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9th Jul '16 9:22:20 PM HeraldAlberich
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* Comicbook/{{Superman}}, while his Clark Kent persona is a dead-ringer, modern writers have applied some Fringe Brilliance to explain this as just a humble mid-western farmboy trying to cope with life in the big city, creating some genuine Adorkable moments when interacting with women -- specifically Lois Lane. DependingOnTheWriter this can even cross over into ''Captain America'' levels of DorkKnight.

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* Comicbook/{{Superman}}, while his Clark Kent persona is a dead-ringer, modern writers have applied some Fringe Brilliance to explain this as just a humble mid-western farmboy trying to cope with life in the big city, creating some genuine Adorkable moments when interacting with women -- specifically women--specifically Lois Lane. DependingOnTheWriter this can even cross over into ''Captain America'' levels of DorkKnight.



* ''Film/{{Transformers}}'': Ladies and Gentlemen...''Sam Witwicky''. He has a habit of putting his foot in his mouth, and [[MsFanservice the girls]] [[GiveGeeksAChance seem to dig that about him]]. [[WordOfGod The writers]] did state their inspiration for Sam's character was basically [[Franchise/BackToTheFuture Marty]] [[Creator/MichaelJFox McFly]]-''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny on crack]]''. Also helps that Sam is played by [[{{Adorkable}} Shia LaBeouf]].
--> '''[[Podcast/RiffTrax Ms. Witwicky:]]''' ''And remember, son: if you meet any girls, make sure to stammer and act as awkwardly as possible around them. Model-hot women inexplicably find that attractive in the movies - it worked for [[Film/SayAnything Lloyd Dobbler]]! Bye!''

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* ''Film/{{Transformers}}'': Ladies and Gentlemen...''Sam Witwicky''. He has a habit of putting his foot in his mouth, and [[MsFanservice the girls]] [[GiveGeeksAChance seem to dig that about him]]. [[WordOfGod The writers]] did state their inspiration for Sam's character was basically [[Franchise/BackToTheFuture Marty]] [[Creator/MichaelJFox McFly]]-''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny McFly]]--''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny on crack]]''. Also helps that Sam is played by [[{{Adorkable}} Shia LaBeouf]].
--> '''[[Podcast/RiffTrax Ms. Witwicky:]]''' ''And remember, son: if you meet any girls, make sure to stammer and act as awkwardly as possible around them. Model-hot women inexplicably find that attractive in the movies - it movies--it worked for [[Film/SayAnything Lloyd Dobbler]]! Bye!''



* Harry [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Dresden]] practically owns this trope. Despite having a crush on Murphy, it took him literal ''years'' to broach the subject. He has a major chivalrous streak that gets him in all kinds of trouble, though he's mostly set it aside. In his own words, he's essentially a magic nerd. There is also other key issues. As Harry is about 6'9" tall, he must move carefully or hurt someone. He can short out any technology from a radius of 100 feet on a ''bad'' day, and so spends a lot of time avoiding electronics. To avoid soulgazes, he never looks anybody directly in the eye. In a side story from Murphy's point of view, she mentions he gives the impression of being mildly autistic.
** It doesn't help that he hangs out with Thomas Raith. White Court Vampires are actually irresistible, so much that Thomas can't get a muggle job because he keeps getting his bones jumped.

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Dresden]] Dresden practically owns this trope. Despite having a crush on Murphy, it took him literal ''years'' to broach the subject. He has a major chivalrous streak that gets him in all kinds of trouble, though he's mostly set it aside. In his own words, he's essentially a magic nerd. There is also other key issues. As Harry is about 6'9" tall, he must move carefully or hurt someone. He can short out any technology from a radius of 100 feet on a ''bad'' day, and so spends a lot of time avoiding electronics. To avoid soulgazes, he never looks anybody directly in the eye. In a side story from Murphy's point of view, she mentions he gives the impression of being mildly autistic.
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autistic. It doesn't help that he hangs out with Thomas Raith. White Court Vampires are actually irresistible, so much that Thomas can't get a muggle job because he keeps getting his bones jumped.


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* ''Literature/StarWarsKenobi'': At the beginning of his Tatooine exile, Ben Kenobi has never ''not'' been a Jedi, and so has trouble with ordinary conversations over lunch with Annileen, especially when discussing her love life.
7th Jul '16 6:09:10 PM Adept
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->'''Jake Fischer:''' You wanna jump outta helicopters, but you're [[CannotTalkToWomen afraid to go talk to a girl]]?
->'''Billy Hodge:''' Uh, pretty much, [[BluntYes yeah]].

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->'''Jake Fischer:''' You wanna jump outta helicopters, but you're [[CannotTalkToWomen afraid to go talk to a girl]]?
girl?
->'''Billy Hodge:''' Uh, pretty much, [[BluntYes yeah]].yeah.
15th Jun '16 5:35:05 AM Unnatural
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* Shiroe from [[LightNovel/LogHorizon]] is a master strategist who managed to take down the most elite of monsters and raid bosses, and commandeered an army to stop a goblin invasion. This same calculating person falls apart when not talking about important business, but things friends talk about.

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* Shiroe from [[LightNovel/LogHorizon]] ''LightNovel/LogHorizon'' is a master strategist who managed to take down the most elite of monsters and raid bosses, and commandeered an army to stop a goblin invasion. This same calculating person falls apart when not talking about important business, but things friends talk about.
15th Jun '16 5:33:41 AM Unnatural
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* Shiroe is a master strategist who managed to take down the most elite of monsters and raid bosses, and commandeered an army to stop a goblin invasion. This same calculating person falls apart when it comes to hanging out with people like his friends.

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* Shiroe from [[LightNovel/LogHorizon]] is a master strategist who managed to take down the most elite of monsters and raid bosses, and commandeered an army to stop a goblin invasion. This same calculating person falls apart when it comes to hanging out with people like his friends.not talking about important business, but things friends talk about.
15th Jun '16 5:31:27 AM Unnatural
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* Shiroe is a master strategist who managed to take down the most elite of monsters and raid bosses, and commandeered an army to stop a goblin invasion. This same calculating person falls apart when it comes to hanging out with people like his friends.
-->'''Shiroe:''' I'd rather fight a dozen raid bosses at once!
29th May '16 10:31:47 PM ultimomant
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* ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' is this in spades. Yes, he is the best fighter in the proaving fought against people with supernatural abilities, robots or whatever you may throw at him, all while being a somewhat confident, cheerful and amicable person. Whenever Stephen Stills [[OnceAnEpisode has a nervous breakdown]] or Kim begins acting surlier than usual, Scott is there to keep the band together as TheHeart of the group. But put it on talking of his past, or about relationships, or even the future, and his awkwardness gets over the mark, with stutters, avoiding themes and acting like a shy kid. He's maturing out of this, of course. [[spoiler: He's a bit of an UnreliableNarrator, but its not difficult to see when he is hiding details or such..]]
** Beyond Scott, most of his friends also have their own problems. Kim Pine is somewhat misanthropic and grouchy toward her approach in life, becoming irritable, but she also hides insecurity on her appearance. Steven Stills is a neurotic individual who tends tp panick during band competitions and has an unhealthy habit of getting into a bad relationship with the same girl, Julie Powers. . Ramona Flowers has her insecurity regarding her situations.

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* ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' is this in spades. Yes, he is the best fighter in the proaving province, having fought against people with supernatural abilities, robots or whatever you may throw at him, all while being a somewhat confident, cheerful and amicable person. Whenever Stephen Stills [[OnceAnEpisode has a nervous breakdown]] or Kim begins acting surlier than usual, Scott is there to keep the band together as TheHeart of the group. But put it on talking of his past, or about relationships, or even the future, and his awkwardness gets over the mark, with stutters, avoiding themes and acting like a shy kid. He's maturing out of this, of course. [[spoiler: He's a bit of an UnreliableNarrator, but its not difficult to see when he is hiding details or such..]]
** Beyond Scott, most of his friends also have their own problems. Kim Pine is somewhat misanthropic and grouchy toward her approach in life, becoming irritable, but she also hides insecurity on her appearance. Steven Stills is a neurotic individual who tends tp to panick during band competitions and has an unhealthy habit of getting into a bad relationship with the same girl, Julie Powers. . Ramona Flowers has her insecurity regarding her situations.
27th May '16 7:33:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Sharpe}}: This is one of his defining characteristics.

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* {{Sharpe}}: ''Literature/{{Sharpe}}'': This is one of his defining characteristics.



* Eliott in FindingSnowflakes is this to the extent he barely holds a conversation properly. Actually a deconstruction of the trope since it is not only others to blame and his lack of social skills is also due to him not not ever trying to fix them. PlayedForDrama and one of the central conflicts of the story.

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* Eliott in FindingSnowflakes ''Literature/FindingSnowflakes'' is this to the extent he barely holds a conversation properly. Actually a deconstruction of the trope since it is not only others to blame and his lack of social skills is also due to him not not ever trying to fix them. PlayedForDrama and one of the central conflicts of the story.
27th May '16 7:32:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[Film/LordOfTheRings Samwise Gamgee]] may be willing to face down any sort of danger, but is too shy to ask a girl of his dreams out and is forced into dancing with her by Frodo during Bilbo's birthday party. He overcomes his insecurity by the end.

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* [[Film/LordOfTheRings ''Film/LordOfTheRings'': Samwise Gamgee]] Gamgee may be willing to face down any sort of danger, but is too shy to ask a girl of his dreams out and is forced into dancing with her by Frodo during Bilbo's birthday party. He overcomes his insecurity by the end.
27th May '16 7:31:53 AM Morgenthaler
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** Likewise, in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', [[TheAce Mako]] grew up on the streets of Republic City, doing everything he could to protect himself and his little brother, Bolin. As a result, he's very brash and dismissive of people he doesn't know, and isn't the best at conversation. He's not exactly in-touch with his feelings, either, not even noticing his growing crush on Korra until Asami, [[LoveTriangle his girlfriend at the time]], calls him out on it. Like Zuko, he does get better, but it takes a few seasons.

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** Likewise, in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', * ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': [[TheAce Mako]] grew up on the streets of Republic City, doing everything he could to protect himself and his little brother, Bolin. As a result, he's very brash and dismissive of people he doesn't know, and isn't the best at conversation. He's not exactly in-touch with his feelings, either, not even noticing his growing crush on Korra until Asami, [[LoveTriangle his girlfriend at the time]], calls him out on it. Like Zuko, he does get better, but it takes a few seasons.
27th May '16 7:31:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* Hiro Hamada in ''Disney/BigHero6'', given how he was bullied due to his intelligence and never really talked to anyone other than his brother and aunt.
* ''WesternAnimation/MrPeabodyAndSherman'': After spending his entire life being taught about history and being immersed into diverse cultures, Sherman finds himself interacting (or trying to interact) with the people at his school. But it's when he has to talk to other kids his age that things become an imminent disaster.
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* Hiro Hamada in ''Disney/BigHero6'', given how he was bullied due to his intelligence and never really talked to anyone other than his brother and aunt.
* ''WesternAnimation/MrPeabodyAndSherman'': After spending his entire life being taught about history and being immersed into diverse cultures, Sherman finds himself interacting (or trying to interact) with the people at his school. But it's when he has to talk to other kids his age that things become an imminent disaster.
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