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Dumb Muscle: Live-Action TV
  • Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers. "My name is Tirk. I carry heavy things."
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Glory constantly underestimates her opponents and acts without thinking. The only thing that makes her a threat is that she has a lot of muscle.
  • Ronon from Stargate Atlantis. Played for Laughs at times and sort of justified because of his past. His "plans" often contain simply Stuff Blowing Up or killing the enemy instead of (necessarily) working together and he's very unwilling to try a more intelligent method. However, he seems to work great with McKay.
    "Mission Report: Michael invaded Atlantis. Tried to blow it up. We stopped him. End of report."
  • While he never actually appeared on camera, the character of Moose Thompson was described this way on The Red Green Show. Red described Moose as being physically stronger than an ox, while mentally it was too close to call.
  • Dagwood, the flawed Dagger prototype, from SeaQuest DSV.
  • Firefly: Jayne appears to be this at first; a moron who's skills are limited to hitting and shooting stuff. But don't be fooled. Over the course of the show, he's demonstrated that he's a reasonably cunning planner, a skilled tracker, and a capable pilot. Admittedly, he's not academically bright, but he's very knowledgeable about a lot of practical skills. He's also shown to be an impressive judge of character - seeing through Dobson's lies instantly, for example.
  • Finn from Glee is a 6 foot three athlete who isn't exactly the brightest bulb in the bunch.
  • Ogrons, a species of gigantic cave-man types used as muscle by the Daleks in the original Doctor Who.
  • incidentally, in a metafictional in-joke, OGRON is the name of the Soviet equivalent of UNIT (Operativnaya Grupo Razvedkoy Obyeddinyonnich Natsii: United Nations Surveillance Operations Group)
  • Troy on Community is a classic example. God bless him, he is not the brightest bulb in the box.
    Jeff: I want you to clear your mind-
    Troy: Done.
  • The carnival strongman in Carnivāle is an enormous Man Child.
  • Clay inThe New Normal
  • Brazilian group Casseta & Planeta had Carlos Maįaranduba, a stupid musclehead with a penchant for violence (parodying the local subculture of the "pitboys") - and anything he deems doubtful of his masculinity leads to a beating. His friend Ulson Montanha is also dumb, though slightly smarter.
  • Angel: The Beast in Season 4. Just the fact that he has a long-term plan other than mindless slaughter and wanton mass destruction is a sign that he's working for someone else.
    • This is zigzagged with Gunn, who seemed typecast as the dumb muscle (and he is Genre Savvy enough to be aware of this). That is, through the end of Season 4. The upgrade that Wolfram and Hart gives him is to make him into the brains of the outfit, the Ace Attorney.
  • Adam, who is the Lab Rat with superstrength, in Lab Rats.
  • Justified has Coover Bennett, a hulking Mighty Glacier who is also the show's poster boy for arrested emotional development. He acts like he's about eight years old. Get him in a fight though...
  • In Supernatural, the Men of Letters saw hunters as brutish but necessary.

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