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Agatha: This really is a Wulfenbach Ship?
Marie: Oh, yes. It was remarkably easy to steal. But then [glancing at her husband] who would be fool enough to try?
Oggie: Hey! Iz like hyu vife iz callink hyu a fool wit-out ektually—
Master Payne: You cannot possibly be as stupid as you act.
Oggie: ...Ken if I vants to be!

If anyone says "Who would be stupid enough to fall for that?" or anything like it, you can be almost guaranteed that we'll see someone show that, yes, they are stupid enough, no matter how obvious the Schmuck Bait. This is also useful for summoning The Ditz to volunteer to do the aforementioned stupidity.


If you don't want someone to do it, you are clearly Tempting Fate. Anything too stupid for even a single person to think of hasn't been invented yet.

In some universes, this is a very dangerous trope to invoke.

May be followed by a Description Cut, Answer Cut, or Inadvertent Entrance Cue.

You may ask yourself "Who would be stupid enough to ask questions like that?" There's your answer.

Closely related is someone showing up unexpectedly and others refusing to be surprised. "Yeah! I know you did this! Who else would be crazy/stupid enough to do this?" (In this case, the speaker has it exactly right. The culprit does turn out to be the person he named; not somebody else, nor does it turn out that nobody at all would be that stupid.) Another variation is the form "Not even (character) would be stupid enough to do that!" followed by the reveal that, yes, he was.


Sometimes it will be deliberately invoked by someone whose enemies know they're not that stupid and allow them to catch the bad guys off guard.

Often overlaps with Unintentionally Unwinnable, when the softlock wouldn't occur without players making out-there decisions.

See also Schmuck Bait, Don't Touch It, You Idiot!, What Does This Button Do?. For the case when a character innocently mocks some action in the presence of someone who did said action, see Oblivious Mockery. For the case where people believe that a certain character is stupid enough to do something, see No One Else Is That Dumb. The inverse is Nobody's That Dumb where a character proves even they aren't dumb enough to do something. Murphy's Law asserts that someone is stupid enough to do anything, and the problem when people do stupid things is that the things could be done.



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  • An M&M's commercial for the 2012 Super Bowl introduced a Ms. Brown M&M at a relatively high-class party with some soft piano music for atmosphere when a few guys start snickering at her. When she asks what their deal is a girl explains that they think she's naked. Brown chastises the guys, explaining that her shell is simply brown and that only a fool would think that she would show up to a party naked. Cue Red barging in and saying, "Oh, so it's that kind of party!" He then pulls off his shell and starts dancing as LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It" suddenly starts playing. Brown is not amused.

    Anime & Manga 
  • In one episode of Eyeshield 21, Sena watches a TV program on his team's new secret player, and there's a bit where Hiruma, posing as Eyeshield 21, gives an "obnoxious tough guy" speech. Kurita tries to assure him "No one would take that seriously", but then we cut to Monta watching the same program, talking about what a jerk Eyeshield 21 is.
  • In the first season finale of Sailor Moon, the youma create an illusion of a captured Tuxedo Mask, which Sailor Moon rushes toward. After the trap is exposed, they create the same illusion again. Sailor Mars says, "Do you really think she's stupid enough to fall for it again?", only for Sailor Moon to prove that she is.
  • K: Missing Kings - Kuroh describes to Neko how the tower is heavily guarded, and finishes by saying, "Only a fool would try to break in through the front." Cue Misaki, on his skateboard, screaming.
    Neko: [pointing] A fool just went in.
  • In Mob Psycho 100, a group of delinquents wanting revenge against another delinquent group lures Mob to them with a fake love letter that has extremely terrible handwriting and written with "I'm a girl" in it. Some of the members find the plan pretty terrible and believe no one would believe such an obvious lie, yet Mob still went to see if a girl will show up.
  • Ranma ½:
    • In the anime episode that introduces Gosunkugi, he digs a pit in an attempt to trap Ranma. Two unnamed students ask each other who would make such an obvious trap, and who would fall into it. Enter Kunō...
    • In the manga, Ranma says this when Akane wins a bathing suit that supposedly makes anyone capable of swimming like a pro Olympian just by wearing it. Shortly afterwards, it turns out that it really does work.
      Ranma: There's no such thing as a bathing suit which makes a person able to swim. There is no-one in the world dumb enough that would believe such a thing!
      Akane: Hey! How do I look?
  • A badass version of this occurs when episode twelve of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann pits the crew against Spiral King general Adiane. The fight ends up with Adiane's mecha on the deck of Team Dai-Gurren's battleship. Adiane taunts them with the fact that they wouldn't be stupid enough to fire on her when they're so close to one another.
    Yoko: Unfortunately, we are that stupid.
  • A variation happened in Higurashi: When They Cry where Satoko said that only Keiichi would be dumb enough to fall for her mud Pit Trap. Cue a mud-covered Rika crawling out of the ground.
  • Played with on Slayers, where Lina sees a trap and tells Gourry that he'd be the only one stupid enough to fall for it... then Lina herself walks right into the trap about ten seconds later, after being Distracted by the Shiny.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX gives us the following lines
    O'Brien: There's no way he'll attack head-on.note 
    Judai: Battle! Featherman, direct attack!
  • In Dragon Ball, whilst going through Pilaf's castle to retrieve the last Dragon Ball, Goku, Bulma, and co. follow arrows through a maze — leading to them being trapped. Pilaf remarks that he couldn't believe there were people stupid enough to fall for that. Even better, Goku's group expressed and dismissed concerns that the arrows were a trap on the grounds that they were too obvious to be a trap.
  • A variant appears in Haruhi Suzumiya.
    Kyon: Who would ever believe that?
    Koizumi: I was hoping that you might.
  • In the first episode of Dominion Tank Police, a mook in a stolen prototype tank is confident he's escaped the heroine's older model by climbing an elevator shaft, because she'd have to be some kind of lunatic to fire straight up at him. They both end up buried in the rubble.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi's Spin-Off Babies series Negiho has the girls trying to force out Konoka's "stalker" by doing annoying things to her (like Face Doodling and Tickle Torture). Off to the side, Yue wonders how stupid the stalker would have to be to actually show up for such an obvious trap. Cue Setsuna blasting the lot of them with her Shinmeiryuu techniques, Neck Lifting Asuna while shouting "What do you think you're doing to Ojou-sama!". She's quickly caught in a stalker-snare afterwards.
  • This is practically a Running Gag in Gintama whenever Hijikata would ask who would be dumb enough to (action), cue Kondo doing said action.
  • In Squid Girl, to demonstrate to Nagisa that Ika isn't a threat, they give her a fishing pole with a shrimp as bait. Nagisa just finishes telling herself that there's no way an invader like Ika would fall for something so obvious when she feels a tug at the other end of the line.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing episode 3 has a scene where an Alliance commander declares "Only an idiot would challenge this base's defenses"; Zechs snarks "Well then, here come the idiots!" just before Heavyarms shows up and starts trashing the place. (Though in this case, the real idiot was the commander thanks to his Suicidal Overconfidence.)
  • In One Piece, the answer is usually that Luffy would be stupid enough:
    • Niji Vinsmoke at one point comments that nobody would be stupid enough to go up against Big Mom's army... cut to Luffy doing just that.
    • After the Straw Hats and Bege interrupt the wedding with a bunch of animals disguised as Luffy to cause chaos; Big Mom, in a fit of rage, asks Luffy to show himself. Bege laughs to himself, asking if she is so stupid to think that he would actually do it. Immediately after, Luffy indeed shows himself, to the shock of Bege.
  • On Pokémon, our heroes visit a sanctuary for abandoned Pokémon which is protected by several traps, including pitfalls. Ash comments that you'd have to be pretty stupid to fall into one; cut to Team Rocket at the bottom of a pitfall.
  • In Chapter 25 of Wild and Horned Hermit, a Touhou Project spinoff Manga, Marisa spots Sanae using a comet sighting to drum up interest in the Moriya Shrine. She then makes a remark that Reimu would probably be making an even worse get-rich quickly scheme, such as selling rubber tubes filled with oxygen. Guess what Reimu is shown to be preparing to do on the very next page?
  • In Full Metal Panic!, upon discovering that Sousuke plans to evacuate Jindai High School by having Atsunobu announce that "a student council aide I'm sure you're all well aware of" accidentally released a chemical weapon on school grounds, Kurama mocks him for thinking anyone would buy such a nonsense story. The answer, as Atsunobu helpfully points out, is a school dumb enough to let Sousuke keep attending after he accidentally released that last biochemical weapon on campus.
  • The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You has a ramen shop owner offer various kinds of ramen that would be impossible to finish, and when that fails, she starts offering ramen that no one would want to even order in the first place. The one that fits this trope best is the "Stupid-As-Hell Challenge Ramen", ramen topped with a hamburger topped with what appears to be soft-serve ice cream. Her intention is that nobody would order it since it looks gross and would be embarrassing to ask for in public. Then Naddy walks in and immediately orders it.
  • Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle: In an attempt to re-capture Princess Syalis after she escapes the castle, the Demon King sets up a Box-and-Stick Trap with a bed inside. His right-hand man immediately declares that "not even the Princess would fall for that" seconds before Syalis triggers it.
    "What is she, a racoon!?"

    Comic Books 
  • In Jeff Smith's Bone, Fone Bone evades a pair of rat creatures by leaping onto a branch over a gorge and saying "Those rat creatures would have to be pretty stupid to follow me onto this frail, little branch." Three guesses as to what happens.
  • In Countdown to Final Crisis Monarch asks "Who would be stupid enough to take a shot at me?" Turns out that would be Superboy Prime, who proceeds to rip apart Monarch's costume, destroying the universe.
  • From The All New Atom: Ivy Town is being attacked by two movie monsters brought into the real world.
    Bystander: What are those hideous fiends?
    Ms. Exposition: Well, the Lizard is called Gosana, and the Bat/Reptile is called Kame-Komori. They're from a series of low-budget Japanese films from a small and seedy film company called Dorobo Studios. They were created as rubber suit monsters to sponge off the popularity of much better film franchises at Toho and Daiei Studios. Many hard-core aficionados say they're the worst giant monster films ever made, despite some tasty special effects. Of course, the films have almost never been seen since the sixties — so only a total geek loser would even know who they are.
    [next panel]
    Atom: [inner monologue] Hey! It's Gosana and Kame-Komori!
  • Inverted in one Sam & Max: Freelance Police short story parodying Star Wars.
    Sam: It smells like some kind of high-tech waste material compactor. They'll never think we were so incredibly stupid as to hide in here.
    Max: That's right! Nobody's that stupid.
  • Happens a lot with Smiffy from The Beano.
  • The Simpsons:
    • There's a comic where a truck driver is delivering a shipment of bunnies to Springfield Elementary, and a panther (well, Bart. Long story) to Springfield zoo. He tells Groundskeeper Willy that the rabbits are in the crate on the left, wonders if he should clarify which left he means, then reasons that no-one could mistake a panther for a rabbit. In the next panel, Willy is brawling with the Bart-panther, who apparently didn't take kindly to being fed carrots.
    • In another issue, Bart notices that Duff Beer is holding a "Find the Winning Bottle Cap" contest and expresses his hopes that Homer might win. Homer remarks that such contests are for suckers, and wonders what kind of loser would buy beer just to win one. Cut to perpetual loser Gil, surrounded by hundreds of bottles.
    • In another issue, after Homer is unable to go on a family trip due to the airport not allowing someone with his girth on the plane, he starts an organization for the rights of overweight airline passengers. When asked by Kent Brockman how he intends to fulfill his goal, Homer figures the best way was to ask a rich guy to bankroll an airline for obese people, prompting Brockman to wonder what idiot would do that. Cue Homer and his organization going to Mr. Burns' office.
  • In one Carl Barks Donald Duck comic, "The Sap-head Factory", a diamond smuggling ring has an ice production business as the front for their mining. They claim that since the ice company advertises "Arctic fresh" ice, they mix a bit of the real stuff because "Honesty is the best policy"- the Arctic ice, actually has diamonds in it. The leaders of the smugglers discuss the need for an Unwitting Pawn; an innocent face to make the deliveries so customs won't suspect anything, who'd be dumb enough to actually believe the cock-and-bull cover story. The leaders are wondering, "Who'd be that dumb?" when in walks Donald, trying to get a job at the factory to avoid the summer heat wave.
  • In Groo the Wanderer, the answer to that question, in any context, is always Groo. One of the comic's many Running Gags is that whenever someone makes an observation prefaced or followed by the phrase "As any fool can plainly see...", Groo will chime in with "I can plainly see that!"

    Comic Strips 
  • Peanuts:
    • The following exchange is from a May 1960 strip:
      Lucy: Say, you don't think Charlie Brown would try to steal home, do you?
      Patty: Never! Not even Charlie Brown would do anything that stupid!
      Charlie Brown: [on third base] I wonder if I should try to steal home!?
    • From an April 1962 strip:
      Linus: Boy, look at it rain!
      Lucy: I've never seen it rain so hard for such a long time...
      Linus: I'm just glad I'm inside...
      Lucy: Well, good grief, only a real blockhead would be out in a rain like this...
      Charlie Brown: [standing on the pitcher's mound] Where is everybody?
  • A variant occurs during a Story Arc in the comic strip Bloom County, where Bill the Cat becomes a televangelist and claims if people send him $50 million, the Lord will "call home" Jimmy Swaggert, Oral Roberts, Jerry Falwell, and Jim Bakker. In the last frame, Milo says "Wipe out the gang of four, eh? Who knows who would fall for such a seductive pitch!" just as Opus is rifling through a wad of dollar bills. (This was a parody of Oral Roberts' fund raising appeal claiming that God would "call him home" if he didn't get a certain amount of money in donations.)
  • In Hsu and Chan, rival game designers Satoshi and Akira Yamamoto discuss how the only way for the Tanaka Brothers to stop them from stealing the game innovation of the century would be to plow through security, rush the stage, and physically smash their computer. Akira remarks that "No sane man would—" before realizing who he's dealing with. Cut to Hsu and Chan discussing their plan to plow through security, rush the stage, and physically smash the computer.
  • In a FoxTrot comic, Jason asked every member of his family if they wanted to have a Snowball Fight with him. They each reply "Do I look like an idiot?"... until he gets to Roger, who says "Let me get my coat." before Jason can even finish the question.
  • Garfield:
    • In one strip, a TV-commercial is blatantly stating "Are you a complete loser without any taste? Then we've got the thing for you!". Cue Jon coming in the room: "Hey, I've got three of those."
    • In another strip, Garfield is watching a commercial for a health supplement that promises to help men attract women, but then mentions that Side-Effects Include... uncontrollable knee slapping, foot stomping, and blinking, as well as abnormal hair growth all over the body.
      Garfield: What idiot would buy that product?
      [Jon stands behind Garfield with hair growing all over his body, blinking wildly, stomping his foot, and slapping his knee over and over again]
  • Beetle Bailey:
    • In one strip, Sarge shows Beetle the new ejection seat on Sarge's jeep. Beetle asks Sarge if Sarge is worried someone will sit in the seat and pull the ripcord. Sarge asks who would be stupid enough to do that. The last panel is General Halftrack airborne.
    • Another one has General Halftrack issuing a camp-wide directive not to stick one's nose in one's canteen.note  Discussion wondering who would be so stupid trickles up (including Sarge's lampshading the Schmuck Bait) to the General, shown angry and porting a heavily bandaged nose.
    • Similarly, Sarge issues a directive (this time, only to the Company) not to try to dislodge a ball stuck on a roof by kicking the building. Beetle, Killer, et al. confront an angry frowning Sarge, in a full leg cast hidden behind the desk.
  • In one Calvin and Hobbes strip, Calvin is sitting in front of the TV and disparaging the programs he's watching:
    Calvin: Who do they think is stupid enough to sit and watch this trash?
    Hobbes: You.
    Calvin: If there was anything better on, I'd watch that.
  • In one Sherman's Lagoon sunday, Sherman finds Ernest making a computer virus he calls, the "I wuv you" virus. Sherman points out that there was already a virus like that, and now people know not to open those kinds of emails.
    Sherman: I mean, what kind of desperate, pathetic sap would still open that?
    Ernest: Done. Now hit "Send".
    Filmore: Yo, Ernest. Major computer question.
    Ernest: Bingo.

    Fan Works 
  • The Bolt Chronicles: After Mittens watches a television episode in which a character deliberately makes himself sick to create a diversion, she expresses doubts that anyone really would do something so dumb. Turns out Bolt does exactly that in order to get Penny and Joe to meet.
    Mittens: Though I gotta say, as good as that peanut episode was, it does stretch credibility juuuust a tiny bit. Who in their right mind would even consider putting themselves that much in harm's way to create a diversion like Howard did? It would take a special kind of idiot to go to those lengths, don’tcha think?
  • Hero Chat: The heroes Queen Bee (Chloé Bourgeois) and Ryuko (Kagami Tsurugi) have their secret identities outed, and thus are publicly retired for their own safety. They are replaced by Honeybee and Arashi... who are still Chloé and Kagami. While there's a magical Glamour and the team's Master of Illusion helps with the "new" heroes meeting the "old" ones, multiple people point out that probably the only reason this actually works is because the city collectively thinks no one would be stupid enough to try such a simple trick.
  • In the Kim Possible fic If You Build a Better Monkey, Shego (now on Kim's side) suggests catching the thieves who stole some rare zoo animals by posting an ad to buy just such animals in a villain forum. Kim is skeptical that the culprits would fall for such an obvious set-up. Shego just rattles off a few names from Kim's Rogues Gallery, and Kim concedes the point that, yes, some villains are that dumb.
  • In The Karma of Lies, Adrien tries to explain that Lila stole tens of millions out of his family's secret emergency account, using all her past scams as proof she'd do such a thing. However, the police believe he stole his own money in order to evade the government and is trying to frame her, and his lawyer explains that this trope is the reason why. Among other issues with his testimony, the police just don't believe he's stupid enough to let someone that he thinks is a con artist (one who he claims has been actively grifting his classmates for months, no less) get into a position where they can learn his banking information.
    LaChaise: Let's say, for the sake of argument, that you really did believe Lila to be a fraud but still wanted to help her and wired her ten thousand euros. Why would you let her see your passwords? Wouldn't it have made sense to make her stay in another room while you typed them in?
  • In The MUSHU-Verse story She-Pooktacular, Danny Phantom meets his Alternate Universe Distaff Counterpart, Dani Fenton/Inviso-Belle. When everyone present questions her on the name, Dani answers that it was either that or "Dani Phantom", and remarks that only someone stupid would make their superhero alias a pun of their own name. Cue her looking at Danny's logo and realizing that's what he did.
  • In New California Dreaming, Coyle refuses to take a less-than-safe quest from Moira Brown. A few weeks later, some poor sucker from Vault 101 comes along...
  • In The Night Unfurls, right after her liege lady reminds her that a fortress is not invincible, Chloe internally asks "who would dare brazenly strike at the Black Fortress?" Cue Kyril and the Black Dogs arriving moments later, even coming out victorious in the next chapter.
  • Phoenix's Tear: Reignition: Hare takes offense to C.P. accusing him and his friends of working for Muu, pointing out how Muu hates humanity, along with having other reasons to avoid employing them. He questions how anyone could assume that he'd accept any human followers... causing Genki to laugh nervously while flashing back to when he met Allan, an arrogant trainer who actually wanted to join Muu himself.
  • A Rabbit Among Wolves:
    • After seeing the news report about Adam's death, Juniper Arc remarks about how she knows her son Jaune is smart enough to stay out of trouble. Cue her seeing his face on the screen and the police knocking on her door.
    • When Coco brings up how Jaune forgoing a mask is the smartest decision he's made since it lets people see him as a person, Yang brings up its also likely that he doesn't see a point as his face is already known though Coco says that's stupid.
  • White Sheep (RWBY): Ren, a human, ends up in Menagerie, the home of the Faunus, and claims to be a sloth Faunus. He has no obvious Faunus traits, but everyone just assumes they're hidden or hard to notice, because what human would be stupid enough to come to Menagerie? He even tells Sienna Khan, leader of a violent Faunus militia group, to her face that a human would have to be "pretty ballsy" to pretend to be a Faunus in Menagerie. She still doesn't notice, and last we see her she's still hoping for romance with "a certain sloth Faunus."
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series:
    • Although not with the exact same words...
      Yami: Does anyone here really believe that guy is a ghost?
      Tristan: I do!
      Yami: Anyone besides Tristan?
      Tristan: I do!
    • And later:
      Brisbane: You can't mean that you're about to step on that map!
      Yugi: No,I was just gonna leave.
      Brisbane: So you're stepping on the map, then?
      Yugi: No, I'm leaving.
      Brisbane: ... Step on the map.
      Yugi: Make me!
      Brisbane: Oh, come on. I'll be your friend.
      Yugi: Look, there's no way I'm stepping on any freakin' map!
      Brisbane: What if I told you there was candy inside the map?
      Yugi: You've got to be kidding me! I'd have to be an idiot to fall for—
      Tea: Hey, candy! That sounds pretty good!
      Tristan: Yes, let's go get the candy!
      [cue Tristan and Tea dragging a protesting Yugi onto the map]
    • Also subverted in another episode of the same series, where you'd expect Tristan to follow this trope again:
    Yugi: Man, Duke! I can't believe you actually thought that crappy little dice game would sell!
    Joey: Yea, it was just a carbon copy of Duel Monsters! You'd have to be as blind as my sister to not notice the similarities!
    Tristan: [holds up dice] This is going straight up my nose!

    Films — Animation 
  • Asterix Conquers America, where Julius Caesar outlines his plan to have Getafix thrown off the edge of the world:
    Lucullus: But who would be so stupid — I mean, so courageous to sail to the end of the world?
    Caesar: I can think of someone who was made for the task... You, Lucullus, you'll do it.
  • The Simpsons Movie: The citizens of Springfield decide to have someone distract Russ Cargill while the others escape the dome.
    Lenny: But who would be stupid enough to stay while we escape with our lives?
    Cletus Spuckler: Ahem. My time to shine!
  • In Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow, when the gang infiltrates Ultron's base:
    Azari: There's no-one here. Maybe Ultron assumed no-one would be dumb enough to sneak in.
    Pym: HA! We showed him! We are dumb enough!

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Battle Beyond the Stars. Sador uses this trope to deride his brainless underling when asking who'd come to aid the Akirans. "No-one would be that stupid, even you!"
  • Played straight by The Chechen in The Dark Knight: "Who's stupid enough to steal from us?" Turns out, the Joker. Although "stupid" doesn't really factor into it. Try "supremely confident".
    Gambol: You think you can steal from us and just walk away?!
    The Joker: [deadpan] Yeah.
  • In Draft Day, Seahawks general manager Tom Michaels discusses his wish to make a trade reminiscent of the RGIII trade with his head coach Walt Gordon. Michaels knows that someone has to be really stupid to agree with such a trade. Gordon asks him: 'Who's the most desperate guy you know?' Cut away to the city of Cleveland...
  • In Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Harry outlines his plan for him and Marv to rob Duncan's Toy Chest, which he figures is a Refuge in Audacity;
    Harry: Yup, there's nobody dumb enough to knock off a toy store on Christmas Eve.
    Marv: Oh yes there is, Harry. [points at himself, then Harry]
  • When the Nazis demand that Indy hand over the Grail Diary in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Henry Jones Sr. laughs at the idea that they'd assume his son was stupid enough to bring it with him after he'd mailed the diary to him in the first place to keep it out of the Nazis' hands. Unfortunately, Indy didn't quite get the memo... Although you figure his dad could have sent a note or something, saying "keep this away from the Nazis".
    Henry Jones Sr.: I should have mailed it to the Marx Brothers.
  • Knives Out: Linda is not stupid enough to take the Schmuck Bait the Great Detective offers her in her interview, but her husband sure is.
    Linda: If you think I'm dumb enough to trash talk my little brother in front of a police detective and a state trooper—
    Gilligan Cut to her husband's interview
    Richard: Walt doesn't do shit!
  • Scooby-Doo: In the airport scene, Shaggy walks up to Fred and the girls without Scooby, prompting Velma to ask where is the dog. Shaggy explains big dogs aren't allowed on the plane. Cut to Scooby, wearing woman's clothes.
    Velma: You've gotta be kidding.
    Daphne: Nobody is stupid enough to believe that.
    Fred: Who's the ugly old broad?
  • Small Soldiers when the toy soldiers get out of control we get these lines of dialog:
    Stuart Abernathy: What kind of moron would put military technology in toys?
    Irwin Wayfair: [pointing at Larry] Well that would be Gizmo over here.
  • In Spaceballs, the villains' plot relies on them discovering the pass code to the defenses protecting the heroine's planet. Dark Helmet eventually manages to get it:
    Dark Helmet: So the combination is 1 2 3 4 5? That's the stupidest combination I've ever heard in my life! That's the kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage!
    President Skroob: What's the combination?
    Colonel Sandurz: 1 2 3 4 5.
    President Skroob: 1 2 3 4 5? That's amazing! I've got the same combination on my luggage!
  • In Superman III, Corrupt Corporate Executive Ross Webster has learned that someone is embezzling money from his company, and is despairing of figuring out who it is:
    Ross Webster: He'll just go on quietly taking the bread from our mouths, he'll keep a low profile and won't do a thing to call attention to himself. Unless he is a complete and utter moron.
    [cut to Gus Gorman pulling into the parking lot in a brand new sports car]

  • In Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception, Opal seals Artemis and Holly in a Death Trap that involves them being ripped apart by a pack of bloodthirsty trolls, and Holly has flashbacks to an anti-troll training course she once had to attend. Unfortunately, the training only covered how to deal with a troll one-on-one, since no-one, the instructor reasoned, could possibly be stupid enough to put themselves in a situation in which they were dealing with multiple trolls at once...
  • Discworld:
    • Somewhat lampshaded in Thief of Time:
      "No one would be that stu—"
      Susan stopped. Of course someone would be that stupid. Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible do it. If you put a switch in a cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying "End-of-the-World switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH", the paint wouldn't even have time to dry.
    • Shows up a lot in Discworld, in fact. In The Last Continent:
      Any true wizard, faced with a sign like "Do not open this door. Really. We mean it. We're not kidding. Opening this door will mean the end of the universe," would automatically open the door in order to see what all the fuss was about.
    • Mustrum Ridcully (normally quite sensible and level-headed, for a wizard) does precisely this in Hogfather and finds... a bathroom. Designed by Bloody Stupid Johnson.
  • In Dragon Bones, Ward has been Obfuscating Stupidity for seven years. Which is why some people are very surprised to learn that he's on a mission to become a war hero. When questioned whether he isn't too stupid to do this, he points out that one has to be quite stupid to intentionally go into a warring region. Which is why his doing so makes perfect sense.
  • The Dresden Files: Harry gets a beautiful one by proxy when Ebenezer McCoy figures out Harry's plan in Turn Coat. In summary the plan is calling out the worlds strongest Wizards to fight, then call in the Vampires saying he has what they want, and then getting them to work together against a common enemy, who Harry also invited to this location.
    "Wile E. Coyote. Suuuuuper genius."
  • The Footprint of Mussolini: In this alternate history story, Mussolini becomes magnanimous toward Jews. During the Second World War, Horthy disobeys Hitler's orders to deport Jews to death camps, instead choosing to send them to Italian soil, thinking he couldn't possibly get upset over that. Hitler not only proceeds to invade Hungary and topple Horthy, he starts ANOTHER war with Italy, all to kill the Hungarian Jewish refugees.
  • In Harrow the Ninth, the Emperor God tells Harrow that he sealed his worst enemy behind a blood ward that could only be opened by him (or a biological relative of his, as a "blood ward" is more accurately a "gene ward", but he has no such relatives). A few chapters later, we get a flashback to Harrow sealing some important letters, and dismissing the idea of a using blood ward instead of writing them in code, because it would be stupid to assume she won't bleed for the foreseeable future. Turns out Harrow was right. Some of the Emperor's elite super-necromancers turned on him, stole his sperm during a threesome, and handed it over to his enemies to make a baby who could be used as a key.
  • Harry Potter:
    • In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Ron wonders what teacher would be dumb enough to fall for the trio's planned deception about why they want a potions book in the Restricted Section of the library, having apparently temporarily forgotten that Lockhart is their Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher that year.
    • In Order of the Phoenix, Arthur Weasley (recovering in hospital after a snakebite from a magical snake) mentions that he's become interested in a branch of muggle medicine called "Stitches" as a possible cure. Mrs Weasley scoffs at the idea, saying it sounds like he wants to sew his skin back together and not even he's stupid enough to try that... Harry hears her screech "WHAT DO YOU MEAN, THAT'S THE GENERAL IDEA?!" from the corridor outside the ward. Which is stupid in another way in that stitches are not usually used for puncture wounds. That's what happens when you don't give wizards any non-magical education after they turn eleven, and think of any Muggle methods as worthless (case in point — Ron's description of doctors as "Muggle nutters who cut people up").
  • Honor Harrington: In Storm from the Shadows, Admiral Byng says something to this effect, thinking that Michelle Henke and the Manticorans will not actually make good on their warnings to punish the Solarian aggression. It doesn't end well for him. Ironic in that Admiral Byng is himself so dense that his skull practically generates its own independent gravity well.
  • In Norman Spinrad's Alternate History novel The Iron Dream, the author analyzing the work of metafiction around which Spinrad's story is framed notes that some fans may yearn for a decisive and iron-willed leader like the one depicted in the work of metafiction to save them from Soviet domination, but concludes that no rational person would ever stand such a clearly delusional, bloodthirsty tyrant. Considering that the in-universe author of the work of metafiction is Adolf Hitler, well, I think you see Spinrad's point.
  • Michael gets hit with this a couple times in the Knight and Rogue Series. On one occasion his reason for being at the scene of a murder (following orders to meet someone in an unaddressed letter) isn't believed because the law enforcement can't believe anyone, especially someone without legal rights who knows something shifty is going on, would be stupid enough to get framed with such an obvious trick.
  • McAuslan: After the titular character is demoted, Lt. MacNeill takes him aside and comforts him with the fact that at least McAuslan didn't lose a guardroom. McAuslan blurts out this trope, whereupon MacNeill wisely doesn't mention that the soldier who fell asleep in a guardroom tent and woke up to find it gone was him.
  • Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold by Stephen Fry contains a very self-aware example of this; after Cronos dethrones his father Ouranos and has him imprisoned in Tartarus, Ouranos condenses his divine fury into the rock of the earth. Fortunately, the narration muses, Ouranos' power is so destructive and terrifying that "surely, the race has not yet been born that would be foolish enough to harness the power of uranium?"
  • RWBY: After the Fall: A flashback to Team CFVY's initiation shows Coco and Fox finding a cave whose entrance is decorated with cave art depicting with a people fighting a giant scorpion. Fox, who is blind, doesn't need the cave art to realise it's a Death Stalker den. It's so obvious that he notes "only an idiot" would go inside. This is a Mythology Gag; in the original show, Volume 1's initiation sees an oblivious Jaune lead Pyrrha into the cave, hoping to find the relic he's been tasked by the teachers to bring back to base. It's an early clue that Jaune comes from a different background to most Beacon students.
  • In Septimus Heap: Syren Septimus says that not even Milo would be stupid enough to acquire five thousand warrior jinn without knowing the Codes to control them. Turns out that Tertius Fume deceived him into doing so by promising to give the Codes later.
  • Star Wars Legends: Shadows of the Empire:
    • Several of the good guys' common-sense violating tactics are cited to work because the opposition wouldn't expect anyone to try them in the first place. Lando eventually lampshades this.
      Lando: [on the subject of infiltrating Xizor's palace] Let me get this straight; you want us to wade through sewage to get into this place?
      Dash Rendar: Exactly what the guards would think. Who'd be that stupid?
      Lando: Us. Who else?
    • Later he does it again.
      Lando: That's the problem with our opposition — they keep thinking nobody could possibly be as stupid as we are. Fools 'em every time.
    • At one point, the Empire tries this method themselves. The ship transporting intel on the second Death Star is being moved on a cargo freighter which is loaded with fertilizer specifically to leak the intelligence and lure the Rebels in the trap of Return of the Jedi:
      "A freighter full of fertilizer. That is devious. Who'd wanna hijack that?"
  • The War Gods: In Wind Rider's Oath, Baroness Hanatha catches her daughter Leeana returning from a dangerous horseback ride. Hanatha asks Leeana if she'd tried to cross the ford. Leeana insists that she's not doing things that risky, no one would be stupid enough to try the ford with the river twenty yards out of the bank. At this point, Hanatha admits that she and Leeana's father had been that stupid back when they were first married — though in her defense the river had only been fifteen yards out of its bank at the time.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Arrow
    • In "The Return", Oliver Queen and his sister Thea are training on Lian Yu. After she's nearly killed by a swinging log Booby Trap with Spikes of Doom, Thea demands to know what psycho would set one up on the trail only for her brother to reply, "Me."
    • In "Monument Point", Felicity Smoak wonders who in their right mind would think something like Rubicon—a device designed to seize total control over every nuclear weapon on Earth—would be an idea worth pursuing. To nobody's surprise, it turns out that it was Amanda Waller, the notoriously sociopathic and inept ex-director of ARGUS.
  • Used and conversed in The A-Team episode, "Blood, Sweat, and Cheers".
    Girl of the Week: Uncle John, do you really thing Ludwig would come here? I mean, to our own garage, in the middle of the day?
    Hannibal: Never put a stupid move past a stupid man. That's a rule of survival, Dana.
  • Austin & Ally: The gang is trying to catch a thief who is robbing every store in the mall, so they prepare to catch him when he breaks into Sonic Boom. Dez sets up a giant life-sized flypaper with a slice of pizza glued to the edge as "bait". Trish tells him that nobody is dumb enough to fall for something so obvious. Dez then foolishly gets caught in his own trap and Trish says, "I was wrong. Someone is dumb enough"
  • Used sometimes in Blackadder, and the answer to the question is usually "Baldrick". In The Cavalier Years, the royalist Blackadder has found out King Charles is to be executed, and Cromwell has (against Blackadder's predictions) found someone willing to do it.
    Blackadder: I just don't understand it— where could they find a man so low and degraded, so utterly without heart and soul, as to actually kill. The king. Of England. [looks at the camera, and slowly turns around and asks Baldrick about the "little job" he mentioned getting]
  • Occurs in the first Christmas Episode of The Brittas Empire:
    Brittas: No one is going anywhere. There's a force eight blizzard blowing out there, a windchill factor of minus thirty and some of those drifts are over twenty feet deep. Only a lunatic would go out in conditions like that!
    Helen: (outside, on top of the thick snow) Hello, Gordon? Can you let me in?
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Spike gets this all the damn time. In Season 3's "Lovers Walk", Cordelia asks: "What kind of moron would want to come back here?" Enter our drunken moron. In Season 4's "The Harsh Light of Day", when he becomes a series regular, Buffy herself foreshadows the next three seasons: "A guy dating Harmony dead. Must be, like, the most tolerant guy in the world." Enter the most tolerant guy in the world.
    • One of the worst (as it had an unintended "casualty") was when Xander mocks Spike by saying that only a nutcase or a complete loser would sleep with him... in the presence of Buffy who had done so just that the night before.
  • In the 2004 series of The Chaser Decides, Chas calls up Australia's top radio commentators and passes himself off as a Liberal Party stooge posing as a concerned citizen by reading a campaign ad verbatim. John Laws sees through it and cuts "Tony" off in the middle of the first sentence ("Listen, Tony, mate, I'm not that stupid."). Back in the studio, Craig asks, "What kind of credible broadcaster would let you get away with reading the whole ad?" Chris replies, "Well, there might be one." Cut to "Tony" getting Alan Jones to do exactly that.
  • In the Cheers episode "Tan N' Wash", when someone asks who's stupid enough to get a dark tan at Norm's new company, in comes Woody.
  • A Different World. Dwayne gets lost during a camping trip. While organizing a search party, the supervisor dismisses the idea of looking through the mountains, name-dropping this trope.
    Walter: Colonel, we're talking about Dwayne Wayne here.
    Colonel Taylor: [to search party] Comb the mountains.
  • Doctor Who:
    • In "The Invasion", the Big Bad tests a weapon on a Cyberman that drives it insane, then callously abandons it to roam the sewers. When his Mook Lieutenant protests that the Cyberman will kill anyone it comes across, he just says that anyone stupid enough to roam the sewers deserves everything they get. There's an immediate Description Cut to a character who's just decided that she'll go down to the sewer and get an exclusive photograph of a Cyberman for the newspapers...
    • In "City of Death":
      Countess Scarlioni: My dear, I don't think [The Doctor's] as stupid as he seems.
      Scaroth My dear, nobody could be as stupid as he seems.
    • In "World War Three", after Joseph Green (a disguised alien infiltrator) delivers a speech about an alien threat with "massive weapons of destruction", the following exchange occurs:
      The Doctor: He's making it up. There's no weapons up there, there's no threat. He just invented it.
      Harriet Jones: Do you think they'll believe him?
      Rose: They did last time.
    The Russian dub replaced the last line with "Well, you did believe." Translated from Russian here, of course.
    • "The Name of the Doctor" shows a clip from the Doctor's initial escape from Gallifrey, and one of the guys monitoring the repair shop remarks, "Who would be stupid enough to steal a faulty TARDIS?" It's shown that Clara, as a Time Lady echo, recommended it, but only after the Great Intelligence did something nasty.
    • In "Robot of Sherwood", after learning that the Sheriff of Nottingham is allied with robots from the future, the Doctor assumes Robin Hood to be just another robot, designed as a form of false hope to keep the slaves working longer. When he confronts the Sheriff with his theory, the Sheriff finds it ridiculous, even asking what kind of fool would create an enemy to make their plans more difficult.
  • Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. In "Siege at Naxos", Hercules and Iolaus hide out from barbarians in a castle after capturing their leader. Since the soldiers of the castle have long died, leaving the duo on their own (along with a woman named Elora and her elderly father), they put up dummies at night to fool the barbarians into thinking the castle is armed.
    Hercules: Hopefully, we can keep up the illusion in daylight.
    Elora: Why wouldn’t they attack at night?
    Iolaus: It’s dark. They don’t know what they’re up against. No one would be stupid enough to attack at night.
    (A flaming arrow is fired at the castle)
    Hercules: Of course, barbarians aren’t really known for their brains.
  • In It Takes a Thief (2005), The Chick makes fun of her fellow thieves who got conned into buying useless stuff off of infomercials... and then immediately hides her useless bracelet.
  • Mexican Sitcom La familia P. Luche has the main character, Ludovico, insulting a maganer for his size and getting called depraved when his attempts at apoligizing went south. He then needs to retrieve a photocopy of a butt (not even his) that was sent by mistake. When the boss asks to see the photocopy and see what's the big deal, Ludovico asks what would happen if, hypothetically, it was a picture of buttcheeks.
    Mr. Cortillo: I don't think you could be that stupid.
    Ludovico: Don't underestimate me.
  • One episode of Law & Order: SVU starts with Benson and Tucker drinking in a bar when a cheesy reality show note  comes on the TV behind the bar. Benson snarkily wonders who would watch this garbage, and Tucker suggests throwing away the TV altogether. Cut to two of the detectives under Benson's command watching at home, and one of them tearfully declaring herself to be "Team Melanie".
  • In the Married... with Children episode "The Joke's on Al", one of the practical jokes Al plays during the prank war with Jefferson is to put superglue on his toilet seat. Bud asks what kind of moron would fall for that old gag. Cue Jefferson entering, with the toilet seat stuck to his butt.
    • Another episode saw Al and Peggy rejoice to discover that they have won the "Weenie-Tot" sweepstakes, but swiftly despair when they realize that they are ineligible because their daughter Kelly is a Weenie-Tot employee. The Bundys then realize that they can circumvent this technicality by having someone claim the prize in their stead.
    Al: What we need- is a dupe. Someone dishonest enough to cash this ticket for us, yet honest enough not to run off with the money...
    Peggy: In other words, someone mighty stupid!
    [Cue Gilligan Cut to Jefferson and Marcy Darcy listening to Al pitch his fraudulent plot]
  • In an episode of The Nanny, a sleazy supermarket tabloid publishes a slanderous story about Fran and Maxwell sleeping with each other while Maxwell's wife was still alive, during his honeymoon. Fran is upset, but Maxwell tells her not to be worried:
    Maxwell: Why do you care about the rest of the world? Nobody but a mindless nutcase would buy into this junk.
    [Fran's mother storms in]
    Sylvia: You were having an affair with Mr. Sheffield on his honeymoon? And you're still getting six bucks an hour??
  • Person of Interest:
    • Reese is informed that the Victim of the Week's number has come up before. He asks who'd be stupid enough to risk their life a second time. Cue embezzler Leon Tao flying out the window and landing at his feet, having pissed off yet another gang of thugs with big bank accounts.
    • He shows up a third time, getting roughed up by the guys behind the Nigerian scam e-mails ("You guys are actually Nigerian?"), who he scammed. Once he realizes that they're planning to kill him, he stops negotiating and just tells them they need to start running. Reese kicks down the door and fights them all off with an annoyed expression on his face.
      Reese: Next time you get in trouble, I'm gonna be on vacation.
  • "Alex Trebek" (Will Ferrell) says something similar in one of the Saturday Night Live "Celebrity Jeopardy" skits when he tells the contestants that for "Final Jeopardy", they just have to ask their own question and then answer it.
    Trebek: [while Think Music plays] There is no way you can mess this up, because you're asking the questions. Ask yourself anything at all and then answer it. You'd have to be the dumbest people in the world to mess this up. [music ends] And now let's see how you've managed to mess it up...
  • In the "Fans vs. Favorites" season of Survivor, the Black Widow Brigade (Natalie, Amanda, Cirie, and Parvati) run into a problem when the last remaining outsider, Erik, wins immunity which will force them to vote one of their allies out. Cirie suggests to Natalie that she try to get Erik to give the immunity necklace to her by telling him that he's annoyed them so much that he won't be able to get enough votes to win unless he makes some grand gesture to the jury, to which Natalie replies, "No one would fall for that. I mean, who would be that gullible?" Still, she doesn't have much of a choice, so she goes along with the plan. And it works.
  • In one episode of The Thundermans, Phoebe tries to sneak into the school's auditorium but gets caught by the principal. Frustrated, she tells her best friend: "Now the only way inside there left is the air shaft and only an idiot would try that!" Cut to her brother Max crawling through the air shaft and crashing through the ceiling in the process.
  • Top Gear:
    • While Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson are discussing a car which (theoretically) generates enough down force to drive upside-down (on the ceiling of a tunnel) at speed, Hammond mentions that the car's manufacturers have found the right tunnel and the right speed but they can't find a driver. Clarkson immediately volunteers Hammond to do it.
    • In one of the news segments, Jeremy noted that if you're losing the "I have never" game, you can always go for "I have never used a tampon." Then James notes he HAS used a tampon.
  • Rose of Two and a Half Men is a Stalker with a Crush who goes to many extreme measures to stalk Charlie and/or get him to fall in love with her. Her plans have included staging a marriage to a a groom who doesn't exist, and moving to England while still returning to Malibu to observe Charlie in disguise. Such plans will be dismissed by both Charlie and the other characters because no one would be stupid enough to go to all that trouble (or, more accurately, no one would be crazy enough; but of course, Rose really is obsessive enough to go to all that trouble.
  • Anytime someone on World's Dumbest... asks this of a featured stunt, there's a fair chance that Danny Bonaduce will immediately try it. Especially if it involves alcohol.

  • Any use of this type of question on The Goon Show is invariably a cue for Eccles and/or Bluebottle to show up. The audience will often start giggling in anticipation before the question can even be finished.
    Seagoon: Who would be idiot enough... Who would be idiot enough! To be dressed up as a German Admiral, and thrown overboard from a submarine?
    Lew: Don't worry! Look, I got an idiot in this box here who's been specially drowned for the job!
    [box is opened]
    Eccles: 'ello folks!

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Warhammer 40,000, the answer to this question is usually "Orks."
    • Ciaphas Cain has noted that with greenskins, it's safest to assume nothing, lest the Orks succeed in crossing seemingly impassible terrain to outflank their enemy, or try a tactic that a sane commander would write off as suicidal. Even during the Third War for Armageddon, when the Imperium was led by the legendary Commissar Yarrick, and the world was already experienced fighting Orks from the Second War for Armageddon, they were still caught off-guard when the Orks bypassed coastal hive cities' land and space defenses by means of an amphibious assault (using giant submarines).
    • Imotekh the Stormlord, Phaeron of the Sautekh Dynasty, is one of the most brilliant strategists in the galaxy, capable of outwitting everyone from human generals to the Tyranid Hive Mind to even the notoriously scheming Eldar. But Orks prove to be so catastrophically stupid and reckless, their plans so hilariously unorthodox, that he can't actually plan against them. This is represented in-game with a special rule that allows the player controlling him a 50% chance to go first even if you didn't win the seize initiative roll-off, but can never go first if the opponent has an Ork army.

  • In The Music Man, the salesmen's discussion of Harold Hill and his scams on the train concludes with Charlie saying that at least there's no business for him here in Iowa: "Even the great Professor Hill wouldn't try to sell them neck-bowed Hawkeyes out here." The stranger who has been quietly playing cards with them then speaks up, telling them that they've convinced him to give Iowa a try. As he alights the departing train, he flashes his briefcase, which has "Prof. Harold Hill" written in big letters on its side.

    Video Games 
  • In Chrono Trigger, one of the earlier bosses is described as "basically invincible, as long as no crazed idiot gets the bright idea to run up and hack at the head with a sword." Guess how you beat it. Go on, guess. Although you don't need to hit the head at all. It's just that in the first play through you can't do enough damage to overcome its Healing Factor. You can also shoot it in the face with a pistol.
  • In one path of Completing the Mission, Henry overhears Icepick discuss the plan of launching the Toppat Orbital Station into space. When asked if anyone can hear him, he replies that nobody in their right mind would try to hijack the station. Henry, being Henry, proceeds to do exactly that
    Icepick: You really think someone would steal an entire rocket? You must be mental.
  • In Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, when Monokuma orders the students to head to the island park for an announcement, he offers free curry to whoever arrives first. Hajime dismisses the notion wondering how anyone could be baited by a obvious trick, to quickly find some of the others waiting for the curry.
  • Deadly Rooms of Death combines this with But Thou Must! in the secondnote  game, where the only way to progress is to get caught in an obvious trap, while the people who set the trap debate whether you'll fall for it.
  • In Final Fantasy VII, when the player is told by a conniving thief to pull one of two levers. It obviously makes no difference which is pulled, as the party is captured and the materia not returned either way. But Thou Must!...
  • In Final Fantasy XIII, the other characters poke fun at Fang for giving into Orphan's nonsense about miracles coming out of misery.
    Sazh: Miracles out of misery. You gotta be kidding me.
    Hope: Yeah, Fang. Who'd be dumb enough to swallow that crock?
  • One town in Breath of Fire IV is filled with traps designed to scare away intruders. Fall for one particular trap and you'll be told by an amused villager that "not even the animals are dumb enough to fall for that one!"
  • Endless Frontier has this exchange.
    Haken: You don't get it, Aschen. This kind of stuff is what gets you a lady's heart! Hell, they might even take the reward to the Zeit Krokodil for us, just for the chance to meet me again.
    Suzuka: You're an idiot, Haken. No woman would fall for that stupid attempt at manipulation.
    Kaguya: Haaakeeeennnn! Eeeeeee!
  • The copy protection material (a joke newspaper) for Space Quest V has an advertisement that clearly invokes this trope: "Are you a complete moron? Do you anything people tell you to? That's great! Send a copy of all your banking information to..."
  • Lampshaded and parodied when Elaine gives Guybrush her wedding ring in Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 2: The Siege of Spinner Cay:
    Guybrush: Aw, come on. Who's absent-minded enough to lose TWO wedding rings?
    Pyrite Parrot: *Squawk* It's me, Guybrush Threepwood, Mighty Pirate!
    Guybrush: Shut up, you!
  • Portal 2:
  • Sandor's campaign in Might and Magic: Heroes VI has an example of this trope, when Sandor and Kraal are trying to rescue Irina from a hunting lodge in the Wolf Duchy's territory. Sandor notes that the hunting lodge is not as well defended as he expected it to be, and Kraal responds that no-one is crazy enough to lead an army this far into Wolf territory. In the next cutscene, The guard outside Irina's cell tells her that no-one is crazy enough to try and rescue her; within seconds Sandor's army have stormed the hunting lodge and the guard has an arrow from Kraal's bow sticking out of his chest.
  • In Lunar: Silver Star Story, Alex and co are travelling through the woods when they find some traps to which one of them comments "Who would be dumb enough to fall for that?" Cue Nash calling out for help after being stuck in the aforementioned trap.
  • Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People: In "8-Bit Is Enough", Strong Sad outright says that only "some type of idiot" would take on Strong Bad's Trogdor-possessed arcade cabinet alone. When Strong Bad has trouble getting close to the cabinet, he thinks on these words. Homestar dutifully appears right on cue.
  • In Pikmin 2, Olimar's Piklopedia entry for the Bumbling Snitchbug (which, rather than snatching up Pikmin like its cousin the Swooping Snitchbug, moves instead to abduct and drop the captains) asserts with confidence that only a reckless moron would ever be snatched up by one, even if it ever happened to the player.
    Olimar: This is a variety of snitchbug. Its most interesting characteristic is that it likes to snitch leaders. Yet barring wanton carelessness or incompetence, leaders are not easily captured. Any leader caught by this creature is clearly an idiot, which is why this creature is also known as the exposing snitchbug.
  • In MapleStory, a detachment of Damien's forces discusses whether their enemies could be hiding in the snow amidst Rien's unforgiving blizzards. The commander of said detachment dismisses the thought, as only a fool would do that. As soon as they walk away, Evan pops out of the snow, teeth chattering.
  • NEO: The World Ends with You: In Another Day, Kanon is selling an overpriced encyclopedia set — so overpriced that Rindo remarks that only a moron would buy it. Immediately after he says this, Fret agrees to buy the thing.
  • Pirate 101: In Marleybone, you have to collect ingredients to make terrible tasting food. The merchant you go to for one of the ingredients, Sky Gar Fins, tells you that he can't sell them because they're rationed, but he also mentions that someone could theoritecally retrieve them from the Sky Gar who roam the Skyway. After that, however, he also mentions that with the war going on against Valencia and the Armada also roaming the Skyway, only a group of loonies would try something like that.
    Gracie Conrad: Loonies. He must be talking about us.
    Bonnie Anne: You learn quick sister.
  • Super Robot Wars 30: Swaile Qujappat uses his Geass to make Sayoko and Kallen look like copies of him to confuse them into attacking one another. When he does this to Van though, Van's reaction is to try and cut down all the Qujappats in front of him. Qujappat is stunned at how Van's crazy stupidity derailed his plan in no time flat.
    Qujappat: "It can't be– is he just a massive idiot?!"

    Web Animation 
  • Homestar Runner:
  • Puffin Forest: In this video, when the dungeon masters are discussing the Obelisk Encounter, they say that it is really unlikely that anybody would try to push the obelisk over, releasing the powerful monster inside. Naturally, Ben's table ends up being the one to do it.

  • Girl Genius: Violeta wonders aloud who on earth would be crazy enough to hijack one of Albia's ships singlehandedly, Wooster starts to reminisce about a time when Gil did something similar... then freezes in horror when he realizes the implication that Gilgamesh Wulfenbach, whose empire is on what could best be described as an uneasy detente with England, probably is involved.
  • Goblins gives us the Treasure Plants.
    Kin: They were first created long ago by a wizard who hated trespassers. Now they grow wild in some areas. They're only a danger to the dumbest of individuals.
    [Kin and Forgath share a look]
    Kin & Forgath: MINMAX!
    Minmax: [both legs sticking out of the carnivorous plant] MM! MMHMM! MMM!
  • Here in Narbonic. Technically, Helen is insane... in any case yes, she is the sort of a person who cuts off her own escape route.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • "Stuck in the Sand Trap":
      Roy: This desert is so unbelievably large that anyone with more than two brain cells would know better than to try searching the whole thing.
      [a few panels later]
      Elan: OK, so how do we search the rest of the desert?
      Roy: Elan, I just said that anyone with more than two—... Elan, the desert is too big to search the whole thing.
    • Inside Draketooth's complex, Varsuuvius falls into a trapdoor while distraught over the fact that they were responsible for the death of the entire Draketooth clan. Every so often someone asks about them and we get a cutaway panel to them unconscious at the bottom of the pit. At one point they start discussing how since all the illusions are dispelled, all the traps are trivially easy to spot...
      Belkar: Yeah, but what kind of a moron would fall into one now?
      [beat panel]
      Roy: Huh. I really felt there was going to be a cutaway panel there.
  • In a strip of Penny Arcade, Tycho's niece Annarchy wonders what sort of "pea-brained monkey man" conventions like E3 are supposed to appeal to. Apparently, Gabe is one of those pea-brained monkey men.
  • In Sluggy Freelance, Torg and Riff visit a space station in the Star Trek dimension, where Riff is warned that they must be discreet in this dangerous world. Riff replies that, "Discretion is our middle name." Cut to Torg shouting at a Klingon wielding the traditional blade, "No, YOU have no honor!"
  • In Rusty and Co., Yuan-Tiffany asks who would be fool enough to come to a vampires' castle without an amulet to protect from being spotted by the undead. Cut to Madeline, who took INT as her dump stat. (Though, to be just, neither she nor the three intrepid adventurers with her knew it was vampires behind it all.)
  • In Commander Kitty, after firing a pair of warning shots to no effect, the Triple-I decide to let escaped convict Nin Wah go (due to budget constraints) as long as the ship she's on doesn't try anything stupid. Cue CK loading up the torpedoes to return fire.
  • At one point in Sequential Art, Art, Kat and Pip are captured by aliens and trapped on a reality show. Kat suggests they just call for help because, y'know, TV, but Pip points out that the aliens can just edit the footage to make sure only what they want is aired. Art doesn't think the audience would be helpful anyway as, "You have to be a special kind of retard to enjoy this crap." Cut to Scarlet and her sisters eagerly watching.
  • In the Team Fortress 2 comic "Catch-Up", Saxton Hale says that "only a moron would live" in the area of New Mexico where most of the story takes place. The next panel features the Mann family, who settled the area, with Hale narrating with "Here's some morons who decided to live here."
  • Exploitation Now: Early in the strip, Jordan has just lost the only tenants to her building and began wondering who would be stupid enough to rent out her dump of a building. With a narration box line of "What are the chances, indeed...", we see Bimbo and Ralph still in need of a new place to live.
  • Freefall: Florence discovers that there's a program going out that will completely lobotomize the colony's robot work force; in addition to the fact that it's horrific genocide because the robots became sentient when the humans weren't looking, this would render the entire work force non-functional and doom the colony. Most of the authority figures who Florence speaks to assume she must be exaggerating or misunderstanding the problem, because there's no way the terraforming company would be stupid enough to destroy billions of credits worth of their own machinery. Except there's one executive who is stupid enough, and due to temporarily holding a higher position for someone competent, he has the authority to make it happen, because he thinks it will make him rich.

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  • This Not Always Learning tidbit. Submitter wonders how long it'll be before someone opens the door with a huge sign saying "DO NOT OPEN: SILENT ALARM". Friend retorts nobody's that dumb. Cut to a year and a half later...
  • SCP-682 of the SCP Foundation isn't called the "Hard To Destroy Reptile" for nothing. Able to shrug off any attempt to kill it. Which is why the suggestion of "Drop him from a high place" didn't amuse the head researcher.
    Notes: Seriously? I mean... seriously? Drop it from an Aircraft and let it fall... who in the [DATA EXPUNGED]

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  • The pilot to The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo:
    Vincent van Ghoul: Fortunately, no one but a complete fool would ever open that awful box.
    Flim-Flam: Yeah. No one but a real dodo, a cuckoo bird, a total loon.
    Daphne: Which reminds me, where are Scooby and Shaggy?
    Scrappy: Uh-oh...
  • Lampshaded in an episode of American Dad! ("Finances with Wolves"). The family is in a mall and Hayley is griping about the consumerism run rampant. She asks what kind of idiot would buy into all this; Steve sighs heavily and says "And we widen to reveal...", at which point Stan enters the scene covered in useless junk (and a jacket made of money).
  • In the Animaniacs version of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, Thaddeus Plotz says exactly this about Ralph the Guard when deciding who should deliver presents to the Warner Bros. (and Sister):
    Mr. Plotz: There must be someone who can deliver this stuff / But where can I find someone stupid enough?
  • In the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "Escape from Leprechaupolis", Frylock receives an obvious scam in his email.
    Frylock: [reading e-mail] "Go down to the park and step into the rainbow and you'll be rich with gold. Forward this to 20 people or we will burn your brain from the inside. Go down to the damn park." Man, Who would be stupid enough to check this out?
    [cut to Carl, waiting at the park]
    Carl: All right, I'm gonna give this rainbow thing another five minutes, and if it doesn't show up quick, then I am going down to the store and get a hot-rod magazine.
  • Happens in an episode of Atomic Betty after Maximus steals a decoy treasure chest. It turns out to be Minimus instead.
    Sparky: You really don't think Maximus is stupid enough to open that chest, do you?
    [Maximus' ship explodes]
    X5: Yes, apparently he is stupid enough.
  • In the "Joker's Millions" episode of Batman: The Animated Series, Harley Quinn finds out that Joker has replaced her, and decides to escape from Arkham to get her revenge. When they realize she's missing, the following exchange occurs:
    Guard: Maybe she went down the laundry chute.
    Other Guard: None of these yahoos are crazy enough to pull that old stunt.
    Poison Ivy: [in her cell and upon hearing this] Ha!
    [cut to Harley Quinn in a washing machine]
    Harley Quinn: Help help! Ivy! Anybody! Get me out of here!
  • Inverted in an episode of Batman Beyond where Ten (of the Royal Flush Gang) robs The Derby, an annual high-stakes poker game held by big-name mobsters. When Terry questions why they didn't have better security, Bruce suggests, "Maybe they just didn't think anyone would be stupid enough."
  • Minor example in Class of 3000. In the episode "Funky Monkey", the class attempts to hide a gorilla from their music teacher behind their backs. Sunny, of course, doesn't buy it.
    Sunny: All I know is you can't expect to fool anyone but an idiot by hiding him behind your back.
    [Principal Luna walks in]
    Principal Luna: Good morning, students.
    Sunny: Luna! Quick! Hide him behind your backs!
  • Danger Mouse: D.M. gets wind of the Mexican bandit El Loco on the loose, having smuggled himself in our heroes' luggage. He addresses Colonel K:
    D.M.: I mean, what sort of idiot would do such a thing?
    Penfold: [sheepishly] How about a little fellow in a striped tie and glasses... and a tall fellow in a white suit and an eye patch?
    D.M.: Yes. [beat] Penfold, that sounds very much like us. [Penfold nods]
  • Dogstar: After the ad for servo-bots airs in "Robot Revolution", Simone says "What kind of idiot would buy something like that from a crook like Bob Santino?". The scene then cuts to her father arriving home to announce he's bought two.
  • DuckTales (1987):
    • A variant appears in the episode "Armstrong". The triplets ask themselves "who would be crazy enough" to help them combat Armstrong. The three realize at the exact same moment and the next scene takes place at Launchpad's house.
    • In "Sphinx for the Memories", Donald is being chased by followers of the Garbled One, who want to use his body to host his spirit, and hides behind a door. When one of them asks to look inside that room, another says "He wouldn't be foolish enough to hide in the jackal pit. He'd be torn to shreds." Donald then turns to see a bunch of jackals cornering him and promptly runs out.
    • In "The Uncrashable Hindentanic", Scrooge needs some Mid Air Repairs done; "Who on board is smart enough to fix the propeller, but stupid enough to climb out there to do it?" Sure enough, Launchpad is the prime candidate.
  • The Fairly OddParents:
    • In "Back to Norm", Crocker creates a fake painting of Trixie against a hard wall and tries to lure Timmy over with an extremely obvious fake voice, even Norm the genie wonders what idiot would fall for it. Naturally, Timmy makes a full-speed, leading to a Painted Tunnel, Real Train scenario.
    • In "Viral Vidiots", after Timmy uses magic to help his mother make a popular viral video, Wanda comments that she feels uneasy about magic being on the internet where someone might see it.
      Timmy: What kind of loser would stay online all day trolling for magical creatures?
      (Cut to Mr. Crocker's)
      Mr. Crocker: I can't take you out of the tub now, Mother! I'm trolling for magical creatures!
  • Family Guy hung a lampshade on this trope in the episode "Too Sexy for His Fat," in which Lois responds to Chris's decision not to undergo liposuction: "That was a very grown-up decision. I mean, what kind of lazy, narcissistic, irresponsible moron would even consider doing something as unbelievably foolish as getting liposuction? Who, I ask you? Who?" This line is immediately followed by the appearance of a newly svelte Peter.
  • Futurama:
    • In the episode "Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?", the following exchange occurs after Zoidberg has gone berserk in a New New York City health club:
      Leela: I wonder why Dr. Zoidberg is acting this way. Out of all of us, he always seemed the most normal.
      Zoidberg: [with rubber bands holding his claws shut] I am normal. Amy, take off these rubber bands and I'll show you how normal I am!
      Amy: [whose clothes have been ripped and torn] Fool me seven times, shame on you. Fool me eight or more times, shame on me.
      Amy: [holding two rubber bands] Dr. Zoidberg said I should hold these while he's gone.
      Bender: [facepalm]
      Zoidberg: [warbles ferociously]
      (everyone else screams in terror]
      Bender: Moron!
    • Also, in the episode "The Series Has Landed", while they're at a theme park on the moon and browsing the souvenirs:
      Leela: Who buys this crap?
      Bender: Idiots who need gifts for other idiots.
      [Fry walks in from off screen, holding two moon-themed T-shirts]
      Fry: Hey, look what I got you guys!
    • And again in "Bender Should Not Be Allowed on Television":
      Fry: What kind of bozos would start a Bender protest group?
      Prof. Farnsworth: Good news everyone, Hermes and I have started a Bender protest group.
      Zoidberg: That was uncanny!
  • Garfield and Friends:
    • In one episode, Garfield gets a TV fitness guru kicked off the air by using cue cards from other shows to trick him into doing ridiculous things on camera, like wearing a dress and hopping on one leg while honking like a goose. On his way home, he contemplates if the guy getting cancelled over it was a little extreme, thinking that nobody would actually follow the things he read off the cards. Once he gets home, he finds Jon wearing a dress and hopping up and down on one leg while honking like a goose.
    • Throughout the series, Odie has repeatedly made his first appearance in an episode after the use of this trope, to the point that Garfield began lampshading it. "63 shows and he hasn't missed a cue yet." Also lampshaded in a segment on comedy method, where at one point, Garfield talks about comedy timing, and demonstrates by using some variation on this trope, followed by Odie jumping in, with some kind of costume.
    • However this is subverted at one point, when Garfield asks who would be dumb enough to be out in the middle of a blizzard... and Odie appears right beside him, causing Garfield to comment that not even he was stupid enough to be out there.
    • It also happens several times in the U.S. Acres cartoons, such as in "Flop Goes the Weasel". Booker uses a box trap in order to try and catch a worm. When the alarm to his trap goes off, he rushes to check on it. When Roy asks, "Who's dumb enough to get caught in a trap like this?", Odie comes out of the box.
    • In U.S. Acres "Mystery Guest", Roy puts on a Mystery Guest Game, offering to give away the farmer's tractor if anyone can figure out who the mystery guest is. The mystery guest is none other than Garfield wearing only a mask over his eyes.
    Orson: Roy, there is no one in the world who is so stupid, they don't know who that is.
    (cut away to Orson's brothers watching the Mystery Guest Game on their TV)
    Wart: Gee, I wonder who that is.
  • The reverse happens in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. Grim gives Billy a gumball machine that yields a limitless supply of gum, but warns him never to swallow it; he does anyway, but Billy starts reacting oddly (not getting the "unimaginably horrible rash from another dimension" that Grim claimed it would cause). When Grim and Mandy tell him to hand the gumball machine over, he refuses, and threatens to eat the whole thing — and he does. When Mandy asks what it will do to him, Grim says, "I don't know! No-one's ever been stupid enough to swallow the whole bottomless gumball machine!" What happens is hilarious: It causes Billy to vomit a huge quantity of gum with such force that it propels him like a rocket, circling the Earth, and covering several major landmarks — and Grim and Mandy — with gum. When he finally lands, then he gets the rash.
  • The Hair Bear Bunch episode "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" has spoiled actress Twinkles Sunshine re-writing the fairy tale (with the Bunch in the movie) to accommodate an evil prince as a chew toy. The director asks where he can find somebody dumb enough for the part. Enter zookeeper Peevly.
  • Used indirectly on Invader Zim. The episode "Bad Bad Rubber Piggy" opens on an episode of Professor Membrane's show about time travel. After demonstrating the consequences of time travel, Membrane proclaims "anyone who would build a space-time object replacement device is a complete moron!". Guess what Zim's doing at that exact moment?
  • In the Beach Episode of Jimmy Two-Shoes, when seeing people dancing on TV, Heloise mutters "Who dances like that?" in a clearly condescending tone. Naturally, Jimmy and Beezy provide the answer.
  • Kaeloo:
    • Every time Kaeloo or Mr. Cat asks this question, the answer is revealed to be Stumpy.
    • One episode had Mr. Cat, Stumpy and Quack Quack scamming people by selling them "lucky underwear". When Kaeloo sees a commercial for it on TV, she laughs and asks who would be dumb enough to fall for that. She then looks around and sees that literally everyone except her is wearing a pair of "lucky underwear".
  • Looney Tunes: In A Star is Bored, when Daffy goes to a studio casting director for a big part just as he's looking for a stunt double for Bugs' latest movie.
    Casting Director: (on the phone) Yeah, I know we need a double on the Bugs Bunny picture, but where can I get anyone stupid enough to take the job?
    Daffy: (bursts in) Okay, boss! Hang up! A star is born, and that star is me!
    Casting Director: I'll call ya right back. I, uh, I think I've got a pigeon.
    Daffy: Pigeon? I'm not a pigeon, I'm a duck. D-U-K, duck! Loaded with talent! Do card tricks and impersonations; I work at weddings, bar mitzvahs. Have tux, will travel!
  • Megas XLR: In "The Return", after Coop defeats all of Magnanimous's initial line-up, he (unsurprisingly) announces on galactic television for all other fighters in the universe to Bring It. After Jamie and Kiva point out on what he just did, Coop proclaims that no one would be dumb enough to challenge the champion... just as hundred of competitors arrive to claim the belt.
  • Milo Murphy's Law: When Cavendish begins to suspect Milo is an agent working against them, it results in the following exchange:
    Dakota: So, you think this kid is doing some undercover agent stuff at a middle school dance? Is that your theory?
    Cavendish: What better cover is there? No one but an idiot would suspect it.
    Dakota: ...I didn't say it.
  • Muppet Babies (1984): In "Whose Tale Is It, Anyway", Baby Bean Bunny goes missing and young Janice suggests finding him using the old Box-and-Stick Trap.
    Skeeter: Wow! That's really neat-o, Janice.
    Piggy: Are you kidding? Nobody's stupid enough to fall for a trap like that!
    (Scooter gets caught in the box)
    Scooter: Very clever.
  • Peanuts:
    • The special Charlie Brown's All-Stars recycles a joke (and the whole scene) from the comic strips as seen above:
      Lucy: I've never seen it rain so hard for such a long time.
      Linus: I'm just glad I'm inside.
      Lucy: Well, good grief. Only a real blockhead would be out in a rain like this.
      [cut to Charlie Brown standing on the pitcher's mound]
      Charlie Brown: Where is everybody? We're supposed to have a ballgame today!
    • In You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown, the kids discuss the upcoming Junior Olympics, and how a student from their school is entered in every event except for the decathlon.
      Linus: I sure don't want to enter that event. You have to compete in ten different things! That's too much work!
      Lucy: Boy, who'd be that dumb, to want to enter the decathlon?
      Charlie Brown: Hi, everybody!
  • Happens in The Penguins of Madagascar episode "Best Laid Plantains". King Julien is tempted to try some of the plantains belonging to the two thuggish gorillas, Bada and Bing. When asking others should he do it, everyone (except Mort) says no. Skipper says "Even you can't be that stupid." Later, Julien (and Marlene) wind up eating all of the plantains and running away. When Bada and Bing find out, they go on a rampage, but are stopped by the penguins. When they explain why they were rampaging, the penguins huddled up:
    Skipper: Someone ate their plantains. Who would be so stupid?
    Private, Kowalski, and Rico: Julien.
    Skipper: Agreed!
  • In Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars, the title characters and a merchant are discussing the Death Star Plans and have just discovered the station's fatal flaw. The merchant asks "What kind of idiot would design that?" Cut to Darthenshmirtz.
  • In the Pound Puppies (2010) episode "Nightmare on Pound Street", Squirt wonders "what kind of goofball" would be afraid of the Halloween decorations Olaf is hanging up. Cue Niblet cowering from some rubber spiders.
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle: At least once, the narrator would ask "But who would be stupid enough to [plot contrivance]?" as a lead-in to an entry by Bullwinkle — "I would!"
  • In The Secret Show, when a clown declares that he would rule the world, Victor dismisses the threat, stating that there's no way anyone should believe that a lone clown could ever rule the world. Cue Gilligan Cut to the whole planet taken over.
    Daily: "Trust me" he said! Now, that Clown has taken over the blippin planet!!
  • The Simpsons:
    • In the episode "Homer's Barbershop Quartet", we learn that his band's picture was put on a can of something called Funny Foam.
      Homer: Yeah, they pulled it off the market when they found out it was toxic. But I figure, if you're stupid enough to eat it, you deserve to die. BART!
      Bart: [spraying Funny Foam into his mouth] What?
    • "You said 'no one's dumb enough to pay a twenty dollar processing fee'!"
    • Also from "You Kent Say What You Want"
      Lisa: There are a lot of religious watchdog groups out there keeping the world safe from the horror of free expression.
      Bart: You mean there are losers who spend all day watching TV looking for stuff to complain about? Who'd be lame enough to do that?
      [cut to Flanders doing just that]
    • From "Lisa's Pony":
      Apu: Now, these hot dogs have been here for three years. They are strictly ornamental. There's only one bozo who comes in and buys them!
      Homer: But I eat... oh.
    • In "Homer and Apu", Apu finds some expired ham and decides to sell it at a reduced price instead of throwing it away:
      Apu: No, this time I have gone too far. No one will fall for...
      Homer: Woohoo! Cheap meat! Ooh! This one's already open!
    • Homer pulls this on himself in "The Old Man and The C Student", when he acquires a surplus of springs and decides to sell them on.
      Homer: I should have no problem selling a thousand springs.
      Marge: To who?
      Homer: Idiots. [begins absentmindedly playing with a spring] Ooh! These are fun!
  • Sonic Boom: In "Alone Again, Unnaturally", Tails brags that one of his new inventions uses "blast processing". While Sticks remarks that "blast processing" sounds like "phony-baloney buzz words to fool the simple-minded", Knuckles is immediately fascinated.
  • In the South Park episode "The Tooth Fairy's Tats 2000" the kids are running a tooth racket where they collect the money from under other kid's pillows. A sting operation is set up to catch them in the act, with a news report about a kid getting $600 and his exact location.
    Cameraman: Naw, come on. D'ya really think anyone will fall for somethin' that stupid?
    Cartman: Six hundred dollars, you guys! Come on, get your stuff together!
  • SpongeBob SquarePants has this exchange, while Squidward is working the night shift and complaining about how pointless his job is.
    Squidward: Open twenty-four hours a day; what a stupid idea! Who wants a Krabby Patty at three in the morning?
    [cut to Patrick, in his bed, as his alarm clock goes off]
    Patrick: Oh, boy! 3 AM! [he pulls a hamburger out from under his blanket and starts eating it]
  • Superman: The Animated Series has this exchange in "Ghost in the Machine":
    Lois Lane: Sabotage?
    Clark Kent: Had to be. Luthor's way too careful to foul up like that.
    Lois Lane: Who'd want to destroy Luthor? (Clark stares at her incredulously) ...Well, yeah. But who'd be crazy enough to try?
  • Tangled: The Series: This dialogue from the episode In Like Flynn:
    The Captain: Your dad's lifetime rival King Trevor of Equis likes to play pranks on him.
    Rapunzel: By just drawing a silly face on dad's statue? I can't imagine any intelligent person finding this funny.
    Eugene:: Ha ha ha ha ha.
  • In the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episode "Super Rocksteady and Mighty Bebop", Shredder complains to Krang when Krang's mind control device makes its victims act like children instead of becoming willing slaves, and Krang protests "only a complete idiot" would invent something like that. As he realizes what he'd just said ("A complete idiot?"), he hollers at Rocksteady and Bebop, who sure enough had earlier accidentally damaged the device without telling their bosses.
  • Transformers: Animated:
    • From the episode "Garbage In, Garbage Out". Justified in Wreck-Gar's case since he would automatically assume the role of whatever was last said to him.
      Ratchet: You glitchhead! You're gonna destroy the whole city! You wouldn't dare do something THAT stupid!!
      Wreck-Gar: I am Wreck-Gar! I DARE to be stupid! I WILL DESTROY THE WHOLE CITY!
    • And from "This is Why I Hate Machines":
      [Megatron, Starscream, and Lugnut currently on board Omega Supreme without any weapons]
      Starscream: [to Shockwave] Lucky you! Meantime, we get to float up here and get picked off by the Cybertronian Defense cannons!
      Megatron: No Autobot would be foolish enough to fire on their greatest weapon.
      [cut to Autobot Council meeting]
      Sentinel Prime: I say we fire on Omega Supreme!
    • This happens at least twice to Bumblebee in season one ("You mean they actually sell spare parts on the open market? What kind of malfunction would be crass enough to buy this stuff?), and he does it to himself in the Grand Finale.
      Bumblebee: Who'd be crazy enough to volunteer for that mission? [beat] Why's everyone looking at me? Why's everyone always looking at me?
  • In The Venture Bros. Season 3 premiere, we learn in a flashback that The Monarch used to work as Phantom Limb's henchman while moonlighting as The Monarch and seduced Dr. Girlfriend during this period. When Phantom Limb catches them in the act, he doesn't recognize him (as he's off uniform) and demands he identify himself. The Monarch then makes up the name "Manotaur" on the spot after looking at the big "M" on the hood of the Monarchmobile. Phantom Limb is then summoned by the Council and before leaving tells "Manotaur" he is now on Phantom Limb's "shit list". The present Dr. Girlfriend, who is learning of this via video footage, claims it's impossible that Phantom Limb (probably the most competent and intelligent villain on the show) would be stupid enough to fail to recognize his own henchman. In the episode's epilogue, we see Phantom Limb descending on a retired, completely innocent, and looking-nothing-like-the-Monarch Manotaur...
    Phantom Limb: No-one "retires" from Phantom Limb's shit list!
  • Wolverine and the X-Men (2009): Episode "Aces & Eights".
    Wolverine: Man, what mutant would be stupid enough to go after Magneto's helmet anyway?
    [cut to Gambit disembarking in Genosha and whistling]


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Oh, Boy, 3AM!

While working the night shift, Squidward voices what a dumb idea it is, wondering who in the world would want a Krabby Patty at three in the morning. It immediately cuts to Patrick waking up at that moment to enjoy a patty.

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