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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.Shows that have their own page:


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  • The Animated Adaptation of Adventures in Odyssey has a case of a heavily incompetent villain in the episode "Shadow of a Doubt". After successfully framing Mr. Whitaker as the cat burglar (who is currently all over the news), he runs across Dylan at a local park, who happens to be taping everyone in hopes that he can find the real burglar and prove Whit's innocence.
    You'd Expect: That he would just remain quiet and move on without acting suspicious. Even if Dylan caught the burglar on tape, Dylan has no idea that the guy is the real criminal, and none of his footage would prove anything since all it would show is that he's just another guy walking the streets.
    Instead: He falsely leads Dylan to his home by leading him to believe he can help him find the burglar so he can destroy his video evidence (which, again, has zero proof that he's the burglar), where he ties Dylan up to a chair and not only spills the beans on his identity, but he explains his entire plan right in front of Dylan's face! This includes it to every last detail, such as how he wears masks to avoid getting caught and how he does it for the simple joy of seeing people suffer and framing them before moving onto the next town. Even if Dylan didn't escape in time, it still would put a giant target over his head since Dylan now knows what the man looks like and that he wears masks to avoid getting caught. And what was he to think would happen if the police found Dylan tied to that chair?
    Result: Dylan escapes just in the nick of time and makes it to the courthouse with the burglar's Mr. Whitaker mask, which sets Whit free and lands the burglar in jail.
  • At the beginning of the The Amazing World of Gumball 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 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 American Dad! episode "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, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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.
  • BoJack Horseman:
    • BoJack constantly reminds his agent/ex-girlfriend Princess Carolyn that her new boyfriend Vincent is actually three young children standing atop each other, and not an adult human.
      You'd Expect: Princess Carolyn, an otherwise smart and driven anthropomorphic cat, to find something fishy (no pun intended) about a "grown man" in a trenchcoat with a child's voice and a limited vocabulary who doesn't let her visit him at home, among other things.
      Instead: Princess Carolyn and Vincent date for most of Seasons 1 and 2, with Carolyn none the wiser and still dismissing BoJack's warnings as more of his trademark insecurities.
    • BoJack's rival, friend, and pet peeve Mr. Peanutbutter isn't the sharpest tool in the shed either. He frequently goes along with slacker Todd's outrageous business ventures, no matter how silly they are.
      You'd Expect: Mr. Peanutbutter to wise up and gently, politely ask Todd what the hell he's smoking to come up with such terrible ideas.
      Instead: Mr. Peanutbutter's extremely positive personality makes it virtually impossible for him to say no.
      Result: PB Living, the company run by Mr. Peanutbutter and Todd, goes bankrupt due to their wacky, money-losing business ideas, forcing Mr. Peanutbutter to temporarily work at a Lady Foot Locker store.
  • 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. Actually, the writers of that episode would probably qualify as an idiot, because they should know that a parent leaving their child alone with a stranger is an EXTREMELY irresponsible thing to do.
  • 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.
  • In Camp Lazlo, 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.
    • In another episode, 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.
  • 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 mini-series:
    • 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 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, oh, I don't know, 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.
  • 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, the episode with the talking baby: 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.
    • 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, which ends up costing him badly.
      * 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 the 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.
      Instead: he tries to escape and leaves the coals unattended.
      Predictabily: The steaks get burned.
    • "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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 Jocks, 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. & Mrs. Fenton to bring Danny to the still-standing Nasty Burger, minutes away from exploding, just to make an example out of Danny.
      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 "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.
      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 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 the episode "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.
  • 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 the Donkey Kong Country Animated Series episode "The Legend of the Crystal Coconut", DK has gone to ask this all-knowing tiki statue thing how to use the Crystal Coconut. It's advice? "To know everything, you must give up everything".
    You'd Expect: Ask someone else for advice.
    Instead: He gives the Crystal Coconut to King K. Rool, thinking he'll know everything about the Crystal Coconut once he gives it away (when it's not even his to begin with).
    • "The Day the Island Stood Still": DK decides to take a nap after guarding the Crystal Coconut for some time.
      You'd Expect: DK to curl into sleep without any incident.
      Instead: He accidentally wishes that he could sleep forever, causing the Crystal Coconut to stop time.
  • In the Doug episodenote  "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.
  • 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.
  • In the Dragon Tales episode "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.
  • 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.
  • In 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 one of the Van Beuren Felix the Cat cartoons, "The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg", we see Felix donating tons of gold coins (thanks to the Goose making Golden Eggs by the dozen, which Felix grinds into coins) to the local poor folk.
    You'd Expect: Felix to try and ration the gold, so that it doesn't become so common that it becomes worthless.
    Instead: He hands out the stuff by the bagload, and by the end of the short the entire town is flooded with coins that Felix captured from the band of pirates he encountered. And yet everyone praises him as a hero for it. Wait'll they find out that all thanks to how much of it there is, all that gold has been rendered worthless and their economy is ruined as a result, all thanks to Felix and his goose.
    • 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: 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, a backfire to Kyle's plan. He then asks Fanboy to help him out by giving him his wand.
      You'd expect: Fanboy to use the non-erasing hand to easily grab the wand and give it to Kyle.
      Instead: He tries to erase Kyle's head, even refusing to allow Chum Chum to help. When he finally gets the wand, he erases it due to seeing dirt on it and trying to erase it. He does the same to the other 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 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 
  • Cobra Commander from G.I. Joe 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.
  • 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.
  • Heathcliff and 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.
  • Huntik: Secrets & Seekers: 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.
    Bonus idiocy: She doesn't again since 1) she's sided with them in the end and 2) Lok and Sophie manage to get out of this situation their own.
  • 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.
  • In It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown's football team is down by 1 point, and it's Down to the Last Play with Charlie Brown lining up to kick a game-winning field goal.
    You'd Expect: They'd get someone else to hold the football, since Lucy had earlier pulled the football away from Charlie Brown, causing him to miss an extra point.
    Instead: They have Lucy hold the football, and sure enough, she pulls the ball away again and costs her team the game.
    Even Worse: Everyone, even Lucy, blames Charlie Brown for missing the kicks, although it was clearly (and visibly) Lucy's fault.
  • 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.
  • 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 at all when they're passing the freaking 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. What kind of brain fart did these two morons have to suffer to do this?
  • 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 AT Vs 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.
  • King of the Hill:
    • In "Leanne's Saga" the Hills host Leanne, Luanne's mother who is a recovering alcoholic who was in prison for assault.
      You'd Expect: Hank to either lock up the refrigerator with all the beer in it, move it to Dale's or Boomhauers, or even just hide it where she can't find it...
      Instead: Hank leaves the beer in the fridge, and when Leanne can't get turned on from Bill's feet anymore due to its fungus (It Makes Sense in Context), she uses a nail to drink out of all the beer cans and gets drunk and begins physically and verbally abusing Bill and Luanne.
    • "The Texas Skilsaw Massacre": Dale dug a secret tunnel under Hank's house without permission, causing the floor to cave in. The Hills have to move in with the Gribbles while Hank fixes the damage. Dale approaches Hank while he's operating a power saw to whine about the annoying things Hank is doing (such as using the wrong towels or answering the phone wrong).
      You'd Expect: Dale to stay back until Hank finishes cutting the board.
      Instead: He puts his finger in front of the blade while critiquing Hank's craftsmanship.
      As a Result: Dale's right index finger is severed (thankfully for Dale, it gets reattached at the hospital).
      Even Worse: Dale presses assault charges against Hank because he believes Hank cut his finger off on purpose.
      You'd Expect: Bill and Boomhauer to come to Hank's defense since they were there and saw it was an accident.
      Instead: They take Dale's side and so does everyone else, including Peggy.
      As a result: Hank is issued a temporary 100 feet restraining order that won't be suspended until he passes an anger management course. Since Hank lives within 100 feet of Dale, he has to temporarily move in with his father and can't fix his floor while the restraining order is in effect.
    • In "Boxing Luanne", it becomes clear that all of the people she fought had thrown the fight to get money since Luanne provides fanservice to all the guys at the matches with her...bouncing. Then she schedules a fight with Frieda Foreman, George Foreman's daughter, who is a champion boxer. Realizing how stupid this is, Hank goes to talk with George Foreman himself to call off the fight after he learned Luanne's fights were rigged. George graciously says that he'll do it, and offers some George Foreman grills for Strickland Propane to sell.
      You'd Expect: Hank to either graciously accept (Those things ARE cash cows during that time after all, and his corrupt boss would approve) or at least he'd let him down gently saying they can only carry Propane Accessories.
      Instead: Hank goes on his Propane Gospel, insults Foreman's product (calling them a novelty item) and George angrily reinstates the fight for the insult.
    • In one episode, Peggy tries to sell a house by putting on a play with actors to interest buyers. It goes well, and her boss brings a buyer to rehearsal. He becomes interested in the Hills' house, and offers to buy it for $25,000 over asking price.
      You'd Expect: Peggy to do what any rational person would do, and kindly turn him down.
      Instead: Without a second thought, she immediately accepts. Hank is furious the next day, and Peggy says they wouldn't be able to afford the penalty.
      Even Worse: The only way for it to work out, would be to fail the home inspection, which would ruin Hank's reputation.
      Luckily: The inspector fails them, but after the customer leaves, he reveals that he knew the damage was faked and recognizes Hank's skill as a craftsman.
    • In "Edu-macating Lucky", Lucky sets out to get his GED so his conscience will allow him to marry Luanne. He asks Peggy to tutor him, but Peggy doesn't want Lucky to marry her niece, so she intentionally teaches him bullshit so he'll fail. The truth eventually comes out.
      You'd Expect: Lucky to find another tutor and take the test again.
      Instead: He doesn't. Upon finding out Luanne was pregnant, he finds a loophole: asking Hank to stage a Shotgun Wedding.
    • In the series finale, after getting one question wrong, the team that Bobby was in turns on him, and even makes a threat, and before the finals, they try blinding their opponents. He decides to tell his dad that he wants to quit, and was asked why.
      You'd Expect: To tell what happened, that they threatened him when he screwed up, and that they attempted to blind their opponents before the finals.
      Instead: He just calls them weird, fixating only on their interest in grading meat and saying that they're obsessed with it.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • The Looney Tunes Show:
    • In the episode, "Working Duck", Daffy becomes a rich CEO and now has to make an important decision to keep his company from bankruptcy. The only advice his predecessor gave was to always trust a muffin deliverer's advice (which works pretty well in this realm). So he looks for the muffin deliverer and asks him what to do. Daffy takes his decision to the marketing guy, but just as he leaves the real muffin deliverer appears to get his cart back. The muffin deliverer tells Daffy that was a bad decision and now his company is in peril.
      You'd Expect: Daffy to go tell the marketing guy that he changed his mind.
      Instead: He just sits there impotently and sobs about the worse to come. Predictably, his company bankrupts...
    • Throughout the episode, "Gribbler's Quest", Daffy orders various unnecessary items online using Bugs' online bank account, much to Bugs' ire. Knowing Bugs' Trademark Favorite Food, Daffy predicts the password is "Carrot", so Bugs decides to change his password to ensure Daffy can't access his account and order anything else online.
      You'd Expect: Bugs to change his password so that it doesn't include the word, "Carrot", and instead includes a word Daffy wouldn't think to predict.
      Instead: Bugs continues to use the word, "Carrot" in his password. Because of this, Daffy is able to predict it every time and use Bugs' bank account to do more online shopping.
  • The Loud House:
    • In "Along Came a Sister", Mrs. Johnson tells Lincoln to not let Frank the tarantula out of his cage. However Lincoln does it anyway and it disappears.
      You'd Expect: Lincoln to call the siblings to get the spider.
      Instead: He tries to find it himself in secret and so the sisters act suspicious of him.
    • In "Cover Girls", Lincoln's sisters return while Lincoln is covering for them.
      You'd Expect: Lincoln to head count the sisters to see if they are here.
      Instead: They don't stop covering for each other once everybody returns to the home. So they get busted by having to wear the disguises while doing their things.
    • In "Save the Date", Lori forces Lincoln to go on a double-date with Bobby and his sister Ronnie Anne after Lincoln insults the latter, causing Bobby to breakup with her. While at the restaurant, some of Lincoln's classmates show up and make fun of him for being on a date with Ronnie Anne.
      You'd Expect: Lincoln to just say that they're not on a date and leave it at that.
      Instead: He denies they're dating, but also insults Ronnie Anne like he did before, causing her run off in tears and Bobby to breakup with Lori again.
    • In "One Flu Over the Loud House", the family comes down with a case of the flu which makes them act like zombies, and Lincoln and the only remaining survivors try to escape the house without getting inflected.
      You'd Expect: For them to wear some form of protection while trying to escape so that the germs won't get on them.
      Instead: They don't and they all end up catching the flu by the end of the episode. At least Clyde's taking care of them (wearing a hazmat suit like the others should've done in the first place).
    • In "April Fools Rules", the solution to avoid Luan's April Fools' pranks is to keep her locked up until April 2nd.
      You'd Expect: The Louds to guard her to make sure she wouldn't escape.
      Instead: This doesn't happen, and Luan is able to pull all those pranks Lincoln has to set off!

    M-R 
  • 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
  • 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 the episode "The Magic Fish", Adam saves a fish 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 try to prove himself right and wish for something and if the wish didn't happen, he'd be proven right and he'd be the winner.
    Instead: He spends the entire episode so caught up in his own ego, all he keeps saying is that there is no such thing as wishes. This leads to the entire school attacking him landing him in the water. When asked why he doesn't want it, he finally fesses up saying 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. Yeah, you read that right a 12 year old boy is still crying 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 4 or 5. The students see how ridiculous his logic is and demand he gives them his wish. Adam unintentionally wishes to go back in time before any of it happened. The fish grants the wish sending Adam to the time of the dinosaurs. The episode ends.
  • 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. However, Melody's mother has to work that day and 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.
  • 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 What an Idiot! 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.
  • 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!
  • 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: "I don't like you," says Mordecai as those words echo on Starla. He thinks she took that well, but too bad she didn't.
  • Rocket Power, "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 behaviour and throws Rudolph out of the games. 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!

    S-Z 
  • 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, has issued a decree outlawing toys in his town.
    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.
    Instead: Throughout the special, the children play with their toys in the streets and in the presence of Burgermeister and his soldiers! 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 crosses 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.
  • 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.
  • Superfriends has 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!"
  • An episode of Superman: The Animated Series has a Mook armed with a laser pistol that could at least stun Superman if it's as Badass as he thinks it is.
    You'd Think: He unloads on Superman from behind while he's distracted with another high-tech mook and let the Evil Plan go on without a hitch.
    Instead: The genius decides to pull a Dirty Harry and lovingly describe said weapon without firing a shot.
    Result: Supes averts Talking Is a Free Action by zipping up to him in mid-sentence, breaks the gun and is made to talk by the precariously spacious window behind him.
    • In the episode "Ghost in the Machine", Lex Luthor is unveiling an anti-missile weapon with the press and high ranking military officers in attendance.
      You'd Expect: He would have the missile fired at a target far away from them and just have them watch the weapon shoot the missiles down.
      Instead: He has two actual missiles fired at the building they're currently in. And apparently has no backup plans such as remote detonation or anything else to stop the missiles after the weapon malfunctions as a result of sabotage. There's arrogance and then there's suicidal overconfidence.
    • Everytime Parasite is around. He has the ability to gain people's powers and thoughts, but only for a limited time.
      You'd Expect: Knowing this limitation, he would start taking written notes of his discoveries, especially when he absorb Superman's powers and learn of his secret identity, Clark Kent.
      Instead: He does nothing and end up forgetting all that he learned every single time. This trend continue in Justice League.
    • The episode The Late Mr. Kent has Clark researching a murder from years ago and suggesting that the man convicted, Earnest Walker, wasn't actually guilty. The actual murderer, Detective Bowman, learns of this.
      You'd Expect: For the murderer to not do anything. At the time they learned this they didn't have anything to suggest that Clark actually would find anything to clear Walker, let alone lead them to the real murderer. Besides which, murdering a reporter investigating the case would convince everyone that Clark had been right and probably make the Daily Planet do a very public investigation.
      Instead: The murderer planted a bomb in Clark's car and put a very traceable bug on his phone. As if that wasn't enough, the murderer put a bomb in Clark's apartment and stuck around to watch it blow up. Really Bowman on his own did more than Superman and Lois put together to reveal the truth.
  • 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.
  • In one episode of SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron: the Radical Squadron, 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.
    • "Katastrophe", and it is a significant error on her part. However, it could also be said that by that point (end of season 1) she was used to seeing them as the Metallikats, and seeing their metallic forms. It didn't even dawn on me until it was mentioned here, after I watched both the episodes in the same day once. :p
    • 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. The next thing, is that his colleague, Dr. Zyme, arrives because he forgot to get his reading glasses. He ended up discovering his 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.
  • 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's 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.
  • An episode of Totally Spies! 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.
  • 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.
  • Venture Brothers
    • 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.
  • 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 stroy 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 (Corneil and Bernie)
    • 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. Serves you right, Grizzly, for being such a fool.
    • 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 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 not realize 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 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 the 1990s X-Men 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 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.

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