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1st Aug '16 2:16:39 PM Willbyr
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* Kinniku Mantaro/Kid Muscle from ''Anime/KinnikumanNisei''.

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* Kinniku Mantaro/Kid Muscle from ''Anime/KinnikumanNisei''.''Anime/UltimateMuscle''.
17th Jul '16 11:22:47 AM Pichu-kun
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* Ash Ketchum from the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, though how idiotic varied over the years. He arguably got smarter in regards to being a Pokémon Trainer, but dumber when it came to everything else. It doesn't help that the anime frequently seems to reset Ash's intelligence upon entering a new region.
** One supporting example of this is in the episode "Gotta Get a Gible!", where he and Pikachu attempt to make a jump from one side of a cliff to the other without noticing a bridge that Brock and Dawn use to make it across.
*** To summarize: Ash was a total idiot when he started his journey, and then gradually matured over the course of the Original Series and Advanced generation series. During the Diamond and Pearl series he gets even better at Pokémon battling, but, as mentioned above, he gets less intelligent in all other regards. During the Best Wishes series, however, he hits the ResetButton very hard and actually becomes MORE of an idiot than when he started out. During the XY series, however, he regains his former maturity and intelligence with interest, and almost averts this trope completely.
** Similarly to Ash, considering they're based off the same character, [[TheHero Red]], from ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''. He ends up maturing past this, but Gold and Black from later arcs pick up the mantle.
*** Black is a variation; he's actually incredibly [[BadassBookworm book smart]] and studies a lot on his own time when it comes to Pokémon battling, but his (initially) self-centered attitude and [[NoSocialSkills poor social skills]] make him unaware when he inadvertently causes problems for other people.
** Hareta from ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'' may qualify as this, though not when he's in a battle, and he's more naive than stupid in the eyes of some.
** ''Pokémon'' manga protagonists as a whole tend to be Idiot Heroes, though several of them mature.

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* Ash Ketchum from the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, though how idiotic varied over the years. He arguably got smarter in regards to being a Pokémon Trainer, but dumber when it came to everything else. It doesn't help that the anime frequently seems to reset Ash's intelligence upon entering a new region.
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region. One supporting example of this is in the episode "Gotta Get a Gible!", where he and Pikachu attempt to make a jump from one side of a cliff to the other without noticing a bridge that Brock and Dawn use to make it across.
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across. To summarize: Ash was a total idiot when he started his journey, and then gradually matured over the course of the Original Series and Advanced generation series. During the Diamond and Pearl series he gets even better at Pokémon battling, but, as mentioned above, he gets less intelligent in all other regards. During the Best Wishes series, however, he hits the ResetButton very hard and actually becomes MORE of an idiot than when he started out. During the XY series, however, he regains his former maturity and intelligence with interest, and almost averts this trope completely.
* ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'':
** Similarly to Ash, considering they're based off the same character, [[TheHero Red]], from ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''.Red]]. He ends up maturing past this, but Gold and Black from later arcs pick up the mantle.
*** ** Black is a variation; he's actually incredibly [[BadassBookworm book smart]] and studies a lot on his own time when it comes to Pokémon battling, but his (initially) self-centered attitude and [[NoSocialSkills poor social skills]] make him unaware when he inadvertently causes problems for other people.
** * Hareta from ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'' may qualify as this, though not when he's in a battle, and he's more naive than stupid in the eyes of some.
** ''Pokémon'' manga protagonists as a whole tend to be Idiot Heroes, though several of them mature.
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29th Jun '16 8:33:11 PM BlackGryphon101
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** He gets that from his Grandfather former Vice Admiral Monkey D. Garp who also fits the qualifications to a horrifying degree such as throwing his Grandchildren into a chasm, tied to balloons, falls asleep sudddenly, and he once traded a large amount of gold for doughnuts.
8th Jun '16 7:15:32 PM Gamermaster
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** There's also the Baka Rangers (with the exception of [[BrilliantButLazy Yue]]), who have the lowest grades in the class but make up for it with their physical skills. Especially Asuna, who is the worse scoring student and the deuteragonist.
3rd Apr '16 8:01:56 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* Usagi from ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' is a rare female example, being depicted as BookDumb and a bit of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, but especially in the early series since she matures and becomes a true hero later on. She isn't quite so bad in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] though, the [[Anime/SailorMoon original anime]] tended to [[CharacterExaggeration exaggerate]] many characters.

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* Usagi from ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' is a rare female example, being depicted as BookDumb and a bit of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, {{Cloudcuckoolander}} at times, but especially in the early series since she matures and becomes a true hero later on. She isn't quite so bad in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] though, the [[Anime/SailorMoon original anime]] tended to [[CharacterExaggeration exaggerate]] many characters.
3rd Apr '16 8:00:45 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* Usagi from ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' is a rare female example, especially in the early series since she matures and becomes a true hero later on. She isn't quite so bad in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] though, the [[Anime/SailorMoon original anime]] tended to [[CharacterExaggeration exaggerate]] many characters.

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* Usagi from ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' is a rare female example, being depicted as BookDumb and a bit of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, but especially in the early series since she matures and becomes a true hero later on. She isn't quite so bad in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] though, the [[Anime/SailorMoon original anime]] tended to [[CharacterExaggeration exaggerate]] many characters.
28th Mar '16 9:34:57 AM ObsidianFire
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** The only thing that saves him is GenreSavvy - he ''needs'' to act in such a way because it inspires everyone. He needs bravado, because everybody else has lived underground for their '''whole''' lives and nothing will change if he doesn't act in this way. He knows that Simon's mecha is special, and considering Simon [[spoiler:went on to save humanity, then the universe]], it was actually a pretty good bet.

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** The only thing that saves him is GenreSavvy his smartness - he ''needs'' to act in such a way because it inspires everyone. He needs bravado, because everybody else has lived underground for their '''whole''' lives and nothing will change if he doesn't act in this way. He knows that Simon's mecha is special, and considering Simon [[spoiler:went on to save humanity, then the universe]], it was actually a pretty good bet.



** Yuya from ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' is another subversion. While he initially seems like one, he comes across as having an average intelligence than actually dumb and is GenreSavvy. He mentions being bad at Math and Science but apparently does decently in other subjects. His main dumb moments were having trouble with Pendulum Summoning at first, though using card game is treated as being a lot more difficult in the show anyway.

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** Yuya from ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' is another subversion. While he initially seems like one, he comes across as having an average intelligence than actually dumb and is GenreSavvy.dumb. He mentions being bad at Math and Science but apparently does decently in other subjects. His main dumb moments were having trouble with Pendulum Summoning at first, though using card game is treated as being a lot more difficult in the show anyway.
26th Feb '16 10:52:33 PM apai
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** Sting of Sabertooth turns into one after the Grand Magic Games.
16th Feb '16 3:01:36 AM Kazmahu
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* Set up and then averted by Issei in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD''. Given his behavior in the first few episodes/chapters, you could be forgiven for thinking he was shaping up to be a textbook example. However, he quickly proves to be a fast learner, and completely aware of how far over his head the Devil world is, leading him to defer to Rias [[TheChampion long after he becomes able to look after himself]]. He never quite shakes the nickname "Power Idiot", but that's got more to do with [[UnskilledButStrong his fighting style]] than actual intelligence.
31st Jan '16 12:32:35 PM StFan
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* Yoichi, the lead of ''Manga/AsuNoYoichi''. Since he spent most of his life training in the mountains, all he thinks about is fighting.

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* Yoichi, the lead of ''Manga/AsuNoYoichi''.''Manga/SamuraiHaremAsuNoYoichi''. Since he spent most of his life training in the mountains, all he thinks about is fighting.
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