Created By: NerdAtComputer on March 18, 2011 Last Edited By: NerdAtComputer on October 10, 2012

Intelligence Implies Knowledge

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In fiction, smart characters know a lot, which makes sense considering that intelligence can be a side effect of studing and reasoning. But sometimes the former is not a consecuence of the later.

There are cases where an inteligent character will automatically know everything there is to know to of a subject with no background study whatsoever. Just by using his brain, everything will became clear.

In other words, he is able to decifer anything because he is that smarts, therefore Intelligence implies knowledge.

While it may be an good break from reality, it's far from being true. Even the smartest of men wouldn't be able to build an small cellphone without the years and years of accumulated knowledge on physics, chemestry and logic.

Sub-Trope of Possession Implies Mastery and Instant Expert.

Super Trope of Mr. Fixit. Strongly related to Brilliant, but Lazy.
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  • March 18, 2011
  • March 18, 2011
    Sort of the opposite of Medieval Morons.
  • March 19, 2011
    See also: Instant Cultured
  • March 19, 2011
    The Blood Of Heroes / DC Heroes RPG features the "Gadgetry" skill which imbues the character with the ability to build various machinery. They also lumped in normal computer usage into the skill as well. Meaning that, according to this game, if you can use a computer you can build a car.
  • March 20, 2011
    For Western Animation (actually, animation probably uses this trope a lot):

    • In an early episode of The Simpsons, Bart swaps his standardized test out with that of the resident genius, Martin Prince. The result is Bart being moved to a school for gifted students. He doesn't fare well, as the school seems to assume that his intelligence would denote a great deal of knowledge to accompany it.
      • A later episode featuring Homer had a plot where it was discovered a crayon was lodged in his brain, causing his less-than-average intelligence. He instantly gains massive amounts of knowledge as a result of its removal.
  • October 10, 2012
    Please fix your English. Also, it's not a break from reality always; it is proven that having good general knowledge (usually just of life) and an analytical mindset can lead you to be able to make those jumps. Being smart, one is able to apply logic to be able to do something they are not trained in, or use their general knowledge to isolate the obvious (to them) method/ answer. In the words of Spock, "It's only logical." - You didn't need to be told what to do as because you are logical it appeared obvious, or only took a few logical steps to reach.
  • October 10, 2012
    • Deep Blue Sea: The super-intelligent shark somehow knew what an oven was and how to turn it on despite having never seen anything like it before.