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30th Mar '18 12:55:16 PM NubianSatyress
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-> '''(Super Saiyan) Goku:''' "Gohan, take Piccolo, find Bulma, get back to the ship."\\
'''Gohan:''' "But what about ''you?''"\\
'''Goku:''' "If Piccolo ''dies'', then all this was ''pointless!'' Get to the ship and get out of here!"\\
'''Gohan:''' "...This is surprisingly well thought-out by you."\\
'''Goku:''' "Gohan? Where should you be right now?"\\
'''Gohan:''' "The ship?"\\
'''Goku:''' "''The ship!!"''
-->-- ''WebVideo/DragonballZAbridged''


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* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'': In scenes where the usual OnlySaneMen (Tien, Trunks, Gohan, Android 18 and sometimes Piccolo) are absent, one of the other characters will often grab it. Notably, Goku has done it ''twice''. The first instance was right after he became a Super Saiyan, where he was so angry it made him marginally smarter, and again while explaining why a bulk change didn't make an effective transformation. Both times left Gohan (the only person to witness them) ''speechless''.
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9th Feb '18 9:14:25 PM FordPrefect
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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.]]

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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 to ensure death.]]
31st Jan '18 7:22:41 AM FF32
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* In the ''Franchise/{{Persona}}'' series, there's always a male party member who serves as the resident ButtMonkey, a state that is usually his own fault. These boys very frequently get thrown the Ball as part of their HiddenDepths. [[VideoGame/Persona2 Eikichi]] works out how to abuse the ExactWords property of the rumour system in order to destroy an opponent's advantage, [[VideoGame/Persona2 Yosuke]] is the one who puts together the connection between the TV World and the murders based on very little evidence, and [[VideoGame/Persona5 Ryuji]] comes up with the initial plan to take down [[StarterVillain Kamoshida]] by identifing his victims in the Metaverse.

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* In the ''Franchise/{{Persona}}'' ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'' series, there's always a male party member who serves as the resident ButtMonkey, a state that is usually his own fault. These boys very frequently get thrown the Ball as part of their HiddenDepths. [[VideoGame/Persona2 Eikichi]] works out how to abuse the ExactWords property of the rumour system in order to destroy an opponent's advantage, [[VideoGame/Persona2 [[VideoGame/Persona4 Yosuke]] is the one who puts together the connection between the TV World and the murders based on very little evidence, and [[VideoGame/Persona5 Ryuji]] comes up with the initial plan to take down [[StarterVillain Kamoshida]] by identifing identifying his victims in the Metaverse.
11th Jan '18 5:50:30 PM Minni128
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* Used and lampshaded in Fanfic/LisaIsPregnant when, having "noticed for once" that something isn't right, Homer asks why Lisa was in the mountains, where Bart froze to death keeping her warm. She doesn't remember, though.

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* Used and lampshaded in Fanfic/LisaIsPregnant Lisa Is Pregnant when, having "noticed for once" that something isn't right, Homer asks why Lisa was in the mountains, where Bart froze to death keeping her warm. She doesn't remember, though.
10th Jan '18 10:45:42 AM ClintEastwood
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* ''Series/{{Blackadder}} the Third'': In the final episode, the three main characters are trying to come up with a plan to get the Prince Regent out of a duel he's sure to lose, when the plan comes up of Blackadder and the Prince switching places so that Blackadder can fight instead. When the Prince notes that it will never work, because "my portrait hangs on every wall", Baldrick - who thought to solve the problem of his mother's low roof by cutting off her head - offers up this gem:

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* ''Series/{{Blackadder}} the Third'': In [[Recap/BlackadderS3E6DuelAndDuality the final episode, episode]], the three main characters are trying to come up with a plan to get the Prince Regent out of a duel he's sure to lose, when the plan comes up of Blackadder and the Prince switching places so that Blackadder can fight instead. When the Prince notes that it will never work, because "my portrait hangs on every wall", Baldrick - who thought to solve the problem of his mother's low roof by cutting off her head - offers up this gem:



** In the serial "The Moonbase," Ben Jackson suddenly has considerable knowledge of chemistry, physics, and medicine that he never displays again.
** In "Pyramids of Mars", Sarah Jane suddenly becomes a crack shot with a rifle. There are only very flimsy reasons to believe someone in her position even could be.
** In "Image of the Fendahl", there's a funny bit where Leela translates a string of the Doctor's {{Technobabble}} into plain English for the sake of the guest character he's failing to communicate with. This involves her displaying technical knowledge about chemistry jargon that she doesn't show again.
** In "The Curse of Fenric", teenage delinquent Ace demonstrates that she paid attention to her Computer Science lessons, if nothing else. Then again, we already knew she was talented at chemicals, having invented her own explosive.

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** In the serial "The Moonbase," "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E6TheMoonbase The Moonbase]]", Ben Jackson suddenly has considerable knowledge of chemistry, physics, and medicine that he never displays again.
** In "Pyramids "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E3PyramidsOfMars Pyramids of Mars", Mars]]", Sarah Jane suddenly becomes a crack shot with a rifle. There are only very flimsy reasons to believe someone in her position even could be.
** In "Image "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E3ImageOfTheFendahl Image of the Fendahl", Fendahl]]", there's a funny bit where Leela translates a string of the Doctor's {{Technobabble}} into plain English for the sake of the guest character he's failing to communicate with. This involves her displaying technical knowledge about chemistry jargon that she doesn't show again.
** In "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric The Curse of Fenric", Fenric]]", teenage delinquent Ace demonstrates that she paid attention to her Computer Science lessons, if nothing else. Then again, we already knew she was talented at chemicals, having invented her own explosive.



* Happened in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' when during a FantasticVoyagePlot in Fry's body, Dr. Zoidberg amazed his colleagues by demonstrating a knowledge of human anatomy to help them survive a sneeze... knowledge gained by watching a TV commercial about a nose decongestant.

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* Happened in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "[[Recap/FuturamaS3E2ParasitesLost Parasites Lost]]" when during a FantasticVoyagePlot in Fry's body, Dr. Zoidberg amazed his colleagues by demonstrating a knowledge of human anatomy to help them survive a sneeze... knowledge gained by watching a TV commercial about a nose decongestant.



** There's an episode where Homer is suddenly knowledgeable about the laws of physics for the sake of a joke. His line after Lisa builds a perpetual motion device (that actually ''keeps going faster and faster'')?

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** There's an episode where In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E21ThePTADisbands The PTA Disbands]]", Homer is suddenly knowledgeable about the laws of physics for the sake of a joke. His line after Lisa builds a perpetual motion device (that actually ''keeps going faster and faster'')?



** Homer has had several humorously out of character Smart Ball moments, that showcase his stupidity at the same time. In one episode he knew who former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Earl Warren was, but somehow thought he was also a stripper.

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** Homer has had several humorously out of character Smart Ball moments, that showcase his stupidity at the same time. In one episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E6ItchyAndScratchyTheMovie Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie]]" he knew who former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Earl Warren was, but somehow thought he was also a stripper.



** He also once corrected Apu on the nature of karma, using somewhat more complex words than usual in this scene.

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** He also once In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E13HomerAndApu Homer and Apu]]", he corrected Apu on the nature of karma, using somewhat more complex words than usual in this scene.



** At the beginning of another episode, he predicts that a meteor heading for Springfield will probably burn up in the atmosphere until it's the size of a chihuahua's head. At the end of the episode, it gets lampshaded. "Dad was right!" "I know, kids. I'm scared, too." For added hilarity, the meteor even lands right next to a chihuahua for comparison.

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** At the beginning of another episode, "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E14BartsComet Bart's Comet]]", he predicts that a meteor heading for Springfield will probably burn up in the atmosphere until it's the size of a chihuahua's head. At the end of the episode, it gets lampshaded. "Dad was right!" "I know, kids. I'm scared, too." For added hilarity, the meteor even lands right next to a chihuahua for comparison.
5th Jan '18 10:33:40 AM ShinyManaphy
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* In the ''Franchise/{{Persona}}'' series, there's always a male party member who serves as the resident ButtMonkey, a state that is usually his own fault. These boys very frequently get thrown the Ball as part of their HiddenDepths. [[VideoGame/Persona2 Eikichi]] works out how to abuse the ExactWords property of the rumour system in order to destroy an opponent's advantage, [[VideoGame/Persona2 Yosuke]] is the one who puts together the connection between the TV World and the murders based on very little evidence, and [[VideoGame/Persona5 Ryuji]] comes up with the initial plan to take down [[StarterVillain Kamoshida]] by identifing his victims in the Metaverse.
28th Dec '17 5:25:17 PM JoeMerl
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* In ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim,'' [[MinionWithAnFInEvil GIR]] will occasionally point out something wrong with [[BewareTheSillyOnes Zim]]'s logic, most particularly in "Walk for Your Life," when Zim somehow doesn't realize that [[CaptainObvious an explosion might be a problem]]. In "Plague of Babies" he also points out that Zim is more concerned about an apparently normal baby than he is about [[HeroAntagonist Dib]], who actively tries to ruin his mission.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim,'' [[MinionWithAnFInEvil GIR]] will occasionally point out something wrong with [[BewareTheSillyOnes Zim]]'s logic, most particularly in "Walk for Your Life," when Zim somehow doesn't realize that [[CaptainObvious an explosion his plan to blow up his base FASTER might be a problem]]. bad idea]]. In "Plague of Babies" he also points out that Zim is more too concerned about being seen by an apparently normal baby than he is baby, but doesn't worry about [[HeroAntagonist Dib]], who actively tries to ruin foil his mission.plans.
3rd Nov '17 8:39:05 AM RedScharlach
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** Obelix also once caught the ball when someone asked what a wild boar is (his favourite food). He then rattles the latin name and biological classification terms about wild boars at the amazement of Asterix.

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** Obelix also once caught the ball when someone asked what a wild boar is (his favourite food). He then rattles off the latin Latin name and biological classification terms about of the wild boars at boar, to the amazement of Asterix.



* Ragetti, the skinny one-eyed pirate from the [[ThoseTwoGuys comic duo]] in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' displayed some quite commendable knowledge of mythology and philosophy in the sequels, though they were out of place most of the times. He does this often enough that he might just be a BunnyEarsLawyer, but with his small screen-time it's impossible to tell.

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* Ragetti, the skinny one-eyed pirate from the [[ThoseTwoGuys comic duo]] in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' displayed some quite commendable knowledge of mythology and philosophy in the sequels, though they were it was out of place most of the times. time. He does this often enough that he might just be a BunnyEarsLawyer, but with his small brief screen-time it's impossible to tell.



* In ''Film/OldSchool'', the fraternity has to compete in a college bowl. One of the events is a debate with Frank versus who should be another student, but the dean pits him against James Carville instead. Carville gives his remarks on the subject and Frank gives his counter argument. It ends up being so good, Carville can't think of a response. Hilariously, Frank follows up the debate with "What happened? I blacked out."

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* In ''Film/OldSchool'', the fraternity has to compete in a college bowl. One of the events is a debate with Frank versus who should be another student, but the dean pits him against James Carville instead. Carville gives his remarks on the subject and Frank gives his counter argument. It ends up being so good, Carville can't think of a response. Hilariously, Frank follows up the debate with "What happened? I blacked out."



* Discworld/UnseenAcademicals has the loveably BookDumb Trev Likely informing the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]] Glenda on the difference between talons and pounces. And, after a brief moment of awkwardness, attempt to justify his knowing this with "you pick stuff up, ok?"

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* Discworld/UnseenAcademicals has the loveably lovably BookDumb Trev Likely informing the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]] Glenda on the difference between talons and pounces. And, after a brief moment of awkwardness, attempt to justify his knowing this with "you pick stuff up, ok?"okay?"



* The ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' episode "Sad Sack" has possibly the biggest crisis faced on the show: photos supposedly showing the locations of [=WMDs=] in Iraq are found in the Bluth Company computer network. While the country prepares for war, Michael angsts over whether or not to turn in his fugitive father. He brings the family's usually incompetent lawyer Barry to the meeting with the head prosecutor. At the meeting, Barry sees the pictures for the first time and solves the entire crisis by pointing out something nobody else noticed: [[spoiler: the pictures are actually a close-up of Tobias' privates.]]

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* The ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' episode "Sad Sack" has possibly the biggest crisis faced on the show: photos supposedly showing the locations of [=WMDs=] in Iraq are found in the Bluth Company computer network. While the country prepares for war, Michael angsts over whether or not to turn in his fugitive father. He brings the family's usually incompetent lawyer Barry to the meeting with the head prosecutor. At the meeting, Barry sees the pictures for the first time and solves the entire crisis by pointing out something nobody else noticed: [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the pictures are actually a close-up of Tobias' privates.]]



** Quark's brother, Rom, is introduced as an absolute idiot who can barely follow basic orders. At one point in the first series, Odo knows Quark is lying because Quark claimed Rom fixed his bar's replicators: Odo claims Rom couldn't fix a bent straw and Quark agrees. Very early in the second series, Rom suddenly reveals to Quark he can get through a computerised security lock faster than Quark can, revealing an aptitude for mechanics. This is an example of a Smart Ball that was used for a permanent upgrade via CharacterDevelopment. It turns out Rom's an idiot by Ferengi standards: he has no business sense, which is practically regarded as some kind of mental disability on Ferenginar. However, Rom has a natural gift for engineering, something that moving to the station to be with his brother allows him to discover he has. Encouraged by the non-Ferengi around him, he's allowed to develop his talent and eventually joins the Bajoran engineering staff that work alongside the Starfleet engineers. By the end of the show, he's been playing a major role in protecting the entire Alpha Quadrant through some genius self-replicating mine inventions that stop Dominion reinforcements reaching the Alpha Quadrant.

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** Quark's brother, Rom, is introduced as an absolute idiot who can barely follow basic orders. At one point in the first series, Odo knows Quark is lying because Quark claimed Rom fixed his bar's replicators: Odo claims Rom couldn't fix a bent straw and Quark agrees. Very early in the second series, Rom suddenly reveals to Quark he can get through a computerised security lock faster than Quark can, revealing an aptitude for mechanics. This is an example of a Smart Ball that was used for a permanent upgrade via CharacterDevelopment. It turns out Rom's an idiot by Ferengi standards: he has no business sense, which is practically regarded as some kind of mental disability on Ferenginar. However, Rom has a natural gift for engineering, something a talent that moving to the station to be with his brother allows him to discover he has.discover. Encouraged by the non-Ferengi around him, he's allowed to develop his talent and eventually joins the Bajoran engineering staff that work alongside the Starfleet engineers. By the end of the show, he's been playing a major role in protecting the entire Alpha Quadrant through some genius self-replicating mine inventions that stop Dominion reinforcements reaching the Alpha Quadrant.



* 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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* Occasionally caught by CloudCuckoolander Arthur in ''Radio/CabinPressure'', most triumphantly in the GrandFinale, when he realises [[spoiler: that [[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''.]]



** His most common and impressive form of brilliance is when he infrequently appears to be an {{Omniglot}}. Homer has spoken Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Russian and even ''Penguin'', amongst others. He has passed this trait onto Bart who has picked up French, Spanish and Japanese himself in different episodes.

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** His most common and impressive form of brilliance is when he infrequently appears to be an {{Omniglot}}. Homer has spoken Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Russian and even ''Penguin'', amongst among others. He has passed this trait onto Bart who has picked up French, Spanish and Japanese himself in different episodes.



* In ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim,'' [[MinionWithAnFInEvil GIR]] will occasionally point out something wrong with [[BewareTheSillyOnes Zim]]'s logic, most particularly in "Walk for Your Life," when Zim somehow doesn't realize that [[CaptainObvious an explosion might be a problem]]. In "Plague of Babies" he also points out that Zim is more concerned about an apparently-normal baby than he is about [[HeroAntagonist Dib]], who actively tries to ruin his mission.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim,'' [[MinionWithAnFInEvil GIR]] will occasionally point out something wrong with [[BewareTheSillyOnes Zim]]'s logic, most particularly in "Walk for Your Life," when Zim somehow doesn't realize that [[CaptainObvious an explosion might be a problem]]. In "Plague of Babies" he also points out that Zim is more concerned about an apparently-normal apparently normal baby than he is about [[HeroAntagonist Dib]], who actively tries to ruin his mission.
9th Oct '17 5:15:34 PM KhesterBarbatos
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* How's this for weird: In a HalloweenEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', Numbuh Four holds both the IdiotBall ''and'' the Smart Ball ''in the same episode''. First, after Stickybeard steals his candy bag (which holds only one butterscotch), he breaks onto the pirate's ship, steals it back, and runs off not realizing until he gets away that he just ignored entire treasure trove of candy while looking for that one butterscotch. However, his Smart Ball moment more than makes up for this. [[spoiler: He decoys the pirates with an bag that seems to be loaded with candy (but actually only contains rocks) and when they steal it from him, and are trying to drag the heavy bag back to their ship, he ''steals the whole ship''.]]

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* How's this for weird: In a HalloweenEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', Numbuh Four holds both the IdiotBall ''and'' the Smart Ball ''in the same episode''. First, after Stickybeard steals his candy bag (which holds only one butterscotch), he breaks onto the pirate's ship, steals it back, and runs off not realizing until he gets away that he just ignored entire treasure trove of candy while looking for that one butterscotch. However, his Smart Ball moment more than makes up for this. [[spoiler: He decoys the pirates with an a bag that seems to be loaded with candy (but actually only contains rocks) and when they steal it from him, and are trying to drag the heavy bag back to their ship, he ''steals the whole ship''.]]
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