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[[caption-width-right:200:[[TelescopingRobot Tons of gadgets]], milligrams of brain.]]

The Comedic Hero is a less-than-competent protagonist who nevertheless succeeds despite his best efforts. He might have dumb luck on his side, or a HypercompetentSidekick might be watching his back with or without his knowledge.

TheFool is a specific variant of this character type. Might be a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass. For the superhero version, see SuperZeroes. For a goof who is more competent than people would like to admit see LetsGetDangerous
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!!Examples

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[[folder: Anime ]]

* Milfeulle Sakuraba of ''Anime/GalaxyAngel'', a [[TheDitz ditz]] of epic proportions, actually survives by the most improbable luck in the universe.
* The title character from ''BoboboboBobobo'', Bobobo.
** Not so much because of luck, but because [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} his brand of insanity]] is perfect for dealing with the insanity around him.
* The IrresponsibleCaptainTylor. Maybe.
* [[{{Trigun}} Vash the Stampede]]
* [[{{Hellsing}} Seras Victoria]] (Anime and OVA only).


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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Numerous from the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden]] and [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Ages]] of comics, including but not limited to:
** The original Red Tornado, a hefty housewife who crossdresses as a superhero with a cooking pot over her head and beats up gangsters.
** Johnny Thunder, a hopeless twit who has an all-powerful genie at his command and doesn't even know it.
** Super-Hip, aka Tadwaller Jutefruce, Bob Hope's nerdy nephew who turns into a super-powered mod crooner whenever he gets angry. His battle-cry? "Bleck to Lawrence Welk!"
** ComicBook/AngelAndTheApe: She's a private eye with brains and beauty to spare. He's a comic-book artist who [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys happens to be a talking gorilla]]. TheyFightCrime!
** ComicBook/StanleyAndHisMonster, a little boy who pals around with a demon who was kicked out of Hell for being too darn nice.
* Zayne Carrick, main character of ''StarWars: Knights of the Old Republic'' (no, not [[KnightsOfTheOldRepublic that one]], the comic series) started out as this, a walking catastrophe who couldn't even hold onto one lowlife criminal once captured. However, after the first story-arc, he settled into a more heroic mold, and his proneness to accidental carnage degenerated to an InformedAttribute.
** He also becomes smarter (he outsmarts and derails the plans of a mad scientist, a corrupt corporate executive, and a deranged Sith wannabe), and when he fights his former teachers he actually does fairly well (when he fights Raana Tey they're pretty evenly matched for most of the fight).
* ''Bananaman'' of The Dandy.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Inspector Clouseau of the ''[[ThePinkPanther Pink Panther]]'' films.
* ''Film/{{Bullshot}}'' (1983). Bullshot Crummond, a spoof of British hero Literature/BulldogDrummond.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Bertie Wooster, ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster''. Hilariously incompetent, "mentally negligible", and the epitome of the UpperClassTwit--but [[SpoiledSweet so ridiculously nice]] that you can't help but root for him.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Maxwell Smart, ''Series/GetSmart''.
* Chespirito's ''ElChapulinColorado''.
* Ralph mostly fulfills this role on ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero''.
* Creator/{{NBC}}'s ''Captain Nice'', and Creator/{{CBS}}'s ''Mr. Terrific'', two very short-run (half season) series which tried to ride the "camp superhero" wave started by the Adam West ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series.
* The title goofball CowboyCop on ''Series/SledgeHammer''.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Dirk the Daring of ''DragonsLair''.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* WesternAnimation/MrMagoo.
* Homer Simpson, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''
* Bullwinkle, ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle''.
* Peter Griffin from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
* WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTick''.
* WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck, primarily in certain Creator/ChuckJones cartoons: ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgersInTheTwentyFourthAndAHalfCentury'', ''WesternAnimation/TheScarletPumpernickel'', ''RobinHood Daffy'', etc.
* Coop of ''MegasXLR''.
* Fry of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''.
* Ron Stoppable from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''.
* ''SpongebobSquarepants''
* Po in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''.

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