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20th Apr '18 6:40:35 AM Caswin
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* The novelization of ''Film/IronMan'' reveals a moderate case where the local boss of the Ten Rings, who ''is'' nonetheless portrayed as polished and educated, actually manages to intimidate Tony Stark by appearing to understand everything in his workshop... until he turns over the Jericho blueprints that he'd already been holding the right way up, and Tony realizes it's an act.
10th Feb '18 8:39:08 AM HeyFella
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** Brian becomes this in the [[UnCancelled post-cancellation episodes]], but in a far more [[InsufferableGenius insufferable way]]. While he's certainly very intelligent for a domesticated dog -- seeing as how he can talk, walk on two legs, get a job and drive a car -- and he's definitely got way more common sense than some of the human characters on the show (especially Peter), he's really not that intelligent by human standards. For example: he uses words he doesn't know, often claims to read things like classic literature (but is almost never shown reading any kind of books), and is just a general, all-around hypocrite. One specific example comes from a time travel episode, where Brian pretends he already knows what Stewie is talking about by pretending to finish Stewie's sentence. Stewie, who isn't fooled for an instant, tells him not to do that.

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** Brian becomes this in the [[UnCancelled post-cancellation episodes]], but in a far more [[InsufferableGenius [[KnowNothingKnowItAll insufferable way]]. While he's certainly very intelligent for a domesticated dog -- seeing as how he can talk, walk on two legs, get a job and drive a car -- and he's definitely got way more common sense than some of the human characters on the show (especially Peter), he's really not that intelligent by human standards. For example: he uses words he doesn't know, often claims to read things like classic literature (but is almost never shown reading any kind of books), and is just a general, all-around hypocrite. One specific example comes from a time travel episode, where Brian pretends he already knows what Stewie is talking about by pretending to finish Stewie's sentence. Stewie, who isn't fooled for an instant, tells him not to do that.
31st Jan '18 4:25:22 PM StFan
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* In ''[[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]]'', the in-universe author and narrator, Loose Change seems to be a shining example of this. It doesn't help that the fic is supposed to be her academic essay that's she's submitting to her University, and any hopes of her maintaining academic professionalism and integrity are gone by Chapter 2. She still maintains that she's "smarter than the rest of those traditionalist historians", despite clear evidence that she's not.

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* In ''[[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]]'', ''Fanfic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed'', the in-universe author and narrator, Loose Change Change, seems to be a shining example of this. It doesn't help that the fic is supposed to be her academic essay that's that she's submitting to her University, and any hopes of her maintaining academic professionalism and integrity are gone by Chapter 2. She still maintains that she's "smarter than the rest of those traditionalist historians", despite clear evidence that she's not.



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* Played straight for most of the remake of ''Film/ThePinkPanther2006''... mostly. As an example, after hearing a murder victim's last words were "Oh, it's you!", Clouseau orders all people in the city with the name "Yu" to be detained for interrogation. Naturally, he's saddled up with a Chinese woman rattling off in Chinese. After the interrogation, his partner asks if he can even understand Chinese. Clouseau acts all offended and replies something along the lines of "Do you think I would do all this if I didn't understand Chinese?" [[spoiler:Seeing as he's been FeigningIntelligence for most of the movie, his partner (and the audience) look unconvinced...until a flashback at the end of the movie reveals that not only did Clouseau actually understand what the woman was saying, she had also given them a vital clue.]]
** Clouseau doesn't pretend to be intelligent, he actually believes he's this massively skilled badass, though granted, when his beliefs betray him [[IMeantToDoThat he will try to play it off as on purpose.]]
** In the [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther original film series]], Creator/PeterSellers [[WordOfGod often commented]] that he played Clouseau as an extremely arrogant man who was nevertheless ''just'' clever enough to realize what a complete imbecile he really was.

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* Played straight for most of the remake of ''Film/ThePinkPanther2006''... mostly. As an example, after hearing a murder victim's last words were "Oh, it's you!", Clouseau orders all people in the city with the name "Yu" to be detained for interrogation. Naturally, he's saddled up with a Chinese woman rattling off in Chinese. After the interrogation, his partner asks if he can even understand Chinese. Clouseau acts all offended and replies something along the lines of "Do you think I would do all this if I didn't understand Chinese?" [[spoiler:Seeing as he's been FeigningIntelligence for most of the movie, his partner (and the audience) look unconvinced... until a flashback at the end of the movie reveals that not only did Clouseau actually understand what the woman was saying, she had also given them a vital clue.]]
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]] Clouseau doesn't pretend to be intelligent, he actually believes he's this massively skilled badass, though granted, when his beliefs betray him [[IMeantToDoThat he will try to play it off as on purpose.]]
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]] In the [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther original film series]], Creator/PeterSellers [[WordOfGod often commented]] that he played Clouseau as an extremely arrogant man who was nevertheless ''just'' clever enough to realize what a complete imbecile he really was.



-->'''Otto''': Don't call me stupid.\\
'''Wanda''': Oh, right! [[InsultToRocks To call you stupid would be an insult to stupid people!]] I've known sheep that could outwit you. I've worn dresses with higher IQ's. But you think you're an intellectual, don't you, ape?\\
'''Otto''': Apes don't read philosophy.\\
'''Wanda''': Yes they do, Otto. They just don't understand it. Now let me correct you on a couple of things, OK? Creator/{{Aristotle}} was not [[UsefulNotes/{{Belgium}} Belgian]]. The central message of UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}} is not "Every man for himself." And UsefulNotes/TheLondonUnderground is not a [[LaResistance political movement]]. Those are all [[CriticalResearchFailure mistakes]], [[KnowNothingKnowItAll Otto!]] I looked them up!"

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-->'''Otto''': -->'''Otto:''' Don't call me stupid.\\
'''Wanda''': '''Wanda:''' Oh, right! [[InsultToRocks To call you stupid would be an insult to stupid people!]] I've known sheep that could outwit you. I've worn dresses with higher IQ's. But you think you're an intellectual, don't you, ape?\\
'''Otto''': '''Otto:''' Apes don't read philosophy.\\
'''Wanda''': '''Wanda:''' Yes they do, Otto. They just don't understand it. Now let me correct you on a couple of things, OK? Creator/{{Aristotle}} was not [[UsefulNotes/{{Belgium}} Belgian]]. The central message of UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}} is not "Every man for himself." And UsefulNotes/TheLondonUnderground is not a [[LaResistance political movement]]. Those are all [[CriticalResearchFailure mistakes]], [[KnowNothingKnowItAll Otto!]] I looked them up!"up!



-->'''Grady''': You mean they're acting so smart because they're so stupid?

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-->'''Grady''': -->'''Grady:''' You mean they're acting so smart because they're so stupid?



* Owl in ''Literature/WinnieThePooh''. When faced with a note that contains more than three words, none of which are his own name or "Thursday", he first tries to trick Rabbit into reading it for him, and then considers pushing Rabbit out of his tree rather than admit he's having problems.

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* Owl in ''Literature/WinnieThePooh''. When ''Literature/WinnieThePooh'':
** Owl; when
faced with a note that contains more than three words, none of which are his own name or "Thursday", he first tries to trick Rabbit into reading it for him, and then considers pushing Rabbit out of his tree rather than admit he's having problems.



* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Effie Trinket is probably dumber than a jar of mayonnaise, but she certainly doesn't see it that way.
-->"Everyone has their reservations, naturally. You being from the coal district. But I said, and this was very clever of me, I said, '[[CriticalResearchFailure Well, if you put enough pressure on coal it turns to pearls]]!'"
** Gets a {{callback}} in ''Catching Fire'' by an amused Peeta when he actually finds a pearl.
** At one point, Effie claims to be something of an expert in architecture. Portia only acknowledges this because the silence was getting too long.

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* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Effie Trinket is probably dumber than a jar of mayonnaise, but she certainly doesn't see it that way.
-->"Everyone has their reservations, naturally. You being from the coal district. But I said, and this was very clever of me, I said, '[[CriticalResearchFailure Well, if you put enough pressure on coal it turns to pearls]]!'"
** Gets a {{callback}} in ''Catching Fire'' by an amused Peeta when he actually finds a pearl.
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way. At one point, Effie claims to be something of an expert in architecture. Portia only acknowledges this because the silence was getting too long.
-->'''Effie:''' Everyone has their reservations, naturally. You being from the coal district. But I said, and this was very clever of me, I said, "[[CriticalResearchFailure Well, if you put enough pressure on coal it turns to pearls]]!"
:: Gets a {{callback}} in ''Catching Fire'' by an amused Peeta when he actually finds a pearl.



* In a ''Series/{{Friends}}'' episode, Joey memorized details about all the artwork in a gallery, then messed it up as he got left and right confused.
** And in another episode whilst writing a letter to an adoption agency, he uses a thesaurus to increase his vocabulary. Hearts become "Aortic pumps" and so on.

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* In a ''Series/{{Friends}}'' episode, Joey memorized details about all the artwork in a gallery, then messed it up as he got left and right confused.
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confused. And in another episode episode, whilst writing a letter to an adoption agency, he uses a thesaurus to increase his vocabulary. Hearts become "Aortic pumps" and so on.



* "Aaaaaah, Bach!" In an early episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Radar pursues an intellectually-inclined nurse with a handful of bluffs provided to him by Hawkeye and Trapper.
** Incidentally, the book ''[[http://www.ovalbooks.com/bluff/Music.html The Bluffer's Guide to Music]]'' recommends that exact phrase.
* In ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', Sam the Eagle may constantly seek some culture in the show, but considering he thinks [[Music/LudwigVanBeethoven Beethoven]] was a playwright, it's obvious he doesn't know the first thing about culture.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', [[TheNthDoctor the Tenth Doctor stated to his younger incarnation]] that he wore his glasses not because he needed them, but because it made him look clever. Of course, the Doctor is very smart to begin with, [[Administrivia/ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability but still.]]
** It has also been theorized that the Tenth Doctor, who frequently claims himself to be clever, is double-FeigningIntelligence-ObfuscatingStupidity, or something. (See the Poirot example above.)
** The Doctor has been getting into trouble by pretending to be more knowledgeable than he actually is since ''The Aztecs'' in 1964.

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* "Aaaaaah, Bach!" In an early episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Radar pursues an intellectually-inclined nurse with a handful of bluffs provided to him by Hawkeye and Trapper.
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Trapper. Incidentally, the book ''[[http://www.ovalbooks.com/bluff/Music.html The Bluffer's Guide to Music]]'' recommends that exact phrase.
* In ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', Sam the Eagle may constantly seek some culture in the show, but considering he thinks [[Music/LudwigVanBeethoven Beethoven]] was a playwright, it's obvious he doesn't know the first thing about culture.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', [[TheNthDoctor the Tenth Doctor stated to his younger incarnation]] that he wore his glasses not because he needed them, but because it made him look clever. Of course, the Doctor is very smart to begin with, [[Administrivia/ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability but still.]]
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still. It has also been theorized that the Tenth Doctor, who frequently claims himself to be clever, is double-FeigningIntelligence-ObfuscatingStupidity, or something. (See the Poirot example above.)
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) The Doctor has been getting into trouble by pretending to be more knowledgeable than he actually is since ''The Aztecs'' "The Aztecs" in 1964.



* [[Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow Ted Baxter]] used to pull this one off with regularity - one instance in particular stands out.
--> '''Ted's son:''' Mother, I ''abhor'' you!
--> '''Ted:''' Now son, I'll have none of that language in this house!

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* [[Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'': Ted Baxter]] Baxter used to pull this one off with regularity - -- one instance in particular stands out.
--> '''Ted's -->'''Ted's son:''' Mother, I ''abhor'' you!
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you!\\
'''Ted:''' Now son, I'll have none of that language in this house!



* ''Series/{{Cory in the House}}'': Newt is forced to do this when he develops a crush on a new girl at school who is a childhood genius and starts to worry that she might not like him if he wasn't as smart as her.

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* ''Series/{{Cory in the House}}'': ''Series/CoryInTheHouse'': Newt is forced to do this when he develops a crush on a new girl at school who is a childhood genius and starts to worry that she might not like him if he wasn't as smart as her.



* In the ''Series/{{Shake It Up}}'' episode "Opposites Attracts It Up", [=CeCe=] starts dating a science nerd named James and forces Rocky to help her in {{Playing Cyrano}} to be more at his level.
** [=CeCe=] does this again in a later episode when she goes on a date with a blind guy who is also too smart for her and pretends to like whatever he likes.
* DoubleSubverted with [[spoiler: Eugene]] in ''Series/TheWalkingDead.'' While not [[spoiler: a CDC researcher who can cure the virus]] as he claims to be for most of his first arc, he has nonetheless proven himself to be a JackOfAllTrades, a master of XanatosSpeedChess, and very, very good at solving potentially deadly lateral thinking puzzles. It seems inceasingly clear that both before and after the ZombieApocalypse, the only thing keeping him from achieving true RenaissanceMan status has been a complete lack of unfeigned self-confidence. Well, that and some... [[LethalKlutz moderate coordination issues]].

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* In the ''Series/{{Shake It Up}}'' ''Series/ShakeItUp'' episode "Opposites Attracts It Up", [=CeCe=] starts dating a science nerd named James and forces Rocky to help her in {{Playing Cyrano}} to be more at his level.
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level. [=CeCe=] does this again in a later episode when she goes on a date with a blind guy who is also too smart for her and pretends to like whatever he likes.
* DoubleSubverted with [[spoiler: Eugene]] [[spoiler:Eugene]] in ''Series/TheWalkingDead.'' ''Series/TheWalkingDead''. While not [[spoiler: a CDC researcher who can cure the virus]] as he claims to be for most of his first arc, he has nonetheless proven himself to be a JackOfAllTrades, a master of XanatosSpeedChess, and very, very good at solving potentially deadly lateral thinking puzzles. It seems inceasingly increasingly clear that both before and after the ZombieApocalypse, the only thing keeping him from achieving true RenaissanceMan status has been a complete lack of unfeigned self-confidence. Well, that and some... [[LethalKlutz moderate coordination issues]].



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* In ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', Sam the Eagle may constantly seek to bring some culture in the show, but considering he thinks [[Music/LudwigVanBeethoven Beethoven]] was a playwright, it's obvious he doesn't know the first thing about culture.
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* The player can become this in the original ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' by taking the Smooth Talker perk. Each level of the perk increases their effective intelligence attribute for the purposes of dialogue choices only. So in other words, the player does not actually become smarter, they just ''sound'' smarter than they actually are when they talk.

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* The player can become this in the original ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}'' ''VideoGame/Fallout1'' and ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' ''VideoGame/Fallout2'' by taking the Smooth Talker perk. Each level of the perk increases their effective intelligence attribute for the purposes of dialogue choices only. So in other words, the player does not actually become smarter, they just ''sound'' smarter than they actually are when they talk.



* Wheatley from ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}''. Highlights include [[PercussiveMaintenance "using a manual override on this wall"]], playing classical music to convince [=GLaDOS=] of his intelligence, claiming to have read every book in existence and claiming the "ace of fours" is the best hand of cards, among several others.

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* Wheatley from ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}''.''VideoGame/Portal2''. Highlights include [[PercussiveMaintenance "using a manual override on this wall"]], playing classical music to convince [=GLaDOS=] of his intelligence, claiming to have read every book in existence and claiming the "ace of fours" is the best hand of cards, among several others.



* At one point in ''{{VideoGame/Anachronox}}'', the party has to board a ship to a planet of scientists, and the passengers all have to prove they are up on the latest scientific discoveries. This is a problem for the very BookDumb Sly, who can't even spell the name of the planet the game is named after. He ends up having to fake speaking a made-up language so that his RobotBuddy (who downloaded a database on cutting edge research) can "translate" the correct answers for him.

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* At one point in ''{{VideoGame/Anachronox}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Anachronox}}'', the party has to board a ship to a planet of scientists, and the passengers all have to prove they are up on the latest scientific discoveries. This is a problem for the very BookDumb Sly, who can't even spell the name of the planet the game is named after. He ends up having to fake speaking a made-up language so that his RobotBuddy (who downloaded a database on cutting edge research) can "translate" the correct answers for him.



* Simmons from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' is zigzagging with this trope. While he is the [[SmartGuy Unofficial Science Officer]] of the series and good with computers, he's also been stated to be less intelligent than he thinks he is and will abuse the fact that the people around him are either too lazy, stupid or insane to call him out on making stuff up.
-->'''Simmons:''' If you want me to multiply two big numbers in my head, that I can do.\\
'''Grif:''' What's thirty-two times fifty-six?[[note]]1792[[/note]]\\
'''Simmons:''' [[BlatantLies Thirty-one thousand, four-hundred fifty-two.]]\\
'''Sarge:''' ''[towards Simmons]'' Is that right?\\
'''Simmons:''' Yes.



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* [[http://www.xkcdb.com/?5414 This]] ''WebComic/{{xkcd}}'' quote demonstrating what a politician trying to get away with knowing little outside of rehearsed "hot topics" can run into.



* Simmons from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' is zigzagging with this trope. While he is the [[SmartGuy Unofficial Science Officer]] of the series and good with computers, he's also been stated to be less intelligent than he thinks he is and will abuse the fact that the people around him are either too lazy, stupid or insane to call him out on making stuff up.
-->'''Simmons:''' If you want me to multiply two big numbers in my head, that I can do.\\
'''Grif:''' What's thirty-two times fifty-six?[[note]]1792[[/note]]\\
'''Simmons:''' [[BlatantLies Thirty-one thousand, four-hundred fifty-two.]]\\
'''Sarge''': ''(towards Simmons)'' Is that right?\\
'''Simmons:''' Yes.
* [[http://www.xkcdb.com/?5414 This]] ''WebComic/{{xkcd}}'' quote demonstrating what a politician trying to get away with knowing little outside of rehearsed "hot topics" can run into.



* [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]] chooses to wear a pair of nerd glasses that were dropped in the toilet by Henry Kissinger. Unbeknownst to Homer, Mr. Burns then assumes he's an egghead and decides not to fire him during a round of job cuts.
* [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Peter Griffin]] becomes convinced he's a genius, but needless to say fails at acting the part. For example, he misapplies "shallow and pedantic," a phrase he heard two political pundits using, to criticize Lois's cooking.
** Brian becomes this in the [[UnCancelled post-cancellation episodes]], but in a far more [[InsufferableGenius insufferable way]]. While he's certainly very intelligent for a domesticated dog--seeing as how he can talk, walk on two legs, get a job and drive a car--and he's definitely got way more common sense than some of the human characters on the show (especially Peter), he's really not that intelligent by human standards. For example: he uses words he doesn't know, often claims to read things like classic literature (but is almost never shown reading any kind of books), and is just a general, all around hypocrite.
*** One specific example comes from a time travel episode, where Brian pretends he already knows what Stewie is talking about by pretending to finish Stewie's sentence. Stewie, who isn't fooled for an instant, tells him not to do that.

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* [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer Simpson]] Simpson chooses to wear a pair of nerd glasses that were dropped in the toilet by Henry Kissinger. Unbeknownst to Homer, Mr. Burns then assumes he's an egghead and decides not to fire him during a round of job cuts.
* [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
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Peter Griffin]] Griffin becomes convinced he's a genius, but needless to say fails at acting the part. For example, he misapplies "shallow and pedantic," a phrase he heard two political pundits using, to criticize Lois's cooking.
** Brian becomes this in the [[UnCancelled post-cancellation episodes]], but in a far more [[InsufferableGenius insufferable way]]. While he's certainly very intelligent for a domesticated dog--seeing dog -- seeing as how he can talk, walk on two legs, get a job and drive a car--and car -- and he's definitely got way more common sense than some of the human characters on the show (especially Peter), he's really not that intelligent by human standards. For example: he uses words he doesn't know, often claims to read things like classic literature (but is almost never shown reading any kind of books), and is just a general, all around hypocrite.
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all-around hypocrite. One specific example comes from a time travel episode, where Brian pretends he already knows what Stewie is talking about by pretending to finish Stewie's sentence. Stewie, who isn't fooled for an instant, tells him not to do that.



** Similar to the above, it's said that you can make yourself sound intelligent or of high authority by merely acting like you already are. Big words and a stern voice, respectively, help out with that.

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** * Similar to the above, it's said that you can make yourself sound intelligent or of high authority by merely acting like you already are. Big words and a stern voice, respectively, help out with that.
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27th Jan '18 6:03:21 AM Willbyr
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21st Jan '18 3:12:22 PM Andyroid
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* In one ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' cartoon, Strong Bad tries to get Homestar to say something intelligent, even dressing him up with a lab coat, glasses, and a test tube. ("Check it out, Strong Bad, I look a-smart!" "You sure do, stupid.") However, Homestar managed to turn it around on him and get Strong Bad to say something stupid.

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* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': In one ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' cartoon, the WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail "stupid stuff", Strong Bad tries to get win a bet with a viewer by getting Homestar to say something intelligent, even dressing him up with a lab coat, glasses, and a test tube. ("Check it out, Strong Bad, I look a-smart!" "You sure do, stupid.") However, Homestar managed to turn it around on him and get Strong Bad to say something stupid.
6th Jan '18 10:01:26 AM Willbyr
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2nd Jan '18 5:47:50 PM nombretomado
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* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by HerculePoirot as his standard method of ObfuscatingStupidity - he is boastful in order to make his opponents think he is feigning intelligence, when in fact he really ''is'' that smart.

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* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by HerculePoirot Literature/HerculePoirot as his standard method of ObfuscatingStupidity - he is boastful in order to make his opponents think he is feigning intelligence, when in fact he really ''is'' that smart.
7th Dec '17 5:31:40 PM nombretomado
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* The main character in ''TheDeathOfTheVazirMukhtar'' is [[MaliciousSlander sometimes accused]] of writing or at least editing the correspondence of General Ivan Paskevich, his in-law and sort-of superior in the Caucasus, so as to make him seem smarter. That is apparently untrue, although Paskevich might be considered a mild example of this trope nonetheless.

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* The main character in ''TheDeathOfTheVazirMukhtar'' ''Literature/TheDeathOfTheVazirMukhtar'' is [[MaliciousSlander sometimes accused]] of writing or at least editing the correspondence of General Ivan Paskevich, his in-law and sort-of superior in the Caucasus, so as to make him seem smarter. That is apparently untrue, although Paskevich might be considered a mild example of this trope nonetheless.
5th Dec '17 11:29:45 AM DrFraud
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Tends to show up in characters that are so dumb, they don't even realize that DumbIsGood. Frequently involves the use of NerdGlasses. As with ObfuscatingStupidity, HilarityEnsues frequently from a stupid confusion or DoubleEntendre conversation. This often results in DelusionsOfEloquence. See also KnowNothingKnowItAll.

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Tends to show up in characters that who are so dumb, they don't even realize that DumbIsGood. Frequently involves the use of NerdGlasses. As with ObfuscatingStupidity, HilarityEnsues frequently from a stupid confusion or DoubleEntendre conversation. This often results in DelusionsOfEloquence. See also KnowNothingKnowItAll.



* In ''[[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]]'', the in-universe author and narrator, Loose Change seems to be a shining of example of this. It doesn't help that the fic is supposed to be her academic essay that's she's submitting to her University, and any hopes of her maintaining academic professionalism and integrity are gone by Chapter 2. She still maintains that she's "smarter than the rest of those traditionalist historians", despite clear evidence that she's not.

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* In ''[[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]]'', the in-universe author and narrator, Loose Change seems to be a shining of example of this. It doesn't help that the fic is supposed to be her academic essay that's she's submitting to her University, and any hopes of her maintaining academic professionalism and integrity are gone by Chapter 2. She still maintains that she's "smarter than the rest of those traditionalist historians", despite clear evidence that she's not.



* An unintentional example in ''Film/Tremors2Aftershocks'', when the Graboids first mutate into Shriekers. For the first few scenes after they come into existence, they tear up several cars and the radio tower, convincing the protagonists that they had achieved human-level intelligence and had actually planned everything out to cut off their ability to travel and communicate with each other. Eventually, they find out that the Shriekers navigate by infrared, and were simply biting anything they came across that was hot, [[TooDumbToLive whether it was actually food or not.]]

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* An unintentional example in ''Film/Tremors2Aftershocks'', when the Graboids first mutate into Shriekers. For the first few scenes after they come into existence, they tear up several cars and the radio tower, convincing the protagonists that they had achieved human-level intelligence and had actually planned everything out to cut off their ability to travel and communicate with each other. Eventually, they find out that the Shriekers navigate by infrared, and were simply biting anything they came across that was hot, [[TooDumbToLive whether it was actually food or not.]]
11th Oct '17 1:46:43 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In "Magazine Articles", Miss Brooks enlists Walter Denton to masquerade as her nonexistent fourteen year old quiz kid son. Miss Brooks had written an fictional article for "True Family Romance" magazine about her quiz kid son, and needed to prove the story was true in order to collect her payment. HilarityEnsues, especially as Mr. Conklin gets involved . . . .

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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In "Magazine Articles", Miss Brooks enlists Walter Denton to masquerade as her nonexistent fourteen year old quiz kid son. Miss Brooks had written an fictional article for "True Family Romance" magazine about her quiz kid son, and needed to prove the story was true in order to collect her payment. HilarityEnsues, especially as Mr. Conklin gets involved . . . . involved...
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