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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.
5th May '16 1:53:05 PM 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 you've never even read as long as it ''sounds'' like you've read it.

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* Anyone who's ever taken a literature based 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 ''sounds'' ''sound'' like you've read it.
22nd Apr '16 12:57:44 AM Doug86
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* Liz Hurley's character in TheFilmOfTheSeries of ''MyFavoriteMartian'' is a [[TheBrainlessBeauty glamorous hard-hitting reporter... who is also a complete airhead]]. She only sounds smart because a scriptwriter feeds her lines through a hidden earpiece.

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* Liz Hurley's character in TheFilmOfTheSeries of ''MyFavoriteMartian'' ''Film/MyFavoriteMartian'' is a [[TheBrainlessBeauty glamorous hard-hitting reporter... who is also a complete airhead]]. She only sounds smart because a scriptwriter feeds her lines through a hidden earpiece.
19th Mar '16 2:29:49 AM Hossmeister
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16th Mar '16 12:33:59 PM Morgenthaler
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* Kelly Bundy from ''MarriedWithChildren'' used the NerdGlasses/"profound" babble combo to impress a smart guy.
* As did Lisa Turtle in an episode of ''SavedByTheBell'' (source of the "Art" quote). She is a bit smarter than most of the other characters in this trope, but still has a little too much air between the ears than is good for her.
* In a ''{{Friends}}'' episode, Joey memorized details about all the artwork in a gallery, then messed it up as he got left and right confused.

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* Kelly Bundy from ''MarriedWithChildren'' ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' used the NerdGlasses/"profound" babble combo to impress a smart guy.
* As did Lisa Turtle in an episode of ''SavedByTheBell'' ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' (source of the "Art" quote). She is a bit smarter than most of the other characters in this trope, but still has a little too much air between the ears than is good for her.
* In a ''{{Friends}}'' ''Series/{{Friends}}'' episode, Joey memorized details about all the artwork in a gallery, then messed it up as he got left and right confused.



* ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'': London hires Maddie to help her pull PlayingCyrano on a hot merit scholar, Trevor. The plan backfires when Maddie can't restrain herself from getting into a debate over politics with him, culminating in a SlapSlapKiss. Fortunately, London seems more confused than hurt.
* ''DrakeAndJosh'': Drake gets Josh to help him cheat on an academic game show to impress an [[NerdsAreSexy attractive genius]]. HilarityEnsues, leading to the good ol' BeYourself [[AnAesop Aesop]]... which, in this case, would mean, "[[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop I don't care about what's inside. I like you because you're cute]]."

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* ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'': ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'': London hires Maddie to help her pull PlayingCyrano on a hot merit scholar, Trevor. The plan backfires when Maddie can't restrain herself from getting into a debate over politics with him, culminating in a SlapSlapKiss. Fortunately, London seems more confused than hurt.
* ''DrakeAndJosh'': ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'': Drake gets Josh to help him cheat on an academic game show to impress an [[NerdsAreSexy attractive genius]]. HilarityEnsues, leading to the good ol' BeYourself [[AnAesop Aesop]]... which, in this case, would mean, "[[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop I don't care about what's inside. I like you because you're cute]]."



* The borderline mentally disabled Randy in ''MyNameIsEarl'' seems to be really good at this, once befriending a bunch of business men, getting a job and earning a lot of money in less than a day with just the help of a second-hand suit.

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* The borderline mentally disabled Randy in ''MyNameIsEarl'' ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' seems to be really good at this, once befriending a bunch of business men, getting a job and earning a lot of money in less than a day with just the help of a second-hand suit.



* Foggy Dewhurst from ''LastOfTheSummerWine'' had more or less convinced himself that he knew everything based on the simple fact that he was Foggy Dewhurst. On one occasion, he convinced himself that he had to know what a "Loxely Lozenge" was simply because he existed and must've heard it at some point and simply needed to bring it to the front of his mind. He thought it was a cough drop. Turns out it was a very rare automobile. He then stubbornly tried to convince the others he'd been speaking in code in case others had been listening in, and while they weren't fooled, he managed to fool himself.

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* Foggy Dewhurst from ''LastOfTheSummerWine'' ''Series/LastOfTheSummerWine'' had more or less convinced himself that he knew everything based on the simple fact that he was Foggy Dewhurst. On one occasion, he convinced himself that he had to know what a "Loxely Lozenge" was simply because he existed and must've heard it at some point and simply needed to bring it to the front of his mind. He thought it was a cough drop. Turns out it was a very rare automobile. He then stubbornly tried to convince the others he'd been speaking in code in case others had been listening in, and while they weren't fooled, he managed to fool himself.
21st Jan '16 7:50:15 AM Discar
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* It is an effective method to cover up limited computing power. Do something and correct the decision later if it turns out to be a bad move.
** Example: Starting to move directly towards the destination while scheduling the time consuming path finding for later.
17th Jan '16 4:36:43 PM TMNTFanGirl
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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 the end of the movie when a flashback reveals not only was Clouseau telling the truth but the woman gave him a vital clue.]]

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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 when a flashback reveals that not only was did Clouseau telling the truth but actually understand what the woman gave him was saying, she had also given them a vital clue.]]
17th Jan '16 4:32:28 PM 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, 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 well, but in a far more [[InsufferableGenius insufferable way]]). way]]. While he's obviously very intelligent for a domesticated dog (seeing dog--seeing as how he can talk, walk on two legs, get a job and drive a car) and 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]].
17th Jan '16 4:15:56 PM nombretomado
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* In ''StarControl 3'', the K'tang species tries very hard to look powerful and intelligent. They fail miserably at the latter.

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* In ''StarControl 3'', ''VideoGame/StarControl3'', the K'tang species tries very hard to look powerful and intelligent. They fail miserably at the latter.
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