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"Do you know what hell it is to be fat and stupid at the same time?"
William M. Gaines, MAD parody of Up the Academy

In fiction, being big doesn't necessarily mean you're probably a bad person...

Maybe you're just stupid. In any group of characters the fattest one will probably be the dimmest.

Granted, poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle is not necessarily a clever lifestyle choice (leaving aside more complicated real life reasons for weight gain or even being naturally fat that are unlikely to be portrayed in fiction), but many tubby characters seem to think of literally nothing else other than eating. Even if they are good, the fat character is generally a comic ditz.

This trope is particularly popular in animation, owing in part to the influence characters like Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin.

May overlap with Dumb Muscle if the character is an example of Stout Strength. See also Fat Bastard, Fat Slob, Fat Comic Relief, Shorter Means Smarter. Often an element of a Straw Loser. Contrast Lean and Mean, as well as Geek Physiques (fat).


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  • The McDonaldland mascot Grimace is as stupid as he is stocky.

    Anime and Manga 
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Gluttony is basically a pet ball of fat who consumes everything in his path. It takes Alphonse Elric about 30 seconds to convince Gluttony to lead his enemies right past all the defenses in the headquarters and right up to the Big Bad. Alphonse and Edward's presence wasn't especially minded, since they're two of Father's candidates for "sacrifice", and needed to be kept alive; everyone else, on the other hand...
  • Chaosic Rune: About users who can summon powerful "dragons" to do their bidding. One of the most powerful is Death Rex, whose limbs and body got separated from its main "head". Death Rex's "body" (who has taken possession of a human body), is a lumbering brute who is not too bright and is obsessed with eating. Much to Death Rex's chagrin, his "body" has gained a bit of weight - "For disgracing my plump body! I'll beat you to death!"
  • Sumiyoshi of Excel♡Saga is a subversion. He may not speak at all, but he's still probably one of the smartest and most normal people in the entire cast. In the manga itself, he's got more technical smarts than any of the cast, and can make thrown-out electronics working better than new.
  • Marechiyo Oomaeda in Bleach is typically fairly dim-witted and not able to understand the events that go on around him, being irritated by anything beyond his comprehension. Doesn't mean he can't fight you when it's need.

    Comic Books 
  • Obelix from Asterix. Although you probably shouldn't tell him that. He is not fat, as he'll be the first to tell you. His chest's just slipped a bit, that's all.
  • Haroun El-Plassid in Iznogoud eats many large meals and gets almost no exercise, preferring to spend his days sleeping, and is clueless enough to trust the Obviously Evil Iznogoud absolutely with any and all decisions about how to run the country. He displays occasional evidence of having a good memory and knowledge base, but he has no common sense whatsoever.
  • The appropriately named Schmöck from a story by Wilhelm Busch.
  • Plastic Man's sidekick Woozy Winks is overweight and not very bright.

    Fan Fiction 
  • Arnold of soulless shell (Redwall), overlapping with Fat Bastard. He falls for Leif's ruse to get him to admit to being guilty of rape when he sentences him to death, then after breaking out of prison, plans on killing Leif in revenge before going off to rape a girl. Since Leif is a God-Mode Sue with a particular hatred of rapists, Arnold dies a fairly nasty death.
  • Arthur in A Very Special Arthur, who becomes mentally challenged during the course of the story and is also described as quite overweight.
  • Wheatley in the Portal 2 fanfic Test of Humanity. Of course, he was dim-witted before putting on weight.
  • Balrog in Cave Story Versus I M Meen, overlapping with Fat Bastard. Not only that, he is also a fetish whore and a bit of a child rapist.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Subverted with John Candy (also now deceased), although in some he played a Bumbling Dad-type character, the character he played all had their heart in the right places. He was quite an intelligent guy in real life.
  • Lou Costello, at least compared with Bud Abbott.
  • Ed Wood: Although the real-life Tor Johnson may not have been similar to the lumbering mooks he played in Wood's movies, this film portrays him as particularly dimwitted. (In fact, Johnson was already an accomplished bit actor, and had lost his Swedish accent long ago).
  • Nick Frost, as "Ed" in Shaun of the Dead and "Danny Butterman" in Hot Fuzz, though Danny is a bit smarter than he lets on.
  • Piedone sometimes subverts and sometimes plays this straight. In a movie where his role is that of a higher up policeman (so we're expecting him to have some brains), he's tangled in a web of corruption and doesn't know what to think about the situation anymore. In a So Bad, It's Good scene basically summarising Piedone's entire film career, he says "What Piedone doesn't like, Piedone punches!" and proceeds to punch his superior into unconsciousness. The guy turns out to be legit and even help Piedone in a tight spot.
  • Jurassic Park seems to have a fondness for this character. Dennis Nedry of the 1993 film is played by Wayne Knight, and completely fumbles his plan to screw the park by crashing his jeep, getting lost, rolling down a muddy hill (complete with hilarious slippy sound effect), and finally dies ignominiously to the Dilophosaurus after trying to throw a stick for her like she's a dog. In Jurassic World, the Indominus Rex breakout is caused by an overweight paddock employee who opens the gate for her and promptly gets killed when he does the absolute worst job you could possibly do if you wanted to hide from a giant dinosaur and she finds and eats him immediately.
  • Henry & Verlin has Henry, an obese, mostly mute man with a childlike personality.
  • The noticeably rotund Sterilox in Kiss Me Quick!. He is regarding as a bumbling incompetent on his home planet, and is completely clueless about life on Earth. Sent to Earth to acquire a specimen of womanhood, he instead returns with a vending machine. (He also returns with a woman, but only because the vending machine company insists on sending a qualified technician along with the machine.)
  • Lampshaded in Animal House by Dean Wormer in announcing the extremely poor grades of the Delta House pledge class, and then telling Flounder "Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son". While Flounder is more naive and gullible than stupid, his actions justified Wormer's point.
  • Zombieland: Double Tap: Parodied with the Homer zombies, named after Homer Simpson himself. They are the most pathetic of the four new variations of zombies. While the other three had advantages over the regular zombies, the Homers are actually less dangerous than the basic zombies. They are shown getting distracted by butterflies, mistaking statues for real people, and randomly walking off cliffs while ignoring humans. Naturally, all of them are very fat.

  • This attitude shows up in Robin Hobb's The Soldier Son trilogy, including the difference in values. Among the Gernians (the "civilized" people), obesity is regarded as a sign of lack of self-control. Among the Specks (the "nature people"), it's thin people who are seen as stupid. The attitude is, "What kind of idiot can't even provide for himself?"
  • Augustus Gloop from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He makes the potentially fatal mistake of leaning too far over a chocolate river to drink straight from it... and his father isn't much better, given that he's reluctant to jump in and rescue his son simply because he's wearing his best suit.
  • Discworld:
    • Sergeant Colon, though he does have some Hidden Depths. Or to paraphrase his boss and best friend, Sam Vimes, Colon is a fat idiot, yes, but he isn't just a fat idiot. Vetinari invokes the trope when he takes Colon along with him in Jingo.
      Vetinari: The entire success of this plan depends on you seeming to be a fat idiot!
      Sgt. Colon: I'm not too good at acting, sir.
      Vetinari: Good.
    • Played very straight with Crispin Horsefry in Going Postal, complete with a footnote expressing the author's irritation that people seem to believe in this trope in real life.
    • It sometimes seems like Nanny Ogg has intentionally invoked this trope in her old age, allowing herself to get "larger than life" as part of her image as a witch (that she is the one usually present at a birth rather than a death and that she is kind-hearted and jolly but not necessarily bright).
  • In The Courtship of Princess Leia, the villain of the book was Warlord Zsinj, an extremely two-dimensional baddie whose three traits were one, stock evilness, two, puffed-up idiocy, and three, fatness. He was the first non-Hutt in the Star Wars Expanded Universe to be described as fat, actually. The X-Wing Series, set before his death, made his character considerably more complex and interesting. He was a fan of Obfuscating Grandiosity.
  • In A Clockwork Orange, "poor old Dim the Dim" is the largest of Alex's droogies, and he lives up to his nickname. He's a bad person too, but who isn't?
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Any noble in Westeros will tell you that Mace Tyrell fits this trope perfectly, even his own mother. However, there are occasional hints that he may not be as stupid as he seems.
    • In the fifth book, this is invoked by Wyman Manderly who uses this misconception to his advantage.
  • King Rhodar of Drasnia in The Belgariad is also a subversion. His obesity is the result of loving books and scholarship more than hunting and warfare. His personal library is the third largest library in the world. He is shown to be an excellent administrator and the more martially inclined rulers defer to his expertise in strategy, due to his excellent theoretical background.
  • General Sittas from the Belisarius Series is a similar subversion. While he is a bit Book Dumb and a completely shameless hedonist, he is also an excellent strategist and highly skilled lancer.
  • Dudley and Vernon Dursley in Harry Potter. The former can't add 37 + 2 without help, gets very bad grades in school, is the leader of his gang because he is "the biggest and most stupid" and physically managed to "become wider than he was tall" in the fourth book. His father spends a lot of his screentime antagonizing his magical nephew even when he has seen the kind of things Harry is able to do when he loses his control over his magic (or over his temper). His attitude with other (powerful) wizards is not better. Another examples are Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle, Malfoy's brutish and dumb minions.
  • Zigzagged in Ratburger: Sheila is a fat woman who is too dumb to tell the difference between a badly-drawn mustache and a real one, but Tina Trotts and Raj are fat too and they're not idiots.
  • The Wheel of Time: Exploited by the White Tower's Chubby Chef Laras. When Elaida the Tyrant Takes the Helm, she assumes Laras to be this trope and a Fat Bastard to boot. Laras, actually a highly conscientious, politically savvy, and loyal woman, encourages Elaida's misconceptions, then smuggles Elaida's political prisoners to safety and later helps out La Résistance.
  • The Elenium: Otha was an id-driven Jerkass shepherd who went From Nobody to Nightmare when he refounded a Religion of Evil to the depraved god Azash and was invested with tremendous magical power. He's too stupid to use that magic with any degree of skill, and centuries spent gorging all of his appetites have left him too bloated to walk.
  • The Reluctant King: Zigzagged with the King of Iraz Ishbahar: he's obese due to his excessive eating, though while he's not a complete imbecile, he's at times far too ingenue and optimistic. When he then thoughtlessly announces that he wants to make Jorian his heir in front of the entire city, a full blown revolt ensues and he dies of fatigue while trying to get away from the mob.
  • Averted in Fat, much of whose humour lies in the overweight protagonist's dry lamentation of the inhibitions imposed by, and people's overreactions to, his weight.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Game of Thrones: Hot Pie is the bumbling comic-relief member of Arya's group.
  • Woody in The Suite Life on Deck, though he gets more or less stupid depending on the day.
  • Gibby from iCarly. Although he gets better when he's promoted to a regular in Season 4.
  • Kevin from The Office (US), especially after Flanderization sets in. Before it he was revealed to be a World Series of Poker bracelet winner, which implies a level of competence with numbers and probabilities that the Kevin in later seasons couldn't hope to accomplish. To give an example of just how stupid he's become, at one point he was unable to distinguish between a coin and a button.
  • Carl Winslow on Family Matters at times. While not always like this all the times, he can do some very obnoxious things and his weight is played for laughs.
  • Hurley from Lost. The trope was played with as various handwaves and justifications propped up to describe his supernatural clumsiness and misfortune.
    • Hurley is an inversion; although his ideas and opinions were often dismissed in the early seasons, he invariably turned out to have more common sense than most of the other characters. And he did end up taking charge of the Island and it's implied that he did a fine job with it.
      • Hurley was originally supposed to be an idiot. His first appearance in the original script describes him as a "fat, obnoxious Red Shirt''. But the creators ended up liking him, and kept him around. The guy who dies in Season One while holding a stick of dynamite and warning them how sensitive it was is the character Hurley was originally going to be.
  • Chumlee from Pawn Stars is portrayed this way, however, occasionally he proves to be more clever than his reputation might suggest, and he's not the only overweight character on the show.
  • Sergeant Garcia got this treatment in Disney's Zorro series, though he is not completely moronic.
  • Sergeant Jaime Mendoza fills the same role as Garcia in the 1990s Zorro series.
  • Ben Swain MP of The Thick of It, a junior minister in DoSAC under Hugh Abbot, is rather overweight and so amazingly dumb that one of the first things Nicola Murray does is sack him. (Swain gets sent over to the Department of Education... Take That!, anyone?)
    • His stupidity during a crisis angers Malcolm so much that he makes him stand in a corner and gives him an unplugged keyboard to play with.
  • Larry Kubiac in Parker Lewis Can't Lose isn't really fat but just really, really huge. In the first few seasons, he is depicted as a typical high-school bully who only thinks of eating. Later, he becomes more of a Gentle Giant and it's revealed that his simple-mindedness is just a facade and that he is in fact fairly intelligent.
  • Randy Hickey from My Name Is Earl is borderline mentally handicapped. He once called all of Joy's ex-boyfriends to her and Earl's one year anniversary because he misread "Guys I've boned" as "Guys I've Phoned" (the "B" looked like an "F"!)
  • A few contestants on Hell's Kitchen are both chubby and stupid.
    • In addition to being a Fat Bastard, Jason Underwood from Season 4 has also been shown to be not smart either. This comes to a head during the soufflé incident in the third service, where he couldn't make any correctly since they ended up sticking to the cups, and mentioned to Ramsay that he was going to try brushing sugar and cocoa around the rim to prevent this (for those of you that don't know, this is the first thing you're supposed to do when cooking a soufflé). That plus the fact that he pretty much threw in the towel when he didn't know the desserts (the menu also stumped Petrozza in the previous service, but he bounced back) and had to be talked into staying by Louross led to Ramsay eliminating him. He was the second of three contestants to be eliminated while working the dessert station.
    • Connie "Lovely" Jackson from Season 6 is definitely this, being not particularly bright. This was first demonstrated when she cooked fondants before they even opened. And they weren't even properly made.
    • Raj from Season 8 definitely takes the cake as a strong contender for the single most clueless contestent ever to appear on the show. Rather than spoil the full story of his incompetence, let's simply put it this way: he was kicked out of the competition very early on after an elimination night where his team won. His teammates then thanked Gordon for getting rid of him, saying it was a better reward than any of the red team getting eliminated.
    • Antonio Ruiz from Season 20 displayed shades of this prior to being switched to the red team (where he did improve). He was a main participant of "chickengate" in Episode 3 and believed his underseasoned irregular ceviche was one of the best dishes in the alcohol challenge, along with Matthew's raw chicken. He would also say things to try and be more impressive like he only sleeps for a few hours without realizing how dumb that makes him sound.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: This is the defining feature of the Pakled Rubber-Forehead Aliens, who were described by their screenwriter as "dull, laughable, and grossly overweight", are Insufficiently Advanced, and rely on cobbling together stolen technology. They're supposed to be quite cunning in their own way and do trick the Starship Enterprise into a trap, but the Enterprise turns the tables on them just as easily.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • The Colonel Blimp cartoons by David Law (though not the 1943 movie, which is In Name Only).
  • Slim Skinner, a garage owner in Gasoline Alley is pretty dim in most respects.
  • The title character from Sherman's Lagoon is not just the fattest character in the strip (especially if compared with his friends) but he's also the stupidest being in the place.

  • Taken literally in Stern Pinball's Family Guy during "Lard Multiball", when Peter grows to a grotesquely huge size.

  • The Navy Lark has Able Seaman "fatso" Johnson, just bright enough to work out he is being screwed by C.P.O. Pertwee, just dumb enough not to be able to see it until too late.

  • Prince Go-go in Ligeti's opera Le Grand Macabre, the gluttonous, cowardly imbecile ruler of Breughelland.
  • William Shakespeare:
    • Shakespeare invokes this trope in Julius Caesar:
      Caesar: "Let me have men about me that are fat, Sleek-headed men and such as sleep a-nights. Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look, He thinks too much; such men are dangerous."

    Video Games 
  • Xu Zhu from Dynasty Warriors is fat and has an extremely dim-witted voice and an overly simplistic mind. He's still one of the most loyal followers Cao Cao ever had and always puts himself in harm's way to protect his friends.
  • Final Fantasy VII features the SHINRA executive Palmer, who occasionally displays a certain amount of cunning but is otherwise portrayed as fat, greedy, gluttonous, arrogant and even his most simplistic plans are thwarted in short order.
  • Subverted in Final Fantasy VIII. Ward is roughly as intelligent as most of the other characters (except maybe Quistis), and provides most of the words of wisdom for his circle of friends (except for when, know.)
  • Ogres in the Warcraft series until they become ogre mages.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Wario, even in his own series. He also sort of subverts this trope, as he's a brilliant problem-solver, businessman, and inventor. Of course, all of these things are usually done with sheer brute force, but it's still quite impressive and worth giving credit where credit is due.
    • Bowser is usually portrayed as a big idiot in the RPG spin offs with other characters making fun of his size and intelligence. This is also a bit of a subversion however in that depending on the game and how he's depicted, he'll not be very book smart, but incredibly knowledgable when it comes to magic and artifacts of power and he's always depicted as being an effective leader. His major failings tend to come down to him prefering to smash things to get his way rather than use his head and letting his immense pride get in the way of simpler plans.
  • Dr. Eggman from Sonic the Hedgehog is an inversion. He has an IQ of 300 and is a Mad Scientist.
  • Mewgenics: Christen a cat with the Tank class and it will immediately gain a healthy dose of Kevlard to represent their high Endurance, but this comes at the cost of some Intelligence, restricting the amount of mana it'll regain at the end of each turn during combat.
  • The guards of Ninth Rock, overlapping with Fat Slob. They also tend to fail their spot checks.
  • Rufus from Street Fighter IV. He's basically good at two things: watching kung-fu movies and stuffing his face. He's smart enough (or at least gifted enough) to turn the kung-fu flicks he indulged in into some kind of weird self-designed martial art but on the flipside he seems to think everyone he runs into is Ken Masters (up to and including Cammy, gender being a non-issue, apparently).
  • The Elder Scrolls series has Ogrim, a massive form of lesser Daedra with heavy set frames and huge bulbous stomachs that are as dim-witted as they are strong.
  • Bob from The Twins (2020) serves as the fat Dumb Muscle half of the Fat and Skinny Brains and Brawn duo. While both Bob and Buck have a lack of self-awareness and can be fooled due to their limited AI, the spindly Buck speaks in a normal voice and will continue to remain in an area where he heard a noise for a longer period of time in case you are still around, whereas Bob speaks in a Simpleton Voice and will wander away much faster. Furthermore, of the two, Bob is the only one dumb enough to drink coffee that has been laced with rat poison, despite the fact that it visibly turns the coffee green.

    Visual Novels 
  • Subverted with Yudai in Raging Loop. He initially registers this way, being an extremely large man who speaks few words before dying immediately in the first two iterations of the Feast of the Yomi-Purge, but when given the chance to properly participate, he quickly proves himself to be both extremely intelligent and highly charismatic with only Haruaki's knowledge of other timelines and ability to repeat his mistakes being enough to compete with him.

  • The Empress of Blood in The Order of the Stick. Interestingly enough, her stupidity and the belief that she could become more powerful by growing larger led to her becoming fat in the first place.
  • Ace Dick from Problem Sleuth. He's fat, and his imagination is handily the worst of any character in the comic. To illustrate, while Problem Sleuth, Pickle Inspector and Mobster Kingpin can all imagine fairly convincing female representations of themselves, Ace Dick can only imagine himself with a crappy wig on.
  • In El Goonish Shive, Rich is fat, and thinks he's smarter than he is.

    Western Animation 
  • Homer Simpson from The Simpsons is probably the most famous example and nearly the Trope Codifier. Homer's main defining traits are "overweight and stupid".
    • Over the course of the series, Homer has gone from merely dimwitted to impossibly brainless.
    • Chief Wiggum, Ralph Wiggum, Mayor Quimby and Barney (although one flashback depicts him as Harvard-bound — until Homer gives him a beer).
  • Richard Watterson from The Amazing World of Gumball.
    • In one episode it's revealed that it was Granny Jojo's fault. In the episode, it's revealed that to keep Richard safe, she made him so afraid of the world that the only thing he knew how to do was eat and watch TV. While she was visiting, she tried to do the same thing to Gumball, Anais, and Darwin to the point that they started to resemble Richard in body shape and personality until Nicole puts a stop to it.
  • American Dad!:
    • Steve's friend Barry, as long as he remembers to take his pills.
    • Stan himself is occasionally shown to be chunky (beneath his muscular exterior) and is often a complete idiot who makes destructive decisions.
  • Reggie Bullnerd, Officer O'Neil and Brick Buster from ChalkZone.
  • The titular character of Clarence. Well, most of the time.
  • Cleveland Jr. in The Cleveland Show has unfortunately been Flanderized into this, though he's Genius Ditz, being that he's smarter than most examples and defintely smarter than his father in given episodes, playing the Only Sane Man.
    • There's also Fat Slob neighbor Kendra.
  • Clone High: Genghis Khan is about the size and shape of a pregnant manatee, and he's almost as intelligent as one, too. He often gets the cast into trouble, like stopping Abe and Gandhi from buying beer.
  • Jack Fenton in Danny Phantom. He's often portrayed as dim-witted, an incompetent ghost hunter, and slow to catch hints. But then, he also has several Moments Of Awesome that occasionally remind you that he is a scientist.
  • Family Guy:
    • Peter Griffin is a complete moron and also a Fat Bastard. For example, him trying to make an energy drink with kerosene in "New Kidney in Town" (pictured above) landed him with renal failure.
    • Chris. Like his father, though he doesn't usually cross into Psychopathic Manchild or Fat Bastard as much as his father does and usually comes across as childlike at certain points. However, he's a played with example as he's often shown to be brighter than Peter is.
    • Proving this can run in the family, it happens to Stewie briefly. While Chris was dieting, Stewie taunted him by gorging on the food Chris couldn't eat and as a result became morbidly obese. The fatter Stewie got the dumber he got, since he didn't have the energy to act smart.
  • Fred Flintstone from The Flintstones is a bit on the chunky side and not very smart.
  • The unnamed Giant from the Looney Tunes short "Jack Wabbit and the Beanstalk" may very well be the fattest and stupidest enemy Bugs Bunny ever faced off against. Here are a few examples of his idiocy: he thinks he's smarter than Bugs because he's a moron, he spells smart like c-a-t, it took him about 5 hours to realize that Bugs wasn't coming back in the jar he trapped him in after escaping, and it took him about 20 seconds to realize his head was on fire.
    • Rocky's henchman Mugsy also qualifies, being more obese and much dumber than his boss.
    • In four of his earlier shorts, Elmer Fudd was obese and just as susceptible to being tricked by Bugs as always.
  • Coop from Megas XLR's entire personality is based around this trope and Idiot Hero.
  • The Pretties and bear in a red shirt from My Gym Partner's a Monkey.
  • Snips from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is fat and dopey. He and his accomplice Snails send a major threat to Ponyville in the form of an Ursa.
  • Niblet from Pound Puppies (2010) is the huskiest of the bunch and also tends to be the most dim-witted.
  • Subverted with T.J. Detweiler from Recess. While he's pudgy, his dim side comes out of laziness than actual stupidity.
  • Stimpy, the fat, bloated "eediot" from The Ren & Stimpy Show, who is so stupid that he once thought he had a "son" (as talked about in detail on the episode's page)...
  • Muscle Man from Regular Show. He's one of those characters that seems to think he's smarter than he really is.
  • Heffer from Rocko's Modern Life. His stupidity is the cause of most of Rocko's (as well as everyone else's) problems.
  • Shirley from Shaun the Sheep: fat, good natured and dim as a broken lightbulb.
  • No matter what side he's on, Sidekick's Trevor Troublemeyer is prone to making incredibly stupid decisions on the drop of a hat, and he's actually quite padded under his coat.
  • Eric Cartman from South Park played straight in the early seasons. Later appears as such most of the time, however he's Brilliant, but Lazy: cunning, fluent in Spanish and German, great actor and a liar, knowledgeable in trivia (but not academically, e.g. he didn't know Abraham Lincoln was dead), great salesman, incredibly charismatic master manipulator, many times led masses of both adults and kids (the latter being the smarter ones in universe), he knows what others will be thinking way ahead of them, and he became the CEO of a future time travel company... but he deliberately ruined that future out of spite when he met his future self, he is also arrogant, spoiled, rude, racist, sexist, unstable, naive and most of the time lazy enough to be shortsighted and lack focus, and generally look like a complete idiot. This changes when he goes into Tranquil Fury or wants something a lot.
  • Patrick Star from SpongeBob SquarePants is another famous example of this trope, being overweight and a complete dimwit.
  • Steve Williams, the lead protagonist of Brickleberry, is fat and stupid, but his lesbian co-worker Connie Cunaman is ultra-obese and even more stupid!
  • The third episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) has Vic, an abrasive Fat Bastard who displays absolutely minimal intelligence throughout the episode. From trying to blackmail the weapon-wielding mutants who threatened him earlier, to trying to demand money from the creepy energy-gun wielding aliens who were fighting with said mutants, to giving away a rescue attempt by refusing to leave without his phone, to trying to rescue said phone during the middle of a fight. It's no wonder he ends up mutated into Spider Bytez.
  • Clyde from Tom & Jerry Kids. When he's trying to help Tom, he would usually end up making Tom's situation worse.
  • Total Drama.
    • Owen and Sadie in "Island".
    • Surprisingly, Sugar subverts this trope. She is actually fairly intelligent as a contestant, but she is dumb enough to believe that Leonard is a real wizard (no matter how many times his spells don't work), and later on thinks that Max is a genius.
    • Max himself is short and rather chubby and is a Big Bad Wannabe who lacks common sense.
    • Tammy from Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race is one half of the LARPers, a team who believe magic is real and went home first due to their own stupidity. Her partner is equally dull but not overweight like she is.
  • In Xiaolin Showdown, Raimundo often makes fun of Clay, joking that he is fat and stupid. This isn't true, but it grates on Clay's nerves all the same.
  • Harold Berman in Hey Arnold!. This quote from Helga perfectly sums up why he qualifies as this trope.
    Helga: Everything that happened today was your fault. You can't do anything right! Take the bus for example. Why do you think we missed it, Harold? Oh, let's see, hmm... maybe was it be because you were too busy eating twice your body weight in chocolate Num-nums?! Oh, how about this one? "Let's take the subway, I think it goes to Lincoln." Oh wait, no it doesn't, it goes straight to the bowels of the underworld!! Population: Homicidal! Toothless! Midget clowns!! "I know, let's steal their bike, they won't mind." Now, you'd think that would be enough to fill any moron's day, but you're not just any moron, are you, Harold? You're the king! Your day's just getting started! So, because of your amazing curiosity about the world around us, you pulled the plug out of the bottom of our getaway boat!!! You idiot.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • Big Billy is the fattest and dimmest of the Gangreen Gang.
    • Fuzzy Lumpkins. Where he lacks in brains, however, he makes it up in brawns.
  • The title character from Winnie the Pooh. He's chubby and not very bright, often described as a "bear of very little brains". That being said, he does have his moments of intelligence.
  • The title character of The Deputy Dawg Show is an overweight canine lawman who is dumb as mud.
  • In Captain Sturdy, the titular hero's sidekick Ultra Boy is incredibly overweight and really stupid. The [adult swim] pilot Captain Sturdy: The Originals even reveals that the number one rule for Ultra Boy hanging around Captain Sturdy's lair is "Put that down, you idiot".
  • In Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get A Clue!, Agent 2 is both overweight and the dumbest of Dr. Phibes' minions, and the show.
  • The Batman gives us Police Chief Angel Rojas, a boorish, Pointy-Haired Boss who somehow made it to the second-in-command of the GCPD, given his Skewed Priorities by focusing on Batman instead the super villains tormenting Gotham and his Bad Boss tendencies, which caused an officer under his command to snap and try to kill him — and yet he still pulled it with another officer. Even when the Riddler gave him simple riddles, he couldn't figure them out.