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Top 10 Dumbest Decisions In Fantasy Movies

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Written by Joey Turner Fantasy movies are filled with characters who show great courage to defeat a magnificent evil, but they're not always smart! WatchMojo presents the Top 10 Dumbest Decisions in Fantasy Movies! But what will take the top spot on our list? Forgetting the spell in "Army of Darkness", not believing Harry in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix", or failing to destroy the ring right away in "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"? Watch to find out! Watch on WatchMojo: WatchMojo.com Big thanks to calvinator2012 for suggesting this idea, and to see how WatchMojo users voted, check out the suggest page here: WatchMojo.comsuggest/Top+10+Dumbest+Decisions+in+Fantasy+Movies
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Hey, just cause they’re living in a fantasy world doesn’t mean they always make fantastic calls. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Dumbest Decisions in Fantasy Movies.

For this list, we’re looking at some of the biggest blunders made in the fantasy film genre that either brought a great threat upon the land or crippled our heroes in some form or another. By the way, there WILL be spoilers.

#10: Driving While on the Phone
“Doctor Strange” (2016)

Before he became a Master of the Mystic Arts, Doctor Stephen Strange was a talented – yet conceited – neurosurgeon who took pride in his literal handiwork. However, one fateful night while driving, Strange shifts his focus to his phone instead of the road – resulting in a devastating car wreck. He survives the crash… but his hands are crippled – effectively ending his career. While losing the use of his hands is tragic, this is something even expert drivers should be aware of – eyes on the road at all times! Your phone call, or text message, can wait. Fortunately, Strange found an even better use for his hands – battling interdimensional threats with sorcery.

#9: Fighting Over the Color of a Dress
“Sleeping Beauty” (1959)

While Princess Aurora’s away in the woods, the three fairies – Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather – are preparing the cottage for her 16th birthday. They try to avoid using their magic wands to prevent the evil Maleficent from finding their hiding spot, but they cave and use a little magic anyway. Things go smoothly… until Flora and Merryweather start bickering over what color Aurora’s new dress should be – pink or blue. Their squabble turns into a magical duel that sends up a flare for Maleficent’s spy – blowing their cover. Pink or blue, it doesn’t matter anymore… since their petty quarrel practically delivers the poor princess to the Mistress of All Evil’s green clutches.

#8: Stealing the Aztec Gold
“Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” (2003)

After taking Elizabeth onboard the Black Pearl, Captain Barbossa tells her the story about the medallion she’s carrying. After Barbossa marooned Jack Sparrow and took over the ship, he and the crew came upon a chest of Aztec gold… and pillaged all 882 pieces – one of them being the medallion. However, they ended up paying the price for their greed and were cursed to become the living dead, with the moonlight revealing their skeletal forms. The only way to lift the curse is to return EVERY LAST piece… and offer a blood tribute. Let this be a lesson to ALL swashbucklers – unless you want to become a living ghost story, some treasures are best left buried.

#7: Feeding the Mogwai
“Gremlins” (1984)

These fuzzy little Mogwai could be really good pets… as long as you follow three simple rules. Rule one: never expose them to bright light unless you want dead fuzz balls on your lawn. Rule two: never get them wet – otherwise, they’ll multiply like rabbits. And most importantly: never EVER feed them after midnight. Unfortunately, after rule two is broken and another batch emerges, the new little guys trick Billy Peltzer into giving them an after-midnight snack. Before long, the tiny troublemakers evolve into ghoulish green gremlins, and start rampaging all over town – nearly murdering everyone in sight. If your new companion(s) can dupe you this easily, maybe you’re not ready for a pet.

#6: Keeping the Ring a Secret
“The Hobbit” franchise (2012-14)

While on his unexpected journey, Bilbo Baggins finds a golden ring that can turn him invisible, and uses it to escape the Misty Mountains and reunite with his party. Having been praised for his escape, he decides not to tell them about his new prize. Of course, Gandalf knew all along about Bilbo’s trinket, but lets him keep it – not knowing its dark history… However, Bilbo’s dishonesty raises a few red flags. While somewhat innocent at first, lying was only phase one of the Ring’s slow corruption, as Bilbo becomes possessive of his “precious.” By the time he finally parts with it, the ring’s already left its mark on the poor Hobbit.

#5: Bonding with Einon
“Dragonheart” (1996)

No good deed goes unpunished. Young Prince Einon is mortally wounded, and is taken to a dragon – later named Draco - in hopes of saving his life. Draco gives Einon half of his heart to revive him, but only if he promises to be a just ruler. Alas, Einon appears to have been lying through his teeth as he grows into a tyrannical king. Some believe that Draco’s heart tainted Einon’s, but poor Draco only wanted a stronger bond between Man and Dragon - and Einon was evil all along. The dragon unfortunately got his wish, because sharing a heart means that if one dies… so does the other. In the end, Draco makes amends by making the ultimate sacrifice.

#4: Cheating
“Jumanji” (1995)

Jumanji is not a board game for the casual player. Once you start this dangerous safari, there is no escape until someone wins. One of the players, Peter, thinks he can end this by dropping the dice on the number he needs to win. Unfortunately, mystical board games do not abide by cheating, and so Peter is turned into a monkey-boy for the rest of the game as punishment. To be fair, he was only trying to help, but still, if you play the game, you play by the rules no matter what – even if it isn’t a barrel full of monkeys… too soon?

#3: Forgetting the Spell
“Army of Darkness” (1992)

Trapped in the Middle Ages after the last movie, Ash Williams sets off to find the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis so he can return home. He finally finds the book – after a hilarious trial-and-error. Now he just has to speak three magic words… but he can’t remember the last part of the spell. Desperate, Ash tries to fake his way through the spell with a pitiful cough – but all that does is make the dead, AND Ash’s evil doppelganger, rise again to form the titular Army of Darkness. The moral of this humorous blunder is – whether you’re an actor or handling the Book of the Dead – memorize your lines; it could literally save your life.

#2: Not Destroying the One Ring in the First Place
“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001)

It was wrong for Bilbo to keep the One Ring, but let’s not forget the dunderhead who started it all. During the War of the Last Alliance, Isildur cuts the ring right off of Sauron’s finger – destroying his physical form. However, rather than destroying the cursed jewelry for good, the ring seduces Isildur… and he keeps it instead. Not even invisibility could save the now High King from being slain by orcs - right after the ring leaves him. Because Isildur didn’t end it when he had the chance, Sauron’s evil loomed over Middle-earth for centuries, and the Ring continued corrupting anyone who got hold of it… good going, your highness.

Before we unveil our number one pick, here are a few less-than-fantastic dishonorable mentions:
- Eating the Apple
“Oz the Great and Powerful” (2013)

- Sleeping with Guinevere
“Excalibur” (1981)

- Awakening the Troll
“Ernest Scared Stupid” (1991)

#1: Not Believing Harry
“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (2007)

After the Triwizard Tournament incident, the Ministry goes out of its way to demonize Harry as a “liar” when he talks about Voldemort’s return. They nearly have him expelled from Hogwarts. Then they have Dolores ‘Toad Face’ Umbridge practically run the school with an iron fist, trying to tune out the - “lies” - all because the cowardly Minister couldn’t accept reality. The truth does sink in eventually… but only after the Dark Lord nearly takes over Harry’s mind. It’s difficult to face reality, but wise wizards like Dumbledore know that Harry wouldn’t steer us wrong… if only he trusted Harry enough to tell him how to PROPERLY destroy a horcrux.
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