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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''.]]
9th Oct '17 5:12:29 PM KhesterBarbatos
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* ''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.

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* ''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 its 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.
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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