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Playing With: Idiot Hero
Basic Trope: A heroic character that is also an idiot.
  • Straight: Bob, the Chosen One destined to defeat Emperor Evulz, is a very powerful warrior, but lacks intelligence.
  • Exaggerated: Bob is The Ditz, and also Too Dumb to Live.
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob is Book Dumb.
    • Bob is of average intelligence, but looks dumb in comparison to his team-mate(s).
    • Bob is actually quite smart but as a tendency to charge into battle without thinking first.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Bob appears to be an idiot at first, but he's revealed to have been playing dumb all along.
  • Double Subverted: Bob claims to be playing dumb in order to make himself look smarter than he really is.
  • Parodied: Bob is a Cloud Cuckoolander ditz whose stupidity makes every situation he's in funnier while at the same time solving it somehow.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob is generally a smart and Genre Savvy person, although he does have the occasional brain fart.
  • Averted: Bob is of average intelligence.
  • Enforced:
    • The show is an action comedy, making the main character into an idiot allows everyone else (including the viewer) to be the Straight Man.
    • "He has no flaws. People are going to think he is boring. Well, I guess we'll just have to turn him into an idiot."
    • It's easier to world build for the audience if the main character is unfamiliar with the world.
  • Lampshaded: "Which end of the sword is the one you hold again?" "And here we are, relying on your great leadership and combat experience..." "Huh?" "Nevermind."
  • Invoked: Bob was chosen because Dumb Is Good.
  • Exploited: Emperor Evulz takes advantage of Bob's lack of wits, turning him into an Unwitting Pawn.
  • Defied: The gods purposefully choose an intelligent hero to defeat Evulz.
  • Discussed: "Why is Bob the leader again? All he ever seems to do is be incompetent and get distracted by shiny things."
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob's stupidity continually makes every situation he tries to get involved in worse and stops him from solving the problem.
    • Or, because of his simple-minded nature, he doesn't question what he's doing, the morality of it, or think of any other solutions, making him essentially a Knight Templar.
    • Bob's mental pratfalls often fail to be inspiring or even endearing, and he becomes increasingly sensitive about cracks to his intelligence as the series goes on.
    • Bob is Too Dumb to Live, and invokes that trope's logical conclusion.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Laughs: Bob is so dumb, he nearly gets his friends killed by placing them into crazy situations like being thrown into a pit of killer puppies, chased down by monkeys with jetpacks, and fighting an old man with a plastic baseball bat.
  • Played For Drama: Bob is separated from his friends and has to work out his problems on his own despite his incompetence, leading to many failures and causing the audience to wonder if he'll manage to survive.

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