* 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.
** 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.
* Kazuma from ''Anime/SCRYed''. He is more philosophical than most examples of this trope, and prefers to think of himself as "hands-on" rather than stupid.
* Monkey D. Luffy from ''Manga/OnePiece''. As noted by Sanji during their fight against Arlong's men:
---> "...Looks like I'm following a very loony captain."
** Although, most of Luffy's idiotic moments are PlayedForLaughs.
** In an SBS column, Oda replies to a question asking why Luffy is always so calm with "Probably because he's so stupid."
** The [[DownerEnding Impel Down arc]] was partially a deconstruction of this trope, partially an attempt to evolve Luffy beyond it. [[spoiler:Luffy's stubborn refusal to stand down or retreat from Magellan ends up almost getting him killed and costing him several years of his life. He attacks Blackbeard in spite of his considerable power, and the only things that keep him from getting into a fight that would be counterproductive to his mission are Jimbei restraining him and Blackbeard not looking for a fight. His pushing himself too far results in his body giving out, and Ace dying to protect him]]. Many of the strategies he'd fallen back on in the past (such as using brute strength to win and never backing down) fail as he comes up against many opponents he cannot defeat, thus forcing him to either do things in a more intelligent way or get even stronger.
*** Not a complete deconstruction, though. Luffy still has elements of an IdiotHero after the events in Impel Down and Marineford, but at least he now has quite a more realistic outlook on life, simply not storming into fights with opponents he obviously cannot defeat - and not going into fights for no reason.
* Flint from ''Anime/FlintTheTimeDetective''. Being a paleolithic child blessed with super strength, there wasn't a whole lot he needed to know or think about. Problem is he's time traveled to eras where the problems are more complex.
* Bit Cloud from ''Anime/ZoidsNewCentury''.
* [[Anime/DigimonAdventure Tai]], [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Davis]], [[Anime/DigimonFrontier Takuya]], and [[Anime/DigimonSavers Masaru]].
** Tai and Davis, however, ''were'' more realistic than most examples of this trope, and [[CharacterDevelopment matured as the series progressed]]. They also seemed closer to their actual ages than most of the other kids: both are eleven in the beginning of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' and ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02''. The only reason they ever seem like {{Idiot Hero}}es is because the rest of the characters are [[WiseBeyondTheirYears startlingly mature for their ages]].
** The trend is subverted with Taiki of ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'', who has the strategic prowess to back up his title of "General" of Xros Heart, and looks like Sun Tzu next to the other protagonists. His [[Anime/DigimonXrosWarsTheYoungHuntersLeapingThroughTime successor Tagiru]], on the other hand, actually plays it straighter than any of his Idiot Hero predecessors.
* Teppei from ''Anime/BtX'' is very much this trope for a good chunk of the series. He eventually grows out if it, but it's pretty hard to root for him sometimes because of his pigheadedness.
* Louie of ''Anime/RuneSoldierLouie'' -- the despair of his adventuring buddies. The priestess who was directly ordered by her God to follow Louie as her personal Hero constantly cried "This is not my will!" and has no faith in his heroism until the final story arc.
* Kamina from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' embodies idiot heroism to a degree rarely seen, perfectly happy to run off a cliff brandishing a sword in an attempt to fight an enemy in a giant robot, then dropping the fight to [[DistractedByTheSexy hit on the hot girl who just appeared out of nowhere]]. A good example is when, believing that [[{{Determinator}} sheer bloody minded determination]] can make up for any deficiency in skills or knowledge, he surpassed the identification system of his hijacked mecha with fighting spirit alone and proceeded to absolutely trash it through careless piloting. Another character-defining moment is when he ''stabs'' his HumongousMecha with Simon's smaller drill-equipped mecha in an effort to {{combin|ingMecha}}e them. If his universe didn't run on RuleOfCool, that would have been rather awkward, especially since the thing almost impaled his head. He has moments of intelligence - namely, trusting Simon to sink the Dai-Gunzan - but as a general rule, the only thing that keeps him from being killed with his idiocy is the fact that the universe agrees with his methods. [[spoiler:Even that doesn't last forever.]]
** 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.
** It also helps that the mecha in question is powered by HotBlooded {{determinat|or}}ion and is capable of [[RealityWarper rewriting the laws of physics]] in the presence of enough of it. Kamina, and the rest of the Dai-Gurren Brigade, wouldn't be nearly as effective if the universe wasn't as crazy as they were.
* 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.
* The ''Anime/PrettyCure'' franchise has a lot of these: [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure Nagisa Misumi]], [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar Saki Hyuuga]], [[Anime/YesPrettyCure5 Nozomi Yumehara]], [[Anime/FreshPrettyCure Love Momozono]], [[Anime/SuitePrettyCure Hibiki Hojo]] and [[Anime/SmilePrettyCure Miyuki Hoshizora]]. Nagisa, Saki, Hibiki and Miyuki are just BookDumb. Love's grades are unknown, but she is described as an idiot by her friends and she's not as smart as them. Nozomi gets it worst, being TheDitz and she doesn't even notice that she's a ditz. And her dream is becoming a teacher... (because her love interest is one)
** [[Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure Mana Aida]] is one of two [[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure heroines]] who have good grades. However, she's SkilledButNaive and sometimes you think she's an idiot, too.
** ''Anime/PrettyCureAllStars DX 3'' showed what happened when you put all the pink heroines together in one place - because they're all leaders, trying to follow orders from another leader just throws them into ''major'' confusion.
* As is Usagi's sci-fi counterpart, Yuna from ''VideoGame/GalaxyFrauleinYuna''.
* Excel from ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' is both a female example and a parody. A parody in that, besides being the henchgirl of an EvilOverlord trying to take over the city and not that nice of a person, she is this trope.
** Iwata is another parody. He works for the other side, so he thinks he's a hero, but he's really destructive and nothing he does saves the city.
* Relatedly, Poemi from ''Anime/PuniPuniPoemi'' is another parody, with the other characters and Poemi herself frequently pointing out her extreme stupidity.
* Goku from ''Manga/DragonBall'', induced from him suffering [[EasyAmnesia massive head trauma]] as a baby (which is the biggest reason why he didn't end up a ''villain''), growing up isolated from the outside world until he was at least twelve years old, and his only education to speak of was less than a year of learning basic reading and math from [[DirtyOldMan a perverted hermit]].
** Goku was really book dumb and naďve (probably) only from living in the wilderness for 12 years. He was perfectly capable of understanding what was going on and coming up with plans. He's even shown fighting tactically several times. Although he's definitely an idiot when it comes to trusting his enemies and trying to give them second chances, but this is as much due to his kind, naďve nature as it is to stupidity.
*** The latter issue is almost FridgeBrilliance when you consider how many of his enemies have become friends.
** And, of course, the 'Idiot' part is turned up to 11 in ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged''.
* Yusuke from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', being what appears to be an {{Expy}} of Goku with a {{Jerkass}} {{Delinquent|s}} layer over him, also falls under this trope. He is severely, SEVERELY BookDumb; he got a bloody ''12'' on a science test. Kuwabara is worse; he got a '''''7'''''. However, Yusuke has ''far'' more common sense than the average shonen hero.
** Justified in Yusuke's case because he hardly ever shows up for school. You can't expect him to know material he wasn't in school to learn. Kuwabara is probably a straighter example of this, as even when he did study, he got a 53.
*** And it's implied that at least part of the reason for his never doing so stems from the fact his mother, Atsuko, is frankly a terribly negligent parent. She spends more time out drinking, sleeping off hangovers, or cursing him out in a drunken tirade than doing anything responsible, to the extent that Yusuke himself has very little respect for her. To be fair to her, she was a party girl who got pregnant with Yusuke at the age of '''14''' and was evidently abandoned by both the father and her family.
** Kuwabara's case could easily be considered justified as well, most of his school life was spent in a vain effort to beat Yusuke, who he considers his rival. Even during the times when he wasn't getting beat up by Yusuke, sleeping through classes or ignoring the teacher with paper airplanes and the like seem to fit rather well with his early [[{{Delinquents}} personality]]. [[spoiler:He subverts it by the end of the series by studying hard and getting into a good college.]]
* Downplayed and a bit justified in in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' whose eponymous main character is primarily BookDumb. Despite the fact that he is recognized at the bottom of his class, Naruto was capable of sneaking into the home of his village's leader, a wise and skilled ninja, and stealing a forbidden scroll, and learning a forbidden technique written on said scroll. He is capable, or "learns through his body" as Kakashi puts it. On the other hand, he is practically incapable of learning the basic techniques early on that all of his classmates learn. At one point, [[SealedEvilInACan it is inferred that the Tailed Beast inside of him]] is disrupting his anatomy, resulting in at least a few of his academic failings. Regardless, as to his personality, Naruto is still an overly spirited and loud-mouthed individual throughout the first half of the series.
** In ''Shippuden'', he gets a bit better at making strategies, to the point where his own sensei was surprised at getting caught off-guard by him. Naruto's newfound tactics cause most of his acquaintances and allies to marvel at how he's grown. Sakura, however, berates him from holding onto a perverted technique and believes that he still hasn't really matured. Due to this particularly unhappy childhood, Naruto is also rather good at relating or identifying with people who grew up in similarly negative ways, so something in his brain is definitely churning. He's also darn good at ShutUpHannibal speeches.
** Choji Akimichi is a straight example.
** Obito is another example [[spoiler:before becoming [[BigBad Tobi]]]].
** Chapter 619 reveals that [[spoiler:First Hokage Senju Hashirama]] belongs here, perhaps more so than all the others mentioned earlier.
* Kinniku Mantaro/Kid Muscle from ''Anime/KinnikumanNisei''.
** And [[InTheBlood his father Kinniku Suguru]], the original Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}.
* Tamaki Suoh from ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' is so dumb, he concludes that his possessiveness towards, his nervousness around and '''wanting to kiss''' the first real female friend he's ever had is because he wants to be her... get ready for it... ''father''. His TrueCompanions know he is dumb, but assumed this was just a metaphor. Then they learned that no, he really thinks that is logical. Even though Tamaki's hobby and job is '''entertaining women''', so he knows what romance is. He's the school King of romance.
** Luckily, he isn't ''really'' the King of the Host Club. We all know who the [[TheLancer Shadow King]] is.
** Also his idiocity only relates to relationships, which is probably explained away by his own family history. He's actually second in his class, right after Kyoya.
* Gourry Gabriev from ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' is a personification of this trope and is (as is all of ''Slayers'') at least partly parody. He doesn't know basic facts about... well, anything other than food and fighting, and is prone to forgetting minor details like the names of his best friends, and that time a few months back when they saved the universe in an epic battle of good and evil. But his combat skills are such that he can [[AwesomenessByAnalysis assess the skills of other characters accurately just by glancing at them]] and can hold his own in a fight against everything up to deities when he has his legendary [[LaserBlade Sword of Light]]. WordOfGod states that in addition to his skill with the sword, he's got the innate talent to be a truly frightening sorcerer -- but he's too dumb to remember the necessary magic words.
** Gourry subverted the trope, in a way, in the one time throughout the entire series that he showed any signs of intellect; when Xellos is finally revealed to be a Mazoku, good old Gourry is shocked to hear that no one else had figured it out. He had known since the beginning.
** Speaking of ''Slayers'', this is somewhat subverted in one episode ("Geoffry's Knighthood") with Geoffry, whose mother employes Lina and Naga to accompany him on his quests. Although Geoffry is an "idiot", he fails somewhat on the "hero" -- all of the badass fighting is actually done by his mother ("disguised" by a bag over her head). However, the final Boss is genuinely terrified when Geoffry appears...
*** That's got little to do with Geoffry, though. As one comes to expect of ''Slayers'', there's a new layer of parody here. The main boss is Geoffry's Dad!! And the reason for the fear is eminently logical; the man KNOWS his maniac of a wife will be by to defend Geoffry. That reaction is pure channeling of Harry Mudd, my friends.
** Gourry also subverts this trope in the original novel series where he is far more capable and his ditziness is closer to ObfuscatingStupidity. It's the anime series that flanderized this idiot trait to max.
* InvokedTrope in the ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' manga. The hero Negi Springfield is intelligent... intelligent enough to worry and hesitate. TheRival has stated that Negi ''needs more "idiocy"'' to be a better fighter (Negi goes on to ask his trainer how to be an idiot, like him).
** Compounding on this, according to flashbacks, Negi's legendary father Nagi appears to be a textbook example of an Idiot Hero. (For example: instead of memorizing his combat spells, he wades into battle with crib notes in one hand.) However, he turns out to be somewhat of a deconstruction. Yes, he stopped the Lifemaker and CE twenty years ago... but he never even seemed to realize what their motivation was and had no plan to solve the problem they were attempting to address. Instead, the next generation is the one that has to solve the actual problem. [[spoiler:Just look back at Nagi's final beatdown of the Lifemaker after having read chapter 325.]]
** Jack Rakan probably also counts. [[ObfuscatingStupidity Maybe]].
** [[TheRival Kotaro]] definitely counts; he even prides himself on it.
* Goku from ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}''. [[spoiler:The most recent manga chapters suggest that he is slowly maturing, however]].
* Azuma from ''Manga/YakitateJapan'', though he's more of a GeniusDitz.
* Arguably, Shu from ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere''.
* Jil, from ''Anime/TheTowerOfDruaga''. In battle, he's been known to do exactly the opposite of what his more experienced party mates consider the most sensible tactics. He's also one of the only characters on the quest for the purpose of slaying Druaga, and has been called a "Justice Freak". Comes complete with an AloofBigBrother.
* Arika Yumemiya from ''Anime/MaiOtome'', although in her case it's more a matter of being inexperienced with the world. She gains some confidence and competence as the series goes on, but while almost everyone else in ''Anime/MaiOtomeZwei'' has become OlderAndWiser, Arika lapses back into Idiot Hero mode.
** She's [[CharacterExaggeration even dumber]] in the manga, although part of the reason why she isn't good at anything except Butou is that, not having Sergay's sponsorship, she has to work several part-time jobs to support herself.
* One of the older examples of an idiot hero is Kouji Kabuto from ''Anime/MazingerZ''. Excellent pilot, marvelous sniper, big ass {{Determinator}}, pretty good with motorcycles -- but his little brother, his girlfriend and his {{Gonk}} rival keep correcting and bitchslapping him (verbally and literally) for his lack of tact, sexism and big mouth. ''Nevertheless'', Kouji, unlike many similar hot-heads, may be exceptionally bright if he allows himself think things through. He is more of a GeniusDitz.
** His successor [[spoiler:and adoptive brother]] Tetsuya from ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' is another [[TheDeterminator determinator]] {{Badass}} and he is slightly more mature and less sexist than Kouji, but some of the stunts he pulls due to his pride, hardheadness, jealousy, obsessivity and unability to listen to good advice are mind-baffling. And then you have he can be a tactless jerk when he gets angry or upset, and it is not wonder how often he has been on the end of several Jun's {{Armor Piercing Slap}}s.
** On the other hand, the remainder male main character of the Mazinger trilogy -Duke Fleed from ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''- averts the trope. He can be somewhat rash sometimes, but usually he thinks before of acting.
* Sonsaku Hakufu from ''Manga/IkkiTousen'' is a total idiot. She knows it herself, even though she hates being called stupid, which happens so often that she should actually be used to it. Her inner dragon makes her a very strong fighter, though, and like all other female warriors in the series she is [[MsFanservice hot]], which is a combination that definitely helps her to get more respect from her peers.
* Momoko from ''Manga/SumomoMoMomoMo''.
** Momoko is more BookDumb which is justified by her not attending regular school until the age of ''seventeen''.
* Hunter Steele from ''Anime/SpiderRiders''.
* Yoichi, the lead of ''Manga/AsuNoYoichi''. Since he spent most of his life training in the mountains, all he thinks about is fighting.
* While the titular character of ''Manga/TheLawOfUeki'' does have several brilliant insights, especially in battle, for the most part he seems rather simple-minded and clueless. On first meeting [[SnarkyNonHumanSidekick Tenko's]] gigantic dog-like form, he thinks it's just a really big ''chicken''.
* [[TheBigGuy Black Star]] of ''Manga/SoulEater'' embodies this character type, while main character Maka is [[BadassBookworm quite the opposite]].
** Maka and Soul embody aspects of this character. While Maka isn't stupid, she can be quite naive yet wholesome. [[spoiler:Medusa takes advantage of this]]. Soul was more this during the beginning of the manga, recklessly disobeying Maka to devour souls. Both evolve however.
** Arguably Kid falls somewhere between the two (which [[SuperOCD he would not like]]) - he stops to think at times, but does make downright stupid decisions, at least in part thanks to his very single-minded way of thinking.
* Domon Kasshu from ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' is HotBlooded and has NoSocialSkills - he's NotGoodWithPeople. The results are, well, ''special''. His Lancer and The Kid of his group are also a bit idiotic sometimes, but not ''that'' bad.
** Taken a step further in the 2010 manga retelling of the series. To give an example, in one episode he uses an AirVentPassageway to ambush a fellow Gundam Fighter's boxing opponent and take his place. In the manga version, he ends up in the opponent's room by accident, attempts (pitifully) to talk his way out of it, then beats him up in self-defense and decides to take his place on the spot.
* Michiko from ''Anime/MichikoToHatchin'' arguably qualifies. She tends to make quite questionable decisions while she [[SternChase runs away from the police]] and tries to find her old boyfriend -- her [[{{Stripperific}} flashy appearance]] not even being the stupidest. Fortunately, the girl she took with her, Hana, is actually quite a bit more intelligent. Unfortunately, Michiko never listens to her.
* Alice L. Malvin of ''Anime/PumpkinScissors'' insists on going after evil no matter the odds, so obviously, her subordinates have to stop her from just charging head on into battle and come up with a more effective, less risky plan.
* Jaden of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' -- Goal ToBeAMaster? Check. Spiky hair? Check. TooDumbToLive? Check. Idealist? Check. Magnet for TrueCompanions? Check. BigEater? Check. BookDumb? Double check. CharacterDevelopment into AllLovingHero? [[IneffectualLoner Just the opposite]]. [[{{Deconstruction}} There's only so much a kid can take]].
** CharacterDevelopment into AllLovingHero? Check. His development didn't stop when he put on the armor and he spent part of s3 after that as TheAtoner and then saved all of his friends and went on to save the world from Darkness, after he helped Alexis, Chazz, and Syrus find the paths they wanted to follow in life. And he's hardly a loner when he lives with Yubel in his soul, his entire deck of spirits in his pocket, and Pharaoh and Banner in his backpack.
** Crow from ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', though it's only to assist his friends. Wants to prove to them that he doesn't want to be a 3rd wheel or a burden to them.
** However Yugi, from the original series, is a subversion. He starts the series as what Manga/{{Yu|YuHakusho}}suke would be if he were a geek, but he's a strategic genius.
** Yuma from ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' is season 1 Jaden all over again. And despite being the protagonist, he has the dueling skills of an amateur, and Astral has to guide him through a lot of his duels.
*** [[CharacterDevelopment In his defense]] Yuma slowly becomes a better duelist over the course of the show.
*** However his IdiotHero tendencies rear their ugly heads when he [[spoiler:doesn't tell anyone that Shingetsu is a Barian (Shingetsu asked Yuma to keep it a secret), which comes to bite him in the ass when Shingetsu turns out to be [[ManipulativeBastard Vector]] and the fact that Yuma kept Shingetsu's true identity from Astral ruins Yuma's relationship with him.]]
* Musubi from ''Manga/{{Sekirei}}'', in spades.
* Natsu from ''Manga/FairyTail'' demonstrates many elements of this. In a semi-subversion, despite being a HotBlooded {{Determinator}}, prone to causing extreme collateral damage and social obliviousness, he's perfectly capable of fighting intelligently and wins through unorthodox use of his abilities at least as often as through sheer power (of course, most Shonen protagonists [[GeniusDitz are like this]]).
* Gon from ''Manga/HunterXHunter''. The only reason he probably hasn't died yet is because he comes up with creative ways to stay alive during a fight. He forgets things often, is easily fooled, rushes into things without considering the consequences, often even disregarding the consequences just to get what he wants.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'''s Firo Prochainezo is one, and also thoroughly aware of it.
* Padudu from ''Anime/MagicalPlay''.
* ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'' is not the brightest crayon of the box, but sometimes he can came out with some cunning strategy.
* Dan from ''Anime/{{Basquash}}''.
* Hayate Kurogane of ''Manga/HayateXBlade'', who is repeatedly told so by her eventual fighting partner, Ayana Mudou.
* The main protagonist Hamel from ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln'', though he is more likely to be decribed as the bastard hero. Raiel could also easily be put in this category.
* This is how Yogi from ''Manga/{{Karneval}}'' can act before he starts battle. He's usually rather sunshiny and cheery as well.
* Played for drama and deconstructed with Suzaku from ''Anime/CodeGeass''. At the beginning of the series, he's a WideEyedIdealist AcePilot who wants to change the Britannian Empire to help the "Elevens" (that's Japanese people, by the way). Unfortunately for him, he's living in a world full of {{Manipulative|Bastard}}, MagnificentBastard-ly [[WorldOfHam hams]], so he gets used by anyone and everyone [[UnwittingPawn for their own ends]], including to [[SpannerInTheWorks crash other peoples' plans]]. Since he's nowhere near as smart as the other people he's trying to deal with, he gets in the way of things that would really have furthered his goal faster, more effectively, and in some cases even with less bloodshed. And then the DiabolusExMachina [[FromBadToWorse hits]]...
* Natsuru, main character of ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}'', in the anime. [[GenderBender S/he]] was already dumb as a brick with special needs in the manga and light novel, but the anime went UpToEleven and turned hir into a character thinking exclusively with hir non-existent penis... ''while being ObliviousToLove''. Consequentially, s/he spends most of the series just sorta standing there with a dazed and confused expression, not even bothering to do much fighting or noting the ObviouslyEvil characters, or wondering what the smeg was going on with the secret magical girl war s/he was drafted into, or why the hot girls kept blushing around hir and taking hir out to eat... S/he is also a PinballProtagonist, doing absolutely nothing of relevance whatsoever other than obliviously make all the lesbians in the room damp.
* Every hero in works by MitsuruAdachi (most famous works include ''Manga/{{Touch}}'', ''H2'', ''Manga/{{Miyuki}}'', ''Manga/CrossGame'') would be labeled under the "Lovable Idiot" category. Though they often act like Idiot Jerks they're actually quite smart and tend to be sarcastic and smart mouthed.
* Maeda Hachibe from ''Manga/AiKora'' is constantly starting or getting into trouble for the sake of [[ChivalrousPervert his "beloved parts", and those who have them]]. His idiocy is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d a number of times in the series.
* ''Anime/{{Photon}}'', so labeled in the title of the series and in-universe with the word 'Baka' written in magic marker on his forehead.
* Jinbee from ''Manga/JoujuuSenjinMushibugyou'', although his relentlessly positive attitude even affects TheStoic swordsman who was ready to write him off as just another short-lived rookie.
* Al from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe''.
* America from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' is the poster boy—er, nation—for this trope. He's a BigEater who is loud (occasionally considered annoying by the other characters and/or fans) and comes up with plans like "building a giant superhero to stop global warming." He is repeatedly told to "read the atmosphere," upon which he looks for it in a bookstore. A quote from the dub:
--> '''America''': Someone told me that my elevator doesn't go all the way to the top floor, but I don't even ''have'' an elevator!
** One of his favourite phrases is ''"Mochiron, hiiro sa!"'' which translates to "Obviously, I'm the hero!" It's even in his character song, "~WDC~ World Dancing".
*** Slightly subverted when WordOfGod hints that he has aspects of ObfuscatingStupidity.
* Kotetsu from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' [[ManChild doesn't let being over thirty-five get in the way of acting like an impulsive teenager]].
* A female example: Miaka Yuki from ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''...the quintessential NaiveEverygirl.
* Another female example: Harukase Doremi in ''Anime/OjamajoDoReMi''.
** She gets better, though.
*** Eh... Sometimes.
* {{Subverted|Trope}} by [[TheProtagonist Kaito]] and his [[TheRival rival]], Gammon in ''Anime/PhiBrainKamiNoPuzzle''. Both act like HotBlooded Idiot Hero archetypes, but the series revolves around solving riddles and puzzles, and both are ''very'' good at it, even without Kaito's UpgradeArtifact.
* ''LightNovel/BakaToTestToShoukanjuu'': Akihisa is probably one of the biggest idiots in anime history. So much so, he probably deserves to be the god of it.
* Shirou, the protagonist of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has been known to cause large red spots to appear on the foreheads of viewers of the anime from facepalming so much. In a war involving ancient epic heroes and massive magical powers, Shirou is absolutely and completely determined to not let his fighting companion get hurt (even though she is infinitely more competent at fighting other servants than he is).
** This is actually justified. [[spoiler:Shirou has a spiritual disorder that causes him to place no value on his own life, and he is incapable of being happy except when he is helping others, [[MartyrWithoutACause so he tends to take suicidal risks at the slightest provocation]], and generally do everything in his power to prevent other people from getting hurt. [[AdaptationExplanationExtrication It only really gets explained in the visual novel, though.]]]]
* Touta Matsuda from ''Manga/DeathNote'' is a non-protagonist example. He is the most inexperienced member of the SPK, due to lacking in seriousness.
* Arata from ''Manga/ArataKangatari'' fulfills this trope to a T, having many of the stereotypical traits expected of an Idiot Hero...except for the fact that he turns out to be the DecoyProtagonist early on and is relegated to the main character of the [[TwoLinesNoWaiting B-story]].
* While none of the characters from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' are explicit idiots (in fact, several can be considered border-line geniuses considering what they do with their powers) there is one shining example: Okuyasu Nijimura from Part 4, who is so stupid Josuke defeats him literally by ducking (and then has to save his ass when he follows Josuke into a house specifically stated to have a killer stand in it just to give him respect). In fact, both Josuke and his own brother state that if Okuyasu wasn't such an idiot, he would be a very dangerous threat (what with the whole "Stand-erases-matter" thing).
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': Sanosuke Sagara is a reckless street fighter who mostly either concerns himself with mooching off his friends or finding another fight, but often shows enough insight and reliability to be Kenshin's partner.
* ''LightNovel/DenpaTekiNaKanojo'': Juu is a victim of the DulcineaEffect, tries to SaveTheVillain through StupidSacrifice, and is TooDumbToLive trying to help others... but those things inspire all those around him.
* Touma Avenir from ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'' is another naive example. Sure, he's not an idiot at all. But his naivete makes both Section 6 and Eclipse infectees so irritated. Especially the latter. Considering that his mentor and idol is Subaru Nakajima, herself not the brightest tool in the shed, it's obvious where Thoma's naiveté is coming from (Subaru, at least, has [[TheSmartGirl Teana]] to [[BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine set her straight]]).
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