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20th Nov '17 12:50:39 PM MasterN
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A Know-Nothing Know-It-All is a character who insists he or she knows everything; is always right; that [[GladIThoughtOfIt they were the ''actual'' original creator of an idea]]; and who generally has an extremely high opinion of themselves and their abilities.

Nothing could be further from the truth. They are grossly misinformed, or just lying, about everything they talk about with authority. They create nothing new, and are IgnorantOfTheirOwnIgnorance. Their abilities could best be described as "scarce". Such people are, in fact, the living definition of the word charlatan.

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A Know-Nothing Know-It-All is a character who insists he or she knows everything; is always right; that [[GladIThoughtOfIt they were the ''actual'' original creator of an idea]]; and who generally has an extremely high opinion of themselves and their abilities.

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abilities, when nothing could be further from the truth. truth.

They are grossly misinformed, or just lying, about everything they talk about with authority. They create nothing new, and are IgnorantOfTheirOwnIgnorance. Their abilities could best be described as "scarce". Such people are, in fact, the living definition of the word charlatan.
31st Oct '17 2:34:05 PM darkemyst
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** Gilderoy Lockhart initially appeared to be one of these, although in the end it turns out he's well aware of his own incompetence, and is impressively competent at concealing it, at least to those who don't know him well.
** Dolores Umbridge in ''Order of the Phoenix'' is definitely one. She has virtually no ability to actually teach Defense Against the Dark Arts (having only been put there by the Ministry as a "Ministry-approved" instructor) and is shown to be incompetent in an actual fight.
** Cormac [=McLaggen=] in ''Half-Blood Prince'', much like [[Series/TheBigBangTheory Sheldon Cooper]] below, straddles the line between this trope and InsufferableGenius. He's an above-average Keeper and has some decent tactical ability, but believes he can play every position better than everyone else on the team. When he takes over for Ron during Gryffindor's second match of the year, he tries to command the players in Harry's place, lectures his own team's Chasers for losing the Quaffle to the point of failing to defend the hoops, and takes the Beater's bat out of one Beater's hand with intention to 'demonstrate how to hit a Bludger'. That last one results in him hitting the Bludger ''at his team's Seeker'', cracking his skull and knocking him out for the rest of the match, causing Gryffindor to lose 320-60.

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** Gilderoy Lockhart initially appeared to be one of these, these in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]'', although in the end it turns out he's well aware of his own incompetence, and is impressively competent at concealing it, at least to those who don't know him well.
** Dolores Umbridge in ''Order ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix'' Phoenix]]'' is definitely one. She has virtually no ability to actually teach Defense Against the Dark Arts (having only been put there by the Ministry as a "Ministry-approved" instructor) and is shown to be incompetent in an actual fight.
** Cormac [=McLaggen=] in ''Half-Blood Prince'', ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]'', much like [[Series/TheBigBangTheory Sheldon Cooper]] below, straddles the line between this trope and InsufferableGenius. He's an above-average Keeper and has some decent tactical ability, but believes he can play every position better than everyone else on the team. When he takes over for Ron during Gryffindor's second match of the year, he tries to command the players in Harry's place, lectures his own team's Chasers for losing the Quaffle to the point of failing to defend the hoops, and takes the Beater's bat out of one Beater's hand with intention to 'demonstrate how to hit a Bludger'. That last one results in him hitting the Bludger ''at his team's Seeker'', cracking his skull and knocking him out for the rest of the match, causing Gryffindor to lose 320-60.
18th Oct '17 1:33:26 PM DakkanSall
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* Hermione is an odd example in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11689576/1/Raptor Raptor]]'' as she's normally an InsufferableGenius but becomes a complete moron whenever the subject of dinosaurs comes up. It takes her ''years'' to recognize that the creature hatched from Hagrid's egg and imprinted on Harry is a velociraptor and even when Film/JurassicPark is being built, she doesn't make the connection or understand why people are becoming more interesting in dinosaurs. Though part of her problem comes from her insistence that dinosaurs are extinct and thus irrelevant.

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* Hermione is an odd example in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11689576/1/Raptor Raptor]]'' as she's normally an InsufferableGenius but becomes a complete moron whenever the subject of dinosaurs comes up. It takes her ''years'' to recognize that the creature hatched from Hagrid's egg and imprinted on Harry is a velociraptor and even when Film/JurassicPark is being built, she doesn't make the connection or understand why people are becoming more interesting interested in dinosaurs. Though part of her problem comes from her insistence that dinosaurs are extinct and thus irrelevant.
10th Oct '17 5:33:45 PM NekoHybrid
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** Another example is how Calvin acts like he knows how to fix a leaky faucet despite never doing so before. Predictably, he winds up flooding the bathroom instead.
3rd Oct '17 9:39:43 PM LinTaylor
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* Rinnosuke of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. You know all those descriptive first-person narratives he makes in ''[[http://en.touhouwiki.net/wiki/Curiosities_of_Lotus_Asia Curiosities of Lotus Asia]]'' that seem to describe the inner workings of Gensokyo? Well, as [[WordOfGod ZUN reveals]] in the [[http://en.touhouwiki.net/wiki/Curiosities_of_Lotus_Asia/Afterword Afterword...]]
--> By the way, Rinnosuke's supposed vast storage of knowledge comes almost entirely out of thin air. Indeed, he doesn't know nearly as much as he thinks he does. If you read closely, you'll notice a lot of wild, meta ideas, but I think that's supposed to be the joke.

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* Rinnosuke Morichika of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. You know all those descriptive first-person narratives ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', who's convinced that he makes in ''[[http://en.knows far more than he actually does and [[CharacterFilibuster will talk at great length]] about it. The [[http://en.touhouwiki.net/wiki/Curiosities_of_Lotus_Asia Curiosities of Lotus Asia]]'' that seem to describe the inner workings of Gensokyo? Well, as [[WordOfGod ZUN reveals]] in the [[http://en.touhouwiki.net/wiki/Curiosities_of_Lotus_Asia/Afterword Afterword...]]
--> By the way,
afterword]] of Rinnosuke's own sidestory ''Literature/TouhouKourindouCuriositiesOfLotusAsia'' has [[WordOfGod ZUN himself]] noting that "Rinnosuke's supposed vast storage of knowledge comes almost entirely out of thin air. Indeed, he doesn't know nearly as much as he thinks he does. If you read closely, you'll notice a lot of wild, meta ideas, but I think that's supposed to be the joke."
7th Sep '17 4:59:24 PM AuraXtreme
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** Cormac [=McLaggen=] in ''Half-Blood Prince'', much like [[Series/TheBigBangTheory Sheldon Cooper]] below, straddles the line between this trope and InsufferableGenius. He's an above-average Keeper and has some decent tactical ability, but believes he can play every position better than everyone else on the team. When he takes over for Ron during Gryffindor's second match of the year, he tries to command the players in Harry's place, lectures his own team's Chasers for losing the Quaffle to the point of failing to defend the hoops, and takes the Beater's bat out of one Beater's hand with intention to 'demonstrate how to hit a Bludger'. That last one results in him hitting the Bludger ''at his team's Seeker'', cracking his skull and knocking him out for the rest of the match, causing Gryffindor to lose 320-60.
--->'''Harry:''' I don't want to stay [in the hospital wing] overnight. I want to find [=McLaggen=] and kill him.
4th Sep '17 11:00:08 AM DaibhidC
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* [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Sergeant Colon]] from the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series is a mild version of this. He does consider himself well informed, but the only person he tries to impress this on is Nobby Nobbs, who he's aware may be winding him up. Such as when Colon identifies hieroglyphs as a type of mollusk, and is asked if they go lower they'll find loweroglyphs, and decides to go for broke - everyone knows you don't get loweroglyphs in these waters. It is said he had a broad education; he went to the school of 'my dad always said', the college of 'it stands to reason', and is now a post graduate student at the university of 'what some bloke told me in the pub'.
** Most members of the UU faculty also display a strong tendency towards this trope. Everyone, that is, save Ponder Stibbons, who occasionally fakes it, spouting his own ridiculous explanations because he knows the ''real'' facts will only kick off another off-topic argument among his colleagues.

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* [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Sergeant Colon]] Literature/{{Discworld}}
**Sergeant Colon
from the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series is a mild version of this. He does consider himself well informed, but the only person he tries to impress this on is Nobby Nobbs, who he's aware may be winding him up. Such as when Colon identifies hieroglyphs as a type of mollusk, and is asked if they go lower they'll find loweroglyphs, and decides to go for broke - everyone knows you don't get loweroglyphs in these waters. It is said he had a broad education; he went to the school of 'my dad always said', the college of 'it stands to reason', and is now a post graduate student at the university of 'what some bloke told me in the pub'.
*** Becomes a point of HypocriticalHumor in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', when someone in the crowd is saying questionable facts and Colon mutters "There's always a know-all."
** Most members of the UU faculty also display a strong tendency towards this trope. Everyone, that is, save Ponder Stibbons, who occasionally fakes it, spouting his own ridiculous explanations because he knows the ''real'' facts will only kick off another off-topic argument among his colleagues.colleagues) the Bursar (who can actually translate Stibbons' explanation into layman's terms when he's not away with the frogs), Ridcully (who is definitely ObfuscatingStupidity) and the Librarian. And of those four, the Bursar is insane, the Librarian is an orangutan, and Ridcully is not averse to flying off into tangential arguments of his own. Though, again due to ObfuscatingStupidity, he could be doing that on purpose. (In ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'' he deliberately starts an irrelevant discussion on whether the wizards are in fact "toilers by hand and brain" or "slackers by hand and brain", before deciding that "[h]e could do this all day, but life couldn't be all fun.")



*** Yes, everyone except Stibbons, the Bursar (who can actually translate Stibbons' explanation into layman's terms), Ridcully (who is definitely ObfuscatingStupidity) and the Librarian.
*** And of those four, the Bursar is insane, the Librarian is an orangutan, and Ridcully is not averse to flying off into tangential arguments of his own. Though, again due to ObfuscatingStupidity, he could be doing that on purpose.
** Granny Weatherwax does this as well, insisting that elephant is "a kind of badger".
*** Granny is well aware of her own shortcomings, but her 'Headology' requires her to make the common folk consider her nearly omniscient.
*** Nanny Ogg...
** Becomes a point of HypocriticalHumor in Discworld/{{Jingo}}, when someone in the crowd is saying questionable facts and Colon mutters "There's always a know-all."

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*** Yes, everyone except Stibbons, the Bursar (who can actually translate Stibbons' explanation into layman's terms), Ridcully (who is definitely ObfuscatingStupidity) and the Librarian.
*** And of those four, the Bursar is insane, the Librarian is an orangutan, and Ridcully is not averse to flying off into tangential arguments of his own. Though, again due to ObfuscatingStupidity, he could be doing that on purpose.

** Granny Weatherwax does this as well, insisting that elephant is "a kind of badger". \n*** Granny is well aware of her own shortcomings, but her 'Headology' requires her to make the common folk consider her nearly omniscient.
*** Nanny Ogg...
** Becomes a point of HypocriticalHumor in Discworld/{{Jingo}}, when someone in the crowd is saying questionable facts and Colon mutters "There's always a know-all."
omniscient.
30th Aug '17 10:33:37 PM MBG
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* The Creator/ShelSilverstein poem "Smart" deals with one of these, a young boy who is given a dollar by his father for being "his smartest son." He then proceeds to easily swindle a person into taking the dollar, in exchange for... two quarters. Because two is more than one, you see, and therefore he got the better end of the bargain. He then talks several other people into swapping the two quarters for three dimes, then four nickels, then five pennies, each time chortling at his intellect as he effortlessly walks away with more than what he started. When he shows the five pennies to his father and happily explains, all his father can do is [[StunnedSilence stare silently and shake his head.]] Obviously, he's just that proud of him!
20th Aug '17 6:28:24 PM MBI
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* Calvin Candie, the villainous Southern slaveowner from ''Film/DjangoUnchained'', certainly thinks himself a wise and cultured man, particularly with his love of French culture. However, he doesn't speak the language (guests are specifically advised not to speak French around him so as not to embarrass him), doesn't know his favorite French author Alexandre Dumas was black, and justifies his beliefs in racial superiority with pseudo-scientific phrenology (already discredited among scientists even at the time).
25th Jun '17 1:46:32 AM AdamC
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** Dale is much the same way, although not to as much of an extreme. It stems more from being a {{Cloudcuckooolander}} who believes his own lies about himself and his own competence. One of the most base jokes about his character is that even though he's convinced he's on the verge of uncovering various government conspiracies, he's too dim to realize his wife has been having a very public and obvious affair for more than ten years.

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** Dale is much the same way, although not to as much of an extreme. It stems more from being a {{Cloudcuckooolander}} {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who believes his own lies about himself and his own competence. One of the most base jokes about his character is that even though he's convinced he's on the verge of uncovering various government conspiracies, he's too dim to realize his wife has been having a very public and obvious affair for more than ten years.
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