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16th Apr '18 7:45:51 AM FlyingDuckManGenesis
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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. 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. 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.grades.
** Sally also has a lot of trouble in school, and often struggles with her homework despite Charlie Brown's patient efforts to help her. One of the strip's running jokes is the unintentionally humorous school reports she gives in front of the class, which are frequently inspired by [[{{Malaproper}} malapropisms]] and end with her feeling humiliated as her classmates laugh at her. Some of her more memorable reports include "Santa and his Rain Gear", "Footbidextrousers" people, "The Bronchitis" (a dinosaur that supposedly went extinct from coughing too much), and her report on the oceans of the world, in which she reported there are no oceans in the individual landlocked states in the US.
28th Mar '18 10:58:52 PM Arha
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* Played with. Katarina in ''LightNovel/DestructionFlagOtome'' is incredibly dim, but only socially. While she has absurd ideas of how she's supposed to learn magic and so on it's actually indicated a number of times that she gets average scores on tests when she tries. When she's not interested in something though she's capable of barely reaching double digit scores, though, so it's fortunate that she actually feels she needs to learn magic and so on.
24th Mar '18 7:39:42 AM Monolaf317
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* ''Manga/GoToubunNoHanayome'': As the Nakano sisters were all nearly held back a year before transferring schools, leading their father to hire a private tutor out of desperation to help whip the five of them into shape; which is where Fuutarou comes in.
8th Mar '18 10:14:29 PM ChaoticNovelist
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** Sakura's something of an inversion in Part I, as she aces every test in the academy, but rarely puts her intelligence to practical use in the field (for example, she doesn't see through either of the fake Narutos in the Forest of Death before Sasuke, who has 1.5 fewer intelligence points in the databook, pointed them out). She winds up becoming a mostly brute-force focused fighter as far as her strictly offensive capabilities are concerned.

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** Sakura's something of an inversion in Part I, as she aces every test in the academy, but rarely puts her intelligence to practical use in the field (for example, she doesn't see through either of the fake Narutos in the Forest of Death before Sasuke, who has 1.5 fewer intelligence points in the databook, pointed them out). She winds up becoming a mostly brute-force focused fighter as far as her strictly offensive capabilities are concerned. Her intelligence is ultimately put to use in medical jutsu.
7th Mar '18 1:35:33 PM RedScharlach
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* Jonah in ''Manga/{{Jormungand}}'' may be one of the best and most badass members of the group but even though he can take down a whole camp by himself he still can't do basic multiplication. (The fact that he's still a 10-12 year old kid who spent his entire life as a child solider doesn't help.)

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* Jonah in ''Manga/{{Jormungand}}'' may be one of the best and most badass members of the group but even though he can take down a whole camp by himself he still can't do basic multiplication. (The fact that he's still a 10-12 year old 10-to-12-year-old kid who spent his entire life as a child solider soldier doesn't help.)



* Keiichi of ''VisualNovel/{{Higurashi|WhenTheyCry}}'' has an interesting case of this, it's revealed that whilst his grades are standard to mediocre, he has a rather good to great understanding of the real life implementations of whatever is being done.
** However, in Tsumihoroboshi-hen, it is revealed that Keiichi [[spoiler: has scored into genius level on iq tests, and is quite [[WiseBeyondHisYears smarter than he initially seems]], yet has a pathological block that requires him to be interested in the subject to do well]]. He is also shown to help Mion and Rena with their studies, and Mion is a year older than him...

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* Keiichi of ''VisualNovel/{{Higurashi|WhenTheyCry}}'' has an interesting case of this, it's revealed that whilst while his grades are standard to mediocre, he has a rather good to great understanding of the real life implementations of whatever is being done.
** However, in Tsumihoroboshi-hen, it is revealed that Keiichi [[spoiler: has scored into genius level on iq IQ tests, and is quite [[WiseBeyondHisYears smarter than he initially seems]], yet has a pathological block that requires him to be interested in the subject to do well]]. He is also shown to help Mion and Rena with their studies, and Mion is a year older than him...



* 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.

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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. Ends up subverted at the end of the TV anime series, when its it's 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.



** Both Harry Potter and Ron Weasley have rather mild interest in academics and usually rely on their uber-nerd friend to succeed in them. One doesn't even need to be told that Harry Potter becomes a great wizard, yet always need to be reminded that he's only this great when in danger. He even flat out says this in the fifth book. Even J.K. Rowling states that while Harry does become a gifted wizard, he was pretty much comparable to Ron as TheDitz, especially when one remembers how out of the trio, Harry was the only one to never use a single spell in the first book. Even though he just learned of Hogwarts existence a day before attending, he was certainly given the chance to learn at least one spell throughout the school year, especially given the circumstances. Even Ron learned two spells, and successfully performed one.
** 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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** Both Harry Potter and Ron Weasley have rather mild a fairly low level of interest in academics academia and usually rely on their uber-nerd friend to succeed in for them. One doesn't even need to be told Everyone knows that Harry Potter becomes a great wizard, yet always need to be reminded that he's only this great when in danger. He even flat out flat-out says this in the fifth book. Even J.K. Rowling states that while Harry does become a gifted wizard, he was pretty much comparable to Ron as TheDitz, especially when one remembers how out of the trio, Harry was the only one to never use a single spell in the first book. Even though he just learned of Hogwarts existence a day before attending, he was certainly given the chance to learn at least one spell throughout the school year, especially given the circumstances. Even Ron learned two spells, and successfully performed one.
** 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 to sell 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 in the later years of school got to the point where school, 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 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.]]

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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 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 [[spoiler:When citizens revolt against the Corpos, this works against them as well as the Corpos.]]



* ''Series/{{Eureka}}'''s protagonist, Sheriff Jack Carter is book dumb ''in comparison'' to his town full of supergeniuses. Anywhere else in the world has an average IQ in a town full of {{Genius Ditz}}es. He has street smarts in addition to what would be considered a high degree of education anywhere else in the world. This works in his favor as the running theme of the series is how the super-geniuses go for overcomplicated answers but it's Carter pointing out the simplest solutions that save the day.

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* ''Series/{{Eureka}}'''s protagonist, Sheriff Jack Carter is book dumb ''in comparison'' to his town full of supergeniuses. Anywhere else in the world has an average IQ in a town full of {{Genius Ditz}}es. He has street smarts in addition to what would be considered a high degree of education anywhere else in the world. This works in his favor as the running theme of the series is how the super-geniuses go for overcomplicated answers but it's Carter pointing out the simplest solutions solution that save saves the day.



* Romeo is this on ''Series/TheSteveHarveyShow''. Although he's been in HighSchool for nearly seven years, he actually does well on his SAT's and by the series end, he gains admittance into a four-year university.

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* Romeo is this on ''Series/TheSteveHarveyShow''. Although he's been in HighSchool for nearly seven years, he actually does well on his SAT's and by the series end, he gains admittance into a four-year university.university course.



* In the TV version of ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'' Jessica is a complete airhead in the classroom, assuming amongst other things that makeup tests are about the use of cosmetics and that Paris is in Italy. Otherwise, while definitely shallow and impulsive, she can be plenty cunning and manipulative. Particularly if someone plays a nasty little trick on her.

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* In the TV version of ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'' Jessica is a complete airhead in the classroom, assuming amongst other things that makeup tests are about the use of cosmetics and that Paris is in Italy. Otherwise, while definitely shallow and impulsive, she can be plenty cunning and manipulative. Particularly manipulative, particularly if someone plays a nasty little trick on her.



* Kim Parker from ''Series/TheParkers'' is a dimwit in academics which is a running gag of her having bad grades, but she does have a big heart and dreams to reach success. At the show's end, she never graduates from Santa Monica College, but she went on to become a successful fashion designer.
* Gentarou Kisaragi, the main hero of ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' is this. So much that he considers getting a ''50'' his greatest accomplishment! Plus, that 50 was originally an ''18''! Due to helping out the detention teacher's son, he bumped it up to the 50 to pass! The other half of this trope is shown in Gentaro's social skills (he's incredibly good with people and can befriend just about anyone, plus is a very good judge of character and when someone is hiding something), his deductive reasoning (figuring out who the MonsterOfTheWeek was based on a character tic), and his ability to learn, adapt, and improvise during battle.
* Penny from ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' is this having dropped out of community college and having trouble learning scholastic topics. This contrasts with the rest of the characters who all work in different scientific fields.
* 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.
* ''Series/TheWire'',

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* Kim Parker from ''Series/TheParkers'' is a dimwit in academics which academics, and there is a running gag of about her having bad grades, but she does have a big heart and dreams to reach of reaching success. At the show's end, she never graduates from Santa Monica College, but she went goes on to become a successful fashion designer.
* Gentarou Kisaragi, the main hero of ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' is this. So much that he considers getting a ''50'' his greatest accomplishment! Plus, that 50 was originally an ''18''! Due ''18'' -- due to helping out the detention teacher's son, he bumped it up to the 50 to pass! The other half of this trope is shown in Gentaro's social skills (he's incredibly good with people and can befriend just about anyone, plus is a very good judge of character and when someone is hiding something), his deductive reasoning (figuring out who the MonsterOfTheWeek was based on a character tic), and his ability to learn, adapt, and improvise during battle.
* Penny from ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' is this this, having dropped out of community college and having trouble learning scholastic topics. This contrasts with the rest of the characters who all work in different scientific fields.
* 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, Walt himself), but once managed to create a batch of Walt's formula out of a cramped RV meth lab by himself.
* ''Series/TheWire'', ''Series/TheWire'':



** It's also implied Calvin, while intelligent, is simply not motivated to apply himself. In one strip, for example, his father sits him down and ''asks'' him why he doesn't do better in school, noting that he's obviously smart because he managed to devour every dinosaur book he ever got his hands on. Calvin simply replies that they never study dinosaurs in school. He has shown considerable aptitude in school-grade subjects like math and reading comprehension in situations where the subjects, such as dinosaurs or time travel, were interesting to him. Calvin is a classic case of a gifted child in an education system that isn't engaging him properly.\\
In addition, Calvin is also just very mischievous, more interested in causing trouble and messing with the teacher's head than actually learning. He regularly gives bizarre answers on his tests ("What is the significance of the Erie Canal?" "In the cosmic sense, probably nil,") which seems to be as much for his own amusement as an attempt to cheat the system.

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** It's also implied that Calvin, while intelligent, is simply not motivated to apply himself. In one strip, for example, his father sits him down and ''asks'' him why he doesn't do better in school, noting that he's obviously smart because he managed to devour every dinosaur book he ever got his hands on. Calvin simply replies that they never study dinosaurs in school. He has shown considerable aptitude in school-grade subjects like math and reading comprehension in situations where the subjects, such as dinosaurs or time travel, were interesting to him. Calvin is a classic case of a gifted child in an education system that isn't engaging him properly.\\
In addition, Calvin is also just very mischievous, more interested in causing trouble and messing with the teacher's head than actually learning. He regularly gives bizarre answers on his tests ("What is the significance of the Erie Canal?" "In the cosmic sense, probably nil,") which seems to be as much for his own amusement as an attempt to cheat the system.



* 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 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 who only wants to make a living in a [[CrapsackWorld merciless world]].
* 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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* The Kid in ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'' qualifies : qualifies: [[InstantExpert a quick learner who immediatly immediately knows how to use new weapons, even the most sophisticated ones, and even upgrade them]], the only person ever to have 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 who only wants to make a living in a [[CrapsackWorld merciless world]].
* 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, 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=]''.



** 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?]]

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** Then you find out it might be more {{justified|Trope}} than it previously appears, since [[spoiler: he's [[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'' ''seven-year-olds'' can arrange a peace treaty meeting or quickly realize the methods needed to save the world when ''just'' handed brief explanations?]]



* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' since Bob starts out as officially the world's most average man, he's not really ''dumb,'' but since the rest of main cast (Jean's a scientist, Molly's a prodigy, and Voluptua's a 300-year old alien) are much brighter and more well-educated than average, he tends to come off looking Book Dumb by comparison.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' since Bob starts out as officially the world's most average man, he's not really ''dumb,'' but since the rest of main cast (Jean's a scientist, Molly's a prodigy, and Voluptua's a 300-year old 300-year-old alien) are much brighter and more well-educated than average, he tends to come off looking Book Dumb by comparison.



* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler is an example. He was a notoriously bad student and dropped out of school when only 16-years-old. Yet rose to seize control of a country and made some considerable headway towards conquering the entire world. As time went on, however, poor decisions and generally degrading sanity caught up with him.

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* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler is an example. He was a notoriously bad student and dropped out of school when only 16-years-old.16 years old. Yet rose to seize control of a country and made some considerable headway towards conquering the entire world. As time went on, however, poor decisions and generally degrading sanity caught up with him.
4th Mar '18 8:34:32 PM nombretomado
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* ''Manga/BlueExorcist'': [[IdiotHero Rin]] [[AntiAntiChrist Okumura]], like most Shounen Protagonists, is this trope. Especially compared to his ''younger'' twin brother [[TeenGenius Yukio]]. However, like most book dumb characters he's shown quite a bit of StreetSmarts; on the field he's pretty quick on the uptake, he's very good at connecting to and inspiring others, and has shown some pretty interesting flashes of natural abilities, such as one instance of StealthHiBye in a room full of ''experienced exorcists''. He just can't seem to connect to academics like his brother, though he did get a Junior High Diploma and manage to become an Exwire. The fact he, according to WordOfGod, sleeps '''eleven hours''' per day (possibly half because he's half-demon)probably doesn't help, and neither does his LockedOutOfTheLoop status before he entered cram school (which justifies his ridiculously low scores at the start). His StepfordSmiler status throws some doubt into just how "dumb" he is as well.

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* ''Manga/BlueExorcist'': [[IdiotHero Rin]] [[AntiAntiChrist Okumura]], like most Shounen Protagonists, is this trope. Especially compared to his ''younger'' twin brother [[TeenGenius Yukio]]. However, like most book dumb characters he's shown quite a bit of StreetSmarts; to be StreetSmart; on the field he's pretty quick on the uptake, he's very good at connecting to and inspiring others, and has shown some pretty interesting flashes of natural abilities, such as one instance of StealthHiBye in a room full of ''experienced exorcists''. He just can't seem to connect to academics like his brother, though he did get a Junior High Diploma and manage to become an Exwire. The fact he, according to WordOfGod, sleeps '''eleven hours''' per day (possibly half because he's half-demon)probably doesn't help, and neither does his LockedOutOfTheLoop status before he entered cram school (which justifies his ridiculously low scores at the start). His StepfordSmiler status throws some doubt into just how "dumb" he is as well.
8th Feb '18 7:09:33 AM MsCC93
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* Music/SouljaBoy has a song called "Report Card," which focuses on him rapping about asking his teacher to change his grades on his report card from straight Fs to straight Ds.
3rd Feb '18 2:55:59 AM Divra
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* Music/FrankZappa hated mainstream education and was a self-taught performer and composer. He even took his children out of school at age 15 and refused to pay for their college. Mind you, he has been diagnosed as having an IQ of 172, so he's not short on the intellectual side.

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* Music/FrankZappa hated mainstream education and was a self-taught performer and composer. He even took his children out of school at age 15 and refused to pay for their college. Mind you, he has been diagnosed as having an IQ of 172, so he's not short on Zappa was never anti-education, being a fiercely intelligent and near-obsessive autodidact, but his general disdain for everything to do with TheMan left him with no respect whatsoever for the intellectual side."formal" side of formal education.
29th Jan '18 12:29:35 AM Zazie122
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* ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke'' has Kagami, who is good at basketball, eating and not much else. He argues that, having spent his childhood in America, he can't understand enough Japanese to do well on his tests. Which would be plausible, except that he ''also'' does terribly (as in, scores only a few marks) in '''English'''. His excuse for this is that it's not actually English you use on a day to day basis. Aomine, being [[NotSoDifferent very similar]] to Kagami, is shown to be this as well (like Kagami, he's also only really good at basketball). Kise's grades are said to also be pretty bad, albeit slightly better than Kagami's and Aomine's. As for the rest of the Generation of Miracles, Kuroko's are extremely average, Midorima's somewhat intelligent, Murasakibara's aren't really talked about, and Akashi is a TeenGenius (though it's implied he's worked very hard with his studies.)
* ''Manga/TheRoyalTutor'' has an extreme example in Leonhard, who has always struggled with academics. Because of this, he's [[BreakTheCutie been hit by previous tutors]] and has developed a fear of studying and refuses to have anything to do with it. This has lead to him ''not knowing what one plus one is'' (much to the the amusement of his brothers, especially Licht). It's shown that he's very athletic and is good at sword fighting and horse riding -- more than anything else, it seems like it's the fear of being beaten that's hindering his studying than actually being dumb, although he ''is'' [[TheDitz ditzy]] in general.
** Eventually, Heine manages to convince Leonhard that he'll actually help him study and not hurt him, and Leonhard learns basic mathematics by being taught to visualise his favourite cake (for example, you have one slice. If you put another slice on your plate, how many do you have? Two slices). In a later chapter of the manga, Leonhard runs into one of his former tutors and [[HeroicBSOD becomes convinced]] that Heine will punish him for not getting every answer correct, even though he's [[LampshadeHanging fully aware]] that Heine's never done that before. [[spoiler:Heine figures out what Leonhard's worries are and reminds Leonhard that he'd never physically hurt Leonhard or any of the others. Leonhard manages to (mostly?) get over his HeroicBSOD.]]
28th Jan '18 8:43:31 AM Divra
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* ''Literature/DonCamillo'': Peppone dropped out of school in third grade and is only literate in the most technical sense. It doesn't stop him from eloquently arguing politics, turning his blacksmith's shop into a successful auto repair business, serving as his home village's mayor for over twenty years or out-scheming his arch-enemy, the village priest, with surprising regularity.
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