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Basic Trope: A character who is so stupid it's unclear how they've managed to survive until now.

  • Straight: Alice's stupidity is of such baffling magnitude that it's unclear how she even functions.
  • Exaggerated: Too Dumb to Live.
  • Downplayed: Cloud Cuckoolander... That being, an outlandish character that might be mistaken as foolish by common folks, but they're actually rather functional.
  • Justified: Alice suffers from a brain disorder that severely restricts her mental development.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Alice is revealed to have been the Big Bad pulling strings from behind the scenes the whole time while putting up an idiotic facade to avoid suspicion.
  • Double Subverted: Even after being revealed as the Big Bad, Alice doesn't display any signs of anything beyond the most basic cognitive functions.
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  • Zig-Zagged: Sometimes Alice is presented as stupid, sometimes of average intelligence, and sometimes a genius.
  • Averted: Alice is stupid, but still vaguely capable of carrying out normal human activities.
  • Enforced: "We need a character who makes even the stupidest characters look smart by comparison."
  • Lampshaded: "Alice isn't the brightest crayon in the box."
  • Invoked: Alice stands under a coconut tree and a very large coconut lands on her head.
  • Exploited: People use Alice's stupidity to get things from her.
  • Defied: Alice keeps her smarts up any way she can.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Seeing that Alice has absolutely no concept of morality or consequences and that nobody would ever suspect her of anything, the Manipulative Bitch convinces Alice to play a "game" with her friends involving a shotgun. Alice then spends the rest of her life in a mental hospital, with no idea why her friends won't ever come back. (This actually happened to Hod in Norse Mythology, only with mistletoe.)
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  • Reconstructed: To prevent her from being manipulated into harming anyone (including herself), Alice is always accompanied by her guardian/attendant Carol. Carol lampshades all the bizarre stuff Alice does and says, and - due to being constantly by her side - probably has a minor Butt-Monkey status.
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