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  • In Aladdin and the King of Thieves, Sa'Luk foolishly touches an artifact he knows can turn anything to gold. The result is a golden statue of Sa'Luk.
  • In The Book of Life, at least three of the deceased Sanchezes died by trying some stunts as bullfighters, all believing that "(Insert subject here) are for cowards":
    • Luis tried fighting three bulls at once because "fighting just one bull is for cowards".
    • Jorge tried fighting a bull with just one arm and leg because "fighting with two arms and legs is for cowards".
    • Carmelo fought a bull without using a cape, because "using a cape is for cowards".
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  • In Grave of the Fireflies, the main character, Seita, endures incredible hardships with his sister during and after WWII. Most of that hardship is a result of him running out on his kinda-mean-but-not-that-bad aunt's house to live in a cave. One of the reasons the aunt resents him is that instead of working, he goofed off during the day. And instead of getting a job, he runs off with his toddler sister. Even when things become so bad that their lives are threatened, instead of simply asking his aunt to take them back, he sticks it out, while his sister eats mudballs out of hunger. And then both he and his sister die. In several interviews, the author of the original novel and the film's director said that Seita is a prideful teen who could not endure minor blows to his ego and turned against rest of the world which resulted in tragedy. In another interview, the director went as far as to say that the widowed aunt's words were not particularly cruel considering the situation and Seita killed his sister trying to to achieve an impossible fantasynote .
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  • A Goofy Movie: Goofy driving through traffic while reading a road map during the "Out On the Open Road" music number was already bone-headed enough. After the musical number, Goofy does this again and unknowingly drifts into the opposing lane, right in the path of an incoming freight truck. Goofy doesn't even notice the truck's loud honking because he was too busy reading the map and humming to himself. Had Max not gotten them back in their lane in time, they really would have gotten killed.
    Max: Dad! You're gonna get us killed! Why don't you just give me the map!?
    Goofy: Oh, no thanks, son. Navigatin's a pretty big responsibility!
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame: While Frollo is a cunning man, he acts on this trope near the end of the film when he climbs on top of the gargoyle to kill Esmerelda. Considering that he is standing up straight on the over-hanging gargoyle, with no support whatsoever, means his body weight causes the aging statue to crack.
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  • The dodos seen in Ice Age qualify: when the protagonists first encounter them, they're at regiment strength. After one rhubarb with the pathetic sloth Sid, they manage to topple off a precipice. Every last one.
  • Bing Bong, Riley's imaginary friend in Inside Out, misreads a sign above Abstract Thought that reads "DANGER" as "shortcut", despite Sadness warning him that they shouldn't go in there to get to the Train of Thought and should go around the other way. They go in anyways and change into abstract versions of themselves that fall apart. They nearly get stuck in the chamber and get killed until Sadness tells them to fall on their faces to escape. Thanks to this, they wind up missing the train.
  • The Jungle Book (1967): Mowgli, especially during his second encounter with Kaa, where knowing that Kaa wants to eat him, still thinks that Kaa wants to help him, and looks into his eyes long enough to be hypnotized. If Shere Khan hadn't shown up, Mowgli would have been dead.
  • The Lion King (1994): Scar has a Villainous Breakdown caused by this. He manipulates Simba into accepting responsibility for Mufasa's death upon his return to the Pridelands. While dangling Simba off Pride Rock, he pulls Simba close for some Evil Gloating... by confessing he killed Mufasa. One Heroic Second Wind later, Simba has Scar on the ropes, and then he tries to get out of that by blaming the hyenas for his own actions and seemingly accepted Simba's demand that he "run away and never return" — before viciously attacking Simba instead. He pays for that dearly for these actions.
  • Heihei in Moana is comically stupid. His Establishing Character Moment is him trying to eat a rock bigger than his head. After spitting it back up, he then immediately tries to eat the same rock again. Heihei is shown doing all sorts of stupid things throughout the film, such as constantly walking off the boat (in the middle of the ocean) or when food is put down in front of him he pecks the ground everywhere except where the food is. This is entirely Played for Laughs - as Heihei is also too dumb to die.
  • Pinocchio from Pinocchio (1992) is warned by the Cricket not to go to Dunceland, because his wanting of a life of just fun has caused him many problems in the past. However, Pinocchio goes there and pays it dearly. He almost ends being drowned in the sea as a donkey.
  • The Druggie from Sausage Party somehow didn't see the dangers of leaving a metal axe on top of the wall. This gets him decapitated. He also fails to realize that swearing off foods will cause him to starve to death. Lampshaded by Frank:
    Frank: (to Barry) You got lucky and killed a stupid one!
  • Trolls: Quite honestly, most of the Trolls qualify — after escaping from the Bergens in the opening prologue, they establish a new home in the forest, but don't bother with ANY defenses or warnings against any possible future discovery by the Bergens. Similarly, Branch tells Princess Poppy that her loud singing and boisterous party celebrations might attract the Bergens, but she blithely dismisses his warnings with terrible consequences.
  • Gene and the other Nicelanders from Wreck-It Ralph have their town in danger of being destroyed, thanks to the eponymous Villain Protagonist leaving them. To clarify, Ralph is a Punch-Clock Villain, playing the bad guy in Fix-It Felix, Jr., with the Nicelanders as the NPCs. However, Ralph and Felix are the only ones who seem aware that Ralph is the most important asset of the game. Without him, the game won't function, which will cause it to be decommissioned, which will make every resident either dead or homeless. Instead of respecting this, the Jerkass Nicelanders shun him and are generally mean to him, which leads to Ralph leaving the game to prove that he can be a good guy. Not only does this mean that Ralph isn't in the game (which, again, is vitally important), but by the time he comes back the game is only a few hours away from being unplugged, and in the meantime Felix has vanished while trying to find Ralph to bring him back.


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