History Main / IntelligenceEqualsIsolation

20th Feb '17 8:13:13 PM bt8257
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A form of BlessedWithSuck. Compare EatingLunchAlone and BrokenAce. A counter-part trope is PopularIsDumb. May or may not include elements of LonersAreFreaks. Often used as a justification for why DumbIsGood: dumb people may be made fun of, but they won't be hassled and harassed for it. Contrast with GentlemanAndAScholar, when a smart guy is well-liked and lacks none of the social graces.

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A form of BlessedWithSuck. Compare EatingLunchAlone and BrokenAce. A counter-part trope is PopularIsDumb. May or may not include elements of LonersAreFreaks. Often used as a justification for why DumbIsGood: dumb people may be made fun of, but they won't be hassled and harassed for it. Contrast with GentlemanAndAScholar, when a smart guy is well-liked and lacks none of the social graces.
13th Feb '17 9:37:24 AM Blazer
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* Lunella Lafayette of ''ComicBook/MoonGirlAndDevilDinosaur'' is ''the'' smartest person in the Marvel Universe at 10 years old. However, this ends up estranging her from her classmates.
26th Jan '17 8:40:17 PM SmoCro
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** In an extreme example serial killers tend to fall on the extreme ends of the IQ spectrum. Either quite low (high 70s to low 90s) or quite high (130+ seems to be the cutoff). This could indeed be another instance of 'unable to relate'.
15th Sep '16 12:17:59 AM PaulA
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* [[EndersGame Ender Wiggin]] was a straight example from the very beginning, but then [[TykeBomb Battle School happened.]] [[CharacterDevelopment He gets better.]]

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* [[EndersGame ''Literature/EndersGame'': Ender Wiggin]] Wiggin was a straight example from the very beginning, but then [[TykeBomb Battle School happened.]] [[CharacterDevelopment He gets better.]]
4th Sep '16 10:36:28 PM starkitty93
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* The ''Series/FamilyTies'' episode "A, My Name Is Alex" heavily implies that Alex experienced this kind of treatment in his childhood years. In addition to putting mountains of pressure on him over it, his teacher would also frequently make it clear how smart he was in front of his class to the point that the other kids refused to associate with him; but lucky for him he managed to make a friend in Greg who's death is being currently grieved over at the moment.
31st Aug '16 7:24:12 PM pinkdalek
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** Subverted in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. Cloud tells Tifa that he didn't have friends as a child, because he thought the other children were all stupid compared to him, but immediately admits that feeling that way proved that he was in reality the stupid one. It's suggested his InferioritySuperiorityComplex as a way of coping with his own loneliness.
** It's not really overt, but in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', the ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' prequel, Sephiroth feels isolated because of a combination of his superior intelligence and power. The only ones he feels at all close to are Angeal, Genesis, and possibly Zack, who went through similar experiments, and are still nowhere near his level.
** There are probably people just as smart as he is around, although most of them aren't very powerful and ''nobody'' can kick as much ass as he can, but neither of those are the root of the problem. The problem is that everyone else--including his few friends--had relatively normal, relatively happy childhoods. Genesis and Angeal grew up as best friends in the town of Banora, and finding out that they were created by [[MegaCorp Shinra]] genetic tinkering (and [[CloneDegeneration are dying of it]]) sets them tailspinning. Sephiroth grew up ''[[StrappedToAnOperatingTable in a laboratory]]'' under the "tender loving" care of Professor [[MadScientist Hojo]]. His socialization skills are understandably nearly nonexistent.
*** The idea of not being human still freaks him out. That he isn't, entirely, ultimately does not help things.

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** Subverted in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. Cloud tells Tifa that he didn't have friends as a child, because he thought the other children were all stupid compared to him, but immediately admits that feeling that way proved that he was in reality the stupid one. It's suggested his InferioritySuperiorityComplex [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex tendency to look down on others' intelligence, a complex which lasted well into his adulthood, started as a way of coping with justifying his own loneliness.
childhood loneliness]].
** It's not really overt, but in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', the ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' prequel, Sephiroth feels isolated because of a combination of his superior intelligence and power. The only ones he feels at all close to are Angeal, Genesis, and possibly Zack, who went through similar experiments, and are still nowhere near his level.
** There are probably people just as smart as he
level. This is around, although most of them aren't very powerful and ''nobody'' can kick as much ass as he can, but neither of those are also suggested during the root of the problem. The problem is that everyone else--including his few friends--had relatively normal, relatively happy childhoods. Genesis and Angeal grew up as best friends in the town of Banora, and finding out that they were created by [[MegaCorp Shinra]] genetic tinkering (and [[CloneDegeneration are dying of it]]) sets them tailspinning. original game, where ([[UnreliableNarrator Cloud recalls]]) Sephiroth grew up ''[[StrappedToAnOperatingTable telling him that all his life, he knew he was special, and better than others - [[EvilCounterpart mirroring Cloud's ego problems above]].
** Played with
in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''. Squall is a laboratory]]'' under disaffected loner and extremely intelligent, and one of the "tender loving" care smartest people in his prestigious school, to the point where the staff will single him out for special responsibilities and consult him with decisions. However, his intelligence is the main reason he's liked at all, since he's also an antisocial, sulky EmoTeen who thinks {{Jerkass}} behaviour is a sign of Professor [[MadScientist Hojo]]. His socialization skills are understandably nearly nonexistent.
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maturity. The idea similarly brilliant Quistis is even able to make fun of not being human still freaks his attitude as her EstablishingCharacterMoment because she can talk to him out. That like an equal otherwise, but keeps pursuing him until he isn't, entirely, ultimately does not help things.forcefully hurts her feelings.
30th Aug '16 3:15:30 PM pinkdalek
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* It's not really overt, but in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', the ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' prequel, Sephiroth feels isolated because of a combination of his superior intelligence and power. The only ones he feels at all close to are Angeal, Genesis, and possibly Zack, who went through similar experiments, and are still nowhere near his level.

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* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
**Subverted in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. Cloud tells Tifa that he didn't have friends as a child, because he thought the other children were all stupid compared to him, but immediately admits that feeling that way proved that he was in reality the stupid one.
It's suggested his InferioritySuperiorityComplex as a way of coping with his own loneliness.
**It's
not really overt, but in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', the ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' prequel, Sephiroth feels isolated because of a combination of his superior intelligence and power. The only ones he feels at all close to are Angeal, Genesis, and possibly Zack, who went through similar experiments, and are still nowhere near his level.
20th Aug '16 5:19:09 PM nombretomado
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* Raistlin in ''{{Dragonlance}}'', whose exceptional intelligence sets him apart from other characters (although his loneliness is also because, well, AmbitionIsEvil and BeingEvilSucks).

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* Raistlin in ''{{Dragonlance}}'', ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'', whose exceptional intelligence sets him apart from other characters (although his loneliness is also because, well, AmbitionIsEvil and BeingEvilSucks).
30th Jul '16 3:31:22 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Daria}}.'' This was more prevalent in the first season, after that the show became much less about "Daria vs. the idiots around her". In fact, around season two, we see her getting called out on her antisocial behaviours as well as the isolation being partially her doing - and her CharacterDevelopment is her ''not'' pushing everybody away.

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* ''{{Daria}}.''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}.'' This was more prevalent in the first season, after that the show became much less about "Daria vs. the idiots around her". In fact, around season two, we see her getting called out on her antisocial behaviours as well as the isolation being partially her doing - and her CharacterDevelopment is her ''not'' pushing everybody away.
15th Jul '16 7:27:37 PM eroock
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* [[http://www.yourtango.com/2016287241/smarter-people-have-fewer-friends-says-science This]] article claims there is a scientific explanation for this phenomenon, namely that "highly intelligent individuals are better able to adapt to modern life. [...] This means they don't have as much of a need for social interaction."
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