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Basic Trope: Evil uses brains, good uses brawn.

  • Straight: Captain Bob is stronger than Doctor Evulz; Doctor Evulz is more intelligent than Bob.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob is Dumb Muscle; Evulz is a Squishy Wizard.
    • Every heroic character is also an idiot. Every evil character is a genius.
    • Reason and logic are intrinsically evil. All the inteligent people are criminals and every single scientist a Complete Monster.
  • Downplayed: Bob is a Genius Bruiser; Evulz is a Badass Bookworm.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Bob is The Smart Guy; Evulz is The Brute.
  • Subverted: After playing the trope straight for most of the work, Bob overcomes Evulz by outsmarting him.
  • Double Subverted: ...Except Evulz had anticipated Bob's trump card and Bob ultimately wins by punching out Evulz.
  • Parodied: Bob is wearing a dunce cap; Evulz is wearing a graduation cap.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob and Evulz take turns outsmarting one another, but during the times Evulz outsmart are usually an Idiot Plot.
  • Averted: Bob and Evulz aren't contrasted by their strength and intelligence.
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  • Enforced: A magical artifact requires a person to sell your soul to gain true knowledge.
  • Lampshaded: Bob: "Let's find smart guys doing very bad things and hit them with sticks, like heroes do."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Bob and Evulz are equally clever and equally strong.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "I hate it when the brainy guys are all villainous and the good guys only survive thanks to random fairies helping them."
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
    • Bob ultimately wins because he knows his intellectual limitations and isn't afraid to ask others for help whereas Evulz is too proud to consult others.
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    • Eventually, Bob and the other people realize that your intelligence and your strength does not determine your morality, and they accept Alex and Daniel.

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