Reggie Mantle: What did the klutz do this time?This is a character that everyone knows and loves. So long as they aren't involved in their plans, anyway. The Klutz bumbles and fumbles at seemingly anything they do, but they are kept around for one reason or another. The unstated reason is that they make a great Plucky Comic Relief, and serve as a humanizing accessory to a hero if he is The Stoic. There are varying degrees of klutziness, of course. Some characters are fairly capable with a notable tendency to trip, drop things, forget important tasks, or just plain hurt themselves with their reckless use of explosives, while others can effectively be a force of raw chaos, inducing Deus ex Machina levels of disaster that can foil even the best-laid plan. When their klutz-aura is potent enough to leave smoking wreckage and screaming victims in their usually oblivious wake, they ascend to Lethal Klutz status. A broader supertrope covering those characters that cannot be fit into the narrower Cute Clumsy Girl/Dojikko, which combines with Ms. Fanservice, The Ditz, and The Woobie specifically to transform the character into a Moe factory. Klutziness may be the bunny ears on the Bunny-Ears Lawyer, where their clumsiness is forgiven when they possess valuable knowledge or work skills where their utter lack of grace are not such an impediment. May occasionally transform into The Millstone or Spanner in the Works, depending on how well the heroes can point the klutz at their enemy's plans, and away from their own. If the klutz is routinely The Millstone, the audience may be compelled to yell "Just Eat Gilligan!" Often used as an excuse to inject The Pratfall and other elements of Slapstick comedy. Interestingly, they may actually be Graceful in Their Element— it's just not land.
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Anime & Manga
- Misuzu from Air is exactly this. Much of the comic relief lies in her tripping and falling on her face whenever she starts running.
- Osaka of Azumanga Daioh.
- Chiyo oftentimes as well.
- Kimura's Wife displays traits of this as well as an All-Loving Hero. Now that's a combination you don't see very often.
- Dr. Tearju Lunatique from Black Cat to a very small extent. She trips several times, and each time she has some sort of strange food or something that stains/burns that always lands on Sven. She ruins two of his Fedoras in the course of one chapter (once with a substance that's supposed to be eggs, and again with scalding hot tea). Sven even questions how the hell she managed to trip over her own feet when attempting to carry the tea.
- Her expies in To Love-Ru Darkness, as far as we've seen, including apparent inability to walk properly if something NSFW would happen otherwise.
- Black Lagoon:
- The Loveless family maid Roberta is completely inept in any housework. She's using the job as a cover, being a former FARC guerrilla fighter and international terrorist.
- Greenback Jane from her self-titled arc is another big example, though she's nowhere near the unstoppable badass Roberta is.
- Lilika from Burn Up! Scramble. Especially when drunk.
- Miranda from D.Gray-Man went through a lot of jobs thanks to this.
- Daisuke in D.N.Angel is another male example, and an odd one. Given that he's a bit of a ditz at times, he has a tendency to trip or not watch where he's going. That being said, he's been trained since he was a young child to be a Phantom Thief, so he normally can perform an aerobatic save — but he doesn't want people to know his "weird" background, so he often purposefully flubs it at the last moment.
- Nyu, the innocent split personality of Ax-Crazy Lucy in Elfen Lied.
- Another example from Elfen Lied would be Kisaragi, Kurama's "clumsy secretary." Lucy rips her head off and uses her body as a shield in the first 6 minutes 30 seconds.
- Tohru Honda from Fruits Basket. The whole reason she discovers the Sohma curse is because she trips and grabs onto Kyo while trying to stop Kyo and Yuki from fighting, followed by panicking and running into Shigure and Yuki. In the manga at one point, she tries to break a watermelon with her bare hands, just to cause herself a lot of pain. Tohru seems prone to spacing out and/or not knowing what's going on.
- Tohru's mom, Kyoko, is also a good example, the best is example is a flashback, when she hits Tohru in the head with a cabinet. This could also be an example of Tohru's cluminess and ditziness, as she just simply giggles. Though she still sends Kyoko into a state of panic.
- Kisa Sohma would fall into this category too.
- Mai's mother in Futari Wa Pretty Cure Splash Star, explained as being due to a lack of sleep — she works as an archaeologist of the non-adventuring kind, and frequently pulls all-nighters.
- In GaoGaiGar, one member of each pair of the "Dragon Brothers" (and according to Super Robot Wars, the Dragon Sisters) is very bad at landing when launched into battle (see here).
- Funny thing is, it is usually the Red Oni counterpart who is prone to crash-land, as proven with the Dragon Brothers. But for the Dragon Sisters, it's the Blue Oni who is the one to crash-land.
- However, in the actual show, KouRyu (the "red" one) never has to land, but has a great deal of comical trouble maneuvering in space.
- AnRyu crashing is from Super Robot Wars W.
- Actually, in the aforementioned scene in FINAL, both of them crash-landed. AnRyu simply had a more spectacular one, more akin to EnRyu's kind of "landing" as opposed to the simple "thud" that KouRyu experienced. Given that they were both falling in from orbit and had likely been tossed away by Puranus, though...it's kind of understandable.
- Jinpei in Gatchaman, through a combination of his young age and tendency to leap before he looks.
- A repeatedly lampshaded trait of Eto "Careless Hachibe" Hachibe from Iono the Fanatics. She desperately tried to hide it using her side, but alas, clumsiness is just one of those things that are really to control.
- Dino from Katekyō Hitman Reborn!! takes this to extremes: when his fellow mafia family members are present, he's especially skilled and all-around awesome. Without them, though, he gets so clumsy that he can't even eat a simple meal without getting it on himself, or walk up or down stairs without tripping and falling (mostly onto Tsuna for added effect.) When the series shifts into action territory, however, this trait seems to be all but written out of the plot.
- Sancho and Pedro from The Mysterious Cities of Gold, who bear the brunt of the physical comedy and whose Gold Fever regularly leads them into obvious traps that blow up the building they're standing in.
- Naruto starts out as a klutz in the beginning of his series.
- Tobi is one as well intentionally.
- Akane Tendo of Ranma ˝ is the klutz in spite of being a Tsundere with greater-than-average strength and martial arts training (if severely outclassed by every other fighter in the series). She gets teased for it a lot, even in the threat of her Hyperspace Mallet. Unlike some other examples, though, she usually learns from her mistakes —for example, when she tried to learn rhythmic gymnastics, she made a mess of everything and tripped over her own feet... but by the end of the week she was pretty good at it, and by the end of the manga she pulls off feats of near-superhuman agility.
- Yomiko Readman of Read or Die, although she is outclassed by Joker's assistant Wendy's Cute Clumsy Girl antics.
- Louie from Rune Soldier Louie to the point where the first volume of the US DVDs is called "Enter the Klutz".
- Sailor Moon: Yuuichirou, the guy who works with Rei at the shrine, is klutzy.
- Amelia from Slayers manages to be a formidable magic user, in spite of general klutziness and sometimes being The Ditz.
- Kiara the Amaranthine from There, Beyond the Beyond, despite being the most sought-after magical artefact in the world, trips over her own feet quite often.
- Kotetsu T. Kaburagi from Tiger & Bunny is not known for his grace. Even on active superhero duty. Especially on active superhero duty.
- Taiga Aisaka from Toradora! is an unusual case; she's not particularly clumsy in the sense of tripping over, dropping things or bumping into people (she's actually remarkably athletic), but she's capable of acts of startling carelessness. Most notably, she not only put a love letter in the wrong boy's bag, she actually forget to put the letter in the envelope!
- Koyomi, the protagonist of Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou. Her only magical skill is summoning falling basins, and she tends to get herself into trouble even when that's not happening.
- Donquixote "Corazon" Rocinante, the brother of Donquixote Doflamingo, from One Piece. He is shown setting himself on fire while trying to light a cigarette, tripping over nothing, or, in one instance, setting himself on fire while tripping over nothing.
- Archie from Archie Comics. When Jughead was invited to an Andrews family reunion, he notices that the clumsiness is a trait that is shared among Archie's entire family.
- In the 2015 Archie reboot, it arguably goes past just "clumsiness" and into superhumanly bad luck. Case in point, he somehow manages to set ice cream on fire.
- Awkwardman from the Inferior Five. He's been known to bump his head on panel borders and knock over the laws of perspective when he falls. That's right, this man is so clumsy that the conventions of the medium and physics both topple before his fumbling.
- G.I. Joe:
- Wildcard literally accidentally breaks everything he touches without fail. Sooner or later, it will happen.
- Tripwire trips over air and his shaky hands can't keep a grip on anything for long... unless he's handling explosives, that is.
- This is one of the many ways in which Gaston Lagaffe makes a mess of things.
- Klak from Pocket God is very clumsy, which often leads to his death. In fact, he dies the second-most often in the series; behind Nooby.
- Disney Ducks Comic Universe: Fethry Duck is an incredible example, capable of causing immense damage through it. He also knows he's this, and has taken advantage by working as a demolition worker or, in one memorable occasion, having himself hired by the villains of the story to sabotage them.
- Clark Kent is often written as this, particularly in All-Star Superman. His clumsiness is entirely affected, of course, because it makes him look incompetent and therefore not Superman, and it allows him to subtly use his powers while still disguised (for instance, stumbling into someone to push them out of the way of a falling object).
- Dagwood Bumstead from the Blondie comic strip is known for this trait. His boss once gave him a check because he did not mess up things all day. Cue him messing up this immediately.
- Clumsy Carp from the comic B.C.. In one strip, Peter and Thor are watching Clumsy approach from far away, across a flat plain that's totally featureless... except for one small rock, which he duly trips over. Peter turns to Thor and says "Pay up." He's also charged five times the standard admission to an antiques show in one strip. He has tripped over beaches. Beaches.
Films — Animation
- Wall E: Non-human example: WALL•E has a tendency for falling down things. Having treads doesn't help.
- Jeremy the crow from The Secret Of NIMH, though he seems a much better flier than walker.
- The titular Arthur of Arthur Christmas is constantly tripping over things. Wearing oversized slippers for most of the film doesn't help.
- Oh from Home easily trips on his pods.
Films — Live-Action
- Chunk in The Goonies. Mikey even uses Chunk's clumsiness to break the Treasure Map from its frame. "What'd you break this time, Chunk?"
- Star Wars' Jar Jar Binks, on his own admission: "Messa... clumsy."
- Cadet (later Officer) Fackler in the Police Academy films. Oddly, most of his mishaps inflict injury on people other than himself.
- Seymour in both The Little Shop of Horrors and its recursive adaptation Little Shop of Horrors. In the original, he's a Lethal Klutz.
- Godzilla of all creatures, particularly during the Showa era. During his rampages and monster fights, the King of the Monsters frequently loses his footing and tumbles to the ground (often taking out a building or two in the process).
- This was all too common in the actual filming of such scenes, particularly in the first movie; stunt actors would often topple over due to the awkwardness of the toe spread.
- Wendell of Tricky People can't even play with a Newton's cradle without making a complete mess of his boss's desk.
- At the end of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Elsa Schneider turns into a major klutz at the worst possible time. After crossing a forbidden boundary with the Holy Grail, she loses her balance due to an earthquake and she drops the grail. She sprints after it but in her haste, she clumsily trips and knocks the grail into a crevice. This sets up a Take My Hand moment where she tries to reach it while holding onto Indiana. Her hand comes up inches short and she falls to her death. Had she been less reckless, she might’ve recovered the grail before it fell into the chasm in the first place.
- The titular character of Eddie the Eagle is extremely accident prone managing to knock over an entire ski team and fall down a 70m ski jump slope. Notably, the real life Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards was nicknamed Mr. Magoo by the press for his clumsiness.
- Gang-du from The Host is constantly falling flat on his face. Notably, it ends in tragedy when he tries to drag his daughter away from a giant monster, falls over, gets back up and grabs what he thinks is her hand but is really another girl's.
- Bella Swan from Twilight always makes a point of discussing her klutzy tendencies. Which, conveniently, hides all her injuries from her altercations with vampires.
- Spoofed to hell and back with the extravagant clumsiness of Belle Goose in the Harvard Lampoon's parody, Nightlight.
- Prince Rhun in The Castle of Llyr. As Fflewddur put it, "If there were a field with one stone he'd trip over it!" And get back up with a smile on his face.
- Penlan from Sandy Mitchell's Ciaphas Cain novels.
"Penlan?" Kasteen looked thoughtful for a moment. "Isn't she the one they call Jinxie?"
"Yes." I nodded. "But she's not nearly as accident prone as she's supposed to be. I'll grant you she fell down an ambull tunnel once, and there was that incident with the frag grenade and the latrine trench, but things tend to work out for her. The orks on Kastafore was as surprised as she was when the floor in the factory collapsed, and we'd have walked into right into that hrud ambush on Skweki if she hadn't triggered the mine by chucking an empty food tin away..." I trailed off, finally listening to what I was saying. "You know how troopers tend to exaggerate these things," I finished lamely.
- But the troopers want to be near her; they think she soaks up all the bad luck in the vicinity.
- Harry Potter:
- Jackie Rodowsky, a regular charge of the Baby-Sitters Club, and nicknamed "the walking disaster".
- Fitz Kreiner from the Doctor Who Expanded Universe. He's not as cartoonishly clumsy as some of these examples, but no other character in the Eighth Doctor Adventures is anywhere near as clumsy as he is. One gets the impression that if there's a possible obstacle, he finds and trips over it, and if there isn't one, he just trips over his own feet instead. He once got a Twisted Ankle climbing on a rock wall, which ended up serving as a plot device to split him up from the main group, and to make matters worse, he attempted to kick someone with his injured foot. And he's admitted himself he's rather uncoordinated.
- Sachar in Oblomov, who regularly breaks stuff.
- Sidney Rampulsky in the Macdonald Hall series. He is so bad that the assistant headmaster orders him to learn ballet in the neighbouring girl's school to learn some coordination. He tries so hard to get out in one session that his klutziness gets even worse and he single-handedly destroys the gym!
- Nijel the Barbarian in the Discworld novel Sourcery. If he was lost in a trackless wasteland, you could find him by putting something delicate and precious on the ground, and hurrying back when you heard the crash.
- As British statesman Lord Chesterfield wrote about them in Letters to His Son: "He is at a loss what to do with his hat, when it is not upon his head; his cane (if unfortunately he wears one) is at perpetual war with every cup of tea or coffee he drinks; destroys them first, and then accompanies them in their fall. His sword is formidable only to his own legs, which would possibly carry him fast enough out of the way of any sword but his own. His clothes fit him so ill, and constrain him so much, that he seems rather, their prisoner than their proprietor." (letter 83)
- In The Last Superhero, Orville Wagner and his wife had to get out of superheroing because they tended to hurt people and property using their powers of Super Strength and Super Speed respectively.
- Furguson, an adolescent werewolf from the Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. series, is so clumsy that he contracted lycanthropy when he tried to lay his passed-out-drunk Hairball uncle on the couch and scratched himself on the guy's claws.
- Angel: Wesley in his early post-Buffy appearances. For the love of god, don't let him near an ax.
- Game of Thrones: Jaime, thanks to instinctively reaching for things with his golden hand. Most characters politely pretend not to notice.
- Adam Savage of MythBusters is known and loved not just for his science, but his tendency to hurt himself repeatedly.
- And if Adam isn't hurting himself, chances are colleague Tory Belleci is.
- If he isn't too busy hurting Grant Imahara.
- "Let's egg him on until he hurts himself. That's always fun."
- And if Adam isn't hurting himself, chances are colleague Tory Belleci is.
- Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor from Home Improvement. Oh oh oh oh oh oh OH.
- In one episode he overly polished the wooden floor in the basement for his eldest son's birthday party, causing his son's girlfriend to slip and injury herself. When they get to the hospital, it's revealed that he knows the name of the vast majority of the hospital staff due to the amount of times he's visited. When his son asks about it, the nurse shows him a thick folder saying that's only for the times he's been in that month. Tim also comments it's the first time he's been to the hospital without being injured himself, only to walk into a door and break his nose.
- Susan Mayer of Desperate Housewives. Sometimes her accidents actually steer the plot.
- Family Matters: Steve "Did I do that?" Urkel is infamous for causing disasters everywhere and destroying Carl's property as a result of his outright clumsiness.
- The George Lopez Show had a Recurring Character named Accidental Amy (played by executive producer Sandra Bullock).
- Parodied in iCarly, where the titular Show Within a Show airs a joke trailer for a movie starring a teenage heroine who "falls down a lot for no reason."
- Scrubs had Julie, one of J.D.'s girlfriends of the week (played by Zach Braff's girlfriend-at-the-time Mandy Moore). It comes as a bit of a surprise when Elliot predicts J.D. to be the one who eventually screws up their relationship. (Surely enough, he does.)
- J.D. and Elliot do have this as well, though Julie just takes it to the extremes.
- Male example: Jack Tripper from Three's Company, who'd usually trip on the sofa.
- Chrissy's cousin Cindy is even more of one.
- Chuck Bartowsky. He gets the team into as many scrapes as he gets them out of. Whether this trait will be overcome by the neo-Intersect remains to be seen.
- Dick Van Dyke. Sometimes.
- Get Smart: Max's clumsiness has actually saved him (and the whole of CONTROL more than once) in many occasions from KAOS.
- Captain Parmenter in F Troop, who pratfalls on a regular basis. As it did for Maxwell Smart, it also came in handy on occasion (particularly when dealing with a double).
- Thomas in the "Story of Everest" sketch from Mr. Show, who knocks over his parents' thimble collection repeatedly.
- Parodied in the Country Music song "I Break Things" by Erika Jo. She admits to being a klutz who "make[s] things snap and fall apart"... including other people's hearts.
- Dungeons & Dragons:
- Extremely obscure example: Derider Fanshaen, an NPC of the Greyhawk setting, introduced in the 1980s. Painfully clumsy to the point that she had to be let off of certain duties when training for the priesthood because she destroyed too many fragile objects, but at the same time not someone to mess with: she's one of the most powerful clerics in the city of Greyhawk, so she can smite you to oblivion if you threaten the city. Also one of the ruling oligarchs of Greyhawk, meaning she's politically as well as magically powerful. And still one of the nicest people around. It's taken to the point where her Dexterity stat is listed at 4, and a description of her quarters in another supplement entirely still emphasized that all the potion containers in her treasure inventory were made of metal, not breakable glass or ceramic.
- Must be a cleric thing in general. The 3.5 iconic cleric, Jozan, is depicted as being a klutz when it comes to anything more dexterous than bashing things and dodging (though he is pretty good at that). His complete inability to successfully sneak around quietly, in particular, causes some issues. Alhandra and Lidda needle him about his klutziness occasionally, much to his embarrassment in the former situation and annoyance in the latter.
- Depending on character build, Dexterity is a not-uncommon Dump Stat for clerics in D&D. Almost every other stat is useful — Wisdom is important for spellcasting, Strength for when they join the fighter in melee, Intelligence for more skills/proficiencies, Constitution to help tank heavy blows as a front-liner... Even Charisma can be useful, depending on edition. Combined with few skills that use Dexterity, being The Medic, and a habit of wearing heavy armor, it's almost safe to let Dex suck when everything else demands attention too.
- The Clumsy trait is usually Played for Laughs in Rocket Age, but when things become tense it can quickly become Played for Drama.
- There is a "Klutz" and "Complete Klutz" disadvantage in GURPS.
- Tales of Symphonia: Colette is such a klutz that some of her attacks are essentially her falling on someone (with an added bonus effect of stealing their items). Her tendency to stumble and fall on the exact thing the party was looking for (a rare book, the off switch for a trap) leads her companions to call it a "divine clumsiness", which doesn't preclude her being just plain clumsy at times — the room in which the game begins has a Colette-shaped hole in the wall.
- Another wall that Colette leaves a Colette-shaped hole in is still there in the second game and used as the town's tourist attraction (an NPC suggested it be used for such a thing in the first game). This place is one place that IS reasonable to trip, as it is at the end of a steep downward slope.
- At one point, in Welgaia, she trips into a deactivated machine, turning it on. Not only that, but later in the game she manages to trip and fall over despite being able to fly. That's an achievement in itself.
- After the scene where she turns on the machine, she gets an actual title for being clumsy. She can wear it, as well.
- By the time the second game rolls around, she's learned to use her clumsiness as a cover; she sometimes knocks people over so they won't get hurt by something else (for example, a rampaging garuda).
- Yuffie, from Final Fantasy VII, is... interesting. During the Bahamut Sin fight in Advent Children, she leaped from building to building, effortlessly catching the her shuriken no matter what happened to it in flight, and even doing crazy acrobatics. In Dirge of Cerberus, she set off a flash bomb, darted in and dragged away someone who should be much heavier than her in the space of a few seconds, and virtually disappeared. After that, she spent most of her appearances in said game falling over and hurting herself. She seemed to vary from ditzy to deadly competent in the original game, too. Maybe she just doesn't use her ninja agility until it's needed? Or perhaps she's just Obfuscating Stupidity?
- Rikku in Final Fantasy X falls on her rear end so many times it becomes a plot point in an Final Fantasy X-2 sidequest.
- As a male example, Mario's brother Luigi tends to display this feature, especially in the RPGs and to some degree in the Super Smash Bros. series which actually has this present in gameplay: one of his special moves has a chance of misfiring and another ends with him turning upside down in midair and landing on his head (Mario's version of the attack lands him on his feet). This seems to be the reason Mario is considered the better jumper. Luigi might jump higher, but Mario's more coordinated and can stick the landing.
- Shurelia from Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia starts off as a somewhat cold Ladyof War, but after you actually get her into your party and put her into a costume other than the Linker suit, it becomes apparent that she's incredibly clumsy. She will actually fall over after casting spells, and gets lost repeatedly in the course of the game. In spite of all of this, she's probably the smartest character in the game. Jacqli from the second game will also almost fall over while casting spells.
- Neverwinter Nights: In gameplay, Linu would be a competent cleric if her A.I. weren't problematic. However, every conversation you have with her mentions some bit of chaos that she caused through clumsiness, usually by way of Disaster Dominoes (e.g. spilling a drink in a bar and causing a Bar Brawl that destroyed most of the building.)
- Anthony the pageboy, one of Eternal Darkness's Chosen, is a protagonist example. Let's see, he reads a cursed scroll he was meant to take straight to the king, knocks open a coffin containing the body of a priest who was killed by Bonethieves, drops a vase (which turned out to contain a component for Magick, so no problem there), potentially stabs himself... yeah, it's hard to think of a hindering flaw as cute rather than worrisome in a Lovecraft Expy work. The only thing that would keep him from getting himself killed is that thanks to the curse he spends his chapter gradually turning into a zombie and therefore unable to die normally or significantly injure himself.
- Though all Dead Rising characters besides Frank have limited screentime, Paul does a good job of looking The Klutz. His post-miniboss-fight cutscene goes without saying, but even during the fight, the easiest/least damaging way to get a chance to attack him is to wait for him to get bowled over by one of his own explosives.
- Cal-Vina in Agarest: Generations of War Zero is so clumsy that Routier specifically - and very seriously - asks Eugene to make sure he never holds a knife. As she says:
Routier: "You see, my brother is awfully clumsy. So much so that it is, at times, mistaken for a strange sort of skill."
- Seek And Destroy 2002: An interesting vehicular example is Jevons, a tank from Seek and Destroy 2002, aka Combat Choro Q. When excited (usually by the delivery of big news) he has a bad habit of forgetting to hit his brakes and crashing off screen. Also doubles as the game's Woobie, since his crashes usually end up with him getting injured. Fortunately, the damage is rarely very serious, tending towards more Amusing Injuries with him puttering back on-screen sporting a little bandage.
- In Pokémon, there is an ability that certain Pokemon can have that is actually called Klutz. Appropriately for the trope, it is one of the less useful abilities in the game, preventing Pokemon with it from being able to use their held items. Pretty much the only Pokemon the Klutz ability is considered good on at all is Lopunny, both because they get moves that capitalize on the few advantages to the ability there are(one of which involves forcing the ability on the opponent's Pokemon), and because their statistics make them rather bad at anything else.
- Many characters from the Carmen Sandiego games:
- The photographers in the 1995 Carmen Sandiego: Junior Detective Edition. It's no wonder they can never get a full photo of the villain and have to send bits and pieces at a time.
- The ICK brothers from Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego and Where in the U.S.A. is Carmen Sandiego?, both from 1996. They're pretty much your typical Bumbling Janitors, complete with frogs in their overalls and Garden Hose Squirt Surprises.
- In Rising Angels, Zuri, the ship's security officer, has a reputation for accidentally breaking things. This is a plot point, because when a critical item gets destroyed and she had access to it, she's accused of breaking that too. She didn't — it was sabotage by someone else.
- Arthur in Fire Emblem Fates is infamously unlucky, this trope being a big reason. His roster descriptions in both English and Japanese pertain to his tendency to trip and fall over for no reason, and it comes up several times in his Supports.
- In The Sims 3 and The Sims 4, it's one of the many personality traits. A clumsy Sim will occasionally trip when walking (and sometimes even when standing idly), if on a treadmill, they're more likely to fall off, items they use are more likely to break, and if a clumsy Sim proposes, they'll drop the ring.
- Gwynn from Sluggy Freelance sometimes gets like this when she takes off her glasses.
- Bird Boy: Bali in the opening pages falls flat on his face — twice. Plus once on his butt
- Proud, noble and powerful Yeon from Tower of God is capable, but on two occasions she burnt up her entire team, and when their strength was measured, she slipped and barely touched the measuring plate with her knuckles while bumping her head against the machine. She still got in third place and was first place at the time.
- Vincent the Lucario in the Pokémon fanfic Random Doom.
- In Wapsi Square, both Monica and Tina are a bit on the clumsy side.
- Sweet Bro, of Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff fame, has problems with tasks such as walking down stairs, pouring milk, putting spoons in drawers, using rulers, and putting boots on.
- Mackenzie Blaise of Tales of MU tends to trip when startled. She's very easily startled.
- Jamie in Twig is often this due to his poor reaction times stemming from his Super Intelligence, which gives his massive data recording, retention, and processing ability but also causes delayed reaction times as he takes everything in.
- The Kindhearted Simpleton T37 in Ranzar's Tanktoons is an example of this, being quite clumsy for a light tank and often doing things that annoy, inconvenience, or injure the much more capable but eternally long-suffering Hellcat. In one notable instance, he managed to parachute upside down. Onto Hellcat. He never means ill, though, and always does his best to make it up to Hellcat afterwards. Fans also like T37 for his exuberance and occasional incompetence.
- Goofy is well known for being one of the earliest animated klutzes. It's the trait that has characterised him relentlessly wherever he appears.
- Young Hercules in Disney's Hercules, due to his Super Strength. The TV series based on his teen years had this as a recurring theme.
- Lilo & Stitch: The Series has an experiment named Woops, who is this trope. He's actually important to the story in his first and only appearance.
- Eugene in Hey Arnold!, who is not just extremely clumsy, but is also just a bad luck magnet in general. In one episode it was revealed that he was born on Friday the Thirteenth, which explains a lot.
- Daphne from Scooby-Doo. Other cast members sometimes sarcastically refer to her as "Danger Prone Daphne."
- Amy Wong in Futurama is described even by the other characters as a "klutz from Mars" and gives precisely the same scream every time she falls over. In the early seasons, Amy doing a pratfall was pretty much a Once an Episode occurrence.
- In one of the DVD audio commentaries, the writers mention this trait was given to Amy to see if such slapstick humor could be funny if inflicted on a cute female character. (As opposed to The Simpsons, where Bart and Homer were the primary focus of physical gags.)
- George, George, George of the Jungle... WATCH OUT FOR THAT TREE!
- Nancy in The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan. A psychic even pointed this out once while attempting to read the bumps on her head, most of which were obtained through Nancy's own klutziness. In another episode, Mr. Chan instinctively calls out to Nancy when he hears someone crashing into a lamp. (It was Stanley, who's also rather clumsy himself.)
- Irma from the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is really a klutz tending to step on people's feet and often addressed as this by others including Bebop and Rocksteady.
- Her 2012 incarnation also has her moments of clumsiness, but not nearly as bad. Maybe because she's actually a Kraang spy in disguise.
- My Little Pony
- The original Applejack. It's a main part of her backstory for the toys, and she got a song in the UK about how "silly" she is. Not so much in the cartoon, though. The one big spill she ends up in is Firefly's fault.
- My Little Pony Tales has Clover.
- My Little Pony G3 has Minty.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
- The title goes to fan-favorite Derpy Hooves, who has been seen dropping furniture on people, accidentally pulling the plug out of an apple-bobbing tub, accidentally smashing holes in the roof of a building she was getting ready for a party, and creating a hole in the floor by sitting down too hard.
- Rainbow Dash is often crashing into things or accidentally breaking them, often as a result of being Too Fast to Stop.
- Sweetie Belle is so clumsy she can burn juice.
- Gentle Giant Troubleshoes Clyde supplants even Derpy — his cutie mark, an upside-down horseshoe, means that his special talent is klutziness. Unfortunately, being an absolutely massive stallion, he has caused quite some damage, to the point of being considered a wanted outlaw in Appleloosa and environs. With the aid of the Cutie Mark Crusaders, he learns to channel his klutziness as a rodeo clown.
- In He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983), a running gag is that Orko messes up many of the spells he attempts. He also seems to spend quite a lot of time bumping into things.
- Marshall of Paw Patrol has this as his defining trait, generally involving things like getting his head stuck in stuff and crashing into the elevator.
- Mr. Bogus in spades, even moreso in the original claymation vignettes.
- An episode of SpongeBob SquarePants featured SpongeBob's cousin, Stanley, who was mailed to SpongeBob's house when his father got fed up with him. Most of what he touches explodes in a mushroom cloud.
- One episode of The Simpsons has Mayor Quimby's nephew charged with putting a waiter in the hospital for his inability to say the word "chowder" without a French accent. Later on, it turns out that the waiter was actually injured because he's a klutz of epic proportions and had a humongous accident in the kitchen after Quimby's nephew left. When the waiter tries to refute this, he has another epic klutz episode right there in the courtroom.
- This is now considered to be a medical condition called dyspraxia. Symptoms and severity vary, but can often include problems with "proprioception" (that is, knowing where your arms and legs are without looking), poor muscle tone leading to erratic application of muscle strength, and poor short term memory and mental organisation. (So, it's not so much that they knocked the cup off the table, but they put it down between the edge of the table and the natural place for their elbow in the first place.)
- US President Gerald Ford was frequently satirized as being a klutz due to a couple well-publicized incidents of him tripping. This portrayal might've been unfair, given that he had been a star football player at the University of Michigan and a coach at Yale and later in life had balance problems due to inner ear failure.
- George W. Bush also gets stuck with a bit of this reputation, having fallen off a Segway and his bicycle, choked spectacularly on a pretzel, and been "outwitted" by a door at the end of a press conference.
- However, he did manage to dodge two different shoes that were thrown at him during a press conference.
- Matt Smith is this in real life, and carries the trait over to some of his characters like the Doctor. Steven Moffat has a very funny bit in his Doctor Who Magazine column about the utter madness of writing a script where Matt runs around with a flaming torch.
"How can you drop something upwards when you're sitting still? [...] He's clumsy when he's not in motion!"
- George Kollias, despite being a world-famous drummer who is renowned for his extreme technical ability, has an apparently uncanny knack for spilling cups of coffee. Karl Sanders specifically noted this in the liner notes to What Should Not Be Unearthed, and he apparently does it with such regularity that the band no longer allows him to bring coffee on the bus because of the likelihood that it will become one with the carpet.
- This is likely were the whole idea of the 'awkward teenage stage' comes from. Younger teenagers and tweens often become clumsy for a time as a side-effect of their rapid growth spurts. The thing is, their bodies are growing too fast for their brain to keep up with, so they bump into things and trip over their own feet more often than other age groups. As par the rest of puberty, the clumsiness usually goes away once the growth spurts calm down and the brain has time to get used to its larger body.