History ObfuscatingStupidity / Comics

14th Jun '16 4:05:38 AM rafi
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** Almost identical to another moment in "I Can't Believe It's Not the Justice League" where Dibny tells Booster Gold that "the difference between you and me is that I only ''act'' like an idiot".


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* In "I Can't Believe It's Not the Justice League" Elongated Man tells Booster Gold that "the difference between you and me is that I only ''act'' like an idiot".
10th Jun '16 2:23:16 PM Dragon101
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** ComicBook/TheJoker. He looks and acts like a clown and often comes up with ridiculous schemes that seem to genuinely make no sense (the most infamous example being the time he tried to patent his brand of poisoned fish). He can also be suicidally reckless and he frequently resorts to petty pranks even when he has Batman firmly at his mercy. But beneath his foolish facade lurks one of the most diabolically brilliant psychopathic minds Batman ever faces, and he regularly proves himself capable of not only keeping pace with, but actually frequently outsmarting, both the Dark Knight and a host of other extremely intelligent heroes and villains, with even Lex Luthor one of the few minds who can actually keep up with him. The Joker is a brilliant chemist who invented his own lethal laughing gas and various other concoctions, has proven himself to be an expert in a range of fields ranging from engineering to psychology and even to meteorology, is a masterful escape artist and magician easily on par with his nemesis, and regularly organises and executes acts of robbery and terrorism of such sophistication that they have been compared to military operations. It is very often implied that he is more than capable of killing Batman and everyone else if he really put his mind to it (and that he has intentionally passed up opportunities to do just that), and that he only reason he doesn't is that he thinks [[VictoryIsBoring actually winning would be boring]].

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** ComicBook/TheJoker. He looks and acts like a clown and often comes up with ridiculous schemes that seem to genuinely make no sense (the most infamous example being the time he tried to patent his brand of poisoned fish). He can also be suicidally reckless and he frequently resorts to petty pranks even when he has Batman firmly at his mercy. But beneath his foolish facade lurks one of the most diabolically brilliant psychopathic minds Batman ever faces, and he regularly proves himself capable of not only keeping pace with, but actually frequently outsmarting, both the Dark Knight and a host of other extremely intelligent heroes and villains, with even Lex Luthor thinking he is one of the few minds who can actually keep up with him. The Joker is a brilliant chemist who invented his own lethal laughing gas and various other concoctions, has proven himself to be an expert in a range of fields ranging from engineering to psychology and even to meteorology, is a masterful escape artist and magician easily on par with his nemesis, and regularly organises and executes acts of robbery and terrorism of such sophistication that they have been compared to military operations. It is very often implied that he is more than capable of killing Batman and everyone else if he really put his mind to it (and that he has intentionally passed up opportunities to do just that), and that he only reason he doesn't is that he thinks [[VictoryIsBoring actually winning would be boring]].
10th Jun '16 2:22:15 PM Dragon101
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** ComicBook/TheJoker. He looks and acts like a clown and often comes up with ridiculous schemes that seem to genuinely make no sense (the most infamous example being the time he tried to patent his brand of poisoned fish). He can also be suicidally reckless and he frequently resorts to petty pranks even when he has Batman firmly at his mercy. But beneath his foolish facade lurks one of the most diabolical brilliant psychopathic minds Batman ever faces, and he regularly proves himself capable of not only keeping pace with, but actually frequently outsmarting, both the Dark Knight and a host of other extremely intelligent heroes and villains, with even Lex Luthor one of the few minds who can actually keep up with him. The Joker is a brilliant chemist who invented his own lethal laughing gas and various other concoctions, has proven himself to be an expert in a range of fields ranging from engineering to psychology and even to meteorology, is a masterful escape artist and magician easily on par with his nemesis, and regularly organises and executes acts of robbery and terrorism of such sophistication that they have been compared to military operations. It is very often implied that he is more than capable of killing Batman and everyone else if he really put his mind to it (and that he has intentionally passed up opportunities to do just that), and that he only reason he doesn't is that he thinks [[VictoryIsBoring actually winning would be boring]].

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** ComicBook/TheJoker. He looks and acts like a clown and often comes up with ridiculous schemes that seem to genuinely make no sense (the most infamous example being the time he tried to patent his brand of poisoned fish). He can also be suicidally reckless and he frequently resorts to petty pranks even when he has Batman firmly at his mercy. But beneath his foolish facade lurks one of the most diabolical diabolically brilliant psychopathic minds Batman ever faces, and he regularly proves himself capable of not only keeping pace with, but actually frequently outsmarting, both the Dark Knight and a host of other extremely intelligent heroes and villains, with even Lex Luthor one of the few minds who can actually keep up with him. The Joker is a brilliant chemist who invented his own lethal laughing gas and various other concoctions, has proven himself to be an expert in a range of fields ranging from engineering to psychology and even to meteorology, is a masterful escape artist and magician easily on par with his nemesis, and regularly organises and executes acts of robbery and terrorism of such sophistication that they have been compared to military operations. It is very often implied that he is more than capable of killing Batman and everyone else if he really put his mind to it (and that he has intentionally passed up opportunities to do just that), and that he only reason he doesn't is that he thinks [[VictoryIsBoring actually winning would be boring]].
10th Jun '16 2:20:30 PM Dragon101
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* The Penguin. So good it even fools some writers. Penguin was the first villain to actually escape from Batman and outsmart him, and it was a running theme in all of Penguin's first stories that he always somehow managed find a way to escape. Truth is, people too often forget that the Penguin's shtick is that you're SUPPOSED to underestimate him. You're SUPPOSED to be so underwhelmed by his ridiculous mannerisms that you never see the scheme coming before you've fallen victim to it. There is a reason the umbrella was chosen as his weapon. It serves as a metaphor for the Penguin's character and nature. Like his umbrellas, the Penguin appears completely harmless perhaps even mundane, but also like his umbrellas he conceals a darker nature.
** Quote from Bruce/Batman to Tim Drake in 'Penguin Triumphant': "Everyone seems to consistently underestimate the Penguin myself included. In point of fact, Cobblepot is ruthless, vindictive, calculating, inventive and perhaps the most brilliant man I've ever fought."

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* ** The Penguin. So good it even fools some writers. Penguin was the first villain to actually escape from Batman and outsmart him, and it was a running theme in all of Penguin's first stories that he always somehow managed find a way to escape. Truth is, people too often forget that the Penguin's shtick is that you're SUPPOSED to underestimate him. You're SUPPOSED to be so underwhelmed by his ridiculous mannerisms that you never see the scheme coming before you've fallen victim to it. There is a reason the umbrella was chosen as his weapon. It serves as a metaphor for the Penguin's character and nature. Like his umbrellas, the Penguin appears completely harmless perhaps even mundane, but also like his umbrellas he conceals a darker nature.
** *** Quote from Bruce/Batman to Tim Drake in 'Penguin Triumphant': "Everyone seems to consistently underestimate the Penguin myself included. In point of fact, Cobblepot is ruthless, vindictive, calculating, inventive and perhaps the most brilliant man I've ever fought.""
** ComicBook/TheJoker. He looks and acts like a clown and often comes up with ridiculous schemes that seem to genuinely make no sense (the most infamous example being the time he tried to patent his brand of poisoned fish). He can also be suicidally reckless and he frequently resorts to petty pranks even when he has Batman firmly at his mercy. But beneath his foolish facade lurks one of the most diabolical brilliant psychopathic minds Batman ever faces, and he regularly proves himself capable of not only keeping pace with, but actually frequently outsmarting, both the Dark Knight and a host of other extremely intelligent heroes and villains, with even Lex Luthor one of the few minds who can actually keep up with him. The Joker is a brilliant chemist who invented his own lethal laughing gas and various other concoctions, has proven himself to be an expert in a range of fields ranging from engineering to psychology and even to meteorology, is a masterful escape artist and magician easily on par with his nemesis, and regularly organises and executes acts of robbery and terrorism of such sophistication that they have been compared to military operations. It is very often implied that he is more than capable of killing Batman and everyone else if he really put his mind to it (and that he has intentionally passed up opportunities to do just that), and that he only reason he doesn't is that he thinks [[VictoryIsBoring actually winning would be boring]].
10th Jun '16 2:04:27 PM Dragon101
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** Modern versions of the character go back and forth with this trope though, since while Clark Kent ''sometimes'' acts clumsy and dumb, he is also prize-winning investigative journalist for a major metropolitan newspaper and it's a little difficulty to believe that he could hold such a position and reputation and have too many people think he is an idiot. Of course, obfuscating stupidity comes in handy for a job like that as well...
6th Jun '16 1:29:38 AM WillBGood
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* It's also true of Comics/SpiderMan. In the early days, no one would have suspected bookish, shy Peter Parker of being the web-slinging, wise-cracking Spider-Man. This remained true as he ended up a science teacher.

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* It's also true of Comics/SpiderMan.Franchise/SpiderMan. In the early days, no one would have suspected bookish, shy Peter Parker of being the web-slinging, wise-cracking Spider-Man. This remained true as he ended up a science teacher.



* From ''{{Garfield}}'': Odie, probably. Or he might be GeniusDitz.

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* From ''{{Garfield}}'': ''ComicBook/{{Garfield}}'': Odie, probably. Or he might be GeniusDitz.



** In [[http://garfield.com/comic/1999-02-02 another]] strip, Odie frames Garfield for hiding all of Jon's shirts, then, when Garfield is thrown out, Odie looks on while wqearing one of Jon's shirts with an evil grin on his face.

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** In [[http://garfield.com/comic/1999-02-02 another]] strip, Odie frames Garfield for hiding all of Jon's shirts, then, when Garfield is thrown out, Odie looks on while wqearing wearing one of Jon's shirts with an evil grin on his face.



* ComicBook/BoosterGold acts like a publicity-seeking fool to cover up the fact that he's been tasked with protecting the timestream, since this would bring about KillHimInHisCrib. Although he's not exactly a genius, he is a much more competent superhero than he seems to be. Booster's mentor [[spoiler: and [[KidFromTheFuture future son]]]] Rip Hunter made it clear how important this was, since it was too late to just make Booster's entire identity disappear like Rip had done with himself.

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* ComicBook/BoosterGold acts like a publicity-seeking fool to cover up the fact that he's been tasked with protecting the timestream, since this would bring about KillHimInHisCrib.[[RetGone Kill Him In His Crib]]. Although he's not exactly a genius, he is a much more competent superhero than he seems to be. Booster's mentor [[spoiler: and [[KidFromTheFuture future son]]]] Rip Hunter made it clear how important this was, since it was too late to just make Booster's entire identity disappear like Rip had done with himself.
6th Jun '16 1:27:01 AM WillBGood
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* It's also true of {{Spider-Man}}. In the early days, no one would have suspected bookish, shy Peter Parker of being the web-slinging, wise-cracking Spider-Man. This remained true as he ended up a science teacher.

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\n\n* It's also true of {{Spider-Man}}.Comics/SpiderMan. In the early days, no one would have suspected bookish, shy Peter Parker of being the web-slinging, wise-cracking Spider-Man. This remained true as he ended up a science teacher.
2nd May '16 2:20:14 PM maxwellsilver
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** Calvin is apparently a user of this trope, as he once told Susie that it's far easier to keep people's expectations low, and wow them every now and again, then to keep them high and wind up disappointing at some point.
** A cloning storyline in which Calvin (supposedly) creates a personification of his "good half" to take his classes for him proves this: if the clone is real, than it demonstrates that Calvin could do well in school if he bothered to try; if it's an extended game of make-believe than Calvin really is doing well for a change (if only for the sake of keeping the game going.) Then again, ''any'' of Calvin's musings to Hobbes on the nature of existence and reality during any given 'sledding' strip should tip even the most casual reader off that the kid's a freaking genius, it's just that school bores him senseless.

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** Calvin is apparently a user of this trope, as he once told Susie that it's far easier to keep people's expectations low, and wow them every now and again, then than to keep them high and wind up disappointing at some point.
** A cloning storyline in which Calvin (supposedly) creates a personification of his "good half" to take his classes for him proves this: if the clone is real, than then it demonstrates that Calvin could do well in school if he bothered to try; if it's an extended game of make-believe than then Calvin really is doing well for a change (if only for the sake of keeping the game going.) Then again, ''any'' of Calvin's musings to Hobbes on the nature of existence and reality during any given 'sledding' strip should tip even the most casual reader off that the kid's a freaking genius, it's just that school bores him senseless.
1st Apr '16 2:27:16 PM ObsidianFire
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** the other is Xadhoom, a perpetually furious PhysicalGoddess with an outrageously high IQ (she comes from Xerba, [[PlanetOfHats where everyone holds at least a doctorate]] and you have to be incredibly smart to get in politics. She ''ruled it'' after proving herself the greatest astrophysicist in Xerba's history and topping the previous greatest astrophysicist's greatest achievement at a very young age, before [[ProfessorGuineaPig testing on herself a method to solve Xerba's energy crisis and aquiring her powers]]) who tends to just charge at the Evronians and exterminate them and generally acts as a BloodKnight. Turns out she charges at the Evronians [[GenreSavvy because she knows they can't harm her]] (and they only try and fight her only when desperate or believing they have something that could defeat her. Even those times they're right, she easily outplays them), has learned a branch of Evronian science that has no equivalent on Xerba, can easily see through Evronian traps (and still charges at them because she knows they'll fail, or, in one occasion, plays along to see when they'll realize she saw through their act), has an amazing self control, and the one time she played a stint as TheChessmaster she fooled everyone who didn't know beforehand. The Evronians realizes early about her origins and real identity (and thus her smarts), but believed her grief and rage had dulled both her intelligence and self-control until too late (their Emperor even [[LampshadeHanging admitted they underestimated her big time]] exactly ''one panel before losing the only leverage he had on Xadhoom to keep her prisoner'').

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** the other is Xadhoom, a perpetually furious PhysicalGoddess with an outrageously high IQ (she comes from Xerba, [[PlanetOfHats where everyone holds at least a doctorate]] and you have to be incredibly smart to get in politics. She ''ruled it'' after proving herself the greatest astrophysicist in Xerba's history and topping the previous greatest astrophysicist's greatest achievement at a very young age, before [[ProfessorGuineaPig testing on herself a method to solve Xerba's energy crisis and aquiring her powers]]) who tends to just charge at the Evronians and exterminate them and generally acts as a BloodKnight. Turns out she charges at the Evronians [[GenreSavvy because she knows they can't harm her]] her (and they only try and fight her only when desperate or believing they have something that could defeat her. Even those times they're right, she easily outplays them), has learned a branch of Evronian science that has no equivalent on Xerba, can easily see through Evronian traps (and still charges at them because she knows they'll fail, or, in one occasion, plays along to see when they'll realize she saw through their act), has an amazing self control, and the one time she played a stint as TheChessmaster she fooled everyone who didn't know beforehand. The Evronians realizes early about her origins and real identity (and thus her smarts), but believed her grief and rage had dulled both her intelligence and self-control until too late (their Emperor even [[LampshadeHanging admitted they underestimated her big time]] exactly ''one panel before losing the only leverage he had on Xadhoom to keep her prisoner'').
28th Feb '16 7:48:01 PM nombretomado
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Marvel 1602}}'', [[spoiler: [[CaptainAmerica Rojaz]], the suspiciously-tall-and-blond Native American.]]

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Marvel 1602}}'', [[spoiler: [[CaptainAmerica [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Rojaz]], the suspiciously-tall-and-blond Native American.]]
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