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26th May '16 7:44:55 PM nifer
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* Celina's imp cannot add, has trouble reading, and often writes letters backwards in ''Webcomic/Imp''.

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* Celina's imp cannot add, has trouble reading, and often writes letters backwards in ''Webcomic/Imp''.''Webcomic/{{Imp}}''.
26th May '16 7:41:22 PM nifer
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* Celina's imp cannot add, has trouble reading, and often writes letters backwards in ''Webcomic/Imp''.
28th Apr '16 8:36:25 PM TheSinful
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* Combined with TaughtByExperience in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11267384/5/ Chiaroscuro]]'' where Naruto quickly figures out (after learning about Suna's economic struggles) that Suna is likely to attack Konoha because "I've been poor before. Eventually, poor people get desperate."
18th Apr '16 4:35:48 AM 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 shool 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 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 shool school dropout whose only purpose all along was to make a living in a merciless world.
18th Apr '16 4:15:43 AM 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 shool dropout whose only purpose all along was to make a living in a merciless world.
11th Apr '16 10:43:45 AM AGlitchyGuy
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* ''WesternAnimation/StrangeHillHigh
** Mitchell avoids studying as much as possible. He even states in "Read All About It" that he used the school hiding place the previous maths exam.
27th Mar '16 7:13:24 PM merotoker
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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
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Making your child character Book Dumb is seen as a great way to appeal to the masses (especially when creating a ThisLoserIsYou) without having to show them being outsmarted by other characters on a regular basis. A Book Dumb character will usually show excellent "{{street smart}}s", is quite capable of thinking on their feet, and is often very good at problem solving most of the time, but he (and it is usually a boy) does not function well within a regimented learning system. Maybe he's just not good at that type of learning. Maybe he's clever, but can't resist an opportunity for mischief. In extreme cases, he may even be a [[TeenGenius genius]] or [[GadgeteerGenius inventor]] at home, but devolves into a functionally illiterate bad boy as soon as he enters through the school gates. Maybe he's just TooDumbToFool. Or he might be a GeniusDitz.

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Making your child character Book Dumb is seen as a great way to appeal to the masses (especially when creating a ThisLoserIsYou) without having to show them being outsmarted by other characters on a regular basis. A Book Dumb character will usually show excellent "{{street smart}}s", "street smarts", is quite capable of thinking on their feet, and is often very good at problem solving most of the time, but he (and it is usually a boy) does not function well within a regimented learning system. Maybe he's just not good at that type of learning. Maybe he's clever, but can't resist an opportunity for mischief. In extreme cases, he may even be a [[TeenGenius genius]] or [[GadgeteerGenius inventor]] at home, but devolves into a functionally illiterate bad boy as soon as he enters through the school gates. Maybe he's just TooDumbToFool. Or he might be a GeniusDitz.



* Inversion: Despite being an apparent {{Delinquent|s}} and ''{{shonen|Demographic}}'' lead, Ichigo Kurosaki of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has one of the highest grade point averages in the school, to the chagrin of his [[ThoseTwoGuys normal friends]] who are upset that he betrays his stereotype. He replies that he gets enough flak from the teachers for getting into fights and his strange hair colour, so he studies hard to make sure that at least they can't complain about his grades. However, in battle he tends to [[IndyPloy charge in without a plan]], and [[LeeroyJenkins ignore his allies plans]].

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* Inversion: Despite being an apparent {{Delinquent|s}} {{delinquent|s}} and ''{{shonen|Demographic}}'' lead, Ichigo Kurosaki of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has one of the highest grade point averages in the school, to the chagrin of his [[ThoseTwoGuys normal friends]] who are upset that he betrays his stereotype. He replies that he gets enough flak from the teachers for getting into fights and his strange hair colour, so he studies hard to make sure that at least they can't complain about his grades. However, in battle he tends to [[IndyPloy charge in without a plan]], and [[LeeroyJenkins ignore his allies plans]].



** Justified, as Kishimoto himself once stated, because Naruto is the type to learn "with his body", or "by doing", which didn't serve him very well during the mostly theoretical training at the academy. Once he actually starts doing missions and acquiring battle experience, he winds up mastering a handful of techniques that are well beyond a beginner's level, if, occasionally, in roundabout manners, and proves himself a very fast learner who somewhat overtakes the analytical and traditionally talented Sasuke until the latter makes a DealWithTheDevil. They remained roughly on par ever since. Further justified in that Naruto is the [[SealedInAPersonShapedCan host of the 9-nailed demon fox]] and the seal interferes with his ability to control his chakra properly.

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** Justified, as Kishimoto himself once stated, because Naruto is the type to learn "with his body", or "by doing", which didn't serve him very well during the mostly theoretical training at the academy. Once he actually starts doing missions and acquiring battle experience, he winds up mastering a handful of techniques that are well beyond a beginner's level, if, occasionally, in roundabout manners, and proves himself a very fast learner who somewhat overtakes the analytical and traditionally talented Sasuke until the latter makes a DealWithTheDevil. They remained roughly on par ever since. Further justified in that Naruto is the [[SealedInAPersonShapedCan [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan host of the 9-nailed demon fox]] and the seal interferes with his ability to control his chakra properly.



** Konata got into this locally prestigious high school by the lure of a PS2 ''and'' a PC.

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** Konata got into this locally prestigious high school by the lure of a PS2 [=PS2=] ''and'' a PC.



** Yamamoto, though not as bad as Tsuna, is definitely smarter outside the classroom than in it. Interestingly, TroubledButCute Gokudera pretty much has perfect grades despite his {{Delinquent}} appearance and attitude towards everyone but Tsuna.

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** Yamamoto, though not as bad as Tsuna, is definitely smarter outside the classroom than in it. Interestingly, TroubledButCute Gokudera pretty much has perfect grades despite his {{Delinquent}} {{delinquent|s}} appearance and attitude towards everyone but Tsuna.



* Miaka from ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' is a borderline female example. You'd think that all the [[BigEater stomach thinking]] and [[MartyrWithoutACause putting herself needlessly in danger]] would reflect in dis-interest for studies, but her grades aren't abysmally bad ''and'' she's shown having an interest in studying so she can get in a good highschool, like Yui. This is even more accentuated in the manga, where it's explained as [[WellDoneSonGuy her way to seek for the approval of her]] EducationMama.
** Ends up subverted at the end of the TV anime series, when its revealed that Miaka passed the entrance exam to Jonan while Yui, who's more traditionally smart, did not. They both end up going to a different high school together.
* Ash (Satoshi) from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' inevitably ends up like this any time he's placed in a traditional school setting. An episode of DP has him failing miserably during a Pokémon quiz, leading another character to question how a trainer with such poor academic knowledge of Pokémon could have earned 6 badges. The episode eventually leads to an Aesop about how learning theory in school doesn't necessarily make one good at actually doing something in real life.
** The character who mocked Ash's low score gets [[BreakTheHaughty curbstomped]] in a real battle against ''the Team Rocket trio'', without any dirty tricks, because he had no actual experience and had no idea what to do other than list off attack names.
* A particularly interesting case is [[Manga/PokemonSpecial Odamaki]] [[WildChild Sapphire]] - the girl is almost illiterate to the point she had to ask an assistant how certain words sounded during the intellectual portion of Roxanne's qualification exam, but due to certain aspects of her upbringing she's much smarter than she appears. Roxanne lectured her on learning how to read after the test was finished... only for her brain to crack when she realized the girl scored the ''highest'' of everyone in the room! [[http://www.mangatoshokan.com/read/pokemonadventure/0/190/5 The look on Roxy's face was priceless.]]

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* Miaka from ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' is a borderline female example. You'd think that all the [[BigEater stomach thinking]] and [[MartyrWithoutACause putting herself needlessly in danger]] would reflect in dis-interest for studies, but her grades aren't abysmally bad ''and'' she's shown having an interest in studying so she can get in a good highschool, like Yui. This is even more accentuated in the manga, where it's explained as [[WellDoneSonGuy her way to seek for the approval of her]] EducationMama.
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EducationMama. Ends up subverted at the end of the TV anime series, when its revealed that Miaka passed the entrance exam to Jonan while Yui, who's more traditionally smart, did not. They both end up going to a different high school together.
* Ash (Satoshi) from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' inevitably ends up like this any time he's placed in a traditional school setting. An episode of DP has him failing miserably during a Pokémon quiz, leading another character to question how a trainer with such poor academic knowledge of Pokémon could have earned 6 badges. The episode eventually leads to an Aesop about how learning theory in school doesn't necessarily make one good at actually doing something in real life.
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life. The character who mocked Ash's low score gets [[BreakTheHaughty curbstomped]] in a real battle against ''the Team Rocket trio'', without any dirty tricks, because he had no actual experience and had no idea what to do other than list off attack names.
* A particularly interesting case is [[Manga/PokemonSpecial [[Manga/PokemonAdventures Odamaki]] [[WildChild Sapphire]] - the girl is almost illiterate to the point she had to ask an assistant how certain words sounded during the intellectual portion of Roxanne's qualification exam, but due to certain aspects of her upbringing she's much smarter than she appears. Roxanne lectured her on learning how to read after the test was finished... only for her brain to crack when she realized the girl scored the ''highest'' of everyone in the room! [[http://www.mangatoshokan.com/read/pokemonadventure/0/190/5 The look on Roxy's face was priceless.]]



** ComicBook/{{Thor}} compared to Loki or ComicBook/IronMan; heck, ''any'' of ComicBook/TheAvengers compared to Iron Man or Hank Pym.
** Franchise/{{Superman}} compared to Batman or Comicbook/LexLuthor
*** Like above, anyone in the Franchise/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}} compared to Batman
*** With Superman it really is the writers' faults. Clark Kent is a world renowned investigative journalist and a prize winning novelist. Superman helps maintain the advanced Kryptonian equipment in his Fortress. And on at least one occasion he has said to Batman's face that he was just as smart as Batman, which Batman openly agreed with. If anything Superman is an inversion; he's book smart but does not have a talent for combat and tactics, so people (both in and out of universe) assume he is less intelligent based on how he fights. Even then, that's mostly because Superman is [[PhysicalGod so incredibly powerful]] that he usually doesn't ''need'' to fight in the first place, not to mention as a TechnicalPacifist he much prefers to end confrontations non-violently whenever he can get away with it and thus, what tactics he does use often are not about "winning" a fight in the traditional sense.

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** ComicBook/{{Thor}} compared to Loki or ComicBook/IronMan; heck, ''any'' of ComicBook/TheAvengers compared to Iron Man or [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank Pym.
Pym]].
** Franchise/{{Superman}} compared to Batman Franchise/{{Batman}} or Comicbook/LexLuthor
*** Like above,
Comicbook/LexLuthor. Likewise, anyone in the Franchise/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}} compared to Batman
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Batman. With Superman it really is the writers' faults. Clark Kent is a world renowned investigative journalist and a prize winning novelist. Superman helps maintain the advanced Kryptonian equipment in his Fortress. And on at least one occasion he has said to Batman's face that he was just as smart as Batman, which Batman openly agreed with. If anything Superman is an inversion; he's book smart but does not have a talent for combat and tactics, so people (both in and out of universe) assume he is less intelligent based on how he fights. Even then, that's mostly because Superman is [[PhysicalGod so incredibly powerful]] that he usually doesn't ''need'' to fight in the first place, not to mention as a TechnicalPacifist he much prefers to end confrontations non-violently whenever he can get away with it and thus, what tactics he does use often are not about "winning" a fight in the traditional sense.



* Huckleberry Finn from ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'' is the EPITOME of this trope. He's able to come up with elaborate plans on-the-spot to turn the tables around in a bad situation but he can't even spell his own alias correctly.
** Jim too. As a slave, he's uneducated (and it shows), but he can be pretty philosophical about what he ''does'' know.

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* Huckleberry Finn from ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'' is the EPITOME of this trope. He's able to come up with elaborate plans on-the-spot to turn the tables around in a bad situation but he can't even spell his own alias correctly.
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correctly. Jim too. As a slave, he's uneducated (and it shows), but he can be pretty philosophical about what he ''does'' know.



** If you thought Harry and Ron were bad academically, Ron's prankster twin brothers, Fred and George, are even worse. Case in point: Mrs. Weasley commented once of Ron achieving seven "Exceeds Expectations" grades in his O.W.L. exams as more than Fred's and George's added together. On the other hand, they managed to found a highly successful joke item shop that sells their magical inventions that impress even Hermione. However, they were not always Book Dumb; In the first book, Ron mentioned that they make high grades, despite being goofs. Their grades declined because later years of school got to the point where they could no longer breeze through exams without even trying. And given their career plans didn't require getting into the advanced classes, it wasn't worth the effort to them to study harder.

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** If you thought Harry and Ron were bad academically, Ron's prankster twin brothers, Fred and George, are even worse. Case in point: Mrs. Weasley commented once of Ron achieving seven "Exceeds Expectations" grades in his O.W.L. exams as more than Fred's and George's added together. On the other hand, they managed to found a highly successful joke item shop that sells their magical inventions that impress even Hermione. However, they were not always Book Dumb; In in the first book, Ron mentioned that they make high grades, despite being goofs. Their grades declined because later years of school got to the point where they could no longer breeze through exams without even trying. And given their career plans didn't require getting into the advanced classes, it wasn't worth the effort to them to study harder.



* In ''Literature/ItCantHappenHere'', much of the American populace is book-dumb after the Windrip regime's educational "reforms", book burnings, and censorship campaigns. Institutions of higher learning have been evicerated, and the remaining schools only teach practical or useless classes, meaning that much of the populace is ignorant of history, literature, and civics. [[spoiler: When citizens revolt against the Corpos, this works against them as well as the Corpos.]]

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* In ''Literature/ItCantHappenHere'', much of the American populace is book-dumb after the Windrip regime's educational "reforms", book burnings, and censorship campaigns. Institutions of higher learning have been evicerated, eviscerated, and the remaining schools only teach practical or useless classes, meaning that much of the populace is ignorant of history, literature, and civics. [[spoiler: When citizens revolt against the Corpos, this works against them as well as the Corpos.]]



* ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote:

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* ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote:''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'':



* Kelly Bundy from ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' began the series as a snarky, Book Dumb teenage girl before [[{{Flanderization}} turning into]] TheBrainlessBeauty essentially overnight.

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* Kelly Bundy from ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' began the series as a snarky, Book Dumb teenage girl before [[{{Flanderization}} turning into]] TheBrainlessBeauty a BrainlessBeauty essentially overnight.



* An episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' dealt with a girl who was mute and presumably illiterate, but with incredible mental powers (like [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Cassandra Cain]] minus the whole assassin thing). When her teacher showed her a picture of a boat and asked what it was, the girl had a vision of the boat rocking at sea, and she felt very sad that she couldn't share this with the teacher. [[spoiler: The story ends with the girl's caretaker finding her, but she's been {{DePower}}ed to a normal child.]]

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* An episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'' dealt with a girl who was mute and presumably illiterate, but with incredible mental powers (like [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Cassandra Cain]] minus the whole assassin thing). When her teacher showed her a picture of a boat and asked what it was, the girl had a vision of the boat rocking at sea, and she felt very sad that she couldn't share this with the teacher. [[spoiler: The story ends with the girl's caretaker finding her, but she's been {{DePower}}ed to a normal child.]]



* 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 killed or captured.
* 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 BookDumb 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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* 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.
* 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 BookDumb 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.



* Drake from ''Television/DrakeAndJosh'', with a side of BrilliantButLazy.

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* Drake from ''Television/DrakeAndJosh'', ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'', with a side of BrilliantButLazy.






* Peppermint Patty in ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}''. She would rather be playing sports than sitting in a classroom, compounded by not getting much sleep weeknights because she waits for her father to get home from work at night. On the other hand, any girl her age who could be capable of mistaking a dog obedience school for a human school to the point of enrolling in it, "studying" with the dogs, graduating and being so sure that she doesn't have to go to regular human school because of that "diploma" is on her own level of stupidity.
** That's nothing. She already thinks Snoopy is a 'little kid with a big nose' and treats him accordingly.
** Remember, with Patty, we're quite far into [[DumbMuscle Jock]] territory, too. As if she didn't have enough downward pressure on her grades.

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* Peppermint Patty in ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}''. She would rather be playing sports than sitting in a classroom, compounded by not getting much sleep weeknights because she waits for her father to get home from work at night. On the other hand, any girl her age who could be capable of mistaking a dog obedience school for a human school to the point of enrolling in it, "studying" with the dogs, graduating and being so sure that she doesn't have to go to regular human school because of that "diploma" is on her own level of stupidity.
** That's nothing.
stupidity. She already thinks Snoopy is a 'little kid with a big nose' and treats him accordingly.
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accordingly. Remember, with Patty, we're quite far into [[DumbMuscle Jock]] territory, too. As if she didn't have enough downward pressure on her grades.



* Manolito from ''ComicStrip/{{Mafalda}}'' and, to a lesser extent, Mafalda herself (Her report on "the British Invasion" was [[TheBritishInvasion a drawing of hippie fans of The Beatles]]). Felipe is absent-minded during lectures, but he never seems to fail a test.
** Manolito is actually shown to be rather dumb outside school as well, never properly understanding or caring anything that he cannot relate to money, so he may be more of a GeniusDitz.

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* Manolito from ''ComicStrip/{{Mafalda}}'' and, to a lesser extent, Mafalda herself (Her report on "the British Invasion" was [[TheBritishInvasion [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishInvasion a drawing of hippie fans of The Beatles]]). Felipe is absent-minded during lectures, but he never seems to fail a test. \n** Manolito is actually shown to be rather dumb outside school as well, never properly understanding or caring anything that he cannot relate to money, so he may be more of a GeniusDitz.



* Kyo Kusanagi of ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' may be an excellent fighter (having won the titular tournament at least 7 times), but because of this, he's been kept out of school for so long that he's at least 25 and has yet to graduate (not counting the time he was kidnapped and missing for at least a year). The problem being that, despite the successive year appellations, he hasn't aged?nor, for that matter, has the rest of the cast. No wonder they changed the sequel labeling style.
** It's more of a case of Kyo being TheSlacker. He's not an idiot; he just gets bored ''very easily'' and decided to drop out from school by the time the NESTS saga rolled around. BTW, he's only won KOF from ''[='94=]'' to ''[='97=]''.

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* Kyo Kusanagi of ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' may be an excellent fighter (having won the titular tournament at least 7 times), but because of this, he's been kept out of school for so long that he's at least 25 and has yet to graduate (not counting the time he was kidnapped and missing for at least a year). The problem being that, despite the successive year appellations, he hasn't aged?nor, for that matter, has the rest of the cast. No wonder they changed the sequel labeling style.
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style. It's more of a case of Kyo being TheSlacker. He's not an idiot; he just gets bored ''very easily'' and decided to drop out from school by the time the NESTS saga rolled around. BTW, he's only won KOF from ''[='94=]'' to ''[='97=]''.



* While not strictly educationally relevant because of the world it takes place in, ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'' has Chaz. Whenever he's presented with anything technically complex, it's mostly lost on him, and he's easily impressed and surprised by technology (a particularly dumb moment is when he's impressed that Demi-- who is an ''android''-- is adept at handling ''machines''). He even {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this, pointing out that Rune has basically had to explain everything to him since he joined the party. However, his understanding of ''people'' is top-notch, and he's usually aware of other characters' feelings and thoughts before they express them; this also leads him to his CrowningMomentOfAwesome when he recognizes the hypocrisy inherent in his destiny and chooses to RefuseTheCall.

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* While not strictly educationally relevant because of the world it takes place in, ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'' has Chaz. Whenever he's presented with anything technically complex, it's mostly lost on him, and he's easily impressed and surprised by technology (a particularly dumb moment is when he's impressed that Demi-- who is an ''android''-- is adept at handling ''machines''). He even {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this, pointing out that Rune has basically had to explain everything to him since he joined the party. However, his understanding of ''people'' is top-notch, and he's usually aware of other characters' feelings and thoughts before they express them; this also leads him to his CrowningMomentOfAwesome when he recognizes the hypocrisy inherent in his destiny and chooses to RefuseTheCall.[[RefusalOfTheCall refuse the call]].



* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': Timmy Turner is incredibly resourceful and able to outsmart adults, fairies, pixies, snarky genies, aliens and all sorts of other beings many times his age, but the series goes out of its way to [[{{Flanderization}} ridiculously illustrate]] how bad he is with anything that involves language arts and math, to the extent that it's a RunningGag that he always gets straight "Fs."

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': Timmy Turner is incredibly resourceful and able to outsmart adults, fairies, pixies, snarky genies, aliens and all sorts of other beings many times his age, but the series goes out of its way to [[{{Flanderization}} ridiculously illustrate]] how bad he is with anything that involves language arts and math, to the extent that it's a RunningGag that he always gets straight "Fs."



* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Ron is the typical C-student male protagonist. Yet Ron regularly assists Kim in saving the world, and while evil was the best villain in the series, invented several doomsday devices. Also built one when kidnapped by Drakken using stuff lying around, and gave Senior Senior Senior the ideas to build traps.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Ron is the typical C-student male protagonist. Yet Ron regularly assists Kim in saving the world, and while evil was the best villain in the series, invented inventing several doomsday devices. Also built one when kidnapped by Drakken using stuff lying around, and gave Senior Senior Senior the ideas to build traps.



** Bart Simpson is clearly an excellent example of this -- at school, he is falling behind everybody else, barely managing to stay in his own grade, whereas in his spare time he thwarts criminals and solves mysteries, often displaying intuitive thinking skills on a par with his sister Lisa. Further proven in the few situations where he ''does'' apply himself academically, and manages to do quite well for himself. He has also proven himself to be an excellent linguist, becoming fluent French in two months, and Spanish and Japanese in a matter of hours.

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** Bart Simpson is clearly an excellent example of this -- at school, he is falling behind everybody else, barely managing to stay in his own grade, whereas in his spare time he thwarts criminals and solves mysteries, often displaying intuitive thinking skills on a par with his sister Lisa. Further proven in the few situations where he ''does'' apply himself academically, and manages to do quite well for himself. He has also proven himself to be an excellent linguist, becoming speaking fluent French in two months, and Spanish and Japanese in a matter of hours.
20th Mar '16 6:49:59 AM Dragon101
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*** With Superman it really is the writers' faults. Clark Kent is a world renowned investigative journalist and a prize winning novelist. Superman helps maintain the advanced Kryptonian equipment in his Fortress. And on at least one occasion he has said to Batman's face that he was just as smart as Batman, which Batman openly agreed with. If anything Superman is an inversion; he's book smart but does not have a talent for combat and tactics, so people (both in and out of universe) assume he is less intelligent based on how he fights.

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*** With Superman it really is the writers' faults. Clark Kent is a world renowned investigative journalist and a prize winning novelist. Superman helps maintain the advanced Kryptonian equipment in his Fortress. And on at least one occasion he has said to Batman's face that he was just as smart as Batman, which Batman openly agreed with. If anything Superman is an inversion; he's book smart but does not have a talent for combat and tactics, so people (both in and out of universe) assume he is less intelligent based on how he fights. Even then, that's mostly because Superman is [[PhysicalGod so incredibly powerful]] that he usually doesn't ''need'' to fight in the first place, not to mention as a TechnicalPacifist he much prefers to end confrontations non-violently whenever he can get away with it and thus, what tactics he does use often are not about "winning" a fight in the traditional sense.
20th Mar '16 6:45:35 AM Dragon101
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** Justified, as Kishimoto himself once stated, because Naruto is the type to learn "with his body", or "by doing", which didn't serve him very well during the mostly theoretical training at the academy. Once he actually starts doing missions and acquiring battle experience, he winds up mastering a handful of techniques that are well beyond a beginner's level, if, occasionally, in roundabout manners, and proves himself a very fast learner who somewhat overtakes the analytical and traditionally talented Sasuke until the latter makes a DealWithTheDevil. They remained roughly on par ever since.

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** Justified, as Kishimoto himself once stated, because Naruto is the type to learn "with his body", or "by doing", which didn't serve him very well during the mostly theoretical training at the academy. Once he actually starts doing missions and acquiring battle experience, he winds up mastering a handful of techniques that are well beyond a beginner's level, if, occasionally, in roundabout manners, and proves himself a very fast learner who somewhat overtakes the analytical and traditionally talented Sasuke until the latter makes a DealWithTheDevil. They remained roughly on par ever since. Further justified in that Naruto is the [[SealedInAPersonShapedCan host of the 9-nailed demon fox]] and the seal interferes with his ability to control his chakra properly.
20th Mar '16 6:26:07 AM Dragon101
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->''"You know how [[UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein Einstein]] got bad grades as a kid? Well, '''mine''' are even '''worse!'''"'' [[note]] For the record, this is a myth; Einstein got excellent grades[note]
-->-- '''Calvin''', ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''

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->''"You know how [[UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein Einstein]] got bad grades as a kid? Well, '''mine''' are even '''worse!'''"'' '''worse!'''"''
-->-- '''Calvin''', ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''
[[note]] For the record, this is a myth; Einstein got excellent grades[note]
-->-- '''Calvin''', ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''
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