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13th Mar '17 12:57:59 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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** Scuttle the seagull from Disney's ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''. He claims that a fork is a thing for styling hair, a (smoking) pipe is a musical instrument, and also uses a telescope backwards. This gets {{lampshade|Hanging}}d later on in the film when he's trying to warn Sebastian about something. Sebastian is understandably skeptical, and Scuttle shouts "Have I ever been wrong? I mean, when it's ''important?''"

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** Scuttle the seagull from Disney's ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''. He claims that mistakes a fork is a thing for styling hair, a (smoking) fancy comb and a tobacco pipe is for a musical instrument, and he also uses a telescope backwards. This gets {{lampshade|Hanging}}d later on in the film when he's trying to warn Sebastian about something. Sebastian is understandably skeptical, and Scuttle shouts "Have I ever been wrong? I mean, when it's ''important?''"
13th Mar '17 12:56:21 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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[[caption-width-right:330:There ''are'' imaginary numbers, [[EleventyZillion just not the ones he's thinking of.]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:330:There ''are'' ''[[RightForTheWrongReasons are]]'' imaginary numbers, just not [[EleventyZillion just not the ones he's thinking of.]]]]
of]].]]
11th Mar '17 9:41:20 AM TheNicestGuy
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', this is one manifestation of Dermott Fictel's SmallNameBigEgo. He claims that Certs mints can be used to make napalm. He claims he can play the guitar, but always finds an excuse not to. He claims [[AssShove inserting a lighter into your rectum]] is the best defense against aliens--and he actually does it. In most cases, he doesn't seem [[IgnorantOfTheirOwnIgnorance Ignorant of His Own Ignorance]]; he's just desperate to impress.
9th Mar '17 8:34:57 PM epoxy
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Can sometimes intersect with the {{Jerkass}}. 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, 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.
28th Feb '17 5:45:16 PM TroperBeDoper
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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.]]
27th Feb '17 11:21:28 AM AkoSiKuya23
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* Mao in ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'' will frequently boast about having a 1.8 million E.Q (Evil Quotient), but is utterly clueless about simple concepts like love, truth, and friendship. ''VideoGame/DisgaeaDimension2'' gives us the Krichevskoy Group, a trio of monsters that claim to follow King Krichevskoy's will and want to dethrone Laharl because they believe he's an InadequateInheritor. However, they don't seem to have a grasp on what made Krichevskoy a great and charismatic Overlord and for all their disrespect towards Laharl, Laharl shows throughout the game that he acts far closer to Krichevskoy than the very demons who worship him.

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* Mao in ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'' will frequently boast about having a 1.8 million E.Q (Evil Quotient), but is utterly clueless about simple concepts like love, truth, and friendship.
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''VideoGame/DisgaeaDimension2'' gives us the Krichevskoy Group, a trio of monsters that claim to follow King Krichevskoy's will and want to dethrone Laharl because they believe he's an InadequateInheritor. However, they don't seem to have a grasp on what made Krichevskoy a great and charismatic Overlord and for all their disrespect towards Laharl, Laharl shows throughout the game that he acts far closer to Krichevskoy than the very demons who worship him.
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...
***
''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]].
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