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** Hyenas also fit the bill. They are not only known for being savage predators, but they also display a high level of intelligence (able to give primates a run for their money), despite their dimwitted portrayal in movies like ''Disney/TheLionKing''.

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** Hyenas also fit the bill. They are not only known for being savage predators, but they also display a high level of intelligence (able to give primates a run for their money), despite their dimwitted portrayal in movies like ''Disney/TheLionKing''.those of ''Franchise/TheLionKing''.

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** Honey badgers, too. They have a reputation for being powerful and vicious to the point that they can kill lions, and are also rather tough, even resisting snake venom. [[https://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/are-honey-badgers-one-worlds-smartest-animals/21144/ They also happen to be extremely clever animals, even using tools]].


* Retired [[UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts MMA]] fighter Rosi Sexton not only had an impressive run as a fighter before retiring at age 36, she also holds a Phd in theoretical computer sciences at the university of Manchester, before taking up fighting, she wrote not one, but two rather well regarded papers on the subject.

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* Retired [[UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts MMA]] fighter Rosi Sexton not only had an impressive run as a fighter before retiring at age 36, she also holds a Phd [=PhD=] in theoretical computer sciences at the university of Manchester, before taking up fighting, she wrote not one, but two rather well regarded papers on the subject.



* Brothers Niels and Harald Bohr played football in the Akademisk Boldklub ("the Academics") of Copenhange, as goalkeeper and goaler respectively. Harald then played for Denmark in the 1908 Olympics, earning the silver. When he later defended his PhD, there were more soccer fans in the room than mathematicians. Niels, who enjoyed western movies, is also reported to have mastered fast draw skill using physics.

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* Brothers Niels and Harald Bohr played football in the Akademisk Boldklub ("the Academics") of Copenhange, as goalkeeper and goaler respectively. Harald then played for Denmark in the 1908 Olympics, earning the silver. When he later defended his PhD, [=PhD=], there were more soccer fans in the room than mathematicians. Niels, who enjoyed western movies, is also reported to have mastered fast draw skill using physics.

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** Hyenas also fit the bill. They are not only known for being savage predators, but they also display a high level of intelligence (able to give primates a run for their money), despite their dimwitted portrayal in movies like ''Disney/TheLionKing''.


* Dr. Andrew Exum: Attended the University of Pennsylvania (Ivy League). During his senior year, he was apart of the Sphinx Senior Society, the oldest and most prestigious senior society at UPenn. He then went on to serve as a U.S. Army officer in the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was in the Army Rangers, an elite special operations infantry unit. After leaving the Army, Dr. Exum got his Master's degree in Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Beirut and a doctorate from King's College, London.

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* Dr. Andrew Exum: Attended the University of Pennsylvania (Ivy League). During his senior year, he was apart of the Sphinx Senior Society, the oldest and most prestigious senior society at UPenn.U Penn. He then went on to serve as a U.S. Army officer in the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was in the Army Rangers, an elite special operations infantry unit. After leaving the Army, Dr. Exum got his Master's degree in Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Beirut and a doctorate from King's College, London.



* Retired [[UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts MMA]] fighter Rosi Sexton not only had an impressive run as a fighter before retiring at age 36, she also holds a PHD in theoretical computer sciences at the university of Manchester, before taking up fighting, she wrote not one, but two rather well regarded papers on the subject.

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* Retired [[UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts MMA]] fighter Rosi Sexton not only had an impressive run as a fighter before retiring at age 36, she also holds a PHD Phd in theoretical computer sciences at the university of Manchester, before taking up fighting, she wrote not one, but two rather well regarded papers on the subject.


* Creator/KevinGrevioux, the ScaryBlackMan who played werewolf Raze in the ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' movies and voiced the BadassBaritone Black Beetle in ''{{WesternAnimation/Young Justice}}'', was working on his Master's degree in genetic engineering until he decided to go Hollywood. Oh, yeah, and he ''wrote'' ''Underworld'', basing the script on his knowledge of interracial dating.

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* Creator/KevinGrevioux, the ScaryBlackMan who played werewolf Raze in the ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' movies and voiced the BadassBaritone Black Beetle in ''{{WesternAnimation/Young Justice}}'', was working on his Master's degree in genetic engineering until he decided to go Hollywood. Oh, yeah, and he ''wrote'' ''Underworld'', basing the script on his knowledge of interracial dating.


* UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini was arguably a subversion. He talked a good game and boasted an impressive intellectual background, but once he actually gained power he screwed things up so badly in both the political and military spheres it was hard to tell if he was a more incompetent general or statesman.
** However, he actually was pretty smart, writing highly influential works on fascism that were actually coherent, if repulsive, and creating a genuine political theory (something you can't really say about ''Literature/MeinKampf'').
** Also, one might argue that Mussolini's problem wasn't his brain but his birth: he was Italian. Modern Italy had always been the sad sack among the Great Powers of Europe, with regionalism, low levels of development in the South, and general political apathy dragging it down. It didn't help (from Mussolini's perspective) that Italy had been on the ''winning'' side of UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, meaning that Italians didn't have half as big of a national chip on their shoulders as the Germans, and Italian nationalists tended towards Italian irredentism rather than a yearning for the Roman Empire. Had Mussolini been born in Germany, given his smarts and [[SanityHasAdvantages sanity]]...yeah.
** On the brawn side, Mussolini was one of the few world leaders to be willingly [[ShirtlessScene photographed shirtless]], and it wasn't bad.
*** [[http://static1.squarespace.com/static/53f353f4e4b0dbe1ff73ced2/55ac63abe4b0a42ccd999d82/55ac63abe4b0d0661ed2f106/1437361067663/Dictator+Benito+Mussolini+Shirtless.jpg Eat your heart out, Putin.]]
** When in the Army, Mussolini had been a ''Bersagliere''. The ''Bersaglieri'' are a light infantry specialty whose defining quirk is being physically fit enough to run all the freaking time (their rules actually ''forbid them from walking'' unless on a leave), with their band doing it ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0kBETseDmQ while playing trumpets]]'', and are well known in Italy for being basically unstoppable if they charge at an enemy... And Mussolini was one of the toughest.
* [[ImAHumanitarian Cannibalistic]], [[ALoveToDismember necrophilic]] and 6'9" (2.08 m) serial killer Edmund Kemper was discovered to have an IQ of 136 when he was tested at the age of fifteen.


* Wladimir Klitschko is a 6'6, 250 pound boxer who was the longest reigning heavyweight champion in the history of the sport and was widely known for his absolutely insane knockout power, with a record of 64 wins and 5 losses, and 53 knockouts (all on opponents weighing over 210 pounds).[[note]]For comparison: UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli only fought 15 opponents in his entire career who weighed 210 or more, and only knocked out 5 of them.[[/note]] He also is a highly tactical and technical fighter, is conversational in four languages (Ukrainian, Russian, German, English), and has a doctorate in sports science. He even taught classes as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. He comes off as appropriately erudite in interviews.

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* Wladimir Klitschko is a 6'6, 250 pound boxer who was the longest reigning heavyweight champion in the history of the sport and was widely known for his absolutely insane knockout power, with a record of 64 wins and 5 losses, and 53 knockouts (all on opponents weighing over 210 pounds).[[note]]For comparison: UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli only fought 15 opponents in his entire career who weighed 210 or more, and only knocked out 5 of them.[[/note]] He also is a highly tactical and technical fighter, is conversational in four languages (Ukrainian, Russian, German, English), and has a doctorate in sports science. He even taught classes as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Hence his ring name: Dr. Steelhammer. He comes off as appropriately erudite in interviews.

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* Wladimir Klitschko is a 6'6, 250 pound boxer who was the longest reigning heavyweight champion in the history of the sport and was widely known for his absolutely insane knockout power, with a record of 64 wins and 5 losses, and 53 knockouts (all on opponents weighing over 210 pounds).[[note]]For comparison: UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli only fought 15 opponents in his entire career who weighed 210 or more, and only knocked out 5 of them.[[/note]] He also is a highly tactical and technical fighter, is conversational in four languages (Ukrainian, Russian, German, English), and has a doctorate in sports science. He even taught classes as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. He comes off as appropriately erudite in interviews.


* In the modern UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague, there's now-retired Baltimore Ravens center and guard [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Urschel John Urschel]], who is also a doctoral student in mathematics at MIT, and has authored/co-authored 9 research papers. He retired shortly before the 2017 season, heavily influenced by a study published in ''JAMA''[[note]]Journal of the American Medical Association[[/note]] on the prevalence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy[[note]]brain damage brought on by repeated blows to the head[[/note]] in deceased NFL players.

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* In the modern UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague, there's now-retired Baltimore Ravens center and guard [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Urschel John Urschel]], who is also a doctoral student in mathematics at MIT, and has authored/co-authored 9 research papers. He retired shortly before the 2017 season, heavily influenced by a study published in ''JAMA''[[note]]Journal of the American Medical Association[[/note]] on the prevalence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy[[note]]brain damage brought on by repeated blows to the head[[/note]] in deceased NFL players. Indeed, he claims that after he received one particularly bad tackle, he now has difficulty doing some high-level equations in his head.

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* Astronomer Edwin Hubble, later considered the father of observational cosmology, had been a good student, best renowned for his athletic skills, playing baseball, basketball, football and running, with excellent marks. He was famously an amateur heavyweight boxer; an unconfirmed story talks about a sponsor offering Hubble to go pro and fight then-champion Jack Johnson.
* Brothers Niels and Harald Bohr played football in the Akademisk Boldklub ("the Academics") of Copenhange, as goalkeeper and goaler respectively. Harald then played for Denmark in the 1908 Olympics, earning the silver. When he later defended his PhD, there were more soccer fans in the room than mathematicians. Niels, who enjoyed western movies, is also reported to have mastered fast draw skill using physics.
* Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Nobel Prize in medicine 1906, had been a rowdy youngster: After armwrestling with a friend and losing, his pride led him to a gym. He became a noted body builder with, per his own words, a 112-centimeter thorax (44 inches) and the inelegant waddle of a fair strongman.
* Spanish author Ramón María del Valle-Inclán lost his arm because of a duel he himself was not involved in: Valle-Inclán and his journalist friend Manuel Bueno argued about whether a duel (between two other people) was admissible or not, and they came to blows, armed Valle-Inclán with a bottle and Bueno with a cane. Valle-Inclán's arm was injured, then became gangrenous and cut, ending the playwright's acting career. A number of comedic versions of the story appeared, including one where Valle-Inclán willingly cut his arm to send it by mail so he could shake an admired person's hand.


* Retired [[UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts MMA]] fighter Rosi Sexton not only had an impressive run as a fighter before retiring at age 36, she also holds a PhD in theoretical computer sciences at the university of Manchester, before taking up fighting, she wrote not one, but two rather well regarded papers on the subject.

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* Retired [[UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts MMA]] fighter Rosi Sexton not only had an impressive run as a fighter before retiring at age 36, she also holds a PhD PHD in theoretical computer sciences at the university of Manchester, before taking up fighting, she wrote not one, but two rather well regarded papers on the subject.

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* Retired [[UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts MMA]] fighter Rosi Sexton not only had an impressive run as a fighter before retiring at age 36, she also holds a PhD in theoretical computer sciences at the university of Manchester, before taking up fighting, she wrote not one, but two rather well regarded papers on the subject.


* Creator/DolphLundgren, the well-muscled actor famous for playing Ivan Drago in ''Film/RockyIV'' and He-Man in the live-action ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'', has a master's degree in chemical engineering. He also received the Fulbright Scholarship to MIT, though he quit when he pursued an acting career. Also [[CunningLinguist fluent in three languages and can get by in four others]], including Japanese. Rumours that he has a 160 IQ score are however "exaggerated" according to him. Back on the brawn side, besides his generally muscly action hero persona a la ''Rocky'' and ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'' and impressive build, he's a black belt who's won a variety of martial arts competitions, and served in the military as a Special Forces team leader.

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* Creator/DolphLundgren, the well-muscled actor famous for playing Ivan Drago in ''Film/RockyIV'' and He-Man in the live-action ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'', has a master's degree in chemical engineering. He also received the Fulbright Scholarship to MIT, though he quit when he pursued an acting career. Also [[CunningLinguist fluent in three languages and can get by in four others]], including Japanese. Rumours Rumors that he has a 160 IQ score are however are, however, "exaggerated" according to him. Back on the brawn side, besides his generally muscly action hero persona a la ''Rocky'' and ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'' and impressive build, he's a black belt who's won a variety of martial arts competitions, competitions and served in the military as a Special Forces team leader.



* Creator/SylvesterStallone has a lot going against him with his garbled speech (caused by accidental nerve damage when he was born), but is actually a very [[IncrediblyLamePun sly]] businessman, and the more intimately involved with a film's production he is the better-quality film it usually turns out to be. ''He'' wrote the ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' script. It was nominated for the Best Original Screenplay Oscar, and Sly himself was nominated for ''Best Actor''. Sly himself had also scored over 130 while taking an IQ test in Larry King's television show, if one thinks such a test (especially under such circumstances) is controversially a good indicator of intelligence.
* UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt was a very effective president for two terms, as well as a heavyweight boxer with a black belt in Ju Jitsu. Plus his excellent grades in Harvard and his extensive zoological work. He was also an author, historian, polyglot, naturalist, cattle-rancher, hunter, explorer, and soldier. While President, he avoided politicians he didn't want to talk to by inviting them to join him on his morning jog. Even if they managed to keep up with him, they'd be too winded to talk to him much. To date he is the only person in history to win both the Nobel Peace Prize and the Medal of Honor (though the latter was posthumously). He read a book every day before breakfast, and still found the time to kick huge amounts of ass.
* UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln also qualifies, being big enough to break up brawls by picking up grown men with his bare hands and hauling heavy crates of rocks -- by some contemporary accounts weighing up to ''half a ton''. Before becoming a lawyer, congressman and eventually president, Abraham Lincoln was a famous wrestler. He is said have fought over 400 matches without a loss, and the popular style of wrestling at the time was essentially MMA without strikes. When working on a ship as a young man, Lincoln rushed a group of armed pirates who had attacked the ship and ended up beating them all bare handed. One of them was thrown overboard with a move that can only be described as a choke slam. On the genius side, besides his known intelligence in politics, he was one of America's first great corporate/business lawyers, innovating all kinds of legal strategies for the big companies of the day (largely railroads), and would likely have won a (small) spot for himself in the history books even if he hadn't decided to go into politics.

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* Creator/SylvesterStallone has a lot going against him with his garbled speech (caused by accidental nerve damage when he was born), but is actually a very [[IncrediblyLamePun sly]] businessman, and the more intimately involved with a film's production he is the better-quality film it usually turns out to be. ''He'' wrote the ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' script. It was nominated for the Best Original Screenplay Oscar, and Sly himself was nominated for ''Best Actor''. Sly himself had also scored over 130 while taking an IQ test in Larry King's television show, show if one thinks such a test (especially under such circumstances) is controversially a good indicator of intelligence.
* UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt was a very effective president for two terms, as well as a heavyweight boxer with a black belt in Ju Jitsu.Ju-Jitsu. Plus his excellent grades in Harvard and his extensive zoological work. He was also an author, historian, polyglot, naturalist, cattle-rancher, hunter, explorer, and soldier. While President, he avoided politicians he didn't want to talk to by inviting them to join him on his morning jog. Even if they managed to keep up with him, they'd be too winded to talk to him much. To date date, he is the only person in history to win both the Nobel Peace Prize and the Medal of Honor (though the latter was posthumously).posthumous). He read a book every day before breakfast, and still found the time to kick huge amounts of ass.
* UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln also qualifies, being big enough to break up brawls by picking up grown men with his bare hands and hauling heavy crates of rocks -- by some contemporary accounts weighing up to ''half a ton''. Before becoming a lawyer, congressman and eventually president, Abraham Lincoln was a famous wrestler. He is said to have fought over 400 matches without a loss, and the popular style of wrestling at the time was essentially MMA without strikes. When working on a ship as a young man, Lincoln rushed a group of armed pirates who had attacked the ship and ended up beating them all bare handed. One of them was thrown overboard with a move that can only be described as a choke slam.chokeslam. On the genius side, besides his known intelligence in politics, he was one of America's first great corporate/business lawyers, innovating all kinds of legal strategies for the big companies of the day (largely railroads), and would likely have won a (small) spot for himself in the history books even if he hadn't decided to go into politics.



* In the same era as White (though never playing against him; their schools didn't meet in football until 1974) was UsefulNotes/GeraldFord, star center and linebacker for the UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan. One of the premier college football players of his era, Ford turned down professional contract offers from the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers to apply for law school at Yale. While at Yale he coached that school's football and boxing teams, but was turned down by Yale Law because of concerns his full-time coaching responsibilities would interfere with law school. Ford would later serve in the Navy during World War II, seeing heavy action in the Pacific, and was reassigned as a [[DrillSergeantNasty physical training officer]] when the carrier he had been serving on was scrapped due to heavy damage. After the war, Ford would be elected to the House of Representatives and eventually serve as House Minority Leader, Vice-President, and President (although he expressed disappointment that he never got to hold the one office he ''really'' wanted, Speaker of the House).

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* In the same era as White (though never playing against him; their schools didn't meet in football until 1974) was UsefulNotes/GeraldFord, star center and linebacker for the UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan. One of the premier college football players of his era, Ford turned down professional contract offers from the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers to apply for law school at Yale. While at Yale he coached that school's football and boxing teams, teams but was turned down by Yale Law because of concerns his full-time coaching responsibilities would interfere with law school. Ford would later serve in the Navy during World War II, seeing heavy action in the Pacific, and was reassigned as a [[DrillSergeantNasty physical training officer]] when the carrier he had been serving on was scrapped due to heavy damage. After the war, Ford would be elected to the House of Representatives and eventually serve as House Minority Leader, Vice-President, and President (although he expressed disappointment that he never got to hold the one office he ''really'' wanted, Speaker of the House).



* Whilst boxer Nikolai Valuev looks like he's carved from stone, apparently he's a pretty smart guy.

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* Whilst boxer Nikolai Valuev looks like he's carved from stone, apparently apparently, he's a pretty smart guy.



** Chimpanzees and dolphins too. Chimps can use tools and have surprisingly good memories, and are several times stronger than a similar sized human. Dolphins, while being incredibly strong and fast aquatic acrobats, seem to have a language of their own, and can solve puzzles, help humans in danger, and learn rudimentary math concepts.
** Humans aren't slouches either. Most people on this site are more familiar with the domesticated human, but scientists believe that early humans had their own strategy for chasing down prey before we started over specializing in the Genius part. Before humans got the hang of propelling sharp objects into potential food at a distance, our ancestors would just chase the prey. And chase. [[SuperPersistentPredator And chase]]. [[TheDeterminator And chase.]] Humans may not have been the fastest animal on the savannah, but long after the prey had fallen down out of exhaustion, the early humans were still going strong, and would proceed to finish off the animal and cart it back home.
** On land we have the elephants who have the largest brain of any land-based animal today. Elephants can feel many of the same emotions we do and are considered by some scientists to be on level with great apes and perhaps approaching dolphins. They are also so big and strong they can casually knock down trees for food and can curb stomp any other land animal. They can also move [[LightningBruiser incredibly fast]] when they get their momentum - not surprising given their massive, muscled legs.

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** Chimpanzees and dolphins too. Chimps can use tools and have surprisingly good memories, memories and are several times stronger than a similar similarly sized human. Dolphins, while being incredibly strong and fast aquatic acrobats, seem to have a language of their own, and can solve puzzles, help humans in danger, and learn rudimentary math concepts.
** Humans aren't slouches either. Most people on this site are more familiar with the domesticated human, but scientists believe that early humans had their own strategy for chasing down prey before we started over specializing in the Genius part. Before humans got the hang of propelling sharp objects into potential food at a distance, our ancestors would just chase the prey. And chase. [[SuperPersistentPredator And chase]]. [[TheDeterminator And chase.]] Humans may not have been the fastest animal on the savannah, but long after the prey had fallen down out of exhaustion, the early humans were still going strong, strong and would proceed to finish off the animal and cart it back home.
** On land we have the elephants who have the largest brain of any land-based animal today. Elephants can feel many of the same emotions we do and are considered by some scientists to be on the level with great apes and perhaps approaching dolphins. They are also so big and strong they can casually knock down trees for food and can curb stomp any other land animal. They can also move [[LightningBruiser incredibly fast]] when they get their momentum - not surprising given their massive, muscled legs.



** In the sea we have the orca who can learn strategies to hunt its prey in any situation (knocking up ice floes, beaching, spy hopping) which are taught and passed down through generations, and demonstrate problem solving abilities (like when they steal fish from fishermen by splitting into different groups). They are also one of the most powerful hunters in the sea to the extent that some orcas have developed a taste for the great white shark, which in turn [[HorrifyingTheHorror developed a fear of the orca]]; now let that sink in for a moment.

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** In the sea we have the orca who can learn strategies to hunt its prey in any situation (knocking up ice floes, beaching, spy hopping) which are taught and passed down through generations, and demonstrate problem solving problem-solving abilities (like when they steal fish from fishermen by splitting into different groups). They are also one of the most powerful hunters in the sea to the extent that some orcas have developed a taste for the great white shark, which in turn [[HorrifyingTheHorror developed a fear of the orca]]; now let that sink in for a moment.



* Ancient Greek philosophers, orators and poets were all former hoplite soldiers. Greek culture prized both physical and mental achievement.
** According to at least some sources, Creator/{{Plato}}, the ancient Greek philosopher and founder of the first institution of higher learning in the Western world, was a two-time [[UsefulNotes/OlympicGames Olympic]] champion in [[BloodSport pankration]];[[note]]A form of fighting including both strikes and wrestling whose name means "all powers", and had as only rules "no gouging, no biting, and if you kill your opponent you lose". [[/note]] he certainly exhibits intimate familiarity with the sport in some of his works, particularly the ''Laws''. "Plato" is actually a nickname meaning "broad shoulders"--his real name was Aristocles. He was apparently a pretty burly guy, hence the nickname.
** Plato's teacher Creator/{{Socrates}} was not only a hoplite, but served with distinction at the battles of Potidaeum and Delium in UsefulNotes/ThePeloponnesianWar and may have earned his living as a [[WorkingClassHero stonecutter]]. Even by ancient Greek standards he was a force to be reckoned with!
* UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini was arguably a subversion. He talked a good game, and boasted an impressive intellectual background, but once he actually gained power he screwed things up so badly in both both the political and military spheres it was hard to tell if he was a more incompetent general or statesman.

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* Ancient Greek philosophers, orators orators, and poets were all former hoplite soldiers. Greek culture prized both physical and mental achievement.
** According to at least some sources, Creator/{{Plato}}, the ancient Greek philosopher and founder of the first institution of higher learning in the Western world, was a two-time [[UsefulNotes/OlympicGames Olympic]] champion in [[BloodSport pankration]];[[note]]A form of fighting including both strikes and wrestling whose name means "all powers", and had as only rules "no gouging, no biting, and if you kill your opponent you lose". [[/note]] he certainly exhibits an intimate familiarity with the sport in some of his works, particularly the ''Laws''. "Plato" is actually a nickname meaning "broad shoulders"--his real name was Aristocles. He was apparently a pretty burly guy, hence the nickname.
** Plato's teacher Creator/{{Socrates}} was not only a hoplite, hoplite but served with distinction at the battles of Potidaeum and Delium in UsefulNotes/ThePeloponnesianWar and may have earned his living as a [[WorkingClassHero stonecutter]]. Even by ancient Greek standards standards, he was a force to be reckoned with!
* UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini was arguably a subversion. He talked a good game, game and boasted an impressive intellectual background, but once he actually gained power he screwed things up so badly in both both the political and military spheres it was hard to tell if he was a more incompetent general or statesman.



** Also, one might argue that Mussolini's problem wasn't his brain but his birth: he was Italian. Modern Italy had always been the sad sack among the Great Powers of Europe, with regionalism, low levels of development in the South, and general political apathy dragging it down. It didn't help (from Mussolini's perspective) that Italy had been on the ''winning'' side of UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, meaning that Italians didn't have half as big of a national chip on their shoulders as the Germans, and that Italian nationalists tended towards Italian irredentism rather than a yearning for the Roman Empire. Had Mussolini been born in Germany, given his smarts and [[SanityHasAdvantages sanity]]...yeah.

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** Also, one might argue that Mussolini's problem wasn't his brain but his birth: he was Italian. Modern Italy had always been the sad sack among the Great Powers of Europe, with regionalism, low levels of development in the South, and general political apathy dragging it down. It didn't help (from Mussolini's perspective) that Italy had been on the ''winning'' side of UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, meaning that Italians didn't have half as big of a national chip on their shoulders as the Germans, and that Italian nationalists tended towards Italian irredentism rather than a yearning for the Roman Empire. Had Mussolini been born in Germany, given his smarts and [[SanityHasAdvantages sanity]]...yeah.



* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Ferguson Chris "Jesus" Ferguson]] [[http://m.fulltiltpoker.com/video/LFTP_Jesus_throws-2.m4v can cut vegetables with a thrown playing card]]. While he is certainly an imposing figure at the poker table, the five-time bracelet winner (including a main event title in 2000) owes his success largely to his knowledge of game theory and development of computer simulations, as he has a Ph.D. in computer science.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/René_Descartes René Descartes]], the great 17th century French mathematician and founder of modern philosophy, also served as a mercenary soldier in Bavaria and seems to have drawn inspiration from his battlefield experiences.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Ferguson Chris "Jesus" Ferguson]] [[http://m.fulltiltpoker.com/video/LFTP_Jesus_throws-2.m4v can cut vegetables with a thrown playing card]]. While he is certainly an imposing figure at the poker table, the five-time bracelet winner (including a the main event title in 2000) owes his success largely to his knowledge of game theory and development of computer simulations, as he has a Ph.D. in computer science.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/René_Descartes René Descartes]], the great 17th century 17th-century French mathematician and founder of modern philosophy, also served as a mercenary soldier in Bavaria and seems to have drawn inspiration from his battlefield experiences.



** If we are going to talk astronauts then we have to talk William Shepherd, the first Navy SEAL in space. While being interviewed by NASA he was asked what he does better than anyone else and he replied "kill someone with a knife". Flew on 3 Shuttle missions, commanded the first mission to the ISS and after returning to the Navy after his NASA service was assigned to the staff of Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command
** And then there is the second SEAL in space, Commander Chris Cassidy. Graduated USNA. Honor Graduate from BUD/S, Masters Degree from MIT, Bronze star for leading team against insurgents in Afghanistan, flew on Shuttle mission, mission specialist on ISS mission, and appointed Chief Astronaut of NASA
* Any UsefulNotes/SocietyForCreativeAnachronism heavy fighters. History re-enactment is considered a ''very'' nerdy hobby, but those guys fight in full armour with rattan weapons and are trained to hit hard. SCA has given the initial spark on researching and reviving the original Medieval Western Martial Arts.
* Szeklers (Transylvanian ethnic Hungarians) are generally seen as aggressive, violent and in general, very strong fighters. One of their prominent figures (János Bolyai) is known for being the first person to discover non-Euclidean geometry. Another (Sándor Kőrösi Csoma) is best known as the author of the first English-Tibeti dictionary.

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** If we are going to talk astronauts then we have to talk William Shepherd, the first Navy SEAL in space. While being interviewed by NASA he was asked what he does better than anyone else and he replied replied: "kill someone with a knife". Flew on 3 Shuttle missions, commanded the first mission to the ISS and after returning to the Navy after his NASA service was assigned to the staff of Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command
** And then there is the second SEAL in space, Commander Chris Cassidy. Graduated USNA. Honor Graduate from BUD/S, Masters Degree from MIT, the Bronze star Star for leading the team against insurgents in Afghanistan, flew on a Shuttle mission, mission specialist on ISS mission, and appointed Chief Astronaut of NASA
* Any UsefulNotes/SocietyForCreativeAnachronism heavy fighters. History re-enactment is considered a ''very'' nerdy hobby, but those guys fight in full armour armor with rattan weapons and are trained to hit hard. SCA has given the initial spark on researching and reviving the original Medieval Western Martial Arts.
* Szeklers (Transylvanian ethnic Hungarians) are generally seen as aggressive, violent and in general, very strong fighters. One of their prominent figures (János Bolyai) is known for being the first person to discover non-Euclidean geometry. Another (Sándor Kőrösi Csoma) is best known as the author of the first English-Tibeti English-Tibetan dictionary.



* Japanese famous writer Mishima Yukio, who was also a first-rank kendo master and had an impressive physique; however, this case is a little bit different, for the reason he trained himself so hard in order to reach this impressive physical abilities was part and parcel of his own philosophy of Existence and Beauty. In a [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible very strange and mindscrewing book]] , ''Sun and Steel'', he even explained how the beauty of the body shaped by years of bodybuilding was a perfect mirror of his theory of morality and aesthetic. Yeah, strange guy indeed.
* UsefulNotes/{{Charlemagne}}. The guy was over 6 feet tall (freaking gigantic in medieval times) and despite the beer belly was muscular. He used to terrify his enemies because of his height and build. He also stabilized the political situation of Europe for the first time in centuries, established the largest western European empire since the Romans -- it's been equaled only by Napoleon and Hitler -- minted the first silver coins since Rome fell, mediated ecclesiastical disputes, founded schools, spoke and read several languages (he tried to learn to write but gave up as he was too old), and had five wives and God-only-knows how many concubines.[[note]]And a suitably large number of children, towards whom he could be extraordinarily, even [[OverprotectiveDad annoyingly]], [[PapaWolf protective]]--he was famous for insisting that he must dine with all of his children every day he wasn't on campaign. Particularly his daughters: he only ever permitted one to marry, but when they all had children out of wedlock with various "friends" in the palace, Charlemagne was more than happy to turn a blind eye.[[/note]] They don't call it the Carolingian Renaissance for nothing.

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* Japanese famous writer Mishima Yukio, who was also a first-rank kendo master and had an impressive physique; however, this case is a little bit different, for the reason he trained himself so hard in order to reach this these impressive physical abilities was part and parcel of his own philosophy of Existence and Beauty. In a [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible very strange and mindscrewing book]] , book]], ''Sun and Steel'', he even explained how the beauty of the body shaped by years of bodybuilding was a perfect mirror of his theory of morality and aesthetic. Yeah, strange guy indeed.
* UsefulNotes/{{Charlemagne}}. The guy was over 6 feet tall (freaking gigantic in medieval times) and despite the beer belly was muscular. He used to terrify his enemies because of his height and build. He also stabilized the political situation of Europe for the first time in centuries, established the largest western European empire since the Romans -- it's been equaled only by Napoleon and Hitler -- minted the first silver coins since Rome fell, mediated ecclesiastical disputes, founded schools, spoke and read several languages (he tried to learn to write but gave up as he was too old), and had five wives and God-only-knows how many concubines.[[note]]And a suitably large number of children, towards whom he could be extraordinarily, even [[OverprotectiveDad annoyingly]], [[PapaWolf protective]]--he protective]]-- he was famous for insisting that he must dine with all of his children every day he wasn't on a campaign. Particularly his daughters: he only ever permitted one to marry, but when they all had children out of wedlock with various "friends" in the palace, Charlemagne was more than happy to turn a blind eye.[[/note]] They don't call it the Carolingian Renaissance for nothing.



* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehmed_the_Conqueror Mehmed the Conqueror]], the sultan of the [[UsefulNotes/TurksWithTroops Ottoman Empire]], who was best known for conquering Istanbul [[note]][[IstanbulNotConstantinople not Constantinople]][[/note]], unifying Anatolia by conquering little Turkish sultanates and conquering most of the Balkans, all at the age of 21 is this. He was very interested in maths, theology, astronomy and arts and always encouraged all kinds of scholarly discussions and inventions. He saved the Parthenon of Athens from destruction, because he could convince his troops that they were masterpieces to be protected and not idols to be destroyed[[note]]very progressive for the 15th century[[/note]]. He spoke [[CunningLinguist at least six languages fluently]] and he was also [[RealMenWearPink a poet]].

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehmed_the_Conqueror Mehmed the Conqueror]], the sultan of the [[UsefulNotes/TurksWithTroops Ottoman Empire]], who was best known for conquering Istanbul [[note]][[IstanbulNotConstantinople not Constantinople]][[/note]], unifying Anatolia by conquering little Turkish sultanates and conquering most of the Balkans, all at the age of 21 is this. He was very interested in maths, theology, astronomy astronomy, and arts and always encouraged all kinds of scholarly discussions and inventions. He saved the Parthenon of Athens from destruction, destruction because he could convince his troops that they were masterpieces to be protected and not idols to be destroyed[[note]]very progressive for the 15th century[[/note]]. He spoke [[CunningLinguist at least six languages fluently]] and he was also [[RealMenWearPink a poet]].



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YxFPG6Gcx2w This kitten]] is both smart and strong enough to move the object out of away to get the toy back.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YxFPG6Gcx2w This kitten]] is both smart and strong enough to move the object out of away the way to get the toy back.



* Several Native American leaders, notably Tehcumseh, Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull.

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* Several Native American leaders, notably Tehcumseh, Tecumseh, Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull.



* Egil Skallagrimsson, a gigantic Norseman with superhuman strength and guile, runemaster, poet, sociopath and all-around badass. Said to be a half-troll.
* Kaj Larsen: Mr. Larsen holds a Bachelor's degree in political science from UC Santa Cruz. After graduating college, he joined the U.S. Navy and became a SEAL. He served in Iraq. After leaving active duty, Larsen graduated from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is currently a journalist who has been nominated for an Emmy as well as a Peabody Award.

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* Egil Skallagrimsson, a gigantic Norseman with superhuman strength and guile, runemaster, poet, sociopath sociopath, and all-around badass. Said to be a half-troll.
* Kaj Larsen: Mr. Larsen holds a Bachelor's degree in political science from UC Santa Cruz. After graduating from college, he joined the U.S. Navy and became a SEAL. He served in Iraq. After leaving active duty, Larsen graduated from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is currently a journalist who has been nominated for an Emmy as well as a Peabody Award.



* Russian President UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin graduated from the International Law branch of the Law Department of the Leningrad State University, and was then a Lieutenant Colonel in the KGB before going on to have a political career that has spanned from 1990 to the present, and his approval rating in Russia was at one point 81%, better than any other world leader at the time. He's known for his "tough guy" outdoorsman image, and has taken part in extreme sports and interaction with wild animals. He is also known to be skilled in martial arts.
** Putin actually has a Ph.D. in Economics from the St. Petersburg Mining Institute which he got in 1996, shortly after he begun his career in politics. [[http://world.time.com/2013/02/28/putins-phd-can-a-plagiarism-probe-upend-russian-politics/ This one is controversial]] since (and not unusual for Russian politicians [[https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia?from=Main.TheNewRussia of the time]]) it was found that parts of his dissertation were plagiarised and the whole thing may have been ghostwritten since he was also busy running an election campaign when he allegedly wrote it, though it is known that he has publicly and successfully defended the thesis and is clearly smart enough to understand the material.

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* Russian President UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin graduated from the International Law branch of the Law Department of the Leningrad State University, and was then a Lieutenant Colonel in the KGB before going on to have a political career that has spanned from 1990 to the present, and his approval rating in Russia was at one point 81%, better than any other world leader at the time. He's known for his "tough guy" outdoorsman image, image and has taken part in extreme sports and interaction with wild animals. He is also known to be skilled in martial arts.
** Putin actually has a Ph.D. in Economics from the St. Petersburg Mining Institute which he got in 1996, shortly after he begun began his career in politics. [[http://world.time.com/2013/02/28/putins-phd-can-a-plagiarism-probe-upend-russian-politics/ This one is controversial]] since (and not unusual for Russian politicians [[https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia?from=Main.TheNewRussia of the time]]) it was found that parts of his dissertation were plagiarised and the whole thing may have been ghostwritten since he was also busy running an election campaign when he allegedly wrote it, though it is known that he has publicly and successfully defended the thesis and is clearly smart enough to understand the material.



* Richard Trevithick. 19th century engineer, inventor and locomotive-pioneer who developed the high-pressure steam engine which, being smaller and more powerful than earlier engines, was soon driving one of the world's earliest self-propelled road vehicles of Trevithick's own design. The 6'2" "Cornish Giant" was also exceptionally strong and a skilled wrestler. At a dinner Trevithick demonstrated his grappling proficiency by gripping a heavily built mine engineer around the waist, turning him upside down, to stamp his bootprints on the ceiling.

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* Richard Trevithick. 19th century 19th-century engineer, inventor inventor, and locomotive-pioneer who developed the high-pressure steam engine which, being smaller and more powerful than earlier engines, was soon driving one of the world's earliest self-propelled road vehicles of Trevithick's own design. The 6'2" "Cornish Giant" was also exceptionally strong and a skilled wrestler. At a dinner Trevithick demonstrated his grappling proficiency by gripping a heavily built mine engineer around the waist, turning him upside down, to stamp his bootprints on the ceiling.



* Predators. See examples of crocodiles and dinosaurs above. Snakes, monitor lizards, sharks, big cats, wolves, orcas, squid, and in fact almost anything that kills for a living fit this trope to a T. Crocs have learned to hunt in packs and use bait to draw in birds, squid have a complex communication system using colour changes to send signals, moray eels are capable of communicating with other species of predators to hunt cooperatively, sharks join forces despite being loners when the circumstances dictate, orcas have specific tactics for killing almost anything in the ocean including great whites-it goes on.

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* Predators. See examples of crocodiles and dinosaurs above. Snakes, monitor lizards, sharks, big cats, wolves, orcas, squid, and in fact almost anything that kills for a living fit this trope to a T. Crocs have learned to hunt in packs and use bait to draw in birds, squid have a complex communication system using colour color changes to send signals, moray eels are capable of communicating with other species of predators to hunt cooperatively, sharks join forces despite being loners when the circumstances dictate, orcas have specific tactics for killing almost anything in the ocean including great whites-it goes on.



* 19th century Anarchist Mikhail Bakunin was a 6'5", muscular and charismatic adventurer who voluntarily did a lot of heavy lifting and fighting in the various revolutionary conflicts he was involved in, but he is best known as the author of classic Anarchist texts such as ''The State and Anarchy'', and at one point was writing a Russian translation of ''Das Kapital'' by Karl Marx during the period they didn't hate each others guts (though he quit under controversial circumstances, in part because he preferred action to lengthy writing projects).
* NHL Defenseman Zdeno Chára (currently of the Boston Bruins) is 6'9 and 250 lbs. He also speaks 6 languages in addition to his native Slovak(Czech, Polish, Swedish, Russian, German, and English), has a diploma in financial planning from Algonquin College, and is a licensed realtor in the state of Massachusetts.

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* 19th century Anarchist Mikhail Bakunin was a 6'5", muscular and charismatic adventurer who voluntarily did a lot of heavy lifting and fighting in the various revolutionary conflicts he was involved in, but he is best known as the author of classic Anarchist texts such as ''The State and Anarchy'', and at one point was writing a Russian translation of ''Das Kapital'' by Karl Marx during the period they didn't hate each others other's guts (though he quit under controversial circumstances, in part because he preferred action to lengthy writing projects).
* NHL Defenseman Zdeno Chára (currently of the Boston Bruins) is 6'9 6'9" and 250 lbs. He also speaks 6 languages in addition to his native Slovak(Czech, Polish, Swedish, Russian, German, and English), has a diploma in financial planning from Algonquin College, and is a licensed realtor in the state of Massachusetts.


* Byron "Whizzer" White played [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball college football]] at the University of Colorado, where he was their best-ever running back. He signed to the Pittsburgh Football Pirates (now the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Steelers]])... just as he learned he was getting a Rhodes Scholarship. He took a year at {{Ox|bridge}}ford, came home, played two seasons for the Detroit Lions (where he was one of the first "big-money" football players, with a $15,000 salary[[note]]That's $250,000 in today's money. While this seems like a pittance for a star running back today, it was unheard-of for a football player back then.[[/note]])...and then UsefulNotes/WorldWarII broke out; White served in the Navy. After the war ended, he decided not to go back into football and instead studied law at [[UsefulNotes/IvyLeague Yale]]. In 1962, he was appointed by UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy to the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCourts US Supreme Court]], where he served until 1993.

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* Byron "Whizzer" White played [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball college football]] at the University of Colorado, where he was their best-ever running back. He signed to the Pittsburgh Football Pirates (now the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Steelers]])... just as he learned he was getting a Rhodes Scholarship. He took a year at {{Ox|bridge}}ford, UsefulNotes/{{Ox|bridge}}ford, came home, played two seasons for the Detroit Lions (where he was one of the first "big-money" football players, with a $15,000 salary[[note]]That's $250,000 in today's money. While this seems like a pittance for a star running back today, it was unheard-of for a football player back then.[[/note]])...and then UsefulNotes/WorldWarII broke out; White served in the Navy. After the war ended, he decided not to go back into football and instead studied law at [[UsefulNotes/IvyLeague Yale]]. In 1962, he was appointed by UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy to the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCourts US Supreme Court]], where he served until 1993.

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