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2nd Jan '17 2:22:02 PM nombretomado
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* 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}}''. Highlights include [[PercussiveMaintenance "using a manual override on this wall"]], playing classical music to convince GLaDOS [=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.
28th Nov '16 8:22:04 AM TMNTFanGirl
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** Brian is this as well, but in a far more [[InsufferableGenius insufferable way]]. While he's obviously 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 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 [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality h]][[AuthorTract y]][[AuthorFilibuster p]][[JerkAss o]][[HollywoodAtheist c]][[KnowNothingKnowItAll r]][[CreatorsPet i]][[DesignatedHero t]][[UngratefulBastard e]].

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** Brian is becomes this as well, in the [[UnCancelled post-cancellation episodes]], but in a far more [[InsufferableGenius insufferable way]]. While he's obviously 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 [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality h]][[AuthorTract y]][[AuthorFilibuster p]][[JerkAss o]][[HollywoodAtheist c]][[KnowNothingKnowItAll r]][[CreatorsPet i]][[DesignatedHero t]][[UngratefulBastard e]].
1st Oct '16 12:05:08 PM Monolaf317
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* In ''Anime/OsomatsuSan'', Choromatsu combines this with {{Hypocrite}} by trying to appear as the OnlySaneMan when in reality, he's like his other brothers.
5th Sep '16 7:06:49 AM erforce
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* Played straight for most of the 2006 remake of ''ThePinkPanther''...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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* Played straight for most of the 2006 remake of ''ThePinkPanther''...''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.]]



** In the 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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** In the [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther original film series, 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.
14th Aug '16 4:44:34 PM DrFraud
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Tend 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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Tend 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.
9th Aug '16 11:35:33 PM freefall4242
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* Wheatley in Fanfic/BlueSky, reprising his role of desperately attempting to seem intelligent without actually being so. His success rate is...debatable, but has at the very least not improved much from Portal2.
24th Jul '16 10:35:40 AM nombretomado
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* The Dunning-Kruger Effect is when "people reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices but their incompetence robs them of the metacognitive ability to realize it", or as Cracked.com phrases it: "a short cut in the brain that makes people suck at figuring out they suck." To test the Dunning-Kruger effect, two men named David Dunning and Justin Kruger ran a series of experiments and published the results in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in December 1999. What they found was that [[CharlesDarwin “ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.”]] Specifically they concluded: (1) Incompetent individuals tend to overestimate their own level of skill. (2) Incompetent individuals fail to recognize genuine skill in others. (3) Incompetent individuals fail to recognize the extremity of their inadequacy. (4) If they can be trained to substantially improve their own skill level, these individuals can recognize and acknowledge their own previous lack of skill.

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* The Dunning-Kruger Effect is when "people reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices but their incompetence robs them of the metacognitive ability to realize it", or as Cracked.com phrases it: "a short cut in the brain that makes people suck at figuring out they suck." To test the Dunning-Kruger effect, two men named David Dunning and Justin Kruger ran a series of experiments and published the results in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in December 1999. What they found was that [[CharlesDarwin [[UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin “ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.”]] Specifically they concluded: (1) Incompetent individuals tend to overestimate their own level of skill. (2) Incompetent individuals fail to recognize genuine skill in others. (3) Incompetent individuals fail to recognize the extremity of their inadequacy. (4) If they can be trained to substantially improve their own skill level, these individuals can recognize and acknowledge their own previous lack of skill.
16th Jul '16 9:17:24 AM TMNTFanGirl
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** Brian is this as well, but in a far more [[InsufferableGenius insufferable way]]. While he's obviously very intelligent for a domesticated dog--seeing as how he can talk, walk on two legs, get a job and drive a car--and definitely has a lot more common sense than some of the human characters on the show (especially Peter), by human standards, he's really not all that smart. 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 [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality h]][[AuthorTract y]][[AuthorFilibuster p]][[JerkAss o]][[HollywoodAtheist c]][[KnowNothingKnowItAll r]][[CreatorsPet i]][[DesignatedHero t]][[UngratefulBastard e]].

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** Brian is this as well, but in a far more [[InsufferableGenius insufferable way]]. While he's obviously 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 has a lot way more common sense than some of the human characters on the show (especially Peter), by human standards, he's really not all that smart.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 [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality h]][[AuthorTract y]][[AuthorFilibuster p]][[JerkAss o]][[HollywoodAtheist c]][[KnowNothingKnowItAll r]][[CreatorsPet i]][[DesignatedHero t]][[UngratefulBastard e]].
1st Jul '16 1:24:55 PM CheeseDogX
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** 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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** *** 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.
1st Jul '16 1:24:34 PM CheeseDogX
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** 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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