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29th Jul '17 7:32:55 PM Odacon_Spy
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* The oldest Steven sibling in ''Series/EvenStevens'' is an airheaded DumbMuscle jock. In one episode he decides to act smarter to impress people, and watches a video to this end that recommends wearing glasses and using big words. Towards the end of the episode he meets a woman wearing glasses; they hit it off when they realize they both watched the video and are playing the same "pretending to be smart" game.

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* The oldest Donnie Steven sibling in ''Series/EvenStevens'' is normally an airheaded DumbMuscle jock. In jock, but in one episode he decides to act smarter to impress people, and watches a video to this end that recommends [[SmartPeopleWearGlasses wearing glasses nonprescription glasses]], shoehorning [[DelusionsOfEloquence stock "big words" that he doesn't understand]] into conversations and using big words. [[StrokeTheBeard stroking his chin a lot]] to make it look like he's thinking hard. Towards the end of the episode he meets a woman TV producer that Ren is trying very hard to impress and sees that she's wearing glasses; they hit it off when they realize they both watched the same glasses as him and using the same techniques mentioned in the video and (including using the same "big words" vocabulary list gratuitously). Donnie realizes that they are both playing the same "pretending to be smart" game.game and goes to warn Ren that the producer isn't as smart as she claims to be.
6th Jul '17 5:19:33 PM nombretomado
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* [[TheMaryTylerMooreShow Ted Baxter]] used to pull this one off with regularity - one instance in particular stands out.

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* [[TheMaryTylerMooreShow [[Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow Ted Baxter]] used to pull this one off with regularity - one instance in particular stands out.
1st Jul '17 1:07:59 AM erforce
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* ''Film/{{Dodgeball}}'' has Ben Stiller's character attempt to impress a woman... by pretending to read the dictionary.

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* ''Film/{{Dodgeball}}'' ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'' has Ben Stiller's character attempt to impress a woman... by pretending to read the dictionary.
11th Jun '17 11:57:47 AM nombretomado
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* In ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', Sam the Eagle may constantly seek some culture in the show, but considering he thinks [[LudwigVanBeethoven Beethoven]] was a playwright, it's obvious he doesn't know the first thing about culture.

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* In ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', Sam the Eagle may constantly seek some culture in the show, but considering he thinks [[LudwigVanBeethoven [[Music/LudwigVanBeethoven Beethoven]] was a playwright, it's obvious he doesn't know the first thing about culture.
8th Apr '17 1:16:50 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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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 [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality h]][[AuthorTract y]][[AuthorFilibuster p]][[JerkAss o]][[HollywoodAtheist c]][[KnowNothingKnowItAll r]][[CreatorsPet i]][[DesignatedHero t]][[UngratefulBastard e]].

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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 [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality h]][[AuthorTract y]][[AuthorFilibuster p]][[JerkAss o]][[HollywoodAtheist c]][[KnowNothingKnowItAll r]][[CreatorsPet i]][[DesignatedHero t]][[UngratefulBastard e]].hypocrite.
8th Apr '17 1:12:17 PM PutotyraNoZarus
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* Whisper from ''Anime/YokaiWatch'' is smart but acts like a know-it-all even when he isn't. He often uses a Yokai Wiki despite saying he knows everything about {{yokai}}.

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* Whisper from ''Anime/YokaiWatch'' is smart but acts like a know-it-all even when he isn't. He often uses a Yokai Wiki despite saying he knows everything about {{yokai}}. [[spoiler:It's later revealed that in the past, he was a Yo-kai whose inspiriting ability ''makes'' people feign intelligence. After leading UsefulNotes/IshidaMitsunari to his death by Inspiriting him, Whisper swore off from ever using his Inspiriting ability again.]]


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* Whisper from ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch'' [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness wasn't completely like this at the start]][[note]]He would sometimes makes bad calls, but not as egregious as the future would have him do[[/note]] in the first game, but would eventually fell in line with the anime's depiction of him with ''Yo-kai Watch 2''.
23rd Jan '17 6:36:33 AM Dahsupahbloopah
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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.
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.
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