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12th Nov '17 4:48:34 PM rjd1922
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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]]. It's pretty likely that he doesn't do this on purpose.

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* [[spoiler:The Infohut Guy]] from Videogame/DeadlyRoomsOfDeath ''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]]. It's pretty likely that he doesn't do this on purpose.


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* Several hints in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' heavily suggest that Anju's grandmother is faking her senility. Mostly to avoid Anju's [[LethalChef awful cooking]].
-->'''Granny''': Oh, Tortus. I've already had lunch.\\
'''Anju''': Grandmother... I am Anju! Tortus was my dad... And you haven't had lunch yet!\\
'''Granny''': I've already had lunch. Now be quick and take that away.\\
'''Anju''': Not eating is bad for you. Please eat...\\
'''Granny''': Didn't I say that I already ate lunch, Tortus?!? Impossible child!\\
'''Anju''': Then don't eat my food. I give up...\\
'''Granny''': Whew!\\
'''Anju''': "Whew?"\\
'''Granny''': [[OhCrap Er...]] [[VerbalBackspace W-W-Whewwwould]] you like me to read you a story?
24th Oct '17 4:05:28 PM rjwut
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* In the Sherlock Holmes pastiche, ''The Singular Case of the Duplicate Holmes'', Lady Featherstone comments that people aren't particularly cautious about what they say around her, figuring she's too old and senile to understand what is being said. In reality, she's still quite mentally sharp, but she allows people to think otherwise.
17th Oct '17 10:56:17 PM LinTaylor
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* According to the ''Literature/TrojanCycle'', [[Myth/GreekMythology Odysseus]] really did not want to go to war in Troy, and attempted to invoke this trope by sowing and ploughing his fields with salt. Palamedes saw right through the ploy, and ensured that Odysseus didn't dodge the draft by dropping his baby boy Telemachus in front of the plough's path. [[Literature/TheOdyssey Considering what happens to him afterwards, though]]... The worst part is that in some versions, ''he'' gave Menelaus the idea and authority to draft everyone else should Helen be abducted.

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* According to the ''Literature/TrojanCycle'', [[Myth/GreekMythology Odysseus]] really did not want to go to war in Troy, and attempted to invoke this trope by sowing and ploughing his fields with salt. Palamedes saw right through the ploy, ploy and ensured that tested Odysseus didn't dodge the draft by dropping putting his baby boy newborn son Telemachus in front of the plough's path.path; when Odysseus swerved to avoid him, it proved that he was perfectly sane. [[Literature/TheOdyssey Considering what happens to him afterwards, though]]... The worst part is that in some versions, ''he'' gave Menelaus the idea and authority to draft everyone else should Helen be abducted.
5th Oct '17 12:19:03 PM gorobestboy
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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.
8th Sep '17 12:43:00 PM SeptimusHeap
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* Shortly after the Black Cat was introduced, Franchise/{{Spider-Man}} tracked her down ... and discovered she had an insane romantic fixation on him. It turned out a few issues later that she'd realized he was about to catch her and set that up as a cover to get herself locked in a mental hospital rather than prison, as the hospital was easier to escape. But then she found herself [[BecomingTheMask obsessing about Spidey for real]]....

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* Shortly after the Black Cat was introduced, Franchise/{{Spider-Man}} Franchise/SpiderMan tracked her down ... and discovered she had an insane romantic fixation on him. It turned out a few issues later that she'd realized he was about to catch her and set that up as a cover to get herself locked in a mental hospital rather than prison, as the hospital was easier to escape. But then she found herself [[BecomingTheMask obsessing about Spidey for real]]....
2nd Sep '17 2:22:53 AM SeptimusHeap
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* AlPacino as Vincent Hanna in ''Film/{{Heat}}''.

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* AlPacino Creator/AlPacino as Vincent Hanna in ''Film/{{Heat}}''.
30th Aug '17 12:07:05 PM BeerBaron
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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has many people in the game, and one of them, Jarl Idgrod Ravencrone of Morthal is "gifted" with premonition, and some people think she's crazy. She doesn't give the Dragonborn the impression that she is, however, she does give the impression that she is no stranger to faking her visions, coupled with the fact that she's old, and "an old woman can get away with anything", she's the perfect person to arrange a distraction [[spoiler: at the Thalmor embassy party.]]

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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has many people in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Sheogorath,
the game, and one [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of them, [[MadGod Madness]], is ''definitely'' insane. There is no denying that. But since he consistently seems to be [[XanatosSpeedChess ten steps ahead]] of everyone else, it's likely that Sheogorath plays up his madness to hide the fact he's ''far'' more on the ball than he lets on. Further, After the [[spoiler:[[PlayerCharacter Champion of Cyrodiil]]]] [[AGodIsYou assumes the mantle]] of Sheogorath, it begs the question if his behavior in ''Skyrim'' is due to [[BecomingTheMask inheriting the mantle]] of Sheogorath, or if it's merely [[BeneathTheMask an affectation]] for when he deals with mortals.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'',
Jarl Idgrod Ravencrone of Morthal is "gifted" with premonition, and some people think she's crazy. She doesn't give the Dragonborn [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]] the impression that she is, however, she does give the impression that she is no stranger to faking her visions, coupled with the fact that she's old, and "an old woman can get away with anything", she's the perfect person to arrange a distraction [[spoiler: at the Thalmor [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]] embassy party.]]party]].
25th Aug '17 3:56:17 PM azbyc15243
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* [[spoiler:The White Queen]] in ''LighNovel/TheUnexploredSummonBloodSign'' gives the initial impression of being a psychopathic {{Yandere}} obsessed with the main character Kyousuke. Among other things, she claims to want to murder any girl whose name Kyousuke says in front of her. However, it soon becomes apparent that she's far more composed than she claims. At one point, [[spoiler:she disguises herself as someone else, and doesn't react to Kyousuke repeatedly interacting with other girls in front of her. When she reveals herself, she speaks cordially with one of the girls in question, even though there's no more need for the act, confirming that this isn't actually a BerserkButton for her]].
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.
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