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21st Jun '16 3:22:04 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* In a Season 1 episode, Krusty the Clown on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is cleared of a robbery in part because of his revealed illiteracy. In light of later information about him, it's kind of a FridgeLogic moment - Krusty is supposed to be the son of a Rabbi who was being molded for that career, so it's hard to believe he would be illiterate. In fairness, he did have a minimal reading level (and he is a drug addict), which makes this somewhat more realistic. In one of the DVD episode commentaries, the makers mention that they decided to leave out this character trait after a while, seeing as how it really did not make sense that Krusty could not read and yet do the things he does.

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In a Season 1 episode, Krusty the Clown on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is cleared of a robbery in part because of his revealed illiteracy. In light of later information about him, it's kind of a FridgeLogic moment - Krusty is supposed to be the son of a Rabbi who was being molded for that career, so it's hard to believe he would be illiterate. In fairness, he did have a minimal reading level (and he is a drug addict), which makes this somewhat more realistic. In one of the DVD episode commentaries, the makers mention that they decided to leave out this character trait after a while, seeing as how it really did not make sense that Krusty could not read and yet do the things he does.



*** In one book on the series, one writer mentions how, during the story conference, they threw around moments throughout the series in which Homer was shown reading, and ultimately decided to go with RuleOfFunny.

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*** ** In one book on the series, one writer mentions how, during the story conference, they threw around moments throughout the series in which Homer was shown reading, and ultimately decided to go with RuleOfFunny.


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** Played for laughs in "Treehouse of Horror IV", when Marge gives the JuryOfTheDamned her wedding picture and tells them to look at the back:
-->'''Blackbeard:''' Ar, tis some kind of treasure map!
-->'''Benedict Arnold''' ''Snatches photo)'' You idiot, you can't read!
-->'''Blackbeard:''' My debauchery was my way of compensating!
14th Jun '16 12:07:06 AM PaulA
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* In the HoratioAlgerJr book ''Ragged Dick'', young Dick realizes that his illiteracy will be an obstacle in his plan to lift himself by his bootstraps. He solves this by finding another orphan who was able to get some schooling before being kicked out on the streets, and allowing the boy to sublet his room in exchange for tutoring.

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* In the HoratioAlgerJr Creator/HoratioAlgerJr book ''Ragged Dick'', young Dick realizes that his illiteracy will be an obstacle in his plan to lift himself by his bootstraps. He solves this by finding another orphan who was able to get some schooling before being kicked out on the streets, and allowing the boy to sublet his room in exchange for tutoring.
1st Jun '16 9:17:59 PM PaulA
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* Comes up by way of CultureClash in PatriciaCWrede's ''Literature/TheRavenRing''. It's mentioned in one scene that the protagonist can't read, and it's implied that this is normal for her people, who have a strong OralTradition. She has no idea why her rich city-born companion is embarrassed to have brought the subject up.

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* Comes up by way of CultureClash in PatriciaCWrede's Creator/PatriciaCWrede's ''Literature/TheRavenRing''. It's mentioned in one scene that the protagonist can't read, and it's implied that this is normal for her people, who have a strong OralTradition. She has no idea why her rich city-born companion is embarrassed to have brought the subject up.
1st Jun '16 11:45:11 AM TheCuza
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* In an episode of ''Series/CornerGas'', Lacey ''thinks'' Oscar doesn't know how to read due to a SustainedMisunderstanding.
-->'''Lacey:''' What if he's functionally illiterate?\\
'''Wanda:''' He's not illiterate. [[GrumpyOldMan He's barely functional]]. He's non-functionally literate.
19th May '16 4:05:29 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In an early episode of ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' (back when it was still called ''GoodMorningMissBliss''), a bully is revealed to be illiterate, which is why he forced others to do his homework.

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* In an early episode of ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' (back when it was still called ''GoodMorningMissBliss''), ''Good Morning Miss Bliss''), a bully is revealed to be illiterate, which is why he forced others to do his homework.
7th May '16 4:50:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Literature/TheReader'', there are hints throughout the first half, and then it's dramatically revealed that a character is illiterate... and it's a very important plot point that could rule the lives of several people. [[spoiler:This is a highly warped version of the trope, as the illiterate character commits crimes against humanity during the Holocaust]] Not only that but [[spoiler:said character originally worked at a Siemens at the beginning of the war until she was proposed for a promotion. It is hinted she didn't want to accept that promotion since then people would find out she was illiterate so she ''joins the SS instead''. Furthermore, both in the movie and in the book, it is mentioned at her trial that she would ask people sentenced to be gassed to read to her. In the book, the protagonist theorizes it was the other way around: she would ask people to read to her and ''send them to their deaths'' so they wouldn't reveal her secret.]]

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* ''Literature/TheReader'', ''Film/TheReader'', there are hints throughout the first half, and then it's dramatically revealed that a character is illiterate... and it's a very important plot point that could rule the lives of several people. [[spoiler:This is a highly warped version of the trope, as the illiterate character commits crimes against humanity during the Holocaust]] Not only that but [[spoiler:said character originally worked at a Siemens at the beginning of the war until she was proposed for a promotion. It is hinted she didn't want to accept that promotion since then people would find out she was illiterate so she ''joins the SS instead''. Furthermore, both in the movie and in the book, it is mentioned at her trial that she would ask people sentenced to be gassed to read to her. In the book, the protagonist theorizes it was the other way around: she would ask people to read to her and ''send them to their deaths'' so they wouldn't reveal her secret.]]


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* ''Film/ThePrincipal'': Ms. Orozco is giving Raymi after-school tutoring because it turns out that he's unable to read. When she decides to take a job at another school after one of the students tried to rape her, Rick personally takes over Raymi's lessons.
3rd May '16 9:49:49 AM DaibhidC
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** Also used for a quick gag with the [[MagiTek Disorganiser demon]] who has "handwriting recognition" - it looks at it and says "Yep, that's handwriting."
30th Apr '16 5:21:50 PM nombretomado
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* An episode of ''TinyToonAdventures'' called "Why Dizzy Can't Read" revealed that Dizzy Devil was illiterate. Babs makes a reference to a certain episode of ''Facts of Life''.
* There was an episode of ''CaptainPlanet'' where a villain tries to trick an illiterate worker into spraying poison instead of fertilizer by switching his bags, since he wouldn't be able to tell them apart. The worker was TooDumbToLive, though. Earlier, he tries to drink a whole bottle of medicine. When his friend hurriedly warns him that's dangerous, he protests that he couldn't read the instructions, so how was he supposed to know he shouldn't have done that.

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* An episode of ''TinyToonAdventures'' ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' called "Why Dizzy Can't Read" revealed that Dizzy Devil was illiterate. Babs makes a reference to a certain episode of ''Facts of Life''.
* There was an episode of ''CaptainPlanet'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|and the Planeteers}}'' where a villain tries to trick an illiterate worker into spraying poison instead of fertilizer by switching his bags, since he wouldn't be able to tell them apart. The worker was TooDumbToLive, though. Earlier, he tries to drink a whole bottle of medicine. When his friend hurriedly warns him that's dangerous, he protests that he couldn't read the instructions, so how was he supposed to know he shouldn't have done that.
23rd Apr '16 9:11:35 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Part of the Vorin religion's strict gender roles mean that men are not allowed read. The only exception is if they become ardents (sort of priest-slaves), who legally have no gender and are supposed to learn all skills so they can provide aid to both men and women. It's not uncommon for Vorin men who have an interest in math or scholarship to join the ardentia. Furthermore, there are stylized glyphs which are practically a language in their own right, but since they are designed to be recognizable even by someone who was never seen them before, everyone insists it's not the same, and men are allowed to read them. Most men still don't learn them, though.
5th Apr '16 11:08:05 PM Kartoonkid95
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** Similarly, the fic ''Between the Lines'' shows that Big Macintosh never learned to read. It's shown that he stopped going to school because he felt compelled to take over his parents' responsibilities when they died and Granny Smith [[HeroicBSOD was in severe emotional shock over the tragedy]] to care of the farm herself, much to her chagrin.

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** Similarly, the fic ''Between the Lines'' shows that Big Macintosh never learned to read. It's shown that he stopped going to school because he felt compelled obligated to take over his parents' responsibilities when they died and Granny Smith [[HeroicBSOD [[AngstComa was in severe emotional shock over the tragedy]] to care of the farm herself, much to her chagrin.
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