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9th Mar '16 2:00:09 PM Hossmeister
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* ''CurbYourEnthusiasm'' riffs on the old "illegible doctor's handwriting" concept. Larry spends the night with a doctor, which is oddly reminiscent of a doctor's exam from start to finish. In the morning, she leaves him a note that he can't read. He eventually realizes that the only people who can read doctors' notes are pharmacists, so he takes it to a pharmacist to read it to him, which causes a comical misunderstanding.

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* ''CurbYourEnthusiasm'' ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'' riffs on the old "illegible doctor's handwriting" concept. Larry spends the night with a doctor, which is oddly reminiscent of a doctor's exam from start to finish. In the morning, she leaves him a note that he can't read. He eventually realizes that the only people who can read doctors' notes are pharmacists, so he takes it to a pharmacist to read it to him, which causes a comical misunderstanding.
2nd Feb '16 3:52:06 AM Adept
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* In the final case of ''AceAttorneyInvestigations'', Larry Butz's bad handwriting turns out to be a plot point.
* In ''FreddyPharkasFrontierPharmacist'', a prescription written by the habitually-drunk town doctor is completely illegible until an empty whiskey glass is used on it, prompting Freddy to remark that it must've been ''written'' while looking through the bottom of a whiskey glass as well.

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* In the final case of ''AceAttorneyInvestigations'', ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'', Larry Butz's bad handwriting turns out to be a plot point.
* In ''FreddyPharkasFrontierPharmacist'', ''VideoGame/FreddyPharkasFrontierPharmacist'', a prescription written by the habitually-drunk town doctor is completely illegible until an empty whiskey glass is used on it, prompting Freddy to remark that it must've been ''written'' while looking through the bottom of a whiskey glass as well.
8th Dec '15 7:11:57 PM PaulA
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In the radio episode ''Letter to the Education Board'', Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton struggle to read Stretch Snodgrass' essay. It was remade on television as ''Marinated Hearing'', where the sloppy essay was written by Stretch's brother Bones.

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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': In the radio episode ''Letter to the Education Board'', "Marinated Hearing", Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton struggle to read Stretch Bones Snodgrass' essay. It was remade on television as ''Marinated Hearing'', where the sloppy essay was written by Stretch's brother Bones.essay.


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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In "Letter to the Education Board", Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton struggle to read Stretch Snodgrass' essay.
27th Nov '15 11:21:45 AM nombretomado
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* Chris Kattan's recurring character Suel Forrester on ''SaturdayNightLive'' is TheUnintelligible, so people sometimes ask him to write down what he's saying, but his writing is no more comprehensible than his speech.

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* Chris Kattan's recurring character Suel Forrester on ''SaturdayNightLive'' ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' is TheUnintelligible, so people sometimes ask him to write down what he's saying, but his writing is no more comprehensible than his speech.
19th Nov '15 5:30:51 PM nombretomado
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* Gaius has a SecretDiary in ''RuneFactory3'' that you can try to read, but you won't succeed. If he happens to catch you at it he'll admit that he can't always read it either.

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* Gaius has a SecretDiary in ''RuneFactory3'' ''VideoGame/RuneFactory3'' that you can try to read, but you won't succeed. If he happens to catch you at it he'll admit that he can't always read it either.
3rd Nov '15 12:55:24 PM StFan
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* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' this is a characteristic of Happosai. His handwriting (in Japanese, of course) is horrible and barely legible. So much that once, even he couldn't read his own handwriting.
* [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Kenshin]]. Seeing as he was born in a family of farmers, spent about a year as a slave, was raised by a hermetic swordsman from ages six to thirteen, and then left to join a militia, there probably wasn't much opportunity to work on handwriting.

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* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' this is a characteristic of Happosai.Happōsai. His handwriting (in Japanese, of course) is horrible and barely legible. So much that once, even he couldn't read his own handwriting.
* [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Kenshin]].''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': Kenshin. Seeing as he was born in a family of farmers, spent about a year as a slave, was raised by a hermetic swordsman from ages six to thirteen, and then left to join a militia, there probably wasn't much opportunity to work on handwriting.



* In ''InazumaEleven'', Endou Daisuke's handwriting is outright ''shown'' to be completely illegible, and at least one character initially mistakes it for some elaborate secret code. The only other person who could read it is his grandson Endou Mamoru, and even this comes as a big shock to everyone else at first. Later, [[spoiler:Kudou Fuyuka]] comes along and can also read it; this turns out to be foreshadowing another plot point much, ''much'' later down the road.

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* In ''InazumaEleven'', ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'', Endou Daisuke's handwriting is outright ''shown'' to be completely illegible, and at least one character initially mistakes it for some elaborate secret code. The only other person who could read it is his grandson Endou Mamoru, and even this comes as a big shock to everyone else at first. Later, [[spoiler:Kudou Fuyuka]] comes along and can also read it; this turns out to be foreshadowing another plot point much, ''much'' later down the road.



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* There was an ''UncleScrooge'' comic that had Scrooge finding an old IOU and being unable to make out the signature. He starts tracking down people he thinks it could be, but finds that he owes each of them money. He eventually realizes that the signature is his own and it was an IOU he wrote to himself.

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* ''ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse'': There was is an ''UncleScrooge'' ''Uncle Scrooge'' comic that had Scrooge finding an old IOU and being unable to make out the signature. He starts tracking down people he thinks it could be, but finds that he owes each of them money. He eventually realizes that the signature is his own and it was an IOU he wrote to himself.



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* Subverted in the Franchise/{{Harry Potter}} fic ''Where Shadows Go'', when the partner in Snape's Healer practice joked that Snape couldn't be a "real doctor" because his handwriting was too ''legible''.

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* Subverted This was a ''ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible'' strip once. Hagar, who's illiterate, wishes he could read the prescription a doctor gave him. So does the pharmacist (or whatever he was, since he's in the Franchise/{{Harry Potter}} fic ''Where Shadows Go'', when the partner in Snape's Healer practice joked that Snape couldn't be a "real doctor" because his Viking age).
* In one ''ComicStrip/{{Blondie}}'' strip, Dagwood's
handwriting was too ''legible''.is said to be so bad that a banker addressed him as "Doctor" when he left.
* ''ComicStrip/JumpStart'' has a child whose parents named him Doctor and dress him up in scrubs. When Marcy comments to his mother how horrible Doctor's handwriting is, she beams with pride and proclaims that they're hoping soon it will be completely illegible.



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* In possibly the most memorable scene from Creator/WoodyAllen's ''Film/TakeTheMoneyAndRun'', [[StupidCrooks Virgil Starkwell's]] bank holdup is stalled when the tellers can't make out his robbery note:
-->'''Bank Teller #1:''' Does this look like "gub" or "gun"?
-->'''Bank Teller #2:''' Gun. See? But what does "abt" mean?
-->'''Virgil:''' It's "act". A-C-T. Act natural. Please put fifty thousand dollars into this bag and act natural.
-->'''Bank Teller #1:''' Oh, I see. This is a holdup?

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* In possibly Subverted in the most memorable scene from Creator/WoodyAllen's ''Film/TakeTheMoneyAndRun'', [[StupidCrooks Virgil Starkwell's]] bank holdup is stalled Franchise/{{Harry Potter}} fic ''Where Shadows Go'', when the tellers can't make out partner in Snape's Healer practice joked that Snape couldn't be a "real doctor" because his robbery note:
-->'''Bank Teller #1:''' Does this look like "gub" or "gun"?
-->'''Bank Teller #2:''' Gun. See? But what does "abt" mean?
-->'''Virgil:''' It's "act". A-C-T. Act natural. Please put fifty thousand dollars into this bag and act natural.
-->'''Bank Teller #1:''' Oh, I see. This is a holdup?
handwriting was too ''legible''.



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* Justified in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', where Twilight has to write something without using magic after being transformed into a human. How can someone be legible if they don't even know what hands are, let alone how to use a pen?
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* In possibly the most memorable scene from Creator/WoodyAllen's ''Film/TakeTheMoneyAndRun'', [[StupidCrooks Virgil Starkwell's]] bank holdup is stalled when the tellers can't make out his robbery note:
-->'''Bank Teller #1:''' Does this look like "gub" or "gun"?\\
'''Bank Teller #2:''' Gun. See? But what does "abt" mean?\\
'''Virgil:''' It's "act". A-C-T. Act natural. Please put fifty thousand dollars into this bag and act natural.\\
'''Bank Teller #1:''' Oh, I see. This is a holdup?
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-->'''Lewko''': I pity the spy who had to decipher this.
-->'''Ingrey''': Is it in code?
-->'''Lewko''': No: Hallana's handwriting. Written in haste, I deem.

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-->'''Lewko''': -->'''Lewko:''' I pity the spy who had to decipher this.
-->'''Ingrey''':
this.\\
'''Ingrey''':
Is it in code?
-->'''Lewko''':
code?\\
'''Lewko''':
No: Hallana's handwriting. Written in haste, I deem.



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-->'''Dan:''' Who are the Allens and why are they out of spice?
-->'''Roseanne:''' '''Aliens''', Dan, from '''outer space'''.
-->'''Dan:''' ...Oh. Well, that makes more sense.

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-->'''Dan:''' Who are the Allens and why are they out of spice?
-->'''Roseanne:'''
spice?\\
'''Roseanne:'''
'''Aliens''', Dan, from '''outer space'''.
-->'''Dan:''' ...
space'''.\\
'''Dan:''' ...
Oh. Well, that makes more sense.



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* This was a ''HagarTheHorrible'' strip once. Hagar, who's illiterate, wishes he could read the prescription a doctor gave him. So does the pharmacist (or whatever he was, since he's in the Viking age).
* In one ''{{Blondie}}'' strip, Dagwood's handwriting is said to be so bad that a banker addressed him as "Doctor" when he left.
* ''NewspaperComic/JumpStart'' has a child whose parents named him Doctor and dress him up in scrubs. When Marcy comments to his mother how horrible Doctor's handwriting is, she beams with pride and proclaims that they're hoping soon it will be completely illegible.
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* Justified in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', where Twilight has to write something without using magic after being transformed into a human. How can someone be legible if they don't even know what hands are, let alone how to use a pen?
** Oddly, Sunset Shimmer can read Twilight's handwriting without much trouble. [[FridgeBrilliance Possibly because Sunset wasn't always human herself.]]



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3rd Oct '15 8:59:55 AM DannWoolf
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** Oddly, Sunset shimmer can read Twilight's handwriting without much trouble. [[FridgeBrilliance Possibly because Sunset wasn't always human herself.]]

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** Oddly, Sunset shimmer Shimmer can read Twilight's handwriting without much trouble. [[FridgeBrilliance Possibly because Sunset wasn't always human herself.]]
23rd Aug '15 2:30:40 AM WhosAsking
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* TheNineties American dub of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' badly Americanized the series as a whole, but actually called the Japanese symbols written by Sailor Moon (Usagi Tsukino) herself "squiggly handwriting" in one instance where the viewers got to see what she'd written (when it wasn't shown, characters would instead comment that she couldn't spell very well or used horrible grammar). In a way, this is actually faithful adaptation, because in the original Japanese version, Usagi has ''legitimately'' lousy handwriting in her native language. She either fails to use kanji, or uses the wrong ones.

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* TheNineties American dub of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' badly Americanized the series as a whole, but actually called the Japanese symbols written by Sailor Moon (Usagi Tsukino) herself "squiggly handwriting" in one instance where the viewers got to see what she'd written (when it wasn't shown, characters would instead comment that she couldn't spell very well or used horrible grammar). In This is partly due to a LostInTranslation issue since not too many people are familiar with Japanese writing, but in a way, this is actually faithful adaptation, because a brilliant adaptation: a way to convey a similar concept in English. In the original Japanese version, Japanese, Usagi is known to be inept academically, so her writing, while mostly legible, has ''legitimately'' lousy handwriting in her native language. She grammar: namely, she either fails to use kanji, avoids using Kanji or uses the wrong ones.
30th Jun '15 10:51:44 AM ultimomant
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* In ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'', Yugo's terrible handwriting is based on the fact he grew up an orphan and borderline homeless, so he obviously didn't have much of an education.
21st Jun '15 4:03:53 PM johnsmithxxi
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In the radio episode ''Letter to the Education Board'', Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton struggle to read Stretch Snodgrass' essay. It was remade on television as ''Marinated Hearing'', where the sloppy essay was written by Stretch's brother Bones.
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