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7th Feb '16 3:44:32 PM Dragon101
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Flash is a goofball, but he is also a forensic scientist and is consistently portrayed as smart- he just enjoys messing around.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', the Flash is typically portrayed as a [[PluckyComicRelief total goofball]], but he has instances of outwitting other villains, one of whom was an alternate version of [[CrazyPrepared Batman]]. Even the regular Batman admits that the trick Flash uses is one he wouldn't have been able to predict either. He has another instance later in the same episode where he tries to convince the alternate KnightTemplar Superman that killing him is something he would never do because how the death of his Flash hurt him. That, unfortunately, merely prompts the other Superman to reply "I've done [[MoralEventHorizon a lot of things]] that I thought I'd never do these past two years. One more won't hurt."

* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', the Flash is typically portrayed as a [[PluckyComicRelief total goofball]], but he has instances ** Both {{Fanon}} and WordOfGod are fond of outwitting other villains, one of whom was an alternate version of [[CrazyPrepared Batman]]. Even the regular Batman admits pointing out that though the trick Flash uses opening song claims "One is a genius, the other's insane", it doesn't actually specify which is which- Brain, after all, is a megalomaniac bent on world domination who constantly fails in his overly elaborate and frequently ridiculous schemes, so he is neither sane nor necessarily as smart as he believes himself to be; Pinky, meanwhile, is often the one he wouldn't have been able to predict either. He has another instance later in who accidentally ruins the same episode where he tries to convince plan, but between his periodic holding of the alternate KnightTemplar Superman Smart Ball and the possibility that killing him Brain is something he would never do because how the death of insane one, perhaps Pinky utilises ObfuscatingStupidity and his Flash hurt him. That, unfortunately, merely prompts "accidents" are intentional, calculated screw-ups designed to save the other Superman to reply "I've done [[MoralEventHorizon world from a lot of things]] that I thought I'd never do these past two years. One more won't hurt."madman without losing his best and only friend.

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6th Jan '16 5:32:01 PM SirVancelot131
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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0R2fcxPYbzQ Joey knows why Ross, Chandler, Monica, and Rachel's bosses don't like them.]]
7th Dec '15 9:56:23 AM Hossmeister
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* The Judge is given the Smart Ball in Case 5 of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Trials And Tribulations''. It's even lampshaded:
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* The Judge is given the Smart Ball in Case 5 of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Trials And Tribulations''.''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations''. It's even lampshaded:
11th Nov '15 1:45:11 AM erforce
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** More importantly, all Air Force Colonels (other than "battlefield promotions") have to graduate from the Air War Colege, so they have the functional equivelant 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, so they have the functional equivelant equivalent of a Master's Degree. They are decidedly not dumb. Jack just may look so compared to Daniel and Sam.
13th Sep '15 11:20:27 AM merotoker
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Compare InformedAbility, when someones is ''said'' to have the Smart Ball in terms of a certain field, but it's rarely demonstrated, or GoodWithNumbers, when a character is suddenly endowed with math skills. Contrast HiddenDepths, which is what this often comes across as. See also DumbassHasAPoint, for when it is TheDitz instead of an ordinary person having the insight. When a character consistently picks the ball up when it comes to specific subjects, he's a GeniusDitz. If the ball is limited to crises or combat situations, he's a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass. This trope is a relative of SanityBall, SnarkBall (which is about wit rather than intellect), and the [[OppositeTropes opposite]] of IdiotBall. AdvantageBall is a distant cousin. See also BatDeduction.
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Compare InformedAbility, when someones someone is ''said'' to have the Smart Ball in terms of a certain field, but it's rarely demonstrated, or GoodWithNumbers, when a character is suddenly endowed with math skills. Contrast HiddenDepths, which is what this often comes across as. See also DumbassHasAPoint, for when it is TheDitz instead of an ordinary person having the insight. When a character consistently picks the ball up when it comes to specific subjects, he's a GeniusDitz. If the ball is limited to crises or combat situations, he's a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass. This trope is a relative of SanityBall, SnarkBall (which is about wit rather than intellect), and the [[OppositeTropes opposite]] of IdiotBall. AdvantageBall is a distant cousin. See also BatDeduction.

* In ''Film/SonOfTheBeach'', [[DumbBlonde B.J.]] picked it up in one episode. She then lampshaded it when everyone gave her a surprised look, explaining that she usually isn't very bright and it must be the booze talking (she was drinking wine with dinner). She then said something else intelligent and commented "[[AlcoholHic *Hic*]] I really gotta lay off the booze!"
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* In ''Film/SonOfTheBeach'', ''Series/SonOfTheBeach'', [[DumbBlonde B.J.]] picked it up in one episode. She then lampshaded it when everyone gave her a surprised look, explaining that she usually isn't very bright and it must be the booze talking (she was drinking wine with dinner). She then said something else intelligent and commented "[[AlcoholHic *Hic*]] I really gotta lay off the booze!"

* In TheClueFinders ''The Incredible Toy Store Adventure'''s climax, Owen gets the Ball. The villain of the game is threatening his boss with the shrink ray that caused the plot when Owen gets the idea to use the "un-shrinker" the team had built that is currently small enough for him to use (he and Joni [[AndZoidberg and Laptrap]] getting shrunk and needing their teammates to rescue them from the top floor of the titular toy store formed the basic plot) and blasts the shrink ray with it until it's too big for the villain to hold.
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* In TheClueFinders ''The ''VideoGame/TheClueFinders The Incredible Toy Store Adventure'''s climax, Owen gets the Ball. The villain of the game is threatening his boss with the shrink ray that caused the plot when Owen gets the idea to use the "un-shrinker" the team had built that is currently small enough for him to use (he and Joni [[AndZoidberg [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Laptrap]] getting shrunk and needing their teammates to rescue them from the top floor of the titular toy store formed the basic plot) and blasts the shrink ray with it until it's too big for the villain to hold.

* ''Website/TheAgonyBooth'' references this trope (though not by name) during their review of Ralph Baski's ''Lord of the Rings'' movie, when Sam (who was pretty much an annoying dumbass throughout the film) suddenly and inexplicably knows that he can find Frodo sailing down a nearby river.
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* ''Website/TheAgonyBooth'' references this trope (though not by name) during their review of Ralph Baski's ''Lord of the Rings'' Creator/RalphBakshi's ''WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings'' movie, when Sam (who was pretty much an annoying dumbass throughout the film) suddenly and inexplicably knows that he can find Frodo sailing down a nearby river.

* PlayedForLaughs on ''DanVs,'' when [[ActionGirlfriend Elise]] asks if they can just trick [[RevengeBeforeReason Dan]] about [[ItMakesSenseInContext his plan to desecrate Mount Vernon]]:
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* PlayedForLaughs on ''DanVs,'' ''WesternAnimation/DanVs,'' when [[ActionGirlfriend Elise]] asks if they can just trick [[RevengeBeforeReason Dan]] about [[ItMakesSenseInContext his plan to desecrate Mount Vernon]]:
18th Jul '15 5:38:18 AM ladyofthelibrary
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* In TheClueFinders ''The Incredible Toy Store Adventure'''s climax, Owen gets the Ball. The villain of the game is threatening his boss with the shrink ray that caused the plot when Owen gets the idea to use the "un-shrinker" the team had built that is currently small enough for him to use (he and Joni [[AndZoidberg and Laptrap]] getting shrunk and needing their teammates to rescue them from the top floor of the titular toy store formed the basic plot) and blasts the shrink ray with it until it's too big for the villain to hold.
12th Jul '15 12:34:30 AM 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.
9th Jul '15 4:03:15 PM SirVancelot131
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** Joey was also not only the first person to learn about Monica and Chandler's relationship, but also the only one to do so by piecing things together and figuring it out.
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** Joey was also not only the first person to learn about Monica and Chandler's relationship, but also the only one to do so by piecing things together and figuring it out.out rather than overhearing it on the phone or actually seeing them about to make love.
10th Jun '15 4:36:30 AM eroock
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Compare InformedAbility, when someones is ''said'' to have the Smart Ball in terms of a certain field, but it's rarely demonstrated, or GoodWithNumbers, when a character is suddenly endowed with math skills. Contrast HiddenDepths, which is what this often comes across as. See also DumbassHasAPoint, for what can be a reaction to this. When a character consistently picks the ball up when it comes to specific subjects, he's a GeniusDitz. If the ball is limited to crises or combat situations, he's a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass. This trope is a relative of SanityBall, SnarkBall (which is about wit rather than intellect), and the [[OppositeTropes opposite]] of IdiotBall. AdvantageBall is a distant cousin. See also BatDeduction.
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Compare InformedAbility, when someones is ''said'' to have the Smart Ball in terms of a certain field, but it's rarely demonstrated, or GoodWithNumbers, when a character is suddenly endowed with math skills. Contrast HiddenDepths, which is what this often comes across as. See also DumbassHasAPoint, for what can be a reaction to this.when it is TheDitz instead of an ordinary person having the insight. When a character consistently picks the ball up when it comes to specific subjects, he's a GeniusDitz. If the ball is limited to crises or combat situations, he's a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass. This trope is a relative of SanityBall, SnarkBall (which is about wit rather than intellect), and the [[OppositeTropes opposite]] of IdiotBall. AdvantageBall is a distant cousin. See also BatDeduction.
3rd May '15 1:50:19 PM JoeMerl
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* PlayedForLaughs on ''DanVs,'' when Elise asks if they can just trick Dan about [[ItMakesSenseInContext his plan to desecrate Mount Vernon]]:
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* PlayedForLaughs on ''DanVs,'' when Elise [[ActionGirlfriend Elise]] asks if they can just trick Dan [[RevengeBeforeReason Dan]] about [[ItMakesSenseInContext his plan to desecrate Mount Vernon]]:
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