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Basic Trope: A character’s extreme stupidity is shown by their ridiculously low IQ.

  • Straight: Bob, The Fool of the group, has an IQ of 5.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob has an IQ of 0.0000000000001.
    • Bob has an IQ of negative infinity, and is dumber than inanimate objects.
  • Downplayed: Bob has an IQ of 40 - attainable in real life, but very rare (approximately 1 in 31,574 people have it).
  • Justified:
    • Bob suffers from a severe intellectual disability.
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    • Bob has a severe brain injury.
    • Bob comes from a long, long lineage of other idiots.
    • Bob is part of a species who are known to be unbelievably dim.
  • Inverted: Improbably High I.Q.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice claims Bob’s IQ is 5; however, an IQ test later reveals that his IQ is actually only a bit below normal.
    • Bob has an IQ of 12 by the standards of the year 9875.
  • Double Subverted:
    • However, the test was rigged to spare Bob’s feelings. His IQ really is 5.
    • Which gives him a current day IQ of 17.
  • Parodied: Bob’s head shrinks to match the size of his tiny brain.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob's IQ varies wildly depending on what IQ test was used and whether he was Obfuscating Stupidity or cheating.
  • Averted: Nobody has an IQ that is extreme in any regard.
  • Enforced: “Okay, the execs told us we need Bob to be shown as extremely stupid… let’s just slap a tiny IQ on him and call it a day."
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  • Lampshaded: “A 5 IQ? That’s ridiculous - does anyone even have that?"
  • Invoked: Bob tells everyone his IQ is much lower than it is, so that everyone will underestimate him.note 
  • Exploited: Alice takes advantage of Bob's godawful cognitive ability and intuition to have him do sketchy things for her.
  • Defied: Alice speculates out loud to Bob that he must have an IQ of 5. Bob replies that he has never been tested and does not want to know.
  • Discussed: “An IQ of 5? That seems kind of improbable - after all, extremely few people even reach 40."
  • Conversed: “Why’d this author give Bob such a low IQ? I mean, we get it, he’s dumb. You don’t have to rub it in."
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  • Implied: The result of Bob’s IQ test is never shown, but it did leave the tester in shock.
  • Deconstructed: Bob is not only unable to work, but he has to have a caretaker supervising him 24/7.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob has an IQ of 5. His dog manages to score 10 points, and turns away in disgust.
  • Played For Drama: Bob suffers from a severe intellectual disability, and the work follows his struggle to live something resembling a normal life.

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