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There are [[TheDitz many]] [[CloudCuckoolander characters]] who are dumb or airheaded. However, for some of these, what they lack in intelligence they make up for in compassion and altruism. The Kindhearted Simpleton isn't the sharpest tool in the shed, but is always well-meaning and compassionate to other characters. Probably will not be quite as dumb as a standard [[TheDitz Ditz]] or as airheaded as a CloudCuckoolander, since that is not the focus of their character.

Due to their well-meaning nature but below-average intelligence, these characters have the potential to be taken advantage of and manipulated by smarter (and occasionally evil) characters. The Kindhearted Simpleton should beware of {{Manipulative Bastard}}s and {{Guile Hero}}es. (They should also [[TheFarmerAndTheViper know it's a snake when they bring it in.]]) These characters rarely, if ever, get angry, but when they do, it's usually because someone has taken advantage of their trusting nature one time too many, or has dared to hurt the ones they love. This may occasionally result in the character taking a level in badass, or revealing a hidden badass side, but this type of character is very effective at delivering AnAesop without having to resort to violence, whether it's through a ShutUpHannibal speech, giving the villain his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, or asking a friend WhatTheHellHero, though they are also just as likely to inform hero and villain that YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre.

Contrast InsufferableGenius and MadScientist. May be a GentleGiant. When they are lucky and carefree instead of compassionate, they're TheFool. See also IdiotHero, DumbIsGood and EmotionsVsStoicism (this landing on the "emotions good, logic bad" side).

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** Goku is one of the quintiessential examples in Anime. An endearingly innocent and kind hearted child that carries his innocence and kindness well into his adulthood, and even as a ''grandfather''! [[BewareTheniceOnes Unless you're his opponent or you REALLY piss him off.]]
** Also, Mrs. Brief, Bulma's AbsurdlyYouthfulMother.
* Hirasawa Yui, the kind and loving lead guitarist IdiotHero of the ''Manga/KOn'' franchise.
* Prince Odysseus, the formal heir apparent to the [[TheEmpire Britannian Empire]] in ''Anime/CodeGeass'', is this, in stark contrast to his father and most younger brothers (and sisters, too). It says a LOT that [[{{Ephebophile}} a guy like him]] is the "sanest" [[RoyallyScrewedUp among the horribly fucked up royal family]], and it's examplified when [[spoiler: he's the only member of the clan that attempts to peacefully reach for Lelouch when he crowns himsef as TheEmperor.]]
* In ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'', [[CuteKitten Hummy]] is a rather dense optimist who is unable to hold grudges or remember depressing events for long, allowing her former friend, [[CatsAreMean Siren]] to take advantage of her. However, these same traits eventually help Hummy win Siren back over to the side of good.
* The title character of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' is a borderline example. She's more spacey and ''incredibly'' naive than outright stupid (and [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass shows incredible tact and skill]] when [[LetsGetDangerous the time requires it]]), however it is obvious her heart is much bigger than her brain.
* Keith Goodman/Sky High from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' is one of the nicest guys you could meet. He is ''also'' an unquestionable airhead.
* The eponymous heroine of ''Franchise/SailorMoon''.
* Ash Ketchum from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''.
* Tsubasa from ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'' is this though and through.
* Ran from ''Manga/StrawberryShakeSweet'': aye, she's a hopeless airhead; but you'll ''still'' want to take her home.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': the eponymous character is kind and simple, which means that she's often taken advantage of by [[EldritchAbomination Kyubey]]. [[DarkMessiah It gets worse from there.]] [[spoiler: And in the end, she manages to retain her kindness and Messiah ID... but only via playing a ''massive'' Gambit and ascending to goodhood.]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Taipu from ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'', to the point where his friend Onepu constantly takes advantage of him.
* In ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'', a mentally challenged man is a great friend of Kitsune. Unfortunately, he's framed for one of her crimes, and is executed for it, despite him being one of the nicest people in town. Kitsune (and other people outside the comic) was driven to tears.
* Fethry Duck of ''ComicBook/{{DuckTales}}'' is a clumsy dork and rather na´ve, but is genuinely friendly to everyone around him, and is one of the few characters who sees his cousin [[HairTriggerTemper Donald]] as a friend.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Pig from ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' is both the dumbest of the main cast, and by far the nicest (he's one of the few who avoids the strip's usual WorldOfSnark nature).
* Satchel of ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'' is na´ve and ignorant but with a pure heart of gold and very rarely means any harm. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Unless you]] [[BerserkButton insult his friends...]]
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Son Goku of ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', with him having TookALevelInJerkass in the first two unofficial specials and the first two eps of the main series. He later TookALevelInKindness after his death following the second ep.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Pumbaa from ''Disney/TheLionKing''. Even his name means "[[MeaningfulName simpleton]]". Despite not being too bright, this little piggy's got a big heart of gold and is really good with lion cubs.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Karen, the BrainlessBeauty MinionWithAnFInEvil Creator/AmandaSeyfried played in ''Film/MeanGirls'' is technically part of a bitchy clique, but she doesn't come across as much of a bitch herself.
* Gordie Boggs from ''Film/ReadyToRumble''.
* ''Film/ForrestGump'' himself may not be the brightest, but makes it all up for being the sweetest.
* Navin from ''Film/TheJerk''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Inch from the ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' trilogy is a serious subversion. He's simpleminded, but EXTREMELY cruel and sadistic. And possibly a pedophile.
* Piggie from the ''Literature/ElephantAndPiggie'' books often plays this trope.
* Bertie from ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster''. Most of the plots consisting of him getting himself into trouble while trying to solve his friends' problems.
* Toby Kwimper in Richard Powell's ''Pioneers Go Home!'', probably the only person in the world who could walk into a bank to get a loan, be mistaken for a robber and come out of it all with the hoped-for loan due purely to a ''character reference'' from the bank president. Toby commented in his narration that when trying to obtain money from a bank it probably helped to have either a really good character or a really bad one.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Kenneth from ''Series/ThirtyRock'', an example so famous he made the Trope Image. Although there are multiple blink-and-you-might-miss-them moments that imply that Kenneth's life might be a bit DarkerAndEdgier than it seems on the surface. One example that comes to mind is when he rattles off one of his family's "classic Southern recipes." One of the ingredients he lists is [[ImAHumanitarian a Union soldier.]]
* Kramer from ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''. The ''only'' person who cares about his fellow human beings in the ''franchise''.... and is portayed as an idiot by LarryDavid because of it.
* Joey from ''Series/{{Friends}}'' is a dim-witted womanizer, but an incredibly loyal and caring friend.
* Nate from ''Series/GossipGirl'' is the dumbest of the main characters, and probably the sweetest too, especially compared to Chuck and Blair.
* Randy from ''Series/MyNameIsEarl''.
* Female example: Erin from the American version of ''Series/{{The Office|US}}''.
* Woody from ''Series/{{Cheers}}''.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': Zack Johnson, a secondary character. Unlike most of Penny's boyfriends (who are usually muscular, dumb as well as rude and obnoxious), Zack is extremely dim-witted but also an easygoing, friendly person who genuinely likes Penny's nerdy friends and makes a genuine effort to get to know them.
* Waldo Geraldo Faldo, Eddie's friend from ''Series/FamilyMatters''.
* Rose of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' is this, although her personality varies from either a full-on nitwit or a smart but naive CountryMouse, DependingOnTheWriter.
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[[folder:Music]]
* 2D of Music/{{Gorillaz}} is as ditzy as they come, but also a fairly peaceful and nice person.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The title character in ''VideoGame/{{Mardek}}'', who is also an IdiotHero.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'': Big the Cat is slow-witted and even [[SimpletonVoice has the voice to match]], but he is one of the most mellow and soft-hearted of the protagonists. [[BerserkButton Don't be mean]] to [[AndCallHimGeorge little frogs]] or [[BigBrotherInstinct innocent bunny girls]] around him.
* ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'', while slightly more sociopathic than usual examples, often leans into this [[DependingOnTheWriter in certain titles]]. He was in fact rejected as a minion by [[BigBad Dr Neo Cortex]] for [[MinionWithAnFInEvil being too nice]].
* Daszk in ''Videogame/IMissTheSunrise''. Justified: he's [[HalfHumanHybrid half-Lesser]], so he inherited their poor intelligence, but not their aggressive urges.
* Sora in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' was gradually [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] into this after the MessiahCreep hit him.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* WebAnimation/HomestarRunner is generally a nice guy, but he also has a notoriously poor grasp on most things.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' has Sparadrap, who is both one of the dumbest and one of the nicest characters of the franchise. One of his guildmates is a ManipulativeBastard to whom he mentions lending game currency without getting it back in the comic.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'':
** The title character. While he is [[StopHelpingMe responsible for most of the havoc]] in each episode, he usually means well, and is something of an ExtremeDoormat.
** Patrick, similar to his friend [=SpongeBob=], is a well-meaning idiot, and fits this trope for the most part.
* ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' is a gluttonous idiot, but extremely gentle and friendly. Most of the supporting cast aren't far off this trope either. This is prominent in the original novels too, though most prevalent in the Disney adaptations.
* The latter half of ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' in contrast to the smarter but manic and violent-tempered Ren.
* Rufus of ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'' is a borderline example [[DependingOnTheWriter at times]]. Nug, despite being a villain, [[MinionWithAnFInEvil isn't a whole lot nastier]] ([[HarmlessVillain or smarter]]).
* Butters Stotch, with his occasionally tragic innocence and positive outlook stands out like a sore thumb in the CrapsackWorld of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'':
** Mikey Blumberg is an AllLovingHero and the {{Cloudcuckoolander}} of the series.
** To a certain degree, same with T.J. Detweiler. He's the living epitome of BookDumb but he's also a sweetie and means well towards everyone.
* Niblet fills a similar role to Mr. Blumberg on Paul & Joe's version of ''WesternAnimation/{{Pound Puppies|2010}}''. He's as kind and sweet as can be, but he can be mind-blowingly dense at times.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'':
** Ed is MadeOfIron, has SuperStrength and can [[RealityWarper warp reality]] through his own [[AchievementsInIgnorance idiocy]]. He also happens to be one of the nicest characters on the show, without a mean bone in his body... Unless he has a [[BerserkButton pebble in his shoe]]... [[spoiler:Or you hurt his best friends]].
** [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Jonny]] could qualify as well.
* Cleveland Jr. of ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow''. Though he has noticeable bouts of unusual logic and talent, he is probably the most consistently sweet natured of the Brown family, as well as probably the dopiest.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': This trope may well be called the Fry.
* Finn from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' is the embodiment of this, as he's said to slay anything evil and will always help anyone in need. His love for being a hero can go a bit Yandere at times, but he always means well.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'': Clumsy Smurf.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** Peter Griffin was this before {{Flanderization}} sets in. While his irresponsibility caused a lot of trouble, he really did care for his family. In later seasons, he's a borderline VillainProtagonist who has killed several people.
** Jillian the BrainlessBeauty can be just as dumb if not dumber than Peter, but she's also one of the nicest characters in the CrapsackWorld of ''Family Guy''.
* Lindsay from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama''.
* WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}}. His ditzy personality is so prevalent it's [[MeaningfulName even in his name]] but he is a genuinely kind person, on the level of WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse.
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