Created By: DannyVElAcme on February 14, 2011 Last Edited By: DannyVElAcme on April 21, 2011
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Exactly What It Says on the Tin: A character of superlative intelligence and a superlative lack of hygiene. This type of character is seen at pretty much every variation of the alignment spectrum, and is usually associated with the image of the reclusive hacker. Usually, their slovenliness is also accompanied by unimpressive social skills, whether it's a tendency for bluntness or extreme timidness, as well as a tendency for unsavory habits and eccentricity. Good guy genius slobs are usually portrayed as just being too dedicated to their vocation to have much time for hygiene, while the filth on bad guy genius slobs is used as an outward reflection of inner rottenness.

Keep in mind that this is not a genius who is constantly filthy BECAUSE of his job. A genius engineer who's constantly dirty from working on machines is not a genius slob, he's just dirty because in his line of work it's inevitable. This trope specifically refers to geniuses who are filthy in their personal lives. It's not a consequence, it's a character trait.

Examples:
  • Sherlock Holmes, of all people. Yes, his living room and general appearance to the public is neat and fastidious, but walk past the curtain into his study and you'd be flabbergasted at the enormous clutter of evidence and experiments. The recent Guy Ritchie-directed film starring Robert Downey, Jr. illustrates it excellently.
  • Kosuke Entouji of GaoGaiGar could pretty much be the ultimate example of this trope. A very good guy, essential to the 3G's operations as their information analyst, and thoroughly disgusting hygiene. His workspace is a total mess of empty snack bags and magazines(not to mention many fans have suspicions about that box of tissues...), and he'll go for days at a time without taking a bath. Every time he scratches his head, a cloud of dandruff erupts from it.
  • The Hacker from the old AD Police OVAs, who was overweight, always barefoot, and could barely move within his apartment from all the crap lying around.
  • L, while not as filthy as other genius slobs, is VERY eccentric, a challenge to have a conversation with, and always has a disheveled appearance and bare feet. His eating habits leave a lot to be desired, too.
  • Otacon in the first Metal Gear Solid game, was prone to this. He cleans up in the sequels though.
  • Dr. Greg "Bear" Eagan in Eureka Seven is a reclusive, slovenly, colossally fat man who only seems to eat candy - and an absolutely brilliant scientist.
  • Plague, Lisbeth's hacker friend in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is balding, overweight, smelly and supposedly has a porn collection to baffle minds. He's also a genius with computers(both their construction and programming), and is a master investigator, able to get information for Lisbeth that she has a trouble finding(or getting access to).
  • Supervisor Komui from D.Gray-Man. Science genius and one of the most important members of the Black Order. So disorganized you can't see the floor of his office.
  • From Jurassic Park, both food addict networking director Dennis Nedry and chain-smoking control room chief John Ray Arnold.
  • Apple Kid from Earthbound.
  • Tokita of Paprika. He's fat, clumsy, and his work area is a mess. Doesn't stop him from getting the girl in the end, though.
  • Hakase from Mahou Sensei Negima!. She sleeps in her lab sometimes and leaves her underwear lying around, which gets comments from the guy scientists who share the lab.
  • Erica Hartmann from Strike Witches, one of the squad's top ace's in the air, lazy slob on the ground.
  • Dwun from Hunter Hunter.
  • Michaelangelo was a real life historical example. He apparently only took a bath twice a year or so.
Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • February 15, 2011
    thegrenekni3t
    Is this only about poor personal hygiene? I Thought It Meant geniuses who were untidy. For example, Sherlock Holmes is described as being quite neat in his personal appearance... but less careful when it comes to his flat, with criminal relics and chemical experiments often "turning up in the butter-dish, or in even less desirable places."
  • February 15, 2011
    TBTabby
    Apple Kid in Earthbound is an unpopular slob, but he makes several useful inventions for Ness, By contrast, Orange Kid is popular and neat, but his inventions are useless.
  • February 15, 2011
    Bisected8
    Sometimes a side effect of Brilliant But Lazy.

    • Urahara from Bleach was one of these in the Turn Back The Pendulum arc.
    • Albert Einstein was apparently a mild Real Life example (wearing socks until holes were worn in them by his toenails, for example).
  • February 15, 2011
    DannyVElAcme
    @thegrenekni3t: While Sherlock Holmes is untidy, this is an aspect of him that only the people closest to him would know about, and to the world at large, he's a perfectly groomed professional. This trope, as I wrote it, refers to characters whose genius contrasts with their personal appearance and grooming. The character looks like crap, pure and simple. If you have to think twice to approach this character for help, it's this trope.

    Edit: What the hell, added Holmes in. After watching the Guy Ritchie flick, it totally applies :p
  • February 15, 2011
    Augustine
    Otacon in the first Metal Gear Solid. He cleans up in the sequels though.
  • February 15, 2011
    EponymousKid
    Dr. Greg "Bear" Eagan in Eureka Seven is a reclusive, slovenly, colossally fat man who only seems to eat candy - and an absolutely brilliant scientist.
  • February 21, 2011
    Heatth
    Supervisor Komui from D Gray Man. Science genius and one of the most important members of the Black Order. So disorganized you can't see the floor of his office.
  • February 28, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    From Jurassic Park, both food addict networking director Dennis Nedry and chain - smoking control room chief John Ray Arnold.
  • March 1, 2011
    DAN004
    This trope could cause Trash Of The Titans.
  • March 17, 2011
    INUH
    That image doesn't really show "genius."
  • March 17, 2011
    Topazan
    EDIT: D'oh TB Tabby already covered this.
  • March 29, 2011
    Kaoy
    Tokita of Paprika. He's fat, clumsy, and his work area is a mess. Doesn't stop him from getting the girl in the end, though.
  • April 5, 2011
    Raso
    Hakase from Negima is this she sleeps in her lab sometimes and leaves her underwear lying around which gets comments from the guy scientists who share the lab [1].
  • April 5, 2011
    LarryD
    Hakase is like Holmes, though. She's neat enough outside the lab.
  • April 5, 2011
    DannyVElAcme
    @LarryD: It still counts, though, since she's still a slob within the confines of her work and living space.
  • April 5, 2011
    dalek955
  • April 5, 2011
    DannyVElAcme
    @dalek955: Hehehe, yeah, that's pretty much nailing it on the head :)
  • April 12, 2011
    Ekuran
    For the indexes, use Intelligence Tropes and Characterization Tropes.
  • April 19, 2011
    sgamer82
    • Erica Hartmann from Strike Witches, one of the squad's top ace's in the air, lazy slob on the ground.
  • April 19, 2011
    ajmint
    (after the Sherlock Holmes bit)
    • Also, his brother Mycroft -- he is both more of a genius and more of a slob.
  • April 21, 2011
    MisterTimor
    Dwun from Hunter X Hunter.
  • April 21, 2011
    NetMonster
    Michaelangelo was a real life historical example. He apparently only took a bath twice a year or so.
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