Created By: Tidal_Wave_17 on January 8, 2011 Last Edited By: Tidal_Wave_17 on December 21, 2012

Smart Guy Loves The Ditz

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Can we trope this? Seen it so many times. May need a better title. Does this already exist?

Just as the name implies, this is when the smartest character in the series falls in love with the dumbest character in the series.

Many will wonder what they see in eachother, or suspect one of them is using the other. This rarely the case. Though their love is usually requited, they may think they would be Better as Friends, due to the Popularity Food Chain.

Most often, he will be the smart one, have thick, ugly glasses, won't be able to tell his love interest his feelings without turning into a pile of stuttering goo, and probably be as ugly as sin while she is wonderously gorgeous, be the nicest, most popular girl in school, and is usually a blonde.

Gender flipped versions due exist, with the ditzy one being a jockish yet still sweet guy while she is a Hollywood Nerd with an "average" appearance, but most of the above tropes from the male example still applying. She may be the subject of a The Makeover, going from Geek To Chic. Unlike most though, he will usually not like her new look, telling her that he liked the way she looked before.

Contrast Model Couple. Compare Give Geeks a Chance, Ugly Guy, Hot Wife, Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl and Perky Female Minion. Such pairings can be justified since Opposites Attract.

Works this trope applies to

(Also, please tell me if I made any spelling or grammar mistakes)
Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • January 9, 2011
    PG Wodehouse and other writers of Comedy Of Manners often play this for laughs with a smart woman and a completely useless but decorative male. In one of the Blandings Castle novels, a couple of characters ponder at length why intelligent women keep falling for one of Wodehouse's most idiotic men, but because they're both the dumb half of this trope, they don't get anywhere.

    Nitpicky typo thing: women are blonde, men are blond. Blame French.
  • January 29, 2011
    • In Charles Perrault's version of the fairy tale "Ricky of the Tuft", Ricky is hideously ugly, but intelligent, and was gifted by a fairy with the power to confer wit upon his beloved. He falls in love with a princess who is very beautiful, but stupid. Fortunately, the same fairy gave her the gift of being able to confer beauty upon her beloved. (Sadly, nobody comes to the aid of the princess's ugly but intelligent younger sister.)
  • January 29, 2011
    • Played with in the webcomic Suburban Tribe. Alan is an Only Sane Man at the company he works with and is in love with exotic and sexy secret agent Haley. Little does he know that the brilliant Haley is actually his long time co-worker, the beautiful Carol. Carol is desperately in love with Alan but since she is a Brainless Beauty he isn't interested in her romantically (in her real identity Carol is definitely The Ditz but when she becomes Haley she gives her self an electric shock and a microchip in her brain activates, greatly increasing her intellect and altering her appearance. Both Carol and 'Haley' are in love with Alan but Carol despairs that he isn't interested in the real her.)
  • January 29, 2011
    • In Bobwhite, the intellectual Marlene loves Dan, who's boorish and slightly dim. Mostly it's played for laughs--Merlene thinks Dan is the ideal man, and everyone else wonders what she sees in him--but there are a few genuinely sweet moments between them.
  • January 30, 2011
    Quinn fell for her tutor in one of the Daria TV movies.
  • January 31, 2011
    Played with in Monster High. Ghoulia is a sweet, pretty Hollywood Nerd and the smartest kid in the titular high school; her boyfriend Slow-Moe is a odd-looking, dim-witted basketball-playing jock. The twist is that both of them are zombies, so to the non-monster observer they both come off as extremely slow.
  • February 1, 2011
    The name is "When a Ditz Loves A Smart Guy" but the way it's written the Smart Guy loves the Ditz. Does it have to be requited?

    On Saved By The Bell Skreech (who was a Smart Guy before he got Flanderized into The Spaz) is in love with Lisa, who has Ditz-like characteristics, but she's most definitely not in love with him.
  • February 1, 2011
    Vala Mal Doran in and Daniel Jackson in Stargate SG 1 maybe?
  • February 2, 2011
    Such pairings can be justified with Opposites Attract.
  • March 15, 2012
    Played with in an episode of House: the patient is a physics genius whose girlfriend is far less intelligent than he is and takes cough syrup to dumb himself down, because life is much easier when everyone's expectations are lowered. When no longer on the syrup, he resents his girlfriend's lack of intelligence, going so far as to claim she's closer to a gibbon than him on an IQ scale, and having sex with her is tantamount to bestiality.
  • March 15, 2012
    • Hermione and Ron in Harry Potter. Hermione is basically a walking encyclopedia, while Ron is not entirely dumb but more likely to be the Butt Monkey than anybody else, except for Neville. Neither is especially attractive, though she Cleans Up Nicely.
  • March 16, 2012
    • Light example with Cardcaptor Sakura the Innocent Prodigy Syaoran falls head over heels in love with Sakura, who is much more Book Dumb and naive. Granted Sakura has more in terms of wisdom and kindness, which affects the more arrogant Syaoran.
  • March 16, 2012
    The Simpsons had Lisa dating Nelson for an episode.

  • December 20, 2012
    ^Another episode had Ralph Wiggum becoming infatuated with Lisa, who indulged him at first.
  • December 20, 2012
    • Kirk in The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody was a genius in every sense of the word, yet falls for London, an airheaded ditz.
      Kirk: Great, 'cause London's super hot, and I like 'em dumb and rich.
  • December 20, 2012
    Archie Comics: Dumb Jock Moose's girlfriend is Midge, one of the smartest girls at Riverdale High.
  • December 21, 2012
    In an episode of Pinkyandthe Brain, Brain falls in love with Billie, a mouse who is even dumber than Pinky.