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29th Aug '16 12:48:25 PM dotchan
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** Speaking of Disney movies, let's not forget Professor Porter, Jane's father in ''Tarzan'', who certainly also falls into this trope.
*** Exactly as he did [[Literature/{{Tarzan}} in the book.]]

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** Speaking of Disney movies, let's not forget * ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'': True to the book, Professor Porter, Jane's father in ''Tarzan'', who certainly also falls into this trope.
*** Exactly as he did [[Literature/{{Tarzan}} in the book.]]
Porter is such a character.


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* ''Literature/{{Tarzan}}'': Professor Porter.
23rd Aug '16 2:48:43 AM dasabouri
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This StockCharacter is a brilliant scientist, but, uh, ''very'' flighty, often forgetting things like the date, [[AccidentalMisnaming people's names]], meetings, [[ForgetsToEat eating]], [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment people's names]], etc. His mind tends to run a mile a minute, he can often struggle to hold a normal conversation, and it's not uncommon for him to become so engrossed in his work that he loses track of just about everything else. Good thing he ([[AlwaysMale and it's very often a he]]) is [[BunnyEarsLawyer good at what he does]] and often has perfect memory for scientific details or [[MouthfulOfPi mathematical values]]. With a little prodding from {{the hero}}es to focus on the matter at hand, he rarely fails to create the tools necessary to save the day.

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This StockCharacter is a brilliant scientist, but, uh, ''very'' flighty, often forgetting things like the date, [[AccidentalMisnaming people's names]], meetings, [[ForgetsToEat eating]], [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment people's names]], etc. His mind tends to run a mile a minute, he can often struggle to hold a normal conversation, and it's not uncommon typical for him to become so engrossed in his work that he loses track of just about everything else. Good thing he ([[AlwaysMale and it's very often a he]]) is [[BunnyEarsLawyer good at what he does]] and often has perfect memory for scientific details or [[MouthfulOfPi mathematical values]]. With a little prodding from {{the hero}}es to focus on the matter at hand, he rarely fails to create the tools necessary to save the day.
23rd Aug '16 2:44:29 AM dasabouri
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This StockCharacter is a brilliant scientist, but, uh, ''very'' flighty, often forgetting things like the date, [[AccidentalMisnaming people's names]], meetings, [[ForgetsToEat eating]], [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment people's names]], etc. Good thing he ([[AlwaysMale and it's very often a he]]) is [[BunnyEarsLawyer good at what he does]] and often has perfect memory for scientific details or [[MouthfulOfPi mathematical values]]. Sometimes he becomes so engrossed in his work that he loses track of his very surroundings. Of course, with a little prodding from {{the hero}}es to focus on the matter at hand, he rarely fails to create the tools necessary to save the day.

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This StockCharacter is a brilliant scientist, but, uh, ''very'' flighty, often forgetting things like the date, [[AccidentalMisnaming people's names]], meetings, [[ForgetsToEat eating]], [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment people's names]], etc. His mind tends to run a mile a minute, he can often struggle to hold a normal conversation, and it's not uncommon for him to become so engrossed in his work that he loses track of just about everything else. Good thing he ([[AlwaysMale and it's very often a he]]) is [[BunnyEarsLawyer good at what he does]] and often has perfect memory for scientific details or [[MouthfulOfPi mathematical values]]. Sometimes he becomes so engrossed in his work that he loses track of his very surroundings. Of course, with With a little prodding from {{the hero}}es to focus on the matter at hand, he rarely fails to create the tools necessary to save the day.
14th Aug '16 7:30:46 PM PaulA
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* Enrique Burgos in the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''.

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* Enrique Burgos Borgos in the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''.''Literature/ACivilCampaign''.
13th Aug '16 8:43:19 AM lavendermintrose
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* Adolf K. Weismann [[spoiler: a.k.a. Shiro]] from ''Anime/{{K}}'' shows himself to be this on occasion. His twin sister was better, and when they were working together as scientists, she was the one who kept him focused most of the time. In the present time of the show, [[spoiler: Kuroh]] does this for him - frustratedly in season 1 while [[spoiler: trying to get Shiro to prove his innocence, before he recovers his memories]]. In season 2, he's better because they have such a serious mission, but he still seems airy, doing things like [[spoiler: hosting important meetings between Kings in his dorm room]]. And after the series, [[spoiler: when he becomes a teacher at the high school, he's still mooching lunch off of his students]].
13th Jul '16 10:36:48 AM Materioptikon
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* Not even ''Daleks'' are safe from this trope. Dalek Yttral in ''WebComic/SecondEmpire'' has such problems with it that Xenol has to ask his staff not to let him try to rebuild their ship's engines... at least, not before they land.
11th Jul '16 9:04:49 AM Lightice
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** He also once called his housemaid to ask where he lived. He first pretended to be someone else out of embarrassment, but revealed himself when the housemaid understandably refused to relay the address to a stranger.
24th Jun '16 11:06:18 PM Doug86
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* Candace of ''Literature/TheUltraViolets''. Somewhat {{justified}} in that she is an extremely busy scientist, and things inevitably fall through the cracks.

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* Candace of ''Literature/TheUltraViolets''. Somewhat {{justified}} {{justified|Trope}} in that she is an extremely busy scientist, and things inevitably fall through the cracks.
6th Jun '16 5:04:28 AM Morgenthaler
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** Another good example occurs in ''JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth'': Trying to decipher Arne Saknussem's coded message, Professor Lidenbrock has the narrator Axel (who is secretly in love with [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter the Professor's niece Grauben]]) write a message in a simple code. He then effortlessly decodes it - "Oh, how much I love you, Grauben" - and does not even notice that Axel has unintentionally revealed his attraction to Grauben to him or how embarrassed Axel is after realizing what he just did.

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** Another good example occurs in ''JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth'': ''Literature/JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth'': Trying to decipher Arne Saknussem's coded message, Professor Lidenbrock has the narrator Axel (who is secretly in love with [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter the Professor's niece Grauben]]) write a message in a simple code. He then effortlessly decodes it - "Oh, how much I love you, Grauben" - and does not even notice that Axel has unintentionally revealed his attraction to Grauben to him or how embarrassed Axel is after realizing what he just did.
17th May '16 2:21:53 PM Willbyr
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* ''{{Gunnm}}'''s Desty Nova is much more of a MadScientist, but ''some'' [[SendInTheClones of his more friendly incarnations]], mainly Nova The Flan Cook (AKA Nova X, [[spoiler:though he later turned out to be [[FauxAffablyEvil no better than the others]]]]) or Nova Pod (AKA Porta-Nova), can fit this trope pretty well.

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* ''{{Gunnm}}'''s ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}'''s Desty Nova is much more of a MadScientist, but ''some'' [[SendInTheClones of his more friendly incarnations]], mainly Nova The Flan Cook (AKA Nova X, [[spoiler:though he later turned out to be [[FauxAffablyEvil no better than the others]]]]) or Nova Pod (AKA Porta-Nova), can fit this trope pretty well.
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