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28th May '16 7:53:51 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Unlike the rest of the Baka Rangers in ''MahouSenseiNegima'', Yue is actually one of the most intelligent people in the class. However, after the death of her grandfather or something like that, she stopped studying or trying at all in order to become the resident LittleMissSnarker. [[spoiler:When her memory gets wiped, she starts working hard again and then takes about six levels in badass by taking down a griffin dragon.]]

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* Unlike the rest of the Baka Rangers in ''MahouSenseiNegima'', ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Yue is actually one of the most intelligent people in the class. However, after the death of her grandfather or something like that, she stopped studying or trying at all in order to become the resident LittleMissSnarker. [[spoiler:When her memory gets wiped, she starts working hard again and then takes about six levels in badass by taking down a griffin dragon.]]
21st May '16 7:52:17 AM KingLyger
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-->You can't have a nightmare if you never dream

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-->You can't have a nightmare if you never dream
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* When combined with a SelfFulfillingProphecy, this creates a rather interesting sociological phenomenon. Namely, someone thinks that they'll be bad at something (painting, getting a promotion, carrying on a conversation... anything, really), so they actively avoid doing it, thus ensuring that they'll be bad at it. This can even extend so far as to putting more effort into avoiding the perceived failure than it would have taken to learn the skill or succeed at the task; or put simply, if they'd have put the same amount of effort into actually doing the task as they did in trying to avoid doing it, they'd spectacularly succeed.
3rd Feb '16 7:31:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''AllFleshMustBeEaten'', a ZombieApocalypse Tabletop game, one of the sample characters offered is a "professional student", who has been in college 12 years, living rather comfortably off of his scholarship, and has come "dangerously close to graduating" on several occasions. Though it's mostly used as a HandWave for why he has so many seemingly-unconnected skills.

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* In ''AllFleshMustBeEaten'', ''TabletopGame/AllFleshMustBeEaten'', a ZombieApocalypse Tabletop game, one of the sample characters offered is a "professional student", who has been in college 12 years, living rather comfortably off of his scholarship, and has come "dangerously close to graduating" on several occasions. Though it's mostly used as a HandWave for why he has so many seemingly-unconnected skills.
20th Jan '16 4:16:53 AM Adept
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* ''{{Hyouka}}'': [[{{Protagonist}} Houtarou]] has two rules he lives his life by: "One: Never do anything you don't have to. Two: If you have to do something, do it quickly." [[spoiler:Satoshi]] is also an example. [[spoiler:He's content with being a JackOfAllTrades, MasterOfNone because he realizes that there's AlwaysSomeoneBetter namely Houtarou.]]

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* ''{{Hyouka}}'': ''Literature/{{Hyouka}}'': [[{{Protagonist}} Houtarou]] has two rules he lives his life by: "One: Never do anything you don't have to. Two: If you have to do something, do it quickly." [[spoiler:Satoshi]] is also an example. [[spoiler:He's content with being a JackOfAllTrades, MasterOfNone because he realizes that there's AlwaysSomeoneBetter namely Houtarou.]]
25th Nov '15 4:16:59 AM Reymma
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* Kyon in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', which makes up a great part of his personality. He's also cynic and [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]]. Probably the main reason why he's so [[ObfuscatingStupidity obfuscating stupid]] is that he doesn't care about anything. Most likely also the reason why he sucks at school, despite being ''very'' knowledgeable and aware of other people's intentions. He shows how an AlmightyJanitor looks like as a kid.
** He gets CharacterDevelopment regarding this after the events of Disappearance (the 4th novel later made into TheMovie). Feeling personally responsible for these events since he didn't step up and usually was lazy and saying how he wanted everything to just be normal, he decides to take action sooner to ease the burden on his friends, especially Nagato. Kyon becomes very good at getting things done...but still [[ObfuscatingStupidity plays dumb]] like nobody's business and hates being jerked around into doing more than he has to. He even supports Haruhi's leadership to trick her into doing some of the annoying bits for him. He may lead from the shadows when there's trouble, but he honestly seems to have no motivation other maintaining his spot as the lowest-ranked member of the brigade.

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* Kyon in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', which more than anything makes up a great part who he is and how he relates to the rest of his personality. the SOS Brigade. He's also cynic cynical and [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]]. Probably the main reason why he's so [[ObfuscatingStupidity obfuscating stupid]] is that He often acts dumb because he doesn't care about anything. Most likely also the reason why he sucks at school, despite being ''very'' knowledgeable and aware of other people's intentions. He shows how an AlmightyJanitor looks like as a kid.
** He gets CharacterDevelopment regarding this after the events of Disappearance (the 4th novel later made into TheMovie). Feeling personally responsible for these events since he didn't step up and usually was lazy and saying how he wanted everything to just be normal,
kid. After ''Disappearance'' he decides to take action sooner act more to ease the burden on help his friends, especially Nagato. Kyon becomes very good at getting things done...Nagato, but still [[ObfuscatingStupidity plays dumb]] like nobody's business and hates being jerked around into doing more than he has to. He even supports Haruhi's leadership to trick her into doing some of the annoying bits for him. He may lead from the shadows when there's trouble, but he honestly seems to have no motivation other maintaining his spot as the lowest-ranked member of the brigade.acting on anyone else's behalf.
7th Nov '15 10:39:09 PM nombretomado
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* Grif of ''RedVsBlue''. He acts lazy and incompetent that Sarge has slowly been giving him less and less to do, until he has practically no responsibilities at Red Base... just the way he likes it. At one point he takes Simmons' place as Sarge's second in command, but once he realizes that he'd actually have to do work, he gives it to Donut. It should also be noted that Grif is the only member of the Red Team that Church is wary of, realizing that his dismotivation hides the highest intelligence of the team.

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\n* Grif of ''RedVsBlue''.''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. He acts lazy and incompetent that Sarge has slowly been giving him less and less to do, until he has practically no responsibilities at Red Base... just the way he likes it. At one point he takes Simmons' place as Sarge's second in command, but once he realizes that he'd actually have to do work, he gives it to Donut. It should also be noted that Grif is the only member of the Red Team that Church is wary of, realizing that his dismotivation hides the highest intelligence of the team.



2nd Nov '15 4:03:36 PM gophergiggles
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* This is ''enforced'' in Starlight Glimmer's town in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', as said by her [[KnightOfCerebus surprisingly dark]] VillainSong:
-->You can't have a nightmare if you never dream
21st Oct '15 4:23:39 PM Orweller
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* Creator/GeorgeOrwell often put off or refused to meet certain authors and public figures he planned on writing about or reviewing their works because he worried he might end up enjoying their company and not have the heart to critique them fairly.
26th Aug '15 5:11:09 PM sorako
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* In [[LightNovel/YahariOreNoSeishunLoveComeWaMachigatteiru Oregairu]], the trope fits Hachiman to a T. Among the usual reasons for example he doesn't want to be hurt again, he has an uncommon but somewhat logical argument. Hachiman, after being accused by Yukino of running away because of his dismotivation, makes his point of view clear:

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* In [[LightNovel/YahariOreNoSeishunLoveComeWaMachigatteiru Oregairu]], ''LightNovel/MyTeenRomanticComedySNAFU'', the trope fits Hachiman to a T. Among the usual reasons for example he doesn't want to be hurt again, he has an uncommon but somewhat logical argument. Hachiman, after being accused by Yukino of running away because of his dismotivation, makes his point of view clear:
21st Jun '15 2:52:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* As the page quote indicates, Peter [=LaFleur=], the main character of ''[[Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory Dodgeball]]'', is one of these, contrasted with his antagonist White, who takes "you should not be satisfied with yourself" to unhealthy extremes.

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* As the page quote indicates, Peter [=LaFleur=], the main character of ''[[Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory Dodgeball]]'', ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'', is one of these, contrasted with his antagonist White, who takes "you should not be satisfied with yourself" to unhealthy extremes.
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