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  • Both Jorgen Von Strangle and Francis from The Fairly OddParents! qualify, but especially Francis.
  • Patrick from SpongeBob SquarePants, especially in the episodes "Karate Star" and "The Frycook Games."
  • Johnny Bravo.
  • The Dinobots from The Transformers. People say Grimlock is smarter than he lets on, but he still wants Kup to tell him about the petro-rabbits, even in the middle of a firefight. Sludge is also particularly dim, and, as the largest of the Dinobots, particularly strong. All of the Dinobots have an idiosyncratic form of Hulk Speak that lends itself to this image.
    • In later issues of the comics this is subverted. Depending on the writers, the Dinobots are either street-savvy bruisers, or regular Autobots who feign ignorance as an act. Grimlock is consistently portrayed as being a temperamental leader who prefers direct action.
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    • In Transformers Animated, Grimlock is almost toddler-like in his temperament and speech; Swoop and Snarl don't seem to have enough processor power to talk at all, either.
      • Animated also includes Lugnut, who is delusionally devoted to Megatron, Mixmaster and Scrapper, who are barely aware of their surroundings, and Blackout, the largest Decepticon in history, who needs to be closely supervised in order to be of any use.
      • It's not so much that Lugnut is dumb, he's just blinded by his extreme loyalty. He has his moments, like "Decepticon Air" when he led a small band of Decepticons in taking over the Elite Guard flagship.
    • Also, in Generation 1, most combined robots were extremely crude mentally. Menasor was decidedly Hulk-like, for instance, only being able to act on things all of his component robots could agree on. Superion, similarly, had exactly two things he could do or think about: Fight and Protect. Even the super-smart Computron took so much time processing data that he was useless in battle. Motormaster and most of the original Predacons, as well, especially the hardheaded Headstrong, the easily enraged Tantrum, and he hyperactive Rampage. Bruticus and Abominus are even more pronounced examples, to the point where they aren't ordered to fight as much as turned loose to engage in wanton destruction. And then there's Beastbox, an interrogation expert who is often faced with extracting information from an Autobot he had beaten to death seconds before.
      • Outside of the cartoon, the true animal combiners (Predaking and Piranicon) subvert this. The explanation is that the component robots have a shared love of the hunt that completes the persona of the combined form.
      • What the Firecons lack in intelligence and direct physical power, they make up for in, ahem, firepower. The exception is their commander, Sparkstalker, a twisted genius wasting away babysitting moronic stooges Flamefeather and Cindersaur.
      • And Skullcruncher, who is specifically described as "slow (in more ways than one) but powerful." This is the guy who eats his enemies after defeating them, even though Cybertronians don't get nutrition of any kind that way and he admits to hating how they taste. However, the surprisingly sophisticated symbolism of cruelly absorbing his foes isn't lost on Skullcruncher's Headmaster partner Grax, who can do enough thinking for the both of them easily.
      • And Stranglehold, whose strength has always outweighed his intelligence by a hefty margin. While he's a genius fighter, he's a moron when it comes to everything else, making him ultimately a liability and only welcome on the Mayhem Attack Squad, a team of misfits with similarly bad reputations.
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    • And Tidal Wave from Armada, who is basically only capable of saying his own name, and Demolishor's later incarnation in Energon.
      • Crumplezone from Cybertron. With his big forearms and short legs, he also looks like an ape. He's literally the largest mechanoid on Velocitron. And while compared to the rest of the natives he's very slow in a couple of different ways, he's much quicker than his size suggests.
    • BB from Beast Wars II subverts this slightly; His alternate mode is a stealth bomber. A gigantic stealth bomber equipped with a similarly enormous gatling gun. He's roughly three times as wide as your average transformer in robot mode, has strength and firepower ratings of 9 and an intelligence rating of 4, and can only say "Roger!"
    • Blastcharge in Beast Machines, related comics and Tankor from the main show, until Rattrap roots around in his head.
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    • Beast Wars has Scorponok and Quickstrike.
    • In the Shattered Glass Mirror Universe, Buster and Spike Witwicky are the dumb muscle of the family gang, while oldest brother Butch is the brains. The SG Technobots are also in the "thick as bricks" category, thanks to a failed experiment that rendered them neurotic in their individual forms and arrogantly stupid in their combined form.
  • From ReBoot, we have Megabyte's henchmen, Hack & Slash. They're mostly incompetent and as dumb as a bowl of mice (not to mention constantly bickering), but can occasionally make up for it with Super Strength, not to mention being Multi-Armed and Dangerous.
  • In Celebrity Deathmatch, Cousin Grimm, one of the Super-Freaks, was a pretty dumb bruiser. In the deciding match between him and Potato Khan, his brutal clubbing caused Khan to split up into many small duplicates of himself; Grimm reacted by stomping on them and gloating, "One potato, two potato, three potato, four," then scratched his head and said, "What's after four?"
  • Wild Kratts has Davio, henchman to Donita. Leads to a good Brick Joke in Fireflies when Donita tells a joke at the beginning of the episode, and then Davio gets it in the end... right when Donita is too angry about being foiled again to care about it any less.
    Davio: "Glowrious! I get it! Haha, very funny Donita. LOL."
    Donita: "You don't say LOL, you just laugh. AUGH!"
  • Ned from The Venture Bros., who is actually mentally disabled.
    • Not to mention Humongoloid, whose tremendous size comes at the apparent cost of having Down's Syndrome. At least until he gets shrunk, at which point he displays average intelligence.
  • Mr. Larrity's son, Dean, from Code Monkeys. Though he's strong, he has the same type of mental weaknesses played for laughs. "I love Japan! Except for their Reggae music, cause it has the word 'gay' in it."
  • Kronk from The Emperor's New Groove. However, he is an excellent chef, and he does occasionally bring out closer to Earth insight. Word of God says he's not stupid, he's just not always focused on the same thing everyone else is at the time.
  • Also from Disney Animated Canon, in Beauty and the Beast: No one exemplifies this trope like Gaston! He's decent at manipulating people, but besides that, he's brutish, illiterate, and uncultured — and proud of it.
  • Big Billy of the Gangreen Gang in The Powerpuff Girls.
    • Also the short-lived fourth Powerpuff Girl, Bunny.
    • The Rowdyruff Boys are explicitly stated as actually being stronger than the Girls, which would make them some of the most physically powerful beings alive. They're also complete morons who can't handle ideas more complex than "Destroy!" or "Eww, cooties!"
  • The Infraggable Crunk (and actually Val Halen and Major Glory as well, to some extent) from the Justice Friends, the shorts from Dexter's Laboratory. Incredibly strong, but with the psyche of a 5-year old... literally. "TV Puppet Pals! TV Puppet Pals! Lots of fun for boys and gals!"
    • And Crunk's Distaff Counterpart, the supervillain She-Thing. She promises to write every day from prison, prompting Crunk to promise to learn how to read.
  • Captain Hero, a Shallow Parody of Superman in Drawn Together.
  • Several in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002). Ram Man makes an impressive showing for the good guys, but he's eclipsed easily by Clawful, whose voice alone comes on a little too strong about the fact that he's an utter moron. (He's so dumb that in one episode, he can't understand the non-verbal language of his own species.) As it happens, in the original series, he was actually a Genius Bruiser, a role that was taken by Tri-Klops... who was Dumb Muscle in the original show, himself. Then there are guys like Beast Man and Grizzlor, who are frankly just bestial and have a lot of know-how related to their skills, and Spikor, who manages to be a Small Name, Big Ego Large Ham who strikes poses while boasting about his imminent victory in addition to being an idiot.
  • Numbuh Four of the Kids Next Door is the idiot of the team, but also the most inclined to physical violence. His actual combat ability varies greatly between episodes, usually switching between Rule of Cool and Rule of Funny.
  • In Gargoyles, Broadway's clone Hollywood (and, indeed, the Clone Clan as a whole) is a straight example of this trope. Broadway himself at times seems like this compared to Brooklyn and Lexington, but he's too smart to be a completely straight example.
  • Mammoth, Cinderblock, Overload, and Soto in Teen Titans.
    • Subverted with Cyborg and Monsieur Mallah, who use brute force the most of anyone on their respective teams, but are both highly intelligent as well.
  • Ed from Ed, Edd n Eddy.
    • May Kanker also qualifies. Despite being the most dimwitted out of the Kankers, she usually is willing to resort to physical violence along with her sisters, and is shown to be very strong.
  • Korgoth of Barbaria himself, a pastiche of Conan minus the ingenuity and ambition.
  • Pipsqueak from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
  • Torvald and Harold in Hey Arnold!, who are both 13-year old fourth graders as a result of being held back several times. The best grade Torvald ever had in his life was a C- from kindergarten.
  • Subverted with Red Menace from League of Super Evil. He's shown to be of normal intelligence and quite resourceful at times. In one episode, he even scored higher on a computerized intelligence test than Voltar (whose intelligence was on the level of celery).
    • Doctor Frogg became one after using a device to convert his brain power to strength, until they needed to disarm a self-destruct mechanism and needed someone smart to do it (when Red needed to "re-educate" him).
  • Mimsy, Nathan's subordinate from the South Park episode "Crippled Summer"
  • Beezy from Jimmy Two-Shoes.
  • Cliff from CatDog.
  • Dean's prisoners from The Goode Family.
  • Gene from Bob's Burgers.
  • Ranger Stu.
  • Both Lok and Slog from Tak and the Power of Juju.
  • Rondo Jr. from Yakkity Yak.
  • The Bullnerds, Thor Thort and Brick Buster in ChalkZone.
  • Susan Strong, in Adventure Time, is almost a rare female example, but actually could be considered a subversion. She can't speak English right off the bat and is very confused about life on the surface, but that doesn't make her dumb; she learns very quickly.
  • Rico in The Penguins of Madagascar talks exclusively in garbled grunts.
  • Angela Anaconda 's older brothers. Probably because they're always banging their heads together...with no helmets.
  • Rock Bottom from the TV Felix the Cat cartoons. As he and the Professor launch themselves from a cannon:
    Rock Bottom: Ten...nine...eight....uh, what comes after eight, boss?
    Professor: Seven, stupid!
    Rock Bottom: Seven...stupid...six...five...
  • Bioborg, Grenader from Skysurfer Strike Force is a sentient grenade man, but is often the first borg defeated by the Skysurfers.
  • Texas and Tooley in Motorcity
  • Edwin "Meat" Kapinski in Sym-Bionic Titan. The other school jocks could count.
  • Krusha in Donkey Kong Country. However, he isn't dimwitted at all in the episode "Bad Hair Day".
  • Penny, the Shallow Parody to Donkey Kong from The Mighty B!.
  • Scarface had a huge, hulking henchman named Rhino in both Batman: The Animated Series and The Batman who fit the description. (One of the few times a villain's henchman appeared in both adaptations.)
  • The one-shot wrestler "Mongo" from The Proud Family with a Hulk Speak voice to match.
  • Nicolas from Code Lyoko. More emphasis on the dumb part of the description though.
  • The titular character of Dave the Barbarian.
    • Candy became one was well in one episode, where eating magic broccoli gives her big muscles, but also causes her intelligence to drop to Neanderthal levels.
  • Sonic Boom has Knuckles the Echidna who, at the best of times, is not all there to being a full-on ditz. But even he still has moments of clarity when anyone else acts stupid or when he shows off one of his skills like playing piano and he's a beast when it comes to fighting.
  • Action League NOW! has The Flesh who's "super strong and super naked" as well as having the "honor" of being the dimmest of a team of brain-dead two-bit super "heroes".
  • Kaeloo, in her Bad Kaeloo form.
  • Nelson from The Simpsons is a bully, who should not underestimated. In a episode, he even managed to beat three other bullies. But he is not the smartest.
  • Bulk Biceps in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, as lampshaded by his name and his dumbbell Cutie Mark, is easily the bulkiest pony in Ponyville, and certainly not the brightest. In "Rainbow Falls" he fails a Rhetorical Question Blunder, and in "The Fault in Our Cutie Marks" the CMC have to explain to him that his talent might not be limited to lifting dumbbells.
  • Lightning from Total Drama.
  • The Oh Yeah! Cartoons short "Planet Kate" has this demonstrated by Bolivar. Of the five alien dogs seen in the short, Bolivar is physically the strongest and is also much dumber than the other four.
  • Miguel in The Jungle Bunch is not very smart. In fact, he refers to himself by his name. However, he is really strong, and acts as The Jungle Bunch's muscle.


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