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1%% Image selected per Image Pickin' thread: https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=1348961012099000100²%% Image kept on page per IP thread: https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=1494892623014896300²%% Please do not change or remove without starting a new thread.²%%²[[quoteright:255:[[WesternAnimation/RobotChicken https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/robot_chicken_genius.jpg]]]]²²->''"I know I don't sound the part. Get raised by brahmin ranchers, and you never lose the twang. Drives Hildern crazy. But I know every inch of the power grid from Hoover Dam to Shady Sands."''²-->-- '''Dr. Angela Williams''', ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''²²An inversion of the "[[HalfWittedHillbilly idiotic redneck]]" stereotype people from TheDeepSouth often have attached to them, in a similar mould to BlackAndNerdy.²²This character may have the same down-home sensibilities or otherwise act like a [[GoodOlBoy good ol' southerner]], but is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin very, very smart]]. Maybe they exhibit SesquipedalianLoquaciousness alongside their [[SophisticatedAsHell Southern vernacular]], maybe they have a teleporter in their garage, [[WesternAnimation/GravityFalls maybe they have 12 Ph.Ds]], who knows.²²The SimpleCountryLawyer exemplifies this trope; he uses his intelligence and accent as a weapon, talking in simple allegories and colloquialisms in order to make people [[ObfuscatingStupidity think he's a moron]], then [[BunnyEarsLawyer brutalizing them with his superior wit]].²²May overlap with GoodIsNotDumb. See also SouthernFriedPrivate. Contrast HalfWittedHillbilly. ²²-----²!!Examples:²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Anime & Manga]]²* Due to AccentAdaptation, Bill tends to display this in the translation of ''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.²* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', Conan's biggest rival as Japan's premier teen detective, (who later becomes his VitrolicBestBud) Heiji Hattori (aka Harley Hartwell in the English translation) is a proud Osakan. [[AvertedTrope Averts]] TheIdiotFromOsaka by Heiji constantly being neck and neck with Conan whenever detecting is to be done. In one arc where Conan, Ran and Mouri visit Heiji in Osaka, we get a chance to meet his father, who's the Osakan Chief of Police - and who is smart enough to make Heiji chase his own tail more than once.²* The students at Yezo High in ''Manga/SilverSpoon'' may not do well in traditional academics, but many of them are prone to going into lengthy, university-level discussions on such subjects as the mechanical specs of farm equipment, food processing chemistry and biotechnology.²* Terryman from ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'' and [[GenerationXerox his son]] Terry the Kid/Terry Kenyon from ''Anime/UltimateMuscle'' look, dress and (in the localizations) speak like stereotypical Texan ranchers, but also serve as their respective series' MrExposition whenever a scientific explanation is called for.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comedy]]²* Creator/JeffFoxworthy once joked that most people automatically deduct 100 [=IQ=] points if they hear a southern drawl, and would probably walk out on their brain surgeon if he had an accent. He himself qualifies for a Real Life example, as he attended Georgia Tech and was employed by IBM (and not in a janitorial capacity as he is sometimes wont to [over-modestly] state) before making it in the world of stand-up comedy.²-->'''Jeff:''' Allrite, now whut we gon' do is... saw the top o' yo head off... root around in there with a stick... and see if we can't find that dag-burn clot. ''[beat]'' Heh, no thanks, [[FateWorseThanDeath I'll just die]].²* Another stand-up joked that you can basically say any stupid thing with a [[IAmVeryBritish British accent]] and be believed, and how he feels sorry for southern nuclear physicists with the opposite problem.²** 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]]).²-->''He was smarter than I'll ever be, but he sounded dumber than a ham hock. "That boat five football feels lawng, nuklar pawr."''²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Books]]²* One issue of ''ComicBook/TheTick'' had the characters run into this, when a town full of hillbillies got their hands on TheMonolith from ''[[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey 2001: A Space Odyssey]]''.²* Samuel "Cannonball" Guthrie from ''ComicBook/NewMutants'' is a former coal miner from Kentucky with the ability to fly through explosive propulsion, as well as secondary force field generation. He's also highly intelligent, extremely intuitive, and incredibly clever and creative when it comes to using his powers.²* Flash Forward from the 2001 ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'' revamp is a poor kid from rural Alabama who dropped out of school in the sixth grade. He's also unquestionably the smartest person on the team, and the others aren't exactly morons themselves.²* Jim in ''ComicBook/CreatureTech'' is a bumpkin redneck with a heavy Southern drawl who demonstrates rather marvelous skills in particle and quantum physics, electronics, mechanics and alien technology.²* ''ComicBook/PS238'':²** Herschel Clay in is more or less a redneck Tony Stark, with a business empire, power armor -- and a gimme cap.²** [[http://ps238.nodwick.com/comic/04062009/ This guy]] is at least smarter than the protagonists gave him credit for.²--->'''Redneck:''' Just 'cuz I live out in th' ''sticks'' with piles of ''junk'' 'round my trailer don't mean I'm ''ignorant of history.''²* ''ComicBook/TheFabulousFurryFreakBrothers'' - while hitchhiking to San Francisco, Freewheelin' Franklin meets a friendly redneck who had just learned about "merry-jew-wanna" in Acapulco and had bought a camper full up with him. Franklin offers to sell it, figuring he can scam this guy asking a dirt-cheap price from him, but the guy then matter-of-factly rattles off one potential marketplace town after another, knowing the going price and all the dealing pros and cons at each location. Franklin's grudging admiration is deflated when the guy asks "One thing I was wondering, though - what does that stuff ''do'' to you guys? I never smoked any of it myself..."²* Dr. Billy Joe Robidoux from ''ComicBook/WynonnaEarp'' is a MadScientist version of this. To quote Wynonna "He's a southern-fried gumbo of Dr. Josef Mengele, [[Literature/{{Frankenstein}} Dr. Frankenstein]] and runs a real-life version of ''Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau''."²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Animation]]²* Mater from ''WesternAnimation/Cars2'', whose friendly outgoing nature is coupled with an encyclopedic knowledge of obscure car parts. [[spoiler:Later, he's the one who figures out the plot to sabotage and discredit the World Grand Prix.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]²* John Nash from ''Film/ABeautifulMind'' and RealLife.²* Creator/TheCoenBrothers movies often feature Southern characters who either are very smart, or [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness talk like it]].²* In the Creator/RobinWilliams movie ''{{Film/RV}}'', the family spends a good chunk of the movie thinking that the RV full of friendly Southern people were redneck hick stalkers. They were two for three ([[ItMakesSenseInContext it's a long story]]). Point is, near the end of the movie, the kids witness the redneck's kids doing home-school work out of an advanced Calculus book. Cue the daughter saying in complete astonishment, "So... you guys are '''smart.'''"²* Brad Whitaker from ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'' is something of a whiz at both history and military technology.²* Judge Haller and DA Jim Trotter III in ''Film/MyCousinVinny''. Vinny thinks he can run roughshod over them when defending his cousin in an Alabama courtroom, but they turn out to be a lot more intelligent than he suspects. Fortunately for his cousin, so is Vinny.²* In ''Film/TheATeam,'' BunnyEarsLawyer Murdock has a southern accent. Given that he's insane and can change his voice on a whim, though, it's entirely possible that he's faking it.²* Dale from ''Film/TuckerAndDaleVsEvil'' is a variation; he never finished grade school, but he's got a great mind for trivia.²* William Stryker from ''Film/X2XMenUnited''. He has a slight Southern accent, and he's also a talented scientist and military strategist.²* Cade Yeager from ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'', the Texan inventor.²* Samuel Gerard from ''Film/TheFugitive'' has a distinctly Southern accent, wears jeans to work, isn't afraid of the occasional [[PrecisionFStrike well-placed profanity]], and is a high-ranking law enforcement officer whose specialty is hunting down dangerous criminals. He earns the trust of the title character by basically being a badass, and independently and near-singlehandedly solves the mystery of the film.²* ''Film/LoganLucky'' has a whole cast of these, organising the robbery of a NASCAR event. They pull off a very elaborate scam that involves a great deal of misdirection not just of their targets and law enforcement, [[spoiler: but even some of their fellow thieves]], and the crew includes genius mechanics and an incarcerated explosives expert. Most are portrayed as {{Genius Ditz}}'s, mind, being brilliant in their respective fields but often clueless in others or showing an utter lack of common sense at times, and much of the comedy comes from them being very smart on some occasions and ridiculously dumb on others. ²* ''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 town.²* 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. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* Atticus Finch from ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'', though he certainly doesn't exhibit any real southern stereotypes, at least no negative stereotypes. He's sort of the genteel southern elite, an erudite, upper class Southern gentleman. Fortunately for his children and his client, he also displays an educated, liberal tolerance and gentility as well. (Let's not get into his portrayal in Lee's original draft[[note]]it only looks like a sequel because Scout is an adult in this version[[/note]] ''Literature/GoSetAWatchman'', although as strange as it is, it doesn't detract from the man's intelligence.) He ''is'' a crack shot with a rifle, though he tries to keep that fact away from his children.²%%* Cy Ogle from ''[[Creator/NealStephenson Interface]]''.²%%* The main character of ''The Killer Inside Me''. Too bad he's AxCrazy.²* The minor character Bud in ''Creator/KurtVonnegut's'' debut ''Player Piano'' is a Georgian smart enough (maybe not) to create a machine that makes his job unnecessary.²%%* The main character of the Literature/MorganvilleVampires.²%%* Calvin Whitlock from ''Literature/FalkenbergsLegion''.²* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's future history:²** Andrew Jackson Libby from is a boy from the Ozarks who, among other things, discovers artificial gravity and hyperspace travel. Even a thousand years later, Lazarus Long comments that Libby was the only man who ''ever'' understood the mathematics of hyperspace: not only is every other pilot who claims to understand Libby's "imperial numbers" a liar and a menace to his passengers, but every single computer that can navigate through hyperspace is ''[[BrainUploading a copy of Libby's unique mind.]]''²** Lazarus Long probably qualifies as well, though his is a more general kind of Renaissance genius, capable of doing anything (Libby was a capable mechanic, and at home in greasy overalls, but happier with pure numbers) and anyone. When not deliberately speaking another language or putting on polish, Lazarus reverts to the rusty Missouri saw he spoke in his youth.²** Note well that Heinlein himself was from rural "Bible Belt" Missouri, and that Long at least was an AuthorAvatar.²* Military science fiction authors Creator/JohnRingo and Creator/TravisSTaylor have made good use of this trope more than once.²** In ''Von Neumann's War'', Earth is invaded by a horde of Von Neumann Machines. New weapons capable of fighting the machines are developed by two of the smartest people in the world who both are Southerners. One is a [=PhD=] physicist and the other is a graduate student working as a Hooter's waitress from Alabama.²** In the ''Literature/IntoTheLookingGlass'' series, one of the protagonists is a genius Southerner OmnidisciplinaryScientist working as a scientist for a fictional defense contractor. Ringo modeled Dr. Weaver on Taylor, who was uninvolved in the initial book of the series.²* Literature/AgentPendergast is reminiscent of Atticus Finch. He sports a strong New Orleans accent paired with a razor sharp wit and legal mind. He's so good at solving the bizarre crimes he comes across that he's been accused of being a MarySue.²* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Ebenezar [=McCoy=] is acknowledged as one of the most powerful and dangerous wizards in the world. He has centuries of experience and knowledge to draw on, and ''literally'' wrote the book on practical entry-level spellcasting. He lives on a farm in rural Missouri, speaks with a rural accent, and has typical rural values. Fellow wizard Listens To Wind/Injun Joe calls him an "inbred hillbilly redneck," though in a [[VitriolicBestBuds joking manner]].²* ''Literature/SilverJohn'': The titular character is a wandering singer from the Ozarks, who also happens to have an almost encyclopedic knowledge of American mythology and folklore and knows hundreds of folk songs. It's stated that he could easily have gotten Ph.D.-s in both anthropology and musicology if he'd bothered with formal education, and he notes that he was the Library of Congress' second choice for gathering and recording American folk songs (though he secretly admits that Bascom Lamar Lunsford was the better choice).²* ''Neuromancer'': Dixie Flatline, a former "cowboy" (hacker) is written as being from near Atlanta, and is written with an ''Good Ol' Boy'' accent and mannerisms. He's renowned as a clever hacker and has the ability to cleverly explain concepts to the main character.²* ''Literature/{{Bunnicula}}'': In ''Nighty-Nightmare'' (book 4), Bud and Spud come across as dumb hicks, but are later revealed to have graduated cum laude from college - Bud (real name Buford) is an architect, and Spud (real name Spalding) practices law. ²-->'''Bud''': "And one of these days, he'll get it right!" ²-->'''Spud''': ([[DopeSlap whacks him]])²* ''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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Live-Action TV]]²* J.R. Ewing of ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' is a folksy ten-gallon hat wearing Texas good old boy and yet arguably the most famous TV villain of TheEighties. Every inch TheChessmaster and MagnificentBastard.²* LAPD Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson of ''Series/TheCloser'', who is a [=CIA=]-trained interrogator, is phenomenally skilled at obtaining confessions... and sounds like she just took the train up from Georgia. Which, y'know, she did.²* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':²** Trip Tucker of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. This depends on the episode though, sometimes he's presented as an engineering genius and other times he can't do grade-school math.²** And earlier in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', "Bones" [=McCoy=] did his undergraduate studies in Mississippi (although his accent wasn't quite so noticeable as Trip's). His birthplace is only defined as "somewhere in the South." Common {{fanon}} puts it in Georgia like his actor Creator/DeForestKelley.²* Sheldon from ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' is originally from [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Texas]], but this trope is [[DoubleSubversion subverted]] in that he does 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 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".)²* Sawyer of ''Series/{{Lost}}''. He's a very successful con man, after all, and is commonly seen reading a wide variety of literature.²* ''Series/TheWestWing'' has Ainsley Hayes, the {{Trope Namer|s}} for BlondeRepublicanSexKitten, who trounces one of the main characters in a televised debate in her EstablishingCharacterMoment. There are other, lesser examples throughout the series.²* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'''s Ash, from season 2. And in season [[spoiler:5, he's able to hack ''Heaven'' itself, easily, and for shits and giggles]]. He drinks like a fish, lives in a Roadhouse bar, and can be found sleeping on the pool table. But, he is a genius who was kicked out of MIT for reasons he won't specify but, criminal activity was implied.²* Daryl from ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' appears to be a bad tempered, redneck hick. He's also an excellent tracker, has knowledge of Native American history, and is quite possibly the best all around survivalist in the group. ²* Ballistics expert Calleigh Duquesne of ''Series/CSIMiami''.²* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':²** Lindsey [=MacDonald=] is a skilled lawyer who also knows a thing or two about magic. His exact origin is ambiguous, though he has an Oklahoma license plate on his pickup truck. Angel dismissively calls him a "tiny Texan" at one point; this could be an in-joke directed at Christian Kane, who hails from Dallas.²** Not to mention [[HotScientist Fred]], who's basically a FarmersDaughter turned borderline-MadScientist. ²* A non-heroic version appears on ''Series/BostonLegal'' in the form of the sleazy Southern defense lawyer Alan would occasionally cross swords with.²* In ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', Astronaut scientist John Crichton hails from [[OnlyInFlorida Florida]]. Beyond the general intelligence and scientific education required for all astronauts, Crichton ''invented his own space shuttle'' and discovered how to create wormholes, while still having a stereotypically "Southern" personality. This trope is taken even further with his "super-evolved" version who speaks with a clear [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Texan]] drawl. Ben Browder himself was born in Tennessee, raised in North Carolina, and went to college in South Carolina.²* Browder's natural drawl comes through more with his character in ''Series/StargateSG1''. It's adorable.²* Dwight Hendricks of ''Series/MemphisBeat'' (with a side of DefectiveDetective).²* Abbie Carmichael, of the ''Series/LawAndOrder'' Mother Ship, was a Southern Fried Legal Genius, with a dash of BlondeRepublicanSexKitten (OK, ''brunette'' Republican Sex Kitten, but really, does it matter?) and a bucket of HelloAttorney.²** Also DA Arthur Branch, a smart man, whom the writers made no attempt to hide was simply his actor (the actually excellent lawyer[[note]]Before elected office, he had been chief counsel for the Republican side of the Senate investigation into [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Watergate]]; he had a role in the creation of the famous line "What did the President know, and when did he know it?"[[/note]] and former US Senator from Tennessee Fred Dalton Thompson) in the form of a fictional character.²** One of [=McCoy's=] opponents deliberately invoked this trope to appear simultaneously a down-home country boy, just one of us chickens to pair with his rapier wit and encyclopedic knowledge of the law.²* This concept was discussed in an early ''Series/{{QI}}'', where Stephen Fry said that it's difficult to imagine someone from the American South becoming a professor of fine art, and Rich Hall agreed, saying that if you come from the south, it's difficult to have any credibility if you do anything other than play a washboard with spoons.²* Overton the handyman on ''Series/LivingSingle''; he knows Hebrew for one.²* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Finn Abernathy, the [[FanNickname squintern]] introduced in season 7, is initially teased by Hodgins for his Southern drawl (and [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech calls him out on it]]), and manages to impress Temperance Brennan with his forensic skills when they first meet (no mean feat there).²* ''Series/GoodEats'' star[=/=]creator Alton Brown, emphatically so: Brown started off a cinematographer (most notably doing camera work for music videos for bands like Music/{{REM}}), he studied science (of which he had been a poor student in school) to excel at culinary school, and built his show around his science-based cooking and general erudition. ²* A ''Series/SoRandom'' sketch revolved around a "simple country boy" who can instruct others on intricate things like heart surgery and bomb disarming.²* Rust Cohle from ''Series/TrueDetective'' is a genius detective with a thick southern drawl.²* Phil Harding of ''Series/TimeTeam'' proves that the U.S. is not the only country with a rural South and people subverting the stereotype. While he has less ''formal'' education than the rest of the team (his doctorate is honourary and he only has a high-school education), he's a field archaeologist with over forty years of experience, a trained scuba diver and President of the Nautical Archaeological Society as well as an expert flint knapper. And plays a mean guitar in his spare time. All concealed in the body and accent of a cider-fueled West Country Owl/Man-hybrid.²* Jake Stone in ''Series/TheLibrarians2014'' has spent much of his life working on an oil rig in Oklahoma, spending his evenings in a bar with his friends. His favorite Christmas past-time is getting into bar fights. Secretly, he has an IQ of 190, knows 7 languages, and is one of the world's foremost experts on art history, writing well-known papers under different (well-established) names. He's the guy most museums will call on to authenticate a new find, and he's the guy they're ''afraid'' to call on, since he'll spot a fake easily. Why doesn't he reveal the truth to his family? In his own words, "family ain't easy".²* In the ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode "Temporary Duty", Hawkeye is traded to the 8063 for Cpt. Roy Dupree who is equal parts chicken-fried hillbilly and incredibly brilliant surgeon.²* Daisy Duke of ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard''. Despite quite a few Awesome moments when she proved to be made of both stern and smart stuff, in the series proper she's still best known for being one of the famous MsFanservice of the twentieth century. In the 1997 telemovie ''Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion'', it's revealed that Daisy is well on the way to getting a Ph.D in Ecology. During that movie, despite being kidnapped by the BigBad, she [[TheCharmer scams the BigBad ]]into helping Daisy plan her wedding ''while being held hostage'', AND tips off her cousins as to where she is from the pattern of the purchases the Big Bad is suddenly making.²* Chris [=LaSalle=] of ''Series/NCISNewOrleans'' has a very thick 'Bama accent, courtesy of being played by Lucas Black. He's also a highly skilled NCIS agent.²* ''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.²-->'''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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Podcasts]]²* ''Podcast/STown'' centers on John B. [=McLemore=], an antiquarian horologist (read: restorer of historical clocks) and all-around self-educated polymath who lives in the small town of Woodstock, Alabama (on the outer fringes of Greater Birmingham). He calls it "Shit Town" and invites Yankee journalist Brian Reed to investigate corruption and a possible murder in Woodstock. And then the plot thickens...²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Games]]²* Beethro from ''Videogame/DeadlyRoomsOfDeath''. He's more medieval than southern, but he has to be smart when his line of work involves getting past booby traps while killing monsters.²* The Engineer from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2,'' a brilliant inventor from Bee Cave, Texas.[[note]]Interesting because Bee Cave is an upscale suburb of Austin.[[/note]] [[http://www.teamfortress.com/engineer.htm His profile]] on the [=TF2=] [[AllThereInTheManual website]] indicates he likes "[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking barbeque, guns, and higher education]]," and has ''[[OmnidisciplinaryScientist eleven]]'' [[HardOnSoftScience hard-science]] [=PhDs=]. Make of that what you will.²-->'''The Engineer:''' Look, buddy. Ah'm an engineer. That means Ah solve problems. Not problems like "what is beauty?" because that would fall within the purview of your conundrums of philosophy. Ah solve ''practical'' problems. Fer instance, how'm Ah gonna stop some big, mean mother-hubbard from tearin' me a structurally superfluous new bee-hind? The answer? Use a gun. And if that don't work, [[MoreDakka use more gun]].²* Cid Highwind is ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVII'''s version of a rocket scientist -- and the first man in space, to boot. His accent was spotty in the original game, but comes through loud and clear in Advent Children and Franchise/KingdomHearts.²%%* Clem from ''VideoGame/TheSuffering.''²%%** Ranse Truman, as discovered when you finally meet him close to the end of the second game.²* Irving from ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney''. Uses multiple euphemisms in his everyday talk.²* Augustus Sinclair from ''VideoGame/BioShock2''. He's a cunning businessman, clever manipulator and by some accounts a great scientist.²* Ellis from ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' seems to be a lot smarter than he lets on. [[GeniusDitz Even if he did think the Mona Lisa was a sculpture]].²* [[PunnyName Eugene Ius]] from ''VideoGame/OddworldStrangersWrath'' is a very nerdy Clakker who studies ancient ruins and has a laptop that controls Buzzardton's power grid. Though he has a very negative opinion on the native Grubbs, considering them idiots, and destroys an ancient statue for a quick exit from the ruins.²* Pey'j from ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'', a NonHumanSideKick who is also a WeekendInventor.²* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has Dr. Angela Williams, an [[TheFederation NCR]] scientist who was born and raised on a cattle farm, and {{lampshade|Hanging}}s how her country twang doesn't fit with her occupation.²* Sturges from ''VideoGame/Fallout4'' is the only character in the game with a Southern accent and he fits the trope to a tee. Investigating his old home shows that he was highly skilled at fixing and maintaining power armour, and he can also build you a very complicated teleportation device should you ask him to. Unlike the other people you can ask he has absolutely ''no'' prior experience with similar technology, making it all the more impressive. [[spoiler:Though he ''is'' ([[TomatoInTheMirror unknowingly]]) [[ArtificialHuman a Synth]], so he might have some innate understanding of Institute tech.]]²* T-Bone Grady from ''VideoGame/WatchDogs''. Speaks in a vague Southern accent, builds scrap metal sculptures, loves torching stuff, and is a genius hacker on top of that.²* Donnel in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', being from a remote corner of Ylisse with a very noticeable southern drawl, but quickly picks up on almost any subject he tries to learn. This is most noticeable in his supports with Miriel.²* The Novakid in ''VideoGame/{{Starbound}}'' are, to a man, super-geniuses in any field they put their mind to, but are possessed of such [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny legendarily short attention spans]] that they never bother to preserve any records of what they built, as well as focusing primarily on things that are [[RuleOfCool "cool"]] rather than practical. The end result is that despite the fact that any given Novakid can build a functioning spaceship after merely observing one in action, the race as a whole is still developmentally stuck in a version of the Wild West, only with [[SpaceWestern laser revolvers and spaceships that look like trains]].²* Intentionally subverted in the MMORPG ''The Secret World''; while Edgar initially appears to be somewhat 'slow', a look at his notebooks reveals that, in his own way, he's actually quite familiar with quantum physics.²* Lucas Baker, eldest child of the [[HillbillyHorrors Baker family]] in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard'', is a rural Louisiana native with a strong Deep South accent and dialect, and has a prowess with machinery that's been winning him amateur inventor/engineering contest prizes since he was elementary school age. Since the Bakers fell under the influence of the installment's particular horror illness and became a hostile CannibalClan, he started using that knack for tinkering to become a TrapMaster who treats violence as a toy (mind you, [[spoiler:he [[LackOfEmpathy always had that kind of mentality by nature]]; he chafed under having GoodParents who wanted to keep him in line growing up, is cured, and is using his parents' affliction as leeway to fully "be himself"]]) and executes trespassers on the family's property via ''Film/{{Saw}}''-style "games". A homebrew grenade launcher and flamethrower can also be found and used over the course of the game that are implied via the rough looks and [[PsychopathicManchild colored-pencil-y and doodled-on maps leading toward their locations]] to have been made by him. [[spoiler:The post-main-game ''Not a Hero'' DLC also reveals that since he was cured, in true ''Resident Evil'' tradition, he's been dabbling in full-on MadScientist work on the sly.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Comics]]²* All of the mages in ''Webcomic/WhatsShakin'' speak with a southern accent, but are also highly intelligent.²* Clem from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''.²* From ''Blog/SliceOfLife,'' Pinkie Pie's parents become this after the family discovers molasses on their farm -- Pinkie's dad becomes the CEO of Equestria's largest molasses company, while Pinkie's mom becomes their head attorney and negotiator.²* Brilliant biologist Dr. Jean Poule of ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' was raised on a farm, and has described herself as descended from "Scotch-Irish hillfolk" (which implies Appalachia). Her Uncle Cess who helped raise her certainly has the accent. She was the first in her family to attend college, where she got her [=PhD=].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Original]]²* From the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'':²** Loophole is a southern belle with an accent as thick as creamed corn, who also happens to be an inventor and GadgeteerGenius who built her own space-worthy suit of PowerArmor in three days. She got her code name by [[RulesLawyer knowing the rulebook]] (which rulebook, you ask? AllOfThem) inside and out, and [[LoopholeAbuse exploiting them ruthlessly.]]²** 'Shine is [[MadScientist devisor]] from the Appalachias; [[HillbillyMoonshiner you can probably guess what he builds just from his codename]]. Despite having left school at the age of nine, by fourteen he is canny enough not only to cut some sweetheart deals with several distilleries, but ''also'' to recognize the value of going to Whateley to hone his talents.²* Destin from [[https://www.youtube.com/user/destinws2 Smarter Every Day]] is from Alabama.²* The [[MadScientist Director of Project Freelancer]] from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', a genius with {{Artificial Intelligence}} with a thick Southern accent.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' had Jackie and Co. meet an entire family of these, including two brothers who were a nuclear physicist and an archeologist, respectively, yet still worked on their father's farm. ²-->"''Doctor'' Buford [=McDonald=]? Your books are very insightful!"\²"Thank yee." *Punch*²* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'', there's a parody of Paris Hilton's reality show ''The Simple Life'' called ''Country Folk R Morons.'' A toothless redneck in overalls (pictured above) is standing in front of a chalkboard covered in equations.²-->'''Hick''': And this is how Quantum-Chromo-Dynamics theorizes how Quarks interact by changing particles on the Subatomic level.\²'''[[Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse Teela]]''': [{{beat}}] You're [bleep]ing stupid.²* Bulkhead from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' - really. He's lost the accent by the time the series starts, and he's not the sharpest tool in the shed most of the time, but he ''was'' raised on a farm (for energon) and he's an expert in space bridge technology.²** He's a Southern Fried GeniusDitz.²* '''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)²* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainSimianAndTheSpaceMonkeys'': Dr. Splitz's... well, split personality, Splitzy, embodies this trope. Interestingly, Dr. Splitz is a highbrow, conceptual scientist, while Splitzy leans more towards a practical mechanic.²* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'''s [[ButtMonkey Ezekiel]] seems to be this, [[AllThereInTheManual according to his online bio]]. A typical TV {{Homeschooled Kid|s}}, he can apparently speak eight languages and was a National Spelling Bee champion. [[InformedAttribute We never see this in the show]], though, because the writers [[OutOfFocus have never given him enough screen time]].²* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':²** Sandy the Squirrel is a proud Texas native and is easily one of the most intelligent in the series.²** Plankton is a subversion -- he himself is an academic genius (though he nearly always slips up someway) who comes from a family of rednecks. However, he shares no traits with them and actually ''forgets'' what his family is like because he's been away for so long, assuming them to all be would-be supervillains like him.²* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuDinoPosse'' features a family of identical-looking cross-eyed buck-toothed idiot yokels... the last of whom speaks in a perfect Shakespearean accent, deplores the family business, and wishes he'd been an actor.²* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' gives us Ray Gillette, the top-notch intelligence analyst and, while [[CampGay quite flamboyantly gay]], [[AgentPeacock actually pretty badass]]. He is from a family of West Virginia backwoods rednecks. They don't seem to know all that much about his life.²* An evil {{Mad Scientist}} version appeared in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'', using his technology to temporarily [[FusionDance merge]] Zak and his two cryptid companions, Komodo and Fisk, into one creature.²* One-shot villain Enoch "Farmer" Brown from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. Despite talking and acting like Old [=MacDonald=], he's an incredibly skilled microbiologist who had developed a way to cause massive growth in animal species as diverse as cattle and insects, which he tried to market as a way to end world hunger. He could even engineer programmed genetic defects into his monsters and granted superhuman attributes to his daughter through a special application of beef steroids.²* Wrestling/SteveAustin is like this on ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch''; personality-wise, he's much like his wrestling personality, but he also invents miraculous technology like the Deathmatch Time Machine and the Super-Freaks. ²* The Hyper-Chicken of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' is a parody of this. He's really a horribly incompetent BunnyEarsLawyer, but he somehow manages to win most of his cases and clients keep hiring him. They seem oblivious to his incompetence and charmed by his southern accent.²* Fuzzy Lumpkins was like this in the pilot episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', having invented a RayGun that could turn things into meat. (Yeah, that's what it was. After the Girls defeated him, Townsville cleaned up the damage with a barbecue.) This was changed when regular episodes started, turning him into a hillbilly with a HairTriggerTemper who wasn't all-too smart. ²* [[CrazyHomelessPeople Old Man [=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.]] A flashback to a younger, sane [=McGucket=] has him follow up some {{Technobabble}} with "Why, that's mathematically feasible, I reckon *spits in spittoon*."²** [[BitchInSheepsClothing Gideon Gleeful]] speaks with a Southern accent ([[UnexplainedAccent despite being born in Oregon]]) and is an EvilGenius EnfanteTerrible.²* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'': Dr. Gerbil from the episode "Human Habitrail" has the accent and mannerisms of a typical SouthernGentleman, but is secretly a MadScientist.²* 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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Real Life]]²* Jay Maynard, the computer programmer who became a minor internet celebrity as "The Tron Guy". Though he now lives in Minnesota, he's most emphatically a Texan, with the accent to prove it.²* Creator/TravisSTaylor, after whom Creator/JohnRingo modeled [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist William Weaver]] from the ''Literature/IntoTheLookingGlass'' series. Taylor, his relatives, and his friends are featured in the reality TV series ''Rocket City Rednecks'', in which the self-proclaimed "rednecks" (two of whom have Ph.D. degrees) solve engineering problems.²* UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter is from the DeepSouth, served as a submarine engineer and was in line to be one of the very first nuclear engineers in the Navy, at that (though he had to quit to run the family peanut farm before he finished).[[note]]Carter was (and remains) one of only two US Naval Academy graduates to graduate with no demerits.[[/note]] As a result, while most modern presidents (Ford, Reagan and Bush I) have had aircraft carriers named after them, Carter got himself a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Jimmy_Carter_(SSN-23) submarine]].²* [[UsefulNotes/KentuckyFriedChicken Colonel Harland David Sanders]] may very well be ''the'' literal [[{{Pun}} Southern Fried Genius]]. Along with his "secret recipe", his use of pressure frying to cook chicken more quickly and crisply as opposed to pan frying it was one of the reasons why his KFC restaurant chain was so successful.²* Quite a few of the United States' Founding Fathers were from Virginia. Their genius embraced such diverse disciplines as clockmaking, gunsmithing, architecture, legal drafting, theology [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and wine appreciation]]... ''[[SerialEscalation and that was just]] UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson.'' No wonder that when UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy hosted a gathering of NobelPrize winners, he said, "I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."²* Robert E. Lee was a professor at West Point before UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar and went on to become President of what is now Washington and Lee College after.²* Stonewall Jackson was a physics instructor at Virginia Military Institute prior to the war.²** Although to be honest, Jackson was more of a savant than a genius; he might have been brilliant at certain things, but he exhibited a mental disorder which we today would describe as OCD, and his students regarded him as a terrible teacher. If they didn't understand something in one of his lectures and asked for clarification, Jackson would repeat the ''entire'' lecture all over again, from beginning to end, verbatim, offering no elaboration on the salient point.²*** Indeed, Jackson's nickname at VMI from survivors of his notorious physics lectures was "Tomfool Jackson."²* Leland, Mississippi's favorite son, Creator/JimHenson.²* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Agrarians Southern Agrarians]], a socio-politio-literary movement that began at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in the 1930s. Especially notable in that they started writing specifically to counteract the "idiotic redneck" stereotype which was, if anything, even more prevalent than it is now.²* Creator/MarkTwain: Author, humorist, riverboat pilot, wrote articles, and was a much-in-demand speaker. He was horrible at mining, though.²* Other classic authors from the southern US include childhood friends Harper Lee and Truman Capote.²* Kris Kristofferson: country and western/folk singer and songwriter. Also Rhodes Scholar, ''summa cum laude'' BA in Literature, [=BPhil=] English Literature, military helicopter pilot and was offered the position of Professor of English Literature at West Point.²* 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'' (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]]²* Creator/ADVFilms, Creator/SentaiFilmworks and Creator/{{Funimation}} are located in Texas; many of the voice actors there are from the South.²* Former president UsefulNotes/BillClinton was born in rural Arkansas, and his family really was pretty much redneck (although he did [[ObfuscatingStupidity exaggerate that background]] a bit to be more disarming and sympathetic). He went to Georgetown, was a Rhodes Scholar, and got his JD at Yale Law School.²* Jossverse veterans[=/=]geek goddesses Creator/FeliciaDay and Creator/AmberBenson are both from [[SweetHomeAlabama Alabama]]. Though Day was also a MilitaryBrat, which meant she moved to other states frequently as a child.²** Destin Sandlin of the popular scientific web series [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6107grRI4m0o2-emgoDnAA "Smarter Every Day"]] also lives in Alabama, works as an engineering contractor for the army, and has a lifelong ambition of becoming an astronaut.²* Andrew Higgins, inventor of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LCVP_%28United_States%29 Higgins Boat]] that made D-Day possible, came from Louisiana. General UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower called him "the man who won the war for us." Even UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler acknowledged his genius, calling him the "new Noah."²* Cecil H. Green, J. Erik Jonsson, Eugene [=McDermott=], and Patrick E. Haggerty, the founders of Texas Instruments.²* NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden hails from North Carolina, and later Maryland.²* NASA's [[http://rocketcenter.com/ US Space and Rocket Center]] is located in Huntsville, AL for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturn_V good reason.]] In addition, Huntsville also boasts one of the largest research parks in the country, and plays a very large role in missile defense. 38 percent of the city's residents hold a 4-year college degree, well above the national average of 28 percent.²* Mathematician John Nash, Nobelist and subject of '''Film/ABeautifulMind''', came from Blueville, West Virginia. ²* NASA's Mission Control is located in Houston. Many of the flight controllers themselves hailed from the South; EECOM [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Aaron John Aaron]][[note]]Famous for saving the Apollo 12 mission after the rocket was struck by lightning 36 seconds after launch, and later for coming up with the power-up plan for the command module to save the astronauts of Apollo 13[[/note]], for example, was from Oklahoma.²** And don't forget the astronauts (who are well-educated as a job requirement). Of just the men to walk on the Moon, Alan Bean and David Scott were from Texas, John Young was raised in Florida and educated at Georgia Tech, and Charles Duke was from the two Carolinas (Edgar Mitchell was also born in Texas, but he moved to New Mexico while he was still young). Including those that went to the moon but never landed gets Fred Haise (born and educated in Mississippi) and Ken Mattingly (educated in Florida and at Auburn in Alabama), possibly Tom Stafford (from Oklahoma).²* Creator/JohnGrisham, best-selling author of various legal thrillers, was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas.²* Creator/FoxNews anchor Shepard "Shep" Smith is a down-home Mississippi boy who went to Ole Miss, hates all things LSU, and loves himself a good car chase. But his random tangents about Candy Crush, ''Series/TrueBlood'', and Time Warner Cable are just there to distract you so he can sock you with an ArmorPiercingQuestion when you lie, obfuscate, or otherwise try to avoid the truth on his broadcast. There's a reason this man polled as the second-most-trusted news anchor in the country in 2003, behind only Tom Brokaw.²* 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.²* [[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.]]²* Please bear in mind that the South is home to some of the finest institutes of higher education in the [[https://www.usnews.com/education/best-global-universities/search?region=&country=united-states&subject=&name= world]] (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.²[[/folder]]²----

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