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Basic Trope: A character from a Southern state of the USA is intelligent or even a genius.

  • Straight: Amber is from Texas, and also has an Ivy League PHD in astrophysics.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
    • Amber is a Genius Ditz; incompetent at most things, but knows an impressive amount about astronomy.
    • Amber has a slightly above average level of intelligence.
    • Amber is Book Dumb, but she at least has common sense.
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    • Amber's a genius when it comes to a specific field, but she's dense as hell when it comes to common sense.
    • Amber's smart when it comes to multiple scientific studies, but she's helpless when it comes to the concept of being street smart.
    • Amber is from Louisville, Kentucky (not The Deep South, but not the Northern U.S. either) and is a skilled mathematician.
  • Justified: Truth in Television: some smart people come from the Southern States of the USA.
  • Inverted: Amber is Southern and not very smart.
  • Subverted:
    • Amber isn't really Southern; she was put under a witness protection program and had to create a new identity for herself, even a new Texan accent.
    • Alternatively, Amber isn't really smart; she forged her PHD and simply pretends to be intelligent to impress people.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Amber traces back her family history and finds out that her birth parents were in fact Southerners.
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    • After her friends discover this and lose their respect for her, Amber begins studying for an astrophysics degree to repair her reputation. She is a surprisingly able student.
  • Parodied:
    • An intelligence boosting Super Serum has the side effect of giving everyone who drinks it a thick Southern accent.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Amber isn't Southern.
    • Amber isn't exceptionally smart.
  • Enforced:
    • Author Appeal; the writers are from Texas and wants to portray their State favourably.
    • The writers are trying to appeal to a Southern state viewership; flattery seems to be the best way to go about this.
    • The writers want to be progressive by subverting common-held stereotypes, including the idea that Southerners aren't very smart.
  • Lampshaded: "Damn, Amber; did they teach you all that fancy rocket science down in Texas?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Rachel emotionally blackmails Amber into writing her dissertation for her, saying that it's her 'duty' to prove that not all Southerners are ignorant hicks.
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  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: "For a down home kinda gal, Amber's pretty dang smart."
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: Amber's home has a few science textbooks on its shelf, and her Netflix queue is full of scientific documentaries.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Nobody in the scientific community takes Amber seriously because of her accent. This leads her to become ashamed of her heritage and fake a Northern accent when speaking.
    • Amber is constantly bullied by others for her Southern Accent.
  • Reconstructed:
    • But after spending time with Amber, people realize that being a Southerner doesn't preclude her from being smart.
    • She may not be super-smart, but she's smart enough to take care of others and herself.

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