I'm a huge sucker for smart mcs and characters in general, but I've read far too much and feel fed up with suspending my disbelief. How is it possible for someone to suddenly just be capable of mapping out their entire career or pull off some long-term end-goal strategy without a hitch? If I had to compare that journey to something like cooking, it'd be as if someone starts with no ingredients or utensils in the beginning then somehow coming up with this master recipe that because of their galaxy brain worked out some flawless dish in the end with the random items given along the way. It's like presenting to me a character who can simultaneously concentrate on 17 different things when the human brain can realistically only handle like 5 at most and expecting me to think they're believable. It's as if the author's telling me all smart people are incapable of making any mistakes or backtracking. I don't see this happen in every narrative, and I appreciate the ones that attempt to distance themselves away from this, because even in real life, you can make the best decisions and do everything right and still fail at something for one reason or another. And I don't think nearly enough stories acknowledge that.