The Ditz
aka: The Ralph Wiggum

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"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 a 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 Sexy Secretary of this class would be a Ditzy Secretary.

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 dies 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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    Anime and Manga 
  • 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.
  • Italy from Axis Powers Hetalia: the name of the series is even a portmanteau of the Japanese words for "hopeless" and "Italy". Italy is such a Distressed Dude that it's a wonder he survived until Germany formed an alliance with him. One notable example is when Germany tries to teach him how to throw a grenade. Italy throws the pin, leaving the grenade clenched in his mouth. He then just sits there blankly, while Germany screams at him to throw the grenade before they both get blown up. The one time Italy manages to plant a grenade correctly he stands there cheering... as a Russian tank comes up behind him. Romano later does the same thing, suggesting that this trope runs in the family, which in the dub Germany immediately lampshades. America is more of the 'lovable/obnoxious oaf' kind.
  • Baccano!: Isaac and Miria, the Outlaw Couple pair, are twice as flakey. For instance, they think the fact that no one has ever found gold in a given hill is a perfect reason to dig for gold there, and that to perform a "train robbery", you take a train somewhere, rob someone, and then use the train to escape.
  • Akihisa Yoshi from Baka No Test is by far the stupidest person in the school. He divides pot noodle in half contiually thinking that that way he can get infinite meals out of one serving. He even concludes that discovering this makes him a genius. Most geniuses don't spend their food money on porn in the first place. He explains that this why he is eating 1/67th of a pot noodle. Nobody is even surprised that he gets the math wrong there. When Hazuki Shimada turns up and calls asks for the big idiot Akihisa Yuuji Sakamoto says he's surprised that everyone in Japan knows of his stupidity. Akihisa insists it's not all of Japan, just the local area.
  • Rino Rando from Best Student Council. Most of the smarts seem to have been given to her snarky hand puppet Pucchan.
  • Mahiro Muto from Busou Renkin, after spending time early on as a distressed damsel.
  • Castle Town Dandelion:
    • Hikari is the most energetic among the siblings, but she seems extremely clueless about the consequences of her actions.
    • While Akane's most important characteristics are Justice Will Prevail and Shrinking Violet, as the story goes on it's quite clear that despite her own self-consciousness, she's utterly clueless of what's happening around her—like whether she's wearing anything on her lower body (Chapter 12/Episode 4A), or that everyone knows she is Scarlet Bloom (Chapter 21/Episode 9A).
  • Code:Breaker: An extremely ditzy Re-Coder shows up. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 of Deadline Summonner are both harpies, barely wear anything and have just as much upstairs.
    Kimihito Kurusu and Mamoru Onodera: She's a birdbrain!
  • 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.
  • The standout ditz of Don't Become an Otaku, Shinozaki-san! would be Akina's childhood friend Chigusa. She almost always has a dreamy look on her face and her likes are listed as "stripes". When boys would ask if she would go out with them, she'd respond with "go out where?", Oblivious to the fact they were hitting on her. Konatsu is also ditzy in the more Genki Girl fashion.
  • Elfen Lied:
    • Deconstructed by Director Kurama's ditzy secretary, Kisaragi, is decapitated by Lucy in the first 7 minutes of the show because she's Too Dumb to Live. This is 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.
  • The title character (and arguably most of the cast) of Excel Saga.
  • Homura Hinooka from Fire Girl is a downplayed example. Her ditziness mostly stems from her status as being Book Dumb and being fairly incompetent in knowledge regarding "complicated" basics in life (she doesn't even know how to use the internet for starters) but she is actually fairly self-aware and perceptive otherwise.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Shizuka Marikawa from Highschool of the Dead. Her entire character is practically this and Ms. Fanservice (though, to be fair, most of the girls in this series are that).
    Shizuka: That's so cool!
    Saya Takagi: Ugh! You're such a ditz!
  • 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.
  • 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!"
  • Shinobu of Kiniro Mosaic is hardly bright. One of the earliest strips showed 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!
  • Mahou Sensei Negima! Konoka can also act ditzy, but it's almost certainly an act.
  • 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 realizing that liking girls makes her a lesbian.
  • My Monster Secret: The entire point of the series is that it's a Romantic Comedy driven by a cast full of characters who are "just a little dumb" (in the author's own words); however, they're all depicted as lovable goofs or space cases rather than simply idiots. Special mention goes to the female lead Youko Shiragami, whose goofiness has more often than not put her secret at risk.
  • Naruto:
  • Naruto himself fits this in part 1, though it's really more a case of Book Dumb. He outgrows it after the timeskip.
  • Aoba of New Game! can be pretty spacey and oblivious at times, like forgetting her ID card multiple times, or failing to recognize the inspiration for certain characters.
  • 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. 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.
  • Himeko from Pani Poni Dash!. She's so dumb, she faints upon SEEING English letters, since her brain can't take it.
  • 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, (with the exception of the Best Wishes series).
    • Misty's Psyduck, stumbled from place to place with a vacant look on its face.
    • 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 to her starter Torchic, who Took a Level in Badass and evolved into Combusken in the middle of Hoenn, eliminating this trait.
  • Slayers:
    • Gourry Gabriev is nicknamed "jellyfish brain" because he lacks so much common knowledge about the world and is generally clueless in any circumstance.
    • Naga the Serpent, Lina's (self-proclaimed) greatest rival, gets into a lot of trouble with her lack of sense. 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 sensible to begin with, given the strong hints she's related to Amelia and Prince Philionel, who are... definitely 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.
  • 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 Danbo is simply Miura in a cardboard box, for instance.

    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.
  • 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.

    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?
  • My Stupid Reality: 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 
  • The Lion King: Ed is easily the least intelligent of the trio of Hyenas, lacking common sense and being unaware of everything as well as laughing at things that are not funny and at inappropriate times. He even bites his own leg after a brief scuffle with Banzai. He even has the Fish Eyes to match, suggesting some sort of intellectual disability.
  • The Princess and the Frog: Charlotte is a young woman who is still in her Princess Phase and in addition to being Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 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: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The whole future society of Idiocracy is comprised of these.
  • Karen in Mean Girls Has a fifth sense, which she refers to as ESPN, where her breasts can tell when it's already raining.
  • The Hunger Games: Glimmer—for a Career, anyway.

    Literature 
  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal: The titular protagonist theorizes that Raziel is 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.
  • 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.
  • Razza from Don't Call Me Ishmael!. His grades are terrible and he isn't very intelligent, but he is very sociable and fun-loving.
    Sometimes, Razza wasn't quite on the same page as other people – often, he wasn't even in the same library.
  • In The Shattered Kingdoms, Kira pretends to be like this at the Norlander imperial court, being flighty, talkative, politically naive, and superficial. Some people see through it, but as she notes, it's pretty difficult to prove she's smarter than she acts, so it's still a good barrier against people trying to get anything from her.
  • Dear Dumb Diary—Emmily. (Yes, she really spells it with 2 Ms. It's because it reminds her of candy that way—not M&Ms ((those are Ws and 3s)) but because "Mm" is the sound she makes when she eats candy.)
    You remember Emmily—she was very sweet and we all loved her, but she was not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Emmily wasn't even the sharpest spoon in the drawer. Most of the time, Emmily wasn't even in the drawer at all. She was lost somewhere in the bottom of the dishwasher.
  • Journey to Chaos: Ponix Enaz is constantly forgetting to fully shapeshift back into his elven form and thus leaving strange body parts laying out, providing Too Much Information, or being so absorbed by puzzles that he neglects what's around him.
  • Wolf Hall portrays Thomas Cromwell's son Gregory as a bit dim. While Cromwell is a highly savvy polyglot, Gregory is a poor scholar, guileless, and flighty; at one point Cromwell admits to a friend that neither Cambridge nor Gregory have anything for each other. Gregory does wise up as time passes and his father finds more effective mentors for him, but Cromwell actually likes that his son is so unlike himself even if it makes it difficult to relate—he might not be the brightest but he's a model gentleman.

    Live Action TV 
  • All in the Family: Edith Bunker—her Transatlantic Equivalent, Else Garrett of Till Death Us Do Part, really wasn't one, despite her husband's frequent references to her as a "silly moo".
  • A.N.T. Farm: Paisley, who sometimes forgets that her name is Paisley.
  • 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.
  • Desperate Housewives:
    • Susan Meyer 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.
    • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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 since he doesn't understand their Mad Scientist projects.
  • Friends: 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."
  • Glee:
    • Brittany (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.
    • Finn isn't the brightest bulb, either (his default expression is an open-mouthed blank stare).
  • Hee Haw: Junior Samples was almost painfully dumb at times.
  • Hip Hop Harry: That token black kid, 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.
  • Married... with Children: Kelly Bundy 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.
  • Modern Family: Luke is always tripping, jumping on the trampoline while on a pogo stick, getting his head stuck in the staircase railing... He inherited it from his Bumbling Dad Phil and shares it with his sister Haley.
  • Night Court: Bull Shannon. 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.
  • Parks and Recreation: Andy Dwyer.
    Andy: Leslie, I typed your symptoms into the thing up here and it says you could have network connectivity problems.
  • Peep Show: Jeremy (aka Jez). ("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?")
  • Pretty Little Liars: Oh, Hanna. This line sums it all up:
    “Jenna can’t hear us — she’s blind.”
  • Reba : Barbara Jean (who's also a Dumb Blonde), to the point were most of the characters(usually Reba) make fun of her intelligence(or lack thereof)
  • Sam & Cat: Cat. Goomer
  • Screenwipe: Barry Shitpeas and Philomena Cunk, two brainless characters who pastiche the kind of Talking Heads found on I Love the Exties shows. They spend all their time misidentifying 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.
  • The Suite Life of Zack and Cody: London Tipton is often referred to as the "airhead heiress" who, depending on the episode, may not know what a book 'is'' let alone how to read it, or be capable of doing anything for herself.
  • That's So Raven: Chelsea is so often clueless and slow-witted that when she demonstrates knowledge about something, both of her friends are shocked. Yes, not even the psychic can see those moments coming.

    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 also 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.
  • Bassist Tomomi Ogawa of the japanese band Scandal. The band once successfully tricked her into thinking she was made to pay for the pyrotechnics at their first Budoukan concert, complete with fake cheque. Even after the prank was revealed she still looked like she was in a state of complete shock and confusion for another 3 minutes.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Maria from WWE is a good example of a ditz, though this was averted 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 
  • 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.

    Radio 
  • The Jack Benny Program: Dennis Day portrayed himself this way . Apparently he didn't even realise he was supposed to cash the paychecks Jack gave him each week.

    Video Games 
  • 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".
  • Tales of Symphonia: Both Lloyd and Colette 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. For instance, Regina Berry, who has trouble choosing whether to go out with a person or a puppet!
  • Star Ocean: The Last Hope Sarrie from 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...
  • BlazBlue: Taokaka often forgets things that are told to her just seconds after the fact.
  • Suikoden: Viki 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.
  • Helion in Eien no Aselia is rather scatterbrained most of the time. She's probably not actually stupid, but tends to act without thinking.
  • The Game Of The Ages brings us the Village Idiot of Stupidity. Guess what his defining attribute is?
  • I Miss the Sunrise
  • 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 limited 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.
  • Janet Van Dyne in Avengers Academy has shades of this. While most characters have a study mission at the Timeless Archives, Jan has "Try to Study", which involves her sleeping on top of the desk. She gets better as she levels up, however, as she begins studying fashion and later entomology.
  • In Holy Umbrella, the Emperor Dondera displays a surprising degree of goofy ineptitude despite ostensibly being a Big Bad bent on world domination. At one point, he runs scared of being robbed by Donderamaid before the heroes point out that Donderamaid is his own minion.

    Visual Novels 
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Web Animation 
  • 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, including Strong Mad and Homsar.
  • 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 is a team killer because he keeps accidentally killing Church, who he also thinks is his best friend. He's recognized as the dumbest creature in the universe. He gradually becomes disconnected from reality (at one point, he loads his gun with crayons and forgets how to spell his name).
    • Donut has a strange view of the setting at times.
    • 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.
  • Nar in GEOWeasel, doing such things as going out in a severe storm that knocked out power to get batteries for a video game, and Thinking Out Loud about a surprise party for the person standing right in front of him.
  • Wayne the Ogre in The442oons.
    "I'm Not Stupid! <whispers> What's an og-reh?"
    —- Wayne The Ogre
  • Many, many innocent bystanders in GoAnimate. Many videos depict the troublemaker planting an obvious trap in the ground with the people falling into the trap, unaware that they were just trapped. Idiots!

    Webcomics 
  • A Magical Roommate:
    • Duchess Letita is very ditzy, although whether it's due to her stupidity or just her strange viewpoint is fluid.
    • 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 thinks only in terms of narrative tropes which leads to him being Wrong Genre Savvy even in a world where genre savviness is useful. He once thought that singing a song could make someone stealthier. He matures over the course of the comics, becoming a Genius Ditz, but the Ditz is still there.
    • Crystal, the goth assassin, is too stupid to live in a place like Greysky city without someone smarter than her telling her what to do. When she fought Haley, she 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.
  • 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.
  • Something*Positive: Monette
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Web Original 
  • Dream High School's Student Council President, Corliss. One of her highlights is not realizing you're joking when you tell her your name is "Grok, Destroyer of Worlds":
    Corliss: Oh my gosh, I'm soo sorry! Is that a foreign name?
    • And no matter how much you insist that's not your name she doesn't understand and even gives you a nickname ...joy.
    • Then she introduces you to some other students as Grok, Destroyer of Worlds.
  • Zack in the TV Tropes original webseries Echo Chamber.
    Tom: Kenneth Branagh did it first.
    Zack: The Blue's 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Western Animation 
  • The Beatles: Ringo Starr was portrayed as a complete bumbling idiot.
  • Bonkers: The titular character 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.
  • Camp Lazlo: Chip and Skip. Two morons for the price of one.
  • Carl Squared: C2. He is only a few months old, and part dog, so some of it is excusable.
  • Daria:
    • Brittany and Kevin. 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).
    • Tiffany, the Asian Airhead of the Fashion Club.
  • Dexter's Laboratory: Dee Dee, trope namer for "What Does This Button Do?".
  • Drawn Together:
    • Captain Hero, despite being an alien superhero with powers such as super strength, flight, and laser vision, is shown to be a very dumb superhero. He once thought that an AIDS charity walk was a race and that his immigrant neighbors from Greece were a college fraternity. Foxxy and Xandir often berate Captain Hero for his stupidity and poor decision making
    • Princess Clara, despite being religious is also a ditz. She once thought that women could get pregnant from amiss and that she was pregnant after Foxxy kissed her in the pilot episode. She also claimed that a creature called the woodbeast was mentioned in the bible even though there is no actual mention of one.
  • Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy:
  • The Fairly OddParents:
    • Cosmo has no idea what he's doing with that magic wand, or anything else really. If he weren't immortal, he'd be so dead.
    • Timmy's Dad is probably even dumber than Cosmo, but he's occasionally shown to be good at mechanics and a number of his creations actually work.
  • Family Guy:
    • Peter is a complete idiot most of the time (and a jerk). In one episode he finds out that he's mentally handicapped.
    • Chris Griffin on has an intelligence somewhere between that of a sign post and a bag of moldy French fries.
    • Jillian, Brian's ex-girlfriend. She makes Peter look like a genius. Though she does wise up to Brian thinking she's an idiot and dumps him. She may not be all that bright, but that doesn't mean she doesn't have feelings.
  • Futurama:
    • Amy Wong from is a black-haired Ditz—she fails at haggling, confusing it with bidding at auctions, and flirts with all men. Bordering on Genius Ditz, since she's also an engineering student (though in one DVD commentary, the writers admitted that they'd completely forgotten that). Only after the return of the show post-cancellation, she begins to be portrayed more as a Ditzy Genius.
    • Fry. Partly because he's a Fish Out of Temporal Water and partly because of that whole Delta Brainwave thing. In either case, he always seems to be a little slow on the draw.
  • Disney character Goofy is a classic example.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Billy once scored -5 on an IQ test. Amazingly the show was somehow able to come up with a character even less intelligent than him: Fred Fredburger.
  • 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.
  • Inspector Gadget: The inspector bungles through each case until his niece and dog solve it. Sometimes, he doesn't even know there is a case despite being in the middle of it.
  • Invader Zim: Gir is amazingly ditzy. He often heads into Cloudcuckoolander territory, depending on the local humidity and/or piggy count.
  • 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.
  • KaBlam!: June used to be one of Nickelodeon's biggest ditzes until her change into the Deadpan Snarker starting in season two.
  • Kappa Mikey: Gonard 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?
  • The Looney Tunes Show:
    • Lola Bunny can out-ditz anyone on the show.
    Lola: Are you really a duck? I always thought you were a crow. Aren't ducks the ones with those big beaver teeth and that big beaver tail?
    Daffy: Those are beavers.
    Daffy: Uh... Forget it.
    • Later, in the same episode:
    Lola: Porky's a pig? I always thought he was a seal.
    • Daffy also has his ditzy moments.
  • The Loud House: Leni Loud is portrayed as the stereotypical fashion-obsessed Dumb Blonde of the Loud sisters.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Pinkie Pie is far from stupid, but she's too hyperactive to actually use her intelligence. It's her clones that are the real ditz because they can only say "Fun!" and forget the names of her friends.
    • 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!
    Snails: (laughs) I like pudding!
  • Philbert Frog, BIG time. How else can you describe someone who once forgot that you have to shut your eyes if you want to go to sleep?
  • Teen Titans: Starfire can act spacey and clueless because she's from another planet and she doesn't have much knowledge about the Earth. When the titans go to Tamaran, she is not at all ditzy and it is her teammates that have the blank "what's going on" looks.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)'': Bebop and Rocksteady are a pair of incompetent minions. No wonder Shredder never wins.
  • Timothy Goes to School: Lilly is prone to forgetting things and very clumsy. But she's a really sweet student and gets along very well with her friends in school.
  • Total Drama:
    • Lindsay. Despite being one of the dumbest contestants with little skill or clue as to what she's doing, she still remains one of the best contestants who fortune favors. She eliminates herself in Action and in All Stars, and has accidentally voted for herself more than anyone else.
    • His boyfriend Tyler isn't very bright, but not to the same extent as her.
    • Owen. He's a few sandwiches short of a picnic most of the time.
    • Katie and Sadie. Downplayed with Katie, she's not the brightest on the team, but she's scarcely seen doing anything excessively stupid. Sadie is implied to be smarter than Katie; however, she is still fairly airheaded.
    • Sugar in "Pakitew". She reasons that Leonard is smart, simply because she can't understand half of what he says.
  • Van Beuren Studios: In the cartoons based off the newspaper comic, The Little King. While he's not really incompetent, he acts very eccentric and childish for someone in his position.


Alternative Title(s): The Ralph Wiggum, Ditz, Ralph Wiggum

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