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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.
7th Sep '17 11:43:46 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has the [[DivineParentage Demiprinces]], a form of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] born from the union of a [[HalfHumanHybrid Daedra and a mortal]]. Their dual nature gives them an ''odd'' [[CloudCuckoolander perception of the world and time itself]]. In addition to their eccentricities, Demiprinces have an extremely difficult time maintaining knowledge which lies outside their spheres of influence. However, they are the ''[[BunnyEarsLawyer undisputed masters]]'' of whatever lies within their spheres.
12th Aug '17 9:55:27 AM nombretomado
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* Ethan in ''CtrlAltDel'', emphasis on [[TooDumbToLive idiot]] (he thinks the best way to deal with paperwork is to KillItWithFire). He claims he's intelligent for only a few seconds a day and created two [[SnarkyNonhumanSidekick intelligent robots]] without fully understanding how, since the only plans he could find were scribbled in sauce on a restaurant menu. [[spoiler: When one of them needs to be fixed, he gives a very technical explanation why he can't do it. The next strip shows him wearing all his winter clothes instead of, y'know, putting them on a chair or something because he needed the storage space.]]

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* Ethan in ''CtrlAltDel'', ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'', emphasis on [[TooDumbToLive idiot]] (he thinks the best way to deal with paperwork is to KillItWithFire). He claims he's intelligent for only a few seconds a day and created two [[SnarkyNonhumanSidekick intelligent robots]] without fully understanding how, since the only plans he could find were scribbled in sauce on a restaurant menu. [[spoiler: When one of them needs to be fixed, he gives a very technical explanation why he can't do it. The next strip shows him wearing all his winter clothes instead of, y'know, putting them on a chair or something because he needed the storage space.]]
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