What An Idiot: Western Animation
Some cartoon characters can be completely clueless
, others can be capable of
common sense. Here, it's hard to tell which is which.
Shows that have their own page:
- Adventure Time has these moments:
- "Go With Me" has Finn taking advice from Marceline into going a date with Princess Bubblegum. However, her advices includes hurting her like headlock and the wolves.
You'd Expect: He has enough of her crap and threatens to tell all this to Bonnibel so that she can get in trouble.
Instead: Finn takes her word for it and does all that. PB banishes him from her kingdom as a result.
- In "Sons of Mars", Jake is taken captive by Abraham Lincoln as he is mistaken for the Magic Man. This is because he has taken his form. Before he gets his death sentence, Jake begins to say how he missed Finn.
You'd Expect: He stops making an attack to hear this statement.
Instead: Finn runs with a chair to throw it at Grob Gob Glob Grod. This caused him to drop his wand that Jake ends up dead. To top it off, he doesn't even think it's his fault this happened.
- In "Jake the Dog", Finn is teleported to a different universe with various humans, tries to stop a problem, puts on the Ice King's hat, gets under control by it and goes insane.
You'd expect that Jake uses his wish to help save Finn.
Instead he wishes for a sandwich and a hot tub.
Luckily Prismo just made and gave him those things rather than grant the wishes for them, otherwise it would end very badly.
- In "The Red Throne", The Flame King escapes his prison with the help of Flame Lord, hypnotizes the citizens, weakens Flame Princess, and dethrones her, forcing her and Cinnamon Bun to escape. They return with Finn, who is still in love with FP, to take back the Fire Kingdom. CB comes up with a plan to sneak into the palace.
You'd Expect: Finn would stop and listen to his plan and follow it, considering that CB has gotten smarter.
Instead: Finn ignores CB and charges in there to defeat the guards, hoping to impress FP. It gets them captured.
But Even Worse: Finn's services were not even needed. In the end, CB took care of the problem without any help, whereas Finn just kept getting in the way. So why shoehorn him into the episode in the first place?
- In "You Made Me", Princess Bubblegum creates a second Lemongrab to keep the first one company and gives them a lifetime supply of candy so they don't have to leave their castle.
You'd Expect: The Lemongrabs live out their lives in sour, dyadic angry-happiness.
Instead: In "It's All Your Fault", we find out the first Lemongrab stole the Princess's recipe for bringing candy to life and used it to turn ALL the candy into misshapen lemony creatures who quickly began to starve.
But Even Worse: When Finn and Jake bring candy seeds to replenish their food supplies, the Lemongrabs turn the seeds into another candy creature. Then they decide to attack the Candy Kingdom to get the food they need.
- At the beginning of the The Amazing World of Gumball episode, "The Authority", Richard wants to watch TV, but there are no batteries in the remote. Fortunately, he spots a pair of batteries on the table.
You'd Expect: Richard to put the batteries in the remote and then use the remote to turn on the TV.
Instead: Richard throws the batteries at the TV, hoping to hit the power button. He misses and hits the screen instead, breaking the TV as a result. This happens again later in the episode when Gumball, Darwin, and Anais take on Richard's shape and IQ as a result of Granny Jojo overprotecting them.
- In the American Dad! episode "The Weiner of our Discontent," Roger gets hold of some poisonous hot dogs which will kill anyone who eats them, and decides to keep hold of them so that he can feel important (and kill anyone who pisses him off by feeding them one of the poisoned hot dogs). Due to a mix-up, Steve and Toshi nearly end up eating them in a hot dog-eating contest, but Toshi's mother unknowingly prevents them from doing so. Afterwards, Stan destroys the poisonous hot dogs once and for all.
You'd expect: Francine to be furious at Roger for nearly killing both her son and one of his friends, and to lecture him about how you don't need power over life and death just to feel good about yourself.
Instead: She blames Stan for everything, because he was mean to Roger earlier in the episode. Stan then tries to make amends by letting Roger hold onto the adrenaline shot that he uses to stave off his lethal shellfish allergy... and the brilliance of this thinking is demonstrated in the very next scene, when Roger deliberately poisons Stan with some crawfish cookies, withholds the adrenaline shot so that he can feel high and mighty again, and then reveals that he wasted it on himself shortly after Stan gave it to him.
- In another episode, Hayley's kidneys fail and she needs a transplant, but Francine drops a bombshell that Stan may not be Hayley's father due to Francine having a one night stand before she married Stan. However, Francine cannot remember who she slept with, so Stan takes her and himself into the past with a time travel machine from the CIA so they can see who Francine slept with and get the guy's info so they can go back to the present and use the info to save Hayley's life.
You'd expect: Stan and Francine to get the man's information from his dropped wallet and leave to go back to their own time with the information.
Instead: Stan, being the jealous and overprotective husband that he is, blows his cover and berates the man that is kissing the young Francine, causing her to get upset at the mistake she almost made and leaves. This causes the past to be messed up and present Francine points out that this will cause Hayley to be Ret Gone, so she convinces Stan to get her younger self to sleep with the guy by any means necessary.
How it works out: The couple tell their younger selves about the situation and young Stan is up for the idea to get young Francine to have the one night stand, but she refuses to do it. Present Stan then remembers he has the formula needed to create the drug Ecstasy, so he goes to young Roger for assistance in making the drug. Once they have it, they drug young Francine and convince the man from the one night stand to sleep with her only because she was drugged up. Roger then ties the guy up and takes his kidneys.
- In Bullocks To Stan, Jeff is in a diner hiding from Stan and Bullock and is telling a waitress to pretend she doesn't know him but she actually does not know him.
You'd expect: Jeff to come up with a fake name. Or, better yet, just roll with that and not draw any attention to himself.
Instead: Jeff says his name, and this allowed Bullock to recognize him. If it weren't for Hayley, he would have been dead right now.
- In Daddy Queerest, Terry and Greg are letting Terry's football-playing father stay over for the time being. And Terry decides to try and let his dad know he's a homosexual.
You'd expect: Terry would toughen up and tell his father the flat-out truth.
Instead: He chickens out and lies to his dad, saying that Francine was his wife.
Later: after being told the truth by a drunken Stan (by accident), Terry's dad rejects him. So Stan tries to fix things by asking Terry's dad to accept him, which he doesn't.
You'd expect: Terry would be disappointed but thanks Stan for trying to help.
Instead: He starts blaming Stan for causing all this trouble. But then Francine steps in and retorts that despite what Stan did, he DID try and fix it.
- Arthur has the episode "Play It Again, D.W." in which Arthur is driven crazy when D.W. constantly plays her "Crazy Bus" CD single. At one point, he yells at D.W., saying that he'll wreck the CD if she continues playing it. She tattles on her parents.
You'd Expect: Mom and Dad to come up with a compromise for Arthur and D.W: Arthur should not touch D.W.'s things and D.W. should give Crazy Bus a rest once in a while.
Instead: They side with D.W. 100% and ground Arthur.
Later: D.W. can't find the CD and tells her parents that Arthur hid it.
You'd Then Expect: Mom and Dad to lecture D.W. that it's not right to accuse when you have a grudge against someone and to help her look for the CD.
Instead: They believe her story and confront Arthur for stealing it. Keep in mind that D.W. already got him in trouble for doing absolutely nothing except threaten to break the CD so he can have some piece and quiet.
- "Arthur's Big Hit": D.W. repeatedly annoys Arthur about the model plane he's been working on with all the reckless abandon you would expect of a 4-year-old brat like her.
You'd Expect: Arthur to take precautions to keep D.W.'s mitts of his plane. He could tell his parents, lock his door, or even put it up where she cannot reach it.
Instead: He just leaves his plane out in the open.
The Result: D.W. predictably takes the plane and breaks it, causing him to lose his cool and hit her.
You'd Expect: Mom and Dad discipline them both about it. For them to tell D.W. to not touch Arthur's things; and to tell Arthur to not resort to violence when he gets angry.
Instead: Again they take D.W's side. While she puts on a drama show, they label Arthur as a bully even when he's visibly remorseful about hitting her, and give him a week of TV ban (though they do say they would discuss it with D.W. later, but we never see this, as they do this offscreen.).
Compounding It: Word gets to Binky, the local Jerk with a Heart of Gold about this. He then eventually reluctantly (as a test by his 4th grade friends to prove he's still tough) punches Arthur in the shoulder.
You'd Then Expect: Arthur's parents to raise a fuss over this unprovoked act by a third party.
Instead: "Now you know how D.W. feels."
- In "The Election", Arthur runs for Class President against Muffy. However, he doesn't stand a chance due to Muffy promising improvements to the school that she can pay for. She makes professional-looking posters and buttons, and passes out muffins to everyone.
You'd Expect: Mr. Ratburn to realize that, as a rich kid who can afford all these things, Muffy has an unfair advantage against Arthur and disqualify her.
Instead: Mr. Ratburn approves of all of Muffy's plans, even going as far as to eat one of her free muffins (though when you consider Mr. Ratburn's Trademark Favorite Food, it's not too Out of Character from him). Fortunately, Muffy loses the election anyway due to Binky Barnes entering it and making wild promises.
- The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes:
- "Nightmare in Red": Red Hulk attacks the SHIELD Hellicarrier.
You'd think: The then-current SHIELD director, Maria Hill, would order a hunt for Red Hulk.
Instead: Maria apparently assumes that The Incredible Hulk somehow changed his skin tone from green to red, then attacked the Helicarrier, and so orders a hunt for him instead. The hunt succeeds, depriving the Avengers of their strongest member for an unspecified lengthy amount of time. Meanwhile, Red Hulk remains free to wreak havoc under the order of Red Skull.
- "Powerless": Amora the Enchantress helps Loki extract revenge on the Avengers by casting a spell which turns The Mighty Thor mortal, strips Captain America of his strength, and drains Iron Man's technical knowledge, giving Loki the opportunity to kill them with the Destroyer armor.
You'd think: The Enchantress would make sure that this spell would prove impossible for the Avengers to break.
Instead: Before Loki goes to fight, she warns him that if Thor learns a lesson in humility, he and his teammates will regain their abilities. Thor had already gained humility by this point, and didn't revert to arrogance until the morning on which this episode began. The magic doesn't reverse until Thor gains humility again, but the episode never says why the Enchantress and Loki believed Thor would have trouble losing the arrogance he lost before.
- In one episode of Back to the Future, Doc Brown's Evil Former Friend Walter Wisdom steals the DeLorean knowing full well about how the flux capacitor works and wanting to profit from it. Doc and the others chase Wisdom through time, but the villain manages to shake them at the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883.
You'd Expect: Wisdom to use the time machine to amass a large sum of money a la Biff Tannen in BTTF 2. Or set up an empire with himself as sole dictator. Really, when you have a time machine, the possibilities are endless.
Instead: He immediately takes the DeLorean back to 1991, goes on live national TV, and starts offering time machine rides for $999,995 a pop. This gives Doc and the others enough time to catch up with him and discredit him in front of the public.
- Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse: In the short "Trapped in the Dreamhouse", Barbie's rival Raquelle tries to stop Barbie from outshining her at a fashion show by setting the AI system of the dreamhouse to "evil", causing it to prevent Barbie and her friends from leaving to do the show.
You'd Expect: Barbie would remember that she's just a few steps away from the AI's good/evil switch, set it back to its default setting, and unlock the dreamhouse.
Instead: Barbie decides to walk all the way to the control room and remove the CPU. She and her friends barely survive several Death Traps along the way. The last trap destroys the dreamhouse, requiring Ken to quickly build a new one.
- In the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Mudslide", Batman is chasing down actor Matt Hagen, who has been robbing various chemical factories. Hagen is obviously falling apart at the seams, leaving muddy trails behind him as he struggles to run. Batman offers to help restore Hagen's humanity but Hagen - justifiably skeptical given that Batman nearly killed him in the past - says that he doesn't need Batman's help. It turns out he has found another doctor - a medical consultant from one of his old movies - who has found a chemical process that will restore his body... and the final chemical they need is at Wayne Enterprises, which leads to Batman catching the trail again and finding Hagen's hideout, just as Hagen is undergoing the final process to save his life.
You'd Expect: Batman to just let this crime go. Hagen was an unwilling villain, blackmailed into crime by a corrupt businessman and unwittingly turned into a monster by the minions of the same businessman. Batman knows of Hagen's past and offered to help Hagen earlier in the same episode. Even if he couldn't justify letting the crime go, nothing stops him from letting him get cured then throw a non superpowered Hagen in jail. Besides, it wouldn't be the first time Bruce Wayne made a public show of supporting the rehabilitation of a criminal, having paid for the experimental surgery and therapies that would restore Harvey Dent to a normal life in "Second Chance".
Instead: Batman blows up the machine that is injecting Hagen with the chemicals and says "It's all over, Hagen. The lab boys can take it from here." This leads to an all-out battle which Batman only wins after taking the fight outside where the rain further weakens Hagen.
- Batman does this to Clayface again in the Justice League episode "Secret Society". Granted, Grodd probably wouldn't really have allowed Hagen to be cured of his condition anyway, but still...
Batman: Always trying to find a cure, aren't you?
Clayface: Can you blame me?
Batman: No... but it's made you predictable.
- But the above example just leads to another one, this time on Clayface's part. So the only thing Hagen wants in the entire world, the thing that he says makes him keep committing crimes and falling in with villains, is his humanity back. Batman has been shown to not only offer Hagen his help with this, but has attempted it with other villains before, and isn't known for lying about something as serious as this.
You'd Expect: Mr " I Just Want to Be Normal " would consider, even the slightest, to turn himself in. He could get actual, legal help for his condition, and he won't have to worry about Batman tearing him a new one every time they cross.
Instead: He stays a criminal, often going out of his way to use someone either under duress or just as crooked as he is, if not worse. He eventually stopped whining about being normal and just turned bad.
Even Worse: This could be said for just about any villain really, not just on the show, including some of the ones listed here, like Mr. Freeze.
- In "Cat Scratch Fever", Batman is being chased by a rabid, infected dog through the snowy wilderness with several crooks he was trying to foil also following him. He slides out onto a frozen-over lake and manages to administer a cure to the dog. The villains arrive on the scene, armed and ready against a potentially tired and weakened Batman.
You'd Expect: The villains to keep their distance and shoot Batman with their weaponry from afar, perhaps breaking the ice so that he falls in and guard the immediate area so that he can't get back out. This would insure an icy death for the caped crusader.
Instead: The villains do indeed submerge Batman after shooting the ice, but not before walking out onto the ice themselves. The predictable happens and Batman comes out from under them, causing the villain's weaponry to go off and break the ice beneath their feet, disarming them and allowing Batman to take them in.
- "Joker's Wild": A millionaire called Kaiser has a casino built but becomes bankrupt in the process, so he hatches a plan to undo it all: he decides to use extensively use the Joker's image and name for his casino so that the Joker would become enraged and destroy it, allowing him to collect the insurance money.
You'd Expect: Him to realize how convoluted and just plain moronic his plan is. Enraging one of the most dangerous psychotic serial killers in the world isn't the best of ideas, and he had no guarantee that the Joker would decide to destroy it (he might have thought of it as a homage to him), or that he wouldn't directly go after Kaiser rather than targeting the place.
Instead: He goes ahead with his plan.
Later: Despite all, his plan works. And would have succeeded, if not for a major screw up on Kaiser's part: Thanks to security cameras, he catches the Joker laying explosives in the place's basement. Just as Kaiser is about to leave the place, Batman breaks in and reveals to him that he of knows his plan. Following this, Kaiser pushes a button that sends an electric shock to Batman and knocks him out.
You'd Expect: Him to leave Batman there chained up or something to get killed when the place blows up.
Instead: He has Batman sent to the Joker, hoping that he would take care of him. Predictably, Batman reveals Kaiser's plan to the Joker, who, not happy with having been manipulated and played for a fool, cancels his plans to blow up the place and goes after Kaiser instead. In the end, Kaiser gets lucky that Batman barely manages to stop the Joker and save his life.
- In Batman's Super Hero Origin story in Mask of the Phantasm, Bruce is struggling with choosing between a life with Andrea and a life as Batman.
You'd Expect: Bruce to be up front with Andrea and tell her about his struggle and plans and leftover trauma from his parents' death (he trusts her enough to marry her, after all), maybe even think of her as a partner after that surprise sparring match with her.
Instead: He assumes he couldn't be Batman because she'd "always be home waiting for me." And this isn't even a universe where female characters have always stayed in the kitchen! Bruce, what gave you that idea that's what marriage had to be like? Well, they both paid the price...
- Also in Mask of the Phantasm, Andrea Beaumont's father embezzled a lot of money from some very nasty gangsters. They've given him 24 hours to give it back, but that's not enough time. His daughter is dating Bruce Wayne, one of the richest men in the world.
You'd Expect: Mr. Beaumont would talk to Bruce and ask to borrow the money from him to pay back what he owes. Wayne is a good guy, and Beaumont can pay him back in a few weeks.
Instead: Mr. Beaumont and Andrea flee the country, and Andrea leaves Bruce a note breaking up with him. A few years later, the gangsters track them down and kill him.
- In Batman and Mr.Freeze: Subzero Freeze and his partner in crime, Dr. Gregory Belson, have just discovered that the vital signs of Freeze's terminally ill wife Nora have stabilized. They take Barbara Gordon, their captive and involuntary organ donor, into the operating room, where Freeze's adopted inuit son, Koonak, sees them nearly kill Barbara to save Nora's life. Horrified, Koonak rushes to stop them, and in the ensuing chaos, Barbara escapes and runs to the outside of the hideout (an abandoned oil refining station.)
You'd Expect: Mr. Freeze (wielding a cryogenic energy gun) to have Gregory watch over Nora and go after Barbara himself. This would be a safe way to retrieve her without causing much damage.
Instead: Freeze sends Belson (wielding a revolver) to do it for him. Belson, being the impulsive dumbass that he is, ends up starting a fire when his bullets hit some fuel tanks, effectively ruining Mr. Freeze's chances to save his wife.
- If The New Batman Adventures, the revamp of this animated series has one, it's the episode "Joker's Millions". The titular character realizes that he's been duped by a rival mob boss about the money. If he tries to tell to the public about it, he'll be a laughing stock. His only option is to commit a crime, but without any use of the gadgets he usually carries.
You'd Expect: He will go the Iceberg Lounge by himself and allow his men to secretly rob Gotham Mint by placing it on a boat. That way, Batman won't have any clue that he did the crime since he's not with his men.
Instead: He sends his lawyer, Ernie, to impersonate as him. Batman interrogates him roughly to discover what Joker just did and successfully foils it.
- "Over the Edge" has this when Batgirl is pursuing Scarecrow by herself. She noticed him standing in the ledge of a skyscraper.
You'd Expect: She throws a Batarang to make sure if it's really him or not. If he's not knocked over, then it's a decoy.
Instead: She tackles him, only to discover it's just his coat worn on an antenna. Scarecrow then shows up and hits her with his stick, sending her falling to her death.
- In the first season finale of The Batman, Ethan gets captured by Joker and is about to go into a Mind Rape situation until Batman stops his plan.
You'd Expect: He should keep things quiet and make up a story that Batman is under the leagues with Joker into kidnapping him.
Instead: Ethan just shouted out loud that the Batman saves his life in front of the news media, including Chief Rojas.
Result: Rojas suspends him for this. Too bad that Ethan inhaled the dose of Joker Putty so along with this, this sets the events of the second part of the first season finale.
- Also the moment when Joker is about to use Joker Putty on Ethan...
You'd Expect: Batman to take away the formula from his hands and smash it somewhere far.
Instead: He makes Joker drop the formula with the use of his Batarang. Ethan inhaled the dose of it, turning him into Clayface.
- Beavis And Butthead: Beavis cuts his finger off, and the rest of the episode is spent at the hospital, where he needs said finger put back on.
You'd expect: The doctor would, y'know, fasten it on with a cast or something.
Instead: He simply warns Beavis just not to use it. He does right away, and it falls off again. Cue the next episode.
- In the Bob's Burgers episode "My Fuzzy Valentine", Linda gets angry that the detective hijacked her speed dating idea and is jealous that the people are listening to him and not her.
You'd Expect: Linda to try to reason with the group on why her ideas are better than the detective's.
Instead: Linda steals the detective's gun out of childish spite, not realizing she committed a huge felony by stealing an officer's weapon. She gets arrested, but is quickly bailed out.
- On Brickleberrys first episode ("Welcome to Brickleberry"), Malloy runs away to find junk food after Woody puts him on a diet more befitting for a bear cub. After scrounging for garbage and nearly starving to death, Malloy happens upon a trailer with a redneck inside, who has junk food — and a criminal record for sexually molesting children and small animals.
You'd Expect: Malloy to tell the redneck that he's not going in his trailer for junk food because of his criminal history (even when the redneck makes it crystal clear that he has the tools and court order stating that he's not allowed within 50 feet of children and small animals).
Instead: Malloy does tell off the rapist, but lets his guard down when the rapist tells him he has 99% cacao dark chocolate.
Worse Still: Malloy didn't leave after he got his fill of junk food and the rapist (now dressed in leather bondage gear) told him he was about to be stuffed. When Steve and Ethel find him, he's... stuck on the rapist.
- One Caillou episode has this infamous exchange: Caillou is afraid of a man he sees and tells his mother.
- You'd Expect: Caillou's mother would keep him away from the man.
- Instead: She simply leaves Caillou alone with him. Actually, the writers of that episode would probably qualify as an idiot, because they should know that a parent leaving their child alone with a stranger is an EXTREMELY irresponsible thing to do.
- In Captain N: The Game Master: both the N Team and The Forces of Chaos tend to display stupidity when an opportunity for victory is in sight. In "Wishful Thinking", the N Team discover a lamp containing a Genie with the ability to what else? Grant wishes.
You'd Expect: That the N Team would wish for the defeat of Mother Brain and all others seeking to dominate Videoland, plus bring King Charles back. Even Lana considers using a wish to stop Mother Brain.
Instead: The N Team members make personal wishes like Kevin's skills being enhanced, Mega Man becoming stronger, Lana falling heads over heels for Simon (literally) and Kid Icarus making himself big. By the end of the episode, no attempt is made to use a wish to permanently stop The Forces of Chaos or bring the King back home. Granted the wishes could come out wrong if not worded right, Kid Icarus managed to make several wishes without them backfiring.
- But again the bad guys can be equally stupid. In Happy Birthday, Mega Man, The N Team accompany Mega Man on a mission to the Warp of Life which can make him human. To achieve humanity, he has to pass three challenges. The first is gaining the will to leave the Pleasure Zone (as the world is so fun due to the many games/stores/rides that no one wants to leave). After Mega Man and the N Team depart, they discover that they've been in the Pleasure Zone for three weeks.
You'd expect: That Mother Brain and The Forces of Chaos would take advantage of the N Teams' absence and try for another takeover of Videoland. Someone from the N Team would have to consider that.
Instead: We don't see the aforementioned villains, nor are they acknowledged.
- In Camp Lazlo, Samson is delivering the new rule books for Camp Kidney and Acorn Flats but accidentally drops them mixing up the delivery tags and he ends up sending the Camp Kidney rule book to Acorn Flats.
You'd Expect: Miss Doe would stop Samson and notify him of the mistake or notify Scoutmaster Lumpus of the mix up and give him the rule book.
Instead: She throws it away, and all the boy scouts are wearing dresses and having tea parties.
- In another episode, the Bean Scouts are having a competition to build and race their own go-karts. Lazlo, Raj, and Clam, however, blow their money on riding a kiddie ride instead of spending it on parts for their race car, so they need to get more money.
You'd Expect: Every time they get new money for the car, one or more of them would make absolute certain to remind them that this money is strictly for the car, and not for the kiddie ride. Better yet, have someone (like Slinkman or someone else) monitor them and make sure they spend their money wisely.
Instead: They blow the money on the kiddie ride every single time.
- In the CatDog episode "Mush, Dog, Mush!" Cat and Dog are participating in a sled race, and Cat really wants to win. When Dog gets tired, Cat takes over his place as the runner. They're in first place, and the finish line is in sight.
You'd Expect: Cat to, oh, I don't know, cross the finish line!
Instead: Cat is feeling a bit smug. As soon as they're right in front of the finish line, he suddenly stops, slowly lifts up his finger, and places it down on the finish line, going "Oh, yeah!"
As a result: Everyone passes them, and they don't get first place. And even though it's his own fault, Cat still complains that they were "so darn stinking close!"
- In Cats Don't Dance, Darla's Evil Plan to discredit the heroes has worked: she tricked Danny into using a soundstage to try and impress the studio head. Then she sabotaged it via floods, and just drops by to drop off the hostage again.
You'd Think: She'd feign being angry, shouting "What the heck?! How could you disappoint me like that, after that opportunity? And you trusted the controls to a little penguin?"
Instead: She takes the opportunity to engage in some Evil Gloating that makes it very clear she's responsible, and eventually leads to her downfall.
- In the Captain Planet episode An Inside Job, Dr. Blight walks into a Rock formation with a clearly visible door, Kwame comes by the Rock formation.
So You'd Expect: Kwame would use his Earth ring to lift the rock formation or find a way to open the door of the rock formation.
Instead: He assumes that Dr. Blight is in another place and ignores the rock formation.
- In Code Monkeys, Mr. Larrity is in a high-stakes poker competition against up-and-coming entrepreneur Gill Bates. He's brought Benny with him to help him cheat by staring at his competitors' hands. Benny sees Gill's hand and warns Larrity that it's really good.
You'd Expect: Larrity to trust Benny and just drop out of the hand, cutting his losses but not making things worse.
Instead: Larrity completely ignores Benny's advice and bets Gameavision on his hand, which includes cards not even found in a standard deck (including an Old Maid and a blue Uno Reverse). Naturally, he loses spectacularly.
- Codename: Kids Next Door, the episode with the talking baby: The KND have just defeated a minor villain with a device that changes people's ages.
You'd expect: Numbuh One would keep this age-changing device to use against the adults, or at least to stop anyone else from getting their hands on it.
Instead: He throws it away, and the Delightful Children From Down The Lane pick it up. Way to go there, Nigel.
- In the Cyberchase episode "The Creech Who Would Be Crowned", Matt has been picking on Inez about her vocabulary for the majority of the opening action, eventually citing "I was just teasing" as the reason.
You'd Think: Jackie would notice that Inez is getting really upset and tell Matt to knock it off.
Instead: Jackie tells Inez "No offense, Inez but sometimes your vocabulary is bigger than you are."
Result: The camel's back breaks so to speak and Inez storms off after snapping "Well, here's a little word for both of you: BYE!" and spends the majority of the rest of the episode ignoring Matt and Jackie and actually has to think about saving their lives. Way to go, Matt and Jackie.
- Danny Phantom episode "Double Cross My Heart" has Danny spying on Gregor, whom he is hanging out with Sam, suspecting him of working for the Guys in White. Sam has talked about it the next day at school.
You'd Expect: He should be careful in what he said and keep his cover maintained.
Instead: Danny gives out a hint he's spying on her by saying "spaghetti sauce", leading Sam to realize of what he just did. Boy, she's really pissed off by this one.
- Dennis the Menace: In "Shark Treatment", Dennis stumbles into a robotic shark and finds the remote control inside.
You'd Expect: Anyone with eyes to see that the shark is obviously a fake and that Dennis is in there just by listening to his voice.
Instead: Both PeeBee and Mr. Wilson are fooled into thinking that the shark is real and that it can talk. Neither can tell that it's Dennis' voice until he jumps out.
- In the Aladdin animated series, Genie often falls under this trope. One example that comes to mind is the episode I Never Mechanism I Didn't Like. Genie miniaturizes himself so he can get inside a robot to disable it. The villain of the episode responds by sending a miniature robot after Genie.
You'd Expect: Genie would poof himself back to his normal size and skoosh the robot.
Instead: He stays small and lets it chase him around.
- In the same episode, Genie discovers he can reverse the villain's mind control. After freeing Aladdin, they set off to kick the villain's butt and save Agrabah.
You'd Expect: Genie would use what he discovered to release everyone else.
Instead: He leaves everyone else under the villain's mind control, forcing Aladdin to fight them off. And you thought Aladdin was lazy.
- In Kim Possible, while Kim is under the effects of a chemical that makes her slowly disappear every time she gets embarrassed, she willingly decides to go on a date with someone.
You'd Expect: Kim to decline the date offer, knowing it's too risky.
Instead: She accepts, leaving the safe haven of her home, encountering embarrassment galore and nearly getting herself killed in the process. BRILLIANT IDEA.
- Kim Possible. Shego has recently fallen into a shallow trap with crocodiles, and says she can't hurt any of the crocodiles.
You'd Expect: Shego, with her abilities to shoot plasma beams just by pointing her fingers or jumping straight several meters up the air, would either shoot the crocodiles with her plasma beams or just jump out of that shallow hole.
Instead: She starts wrestling with one crocodile's jaw while whining about needing help...
- In the end of the movie, Drakken has succeeded with all his plans. He is not only mere hours away from unleashing the evil machines that he will use to take over the world, he has also captured and tied up his arch enemy Kim Possible and her sidekick though a cunning plan of his.
You'd Expect: Drakken would a) learn by his mistakes and actually capture Rufus so that the pet does not free Kim and Ron again, and b) not take the backpack, containing a laser beam and the necessary disruptor to the transmitter to the evil machines, to the exact same room that Team Possible were tied up in.
Instead: Drakken overlooks Rufus, again, and puts the backpack, with all the mission crucial toys, in the same room as Team Possible are captured, so naturally Team Possible escapes and not long after destroys Drakken's plans.
- Lilo & Stitch: The Series: In the episode "Wishy Washy", Gantu captures an experiment who grants wishes and Lilo and Stitch have come to stop him. Gantu has captured this experiment by saying "I wish that the experiment was in my grasp".
You'd expect: Gantu would say something like "I wish no one could stop my plans" or "I wish Lilo and Stitch would be teleported into space".
Instead: Gantu wishes that his blaster was 100X more powerful and larger. This means that not only is his blaster harder to aim, it also does more accidental damage to his ship.
- In the episode "Checkers", Lilo gets an experiment that causes anyone who were it as a crown to be viewed as a king. Lilo naturally enjoys having authority, but the Alpha Bitch and her Girl Posse become her guards, and arrests anyone who so much as crosses her the wrong way.
You'd Expect: Lilo intervenes their arrests. She Is the King, and she knows these so called crimes are harmless.
Instead: Lilo reluctantly goes "I guess if they say he's a troublemaker...", let's them arrest the whole town. Everything eventually goes back to normal, and Lilo learns An Aesop about accepting the authority of adults. If she's that inept as a king, she needs that lesson.
- Phineas and Ferb: "Tip of the Day": Dr. Doofenshmirtz attaches a universal delete button to a mind reading helmet, which when he presses the button, would cause everyone to forget about whatever he's thinking. He intends to make everyone forget about that embarrassing viral video of himself.
You'd expect Doofenshmirtz to immediately press the button the minute he puts on the helmet, while he's still thinking about the embarrassing video, then his plan would succeed.
Instead: he wastes his time explaining his whole plan to Perry while he's wearing the helmet, then ends up getting distracted when he trips, setting his mind to something else and causing everyone to forget about the aglet instead.
- Well, alright, but there's still Isabella's crush on Phineas, and how obvious she makes it.
You'd Expect: Phineas to realize her love for him.
Instead: he's just completely oblivious to it, which sadly continues throughout the series.
- One more episode: "Phineas and Ferb's Quantum Boogaloo". When future Candace brings Linda out of the store to witness the rollercoaster, she quickly calls for emergency services to have it stopped. A chopper gets report of the rollercoaster, and heads upward. On top of the Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated building, Doofenshmirtz and Perry are trying to fend off the giant tin foil ball heading towards them. Perry tries to use his hook to cling on to the helicopter (which he did in the pilot), but it misses. Then Doofenshmirtz jumps off the roof of the building.
You'd Expect: Perry to jump out of the way too.
Instead: He takes the hit and is injured, as Doofenshmirtz comes out unharmed. After the rollercoaster is terminated, Linda is furious at the boys, and punishes them without giving them a chance to explain what they were thinking. Future Candace goes back to the future, only to find that it's in such a bleak condition. She then discovers that it's because of her actions (and Doofenshmirtz getting the upper hand) that things became this way. Later, we find that Perry was in a full body cast for 18 months after being hit by the tin foil ball.
- Even the classic Disney shorts have What an Idiot moments, as seen in "Donald's Happy Birthday". Needing money to buy some cigars as a birthday gift for Donald, his nephews go on a chore binge, with Donald being clueless about the kids' sudden desire to do chores in order to get a certain amount of money.
You'd Expect: Donald would ask his nephews the reason for this sudden need of money (or at least realize that today is his birthday and deduce that they must be getting money for a present).
Instead: Donald forces his nephews to put the money they earned into a mechanical toy bank, with most of the short then consisting of the nephews trying to get it back in order to buy Donald's present.
It Gets Worse: Once the nephews finally get back their allowance and use it to buy the cigars as a birthday gift, Donald assumes that the boys were buying them for themselves. Without giving them a chance to explain it, he forces them to smoke the cigars, not realizing that the cigars were meant for him until, after exhausting all of the cigars, he discovers the birthday card from his nephews.
- In the Donkey Kong Country Animated Series episode "The Legend of the Crystal Coconut", DK has gone to ask this all-knowing tiki statue thing how to use the Crystal Coconut. It's advice? "To know everything, you must give up everything".
You'd Expect: Ask someone else for advice.
Instead: He gives the Crystal Coconut to King K. Rool, thinking he'll know everything about the Crystal Coconut once he gives it away (when it's not even his to begin with).
- "The Day the Island Stood Still": DK decides to take a nap after guarding the Crystal Coconut for some time.
You'd Expect: DK to curl into sleep without any incident.
Instead: He accidentally wishes that he could sleep forever, causing the Crystal Coconut to stop time.
- In Exo Squad, during the retaking of Australia, the Neo Sapiens reveal their newest weapon of war-the Neo Warriors. Due to insane regeneration or durability, they can tank laser blasts and most explosions, and could get into melee range with the Frames and effortlessly destroy them. After narrowly escaping with their lives, Able Squad returns to Exofleet.
You'd Expect: Since lasers and other weapons were ineffective against the Neo Warriors, and that they regularly get into melee range, the engineers at Exofleet would counter with putting at least a combat knife, sword, mace, or laser cutter onto each frame to deal with close range combat.
Instead: They continue to arm the Frames with the same old configuration, and in several battles, the Exoframes are overwhelmed by superior numbers of Neo Warriors and don't have any real way to defend themselves, and get destroyed. Things get even worse when the Neo Lords are revealed.
- In the first early season Admiral Marcus upon hearing news that the homeworlds were getting destory by the Neos invasion.
You'd Expect: Marcus to make sure Exofleet arrive their at full strengths to take on whatever threat.
Instead: General Failure Marcus order the Carriers to go at full speed leaving the support ships behind fighting at half power at best. And putting JT Marsh in jail for calling his plan stupid.
The Result: On the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle from the Neos that have Exofleet running away with their tail inbetween their legs.
- In The Fairly Oddparents special Channel Chasers, Timmy wishes up a TV and goes inside, leaving Cosmo and Wanda to guard his room. While Timmy is having fun in the TV, Vicky comes along to make sure he isn't watching it.
You'd Expect: Either Cosmo or Wanda to poof away the TV and create a decoy to avoid arousing suspicion.
Instead: Cosmo imitates Timmy and explicitly tells Vicky that he's watching TV. Of course, ''this is Cosmo we're talking about here,’' but even he should know better.
- In "The Boy Who Would Be Queen", Timmy is having trouble trying to get a nice birthday present for Trixie's upcoming birthday. His godparents tell him that he doesn't think like a girl because he's not a girl.
You'd Expect: Timmy would wish that he thought like a girl, but remained as a boy.
Instead: He accidentally wishes to be a girl.
- In "Tim Visible", Timmy finds out on the last day of school that Francis gets to beat up all the boys in school and must try to find a way to avoid Francis and Mr. Crocker (who suspects that he has fairy godparents.
You'd Expect: Timmy would wish that Francis was nice, instead of cruel.
Instead: Timmy wishes that he was invisible (hence the episode title) to avoid Francis. This allows Mr. Crocker to realize that Timmy is invisible since being beaten by a floating frog is absolutely impossible.
- At the end of the episode "Class Clown", Timmy saves Trixie from being killed by the plant he had given her as a gift.
You'd Expect: For Trixie to realise that the plant was going to kill her, and thank Timmy.
Instead: She chews out Timmy for killing her plant and dumps him.
- In Playdate of Doom, Foop tricks Wanda into thinking he's reformed and should have a playdate with Poof. As soon as Foop arrives, he bullies himself and blames Poof so Wanda would put him in a playpen that would teleport him to a pocket dimension.
You'd Expect: Wanda would get suspicious of Poof's sudden bad behavior and suspect that Foop is up to something.
Instead: Wanda falls for Foop's tricks, not once thinking that Foop is blaming Poof for the things he did and is still out to get him, and almost puts him in the playpen.
Extra idiot points: Wanda is supposed to be the smart one.
Luckily: Timmy (dressed as a maid, although he's insisting that he's a ninja) intervenes, foiling Foop's plans.
- In Vicky Gets Fired, Timmy finally had enough of Vicky tormenting him and shows his parents their reality show contest entry tape, which recorded Vicky torturing Timmy, to get them to fire her.
You'd Expect: That immediately after witnessing the footage of Vicky torturing Timmy, they would fire her. You know, like any good parents would.
Instead:It takes showing them that Vicky recorded over the tape to get them to fire her.
Thus: Vicky gets fired.
You'd Expect: Vicky would find another kid to babysit. It's not like Timmy's the only kid in Dimmsdale she can babysit.
Instead: She decides to overthrow the Dimmsdale Government.
And That Ultimately Causes: After a series of events, Timmy is forced to wish Vicky her job back, depriving him of his own happiness, but allowing the universe to remain Vicky-free.
- The Fantastic Four (1967) episode "The Three Predictions of Doctor Doom" begins with the Fantastic Four receiving a warning that Doctor Doom will remove The Heart of their team, then he will remove their greatest strength, then the most powerful force will conquer all. Doom proceeds to disguise as a photographer in hopes of kidnapping the Invisible Girl.
You'd Expect: The Invisible Girl would recognize Doctor Doom's very distinctive voice, then try to prevent him from taking her.
Instead: She fails to recognize Doom until he ties her up by shooting vines from his camera. He then carries her off to his lair, fulfilling the first prediction.
- The Fantastic Four (1978): In the episode "The Menace of Magneto", Mr. Fantastic crafts what appears to be a gun which will rob Magneto of his powers. Magneto can't take control of the gun and concedes defeat. As he is taken by the police, Reed explains that he tricked him with a gun made out of wood and thus Magneto's powers were ineffective.
You'd expect: Magneto to take control of the situation and start attacking again, especially after such an embarassment.
Instead: He puts up no resistance and whines about being beatened with a wooden gun.
- In one of the Van Beuren Felix the Cat cartoons, "The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg", we see Felix donating tons of gold coins (thanks to the Goose making Golden Eggs by the dozen, which Felix grinds into coins) to the local poor folk.
You'd Expect: Felix to try and ration the gold, so that it doesn't become so common that it becomes worthless.
Instead: He hands out the stuff by the bagload, and by the end of the short the entire town is flooded with coins that Felix captured from the band of pirates he encountered. And yet everyone praises him as a hero for it. Wait'll they find out that all thanks to how much of it there is, all that gold has been rendered worthless and their economy is ruined as a result, all thanks to Felix and his goose!
- The Flintstones had a ton of these.
- The pilot episode, "The Flintstone Flyer": Barney invents a flying machine and Fred wants to start a business selling the machine for people to fly in. He states that he'll be president and Barney will be vice president in charge of production, even wanting to change the name from "The Barney Copter" to "The Flintstones Flyer".
You'd Expect: That since Barney was the one who made the invention, and Fred had initially mocked him when he first told him about, that he would immediately refuse. He would state that he would be the head president in charge of the company and Fred would having nothing to do with his new business.
Instead: Barney actually agrees, despite not being too happy about it. However, Fred gets injured while testing it out, and walks out on the project (but later re-elects himself president of the company when it works out better).
Later: Fred pretends to be sick so he won't have to go the opera and instead go bowling with Barney. They take the flying machine there, but coincidentally the bowling alley is right next to the opera theater where Wilam d Betty are!
You'd Expect: Fred and Barney would notice this when they arrived at the alley, and go find another bowling alley to play in,
Instead: They assume Wilma and Betty won't go into the alley at all, but they do, and are nearly caught, but luckily, Fred and Barney use to black broom bristles as fake mustaches which fool the girls.
Later: The boys manage to beat the girls back to the house, and Fred resumes his sick act and Barney his caretaker act when the girls arrive, who feel guilty about ever doubting them.
You'd Expect: Barney would just not do anything that would give the charade away.
Instead: He scolds the girls as the german mustached man he pretended to be at the bowling alley along with Fred , which gives the game away.
Finally: In order the escape the wrath of their pissed wives, they take off on the flying machine.
You'd Expect: They would take turns peddling and operating it, so that they won't tire out quite as quickly and hopefully stay up long enough for the girls anger to cool down.
Instead: Barney does the peddling all by himself, and eventually grows exhausted. The episode ends as the girls comment on how Barney will "run out of gas" in no time, and be ready for them.
- In "The Golf Champion", after Fred wins his lodges golf tournament, Barney, who is the club's president at the time, will not award him his trophy because he is behind in paying his membership dues
You'd Expect: That Barney would remember that Fred, who was also in the election for president with Barney, had graciously withdrawn from the election, just so Barney could have the honor of being club president for once, and let him off the hook just this once and give him the trophy.
Instead: Barney ungratefully still refuses to give him the cup, resulting in another feud between him and Fred.
Earlier: While Barney was making his speech about president after Fred dropped out of the election from him, promises to be good president and help the lodge by start charging back dues.
You'd Expect: The members would start booing and throwing things at Barney for starting to add payment to their membership.
Instead: They all actually cheer for him!
You'd then expect: Fred to just pay his dues and get the cup.
Instead: He demands Barney return everything he borrowed from him, which turns out to just be one can opener. Barney then demands the same thing from Fred, making the situation a nightmare.
- In "The X-Ray Story", Dino has his x-ray taken and is discovered to have contacted a disease the doctor says that is harmless to dinosaurs but lethal to humans. After Fred and Dino leave, the x-ray is accidentally blown out the window, and a police officer finds it and sees Fred's name on it.
You'd Expect: The police officer to first find out where the x-ray came from and ask them about it before taking action.
Instead: He immediately jumps to the conclusion that it's Fred's x-ray and takes it to the police laboratory, where they assume that he has the disease that is dangerous to humans.
The Result: The police laboratory scientist goes to Wilma and tells her she must keep Fred awake for 72 hours in order for him to be cured, without telling him why (for the shock would be harmful) and Fred has a long and miserable night all for nothing.
- "The House Guest": Fred invites the Rubbles to stay with them for a week while their house is being repaired, but Wilma is reluctant because she thinks two couples living together will be hard. Fred assures her she is wrong, and she relents. Barney turns out to be a completely selfish, inconsiderate, and rude house guest, for reasons that could have been avoided.
First: Wilma gives Fred and Barney both a piece of cake.
You'd Expect: That Barney, as a polite house guest would do, wait to be offered the big piece of cake.
Instead: He takes it all to himself immediately.
Then: At bedtime, while the women get the bed, Fred plans to sleep on the couch, and as for Barney...
You'd Expect: Fred would rent a cot for Barney to sleep om.
Instead: Apparently wanting to save on money, Fred sets up two chairs instead. Barney understandably does not like the idea, and claims the couch for himself.
You'd Then Expect: Fred and Barney to calmly try to find a compromise, like maybe having one sleep on the couch one night, and the chairs the other.
Instead: Fred angrily demands Barney to get up and Barney won't budge.
The Result: Fred has to sleep on the chairs the whole week.
It Gets Worse: Barney plans to get up at 5:00 A.M. the following morning, and sets his alarm clock for that time.
You'd Expect: Barney would give Fred a heads up about this, so he won't be startled in the morning.
Instead: He doesn't, and Fred has a rude awakening.
Later: Barney is reading his newspaper in the living room, but does not want to be bothered by the telephone.
You'd Expect: Barney would simply go find somewhere else to read his paper where he won't hear the phone.
Instead: Barney takes the phone off the hook so it won't ring. It just so happened that Fred was expecting an important phone call from Mr. Slate that day, and never gets it!
Later Still: Barney saves the worst for last. Wilma gets a delicious pizza for the two couples to eat on their last night together. While the girls go shopping, Barney comes home from work, sees the pizza in the fridge and wants to eat it.
You'd Expect: Barney would wait until the girls come home and ask to make sure that it wasn't for anything special.
Instead: Barney eats it all right away.
- In "The Rock Vegas Caper", the gang arrives for a two week vacation in Rock Vegas.
You'd Expect: That they would put someone responsible in charge of holding their money for the trip, like Wilma or Betty.
Or: For the gang to keep aside the money they need to pay their hotel bill while splitting the rest of the money between the four of them to do what they wish.
Instead: Wilma decides to put Fred in charge of holding all the money they brought.
So: Wilma warns him not to gamble with their vacation funds while she and Betty swim in the pool.
You'd Then Expect: Fred to heed his wife's warning and stay away from the casino or at the very worst keep the gambling to an absolute minimum.
Instead: Fred immediately disobeys Wilma's order and loses all their money playing a slot machine!
The Result: They must work as employees at the hotel to pay their bill (thought the owner, who was an old friend of Fred's had offered to let them stay for free, which Fred turned down). It is kind of fun though, and Betty and Barney get to sing an awesome musical number together on stage.
- In "Divided we Sail" the gang's new houseboat has hit a rock and begins to sink. The life raft can only hold three people, leaving Fred and Barney to argue over which one of them has to stay. Wilma asks if she can hold the raft for Fred.
You'd Expect: Fred would realize that Wilma wanted to do this so she and Betty could escape while Fred and Barney were arguing, and refuse.
Instead: He gives it to her, and Wilma and Betty sail off while Fred and Barney continue arguing and the ship sinks.
- "The Gravel Berry Pie King": Fred's coworkers want him to take a list of grievances to Mr. Slate, but refuses. The Great Gazoo advises him to do so as well, claiming that he bets Mr. Slate will be impressed with his courage.
You'd Expect: That since Mr. Slate is not the friendliest boss in the world and that taking the Great Gazoo's advice has gotten him in deep water before, that Fred would refuse.
Instead: Fred does it anyway, and gets fired.
Later: Fred meets a rich grocery magnate who likes Wilma's homemade pies, and offers to market them in exchange for 40 cents. They do so, but the families soon realize they're losing money from the transaction, and the Great Gazoo suggests they explain the situation to the magnate (Mr. Safestone) and ask to increase their payment to 64 cents, so they make 12 cents. Fred decides he wants more, so he decides to raise the price to 75 cents. Barney doesn't think Mr. Safestone will like that (which was a lot back in those days.
You'd Expect: That Fred would realize Barney is probably right, and settle for the 64 cents a pie, thus making the 12 cent profit.
Instead: Fred asks for the new 75-cent payment, to which Mr. Safestone says is ridiculous. When Fred says take it or leave it, Mr. Safestone leaves it and angrily kicks them out.
- Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends:
- The episode "Everybody Knows It's Bendy" is so bad, it's even a source of regret for writer Lauren Faust due to this. For starters, the eponymous Bendy is dropped off at the house for his constant trouble-making. However, Frankie and Mr. Herriman come to believe that that Bendy's kid was framing him for it. Whether that is or isn't the case, Bendy certainly is a troublemaker, causing mischief for no other reason than to frame Bloo, Wilt, Eduardo, and Coco.
You'd Expect: Frankie and Mr. Herriman to, at any point, question why three longtime friends who have generally been honest and well-behaved (Bloo has no such excuse, but that's beside to point) are suddenly at the epicenter of a rash of bad behavior and pointing fingers at this newcomer. If Bendy's sob story was that convincing, they could at least declare both parties innocent until proven guilty.
Instead: They believe Bendy over Wilt, Ed, and Coco and punish them.
Then: Bloo's foolishness and impulsiveness doesn't help matters. At one point Bloo catches Bendy writing on the walls.
You'd Then Expect: Bloo hightail it and hope Frankie and Mr. Herriman catch him this time.
Instead: Being the thoughtless guy he is, Bloo tries to confront Bendy, snatching the marker as he does so, leaving the evidence against him.
Eventually: Bloo and the gang make a plan to prove Bendy guilty of these crimes, leaving a baseball and bat next to a large window. They duck and cover, waiting to take pictures. Bendy smashes the window, but heads out before they can incriminate him.
You'd Then Expect: For them to also leave and hope they can avoid further trouble if they stay away from the scene of the crime.
Instead: Bloo, for no real reason, picks up the bat while wondering how Bendy can get away. Coco's tongue then slips (who was holding the camera in her mouth) and takes pictures of Bloo holding the bat near the broken window (which begs the question of why they didn't put someone more dexterous in charge of the camera). Frankie and Mr. Herriman then enter the room and see the broken window and the photos of Bloo holding the bat, getting him in further trouble.
Later: They hear Bendy mocking Frankie and Mr. Herriman over the intercom.
You'd THEN Expect: Bloo heed Wilt's warning and stay put.
Instead: Bloo feels the need to rush down to the intercom just so he can gloat "Ha! I caught you!", and even goes so far as to summon Frankie and Mr. Herriman down there as if he thought his "Ha, I caught you" would ensure Bendy would stay put and not leave Bloo to take the blame. You can practically tell by Bendy's grin that Bloo got ahead of himself.
Finally: One of Bloo's plans to frame Bendy is actually a success, albeit causing the house to flood. Frankie and Mr. Herriman confront Bendy when it seems he's at the epicenter of the trouble for once.
You'd THEN Expect: For Bloo to keep his mouth shut and watch Bendy get his well-deserved comeuppance.
INSTEAD: He inexplicably yells out the entire plan in front of Frankie and Mr. Herriman. Thus, Bloo gets in huge trouble and Bendy spray paints the camera. The end. Roll credits.
- Also, in the episode "Go Goo Go," Frankie and Herriman are angry with Mac and try to confront him about Goo always showing up in the house and plan on barring him from Fosters.
You'd Expect: For Frankie and Herriman to let Mac explain his side of the story and why Goo always pops up.
Instead: They keep interrupting him while he speaks, causing Mac to get angry at Goo and give her a mean speech.
The Result: Mac realizes what he's done, and apologizes to her.
- In "Frankie My Dear", Mac, Bloo, and the pizza guy share a Totem Pole Trench to get Frankie's true love interest, Dylan. Their position is that Bloo will be the head, Mac will be the chest, and the pizza guy will be the legs. However, Mac finds his position stupid and wanted to be the head of the disguise.
You'd Expect: Bloo would find Mac has a point and let him lead.
Instead: He ignores his suggestion and insisted on being the head all because he thinks he's older than Mac. Because of this, Frankie can see through this disguise.
- In the episode, "One False Movie", The school principal is impressed with Mac's film about Foster's (which Bloo added armpit fart sound effects into) and enters Mac to represent his school in the Annual State-wide Elementary School film festival. He gives Mac a $500 budget and the idea for the film, which Bloo helps make into a movie called "T-Rex-A-Tron Alien Wolf III: A Prequel In Time". After puting a lot of effort and money into the film note , the film is finally complete and Bloo throws a party to celebrate its completion.
You'd expect: For Bloo to keep the tape in a safe place until the contest begins so that nothing bad happens to it, especially considering he put a lot of effort and money into the film.
Instead: He leaves the tape on the table during the party. Also during this party, Eduardo is trying to watch his favorite show, "Lauren is Explorin'", and the noise from the party is making it hard for him to hear.
You'd Expect: Eduardo to go into another, much more quiet room. Surely one of them must have a working TV that he can watch "Lauren is Explorin'" on.
Instead: Eduardo finds Mac and Bloo's tape and uses it to record the "Lauren is Explorin'" episode. As a result, when Mac shows the movie to everyone in the festival, the ending is recorded over by Eduardo's "Lauren is Explorin'" episode, and everyone (save for Eduardo) boos and jeers, and some people even throw tomatoes at Bloo.
- In an episode of Futurama, Fry gets infested by worms that make him smarter, stronger, and brave enough to tell Leela he loves her, which ought to lead to a discretion shot.
You'd Expect: He leaves the worms in, because they are the best thing that has ever happened to him.
Instead: He goes inside his body and drives the worms out in order to prove to himself that Leela would love him without the worms. He's wrong.
- You'd expect: that Leela finally gets a clue that Fry is exactly the kind of person she's holding out for.
Instead: the next episode/movie happens, and she's back to treating Fry like her idiot kid brother.
- A guy Leela is dating uses his city connections to sweep her off her feet, including reserving a skating rink for the two of them. A bus full of orphans shows up, and the kids are disheartened to find the rink closed to them. Leela says, "Ah, why don't we let them skate with us?"
You'd Expect: He'd say, "Sure, why not." Even if didn't have the same sympathy for the kids that Leela had, it should've at least occurred to him that doing something so nice for them would've made bedding her a slam dunk.
Instead: Being the Jerkass that he is, he tells them to beat it and "Come back when you have connections." Not surprisingly, Leela slaps him and dumps him on the spot.
- In Gargoyles, in City of Stone Arc, the flashback when Macbeth was king and Demona was his Dragon. After the defeat of the hunter army Macbeth held a secret meeting with his son Lulach and his father-in-law to decide what to do next. The father-in-law suggest to let the gargoyles be killed in order to appease the English army. Lulach doesn't agree, but Macbeth inform Lulach that a king had to look all options. All this time Demona was listening in.
You'd Expect: That Demona would stay there and listen to find out what Macbeth's final choice is. If he says yes, burst in there, kill everyone or quietly leave to let Macbeth fend for himself. If he says no, she can still give Macbeth a What the Hell, Hero? speech for even thinking of dumping your clan to the enemy
Instead: She leaves without knowing the final choice and just assumes the worst
Additionally: Betrays Macbeth to the England invaders and the hunter because they sure are a bunch of trust-worthy people with no Fantastic Racism against gargoyles.
The Result: Demona is alone again and this time has a immortal Rival that wants her dead even if it costs him his life.
- In the second episode of the third season, when everybody suddenly hates the Gargoyles, Lexington is captured, crucified (!) and put on public display, apparently to be lynched.
You'd Expect: Him to cry out that he's innocent or try to reason with the crowd or say anything. If nothing else, it would've at least proved that he's in fact sentient.
Instead: He says nothing and just snarls at them like the beast people think he is.
- In "My Brother's Keeper", Elisa got a recording from Fox about what Xanatos is planning for her younger brother, Derek. She shows it to him.
You'd Expect: Him to listen the tape to learn that Xanatos is up to no good and quits working for him.
Instead: He didn't listen to the tape at all, and assumes the worse.
Worse Still: Word of God say he did in fact listened to the tape, but decided he was smart enough to handle Xanatos and didn't want to admit his sister was right.
- Speaking of this one, there's also the season 2 episode, "The Cage", when Xanatos shows Derek (now Talon) a video recording of Goliath kidnapping Sevarius. He made him think they're still working together, and Owen ended up revealing their location. Cue Talon running off.
You'd Expect: Xanatos should stop him immediately and tell him that he's been using him all this time, saving Goliath's life.
Xanatos: Oh hello, Goliath, didn't even notice you there.
Goliath: Did you have to save my life after Talon nearly killed me?!
- Cobra Commander from G.I. Joe follows right on this trope in The Movie. After a failed battle with G.I. Joe, Serpentor insults them.
You'd Expect: Cobra Commander to shut up and take his abuse as usual.
Instead: Cobra Commander insults Serpentor.
- Also, in that very same scene, literally all of Cobra Commander's lieutenants stand around berating him for being a coward, an idiot, and generally just a horrible leader. Then, there's an intruder alert, and Cobra Commander orders everyone to follow him to stop the intruder.
You'd Expect: Having just stood around enumerating his plethora of flaws in leadership, everyone would tell him to buzz off, or at least smack him once or twice.
Instead: Everyone blindly falls in lockstep behind him, as if they weren't even listening to themselves not two minutes before.
- In a way, the birth of Serpentor is also an idiot move by Cobra. Destro, the Baroness, and all the other main Cobra bad guys have had enough of Cobra Commander's inept leadership.
You'd Expect: All of them of just get rid of the Commander and take over Cobra themselves. After all, all of them have command experience, and Destro and the Twins pretty much take care of the financial/weapons side of things already.
Instead: They follow Dr. Mindbender's scheme to genetically create a new leader out of the genes of the world's greatest warlords. Yes, they decide to create someone to boss them about. And his plans are almost as awful as Cobra Commander's.
To Make Things Worse: When the leaders of G.I. Joe realized that Cobra was stealing DNA, they came up with a theory as to what they were up to that would have made a lot more sense: creating an army of genetically-enhanced super-soldiers. If Dr. Mindbender had used his skills to that, the Joes would have been in big trouble. Apparently, it never occured to him.
- In yet another example of rather questionable strategizing from the Commander, comes an episode where he has his Cobra agents seize an advanced laser guidance device from a G.I. Joe laboratory.
You'd Expect: The Commander using the device to hold either America or the world ransom by threatening to blow up random monuments or capitals with his laser device augmented with the Joes' laser guidance technology, or, in a more sensible plan of strategy, attack the Joes' headquarters with the damn thing.
Instead: Cobra Commander uses it to deface the moon by putting his image on it, stating that he's striking fear into the hearts of the world by putting his mug on the moon. If anything, after that little scheme predictably blew up in their faces, Destro was completely justified in calling out Cobra Commander for his insanity.
- In the Goof Troop episode, "Tub Be or Not Tub Be", Pete manipulates PJ into being his spy and setting up booby traps for the Goofs by faking affection and convincing him the traps are safety features. Once PJ finds out what happened, he goes out of his way to disable the traps, at which point Max catches him in the act.
You'd Expect: Max would remember that PJ is one of the nicest people he's ever met and would never dream of lying to him, and that Pete is a huge jerk who is so controlling that PJ should be given the benefit of the doubt. Lacking that, he would notice PJ's obvious contrition and let him explain.
Instead: He immediately accuses PJ of cheating, hits him, and breaks off their friendship.
- At the end of Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, Cousin Mel is about to successfully sue Santa Claus for running over Jake's grandma until he and Santa's elves come into court and reveal all of the bad things she's done.
You'd expect that Cousin Mel would do some quick ad-libbing to prevent her from being sentenced guilty. After all, all of that time she spent with I.M. Slime should've paid off.
Instead she confesses literally everything. Granted, she could've believed that she could've gotten off with a better sentence if she'd confessed, but she weaseled her way out before!
- Earlier, Santa found Jake's grandma unconscious after accidentally running her over.
You'd expect that Santa would go door to door finding out if anyone knows in her in this neighborhood or bring her to the nearest hospital or just leave her be with a note.
Instead He took her to the North Pole where she's been missing nearly an entire year. He Could Have Avoided This Plot if he simply didn't took her to the North Pole and endangering her condition. Besides the whole world knows he exists after all.
- Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats, "Soap Box Derby": Heathcliff finishes building his soap box derby racer but Hector, Wordsworth and Mungo sabotage it overnight. Hector and Spike ram into Heathcliff's car, causing it to fall apart during the race. On the sidelines, Mungo notices this and points it out to Wordsworth.
You'd Expect: Wordsworth to keep quiet, lest they risk Heathcliff getting suspicious.
Instead: He confesses what they did to the car...just as Heathcliff passes by. Needless to say, Heathcliff gets pissed off, wrecks Spike's and Hector's cars and wins the race unopposed.
- Hey Arnold!, "Stinky Goes Hollywood": Country bumpkin Stinky decides to turn down a lucrative soda ad contract, even though his family is poor, and he is doing so right in front of his dad, and many of his classmates, because he overhears the heads of the company saying what he believes to be insulting to him and that he has no skill.
You'd expect: That Stinky would explain why he wasn't going to sign the contract, especially since his dad might be able to accept his reason instead of repeatedly crying, "Why???" He had just overheard a conversation at the advertising studio that Stinky was perfect to ridicule, and that's why he was picked to film the ads.
Instead: Stinky says "I ain't signing it, you can find yourself another fool," without explaining anything. While Helga does say "What an idiot", this is because she is likely thinking "It's a million dollar contract, of course you sign it."
- Another Hey Arnold! episode, "Arnold Betrays Iggy": While taking homework to the "Cool Kid of the School" Iggy who was sick that day, Arnold finds out that Iggy has an embarrassing secret- he wears full-on bunny pajamas: cotton tail, bunny feet, and even big floppy ears. Iggy begs Arnold not to tell, and Arnold gives his word; however, Sid and Stinky find out due to really accurate conclusion-jumping and now Iggy is a laughing stock. Arnold feels guilty because Iggy thinks that he told and will never forgive him, even after Arnold profusely apologized and told him that he didn't spill.
You'd expect: That after apologizing and telling Iggy that he had no part in exposing his secret, Arnold would've then just moved on; the ball is now in Iggy's court, if he doesn't want to accept his honest, sincere apology, then too bad.
Instead: Arnold completely throws himself at Iggy's feet, doing anything he can to insure that Iggy completely forgives him, including doing all of his chores and homework for an entire week. However, Iggy either can't forgive easily or just likes to see people squirm, because he still doesn't forgive Arnold. Arnold, at the end of his rope, asks what can make Iggy forgive him. It turns out in order for Iggy's forgiveness, Arnold walks out of his house in the same bunny pajamas that Iggy wore, out in front of everybody in the urban public area, and grovel at Iggy's feet. While Arnold is doing this Walk of Shame, kids and grownups are laughing, some kids douse him with water balloons, and the entire Walk of Shame is taped live on public access TV! It's only then when Iggy realizes he's gone overboard; however, Arnold doesn't forgive him...
You'd also expect: That Iggy would forgive Arnold early on or at least call off Arnold's public humiliation.
Instead: He didn't and leads to the mess above.
Even worse: The things that make this so bad though are, for one, Iggy doesn't realize he went overboard at all, he only overhears the spreaders of his secret mention that Arnold never told them and they wormed an answer out, the same explanation Arnold gave that he wouldn't accept. And ignoring that, Arnold accepts this massive humiliation and then begrudged Iggy for it. He is only doing this to sooth his own obsessive guilt but upon doing this he resents the guy he was trying to please for something he accepted doing. It's not like Iggy stole all of Arnold's clothes from the school locker room and only left the pajamas and then invited the entire school to see, they both arranged this to happen, so why is Arnold suddenly mad at him over something he couldn't let it go and that Iggy misunderstood?
- Yet another Hey Arnold! episode, "Stuck in a Tree": Eugene climbs a tree and gets stuck, as does Arnold when he tries to help bring him down. The two attract the attention of Harold who "borrows" a ladder and sets it against the limb.
You'd expect: That Harold would simply hold the ladder for Eugene and Arnold so they can get back to the ground safely.
Instead: Harold climbs the ladder because Arnold and Eugene each promised to give him a nickel. When he gets to the top, he accidentally kicks it off the branch, leaving the three of them stuck.
Also: They mentioned that they're starting to hungry.
You'd expect: That they'll eat the cherries since they were stuck on a cherry tree.
Instead: They never thought about it!
- Another Hey Arnold! episode, "The New Teacher": This episode features Mr. Simmons first appearance as the class new teacher but all children make his life very impossible, forcing him to quit.
You'd expect: Arnold to at least convince Mr. Simmons to be a better teacher and give him advice, so the next day, all is forgiven.
Instead: Arnold imitates his fellows which does not sit well, because of his personality.
- Huntik: Secrets & Seekers: Zhalia has finally revealed herself to be the mole of the Organization. She beats the crap out of Lok and Sophie.
You'd Expect: She finishes them off.
Instead: She doesn't. What did she do? She just ties them down, but still plans to finish them off once it's over.
Bonus idiocy: She doesn't again since 1) she's sided with them in the end and 2) Lok and Sophie manage to get out of this situation their own.
- Inspector Gadget, being an Idiot Hero, is often prone to these moments. One example is in the episode "Haunted Castle" when he and Penny fall into a pit of spikes with the walls closing in on them.
You'd Expect: Gadget to yell "Go Go Gadget Copter!" and fly out of the pit with Penny.
Instead: He tries stopping the wall by using his spring-loaded legs and arms to no avail. Brain eventually has to save them.
- The Invader Zim episode "Gaz, Taster of Pork" has Dib accidentally place a curse on Gaz that forces her to taste nothing but pork. When their scientist dad discovers Gaz's condition, he quarantines her and reveals her new sense of taste to the public. Later, Dib visits Gaz in a scientific facility, where, keep in mind, she's imprisoned in a large tank. Gaz threatens to punish Dib horribly if he doesn't cure her.
You'd Expect: Dib to realize that this is his chance for revenge. Before all this, Gaz mocked him, beat him up, verbally abused him, and even threatened to feed him to her robot dolls. Now, she's truly suffering, trapped where she won't be able to lay a finger on him for months, maybe even years were, since all she can eat now without choking is hot dogs she'll grow enormously fat. Dib flips his bitch sister the bird, then leaves her to a well-deserved fate.
Instead: He gives into her bullying, and eventually frees her from the containment unit. From there,things only get worse.
- Jem: to save her father's music production company and the Orphanage of Love it supports, Jerrica Benton uses the sophisticated hologram-projecting AI Synergy to create for herself the alternate identity of rock singer Jem, with her younger sister and two best friends as her band the Holograms and her longtime steady boyfriend Rio as their road and stage manager.
You'd Expect that of all people Jerrica would trust her boyfriend with the secret of Jem's identity and enlist his help as her stage manager in maintaining the illusion of Jem and Jerrica as two different people.
Instead Jerrica withholds the information from Rio, which forces upon herself and the Holograms the constant headache of keeping up the pretense in front of their own road manager, and prevents them from making use of most of Synergy's special effects capabilities because they can't explain to Rio where the effects would be coming from. To make matters worse, a few slips on Jerrica's part result in Rio developing romantic feelings for Jem. Only at this point does Jerrica consider bringing Rio in on the secret, but after her first attempt to do so is interrupted, she concludes that his pride will be so hurt by the deception that the only option is to keep him Locked Out of the Loop indefinitely, a hole she digs herself further and further into every time she perpetuates the lie.
- In multiple episodes, the Misfits and Eric Raymond (and all their various cohorts) repeatedly put people in harm's way and attempt murder more than once. Heck, in the Five-Episode Pilot alone, the Misfits attempt to run over a wealthy benefactor with a bulldozer, and Eric Raymond flat out assaults Jerrica. And there are witnesses every time.
You'd Expect: Someone to press charges and/or arrest the villains. Regardless of how good Eric Raymond's lawyers are, evidence is evidence.
Instead: All the villains stay free to attempt murder another day.
- In the "Porta Johnny" episode of Johnny Test, Johnny and Dukey had been transported to right outside an art museum as part of punishment by Johnny's sisters. They have been asked for help by guys wearing facehoods to put artwork in the truck. Johnny and Dukey have teleporting powers. Granted, the girls had messed with them, but still...
You'd Expect: Johnny and Dukey to realize that these guys must be burglars, stand up against them or something which shouldn't be too hard because they have fought supervillains in the past, and if things took a turn for the worst, just teleport out of there even if the punishment the girls are dishing out would continue.
Instead: They just help the burglars without thinking they are burglars. It only dawns on them at all when they're passing the freaking Mona Lisa by, and by the time they are aware enough of this, the burglars already get away. They get on the World's Most Wanted for this. What kind of brain fart did these two morons have to suffer to do this?
- In Justice League, rather than a specific moment, it's a re-occurring theme for J'onn J'onzz. He'll see a missile/blast/laser or some other projectile heading towards him. He has no time to dodge; but enough time to gasp in surprise.
You'd Expect: He'll turn ethereal to avoid the attack. Or morph into something so the blast would miss him. He's been shown to do both in the blink of an eye.
Instead: He forgets about his own superpowers and gets shot in the face - again.
Of Course: Jonn has done the intangible trick before, so this is more a case of WorfForgot About His Powers
- In the Justice League Unlimited episode "Grudge Match", Lex Luthor finds a way to mind control the members of the Justice League.
You'd Expect: He'd use it to make the JLU members help conquer Earth, defeat other superheroes, rob banks, etc.
Instead: He forces female JLU members to fight in underground cage matches.
- Another one from JLU - Downpour, a pastiche of Zan from the Wonder Twins, gets into a fight. With Aquaman.
You'd Expect: He'd run like freakin' hell, never looking back, because of his powers. Which loosely translate to "I lose against Aquaman."
Instead: He fills the room with water. Attempting to drown Aquaman. AQUAMAN. This works as well as it sounds: "King of the seas, remember?" Though he's kind of insane at this point.
- One more, this time shared with Batman. In the original series finale, someone needs to crash a ship into a BFG, making sure that it does not burn up on entry into the atmosphere. In this series, J'onn J'onzz does not have his trademark fear of fire. His three most prominently used powers are telepathy, flight, and Intangibility/Phasing.
You'd Expect: Batman would evacuate himself and Flash, and telepathically guide J'onn through the whole process, like they did in the series premiere. J'onn would then complete his task, and phase out of the ship, and fly away from the ensuing explosion. Doing the job well would mean there'd be no fire to be afraid of anyway.
Instead: Batman pushes the Flash and Martian Manhunter into an escape capsule, tells them It Has Been an Honor, and prepares to go through with his suicide mission, NOT knowing that Superman would hear him and come to his rescue.
Why does he think he can get away with being such an idiot? Because He's the GODDAMN Batman! That's why!
- In the JLU episode "The Balance", the spirit of the sorcerer Felix Faust has taken over Tartarus with the Annihilator armor, imprisoned Hades and has him tortured by vultures in a cold, frozen part of Tartarus. While Faust is satisfying his thirst for knowledge in Hades' library, he is encountered by Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl, who have been sent by the gods to restore Hades to power.
You'd Expect: That Faust would fight them, or somehow use his magic to... GAH, just anything but what he actually does!
Instead: Faust teleports them away into the aforementioned cold, frozen part of Tartarus... you know, the exact same place where he has chained up Hades! Once they're there, there was absolutely nothing preventing them from setting Hades free, which they do. Hades proceeds to teleport them back to Faust, and then helps them defeat him. What... an... idiot!
- In the JLU episode "Clash," Superman uses his x-ray vision and sees what appears to be a bomb beneath Lexor City. Lex Luthor says it's just a harmless generator that could potentially be dangerous to a Kryptonian, but Superman doesn't believe him. Captain Marvel arrives and suggests getting the Atom or Steel to inspect it, just to be sure.
You'd Expect: Superman to consider it. Captain Marvel has the Wisdom of Solomon, after all. Or that he would actually remember that Lex would never do anything so blatantly evil for no good reason.
Instead: Superman acts like an impatient child and fights off Captain Marvel when he tries to intervene. The two destroy Lexor City in a brawl, and it turns out that the device actually was a generator. Superman loses credibility with the public (which was Luthor's goal in the first place). Captain Marvel, disgusted by the whole thing, resigns from the Justice League, costing them one of their more powerful members.
- The Injustice Gang have captured Batman thanks to Joker's help. In doing so, they have knocked him out.
You'd Expect: The Injustice Gang would unmask Batman to learn his secret identity. It would have helped them a lot in taking out the Trope Namer of the Batman Gambit—not quite as much as they'd expect at first, but learning Batman to be Bruce Wayne would have Lex at least know who he is dealing with in case he escaped somehow.
Instead: They just restrain him. Inevitably, Batman escapes with help from a mole (Ultra-Humanite) while having torn apart the Injustice Gang from the inside. There is no subsequent sign of an attack on Bruce Wayne instead of Batman before the Batman Beyond timeline, and when the Joker does learn of Batman's identity, he ultimately gets himself killed when he tries to use it to his advantage.
- In "The Great Brain Robbery," while Flash's and Lex Luthor's minds are switched into each other's bodies, Luthor-in-Flash's-body has a moment of security in a bathroom; he looks into a nearby mirror and gets the bright idea that, if nothing else, he can at least learn Flash's real identity. With this in mind, he pulls off the mask, and... "I have no idea who this is."
You'd expect: Luthor to find some clever workaround (like taking a picture of himself and uploading it somewhere where he can access it later) in order to capitalize on the information at a later date. If all else fails, he knows at least that the Flash's secret identity is that of a red-haired guy, and there's no indication given that he's ever forgotten that point even after getting back into his own body at the end of the episode (in an earlier episode, Batman had indicated that Luthor's got a photographic memory). Plus, it's common knowledge that the Flash hails from Central City; all Luthor would have to do is single out every red-headed male of adult age in the city, and then use his resources (and the skills of the Legion of Doom) to sift through the potential suspects until he gets the right one. From there, he could either just kill the Flash or blackmail him with his secret identity. And one would think he'd want to take revenge on the guy who single-handedly stopped his last Take Over the World bid, after all.
Instead: Luthor never capitalizes on this advantage. Granted, when he killed the Flash in an Alternate Universe, that universe's Superman reacted very badly, but still.
- An episode of Western Animation/Kaijudo has three of the duel masters searching for the kids in the Fire Civilization in a rush given how blatantly dangerous the Kaijudo Realm as a whole is, let alone a place full of carnivorous dragons and inhospitable climate with Hector summoning a dragon for them to ride to cover more ground, which is against their rules to touch, let alone ride their creatures, but this is clearly an emergency.
You'd Think: If the other masters have such a problem with the rule, they'd bring AT Vs or some kind of craft to cover more ground instead of just walk around like idiots in what's basically a living hell.
Instead: Jaha writes him off as "picking up the children's bad habits" and reluctantly climbs aboard.
Result: The masters still pull a Big Damn Heroes to save the kids, but had they blindly obeyed the rules or even just stood there debating, the kids would've been eaten or burned alive.
- In King of the Hill, the Hills host Lean, Luanne's mother who is a recovering alcoholic who was in prison for assault.
You'd Expect: Hank to either lock up the refrigerator with all the beer in it, move it to Dale's or Boomhauers, or even just hide it where she can't find it...
Instead: Hank leaves the beer in the fridge, and when Lean can't get turned on from Bill's feet anymore due to its fungus (It Makes Sense in Context), she uses a nail to drink out of all the beer cans and gets drunk and begins physically and verbally abusing Bill and Luanne.
- In the episode where Luanne becomes a boxer, it becomes clear that all of the people she fought had thrown the fight to get money since Luanne provides fanservice to all the guys at the matches with her...bouncing. Then she schedules a fight with Frieda Foreman, George Foreman's daughter, who is a champion boxer. Realizing how stupid this is, Hank goes to talk with George Foreman himself to call off the fight after he learned Luanne's fights were rigged. George graciously says that he'll do it, and offers some George Foreman grills for Strickland Propane to sell.
You'd Expect: Hank to either graciously accept. Those things ARE cash cows during that time after all, and his corrupt boss would approve. If he didn't accept at least, he'd let him down gently saying they can only carry Propane Accessories.
Instead: Hank goes on his Propane Gospel, insults Foreman's product (calling them a product for little girls) and George angrily reinstates the fight for the insult.
- In one episode, Peggy tries to sell a house by putting on a play with actors to interest buyers. It goes well, and her boss brings a buyer to rehearsal. He becomes interested in the Hills' house, and offers to buy it for $25,000 over asking price.
You'd Expect: Peggy to do what any rational person would do, and kindly turn him down.
Instead: Without a second thought, she immediately accepts. Hank is furious the next day, and Peggy says they wouldn't be able to afford the penalty.
Even Worse: The only way for it to work out, would be to fail the home inspection, which would ruin Hank's reputation.
Luckily: The inspector fails them, but after the customer leaves, he reveals that he knew the damage was faked and recognizes Hank's skill as a craftsman.
- In the series finale, after getting one question wrong, the team that Bobby was in turns on him, and even makes a threat, and before the finals, they try blinding their opponents. He decides to tell his dad that he wants to quit, and was asked why.
You'd Expect: To tell what happened, that they threatened him when he screwed up, and that they attempted to blind their opponents before the finals.
Instead: He just calls them weird, fixating only on their interest in grading meat and saying that they're obsessed with it.
- In Lazer Tag Academy, the Lazer Tag Academy staff revive a man who had been in suspended animation for over nine hundred years, and know he has a criminal background. They also know that he has the power to use Starlytes and Star Sensors for time travel.
You'd Expect: they would call the equivalent of the Department of Social Services to help him integrate with modern society, while asking for investigators to unobtrusively jkeep an eye on him in case he discovers his power on his own.
Instead: They tell him that he can use the Starlytes and Star Sensors for time travel.
- The Littles has one episode :The Little Babysitters" which Henry is forced to babysit baby Oscar while his parents are away and later, his friends come by the door to invite Henry to play football with them.
You'd Expect: Henry to keep more responsibilities on babysitting and rather not go with them.
Instead: He decides to go in with his friends, leaving the Littles to babysit Ocsar while he's out.
But Even Worse: The Littles couldn't even handle it more like Henry and other humans do, which leaves Ocsar to almost wreck everything and cause a fire in Henry's room. Smooth move Henry.
- In The Looney Tunes Show, Daffy becomes a rich CEO and now has to make an important decision to keep his company from bankruptcy. The only advice his predecessor gave was to always trust a muffin deliverer's advice (which works pretty well in this realm). So he looks for the muffin deliverer and asks him what to do. Daffy takes his decision to the marketing guy, but just as he leaves the real muffin deliverer appears to get his cart back. The muffin deliverer tells Daffy that was a bad decision and now his company is in peril.
You'd Expect: Daffy to go tell the marketing guy that he changed his mind.
Instead: He just sits there impotently and sobs about the worse to come. Predictably, his company bankrupts...
- In the Mega Man episode "The Beginning", Guts Man tosses a monorail car at Roll, hoping to crush her. Mega Man sees this and runs to the rescue.
You'd Expect: him to push Roll out of harm's way, then dash to safety.
Instead: although he manages to push her out of the way, he doesn't make a run for it. He steps back underneath the falling car's shadow in order to blast it to pieces. Why would he even need to do that in the first place? In the time he steps back, raises his Arm Cannon, says "Oh no! I'm out of power!", continues to stand there and stare at the car, he could have safely gotten away. Needless to say, he get's crushed.
Even Worse: This stems back to Roll. Keep in mind, this all takes place on the apron of an airport, where there's more than enough space to run. When Roll saw the car heading her way, she just gawks at it and starts cowering, not even trying to run to safety.
- In another episode, Mega Man and Proto Man are fighting in front of Abraham Lincoln's statue, and the former is easily dodging all of the later's shots. Then Proto Man aims at the statue. Mega Man decides to save it, even though he's many meters away from it.
You'd Expect: Him to shoot Proto Man while he's aiming at the statue.
Instead: He runs in front of the statue and takes the shot, even though just shooting Proto Man would have taken less time.
The scene in question: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dI8RPO87vSc
- Monster Allergy: Zick gets trapped into a device that absorbs his powers for every zap.
You'd Expect: He'll just have to wait until rescue comes.
Instead: He continuously zaps the container until he loses his powers.
- In the same episode, Elena can finally see monsters. She enters Magnacat's secret lair and pretends not to see him. This act has not only fooled him, but also Zick, who tries to warn her that Magnacat is around. She then grabs into some end of the device and starts swing over to Magnacat.
You'd Expect: He dodges her swing, then realizing that she can see him.
Instead: He just stands still and watches getting a chance to kick him in the face, knocking him out.
- There's also in first episode of season 2 where Elena is taking care of Bombolo when Bobby Clash, a new Tamer that Zick really hates, gets a hold of him to feed him with chocolate and gives him back to Zick as he started to explode farting from it.
You'd Expect: Elena scold Bobby for feeding him with chocolate.
Instead: She falsely accuses Zick for this act.
- Zick successfully sucks Magnacat, Vizosed, and the Monster-Saur all at the same time.
You'd Expect: In common Dom Boxes, only one monster at a time. They have to be placed in separate Dom Boxes.
Instead: They were imprisoned in one Dom Box. Magnacat and Vizosed managed to absorb the Monster-Saur long enough to confuse it that it ended up freeing him. Nice job, Zick.
- Moral Orel: "Beforel Orel" has Clay reunited with his father, Arthur, whom he is bitter with ever since he blames him for the death of Angela in "Passing". The latter begins to realize of his treatment to the former.
You'd Expect: Clay realizes of his mistakes as well and reconcile with his father.
Instead: He refuses to reconcile with Arthur, ruining any chances for this moment to happen again.
- Speaking Of Arthur and his long cold shunning of his son.
You'd Expect: Arthur would forgive Clay early on since Angela's death was an accident, Clay probably didn't even knew or at least too young to understand that his mother's heart condition.
Instead: He continuously shunned Clay and their relationship worsened over the years, leading Clay the man we know. And while Clay refusing to make peace with his father is indeed an idiotic and childish move, Arthur being cold to his son is just as boneheaded if not more.
- In the My Gym Partner's A Monkey the episode "The Magic Fish", Adam saves a fish from suffocating who in return offers him one wish. However, Adam says he doesn't believe in wishes and denies the offer causing all the students to try to get him to use the wish on them.
You'd Expect: Adam would try to prove himself right and wish for something and if the wish didn't happen, he'd be proven right and he'd be the winner.
Instead: He spends the entire episode so caught up in his own ego, all he keeps saying is that there is no such thing as wishes. This leads to the entire school attacking him landing him in the water. When asked why he doesn't want it, he finally fesses up saying that when he was really young, he wished on a shooting star for an action figure of the superhero he worships, but he didn't get one so he doesn't believe in them and starts crying over it. Yeah, you read that right a 12 year old boy is still crying over the fact he didn't get an action figure he could've bought with his own money, for his birthday when he was like 4 or 5. The students see how ridiculous his logic is and demand he gives them his wish. Adam unintentionally wishes to go back in time before any of it happened. The fish grants the wish sending Adam to the time of the dinosaurs. The episode ends.
- Every episode of the Disney Junior short series, Nina Needs To Go! starts with either of Nina's parents or her older brother, Frank, asking Nina if she needs to use the restroom, or if she used it before they left the house.
You'd Expect: Nina to tell either of her parents or Frank that she needs to go to the bathroom, in case she can't hold it in the entire time the rest of the family is involved in whatever the episode's activity is.
Instead: She tells them that she's fine, and about 10 seconds later, she tells them she needs to go immediately. Unfortunately for her, there's no nearby restroom.
- The Beach episode has one of its own. Nina's Mom is trying to get Nina to the beach's bathroom, and on their way, they come to a volleyball field.
You'd Expect: Nina's Mom to continue to try to take Nina to the bathroom, not even letting the volleyball game distract her.
Instead: Nina's Mom says she loves volleyball, and joins the other players in the volleyball game, forgetting about taking Nina to the bathroom. Fortunately, Nana takes over for her.
- The French series of educational cartoons Il était une fois... (Once Upon a Time...) has the characters portrayed by Pest (who the official site describes as the "king of idiots" — those exact words).
- In the second installment, the sci-fi cartoon Once Upon a Time... Space, he truly takes the cake. General Pest, Glorious Leader of Cassiopeia and apparent Big Bad, has caused trouble to the Confederation of Omega, and near the end, confiding in both his military superiority over Omega's Space Police and the Confederation's members and the help of the Humanoids, androids from the planet Yama that have built weapons, ships and a Planet Killer for him, leaves Omega and threatens war if they don't surrender unconditionally, only for the Humanoids, who still have to deliver the Planet Killer, to demand his unconditional surrender. This right after the Space Police warned him that it was about to happen, asking him to join forces against the common enemy.
You'd expect: He'd join forces with Omega, postponing his attempt at taking over the cosmos until after the Robot War has been won.
Instead: He sends his entire fleet to confront the Humanoid armada. An armada many times his fleet, that includes ships based on the Cassiopeian ones but improved and that Planet Killer, whose crews know every single strength and weakness of most of the Cassiopeian warships. And threatens to shoot down any Omegan ship that shows up. Of course the Humanoids easily destroy wave after wave of his ships while begging him to stop this senseless massacre, while the Space Police uses the chaos of the battle to infiltrate the Humanoid mothership and gain data on their battleplans.
Then: Pest orders the charge of his Nautilus-class battleships, the ones the Humanoids don't know better than his own men as he had made them produce in his empire, right in the mouth of the heavily-armed and protected Planet Killer.
As a consequence: The Humanoids wipe out most of the battleships and, having lost their patience, threaten to blow up his homeworld if he doesn't surrender. He surrenders, but the once formidable Cassiopeian fleet is now destroyed.
- Another Pest one from the same series, shared with his good friend the Dwarf. This time Pest and the Dwarf are portraying the leader of a cavemen tribe and his advisor, and the strange man (actually Peter of the Space Police) has summoned the Great Spirit of the Sky (actually a Space Police starship).
You'd expect: They'd kneel and worship Peter, his colleague and Love Interest Psi and the starship, as the other cavemen are doing.
Instead: They walk under the now landing ship, trying to chase her away as they believe it's an evil spirit.
As a consequence: They're vaporized by the landing rockets of the ship, that promptly lands where they have been disintegrated. And Psi, a very nice girl, seems to have thrown herself on Peter's shoulder not to cry but to hide her own What an Idiot reaction.
- From the same series, when we're shown the history of Earth between our time and the present, we have Pest and the Dwarf as the dictators of two nuclear powers on Earth, dealing with domestic unrest.
You'd expect: They would try to either better their people's welfare or suppress the riots.
Instead: They try to distract them with a war. On each other. Both of which are nuclear powers.
As a consequence: The Button War was very short and nearly destroyed the planet.
- In one episode of Once Upon a Time... Life (teaching about the workings of the human body), Pest visits the doctor due a series of pains that are promptly revealed to be symptoms of an imminent heart attack. Thus the doctor orders him a very strict diet and forbids him from smoking.
You'd expect: He'd follow the doctor's orders, or at least try.
Instead: He starts eating and smoking worse than before, to prove he could.
As a consequence: He has an heart attack, faints and almost drowns in a beer. Next we see him after this, he's in an hospital bed with a very bemused doctor at his side.
- The Powerpuff Girls
- "Candy is Dandy": Mojo Jojo had just got out of jail so the Powerpuff Girls could get free candy by "stopping" his crimes.
You'd expect: That Mojo Jojo would be smart enough to realize that the girls accept candy as bribery and exploit it for all it's worth.
Instead: After having his "fun" for a while he steals their candy, just to break their heart. This decision would likely have been his death if the girls didn't stop to reflect on their actions after beating him to the pulp.\
- "Cootie Gras": Mojo Jojo throws the girls into a pit along with Harry, a dirty boy with cooties, that the girls are mortally afraid of.
You'd expect: Oh right, the girls have flying powers. How about, oh let's say, flying out of the pit?
Instead: They run from Harry around the pit. Only when they realize that their fears of him were nonsense, they fly out of the pit to beat Mojo Jojo.
- Also, in the episode "Mommy Fearest," the scene when the girls fly out of their windows to fight crime, then they are done.
You'd Expect: The girls to fly into the house through the windows, to avoid getting caught by Ima Goodlady (really Sedusa in disguise).
Instead: They enter the house through the door, get caught, and end up grounded. Only until she tries to steal the Mayor's jewels, is exposed for her disguise, and ends up getting arrested.
- In the episode "Daylight Savings", the girls start falling asleep in class, causing the Professor to start taking the whole "Saving the world before bedtime" thing seriously. This leads to the villains taking advantage of this, plunging the town into chaos at night.
You'd Expect: The Professor to make an exception in extreme cases.
Instead: Even after watching news reports about the absolute hell on Earth occurring at the time, he still refuses to wake the girls up.
Bonus Idiot Points: For the girls actually telling the villains about this 7:30 bedtime, which they otherwise wouldn't have known about and marched into the city en masse to wreck it.
Luckily: The professor quickly realizes that it was Daylight Savings Time and he forgot to set the clocks back, and he quickly wakes the girls up to save the town.
- In the episode "Knock It Off", the girls finally decide to confront Dick Hardly at his laboratory after seeing an infomercial on the Powerpuff Girls Xtreme, when they ask him to give them back the Chemical X that they gave him earlier in the episode, he snatches the bottle of Chemical X and they back him into a corner.
You'd Expect: That the girls would either snatch it from him or destroy it using their Eye Beams.
Instead: They keep verbally trying to get him to hand it over, and Dick Hardly swallows the Chemical X, resulting in him transforming into a One-Winged Angel, and the girls almost dying.
- Earlier, in the episode, Dick Hardly arrives at Pokey Oaks Kindergarten, offering them a ride home, and then, starts telling the girls about how much evil there is in the world, then he asks what the girls are made of.
You'd Expect: That one of the girls would just say they can't tell him anything.
Or: For all three to realize they're potentially dealing with a stalker and get the hell out of there or threaten to call the police.
Instead:: They tell him anyway.
- In the episode "Schoolhouse Rocked", the Ganggreen Gang is sent to Pokey Oaks Kindergarten. During milk and cookies, they bully the other children and the Powerpuff Girls draw Ms. Keane's attention.
You'd Expect: The girls to step aside and let Ms. Keane have a word with the Ganggreen Gang.
Instead: Buttercup persuades the girls into dishing out the justice themselves and they start beating the gang up. Ms. Keane reminds the girls that no fighting is allowed in class and punishes them while letting the Ganggreen Gang off easy.
- Regular Show would have this moments as well:
- In "More Smarter", Mordecai ended up finding out that Rigby got smarter because of the Brain Max.
You'd Expect: He should give him a dose of his own RigJuice to fix this problem. How smart he could get?
Instead: Mordecai drinks the Brain Max as well and goes in a battle of wits with Rigby.
- "Skunked" has the main duo finding the Were-Skunk lying in the middle of the road. They believe they got a Bingo, and go all excited with it.
You'd Expect: They poke it with a stick to make sure if he's really dead or not.
Instead: Rigby shouts "BINGO!" at the Were-Skunk that he ended up not only waking it up, but also getting sprayed. Good thing Mordecai isn't near at that time.
Even Worse: Being a Were-Skunk, Rigby is also gonna turn into one.
- In "Muscle Mentor" Rigby and Muscle Man begin to fight underwater and risk drowning. Benson drives by.
You'd Expect: It doesn't matter how much Rigby has slacked off with Mordecai. It doesn't matter how much Benson is a Jerkass. All in all, he still needs to help Rigby!
Instead: He just watches how much time is left in Rigby's mentorship program and flat out threatens to fire Mordecai just because he was gonna help them live.
Even Worse: Benson's rude traits have been played down in lots of newer episodes. And also, he got away with it!
- In "Muscle Woman", Mordecai is forced to date with Muscle Man's ex-girlfriend, Starla. So far, he hasn't dumped her and goes on a forced date in the coffee shop.
You'd Expect: Mordecai to do a bad performance on her in order to get her to dump him.
Instead: "I don't like you," says Mordecai as those words echo on Starla. He thinks she took that well, but too bad she didn't.
- Rocket Power, "Race Across New Zealand": Ray has one that lasts most of the movie. The titular race was something he did when he was around Reggie and Otto's ages and he lost badly in the end to the father of one of their current competitors.
You'd Expect: That Ray would tell his kids just why he's so caught up in the competition, especially since he suspects both the competitor and his father of cheating.
Instead: He blatantly favors Otto since he's a boy, giving him a more inflated ego than usual and ignores Reggie, making her feel inadequate and leading to the following moment.
- In a windsurfing race, Reggie takes the lead. However, her dad, Ray, is still cheering on Otto, prompting her to think: "Maybe this will get Raymundo's attention".
You'd Then Expect: That Reggie would get Ray's attention by just winning the race, and in the process putting herself in contention for the main title.
Instead: Reggie deliberately jumps off her board to ensure that both she and Otto lose the race.
- Ray gets another moment when he confronts Reggie about hers.
You'd Then Expect: That Ray asks Reggie what's wrong since it's extremely out of character for her to throw a race at all let alone make her brother lose as well.
Instead: He blames her entirely for everything that's gone wrong up to that point, making her even more furious and causing her to bitterly call him out before storming off.
- In the Stop Motion animated special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus has a Jerk Ass moment that doubles as a What an Idiot reaction. It happens during the Reindeer Games scene where Donner covers Rudolph's nose. Eventually, the cover pops off revealing his red nose and all the yearlings laugh and tease him. Comet, the coach of the games, accepts their behavior and forbids Rudolph from taking part in any more games. Santa witnesses the whole thing.
You'd Expect: For Santa, being the personification of all that is good, to put his foot down on this bullying, call out the yearlings for their name-calling, and force Comet, one of his own pulling the sleigh, to allow Rudolph to continue playing.
Instead: He does nothing except tell Donner that he should be ashamed of himself. Taken the wrong way, it could mean Santa chastised Donner just because of Rudolph's nose! Great job standing up for Rudolph there, Santa!
- In the Rugrats: All Grown Up! episode "Bad Blood", Dil has stolen a video that claims to show an alien autopsy and he invites Tommy's friends and various other people to watch it. They would be punished if his parents found out but his Grandpa Pickles is babysitting that night. However Tommy and Dil's other Grandpa comes and wants to upstage Grandpa Pickles. Eventually, Tommy and co get both grandpas to settle down. As they go to watch the video, they hear a crashing noise and have to stop the video.
You'd expect: - Dil to leave the video in the VCR while coming up to solve the problem.
Instead: - Dill takes the video with him and as a result, the video gets destroyed and Tommy and co are in a disaster situation. Seriously, what the hell?! So this is not just an example of "What an Idiot", this is also an example of Deus ex Machina!
- Also in Rugrats itself there's a few. One example is when Tommy and his family go to a Canadian themed tourist attraction, Chuckie and Tommy go on a kiddie train that nearly drives them off a cliff and Stu goes chasing after it. The train stops, Tommy & Chuckie get off and gravity makes the train go backwards, and Stu is still on the track.
You Expect: Stu would jump off to the side and let the train pass him.
Instead: He runs away from it in the same direction the train is going and given his appearance at the end of the episode is presumably hit.
- Also "The Big Showdown:" Didi feels Reptar is too violent and is scaring Dil so she tries to get Tommy & Dil interested in a new toy, Goober the Gopher. Tommy shows a dislike to it so Didi takes him to a fair where a man dressed as Goober approaches them. The guy tries to give Tommy a stuffed Goober, but Tommy wants to keep his Reptar toy. The Gopher guy steals his Reptar and forces him to have his stuffed toy, making Tommy cry.
You Expect: Didi to raise a fuss at the man in the Goober costume for doing such a thing, then take back the Reptar toy and usher Tommy and Dil far away from Goober. Maybe she can file a complaint about him in the process.
Instead: Didi is appalled at Tommy for reacting the way he did and apologizes to the guy who made Tommy cry.
- In "Silent Angelica", Angelica tries to be quiet because her mom is having an important business call (and because she was promised toys if she was quiet). However, the babies are brought over for a visit.
You Expect: Angelica would whisper to the babies and explain that they need to be quiet.
Instead: She doesn't say a thing, and whenever the babies do something loud, she stops them and shushes them. This leads the babies to think that there's something wrong with her, and she ends up paying for it in the end.
- In the same episode, there's a part where the doorbell rings. Angelica goes to tell Drew, who is watching a badminton game with Stu.
You'd Expect: Drew would recognize the sound of his own doorbell, get up, and go see who's at the door.
Instead: "Pumpkin, could you please find out which of the babies is causing that racket?"
- In "Chuckie Is Rich" Chaz allows Drew to invest money in a contest in an invention called "the ear-whiz" which supposedly cleans your ear perfectly and is supposed to make a lot of money.
You Expect: Drew, with his wife being a CEO, would know how risky the stock market is and invest an amount that Chaz won't miss if it's gone, but will still make a decent profit if it works.
Instead: Drew invests almost all of Chaz's money. The company ends up going bankrupt due to the invention actually increasing ear wax, resulting in Chaz loses everything he got from the contest.
- In Rugrats in Paris when Kira and Coco Laboushe are on the way to the church for Coco to get married, Kira finds out the real reason Coco wants to marry Chaz.
You'd Expect: For Kira to keep her mouth shut and wait for the limo to arrive at the chapel, so she can tell Chaz the truth.
Instead: She runs her mouth and says she will tell Chaz the truth, getting Coco to throw her out the limousine.
- The Christmas special Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town: Sombertown's ruler, Burgermeister Meisterburger, has issued a decree outlawing toys in his town.
You'd Expect: The residents of Sombertown to heed this warning and hide the toys that Kris Kringle brings whenever the Burgermeister and his guards are present.
Instead: Throughout the special, the children play with their toys in the streets and in the presence of the Burgermeister and his soldiers! Needless to say, the Burgermeister becomes increasingly pissed off and makes it harder for Kris to deliver the toys.
- In the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated episode "Howl of the Frighthound", Scooby wound up in a maximum security kennel because the mother of some kid crushing on Velma was trying to break up the gang and fix her son up with the girl he'd built a shrine to built a robot dog designed to frame him.
You'd expect: Velma to move heaven and earth to clear Scooby's name so that he'd be beholden to her and pretty much let her have her way in the Friend Versus Lover conflict the two of them had wound up in.
Instead: She not only did as little as possible to free the rival she claimed would get out some indefinite time in the future, she was so dismissive of Shaggy's concerns for his friend's well-being, she alienated him to the extent that he decided having a girlfriend wasn't for him at this stage in his life.
- Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! episode "Kooky Space Kook": Shaggy and Scooby lock themselves in an old air force cabin to protect themselves from the alien ghost. Scooby throws the key out the window. But the alien manages to get in by opening the other door from the other side.
You'd Expect: Shaggy and Scooby to jump out the window and run for their lives.
Instead: They jump out the window, retrieve the key, jump back into the cabin, and unlock the door so they can get out.
- In The Smurfs episode, "The Smurfette", Gargamel noticed changes in Smurfette, realizing she's not anymore working with him. Therefore, he tricks her into bringing all the Smurfs to lunch.
You'd Expect: She will realize this is a trap and decided not to follow his orders.
Instead: She is fooled by this act and does exactly what he said. Not only this allows him to catch the titular characters, but also led them to think Smurfette double crosses them.
- Earlier on, Smurfette tries to get Greedy to open the dam so that the Smurfs' village will be flooded. When he hesitates, she decided to have another Smurf do her bidding. Greedy, being Greedy, has flipped open the valve to open the floodgates. Suddenly, he begins to close it, out of fear that the village will be flooded.
You'd Expect: That Smurfette has no choice, but to accept the fact that her plan foiled. That way, it would lessen the suspicions about her.
Instead: She struggles with Greedy over the switch, resulting not only the both of them falling to the waters, but also Greedy telling the Smurfs his suspicions about her.
- Sonic Sat AM:
- In one episode, Sally, Bunnie and Antoine are at one of Robotnik's factories. Antoine accidentally falls on a conveyor belt and turns it on by pulling its lever at the same time. Then he gets carried by it towards the machinery, and is too petrified with fear to get out of the conveyor belt. Sally and Bunnie to the rescue.
You'd Expect: Them to simply turn the conveyor belt off by pulling the lever, which was just by their side.
Instead: They try to stop the conveyor belt by grabbing and pulling it. Needless to say, they fail, so they resort to calling Sonic for help, who has to arrive and save the day at the last moment.
- In another episode, Robotnik catches Sally and creates a robotic duplicate of her to impersonate her so that Sonic takes it to Knothole and Robotnik finds out the hidden village's location.
You'd Expect: Robotnik to put a tracer on Robo-Sally.
Instead: He just puts a camera on her eyes, apparently with the intention of seeing the path to Knothole, even though this one is hidden in the middle of a large forest.
Even Worse: Robotnik's computer overloads and causes him to lose access to the camera on Robo-Sally's eyes. However, when you think about, his plan still wouldn't have worked even without the malfunction, considering that Sonic has a tendency of taking Sally back to Knothole by carrying her while running really fast. So even if Robotnik had successfully received the camera's images, he wouldn't have been able to see the path with all the blur.
- Another facepalm Robotnik moment in yet another episode: Robotnik and Snively have the Freedom Fighters trapped in a force field, and are hovering over them in an airship, ready to drop a cage over them and imprison them. Snively asks "Shall I throw the cage, sir?", and Robotnik's response is: "Negative. Let them sweat a while. There is no way for them to get through that force field. Even the hedgehog is trapped."
You'd Expect: For the force field to be impenetrable. Robotnik is supposed to be arrogant, but not stupid. He wouldn't risk giving Sonic extra time to break out of it for not reason if that wasn't the case.
Instead: It turns out that by merely using his Spin Dash (his signature move), Sonic is able to not only easily penetrate it, but also open a hole large enough for the Freedom Fighters and a small dinosaur to go through, which stays open long enough for everyone to escape. Wow. No wonder this continuity's Robotnik isn't a (mad) scientist, nor was ever shown to be capable of building any robots by himself...
- A major facepalm occurs in an episode where Sally and Dulcy manage to infiltrate Robotnik's base in order to rescue Sonic from a deathtrap. They break into Robotnik's own control room, catching Robotnik completely off guard, whereupon Dulcy immediately freezes him and Snively solid with her ice breath.
You'd Expect: For Dulcy to have forgone ice and breathed fire instead, or for her and Sally to either tie up, incapacitate, or kill the frozen duo, which would not only save Sonic, but completely win the war. If not, then to at least ransack his, again, central control room, for any and all vital technology and components.
Instead: They leave the two villains to go save Sonic at a different location, resulting in them thawing out and continuing to be a threat.
- In "The Void", Sonic is trapped between the opening of an interdimensional portal to the Void (a sort of limbo) that is a few meters next to him, and Robotnik's army's fire.
You'd Expect: Robotnik to order his robots to shoot and kill Sonic.
Instead: He makes them aim their attacks a few centimeters away from him from the opposite direction of the portal, so that he's trapped and the portal sucks him in. It works, but why not just shoot him and get rid of him once and for all instead?
Even Worse: Sending him into the Void was pointless, as it turns out that Sonic can escape it by merely using his super speed.
EVEN Worse: As Robotnik knew, at the same time, the Void was the prison of many of his enemies, namely Sally, Bunnie, King Acorn, Ari, and Naugus, the latter being the only person Robotnik was truly afraid of, and someone he had betrayed in the past. Sonic helps them all escape, and now Robotnik has to deal with a vengeful Naugus, who proceeds to make Robotnik his bitch. The only thing that saved Robotnik in the end was a Diabolus Ex Machina that forced Naugus and King Acorn back into the Void. And even then, the others are still free from it, King Acorn got to give Sally a list of Freedom Fighters groups that can aid them, and Ari (who also knows about other Freedom Fighters) is there to help them as well. Then a few episode later, they use the newly acquired information to meet the other groups and join together in their fight against Robotnik, forming a network of Freedom Fighters. Nice going, Robotnik. Anyway, while we're on the subject of The Void...
- Naugus and Robotnik had originally teamed up to investigate the Void. The plan was that Naugus would go into it and explore it, while Robotnik was in charge of keeping the portal open. Fearing that Robotnik would betray him and leave him trapped, he decided to intimidate him by showing him what he can do with his magical powers, changing his head into that of a crow.
You'd Expect: To leave him like that until he returned from the Void as a guarantee. Surely the prospect of staying like that forever would discourage Robotnik from betraying Naugus.
Instead: He changes his head back to normal before entering the Void. So Robotnik betrays him and imprisons him, after which Naugus can't do anything, as his magic can't normally reach people in another dimension.
- In The Spectacular Spider-Man episode "Identity Crisis", Venom has declared that Peter Parker is Spider-Man. As journalists are trying to get proof, Venom attacks Spidey and eventually rips off his mask as Spidey quickly dives behind a car to avoid being seen.
You'd Expect: Venom to rip the mask in half, so Peter has no way of protecting his identity.
Instead: Venom, holding the mask with him, checks under the car for Spidey. He get whacked, allowing Peter to put his mask back on.
- From the same series, in "Gangland," Peter is on a date with Liz Allan on Valentine's Day. Many of his friends are also there with dates, including Gwen Stacy, who Peter has feelings for more than he does for Liz. Halfway through the date, Peter has to leave early for photographer/Spider-Man reasons. Liz forgives him, but wants a goodbye kiss.
You'd Expect: Peter to give her the goodbye kiss and go off superheroing. If he must break up with her so he can pursue Gwen, do it at a more opportune time. While there is no way to break up with someone who loves you "in a good way," it's a much better option than what Peter ended up doing.
Instead: Peter acts like a Jerkass, not give the kiss and apologizes to Gwen for leaving early. Poor Liz is humiliated, her relationship with Peter is shattered, and Peter is to blame for being stupid.
- And one more, this time from the episode "Natural Selection". Even though its a growth in character development and meant to establish the status quo of the Spider-Man mythos, a ridiculous situation occurs when Kurt is taking his serum and becomes the Lizard through some unforeseen side effects. Peter, as Spider-Man, manages to defeat him in the process taking some pictures for the Daily Bugle for a contest and has it printed on the newspapers.
You'd Expect: Peter, being as smart as he is, would request he'd be listed as "Anonymous" or use a fake name since the whole affair was a private matter and keep suspicion off of him since he was suppose to be helping them.
Instead: Like a dope, he has his name printed in bold letters on the paper. End result is he gets fired from his intership and his friends are now distrustful of him. And the funny thing he does it again in a later episode, "Persona", which leads to his falling out with Eddie Brock. You all know what happens after that.
- At their first encounter Dr. Octopus and Spider-Man are fighting over a super-battery capable of supplying Doc's mechanic tentacles with infinite resource. Currently Doc is using a makeshift battery with another hour of charge. Finally he pins Spider-Man down and grabs the super-battery.
You'd Expect: That he would finish Spidey off before changing the battery, since he still had enough juice.
Instead: He proceeds with the change and removes his current battery thus rending himself powerless for a moment. That moment is enough for Spidey to defeat him.
- In the "Hobgoblin" episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series Kingpin and Osborn stage a juggling competition.
- In order to
assassinate wipe out the Kingpin, Osborn employs Psycho for Hire Hobgoblin and equips him with a glider. However, Spider-Man thwarts the attempt, and Osborn decides it's too dangerous to carry on and gives Hobgoblin a boot.
You'd expect: Osborn to install a remote-controlled shut down switch in the glider or, better else, rig it with remote-controlled explosives, so that when Hobgoblin outlives his usefulness he can be stripped of his power and easily
killed disposed of. That's "Assassination 101" for Cthulhu's sake!
Instead: Osborn basically tells Hobgoblin to fuck off, insults him and threatens to expose him. And then acts genuinely surprised when Hobgoblin has the audacity to fly away with the glider and team up with Kingpin. He should be surprised Hobgoblin didn't
kill exsanguinate him on spot!
- Having entered Kingpin's employment, Hobgoblin successfully completes his first assignment - kidnap Harry Osborn - and demands payment.
You'd expect: Kingpin to pay him. Why the hell not? Hobgoblin is obviously a useful and competent henchman, and he's just started working for him, so it'd be reasonable to give him some incentive.
Or: Since Hobgoblin is also a dangerous lunatic with no sense of loyalty, it'd be understandable if Kingpin didn't want to keep him around and got rid of him right there and then. Hell, Hobgoblin's main asset is his glider, well,
kill eliminate the nutcase and get one of your own reliable goons to pilot the thing!
Instead: Kingpin just pisses Hobgoblin (whom he has NO leverage on) off and lets him be: "You will be paid when I say you are paid." Your team-building techniques suck, Pinny!
- Osborn repeats his act of idiocy AGAIN: team up with Hobgoblin, give him an improved glider with no safeguards in it, act surprised when Hobgoblin betrays him AGAIN.
- Spider-Man: The New Animated Series episode 3: The Lizard gets lifted by Spider-Man with the use of a helicopter.
You'd Expect: He jumps on him, throws him off, and clings to a helicopter.
Instead: Lizard just scratches Spider-Man's hand, and ended up falling below skyscraper's feet. His death is his own fault.
- Superfriends has a lot of instances of characters forgetting that they have superpowers. In one particularly egregious example, the Legion of Doom has come up with a device that can transport people into books. Toyman lures Hawkman into following him into "Jack and the Beanstalk", and flees by scaling the beanstalk.
You'd Expect: Hawkman would remember that, not only does he have wings, but flying is his only power, and thus he would use that power to chase and apprehend the villain.
Instead: Hawkman climbs up the beanstalk after Toyman, and has quite a difficult time of it, from the look of things. You just know that, the whole time, he's thinking "Boy, if only I didn't have these big weights on my back, I'm sure I could climb a lot faster!"
- An episode of Superman: The Animated Series has a Mook armed with a laser pistol that could at least stun Superman if it's as Badass as he thinks it is.
You'd Think: He unloads on Superman from behind while he's distracted with another high-tech mook and let the Evil Plan go on without a hitch.
Instead: The genius decides to pull a Dirty Harry and lovingly describe said weapon without firing a shot.
Result: Supes averts Talking Is a Free Action by zipping up to him in mid-sentence, breaks the gun and is made to talk by the precariously spacious window behind him.
- In one episode of SWAT Kats: the Radical Squadron, Mac Mange kidnaps the mayor and Callie, while dressed up as their new chauffeur. Except, he's wearing the mask based off his original face.
You'd expect Callie would immediately recognize the face of a dangerous criminal, especially since she was the one who signed his life sentence, and alert the titular vigilantes immediately.
Instead She's completely oblivious to him. At least the mayor noticed that it's not his regular driver.
- "Katastrophe", and it is a significant error on her part. However, it could also be said that by that point (end of season 1) she was used to seeing them as the Metallikats, and seeing their metallic forms. It didn't even dawn on me until it was mentioned here, after I watched both the episodes in the same day once. :p
- In "The Origin of Dr. Viper", the titular character, when he was once Dr. Purvis, has stolen the Viper Mutagen 368 in order to become rich by selling it to the highest bidder. The next thing, is that his colleague, Dr. Zyme, arrives because he forgot to get his reading glasses. He ended up discovering his plans so Purvis runs to the staircase where he punches Zyme.
You'd Expect: Zyme should call the police to let them arrest his butt for trying to steal their formula.
Instead: He trips Purvis by kicking his briefcase at the stairs, and the latter trips over with the formula spilled over him.
Result: Dr. Viper is born. Way to go, Dr. Zyme.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003:
- During the early parts of the series, the Turtles discover that Shredder has mooks that can go invisible, and Donatello is quickly able to make some infared goggles that allow the Turtles to see them. Later in the series, the turtles and Splinter attack Shredder's HQ.
You'd Expect: The heroes to bring the goggles along, in case they encounter the mooks in question, which they probably will, given the place they're attacking.
Instead: They don't, and do encounter the mooks, who give them quite a bit of trouble until Leonardo comes up with the idea of weaponising a nearby fire extinguisher.
- In "Aliens Among Us", while in a plot to fake an alien invasion just so the President of the United States would fund his organization, the Earth Protection Force, Bishop discovers that his alien creations explodes mutagen whenever they got hit once.
You'd Expect: that Bishop to order some of his men to clean up this mess, and at the same time, continue on with his plot.
Instead: He attempts the latter, ignoring the mess and "rescuing" the President in the process. Not only does the mutagen remain, but it also goes down into the sewers. This results in the mutagen starting an outbreak in New York City.
- Stockman in "Return to New York Part 3". He battles the Turtles and the Shredder with an exosuit, and doesn't go down easily.
You'd Expect: Stockman to continue battling them, and make speeches that doesn't reveal his secret of how he keeps going.
Instead: He openly admitted the reason why he doesn't go down easily: the exosuit has a backup supply. Donatello gets the gatling gun and blasts him out of the sky with it.
- In "Worlds Collide" part 2, while defending the Fugitoid, the Turtles ended up being surrounded by the black soldiers sent by Agent Bishop.
You'd Expect: Considering they don't even know if they're good or not, they have no choice but to make a surrendering move.
Instead: Raphael, being the hothead that he is, has no plans to surrender that he ended up picking a fight with them. Leo calls him out on that by saying, "Nice going, Raph," in sarcasm. Eventually, they ended up getting captured.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) has this kind of moment in the beginning in season 2 where the Turtles are stopping Kraang shipment filled with mutagen. Even worse, they ended up spilling the canisters and one of them spilled on April's father, mutating him into a mutant bat and April claims it's all her fault for the worse moment.
You'd Expect: The Turtles to comfort her from this and try to reassure her that it's all the Kraang's fault From a Certain Point of View. Apologize for how they failed in saving her father and try to do the best they can the next time they fight the Kraang.
Instead: Mikey stupidly spilled the beans on how it's their fault that the mutagen is spilled around New York, and neither Leo, Raph, nor Donny call him out or smack him for telling her the Awful Truth, resulting in pissing April off to never wanting to see their faces again. Way to go, Mikey.
- In the episode "Vengeance is Mine", Karai Miwa is reunited with Splinter at last. But then, Karai asks Splinter what happened between himself, Shredder and her mother.
You'd Expect: That Splinter would take into account that Karai already has a lot resentment towards Shredder from being imprisoned in a cell, apart from lying to her and kidnapping all those years ago. Thus politely promise to tell her another time.
Instead: Splinter tells the whole truth, the knowledge what Shredder has done, angers Karai so much that she decides she wants revenge. But while she is about to sneak out, she runs into Leo, who offers to help.
You'd expect: That Karai would accept Leo help, after all she of all people, should known that going after Shredder alone is a bad idea. Something that Leo points out.
Instead: Karai knocks out Leo and leaves the safety of the lair to take on Shredder herself, this leads to Karai's accidental mutation.
- Teen Titans episode "Trust" - The plot revolves around Robin trying to find Hot Spot, who is engaged in a fight with Madame Rouge (who can shapeshift). Now, the episode ends with Hot Spot ending up victorious against Rouge and Robin gives him a communicator so that they can keep in touch.
You'd Expect: Robin, being the former sidekick of the goddamn Batman, to at least make sure that Hot Spot is the real deal, having seen firsthand Rouge's shape changing abilities.
Instead: It turns out to be Rouge and Robin ends up giving the Brotherhood of Evil the little trinket the Brain wanted so that they could use against the Titans by spying on them. So Robin nearly causes all of the Titans to go down because of his stupid mistake. Yeah... you wouldn't think this kid was the sidekick of the world's greatest detective after this episode.
- The Brain gets one himself in the Grand Finale. He's in command of a very powerful Quirky Miniboss Squad, a large team of lesser supervillains, and a small army of Mooks and Mecha-Mooks led in the field by an immortal tactical genius. His headquarters is attacked in the middle of a victory celebration by Beast Boy and a small team of reserve Titans, who are soon joined by reinforcements.
You'd Expect: After the initial chaos, the Brain would use said Quirky Miniboss Squad to crack a few heads to restore order, then take command of his forces and coordinate them in a truly epic showdown (remember, most of these guys have lost to the Titans previously because they're stupid/insane, not weak - and suddenly here's Brain to provide the smarts for them).
Instead: Brain is so confident of victory that he just sits there, making the occasional snarky comment, but doing nothing else. By the time he realizes he's actually in danger, the situation has progressed to the point where retreat is the only option. And this from a guy who's normally at least on par with Slade for being the show's smartest Chessmaster.
- Thomas And Friends also falls victim to these moments:
- In "Best Dressed Engine", towards the end of the episode, Gordon ends up having a banner stuck around his smoke box, he tells his driver to stop the train.
You'd Think: That the driver would stop the train, and try and remove the banner.
Instead: He tells Gordon "You can't stop, you're the Express," and doesn't stop at all.
- "The Sad Story Of Henry": Henry goes into a tunnel and squeaks through his funnel, because he doesn't want the rain to spoil his lovely green paint and red stripes, again and again, the passengers along with his driver and fireman try and get him to get out.
You'd Expect: That Henry would stop being a pompous dick and listen to them.
Instead: He blows steam at them, telling them that "he's not going to spoil his lovely green paint and red stripes for them"
- A "What an Idiot" moment also happens in "Gordon Takes A Tumble". As you may have presumed from the title, Gordon proceeds to endure a tumble. How, you may ask? Well an incompetent signal man forgets to change the points, and Gordon is diverted to a much weaker track. However, the track is not to blame, as there is a sign that specifically says, in no unclear terms, "Go Slow".
You'd Expect: That Gordon would not act like an asinine moron and abide by the clearly labelled sign.
Instead: Gordon concludes that since he's an express engine (though not pulling the express at the given time), he's exempted from having to pay attention to the sign. He then accelerates, derails, and crashes into a nearby barn.
- Here's a "What an Idiot from all three of the big engines, towards the end of the episode "Dirty Work", Gordon, Henry and James find out that apparently, Duck had been telling lies about them to the trucks (In reality, it was Diesel as revenge for Duck apparently making the trucks at him).
You'd Expect: For the big engines to, upon Duck returning to Tidmouth sheds, they would ask him if he had anything to do with the Trucks laughing at them.
Instead: They block him from entering the shed, and immediately jump to the conclusion that Duck had been giving them names.
Extra Points: The big engines are supposed to know that Duck wouldn't be that cruel.
- Tiny Toon Adventures:
- In the episode, "The Acme Bowl", during the big game against Perfecto Prep, Babs, Shirley, and Fifi decide to help Buster when he needs three more members on his team. When Babs is passed the ball, the Perfecto Football players charge at her, but stop when she screams about having lost her contact lens.
You'd Expect: For the Perfectos to realize this is a trick and snatch the ball from Babs so they can try to make another touchdown with it.
Instead: They decide to help Babs look for her contact lens. While they are distracted, Babs scores a touchdown.
- The "Night Ghoulery" special has one in the "A Gremlin on a Wing" sketch. Throughout the sketch, The Gremlin is trying to destroy the wing of the airplane that Plucky and the other passengers are on. At one point, he has a huge pile of explosives, but his lighter won't work. Plucky approaches him, carrying the plane's fire hose, and the Gremlin asks him if he has a working lighter.
You'd Expect: Plucky not to give the Gremlin a working lighter, or to at least try to spray him with the fire hose, thus knocking him off the plane and preventing the explosives from ever being set off.
Instead: Plucky hands the Gremlin his working lighter, thus letting him set off the explosives, only to realize a minute later what he was doing. He attempts to defuse the explosives with the fire hose only to miss by seconds, resulting in the plane's wing being destroyed.
- Total Drama Island, the episode "Search And Do Not Destroy", first season. Heather wants to break up Trent and Gwen's alliance, so she arranges a meeting with Trent at the dock. She then tells Trent that Gwen is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who only pretends to like Trent to secure his vote, and expounds at length upon how lonely and afraid she feels because no one will be her friend.
You'd Expect: Trent realizes that Heather is bullshitting him halfway through her speech, turns around and leaves. Bear in mind that Heather is the girl who's been bullying, sabotaging and plotting against everyone she could for the whole game. At no point has Heather attempted to hide her cruelty or the fact that she will screw others over to win. Gwen, in comparison, has made a few sarcastic comments to nice people...and that's it. Even in her more antisocial moments, she was a helpful teammate whom Trent had no real reason to doubt. And yet, on the basis of talking with the Obviously Evil Alpha Bitch for three minutes, he...
Instead:...Keeps listening and effectively breaks his alliance with Gwen in favour of believing that Heather is a sad, misunderstood girl. Admittedly, he rejects Heather when she forces a kiss on him, but at no point does he suspect that Heather had ulterior motives for meeting with him, or that she lured Gwen to the beach to see said kiss. Cue Gwen undergoing a Heroic BSOD, her friends getting pretty angry at Trent, and Trent being voted off. If his doubt had been caused anyone but Heather, his reaction could be justified. But it's not.
- In the episode "Basic Straining", Harold gets fed up with Duncan's constant pranking and decides to get revenge on him at the elimination ceremony.
You'd expect: For Harold to rig the votes aganist Duncan to get him unfairly eliminated as revenge.
Instead: His revenge is rigging the votes aganist Courtney because her and Duncan were starting to form a romantic bond.
- In the Season 1 episode "Hook, Line, and Screamer", Geoff is hiding from the serial killer (really Chef in disguise) when he hears the sound of an ice cream truck.
You'd expect: For Geoff to stay where he is since the contestants are on a semi-deserted island.
Instead: He is lured away and gets caught.
- At the end of the Season 1 episode "Wawanakwa Gone Wild", Heather is left in a position where she is not only vulnerable to elimination, but physically incapacitated (Izzy shot her with a tranquilizer dart).
You'd expect: For everyone else to jump at this rare opportunity and vote the bitch off.
Instead: They vote off Izzy because...actually, that's not really explained.
- In the "Haute Camp-ture" episode, the eliminated contestants are given the power to vote off one camper who's still in the running. Katie and Sadie get the ball rolling by choosing Leshawna, because they want to hang out with her. The other campers object, saying that they shouldn't eliminate Leshawna if they like her. Unfortunately, just saying "Leshawna" counts as a vote against her.
You'd Expect: Someone to figure out that they should say someone's name besides Leshawna.
Instead: After the other eliminated contestants try not to say Leshawna but fail to do so, "Squawk! Polly want a Leshawna!" goes Polly, and the votes against her continue to pile up, shutting out the other four contestants, which also results her elimination.
- In the episode “Broadway, Baby!” of World Tour, Heather is given a meat grinder as a reward for winning the challenge.
You'd Expect: Heather, the master strategist and self-proclaimed Genre Savvy would keep her prize safe, even if it appears to be useless. Besides its intended purpose, it can be sold, traded, dismantled, or even used as a blunt weapon.
Instead: She instantly thinks it's useless and throws it out of the plane, just because she can. Lo and behold, the very next challenge is to make sausage, a task that would be monumentally easier for anyone who has a meat grinder. After being on this show for three whole seasons, you'd think Heather had learned that the rewards, no matter how useless they might seem at first, always turns out to have a purpose.
- In "Chinese Fake-Out", Duncan wants to make an alliance with someone to advance further in the game.
You'd Expect: For Duncan to find someone to team up with who doesn’t hate him personally.
Instead: He thinks he can try to get on Courtney's good side and try to get her in an alliance. This is the girl he cheated on and treats like dirt all throughout World Tour. Naturally, Courtney sends him face-first into a cake.
- In the episode "Backstabbers Ahoy!", Dawn realizes that Scott has intentionally sabotaged their team, which cost them the challenge.
You'd Expect: That she would immediately tell the rest of her team about this or just accuse Scott right there in front of everyone. She's one of the nicest and most honest members of the cast, so they would probably believe her.
Instead: She keeps it to herself and vents about it in the confessional. Scott eavesdrops on this and promptly gets her eliminated.
- Scott, a self-proclaimed master strategist finds the hidden immunity idol. FYI, they're playing with the Survivor: Cook Islands idol rules, meaning that one can play the idol ''after'' the votes are read instead of before.
You'd Expect: He'd do the strategic thing and wave it in everyone's face, thus discouraging everyone else from wasting votes on him. (This was what happened on Survivior, the guy with the idol was effectively untouchable)
Instead: He keeps it hidden and wastes it on a filler episode. Later he gets voted out by a very unsurprising coalition.
- At the beginning of the All-Stars episode, “Saving Private Leachball”, the members of the Villainous Vultures, including Jo are vying for control of the team.
You'd expect: For her to remember that her near-sociopathic treatment of her teammates was what caused her elimination last time, and try something else.
Instead: She does the same god damn thing, is shocked that nobody puts up with and causes her team to lose the challenge by shooting one of their own teammates.
- In "You Regatta Be Kidding Me", Duncan wants to do something to prove that he’s still a bad guy..
You Think: He’d do something to show that he’s still bad that he’s sure can’t backfire on him.
Instead: He decides to throw the challenge and blow up Chris' cottage on the other side of the island. Naturally, Chris eliminates him, and to add to this, he also calls the cops to escort him off the island and put him into "big boy" prison instead of just having him go through the Flush of Shame.
- In “Sunday Muddy Sundae”, Courtney makes a list revealing her strategy for the game (which alone should count) and showing she was going to betray Gwen.
You Think: After the making the list she'd memorize it then destroy the evidence by burning it, or feeding it to an animal, or flush it down the septic tank.
Instead: She keeps it and Mal gets his hands on it and shows everyone causing her elimination
- In the "Pahkitew Island" episode, "Twinning Isn't Everything", Samey, Amy, and Jasmine spot Shaun from above a cliff and have one balloon left.
You Think: That Amy would just let Samey or Jasmine fire the balloon because even if they have missed Shawn and assuming he had no balloons left, Team Kinosewak could have won the challenge on a stalemate over Team Maskwak by having more unmarked team members (3 to 1).
Instead: Amy, trying yet again to upstage her sister, takes the balloon away from her, leading to a fight over it between Amy, Samey, and Jasmine, resulting in the trio getting covered in paint and causing their team to lose the challenge.
- In "Scarlett Fever" Scarlett has revealed her true evil self and has taken control of the island.
You Think: That she would take down Chris’ helicopter, then threaten to let the island explode if she doesn’t receive the million dollars.
Instead: She tries to blackmail Chris, a selfish sadist with no conscience, to pay her the million dollars by only threatening the contestants' lives.
- An episode of Totally Spies! had a villain break into a lab by carving a hole into the window with the diamond tipped heel of her shoe. She jumps through the hole and the heel breaks off as she lands on the floor. She notices this and comments on it.
You'd expect: She'd pick up the broken heel. Even if she wasn't Genre Savvy she could still super-glue it back on or something so her shoe wouldn't be ruined.
Instead: She just leaves it there. When the spies find it they immediately track it to her, and later use it to escape the villain's trap, allowing them to foil her plan with ease.
- The Transformers had the episode, "Heavy Metal War", where Optimus Prime and Megatron agree to one-on-one combat - the losing side has to leave Earth. Every single Autobot tells Optimus this is a bad idea because Megatron can't be trusted to fight fairly. They're right, as Megatron uses Applied Phlebotinum to transfer the special abilities of the other Decepticons into himself. Guess who wins the battle?
You'd Think: Optimus would notice with his own optics that Megatron suddenly has powers he's never used before and call Megatron out on the deal, at least until he was sure about it.
Instead: Until footage from Teletraan-1 shows him exactly how Megatron pulled his deception off, Optimus simply accepts his defeat and prepares to pack the Autobots off to parts unknown...with every Autobot protesting that Megatron obviously cheated. "Honor Before Reason"? "Lawful Stupid"? Take your pick. Optimus is an idiot, regardless.
- In the movie, Unicron is a massive planet eating monstrosity, who can only be destroyed by the "Matrix of leadership". Galvatron brings it to him, and plans on using it against Unicron, but can't get to work.
You'd Think: Unicron wouldn't take his chances and destroy the Matrix right away.
Instead: He eats Galvatron with the Matrix. In doing so Hot Rod, once inside Unicron, eventually takes it from Galvatron, and uses it on Unicron.
- In "More Than Meets The Eye, Part 3", Mirage has snuck aboard the Decepticons' ship, while invisible. Megatron and Starscream are fighting a duel over the leadership of the Decepticons.
You'd Expect: Mirage would take advantage of the distraction and his own invisibility to pick off the Decepticons, take over their ship, pick up the rest of the Autobots, and return to Cybertron.
Instead: He becomes visible, forcing a fight and crashing the ship. Sure, he survives, but so do the Decepticons.
In All Fairness: He can't fire his weapons while invisible, as far as anyone knows.
- All the godamn time, Megatron transforms into a gun that has to be fired by someone else.
You'd Expect: Him to go into the hands of someone loyal, like Soundwave or Shockwave, or just you know, don't transform in the first place and use his own Arm Cannon, or even better, order Shockwave to turn into a pistol and jump into his hand instead.
Instead: he jumps into the hands of the guy who has a trope about betraying things named after him and Starscream gets to hold the boss he longs to overthrow in his hand and point and shoot him. It's only because Starscream is even more of an idiot that this doesn't backfire.
- In Transformers Animated, the Constructicons have recently had their memories erased after drinking a tainted batch of oil provided by Bulkhead. While their basic, generally helpful and friendly personalities are intact, they have no recollection of any of their previous dealings with either the Autobots or the Decepticons.
You'd expect: That Bulkhead would attempt to explain, slowly and calmly, that the Autobots are good and the Decepticons are evil. This would allow him to maintain his friendship with the Constructicons and gain powerful allies for his team.
Instead: Bulkhead, still furious from the Constructicons' betrayal, threatens them with his giant wrecking ball weapon and generally throws a temper tantrum. This frightens the Constructicons off, which eventually leads to them falling back in with Megatron and becoming true-blue, dyed-in-the-wool Decepticons. That's what happens when you are voiced by Patrick Star...
- In a later episode, the "You'd Expect" is exactly what he does after he tracks them down again, and for a while, it actually works. Unfortunately this is confounded by a) Dirt Boss and b) the fact that at their core, the Constructicons seem to have a tendency to follow orders no matter who's giving them or what they were doing before.
- Another episode, "Decepticon Air" has Sentinel Prime, on the way back to Cybertron, bringing out the captured Decepticons from their cells to interrogate them. Then he is called to the bridge to speak with the High Council.
You'd expect: That Sentinel Prime makes sure that the Decepticons were back in their cells before leaving them alone, realizing how dangerous they are and how stasis cuffs aren't always a sure thing. In addition, earlier in the series, Starscream was on the very same ship and in the cuffs and he somehow escaped.
Instead: He completely leaves them unattended, not even bothering to make sure that they were back in their cells. Thus when Swindle, who was previously Mode Locked, is revived thanks to the lightning from an Ion storm they traveled to, he frees the other Decepticons and thus proceeds to take over the ship.
- Adding more to Sentinel's stupidity is his decision on how to deal with Omega Supreme when he transwarped on Cybertron.
You'd expect: Sentinel to try to gain control of Omega as it would give the Autobots a massive advantage over the Decepticons. Plus all the brownie points he can get out of it.
Instead: He orders the Fortress Maximus to fire on Omega Supreme. While ignoring Ratchets warning, that Omegas transwarp energy, plus the blast from the WMG could destroy a huge chunk of Cybertron.
- A rather brutal example: in "Predacons Rising", Sentinel discovers that Blackarachnia was once his old friend, Elita-1.
You'd expect: Since Elita-1's disappearance is arguably the main reason Sentinel is such a Jerkass today, he'd soften up due this revelation and try to help her overcome her condition.
Instead: Since Sentinel has a fear of organics and Blackarachnia is part organic, he's actually willing to kill her...simply for existing.
- This trope is played straight with Transformers Prime episode "Metal Attraction". Breakdown and Airachnid are fighting over an artifact that magnetizes metal. Arcee and Bulkhead arrive at the scene to watch them duke it out.
You'd Expect: Arcee and Bulkhead to sit back and watch as their most hated enemies tear each other apart.
Instead: They immediately leap into action and inevitably results in Airachnid and Breakdown teaming up against them.
- At the end of the same episode, Bulkhead and Arcee are standing over the defeated Breakdown and Airachnid, who have been magnetized together. They contemplate on what to do next.
You'd Expect: Since those two Decepticons are their personal greatest adversaries, they'd finish them off right there, or at least take them prisoner.
Instead: Fearing that the Polarity Gauntlet could cause even more trouble, they just leave them there, allowing Megatron to recruit Airachnid, who's been a rogue so far. Do mind, they have no problem using the Gauntlet later on, and besides, they have other weapons.
- Miko, it turns out, is one to actively try to sneak out and charge headlong into the Autobots' conflicts. This usually makes her the Spanner in the Works for the Autobots. Within the first two episodes after her debut, everyone has caught on to this.
You'd Think: They would modify their Groundbridge transit procedures to prevent Miko from darting through undetected. Like never leaving the Groundbridge open longer than necessary for safe transport. Or the Autobots checking themselves and the surrounding area on both sides of the bridge before proceeding with their mission. Or having somebody watch Miko and SHOUT if she so much as flinches.
Instead: They don't, and then groan when she does manage to end up on the frontlines with them. AGAIN.
You'd Also Think: That upon discovering that they have a stowaway (again), the Autobots would insist that Miko return to base, no matter how much she begs and pleads. They are giant robot warriors, after all; they do have that kind of authority.
Instead: They just shrug and let her tag along, thinking "It can't really be all ''that'' dangerous."
You'd Also Think: Anyone would remember to use their own judgment rather than take advice from Miko at face value. Yes, she does sometimes have a point, and yes, her idea does work for the better every once in a while. But what tends to happen more often is...
Instead: They take her advice, wind up in over their heads, and have to be bailed out by Big Damn Heroes.
- Another jarring example happens in the ep Flying Mind. The Autobots and Agent Fowler take advantage of the grounded and defenseless Decepticon ship and try to use the Spatk Extractor to kill all Decepticons in one shot. However they soon learn that the ship is indeed fully functional.
You'd Think: Having lost their tactical advantage, they would retreat.
Instead: They try to attack the ship anyway, even after it zaps several of them into stasis with its guns. The Autobots fall one by one, leaving themselves and Fowler at the mercy of the ship's cannons. Thankfully, the ship had its own agenda and left the area, so they remained safe, but the Autobots wouldn't have known that. They thought the ship was under Megatron's command, so why did they then keep advancing after almost all of them have been zapped? Even if one of them managed to activate the Extractor, those immobilized Autobots still would have had to be dragged away before its extracting wave reached them or before the ship crashed on them.
- Ultimate Spider-Man:
- Spider-Man is part of the team of young heroes formed by SHIELD and trained personnally by Nick Fury. During a previous episode, they fought with Venom, and got a perfectly good look at it, since all of them but White Tiger got possessed by it. Sure, they aren't sure of what it was, but they got a good look at its abilities. Later, when a mysterious new Spider-Man dressed in black suit that possess exactly the same scheme colour than Venom, does a better job than Peter and becomes everyones' idol, Spider-Man points out it's most-likely to be Venom.
You'd Expect: them to at least consider the possibility Peter might be right. The similarities are suspiciously similar after all, and they all know Venom can change shape and size according to his host.
Instead: they dismiss Peter's warning and blame him for being jealous that a guy is doing a better job than him, arguing that "Venom was huge while this is just a guy in a black suit". Even Fury doesn't seem to consider the possibility (though he at least didn't blame Spidey for anything). Made even worst by the fact the story then switches to Doctor Octopus' point of view, who after visioning the image immediatly recognizes Venom.
- Later, in episode "Freaky", Spider-Man ends up teaming up with X-Men member Wolverine against Mesmero, a mutant villain with Mind Control powers.
You'd Expect: Mesmero to use his powers to take over both Wolverine and Spidey, then force them to either kill each other, commit suicide, work for him or let him go.
Instead: He takes over control of civilians and send them to attack them. Unsurprisingly, Wolverine just reaches him and threaten to kill him until he frees the civilians. After getting arrested, Mesmero does realize he can use his power directly on them... and uses it to switch Wolverine's and Spidey's bodies just to screw with them. This result in Spidey and Wolverine having a hard day, and him being threatened to be killed again until he switches them back, and then almost killed by a still infuriated Wolverine. Basically, he ended up as a minor nuisance rather than the actual treath he could have been.
- In episode Awesome, Peter has a Science Project to do with Luke Cage, but fails to do everything, partially because his aunt sold his chemestry kit and because he was busy fighting the Juggernaut. Considering the Principal actually is Agent Coulson, and as such knows about his superheroing:
You'd Expect: Peter to merely explain to Coulson why he couldn't do the science project in time. After all, the whole Juggernaut part is an acceptable justification, and unless Coulson is a major Jerk Ass, he would most likely understand and arrange for Luke and Peter to get away with it.
Instead: He steals one of Dr Connor's inventions in his SHIELD lab and bring it as their science project, without even knowing clealy what it does. The invention turns out to be the Awesome Android, a robot that feeds on any non-organic tissues and ends up wrecking havoc, humiliating Coulson in the process. Spidey and his team go the whole episode stopping the Android, and Coulson is now mad at him.
- In season 1 finale, Rise of the Goblin, Norman Osborn is mutated into the Green Goblin by Octopus injecting him both Spider-Man's and Venom's DNA; later, when confronting his son, the Goblin tells his mutation was caused by Spidey's DNA, leading Harry to confront Spider-Man and accuse him to have caused the transformation:
You'd Expect: Spider-Man to just tell Harry it was Dr Octopus who injected the DNA;
Instead: he starts trying to find the best way to explain Harry his father was a sick bastard anyway, which of course only ends up pissing Harry even more.
- Venture Brothers
- The season three opener "Shadowman 9 - In The Cradle Of Destiny" has Phantom Limb find The Monarch with Queen Etheria (in a flashback). Limb asks for Monarch's name, to which he responds "The Mighty M...Manotaur!" and is then put on Limb's "Shit List".
You'd Think: When Phantom Limb goes to kill Manotaur (an actual villain, Monarch didn't just make that up), who retired from villainy years ago, he would realize that he looks (and sounds) nothing like the man that slept with his partner so many years ago, and leave him alone.
Instead: Limb kills Manotaur, insisting that "nobody retires from [his] shit list!", still failing to realize that Dr. Girlfriend ended up marrying Monarch, let alone that Monarch was ever one of his henchmen. This is even lampshaded by Dr. Girlfriend, who thinks that Limb couldn't possibly have been that thickheaded.
- In every episode of Wacky Races Dick Dastardly is often able to get ridiculously far ahead of the other racers.
You'd Expect: That he would keep driving on and maintain his lead.
Instead: He stops to set up some hairbrained car-trap for the drivers behind him. These ALWAYS fail and either bump him back several places or cost him the race.
- Watch My Chops (Corneil and Bernie)
- On Unlucky Break, At the end, Karen founds out about Bernie's broken leg, and she tells him not to lie between them and then, askes him how did he broke his leg.
You'd Except: For Bernie to make something up, like that he just tripped by accident or somethng like that.
Instead: Telling her the excalt truth about what happening about Corneil was playing chess and he slipped on the king and then, she refused to go out wih him and have already warned him not to lie.
- In "Let the Rhinos Roll!" of Wild Kratts, Chris went off to find the mother of Thornsley, a baby black rhino Martin is looking after. Later Chris calls Martin, telling him that there's nothing to worry about and that he can keep Thornsley as long as he wants.
You'd Think: Martin would realize that Chris would want to return Thornsley to the wild as soon as possible
You'd also think: Martin would notice that Chris is wearing red instead of his standard green.
Instead: Martin misses both alerts and goes on as if nothing's wrong.
Result: The Tortuga is nearly trampled by a herd of mind-controlled black rhinos.
- In Winx Club (Episode 1x17), Bloom accidentally bumps into Diaspro, making her drop a hologram of Sky. While Diaspro is rude to her about it, Bloom just randomly assumes she must be one of the Trix simply because of this rudeness. She tricks Diaspro into leaving her seat in the stadium, leads her to a back room and attacks her. Diaspro doesn't fight at first, but she is finally forced to fight to defend herself. It's not until the battle is taken into the stadium and Diaspro reveals Sky's secret that Bloom sees she's not a witch.
You'd Expect: For Bloom to have eventually realized that Diaspro was not one of the Trix due to how much restraint she was showing. Diaspro clearly didn't want to fight Bloom and only did so when Bloom refused to leave her alone.
Instead: Not only does Bloom not realize Diaspro isn't one of the Trix until it's too late, but even after she finds out the truth about Sky, she continues to be angry with Diaspro, as if it's Diaspro's fault that Sky was two-timing her! She also never apologizes to Diaspro for this incident or realizes that she should be angry with Sky, not with the person who didn't even know she existed.
It gets worse: that's because the creator seems to have set things up so that Bloom was supposed to be Sky's fiancee all along while Diaspro is just supposed to sit there and take it.
Then again: stupidity seems to be the only option...as evidenced by Diaspro and the Trix Girls deciding that the best way to kill a fire elemental like Bloom is to send her to something called the Vortex of Flames.
- There's also an episode in season six where a childhood friend of Bloom's, Selina, returns. Said friend is assisting the Trix, but Bloom isn't aware of this. However, keep in mind Bloom hasn't seen or heard from Selina in at least six years and she randomly comes and asks for the Winx's help.
You'd Expect: For Bloom to be suspicious. While she may not be aware of Selina's true intentions, at the very least, you'd think she'd wonder where her friend has been all this time.
Instead: Bloom blindly trusts Selina, not even questioning her story, and the others also go along with it!
Then: Selina inconspicuously poisons Flora and when she and Bloom go to the potions lab to create a cure, Selina makes an even stronger poison while Bloom is distracted. She gives Bloom the poison and Bloom, thinking it's the cure, nearly pours it into Flora's mouth, inadvertently almost killing her! She's stopped just in time, but even when she's later expressing remorse, she doesn't at all say how she shouldn't have blindly trusted Selina as she did.
- In the Woody Woodpecker short Buccaneer Woody, at the end when Woody is hiding in a barrel from Buzz Buzzard, Buzz is looking for Woody through the group of barrels... and then Woody's arm pops out of his barrel and points to Buzz that Woody is hiding in a nearby barrel.
You'd Expect: Buzz to question how a barrel could have an arm and speak.
Instead: Buzz takes the barrel's advice and drags off the barrel he thinks has Woody in it... and as he's passing by Woody's barrel, Woody pulls the cork out of Buzz's barrel and lights the gunpowder falling out with a match. The rest is self-explanatory.
- WordGirl has Dr. Steven Boxleitner working on an experiment that would allow him to read the mind of his pet mouse, Squeaky. Suddenly, he gets distracted by the smell of his sandwich.
You'd Expect: That he should lock Squeaky in a cage in order to avoid risks in him making his experiment gone horribly wrong.
Instead: He leaves him down near the "HOLY COW!! Don't press this button!" button and leaves the Narrator in charge of stopping him. By the time he came back since he doesn't know the Narrator doesn't do any physically, Squeaky ended up pressing the button anyway. That's when Dr. Two-Brains is born! Not good, indeed.
- Wunschpunsch: in the episode "Nice wizards", Bubonic and Tyrania try to cast a spell that would make their supervisor, Mr. Maggot, a nice man who wouldn't bother if they did their work or not.
You'd Expect: their pets, Jacob and Mauritio, will allow their owners to go through with this plan, because it is a well known fact by now that Bubonic and Tyrania are punch clock villains who only curse the city when mr. Maggot reminds them it's their duty to do so. Allowing them to complete this plan means Jacob and Mauritio most likely never have to worry about another spell being put on the city again.
Instead: Jacob and Mauritio try to seize this opportunity to turn Bubonic and Tyrania into nice people themselves, by interfering with the spell. It works, but the Bubonic and Tyrania are so clumsy, that all their attempts to use magic to do good deeds end up causing disasters they're oblivious to, making them an even greater threat to the city than when they're their normal evil selves.
- In the 1990s X-Men cartoon, Rogue's character is defined by her
sassy, flirty one-liners inability to touch people without draining their life/powers/mind. She is forced to wrestle with this in virtually every episode that gives her a serious role. Halfway through the first season, Gambit, Storm and Jubilee imprisoned on an island where mutants are used for slave labor, and controlled with collars that can disable their powers.
You'd Expect: That when Rogue helps to rescue them, after all the enslaved mutants have removed their collars, she would take one, break the locking mechanism, and have the means to activate and deactivate her powers at the drop of a
hat collar. For added convenience, she could also take a few spares so that any of her genius friends could figure out how they work and make a more discreet and secure version.
You'd Also Expect: Gambit, having spent several days in the collar, would have at some point realized that since the only thing standing between him and the woman he loves is her out of control power, it might just be a good idea to bring her one when he escapes.
Instead: She almost immediately tries to track down the scientist who is offering a cure (which would eliminate her flying, superhuman strength, and nigh invulnerability as well) without stopping for one second to think about the fact that the only reason she has to believe that the guy is legit is because he was the one who invented collars that can suppress mutant powers! In the process, she comes within an inch of becoming a pawn of Apocalypse. After that, the collars would show up numerous times in the series, and never once did she ever make the connection between her overwhelming desire to control her power and a device that controls powers.
- In addition, with not only numerous collars available for use and/or study, but for an entire season a device that suppressed the powers of all mutants in the entire savage land as a major plot point...
You'd Expect: Someone, ANYONE, would have thought to make to use of this technology to deal with the the untold number of mutants that are constantly fighting. The X-Men could easily slap a device on any of their immensely powerful mutant foes, quickly neutralizing them rather than trying to simply beat the crap out of them in a drawn out, knock-down, drag out fight. The same goes for any sufficiently intelligent team of villains. And most certainly the authorities who are more or less useless whenever a mutant goes on a rampage ought to consider adding this to their crowd control arsenal.
Instead: The X-Men continue to fight without using any possible advantage they might have at their disposal. The only villain to use this technology for anything other than detaining prisoners is Mr. Sinister, who despite inventing the technology and being able to build a machine that can block powers over a vast area, as well as devices that grant immunity to this effect, never actually deploys the technology offensively, replaces the device when destroyed, or gives the protective devices to henchmen with even moderately useful abilities. As for the authorities, they continue to spend all their money on terribly ineffective lasers, and giant robot canon fodder.
- In X-Men: Evolution, the team is taking a boat cruise to get away from the mutant persecution. During the evening, Bobby "Iceman" Drake decides to start making sculptures out of the sea water. Now, this is already pretty dumb - considering they're trying to avoid having anyone onboard I.D. them as mutants - but Bobby is not content with just that level of idiocy. Thus, at a request to "make a big one" he declares: "name this movie" and creates an iceberg.
You'd Expect: Bobby to create his "masterpiece" off to the side, so the ship will pass right by it.
Instead: He creates the iceberg directly in the ship's path, despite the fact he has no way of moving it aside, or changing the ship's course. Perhaps he wanted to emulate Titanic as much as possible.
Additionally: Iceman gets extra stupid points for not even exacerbating a tense and fragile situation like most of these, but by saying "Hey, watch this!" and creating one. For absolutely no reason.
- Jean gets one in the same episode for almost the exact reason. Later on, during breakfast, Boom-Boom decides to teach a whiny customer a lesson by covertly throwing a tiny explosive orb onto her food, causing it to explode rather harmlessly. The woman, of course, freaks out, and starts a chain of events which ends with her table being on fire.
You'd Expect: Jean to just leave it be, or at the very least grab a fire extinguisher. It's only a table, after all, not like it'll burn down the entire ship. Or put out the fire telekinetically without anyone possibly being able to see that it's linked to her, since she can control atoms with her thoughts.
Instead: She telekinetically lifts an entire lobster tank and pours it, lobster and all, on the fire. This right after lecturing Bobby for his iceberg stunt. As a result of this overreaction, not only is she exposed as a mutant, every one of her friends are either directly or indirectly outed as mutants, too.
- Magneto builds a machine that enhances mutant powers while also brainwashing them into being his obedient slaves. There are two prominent groups of mutants available: the unscrupulous and dim-witted bullies of the Brotherhood led by Magneto's associate Mystique and the heroic X-Men.
You'd Expect: Magneto to secretly offer the treatment to the Brotherhood and other dregs of mutant society he can find and then use the resulting army of super-mutants to subdue or destroy the X-Men, at his discretion, and Take Over the World.
Instead: He puts mutants from both factions in sparring matches to determine the "worthy" ones. This not only makes the remaining X-men aware of his scheme but also leaves the defeated Brotherhood members disgruntled, including Mystique who knows where his base is. Out of spite they team up with the X-men, storm Magneto's base and wreck the whole operation.
- Mystique and Cyclops happen to fight in a cellar. Having lost his glasses, Cyclops has to keep his eyes shut, but he manages to pinpoint the only lamp in the chamber and blast it, plunging the cellar in complete darkness and stripping Mystique of her advantage.
You'd Expect: Mystique to morph into a nightsighted predator, or at least its eyes, and carry on trouncing Scott.
Instead: She just stumbles around in the dark until Cyclops receives reinforcements and she's defeated.