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* '''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''' has some DownOnTheFarm-relatives who live on a ranch in Montana (which is a northern state and not a southern state). Their ranch horses are all fully-functioning robots that nonetheless move like real horses, invented and built by Kim's uncle. In fact, considering he's her ''paternal'' uncle (her dad's brother), could [[AccidentalPun possibly]] apply to her rocket scientist father as well, since we don't know whether Slim Possible acquired the accent after moving to the farm, or [=Mr. Dr. P=] lost the accent after leaving the farm. (though he doesn't have an accent in the flashback to his college days)

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* '''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''' has some DownOnTheFarm-relatives who live on a ranch in Montana (which is a northern state and not a southern state). Their ranch horses are all fully-functioning robots that nonetheless move like real horses, invented and built by Kim's uncle. In fact, considering he's her ''paternal'' uncle (her dad's brother), could [[AccidentalPun possibly]] apply to her rocket scientist father as well, since we don't know whether Slim Possible acquired the accent after moving to the farm, or [=Mr. Dr. P=] P.=] lost the accent after leaving the farm. (though he doesn't have an accent in the flashback to his college days)


* '''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''' has some DownOnTheFarm-relatives who live on a ranch in Montana (which is a northern state and not a southern state). Their ranch horses are all fully-functioning robots that nonetheless move like real horses, invented and built by Kim's uncle. In fact, considering he's her ''paternal'' uncle (her dad's brother), could [[AccidentalPun possibly]] apply to her rocket scientist father as well, since we don't know whether Slim Possible acquired the accent after moving to the farm, or [=MrDrP=] lost the accent after leaving the farm. (though he doesn't have an accent in the flashback to his college days)

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* '''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''' has some DownOnTheFarm-relatives who live on a ranch in Montana (which is a northern state and not a southern state). Their ranch horses are all fully-functioning robots that nonetheless move like real horses, invented and built by Kim's uncle. In fact, considering he's her ''paternal'' uncle (her dad's brother), could [[AccidentalPun possibly]] apply to her rocket scientist father as well, since we don't know whether Slim Possible acquired the accent after moving to the farm, or [=MrDrP=] [=Mr. Dr. P=] lost the accent after leaving the farm. (though he doesn't have an accent in the flashback to his college days)


* Please bear in mind that the South is home to some of the finest institutes of higher education in the United States (Emory University, Duke University, Georgia Tech, among others), the Research Triangle in North Carolina, Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, and (as mentioned above) NASA's mission control in Houston and Space And Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. As a result, there are many, many people who have thick accents yet are Ph.D. holders, or fluent in multiple languages, or incredibly well-read. Accents do not make one dumb.

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* Please bear in mind that the South is home to some of the finest institutes of higher education in the United States (Emory [[https://www.usnews.com/education/best-global-universities/search?region=&country=united-states&subject=&name= world]] (Duke University, Duke University, Washington University at St. Louis, Georgia Tech, Emory University, the University of Virginia, among others), the Research Triangle in North Carolina, Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, and (as mentioned above) NASA's mission control in Houston and Space And Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. As a result, there are many, many people who have thick accents yet are Ph.D. holders, or fluent in multiple languages, or incredibly well-read. Accents do not make one dumb.


* Please bear in mind that the South is home to some of the finest institutes of higher education in the United States (Emory University, Duke University, Vanderbilt University, among others), the Research Triangle in North Carolina, Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, and (as mentioned above) NASA's mission control in Houston and Space And Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. As a result, there are many, many people who have thick accents yet are Ph.D. holders, or fluent in multiple languages, or incredibly well-read. Accents do not make one dumb.

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* Please bear in mind that the South is home to some of the finest institutes of higher education in the United States (Emory University, Duke University, Vanderbilt University, Georgia Tech, among others), the Research Triangle in North Carolina, Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, and (as mentioned above) NASA's mission control in Houston and Space And Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. As a result, there are many, many people who have thick accents yet are Ph.D. holders, or fluent in multiple languages, or incredibly well-read. Accents do not make one dumb.

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* ''Literature/{{Patternist}}'': Asa Elias "Eli" Doyle is a BlackAndNerdy geologist and astronaut. His friends note that he's very good at code-switching and at playing up his accent when he wants to be underestimated.


** This might have been Creator/TimAllen--in his book ''Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man'', he mentions meeting a Southern engineer when he toured an aircraft carrier (because [[TimTaylorTechnology of course he did]]).
-->''He was smarter than I'll ever be, but he sounded dumber than a ham hock. "That boat five football feels lawng, nuklar pawr."''



* Edward Osbourne (E.O) Wilson, a biologist and Pulitzer Prize winner who is known as the father of sociobiology and probably most famous for his 1990 reference encyclopedia ''The Ants'', hails from Alabama.

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* Edward Osbourne (E.O) Wilson, a biologist and Pulitzer Prize winner who is known as the father of sociobiology and probably most famous for either ''The Theory of Island Biogeography'' (co-authored with Robert Macarthur, 1967) or his 1990 reference encyclopedia ''The Ants'', Ants'' (the book that earned him the Pulitzer), hails from Alabama.[[note]]These topics may seem abstruse, with few practical applications, but island biogeography examines how the size and degree of isolation of habitat areas influence which species can survive long-term in those habitats (with huge implications for conserving fragmented or human-altered habitats elsewhere in the world). In the latter book, Wilson and his co-author used ants' evolution, behavior, and ecological roles to illustrate a variety of topics within biology, in ways that would be scientifically rigorous but still accessible to lay readers.[[/note]]


** Loophole is a southern belle with an accent as thick as creamed corn, who also happens to be an inventor and gadgeteer who built her own ersatz, space-worthy Iron Man suit. She got her code name by knowing the rulebook (which rulebook, you ask? AllOfThem) inside and out, and [[LoopholeAbuse exploiting them ruthlessly.]]

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** Loophole is a southern belle with an accent as thick as creamed corn, who also happens to be an inventor and gadgeteer GadgeteerGenius who built her own ersatz, space-worthy Iron Man suit. suit of PowerArmor in three days. She got her code name by [[RulesLawyer knowing the rulebook rulebook]] (which rulebook, you ask? AllOfThem) inside and out, and [[LoopholeAbuse exploiting them ruthlessly.]]


* Sheldon from ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' is originally from [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Texas]], but this trope is [[DoubleSubversion subverted]] in that he does alot of SesquipedalianLoquaciousness and he doesn't have the stereotypical Texan/southern accent. However, it's implied that he adopted his curt way of speaking to distance himself from his southern background. Whenever he is distressed, upset, angry or occasionally drunk, he reverts to his native Texan accent, including even using country-styled idioms (the actor also has a natural Southern twang, being a native of Houston). Furthermore, he is surprisingly very knowledgable about American football (it was inescapable where he lived after all and his dad would make him watch and come to games as a bonding activity), [[DeepFriedWhatever frying meats that aren't chicken as if they were chicken,]] and some stuff on firearms (he offered Leonard on "how to shoot close enough to a raccoon that it craps itself".)

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* Sheldon from ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' is originally from [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Texas]], but this trope is [[DoubleSubversion subverted]] in that he does alot a lot of SesquipedalianLoquaciousness and he doesn't have the stereotypical Texan/southern accent. However, it's implied that he adopted his curt way of speaking to distance himself from his southern background. Whenever he is distressed, upset, angry or occasionally drunk, he reverts to his native Texan accent, including even using country-styled idioms (the actor also has a natural Southern twang, being a native of Houston). Furthermore, he is surprisingly very knowledgable knowledgeable about American football (it was inescapable where he lived after all and his dad would make him watch and come to games as a bonding activity), [[DeepFriedWhatever frying meats that aren't chicken as if they were chicken,]] and some stuff on firearms (he offered Leonard on "how to shoot close enough to a raccoon that it craps itself".)



* Beethro from ''Videogame/DeadlyRoomsOfDeath''. He's more medevil than southern, but he has to be smart when his line of work involves getting past booby traps while killing monsters.

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* Beethro from ''Videogame/DeadlyRoomsOfDeath''. He's more medevil medieval than southern, but he has to be smart when his line of work involves getting past booby traps while killing monsters.


* Due to AccentAdaptation, Bill tends to display this in the translation of ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' as a substitute for the original's [[KansaiRegionalAccent Kansai-ben]] -- which was, much like this trope, presumably intended as a subversion of TheIdiotFromOsaka. Or maybe not -- while TheIdiotFromOsaka is a trope that for some reason has really caught up in the West, the larger Japanese stereotype portrays Osakans, who come from a merchant city, as sharp, witty and moneygrubbing. And this is actually the reason for the idiot trope -- the inhabitants of the [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse more samurai-dominated Edo]], who valued reserve and dignity, considered brash and loud Osakans rude and uncouth and thus below themselves.

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* Due to AccentAdaptation, Bill tends to display this in the translation of ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' as a substitute for the original's [[KansaiRegionalAccent Kansai-ben]] -- which was, much like this trope, presumably intended as a subversion of TheIdiotFromOsaka. Or maybe not -- while TheIdiotFromOsaka is a trope that for some reason has really caught up in the West, the larger Japanese stereotype portrays Osakans, who come from a merchant city, as sharp, witty and moneygrubbing. And this is actually the reason for the idiot trope -- the inhabitants of the [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse more samurai-dominated Edo]], who valued reserve and dignity, considered brash and loud Osakans rude and uncouth and thus below themselves.


* ''Film/BlindSide'' features a version of Tennessee where college education is the norm and there's no condescension to the intelligence of football players in the Southern town

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* ''Film/BlindSide'' ''Film/TheBlindSide'' features a version of Tennessee where college education is the norm and there's no condescension to the intelligence of football players in the Southern towntown.
* Bobby Boucher in ''Film/TheWaterboy'' only seems dumb due to [[MyBelovedSmother years of excessive sheltering by his mother]] who taught him [[MadLibsCatchPhrase everything "is the Devil!"]]. He has practical knowledge about water filtration, and later does well with every college class, even having a near-perfect score on his high school-equivalency exam.


* Old Man [=McGucket=] from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' is a crazy hillbilly with a raccoon wife, who also happens to be an engineering genius. It's not just the years of LaserGuidedAmnesia that warped his mind. A flashback to a younger, sane [=McGucket=] has him follow up some {{Technobabble}} with "Why, that's mathematically feasible, I reckon *spits in spittoon*." Gideon Gleeful also speaks with a Southern accent ([[UnexplainedAccent despite being born in Oregon]]) and is an EvilGenius EnfanteTerrible.

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* [[CrazyHomelessPeople Old Man [=McGucket=] [=McGucket=]]] from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' is a crazy hillbilly with a raccoon wife, who also happens to be an engineering genius. [[spoiler: It's not just the years of LaserGuidedAmnesia that warped his mind. mind.]] A flashback to a younger, sane [=McGucket=] has him follow up some {{Technobabble}} with "Why, that's mathematically feasible, I reckon *spits in spittoon*." "
** [[BitchInSheepsClothing
Gideon Gleeful also Gleeful]] speaks with a Southern accent ([[UnexplainedAccent despite being born in Oregon]]) and is an EvilGenius EnfanteTerrible.


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* One of the shorts of ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoon'', "Hillbilly Blue", has Eustace, the main character, who acts like any other of the hillbilly characters, but has a non-nonsense attitude and likes to talk about physics.


* Please bear in mind that the South is home to some of the finest institutes of higher education in the United States (Emory University, Duke University, Vanderbilt University, among others), the Research Triangle in North Carolina, Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, and (as mentioned above) NASA's mission control in Houston and Space And Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. As a result, there are many, many people who have thick accents yet are Ph.D. holders, or fluent in multiple languages, or incredibly well-read. Accents do not make one dumb.

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* [[http://www.flame.org/~cdoswell/ Chuck Doswell]] lives in Oklahoma, where he [[http://www.flame.org/~cdoswell/CV_data.html earned his PhD. in meteorology.]] In fact, living in Oklahoma might be more of an advantage than disadvantage to his research, as it [[BadassBookworm puts him in closer proximity more frequently to the types of storms he researches, for the purposes of chasing them.]]
* Please bear in mind that the South is home to some of the finest institutes of higher education in the United States (Emory University, Duke University, Vanderbilt University, among others), the Research Triangle in North Carolina, Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, and (as mentioned above) NASA's mission control in Houston and Space And Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. As a result, there are many, many people who have thick accents yet are Ph.D. holders, or fluent in multiple languages, or incredibly well-read. Accents do not make one dumb.

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* Please bear in mind that the South is home to some of the finest institutes of higher education in the United States (Emory University, Duke University, Vanderbilt University, among others), the Research Triangle in North Carolina, Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, and (as mentioned above) NASA's mission control in Houston and Space And Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. As a result, there are many, many people who have thick accents yet are Ph.D. holders, or fluent in multiple languages, or incredibly well-read. Accents do not make one dumb.

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*** Indeed, Jackson's nickname at VMI from survivors of his notorious physics lectures was "Tomfool Jackson."


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* When actor Brad Dourif reverts to his native West Virginia drawl, he sounds like a hillbilly. However, he was nominated for an Oscar in his film debut, can pull off a flawless British accent (enough to fool authentic Brits), and is fluent in at least six languages other than English.

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* ''Series/{{Justified}}'', being set in rural Kentucky, is chock-full of these. Perhaps the best example is Boyd Crowder, a highly articulate and charismatic criminal who has knowledge of explosives and thinks faster than almost anyone else in the cast. Also worth mentioning is Bo Crowder, his father, a crime lord who lampshades this trope to the out-of-town gangster who underestimates him.
-->'''Bo:''' You know, I may not own a private plane or a fancy car, and when you look at me, you probably just see some dumb redneck who likes to eat roadkill for breakfast and have sex with his cousins. I don't eat roadkill, I don't screw my relatives, and I didn't just get off of no short bus. So for you to bring me all the way down here to threaten me, as if I didn't already fully understand the stakes of our business agreement? Hoss, that's just downright insulting.

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