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* Chairman [[spoiler:Kaien]] Cross from ''VampireKnight''.

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* Chairman [[spoiler:Kaien]] Cross from ''VampireKnight''.''Manga/VampireKnight''.
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* The original version of ''Theatre/PoseidonsFury'' at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's Islands of Adventure]] had "The Keeper": an eccentric, yet kind and knowledgeable old man that acted as the guest's guide through the attraction.
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* Dumblydore in ''MyImmortal'' is at first an Alzheimer's-ridden, headache-prone old man who swears at everybody. Whether he sides with Enoby or conspires to piss her off is not clear until he saves her from Voldemort and his band [[strike: twice]] [[GroundhogDayLoop once]], even going on to tell the "enitre school and Misery of Mogic" that Ebony can defeat Voldemort.

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* Dumblydore in ''MyImmortal'' ''Fanfic/MyImmortal'' is at first an Alzheimer's-ridden, headache-prone old man who swears at everybody. Whether he sides with Enoby or conspires to piss her off is not clear until he saves her from Voldemort and his band [[strike: twice]] [[GroundhogDayLoop once]], even going on to tell the "enitre school and Misery of Mogic" that Ebony can defeat Voldemort.



* In ''FanFic/TheVow'', Ah-Ma [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 the Soothsayer]] is a wise old lady and a {{Seer}} who just loves [[ProverbialWisdom giving advice]] in [[DelightingInRiddles vague riddles]] and ripping off his old foster child Shen's silk clothes to irritate him.

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* In ''FanFic/TheVow'', ''Fanfic/TheVow'', Ah-Ma [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 the Soothsayer]] is a wise old lady and a {{Seer}} who just loves [[ProverbialWisdom giving advice]] in [[DelightingInRiddles vague riddles]] and ripping off his old foster child Shen's silk clothes to irritate him.him.
* The ''WebVideo/PotterPuppetPals'' version of Dumbledore, vastly more eccentric than J.K. Rowling ever intended.
-->"Naked time!"



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* Merlin, in ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone''
** The WizardDuel. CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, indeed.

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* Merlin, in ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone''
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''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone''. The WizardDuel. WizardDuel -- CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, indeed.



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* ''[[Film/HarryPotter Harry Potter]]'': Dumbledore, of course, him being the former TropeNamer and all. The movies didn't have room to squeeze in all of his eccentric moments, but they made up for it by coming up with a few of their own.
-->'''Harry''': He's free. We did it.
-->'''Dumbledore''': [[ObfuscatingStupidity Did what?]] Goodnight.
-->'''Harry and Hermione''': ''*Share a nonplussed look.*''
** Nor do the films skimp on his moments of wisdom or [[{{Badass}} badassery]]. A great example of the latter comes from a scene in the fifth movie in which he is confronted by four Ministry officials. He proceeds to calmly inform them that he has no intention of being arrested, and before they can react, he somehow uses Fawkes to disappear in a blaze of fiery light. As Kingsley puts it, "Dumbledore's got style."
*** ''Half-Blood Prince'' really drives it home beautifully. Dumbledore's massive fire ring against the [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Inferi]] is one of the most awe-inspiring visuals in the whole series, and a fantastic CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Dumbledore.
* Aughra, in ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'', appears a little crazy and perhaps even dangerous, yet has an uncanny wisdom for the harmonies of existence. She was involved in the last cycle and has studied the system for centuries at least, she just incidentally went insane in the intervening time.

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* ''[[Film/HarryPotter Harry Potter]]'': ''Film/HarryPotter'':
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Dumbledore, of course, him being the former TropeNamer and all. The movies didn't have room to squeeze in all of his eccentric moments, but they made up for it by coming up with a few of their own.
-->'''Harry''': -->'''Harry:''' He's free. We did it.
-->'''Dumbledore''':
it.\\
'''Dumbledore:'''
[[ObfuscatingStupidity Did what?]] Goodnight.
-->'''Harry
Goodnight.\\
''[Harry
and Hermione''': ''*Share Hermione share a nonplussed look.*''
look]''
** Nor do the films skimp on his moments of wisdom or [[{{Badass}} badassery]].badassery. A great example of the latter comes from a scene in the fifth movie in which he is confronted by four Ministry officials. He proceeds to calmly inform them that he has no intention of being arrested, and before they can react, he somehow uses Fawkes to disappear in a blaze of fiery light. As Kingsley puts it, "Dumbledore's got style."
*** ** ''Half-Blood Prince'' really drives it home beautifully. Dumbledore's massive fire ring against the [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Inferi]] is one of the most awe-inspiring visuals in the whole series, and a fantastic CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Dumbledore.
* Aughra, in ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'', appears a little crazy and perhaps even dangerous, yet has an uncanny wisdom for the harmonies of existence. She was involved in the last cycle and has studied the system for centuries at least, she just incidentally went insane in the intervening time.
Dumbledore.



** Yoda's appearance in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. He also teases Obi-Wan a bit in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', but he was younger (and teaching the younglings) at the time.
** This trope was actually one of the early concepts for Obi-Wan himself (even after Sir Alec Guinness had already been chosen for the role). Remnants of this remain, as Uncle Owen claims to Luke that Kenobi is merely a crazy old man, and Han later calls the Jedi Master a "damn fool."

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** Yoda's appearance in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. He also teases Obi-Wan a bit in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', but he was is younger (and teaching the younglings) at the time.
** This trope was actually one of the early concepts for Obi-Wan himself (even after Sir Alec Guinness had already been chosen for the role). Remnants of this remain, as Uncle Owen claims to Luke that Kenobi is merely a crazy old man, and Han later calls the Jedi Master a "damn fool."fool".



* In keeping with [[Literature/TheHobbit the source material]], Gandalf gives off a more enigmatic, even untrustworthy air throughout much of ''[[Film/TheHobbit The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey]]''. The movie even plays up the other characters' perceptions of his apparent ineptitude.
-->'''Bilbo''': And who is the fifth [wizard]?\\
'''Gandalf''': Well, that would be Radagast the Brown.\\
'''Bilbo''': Is he a great wizard, or is he... more like you?

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* In keeping with [[Literature/TheHobbit the source material]], Gandalf gives off a more enigmatic, even untrustworthy air throughout much of ''[[Film/TheHobbit The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey]]''.''Film/TheHobbitAnUnexpectedJourney''. The movie even plays up the other characters' perceptions of his apparent ineptitude.
-->'''Bilbo''': -->'''Bilbo:''' And who is the fifth [wizard]?\\
'''Gandalf''': '''Gandalf:''' Well, that would be Radagast the Brown.\\
'''Bilbo''': '''Bilbo:''' Is he a great wizard, or is he... more like you?



* Fin Raziel, in ''Film/{{Willow}},'' is of the rare female subtype.

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* Fin Raziel, in ''Film/{{Willow}},'' ''Film/{{Willow}}'', is of the rare female subtype.



** In the fifth book, when fighting Voldemort, Dumbledore fires off a spell that is never identified, but is clearly VERY powerful. Voldemort blocks the spell, and taunts Dumbledore that he does not seek to kill him. Dumbledore calmly responds, "We both know there is more than one way to destroy a man, Tom."
*** He also mentions how ''merely'' killing Voldemort would not satisfy him.

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** In the fifth book, when fighting Voldemort, Dumbledore fires off a spell that is never identified, but is clearly VERY powerful. Voldemort blocks the spell, and taunts Dumbledore that he does not seek to kill him. Dumbledore calmly responds, "We both know there is more than one way to destroy a man, Tom."
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" He also mentions how ''merely'' killing Voldemort would not satisfy him.



--->'''Dumbledore:''' Well - it's just that you seem to be labouring under the delusion that I am going to - what is the phrase? "Come quietly." I am afraid I am not going to come quietly at all, Cornelius. I have absolutely no intention of being sent to [[HellholePrison Azkaban]]. I could break out, of course - but what a waste of time, and frankly, I can think of a whole host of things I would rather be doing.
*** When one of the Aurors reaches for his wand, Dumbledore has this to say:
-->'''Dumbledore:''' Don't be silly, Dawlish. [[TheWorfEffect I'm sure you are an excellent Auror, I seem to remember that you achieved "Outstanding" in all your N.E.W.T.s]], but if you attempt to - er - "bring me in" by force, I will have to hurt you.
** Think about how Dumbledore progresses throughout the books. We go from "Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! and Tweak!" to the most powerful wizard in the history of the Wizarding World to a broken man who is grief-stricken over the loss of his [[spoiler:sister, Ariana, whom he may have killed (and considers himself to blame regardless of whether his curse was the one that killed her)]].
*** A fan-favorite quote that epitomizes Dumbledore's transition from "cool grandpa" to "ancient monk badass" came in ''The Goblet of Fire'':

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--->'''Dumbledore:''' Well - -- it's just that you seem to be labouring under the delusion that I am going to - -- what is the phrase? "Come quietly." I am afraid I am not going to come quietly at all, Cornelius. I have absolutely no intention of being sent to [[HellholePrison Azkaban]]. I could break out, of course - -- but what a waste of time, and frankly, I can think of a whole host of things I would rather be doing.
*** ** When one of the Aurors reaches for his wand, Dumbledore has this to say:
-->'''Dumbledore:''' --->'''Dumbledore:''' Don't be silly, Dawlish. [[TheWorfEffect I'm sure you are an excellent Auror, I seem to remember that you achieved "Outstanding" in all your N.E.W.T.s]], but if you attempt to - -- er - -- "bring me in" by force, I will have to hurt you.
** Think about how Dumbledore progresses throughout the books. We go from "Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! and Tweak!" to the most powerful wizard in the history of the Wizarding World to a broken man who is grief-stricken over the loss of his [[spoiler:sister, Ariana, whom he may have killed (and considers himself to blame regardless of whether his curse was the one that killed her)]].
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her)]]. A fan-favorite quote that epitomizes Dumbledore's transition from "cool grandpa" to "ancient monk badass" came in ''The Goblet of Fire'':



* Coriakin from ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', who is believed by Dufflepuds to be evil, but turns out to be a wise magician with a sense of humor. [[DoesNotLikeShoes Always walking barefoot]] is among his idiosyncrasies.
** To a lesser extent, the Hermit of the Southern March from ''TheHorseAndHisBoy''. He has a similar dislike for shoes.

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* Coriakin from ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'':
** Coriakin,
who is believed by Dufflepuds to be evil, but turns out to be a wise magician with a sense of humor. [[DoesNotLikeShoes Always walking barefoot]] is among his idiosyncrasies.
** To a lesser extent, the Hermit of the Southern March from ''TheHorseAndHisBoy''.''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy''. He has a similar dislike for shoes.



--> "Good Morning!" said Bilbo, and he meant it. But Gandalf looked at him from under long bushy eyebrows that stuck out further than the brim of his shady hat. "What do you mean?" he said. "Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?"
--> ''(later)'' "What a lot of things you use Good morning for!" said Gandalf. "Now you mean that you want to get rid of me, and that it won't be good till I move off."
** Although [[LetsGetDangerous much less eccentric]] after [[ItWasHisSled he came back to life]].
*** Though he does pretend to be old and feeble to trick the guards of Meduseld into letting him keep his staff (which he refers to as his "walking-stick") when going in to see Théoden. It works, too, though it's implied in the film (and all but stated in the books) that Háma sees through the ruse, but lets it go anyway because he believes (correctly) that the visitors can help.
** What is almost completely left out in the movies is that Gandalf also likes to give the impression of himself as an unpredictably dangerous powerhouse. Frodo, who has known him for decades, is at one point genuinely afraid that Gandalf had burned poor Barliman Butterbur to death for failing to deliver a crucial letter. Also, when Frodo refuses to answer to his knocks, he threatens to blow Bag End's door in, and all the way through the Hill.
** Bilbo Baggins was also this to his nephew Frodo.
* Brom, from ''[[Literature/InheritanceCycle Eragon]]''.
** And later Oromis, to a somewhat lesser degree.
* Fizban the Fabulous, from ''{{Dragonlance}}'', an apparently senile wizard who may or may not have actually been [[spoiler:the god Paladine in disguise]]. It becomes fairly obvious later in the series.

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--> "Good -->''"Good Morning!" said Bilbo, and he meant it. But Gandalf looked at him from under long bushy eyebrows that stuck out further than the brim of his shady hat. "What do you mean?" he said. "Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?"
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on?"\\
[later]\\
"What a lot of things you use Good morning for!" said Gandalf. "Now you mean that you want to get rid of me, and that it won't be good till I move off."
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Although [[LetsGetDangerous much less eccentric]] after [[ItWasHisSled he came back to life]].
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life]]. Though he does pretend to be old and feeble to trick the guards of Meduseld into letting him keep his staff (which he refers to as his "walking-stick") when going in to see Théoden. It works, too, though it's implied in the film (and all but stated in the books) that Háma sees through the ruse, but lets it go anyway because he believes (correctly) that the visitors can help. \n** What is almost completely left out in the movies is that Gandalf also likes to give the impression of himself as an unpredictably dangerous powerhouse. Frodo, who has known him for decades, is at one point genuinely afraid that Gandalf had burned poor Barliman Butterbur to death for failing to deliver a crucial letter. Also, when Frodo refuses to answer to his knocks, he threatens to blow Bag End's door in, and all the way through the Hill.
** Bilbo Baggins was also this to his nephew Frodo.
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%%* Brom, from ''[[Literature/InheritanceCycle Eragon]]''.
** %%** And later Oromis, to a somewhat lesser degree.
* Fizban the Fabulous, from ''{{Dragonlance}}'', ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'', an apparently senile wizard who may or may not have actually been [[spoiler:the god Paladine in disguise]]. It becomes fairly obvious later in the series.



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* Aughra, in ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'', appears a little crazy and perhaps even dangerous, yet has an uncanny wisdom for the harmonies of existence. She was involved in the last cycle and has studied the system for centuries at least, she just incidentally went insane in the intervening time.
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* Master Surya from ''TheBeastLegion''. [[http://www.thebeastlegion.com/issue-03-page-04the-masters-wake-up-call/ This page]] explains it all.

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* Master Surya from ''TheBeastLegion''.''Webcomic/TheBeastLegion''. [[http://www.thebeastlegion.com/issue-03-page-04the-masters-wake-up-call/ This page]] explains it all.



* Though introduced with some foreboding, Fa'lina of ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' is RareFemaleExample #4 (but as a [[HornyDevils succubus]] she [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld doesn't exactly show her age]]).
** She [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave does look older than most of the cast though]]. Hell, she even has the biggest bustline in the comic!
* Llewellyn in ''WebComic/OzyAndMillie''.
* Aodan, a country-accented Charizard from ''CharCole'' who is developing a habit of appearing out of nowhere during the main character's freakouts.
* Sensei Feng from ''WebComic/SluggyFreelance'' is an OldMaster who trains the deadly assassin Oasis in both mind and body, yet resembles an old hobo as much as a martial arts master, mooching pizza rolls whenever he can, and displaying such incredible fighting techniques as ''literally'' putting his foot in his mouth.

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* Though introduced with some foreboding, Fa'lina of ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' is RareFemaleExample #4 (but as a [[HornyDevils succubus]] she [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld doesn't exactly show her age]]).
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age]]). She [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave does look older than most of the cast though]]. Hell, she even has the biggest bustline in the comic!
* %%* Llewellyn in ''WebComic/OzyAndMillie''.
* Aodan, a country-accented Charizard from ''CharCole'' ''Webcomic/CharCole'' who is developing a habit of appearing out of nowhere during the main character's freakouts.
* Sensei Feng from ''WebComic/SluggyFreelance'' ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is an OldMaster who trains the deadly assassin Oasis in both mind and body, yet resembles an old hobo as much as a martial arts master, mooching pizza rolls whenever he can, and displaying such incredible fighting techniques as ''literally'' putting his foot in his mouth.



* Invoked in ''WebComic/ElGoonishShive'' by Tedd for his dad. Most of the time, Mr. Verres is a typical BumblingDad... who works for the government, knows ''everything'', is a VIP in the supernatural world for currently unexplained reasons, and is a powerful wizard that will go absolutely apeshit on anyone that harms his family, or anyone under his protection.

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* Invoked in ''WebComic/ElGoonishShive'' ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' by Tedd for his dad. Most of the time, Mr. Verres is a typical BumblingDad... who works for the government, knows ''everything'', is a VIP in the supernatural world for currently unexplained reasons, and is a powerful wizard that will go absolutely apeshit on anyone that harms his family, or anyone under his protection.



* Uncle Ted of ''WebComic/{{Freakwatch}}'' was this to Jessica [[PosthumousCharacter before he died.]]

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* Uncle Ted of ''WebComic/{{Freakwatch}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Freakwatch}}'' was this to Jessica [[PosthumousCharacter before he died.]]



* Spencer from ''{{lonelygirl15}}'', although younger than most examples. What a strange little man.
* The ''PotterPuppetPals'' version of Dumbledore, vastly more eccentric than J.K. Rowling ever intended.
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* Spencer from ''{{lonelygirl15}}'', ''WebVideo/Lonelygirl15'', although younger than most examples. What a strange little man.
* The ''PotterPuppetPals'' version of Dumbledore, vastly more eccentric than J.K. Rowling ever intended.
-->Naked time!
man.



* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':



* Avatar in ''WesternAnimation/{{Wizards}}''.

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* %%* Avatar in ''WesternAnimation/{{Wizards}}''.



* [[InexplicablyAwesome Miss Frizzle]] in ''TheMagicSchoolBus'' is a bit young, but otherwise fits this trope quite well.

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* [[InexplicablyAwesome Miss Frizzle]] in ''TheMagicSchoolBus'' ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' is a bit young, but otherwise fits this trope quite well.



** [[GodEmperor Princess]] [[BigGood Celestia]] from is an unusual case. Unlike most other examples, whose eccentricity often causes other characters to unfairly discredit them, Celestia is [[HundredPercentAdorationRating highly regarded by all of her subjects]] - too highly, in fact, as it leads them to frantically worship the ground under her feet while feeling terrified that any tiny mistake on their part will provoke her royal fury. In reality, Celestia is not only the most easy-going character in [[SugarBowl the whole series]] despite her position, but enjoys pranks and despises formality to such a degree that [[spoiler:the Season 1 finale has her inviting the mane six to the illustrious Grand Galloping Gala purely to enjoy the chaos [[BatmanGambit she knew their presence would wreak]]]].\\
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Then in Season 4, it's revealed that the old castle that she and Luna used to inhabit is ''full'' of secret passages, trapdoors, an organ (that controls the secret passages and trapdoors), and numerous other oddities (the hallway with legs sticking out of the walls) that are pretty much solely designed to turn the place into a gigantic funhouse.
** Then there's ''Discord'' of all people taking on this role (briefly) in the Season 4 premiere.

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** [[GodEmperor Princess]] [[BigGood Celestia]] from is an unusual case. Unlike most other examples, whose eccentricity often causes other characters to unfairly discredit them, Celestia is [[HundredPercentAdorationRating highly regarded by all of her subjects]] - -- too highly, in fact, as it leads them to frantically worship the ground under her feet hooves while feeling terrified that any tiny mistake on their part will provoke her royal fury. In reality, Celestia is not only the most easy-going character in [[SugarBowl the whole series]] despite her position, but enjoys pranks and despises formality to such a degree that [[spoiler:the Season 1 finale has her inviting the mane six to the illustrious Grand Galloping Gala purely to enjoy the chaos [[BatmanGambit she knew their presence would wreak]]]].\\
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Then in Season 4, it's revealed that the old castle that she and Luna used to inhabit is ''full'' of secret passages, trapdoors, an organ (that controls the secret passages and trapdoors), and numerous other oddities (the hallway with legs sticking out of the walls) that are pretty much solely designed to turn the place into a gigantic funhouse.
** Then there's ''Discord'' of all people taking on this role (briefly) in the Season 4 premiere.premiere and afterward.



* Creator/BenjaminFranklin was the EccentricMentor to the other founding fathers-- he was significantly older than the rest, was a noted humorist (and, despite his age, ladies' man), and was respected as the preeminent intellectual of the group.

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* Creator/BenjaminFranklin was the EccentricMentor Eccentric Mentor to the other founding fathers-- fathers -- he was significantly older than the rest, was a noted humorist (and, despite his age, ladies' man), and was respected as the preeminent intellectual of the group.



* AlbertEinstein. When he taught in the university of Berlin his students would usually agree he was the funniest teacher they ever had since he would crack jokes at every opportunity. He was also somewhat forgetful, like when he arrived to work in slippers and not in shoes. Coupled with him being a DeadpanSnarker, he could very well fit this trope.

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* AlbertEinstein.UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein. When he taught in the university of Berlin his students would usually agree he was the funniest teacher they ever had since he would crack jokes at every opportunity. He was also somewhat forgetful, like when he arrived to work in slippers and not in shoes. Coupled with him being a DeadpanSnarker, he could very well fit this trope.



3rd Jul '16 1:26:30 PM Morgenthaler
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Combines aspects of CoolOldGuy, TheObiWan, OldMaster (sometimes), CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, BunnyEarsLawyer, often {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, and ZenSurvivor into one cranky, tough old biscuit. If they are an authority figure, they are TheWonka. They may fill any of a number of mentor roles, such as TricksterMentor or ReasonableAuthorityFigure, related to their personality and their role in the story. As such, no matter how much power they have, they want the heroes to solve the problem. MentorOccupationalHazard will likely happen at some point.

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Combines aspects of CoolOldGuy, TheObiWan, TheMentor, OldMaster (sometimes), CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, BunnyEarsLawyer, often {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, and ZenSurvivor into one cranky, tough old biscuit. If they are an authority figure, they are TheWonka. They may fill any of a number of mentor roles, such as TricksterMentor or ReasonableAuthorityFigure, related to their personality and their role in the story. As such, no matter how much power they have, they want the heroes to solve the problem. MentorOccupationalHazard will likely happen at some point.



** This trope was actually one of the early concepts for [[TheObiWan Obi-Wan]] himself (even after Sir Alec Guinness had already been chosen for the role). Remnants of this remain, as Uncle Owen claims to Luke that Kenobi is merely a crazy old man, and Han later calls the Jedi Master a "damn fool."

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** This trope was actually one of the early concepts for [[TheObiWan Obi-Wan]] Obi-Wan himself (even after Sir Alec Guinness had already been chosen for the role). Remnants of this remain, as Uncle Owen claims to Luke that Kenobi is merely a crazy old man, and Han later calls the Jedi Master a "damn fool."



* At Ride/DisneyThemeParks, Dreamfinder from ''Journey Into Imagination'' hovered between this and TheObiWan before he was removed from the ride.

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* At Ride/DisneyThemeParks, Dreamfinder from ''Journey Into Imagination'' hovered between this and TheObiWan TheMentor before he was removed from the ride.
28th Jun '16 4:56:15 PM LentilSandEater
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* Iroh from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is this, especially in Book 1, to Zuko. In Book 2, also briefly becomes this to Toph and, at the end of the season, [[spoiler:Aang]].
** King Bumi, even more so. At one point, [[spoiler:he asks Aang to choose which Earth Kingdom warrior he wants to fight, presenting him with two intimidating young soldiers. Aang chooses Bumi. Wrong choice.]]
*** Later, when the Fire Nation [[spoiler:conquers Bumi's fortress town Omashu]], they [[spoiler:keep him as a hostage to prevent rebellion. To prevent rebellion ''by Bumi'', they put him in a metal box that doesn't let him move anything except his mouth (so that he can breath and be fed). They think that will make it impossible for Bumi to use his very powerful Earthbending talents. They thought wrong]]. Later, it was revealed that in The Day of Black Sun, [[spoiler: he retook his city all by himself and even took down a ''towering statue'' of Ozai. After defacing it with a crude smiley face, no less]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
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Iroh from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is this, especially in Book 1, to Zuko. In Book 2, also briefly becomes this to Toph and, at the end of the season, [[spoiler:Aang]].
[[spoiler:Aang]]. Part of it seems to be part of a SadClown act, as he's been through a lot, and is watching his nephew head down the same evil path as the rest of his family. His eccentricity notably declines as the series goes on, but for good reasons, mostly.
** King Bumi, even more so. At one point, [[spoiler:he he asks Aang to choose which Earth Kingdom warrior he wants to fight, presenting him with two intimidating young soldiers. Aang chooses Bumi. Wrong choice.]]
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Later, when the Fire Nation [[spoiler:conquers Bumi's fortress town Omashu]], they [[spoiler:keep keep him as a hostage to prevent rebellion. To prevent rebellion ''by Bumi'', they put him in a metal box that doesn't let him move anything except his mouth (so that he can breath and be fed). They think that will make it impossible for Bumi to use his very powerful Earthbending talents. They thought wrong]]. wrong. Later, it was revealed that in The Day of Black Sun, [[spoiler: he retook his city all by himself and even took down a ''towering statue'' of Ozai. After defacing it with a crude smiley face, no less]].less.
31st May '16 7:00:53 PM Theriocephalus
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* The dwarven prince protagonist of [[DragonAgeTheCrownOfThorns this]] ''Franchise/DragonAge'' fanfiction deliberately [[spoiler:allows, even encourages, the other six wardens, plus companions, to assume and believe a lot of erroneous things, including that he might really be a kinslayer,]] just so [[spoiler:the shock of later revelations, like the fact that he actually faked Trian's death and painted himself the murderer on purpose,]] can prompt them to grow wiser.

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* The dwarven prince protagonist of [[DragonAgeTheCrownOfThorns this]] ''Franchise/DragonAge'' fanfiction ''Fanfic/DragonAgeTheCrownOfThorns'' deliberately [[spoiler:allows, even encourages, the other six wardens, plus companions, to assume and believe a lot of erroneous things, including that he might really be a kinslayer,]] just so [[spoiler:the shock of later revelations, like the fact that he actually faked Trian's death and painted himself the murderer on purpose,]] can prompt them to grow wiser.
17th May '16 1:14:08 PM OlmoJV
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* In ''FanFic/TheVow'', Ah-Ma [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 the Soothsayer]] is a wise old lady and a {{Seer}} who just loves giving advice in vague riddles and ripping off his old foster child Shen's silk clothes to irritate him.

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* In ''FanFic/TheVow'', Ah-Ma [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 the Soothsayer]] is a wise old lady and a {{Seer}} who just loves [[ProverbialWisdom giving advice advice]] in [[DelightingInRiddles vague riddles riddles]] and ripping off his old foster child Shen's silk clothes to irritate him.
14th May '16 10:48:16 PM nombretomado
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* R.J. from Series/PowerRangersJungleFury is like a surfer dude, who can do kung fu, and is genuinely wise as well.
* President Bartlet from ''TheWestWing'', in his "Uncle Fluffy" persona.
* Bertram Cooper from ''MadMen'' may seem like your run-of-the-mill elderly eccentric, but in reality he is just as shrewd a businessman as Don or St. John Powell.

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* R.J. from Series/PowerRangersJungleFury ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'' is like a surfer dude, who can do kung fu, and is genuinely wise as well.
* President Bartlet from ''TheWestWing'', ''Series/TheWestWing'', in his "Uncle Fluffy" persona.
* Bertram Cooper from ''MadMen'' ''Series/MadMen'' may seem like your run-of-the-mill elderly eccentric, but in reality he is just as shrewd a businessman as Don or St. John Powell.
27th Jan '16 2:09:29 PM tealmage
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* Master Elodin, from ''Literature/TheKingkillerChronicle'', was a [[TheAce child prodigy mage]] who went mad. By the present time, he's gotten better, but he's still a [[CloudCuckoolander Cloud Cuckoo]] [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny Ears]] AbsentMindedProfessor type. He's also the one professor at the University who protagonist Kvothe is determined to study with the most…even in the face of Elodin's [[TricksterMentor cryptic interactions]] and outright discouragement.
20th Jan '16 6:15:47 PM Adept
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* A clearer distaff counterpart, Professor Potsdam in ''MagicalDiary'', who appears to be a hippie with a few screws loose most of the time. ''Don't'' make her mad.

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* A clearer distaff counterpart, Professor Potsdam in ''MagicalDiary'', ''VisualNovel/MagicalDiary'', who appears to be a hippie with a few screws loose most of the time. ''Don't'' make her mad.
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