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** Erin is a ditzy but {{Adorkable}} girl who has a love of her job as the receptionist that Pam could never fake. Just signing for a shipment of pens she takes as SeriousBusiness.

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** Erin is a ditzy but {{Adorkable}} ditzy, dorky and cute girl who has a love of her job as the receptionist that Pam could never fake. Just signing for a shipment of pens she takes as SeriousBusiness.


* This is a big reason why many kids who struggled in school often perform ''much'' better in the adult world than many gifted students. Many gifted students breeze through school, often unchallenged and without developing a good worth ethic, becoming BrilliantButLazy in the process. Thus, when the adult world hits them with something difficult that they have to struggle with, they often will shut down or just give up since they have little if any experience struggling with something that's a real challenge and will thus be afraid to try new things out of fear of failure. People who struggled in school, however, are much less intimidated by failure since they're accustomed to it and know how to cope with challenges or stresses since that was the norm for them growing up. It's why it's so important to consistently challenge gifted students, as well as stress important lessons like [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop it's okay to fail and life is unfair]] to students who have trouble in school.

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* This is a big reason why many kids who struggled in school often perform ''much'' better in the adult world than many gifted students. Many gifted students breeze through school, often unchallenged and without developing a good worth ethic, becoming BrilliantButLazy in the process. Thus, when the adult world hits them with something difficult that they have to struggle with, they often will shut down or just give up since they have little if any experience struggling with something that's a real challenge and will thus be afraid to try new things out of fear of failure. People who struggled in school, however, are much less intimidated by failure since they're accustomed to it and know how to cope with challenges or stresses since that was the norm for them growing up. It's why it's so important to consistently challenge gifted students, as well as stress important lessons like [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop [[HardTruthAesop it's okay to fail and life is unfair]] to students who have trouble in school.


* The Delta and Epsilon castes of ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' are [[DesignerBabies mentally conditioned]] to be content with simple ongoing tasks, and even to be grateful that they can leave the thinking and decision-making to others.

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* The Delta and Epsilon castes of ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' are [[DesignerBabies mentally conditioned]] to be content with simple ongoing tasks, tasks and even to be grateful that they can leave the thinking and decision-making to others.



* ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'': Krekka is a DumbMuscle member of the Dark Hunters who is deeply loyal to its leader, The Shadowed One. The Shadowed One often pairs him with the smarter yet treacherous Nidhiki to create a BrainsAndBrawn dynamic between the two..

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* ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'': Krekka is a DumbMuscle member of the Dark Hunters who is deeply loyal to its leader, The Shadowed One. The Shadowed One often pairs him with the smarter yet treacherous Nidhiki to create a BrainsAndBrawn dynamic between the two..two.



* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': Though a total {{ditz}}, [=SpongeBob=] is really devoted to his job as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab. So much that he breaks down when he either gets fired, forced into a day off or is moved to another job. This puts him in contrast with Squidward, who is BrilliantButLazy.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': Though a total {{ditz}}, [=SpongeBob=] is really devoted to his job as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab. So much that he breaks down when he either gets fired, forced into a day off off, or is moved to another job. This puts him in contrast with Squidward, who is BrilliantButLazy.

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* In both the short story and the [[AdaptationExpansion novelization]] of ''Literature/FlowersForAlgernon'', this is why Charlie Gordon is chosen as a test subject for the experiment which aims to surgically increase human intelligence. While other adults with his low IQ of 68 tend to have given up on improving themselves, Charlie has learned to read and write (albeit with severely impaired spelling) through sheer effort and persistence, a feat which one of his doctors declares equivalent to a person of ordinary intelligence learning Einstein's theory of relativity without help.


* Kuwabara of ''Anime/YuYuHakusho'' might qualify, depending on your interpretation. Although Shizuru, his sister who normally insults him constantly, tells him at one Point while he's not stupid, he's definitely not the bookish type. He still manages to get into a good high school and is on track to get into a good college in the final episode, due to his diligence in studying.

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* Kuwabara of ''Anime/YuYuHakusho'' might qualify, depending on your interpretation. Although Shizuru, his sister who normally insults him constantly, tells him at one Point point that while he's not stupid, he's definitely not the bookish type. He still manages to get into a good high school and is on track to get into a good college in the final episode, due to his diligence in studying.


* Kuwabara of ''Anime/YuYuHakusho'' might qualify, depending on your interpretation. Although Shizuru, his sister who normally insults him constantly, tells him at one point he's not stupid, he's definitely not the bookish type. He still manages to get into a good high school and is on track to get into a good college in the final episode, due to his diligence in studying.

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* Kuwabara of ''Anime/YuYuHakusho'' might qualify, depending on your interpretation. Although Shizuru, his sister who normally insults him constantly, tells him at one point Point while he's not stupid, he's definitely not the bookish type. He still manages to get into a good high school and is on track to get into a good college in the final episode, due to his diligence in studying.


->''“Boxer was an enormous beast, nearly eighteen hands high, and as strong as two ordinary horses put together. A white stripe down his nose gave him a somewhat stupid appearance. And in fact he was not of first-rate intelligence, but he was universally respected for his steadiness of character and tremendous powers of work.”''

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->''“Boxer was an enormous beast, nearly eighteen hands high, and as strong as two ordinary horses put together. A white stripe down his nose gave him a somewhat stupid appearance. And in fact fact, he was not of first-rate intelligence, but he was universally respected for his steadiness of character and tremendous powers of work.”''



* Kenichi of ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' may be really talentless in fighting (any kind of style), but his sheer dedication and determination is what helps him survive and get stronger.

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* Kenichi of ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' may be really talentless in fighting (any kind of style), but his sheer dedication and determination is are what helps him survive and get stronger.



* Taiju in ''Manga/DrStone'' is one of the ultimate examples. He's the dim-witted best friend of ScienceHero Senku, so while he relies on Senku for the know-how when it comes to surviving in a primitive world, he has a near-limitless supply of stamina that allows him to provide the labor in the earliest chapters. This comes in handy later, as well, when they need to develop agriculture in order to feed a growing population. Taiju's ability to apply himself to the menial labor and utilize some of the thing he's learned from being around Senku (even if he doesn't understand the underlying science) means that not only is he able to keep working while others are collapsing from exhaustion, but the section he tends to grows lush plants much more quickly.

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* Taiju in ''Manga/DrStone'' is one of the ultimate examples. He's the dim-witted best friend of ScienceHero Senku, so while he relies on Senku for the know-how when it comes to surviving in a primitive world, he has a near-limitless supply of stamina that allows him to provide the labor in the earliest chapters. This comes in handy later, as well, when they need to develop agriculture in order to feed a growing population. Taiju's ability to apply himself to the menial labor and utilize some of the thing things he's learned from being around Senku (even if he doesn't understand the underlying science) means that not only is he able to keep working while others are collapsing from exhaustion, but the section he tends to grows lush plants much more quickly.



* The titular ''Film/ForrestGump'', a slow, but earnest kid who, despite his self-admitted slowness, teaches Elvis how to dance, establishes a successful business, and becomes a model soldier in the US Armed Force. It's discussed in-universe by one of the drill sergeants:

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* The titular ''Film/ForrestGump'', a slow, slow but earnest kid who, despite his self-admitted slowness, teaches Elvis how to dance, establishes a successful business, and becomes a model soldier in the US Armed Force. It's discussed in-universe by one of the drill sergeants:



* HufflepuffHouse in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is characterized by their sense of loyalty, fair play and willingness to get their hands dirty. Due to their lack of defining traits compared to the other houses however, as well as Helga Hufflepuff's policy to include anyone regardless of any exceptional traits, Hufflepuff House has become stereotyped as the house of witches and wizards with no exceptional skills or wit.

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* HufflepuffHouse in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is characterized by their sense of loyalty, fair play play, and willingness to get their hands dirty. Due to their lack of defining traits compared to the other houses houses, however, as well as Helga Hufflepuff's policy to include anyone regardless of any exceptional traits, Hufflepuff House has become stereotyped as the house of witches and wizards with no exceptional skills or wit.



* In ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'', Detective Charles Boyle is presented this way to the new precinct captain, [[DaChief Captain Holt]]. Sgt. Jeffords gives each major member of the squad a quick description ([[EstablishingCharacterMoment that coincidentally is illustrated by the members actions at that moment]].) For Boyle, Jeffords remarks that he's clumsy [[TheKlutz and accident-prone]] (and manages to hurt himself several times just getting something from a cupboard at that moment), but is successful at closing cases because he's the most determined "grinder" in the precinct. This gets proven later in the season, when [[BunnyEarsLawyer Jake Peralta]], arguably the best (and [[ManChild most immature]]) detective in the precinct is having a string of bad luck, he keeps desperately trying to change cases until he gets an easy one to solve in order to "get the mojo back." Eventually Holt has a talk with Peralta where he says that Peralta has become so obsessed with his "bad luck" and so anxious to solve a case that Peralta is trying to toss each case he gets the first time he encounters any difficulty. By comparison, Holt says, Boyle may not have Peralta's gifts or arrest record, but Boyle never goes into the kind of slump Peralta is in because Boyle just keeps working away on a case until it's done, no matter what.

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* In ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'', Detective Charles Boyle is presented this way to the new precinct captain, [[DaChief Captain Holt]]. Sgt. Jeffords gives each major member of the squad a quick description ([[EstablishingCharacterMoment that coincidentally is illustrated by the members members' actions at that moment]].) For Boyle, Jeffords remarks that he's clumsy [[TheKlutz and accident-prone]] (and manages to hurt himself several times just getting something from a cupboard at that moment), but is successful at closing cases because he's the most determined "grinder" in the precinct. This gets proven later in the season, when [[BunnyEarsLawyer Jake Peralta]], arguably the best (and [[ManChild most immature]]) detective in the precinct is having a string of bad luck, he keeps desperately trying to change cases until he gets an easy one to solve in order to "get the mojo back." Eventually Holt has a talk with Peralta where he says that Peralta has become so obsessed with his "bad luck" and so anxious to solve a case that Peralta is trying to toss each case he gets the first time he encounters any difficulty. By comparison, Holt says, Boyle may not have Peralta's gifts or arrest record, but Boyle never goes into the kind of slump Peralta is in because Boyle just keeps working away on a case until it's done, no matter what.



* ''Series/QuantumLeap'' had one episode where Sam leaped into a mentally handicapped man who worked in a warehouse. He was well liked by his family but had problems with a few co-workers who had prejudice against him. In particular one had trouble reading all the barcodes and labels and was afraid of being grouped together with Sam's host.
* Flash from ''Series/StepByStep'' was hired on as a member of Frank's construction crew, described as having twice the hyperactivity of a ten year old, so much that he only needs to sleep 20 minutes a night. This energy can cause him to make mistakes by not thinking through it, but when properly channeled he can build entire homes by himself. He described it as like nuclear energy, which can both power and blow up entire cities.

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* ''Series/QuantumLeap'' had one episode where Sam leaped into a mentally handicapped man who worked in a warehouse. He was well liked well-liked by his family but had problems with a few co-workers who had prejudice are prejudiced against him. In particular one had trouble reading all the barcodes and labels and was afraid of being grouped together with Sam's host.
* Flash from ''Series/StepByStep'' was hired on as a member of Frank's construction crew, described as having twice the hyperactivity of a ten year old, ten-year-old, so much that he only needs to sleep 20 minutes a night. This energy can cause him to make mistakes by not thinking through it, but when properly channeled he can build entire homes by himself. He described it as like nuclear energy, which can both power and blow up entire cities.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'', [[BigBad Zordrak]] has little faith in any of his Urpney troops, though while he's eager to fire of his treacherous MadScientist Urpgor the moment [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness he is no longer essential]], he decided getting rid of his dopey but eager MookLieutenant Sgt Blob was a waste of serviceable fodder. It helps nearly all other Urpneys are even more cowardly and dim, meaning they have a more likely (but still thin) success rate from [[DrillSergeantNasty Blob]] browbeating them into servitude.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': Though a total {{ditz}}, [=SpongeBob=] is really devoted to his job as a frycook at the Krusty Krab. So much that he breaks down when he either gets fired, forced into a day off, or is moved to another job. This puts him in contrast with Squidward, who is BrilliantButLazy.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'', [[BigBad Zordrak]] has little faith in any of his Urpney troops, though while he's eager to fire of off his treacherous MadScientist Urpgor the moment [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness he is no longer essential]], he decided getting rid of his dopey but eager MookLieutenant Sgt Blob was a waste of serviceable fodder. It helps nearly all other Urpneys are even more cowardly and dim, meaning they have a more likely (but still thin) success rate from [[DrillSergeantNasty Blob]] browbeating them into servitude.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': Though a total {{ditz}}, [=SpongeBob=] is really devoted to his job as a frycook fry cook at the Krusty Krab. So much that he breaks down when he either gets fired, forced into a day off, off or is moved to another job. This puts him in contrast with Squidward, who is BrilliantButLazy.



* This is a big reason why many kids who struggled in school often perform ''much'' better in the adult world than many gifted students. Many gifted students breeze through school, often unchallenged and without developing a good worth ethic, becoming BrilliantButLazy in the process. Thus, when the adult world hits them with something difficult that they have to struggle with, they often will shut down or just give up since they have little, if any, experience struggling with something that's a real challenge and will thus be afraid to try new things out of fear of failure. People who struggled in school however are much less intimidated by failure since they're accustomed to it, and know how to cope with challenges or stresses since that was the norm for them growing up. It's why it's so important to consistently challenge gifted students, as well as stress important lessons like [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop it's okay to fail and life is unfair]] to students who have trouble in school.

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* This is a big reason why many kids who struggled in school often perform ''much'' better in the adult world than many gifted students. Many gifted students breeze through school, often unchallenged and without developing a good worth ethic, becoming BrilliantButLazy in the process. Thus, when the adult world hits them with something difficult that they have to struggle with, they often will shut down or just give up since they have little, little if any, any experience struggling with something that's a real challenge and will thus be afraid to try new things out of fear of failure. People who struggled in school however school, however, are much less intimidated by failure since they're accustomed to it, it and know how to cope with challenges or stresses since that was the norm for them growing up. It's why it's so important to consistently challenge gifted students, as well as stress important lessons like [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop it's okay to fail and life is unfair]] to students who have trouble in school.

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* This is a big reason why many kids who struggled in school often perform ''much'' better in the adult world than many gifted students. Many gifted students breeze through school, often unchallenged and without developing a good worth ethic, becoming BrilliantButLazy in the process. Thus, when the adult world hits them with something difficult that they have to struggle with, they often will shut down or just give up since they have little, if any, experience struggling with something that's a real challenge and will thus be afraid to try new things out of fear of failure. People who struggled in school however are much less intimidated by failure since they're accustomed to it, and know how to cope with challenges or stresses since that was the norm for them growing up. It's why it's so important to consistently challenge gifted students, as well as stress important lessons like [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop it's okay to fail and life is unfair]] to students who have trouble in school.

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* Guo Jing, the main character of ''Literature/LegendOfTheCondorHeroes'', is stated to be about as intelligent or clever as a wooden log, but becomes an incredibly powerful martial artist through simple, persistent hard work.


* ''Webcomic/DeepRise'': In the final act, the (eldritch) protagonists discover that there ''is'' a god who loves them in their CosmicHorrorStory universe - and she ''accidentally caused the total collapse of an alien civilization while trying to bring the Rapture''. Half of the population refused multiple offers to eternal paradise, mostly out of a combination of fear, paranoia, and getting this offer by an unnaturally sweet-voiced but utterly terrifying moon of blue glowing eyes and tentacles floating in the sky. Naturally, they panicked and civilization crumbled to the ground. She would have saved far more if she just took the time to research their culture and created AFormYouAreComfortableWith, instead of appearing spontaneously in the sky and then offering a deal that is far too sweet, regardless of how genuine her intentions are. Or that she telepathically talked to ''every single soul on the planet until they accepted her offer or died''. Not helping matters is her true form as a MindHive consisting of all the souls who have ever said yes to her offer - leaving her unable to fully understand the ones who said no to the bitter end.

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* ''Webcomic/DeepRise'': In the final act, the (eldritch) protagonists discover that there ''is'' a god who loves them in their CosmicHorrorStory universe - and she ''accidentally caused the total collapse of an alien civilization while trying to bring the Rapture''. Half of the population refused multiple offers to eternal paradise, mostly out of a combination of fear, paranoia, and getting this offer by an unnaturally sweet-voiced but utterly terrifying moon of blue glowing eyes and tentacles floating in the sky. Naturally, they panicked and civilization crumbled to the ground. She would have saved far more if she just took the time to research their culture and created AFormYouAreComfortableWith, instead of appearing spontaneously in the sky and then offering a deal that is was far too sweet, sweet to be true, regardless of how genuine her intentions are. Or that she She telepathically talked to ''every single soul on the planet until they accepted her offer or died''. died'', which helped her save the other half. [[note]] Not helping matters is her true form as a MindHive consisting of all the souls who have ever said yes to her offer - leaving her unable to fully understand the ones who said no to the bitter end.end. Of course, included in her retinue are those who said yes at the last moment, which fuels her determination to have hope for those who have refused for years.[[/note]]

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* ''Webcomic/DeepRise'': In the final act, the (eldritch) protagonists discover that there ''is'' a god who loves them in their CosmicHorrorStory universe - and she ''accidentally caused the total collapse of an alien civilization while trying to bring the Rapture''. Half of the population refused multiple offers to eternal paradise, mostly out of a combination of fear, paranoia, and getting this offer by an unnaturally sweet-voiced but utterly terrifying moon of blue glowing eyes and tentacles floating in the sky. Naturally, they panicked and civilization crumbled to the ground. She would have saved far more if she just took the time to research their culture and created AFormYouAreComfortableWith, instead of appearing spontaneously in the sky and then offering a deal that is far too sweet, regardless of how genuine her intentions are. Or that she telepathically talked to ''every single soul on the planet until they accepted her offer or died''. Not helping matters is her true form as a MindHive consisting of all the souls who have ever said yes to her offer - leaving her unable to fully understand the ones who said no to the bitter end.
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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': Though a total {{ditz}}, [=SpongeBob=] is really devoted to his job as a frycook at the Krusty Krab. So much that he breaks down when he either gets fired, forced into a day off, or is moved to another job.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': Though a total {{ditz}}, [=SpongeBob=] is really devoted to his job as a frycook at the Krusty Krab. So much that he breaks down when he either gets fired, forced into a day off, or is moved to another job. This puts him in contrast with Squidward, who is BrilliantButLazy.

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* Taiju in ''Manga/DrStone'' is one of the ultimate examples. He's the dim-witted best friend of ScienceHero Senku, so while he relies on Senku for the know-how when it comes to surviving in a primitive world, he has a near-limitless supply of stamina that allows him to provide the labor in the earliest chapters. This comes in handy later, as well, when they need to develop agriculture in order to feed a growing population. Taiju's ability to apply himself to the menial labor and utilize some of the thing he's learned from being around Senku (even if he doesn't understand the underlying science) means that not only is he able to keep working while others are collapsing from exhaustion, but the section he tends to grows lush plants much more quickly.


* Subverted with [[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyshow Stimpy]] who is dumb, but dumb...[[DependingOnTheWriter except]] [[NegativeContinuity in episodes]] where he plays this trope straight.
** This especially applies to the infamous "Son of Stimpy" episode, which also [[DeconstructiveParody parodies and deconstructs]] this, and other tropes. Here, he appears to be this trope, but is "diligent" for the ([[{{Squick}} very]]) wrong reasons. The [[Recap/RenandStimpy2x07SonOfStimpy article]] has all of the "stinky" details.[[note]]Including why the episode was made the way it is.[[/note]]

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* Subverted with [[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyshow Stimpy]] who is dumb, but dumb...[[DependingOnTheWriter except]] [[NegativeContinuity in episodes]] where he plays this trope straight.
** This especially applies to the infamous "Son of Stimpy" episode, which also [[DeconstructiveParody parodies and deconstructs]] this, and other tropes. Here, he appears to be this trope, but is "diligent" for the ([[{{Squick}} very]]) wrong reasons. The [[Recap/RenandStimpy2x07SonOfStimpy article]] has all of the "stinky" details.[[note]]Including why the episode was made the way it is.[[/note]]

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