Created By: Psi001 on October 23, 2011 Last Edited By: Psi001 on February 4, 2018

Entertainingly Boring

A character so dull they are actually fun to watch

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A boring character is often the bane of medias, an undeveloped or poorly conveyed character with little interesting personality quirks to give them entertainment value. More often than not the excitment and enjoyment of any media they are in completely fades the moment they open their mouths...

Then there are characters who are so lifelessly dull and uneventful, it is actually amusing. Likely recognised in universe, with characters struggling to endure a minute of their dreary conversations about an average day at work or what they had for breakfast this morning.

Particularly extreme variants are void enough of personality to be The Stoic. Contrast with Flat Character, who genuinely (and perhaps inadvertantly) is boring.


  • Marge Simpson of The Simpsons has occasional moments of this, getting thrills from everyday activities such as housework and evening walks. However it varies how happy she truly is in her monotonus life and occasionally desires excitment.
  • Cleveland Brown acted as such in Family Guy with his more stable attitude than Peter's and extremely deadpan voice. Inverted in his own spin off where he leans more as a Cloud Cuckoo Lander.
    • The former show also has Buzz Killington, a recurring Upper-Class Twit who appears in numerous gags entertaining people with his extremely outdated "amusing yarn".
    Buzz: Now who would like to hear an amusing story about a bridge?...
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  • October 23, 2011
  • October 23, 2011
    • Pip from {Animaniacs} who was voice by Mr. Dull Voice, Ben Stein.
  • October 23, 2011
    Is this the entire point of the Adrian Mole series?
  • October 24, 2011
    Mr. Sunshine from Cat Dog.
  • October 25, 2011
    A subtrope of So Bad Its Good?
  • October 27, 2011
    Toby from the US version of The Office. If nothing else it's entertaining to wonder why he drives Michael so batty.
  • October 27, 2011
    • Ivan Boring, a Swedish radio show where the eponymous Ivan Boring talks about very funny things he's done in a hilariously boring way, with a very montone voice.
  • October 27, 2011
    Gene Hackman's Senator character in The Birdcage has a hilariously boring monologue about foliage during an awkward time while they're waiting for Val's mother to arrive:
    Oh, a nice trip. Very nice. We decided to drive down to see the seasons change. It was a long trip, though. Virginia, Kentucky, Tennesse, Georgia. It was so magical to me to come from the north, where it's cold, to the south, where it's warm, and see the tremendous differences from region to region in this incredible country of ours. My wife and I used to go to Virginia every autumn to see the foliage turn. Virginia has amazing foliage, although I do think that the foliage in Ohio is underrated. It's just dazzling along I-75...
    (that's only about half of it.)
  • October 27, 2011
    Real Life: Al Gore is famous for how stiff and uncharismatic he was as a Vice President. He has now become an entertaining figure using his reputation as a stiff person to his advantage.
  • October 27, 2011
    ^Hence the Cutaway Gag in (I think) The Simpsons, where he was given the news that someone had finally bought his book and responded to the news by putting Kool And The Gang's "Celebration" on the stereo and sitting stock still in his chair.
  • October 27, 2011
    I'm skeptical about this trope.
  • October 28, 2011
    Bert of Sesame Street. Hobbies: collecting paperclips and bottle caps, eating plain oatmeal, admiring pigeons. There's a sketch where he reads a book called Boring Stories and chuckles to himself, "These boring stories are really exciting!"
    Frank Oz:: "I was never really happy with Bert's character until about a year in, when I realized...that he was a very boring character, and I'd use that weakness as a strength for him."
  • February 4, 2018