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24th Feb '17 12:53:10 AM TheSinful
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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.
9th Feb '17 7:16:50 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Ygritte has shades of this. Although she knows much about her own people and constantly teases Jon that he knows nothing, she herself mistakes a windmill for a great castle and seems completely ignorant of the wildlings' previous failed invasions.
5th Feb '17 11:40:47 PM mlsmithca
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* In ''Literature/TheDayOfTheLocust'', aspiring but talentless actress Faye Greener meets screenwriter Claude Estee at a party through their mutual friend, set designer Tod Hackett (the novel's protagonist). Rather than ask for advice from the only person in the book who has actually achieved success in the film industry, she positions herself as the one who knows how to achieve success and talks at length about her career ambitions and how she plans to make them a reality, based on half-remembered and less-than-half-understood things she has read in fan magazines and trade papers. "It was all nonsense," according to the narration.

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* In ''Literature/TheDayOfTheLocust'', aspiring but talentless actress Faye Greener meets screenwriter Claude Estee at a party through their mutual friend, set designer Tod Hackett (the novel's protagonist). Rather than ask for advice from the only person in the book who has actually achieved success in the film industry, she positions herself ''herself'' as the one who knows how to achieve success and talks at length about her career ambitions and how she plans to make them a reality, based on half-remembered and less-than-half-understood things she has read in fan magazines and trade papers. "It was all nonsense," according to the narration.narration, and Claude eventually gives up trying to get a word in edgewise.
5th Feb '17 11:39:25 PM mlsmithca
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* ''Literature/WinnieThePooh''.
** Owl.
** Rabbit.
*** To Owl's credit, he's not particularly egotistical about it. Rabbit, now...
*** Owl is actually an example of a dead subtrope which was common back then; a Victorian school graduate with surface knowledge and a lot of arrogance. Him being barely literate merely took the trope UpToEleven.

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* ''Literature/WinnieThePooh''.
** Owl.
** Rabbit.
*** To Owl's credit, he's not particularly egotistical about it. Rabbit, now...
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''Literature/WinnieThePooh'': Owl and Rabbit both think they know it all, but whenever they try to explain anything, it becomes obvious they're just making it up as they go along. Owl is actually an example of a dead subtrope which was common back then; a Victorian school graduate with surface knowledge and a lot of arrogance. Him being arrogance, and the fact that he is barely literate merely took takes the trope UpToEleven.UpToEleven. Still, at least he's not particularly egotistical about it - Rabbit, however...



* In ''Literature/TheDayOfTheLocust'', aspiring but talentless actress Faye Greener meets screenwriter Claude Estee at a party through their mutual friend, set designer Tod Hackett (the novel's protagonist). Rather than ask for advice from the only person in the book who has actually achieved success in the film industry, she positions herself as the one who knows how to achieve success and talks at length about her career ambitions and how she plans to make them a reality, based on half-remembered and less-than-half-understood things she has read in fan magazines and trade papers. "It was all nonsense," according to the narration.



-->''Well ya see, Norm, it's like this. A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, [[ArtisticLicenseBiology regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine]]. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers.''

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-->''Well -->"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this. A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, [[ArtisticLicenseBiology regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine]]. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers.''"



* ''Series/FatherTed'' Crilly considers himself an intellectual due to being SurroundedByIdiots on [[CityOfWeirdos Craggy Island]]. Best exemplified in "And Then God Made Women" when Ted tries to impress a BrainyBrunette.
* Britta Perry from ''{{Series/Community}}'' wants to be seen as an enlightened woman of the world, but often betrays her ignorance. Pierce Hawthorne is even worse; he's a foolish, addled old bigot convinced of his own brilliance.
** [[spoiler: Chang]] turns out to be this, after TheReveal he made up his credentials.
* Mr. Chekov, of ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' fame, thought that everything from genetically modified wheat to the written word was a Russian "inwention". Given that the show was made during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, he was never right about any of it. This is actually TruthInTelevision, as Soviet propaganda tried to trace many things to Russian inventors, to the point that people started joking that "Russia was the homeland of elephants", or the greatest inventor of all time, [[Creator/LeonardoDaVinci Lenard da Vishinski]]. This attitude of Chekov was spoofed in a novel by Creator/DianeDuane, when he claimed that roller coasters had been invented by Russians. Nobody believed him, as the first roller coaster had been patented by an American... Yet, Russians actually created the ancestor of roller coasters, the Russian mountains, and in many languages (like Italian, Portuguese or Spanish) the roller coasters are called the local language's translation of "Russian mountains".
** In regard to the genetically-modified wheat, there's something to that too, in that Stalin was a huge fan of Trofim Lysenko's [[ArtisticLicenseBiology unorthodox ideas about evolution]], and tried to create a new superwheat to feed the country. [[GoneHorriblyWrong It did not go well for anyone]].

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* The title character in ''Series/FatherTed'' Crilly considers himself an intellectual due to being SurroundedByIdiots on [[CityOfWeirdos Craggy Island]]. Best exemplified in "And Then God Made Women" when Ted tries to impress a BrainyBrunette.
* Britta Perry from ''{{Series/Community}}'' wants to be seen as an enlightened woman of the world, but often betrays her ignorance. Pierce Hawthorne is even worse; he's a foolish, addled old bigot convinced of his own brilliance.
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brilliance. [[spoiler: Chang]] turns out to be this, after TheReveal he made up his credentials.
* Mr. Chekov, of ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' fame, thought that everything from genetically modified wheat to the written word was a Russian "inwention". Given that the show was made during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, he was never right about any of it. This is actually TruthInTelevision, as Soviet propaganda tried to trace many things to Russian inventors, to the point that people started joking that "Russia was the homeland of elephants", or the greatest inventor of all time, [[Creator/LeonardoDaVinci Lenard da Vishinski]]. This attitude of Chekov was spoofed in a novel by Creator/DianeDuane, when he claimed that roller coasters had been invented by Russians. Nobody believed him, as the first roller coaster had been patented by an American... Yet, Russians actually created the ancestor of roller coasters, the Russian mountains, and in many languages (like Italian, Portuguese or Spanish) the roller coasters are called the local language's translation of "Russian mountains".
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mountains". In regard to the genetically-modified wheat, there's something to that too, in that Stalin was a huge fan of Trofim Lysenko's [[ArtisticLicenseBiology unorthodox ideas about evolution]], and tried to create a new superwheat to feed the country. [[GoneHorriblyWrong It did not go well for anyone]].
30th Jan '17 7:08:08 AM Trooper924
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**Outside of Peggy, the Hills frequently run afoul of various "experts" who have more self-importance than any actual competence in their supposed field of expertise. It's often implied that these people keep ending up in Arlen because they can't find work anywhere else.
27th Dec '16 5:44:49 AM Nazetrime
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* ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'': Emil had expensive private tutors growing up, but the story keeps dropping hints that they failed at actually teaching him anything. First, his grades dropped when he went into public school. Second, any high knowledge level information he shares tends to be blatantly wrong and just asking to be corrected by one of his crewmates that got an actual education. However, since he hasn't figured out that the problem was his tutors and not the public school system having it in for him, he still thinks of himself as well-educated, and shares his inaccurate knowledge with certainity that it's right.

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* ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'': Emil had expensive private tutors growing up, but the story keeps dropping hints that they failed at actually teaching him anything. First, his grades dropped when he went into public school. school after his family's RichesToRags episode. Second, any high knowledge level information he shares tends to be blatantly wrong and just asking to be corrected by one of his crewmates that who got an actual education. However, since he hasn't figured out that the problem was his tutors and not the public school system having it in for him, he still thinks of himself as well-educated, and shares his inaccurate knowledge with certainity that it's right.
24th Dec '16 10:02:10 AM Nazetrime
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* ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'': Emil had expensive private tutors growing up, but the story keeps dropping hints that they failed at actually teaching him anything. First, his grades dropped when he went into public school. Second, any high knowledge level information he shares tends to be blatantly wrong and just asking to be corrected by one of his crewmates that got an actual education. However, since he hasn't figured out that the problem was his tutors and not the public school system having it in for him, he still thinks of himself as well-educated, and shares his inaccurate knowledge with certainity that it's right.
23rd Dec '16 5:26:54 PM Geoduck
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--> '''Man In Black:''' Truly you have a very dizzying intellect.

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--> '''Man In Black:''' Truly you have a very dizzying intellect.
22nd Dec '16 3:59:35 AM eroock
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->"''Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.''"

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->"''Professing ->''"Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.''""''
18th Dec '16 8:40:54 AM Kombucha
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Nothing could be farther 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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Nothing could be farther 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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