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The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.
All too often, a plot thread depends on one or more characters doing something really stupid. They don't have any chance of doing the smart thing, because then the plot-driving conflicts wouldn't happen.
Even if the stupidity is an organic outgrowth of prior characterization, that doesn't necessarily make it contrivance-free. As addressed in The Movie and lampshaded in the "Homer's Enemy" episode of The Simpsons, the continued tolerance of Homer by his friends, his family, and his employer -- indeed, his very survival -- is simply unbelievable at this point. Then again, Rule of Funny.
Contrived stupidity commonly causes things like the collapse of A Simple Plan in a Sitcom or the effectiveness of Schmuck Bait in Slasher Movies. It is often accompanied by the meta-stupidity of the other characters' ignorance of Hanlon's Razor. It is vulnerable to Fridge Logic; however, do remember that Tropes Are Not Bad.
Contrast with Intelligence Tropes.
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