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Simpleminded Wisdom
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A "simple" character (particularly a servant or rural character) displays uncommon wisdom — usually much to the surprise of an arrogant main character. Creates An Aesop moment.

This would seem to derive from Cervantes' Don Quixote, where the archetypically "simple" Sancho Panza occasionally produces statements of great wisdom (although in that case the main character, Don Quixote, often fails to notice or credit that wisdom).

Compare Dumbass Has a Point, which is what said Insufferable Genius may say after hearing the simple character's idea.

See also: Achievements in Ignorance, Too Dumb to Fool, Whoopi Epiphany Speech, Infallible Babble, Hanlon's Razor. Contrast Ditzy Genius, which is in many ways the diametric opposite of this trope, and Seemingly Profound Fool, in which other characters detect this falsely.


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     Comic Books  

  • Not a perfect example, but the Rhino in Spiderman does this occasionally, much to the surprise of other villains.
  • In Twisted Toyfare Theatre, Mego Spider-Man seems to totally lack his signature super-powers, but also happens to be the only person in Megoville apart from maybe Dr. Doom who has a single lick of common sense.
  • Obelix in Astérix. He's a bit socially awkward and only seems to have a vague idea what's going on most of the time, but because of this is able to see contradictions and strangeness in cultural behaviour everyone else sees as being normal. His Catch Phrase - "these Romans are crazy" - represents this about half of the time (the other half of the time, he is just mistaken about what the Romans are thinking).

     Literature  

     Live Action Television  
  • Sheriff Carter, from Eureka. It's the whole point of having him as the sheriff in a town of full geniuses with too much brains and not enough sense.
  • Jack O'Neill of Stargate SG-1 often falls into this.
  • Merlin from Merlin is a subversion. Everyone thinks this of him, but he's actually The Smart Guy.

     Video Games 
  • In the first Knights of the Old Republic, you get questions to see what kind of Jedi you'll be:
    There is a locked door, and you need to get to the other side. What do you do?
    1. Blast it open.
    2. Hack into the lock to get it open.
    3. Knock.

     Web Comics  

     Western Animation  


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