Playing With / Dumb Is Good

Basic Trope: Smart people are mean, dumb people are nice.
  • Straight: The intelligent Smith is an Insufferable Genius who is quick to anger and has a permanent scowl on his face; Dunsworth is slow-witted but is a very nice and gentle person.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Both characters aren't outright good or evil. Smith just wears Jade-Colored Glasses while Dunsworth is a bit of a Wide-Eyed Idealist.
  • Justified:
    • Smith is unhappy because his intelligence allows him to perceive the half-empty reality. Dunsworth, being ignorant, has no reason to be anything but blissfully happy.
    • Smith and Dunsworth are in a Crapsack World, where being neutral or downright evil are expected. Dunsworth simply wasn't smart enough to understand said norm.
    • Smith is Enraged by Idiocy and being smart gives him more opportunities to spot others' stupid mistakes including Dunsworth's.
  • Inverted: Dunsworth is dumb but is incredibly rude; Smith is intelligent and incredibly nice to people.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...But Smith is really a an Evil Genius and a Villain with Good Publicity, whereas Dunsworth is the hero who is trying to stop him, and has gained some undeserved bad publicity in the process, making him seem meaner.
    • Dunsworth is actually dumber than his faked idiocy and his plan was obviously going to fail.
    • Dunsworth looks like he might intelligent after all. But it turns out he's just a Genius Ditz.
    • ...at least, according to himself. Smith really is smart. He just has very low self-esteem.
    • Smith was trying to make people believe he was Feigning Intelligence as a part of his Evil Plan.
  • Parodied:
    • The two men are literally only defined by their intelligences.
    • Stupid is actually used as a synonym for nice and smart for rude.
  • Zig Zagged: Smith seems better than Dunsworth - but that's just because he's a Villain with Good Publicity. At least, that's the excuse that Dunsworth makes up...
  • Averted: Intelligence is not a determinant of kindness.
  • Enforced: "We need a comedy duo! The smart angry guy will smack around the dumb guy."
  • Lampshaded:
  • Invoked: Dunsworth hates Smith's guts, so he incites his bar buddies against Smith by saying how smart people keep normal Joe's down.
  • Exploited: You think that being intelligent makes you evil? Let's take away your intelligence.
  • Defied: Smith decides to become a nicer person; or Dunsworth decides to become smarter.
  • Discussed: "Despite what the rumors may imply, intelligence has little to do with happiness and character."
  • Conversed: "I'd ask if the writers have self-esteem issues for hating on smart people, but that would imply they're smart."
  • Deconstructed: We get to see an inside look at both men; Smith is incredibly unhappy because everyone hates him for his intelligence; Dunsworth isn't particularly happy himself, because he'd much rather be smart like Smith.
  • Reconstructed: Both men realize that they've got to utilize their gifts. Dunsworth realizes that while he's not too bright, he enjoys being liked by people around him; and Smith realizes that while he's not the most popular guy on the face of the earth, he is incredibly intelligent and should value that.

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