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6th Sep '17 4:49:53 AM ChronoLegion
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* Leonard Snart (a.k.a. "Captain Cold") in ''Series/{{The Flash|2014}}'' is a very good villainous example. He never finished high school, and his signature FreezeRay was stolen from STAR Labs rather than anything he made himself. That said, he was a very cunning and successful professional criminal even before he took on this gimmick, thanks to a hefty dose of AwesomenessByAnalysis, and was the first villain to hand the Flash a solid defeat and remain at large, rather than being killed or captured.

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* Leonard Snart (a.k.a. "Captain Cold") in ''Series/{{The Flash|2014}}'' is a very good villainous example. He never finished high school, and his signature FreezeRay was stolen from STAR Labs rather than anything he made himself. That said, he was a very cunning and successful professional criminal even before he took on this gimmick, thanks to a hefty dose of AwesomenessByAnalysis, and was the first villain to hand the Flash a solid defeat and remain at large, rather than being killed or captured. He has also taken apart and put back together his cold gun enough times to know how to maintain it, despite the technology being way beyond him. He insists that his partner (who's even more this trope) do the same with his flamethrower. Mick later turns out to be even smarter by being able to [[spoiler:pilot a timeship and track down temporal fugitives as the BountyHunter Chronos]].
26th Aug '17 8:36:53 AM Omeganian
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* ''Literature/TheNewestPlutarch'' features Go Nan Jen, a Chinese official who believed that the proper way to defeat an enemy is moving in a way that resembles the hieroglyphs for war, weapons, victory etc.
26th Aug '17 2:16:41 AM Omeganian
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* ''Literature/TheNewestPlutarch'' features Go Nan Jen, a Chinese official who believed that the proper way to defeat an enemy is moving in a way that resembles the hieroglyphs for war, weapons, victory etc.
25th Aug '17 10:37:32 PM annette12
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** Will is a rare female example. She appears at least as smart as anyone else the rest of the time, but her grades are so bad she tries to hide them from her mother.

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** Will is a rare female example. She appears at least as smart as anyone else the rest of the time, but her grades are so bad she tries to hide them from her mother.
8th Aug '17 7:50:56 PM Daedalis
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* ''Comicbook/ZipiYZape'': The twins. They can build a time machine out of a barrel and a broken grandfather's clock, but then they'll struggle to do their assignment: calculate 5*13.

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* ''Comicbook/ZipiYZape'': ''ComicBook/ZipiYZape'': The twins. They can build a time machine out of a barrel and a broken grandfather's clock, but then they'll struggle to do their assignment: calculate 5*13.5*13.
* Gail Simone's final arc of ComicBook/RedSonja shows Sonja is only borderline literate. Her difficulty practicing her handwriting is depicted like a learning disability.
1st Aug '17 1:46:34 PM Vampireandthen
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-->-- '''Calvin''', ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' [[note]] For the record, this is a myth; Einstein got excellent grades.

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-->-- '''Calvin''', ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' [[note]] For the record, this is a myth; Einstein got excellent grades.
grades. He just didn't get along well with his teachers.
19th Jul '17 5:07:30 PM FlashRebel
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* The Kid in ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'' qualifies : [[InstantExpert a quick learner who immediatly knows how to use new weapons, even the most sophisticated ones, and even upgrade them]], the only person ever to have singed up two tours of duty for a highly risky job, a very skilled and reknowned scout and explorer, witty enough to survive being headhunted by powerful organizations... and a school dropout whose only purpose all along was to make a living in a merciless world.

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* The Kid in ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'' qualifies : [[InstantExpert a quick learner who immediatly knows how to use new weapons, even the most sophisticated ones, and even upgrade them]], the only person ever to have singed signed up two tours of duty for a highly risky job, a very skilled and reknowned scout and explorer, witty enough to survive being headhunted by powerful organizations... and a school dropout whose who only purpose all along was wants to make a living in a [[CrapsackWorld merciless world.world]].
14th Jul '17 2:56:52 PM DaibhidC
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* Derrick "Del Boy" Trotter of ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' was always more interested in making money down the market than school, which for him was mostly a way to hang out with his friends. He has a shockingly poor grasp of just about every academic subject, save for maths where his decades of wheeling and dealing have left him with fantastic mental arrhythmic. Despite all this he is an excellent GuileHero, able to outwit people much better educated and successful than himself. One memorable instance involved him confessing to a crime moments after receiving a legally binding declaration that he couldn't be arrested for his involvement with it. His Book Dumb nature means that he is so frequently wrong about things that when he is secretly acting out one of his brilliant plans, even the ''audience'' is fooled.

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* Derrick Derek "Del Boy" Trotter of ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' was always more interested in making money down the market than school, which for him was mostly a way to hang out with his friends. He has a shockingly poor grasp of just about every academic subject, save for maths where his decades of wheeling and dealing have left him with fantastic mental arrhythmic.arithmetic. Despite all this he is an excellent GuileHero, able to outwit people much better educated and successful than himself. One memorable instance involved him confessing to a crime moments after receiving a legally binding declaration that he couldn't be arrested for his involvement with it. His Book Dumb nature means that he is so frequently wrong about things that when he is secretly acting out one of his brilliant plans, even the ''audience'' is fooled.
2nd Jun '17 7:30:19 AM KayEss
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** He had, however, some "social" problems with some of his teacher. Best known is the case of his private teacher, when he was five years old. The teacher quit after young and irascible Albert threw a chair at her.
29th Apr '17 11:35:05 AM superkeijikun
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* Jesse Pinkman, from ''Series/BreakingBad'', is a high school dropout who never did well in class, especially Walter White's chemistry class, and whose particular vernacular does not make him seem very intelligent. When it comes to actually ''performing'' chemistry, however, he is surprisingly talented: he actually understands Walt's formula for his sky blue meth instead of just simply following a recipe, and not only is he one of the only three people who can cook meth with purity in excess of 90% (the others being Gale Boetticher and Walt, himself), but once managed to create a batch of Walt's formula out of a cramped RV meth lab by himself.
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