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  • Jimmy Neutron in The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. Who somehow can—among other things—give live to pants, transport himself into dreams, create a time machine, and build a intergalactic messenger out of a toaster.
  • Gilbert in The Jungle Bunch. One of his favourite pastimes is conducting scientific experiments.
  • Mr. Cat from Kaeloo is the only actual smart character on the show, the other "smart" characters being Ditzy Geniuses. He's a pretty good inventor and a Mad Scientist, and he constantly comes up with schemes to trick other people. He averts the "weak" part though as he's actually a very good athlete.
  • Wade Load of Kim Possible, a ten-year-old super genius who invents all of Kim's gadgets. Oh, and, he's voiced by Taj Mowry, who also played the titular character of a TV show of the Trope Name.
  • L in Men in Black is the team's scientist, medic and forensic investigator all in one.
  • Pickles the Drummer, of Metalocalypse, although compared to his bandmates that isn't saying much. Although all of the bandmates have at least one area of expertise despite being catastrophically stupid otherwise, Pickles is implied to be very intelligent: he can play several instruments (and started a highly successful glam rock band as a teenager), understand complex mathematics well enough to explain them to Nathan, read and write music, and seems to have graduated college despite champion-level alcoholism. He might even be a genius, except that because of his implied-to-be-supernatural tolerance, he takes drugs the way other people eat potato chips, and his miserable childhood left him with a level of emotional immaturity that generally puts him on par with the rest of Dethklok.
  • Twilight Sparkle takes the role in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, though it's subverted more often than not due to her lack of real world experience to back up her vast book learning. She's certainly capable of some Awesomeness by Analysis however, along with some hardcore exposition.
  • Gretchen Grundler of the Recess gang, she does not make the plans, but is the one checking the numbers to see if they are feasible, and create the gadgets to put it in motion.
  • Sam Dullard of Rocket Power is a huge computer whiz and uses that knowledge to help the others improve their sports skills every once in a while. He has also skipped a grade.
  • Velma Dinkley in Scooby-Doo, who is the one that check the clues and actually identifies who the villain is before everyone else.
  • Kelly Hamdon in SheZow, as she knows everything related to SheZow.
  • Kyle from South Park often gets this role when compared with the others boys, and even Matt and Trey have called him the group's "smart kid".
  • Tako, the unofficial leader of the Sushi Pack, is the one usually called on to think of a plan to defeat the bad guys, and even has a standard "thinking routine". He also offers explanations of more complicated terms that come up in the show.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003), Donatello's intelligence rises sharply to the point where he can build just about anything within a day or two (it seems to vary on how soon the team needs it), and figures out how to adapt Utrom tech, along with almost all other alien technology. He's also the guy with the Simple Staff, and generally considered the Technical Pacifist.
  • Teen Titans:
    • Cyborg is a Genius Bruiser, and normally can work out with machinery to help out during fights.
    • Raven has elements of this, too, despite primarily being The Lancer. Of course, Cyborg also sometimes fills the role of The Lancer despite primarily being The Smart Guy, so it all evens out.
    • Robin, being The Strategist and Batman's apprentice, can fill this role as well, especially when assessing new threats or being Mr. Exposition.
  • Shy-but-sensible Austin of The Backyardigans, both in and out of character. Uniqua also tends to play scientific types, while more excitable Pablo is usually used to play with the concept.
  • Buckwheat on The Little Rascals is a Gadgeteer Genius, in one of several departures from the Our Gang theatrical shorts.
  • Tanya of The Mighty Ducks is the resident Gadgeteer Genius and overall tech expert, although she's no weakling on the battlefield or the hockey rink. She tends to stutter and lisp a bit, since her brain is moving faster than she can speak.
  • In The Penguins of Madagascar, Kowalski is both The Lancer to Skipper, and the smart guy. While not short, he is notably the slimmest of all the penguins, and their Technical Pacifist. He's notably the Mad Scientist and Gadgeteer Genius types.
  • Blossom and Professor Utonium on The Powerpuff Girls both show some moxie in the intelligence department, but they will often get Flanderized (Blossom as egocentric, the Professor as a haplessly overconcerned parent) to keep them from being too one-dimensional.
  • Sean from Ready Jet Go!, who is a Child Prodigy and the smartest one of the group, sometimes acting as the Voice of Reason.
  • Egon Spengler in The Real Ghostbusters: All the characters are very intelligent, after all, they are all scientists,note  but Egon is so intelligent that he makes the other characters look dumb in comparison. In the Sequel Series Extreme Ghostbusters the role lands in Roland.
  • Sypha Belnades in Castlevania overlapping with The Chick and team mage, she’s extremely book smart and figures out how to control Dracula’s castle. Alucard is almost as smart as Sypha being very well read making a him a Genius Bruiser, both Sypha and Alucard make Trevor Belmont look like Dumb Muscle in comparison despite his leadership skills.
  • In Transformers Generation One, Wheeljack and Ratchet shared this role in the first season, Perceptor joined in as a third Smart Guy in the second season, and the third season saw Perceptor become the sole Smart Guy after Wheeljack and Ratchet's deaths in The Movie. The fourth "season" (really just a few episodes) introduced Brainstorm for this role, but the show ended before much could be done with him.
  • Winx Club made a half-hearted attempt to avert the "usually the technologically-minded character" aspect by having the girls mention that Musa and Flora get the best grades; nevertheless, the show kept using Tecna in the role of The Smart Girl. Timmy is also one for the Specialists, being the tech expert for them.
    • In the 4Kids version this turns a little racist; Flora's name is cut out of the best grades line, meaning that Musa, the Asian-inspired character, is the only one mentioned.
  • Walden from Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! fills this role on the show. As the theme song says, "he knows about science and books and art."
  • Jingaroo had Humpty Doo, the outback's resident genius who usually has ideas on how to solve problems.
  • Huey takes on this role in DuckTales (2017) as the smart one of the three brothers, as he's frequently an overachiever, making plans, doing research, and constantly consulting his Junior Woodchuck Guidebook.
  • Go Go Gophers Ruffled Feather is this, as he often finds out the coyotes' plans and easily comes up with ideas to thwart them. Don't let his unintelligible speech fool you.


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