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ANDY BERNARD (ED HELMS)
from The Office
A graduate of Cornell can't be that much of a dimwit, right? Wrong. Andy Bernard is the quintessential village idiot — or Dunder Mifflin idiot, if you will — thanks to his embarrassingly unsubtle brownnosing, his insistence upon calling Jim ''Big Tuna,'' and his penchant for breaking out into falsetto. Plus, the poor guy wasn't even bright enough to notice his fiancée's affair, which went on right under his nose. But once he found out, we wanted to cheer him up with some nog-a-sake and a couple of rounds of frolf.
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CHAD FELDHEIMER (BRAD PITT)
from Burn After Reading
He's a gym trainer ''low on intellectual wattage but high on electrolytes,'' as Owen Gleiberman described him in his review of the movie, ''a dim bulb perfectly contented with his life.'' Who better to try to blackmail a world-weary CIA agent over a lost computer disc? Just about anybody else, really...well, except maybe the other characters who follow on this list.
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HARRY DUNNE (JEFF DANIELS) AND LLOYD CHRISTMAS (JIM CARREY)
from Dumb and Dumber
The Farrelly brothers movie couldn't have hid the limited intellectual abilities of its heroes even if it were titled A Discourse on Proust. Possibly the two biggest idiots to ever hit the big screen, Harry and Lloyd travel to Aspen to pursue Lloyd's love interest. On their journey, they drive a sixth of the way across the country in the wrong direction, inadvertently make a cop drink urine, and accidentally kill a man (oops!). But, as Lloyd says, ''I'm only human!''
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MAXWELL SMART (DON ADAMS)
from Get Smart
Maxwell Smart — a.k.a. Agent 86 — doesn't quite live up to his name. Though he usually ends up saving the day, his clumsy incompetence makes it a little more difficult to conquer evil. And while conducting top-secret business, he might want to find a phone that's a bit smaller and subtler than his own shoe.
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GOB BLUTH (WILL ARNETT)
from Arrested Development
We can't help feeling a certain something for Gob, and it's not envy, or even hungry. No, we love the dysfunctional Bluth family's oldest-son illusionist because he is so cluelessly moronic: Among many, many other things, he managed to kill a dove simply by walking into a door and to fire the Bluth Company's entire staff after a not-so-successful Christmas party. But why should we be insulting the guy in the $3,000-dollar suit? Come on!
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SHELLEY DARLINGSON (ANNA FARIS)
from The House Bunny
With her Playboy-patented bunny ears, skimpy outfits, and alarming lack of intellect, Shelley proves to the Zeta Alpha Zeta sorority sisters that she's more than a few bricks shy of a load. But she also proves she has a heart of gold, which is why we love her anyway, with or without that demon voice.
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CHESTER GREENBURG (SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT) AND JESSE MONTGOMERY III (ASHTON KUTCHER)
from Dude, Where's My Car?
The title of the film says it all. Our two stonerific heroes spend the entire film looking for their car (if only OnStar had been more popular in 2000) and, during one drunken night, tattoo Dude and Sweet on their backs. We feel Moron would have been more appropriate.
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COUSIN EDDIE (RANDY QUAID)
from Vacation, Christmas Vacation, and Vegas Vacation
Clark Griswold's cousin screams idiot: Eddie's been unemployed for seven years, eats squirrels, and wets his pants whenever his wife turns on the microwave. Do you really need more evidence?
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HOMER SIMPSON (VOICED BY DAN CASTELLANETA)
from The Simpsons
His catchphrase says it all: D'oh! Homer is so stupid he finds it hard not to constantly screw up. But then again, he's such a caring father — barring that whole choking-his-own-son thing — we find it hard not to forgive him.
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DAVID PUDDY (PATRICK WARBURTON)
Elaine's on-again, off-again mechanic boyfriend — or ''grease monkey,'' if you prefer — has so little sense he tells his atheist girlfriend she's going to hell and wears a bright orange jacket with an eight ball on it (that is, when he's not painting his naked chest for the New Jersey Devils). Either way, this mimbo still has our heart, so all we can say is ''High five!''
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OFFICE BARBRADY (VOICED BY TREY PARKER)
from South Park
South Park's police officer is largely inept at solving crimes, thinks getting hit in the face with a cat is a better alternative to coffee, and one time accidentally aided Mr. Garrison's attempt to murder Kathy Lee Gifford. Oh, yeah, and for a time, he was illiterate. Good thing he's got an in with the government: When he's not trying to foil criminals, he can be found in Mayor McDaniels' office — wearing her panties.
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PHOEBE BUFFAY (LISA KUDROW)
Central Perk's resident hippie-chick blonde truly lives up to her hair color. But then again, she also nabbed a record deal thanks to a catchy tune she wrote (Sing it with us: ''Smelly cat, smel-ly cat...''). So who are we calling dumb?
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BRICK TAMLAND (STEVE CARELL)
from Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
As the kindhearted but dimwitted member of the Channel 4 news team, weatherman Brick eats a candle, invites Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) to a pants party, and kills a guy with a trident. What can we say? He might love lamp, but we love Brick.
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KAREN SMITH (AMANDA SEYFRIED)
from Mean Girls
A member of the elite Plastics clique, Karen is pretty and sweet, but she's dumb enough to think her breasts can predict the weather (basically, she's Brick Tamland with blond hair). But we could predict she was boneheaded even before she opened her mouth: Why else would she hang with ultimate mean girl Regina George (Rachel McAdams)?
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CHANCE THE GARDENER (PETER SELLERS)
from Being There
Stupid like a fox. Chance went from being a simpleminded gardener to being Chauncey Gardiner, a genius high-class mover and shaker, after a run-in with some wealthy folk. Though Chance mostly sputters nonsensical phrases about his garden, his friends in high places — including the president — misinterpret his babbling as brilliant metaphorical statements about the world. And he even manages to nab a fortune from one of his new friends' will. We wish we were so dumb.
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AMANDA TANEN (BECKI NEWTON)
from Ugly Betty
Amanda — Mode magazine's not-so-nice receptionist — hardly knows how to answer the phone, but she does know how to draw attention. Just check out her killer version of ''Milkshake.''
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NAVIN R. JOHNSON (STEVE MARTIN)
from The Jerk
''Huh? I'm not a bum. I'm a jerk.'' So are the immortal first words from Navin R. Johnson, the poor kid-turned-fair employee-turned-inventor-turned-bum. With a dog at his side — lovingly named ''S---head'' — Navin avoids a murder attempt, creates a marketable pair of glasses, and falls in love with a beautiful intellectual equal (Bernadette Peters). But he also has one heck of a heart. And that's the only thing we need. And this ashtray. And this remote control. And this paddle game....
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BILLY MADISON (ADAM SANDLER)
from Billy Madison
He's a twentysomething nitwit who struggles through repeating elementary, middle, and high school in order to prove to his father he's smart enough to inherit his company. And he thinks ''rock'' is spelled ''R-O-K.'' But seeing as he regularly hallucinates, maybe spelling is the least of his problems.
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BETSY JOBS (KIRSTEN DUNST) AND ARLENE LORENZO (MICHELLE WILLIAMS)
Forget Mark Felt. According to this 1999 film, two ditzy blondes were the faces behind Deep Throat. The two unintentionally plunge head first into the Watergate scandal while on a White House tour and manage to bring down President Nixon. As Betsy says to Arlene, ''You're the smartest person I know.'' But Arlene has a point: ''But you don't know anybody....''
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STANLEY SPADOWSKI (MICHAEL RICHARDS)
Simpleton janitor-turned-UHF TV host Stanley has a mop for a best friend and makes a habit of spraying young audience members with a fire hose. And yet he still manages to become a star. We can credit him with such wise sound bites as ''Life is like a mop. Sometimes life gets full of dirt and crud and hairballs and things and you gotta clean it out.''
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TOMMY (CHRIS FARLEY)
from Tommy Boy
He might not have been the best brake-pad salesman, thanks to his mangled phrases (''You can get a good look at a butcher's ass by sticking your head up there, but wouldn't you rather take his word for it?'') and semi-scary car-accident-themed presentations (''There's a cliff! And your family's screaming!''), but we wouldn't want our Tommy any other way. And we highly doubt a Harvard grad would cheer us up with ''Fat Guy in a Little Coat.''
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