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26th May '17 10:50:49 AM Prfnoff
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* In ''The Inspector General'', a lazy, good-for-nothing officer, Khelastakov, travels to a small Russian town which is expecting the arrival of an Inspector General from St. Petersburg. He is mistaken for the Inspector General and treated like royalty, despite his boorish behavior.

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* In ''The Inspector General'', ''Theatre/TheInspectorGeneral'', a lazy, good-for-nothing officer, Khelastakov, travels to a small Russian town which is expecting the arrival of an Inspector General from St. Petersburg. He is mistaken for the Inspector General and treated like royalty, despite his boorish behavior.
20th May '17 12:56:04 PM TheBigBopper
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->'''Pippin:''' The closer we are to danger, the further we are from harm. It's the last thing he'll expect.\\
'''Treebeard:''' That doesn't make sense to me, but you are very small. Perhaps you're right.
-->-- ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Two Towers]]''
17th Apr '17 12:36:40 PM Nazetrime
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* ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'': This happens when Onni meets Reynir. From the reader's point of view, Reynir is having his first dream/spirit walking experience while thinking he's simply having a normal dream, walks into Lalli's protectected area, gets kicked out by Lalli, and accidentally walks into Onni's safe area while trying to get back to his own. Lalli having decided to follow Reynir after kicking him out causes Onni to think Reynir was actively helping Lalli reach him. That causes Onni to interpret any signs of Reynir not actually knowing what is going on as him being quirky, causing him to tell Reynir he's happy to know that there is "another mage" on the crew right before he wakes up. In a later chapter, after Reynir ended up being the one calling Onni as magical reinforcements against strange ghosts due to Lalli being incapacited at the time, Onni has a radio conversation with Reynir and asks ''him'' if he has any theory about what the ghosts are. It's only then that Onni finds out that he's actually talking to a sheepherder who literally found he was a mage when he called him one.

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* ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'': This happens when Onni meets Reynir. From the reader's point of view, Reynir is having his first dream/spirit walking experience while thinking he's simply having a normal dream, walks into Lalli's protectected protected area, gets kicked out by Lalli, and accidentally walks into Onni's safe area while trying to get back to his own. Lalli having decided to follow Reynir after kicking him out causes Onni to think Reynir was actively helping Lalli reach him. That causes Onni to interpret any signs of Reynir not actually knowing what is going on as him being quirky, causing him to tell Reynir he's happy to know that there is "another mage" on the crew right before he wakes up. In a later chapter, after Reynir ended up being the one calling Onni as magical reinforcements against strange ghosts due to Lalli being incapacited at the time, Onni has a radio conversation with Reynir and asks ''him'' if he has any theory about what the ghosts are. It's only then that Onni finds out that he's actually talking to a sheepherder who literally found out he was a mage when he called him one.
24th Mar '17 4:26:37 AM Nazetrime
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* ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'': This happens when Onni meets Reynir. From a reader's point of view, Reynir is having his first dream/spirit walking experience while thinking he's simply having a normal dream, walks into Lalli's protectected area, gets kicked out by Lalli, and accidentally walks into Onni's safe area while trying to go back to his own. Lalli deciding to follow Reynir after kicking him out causes Onni to think Reynir was actively helping Lalli reach him, and the few signs Reynir shows of not knowing what is going on get interpreted by Onni as him being quirky.

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* ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'': This happens when Onni meets Reynir. From a the reader's point of view, Reynir is having his first dream/spirit walking experience while thinking he's simply having a normal dream, walks into Lalli's protectected area, gets kicked out by Lalli, and accidentally walks into Onni's safe area while trying to go get back to his own. Lalli deciding having decided to follow Reynir after kicking him out causes Onni to think Reynir was actively helping Lalli reach him, and the few him. That causes Onni to interpret any signs of Reynir shows of not actually knowing what is going on get interpreted by Onni as him being quirky. quirky, causing him to tell Reynir he's happy to know that there is "another mage" on the crew right before he wakes up. In a later chapter, after Reynir ended up being the one calling Onni as magical reinforcements against strange ghosts due to Lalli being incapacited at the time, Onni has a radio conversation with Reynir and asks ''him'' if he has any theory about what the ghosts are. It's only then that Onni finds out that he's actually talking to a sheepherder who literally found he was a mage when he called him one.
24th Mar '17 4:12:11 AM Nazetrime
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* ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'': This happens when Onni meets Reynir. From a reader's point of view, Reynir is having his first dream/spirit walking experience while thinking he's simply having a normal dream, walks into Lalli's protectected area, gets kicked out by Lalli, and accidentally walks into Onni's safe area while trying to go back to his own. Lalli deciding to follow Reynir after kicking him out causes Onni to think Reynir was actively helping Lalli reach him, and the few signs Reynir shows of not knowing what is going on get interpreted by Onni as him being quirky.
10th Dec '16 3:06:43 PM tropesinreadiness
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* Fernán Caballero's comic short story "Juan Cigarrón" revolves around a character who keeps getting acclaimed as an all-knowing, clairvoyant sage, purely because he has a penchant for vaguely worded doggerel.
9th Aug '16 2:11:09 AM PaulA
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* Subverted twice in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel "Interesting Times", when Rincewind is claimed as the Great Wizzard, who will lead the Red Army to victory. Firstly, because Rincewind ''does'' understand the question and knows he doesn't have the answer, but can't convince anyone of this; and second, because the leader of the Red Army knows this as well, but thinks they need a symbol. And, of course, [[DoubleSubversion double-subverted]] when he does, though a combination of chance and cowardly cunning.

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* Subverted twice in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel "Interesting Times", ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', when Rincewind is claimed as the Great Wizzard, who will lead the Red Army to victory. Firstly, because Rincewind ''does'' understand the question and knows he doesn't have the answer, but can't convince anyone of this; and second, because the leader of the Red Army knows this as well, but thinks they need a symbol. And, of course, [[DoubleSubversion double-subverted]] when he does, though a combination of chance and cowardly cunning.cunning, lead them to victory.


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* The protagonist of ''Literature/SubversiveActivity'', Captain Horatio de la Terre, gains a reputation as a savvy, dangerous man who never reveals what he's thinking, when most of the time what he's thinking is some version of "I don't understand what the hell's going on". By the end of the novel, he's discovered unsuspected talents and depths, but luck and misunderstandings still account for a large part of his reputation. Notably, he spends the entire novel fundamentally misunderstanding the nature of the MacGuffin, but through the course of multiple conversations neither he nor anybody else realises this.
5th Jul '16 4:25:42 PM SMARTALIENQT
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* ''Series/YesMinister'' directly references this trope. Sir Humphrey translates the Latin phrase "si tacuisses, philosophus mansisses" as "If you'd kept your mouth shut, we might have thought you were clever."
21st Jun '16 12:31:45 AM PaulA
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* The BrothersGrimm wrote of "[[http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm098.html Doctor Know-It-All]]," who on the advice of a friend gave himself that name and pretended to be a very wise person. When a wealthy gentleman heard of this, he came to the 'good doctor' for advice about his servants. Doctor Know-It-All managed to completely bluff his way through a bizarre series of events in which he unwittingly revealed all of the plots being concocted by the servants. Because of this, he became very wealthy and continued to be celebrated as knowing everything... somehow.

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* The BrothersGrimm Creator/TheBrothersGrimm wrote of "[[http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm098.html Doctor Know-It-All]]," who on the advice of a friend gave himself that name and pretended to be a very wise person. When a wealthy gentleman heard of this, he came to the 'good doctor' for advice about his servants. Doctor Know-It-All managed to completely bluff his way through a bizarre series of events in which he unwittingly revealed all of the plots being concocted by the servants. Because of this, he became very wealthy and continued to be celebrated as knowing everything... somehow.
11th Apr '16 9:02:30 PM Eddy1215
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** [[[spoiler: Turns out? He's just an IdiotHero...who has Batman looking after him!]]

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** [[[spoiler: [[spoiler: Turns out? He's just an IdiotHero...who has Batman looking after him!]]
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