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18th Jun '17 7:36:30 PM CorahsUncle
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* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', where [[TheFool Rigby]] (the immature, hyperactive ManChild) is way, way dumber than his tall best friend [[OnlySaneMan Mordecai]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats'' have some weird examples that downplay it, play it straight, ''and'' subvert it. Of the titular duo, Razor's just a bit shorter than T-Bone and the "gadget guy". Played straight by [[ThoseTwoGuys Burke and Murray]], a couple of [[{{Jerkass}} jerkass]] deliverymen who constantly mock the SWAT Kats in their civilian IDs; Murray is quite a bit shorter than Burke, and just seems a bit smarter.
* Of the three human sidekicks in TransformersPrime, Rafael Esquivel is easily the shortest, being a twelve-year-old. He is also the smartest, having skipped several grades to be in high school with fellow humans Jake and Miko.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Played straight with [[RobotMaster Olaf]] who is the shortest of the cast, inverted with Quack Quack who is second tallest and averted with [[TheDitz Stumpy]] who is second shortest.

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* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', where [[TheFool Rigby]] (the immature, hyperactive ManChild) is way, way dumber than his tall best friend friend, [[OnlySaneMan Mordecai]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats'' have some weird examples that downplay it, play it straight, ''and'' subvert it. Of the titular duo, Razor's just a bit shorter than T-Bone and the "gadget guy". Played straight by [[ThoseTwoGuys Burke and Murray]], a couple of [[{{Jerkass}} jerkass]] {{jerkass}} deliverymen who constantly mock the SWAT Kats in their civilian IDs; identities; Murray is quite a bit shorter than Burke, and just seems a bit smarter.
* Of the three human sidekicks in TransformersPrime, ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', Rafael Esquivel is easily the shortest, being a twelve-year-old. He is also the smartest, having skipped several grades to be in high school with fellow humans Jake and Miko.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Played straight with [[RobotMaster Olaf]] Olaf]], who is the shortest of the cast, inverted with Quack Quack Quack, who is second tallest and averted with [[TheDitz Stumpy]] Stumpy]], who is second shortest.shortest.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheKwickyKoalaShow'', Joey Bungle is less intelligent than his shorter brother, George.
18th Jun '17 7:28:49 PM WillKeaton
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Being the smallest in a group will always make you smarter (and usually more agile] than the rest. This, of course, is supposed to [[WeakButSkilled make up for being physically weak]].

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Being the smallest in a group will always make you smarter (and usually more agile] agile) than the rest. This, of course, is supposed to [[WeakButSkilled make up for being physically weak]].
1st Jun '17 11:17:16 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* [[KidDetective Naoto Shirogane]] from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' is the shortest playable character, (at one point before the [[SamusIsAGirl reveal]], Yosuke even refers to her as a "shrimpy, half pint detective"), yet she is also the most intelligent character in the Investigation Team, using her incredible powers of deductive reasoning to bring the team one step closer to finding the killer.
** Which leads to her tag-line in ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'', the 2000 IQ Killjoy Detective.

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* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
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[[KidDetective Naoto Shirogane]] from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' ''VideoGame/Persona4'' is the shortest playable character, character (at one point before the [[SamusIsAGirl reveal]], Yosuke even refers to her as a "shrimpy, half pint half-pint detective"), yet she is also the most intelligent character in the Investigation Team, using her incredible powers of deductive reasoning to bring the team one step closer to finding the killer.
** Which leads to her
killer. Her tag-line in ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'', the ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'' is even "The 2000 IQ Killjoy Detective.Detective".
** Futaba Sakura from ''VideoGame/Persona5'' is absolutely tiny compared to virtually ''everyone else'' in the game, but she's a tech genius whose hacking skills become essential to the Phantom Thieves' success.
17th May '17 10:42:00 AM MeerkatMario
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* [[CousinOliver Jeffy]] in ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan'' is about twice as tall as both Mario and Rosalina, yet the two latter are much more wise and smarter than him.
23rd Apr '17 9:45:25 AM nombretomado
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* ''SwatKats'' have some weird examples that downplay it, play it straight, ''and'' subvert it. Of the titular duo, Razor's just a bit shorter than T-Bone and the "gadget guy". Played straight by [[ThoseTwoGuys Burke and Murray]], a couple of [[{{Jerkass}} jerkass]] deliverymen who constantly mock the SWAT Kats in their civilian IDs; Murray is quite a bit shorter than Burke, and just seems a bit smarter.

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* ''SwatKats'' ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats'' have some weird examples that downplay it, play it straight, ''and'' subvert it. Of the titular duo, Razor's just a bit shorter than T-Bone and the "gadget guy". Played straight by [[ThoseTwoGuys Burke and Murray]], a couple of [[{{Jerkass}} jerkass]] deliverymen who constantly mock the SWAT Kats in their civilian IDs; Murray is quite a bit shorter than Burke, and just seems a bit smarter.
17th Apr '17 8:34:34 PM Kytseo
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* Shulk is the shortest male party member in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}''. He's also an engineering student back at Colony 9.
31st Mar '17 1:51:53 PM Pichu-kun
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* Inverted in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': the smartest character, Shikamaru, is pretty tall. Among the rookies, the title character is the shortest boy and he's also [[WordOfGod tied for being the second]] [[IdiotHero dumbest]]. After the TimeSkip he's smarter, but he's also one of the taller ones.

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* Inverted in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Inverted. The
smartest character, Shikamaru, is pretty tall. Among the rookies, the title character is the shortest boy and he's also [[WordOfGod tied for being the second]] [[IdiotHero dumbest]]. After the TimeSkip he's smarter, but he's also one of the taller ones. As an adult he's extremely tall, but he's outgrown most of his IdiotHero trait by then.



* Nami from ''Manga/OnePiece'' is the shortest human member of the crew and one of the shortest grown-up characters overall (she's even shorter than Luffy!), but is both [[OnlySaneMan the most normal member]] and incredibly smart. Robin (who is very tall) is probably even smarter, though, at least as for book-smarts.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
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Nami from ''Manga/OnePiece'' is the shortest human member of the crew and one of the shortest grown-up characters overall (she's even shorter than Luffy!), but is both [[OnlySaneMan the most normal member]] and incredibly smart. Robin (who is very tall) is probably even smarter, though, at least as for book-smarts.


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* Kenny, [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname better known]] as "The Chief", from ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'' is 4'2 despite being 11 at the start. He doesn't usually blade but instead acts as the others technician and mechanic.
18th Mar '17 10:07:42 PM RandomnessUnlimited
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Played straight with [[RobotMaster Olaf]] who is the shortest of the cast, inverted with Quack Quack who is second tallest and averted with [[TheDitz Stumpy]] who is second shortest.
8th Mar '17 8:46:03 AM Archimedes
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', the shortest member of the titular team ([[AcademicAlphaBitch Weiss]]) is not necessarily smarter than her teammates, but definitely the most analytical.
** Actually, arguably {{Subverted|Trope}}. Weiss is implied to be a KnowNothingKnowItAll, and the most intelligent member of Team RWBY is likely [[BadassBookworm Blake]] , who is [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131204094935/rwby/images/1/16/1109_The_Badge_and_The_Burden_3974.png the second-tallest behind]] [[TheBigGuy Yang]], [[HiddenDepths who is later shown to be rather clever in her own way]].

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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', the shortest member of the titular team ([[AcademicAlphaBitch Weiss]]) is not necessarily altogether smarter than her teammates, teammates are, but definitely generally comes off as the most analytical.
** Actually, arguably {{Subverted|Trope}}. Weiss is implied to be a KnowNothingKnowItAll, and the most intelligent member of Team RWBY is likely [[BadassBookworm Blake]] , who is [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131204094935/rwby/images/1/16/1109_The_Badge_and_The_Burden_3974.png the second-tallest behind]] [[TheBigGuy Yang]], [[HiddenDepths who is later shown to be rather clever in her own way]].
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2nd Mar '17 3:51:44 PM AsherTye
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* Of the three human sidekicks in TransformersPrime, Rafael Esquivel is easily the shortest, being a twelve-year-old. He is also the smartest, having skipped several grades to be in high school with fellow humans Jake and Miko.
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