History ObfuscatingStupidity / LiveActionTV

9th Aug '16 10:20:35 PM Jhamin
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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."

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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]]
13th Jul '16 6:05:26 AM JackG
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* ''Series/AgentCarter''. Peggy Carter 'accidentally' reveals that Director Dooley is lying about not having the missing car report that Javis filed, to stop him cracking and confessing all. This is PlayedForDrama because she's been trying to prove her worth, only to end up reinforcing Dooley's belief that a woman can't make a good SSR agent. Peggy's EvilCounterpart in the Black Widow program plays the trope straight by acting TheDitz.
8th Jul '16 11:38:45 PM futuremoviewriter
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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'": ''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.
8th Jul '16 11:37:58 PM futuremoviewriter
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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.
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.)
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