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** Because all the intelligent students think charisma is a sign of stupidity, they do not work on it at all. As a result of their poor social skills, they live unsuccessful, unhappy lives.


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** One of the dumb popular students says some SimpleMindedWisdom to one of the nerds about charisma being needed for success, and they take it seriously and either work on their social skills or get a dumb, popular student as a publicist.

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** A competition between two kids for popularity turns into a contest of who can say the dumbest things to a cheering and increasingly adoring crowd.


** A popular character is ObfuscatingStupidity to avoid being called a nerd.

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** A popular character is uses ObfuscatingStupidity to avoid being called a nerd.


* '''Inverted''': [[{{Nerd}} An intelligent character who isn't very popular]].

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* '''Inverted''': [[{{Nerd}} [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation An intelligent character who isn't very popular]].


* '''Reconstructed''': However, his charisma gets him a successful job despite not having a degree.

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* '''Reconstructed''': '''Reconstructed''':
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However, his charisma gets him a successful job despite not having a degree.degree.
** These dumb popular people are not necessarily actively malicious, eventually catching on to the idea of delegating logistics to cleverer people.


* '''Downplayed''': A popular character isn't the best student but isn't dumb either--they have average intelligence at best.

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* '''Downplayed''': A popular character isn't the best student but but, at the same time, isn't dumb either--they necessarily dumb--they have average intelligence at best.



* '''Inverted''': A popular character is also a straight-A student.
* '''Subverted''': A popular character is seemingly unable to get good grades, but still manages to score an A on the important test.

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* '''Inverted''': A popular [[{{Nerd}} An intelligent character is also a straight-A student.
who isn't very popular]].
* '''Subverted''': A popular character is seemingly unable to get good grades, but still manages to score an A on the an important test.


* '''Downplayed''': A popular character isn't the best student but isn't dumb either.

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* '''Downplayed''': A popular character isn't the best student but isn't dumb either.either--they have average intelligence at best.



* '''Double Subverted''': However, it later turns out that he cheated.

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* '''Double Subverted''': However, it later turns out that he the student cheated.



** Whether he's a GeniusDitz, a DitzyGenius, FeigningIntelligence, or ObfuscatingStupidity [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the writer.]]

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** Whether he's a GeniusDitz, a DitzyGenius, FeigningIntelligence, or ObfuscatingStupidity [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the writer.]]writer]].


* '''Played For Laughs''': The popular kids say and do ridiculously stupid things, while the other kids all compliment them on it or laugh with them.



%%* '''Played For Laughs''': ???


* '''Invoked''': A [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] decides to use the popular characters, since they're the easiest to fool.
* '''Exploited''': The school gravitates toward a kid who is both rich and dumb so they can use him.

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* '''Invoked''': Jake thinks he might be stupid. So he tries to become popular in order to compensate.
* '''Exploited''':
** The school gravitates toward a kid who is both rich and dumb so they can use him.
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A [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] decides to use the popular characters, since they're the easiest to fool.
* '''Exploited''': The school gravitates toward a kid who is both rich and ** After noticing the dumb so they can use him.kids are usually the popular ones, Jill decides to [[ObfuscatingStupidity play dumb]] to become popular.


* '''Downplayed''': ???

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* '''Downplayed''': ???A popular character isn't the best student but isn't dumb either.



* '''Exploited''': ???

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* '''Exploited''': ???The school gravitates toward a kid who is both rich and dumb so they can use him.


** Whether he's a GeniusDitz, a DitzyGenius, FeigningIntelligence, or ObfuscatingStupidity [[[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the writer.]]

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** Whether he's a GeniusDitz, a DitzyGenius, FeigningIntelligence, or ObfuscatingStupidity [[[DependingOnTheWriter [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the writer.]]


** Whether he's a GeniusDitz, a DitzyGenius, FeigningIntelligence, or ObfuscatingStupidity DependsOnTheWriter.

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** Whether he's a GeniusDitz, a DitzyGenius, FeigningIntelligence, or ObfuscatingStupidity DependsOnTheWriter.[[[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the writer.]]


** No one's quite sure whether he's a GeniusDitz, a DitzyGenius, FeigningIntelligence, or ObfuscatingStupidity.

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** No one's quite sure whether Whether he's a GeniusDitz, a DitzyGenius, FeigningIntelligence, or ObfuscatingStupidity.ObfuscatingStupidity DependsOnTheWriter.


* '''Zig-Zagged''': No one's sure if he's a GeniusDitz, a DitzyGenius, FeigningIntelligence, or ObfuscatingStupidty.



* '''Zig Zagged''': A JerkJock who is seemingly dumb scores an A on the important test, but he's framed for cheating, except it was set up by the kids he bullied in the past, which he finds out through his hidden intelligence, but it was actually his smart friend who discovered it, and it turns out he really did cheat on that test.

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* '''Zig Zagged''': Zagged''':
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A JerkJock who is seemingly dumb scores an A on the important test, but he's framed for cheating, except it was set up by the kids he bullied in the past, which he finds out through his hidden intelligence, but it was actually his smart friend who discovered it, and it turns out he really did cheat on that test.test.
** No one's quite sure whether he's a GeniusDitz, a DitzyGenius, FeigningIntelligence, or ObfuscatingStupidity.


* '''Zig-Zagged''': No one's sure if he's a GeniusDitz, a DitzGenius, or ObscubatingStupidty.

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* '''Zig-Zagged''': No one's sure if he's a GeniusDitz, a DitzGenius, DitzyGenius, FeigningIntelligence, or ObscubatingStupidty.ObfuscatingStupidty.

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