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26th Apr '16 3:29:48 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/FirebirdLackey'': Ilya has to do this to avoid being killed.

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* Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/FirebirdLackey'': ''Literature/{{Firebird|Lackey}}'': Ilya has to do this to avoid being killed.
6th Apr '16 2:07:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/Vengeance'' has a tricky one, since Lucretia often appears insane to the viewers, but to the Romans she appears perfectly sane. [[spoiler:She's faking the whole thing to get vengeance on Ilithyia. But she is at least a little crazy]].

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* ''Series/Vengeance'' ''Series/SpartacusVengeance'' has a tricky one, since Lucretia often appears insane to the viewers, but to the Romans she appears perfectly sane. [[spoiler:She's faking the whole thing to get vengeance on Ilithyia. But she is at least a little crazy]].
6th Apr '16 2:06:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* Jarod feigned insanity in an episode of ''ThePretender'' in order to get himself thrown in the loony bin as part of his plan to bring down the villain of the week.

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* Jarod feigned insanity in an episode of ''ThePretender'' ''Series/ThePretender'' in order to get himself thrown in the loony bin as part of his plan to bring down the villain of the week.



* It's debateable how much of this is deliberate, but Merlin from ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' is known around the castle as "that weird manservant of Arthur's who isn't quite right in the head" and to most of the cast is a complete {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. In reality, he's not even an IneptMage, and is in fact smarter than most of the rest of the cast combined.
* In the first episode of ''{{Bottom}}'', Eddie and Richie avoid incurring the wrath of a man whose wife they just hit on by pretending to be "mere loonies."

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* It's debateable how much of this is deliberate, but Merlin from ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' is known around the castle as "that weird manservant of Arthur's who isn't quite right in the head" and to most of the cast is a complete {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. In reality, he's not even an IneptMage, and is in fact smarter than most of the rest of the cast combined.
* In the first episode of ''{{Bottom}}'', ''Series/{{Bottom}}'', Eddie and Richie avoid incurring the wrath of a man whose wife they just hit on by pretending to be "mere loonies."



* ''[[SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus Vengeance]]'' has a tricky one, since Lucretia often appears insane to the viewers, but to the Romans she appears perfectly sane. [[spoiler:She's faking the whole thing to get vengeance on Ilithyia. But she is at least a little crazy]].

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* ''[[SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus Vengeance]]'' ''Series/Vengeance'' has a tricky one, since Lucretia often appears insane to the viewers, but to the Romans she appears perfectly sane. [[spoiler:She's faking the whole thing to get vengeance on Ilithyia. But she is at least a little crazy]].
17th Mar '16 10:11:35 PM DisillusionedJoey
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** The closest he came was by pretending to not be aware that he was in the Army or Korea. Colonel Potter was filling out the paper and Klinger still kept up the act [[spoiler:Until Potter asked him his rank and he replied "Corporal"]].
7th Mar '16 12:21:41 AM Pichu-kun
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* Miki accuses Yuki of this in ''Manga/SchoolLive'', though it's unknown if it's true or not. Note that she only came to the conclusion after reading a few pages on Multiple Personality Disorder in a book. Later on it's implied she did have mental health problems however she fits the trope properly, as she still pretends to be delusional and oblivious after she "snapped" out of it. She doesn'tdo it for malicious reasons though. She knows her happy attitude is what keeps her friends from breaking down due to the difficulties of surviving during a ZombieApocalypse.

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* Miki accuses Yuki of this in ''Manga/SchoolLive'', though it's unknown if it's true or not. Note that she only came to the conclusion after reading a few pages on Multiple Personality Disorder in a book. Later on it's implied she did have mental health problems however she fits the trope properly, as she still pretends to be delusional and oblivious after she "snapped" out of it. She doesn'tdo doesn't do it for malicious reasons though. She knows her happy attitude is what keeps her friends from breaking down due to the difficulties of surviving during a ZombieApocalypse.
12th Feb '16 1:07:54 AM Alucard
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Not to be confused with InsanityDefense. Compare ObfuscatingStupidity, where people pretend to be dimwitted instead of crazy.

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Not to be confused with InsanityDefense. Compare ObfuscatingStupidity, where people pretend to be dimwitted instead of crazy.
crazy. Contrast MaskOfSanity for when someone is actually insane, but is able to hide that fact well.
12th Dec '15 12:44:15 PM Pichu-kun
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* Na-mi from ''Sunny'' pretends to act [[DemonicPossession possessed]] in order to avoid getting into a fight.
10th Dec '15 8:45:19 AM darksoul4242
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** Lord Shojo, ruler of Azure City in , deliberately pretends to be senile so that his enemies don't try and assassinate him. If he does what they want, they assume that they manipulated him, while if he doesn't do what they want, they assume that he is being manipulated by one of their enemies. He also uses this so that his paladins don't get suspicious if he takes actions that would break the Sapphire Guard's restrictive code of honor if people thought he was making them lucidly. His legal adviser, Mr. Scruffy, is [[RightHandCat an ordinary housecat]].

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** Lord Shojo, ruler of Azure City in , City, deliberately pretends to be senile so that his enemies don't try and assassinate him. If he does what they want, they assume that they manipulated him, while if he doesn't do what they want, they assume that he is being manipulated by one of their enemies. He also uses this so that his paladins don't get suspicious if he takes actions that would break the Sapphire Guard's restrictive code of honor if people thought he was making them lucidly. His legal adviser, Mr. Scruffy, is [[RightHandCat an ordinary housecat]].
10th Dec '15 7:03:38 AM Pichu-kun
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* Miki accuses Yuki of this in ''Manga/SchoolLive'', though it's unknown if it's true or not. Note that she only came to the conclusion after reading a few pages on Multiple Personality Disorder in a book.

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* Miki accuses Yuki of this in ''Manga/SchoolLive'', though it's unknown if it's true or not. Note that she only came to the conclusion after reading a few pages on Multiple Personality Disorder in a book. Later on it's implied she did have mental health problems however she fits the trope properly, as she still pretends to be delusional and oblivious after she "snapped" out of it. She doesn'tdo it for malicious reasons though. She knows her happy attitude is what keeps her friends from breaking down due to the difficulties of surviving during a ZombieApocalypse.



* While Ryousuke's mother in ''Manga/BokuraNoHentai'' does have mental health problems brought on by her daughts death, it's shown she isn't delusional as she seems. She reveals later on that she knew her crossdressing son wasn't ''really'' his deceased sister.

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* While Ryousuke's mother in ''Manga/BokuraNoHentai'' does have mental health problems brought on by her daughts daughters death, it's shown she isn't delusional as she seems.seemed. She reveals later on that she knew her crossdressing son wasn't ''really'' his deceased sister.
3rd Dec '15 3:13:57 PM AllenbysEyes
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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." 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.
** Nixon based this on his experience as UsefulNotes/DwightEisenhower's Vice President. Eisenhower reportedly threatened to use nuclear weapons against China during the UsefulNotes/KoreanWar, which many argued forced China and North Korea to the negotiating table. The reality's a bit more complicated, but Nixon certainly believed it.

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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.
** Nixon based this on his experience as UsefulNotes/DwightEisenhower's Vice President. Eisenhower reportedly threatened to use nuclear weapons against China during the UsefulNotes/KoreanWar, which many argued argue forced China and North Korea to the negotiating table. The reality's a bit more complicated, but Nixon certainly believed it.
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