History ObfuscatingStupidity / WebComics

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.
8th Nov '15 12:21:57 PM Sandangel89
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** He has a downplayed version in his ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'' incarnation: He's TalentedButLazy, and tries to downplay his intelligence, due to misguided and immature ideas of what is "cool" and "masculine".

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** He has a downplayed version in his ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'' incarnation: He's TalentedButLazy, BrilliantButLazy, and tries to downplay his intelligence, due to misguided and immature ideas of what is "cool" and "masculine".
27th Sep '15 8:19:17 AM zarpaulus
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*** Though, he appeared to be genuinely stupid before becoming a lich, the +2 template bonus to all mental abilities seems to have helped a lot.
24th Jul '15 8:09:42 AM Willbyr
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* This trope appears to be not only BladeBunny's M.O., but her whole way of life. The first time the mask [[http://www.bladebunny.com/2010/04/28/page-5-in-high-res-1/ slips]] she glues it back in place by seeming unable to count to four.

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* This trope appears to be not only BladeBunny's Webcomic/BladeBunny's M.O., but her whole way of life. The first time the mask [[http://www.bladebunny.com/2010/04/28/page-5-in-high-res-1/ slips]] she glues it back in place by seeming unable to count to four.
6th Jul '15 7:18:59 PM eddurd
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* Mr. Mighty of ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'' uses this tactic to find out about [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/2122072/nighthawks/ a planned heist]] from a local criminal.
28th May '15 3:42:58 AM Freezer
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* [[spoiler: Miss Mab]] from ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures''. Waaay smarter than she lets on...

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* [[spoiler: Miss Mab]] from ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures''. Waaay smarter than she lets on... Later strips imply that this a common trait [[spoiler: among The Fae]].
28th May '15 3:37:53 AM Freezer
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** He has a downplayed version in his ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'' incarnation: He's TalentedButLazy, and tries to downplay his intelligence, due to misguided and immature ideas of what is "cool" and "masculine".
18th Feb '15 10:34:29 AM TheUnsquished
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* Liquid Snake of ''TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'' was initially a somewhat arguable case. It had been implied that despite his borderline idiotic behavior he was in reality a killing machine who has only been reduced to his current idiotic state because he suffered brain damage just before the start of the comic. Later it became less arguable as Liquid recovered somewhat and continued playing the dupe until he could attempt a revolt. Even towards the end of the comic he still falls short of his original portrayal in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', where he pulled this off quite well.

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* Liquid Snake of ''TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'' ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'' was initially a somewhat arguable case. It had been implied that despite his borderline idiotic behavior he was in reality a killing machine who has only been reduced to his current idiotic state because he suffered brain damage just before the start of the comic. Later it became less arguable as Liquid recovered somewhat and continued playing the dupe until he could attempt a revolt. Even towards the end of the comic he still falls short of his original portrayal in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', where he pulled this off quite well.



* The interpretation of madness given in ''{{Narbonic}}'' explores this trope at length.

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* The interpretation of madness given in ''{{Narbonic}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' explores this trope at length.



* Penny of ''PennyAndAggie'', as the comic's LovableAlphaBitch, often acts [[TheDitz ditzy]] in front of others. (She tells her friends, for example, that math is "fundamental" because one day you might find yourself stranded on an island "with a bunch of numbers that don't mean anything.") However, she's one of the school's top scorers on the practice SAT.

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* Penny of ''PennyAndAggie'', ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'', as the comic's LovableAlphaBitch, often acts [[TheDitz ditzy]] in front of others. (She tells her friends, for example, that math is "fundamental" because one day you might find yourself stranded on an island "with a bunch of numbers that don't mean anything.") However, she's one of the school's top scorers on the practice SAT.



* Raven in ''QuestionableContent''. First noted [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=286 here]]. Of course, she mixes this up with plenty of [[TheDitz genuine ditziness]], e.g. [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=733# here]]. Lampshaded [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=444 here.]]
* In the "Tumbledowns" story in ''TalesOfTheQuestor'', Guardsman Mulharney seems a hardass constantly on Quentyn's case while he's going undercover to recover his stolen sword to the point where the young Questor was forced to physically attack him to maintain his quest. However at the end of the story, Mulharney admitted that he knew who Quentyn and correctly guessed he was doing something important from the start. Therefore, he played dumb to give the kid street cred to accomplish whatever he was attempting against the street gangs he was infiltrating.
* [[spoiler:Ollie]] in ''SomethingPositive''.

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* Raven in ''QuestionableContent''.''Webcomic/QuestionableContent''. First noted [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=286 here]]. Of course, she mixes this up with plenty of [[TheDitz genuine ditziness]], e.g. [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=733# here]]. Lampshaded [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=444 here.]]
* In the "Tumbledowns" story in ''TalesOfTheQuestor'', ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'', Guardsman Mulharney seems a hardass constantly on Quentyn's case while he's going undercover to recover his stolen sword to the point where the young Questor was forced to physically attack him to maintain his quest. However at the end of the story, Mulharney admitted that he knew who Quentyn and correctly guessed he was doing something important from the start. Therefore, he played dumb to give the kid street cred to accomplish whatever he was attempting against the street gangs he was infiltrating.
* [[spoiler:Ollie]] in ''SomethingPositive''.''Webcomic/SomethingPositive''.



* ''LookingForGroup'' has Richard. He may seem like the insane character foil of Cale, but it's been revealed that he's really much smarter (and maybe less insane) as we've been led to believe. I mean, [[spoiler:he figured out that his rabbit was the Archmage, something nobody could have guessed]] and [[spoiler:he's apparently been following Cale since the very beginning, not because of boredom, but because he knows the guy is going to become something big.]].

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* ''LookingForGroup'' ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' has Richard. He may seem like the insane character foil of Cale, but it's been revealed that he's really much smarter (and maybe less insane) as we've been led to believe. I mean, [[spoiler:he figured out that his rabbit was the Archmage, something nobody could have guessed]] and [[spoiler:he's apparently been following Cale since the very beginning, not because of boredom, but because he knows the guy is going to become something big.]].



* In ''BobAndGeorge'', Mega Man, despite being a genuine idiot, is a [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/000709c tactical genius in battle]]. He even used his stupidity to distract Ring Man long enough for Mega Man to charge up his next attack.

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* In ''BobAndGeorge'', ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'', Mega Man, despite being a genuine idiot, is a [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/000709c tactical genius in battle]]. He even used his stupidity to distract Ring Man long enough for Mega Man to charge up his next attack.



* [[spoiler: Miss Mab]] from ''DanAndMabsFurryAdventures''. Waaay smarter than she lets on...

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* [[spoiler: Miss Mab]] from ''DanAndMabsFurryAdventures''.''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures''. Waaay smarter than she lets on...



* As it turns out, ''DominicDeegan's'' father Donovan has been able to speak Orcish perfectly for the past twenty years. He's been [[MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels mangling it]] the whole time simply because [[RuleOfFunny it was Funny]].

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* As it turns out, ''DominicDeegan's'' ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan's'' father Donovan has been able to speak Orcish perfectly for the past twenty years. He's been [[MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels mangling it]] the whole time simply because [[RuleOfFunny it was Funny]].



* Yuffie admits to doing this in ''AnsemRetort'', pretending her English skills aren't as good as they are because it makes it easier to rob people. And fools people into thinking she knows kung fu.

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* Yuffie admits to doing this in ''AnsemRetort'', ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort'', pretending her English skills aren't as good as they are because it makes it easier to rob people. And fools people into thinking she knows kung fu.



* Mark's character in ''{{Weregeek}}'' couldn't get drunk, and [[http://www.weregeek.com/2011/01/26/ was advised to imitate]].

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* Mark's character in ''{{Weregeek}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Weregeek}}'' couldn't get drunk, and [[http://www.weregeek.com/2011/01/26/ was advised to imitate]].



* Brian tries to stall the robber by acting ignorant in [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20100319-of-all-the-rotten-luck this page]] of ''ThinkBeforeYouThink''.
* [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/05/07/ Gabe]] from PennyArcade. Despite his antics and general naivete, he lets on that he may be smarter than most people think. He just spent years of his life faking stupidity so that his parents would stop calling and asking how to fix their computer.
* [[http://voodoowalrus.com/?p=1924 Grymm]] from ''VoodooWalrus'' seems to be playing at this since he always seems to be lost in a haze of obliviousness, and yet he can still step up and solve problems when least expected and pull part time duty as a self-centered, greedy, manipulative superhero.

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* Brian tries to stall the robber by acting ignorant in [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20100319-of-all-the-rotten-luck this page]] of ''ThinkBeforeYouThink''.
''Webcomic/ThinkBeforeYouThink''.
* [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/05/07/ Gabe]] from PennyArcade.''Webcomic/PennyArcade''. Despite his antics and general naivete, he lets on that he may be smarter than most people think. He just spent years of his life faking stupidity so that his parents would stop calling and asking how to fix their computer.
* [[http://voodoowalrus.com/?p=1924 Grymm]] from ''VoodooWalrus'' ''Webcomic/VoodooWalrus'' seems to be playing at this since he always seems to be lost in a haze of obliviousness, and yet he can still step up and solve problems when least expected and pull part time duty as a self-centered, greedy, manipulative superhero.



* In ''{{Homestuck}}'', Jake pretended to be unaware of his friends' feelings in order to avoid having to give an answer before he knew how to respond, which fit well into his general sort of clueless personality. However, when [[spoiler:he believed Jane telling him she didn't have feelings for him]], [[SelectiveObliviousness he was only fooling himself.]]

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* In ''{{Homestuck}}'', ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Jake pretended to be unaware of his friends' feelings in order to avoid having to give an answer before he knew how to respond, which fit well into his general sort of clueless personality. However, when [[spoiler:he believed Jane telling him she didn't have feelings for him]], [[SelectiveObliviousness he was only fooling himself.]]
9th Feb '15 11:14:32 AM TheUnsquished
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* [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0143.html This strip]] of ''[[DarthsAndDroids Darths & Droids]]'' reveals that Jim, the rather dim-witted player doing Qui-Gon Jinn, is in fact studying geophysics. He acts as stupid as he does roleplaying because he uses it as downtime and turns off his brain.

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* [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0143.html This strip]] of ''[[DarthsAndDroids ''[[Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids Darths & Droids]]'' reveals that Jim, the rather dim-witted player doing Qui-Gon Jinn, is in fact studying geophysics. He acts as stupid as he does roleplaying because he uses it as downtime and turns off his brain.
12th Jun '14 12:21:10 PM sleepcircle
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** Anyone who reads the author's writing when he is taking a subject seriously will know that he is a massive, careful, and thorough intellect. However, over the years—through guest appearances in Homestuck as himself and in a large portion of his online interactions—he has carefully cultured the appearance of an ego-maniacal, bumbling, hyperactive incompetent who is wholly consumed in his obsession with horses, chakras, budget Italian cuisine, and the impassioned hope that his [[CatchPhrase belief in magic is strong enough to make magic slightly less fake.]]
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