Simpleton Voice

A character will open his mouth to speak, and the minute he does you immediately know that this character is stupid. Whether he's an over-muscled Mook or the Plucky Comic Relief, the one thing you can tell just by his voice is the fact that his elevator just doesn't go all the way to the top floor.

Very common in animated works, because allegedly such an obvious characterization tool appeals to children. In The Golden Age of Animation, this sort of voice was used a lot by characters who were a parody of Lenny from the film adaptation of Of Mice and Men.

When the character is male, generally expect a halting voice in the low registers, or else a high-pitched, nasally quavering, with most sentences beginning with the word 'duh'. When the character is female, expect a high-pitched nasally whine or an even higher-pitched squeak-fest. Often, characters with this voice will use poor grammar. Male characters often substitute the t or d sounds for the th sound, like saying "dat" for "that." A Valley Girl accent helps for female ditzes.

A very common characteristic of Mooks and The Ditz.


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  • Grimace from McDonald's commercials
  • This GEICO talking pothole mixes Valley Girl and a Southern drawl for her ditz voice.
    • Subverted when 'she' reveals herself to not so much be a ditz, as much as a snarky inanimate object. "Cuz I'm a POTHOLE!"

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  • Dorodoron's voice from Futari Wa Pretty Cure Splash Star sounds very similar to this type, sounding rather like Grounder from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog would if he was speaking Japanese.
  • The French dub of Dragon Ball Z is notable for giving an extraordinarily nasal voice to Vegeta of all people. It's been theorized that not having read the entire story, the voice actors had originally expected him to be a generic cartoon villain, and thus gave him a generic cartoon villain voice; cue Heel–Face Turn...
    • It was never a "moron" voice though, more of a "evil schemer with permanent Psychotic Smirk" voice.
    • Recoome of the Ginyu Force; the "dumb-as-nails Psychopathic Manchild" vs "hammy sadist who's just toying with you" ratio depends on who's voicing him.
  • Bear in the English dub of Yo Kai Watch. Would make scene, considering what what type of character he is. Also, his English voice actor is unknown at this time though.

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  • Referenced in the novel version of Flowers for Algernon; Charlie notes that he had a stupid-sounding voice before his increase in intelligence, and he lapses back into it whenever he gets drunk.
  • Discworld trolls tend to have this type of voice. Detritus, the troll that tends to show up the most, says "dis," "dat" and "der" instead of "this", "that", and "the." (He also sometimes replaces "th" with "f", for example "fink" instead of "think".)
  • M-O-O-N, that spells Tom Cullen from The Stand.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Pets, Aiku and inspector Kukeke from Wremja.
  • Michael Westen on Burn Notice occasionally affects something resembling this accent for his "Bubba"-ish characters.
  • The Pakleds in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • The Ogrons in Doctor Who should be this, with one exception. In Day of the Daleks, the Controller confronts two Ogrons. The first one says, "We found...and destroyed...the enemy." The controller asks if there were any complications, and the second one replies, "No complications," in a perfectly normal voice.
  • Subverted in The Big Bang Theory: Bernadette speaks with a high, nasal, squeaky Dumb Blonde voice, but has a doctorate in Microbiology.
  • Rom from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine has one.
  • The Muppet Show:
    • Lew Zealand has one, not because he's dumb, but rather a Cloudcuckoolander. He's also dumb, but it's not his main problem.
    • Beauregard has one as well.

  • Booji Boy, mascot of Devo, a character portrayed by their singer Mark Mothersbaugh in a baby mask. Booji Boy exemplifies the band's philosophy of Devolution, and talks with a squeaky voice, known for such phrases as "We're all Devo".
  • Wesley Willis lapsed into this every time he sang a chorus.
  • Frank Zappa used many of these across his career, like the teenage doo wop singer voice he uses on used on several tracks on Freak Out.

  • Eccles from The Goon Show.
    • "Well, I'll say this much... I don't say much, but what I do say... don't make sense."
    • Spike Milligan admitted that Eccles' voice was based on Disney's Goofy (see below).

  • Leaf Coneybear from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee generally has one.
  • Kitty from The Drowsy Chaperone.
  • Lilly from Annie.
  • In Bells Are Ringing, Ella adopts a "dumb chorus girl" voice during "Just In Time" when an audience gathers to watches her dance with Jeff, but goes back to singing in a normal voice before the song ends. (This was another role originated by Judy Holliday.)
  • In "Buddy's Blues" from Follies, the "Margie" and "Sally" caricatures talk this way. Mostly they just echo Buddy's words.

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  • Strong Mad from Homestar Runner speaks in an extremely exaggerated version of this trope, Played for Laughs. Most of his dialogue is nigh-unintelligible growls, but if you listen closely he is saying actual words...probably. Homestar Runner himself is a (somewhat) more subdued version of this trope.
    • Homsar. Dear God, HOMSAR.
  • The Nostalgia Chick did it in her review of Spice World.
    Mel B: Girl power, feminism, you know what I mean?
    Chick: (in the stupidest voice she can manage) No. Do you?
  • The two titular leads of Baman Piderman.
  • The voice of the Wii in this Dreamcast vs Wii video.
  • Jimbob from GEOWeasel speaks in a low-pitched voice.
  • Don't Hug Me I'm Scared:
    • Yellow Guy uses this voice, only emphasized by his short stature, noticeable slowness and status as a Butt Monkey.
    • The Spinach Can from the fifth installment has one, which emphasizes the low quality of his/her song and helps invalidate his/her flimsy health advise.
    • Unlike the five preceding videos, the sixth video's Teacher is almost immediately revealed to be malicious and ignorant, and as such, the Lamp's voice is quite slurred in order to immediately convey his incompetence.

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    Real Life 
  • Actor Bill Fagerbakke (who is quite intelligent, urbane, and friendly in person) has made a career out of this trope, and he does it by only very slightly exaggerating the way he naturally speaks. In addition to voicing Patrick Star in Spongebob Squarepants, Broadway in Gargoyles and Bulkhead in Transformers Animated, Fagerbakke played Tom Cullen in the miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand and Dauber on Coach; all of them had the "big dumb doofus" form of this trope.
  • Karl Pilkington of The Ricky Gervais Show and An Idiot Abroad sounds notably less intelligent than Ricky and Steve...naturally, he is.
    • He is intelligent enough sounding for a working class guy from Manchester though.
  • Studies done on rural American Accents found that a disproportionate amount of preschoolers who spoke with vernacular rural accents (Vermont, Appalachia, etc.) were placed in special education classes for it.
  • Stephen Colbert was raised in South Carolina, but by adulthood, had shed his Southern accent because when he was growing up, he'd seen that stupid characters were frequently shown speaking with similar accents, which led him to imitate the accents of American news anchors.