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20th May '16 5:01:04 PM Vir
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* {{Lampshaded}} in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Family Guy}}'' when the gang play laser tag and talk about how Peter is amazing at it, all while he's rolling on the ceiling and other crazy stunts.
--> '''Joe:''' Alright, keep an eye out for Peter, he's oddly competitive at this stuff.
--> '''Quagmire:''' Yeah, he seems to be weirdly physically fit at this place.
--> '''Brian:''' Yeah, it's almost like he has unrealistic abilities when we play laser tag.

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* {{Lampshaded}} {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Family Guy}}'' when the gang play laser tag and talk about how Peter is amazing at it, all while he's rolling on the ceiling and other crazy stunts.
--> '''Joe:''' -->'''Joe:''' Alright, keep an eye out for Peter, he's oddly competitive at this stuff.
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stuff.\\
'''Quagmire:''' Yeah, he seems to be weirdly physically fit at this place.
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place.\\
'''Brian:''' Yeah, it's almost like he has unrealistic abilities when we play laser tag.
23rd Feb '16 3:19:30 AM MasoTey
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TheRainman is a SubTrope in which the mental disorder is autism or something similar. See also GeniusDitz when the person has stupidity outside his field of expertise rather than a mental disorder. All three tropes can be confused with SeeminglyProfoundFool. Compare/contrast BunnyEarsLawyer, who is functioning properly despite a few quirks.

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TheRainman is a SubTrope in which the mental disorder is autism or [[AmbiguousDisorder something similar.similar]]. See also GeniusDitz when the person has stupidity outside his field of expertise rather than a mental disorder. All three tropes can be confused with SeeminglyProfoundFool. Compare/contrast BunnyEarsLawyer, who is functioning properly despite a few quirks.
15th Jan '16 3:20:30 PM FordPrefect
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* WWE once featured a wrestler called [[Wrestling/NickDinsmore Eugene]] who was billed as an idiot savant. He was mentally and socially way below the norm but his wrestling abilities were pretty good with him pulling off numerous classical moves from the old days of pro-wrestling.

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* WWE once featured a wrestler called [[Wrestling/NickDinsmore Eugene]] who was billed as an idiot savant. He was mentally and socially way below the norm norm, but his wrestling abilities were pretty good with him good, including pulling off numerous classical moves from the old days of pro-wrestling.
11th Jan '16 11:19:13 PM foxley
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* ''Series/MurdockMysteries'': "Dead End Street" features a woman who is almost mute and regarded as an 'imbecile' (in the parlance of the era), but has total recall and a phenomenal ability in making models. When she makes a scale model of her street with a tiny figure holding a rifle at the window, Murdoch realises she has witnessed a murder and reconstructed it in the model. However, because she cannot distinguish faces, Murdoch has no way of identifying the figure at the window and has to work out a means of communicating with her to discover what she knows.

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* ''Series/MurdockMysteries'': ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': "Dead End Street" features a woman who is almost mute and regarded as an 'imbecile' (in the parlance of the era), but has total recall and a phenomenal ability in making models. When she makes a scale model of her street with a tiny figure holding a rifle at the window, Murdoch realises she has witnessed a murder and reconstructed it in the model. However, because she cannot distinguish faces, Murdoch has no way of identifying the figure at the window and has to work out a means of communicating with her to discover what she knows.
11th Jan '16 11:18:48 PM foxley
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* ''Series/MurdockMysteries'': "Dead End Street" features a woman who is almost mute and regarded as an 'imbecile' (in the parlance of the era), but has total recall and a phenomenal ability in making models. When she makes a scale model of her street with a tiny figure holding a rifle at the window, Murdoch realises she has witnessed a murder and reconstructed it in the model. However, because she cannot distinguish faces, Murdoch has no way of identifying the figure at the window and has to work out a means of communicating with her to discover what she knows.
10th Jan '16 8:16:24 AM talltalltree
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* In ''Literature/MySweetAudrina'' by Creator/VCAndrews, Audrina's sister Sylvia is born with a severe intellectual disability which means that she can't speak, walk properly, close her mouth or control her bodily functions. Despite this, she is presented as preternaturally wise and has powers of telepathy which allow her to communicate with Audrina, ultimately leading to her coming up with a very clever solution to [[spoiler:save the comatose Audrina from Vera, who was about to switch off Audrina's life support machine.]]
28th Dec '15 8:00:18 PM humanpunk
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* Melvin Potter in ''Series/{{Daredevil}} is childlike and unintelligent, but a savant when it comes to making armored combat suits. He takes an authoritative tone when he's in his element, but is childlike the rest of the time.

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* Melvin Potter in ''Series/{{Daredevil}} ''Series/{{Daredevil}}'' is childlike and unintelligent, but a savant when it comes to making armored combat suits. He takes an authoritative tone when he's in his element, but is childlike the rest of the time.
28th Dec '15 7:59:54 PM humanpunk
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* Melvin Potter in ''Series/{{Daredevil}} is childlike and unintelligent, but a savant when it comes to making armored combat suits. He takes an authoritative tone when he's in his element, but is childlike the rest of the time.
-->'''Leland Owlsley''': He's half an idiot.
-->'''Wilson Fisk''': It's the other half that counts.
26th Dec '15 11:18:08 AM TheUnknownUploader
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%% * "Coach" Ernie Pantusso in ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' is a geography savant, even making up mnemonic songs about countries.

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%% * "Coach" Ernie Pantusso in ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' is implied to be TheDitz due to head injuries, but he's also a geography savant, expert, even making up mnemonic songs about countries.countries.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'' featured a very Rain-Man-like autistic savant character, right down to being able to count spilled toothpicks quickly and accurately. He was employed by a courier company to help track packages with missing or damaged bar-codes, and when he was off work, they had to bring in at least ten people to do his job.
* Kyle in ''Series/AllTheSmallThings'' displays symptoms of high-functioning autism, being unable to relate to most people, saying very little, and [[LiteralMinded speaking literally when he speaks at all]]. However, he's a superb singer and guitarist.
* Rom, a recurring Ferengi on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', goes far beyond basic idiocy. Somehow he is an extremely capable engineer and at one point, even able to spout technobabble on the level of Spock and Data. His skills seem to have been honed by the Ferengi's natural skill with mathematics and the years working as Quark's personal repairman for anything and everything.
%%* In ''Series/That70sShow'' Kelso is able to perfectly calculate how much money they'd make from a Kegger in relation to how many people showed up and paid for beer.



* One episode of ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'' featured a very Rain-Man-like autistic savant character, right down to being able to count spilled toothpicks quickly and accurately. He was employed by a courier company to help track packages with missing or damaged bar-codes, and when he was off work, they had to bring in at least ten people to do his job.
* Kyle in ''Series/AllTheSmallThings'' displays symptoms of high-functioning autism, being unable to relate to most people, saying very little, and [[LiteralMinded speaking literally when he speaks at all]]. However, he's a superb singer and guitarist.
* Rom, a recurring Ferengi on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', goes far beyond basic idiocy. Somehow he is an extremely capable engineer and at one point, even able to spout technobabble on the level of Spock and Data. His skills seem to have been honed by the Ferengi's natural skill with mathematics and the years working as Quark's personal repairman for anything and everything.
%%* In ''Series/That70sShow'' Kelso is able to perfectly calculate how much money they'd make from a Kegger in relation to how many people showed up and paid for beer.

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* One episode of ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'' featured ''Series/LawAndOrder'' had a very Rain-Man-like autistic savant character, right down to being able to count spilled toothpicks quickly suspect that could do quantum physics but couldn't remember a grocery list.
%% * Brittany on ''Series/{{Glee}}'' is a naive, child-like idiot, but she knows ''everything'' about cat diseases
and accurately. He was employed by a courier company to help track packages with missing or damaged bar-codes, and when he was off work, they had to bring in at least ten people to do his job.
* Kyle in ''Series/AllTheSmallThings'' displays symptoms of high-functioning autism, being unable to relate to most people, saying very little, and [[LiteralMinded speaking literally when he speaks at all]]. However, he's a superb singer and guitarist.
* Rom, a recurring Ferengi on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', goes far beyond basic idiocy. Somehow he
is an extremely capable engineer and at one point, even able to spout technobabble of the best dancers on the level of Spock show and Data. His skills seem got early acceptance to have been honed by the Ferengi's natural skill with mathematics and the years working as Quark's personal repairman for anything and everything.
%%* In ''Series/That70sShow'' Kelso is able to perfectly calculate how much money they'd make from a Kegger in relation to how many people showed up and paid for beer.
MIT because she has "the greatest mathematical mind ever".



%% You seem to be missing the "idiot" part. How does it apply?

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%% You seem to be missing the "idiot" part. How does it apply?naive and childlike? Is she mentally disabled, or just ditzy?



* One episode of ''Series/LawAndOrder'' had a suspect that could do quantum physics but couldn't remember a grocery list.
%% * Brittany on ''Series/{{Glee}}'' is a naive, child-like idiot, but she knows ''everything'' about cat diseases and is one of the best dancers on the show and got early acceptance to MIT because she has "the greatest mathematical mind ever".
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%% How naive and childlike? Is she mentally disabled, or just ditzy?
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* Despite his characteristic stupidity, Shake from ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' is surprisingly skilled at cooking Italian food, especially lasagna.
13th Dec '15 8:58:48 PM wrm5
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* ''Series/TheTick''. While he was always a ditz, the live-action television series plays up his ditzy traits so much that he seems barely capable of functioning in society. Notably, he doesn't even know his own real name or where he's from, he can't recognize other superheroes when they're out of costume (the other characters might have trouble at first, but The Tick never picks up on it even when it's explained to him), and at first doesn't even know what death is. When it comes to heroics, however, he's a genius: he's an expert fighter and shows a decent amount of philosophical thought. Notably, when he did discover that everyone (even potatoes) can die, he spent about 30 seconds thinking about it before giving Arthur a motivating speech that ''actually makes sense.''


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* ''Series/TheTick''. While he was always a ditz, the live-action television series plays up his ditzy traits so much that he seems barely capable of functioning in society. Notably, he doesn't even know his own real name or where he's from, he can't recognize other superheroes when they're out of costume (the other characters might have trouble at first, but The Tick never picks up on it even when it's explained to him), and at first doesn't even know what death is. When it comes to heroics, however, he's a genius: he's an expert fighter and shows a decent amount of philosophical thought. Notably, when he did discover that everyone (even potatoes) can die, he spent about 30 seconds thinking about it before giving Arthur a motivating speech that ''actually makes sense.''
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