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The Ditz
"I'm pretty sure my cat's been reading my diary."

Lord Percy: The fashion today is towards the tiny.
Blackadder: In that case you have the most fashionable brain in London.
Blackadder II

The Ditz is a character whose defining characteristic is profound stupidity and/or silliness. Female ditzes tend to be sweet and naive, while male ditzes tend to be oafish but lovable. Either way, they're almost always friendly and sociable. The Ditz is written to appear unintentionally funny. In drama series, he or she provides comic relief.

Unlike The Fool, The Ditz is seldom in any real danger, and luck probably couldn't save him if he or she ever were.

A good looking Ditz (of either sex) might be The Brainless Beauty. An independently wealthy Ditz is an Upper-Class Twit. A Ditz that's a Mighty Glacier (Most commonly as The Big Guy or The Brute) is a Dumb Muscle.

A more competent Ditz will often become The Fool. Taken to its extreme, the Ditz can evolve into a Cloudcuckoolander.

One reason you can find The Ditz on so many TV shows is that it gives the audience someone to feel superior to. No matter how stupid you might be, you are smarter than The Ditz.

See also Genius Ditz, Obfuscating Stupidity, Dumb Blonde, and The Klutz. Can overlap with This Loser Is You, but isn't the same thing.

In extreme cases, if the character puts himself in mortal danger because of his/her stupidity, see Too Dumb to Live. If the character puts others in danger because of his/her stupidity, see Lethally Stupid.


Examples

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  • The women in This ad for the LA County Fair.

    Anime and Manga 
  • Rose from Fullmetal Alchemist.
  • Usagi "Dumpling Head" Tsukino from Sailor Moon.
    • More just Book Dumb, really. She is capable of intelligent acts.
  • Milfeulle Sakuraba from Galaxy Angel.
  • Dragon Ball's Goku.
  • Floe from Simoun.
  • Mihoshi, in the various Tenchi Muyo! television series (Flanderized from a Bunny-Ears Lawyer / Genius Ditz in the OVAs).
  • The title character (and arguably most of the cast) of Excel♥Saga.
  • Kousaka from Genshiken isn't quite as dimwitted as some; his ditz qualifications comes mostly from his utter lack of a filter between his thoughts and his mouth.
  • Deconstructed in Elfen Lied. Director Kurama's ditzy secretary, Kisaragi, is decapitated by Lucy in the first 7 minutes of the show. She's Too Dumb to Live.
    • This isn't made better in the German dub, where she tells her colleagues "I just don't lose my head." moments before.
    • Anna (after she returned to normal) is another example, being unable to solve basic mathematical problems.
  • Joshua Lundgren in GUN×SWORD straddles the line between ditz and Cloudcuckoolander. He once looked for Wendy by heading into every women's restroom in a train station, not understanding why the women were screaming until he got arrested for it.
  • Kujyou Himeka from Kamichama Karin.
  • Yayoi of Koi Koi 7 (the pink-haired one, not the one with the eyepatch.) When standing in the middle of a heated battle with the shots missing her, her only response is "Fireworks!"
  • Mahiro Muto from Busou Renkin, after spending time early on as a distressed damsel.
  • Isaac and Miria, the Outlaw Couple pair from Baccano!!.
  • The characters of Cromartie High School tend to pass the Idiot Ball around quite a bit, but Hayashida is particularly stupid. The Other Wiki describes him as "dumber than a gorilla"—which, considering a gorilla is actually part of the cast, is proven true in the show. In his defense, the gorilla is the smartest member of the class. Yeah. It's that kind of series.
  • Himeko from Pani Poni Dash!. She's so dumb, she faints upon SEEING English letters, since her brain can't take it.
  • Gourry Gabriev in Slayers.
    • Put to shame by Naga the Serpent, Lina's (self-proclaimed) greatest rival. In Naga's defense, Word of God implies she is mentally traumatized, so it's less that she's stupid and more that she's genuinely mentally unwell. Although it's probably fair to say she wasn't exactly very sensible to begin with, given the strong hints she's related to Amelia and Prince Philionel, who are... definitely rather flaky.
  • Minori from Toradora!, described by one erudite forum member as "a 1-inch deep ball of happy idiot". She's much, much more intelligent than she appears. She's quite possibly the smartest character in the anime.
  • Italy from Axis Powers Hetalia; the name of the series is even a portmanteau of the Japanese words for "hopeless" and "Italy". America is more of the 'lovable/obnoxious oaf' kind.
  • Touta Matsuda from Death Note. Most of the time, anyway. In his defense, he is not so much a could-not-function-in-normal-society Ditz. Most of the time, he acts like a fairly normal (if somewhat impulsive and over-enthusiastic) young man. It's just that in a situation where one false move (like revealing your face to the wrong person) could mean instant death, any false move starts to come off as Too Dumb to Live. It also doesn't help that he's working with (or, as it turns out in one case, against) people like Light, L, Near, and Mello.
    • Sidoh, the Shinigami, is a particularly sweet example.
  • Rino Rando from Best Student Council. Most of the smarts seem to have been given to her snarky hand puppet Pucchan.
  • And while we're on the subject of ditzy high school heroines, Tenma Tsukamoto from School Rumble. When you're the lead character of a Love Dodecahedron series, it just sorta comes naturally.
  • Patty from Soul Eater who mix it with Cloudcuckoolander (disturbing in some ocassions)
  • Lizlet, A.K.A. the Teacup Maid, of Omamori Himari.
  • Pokémon:
    • Ash, at least initially. He was just plain stupid: "Hey, that Mankey just stole my hat!" *screams and climbs up a tree after it, while the others just stare at him* He's gotten a lot better since then.
    • The Team Rocket trio seems to have become cursed to this position ever since encountering Ash, but this tapered off after the beginning of the Best Wishes series.
    • May and Dawn when they first started as trainers - May was a bit less competent because she didn't really want to train Pokemon, which was before the anime introduced Contests. This even passed on her starter Torchic, who Took a Level in Badass and evolved into Combusken in the middle of Hoenn, eliminating this trait.
  • Misty's Psyduck, in spades.
  • Kanako from Maria†Holic is marvelously dumb. She flunked nearly all her exams and, when given notes that "even an idiot could understand" by Sachi, she fails to comprehend even that. She's so single-minded in her pursuit of finding girl-love that she's dim in everything else.
    • Including the fact that liking girls makes her a lesbian.
  • Luffy from One Piece easily falls into this trope. From recognizing mixed animals by their least dominant feature to chalking up anything beyond his comprehension (i.e. most everything!) as "mystery" things, Luffy is easily the most gullible and air-headed of Shounen heroes.
    • Though it is implied on a few occasions to be a case of Obfuscating Stupidity.
      • What's confusing about Luffy is that he is genuinely stupid most of the time, so it's quite hard to notice the situations where he probably is smart, but just acts like a ditz.
      • There is no doubt that Luffy is stupid, but it is still not clear to what degree. The one half of the time it seems that he really is severely retarded, and the other half of the time he seems not that ditzy, only acting that stupid because he prefers to not think too much about things.
  • An extremely ditzy Re-Coder shows up in Code:Breaker. When asked how many people she killed, she says "One, two, three... Ten, I guess, because I have ten fingers! But I'm not in a counting mood, so now I'll kill you painfully!" She never lapses into a Slasher Smile but remains cheerful and perky throughout.
  • Lala of To Love-Ru usually acts like this.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima! has Genki Girl Makie filling this position. Konoka can also act ditzy, but it's almost certainly an act.
  • Louie from Rune Soldier has a complete disregard for his own or anyone else's safety: "When it comes to the odds, I have done worse than 20 precent!"
  • Joshua in Chrono Crusade after he is brainwashed.
    • Actually, so is Rosette in the beginning.
  • Nai is a boy version of this from Karneval, although he's really a cute little animal. Yogi is more of the "lovable oaf" kind when he's not being serious, which is often.
  • The main lead of Angel Densetsu has his moments (it's more a combination of Nice Guy, The Klutz and Selective Obliviousness actually), but then we have the most fearsome and brutal of the Shadowy seven: Hishida Haruka! Yep, she's The Ditz, and The Klutz, and almost a Pollyanna ...she's also the living embodiment of Confusion Fu, and she's not even aware of all the destruction she's spreading around.
  • Tsukasa Hiiragi from Lucky Star qualifies.
  • The toad Gamatatsu in Naruto.
    • Naruto himself fits this in part 1, though it's really more a case of Book Dumb. He outgrows it after the timeskip.
  • Arguably, the titular character from Yotsuba&! qualifies. Sure, she's five years old, but what kid that age doesn't even know how a swing works? She can also be led by the nose rather easily. Any moderately intelligent five-year-old would eventually figure out that cardbro is simply Miura in a cardboard box, for instance.
  • Outer Moka from Rosario + Vampire has shades of this, especially early on. She matures a lot in the manga, but the anime takes this trait and runs with it.
  • The frequent use of this trope as a Charm Point was parodied in a stinger skit in Daily Lives of High School Boys. Yanagin gets her sempai to teach them how to be cuter, and the correct answer is...
    Yanagin's Senpai: "Pretending to be an idiot who doesn't even know common knowledgenote  is what makes high school girls cute! Listen up, their brains and eyes are directed right here..."
    • Ringo-chan is a straight example; she's not the brightest bulb in town. In High School Boys and Panties it took her an hour to diagnose the reason for a network problem: the wire was never plugged on. Then she unwittingly flaunts her panties to Motoharu, the President and the Vice-President; fortunately for her she doesn't get to see them in the act, much less their horrified reaction.
  • Papi of Daily Life with Monster Girl and her fantasy counterpart Aero are both harpies, barely wear anything and have just as much upstairs.
    Kimihito Kurusu and Mamoru Onodera: She's a birdbrain!
  • Shinobu of Kin-iro Mosaic is hardly bright. One of the earliest strips shown her scoring zero in math, and despite her European Foreign Culture Fetish, she doesn't know much English (and tried to read an English paper!) and may or may not even know that England and France are part of Europe at all!
  • Yui Hirasawa of K-On!, for similar reasons to Tsukasa above. She is also The Protagonist...
  • Princess Euphemia of Code Geass... Well, Downplayed. She's not stupid, per se, but she is terribly naive, and certainly this in comparison to her Magnificent Bastard family. This is entirely intentional.

    Comic Books 
  • Dumb Bunny from the Inferior Five ('60s humor comic from DC), whose name says it all, really. She's "stronger than an ox - and almost as smart!"
  • Boom-Boom/Meltdown/Tabitha Smith of Nextwave: trailer-trash klepto with the power to make things go boom. She says "zomg" out loud and misspells her own name.
    "I hate cops! Because, like, cops keep arresting me and stuff? For stealing? Like stealing's a crime or something?
    • Forbush Man's mental powers do not work on her. Guess why. Her explanation? "I gave him the explodo because I am clever."
  • The Parademon from the Villains United miniseries. He even fully admits to wanting to die in a stupid gesture.
  • Anatasia "Ani" Sloane-Blythe from Tank Vixens.
  • Cherry from Cherry Comics.
  • A particularly extreme example would be minor Eldritch Abomination Avaggdu from Sláine. So terminally stupid that when tricked into biting his hands, he doesn't notice they're his and starts devouring himself until there's literally nothing left.
  • Wendy Thornball, the aspiring actress roommate of Angel Love from Barbara Slate's Angel Love series.

    Fan Works 
  • Kayla in No Hoper, is an example of a ditz too dumb to take a hint and cannot fathom that Light is not in the least bit interested in her:
    Light: I like... science.
    Kayla: Oh? Really?
    Light: Yes. And some silence.
    Kayla: Is that a band?
  • Sayu gets in on this:
    Sayu: I guess. Why do we have to take a train or walk everywhere? You're way old enough to drive.
    Light: It would take longer to drive than it does to walk. Have you ever seen rush hour?
    Sayu: The movie?

    Film - Animated 

    Film - Live-Action 
  • Gracie Allen's Alter Ego Acting personality.
  • Cher Horowitz in Clueless... kind of. She's certainly no genius level intellect, and is definitely more than a little naive and 'clueless', but she's savvy enough when she needs to be and has enough wits about her to 'negotiate' her grades with most of her teachers.
  • Mr. Bean in Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie and Mr Beans Holiday. Also Johnny English to some extent.
  • Brick in Anchorman.
    Brick: I love lamp.
    Brick: [shouts] Loud noises
    • Though he turns out to be a bit of a Genius Ditz in Wake Up Ron Burgundy (a bonus 'film' on made of deleted Anchorman scenes)
  • Virtually every character played by famed comedian Lou Costello of the Abbott and Costello comedy duo. Occasionally he will even lampshade himself, such as when one of his characters in the film Who Done It? turns on a radio and hears "Who's on First?" (one of Abbott and Costello's most famous routines) and immediately turns it off, remarking how stupid the "short, chubby guy" (actually Costello himself) is.
  • Bullshot. Rosemary Fenton, Damsel in Distress and daughter of an Absent-Minded Professor with a dangerous habit of knocking over equipment in Daddy's lab.
    Bullshot: "I see. You intend taking on the Most Dangerous Man in Europe by yourself do you? Have you given a moment's thought as to what you intend using for brains?"
    Rosemary: "How dare you! I've done pretty well without brains so far!"
  • Officer Ed from Scotland, PA. Why would anyone trust this man with a loaded gun? They don't.
    Ed: Sir, I called the number, like, 95 times. I practically had it memorized.
  • Karen from Mean Girls.
  • Charlie from Mystery Team.
  • The "Male" Jessica from The Hot Chick.
  • Buddy the elf.
  • Russell Brand's variation of Arthur.
  • Sarah from Hocus Pocus.
  • Colonel Mustard in Clue.
  • Mathew Broderick's variation of Inspector Gadget.
  • In the Film adaptation of My Favorite Martian, after Martin clones Brace's body and mind, and later returns to normal.
    Martin: [clutching his head] Whoa. Her head was dark and empty.
  • Nick from 30 Minutes or Less.
  • Andy from Taxi.
  • Zangief in Street Fighter. His proposed solution to seeing, on a TV screen, a vehicle loaded with explosives heading toward the building he was in at the time was to change the channel.
  • Sorina from Pain and Gain, who easily buys Daniel's story about him and the others being CIA agents and even seems to still believe it when testifying at their trial.
  • Boner Garage from We're the Millers.
  • Maxwell Smart in Get Smart.
  • The whole future society of Idiocracy is comprised of these.

    Literature 
  • Older Than Radio: Lydia, Kitty, and Mrs. Bennett in Pride and Prejudice.
  • Raziel from Lamb: The Gospel According To Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. The titular protagonist theorizes that he's the origin of dumb blonde jokes.
  • Volatilus, the sweet but not too bright little dispatch dragon from the Temeraire books.
  • In Buddenbrooks, Tony is impressed by smart people (like Morten Schwarzkopf — a doctor-to-be with whom she falls in love, but can't marry him because of the Grünlich thing), but is neither book smart nor street smart herself, and calls herself "a silly goose" sometimes. Her poor relative Klothilde is even more so.
  • Mrs Korobochka the widow in Dead Souls, who hesitates selling her "dead souls" and suggests that "you could still need them".
  • Tawneee (yes, three 'e's), a minor character from Discworld, that world's first fashion model.
  • Lettice Protheroe from Murder At The Vicarage is presented at this.
  • Jack Pumpkinhead from the Land of Oz series is always described as unintelligent. Some of the words used to describe him are "stupid", "dim", "innocent", "simpleton", "not known for his intelligence", etc. He might also have a bit of an Ambiguous Disorder, as he fails to pick up on vocal cues and sometimes takes sentences to mean the opposite of what they mean (he once called a ferryman 'nice' after he refused to let Pumpkinhead cross a river on account of not having any money).
  • Lina the servant from Astrid Lindgren's Emil. When the village priest asks her who the first humans were, she answers "Thor and Freya". That does not even make sense in Norse Mythology!
  • David Rain from The Last Dragon Chronicles, mildly, but those pajamas should certainly get him some recognition in this trope. However, he's grown out of it by the time of The Fire Eternal.

    Live Action TV 
  • As in the film example above, Gracie Allen's ditz character supported The Burns And Allen Show, although there was a usually a weird sense of logic behind her statements.
  • Edith Bunker from All in the Family was one of these a lot of the time.
  • Mrs. Eunice "Lovey" Wentworth Howell, from Series/ Gilligan's Island.
  • Vera from Alice.
  • Bull Shannon from Night Court.
    • Bull is firmly in Genius Ditz territory, as he frequently is thinking about things on an entirely different level than the rest of the characters. In one episode in which the characters took an IQ test, Bull outscored the rest of the main cast significantly.
  • Matthew Brock from NewsRadio.
  • Perceval from Kaamelott.
  • Lowell from Wings.
  • Tony Banta from Taxi.
  • Potsie Weber from Happy Days.
  • Jake Harper from Two and a Half Men.
  • In Eureka, Sheriff Jack Carter is by no means stupid, but being of average intelligence in a town of the country's brightest scientific minds often puts him into the ditz role by default.
  • Coach Ernie Pantuso from Cheers. His replacement on the show, Woody Boyd, was even more of one.
  • Phoebe and Joey from Friends (by the end, at least).
    • Joey's ditziness especially shines through in the subject of geography - at various points in the series he has thought that the Netherlands was where Peter Pan lives, described Chandler's "going to Yemen" ruse for getting rid of Janice as clever because "it almost sounds like a real place", and gone to the bank to try changing dollars into "Vermont money".
    • There's also Rachel's sister Amy, who notably thinks Phoebe's name is Emma. When Phoebe keeps trying to correct her, she doesn't at all get the hint and instead thinks she's making a "funny noise."
  • Ted and Georgette from The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
  • Monroe from Too Close for Comfort.
  • Izzie from My Mad Fat Diary. Chop, too, qualifies for a (less obvious) example.
  • J.D. from Scrubs is an interesting case. Despite being a talented and well educated doctor, he's a massive Cloudcuckoolander who can't stop daydreaming and is constantly blurting out Non Sequiturs, stream-of-consciousness, and ridiculously embarrassing remarks. He also delves into extreme ditz-hood when dealing with certain subjects, including sports (he thinks basketballs come "three to a can" and that Arnold Palmer is famous only for inventing a drink), politics (does not know the difference between a senator and a congressman, and knows Dick Cheney only as "the bald assistant president who has all the heart attacks") and geography (mistakes Austria for Australia and New England for New Zealand. He also thinks there is an Old Zealand).
    Jake (To JD): "Are you an idiot?" (The same question was repeated by Dr. Kelso in a later episode.)
  • Lucy Moran and Deputy Andy Brennan from Twin Peaks.
  • Debralee Scott, in any of her Game Show appearances of the 1970s and early 1980s.
  • Dougal from Father Ted (in the UK, a Channel4ID had him forgetting what channel he was promoting).
  • Alice from The Vicar of Dibley.
  • Kelso, from That '70s Show.
  • Rose, from The Golden Girls.
    • A beautiful Double Subversion of this trope occurred in the pilot of Golden Palace, a short-lived and otherwise unremarkable spinoff of The Golden Girls. Rose, confronted by a robber at the front desk of the hotel the girls are running, is too ditzy to even realize that she's being robbed. The robber eventually leaves, with nothing, in frustration. The trope is subverted as Rose immediately calls the police, providing a detailed description of the robber, where he's headed, what kind of car he's driving, etc., ending with "Who is this? Oh, just someone who's not quite as dumb as she appears," much to the delight of the audience. The subversion itself is then subverted as we hear Rose's next line into the phone: "Oh, this is four one one?"
  • Bridget Hennesey, from 8 Simple Rules.
  • Christmas Noelle "Chrissy" Snow (Suzanne Somers' archetypal role) from Three's Company.
  • Kelly Bundy of Married... with Children was eventually Flanderized into a brainless trollop who hadn't enough mental capacity to remember her homework and the members of her own family at the same time.
    • It was said she only had enough space in her head for a very limited number of facts at a time. Telling her a new fact would cause her to immediately forget something important.
      • Unfortunately this was true, and when Al told her an iirelevant fact before the final question of a sports trivia game show she forgot one. Predictable lay this fact was the answer to the grand prize question "Who made 4touchdowns in a single game?"
  • That token black kid on Hip Hop Harry, affectionately nicknamed "Stupid Scott" by Joel McHale of The Soup. Despite being roughly around the age of 12, he expresses the cognitive skills of a 6-year-old and has to have explained to him (by the smarter Asian girl) things like how to fill up a bathtub or why its not a good idea to feed ice cream and hot dogs to a pet gerbil. The program goes out of its way to make viewer wonder how on earth he manages to cross streets on the way home.
  • Susan Meyer from Desperate Housewives started out as the Ditz, but it was largely limited to being a horrible cook and having a tendency to trip over things. This has since been Flanderized to the point where she occasionally just seems mentally disabled, such as her being so desperate to get the new neighbors to like her that she kidnapped their dog planning to heroically "find" it later. It...didn't work out very well.
    • Susan's mother Sophie is far ditzier than her daughter, especially when it comes to men, coming across as an aged Brainless Beauty. Susan's daughter Julie on the other hand is smart and mature. If this family trend continues Julie's daughter might be the next Marilyn vos Savant.
  • Dean Winchester, from Supernatural, is like this for anything that doesn't relate to hunting, his family or his car. Most of the time it's adorable but sometimes he can come off as an annoying Brainless Beauty.
    Dean: What the hell is this?
    Sam: ...she gave you her myspace address.
    Dean: What's that? Porno?
  • Mr. Bean, although sometimes he can be quite bright.
  • Edmund Blackadder in the first season of Black Adder, but in series 2 he became the Deadpan Snarker he is known as in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th seasons. Baldrick also fits this to some extent as well as being a well-loved Bumbling Sidekick.
  • Hank in Corner Gas.
  • Waldo Geraldo Faldo, Eddie Winslow's friend from Family Matters.
  • Two Words: Tommy Dawkins.
  • Pippa in Dead Set.
  • Neil in The Inbetweeners. It sort of works to his advantage because it stops him from realizing just how wrong everything keeps going for him.
  • Peter Tork's character in The Monkees. Also The Fool.
  • Gretel from Knightmare.
  • London Tipton from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. She may be one of the most idiotic girls on TV. Hilariously so, but still. However, initially she was just Book Dumb and acted a lot like Zack, but she was flanderized into a ditz.
  • Vinton Harper from Mama's Family.
  • Brittany from Glee (pictured at top) is one of these, with a little Dumb Blonde thrown in for good measure. Recipes are confusing and a ballad is a male duck.
  • Luke in Modern Family is always tripping, jumping on the trampoline while on a pogo stick, getting his head stuck in the staircase railing...
  • Dee Dee Starr from Hearts Afire.
  • Alicia Gianelli from The Adventures Of Shirley Holmes had shades of this, being the "girly girl" of the cast, although she could be quite smart/insightful sometimes.
  • iCarly: Gibby before his Character Development, and Carly's webshow skit role as the "Idiot Farm Girl".
  • Canada's Worst Driver has no shortage of the truly clueless. Andrew Younghusband often wonders how in tarnation they get their drivers licenses, and Season 4 was a toss-up between a ditz and a road rager.
  • Dumb Blonde Faith on Hope And Faith is an extreme example.
  • Both Troy and Pierce from Community.
    • Britta becomes this by season 3.
  • Andy Dwyer from Parks and Recreation:
    Andy: Leslie, I typed your symptoms into the thing up here and it says you could have network connectivity problems.
  • Lauren Miller from Still Standing.
    • Bill as will to an extent.
  • Dauber from Coach.
  • Paisley, Gibson, and Fletcher on A.N.T. Farm, but especially Paisley, who sometimes forgets that her name is Paisley.
  • Max from Wizards of Waverly Place. The only person who could write "One Syllable" as the answer in a game of charades.
  • Chelsea from That's So Raven was derailed into one in later seasons.
  • Barbara Jean on Reba (who's also a Dumb Blonde), to the point were most of the characters(usually Reba) make fun of her intelligence(or lack thereof)
  • Chris and Sally Franklin on Run Of The House.
  • Kiki Nova from Pixelface.
  • Melanie from Bunheads got military school confused with summer camp and Thought that her friend of several years reall name was Boo rather than Bettina.
  • Ah Nu from Chinese Paladin, although she's more childishly innocent and enthusiastic than stupid.
  • Junior Samples on Hee Haw was almost painfully dumb at times.
  • Trigger and Grandad on Only Fools And Horses.
  • Goldie Hawn frequently came across this way on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In.
  • Zack in The Big Bang Theory.
  • Jeremy (aka Jez) from Peep Show ("Potatoes aren't veg, are they? I mean they kind of are... but not really. I mean tomatoes are fruit but potatoes are like... bread?")
  • Drake from Drake & Josh sometimes:
    • "There's an Old Jersey?"
    • There's also Trevor, a friend of Drake.
  • Cat from Victorious and its joint (with iCarly) Spin-Off Sam & Cat.
    • Incredibly, Goomer from the latter somehow manages to be an even bigger example (in every sense - he's a boxer) than Miss Valentine.
  • Betty the secretary from Hey Dad..!. Also, Nudge.
  • Barry Shitpeas and Philomena Cunk in Screenwipe, two brainless characters who pastiche the kind of Talking Heads found on I Love the Exties shows. They spend all their time using Hey, It's That Guy! to misidentify shows they're watching, assuming they can even identify the actors (they are under the impression that Professor Brian Cox is Jason Orange), and delivering rambling, brainless commentary that sometimes is unexpectedly profound but is mostly just Insane Troll Logic. Later, Philomena starts making TV documentaries about subjects like "Time" and "Crime" - in the latter show she said that if 1 in 20 people in Britain are victims of crime, that means 19 in 20 are criminals, and asks a legal expert questions like "if a policeman broke the law, could he arrest himself?".
    Philomena: Next time on "Moments of Wonder", I'll be asking why there's more water in a tap than you'd expect.
  • Pramface: Laura's friend Danielle has shades of this, but Mike definitely is.

    Music 
  • Devo's character Booji Boy (portrayed by their singer Mark Mothersbaugh, in a rubber mask). He is supposed to represent someone who has devolved into a manchild, as per the band's theory of devolution.
  • 'Cause I'm a Blonde by Julie Brown. "Because I'm blonde, I don't have to think, I talk like a baby, and never pay for drinks..."
  • 2D of Gorillaz. The man introduced himself in an interview with "Hi, my name is 2D, and I'm the singer, and I need the toilet ..." Then in Rise of the Ogre he was quoted as saying:
    "I never really thought about what I wanted to do after school, though ... I've never really thought about anything, as far as I can remember."
    • He is, however, implied to have some Hidden Depths, as he is still capable of composing stunning music and saying some surprisingly philosophical things once in a blue moon. 2D may be more of a Genius Ditz or Brilliant, but Lazy, when he's not thick with painkillers.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Aniela, the fiancee of Guido Biganzoli, in Modesty Blaise.
  • Odie, the happy-go-lucky canine slobber machine of Garfield fame. He's gotten smarter since the early days of the strip, and he can occasionally get one over on the cat, but not often.
  • Kenny from Dogs Of C Kennel takes this trope Up to Eleven.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Maria from WWE is a good example of a ditz, though this was subverted in the "Trial of Eric Bischoff" episode of WWE Raw, by Maria making a particularly more-intelligent-than-usual speech about Bischoff's failings as a general manager. In a later appearance, Bischoff accused Maria of pretending to be "stupid and sweet" in order to win the fans' favor, which, if true, would make this an example of Obfuscating Stupidity.

    Puppet Shows 
  • The puppet for George W. Bush in the French satirical show Les Guignols de l'info is very much this. He was regularly portrayed as brainless.
  • Ditto for Reagan in Spitting Image.
  • The German counterpart was Helmut Kohl in Hurra Deutschland.
  • Bruno from Bullzeye was an extreme example. When his wife Uschi had her head in bandages (after he injured her without noticing), he thought she was one "Herr Sultan". Sequel Series Eye TV makes him intelligent enough to be a TV salesman, but not a very good one.

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    Video Games 
  • A very common character in Nippon Ichi Video Games: Examples include Flonne and Captain Gordon, Defender of Earth! in Disgaea, Trenia in Makai Kingdom, Taro in Disgaea 2, and Danette and Levin in Soul Nomad & the World Eaters. Most of them are used as a foil for the resident Deadpan Snarker.
    • Danette and Levin may suffer from an unfortunate Racial Hat, but Levin acknowledges Danette as the Ditz, and Danette acknowledges herself as the ditz! Though thankfully, Levin turns out to be a lot smarter than he lets on, so you don't have to suffer his supposed "idiocy" forever.

      Danette gets a little better as well, after the seal of her memories (and seemingly other brain functions) is broken.
  • Cirno in Touhou. In particular, the manual for Phantasmagoria of Flower View has a screenshot with numbers pointing out items of note (i.e. "1. Player Character", "2. Score", etc.); Cirno was labelled "9. Baka".
    • Since then Cirno has been nicknamed "Nine-ball" or simply "⑨".
    • Rumia is known for constantly blinding herself with her own darkness powers and knocking into trees while flying.
    • The same series also has Utsuho Reiuji, also known by the similar Fan Nickname "⑥" (Six-ball).
  • Lucia in Shadow Hearts Covenant is described by her own teacher Carla as "slow".
  • Both Lloyd and Colette of Tales of Symphonia both qualify quite well for the title of The Ditz. A great example is a skit conversation between the two and Regal when Colette asks how Lloyd memorized every single Dwarven Vow (of which there are at least 108).
    Lloyd: Since I was a child, I memorized one before each meal and was tested on it. And if I couldn't say it, I didn't get to eat.
    Colette: Oh, I see.... There must have been Dwarven Vow memory ingredients in the food.
    Lloyd: Huh? R...really?
    Colette: I wonder if I can memorize all the Dwarven Vows if I eat Dirk's cooking.
    Regal: No, Colette, that's not it. Lloyd's desire for food temporarily strengthened his memory.
    Colette: Oh... So Dirk's food has powers like an Exsphere to increase people's abilities.
    Lloyd: I see!
    Regal: ...Why does the topic of conversation go out the window when talking to Colette?
    • Taken to further extremes in Dawn of the New World:
      Tenebrae: Am I really that much of a stick in the mud?
      Emil: I can't believe he's still thinking about that.
      Colette: I honestly don't see any mud on you. But what's wrong with getting mud on you anyway? Everyone gets a little dirty now and again.
      Marta: I don't think he meant that sort of mud.
      Colette: Well then, what sort of mud did he mean?
      Emil: No, listen. There was never any mud to begin with.
      Colette: Oh! So was it more of a muck? Or maybe a slime?
      Tenebrae: So now I'm slimy?
      Colette: I have to say, I prefer mud to slime myself. It's easier to clean.
      Tenebrae: Well, it would depend on where the slime came from.
      Emil: Yeah, but think about your fur. Slime would stick to it, while mud would just wash off, no problem.
      Marta: Someone, anyone, please make it stop!
  • One of the female cheerleaders in Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan, Aoi Kanda (the pink haired Meganekko), is completely clumsy when it comes to anything outside cheerleading, whether it's failure to make a meal for sale, failure making a pottery, dropping foods on floor (or not chewing it properly), spacing out on class, and the list goes on, see the bottom of the page. And those are only examples from the first game.
  • Dragon Age II. Merrill is not incapable but she tends to miss things in conversations and dig herself into holes while speaking. A good compilation is here.
  • Surprisingly, NOT Goofy from Kingdom Hearts. Despite him easily qualifying for this in the comics and TV-shorts/shows, he's pretty smart in KH, except for occasionally confusing similar words.
  • Several characters in the Ace Attorney series, such as Maya Fey, Ini Miney, Ema Skye, and Trucy Wright. Ini's faking it, though...and that's not all... Also, Regina Berry, who has trouble choosing whether to go out with a person or a puppet!
  • Minori in Brass Restoration is a perfect example.
  • Sarrie from Star Ocean: The Last Hope is the living, breathing embodiment of this trope. Just how bad is it? She wakes up on a sacrificial alter, in a room with greenish light...and simply says "Good Morning!" She then remembers that "guests" came in through her window, and she was going to serve them tea...
  • Aino Heart from Arcana Heart is this trope turned up to Eleven. She's a combination of this and Love Freak.
  • Taokaka from BlazBlue. While she's incredibly energetic, she often forgets things that are told to her just seconds after the fact.
  • Shion Uzuki from the Xenosaga series, in particular the first episode. Although she IS a scientist...
  • Viki from the Suikoden series, is actually implied to be pretty smart, but suffering from a severe case of time-displacement-induced confusion. Her younger self, who has done less timehopping, is very smart, observant and has a knack for pointing out other people's idiocy - including her own future self's.
  • Pete Wheeler from the Backyard Sports series.
  • Helion in Eien no Aselia is rather scatterbrained most of the time. She's probably not actually stupid, but tends to act without thinking.
  • Captain Blubber in the Banjo-Kazooie series.
  • The Game Of The Ages brings us the Village Idiot of Stupidity. Guess what his defining attribute is?
  • Daszk in I Miss the Sunrise. Justified, since Lessers are naturally less intelligent than lacertians. He does later make attempts to become smarter, however.
  • Nanashi in Duel Savior Destiny is a complete airhead with a faulty memory and a rather bubbly disposition in contrast to the whole 'so undead my limbs are falling off' thing.
  • Yellow Heart, for all her enthusiasm and good intentions, has simplistic speech patterns, extremely limiter literacy, and is generally about as sharp as a spherical brick. She makes up for it by being horrifyingly strong even by the standards of a Physical God.

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  • Several characters on the Homestar Runner site. Homestar himself is the most noticeably ditzy, but there's more than one Idiot Ball being passed around among the cast.
  • All of the characters in the video podcast Tiki Bar TV drift in and out of this. This is largely because the dialog is improvised while the actors are drunk, leading to some bizarre exchanges that drift back and forth between The Fool and Cloudcuckoolander, and generally end up falling around The Ditz.
    Dr. Tiki: I'm a PhD MD USB for a reason!
  • Red vs. Blue
    • Caboose gradually degrades from The Ditz in the first series to being completely retarded and almost completely disconnected from reality (at one point, he loads his gun with crayons and forgets how to spell his name).
    • Donut also qualifies and stays The Ditz the entire time, though ironically he's the only one from either team who ever managed to accomplish their objective (capturing the flag). Sister could also count when she arrives. Both of them share two traits - speaking terrible Spanish, and both of them talk way too damn much.
  • The Pink and Blue unicorns from the Charlie The Unicorn YouTube videos appear to be this at first, but seeing as they tricked him into donating his kidney— without consent— in the first movie, and ended up robbing him in the second, they're something else entirely.
  • Ultra Fast Pony:
    • Rainbow Dash is belligerently dim and illogical. Once, during a motivational speech, she forgot what the opposite of "good" was. In another episode, she mistook a road sign for a clock—and thought she could time travel by changing the "clock".
    • Sweetie Belle seems to have fried her brain with Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll. She once forgot Twilight Sparkle's name, twice, in a conversation lasting less than a minute. She doesn't know what cutie marks are—even though they're a central concept of Equestrian society, and even though she joined a club specifically about cutie marks.

    Webcomics 
  • In Bob and George:
  • Bittersweet Candy Bowl has David, when he isn't a Cloudcuckoolander
  • In the Cross Time Cafe, Ky is a ditz combined with 100% Eldritch Abomination. But don't call her a ditz... or you will see her true self... a 60-foot tall burning-mad demon!
  • T-Rex in Dinosaur Comics is another male example, as well as a giant green dinosaur example. He worries about being racist against taxi drivers, and makes good-natured attempts to use every school of philosophical thought in recorded history to justify the things he does every day (mainly stomping on people and things).
  • In El Goonish Shive, Elliot's "party girl" alter ego form make him behave this way.
  • Kia from Fletcher Apts.
  • A Magical Roommate:
    • Duchess Letita is very ditzy, although whether it's due to her stupidity or just her strange viewpoint is somewhat debatable.
    • Her younger daughter is a clearer example, though it's implied that she's only ditzy because she thinks she's entitled to everything and chooses not to use her brain.
  • The Order of the Stick
    • Elan is a definitive version...though it was toned down a bit after Took a Level in Badass.
    • Crystal, the goth assassin. Uncommon in so far that she has neither the good attitude nor the good looks most ditzes have. If she wasn't The Rival of Haley Starshine (which lets her gain a level every time Haley gets one, for the Dungeons & Dragons rules), she'd probably be long dead. Notably when they fought, Crystal attacked her with pickles. Her reasoning was thus: Haley never ate pickles, but pickles are yummy, so the reason she didn't eat them must be that they're deadly to her.
    • The Monster in the Darkness could also qualify.
    • Thog of the Linear Guild.
  • Raven from Questionable Content. She has her moments, though, which makes some people think she's smarter than she looks.
  • In Rusty and Co., Madeline wields a hoe, and later a shovel, under the delusion that they are respectively a holy avenger sword and a vorpal halberd. To be sure, she's deadly with both.
  • In Sinfest, Monique has taken on elements of this trope since the strip took a turn for the Lighter and Softer.
  • Sluggy Freelance
  • Monette started out this way in Something Positive. She got better.
  • Sonya of Ménage ŕ 3 is largely defined by her comedy stupidity. There are occasional moments which suggest that she has some kind of brain which she just never bothers to use. but that's unproven at best.
  • Dustin from Spacetrawler is so consistently stupid that the other characters just start doing the opposite of whatever he advises.
    Pierrot: Dusty thinks it's a bad idea, it must be sensible.
  • Cube from the Stick Figure Comic Stickman and Cube can be a bit ditzy.
  • Andy of Sticky Dilly Buns is completely incapable of picking up social cues or noticing when he's being exploited, and takes the dumbest advice from whoever offers it, to the point of hero-worshipping the very camp gay Dillon as an oracular source of heterosexual dating advice. Quite what he's doing as a prospective boyfriend for the book-smart, nerdy Ruby is unclear. He is cute, admittedly.

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  • Zack in the TV Tropes original webseries Echo Chamber.
    Tom: Kenneth Branagh did it first.
    Zack: The Blues Clues guy? Wait, I forget. Was he the blue one, or was he the dog?
  • Tiffany Thongbiscuit. When she heard from The Vogue (Pronounced "the vagooey") that "Mad Men" was fashionable. She went to school dressed like a literal mad man.
  • At the Super Hero School Whateley Academy in the Whateley Universe, one example is the minor character Bubble. Someone comments to herself, "She has a bubble all right. Between her ears." Another good example is the egocentric, villainous Solange, who isn't smart enough to be an effective villain. She uses her powers to absorb an ethereal protagonist and steal said character's powers; she gets run through the Humiliation Conga for her efforts.
  • Tiffany from Me and My Dick
  • February from Starship. She takes the fact that she removed her helmet before she was supposed to on an unfamiliar planet as a sign that she's "super ahead of schedule". Bug and Junior have their moments, too.
  • Jesse Cox, as is evident in his Terraria playthrough with TotalBiscuit and the RPG Maker series.
  • Tara from Sex House is a parody of this archetype as frequently found in Reality TV. She, along with the rest of the cast, becomes increasingly more intelligent as the series delves further into the horror genre.

    Western Animation 
  • For a long time, Ralph Wiggum from The Simpsons was considered such an extreme example that an entire trope was named after him.
    • Many other characters could count as well, such as Homer Simpson, Ralhp's father Clancy Wiggum (who is even Chief of Police), and Barney Gumble.
  • Disney character Goofy is a classic example.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: Ed: Also May (averted in the Valentine's Day Episode).
  • Luanne, from King of the Hill. Depending on the Writer, sometimes she's more of a Cloudcuckoolander.
  • Officer Barbrady from South Park. Butters also shows ditziness often.
  • Starfire from Teen Titans. But that's because she's from another planet and she doesn't have much knowledge about the Earth. Although she can be pretty mad sometimes.
  • Lor McQuarrie from The Weekenders.
  • Twister Rodriguez from Rocket Power. Subverted in "Twist of Fate", where after being ridiculed for being a fan of a cartoon on safety, Twister ends up using the knowledge he's learned from that show to get his friends out of trouble in the Grand Canyon, showing that (to paraphrase Rose) he's "someone who's not quite as dumb as he appears".
  • Cosmo from The Fairly OddParents. He certainly qualifies better as Too Dumb to Live. If he weren't immortal, he'd be so dead.
  • Patrick Star and SpongeBob from SpongeBob SquarePants. More famously the former.
  • Big Dog and Little Dog from 2 Stupid Dogs.
  • Practically EVERY character of Polish animated show Hip-Hip and Hurra. It goes so far that you could argue that each of the characters represents a different type of stupidity. Heck, some episodes in the second season almost feel like a race between the characters, to see which one is the biggest idiot of them all.
  • Gir, from Invader Zim, is amazingly ditzy. He often heads into Cloudcuckoolander territory, depending on the local humidity and/or piggy count.
  • The perfect example of a male ditz is Gonard from Kappa Mikey, who at one point forgets where his hat is. It's on his head. Also, he takes part in the auditions for a new cast member for Show Within a Show "Lily Mu", despite already being a cast member. All this is in the pilot episode. "Cheerful buffoon" is putting it mildly.
    Gonard: Dude! Check out my laced gloves! Hey, where'd my shoes go?
  • Chris Griffin on Family Guy has an intelligence somewhere between that of a sign post and a bag of moldy French fries. Jillian, Brian's ex-girlfriend, is another example. Peter too, Depending on the Writer.
  • Madison from Class of 3000.
  • Amy Wong from Futurama is a black-haired Ditz - she fails at haggling, confusing it with bidding at auctions, and flirts with all men. Fry is also The Ditz.
    • Amy acts like the ditz, but has a PhD in physics.
  • Bebop and Rocksteady from the 1980s version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fit this trope— despite being male villains.
  • Da-da-da-da-da - Inspector Gadget.
  • Lindsay from the Total Drama series
  • C2 from Carl Squared. (He is only a few months old, and part dog, so some of it is excusable.)
  • Cal of Undergrads.
  • The titular character from Bonkers, but it could be explained away by his being a Toon; he's super emotional, gets all huggy (and kissy) when he's happy, and seems a bit naive when it comes to human matters (especially in the Miranda episodes). On the other hand, he's very knowledgeable about his own kind, and knows just what sort of Toon stunt or prop can save the day.
  • KaBlam!
    • The (except the Chief and probably Justice the dog) Action League from the Action League Now!.
    • Bob of Prometheus and Bob.
    • June used to be one of Nickelodeon's biggest ditzes until her change into the Deadpan Snarker starting in season two.
  • Robin Hood from King Arthur's Disasters. Heheheheh.
  • Numbuh Three from Codename: Kids Next Door. A genuine example. Note 
  • Freddy in What's New, Scooby-Doo?. Surprisingly, he wasn't like this prior to this series (Fred used to be quite serious.)
    • Actually, he WAS pretty dumb in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo show (the direct predecessor of the What's New show).
  • Lola Bunny from The Looney Tunes Show. Daffy also has his ditzy moments.
  • Ringo Starr in the Hanna Barbera The Beatles cartoon was portrayed as a complete bumbling idiot.
  • Francine Smith from American Dad!.
    Clapping!
  • Strawberry Shortcake: Lime Chiffon. Her laugh alone should count along with her parrot being the smart one of the pair.
  • Principal Pixiefrog, Neardy Crocodile and The Prietties (Marget's Rhino's gang) from My Gym Partners A Monkey.
  • Joe Tabootie and Reggie Bullnerd from ChalkZone.
  • Lok, Pupununu Tribe, Zariah, Slog, Blod and Bleeta from Tak and the Power of Juju.
  • Yakkity Yak.
  • Kyle, Ranger Stu, Oscar and Leon from Squirrel Boy.
  • Gerold and Mr. Heelo from The Goode Family.
  • Sandra from Will And Dewitt.
  • Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic represents Ponyville in all her boundlessly enthusiastic glory.
    • Derpy almost by definition, as seen when she unwittingly destroys town hall.
    • Snips and Snails certainly qualify, especially the latter.
    Spike: The proof is in the pudding!
    Snails: (laughs) I like pudding!
    • Wind Whistler is this in the toys and G1 comics, though the cartoon made her The Spock.
    • Back to Friendship is Magic, Sweetie Belle is a mild example of this.
  • Brittany and Kevin from Daria. Of the pair, Brittany tended to be the smarter one (which isn't saying much).
    • Also Tiffany of the Fashion Club.
  • Nester from Scaredy Squirrel.
  • Lawson in Recess.
  • Johnny Bravo, especially in seasons two and three, where a lot of the humor was based around his stupidity, sometimes to the point of making him Too Dumb to Live.
  • Lucky Bob from Histeria!.
  • Dee Dee from Dexter's Laboratory, trope namer for "What Does This Button Do?".
  • Niblet of Pound Puppies (2010).
  • The protagonist's closest school friend, Doogle Pluck from Ned's Newt, who also averts the Smart People Wear Glasses trope.


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