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14th Oct '17 12:21:28 AM Piterpicher
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* In Steve Perry's ''[[MatadorSeries Black Steel]]'', Sleel's parents were revealed to be the two most famous botanists alive, and both embody this trope. The robot that delivers their meals had to be set with an annoying alarm that required a manual shut off, thus ensuring that they would [[ForgetsToEat stop work for meals]].

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* In Steve Perry's ''[[MatadorSeries ''[[Literature/MatadorSeries Black Steel]]'', Sleel's parents were revealed to be the two most famous botanists alive, and both embody this trope. The robot that delivers their meals had to be set with an annoying alarm that required a manual shut off, thus ensuring that they would [[ForgetsToEat stop work for meals]].
5th Oct '17 4:51:09 AM Doug86
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** A first-hand account from Reginald Coupland, then a student in College, describes an encounter with Spooner outside the Chapel. Upon seeing Coupland Spooner said, ‘Mr Coupland, you read the lesson very badly’. Coupland replied ‘But, Sir, I didn’t read the lesson’, to which Spooner said ‘Ah, I thought you didn’t’.
** After UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, Spooner once reportedly asked an old friend, "[[DidYouDie Was it you or your brother that was killed in the war]]?"

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** A first-hand account from Reginald Coupland, then a student in College, describes an encounter with Spooner outside the Chapel. Upon seeing Coupland Spooner said, ‘Mr 'Mr Coupland, you read the lesson very badly’. badly'. Coupland replied ‘But, 'But, Sir, I didn’t didn't read the lesson’, lesson', to which Spooner said ‘Ah, 'Ah, I thought you didn’t’.
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** After UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, Spooner once reportedly asked an old friend, "[[DidYouDie Was it you or your brother that was killed in the war]]?"
26th Sep '17 11:00:29 AM PrimeEvil
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* Egon Spengler in ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters'', to the point where he relied on Janine's help even more than he did in ''The Real Ghostbusters.'' (Then again, he ''is'' a fair bit older in ''Extreme''...)
25th Sep '17 2:06:21 PM Jeduthun
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** A first-hand account from Reginald Coupland, then a student in College, describes an encounter with Spooner outside the Chapel. Upon seeing Coupland Spooner said, ‘Mr Coupland, you read the lesson very badly’. Coupland replied ‘But, Sir, I didn’t read the lesson’, to which Spooner said ‘Ah, I thought you didn’t’.
** After UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, Spooner once reportedly asked an old friend, "[[DidYouDie Was it you or your brother that was killed in the war]]?"
22nd Sep '17 8:46:02 AM BeerBaron
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* ''[[Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' has a couple:
** Tolfdir may be the pre-eminent professor and master Wizard of Alteration in the [[WizardingSchool College of Winterhold]], but he still constantly misplaces his Alembic.
** Wylandriah, the court mage of Riften, manages to forget every single thing she's told the Dragonborn by the end of her explanations. She outdoes Tolfdir by forgetting three different items across half the province; once you return from [[FetchQuest finding them]] she's forgotten that she asked you to retrieve them.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Throughout the series, this applies to a startling number of magic users, particularly within [[MagicalSociety the Mages Guild]]. While they tend to be incredibly skilled in their particular area of magical expertise, and can typically provide training to others in that area, they are almost comically inept in other phases of their jobs and tend to be completely ignorant of this fact. Additionally, the Mages Guild tends to have major issues with ThePeterPrinciple when it comes to promoting members. Being skilled with magic ''does not'' automatically translate to being a skilled administrator, leading to many {{Pointy Haired Boss}}es in high-ranking positions within the Guild. When they became detrimental, they'd either be KickedUpstairs and/or ReassignedToAntarctica to keep them out of them way.
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''[[Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' has a couple:
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Tolfdir may be the pre-eminent professor and master Wizard of Alteration in the [[WizardingSchool College of Winterhold]], but he still constantly misplaces his Alembic.
** *** Wylandriah, the court mage CourtMage of Riften, manages to forget every single thing she's told the Dragonborn [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]] by the end of her explanations. She outdoes Tolfdir by forgetting three different items across half the province; once you return from [[FetchQuest finding them]] she's forgotten that she asked you to retrieve them.
7th Sep '17 9:08:15 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Dr Kleiner, from ''Videogame/{{Half-Life}}'', whilst technically not a professor, nevertheless exhibits many similar characteristics to the generic absent-minded professor. He's even called as such in ''Webcomic/{{Concerned}}'':

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* Dr Kleiner, from ''Videogame/{{Half-Life}}'', ''Videogame/HalfLife'', whilst technically not a professor, nevertheless exhibits many similar characteristics to the generic absent-minded professor. He's even called as such in ''Webcomic/{{Concerned}}'':
31st Aug '17 3:56:46 PM AutumnLeaves
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* The protagonist of one the most popular Russian children's poems, ''What an Absent-Minded One'' by Samuel Marshak, puts on a frying pan instead of a hat, gloves in place of boots, ends up sitting two days in a detached train car and is shocked that he somehow got back to the same station after two days' traveling. He was based on a real-life physics and chemistry professor – who [[DudeNotFunny recognized himself no less]].
14th Aug '17 12:08:01 AM MorganWick
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** ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'''s Professor Oak is so absent-minded he doesn't remember his own grandson's name, leaving it up to the player to remind him.

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** ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'''s Professor Oak is so absent-minded he doesn't remember his own grandson's name, [[HelloInsertNameHere leaving it up to the player to remind him.him]].
25th Jul '17 1:33:06 PM Morgenthaler
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* Albert Einstein, like everything else in the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlertSeries'', is of course a hammy caricature of the man. His portrayal is that of a brilliant but scatterbrained man, especially in the second game. For instance, he keeps annoying Eva by asking her what all the buttons at her control station are for.

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* Albert Einstein, like everything else in the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlertSeries'', is of course a hammy caricature of the man. His portrayal is that of a brilliant but scatterbrained man, scientist, especially in the second game. For instance, he keeps annoying Eva by asking her what all the buttons at her control station are for.
25th Jul '17 1:32:35 PM Morgenthaler
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* Albert Einstein, like everything else in the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlertSeries'', is of course a hammy caricature of the man. His portrayal is that of a brilliant but scatterbrained man, especially in the second game. For instance, he keeps annoying Eva by asking her what all the buttons at her control station are for.
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