->''"Um, I'm just wondering if it's OK if I hold you down against your will for a little bit?"''
-->-- '''Fluttershy''', ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''

More than a few people have recognized the FridgeLogic in the behavior of the average LawfulStupid character. After all, smiting someone merely because your magic radar told you he was evil seems [[DesignatedHero more sociopathic than heroic to most]]. Someone can be evil without being a threat; maybe they're [[VillainsOutShopping just out shopping]] [[GoKartingWithBowser or playing a friendly game]], or [[AffablyEvil dream of ruling the world, but don't necessarily want to harm anyone]], or are [[TheAtoner working on]] their [[InsistentTerminology good-impairement]] issues as a regular in the local MonstersAnonymous meetings. In order to avoid this, however, some people take things too far to the other side, resulting in AllLovingHero taken to its illogical extreme.

The Stupid Good character is [[WideEyedIdealist "good" to the point of]] being [[GoodCannotComprehendEvil unable to comprehend that someone else might be bad]]. As such, they're a FriendToAllLivingThings, [[TheUndead unliving things]], and [[EldritchAbomination things that ought not live]]. In short, goodness without using any sense of proportion.

This often extends to such utter pacifism that they refuse to [[ThouShaltNotKill kill]], [[ActualPacifist attack, or even defend themselves]] from ''anything''. While most people would flee or fight back when faced with a foe which cannot be reasoned with, this person will attempt to talk down the enemy even as they're charging with swords drawn, howling for their heads, and if they ''do'' fight, they will make sure to get the guy healed afterwards.

It also often means [[SuperGullible extreme gullibility]]. A Stupid Good character will spare the villain if he pleads no matter how obvious it is they intend to return to villainy. After all, forgiveness is a good thing, right?

This is the kind of person who would attempt to convince [[{{Satan}} the devil himself]] that his evil crusade is wrong and that he and his [[CrystalDragonJesus good counterpart]] should resolve their differences with a kind word and a handshake. It is difficult, if not impossible to reason with hardened criminals or terrorists of any sort (at least, in most cases, without a credible threat of force that this sort of personality would naturally be unwilling to provide), both in reality and in fantasy. It gets even more ridiculous when one tries negotiating with entities whose goals include the [[EvilEmpire conquest]][=/=][[EarthShatteringKaboom destruction]][=/=][[TakeOverTheWorld domination]] of the world, or [[MadeOfEvil pure manifestations of evil]]. Yet the Stupid Good character attempts to convert the villain to the [[DefeatMeansFriendship side of good]] using ThePowerOfFriendship anyway -- cue everyone complaining when the [[RealityEnsues predictable bloodbath]] ensues.

The other players often see this kind of character as a [[TooDumbToLive nuisance]], especially when they just want to crack some heads and the Stupid Good character won't let them because the character doesn't want to make orphans of the "[[MisaimedFandom cute little baby orcs]]". Such a player may be bringing too much of a rigid stance into an action-adventure series where creatures can be AlwaysChaoticEvil, and thus may be ruining the other players' fun. They don't want to have a huge moral quandary on their hands every time enemies attack.

Suffice to say, this isn't really the intended way to play a paladin [[LawfulStupid either]] (though the ''Book of Exalted Deeds'' did provide vows of non-violence for those who wanted to play a [[ActualPacifist pacifist character]]). The ''Book of Exalted Deeds'' didn't provide so much advice for these players (indeed, they left a paladin to choose between "destroying evil and honoring love" when said love was between two AlwaysChaoticEvil [[HornyDevils succubi]]), but they did indicate a good character could ask "How big is that dragon, and does it have any friends?" with an eye towards knowing if they stand a chance at all. Guess Creator/WizardsOfTheCoast thought it was more important to avoid being [[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Miko Miyazaki]] than it was to avoid being [[Webcomic/{{Nodwick}} Piffany]].

In some settings, however, Stupid Good behavior may actually ''work'' -- though these settings also tend to be so high on the idealistic end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism that they [[TastesLikeDiabetes crap sunshine and puke rainbows]]. The PuritySue also has a tendency to convert any villain -- [[DracoInLeatherPants no matter how loathsome]] -- to the side of Light.

This approach can even work on occasion in more cynical works, but in a completely different way: A character may turn out to be a FluffyTamer, befriending things that have been ''assumed'' to be AlwaysChaoticEvil, but are actually {{Reluctant Monster}}s or {{Non Malicious Monster}}s responding to [[VanHelsingHateCrimes violence]] [[ThenLetMeBeEvil with violence]]. In truly cynical works, this may still actually work, but [[GoneHorriblyRight go horribly right]]: the monster may be so taken with the Stupid Good character that it decides to [[AndCallHimGeorge give him a hug]], the GentleGiant may be a LethalKlutz, or they may discover that NatureIsNotNice when one of their [[FriendToAllLivingThings new friends eats another new friend]]. Arguably the darkest variant is when HandsOffMyFluffy crosses paths with a crowd carrying TorchesAndPitchforks chanting BurnTheWitch.

One fairly awesome way that a Stupid Good Fluffy Tamer can be played completely straight even in the most cynical of works with little to no {{narm}}, however, is by a pairing that results in a BadassAndChildDuo. In a DeathWorld, this is typically the only way a child or [[ThePollyanna equivalently naive]] character [[TooDumbToLive could plausibly survive]], and the mere existance of a WideEyedIdealist can be enough to [[AwakeningTheSleepingGiant rouse]] an {{antihero}} into a KnightInSourArmor, devoting themselves to the preservation of this innocence.

If becoming good results in Stupid Good, see HeroBall.

Despite the implications, not actually related to DumbIsGood, which is where a lack of intelligence means a person is innately inclined to be good, as opposed to taking Good to such extremes as to act in a stupid manner (so this is more along the lines of GoodIsDumb).

Not necessarily a perfect mirror to StupidEvil. Many fictional characters (and real people) see good as being worthy of pursuit for its own sake, even when it seems illogical; evil characters are expected to place self-interest above the desire to merely be perceived as "evil". After all, part of being evil is not caring about what other people think about you (in most cases). However there is no universal agreed-upon-by-everyone "good" or "bad".

Compare HonorBeforeReason.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In the ''Anime/SailorMoon'' anime, Sailor Moon actually offers the BigBad of ''Sailor Moon S'' the MacGuffin she wanted all along to destroy the world because she refuses to sacrifice anyone. The show actually [[LampshadeHanging acknowledges how dangerous this gambit was]] when two of the Sailors, who were less than thrilled with the world coming so close to assured destruction, attacked her after the battles were over as a SecretTestOfCharacter. In ''Sailor Stars'', she does the same thing for that series' BigBad, though by the time she actually has to confront her, it is after the BigBad has killed her entire Sailor Team in combat. It actually works in her universe, but had it been slightly less on the idealistic side of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, she would have just pointlessly died and failed to save the world in the process.
* Vash from ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' ventures into Stupid Good territory. He's absolutely iron-willed in his conviction [[ThouShaltNotKill to not ever kill]] ''[[ThouShaltNotKill anyone]]'', even if they're coming at him in droves with guns blazing. This gets him in extremely uncomfortable circumstances [[spoiler:until he reaches his saturation point when caught in a SadisticChoice, and pulls the trigger]].
** Vash could be argued as a sympathetic {{deconstruction}} of this. He suffers rather heavily to save people without hurting others [[spoiler:to the point that when you see his bare chest, it is almost all either scar tissue or metal braces holding it together]]. He had plenty of opportunities to save many lives by ending a few, but always chose to resolve conflicts peacefully. [[spoiler:Being forced to confront that choice when it concerned people that he knew personally was what finally broke him.]]
*** What's more, Vash is one of the few people on the planet who can live up to his ideal that he can save everyone due to his insane skills. He's aware that he is different in this respect, so its less him being stupidly good and more using his more then adequate gifts to protect everyone. [[spoiler:Even at his lowest point, when faced with an enemy he simply can't defeat, mentioned above, he never gives up his ideals, but he does realize by the end that there are some forces he cannot overcome and he can't be everywhere at once, the last scene of the anime is him basically accepting this fact and moving on to try and live a more reasonable life.]]
* ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'' blunders into being Stupid Good a number of times. Some instances it's acceptable, like in the Throne arc when [[spoiler:Kinnikuman Super Phoenix deliberately kills his subordinates who have [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness become useless to him]]]]. Other times, like saying Warsman was the "better man" throughout their whole fight in spite of blatant cheating and nearly killing him, are not so acceptable.
* Weed from ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed'' sticks himself with an extreme [[TechnicalPacifist "killing as a last resort" ideology]], which tend to do him bad more than good due to the CrapsackWorld he's living in. He's willing to sack his own men for [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim not complying to his order]], while the spared villains rarely have a change of heart. Weed's idea, while being praised as a better way of living, is also criticized for being incredibly naive.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. He considers Sasuke his friend and insists on trying to save him when it's blatantly obvious that Sasuke does not want to be saved, and later on snapped and wasted no time JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope. When he finally ''does'' get through to Sasuke, it's only after Sasuke has tried to take over the world ([[WellIntentionedExtremist in a misguided attempt to save it]]) and they've beaten each other so badly that [[spoiler:[[AnArmAndALeg they both lost an arm]]]].
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Orihime, oh Orihime... Your heart is always in the right place: you want to save your friends, those arrancar were hurt and one was even ''killed'' because of you, and you can't just sit back and let your friends get hurt for your sake. But honey, maybe you should use the brain that we know you have in there and think: your friends have already displayed their rescue fetishes, those arrancar were trying to kill you and one was still hitting you while you were healing her, and Aizen is a MagnificentBastard who has probably planned for you to do all of that (and you know it, heck, you [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] it after he showed you the Hogyoku)! There's also the protagonist Ichigo, with his habit of sparing and even saving the enemies who try to kill him. As an example of how bad Ichigo can be with this, after waking up from his Hollow-side taking over, he saw that Ulquiorra, an already viciously powerful opponent, had been dismembered by his outburst. His logical reaction was to offer that Ichigo could ''injure himself to an equal extent'' to have a fair fight with him.
** The Ulquiorra incident is particularly bad because Ulquiorra demonstrates that he has the ability to regenerate limbs... Yeah, it wasn't a smart time for him. Granted, [[spoiler:Ulquiorra was currently suffering from a [[MortalWoundReveal fatal wound regardless]]]], but Ichigo wasn't aware of that at the time he made the offer.
* Yuuri from ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'' falls into this category. Even if the series is on the idealistic side, it doesn't change the fact that he forgives EVERYBODY (including traitors) and is willing to give the villains a second chance along with sparing him. It gives his friends a huge headache.
* Suzaku from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has an instance of this, [[spoiler:by offering to consider Ashford a neutral place for himself and his bitter rival, Kallen, even going so far as to not mention her illegal actions to his superiors]]. It doesn't go poorly, but he only barely avoids a violent confrontation.
** His opinion of Britannia falls into this. He believes that the wrong means will not lead to anything good... despite the fact that Britannia conquered Japan with those means, and control the Japanese citizens through those means. He thinks that by joining them, he could change it for the better. [[SarcasmMode Yeah, that turned out well.]]
* The ''[[{{Unicorn}} kirin]]'' of ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms'' are uniformly Stupid Good, but this is an accepted fact in-universe: as the ''kirin'' are supernatural creatures of mercy, it's something that is hardwired in their nature, and one of a ruler's most important challenges is learning when to ignore the advice of his ''kirin'', since a kingdom cannot be ruled on compassion alone.
* Kio Asuno from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAge''. The kid already [[OvershadowedByAwesome is rarely able to hold his own]], but his [[TechnicalPacifist sudden pacifistic attitude]] makes things worse. He now more or less cares more about the enemies than his wingmates; his stubbornness causes him problems with his commanders; his ideal doesn't work against ace pilots; he's still beaten senseless at times; finally, it's only DeusExMachina that allows him to have any legitimate high moral ground among Diva's crew.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* This applied to many superheroes in the Silver Age. When {{Superdickery}} wasn't in effect.
* Because of his refusal to kill villains, and the fact he tries stopping others from killing villains, many readers have accused Franchise/{{Batman}} of falling under this trope. Mainly because whenever he sends villains (especially ComicBook/TheJoker) to jail or Arkham, they always break out and go back to their old ways over and over again while they continue to make Gotham the dangerous place it's always been to live in. And yet Bruce, along with his sidekicks, still haven't figured this out yet.
* The Guardians of the Universe ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' waffle between this and LawfulStupid; although they are successful in creating the Green Lantern Corps, many of their other decision are the cause of most of their problems (like the Man Hunters, or Sinestro), and they tend to be to busy [[NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering arguing]] with each other and their own Lanterns, that they take forever to decide on a proper solution.\\\
"Successful" is relative here. Did they create the Green Lantern Corps? Yes. Did it fail to work out exactly as they hoped? Also yes. Did they create the Manhunters before that? Yes again. Do they have a ''looong'' tradition of creating the latest iteration of an ultimate peacekeeping force for the universe and having it get away from them in rather spectacular fashion? Er, well, not to put too fine a point on it, but yeah. Does their entire history point out to anyone a fraction of a percentage point how wise the Guardians claim to be that they're they pretty much their own worst enemies? ''Bingo''.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Leader of Men'', the Dementors were breeding out of control, and in response, Hermione joined a group called the Peacekeepers which believed that they could be ''negotiated with''. She soundly deplored Harry's resistance group's more successful tactics, even though people were getting themselves Kissed in the attempt to destroy the soul-sucking little fiends. Even after they finally won, Hermione commented that it was pure genocide, which prompted Harry to snap that maybe she should've talked to the Dementors about not killing ''them''.
* Tirion Fordring in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6423427/1/Frostblood Frostblood]]'' straddles the line between Stupid Good and LawfulStupid. Being a [[KnightTemplar paladin]], he abhors Jaina's decision to learn necromancy despite her reasonable explanation that she needs to learn about her new powers [[PowerIncontinence to control them]]. Worse yet is his readiness to execute Jaina for "killing a man on holy ground", ignoring that said man was a [[OurGhoulsAreDifferent ghoul]] who was being destroyed just by ''being on holy ground'' and the vessel for [[BigBad Ner'zhul]].
* Harry Potter in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7985679/1/To-the-Waters-and-the-Wild To the Waters and the Wild]]''. He was raised in the woods by rebel fairies and grew up learning how to talk to animals and trees and he just wants to befriend everyone he meets, even trolls, giant spiders, and Dark Lords... [[spoiler:though since Harry has learned faerie magic, he is powerful enough [[IdiotHoudini to get away with it]].]]
-->"I will eat you up! I will eat... I will rip.. Tear..."\\
"Oh, are you hungry, then?" Harry reached out and petted the hard greenish scales gently. "That's not surprising, actually. It's got to be hard to find enough food when you are this size..."\\
"I will eat you!" insisted the serpent.\\
Harry had to laugh. "Oh, no, Mr. Basilisk, I'm not food. And neither is [[BigBadFriend Tom]], of course. But if you hang on a minute, I'll find you some sausages or something -- the Slytherin boys always sneak some up to the common room with them after lunch. Ron always seems to get hungry in the late afternoon, and Crabbe and Goyle as well. Oh, but I do have an apple in my pocket." Harry produced the apple and handed it to the poor snake. The apple looked ridiculously tiny compared to the vast green serpent.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8501689/1/The-Havoc-side-of-the-Force The Havoc Side of the Force]]'', after Literature/HarryPotter saves over a hundred slaves from the Hutts, he's absolutely pissed to be outed as such in the middle of the throne room despite his efforts to remain anonymous. Padme insists no one there would sell him out and that she trusts all of them implicitly. Even worse, afterwards, Padme tells Palpatine this, but asks him to keep it a secret. Naturally, Palpatine forwards this information to said Hutts, resulting in Harry being attacked before he even arrives at his next destination.
* In ''[[Fanfic/ChibipoesAcceleration Acceleration]]'', Dean/Gallant's insistence that Taylor should behave more heroically only succeeds in annoying her and later makes her hesitate in striking the killing blow against Lung, allowing him to grow stronger and cause significant collateral damage before she managed to stop him.
* Played with in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone''. A lot of people ''think'' the four are Stupid Good because they won't harm monsters and evil creatures (and actually save them once in a while), but there's a big difference between Stupid Good and [[ActualPacifist Actual Pacifists]], especially since they're the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Men]] in the world and don't want to be there and can't support genocide on either side. Besides, they're perfectly willing to restrain, knock out, mind control, and otherwise find creative nonlethal solutions to the problem of evil.\\\
Case in point: After learning about a racial trait of the Tayhil -- that the lower orders are genetically obliged to obey Leader Tayhil, even to the point of mindless death -- George immediately realizes that if [[VoluntaryShapeshifting he becomes a Leader Tayhil]], he can command the other Tayhil to do anything he wants. Theoretically, this means that if the good guys focused on capturing and imprisoning the Leaders, all the rest of the Tayhil can ultimately be told not to wage war against humans ever again. But ''no one'' will accept this as a solution, claiming that they've already thought of it and discarded the idea.\\\
Granted, George may be the only person who can easily do this, but he notes that there's so much magic and high tech floating around that there must be other ways of becoming Leader Tayhil, or simulating them.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the movie ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'', a spaceship is trying to reach the Sun (which is extinguishing) to detonate an uber-nuke into it (don't ask) and reactivate it. After a dramatic incident, it turns out there isn't enough oxygen for the crew to survive and complete the mission. The solution would be to kill one of them, who has gone insane -- with his death, they would spare enough oxygen to complete their task. The female protagonist, Cassie, takes the moral high ground and refuses to give her consent to the killing. Keep in mind that not only it was the sacrifice of one person versus the destruction of '''Earth and of the whole human race on it''', but that they were all going to die ''anyway'', since they had no chance to go back to Earth, whether they completed the mission or not.
* ''Film/ForrestGump''
** Not always in the standard way, though. Sometimes, Forrest's efforts at ''actively opposing'' evil come off as this trope. For example, when he sees Jenny getting groped while playing folk music at a strip club, Forrest angrily attacks her tormentors -- and ''Jenny herself'' tells him off for spoiling the performance.
* Subverted in the movie ''Film/{{Dogville}}'' -- after being stupid good the entire movie, Nicole Kidman's character finally comes to the conclusion that arson is more fun than turning the other cheek.
* Ironically enough, Satan himself (as his human alter ego [[MeaningfulName John Milton]]) [[SatanIsGood depicts himself as this]] in ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate''. Claiming that GodIsEvil because he cruelly tempts human beings and then punishes them when they can't resist, Satan declares himself "the last humanist" because he accepts human beings despite all their flaws. It is difficult to judge whether Satan is outright lying or has [[BecomingTheMask talked himself into believing his own lie]], but in either case, he should know that -- especially when it comes to sin -- [[GoldenMeanFallacy tolerance isn't always a virtue]]. Unless he's right.

* In some versions of the famous "The Scorpion and the Frog" tale, the frog is depicted as this rather than the scorpion being StupidEvil. The frog knew beforehand that the scorpion was dangerous and untrustworthy but let the scorpion ride on him anyways. The kicker is that the scorpion knew how to swim and didn't need the frog in the first place; he was just exploiting the frog's overly altruistic nature to kill his hated enemy.

* Mackenzie the half-demon, from ''Literature/TalesOfMU'', because of demons being stereotyped as StupidEvil. [[CharacterDevelopment She's getting better, though.]]
** Her SuperpoweredEvilSide is even more StupidEvil than her normal self was ''ever'' Stupid Good. I guess there ''is'' some truth to the stereotype.
* In general, it's safe to say that ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' isn't kind to any who entertain the notion of being really, really nice people before engaging either their brain or general-purpose cynicism. Whichever.
** Eddard Stark is bound by an [[HonorBeforeReason inflexible code of honor]]. It isn't as irksome in the otherwise CrapsackWorld as one might expect. His flaw isn't his code of honor, but his belief that other people are better or more honest than they actually are and that they can be shamed into doing the right thing; he's willing to do the right thing, no matter how hard that may actually be.
** His son, on the other hand, falls into this category towards the end.
** Roose Bolton's legitimate son Domeric was an earnest and kind soul, who ended up being killed by his sadistic bastard brother Ramsay because he believed they could be best friends if they just got to know each other. In Domeric's defense, this was some time ''before'' [[AxCrazy Ramsay]] [[SerialKiller acquired]] [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame his]] [[TheDreaded reputation.]]
** Lord Edmure Tully is also a prime example: he rushes out and repeatedly gets himself into boiling hot water when it comes to longer-term strategy, for all he can pull wonders off tactically and in the very short term. He just can't hang back and watch his people get hurt in a bid for longer-term or multiple-step solutions. Or, can't bear the thought of the smallfolk having nowhere to find safety while he is fine behind thick walls. Accepting more mouths to feed when you're facing a castle-siege is... really nice, but not very ''wise''.
*** Of course, this is only the case in-universe. In real life, protecting the peasants was the whole point of having a huge castle with thick walls. After all, if the besieging enemy kills all your peasants, then who's going to farm your lands?
* Carrot Ironfoundersson, Captain of the Ankh Morpork City Watch in Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series, often appears to be this way; in fact, were he anyone else, he ''would'' be this way. But because he happens to be the lost One True King of Ankh, his natural innate charisma means people tend to behave toward him as he expects them to, whether they intended to or not.
* In ''[[Literature/TheThreeMusketeers Twenty Years After]]'', while on the run from the Queen (who wants to throw them in the Bastille), Athos learns that d'Artagnan and Porthos have already been captured. His response is to go to the Queen and ask her to release them, which -- surprise, surprise -- leads to him being imprisoned too. (And that's not even mentioning the times he stops his friends from killing the villain.)
* The eighth book of the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series features a culture of people that are so Stupid Good that they won't even defend themselves when TheEmpire invades and starts with the evaile. When the DesignatedHero shows up, some of them even serve as willing human shields for the Bad Guys, because war is bad, mmkay? TooDumbToLive doesn't even begin to cover it.
* Averted by the main character in Creator/ElizabethMoon's ''Literature/TheDeedOfPaksenarrion'', which was written explicitly as a guide to being a Paladin without being LawfulStupid, because the author was tired of constantly running into LawfulStupid paladins at conventions.
* In ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''. Liu Bei. Worse yet, he combines it with MoralDissonance (ironically against his own Stupid Good at times) and ValuesDissonance. And he's the ''main'' protagonist for at least the first half of the book, people.
* Eve Forward's ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity'' has the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil central to its plot -- if it's not maintained, the world will be sublimated into either a big light blur or a big dark blur with a possible domino effect for other worlds -- but supports this mostly by populating the side of Good with LawfulStupid [[KnightTemplar Knights Templar]], with some Stupid Good lackeys for variety. This has the unfortunate effect of undermining the premise, since the "good" antagonists really aren't particularly good people, and the "evil" protagonists mostly aren't particularly evil either. Notably, one such Stupid Good lackey, the centaur bard Robin, eventually clues in and performs a FaceHeelTurn to side with the "evil" protagonists, and the BlackKnight called Blackmail turns out to be a legendary [[KnightInShiningArmor paladin]] who has sided with the protagonists for the sake of saving the world and in disgust at his former TrueCompanions's LawfulStupid behavior.
* In one of C. S. Forester's Literature/HoratioHornblower novels, Hornblower can save his ship only by lying to a French officer that Napoleon has recently died. To make the enemy believe him, Hornblower has to support the lie by taking an oath on his honor as an officer. He plans to resign his commission in disgrace at the next port, because he has permanently dishonored himself. Fortunately for him, he finds out, by Jove, Napoleon really IS dead, so the lie was the truth all along. In Forester's defense, he conveys the standards of that culture so vividly that the reader can believe in Hornblower's scruples. This incident subverts the Stupid Good trope on a couple levels. Hornblower is arguably being "stupid good" in that he expects his enemies to completely ditch their plan solely because Hornblower gives his sworn word. However, he's not being "stupid" because they ''do'' take his word, and he's not being "good" because his actions are utterly shameful in his culture.
* Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: Averted for the most part. Subverted, however, in ''Lethal Justice''. Alexis Thorne a.k.a. Sara Whittier goes to see Arden Gillespie and Roland Sullivan after they have been caught embezzling and are soon to be arrested. She offers them some wine and tells them that she forgives them for framing her for their crimes and ruining her life. However, after Roland and Arden drink the wine, when asked why she's not drinking, Alexis reveals that she doctored the wine with tranquilizers and states that she's not stupid! Yep, she was just pretending to be Stupid Good just to get them to let their guards down! She follows it up by having a tattoo artist put "BASTARD" on Roland's forehead, "BITCH" on Arden's forehead, and tattoo Arden's body with snakes.
* Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse: To be honest, the New Republic and Luke Skywalker's Jedi Order have fallen victim to this. The trilogy that introduced Natasi "I Satan" Daala and Kyp Durron is particularly notable for this. Mon Mothma tried to negotiate peace between the New Republic and the Empire with Ambassador Furgen, who made it no secret that he was pure evil. In fact, he throws his drink in her face and says that there will never be peace between the two governments. Then it turned out later that the drink contained nanobots that were destroying her from the inside out! You would think Mon Mothma would have had more common sense by this point in time, but apparently not. Then there is the matter of Kyp Durron going around blowing up solar systems containing Imperial citizens with the Sun Crusher. Mon Mothma and her council know what he has done, but instead of punishing him, they hand him over to Luke Skywalker, who welcomes him back with open arms. Several characters were more than happy to point that this is not how life works, and Kyp now has the pleasure of NeverLiveItDown for the rest of his life!
** Mon Mothma had been fighting the Empire for what, over a decade by then? More? Can you blame her for wanting peace? And for Kyp Durron...1.) He was under the influence of Exar Kun at the time. 2.) He became a great Jedi Master and would forever remain TheAtoner. 3.) It was, at heart, a ''Jedi Problem''.
** This carries over into the new EU as well. Mon Mothma, is so utterly determined to restore the former Republic ''exactly'' as it had been (i.e. utterly dysfunctional) that she basically writes the New Republic constitution so that the reformed Senate immediately becomes a NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering.
** ''Literature/TheNewRebellion'' has a character named Femon reveal in her thoughts that she considers the New Republic too weak. She feels that the NR is too lenient with its enemies by practically never punishing them for their crimes. Femon is TheDragon to BigBad Kueller/Dolph (think UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler), who is PuttingOnTheReich, and she turns on him because she perceives that he has fallen to the same weakness as the NR, and he kills her for turning on him. On one side, this seems to say that everything she thinks is supposed to be dismissed and blown off. On the other side, this qualifies as StrawManHasAPoint, because the NR has done more reacting than acting.
** Indeed, it is remarkable that the NR lasted for around 30 years living on this trope! At least the Yuuzhan Vong series did one thing right, and that was to tear this trope into tiny shreds!
* The Wild Turkeys in ''Literature/TheBookOfTheDunCow'' are friendly to a fault, but are too stupid to understand danger until it is too late. [[spoiler:Because of this, they all die en masse.]]
* The Valar in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''. They're unable to comprehend that [[{{Satan}} Morgoth]] is evil and especially that he is iredeemably, permanently evil, and believe him instantly when he claims to be reformed, only to have it blow up in their faces quite spectacularly later on.
** Not really all the Valar (Varda, for example, caught on to Morgoth’s wickedness early on and never liked him, and Tulkas vocally opposed giving Morgoth a second chance) but specifically Manwë, whom it was said had a [[GoodCannotComprehendEvil limited understanding of evil]] because he was so close to [[{{God}} Eru]], and the rest of the Valar sort of had to go along with his greater authority. It's also said that because they swore to let him out, they then had to do so.
* Played with in Literature/TheDresdenFiles and the [[KnightInShiningArmour Knights]] [[ThePaladin of the Cross]]:
** On the one hand, their complete refusal to compromise even slightly on their principles would almost certainly have caused disaster for innocent people if Harry himself hadn't been more willing to be an AntiHero; in {{Literature/DeathMasks}} they threaten to kill a millennia-old sorcerer who is in a WillingChanneler SymbioticPossession with a FallenAngel unless he gives them information that would save literally millions of people from a magic-powered plague. However, as soon as the man in question relinquishes the ArtifactOfDoom containing the angel, they immediately withdraw, despite it being clear to everyone (including them) that the man is evil even without the influence of the angel, and they would have left without the apocalypse-averting information rather than interfere in the man's (to all intents and purposes nonexistent) chance to seek redemption had Harry not beaten the information out of him.
** On the other hand, they are prevented from falling firmly into this trope for two reasons; one, in the above example, Harry totally refutes the villain's assertions that they are too "weak" to do the pragmatic thing, since he is fully aware that it takes enormous personal strength to be so dedicated, and he greatly admires them for it even in the midst of his exasperation. Two, it is explicitly confirmed and proven that the knights have a BargainWithHeaven that works through ContrivedCoincidence, and consequently nothing too terrible has ever come of them sticking to their principles, even if it takes something spectacularly improbable (or Harry's willingness to do the dirty work) to make things turn out mostly OK.
* Pharoah Akhnaton in ''Literature/TheEgyptian''. He attempts to disband the army, confiscates the land of the priests of Ammon, causing them to curse it, distributes it to the poor without regard for whether or not they know how to farm and then when the Syrians revolt and the Hittites invade wants to bamkrupt what little of the treasury is left to buy them off despites being told by sevral sources that this will only convince them of Egypt's weakness and encourage their invasion.
* Subverted by the Tinkers in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. They're incredibly strict {{Actual Pacifist}}s who never commit an act of violence no matter the provocation. Not in self-defense, not in defense of each other, not in defense of little helpless bunny rabbits. The thing is, they're ''not'' stupid: they're well aware that this means that they're going to spend a lot of time running away if they're lucky, and a lot of time dying if they're not, and [[{{Determinator}} they stick with it anyway]] because they prefer it to the alternative.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Demons and Angels", the characters meet their good and evil duplicates. Their "high" selves are so naive and trusting that they don't realise they are being deliberately shot, stabbed and crushed, and the High Kryten thinks a grenade is a "welcome gift".
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'' has a guy who called himself Methos (not the real Methos played by Peter Wingfield) who wanted all Immortals to lay down their swords, embrace peace, and help little old ladies across the street at every opportunity. He didn't last through half the episode, getting decapitated by the VillainOfTheWeek.
* Peter Petrelli ("[[BigBad Adam]] [[GenreBlind is my friend]]. [[WhatAnIdiot I can't let you hurt him."]]) of ''Series/{{Heroes}}''.
* ''Series/BetterCallSaul'' reveals that Jimmy and Chuck's father was this. He ran a convenience store and would hand out money to anyone with a sob story just in case it was true. In a flashback he's shown handing an obvious scam artist ten dollars out of his nearly empty register and offering the guy a free spark plug for his car. When the very young Jimmy sees through the scam and protests, his father reprimands him for daring not to believe the poor man's story. In another instance, the father spends a lot of time and effort tracking down a customer who unknowingly paid him with a collectible coin. However, the coin was not very rare and only worth about $3-4 if sold to a collector. Jimmy's father seemed incapable of accepting any sort of windfall if he did not think he earned it 100% through hard work.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Thals in first-ever Dalek story "The Daleks" initially refuse to fight against the Daleks in any way.
** In "The Gunfighters", the Doctor refuses against all logic to accept that Doc Holiday isn't a thoroughly [[NiceGuy decent gentleman]] or is obviously trying to manipulate the Doctor into getting shot in his stead.
** The Dulcians in "The Dominators" are more extreme than the Thals. As {{Actual Pacifist}}s, they are so dedicated to pacifism that they sort of just mindlessly do whatever they're told with no resistance at all, which allows the two Dominators to enslave them to a pathetic degree. The Dulcian council is particularly bad. Despite agreeing with themselves that "pacifism is itself a course of action" before the Dominators break into their council chamber and threaten them with death, they can only pick up the Dominators on using a rude tone of voice. Rather than, say engaging in proper negotiation, instead of doing pacifistic but noble actions like sticking to their principles or protesting. (This, of course, this ends horribly for them.)
** The Doctor can veer between LawfulStupid (wrathful Doctor) and Stupid Good (overly forgiving Doctor) on occasion, particularly in the new series. Most notably, he forgives and/or seeks to save the Master and Davros, respectively, each of them a OmnicidalManiac. In the original series story "Logopolis" the Master destroyed most of the universe and all the people living in it. (Back then, the Doctor tended more to kill or try to kill his enemies, including, often the Master himself.) It's worth noting that those in the second group tend to be long-time recurring foes with JokerImmunity.
*** Although, his reluctance to kill The Master may be because he and The Master are the [[LastOfHisKind last two remaining time lords in existence.]]
* In the series ''Series/StargateSG1'', we have the Nox. At first, they seem to be this trope, causing the SG-1 team deep concern over the Go'auld's desire to take over their planet. As the team goes to leave, we find the Nox are pacifists who can make things invisible, revive the dead, yet prevent any fatal violence in either direction. Suffice it to say they are also SufficientlyAdvancedAliens who make the Go'auld look like cavemen. So they aren't exactly stupid, but they do fail to see the contradiction in how they look down on anyone who would resort to violence ''even in self-defense'' as primitive savages, while keeping to themselves the technology that allows their culture to protect itself nonviolently or undo the deaths caused by aggressors.
* In the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Star Trek TNG]]'' episode "Peak Performance", Jean-Luc Picard demonstrates this attitude when he disdains the idea of participating in a war simulation, because he believes that Starfleet's primary role should be diplomacy and exploration. (But Jean-Luc, what are all those torpedoes and phasers for?)
** A visiting scientist regards Picard as showing this in "Silicon Avatar," when he says that he doesn't want to attack a crystalline entity responsible for the destruction of an entire colony (where the scientist's son was killed), but instead wants to try to communicate with it as a means to prevent further attacks. As he puts it, the creature is so different and on such a larger ''scale'' than humanoids, it may just be operating an animal-like intelligence rather than malice, or unaware that these little specks it eats up are thinking, feeling beings as well. She thinks he's naive and kills the unique entity out of vengeance.
* Subverted in the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek TOS]]'' episode "Errand Of Mercy". The Organians appear to fit this trope for most of the episode, but it's eventually revealed that [[spoiler: they were powerful EnergyBeings and they were just humoring the Klingons when they let them take over their planet]].
** Double subverted with [[spoiler:Edith Keeler]] from ''The City on the Edge of Forever''. [[spoiler:She knows who's a bad risk for her soup kitchen, but does not get that you cannot negotiate with a Hitler.]]
* Subverted in the Creator/AdamWest ''Series/{{Batman}}'' when Batman seems to let the gun moll for The Minstrel go simply because she said she was going to turn over a new leaf. Even Robin is aghast at how incredibly naive Batman (Even for ''this version'') is for doing it, until Batman reveals that he placed a listening bug in her purse and let her go so she'd return to the villain's hide out.
* ''Series/DueSouth'': Fraser often appears like this. Of course he is smarter than he looks.
* Herschel in ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' [[spoiler:who is very protective of Walkers and keeps several of them in his barn. He regards them as just "sick people". Admittedly two of them were once family members but still.]]
** He's cured of the Stupid part rather quickly.
* Leslie Knope of ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' seems like this much of the time. In the first season her attempts to do good almost always backfired. She grows more savvy after that, and also has friends who are less scrupulous.
%% * Earl Camembert, the hapless co-reporter on SCTV News from, well, ''Series/{{SCTV}}.''
* In {{NCIS}} season 13, episode 13, Abbey's brother Luca is a prime example. He takes in a woman who "needs his help" and refuses to give her phone number, be in any pictures, or even reveal her last name.
* In ''Series/TheATeam'' episode "Semi-Friendly Persuasion", Karl Peerson, the leader of the Society of Man, falls into this. He runs an Amish-esque commune which is sworn to non-violence, but his community is threatened by a gang of local thugs who view them as "freaks." Karl fully intends to give in to the bullies and even openly insults the A-Team when his son calls them in, claiming their violent ways make them just as bad as the villains. Even at the end, when the villains have been defeated, he holds to his stance and makes it clear that he intends to leave town anyway, feeling that he can't possibly stay in his new home knowing that it was won by violence.
-->'''Karl:''' I hope you don't expect me to thank you now.\\
'''Hannibal:''' No... You know, even though you're one of the most closed-minded people I've ever met in your own way, I have to give you one thing: you don't change your tune when you win. Most people do.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{Sting}}'s ridiculously trusting behavior earned him the FanNickname "The Dumbest Man In Pro Wrestling". Just count how many times he's been betrayed by Wrestling/LexLuger... or look at the time he actually joined the Four Horsemen, not even suspecting that the whole thing might be a set-up to destroy him despite having spent the last two years feuding with their leader, Ric Flair. This seemed to change for a while when he adopted the Crow gimmick... and then he turned around and joined up with the Wolfpac the instant they split off from the nWo. Needless to say, they punked his ass out in a few months. Right through to his run in TNA over the last few years, Sting has virtually never had an ally who did not betray him. The most recent of his betrayals came after he made a FaceHeelTurn, joining up with the Main Event Mafia to teach the young wrestlers some respect. They eventually turfed him for not being evil and greedy enough, which, to his credit, he did admit he expected.
** It's now been epically subverted with the advent of Immortal.
** Only for him to turn right back around and trust '''[[Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys Bully frickin' Ray]]''' to help him lead the way in fighting back the [[DeadMansHand Aces & Eights]] [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels outlaw biker gang]]. No points for guessing who their President turned out to be.
* Usually it is more socially acceptable in pro wrestling for the Wrestling/{{WWE}} Divas to exhibit Stupid Good behavior - because, well, they're women, so they're "dizzy dames" who don't know any better. Special mention must go to Maria Kanellis, who was portrayed as extremely naive from day one, but who in the summer of 2009 made a judgment call that was pretty boneheaded even for her. Dolph Ziggler (formerly "Nicky" Nemeth of the Spirit Squad) was ruthlessly tearing his way up through the midcard (after himself starting out as a StupidEvil NaiveNewcomer who tried to shake all his opponents' hands before their matches). It was apparent to anyone with half a brain that Ziggler was self-centered, arrogant, and prepared to do whatever it took to win the Intercontinental Championship. But Maria genuinely loved him, accompanied him to all his matches, and constantly made excuses for his behavior, even insisting that [[WrongGenreSavvy his bully shtick was just part of the kayfabe act]] and that [[ThisIsReality away from the ring he was a completely decent person]] - in short, a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. She even became paranoid of other Divas who tried to warn her away from Ziggler, assuming that they were jealous of her. Maria's stubborn defense of Dolph eventually put her across the ring from his opponent for the Intercontinental Championship: Rey Mysterio, WWE's ultimate babyface. Fortunately, Maria took a brief hiatus from WWE and broke off her relationship with Dolph before he could [[TheCorrupter totally corrupt her]].
* Wrestling/JohnCena came off as this a bit during his mid 2011 feud with Wrestling/CMPunk. John was ''adamant'' that he defend his WWE title against Punk at the next PPV, despite Punk saying he was going to leave the company at midnight, just a little bit after said PPV. Yes, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon seemed corrupt for trying to meddle in it and suspending Punk, running parallels to the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob. John got his way....and Punk won, leaving the company with the title, exactly what Vince was trying to prevent.
** Cena also won the 2012 Money in the Bank, giving him a title shot at any time of his choosing. Almost all previous winners have cashed in their opportunity on a weakened opponent, normally after they have been through a grueling match or have suffered a beat down,[[note]]The sole exception being Wrestling/RobVanDam, who instead used his Money in the Bank opportunity to force Cena to defend the title at a Wrestling/{{ECW}} reunion pay-per-view, a venue that gave RVD home field advantage[[/note]] but Cena insisted on giving the champion fair warning because he wanted the fans to see a more exciting match. He won the match... but it was by disqualification, which means he was the first to cash in the Money in the Bank Contract and fail to win the title.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness:
** In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', members of the Children of Gaia tribe can be Stupid Good at times. The dichotomy of peace-loving werewolves is certainly interesting, but some of these hippies would sooner talk politics over tea with the creatures they're supposed to kill. The worst part is the tribebook for the Children of Gaia seems to encourage portraying them as the hippies of Werewolf-kind with no real pragmatism to counterbalance their idealism. On the other hand, the other werewolf tribes tend to take Lawful Stupid to gory new heights. If they so much as ''think'' someone is tainted with the slightest bit of evil, '''GROWLSLASHKILLBITEMAIMKILLSLASH'''...
** In ''TabletopGame/HunterTheReckoning'', several groups of hunters seemed to fall exclusively into the realm of LawfulStupid (Zeal) or Stupid Good (Mercy). This was meant to refer to the extremes in philosophy of the groups.
*** Anyone with a virtue rating higher than 7 becomes incurably insane and the Vision castes are, by design, meant to guide the others in looking at the bigger picture. So the issues with the Zeal and Mercy castes are more crippling overspecialization than anything. Furthermore, anyone who does anything [[CrapsackWorld has some horrible retribution waiting for them anyway]].
*** The Innocent Creed (the ones who believe monsters can be people, too) had problems with this. ''Creed Book: Innocent'' had a viewpoint character who tried to help a vampire with her condition. After she ''ripped his legs off''. As you can tell, White Wolf had problems with the "hippie" classes of the old line.
* In the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness,'' pretty much everyone with a Morality above 8 probably counts, considering you can ding a Morality 9 rating by simply refusing to do a good act when presented with the opportunity, and ding a Morality 10 rating by '''just thinking about doing something bad'''.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** The Healer class in Healing is all you can do in a game where fighting is pretty much mandatory (you can only fight undead). Nothing prevents the rest of your party from indiscriminately slaughtering everything they see, though, making Healers more "conscientious objector[=/=]CombatMedic" than "Stupid Good[=/=]completely useless".
** The Vow of Nonviolence from the ''Book of Exalted Deeds'' forbids attacking enemies... again, much like combat medics, who forfeit their special Geneva Convention protections against being knowingly fired upon if they carry combat arms or use their sidearms (which they ''are'' allowed to carry) as weapons of offense. The Vow of Peace requires that you work to stop other people doing violence even if they're on your side. This is both a purer form of the trope and unlikely to go down well with the rest of the party.
** ''Book of Exalted Deeds'' also profiles several godlike celestial beings, including Queen Morwel and the Court of Stars, the ChaoticGood rulers of the eladrins. One of them, Gwynarwhyf, the Whirling Fury, is the patron of Good-aligned barbarians, but one legend about her claims she showed signs of this Trope ''and'' ChaoticStupid, claiming she tried to storm the Maw of Demogorgon and challenge the Prince of Demons (by herself). She was taken captive and survived only because Faerinaal (a more sensible member of the Court of Stars) was able to mount a successful rescue while Demogorgon's dual personality was in disagreement over the best way to torture her to death, and since then, Morwel has kept Gwynarwhyf "on a short leash". (As she says.)
** The is a side effect of the minor artifact "Claw of the Mighty Simurgh" after it's bearer first uses one of it's powers. The user loathes violence, urges peace to all living things, and refuses to attack anyone unless attacked (except undead).
* The little-known Italian fantasy RPG ''Kata Kumbas'' has a playable class that is a [[CrystalDragonJesus Jesus-expy]]. In a game where experience is mostly gained by killing things, any player with this class forfeits ALL experience for the whole adventure if anything gets killed during the adventure itself. In other words, you lose all hope at gaining EXP if ''the other players'' kill even one of the AlwaysEvil monsters you encounter. Thus, this trope will come into play a lot.
* The closest thing ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' has to a good ([[Characters/Warhammer40000CurrentImperialFactions rather than]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist necessarily evil]]) faction are the [[Characters/Warhammer40000TauEmpire Tau]], who will make join-the-Greater-Good offers to other races and honestly expect them to say yes. In one particularly staggering example, one planet was under attack by Tyranids, when a Necron fleet showed and proceeded to vaporize everything. The Tau immediately sent a welcoming delegation (including an Ethereal) to the landing Necrons, who proceeded to vaporize everything.
* Those with exceedingly-high Compassion in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' are urged toward this trope, especially if their Compassion isn't balanced by one of the other Virtues. In particular, uber-high Compassion forbids killing, even of... say, an all-consuming eldritch horror whose single-minded goal is to drive all of existence into the unending void. High-virtue characters ''can'' act against their Virtues (if they have enough willpower points), but if the virtue in question is the character's most prominent one, doing so can lead to [[HeroicBSOD Limit Break]].
* Some of the churches in ''TheDarkEye'' risk to cause this behaviour. Members of the Rondra Church are expected to put HonourBeforeReason, the Travia Church demands to provide shelter to everyone (though equally demands the peace of this shelter to be respected), followers of Peraine will heal everybody after a fight, and members of the Tsa Church are pure pacifists, who may insist, that their companions follow the same path.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Plays heavily into the backstory of ''Videogame/BaldursGateII''. An elf named Jonoleth committed heinous crimes in pursuit of power, culminating in an attempt to [[AGodAmI usurp the divinity of an elven god]]. As punishment, Queen Ellesime stripped him of his elven soul ([[MortalityEnsues rendering him mortal]]), and [[TheExile banished him from her kingdom]]. However, she allowed him to keep his tremendous magical power, hoping that living among humans would [[TheAtoner teach him the error of his ways, and he'd use said power for good]]. Suffice it to say, he did not. [[spoiler:When you meet her, she admits she was naive, [[MyGreatestFailure and many innocent people have suffered horribly for her mistake]].]]
* Mayor Dobe of Fisherman's Horizon in ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVIII'' is committed to pacifism and talking things out. When the town is attacked by a hostile army threatening to raze the entire place, he goes out alone to try to reason with the army's commanding officer - and when the officer physically attacks him and the heroes step in, he criticizes them for using violence.
** Similarly, in ''Videogame/FinalFantasyIX'', the Cleyrans that lived in a big tree in the desert for hundreds of years without any fighting, thus they forgot how to defend themselves. When Brahne's forces invade to kill everyone in the tree in order to get a MacGuffin, the Clyerans ''try to reason with the soldiers as the soldiers are attacking!'' Unfortunately, unlike the above example, this gets them killed very quickly.
** Edward nearly bankrupts his country in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears'' by sending reconstruction aid to other kingdoms who clearly don't need it. This is especially stupid considering his own kingdom is in pretty bad shape as it is, what with the Red Wings bombing his castle to hell in [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV the original game]].
* [[DumbBlonde Flonne]] from ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea|HourOfDarkness}}''. If her [[LoveFreak nickname doesn't say it all]], nothing will.
** Valvatorez of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4|A Promise Unforgotten}}'' also has a large streak of Stupid Good in him, as he is happily willing to put blind faith in people he ''knows'' to be duplicitous and untrustworthy in the name of the PowerOfFriendship.
* The elves in ''VideoGame/OverlordII'' are incredibly Stupid Good. Excluding [[OnlySaneMan Queen Fay]], their only concern is [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute saving cute and fluffy animals]]. [[spoiler:When Queen Fay, as part of her EnemyMine, attempts to perform a HeroicSacrifice to save her people from destruction by [[TheEmpire the Glorious Empire]], they even try to stop her, which they attribute (correctly) to the influence of the Overlad.]]
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has Emiya Shiro, who takes his StayInTheKitchen attitude towards his Servant Saber to the point of refusing to summon her in a battle where he would clearly die without her; only a DeusExMachina saves his sorry hide. Though it can be inferred from this that Shirou's Stupid Good status is more properly a case of AlwaysSaveTheGirl; he's trying to keep Saber from fighting in the hopes of keeping her from getting hurt. During the ''Unlimited Blade Works'' route, Rin comes to realize that his almost-suicidal altruism is largely the result of his survivor's guilt and attempting to justify surviving an accident that claimed the lives of many others.
** Much like Shiro himself, Saber is also willing to sacrifice everything about herself for others. From the moment that she took up arms and became "king" of England, Saber spent her entire life fighting for others only to be betrayed near the end of her life. Her appearance in the Grail tournament was the result of her dying wish for her kingdom to prosper. Ironically enough, Shiro of all people is amazed at her selflessness, which only goes to further encourage his protective attitude towards her.
* Daniel, Mordin Solus' assistant in ''Videogame/MassEffect2'' can be considered Stupid Good; if the player kills the thugs that were threatening Daniel's life, Daniel accuses the player of cold-blooded murder. Conversely, if the player lets the thugs go after they release Daniel, Daniel gets angry at Mordin, who says that ''he'' would have killed the thugs. Perhaps partially explained by Daniel being human; he likely swore the Hippocratic Oath while learning to be a doctor, and shooting people when you don't have to certainly qualifies as doing harm. Mordin, on the other hand, literally comes from a different world than Daniel, and the chances of its rules for physicians being ''exactly'' the same as those of Earth are quite slim.
** A dossier conversation given by Lair of the Shadow Broker also shows that Daniel's Stupid Good tendencies actually make him a ''bad doctor''. During the plague, he becomes far too emotional to actually focus on treating patients effectively. He is only an assistant, sure, but the first concern of a doctor during an epidemic sure as hell isn't going to be asking about the burial or death rituals of an already dead patient - it would be on quickly moving on to save the people who ''can'' be saved. Not to mention the Stupid Good-ness of leaving the clinic in the first place. The good intentions of getting the cure to the air control are undermined by a) high risk of death for an untrained medic and b) abandoning the many sick patients who need his medical help, even if the treatment he can offer is ineffective.
** Averted by a Paragon [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]]. S/he may try to help as many people possible but [[GoodIsNotSoft s/he will not hesitate to gun down anyone who gets in his/her way while doing so.]]
* Fenthick in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'', to the point that he [[spoiler:gets himself hung for treason because he vouched for a deceptive but ObviouslyEvil lunatic that turned out to be spreading the very plague that he claimed to be trying to cure]]. ''Massively'' averted by the rest of the cast, though.
* Grand Cleric Elthina from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is [[GoodShepherd calm, patient, generous, genuinely pious, and a devoted mentor to DLC character Sebastian Vael]]. She also does nothing to fix--or even lighten--the situation between Meredith and Orsino, even though Meredith is technically under her command, preferring to leave the situation up to the Maker (when it's obvious that things have gone way, ''way'' beyond that point). Her passivity [[spoiler:eventually gets her killed when Anders plants a bomb in the Chantry, to remove any hope of compromise]].
* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' gives us N, who leads Team Plasma on a crusade to "save" Pokémon from human enslavement, according to the ideals daddy taught him as he was growing up. He falls in this category because [A] Pokémon enjoy human company for the most part (though the abused probably wouldn't want to be around their tormentors for long, just like most anyone else) and [B] [[spoiler:daddy happens to be Ghetsis, who intends to take over Unova once humanity is disarmed and is using all of Team Plasma, including ''his own son'' to achieve this end.]] The kid is to be pitied; the rest, not so much.
** It didn't help that [[spoiler:Ghetsis made sure to expose him exclusively to Pokemon that HAD been abused by Trainers]].
* From the ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' series, we have Mega Man himself. He refuses to believe [[ObviouslyEvil Bass]] is an enemy, even as he's attacking. He knowingly walked into a trap to save Dr. Light, even after being told it was a fake, because it ''might'' be real. When learning that Dr. Wily has a cold, he takes him to the hospital instead of bringing him to justice.
** ''VideoGame/MegaMan7'' (the American version) attempts to avert the trope at the very end by having Mega Man attempting to kill Wily after being so fed up with all of the doctor's evil doings. While it makes logical sense to get rid of Dr. Wily, it also makes Mega Man look totally out of character, especially since he goes back to his good natured ways in the later sequels.
** Dr. Light himself, despite not being the action hero, is also quite gullible and possibly just as stupid as [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Knuckles]]. A grand example of this is in ''VideoGame/MegaMan10'' where Dr. Wily begs Dr. Light and Mega Man to help him find a cure for the Roboenza virus after his own robots attacked him. Along with Mega Man, Dr. Light agrees to help Dr. Wily while ignoring the fact that Dr. Wily has ALWAYS gone back to his evil ways shortly after being released or broken out of prison.
* Knuckles' main character trait from his debut in ''SonicTheHedgehog 3'' all the way to ''Sonic Adventure 2'' (at least) was his extreme repeated gullibility concerning who the bad guy was.
* The Pkunk from ''VideoGame/StarControlII'' edge into this territory at times, blithely accepting their fate of being wiped out by the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Ilwrath]] and outright ignoring the danger of contacting their estranged Yehat kin because they're too busy being irritatingly benign space hippies.
** In the end the Pkunk can be considered a [[SubvertedTrope subversion of this]]. [[FreudianSlip They let slip some comments on how they feel about the Ilwrath]] they just have decided to stick to they pacifistic ways, also [[MartialPacifist Pkunk starships have weapons and they are willing to defend themselves]] is the unwillingness to go to the offensive what is costing them. And they know full the consequences of going back to the Yehat but unlike the Ilwrath the Yehat ''may'' decide spare them. Also his space hippie doctrine has given them EnlightenmentSuperpowers even allowing them to come BackFromTheDead (fail to stop his genocide at hands of his cousins and the ending will reveal they are still alive) [[EarnYourHappyEnding so in the end it payed to the Pkunk to be so good natured]].
* Uther the Lightbringer in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}''. He is so honorable and decent, that he refuses to kill an entire city filled with people that could, at any moment, turn into the undead. He suggests that there might be another way, even though there likely isn't. The only alternative would be to let the Dreadlord Mal'Ganis collect them all, and nobody wants that. Arthas is so disgusted that he relieves Uther of his command and suspends the Paladins' from service. Jaina also refuses, even though, being a sorceress, should know that there is no cure.
* Some ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' players feel this way about the current state of the Argent Crusade. In ''Wrath of the Lich King'', they were the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Men]] who were pushing the fight towards the Lich King while the Horde and Alliance bickered. Come ''Cataclysm'', they remain on good terms with both factions. It wouldn't be a problem if the Crusade hadn't specifically stated that they've re-focused their main goal as claiming Lordaeron for the living. This comes into conflict with the Forsaken, who are quickly turning into the Scourge 2.0 by killing the living to raise as new undead, all while plague-bombing and defiling a lot of the landscape. Tirion Fordring's apathy and unwillingness to act against them has been interpreted as either not wanting to provoke the Forsaken so he doesn't provoke the rest of the Horde - thus sacrificing his values for politics - or as him believing that the Forsaken deserve a chance - thus falling squarely into this trope.
** Jaina Proudmoore often gets similar criticisms. In a recent short story, she was trying to talk to Varian to convince him to keep peace with the Horde. This took place after the novel that made it clear that Garrosh would stop at nothing to claim the entire planet for the Horde, and considering Thrall has so far done exactly nothing about that, one has to wonder what, exactly, she expects Varian to do.
*** However, this has been completely averted in Mists of Pandaria, where Garrosh decides to destroy Theramoore and kill most of its inhabitants in the process. Jaina finally breaks, [[HeroicBSOD and spectacularly so]] by going full-on the *other* way, questioning why the Horde should be allowed to exist and going on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Garrosh. The criticisms are now aimed at whether this character development is either believable or just too extreme.
** Varian himself may had such a moment in the Siege of Orgrimmar, when he stopped Thrall from executing Garrosh, not considering that he could escape to commit more atrocities. [[spoiler: And he does]]. He then decided to give the Horde another chance under Vol'jin after disposing of Garrosh instead of taking advantage of their weakened state to defeat them once and for all. While such an outcome was inevitable ([[StatusQuoIsGod obviously a faction-based MMO can't have one of it's factions completely destroy or conquer the other]]) some, including a few of his fellow Alliance leaders, like Jaina, still question whether Varian truly had the interests of the Alliance at heart when he made this choice, or if he was just making a moral decision at the expense of his own faction. On the other hand, Wrathion alludes to how the rest of the Horde would not have gone down without a long and bloody fight, albeit one he sees as an acceptable sacrifice to unite all of Azeroth.
*** In all fairness, it would have been wrong to murder them after they fought alongside the Alliance to stop Garrosh.
** And beforehand, similar arguments can be thrown at Malfurion Stormrage. He is the protector of the wilds, but absolutely does ''not'' condone usage of underhanded means even when it's saving the wilds, especially when dealing with his brother Illidan. He turns into a demon in order to save the forest? He's just as bad as the demons and must be banished for his crimes. What was that, Illidan is trying to cast a disastrous spell and in a way put a harm on his lover Tyrande (somewhat. The truth was being twisted by Maiev)? Even if that was aimed to destroy the common enemy, the Lich King? He must pay for his crimes... though he backpedals when there are chances that Tyrande might live, and Illidan genuinely offers to work together to save her. When he woke up from his Emerald Dream, he didn't realize that the Horde as of current were no longer the same good Horde that fought with him to stop Archimonde (it was under Garrosh) so he didn't lift a finger when his forests were razed. He may be a ReasonableAuthorityFigure at times, but sometimes, that can be questioned.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'', the main character Micaiah epitomizes Stupid Good. She throws herself into hopeless battles in order to save random peasants and spares the life of a mass murderer at one point. In the former case, her victories in these missions make everyone look upon her as a savior; in the latter case, said mass murderer proceeds to mass murder civilians at the capital, forcing her to fight one last battle to correct her error.
** Elincia, queen of Crimea from the same game, ends up paying for this attitude. She has proof Ludveck is rallying the rebellion to usurp her throne. Upon hearing that his army has mobilized, her first thought is diplomacy. Her hesitance to resort to violence allows her childhood friend to be captured and used as a bargaining chip for the throne of Crimea. [[spoiler:She picks this moment to develop from stupid good to BadassPacifist. She refuses to surrender the throne to an obvious tyrant, no matter the cost, even if that is her friend's life. ([[BigDamnHeroes Cue Ike.]])]]
* In Soraka's revised background in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', she's become this. Warwick tricks her into sacrificing her immortality to save him, so he can kill her and steal her heart. Soraka, an immortal being many years old whose own omnipotent guiding voice told her not to save him, believed the best of Warwick and didn't see through his ruse. Though she survived his elaborate trap, she must now live as a mortal without the voice of the stars guiding her.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', this is viciously deconstructed with Anise's parents Pamela and Oliver, whose PerpetualPoverty is caused by donating their entire salaries back to the [[CorruptChurch Order of Lorelei]] and Oliver's tendency to fall for scams. Neither of them mind, because their faith protects them from harm, and if anyone's so desperate for money that they have to scam others, surely they deserve the charity, right? However, because of a scam Oliver fell for in the past, they're deeply in debt; Anise's [[FilleFatale precocious]] GoldDigger behavior, PlayedForLaughs most of the time, takes on a [[DudeNotFunny rather less pleasant cast]] when it's understood that she's actually just trying to bail her parents out of their own idiocy. [[spoiler:Later, we discover that it's even worse than that: [[TheHeavy Grand Maestro Mohs]] has been using their debt to practically enslave Anise and force her to act as TheMole for the sake of her parents.]]
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'':
** It deconstructs this in the Jedi Knight storyline with Jedi Master Tol Braga, a Jedi Council member who, while not a pacifist, seems to believe any Sith can be redeemed. He justifies this belief based on an experience of his during the GreatOffscreenWar when he became locked in a duel with a member of the Dark Council, whom he dueled for more than a day. At the end of the fight, his opponent, who drew on strong emotions to fuel his power, was completely exhausted and drained of his hate and other powerful emotions, while Braga was still sustained by the Light Side. He then proceeded to redeem said Dark Council member, bringing him into the Jedi Order. However, this approach backfires spectacularly in the case of [[spoiler: The Sith Emperor. During the conclusion of the second story act, an assault on the Emperor's secret fortress is planned, with the goal being to capture him and take him back to the Jedi Temple on Tython so that he may be redeemed, which would undermine the very fabric of Sith society were it to succeed. However, Braga fails to realize that the Empreror is much closer to an ''EldritchAbomination'' than "just another Sith" as he claims before the mission. This results in every member of the strike team being overpowered easily by the Emperor and being mind-controlled into doing his bidding. The player escapes what is implied to be a few months later with the help of [[SpiritAdvisor the spirit of their deceased master Orgus Din]]. This results in them confronting the corrupted strike team members and freeing them one by one during the third act, all the while foiling the Emperor's galaxy- annihilating plans, until a final confrontation with Tol Braga himself. During this confrontation, it is revealed that Braga did not need to be mind manipulated by the Emperor into falling to the Dark Side, instead, being faced with complete and utter failure to redeem him, sunk into despair and decided the galaxy was not worth trying to protect.]]
** The player can play this trope straight themslves in the conclusion of the Jedi Knight storyline depending on their decisions, though it fails, as well as some of the other storylines.
* In ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'', when Prince Crescendo of the kingdom of Baroque decides that he can no longer support the Andantino resistance against the empire of Forte, he decides to simply travel to Forte to throw himself upon the mercy of the nation's leader, Count Waltz in the hope of negotiating. Anyone in the player party could have told him this was a ''horrible'' idea, as Waltz is a petty teenage tyrant who's been poisoning the people of realm with mineral powder that makes them into magic soldiers in an attempt to gain supreme power. The party immediately chases after him and upon finding him chews him out for his reckless action, but unfortunately, the next thing that happens is that said tyrant appears before the group with his right-hand man and a thunder of magical dragons.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' pulls some rather controversial stunts [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption to try and force the player to play this way during the ending.]] [[spoiler: The final challenge of the game is that someone has to go into the Project Purity control room and activate the purifier, sacrificing themselves in the process because of the blast of lethal radiation that would come after. The only heroic choice in the game is to make this HeroicSacrifice yourself, even though you can have up to ''three'' party members (a super mutant, a robot and a ghoul) who should be able to survive the radiation. If you ask them, though, they'll just tell you that this is your destiny, call you a coward, or just flat-out refuse in a very out-of-character manner. Partially averted in the ''Broken Steel'' DLC, which allows the super mutant to do the deed for you, and though he does survive, the game still calls you a coward for not performing a StupidSacrifice for the greater good.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'', this is Midori Komaki's FatalFlaw. She will often rush in recklessly to attack demons in the name of helping people, unaware that she is cultivating a reputation as a demon-summoning witch. It comes to a head when you have to save her from an anti-tamer lynch mob, after which you talk some sense into her.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Grace of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''. Despite being a {{Tykebomb}}, raised in a laboratory by unethical scientists, and then later by a ruthless, murderous mutant, she's a complete pacifist, and can't stomach ANY kind of violence. In the end, facing down Damien -- a mutant supremacist who intends to annihilate all of humanity, used to savagely beat her while she was a child, intends to rape and forcibly impregnate her to create a race of superhumans, killed her father and then showed her his severed head when she was five, and is now about to kill all her friends -- she FINALLY snaps and goes CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass on his ass. Halfway through tearing him a new one, however, she regains her self-control, apologizes for attacking him, asks him to surrender (pretty please with sugar on top?) and refuses to attack him further. The only reason he still managed to wind up dead is that he attempted a TakingYouWithMe gambit, only to have Grace saved by a DeusExMachina. And afterwards, Grace is traumatized for DAYS about having acted violently.
** Lampshaded somewhat later, when history-class introduces Grace to World War II, Nazis, Hitler, and concentration-camps. Making her realize that Damien was basically a second Hitler ([[StupidJetpackHitler with superpowers]]), and that offering him a chance to surrender and walk away was probably really stupid.
** Those incidents apparently left their mark, since she's thrown this characterization off entirely. Perceived threats to her friends have become an official BerserkButton, and while she admits that she'd still prefer nonviolent solutions, in worst-case scenarios she's [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-09-06 perfectly willing to use lethal force]].
* Helix, the robot from ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' definitely qualifies as Stupid Good, but it sometimes works out as it causes him to derail Sam's more ChaoticStupid schemes. (In fairness, ''most'' if not all of the robots in the comic come across as a bit naive at times, Helix [[CloudCuckooLander just perhaps a bit more so than most]]. Justified in that their individual neural networks are still evolving and a lot of things simply ''are'' intellectual new ground for many of them as of yet.)
* ''Webcomic/TheGodsOfArrKelaan'' has [[http://www.rmcomics.com/Mirror/GoingHome/?viewDate=20021209 Mike lampshade a subversion of this]] after catching a thief.
* Although the page image up top here is of Piffany from ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'', she isn't this trope. While she is ThePollyanna, she is also just so BadassAdorable that she can get away with it. Or perhaps she is this trope, but she has such a "reality distortion field" around her that evil creatures in her presence can be forced to behave if they are told she would cry if they didn't. It's stated by The Powers What Is that her IncorruptiblePurePureness level is so high that she [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism slides the world toward idealism]] just by the strength of her happy thoughts.
** She did, at one point, hire a Stupid Good paladin for the party to serve as a role model for Yeagar. Who insisted on challenging every Undead Mook they found so they couldn't harm the population, instead of making a beeline for the leader, getting Nodwick killed even more than usual. Even Piffany herself realized he was TooDumbToLive.
* Celia of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' became increasingly {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed as a Stupid Good {{Pollyanna}}, though she does at least have enough sense to fight when she or her friends are in imminent danger (with no ThirdOption available).
** [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation On the other hand]], Celia's reaction to the unnecessary killing of goblins could be interpreted as being the OnlySaneMan; she reacts like a real person to real deaths, not like an {{RPG}} character. Her inability to recognise that Greysky City is completely evil is another matter, though...
** Celia's Stupid Good tendencies were subverted in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0579.html this strip]] with her rather ruthless reason for not wanting to abandon [[TheMillstone Belkar]].
*** Then there's Elan. The adventure game even lists his alignment as "Foolish Good". That said, most of his actions that ''really'' fit this trope are based on willful ignorance and his belief in following narrative conventions about how heroes are supposed to act rather than his ''very real'' stupidity or an inability to understand why it might not be a good idea.
* Pretty much everyone in the "Dimension of Lame" from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is Stupid Good -- so pacifistic that one mage attempted to heal a demon that was attacking her friends, and that they can be convinced that throwing food at the demons is as bad as the demons eating people alive. Torg ends up describing them as "not as good as they think they are."
* ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'''s Madeline is truly a [[TheDitz ditzy]] [[ThePaladin do-gooder]] -- who is absolutely badass. However, she has her Stupid Good moments, as when she condoled with a monster that was, indeed, complaining of its trouble but, on the other hand, still had a chokehold on one of her companions.
* [[http://nilessa.deviantart.com/art/Harry-Potter-is-GULLIBLE-19351265 This]] ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fancomic.

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* While alignment seems to not be an issue in the MMORPG ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' takes place in, Sparadrap slips naturally into that by several attempts to adopt monsters as pets, not taking factions into account when he randomly asks other players to join the guild, being friendly to hostile [=NPCs=] (notably asking them if ''they'' want to join the guild) and playing a healer class.
* In [[http://notalwayslearning.com/doesnt-get-the-principle-of-bullying/32136 this story]] on [[Website/NotAlwaysRight Not Always Learning]], a middle school principal seems to think that the only reason bullies bully others is because they don't know it's mean, and they'll immediately and cheerfully stop [[SwiperNoSwiping as soon as their victim asks them to.]]
* Yang in ''WebVideo/RWBYAbridged'' is the most selfless and friendly character in the cast, going out of her way to help Ruby and is quick to befriend others. She's also the stupidest and has a tendency to annoy everyone around her.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Elisa from ''WesternAnimation/DeadSpaceDownfall'', who was more worried about saving the crew than quarantining the ship. She also stopped Dr. Kyne from destroying the ship because there are about 10 other people still alive (and they all die, anyway).
* Hego from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. He [[ClarkKenting hides his identity with glasses and a tie]], [[MrExposition talks on and on, giving the enemy the chance to attack]], and [[BotheringByTheBook follows the rules of hero/villain interaction to the T]], even lecturing the other heroes on the 'proper' way to do things ''while they were all in danger from the villain''. By about halfway through his introductory episode, the heroes completely understand why his little sister turned evil.
* The eponymous hero of ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'' is "huge, but a wimp" says the theme song. The episode "Horders and Sorcery" begins with a puppet play of heroics to recruit Mongol Horders.
-->'''Dave:''' Awww, the monster got hurted!
* Xavier from ''WesternAnimation/XavierRenegadeAngel'' is a near-perfect embodiment of this trope.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Brian Goes Back to College", Brian is given the chance to cheat on an exam, but chooses not to and fails the class. He then says that "[[AnAesop at least I failed honorably"]] and "at least I didn't quit". The entire family immediately calls him out on that, saying that [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop he should've just cheated and passed]]. The whole point of taking the class was to get a college degree that would allow him to be hired for a dream writing job he was otherwise completely qualified for. True, it is morally preferable that he be honest, but it is rather pious of him to swagger like that about failing a class for a degree that was going to be purely superficial.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Lisa Simpson, so many times:
** In "The Old Man and the Lisa", in an uncharacteristic moment of stupidity, tears up a cheque for $12 million from Mr Burns because it's "[[HonorBeforeReason the right thing to do]]". It's not even like an unbanked cheque IS money; it's just ''potential'' money and Lisa should know that. Far better would have been to accept the money and donate it to eco-based charities to try to make up, and she could even make the donation anonymously to avoid taking credit, but oh no, she's too pure even for ''that.'' It's not a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, but rather sickening in its piousness.
*** And after she gives up the ''potential'' money, Homer has a heart attack and has to go to the hospital. He understands why Lisa did it, but he's under the impression the amount was much smaller than it was. [[WhatAnIdiot Lisa corrects him.]] Cue "Code Blue, Code Blue!"
** It's not the last time. In "I'm Spelling as Fast as I Can", during the Spellympics she is offered a scholarship to any of the Seven Sisters colleges to throw the tournament (And a hot plate!). Obviously this is a moral dilemma, so she asks Marge if the family can afford to send her to college. Marge admits that it would be very hard on the family. Regardless, Lisa decides it's the 'right' thing to win anyway, even though her real reason for competing was for popularity and attention. As with the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' example, it's better that she's honest, but she could have decided to spell to the end honestly and see what came of it without risking the scholarship, or she could have outed the rigged contest to officials anonymously, but elects to give a loud public speech about how she's been bribed. This backfires in a way reminiscent of ''WesternAnimation/ABoyNamedCharlieBrown'''s misspelling "beagel" when she misspells "intransigance", and George Plympton tells her the word is spelled "...E-N-C-E!" and she loses the spelling bee. It's just arrogance that she assumes she can win the Spellympics even when they're rigged ''against'' her.
** Another episode, "Lisa Gets an 'A'", has Lisa cheating on a test, [[BrokeTheRatingScale earning an A+++]], which bumps up her school's average GPA to the point that the school earns a federal grant. However, at the ceremony for Lisa, she reveals to the audience that she cheated on the test. Yes, she's once again being honest even if it means that the other students won't get as good of an education because of it. However, Principal Skinner and the rest of the school staff [[CrazyPrepared anticipated that she'd do this, as the whole ceremony was a fake]]. They hold the ceremony a second time (without Lisa) and accept the grant money.
** All of those are more examples of WhatYouAreInTheDark. A straighter example is in "Bart Star", when Lisa wanted to join the Pee Wee Football league to make a statement, only to discover Flanders already had a few girls on the team. When she attempted to have moral outrage about using pig's skin for a football, she nearly burst into tears that the ball was artificial and the money spent on them goes to charity.
* Charlotte of ''WesternAnimation/MakingFiends''. She remains convinced that Vendetta is her best friend (despite Vendetta's constant attempts to kill her).
* Fans have pointed out that WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack tends to act this way sometimes. Frequently, when having to choose between going home and forfeiting his chance to do so in order to save an innocent from death, imprisonment, slavery, or something worse, Jack will choose the latter without hesitation, because well, that's what he does. He never seems to stop to consider that if he were to keep going and take the opportunity, he's succeed in his goal to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, and save ''everyone'' in this CrapsackWorld, ''including'' said innocents whom he selflessly puts first. Of course, because FailureIsTheOnlyOption (if he ever succeeded, the show would end) this is necessary.
* The ghost character Poindexter from an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''. Even though Danny is getting his revenge against Dash's bullying, Poindexter seems to think that Dash, the muscular jock in a lettermen, is the victim.
* [[KnightInShiningArmor Silverbolt]] of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' is a Maximal with a sense of honor and nobility so overdeveloped that even the most idealistic of his comrades sometimes roll their eyes at his speeches and secretly wonder if his processor has a glitch.
** He also consistently expects the (nominally evil) Blackarachnia to covert to the light side, despite her protestations. Even after she ''shoots'' him, he optimistically notes it was non-lethal. [[spoiler:(In the end, he's right about her, but she gives him very little reason to believe in her.)]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' has the title character [[LiteralSplitPersonality split into good and evil halves]] by a ray gun. The evil half becomes the first appearance of recurring villain [[EvilCounterpart Negaduck]], while the good half is ineffective because he's unwilling to actually fight.
** Then there's Binkie Muddlefoot, who tends to be this way a lot in the series. For example, one time when Darkwing tries to use his gas gun on Megavolt, she tries to stop him, claiming that guns are bad (despite the fact that it's a non-lethal weapon and the villain was trying to kill both of them).
* Fluttershy from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' seems to have some Stupid Good tendencies. She has a habit of appending "please," "if it's okay with you," and "if you wouldn't mind" to '''every''' request, be it "do me a favor?", or "quit bullying my friends," or "stop destroying my home" (although the last of these [[PolitenessJudo was actually quite effective]]). In part two of the second season premiere, she snuck up on a sleeping Rainbow Dash who had been {{brainwashed}} to be disloyal and hateful to her friends, only to politely wake her and ask if she wouldn't mind sitting still so they could forcibly tie her up and remove the curse, prompting a [[FacePalm facehoof]] from Twilight Sparkle. It's finally addressed directly in the season 4 episode "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies" when it's made clear that sometimes one must be CruelToBeKind.
** Although Fluttershy had already begun to deviate from her pure path in "Putting Your Hoof Down" (episode 45, or s2e19) when she dropped her stupid goodness in favour of asserting herself, initially to excess but in the end found a useful compromise and was able to politely refuse Iron Will the minotaur.
* Due to his naïveté, Butters from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' can teeter anywhere from mildly oblivious and gullible to TooDumbToLive. This happens especially in "Butters' Very Own Episode".
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' began with a fairy breaking [[BewareOfViciousDog Earl the Tough Dog]] free from the science lab in hopes that he will mend his ways. As soon as she does, [[TooDumbToLive he promptly eats her.]]
* Phineas from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' is such an optimist that he has a hard time comprehending that the bad guys aren't his friends.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' considers ''everyone'' his friend, no matter how many times they tell him to his face that they hate him. The one exception is Plankton, but even then only sometimes.
* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' often has Wander taking this role, always being a [[AllLovingHero loving]] and [[ThePollyanna positive]] character, even to his enemies (or friends, as Wander considers them), which sometimes just [[NiceJobBreakingItHero makes things worse]]. In the end, however, he is usually [[TheCloudCuckoolanderWasRight right all along]] and [[EarnYourHappyEnding earns his happy ending]], perhaps due to LaserGuidedKarma.
** This is especially emphasized in Season 2, where Wander desperately attempts to redeem the [[OmnicidalManiac omnicidal]] Lord Dominator, despite everyone's warnings. [[spoiler:He even saves her life when her ship blows up in the season finale.]] That said, this season also reveals that he's much more [[ObfuscatingStupidity aware than he lets on]], and also potentially justifies this by revealing that [[spoiler: he has actually redeemed villains in the past by the same methods]].