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25th May '18 6:11:14 AM CaptainTedium
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* There was an episode of ''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.

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* There was an The ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|and "The Fine Print" had the Planeteers}}'' where a villain tries to Looten Plunder trick an illiterate worker named Joe into spraying poison instead of fertilizer by switching his bags, since he wouldn't be able to tell them apart. putting stickers of smiling apples over the barrels' skull and crossbones insignias. The worker was TooDumbToLive, though. Earlier, he tries Planeteers help Joe understand the importance of learning to drink a whole bottle of medicine. When his friend hurriedly warns him that's dangerous, he protests that he couldn't read and undo the instructions, so how was he supposed to know he shouldn't have done that.damages Plunder tricked him into causing.
27th Apr '18 5:16:41 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Ironclaw}}'' only Mages and a few other careers like Dilettante (one of two playable forms of nobleman) are automatically literate.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Ironclaw}}'' only Mages and a few other careers like Dilettante (one of two playable forms of nobleman) are automatically literate. Everyone else needs to spend character points on Literacy.
23rd Apr '18 5:18:09 PM DrOO7
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* ''Series/OneLifeToLive'''s Lee Ann realized this about her friend Jason Webb. She offered to teach him. Sure enough, her spending time with him caused tension in her marriage (not helped by her refusing to tell her husband why she was hanging out with him, wanting to protect his privacy) and ultimately led to an affair.
17th Apr '18 6:26:31 PM Morgenthaler
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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.

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* ''Film/ThePrincipal'': Ms. Orozco is giving Raymi after-school tutoring because it turns out that he's unable to he can't 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.
12th Apr '18 6:46:00 AM CidSilverWing
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* ''Series/{{MacGyver}}'' featured a construction worker and father who, as a plot point, never learned how to read and thus doesn't figure out first-hand when his troublemaking son with aspirations of engineering's school suspension is lifted, or that an inspection report details that the very construction site he's working on is a serious disaster zone (and the foreman bribed the inspector to "overlook" it). This nearly costs the worker his life when the inevitable happens at the climax.
10th Apr '18 11:29:47 PM ectostar
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->'''Stanley:''' I feel really awkward with you reading over my shoulder like that, so...
->'''Zero:''' I can't read.

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->'''Stanley:''' ->'''Stanley''': I feel really awkward with you reading over my shoulder like that, so...
->'''Zero:'''
so...\\
'''Zero''':
I can't read.



-->'''Germany:''' Oh, this is a note from Italy.\\
'''Japan:''' (''{{beat}}'') [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Italy is literate?]]

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-->'''Germany:''' -->'''Germany''': Oh, this is a note from Italy.\\
'''Japan:''' '''Japan''': (''{{beat}}'') [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Italy is literate?]]



-->'''Slave driving a carriage:''' Oh Lord there's a stop sign up ahead, what is I gon' do?! If I don't stop I'll crash. If I stop, these crackers'll kill me! What is I gon' do...\\

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-->'''Slave driving a carriage:''' carriage''': Oh Lord there's a stop sign up ahead, what is I gon' do?! If I don't stop I'll crash. If I stop, these crackers'll kill me! What is I gon' do...\\



'''Cop:''' Nigga what's wrong with you! Couldn't you see that stop sign?!\\
'''Slave:''' Uh... you mean dat octagon thing?\\

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'''Cop:''' '''Cop''': Nigga what's wrong with you! Couldn't you see that stop sign?!\\
'''Slave:''' '''Slave''': Uh... you mean dat octagon thing?\\



'''Cop:''' Nigga, who taught you '''OCTAGON'''?!

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'''Cop:''' '''Cop''': Nigga, who taught you '''OCTAGON'''?!



--->'''Oracle:''' You're kidding -- you still don't even know the damn ''alphabet''?! All those hours you spend practicing [[WaifFu martial arts]] and you can't spare the time to learn your #$%@ ''ABC'''s?! For God's sake, Cassie -- how stupid can you be?!

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--->'''Oracle:''' --->'''Oracle''': You're kidding -- you still don't even know the damn ''alphabet''?! All those hours you spend practicing [[WaifFu martial arts]] and you can't spare the time to learn your #$%@ ''ABC'''s?! For God's sake, Cassie -- how stupid can you be?!



-->'''Draco:''' Why are you wearing glasses?\\
'''Harry disguised as Goyle:''' Oh, um, reading.\\
'''Draco:''' Reading? ''({{Beat}})'' I didn't know you could read...

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-->'''Draco:''' -->'''Draco''': Why are you wearing glasses?\\
'''Harry disguised as Goyle:''' Goyle''': Oh, um, reading.\\
'''Draco:''' '''Draco''': Reading? ''({{Beat}})'' I didn't know you could read...



-->'''Shirley:''' Her. M - mi - mil - mil - milky, milky. White, white. Milky white...buh-buh—breasts.\\
'''Evelyn:''' Mae, what are you giving her to read?!\\
'''Mae:''' Oh, what difference does it make? She's reading, okay?

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-->'''Shirley:''' -->'''Shirley''': Her. M - mi - mil - mil - milky, milky. White, white. Milky white...buh-buh—breasts.\\
'''Evelyn:''' '''Evelyn''': Mae, what are you giving her to read?!\\
'''Mae:''' '''Mae''': Oh, what difference does it make? She's reading, okay?



* This is PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/BeautyAndTheBeast2017''. 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!''

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* This is PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/BeautyAndTheBeast2017''. It's noted that many extras can't read, as was common during the time period. The end of "Gaston" contains this gem:
gem.
-->'''Everyone''': ''There's There's just one guy in town who's got all of it down...''
-->'''Lefou''': ''And
\\
'''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!''
\\
'''Everyone''': Gaston!



--> Sharpe: We spent three months chained to a wall in India. He had a page of TheBible. In three months, he taught me to read and write. How do you thank a man who teaches you to write your own name, Captain?

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--> Sharpe: '''Sharpe''': We spent three months chained to a wall in India. He had a page of TheBible. In three months, he taught me to read and write. How do you thank a man who teaches you to write your own name, Captain?



--> "Goddammit Charlie, your illiteracy has screwed us again!"

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--> ---> "Goddammit Charlie, your illiteracy has screwed us again!"



-->'''Lacey:''' What if he's functionally illiterate?\\
'''Wanda:''' He's not illiterate. [[GrumpyOldMan He's barely functional]]. He's non-functionally literate.

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-->'''Lacey:''' -->'''Lacey''': What if he's functionally illiterate?\\
'''Wanda:''' '''Wanda''': He's not illiterate. [[GrumpyOldMan He's barely functional]]. He's non-functionally literate.



-->'''Beast''': I never knew books could do that.
-->'''Belle''': Do what?
-->'''Beast''': Take me away from this place, make me ''forget'' for a little while.
-->'''Belle''': Forget?
-->'''Beast''': Who I... what I am.

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-->'''Beast''': I never knew books could do that.
-->'''Belle''':
that.\\
'''Belle''':
Do what?
-->'''Beast''':
what?\\
'''Beast''':
Take me away from this place, make me ''forget'' for a little while.
-->'''Belle''': Forget?
-->'''Beast''':
while.\\
'''Belle''': Forget?\\
'''Beast''':
Who I... what I am.



-->'''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!

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-->'''Blackbeard:''' --->'''Blackbeard''': Ar, tis some kind of treasure map!
-->'''Benedict Arnold''' ''Snatches
map!\\
'''Benedict Arnold''': ''(Snatches
photo)'' You idiot, you can't read!
-->'''Blackbeard:'''
read!\\
'''Blackbeard''':
My debauchery was my way of compensating!
6th Apr '18 3:43:09 PM SeizureFerret
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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. Late in the second book, ''Words of Radiance'', it's discovered that Lord Amaram managed to find a LoopholeAbuse around this by arranging glyphs into a complex series of ideas, creating what was essentially a full language that at first looks like gibberish to those who are used to just seeing glyphs by themselves.

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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Part of the Vorin religion's strict gender roles mean that men are not allowed to 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. Late in the second book, ''Words of Radiance'', it's discovered that Lord Amaram managed to find a LoopholeAbuse around this by arranging glyphs into a complex series of ideas, creating what was essentially a full language that at first looks like gibberish to those who are used to just seeing glyphs by themselves.
6th Apr '18 3:38:49 PM SeizureFerret
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets''. Draco Malfoy's line was ad-libbed during rehearsal by Creator/TomFelton, and they [[ThrowItIn kept it]]. His tone isn't sarcastic or mocking either, its one of genuine surprise.

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets''. Draco Malfoy's line was ad-libbed during rehearsal by Creator/TomFelton, and they [[ThrowItIn kept it]]. His tone isn't sarcastic or mocking either, its it's one of genuine surprise.
6th Apr '18 3:06:26 PM Minni128
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*In chapter 9 of ''Fanfic/LostFound'', this is downplayed, as Ryuuko can read and does read but wasn't allowed to by the "orphanage" workers, it's just that she can't ''write'', probably because she hasn't learned how to.
3rd Apr '18 8:21:19 PM somestrangecircus
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* ''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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* ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'': Eragon never learned to read (a fact that surprises Brom, since his read, although the uncle Garret who raised him was literate). literate; Brom irritably speculates that Garrow considered it an unnecessary luxury. 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)]].language)]].
** Eragon's cousin Roran, having grown up in the same house, also never learned to read. He indicates a desire to try and learn since his inability to do so is holding him back from advancing in the Varden's ranks, but it isn't brought up much afterwards.



* In ''Literature/GuardiansOfGaHoole'', after being rescued from a fire, Soren's mate Pellimore had never known to read until Soren taught her. And from there, the love blossoms...

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* In ''Literature/GuardiansOfGaHoole'', after being rescued from a fire, Pellimore, the owl who would become Soren's mate Pellimore had mate, never known learned to read until as a child; Soren taught her. And began teaching her how to read in the Ga'Hoole library, and their relationship developed from there, the love blossoms...there.
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