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25th Sep '16 3:38:54 AM Blazer
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* Doc Ock is particularly bad about this in ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'', especially when gallivanting around as ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan''. Notably, he scoffs at Peter's lack of scientific advancements, despite knowing he invented the advanced web shooter tech when he was fifteen, and has been too busy saving the world since then (often from Ock himself) to do much research. But nope, Ock's still "superior" to all other scientists.

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* Doc Ock is particularly bad about this in ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'', especially when gallivanting around as ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan''. Notably, he scoffs at Peter's lack of scientific advancements, despite knowing he invented the advanced web shooter tech when he was fifteen, and has been too busy saving the world since then (often from Ock himself) to do much research. But nope, Ock's still "superior" to all other scientists. It gets so bad that, after he is told by Spidey about his HeelRealization and HeroicSuicide at the end of the ''Superior'' saga, he comes to the conclusion that the only reason he would do such a thing is because Peter's brain couldn't handle his genius and it affected him.
24th Sep '16 7:13:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''GeniusTheTransgression'': Many Lemurians, and a significant number of high-ranking Peers. Many of the Inspired come across this way to {{Muggles}}, thanks to [[{{Technobabble}} Jabir]].

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* ''GeniusTheTransgression'': ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'': Many Lemurians, and a significant number of high-ranking Peers. Many of the Inspired come across this way to {{Muggles}}, thanks to [[{{Technobabble}} Jabir]].
22nd Sep '16 5:38:54 PM nombretomado
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* Eugene Meltsner of AdventuresInOdyssey, though he softens a bit over time.

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* Eugene Meltsner of AdventuresInOdyssey, ''Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey'', though he softens a bit over time.
28th Aug '16 12:51:55 PM __Vano
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At first glance, Adam the Insufferable Genius appears to be exactly the type who's doomed to learn AnAesop about humility: he's very talented, he ''knows'' he's very talented, and he doesn't mind telling you repeatedly what a talented person he is. But the difference between him and your [[TookALevelInJerkass standard-issue loudmouth]] is that he really '''''IS''''' that good, and when you need someone with his skills to save the day, he always comes through. So you have to concede that at least a ''little'' of his arrogance is justified -- not enough to make you forget that he's got the [[InsultToRocks social skills of a buzzsaw]], but enough that you can tolerate his ego if that's what it takes to keep him around. Not that he can't ever be hit with AnAesop of some kind.

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At first glance, Adam the Insufferable Genius appears to be exactly the type who's doomed to learn AnAesop about humility: he's very talented, he ''knows'' he's very talented, and he doesn't mind telling you repeatedly what a talented person he is. But the difference between him and your [[TookALevelInJerkass standard-issue loudmouth]] is that he really '''''IS''''' that good, and when you need someone with his skills to save the day, he always comes through. So you have to concede that at least a ''little'' of his arrogance is justified -- not enough to make you forget that he's got the [[InsultToRocks social skills of a buzzsaw]], but enough that you can tolerate his ego if that's what it takes to keep him around. Not that he can't ever be hit with AnAesop of some kind.
kind. In particular, every Insufferable Genius constantly runs the risk of humiliation if they ever make a mistake - which they are more or less bound to do eventually.
21st Aug '16 12:34:30 PM MrMediaGuy2
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* Marigold the unicorn from ''ComicStrip/PhoebeAndHerUnicorn'' gets insufferably smug from time to time. This is implied to be a shared trait among most unicorns.
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* Marigold the unicorn from ''Webcomic/PhoebeAndHerUnicorn'' gets insufferably smug from time to time. This is implied to be a shared trait among most unicorns.
20th Aug '16 6:46:33 PM ANTMuddle
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At first glance, Adam the Insufferable Genius appears to be exactly the type who's doomed to learn AnAesop about humility: he's very talented, he ''knows'' he's very talented, and he doesn't mind telling you repeatedly what a talented person he is. But the difference between him and your [[TookALevelInJerkass standard-issue loudmouth]] is that he really '''''IS''''' that good, and when you need someone with his skills to save the day, he always comes through. So you have to concede that at least a ''little'' of his arrogance is justified -- not enough to make you forget that he's got the social skills of a buzzsaw, but enough that you can tolerate his ego if that's what it takes to keep him around.

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At first glance, Adam the Insufferable Genius appears to be exactly the type who's doomed to learn AnAesop about humility: he's very talented, he ''knows'' he's very talented, and he doesn't mind telling you repeatedly what a talented person he is. But the difference between him and your [[TookALevelInJerkass standard-issue loudmouth]] is that he really '''''IS''''' that good, and when you need someone with his skills to save the day, he always comes through. So you have to concede that at least a ''little'' of his arrogance is justified -- not enough to make you forget that he's got the [[InsultToRocks social skills of a buzzsaw, buzzsaw]], but enough that you can tolerate his ego if that's what it takes to keep him around.
around. Not that he can't ever be hit with AnAesop of some kind.



Also contrast with a GentlemanAndAScholar, whose intelligence does not prevent him from being gracious, friendly, and polite, and the SmallNameBigEgo, who thinks he's an Insufferable Genius but is merely Insufferable. In a FourTemperamentEnsemble, expect the Melancholic and Choleric to combine to be this trope and the Phlegmatic and Sanguine to be its diametric opposite. See KindheartedSimpleton which is the opposite of this trope. Compare RightlySelfRighteous if it's the character who is morally right despite how condescending they are. See TallPoppySyndrome for how they're often reacted to.

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Also contrast with a GentlemanAndAScholar, whose intelligence does not prevent him from being gracious, friendly, and polite, and the SmallNameBigEgo, who thinks he's an Insufferable Genius but is merely Insufferable. In a FourTemperamentEnsemble, expect the Melancholic and Choleric to combine to be this trope and the Phlegmatic and Sanguine to be its diametric opposite. See KindheartedSimpleton which is the opposite of this trope. Compare RightlySelfRighteous if it's the character who is morally right despite how condescending they are. See TallPoppySyndrome for how they're often reacted to.
20th Aug '16 5:19:03 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Dragonlance}}'': Raistlin Majere is another arrogant TallDarkAndSnarky magician who is ''really'' that good. He managed to defeat all the gods of Krynn and achieve godhood in an alternate time line, after all... admittedly, it was the ultimate PyrrhicVictory -- he destroyed all of the gods and killed every living thing, leaving behind a barren wasteland where he would try and fail to create life to replace the old, but descend into madness when forced to confront the fact that his evilness made him suffer from a CreativeSterility that made him incapable of such a feat -- but, still, he was a mortal who killed ''three'' CharacterAlignment pantheons of gods and destroyed all life on the planet by accident in the process. He lost in the main timeline only because he chose to surrender when Cameron told him of the BadFuture that would result if he went through with his plans.

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* ''{{Dragonlance}}'': ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'': Raistlin Majere is another arrogant TallDarkAndSnarky magician who is ''really'' that good. He managed to defeat all the gods of Krynn and achieve godhood in an alternate time line, after all... admittedly, it was the ultimate PyrrhicVictory -- he destroyed all of the gods and killed every living thing, leaving behind a barren wasteland where he would try and fail to create life to replace the old, but descend into madness when forced to confront the fact that his evilness made him suffer from a CreativeSterility that made him incapable of such a feat -- but, still, he was a mortal who killed ''three'' CharacterAlignment pantheons of gods and destroyed all life on the planet by accident in the process. He lost in the main timeline only because he chose to surrender when Cameron told him of the BadFuture that would result if he went through with his plans.
6th Aug '16 7:51:21 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', 343 Guilty Spark is the ''embodiment'' of this trope. He brags about his own intellect, actually ''has'' said intellect, and '''never''' stops telling you (and ''himself'') so. He's also a backstabbing {{Jerkass}}.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
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343 Guilty Spark is the ''embodiment'' of this trope. He brags about his own intellect, actually ''has'' said intellect, and '''never''' stops telling you (and ''himself'') so. He's also a backstabbing {{Jerkass}}.{{Jerkass}}.
** Though Dr. Halsey is quite nice to those dear to her, she does ''not'' suffer fools gladly. Her insufferability worsens considerably after ONI throws her under the bus; in ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'', even [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure the Arbiter]] has trouble standing her.
2nd Aug '16 11:16:44 AM rjd1922
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* ''VideoGame/{{DoTA2}}'' gives us Invoker. Absolutely ''loves'' being as condescending and arrogant in his dialogue and responses as possible, when he's not praising himself.

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* ''VideoGame/{{DoTA2}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Dota 2}}'' gives us Invoker. Absolutely ''loves'' being as condescending and arrogant in his dialogue and responses as possible, when he's not praising himself.



* Palom from ''FinalFantasyIV'' series is an overconfident and aggorant Black Mage whose attitude doesn't improve much even after his puberty as he becomes a jerkass mentor. Nevertheless he is still a genius in his field.

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* Palom from ''FinalFantasyIV'' series ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' is an overconfident and aggorant Black Mage whose attitude doesn't improve much even after his puberty as he becomes a jerkass mentor. Nevertheless he is still a genius in his field.



* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'': The Consular's healing companion Tharan Cedrax certainly has his moments. Like many of the other examples, his scientific prowess and intelligence certainly do match up to his boasts. [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold He also is a surprisingly loyal and compassionate fellow when the chips are truly down]]. [[spoiler: He won Holiday's freedom from a Hutt by challenging a BountyHunter to the death ''and'' gave up eternal scientific glory to upgrade her to full sentience. Then, he was was willing to tell the First son of the Emperor to get lost and release his friend Syo Bakarn, despite the First Son being a powerful Force User and Tharan being a relatively squishy {{Muggle}}]] A good way to gain affection with him is to help others, but point out how their foolishness got them into a mess in the first place.
* Severin Cocorico in ''VideoGame/AviaryAttorney'', at least if you were to ask his "rival" Jayjay Falcon. He's a ''very'' good lawyer, TheStoic to a tragic degree, and doesn't bother hiding his disdain for the more excitable, less-polished Falcon.



* Yaginuma in ''VisualNovel/KaraNoShoujo'' is a grade A jerkass, but he does have the reputation to back it up.
* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', [[DefectiveDetective Erika]]'s ns are certainly nothing to laugh at, but she's also prompt to rub it on everyone's face. Cue cheers from the fans when Battler infuriates her by out-cultivating her on the topic of mystery novels.

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* Yaginuma in ''VisualNovel/KaraNoShoujo'' is a grade A grade-A jerkass, but he does have the reputation to back it up.
* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', [[DefectiveDetective Erika]]'s ns brains are certainly nothing to laugh at, but she's also prompt to rub it on everyone's face. Cue cheers from the fans when Battler infuriates her by out-cultivating her on the topic of mystery novels.



* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'': The Consular's healing companion Tharan Cedrax certainly has his moments. Like many of the other examples, his scientific prowess and intelligence certainly do match up to his boasts. [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold He also is a surprisingly loyal and compassionate fellow when the chips are truly down]]. [[spoiler: He won Holiday's freedom from a Hutt by challenging a BountyHunter to the death ''and'' gave up eternal scientific glory to upgrade her to full sentience. Then, he was was willing to tell the First son of the Emperor to get lost and release his friend Syo Bakarn, despite the First Son being a powerful Force User and Tharan being a relatively squishy {{Muggle}}]] A good way to gain affection with him is to help others, but point out how their foolishness got them into a mess in the first place.
* Severin Cocorico in ''VideoGame/AviaryAttorney'', at least if you were to ask his "rival" Jayjay Falcon. He's a ''very'' good lawyer, TheStoic to a tragic degree, and doesn't bother hiding his disdain for the more excitable, less-polished Falcon.
2nd Aug '16 9:46:49 AM rjd1922
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* Daoming Sochua, the leader of the Pan-Asian Cooperative, in ''VideoGame/CivilizationBeyondEarth''. Raised as a ChildProdigy through Chinese state-sponsored schools for gifted children and holder of ''four'' PhDs by the age of thirty, she is also a condescending and blunt DeadpanSnarker, but [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold she does really want nothing but the best for her people and for humanity]].

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* Daoming Sochua, the leader of the Pan-Asian Cooperative, in ''VideoGame/CivilizationBeyondEarth''. Raised as a ChildProdigy through Chinese state-sponsored schools for gifted children and holder of ''four'' PhDs [=PhDs=] by the age of thirty, she is also a condescending and blunt DeadpanSnarker, but [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold she does really want nothing but the best for her people and for humanity]].
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