a character, usually the heroine, who does incredibly dumb things to
further the plot.
These characters are equivalent to the scantily clad bimbo in a horror
movie who leaves a perfectly good locked house to wander around outside
bellowing, "Is anyone there?"
You're not sure if the heroine is too stupid to live? Here are
A heroine may be too-stupid-to-live if she
- Doesn't change her locks or improve security after a serial
killer breaks in her home and leaves a threatening note. Nor does
she consider staying elsewhere.
- Sends her guards home after the so-far inept police decide they
have captured the serial killer.
- The heroine gets hot for the hero and does something about it
when the bad guys are near.
- The trained assassin is sneaking up on her professional bodyguard
so the heroine, with no fighting training, attacks him herself rather
than yelling a warning.
- The "Full Moon Killer" is savaging locals. The creepy guy
next door reeks of Nair, wears flea collars, and buys large boxes of
Milk Bones although he doesn't own a dog, but the heroine isn't
suspicious because "werewolves don't exist."
- The heroine has an entire troop of bad guys after her, but she
doesn't call in reinforcements, seek help from the police, or tell the
hero she's in trouble.
- She has the only copy of some incriminating documents, and she
doesn't make copies, or put them in a safety deposit box in her
bank. Instead, she leaves them in her apartment.
- The heroine's blind date drinks really red Bloody Marys, has a
bad overbite, and stares at her jugular vein instead of her large
boobs, but she isn't suspicious because "vampires don't exist."
- The bad guy asks her to meet him to exchange the documents for
the hero, and she goes without back up or a weapon.
- Bad guys are after the heroine so she picks high heels instead of
running shoes because she'd rather die than be unfashionable.
- The heroine starts a verbal battle with the hero while they are
trying to sneak up on the bad guys.
Do you have a great example of a TSTL heroine? Please tell us.
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