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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.
2nd Dec '15 11:29:42 AM HeraldAlberich
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* Most ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' books featuring Yoda make him entirely serious, but ''Yoda: Literature/DarkRendezvous'' portrays him as very ''odd'' when things aren't serious. The kind of character that you could see fighting with R2-D2 over a flashlight in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
** At one point, he rolls around incognito in a fake R2 shell and steals a small child's soda. Then, he gets into a fight with the cafeteria droid, who doesn't accept Yoda's self-made food as even "edible." ''Then'', he wipes out an army of battle droids without breaking a sweat, and {{Breaking Speech}}es Count Dooku to a standstill.

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* Most ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' and ''[[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Legends]]'' books featuring Yoda make him entirely serious, but ''Yoda: Literature/DarkRendezvous'' portrays him as very ''odd'' when things aren't serious. The kind of character that you could see fighting with R2-D2 over a flashlight in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
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''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. At one point, he rolls around incognito in a fake R2 shell and steals a small child's soda. Then, he gets into a fight with the cafeteria droid, who doesn't accept Yoda's self-made food as even "edible." ''Then'', he wipes out an army of battle droids without breaking a sweat, and {{Breaking Speech}}es Count Dooku to a standstill.
8th Nov '15 8:41:09 PM nombretomado
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* RichardFeynman. Aficionado of the bongos (not to mention [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKTSaezB4p8 mad songs about orange juice]]), player of epic practical jokes, irreverent, completely unconcerned with the mores and manners of polite society, and the inventor of branches of particle physics you would never understand if you studied for several lifetimes. He's also the guy who demonstrated the fatal flaw in the O-ring design that led to the Challenger disaster. He also chose to do so [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qAi_9quzUY in the most humiliating way possible]] to ensure that the press would drag those responsible over the coals.

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* RichardFeynman.UsefulNotes/RichardFeynman. Aficionado of the bongos (not to mention [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKTSaezB4p8 mad songs about orange juice]]), player of epic practical jokes, irreverent, completely unconcerned with the mores and manners of polite society, and the inventor of branches of particle physics you would never understand if you studied for several lifetimes. He's also the guy who demonstrated the fatal flaw in the O-ring design that led to the Challenger disaster. He also chose to do so [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qAi_9quzUY in the most humiliating way possible]] to ensure that the press would drag those responsible over the coals.
27th Sep '15 3:24:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* Belgarath from ''{{Belgariad}}'' by David and Leigh Eddings.

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* Belgarath from ''{{Belgariad}}'' ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' by David and Leigh Eddings.



* Elminster from the ''Forgotten Realms'' setting.
* Platon Karataev from ''WarAndPeace''.

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* Elminster from the ''Forgotten Realms'' ''Literature/ForgottenRealms'' setting.
* Platon Karataev from ''WarAndPeace''.''Literature/WarAndPeace''.



* Nakor is this to perfection, from ''TheRiftwarCycle''.
* Zedd from ''SwordOfTruth''

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* Nakor is this to perfection, from ''TheRiftwarCycle''.
''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle''.
* Zedd from ''SwordOfTruth''''Literature/SwordOfTruth''



* Wayne from ''TheKingdomKeepers'' is a strange imagineer who guides the [=DHIs=] through their trials.

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* Wayne from ''TheKingdomKeepers'' ''Literature/TheKingdomKeepers'' is a strange imagineer who guides the [=DHIs=] through their trials.
13th Sep '15 12:11:50 PM demonfiren
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* Ford Cruller from ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' is a rare example where his unwise behaviour is involuntary (his mind literally falls apart when he's away from a psytanium deposit).

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* Ford Cruller from ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' is a rare example where his unwise behaviour is involuntary (his [[spoiler:(his mind literally falls apart when he's away from a psytanium deposit).deposit)]].
3rd Sep '15 11:30:04 AM JustTroper
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The Eccentric Mentor is an apparent contradiction, a sagacious figure who seems eccentric and possibly foolish; a font of power and respectability who acts like comic relief. Typically the Eccentric Mentor is an older male character, connected to the back story, who acts as a mentor, protector, and/or guide. They often [[ObfuscatingStupidity feign senility and weakness]] when it is useful to do so, and rarely take pains to avoid such an appearance if it requires effort.

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The Eccentric Mentor is an apparent contradiction, a sagacious figure who seems eccentric and possibly foolish; a font of power and respectability who acts like comic relief. Typically the Eccentric Mentor is an older male character, connected to the back story, who acts as a mentor, protector, and/or guide. They often [[ObfuscatingStupidity feign senility and weakness]] when it is useful to do so, and rarely take pains to avoid such an appearance if it requires effort.
effort. Their eccentricity may show itself even in visual appearance, including a quirky clothing style and [[BarefootSage an aversion to shoes]].
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