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[[caption-width-right:200:[[TelescopingRobot Tons of gadgets]], milligrams of brain.]]

The Comedic Hero is a less-than-competent protagonist who nevertheless succeeds despite his best efforts. He might have dumb luck on his side, or a HypercompetentSidekick might be watching his back with or without his knowledge.

TheFool is a specific variant of this character type. Might be a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass. For the superhero version, see SuperZeroes. For a goof who is more competent than people would like to admit see LetsGetDangerous


* Milfeulle Sakuraba of ''Anime/GalaxyAngel'', a [[TheDitz ditz]] of epic proportions, actually survives by the most improbable luck in the universe.
* The title character from ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'', Bobobo. Not so much because of luck, but because [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} his brand of insanity]] is perfect for dealing with the insanity around him.
%%* The Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor. Maybe.
%%* [[Manga/{{Trigun}} Vash the Stampede]]
%%* [[Manga/{{Hellsing}} Seras Victoria]] (Anime and OVA only).

* Numerous from the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden]] and [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Ages]] of comics, including but not limited to:
** The original Red Tornado, a hefty housewife who crossdresses as a superhero with a cooking pot over her head and beats up gangsters.
** Johnny Thunder, a hopeless twit who has an all-powerful genie at his command and doesn't even know it.
** Super-Hip, aka Tadwaller Jutefruce, Bob Hope's nerdy nephew who turns into a super-powered mod crooner whenever he gets angry. His battle-cry? "Bleck to Lawrence Welk!"
** ComicBook/AngelAndTheApe: She's a private eye with brains and beauty to spare. He's a comic-book artist who [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys happens to be a talking gorilla]]. TheyFightCrime!
** ComicBook/StanleyAndHisMonster, a little boy who pals around with a demon who was kicked out of Hell for being too darn nice.
* Zayne Carrick, main character of ''Franchise/{{Star Wars|Expanded Universe}}: ComicBook/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' (no, not [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic that one]], the comic series) started out as this, a walking catastrophe who couldn't even hold onto one lowlife criminal once captured. However, after the first story-arc, he settled into a more heroic mold, and his proneness to accidental carnage degenerated to an InformedAttribute.
** He also becomes smarter (he outsmarts and derails the plans of a mad scientist, a corrupt corporate executive, and a deranged Sith wannabe), and when he fights his former teachers he actually does fairly well (when he fights Raana Tey they're pretty evenly matched for most of the fight).
%%* ''Bananaman'' of The Dandy.

%%* Inspector Clouseau of the ''[[Franchise/ThePinkPanther Pink Panther]]'' films.
* ''Film/{{Bullshot}}'' (1983). Bullshot Crummond, a spoof of British hero Literature/BulldogDrummond.

* Bertie Wooster, ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster''. Hilariously incompetent, "mentally negligible", and the epitome of the UpperClassTwit -- but so ridiculously nice that you can't help but root for him.
* Bink in ''[[Literature/{{Xanth}} A Spell for Chameleon]]'' and other novels. His magical talent renders him immune to harm from magic, but it does so by making him seem to escape through pratfalls, coincidence, and sheer luck.

* Maxwell Smart, lead CONTROL Agent in ''Series/GetSmart'', is a lovable doofus most of the time, though not without his moments of heroism.
%%* Chespirito's ''Series/ElChapulinColorado''.
* Ralph mostly fulfills this role on ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero'', simply because he doesn't know how his suit works.
* Creator/{{NBC}}'s ''Captain Nice'', and Creator/{{CBS}}'s ''Mr. Terrific'', two very short-run (half season) series which tried to ride the "camp superhero" wave started by the Adam West ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series.
* The title goofball CowboyCop on ''Series/SledgeHammer''

%%* Dirk the Daring of ''VideoGame/DragonsLair''.

%%* WesternAnimation/MrMagoo.
%%* Homer Simpson, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* As in the page image, ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' (a spiritual successor to ''Get Smart'' and voiced by Don Adams, no less!) is nowhere near the hypercompetent inspector he thinks he is.
* Bullwinkle, ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'', mainly gets through life with the aid of his HypercompetentSidekick Rocky (though Rocky has his moments too).
%%* Peter Griffin from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
%%* WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle.
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' is a CloudCuckoolander of the first order, but he still manages to get the job done.
%%* WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck, primarily in certain Creator/ChuckJones cartoons: ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgersInTheTwentyFourthAndAHalfCentury'', ''WesternAnimation/TheScarletPumpernickel'', ''RobinHood Daffy'', etc.
%%* Coop of ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR''.
%%* Fry of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''.
%%* Ron Stoppable from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''
%%* Po in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''.