->''"A-ha! A place of learning and culture!"''
-->-- ''The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Gentleman]] unit upon being stationed in a research building, {{VideoGame/Empire|TotalWar}} and VideoGame/NapoleonTotalWar''.

Sometimes, the only [[TheSmartGuy smart people]] in a work are [[TVGenius TV geniuses]], [[AbsentMindedProfessor absent-minded professors]], [[InsufferableGenius insufferable geniuses]], or representatives of some other variety of "[[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation brilliant-automatically-equals-socially-awkward]]". One of these may have EinsteinHair or otherwise seriously neglect his appearance. In those works, you can expect him to be more concerned with [[EEqualsMCHammer abstract equations]] or other intellectual problems than with the real human beings around him. Maybe his intellectualism is just a way of [[WickedCultured hiding his evil character]].

Not so with anyone who is a '''Gentleman and a Scholar'''. He manages to be both a highly intelligent expert in his chosen field ''and'' a pleasant, well-adjusted, and socially engaging human being, sometimes being even ''more'' attuned to the nuances of social etiquette than many less-intelligent characters. Frequently, his emphasis is more on the humanities than on the natural sciences (he is probably [[CunningLinguist fluent in dead languages]] and always handy with an [[{{Epigraph}} apropos quotation]] from Creator/{{Aristotle}}, Saint Augustine, or [[Literature/TheDivineComedy Dante]]), but this is not an absolute rule. Whatever his field, he is always striving to learn more, but ''never'' allows himself to fall victim to CripplingOverspecialization. He is always well-groomed and [[AwesomeAnachronisticApparel neatly dressed]], unless extraordinary circumstances dictate otherwise. Simply put, this is what happens when TheSmartGuy is also a NiceGuy.

Sometimes, the aformentioned socially awkward intellectuals can fit this. Simply because someone is socially inept does not mean he is rude. Professor Frink and Dr. Brown would never hurt a fly.

This character may not necessarily be an actual BlueBlood or QuintessentialBritishGentleman, but his adherence to the GoodOldWays, his [[SacredHospitality graciousness as a host]], and his intelligent and erudite conversations make him ''seem'' like one. Unlike the slightly-infantilized geniuses one may see in other works, a Gentleman And A Scholar is always [[CoolOldGuy mature]] and maintains his composure. He is typically older, but if not, expect him to be [[WiseBeyondTheirYears wise beyond his years]]. That maturity may or may not make him a BadassBookworm, but he generally tends to eschew direct physical confrontation if it can be avoided. He frequently strays into AntiquatedLinguistics, and possibly the better-done sort of SesquipedalianLoquaciousness. His ''alma mater'' is probably a school with a [[{{Oxbridge}} long history and Gothic towers]].

He is more often unwed, but if he has a family, expect him to be a [[ThePatriarch benevolent patriarch]]. If he goes off to war, expect him to receive a commission and become an OfficerAndAGentleman [[WarriorPoet (and a Scholar)]].

This trope is commonly seen in conjunction with GeniusBookClub (expect to see [[Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy many leather-bound books]] and a [[Creator/EdgarAllanPoe bust of Pallas]]) and SmartPeoplePlayChess. May or may not smoke [[DistinguishedGentlemansPipe a pipe]]. [[SmartPeopleWearGlasses Glasses are common]], but many such characters tend to be older, so perhaps it is [[JustifiedTrope justified]]. Shares a few characteristics with the GentlemanSnarker, though there probably isn't much actual overlap between the two, and ''may'' be an example of the GentlemanSnarker. Will usually be at least a bit of a RenaissanceMan, though what makes him a gentleman and a scholar is not his diversification into multiple fields ''per se'', but rather his ability to maintain his dignity and be socially well-adjusted even while intensively studying an academic subject.

Note that this is not ''[[AlwaysMale always]]'' [[AlwaysMale a man]], but neither is it strictly a [[UnisexTropes unisex trope]]. It is ''possible'' for a woman to be "A Lady and a Scholar", but because women were not common in academia until the 20-21st century, the archetype has not had proper time to develop an easily-recognizable DistaffCounterpart. There's also less expectation of InsufferableGenius associated [[WomenAreWiser with female academics]], so their being warm and well-mannered is less likely to be a defining trait.

Also see GoodIsNotDumb. If he has magic, he's a GentlemanWizard. A existing character can be upgraded inexplicably in this way via InstantCultured.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Negi Springfield from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' may be just a 10 year old kid, but that doesn't stop him from being a prodigious scholar in spellcasting, martial arts and language among other things as well as a kind young boy.
* Taichi Hiraga Keaton of ''Manga/MasterKeaton''.
* Dr. Emil Lang of ''{{Anime/Robotech}} II: The Sentinels''. He was both the father of Earth based Robotechnology as well as a shrewd politician, elder statesman, and father figure. Unlike typical scientists, he gets along well with the military (especially since it consists of friends like Rick Hunter, Lisa Hayes, Gunther Reinhardt, Max and Mirya Sterling, Vince and Jean Grant). The ''Sentinels'' character design also did away with the weird all-black eyes and made him look more dignified.
* Dr. Tenma from ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' is a highly-accomplished brain surgeon and an incredibly caring and selfless man.
** Dr. Reichwein also has shades of this, and Johan comes off as this to hide his true colors.
* ''LightNovel/MaoyuuMaouYuusha'' has a female example of this trope, the Demon Queen. Her fields of expertise are Anthropology and Economics and may be awkward in romantic matters, but she is a natural at social events and a master of negotiation. And yes, she is one of the good guys.
* Amadeus Seal in the ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'' manga is not only a Van Koff art scholar, but is also polite, well-mannered and friendly. [[spoiler:Or at least the [[GentlemanThief member of the Gentlemen art thieves]] impersonating him acts like this in order to lower Edgeworth's guard- and succeeds, as Edgeworth only realizes his true identity too late]].
* Kyoya Ootori from ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' definitely qualifies. His composure is nigh-unflappable, he's courteous to a fault and is by far the most intelligent member of the club. He also has a darker side, but it's mostly PlayedForLaughs.
* Jonathan Joestar from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventurePhantomBlood'' is a totally NiceGuy and a university student who attempts to write a scientific thesis on [[ArtifactOfDoom the Stone Mask]].
* The Silver King in ''Anime/{{K}}''. As a teenager, he was a prodigy running experiments on the Slates, and he definitely fits the "gentleman" part as King.
** Izumo Kusanagi fits this, unexpectedly for a [[GangBangers HOMRA member]]. In the [[AllThereInTheManual novels]], it talks about how he went to a top school, and he seems to speak at least four languages, plus he's the one to organize a lot of the planning for HOMRA [[spoiler: and all of the Clans, once they make their alliance]].
** Reisi Munakata, the Blue King, fits this to a T. Eloquent speech, fine artistic knowledge, formal aesthetic (check his office)...

* In the ComicBook/XMen, Professor Charles Xavier and Nobel Prize laureate Moira [=MacTaggert=] (née Lady Kinross) very much fit the pattern, perhaps even better than Dr. Henry P. [=McCoy=] aka the Beast.
* Comicbook/DoctorStrange (also an example of GentlemanWizard and CulturedBadass)
* Dilton Doiley from Franchise/ArchieComics is often one.
* Doctor Doom certainly thinks of himself as one.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* Alim Surana in [[Fanfic/DragonAgeTheCrownOfThorns this]] particular ''Franchise/DragonAge'' fanfiction seems to come across as something of this sort. The [[GuileHero dwarven noble protagonist]] also seems to be one.

* Doc Emmett L. Brown from the ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' trilogy seems to be nearly a lunatic; who just happens to be a brilliant engineer. But in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'' he is revealed to be quite the gentleman, and ladies' man, as well. Even more impressive if you consider that he decided to become a ladies' man only relatively late, in the [[Film/BackToTheFuturePartII second movie]]. Not to mention how different the standards of formal etiquette were between the 1980's and the 1880's. The original draft for both the [[Film/BackToTheFuture first film]] and the sequels have Doc as being quite the ladies man in the 1950's. It would have also been revealed that he was engaged to the daughter of the Dean of the university he worked at, before it had been broken off when he ''refused'' to help design biological and chemical weapons for the Army.
* [[Creator/NicolasCage Benjamin Gates]] from ''Film/NationalTreasure'' and its sequel. He fights villainy not with brute force and a gun, but rather using his wits and his knowledge of American history (albeit a [[ArtisticLicenseHistory wildly inaccurate version of it]] that only applies within the confines of the film). In the second film (and to a lesser degree in the first), his goal is simply to restore the honor of his family name--a name which goes back far into American history, making him the closest American equivalent to a BlueBlood. He also manages, despite a little hint of social awkwardness, to comport himself around a gorgeous woman without [[AllMenArePerverts acting like a jackass or a complete fool]].
* The movie ''Film/{{Gettysburg}}'' and its prequel, ''Gods and Generals'', depict the transformation of a Gentleman And A Scholar into an OfficerAndAGentleman, through the character of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. This is TruthInTelevision; Chamberlain was a respected professor of [[RousingSpeech rhetoric]] at Bowdoin College who [[JumpedAtTheCall volunteered]] to fight in the War Between the States, in which he repeatedly demonstrated [[KnightInShiningArmour gallant heroism]].
* Professor Maurice Phipps (Laurence Fishburne) in 1995's ''Higher Learning''; he is genuinely interested in the well-being of his students, dispensing sage advice, but holds them to high standards, accepting none of their lazy excuses. He even [[GoodSmokingEvilSmoking smokes a pipe]].
* Red Pollard's father in 2003's ''Seabiscuit'' seems to echo this trope; a respected family man, he makes his children memorize poetry and encourages them to cherish reading and books.
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones''
** Henry Jones, Sr., from ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', is a fair example. He is a little socially awkward, but it is strongly implied that most of this is due to trauma over his wife's death. He fits the trope even better in ''Series/TheYoungIndianaJonesChronicles'', where he is, for all his ''many'' faults, a good and decent father, and an expert on Medieval Chivalry.
** Indiana Jones himself, on the other hand, is a major subversion of this. In his classroom, he ''looks'' the part, but in actuality, he is a [[AdventurerArchaeologist rough-and-tumble cowboy]] who has just as many problems adapting to normal society as a typical bookworm... they're just the ''opposite'' problems.
* The Professor in ''Film/TheLadykillers'' (Professor Marcus, played by Alec Guinness, in the 1955 original; Professor Dorr, played by Tom Hanks, in the 2004 remake) is a subversion. He is a charming, erudite, and gentlemanly man who studied classics and wishes to use his hostess's house as a place for his friends to practice playing classical music... except his friends can't play a single note, and he is actually the leader of a gang of desperate criminals.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesProfessorCharlesXavier Professor Charles Xavier]] is well-educated (he has a doctorate in genetics) and carries some characteristics of a QuintessentialBritishGentleman. ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' affirms that he's half-British through his mother, and she had raised him to behave and speak like a proper upper-class English gentleman.
** [[DependingOnTheWriter Many depictions]] of the Beast from ''ComicBook/XMen'' emphasize his RenaissanceMan qualities and generally good nature. Appropriately, his first film portrayal was by Creator/KelseyGrammer.
* Pretty much all of the Tri-Lambdas in ''Film/RevengeOfTheNerds'', but especially Louis and Gilbert. They're academic and studious as hell, but are a real bunch of sweet guys. Well... maybe save for Booger.
* Corporal Miller in the film version of ''Film/TheGunsOfNavarone'', as he's played by David Niven.
* Professor Bernstein in the 1957 Hammer production ''Film/TheCurseOfFrankenstein'' is described as one of the most brilliant minds in Europe, but reminds Dr. Frankenstein that men of science are human, too, and must take time out of their work to enjoy life and the company of others. He appears to be an engaging conversationalist and a pleasant houseguest.
* Stephen Maturin in the 2003's ''[[Film/MasterAndCommander Master and Commander: The Far Side of The World]]''. He is a excellent ship's surgeon, a brilliant naturalist, and a damn fine cellist. Further, while most of the crew sees him as rather upper-crusty sort, his empathetic and kindly behavior towards all of them, not to mention saving a fair number of them from certain death, earns him their love and respect. (In the books he's more pinch-faced, miserable, and socially awkward, but still much-loved by the crew. And women.)
* ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'' has Cameron Winklevoss, one of the Winklevoss twins, the men who felt that Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea.
-->We are not starting a knife-fight in the ''Crimson''. And we are not suing anyone. Because we are gentlemen of Harvard. This is ''Harvard'', where you don't plant stories and you don't sue people!

* ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' opens with Edmond Dantes as a young, naive sailer; his transformation into the suave, educated, and urbane Count began with his meeting (in prison) the Abbe Faria, who educates him and reveals to him the location of a great treasure. Edmond made the most of both.
* Creator/CSLewis
** Professor Digory Kirke from ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' novels fits like a glove. He slightly resembles an AbsentMindedProfessor at first glance, but this is probably just a thin layer of ObfuscatingStupidity. In any case, he is gracious enough to allow [[SacredHospitality the Pevensie children to stay in his home]], and dispenses sensible, mature advice based on keen and sound observations about human nature. It helps that he's [[spoiler: already been to Narnia himself]].
** Elwin Ransom from ''Literature/SpaceTrilogy''. The character was very loosely based on his friend Creator/JRRTolkien, who was a [[RealLife real-life]] example of this trope. Ransom (like Tolkien) is a philologist, a professor at Cambridge, and a linguist ''par excellence''. As for the "Gentleman" part ... it wouldn't be out of line to say Ransom is a saint in the literal sense.
* Creator/RoaldDahl
** ''Literature/{{Matilda}}'' is a genuinely sweet-natured kid, and never thinks of herself as superior for her brains. If she's asked anything intellectual, she will respond in a polite fashion. She really only dislikes people who are annoying or rude to her. The book carefully emphasizes this.
** Dahl's most famous character, [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory Willy Wonka]], also qualifies as this. He does love to boast about and show off his many wonders, and he does tend to brush off questions, but that ''generally'' stems from happiness and excitement rather than the superior manner of an InsufferableGenius. He is a whimsical {{Trickster}} (and the TropeNamer for [[TheWonka eccentric authority figures in general]]), but he's also highly intelligent and fun to be around -- provided you behave. If he had actual magical powers, rather than simply being a RenaissanceMan MadScientist, he'd fit the GentlemanWizard trope like a glove. (Note that this does not apply to his portrayal in [[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory the 2005 film adaptation]] -- there he is an InsufferableGenius ManChild instead.)
* Abraham Van Helsing in Bram Stoker's novel ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', where, despite being "one of the most advanced scientists of his day", he has nerves of steel, an open mind, a kind heart, and a wry sense of humour.
* Literature/AlbertCampion. Although he usually pretends to be stupid when people meet him so they'll underestimate him.
* Scheherazade in the ''Literature/ArabianNights'' is a Lady and A Scholar as well as being TheStoryteller. As are many of the women in the stories she tells.
* David Malter in ''Literature/TheChosen''. Reuven and Danny as well. Rebbe Saunders is "gentlemanly" enough but is hard to get to know. Especially for his son which is the point of the plot.
* Sostratos in ''Literature/OverTheWineDarkSea'' is likable and gentlemanly. He would fit this trope except he has trouble getting along with sailors. He is probably a cross between this and IntelligenceEqualsIsolation.
* Literature/LordPeterWimsey. Expert on rare books, fond of obscure facts, World War I veteran who won the undying devotion of Sgt. Bunter (who becomes his valet), skillful in unarmed combat, an aristocrat with a self-deprecating sense of humor, an oenophile with an encyclopedic palate, legendary cricket player, keenly intelligent amateur detective, and (until he falls in love with Harriet Vane) definitely a ladies' man.
* In the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' books, prominent politician Nicolae Jetty Carpathia is supposed to be the epitome of this, being a master of politics, [[CunningLinguist linguistics]], business, social sciences, and other fields, as well as being a total [[TheCharmer charmer]], supernaturally eloquent speaker, and [[WickedCultured very well-cultured all around]]. At least until he reveals his true nature as [[spoiler:TheAntichrist]].
* Literature/SherlockHolmes is quite [[GeniusSlob eccentric]], [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation asocial]] and [[InsufferableGenius arrogant]], but he is perfectly capable of behaving like a gentleman when the situation calls for it (particularly when aiding young ladies in distress). Many adaptations, however, ignore this. In addition, his ArchEnemy, Professor James Moriarty. Despite being ''the'' ruthless [[DiabolicalMastermind Mastermind]] of the criminal underworld, Moriarty is a renowned scholar of mathematics, and those who encounter him find him to be [[VillainWithGoodPublicity charming and fatherly]]. He is even [[AffablyEvil gentlemanly enough]] to personally offer Sherlock a chance to back down and allow Sherlock to write a letter to Watson before the final fight over Reichenbach Falls.
* In ''Literature/DarknessVisible'' Lord Henry Lewis and William Marsh both qualify, due to having impeccable manners and an enormous breadth of knowledge. Part of the reason the book is so full of [[ShoutOut shout outs]] is that [[BlueBlood Lewis]] is the narrator, and naturally refers to everything from Mythology to Creator/CharlesDickens.
* Faramir in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. Highly intelligent and scholarly, he is also a gracious host and very pleasant individual, able to have a good and friendly conversation with various people from very different cultures and background (Frodo, Sam, Éowyn, Merry, etc...).
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Remus Lupin in is a good example of the trope: a mild-mannered, pleasant, scholarly figure who genuinely cares about the children under his care and is generally well-liked. The only area he doesn't fit is in terms of presentation (he's always described as very shabby, with patched robes and a dilapidated suitcase), but this is a symptom of his extreme poverty, the cause of which is beyond his own control. He's also ''a frickin' werewolf'', which makes his fitting this trope all the more remarkable. A lot of werewolves turn their back on wizard society, but he is a loyal member of the good guys and a genuinely good man.
** Dumbledore, who remains polite and well-mannered in all situations (even to his enemies), and is a renowned scholar known to have worked with Flamel, credited with the discovery of twelve uses of dragon blood as well as known to speak Gobbledegook and Mermish.
* [[UsefulNotes/BritishCoppers DCI]] Nightingale in ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'', a fine gentlemanly old wizard of the London police service. A stark contrast to the [[Series/AshesToAshes Gene Hunt]]-types that are otherwise represented.
* Ben in ''Literature/TheLeonardRegime'' is both the most intelligent member of the team and the most sophisticated.
* Khalid Sayeed in the ''Literature/VenusPrime'' series is both a brilliant geologist and consummate gentleman, although he's also a bit of a religious snob.
* [[Creator/RobertHeinlein Heinlein]] was fond of these, along with the RenaissanceMan types. Many of his protagonists were learned and witty intellects, and when they were more rough-and-tumble types there would be Gentleman Scholar as a [[{{Foil}} contrasting supporting character]].
* Franchise/DocSavage is this as well as being a GeniusBruiser. He is never less than polite, no matter what the provacation, and is at ease in most social situations. Ham Brooks may fit the mould even better than Doc, as he is Havard's smartest law graduate and regularly tops the best dressed men in the USA lists.
* Jaan Vikary, perhaps the most likeable person in Literature/DyingOfTheLight, is one of these.
* Lord Colefax in ''Literature/MurderAtColefaxManor'' appears to fit the bill, as he always remains polite to the player and dabbles in a mixture of historical, medicinal, and musical studies. [[spoiler: Subverted when it is revealed that he runs the cult of Legrys Mor.]]
* President Bartlet in ''Series/TheWestWing'' who is for the most part both a brilliant man and a very kind-hearted, well-mannered and [[FatherToHisMen fatherly]] figure, at least to those who work for him in the West Wing. He does have a slight tendency to slip into InsufferableGenius from time to time (particularly when he's lecturing on one of the pedantic little avenues of trivia that he loves so much) and the nature of his position means that he can be quite forceful and intimidating.
* Ossian Bergman in "De skandalösa" by Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt is a brilliant (if nerdy) scholar, and he also seems to be morally superior person compared to his ChivalrousPervert friend Gabriel.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The Professor on ''Series/GilligansIsland''.
* Ducky on ''Series/{{NCIS}}''.
* Of course, Franchise/ThePinkPanther is a gentleman, a scholar ''and'' an acrobat.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Doctor is nice enough to most people, and will frequently give his enemies a silly amount of chances to redeem themselves. He often behaves as though he had NoSocialSkills, but is nonetheless charming, and, at least in most [[TheNthDoctor incarnations]], generally polite. He's also cultured and seemingly tries to be well-dressed, but his wardrobe is at best [[GorgeousPeriodDress anachronistic]].
** The Doctor who probably suits this trope the most would be the Third Doctor. Always charming, suave, polite and well-dressed, once he finally got back full control of the TARDIS that is.
** River Song is a female example of the scholar and a gentleman: she is an academic doctor and later professor, is charming and witty, empathetic towards others like Amy Pond and can move in a variety of social situations. She is also dangerous, but unflappably so.
** Professor/Major Palmer from the series 7 episode "Hide" seems a good, human, example. Genuinely remorseful for the death and destruction he caused during WWII, and a professor of Psychology (and ghost-hunter). Dresses the part, too.
* Daniel Jackson from ''Series/StargateSG1'', at least after he got over some of the awkwardness of the early seasons.
* Rupert Giles on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is surely the epitome of this trope. As a well-spoken Englishman, he is deliberately calculated to stand out in the show's California setting. A librarian and former curator of a/possibly THE British Museum, Giles is a little awkward but mostly charming, and serves as a repository of information without which Buffy would be unable to complete her mission.
** Although, when the situation calls for it, (mainly when [[PapaWolf something seriously threatens Buffy]] or the other Scoobies) [[BewaretheNiceOnes he can be quite violent]].
** Also, his slightly awkward nature comes as a backlash [[spoiler: to his violent teen-to-twenty-something rebellion, which left a wake of chaos, death, and destruction.]]
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': Frasier and Niles Crane are pompous and snooty enough to push the limits of this trope, but are still polite, scrupulous, charming, cultured, devastatingly witty, and are two of the foremost psychiatrists in Seattle with respective [=IQs=] of 129 and 156. Their mother, Hester, also qualified for this trope ''and'' was less snobbish than her sons.
* Detective Murdoch in ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' is every bit a gentleman and a scholar. He is intelligent, observant, scientific and clear-headed, using methods that are advanced and unusual for his time (the 1890s). He is also a gentleman and polite to a fault. He loses his love-interest, Dr. Ogden, because [[CanNotSpitItOut he is too polite to unambiguously state his feelings to her]]. (He was also, for a time, smitten with, and manipulated by, [[spoiler:Sally Pendrick]] but what kept him from falling completely for her was his impeccable manners.)
* Bernadette in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' is a doctor in microbiology and [[BewareTheNiceOnes generally]] very nice and sympathetic in early seasons. As the show went on, her HairTriggerTemper becomes one of her most frequent traits.
* ''Series/NoahsArc'': Though a bit awkward compared to the rest of the cast, Chance still manages to be quite charming and educated in social etiquette (and in specific situations, very social and suave).
* In ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', Harold Finch may avoid social situations, but he is a very well-read computer genius who is incredibly polite and courteous, prefers to be well dressed whenever possible, and basically fits this trope to a 't'.
* In ''Series/ChinesePaladin'', [[TheSmartGuy Jinyuan]].
* Artemus Gordon from ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' is an eminently charming, immaculately dressed gentleman as well as a scientist, inventor, walking encyclopedia and all-around genius.
* Magnus from ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'' would be an example of a Lady and a Scholar, being an extremely brilliant scientist and also a genteel, charming, and witty person who is enviable to have as a guest, host, or boss.
* In most iterations of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', the ship's Chief Medical Officer tends to fall into this, in various flavors:
** Leonard "Bones" [=McCoy=] is a seasoned FrontierDoctor and SouthernGentleman in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', while in the [[Film/StarTrek2009 reboot]] he is a bit younger and hot-tempered, [[SourSupporter usually frustrated by the antics of his crewmates]].
** [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Doctor Beverly Crusher]] is unflappably cool and elegant, and an old friend of Captain Picard's, leading to their long-standing UST and Picard's status as [[ParentalSubstitute surrogate father figure]] to her son Wesley. Picard himself is a gentlemanly archaeologist who just happens to also be [[OfficerAndAGentleman the captain]].
** [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Doctor Julian Bashir]] is whip-smart and considers himself quite the charmer, in addition to being [[QuintessentialBritishGentleman extremely British]]. He even gets described by Miles O'Brien by the trope title[[note]]Although that was actually a Changeling infiltrator pretending to be Bashir and nefariously offering sandwiches to crewmates hard at work, Bashir being secretly imprisoned elsewhere.[[/note]]
** [[Series/StarTrekVoyager The Emergency Medical Hologram]] is a bit [[DrJerk short on bedside manner]], considering that he was originally programmed to deal with short term medical emergencies.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' has Aaron Hotchner. Anyone on a team with [[InsufferableGenius Spencer Reid]] is going to fade into the background, intelligence-wise, but Hotch is a talented profiler and an extremely smart man who's often only a step or two behind his genius co-worker. On top of that, he's calm, kind, impeccably polite and always well turned out in a suit and tie. He's more earnest than charming, but manages to be well liked and respected by most everyone he encounters.

[[folder:Roleplaying games]]
* ''[[TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade Vampire: The Masquerade]]'' has an entire Bloodline - the Kiasyd - who are the epitome of this trope. Admittedly, they generally look like seven-foot tall elves with black eyes, but they're polite, scholarly, and cultured seven-foot tall elves with black eyes.

* Both Lucentio and his servant, Tranio, in ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew''. At the beginning of the play, they're headed off to study at the famous University of Padua, but they get derailed by a ZanyScheme to get Lucentio a girl. Nonetheless, the fact that Lucentio is effortlessly able to impersonate a tutor, and Tranio is effortlessly able to impersonate his high-class master, shows them both to be textbook examples. (In fact, Tranio is arguably [[TheJeeves more educated than his master]], being able to speak Latin and casually name-drop Ovid.)

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/ProfessorLayton'' is a professor of archaeology, a master logician, and a QuintessentialBritishGentleman.
* Speaking with her former tutor in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' pretty well confirms that Princess Zelda is a Lady and a Scholar. The game's resident nerd Shad may also qualify for this trope, though he doesn't get quite enough screen time to prove it.
* Miles Edgeworth, most visible in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations''. Aside from the perfection fixation and [[spoiler: being set up to be arrested for his father's murder]], being raised by the von Karmas wasn't too bad for him.
* Artemus from {{VideoGame/Thief}} is intelligent, well-spoken, and even-tempered, making him this even among fellow [[TheOrder Keepers]].
* The first ''VideoGame/FrontMission'' game has Hans Goldwin, a professional hacker who finds out helpful info for anyone who needs it, and is a good friend in general.
* Kraden in every installment of the ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' series, with his outgoing nature and enthusiasm for every new (or old) thing the heroes encounter. In ''[[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn Dark Dawn]]'' his student Rief is one as well, in a more [[TheQuietOne soft-spoken]] and {{Adorkable}} way.
* The Spy of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is portrayed in this manner. He apparently speaks five other languages and is often the only sane member on the team.
** The Engineer is sometimes portrayed this way as well, especially in the Tie-in comics. He can not only build any machine imaginable, but he is polite, and knows fine art when he sees it.
* Sir Hammerlock of ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}''. A QuintessentialBritishGentleman who is introduced with the subtitle "Hunter, Scholar, Gentleman" who has journeyed to Pandora to risk life and limb to study the deadly and beautiful native life. And by "life and limb" we're not talking hyperbole here; he's lost an arm and a leg to a Thresher named Old Slappy. He's been loath to go out into the field ever since that incident, though. That is until his DLC, ''Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt'', where he travels to a jungle continent along with the Vault Hunters for a hunting expedition.
* Gentlemen in ''[[VideoGame/EmpireTotalWar Empire]]'' and ''VideoGame/NapoleonTotalWar'' are researcher units that are spawned from certain intellectual buildings like Universities and Obervatories. You can also send them out to [[DuelToTheDeath dual]] rival agents.
* Gallus Desidenius in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', the deceased former Guildmaster of the Thieves Guild. Before his murder by [[spoiler: Mercer Frey]], he was a highly intelligent GentlemanThief, scholar and linguist, who authored several books on the history of the Nightingales, Thieves Guild and Queen Barenziah, even becoming fluent in the ancient and near-forgotten language of the Snow Elves. In addition to his scholarly pursuits, his status as a MagneticHero allowed the Guild to gain friends and contacts across Skyrim and made one of his life-long friends after being caught breaking into his lab, having gotten [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny distracted by]] the [[GeekyTurnOn research on display]].
* In ''VideoGame/BravelySecond'', Yew Geneolgia eventually reveals he is a SIX-star scholar in a school/city where even five-stars are treated like nobles. This doesn't stop him from being nice to his fellow students (even after he's long graduated) and he only ever pulls rank for a brief moment in the defense of a friend (from a five-star bully, by the way).
* The base game of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' gives us Frederic of Serault, and the DLC ''Jaws of Hakkon'' adds Kenric of Starkhaven. Both gentlemen are professors at the University of Orlais, where Frederic is one of Thedas's foremost experts on draconology and Kenric is an authority on ancient history. Both are extremely friendly, personable individuals who are unerringly polite and respectful to the Inquisitor and his/her friends. Frederic can be recruited to the Inquisition as an agent, while Kenric assists the gang in their efforts to find out what became of the Inquisitor's predecessor eight hundred years ago.

* Henry Jekyll of Webcomic/TheGlassScientists is the spitting image of a charming socialite, and is also a doctor and expert on the magical and supernatural.
* Being university dwellers of relatively good upbringing, Luther and Lucien of ''Webcomic/FamilyMan'' both typically fit this, though Luther can edge towards awkwardness. Lucien, however, is particularly charming. Ariana is a RareFemaleExample.
* Alexander Hamilton and Nathan Hale in ''Webcomic/TheDreamer''.
* ''Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}}'': Sedgewick.
* ''WebComic/TheOswaldChronicles'': Oswald, scribe and gentlemouse.
* Several characters of ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', among them Koon and Lero-Ro, but Ship Leesoo takes the cake. Not only is he able to solve the riddle that brought [[MagnificentBastard Koon]] to his knees and at several points proves himself being well-read and a keeper of great general knowledge, is also the funniest, most social and responsible characters of his batch of Regulars. Good job for someone who runs around in a purple track suit.
* Minor character Jansen from ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' appears to be this. The art history professor at the school where Jean teaches, he's an older gentleman, unfailingly polite, somewhat verbose and clearly well-schooled and passionate about his chosen topic. Described as "charmingly bohemian." Has been known to smoke a [[BubblePipe bubble pipe.]]

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* Phase, of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. Once an heir to the largest fortune on the planet, he now copes with his mutation with aplomb, and a ruthless determination to fix himself. He speaks four modern languages, reads Latin and classical Greek and Old English, is currently working on several journal articles with a professor of world literature, and is single-handedly attacking the ReedRichardsIsUseless trope across [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]].
* Website/TheArtOfManliness is based entirely around this trope, offering readers advice on how to achieve these goals.
* Professor Lambert of the ''Website/{{Neopets}}'' ''War of the Obelisk'' is extremely intelligent and seems to be a genuinely nice and polite person as well.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'':
** Tom Sloane is one of the most clearest examples to this trope. He's intellectual, but unlike Daria and Jane, he is socially active and nice to anyone who interacts with him.
** Jodie is one of the most popular girls in school with a tight social schedule, and is also among the students with the best grades, was invited to a prestigious school for the gifted and then to an interview for a complete scholarship, subverted slightly since she has mentioned in some occasions that that situation is tiring since she is seen a the ideal of the perfect african american girl and wishes to focus more on her academical goals and forget about the social part a bit.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In the episode "Lisa's Wedding", Lisa sees an alternative future that she would have a relationship with a young man who shows traits of this trope. While at first this seems to be, is immediately subverted at the end of the episode, becoming in a JerkAss.
* Twilight Sparkle is this ''most'' of the time in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', but tends to slip up whenever it will suit the plot.
* Professor Utonium from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
* WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb.

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* In Russia, this is often called ''intelligentsia''. This is the original, pre-Revolutionary meaning of the word, still used sometimes today. After the Revolution, many ''intelligent''s were opposed to the Soviet rule (not necessarily to Communism itself--see UsefulNotes/LeonTrotsky as an example), and the word came to mean a politically rebellious intellectual.
** "Intelligentsia" usually is applied to the econonomically insecure, well-educated formation that evolved in Russia during the late 19th century as university arose, partly due to the Russian problem of a very small middle class. Many members of the intelligentsia, especially if they could not snag a civil service position, did not have enough money to live the life of a gentleman and a scholar, and so the younger intelligentsia also became a breeding-ground for rebellious political movements pre-1917 as well. There are good reasons why many civil uprising in the 20th century started as student revolts.
* Creator/StephenFry. While not really an ''expert'' in any given field, he shows great interest and fascination in nearly any topic. He has been described as a Renaissance man and a national treasure of Britain. Russel Howard referred to spending time with him as "like hanging out with Google."
** The same can be said about Creator/BenedictCumberbatch. As ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' co-star [[http://bakerstreetbabes.tumblr.com/post/22846797732/listen-transcript-in-sherlock-she Lara Pulver]] put it, "Never play a word association game with Benedict Cumberbatch. The man is a living Oxford Dictionary."
* Sir Creator/MichaelRedgrave is another example from the acting profession. Redgrave went to a public school, was Cambridge-educated and taught at the prestigious Cranleigh School before taking up acting. He wrote two acclaimed books on acting, one book of poetry, one novel ("The Mountebank's Tale") and an autobiography.
* Creator/ChristopherLee also almost certainly counts.
* This is, according to {{Creator/Confucius}}, the ideal state of a man, and has accordingly affected much of East Asia's cultural expectations of men. Ever wonder why there's a huge focus on study in China, Japan, Korea and other East Asian countries? Confucius. There's also elements of the WarriorPoet, as the Six Arts of the Gentlemen are Rites, Music, Archery, Charioteering, Calligraphy, and Mathematics. To a lesser extent Daoism also approves of gentlemanliness; the Chaotic to Confucianism's Lawful, if you will.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89milie_du_Ch%C3%A2telet Emilie du Châtelet]] may have been a female version of this: a brilliant mathematician and physicist, she was also a woman of the world who was accepted by the heavily masculine milieu of European science, managed to seduce and keep two famous men as her lovers. Some people mocked her for her dedication to science, but she was never so crude as to take the bait.
* Creator/JackKirby fit this trope somewhat despite his humble roots and lack of formal education past high school (something that wasn't unusual for his generation). He was kind and approachable despite one newspaper describing his appearance as that of a "foreman" on a construction yard (in comparison to Creator/StanLee's hip, smiling, flashy persona). He was a UsefulNotes/WorldWarII veteran, was very well spoken (despite assumptions that might have come with his characteristic New York accent), and had a wide range of interests, especially regarding science, religion and mythology. His home had a vast library of books on many subjects. Kirby and his wife often graciously welcomed guests to their home, even, reportedly strangers who dropped by unnanounced. Author Ronin Ro's biography "Tales To Astonish" gives much insight into what kind of man Kirby was. There is much damning evidence that suggests that Kirby was the more talented half of the famous duo that created the Marvel Universe.
* Creator/DorothyLSayers fits this trope as a Lady and a Scholar. She was one of the first women to attend Oxford, was fluent in French and Latin (not to mention in her own native English where she was known to be eloquent and more than capable of handing out [[GentlemanSnarker gentlewomanly snarks]] that deflated more than a couple of egos), was a writer of some of the most well thought out mysteries of all time, a play-wright and lay-theologian, and translated into English both "The Song of Roland" and most of Dante's Divine Comedy before she died.
* Creator/TomHiddleston, he has a double first from Cambridge, studied acting at RADA, reads Ancient Greek and Latin, and seems to have a knack for picking up languages. He's also preposterously nice and endlessly optimistic.
* Creator/JRRTolkien and Creator/CSLewis were both good friends and strong proponents of this trope as they were both war veterans, scholars, and British Christian gentlemen.
* Creator/CarlSagan was by all accounts very gracious and courteous.
* Mathematical genius Leonhard Euler, whose published works totals about 75 volumes (600 pages each) and a conservative estimate of 4,000 letters between his colleagues, was described as a "jovial fellow, witty and enjoying life." Combine this with his happy marriage and his many children and grandchildren ("amidst them he would do his calculations with a child on his lap and a cat on his back... [rolling] with laughter at a puppet show and [indulging] in horseplay with his children and grandchildren, his fantastic mind calculating away..."), his knowledge of 5 languages (He enrolled in Greek, Latin, and Hebrew in college, and knew French and his native German because he was Swiss), and his reputation as the greatest mathematician ever, and he quite fits both roles.
%%* UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson, of course.
* The last emperor of Brazil UsefulNotes/PedroII was a man of science, progress and advocate of arts and free speech, notorious for being friends with several geniuses of his time like Alexander Grahan Bell and Wagner to name a few. He is also regarded as TheGoodKing by his contemporaries as well as modern people.