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->''"A shame. If you were anything akin to me, perhaps we could've become friends. Then again, you would need an IQ of more than 200 to meet the minimum criteria."''
-->-- '''Bedman''' to... [[MirrorMatch himself]], ''[[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Guilty Gear: Xrd]]''

At first glance, Adam the Insufferable Genius appears to be exactly the type who's doomed to learn AnAesop about humility: he's very talented, he ''knows'' he's very talented, and he doesn't mind telling you repeatedly what a talented person he is. But the difference between him and your [[SmallNameBigEgo standard-issue loudmouth]] is that he really '''''IS''''' that good, and when you need someone with his skills to save the day, he always comes through. So you have to concede that at least a ''little'' of his arrogance is justified -- not enough to make you forget that he's got the [[InsultToRocks social skills of a buzzsaw]], but enough that you can tolerate his ego if that's what it takes to keep him around. Not that he can't ever be hit with AnAesop of some kind. In particular, every Insufferable Genius constantly runs the risk of humiliation if they ever make a mistake -- which they are more or less bound to do eventually, by simple probability theory.

May overlap with BrilliantButLazy. Depending on their overall skill and/or hamminess, they may be an AwesomeEgo. May join in a BattleOfWits, if anyone is in the right league. Compare GentlemanSnarker, TallDarkAndSnarky, KnowNothingKnowItAll, TooCleverByHalf, BunnyEarsLawyer, TheProudElite. Contrast with characters that ''do'' get their [[AnAesop Aesop]], who may [[PrideBeforeAFall fall quickly]] or be [[BreakTheHaughty slowly broken]].

In some way or another, the Insufferable Genius' inflated ego is merely [[FreudianExcuse a petty facade]] that compensates for any insecurities and shortcomings, perceived or otherwise. They may also be crazy and truly believe they're above everyone else. Sometimes, though, they actually can reveal a personable and compassionate side of themselves along with a deep, dark secret revealing why they're the way they are, in which case they have BigEgoHiddenDepths. Regardless, while people may have the right to boast about themselves, there's never really any real reason to do so in such an overt manner, especially if it can be backed up. Despite any "justification", arrogance is usually indicative of weakness, immaturity, stupidity, poor character and the like; something the Insufferable Genius would be too proud to realize.

Also contrast with a GentlemanAndAScholar, whose intelligence does not prevent him from being gracious, friendly, and polite, and the SmallNameBigEgo, who thinks he's an Insufferable Genius but is merely Insufferable. See KindheartedSimpleton which is the opposite of this trope. Compare RightlySelfRighteous if it's the character who is morally right despite how condescending they are. See TallPoppySyndrome for how they're often reacted to.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' Skuld practically ''oozes'' this trope, and never receives anything to cut down on her massive ego. In order to balance this out, the writers had to have her fail constantly at her main goal in breaking up Keiichi and her sister Belldandy.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', Claire Stanfield is so acutely aware of his own awesomeness that he has quite literally come to the conclusion that [[AGodAmI the universe actually revolves around him]]. This wouldn't be so bad if he also wasn't just a tad AxeCrazy.
* ''Manga/BokuNoHeroAcademia'' has Bakugou Katsuki, a GeniusBruiser and TheRival to the main character. He spent the first 15 years of his life being showered with praise about his wits, quirk and prowess in battle, to no one's surprise, he has a brutal HairTriggerTemper, gets violent and shouts at the slightest tease, and has varying degrees of PsychoticSmirk in his face [[BloodKnight whenever he fights]]. He gets massive pieces of HumblePie thrown at him during the entire run of the manga, including the guy who he always looked down defeating him, TheAce of the class basically ignores him because he sees Midoriya as the real top of the class, various character show potential to defeat him and even [[spoiler:getting kidnapped with Midoriya leading a rescue group to find him]].
* ''Anime/CodeGeass''
** Lloyd, an InsufferableGenius MadScientist who is something of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
** And Lelouch, who, when not intentionally restraining himself, has a very much "I'm better than you" outlook on life. However, the only people who really see this from him are Kallen and Suzaku.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'':
** Light Yagami, when he's at his most [[JustAsPlanned All According To Plan-ness]].
** Though this is only from the audience's perspective. Light would never let another human being know he felt that way - though it leaks out more and more towards the end.
** L is this too, at least as far as Aizawa is concerned.
** Near [[strike: has a bit of]] ''exemplifies'' this as well: "Please don't make me repeat myself." Especially when he does his "Look what I got from Santa!"- face.
* ''Manga/DragonBall''
** Bulma occasionally falls into this, especially in the first show, and in the ''Z'' days before she married Vegeta and had a son. Although she is super-intelligent, even more so than her father, she can be whiny and selfish.
** Her husband, Vegeta, is [[BirdsOfAFeather almost as bad]] but in a different way. He is a fighting genius and won't hesitate to remind everyone just how good he is. After all he is the [[BadassBoast Prince of all Saiyans]]. Most of the characters find his ego to be almost unbearable, but his strength and fighting talent are second only to Goku. He does get a little better by the end of Buu Arc though.
* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'':
** Agon Kongou is considered the most talented athlete of the century and never lets anyone forget it. He never trains and regularly mocks the efforts of normal people or as he calls them, "trash." It doesn't help that he's a sadist with occasional AxeCrazy moments. "My strong point is that I'm invincible!" Sadly, that's ''almost'' true.
** Hiruma also shows obvious signs of this. He's definitely a genius, whether it's about American Football or anything else, and apparently that gives him the right to carry around firearms and abuse everyone. The only way he knows off to show people he cares is by kicking them. HIS strong point? "My strong point is that I win!"
** Clifford Lewis and Mr. Don of team America are this and then some, unfortunately they can back up their words.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Edward Elric, a TeenGenius with alchemy skills that are the envy of alchemists who have been doing this much longer than he has, an impressive head for deduction, and many other skills besides. He's also a BrattyHalfPint ([[BerserkButton don't tell him that]]) with an ego as big as he isn't.
** Ed may be a bit of a Deconstruction. As children, he and Al practiced alchemy and were prodigies at it, (probably because of their dad). When their mother died, they sought to do the unthinkable and try and bring her back. They paid ''dearly'' for it as Al lost his body and Ed his left leg before sacrificing his right arm to get get back Al's soul and bind it to a suit of armor. Both obtain alchemic knowledge beyond imagination, requiring no circles or seals for it (though Al initially doesn't have this as trauma blocked the memory at first.) Now seeking to return themselves to normal, they end up getting another tragic dose with the fate of Nina. Despite Ed's brash exterior, he knows that even with alchemy he is still human, and the inability to save even one little girl remains on his and Al's conscience for the rest of their lives, but help their character development.
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' Sousuke certainly has his moments. Especially so in the novel, where more of his thoughts are shown, as well as extra dialogue displaying more aspects to his character (especially in regard to his sense of pride). Also, his pet peeve seems to be people calling him an amateur or hobbyist when it comes to Arm Slaves, as he'll very indignantly correct them that he's not an amateur - he's a "specialist." He is also more than willing to taunt his fallen enemies for being losers, as well as telling them why their tactics were inferior to his. Justified in that he really ''is'' that good, and definitely qualifies as a TeenGenius.
* ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'': Karl Lichter von Randoll. While Randoll ''is'' a legitimately talented athlete, he talks down those who aren't on his level in Cyber Formula racing and lets his talent go through his head. He got over it little by little as the series progresses.
* ''Manga/ZatchBell'' - [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] - Kiyo starts out despising his intellectual inferiors (read: everybody) and the feeling's mutual. On the other hand, his unpopularity actually seems to bother him a lot and it might be a chicken-and-the-egg situation because [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer people were jealous]].
* ''Anime/{{Geneshaft}}'': Dolce, the genius programmer, with the added bonus that she herself seems to be very quiet, while she lets her ''puppet'' do all the bragging. So she's one hell of a ventriloquist too.
* ''Manga/GetBackers'': Ban Midou is this, all the way. He's characterized and {{lampshaded}} numerous times as being a major InsufferableGenius that insults and looks down on (almost) everyone he meets, and loves to flaunt his superiority. In fact, according to his profile in the manga omake, he's described as an extremely prideful person whom most people dislike initially. In the ''Birth'' Arc (which chronicles when Ban and Ginji first became Get Backers), he's shown to be even ''more'' big headed, telling Ginji to call him "LORD Ban," and gloats about how he's a genius, demanding Ginji to praise him for figuring out a strategy to defeat Takuma Fudou. Of course, all of this is completely justified, seeing how he is ''the'' strongest and smartest character in the entire series. As a matter of fact, he actually has the power to [[spoiler: bend things to his will if he believes it]].
* ''Anime/GhostHunt'' : Shibuya Kazuya AKA ''Naru'' is the epitome of this trope, bonus point that he is a [[spoiler: certified genius and living legend in his field. In sequel manga adaptation, he is revealed he has doctorate and skipped admission to university.]] However he is also prone to BrutalHonesty which consist on admitting out loud he seldom met people smarter than he is.
** This is balanced by the author, while he was an academic genius, his common knowledge outside of his research field is almost non-existent. He claim he didn't care about anything else aside from his research.
* ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo''. Takamura Mamoru. He has an ego of the size of a planet and believes himself to be strongest man in the history of men. Well, it's just that this may very well be true, since he is the strongest boxer in the entire manga. His daily {{jerkass}} habits contain bullying Aoki and Kimura and rubbing the fact that they're... not the best boxers... in their faces.
* Saya Takagi from ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead''. Her tendancy to insult everyone around her, whine, and use her friends as meatshields hasn't made her very [[TheScrappy popular with fans.]]
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'': Lord, Kyoya Hibari is so insanely egotistical, proud, condescending, and brutally violent. Yet his sheer genius and strength in combat (along with his [[{{Bishonen}} incredibly good looks]], which [[DracoInLeatherPants win over the fangirls]]) manages to compensate and even ''justify'' his attitude. Oh, and he [[KarmaHoudini gets away with pretty much everything]]. His sort-of-loss in an [[CombatPragmatist unfair fight]] with [[MagnificentBastard Mukuro]] is a ''gigantic'' blow to his ego, and results in his [[FoeYay obsessing over]] proving his superiority over him. Well, [[spoiler: 10 years into the future, he apparently got over it. And he's ''still'' an InsufferableGenius]].
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': Kurt Godel, who is identified as a genius, and is extremely {{smug|Snake}} about it.
* Toru Muhyo of ''Manga/MuhyoAndRoji'' is the youngest Executor in history, has an incredible amount of tempering and can use highly advanced magical laws to sentence dangerous spirits. He also frequently talks down to other MLS agents, belittles Roji, and mocks people who try to get ahead through hard work alone (which is a personal issue for him, since his best friend struggled to become an Executor to support his mother, then turned evil after he lost his mother and was passed over for the position almost simultaneously).
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Neji Hyuuga starts out as one of these before [[DefeatMeansFriendship his defeat]] by Naruto Uzumaki.
** Sasuke also showed some signs of this, but usually got knocked down a peg before he could get too conceited. And then, he got much, much worse.
** Kakashi also started out as this, mainly toward Obito. He insists on taking point against an enemy ninja to try out his new jutsu, Chidori, destroying almost all the ninja's clones and almost taking down the ninja, but being limited by the jutsu's tunnel vision, and having to be saved by his teacher. Kakashi gets better by the end of Kakashi Gaiden, and by the start of the series, is a relatively modest individual who bears regret for his decisions.
* George from ''Manga/ParadiseKiss'' is a genius [[SeriousBusiness fashion designer]]. He's also a complete [[JerkAss jerk]].
* Ryuunosuke in ''LightNovel/ThePetGirlOfSakurasou'' shows streaks of this after coming out from [[{{hikikomori}} being a reclusive]] GadgeteerGenius for five months: he doesn't even bother listening to the teacher's lecture and also eats [[TrademarkFavoriteFood tomatoes]] in class, which the teacher finds irritating.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Homura initially has this personality, acting haughty and holier-than-thou and refusing to explain herself; yet she seems to have [[AwesomenessByAnalysis comprehensive knowledge of both magical girls and witches, allowing her to easily defeat any opponent despite her weak offensive magic]]. Just to emphasize the "genius" part, she also breezes through ridiculously difficult math problems and claims to know where the BigBad will appear through "statistics." [[spoiler:Her knowledge and skill mainly comes from experience, though, not intelligence--she's spent ''years'' stuck in a GroundhogDayLoop. That insufferable personality is a facade to help her remain detached and focused on her virtually-impossible quest to save Madoka.]]
* Ranma Saotome of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. He even has a whole move (the Moko Takibisha) that's powered by his massive overconfidence. But even most of the characters who hate him for his ego will grudgingly admit that he has the combat skill to back it up. His ability to improvise strategy is, if anything, even MORE impressive. As he himself says, "if [[MartialArtsAndCrafts it's got martial arts in it]], I can beat it!" And he '''will'''.
* Hiko from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' loves bragging and calling himself a genius, but he really is much stronger than any other character in the series.
* Subverted in ''Franchise/SailorMoon''. Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury is a ShyBlueHairedGirl, but her classmates ''think'' she's an InsufferableGenius and [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer shun her away]]. Played straight with Shingo Tsukino, though. He's a great student, his sister is a BookDumb [[TheDitz Ditz]] and he won't let her forget it.
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': Sergeant Major Kururu has a mischievous streak a mile long, and seems more interested in amusing himself than completing the invasion of Earth. However, he's still a (technically senior) member of the Keroro Platoon, and the group's "ideas" guy.
* Zelgadis Graywords, a book-smart chimera from ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}'', shows signs of this in newer anime and manga adaptations; he dismisses his companions mostly because he has intellectual skills that they don't really have, such as strategizing in battle, cartography skills, a knowledge of magical lore, and in the third anime series, is good at math. Unfortunately, [[{{Hypocrite}} this doesn't always show when he fights]].
* ''Manga/SoulEater'': Excalibur would like you to know that his legend began in the twelfth century. And that he had written several books: [[ItsAllAboutMe "First Excalibur," "Breakfast with Excalibur," "Lunch with Excalibur," and "...it's Excalibur!"]]
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' and ''Anime/TenchiUniverse'': Washu claims to be 'the greatest scientist in the Universe' and really is. She even invented tiny robot mascots to proclaim her greatness whenever she needs an ego-boost. Also insists on being called 'Little Washu' and being treated with all the indulgence due to a child, despite the fact that she is over 10,000 years old and virtually omnipotent, capable of suspending the laws of physics or even destroying the Universe if she so pleases. Somewhat subverted in that she is still fairly nice to the people around her and gets along with them fairly well.
* ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'':
** Ryoma Echizen. At twelve, he beats high school players with ease, before revealing that he's [[IAmNotLeftHanded really left-handed]], and, if you watch the anime, also defeats professional players in the US Open. Frequently taunts his opponent with "Mada Mada Dane" ("You still have lots more to work on"). A prick, really. Made all the more obvious by titling the chapters as 'Genius #'.
** Keigo Atobe is quite like that, being a mix of the PrincelyYoungMan with MagnificentBastard ''and'' LargeHam. And what makes it worse is that he's the biggest DracoInLeatherPants within [[PortmanteauSeriesNickname Tenipuri]] fandom.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh''
** Seto Kaiba. With ego and indifference to match.
** The anime only character, Rebecca as well.
* ''Manga/MurasakiiroNoQualia''. Alice makes no attempt to hide her attitude to those without special gifts, although she does act incredibly friendly to those with them.
* Klim Nick from ''Anime/GundamReconguistaInG'' is known to the Amerian forces as "Genius Klim" for his tactics and piloting skill. He's also known to ''himself'' as that and often boasts of his brilliance while he's fighting. When he's outwitted or his plans otherwise go pear-shaped, he tends to flip out that his opponents have the effontry to be as smart as he is.
* In ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'' the cast is largely filled with them to varying degrees. The three most obvious are probably Erina Nakiri, Subaru Mimasaka and Souma himself.
** Erina Nakiri is probably the most obvious of them and is known as God's Tongue in the culinary world for her picky tastes and perfectionist attitude. Unfortunately, her arrogance is entirely warranted and further amplified by her just having terrible social skills in general. When tasting dishes as either part of her job or just because she can, she's able to make extremely detailed observations like noting someone cooked a single ingredient for several seconds too long, skipped a particular step in the cooking or at best noting exactly what steps someone took in cooking, what ingredients they used and most other things about the preparation.
** Subaru Mimasaka. He is a genuinely highly skilled and innovative cook with excellent technical skills, great attention to detail, and a great theoretical grounding. All in all, he is able to match several of the series' top players ''within their special fields''. His only flaw is his personality, which is widely considered so vile that no kitchen would hire him. He is obsessed with winning cooking contests, and does so by stalking his opponents, goading them into matches, stealing their recipes and improving on them just enough to win. Then, to cap it off, he rubs their faces in the fact that he could improve recipes they've spent their life perfecting enough to wipe the floor with them in days.
** Finally, Souma himself is generally pretty easy going, but he does start the series by taunting Erina so much that she gives him a failing grade on the exam out of irritation and wounded pride. Petty, but understandable. During his introduction to the student body, he scoffs at the lot of them, calls them a bunch of stepping stones to further his career and declares he'll never lose to mere students with no professional experience. A few chapters later he's booed as he enters his first cooking duel and hasn't the faintest idea why everyone is against him.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/LexLuthor might not be the smartest man in the DC Comics continuum, but he's close. And he's going to let you know it, any second now.
-->'''Lex Luthor''': [[Film/{{Superman}} Lex Luthor, the greatest criminal mind of our time!!]]
* In ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'', AIQ Squared is this in spades.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' can be this, especially when he does team ups.
** There's also ComicBook/TheRiddler, from his RoguesGallery, who frequently taunts [[GeniusBruiser Batman]] about his supposed stupidity.
* Arion, at least in the Superman story "Camelot Falls." He believes that Superman must die, leave, or otherwise stop interfering with humanity. He saw a BadFuture where mankind got complacent due to Supes helping all the time, ending with the human race getting wiped out. His problem is that he thinks his plan (destroy Supes) is the only option, instead of just cooperating with Supes to fix it. Arion also mocks and puts down anyone who tries to give him advice.
* [[DefrostingIceQueen The female Dr. Light]]. During ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', she angrily storms out to find the BigBad after one of her allies is seemingly crushed. {{Superman}}, worried that she'll get into trouble, flies after her. He not only finds that she's okay, but she has discovered and analyzed the BigBad's machine of destruction. She sternly informs him that she knows what she's doing.
* ''SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom'': Victor Von Doom! of the Marvelverse is renowned for his villainous arrogance. His original enmity with Reed Richards came about because he refused to consider the possibility that he could make an error, then, when the machine blew up in his face (literally), he concluded that Richards had sabotaged it.
* Doom's nemesis, Reed Richards of the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'', approaches this occasionally. He actually uses his genius for the betterment of mankind ([[ReedRichardsIsUseless sometimes]]).
** In one notable example, he got into an argument with Hank Pym when he claimed that he knew more about Pym particles than Hank did. Hank called him a bitch for that insult.
* Comicbook/{{Hardware}}; see Creator/DwayneMcDuffie[='=]s run on ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' for numerous examples. He spends most of this time snarking about how easily he was able to break into JLA headquarters and how easy it was to hack into their communicators system. This angers [[GreenLantern John Stewart]] who at one point angrily yells "Okay, we get it! You're smarter than us."
* ''ComicBook/IronMan'': Tony Stark has been like this since his conception, though the actual strength of it depends on the writer.
** The ''Superior Iron Man'' is basically Tony taking this trait UpToEleven.
* Brainiac 5 of the ''Comicbook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'', particularly in the current reboot and the one after the "Zero Hour" CrisisCrossover.
** His ancestor, Vril Dox II of L.E.G.I.O.N., has a pretty big head as well.
** Humorously, when three alternate Legions are brought together to face Superboy Prime, the three Brainiacs 5 bicker over which one of them should be the authority; None of them can stand any of the others (albeit for different reasons; One of them is distrustful of an older Brainiac 5 because he's never trusted any adults before and isn't about to get in the habit of it.)
** During The Final Night, a CrisisCrossover, the Legion found themselves trapped in the 20th Century, and Brainiac 5 and the aforementioned Lex Luthor were forced to work together to solve the problem of the Sun-Eater. A humorous moment came when Brainiac 5 complained degradingly about how "primitive" the 20th Century tech was. Luthor loudly proclaimed to the entire room, "Young man, you're so much more advanced then we primitive cavemen, surely you must have already solved our dilemma!" Brainiac 5 promptly shut up.
** One of the (surprisingly many) post-crisis reimaginings of the origins of Superman involves his first meeting (as Superboy) with the Legion, who have violated the laws of time and causality to meet him out of hero-worship. When he discovers this, Brainiac 5 delivers a pompous lecture about the possible effects this could have. One of the Legion 'innocently' challenges him to work out the exact odds of his disastrous predictions coming true, riling Brainiac 5 up so much that he immediately leaves to do just that -- leaving Superboy to hang out with the other members of the Legion, which was of course the whole point.
* An early plot turned Tails from ''[[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog]]'' into one temporarily. Sadly, he shows occasional traces of it now in his regular [[TookALevelInJerkass "good"]] persona.
* ComicBook/{{Loki}} of ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' usually ventures here when his plans are working (especially against Thor, since intelligence and magic are the only places he can outclass his older brother). Seeing as how he's often shown to be the Marvel Universe's resident master of the whole spectrum of ThePlan, he sometimes deserves it.
** Notably, he has tricked Tony Stark (and the rest of the Avengers), Dr. Doom, and Mephisto. That's two other people on this page and the devil. You might get to gloat a little for that.
* Layla Miller of ''ComicBook/XFactor'' is often seen doing this.
* Sapientín from ''ComicBook/ZipiYZape''.
* [[ComicBook/DoctorOctopus Doc Ock]] is particularly bad about this in ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'', especially when gallivanting around as ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan''. Notably, he scoffs at Peter's lack of scientific advancements, despite knowing he invented the advanced web shooter tech when he was fifteen, and has been too busy saving the world since then (often from Ock himself) to do much research. But nope, Ock's still "superior" to all other scientists. It gets so bad that, after he is told by Spidey about his HeelRealization and HeroicSuicide at the end of the ''Superior'' saga, he comes to the conclusion that the only reason he would do such a thing is because Peter's brain couldn't handle his genius and it affected him.
* Brainstorm of ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' is incredibly self-important and narcissistic, but is tolerated nonetheless because of the never-ending stream of outlandish (and highly effective) weapons he's constantly producing.
* Dr. Nemesis combines this with SesquipedalianLoquaciousness to insult and berate those anyone around him whom he believes less intelligent than himself. That is to say, ''[[SurroundedByIdiots everyone]]''. In one case, when reimplanting Comicbook/{{X 23}}'s claws at the beginning of Necrosha[[note]]Kimura cut off her arm during Not Forgotten, and Laura retrieved her adamantium claws to replace the natural bone ones once her arm grew back[[/note]] he insulted her "amateurish" job extracting them from her old arm. For reference, Laura is one of Marvel's ''top assassins'' and her skill with her claws has been described as surgical in precision.
* The last DC Comics story of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', "Smart And Smarter" (Issue #59 of Cartoon Network Block Party) had Blossom being admitted to a school for exceptionally smart children. Of course, this goes to her head as after Bubbles draws a rainbow, Blossom details what causes rainbows in a condescending manner. When she starts ragging on Buttercup and Bubbles on their battle techniques against Mojo Jojo, breaking down every movement to a science, even Mojo has had enough and challenges Blossom. Eventually at the end, [[TeamRocketWins Mojo outwits Blossom]], with Bubbles' and Buttercup's blessings!
* Arguably the most insufferable of insufferable geniuses, ''ComicBook/TheSpider'' from the British comic book ''Lion'' is all the more insufferable because he's exactly as clever as he thinks he is, being both a ''GadgeteerGenius'' and a brilliant improviser, and he's never shy about telling everyone within earshot just how magnificent he is, including himself (in his thoughts) when there's nobody else there to listen to him.
* The first arc of the ''ComicBook/MisterTerrific'' series involves a supervillain named Brainstorm who is able to raise other people's intelligence at the expense of their social skills, effectively turning them into insufferable geniuses.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The main characters of ''Fanfic/Swing123AndGarfieldodiesCalvinverse'' mostly fall into this somehow.
** Calvin's a GadgeteerGenius, later becoming TheChessmaster, and also a pretty big {{Jerkass}};
** Hobbes is extremely proud of his animal roots;
** Socrates is an ''[[UpToEleven insanely]]'' CrazyAwesome [[ThePrankster prankster]] doubling as TheFriendNobodyLikes;
** Finally, Sherman is a BunglingInventor who is nonetheless extremely smart (''speaking'', no less!), but has a nasty case of SmallNameBigEgo.
** The only one who doesn't fit this mold somehow is Andy, tying into his role as the OnlySaneMan.
* [[AuthorAvatar Daneel Randt]] from the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries'' is a bright but arrogant young technician.
* Partly subverted in ''Fanfic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed''. The [[LemonyNarrator narrator]] certainly sees herself as one, possessing a harsh personality despite her genius in uncovering the ancient conspiracies of Equestrian history. However, as the fic goes on, it becomes clear that her works of genius are powered by InsaneTrollLogic, leaving her mostly just insufferable.
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony''. While Twilight Sparkle in ''My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic'' would occasionally dip her hooves into the insufferable pool (see Western Animation, below), Twilight in ''Ultra Fast Pony'' dives straight into the deep end. She's so irritatingly self-assured that the other ponies tell her outright that they hate listening to her.
-->'''Spike:''' I just don't understand why you can't let her be?\\
'''Twilight:''' Let her continue to live her life believing in something that is ''wrong?'' \\
'''Spike:''' Why not?\\
'''Twilight:''' Spike, listen. I am the smartest and wisest pony in the whole town. Everything I do works, and everything I do makes perfect sense, and shut up about the burrito. My way of living is vastly superior to anyone else's, and it is ''my duty'' to have everypony do exactly as I do. My thoughts and reasonings are always rational and correct, and I will not rest until everyone else has the same opinions as me!
* Kadabra from ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5954460/1/Total-Pokemon-Island Total Pokemon Island]]. This doesn't entirely change when he does a HeelFaceTurn and evolves into Alakazam. Other Pokemon get irritated by him at times, especially Weavile (at first).
* Rose Weasley in ''Fanfic/{{Returning}}'' has inherited her mother's "bossy know-it-all" tendencies along with her brain. Scorpius Malfoy is intelligent but, unlike his father, doesn't really see himself that way — as such, he interprets Rose seeing him as TheRival as her being a {{Jerkass}}.
* Fanfic/TheMansionverse's ghosts can be quite smug about how good at scaring they are, and the worst is easily the Portrait Man, NightmareFuel personified when on the job but insufferably smug (and chatty) about it during 'breaks'.
* Ash's Pokédex in ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' never ceases to remind everyone of how smart it is.


[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Scar from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' reminds everyone how smart he is a little too often.
--> '''Scar''': Well, as far as ''brains'' go, I got the lion's share, but when it comes to brute strength... I'm afraid I'm at the shallow end of the gene pool.
--> '''Scar''': I'm ''surrounded'' by ''idiots''.
** He also does this throughout the Be "Prepared" song.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Mozart, as portrayed in ''Film/{{Amadeus}}'', is this trope to a T.
* John Nash of ''Film/ABeautifulMind'' has traces of this.
* Matt Damon's character from ''Film/GoodWillHunting'' can be this at times, particularly when explaining to Stellan Skarsgaard's character how frustrated he is. Most of the drama of the film comes from the fact he uses his genius to drive everybody who tells him to do something, ''anything'', better with his life than being a two-penny janitor and construction worker completely crazy.
* ''Film/ImNotThere'': Jude Quinn, the Music/BobDylan {{Expy}} played by Creator/CateBlanchett, has shades of this.
* Tony Stark in ''Film/IronMan''. An engineering genius, billionaire, and ladies' man, he's got the ego to match. He enjoys putting the boot to his rivals and opponents, but he's usually having too much fun to be a dick to anyone else.
* Duncan from ''Film/MysteryTeam'' fakes the genius part, but gets the insufferable down pat. He spent his childhood memorizing bits of trivia, and assumed this was enough to make him a "Boy Genius."
* Herbert West, ''Film/ReAnimator'', is a young medical genius who has discovered the secret of bringing the dead back to life, but he pisses off so many people with his condescending attitude that no one likes him. Also the zombies probably don't make him very popular.
* Aptly, Iron Man's actor (Creator/RobertDowneyJr) also plays ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' as well, who is much the same (a genius investigator with more than his fair share of bothersome quirks).
** Wonder how Creator/JudeLaw Watson isn't annoyed with this?
* ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'':
** Iron Man keeps it up and spends most of the non-action scenes striking a perfect balance between indispensability and insufferability. Summed up perfectly in this well-known exchange:
--->'''Steve:''' Big man in a suit of armor. Take that off, what are you?\\
'''Tony:''' A genius billionaire playboy philanthropist.
** Loki also qualifies. Massively intelligent even by the standards of an Asgardian, and he doesn't mind reminding people how great he is:
--->'''Loki:''' '''''Enough!''''' You are all of you beneath me! [[AGodAmI I am a god]], you dull creature!
:::This backfired, because he said it to Film/TheIncredibleHulk, who proceeded to grab Loki by the ankles and slam him repeatedly onto the ground before offering up this witty rejoinder[=:=]
--->'''Hulk:''' Puny god.
* ''Film/YoungFrankenstein''. Frederick has his moments.
* Just about everyone in ''Film/NowYouSeeMe'', though Atlas and Bradley stand out.
* Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr in ''Film/TheManWithTwoBrains''.
* Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Website/{{Facebook}}, as portrayed in ''Film/TheSocialNetwork''. However, it's left ambiguous whether he really is that obnoxious or if his jerkass behavior in some of the flashbacks is the result of [[UnreliableNarrator unreliable witness testimonies]].
* In ''Film/{{Rush 2013}}'', Niki Lauda is madly talented, knows it and will not hesitate to let everyone else know.
* Henry Higgins from ''Film/MyFairLady'' has this in spades. He is incredibly intelligent and has a near encyclopedic knowledge of linguistics. However, he's also arrogant, misogynistic, and completely selfish. Even his own mother gets annoyed with him and delights in seeing Eliza [[BreakTheHaughty put him in his place]].
* ''Film/TheImitationGame'': Alan Turing is this a lot of the time, lampshaded when he's told that "in order to play the 'irascible genius', you do have to actually be a genius," and he's working with people who qualify for genius in their own right. However, even surrounded by such bright minds, he is still far enough ahead of the game that his arrogance is (by the skin of his teeth) tolerable enough to work with him. This has drawn a lot of criticism from historians, since the real Alan Turing, though certainly an eccentric loner, was, by all accounts, actually quite friendly to those he knew.
* ''Film/VictorFrankenstein'': Only Igor is willing to support and tolerate Victor's radical ideas and eccentricities. Almost everyone else views the latter as an embarrassing nuisance at best, or at worst, a lunatic who will bring ruin to the natural order.
* Mark "the Meach" Meacham in ''Film/TheGamersHandsOfFate'' is an Insufferable Genius of card games.

* Authors and other artists are infamous for this trait everywhere. An anecdote told (probably about more than one author) has him talk with another guy, and all the time he's just talking about his new book. Finally, even he seems to get that he spoke enough, so he turns to the other guy and says: "But enough about me. Tell me something about yourself. -- How did you like my new book?"

* Skull Skelton, an intelligence officer who pops up in several novels by Creator/DerekRobinson. He's almost always right, especially when pointing out the shortcomings of military tactics directly to the men responsible for those tactics, but no one likes him for it. A superior officer once threw a telephone at him. Or was it a bottle of rum? Probably both.
* Both Artemis and Foaly from ''Literature/ArtemisFowl''. They both explain things as if ''everyone'' is that smart.
** Artemis pulls off an EvilPlan in the first book that leads to him getting a large part of a ''metric ton'' (literally) of gold, despite being up against fairies with considerable magical powers and a very vested interest in making sure he doesn't get away..
** Foaly is so smart that he's described as the only reason that fairies have kept ahead of humans, being a combination GadgeteerGenius and MissionControl.
** EvilGenius Opal Koboi also counts, as well as Artemis' DistaffCounterpart Minerva Paradizo from the fifth book.
* The Hideous Hog in the ''Literature/BridgeInTheMenagerie'' series. While he is by far [[TheAce the best bridge player]] in the group, he's all too quick to puff up his own importance. Themistocles Papadopolous, a.k.a. Papa The Greek, is just as bad about proclaiming his ability, though he usually [[TooCleverByHalf outsmarts himself]].
* Melvin Sneedly in ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants''.
* Dedicate Crane from ''Literature/{{Circle Of Magic}}''. Although he does recognize others' potential, he won't be told that he doesn't know how to care for a thing, and sounds exasperated that Briar didn't know that he's one of the two greatest plant-mages on the continent (the other is Briar's teacher Rosethorn).
** It's even PlayedForLaughs in a later book, when Daja gets rid of an overbearing noblewoman by channeling Crane.
--> '''Daja''':Forgive me, ''Ravvi'' Ladradun, but we speak of things magical, which cannot be known by those without magical power.
* ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'': Raistlin Majere is another arrogant TallDarkAndSnarky magician who is ''really'' that good. He managed to defeat all the gods of Krynn and achieve godhood in an alternate time line, after all... admittedly, it was the ultimate PyrrhicVictory -- he destroyed all of the gods and killed every living thing, leaving behind a barren wasteland where he would try and fail to create life to replace the old, but descend into madness when forced to confront the fact that his evilness made him suffer from a CreativeSterility that made him incapable of such a feat -- but, still, he was a mortal who killed ''three'' CharacterAlignment pantheons of gods and destroyed all life on the planet by accident in the process. He lost in the main timeline only because he chose to surrender when Cameron told him of the BadFuture that would result if he went through with his plans.
* The bookish Tash Arranda of ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' doesn't usually trend this way, but she does to some extent in ''The Brain Spiders'', when she's trying to stand out more from her younger, more impulsive and non-homework-interested brother Zak. It's encouraged by another character, who's taking advantage of her susceptibility to flattery.
* Michael Grant's ''Literature/{{GONE}}'' series:
** Astrid Ellison is the absolute Queen of this trope. Many characters (most notably Howard, Quinn and on occasion even her boyfriend Sam), have called her out on being too expressive with her knowledge. Many of the Perdido Beach kids end up resenting her for it, and even the fandom has a Astrid hate club on Facebook. (On the other hand, she has many militant fans too).
*** Computer Jack also starts out being described as "condescending" and "haughty" with his borderline super-human skill in computer science. He gets better, though.
* ''Franchise/HarryPotter'':
** Harry's least favorite teacher, Severus Snape. He made improvements to his textbook and invented his own spells while at school, is one of the few wizards capable of brewing the Wolfsbane Potion, and is the only wizard other than Voldemort capable of flight. Also, in the words of his actor in the films, he is a very interesting character.
** Hermione Granger. She's a bright, high-achieving witch who constantly tells her friends off for not studying as hard as she does. She also used to be an annoying MotorMouth.
** Voldemort is evil, but also brilliant. At the end of the fourth book, he delivers a speech to his minions for a whole chapter. It basically consists of, "Let me tell you in excruciating detail [[{{Narcissist}} how awesome and brilliant I am]] and [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech how you are all morons]]."
** When Albus Dumbledore was young, he was like this as well. After his arrogance led to certain tragic consequences, he learned to keep his ego in check, pointing out that people who don't just wind up turning into self-destructive fools. That said, he still has his moments in the series proper.
--->'''Dumbledore''': In fact, being, forgive me, rather cleverer than most men, my mistakes tend to be correspondingly huger.
** James Potter and to a lesser extent, Sirius Black as teenagers. Teachers recall that they were the best at practically anything they tried, in classes and out, and they became Animagi at the age of fifteen (even helping their not as talented friend in doing so). However, this arrogance got on some people's nerves (or at least Snape, who was another Insufferable Genius and Lily, mainly because of Snape and James' fighting). He grows out of it.
** Draco Malfoy is also implied to be highly intelligent, albeit not quite as smart as he makes himself out to be. He's certainly a sovereign of insufferables.
** Percy Weasley is incredibly pompous and thinks very highly of his own achievements, but he ''is'' a very successful student, prefect, and Head Boy, and what's shown of his duelling gives the impression he didn't neglect practical studies either.
* ''Literature/HerculePoirot'' never gets tired of explaining his genius, but since he's only ever failed to solve ''one'' case in a thirty-year-plus career, one might consider cutting him a little slack. Even Creator/AgathaChristie thought Poirot was an insufferable know-it-all and grew tired of writing him. Perhaps this is the reason that Poirot admits to that he too finds his own arrogance obnoxious, but explains it away as part of his facade of ObfuscatingStupidity.
* [[TheHero Otto]] of the ''Literature/HIVESeries'' is one of these, completely under the impression that being snarky (and therefore appearing more intelligent) will get him out of any situation. The series overall is pretty much a nine-book-long BreakTheHaughty as increasingly tragic events happen around and to him.
* ''Literature/InDeath'': Dick "Dickhead" Berenski. He has an egg-shaped head, he is considered creepy by a number of characters, he whines a lot about how every cop expects him to put his or her case at the top of the list, and he often has to be bribed with alcohol, sports tickets, and what have you to get him to put said case to the top of the list. He is also the chief lab tech, and he is a genius in his work.
* Kirsty from the ''Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy'' is a recognized genius and tends to win absolutely everything. However her constantly explaining to everyone just how stupid they are tends to drive most people away from her, which she assumes is a character flaw in everybody else.
** Creator/TerryPratchett later reused this basic interpretation of the trope when he created Susan Sto Helit for his ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series. It's most heavily present in ''Discworld/SoulMusic'', when she is still a teenager, and somewhat justifiable as a combination of considerable intelligence, an upbringing in cold, hard, rationalism and an innate awareness of the ''true nature'' of things due to her supernatural heritage. It still makes her be regarded as rather annoying or obnoxious by most who meet her -- the primary exception are children, who take well to her view of them as basically being small adults and thus treating them as such.
** The witch Granny Weatherwax is an unusual combination of this and BookDumb. Her spelling ([[{{Pun}} heh]]) and grammar are on a First Grade level at best, and she considers plenty of things most people take for granted to be stupid or unworthy of her time. She also has [[{{Pride}} an ego the size of the Disc itself]], [[BadassBoast names herself the best Witch in the world]], and [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking constantly]] [[AwesomeEgo proves it]], being both a powerful sorceress and a genius GuileHero / [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bitch]] who's knocked around [[EvilOverlord tyrants]], [[TheFairFolk elves]], [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] and her evil sister in her time. Sure, she's an arrogant {{Jerkass}}, but she [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold really does care]], is by far most insufferable to [[TooDumbToLive idiots]] and [[WideEyedIdealist idealists]], and reserves her [[FateWorseThanDeath worst punishments]] for the utterly vile.
* British statesman Lord Chesterfield warned his son not to become this in the ''Literature/LettersToHisSon'': "Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket: and do not pull it out and strike it; merely to show that you have one. If you are asked what o'clock it is, tell it; but do not proclaim it hourly and unasked, like the watchman." (letter 30)
* The Wizard Saruman from ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' is like this. But Denethor is an even better example. Both are even insufferable toward Gandalf, which in Saruman's case is somewhat justified (as he is the head of the Istari, thus outranking Gandalf, and also widely acknowledged to be the smartest of them too--it's just that Gandalf is Saruman's superior in wisdom, integrity and basic social skills), but in Denethor's case is remarkably cheeky.
** Gandalf, for those not familiar with Tolkien's 'verse, is basically a ''demi-god'' working for ThePowersThatBe.
* The title character of the ''Literature/MediochreQSethSeries'' is an example. Unlike some, however, he is human enough to [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold start being nice to people when they need it]].
* In ''Literature/RainbowsEnd'', Robert Gu is considered one of the greatest living poets, and he loves using his gift of language to humiliate others and put them in their place. When she finds out his Alzheimer's is being cured, his ex-wife fakes her own death, rather than have to face him again.
* ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' very seldom brags about how smart ''he'' is, but he is always ready to snarkily disparage the intellect of anyone who fails to keep up with his deductive leaps. Watson is really a paragon of self-restraint considering the verbal abuse he takes from Holmes. Resentment toward this conceited attitude is probably why it takes so long for the Scotland Yard detectives to (grudgingly, at first) admit that he really ''is'' as brilliant as he thinks he is.
-->'''Sherlock Holmes:''' You mean well, Watson. Shall I demonstrate your own ignorance?
** When we meet Mycroft (Sherlock's brother), however, Sherlock is quick to point out, matter-of-factly, that his brother is the smarter of the two. Watson suggests that Sherlock is just being modest, but Sherlock says it's just as much of a sin to have too ''low'' an opinion of your skills as too ''high''. It is also worth noting that Holmes is [[SnarkKnight just as hard on himself as on anyone else]] when he fails to live up to his own standards.
* In the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', Wedge Antilles maneuvers around this trope depending on the book and who he's around. In the ''Literature/XWingSeries'', he's quietly confident about his skills around his military superiors and the Rogues and the Wraiths -- he's observant, [[BornLucky consistently lucky]], highly adaptive, and much more aware of long-term ramifications and politics than most people of his rank, not to mention being [[ImprobablePilotingSkills the greatest pilot alive]]. In that series, his ego is largely an InformedFlaw; he's just ''better'' at most of what he does than anyone else, but he doesn't show off, and a certain amount of UnderestimatingBadassery gets directed at him. Later-set books change this, though he's still not as bad as some -- in ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'' he calmly informs [[BigBad Jacen Solo]] that Jacen knows he wasn't involved at all in one operation ''because that op failed''. Jacen grits his teeth and reminds himself that belligerent cockiness is one of the Corellian [[PlanetOfHats hats]].
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** Mor glasch Tev from the ''Literature/StarfleetCorpsOfEngineers'', who generally gives the impression that, as far as he's concerned, the rest of the team is simply holding him back. His engineering skills are incredible, but his social skills need a lot of work.
** Professor Vard from ''Literature/StarTrekDepartmentOfTemporalInvestigations''.
* T'Passe from ''Literature/TheActsOfCaine''. She's very much philosophically inspired by Caine, the series protagonist. She meets him in prison, and is proud to discover Caine could hear her lecturing the other prisoners from his separate cell--until Caine explains that he was desperately waiting for someone to knife her.
* Marvin the Paranoid Android from ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', with an extra emphasis on the insufferable part.
--> "I'm much smarter than you. Think of a number, any number."
--> "Err... five?"
--> "Wrong. You see?"
* Lily Moscovitz from ''Literature/ThePrincessDiaries'' is [[InformedAbility said to be brilliant]] but has absolutely no people skills. Whatsoever.
* The German Staffie Armin von Roon in ''Literature/TheWindsOfWarAndWarAndRemembrance''. One cannot possibly be a Wehrmacht General Staff officer without at least the beginnings of genius. But he was most definitely insufferable.
* Harold Lauder of ''Literature/TheStand'', especially early on. Smarter than anyone else in the book. And he knows it. And he was bullied mercilessly and sees no reason to let go of old grudges just because the world ended and all those people are dead now. At one point, Fran mentally compares Harold to a defective oracle -- balky, a little bit frightening, but ''incredibly'' useful to have around.
* Literature/NeroWolfe isn't exactly shy about pointing out how intelligent he is, which often leads his assistant Archie Goodwin to [[DeadpanSnarker snark about it at length]].
* Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald of ''LightNovel/FateZero'' is a powerful Mage and lecturer at the [[MagicSchool Clock Tower]], and is so full of himself that it's coming out of his ears. However, it is his own arrogance that does him in. He's so convinced that his victory in the [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Holy Grail War]] is just a matter of time, and had it been a contest of magical strength, it would have been, but he is twice outdone by Emiya Kiritsugi's [[CombatPragmatist unconventional tactics,]] losing first his base of operations and then his own magical abilities. By the end, Kayneth just wants to get out with his life...[[spoiler: and he doesn't even get that.]]
* ''[[Literature/AMagesPower A Mage's Power]]'': Dengel is famous throughout Tariatla because of his accomplishments in codifying the science of magecraft and he fills Eric's mind with bragging about his personal legend.
-->'''Dengel''': ''My lectures are brilliant and I never brag''.
* In the ScienceFiction novel ''Macroscope'' by Creator/PiersAnthony, an experiment breeds high-IQ men and women and places the offspring into an intensely educational environment to see if it will produce super-geniuses. The adults running the experiment think it failed because the smartest kids pretend to be average ForTheLulz. One boy is so off-the-charts smart that he gets bored with the whole thing by the age of five and hides by shutting down most of his intellect and reprogramming himself with a completely different persona. When a galaxy-threatening danger piques his interest enough to bring him out of hiding, he's so insufferable that his comrades wonder if it's worth it.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Haymitch Abernathy, back in the day. He still definitely has traces of this attitude but most of it has been beaten out of him.
* Professor Berthold, from Daniel Pennac's ''Cycle of Malaussene'', has an extremely high opinion of himself, calls his students "band of gnomes", and is quite prone to make disasters. However, he's an excellent surgeon, and even his "disasters" require an incredible amount of medical skill to pull them off.
* ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'':
** Harmodius is both one of the most powerful and one of the most skilled sorcerers of his era, and he's acutely aware of both of those facts. As a result, while a great help to the heroes, he has the mentality of "of course I'm right" and "if I can't see a solution, it doesn't exist", which infuriates other characters to no end.
** The Red Knight is a brilliant tactician, an avid schemer and a great sorcerer to boot, but he's an insufferable AttentionWhore with the need to always be the smartest person in the room. While not as infuriating as Harmodius is, he still leaves many of his allies rolling their eyes.
* In ''Literature/AnimalFarm'', Snowball is more of a benevolent leader than the other pigs on the farm, but he does act condescending to the other animals while explaining his plans, and he doesn't always like listening to criticisms of his ideas.
* Professor Augustus Van Dusen, Ph. D.,LL. D., F.R.S. M.D. M.D.S, etc., a.k.a. 'Literature/TheThinkingMachine'. After nearly being killed in "The Problem of the Deserted House", he remarks:
-->"And, gentlemen, if I had been killed one of the most valuable minds in the sciences would have been lost. It would have been nothing less than a catastrophe."

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* As an advanced alien, Dick Solomon of ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' is extremely intelligent by human standards and doesn't mind constantly insisting that he's the smartest man on the planet. His only mental shortcoming is his [[NoSocialSkills unfamiliarity with Earth ways]].
-->'''Nina''': You think you're the smartest man on the planet, don't you?\\
'''Dick''': For the thousandth time, ''[[RhetoricalQuestionBlunder yes]]!''
* [[Series/AdamRuinsEverything Adam Connover]] means well, and he doesn't exactly flaunt his intelligence. The problem is his compulsive need to correct people and the delight he takes in pointing out the AwfulTruth behind common misconceptions to people who just don't want to listen.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' has Gaius Baltar. He ''is'' a genius. He has in-universe fans. He also (indirectly) caused the nuclear holocaust of the Twelve Colonies and if you say you never wanted to strangle him you're lying.
* Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer gives us an interesting inversion with Wesley. While he does possess a genius-level IQ, his intelligence is actually the one thing he is never seen boasting about. His insufferable nature comes from his overblown sense of importance and his pride about being a Watcher.
** And judging by what we've seen of the other Watchers, it appears this is pretty much standard fare for their lot. Giles is apparently the exception to the rule, while Wesley in his early days represents the attitudes held by the majority of the council.
* Gareth Blackstock, star of ''Series/{{Chef}}!'', was a classic example of this, although he would occasionally bestow compliments as well. "Everton, let me explain things to you. In the world of cooking, I am Einstein. Lucinda is Isaac Newton. And you are a mud-dwelling unicellular bit of jelly with a predilection for consuming its own excrement."
* Avon from ''Series/BlakesSeven'' is a prime example.
-->'''Dayna:''' Don't you ever get bored of being right?
-->'''Avon:''' Just with the rest of you being wrong.
* Series/{{Bones}}:
** If one wished to summarize Temperance "Bones" Brennan in a single phrase, it would be: "An insufferable and [[HotScientist very hot]] genius." She's one of the best forensic scientists on Earth, a skilled marksman, bestselling novelist, and wouldn't know social graces if they bit her legs off. Possibly her most abrasive habit is that she sees nothing wrong with correcting anyone who says or does anything she disagrees with -- including, say, family members who say goodbye to a loved one at his funeral (since she considers the belief in an afterlife irrational).
** "The Science in the Physicist" has a whole research institute filled with these.
*** Bones reveals she wanted to join the institute, but they rejected her because their research is focused on the future, not the past.
** Dr. Zack Addy is a little bit of this, too, in that he's not shy about his high IQ and general intelligence. He tends to annoy the crap out of Booth, but everyone else at the Jeffersonian accepts it as 'just Zack'. Plus, he is genuinely brilliant.
*** In "The Woman in the Car" there's a particularly notable exchange:
-->'''Booth''': Alright, Zack! Zack! ''(Zack turns around)'' This guy, Decker, he's like you. He's in the whole stratosphere, IQ-wise.
-->'''Zack''': What's his IQ?
-->'''Booth''': It's 163.
-->'''Bones''': Oh, he's not where Zack is.
-->'''Zack''': If he's in the stratosphere, I'm in the ionosphere.
** Oliver Wells loves to interrupt people and show that he is smarter than them. [[spoiler: Only Fisher likes him (He says so in the episode The Woman In White).]]
* Denny Crane from ''Series/BostonLegal'' has a good bit of this. He's rather off-putting to the people he meets, acting infinitely superior to everyone while simultaneous behaving like either a senile old man or a mental patient. But then he steps into a courtroom and shows them all just why he's... well, [[ShapedLikeItself Denny Crane]].
* Walter White of ''Series/BreakingBad'' is ridiculously smart and has an in-depth knowledge of how meth should be properly made. And he only gets more annoying from there by the time Season 3 rolls around, browbeating his partner Jesse constantly no matter how hard the kid works.
* ''Series/BreakoutKings'' has Lloyd, a behaviorist with NoSocialSkills. His ability for understanding people doesn't mean he ''understands'' why everyone gets so ''pissed'' at his conclusions about why they act the way they do. For instance, once he figures out what makes Erica tick, he blurts out his conclusions and ''won't shut up'' until [[spoiler: she breaks his nose]] -- at which point he won't shut up about '''that'''.
* ''Series/CombatHospital'' has Rebecca starting out as one of these, but slowly getting CharacterDevelopment over the course of the first season to mature out of it.
* ''{{Series/Cracker}}''. Fitz is considered to be a complete bastard by his workmates at the Manchester Police, and has zero respect among his academic peers. But he is also very, very, ''very'' good at profiling.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds''
** Both Reid and the entire cast are pretty much aversions of this trope. While all extremely smart and knowledgeable, they never act with arrogance or hostility to the local forces they are working with and never denigrate or insult others. In the second episode, Gideon refuses to brag about a genius call he made and preferred to have people work it out for themselves. Rossi is about as close as we get and that is more about him not being used to teamwork.
** When characters who act like this trope do appear, they are usually the killer. Examples include the sniper who believed himself to be much smarter and sabotaged by his co-workers and the killer who tried to get revenge on Rossi by trying to trick the team into a trap.
** Dr. Spencer Reid has an IQ of 187, can read over 20,000 words per minute, has an eidetic memory, three [=PhD=]'s, [=BA's=] in Psychology and Sociology, can solve the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacon%27s_cipher Bacon Cipher]] longhand, and almost played through every single possible move in chess. The only reason his coworkers haven't shot him yet is because he [[BadassBookworm uses his powers for good]], is a source of endless amusement due to his ignorance of pop culture, and the team's protective of him as their Little Brother-type.
*** Reid only really seems to slip into the Insufferable Genius mould when he's trying to annoy his teammates on purpose -- again, very much like a little brother would. He's not really arrogant, though. In fact, in the pilot, someone asks him if he is a genius and he's kind of reluctant to say yes. He's just a bit over-eager to share information with people at the most inappropriate of times.
** Prentiss does threaten to kill him once over his genius. He solved a 3D puzzle she had been working on for days (and declared impossible) in about three seconds.
* ''Series/{{Crusade}}'' had the InsufferableGenius archaeologist/linguist.
* ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'''s Topher, who is tolerated by dint of being the only one around who knows how all the big shiny brain-scrambling devices work.
** Also Bennett, although in her case it's less because of arrogance and more because of craziness.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Doctor is fond of explaining how brilliant he is to his companions, but as this is usually at the point where he has just solved whatever problem they're in, he tends to get away with it. Plus, he's saved the universe several times over as well.
--->'''Rose:''' (''to Sarah Jane'') With you, did he do that thing where he'd explain something at, like, ninety miles per hour, and you'd go "What?" and he'd look at you like you'd just dribbled on your shirt?
*** Eleven does this more humorously than some of the others:
--->'''The Doctor:''' Doctor Song, you've got that face on again.\\
'''River:''' What face?\\
'''The Doctor:''' The "He's hot when he's clever" face.\\
'''River:''' This is my normal face.\\
'''The Doctor:''' Yes it is.\\
'''River:''' Oh, shut up.\\
'''The Doctor:''' Not a chance.
*** This trope is reason why Liz Shaw, the third Doctor's first companion who is an OmnidisciplinaryScientist herself, decided to leave. As the Brigadier noted, she often remarked all the Doctor needed "is someone to pass you your test tubes, and to tell you how brilliant you are." In short, she had enough of his ego and walked.
*** Twelve, like One, has NoSocialSkills, and his first meeting with Danny Pink as an adult is absolutely CringeComedy worthy. While doing his science-y SaveTheWorld thing, he nicknames Danny "P.E." and refuses to acknowledge that he's a math teacher because, in his own words, "No, I can't retain that".
*** This is one of the Doctor's qualities that backfire on him in the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E10Midnight "Midnight"]]. The Tenth Doctor is characteristically flippant about assuming authority over the humans in his company, responding to the comment "Oh, like you're so special" with "As it happens, yes I am," and even after belatedly realizing that they aren't feeling it and trying to backtrack, he loses patience and snaps that he just knows what to do "because [he's] clever." This almost ends up being the death of him, as he becomes the focus of their WitchHunt mentality.
** Adric very much wanted to be one of these, but his sheer incompetence at pretty much anything outside of mathematics pretty much scuttled the character. As such, he frequently came across as being more "Insufferable" than "Genius", which went a long way towards cementing his status as ''Series/DoctorWho'''s [[TheScrappy Scrappy]].
** River Song. She appears to know as much as the Doctor due to [[spoiler:being his "wife" in ''his'' future]] and acts suitably insufferable a fair share of the time, but isn't one to sit about with her mouth open when things get hairy.
** Romana I came across as this, sometimes, but mellowed a little later on. Romana II, while a genius, was more good-natured about it. Combined, the Doctor and Romana (and K9) were formidably brilliant, though not that insufferable (mostly).
** Of course, loads of villains fall into this category, given the number of evil scientists and [[EvilGenius geniuses]] the Doctor has faced, Luke Rattigan from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E4TheSontaranStratagem "The Sontaran Stratagem"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E5ThePoisonSky "The Poison Sky"]] being a shining example. The Doctor tends to have a lot of fun letting them ramble on about how intelligent they are, then simply shutting them up by easily proving how much smarter than them ''he'' is.
--->'''The Doctor:''' Terraforming, biospheres, nanotech steel construction. This is brilliant. Do you know, with equipment like this, you could -- ooh, I don't know -- move to another planet or something.\\
'''Luke Rattigan:''' If only that was possible.\\
'''The Doctor:''' If only that ''were'' possible. Conditional clause.
* Sikozu from ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' doesn't use translator microbes. She just learns your language after you've been speaking it for 5 minutes.
* Ross in ''Series/{{Friends}}'' tends to be right on many subjects and he always has to prove that he is right whenever someone says something grammatically incorrect or state a wrong fact. His friends naturally get annoyed by this. Of course, his genius wasn't the only insufferable thing about Ross...
* Rico of ''Series/HannahMontana'' skipped three grade levels, has an eidetic memory, can do complex equations in his head, and is a {{Jerkass}} who believes anyone less intelligent than he (read: everyone) is his to manipulate.
** And yet, he ''still'' didn't figure out that Miley Stewart was Hannah Montana. He is floored that he was fooled once Miley went public, which leads him to a near mental breakdown until Jackson snaps him out of it.
*** There's also the fact that due to his aforementioned "Everyone is mine to manipulate" attitude he has ''no'' friends, many of whom are ''suing him.''
* The title character of ''Series/{{House}}'' manifests his arrogance in different ways (he prefers putting others down to puff himself up), but he justifies his attitude by always being one intuitive jump ahead of the rest of the staff. It makes it very difficult to train his staff, because he'd rather cut them off at the knees than let them draw their own conclusions. (House's worst nightmare, according to "No Reason", is his subordinates solving the cases before he can.) His behavior is appropriate given the connections between House and Holmes (see Literature section above).
** There was also an episode featuring a super-genius who couldn't deal with the pressure of the expectations everyone had in him, [[spoiler: so he intentionally drugged himself into a permanent dumbness haze to be [[DumbIsGood happy]]. Which is what put him in hospital]]. When the effect wears off, he more or less immediately becomes this. Notably, he rants that considering the IQ difference between him and his girlfriend, having sex with her might as well be bestiality.
* Souji Tendou from ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'' carries himself with a confidence that almost suggests that he sees himself as more than mortal. One can't exactly fault him for it, however, because [[TheAce in addition to being a master chef, he's as good as any given expert at pretty much anything he can be bothered to try.]] To the point where, in an episode where he was involved in a plan to rescue a little girl, he rejected the plan to put sleeping drugs in the guards' lunches and instead cook them meals so good they'd be too distracted to stop them. [[RefugeInAudacity And it worked.]]
** Tsukasa Kadoya of ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' is essentially Diet [[LastNameBasis Tendou]], sharing the attitude of knowing they're great at everything, but Tsukasa doesn't show off those elite skills as often as Tendou did. (Although it can easily be assumed that the only reason for that is that Decade was twenty-odd episodes shorter and Kabuto didn't have any world-hopping shenanigans to distract him.)
** Sento Kiriyu of ''Series/KamenRiderBuild'' is Tendou 3.0 for those who thought that the original was ''too'' insufferable. [[note]] With the added value of his actor, Atsuhiro Inukai being a [[PromotedFanboy Kabuto fan]]. [[/note]] He is a genius physicist with love for his inventions and intellect. The opening narration starts with line ''The handsome and brilliant scientist, Sento Kiriyu'' spoken by him. When you look away from the gloating, he [[ComesGreatResponsibility is]] the [[GoodFeelsGood sweetest]], [[ThinkNothingOfIt kindest]] InsufferableGenius possible.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': Hardison, Nate, and Sterling all tend in this direction, although all of them grow a little humbler [[CharacterDevelopment as the series progresses]]. [[EvilGenius Chaos]], Hardison's EvilCounterpart is a full-on example, respecting absolutely no one but himself, and not a few of the villains also fall into this category, especially Victor Dubenich.
* Malcolm from ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', which overlaps with his petulance and selfishness. He even {{Lampshades}} it in a couple of episodes.
** Another episode examined it with Malcolm becoming infuriated with his family's and everyone else's comparatively low intelligence and meeting Leonard (Jason Alexander), a genius who spends all his time playing chess in the park, insulting his opponents and complaining about everything. His life is a complete mess as he could never tolerate being around anyone who doesn't share his skill and indulge his ego, blaming his poor life on everyone else. The episode ends with him leaving and Malcolm complaining about him in the same manner Leonard complained earlier.
** Oddly (or [[TeensAreMonsters not-so-oddly]]) enough, this trope was strongly inverted in the earlier seasons, where Malcolm viewed his intelligence as something that made him a freak, and was extremely self-conscious about alienating his friends and family if he demonstrated it.
* Charles Emerson Winchester from ''Series/{{MASH}}'' is one of the best-known examples -- puffed up and pompous, but a skilled surgeon. While he does get cut down to size a bit from time to time, it is never in proportion to his ego.
** In one episode, after Winchester has deftly saved a patient's leg from being amputated, Colonel Potter says that Winchester has "A silo full of smug", but definitely knows which end of a scalpel is up.
** In another episode, Father Mulcahy is trying to come up with something nice to say about Winchester. He finally says "He's a VERY good doctor."
** Compare this with Hawkeye, Trapper and BJ, who use their mad surgical skills as a WeirdnessCoupon rather than boasting about them, and contrast with Frank Burns, who is [[SmallNameBigEgo just as convinced of his ability despite having none]].
* One of ''Series/{{Monk}}'''s {{Catch Phrase}}s is "unless I'm wrong, which I'm not," but otherwise he's not at all arrogant. Well, except when [[FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome on medication]].
* Even though ''Series/MrBrain's'' quirky, yet brilliant neuroscientist Tsukumo Ryusuke usually solves the crimes long before anybody else, he is still considered insufferable by many of his superiors.
* ''Series/TheMrPotatoHeadShow'': One episode (appropriately with a Sherlock Holmes ShowWithinAShow theme to it) had Potato Bug use a brain enhancer. She's an atypical example in that she isn't just a know-it-all, and doesn't even go out of her way to prove she knows it all, either--when other characters ask her trivia questions, she gets bored with that quickly. The problems begin when she starts enhancing equipment around the kitchen in ways only she can understand.
* Charlie Eppes of ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'' is usually a [[GentlemanAndAScholar quite nice genius]]. But every so often he becomes a wee bit irritating.
** Fellow professor and friend Larry Fleinhardt once called him "a talented theoretician with an ego problem."
* Austin James, from the short-lived '80s sci-fi mystery show ''Series/{{Probe}}'', is the smartest man on the planet. And he never lets you forget it. Ever.
* Jeffery on ''Series/ProjectRunway'' is talented, but also snarky and condescending from the beginning [[spoiler: until he wins]].
* Downplayed example with Shawn Spencer, from ''Series/{{Psych}}'', is an insufferable detective, disrespectful to [[TheHumphrey more than few people]], who makes his best friend do all non-detective work for him, brazenly lies to the police, and solves a homicide or heinous crime every week. It's gotten to the point where [[TheLestrade the real detectives]] know he'll probably solve the case, but try to keep him away anyhow because he's ''just that annoying''. Though ''usually'', Shawn is more childish than insufferable.
** However, Shawn is genuinely kind and caring and the one he has any vitriol with is Detective Lassiter who is more insufferable than Shawn. Shawn's childish nature is more due to his own issues with his father, Henry, who is a ''notorious'' control freak and the one who honed Shawn to be the detective he is, at the cost of a normal childhood.
* John Sessions generally gets this reaction from the ''Series/{{QI}}'' audience, who either love or hate him for knowing rather obscure answers and explaining them at length, usually in a way that isn't all that funny, or his equally long, very dry humorous asides. His buzzer in one episode was "Sir, sir, I know the answer!"
** Rory [=McGrath=] came off as this in his first appearance as well.
* ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'':
** Tesla is apparently always like this. Getting superpowers doesn't help.
** Then there's Adam Worth, who ''was'' an insufferable genius back in the day (to the point where the Five rejected him), before going batshit insane after his daughter died.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'': Creator/DakotaFanning, as portrayed by Creator/AmyPoehler in the ''Dakota Fanning Show'' skits. A RunningGag was her belittling the lowbrow tastes of Reggie (Kenan Thompson), her house band leader.
-->'''Dakota''': You could turn a ''microwave'' on and Reggie would watch it!
* Dr. Cox from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' is so over-the-top narcissistic that he actually enjoys being called a genius, ''even if'' the person saying it obviously does not mean it. At one time, he was named the best doctor in the city by a local magazine, and forced everyone in the hospital to line up and answer his question of who the best doctor is with "You are!" For another extreme example, '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdLXfGTNBgE watch this]]'''. There was a LampshadeHanging in one episode where people were comparing him to House and he went through the same summation that he usually does. ''Scrubs'' fans might note that their series ''predates'' ''Series/{{House}}'' by three years, to wrongly imply that House is some sort of rip-off of Cox. Outrageous! At one point he reminds Elliot that he has a ''giant ego'' and to get his help, she'll have to flatter him.
** A visiting surgeon named Russell Vaughn in the episode "Our Dear Leaders" is also this. Having traveled the world and done many amazing things, Russell is a skilled surgeon and a cultured individual. He also comes off as a remarkable douche, constantly interjecting with stories of his travels and even condescendingly offering to let Turk, Sacred Hearts' Head of Surgery and a highly competent doctor in his own right, help out with a tricky surgery as 'a feather in [his] cap.'
* The title character of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''; to be expected, perhaps, given the source material.
-->'''Sherlock:''' What ''is'' it like in your funny little brains? It must be so ''boring''.
** And again:
--->'''Sherlock:''' Look at you lot: you're all so ''vacant''. Is it nice not being me? It must be so relaxing.
** And ''again'':
--->'''John''': Why didn't I think of that?\\
'''Sherlock''': Because you're an idiot. No, no, no, don't be like that; practically everyone is.
*** Worth mentioning that all those quotes are within ''[[Recap/SherlockS01E01AStudyInPink the same episode]]''.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', ComicBook/LexLuthor. [[spoiler:[[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Major Zod]]]] also likes to remind people that the Kryptonians' intelligence is highly evolved.
* Seven of Nine from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', being a former Borg drone, has definite Insufferable Genius tendencies. She does back up her superior attitude by saving the crew's collective ass a little more frequently than she almost destroys them all, which is more than can be said for a surprising number of her crew mates.
** ''Voyager'' also gave us the Doctor ([[Series/DoctorWho not that one]]), who was programmed to be the ideal doctor, and knew it. His constant preening didn't stop him from becoming [[EnsembleDarkhorse a much-loved character]], though. In fact, it may even have helped.
** Like Seven of Nine, the Doctor had a great deal of knowledge but little social experience. It's hardly surprising they formed an OddFriendship.
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' gives us Dr Julian Bashir. In the early seasons, he's considered unbearably smug by many of his colleagues boasting about beating Vulcans in tennis matches, curing planetary plagues, and almost being valedictorian. This is usually done humorously and often ends with him learning to temper himself. As a result, thanks to CharacterDevelopment, by middle seasons of the show, he's settled down and, while still retaining a brash flair, he's much more more tolerable to both his colleagues and the audience. [[spoiler: Then, in season 5 it's revealed he was illegally genetically engineered as a child and has, in fact, been holding back his genius all this time. After that reveal, the writers once more make him an InsufferableGenius to LudicrousPrecision, ImprobableAimingSkills, InstantExpert, [[SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat New Knowledge as the Plot Demands]] and all-round MartyStu levels, and without any of the [[AnAesop aesops]] or humour of the earlier seasons. Even the ''actor'' hated this development.]]
*** [=DS9=] also gave us, in a one-off example, Professor Gideon Seyetik, whose very first appearance involved talking [[LargeHam very loudly]] about how awesome he was. Later, he turned out to be rather self-aware about his ego complex, and [[spoiler:eventually sacrificed himself to preserve his wife's health.]]
-->'''Seyetik''': A great terraformer has the green thumb of a gardener, the eye of a painter, and the soul of a poet. And of course it doesn't hurt to be a raging egomaniac!\\
'''Kira''': Which makes you eminently qualified.\\
'''Seyetik''': Of course! ''(laughs)''
** There's also Q, who in addition to being godlike has an IQ in the quadruple digit range. At the start of the series, he's also beyond insufferable, planning on wiping out "less advanced" species and examining humans like they're simple toys. He gets less insufferable in later appearances, partly from time with Captain Picard and partly from his species (who are apparently not appreciative of his behavior) briefly stripping him of his powers. Still, he always retains this.
-->'''Vash''': It's over, Q, I want you out of my life. You're arrogant, you're overbearing and you think you know everything.
-->'''Q''': [nonplussed] But I ''do'' know everything.
-->'''Vash''': That makes it it even worse.
** In fairness, he's hardly the only member of his species to suffer from this... witness this exchange from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'''s "The Q And The Grey":
-->'''B'Elanna Torres''': You know, I have really had it with this superiority complex of yours.
-->'''Female Q''': It's not a complex, dear; it's a fact.
* When he was introduced on ''Series/StargateSG1'', Rodney [=McKay=] -- prickly, whiny, and arrogant -- continually got shown that he was not always right. In ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', he doesn't have to worry about being upstaged since Carter, the one person possibly smarter than him, is at least two galaxies over, so his brains, and considerable courage under pressure, have been critical in saving the day so many times that his friends and the rest of the Atlantis team is willing to accommodate him. And, of course, he's always willing to brag about how he is the smartest guy in the world at the drop of a hat. In one scene, his password consisted of three birth dates: Newton's, Einstein's and ''his'', upon which Sheppard mused, "Never underestimate that man's ego."
-->'''Maj. Lorne''': Wow. You really must be some kind of genius.
-->'''[=McKay=]''': Well, as a matter of fact I-- eh, wait. Why would you say that right now?
-->'''Maj. Lorne''': ''Something'' has to have kept Col. Sheppard from shooting you all this time.
** Then there's this jewel from "Brain Storm":
-->'''[=McKay=]''': Hey, I'm Dr. Rodney [=McKay=], all right? Difficult takes a few seconds; impossible, a few minutes.
** Even Daniel Jackson could be considered that, at least in his own field. This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Colonel Martin Edwards in "Enemy Mine", after Daniel peacefully resolves the situation with a bunch of angry Unas.
-->'''Martin Edwards''': O'Neill was right about you. You are a pain in the ass… But well worth it.
* ''Series/StargateUniverse'' has its own example with Dr. Rush, although his insufferability is played '''much''' less for comedy than with [=McKay=], and more to show that he's batshit nuts. For example, he's responsible for stranding the series' characters on the other side of the universe in the first place. (Ironically, now that they're there, he's the guy most able to help them with the LostTechnology they found there.)
** Interestingly, Rush ''does'' admit at one point that, in some respects, Eli is smarter than him, although he immediately asks that Col. Young keep this to himself.
* Professor Karl-Friedrich Boerne, the pathologist in the Münster ''Series/{{Tatort}}'' is not only the best there is at dissecting and analysing corpses, but also an expert on several other subjects, is fluent (though not accent-free) in English, Spanish, French and Russian, has given piano recitals and performed as a stage magician, has won prizes playing golf and showjumping, and is an expert fencer. He is also a lover and connoisseur of fine wine and classical music (which he listens to at ungodly hours and volume). And he's always ready to let you know how good he is at everything, and absolutely ''loves'' it when people have to admit that he was right all along…
** [[HiddenDepths Despite this, Boerne qualifies]] also as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, as his medical persona is far more ingrained as he likes to make people believe, causing moments of unexpected compassion and kindness as well as some of his Idée-Fixe-style crusades when he believes someone to be innocent[[note]]most famously in second Münster episode ''Fakten, Fakten'' (Facts, Facts)[[/note]] or something to be wrong.
* Sheldon Cooper of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', our cover boy for this page. The general template for the characters usually involves Sheldon being an InsufferableGenius and the other three main characters, themselves extremely intelligent but comparatively more normal, acting as his foils. Often played with, as there is also an element of KnowNothingKnowItAll to his character at times; generally, Sheldon will be shown to excel, or at least demonstrate genuine intelligence, within his particular fields of interest and expertise, but will often completely flounder outside of these areas while still refusing to acknowledge that he could possibly be wrong at anything. He was apparently just as bad as a child, although this also ties in with FreudianExcuse, as it’s also suggested that he was heavily picked on and excluded because of his intelligence. There’s also elements of RuleOfFunny or DependingOnTheWriter, since his intelligence also tends to vary depending on what will be most funny or convenient for the plot at any given moment. The following quote pretty much sums it up:
-->'''Sheldon''': (to the others, regarding overcoming his fear of public speaking) I'm smarter than you and I haven't figured it out.
-->'''Penny''': Yes, but you're not smarter than all of us put together.
-->'''Sheldon''': I'm sorry, that is what I meant.
** You think Sheldon's bad? He can't '''''stand''''' his nemesis Creator/WilWheaton. Wil [[AdamWesting (the character)]] is this ''and'' a SmugSnake ''and'' a ManipulativeBastard.
** It should be noted although the most common example, Sheldon is by no means unique and every single other member of the cast (barring Penny) has moments of this from time to time, they generally just get put down quicker.
* Garrett, the SixthRanger from ''Series/TheMysticKnightsOfTirNaNog''. He would tell anyone willing to listen of his supposedly great abilities (for example, the ability to calm animals by looking at them). But then, we learn he's actually ''able'' to do these things.
* ''[[Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody The Suite Life on Deck]]'':
** Cody Martin became one of these after he TookALevelInJerkass.
** Bailey Pickett, while not nearly to the extent as Cody, also has her moments of insufferability.
-->'''Miss Tutweiler:''' Look, not everything is about school and grades and studying!\\
''(Bailey and Cody stare at her in disbelief)''\\
'''Cody:''' Exactly where did you get your teaching credentials?\\
'''Miss Tutweiler:''' The University of None-Of-Your-Business!\\
'''Bailey:''' I bet she barely got in. ''(rolls her eyes)''\\
'''Cody:''' Mmm. ''(smirks and nods)''
* This is nicely [[AvertedTrope averted]] with Neal and Mozzie on ''Series/WhiteCollar''. They're both exceptionally brilliant, and they definitely know it, but they don't feel the need to point it out to everyone around them.
* David Hodges on ''Series/{{CSI}}'' has shades of this. He is rather smart and loves to say it, and sometimes he does manage to do something that gets noticed.
* One thirteen year old caller to ''Series/{{Frasier}}'''s show (played by Creator/ElijahWood) calls about bullies picking on him for his smarts. After Frasier advises him that he'll get the last laugh later in life, the caller immediately turns into this, picking apart Frasier's advice and outright insulting him for it. Frasier then in turn takes a certain amount of vindictive glee in pointing out that the caller had now just announced to any of his bullies who might have been listening exactly where he is.
* [[Series/ModernFamily Alex Dunphy.]] Easily, she's a smug, arrogant kid who repeatedly antagonises both her siblings and even her parents, while acting smarter than everyone. She has no friends for a reason
** Her mother Claire qualifies as well. Though her IQ isn't shown, she is smug and arrogant, and a SoreLoser

* Subject of the short {{Music/TISM}} track "I'm A Genius":
-->Creator/DylanThomas was a piss head\\
Jackson Pollock was a prick\\
Creator/NormanMailer hates women\\
It's an end of season trip!\\
Heroes seem so from a far\\
[[WartsAndAll But if you meet 'em you'll think twice.]]\\
Genius is different from the rest of us...\\
Most of us are nice!

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* Marigold the unicorn from ''ComicStrip/PhoebeAndHerUnicorn'' gets insufferably smug from time to time. This is implied to be a shared trait among most unicorns.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* This was what Matt Striker becomes when he wrestles. As a commentator, he is much more tolerable, freely sharing his knowledge and breaking down things other people don't understand.
* Nemesis was voted PGWA's "2010 New Comer Of The Year" despite being an obnoxious braggart. Going into 2011, Tracy Taylor granted Nemesis a title shot and agreed defend her non PGWA belt too, to shut her up. Then Taylor found out Nemesis had been undergone a physical transformation for the sole purpose of beating her, smugly stating she knew Tracy Taylor better than she knew herself.
* Wrestling/DamienSandow's feud with Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} on Monday Night Raw basically boiled down to Sandow flaunting his larger knowledge base and mocking Sheamus's lack of intellect till Sheamus kicked him.
* [[Wrestling/BlackRose La Rosa Negra]] had this attitude on Caged Heat Radio, to the chagrin of Jorge Alonso.
->"No worries I respect all opinions, I respect whatever peoples say. So pero, I show you, you's wrong!"

* Douglas of ''Radio/CabinPressure''. When asked if there is anything he isn't "very good at", he admits: "There are things I haven't tried yet. I suppose it's ''possible'' I'm not very good at some of those. Theoretically."
* Eugene Meltsner of ''Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey'', though he softens a bit over time.

* Lancelot's IAmSong in ''Theatre/{{Camelot}}'' brags about his prowess in battle and spiritual purity. Everyone at court finds him intolerable until the joust when he proceeds to do everything he says he can, up to and including bringing a man he (accidentally) killed back to life.
* Freddie Trumper of ''Theatre/{{Chess}}'' is a [[MyCountryRightOrWrong jingoistic]], [[HeManWomanHater misogynistic]], [[CrazyPeoplePlayChess certifiably-insane]] {{Jerkass}}, who nobody would give the time of day if he weren't every bit as good as he thinks he is at chess.
* ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'': Cyrano invokes this, because his great intellect is used to humiliate everyone who is not his friend. This is not so much to show he is a genius, but to show Viscount De Valvert that [[JerkAss Cyrano is truly Insufferable]]:
--> '''Viscount De Valvert:''' A ballade?
--> '''Cyrano:''' Belike you know not what a ballade is.
--> '''Viscount De Valvert:''' But...
--> '''Cyrano:''' ''(reciting, as if repeating a lesson):'' Know then that the ballade
--> should contain
--> Three eight-versed couplets...
--> '''Viscount De Valvert:''' ''(stamping):'' Oh!
--> '''Cyrano:''' ''(still reciting):'' And an envoi
--> Of four lines...
* Professor Abronsius from ''Theatre/TanzDerVampire'' has undergone AdaptationalIntelligence and sings a whole song about how smart he is and proving it later on by singing a song consisting entirely of authors whose books he read. Apart from those two songs (and his bit in the finale) he is not overly boastful, but his exceedingly inquisitve nature combined with a certain amount of tactlessness doesn't make him very popular with the villagers, who live in denial.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'': Many Lemurians, and a significant number of high-ranking Peers. Many of the Inspired come across this way to {{Muggles}}, thanks to [[{{Technobabble}} Jabir]].
** It doesn't help that the typical Genius won't even allow a Muggle to lay hands on one of their inventions or examine how it works. From the perspective of the normal person, this is the height of arrogance and condescension. From the Genius' perspective, it's justified paranoia and common sense, because their creations will almost always break (or worse) if touched by a normal human.
** The Unmada are particularly insufferable, as they're in permanent IRejectYourReality mode, will simply not realize the facts are against them, and have the little quirk that reality nearby tends to be influenced into making them ''be right'' about their crazy/stupid ideas. Not a good recipe for a plentiful social life, that's for sure.
* Niv-Mizzet from ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' combines a phenomenal magical genius that with a titanically swollen ego. Of course, he's a dragon. If you were several thousand years older and several times more brilliant than everyone around you, you'd probably have a bit of an ego problem too.
** Also, Jace Beleren. He is powerful mage genius with several deficiency in social skills. Bonus points for [[CrowningMomentOfFunny actually realizing this]] in one of the stories. Through telepathic shenanigans, he manages to meet a copy of himself within the recesses of his mind. He finds the experience deeply frustrating.
--> ''The copy tapped his foot in a way Jace recognized all too well.''
--> '''Jace''': ''(in melodramatic manner)'' I don't know if I can ever interact with another human again. I'm too annoying to be with.
* Leonardo de Montreal in ''TabletopGame/ChuubosMarvelousWishGrantingEngine'', who even gets XP for going off on speeches about how much smarter he is than everyone...but at the same time he's a master of [[MadScience Nightmare Science]].

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* Edwin Odesseiron from ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' (both games). He spends most of the time calling everyone around him brainless monkeys - his 18 Intelligence, however, is the highest of any NPC you can pick up, and in addition he has a unique and non-removable magic item that further enhances his spellcasting. His arrogance (combined with his ''significantly'' lower Wisdom stat) gets him in trouble a few times, though it hardly prevents him from becoming a DracoInLeatherPants for the fandom, who seem really into it.
** That magic item? That was only included because they wanted him to be ''really really good'' at spellcasting, but the game code wouldn't let them apply the bonus directly to Edwin.
* The Riddler, as part of InferioritySuperiorityComplex, acts like this all throughout the ''Videogame/BatmanArkhamSeries''. "And as you lie blubbering on the floor like an ignorant child, you'll know...that the Riddler is better than you!" is actually one of his ''tamer'' quotes. To the point where even his own Mooks hate his guts.
* Patricia Tannis of ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' varies between this and [[CloudCuckooLander complete and utter insanity]].
* Special Agent Francis York Morgan in ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'' doesn't hesitate at all to point out that he's a much more experienced detective than anyone else in Greenvale, at least when the game first starts. He tones down the attitude a bit once he warms up to the rest of the town.
* Pritchard, your VoiceWithAnInternetConnection in ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution''. He's a hacker, and a good one, and he will never miss an opportunity to tell you so at great length with particular emphasis on how stupid ''you'' are in comparison. Adam is always willing to knock him down a peg by pointing out when he mispronounces a word, or when fixing a security hole Pritchard didn't know about.
* ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' has Naoya, [[HelloInsertNameHere the hero's cousin]] and a programming genius. Only twenty-four years old, yet capable of ''amazing'' programming feats, like converting handheld gaming systems into weapons able to summon demons and let humans fight toe-to-toe with them. He doesn't brag so much as treat his incomparable genius as proven fact; if the hero proves to have a canny mind, he acts as if it's just an offshoot of ''his'' brilliance. (If you play the hero as a [[TheDitz ditz]], however...)
* Mao, the main character of ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'', is this in spades, always bragging about his 1.8 million EQ (That's right, ''EQ''.) However, a combination of his ego and being WrongGenreSavvy makes him prone to astonishingly bad decisions (no, actually, calling yourself a hero doesn't make you invincible) and easy to manipulate.
* Mr. House of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' doesn't bother to hide his condescension for... well, anybody and has clear disdain for the other factions out to rule New Vegas. He is, however, a genius of several stripes, who not only earned his fortune before he was thirty but was also responsible for preserving what remains of Vegas through the nuclear apocalypse.
** If you choose to betray him, either for the NCR, Legion or for yourself, he'll ask you why you did it. You can declare your allegiance to the faction of your choosing... or you could bluntly tell him, "I don't like you." After you do the deed, his obituary, entitled "A Tragedy Has Befallen All Mankind", states that he was a man of incredible vision and genius that will likely never be replaced, recognises him as the best hope for a prosperous future, possessed incalculable knowledge of several key subjects, and generally talks about him like he's a MessianicArchetype. It all sounds like a WhatTheHellPlayer until you realise from the note at the end that ''House wrote the obituary himself''. Several characters mention reading the obituary and all dryly comment that whoever Mr. House really was, he was a guy who had a ''very'' high opinion of himself.
* Shinra in ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 Final Fantasy X-2]]'' fits this as well, though when pushed about something he doesn't know he responds with "I'm just a kid."
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' has Lute, a young mage who openly claims to be capable of memorising anything she reads, to the point of being able to quote sentences from specific pages and '''paragraphs''' of books.
** Also, arguably, Shinon from the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Tellius games]]. Textbook {{Jerkass}} and blatant [[FantasticRacism racist]]. While he is not constantly reminding us that he is brilliant, he does boast about his skill with a bow in his first appearance and obviously has a pretty big ego. However, not only IS he really an incredible archer (not so much in the 9th game, but in Radiant Dawn, he's practically a GameBreaker) but also seems to be a very skilled person in general (exemplified by his ability to make one of, if not the best, bows in the game, and his epilogue even implies him to be an InstantExpert at pretty much anything he tries). He also seems to be a pretty sawy guy, both tactically (being one of the first to realize Daein's true intentions during their first ambush) and in general life-situations, as shown in his conversations with Gatrie. No wonder he looks down on many people around him.
* A blatant example is seen in the ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' series. Baird is the resident tech guy, shown to be well versed in many forms of academics beyond the expected technology (even having scholary interst in the Locust enemy). His {{jerkass}} behaviours, however, is the only thing keeping him from the promotion he feels he deserves.
* The Asura in ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' are a whole race of Insufferable Geniuses, who are quite certain they are the only ones who can create the {{Magitek}} weapons that can save the world from the Destroyers. Fortunately for the world, they turn out to be right.
* Arne Magnusson from ''VideoGame/HalfLife2: Episode Two'' also embodies this trope. He names a weapon after himself, and is painfully short with ''everyone''. Even Gordon Freeman, who has up until that point, been practically showered with praise from every NPC that isn't trying to kill them.
** The Vortigaunts have a great respect for him, so either they forgive him his quirks or are still a little too alien to notice them.
** In fairness, you ''did'' kinda blow up his [[FreudianExcuse casserole.]] Of course, if we had known Magnusson before that incident, cause and effect may have been reversed.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** 343 Guilty Spark is the ''embodiment'' of this trope. He brags about his own intellect, actually ''has'' said intellect, and '''never''' stops telling you (and ''himself'') so. He's also a backstabbing {{Jerkass}}.
** Though Dr. Halsey is quite nice to those dear to her, she does ''not'' suffer fools gladly. Her insufferability worsens considerably after ONI throws her under the bus; in ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'', even [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure the Arbiter]] has trouble standing her.
* [[VideoGame/JumpStart Polly Spark]], the villain of ''VideoGame/JumpStartAdventures3rdGradeMysteryMountain''. The whole plot of the game happens because she gets a 0 on a test for giving absurd answers to all the questions. Suffers from a bit of VillainDecay in later appearances. Then again, she's more of a brat than outright evil.
* Zetta, the "most badass overlord in the entire universe" of ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom'', actually is as powerful as his near constant boasting would suggest. [[spoiler:Then we find out that he unknowingly had a bit of help in that department]].
* Durandal and Tycho of ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}''. They are very smart, they know it, and they will make sure everyone else knows it as well.
-->'''Tycho''': Don't sweat the details, little monkey. Leave the strategy to those of us with planet-sized brains.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has Joker, the Normandy's helmsman. If you chat him up, he'll brag on endlessly about his skill. However, stick around for three games and he'll show you that he has skills to back up his talk and some to spare. There's a reason Alliance brass thought he was the guy to fly their latest over-engined prototype frigate.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' has both SquishyWizard henchmen, [[TheSociopath Qara]] and, to a greater extent, [[DeadpanSnarker Sand]].
** ''Mask of the Betrayer'' follows up with Gannayev, who is very confident in his status as Rasheman's best, brightest and most beautiful spirit shaman, and will helpfully remind anyone of this fact should the opportunity arise. [[InsultBackfire Trying to knock him down a peg only encourages him]].
* ''VideoGame/QuakeIV'' has Johann Strauss, Rhino Squad's technician. He constantly brags about his intelligence and his abilities (including being one of the few humans to fluently speak the language of the game's enemies, the Strogg), has a tendency to berate others for not being as intelligent as him, and is always complaining about being placed in immediate danger, as he believes himself to be highly important. Fortunately for the rest of the squad, he really is that good - amongst other things, his ability to hack into the Strogg systems to open otherwise unlockable doors is a necessity.
* Genius Weisheit from ''VideoGame/RadiataStories'' with him constantly pestering the sentries to the City of Flowers to let him in and his general pretentious attitude towards people who don't share the same amount of knowledge he does.
* In ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'', Mitsunari Ishida is portrayed as this, with quite a bit of DeadpanSnarker to go with his insufferableness as well (though it is said that he was like this in RealLife as well).
* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' has Mori Motonari, who never seems to get tired of telling people how futile their attempts to either foil or understand his plans are, or how worthless and idiotic they are compared to him. And, while his demeanour is usually cold, he can become rather smug when proved right (as he always is).
* Purge in ''VideoGame/SpaceChannel5'' Part 2 may brag about how he's a genius and amazes himself, but he really is smarter than the average villain in the series. He has a plan for everything, should you beat him here, he'll have a backup idea at the ready. [[spoiler: That is, until the ending, when Ulala has him beat]].
** [[spoiler: And then he shows up at the end of the credits march. Cue KaizoTrap]].
* Leo in ''Super VideoGame/MondayNightCombat,'' a clone of Creator/LeonardoDaVinci. He's the smartest guy in the room and he knows it, constantly talking about his genius and his many incredible achievements while looking down on every other pro in competition.
-->'''Leo:''' I invented the hang glider while waiting for some pasta to boil; I think I can handle this.
* Jonas from ''VideoGame/TheNamelessMod'', is this so much, that if you knock him out at PDX headquarters, King Kashue won't come downstairs and mop the floor with you like if you knocked anyone else out. If you kiss his ass however, he'll give you extra goodies for missions.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' look no further than Jade Curtis. This is also in addition to being a StepfordSmiler, DeadpanSnarker, and JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* Game Master Minamimoto from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' is, to paraphrase the man himself, an "asshole of petametric proportions," working a liberal dosage of mathematical vocabulary into everything he says. It's guys like this dude that make some folks [[DumbIsGood hate math]].
** [[EnsembleDarkhorse But only]] [[CrazyAwesome in the game]] [[MemeticMutation itself.]]
*** We also have Joshua, who Neku decides isn't so bad to have around because he can decipher whatever the hell Minamimoto decides to send them for mission messages, only to correct himself five seconds later when his smug personality reappears and Neku remembers why he hates the kid.
* A great number of them abound in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', or at least are depicted as such typically by the fandom. Patchouli Knowledge and Alice Margatroid are among them, as is (slightly less commonly) Satori Komeiji. In canon, Eirin Yagokoro, as the Lunarians' most brilliant scientist and a TimeAbyss of sorcery and knowledge, is often guilty of this as well.
* Victor Niguel from ''VideoGame/TraumaCenter'' is simultaneously a genius, a narcissist, and a misanthrope with little patience for anyone less intelligent than him. Which is just about everyone. And in the very, ''very'' few cases where he's wrong, he's the only one who beats himself up over it.
* Almost all battle quotes of Lezard Valeth from ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile'' take shots at how pathetic and unworthy his opponents are, or how much superior he is over them. Then again, this is the man who [[spoiler: survived the end of the world to travel back in time, become a god, and screw history,]] [[StalkerWithACrush all to grab the attention of his beloved Lenneth]].
--> '''Lezard Valeth:''' I will not deny you tried, but crude efforts are no match for true ability.
* ''VideoGame/{{Dota 2}}'' gives us Invoker. Absolutely ''loves'' being as condescending and arrogant in his dialogue and responses as possible, when he's not praising himself.
--> '''Invoker:''' What joy it is beholding me!
--> '''Invoker:''' You die as you lived: insipid and ignorant.
* Palom from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' is an overconfident and aggorant Black Mage whose attitude doesn't improve much even after his puberty as he becomes a jerkass mentor. Nevertheless he is still a genius in his field.
* Wave the Swallow from the ''VideoGame/SonicRiders'' series is as snarky as she is intelligent. She makes it her personal business to insult the younger and more humble genius Tails every opportunity she gets.
* Daoming Sochua, the leader of the Pan-Asian Cooperative, in ''VideoGame/CivilizationBeyondEarth''. Raised as a ChildProdigy through Chinese state-sponsored schools for gifted children and holder of ''four'' [=PhDs=] by the age of thirty, she is also a condescending and blunt DeadpanSnarker, but [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold she does really want nothing but the best for her people and for humanity]].
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'': The Consular's healing companion Tharan Cedrax certainly has his moments. Like many of the other examples, his scientific prowess and intelligence certainly do match up to his boasts. [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold He also is a surprisingly loyal and compassionate fellow when the chips are truly down]]. [[spoiler: He won Holiday's freedom from a Hutt by challenging a BountyHunter to the death ''and'' gave up eternal scientific glory to upgrade her to full sentience. Then, he was was willing to tell the First son of the Emperor to get lost and release his friend Syo Bakarn, despite the First Son being a powerful Force User and Tharan being a relatively squishy {{Muggle}}]] A good way to gain affection with him is to help others, but point out how their foolishness got them into a mess in the first place.
* Severin Cocorico in ''VideoGame/AviaryAttorney'', at least if you were to ask his "rival" Jayjay Falcon. He's a ''very'' good lawyer, TheStoic to a tragic degree, and doesn't bother hiding his disdain for the more excitable, less-polished Falcon.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'''s ''Dragonborn'' DLC has Master Neloth, a Councilor of the Dunmeri [[TheClan Great House]] [[TheMagocracy Telvanni]] who previously appeared in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]''. The rather [[MightMakesRight lax]] [[KlingonPromotion rules]] in House Telvanni foster an environment in which EvilSorcerer and magical MadScientist types flourish, and Neloth is the epitome of that. He doesn't give an [[DudeWheresMyRespect iota of respect]] to even world-saving heroes like the [[PlayerCharacter Nerevarine or Dragonborn]]. [[TheArchmage Archmage]] of the [[WizardingSchool College of Winterhold]]? Still condescending. In fact, he treats the position as if its just barely qualified to be his ''apprentice''. Similarly, his reasoning for refusing to train your Enchanting past level 90 is that he doesn't want you to potentially get better than him.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Tohsaka in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' is matter-of-fact about her superiority, combining this with being TheTease for additional help making Shirou feel like a moron. On the other hand it's Downplayed because [[spoiler:while she is every bit as good as she says, that's ''only'' as good as she is. Shirou is not a genius like she is, but he tends to accomplish a lot more cool and supposedly impossible things because unlike her, he pushes his limits [[{{Determinator}} and doesn't quit when that's not enough]].]]
* Yaginuma in ''VisualNovel/KaraNoShoujo'' is a grade-A jerkass, but he does have the reputation to back it up.
* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', [[DefectiveDetective Erika]]'s brains are certainly nothing to laugh at, but she's also prompt to rub it on everyone's face. Cue cheers from the fans when Battler infuriates her by out-cultivating her on the topic of mystery novels.
-->'''Erika:''' Oh, please! Don't tell me you have to waste several seconds to solve this problem?
* Doctor West in ''VisualNovel/{{Demonbane}}'' loves proclaiming that he is the "ultimate genius chosen by heaven". Most of the time he's regarded as a completely insane nuisance. But when he accomplishes such feats as building a fully sapient gynoid and [[spoiler:reconfiguring Demonbane to be used without a grimoire]], the story's characters find themselves forced to admit that he really ''is'' a genius engineer.
* ''VisualNovel/{{SOON}}'': ''Both'' Atlas and Fang at any point of the timeline, with baby!Atlas being the only exception. Extra points to Fang, who titled her autobiography "My life as a genius". Even for the author of the scientific research that helped to save the world from GlobalWarming and Nobel peace prize laureate, that's pushing it.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The titular Frost from ''Webcomic/DrFrost.'' His LackOfEmpathy, arrogant remarks, and cold demeanor definitely rub people the wrong way, although there is little doubt that he is a genius.
* Suspiria from ''Webcomic/{{Flipside}}''. She's the youngest third-level mage in history and won't let anyone forget it. But her lack of practical experience paired with a consistent overestimation of her own power has led to tragedy and/or humiliation nearly every time she's tried to show [[TooCleverByHalf "what she can really do."]] You'd think a "genius" would be better at learning from her mistakes.
* Sollux Captor in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' can be a bit of an [[VerbalTic iin2ufferable geniiu2]] when it comes to computers.
-->TA: iif you cant fiigure 2hiit out by fuckiing around you dont belong near computer2.\\
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TA: iif you move two a new town you have two go up two your neiighbor2 door and warn them about how 2tupiid you are.\\
TA: and giive them a chance two hiide all theiir iinnocent technology.\\
TA: and vandaliize your hou2e.
** Doc Scratch, crossing over with SmugSuper. He is legitimately close to omniscience, but he loves reminding everyone of just how smart he is in comparison to them. He compares his machinations to playing a game of chess in which you provide your opponent with a list of all the moves you are going to make beforehand, and still win regardless. [[spoiler:Which he proceeds to do. ''Everything'' up to the end of Act 5 happened exactly as he planned it.]]
* Occasionally, Tycho from ''Webcomic/PennyArcade''. The real Tycho [[SelfDeprecation paints himself this]] [[RuleOfFunny way]], [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/2010/9/10/ at least]]:
--> [My mother] was made to endure much as I transitioned from absolutely insufferable teenager to an adult who had found a way to get paid for being insufferable.
* Paige of ''Webcomic/AgentsOfTheRealm'' likes to remind people that she studied very hard to get a full ride scholarship. Once she has a chance to shine, though, this is easily forgiven.
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Galatea has a ''very'' high opinion of her intelligence. And she's right, too, she really is brilliant. But she's blind to how [[TaughtByExperience inexperienced and naive]] her [[YoungerThanTheyLook extreme youth]] makes her.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Vaarsuvius is a brilliant spellcaster who has spent decades studying the craft and saved the team's bacon several times, and will never let them forget it. Although this eventually gets taken to the point of [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]], as it [[BreakTheHaughty bites him/her in the ass big time]].
** Most wizards from the Order universe are like this, comparing sorcerers to idiot savants and proclaiming that divine magic isn't ''real'' magic. In fact, Eugene Greenhilt's contempt towards Fighters ended up souring his relationship with both his father and his son and his mentor's [[BullyingADragon arrogant mocking of]] [[BrilliantButLazy Xykon]] ended with his skull caved in.
* And then there's Dr. Roykirk in ''Webcomic/TwentyFirstCenturyFox'', who is this combined with the trope CatsAreMean.
* Celebrity chess grandmaster Billy Thatcher in ''Webcomic/{{Morphe}}'' is a self-described {{Jerkass}} who cares for little besides his chess career. He's also good enough to [[spoiler:beat a TimeMaster who [[{{Retconjuration}} rewrote his personal history to become a chess prodigy]] and repeatedly cheated with Time magic -- all while Billy was [[{{Determinator}} passing out from blood loss]]]]. WordOfGod also confirms that he's the most intelligent and quick-witted cast member.
* Schtein and Langstrom in ''Webcomic/StringTheory''.
* Rowan in ''Webcomic/LeifAndThorn'' is a variation: he's friendly and laid-back a lot of the time, and regularly charms people all the way into bed, only to [[http://leifandthorn.com/comic/the-incredibly-successful-dating-life-of-rowan-muscade/ snap and pick fights if they get something wrong about science]].
* ''Webcomic/SandraOnTheRocks'': While fashion photographer Domenico is not just a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} but vain to the point of {{narcissis|t}}m, he is clearly very good at his job, having an international reputation in the business. Notably, his ex-wife Zoé, who finds him ''very'' annoying, still continues to work with him when she could doubtless do very well independently.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Tom from ''WebVideo/EchoChamber'' shows shades of this.
* Yahtzee of ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' is widely viewed as one. He once wrote a sarcastic poem entitled "[[AskAStupidQuestion Where I Get My Ideas"]] in reaction to the countless times he'd been asked that at conventions. In reviews he sounds genuinely mournful at how idiotic everyone else is, and employs suicide threats as a running gag.
* {{LetsPlay/Chuggaaconroy}} is a rather mild (and likely unintentional) version of this, in regards to how to properly raise a team of Pokemon and use them in battle, if his LP of ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokemon Emerald]]'' is anything to go by. Even then, it seems to only apply to ''Pokémon'', as he's rather humble (but still smart) the rest of the time.
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'':
** Jobe Wilkins. In a [[SuperheroSchool school]] full of genius devisers and gadgeteers, plus the people smart enough to teach said inventors, he treats everyone else like they're a moron compared to him. He could be right.
** Ayla Goodkind (Phase) often comes across this way as well, especially regarding financial matters, with an extra icing of ''[[ChronicHeroSyndrome noblesse oblige]]''. Turning 300 million into over a billion before the age of fifteen may have something to do with this. When he and Jobe collaborated, it took all Phase's massive self-control to keep from tearing the Crown Prince(ss) to pieces.
* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', Magnus gets some of this attitude by the episode sixteen, treating those who are under him in terms of power and warp-related knowledge (which is everyone apart from Tzeentch and the Emperor) as morons. On the other hand, he ''is'' third most powerful psyker in the universe, and the only ones above him are a PhysicalGod and SentientCosmicForce, so he has every right to brag.
* In ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', Bartémulius and Nostariat are the best alchemists of the Empire, remind it to players whenever they get the opportunity and are a walking incarnation of the EntitledBastard video game QuestGiver archetype. However, the webseries and comic have shown that when they get the impression that a bad situation that is theatening to the Empire or the world can only be resolved by them, they're actually quite helpful and whatever they come up with usually works.
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Robo has signs of this, such as finding it frustrating when someone rephrases his wordy explainations, and sticking with the original meanings of certain words despite not being LiteralMinded.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': Deconstructed by Temple Fugate, a ScheduleFanatic with NoSocialSkills that is in the middle of a court hearing appeal about a $20 million dollar judgment against his company and is haggard and nervous. Fugate is aware that his personality plays against him, but not of what to do to change that.
* Tarantulas of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', is rampantly treacherous... often to Megatron's face, but Megatron can't afford to dispose of him or even punish him too badly because he can't do without his scientific know-how.
** [[spoiler: Though when Tarantulas eventually gets Megatron thrown into a vat of lava, Megs finally decides enough is enough.]]
*** Though it's not the fact [[spoiler: Tarantulas betrayed him yet again]] that Megatron was angry with, but that he failed. "I can suffer your treachery, Lieutenant, '''''but not your INCOMPETENCE!'''''"
*** It is expected of Predacons to attempt to depose their leaders and take their place. A leader who allows himself to be betrayed doesn't deserve to be in charge.
* Azmuth of ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' and later [[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Ultimate Alien]] is one of, if not ''the'', smartest beings in the galaxy. And he is also an insufferable {{Jerkass}} usually appearing before Ben with an insult, or a statement regretting how the omnitrix wound up on him.
** On the plus side, his attitude helps keep Ben in check, reminding him of the responsibilities that come with the omnitrix. Most of the time.
* XANA from ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' might qualify, despite the fact that he is TheVoiceless most of the time. In one episode, Jeremie cries out in despair at his inability to stop the villain's plan, yelling that "XANA is a perfect machine! I'm only human..."
** Which is interesting since Jeremie could be considered a [[SubvertedTrope Subversion]] of this trope much like Reid of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' (see above), generally not being condescending on purpose unless he's playfully teasing one of his teammates (frequently [[BookDumb O]][[{{Keet}} dd]])
* Professor Algernon in ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad''. In his first appearance, we find him painting with a VR helmet on. When asked by his Neosapien colleague why he would paint something only he could see, the prof derisively states that only he could appreciate it. If there was any doubt that he deserved his planet-sized ego, it's put to rest near the end of the series when he puts the recently obliterated planet Mars back together again!
** "Phaeton's mistake was that he thought that the ultimate display of power was to destroy a planet!"
** Also from ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad'', the Neomegas seem to have this programmed into their DNA.
*** "Modesty is a Terran weakness, like pity."
* Ogden Wernstrom from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''.
** Not as much later on, though, as he became ''slightly'' more humble, but not quite enough to break free of this trope. The best example of an InsufferableGenius on this show might be Cubert.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' also portrays Creator/StephenHawking as this: an arrogant womanizing genius...which is part of the joke, of course.
* Mentok the Mindtaker from ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw''.
* Heloise on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', to the point where she's often in better control than [[BigBad Lucius]].
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' had a classmate, Justine Flanner, act in a way towards Kim. It was only until the end when she and Kim started to get along.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': Wile E. Coyote acts as one in the shorts where he goes after Bugs Bunny. In theory, at least. In practice he's more of a SmallNameBigEgo.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Twilight Sparkle, the main protagonist, has some elements of this. In the pilot, she's forced to work alongside the other Mane Five because together they are the Elements of Harmony, but at first she was rather rude towards them and her prideful attitude is one of her flaws, since she is the student of Princess Celestia and Twilight views herself as the OnlySaneMan. She almost died by Nightmare Moon's hooves because of it.
** As the series moved on she became [[CharacterDevelopment much more humble]] but still sometimes acts like this unintentionally thanks to her somewhat poor social skills. For example she flat out told Pinkie Pie that she couldn't handle babysitting on her own (and ''thoroughly'' insulted her), but was actually only trying to offer assistance rather than offend her.
* The Brain from ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain''.
** Or is he? According to WordOfGod, the title song says "One is a genius, the other's insane," [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation but not which is which...]]
* Patrick becomes one of these on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', where he becomes super smart and rejects Spongebob's childlike behavior, insults Squidward's clarinet playing, and calls Sandy an idiot. All of this is because Spongebob accidently replaced the top of Patrick's head with [[IncrediblyLamePun brain coral]].
** Sandy was this in the early seasons. As the show progresses she became more of a SmallNameBigEgo rather than this trope.
* Krang of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'' is a genius, and he knows it, (His IQ is in the ''900s''), but he's not above making Shredder's life difficult whenever he can get away with it. In one episode, he forces Shredder to wait for supplies being transported from Dimension X on a ''garbage barge'' which Shredder accurately guesses is to annoy him. Shredder makes it quite clear that he only puts up with Krang for his weapons.
* Baxter Stockman from ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' borders on being and subverting this trope. It's also the reason he's been reduced to a brain and an eye.
* [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony Stark]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' starts out as a condescending jerk to everybody, friends and foes alike. He does have some moments of mellowing out, though. Such as when he realized an aggressive business decision he made led to rival Simon Williams joining the Masters of Evil and becoming Wonder Man.
* AJ from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents''.
* Braniac 5 from the ''The WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperheroes'' occasionally shows signs of this trope, moreso in the second season. He mentions his twelfth level intelligence practically every episode. "You're good...but you don't have a twelth level intelligence." "A twelfth level intelligence has no need for improvisation, Bouncing Boy." Gaaaah.
* Homer Simpson of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', after getting a crayon removed from his brain, experiences a dramatic surge in intelligence: his IQ skyrockets to 105, making him markedly more intelligent than everyone except Lisa. He quickly becomes resented and isolated due to this, eventually opting to have the crayon re-inserted.
** An IQ of 105 is around the average range of intelligence, though this trope applied to the more intelligent Homer Simpson only because most citizens of Springfield are portrayed as borderline idiots. Another variation of this trope is that Homer Simpson wasn't particularly arrogant or jerkish at all, he was simply vilified by his coworkers because he actually did his job and inspected the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant for its many infractions, which led to a massive number of employee layoffs and the Power Plant to be closed until it could be brought up to code.
** Lisa herself often qualifies to this as well, in her worse moments. She longs to be challenged, but at times it's clear she enjoys feeling smarter than her peers.
** All the characters who make up the UsefulNotes/{{Mensa}} group of Springfield were this. Oddly, with the exception of perhaps Comic Book Guy, this was a break away from their usual characterizations.
* Sunstreaker of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''. He's got mad skills, is very intelligent, routinely beats up Decepticons twice as strong as he is, and at the end of the fight will be more worried about his paint job than his comrades' status--some treatments of the character even hint that he's a SociopathicHero.
** And then there's Sky Lynx, a skilled and powerful [=troop carrier/dino-bird/lynx/griffin=] who holds the rank of Lieutenant Commander. His massive size is dwarfed by his even more massive ego.
---> '''Sky Lynx:''' Before you do anything, think, 'Is this what Sky Lynx would do in my position?', and you will not go far wrong.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'': Kowalski. Dear, sweet Newton's apple, ''Kowalski''. He is ridiculously intelligent, constantly builds things, working inventions that no human has thought of yet (A shrink ray, an invisibility ray), but the level of arrogance he displays borders on narcissism.
* Owl from ''WesternAnimation/TheAnimalsOfFarthingWood'', she constantly uses phrases or quotes famous philosophers but her 'wisdom' is nearly always unwanted or innappropriate for the situation, often resulting in the other animals telling her to simply shut up. Also, within the first season, she constantly believes that she would make the better leader rather than Fox or Badger despite both showing more competancy in the position than she ever exhibited.
* Rick from ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' is the smartest man on the planet and views everyone else as inferior because of it.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': [[spoiler:Stanford Pines]], who was a child prodigy and the author of the 3 Journals has a whole helluva lot of pride, and definitely looks down upon [[spoiler:his brother, Stanley, due to him costing Ford his dream college and being a con artist]]. When he asks [[spoiler:Stanley]] to take one of his Journals and bury it so it doesn't fall into the wrong hands, he tries to burn it instead, but the author gets into a fight with him because the Journal contains his research. Even the BigBad uses this trait to take advantage of him.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'':
** Mr. Cat is really smart anyway, but when you compare him to [[SurroundedByIdiots the people around him]], he seems like a super-genius. As a result of this, he considers himself to be above the rest of the cast.
** When Stumpy is given SuddenIntelligence in one episode, he turns into a know-it-all and becomes so annoying that [[AxCrazy Mr. Cat]] considers killing him.
* The titular character of ''WesternAnimation/WhateverHappenedToRobotJones'' will occasionally anger others by gloating about how his being a robot makes him smarter than them. The one most frequently cheesed off by this behavior is his math teacher Mr. [=McMcMc=].
* Gyro Gearloose has shades of this in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017''. He's introduced in "The Great Dime Chase" barging into Scrooge's board meeting to declare "Shut up, everyone, I've done something brilliant!"