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The Boy Who Cried Idiot is a fanfiction for The Loud House that is somewhat infamous in the fandom for its mean-spiritedness, though not to the extent of Lincoln is Done.

Its plot involves a new student in Lincoln's class named Martin, who wants very much to be Lincoln's friend, but Lincoln just finds him annoying, mostly because Martin keeps getting Lincoln in trouble. As the title suggests, Martin doesn't get Lincoln into trouble on purpose, but rather through his own idiocy (such as when Martin throws a notebook out the window and genuinely forgets and believes Papa Wheelie when he tells him Lincoln did it.)

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The story has three alternate endings.


The Boy Who Cried Idiot provides examples of

  • Accidental Misnaming: Martin once calls Lincoln, "Abraham Lincoln".
  • Adaptational Dumbass:
    • Mrs. Johnson believes that Lincoln damaged his textbook and not the raccoon, even though what the raccoon did was bite the book.
    • In Lincoln's nightmare, he mistakes Martin (a redhead) for Clyde (a black boy) from a distance. Then again, it was a dream.
    • When Leni tells Lynn Sr. that "Linky" punched her, he initially doesn't realise she's talking about Lincoln.
  • Adaptational Jerkass:
    • Mollie, who in the show was just a bit character without much personality, claims most of her male classmates are ugly and says, "Make me, Zach!" when he tells her to shut up.
    • When Martin first shows himself, everyone in the class starts judging him for being ugly, even the usually-kind Lincoln and Clyde.
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    • While Lincoln was in-character getting frustrated with Martin for throwing away his textbook, and with the bullies for embarrassing him, he escalates to violence and death threats a lot sooner than the canon Lincoln would. He also calls Martin ugly, which he probably wouldn't do in canon, even to a bully. Exaggerated in the third alternate ending, whereupon he strangles Lynn Sr. (though not fatally) just for wrongly grounding him, knocks out Rita, and beats up everyone else who wrongly blamed him.
    • Mrs. Johnson blames Lincoln for getting beaten up by Martin and simply says, "I don't want to hear it" when he calls her out on this, whereas in canon, she's a pretty reasonable teacher.
    • When Lincoln tries to defend himself to Rita, she snarks at him, whereas in the show she hardly ever snarks at anyone and certainly not Lincoln. At least she apologises later.
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    • Lynn Sr. is also uncharacteristically snide, pulling out the old, "Oh, I don't know" line. Later, he calls Lincoln a baby just for defending himself and shoos away the four main pets for no reason. He does lift Lincoln's grounding and apologise for wrongly grounding him, but he doesn't apologise for snarking at him or calling him a baby.
    • While Leni is mostly in-character, she does apparently keep coming into Lincoln's room to watch him sleep.
    • Even Charles the dog, Cliff the cat, Geo the hamster, and Walt the canary got hit with the "mean" stick, since they find it cute when Lincoln cries.
    • Zigzagged for Lincoln's sisters. When they hear that Martin isn't Lincoln's friend but rather a stalker, not one of them believes him, and they throw him out of the house. However, when they hear Lincoln's angry speech, they believe him and call out Martin for causing them to kick him out. But then, when it's revealed that Martin is taking their things because of something Lincoln said in his sleep, they blame Lincoln and beat him up even though talking in one's sleep is not anyone's fault.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: In the show, Mrs. Johnson is relatively chill. This Mrs. Johnson yells in all-caps at the top of a hat and views any sort of disagreeing with her as "arguing".
  • Adaptational Villainy: While Chandler, Papa Wheelie, and Flat Tire are mean kids on the show, in this story they're homophobic, teasing Martin for being "gay for [Lincoln]".
  • Ahem: Huggins clears his throat loudly when Lincoln is about to curse.
  • Artistic License – Medicine: Lincoln gets scars instantly after the raccoon scratches him. In real life, scars take a while to form.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • The original ending involves Martin realising the error of his ways and Lincoln being ungrounded, but Lincoln's sisters beating him up.
    • The third alternate ending involves Lincoln and Martin having made up, but Lincoln beating everyone else up.
  • Buffy Speak: Martin uses the word "thingy" on a semi-regular basis.
  • Butt-Monkey: Lincoln is an even bigger butt-monkey than in canon— he gets wrongly accused and punished for things Martin did, gets his textbook bitten by a raccoon, gets attacked by said raccoon, etc.
  • Cassandra Truth:
    • When Lincoln tells Mrs. Johnson about how Martin was the one who threw his textbook out the window and a raccoon was the one who bit it, she doesn't believe him. Then, when he tells the same thing to Principal Huggins, he doesn't believe him either, and neither do his parents.
    • When Lincoln tells Lynn Sr. about Leni's habit of watching him sleep, he again thinks he's lying.
    • When Lincoln tells his sisters that Martin isn't his friend, they don't believe him either.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Some of the things Martin says or does can't simply be explained away by his stupidity, because they seem nuts. For instance, he takes Lincoln away from Clyde because Clyde called himself a guinea pig and "guinea pigs eat mice". Not only is this not true, but it would also imply Lincoln is a mouse.
  • Continuity Nod: Lincoln remembers "that stupid sister protocol" from "Brawl in the Family" and the time his sisters kicked him out for being bad luck in "No Such Luck".
  • Counting to Potato: In her sleep, Lisa says, "Two plus two equals fish. Three plus three equals donkey. Four plus four equals elephant."
  • Curse Cut Short: Lincoln calls the bullies "green-shirted, stupid, ugly sons of—-" but then is cut off by Principal Huggins.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In the third alternate ending, Lincoln (non-fatally) strangles Lynn Sr., knocks out Rita, and beats up everyone else just for falsely blaming him for things.
  • The Ditz: Martin is the eponymous idiot, doing things like assuming Lincoln is so-named because he's related to presidents, getting people's gender wrong, and forgetting things moments after doing them.
  • Downer Ending: The second alternate ending is just Lynn Sr. grounding Lincoln for infinity.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Played with. They don't look female, but due to his low intelligence, Martin mistakes Principal Huggins and Chandler for women.
  • Easily Forgiven: In the third alternate ending, Lincoln makes up with Martin enough to hug him despite him having caused all the trouble and also despite the fact that he beat up everyone else who wronged him.
  • Eat Dirt, Cheap: Discussed when Clyde mentions "that funny video where this little girl is attempting to eat rocks".
  • Embarrassing Animal Suit: At one point, the bullies trick Martin into embarrassing Lincoln by forcing him into a horse suit and riding him. The original ending involves Martin forcing Chandler (one of said bullies) into wearing the suit, unwittingly giving him karma.
  • Everything Is an Instrument: Martin describes Lincoln's sleep-breathing as "music".
  • Extreme Omnivore: Downplayed and discussed when Clyde mentions a video in which a little girl attempts to eat rocks.
  • First-Name Basis: Mrs. Johnson is listed as "Agnes".
  • Forgetful Jones: Martin forgets having thrown out Lincoln's textbook seconds after doing it.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: The raccoon is described as attacking Lincoln "off-screen".
  • Go to Your Room!:
    • When Lincoln is complaining about his unfair grounding lasting a full week, Rita tells him to go to his room and stay there for the rest of the day except to eat dinner and use the bathroom.
    • Exaggerated when Lynn Sr. punishes Lincoln for fighting with Chandler and Martin by sending him to his room to do nothing for an entire weekend.
  • Grounded Forever: The second alternate ending involves Lynn Sr. grounding Lincoln forever.
  • Heavy Sleeper:
    • Lincoln sleeps right through Martin yelling outside his window.
    • While Lily is woken up by Lincoln and Martin talking, Lisa (Lily's roommate) isn't. Then, Lisa doesn't wake up when Lily shakes her.
  • Hope Spot: In Lincoln's nightmare, his parents and sisters show up in a flying house and tell him to grab the rope and escape the Martins, but he can't.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Mrs. Johnson yells at Lincoln, but when Lincoln yells back, she labels it as "acting like that" and sends him to the principal's office.
    • Lynn Sr. calls Lana rude for interrupting him, even though he himself was snarking at Lincoln moments before.
    • Principal Huggins calls Lincoln out for interrupting Martin, then later interrupts Lincoln.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: In Lincoln's nightmare, a giant Martin swallows him.
  • It's Quiet… Too Quiet: Lincoln's nightmare begins with silence.
  • Karma Houdini: Zigzagged:
    • In the original ending, Martin and the parents realise they were wrong and apologise to Lincoln, while Chandler gets punished for his misdeeds, yet they other kids who were mean to Lincoln never get punished, Mrs. Johnson and Principal Huggins never realise they're wrong, and the sisters are never punished for beating up Lincoln.
    • The first alternate ending averts it: the parents still apologise to Lincoln and unground him, and Martin never takes the sisters' things meaning they don't beat him up, so it ends with them having apologised for kicking him out of the house. Also, all the students who laughed at Lincoln apologise and Martin admits that he was the book thrower, leading to all of them being suspended, and Mrs. Johnson apologises for wrongly blaming Lincoln.
    • In the second alternate ending, which is just Lynn Sr. grounding Lincoln forever, no one learns their lesson.
    • In the third alternate ending, Lincoln beats up everyone who falsely blames him, meaning they've all paid for their crimes... only, he gets away with all the violence.
  • Kids Are Cruel: When Martin holds up Lincoln's history book so Lincoln can't read it and later throws it out the window making Lincoln mad, all of their classmates except for Lincoln's closest friends start laughing and chanting, "Fight! Fight!". The narration even notes that it's apparently a common occurrence at schools. Later, at lunch, all the students in the entire school except for Lincoln's friends laugh at him when he's made to wear a horse costume.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: While they don't really look like boys, Martin, due to his low intelligence, mistakes the Loud sisters for boys.
  • Mistaken Age:
    • Martin mistakes Chandler, a preteen boy, for a grown woman.
    • Implied when Martin mistakes all the Loud sisters for Lincoln's kids; he must have thought that Lincoln's older sisters were younger than him.
  • Mistaken for Aliens: When Lincoln screams, Martin thinks he's an alien.
  • Mistaken Identity: ​In Lincoln's nightmare, he mistakes Martin for Clyde.
  • Narrating the Obvious: While on his way home from school, Lincoln narrates to the audience everything they just saw.
  • Nasal Trauma: Martin bites Clyde on the nose hard enough to make him cry.
  • Nightmare Sequence: At one point, Lincoln has a nightmare about being chased by clones of Martin.
  • No Indoor Voice: A lot of Mrs. Johnson's dialogue is WRITTEN IN ALL CAPS.
  • Non Sequitur:
    • Clyde calls himself a guinea pig for no apparent reason when he's telling off Martin for calling him, Rusty, Zach, and Liam ugly. Then, Martin takes Lincoln away from Clyde and says it's because "guinea pigs eat mice", even though A.) they don't, and B.) Lincoln is not a mouse.
    • Lincoln tells Chandler that "My name is Lincoln, not Larry", even though Chandler hadn't called him Larry.
    • Martin randomly calls Lincoln a cucumber once.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently, Leni has gotten bad ideas from DeviantArt at least once before, since Lynn tells her to stop going there for ideas.
  • Original Character: Martin was made up by the author.
  • Out of Character: In addition to many characters behaving meaner than in canon, Rusty calls himself ugly, whereas in canon, he thinks he's handsome.
  • Plot Hole:
    • Chandler refers to Martin as "the idiot" before he does anything stupid.
    • Everyone laughs at Lincoln for being "the book thrower", even though they saw that it was actually Martin, so logically, they should have laughed at him instead.
    • Lana tells Lynn Sr. that Lincoln is innocent when he's grounding him, even though she wasn't there when Martin threw the textbook or when the raccoons attacked Lincoln, so she had no way of knowing he was.
    • When Lincoln says in his sleep, "Take the boys' stuff with me", Martin, mistaking the Loud sisters for boys, takes their stuff. However, despite being prone to mistaking people's genders, Martin knows Lincoln is a boy, so logically he should have taken his stuff as well.
    • At the end of the story (the original ending), Martin says that he learned his lesson about lying, and includes claiming Lincoln was sleep-talking as one of his "lies". However, Martin didn't actually lie; he was truly stupid enough to believe the lies of Papa Wheelie and Chandler, and Lincoln really was sleep-talking.
    • Martin calls Clyde a hypocrite for calling his referring to Lincoln's breathing as music creepy, considering his "obsession with Lori". However, Martin doesn't know Clyde very well, and considering he thinks Lori is a boy, he probably doesn't know her name.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: When Martin sees Lisa and Lily and thinks they're Lincoln's children, he yells, "YOU... GOT... KIDS?!".
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Lincoln gives Martin a long, angry telling-off after the boys get kicked out.
    Lincoln: "NO! DON'T TELL ME TO CALM DOWN! EVERYTHING'S [sic] THAT HAPPENED TO ME IS LITERALLY YOUR FAULT! FIRST, YOU THREW MY WORLD HISTORY BOOK, THEN I WAS FORCED TO GET IT AND GOT ATTACKED BY RACCOONS, I GOT SENT TO THE PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE, I GOT GROUNDED FOR A WEEK, I GOT THIS HORRIBLE NIGHTMARE, I PUNCHED MY SISTER, LENI, IN THE FACE BECAUSE OF THAT NIGHTMARE, I GOT GROUNDED FOR 2 WEEKS, CHANDLER DECIDED TO MAKE YOU HUMILIATE ME FOR HIM, I GOT SENT TO THE OFFICE AGAIN, I GOT SUSPENDED FOR A WEEK, I GOT GROUNDED FOR 3 WEEKS, AND NOW THIS! MY SISTERS JUST KICKED ME OUT, AND AM I THE ONE TO BLAME!? NO! YOU ARE! I MEAN, IF ONLY YOU WERE A LOT SMARTER AND A TRUE FRIEND, NONE OF THIS WOULD HAPPEN! BUT NO! YOU ARE NOTHING BUT AN IDIOT! A red-haired... green-shirted... idiot! I can't tell what was worse, that stupid sister protocol, my sisters and parents accusing me for bad luck, or what has happened recently. An idiot... who gets me in trouble..."
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: A pair of red eyes are the last thing Lincoln sees in his nightmare.
  • Script Fic: The fanfiction is written out like a script.
  • Self-Deprecation: When Martin shows up, Rusty comments that he's uglier than him.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The title is based of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, however, unlike in the fable, Lincoln wasn't lying.
    • Martin says that he was "having an Odyssey" to find Lincoln.
    • When Leni suggests that one of the sisters get rid of Martin by shoving him into her mouth, Lynn tells her to stop going to DeviantArt for ideas.
  • Speak in Unison:
    • In Lincoln's nightmare, Martin and his copies say, "Hey, friend" in unison.
    • When Martin calls Lincoln's friends ugly, they say, "UGLY?!" in unison.
  • Staircase Tumble: Martin climbs onto Lincoln's back, causing them both to fall downstairs.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Martin leaves the lunch table without Liam noticing.
  • Stern Teacher: Mrs. Johnson in this story is a huge cross-patch and yells at students.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Downplayed. Martin agrees that he's gay "for Lincoln" and describes Lincoln as beautiful a lot, however most of the time, he doesn't do romantic things with Lincoln but instead tries to be his friend.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • When Lincoln is wrongly blamed for throwing out his textbook, he says that it at least can't get worse, only for a raccoon to bite the textbook.
    • While on his way home from school, he says it again, only for his parents to be mad at him when he gets home.
  • Trademark Favourite Food: For some reason, this story's version of Lynn Sr. loves peanut butter so much that he buys nine jars of it and wants to buy even more.
  • Unintentionally Karmic: Chandler embarrasses Lincoln earlier with a horse costume. Later on, Martin, who wants to befriend Chandler, inadvertently embarrasses him with that same horse costume.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Liam refers to Martin biting Clyde on the nose as a "sharp kiss".
  • Waking Non Sequitur: Justified. Lincoln wakes up saying, "GET AWAY FROM ME, YOU—" because he dreamt there was a pair of red eyes in a black hole. Unfortunately, Leni cries as she thinks he's talking to her.
  • You Are Grounded!: Lincoln's parents ground him for biting his textbook and blaming Martin for throwing it, not realising that it was a raccoon who bit the textbook and that Lincoln was telling the truth when he blamed Martin. Later, he extends the grounding to two weeks after Lincoln (accidentally) hits Leni and then to three weeks after Lincoln gets into a fight with Martin and Chandler.

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