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Academic Athlete
Yes, usually jocks are just dumb. But this jock is different. This jock just made the Dean's List and has to choose between an academic scholarship to a prestigious Ivy League school, or the football scholarship in the Big 12. In other words it's what you get when you combined a well toned mind with well toned muscles.

This character is much more likely to be female than male, even though the sports being played are traditional male sports. This is probably done as a mix of Passionate Sports Girl and Higher Education Is for Women. If there's a contrast between two girls, this one will be firmly the Tomboy in Tomboy and Girly Girl because of how independent she is. Sensitive Guy and Manly Man on the other hand are less likely to use this as the sensitive guy is more likely to be academic and the manly man is more likely to be athletic.

They don't have a Dumb Muscle look to them, neither a smart one but sporty look, somewhere between casual and tough.

Can overlap with Renaissance Man if the Academic Athlete has more than just the two skills, especially if he has artistic ones.

Compare Genius Bruiser, Badass Bookworm, Adventurer Archaeologist, and the duo of Brains and Brawn.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Azumanga Daioh's Koyomi Mizuhara is an honors student, second only to Chiyo academically. She's also an outstanding athlete and usually does well during their school's annual sports fest.
    • However, Sakaki is the best athlete at the school, and also excels in her studies. She has the next highest test scores after Chiyo and Yomi.
  • In Kare Kano, Miyazawa and Arima are always near the top of the school's exam rankings, and Arima wins nationally at kendo. For Miyazawa, only other characters praise her sports ability, though.
  • Natsumi Hinata from Keroro Gunso is both the top athlete in school and near the top of her class in grades as well. She is contrasted with her little brother Fuyuki who is both un-athletic and more interested in his hobby than his studies. The Gag Dub naturally exaggerates both of these tendencies.
  • Hinagiku Katsura of Hayate the Combat Butler is the Student Council President with the highest grades whenever they are mentioned (her treasurer is second-highest and her secretary third) as well as the Captain of the rarely-ever-mentioned Kendo Team. As seen in the school's athletic festival and marathon race, she trumps just about everyone at school with the possible exceptions of Hayate himself and her older sister Yukiji (although Yukiji is nowhere near as smart as her and Hayate eventually studies to get near her level but has yet to surpass her).
  • In Revolutionary Girl Utena, the rose-seal duelists are not only the prettiest and most popular students (generally composed of the Absurdly Powerful Student Council and Utena) but they are also all excellent students to complete the perfect appearance. Given the nature of the series this sense of perfection is the source of both speculation and dramatic tension.
  • All the good quarterbacks in Eyeshield 21 are this trope. So are Devil-Bats lineman Jumonji, sociopathic Jerk Jock Agon, and too many other examples to count. Generally the series likes avoiding Dumb Jock as much as possible.
    • Agon actually took a sports scholarship to Shinryuuji, even though he qualified for an academic scholarship, simply because he didn't like the other guy up for it.
  • Akemi Homura from Puella Magi Madoka Magica is one of the smartest and best at sports in her class. Which makes the contrast with her initial role as being neither good at academics nor able to do gym class at all in Timeline 1 that much more jarring.
  • Takenori Akagi from Slam Dunk is both the captain of the basketball team and one of the smartest students in Shohoku. Hilariously lampshaded when Sakuragi and Miyagi imagine him at class... as a gorilla with glasses. It's a plot point in the "gym fight" episodes, as he's stuck in an advanced class when Mitsui and his gang attempt to destroy the basketball team.
  • Fate Testarossa of Lyrical Nanoha is shown in side-materials to be this as a student. She gets perfect marks in nearly every subject (except for Japanese language) in school and being so good at math that she helps Nanoha's older sister with her math homework. On the other end, even without using her powers, she's second to only resident Passionate Sports Girl Suzuka in terms of athletics.
  • Parodied with Miyu Edelfelt of Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA - on her first day in elementary school she uses high-school-level math to solve a geometry problem, while her attempt at the 50 meter dash smashes world records.

Film
  • Andre in Necessary Roughness. He got into Texas State on a football/chemistry scholarship, and by his third year has nearly completed his PhD and is teaching classes. He quit football to focus on academics his freshman year, but he steps up when the school's program is in danger and the team needs players. Other than the QB, he's the only one on the team who's ever played before
  • Spoofed in The Comebacks, where the eponymous college football team is, to a man, on the Dean's list. Their coach, however, is upset upon hearing this, as it doesn't fit with the dumb, irresponsible jock stereotype. He encourages them to slack off and party more often.

Literature
  • Jess of Bridge to Terabithia thinks highly of Leslie Burke because she beat all the fifth grade boys in their race and she can impress teachers with her imaginative essays and ability to appear focused in class.
  • The Dear America book With The Might of Angels has Dawnie who has the highest grades in the elementary division of her school but more than anything she wants to be part of the All-American Girls Baseball League.
  • Kristin Amanda “Kristy” Thomas from The Baby-Sitters Club has the management skills to create the club and be it's president. Her sport is softball and she even starts a kids' team.
  • In A Certain Magical Index, Mikoto Misaka is better at academics than Touma (despite being a few years younger than him) and also highly athletic. Most of this is justified by Mikoto being a high-level esper, meaning she receives much better tuition than Touma and has limited Super Intelligence as a Required Secondary Power - in her spinoff series the presence of her classmates makes it far less notable.

Live-Action TV
  • Basketball star Mary Camden from 7th Heaven will occasionally tutor other characters.
  • Samantha “Sam” Kepler from Wishbone participates in every sport her male friends do and is picked for her class team captain spelling bee because she's always reading.
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder from Little House on the Prairie will get dirty and play baseball as a child but at sixteen she becomes more elegant and gets her first teaching job.
  • Jane Vaughan of Degrassi is a skilled football player and the Valedictorian of her class. Her plan is to become a lawyer. This is also the same case for Katie, who is not only on the soccer team, but is in karate, the school newspaper, and is student council president.

Real Life
  • New York 1, a major cable news channel in The Big Apple offers a "Scholar Athlete of the Month Award" to one high-achieving high school student, in a praise-heavy featurette.
  • Truth in Television for how some well-educated American athletes appear to Europeans where sports is not typically tied to academics but often involves dropping out of school early to pursue one's sports career full-time.
    • A recent example is Myron Rolle, Rhodes Scholar receipiant in 2008. He was an all-ACC defensive back for the Florida State Seminoles and was good enough to get drafted in the NFL in 2010. He is currently back at Florida State studying medicine.
  • Collegiate athletes are required to maintain a certain grade point average, usually a C, but the toughest coaches want more.
  • Dr. Benjamin Spock was an Olympic rower in 1924.
  • Ken Dryden. Drafted by the Bruins, had his rights traded due to his desire to attend college. Played hockey for four years at Cornell, won championships. Went to law school while playing in the minor leagues. Sat out a year in the "NHL" on a contract dispute, and did his law clerking instead. Played 8 seasons in the NHL around that and won 6 Stanley Cups as the goaltender for the powerhouse 70s Montreal Canadiens. Hall of Famer AND author of one of the best sports memoirs ever, "The Game".


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