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8th Sep '16 6:11:47 AM Gravidef
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* One joke recounts the tale of a kindly shopkeeper and a little kid named Billy. On many an occasion, the shopkeeper would witness older boys teasing Billy by offering him a choice between a nickel and a dime, then laughing at him choosing the nickel, supposedly because the nickel was larger and Billy was too slow to realize that the dime was worth more. Eventually, the shopkeeper took pity on Billy, and took him aside for a quiet word on the matter...only for Billy to reveal that he was playing this trope all along: he knows very well how much the two coins are worth, but if he ever picks the dime, the kids will stop giving him free nickels.

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* One joke recounts the tale of a kindly shopkeeper and a little kid named Billy.Billy (other variations have it as the village idiot and a tourist). On many an occasion, the shopkeeper would witness older boys teasing Billy by offering him a choice between a nickel and a dime, then laughing at him choosing the nickel, supposedly because the nickel was larger and Billy was too slow to realize that the dime was worth more. Eventually, the shopkeeper took pity on Billy, and took him aside for a quiet word on the matter...only for Billy to reveal that he was playing this trope all along: he knows very well how much the two coins are worth, but if he ever picks the dime, the kids will stop giving him free nickels.


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* A few DumbBlonde jokes fall into this territory, with the apparently stupid blonde playing on the stereotype to trick people:
** A beautiful blonde ends up sitting on a plane next to an arrogant professor. He's amused by her ditzy attitude, and the two start playing a trivia game. The blonde agrees to pay a dollar for every question she gets wrong, and the professor, feeling pompous, offers to pay a hundred dollars for his incorrect answers. After missing the first question, the blonde asks something along the lines of "What goes up a hill wet, then comes down the hill dry?" The professor spends the whole ride trying to solve the riddle, but eventually gives up and hands the blonde a hundred dollar bill when the plane lands. As she stands up to leave, the professor asks "So what ''does'' go up a hill wet, then down a hill dry?"...at which point the blonde takes out another dollar and hands it to him with a wink.
** A blonde walks into a New York City bank and asks for a small loan of $2,000 for her upcoming vacation. When asked for collateral, she offers up her brand-new late-model Ferrari, which is worth at least $100,000. The bank manager accepts the terms, and he and all of his employees laugh at how stupid the woman is for making such a deal while a valet parks the car in the bank's underground vault. A month later, the blonde returns to pick up her car and pays back the $2,000, along with the $15.71 that she owes in interest. The bank manager takes her aside and comments that he looked up the woman's records; she's actually a multimillionaire, so why on earth did she need to borrow such a paltry sum? With a smile, the blonde replies, "Well, sir, where else could I park a brand-new Ferrari in New York City for a month, know that it would be kept totally safe, and only have to pay $15.71 for it?"
23rd Jun '16 8:38:11 PM FordPrefect
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** Even better? He proved how smart he really was by memorizing the names, ranks, locations, and health status of every single POW in his camp. Which he then sung to US authorites in the style of Old Macdonald as that was how he remembered it. Because of that over 700 [=POWs=] didn't have an "accident" or "escape" as everyone knew exactly where they were.

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** Even better? He proved how smart he really was by memorizing the names, ranks, locations, and health status of every single POW in his camp. Which he then sung to US authorites authorities in the style of Old Macdonald as that was how he remembered it. Because of that over 700 [=POWs=] didn't have an "accident" or "escape" as everyone knew exactly where they were.
14th May '16 9:58:20 PM 10-13-2
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* Wrestling/{{Batista}} played this role to some extent during the first two years or so of his career, serving as the DumbMuscle of Evolution and remaining more or less in the background; he was the last member to receive a serious title opportunity. He even played along with Wrestling/TripleH and Wrestling/RicFlair for a while after turning face. Both in kayfabe and out, many people probably didn't expect him to defeat Triple H for the world title, especially considering his [[OlderThanTheyLook (relatively) advanced age]].
14th May '16 9:52:18 PM 10-13-2
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* Wrestling/{{LayCool}} could count. A pair of bubbly ditzy {{Valley Girl}}s who have managed to dominate the division for over a year, capturing four sets of titles for themselves.

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* Wrestling/{{LayCool}} could count. A pair of bubbly ditzy {{Valley Girl}}s who have managed to dominate the division for over a year, capturing four sets of titles for themselves. The ditziness also (somewhat) concealed their extreme cruelty, making them FauxAffablyEvil [[AlphaBitch Alpha Bitches]] as well.
2nd May '16 8:40:48 AM Goldfritha
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This differs from the GeniusDitz in that the latter is brilliant in a single field (or multiple obscure fields) but genuinely ditzy otherwise. Another variant is of someone who is a genuine genius but who pretends to be TheFool in order to avoid responsibility, either because [[BrilliantButLazy they are lazy]] or because of some trauma which has undermined their confidence. May appear to be TheFool until the viewer realizes he's just so good at making intentional actions seem like total coincidences that it appears to be blind luck. If done well, you may not be able to tell if the character is an AlmightyJanitor, a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass or a BunnyEarsLawyer. Or, for that matter, TooDumbToFool, especially if the character is good at noticing what is too obvious to be seen.

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This differs from the GeniusDitz in that the latter is brilliant in a single field (or multiple obscure fields) but genuinely ditzy otherwise. Another variant is of someone who is a genuine genius but who pretends to be TheFool in order to avoid responsibility, either because [[BrilliantButLazy they are lazy]] or because of some trauma which has undermined their confidence. May appear to be TheFool until the viewer realizes he's just so good at making intentional actions seem like total coincidences that it appears to be blind luck. If done well, [[RiddleForTheAges you may not be able to tell tell]] if the character is an AlmightyJanitor, a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, a not-so-IneptMage, or a BunnyEarsLawyer. Or, for that matter, TooDumbToFool, especially if the character is good at noticing what is too obvious to be seen.
11th Feb '16 9:04:45 AM FordPrefect
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* The Space Wolves in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are not as stupid as they act, especially their Chapter Master Logan Grimnar. There is a reason he ends up running most of the wars he gets involved in, even if its from the sidelines.

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* The Space Wolves in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are not as stupid as they act, especially their Chapter Master Logan Grimnar. There is a reason he ends up running most of the wars he gets involved in, even if its it's from the sidelines.
2nd Jan '16 4:37:02 PM R1ck
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* In October 2015, a [[https://www.reddit.com/comments/3qvj6w/ theory]] on Website/{{Reddit}} began to circulate online proposing that Jar Jar Binks, one of the most [[TheScrappy reviled characters]] in ''Franchise/StarWars'' history, is actually [[EvilAllAlong a Sith Lord]] and [[TheDogWasTheMastermind the true mastermind behind the Emperor's rise to power]]. The theory posits that, much like how Yoda acts like an annoying swamp creature before revealing himself as a [[OldMaster Jedi Master]] in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Jar Jar was meant to be his EvilCounterpart, appearing to be an inept yet innocent klutz to gain the Jedi's sympathy and avoid suspicion. Further analysis suggests that his staggering movements in action mirror legitimate DrunkenBoxing techniques, and that his hand-waving at all his pivotal plot moments (from his inexplicable promotions to granting Palpatine total control of the Senate) are actually JediMindTrick gestures. Unfortunately for fans, if this turns out to have been Creator/GeorgeLucas's intent, this would mean [[WhyFandomCantHaveNiceThings the backlash that led to Jar Jar's diminished role wound up sinking a major plot twist]].

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* In October 2015, a [[https://www.reddit.com/comments/3qvj6w/ theory]] on Website/{{Reddit}} began to circulate online proposing that Jar Jar Binks, one of the most [[TheScrappy reviled characters]] in ''Franchise/StarWars'' history, is actually [[EvilAllAlong a Sith Lord]] and [[TheDogWasTheMastermind the true mastermind behind the Emperor's rise to power]]. The theory posits that, much like how Yoda acts like an annoying swamp creature before revealing himself as a [[OldMaster Jedi Master]] in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Jar Jar was meant to be his EvilCounterpart, appearing to be an inept yet innocent klutz to gain the Jedi's sympathy and avoid suspicion. Further analysis suggests that his staggering movements in action mirror legitimate DrunkenBoxing techniques, and that his hand-waving at all his pivotal plot moments (from his inexplicable promotions to granting Palpatine total control of the Senate) are actually JediMindTrick gestures. Unfortunately for fans, if this turns out to have been Creator/GeorgeLucas's intent, this would mean [[WhyFandomCantHaveNiceThings the backlash Either all that led is true, or he's just a dumb character to Jar Jar's diminished role wound up sinking a major plot twist]].provide humor, take your pick.
15th Dec '15 7:49:28 PM FF32
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* The Unusual Incidents Unit from the WebOriginal/SCPFoundation. The Foundation and other groups view them as losers who are completely out of their depth, while the rest of the FBI see them as a crap division you get sent to because the guys in charge [[ReassignedToAntarctica don't want you to screw things up]]. In reality, they're actually pretty competent in their own right; they just don't have the proper funding to deal with the legitimately-dangerous anomalies and [=SCPs=]. They're well-aware of this and are happy to just let the Foundation take care of that stuff while playing the part of ButtMonkey if it means their agents aren't getting slaughtered by the dozen.

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* The Unusual Incidents Unit from the WebOriginal/SCPFoundation.Wiki/SCPFoundation. The Foundation and other groups view them as losers who are completely out of their depth, while the rest of the FBI see them as a crap division you get sent to because the guys in charge [[ReassignedToAntarctica don't want you to screw things up]]. In reality, they're actually pretty competent in their own right; they just don't have the proper funding to deal with the legitimately-dangerous anomalies and [=SCPs=]. They're well-aware of this and are happy to just let the Foundation take care of that stuff while playing the part of ButtMonkey if it means their agents aren't getting slaughtered by the dozen.
15th Dec '15 2:17:03 PM immblueversion
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* In October 2015, a [[https://www.reddit.com/comments/3qvj6w/ theory]] on Website/{{Reddit}} began to circulate online proposing that Jar Jar Binks, one of the most [[TheScrappy reviled characters]] in ''Franchise/StarWars'' history, is actually [[EvilAllAlong a Sith Lord]] and [[TheDogWasTheMastermind the true mastermind behind the Emperor's rise to power]]. The theory posits that, much like how Yoda acts like an annoying swamp creature before revealing himself as a [[OldMaster Jedi Master]] in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Jar Jar only appears to be an inept yet innocent klutz to gain the Jedi's sympathy and avoid suspicion in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''. Further analysis suggests that his staggering movements in action mirror legitimate DrunkenBoxing techniques, and that his hand-waving at all his pivotal plot moments (from his unexplained promotions to granting Palpatine emergency powers in the Senate) are actually JediMindTrick gestures. Unfortunately for fans, if this turns out to have been Creator/GeorgeLucas's intent, this would mean [[WhyFandomCantHaveNiceThings the backlash that led to Jar Jar's diminished role wound up sinking a major plot twist]].

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* In October 2015, a [[https://www.reddit.com/comments/3qvj6w/ theory]] on Website/{{Reddit}} began to circulate online proposing that Jar Jar Binks, one of the most [[TheScrappy reviled characters]] in ''Franchise/StarWars'' history, is actually [[EvilAllAlong a Sith Lord]] and [[TheDogWasTheMastermind the true mastermind behind the Emperor's rise to power]]. The theory posits that, much like how Yoda acts like an annoying swamp creature before revealing himself as a [[OldMaster Jedi Master]] in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Jar Jar only appears was meant to be his EvilCounterpart, appearing to be an inept yet innocent klutz to gain the Jedi's sympathy and avoid suspicion in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''. suspicion. Further analysis suggests that his staggering movements in action mirror legitimate DrunkenBoxing techniques, and that his hand-waving at all his pivotal plot moments (from his unexplained inexplicable promotions to granting Palpatine emergency powers in total control of the Senate) are actually JediMindTrick gestures. Unfortunately for fans, if this turns out to have been Creator/GeorgeLucas's intent, this would mean [[WhyFandomCantHaveNiceThings the backlash that led to Jar Jar's diminished role wound up sinking a major plot twist]].
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