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23rd Jul '17 8:50:32 PM TheSinful
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* Naruto learns the hard way in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3665921/51/Black-Flames-Dance-In-The-Wind-Rise-of-Naruto Black Flames Dance in the Wind: Rise of Naruto]]'' that the ''Council'' has been doing this. Besides noting that of course they're not trying to keep him weak and helpless, comparing it to keeping a sword dull and chipped, the crimes they frame him for are identical to crimes he's actually committed. For example, beating a weapon shop owner then stealing a good deal of his merchandise; while Naruto didn't attack or rob that shopkeeper, he did attack and rob another one the previous week and stole exactly what he was framed for later. Furthermore, the "assassins" sent after him are actually the village's way of getting rid of potential and actual traitors: offer them money to kill a comrade then tip off said comrade and provide backup.
2nd May '17 7:11:24 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'': Time-traveller Shinji goes out of his way to act ''completely'' inept in his first combat simulation (and does such a good job of it that the staff nicknamed him "Godzilla''), then asks for a week of training combat training so he can have a more believable explanation for his piloting skills.

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* ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'': Time-traveller Shinji goes out of his way to act ''completely'' inept in his first combat simulation (and does such a good job of it that the staff nicknamed him "Godzilla''), "Franchise/{{Godzilla}}''), then asks for a week of training intensive combat training so he can have a more believable explanation for his piloting skills.
26th Dec '16 11:42:54 AM MiddleEighth
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*The four also put this trope to some use in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone'' because everyone thinks they're callow youths and therefore ignorant and inexperienced. They're happy to keep the pose up.
9th Dec '16 8:03:59 PM iroanxi
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[[AC: ''Manga/OnePiece'']]
* In ''FanFIc/ThisBites'', this is implied to be the case, at least to an extent, with Mr. 4. Miss Merry Christmas objects to his decision of [[spoiler:giving Lassoo to]] Cross, saying that Cross had helped stop them and save the kingdom. 4 uses that as his own reasoning, and in response to a surprised Christmas considering aloud how she wondered sometimes how moronic he ''actually'' was, he smiles.
25th Sep '16 11:28:21 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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[[AC: ''VideoGame/Undertale'']]

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[[AC: ''VideoGame/Undertale'']]''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'']]
25th Sep '16 11:28:02 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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[[AC: ''VideoGame/Undertale'']]
* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eRMqYllUic this]] ''Underswap'' video, Temmie (who has Flowey's role, and vice versa) plays dumb in an effort to lower the player character's guard so he can more easily kill them.
24th Jul '16 6:46:35 PM TheSinful
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* Kakashi in ''FanFic/FromHisExcerpts'' by Phoenyxx. Kakashi speaks fluent English, but hides it from the professors, resulting in little gems like these:
-> "Squid…Like…No magic."
-> Oh. Professor Flitwick chuckled lightly, "I believe the correct term is squib."
->"Yes, squid. It is what I say."




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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7973137/4/Take-No-Umbridge-I-As-Umbridge-Sees-it Take No Umbridge]]'', Trelawny's "side-show fortune teller" mannerisms aren't just an act, but one required to ace the Divination practical.



* Kakashi in ''FanFic/FromHisExcerpts'' by Phoenyxx. Kakashi speaks fluent English, but hides it from the professors, resulting in little gems like these:
-> "Squid…Like…No magic."
-> Oh. Professor Flitwick chuckled lightly, "I believe the correct term is squib."
->"Yes, squid. It is what I say."
10th Jun '16 3:58:02 AM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'': Time-traveller Shinji goes out of his way to act ''completely'' inept in his first combat simulation (and does such a good job of it that the staff nicknamed him "Godzilla''), then asks for a week of training combat training so he can have a more believable explanation for his piloting skills.
2nd Jun '16 8:18:55 PM LadyNorbert
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* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': Shinji pretended he was dumber and more ignorant than he was so nobody figured out what he is -a master manipulator with psychich powers- or what he really knows. Later Rei and Asuka make the same thing, advised by him.

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* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': Shinji pretended he was dumber and more ignorant than he was so nobody figured out what he is -a - a master manipulator with psychich powers- PsychicPowers - or what he really knows. Later Rei and Asuka make the same thing, advised by him.



* In ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', the four all pretend to be naïve, useless fools when they first start journeying with the Hunter, because they take a massive dislike to him the moment he enters the scene. Their intent is to gradually reveal their power as they travel so they can humiliate him. This turns out not to be the best idea they ever had.

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* * In ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', the four all pretend to be naïve, useless fools when they first start journeying with the Hunter, because they take a massive dislike to him the moment he enters the scene. Their intent is to gradually reveal their power as they travel so they can humiliate him. This turns out not to be the best idea they ever had.



** She is TheDitz in the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]], but shows that she is actually pretty smart in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], especially as it goes on and the burdens of leadership take their toll. Venus can be considered another case as well, since it is hinted that she speaks fluent English, a language that is just as hard for the Japanese to learn as their own language is for native English speakers. (They're in completely different language families, so have no common baselines).

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** She is TheDitz in the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]], but shows that she is actually pretty smart in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], especially as it goes on and the burdens of leadership take their toll. Venus can be considered another case as well, since it is hinted that she speaks fluent English, a language that is just as hard for the Japanese to learn as their own language is for native English speakers. (They're in completely different language families, so have no common baselines).baselines).
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2nd Jun '16 8:18:26 PM LadyNorbert
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[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'']]
* In the third arc of the [[Fanfic/{{Cinderjuice}} Contractually Obligated Chaos]] series, Beej notes privately to himself that he ''enjoys'' persuading others that he's incredibly dim, as it leads them to underestimate him. He's actually very intelligent, coming up with several clever ideas throughout the series, but he tries to keep it from everyone except those closest to him.



* Cordelia in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9663877/1/And-Another-Thing-I-Hate-About-You And Another Thing I Hate About You]]'' is only of the only people to notice Anya is doing this. As she puts it, Anya couldn't have interacted with humans for over a thousand years and trick them into making wishes if she really had NoSocialSkills. Anya admits she just likes [[{{Troll}} messing with the Scoobies]]

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* Cordelia in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9663877/1/And-Another-Thing-I-Hate-About-You And Another Thing I Hate About You]]'' is only one of the only people to notice Anya is doing this. As she puts it, Anya couldn't have interacted with humans for over a thousand years and trick them into making wishes if she really had NoSocialSkills. Anya admits she just likes [[{{Troll}} messing with the Scoobies]]
Scoobies]].



* [[spoiler: Princess Peach]] of all people in ''[[FanFic/NewLookSeries Link's New Look]]''

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* [[spoiler: Princess Peach]] Peach]], of all people people, in ''[[FanFic/NewLookSeries Link's New Look]]''



** Jean-Paul generally maintains a harmless CampGay demeanour. He's also capable of almost absently pulling a SherlockScan on someone he barely knows and when he gets angry, he gets cold, calm and all the GratuitousFrench disappears.

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** Jean-Paul generally maintains a harmless CampGay demeanour. He's also capable of almost absently pulling a SherlockScan on someone he barely knows and when he gets angry, he gets cold, calm cold and calm, and all the GratuitousFrench disappears.
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