History ObfuscatingStupidity / LiveActionTV

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.
29th Aug '16 4:45:18 AM eowynjedi
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* In ''Series/WolfHall'', Lady Rochford complains that there's no sport in baiting Jane Seymour, the milksop who cries if you look at her sideways. Jane does present herself as a naive ShrinkingViolet while one of Anne Boleyn's ladies, and is genuinely good-natured, but she occasionally reveals personality and insight (enough to attract Thomas Cromwell's attention). This becomes strikingly evident with the way she handles Henry's attentions when he turns them towards her.
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.
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