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16th Jun '17 10:48:09 AM ixfd64
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* In the Creator/RobinWilliams movie ''Film/RV'', the family spends a good chunk of the movie thinking that the RV full of friendly Southern people were redneck hick stalkers. They were two for three ([[ItMakesSenseInContext it's a long story]]). Point is, near the end of the movie, the kids witness the redneck's kids doing home-school work out of an advanced Calculus book. Cue the daughter asking in complete astonishment, "Wait. You're '''smart?!'''"

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* In the Creator/RobinWilliams movie ''Film/RV'', ''{{Film/RV}}'', the family spends a good chunk of the movie thinking that the RV full of friendly Southern people were redneck hick stalkers. They were two for three ([[ItMakesSenseInContext it's a long story]]). Point is, near the end of the movie, the kids witness the redneck's kids doing home-school work out of an advanced Calculus book. Cue the daughter asking in complete astonishment, "Wait. You're '''smart?!'''"
16th Jun '17 10:47:41 AM ixfd64
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* In the Creator/RobinWilliams movie ''RV'', the family spends a good chunk of the movie thinking that the RV full of friendly Southern people were redneck hick stalkers. They were two for three ([[ItMakesSenseInContext it's a long story]]). Point is, near the end of the movie, the kids witness the redneck's kids doing home-school work out of an advanced Calculus book. Cue the daughter asking in complete astonishment, "Wait. You're '''smart?!'''"

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* In the Creator/RobinWilliams movie ''RV'', ''Film/RV'', the family spends a good chunk of the movie thinking that the RV full of friendly Southern people were redneck hick stalkers. They were two for three ([[ItMakesSenseInContext it's a long story]]). Point is, near the end of the movie, the kids witness the redneck's kids doing home-school work out of an advanced Calculus book. Cue the daughter asking in complete astonishment, "Wait. You're '''smart?!'''"
29th May '17 4:22:18 PM koopatheqwik
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* Sturges from ''VideoGame/Fallout4'' is the only character in the game with a Southern accent and he fits the trope to a tee. Investigating his old home shows that he was highly skilled at fixing and maintaining power armour, and he can also build you a very complicated teleportation device should you ask him to. Unlike the other people you can ask he has absolutely ''no'' prior experience with similar technology, making it all the more impressive.
20th May '17 6:23:26 AM StFan
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* Due to AccentAdaptation, Bill tends to display this in the translation of ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' as a substitute for the original's [[KansaiRegionalAccent Kansai-ben]] - which was, much like this trope, presumably intended as a subversion of TheIdiotFromOsaka. Or maybe not while TheIdiotFromOsaka is a trope that for some reason has really caught up in the West, the larger Japanese stereotype portrays Osakans, who come from a merchant city, as sharp, witty and moneygrubbing. And this is actually the reason for the idiot trope the inhabitants of the [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse more samurai-dominated Edo]], who valued reserve and dignity, considered brash and loud Osakans rude and uncouth and thus below themselves.

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* Due to AccentAdaptation, Bill tends to display this in the translation of ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' as a substitute for the original's [[KansaiRegionalAccent Kansai-ben]] - -- which was, much like this trope, presumably intended as a subversion of TheIdiotFromOsaka. Or maybe not -- while TheIdiotFromOsaka is a trope that for some reason has really caught up in the West, the larger Japanese stereotype portrays Osakans, who come from a merchant city, as sharp, witty and moneygrubbing. And this is actually the reason for the idiot trope -- the inhabitants of the [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse more samurai-dominated Edo]], who valued reserve and dignity, considered brash and loud Osakans rude and uncouth and thus below themselves.



* [[Manga/{{Kinnikuman}} Terryman]] and [[GenerationXerox his son]] [[Anime/UltimateMuscle Terry the Kid/Terry Kenyon]] look, dress and (in the localizations) speak like stereotypical Texan ranchers, but also serve as their respective series' MrExposition whenever a scientific explanation is called for.

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* [[Manga/{{Kinnikuman}} Terryman]] Terryman from ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'' and [[GenerationXerox his son]] [[Anime/UltimateMuscle Terry the Kid/Terry Kenyon]] Kenyon from ''Anime/UltimateMuscle'' look, dress and (in the localizations) speak like stereotypical Texan ranchers, but also serve as their respective series' MrExposition whenever a scientific explanation is called for.



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* Creator/JeffFoxworthy once joked that most people automatically deduct 100 [=IQ=] points if they hear a southern drawl, and would probably walk out on their brain surgeon if he had an accent. He himself qualifies for a Real Life example, as he attended Georgia Tech and was employed by IBM (and not in a janitorial capacity as he is sometimes wont to [over-modestly] state) before making it in the world of stand-up comedy.
-->'''Jeff:''' Allrite, whut we gon' do is... root around in there... and see if we can't find that dag-burn clot. ''[beat]'' Heh, no thanks, [[FateWorseThanDeath I'll just die]].
* Another stand-up joked that you can basically say any stupid thing with a [[IAmVeryBritish British accent]] and be believed, and how he feels sorry for southern nuclear physicists with the opposite problem.
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* Herschel Clay in ''Comicbook/{{PS238}}'' is more or less a redneck Tony Stark, with a business empire, power armor -- and a gimme cap.
** [[http://ps238.nodwick.com/comic/04062009/ This guy]] was at least smarter than the protagonists gave him credit for.
-->"Just 'cuz I live out in th' ''sticks'' with piles of ''junk'' 'round my trailer don't mean I'm ''ignorant of history.''"
* ''Comicbook/TheFabulousFurryFreakBrothers'' - while hitchhiking to San Francisco, Freewheelin' Franklin meets a friendly redneck who had just learned about "merry-jew-wanna" in Acapulco and had bought a camper full up with him. Franklin offers to sell it, figuring he can scam this guy asking a dirt-cheap price from him, but the guy then matter-of-factly rattles off one potential marketplace town after another, knowing the going price and all the dealing pros and cons at each location. Franklin's grudging admiration is deflated when the guy asks "One thing I was wondering, though - what does that stuff ''do'' to you guys? I never smoked any of it myself..."

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* ''ComicBook/PS238'':
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Herschel Clay in ''Comicbook/{{PS238}}'' in is more or less a redneck Tony Stark, with a business empire, power armor -- and a gimme cap.
** [[http://ps238.nodwick.com/comic/04062009/ This guy]] was is at least smarter than the protagonists gave him credit for.
-->"Just --->''Redneck:''' Just 'cuz I live out in th' ''sticks'' with piles of ''junk'' 'round my trailer don't mean I'm ''ignorant of history.''"
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* ''Comicbook/TheFabulousFurryFreakBrothers'' ''ComicBook/TheFabulousFurryFreakBrothers'' - while hitchhiking to San Francisco, Freewheelin' Franklin meets a friendly redneck who had just learned about "merry-jew-wanna" in Acapulco and had bought a camper full up with him. Franklin offers to sell it, figuring he can scam this guy asking a dirt-cheap price from him, but the guy then matter-of-factly rattles off one potential marketplace town after another, knowing the going price and all the dealing pros and cons at each location. Franklin's grudging admiration is deflated when the guy asks "One thing I was wondering, though - what does that stuff ''do'' to you guys? I never smoked any of it myself..."



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* Mater from ''WesternAnimation/Cars2'', whose friendly outgoing nature is coupled with an encyclopedic knowledge of obscure car parts. [[spoiler:Later, he's the one who figures out the plot to sabotage and discredit the World Grand Prix.]]
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* In the Creator/RobinWilliams movie ''RV'', the family spends a good chunk of the movie thinking that the RV full of friendly Southern people were redneck hick stalkers. They were two for three ([[ItMakesSenseInContext it's a long story]].) Point is, near the end of the movie, the kids witness the redneck's kids doing home-school work out of an advanced Calculus book. Cue the daughter asking in complete astonishment, "Wait. You're '''smart?!'''"
* Mater from ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'', whose friendly outgoing nature is coupled with an encyclopedic knowledge of obscure car parts. [[spoiler:Later, he's the one who figures out the plot to sabotage and discredit the World Grand Prix.]]

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* In the Creator/RobinWilliams movie ''RV'', the family spends a good chunk of the movie thinking that the RV full of friendly Southern people were redneck hick stalkers. They were two for three ([[ItMakesSenseInContext it's a long story]].) story]]). Point is, near the end of the movie, the kids witness the redneck's kids doing home-school work out of an advanced Calculus book. Cue the daughter asking in complete astonishment, "Wait. You're '''smart?!'''"
* Mater from ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'', whose friendly outgoing nature is coupled with an encyclopedic knowledge of obscure car parts. [[spoiler:Later, he's the one who figures out the plot to sabotage and discredit the World Grand Prix.]]
'''smart?!'''"



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* Cy Ogle from ''[[Creator/NealStephenson Interface]]''.
* The main character of ''The Killer Inside Me''. Too bad he's AxCrazy.

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* %%* Cy Ogle from ''[[Creator/NealStephenson Interface]]''.
* %%* The main character of ''The Killer Inside Me''. Too bad he's AxCrazy.



* The main character of the Literature/MorganvilleVampires.
* Calvin Whitlock from ''[[Literature/CoDominium Falkenburg's Legions]]''.
* Andrew Jackson Libby from Creator/RobertAHeinlein's future history is a boy from the Ozarks who, among other things, discovers artificial gravity and hyperspace travel. Even a thousand years later, Lazarus Long comments that Libby was the only man who ''ever'' understood the mathematics of hyperspace: not only is every other pilot who claims to understand Libby's "imperial numbers" a liar and a menace to his passengers, but Every.Single.Computer that can navigate through hyperspace is ''a copy of Libby's unique mind.''

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* %%* The main character of the Literature/MorganvilleVampires.
* %%* Calvin Whitlock from ''[[Literature/CoDominium Falkenburg's Legions]]''.
* Andrew Jackson Libby from Creator/RobertAHeinlein's future history history:
** Andrew Jackson Libby from
is a boy from the Ozarks who, among other things, discovers artificial gravity and hyperspace travel. Even a thousand years later, Lazarus Long comments that Libby was the only man who ''ever'' understood the mathematics of hyperspace: not only is every other pilot who claims to understand Libby's "imperial numbers" a liar and a menace to his passengers, but Every.Single.Computer that can navigate through hyperspace is ''a copy of Libby's unique mind.''



* In Literature/TheDresdenFiles, Ebenezar [=McCoy=] is acknowledged as one of the most powerful and dangerous wizards in the world. He has centuries of experience and knowledge to draw on, and ''literally'' wrote the book on practical entry-level spellcasting. He lives on a farm in rural Missouri, speaks with a rural accent, and has typical rural values. Wizard Listens To Wind/Injun Joe calls him an "inbred hillbilly redneck," though in a [[VitriolicBestBuds joking manner]].

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* In Literature/TheDresdenFiles, ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Ebenezar [=McCoy=] is acknowledged as one of the most powerful and dangerous wizards in the world. He has centuries of experience and knowledge to draw on, and ''literally'' wrote the book on practical entry-level spellcasting. He lives on a farm in rural Missouri, speaks with a rural accent, and has typical rural values. Wizard Listens To Wind/Injun Joe calls him an "inbred hillbilly redneck," though in a [[VitriolicBestBuds joking manner]].



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* Trip Tucker of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. This depends on the episode though, sometimes he's presented as an engineering genius and others he can't do grade school math.
** And earlier in the series, [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries "Bones" McCoy]] did his undergraduate studies in Mississippi (although his accent wasn't quite so noticeable as Trip's). His birthplace is only defined as "somewhere in the South." Common {{fanon}} puts it in Georgia like [[DeForestKelley his actor]].
** FridgeBrilliance: These two southerners represent the archetypical "smart" professions--brain surgery (Bones) and rocket science (Trip). And Bones even [[ThisAintRocketSurgery combined the two]].

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
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Trip Tucker of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. This depends on the episode though, sometimes he's presented as an engineering genius and others other times he can't do grade school grade-school math.
** And earlier in the series, [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', "Bones" McCoy]] McCoy did his undergraduate studies in Mississippi (although his accent wasn't quite so noticeable as Trip's). His birthplace is only defined as "somewhere in the South." Common {{fanon}} puts it in Georgia like [[DeForestKelley his actor]].
** FridgeBrilliance: These two southerners represent the archetypical "smart" professions--brain surgery (Bones) and rocket science (Trip). And Bones even [[ThisAintRocketSurgery combined the two]].
actor Creator/DeForestKelley.



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* Creator/JeffFoxworthy once joked that most people automatically deduct 100 [=IQ=] points if they hear a southern drawl, and would probably walk out on their brain surgeon if he had an accent.
-->'''Jeff''': Allrite, whut we gon' do is... root around in there... and see if we can't find that dag-burn clot. *beat* Heh, no thanks, [[FateWorseThanDeath I'll just die]].
** He himself qualifies for a Real Life example, as he attended Georgia Tech and was employed by IBM (and not in a janitorial capacity as he is sometimes wont to [over-modestly] state) before making it in the world of stand-up comedy.
* Another stand-up joked that you can basically say any stupid thing with a [[IAmVeryBritish British accent]] and be believed, and how he feels sorry for southern nuclear physicists with the opposite problem.
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* Beethro from Videogame/DeadlyRoomsOfDeath. He's more medevil than southern, but he has to be smart when his line of work involves getting past booby traps while killing monsters.
* The Engineer from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2,'' a brilliant inventor from Bee Cave, Texas.[[note]]Interesting because Bee Cave is an upscale suburb of Austin.[[/note]]
--> ''"Look, buddy. Ah'm an engineer. That means Ah solve problems. Not problems like "what is beauty?" because that would fall within the purview of your conundrums of philosophy. Ah solve ''practical'' problems. Fer instance, how'm Ah gonna stop some big, mean mother-hubbard from tearin' me a structurally superfluous new bee-hind? The answer? Use a gun. And if that don't work, [[MoreDakka use more gun]]."''
** [[http://www.teamfortress.com/engineer.htm His profile]] on the [=TF2=] [[AllThereInTheManual website]] indicates he likes "[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking barbeque, guns, and higher education]]," and has ''[[OmnidisciplinaryScientist eleven]]'' [[HardOnSoftScience hard-science]] [=PhDs=]. Make of that what you will.

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* Creator/JeffFoxworthy once joked that most people automatically deduct 100 [=IQ=] points if they hear a southern drawl, and would probably walk out on their brain surgeon if he had an accent.
-->'''Jeff''': Allrite, whut we gon' do is... root around in there... and see if we can't find that dag-burn clot. *beat* Heh, no thanks, [[FateWorseThanDeath I'll just die]].
** He himself qualifies for a Real Life example, as he attended Georgia Tech and was employed by IBM (and not in a janitorial capacity as he is sometimes wont to [over-modestly] state) before making it in the world of stand-up comedy.
* Another stand-up joked that you can basically say any stupid thing with a [[IAmVeryBritish British accent]] and be believed, and how he feels sorry for southern nuclear physicists with the opposite problem.
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* Beethro from Videogame/DeadlyRoomsOfDeath.''Videogame/DeadlyRoomsOfDeath''. He's more medevil than southern, but he has to be smart when his line of work involves getting past booby traps while killing monsters.
* The Engineer from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2,'' a brilliant inventor from Bee Cave, Texas.[[note]]Interesting because Bee Cave is an upscale suburb of Austin.[[/note]]
--> ''"Look,
[[/note]] [[http://www.teamfortress.com/engineer.htm His profile]] on the [=TF2=] [[AllThereInTheManual website]] indicates he likes "[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking barbeque, guns, and higher education]]," and has ''[[OmnidisciplinaryScientist eleven]]'' [[HardOnSoftScience hard-science]] [=PhDs=]. Make of that what you will.
-->'''The Engineer:''' Look,
buddy. Ah'm an engineer. That means Ah solve problems. Not problems like "what is beauty?" because that would fall within the purview of your conundrums of philosophy. Ah solve ''practical'' problems. Fer instance, how'm Ah gonna stop some big, mean mother-hubbard from tearin' me a structurally superfluous new bee-hind? The answer? Use a gun. And if that don't work, [[MoreDakka use more gun]]."''
** [[http://www.teamfortress.com/engineer.htm His profile]] on the [=TF2=] [[AllThereInTheManual website]] indicates he likes "[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking barbeque, guns, and higher education]]," and has ''[[OmnidisciplinaryScientist eleven]]'' [[HardOnSoftScience hard-science]] [=PhDs=]. Make of that what you will.



* Clem from ''VideoGame/TheSuffering.''
** Ranse Truman, as discovered when you finally meet him close to the end of the second game.

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* %%* Clem from ''VideoGame/TheSuffering.''
** %%** Ranse Truman, as discovered when you finally meet him close to the end of the second game.



* Augustus Sinclair from ''VideoGame/{{BioShock 2}}''. He's a cunning businessman, clever manipulator and by some accounts a great scientist.

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* Augustus Sinclair from ''VideoGame/{{BioShock 2}}''.''VideoGame/BioShock2''. He's a cunning businessman, clever manipulator and by some accounts a great scientist.



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16th May '17 3:01:43 PM Willbyr
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11th May '17 10:08:23 PM Rotide
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%%* The Director from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''.

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%%* * The [[MadScientist Director of Project Freelancer]] from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''.''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', a genius with {{Artificial Intelligence}} with a thick Southern accent.
3rd May '17 9:44:40 AM Divra
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* ''Literature/SilverJohn'': The titular character is a wandering singer from the Ozarks, who also happens to have an almost encyclopedic knowledge of American mythology and folklore and knows hundreds of folk songs. It's stated that he could easily have gotten Ph.D.-s in both anthropology and musicology if he'd bothered with formal education, and he notes that he was the Library of Congress' second choice for gathering and recording American folk songs (though he secretly admits that Bascomb Lamar Lunsford was the better choice).

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* ''Literature/SilverJohn'': The titular character is a wandering singer from the Ozarks, who also happens to have an almost encyclopedic knowledge of American mythology and folklore and knows hundreds of folk songs. It's stated that he could easily have gotten Ph.D.-s in both anthropology and musicology if he'd bothered with formal education, and he notes that he was the Library of Congress' second choice for gathering and recording American folk songs (though he secretly admits that Bascomb Bascom Lamar Lunsford was the better choice).
26th Apr '17 12:12:10 AM gjjones
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* Creator/ADVFilms, Creator/SentaiFilmworks and Creator/{{Funimation}} are located in Texas; many of the voice actors there are from the South.
13th Apr '17 12:38:49 AM jormis29
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* An episode of ''Kung Fu Dino Posse'' features a family of identical-looking cross-eyed buck-toothed idiot yokels... the last of whom speaks in a perfect Shakespearean accent, deplores the family business, and wishes he'd been an actor.

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* An episode of ''Kung Fu Dino Posse'' ''WesternAnimation/KungFuDinoPosse'' features a family of identical-looking cross-eyed buck-toothed idiot yokels... the last of whom speaks in a perfect Shakespearean accent, deplores the family business, and wishes he'd been an actor.
11th Apr '17 6:18:50 PM JoeMerl
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** [[http://ps238.nodwick.com/comic/04062009/ This guy]] was at least smarter than the protagonists gave him credit for.
-->"Just 'cuz I live out in th' ''sticks'' with piles of ''junk'' 'round my trailer don't mean I'm ''ignorant of history.''"
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