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10th Sep '17 9:22:38 PM marcoasalazarm
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* On the ''Film/{{Tremors}}'', series, the Graboids and their other stages zig-zag on this Trope. They can learn how to solve problems, yeah, but for the most part they are a race of [[SuperPersistentPredator Super-Persistent Predators]] that will attack anything that they perceive as food and anything that gets in the way of getting said food--and in doing so, they sistematically destroy everything the humans can use to get away from them, ask for help, or fight back.

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* On the ''Film/{{Tremors}}'', ''Film/{{Tremors}}'' series, the Graboids and their other stages zig-zag on this Trope. They can learn how to solve problems, yeah, but for the most part they are a race of [[SuperPersistentPredator Super-Persistent Predators]] that will attack anything that they perceive as food and anything that gets in the way of getting said food--and in doing so, they sistematically destroy everything the humans can use to get away from them, lure them into a trap, ask for help, or fight back.
10th Sep '17 9:20:05 PM marcoasalazarm
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* On the ''Film/{{Tremors}}'', series, the Graboids and their other stages zig-zag on this Trope. They can learn how to solve problems, yeah, but for the most part they are a race of [[SuperPersistentPredator Super-Persistent Predators]] that will attack anything that they perceive as food and anything that gets in the way of getting said food--and in doing so, they sistematically destroy everything the humans can use to get away from them, ask for help, or fight back.
-->'''Grady, on the second film''': You're telling me that they act smart because they're ''stupid''?
24th Aug '17 4:28:55 PM DarkHunter
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* There's a saying that goes "The best swordsman in the world only needs to fear the worst, because he has [[ButtonMashing no idea]] [[ConfusionFu what that idiot will do."]] This can, of course, translate to a wide array of undertakings.

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* There's a saying that goes "The best swordsman in the world only needs to does not fear the worst, second-best swordsman; he fears the worst swordsman, because he has [[ButtonMashing no idea]] [[ConfusionFu what that idiot will do."]] This can, of course, translate to a wide array of undertakings.
6th Aug '17 3:31:46 PM Schismatism
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* In the ''Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon'' series, specifically ''Callahan's Lady'', Tony Donuts (don't ask) is a grade-A imbecile who is simply too violent for most people to even ''try'' to scam, and too stupid for nearly anyone - even the Professor - to scam successfully. When the Professor states he's made his plan foolproof, Mary points out that he did ''not'' make it moron-proof. [[spoiler: This backfires when they rob a bank to pay Tony Donuts with ''real'' money instead of returning his counterfeit bills: a bank would certainly give them numbers in sequence, but Tony made his counterfeit money ''all with the same serial number.'']]
28th Jul '17 11:24:25 AM TheCheshireCat
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** Although before you decide to go gamble your life's savings in a Poker tournament with an "unconventional strategy", bear in mind that stories of beginner's luck suffer heavily from SurvivorshipBias.
17th Jul '17 6:04:54 AM doomeister
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* Heinrich von Kleist's essay ''On the Marionette Theater'': A top class fencer finds his master in a bear. The bear parries all the fencers thrusts because it cannot be fooled by feints and tricks due to its lack of consciousness and understanding. In a number of similar examples, the essay laments human consciousness (a consequence of the Fall of Man) as imperfect - as opposed to the perfect consciousness of God and the nonexistent consciousness of animals. The imperfect consciousness stands in Mankind's way to beauty, grace and happiness, which both God and the Animal can acieve (for different reasons).

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* Heinrich von Kleist's essay ''On the Marionette Theater'': A top class fencer finds his master in a bear. The bear parries all the fencers thrusts because it cannot be fooled by feints and tricks due to its lack of consciousness and understanding. In a number of similar examples, the essay laments human consciousness (a consequence of the Fall of Man) as imperfect - as opposed to the perfect consciousness of God and the nonexistent consciousness of animals. The imperfect consciousness stands in Mankind's way to beauty, grace and happiness, which both God and the Animal can acieve achieve (for different reasons).
8th Jul '17 2:53:50 PM Taskmaster123
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** Another example occurred during an Air Force Operational Readiness Inspection, when an inspector was in the base hospital's Medical Control Center, watching the medical personnel handle an exercise scenario. Seeking to trip them up, he asked the officer in charge for the status of a disaster response team, giving a made-up team name that didn't exist in real life. He'd done this before, and the usual response was panic, as the team members would rapidly scroll through the list of disaster teams the hospital had, not find the one mentioned, and start looking through all the other resources they had, thinking they'd overlooked forming and training a specific team, the panic would get worse, etc. On this day, the officer in charge was newly assigned. He simply looked up, told the inspector that they didn't have the team he was looking for, but if he would provide a list of personnel that the team needed, he would build one on the spot from who he had available, then went back to work. The inspector was stunned, in all his years of running inspections he'd never gotten such a cool and poised response.
8th Jul '17 2:52:24 PM Taskmaster123
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* This trope is ''actively applied" in the military, where scenarios and exercises are thrown at very young and inexperienced officers, or officers being called upon to act outside of their area of expertise, precisely to see what nuggets can be gleaned from their approaching the problem with a complete lack of experience. They've been thrown outside of their comfort zone, so they often come up with ideas that would not even occur to more experienced leaders.

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* This trope is ''actively applied" actively applied in the military, where scenarios and exercises are thrown at very young and inexperienced officers, or officers being called upon to act outside of their area of expertise, precisely to see what nuggets can be gleaned from their approaching the problem with a complete lack of experience. They've been thrown outside of their comfort zone, so they often come up with ideas that would not even occur to more experienced leaders.
8th Jul '17 2:51:47 PM Taskmaster123
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* This trope is ''actively applied" in the military, where scenarios and exercises are thrown at very young and inexperienced officers, or officers being called upon to act outside of their area of expertise, precisely to see what nuggets can be gleaned from their approaching the problem with a complete lack of experience. They've been thrown outside of their comfort zone, so they often come up with ideas that would not even occur to more experienced leaders.
** An excellent example would be the Doolittle Raid. A Naval ''anti-submarine warfare officer'', with no experience flying planes, was at a Navy base early in the war, watching Army B-25's take off and land. What he also noticed was that for training purposes for Navy pilots, the runway was painted with the outline of an aircraft carrier. That got him to wondering if a B-25 could take off from an aircraft carrier. Since he had no flying experience, he didn't know that such a thing had never even been considered...
** Another example occurred during an Air Force Operational Readiness Inspection, when an inspector was in the base hospital's Medical Control Center, watching the medical personnel handle an exercise scenario. Seeking to trip them up, he asked the officer in charge for the status of a disaster response team, giving a made-up team name that didn't exist in real life. He'd done this before, and the usual response was panic, as the team members would rapidly scroll through the list of disaster teams the hospital had, not find the one mentioned, and start looking through all the other resources they had, thinking they'd overlooked forming and training a specific team, the panic would get worse, etc. On this day, the officer in charge was newly assigned. He simply looked up, told the inspector that they didn't have the team he was looking for, but if he would provide a list of personnel that the team needed, he would build one on the spot from who he had available, then went back to work. The inspector was stunned, in all his years of running inspections he'd never gotten such a cool and poised response.
8th Jun '17 7:48:43 AM StFan
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* ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth'': Brer Rabbit uses reverse psychology (also known as BriarPatching) to trick [[BigBad Brer Fox]] into increasingly [[CruelAndUnusualDeath elaborate]] murder [[FlayingAlive methods]] until he decides to do what Brer Rabbit wants him to. Brer Bear is against it and wishes to just "knock his head clean off". While Brer Bear is too dumb to even realize what the Rabbit tries to do, his simple thinking also makes him immune to the trick, while the [[StupidEvil Fox]], who is far from the sharpest tool himself, falls into it.

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* ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth'': Brer ''Film/SongOfTheSouth'': Br'er Rabbit uses reverse psychology (also known as BriarPatching) to trick [[BigBad Brer Br'er Fox]] into increasingly [[CruelAndUnusualDeath elaborate]] murder [[FlayingAlive methods]] until he decides to do what Brer Br'er Rabbit wants him to. Brer Br'er Bear is against it and wishes to just "knock his head clean off". While Brer Br'er Bear is too dumb to even realize what the Rabbit tries to do, his simple thinking also makes him immune to the trick, while the [[StupidEvil Fox]], who is far from the sharpest tool himself, falls into it.
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