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"Stupidity is the same as evil if you judge by the results."
are hard to tolerate. So are jerkasses
. If you combine them together, you get someone who is even harder to tolerate. This, of course, makes the character even funnier
than either just the Jerkass
or just The Ditz
. This is a Comedy Trope
since an Idiot Jerkass in a drama would make the character rather unlikable. Usually it's when Jerkass acts are caused by stupidity, or the other way around (where the Jerkass act become the Idiot Ball
), or maybe the stupidity and jerkassness do not even cause each other and are just used for characterization and for comedy's sake
This trope is Truth in Television
since (according to psychology) one can be so stupid that they eventually become a Jerkass
. Idiot Jerkass is also one of the most prominent features in fictional and even non-fictional
Compare The Ditz
, Dumb Jock
, Stupid Evil
, Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
(most of the characters in that trope aren't very bright) and Jerk Jock
. Contrast Insufferable Genius
, where the character is so smart that he or she might come off as a Jerkass
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