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7th Jan '17 2:22:56 PM DaibhidC
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* 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.
21st Dec '16 10:35:15 AM oforiousmic
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** In another episode, Ed pulled of a subversion of this of sorts. He figured out Eddy's brother's complicated treasure map like it was nothing (the map was supposed to be superimposed over Eddy's face at a certain angle). When Edd was baffled and asked him how he did it, (essentially) said it was because he and Eddy's brother were both brothers.

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** In another episode, Ed pulled of a subversion of this of sorts. He figured out Eddy's brother's complicated treasure map like it was nothing (the map was supposed to be superimposed over Eddy's face at a certain angle). When Edd was baffled and asked him how he did it, (essentially) said it was because he and Eddy's brother were [[InsaneTrollLogic both brothers.brothers]].
6th Oct '16 7:27:10 AM erforce
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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 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 ''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.
25th Sep '16 3:32:01 PM The17thImmortal
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** At the beginning of another episode, he predicts that a meteor heading for Springfield will probably shrink to the size of a small chihuahua. 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, he predicts that a meteor heading for Springfield will probably shrink to burn up in the atmosphere until it's the size of a small chihuahua.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.



-->'''Homer:''' Hey can't I get ''one'' right?

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-->'''Homer:''' Hey Hey, can't I get ''one'' right?
28th Aug '16 9:07:28 AM erforce
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* ''Film/FantasticFour: Rise of the Silver Surfer'': Ben is able to distinguish the satellite photo of the Silver Surfer from a meteor by noting "The trail's all wrong. This thing's giving out it's own energy." Justified in that, while Ben Grimm ''isn't'' as smart as Reed Richards or Victor Von Doom, he ''is'' an astronaut with all the education and training that would entail.

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* ''Film/FantasticFour: Rise of the Silver Surfer'': ''Film/FantasticFourRiseOfTheSilverSurfer'': Ben is able to distinguish the satellite photo of the Silver Surfer from a meteor by noting "The trail's all wrong. This thing's giving out it's own energy." Justified in that, while Ben Grimm ''isn't'' as smart as Reed Richards or Victor Von Doom, he ''is'' an astronaut with all the education and training that would entail.
14th Aug '16 8:28:37 PM NOYB
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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.

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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. with, "You didn't think the colonel had a telescope on his roof just to look at the neighbors, did you?"and you?" and Jack adds 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.
14th Aug '16 8:24:38 PM NOYB
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** In "The Curse of Fenric", teenage delinquent Ace demonstrates that she paid attention to her Computer Science lessons, if nothing else.

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** 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.
17th Jul '16 11:41:39 AM Winner1
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* ''Series/TheDrewCarreyShow'' actually features the protagonists finding a ''literal smart ball'' called an "Epiphany Sphere." The sphere provides the holder to have a sudden realization and understanding of the world when they hold it. Drew and Oswald use it to realize why they have so many relationship problems in their love lives, making them realize how their insecurities cause most of their issues.

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* ''Series/TheDrewCarreyShow'' ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' actually features the protagonists finding a ''literal smart ball'' called an "Epiphany Sphere." The sphere provides the holder to have a sudden realization and understanding of the world when they hold it. Drew and Oswald use it to realize why they have so many relationship problems in their love lives, making them realize how their insecurities cause most of their issues.



* ''Videogame/BatmanArkhamKnight'': The DumbMuscle working for the Riddler in the ''Arkham'' series pick it up for once when they [[MookChatter nonchalantly talk about]] how they got their supervillain boss to pay them online as opposed to in person. Considering [[BadBoss the employers in Gotham's underworld]], this was a pretty smart move.

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* ''Videogame/BatmanArkhamKnight'': The DumbMuscle working for the Riddler in the ''Arkham'' series pick it up for once when they [[MookChatter they nonchalantly talk about]] about how they got their supervillain boss to pay them online as opposed to in person. Considering [[BadBoss the employers in Gotham's underworld]], this was a pretty smart move.
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