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13th Feb '18 11:13:15 AM Granitoons
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* Dr. Von Goosewing from ''WesternAnimation/CountDuckula'' fits this trope very well. In fact, if an absent-minded professor type character ever shows up in a Cosgrove-Hall cartoon, there's a better-than-average chance he'll be voiced by Jimmy Hibbert.
16th Jan '18 6:12:28 AM nighttrainfm
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** When the Tenth Doctor becomes human and goes into hiding, his new personality as "John Smith" is very much this, to the point where he forgets where he's going. This is partly due to his WistfulAmnesia.
16th Jan '18 6:09:47 AM nighttrainfm
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor is prone to acting like this, depending somewhat on the [[TheNthDoctor incarnation]]. He's quite likely more intelligent than any human being in history, but he's prone to BuffySpeak, {{Disorganized Outline Speech}}es, {{Metaphorgotten}}, {{Cloudcuckoolander}}-ness in general, and can hardly pilot his TARDIS or even remember what its buttons and knobs do. Sometimes this is ObfuscatingStupidity, but often it isn't.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow "The Beast Below"]]:

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The Doctor is prone to acting like this, depending somewhat on the [[TheNthDoctor incarnation]]. He's They're quite likely more intelligent than any human being in history, but he's prone to BuffySpeak, {{Disorganized Outline Speech}}es, {{Metaphorgotten}}, {{Cloudcuckoolander}}-ness in general, and can hardly pilot his the TARDIS or even remember what its buttons and knobs do. Sometimes this is ObfuscatingStupidity, but often it isn't.
** The Fourth Doctor was very prone to this. In one episode it was revealed that much of his education was via subconscious and sleep learning, so he knows a great many things but can't remember why or how he knows them, in addition to all the stuff he's picked up telepathically or just in the course of thousands of centuries of knocking about through the galaxies.
** In one of the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novels, TheMultiverse is in danger and the Doctor is in his lab sorting it out. He leaves for a couple minutes and accidentally smacks one of his companions, Fitz, in the face with a door, giving him a nosebleed, and doesn't seem to notice. Four days later, the Doctor gives him a soiled handkerchief and apologizes, apparently unaware that four days have passed. As Fitz said in a much-earlier book, "Ladies and gentlemen, the mind of a Time Lord."
** The Eleventh Doctor is very much an absent-minded professor in the body of an energetic twenty-something. Case in point, this exchange from
[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow "The Beast Below"]]:



** In one of the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novels, TheMultiverse is in danger and the Doctor is in his lab sorting it out. He leaves for a couple minutes and accidentally smacks one of his companions, Fitz, in the face with a door, giving him a nosebleed, and doesn't seem to notice. Four days later, the Doctor gives him a soiled handkerchief and apologizes, apparently unaware that four days have passed. As Fitz said in a much-earlier book, "Ladies and gentlemen, the mind of a Time Lord."
** Both example are with Eleven. No doubt about it. His behavior in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang "The Big Bang"]] exemplifies this.
** The Fourth Doctor was very prone to this. In one episode it was revealed that much of his education was via subconscious and sleep learning, so he knows a great many things but can't remember why or how he knows them, in addition to all the stuff he's picked up telepathically or just in the course of thousands of centuries of knocking about through the galaxies.
9th Jan '18 8:42:10 AM CaptEquinox
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* Mr. Wold in ''[[Literature/ArielBlock {{Ariel}}]]'' may be a teacher (as his wife is); what we do know is that he's extremely absent-minded and preoccupied. When Erskine half-jokingly suggests Ariel move in with him to avoid leaving the neighborhood, he claims "My father could live in the same house with you and never notice you were there. At dinner you could ask him to pass the salt and he'd pass it and ''still'' not notice."

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* Mr. Wold in ''[[Literature/ArielBlock {{Ariel}}]]'' Ariel]]'' may be a teacher (as his wife is); what we do know is that he's extremely absent-minded and preoccupied. When Erskine half-jokingly suggests Ariel move in with him to avoid leaving the neighborhood, he claims "My father could live in the same house with you and never notice you were there. At dinner you could ask him to pass the salt and he'd pass it and ''still'' not notice."
2nd Jan '18 7:56:54 AM Doug86
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* In [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] ''Comicbook/TheFlash'', Iris West's dad, Professor Ira West, was an extreme version of this. According to ''The Life Story of the Flash'', he has every physics award available, but no idea where he put any of them. In his first appearance, he nearly learns Barry's secret identity, but gets distracted before he can put the clues together. A later {{retcon}} takes it further; Barry ''told'' him he was the Flash, and Ira assisted him in creating his super-compressible costume, but a blow from some burglars gave him EasyAmnesia, wiping his memory of the day and leaving him permanently forgetful.

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* In [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] ''Comicbook/TheFlash'', Iris West's dad, Professor Ira West, was an extreme version of this. According to ''The Life Story of the Flash'', he has every physics award available, but no idea where he put any of them. In his first appearance, he nearly learns Barry's secret identity, but gets distracted before he can put the clues together. A later {{retcon}} takes it further; Barry ''told'' him he was the Flash, and Ira assisted him in creating his super-compressible costume, but a blow from some burglars gave him EasyAmnesia, wiping his memory of the day and leaving him permanently forgetful.
18th Nov '17 2:46:16 PM DaibhidC
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* In [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] ''Comicbook/TheFlash'', Iris West's dad, Professor Ira West, was an extreme version of this. According to ''The Life Story of the Flash'', he has every physics award available, but no idea where he put any of them. In his first appearance, he nearly learns Barry's secret identity, but gets distracted before he can put the clues together. A later {{retcon}} takes it further; Barry ''told'' him he was the Flash, and Ira assisted him in creating his super-compressible costume, but a blow from some burglars gave him EasyAmnesia, wiping his memory of the day and leaving him permanently forgetful.
17th Nov '17 12:29:39 AM FoxBluereaver
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* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', aside from the somewhat quirky Pokémon Professors (see below in Videogames), there's also Dr. Kim Monocles Boxer, a friend of Professor Oak and a brilliant, if somewhat eccentric, inventor from Pallet Town. While he's made many successful and revolutionary discoveries, he also has a tendency to hurt people with his work.
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''...)
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