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1st Dec '17 9:58:27 PM maylove25
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* Many a chess grandmaster has lost games to beginners in simultaneous exhibitions (that is, when they're playing against several people at the same time) by setting traps whose bait goes unnoticed.

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* Many a chess grandmaster grand-master has lost games to beginners in simultaneous exhibitions (that is, when they're playing against several people at the same time) by setting traps whose bait goes unnoticed.



* Goofy. Most famously shown in a story by Creator/FloydGottfredson, where he remained immune from being hypnothized when everyone else fell for the trick (the VillainOfTheWeek was a hypnothizer, playing his tricks on everyone, including Mickey. Goofy, on the other hand, lived up to this trope, naturally).

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* Goofy. Most famously shown in a story by Creator/FloydGottfredson, where he remained immune from being hypnothized hypothesized when everyone else fell for the trick (the VillainOfTheWeek was a hypnothizer, playing his tricks on everyone, including Mickey. Goofy, on the other hand, lived up to this trope, naturally).



* In David Brin's ''[[Literature/{{Uplift}} The Uplift War]]'', a subplot has one alien ambassador trying to scam another by faking evidence of a massive coverup. The victim appears too simple-minded to spot the planted clues, (and too stolidly indifferent to be psychically induced to be curious), causing the hoaxster to wonder whether this is true idiocy, or a sign of deep wisdom.

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* In David Brin's ''[[Literature/{{Uplift}} The Uplift War]]'', a subplot has one alien ambassador trying to scam another by faking evidence of a massive coverup. The victim appears too simple-minded to spot the planted clues, (and too stolidly indifferent to be psychically induced to be curious), causing the hoaxster hoaxer to wonder whether this is true idiocy, or a sign of deep wisdom.



* This is essentially the premise of the show ''Series/{{Eureka}}''. Jack Carter is a regular guy [[SurroundedBySmartPeople surrounded by supergeniuses]], some of them a little evil. However, even when the bad guys have the entire town fooled, Carter always spots the detail that they missed. Carter also likes to apply common sense solutions to uncommon problems. And he isn't afraid of using SCIENCE! to get it done.

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* This is essentially the premise of the show ''Series/{{Eureka}}''. Jack Carter is a regular guy [[SurroundedBySmartPeople surrounded by supergeniuses]], super-geniuses]], some of them a little evil. However, even when the bad guys have the entire town fooled, Carter always spots the detail that they missed. Carter also likes to apply common sense solutions to uncommon problems. And he isn't afraid of using SCIENCE! to get it done.
1st Dec '17 9:54:25 PM maylove25
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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': In one of the ''Decolora Adventure'' episodes, everyone but Satoshi/Ash, Musashi/Jessie and Kojiro/James are hypnotized by crew of Beeheeyem. The reason why the three are unaffected is because they are idiots.

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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': In one of the ''Decolora Adventure'' episodes, everyone but Satoshi/Ash, Musashi/Jessie Ash, Jessie and Kojiro/James James are hypnotized by crew of Beeheeyem. The reason why the three are unaffected is because they are idiots.
18th Nov '17 4:52:57 PM ngh93
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* ''Film/GoodBurger''; Carmen Electra's attempts to seduce Edd into giving her the secret sauce fails because he is too dumb to realise she's hitting on him. Also he is too dumb to understand insults aimed at him.

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* ''Film/GoodBurger''; Carmen Electra's Roxanne's attempts to seduce Edd Ed into giving her the secret sauce fails because he is too dumb to realise she's hitting on him. Also he is too dumb to understand insults aimed at him.
15th Nov '17 4:14:09 AM Thrawcheld
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* In ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'', losing a certain amount of sanity in one go - as caused by say, seeing an EldritchAbomination or reading a Mythos book can cause temporary insanity... unless the Investigator fails an Idea roll... essentially, meaning they're too dumb to realize the full enormity of what they're just experienced and are thus saved some of it's horror.

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* In ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'', losing a certain amount of sanity in one go - as caused by say, seeing an EldritchAbomination or reading a Mythos book can cause temporary insanity... unless the Investigator fails an Idea roll... essentially, meaning they're too dumb to realize the full enormity of what they're just experienced and are thus saved some of it's its horror.
2nd Nov '17 12:48:27 PM MHarrington
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->''"Well, he can't outsmart me, 'cause I'm a moron!"''

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->''"Well, ->''"Tryin' to pull a fast one on me, eh? Well, he can't outsmart me, 'cause I'm a moron!"''
5th Oct '17 6:53:28 PM AnotherGuy
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-->'''[=GLaDOS=]:''' It's a ''paradox''! There IS no answer!
24th Sep '17 3:03:14 PM CloudCuckooClock
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* In ''WebVideo/CriticalRole'', this trope is the reason [[EvilWeapon Craven Edge]] is safer in [[DumbMuscle Grog]]'s hands than anywhere else. He doesn't even know that it's trying to manipulate him, and just treats it like a CoolSword that happens to talk to him.
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.
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