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30th Apr '18 5:48:48 PM nombretomado
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[[IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do]] with [[UsefulNotes/MillardFillmore a know-it-all]] from [[AtrociousAlias the Know-Nothing party]].

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[[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do]] with [[UsefulNotes/MillardFillmore a know-it-all]] from [[AtrociousAlias the Know-Nothing party]].
3rd Apr '18 10:12:16 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* Vizzini from ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' is openly enamored with his perceived intellect, but it is clear that he knows far less than he pretends. He belittles the known great thinkers, he comes up with several [[InsaneTrollLogic far-fetched]] justifications for either cup the masked man may have poisoned (and fails to consider [[TakeAThirdOption a third option]]), and [[YouKeepUsingThatWord keeps misusing]] the word "Inconceivable". It's implied that his long-winded logic behind which cup was poisoned might have just been a cover, and the real point was to get a reaction out of the Man In Black that would reveal something, but the whole exchange still proves Vizzini isn't as smart as he thinks he is.

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* Vizzini from ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' is openly enamored with his perceived intellect, but it is clear that he knows far less than he pretends. He belittles the known great thinkers, he comes up with several [[InsaneTrollLogic far-fetched]] justifications for either cup the masked man may have poisoned (and fails to consider [[TakeAThirdOption a third option]]), and [[YouKeepUsingThatWord keeps misusing]] the word "Inconceivable". It's implied that his long-winded logic behind which cup was poisoned might have just been a cover, and the real point was to get a reaction out of the Man In Black that would reveal something, something (the Man In Black directly accuses him of doing so), but the whole exchange still proves Vizzini isn't as smart as he thinks he is.
31st Mar '18 1:46:00 AM system
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29th Mar '18 4:43:58 PM MinghamSmith
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* ''Webcomic/TheScumthorpeFiles'' has Tara Dunning, who was [[WordOfGod confirmed]] to be named after the Dunning-Kruger effect. She claims she's the most mature, intelligent girl in her class, but [[SmallNameBigEgo the opposite is true]]. Perfectly shown when the sixth grade class is learning sex-ed and Tara launches into a description straight out of a trashy novel, having no clue what her words really mean.
19th Mar '18 7:36:22 PM TheBigBopper
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Can sometimes intersect with the {{Jerkass}}. Compare TooCleverByHalf, a character who overestimates his or her ingenuity or wisdom. Propense to DelusionsOfEloquence, though not all of them have them. Compare FeigningIntelligence. Contrast InsufferableGenius, who has the same arrogant attitude but is ''not'' incompetent. Actually listening to one may result in TheBlindLeadingTheBlind. Compare SmallNameBigEgo, who both want to be recognized and appreciated, but take different paths to it. For a more "physical" version, see BoisterousWeakling.

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Can sometimes intersect with the {{Jerkass}}. Compare TooCleverByHalf, which is when an actually smart person gets overconfident and makes a character who overestimates his or her ingenuity or wisdom.mistake they thought they were "too smart" to fall for. Propense to DelusionsOfEloquence, though not all of them have them. Compare FeigningIntelligence. Contrast InsufferableGenius, who has the same arrogant attitude but is ''not'' incompetent. Actually listening to one may result in TheBlindLeadingTheBlind. Compare SmallNameBigEgo, who both want to be recognized and appreciated, but take different paths to it. For a more "physical" version, see BoisterousWeakling.
9th Mar '18 7:26:46 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.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
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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.invasions.
** Despite his pretenses of restoring the family name and dreams of being a conquering hero, Viserys is thoroughly incompetent about politics and incapable of commanding an army, as noted by both Jorah and Daenerys.
--> '''Daenerys:''' My brother didn't know anything about dragons. ''[{{beat}}]'' He didn't know anything about anything.
8th Mar '18 12:43:02 PM tricksterson
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* While Mordecai, MMFEC's shaman in ''WebVideo/ShadowrunCorporateSins is a competent and powerful magician he is almost completely useless regarding technology but refuses to admit it.
1st Mar '18 9:50:38 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Reversed in ''Series/HogansHeroes'', where Schultz was always quick to assure people that he "knew nothink!", when in fact he knew more about Hogan's operation than any of the other Germans ''and'' [[GenreSavvy realized]] that [[ObfuscatingStupidity playing dumb]] and [[IllPretendIDidntHearThat ignoring the issue]] was his best option.

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* Reversed in ''Series/HogansHeroes'', where Schultz was always quick to assure people that he "knew nothink!", when in fact he knew more about Hogan's operation than any of the other Germans ''and'' [[GenreSavvy realized]] realized that [[ObfuscatingStupidity playing dumb]] and [[IllPretendIDidntHearThat ignoring the issue]] was his best option.
26th Feb '18 5:42:34 AM KToonz
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* Ren and Stimpy. Despite Ren being the self-proclaimed smart one in the group, it has been shown in many cases that Ren himself is an idiot.

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* Ren and Stimpy. ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'': Despite Ren being the self-proclaimed smart one in the group, it has been shown in many cases that Ren himself is an idiot.
24th Feb '18 3:34:30 PM Odacon_Spy
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* The target of Montresor's hatred in [[Creator/EdgarAllenPoe Poe's]] ''Literature/TheCaskOfAmontillado'', the wealthy and well-connected Fortunato, proclaims himself an expert wine connoisseur, but when Montresor suggests inviting a mutual friend with them to sample the titular spirit, he admonishes the idea because the friend "wouldn't know sherry from Amontillado." Amontillado ''is'' a sherry. He also guzzles an expensive fine wine like cheap swill, holds plonk brands in high regard and is willing to sample the Amontillado while already heavily drunk, something no real wine connoisseur would do; all actions that do little to refute Montresor's opinion that he is really a boorish idiot.

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* The target of Montresor's hatred in [[Creator/EdgarAllenPoe Poe's]] Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's ''Literature/TheCaskOfAmontillado'', the wealthy and well-connected Fortunato, proclaims himself an expert wine connoisseur, but when Montresor suggests inviting a mutual friend with them to sample the titular spirit, he admonishes the idea because the friend "wouldn't know sherry from Amontillado." Amontillado ''is'' a sherry. He also guzzles an expensive fine wine like cheap swill, holds plonk brands in high regard and is willing to sample the Amontillado samples wine while already heavily drunk, something no real wine connoisseur would do; all actions that do little to refute Montresor's opinion that he is really a boorish idiot.
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