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22nd Oct '17 12:56:41 PM SeptimusHeap
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* Gomar and Shioh in ''VideoGame/{{F-Zero}}''.

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* Gomar and Shioh in ''VideoGame/{{F-Zero}}''.''VideoGame/FZero''.
21st Sep '17 7:02:22 PM LadyNorbert
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* As noted in the Film category, Vizzini from ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'' falls into this. The book gives it a bit more attention than the movie, explaining that when he came to understand that his body (which is implied to be frail and possibly misshapen) was never going to get him places, he began purposely working to become exceptionally intelligent. He also specifically sought out Inigo and Fezzik for their fencing skills and brute strength, respectively, because he reasoned that with his intellect calling the shots, the three of them would be unstoppable. His career bears out his plan for many years, until he meets the Man in Black.



* In ''VideoGame/KingsQuest2015'', Manny is by far the shortest of the knight hopefuls - even shorter than Graham, in fact, and he's also the most intelligent. He's Graham's opponent in the Duel of Wits. [[spoiler:He's also a slimy, cheating, scheming ManipulativeBastard]].

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* In ''VideoGame/KingsQuest2015'', Manny is by far the shortest of the knight hopefuls - even shorter than Graham, in fact, and he's also the most intelligent. He's Graham's opponent in the Duel of Wits. [[spoiler:He's also a slimy, cheating, scheming ManipulativeBastard]].ManipulativeBastard. Bonus points for being voiced by Wallace Shawn, Vizzini from ''The Princess Bride'', with more than a few allusions to that character.]]


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* Regardless of whether [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII Hawke]] is played as male or female, they're unfailingly taller than their best friend Varric, who is a dwarf. Varric, who is both a merchant prince and a published author of considerable renown, is shown repeatedly to be smooth, cunning, and exceptionally clever; of particular note, the devs have stated that no matter how much trouble he's in, the moment Varric is allowed to start talking, ''he's won.'' Fortunately for all of Thedas, Varric is unequivocally one of the good guys.
9th Sep '17 9:56:12 PM nombretomado
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* Reese Worthington of ''BackyardSports'' placed in the 99th percentile in a class test and was placed in the honors program. But he's ''really'' short.

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* Reese Worthington of ''BackyardSports'' ''VideoGame/BackyardSports'' placed in the 99th percentile in a class test and was placed in the honors program. But he's ''really'' short.
25th Aug '17 9:03:26 PM Pamina
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%%* Charlie and Raymond Babbitt from ''Film/RainMan''.

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%%* * Charlie and Raymond Babbitt from ''Film/RainMan''.''Film/RainMan'', the latter being a [[TheRainMan low-functioning yet genius autistic savant]].



%%* George and Lennie in ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen''.
%%** As well as those cartoons that spoofed the movie version. Creator/TexAvery's George and Junior is the most blatant imitation.

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%%* * George and Lennie in ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen''.
%%** ** As well as those cartoons that spoofed the movie version. Creator/TexAvery's George and Junior is the most blatant imitation.



* Rita and Runt from ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''. Inspired on the above example, although Runt is based on ''RainMan''.

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* Rita and Runt from ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''. Inspired on the above example, ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': although Runt is based on ''RainMan''.''RainMan'', he decidedly lacks his inspiration's savant skills.
25th Aug '17 8:56:25 PM Pamina
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** Played straight with Mufasa and Scar, however.

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** Played straight with Mufasa and Scar, however.is a wise king, but lacks the [[SiblingMurder lethal]] cunning of his smaller, frailer brother Scar:
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.
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