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This character would be nothing more than TheDitz, except they have one area of expertise in which ''no one'' can beat them. When that skill or talent is needed, they suddenly switch gears from airheadedness to hyper-competency. Sometimes they don't even know that they're doing it.

Genius Ditz is closely related to IdiotSavant. An extreme form may border on TheRainman. The main difference between those tropes and the Genius Ditz is that the Genius Ditz is merely stupid outside his field of expertise while the IdiotSavant and TheRainman are implied to have genuine mental disorders.

Such a character who is well respected may become a [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny-Ears Lawyer]]. Opposite of the ModernMajorGeneral, who appears to have specialised incompetence. Contrast with {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. Compare TooDumbToFool. Compare ''and'' Contrast DitzyGenius.

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* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Kouji Kabuto is mostly infamous by being an IdiotHero (mainly due to the anime series, since in the original manga he was more careful, more tactful, and believe it or not, less sexist). But unlike many similar hot-heads, he is actually exceptionally bright when he allows himself to think things through. This is demonstrated both in the Mazinger Z series, when at least twice he had to completely disable mechanical beasts with hostages inside (one of them being Sayaka's disabled cousin, Yuri); and in the ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' series, where he builds his flying saucer all by himself and later develops the Cyclone Beam. He is also an excellent shot (demonstrated in the ''[[Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}} Mazinkaiser VS Ankoku Daishogun movie]]'' when he shoots Archduke Gorgon in both his tiger head and human head with one shot). It should be noted that Koji is sent to America in ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' to study, so he can become a scientist since [[spoiler:Kenzo, Koji's father]] mentions that he has the scientist blood of the Kabuto family inside him. So, it’s pretty much hereditary.
* ''TenchiMuyo'':
** Mihoshi Kiramitsu from some of the various continuities. (Talent: Several, actually. Full eidetic memory, outrageous luck and the ability to get into places where she shouldn't -- or ''couldn't possibly'' -- be.) In the {{OVA}}, however, she tends more toward [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny-Ears Lawyer]]. It's lightly implied in many of the continuities that Mihoshi used to be a genius cop, but she got so overstressed that she had a mental breakdown -- thus becoming the way she is now and that the moments of hypercompetence are actually remnants of her former self. WordOfGod also has it that [[spoiler:she's the great-great-great-great granddaughter of Washuu... As in the 8th-dimensional goddess, greatest scientist in the universe, Washuu. Part of her ridiculous luck/genius moments/otherworldly skill is some fraction of that sort-of-divine spark emerging within her.]]
** Seina Yamada, protagonist of the ''TenchiMuyo'' SpinOff ''TenchiMuyoGXP: Galaxy Police Transporter'', is purported to be [[BlessedWithSuck "blessed" with the worst luck in the universe]]. His bad luck, however, [[CursedWithAwesome has a tendency to land him in a number of favorable circumstances and eventually lands him his own command with the Galaxy Police]]. The reason for this being that he constantly automatically attracted looting or downright murderous space-pirates, across galactic distances, regardless how much they tried to avoid him. Since space is far too vast for the Galaxy Police to efficiently monitor, they finally had a way to round up the criminals, whereas Seina had so much "bad luck" that he actually started to spend it all. The bad luck also had a tendency to literally ''bleed'' onto other people. He isn't affected as much because he's used to it and, regardless of how bad his luck is, will only suffer injuries.
* Yurika Misumaru from ''MartianSuccessorNadesico''. (Talent: Tactical/strategic genius.) However, she takes the "ditz" part to such an extreme that she really [[IdiotBall makes a great deal more tactical/strategic blunders than she does actually intelligent moves]].
* Shima Katase from ''StellviaOfTheUniverse'', directed and produced by the same people as ''Nadesico''. (Talent: Genius programmer.) Granted, she is not as ditzy as Yurika...
* Mutsumi Otohime from ''LoveHina'' is a classic example. When studying for her exams, she aces the practice tests, but in the actual exam she fails because she forgot to write her name on the paper, or how she once fainted before the test started.She also notices things the other characters don’t even pick up on, such as [[spoiler: When the girls go to rescue Keitaro the island they where on was on the other side of the international date line she was the only one who knew and thus Keitaro’s exam was sent back in time for him to make it in to Tokyo U at last]]. She knew the others at the Hinata inn's names even though Keitaro and Naru didn't tell her. [[spoiler:Tama did.]] But she conscientiously kept that on the down low at first. Mutsumi is the only one that could instantly tell Su’s brother (cousin) was not the real Keitaro and vise versa...etc etc. Mutsumi becomes somewhat less ditzy but continues to affect ditziness in order to keep people around her guessing. (Talents:Super attentiveness, Genius levels of intelligence, sharp keen senses, good luck, calm and peaceful hearted rational.)
* Minako Aino/"Sailor Venus" from ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' may be a Genius Ditz. (Talent: Combat.) However, her characterization varies depending on whether you're talking about the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]], [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon the live-action adaptation]], [[Theatre/SeraMyu the stage musicals]], or the original ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'' manga, which was a [[FunPersonified less serious]] (until the ending at least) precursor to ''Manga/SailorMoon'' (and part of its manga continuity) with Minako as the main character.
* Most of the characters from ''MahouTsukaitai'' are Genius Ditzes of one type or another. The main character is useless at everything except her magic, which is superpowerful, and the white-haired girl is literally a complete ditz until she does magic, at which she's better than anyone else, except that she makes things spin when she affects them with magic.
* Ed from ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' is a genius hacker who otherwise has trouble even communicating in normal speech, and often seems prone to wander off chasing the most recent interesting thing that crossed her line of vision. In one episode it was revealed she is also good at chess, she is also quite dexterous.
* Yomiko and, to a greater degree, the Paper Sisters of ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' fall into this category, generally acting as lazy, incompetent, and clumsy bibliophile PrettyFreeloaders... that is, until it's time to sharpen their index cards and head out in their true capacities as paper-wielding super-spies.
* Ryuichi Sakuma from ''{{Gravitation}}'' in his spare time is a hyperactive, pun-loving kid adult who makes the {{Keet}}-like Shuichi look subdued, but on stage proves why he became Japan's most famous singer. In the manga, though, he displays insight and quick thinking even when in "ditzy" mode, which makes him more of a BunnyEarsLawyer in original canon.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': ActionGirl Mashiro Kuna acts like a WomanChild and dresses up like a ''Franchise/KamenRider'' {{fangirl}}, but [[spoiler: she can keep her Hollow mask on for ''hours'' outside of battle. And was a Vice-Captain in the Gotei 13 before she became a Visored]].
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' series:
** Gourry Gabriev is a brilliantly talented swordsman who is otherwise about as sharp as a bag of wet sponges. In the books he's just ObfuscatingStupidity and finds great fun in irritating famously short-tempered Lina. Gourry's problem is often implied to be some rather skewed priorities more than anything else (though he obviously has some memory issues, too): the two most important things to him are fighting and [[BigEater food]], and if it doesn't have to do with one or the other he isn't likely to remember it. Thus, he might forget the names of some of his closest friends and frequent traveling companions, but he knows right away Lina's lying when she tries to convince him that he promised to give her his prized Sword of Light and forgot about it because there's no way he'd promise that in the first place. He is also shown to be surprisingly perceptive; if you pay close attention, he's usually the first to notice when something is amiss. Hence, he picked up on Xellos' true nature early on but didn't say anything because he thought it was too obvious.
** Naga and Martina are very inventive magic users who are crippled by being almost [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} too crazy]] [[TooDumbToLive to live]] and exist as lowly GoldfishPoopGang. [[UnknownRival Naga]] developed several interesting spells, but is so self-absorbed she barely manages not to walk into walls. [[PluckyComicRelief Martina]] uses magic via worshipping of a Monster she admits she made up herself ''and it somehow works'' -- but who living in a visual range of sanity would even ''try'' such a thing? Which she combines with being petty, clumsy and falling for anyone she deems [[TwoOutOfThreeAintBad at least 2/3 of]] TallDarkAndHandsome (until she met the real thing).
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02''
** Inoue Miyako is pretty handy with computers -- and for that matter, anything technological -- but tends to be a fiery GenkiGirl otherwise.
** Kudou Taiki in ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars''. He not only seems, he IS an idiot. However, his strategic prowess is simply amazing, from distracting a foe by ''[[CallingYourAttacks calling the wrong attack]]'', to resist the temptation to attack from the front like any other hot blooded hero would do and instead ''taking an enemy vessel and blow the unsuspecting others to smithereens''. AND HE'S TWELVE YEARS OLD.
* A common {{Fanon}} view regarding Ranma Saotome, titular character of ''RanmaOneHalf'', but it doesn't really match canon. While he doesn't seem to care that much about schoolwork, he is implied in both canons to do at least average, he has a wide amount of eclectic knowledge and can usually be counted on to know at least something helpful about just about anything, and is pretty much an expert at improvisation and tactical thinking. Pretty much everyone he knows is impressed at his skill at spotting weaknesses in an opponent's fighting style, revising techniques (or applications of techniques), and otherwise finding a way to come out on top. The one skill he does seem to lack in is social skills, but that is justifiable partially due to Ranma being a very private person (even his [[OfficialCouple "real" girlfriend]], [[{{Tsundere}} Akane Tendo]], doesn't know much about him or have any insight into his thoughts) and partially due to the {{Muggles}} he interacts with naturally being scared off. Between the [[GenderBender switching sexes with cold/hot water deal]], the dangerously indiscriminate [[SupernaturalMartialArts inhumanly skilled]] rivals, the almost-as-bad would-be love interests, the two {{Old Master}}s (one of whom is a DirtyOldMan who literally lives to grope girls and steal their underthings), and [[WeirdnessMagnet the general frickin' strangeness that seems to seek him out like flies chasing honey]], it's no wonder that they consider him one of the school freaks.
* Son Goku of ''Manga/DragonBall'' is so naive he didn't know the difference between boys and girls until he was 12, even miscounted his own age at one point. However, his brilliance is found in fighting, first and foremost. He learned how to fire his own Kamehameha wave simply by watching Muten Roshi do it, despite the fact he took fifty years developing it, not only took it as his signature move but created variations and enhancements of the move Roshi couldn't have possibly foreseen, proclaiming him to be a "genius". Also, learning the [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Kaio-ken]] and the [[CombinedEnergyAttack Genki Dama]] not only took him less than nine months to learn, but even though with the former he's not supposed to multiply it by even beyond twice, [[TakeAThirdOption he found a way]] to push it to times twenty, and the latter he found a way to gather energy from nearby planets and collect it. He even discovered the weaknesses behind his own [[SuperMode Super Saiyan]] form just by using it once, [[TakeAThirdOption and find an effective way to use it]]. Not to mention that he learned the After Image technique after seeing it only once and even tricked his master with it. He also used the Solar Flare successfully against its own creator after seeing it used only twice. He also so savvy in battle that he often outsmart fighters who are much more intelligent than him.
* Athena from ''{{ARIA}}'' is regarded as a highly respectable ''undine'' and is even known as one of the three "Water Faeries" of [[CityOfCanals Neo Venezia]] -- which is also helped by her singing abilities. Still she is prone to extremely ditzy behavior, sometimes being spaced out so much that she comes dangerously close to being a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.
* Jirou Akutagawa from ''ThePrinceOfTennis.'' Sweet-tempered, child-like, kinda dense, a practically chronic HeavySleeper... and a regular at ''Hyoutei'' of all schools.
* Natsuhiko Taki from ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'' is an utter moron, plain and simple; He doesn't even know his ''times tables''. But if a question is asked in terms of American football, no matter how complicated, he'll always answer it correctly in seconds.
* 'AxisPowersHetalia'':
** America lacks in [[ArtisticLicenseGeography geography]] and sometimes common sense, but he's good with technology like computers and aircrafts.
** Italy - a total [[TheDitz ditz]], completely [[LovableCoward useless in military]] - but excellent in the area of the arts.
* Tamaki Suoh in ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' -- crazy idiot, but can play the piano better than anyone. He also demonstrates amazing interpersonal insight from time to time, making his huge success as a host more than an InformedAbility. He's ranked second for his grade, right below Kyouya. And he apparently doesn't even study.
* Jack Rakan of ''MahouSenseiNegima'' acts like an idiot pretty much all the time... except when you fight him, at which point he becomes invincible. Rides the line between GeniusDitz and ''major'' ObfuscatingStupidity, as whether he's that competent at anything other than fighting is [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation up for debate.]]
** This may also be the case for Konoka, who generally acts like TheDitz, even though it was established early on that [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v02/c007/14.html she's near the top of the class]][[note]]She's sixth from the left[[/note]]. Of course, there are [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation alternate]] [[ObfuscatingStupidity theories]] about why she acts the way she does...
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'''s Osaka isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer but don't challenge her to games involving marine biology or obscure kanji.
* Yui from ''KOn'', especially after Azusa arrives. Best example: Yui doesn't know what a guitar tuner is; she's only able to tune her guitar because she has perfect pitch. Which gets even worse, because she doesn't know what perfect pitch is...
* Koga Haruka from the manga/anime ''{{H2}}''. She can be a bit silly at times but her true ditziness is only her clumsiness; she even carries bandages around because she keeps hurting herself.
* Kazuma Azuma from ''YakitateJapan'' is skilled in three things: Bread-making, rice, and... math, for some reason.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'':
** Misa Amane. Boy crazy, [[ManChild childish]], bubbly... and a devious, intelligent mass murderer. It took the world's best detective (assisted by forensics laboratories) to [[spoiler: track down the extremely unlikely evidence that revealed her identity as the Second Kira]]. In this regard, she only looks like a ditz next to [[TheChessmaster Light]], and because her obsession with him blinds her to the rest of the world.
** L himself could also count as a Genius Ditz. He's the world's [[spoiler: three]] greatest detective[[spoiler: s]]. He also is constantly eating cake, sitting oddly, and being completely oblivious to conventional manners.
* The version of Professor Moriarty from ''MeitanteiHolmes'' (US name ''SherlockHound'') is capable of devising brilliant criminal schemes and performing remarkable feats of engineering, but has trouble with common-sense issues like checking the pressure gauge on a steam press so it doesn't explode, ensuring that the river he's using for a HostageForMacGuffin exchange is actually deep enough to be any sort of obstacle, or not following a small child out onto an aircraft wing that's made out of paper and can't possibly support his weight.
* ''IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'' causes ceaseless debate, in the series and amongst the fans, over whether his happy-go-lucky, lecherous, impulsive and often moronic antics are the real him and he's simply ''just that lucky'' (perhaps '''because''' [[TheFool he's such a moron]]), or if he's a MagnificentBastard who finds ObfuscatingStupidity to be the perfect disguise. [[DitzyGenius Or he could be a mixture of both; genuinely smart at core, but also either somewhat crazed or just lacking in common sense, so he isn't faking his antics in the slightest.]] The JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind episode confirms that Tylor is at least aware of the image he projects. Yuriko and Azalyn are in his subconscious and are barraged with multiple conflicting thoughts, however, so debate can still rage on whether or not he intentionally cultivates it.
* Suzu in ''NagasareteAirantou''. While [[ArtisticLicensePhysics she doesn't know a thing about math]], she's very good at shogi (Japanese chess) and a first rate fighter.
-->'''Ikuto''':...what's the total? Ahaha, you can do something as easy as this, right?
-->'''Suzu''':[[http://www.onemanga.com/Nagasarete_Airantou/38/08/ ...need...More...fingers...]]
* Sheska from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is clumsy, daydreams, and can copy a book word for word for weeks or even months after she has read it. Just give her the book title/description, it can be anything with words, including records. This is how she lands the job recreating all the character files burned in the Central Library while being overseen by Hughes. She can also remember all the facts in said books as well at the drop of a hat!
* Patti in ''Manga/SoulEater''. Has martial arts skills to outdo most of her class, and is so enthusiastically destructive at a firing range that Sid gives up trying to teach her anything. Puts this to good use when acting as Liz's meister. The series is ''full'' of this sort of [[BunnyEarsLawyer oddly]] talented character.
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'': Isumi Saginomiya. Full stop. She can barely figure out how to open her cellphone, and has attempted to travel to Nagi's mansion on several occasions. Unfortunately, having zero (nay, having less than zero) sense of direction, she often finds herself on a train to Rio de Janeiro or some frozen wasteland in the middle of nowhere. The genius part comes in when confronted with something supernatural. She swiftly banishes even the most powerful of demons with incredible grace. During the Athens arc, she turned her NoSenseOfDirection into a BigDamnHeroes moment, while also subverting the 'defeating any powerful demon' clause.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Tony Tony Chopper is an excellent doctor, and aside from being an anthropomorphic reindeer, would fit in at just about any hospital in the world. But if it doesn't have to do with medicine, he's extremely [[TagalongKid childish]] and naive enough to believe Usopp's stories. [[IdiotHero Luffy]] himself is in the same childishness and naivete ballpark, but his talent is pure ass-kicking (and figuring out new applications of his RubberMan powers).
* Amasawa of ''Manga/TheWeathermanIsMyLover'' has weather as his only serious area of competency.
* Miyuki Takara from ''Manga/LuckyStar'' is extremely smart, but she can he a bit naive. That's probably why Konata is always saying how MoeMoe she is.
* Touga from ''{{Gravion}}'' is a brilliant mecha pilot and a skilled leader... but due to being raised by [[BunnyEarsLawyer Sandman]] and never having left the castle, he has a loose grasp of common sense.
* Sakura Shishidou in ''SoraWoKakeruShoujo'' is a [[ChildProdigy twelve year-old]] GadgeteerGenius who more frequently speaks in sound effects than with actual sentences.
* Where ''is'' Manga/{{Naruto}} in all this? He may be your usual IdiotHero but when in battle, he shows his ingenious talent at formulating tactics. His mother, Kushina is also implied to be this as [[spoiler: she admitted that her Ninjutsu grades in the Academy sucked, but she is apparently talented and knowledgeable in the art of Fuuinjutsu (Sealing Techniques) as it is her clan's specialty and apparently taught ''Minato'' the Uzumaki-Fuuinjutsu style which played a huge part in him becoming a legend]].
* ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' might have the most genuinely ditzy of any ditz who ever did ditz in [[CoolTeacher Koumyou]] [[EccentricMentor Sanzo]]. He acts at times exactly like a valley girl, sleeps through his classes when he's in training, uses slang words he is FAR too old for, seems to misunderstand questions and situations a lot... and is also the youngest Sanzo priest ever before [[BigBad Ukoku]] and [[TheHero Genjo]] come along, was a mentor figure to both of them, and also the only person both of them actually acknowledge as worthy of respect, was so powerful they bequeathed him two sutras, something never before done, and generally is one of the biggest badasses in the series, albeit one who died before it started. Is an interesting case in that his Genius is not really divorced from his Ditziness, and a lot of his insights come from that aspect of himself.
* Lloyd from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is an airhead who doesn't seem to care about politics, the rebellion, Zero, justice, or basically anything that is not mechanical. Yet, he is a genius scientist specialized in building the most [[HumongousMecha powerful war machines]] in the world.
* Despite her claims to how she has no outstanding skills whatsoever, as the first episode demonstrates, Cocoa of ''Manga/GochuumonWaUsagiDesuKa'' can do near-instantaneous mathematical calculations.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''{{Deadpool}}'' probably counts as one. Sure, he's certifiably insane, completely unpredictable, constantly breaks the fourth wall and never ever ever stops talking -- ''ever'' -- but when it comes to fighting, shooting, stabbing and generally causing mayhem, he's one of the best in the whole Marvel Universe. Suffice it to say that Deadpool is ''really'' good at his job as a mercenary. He once detected seventeen weaknesses in [[XForce Shatterstar's]] fighting techniques just from watching him practice for a few minutes. Shatterstar is one of the best swordsmen in the entire Marvel Universe, and quite skilled at all other forms of close-range combat to boot.
* Several ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck'' stories would have the titular duck discovering an previously unexpressed aptitude at some obscure field, like counting objects or instrument playing.
* ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise's lover Dr Pennyfeather, a bungling but surprisingly efficient doctor.
* In ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'', Flash Forward is TheSmartGuy and a DeadpanSnarker who often shows a greater capacity for lateral or existential thought than his teammates. He's also a poor kid from rural Alabama who dropped out of school in the 7th grade.
* Miss Martian from the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' comic has pulled some rather impressive stunts like disguising herself to infiltrate a underground super fight league to free a bunch of trapped superheroes and working with a resistance cell in Final Crisis. She also threw a pie in Ravagers face and cried when Rose yelled at her.
* Every once in a while HarleyQuinn will remind you that she ''is'' a certified psychologist. Interestingly, she seems to have been ditzy even ''before'' [[LoveMakesYouCrazy going insane]], though. For a long time, writers went back and forth as to whether she truly earned her degree or whether she cheated her way through school to get it, until her own series, where they eventually settled on the former.
* ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye: [[AwesomeMcCoolname Spinister]] alternates between a TooDumbToLive TriggerHappy moron who ''Misfire'' once called 'the biggest idiot of the universe', or a genius surgeon.
* Arsenal from ''ComicBook/RedHoodAndTheOutlaws''. He's a cheery clown, but he's also brilliant at making weapons.
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* FanFic/DungeonKeeperAmi has [[CrazyAwesome Mukrezar]], an example with a serious [[ComedicSociopathy bloodthirsty streak]]. Unlike most examples, however, he dosen't appear to have any real mental impairment, aside from his general maddness. Most of it is simply his willingness to try ridiculous schemes, despite, or perhaps because of how unlikely they are to succeed. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking But he's a terrible cook.]]
* Lockhart in ''FanFic/OhGodNotAgain'' is [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation interpreted]] like this. While he's still incompetent as a teacher, Harry admits he's a genius when it comes to anything dealing with the media.
* In ''FanFic/CSIDeathByChocolate'', Grissom finds that while Willy Wonka is rather [[ManChild childlike]] and [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} whimsical]], he has a mind like a steel trap and knows everything there is to know about candy.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9877882/1/Azumanga-und-Panzer Azumanga und Panzer]]'' [[CloudCuckooLander Osaka]] is the same dreamy, absent-minded girl she is in ''AzumangaDaioh''...and [[ImprobableAimingSkills a natural genius at tank gunnery]]. Give her the long-range firepower of the SU-100 the Azu girls are driving, and she's well able to hold off superior forces [[ColdSniper all by herself]].
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[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* Kronk in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' displays rock-hard stupidity unless he's working in a kitchen or [[SuddenlyFluentInGibberish talking to squirrels]].
* Mr. Ping in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' would in most senses be only TheDitz -- as WordOfGod puts it, "he's got a tiny little head, and there's nothing in it except noodles. And love for Po." However, not only is his knowledge of noodles and cooking in general something he is obviously very skilled at, since he teaches Po everything he knows and the Furious Five (almost) unanimously declare the panda's cooking sensational, but the end credits reveal he has another hidden talent: to judge by Shifu's horrified expression, Mr. Ping is apparently a stellar player of {{Mahjong}}.
* Linguini from Disney/Pixar's ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' is shown as gangly, clumsy, dorky, fluent in BuffySpeak, and utterly useless at cooking, ruining a soup so badly he caused himself to throw up upon tasting. Then he discovers that it's legal to wait orders on rollerskates, and becomes little short of a Super Waiter.
--> Linguini: *zoom*
* Barbie in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', aside from being more of an ActionGirl than you might expect, seems to have a bit of a knack for political science when the heroes confront the BigBad.
-->'''Barbie:''' Authority should derive from the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consent_of_the_governed consent of the governed]], not from threat of force!
** There was also outsmarting Ken to get the manual for Buzz.
* [[TheRuntAtTheEnd Dopey]] of Disney's ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''. Disney didn't want him to be a ''complete'' idiot, so they let him do some fancy footwork during the dance sequence.
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[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* ''Film/ForrestGump'' in the book.
* ''Film/RocketMan''. The titular character is a complete moron with anything that isn't related to aeronautics or astronautics. He's also pretty good at holding his breath.
* ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' series:
** Ragetti is illiterate and lacking in common sense, but behind that wooden eye lies the brain of a philosopher, scholar, and man who knows the original Scandinavian pronunciation of "Krakan". He's also the one who [[spoiler: figures out how to free Calypso]].
** Will was one of these in the first movie: though not a complete moron, he's pretty slow on the take and in ''way'' over his head. Until it's time for a sword fight, in which case, your [[RhymesOnADime arse is grass]].
* Elle Woods of ''Film/LegallyBlonde'' maintained a 4.0 GPA (albeit as a fashion major), frequently came up with rather "creative" events for her sorority, and got a 179 on her [=LSATs=]. And while still a law student, she literally wore {{Bunny Ears|Lawyer}} to what she'd been told was a costume party. Her encyclopedic knowledge of hair care saved her first client from death. (BasedOnATrueStory or something; the author of the original semi-autobiographical book admitted she picked Stanford Law School [the film relocated the story to Harvard] because it was ''close to her favorite national mall''.) No matter what your major is, you still have to take math, science, history and English classes unless you are at a tech school or attending either Amherst or Brown. Smart and shallow are not mutually exclusive.
* Brick turns out to be one in ''Wake Up Ron Burgundy'' (a 'film' made from deleted scenes in ''{{Anchorman}}'').
--> '''[[LargeHam Ron Burgundy]]''': All right, gang, it's real simple. Just like when we were back together in 'Nam in '64. I'll take the point...
-->'''[[TheDitz Brick]]:''' Stand down, Corporal Burgundy. I'm running this show now. Affirmative, a-ffir-ma-tive? - Affirmative. I'll take point. Champ, right flank. Gator Dirty Teacup. We will fan out, to a cobra double-helix formation. If we encounter any hostiles, silent throat cuts only. On my... mark.
--> '''Ron Burgundy:''' Looks like the captain's back.
* Cleverly played with in the film ''FoolsGold'' with the character of [[UpperClassTwit dim heiress]] Gemma. The female lead has been (impatiently) coaching Gemma she is smarter than she acts, so when Gemma has a sudden brainwave as the heroes return to their yacht the audience naturally expects some amazing insight that will find the treasure they have been searching for while confirming Gemma is more than just an airhead. Actually it turns out to be that Gemma has only just realized that the name of her father's ship ('The Precious Gem') is, get this, similar to ''her'' name.
* The 2008 movie version of ''Film/GetSmart'' casts Maxwell Smart as something like this: whilst he's notably clumsy and overconfident as a field agent, his abilities as an intelligence analyst are noted by many characters to be the finest in the agency. They also come in handy in the field; [[spoiler:his in-depth understanding of and empathy with a PunchClockVillain enables Smart to give him some relationship advice -- in return, the henchman spares Max and 99 and later tips Max off about a bomb in Los Angeles]]. Smart is also presented as being surprisingly cunning, resourceful and a crack shot, proving his usefulness to Agent 99.
* The SteveMartin reboot of ''ThePinkPanther'' series portrays Inspector Clouseau as a clumsy SmallNameBigEgo prone to brilliant strokes of inspiration.
* Rebecca Bloomwood in the film version of ''ConfessionsOfAShopaholic'', who is genuinely ditzy but (to her own surprise) proves brilliant at explaining prudent finance to lay people through shopping analogies.
* Film/BillAndTed are so ditsy, they are in danger of failing a course in a class seemingly full of dimwitted students, but are naturally adept at figuring out the [[RetroactivePreparation causal]] and [[TrickedOutTime paradoxical]] [[SanDimasTime effects]] of time travel. And they also must have some vast philosophical bent, as [[ThePowerOfRock their music eventually creates a utopian society]].
* In the post-credits scene in ''Women in Trouble'', Holly Rocket turns out to be pretty good at trigonometry. It's not a perfect example of this trope, since the question she answers is really just a pretty conventional high school math problem, but in the context, it works.
* Albert from ''Film/TheAngelsShare''.
* Lorelei Lee from ''Film/GentlemenPreferBlondes'' is the stereotypical DumbBlonde (she is played by MarilynMonroe in the movie version) but she's an expert on diamonds and is able to come up with plenty of well-thought out plans to solve some of the problems she gets herself into. She also manages to convince her fiancee's father exactly why his son should marry her, stunning him with her knowledge and then saying that his son loves her for her brains.
* Harpo Marx of the MarxBrothers tended to play this character. Despite [[TheVoiceless communicating in honks]] and [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} generally acting like he's from another planet]], he was a [[MeaningfulName brilliant harpist]] and not at all afraid to show it off.
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* In GeorgetteHeyer's novel ''Cotillion'', Freddy Standen is generally (if fondly) regarded as a complete idiot by most of his family. However, he has impeccable manners and his shrewd knowledge of social niceties make him extremely competent at dealing with the situations the heroine finds herself in. As she notes, Freddy may not have brains, but he does have ''address'', which is far more useful.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Fred Colon of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, a long-time copper (who is in fact at the age he should have retired but has decided he doesn't want to) who is not very intelligent, but has peerless instincts as a Watchman.
** Stanley from ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' appears to be RaisedByWolves (by peas, actually) but has an encyclopaedic knowledge of pins, and later, postage stamps.
** Lofty of ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' silently shuns everything and everyone except one longtime friend, right up until there is a pressing need to have something [[{{Pyromaniac}} burnt, blown up, or otherwise combusted]].
** Also in ''Monstrous Regiment'', Lieutenant Blouse repeatedly shows himself to be a useless, incompetent officer who exasperates the experienced Sergeant Jackrum in every scene, yet astounds William De Worde by extrapolating the mechanics of the Clacks system without even seeing them up close.
** Mr. Tulip in ''Discworld/TheTruth'' is a [[DumbMuscle hulking bruiser]] who could probably be outsmarted by Detritus on a warm day. He's so dumb, in fact, that his efforts to cultivate a drug habit have resulted in him snorting baking soda, washing powder, powdered chalk, etc. and never knowing the difference. He doesn't even swear properly; he just drops an "-ing" three times in the average sentence, and it's not a euphemism for anything. Show the man a work of art, however, and you'll suddenly have a giant, slurry-mouthed, red-nostriled ''expert'' on your hands.
** Owlswick Jenkins in ''Discworld/MakingMoney'' is clearly suffering from some sort of mental illness, including paranoid delusions of being followed by "Them", and so removed from reality that he he can't even comprehend the illegality of forging government stamps. But put him in front of a canvas and hand him some paints and he'll produce artwork so intricate that it's impossible to forge. [[TheIgor Igor]] tries to fix him by transferring his insanity [[ItMakesSenseInContext into a turnip]], but he loses his artistic abilities in the process and is forced to switch back.
** Leonard of Quirm shows flashes of this in his appearances. He's not so much "pure ditz" as he is absent minded and unbelievably naive, but he's also probably the most brilliant, and potentially dangerous, inventor on the Disc.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** Neville Longbottom can't seem to cast even the simplest spell without a critical fumble... until he discovers that he's crazy skilled at Herbology. And then TookALevelInBadass around the 5th book.
** Professor Sybill Trelawney is both this trope ''and'' its inverse: she is apparently utterly incompetent at Divination, her own field of study. However, upon occasion, she is capable of oracular predictions about the future, which, due to happening in a trance, she knows nothing about, and refuses to believe in when she is told what it was that she predicted. While her normal predictions are about as reliable as a take-out Chinese restaurant's fortune cookies, anything she says in her trances ''will'' come true.
** Ron is BookDumb but amazing at... [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway chess]]. At least he gets a PlotTailoredToTheParty for it.
* Freddy Arbuthnot from the ''LordPeterWimsey'' novels is a classic GeniusDitz, whose talent is finance. Lord Peter himself comes across as this, though that is explicitly stated to be a coping strategy for the post-traumatic stress he acquired in the Great War.
* Julia Larwood of Sarah Caudwell's ''HilaryTamar'' mysteries is presented as a highly skilled tax barrister who, apart from regularly getting lost in the city she lives in, completely forgets to pay her own taxes.
* Enrique Borgos in LoisMcMasterBujold's [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga ''A Civil Campaign'']]. Brilliant at biochemistry, but the man lacks knowledge of economics, social interaction, plumbing, personal hygiene, and can barely tie his own shoes.
* Dr. Stephen Maturin, from Patrick O'Brien's ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' series of naval history novels. Although a well respected physician and natural philosopher, after having been at sea for nearly 20 years he can barely row a boat, and still doesn't understand basic nautical terminology.
** Jack Aubrey himself is an even better example. He is a highly skilled sailor and capable personal combatant. He has also become so good at the mathematics and astronomy needed to navigate he has come to the attention of the Royal Society, he builds his own telescopes, and is an accomplished violinist. He is also dreadful at languages, dispenses wisdoms like "they have made their cake, and must now lie in it" and firmly believes the sons of Noah were named Cain, Abel and Moses.
* Georgette "Buffy" Messonier in Mira Grant's ''Feed'' is a dreamy space case who makes her living writing zombie romance and poetry, but her technological genius is eclipsed only by her paranoia -- she managed to successfully bug pretty much every government office she ever set foot in, and given that she was part of news team embedded with Senator Ryman's presidential campaign, she spent time in a ''lot'' of Super Secret Locations. Some of her public persona may have been ObfuscatingStupidity, but she was still pretty ditzy.
* Paul Dekker, from C.J.Cherryh's ''Heavy Time'' and ''Hellburner'' has basically no sense of time, routinely forgetting which year it is and vividly hallucinating past traumatic events. The other side of the coin is his ability to ''hyperfocus'' (concentrating very deeply, improving his reaction times) which allows him to fly space fighters moving at significant fractions of lightspeed.
* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''[[ProsperosDaughter Prospero Regained]]'', Mephisto, so crazy as to earn the nickname "Harebrain" nevertheless manages to persuade his brothers and sisters to let him lead them -- and then does it.
* [[UpperClassTwit Bertie Wooster]] may come off as an idiot, but anyone who's a fan of ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' knows that he's got some serious writing chops.
* Quite a lot of characters from ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'', including Leo, Frank, Percy, and Ella.
* Mothflight from ''Literature/WarriorCats''. While she spaces out a lot, leading to some near-death situations, she's an expert with herbs and healing.
* ''Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt'' gives us Sofia Löwenström in her debut novel ''Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}''. While you can't call her ''stupid'', she still comes across as a fragile pretty-face, who never could manage in the world on her own. But at least she's really good at playing the piano (which ironically seems to be the only thing, that her otherwise super-competent cousin Beatrice ''can't'' do).
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* Cordelia in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is often vacuous, insensitive and viewed as an airhead by others but she was declared "a brain" by Xander after he saw her SAT scores, she got into numerous Ivy League Universities and she was in the top 10% of her year at school. Her insensitive comments often portray that she is a shrewd observer of human nature.
--> '''Cordelia:''' "You're really campaigning for bitch-of-the-year, aren't you?"
--> '''Buffy:''' "As defending champion, you nervous?"
--> '''Cordelia:''' "I can hold my own. You know, we've never really been close, which is nice 'cause I don't really like you that much, but you have on occasion saved the world and stuff, so I'm gonna do you a favor."
--> '''Buffy:''' "And this great favor is?"
--> '''Cordelia:''' "I'm gonna give you some advice. Get over it."
--> '''Buffy:''' "Excuse me?"
--> '''Cordelia:''' "Whatever is causing the Joan Collins 'tude, deal with it. Embrace the pain, spank your inner moppet, whatever, but get over it. 'Cause pretty soon you're not even gonna have the loser friends you've got now."

* In ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', the title character is a servant who has trouble cleaning his own room, let alone Arthur's, manages to trip over nearly anything you put in front of him, is a horrible liar (about the little things), gets things thrown at him all the time by the prince, doesn't respect royalty and gets put in the stocks all the time, can barely hold his liquor, rarely varies between the social extremes of over-affectionate and sarcastically aggressive, has a weird penchant for awkward situations... and also happens to be the most powerful, badass warlock the world has ever known.
* Herb Tarlek, the unlikable, tasteless ad salesman from ''WKRPInCincinnati'' was considered a stooge by his coworkers because of his abrasive personality and atrocious wardrobe. However when they "fixed" him in one episode by changing his look, it became apparent that the low rent clientele of such a low-rated radio station no longer felt welcomed by Herb's new "upscale" persona. As horrible as he was, he was perfect for the job he had.
* Ricky in the Canadian comedy series ''TrailerParkBoys'' is an absolute moron most of the time, but whenever he and best friend Julian are at risk of being arrested by the police, he suddenly becomes a tactical genius, able to generate fake evidence and alibis that get them off the hook 99% of the time. Nevertheless, almost every season ends with the pair being arrested and sent to jail. Ricky's also an expert when it comes to growing marijuana and converting it to hashish. He and Julian make an effective team when it comes to dealing drugs -- Julian handles the business side of the operation, while Ricky grows and harvests the dope crop.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'':
** Troy Barnes may be dumb in the most lovable way, but he's still pretty dumb; except for his incredible natural talent as a repairman. He even gets coerced into joining the cult-like Air Conditioning Repair Annex because of his abilities.
** Pierce Hawthorne is a ditz through and through, but is also hinted to be a competent businessman and a skilled orator.
* In ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', after spending the first couple of seasons as BrilliantButLazy Eric took over the role of {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, with shades of GeniusDitz, FunPersonified, and TheWoobie.
* Waldo of ''Series/FamilyMatters''. After spending a couple seasons as TheDitz bordering on the {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, he surprises everyone when he takes a home economics course and proves a natural genius as a chef, to such an extent that in one episode he reveals he was trading recipes with Wolfgang Puck. His mom is a lousy cook, so he had to fend for himself.
* Rom, from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', appears to be a total idiot for much of the time -- until he reveals a hidden, and borderline savant-like, talent for engineering. (A field Ferengi have little respect for.) His son Nog (introduced as a petty thief with no respect for women or education) proves to have some of his uncle's business acumen, a knack for engineering, and in one potential future becomes a respected Starfleet captain. Most notably (although it also doubles as CharacterizationMarchesOn) Rom is described early on as "an idiot" even by Constable Odo, who has a SherlockHolmes level of attention to detail.
* Fargo North, Decoder in ''TheElectricCompany'' is clumsy, egotistical, and obsessed with sandwiches. However, as his name implies, he is a great decoder... well, actually, sometimes he isn't even good at that. Sometimes he forgets where the period goes, for example (this is deliberately done so that the kids at home have a chance to figure it out themselves). Nevertheless, the rest of the characters always turn to him for all their decoding needs.
* Michael Scott, from the American version of ''Series/TheOffice'' is childish, selfish, egotistical, deeply insecure and lonely, and an all around buffoon with no managerial skills whatsoever. He also demonstrates on occasion that he is a superb salesman who is roundly beloved by his clients, which is what got him promoted in the first place. (David Brent, his counterpart in the original UK series, lacks any such redeeming features). He also occasionally demonstrates a certain cunning streak, such as when he tricked Dwight (who had been gunning for his job) into thinking he had been promoted in order to tear it away from him in a manner which would ensure that he would never try such a thing again [[spoiler: and when he bluffed David Wallace into [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome buying out his worthless and bankrupt company by hiring back himself, Pam and Ryan]]]].
* Carter from ''HogansHeroes'' is enthusiastic but generally oblivious and he tends to get teased for his cluelessness -- until they need something blown up. Or Hitler impersonated. He's scarily good at impersonating angry German officers of various calibers, despite his puppy-esque normal demeanor.
* The (radio) newsreader in ''InTheRed'' is invariably stoned and away with the fairies -- right up to the second she goes on air, when she suddenly turns completely sane and professional.
* Shawn Spencer of ''{{Psych}}'' tends to be immature and goofy and annoys the heck out of everyone he works with... but they put up with him because underneath all the psychic hoopla, his HyperAwareness makes him a brilliant detective.
* Likewise, Adrian Monk of ''Series/{{Monk}}'' is normally unable to function in society due to his severe obsessive-compulsive disorder and fear of just about everything. However, once he sets foot in a crime scene, he can almost instantly solve the crime with the smallest or most overlooked pieces of evidence.
** Monk's brother exhibits similar qualities: He has an extreme case of agoraphobia that prevents him from (nearly) ever leaving his house (as well as a related phobia that prevents him from entering the study of their father), but is evidently a highly skilled writer of technical manuals.
* Lord John Marbury from ''Series/TheWestWing'' is a specialist on India and Pakistan who is prone to great insight on the subject. Too bad that the rest of the time, he's a pompous CloudCuckooLander [[AccidentalMisnaming who can't even keep Leo's name straight]]. Then again, this may be more ObfuscatingStupidity / ObfuscatingInsanity, coupled with a mischievous desire to needle Leo (he also frequently claims to have mistaken Leo for the White House butler) than anything that belongs on this page. His persona does seem to radically shift when he gets serious, including getting people's names right, making it seem at least partly a strategy.
* Joey from ''Series/{{Friends}}'' is dim, shallow and a fairly bad actor, but he has an amazing talent to attract girls. It helps that he's blandly pretty and can be quite earnest. He also once memorized everything from an encyclopedia volume (the one with the words starting with "V") and he was the first one from the gang to deduce that Monica and Chandler are hooking up.
* Mr. Bean from ''Series/MrBean'' on some occasions but most of the time he comes across as just TheDitz. ''Mr. Bean's Diary'' includes the character's school certificate on which, among others, the following marks are given:
--> Chemistry -- 53% -- He is inventive. As a result, form. SB is lucky to be alive.
--> Physics -- 65% -- Very encouraging. A boy died when co-operating with his lie-detector experiment, as you know, but nevertheless the exam results are excellent.
--> Geography -- 54% -- A surprisingly good result considering he only succeeded in finding the classroom twice this term.
--> Art -- 58% -- He draws well, but has difficulty with nudes (looking at them).
--> and finally:
--> Mathematics -- 94% -- An obnoxious, self-satisfied, self-centred, shabby, dribbling, bone-idle, toadying cow-put of a pupil; his most revolting quality being that he is quite, quite brilliant.\\
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He seems to have difficulty understanding things in his day-to-day life, but many of the solutions to the problems he faces are actually rather complicated, and dare we say it, clever. In one prominent example in [[Film/{{Bean}} the film]], he spectacularly destroys an extremely valuable and famous painting by trying to remove a pen-ink stain with ''[[WhatAnIdiot paint-thinner]]'', but then [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome later breaks into the gallery and successfully repairs the painting without being detected by the tight security]].
* Kramer on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' is a prime example of the character whose life is a complete shambles (no job, no source of income, no sense of stability or direction, and no clue how or if his situation is ever going to change) and who would seem to be a perfect male incarnation of TheDitz (as he doesn't really appear to be concerned about any of the above), were it not for the fact that, as at least one major character has remarked, his "...whole life is a fantasy camp. People should plunk down $2000 to live like him for a week. Sleep, do nothing, fall ass-backwards into money, mooch food off your neighbors and have sex without dating... ''that's'' a fantasy camp." He might also be considered an example of an IdiotSavant.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Donna Noble was constantly self-defeating at her own brilliance, and yet her training as a temp has got her out more than one scrape.
** Jo Grant. She's a {{Plucky|Girl}}, skilled escapologist who once managed to dig her way out of her cell with a spoon. She's also [[TheDitz thicker than a plank]]. She's also possibly the only character in the entire series (at least out of the John Pertwee era) to resist being hypnotised by TheMaster through ''sheer willpower'' alone. Jo can be said to have "matured" over the course of the series, starting off as this before gradually getting smarter.
** Zoe Heriot, who was a whiz at physics--but didn't know her history (c.f. ''The Wheel in Space'' part 6, "The Stolen Earth") and had a hard time disregarding what she saw when she needed to (c.f. ''The Mind Robber'').
* Constable Turnbull of ''Series/DueSouth'' is eccentric even compared to Fraser (the BunnyEarsLawyer series lead), is easily flustered, [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} sometimes clearly isn't operating on the same wavelength as the rest of the cast]], and doesn't perform very impressively at his actual job most of the time, but shows skill at cooking, art, and country music trivia.
* Doug from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. Bonus points because it's his inadequacy (in being a doctor) that makes him such a genius in the morgue at figuring out what killed patients.
* Reese from ''MalcolmInTheMiddle'' is almost TooDumbToLive, but an amazing cook.
* Kelly Bundy from ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' has, on a couple of occasions, shown herself to have a few shining moments of competence. Some instances include figuring out the correct way to assemble a work desk that her father and neighbor had worked on for a day in a matter of seconds, and piercing an apple off the head of her brother with a bow and arrow when angered by her competitor. She was also capable of learning a huge amount of sports trivia in 48 hours. After several seasons of Flanderization where she became more and more stupid, there was a flashback showing Kelly as a bright, polite, bookish girl... Until Al slammed on the brakes and she hit her head on the back of the seat in front of her, and when asked if she was okay only responded with "Shiny, shiny shoes!" Cue OhCrap look from the parents.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'':
** Buster, who in spite of being a [[MyBelovedSmother dependent]] man child, has a great deal of knowledge in several fields (although most of them are fairly useless), and proves to be highly adept after his army training.
-->'''Lucille:''' And I’m putting Buster in charge.
-->'''Michael:''' Buster? You mean, the one who thought the blue on the map was land?
-->'''Lucille:''' Buster can do it. He’s had business classes.
-->'''Buster:''' Wait, 18th century agrarian business. But I guess it’s all the same principles. Let me ask you, are you at all concerned about an uprising?
** Tobias Fünke is clueless about pretty much anything that doesn't involve psychology. He often becomes mistaken about just about anything.
* ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' has London Tipton, and I (paraphrasingly) quote:
--> '''Maddie:''' This is insane! How can you be so good at chess!
--> '''London:''' You just stink at chess.
--> '''Maddie:''' But ''I'm'' the smart one!
--> '''London:''' You're Maddie, the smart one who stinks at chess.
* Gem and Gemma from Series/PowerRangersRPM act like 5-year-old psychopaths, but they're ''geniuses'' when it comes to advanced physics and technology.
* Amber, the intern at ''Red, White & Blue'' in ''BrothersAndSisters''. A ditz and fairly excitable, she is a genius when it comes to politics and research.
* Super-goofy and clumsy Matthew is an incompetent radio station cub reporter and office boy in ''NewsRadio'', then he [[spoiler: got fired during two episodes revealing to have a degree in dentistry (which he detested) and actually finding a job as a highly skilled and competent dentist, only to revert to his usual state after being rehired at his old job]].
* Junior from MyWifeAndKids. He's stupid, but he has proven himself to be smart when necessary, and he's a great cartoonist.
* Chumlee from ''Series/PawnStars'' isn't allowed to handle any money in the store, is referred to as the "village idiot" and only has any useful knowledge in a few specific areas. Yet when it comes those areas, such as tennis shoes and pinball machines, he knows more than everyone else there.
* Perceval on ''Series/{{Kaamelott}}'' can barely form proper sentences but he is a genius at mathematics.
* Fletcher from ''ANTFarm'' skipped several grades due to his artistic ability, but he thinks snow angels are dead snowmen.
* In ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'', Bertie is an UpperClassTwit...but he sure can play the piano.
* In ''Series/{{Survivor}}'''s 21st season, Nicaragua, contestant Jud [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Fabio]] Birza is revealed to be this. The early episodes show him doing some ''unbelievably'' stupid things like getting the fishing hook caught in his thumb, apparently not knowing crabs can pinch, annoying the hell out of other contestants, and asking Kelly B if she can move her prosthetic leg. He revealed later on that while he honestly is kind of this way in real life, he pretty much exaggerated this in the show specifically so people would underestimate him and he could pull a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass. And boy did it work, as he [[spoiler: won the season]].
* Brittany Pierce in ''Series/{{Glee}}'' may think the square root of four is rainbows, but put the girl on a dance floor and prepare to be blown away. Also, she knows an unbelievable amount about feline diseases. In the season four finale it is revealed that she was admitted to MIT because the doodles she made on the back of a test paper turned out to be a revolutionary new way to look at mathematics.
* Lydia Martin and Stiles Stilinski both display signs of this on ''Series/TeenWolf''. Lydia is a vacant AlphaBitch, and you wouldn't know it from her fashionable exterior or JerkJock boyfriend, but she has a 5.0 GPA and a brilliant scientific mind capable of coming up with self-igniting molotov cocktails using the materials available in a high school chem lab. Stiles talks. A lot. But he also has perfect grades, despite having ADHD severe enough that he wrote an essay detailing the history of male circumcision on his ''econ'' midterm. He's an amazing investigator and a brilliant researcher, but no one who just looked at him would tell you he was competent.
* Skull from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' is incredibly stupid/lacking in basic common sense; amongst other things, he's been shown opening a shaken can of soda directly into his face and having a difficult time pronouncing simple words like "fourth". In ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'', he is revealed to be an incredibly talented, classically-trained pianist. Obviously he's got some smarts in his head, since when he reunites with Bulk at the end of ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' he arrives in a limo wearing a nice suit.
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'': Andy Dwyer is a loveable ditz (after Season 2) and a not-so-successful musician, but proves to have some HiddenDepths. A perfect example is [[spoiler: when he scores a 100 on the written part of his Police Academy exam (a feat that's never happened before), but completely fails his personality test.]]
** Jerry is completely incompetent at his job... but is repeatedly shown to be, outside of his job, a talented artist and musician.
* Amber on ''House of Anubis''. While she isn't shown to be very smart overall, she does have many moments of genius and is very skilled at fashion. In the original Dutch version, she's more of an SpoiledSweet, with some ditzy moments.
* In Series/UpTheWomen Margaret, the wannabe suffragette, is shown to be very clever, writing love letters to Ovid and able to give complex explanations about how electricity works, but she thinks you can get a degree in common sense.
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* 2D of the Music/{{Gorillaz}} seems to be something like this, being known to compose beautiful melodies and vivid lyrics, as well as playing multiple instruments professionally, yet failing to wrap his head around... most everything else. Ninety percent of the time he's TheDitz or even TooDumbToLive, but he'll occasionally say something shockingly deep or philosophical. Some people feel that he's not unintelligent at all, just [[ObfuscatingStupidity lazy and eccentric.]]
* A number of rock and pop musicians are very talented despite being unable to read music.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Wigglytuff from ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon''. Nobody (probably not even himself) ever knows what the hell he's talking about but he is apparently an exploring prodigy.
* Both Zell Dincht and Selphie Tilmitt of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' come across as being not quite the brightest bulbs, or at least having very short attention spans, but the two of them turn out to be the most technologically savvy characters in the player's party and the designated pilots of the CoolShip (after the party runs off with it courtesy of Selphie sitting down at the controls: "It just kind of took off!"). Neither of whom are actually unintelligent though. Zell is quite smart and full of information, even having the nickname Mr.-Know-It-All-Zell. All [=SeeDs=] must pass rigorous mental and physical training before even being allowed to take the field exams to join the group. They just have a few personality quirks that make them seem like they wouldn't be smart.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'':
** Rikku, often clumsy (More so in X-2), can mix items to create deadly weapons. [[LoveableRogue She's also a talented thief]]. This is almost assuredly obfuscating stupidity, since she's also a skilled mechanic and expresses pretty deep insight into matters on several occasions. Her brother, named oddly 'Brother', is a better example, as he's a total social inept, can barely speak the common language on the planet (granted, he didn't even know it til two years ago, but he's the only bilingual member of his people to have speaking problems), and oftentimes he just misses the point entirely, but he nearly singlehandedly excavated and repaired the airship he's letting you tool around in the second game.
** In the case of Tidus the term 'genius' applies only very loosely. But his ditziness becomes the deciding plot point when [[spoiler:[[AchievementsInIgnorance only because of his ignorance and complete disregard about the customs and traditions of Spira, he is the first person to ask some very good question about some beliefs that had been unchallenged for a thousand years]]. It then falls to Yuna and Lulu to figure out that the entire cult of Yevon is just a massive scam to keep the people in line, but it's only Tidus's refusal to adopt to the local customs that gets them to question the traditions in the first place.]]
* Kang the Mad from ''JadeEmpire'' is brilliant when it comes to making things fly and explode. In his own words, "The things he flies tend to survive! The things he explodes... not so much." Go to him for anything else, and he's pretty well useless.
* Guybrush Threepwood from the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series has a fair share of wit and an uncanny ability to craft incredibly convoluted and improbable solutions to almost any problem he is faced with. He's also so ditzy he regularly makes other characters wonder how he can function in everyday life. He can also hold his breath for ten minutes. [[spoiler:Which happens to come in handy on many occasions, given the man is a ''pirate''.]]
* Andy from ''AdvanceWars,'' the only mechanical genius who doesn't know that there's more than one continent! Or what an airport is, apparently. It's more that, for the sake of the tutorial, they superglued an IdiotBall to him. Unfortunately, perhaps they forgot to take it off him again for the rest of the game.
* In ''Franchise/KingdomHearts,'' Goofy takes this role. He tends to be one of the more observant of the group, albeit speaking as if it's entirely obvious to everyone else. For example, he's the only one that picks up that Disney/{{Mulan}} is female at first. He's also oddly philosophical, assuring a worrying Sora that they would end up somewhere, even if [[spoiler: The End Of The World]] disappeared, at the end of the first game.
* Alan Probe, the star of ''Videogame/AmateurSurgeon''. While he's an incredibly talented surgeon capable of performing complicated operations in mere minutes with the simplest of tools (like a ''pizza cutter'' and a ''stapler''), and eventually became globally famous and wealthy because of his tremendous skill (with feats such as operating on a CaptainErsatz of {{Superman}} and somehow operating on a car that suddenly arrived from the past), the DistantFinale Christmas edition is quick to remind the player that he's still an utter moron. In the sequel, he quickly gets his bearings back despite being a senile 70-year old man. Truly the guy is the world's greatest BackAlleyDoctor. Somewhat averted by Ophelia Payne of the third game, who is the OnlySaneMan.
* ''CityOfVillains'' has [[MadScientist Dr. Aeon]]. He ''would'' be a serious threat, [[LaughablyEvil if he weren't so scatter-brained]]. As it is, he usually ends up [[TheChewToy fouling up his own plots]]. Plus, he gave us the Mission Editor. You ''have'' to like him for that.
* Touka of ''{{Utawarerumono}}'' is apparently an incredibly competent fighter who can run rings around Oboro and Kouro. She's also a rather goofy airhead who's even denser than [[SelectiveObliviousness Hakuoro]] and a ''little'' too eager to be a bodyguard.
* ''FireEmblem'' has Mia, an extreme GenkiGirl who's so oblivious that she sincerely believes that a sickly {{White Magician G|irl}}uy is destined to be her rival and challenges him to duels on the spot. However, she's very talented with a sword, both in gameplay and in story, as [[spoiler:she's allowed to stay with the hero's personal team permanently after the end of the story, and was one of the few teammates to be directly praised by him in the sequel.]]
* Tess from ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter'' seems like a typical DumbBlonde... until you need a {{BFG}}. Then she'll whip out her newest model, [[TechnoBabble regaling you with all its cool features]].
* Utsuho Reiuji of the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' games fits this trope, especially in the fighting game ''Touhou Hisoutensoku''. She's a literal birdbrain (a hell raven) who seems to forget what she was thinking after a few seconds and acts like a total airhead, yet she seems to have a vast knowledge of nuclear physics. She's been doing an excellent job of keeping the nuclear reactor that the Moriya shrine has set up from exploding, at least.
* Ellis, of ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' fame. He acts like a borderline {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and never stops talking, but he's hinted to be the smartest Survivor. Ellis is most often the one to come up with the plan in Dead Center to use the stock car as their escape vehicle, then shows that he is familiar with this type of thing by mentioning that they don't fill up the tanks at car shows, so they need to find gas before they go. This is along with the same campaign, occasionally, Ellis will mention that when this whole thing started he had built an armored car, which he claimed was 99% zombie proof. (the other 1% tore it all to shit though.) While this may not make him the smartest, it does fit the trope.
* Coco Bandicoot of the ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' series went in a similar manner to Tails, albeit in an opposite evolution, being an advanced technowiz, but evolving into a ditzy BrattyHalfPint.
* Sandal, from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', bordering on savant. He barely talks (only saying "enchantment"), and mostly just stands around looking dopey, but he's a highly skilled enchanter. Also, at one point, he and his father get attacked. When you arrive on the scene, every mook around him is dead, and when you ask him what happened, he just says "Enchantment!". And again in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', during the Deep Roads expedition, Sandal's adoptive father notices he's missing and asks [[PlayerCharacter Hawke]] to find him. Upon locating the boy, the party sees a bunch of dead [[OurOrcsAreDifferent darkspawn]], including a ''[[KillItWithIce frozen]]'' ogre, with Sandal looking at Hawke innocently.
--> '''Hawke''': I'd ''really'' like to know how you managed to kill all of them?
--> '''Sandal''': *''Holds up an enchanted rune''* [[KillItWithFire Boom!]]
--> '''Hawke''': *''Points to the Ogre''* And how did you do ''that?''
--> '''Sandal''': '''NOT''' enchantment!
* Dekar from ''LufiaII'' and its remake ''Curse of the Sinistrals''. He claims to be the greatest warrior in the world, and may just be correct despite being a BadassNormal (in the original, anyway). But when a defeated villain promises to have a "special gift" in store for the next time they meet, Dekar asks for a new coat. When not being CrazyAwesome or crazy stupid ([[AchievementsInIgnorance or both]]), however, he can be surprisingly insightful about things such as relationships and the importance of backing up confidence with genuine strength.
* [[TheIgor Sheegor]] from ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' is a grown woman who acts and sounds like a little girl most of the time, but apparently is an expert on neurology, since Sasha says that recranializing adults is extremely difficult without surgery. This is probably why [[BigBad Dr. Loboto]] [[KickTheDog enslaved]] her.
* [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi Fawful]] TalksLikeASimile and makes bizarre [[EvilTastesGood food metaphors]], but he is still a formidable inventor who manages to take over Bowser's Koopa Troop by ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Bowser's Inside Story]]''.
* Chaz of ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV''. Pretty much anything technical needs to be explained to him and he's absolutely hopeless when it comes to grasping how Algo's technology works, but when it comes to people and emotions, he's quicker on the draw than anyone else in the group. His ability to draw parallels and understand the situations of others is actually a major plot point later on.
* Levi the Slasher in ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Gears of Destiny'' is a BoisterousBruiser GenkiGirl who is very simple-minded, a fact immediately obvious to anyone who speaks with her for the first time. So when she suddenly starts explaining the Materials' goals in TechnoBabble, Fate is naturally quite shocked. Levi annoyedly reminded her that, despite her airheadedness, she is still a Material (i.e. a HumanoidAbomination that's also some sort of sentient {{Magitek}} program).
* Makoto Nanaya of ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' is a [[FunPersonified silly]], [[NiceGuy friendly]], whimsical and simple-minded [[LittleBitBeastly squirrel]] [[CuteMonsterGirl beastkin]] girl who [[BigEater eats a lot of food]] and climbs trees for exercise and fun. She also attended the prestigious [[TheEmpire NOL]] military academy on scholarship, [[FantasticRacism despite beastkin being looked down upon by society]], found work in the NOL [[StateSec Intelligence Division]], [[spoiler:and works as a [[TheMole double agent]] for [[LaResistance Sector Seven]]]].
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' reveals that Conrad Verner, a recurring character who tries to emulate Shepard without success and will get himself killed stupidly if dealt with in an incorrect fashion actually has a doctorate in xenoscience and wrote a dissertation on dark energy.
* While Nanashi in ''VideoGame/DuelSaviorDestiny'' is very ditzy indeed, she shows surprising aptitude for herbalism, alchemy, magic and even direct fighting when she manages to beat first Lily and then Taiga in straight duels essentially unharmed.
* Emilia Percival of PhantasyStarUniverse is incapable of fighting (Or so the character says). She turns out to be one of the smartest characters in the series at seventeen
* [[MadScientist The Think Tank]] of the VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas add-on "Old World Blues" are drug-addicted, [[BrainInAJar disembodied brains]] who have long since forgotten the most basic facts of humanity (they mistake your fingers for ''penises''). They are also the most brilliant minds of the pre-war world, responsible for game-breaking technologies and many of the Mojave's most horrifying mutant creatures. A good portion of New Vegas' DLC couldn't have happened without them, and other characters make it clear that they are no less dangerous for their deteriorating sanity.
* The player character in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' can be this -- there is a book called Hanging Gardens of Wasten Coridale. It is written in Aldmeris (an extinct ancestor language to several of the modern languages) and Dwemeris (an extinct language which scholarship does not know how to translate) in parallel. The twist is that if you read the book, as you will when you pick it up, it not only assumes that your character knows Aldmeris but also that you can use it to translate Dwemeris -- even if your character is as dumb as a brick and completely focus on combat skills.
* Scooter from the ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' series is, for the most part, a dumb as bricks redneck stereotype, with limited grasp of social interaction, and a crush on his sister. However, he also happens to be a brilliant mechanic. He's able to build and maintain cars ant teleporters using only the kinds of junk and scrap metal available on the hell-hole that is Pandora. The sequel shows that he comes from the Hodunk clan, who are all stereotypical rednecks with a talent for mechanical engineering.
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* Arcueid of ''{{Tsukihime}},'' even if nobody realizes until Shiki gets involved with her. She has NoSocialSkills due to her upbringing and Ciel is even astonished that she can actually speak. Apart from her [[PersonOfMassDestruction super strength, Marble Phantasm]] and knowledge of the occult she's a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} with no life experience. Actual intelligence is pretty difficult to pin down because of how, well, ''[[ShapedLikeItself ditzy]]'' she is. If she's not killing vampires, she's somewhere between a hyperactive six-year-old and someone a year or three older than Shiki.
* In ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'', {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Oko San is significantly less mentally developed than the other birds, talks only in 'coo's and is looked upon with disdain as a 'feral' or a 'throwback' to before birds were {{uplifted|Animal}}. He is also a brilliant athlete and can run faster than he can fly, apparently with enough stamina to beat the human girl in a marathon race.
** The player character herself can qualify. She's a HotBlooded [[ContemporaryCaveman cave-dwelling barbarian]] who couldn't finish the summer reading assignment, and her starting stats show it... but she demonstrates a startling understanding of diplomacy and politics expressed in erudite vocabulary, and if the player makes the correct choices, she can earn the top grades in the class and become a star student, geek out over books in the library, or even become a TeenSuperspy. It's explained in the "[[DarkerAndEdgier Bad Boys Love]]" route that she actually does have a background in politics: [[spoiler: her late parents were diplomats negotiating for peace during the fractious aftermath of the human-bird wars]].
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* ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'': Mr. Socks the ferret from is the ship's engineer. He speaks in [[TheUnintelligible unintelligible nonsense]] [[BunnyEarsLawyer but is good enough at his job to keep]] [[TheAllegedCar CK's ship]] [[BunnyEarsLawyer spaceworthy.]]
* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'':
** Largo is a pretty good example. He has, at best, [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} a tenuous hold on reality]], but he's a genius when it comes to assembling and programming computers.
** Ping also qualifies, being an incredibly complex artificial intelligence system, combat droid and medical diagnosis unit that has been programmed to be a dizzy SatelliteLoveInterest. The other characters continue to express surprise when she suddenly displays detailed knowledge of her internal make up, no matter how often it happens.
* Fighter in ''[[Webcomic/EightBitTheater 8-Bit Theater]]'' often displays a childish stupidity of sorts as well as immense naivety. However he is at times capable of making comments and having thoughts that suggest a higher intellect than one would believe. And as his name suggests, he's a master of armed combat, capable of safely wielding ludicrous numbers of swords at once, including the normally impossible to wield [[InstantChucks swordchucks]]. Fighter was a genius for a few comics but then [[spoiler: [[StupidEvil Black Mage]] stabbed him in the head]]. He actually managed to store his genius persona in a part of his brain, unfortunately he stored it next to the part that knows everything about swords. The problem being that he really, really, ''really'' likes swords.
* Similarly, Mega Man in ''BobAndGeorge'' is an idiot most of the time, but when he's fighting a Robot Master (or even ''thinks'' he is), he comes up with effective winning strategies. This can be explained in that his functions are 1. defeat the robot master and 2. be an idiot, so he always does the second except when he can't since he has to do the first.
* Captain Kaff Tagon of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' is a complete idiot regarding most things, misunderstanding matters social and scientific, and letting his greed get the better of him on numerous occasions. However, when it regards matters of the military or combat, he's ''at least'' highly competent, and perhaps a minor genius. The extensive differences between his aptitudes led to [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20050528.html this]] memorable strip. He's also fair at contract negotiations, as far as they concern getting as much money as possible for the job. His idiocy has been toned down, and he is being shown to be more cunning in various matters. For example, he identifies the planet of origin and likely personality traits of one client just from his accent. A bit less impressive given that Tagon was from the planet in question, but still.
** Schlock himself has claimed that sixteen is a number he can just about count to and generally behaves like a PsychopathicManchild with no self-control or fire discipline, but he ''is'' a [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2008-12-04 very talented soldier]], at least when he's not eating people or firing wildly, adept at coming up with an IndyPloy [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-07-29 when the situation]] [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-08-30 calls for it]] (turning a potential problem into a solution with one minute's actual thought, a fistful of cash, and a couple of amorph biology quirks), and has reached status as [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2013-03-17 the second highest ranking NCO in the company]].
* Scarlett from ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'' is a ditz who has the amazing capability to build {{Death Ray}}s. She's also easily distracted by watching the washing machine spin round and round and round, and anything shiny. She is part squirrel after all. Turns out [[spoiler: she gets less ditzy and more genius when she's near her "sisters" Amber, Jade, and Violet -- she used to be a part of "Think Tank" HiveMind.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Celia. She's come up with plans to unite the Azure City resistance, saved Haley from murderous rogues twice using only words and quick thinking, and even managed to win a complicated legal process while still a student [[spoiler:well, it was rigged anyway, but none of the lawyers knew that and the opposition was nervous about her skill]], but [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0529.html demonstrates]] that she lacks some ''very'' basic knowledge about humans here. (It's a good thing [[spoiler:she didn't try anything exotic with Roy on their date]]...) Of course, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0579.html Haley lampshades this.]]
** Elan, who is so GenreSavvy that he could probably recite the entire rest of the comic's plot if he focused hard enough on it. Of course he can't, as Intelligence was most probably his dump stat. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0141.html When they get horses, they are shocked to learn that Elan is the best horseman among them.]]
** The Monster in the Dark is obviously as dumb as toast.
*** Except that [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0700.html here]], it instantly sees that she's working with only half a ritual.
*** Or [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0901.html here]], where [[spoiler:he not only recognizes Roy, he comes up with a plan to keep Xykon and Redcloak from instantly splatting the Order. Of course, considering where the bad guys head next]], it's not a ''perfect'' plan.
* Several RPG-based comics seem to use a combination of Fighter and Gourry as a template: Hero of ''[[http://www.rpgworldcomic.com/ RPG World]]'' and Karn of ''[[http://www.adventurers-comic.com/ Adventurers!]]'' come to mind.
* ''WebComic/EerieCuties''[=/=]''WebComic/MagickChicks'': Make no mistake, Tiffany is [[CloudCuckoolander a goofball]] and [[TheDitz a ditz]], but she's amazingly sharp-witted [[LetsGetDangerous when the situation calls for it.]]
** For example, being from a family of vampire slayers, [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/smash_it! she's well versed in monster lore]] and was able to devise a plan [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/let_us_use_bait! to lure the Nina-ganger]] back into the cursed mirror.
** She's also shown the ability to plan in advance. Such as disguising herself as Mindy, [[ImpersonationGambit so she could take her place]] at Faith's pool party, [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/she_keeps_secrets in order eavesdrop on her]] so she could find [[MacGuffin the wand]] and swipe it from her. Then used a smokescreen to cover her escape, which rendered Faith's {{telekinesis}} useless, and hid the wand in the one place she knew Faith wouldn't check: [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/sharper_than_a_sanjiegun her own locker!]]
** The comic's editor, Creator/TCampbell, has even stated that the trope is the reason Tiffany has been able to get the better of Faith. As seen in the following quote:
-->'''[=TCampbell=]:''' "Now that said, it is definitely not Faith's finest hour. She was too focused on her little experiment to be alert to Tiff's shenanigans until way too late. But then, one of Tiff's few advantages in their conflict is that [[http://www.pixietrixcomix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=353412#p353412 Tiff can be just the kind of crazy]] that [[ManipulativeBitch a master planner like Faith]] can't always anticipate."
* ''TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'': Mei Ling is portrayed this way. Otacon is even worse, spending the entirety of the comic thinking the nuclear equipped walking death-mobile he's building is actually a ''missile defense system.'' All the while laughing at [=GIFs=] of Penguins falling into water, believing everything his CorruptCorporateExecutive boss tells him, trying to rationalize the need for making a ''stealth missile'' for his pet project, playing with action figures on the job, and misplacing his instruction manual for the aforementioned Death-Mobile.
* Jim from ''DarthsAndDroids'' acts like an idiot most of the time in his portrayal of Qui-Gon. As it turns out, he's taking a Ph.D. in Geophysics, and simply acts stupid because he roleplays in his downtime and "He likes to turn his brain off."
* Jo Starr from ''{{Cheer}}'' is a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who talks to squirrels. She's also an absolute genius when it comes to analyzing motives and relationships.
* ''TheLawOfPurple'': Lynnah comes off as this at first, though she proves to have a much more developed personality later on. Her genius ability to is be a BadAssNormal ActionGirl. A more recently-introduced minor character, Kitty, seems to fit the trope much better, though she does get annoyed when [[spoiler: her coworkers at NASA don't always take her seriously]] as a result.
* Molly in ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' is tremendously knowledgeable on a vast array of subjects. She's just less than a year old and has very little common sense. Combine this naivete with being a GadgeteerGenius and wacky hijinks ensue.
* Yatta-ta in ''TheChallengesOfZona'' came off as a SmallNameBigEgo version of a BloodKnight at first but has turned out to be an excellent swordsman.
* Torg in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' keeps sliding between Genius and Ditz. [[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/091215 Lampshaded here.]]
* Raven from ''QuestionableContent'' seems to be written for this trope. She may be an absolute social ditz, but she's [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=963 all too manipulative at times]], [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=764 knows applied calculus]] and is going ''for a [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1509 doctorate]] in [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1510 physics]].''
* ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'':
** Sasha came across as an all-time airhead, until she [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/05/21/they-always-know/ revealed her natural talent for composing complex music and playing it on a piano without lessons]]. (The same episode has her prove that she's not as forgetful as she'd pretended to be.)
** Daisy might also count -- she [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/08/07/in-a-laundry-bag-with-a-dollar-sign/ won a lot of money in a contest somehow]] -- but is more likely just a [[TheDitz ditz]], no genius.
* Sam Starfall from ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' has no knowledge of physics and is the laziest sqid you will ever meet...but is unmatched in the art of [[LovableRogue thievery and picking locks]]. Prisons won't take him any more because he stole the cell doors the the last time he was there. He's also a master [[IndyPloy improviser]] - Got the Mayor to say "This is a direct order. Hit me with a pie." in the presence of no less than 4 AIs, then on a later scam got one of the said AIs off scot-free by PlayingPossum in their arms.
* Gordon Frohman, the literally TooDumbToLive main character of ''{{Concerned}}'', once built a fully functional, biomechanical [[HumongousMecha Strider]] out of spare parts, solely because he missed the dystopia of [[CrapsackWorld City 17.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** [[TheHero John Egbert]]. In the beginning he was always goofing off, pulling pranks and acting like a kid, but he used his knowledge of programming and data structure to figure out [[ItemCrafting the alchemization system]] very quickly, and at this point is easily [[PhysicalGod the strongest]] of the protagonists... though he came into that status unintentionally and pretty much by accident. Similarly, his sister Jade Harley is a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} ... who happens to have a working knowledge of robotics and nuclear technology, is successful at selectively cloning and breeding frogs to create a perfect god-frog in less than 24 hours, and is the one who both formulated and is about to execute the plan to save both the kids and the trolls from their impending doom.
** Jade has likely since passed John as strongest character, now being a combination of [[spoiler: an entity with deep knowledge of the game world, an omnipotent dog, and and a God with powers over space itself.]]
* Gawaine in ''ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'' seems to be the classic [[DumbMuscle Dumb Warrior]] in the Fairytale Arc, but in the Space Arc, he's the ship's engineer ... and ''still'' often comes across as a Dumb Warrior. According to Fairytale!Arthur "Gawaine's not stupid. He just hasn't any retention for what's outside his field of interest." This is engineering in the Space Arc, the roll of arms in the Fairytale Arc, and computer science in the Contemporary Arc.
* ''Webcomic/AwkwardZombie'''s version of [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda Link]] is a total idiot and DumbBlonde... [[http://www.awkwardzombie.com/index.php?page=0&comic=110507 unless you show him a puzzle]].
* Doug from ''Webcomic/PhilLikesTacos'' is a computer genius, to the point that the FBI were after him. If it wern't for his immaturity, he could get a job in tech field.
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* Clara of ''TheGuild'' is beginning to show a streak of this. In Season Five, Episode 4, she says in response to Tink's complaining that no one will let them use their booth to sell T shirts, "Well, it really doesn't make sense for these vendors to cut in a middleman, Tink. Their profit margin barely covers their booth rental and travel cost so they'd have to charge 90% of our wholesale to justify a partnership--ah! Shiny!" Lampshaded by Tink's immediate response, "Wait, you sounded smart for a minute."
* Keiji Tanaka of ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' is firmly established to be an utter moron within moments of his entry into V3. However, he has an almost unparalleled skill handling a sword (due to years of practice), to the point where he comes close to defeating an axe-wielding opponent with a broken sabre whilst [[spoiler: bleeding to death.]]
* The new series version of [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Sir Schmoopy]], in ''UnforgottenRealms''. In particular, he is a strategic (and loophole-finding) genius, who has, for example, figured out a way to survive ''blowing himself into a billion pieces''. On purpose.
* WebAnimation/HomestarRunner is a bit of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, refers to the star on his trademark shirt as "a pointy duck" and his supreme honesty makes him somewhat naive, but he is the star (no pun intended) athlete on Coach Z's team. He's also pulled a fast one on Strong Bad at least once, and recited Coulomb's law ''correctly'' when asked what 2+2 was. [[RuleOfFunny He then said 2+2 was 22.]]
* The ShowWithinAShow ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad'' has So-and-So, whose ditzy lack of common sense masks quite a bit of book smarts and a desire to overachieve. [[PopularIsDumb Cheerleader]] may be the one forcing her to [[ObfuscatingStupidity repress this]].
* Nappa from WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged. So very, very much. On the one hand, he's an alumnus of Saiyan University, with a degree in Child Psychology and is currently a movie producer once he was resurrected. On the other hand, ''[[TheDitz every other sentence to come out of his mouth]]''.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic can be very silly and not all there, shows a profound knowledge of various topics, in particularly film and comedy, as shown in his editorial videos.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Motor Ed from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' is widely regarded as the best mechanical and engineering genius in the country, so much so that Drakken has to turn to him for help when creating a doomsday vehicle, (they're revealed to be cousins so perhaps eccentric genius runs in the family). He's also an extremely ditzy rocker archetype who cares more about his mullet and cruising on some hot wheels than anything else. His plans often involve using his genius skills for some almost moronically simple goal, like stealing a rocket that could easily destroy everything for miles simply to make a hotrod to cruise down the highway with.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Randy Marsh is a brilliant scientist (a geologist to be exact), but otherwise a complete idiot.
** Cartman can come up with crazy villainous schemes and speak Spanish and German fluently, yet is otherwise dimwitted and clueless.
* Stimpy from ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' is a complete idiot almost entirely lacking in common sense and logic, and often comes across as a drooling retard. However, he spends a great deal of time in the show tinkering around in a laboratory, creating various scientific inventions which work surprisingly well (though, being created by Stimpy, they're usually not very practical, to say the least.) Stimpy has been shown to perform experiments on brains, and performed brain surgery on Ren, successfully replacing Ren's brain with a telephone so he and Ren could play together (something "smart Ren" would never do on his own accord.) For someone whose alter ego is named "Doctor Stupid," Stimpy can be quite the scientist. He's also smart enough to [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking brush his teeth]], while Ren usually forgets to.
* Hoagie aka Numbuh 2 of ''CodenameKidsNextDoor'' has a great talent for building and flying planes, but is otherwise a bit of a doofus. In later seasons, he shows more competence, with the IdiotBall now passed to Numbuh 4. His mother, Betty Gilligan, seems quite ditzy but is capable of using her son's 2x4 technology. His brother Tommy is also shown to be similar to him, having been able to do emergency ship repairs.
* {{Me|aningfulName}}lody from ''JosieAndThePussycats'' is a GeniusDitz whose talent is music.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', Brittany shows herself to be a tactical genius in a game of paintball. The cheerleading really seems to pay off in this episode. In another episode, when Daria is worried about her self image, it's actually ''Brittany'' who knows ''just'' the right thing to say.
* ''InvaderZim'''s titular character is a scientific and engineering genius, repeatedly showing himself capable of building devices beyond even those of his own species, such as a nigh-invincible nanotech exoskeleton, a time machine, a device capable of turning house pets into civilization-destroying abominations, and a monster capable of extracting energy from devouring ''anything''. Zim could probably have destroyed Earth in a day, had he not been utterly incapable of common sense -- his inventions always [[BunglingInventor blow up in his own face]], usually [[HoistByHisOwnPetard through no-one else's fault but his own]]. He's also more than capable of using the gullibility and general idiocy of humans to his own advantage in certain cases.
* The members of the band Dethklok in ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' are completely incompetent at anything not related to music, partying, or contract negotiation. On the latter subject, they can out-negotiate the devil. And even then, while they have those skills, they have none of the skills one would deem necessary to be good at those things. Skwisgaar, who writes the guitar lines and bass lines, and Toki, both of them the best guitarists alive, cannot read sheet music, and both Skwisgaar, Murderface & Toki do not know how to tune a guitar. Nathan, the guy that writes the lyrics, has lots of problem expressing himself, can barely read and seems to have a severely limited vocabulary when talking (but evidently, not when writing songs), in fact, he didn't speak before the age of 5. Lastly, despite their negotiation skills, they have no idea of the value of money or even how to manage it. Really, Dethklok's general level of competency [[RuleOfFunny depends entirely on what makes for the funniest scene.]]
* In Disney's ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', Broadway is initially portrayed as being generally less intelligent, or at least less erudite, than the other gargoyles. For one thing, he started off illiterate; for another, he seems more susceptible to pop culture influences; Hudson had both of these qualities, but he was ''also'' a canny veteran warrior. He's also the PluckyComicRelief BigEater. However, he matures rapidly through the series, unleashing the soul of a poet, and becoming a skilled detective as well. And, naturally, a fine chef.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Professor Farnsworth is a babbling old fool most of the time, but he is unmatched in the field of creating doomsday weapons. He never really uses them, though, except to ''save'' the Earth.
--> '''Farnsworth:''' I suppose I could part with ''one'' and still be feared...
** Amy is usually known for being cute, ditzy, and occasionally, somewhat immodest, but she ''did'' make a scientific theory on the Earth's rotation and how it works, explaining an invention that can use electricity to polarize it from the Earth's core. [[spoiler:It was also part of the plot being that alien cats would take over and transfer Earth's rotation to their dying home planet.]] She is an engineering student, after all. As the fourth made-for-DVD movie showed, Amy is also an ace player with the mini-golf putter.
*** Actually, it's Dr. Amy Wong, Ph.D.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** Bob falls into this category, as he is generally stupid and naive, but he is excellent at making Krabby Patties, doing math, and art. He was once able to calculate the number of hours left in a week, in his head, in less than five seconds.
** Patrick, too. In at least one boating episode, he was shown to be perfectly accurate behind the wheel, as he could give perfect instructions to Spongebob simply via a large telescope, sometimes while barely paying attention, and in another episode, he even GOT a boating license despite not knowing everything there is to know about boats.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** Lemongrab is revealed to be [[MadScientist a highly competent yet still crazy inventor]] in [[HiddenDepths "You Made Me!"]] as he demonstrates surprising knowlege of how to build things that can non-lethally hurt and incapacitate people. His known inventions include an electrical torture chamber, and a "Sound Sword" powered by the frequency of his own screams, which fires sound blasts at people and KO's them. Until this specific area of know-how was revealed, fans just assumed that Lemongrab was borderline [[TooDumbToLive retarded]] and completely inept in all areas of his life.
** Finn comes across as this sometimes, too. He's a goofy, somewhat foolish young teenager, but his strategies and imagination are utterly brilliant, and have saved countless lives.
* ''TransformersAnimated'':
** Bulkhead is revealed to be Cybertron's foremost space bridge expert. Professor Sumdac and his fellow Autobots refuse to believe it, assuming that Blurr (and Megatron) got his intel wrong. In addition, Bulkhead is apparently a pretty good artist.
** Sumdac himself probably qualifies. He's a master roboticist (even if he cribbed most of his best stuff from reverse-engineering Megatron), but he occasionally forgets to do important things like eat, sleep or make sure there's a legal record of his daughter's existence.
* Wallace from ''WallaceAndGromit'' is a good example -- he's pretty clueless, but he's also an inventor of machines, which, except for regularly going spectacularly awry, seem to work pretty well. In his introductory short, he manages to make a working moon rocket out of items found around the house. The book ''Cheese Lover's Yearbook'' introduced a number of non-filmed gadgets of his, such as the Recyc-O-Matic. The fact that when said out loud this includes "Psycho" is significant, because after he put arms and wheels on it, it proceeded to run amok, recycling building fronts and people's clothes before crashing into a brass band.
-->''The tuba player has not been seen since.''
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** Chris is good at drawing... or at least used to be. They had an episode about and showed it a few other times, but then they apparently forgot about it. Chris also has a good knowledge about drugs, as shown in the episode where Lois and Peter get high before a talent show.
** Peter himself knows a lot about pop culture, KISS in particular. He's also a skilled musician, able to sing and play trombone, and when he's drunk, he's a piano virtuoso with presumably no prior training.
** No one beats Lois when it comes to drugs. She computed the street value of uncut Nicaraguan cocaine in her head.
* On ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'', Lube is [[TheDitz the dumbest]] of [[TerribleTrio The Greasers]], but is apparently a genius mechanic.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' has Beast Boy. Normally the PluckyComicRelief, he's also very GenreSavvy, and in the penultimate episode, [[spoiler:he rallies the four remaining Titans and gets pretty close to taking down the Brotherhood of Evil, before they get caught. But of course, then Cyborg, Starfire and Raven, among others, pop out of the woodwork when it was thought they were frozen like the rest. Beast Boy continues acting as leader until Robin is unfrozen, however.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' has Forge, a mutant with the power to invent and repair anything technological. As opposed to his persona in the comics -- a combination of GadgeteerGenius and MagicalNativeAmerican -- Forge in the TV show is a bumbling, neurotic teenager, useless in the field, with the temperament of an overworked, distracted mechanic, whose sole job on the team seems to be "keep the Blackbird in the air." And "Fix Cerebro." And [[OverlyLongGag "Fix the Danger Room." And "Fix the Danger Room after Wolverine has a temper tantrum in it."]] Strangely, he always gets mocked and scolded for not being useful in combat, despite not being on the team to fight and being the actual reason their entire technology works.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' has BumblingDad Jack Fenton, who doesn't seem very smart, but invented probably half of the Fenton gadgets. He's also a very competent fighter, as a very dismayed Vlad found out. He's also stated to have had solid "B-"s during his school years.
* Ruby-Spears' ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' has Brain Bot, a genius robot [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots (who wears glasses, natch)]] who, while being a great mechanic, doesn't seem to have any concept of appropriateness; he tries to "repair" an already-working jet ''while it's airborne''.
* Coop, of ''MegasXLR'', is a bumbling idiot who creates half the problems the cast faces, is obsessed with video games (world champ) and eating (also world champ), and lives in his mom's basement. However, he's also a remarkable engineer, able to rebuild a robot from the future, and a skilled pilot, able to pilot said robot, even with its...[[ContextSensitiveButton odder]]... modifications.
* A great deal of the cast of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' falls into this category.
** Homer himself, despite being famous for his bumbling ways, is capable of almost oddly remarkable talents when the episode calls on it, and is consistently shown to have a professional standard ability with the piano. Homer has been seen speaking Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, and [[SuddenlyFluentInGibberish penguin]]. He also seemed to be well on his way to understanding Hindi while eavesdropping on an argument in that language.
** Bart is even more noteworthy, as he's sometimes depicted as being not too bright...yet he's been shown to be a remarkably gifted linguist, learning the French language by mere observance and more than couple times acquiring at least competent grasp of an entire language in record time. He can just as quickly unlearn however. Bart also creeps into the BookDumb category with this quality. Bart also mastered Spanish on short notice for a family trip. That their destination was [[CriticalResearchFailure Brazil]] made the feat only slightly less impressive. Throughout the series, Bart has also been seen speaking Japanese and Cantonese. He also seems to have at least some proficiency with Latin. Bart may have inherited this from Homer.
** Ralph Wiggum. One episode had him playing a very talented George Washington in the school play. Or that he's a good Machiavellian politician, somehow uniting the Democrats and the Republicans in Springfield's presidential election by staying politically independent, and drove some effective campaign to get the majority of Springfield's votes.
** "The Boys Of Bummer" revealed that Lenny is an author of mystery novels that are praised by ''Creator/StephenKing.''
* Sewer Urchin from ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' is ineffectual, annoying, and smelly, but when The Tick and Arthur need his help to do crimefighting in the sewers, he proves to be the "apotheosis of cool".
* Wally from ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. Robin says that they need a dumb, illogical idea to find Red Tornado. Cue everyone turning to Kid Flash:
--> '''Kid Flash''': As a matter of fact...
* Philly Phil from ''ClassOf3000'' has, at best, average intelligence. However, he can't be beat when it comes to building devices at the drop of a hat.
* Skeeter from ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' is a ditz in day-to-day interaction through and through, and he has a phobia of taking tests. When he ends up taking a standardized placement test ''without realizing it was a test'', he gets a ''perfect score'', and it's revealed that he's actually amazingly skilled in mechanics. This goes unmentioned for the rest of the Nickelodeon run, but it gets brought up now and then in the Disney run.
* Played with in various ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' story arcs, as Bullwinkle, generally a dimwit, frequently demonstrates unusual talents for the sake of a specific story. For example, he was called in as an expert on boxtops to crack down on a boxtop counterfeiting ring, his bunion could forecast the weather, he could tame lions with a harmonica rigged from a comb and some tissue-paper, he could remember everything he ever ate in his lifetime (including a secret formula for a silent explosive [[ItMakesSenseInContext that happened to have been written on a banana]]), and possessed a skill for making shiskabobs that bordered on expert swordsmanship!
* Wildcat of ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin''. Genius at repairs: once fixed a phone smashed with a metal bucket in ten seconds. Knows enough about flying to handle the Sea Duck (although he [[CaptainCrash lacks basic directional skills]] and can't match some of the more skilled pilots, especially [[AcePilot Baloo]]). Otherwise [[ManChild downright childlike]]. WordOfGod claims Baloo and Rebecca were meant to foil each other in this regard. Baloo is extremely BookDumb and slovenly, but also streetwise and resourceful due to his adventuring (as well as being a grade A AcePilot). In contrast Rebecca is well educated and has profound business ethics, but due to her pampered lifestyle is somewhat naive and inept to the outside world. Depending on what the scenario fit, either character would play TheDitz while another would act as TheStraightMan.
* Professor Moshimo of ''{{Robotboy}}'', great at robotics and most other scientific pursuits, proceeds to give a ten-year-old a robot the military would kill for. To make matters worse the robot itself has the intelligence of a child.
* Launchpad from ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' and ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''. Despite being an incredibly incompetent sidekick, he built the Thunderquack (Dark's plane) all by himself and is apparently a brilliant mechanic. He's even better flying the thing! [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou Landing it, on the other hand...]] Not so much.
* Cleveland Jr. from ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'' generally acts like a childish idiot, however he is skilled with math, science, and rapping.
* Luanne Platter from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' was generally a naive airhead but she was an incredibly gifted mechanic... or least she used to be.
* In the early episodes of ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'', June could be this. She was a whiz with technology, and had some inventions of her own....however aside from that, she was dumber than rocks. Please note that this was season one only.
* Freddy from ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' in some incarnations, particularly ''ScoobyDooMysteryInc''. Completely clueless about everything except for traps, particularly of the {{Rube Goldberg|Device}} variety.
* Ed from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''. A bit of a moron most of the time...but a near encyclopedic knowledge of B-grade horror and sci fi movies, an unusual talent on the flute, some of the odd non-sequiters he says are rather profound [[spoiler: and he saves Eddy from his abusive brother not by beating him up, but by pulling the pin holding a hinge together, causing the door to slam on Eddy's brother's head, knocking him out]].
* [[TuffPuppy Dudley Puppy]] is a complete idiot... until it comes time for him to fight villains as a secret agent, where he shows surprising cunning and planning ability.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has Sokka, who is often portrayed as the lovable idiot, has a lot of awkward moments, and gets caught in a lot of bad situations. But, he's also shown himself to be highly intelligent. He's the "ideas guy", he's the one who comes up with solutions to the many problems the group runs into. [[spoiler:He plans out the invasion of the fire nation, and even helps invent some submarines]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'': In "Prodigous Clamus" it is revealed that Clam - who is either TheDitz or a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} depending on the episode - is both an artistic genius (able to create an exact copy of the Mona Lisa in 30 seconds) and a musical genius (able to play an entire symphony by blowing across the top of a bottle).
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' is socially inept and idiotic (with the later being played up more during seaons 2 and 3) but he is fairly competent at martial arts (at least in the first season) and he does have a rather impressive knowledge of things like Beef Jerky.
* Pinkie Pie in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is a high grade {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, but has a natural talent for throwing parties, a lesser talent in baking, and possesses uncanny intuition and an absolutely perfect memory for details regarding her friends, to the point that she successfully reunited two long lost lovers with a glimpse at the right clues. She's also an incredibly talented musician, and with this skill, was the only one who knew how to save Ponyville from a ravenous swarm of insects. She is also CrazyPrepared. AND she may have amazing technological skills assuming she made her helicopter-thing (from ''Gryphon the Brush-Off'') and her Party Cannon herself. She seems as wrong-placed in a silent library as her loud party cannon. That doesn't keep her from finding books there much faster than even Twilight (who ''lives'' in a library) or Spike (whose main task is in assisting Twilight ''in the library'')
* T.J. Detweiler from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' is a genius when it comes to coming up with his latest schemes...but everywhere else, he's a ditz.
* A popular AlternativeCharacterInterpretation for ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' is that Pinky is this. WordOfGod even pointed out that the theme song never says ''which'' one is the genius and which one is insane...
* Bubbles from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' is a complete Ditz but is able to communicate with most small animals, is just as good in battle as her sisters and in one episode where Buttercup and Blossom can't get rid of the MonsterOfTheWeek, it's Bubbles who figures out what to do. [[spoiler: She asks it politely to leave. And it does]].
** The Mayor of Townsville, its a wonder how he got the title, but he seems to a math wiz when he solves the last riddle Him gives the girls.
* Sterling WesternAnimation/{{Archer}} is a boorish, egotistical jackass who is exceptionally bad at the "tradecraft" parts of spying... but not only is he remarkably good at the "action hero" parts, but he keeps dropping references to people like Alan Turing, Indira Gandhi, and Eugene V. Debs. WordofGod is that Archer treated his school work the same way he treats spying; he'd be competent if he cared.
** Pam is terrible at her office job... and is an experienced underground bare-knuckle boxer and street-racer. Similarly, Cyril should not be in the field, but he's a fairly talented accountant and lawyer.
* Klunk is just as inept as the other [[DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines Vulture Squadron pilots]], but he's the go-to guy for inventions on how to stop Yankee Doodle Pigeon.
* Soos from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' is [[TheKlutz rather clumsy]], [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny easily distracted]], and [[CloudCuckoolander prone to weird ideas and behaviors]], but he's a skilled handyman and equally prone to impressive bursts of insight.
-->'''Soos:''' My wisdom is both a blessing and a curse.
** Mabel's an [[GenkiGirl energetic]] Cloudcuckoolander who has trouble keeping her feet on their ground, but she sure can sew some really awesome sweaters. One of them lits up when clicking on the sewn lightbulb, so it can lead the way ("Into The Bunker").
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* High functioning autistic savants such as Daniel Tammet, while significantly lacking in social skills and maturity, are geniuses. Daniel managed to learn stilted but comprehensible Icelandic in under a week.
** Note this may not be because of increased intelligence per se, but because their condition makes them focus on one narrow area of interest to the exclusion of other things.
* Lawrence Kim Peek has an unnamed developmental disability due to brain damage. He can answer virtually any question pertaining to historical dates, statistics or any obscure trivia.
* Hikari Oe, son of the novelist Kenzaburo Oe, is developmentally disabled and autistic, and the inspiration behind his father's prizewinning novel ''A Personal Matter''. He is also a very talented musician who expresses himself through music, imitating bird calls.
* KanyeWest is a talented producer and musician in the studio. Outside of the studio, he is so lacking in common sense and basic social graces one gets the impression that he's not all there and-
* In the antiques trade, someone who instinctively recognises a genuine antique without any training is a "divvy", probably short for "diviner". Divvies are stereotyped as not very bright (because they often don't actually ''know'' anything about antiques, beyond "Yes, that's valuable"), which had led to the term entering general British slang for a stupid person, with or without GeniusDitz qualities.
* ''Creator/KarlPilkington'' is well known for being this. Despite being strangely insightful, and it's hard to count the times he's constantly been put down invalidly, many people who have worked with him note that he lacks the education and vocabulary to communicate his ideas without looking like an idiot.
* Truth in television as many people do find that while they are incredibly sharp in one aspect of their lives they may be incredibly incompetent in the other. Like the Maths genius who cannot make people listen to him or the eloquent actor who has failing grades. This is especially common amongst college students, many of whom will say they picked their major at least partly because they're terrible at the perceived opposite (English majors saying they became English majors because they're terrible at math seems to be especially common.)
--> "A specialist knows more and more about less and less until he knows everything about nothing; a generalist knows less and less about more and more until he knows nothing about everything."
* Music/BritneySpears during her glory years. Offstage and during interviews she seems a bit flaky, but when she gets onstage she's a great dancer and performer (or used to be) and one of the most successful pop stars ever.
* Likewise with LindsayLohan, while sometimes her behavior has people wondering just what goes on in her head, she is nonetheless a skilled actress/singer and can also be very profound and intelligent, like when she did a documentary on child labor in India.
* Flavor Flav, while known more for his buffoonish antics including a [[Series/FlavorOfLove reality show]] and wearing a clock around his neck, is actually a musical prodigy. Among the many instruments he can play (and play well) are piano, guitar, bass, saxophone, clarinet, and drums.
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