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20th Aug '16 9:56:33 AM nombretomado
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* Caramon Majere, of the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' series, is perhaps best described as a lovable oaf: Friendly, outgoing, not exactly bright but everyone likes him. Raistlin Majere, on the other hand, is a DeadpanSnarker who spends more time with his spellbooks and his bitterness, recognized as a magical and intellectual genius who spends most of his time ordering Caramon around. And this is ''before'' Raistlin undergoes his StartOfDarkness!

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* Caramon Majere, of the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' series, is perhaps best described as a lovable oaf: Friendly, outgoing, not exactly bright but everyone likes him. Raistlin Majere, on the other hand, is a DeadpanSnarker who spends more time with his spellbooks and his bitterness, recognized as a magical and intellectual genius who spends most of his time ordering Caramon around. And this is ''before'' Raistlin undergoes his StartOfDarkness!
18th Aug '16 3:09:33 AM pinkdalek
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* In ''WesternAnimation/BoJackHorseman'', highly intelligent characters like [=BoJack=], Carolyn, and Diane tend to be a lot less happy than dumber characters like Todd and Mr Peanutbutter. In the first episode, [=BoJack=] even says of Mr Peanutbutter, "he's so stupid that he doesn't even realise how miserable he should be. I envy that." Made somewhat more realistic when character development reveals that Todd isn't so much stupid as he is naive and clueless, and that Mr Peanutbutter has a cynical side combined with a [[FurryReminder cultural]] dislike of expressing negative feelings. And [=BoJack=]'s intelligence doesn't actually translate into acting ability or common sense - it just makes him able to see exactly what is happening as he repeatedly ruins his own life.
14th Aug '16 10:55:30 AM nombretomado
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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Ted seems to be at his most annoying when he's displaying conspicuous intellect. He even acknowledged this himself in one episode, recognizing that he was being a "douchebag" when reciting (from memory) Dante's DivineComedy in the original Italian, a legitimately impressive achievement.

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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Ted seems to be at his most annoying when he's displaying conspicuous intellect. He even acknowledged this himself in one episode, recognizing that he was being a "douchebag" when reciting (from memory) Dante's DivineComedy ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' in the original Italian, a legitimately impressive achievement.
1st Aug '16 12:11:07 AM WillBGood
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* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': Both Ed and Eddy despise and make fun of Edd's High IQ/Intellect in almost all of the early episodes, for two reasons:
** 1. Seems to have problems in regards to thinking ahead.
** 2. It also can be said, Edd seems to be fairly arrogant, sometimes.

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* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': Both Ed and Eddy despise and make fun of Edd's High IQ/Intellect in almost all of the early episodes, for two reasons:
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reasons: 1. Seems Ed seems to have problems in regards to thinking ahead.
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ahead; 2. It also can be said, Edd seems to be fairly arrogant, has his arrogant moments sometimes.
31st Jul '16 11:59:13 PM WillBGood
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* Brandon in ''Literature/TheLeonardRegime. Despite being dumb, he still fights for liberty. Also, he is never the aggressor in his arguments with Nick.

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* Brandon in ''Literature/TheLeonardRegime.''Literature/TheLeonardRegime''. Despite being dumb, he still fights for liberty. Also, he is never the aggressor in his arguments with Nick.
26th Jul '16 3:08:46 PM Az_Tech341
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* Pretty much the philosophy of the [[ChummyCommies Free Drones]] faction in ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''. The society is built by a socialist proletariat with a distrust for the educated upper echelons who once oppressed them. They are phenomenally industrious and can pump out infrastructure and units like no tomorrow, but tend to be very backwards technologically - partly out of a distrust of fancy intellectuals ([[KlingonScientistsGetNoRespect who are pretty much expected to pull their weight in practical labour just like everyone else)]], and partly out of desire to not "waste" funds on "blue sky" research when it can go to helping the common man instead. However their end-goal of [[NoPoverty eliminating poverty]] and creating a fair and free society for all makes them far more sympathetic than a lot of the other factions.

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* Pretty much the philosophy of the [[ChummyCommies Free Drones]] faction in ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''. The society is built by a socialist proletariat with a distrust for the educated upper echelons who once oppressed them. They are phenomenally industrious and can pump out infrastructure and units like no tomorrow, but tend to be very backwards technologically - partly out of a distrust of fancy intellectuals ([[KlingonScientistsGetNoRespect who are pretty much expected to pull their weight in practical labour just like everyone else)]], and partly out of desire to not to "waste" funds on "blue sky" research when it can go to helping the common man instead. However their end-goal of [[NoPoverty eliminating poverty]] and creating a fair and free society for all makes them far more sympathetic than a lot of the other factions.
26th Jul '16 4:54:23 AM thatmadork
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* Pretty much the philosophy of the [[ChummyCommies Free Drones]] faction in ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''. The society is built by a socialist proletariat with a distrust for the educated upper echelons who once oppressed them. They are phenomenally industrious and can pump out infrastructure and units like no tomorrow, but tend to be very backwards technologically - partly out of a distrust of fancy intellectuals ([[KlingonScientistsGetNoRespect who are pretty much expected to pull their weight in practical labour just like everyone else)]], and partly out of desire to not "waste" funds on "blue sky" research when it can go to helping the common man instead. However their end-goal of [[NoPoverty eliminating poverty]] and creating a fair and free society for all makes them far more sympathetic than a lot of the other factions.
21st Jul '16 3:13:41 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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*** Vimes is often regarded by others as not very bright, but he makes up for it through a combination of obstinacy and being DangerouslyGenreSavvy.

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*** Vimes is often regarded by others as not very bright, but he makes up for it through a combination of obstinacy and being DangerouslyGenreSavvy.obstinacy.



* Technically, Daryl Dixon from ''Series/TheWalkingDead''. Daryl's a redneck who never had a job, a life of his own, or even a high school education. However, he would become a GenreSavvy badass OneManArmy in the zombie apocalypse who'd heroically help other survivors out of the goodness of his heart and protect his TrueCompanions with his life. Despite his lack of social skills and higher education, he is one of the most hardcore heroes on the show and [[TheHero Rick's]] entrusted [[TheLancer second-in-command]].

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* Technically, Daryl Dixon from ''Series/TheWalkingDead''. Daryl's a redneck who never had a job, a life of his own, or even a high school education. However, he would become a GenreSavvy badass OneManArmy in the zombie apocalypse who'd heroically help other survivors out of the goodness of his heart and protect his TrueCompanions with his life. Despite his lack of social skills and higher education, he is one of the most hardcore heroes on the show and [[TheHero Rick's]] entrusted [[TheLancer second-in-command]].



* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': Zig-zagged. Due to being an AudienceSurrogate, Commander Shepard technically falls under this due to having very little knowledge of the massively known universe. Although s/he is moreso GenreBlind in the beginning of the game rather than dumb, but the council and other NPCs in the game [[UnderestimatingBadassery classify Shepard as being dumb anyway.]] Justified, as Shepard was simply a random soldier serving under a highly intelligent captain before being promoted to a [[SpacePolice Spectre]] without much warning. Fortunately, the commander proves to be a very fast learner after asking many questions about others and wisely takes in different aliens to help him/her despite his superiors calling him/her foolish for even trusting these DangerouslyGenreSavvy allies. It eventually [[CharacterDevelopment all pays off for Shepard in the end.]]

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': Zig-zagged. Due to being an AudienceSurrogate, Commander Shepard technically falls under this due to having very little knowledge of the massively known universe. Although s/he is moreso GenreBlind in the beginning of the game rather than dumb, but the council and other NPCs in the game [[UnderestimatingBadassery classify Shepard as being dumb anyway.]] Justified, as Shepard was simply a random soldier serving under a highly intelligent captain before being promoted to a [[SpacePolice Spectre]] without much warning. Fortunately, the commander proves to be a very fast learner after asking many questions about others and wisely takes in different aliens to help him/her despite his superiors calling him/her foolish for even trusting these DangerouslyGenreSavvy allies. It eventually [[CharacterDevelopment all pays off for Shepard in the end.]]
20th Jul '16 9:41:10 AM Grimhowl
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*** Ogryns embody another common Imperial view of this trope: "Blessed is the mind too small for doubt."
10th Jul '16 8:57:15 PM Winner1
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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': Due to being an AudienceSurrogate, Commander Shepard technically falls under this due to having very little knowledge of the massive universe. Justified, as Shepard was simply a random soldier serving under a highly intelligent captain before being promoted to a [[SpacePolice Spectre]] without much warning. Fortunately, the commander proves to be a very fast learner after asking many questions about others and wisely takes in different aliens to help him/her despite his superiors calling him/her foolish for even trusting these GenreSavvy allies. It eventually [[CharacterDevelopment all pays off for Shepard in the end.]]

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': Zig-zagged. Due to being an AudienceSurrogate, Commander Shepard technically falls under this due to having very little knowledge of the massive massively known universe. Although s/he is moreso GenreBlind in the beginning of the game rather than dumb, but the council and other NPCs in the game [[UnderestimatingBadassery classify Shepard as being dumb anyway.]] Justified, as Shepard was simply a random soldier serving under a highly intelligent captain before being promoted to a [[SpacePolice Spectre]] without much warning. Fortunately, the commander proves to be a very fast learner after asking many questions about others and wisely takes in different aliens to help him/her despite his superiors calling him/her foolish for even trusting these GenreSavvy DangerouslyGenreSavvy allies. It eventually [[CharacterDevelopment all pays off for Shepard in the end.]]]]
** Played straight with the Krogan warriors [[BadassGrandpa Wrex]] and [[TheBigGuy Grunt]]. The two of them don't understand technology and how basic procedures in other cultures are down, but if you're on their good side they prove to be the most badass fighters the galaxy has ever seen. [[spoiler: If Wrex is still alive by the end of ''3'', this could arguably be applied to the Krogan species as whole when they accept him as their leader.]]
** Played with in [[AxCrazy Jack's]] case. She never had a normal life, resulting in her never gaining a basic education, social skills, or a care for following society's rules in general. However, after her HeelFaceTurn she becomes a noble hero who [[MamaBear violently thrashes any villains who attempt to harm her students.]] Hilariously, she still has trouble with handling her paperwork.


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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Zig-zagged with [[TheBigGirl Amethyst]]. While she's not exactly the most intelligent member of the Gems, she is one of the toughest fighters on the team and much like her cohorts is always there to save the day.
* Gumball, Darwin, and sometimes their Dad in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball''. While all the male Waterson's of the family are stupid to a painful degree, they're all usually the well-intentioned heroes of the series who try to do what's right and bring justice to their neighborhood... [[AntiHero most of the time.]]
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