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->''"Why must the fate of the world always end up in the hands of an idiot?"''
--> -- '''Grim''', ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''

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The Idiot Hero is a common character in action series. Often, he or she is both [[TheProtagonist the protagonist]] and the central character of the narrative. He will frequently use the IndyPloy, will be [[FearlessFool too stupid to be afraid of imminent peril]], and will often have a [[TheDitz short memory span]]. Despite all of this, he is the [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass most effective member of the cast at fighting]]. He will also usually be the [[TheHero leader]] of a [[TheTeam tight-knit group of characters]], despite the fact that he doesn't have the brains to lead a cat out of a paper bag. This is because he's [[TooDumbToFool so stupid as to be incorruptible]], and has the ability to maintain a [[ChildrenAreInnocent childlike innocence]] and faith in people that [[EasyEvangelism inspires those around him]].

The Idiot Hero comes in many breeds, such as TheFool. The most common variation, known as the StockShonenHero, usually has some idealistic goal in mind, usually becoming the "[[ToBeAMaster best warrior ever]]", and is usually much more aggressive when irked. Such a hero [[InHarmsWay usually enjoys fighting]], and is always looking for a challenge. The only way to actually anger this kind of Idiot Hero will be inevitably to hurt [[{{Protectorate}} one of their friends]], or {{Innocent Bystander}}s. In some cases, his idiocy may become the best weapon to [[SpannerInTheWorks ruin an evil plan inadvertently]].

Tends to overlap with SmallStepsHero, being too lacking in ambition or easily distracted to plan anything truly long-term. In his early stages, he may be little more than an InvincibleIncompetent; however, with CharacterDevelopment, the Idiot Hero may [[MessiahCreep mature into]] a MessianicArchetype. The Idiot Hero is usually opposed or rivaled by TheStoic or the AloofBigBrother. If the Idiot Hero is [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass not nearly as aloof when things get serious]], then his stupidity is actually an ObfuscatingStupidity.

TheLancer to the Idiot Hero takes two common forms: either they are a HeroWorshipper willing to look past his obvious drawbacks, or a SourSupporter who acts as his {{Foil}}. In either case, they often act as MrExposition, [[AsYouKnow explaining the hero things he really ought to already know]]. His other TrueCompanions will usually get annoyed or [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer even outright be embarassed by his presence]], but deep down, they know he is the one whom they can depend on to protect them from the evils of the world.

[[IThoughtItMeant Does not necessarily star in]] an IdiotPlot.

Compare with AllLovingHero, FailureHero, NiceJobBreakingItHero, HeroWithAnFInGood, GoodIsDumb, StupidGood and ButtMonkey. Contrast with PragmaticHero, GuileHero and ByronicHero. Will frequently be a ManChild -- or even a PsychopathicManchild if crossed with SociopathicHero, although that would border on an outright {{Deconstruction}} of the archetype.

Could naturally emerge in {{roleplay}} as a form of MinMaxing, where the hero sacrifices intelligence (or at least its [[DumpStat non-combat related aspects]]) for [[SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining better ability to kick ass.]]

Not to be confused with IdiotHair, though the two may overlap.



* IdiotHero/AnimeAndManga
* IdiotHero/{{Comics}}
* IdiotHero/{{Film}}
* IdiotHero/{{Literature}}
* IdiotHero/LiveActionTV
* IdiotHero/MythologyAndReligion
* IdiotHero/{{Theatre}}
* IdiotHero/VideoGames
* IdiotHero/WebComics
* IdiotHero/WesternAnimation



[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Beetle of ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'' is probably one of the best examples every of an Idiot AntiHero.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''FanFic/YourHumanAndYou'', the main character, Max, is a prime example of this.
* For the most part, this trope tends to be averted when possible in fanfiction for a variety of reasons DependingOnTheWriter.
* In The Sparkle In His Eye, this trope is taken to the extreme, as Captain Quark has the ability of being so stupid, he changes reality. As in, if you told him the door could be blown up by throwing a rock at it, it could actually happen.
* [[UpToEleven The main protagonists of]] ''Fanfic/MyBravePonyStarfleetMagic''. [[WhatAnIdiot/MyBravePonyStarfleetMagic There's an entire page dedicated to listing every example of their complete ineptitude.]]

* Neddie Seagoon in ''Radio/TheGoonShow''. Well, at least Bluebottle and Eccles look up to him as a hero. Most of the other characters look on him as just an idiot or an easy mark.
* Lord Vidar in Radio/ElvenQuest.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Stinkoman, from the ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner 20X6'' setting, can be seen as a parody of this character type.
** It's entirely possible that Homestar Runner himself started off as one of these when he was first created. However, character development exaggerated the idiot part while diminishing the "hero" part. He's still a well-meaning guy, if thoughtless.
* Jaune Arc of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' is this compared to his more educated and better-trained peers. [[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype However]], he's aware of it and it causes him great distress for a while, until he decides to start training with [[TheAce Pyrrha]] to overcome it.
* WebAnimation/XRayAndVav. "Sometimes you gotta do something stupid to get results!"
* LetsPlay/TacoMan has served as a superhero in both his world and the video game world, despite suffering from a lack of focus and poor video game skills.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Sparadrap from ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' moves from TheFool to this over the course of the story. The earliest signs appear in the webseries when he gets angry over enemies threatening to hurt his friends and his idealistic goal emerges when [[spoiler:some of the friends in question leave the guild and he gets obsessed with Putting The Band Back Together. The power vaccum caused by the departures has also made him master of what's left of the guild]].
* Tobuscus in the Wizards Game. In fact, if he animated it, you can be reasonably sure of this.
* Wayne from ''WebVideo/{{Vigilant}}'' is a failure in every aspect of his life, repeatedly testing fate. And yet, he is the central protagonist of the show.
* All three of the protagonists of ''Podcast/TheAdventureZone''. Especially Magnus, who is the most heroic and also the dumbest.
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' turned Goku into a ''major'' idiot hero. It's implied that Goku's status was caused by brain damage from his fights coupled by moments of Goku being unable to breathe (Freeza trying to drown him and Goku's inability to stop screaming in abject pain when the heart disease hits).

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Battler Ushiromiya from ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', at least until he wizens up.