Created By: Known Unknown on October 19, 2009
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On the opposite tract of the Genius Ditz, who, while usually foolish and moronic, has flashes of insight or hidden talents, is the Ditzy Genius who, while very intelligent and talented, has absolutely nothing in the way of common sense, wit or tact.

This can occasionally be show as naivete to the point of stupidity, and/or nigh suicidal overconfidence or inability to see the danger in what they're doing. In any case, these characters end up landing themselves in trouble more often than not.

See also Brilliant, but Lazy, especially in cases where the characters intelligence is largely informed.
Examples:
  • Bulma from Dragon Ball is a prime example. While a mechanical genius and heir to a huge scientific corporation, she has absolutely no sense at all when it comes to dealing with danger. And yet somehow she gets the idea to become a treasure hunter. She gets only slightly better at this over the course of the series, in the sense that she doesn't walk headlong into danger without thinking first so much.
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  • June 29, 2009
    Lullabee
    This may be too close to Absentminded Professor.

    • The Doctor is very much like this. He's definitely a genius, but is on occasion too trusting, once nearly fell down a rocket silo just due to not paying attention, is occasionally a Malaproper, sometimes gives Disorganized Outline Speeches, is often badly oblivious to UST... in the Television Tie In Novels, he once needed help getting his own shoes on, because he forgot that laces often need untying. And he's often overly self-confident, or at least seems that way.
  • June 29, 2009
    Known Unknown
    The Absentminded Professor is someone who is merely scatterbrained, while this is someone with no common sense at all.

    The Absentminded Professor might miss a date because he forgot while working on his new invention, but the Ditsy Genius might bring the half finished invention with them and almost kill everyone when it goes haywire.

    Also, a Genius Ditz is someone who acts intelligently when working on their scientific inventions and such, and who is generally intelligent, but who is prone to moronic choices and impulsive blundering and, at worst, generally acting like a moron. In more extreme cases this can be an example of Informed Ability.
  • June 29, 2009
    Cosmic Osmo
    This sounds like Absentminded Professor, but more.
  • June 30, 2009
    Known Unknown
    I don't see how a lack of wisdom and an inability to make sensible choices could be considered The Same But More as absentmindedness.

    The main, and, judging by the description, only trait of an Absentminded Professor is extreme forgetfulness, which isn't even necessarily a trait of The Ditz.
  • June 30, 2009
    Lullabee
    Ah. I think that may actually exclude the Doctor, then. This is basically Too Dumb To Live except also a genius. He gets by, he just does some astonishingly ditzy things at times which never screw anything up too badly. He generally has the ability to make intelligent choices and possesses some modicum of common sense. 99% of the time, he can manage on his own. And then that 1% of the time, he's almost falling down rocket silos, but, eh. Everyone has a bad day.
  • July 25, 2009
    Known Unknown
    Bump
  • July 25, 2009
    Wheezy
    Maurice Moss from The IT Crowd is a perfect example of this.
  • July 25, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Me, sometimes.
  • July 26, 2009
    random surfer
    Recurring Character Professor Pepperwinkle in The Adventures of Superman. Example: he brought his latest invention to show Perry White. It was an (untested) time machine. Perry didn't have time to look at it because he was busy with an Important Story involving a gangster who was about to turn himself in to The Authorities, and who was in his office at the time; so the Professor turned his time machine on and sent them all (himself, the gangster, Perry, Lois, Jimmy, and Clark) to prehistoric times. Success!

    Then he realized he didn't bring enough fuel to make a return trip.
  • July 26, 2009
    VampireBuddha
    Bubbles in Powerpuff Girls. She's always thinking about rainbows and unicorns and such, yet when Satan forced the girls to take a series of High School exams as part of a Series Of Trials, she scored 1,025 point.

    Both Orihime and Uryu in Bleach. Orihime thinks that forming an Unwanted Harem around Ichigo sounds like a good idea and when assigned to draw a picture of her future, draws herself as a killer death robot. She's also #3 in her class. Uryu is #1 in the class, and is fruitier than a piña colada.
  • July 27, 2009
    henke37
    Lloyd in Code Geass, brilliant mecha designer, does not understand basic human interaction. The characters are shocked to hear that he is engaged.
  • July 27, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Real life homeschoolers. Brilliant, but with little to no social skills. You know, the long skirted, long haired, twenty kids per family ones.
  • July 27, 2009
    Evalana
    Medaka from Medaka Box
  • July 27, 2009
    Tzintzuntzan
  • July 27, 2009
    Known Unknown
    No. Quite the opposite, actually.

    Forge is portrayed this way in both X Men Evolution and Wolverine And The X Men, though in the latter it's more a case of Brilliant But Lazy, while in Evolution he's energetic and brilliant, but somewhat foolish and lacking in foresight.
  • August 5, 2009
    Known Unknown
    Bump
  • August 5, 2009
    jason taylor
    "Real life homeschoolers. Brilliant, but with little to no social skills. You know, the long skirted, long haired, twenty kids per family ones. "

    Poor kids. Never learned to get along with bratty little teenagers. Never learned to kiss the boots of the big man on campus. Poor little things.
  • August 5, 2009
    Amazingly Enough
    Call it Book Smart?
  • August 5, 2009
    jason taylor
    Sure.
  • August 6, 2009
    Known Unknown
    I don't think so. Book Smart doesn't really convey the fact the the genius is also a ditz. Also, they don't have to be socially awkward, they just have to lack large amounts of common sense, be overly impulsive, make bad decisions, etc.
  • August 6, 2009
    Roihu
    Ema from Ace Attorney is a bit of this, especially in her first appearance.
  • August 6, 2009
    jason taylor
    I'm like this. I learned most of my few social skills artificially(and mostly from prodding from my parents, not from school). I feel uncomfortably incompetent with the most basic non academic skills(like employment forms, unfortunately)but I am very competent academically.
  • September 15, 2009
    Known Unknown
    Bump
  • September 19, 2009
    Known Unknown
    More Bump!
  • October 18, 2009
    Known Unknown
    Since I'm seeing another YKTTW with this basic idea, this is the last bump before launch. Launching tomorrow, unless someone has some dissent of some sort.
  • October 18, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    How has Cordelia not been mentioned? Gotta have a Buffy The Vampire Slayer reference!
  • October 18, 2009
    IlGreven
    So, basically a Nerd Raised By Wolves?
  • October 18, 2009
    Known Unknown
    Not really. It's more about intelligent character who nonetheless lack common sense.
  • October 18, 2009
    ShayGuy
    Mutsumi Otohime from Love Hina.
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