History ObfuscatingStupidity / WesternAnimation

28th Apr '17 4:26:09 PM RacattackForce
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* [[spoiler:Grunkle Stan]] of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' is an interesting example, in that viewers are more than aware that he's faking his lack of awareness due to the ending of the first episode showing him retreating into a secret bunker, implying that he has some dangerous secrets of his own. However, the characters themselves don't know this, and he's presented as being totally clueless to the various supernatural occurrences happening around him throughout season 1, even though he personally experienced some of them. Then the season 1 finale comes around, and we additionally discover that [[spoiler:he's had Journal #1 the entire time and has been working on a mysterious portal in the basement of the Mystery Shack]]. It's only during the season 2 premiere, where he ''admits'' it was a deliberate act, hoping that his obfuscating stupidity would deter the kids from investigating the town's strangeness themselves.

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* [[spoiler:Grunkle Stan]] Grunkle Stan of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' is an interesting example, in that viewers are more than aware that he's faking his lack of awareness due to the ending of the first episode showing him retreating into a secret bunker, implying that he has some dangerous secrets of his own. However, the characters themselves don't know this, and he's presented as being totally clueless to the various supernatural occurrences happening around him throughout season 1, even though he personally experienced some of them. Then the season 1 finale comes around, and we viewers additionally discover that [[spoiler:he's had Journal #1 the entire time and has been working on a mysterious portal in the basement of the Mystery Shack]]. It's only during the season 2 premiere, where he ''admits'' it was a deliberate act, hoping explaining that he hoped his obfuscating stupidity would deter the kids from investigating the town's strangeness themselves.themselves. Even then, the other characters remain in the dark about his secret project and how much he actually knows until "Not What He Seems".
28th Apr '17 4:22:51 PM RacattackForce
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* [[spoiler:Stan Pines]] of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''. Through all of season 1, [[spoiler:he's presented as totally clueless to the various supernatural occurrences around him, even though he personally experienced some of them.]] Then the season 1 finale comes around, and we find out [[spoiler:he's the owner of Journal #1 and now 2 and 3, implying it was all an act. Confirmed in the season 2 premiere, where he ''admits'' it was a deliberate act.]]
** Subverted with [[spoiler: Old Man [=McGucket=]]]. In "The Society of the Blind Eye", Dipper concludes that [[spoiler: the crazy guy is the Author, and his insanity is a cover. Then in turns his insanity is genuine and ''self-inflicted'', after causing a terrible accident while working with the Author]].

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* [[spoiler:Stan Pines]] [[spoiler:Grunkle Stan]] of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''. Through all ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' is an interesting example, in that viewers are more than aware that he's faking his lack of season 1, [[spoiler:he's awareness due to the ending of the first episode showing him retreating into a secret bunker, implying that he has some dangerous secrets of his own. However, the characters themselves don't know this, and he's presented as being totally clueless to the various supernatural occurrences happening around him, him throughout season 1, even though he personally experienced some of them.]] them. Then the season 1 finale comes around, and we find out additionally discover that [[spoiler:he's the owner of had Journal #1 the entire time and now 2 and 3, implying it was all an act. Confirmed has been working on a mysterious portal in the basement of the Mystery Shack]]. It's only during the season 2 premiere, where he ''admits'' it was a deliberate act.]]
act, hoping that his obfuscating stupidity would deter the kids from investigating the town's strangeness themselves.
** Subverted with [[spoiler: Old Man [=McGucket=]]]. In "The Society of the Blind Eye", Dipper concludes that [[spoiler: the crazy guy is the Author, and his insanity is a cover. Then in It turns his insanity is genuine not only genuine, but an unintentional and ''self-inflicted'', after causing a terrible accident self-inflicted side-effect of trying to forget what he learned while working with the actual Author]].
9th Apr '17 6:24:30 PM nombretomado
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* 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.

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* 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 UsefulNotes/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.
2nd Mar '17 1:36:17 AM TroperBeDoper
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** On the good guy side of this trope is Timoty Treister, head of the O.S.I. Who comes off like an insane Teddy Roosevelt, with the personality of Foghorn Leghorn. But as the man himself says he's no "Short-busser" and knows things even the jaded Hunter Gathers doesn't.
9th Nov '16 12:58:34 PM dlchen145
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* ''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.
** 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.
8th Nov '16 7:53:53 AM dlchen145
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** Iroh, top to bottom. Looking at the polite old man, you'd never imagine he'd once held the last bastion of resistance to the fire nation in slowly constricting grip. Almost everything he says in adverse situations is well-obfuscated, extremely polite [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan snark]]. Also, when he was imprisoned in Book Three, he pretended to be insane while [[PrisonsAreGymnasiums secretly doing exercises]] in his cell so that, after a while, all of his fat appears to have been replaced with sheer {{badass}} muscle.

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** Iroh, top to bottom. Looking at the polite old man, you'd never imagine he'd once held the last bastion of resistance to the fire nation in slowly constricting grip. Almost everything he says in adverse situations is well-obfuscated, extremely polite [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan snark]]. Also, when he was imprisoned in Book Three, he pretended to be insane while [[PrisonsAreGymnasiums secretly doing exercises]] in his cell so that, after a while, all of his fat appears to have been replaced with sheer {{badass}} badass muscle.



* According to EpilepticTrees about ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', [[ThisLoserIsYou Ron Stoppable]] is just acting as bumbling as he is, because if he didn't, Kim would be devastated that Ron is better at life than she is. Cue Evil Ron, who gets to be completely {{badass}}.

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* According to EpilepticTrees about ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', [[ThisLoserIsYou Ron Stoppable]] is just acting as bumbling as he is, because if he didn't, Kim would be devastated that Ron is better at life than she is. Cue Evil Ron, who gets to be completely {{badass}}.badass.



* ''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/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Rainbow Dash does this quite a bit. She hides behind a veneer of {{badass}} 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.
3rd Nov '16 11:32:55 PM Ramona122003
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** Season four, however, reveals that Hatred is a genuinely incompetent and fairly stupid man, just like everyone else in the show.
3rd Nov '16 11:30:12 PM Ramona122003
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*** 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.

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*** ** 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.
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30th Oct '16 5:41:20 AM Vir
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** In an early episode of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Kim rescues Nakasume, a Japanese toy manufacturer, from Drakken and Shego. Nakasume conveys his thanks to Kim by whispering into his secretary Yoshiko's ear, who then translates. Nakasume appears later in the Kim Possible movie ''So The Drama'', in which it is learned that he is actually fluent in English, but enjoys whispering in Yoshiko's ear.
** In the Season Four episode "Larry's Birthday", Professor Dementor's henchmen kidnap Kim's RPG-obsessed cousin Larry (wrongly thinking that he was Ron) as part of Dementor's plan to steal Kim's battle-suit. Larry acted like this was just an elaborate RPG scenario and went along with the kidnapping, seemingly siding with Dementor when he managed to kidnap Kim and Ron. At which point Ron (who has played against Larry before) smiles and asks, "Yo, Lar! We looking at a Scenario Nineteen here?" Larry answers, "Precisely," and reveals that he was wise to Dementor's plan and had been wearing Kim's battlesuit all along to keep Dementor from stealing it, and even uses the suit to take Dementor down.

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** In an early episode of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Kim rescues Nakasume, a Japanese toy manufacturer, from Drakken and Shego. Nakasume conveys his thanks to Kim by whispering into his secretary Yoshiko's ear, who then translates. Nakasume appears later in the Kim Possible movie ''So The the Drama'', in which it is learned that he is actually fluent in English, but enjoys whispering in Yoshiko's ear.
** In the Season Four season 4 episode "Larry's Birthday", Professor Dementor's henchmen kidnap Kim's RPG-obsessed cousin Larry (wrongly thinking that he was Ron) as part of Dementor's plan to steal Kim's battle-suit. Larry acted like this was just an elaborate RPG scenario and went along with the kidnapping, seemingly siding with Dementor when he managed to kidnap Kim and Ron. At which point Ron (who has played against Larry before) smiles and asks, "Yo, Lar! We looking at a Scenario Nineteen here?" Larry answers, "Precisely," and reveals that he was wise to Dementor's plan and had been wearing Kim's battlesuit all along to keep Dementor from stealing it, and even uses the suit to take Dementor down.



'''Lisa''': No...I...heard it on {{Baywatch}}.\\

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'''Lisa''': No...I...heard it on {{Baywatch}}.''Series/{{Baywatch}}''.\\
30th Oct '16 5:40:36 AM Vir
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** Iroh, top to bottom. Looking at the polite old man, you'd never imagine he'd once held the last bastion of resistance to the fire nation in slowly constricting grip. Almost everything he says in adverse situations is well-obfuscated, extremely polite [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan snark]]. Also, when he was imprisoned in Book Three, he pretended to be insane while [[PrisonsAreGymnasiums secretly doing exercises]] in his cell so that, after a while, all of his fat appears to have been replaced with sheer BadAss muscle.

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** Iroh, top to bottom. Looking at the polite old man, you'd never imagine he'd once held the last bastion of resistance to the fire nation in slowly constricting grip. Almost everything he says in adverse situations is well-obfuscated, extremely polite [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan snark]]. Also, when he was imprisoned in Book Three, he pretended to be insane while [[PrisonsAreGymnasiums secretly doing exercises]] in his cell so that, after a while, all of his fat appears to have been replaced with sheer BadAss {{badass}} muscle.



* According to EpilepticTrees about ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', [[ThisLoserIsYou Ron Stoppable]] is just acting as bumbling as he is, because if he didn't, Kim would be devastated that Ron is better at life than she is. Cue Evil Ron, who gets to be completely BadAss.

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* According to EpilepticTrees about ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', [[ThisLoserIsYou Ron Stoppable]] is just acting as bumbling as he is, because if he didn't, Kim would be devastated that Ron is better at life than she is. Cue Evil Ron, who gets to be completely BadAss.{{badass}}.



* ''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/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Rainbow Dash does this quite a bit. She hides behind a veneer of BadAss {{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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