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07:29:03 AM Oct 16th 2017
Would it make sense to rename this trope 'Moron Event Horizon'?
01:45:21 AM Nov 22nd 2017
Not really. Snowclones should generally be avoided, and there's not anything Event Horizony about this trope.
05:20:45 AM Nov 22nd 2017
No. It's fine the way it is. There's nothing irredeemable about characters doing idiotic things.
09:20:04 AM Jul 5th 2017
Does it count as what an idiot if someone in universe lampshades how moronic it was?
09:24:28 AM Jul 5th 2017
That would make it an In-Universe example, so yes.
01:13:57 PM Jun 25th 2016
Think we should take all the advertising examples from the "other" sub-page and give them their own sub-page? Considering that this could include people Too Incompetent to Operate a Blanket, that could fill up pretty fast.
04:49:47 AM Sep 4th 2014
Should there be a section of this for Let's Plays?
04:50:59 AM Sep 4th 2014
Nah, not nearly enough examples to justify a rename.
06:07:50 AM Sep 4th 2014
... rename?
06:40:02 AM Sep 4th 2014
Oi. I was in the middle of a wick cleanup - should be "split".
01:22:04 AM Jun 27th 2014
Who else thinks this should be renamed to avoid any [1]?

If it should, perhaps something along the lines of Unsympathetic Stupidity would fit well?
04:16:25 AM Jun 27th 2014
Nah, I don't think there is a problem that requires renaming, and we've pulled this page already once through the Trope Repair Shop.
06:24:20 AM Oct 30th 2013
We seriously need to put the "NO Justifying Edits" rule on all pages as well because its getting a bit silly.
12:58:03 AM Aug 4th 2012
Why do some real life examples don't identify the person? Like the one about the teacher abusing her sick leave?

Please reply, or else it makes me mad
02:32:26 PM Jan 16th 2012
What A Maroon!

Anyone else surprised this classic Bugs Bunny quote wasn't the Trope Namer?
11:14:57 AM Dec 11th 2015
09:23:09 AM May 5th 2011
removed the following from the anime page

  • Love Hina: When Keitaro had to choose between Naru and Mutsumi and decide which of them truly was his long-lost childhood friend, who he made a promise to get into Tokyo University with and eventually wed.
    You'd expect: He would pick Mutsumi, who is not only the second nicest person to him of the whole cast in general (Shinobu is the nicest), she's the only one who does not hit him when he does something that looks wrong. It's even explicitly stated she is a female version of him!
    Instead: He picks Naru, who beats him regularly, calls him names, and once refused to study with him for fear of catching bad grades! Anvilicious is an understatement, here, people!!
    However: It could be argued that the question isn't necessarily who he would decide to make that promise with now, but rather who is his Old Friend that he made the promise to then.

because this is a clear case of Shipping Goggles / Anti-Shipping Goggles. There is no "right" answer or "idiot" move here. He's chosing the one he has the most feelings for. You can argue he shouldn't have those feelings, but he does and they're for Naru. The series even explicitly stated earlier in the show that he doesn't think about Mutsumi that way.
06:26:54 AM Sep 17th 2010
Alright what is the difference between this trope and idiot ball?
03:59:26 AM Mar 7th 2011
edited by ading
What an Idiot! is just when a character does something incredibly stupid.

Idiot Ball is when a What an Idiot! is necessary to drive the plot.
11:24:02 AM Dec 11th 2015
Not exacly(well it could've been back then...) Idiot Ball is when caracter established to be at least reasonably inteligent does something stupid, while What an Idiot! is just a moment when some character does something violating common sense
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