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- Detective First Class Mihoshi Kuramitsu is all but the textbook example. Her more than distinguished record in the Galactic Police is much more due to her bumbling unraveling all and any evil plans and sheer blind luck than any actual competence. At least in some versions, she also has an unfocused sort of Hyper-Awareness that results in her reports containing heaps of valuable information, most of which she never realised the significance of.
- Irresponsible Captain Tylor: Captain Justy Ueki Tylor — maybe.
- Deadpool: P.I. Wade is trying to solve a murder, and he's so oblivious that he forgot HE was the one who killed the guy in the first place.
Films — Live-Action
- The plot behind The Man Who Knew Too Little, who believes he's in modern experimental play when in fact he's been mistaken for a spy and ends up disarming a bomb to Russian music in a middle of a embassy. Oh! While dancing, of course.
- PC Wodehouse's Ashe is an author trapped in a contract to write serials about the Detective Gridley Quayle, whom he describes as "so maddeningly blind to the fact that only the most amazing luck enabled him to detect anything." Just like Ashe.
- The original inspiration (and voice!) for Inspector Gadget, Maxwell Smart.
- Sergeant Frank Drebin, Detective Lieutenant Police Squad!. Yet another. He takes on this character type more in The Naked Gun series than in Police Squad!. If anything, in Police Squad! he is ridiculously competent and is a talented comedian, basketball player, brawler, agent, boxing coach, etc. (That list might have continued to grow if the show had not been canceled so soon.)
- Inspector Gadget, whom we honour for unintentionally saving the day.
- Phineas and Ferb: If you consider Candice as 'evil' for trying to get them into trouble, Dr. Doofenschmirtz falls into this trope. He has only occasionally come into close contact with the boys, but his inventions inevitably get them out of trouble.