->'''Quiz Announcer:''' Okay, the colors of the Italian flag are Red, White, and what?\\
'''Bart:''' Blue!\\
'''Homer:''' Yellow!\\
'''Bart:''' Orange, Red,\\
'''Patty:''' Green!\\
'''Homer:''' Black, White, Green!\\
'''Contestant:''' Green!\\
'''Homer:''' I was right!
--> ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons,'' '''"Simpson And Delilah"'''

A device employed by writers to demonstrate that a character is particularly intelligent or knowledgeable. A character (often the TVGenius) will be shown watching a game show on television and instantly blurting out the correct answer to every question. May be played for laughs if the [[Series/{{QI}} questions are obscure and esoteric to the point of absurdity]]. In some cases, this leads to the character being urged by his friends to apply as a contestant on that show.

In America, the game show is most likely to be ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'', as it has garnered a reputation for being the most difficult of the popular game shows, not to mention because of its distinctive, relatively fast-paced game structure. In the United Kingdom, the notoriously difficult, long-running ''Series/UniversityChallenge'' fills this role.

Of course, it should go without saying that trivial knowledge has little relation to intellect, but this is just a quick and easy way for writers to establish a character as smart.

A common subversion is for the character to have watched the episode before and memorized all the answers.



* The Taco Bell dog successfully pulls this off in one of the campaign's earliest commercials.
* A Coca-Cola ad played in movie theaters features a large, stereotypical trailer-trash woman watching ''Jeopardy!'' and getting all the right answers. At the end of the commercial, [[SubvertedTrope she rewinds the tape and starts watching it again]].
* Armed Forces Network had an ad of two guys watching ''Jeopardy!'' at night with one of them getting all the answers correct. The other guy wasn't amused. This ad meant to tell there's an alternate station for people living in the Atlantic zones who can watch during the day. Atlantic channel has the exact same programs as the Pacific. [[DontExplainTheJoke These two live in the Pacific region watching ''Jeopardy!'' on Atlantic network at night(one had already watched it on Pacific).]]
* GSN (formerly Game Show Network) had a series of commercials where people all around the world watch a game show giving the correct answer to a question and ending with a contestant on the show giving a wrong answer, followed by the tagline, "You know you know."

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'' version of Doug Ramsay got into a private school for mutants due to his smarts, exemplified by his record-breaking streak on ''Jeopardy!''.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In one ''ComicStrip/{{Shoe}}'' comic strip, one character is watching ''Jeopardy!'' and getting all the answers right, but at the end another character leans over and says, "What is 'rerun'?"
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'''s Jason was seen doing this at least once. Frustrated by all the contestants failing to answer a question and Alex Trebek's condescending response, he points a dart gun at the TV, asking "Who was Alex Trebek?"
* An editorial cartoon from 1987 had then-president Ronald Reagan on ''Series/WheelOfFortune''. The puzzle board was all exposed save for one letter: "GET TO THE _OTTOM OF THE IRAN-CONTRA AFFAIR." Reagan: "Uh...is there a 'Q'?"

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
%%* Creator/DustinHoffman in ''Film/RainMan''.
%%* Creator/MorganFreeman's character in ''Film/TheBucketList''.
* Played with in ''Film/GroundhogDay'': Bill Murray's character had seen that particular episode [[GroundhogDayLoop over and over again]]. To the point that he's giving the right answers ''before the question has even been revealed''.
* Parodied in ''Film/ShesAllThat'', where the dad gives answers that are obviously wrong.
* In ''Film/{{Diner}}'', Kevin Bacon's character [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wXkItoqHew sits in front of a TV and aggressively snaps out answers to College Bowl questions, marveling at the dim-wittedness of the contestants]].
* Inverted in ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire'', in which doctorate holders do not succeed at the quiz show, while Jamal a moderately intelligent lower-class boy learned most of the anwser from first hand experience.
* ''Film/WhiteMenCantJump'': Later, Gloria appears on the show and becomes a five-day champion.
* One of the old men does this in the "Kick the Can" segment of ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie''.
* Played with in ''Film/{{Saved}}'' where Mary's mother constantly gets the questions wrong throughout the movie until the very end, when she suddenly starts getting them right, and the answers lead her to an epiphany.

* This is done with the hero of Creator/StephenKing's "[[Literature/NightmaresAndDreamscapes The Moving Finger]]". In the original story, he was actually watching ''Jeopardy!'', but in the ''Series/{{Monsters}}'' adaptation, it was a generic quiz show.
* An ex-con in Creator/JodiPicoult's ''Salem Falls'' does this every night. He started doing it to protect himself from PrisonRape by making a bet with the other convicts that he could always beat the scores of the televised contestants. His passion for the show [[spoiler:is key to getting the student he supposedly seduced to confess that she made the whole thing up]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', George becomes a genius by abstaining from sex, and is shown watching ''Jeopardy!'' and answering every question correctly while solving a Rubik's Cube at the same time. Jerry asks if it's a rerun, but it's not.
* Phoebe does this in one episode of ''Series/{{Charmed}}''.
* Parodied in one ''Series/{{Friends}}'' episode: Joey is watching ''Series/WheelOfFortune''. He laughs at a player, who can't solve a puzzle with the clue "_OUNT RUSH_ORE". He yells to Chandler, "It's easy! Count Rushmore!"
* ''Series/{{Cheers}}'': one of Cliff Clavin's defining character traits. Comes full circle when he actually ''is'' on ''Jeopardy!'', [[spoiler:but he loses in the final round]].
* In one episode of the fourth series of ''Series/TheITCrowd'', Moss participates in the show ''Series/{{Countdown}}'' and keeps winning, despite crazy odds, by using amazingly obscure words like "tnetennba".
* On one episode of ''Series/AlrightAlready'', Carol watches an earlier airing of ''Jeopardy!'' so that when she watches the same episode later in the day she can impress her boyfriend by knowing all the answers.
* One ''Series/ILoveLucy'' episode got kicked off after Ricky proudly announces all the right answers while listening to "Mr. And Mrs. Quiz" on the radio. Lucy then finagles them an invitation to the show, whereupon Ricky admits he was merely at the studio earlier while it was being taped. Naturally, he gets in a oneliner in the process:
--> '''Ricky:''' All I know is Columbus discovered Ohio in 1776!
* On ''Series/CougarTown'', Grayson and Ellie are left wondering why Laurie beats them handily at bar trivia. Apparently it's because she watches so much Jeopardy. And she cheats.
* Dorothy in ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' got into one of these and nailed every question. Unfortunately, the boost to her ego turned her into an InsufferableGenius, and she wasn't called back for the actual show since she wouldn't be any fun for the viewers to watch.
* One episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' revealed that [[TheFaceless Mrs.]] [[NoIndoorVoice Wolowitz]] can correctly guess the answers to all ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' puzzles if told the topic and starting letters. As Howard put it:
-->'''Howard:''' Yeah, it's like her superpower; other than setting off car alarms.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', Cosmo and Wanda conjure up a set reminiscent of ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'' to prove that Timmy "knows everything".
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. When the host asks which German leader gave his name to the capital of North Dakota, Homer yells "Hitler!"
* A ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' short on ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' had Brain go on the quiz show "Gyp-Parody" in order to raise enough money for a device to TakeOverTheWorld. He gets every single question right, but bombs the final question and loses everything. Of course, the answer to the final question was [[Series/TheHoneymooners Ralph Kramden]], which Brain would have known [[NotNowKiddo if he had listened to]] [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Pinky]] earlier in the episode.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' episode "Arthur and the Big Riddle" started off with Arthur correctly answering the riddles on the game show ''Riddle Quest'', including answering the final riddle before the reigning champion. At Buster's urging, he decides to go on the show himself.
* Him makes WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls take their SAT tests as part of the series of riddles he forces them to solve in "Him Diddle Riddle." Bubbles, whose SAT card was penciled in with a pattern of a flower, scored the highest.
* Jeff is introduced in ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'' by this.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The Watson computer made by IBM went on ''Jeopardy!'' to prove its intelligence. It won, beating Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, two of the most successful Jeopardy! contestants.
* ''Jeopardy!'' itself offers an interesting take on the idea. The questions have to be carefully balanced so that they're hard for the contestants, but recognizable for the fans at home. The show has survived so long because it knows that viewers are neither [[ViewersAreMorons morons]] nor [[ViewersAreGeniuses geniuses]]. Nobody is going to get all the answers, but everybody should get at least one.
* Many people have tried out on ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' thanks to this trope. In his New York City Transit Police Department (now the NYPD Transit Bureau) office, Frank Spangenberg and his colleagues would watch the show and put money into a pot, and whoever got the most correct responses won the pot. Frank was winning so often that his colleagues recommended he play for real. Frank became a 5-time undefeated champion, earning $102,597 with a record-setting 1-day total of $30,600 during his 5th game, making him the biggest regular games winner of the pre-doubled era (1984-2001).