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* '''[[Kirby (Kirby's Avalanche/Kirby's Ghost Trap)]]'''
 
* '''[[Kirby (Kirby's Avalanche/Kirby's Ghost Trap)]]'''
 
* '''[[Trevor Troublemeyer (Sidekick)|Trevor Troublemeyer]]''' (''Sidekick'')
 
* '''[[Trevor Troublemeyer (Sidekick)|Trevor Troublemeyer]]''' (''Sidekick'')
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* '''[[Four (Battle for BFDI 1-29)|Four]]''' (Battle For BFDI)
 
* '''[[SpongeBob SquarePants (Seasons 6 & 7)|SpongeBob SquarePants]]''' (''SpongeBob SquarePants'', Seasons 6 and 7)
 
* '''[[SpongeBob SquarePants (Seasons 6 & 7)|SpongeBob SquarePants]]''' (''SpongeBob SquarePants'', Seasons 6 and 7)
 
* '''[[Patrick Star (Seasons 6-8)|Patrick Star]]''' (''Spongebob Squarepants'' Seasons 6-8)
 
* '''[[Patrick Star (Seasons 6-8)|Patrick Star]]''' (''Spongebob Squarepants'' Seasons 6-8)
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* The Chucks (''Numb Chucks'')
 
* The Chucks (''Numb Chucks'')
 
* '''[[Jeffy (SuperMarioLogan)|Jeffy]]''' (''SuperMarioLogan'')
 
* '''[[Jeffy (SuperMarioLogan)|Jeffy]]''' (''SuperMarioLogan'')
* Aya Asagiri (''Magical Girl Site'')
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* [[Aya Asagiri (Magical Girl Site)|'''Aya Asagiri''']] (''Magical Girl Site'')
* Ray Palmer (''Futures End'')
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* '''Ray Palmer''' (''Futures End'')
* Pizza Steve (''Uncle Grandpa'', but he still redeemed himself in several episodes)
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* '''Pizza Steve''' (''Uncle Grandpa'', but he still redeemed himself in several episodes)
 
* '''Kevin Reynolds''' (''Supernoobs''; in one episode, he recorded his team to give the videos to his tabloid magazine company owner, Marty Soulpatch, not knowing it could reveal their secret identities to them)
 
* '''Kevin Reynolds''' (''Supernoobs''; in one episode, he recorded his team to give the videos to his tabloid magazine company owner, Marty Soulpatch, not knowing it could reveal their secret identities to them)
* Joe (''Blue's Clues''; Season 6)
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* '''Joe''' (''Blue's Clues''; Season 6)
* Carl Wheezer (''The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius'', though he is likable)
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* '''Carl Wheezer''' (''The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius'', though he is likable)
 
* '''[[Coconut Fred]]''' (''Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island)
 
* '''[[Coconut Fred]]''' (''Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island)
   

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Must be nice, getting away with your endless stupidity
Must be nice, getting away with your endless stupidity. (Art by Chaser1992)

The Idiot Houdini is when a character who is known for making consistently poor judgments never has to answer for them. In fact, nearly the exact opposite happens: Whatever kind of stupid idea they've come up with, it will work. If they sell the party's material possessions for some magic beans to give to a Nigerian prince he met over the Internet, we can be rest assured that at the end of the episode a Nigerian prince will come solve the conflict with a Deus Ex Machina. The Idiot Houdini will be healthy, wealthy, and have an ample supply of True Companions even though in real life anyone acting the way he does would almost certainly have died ten episodes before the series began.

In other words, an Idiot Houdini is also a character who does idiotic acts but however never get any comeuppance for that.

Notable Idiot Houdinis

Why This Trope Sucks

  1. This trope, alongside Character derailment, serves as hateful character development. Where characters you hate or despise get off scot-free from anything idiotic they have caused and actually deserve their comeuppance even more than the butt-monkeys do.

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