Created By: youfeelingluckypunk27 on October 10, 2012

Who's the Brains of the Operation?

A duo of a Genius Ditz and a Ditzy Genius

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One member of a group thinks they're the smart one, but are actually a bit clueless or obnoxious. The other one is not too bright either, but actually has some intelligence underneath.
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  • October 15, 2012
    Zanreo
    Any examples?
  • October 15, 2012
    Weaver
    Possibly Isaac and Mira from Baccano. Not entirely sure which is which though.
  • October 15, 2012
    Bisected8
  • October 15, 2012
    Dacilriel
    I'd like more description so I know that you're talking about what I think you're talking about.

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    The Nostalgia Chick's videos have occasional appearances from the scientists Dr. Block and Dr. Tease. Dr. Block promotes a respectful and accurate portrayal of science in the media, but often goes along with Dr. Tease's plans to experiment on nerds and scan people's brains. As of right now, they were last seen getting captured by Mexican Federales while dressed as nuns.
  • October 15, 2012
    McKathlin
    Alternatively, this duo could be described as Know Nothing Know It All and Dumbass Has A Point.
    • In Disney's animated One Hundred And One Dalmatians, Cruella's accomplices Jasper and Horace are this. Jasper considers himself the brains. Horace, though dim, guesses some things right about how the puppies are hiding, etc., but Jasper dismisses these ideas as stupid.
  • October 15, 2012
    McKathlin
    Sometimes when the "brains" dismisses an idea from the "dumb one," soon after that the "brains" will think he came up with the idea himself. Here's an example from The Lion King, where Timon and Pumbaa argue about whether to keep the lion cub Simba:
    Pumbaa: But he's so little.
    Timon: He's gonna get bigger.
    Pumbaa: Maybe he'll be on our side.
    Timon: That's the stupidest thing I ever heard. Maybe he'll b-... Hey, I got it! What if he's on our side?
  • October 16, 2012
    KarjamP
    No New Stock Phrases or dialog-based titles for names.
  • October 16, 2012
    lexicon
    I think this has potential but it's not even two lines and the OP (original poster youfeelingluckypunk27) isn't saying anything about it.
  • October 17, 2012
    sgamer82
    • There's been confusion more than once in One Piece whether or not the more outwardly badass Roronoa Zoro is, in fact, the captain of the Straw Hat pirates rather than Idiot Hero Luffy. Whisky Peak's bounty hunters assumed Luffy's bounty was a mistake and it should have been Zoro's. The Franky Family watched Zoro's badassery and wondered how he wasn't the leader.
  • November 12, 2012
    McKathlin
    I found a trope that covers this: Big Guy Little Guy. However, if many of the examples in this YKTTW don't have the size dynamic of Big Guy Little Guy, then it's a sign that Big Guy Little Guy needs repair and/or splitting.
  • November 12, 2012
    lexicon
    You're right. This and that sound like the exact same thing. A lot of the examples of Big Guy Little Guy need some context with them. In fact this concept is used in Fat And Skinny as well. I'm seeing a duplicate trope. That can be part of the repair.
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