History Main / FeigningIntelligence

5th Sep '16 7:06:49 AM erforce
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* Played straight for most of the 2006 remake of ''ThePinkPanther''...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 2006 remake of ''ThePinkPanther''...''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.]]



** In the original film series, Creator/PeterSellers [[WordOfGod often commented]] that he played Clouseau as an extremely arrogant man who was nevertheless ''just'' clever enough to realize what a complete imbecile he really was.

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** In the [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther original film series, series]], Creator/PeterSellers [[WordOfGod often commented]] that he played Clouseau as an extremely arrogant man who was nevertheless ''just'' clever enough to realize what a complete imbecile he really was.
14th Aug '16 4:44:34 PM DrFraud
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Tend 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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Tend 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.
9th Aug '16 11:35:33 PM freefall4242
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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.
24th Jul '16 10:35:40 AM nombretomado
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* The Dunning-Kruger Effect is when "people reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices but their incompetence robs them of the metacognitive ability to realize it", or as Cracked.com phrases it: "a short cut in the brain that makes people suck at figuring out they suck." To test the Dunning-Kruger effect, two men named David Dunning and Justin Kruger ran a series of experiments and published the results in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in December 1999. What they found was that [[CharlesDarwin “ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.”]] Specifically they concluded: (1) Incompetent individuals tend to overestimate their own level of skill. (2) Incompetent individuals fail to recognize genuine skill in others. (3) Incompetent individuals fail to recognize the extremity of their inadequacy. (4) If they can be trained to substantially improve their own skill level, these individuals can recognize and acknowledge their own previous lack of skill.

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* The Dunning-Kruger Effect is when "people reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices but their incompetence robs them of the metacognitive ability to realize it", or as Cracked.com phrases it: "a short cut in the brain that makes people suck at figuring out they suck." To test the Dunning-Kruger effect, two men named David Dunning and Justin Kruger ran a series of experiments and published the results in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in December 1999. What they found was that [[CharlesDarwin [[UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin “ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.”]] Specifically they concluded: (1) Incompetent individuals tend to overestimate their own level of skill. (2) Incompetent individuals fail to recognize genuine skill in others. (3) Incompetent individuals fail to recognize the extremity of their inadequacy. (4) If they can be trained to substantially improve their own skill level, these individuals can recognize and acknowledge their own previous lack of skill.
16th Jul '16 9:17:24 AM TMNTFanGirl
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** Brian is this as well, but in a far more [[InsufferableGenius insufferable way]]. While he's obviously very intelligent for a domesticated dog--seeing as how he can talk, walk on two legs, get a job and drive a car--and definitely has a lot more common sense than some of the human characters on the show (especially Peter), by human standards, he's really not all that smart. For example: he uses words he doesn't know, often claims to read things like classic literature (but is almost never shown reading any kind of books), and is just a general, all around [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality h]][[AuthorTract y]][[AuthorFilibuster p]][[JerkAss o]][[HollywoodAtheist c]][[KnowNothingKnowItAll r]][[CreatorsPet i]][[DesignatedHero t]][[UngratefulBastard e]].

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** Brian is this as well, but in a far more [[InsufferableGenius insufferable way]]. While he's obviously very intelligent for a domesticated dog--seeing as how he can talk, walk on two legs, get a job and drive a car--and he's definitely has a lot way more common sense than some of the human characters on the show (especially Peter), by human standards, he's really not all that smart.intelligent by human standards. For example: he uses words he doesn't know, often claims to read things like classic literature (but is almost never shown reading any kind of books), and is just a general, all around [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality h]][[AuthorTract y]][[AuthorFilibuster p]][[JerkAss o]][[HollywoodAtheist c]][[KnowNothingKnowItAll r]][[CreatorsPet i]][[DesignatedHero t]][[UngratefulBastard e]].
1st Jul '16 1:24:55 PM CheeseDogX
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** One specific example comes from a time travel episode, where Brian pretends he already knows what Stewie is talking about by pretending to finish Stewie's sentence. Stewie, who isn't fooled for an instant, tells him not to do that.

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** *** One specific example comes from a time travel episode, where Brian pretends he already knows what Stewie is talking about by pretending to finish Stewie's sentence. Stewie, who isn't fooled for an instant, tells him not to do that.
1st Jul '16 1:24:34 PM CheeseDogX
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** One specific example comes from a time travel episode, where Brian pretends he already knows what Stewie is talking about by pretending to finish Stewie's sentence. Stewie, who isn't fooled for an instant, tells him not to do that.
14th Jun '16 6:56:16 AM LentilSandEater
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* One Tabletop session that went OffTheRails had an example of this. The kingdoms Archmage was really just a bard with a maxed-out bluff skill and he was in way over his head.
* Any game of ''TabletopGame/Paranoia'' has to have multiple examples of this. Only one example of this is evidence of a Commie Mutant plot.
** Any example of this is [[MortonsFork a Commie Mutant Plot]]. Please report to your local termination booth or you will be terminated.

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* One Tabletop session that went OffTheRails had an example of this. The kingdoms kingdom's Archmage was really just a bard with a maxed-out bluff skill and he was in way over his head.
* Any game of ''TabletopGame/Paranoia'' ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' has to have multiple examples of this. Only one example And of this is evidence of a Commie Mutant plot.
** Any
course ''any'' example of this is [[MortonsFork a Commie Mutant Plot]]. Please report to your local termination booth or you will be terminated.
19th May '16 4:28:54 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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The opposite of ObfuscatingStupidity: A stupid character pretends (or tries to pretend) he or she is really smart or otherwise good at something. The stupid characters will either enlist a smart character to feed them lines, or bluff their way through with [[SeeminglyProfoundFool seemingly profound statements]] ([[SavedByTheBell "What is art? Are we Art? Is Art Art?"]]) and TechnoBabble.

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The opposite of ObfuscatingStupidity: A stupid character pretends (or tries to pretend) he or she is really smart or otherwise good at something. The stupid characters will either enlist a smart character to feed them lines, or bluff their way through with [[SeeminglyProfoundFool seemingly profound statements]] ([[SavedByTheBell ([[Series/SavedByTheBell "What is art? Are we Art? Is Art Art?"]]) and TechnoBabble.
13th May '16 6:03:50 AM TMNTFanGirl
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* Anyone who's ever taken a literature-based course in school knows that you can write a decent essay about a book or a play you've never even read as long as you at least make it ''sound'' like you've read it.

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* Anyone who's ever taken a literature-based course in school knows can tell you that you anyone can write a decent essay about paper or do a decent presentation on a book or a play you've never even read as long as you at least make it ''sound'' like you've read it.it.
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