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17th Jun '16 3:25:47 AM Doug86
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* Beast of ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' is often seen going through these, though its a case of DependingOnTheWriter how deep [[SmallReferencePools the reference pool goes]]. Usually Creator/ChrisClaremont was good at showing him reading obscure, if appropriately deep, works.

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* Beast of ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' ''Comicbook/XMen'' is often seen going through these, though its a case of DependingOnTheWriter how deep [[SmallReferencePools the reference pool goes]]. Usually Creator/ChrisClaremont was good at showing him reading obscure, if appropriately deep, works.
14th Jun '16 11:13:32 AM StFan
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One common way to show that a character is exceptionally smart is to portray them reading classical literature or something heavily technical and science-y. Additionally, characters are always reading the heavy bound versions of the book so we can easily see ''what'', exactly, it is that they're reading- otherwise, why even bother putting the book there in the first place?

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One common way to show that a character is exceptionally smart is to portray them reading classical literature or something heavily technical and science-y. Additionally, characters are always reading the heavy bound versions of the book so we can easily see ''what'', exactly, it is that they're reading- reading -- otherwise, why even bother putting the book there in the first place?



A case of TruthInTelevision - some people do, in fact, read books like this for the sole purpose of [[InvokedTrope trying to appear]] intelligent.

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A case of TruthInTelevision - -- some people do, in fact, read books like this for the sole purpose of [[InvokedTrope trying to appear]] intelligent.






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* Evangeline from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' was once seen reading the illustrative ''A Day, a Dog'' by Gabrielle Vincent, whose existential complexity was used humorously because, even though she's ReallySevenHundredYearsOld, she appears 10.

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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
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Evangeline from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' was is once seen reading the illustrative ''A Day, a Dog'' by Gabrielle Vincent, whose existential complexity was used humorously because, even though she's ReallySevenHundredYearsOld, she appears 10.



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** Layla Miller from ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}'' who kept reading some book while sitting on the sidewalk. Strong Guy asks if she's reading the latest ''Literature/HarryPotter'' novel; she answers it's ''Literature/AtlasShrugged''. (Layla is about 10 years old).
* In an issue of ''Comicbook/{{Exiles}}'' when a library exploded the only two books visible happened to be ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' and the far more obscure ''Ubik''. The GeniusBonus is that ''Atlas Shrugged'' is about how things are truly objective and ''Literature/{{Ubik}}'' is a quintessential subjective world.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Bone}}'', Fone Bone is a great fan of ''Literature/MobyDick'' - the author's own favorite book. It's a running gag that every other character finds it extremely boring and dry.

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** Layla Miller from ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}'' ''ComicBook/XFactor'' who kept reading some book while sitting on the sidewalk. Strong Guy asks if she's reading the latest ''Literature/HarryPotter'' novel; she answers it's ''Literature/AtlasShrugged''. (Layla is about 10 years old).
* In an issue of ''Comicbook/{{Exiles}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Exiles}}'' when a library exploded the only two books visible happened to be ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' and the far more obscure ''Ubik''. The GeniusBonus is that ''Atlas Shrugged'' is about how things are truly objective and ''Literature/{{Ubik}}'' is a quintessential subjective world.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Bone}}'', Fone Bone is a great fan of ''Literature/MobyDick'' - -- the author's own favorite book. It's a running gag that every other character finds it extremely boring and dry.



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* In ''Film/{{Matilda}}'', the eponymous character was reading Creator/CharlesDickens in her first day of school (granted, she started a bit late, but still...). When she mentions this to her teacher, she's dumbstruck. Her dumb-as-bricks father tore up '' Literature/MobyDick''. She's five at the time. He thought it was some kind of dirty book.

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* ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit'' tended to use this not just to show how smart Gromit is, but also as a vehicle for [[{{Pun}} Incredibly Lame Puns]].
** For example, in ''WesternAnimation/ACloseShave'', when Gromit gets framed for sheep rustling and imprisoned, he's shown reading ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'' in his cell -- and the author's name is misspelled on the cover as "[[Creator/FyodorDostoevsky Fido Dogstoevsky]]".
** In ''WesternAnimation/TheWrongTrousers'', he's shown reading ''Literature/TheRepublic'' by "[[WesternAnimation/PlutoThePup Pluto]]" (as opposed to Creator/{{Plato}}).
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* In ''Film/{{Matilda}}'', the eponymous character was is reading Creator/CharlesDickens in her first day of school (granted, she started a bit late, but still...). When she mentions this to her teacher, she's dumbstruck. Her dumb-as-bricks father tore up '' Literature/MobyDick''.''Literature/MobyDick''. She's five at the time. He thought it was some kind of dirty book.



* Lorelei, villain Ross Webster's assistant and girlfriend in ''Film/SupermanIII'', appears to be a standard DumbBlonde. However, while alone she reads Immanuel Kant's ''Critique of Pure Reason'' and disputes one of its arguments, thus showing [[ObfuscatingStupidity her stupidity is a facade]] she puts on to manipulate others.
* The live action ''Film/DeathNote'' film has a scene with [[StrawNihilist Light]] reading ''Thus Spake Zarathustra''.

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* Lorelei, villain Ross Webster's assistant and girlfriend in ''Film/SupermanIII'', appears to be a standard DumbBlonde. However, while alone she reads Immanuel Kant's ''Critique of Pure Reason'' and disputes one of its arguments, thus showing [[ObfuscatingStupidity her stupidity is a facade]] façade]] she puts on to manipulate others.
* The live action live-action ''Film/DeathNote'' film has a scene with [[StrawNihilist Light]] reading ''Thus Spake Zarathustra''.



* The children's literature book ''Literature/{{Matilda}}'' has the titular character who has already made significant inroads into the Western Canon by the time she starts school. There is a list of all the books she had read at one point in the story. Most of them are fairly well known.

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* The children's literature book ''Literature/{{Matilda}}'' has the titular title character who has already made significant inroads into the Western Canon by the time she starts school. There is a list of all the books she had read at one point in the story. Most of them are fairly well known.



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* In one episode of ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', Tyr is reading Creator/FriedrichNietzsche's ''Beyond Good and Evil.'' Considering his people call themselves [[StrawNihilist Nietzscheans]], that's hardly surprising. In another episode Tyr keeps urging a [[NobleFugitive runaway prince]] to read the [[BigBookOfWar classics of strategy]] to understand how to be a proper schemer. At the end the prince is put on the throne, by a strategy arranged by ''Dylan''. Whereupon Dylan tells Tyr that he read those books too.
-->'''DYLAN:''' Didn't Nietzsche once say the secret of reaping the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously?
-->'''TYR:''' You read the right books.
-->'''DYLAN:''' I'm a man of many talents.

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* In one episode of ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', Tyr is reading Creator/FriedrichNietzsche's ''Beyond Good and Evil.'' Evil''. Considering his people call themselves [[StrawNihilist Nietzscheans]], that's hardly surprising. In another episode Tyr keeps urging a [[NobleFugitive runaway prince]] to read the [[BigBookOfWar classics of strategy]] to understand how to be a proper schemer. At the end the prince is put on the throne, by a strategy arranged by ''Dylan''. Whereupon Dylan tells Tyr that he read those books too.
-->'''DYLAN:''' -->'''Dylan:''' Didn't Nietzsche once say the secret of reaping the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously?
-->'''TYR:'''
dangerously?\\
'''Tyr:'''
You read the right books.
-->'''DYLAN:'''
books.\\
'''Dylan:'''
I'm a man of many talents.



-->'''Vicky:''' This book sucks!
-->'''Dave:''' You know what I do with books that suck? I wait for them to come out as [[TheFilmOfTheBook movies that suck.]]
-->'''Vicky:''' Unfortunately, I have to read this. It's for my stupid book club.
-->'''Dave:''' If it's stupid, why do you go?
-->'''Vicky:''' I like to tell people I'm in a book club.

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-->'''Vicky:''' This book sucks!
-->'''Dave:'''
sucks!\\
'''Dave:'''
You know what I do with books that suck? I wait for them to come out as [[TheFilmOfTheBook movies that suck.]]
-->'''Vicky:'''
]]\\
'''Vicky:'''
Unfortunately, I have to read this. It's for my stupid book club.
-->'''Dave:'''
club.\\
'''Dave:'''
If it's stupid, why do you go?
-->'''Vicky:'''
go?\\
'''Vicky:'''
I like to tell people I'm in a book club.



* Brick from ''Series/TheMiddle'' is often shown reading something incredibly advanced for his age. This leads to the hilarious "I googled ''Literature/MobyDick'' - the hard edition - and guess what I found?" line.

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* Brick from ''Series/TheMiddle'' is often shown reading something incredibly advanced for his age. This leads to the hilarious "I googled ''Literature/MobyDick'' - -- the hard edition - -- and guess what I found?" line.



-->'''SelfDemonstrating/{{GLaDOS}}:''' ''[Chell and [=GLaDOS=] exit the elevator to find a harpsichord piece by Bach playing on the speakers]'' Ohh... no, he's playing classical music. ''[they enter the testing room to hear the sound of pages being turned]''
-->'''Wheatley:''' Oh sorry sorry sorry; Hope that didn't disturb you too much there. It was the sound of books... pages being turned. So, that's just what I was doing, just reading, uh... books. So not a moron. [[FeigningIntelligence Anyway, just finished the last one, just now, the hardest one. Machiavelli. Do not know what all the fuss was about - understood it perfectly.]] Have you read that one?
-->'''[=GLaDOS=]:''' ''[disdainfully]'' Yes.
-->'''Wheatley:''' Yeah, decked it. Well, on with the test! Wished there was more books! But there's not.

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-->'''SelfDemonstrating/{{GLaDOS}}:''' ''[Chell and [=GLaDOS=] exit the elevator to find a harpsichord piece by Bach playing on the speakers]'' Ohh... no, he's playing classical music. ''[they enter the testing room to hear the sound of pages being turned]''
-->'''Wheatley:'''
turned]''\\
'''Wheatley:'''
Oh sorry sorry sorry; Hope that didn't disturb you too much there. It was the sound of books... pages being turned. So, that's just what I was doing, just reading, uh... books. So not a moron. [[FeigningIntelligence Anyway, just finished the last one, just now, the hardest one. Machiavelli. ]] Do not know what all the fuss was about - -- understood it perfectly.]] perfectly. Have you read that one?
-->'''[=GLaDOS=]:'''
one?\\
'''[=GLaDOS=]:'''
''[disdainfully]'' Yes.
-->'''Wheatley:'''
Yes.\\
'''Wheatley:'''
Yeah, decked it. Well, on with the test! Wished there was more books! But there's not.



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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''

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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':



-->'''Stewie:''' Oh, Machiavelli, you've taught me nothing I don't already know! Ah, Sun Tzu's ''The Art of War''!

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-->'''Stewie:''' --->'''Stewie:''' Oh, Machiavelli, you've taught me nothing I don't already know! Ah, Sun Tzu's ''The Art of War''!



-->'''Hyena:''' ''(While shooting paperclips at cockroaches)'' Why do you read that stuff?
-->'''Fox:''' Because Nietzsche's too butch, and Kafka reminds me of your little friends over there.
* ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit'' tended to use this not just to show how smart Gromit is, but also as a vehicle for [[{{Pun}} Incredibly Lame Puns]]. For example, in ''WesternAnimation/ACloseShave'', when Gromit gets framed for sheep rustling and imprisoned, he's shown reading ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'' in his cell--and the author's name is misspelled on the cover as "[[Creator/FyodorDostoevsky Fido Dogstoevsky]]," while in ''WesternAnimation/TheWrongTrousers'', he's shown reading ''Literature/TheRepublic'' by "[[PlutoThePup Pluto]]" (as opposed to Creator/{{Plato}}).

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-->'''Hyena:''' ''(While ''[while shooting paperclips at cockroaches)'' cockroaches]'' Why do you read that stuff?
-->'''Fox:'''
stuff?\\
'''Fox:'''
Because Nietzsche's too butch, and Kafka reminds me of your little friends over there.
* ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit'' tended to use this not just to show how smart Gromit is, but also as a vehicle for [[{{Pun}} Incredibly Lame Puns]]. For example, in ''WesternAnimation/ACloseShave'', when Gromit gets framed for sheep rustling and imprisoned, he's shown reading ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'' in his cell--and the author's name is misspelled on the cover as "[[Creator/FyodorDostoevsky Fido Dogstoevsky]]," while in ''WesternAnimation/TheWrongTrousers'', he's shown reading ''Literature/TheRepublic'' by "[[PlutoThePup Pluto]]" (as opposed to Creator/{{Plato}}).
there.



* WesternAnimation/TheMightyB's Bessie Higgenbottom brings a copy of ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' to field trips.
* Connie from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse.'' She's holding a copy of ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime'' in the opening and ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'' in "Bubble Buddies."

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* WesternAnimation/TheMightyB's ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB'''s Bessie Higgenbottom brings a copy of ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' to field trips.
* Connie from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse.'' She's holding a copy of ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime'' in the opening and ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'' in "Bubble Buddies."Buddies".
3rd Jun '16 3:28:28 PM DaibhidC
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* Subverted in ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby''. Gatsby has a stupendous library available to all of his guests, but Owl-Eyespoints out to Nick that none of the books' pages are cut - Gatsby has got all these books just for show.

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* Subverted in ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby''. Gatsby has a stupendous library available to all of his guests, but Owl-Eyespoints Owl-Eyes points out to Nick that none of the books' pages are cut - Gatsby has got all these books just for show. show.
* Literature/{{Discworld}} example: both Lord Vetinari in ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' and Mr Nutt in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'' are fond of quoting obscure Uberwaldian philosophers. Vetnari adds that Reacher Gilt, the villain of the book, "has studied his Bouffant, but, I fear, failed to understand him."
13th May '16 7:39:46 PM ThePocket
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* An AprilFoolsDay gag panel in ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'' has the entire cast acting out-of-character, including [[PopularIsDumb Felicia]] reading and commenting on a book by Proust.


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* ''WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh'' always opens with Kyle reading from something out loud before [[FourthWallGreeting noticing the audience]] and introducing the show. Whether it's actually something intellectual or something silly varies wildly, but it always ties in with the film he's about to cover in some way. The ''Zardoz'' episode had him reading from an issue of ''Guns and Ammo''.
12th May '16 4:09:54 AM TheUnknownUploader
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* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'': [[KidHero Tamika Flynn]] and her army of [[ChildrenSoldiers children soldiers]] all read and carry around books far beyond their reading levels. One episode has them form a book club - [[LiteralMinded by clubbing enemies with heavy books]].

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* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'': [[KidHero Tamika Flynn]] and her army of [[ChildrenSoldiers [[ChildSoldier children soldiers]] all read and carry around books far beyond their reading levels. One episode has them form a book club - [[LiteralMinded by clubbing enemies with heavy books]].
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* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'': [[KidHero Tamika Flynn]] and her army of [[ChildrenSoldiers children soldiers]] all read and carry around books far beyond their reading levels. One episode has them form a book club - [[LiteralMinded by clubbing enemies with heavy books]].
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* [[ConversedTrope Conversed]] in [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1527 this]] ''WebComic/ElGoonishShive'' strip.
7th Mar '16 4:37:00 AM erforce
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** Subverted when Father Ted goes to pick up a book he had lent to another priest. As the priest goes through his library, he mentions various heavy-weight works of philosophy and theology, until he reaches Stephen King's TheShining - which is, of course, the book Ted lent to him.

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** Subverted when Father Ted goes to pick up a book he had lent to another priest. As the priest goes through his library, he mentions various heavy-weight works of philosophy and theology, until he reaches Stephen King's TheShining Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheShining'' - which is, of course, the book Ted lent to him.
6th Mar '16 2:24:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit'' tended to use this not just to show how smart Gromit is, but also as a vehicle for [[{{Pun}} Incredibly Lame Puns]]. For example, in ''WesternAnimation/ACloseShave'', when Gromit gets framed for sheep rustling and imprisoned, he's shown reading ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'' in his cell--and the author's name is misspelled on the cover as "[[FyodorDostoevsky Fido Dogstoevsky]]," while in ''WesternAnimation/TheWrongTrousers'', he's shown reading ''Literature/TheRepublic'' by "[[PlutoThePup Pluto]]" (as opposed to Creator/{{Plato}}).

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* ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit'' tended to use this not just to show how smart Gromit is, but also as a vehicle for [[{{Pun}} Incredibly Lame Puns]]. For example, in ''WesternAnimation/ACloseShave'', when Gromit gets framed for sheep rustling and imprisoned, he's shown reading ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'' in his cell--and the author's name is misspelled on the cover as "[[FyodorDostoevsky "[[Creator/FyodorDostoevsky Fido Dogstoevsky]]," while in ''WesternAnimation/TheWrongTrousers'', he's shown reading ''Literature/TheRepublic'' by "[[PlutoThePup Pluto]]" (as opposed to Creator/{{Plato}}).
23rd Feb '16 2:40:34 PM vifetoile
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* Subverted in ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby''. Gatsby has a stupendous library available to all of his guests, but Owl-Eyespoints out to Nick that none of the books' pages are cut - Gatsby has got all these books just for show.
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