->''"Mortimer has been a thorn in your side for as long as you can remember. Your IQ test score was '''314''' -- Mortimer's was '''315'''. He always held that over you, never letting you forget for one day."''
-->-- '''Commander Keen''', ''[[VideoGame/CommanderKeen Keen Must Die]]''

A character who is a genius, ideally, tends to stand out. But that's not enough for most authors, who really want to drive the point home that this character's intellect is so far beyond that of a mortal man, that there is no way anyone can match their intelligence. Luckily, there's a fairly basic solution - give them a high IQ score.

Of course, BiggerIsBetter, so the natural tendency is for these assigned high scores to reach truly absurd levels. After all, [[RankedByIQ a character with an IQ of 200+ clearly is the smartest kid]] on the metaphorical block, right? Right?

This one is a staple of the TVGenius. If handled poorly, it may turn into a case of an InformedAbility.

Contrast ImprobablyLowIQ.

To illustrate exactly how improbable a given IQ score might be, see UsefulNotes/IQTesting. For numerical stats, see the [[Analysis/ImprobablyHighIQ analysis page]].



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Alec Howell from ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'' would have been fired by the Mikages for his otaku-ism if he wasn't a genius with an IQ of 260.
* Minoru from ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'' supposedly has an IQ of 300.
* One chapter of ''Gag Manga Biyori'' involves a girl purchasing a CD which claims to give the listener an IQ of 500 million.
* Urumi from ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'' has an IQ "over 200", which gives her free rein to do pretty much whatever she wants in the school.
* Cyberdoll Kei from ''Anime/HandMaidMay'' is said to have an IQ of 50,000 in human terms. Though she has trouble with more abstract problems which causes her to mentally lock up.
* ''Anime/JewelpetTwinkle'': the OP reveals that Sara, resident TeenGenius, has an IQ of 240.
* After becoming the [[AGodAmI ultimate life form]], Cars from the second part of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has an IQ of 400.
* Kaitou Kid, civilian identity Kaito Kuroba, from ''Manga/MagicKaito'', apparently has an IQ of 400. This was determined through DNA testing.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': WordOfGod states that Chao Lingshen's IQ is 300. Of course, the comment was qualified with "maybe even seriously", so it's probably an exaggeration.
* Zeon dictator Gihren Zabi from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' is said to have an IQ of 240. Considering the fact that he's a space-fascist, this is probably just propaganda, though.
* Shikamaru from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is said to have an IQ of over 200. So far only his dad and Temari have given him a run for his money in that department. Since he's explicitly stated to be perhaps the smartest person in the world, it isn't as improbable as some of the other figures on this page; his IQ is over 200, but at least one person in Real Life has had their IQ measured as over 200, so if he is the smartest person in the world, his IQ could well be in this range.
* Ami Mizuno (Sailor Mercury) of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' is rumored to have an IQ of around 300 by her fellow classmates. The [[Theatre/SeraMyu musicals]] on the other hand present this as fact. And in the new Viz dub, Umino claims that it's ''[[MemeticMutation Over Nine Thousand!]]''
* ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'''s Berg Katse was said to have a 280 IQ.[[note]]S/he was made from fused fetal fraternal twins and hir IQ was the [[YouFailBiologyForever combined IQ of both of them.]][[/note]]
* [[TheNapoleon Kokoro-chan]] from ''Anime/TanteiOperaMilkyHolmes'' is probably one of the most [[PlayedForLaughs extreme]] example of this trope -- her claimed IQ gains zeroes every time she mentions it, eventually peaking at 1.4 × 10[[superscript:71]].

* [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]] is often cited having an IQ in the mid-300s.
* [[TheIncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]] actually averts this. His IQ is stated by a school psychiatrist in a flashback as being "too high to measure", which is quite possible as standard IQ tests aren't very helpful when measuring superintelligent people.
* Marvel frequently also averts this trope by simply saying Reed Richards, Bruce Banner, Tony Stark, Victor von Doom, Amadeus Cho & co. are among the ten or twenty smartest people on the planet.
** Likewise averted with DC's Mister Terrific, of the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica. He's consistantly named as the third smartest man in the world, but no IQ score is ever named.
* ''ComicBook/TheAdventuresOfBarryWeenBoyGenius'': Barry Ween claims to have an IQ of 350. The first time we hear it, it's softened by a "[[LampshadeHanging if it could be measured]]". Every other time, however, it's played completely straight.
* Averted in ''Think Tank'', where Dr. David Loren is noted to be "off the charts" and thus "untestable to IQ level." His DARPA dossier lists his IQ as "163+ (205 estimated)" accordingly; evidently their tests only went up to 160 or thereabouts. For the record, Loren's lab assistant Dr. Manish Pavi has a completely realistic genius-level IQ of 158.
* From ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo'', Dr. Dinosaur claims to have "about 500 of [[TwoOfYourEarthMinutes your mammal [=IQ=] points]]" (paraphrased). Since Dr. Dinosaur is even less in contact with reality than the average MadScientist, the claim is probably not to be taken at face value.
* ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion'''s Batman has a stated IQ of 1045, being an UpToEleven version of [[ComicBook/{{Batman}} the original]]. Who knows? Maybe IQ tests have actually gotten that precise in the 853rd century.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Asok from ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' [[http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2003-10-04/ claims an IQ of 240]], while the PointyHairedBoss's IQ aspires to triple digits.
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'', Jeremy and Hector once took an Internet IQ test with Jeremy scoring impossibly low and Hector scoring impossibly high. Jeremy began to wonder if he was really that stupid and Hector started treating him like a dolt. Jeremy was only convinced the test was flawed after his father scored even higher on it.

* The creator of a Literature/HarryPotter Mary Sue gave her heroine an IQ of 490, and argued that this was ''too'' possible because she, the writer, had a friend whose IQ was 520.

* In the beginning of ''Film/{{Limitless}}'', Eddie claims to have a 4 digit IQ. It's just some number he pulled out of his ass.
* In ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'' the data file Ethan Hunt pulls up on the main villain matter-of-factly states his IQ as being 190. While real people have achieved scores that high or higher, the margin of error is huge enough to render them practically meaningless. The computer would have done better to say that he's among the five hundred smartest people on the planet, which is a bit less sketchy a figure.
* In ''The Genius Club'', seven people with [=IQs=] over 200 are gathered to solve the world's problems in one night.
* Actually used correctly in ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}''. Although most people in the future have the "[[ImprobablyLowIQ average IQ of 5]]" (which should be impossible, since 100 is defined as the average, but they're all idiots so they don't know better), the protagonist Joe, who was average in his time, has an extremely high IQ in the future. We're never given a number, and it's implied [[ReadingsAreOffTheScale they literally have no way of measuring it]].


* In the beginning of the first chapter of ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible'', Doctor Impossible mentions that eighteen (and later events in the book suggest at least one more) individuals, including himself, have an IQ of "300 or more." The book later mentions the Stanford-Binet; Doctor Impossible thinks the heroes' estimation is "insultingly low." Doctor Impossible's opening chapter acknowledges how atypical he is; one of his major problems is that there is literally no one he can possibly relate to. He actually is the one in six billion.
* In the short story ''Literature/FlowersForAlgernon'', when the main character, who has a realistic, low IQ of 60, gets an intelligence enhancing surgery, his IQ starts rising until he comments "I don't know what IQ is, except mine will be over 200 soon."
* Creator/AEVanVogt appears to retain the term "IQ" but throws away any relationship it has with IQ today and more to be some sort of measure of "mental strength". On an IQ curve that would include humans, Kluggs, Lennels and Dreeghs, the respective averages would be 100, 220, 380, and 450... ''The Proxy Intelligence''
** A few paragraphs later, it mentions [=IQs=] of 3,000 and 10,000. The clanger is the idea that the intelligence or mental abilities of multiple species could naturally be ordered along a single dimension (it's hard enough trying to do that just for humans).
** How much of your suspension of disbelief this destroys depends partly on how much you know about IQ tests. To the average pulp reader at the time ''Asylum'' (the first story to feature Kluggs, Dreeghs ''et al.'') was written (1942), it would most likely have been taken at face value.
* Thomas Chippering of TomcatInLove supposedly has an IQ of 175 despite the many bad decisions he makes, although it could be just [[SmallNameBigEgo more proof of his inflated ego]], and thus a subversion.
* Neatly [[AvertedTrope avoided]] in ''Literature/EndersShadow''; the intelligence of Battle School kids are measured by how close they can come to scoring perfectly on an impossible test, and the gap between [[TheHero Ender]] and [[InsufferableGenius Bean]] is 0.005%, which is a huge gap at their end of the curve. And even at that, the test doesn't really define a child as smart, only having the potential for smartness.
* Played with in a short story by Creator/PoulAnderson called ''Turning Point'', about a human expedition stumbling across a planet of incredibly intelligent stone age aliens (they never needed a civilization). When one person wonders what their average IQ is, another simply states that the existing scale breaks down well below such values.
* Janine Kishi from ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' series is supposed to have an IQ of 196. Since she's a minor character, this is mostly revealed through her use of [[SpockSpeak Spock Speak]], her apparent [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation lack of friends]], and the fact that she [[TechnologyMarchesOn owns a computer]]. Also some offhand mentions of her taking courses at the local college.
* Artemis Fowl (from [[Literature/ArtemisFowl the books of the same name]]) is said to have one of the highest tested [=IQ=]s in Europe, apparently somewhere around 200.
** Also, Opal Koboi is said to have an IQ of over 300. Justified by the fact that she got this score on a fairy IQ test, where it is apparently plausible.
*** The fairy IQ test might cover all species of fairies, including goblins, who are notoriously stupid, and trolls, which are basically gorillas in terms of physique and intelligence. Were this the case, it would not be unlikely that the average non-goblin non-troll fairy would have an IQ around 180, with pixies and centaurs (the two smartest and rarest species) averaging 240, which would make Opal Koboi's IQ of 300 much more plausible.
* In Wilmar Shiras's ''Children of the Atom'' the phrase "IQ three star plus" is used, but only as a code, never seriously. The description of the children's IQ measurements is accurate: at thirteen, "Timothy Paul came swiftly through the whole range of Superior Adult tests without a failure of any sort. There were not tests yet devised that could measure his intelligence."
* ''The Little Black Bag'' by Cyril Kornbluth never specifies an I.Q. for any character, but runs into this anyways when a genius is described as having "six times" the I.Q. of a clinically retarded character. Assuming that retarded character has an I.Q. of 50 (seemingly lower than the intelligence he demonstrates in-story), the genius would have an I.Q. of 300. (Then again, there are people in this setting who've developed PsychicPowers out of sheer intelligence, so maybe he ''is'' that smart.)
* In ''Literature/AFoxTail'' Vulpie's IQ is said to be 192, in the sequel ''Fox Tails'' it is revised to 230.
* Seth Walker in Creator/TedDekker's ''Blink'' has an IQ of 193, while UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein is only attributed 163, by way of comparison.
* Matthew Sobol, creator of the ''Literature/{{Daemon}}'', tested at an IQ of 220. Lampshaded as being ''astoundingly'' high, practically to the point of being an ImpossibleGenius. He's certainly a {{Chessmaster}} of such incredible skill that he manages the rare feat of becoming a borderline-[[BoringInvincibleHero Boring Invincible]] AntiHero in spite of being ''[[PosthumousCharacter dead]]''. Top ''that'', Doctor Doom!
* In the non-fiction work ''The Planet That Wasn't'', Creator/IsaacAsimov claimed to have an IQ of 300. He got it that high by taking one of the instant IQ-tests found in a book, but taking 15 minutes instead of the 30 that was recommended. The score calculation provided an IQ of 150, and Isaac doubled the score to account for half the time. He then explained why he doesn't have much faith in these IQ tests (the most important claim being that they penalize for slowness but give no bonus for speed).[[note]]As Asimov was known for pretending to have an over-inflated opinion of himself, this entire tale may have been tongue-in-cheek.[[/note]]
* In ''LightNovel/ValkyrieIntoTheHeavens'', Daniel Logan has an IQ of 185, which is said to be one of the reasons why he was recruited into the program. His fellow candidates have similarly high IQ scores, but theirs are never specified.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* Zelda, of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', has an IQ with 4 digits.
* Holly, the computer in ''Series/RedDwarf'', has a stated IQ of 6000 (said to be the equivalent of 12000 PE teachers, although when he is accused of having one of only 6 he claims that would be a 'poor IQ for a glass of water'), and is friends with another computer with an IQ of 8000. Too bad s/he's also senile. (They were also able to accidentally boost it to 12,368 at the cost of reducing her remaining life expectancy to just under three-and-a-half minutes.)
** There were also the crew of the holoship ''Enlightenment''. The captain had an IQ of 212. the rest of the crew were assumed to be at super-super-genius level too, so presumably they had enough people to establish a decent results curve for their admission test.
*** This is bizarre, as IQ is a relative measure based around the average/mean IQ of the population always being 100. So if *everyone* in the crew are all super-geniuses of almost equal calibre and they're all ranked by IQ, than the Captain's IQ would be the highest above the average, and probably be no higher than 120 at most (maybe even less, like 110). The lowest of the holoship's crewmembers would most likely be about an IQ of 97 or so.
*** Unless the "population" consists of the entire human race (rather than just the crew of the holoship), in which case it makes a bit more sense.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The Nth Degree," Lieutenant Barclay's IQ is temporarily raised to "somewhere between 1200 and 1450." Barclay, his mind boosted by an intelligence-enhancing device and then hooked up to the ''Enterprise'''s computer, estimated his own IQ in this case. Certainly if he were anywhere near as intelligent as his stated IQ implied, he would be capable of this kind of extrapolation.
** In an earlier episode, Q's IQ (no pun intended) is given as 2,005. Of course, he's [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien essentially a demigod]]...and is known on at least one planet as [[TricksterArchetype the God of Lies.]]
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Sheldon's and Leonard's exceptional [=IQs=] (187 and 173, respectively) are very high, even given that they are both physicists. Somewhat averted in that [=IQs=] this high actually exist, though it is highly improbable that two of this level would accidentally be in the same gang.
* In ''Series/QuantumLeap'', Sam Beckett's IQ was said to be around 200. [[spoiler:So is his daughter's.]] This goes in line with the other ridiculously capable intellectual abilities he seems to have - like the seven doctorates, Nobel Prize, ability to speak seven languages, read Egyptian hieroglyphics, beat computers at chess by the age of 10, perform advanced calculus by the age of 5... and, of course, inventing time travel. The show at least gave a semi-plausible explanation for any time he came across as less than the smartest person in the world (i.e., any time it was obvious the show was written by people with [=IQs=] below 200): the time travel process gave him partial amnesia (and exactly which parts he could and couldn't remember could change each time he "leaped").
* Dr. Spencer Reid of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' says his IQ is 187, as well as possessing an eidetic memory and the ability to read 20,000 words per minute. He qualifies that statement by saying that he doesn't believe that intelligence can be accurately measured. Every single time that he brings it up. In an early episode, the team goes to the CIA headquarters and is given a quick background on each agent worth investigating. One agent has an IQ of 192.
* ''{{Series/Eureka}}'' gives [[TheHero Jack Carter's]] IQ as 111, averting the 'always extreme' part of the trope. It's pretty realistic, considering Carter is slightly BookDumb but fairly clever. His daughter Zoe tested a 155, putting her in competition with the rest of the town (all geniuses shipped in from across the country). This is [[JustifiedTrope somewhat justified]] in that Eureka, of all places, would use an IQ test equipped for extreme high outliers.
** In a humorous display of the Dunning-Kruger effect, when it is first mentioned he believes it is evidence of him having an incredible intellect - he thinks it's a percentage, and puts him even above what is humanly possible. He is corrected on it in the end of the episode.
** Though the episode does fail at IQ tests in one regard, making the claim that Jack's 111 IQ is exactly average, instead of slightly above the average of 100. (Though still within the 15 point margin for error). "Average" in mathematics can mean more than one thing however; perhaps they meant median rather than mean?
* In ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', where at 165, the titular character has the highest IQ of all...until in comes Barton, who skipped grades to be in the Krelboyne class, had an IQ over 280, and was apparently going to work for NASA immediately after the episode ended. Unfortunately, probably because of the other genius characters being at the very top end of realistic IQ scores, most of his intelligence was shown by having Malcolm haul around the IdiotBall for the day.
* Averted in ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', where the undoubtedly brainy (Harvard and Oxford educated) titular character was tested and had an IQ of 129, which whilst still high, is technically below the UsefulNotes/{{Mensa}} cut-off point. [[spoiler: Niles's, on the other hand, is 156, despite their mother claiming there were only two points between them. Naturally, ''hilarity ensues'' once the true scores are revealed.]]
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'''s Peter Bishop has an IQ of 190. The amount of people in the world at this level is at most in the low single digits, yet Peter has never come across as anything but a person of significant but still reasonable above average intelligence.
* Played with ambiguously in ''Series/SixFeetUnder''. Brenda is mentioned to have a reasonably high score. However, in a bout of self-hatred, she rants about how meaningless her score is and how culturally biased, thus unreliable the IQ test is.
* In ''The Paper Chase'', law student Franklin Ford III claims to have an IQ of 190.
* Darien Lambert of ''Series/TimeTrax'' is described by his computer SELMA as having an IQ of 205 "which is about average." One would think that the people of the 22nd century would revise their IQ tests to keep "average" around 100 rather than using a test that everybody aces.
* On ''Series/NightCourt'', the cast was given a modified intelligence test, and Bull Shannon scored 181, higher than anybody else in the court. He promptly noted that he was holding the paper upside down...
* Lloyd in ''Series/BreakoutKings'' has an IQ of 210.
* Stealth example in the ''Series/LoisAndClark'' episode ''Smart kids'', where some children drink an intelligence-boosting serum. Although no explicit score was given, the scientist who created the formula stated that its effects were much greater than the "10 to 100% increase in IQ" he expected; also, the children were smarter than average to start with. This means their [=IQ=]s must have been ''much'' higher than 200.
* In ''Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman'' the BigBad Bias wants TheDragon to gain an IQ of 1000, so he can harvest their brains for himself.
* Temperance Brennan in ''Series/{{Bones}}''. We don't know the exact number but it's 'significantly above' 163. In one episode, Booth and Brennan investigate a murder at a research institute that accepts only people with extremely high [=IQs=]. Bones herself applied but was turned down, as her chosen field has to do with the past, while they're focused on the future. Every scientist of the institute is shown to be as socially awkward and logical as Bones, to the point of treating sex as a natural release with zero attachment.
* In ''Series/KamenRider'', Takeshi Hongo himself is said to have an IQ of 600. It's the exact reason why the organization Shocker is kidnapping people: they want the smartest brains alive to create their terrible beasts.
* The functionally illiterate Charlie from ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' is given an experimental intelligence pill in ''Flowers for Charlie''. After this, he estimates his own [=IQ=] at 175, and tells the researchers he could "crack 200" if they doubled his drug dosage. [[spoiler:The pill is a placebo and he's as dumb as ever. The experiment is to show how people become arrogant if they're told they're geniuses.]]
* The lead character of ''Series/{{Scorpion}}'' claims to have an IQ of 197, and that his four person team has a combined IQ of over 700. But despite that, the four of them combined [[NoSocialSkills have the social skills of one ordinary person]], which is why they have to hire a fifth member - a waitress - to be their [[OnlySaneMan interface with normal people]].
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode Roland, Roland apparently can't even be taught to operate a door opening system, has limited speech ability, passes the time in his group home with activities for young children such as stickers, but is said by Scully to have an IQ of slightly above 70. Short of comorbid problems, his speech issues alone indicate at least moderate retardation, but >70 IQ is above the threshold for even a classification of mild retardation based on IQ alone in modern times.

* In Kenny Everett's sci-fi-spoof radio serial ''Captain Kremmen'', a computer readout listing Kremmen's attributes and achievements gives his IQ as 498. When the serial was adapted to cartoon form by Cosgrove Hall, the same audio was accompanied by computer screens in the background flashing up the number "21".

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Creator/{{TSR}} once said that in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' a character's IQ is about their Int score X 10. This means that any wizard worth playing above about level 6 has an IQ in the 180-200 range. [[UsefulNotes/IQTesting There is a reason]] why they (or their successors, Creator/WizardsOfTheCoast) have not repeated it.
** Then again, if you have 20 strength you are as physically strong as an average 18 foot tall stone giant. Having an IQ of 200 seems almost mundane in comparison.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* VideoGame/CommanderKeen and his nemesis Mortimer [=McMire=] have [=IQs=] of 314 and 315, respectively. This is actually the source of their dislike for one another and is played completely for laughs. Especially since Mortimer has decided that [[OmnicidalManiac everything else in the universe]] is just much TooDumbToLive.
* Dr. Eggman of the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series has been noted in multiple sources to have an IQ of 300. Tails is also not that far behind, able to hack Eggman's machines and even created vehicles similar to the quality of Eggman's mechs--though Tails doesn't have nearly the same amount of resources as the 'Eggman Empire'.
** Tails: "I've built a TV out of paperclips, and reprogrammed a supercomputer with dishwashing detergent and a toothpick."
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'', where Mao repeatedly refers to his "EQ" (''[[CardCarryingVillain Evil]]'' Quotient) of ''1.8 million''.
* In the first ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' game, Liquid Snake and the genome soldiers are explicitly stated to have an IQ of 180. Yes, those [[ItsProbablyNothing "It's just a box"]] guys. Their comical ineptitude is mostly down to their lack of actual combat experience, their genetic mutations giving them brain damage, and their brainwashing by Psycho Mantis which compelled them to be suicidally incompetent [[spoiler:so Snake could get by them to activate Metal Gear Rex.]]
** Snake himself has a ''slightly'' more realistic IQ of 165 in spite of his [[ParrotExposition inability to remember anything]].
* In the guide for the SNES version of ''VideoGame/SimCity'', it's revealed that Dr. Wright's IQ is 1000. This makes [[AuthorAvatar slightly more sense]] when you remember [[Creator/WillWright who originally came up with the game's idea]].
* Yuina Himoo, the resident MadScientist of ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial'', is listed with an IQ of 300.
* The Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Alakazam has a IQ of 5,000, which seems even more insane considering that this is an ''entire species'' rather than a single super-smart individual. (It seems even more implausible that such unparalleled intellects would spend most of their time trapped in little balls and participate in fantastic cockfights. [[HappinessInSlavery Unless they prefer that lifestyle to living in the wild.]])
** And they still cannot remember more than four moves.
* ''[[VideoGame/Persona4Arena The 2000 IQ]] [[InsufferableGenius Killjoy]] [[PrivateDetective Detective]]'', [[WholesomeCrossdresser Naoto]] [[SamusIsAGirl Shirogane]]!
* One character in ''Hidden Expedition: Dawn of Prosperity'' has an IQ of 282.
* ''VisualNovel/DaCapo'': When discussing Sakura's entrance exam results for their school, she says she scored 160. Junichi privately remarks that that isn't bad for someone who can't read kanji (the test is scored out of 250). However, it turns out that Sakura wasn't given the standard exam... what she took was an IQ test. Later in the story, she is re-scored with her inability to read kanji taken into account, and is bumped up to 180.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Yoshi of ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'', introduced at age 10, has an IQ of 208, skipped three grades and is almost ready to graduate by the time of the To Thine Own Self arc. Averted with Fred (an intelligent slime mold), who gets an IQ of 139 on an IQ test he took in order to prove his sapience, although he claims they "dropped 70 or more points somewhere."
* In ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'', at various times it's mentioned that Artie the superintelligent gerbil has his IQ of 250, or "1.57 Stephen Hawkings". He was artificially created by Helen Narbon to do her income taxes.
* One of the funniest parts of ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'' has a character introduced who is literally named MarySue. [[ParodySue She has an IQ of 250, is immortal, can talk to animals, and enter dreams.]] All she wants is to save her doomed people, her friends in prison, her evil inter-dimensional double and the [[{{Squick}} baby of Trunks, Goten, Piccolo and Vegeta that she bears.]] [[spoiler:She gets [[OneHitKO knocked out in one hit]] by [[{{Cameo}} Arale]] from ''Manga/DoctorSlump''.]]
* The cast page for ''Webcomic/MindMistress'' says of the title character, "[[LampshadeHanging If I.Q. tests were reliable much above 200]], she would have one of 794."
* In ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'', it's never stated exactly what Lindesfarne and Fenton's IQ's are, but apparently they're high enough to get them UsefulNotes/{{Mensa}} memberships.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': Kevyn Andreyasn is generally considered the smartest human in the galaxy. At one point, Kathryn says he has a four-digit IQ. Thurl raises his eyebrow at that, and Kathryn admits she's prone to hyperbole.


[[folder:Web Original]]
* Doctor Fiona Richards, the former superheroic crime-fighter "Diamond" from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' was said to have an IQ of 174. Interestingly enough, it was never said by ''her'', and whenever someone else mentioned it, she would always interject that she didn't trust IQ tests, and besides, the particular test that resulted in that IQ score "had a margin of error of plus or minus seven points". While she always said this in order to imply that her IQ might have been "merely 167", one of her close acquaintances would always point out that this could also mean she has an IQ of 181.
* Dr. Grey from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' has an IQ of 240.
* Played straight and averted in ''Literature/BeyondTheImpossible''. Noriko’s IQ is estimated as 265 early on, but she dismisses it as unreliable. Before the start of the series she had an IQ of 101 (literally just a smudge over perfectly average).

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'', Shredder has an IQ of 675, and Splinter's IQ is 475.
** Vernon's nephew, Foster, said he has an IQ of 271 during the science fair interview with April.
* Martin Prince of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has an IQ of 216. Professor Frink, 199 (though it lowers to 197 after he hits his head). Comic Book Guy and Dr. Hibbert were both in the 170s. Stephen Hawking? 280 (granted, that's just what ''he'' claimed).[[note]]Ironically, the real-life Hawking does not know or care about his IQ; according to him, anyone who boasts about it is a loser.[[/note]]
** Lisa is another example, whose IQ is a somewhat more realistic 156 (according to "Homer's Enemy".)
* [[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron Jimmy Neutron]] has an IQ of 210.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{King of the Hill}}'' had a very funny nod to this in one episode, with Hank mentioning that Peggy has an amazingly high IQ, 170, as she's told him many times. Peggy admits that that's true, but still worries about her intelligence since [[KnowNothingKnowItAll "that is only my own estimate."]] She is almost immediately thereafter taken in by an internet IQ test scam which sells her several [[PhonyDegree "overnight" PhD programs for people of exceptional intelligence.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Eye of the Beholder". Scotty says that the Lactran child has an IQ "in the thousands".
* Billy from ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' gets his IQ of [[ImprobablyLowIQ -5]] boosted to 200 in an episode where he gets drafted into the CIA.
* This trope is {{Averted|Trope}} in ''WesternAnimation/ChipAndDaleRescueRangers'' because they never actually put a number to Gadget's IQ; though it is described as being "ludicrously high".
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' shows that Brainstorm, one of Ben's transformations, has an IQ of 10^30, or '''one nonillion'''. And according to WordOfGod, Gray Matter's species is ''even smarter''.
* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': Rick is allegedly the smartest being in the universe.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The best known IQ scales (like Stanford-Binet) are a normalized scale for human intelligence. The average person is always supposed to be at 100 IQ, and the rest are meant to be distributed based on a Gaussian distribution (the normal distribution or bell curve). Unfortunately IQ scores are extremely difficult to interpret since there is no generally accepted definition for intelligence in the first place and tests are designed with a ''vastly'' more specific goal in mind than measuring "intelligence," the Stanford-Binet, for instance, was only meant to aid in placement for students.
** Misuse of tests can result in actual improbable [=IQs=]. For example: In tests with many categories of intelligence there can be instances of having too few questions in a section combined with an unexpectedly low age for the person taking the test, resulting things like an IQ of 300 in spatial relationships.
* The real life person who formerly held the (now nonexistent) Guinness world record for highest recorded IQ is Marilyn vos Savant. The official number varies, according to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, but it has been said to be 180s, 190s or even 200+, depending on the test. However, there has been some controversy surrounding this claim, due to the questionable authenticity of the "Mega Test", which was used to find her score for the book.
* Anyone in UsefulNotes/{{Mensa}} is in the top 2% of the IQ range. The Omega Society turns this {{up to eleven}}, only accepting people with [=IQs=] statistically only occurring in one out of a million people.
** The (possibly tongue-in-cheek) [[http://www.gigasociety.com/ Giga Society]] turns this Up To Twelve, accepting only [=IQ=]s occurring once in ''a billion''. The (certainly tongue-in-cheek) [[http://www.eskimo.com/~miyaguch/history.html#Exa Exa Society]] turn this Up To... well, a lot, accepting only [=IQ=]s occurring once in ''a million billion''.
* Creator/MasiOka was tested at 180. Considering he was the go-to guy for doing special effects without breaking computers in ''StarWars'', that measurement is probably right (or as right as any IQ score ever is).
* The late Creator/StephenHawking was often cited as one of the smartest men in the world... But when asked what his IQ was, he replied [[AvertedTrope "I have no idea.]] [[TakeThat People who boast about their I.Q. are losers."]][[note]] Hawking would not have been able to take an IQ test later in life, anyway, as his ALS prevented him from speaking or using his hands, the computer he used to speak took a fair bit of time to say anything, and IQ tests are timed. [[/note]]