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17th Nov '17 8:38:41 PM RandomnessUnlimited
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* [[TheDitz Stumpy]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}''. He's apparently so dumb he can't even recite the alphabet right, and thinks his favorite superhero discovered America.

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* [[TheDitz Stumpy]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}''. He's apparently so dumb he can't even recite the alphabet right, beyond the letter "B", and thinks his favorite superhero discovered America.America. However, the show heavily implies that he has some sort of learning disorder.
10th Nov '17 12:25:42 AM LovePsychothefirst
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** Then you find out it might be more {{justified|Trope}} than it previously appears, since [[spoiler: he's actually only seven years old.]] And been cooped up in his own house the entire time to boot.

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** Then you find out it might be more {{justified|Trope}} than it previously appears, since [[spoiler: he's actually only seven years old.]] And been cooped up in his own house the entire time to boot. [[spoiler: This also means he's ''much'' smarter than it seems at first; how many ''seven year olds'' can arrange a peace treaty meeting or quickly realize the methods needed to save the world when ''just'' handed brief explanations?]]



** ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' has it's own protagonist, Yuri Lowell. Though he is the one that keeps the party steps ahead of the other groups throughout the game, he states outright that he has little patience for reading. While most of the others in the party tend to be experts in their (book) researched fields, they each end up relying on Yuri for his street smarts.

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** ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' has it's own protagonist, Yuri Lowell. Though he is the one that keeps the party steps ahead of the other groups throughout the game, he states outright that he has little patience for reading. While most of the others in the party tend to be experts in their (book) researched fields, they each end up relying on Yuri for his street smarts. That said, he's also a GuileHero; his lack of academic interest is out of laziness not lack of brains.
16th Oct '17 6:33:52 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Creator/StanleyKubrick, one of the most visionary directors of all time, hated school and got poor grades. He often cut class to go to the movies, and he later criticized the American educational system for failing to provoke critical thought.

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* Creator/StanleyKubrick, one of the most visionary directors of all time, time (who reportedly had an ImprobablyHighIQ to boot), hated school and got poor grades. He often cut class to go to the movies, and he later criticized the American educational system for failing to provoke critical thought.
1st Oct '17 4:44:33 PM NoSpoilerz
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-->''A Chukcha returns from a visit to Moscow. Everyone is curious. "What is Communism like?" asks another Chukcha. "Wondrous," replies the Chukcha, "in Moscow everything is for the betterment of man. Also saw that man."''[[note]]This is a play on the Soviet-era slogan: "Everything for the betterment of Man!"[[/note]]

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-->''A Chukcha returns from a visit to Moscow. Everyone is curious. "What is Communism like?" asks another Chukcha. "Wondrous," replies the Chukcha, "in Moscow everything is for the betterment of man. Also saw that man."''[[note]]This "'' [[labelnote:note]]This is a play on the Soviet-era slogan: "Everything for the betterment of Man!"[[/note]]Man!"[[/labelnote]]
1st Oct '17 4:42:28 PM NoSpoilerz
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* In RussianHumour, the Chukchi people of Chukotka Autonomous Okrug - an indigenous people who were already there when Russians settled Siberia - are portrayed this way, being extremely naive and ignorant of the modern world and social norms[[note]]A Chukcha walks into the electronics department at GUM. "Do you have color [=TVs=]?" he asks. "Yes we do," replies the shopkeeper. "Give me a green one", he replies.[[/note]], but having a kind of benign perspicacity - they are usually used to highlight the absurdities of modern life or establishment propaganda:

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* In RussianHumour, the Chukchi people of Chukotka Autonomous Okrug - an indigenous people who were already there when Russians settled Siberia - are portrayed this way, being extremely naive and ignorant of the modern world and social norms[[note]]A norms, [[labelnote:For example...]]A Chukcha walks into the electronics department at GUM. "Do you have color [=TVs=]?" he asks. "Yes we do," replies the shopkeeper. "Give me a green one", one," he replies.[[/note]], [[/labelnote]] but having a kind of benign perspicacity - they are usually used to highlight the absurdities of modern life or establishment propaganda:
26th Sep '17 8:45:24 AM Divra
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* ''Literature/Sharpe'': Sharpe starts the series as this, being a SatisfiedStreetRat with the education that entails in the late 18th century. Even after he learns to read (after three months with William Lawford and a page from TheBible in a cell in India) he never shows any interest until he gains a commission and gets married. After that, however, he becomes a voracious, if somewhat eclectic, reader.

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* ''Literature/Sharpe'': ''{{Literature/Sharpe}}'': Sharpe starts the series as this, being a SatisfiedStreetRat with the education that entails in the late 18th century. Even after he learns to read (after three months with William Lawford and a page from TheBible in a cell in India) he never shows any interest until he gains a commission and gets married. After that, however, he becomes a voracious, if somewhat eclectic, reader.
26th Sep '17 8:42:18 AM Divra
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* ''Literature/Sharpe'': Sharpe starts the series as this, being a SatisfiedStreetRat with the education that entails in the late 18th century. Even after he learns to read (after three months with William Lawford and a page from TheBible in a cell in India) he never shows any interest until he gains a commission and gets married. After that, however, he becomes a voracious, if somewhat eclectic, reader.
22nd Sep '17 10:17:21 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Creator/StanleyKubrick, one of the most visionary directors of all time, hated school and got poor grades. He often cut class to go to the movies, and he later criticized the American educational system for failing to provoke critical thought.
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.
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