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-> ''"Given enough time, any man can master their body. With enough knowledge, any man can become wise. It is a true warrior who can master both."''
-->-- '''Emperor Yoshiro''', ''CommandAndConquerRedAlert3''

A BigGuy who is also a geek or tech-head. Often coupled with GentleGiant to {{subvert|edTrope}} two tropes at once.

Basically what happens when you put BrainsAndBrawn as one character. It's a possible benefit when you carry a heavy {{Doorstopper}} or two ([[UpToEleven or a whole shelf of them]]) while using it as weight-lifts and studying calculus at the same time.

The diametric opposite of DumbMuscle. This guy has not only huge muscles and fists, but a very bright brain! There ''is'', however, a difference between "especially smart" and "not a total moron"; keep that in mind when adding examples. Here's a tip: A character who is strong but displays frankly average intelligence is simply not an idiot. But if they constantly spout {{technobabble}} and are considered an expert in some scientific field, that's especially smart. Similarly, if they're especially smart, they must also be unusually strong to qualify. "Beats people up" or "very physically fit" don't exactly count.

The inversion is the BadassBookworm. In general, a Genius Bruiser looks huge and powerfully muscled, then unexpectedly shows off an intellectual side, whereas a BadassBookworm looks like a standard geek, but then displays a surprising amount of physical prowess. Remember, in this case [[MusclesAreMeaningless Muscles Are]] [[{{Aversion}} NOT]] [[MusclesAreMeaningless Meaningless]]. The person needs to look the part to qualify for this trope. If AuthorityEqualsAsskicking, you may well end up with an EmperorScientist. A Genius Bruiser is almost always also a CulturedBadass, but the two aren't necessarily always found in the same individual.

In fantasy, a Genius Bruiser is often a MagicKnight or a MightyGlacier. Also tends to be combined with LightningBruiser, as the speed is frequently tied into intelligence or very specific training. See also MinoredInAssKicking. In a FiveManBand specializing in brains, is TheBigGuy. In a FiveManBand specializing in brawn, is TheSmartGuy. Contrast with ShorterMeansSmarter.

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* ''{{Golgo 13}}'': Medical knowledge? check. Mathematical genius? Yup. Oh and he's the world's deadliest assassins with insane combat skills from hand-to-hand to sniping. Of course, [[RequiredSecondaryPowers you actually need to be]] a math geek to be good at sniping. Medical knowledge is also pretty useful for an assassin who can't go to a normal hospital that needs to report bullet wounds.
* Arguably for ''Manga/BreakBlade'''s Girge. He's a Badass in the battlefield, alright. But it's still unclear whether his badassery is adjusted with wit and strategy, or just [[DeathSeeker rashness out of boredom]].
* Germany and America from ''[[Manga/AxisPowersHetalia Hetalia]]''. The first is a 6 feet tall warrior with a knack for making clocks and one of the few charas with lots of common sense in this world, the second is a cheerful GeniusDitz with SuperStrength.
* Jim Austin from ''GenesisClimberMospeada'' (and his counterpart, "Lunk" from ''{{Robotech}}'').
* ''Anime/CorrectorYui'':
** Peace is a wise, cranky old man who just happens to have the ability to summon and use [[{{BFG}} giant, really effective firearms]].
** If we turn towards the Corruptors, Yagi fits the trope to a T.
* ''{{Eyeshield 21}}''
** Juumonji (OL/DL) is one of the three Hah-Hah brothers, a gang of thugs who used to beat up others on a pretty regular basis. But this image is part of his rebellion against his father; he happens to be one of the smartest people on the team (only behind the three acknowledged geniuses), often figuring out things other players miss badly.
** The Amino Cyborgs are, to the man, gifted students bound for prestigious universities -- with the physiques of bodybuilders. That said, while powerful, like actual bodybuilders they aren't as strong as they appear.
** Shin possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of anatomy and nutrition, and has applied that knowledge towards becoming as fast and as strong as he possibly can be. He is, however, incredibly ignorant when it comes to technology.
** And Gaou, surprisingly. He looks like a caveman, started playing the sport to find someone capable of challenging him physically and plays incredibly brutally, but he's also very verbose, well informed and polite off the pitch.
** Donald "Mr. Don" Oberman is even stronger than Gaou. He's also fluent in many languages and possesses a very keen intellect.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Due to the intelligence it requires and the rigors of the job, most State Alchemists (and their enemies) will be either Genius Bruisers or {{Badass Bookworm}}s.
** Alphonse Elric is a genius alchemist who has seen the gate, and is also a soul trapped in a giant suit of armor.
** Major Alex Louis Armstrong is also a genius alchemist, and is built like Arnold Schwarzenegger.
** {{Antivillain}} Scar is another capable alchemist (noticing a pattern here?) and a religious leader, and is only slightly less hulking than Armstrong.
** Colonel (later Brigadier-General) Basque Grand is a giant of a man who towers over even Armstrong and a feared hand-to-hand combatant, but also the master of an incredibly complex alchemical style that involves the transmutation of primitive firearms.
* ''ThePrinceOfTennis'':
** Choutarou Ohtori is a softspoken musician... as well as a youth around 180 cms tall with an frighteningly powerful serve.
** Gin Ishida is a huge player form Shitenhouji who has developed the Hadokyuu, a tennis shot with ''108'' variations, two of them also used by his younger brother Tetsu and by [[BadassNormal Takashi Kawamura]].
** Munehiro Kabaji is around 192 cms tall at the age of 13 and can copy almost any tennis style with ease.
*** [[AllThereInTheManual In the fanbooks]] Kabaji is also confirmed to have an exceptionally high IQ, with a mention of him possibly becoming a brilliant lawyer or doctor in the future. [[RealMenWearPink He'd also make a really good]] HouseHusband.
** Both Sadaharu Inui and Renji Yanagi, the most famous [[BadassBookworm Data Players]], are over 180 cms tall; in fact, Inui's serve is the second strongest one in the circuit, right after Ohtori's.
** Genichirou Sanada is a fearsome leader and player as well as a kendo practitioner, and he's just a little shorter than Renji.
* ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' has exstensive knowledge about everything from biology to botany, which he uses to explain all of the incredible ingredients and almost supernatural enviroments they come across in a scientific manner. As do many of the other characters in the series, regardless of appearance.
* All the center players in ''SlamDunk''. Specially Takenori Akagi, who's 197 cms tall and is not only the Shohoku captain, but a straight A student (There's a quite funny scene where Kogure explains this to Sakuragi and both he and Rukawa imagine a gorilla in a school uniform).
* Kogarashi the Maid Guy in ''KamenNoMaidGuy'' reveals that he attended MIT (gives lectures, point of fact) and is quite intelligent, even if his idea of service tends to be a bit rough. Not quite what one would expect from his appearance as a musclebound man in a dress.
* Jotaro Kujo from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has a Stand which specializes purely in exceptional [[SuperStrength strength]] and [[SuperSpeed speed]], without any of the fancy tricks that other Stands have [[spoiler: until he randomly gains time stopping powers at the end of his arc]]. According to his enemies, however, what makes him most dangerous is his ability to think on his feet and out-strategize the enemy. His career path?? A PhD in marine biology, so that's ''Dr.'' Kujo to you.
** As well as ''every other "[=JoJo=]"'' from Part 1 through 4. Despite being hulking masses of muscle, or at least having their major fighting ability being pure fists, their wit and quick thinking are what get them out of otherwise fatal conundrums. Hell, the first two JoJo's (Johnathan and Joseph) became archaeologists, although they had a bit of IndianJones-flair to them, Old Joseph even LOOKING like him.
** Jonhathan, protagonist of the very first story arc, was already a published authority on archeology before graduating. His nemesis, Dio Brando, is no slouch, being valedictorian of his class.
** Joseph's foes in Part 2 the Pillarmen were also extremely powerful and extremely intelligent, especially [[WorthyOpponent Wham]]. Joseph only prevailed against them by out-thinking them. When that wasn't enough in the end, only pure instinct saved him.
* Asuka Langley Soryu's ''RebuildOfEvangelion'' counterpart is no slouch, being a European Air Force captain at the same age as her.
* The title character from ''Manga/SpaceAdventureCobra'' has superhuman levels of strength, agility and endurance, as well as a deadly ArmCannon. But he's primarily a GentlemanThief with numerous talents, from mechanics to art history, and he often beats his enemies by outwitting them rather than by brute force.
* Viede from ''ChronoCrusade'' is implied to be one of these -- although he's the most physically imposing member of the Sinners, he's shown in a flash back playing chess with [[TheChessmaster brainy]] BigBad Aion, and he serves as a voice of reason to both Aion and [[TheDragon Genai]]. This is only in the manga. In the anime, most of his appearances on screen seem to consist of him punching his fist into his hand and laughing evilly.
* ''VinlandSaga'': MagnificentBastard that he is, Askeladd can tear heads off with the best of them. And "the best of them" in this case can take out 30+ experienced warriors with their bare hands.
* Yasutora "Chad" Sado from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is another example. In the beginning of the series, Chad is ranked 11th out of over 300 in the class grade rankings.
* Gai from the ''GetterRobo'' Go manga is not only beefy and strong, but both the Getter Robo's main mechanic and pilot of Getter 3. He's also maybe a little ''too'' obsessed with the Getter Robo. He can be seen wondering aloud if you can truly fall in love with a machine.
* [[spoiler:Jack Rakan]] in ''MahouSenseiNegima'', though he does his very best to [[ObfuscatingStupidity pretend to be a moron]]. In his own words, he's more experienced than smart.
* Marco Owen from ''Manga/KingOfThorn''. A TattooedCrook and extremely {{Badass}} ActionSurvivor, he's also a brilliant computer hacker. In fact, that's what got him sent to prison in the first place -- it wasn't until after he was behind bars that he started pumping iron and [[TookALevelInBadass taking levels in badass]].
* ''Manga/SoulEater''. [[MeaningfulName Franken Stein]]. [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate PhD]]. [[ComedicSociopathy Vivisected his best friend on a regular basis]]. [[AxCrazy Has issues differentiating between reality and his own stream of consciousness]]. And is the absolute hands-down strongest fighter for Shibusen when he is in his lucid phases.
** Though he was anything but lucid when he sliced Medusa in two. In fact, his madness at that point is the reason why he was capable of striking even when the snake's arrow was at his neck.
* The eponymous protagonist of RikiOh can punch through concrete walls, shrug off blades and bullets and kill men and beasts alike bare-handed, yet he shows a lot of knowledge of history and human anatomy.
* The Major from ''GhostInTheShell'' has a first class military cybernetic body and a master of both martial arts and tactics. She is also probably one of the best hackers in the entire country, if not even the world.
* In ''Anime/TheLegendOfThunder'', Buson fits this, even though he's only shown to fight using his Pokémon. He's incredibly muscled, keeps showing off his powerful arms, and despite his crude sense of humor is the techie in his two-man army. His production sketch has a note saying he's a {{tanuki}} personality (his partner is a {{kitsune}}), and tanuki are known for being clever and sneaky while giving the impression of stupidity.
** And in the ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' manga, there's WildChild Sapphire, who can easily kick ass with her [[BadassNormal own bare hands]]. Despite the fact that she [[NeverLearnedToRead can't read]], helping her father out in his studies means that she has a near encyclopedic knowledge of Pokémon biology and ecology.
*** She gets a great moment in proving it too- before challenging Gym Leader Roxanne, all trainers must take an aptitude test. Although Sapphire has a bit of trouble with the longer words, once she gets past those she gets a perfect score on the first try.
* Leo Regulus from ''SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas'' may be Leo Aiolia's expy, but he has something Aiolia never had: brains. Not only is he a "fighting genius", he's a child prodigy (it was implied that he was one in general) and can outwit much older and more experienced opponents even without his considerable strength. [[spoiler: Too bad [[HoistByHisOwnPetard his ultimate technique backfired on him]] because his body couldn't handle it.]]
* Akisame from ''HistorysStrongestDiscipleKenichi'': master martial artist, but he's more famous for his artistic and intellectual abilities than for his ability to make men five times his size his bitch in less than a minute. His artistic ability is world famous and all of his works of art are priceless. He learned how to hack computers in less than five minutes by watching someone else do it. He regularly builds training machines by hand that would put the Saw movies to shame. He once built a Buddha statue by hand from the wreckage of a radio tower in the middle of a fight to use as a weapon (his opponent, an artist himself, was amazed), and singlehandedly designed a workout regimen that brings out 100 percent of the human body's muscular potential. He can throw stone Buddha statues around like paper weights, but he much prefers meditation, learning, and philosophy to kicking ass, probably because he's already mastered the art of whoopass.
* Kai Hiwatari from ''{{Beyblade}}'' is the muscle hound of the Bladebreakers, and gifted.
* Whitebeard in ''Manga/OnePiece'' is the WorldsStrongestMan and yet able to match wits with Sengoku during the Marineford battle. If it wasn't, the Whitebeard pirates and their allies would have been finished earlier than expected. In fact, it seems that both Sengoku and Whitebeard consider the other their WorthyOpponent.
** Franky and to a lesser extent Chopper also qualify: Franky is a comically large-fisted cyborg, and also a massively talented engineer who designed and built fully functioning robotic prostheses out of random junk from scratch. Chopper has a form where he's just big and brawny, and is a doctor with extensive knowledge of human anatomy.
** Sanji may be the ship's cook, but he's still the smartest of the Straw Hat's Monster Trio and is often the one to [[TheStrategist come up with plans to get the crew out of trouble.]]
* Lordgenome of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. Genetic engineer responsible for the entire Beastman race. Master hacker. Thousands of years old, with an immense and thorough knowledge of the Anti-Spirals and the workings of Spiral Energy. Considers using his mecha in a fight to be ''holding back''. Trashes mecha several times larger than himself. ''[[IncendiaryExponent Catches on fire from sheer awesomeness when he's about to beat the crap out of things]]''. '''[[SerialEscalation Instead of being vaporized by a big bang, he turns it and himself into a giant drill]]'''. Yeah.
* Admiral Dozle Zabi of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' is a brilliant commander and a seven-foot {{badass}} who pilots a walking WeaponOfMassDestruction (the infamous Big Zam). His DyingMomentOfAwesome remains one of the most epic moments in the franchise.
* [[Anime/SpeedRacer Lionel "Pops" Racer]] is a designer and builder of cutting-edge racing cars and engines, with the [[CoolCar Mach]] [[SuperRobot 5]] being his crowning glory. He was also a wrestling champion in his highshcool years and has only gotten bigger and stronger since then, as many thugs have found out the hard way.
* Some of the men who practice at Hiyori's dojo in the ''Manga/KotouraSan'' anime are college graduates, coming from prestigious universities like TokyoUniversity and [[IvyLeague Harvard]].[[note]]In the manga her family runs a {{cult}}, so this trope doesn't apply.[[/note]]
* Sanada Kazuki from ''HajimeNoIppo'' is a boxer and a medical student who uses his extensive knowledge of the human body as an advantage in the boxing ring.
* In ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', two members of the Genei Ryodan fit the bill. Uvogin looks like a savage brute but he can fight quite intelligently when he faces skilled opponents. Case in point: he defeats three skilled assassins ''after'' they have already paralyzed him from the neck down. Franklin looks like a Frankenstein's monster but he's a GentleGiant ([[MoralMyopia to the other members of the Genei Ryodan anyway]]) who is able to mediate between the others (no small feat since they are all vicious criminals) by using logic whenever they are about to come to blows.
* Kasumi Kenshiro from Fist of the Blue Sky is often found dressed like a nerd, with his nose buried in a book, but he is also the successor of [[YourHeadASplode Hokuto Shinken]].
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Pictured above: Dr. Henry Philip "Hank" [=McCoy=] aka "The Beast" from ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}''. Blue, huge, furry, super-strong (depends on the writer, but sometimes he's said to bench press 70 ''tons''), agile, and Nobel-level intelligent (generally regarded as the preeminent biochemist in the MarvelUniverse, and he gave himself the power upgrade that made him look like how he is today, only stronger than he was when he looked more human). As a bonus, he was played by [[{{Frasier}} Kelsey Grammer]] in the third movie.
-->'''Jean Grey:''' His name's Henry [=McCoy=], dipstick- he reads poetry, swings from trees, knows the square root of a million[[note]]Which is not a particularly remarkable achievement, [[FridgeLogic if you think about it...]][[/note]], and he's gonna kick your butt.
-->'''Beast:''' ''(Cracks knuckles)'' Indubitably.
* ''AtomicRobo'', a big, rough guy who fought in World War 2, battled giant crabs, giant ants and giant assholes. He's also a genius beyond compare, not least because he's well... a robot.
* The ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk'' started out as brilliant physicist Dr. Bruce Banner, before the [[ILoveNuclearPower radiation accident]] that turned him into the Hulk. Different personalities, including that of Dr. Banner himself, took control of the Hulk's body at different points and showed varying levels of brains and brawn, depending on which one was currently running things. They would occasionally borrow each others' skills, with Banner lending Joe Fixit his memories and computer skills when Fixit needed to figure out who had poisoned the Hulk and who was about to kill them. ItMakesSenseInContext.
** In ''UltimateMarvel'', [[EvilCounterpart The Abomination]] is just as strong as Hulk, but retains his genius IQ.
** Also, numerous writers have taken note that innocents are never hurt during Hulk's violent rampage, and have since implied that even when he's a neanderthal-like monster, Bruce Banner's mind is constantly doing calculations to ensure that his actions never cause anything but collateral damage to buildings. Somewhat confirmed in Greg Pak's Hulk run, in which [[spoiler: while fighting his son Skaar, the Hulk slammed the ground as if to attack, but was really aiming to pile up sand to shore up a collapsing building.]]
*** That wasn't [[spoiler: Banner. That version of the Hulk(Greenscar) is intelligent enough to make that call for himself.]] Hulk's intellect varies considerably from incarnation to incarnation and [[DependingOnTheWriter writer to writer.]] Sometimes the Banner supermath thing is required, sometimes it isn't.
** Ultimate Hulk reveals that he retains his genius-level intellect in his fight with Abomination.
*** Also demonstrated in Ultimate Hulk vs Wolverine (which took place before that fight but due to delays wasn't finished until considerably afterwards) where Ultimate Hulk is shown relaxing casually, offering Logan some hot coco.
** Hulk's cousin, Jennifer Walters aka SheHulk, is both a super-strong super-heroine and a practicing lawyer.
* A second-tier hero of the Thing/Hulk type: ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight'''s Sasquatch, a brilliant scientist who's usually in full command of his mental faculties. Notably also a genius bruiser ''before'' developing superpowers (he was a football player -- American, not soccer. As though that wasn't implied by the "bruiser" part).
* [[ComicBook/AntMan Dr. Hank Pym]], founding member of the [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]], could easily make the top ten list of most [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist brilliant scientific minds]] on the planet. In his identities as Giant-Man and Goliath he is a towering behemoth. He'd probably be a serious BadAss if he wasn't stuck being the biggest ButtMonkey in the entire Marvel universe.
* From ''ComicBook/TheUltraverse'' title ''Sludge'' come the Bash Brothers (No, not THAT kind of BashBrothers, but they do come awful close); Burke (the lawyer) and Monroe (the doctor) Basherowski, complete with SesquipedalianLoquaciousness.
* Caitlin Fairchild in ''{{Gen13}}''.
** Grunge is genius-level too, with a photographic memory. He just puts a lot of effort into [[ObfuscatingStupidity pretending to be a dumb slacker]].
* Maul of the WildCATS is a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who gets dumber as he uses his powers to get larger and stronger. For a while, he was also able to make himself smarter by shrinking, but [[UselessSuperpowers that turned out to have side effects]].
* Comicbook/{{Cyborg}} of the Comicbook/TeenTitans. He didn't start off this way, but eventually gained an incredible knowledge of cybernetics and general science as a result of studying his own ArtificialLimbs.
* ComicBook/TomStrong, who is usually portrayed as a cross between Reed Richards, DocSavage, and [[Characters/ClassicalMythology Hercules]].
* Dr. Leonard Samson; a Marvel character who is the hero population's go-to psychotherapist. Also strong enough to trade blows with an enraged Hulk.
** Karla Sofen (Meteorite/Moonstone of the {{Thunderbolts}}) could be considered Dr. Samson's evil counterpart. (Also a superpowered psychologist.)
* {{Thanos}}, in the Marvel Universe, has constructed space vessels, cloned himself, and has often outsmarted superheroes and cosmic entities. He also has enough strength to hold his own against Thor and the Thing simultaneously, and looks like it too. But not SquirrelGirl.
* Thunderball, aka Dr. Eliot Franklin, of the Marvel villain team the Wrecking Crew. Thunderball's intelligence is made all the more obvious by the fact that the rest of his team are rather dim-witted mooks. He also has a streak of good. He once smacked around the rest of the Crew to save John Porter of ComicBook/DamageControl[[note]]John had previously helped him recover his wrecking ball from the Lost & Found[[/note]]. Thunderball told the Crew that [[EngineeredHeroics John had super-powers, which consisted of Thunderball hitting people with the lights out]].
* TheKingpin. A self-educated, self-made man who rose from humble beginnings to become the greatest criminal mastermind in the New York underworld, he is also a hulking, monsterous brute who is physically a match for Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} and even SpiderMan, on occasion.
* A [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] villain called King Kull (not related to the Robert E. Howard character), a muscular, club-wielding, loincloth-wearing protohuman who nonetheless invents [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Sufficiently Advanced]] technology and was the scientific rival of MadScientist Dr. Sivana.
** Another [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Captain Marvel villain was a criminal who went to prison for over 70 years and spent the entire time reading and working out until he was the smartest, most physically capable 100-year old man around.
** Captain Marvel's main rival, BlackAdam, also fits this trope. He has as much physical power as Superman (he practically beat the entire Justice Society on his own), but he's also superhumanly intelligent.
** Really, the Big Red Cheese himself qualifies -- "Wisdom of Solomon" and all that.
* Kilowog of the GreenLantern Corps is another one. He's one of the biggest Corps members, always fighting up close and personal and calling people "poozers", but he's also so smart that he designed the Rocket Red battle suits for the Soviet army.
* ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}'' has the Mauler Twins, a villainous pair of hulking [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist omnidisciplinary geniuses]]. They're apparently the world's leading experts on cloning, and in all other fields are tied for 2nd smartest character in the book.
** And by "apparently" the leading experts on cloning, one means they are in fact a second and third generation clone created by their own process. Or maybe third and fourth... The memory imprinting process is so perfect that they can never agree on who cloned who.
* In the MetalMen's feature in ''Bizarro Comics'', the originally incredibly [[DumbMuscle unintelligent]] Lead is quite loquacious. Also, Doc Magnus organizes a mission just to build his creations' confidence.
* Bane is both a muscled madman and mentally on par with Batman, the world's greatest detective. The super strength is the only thing that seems to get through to any adaptations. ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' and ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum[=/=][[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity City]]'' don't make him ''stupid'' per se, but no focus is put on his great intellect. ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' on the other hand portrays him as a [[DumbMuscle Dumb]] GiantMook. Strangely, the only version that has any hints of Genius Bruiser is ''[[LegoAdaptationGame Lego Batman]]'', which shows him [[GeniusBookClub reading a book]] with one hand and effortlessly beating Killer Croc [[OneSidedArmWrestling at arm wrestling]] with the other. Odd that a LighterAndSofter AffectionateParody would be the most faithful to the comics.
*** Well, it's inaccurate that Bane was winning, since Croc is stated to be stronger in the comics.
** To go a bit further: the reason why Bane was able to break Batman nearly in half is because he engineered a mass Arkham break-out, so that Batman and crew were run ragged. He has also taken over leadership of the SecretSix at one point.
** ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' has come pretty close: he was able to resist Miss Martian's telepathy by mentally reciting soccer scores, and executed ThePlan to free Santa Prisca from the episode's VillainOfTheWeek.
** Bane was finally portrayed this way in a film adaptation, courtesy of ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.
* Franchise/{{Batman}} himself. He's one of the most intelligent heroes in all of comics and has a figure that can pass for Franchise/{{Superman}} in a dim light, is one of the world's greatest martial artists and stealth fighters, and only seems lacking [[BadassNormal in a world filled with superpowered heroes and villains]]... all of whom [[BadassBookworm he can figure out how to defeat]].
* Gorilla Grodd, one of ComicBook/TheFlash's enemies, is a [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys killer gorilla]] who's also a superintelligent MadScientist and ManipulativeBastard.
* Monsieur Mallah, DC's other resident mad scientist gorilla and a recurring foe for the ComicBook/DoomPatrol.
* And the Ultrahumanite, DC's first resident mad scientist, who eventually transferred consciousness into that of a gorilla, originally written to be Superman's arch-enemy.
* Roadblock from the ''GIJoe'' comic books. In the cartoons, he's an offensive rhyming stereotype. In the comics, he can snap handcuffs at will, is a genius in the kitchen, a brilliant tactician in the field and has deep philosophical beliefs. Granted, the Joes purposely recruit the strong and brilliant but Roadblock is a cut above a majority of the Joe team in both categories. The man carries a [[{{BFG}} crew-served heavy machine gun]] and uses it like it's an ordinary rifle. Later, he gets his own cooking show. Doesn't last long, but it was his.
* Marvel villain Iron Clad should be classed as one of these. Although he is rarely shown to be intelligent, he is supposed to have designed spaceships prior to gaining his powers.
* The GuardiansOfTheGalaxy have Groot, though subject to some debate; He can only say "I am Groot!" and a known madman is the only claimant for his intelligence.
** [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zNhFvBMcgDU/Utm2s3zD-ZI/AAAAAAAADBY/cKRlyxYV5fk/s1600/1111groot.jpg Not the only one anymore.]]
* ComicBook/IronMan villain the Controller is an engineering genius who designed the mind controlling slave discs and would eventually become bonded with an exoskeleton that made him phenomenally large and powerful. It's been joked that he went to MIT on a wrestling scholarship.
** Boris Bullski, the original Titanium Man. A master spy and KGB agent, he stands well over seven feet tall and can lift 1.5 tonnes ''without'' the armor.
* [[ScaryBlackMan Barracuda]] from ''ThePunisher''. During his time in the military he showed exceptional intelligence and cunning while leading his team in toppling whole governments by themselves.
* Axwell Tiberius, the titular "monkeyman" in Art Adams' ''Monkeyman and O'Brien'', is a ten foot tall super-intelligent gorilla from a parallel dimension.
* Computron, the gestalt form of the Technobots from {{Transformers}}, takes this trope so far it's actually a detriment. Gestalt Transformers who are stupid, such as Devastator and Bruticus, tend to be very effective, because they don't have much problem trying to focus the five or six different individual minds that make them up. Computron, on the other hand, is massively powerful (like all gestalts) but has to think through the full effects of every move he tries to make, which weakens him in combat.
** Shattered Glass Grimlock started off as DumbMuscle, but then got an upgrade that made him one of these, trading HulkSpeak for SesquipedalianLoquaciousness .
* Flynn "Flyin'" Ryan from ''SteelgripStarkeyAndTheAllPurposePowerTool'' is a blue-collar construction worker, former Ivy League student teacher, handles the team's logistics and finances, and his hobbies include animal tracking and Eastern philosophy. [[spoiler:Played UpToEleven when it's revealed that he secretly developed the [[{{Magitek}} technalchemy]] behind the All-Purpose Power Tool.]]
* {{Darkseid}}. [[{{Badass}} He's one of the few villains who can take on Superman in a fight]] and is also a [[MagnificentBastard brilliant]] [[TheChessmaster tactician]] who constantly [[ManipulativeBastard manipulates]] everyone around him into getting him what he wants.
* The JusticeLeagueOfAmerica villain Prometheus, a GadgeteerGenius who invented a helmet that allows him to download knowledge, including martial arts training, directly into his brain. He's one of a handful of individuals in the entire multiverse who have beaten Franchise/{{Batman}} in hand-to-hand combat.
* Contrary to his name, The Brute (a villain of the 1970s Fantastic Four) is not TheBrute. He is the Reed Richards of another Earth, who instead of getting strench powers, he can become a huge monster, strong enough to fight against the Thing.
* {{Lobo}} is rather dumb ''most'' of the time, but he is a genius when it comes to doing anything that can cause destruction. For example, he can't cure a deadly disease, but he could probably create a horde of mutant insects that acted as carriers for one. And he's strong enough to hold his own against Superman.
* Franchise/{{Superman}} himself. He is one of Earth's most powerful heroes, but he is also a master in the use of Kryptonian technology, which is far more advanced than Earth technology. He can learn in a faster rate than humans. He is the son of Krypton's finest scientist, so the scientific skills must be a family trait.
** Eidetic memory and super intelligence are considered part of his power set (DependingOnTheWriter). Modern interpretations have the habit to make him somewhat of a DumbMuscle to contrast Batman or other smart guys, like in JusticeLeagueDoom:
-->'''Superman''': Maybe I could move the Earth out of the way.
-->'''Batman''': If I had a week I could list all the reasons why that wouldn't work.
* The Thing from ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' is usually in the shadow of Reed Richards brain-wise, but has been shown to be perfectly capable of cobbling together a cosmic ray projector when called upon. Also, he is a test pilot and an astronaut, professions which in RealLife require at least a Ph.D. and possibly another degree as well.
* Robotnik in SonicTheComic unlike other Robotniks will when the chips are down and the robots destroyed, he'll fight Sonic with his bare hands as well as Commander Brutus who has a copy of Robotnik's brainwaves as well as Grimer's, there is also Knuckles while not as smart as Porker or Tekno, he is able to understand and use advance echidna technology, also Vector who is balanced in both brawn and brains, His physical strength is significant and he tends to fight using his tail and teeth. He also possesses keen computation and detective skills. and Nack who created his own shrinking technology.
** The first variation of Dr. Robotnik in ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' proved to be no slouch either, fighting Sonic himself one on one in their FinalBattle. Robo-Robotnik did the same in their first encounter after Robotnik's death, but once he because Dr. Eggman, that was it.
*** On the subject of the Archie series, this is now Rotor's schtick in the post- ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide'', as he's shown charging through and tossing around Badniks like crazy, yet still has plenty of time to help build the top secret "Sky Patrol" project.
* [[PaperinikNewAdventures Xadhoom]] was once Xado, the leading astrophysicist of her planet. After [[PlanetOfHats Xerbia]] was conquered by the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Evronians]], she became a PhysicalGod and,while prone to be TheBerserker, she is intelligent enough to understand [[SuperIntelligence Uno]]'s TechnoBabble and acting as TheChessmaster.
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'': Donatello can re-engineer most any machine and invents some of his own, and he appears to be on par with the other turtles in brawn. Interestingly, in the first TMNT VideoGame, he's the MightyGlacier of the group.
* Although it's generally downplayed, in ''ComicBook/InnocenceLost'' Rice describes ComicBook/{{X-23}}'s intelligence as being "off the charts," and she is often depicted as very well-educated and bright, is a {{polyglot}}, and claims [[SmartPeoplePlayChess to never lose at chess]]. And while she may just look like a scrawny {{goth}} girl, she's near the top of Marvel's charts in fighting ability, to the point that in ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance'' she's actually ''classed'' as a Bruiser. Keep in mind this is the same category as Hulk, Thor and ''Juggernaut''. ''AvengersArena'' also reveals she applies AwesomenessByAnalysis and SherlockScan to how to kill you, and will have ''ten or more'' plans on exactly how to do just that the moment she enters a room.
* ''ComicBook/{{Superlopez}}'': Bruto is physically the second strongest member of the SuperGrupo, after "Supes", but he's also the second smartest after el Mago. Superlopez is also supposed to be pretty smart himself.
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* [[BadFuture Dark World!]]Spike from the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' is a fully grown dragon and as such extremely powerful. But, unlike most dragons, he's also able to come up with complex strategies (such as superheating the area around an opponent, then having Twilight freeze it to cause a temperature shock explosion or using his opponent's own weapon against them) and is quite intelligent. Twilight outright says this is an advantage he has over other dragons, whose combat strategy normally amounts to 'smash it till it stops moving' or 'KillItWithFire'. We find out later that he spent those thousand years Discord ruled the world (when not busy being Discord's mount) reading books. He has in depth knowledge on everything from combat styles and meditation to chiropractic massage. [[spoiler:This comes in handy fighting Rancor, the Spirit of Violence who's ''immune'' to violence, and thus only things that aren't violence are capable of hurting her, like chiropractic massage.]]
* ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Princess Luna, from FanFic/NightmaresAreTragic and FanFic/AllTheWayBack, is one of the two strongest Alicorns in Equestria, a highly-skilled mage and mistress of numerous weapons and fighting styles. She is also extremely knowledgeable in science, technology, history and the arts.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Professor Padraic Ratigan from ''TheGreatMouseDetective'' is the rodent CaptainErsatz of Prof. Moriarty, plus is very physically imposing due to him being a... ahem... big mouse.
* Dr. Jumba from ''LiloAndStitch'' is smart enough to create an incredibly powerful genetic experiment, and strong enough to go toe to toe with said experiment in order to obtain amnesty for the crime of creating him. He did better against Stitch than a 20-foot tall whaleman who was an expert in combat.
* Not explicit, but Mr. Incredible from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' must be very intelligent to master the subtle ins-and-outs of Insuricare, which we see even before he outwits Syndrome's Omnidroid and goes for a delve in the computer network. Mr. Incredible is actually quite sharp, and when he's infiltrating Syndrome's base, this fact helps him just as often as his strength does.
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[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* The actor Richard Kiel has played with this trope more than once; his ''Film/JamesBond'' villain Jaws is far from stupid, although he only gets one line of dialogue to truly reveal this. Years earlier, he appeared in a similar role in a Bond [[FollowTheLeader rip-off film]] titled ''A Man Called Dagger''. At one point his BigBad employer asks rhetorically why Hitler lost World War II, and Keil's character considers for a moment, then starts to give a complex and erudite answer before being cut off.
* John Candy also played with this a little bit. ''Film/{{Stripes}}'', for example, has Ox.
* Xander Cage in the movie ''Film/XXx''.
* The musclebound Luther Stickell in the ''Film/MissionImpossible'' films and video games is also one of the world's foremost computer experts.
* Killjoy in ''Film/TheIcePirates'', played by the late John "[[Film/TheGoonies Sloth]]" Matuszak, is not only the biggest of the pirates, but also the smartest and most GenreSavvy.
* ''StarWars'':
** Chewbacca is an enormous Wookiee who has the strength to tear your limbs off if you get him angry enough. He's also quite the engineer, able to keep the Millennium Falcon running, chart hyperspace routes, and repair C-3P0 from virtual scrap. In ''RevengeOfTheSith'', Chewie is a high-ranking commander of the Wookiee forces, so he must be skilled at strategy and military tactics. In addition, a scene in ''ANewHope'' implies that he's somewhat skilled at Dejarak (the Star Wars equivalent of Chess), although his skills in it won't help him if he's playing against a Droid.
*** The StarWarsExpandedUniverse takes it further: advanced technology is the Wookiee's [[PlanetOfHats hat]], with Kashyyyk producing some of the best computers in the galaxy.
** Darth Vader is a huge guy with extensive cybernetic implants. Although he usually kills people with his lightsaber or Force Choke, he is also capable of crushing a man's throat with his bare hands. He also built C-3PO as a child and modified his star fighter extensively.
*** Not only did Vader modify his starships, his skills with engineering also made him the main creator of at least two models of TIE fighter (His TIE Advanced and the original, mass-produced version).
* Ivan Vanko in ''Film/IronMan 2'' is most definitely one of these. He's able to reproduce Tony Stark's Arc Reactor technology and bashes through Hammer's secure firewalls, as well as improve on Hammer's rather pathetic PoweredArmor designs into genuinely viable weapons. During the prison-break sequence, he kills two men unarmed - one of them a burly prisoner and the other a guard who was grabbing him. Later, we see the aftermath when [[spoiler: Hammer tries to lock him up - Vanko kills two security guards entirely unarmed and strings up their corpses for no readily apparent reason except it was amusing.]]
* Arnold Schwarzenegger's character in ''Film/{{Twins}}''. He was a result of an experiment of producing an advanced human being by combining sperm from six fathers who are athletes and scholars. Being raised by a doctor, he's physically strong, spiritually pure, and excels in history, science, mathmatics, literature, and can speak twelve languages. Until he learns he has a fraternal twin played by Danny Devito who inherited the leftover genes and living in shady lowlife schemes.
* A dock worker in ''Film/{{Eraser}}'' hints at being a Genius Bruiser while he and his colleagues are observing an arms deal between the bad guys and some men from the former Soviet Union.
--->'''Boss''': Damn Commies.
--->'''Bruiser''': Actually, Sir, they're not Communists anymore. They're a federation of independent, liberated states.
* In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', the character best known as Beast goes from being a BadassBookworm at the beginning to being a Genius Bruiser toward the end. [[spoiler: This is because he injected himself with something that utterly transformed his appearance.]]
* ElSanto, the famous MaskedLuchador hero of Mexico, was always portrayed as highly intelligent and cultured, and often as a true genius. To take just one example, in ''Film/SantoEnElTesoroDeDracula'', Santo invents ''a working time machine'' all by himself!
* Gunnar Jensen in TheExpendables movies got a Fulbright scholarship and a degree in chemical engineering...[[ActorAllusion just like]] Creator/DolphLundgren, who plays him.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', Bane looks like a gorilla wearing a [[{{Star Wars}} Darth Vader]] costume. But he's a match for Franchise/{{Batman}} tactically as much as physically. He's also [[WickedCultured highly cultured]] and [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness well-spoken]] and one line even indicates that he has a good working knowledge of nuclear physics.
* In ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'', the Lizard stands 7'6" (229 cm) tall and is capable of punching through inch-thick steel emergency doors. When he and Peter fight in a chemistry classroom, he takes note of the vials standing around and mixes the contents of two them together to create a bomb. It makes it clear Connors' intellect is still there under the scales. In a DeletedScene he convinces himself he doesn't have to be afraid of Spider-Man because he is bigger, faster and stronger than he is, has teeth and claws ''and'' an Empire State University degree.
* Roadblock from ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'' he's not only strong, but he's also pretty smart and good at coming up with strategies.
* In ''Film/BrokenArrow1996'', Terry nearly bites off more than she can chew by trying to sneak-attack a mook in NerdGlasses and a lab coat.
-->"You probably thought I was some science nerd! I was a Navy SEAL, lady! You should see what I can do with just my thumb!"
* ''{{Film/Warrior}}'': Brendan is a physics teacher, and a badass MMA fighter. This is even lampshaded by his trainer.
* Andy Knightley from ''Film/TheWorldsEnd''.
* In ''Frankenstein: The College Years'', the Frankenstein's Monster nicknamed "Frank" starts out as the typical lumbering moron of other film adaptations since the process to resurrect him is incomplete. The protagonists eventually figure out the secret to saving Frank [[spoiler:namely sugar, since Frank's brain apparently needs lots of glucose to recover. This explains Frank's SweetTooth throughout the movie.]] After his brain fully recovers, Frank is able to speak for the first time in the movie and he claims that he's fluent in multiple languages.
* Jason Bourne from ''Film/TheBourneSeries''. Extremely good at lateral thinking and finding highly creative ways to stay one step ahead of the people hunting him, but when the chips are down, can annihilate anyone who goes up against him in a fight.
* Cady, the villain in ''Film/CapeFear (1991)'' is both in exceptionally good shape and terrifyingly smart. He studied law in prison, becoming a lawyer, even acting as his own defense during his appeals.
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* Butler from ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' speaks several languages, can cook well, is an amazing fighter trained in several martial arts, is a weapons expert, and has many other handy talents. On the other hand, can't find his way through theoretical physics very well. His intelligence is probably above-average, but it's hard to say for sure because almost everyone looks like an idiot next to [[InsufferableGenius Artemis Fowl]]. His little sister is also smart, but has too much compassion to become a bodyguard, [[spoiler:and leaves to become a professional wrestler.]]
* Most of the male characters in R. Scott Bakker's ''SecondApocalypse'' series. Kellhus and Cnaiur best represent this as extremely powerful warriors with ridiculously penetrating, [[http://onemansblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/inconceivable.jpg Siscilianesque]] intellect.
* Stephen King and Peter Straub's "Literature/BlackHouse", a sequel to "TheTalisman", features not one, but a group of examples for this trope. The "Hegelian Scum" are a small motorcycle club [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels just like any other]], except for two things. They manage a Brewing Factory for their favorite beer and are all, at the very leasy, graduates from areas like literature and medicine. Best example of this is Doc, who enjoys some poetry between the drugs and the bashing skulls.
* Loial in the ''[[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Wheel of Time]]'' series is a giant [[OurOgresAreHungrier Ogier]] who has also been reading books for almost a century.
** The Seanchan get a massive OhCrap when they realize that Matt is this, thanks to his [[spoiler: visits to the realm of the Aelfinn and Elfinn]].
** The Dragon Reborn eventually gets this when he accepts his past memories as part of his reincarnated self.
** Perrin thinks that he's [[RunningGag a simple blacksmith]], but is actually tremendously clever, tactical, and carries ''Mjolnir'' besides.
* ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'',
** Anastasius is a huge and ugly brute of a soldier, who wields an enormous longbow which only someone as hugely strong as him can pull, and yet is immensely fond of deep, philosophical musings.
** Also from that series, Ousanas (wields a ginormous spear, fond of debating philosophy with Anastasius, to everyone else's dismay), Eon (warrior-king...who has one of the largest libraries in the known world and has read most of it), Raghunath Rao (the best assassin in India, one of only two men in the world to have survived a fight with [[FourStarBadass Rana Sanga]], argues Ousanas's favourite Greek philosophers are full of it).
* In the ''CHERUBSeries'' it's a requirement for joining CHERUB , seeing as the kids are required to be highly-effective spies. They all have at least some proficiency in languages, martial arts and technology.
* In Robert Asprin's ''MythAdventures'', Chumley is a giant troll with the mind of a college professor. However, trolls generally play dumb so that they can get a mercenary work.
** Human.. sorry, Klahdish, bodyguards Guido and Nunzio are also quite bright, despite appearing to be big dumb goons. From what was mentioned, they both got degrees in a college; specifically Guido got a master's type degree in financial college; Nunzio also was at least a schoolteacher and then an animal trainer ("seemed like a logical extension") before joining [[TheMafia the Mob]].
* Joe Miller in Creator/PhilipJoseFarmer's ''Riverworld'' books is an 800-lb prehistoric "titanthrop" who is the most fearsome warrior in the series. He is also capable of matching wits with his best friend [[MarkTwain Samuel Clemens]] and with CyranoDeBergerac.
* Trolls in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fit this trope if exposed to colder temperatures. Their brain is made of silicon, which operates more efficiently in colder temperatures than warmer ones. However, there is an absolute limit, because although being made mostly of rock, trolls can eventually die of exposure as well as any other life form.
** The scene where it's shown that trolls can die of cold exposure also has one discovering calculus. It's [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome quite awesome.]]
** Diamond, King of the Trolls, a troll born completely composed of, well, diamond. The diamond refracts light and allows his brain exceptional cooling due to the high heat conductivity of diamond.
** Golems as well, although only the free ones show it.
** Yet another ''Discworld'' example is the Librarian of Unseen University, a wizard transformed into an orangutan who is one of the most intelligent and sensible wizards despite the fact he only communicates by saying Ook or Eek (and is usually understandable to other characters). As an ape he's got easily twice the upper body strength of most humans.
** Another, [[GeniusDitz very specialized]] ''Discworld'' example might be Mr. Tulip, who really is a big dumb bruiser who's not even smart enough to be a proper drug addict - except in the field of art history, where he proves to have both astonishing depth of knowledge and natural instinct...as well of glimmers of humanity and emotion beyond rage.
*** Similarly, Jason Ogg, immensely strong and despite an otherwise [[DumbMuscle limited intelligence]], a good blacksmith and the world's '''best''' farrier.
** ''Discworld'' [[OurOrcsAreDifferent orcs]] seem to have been [[SuperSoldier created]] to fulfill this trope, although [[spoiler: Mister Nutt himself is more of a BadassBookworm.]]
** Captain Carrot, he can punch out a troll if need be, knows ''at least'' three languages, and is quite devious. Most people miss this though due to his tendency towards open friendliness, and atrocious spelling.
** Most senior wizards, and of particular note, Mustrum Ridcully. He may seem stupid, but anyone who could get to be a level 7 wizard under the old system was either very smart, or very cunning.
** A non-Discworld example from Creator/TerryPratchett: Silver the Shand from ''Literature/{{Strata}}'' is a 3m tall, heavily muscled, bearlike being with huge claws. She's also a [[RenaissanceMan socialist, linguist, comparative historian and meat-animal herder]].
* DocSavage is repeatedly described as a bronzed Adonis, and those Doctorates weren't honorary. Plus his brilliant but simian looking lieutenant 'Monk' Mayfair and the gigantic 'Renny' Renwick. The other three of the 'Fabulous Five' fit the BadassBookworm trope. (In fact, given information from three stories, there seemed to be only three skills where Doc fell short of being a genius: singing, cooking, and imitating a female voice.)
* Leland ''Hobie'' Hobart from MichaelFlynn's ''Firestar'' tetralogy.
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' is positively in love with this trope. The examples start just from its title character, Honor Harrington, who, in addition to her military genius, is also a ''very'' big and strong {{heavyworlder}} woman with a 7'th degree black belt in ''coup de vitesse''. There are also Anton Zilwicki (the genius hacker and intelligence officer built like a brick outhouse and a three times Greco-Roman wrestling champion in Manticoran Games) and Sir Horace Harkness, another brilliant hacker and engineer who fights with {{Space Marine}}s just for fun. A number of marines themselves qualify too -- like General Kevin Usher, the chief Havenite cop, who once [[ObfuscatingStupidity affected a persona of a drunkard]], or Brigadier Thomas Santiago Ramirez, who, being {{heavyworlder}}, is much bigger and stronger than most of the cast, or Major Thandi Palane, [[GodModeSue Victor Cachat's]] girlfriend... And [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters many, many others]].
* Colonel-Commissar Ibram Gaunt from ''GauntsGhosts''. Two meters twenty (That's 7' 4") of solid muscle and capable of going head to head with a Space Marine, but also a tactical genius with the undying support of his men.
* Far from the lumbering moron of the film adaptations, ''FrankensteinsMonster'' is a full Genius Bruiser in Creator/MaryShelley's original novel. "The creature" educates himself very quickly by spying on a girl's lessons through a crack in a wall, growing into a remarkably intelligent, eloquent, and philosophical man. He is also an extremely powerful physical specimen, resistant to cold and injury as well as immensely strong, fast, and agile.
* Similarily, Edgar Rice Burroughs's Literature/{{Tarzan}} is not quite the muscular simpleton portrayed in the films. Raised by the (naturally) illiterate Great Apes, he ''teaches himself to read and write English from a bunch of books'' after finding his dead (human) parents' long-abandoned cabin, then rapidly learns half a dozen other spoken and written languages when introduced to civilization while also picking up the manner and social skills of a well-to-do gentleman, along with developing a witty, somewhat dark sense of humor.
* Robert E. Howard's [[ConanTheBarbarian Conan]]. Most people only know the [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger Ahnuld]] movies where he acts like just a big dumb lump of muscle, largely because the young Governator had trouble with his English lines so they gave him as few as possible, but in the original stories he's one of the smartest men in the world - not given to academic study before he became king and it became a necessity, but a very quick practical thinker (it's a big part of what makes him so incredibly dangerous) with a vicious cunning, a prodigious gift for languages, and surprising depth of thought when called for. This aspect of the character is probably highlighted most clearly in ''The Dark Stranger'', a pirate yarn in which he single-handedly outfights and outwits Pictish warbands, viking raiders, cut-throat pirates, an exiled noble ''and'' a hunting demon... most (if not quite all) at once. He also apparently wrote the poem ''Road of Kings'', used as chapter heads in ''Phoenix on the Sword'', his debut story - and is introduced to the world as a king, drawing up a map of the Northern lands hitherto largely unknown to his Hyborian subjects. And he's a benevolent and quite ''competent'' ruler, at that!
--> Conan: "Let me live deep while I live; let me know the rich juices of red meat and stinging wine on my palate, the hot embrace of white arms, the mad exultation of battle when the blue blades flame and crimson, and I am content. Let teachers and priests and philosophers brood over questions of reality and illusion. I know this: if life is illusion, then I am no less an illusion, and being thus, the illusion is real to me. I live, I burn with life, I love, I slay, and am content."
** In fact, Howard hints Conan was actually ''the most competent ruler of the entire world at his time'', if you consider balance between taxes and quality of life a way to know how good a ruler can be:
-->Conan: "I found Aquilonia in the grip of a pig like you--one who traced his genealogy for a thousand years. The land was torn with the wars of the barons, and the people cried out under oppression and taxation. Today no Aquilonian noble dares maltreat the humblest of my subjects, and the taxes of the people are lighter than anywhere else in the world."
** Howard's earlier character King Kull, often seen as a sort of proto-Conan given more to dizzying philosophical musings than the Cimmerians decidedly more Epicurean pursuits of wine, women and violence (in no particular order), is even more of this.
** In fact, a lot of Howard's larger-than-life pulp heroes - Conan, King Kull, SolomonKane, etc. - are not just Genius Bruisers, but Genius LightningBruiser [[TheBerserker Berserkers]]. The same also goes for many other pulp characters (notably Tarzan, as mentioned above). Seriously, these are ''very scary people'', folks; thank gods they all have ''scruples''...
* In ''{{Temeraire}}'', dragons in general can be bruisers, but Maximus -- possibly the biggest, strongest dragon seen yet in the series -- has little problem working out mathematical problems with Temeraire, who's smarter than almost any other character.
** To put things in perspective, Temeraire is a bit less than half Maximus' size... and Maximus is almost ''50 tonnes'' when healthy.
** Perspicia is a subversion of this, because although she's a dragon and therefore automatically a bruiser and is smart enough to have independently come up with logarithmic tables and the Pythagorean Theorem, she's also a self admitted coward.
* A not-uncommon component of books by Creator/JohnRingo.
** The main protagonist, Michael "Mighty Mite" O'Neal, in the ''Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata'', is described as being almost as broad as he is tall, with none of it fat. O'Neal was also one of the primary designers of the PoweredArmor he and his troops later use.
** The SpaceMarines in particular in the ''Literature/IntoTheLookingGlass'' series are all powerfully built, and highly intelligent, having to grapple not only with hostile aliens but with particle physics.
* King Anheg of Cherek in DavidEddings' ''[[{{Belgariad}} Belgariad/Mallorean]]'' stories is a large, Viking-looking man, quite capable of wreaking havoc in battle, but is also considered clever and scholarly, spending many hours in his extensive library.
** Ulath, of it's SpiritualSuccessor, ''TheElenium'' is seven feet tall, grim-looking and [[TheQuietOne quiet]]. He also possesses remarkable intellectual depth in the fields of religious study, history, and philosophy. Bhlokow, the Troll-Priest may be another example, being a Troll who cheerfully engages Ulath in philisophical debate.
* Jean, partner to GentlemanBastard Locke Lamora, is officially the brawn to his friend's brains, but is book-smart to Locke's cunning. Being the son of a merchant, he's also gifted with numbers.
* The eponymous VillainProtagonist of ''Literature/SpaceVulture''.
* Captain Otto Harkaman of ''Space Viking'' is used at least once as a byword for TheBigGuy, but he's also an extremely well-read historian who rarely fails to grab a few new history books every time he loots a city. Justified, because there's absolutely frak-all to do on board a ship in HBeamPiper's Terrohuman Future History during a thousand or so hours in hyperspace before your arrival, leading all officers to adopt hobbies - his crew includes a gunnery officer who's a landscape painter, and an astrogator who's attempting to express physics in music.
* Sgt. Taura, the eight foot tall genetically engineered super-soldier from LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' has an IQ of 135.
** That may technically make her a Gifted Bruiser.
* Most [[Literature/{{Animorphs}} Hork-Bajir]] are rather dim, but one in every ten thousand has intelligence on par with other more intelligent species. Oh yeah, and they are also seven-foot-tall behemoths covered in blades.
** There's also the odd examples from the main ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' themselves: Rachel and Jake. In early books Rachel is sold as a straight Genius Bruiser, with chapters lingering on her excellent grades and tendency to collect quotations from Sun Tzu, while Jake is presented as an academically mediocre everyman. As the books progress, however, Rachel's BloodKnight nature slowly begins to overwhelm any trace of strategy she might have had, while Jake's years of leading a guerilla force mold him into a brilliant commander.
** According to [[TokenNonhuman Ax]], Andalite warriors are supposed to be scientists and artists as well as soldiers. In practice the level of compliance with this ideal varies.
* Justicar Alaric from the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/GreyKnights'' novels. As a Space Marine he can seriously kick ass, but when crunch time comes, it's his curiosity, intelligence and ability to think on his feet that pulls him through. It's explicitly noted at least once that his sharpness of mind is unusual and seen as a possible danger.
* Charles Beckendorf from ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' is not only a skilled craftsman, but also built like a gorilla.
* Henry, a college student from ''Literature/TheSecretHistory'', is a brilliant linguist and scholar, whose physical strength comes as a shock to most people. Including, sometimes, himself. [[spoiler: It's implied that he broke open a man's skull by punching him..]]
* [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Brendan Sealock]], in William Barton and Michael Capobianco's collab novel ''Iris'', is a hulking, craggy-faced amateur boxer... who just so happens to also be a technological genius.
* Dr. Impossible, the VillainProtagonist of ''SoonIWillBeInvincible'', began his career in supervillainy after a FreakLabAccident gives him super strength and speed, to go along with his 300 IQ and mastery of technical things. He's not nearly as strong or fast as any of his heroic nemeses, but he's more than capable of ripping an ATM out of the wall or overturning a semi, he can move in BulletTime when he concentrates, and bullets simply bounce off his skin (although they do leave nasty bruises).
* Uther Doul, the soldier/philosopher/historian/possibility theorist from ''[[PerdidoStreetStation The Scar]]'' embodies this trope so hard it's almost a StealthParody. Although his fighting style is so ruthlessly perfected and artful, you'd be better off calling him a Bookworm Badass than an anything-Bruiser.
* Shadow, the protagonist from Neil Gaiman's ''Literature/AmericanGods'', is definitely this trope. It's revealed as the book goes on that as a child he was a nerdy, bookish kid, but by adulthood most people tend to treat him as DumbMuscle and he actually comes out and says he ''likes'' being TheBigGuy -- people leave you alone and don't demand much of you.
* Creator/MaryGentle's recurring character Baltazar Casaubon. [[TheBigGuy Very tall]], [[StoutStrength very fat but very strong]], [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} somewhat spacy]], and ''always'' an absolute prodigy in his field (which changes from book to book).
* Derek Souza of the ''Literature/DarkestPowers'' trilogy. He's in grade 10, but is taking college-level courses in everything, and is a good strategist and tactician. As for the bruiser part, he's over 6 feet tall, built like a linebacker... and is a werewolf. As such, he has enhanced strength, to the point where he once [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength (accidentally)]] broke a kid's back and quite possibly paralyzed him by tossing him at a wall. ''Without looking''.
* In ''TheSquiresTales'', Gerald Morris writes Sir Gawain as one of these.
* ''Literature/CodexAlera''.
** Doroga. He's a CoolOldGuy from the Gargant Clan of the Marat, a ProudWarriorRaceGuy so musclebound he [[SleevesAreForWimps has to rip the sleeves off to get shirts to fit him]]. He also learned to read extremely quickly, is a pretty good tactician, and has a talent for figuring out the emotions and motivations of others, and for [[ThePlan plans of many kinds.]].
** Ambassador/Warmaster Varg of the Canim from the same series also qualifies. Any Cane is an 8+ foot tall WolfMan ProudWarriorRaceGuy, but Varg is big, strong, and a skilled warrior even among his own people- and he's also a highly skilled Chessmaster (both metaphorically and [[SmartPeoplePlayChess literally]]), a shrewd tactician, and something of a student of military history as well. It's very telling that GuileHero Tavi picked up a fair bit of what he knows via interacting with Varg.
* Fandarel of the ''DragonridersOfPern'' series. He is the Mastersmith, the highest-ranking Smith on the planet. He is described as being a giant of a man, tall, broad, and heavily muscled. But he is also a genius when it comes to machinery. In the first book he [[spoiler: rebuilds a LostTechnology, namely flamethrowers, after a very short period of studying one example.]] In later books he is shown [[spoiler: creating a telegraph system for Pern, as well as building a set of backup batteries for AIVAS]] and other feats of ingenuity and reverse engineering. [[spoiler: Though AIVAS did help him with the batteries, they were based on a design he had used in making the telegraphs.]]
* Murtagh in the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle.'' He is a master warrior, possesses superhuman speed and strength, regularly goes toe-to-toe with Eragon himself, and is [[spoiler: the acting champion of the Empire, second in power and status only to King Galbatorix.]] At the same time, he's also a skilled tactician who enjoys reading and scholarship, and is complimented for his intelligence by several other characters.
* ''Literature/TheHobbit'': Smaug, which contrasted to popular characterizations of dragons at the time.
* ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'': Among the Eldar of House of Finwë were some of the brightest scientific minds in Arda's history, and they were also fierce warriors.
* Deconstructed and Reconstructed with Major O'Mara from ''SectorGeneral'': he always wanted to be a psychologist but was always assigned manual labor because of his enormous build. This drove him to become a foul-tempered DeadpanSnarker, which made him a better psychologist when he finally became one.
* Egyptologist Radcliffe Emerson, husband of AmeliaPeabody, is described by his wife as "Herculean" and also as "the greatest archeologist of this or any other age." His daughter-in-law can do charity medical work safely in the worst slums partly because she is widely loved, but also because "I will tear out your liver" if a hair of her head is mussed.
* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''[[ProsperosDaughter Prospero in Hell]]'', Calvin, Mephisto's "Bully Boy", [[HiddenDepths turns out to be]] a college professor.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''
** "Cujo" Hendricks from is actually one, though his status as TheBrute and tendency to not talk much causes Harry to think he's just DumbMuscle. In the short story ''Even Hand'', however, he's shown to be quite intelligent -He has a degree in Philosophy, is seen writing a thesis, and regularly quotes classic literature when he disagrees with his boss Johnny Marcone.
** Dresden himself applies here. He's BookDumb and DumbMuscle ''by the standards of leading wizards'', which still requires being smarter than the average human in this setting, and he happens to be physically fit and experienced in combat. Although not being a genius in any sense, he is well-versed in making potions and weaving powerful wards, which takes considerable skill to do. As for the bruiser part, ask Cassius, Nicodemus, the skinwalker, the gruffs, and the Ick how much of bruiser Dresden is. He gets a bit of a physical upgrade in ''Cold Days'' to make him even more of a Genius Bruiser; being [[spoiler:the Winter Knight]] gives him vastly increased strength and resiliance.
* Roman in SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/{{Competitors}}'' looks like a heavyweight boxer and is not shy about punching people out when he has to. He is often seen beside Zinovy, the head of the Seekers, and most assume he is just dumb muscle. Then he gets back to their base and puts on his labcoat. Turns out Roman has a Ph.D. in Computer Science and specializes in AI research. He also barters well. Also Oleg, who is a sysadmin for a local newspaper but is in excellent physical condition and loves sports.
* Taran'atar in the StarTrekDeepSpaceNineRelaunch. Kira Nerys is used to seeing him in the holosuite, spending his spare time training himself for battle. Usually this consists of fighting hideous and powerful opponents; but on one occasion she finds him studying advanced mathematics - at a level far beyond her comprehension.
* ''XWingSeries'': Voort SaBinring, aka "[[PigMan Piggy]]". Able to calculate hyperspace coordinates ''mentally'' (generally, this task is handled by a navigation computer). Get into a fight with him, you'll almost certainly be incapable of coherent speech for the next half hour or so.
* Ivor in ''Perseus Spur'' is a massive fitness trainer who can use a high-tech collar to enhance his already insane muscle development until he can lift a couple of hundred kilograms, and who is smart enough that he speaks in SesquipedalianLoquaciousness, such as referring to his job as "quotidian ennui". He's also a talented chef.
* The Boneys from ''Literature/XeeleeSequence'' novel ''Raft''. Despite their tribelike mannerisms, they play with orbital mechanics with an ease that rivals trained scientists.
* Honoria Glossop from the ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' series: "...in addition to enlarging her brain to the most frightful extent, she had gone in for every kind of sport and developed the physique of a middle-weight catch-as-catch-can wrestler." The same trope applies to her [[UncannyFamilyResemblance identical-looking cousin]] Heloise Pringle, who went to the same school as Honoria, but is even smarter.
* Geralt of Rivia, the main character of ''Literature/TheWitcher'' is one. He is a monster-hunter and curse-breaker for hire, and acknowleged as the finest swordsman alive. He has shown a thorough knowledge of diverse academic fields which are useful in his profession, such as magic, alchemy, anatomy, forensic science, biology, ecology, history, folklore and political theory.
* {{Sharpe}}'s friend Captain William Fredrickson. Fredrickson is a former ranker, who lost an eye, eight teeth and half his scalp when he was shot in the face. He is not quite as {{Badass}} as Sharpe or Harper, but can hold his own against them both, both as a leader of men and a fighter. He also loves art, poetry and architecture, has enough knowledge of law to get Sharpe out of trouble more than once, speaks French and Spanish and spends his free time making pencil sketches of landscapes and discussing politics with an American Lieutenant.
* In the ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' series, Jack Aubrey is a tall, burly, heavily scarred war hero and immensely successful naval commander, who always leads boarding actions from the front. He is also, along with his good friend Dr. Maturin, a Fellow of the Royal Society (Britain's most prestigious academic society). He has written a number of well-received papers on astronomy and geometry, and built his own observatory and telescopes.
* Creator/KarlEdwardWagner's hero Literature/{{Kane}}, described by Wagner as being one "who could master any situation intellectually, or rip heads off if push came to shove". Also something of a VillainProtagonist.
* Amanandrala "Grok" Grookonomonslf in ''Literature/StarRiskLtd'' is a [[BearsAreBadNews bear-like]] alien who is an absolutely terrifying combatant. He's also quite good with tech and cryptography, though not as much as Jasmine King.
* To general surprise, Professor Hari Seldon turns out to be a skilled fighter in the prequel to the {{Foundation}} novels. A pair of thugs try to rough him up early in the book, and he nearly breaks one of their necks subduing them. As one character ruefully reflects, on his planet mathematics and martial arts are not mutually exclusive.
* Prof. Alois Berg, better known as "Big Al", one of the Escapist's closest friends and allies in ''Literature/TheAmazingAdventuresOfKavalierAndClay'', as well as the spinoff ''Escapist'' comic. He met the Escapist when both were working at a circus -- Big Al was a freak, caged like an animal due to his monstrous size. As he's described in the novel, "He can rip open a steel drum like a can of tobacco, lift a train carriage by one corner, play the violin like Paganini, and calculate the velocity of asteroids and comets, one of which bears his name."
* Alex Kilgour: the incomprehensibly Scottish heavy-worlder and right hand man to {{Sten}} is a genius tactician, communications and demolitions expert.
* In the second book of ''TheBlackCompany'' the [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Lieutenant]] is shown wielding a mighty greatsword against the inhuman monsters of the Black Castle. A few scenes later, he's setting up elaborate, comprehensive siege works against the same castle with the finesse of an orchestra conductor.
* Wächterechsen (Guardian Lizards) in the german e-novel "Magicalogen" are implied to all be SuperSoldiers. The one who actually appears is notably bigger than a human with natural armor, claws, ridiculous muscles and jaws full of really scary teeth. He's also a master wizard, a scientist and a spy.
* Ben in ''Literature/TheLeonardRegime''.
* Tsovinar of ''Literature/GloryInTheThunder'' is a tall, strong woman capable of generating earthquakes with her mind. She's also a published author and spends much of her time studying the nature of Aspects.
* PhilipMarlowe the HardboiledDetective in the stories by Creature/RaymondChandler. He's tall and as tough as they come as well as extremely StreetSmart and an insightful detective. He [[SmartPeoplePlayChess studies chess]] in his spare time and occasionally making references to very academic subjects that go right over the heads of the people around him.

* DimeNovel hero Literature/NickCarter is adept at all the arts and sciences, but is also a highly trained fighter; when that isn't enough, he also carries two spring-loaded revolvers concealed up his sleeves.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Spike might not know all that science stuff and whatnot, but he's as smart and as analytical as he is strong.
** Adam was smart enough to modify himself and create more like him; strong enough to tear off a vampire's head with his bare hands.
* ''{{Sanctuary}}'':
** TheBigGuy is a sasquatch and also deeply philosophical, knows and makes vintage alcohol, and is almost on par with Henry, the designated techie, on mechanical matters.
** One thing all [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent HAPs]] have in common is that they like to tinker with mechanics, and are more often than not geniuses at it. They're just wired that way.
* Eliot Spencer from the show ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' seems to fit this trope. If not, he sure looks the part.
** No, he definitely fits the part. In fact, it's been [[ObfuscatingStupidity repeatedly lampshaded,]] since the guy is a tactical expert and a [[RealMenWearPink really good chef]], among other skills. He can identify CIA agents by their stance, Ex Marines by their knife fighting style and Spetznaz operatives by their shoe prints in the snow. Complete with [[MadLibsCatchPhrase Catch Phrase]] "It's a very distinctive (impossibly small detail he can use to identify something or someone)."
* Speaking of ChristianKane, over on ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Lindsey fits the bill. A lawyer who taught himself several magical and martial arts, he gives the title character a run for his money once or twice.
** Wesley went from an ObstructiveBureacrat in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' to this trope in ''Angel'' as well, being a demon linguist and expert in arcane arts who became an expert gunman and go toe to toe with a powerful demon sorceror.
* Dean Winchester of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' even though both his family and the demons think Sam's the 'smart one' Dean's actually been [[ObfuscatingStupidity shown, repeatedly]] to be the genius: building a EMF out of an old cassette player, rebuilding the Impala from scraps after it's totaled, building an EMP OUT OF A CAR BATTERY. [[MacGyvering Hand him some tools, metal and duct tape and he'll make something]] that is both insane and also useful.
* K'a D'Argo of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' slowly develops into this over the course of the show: while not a scientist like [[TheHero Crichton]] or [[MagnificentBastard Scorpius]], he's skilled enough to build the odd weapon or musical intrument out of the junk he finds aboard Moya. Plus, his CoolStarShip Lo'La was little more than floating wreckage until D'Argo rescued and repaired it.
* Derek Morgan is one of a small group of elite profilers in ''Series/CriminalMinds'', but he is also the muscular guy who tends to tackle inanimate objects. For indisputable proof, when Hotchner temporally left his position as leader of the team, Morgan was the one selected and he took over admirably.
* A chart-breaking [=IQ=] is a must in the ''[[MissionImpossible Impossible Missions Force]]'', and Willie Armitage is also quite strong.
* ''HumanTarget'' Christopher Chance fits this to a "T." The character looks like the result of a transporter accident involving GIJoe and [[{{Franchise/Barbie}} Malibu Ken]], but in almost every episode demonstrates a wide range of knowledge (e.g., speaks Japanese, Russian, & Chinese, knows enough law to fake out working prosecutors, creates a sermon for a monastery full of priests on the fly) in addition to his more expected fighting, bodyguarding, and strategizing skills.
** Guerrero is on the [[BadassBookworm opposite spectrum]]. The guy doesn't look like much and calls everybody "dude", and the pilot shows two thugs threatening to rough him up, only for him to calmly tell them their names, as well as the names of their children, and what he plans to do with them in their sleep. His fighting skills are on par with Chance, and his ''name'' alone is enough to break prisoners without him having to start his "interrogation".
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': Captain Janeway's chief engineer is also a badass Klingon chick who can fix warp cores, deactivate bombs, or break your neck, depending on her mood.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has Lt. Commander Worf. When the Jem'Hadar figure all they can do to you is kill you, but not actually ''break'' you... He's a Starfleet Academy graduate, a Mok'bara instructor, a weapons designer, a capable love poet and Klingon Opera singer, has native-level understanding of Klingon language and culture (which wouldn't be surprising, excepting that he was raised on Earth), can manipulate and scheme at the highest levels of Klingon politics, keeps his wits about him under virtually any conditions (incomplete information, starvation, torture, extreme pain, maybe even Klingon rage) and can outsmart Captain Picard in ship combat exercises.
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'': Malcolm Reed, the ship's armoury officer can build phase cannons from scratch, invent stable force fields and instruct a layman on how to diffuse a high-tech mine. He can also kill you using any one of a hundred weapons. Or, he may just beat you into a pulp and blow up your spaceship for good measure. It depends on his mood.
** Reed's mirror universe counterpart also co-invented the Agony Booth.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has Ben Sisko. He helped design the ''[[CoolStarship USS Defiant]]'', built an Ancient Bajoran Solar Sailor from scratch and flew it to Cardassia, discovered the Bajoran wormhole and a city lost for millennia. He's also personally responsible for punching Klingons, Jem'Hadar and even ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Q]]'' on their ass.
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', Lt. Commander Spock is the ship's science officer, and quite a good one at that. Being a Vulcan, he is twice as strong as a human. A fact he demonstrated by kicking the ass of Captain Kirk and destroying a computer console with his bare hand on two separate occasions.
* On Discovery Channel's ''Series/DualSurvival'', survival expert Cody Lundin used his physics knowledge to build a home that costs nothing to heat or cool, built a lean-to in Nova Scotia that trapped the radiation from the fire to keep him and fellow survivalist Dave Canterbury cozy at 72 degrees on a 20 degree night, was able to explain in plain English to Dave how it worked. And Cody looks like he could bench press the VW Bug they found in the Desert Breakdown episode with very little effort.
* TJ in ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''. Not only was he one of the strongest members, but he was also a great combat planner. Not surprisingly, considering he was an ex-Red Ranger.
** Almost every Ranger team has at least one geeky Ranger (Billy, Kai of ''Lost Galaxy'', Ethan of ''Dino Thunder'', Chip of ''Mystic Force'') and another that's more meek and intellectual (Trini, Kendrix, Madison, Rose), who could take out supernatural threats on a weekly basis.
*** The smart ranger is rarely ever the one that gets the most fight time. However, fan favorite Tommy got a lion-share of the combat in his original tenure, including fighting TheDragon unmorphed. When he comes back in DinoThunder? He's a paleontologist.
* Dot Com from ''Series/ThirtyRock''. His need to be the smartest person in the room at all times is, in the words of Jack Donaghy, off-putting. Looking at him, you think he's just another ScaryBlackMan, but nope...
* B.A. Baracus of ''Series/TheATeam''.
* Paladin of ''HaveGunWillTravel''. While not particularly huge, Richard Boone is a good sized man, and Paladin's intelligence is a defining characteristic.
* Leo Knox of'' Series/TheFinder'' who is played by Michael Clarke Duncan, was shown in the pilot to be able to take down a hulking tough in one move (although usually he's a GentleGiant) and is also a lawyer.
* Harmon Rabb in ''Series/{{JAG}}'' is a lawyer that looks like a boxer and is, of course nicknamed 'Harm'. He's more liable to use the law to fight his battles than anything else, but failing that he's a trained Naval Aviator and qualified to fly fighter jets.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': Despite being "The Brawn" in the BrainsAndBrawn relationship with Finch, Reese himself is quite well-read, very cunning and has a extensive knowledge on fighting styles, guns, animals and military history.
* In ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'', Sam Hanna is a former Navy SEAL and ScaryBlackMan. He's also known to speak fluent Japanese and Arabic and has extensively studied the Qur'an and sharia law.
* Alexander Mahone of ''PrisonBreak''. While his major attribute is being a very intelligent detective, he's also quite possibly the best fighter in the series. Over the course of the series you can see him effortlessly take out {{mook}}s left and right, and he even bests [[TheBigGuy Lincoln]] in combat ''despite a gunshot wound''. Even T-Bag mentions he's the only one in Sona Prison who could beat Sammy, Lecheros [[TheDragon Dragon]].
* Hannibal Lecter in the 2013 ''{{Hannibal}}'' TV series is a cultured, well-educated psychiatrist who also gives Tobias the beating of his life. The fact that Hannibal has overpowered and murdered countless people also suggests that he is physically formitable.
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[[folder:Music]]
* ''Rummelsnuff'' looks like a [[http://cdn.prinz.de/imedia/925/601925,UXBIcrnvf1hmy4rOGx8x_jyZ9inPXZZse1JhSbXc5lM=.jpg real life german Hulk]] with the brain of a fly, whom you'd rather expect to work as an enforcer for the Mob. However, both of his parents were classical mussicians and music teachers. The working class image is part of his art.
* One of the most common MetalHead stereotypes is that they are DumbMuscle. The technical ability required to play the music definitely creates this when combined with the typical image. This is especially the case for FolkMetal, where the musicians are invariably well-versed in history and folklore and they generally speak at least one language besides English (the only exceptions come from English-speaking countries), probably more.
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[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* Most [[GreekMythology Greek]] heroes are Genius Bruisers. The ancient Greeks believed as much in exercising the mind as the body.
** King Odysseus of Ithaca is the epitome of this trope in Greek mythology. Odysseus was the Achaians' most cunning general as well as one of their best warriors. Most notably he commissioned the Trojan Horse used to invade Troy. At the end of the ''Odyssey'', he demonstrates that he's still a {{Badass}} after all these years by performing some archery feats and then slaughtering a roomful of younger men. His combination of brains and brawns makes him the favored hero of Athena. However, like many Greek heroes, some of his best work was possible only with substantial help from the gods.
** Athena is the goddess of wisdom and intellect and is known for her cunning and inventiveness. Though she prefers tactics and strategy instead of brute force, there are accounts of her incredible physical feats, such as crushing the giant Enceladaus with the island of Sicily. She is also undefeated in combat. In the ''Iliad'', Ares, the god of war, challenged her on the battlefield and Athena knocked him out in a single strike.
** Prince Theseus of Greek mythology; his use of brains as well as brawn to pass tests, defeat opponents, and slay monsters.
** Hercules' Twelve Labors required a substantial amount of [[IndyPloy cunning as well as strength]]. When he found out that the Nemean Lion's hide was impervious to weapons, he strangled it. To fight the Hydra, which could grow its heads back, he seared the stumps with a torch. And to clean up the enormous and never-cleaned Aegeans Stables, he uses his strength to alter the course ''of two nearby rivers''. Athena was the Olympian who liked Hercules best, excluding his father anyway.
** Hephaestus, the god of the forge and Zeus' main artificer, was able to take on and humiliate Ares, the god of war, with cunning, trickery, and his technological genius. Also counts--unusal among the Greek pantheon--as a HandicappedBadass, walking with a pronounced limp due to injuries sustained when Zeus literally threw him from Olympus as an infant.
* The old [[Literature/TheBible Christian martyrology]] has several cases of Genius Bruisers who were high-ranked Roman soldiers before their conversions, becoming {{Badass Preacher}}s and facing the cruelest tortures and martyrdom with much badassery. Some of the more popular examples are:
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George Saint George of Lydda]]. Assuming that he existed--he may not have--he was a powerful soldier and then able and charismatic captain and administrator for Emperor Diocletian. He stunned the Emperor by declaring himself a Christian just as said Emperor was beginning the last Roman persecution of the Christians; he refused all kinds of gifts to convert to paganism and was martyred for his trouble. Unlike many other martyrs, he had led a long enough life in the Roman military to make other badassery possible, and people naturally added new stuff to his story. The most famous of these additions has him [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_George_and_the_Dragon slaying a dragon]], saving the local BarrierMaiden, and then managing to convince everyone in her kingdom to convert to Christianity. He later became PatronSaint of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patronages_of_Saint_George a ridiculous number of things]], including England, Georgia (the country), Genoa, Portugal (because of blood ties between the English and Portuguese royal families), the Palestinians (well, the Palestinian Christians, but the Muslims of Bethlehem and Lod[[note]]Lod is the Hebrew name of Lydda, George's hometown; it is today home of Ben-Gurion International Airport and a very large Arab Israeli ghetto.[[/note]] like him, too), Scouting, and [[TankGoodness armored units]]. This patronage, by the way, is why the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_England flag of England]] looks exactly like the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genoa flag of Genoa]] and both are awfully similar to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Georgia_(country) flag of Georgia]].
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Sebastian Saint Sebastian]]. This ex-captain of the prestigious PraetorianGuard (meaning, the guy was among the guards that protected TheEmperor) was so badass that he had to be martyred ''twice'' (first by arrow shooting, later by flogging).
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Christopher Saint Christopher]]. A man over 7 ft. tall who started out as an arrogant Genius Bruiser obsessed with finding the best and more noble king to serve, then became a GentleGiant after coming to believe that Jesus Christ (specially as Baby Jesus) was such master, and remained a BadassPreacher as he was tortured and killed by the Romans.
** More recently, we have [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignatius_of_Loyola Ignatius of Loyola]] who began his career as a Spanish knight but was severely wounded when a cannonball struck him in the legs. During his convalescence, he was inspired to switch his focus to religious study and eventually founded the Jesuit order. Fitting for the trope, Ignatius is the patron saint of both educators ''and'' soldiers.
* Ogma of CelticMythology.
* Odin of NorseMythology. He is a god of [[MagicKnight war]] and hunting, but also of wisdom, [[MagicKnight magic]] and poetry. AND he's a [[TheTrickster trickster]] to boot. While old and gray, he is often depicted as quite physically imposing.
* Literature/TheBookOfMormon gives several examples:
** Nephi was said to be "large of stature" even in his youth, and the vocabulary and terminology he uses indicates the he might well have been [[TheBlacksmith a smith by trade.]] He also built a deep-water ship for his family and ended up leading his people once they had crossed the ocean, both in building up civilization and creating civic projects and also as a warrior.
** Captain Moroni was the general of the Nephite armies several hundred years later. He would end up in the middle of battle from time to time and acquit himself quite well on the field, but some of his greatest victories in the war against the Lamanites came as a direct result of [[GuileHero the strategies and ruses he devised.]] Several of his sub-commanders also qualify.
** At the end of the narrative, Mormon is made the general of the Nephite armies specifically because (much like Nephi a thousand years earlier) he was really big and strong even from his youth. In addition to his military exploits, he was also an accomplished historian and scholar (he clearly admired Moroni so much that he named his son after him) who ended up abridging a thousand years of the spiritual history of his people to form the record that bears his name.
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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* [[Wrestling/GeorgeSteele George "The Animal"]] Steele, Bill "Masked Superstar"/"Demolition Ax" Eadie, Little Spike Dudley and Matt "Prince Albert"/"A-Train"/"Giant Bernard"/"Lord Tensai" Bloom all were teachers before getting into pro wrestling. Steele would mostly wrestle during summer vacations. Matt Striker had to resign from his teaching position because the school system found that he had taken "sick days" when he was actually wrestling in Japan, or, as in the incident that caused his dismissal, wrestling a try-out match for Wrestling/{{WWE}}. Caylen Croft, real name Christopher Pavone, went in the opposite direction, retiring from wrestling to become a teacher.
* "Precious" Paul Elllering, best known for his work in the 1980s as the manager for Wrestling/TheRoadWarriors [[{{Kayfabe}} on television]] and [[ProWrestlingIsReal off]] roles, is a member of UsefulNotes/{{Mensa}} and carried copies of the ''Wall Street Journal'' or the ''New York Times'' with him to the ring during the Road Warriors' early days in Georgia in 1983. Despite this, he still accepted the ridiculous Rocco the ventriloquist dummy gimmick in 1992 WWE.
* Scott Levy, better known to ProfessionalWrestling fans as Wrestling/{{Raven}}, has an I.Q. of about 160.
* Similarly, pro wrestler Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield, who's about 198 cm and 130 kg (6-6, 290), has made millions with his keen stock market acumen, makes frequent appearances on financial programs to dole out advice, and is a Senior Vice President with Northeast Securities, as well as CEO of Layfield Energy. And you thought the whole ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney thing was all an act...
** Doubly appropriate as he's apparently a complete jerk in real life too.
* Likewise, Accie Julius Conner (a.k.a. D-lo Brown) is a Certified Public Accountant.
* WWE NXT participant David Otunga is a Harvard Law grad.
** And a licensed attorney, having passed the Bar in Illinois.
* Former wrestler and WWF Tough Enough season 1 finalist Chris Nowinski was also a Harvard grad. He went on to be signed by the WWF, and did quite well for himself until forced to retire due to post-concussion syndrome. He now heads the Sports Legacy Institute, a non-profit group dedicated to researching the long-term effects of concussions and other injuries in sports and sports entertainment.
* Female wrestler Wrestling/{{MsChif}} is a genetics scientist outside the ring.
* Modern pro wrestling is particularly good for these. When on the road, wrestlers have a lot of time in cars and on airplanes, so they take to reading to pass the time, which ends up with quite a few rather knowledgeable autodidacts. Wrestling/MickieJames has been slowly but surely working toward a Business degree, Shantelle Malawski (TNA Knockout Taylor Wilde) retired to focus on her psychology studies, and bodybuilder Chris Mordetzki (Chris Masters) is fond of reading books on politics on the road.
* Michelle [=McCool=] is a former 7th grade science teacher.
* Glen Jacobs, better known as Wrestling/{{Kane}}, has degrees in English and Teaching, and has said that if he weren't wrestling, he'd be teaching.
** He's also a quite knowledgeable blogger in political matters. Check out "The Adventures of Citizen X in the Land of the Free" sometime.
* Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} was an IT Technician before coming to the ring.
* Wrestling/WadeBarrett is a former bare-knuckle boxing champion and a former marine biologist.
* WWE talent Xavier Woods (formerly known as "Consequences Creed" in TNA, most infamous for losing the tag championship held by Adam "Pacman" Jones and Ron Killings on his debut with the company) has a graduate degree in Psychology and is looking to earn his doctorate in the field.
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[[folder:Sports]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess_boxing Chess boxing]] is a sport designed for genius bruisers. The players alternate between rounds of boxing and rounds of speed chess. You can win by a knockout, a checkmate, judges' decision or by your opponent running out of time in the chess game.
** Chess-boxers can fit this trope if they also fit the SmartPeoplePlayChess trope. Not only must they be experienced boxers, but they must be at least Class A in chess playing strength (which is as strong as a strong amateur chess player).
** Josh Waitzkin, the former chess prodigy whose early career was portrayed in ''SearchingForBobbyFischer'', doesn't box. Hopefully his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu makes up for it.
* A number of MixedMartialArts fighters are surprisingly intelligent.
* Rich Franklin, who is considered one of the top fighters in the UFC and the promotion's former middleweight champion, was a high school math teacher at one of Ohio's top public schools. He holds a master's degree in education and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Cincinnati.
** Matt "The Law" Lindland ran for Oregon state representative but lost partially due to his opponent's anti-MMA ads. He also earned his nickname by successfully litigating to overturn a wrestling match he lost via illegal move. He went on to win the rematch.
** Chael Sonnen also ran for state representative. More infamously, he took part in a money laundering scheme as a real estate agent while fighting professionally at the same time.
** Shane Carwin is a full-time mechanical engineer and showed up to work as usual at 9:00 a.m. on March 29, 2010... two days ''after'' he won the UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship.
** [[NotThatKindOfDoctor Dr.]] Rosi Sexton has a 13-2 win record as of July 2012 and a Ph.D in theoretical computer science.
** Nick "The Goat" Thompson achieved his J.D. in Law and became a practicing attorney while amassing more than 50 fights across almost every major fighting promotion.
* Several Boxers
** The Klitschko brothers are both reigning heavyweight boxing champions as well as doctors of Kinesiology. They are also [[SmartPeoplePlayChess pretty good chess players]].
** Recently retired Mexican boxer Marco Antonio Barrera is a qualified lawyer.
** His countryman and one-time opponent Juan Manuel Marquez is still recognized as one of the top 10 boxers in the sport. Marquez is also an accountant.
** In fact, this may not be uncommon among the lower ranks of professional boxing, where the money may not be all that great.
* Chicago Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews. According to Men's Health Magazine, he's "very smart" with an extensive knowledge of kinesiology.
* Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins is a Certified Financial Planner (he took courses during his stint in Ottawa), can fluently speak four languages, with a working knowledge of two others. With plans to learn Italian. [[TheBigGuy He also holds the all-time NHL records for tallest player and hardest slapshot.]]
* Ice hockey players Douglas Murray and George Parros are both the epitome of a stereotypical hockey player (large, heavy hitters who are not afraid to get physical during a game), yet they're also both Ivy League grads -- Murray from Cornell, Parros from Princeton. Murray even runs his own business, [=UberTap=], that produces a three-spout beer keg tap.
** Despite being more known for his physical play and fighting, Kevin Westgarth (like Parros) graduated from Princeton. During the 2012 lockout, he became a representative of the NHL players and assisted with getting a new collective bargaining agreement worked out.
* Shaquille O'Neal is widely recognized as one of the best centers in the history of professional basketball who often used his size (over 7 feet tall and over 300 pounds) to overpower opponents on the court. As of May 2012, it's now Dr. Shaquille O'Neal, as Shaq has earned a doctorate in education, which he earned with a cumulative GPA of 3.8.
* Conrad Smith, a member of the New Zealand rugby team the All Blacks and the 2012 captain of the Wellington Hurricanes, has a Law degree with Honours and is therefore a qualified lawyer.
* Along with the fighting examples, one must remember that most NFL players actually do finish college, many of them using their 5 years of scholarship (yes, they actually get 5 during which 4 are eligible as playing years), many of them actually earn Masters Degrees. And we can include all Rhodes Scholars.
** The NCAA even uses this as an advertising point--their commercials show students in labs and other academic settings while a narrator comments, "Most of our athletes will go pro in something other than sports."
* Bills Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was an economics major at Harvard and interned at a hedge fund.
* Similarly, Andrew Luck--a star quarterback picked number one in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts--chose to remain at Stanford (the Harvard of the West) for an extra year to complete his degree in architecture and engineering.
* The SECOND pick of the 2012 draft: Robert Griffin III. Let's let TheOtherWiki explain: "Griffin graduated from high school a semester early, after serving as class president and ranking seventh in his class. He began attending Baylor University during the spring 2008 semester when he was 17 years old. As a member of Baylor's track and field team, Griffin finished in first place in the 400-meter hurdles at both the Big 12 Conference Championship and the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship meets; he also broke the NCAA Midwest Regional 400-meter hurdles record. He placed third in the NCAA meet and also participated in the U.S. Olympic Trials, in which he advanced to the semifinals. Griffin graduated in three years with a degree in political science and a 3.67 GPA, while appearing on the Dean's List twice. During his final year of college sports eligibility, he was studying for a Master's degree in communication."
* Offensive lineman Ron Mix, the second ever American Football League player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame[[note]]his longtime teammate, Lance Alworth, was the first[[/note]], was known as "The Intelectual Assassin" during his playing days, known as much for his SesquipedalianLoquaciousness as for his playing prowess. He became a lawyer after his playing career, practicing out of San Diego for over three decades.
* Alan Page, Hall of Fame defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings. Practiced law after his playing days, eventually becoming a Justice on Minnesota's Supreme Court.
* "Touchdown" Tommy Vardell, longtime NFL fullback, once was late to workout for NFL scouts, because he was back at Stanford giving his Master's Thesis in Computer Science.
* [[http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/25/sports/ncaafootball/25rolle.html?_r=1 Myron Rolle]]. Rhodes scholar and 6'2" 215 pound safety for Florida State University.
* Linebacker Dhani Jones stands out in particular, as one of the only pro football players to have conducted an orchestra while on an NFL roster.
* Tim Ruddy, former center for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Miami Dolphins football teams, who at 6'3" and 300 lbs. easily manhandled oppossing linemen for 15 years, finished high school with a perfect 4.00 GPA, and graduated from Notre Dame with a 3.86 GPA (including a perfect 4.00 during his junior and senior years) and a B.S. in mechanical engineering.

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* In ''{{Necromunda}}'', the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' spinoff set in the Underhive of the planet of the same name, the Heavy has to have both copious amounts of brawn to carry the massive squad-support weapons they use, and just as much technical skill to maintain them.
** This it taken to an extreme ([[SerialEscalation As usual]]) in the standard game with the Techmarines of the [[SuperSoldier Space Marines]]. By definition they are the field mechanics and combat engineers of the Space Marines, but with all the custom high-tech weaponry and dangerous tools they have on hand, they are also among the most formidable individuals the Space Marines can field!
** TheEmperor himself was a giant of a man, but also an EmperorScientist who labored for years to create what would become the Space Marines.
*** The Space Marine Librarians, though they're also an inversion of SquishyWizard. They have both great PsychicPowers and all the strength and equipment of a regular SpaceMarine!
** Along with the Emperor are his sons the Primarches, all are exceptionally intelligent with superhuman strength, most of them are either powerful warriors, great statesmen, brilliant scientists, or any combination of the three.
** Warlord Gazghull Mag Uruk Thraka; not content with being as big as a Space Marine Dreadnought, he's brought the Imperial planet of Armageddon to its knees twice (the first time was just a test run, see) and, unusually for an Ork, has learned from his experiences to the extent that he can outwit most Imperial field commanders before they even make their decisions. And all whilst fighting in the front lines with his ladz.
*** Another Ork worthy of mention is [[DawnOfWar Kaptin Bluddflagg]], who can tell that Adrastia was an Inquisitor by her uniform, which is remarkable as Orks have a biologically enforced LargeAndInCharge thing going for their race and have no concept of uniforms (and Adrastia is a mite shorter than the soldiers with her).
**** He also deduced Kyras' location very intelligently, not just by Ork standards, but by any standards. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0vDQWMJNbE&feature=related Here]]. Note that [[ActionGirl Autarch Kayleth]], leader of the so-called "super-intelligent" resident [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]], struggled to figure this out.
* The [[{{Badass}} Adamantine]] [[SuperSoldier Arrow]] of ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' endeavors to train all of their members to be formidable physical combatants (''without'' the use of their magic) as well as highly capable with a wide range of mental skills. As their [[BadAssCreed creed]] goes, "Adaptability Is Strength".
* Many Euthanatos of ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' may also fall under this category. To counter the effect their assassin training has on their psyche, many of them dedicate what's left of their "normal" life to various forms of science and academics - from medicine, to philosophy, to computer science.
* In ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]]'', properly made Fighter/Mage builds or gishes to use the common name illustrate this trope. Generally however their physical strength is coming from spells, so that while often stronger and more dangerous in close combat than ordinary bruiser sorts while still having magical prowess to draw upon. The magic itself has a few limitations that can be exploited by a canny enemy mage.
** In fourth edition, Assault [[MagicKnight Swordmages]] and Tactical/Resourceful Warlords rely on both strength and intelligence, and unlike the gish example above their strength is not a result of magical buffs, thus making them even better examples of this trope.
** The canonic ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' character Fyodor is a big lad with an [[{{BFS}} enormous sword]] and all the education non-witch can get in average Rashemaar village, TheBerserker, and ''[[PowerIncontinence uncontrollable]]'' one at that. He also got a magic sense, can see spirits, is a good storyteller and smart enough to outtrick a drow. Sort of {{lampshaded}}, as he carries a sword that is ''blunt'' piece of metal he normally cannot swing, but fits his strength well while in UnstoppableRage (and the sword's sheer mass makes it truly unstoppable) and bears a strong enchantment, so it can cut or chip even things immune to normal weapons, blunt or not.
** Ogre Magi. They are as strong as regular ogre, but they are smarter than average human. [[OhCrap And they can use magic.]]
*** As monsters go, Ogre Magi (known as Oni in 4th Edition) are on the low end of the scale when it comes to this trope. They're vastly outclassed in both strength and intelligence by numerous other creatures, like Storm Giants, Titans, Dragons, most demons and devils, ect.
** While most of the [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Lords of the Nine Hells]] are both very intelligent and dangerous fighters, Bel, Lord of the First fits this trope best. He's the largest and most physically powerful of the Archdevils, but is an absolutely brilliant military mind. Indeed, most all of his type of devils, Pit Fiends, fit this very well. Powerful demons are like this too. Mariliths and nalfeshnee both have genius-level intelligence, and are strong enough to defeat small legions of enemies on their own. (To say nothing of their masters; Orcus didn't get his position ''just'' because he was the strongest.)
** And of course, there are the monsters the game is named after. Dragons, especially the oldest ones, are overwhelmingly powerful, and most of them have very high Intelligence scores, which only get higher as they get older.
** ''Tome of Battle'''s warblade was often acclaimed for this. Most melee combat classes either dump Intelligence or get it just high enough for Combat Expertise, and recieve a minimal two skill points. Warblades, on the other hand, receive four skill points, and many of their abilities key off Intelligence, meaning that most warblades invest in it. Your average warblade is a competent tactician, a skilled speaker, and an expert in military history, but still quite capable of slicing an iron golem in half.
* The Ogre warlord Greasus Goldtooth from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy'' is both a stunningly powerful (if also very lazy) warrior and an incredibly shrewd businessman who has built his empire on physical conquest, intimidation, bribes, and cunning trade agreements in equal measure. It helps that he commissioned a magic crown that increases his intellect.
** From the same game, there's a Dwarf master engineer who, when not maintaining cannons, is ripping goblins in half with his SteamPunk [[ArtificialLimbs prosthetic claw-arm]].
** And Malakai Makaisson, the Slayer Engineer, responsible for, among other things, a fully automatic throwing-axe launcher, various successful modifications to the repeater cannon known as the Organ Gun, and the Warhammer world's first successful airship. All of this whilst under an oath to [[DeathSeeker seek an honourable and violent death]]. And he's a ViolentGlaswegian in all but name, right doon to th'accent.
** Our very own Gotrek Gurnisson: former engineer (DWARF engineer. Given the extremes to which everything is turned in the Warhmmer world, that should say a lot), now turned into what must be the single most dangerous creature in the Warhammer world, which is no small feat.
** Also Azhag The Slaughterer, one of the strongest Orc warlords, who happens to have a crown that "gives him good ideas", probably because it contains the spirit of [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Nagash]] the [[AGodAmI strongest wizard ever]], inventor of necromancy and all around [[BigBad evil dude]]. Most of the other famous Orcs and Goblins qualify too, especially Grobad Ironclaw, Grom the Paunch, Grimgor Ironhide and Skarsnik (if you count Gobbla).
* Beckett the [[{{Animorphism}} Gangrel]] [[BadassBookworm scholar]] from TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade.
** Clan Brujah tends to have quite a few of these. To the common outsider they may just look like your average street punk, caring little about any intellectual pursuits, but the facts are more complex than that. Back in the days of the medieval era they were known as the Learned Clan, and housed many {{Warrior Poet}}s who were skilled both physically and intellectually. While this has detoriated quite a bit over the centuries, this bit of intellectualism crops up more than once in a while to further reinforce the clan's passions.
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* Onua from ''{{Bionicle}}'', typically regarded as one of the wisest of the Toa, and possessing SuperStrength.
** All Makuta to an extent, but none moreso than [[BigBad Teridax]].
** [[BadassNormal Hydraxon]] has extensive knowledge of weapons and tactics. He is also one of the most badass characters in the series, once bringing a mountain down on Teridax.
** Brutaka is is a scholar warrior when not cracking skulls or [[{{Troll}} teleporting Tahtorak underneath Metru Nui for a laugh.]]
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* Any Psychic {{Pokemon}} reliant on Physical attacks. The most evident example is Metagross, who has a modular brain with the intelligence of a supercomputer and is pretty much a tank on legs.
* The Warforged in ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline'' have been shown to be rather intelligent, despite their massive, muscular, mechanical bodies. A good example is Talbron, who you meet in the beginning. [[spoiler: If you take the quest, he, the rogue, and the paladin accompany you through the caverns. In one situation, after defeating the Sahaugin, Talbron steps on a switch that reveals a pit of water in the center of the room. Since you have to swim down and retrieve the key at the bottom yourself, the other characters make up reasons not to go down. Talbron's excuse is "My joints rust easily. I will read until the situation resolves itself." At which point he pulls out a book and does exactly that.]]
* Forte, in the ''VideoGame/GalaxyAngel'' gameverse; the [[Anime/GalaxyAngel anime version]] showed less of her "genius" side.
* Almost all the members of the Knight/General/Great Knight classes in ''FireEmblem'' fit here. They're all slow and powerful lance (and axes, after promotion) users with great defense, but at the same time they're so smart and dedicated to their mission that they're usually the right hands of the Lords... if they're not the lords, themselves. Notable examples are:
** Hannibal from [[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral FE4]];
** Bors, Barth, Wendy, Fighting General Douglas, and Liutenant Murdock from [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe FE6]];
** Oswin, Lord Uther, and Hector (one of the ''three main Lords'') from [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe FE7]];
** Emperor Vigarde of Grado, Gilliam, and Obsidian Duessel from [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones FE8]];
** Tauroneo in [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius FE10]].
** And on the Bad guy side, Zelgius[[note]] Aka the Black Knight[[/note]] in [=FE9=] and 10. A devastating swordsman, high in every stat, yet also a brilliant tactician and a great leader to his troops.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has the mercenary Gregor, [[ThirdPersonPerson who has]] [[HulkSpeak trouble speaking]] [[EloquentInMyNativeTongue proper English]], but is otherwise a fairly intelligent man. He also states that a mercenary has to be smart to survive.
* Lexaeus (''KingdomHearts'') is a good example of this trope (or, at least, this would be more apparent if he got more than a few lines of characterization before his death); he's the musclebound, [[DishingOutDirt Earth elemental]] BigGuy of [[OrganizationIndex Organization XII]], who knows when it's a good idea to wait for events to develop (rather than immediately charge into the action like your standard [[TheBrute brute]]). In addition, in his cutscenes in ''[[KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories CoM]]'', he's usually seen pondering, or holding conversations with [[MasterOfIllusion Zexion]]. [[FanDumb Now, if only the fandom would realize this...]]
** This is furthered in the manga: he apparently spends his free time doing brain teasers or reading.
** [[BlowYouAway Xaldin]] is almost as large, and also one of the original six.
* Demon King Odin from ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' is a gargantuan mountain of muscle whose weapon of choice is a ball and chain [[{{BFS}} larger than most playable characters]]. More importantly to the plot, he is also a wise and cunning schemer, as befitting the king of a nation.
* Don't let his ridiculous getup fool you: Birdie, from ''StreetFighter'', is pretty on the ball, and has designs on Shadowloo.
* Bentley the Yeti from ''[[SpyroTheDragon Spyro 3: Year of the Dragon]]'' is a mountain dweller with a [[DropTheHammer huge ice club]], but speaks in SesquipedalianLoquaciousness and comes up with a variety of barely pronounceable insults for [[HonestJohnsDealership Moneybags]].
--> '''Bentley:''' Why, you brazenly avaricious, duplicitous, larcenous ursine!
* Thrall from ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' is mostly represented as a magic type character (he is a Far Seer). But other sources show that he is as accomplished in physical fights. Being raised as a Gladiator really helps.
** Shamans in general fit this trope, mostly. Even allowing for specialization, they excel in both spellcasting and melee combat.
** Ogre-mages especially in ''Warcraft II''. [[DumbMuscle Ogres]] upon being upgraded even say "we're not brainless anymore!"
*** Although their next quote disputes the "genius" part a bit, when they go "I've got the brain!" "Nuh-uh!"
** Anduin Lothar: An accomplished warrior, commander of the Alliance forces, and skilled diplomat who cemented the Grand Alliance.
* Damon Baird from ''GearsOfWar''. He doesn't just shoot people and take steroids like all the other Gears! He has some understanding of the Locust language and a head for technology and mechanics. He fixes nearly anything and everything that ever breaks in the game. When asked to improvise a bomb with few parts available, he replies, "Regular or extra strength?"
* In ''[[VideoGame/TheSims The Sims 2: Bon Voyage]]'', if you can persuade him to join a playable family, Bigfoot begins play with all his skills and talents maximized.
** In any Sims game there's nothing stopping you from making any given sim a giant with equal scores in athletics/body and logic.
* Very strong and a remarkably skilled fighter, what made the Practical Incarnation in ''PlanescapeTorment'' such a dangerous and effective person was his cunning and near complete lack of morals: a Genius Bruiser ManipulativeBastard.
* He doesn't display much sign of higher education in his actions or dialogue, but as he player is him, BadassBiker Ben of ''FullThrottle'' shows a great deal of unconventional genius. How many other bikers would think to use mechanical toy bunnies to clear a minefield?
* Fawkes from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''. Game Informer describes him as being "smart, funny, and damn near unkillable". He's an enormous green beast who looks like Nemesis' down syndrome-afflicted half-brother, and yet is very intelligent and philosophical.
** This is due to having been locked in a cell for most of his life in which the only diversion was a computer terminal with access to massive amounts of data and a huge library of electronic books.
** Super Mutants in general are quite strange. While most of them are brutes, some are actually very intelligent. However, those are rather rare in Fallout 3's setting. The only two smart super mutants around DC are Fawkes and Uncle Leo, who randomly wanders the wasteland and manages to retain his human conscience through zen. No, really.
*** This is actually a plot point in the previous Fallout games. [[spoiler: The Forced Evolution Virus, which "perfects" humans by turning them into Super Mutants, also grants them genius level intellect... or rather, is supposed to. Unfortunately, one of the problems that can't be solved even with 200 years of slow but steady progress in the field of retroviral evolution is the fact that the IQ upgrade only works on the unmutated genetic structures of Vault Dwellers. Apparently after a single generation of exposure to the titular Fallout, human genetic damage isn't enough to markedly impact human appearance or skills, but it is enough to react unpleasantly with the FEV to reduce the minds of the Super Mutants created from them to that of particularly dim-witted children. Later in Fallout 3, this is the revealed as the motivation behind The Enclave's plan to introduce their plague into the water... it's designed not to kill all the people in the Capitol Wastelands, only those whose genetic structures have been too badly damaged to be converted into Super Genius Mutants. So the Vault inhabitants survive, everybody else dies.]]
** With the right levelling, perks, and chems, the player character in a ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' game can become one as well: able to hack any computer, pick any lock, smooth talk any merchant, and, if need be, kill Super Mutant Behemoths. ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Bare handed.]]''
** Marcus for ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}''. In New Vegas, he's the only non-Legion character who consistently uses the Latin pronunciation of Caesar (Kai-Sar).
** Also in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', Legate Lanius is a brutal BloodKnight who revels in bloodshed and quite tough in direct combat. However, he's actually a relatively decent tactician who if you decide to engage him in conversation is actually a surprisingly intelligent man who will not toss away the lives of his men pointlessly and will actually retreat if the player makes a very good argument (most of which has to do with logistics).
* Frank Gaunt of ''VideoGame/OperationDarkness'' is a heavy machine-gunner and close-combat specialist who also seems to have some knowledge of nuclear physics and other specialized fields.
* Steroid Gontarski in ''JaggedAlliance 2'', one of the strongest mercs in the game AND when dealing with repair and electronics is one of the best mercs outside of the ones who assign both specialty options as one of the two. He is hindered only be his lack of agility, but he is also very cheep to hire.
** He also refuses to work in the same team as Ivan Dolvich (one of the designated [[BadAss Badasses]]), which many fans consider to be a serious drawback.
** At first, Steroid's lines and voice acting suggest that he's not very bright. [[FridgeBrilliance Then you realize he just doesn't know English too well]], and that his voice is a parody of classic [[{{Rambo}} action]] [[{{Predator}} movie]] heroes...
-->'''Steroid:''' My skin is punctured and leaking!
* The ''[[Franchise/MetalGear Metal Gear]]'' series is about some guy who had a [[BadassBookworm genius-level IQ]], [[TranslationConvention fluency in a half-dozen languages]], and [[ImprobableAimingSkills enough skill with a vast array of weaponry]] (from [[BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame sniper rifles]] to [[NonLethalKO tranquilizer darts]] to [[ImprovisedWeapon aerosol spray cans and matches]]) to [[BadassNormal bring down]] [[PsychicPowers telekinesis masters]], [[HumongousMecha armed tanks]], [[MascotFighter overmarketed yellow rodents]], and [[ArtificialHuman berserk clones of a legendary villain.]] His father is implied to be similar.
** Vulcan Raven from the same series is a villainous example. While he's best known for his fondness for [[{{BFG}} serious firepower]], he's also a shaman and a graduate of the University of Alaska.
** Liquid also has a genius level IQ, and is even tougher than Snake, but [[YouFailBiologyForever really should've paid attention in high school biology]].
** Colonel Volgin from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' is also an example: It's implied that he came up with the design and architecture of his fortress Groznyj Grad, and likewise the Hinds were also implied to have been designed by him. He also was shown to possess enough strategic sense to deter any chances of an air-raid against Groznyj Grad by fortifying the Krasnogorje Range and, should that not work, he even created an air raid shelter below the mountain in anticipation of the unlikely event that it was going to be hit in an air raid, and also fortified the already fortified range even further with Hinds when Snake arrived, implying that he anticipated that Snake was to traverse through the area. A throwaway line made by him shortly before shooting the Davy Crockett at the Sokolov Design Bureau likewise suggested that he was at least knowledgable enough in world politics and intelligence operations to know that the world's intelligence agencies will likewise only assume that The Boss fired the weapon instead of himself. He is also extemely large, was strong enough to send foes flying with his punches, and possessed electrical abilities.
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' has [[spoiler: Senator Steven Armstrong]] who is quite good at manipulating others and organizing various illegal activities while keeping up false motives as his disguise. Since his body was artificially enhanced, he's also a {{Mighty Glacier}} and a {{Lightning Bruiser}} at the same time.
* ''{{Metroid}}'''s Samus Aran is implied to be a pretty sharp woman; she's about twenty different flavours of badass in battle, but she's also apparently quite learned in biology and designed her own gunship. [[HeroicMime During the times we can hear her thoughts]], she's quite philosophical, too.
** And if her cameo appearance in ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}'' is anything to go by, she also plays the double bass.
** Samus's nemesis, Ridley, also has a very high level of intelligence which has earned him a command position both in the Space Pirates organization and under Mother Brain. And Ridley is a giant, winged space dragon that eats people.
*** Although this is usually a case of AllThereInTheManual (he rarely ever appears in person outside his inevitable boss battles), this aspect of his personality was finally brought to light in OtherM, where he displays far more cunning than in previous games. Ironically, it's in this game that Samus is quite probably the ''least'' intelligent.
* JC Denton from ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' is either a badass SuperSoldier or a badass Solid Snake type sneaker, but a competent secret agent either way. He often gets into discussions on political philosophy with curiously knowledgeable bartenders or ultra-advanced AIs. Alex D from the sequel, however, always reacts in similar situations with "Huh?" or "What do you mean?"
** Apparently Alex's intelligence was programmed out...
* ''GaiaOnline'' plays with this trope with [[MadScientist Labtech X]], who is a huge man but has never been seen in anything but a lab coat.
** Gambino himself might qualify as a more [[GeniusDitz eccentric]] variation, as he's dabbled in mad science in between [[CorruptCorporateExecutive playing the stock market]], picking fights with vampires, and being generally clueless how to deal with other people. [[spoiler:Labtech X is Gambino's clone, so naturally they'd ''both'' be genius bruisers.]]
* In ''SonicTheHedgehog'', Vector the Crocodile is classified as a power character, and is shown to be a brilliant detective. He unfortunately sometimes doubles as a total idiot - but then most of Team Chaotix does that.
** Nowhere is this shown better than at the end of SonicHeroes where he [[spoiler:lays out to Eggman that he knew EXACTLY who he was all along, and was playing along with his game because he knew that whomever locked Eggman up would be the worse of two evils]] after effortlessly tearing a thick metal door off the wall with his bare fists.
* ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'' has Dr. M, a well-spoken scientist who used to plan elaborate heists and can go toe to toe with the group's strong man Murray... as the landowner of the island the vault and its contents were legally his property.
* Sol Badguy, the insanely powerful and violent warrior from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', is also the brilliant scientist Frederick.
** Potemkin also counts. While he looks like the ridiculously DumbMuscle right hand of President Gabriel of Zepp, he is also very polite, erudite, and must be smarter than he appears if he's been directly tasked by his own president to undertake covert missions on his behalf. He's also a talented artist.
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}}'', James Heller, former US Marine sergeant, whose powers allow him to absorb the knowledge of his victims, among which are a wide variety of genetic scientists, mostly virologists.
* Adell from ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories'' is a surprise example. A HotBlooded fist-fighter who puts HonorBeforeReason, he manages to shock the entire rest of his adventuring-party when, during the TournamentArc, he solves a highly complex Geo-Puzzle after a brief glance and two seconds of thinking-time. As it turns out, he doesn't charge headfirst into every conflict because he's too stupid to think of anything else - but simply because that's his style.
-->'''Adell:''' Never underestimate me. I hate cheap tricks and dirty tactics. If I put my mind to it, I can solve these things pretty quick. Just because I like to rush into things doesn't mean I can't think.
* Edgar of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' is a talented engineer, having designed a castle capable of subterranean travel, a small arsenal of machine weaponry, and is capable of repairing practically any broken equipment you come across. Oh, and put a spear in his hands and he'll make shish kebab out of you in about 3 seconds flat. His twin brother Sabin is no idiot either, despite being a BareFistedMonk and one of the stronger players in the game.
** Cid from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' is a much better example. As the game's resident Cid, he's the engineer in charge of the airships, but is also a formidable physical fighter too, preferring to bash his enemies in with hammers and wrenches.
** Cid Highwind of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' is also an excellent example. Featuring some of the highest HP and Strength stats in the game, the second-best limit break damage, serious muscles and a nasty mouth, he also has stacks of engineering blueprints in his house and a massive airship named after him, presumably because he designed the damn thing himself.
*** Oh, and he's the world's first astronaut (is hinted to have had a hand in building the rocket too), runs a town, has flown a light plane, a jet powered airship & a more traditional zepellin style one. He's quite possibly the most booksmart FF hero ever. And a ''powerhouse''.
* You can play Commander Shepard as one of these in ''Franchise/MassEffect''. S/he shows him/herself to be very intelligent throughout the series, quite GenreSavvy (and, as much as s/he hates dealing with it, politically savvy), and capable of coming up with [[TakeAThirdOption creative solutions to many problems.]] Plus, he's pretty buff.
** Grunt, the genetically-engineered SuperSoldier Krogan in ''Mass Effect 2'' is raised via Neural Imprinting. While he's TheBigGuy of the party, he's actually quite articulate and contemplative for a Krogan (if still just as much of a fight-happy BoisterousBruiser in the field). The Shadow Broker DLC reveals that he's into Creator/ErnestHemingway on his spare time.
** Before Grunt, we had [[CoolOldGuy Wrex]]. Disillusioned with [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy his people]] because their [[BloodKnight nature]] will doom them to extinction. Knows that the purpose of a stealth ship is [[HighlyVisibleNinja NOT to get into slugging matches]]. Can con clients into hiring him on as a permanent bodyguard against a particular enemy of the client, even after failing the original contract to kill said enemy. GenreSavvy enough to see Saren as ObviouslyEvil and not even waiting to get paid for a job he was hired and ends up becoming the only surviving merc. Eventually becomes the man with the plan on saving his species if he survives to the second game.
** The Shadow Broker is revealed to be one of these in "Lair of the Shadow Broker". He took over a criminal empire and ran it in such a way that no one even figured out that power changed hands. He himself is three times the size of a krogan. His ''species'' is said to be this, in fact: strong as krogans, smart as salarians.
*** The downside being that their tempers are 3 times those of the already-irritable Krogan too. And when his species, the Yahg, get angry they lose all their intelligence and go berserker.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'': The Qunari (a term that refers to followers of the [[ScaryAmoralReligion Qun]], regardless of race) consist mostly of, and is often erroneously used as a name for, a race of musclebound, gray- or black-skinned giants ([[EvolutionaryRetcon with or without horns]]). While all the Qunari you meet in the games belong to the ''Antaam'' (which is essentially the warrior caste in the Qunari's [[FantasticCasteSystem non-hereditary caste system]]) and are therefore {{ProudWarriorRaceGuy}}s, they tend to be of the [[TheQuietOne quiet and brooding]] variety rather than {{BoisterousBruiser}}s. The Qunari is also the most technologically advanced society in the games and the only one to have developed firearms, although that is, as of yet, an InformedAttribute due to the rule of FantasyGunControl.
* Pick any member of [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} the Belmont family,]] and you've got a pretty good chance of finding a Genius Bruiser. Notable examples include Juste, Richter and Julius. Alucard is also a fairly sharp guy, particularly in his ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow'' persona of Genya Arikado.
** Justified in that he is [[{{Dhampir}} Dracula's son]], and immortal, meaning he has lots of free time.
* Iron Tager from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' is this trope to a T; a massive, genetically and cybernetically modified hulk of a man, almost eight feet tall and over a thousand pounds. Tager is able to throw opponents around the battlefield like rag dolls, sometimes jumping after them and plowing them straight back down into the earth face-first. A single full-on punch from Tager will easily send his target flying to the opposite edge of the screen. However, the very reason he's able to do this is that he was dealt a grievous wound while doing field research, his life only saved by the cybernetic enhancements he uses in battle. As testament to his immense practical and technical knowledge, in addition to his raw physical capability he also uses electromagnetism to draw opponents towards him rather than having to chase after them himself. When he's not throwing his weight (and/or opponents) around in direct battle, he operates primarily as a field agent, and when not in the field, he works as a researcher directly under the greatest scientific mind in the world. Finally, in addition to his fearsome intellect and frightening battle ability, Tager's quite the calm, collected gentleman - he rarely, if ever, actually gets angry, has an open and honest demeanor and is quite happy to discuss scientific theory when the opportunity presents itself.
* Ganondorf is usualy portrayed this way whenever he's not a drooling beastie, but sometimes even then. He always plans ahead of time and is rather methodical. Tricking Link into opening the sacred realm so he could get the Triforce (''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''), setting up plagues and curing them through Aganihm in order to gain (political) power (''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''), and apparently setting up several resurrection plans are some of his highlights. Even when things don't go his way, he can salvage the situation. Feeding on the Twili's hate and allowing Zant to release him, as well as getting around every seal placed on him are examples of this. He is also a beastly fighter: in his human form, he's canonically 2.3 meters (seven and a half feet) tall, and deadly with swords and his bare fists, while his true form is a gigantic [[FullBoarAction boar]] more than capable of crushing Link with his sheer size.
** Although not technically canon, he appears in a fairly high-tech-looking computer lab in the Subspace Emissary in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'', overseeing everything as it transpires. Given that his only immediate ally [[spoiler:besides Master Hand]] is [[SuperMarioBros Bowser]], it's not too much of a stretch to assume that ol' Ganon's technologically savvy, too.
** [[TheHero Link]] himself could also count, though in many games, the 'bruiser' part usually involves him using magic items to perform feats of incredible strength, [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]] Is an exception though, as in this game, we see him sumo wrestle [[ProudWarriorRace Gorons]], swing a huge [[EpicFlail ball-and-chain]], and even overpower Ganondorf, all without needing any magical items. As for the 'genius' part, well, quite a few of the puzzles in the dungeons Link had to beat do require him to be pretty smart to solve them.
* It may not look like it, due to his recent portrayal as a comic relief and his overall lack of common sense, [[SuperMarioBros Bowser]] is far from idiotic. Similar to the 300 IQ [[SonicTheHedgehog Dr. Eggman]], Bowser designs and builds all of his technological contraptions, and while his plans usually fail because [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin the good guy always wins]], they are well thought out by the big man.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 5}}'' has Elvis, the foremost among the fore of Filgaia historians and a real top-class scientist. Oh, and he's absolutely huge, seems to be built out of nothing but muscles which he flexes a lot, and he beats the party down with his bare fists.
* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', [[SuperSoldier Spartans]], [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Sangheili/Elites]], and to a lesser extent [[KillerSpaceMonkey Jiralhanae/Brutes]]. Though they don't often show it, Mgalekgolo/Hunters are quite intelligent, too.
* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'': Albert Wesker. Described as a child prodigy, one of Umbrella's top researchers, master of ThePlan, and was skilled enough in martial arts pre-viral upgrade to go toe-to-toe with an Ivan-class Tyrant, and is capable of punching people through walls [[EmpoweredBadassNormal after his viral upgrade.]]
* ''BackyardSports'': Dmitri Petrovich.
* Sarevok from ''BaldursGate'': An enormous BlackKnight who's by the numbers as strong as an ogre (which are a lot bigger still), but also TheChessmaster running everything from behind the scenes in the first game (and again, by the numbers on his statistics, a genius).
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' has Regal Bryant: He's the second strongest fighter of the group and quite skilled in Chi arts, even capable of [[KamehameHadoken firing an energy blast]] once. However, he is also the president of the [[AcmeProducts Lezareno Company]] and a duke, therefore the character that expresses himself in the most refined manner. He's also the one [[TheSmartGuy the smart woman]] of the group will turn to due to his general maturity.
** And then the sequel had Richter Abend, who was a scientist at Sybak University.
* Dr. Hank Freebird of ''TraumaTeam''. Genius orthopedic surgeon with a military honorable discharge. Who fights crime as Captain Eagle in his spare time. Including picking up and tossing a '''car''' at a drug smuggler, or punching a thug '''through a ceiling'''. Yet has enough fine control to operate various medical tools during orthopedic surgery.
* Jack Cayman of ''MadWorld'' is actually an incredibly sharp dude coupled by experience [[spoiler:as former Grand Champion of Deathwatch]]. He's able to [[WarriorPoet wax philosophy]] as he carves mooks in half and by the time he's facing the FinalBoss it's implied he's already figured out the entire scheme of Deathwatch and who's really behind it.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': The Heavy wields the [[{{BFG}} big guns]]. In ''VideoGame/PokerNightAtTheInventory'', it is revealed that he went to college and that he has a Ph.D in Russian Literature. He also has refined tastes when it comes to drinks and music. The Russian version of "Meet the Heavy" and "Meet The Team" show that he is [[EloquentInMyNativeTongue eloquent in his native language]].
** As displayed in the expanded material, the entire country of Australia is this. Thanks to Australium, every man and woman in the country are certified geniuses, while also being musclebound, mustachioed, machismo machines. [[MegaCorp Mann Co.]] CEO and [[GreatWhiteHunter yeti]] [[GoodOldFisticuffs mauler]] [[AwesomeAussie Saxton]] [[TestosteronePoisoning Hale]] being the prominent example.
* Eddie Riggs of ''BrutalLegend'' is not only a HotBlooded warrior, but being that his life as a Roadie requires him to maintain others' equipment, he's also mechanically adept enough to build practically anything as long as he has the tools around with him. Being a roadie is also where he picks up his strength, heavy lifting and all.
* Piers in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun: The Lost Age'' is [[http://goldensun.wikia.com/wiki/File:PiersNintendoPower.png a beefy sailor]] and a textbook MightyGlacier. He also has [[CombatMedic powerful healing spells]] and indicates in some cutscenes that he's trained as a medic, figures out ancient {{Magitek}} in moments, infiltrates a town under security upgrades for a special occassion, discusses at length the state of the world since [[TheMagicGoesAway the decline of Alchemy]]... oh, and it's implied in some of the Lemuria cutscenes that he was originally going to leave the country as a spy for King Hydros. There might be some justification in his age, but [[CrowningMomentOfFunny he refuses to disclose his age]], so we don't know if he's ReallySevenHundredYearsOld or ''not''.
** [[TheBrute Agatio]], from the same game, gets points in this category in his [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome intro scene]], just for telling [[TheChessmaster A]][[MagnificentBastard l]][[EvilGenius e]][[BigBad x]] to his face that he ''[[GenreSavvy knows]]'' Alex is [[UnwittingPawn using him]] as DumbMuscle, and ''doesn't care'' [[PragmaticVillainy as long as it gets the job done]][[note]] which, technically, it ultimately did... at [[DidntSeeThatComing Agatio's expense]][[/note]]. It also shows up when he starts taking advantage of Jupiter Lighthouse's construction to [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty set booby traps for Isaac & Co.]] to neutralize Mia's [[CombatMedic many]] [[ElementalRockPaperScissors advantages]]. His last qualifier for this trope is his having the largest variety of Psynergy spells among the Mars Clan antagonists, meaning he's [[KungFuWizard as good at casting as he is at brawling]]... and don't think he won't Break any buffs you try.
* [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]], who despite being a brute who kills anything that so much as looks at him funny, is still intelligent enough to succeed at obtaining pandora's box, a task many adventurers before him failed, the path to it requires as much wit as it does brute strength. In fact, he spends just as much, if not more of his time solving puzzles than he does killing monsters and Gods.
* [[VideoGame/TalesOfGraces Malik Caesar]] is the most muscular and tallest man in your party but instead of using them to fight, he uses his magic to fight. Magic, in turn, is based off the intelligence of the mage. He is also the person that the other characters turn to due to both his experience and his knowledge.
* [[AntiVillain Golbez]] of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' is an ''eight-foot-tall hulk'' of a TinTyrant with ShouldersOfDoom and marked proficiency in the use of {{BFS}}s. And on top of that is wellspoken, a [[MagicKnight mage of great skill]], and a masterful {{Chessmaster}}.
* [[http://www.gamespot.com/ps2/rpg/starocean3/images/0/83/ Adray Lasbard]] from [[StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime Star Ocean 3]]. He's 6'2", immaculately muscled, totes around a big frickin' Katana, and, oh yeah, he's considered [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100420182661/starocean/images/9/90/Adray_Symbology.jpg a Wizard]].
* Seven of ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' is first described as 'a mountain of a man', but employs strategies such as putting in objects to stop the doors locking after going through them. [[spoiler: He was also a detective.]]
* [[TheDitz Birdbrained]] moments aside, Utsuho Reiuji of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' demonstrates pretty good understanding of [[ILoveNuclearPower nuclear physics]] in ''Hisoutensoku''. Possibly a RequiredSecondaryPower for her since nuclear power is her specialty.
* Letho of Gulet in ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings'' is a large hulking man mistaken as DumbMuscle by those he works with. This in turn makes it easier for him to manipulate them since all he has to do is play along and make them underestimate him as he secretly manipulates them for his own ends.
* The ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' series has few, if any, truly stupid main characters. But the character who fits this trope has to be Bao-Dur from the second game. He built a custom droid when he was a kid, made weapons for the military [[spoiler:including the mass shadow generator that wiped out a planet and ''ended'' a war]], says designing planetary-class defensive shields is 'a hobby', and starts idly taking apart and rebuilding your ship piece by piece because he's bored. He also has a military-grade artificial arm with weaponized force fields and starts out with a very high Strength score and multiple points in unarmed combat.
** Mical. He talks like a teacher, is a historian/scientist, and can be trained as a Jedi Consular - the class that focuses most on the Force rather than lightsabers. He starts out as a Soldier class. You find him in the deadly sub-level of the Jedi Temple, from which almost no one has returned alive. He might be more of a BadassBookworm, though.
* Oleg Kirrlov of ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird''. Outsizes everyone by about 3 feet,(Up ''and'' across), can shove cars aside like nothing, was the genetic model for The Brutes...and is well read, speaks with impeccable diction, and loves playing chess.
* Michael Thorton from ''AlphaProtocol''. He kicks a tonne of arse regardless of your play style, of course, but not just that. Depending on the background you chose, Mike can have multiple [=PhDs=], crack ciphers in his spare time, learn foreign languages amazingly fast... Even in gameplay, you can make Mike a technical whiz without compromising too much on his killing prowess.
* Minute Man in ''FreedomForce'' is a CaptainAmerica-themed hero who can leap tall buildings and has enormous strength. He's also a nuclear physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project. In one mission, a villain sets off the timer on a nuclear bomb. Guess who has to disarm it?
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'': The title character, but also Mister Freeze. Trying to fight him head on is comparable to trying to fight a hand grenade using hugs, and he's also the only smart enough to manufacture the cure to the disease that everyone's been catching.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'' has a few examples:
** Solid Snake is a master of infiltration and combat, and he also has an IQ of 180, is [[{{Polyglot}} fluent in six languages, including English and French]], and has quite the knowledge of history.
** [[CorruptPolitician Senator Armstrong]], the BigBad of ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance''. He's both a NighInvulnerable LightningBruiser, and a University of Texas graduate who can easily pilot an extremely advanced Metal Gear.
* ''VideoGame/FurFighters'' has Viggo, the main protagonist of the game. He's built up his own business empire, discovered a hidden society of dinosaurs underground and backwards engineered their technology for resale. Learned an ancient ritual for raising the dead, mastered genetic manipulation and built a machine that pumps out endless clones. He's also the strongest thing in the whole game.
* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'':
** Jake Muller in ''ResidentEvil6''. Though it's [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] since he's not that educated and drops more curses than big words, he's implied to be able to pick up skills very quickly. Aside from learning combat skills well enough to kill multiple experienced attackers after relatively little experience when he was just a teenager, he speaks and writes flawless English despite it probably being his second language and learns how to both speak and read fluent Chinese — a ''tone language'' with vastly different grammar from English and most European languages — after listening to his captors speak it for a few months.
* [[VideoGame/TorchlightII Torchlight II's]] Engineers are expected to both construct a medical robot in a jiffy ''and'' lug around and properly use either [[DropTheHammer a huge two-handed hammer]] or [[{{BFG}} an enormous cannon]] without much trouble.
* Fighters in ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternity'' are mentioned to be frequently highly trained and educated professionals.
* [[TheDragon Galmar Stonefist]] of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''. He looks like a typical [[HornyVikings Nord]], a hugely-built ProudWarriorRaceGuy with a BadassBeard and a huge battle-axe, but he demonstrates a surprising amount of brains. He is a very-skilled tactician, a gifted speaker, possesses an impressive knowledge of Skyrim's history and folklore, and he pulls a BatmanGambit on his Imperial enemies with some altered documents.
* Odd example in ''[[NintendoWars Advance Wars: Dual Strike]]''. Normally Jugger is TheBrute and is coded with an intentionally stupid [=AI=] script. When he uses his [=CO=] power though, he switches to the ''smartest [=AI=] script in the game'' and spends the next turn liberally [[CurbStompBattle tossing you to the curb]].
* Krogg of ''VideoGame/WildStar''. Extremely large, muscular, tough, scaly hides, well-tuned predatory instincts and dangerously intelligent. They aren't the "criminal vermin of the galaxy" and head of the largest criminal syndicate, the Darkspur Cartel, for nothing.
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* Klaus and Othar from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' are prime examples. They are both immense men, towering over most normal people but they are also ''{{Mad Scientist}}s''. The two of them once got into a rip-roaring brawl from one end of [[FloatingContinent Castle Wulfenbach]] to another busting through walls as they did so.
** Also, the constructs known as Punch and Judy are pretty big and tough. A member of one of the "traveling Heterodyne shows" based on the adventures of the previous generation cheerfully plays Punch as the big, slow and stupid type that folklore would have him... until he meets someone who knows [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050914 what he was ''really'' like]].
** The Jager Generals. Big, heavy-hitting bruisers... and extremely intelligent and world-wise, with literal centuries of military experience ''each''.
* In ''LookingForGroup'', Krunch Bloodrage, the [[strike:Tauren]] minotaur-like member of the main group is known to be part of two brothers, one a scholar and one a warrior. While he is confirmed to be the scholar and is generally the most knowledgeable of the party, he often relies on pure brute strength in battle and to solve other problems.
** And despite being "the scholar", he has been shown to be capable of [[http://lfgcomic.com/page/11 taking down a dragon]] [[http://lfgcomic.com/page/12 and killing it without much effort]].
** Later, we see what Krunch's brother, a proper warrior, actually looks like. Suffice to say Kruch finds it amusing that other races could mistake ''him'' for a warrior.
* Parodied with Dr. Birding in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', who is a genius with the ability to turn into a Hulk-like monster. He ''would'' be a Genius Bruiser -- if his paralysis didn't carry over to that form. Martin, his son, is an example of DumbMuscle.
* ComicBook/{{Buck Godot|Zap Gun for Hire}} is extremely strong and tough, owing to his HeavyWorlder physique, but is also shown to be a very quick thinker, able to outsmart his enemies (and occasionlly employers) and come up with complex plans at moment's notice... [[ThePlan and being very handy with plans.]]
* In the fantasy theme of ''IrregularWebcomic'', although Alvissia has the most common sense of the party, Draak has the most book smarts. He is also clearly the physically strongest member of the party.
* Sauerkraut of ''TriggerStar''. The party's [[TheBigGuy Big Girl]] sports dual master's degrees in literature and finance.
* Uni-Man of WebComic/AxeCop starts off as a [[BadassBookworm normal-looking, albeit extremely intelligent, man]] with a magical unicorn horn (ItMakesSenseInContext). Events through the story see him use his own magic to permanently transform into a muscle-bound MightyGlacier who keeps his intelligence and later builds an invisible lab. He's now seen with a lab coat instead of a suit and tie.
* [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} Equius]] [[TheBigGuy Zahhak]] loves being [[SuperStrength STRONG]] and also [[MadScientist builds robots]]. And then [[UnstoppableRage destroys them in steel-cage brawls in order to blow off steam]]. [[BadAss With his bare hands.]]
** Dirk has an AI of himself that ''almost'' passes the Turing Test, builds robots, and is able to understand the Sburb code. He's also an alternate universe version of [[spoiler: Bro Strider]] and like Equius, also has death matches with robots.
** Equius's alternate universe counterpart, Horuss, has Equius's STRENGTH, but is smart enough to build not only robots, but also a steam-powered suit to actively reduce his STRENGTH so that he doesn't break stuff. (Of course, being a member of the Zahhak family, [[{{Squick}} the steam is supplied by boiling his own sweat]].)
* Illyra of RumorsOfWar is TheBigGuy in a smarts-centric FiveManBand. Not that she doesn't qualify as TheBigGuy on her own merits, she just tends to fall into TheBigGuy role since she isn't [[strike:[[BrokenBird as nice as]]]] [[TheChick Occela]], and she isn't [[strike:[[ActionGirl as motivated as]]]] [[TheHero Elysia]]. [[DeconstructorFleet You know what? Never mind]].
* [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/425 The gamer of the future]] is expected to follow this road, according to NerfNow.
* More combative members of [[Webcomic/{{Digger}} the Veiled]] tend towards the gray area between this and BadassBookworm. [[ActionGirl Murai]] says it all in one simple sentence: "Our specialties are hand-to-hand combat and comparative theology."
* In ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard'', Doc easily qualifies, being a polar bear and built like one would expect of a member of the bear family who builds things like pizza teleporters, mecha, and reality-altering devices (as a paintball gun!) as a hobby.
* [[TheHero Roy Greenhilt]] from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is the party's fighter and leader. He also holds an MBA (Master of Battle Administration). The party's wizard is insulted when a mind-flayer finds Roy's brain to be the most appetizing in the party. When his DumbMuscle EvilCounterpart [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0791.html asks]] how he intends to use his Intelligence score in combat, he says "I'll figure something out, that's sort of the whole point". That something [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0808.html later]] turns out to be [[spoiler:using knowledge of architecture to ''collapse a ceiling on him'']].
-->"THAT'S how I use my Intelligence score in combat, DUMBASS!!"
* In ''Webcomic/JetDream'', Marlene is both the team's strongwoman and a brilliant scientist capable of achieving [[Film/TheLostSkeletonOfCadavra actual advances in the field of science]]!
* Biscuit of Clan Roak in ''{{Goblins}}'' has been alive for six hundred years, and all creatures in the realm receive a stackable wisdom bonus based on their age. This allows him to deliver some eloquent {{Badass Boast}}s in between murdering everything that looks at him funny.
* In ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' Jean's ex, Slick Simmons, is a tall, very imposing, muscular guy, and also a brilliant scientist. And a [[MadScientist loony.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Waterworks}}'': Typhoon is described as a huge, extremely strong "beast of a man" whose hobbies include discussing scientific theories or reading fine literature.
* ''Webcomic/SketchComedy'': Professional wide receiver [[http://thesketchy.com/ic/2011/02/01/ubiquitus-moss Ubiquitus Moss]] spends his spare time mastering chess and writing essays on Nietzsche.
* At least two major characters in ''Webcomic/TheDragonDoctors'' fit the trope:
** Goro was in the army before becoming a legendary surgeon and joining the Dragon Doctors. She demonstrates both her NervesOfSteel and combat training during Smith's surgery: [[http://dragondoctors.dhscomix.com/archives/comic/ch-2-page-5 when an assassin tried to enter the operating room, she threw the scalpel Aki had just handed her like a throwing knife and casually requested another to operate with.]]
** Tanica is introduced as an assassin on the team sent to kill Smith. After she is [[BalefulPolymorph accidentally turned into a tree]] during the fight, she ends up as a patient of the Dragon Doctors, and they decide to take turns keeping her company to save her from [[GoMadFromTheIsolation going crazy from lack of social interaction]]. Mori, TheSmartGuy, [[http://dragondoctors.dhscomix.com/archives/comic/ch-3-page-16 decides on his first turn to challenge Tanica to a relaxing game of]] TabletopGame/{{Go}} -- and learns to his discomfiture that Tanica is ''good'' at it. [[spoiler:It is later revealed that Tanica became an assassin specifically to pay off the student loans incurred earning her multiple university degrees]].
* The "ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings"-version of [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]] is headed this way, as is his video game counterpart. He is still very much the HotBlooded EmotionalBruiser, but also loves puzzles and thought-games of all kinds, and is regularly shown doing sudokus or fiddling with a RubiksCube. He also considers a [[Franchise/{{Hellraiser}} Cenobite]] puzzle box to be too easy, and tells Pinhead to bring back a twenty-story one (as opposed to the original five-story one) instead.
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* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', [[BaldBlackLeaderGuy Ismail]], the captain of the Black Guard, is quite a strong and skilled warrior but also has a good understanding of politics and magic thanks to having been taught by his friend [[MagicKnight Belial]].
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* In ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', professional boxer Bobby Jacks stands at 190-1 cm and weighs in at 93 kg. He's also shown to be very intelligent, capable of trickery, fighting very tactically, and being able to quote Creator/WilliamShakespeare (relevantly) purely from memory.
* In the [=RPs=] ''[[InsaneCafeSeries Insane Cafe]] 2: Rise of the Shurlups'' and ''Insane Cafe 3: The Curse of the Haunted Hotel'' features Zachary Johnson, an anthropomorphic Clydesdale who is very well versed in biology and is shown to be capable of tearing doors out of the wall with his bare hands.
* [[FunnyAnimal Zachary Johnson]] from ''DarwinsSoldiers'' is a researcher at Pelvanida. He is so strong that when he kicks a combat robot, ''he leaves the imprint of his foot on the robot's armor''.
** [[FunnyAnimal Keegan]] [[TheDragon O'Neill]] stands over six feet tall and is almost all muscle. He's also a high ranking officer of Dragonstorm.
** [[FunnyAnimal Piotr]] [[TheBrute Kozlov]] is seven feet of pure [[HuskyRusskie Siberian]] [[BearsAreBadNews grizzly bear]] muscle, who is also a talented weapons designer.
** Hans Donitz in the story ''Ship Of State'' is capable of understanding and explaining how the [[CoolGate Einstein-Rosen bridge]] works. He is also a huge man with great strength and extraordinary combat prowess.
* [[Literature/TheOdyssey Odysseus]] and Attila the Hun from ''FateNuovoGuerra''. One's a GuileHero best known for the original TrojanHorse and a LightningBruiser, and the other's a tactical genius who also happens to be a MightyGlacier.
* Ultra-Man, a stalwart member of the [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]] is a bit of a mix between the GentleGiant and the Genius Bruiser. Regardlesss, he is the moral compass of the team.
* At the SuperHeroSchool Whateley Academy in the WhateleyUniverse, there are plenty of examples. Pyrs is a huge, brutish mutant 'with a brow ridge you could camp under', but obviously knows just what people think of him. We see him at the Whateley Weapons Fair (don't ask), looking for holdouts because he knows everyone assumes he wouldn't use anything other than a fist.
** Maybe a better example: Montana, who looks like a huge blond Sasquatch. But his real power is a genius-level ability with small electronic gadgets.
* Ashpaw Longstripe in ''{{Tasakeru}}'' treads the line between this and BadassBookworm.
* [[{{Zoofights}} Muhammut Kali]]; fifteen feet tall, able to punch through solid steel, and wields a sword taller than a man with incredible power. He's also the president of a steel company and a brilliant businessman.
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has a few, such as Weld, who is [[ChromeChampion literally made of metal]], but has a sharp intellect.
** Alexandria is best known in-universe for being a FlyingBrick, but she also has SuperIntelligence.
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* Eric Cartman from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. Yes, he's the BigGuy and he's very aggressive, but also has a high intelligence to be planned to Scott Tenorman's revenge in "Scott Tenorman Must Die".
** Also he has talents, among the highlights are: electronics, music, and even multilingualism, such as German.
*** Eric Cartman's strength and intelligence varies from episode to episode. The intelligence can be justified in that [[BrilliantButLazy he's very lazy]], so he doesn't apply himself, but Cartman routinely gets his ass whupped by everyone else in his grade, and yet there are episodes in which he is taking down full adults.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Spider-Man The Animated Series}}'' took a peg from this for Dr. Connor and his Lizard form for their version of ''Secret Wars''.
* Panthro in ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' is another example.
* Rhinox from ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastWars''. The fact that he turns into a rhino (well, a [[AnimalsNotToScale really tiny rhino that's smaller than a gorilla...]]) is one half of the equation; the fact that he's usually the only Maximal with a clue is the other. These smarts carried over after his eventual [[spoiler:FaceHeelTurn after his spark took over Tankor]].
** Which it turns out might actually have been for the best; at one point in the original series, he temporarily became evil and proved a ''far'' more effective bad guy.
*** The idea was to turn him into a Predacon. What no one (even Megatron) anticipated was that he would prove such a ''good'' Predacon. He very nearly succeeded in outmaneuvering everyone, including Megs. Correction, Optimus knew ''exactly'' what would happen and just waited for Rhinox to make his move instead of mounting an attack on the Predacon base.
** Megatron is another example, being a huge, physically imposing {{Chessmaster}}. [[TheJuggernaut Rampage]] also counts in a Hannibal Lecter-ish sort of way.
** [[TransformersShatteredGlass I, Grimlock.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}!'' villain Cave Guy is one of the series' stronger ''and'' smarter villains, being a large and powerful neanderthal with the mind (and dialect) of a Yale graduate/''New Yorker'' subscriber. (Fans have compared his voice and speech pattern to that of [[Series/GilligansIsland Thurston Howell III]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', Farmer [=MacDonald=]'s gargantuan sons Buford and Cletus. Cletus graduated from Stanford Phi Beta Kappa, and Buford is a renowned nuclear physicist. Jackie's read his books on the subject.
** Similarly, Ratso of the Dark Hand is sometimes very perceptive for DumbMuscle. Oh, and he used to study theoretical physics before becoming a thug.
*** Also, Tohru, despite being built like a sumo wrestler and easily capable of tearing a building apart with his bare hands, has been proven to be quite intelligent and is Uncle's apprentice in magic, and has solved many of the problems that have faced the team with simple common sense.
* Rare case in Jack Fenton from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' in that he doubles both as a DumbMuscle (because he's a BumblingDad) and GeniusDitz; his ghost invention works. One episode has also stated he held straight 'B-'s throughout his school years.
* Marsala in ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad'' is this and a GentleGiant: he is both physically intimidating, like most [[ArtificialHuman Neosapiens]], and a surprisingly insightful orator and tactician. This also applies to Phaeton and, perhaps, Shiva, the two Neosapien villains who rose out of nowhere and conquered most of the Solar system through cunning strategic planning.
* During a flashback during an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', a big brawny soldier who is called Ox (short for "Oxford" as it turns out, not a reference to a farm animal) effectively explains the concept of a "tontine":
-->'''Ox:''' Duh, essentially, we all enter into a contract whereby the last surviving participant becomes the sole possessor of all them purty pictures.
** The funny part was that he spoked like a dumb muscle before he turned out be educated on difficult English.
* Jack Bennet and his adoptive son JD, codenamed [=Bionic-1=] and IQ respectively, from ''WesternAnimation/BionicSix''.
* Winsor from ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey''.
* Though he starts off more akin to DumbMuscle, Brock Samson of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' develops into this. This is especially apparent by the end of the third season, where he plays The Monarch and the OSI against each other in order to proverbially kill two birds with one stone.
** On the villainous side, we have [[AmoralAttorney Monstroso]]. He's about 10 feet tall, capable of surviving a beatdown from 21 ''and'' Brock, and he's the Guild's undisputed master of the double cross. Capable of screwing over practically anyone with some well placed paperwork.
* Sherman Cortez is half of the team's strategic, tactical, and tech support on ''WesternAnimation/HotWheelsBattleForce5''. He uses his math skills to ''perfectly'' time his escape from a DeathTrap corridor. The time each trap has before activating is faster than any human being should be able to ''react'', let alone do calculations. Sherman is just that awesome.
* [[spoiler: Bulkhead]] is a cross between this and GeniusDitz in ''TransformersAnimated''.
** Bulkhead could be considered a double subversion of this.
** Strika is another example. Besides being a huge tank, she's also a brilliant tactician.
** Megatron is a MagnificentBastard as well as LargeAndInCharge. He's also almost as strong as [[TheBrute Lugnut]]. I'd say that qualifies him for this trope
* All of the Constructicons in ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' are brilliant engineers, and have other specialties beyond that. For example, Mixmaster is the foremost chemist amongst the Decepticons.
** Predaking is described as being unique among the combiners in that his component minds are able to successfully merge into a complete persona, making the gestalt himself an animalistic version of this. [[InformedAbility He's still almost always portrayed as stupid as the others.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''
** Cyborg is both the team's second physically strongest member (surpassed only by [[CuteBruiser Starfire]]) and the resident technology expert, qualified to build, modify, or repair ''anything'' you can think of. Having a computer built into your head helps.
** Season 5's TheDragon is Monsieur Mallah, who is a tactically clever, GadgeteerGenius ''talking gorilla''.
** [[BigBad Slade]].
* Megabyte from ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' is urbane, intelligent, and the one of the strongests regular character on the show. This makes the rare occasions he goes bestial even more frightening.
* Occasional ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' villain Motor Ed is a large, muscular, mullet-haired mechanical genius who even outsmarted Wade at one point. As Wade put it, "He's not as dumb as the hair-cut would lead you to think."
* [[HuskyRusskie Exile]] from ''WesternAnimation/RoadRovers'' also qualifies. He's one of the largest and most muscular members of the team and has super strength, but he also serves as the team's mechanic. Several episodes has him fixing (or breaking) some very complex vehicles or electronics.
* Thailog from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' is smarter than Xanatos and stronger than Goliath.
** Goliath himself is no slouch at this either. Yeah, he's a hulking ProudWarriorRaceGuy, but while he doesn't have Xanatos and Thailog's brand of cunning, he's very well-read, perceptive, and cultured.
*** Before Goliath, of course, is the aged Hudson. When facing a physically younger and better-armed opponent, Goliath remarks that Hudson can't fight her. Hudson corrects him by saying he can, he just can't win. [[spoiler: By drawing out the fight, Hudson ensures reinforcement comes to his aid.]]
* Taurus Bulba is a huge bull who likes to pick up and manhandle both his own henchmen and WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck, but who is at the same time a DiabolicalMastermind so clever he's not only running his operations from inside prison but also has a flying base constructed inside it just waiting to take off at his convenience.
* Octus from ''WesternAnimation/{{Sym-Bionic Titan}}''. His brain is pretty much an encyclopedia, although standard attacks (kicking, punching) don't phase him and he's shown to be able to put up a fight.
* Buford from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''. He's definitely TheBigGuy, and is also the resident bully ([[YouKillItYouBoughtIt though he was just saving his goldfish,]]) but he's also fluent in French and has quoted Voltaire.
* Muzzy from ''WesternAnimation/MuzzyInGondoland''. While being a GentleGiant, he uses advanced alien technology and is very skillful with computers.
* Helga From ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold!'' is already fairly known among her classmates as a formidable bully. She's also a talented writer/poet, and quite intelligent for her age.
* Shockwave in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' is the creator of cortical psychic patch and managed to reverse engineer the space bridge. He's also pretty beefy for a robot, able to survive getting crushed by falling chunks of rock, practically unaffected by any attacks thrown at him, and may have even survived a space bridge collapsing on him. His [[AttackItsWeakPoint only weakness]] is his [[EyeScream eye]] and getting a direct laser blast to it barely stuns him.
** His creation Predaking also shows signs of this. Even Shockwave was surprised [[spoiler:when Predaking transformed into robot mode, revealing that he is sentient. When he speaks, he turns out to be rather eloquent and well-spoken.]]
** Megatron has slightly more brawn and slightly less brains than some other incarnations but is still a very savvy strategist capable of being a frighteningly effective ManipulativeBastard and DangerouslyGenresavvy when his madness or arrogance don't get the better of him.
* Boulder, from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRescueBots'', while a rescue worker rather than a fighter, is the muscle of the team, the one called on when, for example, a school bus needs to be pulled up from the hole that just opened up in the ground. However, he's also shown to have a surprising amount of brains; his human partner is Graham, the team's engineer, and Boulder is easily able to understand him. They've even started studying together, as Boulder finds subjects such as hydraulic conductivity fascinating.
* Leatherhead from ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003''
* Biffy from {{WesternAnimation/Detentionaire}}.
* The Yeti Ti-Yet in ''WesternAnimation/RoswellConspiracies''. He's TheBigGuy and very strong, but he was also the leader of his people, and is capable of repairing and flying starships.
* Ivy, from WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego is well read and loves the arts. She has also kicked through bolted doors, tackled henchmen with flying kicks, and tosses henchmen who have tried to restrain her with hooks, nets, or lassos.
* {{ComicStrip/Popeye}} occasionally gets in on the act, using spinach to enhance his brain power as well as his muscles when necessary.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Big [=McIntosh=]. Easily one of the strongest ponies in the series, he proves his intelligence on more than one occasion - Applejack gets frustrated with his "fancy mathematics" in ''Applebuck Season'', and he knows the therapeutic pressure points for Granny Smith's muscle spasms. To top it off, when "discorded", he became incredibly stupid, acting more like a dog than a pony. Notice that for the Mane Six, the same effect reversed ''their core personality trait'', aka their very Element.
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* Nobel Prize winning physicist Neils Bohr played field hockey in the 1948 Olympics.
* The Wonderlic Personnel Test is an intelligence test frequently given to NFL pre-draft prospects. The highest scorers tend to be offensive linemen (generally some of the biggest, strongest guys on the field). The quarterback, often regarded as the [[TheSmartGuy smartest]] on the team -- often described as a team's "field general" -- averages third, behind the offensive tackle and center (whose job, significantly, is protecting the quarterback until he either runs the ball out, hands it off to a running back, or passes it to a wide receiver), respectively; since these guys have to basically form a wall against the defensive line--basically the biggest guys on the field--they are usually pretty big themselves. The running backs and wide receivers average dead last.
* Creator/DolphLundgren, the well-muscled actor famous for playing Ivan Drago in ''RockyIV'' and He-Man in the live-action ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'', has a master's degree in chemical engineering. He also received the Fulbright Scholarship to MIT, though he quit when he pursued an acting career. Also [[CunningLinguist fluent in three languages and can get by in four others]], including Japanese. Rumours that he has a 160 IQ score are however "exaggerated" according to him. Back on the brawn side, besides his generally muscly action hero persona a la ''Rocky'' and ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'' and impressive build, he's a black belt who's won a variety of martial arts competitions, and served in the military as a special forces team leader.
* Carlo Pedersoli, better known as "Creator/BudSpencer" of SpaghettiWestern fame. 193 cm of pure muscle and fat, a pilot, a degree in law, holder of several patents... You wouldn't believe, seeing his fat, Hulk-like stature in the movies, that he was also a professional swimmer before he took up acting.
* Though he probably hasn't beat anybody up since high school (if he ever did at all), physicist NeilDegrasseTyson described his cool, muscular, black high school self as a "nerd who could [[GoshDangItToHeck kick your butt]]". He was also captain of his high school wrestling team and wrestled at the collegiate level during his undergraduate years at Harvard (earning a letter his senior year). No doubt much butt-kicking was involved.
* Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger is one of the most decorated bodybuilders in history. He also has a history of intelligent investments with his fortunes, and use to work as the [[FanNickname Governator]] of California. Even back during his bodybuilding days, he came across as a student of psychology and a master manipulator. Reportedly, he would sabotage other contestants by deliberately lying about his workout regimen so his opponents who were listening would deliberately over- or under-train and ruin their chances. When he became known as an action star, he had already been a self-made millionaire for years.
* SylvesterStallone has a lot going against him with his garbled speech (caused by accidental nerve damage when he was born), but is actually a very [[IncrediblyLamePun sly]] businessman, and the more intimately involved with a film's production he is the better-quality film it usually turns out to be. ''He'' wrote the ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' script. It was nominated for the Best Original Screenplay Oscar, and Sly himself was nominated for ''Best Actor''. Sly himself had also scored over 130 while taking an IQ test in Larry King's television show, if one thinks such a test (especially under such circumstances) is controversially a good indicator of intelligence.
* TheodoreRoosevelt was a very effective president for two terms, as well as a heavyweight boxer with a black belt in Ju Jitsu. Plus his excellent grades in Harvard and his extensive zoological work. He was also an author, historian, polyglot, naturalist, cattle-rancher, hunter, explorer, and soldier. To date he is the only person in history to win both the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Medal of Honor (though the latter was posthumously). He read a book every day before breakfast, and still found the time to kick huge amounts of ass.
* Byron White played [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball college football]] at the University of Colorado, where he was their best-ever running back. He signed to the Pittsburgh Football Pirates (now the [[PittsburghSteelers Steelers]])...just as he learned he was getting a Rhodes Scholarship. He took a year at [[{{Oxbridge}} Oxford]], came home, played two seasons for the Detroit Lions (where he was one of the first "big-money" football players, with a $15,000 salary[[note]]That's $250,000 in today's money. While this seems like a pittance for a star running back today, it was unheard-of back then.[[/note]])...and then WorldWarII broke out; White served in the Navy. After the war ended, he decided not to go back into football and instead studied law at [[IvyLeague Yale]]. In 1962, he was appointed by JohnFKennedy to the [[AmericanCourts US Supreme Court]], where he served until 1993.
* In the same era as White (and possibly having played against him) was UsefulNotes/GeraldFord, star center and linebacker for the UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan. One of the premier college football players of his era, Ford turned down professional contract offers from the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers to apply for law school at Yale. While at Yale he coached that school's football and boxing teams, but was turned down by Yale law because of concerns his full-time coaching responsibilities would interfere with law school. Ford would later serve in the Navy during World War II, seeing heavy action in the Pacific, and was reassigned as a [[DrillSergeantNasty physical training officer]] when the carrier he had been serving on was scrapped due to heavy damage. After the war, Ford would be elected to the House of Representatives and eventually serve as House Minority Leader, Vice-President, and President (although he expressed disappointment that he never got to hold the one office he ''really'' wanted, Speaker of the House).
* Heavily muscled punk icon [[BlackFlag Henry Rollins]] is also a writer and a poet who owns his own publishing house.
** His friend and peer [[Music/{{Fugazi}} Ian MacKaye]] is an author on the side, and very articulate in interviews. As a further subversion of the "bruiser" stereotype, [[RealMenEatMeat he is a vegan]].
* Chris Langan, measured IQ around 200, is a certified MENSA member. He currently works as a rancher in Missouri and can bench press 500 lbs. He may also serve as an example of the dangers of correlating IQ with scientific authority. Langan has proposed various theories, including his prized CTMU (Cognitive Theoretic Model of the Universe), but most of the scientific community regards him as a crackpot.
** It is, however, worth noting that it is IMPOSSIBLE to have an IQ measured around 200, which is another example of people not understanding what IQ is. IQ is a statistical score, and due to a limited population size used to establish the test, it is impossible to discriminate among [=IQ=]s of over 160. So while you may get a score of 200 on some IQ test, that doesn't mean your IQ is actually 200; it just means your IQ is greater than 160 by an unknown amount.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Knox John Knox]], one of the leading theologians of the Protestant Reformation, began his involvement with the movement as a bodyguard for George Wishart. His WeaponOfChoice was a two-handed sword.
** He also survived 19 months of being a [[MadeASlave galley slave]] when he was captured by the French.
* Whilst boxer Nikolai Valuev looks like he's carved from stone, apparently he's a pretty smart guy.
* Gorillas are incredibly smart by animal standards, as well as strong enough to move trucks.
** Chimpanzees and dolphins too. Chimps can use tools and have surprisingly good memories, and are several times stronger than a similar sized human. Dolphins, while being incredibly strong and fast aquatic acrobats, seem to have a language of their own, and can solve puzzles, help humans in danger, and learn rudimentary math concepts.
** Humans aren't slouches either. Most people on this site are more familiar with the domesticated human, but scientists believe that early humans had their own strategy for chasing down prey before we started over specializing in the Genius part. Before humans got the hang of propelling sharp objects into potential food at a distance, our ancestors would just chase the prey. And chase. And chase. [[TheDeterminator And chase.]] Humans may not have been the fastest animal on the savannah, but long after the prey had fallen down out of exhaustion, the early humans were still going strong, and would proceed to finish off the animal and cart it back home.
** On land we have the elephants who have the largest brain of any land based animal today. Elephants can feel a lot of the same emotions we do and are considered by some scientists to be on level with great apes and perhaps approaching dolphins. They are also so big and strong they can casually knock down trees for food and can curb stomp any other land animal.
** Also on land, komodo dragons and crocodiles are among the most intelligent reptiles, with human-like social structures and good memories; many also like playing. Don't get within a few... well, miles of one if you can avoid it.
** In the sea we have the orca who can learn strategies to hunt its prey in any situation (knocking up ice floes, beaching, spy hopping) which are taught and passed down through generations, and demonstrate problem solving abilities (like when they steal fish from fishermen by splitting into different groups). They are also one of the most powerful hunters in the sea to the extent that some orcas have developed a taste for the great white shark; now let that sink in for a moment.
*** Better method of letting that [[JustForPun "sink"]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS6NjdGLVZs in]]
* Genius Composer Music/GeorgeFredericHandel ("The Messiah" etc. etc.) was a big, strong man with a hair-trigger temper. He is said to have made a difficult primadonna more cooperative by picking her up bodily and threatening to throw her out of a window, and to have thrown a kettle-drum (the smallest of which, for those not in the know, are bowls of solid copper at least half a meter wide and half a meter deep) at a violinist who had played a bum note.
* Ancient Greek philosophers, orators and poets were all former hoplite soldiers. Greek culture prized both physical and mental achievement.
** According to at least some sources, Creator/{{Plato}}, the ancient Greek philosopher and founder of the first institution of higher learning in the Western world, was a two-time [[OlympicGames Olympic]] champion in [[BloodSport pankration]]; he certainly exhibits intimate familiarity with the sport in some of his works, particularly the ''Laws''. "Plato" is actually a nickname meaning "broad shoulders"--his real name was Aristocles. He was apparently a pretty burly guy, hence the nickname.
** Plato's teacher Creator/{{Socrates}} was not only a hoplite, but served with distinction at the battles of Potidaeum and Delium in UsefulNotes/ThePeloponnesianWar and may have earned his living as a [[WorkingClassHero stonecutter]]. Even by ancient Greek standards he was a force to be reckoned with!
* BenitoMussolini was arguably a subversion. He talked a good game, and boasted an impressive intellectual background, but once he actually gained power he screwed things up so badly in both both the political and military spheres it was hard to tell if he was a more incompetent general or statesman.
** However, he actually was pretty smart, writing highly influential works on fascism that were actually coherent, if repulsive, and creating a genuine political theory (something you can't really say about ''Literature/MeinKampf'').
** Also, one might argue that Mussolini's problem wasn't his brain but his birth: he was Italian. Modern Italy had always been the sad sack among the Great Powers of Europe, with regionalism, low levels of development in the South, and general political apathy dragging it down. It didn't help (from Mussolini's perspective) that Italy had been on the ''winning'' side of WorldWarOne, meaning that Italians didn't have half as big of a national chip on their shoulders as the Germans, and that Italian nationalists tended towards Italian irredentism rather than a yearning for the Roman Empire. Had Mussolini been born in Germany, given his smarts and [[SanityHasAdvantages sanity]]...yeah.
** On the brawn side, Mussolini was one of the few world leaders to be willingly [[ShirtlessScene photographed shirtless]], and it wasn't bad.
* [[ImAHumanitarian Cannibalistic]], [[ALoveToDismember necrophilic]] and 6'9" serial killer Edmund Kemper was discovered to have an IQ of 136 when he was tested at the age of fifteen.
* Kevin Grevioux, the ScaryBlackMan who played werewolf Raze in the ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' movies, was working on his Master's degree in genetic engineering until he decided to go Hollywood. Oh, yeah, and he ''wrote'' ''Underworld'', basing the script on his knowledge of interracial dating.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Ferguson Chris "Jesus" Ferguson]] [[http://m.fulltiltpoker.com/video/LFTP_Jesus_throws-2.m4v can cut vegetables with a thrown playing card]]. While he is certainly an imposing figure at the poker table, the five-time bracelet winner (including a main event title in 2000) owes his success largely to his knowledge of game theory and development of computer simulations, as he has a Ph.D. in computer science.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Descartes Rene Descartes]], the great 17th century French mathematician and founder of modern philosophy, also served as a mercenary soldier in Bavaria and seems to have drawn inspiration from his battlefield experiences.
* All Astronauts are [[RecycledInSpace in space]] for the specific reason of doing complex research [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment in space]], but also must keep remarkably fit in order to fight muscle degeneration and bone loss that are consequent of long durations of a lack of gravity.
** Specific case: Buzz Aldrin, second man on the Moon--also decorated fighter pilot, graduated #2 in his class at West Point, earned a Ph.D in astronautics from MIT (writing [[http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/12652 the book on manned orbital rendezvous]] for NASA)...and delivered an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wptn5RE2I-k epic upper-cut]] to a Moon-landing conspiracy theorist who was harassing him (Buzz was 80 years old at the time, and the lady who was with him was his daughter, making Buzz Aldrin a PapaWolf and a BadassGrandpa as well).[[note]]He is also [[RealMenLoveJesus a deeply spiritual man]], a devout Presbyterian who took Communion on the Moon.[[/note]]
* Any Society of Creative Anachronism heavy fighters. History re-enactment is considered a ''very'' nerdy hobby, but those guys fight in full armour with rattan weapons and are trained to hit hard. SCA has given the initial spark on researching and reviving the original Medieval Western Martial Arts.
* Szeklers (Transylvanian ethnic Hungarians) are generally seen as aggressive, violent and in general, very strong fighters. One of their prominent figures (Janos Bolyai) is known for being the first person to discover non-Euclidean geometry. Another (Sandor Csoma) is best known as the author of the first English-Tibeti dictionary.
* Former boxing champion - and Mensa member - Bobby Czyz.
* Japanese famous writer Mishima Yukio, who was also a first-rank kendo master and had an impressive physique; however, this case is a little bit different, for the reason he trained himself so hard in order to reach this impressive physical abilities was part and parcel of his own philosophy of Existence and Beauty. In a [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible very strange and mindscrewing book]] , ''Sun and Steel'', he even explained how the beauty of the body shaped by years of bodybuilding was a perfect mirror of his theory of morality and aesthetic. Yeah, strange guy indeed.
* {{Charlemagne}}. The guy was over 6 feet tall and despite the beer belly was muscular. He used to terrify his enemies because of his height and built. He also stabilized the political situation of Europe for the first time in centuries, established the largest western European empire since the Romans -- it's been equaled only by Napoleon and Hitler -- minted the first silver coins since Rome fell, mediated ecclesiastical disputes, founded schools, spoke and read several languages (he tried to learn to write but gave up as he was too old), and had five wives and God-only-knows how many concubines.[[note]]And a suitably large number of children, towards whom he could be extraordinarily, even [[OverprotectiveDad annoyingly]], [[PapaWolf protective]]--he was famous for insisting that he must dine with all of his children every day he wasn't on campaign. Particularly his daughters: he only ever permitted one to marry, but when they all had children out of wedlock with various "friends" in the palace, Charlemagne was more than happy to turn a blind eye.[[/note]] They don't call it the Carolingian Renaissance for nothing.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saladin Saladin]] probably counts. His brilliance as a military leader was well known, but he was also well versed in science, mathematics, and poetry.
* William Marshall was probably rightfully called "the greatest knight who ever lived" at the time of his death. He was one of the most important military commanders for three kings and ruled over England for a fourth who was still a child at the time, making him the most powerful statesman of the country. Born as one of several sons to a minor knight, he was sent to France as a child and became probably the greatest champion of knight tournaments in his time. He came into contact with the royal family when he was made the personal coach of the kings son in the extremely dangerous and often lethal martial arts sport.
* Dr. John Turner, senior citizen, psychiatrist, and [[http://www.zeigermann.com/oldblog/images/2007/05/11/old.jpg can probably hand your ass to you.]]
* Ernest Rutherford, Nobel winning scientist and keen rugby player (at least as a university student).
* Meet [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Karelin Alexander]] [[http://www.badassoftheweek.com/karelin.html Karelin]]: Doctor of law, member of the State Duma, opera and ballet aficionado, and unstoppable heavyweight Greco-Roman wrestler legendary for regularly lifting his 300 pound opponents off the ground. Considered one of the strongest men in the world, Karelin once got a 500 pound refrigerator to his apartment by bear-hugging it and walking up eight flights of stairs.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YxFPG6Gcx2w This kitten]] is both smart and strong enough to move the object out of away to get the toy back.
* Dromaeosaurid dinosaurs. Fast by dinosaur standards (comparable to a modern bear), very strong (lots of kicking and biting power), and very smart by dinosaur standards (about as smart as an ostrich and other dumb modern birds and mammals, with an EQ about half that of a cat or dog)
** Even TyrannosaurusRex could count. It wasn't as intelligent as the Dromaeosaurids, but it was close to it. And, obviously, it was a Bruiser (the speed of T-rex is a hotly debated issue, it may not have been much faster than a human, despite its big strides).
*** TyrannosaurusRex have a brain 2 to 6 times larger than other large Theropods, this is because the type of prey he goes up against. Large Carcharodontosauridae like Giganotosaurus need to be large because they hunt gigantic sauropod who are dumb and use their size as their natural defense. But by the time Tyrannosauridae appeared the prey they face are smaller but faster, tougher and well armed. To bring down prey like Triceratops or Ankylosaurus, T.rex will need to bypass those defenses and make a quick kill because any injury will most likely to be lethal or crippling for the T.rex. Because of the abundance of well armed herbivor, nature has produced a predator that is large and powerful but also intelligent.
* Meme macro [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/professor-badass Professor Badass]] - Kevin Stewart: fashion designer, style director for ESPN Magazine, co-owner of Roger Charles New York design studio (and no, the photo doesn't come from a shoot, this is just how he rocks it on a daily basis)
* As it turns out, crocodiles are as intelligent as most mammals, with a far smaller brain. This being the same crocodile that also tears its prey apart with a death roll and also ambushes said prey from the water. It turns out crocodiles got a whole lot more terrifying.
* Sir Richard Francis Burton, genius linguist, explorer, anthropologist, diplomat, gunfighter, fencer, chess master, bayonet fighter, Sufi sage, freemason, libertine, translator and general all-around badass.
* Jesse Ventura, former Navy Seal, pro wrestler, movie star, media pundit, and Governor of Minnesota.
* Ambrose Bierce, Brevet Major, US Civil War hero, newspaperman, author of the Devil's Dictionary, masterful writer of suspense and horror short stories, disappeared while adventuring with Pancho Villa. Depicted as such in the film, "The Hangman's Daughter".
* Several Native American leaders, notably Tehcumseh, Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull.
* The East Roman (Byzantine) General Belisarius who defeated Persia and reconquered much of the fallen Western Roman Empire with never more than 50,000 Roman troops and auxiliaries under his command.
* Egil Skallagrimsson, a gigantic Norseman with superhuman strength and guile, runemaster, poet, sociopath and all-around badass. Said to be a half-troll.
* Paul Robeson, All-American and NFL (American) football player, Bachelor of Laws (Columbia), civil rights advocate, Communist, actor, world-renowned singer.
* Russian President Vladimir Putin graduated from the International Law branch of the Law Department of the Leningrad State University, and was then a Lieutenant Colonel in the KGB before going on to have a political career that has spanned from 1990 to the present, and his approval rating in Russia was at one point 81%, better than any other world leader at the time. He's known for his "tough guy" outdoorsman image, and has taken part in extreme sports and interaction with wild animals. He is also known to be skilled in martial arts.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess_boxing Chess Boxing]] is a sport where the competitors alternate a round of chess with a round of boxing. The best chessboxers are athletes with a FIDE Master, even a FIDE Grandmaster chess rating.
* Retired boxer Nicky Piper won 26 of his 33 professional fights. He is also a member of Mensa.
* Richard Trevithick. 19th century engineer, inventor and locomotive-pioneer who developed the high-pressure steam engine which, being smaller and more powerful than earlier engines, was soon driving one of the world's earliest self-propelled road vehicles of Trevithick's own design. The 6'2" "Cornish Giant" was also exceptionally strong and a skilled wrestler. At a dinner Trevithick demonstrated his grappling proficiency by gripping a heavily built mine engineer around the waist, turning him upside down, to stamp his bootprints on the ceiling.
* Bassist/composer Charles Mingus was one of the most influential figures in jazz, a self-taught student of world religion and literature. He was also a tank. Given his volatile temperament, especially when he'd been drinking, it could be tense to be in his band.
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