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The Smart Guy:
In , Kingdom Hearts Donald Duck is The Smart Guy of the team, being the Disney Court's royal magician, and good at his craft. However, he doubles as the bad kind of team Lancer as well, because of how self-centered, small-minded, and short-tempered he is; he's always trying to get his way, and doesn't consider the consequences of his bullish behavior. All of the wisdom is instead found in Goofy, The Big Guy of the team, making him something of a Genius Bruiser. This pretty solidly seems a case of Dumb Is Good. Actually, considering how many evil scientists there are in the series, it could seen as a double-whammy of Dumb Is Good and Science Is Bad. Even good-guy inventor Cid can't escape the fact that his gummi ships couldn't be built without breaking off material from the shells that protect each world from Darkness. Goofy's also the only one of the trio that knows how to properly use a computer (Sora only barely knew how to type and Donald had no idea) as well as caught on to Mulan's true nature.
Tales of the Abyss Jeff in is also archetypical of this trope. With regard to fantasy settings, he's an atypical example, in that he is the only party member who doesn't use magic.
EarthBound Jennifer in the first game, Hanako in the Disgaea second, Raspberyl in the third.
Vitali in . Soul Nomad & the World Eaters Lobo in the Demon Path.
Tails fills his usual role in , but is joined and assisted by Sonic Chronicles
Dr Eggman! has a few possible. Early in the game, the Persona 4 Lancer Yosuke doubles as this, as the only guy with any plausible investigative theories. Yukiko might also qualify. Later in the game, Yosuke relinquishes this post for Ms. Exposition Naoto.
The Engineer, Medic, and Spy of all fit the role. The first is a relatively goodhearted Team Fortress 2 Gadgeteer Genius, the second is a crazy Mad Scientist, and the third is a haughty Magnificent Bastard. All utilize technology, and they neatly encapsulate all traditional Smart Guy skills — machines, support, and subterfuge. And all of them are arguably Bat-Shit Insane.
Siblings Welkin and Isara Gunther from usually fill out the role of being smart for Squad 7. Coincidentally, they're both in the tank.
Valkyria Chronicles Positron, a signature character in (and City of Heroes Author Avatar of the current lead developer, Matt Miller) is a mutant who built a suit of Powered Armor to amplify his radiation abilities, which after the Rikti War became his seal to prevent him from exploding. Citadel also may count, being a Ridiculously Human Robot.
In the Five-Man Band of the Resistance Group in , history enthusiast Shad is the official Smart Guy.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Mechanical genius Slippy Toad of the franchise, and egregoriously so.
Star Fox The trilogy offers several examples:
Mass Effect In Mass Effect 1 Tali is a technology expert and knows more about the Geth than anyone else in the crew. Liara is recruited for her knowledge on the Protheans, which proves vital to tracking the Big Bad.
has Mordin Solus, who is an Mass Effect 2 Omnidisciplinary Scientist (mostly) who runs the technology lab. Tali returns, still an engineer and tech expert. Legion, an Automaton, possesses the collective technological knowledge of the Geth, and Kasumi Goto is the greatest hacker and infiltration specialist in the galaxy.
has Tali, once again, and EDI, the crew's Mass Effect 3 Do Anything AI. Liara, as the Shadow Broker, has shades of it as well, with her research on the Protheans coming in handy once more and leading not only to the discovery of , kicking off most of the plot, but also uncovers The Crucible .
Javik, the Prothean last : Ever since Miles Edgeworth's Ace Attorney Heel-Face Turn, he will usually fullfil this role blissfully when playable or supporting the protagonist. In the games, this is even a Game Play Mechanic, called "Logic".
Ace Attorney Investigations . Rain Qin is in this role, combined with Fear Effect The Chick.
Halo: The Huragok serve as The Smart . They're the only ones in the Covenant who actually know enough about their technology to build and maintain it, which puts the other races in a bind when most of them vanish after the third game.
Species Cortana also acts as a smart girl for the Master Chief.
Damon Baird is the smart guy for Delta Squad in Gears of War.
In , Quistis Trepe fulfills this role because she is initially their teacher. Selphie Tilmitt might also fit because of her knowledge of weaponry and explosives.
Final Fantasy VIII But then, even Zell could work, because he's quite knowledgeable on the history of a few places the SeeDs visit, and occasionally serves as exposition before missions.
has Vivi as the resident Final Fantasy IX Black Mage.
has Lulu as the Final Fantasy X Black Mage of the group, and her status as Ms Exposition is lampshaded. Rikku fits another aspect of this trope as Gadgeteer Genius and Wrench Wench.
gives us Hope Estheim, the youngest of the cast but with the highest magic stat.
Final Fantasy XIII Lester from . He's crippled and requires a cane or wheelchair to get around, but he comes up with the plan for almost every major heist and sets up assassinations (as well as mentioning how to use the assassinations to manipulate the stock market).
Grand Theft Auto V