History Main / FeigningIntelligence

7th Dec '17 5:31:40 PM nombretomado
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* The main character in ''TheDeathOfTheVazirMukhtar'' is [[MaliciousSlander sometimes accused]] of writing or at least editing the correspondence of General Ivan Paskevich, his in-law and sort-of superior in the Caucasus, so as to make him seem smarter. That is apparently untrue, although Paskevich might be considered a mild example of this trope nonetheless.

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* The main character in ''TheDeathOfTheVazirMukhtar'' ''Literature/TheDeathOfTheVazirMukhtar'' is [[MaliciousSlander sometimes accused]] of writing or at least editing the correspondence of General Ivan Paskevich, his in-law and sort-of superior in the Caucasus, so as to make him seem smarter. That is apparently untrue, although Paskevich might be considered a mild example of this trope nonetheless.
5th Dec '17 11:29:45 AM DrFraud
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Tends to show up in characters that are so dumb, they don't even realize that DumbIsGood. Frequently involves the use of NerdGlasses. As with ObfuscatingStupidity, HilarityEnsues frequently from a stupid confusion or DoubleEntendre conversation. This often results in DelusionsOfEloquence. See also KnowNothingKnowItAll.

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Tends to show up in characters that who are so dumb, they don't even realize that DumbIsGood. Frequently involves the use of NerdGlasses. As with ObfuscatingStupidity, HilarityEnsues frequently from a stupid confusion or DoubleEntendre conversation. This often results in DelusionsOfEloquence. See also KnowNothingKnowItAll.



* In ''[[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]]'', the in-universe author and narrator, Loose Change seems to be a shining of example of this. It doesn't help that the fic is supposed to be her academic essay that's she's submitting to her University, and any hopes of her maintaining academic professionalism and integrity are gone by Chapter 2. She still maintains that she's "smarter than the rest of those traditionalist historians", despite clear evidence that she's not.

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* In ''[[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]]'', the in-universe author and narrator, Loose Change seems to be a shining of example of this. It doesn't help that the fic is supposed to be her academic essay that's she's submitting to her University, and any hopes of her maintaining academic professionalism and integrity are gone by Chapter 2. She still maintains that she's "smarter than the rest of those traditionalist historians", despite clear evidence that she's not.



* An unintentional example in ''Film/Tremors2Aftershocks'', when the Graboids first mutate into Shriekers. For the first few scenes after they come into existence, they tear up several cars and the radio tower, convincing the protagonists that they had achieved human-level intelligence and had actually planned everything out to cut off their ability to travel and communicate with each other. Eventually, they find out that the Shriekers navigate by infrared, and were simply biting anything they came across that was hot, [[TooDumbToLive whether it was actually food or not.]]

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* An unintentional example in ''Film/Tremors2Aftershocks'', when the Graboids first mutate into Shriekers. For the first few scenes after they come into existence, they tear up several cars and the radio tower, convincing the protagonists that they had achieved human-level intelligence and had actually planned everything out to cut off their ability to travel and communicate with each other. Eventually, they find out that the Shriekers navigate by infrared, and were simply biting anything they came across that was hot, [[TooDumbToLive whether it was actually food or not.]]
11th Oct '17 1:46:43 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In "Magazine Articles", Miss Brooks enlists Walter Denton to masquerade as her nonexistent fourteen year old quiz kid son. Miss Brooks had written an fictional article for "True Family Romance" magazine about her quiz kid son, and needed to prove the story was true in order to collect her payment. HilarityEnsues, especially as Mr. Conklin gets involved . . . .

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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In "Magazine Articles", Miss Brooks enlists Walter Denton to masquerade as her nonexistent fourteen year old quiz kid son. Miss Brooks had written an fictional article for "True Family Romance" magazine about her quiz kid son, and needed to prove the story was true in order to collect her payment. HilarityEnsues, especially as Mr. Conklin gets involved . . . . involved...
11th Oct '17 1:46:24 PM WillKeaton
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* DoubleSubverted with [[spoiler: Eugene]] in Series/TheWalkingDead. While not [[spoiler: a CDC researcher who can cure the virus]] as he claims to be for most of his first arc, he has nonetheless proven himself to be a JackOfAllTrades, a master of XanatosSpeedChess, and very, very good at solving potentially deadly lateral thinking puzzles. It seems inceasingly clear that both before and after the ZombieApocalypse, the only thing keeping him from achieving true RenaissanceMan status has been a complete lack of unfeigned self-confidence. Well, that and some... [[LethalKlutz moderate coordination issues]].

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* DoubleSubverted with [[spoiler: Eugene]] in Series/TheWalkingDead. ''Series/TheWalkingDead.'' While not [[spoiler: a CDC researcher who can cure the virus]] as he claims to be for most of his first arc, he has nonetheless proven himself to be a JackOfAllTrades, a master of XanatosSpeedChess, and very, very good at solving potentially deadly lateral thinking puzzles. It seems inceasingly clear that both before and after the ZombieApocalypse, the only thing keeping him from achieving true RenaissanceMan status has been a complete lack of unfeigned self-confidence. Well, that and some... [[LethalKlutz moderate coordination issues]].
11th Oct '17 1:44:09 PM WillKeaton
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* Played straight for most of the remake of ''Film/ThePinkPanther2006''... mostly. As an example, after hearing a murder victim's last words were "Oh, it's you!", Clouseau orders all people in the city with the name "Yu" to be detained for interrogation. Naturally, he's saddled up with a Chinese woman rattling off in Chinese. After the interrogation, his partner asks if he can even understand Chinese. Clouseau acts all offended and replies something along the lines of "Do you think I would do all this if I didn't understand Chinese?". [[spoiler:Seeing as he's been FeigningIntelligence for most of the movie, his partner (and the audience) look unconvinced...until a flashback at the end of the movie reveals that not only did Clouseau actually understand what the woman was saying, she had also given them a vital clue.]]

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* Played straight for most of the remake of ''Film/ThePinkPanther2006''... mostly. As an example, after hearing a murder victim's last words were "Oh, it's you!", Clouseau orders all people in the city with the name "Yu" to be detained for interrogation. Naturally, he's saddled up with a Chinese woman rattling off in Chinese. After the interrogation, his partner asks if he can even understand Chinese. Clouseau acts all offended and replies something along the lines of "Do you think I would do all this if I didn't understand Chinese?". Chinese?" [[spoiler:Seeing as he's been FeigningIntelligence for most of the movie, his partner (and the audience) look unconvinced...until a flashback at the end of the movie reveals that not only did Clouseau actually understand what the woman was saying, she had also given them a vital clue.]]
11th Oct '17 1:43:26 PM WillKeaton
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* Wheatley in ''Fanfic/BlueSky,'' reprising his role of desperately attempting to seem intelligent without actually being so. His success rate is...debatable, but has at the very least not improved much from Portal2.

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* Wheatley in ''Fanfic/BlueSky,'' reprising his role of desperately attempting to seem intelligent without actually being so. His success rate is...debatable, but has at the very least not improved much from Portal2.''Portal2.''
11th Oct '17 1:43:08 PM WillKeaton
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* Wheatley in Fanfic/BlueSky, reprising his role of desperately attempting to seem intelligent without actually being so. His success rate is...debatable, but has at the very least not improved much from Portal2.

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* Wheatley in Fanfic/BlueSky, ''Fanfic/BlueSky,'' reprising his role of desperately attempting to seem intelligent without actually being so. His success rate is...debatable, but has at the very least not improved much from Portal2.
6th Oct '17 5:10:06 PM CheeseDogX
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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'''s Fred Colon sometimes does this when talking with Nobby Nobbs. Nobby Nobbs has an unfortunate habit of asking ''questions'' (it's implied he's the smarter of the two, but not by much)

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'''s Fred Colon sometimes does this when talking with Nobby Nobbs. Nobby Nobbs has an unfortunate habit of asking ''questions'' (it's innocent questions that point out how full of it Colon is. It's implied he's Nobby's the smarter of the two, but not by much)much.
6th Oct '17 4:48:40 PM CheeseDogX
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* At one point in ''{{VideoGame/Anachronox}}'', the party has to board a ship to a planet of scientists, and the passengers all have to prove they are up on the latest scientific discoveries. This is a problem for the very BookDumb Sly, who can't even spell the name of the planet the game is named after. He ends up having to fake speaking a made-up language so that his RobotBuddy (who downloaded a database on cutting edge research) can "translate" the correct answers for him.
16th Sep '17 3:49:50 PM nombretomado
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-->'''Bernard''': What did you say to Kate? She thinks I'm {{the Renaissance}}. She'll think I've lied! I have to go along with all this reclusive genius stuff -- ''she's going to be very upset when she finds out I'm a reclusive wanker.''

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-->'''Bernard''': What did you say to Kate? She thinks I'm {{the Renaissance}}.UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance. She'll think I've lied! I have to go along with all this reclusive genius stuff -- ''she's going to be very upset when she finds out I'm a reclusive wanker.''
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