History ObfuscatingStupidity / LiveActionTV

23rd Jun '16 8:48:51 PM FordPrefect
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* In one episode of ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', Will loses some money to a pool hustler, and then Uncle Phil loses some more trying to get it back. Then, as soon as the hustler agrees to ''another'' round at higher stakes:
--> '''Uncle Phil:''' Jeffrey? ''[[LetsGetDangerous Break out]] [[ICallItVera Lucille]]''.
18th May '16 3:43:07 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Alan Davies, the permanent panelist slash resident ButtMonkey from the PanelGame ''{{QI}}''. He admitted that the show requires someone to do the dirty job of feigning ignorance from time to time, and he usually steps up to do it.

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* Alan Davies, the permanent panelist slash resident ButtMonkey from the PanelGame ''{{QI}}''.''Series/{{QI}}''. He admitted that the show requires someone to do the dirty job of feigning ignorance from time to time, and he usually steps up to do it.
30th Apr '16 10:50:24 AM Allronix
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* Vila Restal from ''Series/BlakesSeven'' is a genius safecracker/pickpocket who spends the majority of his time acting like a cowardly imbecile. While he ''is'' a coward, he isn't stupid.

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* Vila Restal from ''Series/BlakesSeven'' is a genius safecracker/pickpocket who spends the majority of his time acting like a cowardly imbecile. While he ''is'' a coward, he isn't stupid. There's a ''reason'' he's the only protagonist to have survived from the first episode to the last, [[spoiler: and the most likely to have survived that BolivianArmyEnding]].
7th Mar '16 11:59:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the WillAndGrace episode ''May Divorce Be with You'', Karen is trying to divorce her husband, [[TheGhost Stan]]. Since Will is Stan's lawyer, Karen has to find one of her own. She ends up with a young, bumbling kid named Jason "J.T." Towne, a.k.a. Soupy (played by Macaulay Culkin). J.T. presents himself as completely incompetent and childish. During a discussion with Will, J.T. has a panic attack about the thousands of dollars Karen has at stake (which Will reminds him is actually ''millions''). Feeling sorry for him, Will reveals some extremely helpful advice to him. Soon after, J.T. reveals it was all an act in order to get the opposing lawyer to do all the work for him.

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* In the WillAndGrace ''Series/WillAndGrace'' episode ''May "May Divorce Be with You'', You", Karen is trying to divorce her husband, [[TheGhost Stan]]. Since Will is Stan's lawyer, Karen has to find one of her own. She ends up with a young, bumbling kid named Jason "J.T." Towne, a.k.a. Soupy (played by Macaulay Culkin). J.T. presents himself as completely incompetent and childish. During a discussion with Will, J.T. has a panic attack about the thousands of dollars Karen has at stake (which Will reminds him is actually ''millions''). Feeling sorry for him, Will reveals some extremely helpful advice to him. Soon after, J.T. reveals it was all an act in order to get the opposing lawyer to do all the work for him.
16th Feb '16 6:27:40 AM LordInsane
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* The Pakleds in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode ''Samaritan Snare'' are to all indications genuinely some of the most stupid aliens featured in ''Star Trek'', but they ''are'' capable of playing it up even more in some areas to appear more harmless than they actually are and manipulate others into doing what they want.
11th Feb '16 9:11:25 AM FordPrefect
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** Creator/SeanConnery on the ''[[Series/{{Jeopardy}} Celebrity Jeopardy!]]'' sketches. Originally, he was just as stupid as all the other celebrities, but when the focus shifted to his adversarial relationship with Alex Trebek, it became obvious that he was just faking it to get his goat. (Sometimes, he even admits as much himself.)



* Creator/SeanConnery on the ''[[Series/{{Jeopardy}} Celebrity Jeopardy!]]'' sketches on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. Originally, he was just as stupid as all the other celebrities, but when the focus shifted to his adversarial relationship with Alex Trebek, it became obvious that he was just faking it to get his goat. (Sometimes, he even admits as much himself.)
11th Feb '16 9:09:09 AM FordPrefect
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* In ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'''s "In a Mirror Darkly,"Mirror Hoshi pulls it on both the characters and the audience. She seems like nothing more than a willing consort for whoever her captain is at the moment, then at the end she [[spoiler:poisons Mirror Archer and declares herself Empress of the Terrans.]]

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* In ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'''s "In a Mirror Darkly,"Mirror Darkly," Mirror Hoshi pulls it on both the characters and the audience. She seems like nothing more than a willing consort for whoever her captain is at the moment, then at the end she [[spoiler:poisons Mirror Archer and declares herself Empress of the Terrans.]]
27th Nov '15 11:57:31 AM nombretomado
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* SeanConnery on the ''[[Series/{{Jeopardy}} Celebrity Jeopardy!]]'' sketches on ''SaturdayNightLive''. Originally, he was just as stupid as all the other celebrities, but when the focus shifted to his adversarial relationship with Alex Trebek, it became obvious that he was just faking it to get his goat. (Sometimes, he even admits as much himself.)

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* SeanConnery Creator/SeanConnery on the ''[[Series/{{Jeopardy}} Celebrity Jeopardy!]]'' sketches on ''SaturdayNightLive''.''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. Originally, he was just as stupid as all the other celebrities, but when the focus shifted to his adversarial relationship with Alex Trebek, it became obvious that he was just faking it to get his goat. (Sometimes, he even admits as much himself.)
15th Nov '15 11:47:10 AM nombretomado
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** Im the sketch "Masterbrain," Phil Hartman portrayed then-president RonaldReagan as a doddering-yet-genial goofball (the image that was and still is popular among his detractors) when presenting himself before the press or the public. Behind closed doors however, Hartman's Reagan revealed himself to be a [[MagnificentBastard Machiavellian manipulator]] in full command of the issues of the day (while everyone else in his Cabinet is struggling to keep up).

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** Im the sketch "Masterbrain," Phil Hartman portrayed then-president RonaldReagan UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan as a doddering-yet-genial goofball (the image that was and still is popular among his detractors) when presenting himself before the press or the public. Behind closed doors however, Hartman's Reagan revealed himself to be a [[MagnificentBastard Machiavellian manipulator]] in full command of the issues of the day (while everyone else in his Cabinet is struggling to keep up).
28th Sep '15 1:26:15 PM Divra
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** In-series, it's also revealed that Schultz not only managed to get himself promoted to Hauptfeldtwebel (that's Senior Master Sergeant, or E-8 equivalent), he also ran a highly successful toy company in the interbellum years, and only re-enlisted because he had no better options when his factory was seized for the war effort.
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