A smart alec is generally characterized as a person who can take any argument, no matter how sound it may appear to be, and pick it apart piece by piece while offering large amounts of evidence to the contrary of the target argument, effectively forcing the opponent to realize he's a complete idiot. An alec will also mix in various subtle yet sharp insults, humorous wit, and a devastating amount of logical reasoning to add salt to the wound. This Internet personality is usually well liked and honored in the community for their intelligence, clever wit, wisdom, and strong fighting capabilities, even by those who are unlucky enough to be the butt of his assault.
"That smart alec is amazing. He's funny, clever, intelligent, witty, honest, and demonstratively loyal to all that is right and good. The only people who hate him are people who want to be like him." - Forum participant
Person A: That smart alec made me look like an idiot yesterday.
Person B: You were already an idiot before you ran into the alec. He just made you aware of it.
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