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''Series/DoctorWho'': In "Time and the Rani," the Rani's [[WetwareCPU giant brain-powered supercomputer]] is performing a complex calculation. At one point, it misspeaks a value as "29," which the Doctor, ever the showoff, corrects to "39." And promptly [[OhCrap kicks himself for it]] when the thing compensates.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In "Time and the Rani," the Rani's [[WetwareCPU giant brain-powered supercomputer]] is performing a complex calculation. At one point, it misspeaks a value as "29," which the Doctor, ever the showoff, corrects to "39." And promptly [[OhCrap kicks himself for it]] when the thing compensates.

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* In the opening to ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'', the ''Enterprise-B'' is routed to answer the distress call of two transports caught in the Nexus. Captain Kirk (who is aboard solely as a "guest") struggles to avoid interjecting himself and undermining Harriman, the ship's actual captain. But as he watches Harriman's "by-the-book" approach failing and one of the ships blow up, it becomes harder for Kirk to hold his tongue. Finally, Harriman tacitly admits he's out of his depth and asks Kirk for help.


* DoubleSubverted in ''[[Manga/UchuuKyoudai Space Brothers]]'': Nanba's team is assigned an engineer for a rover design competition that has to do with their astronaut training. The engineer, Pico Norton, thinks they don't have a chance to win and doesn't want to help. You expect he'll help after being impressed by Nanba's ideas for the rover, but then it turns out he helps because they were going to screw up setting up the parachute that delivers the rover.

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* DoubleSubverted in ''[[Manga/UchuuKyoudai Space Brothers]]'': ''Manga/SpaceBrothers'': Nanba's team is assigned an engineer for a rover design competition that has to do with their astronaut training. The engineer, Pico Norton, thinks they don't have a chance to win and doesn't want to help. You expect he'll help after being impressed by Nanba's ideas for the rover, but then it turns out he helps because they were going to screw up setting up the parachute that delivers the rover.

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''Series/DoctorWho'': In "Time and the Rani," the Rani's [[WetwareCPU giant brain-powered supercomputer]] is performing a complex calculation. At one point, it misspeaks a value as "29," which the Doctor, ever the showoff, corrects to "39." And promptly [[OhCrap kicks himself for it]] when the thing compensates.


A character is trying to do a certain task, but they're terrible. They're so bad another character can't take it any more, so they take over the task for them just to make the pain of watching them stop.

Blunder Correcting Impulse typically takes one of the following forms:

* Alice asks Bob to do something for her and he refuses, so she tries to do it herself and does so badly that Bob changes his mind and does it instead because he can't stand watching her.
* Alice asks Bob to do something and he refuses, so she turns to someone else (Usually TheRival, TheDitz, or the {{Cloudcuckoolander}}) and Bob quickly changes his mind because he doesn't want either of them to do it.
* Alice insists on doing it herself, but Bob can't stand how badly she's doing so he does it for her.
* Bob sees Alice struggling and takes pity on her, so he volunteers to do it instead.
* Bob asks Alice to do something (or maybe she asks him if she can and he gives her permission), but she does such a terrible job that he regrets his decision and does it himself.

This is often PlayedForLaughs or used to lighten up a really intense situation, though it can also be PlayedForDrama. Blunder Correcting Impulse can occur with just two people, or a group. This trope is also a key component of the XylophoneGag. Keep in mind that this is not the same thing as ReversePsychology, as the character isn't trying to make someone else do it by intentionally being so incompetent.

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A character is trying to do a certain task, but they're terrible. They're so bad another character can't take it any more, anymore, so they take over the task for them just to make the pain of watching them stop.

Blunder Correcting
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Blunder-Correcting
Impulse typically takes one of the following forms:

forms:
* Alice asks Bob to do something for her and he refuses, so she tries to do it herself and does so badly that Bob changes his mind and does it instead because he can't stand watching her.
her.
* Alice asks Bob to do something and he refuses, so she turns to someone else (Usually (usually TheRival, TheDitz, or the {{Cloudcuckoolander}}) and Bob quickly changes his mind because he doesn't want either of them to do it.
it.
* Alice insists on doing it herself, but Bob can't stand how badly she's doing doing, so he does it for her.
her.
* Bob sees Alice struggling and takes pity on her, so he volunteers to do it instead.
instead.
* Bob asks Alice to do something (or maybe she asks him if she can and he gives her permission), but she does such a terrible job that he regrets his decision and does it himself.

himself.

This is often PlayedForLaughs or used to lighten up a really intense situation, though it can also be PlayedForDrama. Blunder Correcting Blunder-Correcting Impulse can occur with just two people, or a group. This trope is also a key component of the XylophoneGag. Keep in mind that this is not the same thing as ReversePsychology, as the character isn't trying to make someone else do it by intentionally being so incompetent.
incompetent.



Related to FencePainting, UnwantedAssistance, and possibly DoWrongRight. Blunder Correcting Impulse will often overlap with SuckinessIsPainful, though the nature of the reaction for each trope differs. See ReversePsychology or CorrectionBait for if Alice intentionally does badly or asks someone else specifically to coerce Bob into co-operating, and ObfuscatingStupidity for the [[InvokedTrope invoked]] version of this trope.

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Related to FencePainting, UnwantedAssistance, and possibly DoWrongRight. Blunder Correcting Blunder-Correcting Impulse will often overlap with SuckinessIsPainful, though the nature of the reaction for each trope differs. See ReversePsychology or CorrectionBait for if Alice intentionally does badly or asks someone else specifically to coerce Bob into co-operating, and ObfuscatingStupidity for the [[InvokedTrope invoked]] version of this trope.
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* In this ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' [[http://assets.amuniversal.com/dd1e64f0a53d0130d368001dd8b71c47 strip]]. Linus has taken over for Charlie Brown as the pitcher for their baseball team. When Charlie Brown sees that Linus is trying to pitch while wearing his blanket over his head, he comes out and takes over the pitching again.
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* In ''Film/USMarshals'', the local sheriff is attempting to set up a dragnet for the missing prisoner Mark Sheridan, but his plan is so inept (and for very justifiable reasons, namely, that he's never dealt with an escaped fugitive in his career) that Gerard repeatedly interjects to offer suggestions. Eventually, the sheriff asks him, "What do you think?" and Gerard immediately lays out his own plan.

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* In this ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' [[http://assets.amuniversal.com/dd1e64f0a53d0130d368001dd8b71c47 strip]]. Linus has taken over for Charlie Brown as the pitcher for their baseball team. When Charlie Brown sees that Linus is trying to pitch while wearing his blanket over his head, he comes out and takes over the pitching again.
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* In ''Film/USMarshals'', the local sheriff is attempting to set up a dragnet for the missing prisoner Mark Sheridan, but his plan is so inept (and for very justifiable reasons, namely, that he's never dealt with an escaped fugitive in his career) that Gerard repeatedly interjects to offer suggestions. Eventually, the sheriff asks him, "What do you think?" and Gerard immediately lays out his own plan.



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* In the ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' episode "A Landmark Story", Franchise/SherlockHolmes forces Joan Watson to break into a funeral home with him to perform an autopsy on the murder victim. Joan refuses, so Sherlock attempts to perform the autopsy himself. After getting frustrated with Sherlock's evident lack of medical training, she grudgingly performs the autopsy herself.

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* In the ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' episode "A Landmark Story", Franchise/SherlockHolmes forces Joan Watson to break into a funeral home with him to perform an autopsy on the murder victim. Joan refuses, so Sherlock attempts to perform the autopsy himself. After getting frustrated with Sherlock's evident lack of medical training, she grudgingly performs the autopsy herself.



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* The punchline of Bill Cosby's "Chocolate Cake For Breakfast" stand-up bit. [[spoiler: His wife wants him to make breakfast for the children, and he ends up giving them chocolate cake. He implies that it was ObfuscatingStupidity to get the {{Unishment}} of going back to bed.]]

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* The punchline of Bill Cosby's "Chocolate Cake For for Breakfast" stand-up bit. [[spoiler: His [[spoiler:His wife wants him to make breakfast for the children, and he ends up giving them chocolate cake. He implies that it was ObfuscatingStupidity to get the {{Unishment}} of going back to bed.]] ]]



* Music/WeirdAl notoriously hates bad grammar. Long before he ranted about it in "Word Crimes" he took several photos of himself correcting bad grammar on signs, such as replacing "15 items or less" with "15 items or fewer" or adding an "ly" to the end of a street sign, changing it from "drive slow" to "drive slowly"

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* Music/WeirdAl notoriously hates bad grammar. Long before he ranted about it in "Word Crimes" he took several photos of himself correcting bad grammar on signs, such as replacing "15 items or less" with "15 items or fewer" or adding an "ly" to the end of a street sign, changing it from "drive slow" to "drive slowly"slowly."






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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Stan tries to give a rousing speech to the recently disbanded neighborhood watch committee, who have formed a rebel alliance against Roger after he took over the home owner's association . However, he keeps stumbling over his words until he's reduced to awkwardly repeating the word "bosom." Haley then takes over for him out of pity.

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Stan tries to give a rousing speech to the recently disbanded neighborhood watch committee, who have formed a rebel alliance against Roger after he took over the home owner's association .association. However, he keeps stumbling over his words until he's reduced to awkwardly repeating the word "bosom." Haley then takes over for him out of pity.



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** Derpy Hooves is this in her first speaking role. While setting up decorations it's implied she's responsible for serious damage to city hall, knocks over a support beam and, when Rainbow Dash begs her to just sit there and do nothing, ''she breaks the floor she sits down on''.
** In "Spike At Your Service" Spike insists on being Applejack's helper to repay her back for saving his life, but he's so terribly bad at everything she asks him to do that she is immediately forced to figure out how to let him go.
* There is a variation in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BeverlyHillsTeens'', where Jett quits the band. In the end, the rest of the gang take her to Gig's solo concert. Seeing how badly he manages without her, she goes back. As she says "I can't handle all this humiliation. Even when it's someone I despise".

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Derpy Hooves is this in her first speaking role. While setting up decorations decorations, it's implied she's responsible for serious damage to city hall, knocks over a support beam and, beam, and when Rainbow Dash begs her to just sit there and do nothing, ''she breaks the floor she sits down on''.
** In "Spike At Your Service" Spike insists on being Applejack's helper to repay her back for saving his life, but he's so terribly bad at everything she asks him to do that she is immediately forced to figure out how to let him go.
go.
* There is a variation in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BeverlyHillsTeens'', where Jett quits the band. In the end, the rest of the gang take her to Gig's solo concert. Seeing how badly he manages without her, she goes back. As she says "I can't handle all this humiliation. Even when it's someone I despise".


-->''Flate Mate'': I'm going to do the washing up!\\

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-->''Flate -->''Flat Mate'': I'm going to do the washing up!\\

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* Discussed and averted by the Ganymeans in the ''Literature/GiantsSeries'', as an example of how alien they are.
-->[A Ganymean] could stand and watch another perform a task that he knew he could do better, and say nothing—a feat almost impossible for most Earthmen.


* In ''Film/DownPeriscope'' Lieutenant Commander Dodge needs to have some tricky piloting but his dive officer is having a crisis of ability after a mess up earlier. So he intentionally gives less than perfect orders for his sub to [[spoiler:pass through the propellers of a large ship]] Lt. Lake, the dive officer, tries to give suggestions. But when Dodge says he is not 100% sure, Lt. Lake takes charge and gets the sub through it. Later on she realizes what he did.

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* In ''Film/DownPeriscope'' Lieutenant Commander Dodge needs to have some tricky piloting but his dive officer is having a crisis of ability after a mess up earlier. So he intentionally gives less than perfect orders for his sub to [[spoiler:pass through the propellers of a large ship]] Lt. Lake, the dive officer, tries to give suggestions. But when Dodge says he is not 100% sure, Lt. Lake takes charge and gets the sub through it. Later on she realizes [[InvokedTrope what he did.did]].

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* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' had an episode where Michael Bluth was worried his son was too stressed out and beginning to show symptoms of OCD. As it turns out, he was just following his aunt around to fix her attempts at housework to minimize damage.


Sometimes this is a way to show a {{Jerkass}} character [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold as not so]] [[TookALevelInKindness much of a jerk]]. They want to help, but they don't want to admit it, so they offer help in the least nicely way possible by pointing out how much they suck at it (which may or may not be true). It can also be the also mark of a {{Tsundere}} showing their gentler side.

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Sometimes this is a way to show a {{Jerkass}} character [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold as not so]] [[TookALevelInKindness much of a jerk]]. They want to help, but they don't want to admit it, so they offer help in the least nicely way possible by pointing out how much they suck at it (which may or may not be true). It can also be the also mark of a {{Tsundere}} showing their gentler side.
side, or of someone EnragedByIdiocy.

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* Avoiding this is the definition of "Kent" in ''Literature/TheMeaningOfLiff'':
-->Politely determined not to help despite a violent urge to the contrary. Kent expressions are seen on the faces of people who are good at something watching someone else who can't do it at all.
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* In an episode of ''SisterSister'', one of the twins is trying to perform Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" at a recital but is doing so badly that when she's nearly staggered to the end, her teacher intervenes and finishes it for her.

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* In an episode of ''SisterSister'', ''Series/SisterSister'', one of the twins is trying to perform Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" at a recital but is doing so badly that when she's nearly staggered to the end, her teacher intervenes and finishes it for her.



-->''Flate Mate'': I'm going to do the washing up!
-->''Jon'': Yeah... So am I, five minutes after you think you've done it

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-->''Flate Mate'': I'm going to do the washing up!
-->''Jon'':
up!\\
''Jon'':
Yeah... So am I, five minutes after you think you've done it


* WeirdAl notoriously hates bad grammar. Long before he ranted about it in "Word Crimes" he took several photos of himself correcting bad grammar on signs, such as replacing "15 items or less" with "15 items or fewer" or adding an "ly" to the end of a street sign, changing it from "drive slow" to "drive slowly"

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* WeirdAl Music/WeirdAl notoriously hates bad grammar. Long before he ranted about it in "Word Crimes" he took several photos of himself correcting bad grammar on signs, such as replacing "15 items or less" with "15 items or fewer" or adding an "ly" to the end of a street sign, changing it from "drive slow" to "drive slowly"


* The NostalgiaChick convinces ToddInTheShadows to review ''Film/{{Crossroads 2002}}'' with her by playing "I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman" sufficiently badly on his piano that he steps in to play it correctly.

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* The NostalgiaChick WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick convinces ToddInTheShadows WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows to review ''Film/{{Crossroads 2002}}'' with her by playing "I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman" sufficiently badly on his piano that he steps in to play it correctly.

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* During the North Pole invasion story arc of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the Water Tribe leader reveals his plan to have his men disguise themselves as Fire Nation soldiers in an attempt to infiltrate their ships. When the uniform is revealed, Sokka laughs out loud as he points out the numerous errors in the uniform, citing that the uniform is full of anachronisms that the Fire Nation army hasn't used in years, even ''decades''.

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