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Dimwittedness

See also Stupidity.
Allen, Gracie
(1906–1964) American comedienne who projected a scatterbrained image. [Radio, TV, Am. Cinema: Halliwell, 14]
Bodine, Jethro
oafish mental midget of millionaire hillbilly family. [TV: “The Beverly Hillbillies” in Terrace, I, 93]
Bullwinkle
dimwitted moose with penchant for pedantry. [TV: “Rocky and His Friends” in Terrace, II, 252–253]
Bunker, Edith
Archie’s lovable “dingbat.” [TV: “All in the Family” in Terrace, I, 47–48]
Compson, Benjy
33-year-old idiot loved and protected by his sister and both calmed and distracted by pictures that flow through his mind. [Am. Lit.: Faulkner The Sound and the Fury in Magill I, 917]
Costello, Lou
(1906–1959) dumpy American comedian; used dimwittedness to spark humor. [Am. Cinema: Halliwell, 171]
Drummle, Bentley
“heavy in comprehension”; suspicious of new ideas. [Br. Lit.: Great Expectations]
Elspeth
Flashman’s air-headed but beguiling wife. [Br. Lit.: Flashman]
Happy Hooligan
simple and harmless tramp, serene and optimistic despite constant bad luck. [Comics: Horn, 302]
Jeff
boob who usually bungles Mutt’s schemes. [Comics: Berger, 48]
Laurel, Stan
(1890–1965) bumbling foil for Oliver Hardy. [Am. Cinema: Halliwell, 425]
Moose
the epitome of “the obtuse jock,” or dimwitted athlete. [Comics: “Archie” in Horn, 87]
Palooka, Joe
semi-literate boxer, wholesome and bungling. [Comics: Horn, 343–344]
Rudge, Barnaby
grotesquely dressed, retarded son of a murderer. [Br. Lit.: Barnaby Rudge]
Zero
army private whose name and IQ are almost equivalent. [Comics: “Beetle Bailey” in Horn, 105–106]
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