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  • In It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Lennie Pike and Sylvester both qualify.
  • Bane in Batman & Robin is a dumb, hulk-speaking, simpleton that can only follow orders. He's a Super Soldier powered by chemicals, though, so whatever. That's just the version Joel Schumacher used, though. He's actually a Genius Bruiser in the comics.
  • Michael "Lurch" Armstrong in Hot Fuzz. Body of a gorilla, mind of a child, Lurch is also a subversion because while he's dumb, that doesn't mean he's innocent; When Nicholas asks him if he really wants to be part of the evil Sandford conspiracy, he replies with his typical "Yarp." "Suit yourself," says Nicholas, and the fight resumes. His dim mind is due to his dad being his grandad and his mom being his sister.
  • Mongo in Blazing Saddles, though he subverts it with the thoughtful line, "Mongo only pawn in game of life."
  • Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome: Blaster, the lower half of MasterBlaster "has the mind of a child" and relies on the Crippled Genius Master to do his thinking for him.
  • Fezzik from The Princess Bride is a good example of this. It ought to be noted, though, that most of this reputation is based on the word of Vizzini, who has an overdeveloped sense of his own mental superiority. In truth, Fezzik has a number of moments of profound insight, along with a gift for rhyme. Some of the time.note 
  • Sloth in The Goonies is a hulking simpleton. It seems that he was dropped as a baby.
  • Circus strongman One in The City of Lost ChildrenHulk Speak is his first language, and it's strongly suggested that he's developmentally challenged.
  • Loz in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children embodies Sephiroth's strength. He's also dumber than a box of rocks. That an aspect of freaking Sephiroth is caught bawling for his mommy like an idiot child is a pretty extreme example of this trope.
  • Bedazzled (2000) capitalizes the undermentioned basketball player stereotype when the main hero gets turned into one. He can barely put two words together and those tend to revolve around "pushing yourself to 100%...for victory".
  • Jason Nesmith makes this (wrong) similar assumption about the bad guy in Galaxy Quest.
    Jason: (not realizing the viewscreen is still on) I've dealt with his kind before, he's as stupid as he is ugly.
    (Jason gives his crew instructions as they try to get Jason's attention)
    Jason: Okay Gwen, put me back on with him.
    Gwen: That's what I've been trying to tell you, Jason. You ARE back with him.
    Sarris: Perhaps I am not as stupid as I am ugly, commander.
  • Charlie tries to be this in Mystery Team. He just fails at the muscle part
  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch: Lenny the dopey gremlin, is larger and dimmer than the rest, obviously inspired by Lenny from Of Mice and Men.
  • The Golem in the silent movie The Golem is incredibly strong, but also painfully dim.
  • Karl in Sling Blade is a mentally handicapped man who is noted by his employers as being surprisingly strong.
  • In There's Something About Mary, Mary's mentally handicapped brother Warren can toss people around like rag dolls.
  • Wallace, Angel Eyes' torturer from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is big on the brawn, but not so much with the brains.
  • Lump Hudson from each version of The Ladykillers is a mouth-breathing jock who uses Hulk Speak.
  • Superman II: Non is the largest and most physical threat of the criminal Kryptonians, but doesn't speak and is clearly slow-witted.
  • Nuclear Man in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. Lex Luthor, his creator, even admits to Superman that he's "Not one of your great thinkers!"
  • Street Fighter: In the film adaptation, Zangief is portrayed as a misguided muscle-man, who's non too bright. He wasn't aware that he was working for the bad guys, until Dee Jay told him, and thought he could stop a truck that was speeding towards them by changing the channel!
  • Top Secret!: "Bruno is almost blind, has to operate wholly by touch. Klaus is a moron who knows only what he reads in the New York Post."
  • Fred "Blob" Dukes in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, who Stryker employs to do the heavy stuff like stopping a tank from firing at them, is not the smartest of Stryker's team, even getting a tattoo of a woman he only met the night before.
  • Carmelo from The Book of Life, isn't exactly the smartest but he is really strong.


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