History ObfuscatingStupidity / VideoGames

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]].
14th Mar '17 10:58:43 AM Sonofstranger
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** Also in ''Apollo Justice'', Lamiroir, at first, seems like she doesn't speak a word of English, but quickly drops this act when matters start becoming more serious (though this seems to be more of a case of obfuscating ignorance). [[spoiler:A bigger twist is when it's revealed that her partner, Machi, also knows English (though he isn't very fluent in it), and had been hiding it from everyone, including his own partner and lawyer.]]
26th Feb '17 6:21:51 AM IamTheCaligula
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** For that matter, Yukari Yakumo herself, while never pretending to be stupid, is ''incredibly'' good at either making her ingenious masterplans look like really petty mischief or covering up her numerous objectives and the fact that there's no way to actually beat her [[XanatosGambit without giving her exactly what she want.]]
*** In the past, Yukari rallied groups of {{youkai}} and initiated an invasion of the Moon. To the {{Lunarians}}, this looked like a foolish, doomed attempt by the youkai to overthrow them. To the youkai, it became a lesson not to listen to people who want you to invade your neighbours, because that is liable to get you killed by said neighbours. To Yukari, it was all an opportunity to study the barriers that the Lunarians had set up in order to hide away in their own PocketDimension. She needed this knowledge in order to create a FantasticNatureReserve that the other youkai, now that they had learned a harch lesson about expansionism, would not carelessly venture out of: Gensoukyou, the setting of the games.

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** For that matter, Yukari Yakumo herself, while never pretending to be stupid, is ''incredibly'' good at either making her ingenious masterplans look like really petty mischief or covering up her numerous objectives and the fact that her more obviously ingenious plans are ''way'' more complex than they appear to be and there's no seldom any way to actually beat her [[XanatosGambit without giving her exactly what she want.wants.]]
*** In the past, Yukari rallied groups of {{youkai}} and initiated an invasion of the Moon. To the {{Lunarians}}, this looked like a foolish, doomed attempt by the youkai to overthrow them. To the youkai, it became a lesson not to listen to people who want you to invade your neighbours, because that is liable to get you killed by said neighbours. To Yukari, it was all an opportunity to study the barriers barrier that the Lunarians had set up in order to hide away in their own PocketDimension. She needed this knowledge in order to create a FantasticNatureReserve that the other youkai, now that they had learned a harch lesson about expansionism, would not carelessly venture out of: Gensoukyou, the setting of the games.
25th Feb '17 12:31:41 PM IamTheCaligula
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* Resident hungry ghost Yuyuko Saigyouji, of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', definitely fits the bill. It's even a possibility she's actually even smarter than TheChessmaster Yukari.
** During her appearance in ''Imperishable Night'' she keeps talking about the incident-solving as a "wonderful midnight snack tour across the land" and have an overall very carefree attitude towards the whole thing. But if you look at her dialogue carefully, it's very much implied she already figured out everything beforehand, and each "dish" is a metaphor for every enemy they're facing.
** She continues this in ''Ten Desires''. After picking a fight with the player character [[ItAmusedMe for no real reason]], she then quickly points them out to the right direction despite never actually leaving her mansion.
** Moriya Suwako fits the bill as well. She looks and behaves like a CheerfulChild but is actually a PhysicalGod [[OlderThanTheyLook well over]] [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld 2000 years old]]. It's been all but stated outright that her childishness is an act and her appearance might very well be a shape she has assumed to make her act more convincing.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'':
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Resident hungry ghost Yuyuko Saigyouji, of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', Saigyouji definitely fits the bill. It's even a very real possibility she's actually even smarter than TheChessmaster Yukari.
** *** During her Yuyuko's appearance in ''Imperishable Night'' she keeps talking about the incident-solving as a "wonderful midnight snack tour across the land" and have an overall very carefree attitude towards the whole thing. But if you look at her dialogue carefully, it's very much implied she already figured out everything beforehand, and each "dish" is a metaphor for every enemy they're facing.
** *** She continues this in ''Ten Desires''. After picking a fight with the player character [[ItAmusedMe for no real reason]], she then quickly points them out to the right direction despite never actually leaving her mansion.
** For that matter, Yukari Yakumo herself, while never pretending to be stupid, is ''incredibly'' good at either making her ingenious masterplans look like really petty mischief or covering up her numerous objectives and the fact that there's no way to actually beat her [[XanatosGambit without giving her exactly what she want.]]
*** In the past, Yukari rallied groups of {{youkai}} and initiated an invasion of the Moon. To the {{Lunarians}}, this looked like a foolish, doomed attempt by the youkai to overthrow them. To the youkai, it became a lesson not to listen to people who want you to invade your neighbours, because that is liable to get you killed by said neighbours. To Yukari, it was all an opportunity to study the barriers that the Lunarians had set up in order to hide away in their own PocketDimension. She needed this knowledge in order to create a FantasticNatureReserve that the other youkai, now that they had learned a harch lesson about expansionism, would not carelessly venture out of: Gensoukyou, the setting of the games.
*** [[Manga/TouhouBougetsushou Many, many years later,]] Yukari initiated a second invasion of the moon. First she [[BatmanGambit set up]] [[UnwittingPawn Remilia Scarlet]] to invade the Moon head-on in order to distract the Lunarians from Yukari's own, much stealthier, invasion of the Moon; which she, in turn, set up [[KansasCityShuffle in order to distract the Lunarians]] from the ''infiltration'' of the Moon lead by Yuyuko... Which was a resounding success! Yuyuko infiltrated the Moon and... stole a bottle of sake from the Lunarians on Yukari's behalf? Now you're probably thinking "was stealing a bottle of sake ''really'' worth all that trouble?" Well, [[spoiler:considering that Yukari used that bottle of sake to [[BreakTheHaughty emotionally scar the Lunarian goddess of knowledge by putting the fear of the unknown in her]], which ultimately had been her objective all along,]] yes.
** Moriya Suwako fits the bill as well. She looks and behaves like a CheerfulChild but is actually a PhysicalGod PhysicalGoddess [[OlderThanTheyLook well over]] [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld 2000 years old]]. It's been all but stated outright that her childishness is an act and her appearance might very well be a shape she has assumed to make her act more convincing.
13th Oct '16 7:53:03 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* Nowi from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' seems to be a ditzy, childish dragon girl and few more. But she's [[BadassAdorable pretty good at fighting]] and her childishness is at very least partially faked, as a part of her decision to [[WhoWantsToLiveForever handle how she wants to enjoy her immortal life]]. A pretty good example of this is [[spoiler: her being a TricksterMentor to her serious and bookish KidFromTheFuture Nah: knowing that her daughter doesn't take her seriously, Nowi pretends that she only wants to play with Nah, and helps her fix her fighting problems by training her through their "games"...]]

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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
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Nowi from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' seems to be a ditzy, childish dragon girl and few more. But she's [[BadassAdorable pretty good at fighting]] and her childishness is at very least partially faked, as a part of her decision to [[WhoWantsToLiveForever handle how she wants to enjoy her immortal life]]. A pretty good example of this is [[spoiler: her being a TricksterMentor to her serious and bookish KidFromTheFuture Nah: knowing that her daughter doesn't take her seriously, Nowi pretends that she only wants to play with Nah, and helps her fix her fighting problems by training her through their "games"...]] ]]
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', Female Kana is aware that people see her as a bit of a ditz and she sometimes uses it to her advantage. i.e, in her Supports with Dwyer she pretends to go along with his (very clearly bogus) martial arts training to get him to see that he's been acting like a jerk.
16th Aug '16 2:27:46 AM catmuto
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* ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'' has [[spoiler:George Woodman]] pull a few of these at later murder scenes. The character's actions are meant to either try to help the victim ([[spoiler:wanting to cut the wires that are holding up a barely-alive Becky]]) or the typical hotheaded reactions ([[spoiler:wrestling with Nick, trying to arrest him for Diane's murder]]), but ultimately result in making things worse. During TheReveal, the player realizes that all of that was done on purpose to actually bring about the deaths while looking like clumsy, well-meant accident.

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* ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'' has ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition''
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[[spoiler:George Woodman]] pull pulls a few of these at later murder scenes. The character's actions are meant to either try to help the victim ([[spoiler:wanting to cut the wires that are holding up a barely-alive Becky]]) or the typical hotheaded reactions ([[spoiler:wrestling with Nick, trying to arrest him for Diane's murder]]), but ultimately result in making things worse. During TheReveal, the player realizes that all of that was done on purpose to actually bring about the deaths while looking like clumsy, well-meant accident.accident.
** There's also [[spoiler:Forrest Kaysen]] who really plays up the entire jolly, helpful, yet bumbling person role. When the gig is up and [[spoiler:Forrest Kaysen]] is revealed to be pretty much the ManBehindTheMan, the charade is completely dropped.
16th Aug '16 2:09:19 AM catmuto
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* ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'' has [[spoiler:George Woodman]] pull a few of these at later murder scenes. The character's actions are meant to either try to help the victim ([[spoiler:wanting to cut the wires that are holding up a barely-alive Becky]]) or the typical hotheaded reactions ([[spoiler:wrestling with Nick, trying to arrest him for Diane's murder]]), but ultimately result in making things worse. During TheReveal, the player realizes that all of that was done on purpose to actually bring about the deaths while looking like clumsy, well-meant accident.
23rd Jul '16 1:26:59 PM LentilSandEater
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** Though, then again, that happened '''AFTER''' his HesBack moment.
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