->'''Pinkie Pie:''' "The Elements of Harmony: A reference guide."\\
'''Twilight Sparkle:''' How did you find that?\\
'''Pinkie Pie:''' It was under EEEEE!
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''

A "simple" character (particularly a servant or [[{{Arcadia}} rural character]]) displays uncommon wisdom -- usually much to the surprise of an [[InsufferableGenius arrogant main character]]. Creates AnAesop moment.

This would seem to derive from Cervantes' ''Literature/DonQuixote'', 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).

TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons players will lecture, in great detail, that [[TropesOfWisdom Wisdom]] and [[IntelligenceTropes Intelligence]] are not the same thing.

Compare DumbassHasAPoint, which is what said InsufferableGenius may say after hearing the simple character's idea.

See also: AchievementsInIgnorance, TooDumbToFool, WhoopiEpiphanySpeech, InfallibleBabble, HanlonsRazor. Contrast DitzyGenius, which is in many ways the diametric opposite of this trope, and SeeminglyProfoundFool, in which other characters erroneously read wisdom into the genuinely banal observations of a bona fide fool.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Misaki Yata from ''Anime/{{K}}'' has moments of this. Particularly, late in season 2, to [[spoiler: Saruhiko: "You're not a traitor! If you'd go this far for him, the Blue King was your King all along!" Saruhiko lampshades this when he's thinking about it just after Misaki leaves.]]
* Nijimura Okuyasu from ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable'' is often like this. For example, he convinces himself that Yoshihiro Kira, the ghost Stand user, doesn't actually need to breathe because if he did, in his words, "all the dead people would suck up the air and we'd all suffocate". Well, he's technically correct, right?

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Not a perfect example, but [[DumbMuscle the Rhino]] in ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' does this occasionally, much to the surprise of other villains.
* Obelix in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}''. 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 behavior everyone else sees as being normal. His CatchPhrase -- "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).

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/TwistedToyfareTheatre'', 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.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', the child-like [[{{Snowlems}} living snowman]] Olaf is surprisingly insightful about the nature of love, despite only having been "alive" for a day or two, and gives Anna some advice on the subject.
-->'''Anna:''' I don't even know what love is...\\
'''Olaf:''' That's okay, I do. Love is... putting someone else's needs before yours, like, you know, [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy how Kristoff brought you back here to Hans and left you forever]].\\
'''Anna:''' [[LoveRevelationEpiphany Kristoff... loves me?]]\\
'''Olaf:''' Wow, you really ''don't'' know anything about love, do you?
* [[VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead Cyril The Zombie]] proved himself to be one in ''Disney/WreckItRalph''.
-->'''Cyril:''' Ralph, Zangief saying, labels not make you happy. Good! Bad! Errgh! You must love you.

* The Scarecrow from ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', both the book and [[Film/TheWizardOfOz movie]]. He wishes for a brain, yet neither he nor anyone else he's traveling with notices the discrepancy.
* OlderThanSteam: The Beast in the original literary fairy tale "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast" is described as speaking with much common sense, but "never what the world calls wit." ([[SweetAndSourGrapes And yes, at the end of the story, the Prince is transformed to be witty and eloquent in addition to handsome]].)
* In Alexander Pope's ''Literature/TheRapeOfTheLock,'' right before the [[MundaneMadeAwesome incredibly epic battle over]] [[SillyReasonForWar an involuntary haircut]], Clarissa, probably a lower-status lady than most of the players, rebukes everyone on how it's silly to waste energy over such a trivial matter, and how good humor is a better tool than beauty or tantrums to weather the storms of life. Of course, no one listens to her.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Witches sometimes provide this, since they're often quite intelligent about human nature while not being very well-educated. Sometimes, they even do it to other witches. In ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'', after an attempt at some complicated mental magic by Granny Weatherwax fails to work on [[CardCarryingVillain the Duchess]], Nanny Ogg deals with her by hitting her over the head with a cauldron so the guards can arrest her. ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'' has an example from someone who's not a witch; Walter Plinge is asked "if your house was on fire what would you take out?" and answers "The fire!"
** This is one of Captain Carrot's defining traits. At the start of the Watch sequence, he really is naive to the ways of the city, arresting the head of the thieves' guild for thievery and not recognizing that his boarding house is actually a ''brothel'', but he also takes literally Vimes' order to [[spoiler:"throw the book at [Wonse]", while Wonse is at the edge of a three-story drop]]. As the books progress he wises up, but continues to act in a very simple matter. To free a golem, he puts its receipt of sale in its head, to stop a war, he suggests arresting the armies for breach of the peace. And it all works.
* Samwise Gamgee of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' has plain good hobbit-sense, even more than the other three hobbits because he's a simple gardener and not in the gentry. When forced to carry the Ring himself for a time, it naturally tempts him and chooses to do so with visions of Mordor as a beautiful garden. Sam considers it and then shakes his head because he could never manage a garden that vast on his own.
* Horace Altman of ''Literature/RangersApprentice'' has a fair bit of this. While not a GuileHero or TheStrategist like his {{Ranger}} friends, he's intelligent and sensible in his own way, and methodically thinks through problems while Will jumps from one idea to another.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Sheriff Carter, from ''Series/{{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 ''Series/StargateSG1'' often falls into this. Although he's also [[ObfuscatingStupidity smarter than he lets it show]].
* Merlin from ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' is a subversion. Everyone thinks this of him, but he's actually TheSmartGuy.

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* As mentioned above, ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' can invoke this when a character with low Intelligence has a high Wisdom score. The closest analogue for these stats are IQ vs. EQ, with Intelligence representing things like knowledge, education, and problem-solving while Wisdom is more about empathy, introspection, and the ability to read motivations in others.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the first ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', you get questions to see what kind of Jedi you'll be. None are "wrong", but guess which answer here leads you to become the wisdom-seeking, magelike Jedi Consular:
-->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.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'''s protagonist, Bartz, is described in the manual as a "simple wanderer." He has some BookDumb traits, but he also has a very uncomplicated and un-angsty outlook on saving the world. For instance, when Krile's wind drake will die if not treated with a plant that only grows in a place so dangerous no one has ever returned from it, it sends the party into a brief despair, until Bartz breaks it with these words:
--> "Guess that means we'll be the first who do!"
* Sera from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' occasionally makes surprisingly profound statements based on straightforward observations, stumping even the more book-smart party members. For example, when Solas badgers her one conversation too many about organizing the Red Jennies to dispose of the nobility for good:
-->'''Sera:''' What, just lop off the top? What does that do, [[FullCircleRevolution except make a new top to frig it all up?]]\\
'''Solas:''' I... forgive me. You are right.
** This exchange becomes even [[HarsherInHindsight more tragic in hindsight]] after you learn [[spoiler:Solas's backstory; it turns out that his actions against the elven "gods" in the distant past resulted in pretty much this]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'', this is very nearly Bob's most prominent personality trait.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Patrick Star from ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''. Before {{Flanderization}} kicked in, anyway.
* Pinky, from ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'', on those rare times when he ''is'' [[AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering pondering what Brain is pondering]].
* While usually the {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, Pinkie Pie sometimes has shades of this in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' (see above quote). This is actually a recurring element of her character, where her friends (and others around her) write off a lot of what she does as simply being goofy and silly, only to be surprised when they see the stroke of genius in her madness (such as when she lead the Parasprites out of town by using the Pied Piper routine on them that the rest of the cast didn't think to or wrote off as being too outlandish).
* Stan Marsh from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', although he's not an idiot like most examples.
* Darwin of ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', though still very dippy, sometimes shows more awareness and concern of the dumb antics he and his brother Gumball get caught into. On rarer occasions Gumball himself can apply.
* Nug of the Urpney squad in ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone''. He's rather vacuous, but he usually can point out the simplest (and often correct) solution to problems, which Blob [[GladIThoughtOfIt usually steals credit for]]. He also has a [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant slightly more unnerving savviness for potential morbid fates they can suffer]].