Yay! I'm a kite!
~ Cat Valentine.
No. Something's wrong. Emptiness, void, oh the cold terrible loneliness! NOOOOOO!!
~ The Supreme Intelligence trying to absorb Johnny Bravo's brain, but Johnny turns out to not have one, causing the alien's head to explode.
Fool of a Took! Throw yourself in next time, and rid us of your stupidity.
~ Gandalf to Peregrin Took after accidentally making loud noises.

Dimwits or Heroic Idiots are heroes who rarely (if ever) use their heads or have no intelligence (the former definition would be better classified as reckless). These characters are depicted as extremely dumb, obnoxious, and are very likely to ruin their own plans. However, what they lack in the brain, they're more than making up for in the heart (well, most of them). These heroes follow very few or no orders mostly because they don't seem to understand a word that is said so they do the opposite of what is said without thinking.

However, some of these dimwits can be considered not particularly dumb, as some like Mordecai and Courage the Cowardly Dog can often be considered more careless, silly and sometimes ignorant as opposed to outright dumb. However, it is rare for dimwits to reach the heights of characters like Patrick Star or Beavis & Butt-head in terms of stupidity.

Their evil counterparts are dimwitted villains, but it is also possible for an On & Off dimwit to have their stupidity lead them to commit acts so questionable that they cause controversy and can be interpreted as villains. Do not add these sorts of characters to Villains Wiki if their crimes are a result of them being more ignorant than malicious and they are not met with lasting infamy within the work (e.g. Homer Simpson and SpongeBob SquarePants). In order for a heroic dimwit to count as a villain, they must commit serious crimes and cause harm to the point where their insanity causes them to voluntarily become dangerous and malicious (e.g. Beavis and Butt-Head, Peter Griffin or Lumpy).

They still have the possibility of qualifying as Pure Good as long as their limited knowledge does not interfere with their moral agency, and the said hero meets all criteria.

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