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16th May '17 11:54:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* The 1991 series ''StepByStep'' had Sasha Mitchell's Cody Lambert as the beach bum slacker nephew of Patrick Duffy's Frank Lambert. Though normally a clueless "Valley Dude," in one episode when braced by a group of bikers in a bar, Cody showed why he's played by the man who made two "Kickboxer" films. After clearing the bar of bikers, he reverted to goofy flake with the following dialog;

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* The 1991 series ''StepByStep'' ''Series/StepByStep'' had Sasha Mitchell's Cody Lambert as the beach bum slacker nephew of Patrick Duffy's Frank Lambert. Though normally a clueless "Valley Dude," in one episode when braced by a group of bikers in a bar, Cody showed why he's played by the man who made two "Kickboxer" films. After clearing the bar of bikers, he reverted to goofy flake with the following dialog;
15th May '17 8:17:11 PM nombretomado
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* Jason Stackhouse spends most of ''TrueBlood'' constantly doing absolutely stupid shit, because he's dumb as a stump, and is often led about by just about anyone. Threaten his sister Sookie, however, and he will not just step up; he'll absolutely take you down and make the audience's jaws drop. But he's still dumb as a stump for the most part.

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* Jason Stackhouse spends most of ''TrueBlood'' ''Series/TrueBlood'' constantly doing absolutely stupid shit, because he's dumb as a stump, and is often led about by just about anyone. Threaten his sister Sookie, however, and he will not just step up; he'll absolutely take you down and make the audience's jaws drop. But he's still dumb as a stump for the most part.
27th Mar '17 3:41:39 PM Amahn
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** Marcus has the personality of an all around goofball and jokester, but as one of the first human Rangers you do not want to be in a fight against him. Unless you also happen to be a Ranger and a Warrior Caste Minbari.
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.]]
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