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5th Dec '16 11:21:35 AM Jeduthun
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** One story tells of a monk who tells his abbott that he would like to become a Holy Fool, but by this time enough people know that Holy Fools are only feigning their insanity, so they look down on them as self-righteous fakers. The abbott ponders this and then advises the monk to go ahead and become a Holy Fool anyway, since being condemned as a self-righteous faker when you're not is just as good a way to cultivate humility.
9th Oct '16 1:55:06 AM erforce
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* Captain Jack Sparrow from ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''. Exactly how much is obfuscation and how much is CrazyAwesome is unclear. Just the way Jack likes it.

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* Captain Jack Sparrow from ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''.''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''. Exactly how much is obfuscation and how much is CrazyAwesome is unclear. Just the way Jack likes it.
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.
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