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* MenAreUncultured: Unlike with Marcus and Mo and to some extent Floyd (who is cultured enough to know that Marcus recited lines from ''Main/{{Hamlet}}'' when his son lies that he was practicing for a role in 'Theatre/{{Othello}}'', and the difference between a haberdasher and a rasher), T.J. usually averts this. Then again, there are things that T.J. can't understand, such as in "Dumbstruck," when he is disgruntled that he can't understand why Film/TheThreeStooges are funny like Floyd, Marcus and Mo do.

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* MenAreUncultured: Unlike with Marcus and Mo and to some extent Floyd (who is cultured enough to know that Marcus recited lines from ''Main/{{Hamlet}}'' ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' when his son lies that he was practicing for a role in 'Theatre/{{Othello}}'', and the difference between a haberdasher and a rasher), T.J. usually averts this. Then again, there are things that T.J. can't understand, such as in "Dumbstruck," when he is disgruntled that he can't understand why Film/TheThreeStooges are funny like Floyd, Marcus and Mo do.


* OmnidisciplinaryTeacher: He teaches P.E., coaches the Piedmont Penguins basketball team and in "T.A. or Not T.A.," substitutes in math and Spanish classes... however, he quickly becomes apparent that he is unqualified for teaching the two latter subjects.




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* TwoTeacherSchool: He teaches P.E., coaches the Piedmont Penguins basketball team and in "T.A. or Not T.A.," substitutes in math and Spanish classes... however, he quickly becomes apparent that he is unqualified for teaching the two latter subjects.



* OmnidisciplinaryTeacher: In his introductory appearance in "Working Guy," he is the instructor for the school's work experience program. In "Men Working Badly," when he assigns the students their marriage assignment (in which T.J. and Mo are paired together) in life management class. He's not established as being Piedmont's vice principal until "Trial and Error".




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* TwoTeacherSchool: In his introductory appearance in "Working Guy," he is the instructor for the school's work experience program. In "Men Working Badly," when he assigns the students their marriage assignment (in which T.J. and Mo are paired together) in life management class. He's not established as being Piedmont's vice principal until "Trial and Error".


* EasyAmnesia: Subverted. "Dumbstruck" has T.J. getting hit in the head by 2x4s while helping Marcus and Mo take lumber left over from one of Floyd's roofing jobs to the garage and becoming stupid as a result. Mo suggests they [[Main/GenreSavvy hit him in the head again]], but they don't because Main/ThisIsReality). T.J.'s intelligence resurfaces in class halfway through the episode, but he [[ObfuscatingStupidity fakes it]] due to his troubles fitting in. Floyd is tipped off after he finds that a copy of ''The Journal of Quantum Mechanics'' hidden in an ''[[Franchise/ArchieComics Archie]]'' comic book, and convinces T.J. that being smart should not be something that he should hide; he finally does reveal he's smart again when presenting a World War II report with Marcus and Mo after Marcus blanks on key parts of the presentation.

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* EasyAmnesia: Subverted. "Dumbstruck" has T.J. getting hit in the head by 2x4s while helping Marcus and Mo take lumber left over from one of Floyd's roofing jobs to the garage and becoming stupid as a result. Mo suggests they [[Main/GenreSavvy hit him in the head again]], again, but they don't because Main/ThisIsReality).ThisIsReality). T.J.'s intelligence resurfaces in class halfway through the episode, but he [[ObfuscatingStupidity fakes it]] due to his troubles fitting in. Floyd is tipped off after he finds that a copy of ''The Journal of Quantum Mechanics'' hidden in an ''[[Franchise/ArchieComics Archie]]'' comic book, and convinces T.J. that being smart should not be something that he should hide; he finally does reveal he's smart again when presenting a World War II report with Marcus and Mo after Marcus blanks on key parts of the presentation.


* HotScoop: She is the editor of ''The Piedmont Penguin''. Her assignment of puff pieces to T.J. in "Stop the Presses" leads her brother to start his own rival newspaper.


The following is a list of tropes applying to characters from the 1997-1999 [[Main/TheWB WB]] series ''Series/SmartGuy''.

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The following is a list of tropes applying to characters from the 1997-1999 [[Main/TheWB [[Creator/TheWB WB]] series ''Series/SmartGuy''.


* BaconAddiction: "The Dating Game," "Bad Boy" and "Get a Job" infer that Mo has one. In the second of the three episodes, it's the only thing that gets the HeavySleeper to wake up from T.J.'s bed, after he subs in for him while T.J. sneaks out of the house, just to get some shuteye.
* [[BewareTheNiceOnes Beware the Nice]]/[[BewaretheSillyOnes Silly Ones]]: Mo is usually a nice, goofy dude, but sometimes he will step up for his friends. The following lines from "The Dating Game" show this, when Mo stands up to Deion when he gets pushy with Yvette after she turns him down for a date:

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* BaconAddiction: "The Dating Game," "Bad Boy" and "Get a Job" infer that Mo has one. In the second of the three episodes, it's the only thing that gets the HeavySleeper to wake up from T.J.'s bed, after he subs in for him while T.J. sneaks out of the house, just to get some shuteye.
* [[BewareTheNiceOnes Beware the Nice]]/[[BewaretheSillyOnes Silly Ones]]:
BewareTheNiceOnes: Mo is usually a nice, goofy dude, but sometimes he will step up for his friends. The following lines from "The Dating Game" show this, when Mo stands up to Deion when he gets pushy with Yvette after she turns him down for a date:


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* [[SassyBlackWoman Sassy Black Girl]]

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* [[SassyBlackWoman Sassy Black Girl]]
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* [[SassyBlackWoman Sassy Black Girl]]

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* [[SassyBlackWoman Sassy Black Girl]]SassyBlackWoman



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* YouLookFamiliar: Taraji P. Henson played Monique, one of the students involved in T.J.'s music video project, in "Big Picture".

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* YouLookFamiliar: Taraji P. Henson played Monique, one of the students involved in T.J.'s music video project, in "Big Picture".


* BlackAndNerdy: Subverted, in that T.J. leads somewhat of a normal life (he has some friends his age, even after skipping from 4th to 10th Grade, and likes to play sports), but does exhibit exceptional knowledge that may go over some of his high school classmates' heads; it's even revealed that he's read ''The Washington Post'' since he was four (at the latest) and reads ''The Journal of Quantum Mechanics''. The series has occasionally gone back and forth to illustrate that he has some semblance of normalcy but does not understand things that a person of average intelligence would such as why TheThreeStooges are funny or even contemporary slang such as "'bout it, 'bout it."

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* BlackAndNerdy: Subverted, in that T.J. leads somewhat of a normal life (he has some friends his age, even after skipping from 4th to 10th Grade, and likes to play sports), but does exhibit exceptional knowledge that may go over some of his high school classmates' heads; it's even revealed that he's read ''The Washington Post'' since he was four (at the latest) and reads ''The Journal of Quantum Mechanics''. The series has occasionally gone back and forth to illustrate that he has some semblance of normalcy but does not understand things that a person of average intelligence would such as why TheThreeStooges Film/TheThreeStooges are funny or even contemporary slang such as "'bout it, 'bout it."


* MenAreUncultured: Unlike with Marcus and Mo and to some extent Floyd (who is cultured enough to know that Marcus recited lines from ''Main/{{Hamlet}}'' when his son lies that he was practicing for a role in ''Main/{{Othello}}'', and the difference between a haberdasher and a rasher), T.J. usually averts this. Then again, there are things that T.J. can't understand, such as in "Dumbstruck," when he is disgruntled that he can't understand why Film/TheThreeStooges are funny like Floyd, Marcus and Mo do.

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* MenAreUncultured: Unlike with Marcus and Mo and to some extent Floyd (who is cultured enough to know that Marcus recited lines from ''Main/{{Hamlet}}'' when his son lies that he was practicing for a role in ''Main/{{Othello}}'', 'Theatre/{{Othello}}'', and the difference between a haberdasher and a rasher), T.J. usually averts this. Then again, there are things that T.J. can't understand, such as in "Dumbstruck," when he is disgruntled that he can't understand why Film/TheThreeStooges are funny like Floyd, Marcus and Mo do.


* EasyAmnesia: Subverted. "Dumbstruck" has T.J. getting hit in the head by 2x4s while helping Marcus and Mo take lumber left over from one of Floyd's roofing jobs to the garage and becoming stupid as a result. Mo suggests they [[Main/GenreSavvy hit him in the head again]], but they don't because Main/ThisIsReality). T.J.'s intelligence resurfaces in class halfway through the episode, but he [[ObfuscatingStupidity fakes it]] due to his troubles fitting in. Floyd is tipped off after he finds that a copy of ''The Journal of Quantum Mechanics'' hidden in an Archie comic book, and convinces T.J. that being smart should not be something that he should hide; he finally does when presenting a World War II report with Marcus and Mo after Marcus blanks on key parts of the presentation.

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* EasyAmnesia: Subverted. "Dumbstruck" has T.J. getting hit in the head by 2x4s while helping Marcus and Mo take lumber left over from one of Floyd's roofing jobs to the garage and becoming stupid as a result. Mo suggests they [[Main/GenreSavvy hit him in the head again]], but they don't because Main/ThisIsReality). T.J.'s intelligence resurfaces in class halfway through the episode, but he [[ObfuscatingStupidity fakes it]] due to his troubles fitting in. Floyd is tipped off after he finds that a copy of ''The Journal of Quantum Mechanics'' hidden in an Archie ''[[Franchise/ArchieComics Archie]]'' comic book, and convinces T.J. that being smart should not be something that he should hide; he finally does reveal he's smart again when presenting a World War II report with Marcus and Mo after Marcus blanks on key parts of the presentation.


* EasyAmnesia: Subverted. "Dumbstruck" has T.J. getting hit in the head by 2x4s while helping Marcus and Mo take lumber left over from one of Floyd's roofing jobs to the garage and becoming stupid as a result. Mo suggests they [[Main/GenreSavvy hit him in the head again]], but they don't because Main/ThisIsReality). T.J.'s intelligence resufaces in class halfway through the episode, but he [[ObfuscatingStupidity fakes it]] due to his troubles fitting in. Floyd is tipped off after he finds that a copy of ''The Journal of Quantum Mechanics'' hidden in an Archie comic book, and convinces T.J. that being smart should not be something that he should hide; he finally does when presenting a World War II report with Marcus and Mo after Marcus blanks on key parts of the presentation.

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* EasyAmnesia: Subverted. "Dumbstruck" has T.J. getting hit in the head by 2x4s while helping Marcus and Mo take lumber left over from one of Floyd's roofing jobs to the garage and becoming stupid as a result. Mo suggests they [[Main/GenreSavvy hit him in the head again]], but they don't because Main/ThisIsReality). T.J.'s intelligence resufaces resurfaces in class halfway through the episode, but he [[ObfuscatingStupidity fakes it]] due to his troubles fitting in. Floyd is tipped off after he finds that a copy of ''The Journal of Quantum Mechanics'' hidden in an Archie comic book, and convinces T.J. that being smart should not be something that he should hide; he finally does when presenting a World War II report with Marcus and Mo after Marcus blanks on key parts of the presentation.


* GoodWithNumbers: Naturally. He is proficient enough at math that he served as a teacher's assistant in math class in "T.A. or Not T.A."



* GoodWithNumbers: Naturally. He is proficient enough at math that he served as a teacher's assistant in math class in "T.A. or Not T.A."


--->'''Pete:''' Hey, T.J.! How'd you like to see the new Van Damme movie? I hear he kills eight guys in a Bangkok brothel.
--->'''T.J.:''' YEAH!

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--->'''Pete:''' -->'''Pete:''' Hey, T.J.! How'd you like to see the new Van Damme movie? I hear he kills eight guys in a Bangkok brothel.
--->'''T.-->'''T.J.:''' YEAH!



--->'''T.J.:''' Would you please talk to him?
--->'''Yvette:''' Why me?
--->'''T.J.:''' Because you're a teenager, plus you get dumped a lot. What helps?
--->'''Yvette:''' Sensitivity.

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--->'''T.-->'''T.J.:''' Would you please talk to him?
--->'''Yvette:''' -->'''Yvette:''' Why me?
--->'''T.-->'''T.J.:''' Because you're a teenager, plus you get dumped a lot. What helps?
--->'''Yvette:''' -->'''Yvette:''' Sensitivity.



--->'''Marcus:''' You're a winner, man. You can win on anything, you're tenacious. Hey, that's what T.J. stands for, Tenacious... Just Won't Give Up Guy.

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--->'''Marcus:''' -->'''Marcus:''' You're a winner, man. You can win on anything, you're tenacious. Hey, that's what T.J. stands for, Tenacious... Just Won't Give Up Guy.



--->'''Mo''' (reading from diary entry): He's [T.J.] really smart, but I think people would like him better if he didn't use such big words all the time.
--->'''T.J.:''' Oh, that's proposterous! (Mo and Marcus look at him, knowing T.J. just proved Janice's point) Shut up.

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--->'''Mo''' -->'''Mo''' (reading from diary entry): He's [T.J.] really smart, but I think people would like him better if he didn't use such big words all the time.
--->'''T.-->'''T.J.:''' Oh, that's proposterous! (Mo and Marcus look at him, knowing T.J. just proved Janice's point) Shut up.



--->'''Floyd''' (to Brandi, T.J.'s friend): In fact, if you can follow my rules, you can come kick it in my crib 24/7. (T.J. and Brandi turn away from Floyd in embarrassment) What? I said it right. Didn't I say it right? I've been watching ''Yo MTV Raps'', didn't I say it right?

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--->'''Floyd''' -->'''Floyd''' (to Brandi, T.J.'s friend): In fact, if you can follow my rules, you can come kick it in my crib 24/7. (T.J. and Brandi turn away from Floyd in embarrassment) What? I said it right. Didn't I say it right? I've been watching ''Yo MTV Raps'', didn't I say it right?



* BookDumb: Marcus, however a couple of episodes imply that he's likely more BrilliantButLazy. Inverted in "Dumbstruck," when he actually takes it upon himself to study when T.J.'s intelligence nosedives due to a hit to the head from 2x4s. He blanks during a class presentation of his, T.J. and Mo's World War II oral report, until T.J. reveals he's smart again to Marcus when faced with the possibility of flunking. Marcus admits (and T.J. agrees) that its not the same being the smarter older brother, and T.J. promises not to get more than 100% on tests to keep Marcus from being saddled with extra homework.

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* BookDumb: Marcus, however a couple of episodes imply that he's likely more BrilliantButLazy. Inverted in "Dumbstruck," when he actually takes it upon himself to study when T.J.'s intelligence nosedives due to a hit to the head from 2x4s. He blanks during a class presentation of his, T.J. and Mo's World War II oral report, until T.J. reveals he's smart again to Marcus when faced with the possibility of flunking. Marcus admits (and T.J. agrees) that its it's not the same being the smarter older brother, and T.J. promises not to get more than 100% on tests to keep Marcus from being saddled with extra homework.



* ChickMagnet: Marcus has the most [[GirlsOfTheWeek Girls of the Week]] of the three younger male characters, or even Floyd.

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* ChickMagnet: Marcus has the most [[GirlsOfTheWeek [[GirlOfTheWeek Girls of the Week]] of the three younger male characters, or even Floyd.



--->'''T.J.:''' We're gonna be seniors!
--->'''Mo:''' If I pass Algebra... English, French, World History, Life Skills...
--->'''Marcus:''' Gon' miss ya, big boy!

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--->'''T.-->'''T.J.:''' We're gonna be seniors!
--->'''Mo:''' -->'''Mo:''' If I pass Algebra... English, French, World History, Life Skills...
--->'''Marcus:''' -->'''Marcus:''' Gon' miss ya, big boy!



--->UNTIL ONE DAY at halftime of another game YOU DON'T HAVE A PRAYER OF WINNING, you get a note from your wife, telling you not to bother to come home! That she has shipped off your clothes to a Days Inn in Bethesda. But finally, you decide you're not going to lose anymore, because you're not gonna play. You're just gonna get in your El Camino, and drive until you get to a place where they NEVER EVEN HEARD OF BASKETBALL!

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--->UNTIL -->UNTIL ONE DAY at halftime of another game YOU DON'T HAVE A PRAYER OF WINNING, you get a note from your wife, telling you not to bother to come home! That she has shipped off your clothes to a Days Inn in Bethesda. But finally, you decide you're not going to lose anymore, because you're not gonna play. You're just gonna get in your El Camino, and drive until you get to a place where they NEVER EVEN HEARD OF BASKETBALL!



--->And, they say baldness comes from your mother's side of the family. Well I'm here to tell ya my mother's brother Eddie, full head of hair, looks like freakin' Fabio! There's a lot of false information out there, kids, so be suspicious and get EVERYTHING IN WRITING, because you know who's watching your back... NOBODY! I guess all I'm trying to say is if your brother-in-law comes to you with a get-rich-quick scheme about ostrich, the other red meat, think twice before sinking your workman's comp settlement into it. Because if you give life half a chance, it will reach down your throat, PULL OUT YOUR HEART AND FEED IT BACK TO YOU ONE BITE AT A TIME.

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--->And, -->And, they say baldness comes from your mother's side of the family. Well I'm here to tell ya my mother's brother Eddie, full head of hair, looks like freakin' Fabio! There's a lot of false information out there, kids, so be suspicious and get EVERYTHING IN WRITING, because you know who's watching your back... NOBODY! I guess all I'm trying to say is if your brother-in-law comes to you with a get-rich-quick scheme about ostrich, the other red meat, think twice before sinking your workman's comp settlement into it. Because if you give life half a chance, it will reach down your throat, PULL OUT YOUR HEART AND FEED IT BACK TO YOU ONE BITE AT A TIME.


* UngratefulBitch: Comes off this way in "Men Working Badly". Not knowing Yvette wanted input on the layout of the bathroom Floyd, Marcus and T.J. are building for her, the guys change the bathroom to the way Yvette envisioned it, much to their chagrin. Her seeming lack of appreciation of them building her a bathroom is because she wanted to have input instead of the guys just making the decisions on their own.

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* UngratefulBitch: Comes off this way in "Men Working Badly". Not knowing Yvette wanted input on the layout of the bathroom Floyd, Marcus and T.J. are building for her, the guys change the bathroom to the way Yvette envisioned it, much to their chagrin.the chagrin of the two younger Henderson boys. Her seeming lack of appreciation of them building her a bathroom is because she wanted to have input instead of the guys just making the decisions on their own.

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