Screw the rules, I'm a genius
Smart characters don\\\'t have to play by the rules


(permanent link) added: 2011-10-19 12:58:18 sponsor: Mimimurlough (last reply: 2011-11-02 03:25:10)

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Needs a Better Name Simply put, smart characters get special treatment or at least they try to get it. There are different way this could go down. In comedies, the characters might not succeed in their quest for aviodance of the rules. In other cases, the smart character might bypass them by outsmarting the enforcers, or the enforcers might have given up on getting the genius in line or consider them too valuable to argue with. In either case, the end result is a playground for the genius to practice their brilliance in without being disturbed.

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Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • The eponymous Detective Conan does this a lot, since he looks like a six year old boy and has to solve cases for his friend's father without his knowlege. The cases usually culminate in Conan drugging the father and using him as a sock puppet to present the solution.

Comic Books
  • In Quai D Orsay, the Minister often acts this way. His genius is more of the scholarly type. Yeah, he's hard to work with.

Live-Action Television
  • Agatha Christies Miss Marple relies on this and her connections to get access to her cases
  • House gets away with outlandish things because there's no other doctor who could do his job.
  • Attempted over and over again by Sheldon of Big Bang Theory, but often to no avail.
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