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  • Ava's Demon has Wrathia Bellarmina. As a ghost, she is stuck with Ava for the rest of their lives, until either Ava dies or she convinces Ava to make a pact with her and they fulfill their bargain. Wrathia expects Ava to make a pact her as soon as she is born, ignoring the fact she is just a child that doesn't know any better and thinks Wrathia is just an imaginary friend.
    You'd Expect: Wrathia to wait Ava grow so she can properly explain their situation and sweet talk Ava into accepting to make a pact and help her
    Instead: Wrathia gets pissed off, tries to convince Ava to kill herself and makes Ava's life a living hell. To no one's surprise, Ava can't trust Wrathia and attempts to ignore or run away from her.
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  • Exterminatus Now features cultists of the Ocean God wanting to start a ritual to summon their master so he can Take Over the World. The trouble is, the spell to summon the Ocean God is written in a language that none of them know how to read.
    You'd Expect: The cultists would find out how to read the language, delaying the ritual for some time, or finding someone sympathetic to their plight to translate it for them. Or, if they find someone who knows the language but won't cooperate, force them to translate it. Since they are insane cultists of a Mad God, it's not like they're high on the mortality food chain, which they themselves admit.
    Instead: They ask members of the Mobian Inquisition to translate it for them. The Inquisition who is sworn to protecting the world from dark gods just like the one the cultists are trying to summon. The only reason the cultists aren't arrested is because the Inquisitors trick them into completely screwing up the ritual, sending them to another dimension.
  • Girl Genius
    • In on of the extra stories Othar Tryggvassen (GENTLEMAN ADVENTURER!) has been "kidnapped" by Ferretina, the Weasel Queen, who has made it extremely clear that she will offer sexual favors in return for companionship and understanding to help her get over her self-esteem issues.
      You'd Expect: He stays, at least long enough to help her out, convince her to stop attacking the villagers, and maybe pick up some "treats".
      Instead: He figures that she's lured him into a deathtrap. Then again, it is well established that Othar is an idiot. Also, everything in the radio plays in exaggerated to hell and back in order to be played for extra comedy and drama, including Othar's usual tendencies.
    • Othar infiltrates the castle and comes across his sister Sanaa who had been imprisoned there with a number of criminals and had been using a false name to hide her identity, she angrily confronts him while revealing said identity.
      You'd Expect: The other prisoners to quickly get help Sana up to her very dangerous hero brother in order to get Othar away from them.
      Instead: Fellow prisoner Snapper tries to take Sanaa, who he well knows is an Action Girl, hostage by using the Standard Female Grab Area technique. "Dibs on his boots!"
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    • Martellus finds himself in the snow without his allies or any weapons while Gil, who is clearly in the madness place, and is armed and with allies, is attempting to get answers about the fate of his paramour, close friends, and his father, who've all been missing for two and a half years.
      You'd Expect: Martellus to use the opportunity to flee, learn about the new circumstances he finds himself in or otherwise do anything but interrupting or taunting Gil.
      Instead: Martellus interrupts Gil in order to taunt him that "with luck" said paramour is beyond Gil's reach forever. It quite predictably earns him a brutal beat-down and Gil giving his enforcer-clank the order "If he says another word, cut off his head and pack it in snow."
  • Misfile. Rumisiel finds the corpse of a missing angel.
    You'd Expect: Him to contact heaven since not only is a dead angel a really big no-no and he's needing all the brownie points he can get to get back into heaven and have a proper investigation done.
    Instead: He jumps to the conclusion his brother must be the murderer, disintegrates the body obliterating all the evidence and Wangsts about it before confronting his brother in a handy out of the way place with no witnesses. Thankfully it appears Vashiel is innocent, of that murder at least.
  • Drowtales. Syphile sneaks into the Sarghress compound to try and assassinate Quain'tana and actually manages to get close enough for a clear shot with her crossbow.
    You'd Expect: Her to just fire at her head, get it done with and flee.
    Instead: She jumps out loudly declaring a challenge, completely blowing her cover. When she does actually fire she misses several times and throws down her crossbow, allowing for a one-on-one match that she naturally loses in a Curb-Stomp Battle that results in her death.
  • Las Lindas: Mora has just discovered that there is indeed a Love Triangle between her, Rachael and Minos.
    You'd Expect: Mora to get the whole story from Minos (and maybe Rachael) before acting.
    Instead: Mora goes completely berserk and savagely attacks Rachael, loudly declaring her intention to beat her to within an inch of her life and then dump her broken, bloody body in the nearest alley. Things go downhill from there.
  • Juathuur: Rowasu swears to Sojueilo that he will kill her squad-mates, and then her, after he is done mourning the death of a friend.
    You'd Expect: Sojueilo to warn her squadmates that an Ax-Crazy psychopath is on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, and they are the target.
    Instead: she doesn't. It ends in her squadmate's blood.
  • In Strawberry Death Cake, the cast members are part of an organisation waging a Secret War against demons. They have received metamorph weapon (Swiss Army Weapon that can morph into any conceivable weapon and, when not active, these turn into rings).
    You'd Expect: That the cast would carry these weapons on their hands at all times, especially on a mission to investigate a case of demon bugs in an high school.
    Instead: Jessica forgot them in another set of clothes.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Old Blind Pete betrays his friend, Haley, Belkar, and Celia so he can get his sight back. After selling them out, he goes to the temple so he can get his eyes repaired.
      You'd Expect: He stays at the temple, goes to a museum, art show, or a strip joint, anything to occupy his time for a little while his house is a virtual warzone.
      Instead: He goes directly home and wants to hang out in his living room while the Thieves' Guild is obviously still in the middle of the operation. He couldn't have been gone ten minutes since Sending takes that long to cast and the cleric casting it couldn't finish. He is caught by the people he betrayed and nicknamed "Brainy Pete" by his old friend, as a Call-Back to a line about when dealing with thieves, you should never name yourself after a body part you can't afford to lose.
    • Also, in the Start Of Darkness prequel: Lirian captures Xykon, Redcloak, and a few other goblins and has them locked in an underground prison.
      You'd Expect: They'd keep an eye on them, either a guard or a constant scrying effect. If nothing else, it would be useful in case something happens and you'd want to help the prisoners. Or in case they have allies who might try to free them.
      Instead: They're completely unsupervised, even in case there's an emergency, and Redcloak uses his plot-defying supersmarts to gather the resources to build a 120,000 GP phylactery out of stuff you'd find in an underground prison.
  • In El Goonish Shive:
    • Abraham manages to disarm Raven.
      You'd Expect: He presses his advantage in Raven's moment of weakness to fully disable or kill him before he can cast any offensive or defensive spells having heard Raven mention he was a "properly trained wizard" only minutes previously.
      Instead: He lets Raven get out of range, taunts him about fighting with nothing but a scabbard and gives Raven time to cast a spell that both hides him and attacks Abraham. Only then does Abraham realize his mistake and remembers that Raven is wizard.
    • An Actually Not a Vampire aberration in France has detected that Susan, visiting on a class trip, has the magical potential to destroy it.
      You'd Expect: It does nothing. Yes, Susan has the potential, but, as she explains much later, she can't actually use magic at this point, and doesn't even know magic or the aberration exist in the first place. And since it's a class trip, she's going to go home soon enough, which would solve the problem without requiring the aberration to so much as lift a finger.
      Instead: It pulls a Charm Person on her and tries to lure her into a back alley to her death. Nanase pulls a Big Damn Heroes moment, and their encounter with this aberration gives a pair of elderly immortals the excuse they need to empower the two girls, allowing them to kill off the abomination and making them a permanent threat to any others.
  • Homestuck:
    • Eridan has decided to switch sides and join the Big Bad. Eridan is surrounded by his former teammates, who oppose said Big Bad and would not take kindly to this.
      You'd Expect: That Eridan would not outright tell his teammates what he was doing.
      Instead: He tells his teammates outright that he is betraying them. They do not take it well.
    • Vriska, in her ego-driven frenzy, becomes aware that the kids' session will create a villain capable of horrifying feats who will kill hundreds and be nearly impossible to beat. She decides that she will be the one to beat him, and does her best to make the events leading up to his creation occur.
      You'd Expect that she would actually have some kind of plan, maybe try to get everyone else on her side and let them know what she was going to do.
      Instead, she makes it up as she goes along and everything goes to hell.
  • In Gunnerkrigg Court, Annie is told a secret of extreme importance: her mother only pretended to love Reynardine so she could lure him into the Court, where he'd be imprisoned.
    You'd Expect that as she knows how important this secret is, she doesn't tell anyone, especially not the person it's about.
    Instead, she yells it at him when they next get into a fight (which is basically about five minutes later) to hurt him. Great one, Annie.
  • From Better Days, Rachel overhears a conversation between Fisk and Lucy that references their past incestuous relationship. When Rachel is blown off by her roommates when she tries to tell them what she heard, she vows to expose Fisk and Lucy.
    You'd Expect for Rachel to do actual evidence gathering, such as tapping the phones or planting cameras or even bribing someone to spy on Fisk and Lucy. Given Rachel's personality, such behavior would be in character for her.
    Instead, Rachel makes one, and only one, attempt to expose Lucy and Fisk's secret. It involves her flaunting a suggestive outfit in front of Fisk and waiting for him to come into her room and fuck her, most likely to get Lucy to flip her shit. This being Better Days and the character Rachel is seducing is Fisk Black, the plan, not surprisingly, goes nowhere.
  • The Dreadful: Kit runs into Jeanne Noelle, a notorious, Large and in Charge gang boss that terrifies everyone who knows her. She's huge, superhumanly strong, fast enough to dodge bullets, and utterly ruthless. Kit knows all of this, since she was a former member of Jeanne's gang. When they fight, Kit briefly gains the upper hand when she manages to get her gun to the back of Jeanne's head, and the action pauses for a few seconds.
    You'd Expect Kit to pull the trigger. Kit knows how dangerous Jeanne is, and will never have a better opportunity to get out of the latter's shadow.
    Instead she can't resist gloating ("Guess this is it, 'boss'."), and Jeanne immediately Shoryukens her 10 feet into the air, followed by a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. Kit only escapes due to an outside rescue from a laundry ghost (long story).
  • This happens an awful lot in minus, since most of the cast are children:
    • minus is playing baseball with her classmates.
      You’d expect: She wouldn’t cheat with her Reality Warper powers.
      Instead: She makes the ball evade all the fielders and even defy gravity to hit someone on the nose, so that she can score a home run without interference.
      The result: She is kicked out of the game, and forbidden from playing with them again.
    • After having transformed into an elephant, minus encounters a carnival and wants to ride the Ferris wheel.
      You’d expect: She’d transform back, since she can easily do that.
      Instead: She approaches the ride while still an elephant, and the operator doesn’t let her on.
    • minus and her friend (who has green hair) are gazing up at the stars. Her friend says she wishes she could reach out and touch one. minus gives her a look as though to remind her what kind of person she’s talking to, and grabs a star in her hand.
      You’d expect: That minus wouldn’t open her hand without conjuring up some protection for the two of them and their surroundings, or at least that her friend, who is very level-headed, would point that out to her first.
      Instead: Neither do either such thing. Cue apocalypse.
    • A pair of twins who are minus’s classmates made a bet among themselves, and the longer-haired of the two loses and tries to get out of it by asking minus to send her back in time to before she took the bet.
      You’d expect: For her to explain the situation carefully to minus, since anyone even slightly Genre Savvy can see a million ways this could go wrong. Most importantly, you’d expect that she’d tell minus how far back she wants to go before making the request.
      You’d also expect: minus to let her classmate finish her sentence.
      Instead: The long-haired girl exclaims, “Hey minus! Send me back in time to...” and minus immediately zaps her to Victorian times alone with no way to get back.
    • An office worker is stressed by his job.
      You’d expect: He’d do anything but leap out the window of a high-rise.
      Instead: This can speak for itself. At least minus saves his life.
    • minus is told to wash the dishes.
      You’d expect: That since she’s, well, omnipotent, she’d snap her fingers and have them done in like two seconds. Then she wouldn’t have to get up from reading her book.
      Instead: She makes a copy of herself and sends the copy off to do the dishes. Said copy shares her powers and her personality.
      The result: Her copy gets bored and transforms the dishes into a master of martial arts, then duels it with swords. She’s run through, and Dishface goes on to leave a trail of blood in his wake.
    • The class is on a field trip to the museum. Outside, there is a statue of a horse, and the white-haired girl wants minus to bring it to life so they can all ride. minus gives her a phial which contains potion that imbues stone with life.
      You’d expect: The white-haired girl would pour the potion directly on the statue itself.
      Instead: She pours the whole phial onto a piece of rubble around the statue. The rubble comes to life, but the statue remains a statue.
      The result: Because of her classmate’s stupidity, minus gets stricken in the back of the head with a rock.
    • After reading a book on pirates, minus turns the library she is inside into a pirate ship, and presses the other guests into her crew. She just read that sailors had to eat lemons to prevent scurvy, so she conjures up a whole bowl for her crew, which disappoints them.
      You’d expect: That since these innocent bystanders have just seen minus turn the library into a pirate ship, that they know what she’s capable of and that she doesn’t care about collateral damage, and so won’t antagonize her.
      Instead: One man demands she give them real food, since they won’t get scurvy in modern conditions, and refuses to eat the lemons. minus gives him scurvy to encourage the others.
    • The green-haired girl tells minus she was absent from school due to illness. minus has never been sick before in her life, and doesn’t know what illness is.
      You’d expect: minus to ask her friend to explain why she got a day off. After all, the school wouldn’t do that if there weren’t some kind of downside.
      You’d also expect: That the green-haired girl knows her friend, and that she wants to have fun at all costs, so she tells minus in no uncertain terms that being sick is a miserable experience that makes it impossible to enjoy anything else.
      Instead: She tells minus that she spent the day watching movies and eating jello, and that it’s fun to relax like that every so often.
      The result: Predictably, minus makes herself sick the next day so that she doesn’t have to go to school. She throws up immediately, and is now convinced that her friend is an emetophile.
    • A couple adults find out about minus’s Reality Warper powers, and ask her to use them to solve the world’s problems.
      You’d expect: That they just ask her to end war and oppression, or something.
      Instead: They ask her to end conflict, but minus doesn’t know the word, so they define it as people competing or fighting each other needlessly.
      The result: minus makes all sports games end in draws, and has more serious conflicts end by one side acquiescing to the other’s demands.
    • The couple then track minus down again.
      You’d expect: They’d explain what they really want in terms a child can understand, while explaining that their original definition of conflict was too broad.
      Instead: They draft up a thick tome of legalese. minus takes one look, and then makes it into origami structures and paper airplanes.
    • Due to circumstances too complicated to go into detail here, minus strikes her head on the pavement and completely loses all sense of reality, spending three days running around in circles in her yard. The green-haired girl explains this to her friends at school, and the white-haired girl suggests that hitting her on the head will bring her back to normal.
      You’d expect: That the green-haired girl would ignore this idiotic suggestion, particularly since she herself admits that it would only damage minus further, and since Clary, the black-haired girl who is equally down-to-Earth and intelligent, gives her a Death Glare for considering it.
      Instead: She does it anyway since her friend says it’s better than doing nothing.
      You’d then expect: That she would not hit minus hard enough to cause permanent damage.
      Instead: She drops a huge rock on her head. minus shatters into a million pieces.
    • minus, now a ghost, is bringing ghosts back to life. A bunch of ghosts mob her, asking for the privilege.
      You’d expect: That with so many ghosts asking, for them to consider if it’s worth it, since there isn’t enough space on Earth for everyone who has died to be revived. The spirit world lacks nothing the Earth has, so there is no downside to being dead.
      Instead: No one even considers this, and one ghost asks minus to bring back literally everybody.
      The result: The mass of bodies crushes everyone, sending all ghosts and all living people straight back to the afterlife.

Web Animation

  • Red vs. Blue:
    • In Recovering One, Doc blasts the Meta with a charged shot from his medical scanner, causing him to slow down when he's trying to punch Doc. Doc takes this opportunity to mock the Meta. However, Simmons points out that he's moving at the same speed but over a longer period of time.
      You'd Expect: Doc to listen to Simmons and get the hell away from the Meta.
      Instead: He blows it off and insists that the Meta's fist is moving slower. This results in him getting punched into a wall and ending up stuck in it.
    • In Blue vs. Red - Part 2, Dylan and Jax are being held prisoner by the Blues and Reds. Temple has just finished telling them his tragic backstory and his motivations for killing Freelancers.
      You'd Expect: Jax to keep his mouth shut around the Ax-Crazy Serial Killer currently holding them prisoner.
      Instead: He mocks the latter's story for being too "cliche" and treats Temple's Dark and Troubled Past like a B-movie screenplay. Unsurprisingly, Jax gets shot in response.
  • RWBY:
    • In Volume 5, Yang tracks down her estranged mother, bandit leader Raven Branwen, in order to use her mother's semblance to find Qrow, who's currently watching over Ruby. Raven however doesn't want Yang getting involved in the conflict between Ozpin and Salem, in which Qrow is a key player on Ozpin's side.
      You'd Expect: That Raven would figure out that Yang obviously cares about her little sister, and keep this in mind when trying to persuade her. At the very least, you'd think she wouldn't do the stuff mentioned below if she genuinely wanted to win Yang over.
      Instead: Raven tells Yang that Ruby is "a lost cause" if she's with Qrow, and tries to convince her to abandon Ruby. She does talk about Ozpin's duplicity as well as the Ozpin-Salem confict, but she consistently acts as though finding Ruby and staying out of it are mutually exclusive.
      Result: Raven's attempts at getting through to Yang by warning her about Qrow, Ozpin and Salem all fall on deaf ears, since Yang's sole concern is to find her sister, and she knows and trusts Qrow far more than she does Raven. Raven eventually just gives up and offers to portal Yang to Qrow and Ruby, while making clear that if Yang accepts, the two of them will be at loggerheads the next time they meet. Yang takes the offer, and after getting Qrow and Ozpin to confirm what Raven told her, she decides to stick with them to protect her sister, in exchange for them not keeping any more secrets.
    • In Volume 6, the heroes have retrieved the Relic of Knowledge, and plan to take it to their ally General Ironwood in Atlas. This is tricker than it sounds because the Relic draws Grimm to it, a fact Ozpin knows well.
      You'd Expect: Ozpin would warn the rest of the heroes of this, not just because they might want to modify their travel plans accordingly, but because he'd promised not to hide any more information from them.
      Instead: He says nothing, out of fear that knowledge of this fact would cause increased anxiety within the group, and lead to more risk of Grimm attacks.
      Result: In their ignorance, the heroes take the Relic onboard a packed public train, putting dozens - if not hundreds - of innocent people in danger when a massive horde of Grimm attack it, and meaning that Ozpin has to reveal the secret anyway, at the worst possible time. It also means that, when Ozpin tries to convince Ruby to give him the Relic, it comes after yet another bit of dishonesty from Ozpin, ultimately resulting in Ruby not co-operating and using the Relic to find out everything else Ozpin's hiding from them. The knowledge she and the others obtain, particularly the part about Salem supposedly being unbeatable, shatters the group's faith in Ozpin.
  • Sonic for Hire: The main cast sign up to play some Tecmo Bowl. Sonic makes a bet on the outcome of the game, hoping to score an easy fortune. His team consists of himself, Tails, Dr. Eggman, Jim, and Kirby.
    You'd Think: Sonic would bet on his team to win. He may be an easily-distracted Jerkass idiot in this version, but his signature Super Speed is still very much intact.
    Instead: He bets on his team to lose.
    • Sonic has a history of getting distracted by competition and fame, often to the point of forgetting or neglecting everything else. It is all but guaranteed that Sonic will forget about his bet and try to steamroll the other team with his Super Speed.
      You'd Then Think: That the rest of the group would call off or counter the bet. Or, failing that, cripple Sonic so he doesn't get the chance to play and steamroll the other team with his Super Speed. They're all Comedic Sociopaths in this series, and Sonic has recovered from worse.
      Instead: They do nothing and go along with it until the literal last second of the game, when Tails finally pulls a backup plan out of his ass to stop Sonic from steamrolling the other team with his Super Speed and losing the bet.
  • mashed: In "Omnileaks", Everybody's secrets have been leaked and Sombra is held accountable. When they can't find any actual leads, they decide to let her go while asking Winston for the password to her handcuffs.
    You'd Think: Being the genius that he is, he would set an advanced and complex password to make sure that Nobody can easily remove the cuffs.
    Instead: He reveals the password for the cuffs to be "password".
    Even Worse: He also reveals to have that be the password for all of his computers, making everybody realize that anybody could have effortlessly logged into Winston's computer to leak their secrets.

Web Original

  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged would have these:

    • "Episode 19": Vegeta, Krillin and Gohan are being confronted by the Ginyu Force who are on a mission to take the Dragon Ball that the three of them have, Vegeta attempts to pull a trick from the "Man your man could smell like" commercial and ends it by chucking the Dragon Ball away.
      You'd Expect: Vegeta to keep it in the dark about how he chucked the ball away.
      Instead: He tells them that he threw it, gloating that there is nothing they can do about it which leads to Burter grabbing it back.

  • Dream High School's Mr. Army. He's not a real person and was brought into Dream High School by "Miss Paloma" by accident; she was having a nightmare when she switched from her dream to Dream High School, and Mr. Army still thinks they're in the nightmare. He could be seen as a sympathetic, confused character coming from an odd reality, or as a plain ol' idiot.

  • lonelygirl15
    • TAAG has kidnapped a brainwashed girl from an evil cult and tied her up. She complains that her hands are going numb and begs them to loosen the ropes just a little. The last time they loosened a prisoner's ropes "just a little", the prisoner escaped the instant their backs were turned.
      You'd Expect: They'd tell the girl to just deal with it. Especially since Daniel and Jonas are both there.
      Instead: They loosen the ropes just a little, and the prisoner escapes the instant their backs are turned.
    • TAAG, having recently failed a mission, blames Steve on suspicion of treachery and decides to abandon him in the wilderness. The last time they abandoned a friend in the wilderness, said friend was captured and brainwashed by the aforementioned evil cult.
      You'd Expect: They'd at least drop him off in a town with enough money to buy a ticket home.
      Instead: Apparently having learned nothing from their past mistakes, they abandon him in the wilderness.
  • New York Magician: After a building on fire partially collapses on him, Michel takes himself to task for not getting magical head protection, or protection against environmental hazards.
  • Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog: In Act III, Dr. Horrible has finally turned the tables on his Arch-Enemy, Captain Hammer, by shooting him with a Freeze Ray.
    You'd Expect: He would get on with the shooting bit, given that the Freeze Ray is Mad Scientist technology and such things always have a disturbing tendency to fail when it's most inconvenient.
    Instead: He spends three full minutes singing an Evil Gloating song, giving the Freeze Ray time to run out of power and release Captain Hammer.
  • Darwin's Soldiers: A cop gets a call about a suspicious package in a hotel.
    You'd Expect: He evacuates everyone from the hotel and calls the bomb squad to deal with it.
    Instead: He goes into the room and opens said package, which is a bomb, killing several people and completely destroying the hotel.
  • Don't Hug Me I'm Scared
    • When Duck Guy brings up a chart showing different parts of a human brain while talking about the concept of time, Tony then proceeds to stop Duck Guy in his explanations by beeping and shouting MEH! MEH! MEH! over and over to the point that it becomes too loud for the puppets to bear without covering their ears.
      You'd Expect: that Yellow Guy would have enough common sense to quickly cover his ears just like Red Guy and Duck Guy do.
      Instead: he redundantly just sits still on his chair without moving his arms, while Tony carries on screaming in his face, even as Yellow Guy's ears start bleeding.
    • In Episode 3, Our Three Main Characters are outside having a picnic, when Yellow Guy spots what is clearly an (animated) butterfly flying around him.
      You'd Expect: That the puppets would be able to identify such an easily recognisable bug by its name, as well as by the creature's recognisable coloured wings.
      Instead: Duck Guy verbally identifies the butterfly as a "Pesky bee!" right after he swats and kills the butterfly, much to Yellow Guy's dismay...
      And Later On: While Yellow Guy is up in a tree weeping over the dead butterfly, he meets Shrignold, -a puppet butterfly-, of which Yellow Guy identifies as "A Little Baby Pigeon."
    • In Episode 5, Duck Guy and Yellow Guy are being taught about food and healthy eating by a group of food teachers, where they demonstrate what sort of foods are supposedly healthy and unhealthy through things like a house-body graph and some real examples of healthy and unhealthy foods.
      You'd Expect: The teachers to use their examples to correctly identify which types of food would be deemed healthy or unhealthy according to some correct research.
      Instead: Their house-body graph shows pizza as a healthy food friendly to the organs and egg and vegetables as the opposite, and later point to plain foods like white sauce, cream and aspic as healthy while pointing to 'fancy' foods like cooked meat, fruit salad and 'soil foods' as unhealthy, going so far as to claim that they will "clog up the body adding unnecessary detail".
    • Finally in episode 6, where Yellow guy is being taught about dreams, Red Guy, during the last third of the episode finds Yellow Guy being taught on the screen of a computer-control device that controls all the aspects of the previous teaching sessions before in the last episodes, as well as some more that were never used beforehand. As Red guy is cycling through all of the previous teachers from before, he suddenly brings Duck Guy back from the dead in the place of the teacher that was teaching Yellow Guy originally, who apparently is the only amalgamation out of the rest to be self-aware of what is going on around himself.
      You'd Expect: given how Duck Guy was apparently eaten in the last episode and of what Yellow guy has been through, -namely losing his friends and being tortured by more and more 'teachers'- that Red Guy would aim to keep Duck Guy present alongside Yellow Guy from now on and try to focus on how to get them both out of there without doing anything else on the control panel that could potentially have him screw things up more and make the situation worse than it already is.
      Instead: He just carries on switching through more completely new 'Teachers' in Duck Guy's place before he even got to know where he was, in a hopelessly vain attempt to turn off the teaching program even when Yellow Guy completely breaks down in tears. Eventually, Red Guy ends up screwing up the control system, leading to the machine frying up while poor Yellow Guy is trapped on the set and gradually losing his mind in front of the endlessly cycling teacher programs - all the result of Red Guy screwing up the system into an endless repeat. Ultimately, It is only when Roy approaches Red Guy that Red Guy is shown the power lead to the control system, where "wandering what will happen" he yanks the power lead. This results in everything resetting back to the first episode again. This time however, the three main characters are in their favorite colours, probably hinting that although it is a new day, there could be hope that they will ultimately have more freedom of choice this time around...
  • Ah, Marble Hornets, where would you be without this?
    • The protagonist Jay recently paid a nocturnal visit to an abandoned house that he believes is connected to the various weirdness that's been going on. While there, he sees signs that someone had been living there recently, a sink covered in blood, and he has a sudden, extremely violent coughing fit for no apparent reason. For some time, he's had a Youtuber by the name of totheark responding to all his videos with ominous, Mind Screw-tastic videos of his own; when TTA responds to this one, the usual cryptic messages are accompanied by footage of Jay's coughing fit, taken from right behind him.
      You'd Expect: Jay to stay the hell away from the place in future, or if he feels he absolutely has to look for more clues, to at least take precautions to prevent his stalker from doing anything worse than filming him hacking up a lung.
      Instead: He announces on YouTube that he's going back to the house, along with the date. He goes alone, at night. Predictably, he's jumped by a creepy guy in a White Mask of Doom on his way out of the house.
      And Then: He goes back a third time later. And announces it again. Though at least this time he had the brainpower to go during the daytime, not that it made any difference.
    • Entry #40: Jay is standing around a parking lot outside a park, waiting for Alex so they can discuss what to do about a certain someone who's been following them around. Alex is running really late and not answering his cell phone.
      You'd Expect: Jay to do anything except what he ultimately decides to do. Sit around some more, drive off to get some fast food, leave entirely, stand in the middle of the parking lot and do the Chicken Dance - anything.
      Instead: Jay wanders off into the exceptionally creepy woods. Off the trail. Alone. At night. Into a place he's never been before.
      Result: Not surprisingly, Jay gets hopelessly lost. He wanders a good two miles into the woods before reaching a creepy overgrown brick chimney, which he stops to stare at. The moment he turns around, the Operator is literally inches away from him. Surprisingly, Jay then averts this trope, doing the single most smartest action of anyone in the entire series: drop the camera and run like hell.
  • In the The Nostalgia Critic review of We Wish You a Turtle Christmas while Tamara is needed help that when Zombie!Malcolm is eating her alive.
    You'd Expect: Nostalgia Critic would shoot at the zombie and save Tamara's life.
    Instead: He just ignores it just let her been killed.
  • The War Comms:
    • When Trisha was banned from the Gundam forums, she immediately accuses Janet Majors of perpetrating the ban. She's quickly corrected by Ralph, the object of her affections
      You'd expect: She'd apologize to Janet and back off, so as not to incur Ralph's anger.
      Instead: She keeps trying to justify her blame of Janet, while bashing Janet's essays and fics about characters she doesn't like all the while.
    • When Zacharias made his first appearance, he made a big speech about how all fans should follow canon religiously or else they didn't belong in fandom. Naturally, pretty much everyone told him to stuff it and that his way wasn't the only way.
      You'd expect: That Zach would realize he wasn't going to have any impact on these people, and that they didn't care what he had to say and found him ridiculous.
      Instead: He kept obsessively replying to every comment trying to "prove" his superiority and quickly made many enemies.
      Furthermore: He attempted to use logic and reason on Patrick. Not that picking on Patrick is a bad thing, but any War Comms member worth their salt knows it's pointless to use logic and reason on him.
  • Not Always Series has many shining examples; here's a few of them:
    • A guy goes into a library and tries to ask out a girl there. The girl turns him down, partly because of how he worded his question, but mainly due to the fact that she's a lesbian, a girl who only dates girls.
      You'd Expect: The guy to figure out that he won't be able to do anything romantic with this girl, and leave her alone.
      Instead: He keeps on trying to chat her up, which leads nicely into this moment:
      You'd Expect: That the guy would have broken up with his current girlfriend beforehand. And if he doesn't have the decency to do that, he should at least make sure that she's not nearby.
      Instead: She's in the exact same library, sees what's going on, and ultimately ends up dumping him. To add insult to injury, the girlfriend turns out to be bisexual and the two girls end up dating each other.
    • In another library, a man ends up suddenly having a seizure, and a nearby student tries to help him. There's a nearby security guard, who's apparently very worried about Ambulance Chasers.
      You'd Expect: The guard to remember that there are Good Samaritan Laws in place which prevent people from being sued for trying to help someone whose life is in danger, and help the student. Or at the very least, the guard could not interfere with him, or the emergency services.
      Instead: Not only does the guard try to dissuade the student from helping, but the guard actually tries to impede the emergency services. As in, the people whose job it is to deal with these kinds of situations. As a result, the guard is fired, and it's very unlikely that he'll be able to get another job.
    • A woman at a store is mistaken for an employee by another customer. When the woman fails to help the customer, the store manger steps in.
      You'd Expect: For the manager to stop and think and look at the woman's attire, realize it's not a store uniform, and therefore, she's not an employee, and help the customer instead.
      Instead: He berates the woman FULL BLAST for not helping the customer and refuses to listen to her side of the story. Laser-Guided Karma kicks in when a security guard intervenes and the manager is arrested for assault.
  • Whateley Universe: There's quite a lot of this going on there.
    • Reverend Darren Englund, one of the school's administrators, has discovered that there is a student on campus who is actually half lust demon and who is also part Great Old One. He decides that this student is a clear danger to humanity, and must be destroyed at all costs before she can harm or kill anyone else (she has to kill to feed, and has accidentally murdered people before getting the hang of her powers).
      You'd Expect that he'd do his best to confirm that this student is evil before deciding to kill her.
      Instead he decides that anything who happens to be part demon or Great Old One is evil by nature and can never be anything else. If he'd actually did his research, he would have found that the student in question loves life and Earth and doesn't want to destroy or harm anything, she just wants to live and grow- and she respects the opinions and rights of others.
      • Englund forms a plan to take her out: he gets the assistance he needs from the Syndicate, a global organisation of villains. However, he lies to them, telling them that they're hunting a monster his students can't handle, so they need some manpower. It's set to go down on Halloween night, when the students are having a party.
        You'd Expect that he'd realise that the jig would very quickly be up, as the student in question would be celebrating with her friends, not walking around outside, and that he'd need to either tell the truth or come up with a decent lie.
        You'd Also Expect that as the Syndicate are a giant organisation of villains, Englund would be very careful of betrayals, desertions and so on.
        Instead the entire plan gets hijacked by a super villain who was never part of the plan in the first place, who uses it as a way to target specific students, including the one Englund wants dead. After that, it all goes to hell, ending with hundreds of injuries,many traumatized students, one dead teacher and dozens of brutally maimed or killed security guards, a (possibly mortally) wounded Super Villain, piles and piles of dead Syndicate soldiers, and Englund in the shit with his target alive and well.
    • Migraine, a young psychic student, decides that her life is terrible and she wants to make it better. She manages to screw around with the minds of others so she gets to live with some new students who don't know her, and as a result gets some friends who are very protective of her despite the fact that all she does is use them. However, that isn't enough: being somewhat plain, she fixates on the idea of becoming an Exemplar (incredibly attractive super-human), and when one of her 'friends' develops a devise that could do it, she starts forming an elaborate plan that will test the devise and eventually give her a chance to use it herself.
      You'd Expect that as the machine is a devise (which are by definition products of mad science and inherently unstable), Migraine would be very, very careful and not take any chances.
      Instead she decides to just go all in and bets on everything working out for her. Unfortunately, it doesn't, and she ends up having a mental breakdown and is transferred to a psych ward.
    • Aspiring Alpha Bitch Solange, who is secretly an Avatar (that is, has the ability to capture and use the powers of spirits) traps Jade's alter ego Jinn (it's a long story) and uses her to gain her powers, as well as give her additional psychic protection (because the second spirit makes her mind seem 'fuzzy' to telepaths).
      You'd Expect that Solange would realize that in effect kidnapping another student would get her into serious trouble, especially as Jinn continues to struggle inside her mind to break free.
      Instead, she decides to try use the mental protection from this to make a move on the leader of the Alphas, Manipulative Bastard and telepath Don Sebastiano, figuring getting him into bed would give her a leg up in the clique.
      Furthermore, In order to do this, she first has to get her rival, Hekate, out of town for the week, so she cuts a horrific deal with Thuban: he would arrange for the death of a relative of Hekate's, in exchange for Solange allowing him to have herself possessed so that Montana - whom she had strung along with the promise of sexual favors the previous year, only to turn on him later - could, in effect, rape her. She agrees to this, convinced her new psychic defenses could protect her from the possession.
      Meanwhile, Jinn continues to drive Solange crazy by possessing her in turn while she sleeps (including making her sign a confession to the kidnapping), slowly convincing her that she didn't need the spirit bond after all.
      In the end, not only did the protection fail to work against Sebastiano, who used his powers to pluck out her deepest personal secret and use it against her, when the time came to pay up for Thuban's agreement, Jinn harasses her to the point that she let's go of the spirit bond - only to find that she couldn't retrieve it. She is forced to endure gang-rape while unable to control her body for a full weekend.
    • Jobe Wilkins, son of a major Super Villain and Teen Genius, invents a serum that can turn anyone into his idea of a perfect girlfriend. Because of how it works, the transformation is meant to be irreversible. Unfortunately, in the middle of a lab accident involving a deadly venomous spider, he injects himself with the serum by mistake, and begins to turn into a female Drow. After he fails in his attempts to reverse the effect, he turns to his arch-enemy, Carmilla (the aforementioned half-demon), and tries to make a deal with her to change him back.
      You'd Expect that he would go to his friend Nephandus, who has experience with demonic contracts, to arrange the agreement between them.
      Instead, he decides to use the Internet and his own formidable intelligence to make the deal, and misses it when Carmilla basically 'signs' the document with 'No way in Hell' written upside down. The Demon Queen of Lust completes his transformation into a woman, messes with Jobe's mind to make her attracted to men as well as women, and keeps his penis in a Lucite box on her mantelpiece as souvenir.

  • Worm:
    • Taylor Hebert, teenaged supervillain, has just surrendered to the heroes, offering them her help in trying to avert the End of the World as We Know It.
      You'd Expect: That these people, who know Taylor has a history of utterly obliterating any and all who stand before her, including people who were supposed to counter power specifically, would at least attempt to compromise, especially given that she willingly surrendered. And if they didn't to start with, you'd think the Genius Bruiser heroine they brought in would think about it, especially in the wake of the fact that Taylor has way better PR than they do right now because of her effectiveness in beating the actual threats to her city, and maybe they could stand to help their situation.
      Instead: They go in with a plan that specifically revolves around pissing Taylor off, believing that the aforementioned heroine's invulnerability would protect her from someone who can only control bugs. They pursue this strategy until they lead her to believe that they killed one of her teammates, people she expressly told them she loved. So, instead of getting an excuse to off/imprison Taylor, she utterly destroys them, including the "invulnerable" heroine, killing the minority of individuals who attempted to screw her over and getting the PR spun in her favor, to add insult to injury.
    • Coil sends a very large amount of information about Empire Eighty Eight to the media. This includes the full names, addresses, names of their family members and so on of pretty much every member, from their leader to their flunkies. Naturally, the local superheroes soon have this information as well.
      You'd Expect: Since Empire Eighty Eight have no problem with attacking innocents and have a number of heavy hitters on their team, the local superheroes and law enforcement officers should avoid antagonising them unless it's to help them arrest them all.
      Instead: CPS and a group of capes go to Purity's (the ex-wife of EEE's leader and his second-in-command) house and take her baby into care while Purity's at work. When Purity finds out, she snaps, rallies her team and starts destroying buildings in the area where the Undersiders reside until Tattletale helps her get her daughter back.
  • WhereTheBearsAre
    • Wood knows that Cyril, the serial killer who killed a man in his home and then tried to kill his friend Nelson, has escaped from prison, and that he is currently the only person in the house who knows this because their cable was temporarily canceled and none of the others pay attention to the news.
      You'd expect: For Wood to tell Nelson, or at least tell Reggie and Todd so that they can figure out the best way to tell Nelson.
      Instead: Wood puts the letter from the DA into Nelson's mail drawer, which might be reasonable except that he didn't tell Nelson that he had a mail drawer.
  • In the Creepypasta "The House that Death Forgot", the main character has stopped for the night in an eerie hotel, which has other residents even though her car is the only one parked outside. The other guests warn her to stay away from a mysterious man who stalks the entrance, and tell her that they are all the undead spirits of his victims, and have shown her their deadly injuries to prove it. They explain that anyone who tries to leave before morning will get killed and trapped forever like themselves.
    You'd expect: That since the narrator has seen hard evidence that the other hotel guests and the owner really are undead, and that she can see the murderer right through the window brandishing a knife, and since its 2 in the morning, that she actually listen to them and stay put.
    Instead: She walks right out the door and directly into the killer's knife. She doesn't even try to dodge it and he doesn't even have to move his weapon; she literally walks right into it.
  • Sword Art Online Abridged:
    • At least 10,000 people (And one cat) are trapped in a video game where the death of their avatars means their actual deaths.
      You'd Expect: Everyone to take precautions and use strategy to beat the game's enemies.
      Instead: Nobody takes any precautions, quite a few go full Leeroy Jenkins and their best strategy is to "group up and hit it 'til it dies!" 2,000 people are dead in the first month alone.
    • Kirito participates in Diabel's raid party against Ilfang the Kobold Lord. Thanks to the Beta Tester's Guide Book Tiffany got them, they're aware (we hope) of Ilfang's abilities, including the talwar it brings out once it Turns Red. When that happens during the actual battle, Ilfang instead pulls out a nodachi. Kirito warns Diabel, who asks him "what's the difference?"
      You'd Expect: Kirito to cut to the chase and warn "It's bigger and more powerful than a talwar!"
      Instead: Kirito gives Diabel a long lecture about the histories of both weapons, which, while it includes plenty of good historical facts, is useless to the battle at hand. He only cuts to the chase when Illfang mortally wounds Diabel.

Let's Play

  • In Marriland's Pokémon Emerald Nuzlocke, he was battling the Champion, Wallace, and brought him down to his last Pokemon, Gyarados. Thinking of a crazy strategy, he uses his Walrein and locks Gyarados into Dragon Dance with Encore.
    You'd expect: That Marriland would just switch in his Magneton while Gyarados is locked into Dragon Dance and slaughter it with Thunderbolt, ending the battle.
    Instead: He then poisons it with Toxic, and brings in his Crobat, confusing it with Confuse Ray. And while Gyarados does hit itself in confusion, it then eventually falls into the red, leading Wallace to heal it with a Full Restore.
    • After that, once Gyarados is at +5 Attack and +5 Speed, it knocks out Crobat (killing it and rendering it unusable) with Hyper Beam. While it's recharging, he brings in Magneton.
      You'd expect: Again, that Marriland would use Thunderbolt while Gyarados has to recharge, winning him the battle.
      Instead: First he paralyzes it with Thunder Wave, then sets up Reflect, while Gyarados knocks out Magneton with Earthquake. He then brings in his own Gyarados, which almost gets killed, but Wallace misses with Hyper Beam, allowing Devin to win the battle.
      However: In his final lookback, he does realize his mistake and that he could have easily won with Magneton. He then ranted on Twitter about how he feels it was bogus that his fans think "he has to play perfectly all the time" or something like that.
  • Rooster Teeth:
    • In their Let's Play of Minecraft part 37, Jack, Ray, and Ryan all have one point on the board and you need 2 points to win. Gavin nears the end of the course with Ray already there and the obsidian placed in front of his block. Gavin kills Ray and after retrieving the Tower, he gets his batteries stolen in real life by Ray as revenge.
      You'd expect: Gavin to mine the obsidian and move it over to his space and stack it there, since nobody was anywhere near him.
      Instead: Gavin doesn't move the obsidian and stacks the Tower of Pimps on Ray's space, causing Ray to win.
    • Gavin's stupidity reaches epic proportions during their Let's Play of Monopoly. Gavin owns Park Place and Boardwalk and at one point had three houses on each. Unfortunately, he was forced to sell all of them due to Geoff, Michael and Ray not landing on either of his properties and him landing on Geoff's pink monopolies with buildings twice (Virginia Avenue with four houses and St. Charles Place with a hotel). Eventually in Part 2, he lands on one of the three railroads owned by Ray with only $90; not enough to cover his $100 rent.
      You'd Expect: Gavin to mortgage either Park Place for $175 or Boardwalk for $200 (he has no other properties) which will give him more than enough to cover his bill.
      Instead: He gets this bright idea to trade away Park Place and Boardwalk to his competitors! Geoff declines his first deal to accept both for Baltic Avenue, the Water Works and $500 cash. Michael then accepts his next deal which results in him receiving Park Place and Boardwalk in exchange for Connecticut Avenue and $500 cash. Keep in mind, both of Gavin's deals had him trading away his properties for less than the combined face valuenote  and he made a worse deal with Michaelnote  than he would have made with Geoffnote . Even a beginner at Monopoly could tell Gavin he made a horrific move by trading away the two most expensive properties on the board.
      To Make Matters Worse: Two turns later, Gavin makes an even worse deal by trading Connecticut Avenue back to Michael for $9!
      Bonus Idiot Points: Gavin drags the game down even further by considering trades despite him having no properties! It's no wonder the rest of the guys become genuinely thrilled to see Gavin finally bankrupting out of the game.
  • Game Grumps:
    • In part two of Wheel of Fortune for the Nintendo Wii, Arin and Jon are faced with the puzzle SPI__ FRIED SHRIMP under the category Food & Drink.
      You'd Expect: Either one of them to figure out that the incomplete word is SPICY.
      Instead: This.
    1. After more than a full minute of gibberish guessing, Arin finally decides to spin the wheel and calls L.
    2. Jon just decides to solve and, with a few seconds to spare, guesses SPING FRIED SHRIMP.
    3. The computer player solves and both of them lampshade it by asking themselves how they could not get the word.
    • The Oregon Trail: Steam Train. Danny and Ross arrive at Fort Bridger with just over 100 pounds of food to spare.
      You'd Expect: For them to put some of their $795 towards some more food. Buying 1,000 pounds at 35¢ a pound would not even erase half their funds. At the very least, they could instead try hunting after leaving the fort.
      Instead: They only buy 100 pounds, waste money to replace clothes that a thief had previously stolen and don't even think about hunting after they leave the fort.
      So: They arrive at the next landmark, Soda Springs, where they have depleted their food supply.
      You'd Then Expect: Either one of them to realize that they're out of food and either trade for some or leave Soda Springs to hunt.
      Instead: They choose to rest at Soda Springs for two weeks without any food, resulting in three of their party members dying before they reach Fort Hall.
      You'd Then Expect: After arriving at Fort Hall that they'd buy food for the remaining two party members.
      Instead: They continue to rest and their last two party members die of starvation.
    • Pokémon FireRed: In episode 83, Sch evolvesnote  and Arin must make room to accommodate his Wing Attack. The moves he can replace are Scratch, Ember, Flamethrower and Metal Claw.
      You'd Expect: Arin to remove Sch's Scratch since it's the most useless of his attacks.
      Instead: He plays around with the menu and winds up replacing Sch's Flamethrower. Danny rags on him about it.
    • Super Mario Galaxy: In episode 22, Arin has to complete the "Passing the Swim Test" mission. In this task, Mario has to steal a gold Koopa shell from a penguin and give it to the swim coach to earn a Power Star.
      You'd Expect: Arin to recognize the penguin carrying said gold shell the moment he sees it.
      Instead: He fails to notice the shell after the penguin carrying it passes by him several times, all in clear visibility throughout the course of the episode. And keep in mind that the penguin is visibly holding the shell out in front of him as he swims. Needless to say, the viewers didn't respond kindly.
    • Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril: In the third and final episode, Arin desperately attempts to defeat the Lotus Guardian, but he keeps racking up multiple deaths before rage quitting the game. Then Ross comes in the room since he saw Arin failing at the boss battle and he then gives Arin enough encouragement.
      You'd Expect: Arin to move the cursor up and hit continue after Ross encouraged him.
      Instead: He accidentally hits "END", which blows all of his progress from the start.
      • As a result: Arin has a volcanic meltdown and rage quits after he accidentally closed the game and ruined the progress he made as he rage quits at his utter failure.
      • Additionally: There was a password on the bottom of the Game Over screen, and the password is: "6N5WDCNU".
    • Bear in mind that the Grumps have noted on several occasions that they'll sometimes intentionally play "sub-optimally" because it's funnier. So how many examples are played straight and how many are Obfuscating Stupidity are up the eye of the beholder.
  • In part 3 of Mathas Games' Let's Play of his second run of This War of Mine, he is attempting to steal supplies from an inhabited building. He says that he is going to try and avoid conflict, as that screwed over his last run. After a while he eventually gets spotted by the owner of the house and is warned to leave.
    You'd expect: That he'd leave immediately, wait outside the house's threshold long enough for the NPC to return to neutral and go back into the house, allowing Mathas to continuing sneaking and stealing supplies without risk of confrontation. OR at the very least, return back to his shelter with the supplies he has gathered and return back to apartment the next night.
    Instead: He runs around the NPC, tries to get more loot before he has to leave directly in front of the NPC who becomes increasingly more hostile with their warnings. Eventually the NPC pulls out a rifle and guns down Mathas as he tries to flee.
  • In the Versus sequel for Super Mario Sunshine, AttackingTucans has reached the finish line before Il Piantissimo. However, it does not qualify as a win until he touches the pole.
    You'd expect: He touches the pole.
    Instead: Thinking that he won, he goofs around, waiting for his rival to show up, never touching the pole. When he does, Il Piantissimo shows up and declares himself the winner, denying Tyler the Sprite. Cue rage.


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