History ObfuscatingStupidity / LiveActionTV

24th Apr '17 9:45:45 AM Premonition45
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* ''Series/FawltyTowers'': Some episodes, like "The Germans" and "The Builders", suggest that [[FunnyForeigner Manuel]]'s English isn't actually quite as bad as he lets on, and that he pretends to speak barely any English so that Basil won't expect too much from him.
23rd Mar '17 6:37:13 AM Sootyuk
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** Turk does this himself once he learns Spanish, he learns to impress Carla, but doesn't admit it in the end, as he finds out he likes being able to understand what she's saying to her family, without her realising, a bit too much.
19th Mar '17 6:32:39 PM MasterFuzzy
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** It's implied that Mycroft actually used this himself a little; it turns out that [[spoiler: He and Sherlock were actually playing Moriarity all along.]]
26th Feb '17 3:39:59 AM ShorinBJ
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* In ''Series/ThirtyRock'', Kenneth is seen as the bumbling PollyAnna of the show, yet Jack thinks that "In five years we'll all be working for him...or dead by his hand." [[spoiler: As in most things, Jack is mostly correct. It took 6 years before Kenneth was named president of NBC]]

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* In ''Series/ThirtyRock'', Kenneth is seen as the bumbling PollyAnna {{Pollyanna}} of the show, yet Jack thinks that "In five years we'll all be working for him...or dead by his hand." [[spoiler: As [[spoiler:As in most things, Jack is mostly correct. It took 6 years before Kenneth was named president of NBC]]



* Colonel O'Neill on ''Series/StargateSG1'', while far from a rocket scientist, usually presented a snarky persona that appeared much dumber than he actually was, often to fool his enemies or simply to annoy his allies. He is an amateur astronomer (when he's not spying on his neighbors through his telescope) and a brilliant strategist/tactician. He is also fluent in Spanish, [[SmartPeoplePlayChess can beat General Landry in chess,]] can be diplomatic if he has to, and is smart enough to quickly pick up how to control an alien starship with a little guidance. He is also the only one who can come even close to keep an alien database in his head without dying immediately.
* Though Tony's mother Livia on ''Series/TheSopranos'' was clearly suffering from some level of senility, it was more than hinted she was playing it up as a cover for her more terrifyingly evil moves.

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* Colonel O'Neill on ''Series/StargateSG1'', while far from a rocket scientist, usually presented a snarky persona that appeared much dumber than he actually was, often to fool his enemies or simply to annoy his allies. He is an amateur astronomer (when he's not spying on his neighbors through his telescope) and a brilliant strategist/tactician. He is also fluent in Spanish, [[SmartPeoplePlayChess can beat General Landry in chess,]] can be diplomatic if he has to, and is smart enough to quickly pick up how to control an alien starship with a little guidance. He is also the only one who can come even close to keep an alien database in his head without dying immediately.
* Though Tony's mother Livia on ''Series/TheSopranos'' was clearly suffering from some level of senility, it was more than hinted she was playing it up
immediately. Teen Cassandra lampshades this, saying, "Jack likes to pretend he's not as a cover for her more terrifyingly evil moves.smart as he really is."



* Though Tony's mother Livia on ''Series/TheSopranos'' was clearly suffering from some level of senility, it was more than hinted she was playing it up as a cover for her more terrifyingly evil moves.



* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'': [[spoiler: Alpha]]. The character's reveal gave cold shivers, considering how convincingly the actor had been selling the goofy one-off hilarious fanservice guest star part up to that point in the episode.

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* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'': [[spoiler: Alpha]].[[spoiler:Alpha]]. The character's reveal gave cold shivers, considering how convincingly the actor had been selling the goofy one-off hilarious fanservice guest star part up to that point in the episode.



* ''Series/BostonLegal'''s Denny Crane seems like a senile, self absorbed wackjob and he usually is...until he steps into a courtroom. Then Again he is Denny Crane.

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* ''Series/BostonLegal'''s Denny Crane seems like a senile, self absorbed wackjob whackjob, and he usually is...until he steps into a courtroom. Then Again he is again Denny Crane.



--> '''Uncle Phil:''' Jeffrey? ''[[LetsGetDangerous Break out]] [[ICallItVera Lucille]]''.

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--> '''Uncle -->'''Uncle Phil:''' Jeffrey? Geoffrey? ''[[LetsGetDangerous Break out]] [[ICallItVera Lucille]]''.
14th Jan '17 4:38:26 AM StarTropes
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* Used on ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' when Wayne Brady provides an example for "Things Goerge W. Bush does in the Oval Office when no one's around":
--> "I grow weary of this charade. How I long to be me! Dickens...the encyclopedia...the tomes I have loved all my life--"\\
"Mr. President?"\\
"Uh, yeah?"
7th Dec '16 3:34:11 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* On ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', Coach had the reputation of being somewhat of a ditz, and when he passed away, he was replaced by Woody, who was something of a ''young'' ditz. However, both characters often did things to suggest they were more on the ball than they seemed. Coach was able to convince Sam to stop relapsing into drinking by saying he'd cause Diane (who had just been released from a psychiatric ward) to go nuts again, while convincing Diane to stay by telling her Sam would start drinking again if she left, solving both problems at once. Woody, on the other hand, was able to learn chess quickly and win against Fraiser, and managed to become elected to the Boston City Council (partially due to an experiment orchestrated by Fraiser that went awry) and tended to be a StraightMan to the entire cast. (Often by accident.)
3rd Dec '16 3:16:32 PM dmcreif
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** Wilson Fisk allows Madame Gao to believe he cannot understand Chinese, but later reveals that he is somewhat fluent. His obfuscation has mostly been so that he has an excuse to have James Wesley around for their meetings. Madame Gao is doing just the same - she pretends that she does not speak English and requires a translator. Fisk also understands Japanese to an extent, but prefers to have Wesley provide a more TactfulTranslation of Nobu's remarks.

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** Wilson Fisk allows Madame Gao to believe he cannot understand Chinese, but later reveals that he is somewhat fluent. His obfuscation has mostly been so that he has an excuse to have James Wesley around for their meetings. Turns out Madame Gao is doing just the exact same thing - she pretends that she does not speak English and requires a translator. Fisk also understands Japanese to an extent, but prefers to have Wesley provide a more TactfulTranslation of Nobu's remarks.
29th Nov '16 6:40:55 PM bwburke94
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* ''Series/HowToRock'': [[Dumb Blonde Grace King]], while clearly not the smartest, shows that she has a savvy to her that she doesn't reveal often. In "How to Rock Camping", she was revealed to have a surprisingly expert knowledge in camping that helped to not only make roughing it easier for her team, but helped them find the convenience store in an emergency crisis too. On that occasion, TheDitz turned out to be quite the CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass.

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* ''Series/HowToRock'': [[Dumb Blonde [[DumbBlonde Grace King]], while clearly not the smartest, shows that she has a savvy to her that she doesn't reveal often. In "How to Rock Camping", she was revealed to have a surprisingly expert knowledge in camping that helped to not only make roughing it easier for her team, but helped them find the convenience store in an emergency crisis too. On that occasion, TheDitz turned out to be quite the CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass.
30th Aug '16 10:13:45 AM dmcreif
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30th Aug '16 9:56:20 AM dmcreif
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*''Series/Daredevil2015'':
**Wilson Fisk allows Madame Gao to believe he cannot understand Chinese, but later reveals that he is somewhat fluent. His obfuscation has mostly been so that he has an excuse to have James Wesley around for their meetings. Madame Gao is doing just the same - she pretends that she does not speak English and requires a translator. Fisk also understands Japanese to an extent, but prefers to have Wesley provide a more TactfulTranslation of Nobu's remarks.
**Matt Murdock uses obfuscating ignorance in everyday life. He can effectively "see" just fine, can hear conversations from blocks away, and can tell whenever anybody is lying to him, but he has to act like an average blind man anyway and play along.
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