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->''"Sometimes it depresses me how well dumb luck works for you."''
-->-- '''[[ThePoliticalOfficer Colonel Jevee Ceeta]]''' to [[TheCaptain Kaff Tagon]], ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''

Not the kind of fool that Creator/MrT [[YouFool pities.]]

The Fool has [[TheDitz no idea what he's doing]], he has a dim idea at best who his enemies are or [[FearlessFool whether he's in danger]], and only has his cheerful disposition to protect him.

That and [[BornLucky the blessing of Lady Luck herself]]. The Fool's strength comes from supernatural fortune bordering on Karma. Since The Fool is [[DumbIsGood such a good person]], [[KarmicProtection nothing bad happens to them.]] The BigBad may send hundreds of assassins, but each time The Fool will [[CoincidentalDodge bend over at just the right time]], or [[SpannerInTheWorks accidentally activate]] some [[RubeGoldbergDevice Rube Goldberg-esque]] [[DisasterDominoes chain of events]] that [[DidntSeeThatComing leads to the villain's downfall]]. Occasionally their good luck will be siphoned from someone else around them so that they suffer bad luck. The Fool might even turn out to be TheChosenOne, but he'd be the last one to suspect it.

The Fool was often the AudienceSurrogate of medieval plays, representing the {{Everyman}} or KarmicTrickster, but typically [[BookDumb more clever than smart]]. In the annual Feast of Fools, he was [[PrincessForADay King For A Day]].

See also TheDitz, TheKlutz, TooDumbToFool, UnluckilyLucky, ObfuscatingStupidity, {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, IdiotHero, InvincibleIncompetent, and CuteClumsyGirl. For the court fool, see TheJester. See IdiotHoudini for the more aggressive variant of this. When mistaken for someone important, he's the SeeminglyProfoundFool.

For the Creator/ChristopherMoore novel about the character from ''Theatre/KingLear'', see ''Literature/{{Fool}}''.
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* TheFool/{{Anime}}
* TheFool/ComicBooks
* TheFool/FairyTales
* TheFool/{{Film}}
* TheFool/{{Literature}}
* TheFool/LiveActionTV
* TheFool/TabletopGames
* TheFool/VideoGames
* TheFool/WebComics
* TheFool/WesternAnimation
* TheFool/RealLife



* The eponymous character from ''Machinima/FreemansMind'' is anything but kind or inherently good-natured, but the vast majority of his progress through the series is through sheer dumb luck. Often times, he clears the way forward by doing seemingly random, unrelated things or just wandering around aimlessly until he finds somewhere he hasn't been already.
-->'''Freeman:''' Awwright! I'm making a lot of progress for not knowing what the hell I'm doing!

* [[Music/TheBeatles The Fool on the Hill]], of course.
* A song by Brazilian group Titãs has the line: "O acaso vai me proteger enquanto eu andar distraído." - Meaning "Luck will protect me as long as I walk on absent-mindedly".
* One of jazz composer Stan Kenton's most well known pieces is entitled "La Suerte de los Tontos" - which translates as "the luck of the fool."
* "The Company of Fools" by Great Big Sea (co-written by RussellCrowe) is about how The Fool can often be the most honest and honorable person around.

* Every other [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]] play has the Fool, usually as a {{Foil}} of some sort. In more serious dramas, he replaces the Fool with ThoseTwoGuys.
** In ''The Winter's Tale'', the Shepherd's Son (for whom no name is given, but in some printings is called Clown) and to a lesser extent, the Shepherd.
** Launcelot Gobbo in ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice''.
* A stock character of the CommediaDellArte genre.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The eponymous character from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', especially in the earlier cartoons, when Homestar would always beat Strong Bad, no matter how much Strong Bad cheated; Homestar was eventually [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] into a character [[TheDitz too stupid to know when he'd lost]], which also frustrated Strong Bad's efforts.
-->'''Strong Bad:''' It's like, even when we win, he wins.
* Pretty much every character in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' is TheFool. Caboose starts out as one as well, but he quickly descends to pure idiocy.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The anthropomorphic [[{{Moe}} cute-girl]] version of Windows [=ME=], Me-tan.
* Twig in ''WebVideo/FalloutNukaBreak'' is a protagonist example. He's stupid, overweight and has abysmal combat skills. According to WordOfGod, if he didn't have a Luck stat of 10 in his S.P.E.C.I.A.L, he pretty much would've died years ago.
* Sparadrap from ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' has a general StupidGood[=/=]KindHeartedSimpleton attitude that sometimes verges on TooDumbToLive, but often survives situations that should have taken him to the RespawnPoint by sheer luck and obliviousness to what is happening around him. The best show for this is his long-standing MistakenForBadass situation with Dark Avenger in the webseries and comic.