-->'''Comic Book Guy:''' ''Quit butting in please. Your IQ is a mere 155 while mine is a muscular 170. I am smart. Much smarter than you. Hibbert!''
-->'''Professor Frink:''' ''You should all do what I say. ''My'' IQ is 199 for crying out [[VerbalTic glaving]]!''
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''

The use of IQ as a qualification or 'proof' of superiority. Thanks in part to the common belief that IQ is a flawless, accurate representation of every aspect of human intelligence and partly because it's an easy way to show an intelligent character's arrogance, a character might use his or her supposed IQ as an argument for their taking control of a matter, or otherwise being better than others.

The characters who do this will usually be on the border of ImprobablyHighIQ, if not over it. If it's aliens doing this, it can be part of a PunyEarthlings routine.

In RealLife, by the way, IQ is a relative measure; the average is always 100. While we're at it, "genius" is kind of a vague term as an official assessment of intelligence; it's generally accepted that the line is at either 130 or 140, but there's no actual agreed-upon documentation making it official. For more information, see the UsefulNotes page for UsefulNotes/IQTesting.


[[AC: Anime & Manga]]
* A variation of this happens in ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts''. Students are assigned to a corresponding classroom depending entirely on the score they received during the entrance exams, ranging from the prestigious ([[ImprobablyHighIQ Class A]]) to the insignificant ([[ImprobablyLowIQ Class F]]). The smarter students get better amenities and classroom equipment.

[[AC: Fan Works]]
* PlayedWith in ''FanFic/AnAlternateKeitaroUrashima''. While Naru and the other Hinata Girls are impressed when they learn that Urumi has an IQ of 200, Naru asks "If you're so smart, why aren't you attending UsefulNotes/TokyoUniversity?" Urumi's reply that she wasn't interested causes Naru to deem her an idiot. Most of the Hinata Girls also decide that her IQ doesn't mean much when she joins those [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech calling them out on their bad behavior]].
* In ''FanFic/CIAAgents'' the five principal agents get their “Place Rank” by this.

[[AC: Literature]]
* In the book ''[[EndersGame Ender's Shadow]]'', the Battle School commander creates resentment toward young Bean from his classmates by revealing that Bean scored highest among them not just on IQ, but on every aptitude measure but one -- that of physical ability, since Bean is much younger and smaller.
** It is later revealed that he also scored extremely low in what is arguably one of the most important traits, ''ambition''. Or specifically, the need to dominate and destroy others.
** It's also revealed that [[spoiler:Bean was the sole surviving subject of an illegal genetic engineering experiment (all the other babies, Bean's siblings, were killed to cover up the experiment) aimed at creating extremely intelligent people with the side effect of a short lifespan caused by the SquareCubeLaw. Bean's brain doesn't have the same "off" switch as everyone else's and continues to grow and form new neural pathways like an infant's. As a result, Bean is fated to die at a relatively young age]].
* Mack Reynolds' novel ''Brain World''. The planet Einstein was settled by people who had a minimum IQ of 130, and they've been improving their average IQ ever since. When Einstein applies to join the [[TheFederation United Planets]], Section G sends Doctor Horsten and Ronny Bronston to investigate because the computers say they have the highest intelligence ratings of all of Section G's agents.

[[AC: Live Action TV]]
* Used in the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode ''Holoship''. Crew members of the holoship state their IQ along with their name and rank, and there seems to be a positive correlation between IQ and rank. Rimmer introduces himself with "IQ unknown."
** Also used in ''White Hole'', where Rimmer points to Holly's IQ to explain why he thinks she, as opposed to Lister, should be in charge of their attempts to destroy the white hole.
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Sheldon often uses his IQ as a 'proof' that he's correct.
** There's also the first episode when Sheldon and Leonard list their combined IQ of 360 as evidence that they can figure out how to get into a locked apartment building. Two girl scouts then come up, ring every bell, and are immediately buzzed in.
* In ''Film/ThePaperChase'', when James Hart first meets him, Franklin Ford III boasts of having an I.Q. of 190 as a sign of his superiority.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': Niles and Frasier are reminded that they took an IQ test as children, and all their mother would tell them is that they were two points apart, and when they discover the results in an old box of childhood memorabilia, Niles reads them and announces that he has the higher score. When a suspicious Frasier insists on seeing the results for himself, he finds out that not only is Niles' score higher, but it's by considerably more than two points. Frasier spends the episode angsting about being dumber than his brother.
* In the opening narration of ''Series/{{Scorpion}}'': "My name is Walter O'Brien. I have the 4th highest IQ ever recorded - 197. Einstein's was only 160".

* ''Roleplay/ElementalDoom'': Found by starting with 100, adding 4 for every Int point above 10, and 2 for every Wis point over 10.

[[AC: Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' uses "IQ" as the short-form name of the Intelligence stat -- a measure of all forms of intelligence, independent of culture or species -- although it has barely any relation to actual measures of IQ. Apparently it wasn't meant to.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' and other Palladium Games does the same, with a note that the stat x10 is roughly equal to the character's IQ. Since average stats for a human are between 10-12, this works as a rule of thumb.

[[AC: Video Games]]
* In the ''VideoGame/CommanderKeen'' games, BigBad Mortimer [=McMire=] brags that his IQ is [[ImprobablyHighIQ 315]], one point higher than our hero (which is 314 in tribute to Pi).

[[AC: Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorialGirlsSide'': In the archenemy scene, Takafumi Wakaouji is mentioned to have an IQ of 200.

[[AC: Western Animation]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Springfield is left under the control of local UsefulNotes/{{Mensa}} members after the mayor skips town in "They Saved Lisa's Brain". They disagree on how the town should be run and eventually start arguing by stating their IQ at each other. Frink insists his 199 IQ qualifies him to be in charge -- but is soon "outranked" when StephenHawking arrives on the scene!