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2nd May '18 7:02:13 PM WhynotkeepitaSecret
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16th Apr '18 12:49:43 PM Amneiger
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** The Foundation's own Ethics Committee pretends to be a bunch of meek bureaucrats with no actual power who rubber-stamp every containment procedure and research proposal that comes their way. In reality, they have full access to unredacted SCP case files so that they can make absolutely certain that containment procedures are as humane as possible and can remove Foundation personnel who are using anomalies for their own benefit, to insure that the Foundation doesn't cross the line from PragmaticHero to evil. The milquetoast act is so that the kind of people they're looking for will drop their guard and reveal who they really are.

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** The Foundation's own Ethics Committee pretends to be a bunch of meek bureaucrats with no actual power who rubber-stamp rubber stamp every containment procedure and research proposal that comes their way. In reality, they have full access to unredacted SCP case files so that they can make absolutely certain that containment procedures are as humane as possible and can remove Foundation personnel who are using anomalies for their own benefit, to insure that the Foundation doesn't cross the line from PragmaticHero to evil. The milquetoast act is so that the kind of people they're looking for will drop their guard and reveal who they really are.
16th Apr '18 11:52:03 AM Amneiger
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** The Foundation's own Ethics Committee pretends to be a bunch of meek bureaucrats with no actual power who rubber-stamp every containment procedure and research proposal that comes their way. In reality, they have full access to unredacted SCP case files so that they can make absolutely certain that containment procedures are as humane as possible and can remove Foundation personnel who are using anomalies for their own benefit, to insure that the Foundation doesn't cross the line from PragmaticHero to evil. The milquetoast act is so that the kind of people they're looking for will drop their guard and reveal who they really are.
26th Feb '18 6:08:39 PM vexusdylandasecond
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* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Andy acts like a complete idiot because he thinks its funny, not to catch enemies off-guard.
11th Nov '17 10:08:00 AM dracogeorge
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* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': Although most of the time Homestar seems just plain [[TheDitz dumb]], in the Strong Bad Email [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail98.html "stupid stuff"]], [[spoiler:he tricks Strong Bad into using reverse psychology in order to win a bet and make Strong Bad lose his]]. Then, in "Kick-A-Ball" [[spoiler:he seems to have made an outrageous scheme to use Strong Bad's own cheating against him. When they were picking teams at Kickball he picks Pom Pom and whispers Strong Sad as well, which appears to be his wacky non sequitur. However, he then goes on to go through nine innings with himself and Pom Pom alone and is two points ahead with only one out left. He gets [[GambitRoulette Strong Sad to hold out his arms and catch the last ball of the game because Strong Bad didn't know he was on Homestar's team]]. This only works because Strong Bad cheated a long time ago by adding "double side-mouth whisper drafts are totally legal!" to the rules]]. Homestar has officially stolen Strong Bad's claim to {{Magnificent Bastard}}ry.

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* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': Although most of the time Homestar seems just plain [[TheDitz dumb]], in the Strong Bad Email [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail98.html "stupid stuff"]], [[spoiler:he tricks Strong Bad into using reverse psychology in order to win a bet and make Strong Bad lose his]]. Then, in "Kick-A-Ball" [[spoiler:he seems to have made an outrageous scheme to use Strong Bad's own cheating against him. When they were picking teams at Kickball he picks Pom Pom and whispers Strong Sad as well, which appears to be his wacky non sequitur. However, he then goes on to go through nine innings with himself and Pom Pom alone and is two points ahead with only one out left. He gets [[GambitRoulette Strong Sad to hold out his arms and catch the last ball of the game because Strong Bad didn't know he was on Homestar's team]]. This only works because Strong Bad cheated a long time ago by adding "double side-mouth whisper drafts are totally legal!" to the rules]]. Homestar has officially stolen Strong Bad's claim to {{Magnificent Bastard}}ry.[[note]]Granted, we have no idea if the bet he won ever actually ''existed'', and we also don't know if he knew that the "double side-mouth whisper draft" rule was added by Strong Bad[[/note]]
28th Oct '17 1:36:54 PM StFan
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[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* In ''[[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/423.htm Master and Pupil]]'', the wizard rejects the boy as a servant because he can read. So the boy turned his jacket inside out to disguise himself and lied the next time, that he could not read. Then he learns wizardry by reading the books.
** Other fairy tales with the hero in the power of the evil wizard have someone warn him to feign incompetence at a lesson even though he gets beaten. Thus, he manages to master all the spells while the wizard thinks he's stuck, and use them to escape.

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[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
[[folder:Comedy]]
* In ''[[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/423.htm Master Creator/NormMacDonald does this smiling, stuttering, dopey weirdo routine on stage and Pupil]]'', in interviews, but a brilliant quip is just around the wizard rejects corner. He won half a million for charity on ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', too. In fact, the boy as a servant only reason he didn't get the million was because he can read. So was talked out of answering by a nervous Regis, concerned that Norm was only guessing (he was), but his idea was correct. After choosing to walk, he was asked for what he thought the boy turned his jacket inside out to disguise himself and lied the next time, answer would be. [[NegatedMomentOfAwesome Solemnly, he was told that he could not read. Then he learns wizardry by reading would've been right and gotten the books.
** Other fairy tales
million]].
* The late English magician/comedian Tommy Cooper was an undeniable master of using Obfuscating Stupidity in his magic acts. He intentionally botched his own tricks and acted incompetent 90% of the time until he'd pretend to foul up yet another, only to pull off the trick perfectly.
* Ray Romano suggests that guys screw up shopping as badly as possible so they're never asked to do it again. "They were out of lettuce, so I got a hammer."
* Similarly, in "Chocolate Cake for Breakfast", Creator/BillCosby so horrified his wife by going along
with the hero titular request that she told him to go back to bed.
-->'''Bill:''' Which is where I wanted to go
in the power of the evil wizard have someone warn him first place. So you see? We are dumb, but we are not so dumb. It takes great thinking and work to feign incompetence at a lesson even though he gets beaten. Thus, he manages to master all the spells while the wizard thinks [[{{dismotivation}} keep from working]].
* Creator/LarryTheCableGuy. In-character,
he's stuck, and use them to escape.a not-too-smart Southerner. Out of character, he's Daniel Whitney, a reasonably-intelligent satirist. This trope is best exemplified in his book ''Git-R-Done'', where he makes deliberate typos as a form of StylisticSuck, yet launches into ShownTheirWork territory whenever he rants about something that bugs him. (To name just one example, he explains Darwin's Theory correctly.)



[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
** Calvin is apparently a user of this trope, as he once told Susie that it's far easier to keep people's expectations low, and wow them every now and again, than to keep them high and wind up disappointing at some point.
** A cloning storyline in which Calvin (supposedly) creates a personification of his "good half" to take his classes for him proves this: if the clone is real, then it demonstrates that Calvin could do well in school if he bothered to try; if it's an extended game of make-believe then Calvin really is doing well for a change (if only for the sake of keeping the game going.) Then again, ''any'' of Calvin's musings to Hobbes on the nature of existence and reality during any given 'sledding' strip should tip even the most casual reader off that the kid's a freaking genius, it's just that school bores him senseless.
* Roger Fox of ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' is usually a quite legitimate BumblingDad. However, from time to time he is able to use this apparent cluelessness to get what he wants. For instance, in a week-arc where his wife forces him to go to an aerobics class, he spends the entire time doing embarrassing things like doing the wrong moves and singing along to the music. She gets so mad that she tells him she's never going to take him to another class...which, as his thought bubble points out, is just what he wanted in the first place. In another strip he messes up cleaning the dishes so badly that Andy declares that she will handle all dishwashing in the future. Roger then silently muses that "sometimes having ''no'' knowledge is power". Andy then discovers that Roger messed up ''another'' chore...
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[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* In ''[[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/423.htm Master and Pupil]]'', the wizard rejects the boy as a servant because he can read. So the boy turns his jacket inside out to disguise himself and lies the next time, that he cannot read. Then he learns wizardry by reading the books. Other fairy tales with the hero in the power of the evil wizard have someone warn him to feign incompetence at a lesson even though he gets beaten. Thus, he manages to master all the spells while the wizard thinks he's stuck, and use them to escape.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Samantha "Sam" Sparks in ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' was secretly a nerd in her school days but hides her brains behind the facade of the pretty, ditzy weathergirl for fear of being stigmatised. It adds another layer to the character that she is voiced by Creator/AnnaFaris who is more well known for playing genuinely ditzy characters.
* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge2TheMeltdown'': Sid kept going on about how Diego is [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes afraid of water]], and subtly teaching him how to swim, saying that most animals can swim when they're babies. [[ChekhovsSkill It comes in handy when the area is flooded, and Sid's unconscious.]] Diego jumps into the water, swims to Sid, Crash and Eddie, and hoists them onto a rock. Sid then states that everybody can swim when they're babies... except tigers.
-->'''Sid:''' I left that part out.
* ''Disney/BigHero6'': At the beginning of the movie, Hiro goes to a back-alley robot fighting competition with a pathetic-looking robot, and shyly asking if he can fight too. After getting beaten in a couple of hits he asks if he can bet more money for a second chance. When the second fight starts he drops the shy attitude and shows his robot's true talents by utterly destroying the rival's robot.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'': Subverted in that [[BigBad Shen]] believes Po to be using this; Po is actually just being his usual ComedicHero self.
* Iago from ''WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}}'' pretends to be a normal parrot in front of everyone but Jafar. At least until the climax.
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** A female version of the legend has a man kill his tribe's chief and take his place, shortly before lusting after the former chief's daughter. Said daughter knew full well who murdered her father, but pretended to not know anything. Then the murderer asked her to meet him in his tent one night, and she brought a knife with her... and cut some bread?

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** * A female version of the legend has a man kill his tribe's chief and take his place, shortly before lusting after the former chief's daughter. Said daughter knew full well who murdered her father, but pretended to not know anything. Then the murderer asked her to meet him in his tent one night, and she brought a knife with her... and cut some bread?



-->'''Judge:''' Why does your client say nothing but 'bleh!'?
-->'''AmoralAttorney:''' I'm sorry, Your Honor, he's an idiot, when I was talking to him, he also said nothing but that!
** So the judge comes to the conclusion that the defendant can't be condemned and lets him go. Now the AmoralAttorney demands his money. But the client, again, just says "Bleh!"
-->'''AmoralAttorney:''' Are you joking? You promised me four gold pieces! I want them now!
-->'''Client:''' ''[tips on the table]'' Bleh, bleh, bleh, bleh!
** Now that's a lawyer HoistByHisOwnPetard...

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-->'''Judge:''' Why does your client say nothing but 'bleh!'?
-->'''AmoralAttorney:'''
"bleh!"?\\
'''AmoralAttorney:'''
I'm sorry, Your Honor, he's an idiot, when I was talking to him, he also said nothing but that!
** :: So the judge comes to the conclusion that the defendant can't be condemned and lets him go. Now the AmoralAttorney demands his money. But the client, again, just says "Bleh!"
-->'''AmoralAttorney:''' Are you joking? You promised me four gold pieces! I want them now!
-->'''Client:'''
now!\\
'''Client:'''
''[tips on the table]'' Bleh, bleh, bleh, bleh!
** Now that's a lawyer HoistByHisOwnPetard...
bleh!



[[folder:Podcasts]]
* Podcast/DiceFunk:
-->'''Austin:''' I like to think we're creating a dynamic, that we suck so much of the time, when we're actually ''good'' it surprises everybody into doing what we want. They never see it coming!
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** She went back to the ditzy gimmick for quite a while afterwards. In a subsequent appearance, Bischoff flat-out accused her of using Obfuscating Stupidity based on what happened at his trial, saying she pretended to be "stupid and sweet" to curry favor from the crowd.
* 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.

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** :: She went back to the ditzy gimmick for quite a while afterwards. In a subsequent appearance, Bischoff flat-out accused her of using Obfuscating Stupidity based on what happened at his trial, saying she pretended to be "stupid and sweet" to curry favor from the crowd.
* Wrestling/{{LayCool}} 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.



[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* Creator/NormMacDonald does this smiling, stuttering, dopey weirdo routine on stage and in interviews, but a brilliant quip is just around the corner. He won half a million for charity on ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', too.
** In fact, the only reason he didn't get the million was because he was talked out of answering by a nervous Regis, concerned that Norm was only guessing (he was), but his idea was correct. After choosing to walk, he was asked for what he thought the answer would be. [[NegatedMomentOfAwesome Solemnly, he was told that he would've been right and gotten the million]].
* The late English magician/comedian Tommy Cooper was an undeniable master of using Obfuscating Stupidity in his magic acts. He intentionally botched his own tricks and acted incompetent 90% of the time until he'd pretend to foul up yet another, only to pull off the trick perfectly.
* Ray Romano suggests that guys screw up shopping as badly as possible so they're never asked to do it again. "They were out of lettuce, so I got a hammer."
* Similarly, in "Chocolate Cake for Breakfast", Creator/BillCosby so horrified his wife by going along with the titular request that she told him to go back to bed.
-->'''Bill:''' Which is where I wanted to go in the first place. So you see? We are dumb, but we are not so dumb. It takes great thinking and work to [[{{dismotivation}} keep from working]].
* Creator/LarryTheCableGuy. In-character, he's a not-too-smart Southerner. Out of character, he's Daniel Whitney, a reasonably-intelligent satirist. This trope is best exemplified in his book ''Git-R-Done'', where he makes deliberate typos as a form of StylisticSuck, yet launches into ShownTheirWork territory whenever he rants about something that bugs him. (To name just one example, he explains Darwin's Theory correctly.)
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop RPG]]

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[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* Creator/NormMacDonald does this smiling, stuttering, dopey weirdo routine on stage and in interviews, but a brilliant quip is just around the corner. He won half a million for charity on ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', too.
** In fact, the only reason he didn't get the million was because he was talked out of answering by a nervous Regis, concerned that Norm was only guessing (he was), but his idea was correct. After choosing to walk, he was asked for what he thought the answer would be. [[NegatedMomentOfAwesome Solemnly, he was told that he would've been right and gotten the million]].
* The late English magician/comedian Tommy Cooper was an undeniable master of using Obfuscating Stupidity in his magic acts. He intentionally botched his own tricks and acted incompetent 90% of the time until he'd pretend to foul up yet another, only to pull off the trick perfectly.
* Ray Romano suggests that guys screw up shopping as badly as possible so they're never asked to do it again. "They were out of lettuce, so I got a hammer."
* Similarly, in "Chocolate Cake for Breakfast", Creator/BillCosby so horrified his wife by going along with the titular request that she told him to go back to bed.
-->'''Bill:''' Which is where I wanted to go in the first place. So you see? We are dumb, but we are not so dumb. It takes great thinking and work to [[{{dismotivation}} keep from working]].
* Creator/LarryTheCableGuy. In-character, he's a not-too-smart Southerner. Out of character, he's Daniel Whitney, a reasonably-intelligent satirist. This trope is best exemplified in his book ''Git-R-Done'', where he makes deliberate typos as a form of StylisticSuck, yet launches into ShownTheirWork territory whenever he rants about something that bugs him. (To name just one example, he explains Darwin's Theory correctly.)
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop RPG]]Games]]



[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': Although most of the time Homestar seems just plain [[TheDitz dumb]], in the Strong Bad Email [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail98.html "stupid stuff"]], [[spoiler:he tricks Strong Bad into using reverse psychology in order to win a bet and make Strong Bad lose his]]. Then, in "Kick-A-Ball" [[spoiler:he seems to have made an outrageous scheme to use Strong Bad's own cheating against him. When they were picking teams at Kickball he picks Pom Pom and whispers Strong Sad as well, which appears to be his wacky non sequitur. However, he then goes on to go through nine innings with himself and Pom Pom alone and is two points ahead with only one out left. He gets [[GambitRoulette Strong Sad to hold out his arms and catch the last ball of the game because Strong Bad didn't know he was on Homestar's team]]. This only works because Strong Bad cheated a long time ago by adding "double side-mouth whisper drafts are totally legal!" to the rules]]. Homestar has officially stolen Strong Bad's claim to {{Magnificent Bastard}}ry.
* In ''[[Machinima/SBBBrothers Sims Big Brother 6]]'', Alison's strategy was to appear to be incredibly stupid, so people wouldn't think she was a threat and never nominate her. She unfortunately went a ''tad'' far with it, since managed to misspell "Apple" and people begun to suspect whether or not this was an act or not. It was also [[CrowningMomentOfFunny surprising]] when she suddenly spouted a college-level description of an organelle after a montage of stupid questions. ("Controversy? What does that mean?" "Influenza? What's that?" "How do you work the elevator?")
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* Royal Fool Marco is this for much of the first half of [[http://fooled-story.blogspot.com Fooled]], especially when he wants to find out more information from his royal friends
* A favorite trick of Sarah's in ''WebVideo/{{lonelygirl15}}'' and ''WebVideo/{{LG15 the resistance}}''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5b4iLtNSCDg Chapter 3]] of ''the resistance'' is a good example. Furthermore, while she appears to be TheDitz a lot of the time, she's arguably the smartest member of the TAAG.
* Although most of the time WebAnimation/HomestarRunner seems just plain [[TheDitz dumb]], in the Strong Bad Email [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail98.html "stupid stuff"]], [[spoiler:he tricks Strong Bad into using reverse psychology in order to win a bet and make Strong Bad lose his]].
** Then, in "Kick-A-Ball" [[spoiler:he seems to have made an outrageous scheme to use Strong Bad's own cheating against him. When they were picking teams at Kickball he picks Pom Pom and whispers Strong Sad as well, which appears to be his wacky non sequitur. However, he then goes on to go through nine innings with himself and Pom Pom alone and is two points ahead with only one out left. He gets [[GambitRoulette Strong Sad to hold out his arms and catch the last ball of the game because Strong Bad didn't know he was on Homestar's team]]. This only works because Strong Bad cheated a long time ago by adding "double side-mouth whisper drafts are totally legal!" to the rules]]. Homestar has officially stolen Strong Bad's claim to {{Magnificent Bastard}}ry.

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* Podcast/DiceFunk:
-->'''Austin:''' I like to think we're creating a dynamic, that we suck so much of the time, when we're actually ''good'' it surprises everybody into doing what we want. They never see it coming!
* Royal Fool Marco is this for much of the first half of [[http://fooled-story.''[[http://fooled-story.blogspot.com Fooled]], Fooled]]'', especially when he wants to find out more information from his royal friends
* A favorite trick of Sarah's in ''WebVideo/{{lonelygirl15}}'' ''WebVideo/Lonelygirl15'' and ''WebVideo/{{LG15 the resistance}}''.''WebVideo/LG15TheResistance''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5b4iLtNSCDg Chapter 3]] of ''the resistance'' is a good example. Furthermore, while she appears to be TheDitz a lot of the time, she's arguably the smartest member of the TAAG.
* Although most of the time WebAnimation/HomestarRunner seems just plain [[TheDitz dumb]], in the Strong Bad Email [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail98.html "stupid stuff"]], [[spoiler:he tricks Strong Bad into using reverse psychology in order to win a bet and make Strong Bad lose his]].
** Then, in "Kick-A-Ball" [[spoiler:he seems to have made an outrageous scheme to use Strong Bad's own cheating against him. When they were picking teams at Kickball he picks Pom Pom and whispers Strong Sad as well, which appears to be his wacky non sequitur. However, he then goes on to go through nine innings with himself and Pom Pom alone and is two points ahead with only one out left. He gets [[GambitRoulette Strong Sad to hold out his arms and catch the last ball of the game because Strong Bad didn't know he was on Homestar's team]]. This only works because Strong Bad cheated a long time ago by adding "double side-mouth whisper drafts are totally legal!" to the rules]]. Homestar has officially stolen Strong Bad's claim to {{Magnificent Bastard}}ry.
TAAG.



* In ''Sims Big Brother 6'', Alison's strategy was to appear to be incredibly stupid, so people wouldn't think she was a threat and never nominate her. She unfortunately went a ''tad'' far with it, since managed to misspell "Apple" and people begun to suspect whether or not this was an act or not.
** It was also [[CrowningMomentOfFunny surprising]] when she suddenly spouted a college-level description of an organelle after a montage of stupid questions. ("Controversy? What does that mean?" "Influenza? What's that?" "How do you work the elevator?")



* ''Roleplay/EquestriaChronicles'': Nocturne. Possibly. It's debatable.
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' turned [[spoiler:Maron]] of all people into this. [[spoiler:She was really an undercover agent investigating Krillin for insurance fraud. Still a GoldDigger, though]].
** Even Goku sometimes only acts stupid, such as intentionally mispronouncing hyperbolic time chamber,and also can be pretty smart at times, asking for Mr. Popo's instant transportation carpet when he needs to get to the Vegeta and Nappa fight quickly, and understanding the ins and outs of Super Saiyan 3.

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* %%* ''Roleplay/EquestriaChronicles'': Nocturne. Possibly. It's debatable.
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' turned [[spoiler:Maron]] of all people into this. [[spoiler:She was really an undercover agent investigating Krillin for insurance fraud. Still a GoldDigger, though]].
** Even Goku sometimes only acts stupid, such as intentionally mispronouncing hyperbolic time chamber,and also can be pretty smart at times, asking for Mr. Popo's instant transportation carpet when he needs to get to the Vegeta and Nappa fight quickly, and understanding the ins and outs of Super Saiyan 3.
debatable.



* Website/{{Cracked}}: "[[http://www.cracked.com/article_21866_the-5-craziest-ways-people-defeated-terrifying-regimes.html The 5 Craziest Ways People Have Defeated Terrifying Regimes]]" lists "A POW Saves Himself and Everyone Else by Playing Stupid" at #3. Douglas Hegdahl pretended to be [[GoodIsDumb a gleeful, sweet idiot]] who couldn't read or write, so his captors would underestimate him. It worked so well that they nicknamed him "The Incredibly Stupid One" and refused to torture him.
** 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 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.

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* Website/{{Cracked}}: "[[http://www.cracked.com/article_21866_the-5-craziest-ways-people-defeated-terrifying-regimes.html The 5 Craziest Ways People Have Defeated Terrifying Regimes]]" lists "A POW Saves Himself and Everyone Else by Playing Stupid" at #3. Douglas Hegdahl pretended to be [[GoodIsDumb a gleeful, sweet idiot]] who couldn't read or write, so his captors would underestimate him. It worked so well that they nicknamed him "The Incredibly Stupid One" and refused to torture him.
**
him. 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 authorities in the style of Old Macdonald "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.



8th Oct '17 1:52:32 PM nombretomado
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*** In some online material, PawnStars host Rick points out this is a fairly common tactic used by some people at his shop. He has a few regulars that will bring in seasonal recreational equipment (ATVs, Snowmobiles, ect) during the off season and pawn them for a small loan. They always come back right before the new season for said item with the loan and interest. Unlike the Bank, the Pawn Stars are very much aware this is going on and see it as more of one of their services they offer rather than anything sneaky on the part of the customer.

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*** In some online material, PawnStars ''Series/PawnStars'' host Rick points out this is a fairly common tactic used by some people at his shop. He has a few regulars that will bring in seasonal recreational equipment (ATVs, ([=ATVs=], Snowmobiles, ect) etc) during the off season and pawn them for a small loan. They always come back right before the new season for said item with the loan and interest. Unlike the Bank, the Pawn Stars are very much aware this is going on and see it as more of one of their services they offer rather than anything sneaky on the part of the customer.
8th Aug '17 8:44:08 PM qwertyuiop[qweee
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** Even Goku sometimes only acts stupid, such as intentionally mispronouncing hyperbolic time chamber,and also can be pretty smart at times, asking for Mr. Popo's instant transportation carpet when he needs to get to the Vegeta and Nappa fight quickly, and understanding the ins and outs of Super Saiyan 3.
17th Jun '17 2:07:15 PM nombretomado
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* Folk legends of various European peoples speak of [[UpToEleven entire towns and villages]] of unusually-smart folks who purposefully feign stupidity. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wise_Men_of_Gotham This article]] on the OtherWiki sums it up pretty well.

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* Folk legends of various European peoples speak of [[UpToEleven entire towns and villages]] of unusually-smart folks who purposefully feign stupidity. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wise_Men_of_Gotham This article]] on the OtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki sums it up pretty well.
26th Apr '17 4:47:10 PM bt8257
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