: A character is shown playing chess to indicate that they are smart.
- Straight: Stan entertains himself between decoding ancient Uru etchings by playing chess.
- Exaggerated: Stan entertains himself by playing chess against 14 other players simultaneously. While decoding ancient Uru etchings.
- Downplayed: Stan has an impressive degree, and is a fairly competent, but not tournament-level, chess player.
- Stan is The Chessmaster.
- As a child, Stan played games daily against his father, a world-champion chessmaster.
- Stan is an idiot who plays chess by treating the pieces as action figures.
- Stan is a brilliant man, but he's never been able to get the hang of chess.
- Crazy People Play Chess.
- Double Subverted:
- But despite being an Idiot Savant, he's not just a great chess player; he's a genius in other, more useful, areas as well.
- When forced to play, it turns out Stan is excellent at chess... it just doesn't interest him at all.
- Parodied: Stan entertains himself between decoding ancient Uru etchings by playing tic-tac-toe.
- Zig Zagged: Our introduction to Stan is while he's walking his beat in his job as a cop, stopping to converse with his friends playing chess in the park — but we never see him play or talk about the game.
- Averted: Stan is a genius, but isn't shown playing chess.
- Enforced: The program is produced by Gary Kasparov.
- Lampshaded: "Stan's so smart, you can tell he plays chess for fun."
- Invoked: Alice gives her son, Stan a chess set for his birthday to help make him smarter, or at least seem smarter.
- Exploited: James sets up a chessboard in an interesting puzzle situation to distract Stan from the trap he is about to spring.
- Defied: "I don't waste time with chess. Playing with people is so much more fascinating."
- Discussed: "Let's have a friendly game of chess to demonstrate the Xanatos Speed Chess I used to Out Gambit you."
- Conversed: "Glasses and a chess set. This must be The Smart Guy of the Five-Man Band."
- Deconstructed: Stan begins to apply chess-like thinking to all aspects of his life... which wreaks havoc with his personal relationships.
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