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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.
1st Apr '16 10:22:21 PM nombretomado
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* One ''KateAndAllie'' saw Kate trying to teach the building's handyman to read. When he rebels at children's books, she presents him with an adult romance novel, which he is instantly able to read.

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* One ''KateAndAllie'' ''Series/KateAndAllie'' saw Kate trying to teach the building's handyman to read. When he rebels at children's books, she presents him with an adult romance novel, which he is instantly able to read.



** 3J, the CousinOliver of ''FamilyMatters'', was introduced in an episode where Urkel is his Big Brother (an episode paying homage to the organization).

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** 3J, the CousinOliver of ''FamilyMatters'', ''Series/FamilyMatters'', was introduced in an episode where Urkel is his Big Brother (an episode paying homage to the organization).



* In an episode of ''TheDrewCareyShow'' which spoofed cheap attempts to win an Emmy, Drew had to single-handedly discover a cure for Kate's terminal illness. The only problem is, he never learned to read.

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* In an episode of ''TheDrewCareyShow'' ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' which spoofed cheap attempts to win an Emmy, Drew had to single-handedly discover a cure for Kate's terminal illness. The only problem is, he never learned to read.
30th Mar '16 3:43:52 AM charliebiggs
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-->'''Slave stearing a carriage:''' Oh Lord there's a stop sign up ahead, what is I gon' do?! If I don't stop I'll crash, but if I stop they'll know I can read and they'll kill me! What is I gon' do...\\

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-->'''Slave stearing 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, but if crash. If I stop they'll know I can read and they'll stop, these crackers'll kill me! What is I gon' do...\\



'''Cop:''' Who taught you '''OCTAGON''' nigga?!

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



* ''Series/GoodTimes'': Unclear. In one of her criticisms of the series, Esther Rolle complained about over-emphasizing the character of J.J., whom Rolle (in a 1975 interview with ''Ebony'' magazine, contended was illiterate but yet was popular among audiences for his clownish antics. In actuality, it had never been explicitly mentioned whether or how well J.J. could read, although several episodes prior to 1977 revolved around his academic struggles.

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* ''Series/GoodTimes'': Unclear. In one of her criticisms of the series, Esther Rolle complained about over-emphasizing the character of J.J., whom Rolle (in a 1975 interview with ''Ebony'' magazine, magazine) contended was illiterate but yet was popular among audiences for his clownish antics. In actuality, it had never been explicitly mentioned whether or how well J.J. could read, although several episodes prior to 1977 revolved around his academic struggles.



* A variation is seen in ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'', where it is revealed that neither Toki nor Skwisgaar can read ''music'', 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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* A variation is seen in ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'', where it is revealed that neither Toki nor Skwisgaar can read ''music'', ''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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* [[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.
26th Mar '16 9:43:42 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 to work on the farm because his parents' died and Granny Smith was [[HeroicBSOD in too much shock over it]] to take care of the children and the farm herself.

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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 to work on the farm because he felt compelled to take over his parents' responsibilities when they died and Granny Smith was [[HeroicBSOD was in too much severe emotional shock over it]] the tragedy]] to take care of the children and the farm herself.herself, much to her chagrin.
23rd Mar '16 12:04:21 PM Kalli
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* In ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers1973'' when the Duke of Buckingham asks D'Artagnan if he has read the Queen's letter, D'Artagnan admits that he cannot read. When he is sent some wine and a note in the sequel he gets around this by pretending the handwriting is so bad he cannot make it out and asks the quartermaster to try (this is different from the books where D'Artagnan is quite literate, even if he ''does'' hate Latin).
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