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Basic Trope: A character who is so stupid it's unclear how they've managed to survive until now.
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- Straight: Bob's stupidity is of such baffling magnitude that it's unclear how he even functions.
- Exaggerated: Too Dumb to Live.
- Downplayed: Cloud Cuckoolander... That being, an outlandish character that might mistaken as foolish by common folks, but he/she's actually rather functional.
- Justified: Bob suffers from a brain disorder that severely restricts his mental development.
- Subverted: Bob's revealed to have been the Big Bad pulling strings from behind the scenes the whole time while putting up an idiotic facade to avoid suspicion.
- Double Subverted: Even after being revealed as the Big Bad, Bob doesn't display any signs of anything beyond the most basic cognitive functions.
- Zig-Zagged: Sometimes Bob is presented as stupid, sometimes of average intelligence, and sometimes a genius.
- Averted: Bob's stupid, but still vaguely capable of carrying out normal human activities.
- Enforced: "We need a character who makes even the stupidest characters look smart by comparison."
- Lampshaded: "Bob isn't the brightest crayon in the box."
- Invoked: Bob stands under a coconut tree and a very large coconut lands on his head.
- Exploited: ???
- Defied: Bob keeps his smarts up any way he can.
- Discussed: ???
- Conversed: ???
- Deconstructed: Seeing that Bob has absolutely no concept of morality or consequences and that nobody would ever suspect him of anything, Manipulative Bitch Alice convinces Bob to play a "game" with his friends involving a shotgun. Bob then spends the rest of his life in a mental hospital, with no idea why his friends won't ever come back. (This actually happened to Hod in Norse Mythology, only with mistletoe.)
- Reconstructed: To prevent him from being manipulated into harming anyone (including himself), Bob is always accompanied by his guardian/attendant Carol. Carol lampshades all the bizarre stuff Bob does and says, and - due to being constantly by his side - probably has a minor Butt Monkey status.
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