Created By: Giant Space ChinchillaJuly 7, 2010 Last Edited By: GiantSpaceChinchillaJuly 7, 2010
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There exists a fallacy in which for some reason a "smart" person must appreciate opera, classical music, or pull feats of chess mastery. So when one pulls a Flowers For Algernon Syndrome or Uplifted Animal, suddenly the subject starts to quote Shakespeare, rave about a fine old wine, or quip about how modern art makes no sense.

One problem though, there was no Upgrade Artifact! So somehow becoming smarter gives you all sorts of useful information such as knowledge of language, history, sciences, and for some reason the arts but more than that it forces you to like them.

Hopefully, in the process of becoming a Dead Horse Trope. This, often results in Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness, Smart People Play Chess, and Fake Brit. Compare/contrast Screw Learning I Have Phlebotinum, Wicked Cultured, Cultured Badass, and Southern Fried Genius.

Examples:

  • The Brain Gremlin in Gremlins 2
  • Detritus in Men At Arms suddenly starts using words he's probably never even heard, let alone remember.
  • In an early episode of The Simpsons, when Homer & Marge thought Bart was a certified genius they took him to the ballet, where he was thoroughly bored.
  • Montaigne had plenty to say on this topic in his Essays. It would seem it was his Berserk Button (but he was so politely scathing of it)
  • In SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick got the top of his head replaced with brain coral, thus becoming an Insufferable Genius, suddenly speaking in big words and gaining an interest in art and science.
  • Another Simpsons example is when Homer stops Flanders from baptizing his kids:
    Bart: Dad, you took a baptism for me. How do you feel?
    Homer: Oh, my dear Bartholomew. I feel like Saint Francis of Hippo after his conversion by Ambrose of Milan.
    Ned Flanders: Homer, what did you say?
    Homer: I said shut your ugly face, Flanders!
Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • November 2, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Definitely
  • November 2, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Smarts do not equal culture?
  • November 2, 2009
    Duncan
    The Brain Gremlin in Gremlins 2.
  • November 2, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Smart Peoples Is Not Cultured, to add an additional level of grammatical fallacy to the mix.
  • November 2, 2009
    Cidolfas
    Do you think this extends to suddenly using large words, or is that already part of an existing trope? For example, Detritus in Men At Arms suddenly starts using words he's probably never even heard, let alone remember.
  • November 2, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Sometimes this goes with a "british" accent
  • November 2, 2009
    Evalana
  • November 2, 2009
    random surfer
    In an early episode of The Simpsons, when Homer & Marge thought Bart was a certified genius they took him to the ballet, where he was thoroughly bored.
  • November 2, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Montaigne had plenty to say on this topic in his Essays. It would seem it was his Beserk Button (but he was so politely scathing of it)
  • November 3, 2009
    Deboss
    Real Life subversion: Southern Fried Genius. It's definitely a trope. Genius Equals Cultured? Considering how many nerds there are that aren't interested in "cultured" entertainment it's entirely possible that this trope is starting to die off.
  • July 2, 2010
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    So should I go ahead and launch this?
  • July 2, 2010
    DragonQuestZ
  • July 2, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    • In SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick got the top of his head replaced with brain coral, thus becoming an Insufferable Genius, suddenly speaking in big words and gaining an interest in art and science.
    • Another Simpsons example is when Homer stops Flanders from baptizing his kids:
      Bart: Dad, you took a baptism for me. How do you feel?
      Homer: Oh, my dear Bartholomew. I feel like Saint Francis of Hippo after his conversion by Ambrose of Milan.
      Ned Flanders: Homer, what did you say?
      Homer: I said shut your ugly face, Flanders!
  • July 4, 2010
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    so any other name suggestions? Please.
  • July 4, 2010
    Doug S. Machina
    Level Up In Culture, or something like that?
  • July 5, 2010
    graytotoro
    Culture for Dummies

    Instant Culture - Just Add Water?

  • July 5, 2010
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    Infectious Culture? eh I think I'll go with Instant Culture. (no water)

    edit actually I went with Instant Cultured for the lulz.
  • July 6, 2010
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    If there are no objections I'll launch tomorrow.

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