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Some cartoon characters can be completely clueless, others can be capable of common sense. Here, it's hard to tell which is which.


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  • 3Below:
    • Stuart's ex has shown up on Earth, and he is terrified. He explains to the Tarrons that he ran out on her, and Durians either mate for life or until a female Durian eats her mate.
      You'd Expect: They would offer to protect him while he talks things out with his ex. Stuart of course would be knowledgable of his own culture.
      Instead: Aja dismisses his worries as sheer nerves and says that working things out with her, with some privacy, will give them both closure.
      Predictably: Stuart was right; his ex wanted to eat him because she got engaged again. The Tarrons have to fend her off long enough for her to accept a compromise. Then it turns out she was a spy for Morando, and her real purpose was confirming the royals were on Earth. The lesson? Listen to Stuart next time.
    • In season two, Colonel Kubritz has made contact with Morando. She makes a Deal with the Devil, as Sergeant Costa points out: he'll give her Omens to protect Earth and she'll allow him to find Galen's core. They'll destroy Krel and Aja together because she holds a grudge against them for breaking into her facility twice and escaping with their lives. Then when he starts reshaping the universe in his image, Earth will be spared.
      You'd Expect: Kubritz would have some Betrayal Insurance on hand because Morando can snap her or any of her men like a twig. He also sent an asteroid that would have devastated Arcadia if not for the Tarrons agreeing to a temporary Enemy Mine.
      You'd Also Expect: Her raid on the House of Tarron and Mother would be a little more discreet. The trolls may be an Open Secret and most of them are in New Jersey with Jim and Merlin but Aargh, Strickler and Toby are still there. Strickler may be willing to lend a hand if Toby calls him.
      Instead: Colonel Kubritz doesn't consider that Morando would consider her and Earth expendable. She brings out a dozen trucks, Morando's armory, and helicopters. Then when Morando hands her advanced weaponry, she blasts through the house laughing maniacally as Costa arrests the Blanks, Toby, Steve, Aargh, and Varvatos.
      Predictably: During their fight, Aja points out to Kubritz that for someone who hates aliens, she allied with the token evil Big Bad of them. Kubritz's arm also gets injured thanks to the science fiction "Home Alone" Antics. When Mother goes down defending her family, she transfers her consciousness to an Omen bot which gives her more firepower to go with her Mama Bear attitude. With a Surprisingly Realistic Outcome, people get an inkling of what happened that night because of the ruckus, and Darci is suspicious when Toby makes an excuse to leave in the middle of stapling movie posters all over town. In later episodes, when Kubritz fires on the innocent civilians of Arcadia in their attempt to protect the Tarrons, they call her out for being evil and even Sergeant Costas turns on her because she's gone off the rails. Kubritz finds out in the Series Finale that Morando was going to destroy Earth anyway once he got what he needed, and dies when she fights him and he crushes her to death.
    • In the same episode, Varvatos Vex and Morando get into a confrontation. Morando says that he wanted Vex to be his general, while Vex said he only lowered the shields because Morando promised no one would get hurt in the coup. Varvatos wins, but Morando goes Combat Pragmatist and knocks him down.
      You'd Expect: Morando would just kill him then and there. Or permanently maim Varvatos so that he can no longer fight.
      Instead: He knocks out Vex and lets Sergeant Costas wrap him in chains to take away in a truck to District 49. Morando promises that he'll make Varvatos outlive the Tarrons instead of giving him a glorious death. There are implications that he wants to break and mold Varvatos into the general he wanted.
      The Result: The Blanks revive themselves in the truck. Lucy frees Varvatos and busts them out of the truck. Varvatos says they need to return to save Aja and Krel.
    • Kubritz wants to lure out the Tarrons since they went into hiding after the assault on Mother. They could be anywhere, as long as there is a power source to heal the Akiridion king and queen.
      You'd Expect: Since Eli is a citizen in the town, knock on his door and interrogate him with a search warrant and do the same with Steve. Sergeant Costas arrested both boys for trying to defend the Tarrons, making them fugitives technically.
      Alternatively: Look up the license number on the taco truck that Stuart drives. She knows it exists since the Blanks served tacos as a distraction for the first heist and Sergeant Costas finds them easily when turning himself in to the Tarrons.
      Instead: When Toby screens his movie, featuring Krel as an alien savior, Kubritz fires on the crowd at a movie theater and demands to know where the Tarrons are. We see that she could have easily killed someone, and causes ample property damage. When the Tarrons start evacuating the town, Kubritz then declares martial law and rounds up the citizens from their homes using the Omen bots she received from Morando to interrogate them about where the royals are. This is an act of war on US soil, to usher in soldiers to imprison an entire town just to secure two minors and their elderly guardian. Brilliant.
      The Result: Steve, Eli, and Toby quickly note that killing their movie audience was not All Part of the Show and suit up to protect their friends and family. Detective Scott starts joining in on the evacuation and goes Papa Wolf for his daughter, saying that he refuses to recognize Kubritz's authority for declaring war on his neighbors. Mary and Darci start tweeting about it as well, guaranteeing that the scandal will go viral and look embarrassing for the military. The only reason the Akiridons aren't concerned about this is they're dealing with the fallout of the Series Finale, and a talking cat calls Toby, Aargh and Steve for another adventure. Safe to say that even if Kubritz had survived, she would be in for a lot of legal trouble and a dishonorable discharge for her power-hungry actions.
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  • Abby Hatcher:
    • In the first episode, Abby gives Bozzly her childhood blanket as a gift, but upon coming downstairs, Bozzly starts sneezing from the dust and Abby takes him to get cleaned up. Before going, Bozzly puts the blanket on one of the boxes.
      You'd Expect: For Abby to groom Bozzly near the blanket so they can keep watch over the blanket.
      Instead: She grooms Bozzly away from the blanket.
      You'd Also Expect: Either Abby or Bozzly to watch the blanket so it doesn't get stolen.
      Instead: They don't.
      As a result: The mover unknowingly picks up the box that has the blanket on it and takes it to the truck.
    • In "Peeper Time Blues", a mix-up with the groceries causes the Squeaky Peepers' egg carton bed to end up with Chef Jeff. When the Peepers discover their bed disappeared, they become depressed and turn blue, and constantly sing the blues.
      You'd Expect: The Peepers to tell Abby and Bozzly that their bed is missing.
      Instead: They don't bother to do so, and Abby and Bozzly spend the whole episode trying to find out why.
      • Earlier, the mix-up was started when Curly bounced and spilled the groceries around the Peeper bed.
        You'd Expect: Either Abby or Bozzly to pay attention when putting the groceries away.
        Instead: They don't and wind up putting the Peeper bed in with the groceries.
        You'd Also Expect: Either Chef Jeff or Curly to think twice before thinking they bought two egg cartons when they really didn't, and also to notice the music notes on the Peeper bed.
        Instead: They don't bother about it.
    • In "Princess Flug's Flowery Adventure", Princess Flug ends up in Abby's laundry which sets off a mad chase through town, and she gets distracted wherever she sees flowers and follows them right before Abby and Bozzly show up.
      You'd Expect: Abby to use the Fuzzly Spotter to locate Princess Flug and see where she is.
      Instead: She doesn't even bother to use her watch and just keeps chasing her.
      You'd also expect: Princess Flug to be in Abby's viewpoint whenever she gets attracted to a new flower.
      Instead: She completely obscures herself by the flower or something else, leaving Abby to miss her completely.
    • In "Wai Po's Wild Day", Wai Po invites Abby and Bozzly to play with her. Abby and Bozzly put their gear away so it's easier to play, and while playing on Grumbles as a merry-go-round, they get sent flying to the top of the floodlight, and are unable to get down due to taking off their gear.
      You'd Expect: For Abby to use her Pogo Spring Shoes (the one part of gear she didn't remove) to bounce herself and Bozzly back down to safety.
      Instead: They get Wai Po to use the gear and save them.
    • In "Mo and Bo and the Missing Button Trail", snow covers the trail of buttons Abby leaves to get home, leaving her and the Fuzzlies lost.
      You'd Expect: For Abby to use her Zoomer View X-Ray Specs to see through the snow to find the buttons.
      Instead: She never bothers to use them and uses different methods instead.
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius:
    • In "The Great Egg Heist", Jimmy and the gang are tricked by Professor Calamitous into stealing a Jade Egg for him to power a doomsday device of his. During the heist, Carl ends up getting the real Jade egg mixed up with a fake made to be put in the real one's place at the museum. Upon delivering the egg, Calamitous traps the gang with the intent of killing them with his doomsday device, while letting them know how trying to substitute lead to meltdowns as Jimmy prepares to use one of his inventions to help the gang escape.
      You'd Expect: As Carl wasn't actually sure whether or not he left the real jade egg back at the museum, he would let Jimmy break them out before telling him. If the egg was actually the real one, then any mistake on Jimmy's part could cause them to get killed, so telling him after they were safe would be the best option - after all, the fake egg would just make Calamitous's doomsday machine not work.
      Instead: He nudges Jimmy in an attempt to tell him that he might have left the real one back and that Calamitous has the fake, causing Jimmy to accidentally toss his invention into the forcefield, destroying it. While it is revealed that Calamitous does have the fake when his doomsday device explodes, if Carl had been wrong, it meant he would have doomed them all.
  • The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin:
    • In "Octopede Sailors", we learn that Grubby was in a shipwreck as a child. After disobeying his father to save his life, Grubby is praised by his father and asks him to follow him.
      You'd Expect: Grubby to instead go back to the tiller, since it would be much safer there.
      Instead: He listens to his father's orders.
      As A Result: Grubby is swept away by a wave while running.
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series: Carface's original human family, whose son is so irresponsible and lazy that Carface runs rampant around the house and inadvertently ruins his family's Christmas simply because he isn't trained to know better.
    You'd Expect: For the boy to own up to his carelessness, as he risks losing his pet over the incident.
    Instead: The ungrateful child doesn't say a thing in defense of Carface, leaving him at the mercy of his angry parents who want to get rid of him.
    Compounding This: The parents, instead of giving him up to a home for adoption or giving their kid one more chance to properly train Carface, instead kick him out onto the street to fend for himself. And bear in mind, he was just a puppy, and they did this on a cold winter night when it was raining.
    The Result: Carface becomes the bitter, greedy, self-serving louse he is, one bad enough to make deals with the Devil. All because they could not be bothered to be the responsible, caring owners they should have been.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball:
    • At the beginning of the episode "The Authority", Richard wants to watch TV, but there are no batteries in the remote. Fortunately, he spots a pair of batteries on the table.
      You'd Expect: Richard to put the batteries in the remote and then use the remote to turn on the TV.
      Instead: Richard throws the batteries at the TV, hoping to hit the power button. He misses and hits the screen instead, breaking the TV as a result. This happens again later in the episode when Gumball, Darwin, and Anais take on Richard's shape and IQ as a result of Granny Jojo overprotecting them.
    • In "The Nemesis" Rob wants to get revenge on Gumball and Darwin for not saving him from the Void in the earlier season. They didn'tsave him because they didn't notice him and he assumed they ignored his pleas. His attemps for revenge fail and he gives up. Gumball and Darwin feel sorry for him and want to help.
      You'd Expect: Them to apologise to him for what they did, to explain that they didn't notice him in the Void and to try to make things up with him.
      Instead:They help him become a better villain which leads to the conflict of the episode.
    • In "The Rerun", Gumball manages to get his hands on the reality-warping remote and uses it to defeat his Arch-Enemy Rob and send him into the Void before becoming Ret-Gone due to Rob erasing his family from existence. He then decides to save him after feeling terrible about it.
      You'd Expect: That Gumball would reverse everything back to normal and save himself before saving Rob as he is beginning to become Ret-Gone, even to gather up his family to save him from the Void.
      Instead: Gumball immediately goes into the Void to save Rob (who stubbornly tries to evade him) before saving himself from becoming Ret-Gone.
      Result: Rob manages to get the remote back and prepares to use it to finish off Gumball, who is seconds away from becoming Ret-Gone.
      Luckily: Rob ultimately can't bring himself to do so since Gumball came back for him, and atones for everything he's done by rewinding back to where he bought the remote, and destroys the remote so no one can use it again.
    • In "The Spoiler," when Gumball tries to avoid Spoilers by burying himself into a hole in his backyard, the radio was on about a discussion on The Screaming:
      You'd Expect: For him to turn off the radio.
      Instead: He decides to just go about his ridiculous plan, and lo and behold, he got a spoiler from the radio. Darwin even points this out.
  • American Dad!
    • "The Weiner of our Discontent," Roger gets hold of some poisonous hot dogs which will kill anyone who eats them, and decides to keep hold of them so that he can feel important (and kill anyone who pisses him off by feeding them one of the poisoned hot dogs). Due to a mix-up, Steve and Toshi nearly end up eating them in a hot dog-eating contest, but Toshi's mother unknowingly prevents them from doing so. Afterwards, Stan destroys the poisonous hot dogs once and for all.
      You'd expect: Francine to be furious at Roger for nearly killing both her son and one of his friends, and to lecture him about how you don't need power over life and death just to feel good about yourself.
      Instead: She blames Stan for everything, because he was mean to Roger earlier in the episode. Stan then tries to make amends by letting Roger hold onto the adrenaline shot that he uses to stave off his lethal shellfish allergy... and the brilliance of this thinking is demonstrated in the very next scene, when Roger deliberately poisons Stan with some crawfish cookies, withholds the adrenaline shot so that he can feel high and mighty again, and then reveals that he wasted it on himself shortly after Stan gave it to him.
    • In another episode, Hayley's kidneys fail and she needs a transplant, but Francine drops a bombshell that Stan may not be Hayley's father due to Francine having a one-night stand before she married Stan. However, Francine cannot remember who she slept with, so Stan takes her and himself into the past with a time travel machine from the CIA so they can see who Francine slept with and get the guy's info so they can go back to the present and use the info to save Hayley's life.
      You'd expect: Stan and Francine to get the man's information from his dropped wallet and leave to go back to their own time with the information.
      Instead: Stan, being the jealous and overprotective husband that he is, blows his cover and berates the man that is kissing the young Francine, causing her to get upset at the mistake she almost made and leaves. This causes the past to be messed up and present Francine points out that this will cause Hayley to be Ret-Gone if the man really is her father so she convinces Stan to get her younger self to sleep with the guy by any means necessary.
      How it works out: The couple tell their younger selves about the situation and young Stan is up for the idea to get young Francine to have the one night stand, but she refuses to do it. Present Stan then remembers he has the formula needed to create the drug Ecstasy, so he goes to young Roger for assistance in making the drug. Once they have it, they drug young Francine and convince the man from the one night stand to sleep with her only because she was drugged up. Roger then ties the guy up and takes his kidneys.
    • In "Bullocks to Stan", Jeff is in a diner hiding from Stan and Bullock and is telling a waitress to pretend she doesn't know him but she actually does not know him.
      You'd expect: Jeff to try coming up with a fake name, or, better yet, just roll with that and draw no attention to himself.
      Instead: Jeff says his name, allowing Bullock to recognize him. If it weren't for Hayley, he would have been dead right now.
    • In "Delorean Storey-an", Stan and Steve are driving down the road late at night, then Steve decides to get some sleep. Stan, meanwhile, decides to keep on driving because he's "fueled by pure adrenaline".
      You'd expect: Stan to keep his eyes open so that he can focus on the road.
      Or: If he wants to rest his eyes, stop the car first.
      Instead: He decides to rest his eyes while still driving, causing the car to nearly go off the road! While he does manage to swerve back onto the road before he can crash, Steve is left leaning outside the open car door, causing his head to collide with a running hare named Andy, killing the poor little animal. Needless to say, the death of Andy does not go down well with the tortoise who was racing him.
    • In "A Jones for a Smith", Stan has been battling a cold. While sitting on a park bench near a soup kitchen, he is approached by a shady looking man who claims to be in the "pharmaceutical business". The man lights a pipe and offers it to Stan.
      You'd expect: Stan — being in law enforcement and all — to realize that this man is a drug dealer who's trying to sell him an illegal substance, refuse his help and arrest him.
      Instead: He thinks the drug is a "heated inhalent" and take a hit.
      The result: Stan continues to use the drug over the next several days and is oblivious to what it is until Roger catches him in the act and informs him that he's been smoking crack-cocaine. Stan throws the crack away and vows not to smoke it again, but by then it's too late. He's developed a crack addiction.
    • "Four Little Words": Long story short, Stan framed Francine for murdering her best friend, so that he wouldn't have to hear her say I Told You So about how the real killer going on a date with Melinda was a bad idea. Francine is so wracked with guilt and trauma that she flies to India to become a teacher in a village, complete with adopting an orphan boy named Sanjit. A month passes before Stan, having taken over Francine's housekeeping duties, realizes that if he had admitted she was wrong first, she wouldn't have the opportunity to say I Told You So.
      You'd Expect: Stan would do more than come clean and apologize. He traumatized his wife and should take steps to proactively handle the rift that's bound to follow.
      Instead: He flies to India, apologizes while coming clean about the Zany Scheme, and expects that's all fine and dandy.
      Predictably: Francine reads him the riot act and doesn't forgive him. She tells him that she has been wracked with guilt, prayed to Ganesha for forgiveness about accidentally killing her best friend while still being a Christian, and developed bad diarrhea from the terrible water. To top it all off, she can't just leave the boy that she adopted. Stan ends the episode in the doghouse, having only found another suitable parent for Sanjit without making up for everything else, and Francine makes it clear she only came back to get her previous lifestyle and for for her husband or child. If not for Status Quo Is God, he would be sleeping on the couch forever.
  • The Angry Beavers: In "Up All Night", Norbert and Daggett decide to stay up all night since they don't live with their parents anymore. After engaging in some nighttime activities, they decide to check on the time. Their clock reads 9:37, but it doesn't have an AM/PM indicator.
    You'd Expect: Norb or Dag to look out one of their dam's windows just to see if it's still night outside. They live in a place with normal times for sunrises and sunsets; it would be light out 9:37 AM.
    Instead: Norb assumes that it's still evening, and he and Dag decide to stay up even longer.
    To Make Matters Worse: They next time they check on the clock, it reads 10:34. They still believe it's nighttime until Dag realizes that the plug fell out. When they finally check outside, they realize to their own horror that they stayed up several decades into the future.
  • Animaniacs:
    • In the first Pinky and the Brain segment "Win Big", Brain needs $99,000 to complete his latest world domination device. He becomes a contestant on the game show Gyp-Parody! and dominates the competition, winning $49,500 before the final round.
      You'd think: Brain would be somewhat familiar with the rules of the show he's on and know that he can come back as a returning champion as long as he doesn't finish with $0. The only way that can happen is if he wagers everything and gives an incorrect response.
      Instead: The problem isn't that he stumbles on the same exact subject that Pinky was pestering him about earlier in the episode; Brain's greed gets the better of him and he goes double or nothing, finishing with $0 and losing his chance to compete the next day.
    • In "Bully for Skippy," a jerk named Duke is physically throwing around Skippy. Skippy goes to the school counselor for help.
      You'd Expect: After she sees the evidence of physical abuse, the counselor would confront Duke and either suspend him or warn him that he risks suspension or expulsion for assaulting another student.
      Instead: She keeps telling Skippy to find peaceful ways to avoid getting bullied. Yeah, like that has ever worked.
      The Result: After Duke injures him badly too many times, Skippy goes to his Aunt Slappy for help. Together, they engage in Toon Physics to deliver Amusing Injuries to Duke. It ends up being the trick that works; Duke thanks them for scaring him straight and helps repair a machine that Slappy ordered. When the counselor tries to tell off Slappy for encouraging violence, the machine grabs her and subjects her to offscreen violence. Even worse, it's implied that it may have brainwashed her and the inspector, since they blatantly changed their minds about their opinion on violence.
    • In "Potty Emergency", Wakko has to pee after drinking too much soda. He tries finding public restrooms, only to come up short.
      You'd Expect: Wakko to go back to the water tower to use the bathroom after this failure (after all, you can't say it was too far when he managed to climb a tall mountain), then return to the movie theater.
      Instead: He tries to use his toilet inside his bag, which gets him into more mishaps.
      Then Again: The plot wouldn't have worked quite as well if this was the way it ended. Most of the episode's memorable moments happen as a result of the toilet he found in his bag.
  • Animaniacs (2020)
    • "The Mousechurian Candidate": When Brain genetically engineers a female mouse to become his First Lady, he finds out that Julia is more charismatic than he is, owing to her Nice Girl and Nice to the Waiter tendencies. Much to his chagrin, she ends up winning the position of Senator on the campaign trail from under his nose. Voters wrote her in because she kissed babies when they cried, did traditions that the locals appreciated, and listens to people. Brain gets jealous until he realizes that he can use Julia to further his ambitions and work from behind the scenes. The thing is that Julia tosses out his speech suggesting using child labor to make bombs, and tells him off for how he treats Pinky. Pinky even notes that her niceness is what makes her more likeable than Brain.
      You'd Expect: Brain would go for Plan B;  a state governor or the President of the United States may be grabbing power, but they are ultimately undermined by all the red tape in their attempts to create change. He should go with the flow and find other means of taking over the world.
      Instead: He reveals that he put a mind-control chip in Julia, the same one that enables her genetic enhancement. When activating the chip, it electrocutes Julia and brainwashes her into being a puppet for his words.
      Predictably: This means the plan fails. Julia shocks the audience with her Out-of-Character Alert speeches and goes feral as the chip malfunctions. She runs off into the wilderness, leading her rival to gain the governorship position. Brain only says that it was a calculated risk and doesn't realize that it was his own fault. To top it all off, Julia retains enough of her sapience to create a hidden underground lair. She spies on Brain and Pinky smugly, waiting for a chance at revenge. 
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!:
    • "Nightmare in Red": Red Hulk attacks the S.H.I.E.L.D. Hellicarrier.
      You'd think: The then-current SHIELD director, Maria Hill, would order a hunt for Red Hulk.
      Instead: Maria apparently assumes that The Incredible Hulk somehow changed his skin tone from green to red, then attacked the Helicarrier, and so orders a hunt for him instead. The hunt succeeds, depriving the Avengers of their strongest member for an unspecified lengthy amount of time. Meanwhile, Red Hulk remains free to wreak havoc under the order of Red Skull.
    • "Powerless": Amora the Enchantress helps Loki extract revenge on the Avengers by casting a spell which turns The Mighty Thor mortal, strips Captain America of his strength, and drains Iron Man's technical knowledge, giving Loki the opportunity to kill them with the Destroyer armor.
      You'd think: The Enchantress would make sure that this spell would prove impossible for the Avengers to break.
      Instead: Before Loki goes to fight, she warns him that if Thor learns a lesson in humility, he and his teammates will regain their abilities. Thor had already gained humility by this point, and didn't revert to arrogance until the morning on which this episode began. The magic doesn't reverse until Thor gains humility again, but the episode never says why the Enchantress and Loki believed Thor would have trouble losing the arrogance he lost before.
  • Back at the Barnyard: In "A Tale of Two Snottys", as the title suggests, there are two Snotty Boys. One is real while the other is Pig in disguise. When Mrs. Beady wonders which one is her real nephew, she (correctly) assumes that the imposter is a talking animal. So when she finds out that Pig is the imposter...
    You'd Expect: Mrs. Beady to take off Pig's disguise and expose him as the talking animal he is right in front of her husband and nephew, which would finally give her some credibility.
    Instead: She just throws Pig's butt right out the door, therefore ruining her chance.
    As a Bonus: She lets Pig get away with Snotty Boy's clothes on. Leaving her nephew with a worn-out shirt, (rubber?) pants, and old leather shoes.
  • In one episode of Back to the Future, Doc Brown's Evil Former Friend Walter Wisdom steals the DeLorean knowing full well about how the flux capacitor works and wanting to profit from it. Doc and the others chase Wisdom through time, but the villain manages to shake them at the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883.
    You'd Expect: Wisdom to use the time machine to amass a large sum of money a la Biff Tannen in BTTF 2. Or set up an empire with himself as sole dictator. Really, when you have a time machine, the possibilities are endless.
    Instead: He immediately takes the DeLorean back to 1991, goes on live national TV, and starts offering time machine rides for $999,995 a pop. This gives Doc and the others enough time to catch up with him and discredit him in front of the public.
  • The Backyardigans:
    • From "Secret Mission": The secret agent team successfully limbos under the laser light beams and are about to approach the Gargantuan Gallery; Pablo then accidentally drops his Spy Gadget, which slides back under.
      You'd Expect: Pablo to limbo back under the lasers, grab the Spy Gadget, and limbo right back safely.
      Instead: He tries reaching for the Spy Gadget and ends up touching the laser, setting off an alarm and shutting a gate, thus the Spy Gadget is gone for the rest of the episode.
    • From "Who Goes There?": Uniqua jumps out of a painting and pretends she's a statue.
      You'd Expect: Tyrone would have noticed something's amiss since he saw her in the painting earlier.
      Instead: He not only falls for it but doesn't notice she's missing from the painting.
      But Then: In real life, moose have terrible eyesight.
  • Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse: In the short "Trapped in the Dreamhouse", Barbie's rival Raquelle tries to stop Barbie from outshining her at a fashion show by setting the AI system of the dreamhouse to "evil", causing it to prevent Barbie and her friends from leaving to do the show.
    You'd Expect: Barbie would remember that she's just a few steps away from the AI's good/evil switch, set it back to its default setting, and unlock the dreamhouse.
    Instead: Barbie decides to walk all the way to the control room and remove the CPU. She and her friends barely survive several Death Traps along the way. The last trap destroys the dreamhouse, requiring Ken to quickly build a new one.
  • Beavis and Butt-Head: Most of the idiocy in this show came from the titular duo, but not all of it.
    • "Woodshop": Beavis cuts his finger off, and the rest of the episode is spent at the hospital, where he needs said finger put back on.
      You'd expect: The doctor would, y'know, fasten it on with a cast or something.
      Instead: He simply warns Beavis just not to use it. He does right away, and it falls off again. Cue the next episode.
    • "Copy Machine": Buzzcut needs someone to make copies of a worksheet for his class.
      You'd expect: Buzzcut to ask anyone other than Beavis and Butt-Head to make the copies, given their track record.
      Instead: He asks Beavis and Butt-Head to make the copies. His orders include the line "You will only copy the worksheet! You will not copy your butts again!", implying that he is fully aware that he is about to place his trust in kids who have proven themselves to be absolutely untrustworthy.
      As a Result: This one should be painfully obvious. It's certainly painful for Beavis - his butt falls through the glass, and he spends most of the episode stuck in the copier.
  • Blaze and the Monster Machines:
    • In "Axle City Grand Prix", Crusher steals Gabby's remote that lets her control any machine so he can try and win the titular race. In one of his cheats, he turns on a bunch of cranes which block Blaze's way with pipes.
      You'd Expect: For Crusher to double check the pipes to see if either one is big enough for Blaze to easily drive right through.
      Instead: He disappears right after the pipes are laid out, and once Blaze encounters the pipes, Gabby immediately realizes he can drive through the biggest ones and he does just that.
    • In "Dinocoaster", Zeg gets a ticket so he, Blaze and AJ can ride the titular ride. All of a sudden, a kid truck drops his ball and it bounces away, and Zeg offers to get it.
      You'd Expect: Zeg to put his ticket in a safe place or have Blaze and AJ watch it for him.
      Instead: He leaves the ticket unattended on a barrel.
      You'd also expect: Blaze to bring the ticket to Zeg after he returns the kid truck's ball to him.
      Instead: He leaves it where it is, and a wind sweeps it up and away into Axle City, kicking off the plot of the episode.
    • In "Power Tires", Blaze is given the titular tires after an accident causes his regular tires to get ripped. Throughout the race, Crusher notices Blaze is catching up and tries to stop him.
      You'd Expect: For Crusher to think twice before he puts his cheat underway, as they always have a short flaw in them somehow.
      Instead: He goes with it anyway, and no matter what he sends out, Blaze will use the Power Tires to get past the cheat based on what he turns them into for the obstacle.
    • In "Officer Blaze", Blaze has to deliver a cake to a birthday party and throughout the trip, he comes across several traffic jams on the streets before him.
      You'd Expect: Blaze to simply use the sidewalk to get around the jams.
      Instead: He uses his siren to tell the trucks to move, possibly to advance the plotline.
    • "AJ to the Rescue": Blaze chases after a monkey's runaway kite, not going far from AJ, only to fall into a mud pit and cannot get out.
      You'd Expect: AJ to go the same way Blaze did and arrive where he is in no time.
      Instead: He follows a different route, and thus, it takes the whole episode before he finally reaches Blaze.
      You'd also Expect: For Blaze to use his Blazing Speed on his own without AJ (since he's done it before in "Treasure Track") to quickly free himself.
      Instead: He stays stuck until AJ arrives and gives him the Blazing Speed power while in the driver's seat.
    • In "Babysitting Heroes", Stripes turns on a bubble machine which makes bubbles for the baby animals to play with, then one pops against a book on the shelf, which causes it to knock over several toys in a chain reaction finishing with a toy train driving right off the shelf toward the bubble machine.
      You'd Expect: Either Blaze, AJ or Stripes to run and pick it up.
      Instead: They stay where they are, leaving the train to turn up the machine's power and trap the animals in giant bubbles, kicking off the plot of the episode.
  • One Caillou episode has this infamous exchange: Caillou is afraid of a man he sees and tells his mother.
    You'd Expect: Caillou's mother would keep him away from the man.
    Instead: She simply leaves Caillou alone with him.
  • In Captain N: The Game Master: both the N Team and The Forces of Chaos tend to display stupidity when an opportunity for victory is in sight. In "Wishful Thinking", the N Team discover a lamp containing a Genie with the ability to what else? Grant wishes.
    You'd Expect: That the N Team would wish for the defeat of Mother Brain and all others seeking to dominate Videoland, plus bring King Charles back. Even Lana considers using a wish to stop Mother Brain.
    Instead: The N Team members make personal wishes like Kevin's skills being enhanced, Mega Man becoming stronger, Lana falling heads over heels for Simon (literally) and Kid Icarus (or rather, Pit) making himself big. By the end of the episode, no attempt is made to use a wish to permanently stop The Forces of Chaos or bring the King back home. Granted the wishes could come out wrong if not worded right, Kid Icarus managed to make several wishes without them backfiring.
    • But again the bad guys can be equally stupid. In Happy Birthday, Mega Man, The N Team accompany Mega Man on a mission to the Warp of Life which can make him human. To achieve humanity, he has to pass three challenges. The first is gaining the will to leave the Pleasure Zone (as the world is so fun due to the many games/stores/rides that no one wants to leave). After Mega Man and the N Team depart, they discover that they've been in the Pleasure Zone for three weeks.
      You'd expect: That Mother Brain and The Forces of Chaos would take advantage of the N Teams' absence and try for another takeover of Videoland. Someone from the N Team would have to consider that.
      Instead: We don't see the aforementioned villains, nor are they acknowledged.
  • Camp Lazlo
    • In "The Book of Slinkman", Samson is delivering the new rule books for Camp Kidney and Acorn Flats but accidentally drops them mixing up the delivery tags and he ends up sending the Camp Kidney rule book to Acorn Flats.
      You'd Expect: Miss Doe would stop Samson and notify him of the mistake or notify Scoutmaster Lumpus of the mix up and give him the rule book.
      Instead: She throws it away, and all the boy scouts are wearing dresses and having tea parties.
      Admittedly: The scouts aren't blameless either, You'd think that at least one of them would be suspicious about the content of the book and would want to take a closer look, which would have resulted in them finding out it's not really their book.
      Instead: They continue following the rules, even when it mentions avoiding the scouts and all of them end up locked over a fence. It's only after Lumpus, who didn't even partake nor care about what was going on, takes the book and reads out loud that it's actually for the Acorn Flats that they stop this nonsense.
    • In "Racing Slicks", the Bean Scouts are having a competition to build and race their own go-karts. Lazlo, Raj, and Clam, however, blow their money on riding a kiddie ride instead of spending it on parts for their race car, so they need to get more money.
      You'd Expect: Every time they get new money for the car, one or more of them would make absolute certain to remind them that this money is strictly for the car, and not for the kiddie ride. Better yet, have someone (like Slinkman or someone else) monitor them and make sure they spend their money wisely.
      Instead: They blow the money on the kiddie ride every single time.
    • In the Valentines' Day special, Commander Hoo Ha finds a love letter his daughter Patsy wrote for Lazlo. Not knowing who the letter was for, he forces the Bean Scouts to go through rigorous activities to find out who the letter was for.
      You'd Expect: Patsy would lie and tell Hoo Ha right there that the letter was for him.
      Instead: She waits until after she beats up all of the Bean Scouts against her will to do this. Samson ends up lampshading this.
    • In "Samson Needs a Hug", Lazlo receives a phone call through the radio station from a crying Samson who wants to know why he's so lonely. Lazlo asks Samson for his name.
      You'd expect: That Samson would be honest and tell Lazlo his real name.
      Instead: Samson is too scared to reveal who he is (when he is not known for being that shy) and says that he's Edward. Lazlo tells him that what he needs is a hug, but as a result of Samson's lie, not only does Lazlo (who also holds the Idiot Ball) start to hug Edward against his will, he later starts hugging everybody in Camp Kidney except Samson against their will.
  • Cat Burglar: One of Rowdy's many deaths has this Played for Laughs. He decides to tunnel under the museum's wall to infiltrate.
    You'd Expect: He would grab a flashlight from his Bag of Holding, which contains a beehive and an opera singer.
    Instead: He digs in the dark, relying on the player to get the questions right.
    The Result: If you guess the trivia questions wrong, Rowdy realizes he made a wrong turn when banging into something. He lights a match to see his way...and finds out he hit a leaking gas line. KA-BOOM!
  • Carmen Sandiego:
    • A long time ago, V.I.L.E. adopted a baby abandoned in Argentina. At least, that's what they told the child whom they adopted, whom they nicknamed "Black Sheep" or "Lambikins"; Carmen for her part has been questioning the story for a long time. It's revealed that V.I.L.E. is made up of ruthless thieves that will "steal lives" in Carmen's words to get what they want.
      You'd Expect: That "Black Sheep"'s adoptive parents would have been upfront about that last part. As a child, you accept what's normal and Carmen had no other context than what Brunt taught her.
      Instead: As Carmen bitterly recounts, V.I.L.E. lied to her. They made it seem that stealing was just a game, to take an object and taunt the authorities, which was what she did as a child to her teachers and fellow students. The only reason they let her attend the academy young was to make her another soldier, while still lying.
      The Result: Carmen is blindsided when she tags along with a graduating class of thieves and when her best school friend Gray fires on an innocent archaeologist trying to defend a find at a dig. When she makes her escape from V.I.L.E. Island a year later, she severs all ties with V.I.L.E., abandons the "Black Sheep" moniker, and openly declares war.
    • Meanwhile, Carmen has recruited two former thief siblings to her team: Zach and Ivy. Both accompany her on the various heists on V.I.L.E. and provide backup support.
      You'd Expect: Given that Zach doesn't wear any disguises that V.I.L.E. would recognize him, and that they would see Ivy when she's not wearing a wig or beard. Including the time where he impersonated a Duke.
      Instead: V.I.L.E. focuses on Carmen entirely, with taking her down, capturing or executing her.
      The Result: In "The Duke of Vermeer Caper," Zach is able to convince Countess Cleo that he's a Duke to give Carmen time to steal Cleo's collection of stolen Vermeer paintings, and in "The Opera on the Outback Caper" he distracts El Topo by telling him that the subliminal opera music V.I.L.E. is playing is causing the dingos to attack his partner. Ironically, V.I.L.E. does kidnap Chase Devineaux, a Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist, after believing he and Carmen are allied.
    • It's later revealed that Shadow-san was the one who found Carmen as a baby and brought her to V.I.L.E. island. The reason why he was so hard on her and failed her final exam on purpose was to make sure she didn't become a thief, because she had the potential to do better.
      You'd Expect: At any point that Shadow-san would find a way to talk to Carmen discreetly about that he doesn't want her to throw her life away to please him or the other teachers. She has the potential to become a better person than anyone of them can with her compassion and stubborn determination.
      Instead: Shadow-san is a Stern Teacher and Jerkass to Carmen, saying that her recklessness and immaturity will get her killed and she needs to learn discipline. Including the point where she confronts him about failing her on purpose, and they are the only people in the room.
      The Result: When Carmen decides to defect, she does so in such a public way that it makes her V.I.L.E.'s number one target, and the only reason she's not killed off the bat is because Coach Brunt still loves her and the other teachers think she could be a formidable thief for them. Shadow-san was also unable to join her due to playing the part of an obstructive teacher too well, and all he can do is aid her in giving her another hard drive with V.I.L.E. hideouts.
  • Castlevania (2017)
    • Dracula appears in a literal ball of fire after the death of his wife, Lisa, at the hands of the people of Wallachia. Dracula tells them he'll never forgive them for her death, and that in one year's time, he'll unleash the hordes of Hell on their town and kill everyone still left there.
      You'd Expect: The people of Wallachia would flee the town in terror. Or at least make plans to escape, seeing as how Dracula gave them a whole year to leave before he'd descend on the town.
      Instead: Not only do they not leave, the people of Wallachia throw a party on the one-year anniversary of Dracula's announcement, believing the Bishop's claims that it was all a mass illusion caused by Satan, specifically to mock Dracula. Predictably, Dracula chooses that moment to come back, making it literally rain blood while summoning a horde of demons that put the entire town to the slaughter, including women and children. Values Dissonance or not, common sense should've told them to haul ass out of Wallachia. The only one who seemed to have the sense was an old woman who left flowers at the remnants of the Belmont house, because she was grateful to Lisa for healing her.
    • The bishop in the meantime comes to Gresit. The night hordes are attacking the city at night, while nomadic Speakers come to help. A rambling drunk monster hunter comes as well, defending the Speakers and revealing he has the knowledge to attack the hordes
      You'd Expect: The bishop would have his priorities straight. People are dying, and they have little to no means of repelling the monsters. He should be doing research as to how to protect the city. It's also his life at stake.
      Instead: He orders the church agents to wipe out the Speakers if they don't leave, blaming them for the demons, and threatens Trevor Belmont who is the last Belmont and has the means to fight monsters.
      The Result: Trevor manages to convince the townspeople that they should value their own lives over scapegoating the Speakers, and the demons make sure to track down the bishop and murder him to avenge Lisa.
    • In season two, we get a flashback to Lisa's arrest. It's revealed that the village wisewoman ratted her out out of pettiness that Lisa's science was more reliable than her homemade remedies from foot skin. Lisa tries to explain to the violent church agents that she uses science that civilization has forgotten, and she has the books to prove it. Also, it's revealed that she's married, and she tries to warn the church agents that if any harm comes to her, then she can't stop her husband from going on a rampage after she spent a decade "improving" him. She's not saying this to save herself, but to save them.
      You'd Expect: The church to realize that Lisa is harmless, and that they would have realized who her husband was a long, long time ago. As we learn, Dracula doesn't exactly have a low profile, due to the fact that he has a moving castle and immense powers. Not to mention his very well-known reputation of impaling people he doesn't like.
      Instead: The bishop assumes her "husband" is Satan, accuses Lisa of being a witch, and takes her away for an inquisition after burning her house down, including the books.
      The Result: Dracula lays waste to Targoviste when he learns what happened to Lisa, and starts on the rest of Wallachia. Several years later, Dracula's demon Blue Fangs tracks down the bishop, is able to invade his church because God doesn't believe in the bishop's true divinity, and murders him after thanking him for motivating Dracula to release the night hordes. To make matters worse, Alucard laments that his father is a man with science, culture, and history, but Lisa's death means that Alucard, Sypha and Trevor have to kill Dracula.
    • During Dracula's rampage, several of his generals are worried. They are asking what they are going to eat if all the humans are wiped out Carmilla tries to pull off a coup by recruiting Hector, one of Dracula's human friends and a necromancer. Hector apparently thinks that it was to keep Dracula in line, not betray him. Their plan goes south anyway when Sypha manages to trap Dracula's castle and bring it to the Belmont Hold.
      You'd Expect: Hector would leave Carmilla in the daylight and start a new life in the ravages of Dracula's war.
      Instead: He waits until dusk to hear of her plans.
      The Result: Carmilla takes the opportunity to enslave him so that he can make a new undead army for her. Hector would fight back, but he's outnumbered and overpowered.
    • In Season 3, Isaac has just found out that Hector, the other forgemaster, has been kidnapped by Carmilla and is being held in her castle as a prisoner in her dungeon. Meanwhile, Isaac knows that Hector and Carmilla betrayed Dracula, but it was Trevor, Alucard and Sypha who killed his friend..
      You'd Expect: He wouldn't stretch himself thin. Focus on one piece of revenge at a time and move on to the next. Or revive Dracula and Lisa first and let him do the honors, even if Lisa protests.
      Instead: Isaac tries to revive Dracula and go to kill Carmilla and Hector at the same time.
      The Result: Although it is a Pyrrhic Victory for the heroes, they manage to stop the first part.
    • Isaac intends to leave by boat to his next destination, but the city guard show up and threaten Isaac and his horde of crafted monsters, ordering him to leave the city immediately. Isaac responds that he fully intends to leave, and that he's making his way to the docks to find a ship.
      You'd Expect: The city guard would just let Isaac leave. Their job is protecting the city, and if Isaac is going to leave anyway, then just let him go. Isaac has a horde of monsters at his beck and call, and he was in a good mood, so he was trying to be reasonable in just leaving by boat like he wants. Maybe the guards could follow him at a safe distance and warn him not to try anything, but not actively antagonize him. As long as he leaves the city like he says he's going to, there's no need to risk any more lives.
      Instead: The guards demand Isaac walk out of the city along with his monsters instead of going to the port, refusing to let him leave of his own accord. Isaac gets so annoyed at dealing with the guards that he has the monsters rip the city guards apart in brutal fashion.
  • In the CatDog episode "Mush, Dog, Mush!" Cat and Dog are participating in a sled race, and Cat really wants to win. When Dog gets tired, Cat takes over his place as the runner. They're in first place, and the finish line is in sight.
    You'd Expect: Cat to cross the finish line.
    Instead: Cat is feeling a bit smug. As soon as they're right in front of the finish line, he suddenly stops, slowly lifts up his finger, and places it down on the finish line, going "Oh, yeah!"
    As a result: Everyone passes them, and they don't get first place. And even though it's his own fault, Cat still complains that they were "so darn stinking close!"
  • In the Captain Planet episode An Inside Job, Dr. Blight walks into a Rock formation with a clearly visible door, Kwame comes by the Rock formation.
    So You'd Expect: Kwame would use his Earth ring to lift the rock formation or find a way to open the door of the rock formation.
    Instead: He assumes that Dr. Blight is in another place and ignores the rock formation.
    • In The Unbearable Blightness of Being, Dr. Blight constructs a machine that lets her switch bodies with Gaia and uses Gaia's powers to wreck havoc.
      You'd expect: Blight would put her own body in a cage or something similar before the switch, so that Gaia will be trapped in Blight's body. Or, at the very least, inform her "assistant" MAL of the switch.
      Instead: She does none of these things, leaving Gaia able to fight the disasters with Blight's own technology, even getting the Planeteers and MAL on her side.
    • In Mission to Save Earth, Part II, Captain Pollution is being drained of his energy. In pain, Captain Pollution wonder outloud who's responsible for this.
      You'd expect: The Planeteers and Commander Clash to remain hidden and continue draining Captain Pollution's energy until he's dead.
      Instead: Ma-Ti yells that their device is the cause of his energy loss, giving away their position and revealing their secret weapon. MAL hears this and renders the device inoperable. Captain Pollution regains his composure and approach the Planeteers menacingly.
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog: The kids in Emily Elizabeth's class try out for "Jane and the Beanstalk," with Jetta getting the lead role and Emily Elizabeth playing Jane's mother. Jetta is a good actress but lazy; she keeps blowing off opportunities to learn her lines.
    You'd Expect: The teachers would schedule regular rehearsals and have a tech crew on hand.
    Instead: The adults don't schedule any rehearsals and instead remind the kids to practice their parts on their own time. Jetta keeps making excuses.
    The Result: On opening night, everyone realizes they don't have a beanstalk until Clifford offers his tail. Jetta is also forced to admit she didn't practice after trying to throw a hissy fit. Emily Elizabeth gets the part because she knows Jane's lines by default, and Jetta is cast as the cow.
  • In Code Monkeys, Mr. Larrity is in a high-stakes poker competition against up-and-coming entrepreneur Gill Bates. He's brought Benny with him to help him cheat by staring at his competitors' hands. Benny sees Gill's hand and warns Larrity that it's really good.
    You'd Expect: Larrity to trust Benny and just drop out of the hand, cutting his losses but not making things worse.
    Instead: Larrity completely ignores Benny's advice and bets Gameavision on his hand, which includes cards not even found in a standard deck (including an Old Maid and a blue Uno Reverse). Naturally, he loses spectacularly.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • Operation: C.A.B.L.E.-T.V.: The KND have just defeated a minor villain with a device that changes people's ages.
      You'd expect: Numbuh One would keep this age-changing device to use against the adults, or at least to stop anyone else from getting their hands on it.
      Instead: He throws it away, and the Delightful Children From Down The Lane pick it up.
      The Result: 4.5 episodes later, The Delightful Children use it to turn Numbuh 1 into an adult, forcing him to abandon the KND for a while.
    • During Operation I.T, Father has managed to become Supreme Leader of the Kids Next Door via a game of tag and prevented a trick from Numbuh 1 for him to give the position up.
      You'd expect: Father to, under no circumstances, begin another game of tag. He's won at this point and he has the Delightful Children for backup.
      Instead: He starts another game to show off how in control of everything he is.
      The Result: Numbuh 362 regains her title and Father is removed from the KND for good.
    • It's proved multiple times that nobody likes Numbuh 13 due to his tendency to screw everything up due to his bumblingness to the point that they would rather be it than have him be the Supreme Leader of the Kids Next Door.
      You'd Expect: They would decommission him immediately and kick him out of the group. They can do so before he becomes of age, as shown with Numbuh 363 later on.
      Instead: Somehow nobody, including 362, thought of doing this and kept him within the organization even though he repeatedly proved to be The Load for the team.
    • During Operation G.R.A.D.U.A.T.E.S, the remaining K.N.D modify their birthday suits to protect against Father's animalization ray.
      You'd expect: An agent would fly into the ray wearing the modified suit to test it and see if it really works.
      Instead: They all fly into the ray at once without testing the suits.
      The Result: They end up only delaying the effects of the ray for a few seconds and everyone is turned into animals.
  • Craig of the Creek
    • "The Curse": Craig and his friends accidentally spy on two Goth girls they believe to be witches. The two are reading Tarot cards while discussing the future. When they catch Craig and his friends, Craig apologizes and begs to not be cursed.
      You'd Expect: The girls would laugh, explain that Tarot isn't that sort of magic, and just warn the kids to not be so nosy.
      Instead: They pretend to curse Craig and his friends.
      The Result: Craig, JP and Kelsey suffer a bad luck streak and believe they have to defeat the "witches". Laser-Guided Karma ensues for the girls when Kelsey, based on the witchy manga she reads, sprays them with water in the belief that they'll melt.
    • "Escape from Family Dinner": Craig is roped into staying at home for a steak barbecue when Kelsey and J.P. need his help surviving a water fight. At one point his dad is heating up the steaks. They hear Jessica needing help inside.
      You'd Expect: Craig's dad would send Craig inside to help.
      Instead: He runs inside and tells Craig to watch the steaks.
      You'd Then Expect: Craig would either turn off the fire or watch the food as instructed.
      Instead: He tries to escape and leaves the coals unattended.
      Predictabily: The steaks get burned, and if Craig's dad hadn't intervened, the house likely would've gone with them.
    • "The Invitation": Scout Jason and Craig hate each other's guts. They are invited to a tea party with cake and have to spend the whole time talking civilly or they will get kicked out without getting cake. It's revealed that Jason and fellow scout Boris accidentally ruined Craig's collection of maps by opening his and his friends' stump on a rainy day.
      You'd Expect: Jason to have told Craig immediately after the fact and apologized.
      Instead: Jason kept it quiet until he's forced to confess at the tea party. Then he digs himself deeper by claiming it was an inspection to make sure that Craig and his friends weren't storing any contraband. Which isn't an excuse for violating someone's privacy without jurisdiction and ruining their stuff.
      The Result: Craig is tempted to ruin Jason's merit badges in revenge, and would if he didn't realize that the maps getting ruined was a genuine accident and revenge wouldn't accomplish anything. Instead he reveals that the cake is cardboard and in the ensuing foodfight, Jason's badges get ruined anyway.
    • "The End Was Here": Craig, Kelsey, and J.P. go on a quest to find out what started a great war in the creek involving capture the flag. They end up at Jason's house, and Jason tells them rudely but accurately that they can't dig up his yard and he was hoping they actually wanted to spend time with him.
      You'd Expect: Craig to put aside his disdain for Jason and directly tell him about the war and the old books. Jason actually points this out at the end of the episode.
      Instead: He lets Kelsey pull a distraction by injuring J.P. so that he can get the treasure while Jason tends to J.P. He actually does by finding a box of diaries from the ancients.
      You'd Then Expect: Craig would grab the box and hop the fence, or even take the book with the telltale evidence if the box itself is too heavy.
      Instead: He sits with the most important book in the collection and reads it out loud, and Jason can hear it when he goes inside to get medical supplies.
      The Result: Jason chases him down with a Supersoaker. Thanks to the shenanigans, the diary is drenched when Craig is forced to drop it into the river to save Jason from falling. Jason does apologize, to his credit, when he hears the full story, and Craig in turn apologizes for excluding him from the adventure as well as digging up his yard. They commit to solving the mystery together, making him their fourth ranger. Both boys also get grounded due to Craig digging up Jason's yard.
  • Crashbox: In one episode of "Sketch Pad", a man who is later revealed to be the night watchman is sleeping and has a dream about his boss being in a car accident.
    You'd Expect: The man to just keep quiet about it, or at least refrain from saying anything about the dream.
    Instead: He tells his boss about the dream and gets fired for being asleep on the job. Sketch describes it best.
    Sketch: When he told his boss about his dream, he may as well have signed his own pink slip.
  • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: In "King Daniel for a Day", Daniel is crowned king temporarily and is told to buy King Friday a dessert and a loud instrument, and most importantly to be kind. Daniel buys the dessert (a cake), but then he sees O having dropped his ice cream. Daniel is torn over whether to keep the cake to deliver, or give it to O.
    You'd Expect: For Daniel to cut the cake in half and give half to O and half to King Friday, or to go back to the store and buy another cake (the store stocked plenty of cakes, they seemed to have plenty of time, and there was no mention of them being short on money).
    Instead: He gives the whole thing to O and doesn't replace it.
    Later: Daniel has bought the loud instrument (cymbals), but then he sees Miss Elaina crying because her astronaut toy is in the wash. He knows that cymbals are Miss Elaina's favourite instrument, but he needs to deliver these ones to the king.
    You'd Expect: For Daniel to give one cymbal to Miss Elaina and the other to King Friday, or for him to just play the cymbals for her until she cheers up, or for him to find a different way to cheer Miss Elaina up (such as reminding her that the doll will come back) or for him to give her the cymbals and then come back to the store and buy a different loud instrument.
    Instead: He gives Miss Elaina both cymbals and doesn't buy a new instrument, leaving him with nothing to give to the king.
    On the Plus Side: That is a good way of driving home the moral that morality is more important than assigned tasks.
    But on the Other Hand: Daniel had his mother with him, so even if he wasn't old enough to be able to think of the other solutions, there's no stopping her from thinking of them. Also, if he'd followed the other solutions, then the moral could be that you could be both kind and pragmatic, which is also a good thing to learn. If they wanted to, the writers could still go with the "kindness > pragmatism" thing by having King Friday assign Daniel with a deadline, or for them to go back to the store only to find the items have sold out.
  • Danny Phantom episode "Double Cross My Heart" has Danny spying on Gregor, whom he is hanging out with Sam, suspecting him of working for the Guys in White. Sam has talked about it the next day at school.
    You'd Expect: He should be careful in what he said and keep his cover maintained.
    Instead: Danny gives out a hint he's spying on her by saying "spaghetti sauce", leading Sam to realize of what he just did. Boy, she's really pissed off by this one.
    • "The Fright Before Christmas"
    • It turns out that Danny has a legitimate reason to hate Christmas; every year, his parents stage an embarrassing public fight about if Santa is real or not. The first time, they were so embroiled in arguing that they let a dog pee on him. This year, an innocent Mall Santa gets caught in the crossfire as the mother says to a bunch of watching kids that Santa isn't real. Danny hits his Rage-Breaking Point while trapped in the Ghost Writer's version of events and asks them why they have to ruin Christmas. He walks out in a huff.
      You'd Expect: That Jasmine would join him in calling out Danny's parents, along with his friends. As his sister she's been witnessing the fight every year.
      Instead: They assume that Danny is being a "Scrooge". Jasmine only encourages Danny to walk it off rather than call their parents nuts and full of Skewed Priorities.
      The Result: It turns out that Danny's friends and family can't do anything to teach him the True Meaning of Christmas, leading to the Disaster Dominoes that follow. His worst enemies have to do that, by revealing they have a truce until sundown on the 25th. They decide to fix the damage while the truce is up, and it's Danny realizing that anyone can be kind that allows him to make up with everyone and finish the story.
    • Later on in the special, Danny accidentally destroys a Christmas novel created by the Ghost Writer while taking out his frustrations on the holiday and is initially remorseful about it and soon, he learns it was a Christmas novel.
      You'd Expect: Danny to still be remorseful and at least make it up to him. He may hate Christmas, but that doesn't mean he has to ruin it for others.
      Instead: He grabs the Jerkass Ball and becomes proud of destroying the book, which instigates the special's conflict.
    • When Ghost Writer tries to set Danny's Rogues Gallery on him, it's revealed that he accidentally broke the truce by doing so. The rogues all confront him, giving a What the Hell, Hero? that Ghost Writer was trying to torture Danny on the one day he has off. They still fall under his power, however, because Danny didn't finish the story.
      You'd Expect: Ghost Writer would type in a loophole and explain that Danny broke the truce first by accident, though Danny did apologize and say that he didn't mean to destroy the book.
      Instead: He tries to compel them to fight each other using the typewriter so they all violate the truce for his amusement.
      The Result: When he can't find a rhyme for orange, the spell breaks. The rogues proceed to kick Ghost Writers ass and arrest him, while Danny smashes the magic computer. Ghost Writer spends Christmas in ghost jail, realizing he Didn't Think This Through.
    • "The Ultimate Enemy": In the aftermath of the fight at the Nasty Burger, Danny accidentally obtains the answers to the C.A.T.. Although later on, Mr. Lancer soon discovers the answers are in fact missing from his briefcase after he overheard Tucker talking about Danny cheating on the C.A.T..
      You'd Expect: Mr. Lancer, the vice-principal of a high school, as well as an administrator of education, would be rational, if not sensible, about the whole situation and therefore conduct a thorough investigation as to how some teenager, if not any student in general, would be able to steal the answer sheet right from under his nose, when he had the only key to his briefcase and had said briefcase handcuffed to his wrist the whole time.
      Instead: He blows it way out of proportion. He literally had no physical, solid, and/or concrete evidence to prove Danny DID steal the answers. But, regardless, he was going to fail Danny anyway.
      On that note: This is the same teacher who plays favorites with the school football star-who is a Jerk Jock, wears his pride on his sleeve on a constant basis, as well as see "his students work as a reflection of his work" (Teacher of the Year). In short, he is the epitome of cynicism, egocentrism, and biasness at its finest, in the entire series, itself.
      Even Worse: To add injury to insult, he was going to make a scene by asking Mr. and Mrs. Fenton to bring Danny to the still-standing Nasty Burger, minutes away from exploding, just to make an example out of Danny.
      As a (Possible/Almost) Result: He, along with Sam, Tucker, Jazz, and Mr. & Mrs. Fenton, end up dead. And thus, setting off a cataclysmic chain of events that would set Danny on the path to Evil, and destroy the whole world.
  • Dennis the Menace: In "Shark Treatment", Dennis stumbles into a robotic shark and finds the remote control inside.
    You'd Expect: Anyone with eyes to see that the shark is obviously a fake and that Dennis is in there just by listening to his voice.
    Instead: Both PeeBee and Mr. Wilson are fooled into thinking that the shark is real and that it can talk. Neither can tell that it's Dennis' voice until he jumps out.
  • Dexter's Laboratory
    • In "Maternal Combat", Dexter’s mom falls ill. Dexter doesn't like this, especially when Deedee tries to cook in their mom's place.
      You'd Expect: He would invent a cure for whatever has laid her down so she can get back to being a mom.
      Instead: He builds a mom robot, complete with a remote control.
      The Result: Deedee gets her hands on the remote, and Hilarity Ensues. By the end of it they've damaged the house from a mom robot fight.
    • In "Germ Warfare" Deedee, who is sick with the flu enters Dexter's lab in order to find her Hackey. Dexter is in a protection bubble and is worried that Deedee will spread her germs.
      You'd Expect: Dexter to tell Deedee to stay out and that he'll search her Hackey for her or give her another hackey or paper tissues.
      Or: Him to try to cure her.
      Instead: All that he does is yell at Deedee to leave with her germs and while he has a point he never thinks about any of the options mentioned above.
      The Result: Deedee continues her search for her Hackey, infesting the lab even further then she inhales the fumes of some chemicals and starts sneezing fire, burning the lab down. The Dexter tries to reach for a fire extinguisher, and is of course blocked by his bubble. Then Deedee sneezes at Dexter's most recent invention, destroying it and Dexter's bubble and Dexter catches her illness.
    • In "Trapped With a Vengeance", Dexter constantly stays at the school past designated hours and makes a mess out of the school after Yani the janitor has already cleaned up forcing Yani to clean up the mess he made before he can return home where his wife is angry at him for arriving so late.
      You'd expect: Being an adult, Yani would report Dexter for staying past school hours when he should be home and forcing Yani to work overtime, giving Dexter the appropriate punishment and most likely preventing him from making any more messes.
      Or: Him to try talking things out with Dexter. He could ask Dexter to find another place to make his experiments in the evening and maybe suggest a possible place. The janitor could also threaten Dexter with the option mentioned above if the latter doesn't cooperate.
      Instead: He prevents Dexter from leaving the school when Dexter prepares to leave and tries to make sure he can't escape.
      The End Result: In all of his efforts to keep Dexter from leaving the school, he ends up making a complete mess out of the cafeteria while taunting Dexter; his wife also shows up angry about him not coming home, and Dexter gets to go home scott free.
      What's Worse: He doesn't even get to clean up the mess he had made before leaving, so not only does he get his wife angry at him again, but he more than likely got fired the next morning for not cleaning the school, which would explain why he only appears in this episode.
    • In "Dexter Detention," Dexter is attempting to finish a test, only for a jerkass student to bother Dexter and constantly ask for the answer to a question.
      You'd Expect: For Dexter to pause his test and complain to the teacher about the student pestering him. It also helps that the student is also attempting to cheat.
      Instead: Dexter loses his patience and accidentally blurts out the answer, causing him to go to detention. The other student gets away with bothering Dexter too.
    • ''Dexter vs. Santa's Claws,'' widely considered the show's worst episode, is a glaring example of how Dexter's ego can turn him from a self-proclaimed "Boy Genius" into a complete idiot. On Christmas Eve, Dee Dee writes a wish list to Santa Claus on Dexter's computer. Dexter mocks Dee Dee, telling her he doesn't believe in Santa and—through a painfully bad rap song— tells her that it's just their parents dressing up as Santa and a reindeer, decorating their car like a sleigh and putting the presents around the tree. Likewise, Dee Dee immediately tells Dexter that his theory is bonkers and that Santa indeed exist. To prove his theory right and protect his ego, Dexter decides to hold a stakeout on the living room to prove once and for all that there is no Santa. When Santa teleports into the room, it's clear to anyone that he looks absolutely nothing like Dexter's dad. It also doesn't help that he only speaks in "Ho ho ho"'s.
      You'd Expect: For Dexter to tell the obvious differences between his dad and Santa, and come to the conclusion that his theory is wrong.
      Instead: He denies the obvious and still thinks that Santa is his dad in disguise, leading to a brutal fight between them.
      Even Stupider: On the rooftop, Dexter finds Santa's sleigh and a reindeer (both real). He talks to the reindeer as if it's his mom before ripping the antlers off of it.
      You'd Expect: That Dexter would then get the message after pulling the very real antlers off the reindeer's head, and then apologize to it and to Santa for assaulting them.
      Instead: Again, that doesn't happen.
      Later: Santa angrily shoves Dexter into the chimney and flies off. Note that nowhere in Dexter's theory did he say that his dad's car could fly, which means that his theory is already proven wrong.
      You'd At Least Hope: That with the discovery of a real Santa Claus, a real reindeer, and a real flying sleigh, Dexter would finally accept that his theory is wrong and go back inside.
      Instead: You probably got the idea by now. Dexter somehow converts the chimney into a fighter plane and pursues Santa, destroying his sleigh (and a few presents) in the process. The sleigh crashes into the house, and Dexter viciously shaves off Santa's beard.
      End Result: Dexter's dad walks in and scolds him, and only then, does Dexter FINALLY break out of his delusion and realize that Dee Dee was right. The whole fiasco left the house in shambles, the Christmas tree burned up, the sleigh completely totaled, and the presents presumably destroyed. On top of that, Dexter tries to defend his actions with lame excuses that are easily broken down by Dee Dee. So Christmas is now effectively ruined for everyone because of Dexter's ego and stupidity. So much for a heartfelt Christmas special ending that could have delighted us all.
      But: Another factor of this Idiot Plot is the fact that throughout the episode until the end Santa has the aforementioned problem with speaking in "Ho ho ho"'s.
      You'd expect: At some point Santa should’ve explained to Dexter IN PLAIN SIMPLE ENGLISH that he is the real Santa Claus and not Dexter’s dad in disguise.
      Instead: Santa never does this until the end.
      The Result: Not only the episode ends like that but THEN we find out he’s capable of speaking english when he said that christmas was about “Presents”. Wha?!?
    • "Sdrawkcab": Mom has asked Dexter to take a bag of rubbish to the garbage man (which he hates doing). Dexter is also wearing a belt that reverses his actions so he ends up not giving the bag to the garbage man and bringing it back into the house.
      You'd expect: For Dexter to just simply leave the bag of rubbish where the garbage men can pick it up.
      Alternatively: He would take the belt off so that he will be able to function normally.
      Instead: He continues trying to hand it to the garbage man and eventually makes Mom angry with him for seemingly disobeying orders.
  • Near the end of a Disenchantment episode, The Princess of Darkness, Bean and Elfo successfully rescued Luci from Big Jo. They prepared to release him from the jar.
    You'd Expect: Like Luci suggested to them, simply pull the cork out of the jar.
    Instead: Elfo just grab a nearby rock (which was used to stop Big Jo's cart from rolling) and smash the bottle, not only releasing Luci but releasing the surviving demons after Big Jo's cart rolled off the cliff and smashes to the ground.
  • In Dougnote 
    • Doug Battles The Rulemeister: What kicks off the plot of the episode is when Roger tries to convince Doug that it's school anniversary day, and on said day, they always decorate the school founder's statue by putting polka dot underwear on his head.
      You'd Expect: Doug to realize this is obviously a trick, since, A. No school would ever decorate its founder's statue with a pair of underwear. B. If there was such a holiday, why had Doug never heard about it before? C. It's Roger.
      Instead: Doug falls for the prank and goes along with it, only to be told afterwards by Patty, Skeeter, Chalky, and Bebe that he's been tricked. Then Doug accidentally bumps the statue, almost knocking it over, but thankfully, the other kids catch it just in time.
      Unfortunately: Mr. Bone sees this and gives Doug a Saturday Detention for his supposedly bad intentions, as well as the others, just for being near the crime when it was committed.
    • "Doug Ripped Off", Doug's parents decide to surprise him by getting him a new bike and donating his old one.
      You'd Expect: For them to donate his old bike when they get the new one.
      Instead: They go ahead donate it and then go out and buy the new bike without telling Doug not to worry about his old one.
      The Result: Doug goes into the garage and finds that his bike isn't there and freaks out because he thinks it's been stolen. The police tell him that since nothing else appears to be missing, it was probably a kid causing Doug to develop trust issues with his friends, and it gets worse when he sees that Al and Moo have his old bike. He goes after them and takes it back, and that's when he finds out about his parents' surprise. It's too late, Al and Moo reported Doug to the police. Doug gives the bike back and for some reason, gets grounded for a week. He does seem to take the punishment in stride though.
    • Doug's Mail Order Mania, Doug has been suckered by a fraudulant mail order sweepstakes from a company called "Ponzi Publishing". The contest is obviously a scam, offering an unrealistically high sum of money simply for completing several rounds of word jumbles, each demanding a higher fee to send in, and Phil's, Theda's and Judy's BS meters go off instantly.
      You'd Expect: That they would tell Doug directly that he's being ripped off. He's only eleven years old after all.
      Instead: They only try to subtly drop the hint to him, e.g. "Those contests aren't what they seem to be","I hope you know what the chances of winning this are". None of their remarks get through to Doug, as he believes the word jumbles are much more complicated than they actually are, and he's one of the few people with the brains to figure them out, and he continues to waste time, along with Skeeter, attempting to raise the money to pay each fee. Even when Doug is ready to cash a fifty dollar savings bond from his grandmother to pay the "Grand Super Bonus Finals" fee, Phil only asks Doug to think about what he's doing. Doug cashes the bond.
      The Result: It's only after Doug drops off the letter at the post office and sees it dropped into a mail cart containing hundreds of other "Grand Super Bonus Finalist" applications that he realizes he's been ripped off.
    • Doug's New Teacher, Doug's teacher, Mrs. Wingo, is out for a week, and Ms. Cecilia Newberry is subbing for her. Roger is ready to play pranks on her (he's brought a slingshot, among other things). Doug takes all of Roger's other prank supplies (e.g. a whoopee cushion and a spitball kit), and when Ms. Newberry (the most beautiful teacher the boys have ever seen) enters, she bumps into Doug and notices him with said supplies. She remarks to him, "Don't you think that's a lot of ammunition for just one substitute teacher?".
      You'd Expect: The rest of the class (especially Patti and Skeeter) would tell Ms. Newberry that Doug was trying to stop Roger from making trouble for her.
      Instead: Nobody says anything, even though everybody could clearly see that Doug was trying to prevent Roger's mischief.
      The Result: Ms. Newberry thinks Doug is a troublemaker and Roger is a good kid ("You seem like a sensitive boy, Roger. What can I do to get through to him?").
      Even Worse: As she continues to misjudge both Doug and Roger throughout the week, Doug's friends continue to be unhelpful.
    Connie: Wow, Doug; Ms. Newberry really nailed you.
    Patti: Yeah, Doug; everybody's talking about it.
    Skeeter: I don't know what you did, man. She seems nice; she even likes...Roger.
Later: When the class has to write a report on cheese, and Doug instead makes Ms. Newberry a submarine card that reads, "World's Best Sub"...
Ms. Newberry (looking at the card that Doug made for her): This isn't the homework assignment, Douglas.
Doug: I know, Ms. Newberry, but...I worked on it for hours.
Ms. Newberry: I am very disappointed, Douglas.
Skeeter: Wow, Doug. I've never seen you without your homework.
Patti: You're changing, Doug. This isn't like you at all.
  • In the Dragon Booster episode "The Mouth that Roared" there's obviously someone dealing in black market gear during an incredibly important racing qualifier. Dragon City Security is contacted by a child who claims that while he was playing near the racing area, he saw the dealer meeting with one of the racers.
    You'd Expect: The police to send a small group to stake out the area for the rest of the qualifier and thank the kid for their only tip.
    Instead: The cops scope the area out, wait a few minutes, and denounce the kid as a liar. Shortly after they leave, the dealer makes a deal in that very location.
  • The Dragon Prince:
    • King Harrow has two heirs that are children: his son Ezran and his stepson Callum. He also expects to pay for his life after killing Thunder and allowing Viren to destroy Thunder's egg. Ezran is barely out of toddler years, and Callum despite being clever is still a kid.
      You'd Expect: He would have assigned a regent to them, such as their Aunt Amaya.
      Instead: He doesn't.
      The Result: Season 3 focuses on the Succession Crisis and reality ensues when Ezran has to take the throne. Despite him being proven right that storming Xadia is the wrong thing to do, and trying to advocate for peace, Prince Kasef threatens to invade Katolis unless Ezran either agrees or abdicates the throne, the latter of which Ezran does. Corvus is the Only Sane Man who tells Ezran he was brave and stuck to his convictions, and it wasn't his fault that things went wrong.
    • King Harrow is preparing himself to face the Moonshadow Elf Assassins, fully expecting to die in the process as punishment for his past sins. Earlier in the day, he gets into a disagreement with Viren when he suggests that he uses a Two-Headed Soulfang Serpent to switch bodies with one of his guards to survive, which culminates in him telling Viren to Get Out!. Later on, Viren comes by to discuss his plan again and says he wants to talk to Harrow not as a servant or advisor, but as a friend and brother, intending on offering to be the sacrifice instead of one of the guards.
      You'd Expect: Harrow to just stay quiet and hear Viren out. While there's definitely some issues between them, Viren is still his oldest friend and his most trusted advisor and, while definitely shady, his suggestion to use the Soulfang Serpent was for the intent of saving his life, which he has nothing to benefit from politically speaking considering characters later point the multiple way he could benefit from his death. And even if Harrow still refuses to do the bodyswap, he could at least make sure the two of them part on good terms with no bad blood between them.
      Instead: He snaps and yells at Viren for, of all things, forgetting his place by asking to speak to him as his friend and brother, and decides to rub his position as servant in by forcing him to bow to him.
      As A Result: Viren takes this as a sign to give into his ambitions and darker impulses and seek the throne for himself, which leads to him making many attempts to escalate things with Xadia and try to kill Harrow's sons, who he tried to send away to protect in the first place.
    • Rayla, Callum, and Ezran have found out that Viren stole the Dragon Prince, who is still in an egg, and they make their escape from Claudia when she claims she needs to hold onto the egg and that Rayla can't be trusted. Callum realizes he needs to tell his father when Runaan refuses to listen to reason and call off the assassination. Viren, Soren and his guards are barring the throne room door.
      You'd Expect: Callum to tearfully beg he wants to see his dad one last time or make a Last Stand with him or shout through the door that the Dragon Prince is alive before making his getaway because he doesn't want Harrow to die for a senseless cause. At least, don't goad Viren or Soren.
      Instead: He tells Viren that the latter is a traitor for stealing the egg and prolonging an exhausting war. You know, why should you taunt the mage that engages in dark magic?
      Predictably: Viren points out that logically Harrow may already know about the egg. He then steals away Callum's voice before the latter can shout out a warning to his father, with the intent of interrogating him later. The elves come, and Callum is forced to abandon his father to his fate so as to save the egg and smuggle it out of the kingdom.
    • Amaya sees the boys at the abandoned winter lodge, and they are acting suspiciously. She then captures a child elf that has been rummaging in the game room. Ezran mentions they could tell Aunt Amaya the truth, but Callum is worried that Amaya will kill Rayla regardless due to Fantastic Racism.
      You'd Expect: At some point, they would come clean to their aunt. Just because two adults failed to listen to them doesn't mean the third time will be a downer as well. Amaya may just disagree about her two nephews going on a dangerous quest and that Ezran at least needs to stay behind and rule, but she could send a retinue of soldiers to escort the egg safely. Either way, she'd know that Rayla is an ally, not an enemy.
      Instead: They bust Rayla out with Bait's help, and the guards know that Bait is Ezran's pet. When they get cornered, Callum lies that Rayla is holding them hostage and will kill them.
      The Result: Amaya is less likely to trust Rayla, who angrily tells Callum that he made things worse as they get away. Even though Amaya suspects nothing is as it seems, she delegates a scout to follow the trio without engaging to make sure her nephews aren't hurt. As we find out later, she would have believed them about the hopes of ending the war.
    • During Amaya and Viren's argument after she interrupts his coronation, he points out that logically she could rule the throne until the boys are found, and he will support her.
      You'd Expect: Amaya to realize that Viren has a point. Ezran is a child and needs a regent; she would only rule in his name until the boys are found. It also means she could keep a closer eye on Viren.
      Instead: She refuses on principle, and to leave the throne empty.
      The Result: Viren seizes the opportunity when Amaya has to return to the borders to consolidate his power.
    • When Viren offers to send Soren and Claudia to search for Ezran and Callum, Amaya refuses due to suspecting he's up to something and instead gives the task to Gren, explicitly telling him to not trust Viren before leaving for the border. After she's gone, Viren abruptly tells Gren that there's been a change of plans and that Soren is in charge of the search, and offers for the two of them to meet later to discuss any grievances Gren may have with the arrangement "somewhere quiet".
      You'd Expect: Gren to be naturally suspicious and instead take the search party out without Viren noticing, seeing as Amaya warned him to be wary of him right before she left.
      Instead: He seemingly goes and meets with him unprepared.
      As A Result: Viren traps him and has him locked in the dungeon, preventing him from going on the search and allowing Viren to send Soren and Claudia with the intent of killing the boys and reclaiming the egg.
    • Early in Harrow's reign as King of Katolis, he's visited by Queens Annika and Neha of Duren, who ask for assistance in combating a famine plaguing their kingdom. He agrees to help by offering to share Katolis' resources and food, but Viren protests that Katolis barely has enough to feed themselves, let alone another kingdom.
      You'd Expect: Harrow to rethink his offer and either say he can't help or perhaps seek out an alternative solution.
      Or Maybe: See if he can beseech the other kingdoms for assistance in this matter, like how Viren is trying to get their help for attacking Xadia in the present. Assuming they're the same people we met in the present were in charge back then (and based on their apparent age they likely were) and weren't suffering the same or similar problems, they'd probably be willing to help how they can.
      Instead: He decides to go through with it, even after Viren tells him that thousands of their own people will die as a result.
      Even Worse: This leads to Viren having to come up with a quick yet risky solution of solution of sneaking into Xadia, where humans aren't exactly welcome, and killing a Magma Golem to take it's heart, which ends in Annika, Neha and Sarai losing their lives to Thunder as they're making their escape.
    • Related to the above, when the group is escaping from Xadia with the Magma Titan Heart, Annika and Neha stay behind to hold Thunder off and allow the others to escape.
      You'd Expect: That Viren, the only guy who can use the spell on the heart to solve the famines and the guy who previously suggested leaving behind the soldiers who were injured fighting the Magma Titan to make their escape quicker, would pragmatically honor their Heroic Sacrifice and flee with the others.
      Instead: In an rare but very ill-timed moment of kindness, he decides to go back to assist the two.
      As A Result: Not only did he potentially guarantee their deaths, since his use of a Ice Spell on Thunder causes to two of them to recklessly charge in and get caught off guard when he breaks out, but then Sarai dies when she comes back to save him.
      Even Worse: If he was to have died in his attempt of stalling Thunder, then not only would have Duren lost both their Queens, but both kingdoms would have been doomed to starve to death unless they could find another, equally skilled mage, which considering Viren's skill is unlikely.
    • In season 3, Kasef forces Ezran to surrender and abdicate the throne. Ezran is willing to be put in shackles and locked up, while Kasef installs Viren on the throne of Katolis, ignoring all precedent that one of royal blood can only be king.
      You'd Expect: He would take the prince as a royal hostage, to ensure that no one in Katolis rebels. It worked in Game of Thrones with Theon Greyjoy, after all. Even if Viren doesn't care, Amaya and Opeli sure do.
      Instead: He and Viren think to lock Ezran in his own castle dungeons. Brilliant.
      The Result: Soren has a Heel–Face Turn, busts out Ezran, and smuggles him out with Opeli and Corvus. He knows all the secret passages out of the castle and covers for them when a guard gets suspicious. This allows Ezran to defend Xadia and reclaim is throne at the end of season 3, as well as for everyone to see that Kasef and Viren are off their rockers.
  • In the Dragon Tales:
    • In a Compressed Vice episode, Ord has developed a phase where he doesn't like sharing. While preparing for a beach party, he picks up a shell that reflects his face and says he wishes for a hat like Max's. A hat appears, then and there. His friends gather, with Cassie explaining that it must be a Wish Shell. It turns out that one person or dragon can make three wishes; if they try for number four then the shell will shatter into dust. There is no limit on how many people or dragons can use the shell, however, and Cassie knows this. Everyone starts asking Ord if he'll share the Wish Shell.
      You'd Expect: Cassie the smart one would tell Ord that he only has three wishes first before making her requests. Ord may be the same age as her but doesn't know as much about Dragonland.
      Instead: She joins in, albeit politely, in asking if she can use the shell to wish for more books.
      The Result: Ord grumpily refuses and accidentally wishes himself to Kingdom Come when wanting to be somewhere where he wouldn't have to share. In Kingdom Come, the land itself won't allow you to fly home even if you're a dragon, and the Mayor has a key to the exit that he won't share. Ord in a panic wastes his last wish summoning his friends, who go Mass "Oh, Crap!" on learning they can't go back home.
      You'd Then Expect: Cassie would quickly tell Ord to give the Wish Shell to one of them, and she, Zak, Weezie, Max or Emmie can wish them back home. Problem solved, and Ord learns to share! If Ord still protests, tell him if he doesn't then the shell will break and they're stuck.
      Instead: She lets Zak (who isn't wrong) ream out Ord for using his last wish on bringing them to Kingdom Come rather than wishing himself back at the beach.
      The Result: Cassie only reveals this important Wish Shell fact after Ord tries to make a fourth wish and shatters the Shell, leaving them with no way to get to the beach party unless they bargain with the mayor. Zak goes This Is Gonna Suck when this happens, and Ord has to share half of his giant dragonberry cupcake to get the mayor's key so they can fly back and attend the festivities.
    • "Knot A Problem":
      • Max doesn't know how to tie knots, and is struggling with getting past the basic loop. It's just as well, since a group of sapient carousel ponies come to Quetzal and the dragons for help. They explain that their foal Whinny has gone missing, and she's probably wandering in the woods. Quetzal orders everyone to split into pairs and learn to tie knots. He hears Max yelling in frustration and teaches him a mnemonic device.
        You'd Expect: Quetzal and Ord would have Max practice his knots a few times, and the poem, before sending him to fly with Ord to find Whinny.
        Instead: They assume once is enough for Max.
        The Result: Max forgets the poem at several crucial times, which causes the rest of the plot to continue when it could have ended a few minutes earlier.
      • By good luck, Max and Ord find Whinny. She can't talk to them like her parents can, but she understands they've come to rescue her. Ord says that he can't carry her because she's too heavy, and he doesn't want to leave Max with her, and Max can't fly to get help. They don't think of doing signal fire, but simply tether her to a tree. Max insists on trying out a knot.
        You'd Expect: Ord would double-check Max's handiwork. He knows Max is still struggling with knots.
        Instead: He takes a snack break after tying a halter around Whinny's shoulders.
        The Result: Max tied the knot wrong again, and Whinny pulls free easily. She ends up in a ravine where it's too steep for the dragons to climb down and pull her up, so they create a makeshift harness instead.
    • "Ord's Unhappy Birthday," the main cast prepares a Surprise Party for Ord's birthday.
      You'd Expect: That they would prepare for it at least a day in advance, so that on the day of his birthday they have something for him right away when they first see him, as is common with surprise parties.
      Instead: They wait until the day of his birthday before doing any sort of preparation. This forces them to awkwardly have to hide away from him while they rush to set everything up, misleading him into thinking he's fallen victim to a Forgotten Birthday.
    • "Zak's Song": The dragons call for the kids to come to Dragon Land early in the morning, to see Do-Re-Mi birds singing. Weezie accidentally scares the birds away with loud singing and dancing, against Zak's advice. Zak keeps telling the group that the Do-Re-Mis are easily startled so invite them back with soft singing or music.
      You'd Expect: Cassie and Emmy would take charge and listen to Zak. After all, Cassie is the bookish person that knows about Dragon Land best.
      Instead: Everyone goes along with Weezie's schemes to make bird calls and dress themselves up as birds.
      The Result: The birds don't come back thanks to the Zany Scheme. Zak finally tells Weezie to knock it off and plays a gentle melody on his flute. She's forced to eat her words about them being "wild birds" that like her style when the Do-Re-Mis join in and return to their perch, though she appreciates that Zak's soft approach works.
    • "A Smashing Success": While goofing around with Wheezie's trumpet before the latter is performing, Emmy accidentally breaks it. She's worried about how Wheezie loves music and will get angry at who broke her instrument hours to concert time.
      You'd Expect: She would ask Quetzal to fix it when asking him for advice. Quetzal had previously repaired Max's bike with magic, so a trumpet would be child's play.
      Instead: She first tries hiding the trumpet, leading to Wheezie starting to blame her friends in the vicinity when she inevitably finds it. Ord gets accused, though he was nowhere near the trumpet. When Cassie tries to help Emmy, Wheezie blames her, causing Cassie to shrink and run off in tears.
      The Result: Only after Cassie gives Emmy a What the Hell, Hero? does Emmy go to Quetzal for advice. He does fix the trumpet, but only after convincing Emmy to tell the truth so that it doesn't weigh on her forever or cause collateral damage.
    • Due to Ord giving the group permanent paint instead of a washable kind for fingerprinting, everyone is covered from head to toe. They go to Quetzal for help, and he tells them the steps they need to take so as to get the paint off: douse themselves in fairy berry juice, wipe themselves with Tiger Tree leaves, and wash off in the mountain snows.
      You'd Expect: Cassie would take notes on the instructions. While they're not rocket science, they are a little complicated. Heck, Weezie does this later when Dr. Booboogone gives her steps on restoring her firebreath.
      Instead: The group assumes they will be fine just memorizing them and later the mnemonic device that Quetzal gives them.
      The Result: Quetzal can't help but laugh when the group comes covered in dragon berry juice, and later with dandelion seeds stuck to them. After the mnemonic device fails, he splits it up into verses and gives one to each of them. Only then do they complete the steps correctly and remove the paint.
    • Zak, a bit of Neat Freak, hates how his sister Weezie and her side of their room is messy. He thinks it would be a great idea to show her how cleaning would make it look nicer. To do so, he blindfolds and covers her ears so she won't stop him and it will be a surprise.
      You'd Expect: He would gather what he considers "junk" and then ask Weezie what she wants to keep, or what could be put away in her drawers. What brings her joy, and what doesn't, to quote Marie Kondo. Even if this was the 90s, it is very rude to not ask.
      Instead: Zak tosses it all in the trash, which is taken out to the main dumpster and to the large garbage dump.
      Predictably: It turns out what he tossed out, including Weezie's handmade button bracelet and foil ball, were what she considered her greatest treasures. Weezie gets upset with him, and Max and Emmie find it hard to take his side on this one. Arlo the dumpster dragon even later says the button bracelet was too pretty to be thrown away and he asks rhetorically Who Would Be Stupid Enough?. In a giant fit of Laser-Guided Karma, they have to dig through the dumpster and then the main dump, with Weezie reminding Zak that he wouldn't be having to put his hands on trash if he had left her stuff alone.
  • Ever After High:
    • In "Spring Unsprung", Bunny falls off a balcony, while very high up.
      You'd Expect: That Alistair would not immediately jump after her, as that would only get both of them killed.
      Instead: He does, and only survives the fall because they happen to land in Soft Water.
    • In "The Day Ever After", Raven and Apple manage to persuade two feuding political factions to stop fighting.
      You'd Expect: That, having resolved the issue, they would move on.
      Instead: Apple goes on to say something extremely inflammatory about one of the factions, for no reason other than spite, and starts them fighting all over again.
  • Exo Squad:
    • During the retaking of Australia, the Neo Sapiens reveal their newest weapon of war-the Neo Warriors. Due to insane regeneration or durability, they can tank laser blasts and most explosions, and could get into melee range with the Frames and effortlessly destroy them. After narrowly escaping with their lives, Able Squad returns to Exofleet.
      You'd Expect: Since lasers and other weapons were ineffective against the Neo Warriors, and that they regularly get into melee range, the engineers at Exofleet would counter with putting at least a combat knife, sword, mace, or laser cutter onto each frame to deal with close range combat.
      Instead: They continue to arm the Frames with the same old configuration, and in several battles, the Exoframes are overwhelmed by superior numbers of Neo Warriors and don't have any real way to defend themselves, and get destroyed. Things get even worse when the Neo Lords are revealed.
    • In the first early season Admiral Marcus upon hearing news that the homeworlds were getting destory by the Neos' invasion.
      You'd Expect: Marcus to make sure Exofleet arrive their at full strengths to take on whatever threat.
      Instead: General Failure Marcus order the Carriers to go at full speed leaving the support ships behind fighting at half power at best. And putting JT Marsh in jail for calling his plan stupid.
      The Result: On the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle from the Neos that have Exofleet running away with their tail inbetween their legs.
  • The Fantastic Four (1967) episode "The Three Predictions of Doctor Doom" begins with the Fantastic Four receiving a warning that Doctor Doom will remove The Heart of their team, then he will remove their greatest strength, then the most powerful force will conquer all. Doom proceeds to disguise as a photographer in hopes of kidnapping the Invisible Girl.
    You'd Expect: The Invisible Girl would recognize Doctor Doom's very distinctive voice, then try to prevent him from taking her.
    Instead: She fails to recognize Doom until he ties her up by shooting vines from his camera. He then carries her off to his lair, fulfilling the first prediction.
  • The Fantastic Four (1978): In the episode "The Menace of Magneto", Mr. Fantastic crafts what appears to be a gun which will rob Magneto of his powers. Magneto can't take control of the gun and concedes defeat. As he is taken by the police, Reed explains that he tricked him with a gun made out of wood and thus Magneto's powers were ineffective.
    You'd expect: Magneto to take control of the situation and start attacking again, especially after such an embarrassment.
    Instead: He puts up no resistance and whines about being beaten with a wooden gun.
  • In the second Joe Oriolo Felix the Cat cartoon "Into Outer Space", the Professor has Felix trapped inside of his laboratory and has a clear shot at getting the Magic Bag away from him.
    You'd Expect: Professor to take the Magic Bag then and there and imprison Felix somewhere else in the lab.
    Instead: For some unfathomable reason, he instead decides to trap Felix and the bag in a satellite and launch him out into outer space, the exact opposite of what would've helped get the bag. On top of that, it gets Felix recognized as a worldwide hero by being launched into space. And Professor decides to go to the trouble of travelling all the way to the antarctic where Felix landed to steal the bag anyway. Even the Professor realizes he didn't think things through by the end.
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum
    • In "Fangboy", Fanboy spots a bite on his neck (really his lower left cheek); believing it's a vampire bite when it's actually a mosquito bite, as Chum Chum points out.
      You'd Expect: Chum Chum to explain to Fanboy that it isn't a vampire bite and to not worry.
      Instead: He is pulled right in to believe Fanboy full-on, and even don't believe Kyle who is even more serious to know the truth.
      As a Result: They eventually encounter a real vampire, Dr. Acula, where Fanboy finally learns the truth, only to turn into an actual vampire by him.
    • In "Fan VS Wild", Kyle accidentally loses the group's only rope, leaving himself and Fanboy and Chum Chum stuck on the roof.
      You'd Expect: Kyle to at least teleport the boys back home.
      Instead: He apparently Forgot About His Powers and tries to reach for the rope himself, uttering "I wish I had my wand!", when he doesn't need his wand to teleport in the first place.
      You'd Also Expect: Either boy to shout for Lenny and ask him to get a ladder so he can get them down.
      Instead: Again, they do nothing.
      Then: Later, when Fanboy goes to get help, he falls off the roof and grabs a giant icicle to slide safely down right next to Yo, not to mention he stopped right above the ground.
      You'd Expect: Fanboy to safely jump off the icicle to the road, and ask Yo to toss the rope back.
      Instead: He does nothing to ask her about the rope, and simply asks her to push him back up, making things worse.
      Then Again: Fanboy is an idiot, and doesn't think things clearly.
    • In "The Incredible Shrinking Fanboy", a mistake with a measuring flower causes Fanboy to believe he's smaller. Chum Chum, who's The Comically Serious, simply points out, "the flower grew overnight."
      You'd Expect: Fanboy to believe Chum Chum.
      Instead: He doesn't, pointing out it's a sunflower, not a moonflower.
      You'd Then Expect: For Chum Chum to explain the reason behind such and to reassure him that he isn't shrinking.
      Instead: He is pulled right in to believe Fanboy entirely, kicking off the plot of the episode.
    • A flashback in "Brain Freeze" deals with one of Kyle's failed attempts to get reaccepted to Milkweed Academy. Right before it's finished, the titular boys are entering, induced with all the Berry Pink Frosty Freezy Freeze, which shocks him.
      You'd Expect: Kyle to politely excuse himself for a moment to take care of the boys himself, maybe getting them to leave so the readmittance can go on without a problem.
      Instead: He begins hesitating over the boys' entrance any minute, and even forces his former teacher Professor Flan to speed up which he refuses to do. Indeed, the boys enter, and mistake Flan for a birthday cake and escape with him, resulting in the admittance to be denied.
    • In "Speed Eraser" (the biggest example yet), Kyle isn't here yet, so Chum Chum tells him he should erase the board.
      You'd Expect: Fanboy to not do so and just wait for Kyle to arrive.
      Instead: He does erase the board, complete with a dance routine, just as Kyle arrives. As a result, he becomes the new board eraser-er, replacing him.
      Then: Jealous over his role being stolen, Kyle gives Fanboy an eraser-er that literally erases anything.
      You'd Expect: Fanboy to politely refuse.
      Instead: He takes it, and tries it out on the wall. Mr. Mufflin is shocked at first and appears to punish him, but then gets excited due to "freeing everyone". Kyle is angry he's praised and not punished.
      Eventually: Kyle literally attaches the eraser to Fanboy's hand, which horrifies him upon hearing what will happen upon doing so.
      You'd Expect: Before Kyle does this, to think of any consequences for literally attaching the eraser to the user.
      Instead: He just goes through with that anyway.
      You'd Then Expect: Fanboy to tell Mr. Mufflin that Kyle is ruining everything.
      Instead: He is so horrified that he pleads Kyle to help him.
      Then: Kyle's body gets erased when he tries to hold onto him, a backfire to Kyle's plan. He then asks Fanboy to help him out by giving him his wand. As another backfire, because the eraser is sentient, it literally controls Fanboy's movement and he keeps reaching out the hand with the eraser, as if trying to erase the head.
      You'd expect: Fanboy to let Chum Chum get the wand and bring it over, which is what Kyle suggests.
      Instead: He refuses to allow Chum Chum to help, because he got him into the mess and he will get him out of it himself. After several resistance from the eraser, he manages to fight hard enough to grab the wand with the free hand.
      You'd Then Expect: Fanboy to quickly give the wand back to Kyle.
      Instead: The eraser takes over again when he sees dirt on the wand, causing him to erase it out of existence. He does the same to the emergency wand.
      Then Again: Fanboy is dimwitted and can't follow the rules.
    • In "Buddy Up", this time, it is Kyle, of all characters, who is oblivious to the true lesson of the episode. It is what strands himself, Fanboy and Chum Chum in the desert while on a field trip to the Dinosaur Museum.
      You'd Expect: Kyle to teleport the boys back to the bus.
      Instead: He does nothing, again forgetting about his powers. The one time he thought of that, he mentioned using his wand when he doesn't need it in the first place.
  • In the Fireman Sam episode, "Norman's Big Fossil Adventure", Elvis overhears Station Officer Steele saying that "cuts have to be made" and will either have to cut out Elvis or Penny, unaware that he's actually referring to a portrait which is too big for the frame that he's trying to use.
    You'd Expect: Elvis to simply ask Station Officer Steele what's going on so that he can explain that he's trying to fit his photo into a frame.
    Instead: Elvis starts doing stuff that would get him fired like putting salt into Station Officer Steele's tea and playing his guitar very loudly hoping that Station Officer Steele would fire him instead of Penny.
    Even Worse: The episode ends with Station Officer Steele simply getting a bigger frame, so there was no need for Elvis to do all of this crazy stuff!
  • In the Franklin episode, "Franklin and the Bus Patrol", Skunk is working on a drawing on the bus, but she drops it. Luckily Franklin picks it up for her. Unfortunately, he cannot return it to her because if he gets up while the bus is moving, Bear (who is acting as the bus safety officer) will give him a ticket.
    You'd Expect: Franklin would say to Skunk that she'll have to wait until the bus stops so he can return her drawing.
    Or: Politely ask the bus driver, Mr. Fox, to stop the bus so he can return Skunk's drawing to her.
    Instead: He tosses Skunk's drawing over to her, resulting in Bear giving him a ticket for throwing things on the bus.

    G-L 
  • G.I. Joe: Cobra Commander follows right on this trope in The Movie. After a failed battle with G.I. Joe, Serpentor insults them.
    You'd Expect: Cobra Commander to shut up and take his abuse as usual.
    Instead: Cobra Commander insults Serpentor.
    • Also, in that very same scene, literally all of Cobra Commander's lieutenants stand around berating him for being a coward, an idiot, and generally just a horrible leader. Then, there's an intruder alert, and Cobra Commander orders everyone to follow him to stop the intruder.
      You'd Expect: Having just stood around enumerating his plethora of flaws in leadership, everyone would tell him to buzz off, or at least smack him once or twice.
      Instead: Everyone blindly falls in lockstep behind him, as if they weren't even listening to themselves not two minutes before.
    • In a way, the birth of Serpentor is also an idiot move by Cobra. Destro, the Baroness, and all the other main Cobra bad guys have had enough of Cobra Commander's inept leadership.
      You'd Expect: All of them of just get rid of the Commander and take over Cobra themselves. After all, all of them have command experience, and Destro and the Twins pretty much take care of the financial/weapons side of things already.
      Instead: They follow Dr. Mindbender's scheme to genetically create a new leader out of the genes of the world's greatest warlords. Yes, they decide to create someone to boss them about. And his plans are almost as awful as Cobra Commander's.
      But Wait! There's More! When they realized that they was stealing DNA, the leaders of G.I. Joe came up with a theory as to what Cobra were up to that would have made a lot more sense: creating an army of genetically-enhanced super-soldiers. If Dr. Mindbender had used his skills to that, the Joes would have been in big trouble.
      Fortunately: It apparently never occurred to him.
    • In yet another example of rather questionable strategizing from the Commander, comes an episode where he has his Cobra agents seize an advanced laser guidance device from a G.I. Joe laboratory.
      You'd Expect: The Commander using the device to hold either America or the world ransom by threatening to blow up random monuments or capitals with his laser device augmented with the Joes' laser guidance technology, or, in a more sensible plan of strategy, attack the Joes' headquarters with the damn thing.
      Instead: Cobra Commander uses it to deface the moon by putting his image on it, stating that he's striking fear into the hearts of the world by putting his mug on the moon.
      If Anything: Destro was completely justified in calling out Cobra Commander for his insanity after that little scheme predictably blew up in their faces. "Cosmic Graffiti", indeed.
  • Goof Troop:
    • In the episode, "Tub Be or Not Tub Be", Pete manipulates PJ into being his spy and setting up booby traps for the Goofs by faking affection and convincing him the traps are safety features. Once PJ finds out what happened, he goes out of his way to disable the traps, at which point Max catches him in the act.
      You'd Expect: Max would remember that PJ is one of the nicest people he's ever met and would never dream of lying to him, and that Pete is a huge jerk who is so controlling that PJ should be given the benefit of the doubt. Lacking that, he would notice PJ's obvious contrition and let him explain.
      Instead: He immediately accuses PJ of cheating, hits him, and breaks off their friendship.
    • In "Close Encounters of the Weird Mime", Max and PJ accidentally begin recording their science fiction video to a satellite dish instead of a VCR, thus making the whole town frightened of an alien invasion. Peg hears about it and believes that they need to leave town.
      You'd Expect: Given that she wanted her family to move, she would look for her son immediately and have everything cleared up when she finds him.
      Instead: Peg makes plans to leave town without even bothering to look for him.
  • At the end of Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, Cousin Mel is about to successfully sue Santa Claus for running over Jake's grandma until he and Santa's elves come into court and reveal all of the bad things she's done.
    You'd expect that Cousin Mel would do some quick ad-libbing to prevent her from being sentenced guilty. After all, all of that time she spent with I.M. Slime should've paid off.
    Instead she's under enough apparent pressure to confess literally everything. Granted, she could've believed that she could've gotten off with a better sentence if she'd confessed, but she weaseled her way out before!
    • Earlier, Santa found Jake's grandma unconscious after accidentally running her over.
      You'd expect that Santa would go door to door finding out if anyone knows in her in this neighborhood or bring her to the nearest hospital or just leave her be with a note
      Instead He took her to the North Pole where she's been missing nearly an entire year. He could have prevented the plot if he simply didn't take her to the North Pole and endangering her condition. Besides the whole world knows he exists after all.
  • Green Eggs and Ham (2019)
    • Snerz had a pet flemur (flamingo/lemur hybrid) as a child, whom he was very attached to. But he played roughly with it inadvertently making the flemur miserable. His mother recognizes this and feels sorry for the flemur.
      Youd' Expect: She would tell Snerz that he's handling his pet too roughly and teach him to treat it more gently.
      Instead: She just lets the flemur leave the house without even taking a moment to tell Snerz about the how he was making it feel. While she was doing the flemur a favor, she also ended up making Snerz miserable that his pet was gone.
      You'd Then Expect: That she would tell Snerz the truth and explain that she let the flemur go on purpose because of how miserable he was with Snerz.
      Instead: She tells Snerz that she accidentally left the door open and the flemur escaped.
      As a Result: Snerz begins to hate his mother so much that he never speaks to her again except for a prank call on Mother's Day. As an adult, he also collects tons of animals and treats them worse than he ever treated his flemur.
  • Green Lantern: The Animated Series:
    • Centuries ago, the Guardians of Oa created the Manhunters to serve as an army of peacekeepers. The Manhunters decided that as crimes come from emotions, having emotions must be the real crime and tried to wipe out all life capable of feeling emotion, devastating a large area of the galaxy before being defeated. Embarrassed by the Manhunters actions, the Guardians tried to cover their existence up by eliminating all mention of them from the records.
      You'd Expect: The Guardians would have gathered up every deactivated Manhunter they could find and had them melted down, destroying all traces of their existence.
      Instead: They just leave the deactivated Manhunters lying around, sometimes out in the open where anyone who happened by could see them.
      As a Result: The Anti-Monitor arrives and is able to reactivate the Manhunters, which causes serious issues for the Guardians as not only do they once again have the Manhunters rampaging thoughout the galaxy, the Red Lantern Corp (not without reason) views this as a cover-up and attempted sneak-attack by the Guardians which badly strains relations between the two factions right after a peace treaty had been signed.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: In the episode "Major Cheese" we meet the eccentric elderly bodybuilder Mighty Moe. Through blatant Loophole Abuse of the way healthy lifestyle is graded, Mighty Moe has discovered a way to Immortality. As annoying as that is, it takes a turn for the worse when he plans to sell a book about said loophole. Obviously, this is Grim's problem and so he plans to shorten Mighty Moe's life.
    You'd Expect: Grim to psychologically or psychically hurt Mighty Moe lethally which would render the healthy lifestyle moot. If he can't do that directly for legal reasons hire an assassin.
    Instead: Grim's decides to feed him an unhealthy Cheese Puff.
    Result: Grim spends the majority of the episode in a Humiliation Conga as Mighty Moe is either too savvy or insane to fall for any scheme involving eating the Cheese Puff.
  • Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats:
    • "Soap Box Derby": Heathcliff finishes building his soap box derby racer but Hector, Wordsworth and Mungo sabotage it overnight. Hector and Spike ram into Heathcliff's car, causing it to fall apart during the race. On the sidelines, Mungo notices this and points it out to Wordsworth.
      You'd Expect: Wordsworth to keep quiet, lest they risk Heathcliff getting suspicious.
      Instead: He confesses what they did to the car...just as Heathcliff passes by. Needless to say, Heathcliff gets pissed off, wrecks Spike's and Hector's cars and wins the race unopposed.
    • In "Junk Food", the Catillac Cats open up a restaurant which attracts the attention of a local food critic. The critic's visit prompts three separate instances, the last of which jeopardizes their status as a five-star eatery. First, Riff Raff advises the maître d', Hector, to let him in.
      You'd Expect: Hector to do just that, no questions asked.
      Instead: He asks the critic for a password, and he becomes audibly offended at providing one. This prompts Riff Raff to shove Hector aside and open the door.
      After That: The critic walks up to Cleo, the hostess, and asks to be seated.
      You'd Then Expect: Cleo to realize that her treatment of this critic can make or break the restaurant and to show him to his table.
      Instead: She thinks the critic is making a move on her and shoots back with "As long as your legs don't bend the wrong way, why not?". Riff Raff has to find the critic a table himself and is forced to lie that Cleo doesn't work there.
      Finally: The critic enjoys his meal and is prepared to give the restaurant five stars. However, he says that he is suspicious about being asked for a password. Unbeknownst to the critic, it's there because it prevents Leroy the junkyard dog from getting inside and shutting the restaurant down.
      You'd Then Expect: Riff Raff to remember this and not mention it to the critic. He could say the password is for discounts, or that it's a code for employees only.
      Instead: He spills the beans on Leroy which makes the critic deem the restaurant's location a security issue. He takes a star away from his review, and tells the Catillac Cats that they can get it back once Leroy is out of their hair.
  • Hilda:
    • Frida is the Sparrow Scout leader. She prides herself on being organized and on top of her schoolwork. She also has a ghost living in her room who tidies up after her as thanks for keeping his book safe.
      You'd Expect: Frida would have realized this was unusual.
      Instead: She accepts it as normal, and doesn't explain to her friends properly that the ghost didn't make a mess in her room, she did, and the ghost cleaned it up, but said ghost has vanished.
      The Result: When Hilda and David tidy up Frida's room and set up a camera to find out who was messing it up, they are very surprised. And David laughs on realizing Frida thought all rooms cleaned themselves.
    • After this, Frida is upset that the ghost is gone, because now it means she has to do it herself, and she starts having an identity crisis about her perfect persona and if she really is The Ace if she's messy.
      You'd Expect: She would follow what David suggests and just keep her room tidy, or accept the mess. There's leaving stuff lying around, and there's getting up at night and deliberately mucking her things.
      Instead: When Hilda volunteers to find the ghost and ask him to come back, Frida goes along with it rather than take responsibility for her slovenly ways.
      The Result: Hilda tries her best, but the attempt goes south. Friday then lashes out at her and David, blaming Hilda for the failure. David shouts at her that she could just clean up her own room, Hilda agrees with David finally, and their friendship group is split.
    • "The Replacement": The committee back at Hilda's home disbelieve Alfur's reports on the various adventures. Just as they ask him to surrender his passport and return from Trolberg, Alfur has a Freak Out and runs away. The Lost Clan works to cover his escape but the committee has a headstart. Alfur heads into the farmer's market and hides among the vegetables.
      You'd Expect: They would discreetly work to contain Alfur. No one can see them, and the elves pride themselves on their secrecy.
      Instead: They chase Alfur through a farmer's market and toss produce around in an attempt to pin him down, including berries and lettuce.
      Predictably: Safety Patrol woman Gerda comes to the rescue of the innocent passerby, who claim they are being attacked by spirits. She traps the elves in the lighthouse.
    • "The Stone Forest": Frieda needs a spell ingredient from the troll ruins outside Trolberg. Hilda volunteers to go get it.
      You'd Expect: She would ask her mum to give her a ride. That would not only save time but also show she's abiding by their truce about No More Lies.
      Instead: Hilda lies about going to spend the day at Frieda's and doesn't reach home until nighttime. It turns out her mum prepared dinner and wanted some girl time.
      You'd Then Expect: Hilda would ask for the elves to send it over via pigeon courier.
      Instead: She argues with her mother and tries to take a shortcut through Nisse space. Her mother grabs her.
      The Result: Teleportation Misfire ensues; Hilda and her mother end up in a forest made of stone, surrounded by trolls. Their attempts to escape get thwarted when Twig is kidnapped. Meanwhile, Frida and David worries when they realize Hilda and her mother have vanished into thin air.
    • Hilda and the Mountain King: In this movie that properly ends season two, Hilda has switched species with a troll-baby named Baba, and is shocked on learning that Baba's mother Trylla did this. Her mother Johanna figures out by process of elimination where Hilda may be in the mountains as she drags the now-human and unintelligible Baba along with Alfur and Tontu, but hostile trolls guard the area where the cave opens. She explains what happened to Erik Ahlberg and asks for his help because he wants a way into the Troll Forest and has the firepower to protect her from the hostile trolls. Erik agrees, for the glory, and to test out a solar-gun that is a One-Hit KO on trolls. Fortunately, Hilda happens to be outside the cave after freeing Trundle and leaps into her mother's arms. She can talk to humans and trolls now, explaining what happened and translating for Trylla, who reaches for Baba.
      You'd Expect: Considering that Erik knows Hilda and Johanna told him about the spell, given he used her essay to come up with the bells' campaign and went searching for her in the woods a few days ago, that he would hold his fire. Killing a child in front of its mother is a good way to spell suicide and kill your chances of Trollberg citizens liking you.
      Instead: He fires on Hilda and nearly makes the peaceful reunion violent, grabbing Baba before Trylla can pick up her daughter. As Johanna gives him a What the Hell, Hero? in the midst of parental fears, Erik tries to say that Hilda may be bewitching and tricking them, despite the fact that Hilda just wants to be reunited with her mother.
      Fortunately: Trylla and Johanna tag-team as a Mama Bear duo; Johanna disarms Erik while Trylla grabs Baba and smashes the solar gun. This also switches the spell, just in time for Trylla to explain that Trundle the troll in the cave with the bells was not a wise magician, but the Mountain King that wants to destroy Trolberg and he lied to Hilda that he could make her human to get his freedom. When Trylla helps the group down the mountain, she has Erik in her fist so he can't try any monkey business.
  • Huntik: Secrets & Seekers:
    • After failing several missions, Starter Villain DeFoe is assigned a "lesser" mission by his superiors as a Punishment Detail. This is DeFoe's last chance to redeem himself in the eyes of his bosses. He's ordered to retrieve the Sword of Saint George from a dig site, a job so simple that any random Mook could do it. Just as he finishes unearthing the sword, he gets a phone call from one of his spies, telling him that his Arch-Enemy Dante Vale, who he has sworn vengeance upon, was spotted in Greece.
      You'd Expect: DeFoe to focus on completing the task at hand while ordering his spies to continue keeping tabs on Dante. He needs to prioritize on salvaging his career first and can't afford to deviate from his mission over a petty vendetta. Besides, he can get his revenge after he drops off the sword at Organization HQ.
      Or: If DeFoe finds the prospect of revenge too good to pass up, he would at least give the sword to one of his minions and have them deliver it in his stead.
      Instead: DeFoe, obsessed with destroying Dante, aborts his assigned mission and takes the sword with him to Greece as part of an unsanctioned attack on Dante's team.
      The Result: DeFoe predictably gets his ass kicked once again and loses the Sword of Saint George in the process. This proves to be the last straw for the Professor, who has DeFoe killed for his failures.
    • Zhalia has finally revealed herself to be the mole of the Organization. She beats the crap out of Lok and Sophie.
      You'd Expect: She finishes them off.
      Instead: She doesn't. What did she do? She just ties them down, but still plans to finish them off once it's over.
      The Result: Lok and Sophie manage to escape from their restraints after she leaves.
  • I ♥ Arlo:
    • "A Memory of Pizza": Ansel gives Arlo an urgent call that the mayor is coming to see Seaside, and if she's not impressed with the restoration, then Seaside will be condemned. He then proceeds to tell him what to do while awaiting another espresso from a rather loud espresso machine.
      You'd Expect: Ansel to move to a quieter location so he can tell Arlo what he's talking about.
      Instead: He stays right next to the station, and its loud noises end up blocking out most of his talk, and he hangs up right when Arlo couldn't hear anything. This causes Arlo to misinterpret Ansel's words and turn Seaside into a high-end town like him.
    • "Jeromio, Jeromio": Jeromio is in a bad mood and is somewhat flat like a pancake; Arlo tries to find out why.
      You'd Expect: Arlo to listen to Jeromio carefully so he can decipher why he's upset.
      Instead: Arlo keeps interrupting Jeromio and tries to find out by himself; his efforts all end up going wrong. It's only until he talks to a statue in Central Park does he finally listen to him.
  • Infinity Train: A season one moment in retrospect. Amelia aka the False Conductor either wants "One" as she calls One-One destroyed or imprisoned indefinitely in one of the cars. To this end, she's been blackmailing the Cat into doing her bidding and using the Steward to hunt down One-One. Amelia encounters Tulip and Atticus, and the latter shows he will take on the Steward to protect his friends and his people. Eventually Tulip's number hits 4, and in the most recent car, she's shown enough Character Development to let loose and relax while participating in an arcade area game. In short, she's going to be leaving soon.
    You'd Expect: Since Amelia is watching Tulip closely and has her profile up on the main computer that she would wait until Tulip's number hit zero to make her move. Tulip is only a girl but she is resourceful and an Action Survivor. Atticus can't win in a straight fight against the Steward, though he will try his hardest, and One-One aka "the ball" is virtually defenseless.
    Instead: The Steward and Conductor attack Tulip and her friends, turning Atticus into a Ghom for the crime of saving Tulip's life. Amelia follows this with a Hannibal Lecture towards Tulip, saying this is her fault for letting Atticus come with her. To add insult to injury, the Steward tosses One-One into the rubble but it turns out that they survived.
    The Result: As Tulip lampshades, "You made it personal when you attacked my friends." When given the opportunity to head home, she forfeits it in favor of saving Atticus and confronting the Conductor head-on, succeeding in grabbing her gun to restore Atticus to Corgi form. Tulip's plan to reach the engine car also guarantees that One-One finds their "mum":  the Motherboard of the train, and resumes their rightful place as the real Conductor. Amelia herself lampshades in season 3 how stupid she was when recounting her story.
  • Insektors:
    • When the antagonists, The Kruds/Yuks gets shot by a colour weapon used by a Verigreen/Joyce, Most of the villains goes through a silly state and begins to do wacky things and dances is well.
      You'd Expect: The victim to find a nearest lake or pond and wash all the colour out.
      Instead: They stay like this until after the episode or get sent to the Krud-o-Pod/The Dark Box.
    • In the climax of the first episode of the series, Flynn and Elmo received the colour guitar and is being chased by Drumsturdy, Greeb and Wasabi. But upon reaching the top, the 2 krud-mobiles runs out of fuel and Flynn manage to fly off of it.
      You'd Expect: Drumsturdy, Greeb and Wasabi to do the same thing, Flynn did.
      Instead: Since they don't know how to fly, they plummet to the ocean.
  • Inspector Gadget, being an Idiot Hero, is often prone to these moments. One example is in the episode "Haunted Castle" when he and Penny fall into a pit of spikes with the walls closing in on them.
    You'd Expect: Gadget to yell "Go Go Gadget Copter!" and fly out of the pit with Penny.
    Instead: He tries stopping the wall by using his spring-loaded legs and arms to no avail. Brain eventually has to save them.
  • The Invader Zim episode "Gaz, Taster of Pork" has Dib accidentally place a curse on Gaz that forces her to taste nothing but pork. When their scientist dad discovers Gaz's condition, he quarantines her and reveals her new sense of taste to the public. Later, Dib visits Gaz in a scientific facility, where, keep in mind, she's imprisoned in a large tank. Gaz threatens to punish Dib horribly if he doesn't cure her.
    You'd Expect: Dib to realize that this is his chance for revenge. Before all this, Gaz mocked him, beat him up, verbally abused him, and even threatened to feed him to her robot dolls. Now, she's truly suffering, trapped where she won't be able to lay a finger on him for months, maybe even years were, since all she can eat now without choking is hot dogs she'll grow enormously fat. Dib flips his bitch sister the bird, then leaves her to a well-deserved fate.
    Instead: He gives into her bullying, and eventually frees her from the containment unit. From there,things only get worse.
  • Jem:
    • To save her father's music production company and the Orphanage of Love it supports, Jerrica Benton uses the sophisticated hologram-projecting AI Synergy to create for herself the alternate identity of rock singer Jem, with her younger sister and two best friends as her band the Holograms and her longtime steady boyfriend Rio as their road and stage manager.
      You'd Expect that of all people Jerrica would trust her boyfriend with the secret of Jem's identity and enlist his help as her stage manager in maintaining the illusion of Jem and Jerrica as two different people.
      Instead Jerrica withholds the information from Rio, which forces upon herself and the Holograms the constant headache of keeping up the pretense in front of their own road manager, and prevents them from making use of most of Synergy's special effects capabilities because they can't explain to Rio where the effects would be coming from. To make matters worse, a few slips on Jerrica's part result in Rio developing romantic feelings for Jem. Only at this point does Jerrica consider bringing Rio in on the secret, but after her first attempt to do so is interrupted, she concludes that his pride will be so hurt by the deception that the only option is to keep him Locked Out of the Loop indefinitely, a hole she digs herself further and further into every time she perpetuates the lie.
    • In multiple episodes, the Misfits and Eric Raymond (and all their various cohorts) repeatedly put people in harm's way and attempt murder more than once. Heck, in the Five-Episode Pilot alone, the Misfits attempt to run over a wealthy benefactor with a bulldozer, and Eric Raymond flat out assaults Jerrica. And there are witnesses every time.
      You'd Expect: Someone to press charges and/or arrest the villains. Regardless of how good Eric Raymond's lawyers are, evidence is evidence.
      Instead: All the villains stay free to attempt murder another day.
    • In "A Father Should Be", the heroes try to find Ba Nee's father and find a sleazy man in Las Vegas who could be her father.
      You'd Expect: Them to ask some questions that Ba Nee's father should be able to answer, like the name of Ba Nee's mother.
      Instead: They bring this strange man to Starlight Mansion, introduce him to Ba Nee, and let him go for a drive with her alone.
      The Result: Ba Nee gets kidnapped and held for a one million dollar ransom.
    • "The Fan" has Jem in a creepy, almost bizarro world scenario of being inside of a replica of the Starlight Mansion where everyone insist that it's her birthday although it's not, that her sisters/bandmates have no idea of her true identity (or even how to play their instruments) and that Rio does know the truth.
      You'd Expect: That she'd just leave the mansion. It's not like she was being held hostage or anything.
      Instead: She stays put despite how increasingly harried she's becoming and eventually ends up injuring herself while there. Sure enough, it was all an elaborate hoax concocted by Eric Raymond and The Misfits to learn her true identity and to ruin her career/life (and a wealthy, obsessed fan who put an ad in the paper to learn her identity but was unaware of the band's true, sinister motives).
    • In "Britrock", Aja meets up with her boyfriend, Craig Phillips, in England and he informs her that he has something to tell her (that Mary Phillips, better known by her stage name of Stormer from the rival band The Misfits, is his sister). Knowing how she feels about the band and her overall attitude, he tries to play it cool and eventually brings her in to get to know each other on hopefully better terms.
      You'd Expect: That the normally level-headed Aja would hear him out.
      Instead: Upon seeing her, she assumes that she's his wife (in spite of being in love with her and bringing her around her bandmates as well) and angrily breaks up with him on the spot. His methods of breaking the news may not have been the best (which his own band told him as such), but her overreaction was uncalled for. Worse, since the club where they were at just so happen to be bombed only moments after everyone save for the Phillips siblings left and caused minor injuries for them, we never see the chance of Aja getting to know Stormer as Mary (although she did save her from the fire).
    • "Scandal" has Kimber sitting on a bench writing in her diary while at a public beach.
      You'd Expect: That since it is a diary, that she would make sure that she keeps something that precious under lock and key (or at the very least in her bag when she gets up and leaves).
      Instead: She absent-mindedly leaves it on the bench where Jetta discovers it, her secrets get out and her name and reputation gets dragged through the mud for a short time.
  • The Jetsons: So Elroy, a straight-A student, gets a straight-A report card (or the futuristic equivalent). Another student gets a far less impressive report (including an F), so he pulls a "Look over there!"-type switcheroo — and Elroy doesn't notice until he brings the sub-par report to his father.
    First, You'd Expect: For the reports to be clearly labeled, to prevent this very thing from happening.
    Failing That, You'd Then Expect: For George to realize that if his straight-A son brought home such a bad report, something fishy must be afoot.
    Instead: He punishes Elroy, refusing to listen to his son's protests. It's not until the other student's father calls to tell him what happened that he realizes that Elroy was set up — and by this time, Elroy has run away from home.
  • In the "Porta Johnny" episode of Johnny Test, Johnny and Dukey had been transported to right outside an art museum as part of punishment by Johnny's sisters. They have been asked for help by guys wearing facehoods to put artwork in the truck. Johnny and Dukey have teleporting powers. Granted, the girls had messed with them, but still...
    You'd Expect: Johnny and Dukey to realize that these guys must be burglars, stand up against them or something which shouldn't be too hard because they have fought supervillains in the past, and if things took a turn for the worst, just teleport out of there even if the punishment the girls are dishing out would continue.
    Instead: They just help the burglars without thinking they are burglars. It only dawns on them when they're passing the Mona Lisa by, and by the time they are aware enough of this, the burglars already get away. They get on the World's Most Wanted for this.
  • Jumanji: "The Intruder" is one of the scariest episodes. While the kids are bickering because Judy wants Peter to play the game and help bust out Alan instead of watching a cop show, they find a robber named Jack is in the attic, who broke a window to get inside. He threatens them so there will be no witnesses. They immediately determine that they have a better chance of surviving in Jumanji and toss the dice. Jack ends up joining the ride and ending up in the jungle. He overhears them talking about Jumanji and realizes they know about this strange world where Everything Is Trying to Kill You.
    You'd Expect: Jack would propose an Enemy Mine: the kids explain the rules to him of this world, and he won't harm them. Or intimidate them into helping him survive.
    Instead: He captures and ties them up, at first planning to leave them for dead. Later, when Alan helps them out, he attempts to murder Alan, the only person who's been in Jumanji long enough to survive it, and who was nice enough to offer his expertise. ''Genius.'.
    The Result: The kids play him like a fiddle; Judy fakes a bathroom emergency to get Alan for help, and Peter lies that Van Pelt the hunter has emeralds for stealing and Peter is the only one small enough to get them. Alan also survives the murder attempt while cut up and says it wasn't one of the worst times Jumanji has tried to kill him. It turns out Peter went I Lied; he finds a random box in Van Pelt's house to bargain for Judy's life when Jack recaptures the kids, and the trio rolls their eyes at him when he attempts to stop their escape up a cliff by climbing ahead and tossing out the root they need to reach as a safety net. The box instead has a Juroceros horn, belonging to a species of dinosaur. Another of its kind appears and corners Jack for the horn, and it means the kids solved the clue of "The robber will be robbed and the hunter will be hunted". Oh, and by the time they return, Peter and Judy have the sense to run downstairs, where the local cop Officer Bentley comes because he saw the broken window and was concerned. When he sees a robber begging to go to jail, Bentley takes charge and saves the kids.
  • Justice League Action: In "Luthor in Paradise", Circe had managed to turn Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman into trees, but not before finding out that Lex Luthor planned to betray her. Infuriated by this, she proceeds to take the oculus away from him.
    You'd expect: With Lex Luthor at her mercy, she would leave the heroes as they were and deal with Lex herself. After that, she could escape without ever having to worry about Wonder Woman again.
    Instead: Circe reverses her spell on all three heroes and lets them have their way with Lex while she tries to sneak off. Considering only one of them even needs to bother with catching Lex, she doesn't get far.
  • An episode of Kaijudo has three of the duel masters searching for the kids in the Fire Civilization in a rush given how blatantly dangerous the Kaijudo Realm as a whole is, let alone a place full of carnivorous dragons and inhospitable climate with Hector summoning a dragon for them to ride to cover more ground, which is against their rules to touch, let alone ride their creatures, but this is clearly an emergency.
    You'd Think: If the other masters have such a problem with the rule, they'd bring ATVs or some kind of craft to cover more ground instead of just walk around like idiots in what's basically a living hell.
    Instead: Jaha writes him off as "picking up the children's bad habits" and reluctantly climbs aboard.
    Result: The masters still pull a Big Damn Heroes to save the kids, but had they blindly obeyed the rules or even just stood there debating, the kids would've been eaten or burned alive.

  • Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: Kipo's heart may be in the right place, but she makes a phenomenally awful decision in the last few episodes. When hunting down Dr. Emilia to stop her plan to eradicate all Mutes, Kipo ultimately decides not to resort to senseless violence with the help of her friends.
    You'd Expect: If she really wants to stop Emilia and her followers(who have already "cured" several of her Mute allies) without hurting anybody, Kipo could sneak onboard their ship and destroy the rest of the cure, since she's immune. Alternatively she could bring her parents with her so they can tell the other humans of Emilia's crimes,(which include enslaving a mutated Song Oak and creating Scarlemagne) thus turning them against their leader's agenda.
    Instead: She lands on deck and...invites the sociopathic, Mute-hating scientist and her henchmen to a party to encourage better human-Mute relations.
    Result: Emilia feigns diplomacy, then launches an attack on "Prahm" that cures a few more Mutes. When Kipo saves most of the guests, Emila transforms herself into a Mute-monster, goes on a rampage that mortally wounds Scarlemagne, nearly beats Kipo to death, and after reverting to human form, gets sucked to her implied doom by Fun Gus. Meaning Kipo's diplomacy plan ironically got more people killed.
    • Speaking of Dr. Emilia, earlier she acquired Mega-Walrus DNA and decides to use it to create her own Mega-Mute to combat Kipo's Mega-Jaguar.
      You'd Expect: Emilia would use the serum on one of her more loyal subordinates(ie. Greta). It's not like she hasn't experimented on living things before and she's proven competent at handling giant creatures, so she can use the cure should her Mute-monster lose control.
      Instead: She eventually injects herself with the serum, transforming into the very thing she hates, while entrusting the aforementioned Greta with a sample of the cure. Unsurprisingly, Greta gets talked out of helping Emlia by Wolf, and Emilia almost loses her mind to the walrus beast. She's only lucky Kipo decided to save her out of innate compassion.
  • An episode of The Land Before Time, "The Hidden Canyon", is one big idiot moment on the part of the adults. The basic premise is that between the Great Valley and the Mysterious Beyond, there is a canyon filled with fruits that taste sweet, but smell rancid to predators like Sharpteeth; if anyone eats enough of these fruits, the smell won't be as strong, thus making it easier for predators to get in.
    You'd Expect: The adults to tell the kids about the significance of the canyon as soon as possible; this is something they need to know, since their lives and others' lives could potentially be on the line.
    Instead: The adults never say a word about the canyon, leaving the kids to discover it for themselves and learn the hard way why those fruits aren't meant to be eaten. And the adults are shocked that the kids ate the fruits, even though the kids didn't know any better.
  • Kung Fu Dino Posse: In "Loose Links", Skor plans to have the Links push a giant boulder down the mountain and into Megalopolis. But the Links quit because Skrap gave them tacos instead of taquitos for lunch, so Skor activates an Endstone crystal to replace them.
    • You'd Expect: Skor would change his plans and have the Endstoneasaurus attack Megalopolis.
    • Instead: Skor tries to get the Endstoneasaurus to push the boulder in place of the Links.
  • In Lazer Tag Academy, the Lazer Tag Academy staff revive a man who had been in suspended animation for over nine hundred years, and know he has a criminal background. They also know that he has the power to use Starlytes and Star Sensors for time travel.
    You'd Expect: they would call the equivalent of the Department of Social Services to help him integrate with modern society, while asking for investigators to unobtrusively keep an eye on him in case he discovers his power on his own.
    Instead: They tell him that he can use the Starlytes and Star Sensors for time travel.
  • The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold: It all began when a banshee by the name of Mag started pestering and bothering the leprechauns for their gold lest she turn back to tears, Blarney and the rest of the Kilakilarney Clan are smart enough to not give her anything but the O'Clogjiggers, who are Blarney's wife Fay and her family are not aware of this.
    You'd Expect: Blarney would warn Fay about Mag and explain the situation, especially the fact that Banshees cry nonstop, even when in disguise and that if she gets gold before Christmas she will not stop terrorizing people.
    Instead: He didn't think of warning her at all.
    The Result: Mag shows up to Fay claiming to be her guardian angel and plants the idea in her head that Blarney is hoarding all the gold and that he should give it all away before it ruins the family. Fay tells this to her husband who correctly suspects what's really going on and an arguement ensues, resulting in Blarney getting kicked out of the house.
    • After telling Dinty the story of the Banshee, Blarney sips his tea then realizes Mag spiked it with a potion that makes the drinker generous but thankfully gives all the gold to Dinty at the last moment before the effects could fully take control. He also warns Dinty that Mag will take other forms in order to trick him and get the gold and that Banshees always cry perpetually no matter the appearence. Afterwards, Dinty finds a beautiful girl named Colleen crying on the beach, claiming to have been shipwrecked and is immediately smitten.
      You'd Expect: Dinty to find it really suspicious that a random crying girl just showed up on the island right after he was given the gold. Blarney just told him to be careful and this girl won't stop tearing up. He also should realize that "Colleen" offering to have a ship built and they go give the gold to the poor folks of Killarney if he gives all of it to her seems way too good to be true.
      Instead: He gives all the gold to "Colleen" without a second thought!
      The Result: Dinty doesn't realize his mistake until "Colleen" reveals herself as Mag in disguise. Dinty tries to take his words back but it's too late and Mag puts him under a spell to sleep for a hundred Christmases. Blarney, who has been watching the entire time in the uncut version of the special, expresses his disappointment at Dinty's complete stupidity.
  • The Littles has one episode :The Little Babysitters" which Henry is forced to babysit baby Oscar while his parents are away and later, his friends come by the door to invite Henry to play football with them.
    You'd Expect: Henry to keep more responsibilities on babysitting and rather not go with them.
    Instead: He decides to go in with his friends, leaving the Littles to babysit Ocsar while he's out.
    But Even Worse: The Littles couldn't even handle it more like Henry and other humans do, which leaves Ocsar to almost wreck everything and cause a fire in Henry's room. Smooth move, Henry.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • In the episode "Bosko's Soda Fountain", Honey is teaching her kitten pupil, Wilbur, how to play the piano, and he keeps demanding an ice cream cone. She calls Bosko at the titular location, and asks him to bring one over right away.
      You'd Expect: She'd ask Wilbur what flavor he wants, and tell Bosko that it's for Wilbur.
      Instead: She doesn't, and Bosko prepares a vanilla ice cream cone, and brings it over on his bike. He gives it to Honey, and Wilbur walks up and screams that it's his. He takes it, and after one lick, shouts, "I DON'T LIKE VANILLY!". He blows the ice cream into Bosko's face from the cone, and further shenanigans ensue.
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  • The Magic Roundabout:
    • In the CGI Series Episode "Mr. Rusty's Luck", Dougal is bringing Mr. Pickles, Mr. Rusty's lucky teddy to him as he needs him whilst placing the magic gasket back into the Magic Roundabout. Along the way, he spots a bone sticking out of the ground.
      You'd Expect: Dougal to stay focused on getting Mr. Rusty's lucky teddy to him as it is important for Mr. Rusty and get the bone later.
      Instead: He lets his distraction overcome him and digs it up, unknowingly burying Mr. Pickles with dirt.
      As a Result: He brings the bone to Florence by mistake, who sends him back to go and get Mr. Pickles.
      To Make Matters Worse: Dougal finds Mr. Pickles completely dirty and takes it to Ermintrude to wash him, but it shrinks when she squeezes the water out of him. Dougal gets Brian to help him to stretch Mr. Pickles back to his size, but only to rip him apart into a pile of bits. Of course, Florence is shocked when she sees the remains in a paper bag and sternly tells him to put him back together. Dougal calls for Zebedee to repair Mr. Pickles, but the wizard accidentally makes Mr. Pickles disappear, leaving only a scorch mark, due to Mr. Rusty taking out the magic gasket which made his powers wonky. Dougal explains what has happened to Mr. Rusty which makes him now completely nervous to place the magic gasket without his lucky teddy, fearing about what is going to happen like last time.
      Fortunately: Everyone reassures him that he didn't need his lucky teddy to fix things, which gives Mr. Rusty enough confidence to place the magic gasket back into the Magic Roundabout without his teddy. He manages to place the magic gasket correctly to everyone's relief as it functions the Magic Roundabout properly where it reinstates Zebedee's magic to full power allowing him to restore Mr. Rusty's lucky teddy.
    • In "Special Delivery", Dougal and Florence come to help Mr. Rusty to polish the horses on the Magic Roundabout. When Fly begins to pester Mr. Grimsdale, Dougal notices this and realises that Fly might be going after his pies.
      You'd Expect: Dougal to stay out of the way if Mr. Grimsdale is driving. If he sees that Mr. Grimsdale has managed to fend off Fly, he wouldn't have to worry and rush into defense.
      Instead: He instantly rushes directly in the path of where Mr. Grimsdale is driving, causing him to swerve and crash into the bandstand.
      As a Result: Mr. Grimsdale has hurt his back and Florence is angry with Dougal for causing the accident. She then forces him do the rest of the deliveries throughout the episode until Mr. Grimsdale recovers.
    • In "Dylan's Big Gig", everyone is setting up for Dylan's rock gig for the night and Dougal isn't very happy about it. Mr. Grimsdale has built the stage for Dylan as his decking isn't big enough and has supplied the sound system and the lighting. Mr. McHenry has made some juice for the night's gig.
      You'd Expect: Mr. McHenry to place the tray of the glasses containing the juice somewhere they wouldn't be accidentally knocked over and onto the equipment.
      Instead: He mindlessly places it near the generator that is used to power up both the lights and the sound.
      As a Result: Dougal, who was underneath the stage at the time, accidentally snags the cable with his fur causing the tray to fall over and spill the juice over the generator, causing it to explode and thus ruining Dylan's chances to play his gig.
      To Make Matters Worse: Everyone, including Florence, was furious with Dougal when he owns up for causing the accident. Dougal begins to redeem himself for his interference by saying that he'll make up for it by helping them look for the solution to power up the lights and the sound. Although the Magic Roundabout can power up the sound, but it cannot power up both the sound and the lights.
      Fortunately: Florence suggests that they can use fairies to light up the stage and she and Dougal find them where they convince them to help light up Dylan's stage in exchange of baking them a cake. All with Dougal's help, Dylan is able to play his gig and it was a great success.
  • In the Mega Man episode "The Beginning", Guts Man tosses a monorail car at Roll, hoping to crush her. Mega Man sees this and runs to the rescue.
    You'd Expect: him to push Roll out of harm's way, then dash to safety.
    Instead: although he manages to push her out of the way, he doesn't make a run for it. He steps back underneath the falling car's shadow in order to blast it to pieces. Why would he even need to do that in the first place? In the time he steps back, raises his Arm Cannon, says "Oh no! I'm out of power!", continues to stand there and stare at the car, he could have safely gotten away. Needless to say, he get's crushed.
    Even Worse: This stems back to Roll. Keep in mind, this all takes place on the apron of an airport, where there's more than enough space to run. When Roll saw the car heading her way, she just gawks at it and starts cowering, not even trying to run to safety.
    • In another episode, Mega Man and Proto Man are fighting in front of Abraham Lincoln's statue, and the former is easily dodging all of the later's shots. Then Proto Man aims at the statue. Mega Man decides to save it, even though he's many meters away from it.
      You'd Expect: Him to shoot Proto Man while he's aiming at the statue.
      Instead: He runs in front of the statue and takes the shot, even though just shooting Proto Man would have taken less time.
      The scene in question: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dI8RPO87vSc
    • In "Bro Bots" Protoman pretends to have turned over a new leaf and act as a mole. Among the many things wrong with this premise, Protoman sneaks a scrambling chip onto Mega Man's ear that causes him pain.
      You'd Expect: Someone, anyone, to notice that Mega Man is clutching his right ear in agony, find the chip by looking there, and remove it.
      Instead: Even when they notice that Mega Man is in pain, it takes a ridiculous length of time for Dr. Light to find the scrambler chip.
      Even Worse: Light does a scan of Mega Man's body at one point to try to find the problem. For some reason, Light scans everywhere EXCEPT Mega Man's head.
  • Megas XLR: In the second episode, Magnanimous gives Kiva access to a junkyard to scrounge for parts while Coop is busy competing in the arena. Kiva comes away with a nice haul of parts from the visit.
    You'd Expect: Kiva to carry the parts in a box or cart, so she doesn't drop one by accident.
    Instead: She carries them by hand, and ends up dropping a part. Which leads into another one from Magnanimous' security detail.
    • In chasing the stray part, Kiva wanders into a restricted area, tripping a silent alarm. The truth is that Magnanimous is looking to make a killing if Coop loses the tournament, and this area is the command center that controls the traps installed in the arena to make sure of it. Kiva doesn't know that. She doesn't see anything worth investigating, and shows no intention of poking around; all she's doing is retrieving a part she dropped and leaving.
      You'd Expect: Security to back off and let her leave peacefully. Or, if they have to make their presence known, escort her out and give her a box or something so she doesn't wander into any other sensitive areas.
      Instead: They claim she's seen too much and immediately try to pick a fight, which Action Girl Kiva has no problems winning. Kiva takes the fight as confirmation that Magnanimous isn't playing things legit in the arena, and begins hacking the control center to sabotage Magnanimous's attempts to rig the tournament in his favor.
  • The Mr. Men Show:
    • In the Garage Episode, Mr. Fussy allowed Mr. Messy to store a surprisingly clean bike in his(Fussy's) garage, soon after, Mr. Nosy and Mr. Small offer Mr. Fussy to go on a bike trip with them using Mr. Messy's bike(he did get permission).
      • You'd expect: Mr. Fussy to close and lock his garage so that Mr. Messy can't get in without asking.
      • Instead: He apparently forgets to do so which leads to Mr. Messy making a huge mess in it.
      • Even worse: He rides the bike into the garage at top speed, making a bigger mess than Mr. Messy.
    • In the Restaurants episode, Mr. Small and Nosy play jacks while waiting for Little Miss Calamity to make cinnamon rolls, however, she put too much yeast in the mix by accident and got herself trapped in the shop.
      • You'd expect: Mr. Small and Nosy to take one good look at the window and notice the mess Ms. Calamity got herself into.
      • Instead: They don't consider it when the time the cinnamon rolls should've been done, and head for another restaurant, leaving Ms. Calamity to her fate.
  • Monster Allergy: Zick gets trapped into a device that absorbs his powers for every zap.
    You'd Expect: He'll just have to wait until rescue comes.
    Instead: He continuously zaps the container until he loses his powers.
    • In the same episode, Elena can finally see monsters. She enters Magnacat's secret lair and pretends not to see him. This act has fooled not only him, but also Zick, who tries to warn her that Magnacat is around. She then grabs into some end of the device and starts swing over to Magnacat.
      You'd Expect: He dodges her swing, then realizing that she can see him.
      Instead: He just stands still and watches getting a chance to kick him in the face, knocking him out.
    • There's also in first episode of season 2 where Elena is taking care of Bombolo when Bobby Clash, a new Tamer that Zick really hates, gets a hold of him to feed him with chocolate and gives him back to Zick as he started to explode farting from it.
      You'd Expect: Elena scold Bobby for feeding him with chocolate.
      Instead: She falsely accuses Zick for this act.
    • Zick successfully sucks Magnacat, Vizosed, and the Monster-Saur all at the same time.
      You'd Expect: In common Dom Boxes, only one monster at a time. They have to be placed in separate Dom Boxes.
      Instead: They were imprisoned in one Dom Box. Magnacat and Vizosed managed to absorb the Monster-Saur long enough to confuse it that it ended up freeing him. Nice job, Zick.
  • Moral Orel: "Beforel Orel" has Clay reunited with his father, Arthur, whom he is bitter with ever since he blames him for the death of Angela in "Passing". The latter begins to realize of his treatment to the former.
    You'd Expect: Clay realizes of his mistakes as well and reconcile with his father.
    Instead: He refuses to reconcile with Arthur, ruining any chances for this moment to happen again.
    • Speaking Of Arthur and his long cold shunning of his son.
      You'd Expect: Arthur would forgive Clay early on since Angela's death was an accident, Clay probably didn't even knew or at least too young to understand that his mother's heart condition.
      Instead: He continuously shunned Clay and their relationship worsened over the years, leading Clay the man we know. And while Clay refusing to make peace with his father is indeed an idiotic and childish move, Arthur being cold to his son is just as boneheaded if not more.
  • In the My Gym Partner's a Monkey episode "The Magic Fish", Adam saves David Coppertrout from suffocating who in return offers him one wish. However, Adam says he doesn't believe in wishes and denies the offer causing all the students to try to get him to use the wish on them.
    You'd Expect: Adam would take advantage of David's magic and making a deal with him: make one wish and if the wish doesn't happen, he'd be proven right.
    Instead: Adam spends most of the episode so caught up in his own ego trying to tell everyone that there is no such thing as wishes.
    The Result: The entire CDMS staff and students continuously beg him to make a wish. When asked why he doesn't want it, Adam tells David that when he was really young, he wished on a shooting star for an action figure of the superhero he worships, but he didn't get one so he doesn't believe in them and starts crying over it. We're not making this up: a twelve-year-old boy is still whining over the fact he didn't get an action figure he could've bought with his own money for his birthday when he was like four or five. Predictably, the students see how ridiculous his logic is and demand David give Adam his wish. Adam, at the very last minute, wishes to go back in time before any of it happened. David grants his wish and Adam ends up in the Stone Age, ending the episode.
  • My Little Pony Tales:
    • In "Battle of the Bands", Melody and her band the Rockin' Beats enter Ponyland's first-ever Battle of the Bands. Melody's mother has to work that day so Melody has to find a babysitter for her little sisters.
      You'd Expect: Melody to talk this over with each of her friends in advance and see if one of them or even their parents can babysit.
      Instead: She waits until the day of the contest to look for babysitters. As it turns out, none of her friends can babysit on short notice so she decides to bring her sisters to the studio so she can perform.
    • In "Stand By Me", Teddy is accused of stealing Melody's cassette deck. His class puts him on trial, and he is called to the stand. Sweetheart asks him if he has a tape recorder of his own.
      You'd Expect: Teddy to simply answer yes or no and avoid saying anything that would implicate him as a thief.
      Instead: He confesses that he'd do anything to get a tape recorder, steering his class towards a guilty verdict. Had Sweetheart not brought the school janitor to the stand, Teddy easily could have been given detention.
    • "Blue Ribbon Blues": Teddy's teddy bear is ripped apart after a fight with Yorkie, his cousin Corny's pig. He decides to get revenge by scaring Yorkie off the farm in the middle of the night. His laughing attracts Corny and Sweetheart who become worried since the pig is supposed to be judged at the country fair the next morning.
      You'd Expect: Teddy to apologize for what he did and help his cousin and Sweetheart find Yorkie.
      Instead: He tells Corny that Yorkie was gone when he went to check on him. Sweetheart sees through his lie immediately and calls him out on it.
    • Teddy gets another one in "Roll Around the Clocks" when he is teamed up with Sweetheart in the roller skating contest. While practicing, he shouts "Crack the whip!" and the ensuing move results in him letting go of Sweetheart while he falls.
      You'd Expect: Teddy to not do this in the contest as it will likely result in himself and Sweetheart getting eliminated.
      Instead: He does this anyway despite Sweetheart's objections and winds up throwing her into the referee, getting them both kicked out of the contest.
  • My Little Pony (G3): In Twinkle Wish Adventure, Mayor Flitterflutter gives Cheerilee a box containing the Twinkle Wish star. She warns her not to open the box until the Winter Wishes festival begins.
    You'd Expect: Cheerilee to heed the mayor's warning, keep the box closed and not let anyone get near it.
    Instead: Scootaloo opens the box and the Twinkle Wish star jumps out. Seconds later, the star is stolen by a dragon.
  • Ninjago:
    • In the episode "All of Nothing", the ninja break into the underground fortress where they fight against snakes. The bite of Fangpyres turns the victims into snakes. Fangtom, the Fangpyre general sees Jay, who has his shoulders and an arm covered with metal, the rest of his uniform having only cloth.
      You'd Expect: Fangtom to bite Jay in a place without metal.
      Instead: He bites Jay in the arm covered in metal and his teeth hurt because of it.
    • In the Season 9 episode "The Weakest Link", the Resistance manages to successfully capture Harumi and they put together a plan to infiltrate Garmadon's tower by having their shape-shifter friend Mystake copy her appearance.
      You'd expect: That the real Harumi would be kept under heavy guard. The infiltration plan only involves two people, so the rest of the team should be free to make sure that the evil emperor's second-in-command stays put. If something urgent comes up, they could at least leave someone competent like Lloyd or Nya to stand guard.
      Instead: They all leave Dareth, a well-meaning but clumsy oaf with no powers, behind to watch Harumi alone.
      Even worse: Lloyd and the others straight-up tell Harumi about their plan to impersonate her, giving her even more motivation to escape.
      As a consequence: Harumi easily overpowers Dareth and makes it back to Garmadon's side just in time to throw the heroes' plan off the rails.
    • In the first half of Season 1: A young Lloyd Garmadon, pre-Heel–Face Turn, gets his hands on a map to the five hidden tombs of the Serpentine and plans to unleash them to get revenge on the Ninja. The first tribe he frees attacks him on sight, and the second tribe agrees to follow him but then betrays him almost immediately.
      You'd expect: Lloyd to realize that the Serpentine aren't worth the trouble. He may still be a Bratty Half-Pint at this point in the series, but it should be clear to him by now that the snakes are chronic backstabbers and aren't going to follow the orders of a child.
      Or, alternatively: Lloyd could instead search for his father, who is far more powerful then the Serpentine and is fiercely protective of him. Lloyd's uncle Wu knows his brother's location and loves Lloyd like a son, so getting information from him and setting out to find Lord Garmadon on his own would be entirely possible.
      Instead: Lloyd opens a third tomb, and befriends the sole survivor Pythor without a second thought.
      As a consequence: Lloyd gets betrayed a third time and ends up in the custody of the Ninja, while Pythor escapes and goes on to free the remaining two tribes and cause the rest of the season's conflicts.
    • The villains, of course, also have their moments. After freeing the rest of the Serpentine, Pythor sets his sights on unleashing the ultimate snake, the Great Devourer.
      You'd expect: The rest of the snakes to realize that releasing an all-consuming monster with no way to control it is a terrible idea, and that Pythor's plan could potentially lead them all to extinction.
      In fact: The Ninja actually explain this to one random snake Mook, who has an Oh, Crap! reaction and begs them to stop Pythor.
      Instead: The rest of the Serpentine continue to blindly follow Pythor without thinking of the consequences.
      As a result: Pythor unleashes the Great Devourer and, unsurprisingly, is immediately eaten. The monster's rampage also drives the remaining Serpentine leaders underground, leaving the rest of the army high and dry with no leadership when the disaster is over.
  • I ♥ Arlo:
    • "A Memory of Pizza": Ansel gives Arlo an urgent call that the mayor is coming to see Seaside, and if she's not impressed with the restoration, then Seaside will be condemned. He then proceeds to tell him what to do while awaiting another espresso from a rather loud espresso machine.
      You'd Expect: Ansel to move to a quieter location so he can tell Arlo what he's talking about.
      Instead: He stays right next to the station, and its loud noises end up blocking out most of his talk, and he hangs up right when Arlo couldn't hear anything. This causes Arlo to misinterpret Ansel's words and turn Seaside into a high-end town like him.
    • "Jeromio, Jeromio": Jeromio is in a bad mood and is somewhat flat like a pancake; Arlo tries to find out why.
      You'd Expect: Arlo to listen to Jeromio carefully so he can decipher why he's upset.
      Instead: Arlo keeps interrupting Jeromio and tries to find out by himself; his efforts all end up going wrong. It's only until he talks to a statue in Central Park does he finally listen to him.
  • The French series of educational cartoons Il était une fois... (Once Upon a Time...) has the characters portrayed by Pest (who the official site describes as the "king of idiots" — those exact words).
    • In the second installment, the sci-fi cartoon Once Upon a Time... Space, he truly takes the cake. General Pest, Glorious Leader of Cassiopeia and apparent Big Bad, has caused trouble to the Confederation of Omega, and near the end, confiding in both his military superiority over Omega's Space Police and the Confederation's members and the help of the Humanoids, androids from the planet Yama that have built weapons, ships and a Planet Killer for him, leaves Omega and threatens war if they don't surrender unconditionally, only for the Humanoids, who still have to deliver the Planet Killer, to demand his unconditional surrender. This right after the Space Police warned him that it was about to happen, asking him to join forces against the common enemy.
      You'd expect: He'd join forces with Omega, postponing his attempt at taking over the cosmos until after the Robot War has been won.
      Instead: He sends his entire fleet to confront the Humanoid armada. An armada many times his fleet, that includes ships based on the Cassiopeian ones but improved and that Planet Killer, whose crews know every single strength and weakness of most of the Cassiopeian warships. And threatens to shoot down any Omegan ship that shows up. Of course the Humanoids easily destroy wave after wave of his ships while begging him to stop this senseless massacre, while the Space Police uses the chaos of the battle to infiltrate the Humanoid mothership and gain data on their battleplans.
      Then: Pest orders the charge of his Nautilus-class battleships, the ones the Humanoids don't know better than his own men as he had made them produce in his empire, right in the mouth of the heavily-armed and protected Planet Killer.
      As a consequence: The Humanoids wipe out most of the battleships and, having lost their patience, threaten to blow up his homeworld if he doesn't surrender. He surrenders, but the once formidable Cassiopeian fleet is now destroyed.
    • Another Pest one from the same series, shared with his good friend the Dwarf. This time Pest and the Dwarf are portraying the leader of a cavemen tribe and his advisor, and the strange man (actually Peter of the Space Police) has summoned the Great Spirit of the Sky (actually a Space Police starship).
      You'd expect: They'd kneel and worship Peter, his colleague and Love Interest Psi and the starship, as the other cavemen are doing.
      Instead: They walk under the now landing ship, trying to chase her away as they believe it's an evil spirit.
      As a consequence: They're vaporized by the landing rockets of the ship, that promptly lands where they have been disintegrated. And Psi, a very nice girl, seems to have thrown herself on Peter's shoulder not to cry but to hide her own reaction.
    • From the same series, when we're shown the history of Earth between our time and the present, we have Pest and the Dwarf as the dictators of two nuclear powers on Earth, dealing with domestic unrest.
      You'd expect: They would try to either better their people's welfare or suppress the riots.
      Instead: They try to distract them with a war. On each other. Both of which are nuclear powers.
      As a consequence: The Button War was very short and nearly destroyed the planet.
    • In one episode of Once Upon a Time... Life (teaching about the workings of the human body), Pest visits the doctor due a series of pains that are promptly revealed to be symptoms of an imminent heart attack. Thus the doctor orders him a very strict diet and forbids him from smoking.
      You'd expect: He'd follow the doctor's orders, or at least try.
      Instead: He starts eating and smoking worse than before, to prove he could.
      As a consequence: He has an heart attack, faints and almost drowns in a beer. Next we see him after this, he's in an hospital bed with a very bemused doctor at his side.
  • Ōban Star-Racers: Don Wei makes some pretty poor life decisions:
    • In the past, following his wife Maya's death in a race, Don feels he's not fit to take care of his Daughter Eva since he's still reeling from the trauma of her crash.
      You'd expect: Don Wei would send her to live with surviving family, or failing that, find a descent boarding school and be sure to keep her in contact so she'd know he still cares.
      Instead: He drops her off at the aptly named Stern Boarding School and makes no attempt at all to contact her.
      As a consequence: Eva's relationship with her father is fractured, and when she eventually reveals who she is, she flat out lays into him how horrible his decision was.
    • In the first race on Planet Alwas, Rick Thunderbolt, the Earth Team's pilot is severely injured on the first race with Groor. The team scrambles to find a replacement.
      You'd expect: Don Wei to realize the entire Earth is at stake, put aside any reservations about female pilots, and hire Molly/Eva, who happens to be the only other member with pilot experience.
      Instead: Don is so adamantly against Molly piloting that he puts Jordan in the drivers' seat, even though Jordan has a terrible track record with flying.
      As a consequence: Jordan nearly crashes the Whizzing Arrow on his first test-flight. Don is almost ready to fly the thing himself before Eva jumps into the cockpit and proves a worthy replacement.
    • Rick Thunderbolt is starting to recover in time for the second race.
      You'd expect: Don to have Rick given a thorough examination before he's allowed in the cockpit again.
      Instead: Don once again pushes Eva to the side, and eagerly puts Rick behind the wheel. Unfortunately, Rick has suffered crippling nerve damage from his crash that triggers paralysis at high speeds.
      As a consequence: Rick freezes up in his race against Ceres, nearly getting himself and Jordan killed. It's only through Eva jumping in and taking the controls that they're able to win.
    • In Agile Like Aikka, Eva strikes a deal with the Nourasian Prince Aikka that in their next race, they won't use weapons to even the odds. She tells the Earth Team of this plan, but they ridicule this strategy out of distrust for the Nourasians. Come the race, Eva shuts down the Arrows turret, preventing Jordan from firing. Aikka in turn keeps his word.
      You'd Expect: Don Wei or Jordan would notice that Eva's plan is working. Aikka wields mystically charged arrows that deal heavy blows, and as Eva points out,if they were to attack him,that would provoke him to fire back and make the course more risky than it needs to be.
      Instead: Don Wei has Stan and Koji turn the turret back on out of anger at Eva's disobedience. Jordan then blasts away giddily at Aikka mere moments before they reach the finish line, who disables the ship with an arrow, costing them the match. Aikka feels betrayed and Eva lambasts Jordan for not trusting her.
      Even Worse: Jordan and Don Wei blame Eva for not sticking to the plan.
  • Peppa Pig
    • "Sports Day": The first event is about to begin. All the children are getting ready to race. Peppa tells her best friend, Susie Sheep that she's going to beat her.
      You'd expect: That the two of them would stay focused so that they can start running when the starter says "go!"
      Instead: They both start arguing about who is faster, causing the other children to run miles ahead of them!
      • Later in the episode, it's the relay race. Daddy Pig manages to get the baton over to Peppa.
        You'd expect: Peppa to start running right away.
        Instead: She stands there complimenting Daddy Pig, causing the other racers to run miles ahead of her AGAIN!
  • This page focusing on Bluto's most idiotic moments on Popeye provides some standout moments:
    • In Nearlyweds, Bluto and Olive visit the Justice of the Peace, who asks Bluto (in rhyme) to make a promise to take responsibility for various things. A sample of the requests: "Do the laundry, feed the cat / mow the lawn and stuff like that."
      You'd Expect: Bluto to get suspicious of the Justice of the Peace, who is actually Popeye himself in disguise, for making him take such a specific vow for a marriage ceremony.
      Instead: He falls for it and exclaims, "No, NO!! That's not for me!" and runs off through the wall, leaving Olive behind. Olive runs after him, and Popeye takes off the disguise and laughs.
    • In Parlez-Vous Woo, Bluto (disguised as "the International") challenges Popeye to a fencing duel to win Olive's heart, and eventually splits Popeye sword in half and seems to stab him in the heart. When he pulls back the sword, however, it turned out that he impaled Popeye's can of spinach instead.
      You'd Expect: Bluto to quickly get rid of the spinach and finish off Popeye for real.
      Instead: He just stands there in shock, letting the spinach fall out of the can and into Popeye's mouth, and eating it somehow repairs Popeye's sword, leaving him to disarm Bluto and remove his disguise.
  • Regular Show would have this moments as well:
    • In "More Smarter", Mordecai ended up finding out that Rigby got smarter because of the Brain Max.
      You'd Expect: He should give him a dose of his own RigJuice to fix this problem. How smart he could get?
      Instead: Mordecai drinks the Brain Max as well and goes in a battle of wits with Rigby.
    • "Skunked" has the main duo finding the Were-Skunk lying in the middle of the road. They believe they got a Bingo, and go all excited with it.
      You'd Expect: They poke it with a stick to make sure if he's really dead or not.
      Instead: Rigby shouts "BINGO!" at the Were-Skunk that he ended up not only waking it up, but also getting sprayed. Good thing Mordecai isn't near at that time.
      Even Worse: Being a Were-Skunk, Rigby is also gonna turn into one.
    • In "Muscle Woman", Mordecai is forced to date with Muscle Man's ex-girlfriend, Starla. So far, he hasn't dumped her and goes on a forced date in the coffee shop.
      You'd Expect: Mordecai to do a bad performance on her in order to get her to dump him.
      Instead: After enduring Starla for so long, Mordecai outright tells Starla he hates her and will not be her boyfriend any longer.
      The Result: Needless to say, Starla goes berserk and causes a city-wide rampage. Mordecai and Rigby have to make Muscle Man admit his true feelings for her.
    • "Cool Cubed" has Rigby, Mordecai, Thomas and Pops buying slushies to see who can get the best Brain Freeze face. When Thomas doesn't react to his slushy, the others tease him for his "weak-sauce" brain freeze face.
      You'd Expect: That Thomas would laugh this off or maybe get another slushy and fake a reaction,which would probably be easy since he's a trained spy/actor.
      Instead: He buys the "Cool Cubed" slushy, which the counter guy warns him is freezing to dangerous levels. He chugs it down and the cold is so intense it freezes his body from the inside and nearly kills him, which kicks off the plot of the episode. Mordecai and Rigby are then tasked with unfreezing him before it's too late.
    • "Dumped at the Altar" has Mordecai read a letter from Muscle Man's late father at his (Muscle Man's) wedding. CJ and Margaret are both in attendance.
      You'd Expect: Mordecai simply read the letter and leave it there. If he feels the need to add on, he should keep it brief and play it safe.
      Instead: He decides this is the perfect time to admit that he still has feelings for Margaret, but wants to continue dating CJ.
      The Result: CJ breaks up with Mordecai before he has the chance to finish speaking and the scene becomes incredibly awkward.
      Worse Yet: Even had Mordecai finished explaining himself and CJ be cool with everything, it's still poor form to hijack a wedding like that.
  • Ren & Stimpy: In "Jerry the Bellybutton Elf", Stimpy gives the titular elf lintloaf, which causes the elf to go berserk and attempt to kill Stimpy. Stimpy then tries to calm Jerry down as the latter corners him.
    You'd Expect: For Stimpy to ask Jerry if maybe he wants something else.
    Instead: Stimpy suggests they put more lintloaf in the microwave, causing Jerry to go even more ballistic.
    Then Again: This is Stimpy we're talking about, so this shouldn't be a surprise.
  • Rocket Power:
    • "Big Air Dare": Otto and his friends are warned off an adults-only snowboarding course because it's too dangerous. The guard is a Reasonable Authority Figure Jerk with a Heart of Gold who tells them if he catches them again, they're going up on the "Shame Fame" wall for the adult snowboarders to mock. That's actually a pretty light punishment for trespassing.
      You'd Expect: The kids would listen.
      Instead: Otto insists on racing and sneaking past the guard.
      Predictably: Reality ensues; Otto breaks his leg while racing and is semiconscious as his friends need to get help. The guard tells his father that Otto could have avoidd this if he had listened, the kids are grounded and their photos are put on the Shame Fame wall. Otto is only let off chores because he needs to recuperate, but the other kids have to do shoveling and he gets bored quickly.
    • "Race Across New Zealand":
      • Ray has one that lasts most of the movie. The titular race was something he did when he was around Reggie and Otto's ages and he lost badly in the end to the father of one of their current competitors.
        You'd Expect: That Ray would tell his kids just why he's so caught up in the competition, especially since he suspects both the competitor and his father of cheating.
        Instead: He blatantly favors Otto since he's a boy, giving him a more inflated ego than usual and ignores Reggie, making her feel inadequate and leading to the following moment.
      • In a windsurfing race, Reggie takes the lead. However, her dad, Ray, is still cheering on Otto, prompting her to think: "Maybe this will get Raymundo's attention".
        You'd Then Expect: That Reggie would get Ray's attention by just winning the race, and in the process putting herself in contention for the main title.
        Instead: Reggie deliberately jumps off her board to ensure that both she and Otto lose the race.
    • Ray gets another moment when he confronts Reggie about hers.
      You'd Then Expect: That Ray asks Reggie what's wrong since it's extremely out of character for her to throw a race at all let alone make her brother lose as well.
      Instead: He blames her entirely for everything that's gone wrong up to that point, making her even more furious and causing her to bitterly call him out before storming off.
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: During the Reindeer Games scene, Donner covers Rudolph's nose. Eventually, the cover pops off revealing his red nose and all the yearlings laugh and tease him.
    You'd Expect: Comet, the coach of the games, to chastise the yearlings for their cruelty and throw them out of the games if they continue to act up.
    Instead: He accepts their behavior and throws Rudolph out of the games.
    To Make Matters Worse: Santa witnesses the whole thing.
    You'd Then Expect: For Santa, being the personification of all that is good, to put his foot down on this bullying, call out the yearlings for their name-calling, and force Comet, one of his own pulling the sleigh, to allow Rudolph to continue playing.
    Instead: All he does is tell Donner that he should be ashamed of himself, which, taken the wrong way, could mean Santa chastised Donner merely because of Rudolph's nose! Great job standing up for Rudolph there, Santa!

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  • Samurai Jack: Having lured Jack to the graveyard, Aku has successfully snatched his sword thanks to the witch possessing it. With the only weapon that can truly destroy Aku in his hands, Jack is now completely defenseless in his grasp.
    You'd Expect: Considering that Jack, for all his training is useless against him without the sword, Aku just destroys the sword first then either kill Jack with his million lethal arsenals or being the Sadist he is, inflict a Cruel Mercy on him; let him go with the knowledge that he can never destroy Aku now that sword is destroyed and destroy any time portals out there so the samurai will undergo a slow, painful death of old age.
    Instead: He chose to destroy the sword only after he stabs Jack with it to give him a "fitting death at the hands of his own sword". Somehow, the fact that Jack could potentially snatch it back does not cross his mind. Predictably, when Aku decides to stab him with it, it simply doesn't work allowing Jack to take the sword back, completely wasting an opportunity to get a decisive victory over Jack and cause Aku's flaming eyebrows to go out.
    • In the episode "Jack & The Warrior Woman," Jack meets a mysterious green-skinned woman named Ikra note .There is, however, a lot of foreshadowing that shows that Ikra isn't really a good person and that she's actually evil.
      You'd Expect: For Jack to take these hints seriously, considering that he hasn't seen Aku since the day he was thrown into the future.
      Instead: He doesn't. It's not until Ikra destroys the jewel Jack was looking for and reveals herself as Aku does Jack find out about Ikra's true nature.
    • In episode 9 of season 5, Scaramouche finally informs Aku that Jack lost his sword, unaware of the fact that Jack got it back. Aku wants Scaramouche to verify this by asking the latter if he really did lose the sword.
      You'd Expect: For Scaramouche to give more details to Aku about his last encounter with Jack, and tell him that he didn't have his sword when they last fought.
      Or: For him to not make any bets without any type of proof.
      Instead: "I bet my life on it!" He pays for this moments later.
  • The Christmas special Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town: Sombertown's ruler, Burgermeister Meisterburger, trips over a toy duck and breaks his funny bone.
    You'd Expect: He would own up to his own mistake of being too careless to watch where he was going. Or, he would command that people don't leave things lying around in places where people could trip over them.
    Instead: He issues a decree outlawing toys in his town. All because he tripped over one and broke a bone.
    Now You'd Expect: The residents of Sombertown to heed this warning and hide the toys that Kris Kringle brings whenever Burgermeister and his guards are present. Or at least that the adults would make the children do it.
    Instead: Throughout the special, the children play with their toys in the streets and in the presence of Burgermeister and his soldiers! To make matters worse, the adults in the town don't do anything to make the children hide their toys when they are present. Needless to say, Burgermeister becomes increasingly pissed off and makes it harder for Kris to deliver the toys.
  • In the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated episode "Howl of the Frighthound", Scooby wound up in a maximum security kennel because the mother of some kid crushing on Velma was trying to break up the gang and fix her son up with the girl he'd built a shrine to built a robot dog designed to frame him.
    You'd expect: Velma to move heaven and earth to clear Scooby's name so that he'd be beholden to her and pretty much let her have her way in the Friend Versus Lover conflict the two of them had wound up in.
    Instead: Not only did she do as little as possible to free the rival she claimed would get out some indefinite time in the future, she was so dismissive of Shaggy's concerns for his friend's well-being, she alienated him to the extent that he decided having a girlfriend wasn't for him at this stage in his life.
    • In the first episode of Season 2, "The Night the Clown Cried", Fred tries to get Daphne to rejoin the gang so they can trap the Crybaby Clown who has been terrorizing Crystal Cove. Daphne, however, tells him that she wants nothing more to do with him and his traps, since she's now got a boyfriend named Baylor Hotner.
      You'd Expect: Fred to believe what Daphne is saying and find someone else to help them trap Crybaby Clown.
      Instead: He believes that she's faking it and begins to make a trap.
      Result: The plan doesn't work and the Crybaby Clown escapes after blowing up a Fireworks shop.
    • Baylor also gets this. He reveals he's an actor who kidnapped his "posse" and Daphne as a means to do research for a role.
      You'd Expect: He would realize breaking the law means he won't get his Oscar especially with so many witnesses.
      Instead: He does a very convoluted plan that involves kidnapping people and taking advantage of Daphne while he's on the rebound.
      The Result: He gets caught, arrested, and slapped by Daphne who breaks up with him on the spot when Fred unmasks him.
    • In the episode The Man in the Mirror Fred realizes that he hasn't actually arrived in the future and that the villains are actually trying to trick him into revealing the location of a magical artifact. He then starts leading the villains on a wild goose chase to delay them and reveal to his friends what's going on.
      You'd Expect: For him to just keep doing that. There was nothing requiring him to ever give up the real location.
      Instead: Near the end he inexplicably reveals the real location, ultimately allowing them to steal it.
  • Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!:
    • In "A Clue for Scooby-Doo", the second episode of Scooby Doo, Where Are You!, Daphne, Fred, and Velma stumble upon what looks like Captain Cutler in a sunken ship.
      • You'd expect: That at least one of them remains outside while one or two of the others take(s) a look at the diving suit.
      • Instead: They all go in, allowing the ghost to lock them in.
    • In "Kooky Space Kook": Shaggy and Scooby lock themselves in an old air force cabin to protect themselves from the alien ghost. Scooby throws the key out the window. But the alien manages to get in by opening the other door from the other side.
      You'd Expect: Shaggy and Scooby to jump out the window and run for their lives.
      Instead: They jump out the window, retrieve the key, jump back into the cabin, and unlock the door so they can get out. The crowner moment is the monster roars in confusion.
  • In the first episode of Simba, the Lion King, Simba's father is playing with his daughters, when he sees a gun that was ready to shoot him.
    You'd Expect: Simba's father to leave or do something else. It's a gun, after all.
    Instead: He just calmly stays there and stares at the gun, leading to his own death. If there's anyone responsible for his death (excluding Shere Khan and the hunter, obviously), he is.
  • In Season 3, Episode 2 of Skatoony, the second round has ended and the roller coaster, with the contestants and The Earl on it, is headed for a hole in the track. From the ground, Chudd yells to The Earl to mind the hole. One of the contestants who lost the round, Wasp Boy, offers to save everyone.
    You'd Expect: The Earl to let Wasp Boy do his job. It's a life or death situation after all.
    Instead: He blows him off, all because he isn't moving on to the third round, and Wasp Boy and Scott are sent flying away.
    The Result: Chudd is forced to overcome his fear of roller coasters and save Earl and the remaining contestants from dying.
  • In The Smurfs episode, "The Smurfette", Gargamel noticed changes in Smurfette, realizing she's not anymore working with him. Therefore, he tricks her into bringing all the Smurfs to lunch.
    You'd Expect: She will realize this is a trap and decided not to follow his orders.
    Instead: She is fooled by this act and does exactly what he said. This not only allows him to catch the titular characters, but also leads them to think Smurfette double crossed them.
    • Earlier on, Smurfette tries to get Greedy to open the dam so that the Smurfs' village will be flooded. When he hesitates, she decided to have another Smurf do her bidding. Greedy, being Greedy, has flipped open the valve to open the floodgates. Suddenly, he begins to close it, out of fear that the village will be flooded.
      You'd Expect: That Smurfette has no choice, but to accept the fact that her plan foiled. That way, it would lessen the suspicions about her.
      Instead: She struggles with Greedy over the switch, resulting not only in both of them falling to the waters, but also in Greedy telling the Smurfs his suspicions about her.
  • Solar Opposites:
    • In the pilot, Linda is a bully who gets Yumyulack and Jessie into trouble. Yumyulack in retaliation shrinks her and puts her in a tiny-person maze. He and Jessie, however, have a crisis of conscience when seeing a news report on Linda's disappearance. Linda sees this as an opportunity to escape and reason with her captors.
      You'd Expect: Linda would beg for her life and promise not to tell anyone about the kidnapping. Then she can turn around and bust them when she's big enough to run away.
      Instead: She keeps gloating about how she's going to put the kids in prison for kidnapping her.
      The Result: Yumyulack nearly dissolves her in acid on the grounds of He Knows Too Much. He's barely convinced to dumb her down by pouring Diet Coke on her exposed brain.
  • Being a Star Wars animated series, Star Wars Rebels has some idiotic moments.
    • In the first season finale, Fire Across the Galaxy, the Inquistor and Grand Moff Tarkin take Kanan to Mustafar. In orbit, the Inquisitor tries to interrogate him, but can't get anything out of him. A while later, the crew of the Ghost, including Ezra, gets to Mustafar, and send an EMP-laced TIE Fighter into the Star Destroyer that Kanan is being held at, so that they could knock out the power and get in undetected. The Inquisitor figures that the EMP is the work of the Ghost crew.
      You'd Think: The Inquisitor would kill Kanan, since Ezra and the rest of the Ghost crew came to try to save him. After all, since he wasn't able to get anything out of him, the least he could do is kill him, and make the rescue mission fruitless (Similar to when Cad Bane interrogated Bolla Ropal to death in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode, Cargo of Doom, where the rescue mission becomes fruitless because by the time Anakin and Ahsoka got there, Master Ropal was already dead).
      Instead: He just leaves him in his cell, with no guards at the cell. Ezra is able to save Kanan, and eventually, the Inqusitor gets defeated by Kanan in the reactor room and he ends up committing suicide for failing to stop Kanan.
    • During the Battle of Atollon at the end of Season 3, Grand Admiral Thrawn sets up a blockade to prevent any rebels from escaping, and the key components of the blockade are two Interdictor cruisers that can completely shut down any Hyperspeed Escape.
      You'd Expect: For the other Imperial commanders to follow Thrawn's orders and stay put.
      Instead: One of the Interdictor commanders, Admiral Konstantine, decides to be a Glory Hound and goes after the Rebel carrier driven by Commander Sato. This ends up fitting into Sato's plan, as he then launches a kamikaze run on Konstantine's Interdictor, destroying both ships and opening a hole for Ezra Bridger to escape and get reinforcements.
  • Static Shock:
    • "Frozen Out": While doing holiday rounds, Static notices a young homeless girl who can summon ice and causes snowstorms. She calls herself Permafrost and is lashing out due to the trauma of living on the streets and feeling alone. He investigates her, and finds her living space, including a photo of her life before she ran away from her step family. He goes to the church, where the reverend identifies her as one of his congregates Maureen and says she needs help because a kid living on the streets can get ill easily, especially in this weather.
      You'd Expect: Static would go back to Maureen's hideout and return the picture, since it features her deceased mother. Or that he would track her down and explain that he wants to help her and that he cares because he knows what it's like to lose a mother, as he does later.
      Instead: Static goes on to light an event as part of a holiday ceremony. Even if it was scheduled, he had time.
      Predictably: Maureen crashes the event and angrily demands that Static return the photo, and you can see her point. He has to talk her down after returning it, and only then can he get her to the church and to the concerned reverend, who offers her blankets and shelter for the winter.
    • "Jimmy": Virgil and Richie notice that a kid in their class, Jimmy, is getting bullied while trying to befriend them. It comes to a head when his bully Nick shoves him into a locker, and Jimmy is traumatized from the experience.
      You'd Expect: Virgil and Richie would have gone immediately after and checked on Jimmy, even if Jimmy had scared them by talking about his father's gun. He's their friend and someone in need of assistance.
      Instead: It takes a week for Virgil to go and check on Jimmy after the latter misses school for all those days.
      The Result: Virgil finds out too late that Jimmy planned to steal his father's gun and kill Nick in revenge at the community center. He tells his dad and Jimmy's dad, who is horrified that Jimmy stole the keys to the lockbox. Even though Frieda and Jimmy manage to talk Jimmy down from killing him, Nick's friends tackle Jimmy and cause the gun to misfire, injuring Richie in the leg. Jimmy ends up in juvie, Nick and his friends get suspended, and Richie has to wear a cast for a few weeks. Virgil vows to not repeat his mistakes and helps another kid who is bullied.
  • In the Stōked season 1 episode "The Pirate Who Came To Lunch", Emma and Lo has had enough of Kelly bullying them.
    You'd Expect: Lo tells everyone about Kelly, exposing her for everything she's done.
    Instead: She accidentally shows a video of her insulting the Ridgemount family.
    Result: Lo is barred from going to Thailand with her family, and Kelly gets to go instead.
  • Strawberry Shortcake: "Pets on Parade" features a moment where the Peculiar Purple Pieman cheats to secure his victory, then claims that Strawberry Shortcake cheated by using her phonograph so he'd win.
    You'd Expect...: That the kids get suspicious as she's a sweet kid who wants to make everyone happy, and the Pieman is a nasty guy whose deeds cause misery.
    Instead...: They believe him and turn on her which sends her into a Heroic Blue Screen of Death. However, Strawberry snaps out of it when Soufflé the skunk explains that she has to stand up for her own good, just like he did before, and when that happens, the Pieman has his scheme unravelled.
  • Sunny Day: In "Band Together", Lacey is determined to win the Friendly Falls Talent Show that she sets out to ruin Sunny's band act. While the girls aren't looking, she and KC hide Doodle's drumkit in an unknown location, and they return to find it missing. Doodle begins to sniff it out.
    You'd Expect: Doodle to notice Lacey and KC behind the coat rack right in front of him, especially the latter who can easily be noticeable.
    Instead: He doesn't even see them, nor do the girls, thus they look all around to find the drums. When they're nowhere to be found, Sunny makes a new drumkit out of Cindy's pots. They never found out Lacey was the one behind it, letting her off scot-free.
  • Superfriends:
    • There's a lot of instances of characters forgetting that they have superpowers. In one particularly egregious example, the Legion of Doom has come up with a device that can transport people into books. Toyman lures Hawkman into following him into "Jack and the Beanstalk", and flees by scaling the beanstalk.
      You'd Expect: Hawkman would remember that, not only does he have wings, but flying is his only power, and thus he would use that power to chase and apprehend the villain.
      Instead: Hawkman climbs up the beanstalk after Toyman, and has quite a difficult time of it, from the look of things. You just know that, the whole time, he's thinking "Boy, if only I didn't have these big weights on my back, I'm sure I could climb a lot faster!"
    • One episode has Lex Luthor manage to travel back in time and negate Green Lantern's origin by getting to the crash site first and taking Abin Sur's ring. He then proceeds to fly back home, demonstrating that he can use the ring.
      You'd Expect: Him to keep the ring on. Aside from the obvious point of how powerful the ring is as a tool to crush the remaining Superfriends, his plan also depends on them not being able to return the ring to Green Lantern, so he should be keeping an eye on it anyway.
      Instead: He takes the ring off the moment he gets back.
  • Super Secret Secret Squirrel: So Hot Rodney won the race after Morocco Mole accidentally discards the engine of Secret's race car, as a reward Secret Squirrel hands the rooster a "victory belt", however it's actually a dynamite belt Hot Rodney tied Moroco earlier to in the episode.
    You'd expect: That Hot Rodney would recognize the belt.
    Instead: He dons it and rides off into the distance after Secret activates it, getting blown up in the process.
  • Sofia the First: In the Pilot Movie "Once Upon a Princess", after Sofia's dance lesson goes wrong with thanks to Amber giving her trick shoes, she enlists Cedric's help to give her a spell that would make her a good dancer, but she doesn't know he really gave her a sleeping spell to blackmail her into giving him the amulet.
    You'd expect: For Cedric to wait outside the ballroom while Sofia cast the spell.
    Instead: He stays in the ballroom, and as a result, the spell hits him in return.
  • SWAT Kats: the Radical Squadron
    • In "Katastrophe" Mac Mange kidnaps the mayor and Callie, while dressed up as their new chauffeur. Except, he's wearing the mask based off his original face.
      You'd expect Callie would immediately recognize the face of a dangerous criminal, especially since she was the one who signed his life sentence, and alert the titular vigilantes immediately.
      Instead She's completely oblivious to him. At least the mayor noticed that it's not his regular driver.
    • In "The Origin of Dr. Viper", the titular character, when he was once Dr. Purvis, has stolen the Viper Mutagen 368 in order to become rich by selling it to the highest bidder. He's surprised by his colleague, Dr. Zyme, arriving because he forgot his reading glasses. He ended up discovering Purvis' plans so Purvis runs to the staircase where he punches Zyme.
      You'd Expect: Zyme should call the police to let them arrest his butt for trying to steal their formula.
      Instead: He trips Purvis by kicking his briefcase at the stairs, and the latter trips over with the formula spilled over him.
      Result: Dr. Viper is born. Way to go, Dr. Zyme.
  • Squirrel Boy: In the "The Big Haggle Hassle" Andy, his dad (mr. Johnson) and Rodney are at a fair where Andy sees a ceramic angry clown and wants to buy it for his dad, but he wants to wash his hands first.
    You'd expect: Him to keep his money in his pocket while he washes his hands.
    Instead: He gives his money to Rodney, who is an asshole and not very smart.
    Result: After Andy washes his hands different things happen that distract him and keep him away longer. Meanwhile Rodney has spend the money on meat and decides to get a job in order to get the money back. He finds a post as a salesman exactly at the shop that sells the clown. Mr. Johnson comes and Rodney puts a disguise on in order to not be be recognized and it works, then mr. Johnson buys the clown from Rodney.
    You'd expect: Rodney to let things as they are. Andy wanted to buy the clown for his dad and his dad got it and by working at this job he can get Andy's money back, maybe even make more money. Also, if mr. Johnson bought the clown himself this means that Andy will no longer spend his money on the clown and Rodney could try to convince the boy to buy something that he likes instead.
    Instead: He remembers that Andy wanted to buy the clown for his dad badly and tries to take it by force from mr. Johnson which results in a chase that leads to the shattering of the clown and the destruction to a part of the fair.
  • Super Jail:
    • In "Time Police" the titular police is an organisation that travells through time and arrest very dangerous criminals before they commit crimes. They arrest Warden, because he is about to start his plan of world domination and bring him to trial. After they prove he's guilty the latter promises he won't enslave the human race if they let him free.
      You'd expect: Them to have a system that gives criminals a chance not to commit the crimes they would've done in the future and that they will let him free. If the accused doesn't keep their promise they can travel through time to stop them.
      Or: If they want to lock Warden they are going to make it impossible or as hard as possible for him to escape.
      Instead: They send him to a chaotic dimension where he can wander freely. This wouldn't have been too bad, if the time police didn't chose said dimension to practice their songs in a room that isn't even properly locked.
      Result:The warden takes advantage of a moment in which they don't pay attention, steals their timestick and uses it to return to Superjail and sees the damage done. Later he takes the staff and inmates with him and travels to the past back to his trial which results into a complete disaster for the entire world.

  • Teen Titans Go!:
    • In "Caged Tiger", the boys are headed for the bathroom when the Crime Alert goes off. Unknowst to Robin and Cyborg, Beast Boy is suffering from a Potty Emergency.
      You'd Expect: For Beast Boy to speak up about how it's a bad time for the Crime Alert to go off and ask if he can use the bathroom beforehand.
      Instead: Beast Boy keeps quiet about it, and decides to have Cyborg turn into a train instead. He only brings it up when it's too late to do anything about it. And worse, they're trapped in an elevator.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures:
    • In the episode, "The Acme Bowl", during the big game against Perfecto Prep, Babs, Shirley, and Fifi decide to help Buster when he needs three more members on his team. When Babs is passed the ball, the Perfecto Football players charge at her, but stop when she screams about having lost her contact lens.
      You'd Expect: For the Perfectos to realize this is a trick and snatch the ball from Babs so they can try to make another touchdown with it.
      Instead: They decide to help Babs look for her contact lens. While they are distracted, Babs scores a touchdown.
    • The "Night Ghoulery" special has one in the "A Gremlin on a Wing" sketch. Throughout the sketch, The Gremlin is trying to destroy the wing of the airplane that Plucky and the other passengers are on. At one point, he has a huge pile of explosives, but his lighter won't work. Plucky approaches him, carrying the plane's fire hose, and the Gremlin asks him if he has a working lighter.
      You'd Expect: Plucky not to give the Gremlin a working lighter, or to at least try to spray him with the fire hose, thus knocking him off the plane and preventing the explosives from ever being set off.
      Instead: Plucky hands the Gremlin his working lighter, thus letting him set off the explosives, only to realize a minute later what he was doing. He attempts to defuse the explosives with the fire hose only to miss by seconds, resulting in the plane's wing being destroyed.
  • Tom and Jerry: In the episode "Buddies Thicker Than Water", Jerry saves Tom from freezing after he had been thrown out of his home by his owner and brings him in the house. They spend some time drinking wine until his owner comes back. Jerry warns him to hurry not to get caught, but she catches him and is ready to throw him out again.
    You'd expect: Tom to let her do it, because Jerry most likely would have tried to save him again, considering he has been friendly with Tom in this episode.
    Instead: Tom betrays Jerry and convinces his owner to stay by showing him to her and throwing him out in the cold.
    Then: Tom accidentally falls out of the balcony at the end of the episode and expects Jerry to save him after he had betrayed him.
    As a result: Jerry doesn't.
  • Totally Spies!:
    • An episode had a villain break into a lab by carving a hole into the window with the diamond tipped heel of her shoe. She jumps through the hole and the heel breaks off as she lands on the floor. She notices this and comments on it.
      You'd expect: She'd pick up the broken heel at least so she could still super-glue it back on or something so her shoe wouldn't be ruined.
      Instead: She just leaves it there. When the spies find it they immediately track it to her, and later use it to escape the villain's trap, allowing them to foil her plan with ease.
      Even Worse: The shoes in question were incredibly rare -the episode mentions there were only four pairs in existence. The villain may as well have put a tracker on herself -a halfway decent private eye could handle that case, let alone the expert young women backed by the resources of WOOHP.
    • In "Stark Raving Mad" the Spies know that Sebastian is playing music that brainwashes teens into going on rampages at raves, and they go to the one where he is going to strike next to try and stop him
      You'd expect: Them to bring something to block out the music and protect themselves.
      Instead: They don't do that.
      As a result: They get brainwashed as well.
  • Unikitty!:
    • In the episode, "Stuck Together," Master Frown loses his body and is left with only his head. Unikitty finds him, and offers to take him to the Doom Lords meeting....if he helps her with her princess duties.
      You'd Expect: Master Frown to explain that as a Doom Lord, he isn't supposed to do nice things. Making people miserable is in his job description.
      Instead: Master Frown refuses on the grounds that he doesn't do nice things. He only relents when Unikitty says she won't take him to the Doom Lords meeting. He only explains this when they're in Frown Town, after they've done her princess duties.
      As a Result: He's fired when Master Doom gets wind of him being nice.
      Fortunately: Unikitty has a meltdown and destroys the meeting room, causing Master Doom to think this was Master Frown's idea and reinstate him as a Doom Lord.
    • In "Tooth Trouble," Puppycorn loses his first tooth and hides it under his pillow. Unfortunately, the Tooth Fairy does not turn up, so Unikitty pretends to be the Tooth Fairy and gives Puppycorn a coin. It's then that she gets the idea to give everyone the magic of the Tooth Fairy, so she and her friends form a team and go around town.
      You'd Expect: They'd only take teeth that have already been lost.
      Instead: They resort to stealing teeth. This lands the real Tooth Fairy in trouble when she attacks them for doing her job.
  • The Venture Bros.
    • The season three opener "Shadowman 9 - In The Cradle Of Destiny" has Phantom Limb find The Monarch with Queen Etheria (in a flashback). Limb asks for Monarch's name, to which he responds "The Mighty M...Manotaur!" and is then put on Limb's "Shit List".
      You'd Think: When they meet, Phantom Limb would see that Manotaurnote , who retired from villainy years ago, neither looks nor sounds anything like the man that slept with his partner so many years ago, and leave him alone.
      Instead: With a cry of "Nobody retires from the Phantom Limb's shit list!", Limb kills Manotaur, still failing to realize that Dr. Girlfriend ended up marrying Monarch, let alone that Monarch was ever one of his henchmen. This is even lampshaded by Dr. Girlfriend, who doesn't think Limb could possibly have been that thickheaded.
    • In Season 7's episode "The Forecast Manufacturer", a massive (man-made) blizzard has struck New York City. Hank, worried for Sirena's safety after numerous failed attempts to contact her, decides to brave the snowstorm to rescue her.
      You'd Expect: For Hank to remain focused on his mission to see if Sirena is safe, and not get distracted.
      Instead: Hank, being Hank, decides to have an impromptu football game with himself. He dives into a snowbank for a touchdown, only to knock himself out by hitting his head on a lamppost (the base being hidden by said snowbank). He's narrowly saved by the Scare Bear.
  • Villainous (Cartoon Network): In one short, Black Hat and Flug demonstrate a security system that's meant to guarantee keeping people out with its multiple weapons.
    You'd Expect: Flug would make sure to implement some sort of off function so that he and Black Hat can safely enter and exit the house.
    Instead: He never considers an off function and is forced to endure the pain of the system after turning it on while he and Black Hat are both outside.
    The Result: Black Hat kicks Flug over the fence to brave the entire security system to disable it, resulting in the poor doctor being maimed, burned, and pelted with snowballs. To add insult to injury, Black Hat steps on him as he goes inside.
  • Viva Piñata
    • In "The Fudgetive" Fergy Fudgehog attempts to weasel his way out of the party by writing two notes, one that makes it look like he was kidnapped by Professor Pester and one about the secret shack in the desert.
      • You'd expect: That he gives the second note to someone other than Ella Elephanilla(Who has poor memory) or Langston Lickatoad(Who's always trying to send him to a party), as he wrote "Read this note and then eat it." on the envelope.
      • Instead: He gives it to Ella, which leads to her getting both halves of the note mixed up and eating it.
      • As a result: A wild goose chase ensues.
  • In every episode of Wacky Races Dick Dastardly is often able to get ridiculously far ahead of the other racers.
    You'd Expect: That he would keep driving on and maintain his lead.
    Instead: He stops to set up some hairbrained car-trap for the drivers behind him. These ALWAYS fail and either bump him back several places or cost him the race.
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender
    • "The Way Forward": Galra factions have existed in a vacuum since the Paladins fought Lotor in the quintessence field. Zethrid and Ezor interrogate the Paladins about where they've been. Keith and Lance try to explain they've only escaped the quintessence field a few weeks ago.
      You'd Expect: At one point for Zehrid and Ezor to realize that the Paladins have no reason to lie since they stick to their story despite the thread of torture. Also, as Hunk points out, the Paladins had a grudge against Lotor, not his generals at this point, for what happened. Much later, Heel–Face Turn Acxa is able to clear up the air by explaining that three Earth years actually passed and time passed differently in the field.
      Instead: They torture Pidge until the mice, Coran and Acxa launch their rescue mission and distract them.
      Predictably: The Galra get no information and it's implied Zethrid and Ezor get blown up during the escape attempt.
    • "Lion's Pride": During the time skip that the Paladins missed, the Galra that are following Sendak have invaded Earth. They have told the last surviving base — the Garrison — that if they turn over the Lions of Voltron then Earth will go free. When the Paladins and Lions return to the Garrison, Admiral Sanda brings up this potential to bargain by handing over the Lions. The Paladins obviously say no deal because Sendak is a liar and the Galra don't just give up on planets they conquer. They debrief the Garrison officials about all this, including the time Sendak invaded the castle and took two Paladins hostage.
      You'd Expect: Sanda to realize there is no bargaining with genocidal intergalactic colonizers. As Keith puts it, the Paladins have seen more from their time in space than anyone on Earth has.
      Instead: When the Paladins and Garrison put together a last-ditch desperate plan to stop the new Zaiforge cannons, Sanda leaves the base and tells Sendak about it. She believed that he would honor their agreement to just take the Lions and leave the Paladins. The same Paladins that captured, cloned and humiliated him.
      The Result: Sendak reneges and locks up Sanda with the Paladins. Without the Lions, Earth is even more defenseless than it was before and the Garrison has to launch their not-flying ship the Atlas. It hits Sanda that her betrayal was so fundamentally stupid that she curls up in a Troubled Fetal Position in her cell in Heroic BSoD, especially when Sendak orders the Paladins' execution. She has to pull a Heroic Sacrifice to save the Paladins, and can only beg them to save Earth where she failed.
  • Wakfu:
    • The heroes are visiting a place where women can't play Gobbowl, necessitating that Amalia and Evangeline use magic to disguise themselves as men. This magic has a code word that immediately reverses it, just in case.
      You'd Expect: They'd pick something that would be very hard to say in casual conversation: "squiddleydoodlefluffer", maybe, or "You're a genius, Percedal".
      Instead: The code word is "Gobbowl". They are playing Gobbowl. The word that immediately reverses the transformation is the one they are most likely to say.
    • When Sadlygrove does his Heroic Sacrifice, you have to consider this.
      You'd Expect: He would use his enhanced leaping (when possessed) and quick recovery to jump at the robot or at the girls to take them to safety
      Instead: He jumps right in front of the laser beam and ends up dead. While that was a noble move, his Love Interest was so distraught that she almost allowed the robot to kill her and have succeed if Ruel hasn't pulled a Big Damn Heroes.
  • Watch My Chops:
    • At the end of "Unlucky Break", Karen founds out about Bernie's broken leg, and she tells him that there will be no lies between them, and then she asks him how he broke his leg.
      You'd Expect: For Bernie to make something up, like that he just tripped by accident or something like that.
      Instead: Bernie told her the exact truth about what happened (Corneil was playing chess and he slipped on the king) and then, she refused to go out with him because she had just told him not to lie.
      Even Worse: Bernie could've just said that he slipped on a chess piece that was lying on the floor, without mentioning anything about Corneil playing chess. It's not the entire truth, but it's still the truth, and one that sounds more plausible than the full truth!
  • Wild Kratts:
    • In "Let the Rhinos Roll!" Chris went off to find the mother of Nubs, a baby black rhino Martin is looking after. Later "Chris" calls Martin, telling him that there's nothing to worry about and that he can keep Nubs as long as he wants.
      You'd Expect: Martin would realize that Chris would want to return Nubs to the wild as soon as possible.
      You'd also Expect: Martin would notice that Chris is wearing red instead of his standard green.
      Instead: Martin misses both alerts and goes on as if nothing's wrong.
      Result: The Tortuga is nearly trampled by a herd of mind-controlled black rhinos.
    • In the season 3 two-part finale, "Back in Creature Time" Zach has infiltrated the Tortuga and captured Koki and Jimmy. After that, Zach uses the Time Trampoline to travel to the past where the other Wild Kratts are. Zach states that he can now go back to the present with the Trampoline piece, thus trapping the Wild Kratts in the past forever.
      You'd expect: Zach to do exactly what he said.
      Instead: Out of arrogance, Zach believes it'll be much more fun to find the heroes and tell them he's gonna trap them in the past, first.
      As a result: The Wild Kratts foil Zach's plan and safely return to the present with him.
  • We Bare Bears
    • In the episode "Cellie", After Panda's jealousy of his brothers new phones got the best of him, he steals them in the night while their sleeping.
      You'd Expect: Panda to destroy the phones and throw the remaining pieces away so his brothers aren't able to track where they are.
      Instead: He buries them in the backyard and leaves them perfectly intact, giving Grizzly and Ice Bear the opportunity to track their phones using an app that helps make them "come back to the owners".
      Then again: Panda should be lucky that his brothers didn't search outside in the backyard and discovered where he hid them or looked out the window and see his footprints leading to them. If it went that way, he would have been in deep trouble.
    • In "Planet Bears", Grizzly needs to pee while at a supermarket.
      You'd Expect: For Grizzly to ask an employee where the bathroom is.
      Instead: He just runs around asking random people where it is, but none of them know.
      After That: Grizzly finds a bathroom, but it requires a code for the door to open.
      You'd Expect: For Grizzly to get the code from an employee.
      Instead: He just tries to knock it down by ramming into it, to no avail. Then he uses a forklift, causing it to go out of control.
      As A Result: He ends up having a Bring My Brown Pants moment after crashing the forklift.
    • In "Sumo Tsunami" Fergy is running from a sumo he seems to be no match for, and Langston is watching.
      You'd expect: Langston not to do anything that could get him in trouble, even if he ends up not catching Fergy.
      Instead: He reminds Fergy about a rule that the one who wears the diaper has to fight.
      As a result: Fergy dresses Langston in his sumo diaper, which leads to him being pulled into the fight.
  • In What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode "New Mexico, Old Monster", a giant hawk known as the Wakumi flies towards Scooby and Shooby (who is owned by Jimmy Proudwolf, Shaggy's friend since preschool) whilst herding some sheep, the gang and Jimmy saw this and they rush off to get them inside.
    You'd Expect: Shaggy to leave his art sculpture of Scooby on the table where it doesn't get destroyed, as it was entered for the International Art Show exhibit.
    Instead: He just takes it whilst rushing with the gang to get Scooby and Shooby.
    As A Result: The Wakumi snatches the sculpture when the gang is fending off the hawk. Later on, the sculpture is then found shattered, however, Shaggy states that he would make another one.
    Fortunately: At the end of the episode, Shaggy gets inspired by Jimmy's statement to think back to "their days in the sandbox," and so uses Scooby to pose as a life-like statue covered in sand for the exhibit.
  • In Winx Club (Episode 1x17), Bloom accidentally bumps into Diaspro, making her drop a hologram of Sky. While Diaspro is rude to her about it, Bloom just randomly assumes she must be one of the Trix simply because of this rudeness. She tricks Diaspro into leaving her seat in the stadium, leads her to a back room and attacks her. Diaspro doesn't fight at first, but she is finally forced to fight to defend herself. It's not until the battle is taken into the stadium and Diaspro reveals Sky's secret that Bloom sees she's not a witch.
    You'd Expect: For Bloom to have eventually realized that Diaspro was not one of the Trix due to how much restraint she was showing. Diaspro clearly didn't want to fight Bloom and only did so when Bloom refused to leave her alone.
    Instead: Not only does Bloom fail to realize that Diaspro isn't one of the Trix until it's too late, but even after she finds out the truth about Sky, she continues to be angry with Diaspro, as if it's Diaspro's fault that Sky was two-timing her! She never apologizes to Diaspro for this incident or realizes that she should be angry with Sky, either, not with the person who didn't even know she existed.
    It gets worse: that's because the creator seems to have set things up so that Bloom was supposed to be Sky's fiancee all along while Diaspro is just supposed to sit there and take it.
    Then again: stupidity seems to be the only option...as evidenced by Diaspro and the Trix Girls deciding that the best way to kill a fire elemental like Bloom is to send her to something called the Vortex of Flames.
    • Then there's Season 4, Episode 24, where Nabu willingly sacrifices himself to close the portal. Aisha is about to use the Black Gift, which can ressurect only one person, but Ogron steals it and wastes it on a dying flower.
      You'd Expect: For Bloom to use her Dragon Flame’s healing powers, discovered earlier in the series, or her Believix power, Strength of Life, to at least try to help Nabu.
      Instead: Bloom apparently Forgot About Her Powers, leaving Nabu to be Killed Off for Real.
    • There's also an episode in season six where a childhood friend of Bloom's, Selina, returns. Said friend is assisting the Trix, but Bloom isn't aware of this. However, keep in mind Bloom hasn't seen or heard from Selina in at least six years and she randomly comes and asks for the Winx's help.
      You'd Expect: For Bloom to be suspicious. While she may not be aware of Selina's true intentions, at the very least, you'd think she'd wonder where her friend has been all this time.
      Instead: Bloom blindly trusts Selina, not even questioning her story, and the others also go along with it!
      Then: Selina inconspicuously poisons Flora and when she and Bloom go to the potions lab to create a cure, Selina makes an even stronger poison while Bloom is distracted. She gives Bloom the poison and Bloom, thinking it's the cure, nearly pours it into Flora's mouth, inadvertently almost killing her! She's stopped just in time, but even when she's later expressing remorse, she doesn't at all say how she shouldn't have blindly trusted Selina as she did.
  • W.I.T.C.H.:
    • The team finds out that the Big Bad, Phobos, has a sister. It turns out to be their friend Elyon Brown, whose parents are also from Meridian and rescued her when Phobos staged his coup and usurped the throne. Phobos is looking for his sister, for an as-yet unknown purpose, and sends out The Dragon Cedric to find her in the human world.
      You'd Expect: The Guardians to do as Cornelia suggests and tell Elyon, as well as her adoptive parents. She's their friend, and she has a right to know that two creepy guys have their sights set on her. So do her parents, since they've sworn to protect her from Phobos.
      Instead: Will decides to keep Elyon's origins a secret, rationalizing as either Elyon wouldn't believe them — which makes no sense since she readily accepts the supernatural on seeing them transform later — or that Elyon would believe them and freak out. Instead, they keep an eye on Elyon from a distance as Cedric prepares a spell to break down Elyon's mental barriers. Cedric manages to get all the components he needs for the spell, and gives Elyon a job in his human guise.
      The Result: Elyon becomes depressed and isolated, since Will and the others accidentally break her up with a guy she likes and won't come clean to her, and neither will her parents when she starts to do research on her family. Cedric, posing as a bookshop owner, manages to convince Elyon that her friends are misguided and lied to her — which they technically did — as well as that her adoptive parents stole her away from Phobos and her home. This is true From a Certain Point of View, so Villain Has a Point. He manages to ambush her adoptive parents and turn Elyon against them. When the Guardians confront Cedric and try to expose him as a Meridian monster, Elyon runs away with Cedric to Meridian, reuniting with her brother and believing she's found her family. Her adoptive parents are arrested by the Cedric, and the Meridian rebels barely get a chance to rescue them. Cornelia gives Will a much-deserved What the Hell, Hero? speech and temporarily quits the team. Phobos has an Unwitting Pawn in Elyon, who accidentally uses her powers to cause a rift in the rebellion, and he's planning to kill after after she's coronated as Queen of the kingdom.
    • Of course after this, Elyon starts getting red flags that Phobos and Cedric aren't what they seem. She hears her friends desperately calling for her when they invade Phobos's castle, a rebel bows to her, and she only talks to Cedric and Miranda, Phobos's lackeys, and rebels when she accidentally hypnotizes them. Not to mention she goes missing on Earth for months and has left her friends behind, including the normal nonpowered Alchemy who gets so worried that she asks the authorities to call the police.
      You'd Expect: Elyon to do what she does in the comics and start investigating Meridian undercover. She's given a little bit of alone time, and she would just need a change of clothes. This might get her away from the glamour that Phobos had put on around the castle.
      Instead: Blinded by her sibling love for Phobos, Elyon concludes that her friends are well-meaning but misguided, and asks them to leave her alone because she doesn't want Phobos to hurt them. Phobos has put on the image that he'd have to track down the Guardians due to The Chains of Commanding.
      The Result: Elyon is blindsided when Phobos tries to kill her during her coronation. More specifically, he absorbs her powers and leaves her for dead. Understandably, she apologizes to Cornelia, who received a vision that Elyon was in danger and came to rescue her. It also means that the police are called on her friends to investigate Elyon's disappearance from school, and Elyon has to spin a cover story about traveling for months to explain her long absence. She's truly regretful that she caused Alchemy and everyone else to worry.
    • In the beginning of P is for Protector, Taranee and her boyfriend Nigel get "arrested" because they are mistaken for thieves during a robbery. Her mother comes, and Taranee tries to explain what happened, namely that she unmasked the real burglar.
      You'd expect: The lady to know her own daughter isn't a liar, especially about something serious. The worst Taranee has done is sneak out to see a concert, which wasn't lying.
      Instead: She starts berating Taranee for dating a "bad boy" and starts worrying about potentially sentencing her.
      Predictably: When the restaurant owner explains that Taranee and Nigel actually saved his livelihood and fought off the burglars, Taranee's mother awkwardly apologizes as the two give her a mutual Death Glare.
  • In the Woody Woodpecker short Buccaneer Woody, at the end when Woody is hiding in a barrel from Buzz Buzzard, Buzz is looking for Woody through the group of barrels... and then Woody's arm pops out of his barrel and points to Buzz that Woody is hiding in a nearby barrel.
    You'd Expect: Buzz to question how a barrel could have an arm and speak.
    Instead: Buzz takes the barrel's advice and drags off the barrel he thinks has Woody in it... and as he's passing by Woody's barrel, Woody pulls the cork out of Buzz's barrel and lights the gunpowder falling out with a match. The rest is self-explanatory.
  • WordGirl has Dr. Steven Boxleitner working on an experiment that would allow him to read the mind of his pet mouse, Squeaky. Suddenly, he gets distracted by the smell of his sandwich.
    You'd Expect: That he should lock Squeaky in a cage in order to avoid risks in him making his experiment gone horribly wrong.
    Instead: He leaves him down near the "HOLY COW!! Don't press this button!" button and leaves the Narrator in charge of stopping him. By the time he came back since he doesn't know the Narrator doesn't do any physically, Squeaky ended up pressing the button anyway. That's when Dr. Two-Brains is born! Not good, indeed.
    • In the episode "High-Five Sandwich" Chuck The Evil Sandwich-Making Guy wins a local sandwich contest and is looking forward to seeing the article in the paper about it, but finds it overshadowed by the titular "high-five sandwich" note  and gets angry over another "sandwich" showing him up.
      You'd Expect: That, like the narrator suggested, Chuck actually read the article and find out it's not an actual sandwich.
      Instead: Chuck attacks the city to destroy the high-five sandwich out of jealousy, resulting in him going to to jail over a misunderstanding.
    • The Grand Finale episode, "Rhyme and Reason" has the two titular villains committing a crime at the National National Bank, but the latter insists that their 'rhyming crime' M.O. is the very reason they have never been successful in their robberies so far.
      You'd Expect: For Rhyme to listen to what Reason has say about all this. After all, they've been best friends for 15 years, so why not give him a chance of reasoning with her about how they should commit crimes.
      Instead: She insists on committing crimes with that very M.O. It's no wonder he finally snaps at her after being caught by WordGirl that he has decided to end their friendship.
      • Becky herself isn't faring any better in this episode. After hearing an alarm go off in Rhyme and Reason's robbery, she has decided to leave her Muggle Best Friend Violet behind to handle the situation.
        You'd Expect: Since there are three cameras on her garden which it will take pictures of anything crossing their paths, Becky will hold off transforming into her alter ego and walk out of the house like a normal person while trying to stay away from her garden.
        Instead: She transforms into WordGirl by the garden where her photo is being taken. As soon as she comes back to Violet's house, she is heartbroken about being kept in the dark about her secret that she has decided to end their friendship as a result.
  • Wunschpunsch: in the episode "Nice wizards", Bubonic and Tyrania try to cast a spell that would make their supervisor, Mr. Maggot, a nice man who wouldn't bother if they did their work or not.
    You'd Expect: their pets, Jacob and Mauritio, will allow their owners to go through with this plan, because it is a well known fact by now that Bubonic and Tyrania are punch clock villains who only curse the city when mr. Maggot reminds them it's their duty to do so. Allowing them to complete this plan means Jacob and Mauritio most likely never have to worry about another spell being put on the city again.
    Instead: Jacob and Mauritio try to seize this opportunity to turn Bubonic and Tyrania into nice people themselves, by interfering with the spell. It works, but the Bubonic and Tyrania are so clumsy, that all their attempts to use magic to do good deeds end up causing disasters they're oblivious to, making them an even greater threat to the city than when they're their normal evil selves.
  • In Xiaolin Showdown, Omi gives Raimundo a series of taunts and Stealth Insults after Raimundo isn't promoted to Apprentice level.
    You'd Expect: Kimiko, Clay, or Dojo to tell him to knock it off and that not getting promoted is already weighing on him heavily enough or suggest he apologize after Raimundo storms off.
    Instead: They do absolutely nothing, and Raimundo is easily tempted to the Heylin side after Wuya promises him everything he could want, and follows through with it. The ensuing arc nearly gets the Xiaolin Warriors killed until the Power of Friendship leads Raimundo to pull a Heel–Face Turn.
    • In the episode "Sizing Up Omi", Omi gets the idea to use the Changing Chopsticks and Reversing Mirror to grow to Cyclops' size so that he would stand a fighting chance against him, with their next showdown impending as the Glove of Jisaku lights up moments later.
      You'd Expect: Omi would grow after arriving at the Glove of Jisaku so Dojo can carry him.
      Instead: He does this at the temple, nearly crushing Dojo.
      You'd Then Expect: Omi to shrink back to normal size, ride Dojo to the Glove, grow back to giant size, then take on Cyclops. If the fact that he grew using two Shen Gong Wu means he must wager them, he can challenge Cyclops to a Shen Yi Bu Dare. In addition, that would have helped him figure out that he needs both the Changing Chopsticks and Reversing Mirror to return to normal size.
      Instead: He goes after Dojo on foot, and is unable to keep up with him.
      Result: Clay has to face Cyclops in the showdown, losing the Reversing Mirror, and causing Omi to permanently shrink with no way to return to normal.
  • In the 1990s X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon, Rogue's character is defined by her sassy, flirty one-liners inability to touch people without draining their life/powers/mind. She is forced to wrestle with this in virtually every episode that gives her a serious role. Halfway through the first season, Gambit, Storm and Jubilee are imprisoned on an island where mutants are used for slave labor, and controlled with collars that can disable their powers.
    You'd Expect: That when Rogue helps to rescue them, after all the enslaved mutants have removed their collars, she would take one, break the locking mechanism, and have the means to activate and deactivate her powers at the drop of a hat collar. For added convenience, she could also take a few spares so that any of her genius friends could figure out how they work and make a more discreet and secure version.
    You'd Also Expect: Gambit, having spent several days in the collar, would have at some point realized that since the only thing standing between him and the woman he loves is her out of control power, it might just be a good idea to bring her one when he escapes.
    Instead: She almost immediately tries to track down the scientist who is offering a cure (which would eliminate her flying, superhuman strength, and nigh invulnerability as well) without stopping for one second to think about the fact that the only reason she has to believe that the guy is legit is because he was the one who invented collars that can suppress mutant powers! In the process, she comes within an inch of becoming a pawn of Apocalypse. After that, the collars would show up numerous times in the series, and never once did she ever make the connection between her overwhelming desire to control her power and a device that controls powers.
    • In addition, with not only numerous collars available for use and/or study, but for an entire season a device that suppressed the powers of all mutants in the entire savage land as a major plot point...
      You'd Expect: Someone, ANYONE, would have thought to make to use of this technology to deal with the the untold number of mutants that are constantly fighting. The X-Men could easily slap a device on any of their immensely powerful mutant foes, quickly neutralizing them rather than trying to simply beat the crap out of them in a drawn out, knock-down, drag out fight. The same goes for any sufficiently intelligent team of villains. And most certainly the authorities who are more or less useless whenever a mutant goes on a rampage ought to consider adding this to their crowd control arsenal.
      Instead: The X-Men continue to fight without using any possible advantage they might have at their disposal. The only villain to use this technology for anything other than detaining prisoners is Mr. Sinister, who despite inventing the technology and being able to build a machine that can block powers over a vast area, as well as devices that grant immunity to this effect, never actually deploys the technology offensively, replaces the device when destroyed, or gives the protective devices to henchmen with even moderately useful abilities. As for the authorities, they continue to spend all their money on terribly ineffective lasers, and giant robot canon fodder.
  • In X-Men: Evolution, the team is taking a boat cruise to get away from the mutant persecution. During the evening, Bobby "Iceman" Drake decides to start making sculptures out of the sea water. Now, this is already pretty dumb - considering they're trying to avoid having anyone onboard I.D. them as mutants - but Bobby is not content with just that level of idiocy. Thus, at a request to "make a big one" he declares: "name this movie" and creates an iceberg.
    You'd Expect: Bobby to create his "masterpiece" off to the side, so the ship will pass right by it.
    Instead: He creates the iceberg directly in the ship's path, despite the fact he has no way of moving it aside, or changing the ship's course. Perhaps he wanted to emulate Titanic as much as possible.
    Additionally: Iceman gets extra stupid points for not even exacerbating a tense and fragile situation like most of these, but by saying "Hey, watch this!" and creating one. For absolutely no reason.
    • Jean gets one in the same episode for almost the exact reason. Later on, during breakfast, Boom-Boom decides to teach a whiny customer a lesson by covertly throwing a tiny explosive orb onto her food, causing it to explode rather harmlessly. The woman, of course, freaks out, and starts a chain of events which ends with her table being on fire.
      You'd Expect: Jean to just leave it be, or at the very least grab a fire extinguisher. It's only a table, after all, not like it'll burn down the entire ship. Or put out the fire telekinetically without anyone possibly being able to see that it's linked to her, since she can control atoms with her thoughts.
      Instead: She telekinetically lifts an entire lobster tank and pours it, lobster and all, on the fire. This right after lecturing Bobby for his iceberg stunt.
      As a result: Not only is she exposed as a mutant, but every one of her friends are either directly or indirectly outed as mutants, too.
    • Magneto builds a machine that enhances mutant powers while also brainwashing them into being his obedient slaves. There are two prominent groups of mutants available: the unscrupulous and dim-witted bullies of the Brotherhood led by Magneto's associate Mystique and the heroic X-Men.
      You'd Expect: Magneto to secretly offer the treatment to the Brotherhood and other dregs of mutant society he can find and then use the resulting army of super-mutants to subdue or destroy the X-Men, at his discretion, and Take Over the World.
      Instead: He puts mutants from both factions in sparring matches to determine the "worthy" ones. This not only makes the remaining X-men aware of his scheme but also leaves the defeated Brotherhood members disgruntled, including Mystique who knows where his base is. Out of spite they team up with the X-men, storm Magneto's base and wreck the whole operation.
    • Mystique and Cyclops happen to fight in a cellar. Having lost his glasses, Cyclops has to keep his eyes shut, but he manages to pinpoint the only lamp in the chamber and blast it, plunging the cellar in complete darkness and stripping Mystique of her advantage.
      You'd Expect: Mystique to morph into a nightsighted predator, or at least its eyes, and carry on trouncing Scott.
      Instead: She just stumbles around in the dark until Cyclops receives reinforcements and she's defeated.
  • Young Justice: An ongoing one during season 2. Aqualad has gone undercover within the Reach, seeming to prove his loyalty by killing Artemis. We find out later that he, Nightwing, and Artemis faked her death so she could infiltrate as Tigress.
    You'd Expect: Nightwing would have told his teammates about the ruse and advise them to play along. This is way beyond what his Teen Titans counterpart did by posing as a supervillain. At the very least, tell Miss Martian since she's been using her powers irresponsibly on supervillains and on her own boyfriend.
    Instead: He doesn't.
    The Result: The team mourns Artemis, who had just come out of retirement to battle her former teammate. Miss Martian ends up mind-raping Aqualad to avenge Artemis and get vital intel from him. She only realizes her mistake when reading his mind as she destroys it, and Tigress sends her a thought: "M'Gann, what have you done?" To save Aqualad from his broken mind, Tigress and Miss Martian have to fake the former kidnapping the latter, with Black Manta threatening to murder Miss Martian after she's healed his son. After all this drama, Nightwing is forced to fess up to the team, and they all give him a What the Hell, Hero? with Lagoon Boy in the lead. They're not wrong that he didn't trust them and made them suffer for nothing. Nightwing himself realizes that he messed up and resigns at the end of season 2 after Kid Flash dies.

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