The Fool: Live-Action TV

  • Maxwell Smart is the most successful field agent available to CONTROL. This does not however, mean he's the brightest or most competent.
  • Max in Wizards of Waverly Place.
  • Callisto is not herself a character example, but she dresses up like The Fool in the first Xena: Warrior Princess Musical Episode, and behaves that way too.
  • Charlie from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
  • Eric in the later seasons of Boy Meets World.
  • Gilligan from Gilligan's Island is a classic example.
  • Peter Tork (his character, not his actual self.) on The Monkees.
  • As is Lance from Free Radio.
  • Sgt. Schultz from Hogan's Heroes. Played with in that he was actually on the prisoner's side, or at least genially corrupt, from the very beginning.
  • Jason Stackhouse from True Blood. Partially averted, though: although he's frequently Too Dumb to Live and always ends up all right in the end, he's more of a Karma Houdini than most Fools: he's frequently selfish, amoral and religiously intolerant. Although he does sometimes get his comeuppance (the priapism and being accused of some murders), he does always seems to come out fine in the end by no other reason than dumb luck.
  • The Mighty Boosh's Vince Noir.
  • Mexican sitcom El Chavo del ocho.
  • Played with in Firefly. While most fools are depicted as happy and childlike, Jayne Cobb, easily the dumbest member of the cast (despite his talents for interrogation) is also grouchy and generally unhappy.