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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!]]
1st Feb '16 10:46:39 AM MitchellTF
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**[[[spoiler: Turns out? He's just an IdiotHero...who has Batman looking after him!]]
7th Dec '15 11:22:50 AM FF32
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** The entire existence of Rita plays with this trope. She is a RedHerring for the mole revealing information about the Bluth family: Mr. F. Her actions seem to be consistent with this view and she even has a bracelet that says "MrF" on it. [[spoiler: It turns out that she's a Mentally Retarded Female. Apparently, Americans never notice because she has a British accent.]]

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** The entire existence of Rita plays with this trope. She is a RedHerring for the mole revealing information about the Bluth family: Mr. F. Her actions seem to be consistent with this view and she even has a bracelet that says "MrF" "[=MrF=]" on it. [[spoiler: It turns out that she's a Mentally Retarded Female. Apparently, Americans never notice because she has a British accent.]]
24th Oct '15 1:01:27 PM petsinwinter
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* In ''WebOriginal/RedVsBlue'', This is the reason why Smith thinks Captain Caboose is at all fit to be a leader

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* In ''WebOriginal/RedVsBlue'', ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', This is the reason why Smith thinks Captain Caboose is at all fit to be a leader
24th Oct '15 12:58:40 PM petsinwinter
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*In ''WebOriginal/RedVsBlue'', This is the reason why Smith thinks Captain Caboose is at all fit to be a leader
31st Aug '15 3:50:39 PM TheUnknownUploader
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** In the same episode, in preparation for the visit of three bishops, Ted teaches Father Jack two new phrases to supplement his usual vocabulary of "Drink", "Feck" and "Arse": "Yes" and "That would be an ecumenical matter". The visiting bishops end up believing Father Jack is a theological genius.

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** In the same episode, in preparation for the visit of three bishops, Ted teaches Father Jack two new phrases to supplement his usual vocabulary of "Drink", "Feck" "Feck", "Arse", and "Arse": "Girls": "Yes" and "That would be an ecumenical matter". The visiting bishops end up believing Father Jack is a theological genius.
5th Jun '15 11:54:41 PM vifetoile
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* Mr. Dick serves in this capacity to some extent to Betsey Trotwood in ''Literature/DavidCopperfield''.

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* Mr. Dick serves in this capacity to some extent to Betsey Trotwood in ''Literature/DavidCopperfield''. He's not quite "all there" in his head, but he's very kind, and clever in his own way, and it seems that Betsey Trotwood relies on him to point out the simple and most intuitive solution, when she's complicating things far more than they need.
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