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Took A Level In Dumbass: Comic Books

  • Like most of the characters in Justice League International, Booster Gold underwent a fair bit of Flanderization in the title. He started off as a fairly likable, competent hero in his own book, but got progressively stupider and more vain once he joined the Justice League. It's even Lampshaded in Formerly Known as the Justice League, where Blue Beetle points out that Booster used to be fairly intelligent, and accuses him of acting dumb and childish on purpose. Later on, it is confirmed to be (mostly) an act.
  • Deadpool did not start off as stupid as he's famously depicted as being, and in fact was more of a standard mercenary in his first appearance in X-Force. The whole "Dumbest guy on the planet" personality didn't really come into effect until he got his own solo series.
  • Princess Leia in the comic adaptation of Star Wars novel Splinter of the Mind's Eye. In the novel itself she is a Shell-Shocked Veteran (leading to some Jerkass moments) but very smart and cosmopolitan. The comic cuts out a lot of these scenes leaving Luke to make essentially all the plans and guesswork, so Leia comes across as a little slow on the uptake.
  • Superman's IQ seems to drop a few points whenever he's with the Justice League, or more specifically whenever he's around Batman. Then again, Batman seems to have the power of making other characters dumber just by being there. Other times Superman gets dumber to varying degrees to contrast his super-scientist arch enemy Lex Luthor. And still other times, writers can't agree if Superman is a scientist like his father, how strong those scientific tendencies go, and how prominent his super-intelligence is.
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