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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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2nd Jan '16 4:09:36 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]].
9th Dec '15 4:26:19 PM PurpleAlert
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This is OlderThanFeudalism, occurring in [[Literature/TheBible the Book of Genesis]] and in legends of the earliest days of Rome.

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This is OlderThanFeudalism, occurring in [[Literature/TheBible the Book of Genesis]] and in legends of the earliest days of Rome.
Rome. [[note]]In this context, the trope name refers to fake stupidity obfuscating the intelligence of the person. In other words, "obfuscating stupidity" is the method being used, a person is not obfuscating stupidity themselves.[[/note]]
25th Nov '15 1:35:44 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 [[OldMaster Yoda]] acts to be an annoying swamp creature to [[SecretTestOfCharacter test Luke's patience]] in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Jar Jar behaves like 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 military promotion 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 [[OldMaster Yoda]] Yoda acts to be like an annoying swamp creature to [[SecretTestOfCharacter test Luke's patience]] before revealing himself as a [[OldMaster Jedi Master]] in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Jar Jar behaves like 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 military promotion 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]].
25th Nov '15 8:47:46 AM 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 [[OldMaster Yoda]] acts to be an annoying swamp creature to [[SecretTestOfCharacter test Luke's patience]] in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Jar Jar behaves like 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 character moments (from military 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 [[OldMaster Yoda]] acts to be an annoying swamp creature to [[SecretTestOfCharacter test Luke's patience]] in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Jar Jar behaves like 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 character plot moments (from his military promotions promotion 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]].
25th Nov '15 8:35:10 AM 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 [[OldMaster Yoda]] acts to be an annoying swamp creature to [[SecretTestOfCharacter test Luke's patience]] in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Jar Jar behaves like 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 hands waving at pivotal film moments (from his military promotion 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]].

to:

* In October 2015, a [[https://www.reddit.com/comments/3qvj6w/ theory]] on Website/{{Reddit}} began to circulate online
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 [[OldMaster Yoda]] acts to be an annoying swamp creature to [[SecretTestOfCharacter test Luke's patience]] in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Jar Jar behaves like 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 hands waving hand-waving at all his pivotal film character moments (from his military promotion 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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