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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 whose 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 six-foot-three athlete who isn't exactly the brightest bulb in the bunch.
  • Ogrons, a species of gigantic caveman 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 in The New Normal.
  • Brazilian group Casseta & Planeta had Carlos Maįaranduba, a stupid muscle-head 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 only 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, the Lab Rat with Super Strength 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.
  • Played with on Chuck with John Casey (another Adam Baldwin character). As he's played by all 6'4", 230 lbs of Adam Baldwin, Casey is without question the biggest and strongest member of the team (Zachary Levi is quite tall as well, but not nearly as powerfully built), shown to be able to resist multiple tranq darts, and many bad guys just injure themselves when they try to punch him in the face. He also once ripped an old-style radiator out of a hotel wall after he was cuffed to it and used it as a weapon while still cuffed to it in the subsequent fight. However many laughs are also had at his expense over not being as bright as Chuck and Sarah, even failing an aptitude test miserably with the lowest score ever recorded when he and Chuck are trying to infiltrate a Fulcrum recruiting center. The played with comes in that Casey's is actually closer to average in intelligence, well-trained, and capable of thinking quickly on missions. It's just that many of his associates on the show are unusually intelligent and highly-technical people due to the nature of the assignment, so his main role on the team is acting as the muscle while Chuck and Sarah usually handle the finesse.
  • On Orange Is The New Black, Crazy Eyes considers herself this for Vee.
    Crazy Eyes: She's the brains. I'm the muscle.

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