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An ill-mannered imbecile.

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azul120 on Oct 11th 2018 at 4:53:06 PM
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azul120 on Oct 12th 2018 at 4:42:26 PM
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In fiction, sometimes there's an inverse relationship between intelligence and politeness.

This is not one of those cases.

The Boor is seen among the lowest of the low amongst stereotypes. Rude, obnoxious, and limited in intelligence among other things, these are the people who seldom get anywhere in life, but when they do, well, there can be problems. Unlike the Innocently Insensitive, these people are too prideful too accept that they've said or done anything wrong, and/or cling to whatever falsehood they hold as fact.

See also Lower-Class Lout, and Dumb Muscle, which these may include. Will be frequently seen amongst the foremost types of the Anti-Role Model.

Contrast Kindhearted Simpleton, Good Is Dumb, Good Is Not Dumb, Evil Genius and Insufferable Genius.

Polar opposite trope to Gentleman and a Scholar.

The Jerk Index, Stupidity Tropes

Truth in Television as of late, but No Real Life Examples, Please!


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    Western Animation 
  • Beavis And Butthead infamously defined this trope for the '90s with the eponymous slacker metalhead duo who cared for little except for music videos and chicks. Beavis was the somewhat nicer, but also less smart, or assertive, of the duo.
  • Family Guy: Peter Griffin is narcissistic, slovenly, lazy, and imbecilic, all of which Meg laid into him for in her rant near the end of "Seahorse Seashell Party". Peter, of course, completely misses the point and takes offense to her calling him "a waste of a man".
  • King of the Hill saw Mike Judge revisit the trope in a different way with Jimmy Wichard, who according to Dale Gribble, came down with a mental condition from staring at the sun for too long, though he couldn't have been too smart to do such a thing in the first place, making it a "chicken and egg" thing. Nonetheless, he's none too bright, but he's also mean and aggressive due to his mental state. When he was Bobby's boss during a NASCAR race, he forced Bobby to run across a race track to retrieve something during the race. Hank, who had been telling Bobby to be a good Yes-Man earlier, immediately kicked Jimmy's ass.
  • I Am Weasel features I. R. Baboon playing this as foil to the eponymous lead. Whereas Weasel is scholarly, uber-competent, and selfless, Baboon is a selfish underachiever who constantly tries upstaging Weasel, who, even knowing this, considers him a friend and even goes out of his way to save his bacon.

Feedback: 11 replies

Oct 11th 2018 at 6:55:34 PM

We definitely have this one- it's The Bore.

Edit: sorry, misread things. But I think this one is largely covered by Lower Class Lout.

Oct 11th 2018 at 6:59:18 PM

^ Even if it's not we definitely need a better title to differentiate from The Bore, considering it's only two letters off and sounds the same.

Oct 11th 2018 at 7:10:56 PM

So "The Boorish"? (It's also valid)

Oct 11th 2018 at 7:35:58 PM

Insufferable Imbecile? Mean Spirited Meathead?

Lower Class Lout refers more to socioeconomic standing, something exempt from neither idiocy nor rudeness.

Oct 11th 2018 at 11:48:22 PM

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Oct 12th 2018 at 6:25:14 AM

Vernon Dursley from the Harry Potter books is a pretty good example of this, and his sister Marge too. Loud mouthed, mean spirited, and close minded. They even conform to the fat and loudmouthed stereotype of little englanders.

Oct 12th 2018 at 10:15:40 AM

I still feel like we have this one, but I can't quite find it.

This is a common negative stereotype of Americans, described as "America The Boorish" in Eagleland. In a Slobs Versus Snobs plot where the Snobs are portrayed sympathetically, the Slobs are usually The Boor.

Western Animation

Oct 12th 2018 at 10:21:48 AM

  • Beauty And The Beast: Belle describes Gaston as being "Boorish, Brainless...", and she's quite on the money, with Gaston being illiterate and airheaded while also being arrogant, sexist, and rude.

Oct 12th 2018 at 11:16:54 AM

^*4 Thanks, I forgot a couple wikicode things.

^*2 There is overlap, but still a bit of distinction. The Slobs Versus Snobs trope often paints the former as more sympathetic.

Oct 12th 2018 at 2:45:36 PM

Fan Works

  • The Discworld devised by AA Pessimal explores the idea of a Discworld take on South Africa. note  All the tropes about a people with a certain attitude to life, illiberal social attitudes, a robust attiude to manly sporting pursuits and braai culture are taken Up To Eleven, and the back-story of the Discworld's South Africa is suspiciously like ours. This includes a War of Independence which on this world was lost by the colonial power. Ankh-Morpork has never forgotten this, and in a snidey and petulent way refers to The Boor War and to the people who beat them as Boors. In the early stories Boor and Boer are synonymous in all respects. Later, more sympathetic, portrayals have the Disc's Saffies accepting "Boor" as a badge of pride, and using it to describe themselves in a way that raises two fingers to Ankh-Morpork, usually accompanied by a loud voetsaak!

Oct 12th 2018 at 4:42:26 PM

^^ we're only saying that you should mention Slobs Vs Snobs in the description.