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* [[OverlyLongName Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim]] took this to its logical extent by naming himself as Paracelsus. Aulus Cornelius Celsus was a Roman encyclopedist who had written what had been one of the seminal tracts on medicine from Rome to his era, including such things as surgery, identification of the fever as a defense mechanism, and cancer, and the name "Paracelsus" literally meant that [[AltumVidetur Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus]] [[MeaningfulName Bombastus]] [[InsufferableGenius von Hohenheim]] was "greater than Celsus." The annoying thing? "Paracelsus" was ''right''; he is today remembered as one of the primary forerunners of modern medicine, with his belief in the need to ground medicine in the physical sciences (particularly chemistry), his notion that diseases are entities unto themselves rather than states of being, and his emphasis on specific remedies for specific maladies all being foundational principles of today's medical science. He is more specifically known as the father of the discipline of toxicology; his maxim that "the dose makes the poison" is still taught in medical schools to this day. As for Celsus, he is mostly remembered for being the guy Paracelsus chose to compare himself to.

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* [[OverlyLongName Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim]] took this to its logical extent by naming himself as Paracelsus. Aulus Cornelius Celsus was a Roman encyclopedist who had written what had been one of the seminal tracts on medicine from Rome to his era, including such things as surgery, identification of the fever as a defense mechanism, and cancer, and the name "Paracelsus" literally meant that [[AltumVidetur [[GratuitousLatin Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus]] [[MeaningfulName Bombastus]] [[InsufferableGenius von Hohenheim]] was "greater than Celsus." The annoying thing? "Paracelsus" was ''right''; he is today remembered as one of the primary forerunners of modern medicine, with his belief in the need to ground medicine in the physical sciences (particularly chemistry), his notion that diseases are entities unto themselves rather than states of being, and his emphasis on specific remedies for specific maladies all being foundational principles of today's medical science. He is more specifically known as the father of the discipline of toxicology; his maxim that "the dose makes the poison" is still taught in medical schools to this day. As for Celsus, he is mostly remembered for being the guy Paracelsus chose to compare himself to.


* On one episode of ''ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', Charlie participates in a trial of intelligence-enhancing drugs. While riding high on superintelligence, he casually insists that, Stephen Hawking, while talented, is really more of a celebrity than a scientist. [[spoiler: This is especially funny when we learn that the drug was a placebo, which had no real affect on intelligence but skyrocketed Charlie's arrogance.]]

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* On one episode of ''ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', Charlie participates in a trial of intelligence-enhancing drugs. While riding high on superintelligence, he casually insists that, Stephen Hawking, UsefulNotes/StephenHawking, while talented, is really more of a celebrity than a scientist. [[spoiler: This is especially funny when we learn that the drug was a placebo, which had no real affect on intelligence but skyrocketed Charlie's arrogance.]]


* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', after being called a "[[BerserkButton moron]]" one too many times, [[spoiler:Wheatley]] decided to prove his intelligence by reading [[Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli Machiavelli]] (or claiming to, anyway) and commenting on how ''easy'' it was.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', after being called a "[[BerserkButton moron]]" one too many times, [[spoiler:Wheatley]] decided to prove his intelligence by reading [[Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli Machiavelli]] (or [[FeigningIntelligence claiming to, to]], anyway) and commenting on how ''easy'' it was.


For the even more outrageous claim that Bob is better than ''God'', see BlasphemousBoast. For ''actual'' anti-platonism (which is the position that "abstract entities" don't exist) see MeaninglessMeaningfulWords. Distant cousin to FamousFamousFictional, where a fictional person is established as a great [whatever] by having his name placed next to two RealLife [whatever]s, albeit without the unfavorable comparison.

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For the even more outrageous claim that Bob is better than ''God'', see BlasphemousBoast. For ''actual'' anti-platonism (which is the position that "abstract entities" don't exist) see MeaninglessMeaningfulWords. Distant cousin to FamousFamousFictional, where a fictional person is established as a great [whatever] by having his name placed next to two RealLife [whatever]s, albeit without the unfavorable comparison. Compare WroteTheBook, where someone claims to have written the book on something or invented it because they are or think they are so good at that thing.


-->''"[[ForgottenRealms Elminster]] ''this!'' Elminster ''that!'' Give ''me'' [[WizardsLiveLonger 2,000 years]] and [[NiceHat a pointy hat]], and I'll kick his arse!"''

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-->''"[[ForgottenRealms -->''"[[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Elminster]] ''this!'' Elminster ''that!'' Give ''me'' [[WizardsLiveLonger 2,000 years]] and [[NiceHat a pointy hat]], and I'll kick his arse!"''

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* In an urban legend/conspiracy sort of way, ''Videogame/Payday2'' has an example in the form of Duke comparing their current opponent, the ancient crime syndicate known as Kataru, to be of enough influence, reach and power that they make both the Illuminati and the Freemasons look like enthusiastic amateurs.


* [[OverlyLongName Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim]] took this to its logical extent by naming himself as Paracelsus. Aulus Cornelius Celsus was a Roman encyclopedist who had written what had been one of the seminal tracts on medicine from Rome to his era, including such things as surgery, identification of the fever as a defense mechanism, and cancer, and the name "Paracelsus" literally meant that [[AltumVidetur Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus]] [[MeaningfulName Bombastus]] [[InsufferableGenius von Hohenheim]] was "greater than Celsus."

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* [[OverlyLongName Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim]] took this to its logical extent by naming himself as Paracelsus. Aulus Cornelius Celsus was a Roman encyclopedist who had written what had been one of the seminal tracts on medicine from Rome to his era, including such things as surgery, identification of the fever as a defense mechanism, and cancer, and the name "Paracelsus" literally meant that [[AltumVidetur Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus]] [[MeaningfulName Bombastus]] [[InsufferableGenius von Hohenheim]] was "greater than Celsus."" The annoying thing? "Paracelsus" was ''right''; he is today remembered as one of the primary forerunners of modern medicine, with his belief in the need to ground medicine in the physical sciences (particularly chemistry), his notion that diseases are entities unto themselves rather than states of being, and his emphasis on specific remedies for specific maladies all being foundational principles of today's medical science. He is more specifically known as the father of the discipline of toxicology; his maxim that "the dose makes the poison" is still taught in medical schools to this day. As for Celsus, he is mostly remembered for being the guy Paracelsus chose to compare himself to.


This is a form of boast wherein Bob claims that he is the best at something by listing people who are well known for being good at that thing and then declaring them inferior to himself. It's generally a sign that Bob is a {{Narcissist}} or a SmallNameBigEgo character -- whose faith in his own superiority will be proven very false very soon -- or otherwise ObfuscatingIntelligence, but sometimes Bob really ''is'' [[InsufferableGenius that good]].

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This is a form of boast wherein Bob claims that he is the best at something by listing people who are well known for being good at that thing and then declaring them inferior to himself. It's generally a sign that Bob is a {{Narcissist}} or a SmallNameBigEgo character -- whose faith in his own superiority will be proven very false very soon -- or otherwise ObfuscatingIntelligence, FeigningIntelligence, but sometimes Bob really ''is'' [[InsufferableGenius that good]].


This is a form of boast wherein Bob claims that he is the best at something by listing people who are well known for being good at that thing and then declaring them inferior to himself. It's generally a sign that Bob is a {{Narcissist}} or a SmallNameBigEgo character -- whose faith in his own superiority will be proven very false very soon -- but sometimes Bob really ''is'' [[InsufferableGenius that good]].

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This is a form of boast wherein Bob claims that he is the best at something by listing people who are well known for being good at that thing and then declaring them inferior to himself. It's generally a sign that Bob is a {{Narcissist}} or a SmallNameBigEgo character -- whose faith in his own superiority will be proven very false very soon -- or otherwise ObfuscatingIntelligence, but sometimes Bob really ''is'' [[InsufferableGenius that good]].


* As indicated by the page quote, Vizzini from ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' thinks that he is smarter than Plato, Aristotle and Socrates. (Unless all three of them could also be so easily outsmarted the same way he was, he was proven wrong.)

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* As indicated by the page quote, ''Film/ThePrincessBride'': While boasting of his intelligence, Vizzini from ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' thinks claims that he is he's much smarter than Plato, Aristotle and Socrates. (Unless all three of them could also be so easily outsmarted While his long speech is just a ploy to convince the same way Man in Black that he's deduced which of the cups is poisoned, he was, he was proven wrong.)does seem to believe that he's that intelligent.



* In ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'', when preparing for an impressive sniping feat, [=MacManus=] mumbles to himself "Oswald was a fag."

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* In ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'', when preparing for an impressive sniping feat, [=MacManus=] mumbles to himself himself, "Oswald was a fag."


* Thrax, an anthropomorphic virus, in ''OsmosisJones'': "Ebola is a case of '''dandruff''' compared to me!"

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* Thrax, an anthropomorphic virus, in ''OsmosisJones'': ''Film/OsmosisJones'': "Ebola is a case of '''dandruff''' compared to me!"

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* Franchise/HannibalLecter is a world-renowned brilliant clinical psychiatrist, but he has nothing but disdain for his own field. He frankly states to Clarice Starling that he doesn't consider it a science, criticising it as "puerile", and comments that most psychology departments are filled with "ham radio enthusiasts and other personality-deficient buffs".

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* On one episode of ''ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', Charlie participates in a trial of intelligence-enhancing drugs. While riding high on superintelligence, he casually insists that, Stephen Hawking, while talented, is really more of a celebrity than a scientist. [[spoiler: This is especially funny when we learn that the drug was a placebo, which had no real affect on intelligence but skyrocketed Charlie's arrogance.]]


* Aristotle was kind of an idiot when it came to science, believing many easy to disprove theories that people believed for centuries because they came from his mouth. Most scientists involved in the fields he dabbled in can safely say he didn't know jack about optics, or gravity, or dentistry for that matter. For instance, having observed that mares have fewer teeth than stallions, he proclaimed that women also have fewer teeth than men without bothering to examine any human volunteers.


* On ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'', Madame Mim brags about being a better wizard than Merlin, "The world's most powerful bungler."

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* On ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'', Madame Mim brags about being a better wizard than Merlin, Myth/{{Merlin}}, "The world's most powerful bungler."



* The Creator/JamesThurber short story "Something to Say" is built around Eliot Vereker, a supposedly great author whose reputation is based entirely on disparaging really great authors, ''e.g.'', "Santayana has weight: he's a ton of feathers. Proust was sick. If Voltaire did not exist, it would not be necessary to invent him, ''etc., etc.''"
* In Creator/PGWodehouse's "The Clicking of Cuthbert," Russian novelist Vladimir Brusiloff opines: "No novelists any good except me. Sovietski—yah! Nastikoff—bah! I spit me of zem all. No novelists anywhere any good except me. [[SelfDeprecation P.G. Wodehouse]] and Tolstoy not bad. Not good, but not bad. No novelists any good except me."

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* The Creator/JamesThurber short story "Something to Say" is built around Eliot Vereker, a supposedly great author whose reputation is based entirely on disparaging really great authors, ''e.g.'', "Santayana has weight: he's a ton of feathers. Proust [[Creator/MarcelProust Proust]] was sick. If Voltaire Creator/{{Voltaire}} did not exist, it would not be necessary to invent him, ''etc., etc.''"
* In Creator/PGWodehouse's "The Clicking of Cuthbert," Russian novelist Vladimir Brusiloff opines: "No novelists any good except me. Sovietski—yah! Nastikoff—bah! I spit me of zem all. No novelists anywhere any good except me. [[SelfDeprecation P.G. Wodehouse]] and Tolstoy [[Creator/LeoTolstoy Tolstoy]] not bad. Not good, but not bad. No novelists any good except me."



-->''Compared to the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, Machiavelli couldn't have run a whelk stand.''

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-->''Compared to the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, Machiavelli [[Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli Machiavelli]] couldn't have run a whelk stand.''

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