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13th May '16 11:01:53 PM DaScarecrow
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* [[VideoGame/HalfLife Gordon Freeman]] as depicted in ''Machinima/FreemansMind'' is a narcissistic, [[TheFool bumbling]], [[BrilliantButLazy lazy]], [[CloudCuckoolander and overall bizarre]] human being who, among other things, built pillow forts out of plaster when he was a kid, got mad at zombies for not answering his questions, thought his mailman was spying on him, and stayed up for three days straight when he thought his house was being invaded by frog people. Some of his interactions with the scientists also show him to pretty inept and overall [[{{Jerkass}} dickish]] socially, and he's implied to go on drinking binges regularly as well as [[TheStoner get high on whatever's available.]] However, his inner monologues show that, despite all of this, [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass he's quite competent in combat]], is [[BunnyEarsLawyer actually very knowledgeable about theoretical physics]], speaks at least five languages (Haitian Creole, Spanish, German, Hindi and English), and has proven consistently more competent both physically and mentally than anyone else in Black Mesa.

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* [[VideoGame/HalfLife Gordon Freeman]] as depicted in ''Machinima/FreemansMind'' is a narcissistic, [[TheFool bumbling]], [[BrilliantButLazy lazy]], [[CloudCuckoolander and overall bizarre]] human being who, among other things, built pillow forts out of plaster when he was a kid, got mad at zombies for not answering his questions, thought his mailman was spying on him, and stayed up for three days straight when he thought his house was being invaded by frog people. Some of his interactions with the scientists also show him to pretty inept and overall [[{{Jerkass}} dickish]] socially, and he's implied to go on drinking binges regularly as well as [[TheStoner get high on whatever's available.]] However, his inner monologues show that, despite all of this, [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass he's quite competent in combat]], is [[BunnyEarsLawyer actually very knowledgeable about theoretical physics]], speaks at least five languages (Haitian Creole, Spanish, German, Hindi and English), and has proven consistently more competent both physically and mentally than anyone else in Black Mesa.Mesa (though Gordon at one point notes that his competence isn't so much him being smarter than everyone else but the rest being so stupid it veers into TooDumbToLive).
12th May '16 2:19:26 PM Wyldchyld
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Orihime is a straight-A student and third best in a 300-pupil year group. She also has black-belt karate skills (downgraded to yellow belt in the anime) and is one of the two most gifted members of the Handicraft Club. Despite her genuine intelligence, she's also a CloudCuckooLander with a very active imagination, resulting in her having sometimes bizarre reactions to mundane events.
25th Apr '16 9:13:27 PM BlackSunNocturne
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* This Trope pretty much defines Tinker Gnomes, an offshoot of gnomes who appeared in the ''TabletopGame/{{Dragonlance}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'' settings. They're curious creatures who love to build, study, and improve mechanical devices, but ar often careless and foolhardy, and often go ''way'' overboard, creating weird and nutty inventions (or blowing themselves up). Justified, of course, because they are a divinely created species cursed with ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder, which outright compels them to go about creating devices in the most ridiculously complicated and unlikely manners possible, to the point they are the number one cause of FantasyGunControl in-setting. (Game-wise, Tinker Gnome PCs start with a +2 bonus to Intelligence Scores but a +2 penalty to Wisdom, making them smart, but lacking common sense.)

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* This Trope pretty much defines Tinker Gnomes, an offshoot of gnomes who appeared in the ''TabletopGame/{{Dragonlance}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'' settings. They're curious creatures who love to build, study, and improve mechanical devices, but ar often careless and foolhardy, and often go ''way'' overboard, creating weird and nutty inventions (or blowing themselves up). Justified, of course, because they are a divinely created species cursed with ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder, which outright compels them to go about creating devices in the most ridiculously complicated and unlikely manners possible, to the point they are the number one cause of FantasyGunControl in-setting. (Game-wise, Tinker Gnome PCs start with a +2 bonus to Intelligence Scores but a +2 -2 penalty to Wisdom, making them smart, but lacking common sense.)
25th Apr '16 8:34:57 AM Veanne
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* The ''FanFic/DoctorWhoovesTheSeries'' Doctor makes a show of being this, which is part ObfuscatingStupidity, part genuine unfamiliarity with the world he's found himself in, and part simply [[CloudCuckooLander him]].
27th Mar '16 2:32:17 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* This Trope pretty much defines Tinker Gnomes, an offshoot of gnomes who appeared in the ''TabletopGame/{{Dragonlance}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'' settings. They're curious creatures who love to build, study, and improve mechanical devices, but ar often careless and foolhardy, and often go ''way'' overboard, creating weird and nutty inventions (or blowing themselves up). Justified, of course, because they are a divinely created species cursed with ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder, which outright compels them to go about creating devices in the most ridiculously complicated and unlikely manners possible, to the point they are the number one cause of FantasyGunControl in-setting. (Game-wise, Tinker Gnome PCs start with a +2 bonus to Intelligence Scores but a +2 penalty to Wisdom, making them smart, but lacking common sense.)
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24th Mar '16 3:56:33 AM AnneOfCleves
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** Ravenclaw House seems to favor these. The description on {{Pottermore}} states that one of its lesser-known values is eccentricity, and has graduated quite a few Ditzy Geniuses over the years.

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** Ravenclaw House seems to favor these. The description on {{Pottermore}} ''Pottermore'' states that one of its lesser-known values is eccentricity, and has graduated quite a few Ditzy Geniuses over the years.
24th Mar '16 3:56:00 AM AnneOfCleves
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** Also nominated: Bellatrix [=Lestrange=]. Or possibly Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter.

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** Also nominated: Bellatrix [=Lestrange=]. Or possibly Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter.Ravenclaw House seems to favor these. The description on {{Pottermore}} states that one of its lesser-known values is eccentricity, and has graduated quite a few Ditzy Geniuses over the years.
20th Mar '16 6:54:37 AM Dragon101
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* ComicBook/LoisLane: A woman whose [[IntrepidReporter journalistic brilliance]] is matched only by her total inability to recognize sneaking into the villain's lair alone and unarmed just ''might'' be dangerous. And her [[ClarkKenting inability to recognize her boyfriend's face]].

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* ComicBook/LoisLane: A woman whose [[IntrepidReporter journalistic brilliance]] is matched only by her total inability to recognize sneaking into the villain's lair alone and unarmed just ''might'' be dangerous. And her [[ClarkKenting inability to recognize her boyfriend's face]]. A RunningGag in both comics and other media is that she is also terrible at spelling, despite, again, ''her job being journalist.]]
14th Mar '16 6:24:40 PM eroock
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Contrasting with the GeniusDitz, who, while usually foolish, has one area in which they are absolutely ''brilliant'', we have the '''Ditzy Genius''' who, while very intelligent and talented in several or many areas, has absolutely nothing in the way of common sense, logic, wit or tact.

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Contrasting with the GeniusDitz, who, while usually foolish, has one area in which they are absolutely ''brilliant'', we have the '''Ditzy Genius''' Ditzy Genius who, while very intelligent and talented in several or many areas, has absolutely nothing in the way of common sense, logic, wit or tact.
1st Mar '16 12:00:14 PM intastiel
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Celia. She's come up with plans to unite the Azure City resistance, saved Haley from murderous rogues twice using only words and quick thinking, and even managed to win a complicated legal process while still a student [[spoiler:well, it was rigged anyway, but none of the lawyers knew that and the opposition was nervous about her skill]], but [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0529.html demonstrates]] that she lacks some ''very'' basic knowledge about humans here. (It's a good thing [[spoiler:she didn't try anything exotic with Roy on their date]]...) Of course, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0579.html Haley lampshades this.]]

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Celia. She's come up with plans to unite ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Celia unites
the Azure City resistance, saved saves Haley from murderous rogues twice using only words and quick thinking, and even managed to win wins a complicated legal process [[spoiler:albeit rigged]] court case while still a student [[spoiler:well, it was rigged anyway, but none of the lawyers knew that and the opposition was nervous about her skill]], law student, but [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0529.html demonstrates]] that she lacks some ''very'' basic knowledge about knowledge]] of how humans here. (It's a good thing [[spoiler:she didn't try anything exotic with Roy on their date]]...) Of course, work and [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0579.com/comics/oots0574.html Haley lampshades this.]]doesn't suspect]] that someone dragging a corpse through a WretchedHive might not have pure intentions.
** The elf priestess Veldrina is a personable, articulate, MagiBabble-spouting genius. She's also completely trusting of strangers, bewilderingly LiteralMinded, and so bereft of common sense as to [[AdmiringTheAbomination tickle a vampire's chin]].
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