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:


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  • The Animated Adaptation of Adventures in Odyssey has a case of a heavily incompetent villain in the episode "Shadow of a Doubt". After successfully framing Mr. Whitaker as the cat burglar (who is currently all over the news), he runs across Dyllan at a local park, who happens to be taping everyone in hopes that he can find the real burglar and prove Whit's innocence.
    You'd Expect: That he would just remain quiet and move on without acting suspicious. Even if Dyllan caught the burglar on tape, Dyllan has no idea that the guy is the real criminal, and none of his footage would prove anything since all it would show is that he's just another guy walking the streets.
    Instead: He falsely leads Dyllan to his home by leading him to believe he can help him find the burglar so he can destroy his video evidence (which, again, has zero proof that he's the burglar), where he ties Dyllan up to a chair and not only spills the beans on his identity, but he explains his entire plan right in front of Dyllan's face! This includes it to every last detail, such as how he wears masks to avoid getting caught and how he does it for the simple joy of seeing people suffer and framing them before moving onto the next town. Even if Dyllan didn't escape in time, it still would put a giant target over his head since Dyllan now knows what the man looks like and that he wears masks to avoid getting caught. And what was he to think would happen if the police found Dyllan tied to that chair?
    Result: Dyllan escapes just in the nick of time and makes it to the courthouse with the burglar's Mr. Whitaker mask, which sets Whit free and lands the burglar in jail.
  • 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 Rerun", Gumball manages to get his hands on the reality-warping remote and uses it to defeat his Arch-Enemy Rob and send him into the Void before becoming Ret Gone due to Rob erasing his family from existence. He then decides to save him after feeling terrible about it.
      You'd Expect: That Gumball would reverse everything back to normal and save himself before saving Rob as he is beginning to become Ret Gone, even to gather up his family to save him from the Void.
      Instead: Gumball immediately goes into the Void to save Rob (who stubbornly tries to evade him) before saving himself from becoming Ret Gone.
      Result: Rob manages to get the remote back and prepares to use it to finish off Gumball, who is seconds away from becoming Ret Gone.
      Luckily: Rob ultimately can't bring himself to do so since Gumball came back for him, and atones for everything he's done by rewinding back to where he bought the remote, and destroys the remote so no one can use it again.
  • 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.
  • Animaniacs: In the first Pinky and the Brain segment "Win Big", Brain needs $99,000 to complete his latest world domination device. He becomes a contestant on the game show Gyp-Parody! and dominates the competition, winning $49,500 before the final round.
    You'd think: Brain would be somewhat familiar with the rules of the show he's on and know that he can come back as a returning champion as long as he doesn't finish with $0. The only way that can happen is if he wagers everything and gives an incorrect response.
    Instead: The problem isn't that he stumbles on the same exact subject that Pinky was pestering him about earlier in the episode; Brain's greed gets the better of him and he goes double or nothing, finishing with $0 and losing his chance to compete the next day.
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!:
    • "Nightmare in Red": Red Hulk attacks the S.H.I.E.L.D. 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.
  • Beavis and Butt-Head: 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.
  • BoJack Horseman:
    • BoJack constantly reminds his agent/ex-girlfriend Princess Carolyn that her new boyfriend Vincent is actually three young children standing atop each other, and not an adult human.
      You'd Expect: Princess Carolyn, an otherwise smart and driven anthropomorphic cat, to find something fishy (no pun intended) about a "grown man" in a trenchcoat with a child's voice and a limited vocabulary who doesn't let her visit him at home, among other things.
      Instead: Princess Carolyn and Vincent date for most of Seasons 1 and 2, with Carolyn none the wiser and still dismissing BoJack's warnings as more of his trademark insecurities.
    • BoJack's rival, friend, and pet peeve Mr. Peanutbutter isn't the sharpest tool in the shed either. He frequently goes along with slacker Todd's outrageous business ventures, no matter how silly they are.
      You'd Expect: Mr. Peanutbutter to wise up and gently, politely ask Todd what the hell he's smoking to come up with such terrible ideas.
      Instead: Mr. Peanutbutter's extremely positive personality makes it virtually impossible for him to say no.
      Result: PB Living, the company run by Mr. Peanutbutter and Todd, goes bankrupt due to their wacky, money-losing business ideas, forcing Mr. Peanutbutter to temporarily work at a Lady Foot Locker store.
  • 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 Castlevania mini-series, Dracula appears in a literal ball of fire after the death of his wife, Lisa, at the hands of the people of Wallachia. Dracula tells them he'll never forgive them for her death, and that in one year's time, he'll unleash the hordes of Hell on their town and kill everyone still left there.
    You'd Expect: The people of Wallachia would flee the town in terror. Or at least make plans to escape, seeing as how Dracula gave them a whole year to leave before he'd descend on the town.
    Instead: Not only do they not leave, the people of Wallachia throw a party on the one-year anniversary of Dracula's announcement, believing the Bishop's claims that it was all a mass illusion caused by Satan, specifically to mock Dracula. Predictably, Dracula chooses that moment to come back, making it literally rain blood while summoning a horde of demons that put the entire town to the slaughter, including women and children. Values Dissonance or not, common sense should've told them to haul ass out of Wallachia.
  • 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 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 The Unbearable Blightness of Being, Dr. Blight constructs a machine that lets her switch bodies with Gaia and uses Gaia's powers to wreck havoc.
      You'd expect: Blight would put her own body in a cage or something similar before the switch, so that Gaia will be trapped in Blight's body. Or, at the very least, inform her "assistant" MAL of the switch.
      Instead: She does none of these things, leaving Gaia able to fight the disasters with Blight's own technology, even getting the Planeteers and MAL on her side.
    • In Mission to Save Earth, Part II, Captain Pollution is being drained of his energy. In pain, Captain Pollution wonder outloud who's responsible for this.
      You'd expect: The Planeteers and Commander Clash to remain hidden and continue draining Captain Pollution's energy until he's dead.
      Instead: Ma-Ti yells that their device is the cause of his energy loss, giving away their position and revealing their secret weapon. MAL hears this and renders the device inoperable. Captain Pollution regains his composure and approach the Planeteers menacingly.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • In True Colors, Hacker is running against Mother Board for potentate of Cyberspace, which is perfectly legal according the Cyber constitution. With the Cyber squad acting as her campaign managers, they appear on a talk show to defend Motherboard and explain why she should be re elected.''
      You'd Expect: The kids to take time and prepare a valid case before appearing on the show, finding valid evidence that Hacker hasn't really turned over a new leaf and listing what specific strengths Motherboard has.
      Instead: With no preparations whatsoever, they do a horrible job at presenting their case. All Jackie and Inez can think of as to why Motherboard should be reelected is that she is a kindhearted and intelligent leader in general, with no specifics mentioned as to how she is. Afterwards, Matt starts roasting Hacker as a liar, claiming that with all the schemes he has done before, there is no way he could actually have changed or done the good deeds he's claimed to (with providing verifiable evidence that he has not).
      The Result: The kids not only fail to persuade the audience, but also make Motherboard out to be a corrupt politician who verbally attacks her opponents.
    • In Borg of the ring, Hacker obtains a magic ring that can make whatever he says is his hearts desire come true.
      You'd Expect: Hacker to realize that Motherboard will no doubt send the Cybersquad to get the ring from him and use it to take over Cyberspace and get rid of Motherboard right away, so they can't stop him.
      Instead: He wastes time wishing for things like hair, a brand new TV, and making Buzz and delete mute. And so by the time he actually does try to use the ring to attack Motherboard, the Cybersquad reaches him and tricks him into taking the ring off his head so they can get it back.
    • In The snelfu snafu part 2 Hacker has just succeeded in tricking the kids into buying the encrypted chip, which he reprogrammed the drain motherboard inside, allowing him to finally take over Cyberspace. Wicked, who is now his partner since she helped him with his plan, is eager to start spending the money which she and hacker got from the kids in the auction (which they spent weeks earning for nothing)
      You'd Expect: Hacker to tell Wicked to only spend a certain amount, and leave the rest for him.
      Or: First go to the black hole, pay the amount needed to throw Motherboard in, and give the rest to her.
      Instead: Too distracted by making plans as the new ruler of Cyberspace, he unwisely tells Wicked to buy anything she wants, and just leave him alone. Wicked immediately goes on a shopping spree, ordering a variety of expensive and pointless items, just handing the delivery people handfulls money and never asking for change. So by the time Hacker gets the black hole, he finds Wicked has spent nearly everything he made in the auction, and cannot pay for the disposal.
  • 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.
    • "The Ultimate Enemy", in the aftermath of the fight at the Nasty Burger, Danny accidentally obtains the answers to the C.A.T.. Although later on, Mr. Lancer soon discovers the answers are in fact missing from his briefcase, after he overheard Tucker talking about Danny cheating on the C.A.T..
      You'd Expect: Mr. Lancer, the vice-principal of a high school, as well as an administrator of education, would be rational, if not sensible, about the whole situation and therefore conduct a thorough investigation as to how some teenager, if not any student in general, would be able to steal the answer sheet right from under his nose, when he had the only key to his briefcase and had said briefcase handcuffed to his wrist the whole time.
      Instead: He blows it way out of proportion. He literally had no physical, solid, and/or concrete evidence to prove Danny DID steal the answers. But, irregardless, he was going to fail Danny anyway.
      On that note: This is the same teacher who plays favorites with the school football star-who is a Jerk Jocks, wears his pride on his sleeve on a constant basis, as well as see "his students work as a reflection of his work" (Teacher of the Year). In short, he is the epitome of cynicism, egocentrism, and biasness at its finest, in the entire series, itself.
      Even Worse: To add injury to insult, he was going to make a scene by asking Mr. & Mrs. Fenton to bring Danny to the still-standing Nasty Burger, minutes away from exploding, just to make an example out of Danny.
      Result: He, along with Sam, Tucker, Jazz, and Mr. & Mrs. Fenton, end up dead. And thus, setting off a cataclysmic chain of events that would set Danny on the path to Evil, and destroy the whole world.
  • 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.
  • Dexter's Laboratory
    • In "Trapped With a Vengeance", Dexter constantly stays at the school past designated hours and makes a mess out of the school after Yani the janitor has already cleaned up forcing Yani to clean up the mess he made before he can return home where his wife is angry at him for arriving so late.
      You'd expect: Being an adult, Yani would report Dexter for staying past school hours when he should be home and forcing Yani to work overtime, giving Dexter the appropriate punishment and most likely preventing him from making any more messes.
      Instead: He prevents Dexter from leaving the school when Dexter prepares to leave and tries to make sure he can't escape.
      The End Result: In all of his efforts to keep Dexter from leaving the school, he ends up making a complete mess out of the out of the cafeteria while taunting Dexter, his wife also shows up angry about him not coming home, and Dexter gets to go home scott free.
      What's Worse: He doesn't even get to clean up the mess he had made before leaving, so not only does he get his wife angry at him again, but he more than likely got fired the next morning for not cleaning the school, which would explain why he only appears in this episode.
    • In the episode "Dexter Detention," Dexter is attempting to finish a test, only for a jerkass student to bother Dexter and constantly ask for the answer to a question.
      You'd Expect: For Dexter to pause his test and complain to the teacher about the student pestering him. It also helps that the student is also attempting to cheat.
      Instead: Dexter loses his patience and accidentally blurts out the answer, causing him to go to detention. The other student gets away with bothering Dexter too.
    • ''Dexter vs. Santa's Claws,'' widely considered the show's worst episode, is a glaring example of how Dexter's ego can turn him from a self-proclaimed "Boy Genius" into a complete idiot. On Christmas Eve, Dee Dee writes a wish list to Santa Claus on Dexter's computer. Dexter mocks Dee Dee, telling her he doesn't believe in Santa and (through a painfully bad rap song) tells her that it's just their dad dressing up as him (and their mom as a reindeer), decorating their car like a sleigh and putting the presents around the tree. Likewise, Dee Dee immediately tells Dexter that his theory is bonkers and that Santa indeed exist. To prove his theory right and protect his ego, Dexter decides to hold a stakeout on the living room to prove once and for all that there is no Santa. When Santa appears in the room (by teleporting), it's clear to anyone that he looks absolutely nothing like Dexter's dad. It also doesn't help that he only speaks in "Ho ho ho"'s.
      • You'd Expect: For Dexter to tell the obvious difference between his dad and Santa, and come to the conclusion that his theory is wrong.
      • Instead: He denies the obvious and still thinks that Santa is his dad in disguise, leading to a brutal fight between them.
      • Even Stupider: On the rooftop, Dexter finds Santa's sleigh (a real one) and a reindeer (again, an actual one. Not his mom dressed as one). He talks to the reindeer as if it's his mom (which confuses both it and Santa) before ripping the antlers off of it.
      • You'd Expect: That Dexter would then get the message after pulling the (very real) antlers off the reindeer's head, and then apologize to it and to Santa for assaulting them. Again, that doesn't happen.
      • Later: Santa angrily shoves Dexter into the chimney and flies off. Note that nowhere in Dexter's theory did he say that his dad's car could fly, which means that his theory is already proven wrong.
      • You'd At Least Hope: That with the discovery of a real Santa Claus, reindeer, and flying sleigh, Dexter would finally accept that his theory is wrong and go back inside.
      • Instead: I think you get the idea by now. Dexter (somehow) converts the chimney into a fighter plane and pursues Santa, shooting down his sleigh (and a few presents) in the process. The sleigh crashes into the house, and Dexter viciously shaves off Santa's beard.
      • The FINAL Result: Dexter's dad walks in and scolds him, and then, only then, does Dexter FINALLY break out of his delusion and realize that Dee Dee was right. The whole fiasco left the house in shambles, the Christmas tree burned up, the sleigh completely totaled, and the presents presumably destroyed. On top of that, Dexter tries to defend his actions with lame excuses that are easily broken down by Dee Dee. So Christmas is now effectively ruined for everyone because of Dexter's ego and stupidity. Merry Christmas.
  • 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 the Doug episode, "Doug Ripped Off", Doug's parents decide to surprise him by getting him a new bike and donating his old one.
    You'd Expect: For them to donate his old bike when they get the new one.
    Instead: They go ahead donate it and then go out and buy the new bike without telling Doug not to worry about his old one.
    The Result: Doug goes into the garage and finds that his bike isn't there and freaks out because he thinks it's been stolen. The police tell him that since nothing else appears to be missing, it was probably a kid causing Doug to develop trust issues with his friends, and it gets worse when he sees that Al and Moo have his old bike. He goes after them and takes it back, and that's when he finds out about his parents' surprise. It's too late, Al and Moo reported Doug to the police. Doug gives the bike back and for some reason, gets grounded for a week. He does seem to take the punishment in stride though.
  • In the Dragon Booster episode "The Mouth that Roared" there's obviously someone dealing in black market gear during an incredibly important racing qualifier. Dragon City Security is contacted by a child who claims that while he was playing near the racing area, he saw the dealer meeting with one of the racers.
    You'd Expect: The police to send a small group to stake out the area for the rest of the qualifier and thank the kid for their only tip.
    Instead: The cops scope the area out, wait a few minutes, and denounce the kid as a liar. Shortly after they leave, the dealer makes a deal in that very location.
  • Ever After High:
    • In "Spring Unsprung", Bunny falls off a balcony, while very high up.
      You'd Expect: That Alistair would not immediately jump after her, as that would only get both of them killed.
      Instead: He does, and only survives the fall because they happen to land in Soft Water.
    • In "The Day Ever After", Raven and Apple manage to persuade two feuding political factions to stop fighting.
      You'd Expect: That, having resolved the issue, they would move on.
      Instead: Apple goes on to say something extremely inflammatory about one of the factions, for no reason other than spite, and starts them fighting all over again.
  • 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.
  • 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 embarrassment.
    Instead: He puts up no resistance and whines about being beaten 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.
    • In the second Joe Oriolo Felix the Cat cartoon "Into Outer Space", the Professor has Felix trapped inside of his laboratory and has a clear shot at getting the Magic Bag away from him.
      You'd Expect: Professor to take the Magic Bag then and there and imprison Felix somewhere else in the lab.
      Instead: For some unfathomable reason, he instead decides to trap Felix and the bag in a satellite and launch him out into outer space, the exact opposite of what would've helped get the bag. On top of that, it gets Felix recognized as a worldwide hero by being launched into space. And Professor decides to go to the trouble of travelling all the way to the antarctic where Felix landed to steal the bag anyway. Even the Professor realizes he didn't think things through by the end.
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum
    • In "Fangboy", Fanboy spots a bite on his neck (really his lower left cheek); believing it's a vampire bite when it's actually a mosquito bite, as Chum Chum points out.
      You'd Expect: Chum Chum to explain to Fanboy that it isn't a vampire bite and to not worry.
      Instead: He is pulled right in to believe Fanboy full-on, and even don't believe Kyle who is even more serious to know the truth.
      As a Result: They eventually encounter a real vampire, Dr. Acula, where Fanboy finally learns the truth, only to turn into an actual vampire by him.
    • In "Fan VS Wild", Kyle accidentally loses the group's only rope, leaving himself and Fanboy and Chum Chum stuck on the roof.
      You'd Expect: Kyle to at least teleport the boys back home.
      Instead: He apparently Forgot About His Powers and tries to reach for the rope himself, uttering "I wish I had my wand!", when he doesn't need his wand to teleport in the first place.
      You'd Also Expect: Either boy to shout for Lenny and ask him to get a ladder so he can get them down.
      Instead: Again, they do nothing.
      Then: Later, when Fanboy goes to get help, he falls off the roof and grabs a giant icicle to slide safely down right next to Yo, not to mention he stopped right above the ground.
      You'd Expect: Fanboy to safely jump off the icicle to the road, and ask Yo to toss the rope back.
      Instead: He does nothing to ask her about the rope, and simply asks her to push him back up, making things worse.
      Then Again: Fanboy is an idiot, and doesn't think things clearly.
    • In "The Incredible Shrinking Fanboy", a mistake with a measuring flower causes Fanboy to believe he's smaller. Chum Chum, who's The Comically Serious, simply points out, "the flower grew overnight."
      You'd Expect: Fanboy to believe Chum Chum.
      Instead: He doesn't, pointing out it's a sunflower, not a moonflower.
      You'd Then Expect: For Chum Chum to explain the reason behind such and to reassure him that he isn't shrinking.
      Instead: He is pulled right in to believe Fanboy entirely, kicking off the plot of the episode.
    • A flashback in "Brain Freeze" deals with one of Kyle's failed attempts to get reaccepted to Milkweed Academy. Right before it's finished, the titular boys are entering, induced with all the Berry Pink Frosty Freezy Freeze, which shocks him.
      You'd Expect: Kyle to politely excuse himself for a moment to take care of the boys himself, maybe getting them to leave so the readmittance can go on without a problem.
      Instead: He begins hesitating over the boys' entrance any minute, and even forces his former teacher Professor Flan to speed up which he refuses to do. Indeed, the boys enter, and mistake Flan for a birthday cake and escape with him, resulting in the admittance to be denied.
    • In "Speed Eraser" (the biggest example yet), Kyle isn't here yet, so Chum Chum tells him he should erase the board.
      You'd Expect: Fanboy to not do so and just wait for Kyle to arrive.
      Instead: He does erase the board, complete with a dance routine, just as Kyle arrives. As a result, he becomes the new board eraser-er, replacing him.
      Then: Jealous over his role being stolen, Kyle gives Fanboy an eraser-er that literally erases anything.
      You'd Expect: Fanboy to politely refuse.
      Instead: He takes it, and tries it out on the wall. Mr. Mufflin is shocked at first and appears to punish him, but then gets excited due to "freeing everyone". Kyle is angry he's praised and not punished.
      Eventually: Kyle literally attaches the eraser to Fanboy's hand, which horrifies him upon hearing what will happen upon doing so.
      You'd Expect: Fanboy to tell Mr. Mufflin that Kyle is ruining everything.
      Instead: He is so horrified that he pleads Kyle to help him.
      Then: Kyle's body gets erased, a backfire to Kyle's plan. He then asks Fanboy to help him out by giving him his wand.
      You'd expect: Fanboy to use the non-erasing hand to easily grab the wand and give it to Kyle.
      Instead: He tries to erase Kyle's head, even refusing to allow Chum Chum to help. When he finally gets the wand, he erases it due to seeing dirt on it and trying to erase it. He does the same to the other wand.
      Then Again: Fanboy is dimwitted and can't follow the rules.
    • In "Buddy Up", this time, it is Kyle, of all characters, who is oblivious to the true lesson of the episode. It is what strands himself, Fanboy and Chum Chum in the desert while on a field trip to the Dinosaur Museum.
      You'd Expect: Kyle to teleport the boys back to the bus.
      Instead: He does nothing, again forgetting about his powers. The one time he thought of that, he mentioned using his wand when he doesn't need it in the first place.
  • In the Franklin episode, "Franklin and the Bus Patrol", Skunk is working on a drawing on the bus, but she drops it. Luckily Franklin picks it up for her. Unfortunately, he cannot return it to her because if he gets up while the bus is moving, Bear (who is acting as the bus safety officer) will give him a ticket.
    You'd Expect: Franklin would say to Skunk that she'll have to wait until the bus stops so he can return her drawing.
    Or: Politely ask the bus driver, Mr. Fox, to stop the bus so he can return Skunk's drawing to her.
    Instead: He tosses Skunk's drawing over to her, resulting in Bear giving him a ticket for throwing things on the bus.

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  • 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 an 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 listen 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.
      Instead: Oh boy:
    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 occurred 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.
  • Goof Troop:
    • In the 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.
    • In "Close Encounters of the Weird Mime", Max and PJ accidentally begin recording their science fiction video to a satellite dish instead of a VCR, thus making the whole town frightened of an alien invasion. Peg hears about it and believes that they need to leave town.
      You'd Expect: Given that she wanted her family to move, she would look for her son immediately and have everything cleared up when she finds him.
      Instead: Peg makes plans to leave town without even bothering to look for him.
  • 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's under enough apparent pressure to confess 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 prevented the plot if he simply didn't take 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.
  • 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?
  • An episode of 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.
  • An episode of The Land Before Time, "The Hidden Canyon", is one big idiot moment on the part of the adults. The basic premise is that between the Great Valley and the Mysterious Beyond, there is a canyon filled with fruits that taste sweet, but smell rancid to predators like Sharpteeth; if anyone eats enough of these fruits, the smell won't be as strong, thus making it easier for predators to get in.
    You'd Expect: The adults to tell the kids about the significance of the canyon as soon as possible; this is something they need to know, since their lives and others' lives could potentially be on the line.
    Instead: The adults never say a word about the canyon, leaving the kids to discover it for themselves and learn the hard way why those fruits aren't meant to be eaten. And the adults are shocked that the kids ate the fruits, even though the kids didn't know any better.
  • 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.
  • In the "Rise of Scar" episode of The Lion Guard, Kion's friends have managed to rescue Kiara from Janja's clan after she was captured as part of a scheme to make Kion use the Roar of the Elders bring back Scar. However, Janja tells Kion that next time, he might actually kill Kiara, or Bunga, or his parents.
    You'd Expect: Kion to just ignore Janja and return to the Pride Lands with his rescued sister.
    Or: At the very least, say something along the lines of "We'll be ready for you, Janja!" and just leave it at that.
    Instead: He uses the Roar of the Elders in anger, thus putting the Hyenas' plan of bringing back Scar into action.
  • 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.
  • The Looney Tunes Show:
    • In the episode, "Working Duck", 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...
    • Throughout the episode, "Gribbler's Quest", Daffy orders various unnecessary items online using Bugs' online bank account, much to Bugs' ire. Knowing Bugs' Trademark Favorite Food, Daffy predicts the password is "Carrot", so Bugs decides to change his password to ensure Daffy can't access his account and order anything else online.
      You'd Expect: Bugs to change his password so that it doesn't include the word, "Carrot", and instead includes a word Daffy wouldn't think to predict.
      Instead: Bugs continues to use the word, "Carrot" in his password. Because of this, Daffy is able to predict it every time and use Bugs' bank account to do more online shopping.

    M-R 
  • 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
  • Megas XLR: In the second episode, Magnanimous gives Kiva access to a junkyard to scrounge for parts while Coop is busy competing in the arena. Kiva comes away with a nice haul of parts from the visit.
    You'd Expect: Kiva to carry the parts in a box or cart, so she doesn't drop one by accident.
    Instead: She carries them by hand, and ends up dropping a part. Which leads into another one from Magnanimous' security detail.
    • In chasing the stray part, Kiva wanders into a restricted area, tripping a silent alarm. The truth is that Magnanimous is looking to make a killing if Coop loses the tournament, and this area is the command center that controls the traps installed in the arena to make sure of it. Kiva doesn't know that. She doesn't see anything worth investigating, and shows no intention of poking around; all she's doing is retrieving a part she dropped and leaving.
      You'd Expect: Security to back off and let her leave peacefully. Or, if they have to make their presence known, escort her out and give her a box or something so she doesn't wander into any other sensitive areas.
      Instead: They claim she's seen too much and immediately try to pick a fight, which Action Girl Kiva has no problems winning. Kiva takes the fight as confirmation that Magnanimous isn't playing things legit in the arena, and begins hacking the control center to sabotage Magnanimous's attempts to rig the tournament in his favor.
  • 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.
  • My Little Pony Tales:
    • In "Battle of the Bands", Melody and her band the Rockin' Beats enter Ponyland's first-ever Battle of the Bands. However, Melody's mother has to work that day and Melody has to find a babysitter for her little sisters.
      You'd Expect: Melody to talk this over with each of her friends in advance and see if one of them or even their parents can babysit.
      Instead: She waits until the day of the contest to look for babysitters. As it turns out, none of her friends can babysit on short notice so she decides to bring her sisters to the studio so she can perform.
    • "Blue Ribbon Blues": Teddy's teddy bear is ripped apart after a fight with Yorkie, his cousin Corny's pig. Teddy decides to get revenge by scaring him off the farm in the middle of the night. His laughing attracts Corny and Sweetheart who discover that Yorkie is missing. They then become worried since the pig is supposed to be judged at the country fair the next morning.
      You'd Expect: Teddy to apologize for what he did and help his cousin find Yorkie.
      Instead: He lies and tells Corny that Yorkie was gone when he went to check on him. Sweetheart sees through his lie immediately and calls him out on it.
    • Teddy gets another one in "Roll Around the Clocks" when he is teamed up with Sweetheart in the roller skating contest. While practicing, he shouts "Crack the whip!" and the ensuing move results in him letting go of Sweetheart while he falls.
      You'd Expect: Teddy to not do this in the contest as it will likely result in himself and Sweetheart getting eliminated.
      Instead: He does this anyway despite Sweetheart's objections and winds up throwing her into the referee, getting them both kicked out of the contest.
  • My Little Pony G3: In Twinkle Wish Adventure, Mayor Flitterflutter gives Cheerilee a box containing the Twinkle Wish star. She warns her not to open the box until the Winter Wishes festival begins.
    You'd Expect: Cheerilee to heed the mayor's warning, keep the box closed and not let anyone get near it.
    Instead: Scootaloo opens the box and the Twinkle Wish star jumps out. Seconds later, the star is stolen by a dragon.
  • 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.
  • Peppa Pig
    • "Sports Day": The first event is about to begin. All the children are getting ready to race. Peppa tells her best friend, Susie Sheep that she's going to beat her.
      You'd expect: That the two of them would stay focused so that they can start running when the starter says "go!"
      Instead: They both start arguing about who is faster, causing the other children to run miles ahead of them!
      • Later in the episode, it's the relay race. Daddy Pig manages to get the baton over to Peppa.
        You'd expect: Peppa to start running right away.
        Instead: She stands there complimenting Daddy Pig, causing the other racers to run miles ahead of her AGAIN!
  • 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.
      Even Worse: Benson's rude traits have been played down in lots of newer episodes. And also, he got away with it!ickand
    • 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!

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  • Having managed to lure Samurai Jack to the graveyard, Aku has successfully snatched Jack's sword thanks to the witch possessing it. With the only weapon that can truly destroy Aku in his hands, Jack is now completely defenseless in his grasp.
    You'd Expect: Considering that Jack, for all his training is useless against him without the sword, Aku just destroys the sword first then either kill Jack with his million lethal arsenals or being the Sadist he is, inflict a Cruel Mercy on him; let him go with the knowledge that he can never destroy Aku now that sword is destroyed and destroy any time portals out there so the samurai will undergo a slow, painful death of old age.
    Instead: He chose to destroy the sword only after he stabs Jack with it to give him a "fitting death at the hands of his own sword". Somehow, the fact that Jack could potentially snatch it back does not cross his mind. Predictably, when Aku decides to stab him with it, it simply doesn't work allowing Jack to take the sword back, completely wasting an opportunity to get a decisive victory over Jack and cause Aku's flaming eyebrows to go out.
    • In the episode "Jack & The Warrior Woman," Jack meets a mysterious green-skinned woman named Ikra note .There is, however, a lot of foreshadowing that shows that Ikra isn't really a good person and that she's actually evil.
      You'd Expect: For Jack to take these hints seriously, considering that he hasn't seen Aku since the day he was thrown into the future.
      Instead: He doesn't. It's not until Ikra destroys the jewel Jack was looking for and reveals herself as Aku does Jack find out about Ikra's true nature.
  • 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.
    • In the first episode of Season 2, "The Night the Clown Cried", Fred tries to get Daphne to rejoin the gang so they can trap the Crybaby Clown who has been terrorizing Crystal Cove. Daphne, however, tells him that she wants nothing more to do with him and his traps, since she's now got a boyfriend named Baylor Hotner.
      You'd Expect: Fred to believe what Daphne is saying and find someone else to help them trap Crybaby Clown.
      Instead: He believes that she's faking it and begins to make a trap.
      Result: The plan doesn't work and the Crybaby Clown escapes after blowing up a Fireworks shop.
  • 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 first episode of Simba, the Lion King, Simba's father is playing with his daughters, when he sees a gun that was ready to shoot him.
    You'd Expect: Simba's father to leave or do something else. It's a gun, after all.
    Instead: He just calmly stays there and stares at the gun, leading to his own death. If there's anyone responsible for his death (excluding Shere Khan and the hunter, obviously), he is.
  • 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.

  • Being a Star Wars animated series, Star Wars Rebels has some idiotic moments.
    • In the first season finale, Fire Across the Galaxy, the Inquistor and Grand Moff Tarkin take Kanan to Mustafar. In orbit, the Inquisitor tries to interrogate him, but can't get anything out of him. A while later, the crew of the Ghost, including Ezra, gets to Mustafar, and send an EMP-laced TIE Fighter into the Star Destroyer that Kanan is being held at, so that they could knock out the power and get in undetected. The Inquisitor figures that the EMP is the work of the Ghost crew.
      You'd Think: The Inquisitor would kill Kanan, since Ezra and the rest of the Ghost crew came to try to save him. After all, since he wasn't able to get anything out of him, the least he could do is kill him, and make the rescue mission fruitless (Similar to when Cad Bane interrogated Bolla Ropal to death in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode, Cargo of Doom, where the rescue mission becomes fruitless because by the time Anakin and Ahsoka got there, Master Ropal was already dead).
      Instead: He just leaves him in his cell, with no guards at the cell. Ezra is able to save Kanan, and eventually, the Inqusitor gets defeated by Kanan in the reactor room and he ends up committing suicide for failing to stop Kanan.
    • During the Battle of Atollon at the end of Season 3, Grand Admiral Thrawn sets up a blockade to prevent any rebels from escaping, and the key components of the blockade are two Interdictor cruisers that can completely shut down any Hyperspeed Escape.
      You'd Expect: For the other Imperial commanders to follow Thrawn's orders and stay put.
      Instead: One of the Interdictor commanders, Admiral Konstantine, decides to be a Glory Hound and goes after the Rebel carrier driven by Commander Sato. This ends up fitting into Sato's plan, as he then launches a kamikaze run on Konstantine's Interdictor, destroying both ships and opening a hole for Ezra Bridger to escape and get reinforcements.
  • 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 the episode "Ghost in the Machine", Lex Luthor is unveiling an anti-missile weapon with the press and high ranking military officers in attendance.
      You'd Expect: He would have the missile fired at a target far away from them and just have them watch the weapon shoot the missiles down.
      Instead: He has two actual missiles fired at the building they're currently in. And apparently has no backup plans such as remote detonation or anything else to stop the missiles after the weapon malfunctions as a result of sabotage. There's arrogance and then there's suicidal overconfidence.
    • Everytime Parasite is around. He has the ability to gain people's powers and thoughts, but only for a limited time.
      You'd Expect: Knowing this limitation, he would start taking written notes of his discoveries, especially when he absorb Superman's powers and learn of his secret identity, Clark Kent.
      Instead: He does nothing and end up forgetting all that he learned every single time. This trend continue in Justice League.
    • The episode The Late Mr. Kent has Clark researching a murder from years ago and suggesting that the man convicted, Earnest Walker, wasn't actually guilty. The actual murderer, Detective Bowman, learns of this.
      You'd Expect: For the murderer to not do anything. At the time they learned this they didn't have anything to suggest that Clark actually would find anything to clear Walker, let alone lead them to the real murderer. Besides which, murdering a reporter investigating the case would convince everyone that Clark had been right and probably make the Daily Planet do a very public investigation.
      Instead: The murderer planted a bomb in Clark's car and put a very traceable bug on his phone. As if that wasn't enough, the murderer put a bomb in Clark's apartment and stuck around to watch it blow up. Really Bowman on his own did more than Superman and Lois put together to reveal the truth.
  • 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.
    • 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's limbs each have a backup power supply. Donatello gets the suit's gatling gun arm and blasts him out of the sky with it.
    • 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.
    • 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 at the beginning of season 2 where the Turtles are stopping a Kraang shipment filled with mutagen. Even worse, they end up spilling the canisters and one of them spills on April's father, mutating him into a mutant bat and April claims it's all her fault at the worst moment.
    You'd Expect: The Turtles to comfort her 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 their best to fight the Kraang next time.
    Instead: Mikey stupidly spills the beans about how it's their fault that the mutagen has been 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 and her 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.
      So Now You'd expect: That Karai would accept Leo's help. After all, she of all people should know 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 hpreviously 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.
    • At the climax of "The Apprentice - Part 2", not wanting to choose between apprenticeship or the safety of his friends, Robin chose to infect himself with the nanomachines, giving Slade the choice of either killing Robin or saving the other Titans.
      You'd Expect: Realizing that he has absolutely no chance of having Robin as his apprentice, Slade simply let the nanomachines kill the Teen Titans and try to look for another potential apprentice for him. Or if he really wanted Robin to remain his apprentice, he restrauns Robin and the other Titans before releasing the nanomachines, threatening their lives by torture if Robin fails to comply his demands.
      Instead: Per the Bond Villain Stupidity rules, Slade chose to free Robin and the others somehow thinking that he can still take Robin as one. This results in the Titans kicking their asses and forced to pull a Villain: Exit, Stage Left! and the Titans are united once more.
    • At the end of "Terra", the Teen Titans offer Terra to join their team and let them train her so that she could control her power.
      You'd Expect: With her new friends fully knowing her issue and having no problem with it whatsoever, Terra stays, has a proper home and learns self-restraint in a positive way.
      Instead: She runs away immediately only to get corrupted by Slade.
  • 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 laugh 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: Henry specifically said that Duck would never 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.
  • Tom and Jerry: In the episode "Buddies Thicker Than Water", Jerry saves Tom from freezing after he had been thrown out of his home by his owner and brings him in the house. They spend some time drinking wine until his owner comes back. Jerry warns him to hurry not to get caught, but she catches him and is ready to throw him out again.
    You's expect: Tom to let her do it, because Jerry most likely would have tried to save him again, considering he has been friendly with Tom in this episode.
    Instead: Tom betrays Jerry and convinces his owner to stay by showing him to her and throwing him out in the cold.
    Then: Tom accidentally falls out of the balcony at the end of the episode and expects Jerry to save him after he had betrayed him.
    As a result: Jerry doesn't.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wakfu: **The heroes are visiting a place where women can't play Gobbowl, necessitating that Amalia and Evangeline use magic to disguise themselves as men. This magic has a code word that immediately reverses it, just in case.
    You'd Expect: They'd pick something that would be very hard to say in casual conversation: "squiddleydoodlefluffer", maybe, or "You're a genius, Percedal".
    Instead: The code word is "Gobbowl". They are playing Gobbowl. The word that immediately reverses the transformation is the one they are most likely to say.
    • When Sadlygrove does his Heroic Sacrifice, you have to consider this.
      You'd Expect: He would use his enhanced leaping (when possesed) and quick recovery to jump at the robot or at the girls to take them to safety
      Instead: He jumps right in front of the laser beam and ends up dead. While that was a noble move, his Love Interest was so distraught that she almost allowed the robot to kill her and have succeed if Ruel hasn't pulled a Big Damn Heroes.
  • Watch My Chops (Corneil and Bernie)
    • At the end of "Unlucky Break", Karen founds out about Bernie's broken leg, and she tells him that there will be no lies between them, and then she asks him how he broke his leg.
      You'd Expect: For Bernie to make something up, like that he just tripped by accident or somethng like that.
      Instead: Bernie told her the exact truth about what happened (Corneil was playing chess and he slipped on the king) and then, she refused to go out with him because she had just told him not to lie.
      Even Worse: Bernie could've just said that he slipped on a chess piece that was lying on the floor, without mentioning anything about Corneil playing chess. It's not the entire truth, but it's still the truth, and one that sounds more plausible than the full truth!
  • 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.
  • We Bare Bears
    • In the episode "Cellie", After Panda's jealousy of his brothers new phones got the best of him, he steals them in the night while their sleeping.
      You'd Expect: Panda to destroy the phones and throw the remaining pieces away so his brothers aren't able to track where they are.
      Instead: He buries them in the backyard and leaves them perfectly intact, giving Grizzly and Ice Bear the opportunity to track their phones using an app that helps make them "come back to the owners".
      Then again: Panda should be lucky that his brothers didn't search outside in the backyard and discovered where he hid them or looked out the window and see his footprints leading to them. If it went that way, he would have been in deep trouble.
    • In "Planet Bears", Grizzly needs to pee while at a supermarket.
      You'd Expect: For Grizzly to ask an employee where the bathroom is.
      Instead: He just runs around asking random people where it is, but none of them know.
      After That: Grizzly finds a bathroom, but it requires a code for the door to open.
      You'd Expect: For Grizzly to get the code from an employee.
      Instead: He just tries to knock it down by ramming into it, to no avail. Then he uses a forklift, causing it to go out of control.
      As A Result: He ends up having a Bring My Brown Pants moment after crashing the forklift. Serves you right, Grizzly, for being such a fool.
  • 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.
    • Then there's Season 4, Episode 24, where Nabu willingly sacrifices himself to close the portal. Aisha is about to use the Black Gift, which can ressurect only one person, but Ogron steals it and wastes it on a dying flower.
      You'd Expect: For Bloom to use her healing powers, discovered earlier in the series, to at least try to help Nabu.
      Instead: Bloom apparently Forgot About Her Powers, leaving Nabu to be Killed Off for Real.
    • 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.
    • In the episode "High-Five Sandwich" Chuck The Evil Sandwich-Making Guy wins a local sandwich contest and is looking forward to seeing the article in the paper about it, but finds it overshadowed by the titular "high-five sandwich" note  and gets angry over another "sandwich" showing him up.
      You'd Expect: That, like the narrator suggested, Chuck actually read the article and find out it's not an actual sandwich.
      Instead: Chuck attacks the city to destroy the high-five sandwich out of jealousy, resulting in him going to to jail over a misunderstanding.
  • 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.

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