->''"Why must the fate of the world always end up in the hands of an idiot?"''
--> -- '''Grim''', ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''

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The Idiot Hero is a common character in action series. Often, he is both [[TheProtagonist the protagonist]] and the central character of the narrative. He will frequently use the IndyPloy, will be [[FearlessFool too stupid to be afraid of imminent peril]], and will often have a [[TheDitz short memory span]]. Despite all of this, he is the [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass most effective member of the cast at fighting]]. He will also usually be the [[TheHero leader]] of a [[TheTeam tight-knit group of characters]], despite the fact that he doesn't have the brains to lead a cat out of a paper bag. This is because he's [[TooDumbToFool so stupid as to be incorruptible]], and has the ability to maintain a [[ChildrenAreInnocent childlike innocence]] and faith in people that [[EasyEvangelism inspires those around him]].

The Idiot Hero is usually a mutation of TheFool. However, unlike TheFool, the Idiot Hero usually has some idealistic goal in mind, usually becoming the "[[ToBeAMaster best warrior ever]]", and is usually much more aggressive when irked. The Idiot Hero [[InHarmsWay usually enjoys fighting]], and is always looking for a challenge. The only way to actually anger the Idiot Hero will be inevitably to hurt [[{{Protectorate}} one of their friends]], or {{Innocent Bystander}}s.

Tends to overlap with SmallStepsHero, being too lacking in ambition or easily distracted to plan anything truly long-term. In his early stages, he may be little more than an InvincibleIncompetent; however, with CharacterDevelopment, the Idiot Hero may [[MessiahCreep mature into]] a MessianicArchetype. The Idiot Hero is usually opposed or rivaled by TheStoic or the AloofBigBrother. If the Idiot Hero is [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass not nearly as aloof when things get serious]], then his stupidity is actually an ObfuscatingStupidity.

TheLancer to the Idiot Hero takes two common forms: either they are a HeroWorshipper willing to look past his obvious drawbacks, or a SourSupporter who acts as his {{Foil}}. In either case, they often act as MrExposition, [[AsYouKnow explaining the hero things he really ought to already know]]. His other TrueCompanions will usually get annoyed or [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer even outright be embarassed by his presence]], but deep down, they know he is the one whom they can depend on to protect them from the evils of the world.

[[IThoughtItMeant Does not necessarily star in]] an IdiotPlot.

Compare with AllLovingHero, FailureHero, NiceJobBreakingItHero, HeroWithAnFInGood, GoodIsDumb, StupidGood and ButtMonkey. Contrast with PragmaticHero, GuileHero and ByronicHero. Will frequently be a ManChild - or even a PsychopathicManchild if crossed with SociopathicHero, although that would border on an outright {{Deconstruction}} of the archetype.

Could naturally emerge in roleplay as a form of MinMaxing, where the hero sacrifices intelligence (or at least its [[DumpStat non-combat related aspects]]) for [[SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining better ability to kick ass.]]

Not to be confused with IdiotHair, though the two may overlap.

A reminder that TropesAreNotGood.



* IdiotHero/AnimeAndManga
* IdiotHero/{{Comics}}
* IdiotHero/{{Film}}
* IdiotHero/{{Literature}}
* IdiotHero/LiveActionTV
* IdiotHero/MythologyAndReligion
* IdiotHero/{{Theatre}}
* IdiotHero/VideoGames
* IdiotHero/WebComics
* IdiotHero/WesternAnimation



[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Beetle of ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'' is probably one of the best examples every of an Idiot AntiHero.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''FanFic/YourHumanAndYou'', the main character, Max, is a prime example of this.

* Lord Vidar in ElvenQuest.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Stinkoman, from the ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner 20X6'' setting, can be seen as a parody of this character type.
** It's entirely possible that Homestar Runner himself started off as one of these when he was first created. However, character development exaggerated the idiot part while diminishing the "hero" part. He's still a well-meaning guy, if thoughtless.
* Jaune Arc of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' is this compared to his more educated and better-trained peers. [[DeconstructedTrope However]], he's aware of it and it causes him great distress for a while, until he decides to start training with Pyrrha to overcome it.
* WebAnimation/XRayAndVav. "Sometimes you gotta do something stupid to get results!"

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Sparadrap from ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' moves from TheFool to this over the course of the story. The earliest signs appear in the webseries when he gets angry over enemies threatening to hurt his friends and his idealistic goal emerges when [[spoiler:some of the friends in question leave the guild and he gets obsessed with Putting The Band Back Together. The power vaccum caused by the departures has also made him master of what's left of the guild]].