History ObfuscatingStupidity / WebComics

28th Oct '17 1:38:43 AM StFan
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* ''Webcomic/SpyingWithLana'': The title spy's most common tactic to infiltrate some enemy organization is to pretend being a mere oversexed bimbo with little brains. She is, of course, much smarter than she looks. This results in her being totally overlooked and underestimated -- very rarely does the bad guys ever suspect her of anything underhanded, while she's sabotaging their operations behind their back.
28th Jul '17 2:34:20 AM VVK
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** Durkon uses it once against [[spoiler: his EnemyWithin. The evil spirit is controlling him and pretending to be him, and it can force him to reveal any memory. At one point, Durkon plays two memories from different parts of his life and realizes the first one affected his behaviour in the second. It's obvious when they're side to side, but the evil spirit only wonders what connection he's talking about. This makes Durkon realize he can use out-of-context memories to trick it...]] but obviously he doesn't want to reveal any of that, so he pretends that the connection he saw between the two events was just a lame pun ("both involved dinner parties, but in the other one it was the party that was dinner.")

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** Durkon uses it once against [[spoiler: his EnemyWithin. The the evil spirit is controlling him and pretending to be him, and it his body. It can force him to reveal any memory.memory and is pretending to be him. At one point, Durkon plays two memories from different parts of his life and realizes the first one affected his behaviour in the second. It's obvious when they're side to side, but the evil spirit only wonders what connection he's talking about. This makes Durkon realize he can use out-of-context memories to trick it...]] but obviously he doesn't want to reveal any of that, so he pretends that the connection he saw between the two events was just a lame pun ("both involved dinner parties, but in the other one it was the party that was dinner.")
28th Jul '17 2:31:12 AM VVK
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** Invoked by Tarquin, who argues that his son's greatest weakness is an unwillingness to let anyone think that he is a fool.

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** Invoked by Tarquin, who Tarquin argues that his son's greatest weakness is an unwillingness to let anyone think that he is a fool.fool.
** Durkon uses it once against [[spoiler: his EnemyWithin. The evil spirit is controlling him and pretending to be him, and it can force him to reveal any memory. At one point, Durkon plays two memories from different parts of his life and realizes the first one affected his behaviour in the second. It's obvious when they're side to side, but the evil spirit only wonders what connection he's talking about. This makes Durkon realize he can use out-of-context memories to trick it...]] but obviously he doesn't want to reveal any of that, so he pretends that the connection he saw between the two events was just a lame pun ("both involved dinner parties, but in the other one it was the party that was dinner.")
21st May '17 12:18:51 PM Discar
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* The entire race of Jägermonsters in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' seem to operate on this trope. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070207 Lampshaded here:]]
-->'''Master Payne''': You ''cannot possibly'' be as stupid as you ''act''.
-->'''Oggie''': ...Ken if I ''vants'' to be!

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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
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The entire race of Jägermonsters in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' seem to operate on this trope. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070207 Lampshaded here:]]
-->'''Master --->'''Master Payne''': You ''cannot possibly'' be as stupid as you ''act''.
-->'''Oggie''': ...
''act''.\\
'''Oggie''': ...
Ken if I ''vants'' to be!



-->'''Jager''': Dot's sy-ko-logical warfare, dot iz!

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-->'''Jager''': --->'''Jager''': Dot's sy-ko-logical warfare, dot iz!



** Used very well by Zola "Heterodyne", with a side helping of DumbBlonde, right [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090406 here]]. And she [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20091014 managed to]] [[MagnificentBastard outbastard]] even Tarvek:
---> '''Tarvek''': What? No! That was that ''idiot'' from the Island of th...([[BeatPanel makes a bug-eyed face]]) She ''is'' good.

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** Zola:
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Used very well by Zola "Heterodyne", with a side helping of DumbBlonde, right [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090406 here]]. And she [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20091014 managed to]] [[MagnificentBastard outbastard]] even Tarvek:
---> ----> '''Tarvek''': What? No! That was that ''idiot'' from the Island of th...([[BeatPanel makes a bug-eyed face]]) She ''is'' good.



*** It gets better. She outsmarted ''Lucrezia''. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100712 No, really.]] Zola is the Queen of this trope.
*** Well, it's more accurate to say she's one of the few examples of multi-layer obfuscating stupidity. Initially the stupidity she was feigning was pretty obvious in its fakeness, but then she dropped into a much more natural seeming smart but rather gullible act and it was only when she went up against Lucrezia that she finally dropped all the acts and revealed just how much cunning and treachery she had been hiding.

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*** It gets better. She outsmarted ''Lucrezia''. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100712 No, really.]] ]]
***
Zola is the Queen of this trope.
*** Well, it's more accurate to say she's
one of the few examples of multi-layer obfuscating stupidity. Initially the stupidity she was feigning was pretty obvious in its fakeness, but then she dropped into a much more natural seeming smart but rather gullible act and it was only when she went up against Lucrezia that she finally dropped all the acts and revealed just how much cunning and treachery she had been hiding.
13th Feb '17 6:54:13 AM PixelKnight
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-->'''Jager''': Dot's sy-ko-logical warfare, dot iz!
29th Jul '16 4:12:59 PM Morgenthaler
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** At the beginning of the comic [[SpoonyBard Elan]] was [[TheDitz genuinely stupid]] but over the years, perhaps as a result of (literally)[[TookALevelInBadass gaining a level in badass]] and being DangerouslyGenreSavvy Elan has become an actually valuable member of the team, though he sometimes still (likely ''mostly'' unintentionally) puts on a show of being quite [[CloudCuckooLander bonkers]].

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** At the beginning of the comic [[SpoonyBard Elan]] was [[TheDitz genuinely stupid]] but over the years, perhaps as a result of (literally)[[TookALevelInBadass gaining a level in badass]] and being DangerouslyGenreSavvy GenreSavvy Elan has become an actually valuable member of the team, though he sometimes still (likely ''mostly'' unintentionally) puts on a show of being quite [[CloudCuckooLander bonkers]].
6th Jun '16 2:41:55 AM PaulA
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*** As with the WaitingForGod example, this seems to be something of a deconstruction since she has been using a display of stupidity as a defense for so long that, though intelligent, using her brains is now always the second option.

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*** As with the WaitingForGod example, this This seems to be something of a deconstruction since she has been using a display of stupidity as a defense for so long that, though intelligent, using her brains is now always the second option.
9th May '16 7:25:16 PM WillBGood
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(** It gets better. She outsmarted ''Lucrezia''. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100712 No, really.]] Zola is the Queen of this trope.

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(** *** It gets better. She outsmarted ''Lucrezia''. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100712 No, really.]] Zola is the Queen of this trope.
9th May '16 7:25:03 PM WillBGood
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--> '''Tarvek''': What? No! That was that ''idiot'' from the Island of th...([[BeatPanel makes a bug-eyed face]]) She ''is'' good.

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--> ---> '''Tarvek''': What? No! That was that ''idiot'' from the Island of th...([[BeatPanel makes a bug-eyed face]]) She ''is'' good.



** It gets better. She outsmarted ''Lucrezia''. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100712 No, really.]] Zola is the Queen of this trope.

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** (** It gets better. She outsmarted ''Lucrezia''. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100712 No, really.]] Zola is the Queen of this trope.
27th Apr '16 8:23:06 AM GlassRain
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*** Well, it's more accurate to say she's one of the few examples of multilayer obfuscating stupidity. Initially the stupidity she was feigning was pretty obvious in it's fakeness, but then she dropped into a much more natural seeming smart but rather gullible act and it was only when she went up against Lucrezia that she finally dropped all the acts and revealed just how much cunning and treachery she had been hiding.

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*** Well, it's more accurate to say she's one of the few examples of multilayer multi-layer obfuscating stupidity. Initially the stupidity she was feigning was pretty obvious in it's its fakeness, but then she dropped into a much more natural seeming smart but rather gullible act and it was only when she went up against Lucrezia that she finally dropped all the acts and revealed just how much cunning and treachery she had been hiding.



** For example, he is the mayor of a small village, which got under siege at one point. He askes his second hand if they "launched all the women and children at them." with catapults, to which he replies that they did but it didn't have any effect. That plan seems typical Richard, nonsensical violence and all and disregard for human life. But if you find out that the entirety of the village is [[spoiler:undead]], the plan makes a whole lot more sense and actually works out in the end.

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** For example, he is the mayor of a small village, which got under siege at one point. He askes asks his second hand if they "launched all the women and children at them." with catapults, to which he replies that they did but it didn't have any effect. That plan seems typical Richard, nonsensical violence and all and disregard for human life. But if you find out that the entirety of the village is [[spoiler:undead]], the plan makes a whole lot more sense and actually works out in the end.
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