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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}}
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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."
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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.
25th Jun '17 1:45:53 AM AdamC
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*** Notably, she was the only one to ''not'' know that Nancy had been cheating on Dale with John Redcorn, outside of Dale himself.

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*** Notably, she was the only one to ''not'' know that Nancy had been cheating on Dale with John Redcorn, outside of Dale himself. When she did find out it was only because Hank essentially spelled it out for her.


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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.
16th Jun '17 1:00:23 PM Onlythrice
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* The Institute of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' are all scientific knowledge, with zero ''practical'' knowledge of how to apply it. [[spoiler: They've spent the last 6 decades underground going nowhere with boondoggle after boondoggle experiment, use their most impressive inventions (The Synths) as nothing but cheap slave labor and people snatchers, and trying to crack experiments (FEV virus, intelligent machines, the use of teleportation) that previous game characters and factions already did better.]]

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* The Institute of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' are all scientific knowledge, with zero ''practical'' knowledge of how to apply it. [[spoiler: They've spent the last 6 decades underground They seclude themselves underground, spending nearly two centuries going nowhere with boondoggle after boondoggle experiment, use their most impressive inventions (The Synths) [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots (the Synths)]] as nothing but cheap slave labor and people snatchers, and trying to crack experiments (FEV virus, (the Forced Evolutionary Virus, intelligent machines, the use of teleportation) that previous game characters and factions such as already did better.]]better.
** To elaborate further, the Institute is narcissistic enough to think that everyone above-ground is beneath them (not literally of course) while the Shi over in California were able to develop a vine that absorbs radiation to make land more livable, make synthetic oil out of seaweed, and in 2242 were able to rediscover nuclear power and manufacture new reactors (without relying on [[PlotDevice pre-war technology]] like the Institute), accomplishing more than the Institute ever could in a much shorter span. Also, despite the Institute claiming to have the most advanced technology, their laser weapons are less powerful than ones developed pre-war. As for their FEV program, the Institute spent a century turning people into Super Mutants with the goal of studying the effects of FEV on humans to improve the synths, but rather than working on curing them which West-Tek figured out how to do back in 2077, they simply released them into the wild.



** In National Treasure 4: Baby Franny: She's Doing Well: The Hole Story, Steve convinces Francine to prove her worth by solving one of the Millennium Prize Problems in mathematics. After an intense mathematics montage, Francine goes up to a professor at a college lecture and announces that she solved the Yang-Mills existence and mass gap problem. Her solution? The number 6. The professor informs her that the answer wouldn't be a number, and she frowns and walks away.

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** In National Treasure 4: Baby Franny: She's Doing Well: The Hole Story, Steve convinces Francine to prove her worth by solving one of the Millennium Prize Problems in mathematics. After an intense mathematics montage, Francine goes up to a professor at a college lecture and announces that she solved the Yang-Mills existence and mass gap problem. Her solution? The number 6. The professor informs her that the answer wouldn't be a number, but rather an entirely new concept in mathematics, and she frowns and walks away.
12th May '17 8:22:27 PM decoy73
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': 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.

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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.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.
11th May '17 5:38:31 PM 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 [[ReassignedToAntarctica because they can't find work anywhere else]].

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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 the reason these people keep ending up in Arlen is [[ReassignedToAntarctica because they can't find work anywhere else]].
3rd May '17 9:16:30 AM mouschilight
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* Sakura Haruno is a practical {{Deconstruction}} of this trope from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. While she was one of the top students of the Academy (second only to Ino who had became the Kunoichi of the Year), she considered herself a lot stronger than the 'Dead-Last' Naruto Uzumaki since she equated 'knowing more about textbook things translates to real life'. During her first ''real'' mission in the Land of Waves, she realized Naruto was not only stronger than her but had pulled far ahead and during the Chunin Exams, she sacrificed the long hair she had grown meticulously so Sasuke would notice her in an attempt to save her teammates who were unconscious from the battle with Orochimaru. Sakura eventually becomes [[LadyOfWar Tsunade]]'s apprentice, TakesALevelInBadass in the first arc of Part II...and then has no truly memorable fights afterwards, and is TheMedic at best. However, during the last stage of the WarArc [[spoiler: she can keep up with KCM Naruto ''and'' a Complete Susano'o EMS Sasuke...until she gets OvershadowedByAwesome rather quickly, and ultimately has to rely on her two teammates yet again.]]

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* Sakura Haruno is a practical {{Deconstruction}} of this trope from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. While she was one of the top students of the Academy (second only to Ino who had became the Kunoichi of the Year), she considered herself a lot stronger than the 'Dead-Last' Naruto Uzumaki since she equated 'knowing more about textbook things translates to real life'. During her first ''real'' mission in the Land of Waves, she realized Naruto was not only stronger than her but had pulled far ahead and during the Chunin Exams, she sacrificed the long hair she had grown meticulously so Sasuke would notice her in an attempt to save her teammates who were unconscious from the battle with Orochimaru. Sakura eventually becomes [[LadyOfWar Tsunade]]'s apprentice, TakesALevelInBadass in the first arc of Part II...and then has no truly memorable fights afterwards, and is TheMedic on the sidelines at best. However, during the last stage of the WarArc [[spoiler: she can keep up with KCM Naruto ''and'' a Complete Susano'o EMS Sasuke...until she gets OvershadowedByAwesome rather quickly, and after realizing that she just CantCatchUp, she ultimately has to rely on her two teammates yet again.]]
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