History ObfuscatingStupidity / WesternAnimation

27th Sep '16 10:10:54 PM MHarrington
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* WordOfGod is that it's deliberately left open to interpretation whether ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' is actually stupid or if he's TheChessmaster whose screwups are all part of his plan. Lampshaded as early as the third episode, where Uncle Grandpa very obviously and hamfistedly dodges a question over whether he was aware of something that ended up pivotal to the outcome of the episode, or if it was just a coincidence.



* WordOfGod is that it's deliberately left open to interpretation whether ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' is actually stupid or if he's TheChessmaster whose screwups are all part of his plan. Lampshaded as early as the third episode, where Uncle Grandpa very obviously and hamfistedly dodges a question over whether he was aware of something that ended up pivotal to the outcome of the episode, or if it was just a coincidence.
27th Sep '16 10:10:12 PM MHarrington
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', a new kid named Bobby takes over Billy's position as the stupid kid because everyone was sick of Billy, as it turns out Bobby is only pretending to be stupid in order to replace him at his house hold.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Varrick initially seems to be a goofy, loud, excitable UnclePennybags. He then proceeds to escape Unalaq's blockade with incredible ease and an [[RefugeInAudacity audacious]] escape plan, and soon thereafter [[spoiler:starts manipulating New Team Avatar into serving his WarForFunAndProfit schemes while still feigning friendship]].



* As stupid as Dum-Dum is on ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'', he came up big on Penelope's behalf twice. He used a feather to rescue her from a man-eating plant (throwing it into the plant so it caused it to gag and spit Penelope out) and the nabbing the Hooded Claw's hat and cape so Penelope could win a scavenger hunt. Penelope kissed Dum-Dum each time for his efforts.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' had a walrus named Rhonda, who started to live in Marlene the otter's habitat as her "roommate". Rhonda proves to be quite an annoyance to Marlene eventually, and she demands the penguins to get rid of her. [[spoiler: However, when the penguins ''did'' get rid of Rhonda, it turns out that they were right about her being [[TheMole a spy for Dr. Blowhole.]]]]
** Private's uncle Nigel used this as a cover to hide the fact he was really a super spy. At least until he was caught by The Red Squirrel, who refused to believe it.



* Bubbles of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' is essentially the show's ditzy blonde. "Him Diddle Riddle" twists this on its ear as Him makes the girls take their SATs as part of a series of tasks to save the Professor. Buttercup scores a 35, Blossom a 10, and Bubbles--whose test was patterned out as a flower--scored 1075. Series head writer Amy Rogers points this out as proof that Bubbles is the smartest Powerpuff.



* It wasn't known in earlier seasons, but eventually became clear that Maggie from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' can walk perfectly, shoot people, eat with a spoon, and use the Internet. She just lets everyone believe that she's a normal baby.
** It's occasionally hinted that Nelson's [[{{Jerkass}} ignorant thug persona]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is at least partially an act to cover a more sensitive and intelligent soul.
** This applies to ''all'' the bullies. Kerney, despite being a teenager and ''the father of a teenager'', apparently is competent enough to pull his weight at church meetings, for instance.
** In the episode "Summer of 4 Ft. 2'', Lisa tires of her usual bookworm self and while on summer vacation plays the part of an average anti-intellectual "cool" kid to win friends. She occasionally slips up, however.
--->'''Lisa''': Ah, a gift from my favourite crustacean! (''Gulps'')\\
'''Rick''': Hey, did you learn that word from a teacher for something?\\
'''Lisa''': No...I...heard it on {{Baywatch}}.\\
'''Other kids''': Oh yeah!...Baywatch!...David Hasselhoff, man.
** A very unusual moment of Obfuscating Stupidity comes from the episode "Mother Simpson"; unusual because it comes from the usually dense-as-brick Chief Wiggum. It's revealed by the end of the episode that Wiggum intentionally led the FBI astray in order to help Homer's fugitive mother Mona escape Springfield, leading one to wonder whether the stupid things he did in the episode were genuine or to just throw the feds off track.
*** In a deleted scene, Homer tells his mother he's trying to bring the nuclear plant down from the inside.
** Attentive Simpson watchers and tropers with a good memory alike will tell you that most of the cast of this show has had at least more than a couple "smarter than they let on" scenes, primarily in the series' earlier years and most of its glory days. Although mileage may vary on the definition of putting on an act...a wide range of characters ranging from Bart, Moe, Barney, Chief Wiggum, Homer, to even Ralph Wiggum himself have all had times where their stupidity is treated more like ignorance and/or haggardness than genuine one-dimensional stupidity. Some might even speculate that at one point the series had very few cookie-cutter stupid characters, perhaps as an underlying satire that most human stupidity is rarely involuntary or a natural trait. Homer could have been a man of high class and wealth...but a few mistakes and an unplanned pregnancy later and he sort of "gave up"...making him the oaf we all know today. This aspect of the show however is largely forgotten now, replaced with canned joke-esque stupidity and Homer having a crayon stuck up his nose. Many fans believe the unfortunate loss of this trait to be one of the biggest reasons why the show just doesn't seem as sharp as it once was.
** This spills into many other tropes, from the aforementioned BookDumb, to GeniusDitz, to possibly even one named after [[TheDitz Ralph]] and many others.
** Ralph almost singlehandedly took over the town by acting lovably stupid. (we donít actually know the outcome, since the ending was a cliffhanger after the big reveal).



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', a new kid named Bobby takes over Billy's position as the stupid kid because everyone was sick of Billy, as it turns out Bobby is only pretending to be stupid in order to replace him at his house hold.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Varrick initially seems to be a goofy, loud, excitable UnclePennybags. He then proceeds to escape Unalaq's blockade with incredible ease and an [[RefugeInAudacity audacious]] escape plan, and soon thereafter [[spoiler:starts manipulating New Team Avatar into serving his WarForFunAndProfit schemes while still feigning friendship]].
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' had a walrus named Rhonda, who started to live in Marlene the otter's habitat as her "roommate". Rhonda proves to be quite an annoyance to Marlene eventually, and she demands the penguins to get rid of her. [[spoiler: However, when the penguins ''did'' get rid of Rhonda, it turns out that they were right about her being [[TheMole a spy for Dr. Blowhole.]]]]
** Private's uncle Nigel used this as a cover to hide the fact he was really a super spy. At least until he was caught by The Red Squirrel, who refused to believe it.
* As stupid as Dum-Dum is on ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'', he came up big on Penelope's behalf twice. He used a feather to rescue her from a man-eating plant (throwing it into the plant so it caused it to gag and spit Penelope out) and the nabbing the Hooded Claw's hat and cape so Penelope could win a scavenger hunt. Penelope kissed Dum-Dum each time for his efforts.
* Bubbles of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' is essentially the show's ditzy blonde. "Him Diddle Riddle" twists this on its ear as Him makes the girls take their SATs as part of a series of tasks to save the Professor. Buttercup scores a 35, Blossom a 10, and Bubbles--whose test was patterned out as a flower--scored 1075. Series head writer Amy Rogers points this out as proof that Bubbles is the smartest Powerpuff.
* It wasn't known in earlier seasons, but eventually became clear that Maggie from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' can walk perfectly, shoot people, eat with a spoon, and use the Internet. She just lets everyone believe that she's a normal baby.
** It's occasionally hinted that Nelson's [[{{Jerkass}} ignorant thug persona]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is at least partially an act to cover a more sensitive and intelligent soul.
** This applies to ''all'' the bullies. Kerney, despite being a teenager and ''the father of a teenager'', apparently is competent enough to pull his weight at church meetings, for instance.
** In the episode "Summer of 4 Ft. 2'', Lisa tires of her usual bookworm self and while on summer vacation plays the part of an average anti-intellectual "cool" kid to win friends. She occasionally slips up, however.
--->'''Lisa''': Ah, a gift from my favourite crustacean! (''Gulps'')\\
'''Rick''': Hey, did you learn that word from a teacher for something?\\
'''Lisa''': No...I...heard it on {{Baywatch}}.\\
'''Other kids''': Oh yeah!...Baywatch!...David Hasselhoff, man.
** A very unusual moment of Obfuscating Stupidity comes from the episode "Mother Simpson"; unusual because it comes from the usually dense-as-brick Chief Wiggum. It's revealed by the end of the episode that Wiggum intentionally led the FBI astray in order to help Homer's fugitive mother Mona escape Springfield, leading one to wonder whether the stupid things he did in the episode were genuine or to just throw the feds off track.
*** In a deleted scene, Homer tells his mother he's trying to bring the nuclear plant down from the inside.
** Attentive Simpson watchers and tropers with a good memory alike will tell you that most of the cast of this show has had at least more than a couple "smarter than they let on" scenes, primarily in the series' earlier years and most of its glory days. Although mileage may vary on the definition of putting on an act...a wide range of characters ranging from Bart, Moe, Barney, Chief Wiggum, Homer, to even Ralph Wiggum himself have all had times where their stupidity is treated more like ignorance and/or haggardness than genuine one-dimensional stupidity. Some might even speculate that at one point the series had very few cookie-cutter stupid characters, perhaps as an underlying satire that most human stupidity is rarely involuntary or a natural trait. Homer could have been a man of high class and wealth...but a few mistakes and an unplanned pregnancy later and he sort of "gave up"...making him the oaf we all know today. This aspect of the show however is largely forgotten now, replaced with canned joke-esque stupidity and Homer having a crayon stuck up his nose. Many fans believe the unfortunate loss of this trait to be one of the biggest reasons why the show just doesn't seem as sharp as it once was.
** This spills into many other tropes, from the aforementioned BookDumb, to GeniusDitz, to possibly even one named after [[TheDitz Ralph]] and many others.
** Ralph almost singlehandedly took over the town by acting lovably stupid. (we donít actually know the outcome, since the ending was a cliffhanger after the big reveal).
* Sargeant Hatred of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' pretends to be a bumbling and friendly villain through season three because he knows being nice to Doctor Venture is the best way to get at the Monarch without violating guild rules.



* On ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders'', when the gang were looking for dates for the school dance, Lor's suggestion for attracting boys was to pretend to be stupid.



* Every so often, Wander of ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' lets his mask of being an oblivious, daydreaming ManChild slip off and reveal that he knows exactly what's going on around him and how dangerous [[CardCarryingVillain Lord Hater]] is.

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* Sargeant Hatred of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' pretends to be a bumbling and friendly villain through season three because he knows being nice to Doctor Venture is the best way to get at the Monarch without violating guild rules.
* Every so often, Wander of ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' lets his mask of being an oblivious, daydreaming ManChild slip off and reveal that he knows exactly what's going on around him and how dangerous [[CardCarryingVillain Lord Hater]] is. is.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders'', when the gang were looking for dates for the school dance, Lor's suggestion for attracting boys was to pretend to be stupid.
16th Sep '16 2:55:57 PM Vir
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** SarahPalin, in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'''s take on the 2008 US election, proves to be far more intelligent when outside the public eye.

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** SarahPalin, UsefulNotes/SarahPalin, in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'''s take on the 2008 US election, proves to be far more intelligent when outside the public eye.
16th Sep '16 2:55:28 PM Vir
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* Perry the Platypus in WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb does this. He pretends to be a domesticated animal, but every day he goes to work as a secret agent thwarting the schemes of a MadScientist.

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* Perry the Platypus in WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb on ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' does this. He pretends to be a domesticated animal, but every day he goes to work as a secret agent thwarting the schemes of a MadScientist.
16th Sep '16 2:36:07 PM Vir
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* It is implied in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' that the titular character was doing this to some extent throughout the WesternAnimation/{{Ben10}} original series in order to cope with suddenly having to deal with interstellar and supernatural threats on a daily basis as a ten year old boy.

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* It is implied in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' that the titular character was doing this to some extent throughout the WesternAnimation/{{Ben10}} [[WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}} original series series]] in order to cope with suddenly having to deal with interstellar and supernatural threats on a daily basis as a ten year old boy.
13th Sep '16 5:02:21 PM dotheroar
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** Stewie. In "Leggo My Meg-O" he erases Meg's memory and in "Stewie, Chris & Brian's Excellent Adventure" he convinces Chris that he was dreaming.

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** Stewie. In "Leggo My Meg-O" he erases Meg's memory after shooting her suitor and in "Stewie, Chris & Brian's Excellent Adventure" he convinces Chris that he was dreaming.
13th Sep '16 4:37:20 PM dotheroar
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** Stewie. In "Leggo My Meg-O" he erases Meg's memory and in "Stewie, Chris & Brian's Excellent Adventure" he convinces Chris that he was dreaming.
13th Sep '16 3:17:57 PM dotheroar
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* It's occasionally hinted that Nelson's [[{{Jerkass}} ignorant thug persona]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is at least partially an act to cover a more sensitive and intelligent soul.

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* It wasn't known in earlier seasons, but eventually became clear that Maggie from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' can walk perfectly, shoot people, eat with a spoon, and use the Internet. She just lets everyone believe that she's a normal baby.
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It's occasionally hinted that Nelson's [[{{Jerkass}} ignorant thug persona]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is at least partially an act to cover a more sensitive and intelligent soul.
13th Jul '16 7:08:28 AM Quanyails
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** Exactly how canon it is and all is up in the air since it was a BizarroEpisode, but Gummy's InnerMonologue from ''Slice Of Life'' shows he's actually a very deep thinking philosopher with a lot to say about destiny and cutie marks. It's likely a combination of being a baby aligator that's [[TheSpeechless unable to speak]] and [[CloudCuckoolander Pinkie Pie's]] pet that have caused him to be so detached.

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** Exactly how canon it is and all is up in the air since it was a BizarroEpisode, but Gummy's InnerMonologue from ''Slice "Slice Of Life'' Life" shows he's actually a very deep thinking deep-thinking philosopher with a lot to say about destiny and cutie marks. It's likely a combination of being a baby aligator that's [[TheSpeechless unable to speak]] and [[CloudCuckoolander Pinkie Pie's]] pet that have caused him to be so detached.
13th Jul '16 7:07:12 AM Quanyails
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* {{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}: The Duke of Detroit's soldiers do this in the finale, where they cower and generally argue with each other to be much of a help when the heroes (the Burners) are being attacked by Kane's forces, one even notes that his laser has been jammed up with gum. It's later revealed that this was all part of a complicated ruse to get the heroes to think the Duke was weak, and when he actually teams up with the Burners, the guards go on the offensive and successfully fight back the Kane robots and troops.
* WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic: Rainbow Dash does this quite a bit. She hides behind a veneer of BadAss and ActionGirl because she wants to avoid appearing geeky (shunning things like books even though she secretly likes reading), but several episodes show that she's a LOT more intelligent than she appears to be. One episode shows that she has such HyperAwareness of everything around her while flying, that she was taught stuff without realizing it by just having people hold up signs while she was flying by them. It's strongly suggested that she has genuine learning difficulties (her reading level is shown to be fairly rudimentary) that caused her to eventually start playing up the DumbJock stereotype as a defense mechanism. Her practical skills on the other hand reveal her to be above average intelligence at the very least.

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* {{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}: ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}'': The Duke of Detroit's soldiers do this in the finale, where they cower and generally argue with each other to be much of a help when the heroes (the Burners) are being attacked by Kane's forces, one even notes that his laser has been jammed up with gum. It's later revealed that this was all part of a complicated ruse to get the heroes to think the Duke was weak, and when he actually teams up with the Burners, the guards go on the offensive and successfully fight back the Kane robots and troops.
* WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic: ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Rainbow Dash does this quite a bit. She hides behind a veneer of BadAss and ActionGirl because she wants to avoid appearing geeky (shunning things like books even though she secretly likes reading), but several episodes show that she's a LOT more intelligent than she appears to be. One episode shows that she has such HyperAwareness of everything around her while flying, that she was taught stuff without realizing it by just having people hold up signs while she was flying by them. It's strongly suggested that she has genuine learning difficulties (her reading level is shown to be fairly rudimentary) that caused her to eventually start playing up the DumbJock stereotype as a defense mechanism. Her practical skills on the other hand reveal her to be above average intelligence at the very least.
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