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A pair consisting of a smart but mean person and a nice but dumb person.

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Proposed By:
Takwin on Apr 8th 2011 at 11:41:18 AM
Last Edited By:
HeroGal2347 on Jul 29th 2018 at 4:39:08 PM
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A trope about a duo in which the smarter, more aggressive individual bullies his dumb but pleasant comrade.

They're usually in a commander-henchman type scenario, though this isn't mandatory, nor is the smart guy necessarily all that brilliant. The important part is that they know they're the smarter of two and mistreat the slower one. Their relationship holds because the less intelligent one is unaware that they're being treated unfairly and remains something of an Extreme Doormat, not always out of weakness, but ignorance.

Usually, the smart guy comes up with schemes (not necessarily evil, just very selfish) and ends up bumbling them, because the dumb guy tries too hard to help out, while the dumb guy doesn't really get that they're inconveniencing other people. Or, if they succeed, the dumb guy tries to stop the smart guy and explain to them that it's not nice to use people.

A relationship-based variety of Dumb Is Good, often overlaps with Vitriolic Best Buds. Will often involve lots of Boke and Tsukkomi Routine.

Sub-Trope (child trope) of Kindhearted Simpleton and Insufferable Genius. Compare Brains Evil, Brawn Good which is a correlation between intelligence and morality, as well as Straight Man and Wise Guy. Also related to Anti-Intellectualism and Dumb Is Good.


Examples

Anime and Manga

  • In Dragonball Z, Goku and Vegeta display this while teaming up to defeat Majin Buu. Vegeta often gets outraged whenever Goku does or says something stupid while Goku just remains nice and friendly to his arch-rival.
  • Cardcaptor Sakura. Kinomoto is Book Dumb and incredibly naive, while Syaoran Li is a precocious Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy. While Sakura comes to depend on Syaoran for mentoring, Syaoran's Character Development comes from accepting Sakura's insurmountable kindness and insight as making her more worthy as Master of the Cards. By the time they have become an official couple, there are only vague shades of this, as Sakura has Took a Level in Badass, while Syaoran's softer Adorkable qualities have taken over most of his personality.

Comedy

  • Abbott and Costello. Bud Abbott's character is always portrayed as more intelligent than Lou Costello's, and often talked down to him and complained about him as well as slapping him. Lou Costello was almost always nice and friendly, but not very bright.
  • Laurel and Hardy (who are already mentioned) are the Trope Namer as well as the Trope Codifier in film. Every other variation in comedy pays lip service to them. Though it must be said that Hardy isn't that much brighter than Laurel. He just assumes he is.
  • The Marx Brothers: Chico usually is the smart leader, while the mute Manchild Harpo just tags along. Nevertheless Chico often scolds Harpo for being stupid and not understanding him.

Comic Book

  • Suske en Wiske: Lambik is the smart jerk who is actually stupid, while Jerom is is nice and smarter than Lambik is. Still they fit the trope, because Jerom is a Contemporary Caveman and thus not always familiar with 20th and 21st century stuff, while Lambik is. That's why he can command Jerom and take lead in their zany schemes.

Film

  • Among Charles Muntz's battalion of servant dogs in Pixar's Up, Alpha the doberman is a Drill Sergeant Nasty that leads them. Alpha tends to heap abuse on dimwitted but determined Dug. This mistreatment is a huge catalyst in Dug's Heel–Face Turn in siding with Carl, Russell and Kevin.
  • In Toy Story, Rex often plays the Likable Moron to both Hamm and Mr. Potato Head's Smart Jerk on occasions, although this is played straighter with Mr. Potato Head. Rex can be something of a Cloudcuckoolander but is more of a Gentle Giant and Hamm is a Deadpan Snarker and Mr. Potato Head is quite a Jerkass.
  • Disney's The Emperor's New Groove has the wicked, scheming high priestess Yzma engineer a coup d'etat, assisted by her muscular but moronic henchman, Kronk. Yzma is described in-universe as "scary beyond all reason" and shows no sympathy to anybody, while Kronk is a Minion with an F in Evil, who even fills in as a line cook to keep a diner running.
  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Steve Martin is the smart jerk, John Candy is the nice moron.
  • The Lion King: The frenetic and bellicose meerkat Timon is paired with genial but dim warthog Pumbaa. Timon leads the pair on the theory that smarter equals louder. Never better demonstrated than the scene where Simba introduces Nala to them.
    Pumbaa: Pleased to meet you.
    Nala: The pleasure's mine.
    Timon: Hold it, hold it! You know her. She knows you. And she wants to eat [Pumbaa]. And everybody's okay with this?

Literature

  • In The Princess Bride, Vizzini is clever, but frequently verbally abuses Fezzik and Inigo. On the other hand, Fezzik is by no means smart but makes up for it in sheer friendliness.
  • Of Mice and Men
    • Played with. George appears to be more gruff, severe and stern than mentally handicapped Lennie (who Does Not Know His Own Strength) who is a cheery, childlike person. However he's doing this for Lennie's protection, since the later is incapable of realizing the damage he causes.
    • It also comes up in the Back Story when George tells a story about making Lennie do stupid stuff just for laughs, and how he learned An Aesop not to do that anymore.
  • Raistlin Majere often plays the smart jerk to his twin brother Caramon's nice moron in the Dragonlance novel series. Caramon's a good bit less moronic than many other examples though, it's just that his brother's genius is quite genuine.
  • Percy The Small Engine of The Railway Series and even more so its Animated Adaptation, Thomas the Tank Engine. While occasionally insightful, Percy is naive and childishly innocent, so often plays the Likeable Moron to several more experienced but arrogant engines such as James or Gordon (Thomas was also his most frequent Smart Jerk until having Took a Level in Kindness, and gaining enough Cloud Cuckoo Lander points to border him as a Likable Moron himself).

Live-Action TV

  • House had a character who was both: an Insufferable Genius who can't work with people slower than him, but takes pills to restrain his intelligence so he can tolerate them (he claims that intelligence wise, his girlfriend and a baboon are the same).

Western Animation

  • Eddy and Ed in Ed, Edd n Eddy. Eddy calls him names, picks on him and bosses him around constantly, and Ed cheerfully obeys his commands.
  • 2D and Murdoc of Gorillaz, at least in Phases 1 & 2. Murdoc beat him up, stole his girlfriends, regularly insulted and humiliated him, yet 2D still referred to Murdoc as his 'best mate' and often either aided in his antics or looked the other way from the more... dubious behavior. He finally seems to have sharpened up in the Plastic Beach arc, openly resenting Murdoc and his growing insanity.
  • Pinky and the Brain follows Brain, a calculating and short fused Villain Protagonist and his dopey but incredibly loyal Minion with an F in Evil Pinky. Such is Pinky's kind devotion to Brain that he led to latter to suffer a tearful Jerkass Realization midway through one attempt at world domination.
  • Utilized soundly in The Ren & Stimpy Show. Ren is intelligent, but selfish, violent tempered and outright psychotic. Stimpy is dim witted, but kind natured and perpetually cheerful. In many episodes (particularly in later seasons), Stimpy borders as a slave for Ren, and is verbally and physically abused on a regular basis. He rarely takes any of it to heart and thoroughly enjoys doting over Ren.
  • The relationship between Vlad and Jack in Danny Phantom often plays out like this, though the friendship in reality only goes one way. - Zero-Context Example - Plays out how?
  • Spongebob Squarepants. Squidward considers himself an "artistic genius" and has disdain for his stupid but well-meaning neighbors Spongebob and Patrick.
  • Cartman and Butters in South Park. Cartman is a calculating sociopath who regularly drags Butters into his schemes, or just casually bullies him for fun, but Butters is cheery, innocent and usually friendly to Cartman (notably being one of very few to call him by his first name).
  • Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie are a low key example in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Twilight Sparkle started off a fairly acerbic and antisocial magic student to Princess Celestia, and a frequent Straight Man to Pinkie Pie, a tall order Cloud Cuckoo Lander who vigorously makes friends with practically everyone in Ponyville. Downplayed as Twilight gradually becomes more sweet natured (if still occasionally pompous and inconsiderate). Also, Pinky Pie is more of a Cloudcuckoolander rather that a moron, as shows several elements of Simple-Minded Wisdom and Hidden Depths.
  • Tex Avery's George and Junior. George is the the Schemer while Junior is the dimwitted Fat Idiot.
  • Darkwing Duck: Though Darkwing is the primary protagonist of Saint Canard, he's also a Large Ham, tempermental, and snarky enough to meet Anti-Hero specs. Launchpad is less brainy than Darkwing, but makes up for that with a more affable and generous demeanor.
  • CatDog: Played straight most of the time because Cats Are Mean and Dogs Are Dumb. The fact that they share the same body makes things particularly zany, however. - Zero-Context Example - Who are the characters?
  • Downplayed with Beavis and Butt-Head: While they both act like brainless troublemakers, Butt-Head is the more aware and unrepentantly self-centered of the two. With Beavis, it's shown that he acts much nicer without Butt-Head's influence.

Feedback: 88 replies

Apr 9th 2011 at 8:20:54 AM

The Johnny Test example may not hold. Johnny's clever in his own right, and mainly lets the twins use him as a guinea pig because he gets powers and fun adventures out of the deal.

Apr 10th 2011 at 11:52:37 AM

Good point Paradisca.

Apr 10th 2011 at 12:03:05 PM

Played with in Of Mice And Men: George appear as more gruff, severe and stern than mentally handicapped Lennie (who Does Not Know His Own Strength) who is cheerly, childlike person. However he's doing this for Lennie's protection, since the later is incapable of realizing the damage he causes. The book eventually ends with the tragic consequences of what happens when George is not around to keep an eye on Lennie...

Apr 10th 2011 at 5:37:46 PM

It also comes up in the Back Story of Of Mice and Men when George tells a story about making Lennie do stupid stuff just for laughs, and how he learned An Aesop not to do that anymore.

Apr 10th 2011 at 8:16:54 PM

Arguably any of the paired characters played by Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson, although "likeable" is highly debatable in their case.

Apr 11th 2011 at 11:14:31 AM

Raistlin Majere often plays the smart jerk to his twin brother Caramon's likeable moron in the Dragonlance series. Caramon's a good bit less moronic than many other examples though, it's just that his brother's genius is quite genuine.

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Apr 11th 2011 at 12:16:19 PM

  • The relationship between Vlad and Jack in Danny Phantom often plays out like this, though the friendship in reality only goes one way.

Apr 17th 2011 at 10:18:01 AM

I'm not sure your example works, Lee M, because neither of them seems particularly likable or victimized.

Apr 19th 2011 at 4:54:37 PM

They're very similar, but this one's about subordinates and commanders. They're close enough to possibly warrant a fusion, but I'm not sure.

Apr 19th 2011 at 6:08:59 PM

There are quite a few of these that fit better under Straight Man And Wise Guy or Fat And Skinny.

Fat And Skinny in particular, since despite the name, that trope references the fact that Skinny will usually be the smarter, straight man and Fat will be a little more dull and likely to go along with the plots Skinny comes up with.

There's a subtle difference, to be sure, but I'm not sure it can't be reconciled with a few edits to Fat And Skinny rather than adding a whole new trope.

Apr 20th 2013 at 1:31:57 PM

It sounds like a specific version of Dumb Is Good. Any examples with just two names isn't enough. It needs to say how they apply. The only requirement I see in Fat And Skinny is the size and shape of the two characters. This is about character descriptions.

Dec 26th 2013 at 3:19:13 PM

  • In Dragonball Z, Goku and Vegeta display this while teaming up to defeat Majin Buu. Vegeta often gets outraged whenever Goku does or says something stupid while Goku just remains nice and friendly to his arch-rival.

Dec 26th 2013 at 5:19:06 PM

Anime:

  • Cardcaptor Sakura Kinomoto is Book Dumb and incredibly naive, while Syaoran Li is a precocious Arrogant Kung Fu Guy. While Sakura comes to depend on Syaoran for mentoring, Syaoran's Character Development comes from accepting Sakura's insurmountable kindness and insight as making her more worthy as Master of the Cards. By the time they have become an official couple, there are only vague shades of this, as Sakura has Took A Level In Badass, while Syaoran's softer Adorkable qualities have taken over most of his personality.

Western Animation:

  • Cartman and Butters in South Park. Cartman is a calculating sociopath who regularly drags Butters into his schemes, or just casually bullies him for fun, but Butters is cheery, innocent and usually recessive to Cartman (notably being one of very few to call him by his first name).
  • Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie are a low key example in My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic. Twilight Sparkle started off a fairly acerbic and anti social magic student to Princess Celestia, and a frequent Straight Man to Pinkie Pie, a tall order Cloud Cuckoo Lander who vigorously makes friends with practically everyone in Ponyville. Downplayed as Twilight gradually becomes more sweet natured (if still occasionally pompous and inconsiderate).
  • Spongebob Squarepants is the cheery (and annoyingly clingy) Cloud Cuckoo Lander neighbor to local Grumpy Bear and Only Sane Man, Squidward Tentacles.

Literature:

To fix a Zero Context Example:

  • Utilized soundly in The Ren And Stimpy Show. Ren is intelligent, but selfish, violent tempered and outright psychotic. Stimpy is dim witted, but kind natured and perpetually cheerful. In many episodes (particularly in later seasons), Stimpy borders as a slave for Ren, and is verbally and physically abused on a regular basis. He rarely takes any of it to heart and thoroughly enjoys doting over Ren.
  • Pinky And The Brain follows Brain, a calculating and short fused Villain Protagonist and his dopey but incredibly loyal Minion With An F In Evil Pinky. Such is Pinky's kind devotion to Brain that he led to latter to suffer a tearful Jerkass Realization midway through one attempt at world domination.

Jan 6th 2014 at 7:45:57 AM

  • In Toy Story, Rex often plays the Likable Moron to both Hamm and Mr. Potato Head's Smart Jerk on occasions, although this is played straighter with Mr. Potato Head. Rex can be something of a Cloudcuckoolander but is more of a Gentle Giant and Hamm is a Deadpan Snarker and Mr. Potato Head is quite a Jerkass.

Jan 6th 2014 at 9:37:30 PM

Tex Avery's George and Junior. George is the the Schemer while Junior is the dimwitted Fat Idiot.

Jan 6th 2014 at 10:10:03 PM

pfft. title promotes Zero Context Example.

how about Our Smart Jerks And Likeable Morons Are Different?

seriously though, I'm starting to hate X Type Y Type Duo Tropes format due to how it promotes poor examples. can't we have a better title that encourages context like Our Tropes Are Different?

Jan 7th 2014 at 1:54:57 AM

^ X Type Y Type shows variations and/or relationships between the two. Just like the ones listed in Good And Evil For Your Convenience (Good X Evil X).

Feb 14th 2014 at 3:44:09 PM

Another Ed, Edd, n' Eddy example:

Feb 14th 2014 at 3:46:06 PM

For a similar concept between enemies rather than comrades, see Brains Evil Brawn Good.

Feb 14th 2014 at 3:56:18 PM

  • Cain And Abel in The Sandman share this relationship. Abel will do something to annoy Cain, who'll murder him, for the time being (he always gets better).

Feb 18th 2014 at 2:46:38 AM

I'm certain this already exists, although I can't remember where

Feb 19th 2014 at 7:51:41 AM

A Patient Of The Week on House is a certified genius, but he takes pills that basically dumb him down to a normal level because it's the only way he can stand them (when he's off the pills at the hospital, he compares having sex with his girlfriend to banging a baboon), and is much less of an Insufferable Genius.

Feb 19th 2014 at 8:51:02 AM

and the freaking ZCE are still there. marking...

Feb 19th 2014 at 10:16:44 AM

  • Some Discworld examples: Though they're both technically bad people, being hired thugs, Mr. Pin and Mr. Tulip from The Truth, and Medium Dave and Banjo Lilywhite from Hogfather. Terry Pratchett has said they are parodies of the usual Those Two Guys crime teams.
  • Vizzini and Fezzik from The Princess Bride, with Inigo as a mediator.

Feb 19th 2014 at 10:39:32 AM

Meryl and Millie, the "insurance girls" of Trigun, though Meryl isn't mean so much as unsociable. Since most of the people she interacts with are either criminals or the kind of people who draw the ire of criminals, it's understandable.

  • Millie's not dumb and not always friendly, but she's a lot sweeter and friendlier around strangers than her "sempai" Meryl, and she's kind of unfocused and silly. Also, Meryl treats her like a highly trusted subordinate, and doesn't trick her into doing anything she wouldn't wanna do.

Nov 8th 2014 at 4:55:37 PM

Who wanna grab this before I do?

Nov 8th 2014 at 11:47:40 PM

House had acharacter who was both: an Insufferable Genius who can't work with people slower than him, but takes pills to restrain his intelligence so he can tolerate them (he claims that intelligence wise, his girlfriend and a baboon are the same).

Nov 24th 2014 at 6:59:15 AM

Western Animation

  • Disney's The Emperors New Groove has the wicked, scheming high priestess Yzma engineer a coup d'etat, assisted by her muscular but moronic henchman, Kronk. Yzma is described in-universe as "scary beyond all reason" and shows no sympathy to anybody, while Kronk is a Minion With An F In Evil, who even fills in as a line cook to keep a diner running.

Nov 24th 2014 at 1:17:59 PM

  • In the first series of Blackadder, Edmund Blackadder and Baldrick were an inversion; Blackadder was an Aristocrats Are Evil Upper Class Twit, while Baldrick was (relatively) more intelligent. Subsequent seasons (which each featured a later descendant) steadily raised the intelligence of their Blackadder (while lowering his standing), while keeping their Baldrick's down, fitting this trope from the second season onwards.

Dec 8th 2017 at 8:19:55 PM

Film Animated

  • Cruella DeVil's henchmen from Disney's One Hundred And One Dalmatians are Horace and Jasper. Jasper is the tall, lanky one, who takes the lead and seems to enjoy being a criminal. Horace is the short, hefty one that follows Jasper because he can't think of anything better to do.

Dec 16th 2014 at 8:35:12 PM

Permit me to suggest a rewrite of the Up example:

  • Among Charles Muntz's battalion of servant dogs in Pixar's Up'', Alpha the doberman is a Drill Sergeant Nasty that leads them. Alpha tends to heap abuse on dimwitted but determined Dug. This mistreatment is a huge catalyst in Dug's Heel Face Turn in siding with Carl, Russell and Kevin.

Dec 17th 2014 at 12:41:18 AM

Dec 18th 2014 at 12:28:06 AM

Notes:

  • Laurel And Hardy (who are already mentioned) are the Trope Namer as well as the Trope Codifier in film. Every other variation in comedy pays lip service to them. Though it must be said that Hardy isn't that much brighter than Laurel. He just assumes he is.

  • Planes Trains And Automobiles: Steve Martin is the smart jerk, John Candy is the nice moron.

  • Suske En Wiske: Lambik is the smart jerk who is actually stupid, while Jerom is is nice and smarter than Lambik is. Still they fit the trope, because Jerom is a Contemporary Caveman and thus not always familiar with 20th and 21st century stuff, while Lambik is. That's why he can command Jerom and take lead in their zany schemes.

  • Darkwing Duck: Darkwing is the smart jerk, Turbo is the nice moron.

  • The Lion King: Timon and Pumbaa.

  • The Princess And The Frog: Naveen the frog and Louie the alligator.

  • The Great Mouse Detective: Basil and Dawson, though Dawson isn't particularly stupid, just naive and gullible.

  • The Marx Brothers: Chico usually is the smart leader, while the mute Man Child Harpo just tags along. Nevertheless Chico often scolds Harpo for being stupid and not understanding him.

Jan 2nd 2015 at 1:35:44 AM

More context? Here goes:

  • The Lion King: The frenetic and bellicose meerkat Timon is paired with genial but dim warthog Pumbaa. Timon leads the pair on the theory that smarter equals louder. Never better demonstrated than the scene where Simba introduces Nala to them.
    Pumbaa: Pleased to meet you.
    Nala: The pleasure's mine.
    Timon: Hold it, hold it! You know her. She knows you. And she wants to eat [Pumbaa]. And everybody's okay with this?

  • Darkwing Duck: Though Darkwing is the primary protagonist of Saint Canard, he's also a Large Ham, tempermental, and snarky enough to meet Anti Hero specs. Turbo has much less brains than Darkwing, but makes up for that with a more affable and generous demeanor.

As far as indexing, I'd presume that this trope would qualify for the same ones that Red Oni Blue Oni entails, since these two mechanisms function in close parallel.

Jan 18th 2015 at 5:54:22 PM

I can't believe we don't have this. I always saw this as a trope.

Usually, the smart guy comes up with schemes (not evil, just very selfish) and ends up bumbling them, because the dumb guy tries too hard to help out, while the dumb guy doesn't really get that they're inconveniencing other people. Or, if he succeeds, the dumb guy tries to stop the smart guy and explains to him it's not nice to use people.

The "smart guy" is usually stupid in his own respect for getting caught up in his schemes, while the "dumb guy" is actually intelligent when it comes to reversing the effects of whatever the scheme did.

Like in Kenan And Kel. Kenan is the smart jerk, Kel is the dumb nice guy, best of friends, always caught up in mayhem.

Another example is Cat Dog, where this trope is played straight almost always, because of course Cats Are Mean and Dogs Are Dumb. The fact that they share the same body makes things particularly zany, however.

Feb 28th 2015 at 2:47:35 AM

What should I do to get my final hat?

Feb 28th 2015 at 6:36:41 AM

^Nothing. I gave you one. ^_^

Feb 28th 2015 at 7:48:15 AM

Downplayed with Beavis And Butt Head: While they both act like brainless troublemakers, Butt-Head is the more aware and unrepentantly self-centered of the two. With Beavis, it's shown that he acts much nicer without Butt-Head's influence.

Aug 25th 2016 at 7:28:04 PM

Aren't the Marx brothers a Comic Trio? Only including two of them seems like shoehorning.

Aug 25th 2016 at 7:33:28 PM

this is covered already by all the aforementioned tropes.

Jan 18th 2017 at 10:33:59 PM

^^ This is more of a duo trope though.

Jan 18th 2017 at 11:48:05 PM

Is there a better title for this?

Dec 7th 2017 at 7:31:35 AM

I was about to comment on this needing a better name.

I would suggest Smart Jerk, Dumb Nice Guy or Mean Genius, Nice Moron. It's a bit confusing without parallelism.

Dec 8th 2017 at 12:56:29 AM

Although they're both mean, in that they rob houses and try to hurt Kevin, would Harry and Marv (in that order) from Home Alone count? Maybe it's just that Harry is played by Joe Pesci.

Dec 8th 2017 at 2:45:38 PM

Dec 10th 2017 at 2:43:09 AM

In The Grim Adventures Of Billy And Mandy, Mandy is amoral, cynical, and cunning, while Billy is stupid, good natured, and generally tries to make friends with everyone he meets.

Dec 10th 2017 at 3:17:13 AM

The Suske en Wiske entry is Not An Example. Lambik fits the dumb part of the duo, yes, but Jerom isn't mean at all. He just has Super Strength, which seems to be mistaken for "being mean" here. Jerome is actually usually nicer to Lambik than the other way around (due to Lambik's bouts of jealousy). Also Jerome is NOT particularly smart—he's less dumb than Lambik, yes, but compared to Lambik anyone is.

Jan 9th 2018 at 4:44:00 PM

Is this a trope that is limited to one side of the moral spectrum, or is it found across the spectrum?

Jan 9th 2018 at 5:35:07 PM

^ Theoretically this trope can be found on any side, be it heroic or villainous or neutral.

Jan 9th 2018 at 5:35:07 PM

^ Theoretically this trope can be found on any side, be it heroic or villainous or neutral.

Jan 9th 2018 at 11:41:27 PM

When both characters are villainous, it can overlap with Vile Villain Laughable Lackey (if smart and dumb also mean serious and funny, respectively).

Jan 10th 2018 at 7:28:01 AM

Western Animation

  • In The Grim Adventures Of Billy And Mandy, Billy is a total idiot who only seems to have hard feelings towards the bully Sperg and his son Jeff (who is a spider). Mandy, however, is shown to be a straight-A (or rather, "A+++++++") student, who hates just about everyone else, and finds the idea of having a crush on someone to be repulsive.

Jan 10th 2018 at 8:15:18 AM

moments) but is rather street-smart and Runt is flat-out dumb but very friendly and gentle.

Jan 15th 2018 at 7:19:51 AM

It seems like technically not all of these fall under a question of intelligence. We hear Cloud Cuckoolander mentioned a lot, but the way I understand it, being a Cloud Cuckoolander means thinking in an unusual way, not necessarily being less intelligent.

Jan 16th 2018 at 6:43:08 AM

So, who's grabbed this? 'Cause we can talk all we want, but we need a sponsor to be immediately effective...

Jan 16th 2018 at 7:06:53 AM

I could grab it if nobody else wants to.

Another name suggestion:

  • Smart Jerk, Dumb Nice Guy
  • Mean Genius, Mellow Moron
  • Inimical Intellect, Mellow Moron
  • Inimical Intellectual, Mellow Moron

Jan 30th 2018 at 9:29:57 AM

  • In My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks, Adagio Dazzle is the smartest of the Dazzlings, but also the most cruel and ruthless, and she sees her new human body as nothing more than something to further her plans to Take Over The World. Sonata Dusk is the dumbest Dazzling, but also the kindest and nicest, and the one who genuinely enjoys her new human body.

Jan 30th 2018 at 5:45:28 PM

  • Winnie The Pooh is a clumsy well meaning "bear with very little brain" in practically all incarnations of the franchise, playing the Nice Moron while the grouchy scheming Workaholic Rabbit regularly plays the Smart Jerk.

Jan 30th 2018 at 5:51:11 PM

"Pinky Pie" -> "Pinkie Pie"

Feb 2nd 2018 at 2:18:51 PM

Feb 2nd 2018 at 9:39:40 AM

  • The Flash: When the different versions of Harrison Wells get together this is often the result. It's particularly apparent when Earth 2 (Smart, but jerky) Harry Wells meets Earth 19 (dumb compared to Team Flash but quirky and charismatic) H.R. Wells.

Feb 3rd 2018 at 6:27:14 PM

6x ^ I don't think anyone has.

Feb 8th 2018 at 7:12:02 AM

  • Corvax and Thimbo from Muzzy Comes Back. Corvax is an Evil Genius Smug Snake who brags about his intelligence and uses advanced technology, kidnapping the King's baby granddaughter to usurp the throne. The latter is a dim-witted thug who Never Learned To Read, but is very kind with said baby and unlike Corvax, he genuinely cares for her.

Feb 16th 2018 at 1:24:33 AM

Darkwing Duck's dumb but kindhearted sidekick is called "Launchpad" in English. "Turbo" is presumably a Dub Name Change in some language. Please change it.

Mar 10th 2018 at 3:58:46 AM

^ This is Up For Grabs. Anyone can take it over.

It cannot be launched as is because the Examples section has two Zero Context Examples.

Mar 9th 2018 at 11:45:11 AM

Oh wow, How Did We Miss This?

  • In Wild Kratts, Donita and Dabio's relationship is almost exactly the same as Yzma and Kronk's, so that could fit here.
  • In Martha Speaks, Weaselgraft and Pablum fit this dynamic, although unusually Weaselgraft, the large one, is the mastermind, while Pablum, the skinny one, is the dumb one.
  • In South Park, Nathan and Mimsy's relationship is somewhat a parody of this trope.

Apr 28th 2018 at 4:59:25 PM

Film Animated

  • Disney's Lady And The Tramp has Lady's neighbors: Jock, the Scottish terrier and Trusty the bloodhound. Jock is an irritable and temperamental ankle-biter, but quite rational; while Trusty is much more genial, but notably scatter-brained. The dichotomy gets spotlighted during the effort to rescue Tramp from the dog-catcher's wagon. Jock disparages the effort, as the streets are soaked with rainwater, dissolving the scent, and tells Trusty bluntly, "You've lost your sense of smell." Though stung to the core by this, Trusty makes no reply, instead redoubling his effort, which succeeds in unerringly attaining the wagon.

Jul 23rd 2018 at 12:06:10 PM

Marked as Up For Grabs since it was last edited in March and has been inactive for three months.

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