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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
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- The women in This ad for the LA County Fair.
Anime and Manga
- 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
- Babs from the Nick Park movie Chicken Run.
- Tow Mater from the Cars series of movies.
- Oscar from Shark Tale.
- One of Scamp's sisters in Lady And The Tramp II Scamps Adventure, Danielle, is an adorable, ditzy Cocker Spaniel. However, coincidentally, she is voiced by the same person who voices Phil and Lil from the Rugrats.
- Charlotte from The Princess and the Frog, who is an inversion of the Alpha Bitch, being Spoiled Sweet and generally a kind person to her friend Tiana and willing to pull a I Want My Beloved to Be Happy near the end, despite always wanting to marry a prince and be a princess.
- Brain from Igor.
- Sonata Dusk from My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks. Oddly enough, she's one of the film's villains, part of an evil trio with Adagio Dazzle and Aria Blaze.
Films — 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. Bean's 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.
- 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, a pole dancer.
- 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.
- Bertie Wooster, though he's not completely stupid, and is capable of learning from experience.
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.
- Lord Percy Percy was this from the first two seasons of Black Adder; his role is taken by George from seasons 3 and on.
- Edmund Blackadder in the first season, 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.
- TV's Frank, Professor Bobo, and Mike are all this on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
- Crow and Tom constantly switched places when it came to this trope, depending on the situation.
- 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.
- Dolphins are just gay sharks, and the square root of 4 is rainbows.
- Finn and Puck aren't the brightest bulbs either (Finn's default expression is an open-mouthed blank stare), though they split the difference and are slightly less dumb than Brittany.
- In Puck's case, it's sort of implied that he's not really stupid at all, it's just that he usually doesn't put in that much effort. The moments when he does put in effort in things, he usually does just fine. Finn, however, plays this trope straight.
- 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?".
: 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.
- Constable Goody from The Thin Blue Line.
- El Chavo del ocho isn't short in ditzy characters, but the biggest one is Kiko, who is so deeply dumb, he rarely notices and often ends unconsciously agreeing which every insult given to his intelligence.
Kiko: *mocking El Chavo* You're so dumb because you arrived late to the brains repartition.
El Chavo: So? What 'bout you?
Kiko: Ha! Like I ever went!
- It's implied that Don Federico, Kiko's late father, was equally dumb, and Dońa Florinda, his over-pamperig mom, is well aware of her kid's shortcomings. On one flashback, Don Federico says how prideful he felt about how alike his kid and him were, to which his wife responded "Well, he is healthy and that's what counts".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 from Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory, 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.
- Arcueid, she of Tsukihime and Melty Blood fame, comes off quite ditzy, being a centuries-old vampire princess not used to the societal norms of the human world. Watch out, because she can kill you before you can blink, even before her Superpowered Evil Side kicks in.
- Yumina, the titular character from Yumina The Ethereal, who completely lacks any common sense and has trouble understanding even non-complex concepts.
- Michiru in Grisaia No Kajitsu comes off as largely brainless at times. She's exaggerating her natural ditziness a little so she stands out more, but that's only a result of being stressed from not standing out due to not being very smart or pretty to begin with.
- 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 he literally Took a Level in Badass and has leveled up his intelligence for the sake of using spells more effectively. Still has the personality down and with his extreme Genre Savvy he constitutes a great example of a Genius Ditz.
- 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. Crosses over with Dumb Muscle and Psychopathic Manchild.
- 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.
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.
- Zack in the TV Tropes original webseries Echo Chamber.
- 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.
- Taipu from the BIONICLE online games and shorts. He at one point mentions that a lot of rocks have fallen on his head, which might have something to do with it. Also a Dumb Muscle, at least among the Matoran.
- Goku, from Dragon Ball Z Abridged, is this crossed with Idiot Hero. He is never focused on whatever he's doing, he thinks about food all the time, and he stopped fighting because he was getting bored.
- Wood. Burns.
- Hugo, one of Matt Santoro's clones. He uses made-up words, mistakes paint chips for the kind of chips meant for eating, and thinks it's a good idea to get numerous immunization shots at once.
- For a long time, Ralph Wiggum from The Simpsons was considered such an extreme example that an entire trope was named after him.
- 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.
- 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) except in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (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!.
- 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 Partner's 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. She's far from stupid, but she's too hyperactive to actually use her intelligence.
- The Cutie Mark Crusaders are also presented as this, by way of Children Are Innocent.
- 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!
- Wind Whistler is this in the toys and G1 comics, though the cartoon made her The Spock.
- Brittany and Kevin from Daria. Of the pair, Brittany tended to be the smarter one (which isn't saying much, though at least she managed to not be held back and graduate from Lawndale High).
- 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.