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29th Mar '18 7:37:48 AM JRads47
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* Sasha in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. She's a BigEater who's so stupid that she doesn't even understand that eating a stolen potato in front of her commanding officer is a bad thing, believes that people who give her food are gods, and goes so far as to steal food directly from her superiors and show it off to her peers. Still, she is fantastic with a blade, and one of the most effective combatants against the Titans. When she's not being distracted by food, at least.

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* Sasha in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. She's a BigEater who's so stupid that she doesn't even understand that eating a stolen potato in front of her commanding officer is a bad thing, believes that people who give her food are gods, and goes so far as to steal food directly from her superiors and show it off to her peers. Still, she is fantastic with a blade, blade and even better with a bow, and one of the most effective combatants against the Titans. When she's not being distracted by food, at least.
18th Mar '18 4:07:54 PM nombretomado
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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''.''Series/TheTick2001''. 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.''
12th Jan '18 5:12:24 AM Derkhan
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%% * Corporal Beak in ''Literature/ReapersGale'', book seven of ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen''. His incredible natural magical ability would've put him on the fast track to High Mage rank, if not for a combination of childhood traumas and a Film/{{Forrest Gump}}ish mental state - which combine to give him almost no self-esteem or confidence.
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%% Does he simply lack self-esteem, or is he actually mentally ill? I can't tell.
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%% * Corporal Beak in ''Literature/ReapersGale'', book seven of ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen''. His ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', has an incredible natural magical ability that would've put him on the fast track to High Mage rank, if not for a combination of AmbiguousDisorder, childhood traumas and a Film/{{Forrest Gump}}ish mental state - -- which combine to give him almost no self-esteem or confidence.
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NoSocialSkills and a mental handicap in understanding the world around him unless it has to do with magic. Even that he simplifies to a great degree. While other mages see magic as a complicated net of cause and effect, Beak simply lack self-esteem, or is he actually mentally ill? I can't tell.
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sees differently coloured candles. And while other rmages can use one, maybe two of the [[FunctionalMagic Paths of Magic]], Beak can use ''all of them''. The other mages usually take a whiff of his magical potential, hear him babbling on about something and just give him a hug before they walk away crying.
29th Nov '17 1:25:43 PM ironballs16
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* Max Hass, a ManChild who can only [[PokemonSpeak say his own name]] due to having a third of his skull missing, proves to be this in ''VideoGame/WolfensteinIITheNewColossus''. With Wyatt, [[spoiler: he points out a paragraph in an ancient manuscript written by the Da'at Yichud to help him find the information he was seeking]]. While this might have been blind luck, he later beats [[TheSmartGuy Set]] at [[SmartPeoplePlayChess a game of chess]], sending Set into a RapidFireNo before [[RageQuit he flips the board and storms off]]... Max just quietly takes out a paper and starts coloring on the now-vacant table.

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* Max Hass, a [[GentleGiant gigantic]] ManChild who can only [[PokemonSpeak say his own name]] due to having a third of his skull missing, proves to be this in ''VideoGame/WolfensteinIITheNewColossus''. With Wyatt, [[spoiler: he points out a paragraph in an ancient manuscript written by the Da'at Yichud to help him find the information he was seeking]]. While this might have been blind luck, he later beats [[TheSmartGuy Set]] at [[SmartPeoplePlayChess a game of chess]], sending Set into a RapidFireNo before [[RageQuit he flips the board and storms off]]... Max just quietly takes out a paper and starts coloring on the now-vacant table. And said coloring is eventually revealed [[spoiler: to be part of a larger mural on Max's wall depicting Klaus, his foster-father who had died in the first game]].
28th Nov '17 12:29:41 PM ironballs16
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* Max Hass, a ManChild who can only [[PokemonSpeak say his own name]] due to having a third of his skull missing, proves to be this in ''VideoGame/WolfensteinIITheNewColossus''. With Wyatt, [[spoiler: he points out a paragraph in an ancient manuscript written by the Da'at Yichud to help him find the information he was seeking]]. While this might have been blind luck, he later beats [[TheSmartGuy Set]] at [[SmartPeoplePlayChess a game of chess]], sending Set into a RapidFireNo before [[RageQuit he flips the board and storms off]]... Max just quietly takes out a paper and starts coloring on the now-vacant table.
29th Oct '17 4:12:00 AM veronchung27
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The term "Idiot Savant" is actually outdated, since the term "idiot" itself is no longer a medical term. The term "savant syndrome" is more correct. It refers to someone--usually someone with a developmental disorder, often autism--who has one or sometimes more extremely high abilities that are disproportionate to his normal level of functioning. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savant_syndrome The other wiki]] has more information.

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The term "Idiot Savant" is actually outdated, since the term "idiot" itself is no longer a medical term. The term "savant syndrome" is more correct. It refers to someone--usually someone with a developmental disorder, often autism--who has one or sometimes more extremely high abilities that are disproportionate to his their normal level of functioning. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savant_syndrome The other wiki]] has more information.
27th Sep '17 6:49:12 PM WillKeaton
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* Literature/TheTommyknockers: smart enough to create DC-powered anti-gravity, dumb enough to never think of buying an AC-DC converter so they don't have to power it with batteries.

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* Literature/TheTommyknockers: ''Literature/TheTommyknockers'': smart enough to create DC-powered anti-gravity, dumb enough to never think of buying an AC-DC converter so they don't have to power it with batteries.
15th Sep '17 5:00:16 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* Reese from Malcolm in the Middle. He is the dumbest person on the show, but he is genius in the kitchen and very naturally gifted

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* Reese from Malcolm in the Middle. ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''. He is the dumbest person on the show, show but he is a genius in the kitchen and very naturally giftedgifted. One example is him making an entire dinner for his family with a little help from Piama, Francis's wife, but he can't find the oven mitts. He then grabs the turnkey dish ''with his bare hands fresh out of the oven'' and tells Paima to move the oven mitts.
15th Sep '17 4:49:56 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* One of the Luck perks in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' is ''named'' this. It gives the player a random chance of getting hugely multiplied experience points from any action, said chance being higher the lower their intelligence is.

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* One of the Luck perks in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' is ''named'' this. It gives the player a random chance of getting hugely multiplied experience points from any action, said chance being higher the lower their intelligence is. Every time you get the boost Nate/Nora makes a goofy sound or laughs while a RimShot and a boink sound play along.
15th Sep '17 4:33:27 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* Goku from ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' puts virtually all his brainpower towards fighting. Hence why he's good at fighting and fighting-related analysis, and near-brain dead stupid at everything else. He is implied to have suffered brain damage as a child.

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* Goku from ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' puts virtually all his brainpower towards fighting. Hence why he's good at fighting and fighting-related analysis, analysis (accurately and deeply explaining why Trunk's newer and bulkier form is bad by giving him power but makes him too slow to make good on the meager upgrade), and near-brain dead stupid at everything else. He is implied to have suffered brain damage as a child.
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