dosage right.
    Instead: She assumes the recipes says, "Potion should be re-administered as necessary/"
    The Result: Harry nearly dies of an overdose from Ginny administering the love potion everyday (the recipe called for once a month).

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Eiga Sentai Scanranger, Peter uses the Film Power of all-mighty God to fight Blackorg and is inches away from winning...
    You’d Expect: The other Scanrangers to sit back and watch. Or, to just get out of there.
    Instead: Takeshi, for some reason, runs out and asks to help Peter. Momentarily distracted telling Takeshi to leave, Peter is left vulnerable to a fatal blow by Blackorg.
  • In Order In Chaos the Centauri and the Orieni go at war, and the Minbari immediately warn them to not violate their neutrality or they'll pay.
    You'd Expect: Given the Minbari's superior technology would allow them to flatten both sides at the same time before they realize they've been attacked, Centauri and Orieni would stay the hell away from them.
    Instead: The Centauri emperor actually anticipates the Minbari demand by decreeing Minbari space forbidden for the duration of the war, and the Orieni government, after some rumbling on how the Minbari are their natural allies, accept their demand. The problem is that some Centauri raiders decide to prey on Minbari shipping in Minbari space to make a quick buck with their advanced technology, while the Orieni decide to try and bypass the fortifications of the Centauri border systems by passing into neutral space, and accidentally penetrate Minbari space, prompting the Minbari to inflict a Curb-Stomp Battle to both at the same time before repeating their demands.
    You'd Expect: The Orieni and Centauri governments to apologize and the raiders to run like they're chased by an angry god.
    Instead: The governments do just that, and they're spared. The raiders not only continue their activities, but don't even bother to change their base.
    Result: The Minbari find them, and one of the ships approaching their base is armed with an antimatter converter. Boom.

    Video Game 
  • Eri's Game: Eri has taken some potshots on the police at the building her Kenzo Hiryu is. She knows she's gonna meet her end and knows there's gonna be a lot of men with guns outside the building. What should she do?
    You'd Expect: That Eri should know that if she tries a death wish like that, the mysterious force (who is none other than Shiki) that keeps on foiling her death attempts would foil this one. Even if she accepted her death, she would try to stay alive
    Instead: Eri boldly opens the building and strides on the police who are all pointing guns at her. She manages to take some of them before dying. This time, the mysterious force isn't there to stop her. That finally got her death wish for sure, but...
    Even Worse: The reason the mysterious force (Shiki) doesn't foil this one because of her battle with the Game Master at that time.
  • In the Fire Emblem Awakening comic Future of Despair, Panne is married to Henry and pregnant with their son Yarne. Her Taguel instincts and what she remembers of their traditions dictate that a Taguel mother must give birth in isolation and in her beast form.
    You'd Expect: For Panne to tell Henry (a young man with severe mental/emotional issues of the abandonment kind among others, which she's very aware of) to give her a hand and help her find an adquate yet kinda isolated place to deliver their child without any risks. That way she can safely become a mom without having to give up on her instincts, and not to mention Henry gets to participate in the birth of their son.
    Instead: Unable to "resist her instincts", she transforms and runs away from the mostly safe palace she and Henry are currently staying in, completely alone and apparently behind Henry's back, to have baby Yarne in the woods. She's then mistaken as a wild animal by two local hunters and gets shot full of arrows, barely managing to give birth before kicking it - which soon sends the already mentally unstable Henry through a Sanity Slippage and a Despair Event Horizon crossing - and sooner or later will cause him to throw his own life away, therefore leaving a very young Yarne (whom he already was neglectful to) almost completely alone. Enjoy becoming a member of the Women in Refrigerators club and ruining your whole family's lives for no other reason than your own stupidity disguised as ~irresistible instincts~, Panne!
  • In The Nascent, Robin aka the Female Avatar is pregnant with her and Chrom's daughter Lucina and very close to being due. She, however, has MANY duties as the Queen of Ylisse and therefore is in danger of neglecting both herself and her soon-to-be-born little girl, even when she can barely afford to rest.
    You'd Expect: That Robin decides to priorise her health and baby Lucina's own and work until it's time, then take a break to give birth safely before re-taking her workload. It's actually *not* as hard as people would believe.
    Instead: She stupidly hides/suppresses her contractions for the sake of "working for Ylisse", which leads her to collapse and almost fall victim to Death by Childbirth. She gets away with almost getting herself and baby!Lucina killed, however.
  • In Morphic, one of the main characters, Jean, is a half-Vulpix. They need to evolve a Growlithe into an Arcanine, for plot reasons. They need a Fire Stone for that.
    You'd Expect: Anybody else than Jean takes the Fire Stone and gives it to Growlithe.
    Instead: Jean takes the Stone and goes through a Body Horror transformation into a half-Ninetales.

    Web Animation 
  • ''The Morning After: Jaune goes to a party.
    You'd Expect: He'd check whether the drinks were alcoholic before ingesting one.
    Instead: He does not.

    Webcomic 
  • Hivefled: Equius and Eridan receive a rambling, emotional IM message from Gamzee, babbling about how his mentor is giving him the creeps. Reading between the lines, it's quite obvious that said mentor is touching him inappropriately, but it's not entirely clear how Gamzee feels about this or even if he knows what's going on, as he's clearly typing while high as a kite.
    You'd Expect: Them to ask for clarification, and then tell him what's going on and tell him he should be running away.
    Instead: They assume he's bragging and tell him to just keep doing what he's doing.
    • Lereal, the leader of the Sufferists, has been recruiting people and has managed to stay hidden. The Sufferists are in no real danger, but Lereal isn't satisfied with staying hidden and staying alive. Karkat, Sollux, Nepeta, Kanaya and Tavros, the descendants of some major rebels, arrive, and Lereal takes this as a sign that the Sufferists will triumph over the oppressors. However, once Gamzee is rescued, he warns his friends and Lereal that the Condesce and Grand Highblood know exactly where they are and will come after them.
      You'd Expect that Lereal would at least try to move the Sufferists to a new, safer location, even if he didn't trust Gamzee, and that he'd realise that even though the Sufferists number in their hundreds, they're no match for the fleet.
      Instead he decides that with Karkat on their side, they can't lose. The Sufferists attack the fleet and are wiped out, leaving only two ships alive- one containing Karkat and co, who flee to Earth, and the other containing a group who decided to mutiny, and who made it out but whose whereabouts are now unknown. Great one, Lereal.

    Western Animation 
  • A few times in A Very Special Arthur.
    • In the beginning, after Arthur hits his head on the bottom of the pool, they get out to call 911.
      You'd Expect: That his friends would take him out of the pool, since he's still submerged in water and unconscious after hitting his head.
      Instead: They leave him in the pool, underwater, for 20 minutes until the ambulance arrives, which helps cause him to become mentally retarded (and this is following the in-story logic behind this, as Arthur would be dead in real life).
    • Arthur’s friends try to reverse his condition, but are told that the only hope for doing so, stem cell treatment, is illegal. They then decide to replicate the process that caused it in order to get him back to normal.
      You’d Expect: Them to use simple logic (as well as listen to the Brain when he points this out) and determine that pushing him into the pool would only make it worse.
      Instead: They go through with it, and are surprised when it makes Arthur's condition even worse.
  • Alex has the titular antagonist herself doing a press conference at the Candy Kingdom where she pins the blame on the dark swamp event on Marceline. On the top of that, she shows them of her crimes against Princess Bubblegum since "What Was Missing".
    You'd Expect: The Candy People will know that she's a friend of their princess and that she can't just charge her for all this.
    Instead: They believe her word. As soon as Marceline shows up, they started throwing rotten tomatoes to her for the acts she had done to their princess. What's worse is that Finn and Jake also believe Alex.
    • In chapter 9, Marceline and Princess Bubblegum prepare to go to Alex's castle.
      You'd Expect: They should take Finn and Jake with them to investigate the place in order to see what Alex just did and regain their memories of being friends with the former.
      Instead: They went there by themselves. As a result, Alex kicks their asses and reveals her plot.
  • Secrets and Lies: Twilight Sparkle has been the victim of numerous acts of vandalism, culminating in a confrontation with the insane pony responsible where Twilight is goaded into vaporizing her in the heat of the moment, and evidence indicates to her that Discord is responsible, attempting to weaken the Elements of Harmony and break out.
    You'd Expect: As this is the sequel to a story where the rest of the Mane Six hiding their issues led to utter insanity and Twilight needed to uncover said issues and reassure the others of the strength of their friendship in spite of it all, that Twilight could now gather said friends, explain the situation in full (putting her own unfortunate act in the context of Discord, as that was how she was trying to deal with the guilt), and inform Celestia as well (understandably afraid of the Princess's reaction, but Discord).
    Instead: She tries hiding it all from everyone except for vague warnings (and a few rants doubting her friends' ability to support her) that ultimately drive all of Ponyville into chaos. Nice going, Twi.
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