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Jun 28th 2018 at 9:29:13 AM •••

So someone changed the \"Fan Fic\" link to \"Fan Works\", which is a red link, and for some reason, I can\'t change it back. When I try to save it just reloads the edit page without saving, meaning I can\'t fix the error myself. Typing the link into the URL lets me access the page, so it still exists, but I don\'t know why someone changed it in the first place.

Oct 16th 2017 at 7:29:03 AM •••

Would it make sense to rename this trope 'Moron Event Horizon'?

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Nov 22nd 2017 at 1:45:21 AM •••

Not really. Snowclones should generally be avoided, and there's not anything Event Horizony about this trope.

Nov 22nd 2017 at 5:20:45 AM •••

No. It's fine the way it is. There's nothing irredeemable about characters doing idiotic things.

Jul 5th 2017 at 9:20:04 AM •••

Does it count as what an idiot if someone in universe lampshades how moronic it was?

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Jun 25th 2016 at 1:13:57 PM •••

Think we should take all the advertising examples from the "other" sub-page and give them their own sub-page? Considering that this could include people Too Incompetent to Operate a Blanket, that could fill up pretty fast.

Sep 4th 2014 at 4:49:47 AM •••

Should there be a section of this for Let's Plays?

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Sep 4th 2014 at 4:50:59 AM •••

Nah, not nearly enough examples to justify a rename.

Sep 4th 2014 at 6:40:02 AM •••

Oi. I was in the middle of a wick cleanup - should be "split".

Jun 27th 2014 at 1:22:04 AM •••

Who else thinks this should be renamed to avoid any [1]?

If it should, perhaps something along the lines of Unsympathetic Stupidity would fit well?

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Jun 27th 2014 at 4:16:25 AM •••

Nah, I don't think there is a problem that requires renaming, and we've pulled this page already once through the Trope Repair Shop.

Oct 30th 2013 at 6:24:20 AM •••

We seriously need to put the "NO Justifying Edits" rule on all pages as well because its getting a bit silly.

Aug 4th 2012 at 12:58:03 AM •••

Why do some real life examples don't identify the person? Like the one about the teacher abusing her sick leave?

Please reply, or else it makes me mad

Jan 16th 2012 at 2:32:26 PM •••

What A Maroon!

Anyone else surprised this classic Bugs Bunny quote wasn't the Trope Namer?

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May 5th 2011 at 9:23:09 AM •••

removed the following from the anime page

  • Love Hina: When Keitaro had to choose between Naru and Mutsumi and decide which of them truly was his long-lost childhood friend, who he made a promise to get into Tokyo University with and eventually wed.
    You'd expect: He would pick Mutsumi, who is not only the second nicest person to him of the whole cast in general (Shinobu is the nicest), she's the only one who does not hit him when he does something that looks wrong. It's even explicitly stated she is a female version of him!
    Instead: He picks Naru, who beats him regularly, calls him names, and once refused to study with him for fear of catching bad grades! Anvilicious is an understatement, here, people!!
    However: It could be argued that the question isn't necessarily who he would decide to make that promise with now, but rather who is his Old Friend that he made the promise to then.

because this is a clear case of Shipping Goggles / Anti-Shipping Goggles. There is no "right" answer or "idiot" move here. He's chosing the one he has the most feelings for. You can argue he shouldn't have those feelings, but he does and they're for Naru. The series even explicitly stated earlier in the show that he doesn't think about Mutsumi that way.

Sep 17th 2010 at 6:26:54 AM •••

Alright what is the difference between this trope and idiot ball?

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Mar 7th 2011 at 3:59:26 AM •••

What an Idiot! is just when a character does something incredibly stupid.

Idiot Ball is when a What an Idiot! is necessary to drive the plot.

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Dec 11th 2015 at 11:24:02 AM •••

Not exacly(well it could've been back then...) Idiot Ball is when caracter established to be at least reasonably inteligent does something stupid, while What an Idiot! is just a moment when some character does something violating common sense

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