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Playing With: The Ditz
Basic Trope: A character who is so stupid it's unclear how they've managed to survive until now.
  • 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.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob is a TV Genius who is more competent than the rest of the cast put together.
    • Bob is The Smart Guy and more intelligent than nearly everybody else in the series.
  • 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.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob's brain can be completely removed without any noticeable effect.
    • An intelligence-eating Puppeteer Parasite locks onto his head, and goes gray over the course of the episode. it finally falls off, and the COD is "Malnutrition. Poor thing starved to death."
    • Bob tries to think. His head explodes.
  • 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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