History CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass / LiveActionTV

19th Mar '17 12:14:44 PM Divra
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*** Londo Mollari, Vir's boss, also has this trope in spades. Originally portrayed as a [[LargeHam hammy]] UpperClassTwit and unabashed [[TheHedonist hedonist]] who made no bones about considering Babylon 5 [[ReassignedToAntarctica his own personal Antarctica]], he is also a surprisingly deft politician and negotiator, master poisoner, decorated fighter pilot and perfectly capable duelist.

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*** Londo Mollari, Vir's boss, also has this trope in spades. Originally portrayed as a [[LargeHam hammy]] UpperClassTwit and unabashed [[TheHedonist hedonist]] who made no bones about considering Babylon 5 [[ReassignedToAntarctica his own personal Antarctica]], he is also a surprisingly deft politician and negotiator, master poisoner, decorated fighter pilot and perfectly capable duelist.duelist (whose dueling society nickname was "Fights Like A Madman", no less).
5th Jan '17 5:38:07 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** In spite of becoming fat, lecherous, and drunken, Robert can still command obedience ("Stop this madness in the name of your king!"), knows a lot about war as shown by his summation of the Dothraki threat, and is acutely aware of the disunity plaguing his realm.
** Podrick Payne is a bumbling and stammering squire, but he comes to Tyrion's rescue in battle none the less.
9th Oct '16 2:13:35 AM BrotherGrimace
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* ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' has Major Roger Healey, who is, well, many things. That being said - look at his astronaut insignia. It's the '''Army Astronaut Badge''' - the '''rarest''' badge issued by the U.S. Army''.

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* ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' has Major Roger Healey, who is, well, many things. That being said - look at his astronaut insignia. It's the '' '''Army Astronaut Badge''' '' - the ''the '''rarest''' badge issued by the U.S. Army''.
9th Oct '16 2:11:22 AM BrotherGrimace
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* ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' has Major Roger Healey, who is, well, many things. That being said - look at his astronaut insignia. It's the '''Army Astronaut Badge''' - the '''rarest''' badge issued by the U.S. Army''.
23rd Jul '16 12:59:18 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/ICarly'': Gibby. If you are a friend, but betray his trust, or someone who dares kidnaps his friends, he won't think twice about beating the fudge out of you.
** T-Bo, a background character who runs the Goovy Smoothy and is normally seen just putting random items on sticks to sell and being wierd, reveals himself to be one in ''iStill Psycho'' when he helps [[MamaBear Mrs. Benson]] [[BigDamnHeroes rescue the iCarly gang]] from [[AxCrazy Nora]] and her equally insane family. Not only does he kick down the basement door so Carly can rescue Spenser, he singlehandedly takes down Nora's father.

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* ''Series/ICarly'': ''Series/ICarly'':
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Gibby. If you are a friend, but betray his trust, or someone who dares kidnaps his friends, he won't think twice about beating the fudge out of you.
** T-Bo, a background character who runs the Goovy Smoothy and is normally seen just putting random items on sticks to sell and being wierd, reveals himself to be one in ''iStill Psycho'' "iStill Psycho" when he helps [[MamaBear Mrs. Benson]] [[BigDamnHeroes rescue the iCarly gang]] from [[AxCrazy Nora]] and her equally insane family. Not only does he kick down the basement door so Carly can rescue Spenser, he singlehandedly takes down Nora's father.



* In social game shows like ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' and the American ''BigBrother'', a good (albeit boring) strat is to make everyone think you're not a threat to them, so they won't target you for eliminations. Then, you start playing much harder and make them regret not taking you out in hindsight.

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* In social game shows like ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' and the American ''BigBrother'', ''Series/BigBrother'', a good (albeit boring) strat is to make everyone think you're not a threat to them, so they won't target you for eliminations. Then, you start playing much harder and make them regret not taking you out in hindsight.
21st Jul '16 10:55:31 AM GeniusInTheLamp
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-->'''Lawrence O'Donnell''': Don't pick a fight with Jon Stewart. ''Do not do it. You cannot win.''

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-->'''Lawrence O'Donnell''': Don't pick a fight with Jon Stewart. ''Do not do it. You cannot win.''''
* In the mid-70's TV revival of Literature/ElleryQueen, Jim Hutton portrayed the titular sleuth as an absent-minded klutz. Yet Queen remained a highly competent detective who kept stayed focused on the case. At the end of one mystery, he actually punched out a killer he had just outed!
14th Jun '16 4:43:41 PM KeithTyler
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* Mellie [[spoiler: aka November]] from {{Dollhouse}}. She is a complete wallflower, with an ''annoying'' passive-aggressive crush on her neighbor Paul, to the point that she cooks him a pan of lasagna and passes it off as "making too much" when ''she lives alone.'' But when an overpowering intruder comes into her apartment and begins attacking her, she effortlessly takes him down with extreme prejudice. [[spoiler: It turns out she is a ''Nikita''-style sleeper doll, and was purposely put there by the Dollhouse.]]
11th Jun '16 1:01:18 PM nombretomado
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* Played with in Disney's ''[[TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody The Suite Life]]'': Apparently London Tipton is quite the athlete (notably in volleyball), but only when she's mad.

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* Played with in Disney's ''[[TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody ''[[Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody The Suite Life]]'': Apparently London Tipton is quite the athlete (notably in volleyball), but only when she's mad.
5th Jun '16 10:46:25 PM jverd
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** Example of Both at once: He's been captured by a terrorist in the Middle East while on a mission (unsanctioned, IIRC) to save Ziva. (Yeah, don't mess with Ziva and let Tony find out about it.) He's been given truth serum, and is answering every question put to him about the team, with his usual frat-boy snark. (So, yeah, the Hidden Moron part wasn't really his fault.) Finally, toward the end, when he's about to be killed, he tells his interrogator, "You have 30 seconds to live." The man is baffled and agitated and says "You're lying!" Tony's response? "I can't lie, remember? I haven't told you yet [[spoiler:that the head of our team, Gibbs, was a Marine sniper." Naturally, a bullet comes through the window and kills the bad guy right then.]]
24th May '16 10:58:12 AM SomberCaelifera
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** The Ninth Doctor displayed shades of this. He had an imposing figure, could easily take control of a conflict, and be well beyond menacing if a situation called for it- or a BerserkButton got pushed. However, Nine could also be incredibly goofy and a bit inept on a slow day, such as screwing up landing the TARDIS 12 hours into the future and instead landing 12 months, by which time his companion's mother feared she had gone missing. And instead of calmly explaining the situation or trying to go back in time and reverse this, he let things play by ear, minced his words in front of a hysterical parent, and got slapped for it.

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** The Ninth Doctor displayed shades of this. He had an imposing figure, could easily take control of a conflict, and be well beyond menacing if a situation called for it- or a BerserkButton got pushed. However, Nine could also be incredibly goofy and a bit inept on a slow day, such as screwing up landing the TARDIS 12 hours into the future and instead landing 12 months, months later, by which time his companion's mother feared she had gone missing.been murdered. And instead of calmly explaining the situation or trying to go back in time and reverse this, he let things play by ear, minced his words in front of a hysterical parent, and got slapped for it.



*** Case in point: the Family of Blood. [[spoiler:The Doctor (using his human disguise/alias John Smith) stumbles into the Family's ship, trying to stop them from destroying the academy where he hid from them. While negotiating with them, the Doctor stumbles about pressing random buttons on the ship before turning over his fob watch (which holds his Time Lord powers). The Family tries to absorb said powers, but they are not there. The Doctor then drops the bumbling human act and reveals he's back to normal. And has just set their ship's reactor to overload. The kicker is that after the ship blows up, the Family realizes that the Doctor hid from them because of ''what he would do to them as punishment'', not out of fear for the Family itself.]]

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*** Case in point: the Family of Blood. [[spoiler:The Doctor (using his human disguise/alias John Smith) stumbles into the Family's ship, trying to stop them from destroying the academy where he hid from them. While negotiating with them, the Doctor stumbles about pressing random buttons on the ship before turning over his fob watch (which holds his Time Lord powers). The Family tries to absorb said powers, but they are not there. The Doctor then drops the bumbling human act and reveals he's back to normal. And has just set their ship's reactor to overload. The kicker is that after the ship blows up, the Family realizes that the Doctor hid from them because of ''what he would do to them as punishment'', not out of fear for of the Family itself.]]
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