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What an Idiot!

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"Any first day chemistry student could have told Ragby never to put sparks near a mystery gas. Unfortunately, Ragby had never met any first day chemistry students, so it came as a complete surprise to him when the gas passed by Mulch Diggums ignited in a chain of miniature explosions."

Because most viewers have basic common sense, one would usually expect the same from characters on TV shows. Any negative deviation from such usually prompts a Face Palm and the comment "What an idiot!" or similar, hence the entry name.


Can cause A Tragedy of Impulsiveness, if the situation becomes more serious. It is also the usual reaction to a character demonstrating especially severe Genre Blindness.

Can also be a response to ineffectual contestants on a Game Show.

And please, as tempting as it is to defend your favorite show from forcing the Idiot Ball into its characters' hands, refrain from making Justifying Edits. With a Card-Carrying Villain or Idiot Hero, a few of these are to be expected. If the entire show has an Idiot Plot, it goes on that page instead. Also, do not assume that something listed here automatically makes it a bad episode; it is usually more along the lines of "something else that is better could have been done". As explained on Idiot Ball, characters being idiotic sometimes can serve as a weakness to them and make them more realistic and well developed. And, of course, some characters are supposed to be idiots, in which case we probably don't need a full and complete list of every stupid thing they do; a brief summing up would be more helpful.


Compare: Idiot Ball, Villain Ball, Too Dumb to Live (when a character dies or very nearly dies because of their stupidity) and Lethally Stupid (when a character's stupidity nearly kills somebody else).

There are also other examples which do not fit the standard idiocy.

Warning: Spoilers ahead!


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"Well Done Jesse"

Accidentally igniting their RV Battery in an attempt to manually charge it. Walt goes to find a fire extinguisher, only for Jesse to douse the battery with their drinking water supply. Walt is... flabbergasted by Jesse's idiocy.

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