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* '''Played For Laughs:'''
** Makoto finds that since he's so smart, he practically doesn't find anything challenging anymore.


** Makoto is under cultural pressure to please his {{family|Honor}} (especially [[EducationMama his mom]]) by working hard to achieve a lot in school

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** Makoto is under cultural pressure to please his {{family|Honor}} (especially [[EducationMama his mom]]) by working hard to achieve a lot in schoolschool.



** [[AsianAirhead Makoto]] is BookDumb [[IdiotHero (and not particularly street smart, either.)]]

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** [[AsianAirhead Makoto]] is BookDumb [[IdiotHero (and ([[IdiotHero and not particularly street smart, either.)]]either]]).



** AsianAirhead



** Alternatively, Makoto is good at everything else, but [[FMinusMinus *really* sucks at math.]]

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** Alternatively, Makoto is good at everything else, but [[FMinusMinus *really* sucks at math.]]math]].



** Makoto's cousin Hiro DOESN'T fit the model-minority stereotype, and is dismissed by his parents as a "failure" because [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous he gets C's and B's instead of straight A's.]] Hiro is [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter constantly compared to Makoto]], suffers a lot of depression and anxiety, and eventually drops out of high school and joins a gang. He tells his horrified parents that [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor since they kept calling him a failure,]] [[ThenLetMeBeEvil he might as well fail HARD.]]

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** Makoto's cousin Hiro DOESN'T fit the model-minority stereotype, and is dismissed by his parents as a "failure" because [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous he gets C's and B's instead of straight A's.]] A's]]. Hiro is [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter constantly compared to Makoto]], suffers a lot of depression and anxiety, and eventually drops out of high school and joins a gang. He tells his horrified parents that [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor since they kept calling him a failure,]] failure]], [[ThenLetMeBeEvil he might as well fail HARD.]]HARD]].


'''Basic Trope''': An [[TheSmartGuy intellectual character]] of Asian descent
* '''Straight''': Makoto has the top grades in his class, and is really good at math.

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'''Basic Trope''': An [[TheSmartGuy intellectual character]] of Asian descent
descent.
* '''Straight''': Makoto has the top grades in his class, and is really good at math.math and [[ScienceHero science]].


* '''Downplayed''': Makoto is a decent student, and math is one of his stronger subjects.

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* '''Downplayed''': Makoto is a decent student, and math but [[ScienceHero science is one of his stronger subjects.subjects]].


** Makoto is a MasterOfAll or a GeniusBruiser.

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** Makoto is a MasterOfAll MasterOfAll, a BadassBookworm or a GeniusBruiser.



** Makoto's intellect saves the day.

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** [[BadassBookworm Makoto's intellect intellect]] saves the day.


** He's only pretending to suck at math; he's actually just as good at it as he is with other subjects.

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** [[ObfuscatingStupidity He's only pretending to suck at math; math]]; he's actually just as good at it as he is with other subjects.



* '''Reconstructed''': But Makoto's hard work certainly pays off, and he reaps the benefits, including scholarships and good grades.

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* '''Reconstructed''': '''Reconstructed''':
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But Makoto's hard work certainly pays off, and he reaps the benefits, including scholarships and good grades.

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** Makoto is a MasterOfAll or a GeniusBruiser.


** He only gets average grades because he's BrilliantButLazy.

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** He only gets average mediocre grades because he's BrilliantButLazy.

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** Makoto seems brainy because he's quiet and [[SmartPeopleWearGlasses wears glasses]], but he's actually a C student whose best subject is P.E.


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** He only gets average grades because he's BrilliantButLazy.


** Makoto's cousin Hiro DOESN'T fit the model-minority stereotype, and is dismissed by his parents as a "failure" because [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous he gets C's and B's instead of straight A's.]] Hiro is [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter constantly compared to Makoto]], suffers a lot of depression and anxiety, and eventually drops out of high school and joins a gang. He informs his horrified parents that [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor since they kept calling him a failure,]] [[ThenLetMeBeEvil he might as well fail HARD.]]

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** Makoto's cousin Hiro DOESN'T fit the model-minority stereotype, and is dismissed by his parents as a "failure" because [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous he gets C's and B's instead of straight A's.]] Hiro is [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter constantly compared to Makoto]], suffers a lot of depression and anxiety, and eventually drops out of high school and joins a gang. He informs tells his horrified parents that [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor since they kept calling him a failure,]] [[ThenLetMeBeEvil he might as well fail HARD.]]


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** Makoto gives Hiro support whenever he can, despite everyone telling him to give up on the family's "bad egg" and focus on his own life. It pays off a couple of years later when Hiro finally moves past his emotional issues, leaves the gang life, and gets his GED.


** Makoto's cousin Hiro DOESN'T fit the model-minority stereotype, and is dismissed by his parents as a "failure" because [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous he gets C's and B's instead of straight A's.]] Hiro is [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter constantly compared to Makoto]], suffers a lot of depression and anxiety, and eventually [[TragicVillain drops out of high school and joins a gang.]] He informs his horrified parents that [[ThenLetMeBeEvil if they kept calling him a failure, he might as well fail HARD.]]
* '''Reconstructed''': But his hard work certainly pays off, and he reaps the benefits, including scholarships and good grades.

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** Makoto's cousin Hiro DOESN'T fit the model-minority stereotype, and is dismissed by his parents as a "failure" because [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous he gets C's and B's instead of straight A's.]] Hiro is [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter constantly compared to Makoto]], suffers a lot of depression and anxiety, and eventually [[TragicVillain drops out of high school and joins a gang.]] gang. He informs his horrified parents that [[ThenLetMeBeEvil if [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor since they kept calling him a failure, failure,]] [[ThenLetMeBeEvil he might as well fail HARD.]]
* '''Reconstructed''': But his Makoto's hard work certainly pays off, and he reaps the benefits, including scholarships and good grades.


** Makoto's cousin Hiro DOESN'T fit the model-minority stereotype, and is dismissed by his parents as a "failure" because [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous he gets C's and B's instead of straight A's.]] Hiro is [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter constantly compared to his cousin]], suffers a lot of depression and anxiety, and eventually [[TragicVillain drops out of high school and joins a gang.]] He informs his horrified parents that [[ThenLetMeBeEvil if they kept calling him a failure, he might as well fail HARD.]]

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** Makoto's cousin Hiro DOESN'T fit the model-minority stereotype, and is dismissed by his parents as a "failure" because [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous he gets C's and B's instead of straight A's.]] Hiro is [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter constantly compared to his cousin]], Makoto]], suffers a lot of depression and anxiety, and eventually [[TragicVillain drops out of high school and joins a gang.]] He informs his horrified parents that [[ThenLetMeBeEvil if they kept calling him a failure, he might as well fail HARD.]]


** Makoto's cousin Hiro DOESN'T fit the model-minority stereotype, and is dismissed by his parents as a "failure" because [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous he gets C's and B's instead of straight A's.]] Hiro is [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter constantly compared to his cousin]], suffers a lot of depression and anxiety, and eventually [[TragicVillain drops out of high school and joins a gang.]] He informs his horrified parents that [[ThenLetMeBeEvil if he's going to be a failure, he's going to fail HARD.]]

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** Makoto's cousin Hiro DOESN'T fit the model-minority stereotype, and is dismissed by his parents as a "failure" because [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous he gets C's and B's instead of straight A's.]] Hiro is [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter constantly compared to his cousin]], suffers a lot of depression and anxiety, and eventually [[TragicVillain drops out of high school and joins a gang.]] He informs his horrified parents that [[ThenLetMeBeEvil if he's going to be they kept calling him a failure, he's going to he might as well fail HARD.]]


** Makoto's cousin Hiro DOESN'T fit the model-minority stereotype, and is dismissed by his parents as a "failure" because [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous he gets C's and B's instead of straight A's.]] Hiro is [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter constantly compared to his cousin]], suffers a lot of depression and anxiety, and eventually [[TragicVillain drops out of high school and joins a gang.]] He then informs his horrified parents that [[ThenLetMeBeEvil if he's going to be a failure, he's going to fail HARD.]]

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** Makoto's cousin Hiro DOESN'T fit the model-minority stereotype, and is dismissed by his parents as a "failure" because [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous he gets C's and B's instead of straight A's.]] Hiro is [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter constantly compared to his cousin]], suffers a lot of depression and anxiety, and eventually [[TragicVillain drops out of high school and joins a gang.]] He then informs his horrified parents that [[ThenLetMeBeEvil if he's going to be a failure, he's going to fail HARD.]]


** Makoto's cousin Hiro DOESN'T fit the model-minority stereotype, and is dismissed by his parents as a "failure" because [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous he gets C's and B's instead of straight A's.]] Hiro is [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter constantly compared to his cousin]], suffers a lot of depression and anxiety, and eventually [[TragicVillain drops out of high school and joins a gang.]] [[ThenLetMeBeEvil If he's going to be a failure, he's going to fail HARD.]]

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** Makoto's cousin Hiro DOESN'T fit the model-minority stereotype, and is dismissed by his parents as a "failure" because [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous he gets C's and B's instead of straight A's.]] Hiro is [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter constantly compared to his cousin]], suffers a lot of depression and anxiety, and eventually [[TragicVillain drops out of high school and joins a gang.]] He then informs his horrified parents that [[ThenLetMeBeEvil If if he's going to be a failure, he's going to fail HARD.]]

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