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28th Jul '17 2:28:41 PM bt8257
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Mind, excessive use of this trope can be considered negatively if an author has to resort to this sort of thing too often, using it essentially as a DeusExMachina to get the heroes out of a tight spot or to [[{{Railroading}} railroad]] a plot in a given direction. If it's a comedy though, no one minds thanks to the RuleOfFunny.

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Mind, excessive use of this trope can be considered negatively if an author has to resort to this sort of thing too often, using it essentially as a DeusExMachina to get the heroes out of a tight spot or to [[{{Railroading}} railroad]] {{railroad|ing}} a plot in a given direction. If it's a comedy though, no one minds thanks to the RuleOfFunny.
22nd Jul '17 7:13:58 PM quietThunderstorm
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-->'''The Judge''': [[spoiler: But no one could have predicted lightning hitting the bridge!]]\\
'''Phoenix''': Did the Judge take smart pills at the last recess?!

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-->'''The Judge''': -->'''Phoenix''': '''Objection!''' W-Well, maybe he [[ItMakesSenseInContext brought a change of clothes with him]]!\\
'''Judge''': B-but...
[[spoiler: But no No one could have predicted the lightning hitting strike that shut down the bridge!]]\\
bridge!]] Why would anyone have brought a change of clothes!?\\
'''Phoenix''': Did Nngh...! (Did the Judge judge take smart pills at during the last recess?!recess?)
20th Jun '17 9:04:47 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* In most slasher movies, the mistake the FinalGirl makes is not making sure the killer is dead. Not so for Sidney in ''Film/Scream2''. [[spoiler: Rather than simply assume Mrs. Loomis has perished from her injuries, Sidney shoots her in the head ensure death.]]
6th Jun '17 11:36:28 PM RacattackForce
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* Harley Quinn occasionally baffles friends and foe alike in the various Batman cartoons and comics with displays of intelligence: this is justified in that she holds a ''doctorate in psychology''. DependingOnTheWriter, she is either naturally carefree or just likes ''playing'' the role of PerkyFemaleMinion.

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* Harley Quinn occasionally baffles friends and foe alike in the various Batman cartoons and comics with displays of intelligence: this is justified in intelligence. At which point they either remember or Harley reminds them that [[JustifiedTrope she holds a ''doctorate doctorate in psychology''.psychology]]. DependingOnTheWriter, she is either naturally carefree or just likes ''playing'' the role of PerkyFemaleMinion.
6th Jun '17 11:34:57 PM RacattackForce
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* Harley Quinn occasionally baffles friends and foe alike in the various Batman cartoons with displays of intelligence, justified in that she actually just likes ''playing'' a ditzy sidekick, she holds a ''doctorate in psychology'' ferchrissakes.

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* Harley Quinn occasionally baffles friends and foe alike in the various Batman cartoons and comics with displays of intelligence, intelligence: this is justified in that she actually holds a ''doctorate in psychology''. DependingOnTheWriter, she is either naturally carefree or just likes ''playing'' a ditzy sidekick, she holds a ''doctorate in psychology'' ferchrissakes.the role of PerkyFemaleMinion.
28th Apr '17 3:19:53 PM Golondrina
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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by the eponymous character of [[WalkyVerse It's Walky]] [[http://www.itswalky.com/d/20000521.html here.]]

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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by the eponymous character of [[WalkyVerse It's Walky]] ''Webcomic/ItsWalky'' [[http://www.itswalky.com/d/20000521.html here.]]
15th Feb '17 10:11:49 AM AnotherStatsGuy
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Using the Smart Ball is [[TropesAreTools not necessarily bad]]. While it ''can'' be an AssPull if TheDitz suddenly demonstrates [[YouDidntAsk a keen skill at molecular biology]], it's not much of a stretch to imagine the JerkJock also knows the results for every Super Bowl since 1975. If a character is tossed the Smart Ball enough times, they may even get CharacterDevelopment that makes the smarts permanent.

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Using the Smart Ball is [[TropesAreTools not necessarily bad]]. While it ''can'' be an AssPull if TheDitz suddenly demonstrates [[YouDidntAsk a keen skill at molecular biology]], it's not much of a stretch to imagine the JerkJock also knows the results for every Super Bowl since 1975.1966. If a character is tossed the Smart Ball enough times, they may even get CharacterDevelopment that makes the smarts permanent.
7th Jan '17 2:22:56 PM DaibhidC
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[[folder: Radio]]
* Occasionally caught by CloudCuckoolander Arthur in ''Radio/CabinPressure'', most triumphantly in the GrandFinale, when he realises [[spoiler: that while Douglas doesn't have documentation to prove he's Gordon Shappey, Arthur himself ''can'' prove that he's Gordon Shappey's son, and then vouch for him. And then nearly ruins it by attempting an appalling Australian accent, even though he's pretending to be ''himself''.]]
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23rd Dec '16 1:30:08 AM BigKlingy
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* In ''WebOriginal/CriticalRole'', Grog the Barbarian is the group's DumbMuscle (he has an Intelligence stat of 6, where 10 is considered average), so this trope naturally results whenever he rolls a Natural 20 on an Intelligence check. Which is surprisingly often, since his player Creator/TravisWillingham often has Grog attempt them for laughs. A standout occurrence was when he somehow managed to identify anti-scrying glyphs when examining a council [[TheMole Mole]]'s room. This was an Arcana check, which is one of Grog's worst skills.
22nd Dec '16 12:56:49 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'': All of the officers are poorly educated morons who get humiliated and defeated by random criminals. But the episodes tend to be...episodic, with the officers taking care of various criminal complaints. In most of these complaints, one of the otherwise moronic cops displays impressive intelligence and insight when dealing with the criminals.

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* ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'': All of the officers are poorly educated morons who get humiliated and defeated by random criminals. But the episodes tend to be... episodic, with the officers taking care of various criminal complaints. In most of these complaints, one of the otherwise moronic cops displays impressive intelligence and insight when dealing with the criminals.



** One episode has the team going to a planet where an eclipse is going to darken the sky enough to allow observation of a black hole using an observatory they set up there. After the smart people in the room talk about how cool the spinning mass of...mass getting sucked into the black hole will look, Jack O'Neill correctly identifies it as the accretion disc. Jackson look at him funny, and Carter responses with, "You didn't think the colonel had a telescope on his roof just to look at the neighbors, did you?" and Jack adds, "At least not initially." Of course, many characters state that O'Neill is [[ObfuscatingStupidity a hell of a lot smarter than he lets on]], but he still tries to explain all advanced technology as magnets.

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** One episode has the team going to a planet where an eclipse is going to darken the sky enough to allow observation of a black hole using an observatory they set up there. After the smart people in the room talk about how cool the spinning mass of... mass getting sucked into the black hole will look, Jack O'Neill correctly identifies it as the accretion disc. Jackson look at him funny, and Carter responses with, "You didn't think the colonel had a telescope on his roof just to look at the neighbors, did you?" and Jack adds, "At least not initially." Of course, many characters state that O'Neill is [[ObfuscatingStupidity a hell of a lot smarter than he lets on]], but he still tries to explain all advanced technology as magnets.



** More importantly, all Air Force Colonels (other than "battlefield promotions") have to graduate from the Air War Colege, so they have the functional equivalent of a Master's Degree. They are decidedly not dumb. Jack just may look so compared to Daniel and Sam.

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** More importantly, all Air Force Colonels (other than "battlefield promotions") have to graduate from the Air War Colege, College, so they have the functional equivalent of a Master's Degree. They are decidedly not dumb. Jack just may look so compared to Daniel and Sam.



* WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget has rightly earned his reputation as an imbecile many times over, but even he was perfectly capable of holding the Smart Ball if the plot required it. And not just in the "MAD Trap" episode, either-there are multiple instances throughout the show where Gadget saves himself and/or Penny and Brain quite deliberately...and that's not counting the times when his bumbling make him a SpannerInTheWorks and enable Penny and Brain to save the day.

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* WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget has rightly earned his reputation as an imbecile many times over, but even he was perfectly capable of holding the Smart Ball if the plot required it. And not just in the "MAD Trap" episode, either-there are multiple instances throughout the show where Gadget saves himself and/or Penny and Brain quite deliberately... and that's not counting the times when his bumbling make him a SpannerInTheWorks and enable Penny and Brain to save the day.
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