The Dumbest Geniuses In Movie History  

Ann Casano
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List Rules Vote up the characters who make enough idiotic choices that you're not sure they're as smart as they seem.

Even the smartest people make dumb decisions. These stupid movie geniuses may be intelligent enough to build a time machine or figure out impossible mathematical equations, but that doesn’t mean they use their brilliance in every situation life throws at them. 

It’s the smart characters who are actually dumb that make the biggest mistakes. Perhaps their ego turns them cocky, or they simply lack common sense. These dumb movie geniuses almost caused WWIII, caused the loss of innocent lives by ignoring quarantine protocol, and nearly let an asteroid wipe out the Earth.

Which smart characters (who are actually dumb) do you think made the biggest mistakes? Vote up the smartest dumbest movie geniuses. 

Eddie Mora - 'Limitless'
Eddie Mora - 'Limitless' is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Dumbest Geniuses In Movie History
Photo: Relativity Media

Eddie Mora (Bradley Cooper) is a struggling, down-on-his-luck author in the 2011 film Limitless . He takes an experimental substance called NZT and instantly has access to the full capabilities of his brain, which results in a four-digit IQ. He quickly finishes up his novel. He also figures out how to take a small sum of money, invest it, and turn it into millions of dollars.

Despite his supreme intelligence, Mora totally forgets to pay back the $100,000 loan from the Russian mob that he used as seed money. The syndicate comes after him and winds up getting a taste of the NZT. Mora is forced to deal with a new enemy that's now just as intelligent as he is.

Dumber than he seems?
Rockhound is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Dumbest Geniuses In Movie History
Photo: Buena Vista Pictures

Rockhound (Steve Buscemi) is part of the drill team tasked to save Earth from a giant-sized asteroid. Rockhound may be a driller, but he's also a genius. He is never shy when it comes to discussing his intelligence:

"You wanna compare brainpans? I won the Westinghouse prize when I was 12, big deal. Published at 19, so what. I got a double doctorate from MIT at 22, Chemistry and Geology. I taught at Princeton for two and a half years."

Unfortunately, on the way to saving the world, he has a complete and total mental breakdown. His actions result in the crew losing their Armadillo and the drill's operator after it hits a methane gas pocket. Rockhound's blunder nearly destroys the entire planet.

Dumber than he seems?
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Q - 'Skyfall'
Q - 'Skyfall' is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Dumbest Geniuses In Movie History
Photo: Columbia Pictures

Q is the technology expert and gadget whiz in the Bond movies. His genius technology always seems to save 007 whenever he finds himself in trouble However, even Q doesn't have a perfect track record. 

In the 2012 Bond installment Skyfall, Q (Ben Whishaw) plugs an unknown laptop from a former agent into MI6's network. A virus is then unleashed, completely obliterating the system. A technological wizard like Q should have known better and checked out the laptop before hooking it up. 

After the hack, cyberterrorist and Bond villain Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem) says of Q, "Not such a clever boy."

Dumber than he seems?
Rory Adams - 'Life'
Rory Adams - 'Life' is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Dumbest Geniuses In Movie History
Photo:  Sony Pictures Releasing

In the 2017 science fiction horror movie Life, a team of astronauts finds a soil sample from Mars. It contains signs of extraterrestrial life. One of the cells from the sample turns out to be a single-celled organism, which proves that there is life on Mars. The organism is nicknamed "Calvin."

When crew member Hugh (Ariyon Bakare) is set upon by Calvin, Rory (Ryan Reynolds) panics and ignores quarantine protocol in an attempt to save his colleague. This is a really dumb decision by an elite engineer who should know better. Calvin takes out Rory by entering his mouth and eating his organs. Now larger and stronger in size, Calvin escapes through a vent, with devastating consequences for the entire crew. 

Dumber than he seems?