Well, I don't know about everybody else, but so far my understanding of Idiot Ball
and Idiot Plot
: One or more characters does something stupid, or doesn't do something obvious, but while it is inconvenient and/or creates conflict, or even result in deaths, the plot of the show, movie, book, etc. would still happen and be more or less the same even without the stupid moment.
: One or more characters does something stupid, or doesn't do something obvious, and the plot would not occur at all without the stupid moment, regardless of if more stupid moments that also allow the plot to continue occur or not.
In other words, Idiot Ball
is something stupid the characters do but is ultimately irrelevant to the events of the story, while Idiot Plot
is the occurance of one or many stupid moments by the characters that the story can't exist without.
At least, this is how I understand those tropes, correct me if I'm wrong.
edited 21st Dec '12 4:23:37 PM by immortalfrieza