Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest: A Breakdown of the Best Movie Idiots

Braindead blackmailers, head-bopping bozos and a man named Brick — we rank the movie characters who give stupidity a bad name

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Inspector Clouseau, The 'Pink Panther' Movies (1963-1978)

A high-ranking French police inspector, Clouseau's obliviousness somehow triples the gravitational pull around him, causing this clod to tumble over most stationary objects. His curiously strong accent combines with an inability to comprehend English pronunciation ("Moths?" "Yes Murths!"), giving way to "Who's-on-First?"-style dialogue circles. Though Clouseau becomes a more destructive klutz as Blake Edwards' Pink Panther films progress, the sleuth's recognizable deductive skills keep him from a high dumb-factor ranking. Still, his attempts to stop crimes land him with misdemeanor charges, whether it's for public nudity or selling balloons without a license. Clouseau is also under the false impression that his hands are lethal weapons. They are not.
Dumb Factor: 3

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