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26th Sep '16 8:18:19 AM h31r-of-l1f3
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* A pretty grim version of this appears (and is discussed) on ''Literature/WorldWarZ'' by Todd Wainio as he's retelling the Battle Of Yonkers. He explains that the Battle was just a display of HollywoodTactics that ''would'' have scared off a more conventional enemy through "shock and awe", but the zombies (being literally brain-dead) only saw a huge amount of humans to eat and kept on coming regardless of losses and ignoring the massive explosions and gunfire that was going on around them. As a result, because the higher-ups decided to use weapons that were highly intimidating but lacked anti-personnel power and didn't arrayed the defenses better to suit the enemy (among other stupid decisions); the Battle instead became a massacre.

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* A pretty grim version of this appears (and is discussed) on ''Literature/WorldWarZ'' by Todd Wainio as he's retelling the Battle Of Yonkers. He explains that the Battle was just a display of HollywoodTactics that ''would'' have scared off a more conventional enemy through "shock and awe", but the zombies (being literally brain-dead) only saw a huge amount of humans to eat and kept on coming regardless of losses and ignoring the massive explosions and gunfire that was going on around them. As a result, because the higher-ups decided to use weapons that were highly intimidating but lacked anti-personnel power and didn't hadn't arrayed the defenses better to suit the enemy (among other stupid decisions); the Battle instead became a massacre.
25th Sep '16 10:10:35 AM billybobfred
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** The OrgyOfEvidence double-bluff in ''{{Discworld/Jingo}}'' fails to fool Nobby and Colon, who see stereotypical Klatchian signs and think the culprit must be Klatchian.
23rd Sep '16 3:51:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* During WorldWarI, the Germans tried to lure a French force into attacking, whereupon they would be isolated and massacred. To accomplish this, they faked a hole in their security. This might have worked, had the French commander in charge of the area not been too dim to notice the weak point.

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* During WorldWarI, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, the Germans tried to lure a French force into attacking, whereupon they would be isolated and massacred. To accomplish this, they faked a hole in their security. This might have worked, had the French commander in charge of the area not been too dim to notice the weak point.
19th Sep '16 2:24:51 PM ZombieAladdin
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** There is an essay-length piece in the [[AllInTheManual instruction manual]] for ''VideoGame/SuperMarioMaker'' specifically about this issue. They warn people who intend to make courses that they may think their courses are simple and straightforward, but as the wider audience plays them, they ''will'' find things in your course you didn't intend. They also state not to get annoyed when this happens and that it's a common part of the game-making process.
16th Sep '16 10:06:18 AM FF32
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* Elan from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is a somewhat complicated example. He's pretty dumb, but he's also GenreSavvy. This makes trying to predict what he'd do in any given situation a crapshoot, because he could be too dumb to fall for the trick, too dumb to fall for it but decide that, for example, stripping off his armor before the big fight would be a good idea ''anyway'', GenreSavvy enough to see and avoid the trick, or [[ContractualGenreBlindness Contractually Genre Blind]] enough to see the trick but choose to fall for it. The one thing Elan can always be counted on to do [[RuleOfFunny is whatever's funniest.]] To whit, he once broke Nale's brain through his abuse of [[NobodyCouldSurviveThat a trope]], claiming that he knows about it but knows that he ''couldn't'' know about it in order to preserve the trope's existence.

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* Elan from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is a somewhat complicated example. He's pretty dumb, but he's also GenreSavvy. This makes trying to predict what he'd do in any given situation a crapshoot, because he could be too dumb to fall for the trick, too dumb to fall for it but decide that, for example, stripping off his armor before the big fight would be a good idea ''anyway'', GenreSavvy enough to see and avoid the trick, or [[ContractualGenreBlindness Contractually Genre Blind]] enough to see the trick but choose to fall for it. The one thing Elan can always be counted on to do [[RuleOfFunny is whatever's funniest.]] To whit, he once broke Nale's brain through his abuse of [[NobodyCouldSurviveThat [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat a trope]], claiming that he knows about it but knows that he ''couldn't'' know about it in order to preserve the trope's existence.
27th Aug '16 11:30:54 AM WoefulSoul
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The concept derives from the idea that [[SimpleMindedWisdom the simple-minded]] are CloserToEarth, and the conviction that CuttingTheKnot is an excellent solution to most complex problems. In certain circumstances, this trope relies on the idea that a certain kind of simplicity allows one to circumvent the need to figure things out in favor of knowing what things ''are'', even when this really ought to require some kind of metaphysical super-senses. This is one major way in which idiocy is turned into a DisabilitySuperpower; sometimes found in the case of the mentally disabled, as well. See also DisabilityImmunity for where a character is similarly unaffected, but has an physical, easier-to-recognize disability.

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The concept derives from the idea that [[SimpleMindedWisdom the simple-minded]] are CloserToEarth, and the conviction that CuttingTheKnot is an excellent solution to most complex problems. In certain circumstances, this trope relies on the idea that a certain kind of simplicity allows one to circumvent the need to figure things out in favor of knowing what things ''are'', even when this really ought to require some kind of metaphysical super-senses. This is one major way in which idiocy is turned into a DisabilitySuperpower; sometimes found in the case of the mentally disabled, as well. See also DisabilityImmunity for where a character is similarly unaffected, but has an a physical, easier-to-recognize disability.
26th Aug '16 4:39:36 AM TheHeroHartmut
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* In ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' Donkey Kong himself appeared to be capable of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72lVvLQZvfk&t=1m50s resisting the Tiki Tak Tribe's hypnosis]] (which had taken over most of the other inhabitants of DK Island), most likely due to his thick-headedness and scrap-happy nature.



* Elan from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''.
** Elan is a little more complicated. He's pretty dumb, but he's also GenreSavvy. This makes trying to predict what he'd do in any given situation a crapshoot, because he could be too dumb to fall for the trick, too dumb to fall for it but decide that, for example, stripping off his armor before the big fight would be a good idea ''anyway'', GenreSavvy enough to see and avoid the trick, or [[ContractualGenreBlindness Contractually Genre Blind]] enough to see the trick but choose to fall for it. The one thing Elan can always be counted on to do [[RuleOfFunny is whatever's funniest.]]
*** To whit, he once broke Nale's brain through his abuse of a trope, claiming that he knows about it but knows that he ''couldn't'' know about it in order to preserve the trope's existence.

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* Elan from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''.
** Elan
''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is a little more complicated.somewhat complicated example. He's pretty dumb, but he's also GenreSavvy. This makes trying to predict what he'd do in any given situation a crapshoot, because he could be too dumb to fall for the trick, too dumb to fall for it but decide that, for example, stripping off his armor before the big fight would be a good idea ''anyway'', GenreSavvy enough to see and avoid the trick, or [[ContractualGenreBlindness Contractually Genre Blind]] enough to see the trick but choose to fall for it. The one thing Elan can always be counted on to do [[RuleOfFunny is whatever's funniest.]]
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]] To whit, he once broke Nale's brain through his abuse of [[NobodyCouldSurviveThat a trope, trope]], claiming that he knows about it but knows that he ''couldn't'' know about it in order to preserve the trope's existence.
23rd Aug '16 3:43:25 PM timotaka
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* People with lower IQ scores are also generally more resistant to hypnosis or hypnotic suggestion.

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* People with lower IQ scores are also generally more resistant to hypnosis or hypnotic suggestion. This is usually attributed to that hypnosis requires the subject to be able to focus their attention at a single point for an extended time, and low IQ tends to correspond with a short attention span.
14th Aug '16 10:12:01 AM Looneygamemaster
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* ''Disney/FunAndFancyFree'': MickeyMouse tries to [[TrickingTheShapeshifter get Willie the Giant to turn into a housefly, so he can swat him]]. But Willie's insistence on turning into a pink bunny thwarts this scheme.
14th Aug '16 10:07:32 AM Looneygamemaster
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* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': Though the above quote from "Jack-Wabbit and the Beanstalk" isn't an example, the short does have an instance where BugsBunny tricks the Giant into a duel at ten paces, counting on the latter's giant steps to take him far away. Instead, the Giant's steps take him ''all the way around the cloud they're on'', putting Bugs right back where he started.
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