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22nd Jul '17 6:38:13 PM Jdb1984
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* The UsefulNotes/AppleII game ''Freedom!'' has a slave trying to escape from the American South. If the player character is illiterate, signs will be displayed with unintelligible characters.

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* The UsefulNotes/AppleII game ''Freedom!'' has a slave trying to escape from the American South. If the player character is illiterate, signs will be displayed [[DevelopersForesight with unintelligible characters.characters]].
4th Jul '17 5:37:14 PM nombretomado
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:WorldMapLiteracy2011.png This map]] from TheOtherWiki's article on literacy shows the percentages of countries' populations that are functionally literate. Fortunately, the description mentions that some of the countries in the red have improved a bit since the map was made.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:WorldMapLiteracy2011.png This map]] from TheOtherWiki's Wiki/TheOtherWiki's article on literacy shows the percentages of countries' populations that are functionally literate. Fortunately, the description mentions that some of the countries in the red have improved a bit since the map was made.
22nd Jun '17 9:27:27 AM Pichu-kun
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* Bing Bong from ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' can't read at all aside from identifying letters, which gets him, Joy, and Sadness into trouble when he leads them into an area that says "Danger" which he insists is a shortcut. Justified because he is an imaginary friend that Riley created when she was a toddler, before ''she'' could read.
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22nd Jun '17 9:25:54 AM Pichu-kun
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* Played with in ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''. It is revealed that WildChild Sapphire is barely literate when she has to pass a written test for the chance to battle Roxanne, and of course, said Gym Leader mocked her and lectured her on the importance of reading. Sapphire's illiteracy can easily be attributed to her lifestyle... but also due to her lifestyle, she's well versed in Pokemon ecology and biology, meaning that once she had someone read the questions for her, she ended up the first person ever to score a perfect mark on Roxanne's test.

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* Played with in ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''.''Manga/PokemonAdventures''. It is revealed that WildChild Sapphire is barely literate when she has to pass a written test for the chance to battle Roxanne, and of course, said Gym Leader mocked her and lectured her on the importance of reading. Sapphire's illiteracy can easily be attributed to her lifestyle... but also due to her lifestyle, she's well versed in Pokemon ecology and biology, meaning that once she had someone read the questions for her, she ended up the first person ever to score a perfect mark on Roxanne's test.



* Sorta used in ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'' since Alexander Volg Zangief comes to Japan with just a very basic knowledge of Japanese, so sometimes he gets lost when reading street signs wrong.



* As in the [[WesternAnimation/{{Jem}} original cartoon]], Roxy from ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms'' is mostly illiterate.



** 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 obligated to take over his parents' responsibilities when they died and Granny Smith [[AngstComa was in severe emotional shock over the tragedy]] to care of the farm herself, much to her chagrin.

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



* This is PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/BeautyAndTheBeast''. It's noted that many extras can't read, as was common during the time period. The end of "Gaston" contains this gem:
-->'''Everyone''': ''There's just one guy in town who's got all of it down...''
-->'''Lefou''': ''And his name's G-A-S-T... I believe there's another "T"... It just occurred to me that I'm illiterate and I've never actually had to spell it out loud before...''
-->'''Everyone''': ''Gaston!''



* Davos Seaworth in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Due to his lowly origins, the smuggler-turned-knight-turned Lord never learned how to read. It's his elevation to Hand of the King that prompts him to learn, alongside his young son.

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Davos Seaworth in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.Seaworth. Due to his lowly origins, the smuggler-turned-knight-turned Lord never learned how to read. It's his elevation to Hand of the King that prompts him to learn, alongside his young son.



* Being literate is comparatively uncommon among most of the population of {{Literature/Redwall}}. Most of the Abbeydwellers learn enough of the basics to function, but most vermin and a few of the Long Patrollers don't really need to read.
* Literature/JakubWedrowycz's academic education is limited to three years of elementary Russian school, so he barely knows Latin alphabet (he never bothered to brush up on it in over 80 years).
** Note, though, that Jakub is ''very big'' on ObfuscatingStupidity (also, ObfuscatingInsanity and [[DrunkenMaster Obfuscating Drunkenness]]).
* [[Literature/InheritanceCycle Eragon]] never learned to read (a fact that surprises Brom, since his uncle Garret was literate). Of course, [[InstantExpert it only takes a month of instruction for Eragon to be literate enough to gather information from government records, and only a few months after that for him to read philosophical discourse and write epic poetry (in a different language)]].

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* Being literate is comparatively uncommon among most of the population of {{Literature/Redwall}}.''{{Literature/Redwall}}''. Most of the Abbeydwellers learn enough of the basics to function, but most vermin and a few of the Long Patrollers don't really need to read.
* Literature/JakubWedrowycz's academic education is limited to three years of elementary Russian school, so he barely knows Latin alphabet (he never bothered to brush up on it in over 80 years).
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years). Note, though, that Jakub is ''very big'' on ObfuscatingStupidity (also, ObfuscatingInsanity and [[DrunkenMaster Obfuscating Drunkenness]]).
* [[Literature/InheritanceCycle Eragon]] ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'': Eragon never learned to read (a fact that surprises Brom, since his uncle Garret was literate). Of course, [[InstantExpert it only takes a month of instruction for Eragon to be literate enough to gather information from government records, and only a few months after that for him to read philosophical discourse and write epic poetry (in a different language)]].



* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw''. Harvey, a lawyer and able to read, goes to prison. Later he's shown learning to read a children's book and having a GoldenMoment when he succeeds. Six months later we see him having the exact same moment, though this time reading ''Penthouse'' forum.

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw''.''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'':
** Parodied.
Harvey, a lawyer and able to read, goes to prison. Later he's shown learning to read a children's book and having a GoldenMoment when he succeeds. Six months later we see him having the exact same moment, though this time reading ''Penthouse'' forum.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' featured an episode where it was revealed Roxy was illiterate. She ends up beginning to learn to read at the end.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' featured an episode where it was revealed Roxy was illiterate. It was foreshadowed a few times early on but never clarified until season 2. She ends up beginning to learn to read at the end. This is given a CallBack in the finale where she and the other Misfits [[spoiler:go to Ba Nee's farewell party. Ba Nee was the girl who gave Roxy a book to help her learn to read]].



* A variation is seen in ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'', where it is revealed that neither Toki nor Skwisgaar can read ''music'' (Skwisgaar in particular claims to have music dyslexia), which you'd think is a big deal when you play in the most popular band in the history of the world.
** Actually such a thing is [[JustifiedTrope quite possible]]. Most rock and other popular music performers don't use or need sheet music. They write music by jamming and learn by ear. It's not common as it used to be though. Many of the great {{Blues}} musicians of the '20s and '30s couldn't read ''at all'', let alone read sheet music.

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* A variation is seen in ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'', where it is revealed that neither Toki nor Skwisgaar can read ''music'' (Skwisgaar in particular claims to have music dyslexia), which you'd think is a big deal when you play in the most popular band in the history of the world.
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world. Actually such a thing is [[JustifiedTrope quite possible]]. Most rock and other popular music performers don't use or need sheet music. They write music by jamming and learn by ear. It's not common as it used to be though. Many of the great {{Blues}} musicians of the '20s and '30s couldn't read ''at all'', let alone read sheet music.



* In an episode of ''TheRaccoons'' Bert befriends a hermit who was about to be thrown out of his swamp home. He reveals to Bert that he cannot read, which is how he didn't know that [[spoiler:the papers left by his father were property deeds, which make him the legal owner of the swamp.]]

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* In an episode of ''TheRaccoons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheRaccoons'' Bert befriends a hermit who was about to be thrown out of his swamp home. He reveals to Bert that he cannot read, which is how he didn't know that [[spoiler:the papers left by his father were property deeds, which make him the legal owner of the swamp.]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Toph, being blind in a world without anything like Braille, cannot read or write. As such, [[DidntThinkThisThrough Sokka's plan to forge a letter from Toph to help her reconcile with Katara falls flat]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Toph, being blind in a world without anything like Braille, braille, cannot read or write. As such, [[DidntThinkThisThrough Sokka's plan to forge a letter from Toph to help her reconcile with Katara falls flat]].



* [[WesternAnimation/StaticShock Static]] discovers his former enemy-turned-ally, Rubberband Man, is dyslexic. It's a sore spot for him, given his accomplishments (he's a talented musician in addition to being a superhero). He starts to learn how to overcome his disability, which thankfully comes in handy when he has to read the instructions on how to disarm a bomb.

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* [[WesternAnimation/StaticShock Static]] ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'': Static discovers his former enemy-turned-ally, Rubberband Man, is dyslexic. It's a sore spot for him, given his accomplishments (he's a talented musician in addition to being a superhero). He starts to learn how to overcome his disability, which thankfully comes in handy when he has to read the instructions on how to disarm a bomb.



* Bing Bong from ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' can't read at all aside from identifying letters, which gets him, Joy, and Sadness into trouble when he leads them into an area that says "Danger" which he insists is a shortcut. Justified because he is an imaginary friend that Riley created when she was a toddler, before ''she'' could read.
31st May '17 7:01:17 PM nombretomado
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** "Death by Chocolate" has YogiBear reveal that he and Boo-Boo are illiterate during his testimony.

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** "Death by Chocolate" has YogiBear WesternAnimation/YogiBear reveal that he and Boo-Boo are illiterate during his testimony.
28th May '17 1:52:59 PM themanwithathousandtabs
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* Say of ''Literature/PinkAndSay'' can't read.
16th May '17 9:35:35 AM nombretomado
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* Illiteracy was widespread in TsaristRussia, as you'd expect of a backwards, feudal society where most people were peasants. At the time of the communist revolution in 1917, only twenty-four percent of Russians could read. In response, the Bolsheviks began the Likbez campaign in 1919. By the 1950s, illiteracy had effectively been eradicated from the Soviet Union.

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* Illiteracy was widespread in TsaristRussia, UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia, as you'd expect of a backwards, feudal society where most people were peasants. At the time of the communist revolution in 1917, only twenty-four percent of Russians could read. In response, the Bolsheviks began the Likbez campaign in 1919. By the 1950s, illiteracy had effectively been eradicated from the Soviet Union.
26th Apr '17 10:20:46 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'': A large number of the boys in CGS/Tekkadan, including the protagonist Mikazuki, due to never having had a formal education. When Kudelia offers to teach Mika early in the series, he and a number of other boys eagerly start studying.

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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'': A large number of the boys in CGS/Tekkadan, including the protagonist Mikazuki, fit in here due to never having had a formal education. When Kudelia offers to teach Mika early in the series, he and a number of other boys eagerly start studying.studying.
* Sorta used in ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'' since Alexander Volg Zangief comes to Japan with just a very basic knowledge of Japanese, so sometimes he gets lost when reading street signs wrong.
* In ''Manga/AshitanoJoe'', Joe Yabuki is a former StreetUrchin who never went to school and is barely literate. This bites him ''hard'' in the ass when he wants to get a boxing license and it's time for the written exams...




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* The eponymous ''Literature/EvaLuna'' always wanted to learn how to read and write, so she could properly use her talent as TheStoryteller. Her agitated life didn't give her the chance until she was in her mid-teens at least, and she was absolutely ''euphoric'' as she put her ideas and plots into written words.



* Nino from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem 7]]'', who learned to use magic tomes by watching Sonia and imitating her chants (something that gets her a lot of respect from fellow mage and potential love interest Erk). Her supports with Canas has him teaching her how to read.

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* Nino from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem 7]]'', who Emblem: Blazing Blade]]'' was so badly neglected by her AbusiveParent Sonia that she cannot read. Instead, she learned to use magic tomes [[TeenGenius by watching Sonia and imitating her chants chants]] (something that gets her a lot of respect from fellow mage and potential love interest Erk). Her supports with Canas has him teaching her how to read.properly read and write.
23rd Apr '17 11:23:37 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Davos, due to his humble origins. Davos's wife and son tried to teach him in the past, but it's suggested he was wary of that because they were trying to convert him through holy books. Shireen decides to teach him and he finally learns.
9th Apr '17 6:20:45 PM nombretomado
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* There was an episode of ''Series/HeadOfTheClass'' where the star basketball player couldn't read. The smart kids tried to get him to be passable enough to pass his SATs so he could get into a college program; then he decided to turn pro right after high school; then he came clean and said he'd take a year off to learn to read. And of course he never showed up again.

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* There was an episode of ''Series/HeadOfTheClass'' where the star basketball player couldn't read. The smart kids tried to get him to be passable enough to pass his SATs UsefulNotes/SATs so he could get into a college program; then he decided to turn pro right after high school; then he came clean and said he'd take a year off to learn to read. And of course he never showed up again.
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