"Uh, buddy? Watch that last step."
"Sometimes it depresses me how well dumb luck works for you."
Not the kind of fool that Mr T pities.
The Fool has no idea what he's doing
, he has a dim idea at best who his enemies are or whether he's in danger
, and only has his cheerful disposition to protect him.
That and the blessing of Lady Luck herself
. The Fool's strength comes from supernatural fortune bordering on Karma. Since The Fool is such a good person
, nothing bad happens to them.
The Big Bad
may send hundreds of assassins, but each time The Fool will bend over at just the right time
, or accidentally activate
some Rube Goldberg-esque chain of events
that leads to the villain's downfall
. Occasionally their good luck will be siphoned from someone else around them so that they suffer bad luck. The Fool might even turn out to be The Chosen One
, but he'd be the last one to suspect it.
The Fool was often the Audience Surrogate
of medieval plays, representing the Everyman
or Karmic Trickster
, but typically more clever than smart
. In the annual Feast of Fools, he was King For A Day
See also The Ditz
, The Klutz
, Too Dumb to Fool
, Unluckily Lucky
, Obfuscating Stupidity
, Idiot Hero
, Invincible Incompetent
, and Dojikko
. For the court fool, see The Jester
. See Idiot Houdini
for the more aggressive variant of this. When mistaken for someone important, he's the Seemingly Profound Fool
For the Christopher Moore
novel about the character from King Lear
, see Fool
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- The Fool on the Hill, of course.
- A song by Brazilian group Titãs has the line: "O acaso vai me proteger enquanto eu andar distraído." - Meaning "Luck will protect me as long as I walk on absent-mindedly".
- One of jazz composer Stan Kenton's most well known pieces is entitled "La Suerte de los Tontos" - which translates as "the luck of the fool."
- "The Company of Fools" by Great Big Sea (co-written by Russell Crowe) is about how The Fool can often be the most honest and honorable person around.
- Every other Shakespeare play has the Fool, usually as a Foil of some sort. In more serious dramas, he replaces the Fool with Those Two Guys.
- In The Winter's Tale, the Shepherd's Son (for whom no name is given, but in some printings is called Clown) and to a lesser extent, the Shepherd.
- Launcelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice.
- A stock character of the Commedia dell'Arte genre.
- The anthropomorphic cute-girl version of Windows ME, Me-tan.
- Twig in Fallout: Nuka Break is a protagonist example. He's stupid, overweight and has abysmal combat skills. According to Word of God, if he didn't have a Luck stat of 10 in his S.P.E.C.I.A.L, he pretty much would've died years ago.
- Sparadrap from Noob has a general Stupid Good/Kind Hearted Simpleton attitude that sometimes verges on Too Dumb to Live, but often survives situations that should have taken him to the Respawn Point by sheer luck and obliviousness to what is happening around him. The best show for this is his long-standing Mistaken for Badass situation with Dark Avenger in the webseries and comic.