History ObfuscatingStupidity / VideoGames

3rd Aug '17 8:21:24 AM morenohijazo
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* In ''WorldOfWarcraft Wrath of the Lich King'', the Lich King uses this trope as part of an extremely effective XanatosGambit.

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* In ''WorldOfWarcraft ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Wrath of the Lich King'', the Lich King uses this trope as part of an extremely effective XanatosGambit.
7th Jul '17 8:48:39 PM Grobi
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* [[ByronicHero Atton Rand]] in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'' at first seems like your typical Han Solo-{{Expy}}, (StreetSmart but completely out of his element when it comes to Jedi vs. Sith conflicts), but various characters drop hints that he is ''much'' [[HiddenDepths more than]] [[DarkAndTroubledPast he lets on]]. If the Exile confronts him on Nar Shaddaa, [[spoiler:he finally lets it slip that he used to work as a Sith hunter and torturer... who specialized in [[MageKiller capturing/killing Jedi]]. Much of his persona is him using his emotions and lesser thoughts [[PsychicStatic as a mental shield]].]] How much of his behavior is faked and how much is genuine is [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation debatable]].

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* [[ByronicHero Atton Rand]] in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'' ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' at first seems like your typical Han Solo-{{Expy}}, (StreetSmart but completely out of his element when it comes to Jedi vs. Sith conflicts), but various characters drop hints that he is ''much'' [[HiddenDepths more than]] [[DarkAndTroubledPast he lets on]]. If the Exile confronts him on Nar Shaddaa, [[spoiler:he finally lets it slip that he used to work as a Sith hunter and torturer... who specialized in [[MageKiller capturing/killing Jedi]]. Much of his persona is him using his emotions and lesser thoughts [[PsychicStatic as a mental shield]].]] How much of his behavior is faked and how much is genuine is [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation debatable]].
7th Jul '17 6:55:50 PM GreyAngel
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-->Jillian: He acts that way on purpose, silly! Deep down, he's actually a really thoughtful guy!

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-->Jillian: -->'''Jillian''': He acts that way on purpose, silly! Deep down, he's actually a really thoughtful guy!
7th Jul '17 6:48:06 PM GreyAngel
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* In ''{{Skyborn}}'', [[GentlemanSnarker Sullivan Chesterford]] is introduced as a [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob rich fop]] who earns [[WrenchWench Claret's]] ire by being a poor pilot for his airship, forcing it to need repairs within a year. He proves himself [[StoneWall surprisingly competent]] [[RoyalRapier in a fight]] when he and [[GunsAkimbo Claret]] team up in the first battle of the game. This makes sense as he's [[spoiler: the [[SecretIdentity Red]] [[RebelLeader Spectre]]. His [[HalfHumanHybrid half-sister]]]] Jillian actually offers this as an explanation for his behavior:
-->Jillian: He acts that way on purpose, silly! Deep down, he's actually a really thoughtful guy!
28th Jun '17 12:13:40 PM BeerBaron
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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'':
** Caius Cosades, Imperial {{Spymaster}} of the Blades in Morrowind and primary QuestGiver for the first act of the main quest, is doing this as part of his cover identity, along with PlayingDrunk. His cover identity is that of a poor [[FantasticDrug Skooma addict]].
** Crassius Curio, one of the few [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Reasonable]] and [[HonestCorporateExecutive Honest]] councilors of [[ProudMerchantRace Great House Hlaalu]], a haven for {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s with several in the pocket of the [[TheSyndicate Camonna Tong]], is doing this as part of his GuileHero style plan to clean up the corruption within the House. He lets others believe that he is an easily manipulated fool (which isn't hard, given his LovableSexManiac and DirtyOldMan predilections) as he brings his plans together beneath their suspicion.

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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'':
''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The [[CatFolk Khajiit]] have a reputation for being rather simple (not helped by their cultural propensity toward [[FantasticDrug drug addiction]], their [[FantasticRacism bestial appearance]], and being [[ThirdPersonPerson third-person people]]) and often morally ambiguous (their [[LanguageEqualsThought language has no word for "rules"]] and they have a very loose view of what constitutes personal property). Despite this, they are as intelligent as any other race, and are known to play up the perceptions other races have for them as simple and unintelligent in order to take advantage of them. Cleverness is, after all, a virtue in their culture.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'':
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Caius Cosades, Imperial {{Spymaster}} of the Blades in Morrowind and primary QuestGiver for the first act of the main quest, is doing this as part of his cover identity, along with PlayingDrunk. His cover identity is that of a poor [[FantasticDrug Skooma addict]].
** *** Crassius Curio, one of the few [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Reasonable]] and [[HonestCorporateExecutive Honest]] councilors of [[ProudMerchantRace Great House Hlaalu]], a haven for {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s with several in the pocket of the [[TheSyndicate Camonna Tong]], is doing this as part of his GuileHero style plan to clean up the corruption within the House. He lets others believe that he is an easily manipulated fool (which isn't hard, given his LovableSexManiac and DirtyOldMan predilections) as he brings his plans together beneath their suspicion.
30th Apr '17 9:58:17 PM TheTropper
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* Double from ''VideoGame/MegaManX 4'' is a portly rookie Maverick Hunter, who is shown falling over at times in the game's FMV. Despite his goofy appearance and clumsiness, [[spoiler:he is actually a fiercely powerful reploid in a fake body]]

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* Double from ''VideoGame/MegaManX 4'' ''VideoGame/MegaManX4'' is a portly rookie Maverick Hunter, who is shown falling over at times in the game's FMV. Despite his goofy appearance and clumsiness, [[spoiler:he is actually a fiercely powerful reploid maverick in a fake body]]body.]]
27th Apr '17 10:04:04 AM FF32
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* ''Franchise/{{Persona}}'':

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* ''Franchise/{{Persona}}'': ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'':
13th Apr '17 12:30:35 PM BeerBaron
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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'':
** Caius Cosades, Imperial {{Spymaster}} of the Blades in Morrowind and primary QuestGiver for the first act of the main quest, is doing this as part of his cover identity, along with PlayingDrunk. His cover identity is that of a poor [[FantasticDrug Skooma addict]].
** Crassius Curio, one of the few [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Reasonable]] and [[HonestCorporateExecutive Honest]] councilors of [[ProudMerchantRace Great House Hlaalu]], a haven for {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s with several in the pocket of the [[TheSyndicate Camonna Tong]], is doing this as part of his GuileHero style plan to clean up the corruption within the House. He lets others believe that he is an easily manipulated fool (which isn't hard, given his LovableSexManiac and DirtyOldMan predilections) as he brings his plans together beneath their suspicion.
2nd Apr '17 3:36:35 PM nombretomado
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* [[spoiler:Shuji Ikutsuki]] relies heavily on this to fool ''{{Persona 3}}'''s protagonists into [[spoiler:bringing about the Fall for him.]] A harmless character known for [[spoiler:bad jokes]] becomes TheChessmaster in one fell swoop..
** And in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', [[spoiler:Adachi]] plays much the same role. People who have played ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' will probably be instantly suspicious towards him because of it.
*** [[spoiler:Adachi]] plays like more of a subversion of the trope. While they do successfully obfuscate their real personality from others and are implied to be fairly intelligent, they mostly stumbled into the plot without any real planning or cunning on their part. In fact, their direct involvement is what ultimately gives them away. What they're really obfuscating is their morbid curiosity and sheer disregard for others, which they've twisted into believing is some sort of deep revelation.

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* ''Franchise/{{Persona}}'':
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[[spoiler:Shuji Ikutsuki]] relies heavily on this to fool ''{{Persona 3}}'''s ''VideoGame/Persona3'''s protagonists into [[spoiler:bringing about the Fall for him.]] A harmless character known for [[spoiler:bad jokes]] becomes TheChessmaster in one fell swoop..
** And in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', ''VideoGame/Persona4'': [[spoiler:Adachi]] plays much the same role. People who have played ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' ''VideoGame/Persona3'' will probably be instantly suspicious towards him because of it.
*** [[spoiler:Adachi]]
it. However, it eventually plays like more of a subversion of the trope.subversion. While they do successfully obfuscate their real personality from others and are implied to be fairly intelligent, they mostly stumbled into the plot without any real planning or cunning on their part. In fact, their direct involvement is what ultimately gives them away. What they're really obfuscating is their morbid curiosity and sheer disregard for others, which they've twisted into believing is some sort of deep revelation.
2nd Apr '17 9:39:52 AM nombretomado
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* Asmodeus from ''{{Painkiller}}'', an easy-going imp who followed Daniel around for most of the game only to reveal that [[spoiler: he was Lucifer himself, digging holes to allow demons into Purgatory from Hell]].

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* Asmodeus from ''{{Painkiller}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Painkiller}}'', an easy-going imp who followed Daniel around for most of the game only to reveal that [[spoiler: he was Lucifer himself, digging holes to allow demons into Purgatory from Hell]].
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