There are many characters
who are dumb or airheaded. However, for some of these, what they lack in intelligence they make up for in compassion and altruism. The Kindhearted Simpleton isn't the sharpest tool in the shed, but is always well-meaning and compassionate to other characters. Probably will not be quite as dumb as a standard Ditz
or as airheaded as a Cloud Cuckoolander
, since that is not the focus of their character.
Due to their well-meaning nature but below-average intelligence, these characters have the potential to be taken advantage of and manipulated by smarter (and occasionally evil) characters. The Kindhearted Simpleton should beware of Manipulative Bastards
and Guile Heroes
. (They should also know it's a snake when they bring it in.
Contrast Insufferable Genius
and Mad Scientist
. May be a Gentle Giant
. When they are lucky and carefree instead of compassionate, they're The Fool
. See also Idiot Hero
, Dumb Is Good
and Emotions vs. Stoicism
(this landing on the "emotions good, logic bad" side).
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Anime and Manga
- Goku from Dragon Ball is one of the quintiessential examples in Anime. An endearingly innocent and kind hearted child that carries his innocence and kindness well into his adulthood, and even as a grandfather! Unless you're his opponent or you REALLY piss him off.
- Hirasawa Yui, the kind and loving lead guitarist Idiot Hero of the K-On! franchise.
- Prince Odysseus, the formal heir apparent to the Britannian Empire in Code Geass, is this, in stark contrast to his father and most younger brothers (and sisters, too). It says a LOT that a guy like him is the "sanest" among the horribly fucked up royal family, and it's examplified when he's the only member of the clan that attempts to peacefully reach for Lelouch when he crowns himsef as The Emperor.
- In Suite Pretty Cure ♪, Hummy is a rather dense optimist who is unable to hold grudges or remember depressing events for long, allowing her former friend, Siren to take advantage of her. However, these same traits eventually help Hummy win Siren back over to the side of good.
- The title character of Cardcaptor Sakura is a borderline example. She's more spacey and incredibly naive than outright stupid (and shows incredible tact and skill when the time requires it), however it is obvious her heart is much bigger than her brain.
- Keith Goodman/Sky High from Tiger & Bunny is one of the nicest guys you could meet. He is also an unquestionable airhead.
- The titular Sailor Moon.
- Ash Ketchum from Pokémon.
- Tsubasa from Captain Tsubasa is this though and through.
- Ran from Strawberry Shake Sweet: aye, she's a hopeless airhead; but you'll still want to take her home.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica: the eponymous character is kind and simple, which means that she's often taken advantage of by Kyubey. It gets worse from there. And in the end, she manages to retain her kindness and Messiah ID... but only via playing a massive Gambit and ascending to goodhood.
Live Action Television
- Kenneth from 30 Rock, an example so famous he made the Trope Image. Although there are multiple blink-and-you-might-miss-them moments that imply that Kenneth's life might be a bit Darker and Edgier than it seems on the surface. One example that comes to mind is when he rattles off one of his family's "classic Southern recipes." One of the ingredients he lists is a Union soldier.
- Kramer from Seinfeld. The only person who cares about his fellow human beings in the franchise.... and is portayed as an idiot by Larry David because of it.
- Joey from Friends is a dim-witted womanizer, but an incredibly loyal and caring friend.
- Nate from Gossip Girl is the dumbest of the main characters, and probably the sweetest too, especially compared to Chuck and Blair.
- Randy from My Name Is Earl.
- Female example: Erin from the American version of The Office.
- Woody from Cheers.
- The Big Bang Theory: Zack Johnson, a secondary character. Unlike most of Penny's boyfriends (who are usually muscular, dumb as well as rude and obnoxious), Zack is extremely dim-witted but also an easygoing, friendly person who genuinely likes Penny's nerdy friends and makes a genuine effort to get to know them.
- Waldo Geraldo Faldo, Eddie's friend from Family Matters.
- Inch from the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy is a serious subversion. He's simpleminded, but EXTREMELY cruel and sadistic. And possibly a pedophile.
- Piggie from the Elephant & Piggie books often plays this trope.
- Bertie from Jeeves and Wooster. Most of the plots consisting of him getting himself into trouble while trying to solve his friends' problems.
- Taipu from BIONICLE, to the point where his friend Onepu constantly takes advantage of him.
- In Usagi Yojimbo, a mentally challenged man is a great friend of Kitsune. Unfortunately, he's framed for one of her crimes, and is executed for it, despite him being one of the nicest people in town. Kitsune (and other people outside the comic) was driven to tears.
- The titular character of Spongebob Squarepants. While he is responsible for most of the havoc in each episode, he usually means well, and is something of an Extreme Doormat.
- Patrick, similar to his friend Spongebob, is a well-meaning idiot, and fits this trope for the most part.
- Winnie-the-Pooh is a gluttonous idiot, but extremely gentle and friendly. Most of the supporting cast aren't far off this trope either. This is prominent in the original novels too, though most prevalent in the Disney adaptations.
- The latter half of Ren and Stimpy in contrast to the smarter but manic and violent tempered Ren.
- Rufus of The Dreamstone is a borderline example at times. Nug, despite being a villain, isn't a whole lot nastier (or smarter).
- Butters Stotch, with his occasionally tragic innocence and positive outlook stands out like a sore thumb in the Crapsack World of South Park.
- Mikey Blumberg from Recess is an All-Loving Hero and the Cloudcuckoolander of the series.
- To a certain degree, same with T.J. Detweiler. He's the living epitome of Book Dumb but he's also a sweetie and means well towards everyone.
- Niblet fills a similar role to Mr. Blumberg on Paul & Joe's version of Pound Puppies. He's as kind and sweet as can be, but he can be mind-blowingly dense at times.
- Ed is Made of Iron, has Super Strength and can warp reality through his own idiocy. He also happens to be one of the nicest characters on the show, without a mean bone in his body... Unless he has a pebble in his shoe... Or you hurt his best friends.
- Jonny could qualify as well.
- Cleveland Jr of The Cleveland Show. Though he has noticeable bouts of unusual logic and talent, he is probably the most consistently sweet natured of the Brown family, as well as probably the dopiest.
- 2D of Gorillaz is as ditzy as they come, but also a fairly peaceful and nice person.
- This trope may well be called the Fry.
- Finn from Adventure Time is the embodiment of this, as he's said to slay anything evil and will always help anyone in need. His love for being a hero can go a bit Yandere at times, but he always means well.
- Clumsy Smurf.
- Peter Griffin was this on Family Guy before Flanderization sets in. While his irresponsibility caused a lot of trouble, he really did care for his family. In later seasons, he's a borderline Villain Protagonist who has killed several people.
- Lindsay from Total Drama.
- Goofy. His ditzy personality is so prevalent it's even in his name but he is a genuinely kind person, on the level of Mickey Mouse.