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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. If the BrainlessBeauty isn't being an AlphaBitch, then she (Or he) is this instead.

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. But then, the tendency to be large also give cause to BewareTheNiceOnes.

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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!!Examples:

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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.
* The [[spoiler: eternally]] young lovers, Isaac Dian and Miria Harvent in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' are a pair of bubbly, good-willed petty criminals who often like to justify their actions by [[JustLikeRobinHood stealing from people like the mafia]], and even when they are just being normal thieves, they are still being unwittingly comical and charming while doing so. While they think of themselves as legitimate criminals, hardly anyone takes them seriously, and whenever they do pull a substantial heist, they either run too fast to even be noticed or come off as too likable to be stopped, as was the case when they robbed Eve Genoard's house of its possessions (doing so after hearing her explain that possessions make her unhappy). When the ''Flying Pussyfoot'' gets held up, they constantly are on the look-out for a monster they believe to be roaming the train, and even manage to [[spoiler: save Czeslaw Meyer from being strapped to the underside of one of the cars.]]
* 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''.
* 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 [[BlueAndOrangeMorality Kyubey]]. [[DarkMessiah It gets worse from there.]] [[spoiler: And in the end, she manages to retain her kindness and idealism... but only by playing a ''massive'' Gambit and undergoing an AbstractApotheosis.]]
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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 the ''Characters/DisneyDucksComicUniverse'' 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]]
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Queen Tehedra things the hero, Ward, is this. She notes that he always dances with the plain girls at court, with whom no one else wants to dance. She considers this a rare quality in a man, and is saddened when she learns that he is to be sent to the king's asylum for insane nobles, a bad place. (In fact, Ward is a GentleGiant, but far from stupid, but is ObfuscatingStupidity to seem harmless enough that his abusive father won't murder him out of paranoia.)
* Piggie from the ''Literature/ElephantAndPiggie'' books often plays this trope.
* Harriet Smith from ''Literature/{{Emma}}'' is called silly, unassuming, or a simpleton over the course of the novel. She's not a smart girl, but very kind, mild and meek. Emma believes her good heart makes up for the lack of intelligence and that she would make an ideal wife for a gentleman. Mr Knightly is of the opinion that men of sense do not want silly wives.
* Bertie from ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster''. Most of the plots consisting of him getting himself into trouble while trying to solve his friends' problems.
* Inch from the ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' trilogy is a serious subversion. He's simpleminded, but EXTREMELY cruel and sadistic. And possibly a pedophile.
* 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 was 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.]]
** Actually, he stated he was replacing that ingredient with potatoes. But it was heavily hinted throughout the series that he was some sort of ageless being, and was confirmed in the series finale.
* 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.
* Brittany from ''Series/{{Glee}}''
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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.
* Minsc in the ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' series, especially the second game. Dumbest and least wise potential party member[[note]]except for Wilson in the Enhanced Edition, who is a) a bear, b) more of an easter egg than a fully-developed character[[/note]]. ''Firmly'' Good in alignment.
* Donny in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' fits this trope, although more due to lack of knowledge than a lack of intelligence.
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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 comicbook version of the story.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''
** [[OneOfTheKids Soos]] is the poster boy for this trope, although he is [[GeniusDitz a lot more clever than most people think.]]
** The BoyBand [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys Sev'ral Timez]] are all bunch of [[BrainlessBeauty Brainless Beauties]]. They are also all ''really'' cheerful and surprisingly adjusted, considering their situation.
* ''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 mostly fits this trope, at least before his {{Flanderization}}.
* ''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.
* Lilly from TimothyGoesToSchool. She is air-headed,clumsy, and very forgetful. But she has a very kind heart and is always seen smiling.
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