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27th Jun '17 4:15:49 PM DarkHunter
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* ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars''. Several of the admirals are... eccentric. Sometimes they have crazy ideas that their saner subordinates shoot down; sometimes they have crazy brilliant ideas that pan out. (Or that were good, but don't pan out anyway.) This resonates with a culture of snark, where one suspects they're trying to see how much insanity they can get away with before someone cracks. Bebaus brothers, especially.

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* ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars''. Several of the admirals are... eccentric. Sometimes they have crazy ideas that their saner subordinates shoot down; sometimes they have crazy brilliant ideas that pan out. (Or that were good, but don't pan out anyway.) This resonates with a culture of snark, where one suspects they're trying to see how much insanity they can get away with before someone cracks. Bebaus brothers, especially. The Abh even believe that "genius" and "insanity" are two sides of the same coin, and that any genius must by definition be somewhat insane.
20th Jun '17 5:25:49 AM animefanatic2000
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* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' Urahara loves playing crazy and often goes to great lengths to ham it up. Of course, he still has TheWonka tendencies even when he drops the mask, but that doesn't change the fact he's wearing a mask in the first place.
27th May '17 1:51:42 PM nombretomado
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* In Arlo Guthrie's "Music/AlicesRestaurant", he describes attempting this during his VietnamWar draft registration.

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* In Arlo Guthrie's "Music/AlicesRestaurant", he describes attempting this during his VietnamWar UsefulNotes/VietnamWar draft registration.
27th May '17 11:47:51 AM rva98014
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* In ''Disney/{{Moana}}'', Grandma Tala is the village loon... and also the mother of the Chief and grandmother to his daughter and designated heir. She also knows exactly why the village's food sources are sickly and dwindling, because she keeps the old lore everyone else dismisses and knows that it's because Te Fiti, the Mother Island, lost her [[MacGuffin Heart]] because of Maui's ill-considered plan to steal it.
24th May '17 11:25:48 AM Njein
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_Gigante Vincent Gigante]], boss of the Genovese crime family from 1981 to 2005, [[ObfuscatingDisability feigned insanity]] for nearly 30 years to escape prosecution and to hide the fact that he was [[TheDon a major]] [[TheMafia Mafia kingpin]] (and had been doing this even before he became the boss). He wandered the streets of Greenwich Village unkempt and in a bathrobe, pajamas and slippers, muttering to himself - for this reason, the press nicknamed him "The Oddfather". His own family even insisted that he had a low IQ, and that he suffered from various mental disorders such as dementia, schizophrenia and psychosis, while psychiatrists testified he was clinically insane and incompetent to stand trial. But this "crazy" stunt came back to bite him in 1997, when high-ranking members from other families testified that Gigante's "insanity" was an elaborate ruse to prevent law enforcement from going after him, and he finally admitted to intentionally delay his previous racketeering trial and mislead numerous psychiatrists over the years about his mental state by pretending to be insane in 2003. Gigante later died in prison while doing a twelve-year stint for racketeering and murder charges in 2005.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_Gigante Vincent Gigante]], boss of the Genovese crime family from 1981 to 2005, [[ObfuscatingDisability feigned insanity]] for nearly 30 years to escape prosecution and to hide the fact that he was [[TheDon a major]] [[TheMafia [[UsefulNotes/TheMafia Mafia kingpin]] (and had been doing this even before he became the boss). He wandered the streets of Greenwich Village in New York City unkempt and in a bathrobe, pajamas and slippers, muttering mumbling to himself - -- for this reason, the press nicknamed him "The Oddfather". His own family even insisted that he had a low IQ, and that he suffered from various mental disorders such as dementia, schizophrenia and psychosis, while psychiatrists testified he was clinically insane and incompetent to stand trial. But this "crazy" stunt eventually came back to bite him in 1997, when high-ranking members mobsters from other families testified that Gigante's "insanity" was actually an elaborate ruse to prevent law enforcement from going after him, and in 2003, he finally admitted to intentionally delay his previous racketeering trial and mislead numerous psychiatrists and investigators over the years about his mental state by pretending to be insane in 2003.insane. Gigante later died in prison while doing a twelve-year stint for racketeering and murder charges in 2005.
22nd May '17 8:33:04 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* In the first ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' book, Matthias manages to avoid being killed by King Bull Sparra by pretending to be stark raving mad.
22nd May '17 8:31:15 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Richard Nixon called this the Madman theory: "I want the North Vietnamese to believe I've reached the point where I might do anything to stop the war. We'll just slip the word to them that, "for God's sake, you know Nixon is obsessed about Communism. We can't restrain him when he's angry—and he has his hand on the nuclear button" and Ho Chi Minh himself will be in Paris in two days begging for peace." Sometimes this was implemented (his increased bombings of North Vietnam and the invasion of Cambodia), others not (Operation Duckhook, the planned bombing of the Red River dikes). The North Vietnamese did eventually make a peace deal acceptable to the Nixon administration, albeit probably for more complex reasons than just this; they broke it once Nixon was out of office.

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* Richard Nixon UsefulNotes/RichardNixon called this the Madman theory: "I want the North Vietnamese to believe I've reached the point where I might do anything to stop the war. We'll just slip the word to them that, "for God's sake, you know Nixon is obsessed about Communism. We can't restrain him when he's angry—and he has his hand on the nuclear button" and Ho Chi Minh himself will be in Paris in two days begging for peace." Sometimes this was implemented (his increased bombings of North Vietnam and the invasion of Cambodia), others not (Operation Duckhook, the planned bombing of the Red River dikes). The North Vietnamese did eventually make a peace deal acceptable to the Nixon administration, albeit probably for more complex reasons than just this; they broke it once Nixon was out of office.


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* One of UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli's opponents spent time in prison, and Ali exploited the fears he'd picked up during his stint by pretending to be AxCrazy.
20th May '17 6:14:37 PM Njein
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_Gigante Vincent Gigante]], nicknamed "The Oddfather", [[ObfuscatingDisability feigned insanity]] for nearly 35 years to escape prosecution and to hide the fact that he was [[TheDon the boss of the]] [[TheMafia Genovese crime family]] (and had been doing this even before he became the boss). He wandered the streets of Greenwich Village unkempt and in a bathrobe, pajamas and slippers, muttering to himself; psychiatrists testified he was clinically insane. His own family even insisted that he had a low IQ, and that he suffered from various mental disorders such as dementia, schizophrenia and psychosis. Eventually, his "crazy act" failed and came back to bite him in 1997, and he died in prison while doing a twelve-year stint for racketeering and murder charges in 2005.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_Gigante Vincent Gigante]], nicknamed "The Oddfather", boss of the Genovese crime family from 1981 to 2005, [[ObfuscatingDisability feigned insanity]] for nearly 35 30 years to escape prosecution and to hide the fact that he was [[TheDon the boss of the]] a major]] [[TheMafia Genovese crime family]] Mafia kingpin]] (and had been doing this even before he became the boss). He wandered the streets of Greenwich Village unkempt and in a bathrobe, pajamas and slippers, muttering to himself; psychiatrists testified he was clinically insane. himself - for this reason, the press nicknamed him "The Oddfather". His own family even insisted that he had a low IQ, and that he suffered from various mental disorders such as dementia, schizophrenia and psychosis. Eventually, his "crazy act" failed psychosis, while psychiatrists testified he was clinically insane and incompetent to stand trial. But this "crazy" stunt came back to bite him in 1997, when high-ranking members from other families testified that Gigante's "insanity" was an elaborate ruse to prevent law enforcement from going after him, and he finally admitted to intentionally delay his previous racketeering trial and mislead numerous psychiatrists over the years about his mental state by pretending to be insane in 2003. Gigante later died in prison while doing a twelve-year stint for racketeering and murder charges in 2005.
18th May '17 1:56:34 PM AdelePotter
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* In ''{{Film/Nerve}}'', this is heavily implied to be the case with [[spoiler:Ty. He comes off as completely unhinged and unrestrained for most of the film, but then you find out he's trapped in his current situation, and can't leave, meaning he's being ''forced'' to do all these dangerous, illegal, immoral things. When Vee asks for his help in ending the titular game, he instantly agrees. Once he's free at the film's end, while he's obviously shaken up, he seems much more subdued and normal. So, more than likely, the aggressiveness and apparent insanity was just a coping mechanism.]]
17th May '17 9:06:14 AM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheMachineriesOfEmpire'' it eventually turns out that [[spoiler:Jedao's supposed psychotic break was a planned and premediated thing]] and he's perfectly fine in the head, if too extremist for anyone's good.
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