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18th Sep '16 10:44:25 PM Averagemoe
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* [[spoiler:The Infohut Guy]] from Videogame/DeadlyRoomsOfDeath acts like his mind has snapped, (which is something you can't really blame him for) but he certainly knows what's what. Case in point, [[spoiler:when Beethro asks how to get to the bottom of a three-mile-deep pit, Infohut guy implies jumping in. When Beethro tries to put it bluntly, Infohut guy calls Beethro out on how stupid the idea is and shows him a three-mile rope.]]

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* [[spoiler:The Infohut Guy]] from Videogame/DeadlyRoomsOfDeath acts like his mind has snapped, (which is something you can't really blame him for) but he certainly knows what's what. Case in point, [[spoiler:when Beethro asks how to get to the bottom of a three-mile-deep pit, Infohut guy implies jumping in. When Beethro tries to put it bluntly, Infohut guy calls Beethro out on how stupid the idea is and shows him a three-mile rope.]]rope]]. It's pretty likely that he doesn't do this on purpose.
18th Sep '16 10:39:15 PM Averagemoe
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* [[spoiler:The Infohut Guy]] from Videogame/DeadlyRoomsOfDeath acts like his mind has snapped, (which is something you can't really blame him for) but he certainly knows what's what. Case in point, [[spoiler:when Beethro asks how to get to the bottom of a three-mile-deep pit, Infohut guy implies jumping in. When Beethro tries to put it bluntly, Infohut guy calls Beethro out on how stupid the idea is and shows him a three-mile rope.]]
12th Sep '16 1:27:04 AM Killerikala
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* Some people believe that [[AxCrazy Trevor]], one of the protagonists in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' does this. While he is not exactly sane, he just might be faking some of the craziest actions we see; most notably, during a meeting, he eats some stew (presumably) made from people, yet vomits it back out after everybody has left, indicating that he did it to intimidate. Additionally, while his text messages to other protagonists are badly written, his messages to his right-hand man Ron are much better written.
11th Sep '16 8:23:58 PM CountDorku
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* In ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'', Whirl seems to be genuinely a bit loopy, but he's also a lot smarter and more cunning than his BloodKnight antics and general eccentricities lead people to believe. For example, when he's held hostage by a traumatised war hero, most of his lines imply that he's daring Fortress Maximus to go ahead and just kill him, but looked at from another angle, he's getting inside Max's head by continually voicing the most likely thoughts Max is having, leading him to identify with Whirl.
7th Sep '16 8:01:11 AM JackG
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* In his non-fiction book ''Defending the Guilty'', Barrister Alex [=McBride=] tells how he was assigned to handle a bail application for a junkie who was pretending to be insane. He was too inexperienced at the time to realise he was being conned, until the junkie's stream of gibberish was [[DistractedByTheSexy interrupted by the sight of an attractive blonde lawyer bending over to pick up her pen]], whereupon the junkie exclaimed: "Gawd, can I have her defending me?"
23rd Aug '16 2:14:49 AM Zaptech
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* Similarly, Covetous Shen in ''Videogame/DiabloIII'' tends to wander off into old-man ramblings, repeatedly gets lost in underground sewers, and frequently talks about nonsensical tangents, to the point that the Nephalem eventually either dismisses the conversation or gives up on the whole thing. It does a good job of hiding the fact that [[spoiler: he's actually a minor god who knows far, far more than he lets on.]]
21st Aug '16 9:55:16 AM ThePat
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11772125/1/Metroid-Kamen-Rider-Generations-Full-Series Metroid: Kamen Rider Generations]]'', [[Series/KamenRiderDrive Gou]], of all people, tends to use this for laughs, going as far as [[{{Troll}} messing with]] other characters. LargeHam may mix as well.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11772125/1/Metroid-Kamen-Rider-Generations-Full-Series Metroid: Kamen Rider Generations]]'', [[Series/KamenRiderDrive Gou]], Gou Shijima]], of all people, tends considers himself to use this for laughs, going as far as [[{{Troll}} messing with]] other characters. LargeHam may mix as well.be this, only the fact that he's CrazyAwesome in his own right.
5th Aug '16 1:42:01 PM Doug86
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* Titus in TitusAndronicus. Knowing that he's having a sanity slippage, his enemies, the Roman Queen and her two sons, dress up as spirits and pretend to make a deal with him so he would think it's for his benefits. He comes out and interacts with them quite cordially... aaaaaaand captures the two sons. He was insane but he wasn't fooled one bit.

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* Titus in TitusAndronicus.''Theatre/TitusAndronicus''. Knowing that he's having a sanity slippage, his enemies, the Roman Queen and her two sons, dress up as spirits and pretend to make a deal with him so he would think it's for his benefits. He comes out and interacts with them quite cordially... aaaaaaand captures the two sons. He was insane but he wasn't fooled one bit.
28th Jul '16 10:35:08 AM Willbyr
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* Xerxes Break from ''PandoraHearts''. He's a strange ManChild with a CreepyDoll he holds conversations with and a habit of [[StealthHiBye entering and exiting rooms]] from strange places like cabinets or from underneath beds. His in-canon nickname is even "Pierrot", as most people seem to think he's just a little crazy. He probably is, but [[MagnificentBastard not the]] [[TranquilFury funny]] kind.

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* Xerxes Break from ''PandoraHearts''.''Manga/PandoraHearts''. He's a strange ManChild with a CreepyDoll he holds conversations with and a habit of [[StealthHiBye entering and exiting rooms]] from strange places like cabinets or from underneath beds. His in-canon nickname is even "Pierrot", as most people seem to think he's just a little crazy. He probably is, but [[MagnificentBastard not the]] [[TranquilFury funny]] kind.
25th Jul '16 8:48:24 PM Jeduthun
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* In ''Literature/TheBible'', David (of David and Goliath fame) was forced to flee (from Saul) into exile at the court of the [[OhCrap King of Gath]] ([[DavidVersusGoliath Goliath's]] hometown), who happened to be an enemy of Israel. When the King of Gath recognizes him as an anti-Philistine guerrilla warrior, David pretended to be a raving madman, causing the king to think him harmless.

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* In ''Literature/TheBible'', ''Literature/TheBible'':
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David (of David and Goliath fame) was forced to flee (from Saul) into exile at the court of the [[OhCrap King of Gath]] ([[DavidVersusGoliath Goliath's]] hometown), who happened to be an enemy of Israel. When the King of Gath recognizes him as an anti-Philistine guerrilla warrior, David pretended to be a raving madman, causing the king to think him harmless.harmless.
** Several Hebrew prophets were instructed by God to act in seemingly crazy ways to illustrate various parables. Isaiah walked barefoot and half-naked for three years to symbolize the Israelites' coming captivity; Ezekiel lay on a stone to represent the captivity of Jerusalem; Hosea married a prostitute to symbolize God's love for faithless Israel.
** In the New Testament BookOfCorinthians, the apostle Paul mentions "foolishness for Christ" on several occasions:
--> "We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised." (1 Corithians 4:10 KJV).
* The "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foolishness_for_Christ Holy Fool]]" or ''yurodivy'' in Orthodox Christian tradition is a figure who acts insane in public to preserve his humility while providing a cover for secretly doing good works. They are known to go around half-naked, homeless, and speaking in riddles, often acting wild and disruptive, and only doing charity or working miracles out of public view. Similarly to TheJester, their feigned insanity can also let them get away with making social commentary that would get other people in trouble. Famous examples include [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simeon_the_Holy_Fool St. Simeon of Emesa]] (the PatronSaint of holy fools), Brother Juniper (an early follower of St. Francis) and St. Basil Fool for Christ (who is so revered in Russian Orthodoxy that the iconic [[UsefulNotes/{{Moscow}} St. Basil's Cathedral]] is named for him).
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