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1st Mar '17 2:41:20 PM eroock
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-->--'''Morpheus''', ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

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-->--'''Morpheus''', -->-- '''Morpheus''', ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
28th Feb '17 5:33:37 PM Lemia
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Often dressed in the HappyHarlequinHat.

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Often dressed in the HappyHarlequinHat.
HappyHarlequinHat. May be a SexyJester.


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* In ''The Ugly Princess and the Wise Fool'', the "wise fool" in the title is Jasper, a wise man who [[ObfuscatingStupidity pretends to be stupid]] to get a job as the king's court jester after the king bans wise men from his kingdom.
12th Feb '17 3:49:12 AM Euodiachloris
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** Jesters aren't generally held in high regard in Westeros, being stuck somewhere between street performers/ mummers and gladsome minstrels nobody trusts. Yet, on the plus side, a badly judged shtick is unlikely to mean a fate as horrible as a too-clever WanderingMinstrel can get. Also, many seem to find work as double-dipping spies; Moonboy, Butterbumps, Dontos, Mushroom and others are pretty much taking notes for others as they crack jokes and caper about. Though, others like Jinglebell and Patchface? Probably not: they are what are called "lackwits" and are there basically to be the designated ChewToy of the powerful.
** Stannis Baratheon has a jester who was brought from Essos because of his reputation as an incredibly talented tumbler and wit; until the ship bringing him to Stannis's court foundered, leaving the boy severely brain-damaged. Now, well... Patchface is stuck playing nursemaid, thanks to creeping most adults out to some degree with his [[MadOracle inane rhymes few can take seriously]] and sloppy clumsiness.

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** Jesters or "Fools" aren't generally held in high regard in Westeros, being stuck somewhere between street performers/ mummers and the gladsome minstrels or bards nobody trusts. Yet, on the plus side, a badly judged shtick is unlikely to mean a fate as ''as'' horrible as a too-clever WanderingMinstrel can get. (and, in this series, often does) earn for themselves. Also, many seem to find work as double-dipping spies; Moonboy, Moon Boy, Butterbumps, Dontos, Mushroom and others are pretty much taking coin from and notes for others as they crack jokes and caper about. Though, others like Jinglebell and Patchface? Probably not: they are what are called "lackwits" and are there basically to be the designated ChewToy of the powerful.
** Stannis Baratheon has a jester who was brought from Essos because of his reputation as an incredibly talented tumbler and wit; until the ship bringing him to Stannis's court foundered, leaving the boy severely brain-damaged. Now, well... Patchface is stuck playing nursemaid, thanks to creeping most adults out to some degree with his [[MadOracle nonsensical, inane rhymes "rhymes" few can take seriously]] and sloppy clumsiness.
11th Feb '17 4:55:14 PM Euodiachloris
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' plays with this in all the usual ways George R R Martin plays with things (horrifically). Stannis Baratheon has a jester who used to be an incredibly talented jester, until the ship bringing him to Stannis's court foundered, leaving the boy severely brain-damaged. Joffrey's jester is an old man who used to be a knight until he got incredibly drunk and spoiled a tourney. Now he spends all his time riding a wooden horse, wearing mock tin armor, and drinking; he tries to use his position to good effect, but usually fails (see above re: drunkenness). Finally, we have Tyrion Lannister, a highly intelligent dwarf who fits most of the tropes of the Jester and ''would'' have been a jester if he hadn't been born to one of the most powerful houses of Westeros.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' plays with this in all the usual ways George R R Martin plays with things (horrifically). (horrifically).
** Jesters aren't generally held in high regard in Westeros, being stuck somewhere between street performers/ mummers and gladsome minstrels nobody trusts. Yet, on the plus side, a badly judged shtick is unlikely to mean a fate as horrible as a too-clever WanderingMinstrel can get. Also, many seem to find work as double-dipping spies; Moonboy, Butterbumps, Dontos, Mushroom and others are pretty much taking notes for others as they crack jokes and caper about. Though, others like Jinglebell and Patchface? Probably not: they are what are called "lackwits" and are there basically to be the designated ChewToy of the powerful.
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Stannis Baratheon has a jester who used to be was brought from Essos because of his reputation as an incredibly talented jester, tumbler and wit; until the ship bringing him to Stannis's court foundered, leaving the boy severely brain-damaged. brain-damaged. Now, well... Patchface is stuck playing nursemaid, thanks to creeping most adults out to some degree with his [[MadOracle inane rhymes few can take seriously]] and sloppy clumsiness.
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Joffrey's jester is an old man who used to be a knight until he got incredibly drunk and spoiled a tourney. Now he spends all his time riding a wooden horse, wearing mock tin armor, and drinking; he tries to use his position to good effect, but usually fails (see above re: drunkenness). Poor Ser Dontos Hollard.
** Historically, Mushroom survived the insanity that was Court during the Dance of the Dragons and went on to pen the most scandalously lurid Targaryen chronicle which not even popular kings like Baelor the Beloved could suppress. Turns out being easily ignored as a background Fool gives you plenty of dirt to rake if most of the people you take the piss out of wind up too dead to try dragon-burning you alive.
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Finally, we have Tyrion Lannister, a highly intelligent dwarf who fits most of the tropes of the Jester and ''would'' have been a jester if he hadn't been born to one of the most powerful houses of Westeros.Westeros. He uses the "privilege" generations have won to speak blunt truths to powerful people. But, he doesn't always escape unscathed.
8th Feb '17 1:02:46 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Ser Dontos ends up as Joffrey's fool. Joffrey would have just drowned him in wine if Sansa didn't suggest this.
28th Jan '17 10:38:12 PM lalaTKG
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* Ouma Kokichi from ''VisualNovel/NewDanganronpaV3'' fulfills this role. He might be an unpleasant little guy and wears a ''straight jacket'', of all things, but his trolling tendencies and his antagonistic attitude make the other characters start to think, and his provocations end up making the others realize things they needed to know about their fellow students.
26th Jan '17 11:46:37 PM PaulA
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* In second of Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' books, ''Foundation and Empire'' the court jester of Kalgan joins the protagonists. [[spoiler:It turns out that he was the [[BigBad Mule]], ''king'' of Kalgan.]]

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* In second of Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' books, ''Foundation and Empire'' ''Literature/FoundationAndEmpire'', the court jester of Kalgan joins the protagonists. [[spoiler:It turns out that he was the [[BigBad Mule]], ''king'' of Kalgan.]]
2nd Oct '16 6:41:06 PM DarkHunter
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* Jayne Cobb of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' arguably plays this role in the crew.

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* Jayne Cobb of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' arguably plays tends to play this role in the crew.crew. His goal is usually just to voice his grievances and he generally does intend to insult other people. However, JerkassHasAPoint is a common reaction to his barbs: what he says is horrible, but it's usually acknowledged to be the pragmatic (if heartless) decision.
15th Sep '16 1:59:41 AM surgoshan
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' plays with this in all the usual ways George R R Martin plays with things (horrifically). Stannis Baratheon has a jester who used to be an incredibly talented jester, until the ship bringing him to Stannis's court foundered, leaving the boy severely brain-damaged. Joffrey's jester is an old man who used to be a knight until he got incredibly drunk and spoiled a tourney. Now he spends all his time riding a wooden horse, wearing mock tin armor, and drinking. Finally, we have Tyrion Lannister, a highly intelligent dwarf who fits most of the tropes of the Jester and ''would'' have been a jester if he hadn't been born to one of the most powerful houses of Westeros.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' plays with this in all the usual ways George R R Martin plays with things (horrifically). Stannis Baratheon has a jester who used to be an incredibly talented jester, until the ship bringing him to Stannis's court foundered, leaving the boy severely brain-damaged. Joffrey's jester is an old man who used to be a knight until he got incredibly drunk and spoiled a tourney. Now he spends all his time riding a wooden horse, wearing mock tin armor, and drinking.drinking; he tries to use his position to good effect, but usually fails (see above re: drunkenness). Finally, we have Tyrion Lannister, a highly intelligent dwarf who fits most of the tropes of the Jester and ''would'' have been a jester if he hadn't been born to one of the most powerful houses of Westeros.
15th Sep '16 1:57:53 AM surgoshan
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' plays with this in all the usual ways George R R Martin plays with things (horrifically). Stannis Baratheon has a jester who used to be an incredibly talented jester, until the ship bringing him to Stannis's court foundered, leaving the boy severely brain-damaged. Joffrey's jester is an old man who used to be a knight until he got incredibly drunk and spoiled a tourney. Now he spends all his time riding a wooden horse, wearing mock tin armor, and drinking. Finally, we have Tyrion Lannister, a highly intelligent dwarf who fits most of the tropes of the Jester and ''would'' have been a jester if he hadn't been born to one of the most powerful houses of Westeros.
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