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15th Feb '17 3:42:46 PM Vir
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* Dirk from ''Series/{{Bizaardvark}}'', who is the host of a web series where he takes absurd dares. An entire episode's subplot of him being stuck in a room after being buried under props could've been easily solved had he used his phone to call for help instead of using it to record himself.

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* Dirk from ''Series/{{Bizaardvark}}'', who is the host of a web series where he takes absurd dares. An entire episode's subplot of him being stuck in a storage room after being buried under props junk from a shelf could've been easily solved had he used his phone to call for help instead of using it to record himself.
15th Feb '17 3:41:59 PM Vir
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* Lilly, from ''Series/HannahMontana''. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that she gets a scholarship to a prestigious university at the end of season 4, while Miley fails to get in (though it's due to [[spoiler: Miley's lack of participating in extracurricular activities, which she was unable to attend due to having to work as HannahMontana]]). Lilly might have her ditzy moments, but ''academically'' is of at least average intelligence.

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* Lilly, from ''Series/HannahMontana''. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] {{Subverted|Trope}} in that she gets a scholarship to a prestigious university at the end of season 4, while Miley fails to get in (though it's due to [[spoiler: Miley's lack of participating in extracurricular activities, which she was unable to attend due to having to work as HannahMontana]]).Hannah Montana]]). Lilly might have her ditzy moments, but ''academically'' is of at least average intelligence.



** The portrayal of Music/BritneySpears expy Ginger Fox throughout ''iFix a Popstar'':
-->'''Carly:''' She should be here four hours ago!
-->'''Ginger Fox:''' You said 2 o'clock.
-->'''Sam:''' It's 6 o'clock!
-->'''Ginger Fox:''' Well, I didn't know if you mean o'clock AM or o'clock PM.
-->'''Sam:''' You're o'mazingly stupid.
-->'''Ginger Fox:''' What did she say?
** In the first season, Carly's friend Sam was cast as a dumb blonde like when, in ''iWin a Date'', Carly is telling Shannon everything and Sam still says "Shhh. It could still work," but as time went on, she became more lazy and less stupid.
* Goldie Hawn on ''RowanAndMartinsLaughIn''

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** The portrayal of Music/BritneySpears expy Ginger Fox throughout ''iFix "iFix a Popstar'':
Popstar":
-->'''Carly:''' She should be here four hours ago!
-->'''Ginger
ago!\\
'''Ginger
Fox:''' You said 2 o'clock.
-->'''Sam:'''
o'clock.\\
'''Sam:'''
It's 6 o'clock!
-->'''Ginger
o'clock!\\
'''Ginger
Fox:''' Well, I didn't know if you mean o'clock AM or o'clock PM.
-->'''Sam:'''
PM.\\
'''Sam:'''
You're o'mazingly stupid.
-->'''Ginger
stupid.\\
'''Ginger
Fox:''' What did she say?
** In the first season, Carly's friend Sam was cast as a dumb blonde like when, in ''iWin "iWin a Date'', Date", Carly is telling Shannon everything and Sam still says "Shhh. It could still work," but as time went on, she became more lazy and less stupid.
* Goldie Hawn on ''RowanAndMartinsLaughIn''''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn''



* Jo Grant from ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Doctor's UNIT assistant who only got the job because her uncle was able to pull strings, and whose role as TheWatson was played up so much it seemed like she needed ''everything'' explained to her by the Doctor. A particularly ludicrous example is when she and the Doctor are investigating disturbances in the time stream causing figures from the past to appear in the present day. They hear the sound of an engine and the Doctor tells her it's a German plane from [[WorldWarTwo the Second World War.]] Her response: [[TooDumbToLive "What does it do?"]]

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* Jo Grant from ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Doctor's UNIT assistant who only got the job because her uncle was able to pull strings, and whose role as TheWatson was played up so much it seemed like she needed ''everything'' explained to her by the Doctor. A particularly ludicrous example is when she and the Doctor are investigating disturbances in the time stream causing figures from the past to appear in the present day. They hear the sound of an engine and the Doctor tells her it's a German plane from [[WorldWarTwo [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the Second World War.]] Her response: [[TooDumbToLive "What does it do?"]]


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* Dirk from ''Series/{{Bizaardvark}}'', who is the host of a web series where he takes absurd dares. An entire episode's subplot of him being stuck in a room after being buried under props could've been easily solved had he used his phone to call for help instead of using it to record himself.
14th Feb '17 3:40:32 PM Vir
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* An Australian KFC Hot and Spicy ad campaign from the 90s had customers gain the [[FireBreathingDiner ability to breathe fire]] after eating the spicy chicken. One commercial featured a guy tucking into a bucket of extra hot chicken while his attractive blonde girlfriend sitting beside him is ''completely'' absorbed in a very cliche sounding soap opera. Without taking her eyes off the screen she asks him what he is eating. He responds by leaning over and blowing softly in her ear causing a jet of flame to shoot straight [[InOneEarOuttheOther out of her other ear]]. As he leans back she blinks, comments that it sounds nice and reaches for a piece herself, still without taking her eyes off the screen ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaA8Xg7Z0UA see it here]].)

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* An Australian KFC Hot and Spicy ad campaign from the 90s had customers gain the [[FireBreathingDiner ability to breathe fire]] after eating the spicy chicken. One commercial featured a guy tucking into a bucket of extra hot chicken while his attractive blonde girlfriend sitting beside him is ''completely'' absorbed in a very cliche sounding soap opera. Without taking her eyes off the screen she asks him what he is eating. He responds by leaning over and blowing softly in her ear causing a jet of flame to shoot straight [[InOneEarOuttheOther [[InOneEarOutTheOther out of her other ear]]. As he leans back she blinks, comments that it sounds nice and reaches for a piece herself, still without taking her eyes off the screen ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaA8Xg7Z0UA see it here]].)
7th Feb '17 12:21:21 PM GM_3826
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** Bart is portrayed as a dumb boy most of the time, but he's also more talented and smarter then he lets on sometimes despite {{Flanderization}}. At least the boy has an excuse because he has the Simpson gene, which makes all Simpson males stupid with age.

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** Bart is portrayed as a dumb boy most of the time, but he's also more talented and smarter then he lets on sometimes despite {{Flanderization}}. At least the boy has an excuse because he has the Simpson gene, which makes all Simpson males stupid with age.excuse... [[NegativeContinuity usually]].
13th Jan '17 7:12:51 AM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* Occurs a few times in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', both played straight and subverted:
** Played straight with Christine in ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'', a shallow bimbo opera singer who gets to be the leading lady purely because of her looks, even though she has no vocal talent whatsoever.
** Letitia in ''Discworld/IShallWearMidnight'', an inane upper-class girl and Tiffany's rival for [[LoveInterest Roland]]. [[spoiler:Subverted when she and Tiffany turn out to be NotSoDifferent, Letitia also being a young magically-talented woman who is dissatisfied with her lot in life. She and Tiffany become FireForgedFriends, and Tiffany ends up blessing hers and Roland's marriage.]]
5th Jan '17 9:01:35 PM Spidey10
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* Star Butterfly from ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil''. She once asked the teacher to change her grade F into an A, but her stupidity almost entirely stems from her unfamiliarity with Earth.
23rd Dec '16 10:03:27 PM Pichu-kun
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* Poland from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' is a quintessential example...he needed someone to turn the table while he was standing on it to screw in a lightbulb. He also talks like a ValleyGirl and often pushes around a {{Brainy Brunet|te}} (Lithuania).
** Poland was still smart enough to [[spoiler:buy time for Lithuania to pull his CrowningMomentOfAwesome in the Battle of Tannenburg, doing so and remaining more or less calm while ''Prussia was pointing a sword at him'']]. That, and the whole series pokes fun at stereotypes of all kinds; his supposed stupidity is actually PlayedForLaughs, and nations with ''other'' hair colors can be just as dumb (re: Italy, a brunet who's pretty much TheDitz) and [[PlentyOfBlondes almost every Northern European is blond anyway]].

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* Poland from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' is a quintessential example...he needed someone to turn the table while he was standing on it to screw in a lightbulb. He also talks like a ValleyGirl and often pushes around a {{Brainy Brunet|te}} (Lithuania).
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(Lithuania). Poland was still smart enough to [[spoiler:buy time for Lithuania to pull his CrowningMomentOfAwesome in the Battle of Tannenburg, doing so and remaining more or less calm while ''Prussia was pointing a sword at him'']]. That, and the whole series pokes fun at stereotypes of all kinds; his supposed stupidity is actually PlayedForLaughs, and nations with ''other'' hair colors can be just as dumb (re: Italy, a brunet who's pretty much TheDitz) and [[PlentyOfBlondes almost every Northern European is blond anyway]].



* Misa Amane from ''Manga/DeathNote''. though her hair is dyed. Then again, next to L or Light, pretty much ''anyone'' would look dumb by proxy.
** Also, she's not so much "stupid" as "completely [[{{Yandere}} insane]]". She's fairly savvy and even cunning when she's being serious about things, but most of the time she's just too childish to be competent.
* [[Anime/ExcelSaga Excel Excel]] is Japanese and has no reason to be blond other than for this trope. The anime {{Flanderize}}s this in addition to giving her a lighter shade of blond than the manga, in which she's more often shown dirty to strawberry blond.

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* Misa Amane from ''Manga/DeathNote''. though her hair is dyed. Then again, next to L or Light, pretty much ''anyone'' would look dumb by proxy.
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proxy. Also, she's not so much "stupid" as "completely [[{{Yandere}} insane]]". She's fairly savvy and even cunning when she's being serious about things, but most of the time she's just too childish to be competent.
* [[Anime/ExcelSaga ''Anime/ExcelSaga'': Excel Excel]] Excel is Japanese and has no reason to be blond other than for this trope. The anime {{Flanderize}}s this in addition to giving her a lighter shade of blond than the manga, in which she's more often shown dirty to strawberry blond.



* Franchise/SailorMoon manages to get [[HairOfGoldHeartofGold blond-pure]] and blond-ditz in the same character.

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* Franchise/SailorMoon ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':
** ''Sailor Moon''
manages to get [[HairOfGoldHeartofGold blond-pure]] and blond-ditz in the same character.



* Male example: Gourry Gabriev of ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}''. Played with a bit, though: he isn't wholly naive, having been a mercenary in his late teens, and has sharp observation skills (as shown in revealing Xellos as a high-level demonic being), good knowledge on swordplay, and [[NiceGuy high morals.]] He's more airheaded in regards to common sense and is ObliviousToLove.
** Also, due to his aformentioned background, he probably never had the chance to dive into magical knowledge and intensive literature, whereas Lina (from a family of sorcerers), Amelia (from a royal family that specializes in WhiteMagic), and Zelgadis (raised by and was the follower of an extremely powerful priest) did.
*** An interview with the creator Hajime Kanzaka revealed that his magic capacity rivals Lina's, but because he has such a poor memory he cannot learn spells.

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* Male example: Gourry Gabriev of ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}''. Played with a bit, though: he isn't wholly naive, having been a mercenary in his late teens, and has sharp observation skills (as shown in revealing Xellos as a high-level demonic being), good knowledge on swordplay, and [[NiceGuy high morals.]] He's more airheaded in regards to common sense and is ObliviousToLove.
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ObliviousToLove. Also, due to his aformentioned background, he probably never had the chance to dive into magical knowledge and intensive literature, whereas Lina (from a family of sorcerers), Amelia (from a royal family that specializes in WhiteMagic), and Zelgadis (raised by and was the follower of an extremely powerful priest) did.
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did. An interview with the creator Hajime Kanzaka revealed that his magic capacity rivals Lina's, but because he has such a poor memory he cannot learn spells.



* TheForties and TheFifties saw an explosion of popularity in this trope with numerous [[BrainlessBeauty pretty but dim]] blonde heroines including ''ComicBook/{{Suzie}}'' and Melody (''ComicBook/JosieAndThePussyCats'') from Franchise/ArchieComics, ''My Girl Pearl'' from MarvelComics and Owen Fitzgerald's airheaded creation [[MeaningfulName Moronica]] who appeared in comics like ''Starlet O'Hara'' and ''ComicBook/DizzyDames''.
** This originally included Betty Coopers from the main Franchise/ArchieComics, but with the rise of modern feminism, the writers took advantage of that to make her more distinctive from Veronica as a self-confident [[OnlySaneMan voice of common sense]] WrenchWench among a myriad of other talents.

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* TheForties and TheFifties saw an explosion of popularity in this trope with numerous [[BrainlessBeauty pretty but dim]] blonde heroines including ''ComicBook/{{Suzie}}'' and Melody (''ComicBook/JosieAndThePussyCats'') from Franchise/ArchieComics, ''Franchise/ArchieComics'', ''My Girl Pearl'' from MarvelComics and Owen Fitzgerald's airheaded creation [[MeaningfulName Moronica]] who appeared in comics like ''Starlet O'Hara'' and ''ComicBook/DizzyDames''.
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''ComicBook/DizzyDames''. This originally included Betty Coopers from the main Franchise/ArchieComics, ''Franchise/ArchieComics'', but with the rise of modern feminism, the writers took advantage of that to make her more distinctive from Veronica as a self-confident [[OnlySaneMan voice of common sense]] WrenchWench among a myriad of other talents.



* Charlotte La Bouff from ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''. She's very sweet and kinf, but on the other hand she's not too bright and easy to fool; when hiring Tiana, she hands her a wad of cash.

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* Charlotte La Bouff from ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''. She's very sweet and kinf, kind, but on the other hand she's not too bright and easy to fool; when hiring Tiana, she hands her a wad of cash.



* One of the earlier movie examples would be Creator/JeanHarlow's character, Kitty Packard, in ''Dinner at Eight''. When she mentions to Marie Dressler's character that "I was reading a book the other day," Dressler literally stops in her tracks in astonishment.
** [[ViewersAreGeniuses Her book is]] ''The Salvaging of Civilization'' by H.G. Wells, published about ten years earlier. The reference to machines taking the place of every profession is a dead giveaway.
* When the main character is clothes shopping with her friends in the beginning of ''Film/LegallyBlonde'' the sales woman says to her co-worker, "There's nothing I love more... than a dumb blonde with daddy's plastic." It quickly turns out that Elle is not as dumb as she looks though.
** In fact, the entire film is about Elle ''subverting'' this stereotype -- while she's certainly very preppy, very feminine, and ''very'' blonde, she proves to be an extremely competent lawyer against everyone else's expectations.

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* One of the earlier movie examples would be Creator/JeanHarlow's character, Kitty Packard, in ''Dinner at Eight''. When she mentions to Marie Dressler's character that "I was reading a book the other day," Dressler literally stops in her tracks in astonishment.
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astonishment. [[ViewersAreGeniuses Her book is]] ''The Salvaging of Civilization'' by H.G. Wells, published about ten years earlier. The reference to machines taking the place of every profession is a dead giveaway.
* When the main character is clothes shopping with her friends in the beginning of ''Film/LegallyBlonde'' the sales woman says to her co-worker, "There's nothing I love more... than a dumb blonde with daddy's plastic." It quickly turns out that Elle is not as dumb as she looks though.
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though. In fact, the entire film is about Elle ''subverting'' this stereotype -- while she's certainly very preppy, very feminine, and ''very'' blonde, she proves to be an extremely competent lawyer against everyone else's expectations.



* [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow Rocky Horror]] is a male example of this. He's also a nearly literal example of BrainlessBeauty (he's only got half a brain, folks).

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* [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'': Rocky Horror]] Horror is a male example of this. He's also a nearly literal example of BrainlessBeauty (he's only got half a brain, folks).



* Lilly, from ''HannahMontana''.
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that she gets a scholarship to a prestigious university at the end of season 4, while Miley fails to get in (though it's due to [[spoiler: Miley's lack of participating in extracurricular activities, which she was unable to attend due to having to work as HannahMontana]]). Lilly might have her ditzy moments, but ''academically'' is of at least average intelligence.
* ''Series/ICarly'': The portrayal of Music/BritneySpears expy Ginger Fox throughout ''iFix a Popstar'':

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* Lilly, from ''HannahMontana''.
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''Series/HannahMontana''. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that she gets a scholarship to a prestigious university at the end of season 4, while Miley fails to get in (though it's due to [[spoiler: Miley's lack of participating in extracurricular activities, which she was unable to attend due to having to work as HannahMontana]]). Lilly might have her ditzy moments, but ''academically'' is of at least average intelligence.
* ''Series/ICarly'': ''Series/ICarly'':
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The portrayal of Music/BritneySpears expy Ginger Fox throughout ''iFix a Popstar'':



* Beatrice from ''Series/AnotherPeriod'' is portrayed as very ignorant and clueless. There are some signs she's ObfuscatingStupidity, or at least has HiddenDepths. She's great at math despite being illiterate and has an amazing opera voice.

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* Beatrice from ''Series/AnotherPeriod'' is portrayed as very ignorant and clueless. There are some signs she's ObfuscatingStupidity, or at least has HiddenDepths. She however is ObfuscatingStupidity and is in fact a GeniusDitz. She's great at math despite being illiterate and illiterate, has an amazing opera voice.voice, and can discuss ethics and politics quite well. A season 2 episode revolves around her being able to show her smarts off but she ends up choosing to continue acting dumb.



* Glinda from 'Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' fits this trope, at first anyway. When Elphaba writes home and tries to find a word to describe her room-mate, all she can come up with is "blonde".
** In the song "Popular", however, she explains how her persona is actually hugely helpful, showing the first glimmer of how sharp her mind really is, which serves her well over the rest of the story's course.

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* Glinda from 'Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' fits this trope, at first anyway. When Elphaba writes home and tries to find a word to describe her room-mate, all she can come up with is "blonde".
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"blonde". In the song "Popular", however, she explains how her persona is actually hugely helpful, showing the first glimmer of how sharp her mind really is, which serves her well over the rest of the story's course.



* Rock from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon''. He's, well, dumb as a ''rock''. Muffy may count at times, but she's more naive than dumb.

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* Rock from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon''.''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife''. He's, well, dumb as a ''rock''. Muffy may count at times, but she's more naive than dumb.



* Nazz from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' is this. She's a bit smarter than she appears, but that isn't hard.

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* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'':
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Nazz from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' is this. She's a bit smarter than she appears, but that isn't hard.



** One episode implied Eddy might be blond. He's BookDumb, though he has a talent for business.



* In ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Ron Stoppable is a variant. No, he's not nearly as intelligent (or coordinated) as his best friend/girlfriend, but he is at times remarkably GenreSavvy and resourceful. He's also a SupremeChef, which requires brainpower.
** This trope is completely subverted with [[spoiler:Vivian Francis Porter, Who is one of the best robotics designer and most of her credit is stolen by Dr. Finn who may seems like a BrainyBrunette, But is actually a Dumb Brunette in contrast to her smart blonde.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
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Ron Stoppable is a variant. No, he's not nearly as intelligent (or coordinated) as his best friend/girlfriend, but he is at times remarkably GenreSavvy and resourceful. He's also a SupremeChef, which requires brainpower.
** This trope is completely subverted with [[spoiler:Vivian Francis Porter, Who Porter]], who is one of the best robotics designer and most of her credit is stolen by Dr. Finn who may seems like a BrainyBrunette, But but is actually a Dumb Brunette in contrast to her smart blonde.]]



* Bubbles of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' plays just about every blonde stereotype perfectly straight, being both less intelligent than the other girls, being more upbeat and having more fun, on average. [[CuteBruiser Of course, that doesn't mean she can't still be the heroine of the story.]]
** Bubbles appears to have gotten the short end of the subversion stick, as brawny Buttercup and brainy Blossom have hair to the opposite of their tropes...

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'':
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Bubbles of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' plays just about every blonde stereotype perfectly straight, being both less intelligent than the other girls, being more upbeat and having more fun, on average. [[CuteBruiser Of course, that doesn't mean she can't still be the heroine of the story.]]
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]] Bubbles appears to have gotten the short end of the subversion stick, as brawny Buttercup and brainy Blossom have hair to the opposite of their tropes...
9th Dec '16 10:26:10 AM Chabal2
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* Leave it to ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' to make a DarkerAndGrittier example of the DumbBlonde. In this case, it's a male Chaos Champion named Sigvald the Magnificent. The guy is a magically beautiful, blonde mutant who is into every and any form of debauchery. The dumb part comes from him having the Stupidity rule, which is something that's usually associated with mindless creatures (even low IQ creatures like Orcs and Ogres don't get that). In Warhammer, stupidity means you can be so stupid that you'll actually stop moving or fighting in the middle of a pitched battle.

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* Leave it to ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' to make a DarkerAndGrittier example of the DumbBlonde. In this case, it's a male Chaos Champion named Sigvald the Magnificent. The guy is a magically beautiful, bishonen blonde mutant Viking who is into every and any form of debauchery. The dumb part comes from him having the Stupidity rule, which is something that's usually associated with mindless creatures (even low IQ creatures like Orcs and Ogres don't get that). In Warhammer, stupidity means you can be so stupid that you'll actually stop moving or fighting in the middle of a pitched battle. battle (in his case, the warriors of his retinue cluster around him and hold their mirrored shields up so he can admire himself from every angle). Get close to him, however, and you'll find out exactly how the guy can [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass behave like a fop and stay alive...]]
22nd Nov '16 1:04:16 AM SubbyP
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* ''Series/OnePiece'': Downplayed with Sanji--he's not stupid, but he is one of the ditziest Straw Hats, a bit of a sucker, and the one most likely to make bad decisions based on immediate emotions.
17th Nov '16 1:17:51 PM Morgenthaler
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* Takuya from ''Animerica'', whenever he's not being shy [[spoiler:or {{Badass}}]].

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* Takuya from ''Animerica'', whenever he's not being shy [[spoiler:or {{Badass}}]].badass]].
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