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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.
2nd Feb '17 4:23:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* Of the male characters on ''TotalDrama'', the four shortest--[[DoggedNiceGuy Cody]], [[TheSmartGuy Noah]], [[HomeschooledKids Ezekiel]], and [[BubbleBoy Cameron]]--are all intelligent and geeky (though Ezekiel's intelligence is [[AllThereInTheManual mostly confined to the manual]]). There are [[AvertedTrope aversions]], however, including the tall, lanky geek Harold.

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* Of the male characters on ''TotalDrama'', ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'', the four shortest--[[DoggedNiceGuy Cody]], [[TheSmartGuy Noah]], [[HomeschooledKids Ezekiel]], and [[BubbleBoy Cameron]]--are all intelligent and geeky (though Ezekiel's intelligence is [[AllThereInTheManual mostly confined to the manual]]). There are [[AvertedTrope aversions]], however, including the tall, lanky geek Harold.
2nd Feb '17 4:22:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* The titular character of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' is shorter than a good number of his friends by mere inches and is also one of the smartest characters on the show.

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* The titular character of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'':
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is shorter than a good number of his friends by mere inches and is also one of the smartest characters on the show.
2nd Feb '17 4:21:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Disney/TheLionKing'':
** Timon and Pumbaa are a subversion. Timon only ''thinks'' he's the smart one, while Pumbaa doesn't realize how smart he really is.
** Played straight with Mufasa and Scar, however.
--->'''Scar:''' Well, as far as brains go, I got the lion's share. But, when it comes to brute strength... I'm afraid I'm at the shallow end of the gene pool.



* Timon and Pumbaa from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' are a subversion. Timon only ''thinks'' he's the smart one, while Pumbaa doesn't realize how smart he really is.
** Played straight with Mufasa and Scar, however.
--->'''Scar:''' Well, as far as brains go, I got the lion's share. But, when it comes to brute strength... I'm afraid I'm at the shallow end of the gene pool.
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