History ObfuscatingStupidity / WesternAnimation

20th Mar '18 5:06:14 PM Nintendoman01
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* It's not much of this case (considering he really is stupid), but when WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}' friend Patrick aimlessly walks straight into the lagoon while holding his rare trading card, [=SpongeBob=] asks him why he did so. Here is Patrick's answer:
-->'''Patrick:''' [=SpongeBob=], you can't always expect my usual brand of stupidity. I like to mix it up. Keep you on your toes.
** An earlier example is in ''I'm With Stupid'', when Patrick wants to impress his parents, [=SpongeBob=] fakes stupidity.

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* It's not much of this case (considering he really is stupid), but when WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}' friend ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** Some fans believe that
Patrick aimlessly walks straight into the lagoon while holding is not actually stupid, but [[TheSociopath a sociopath]] that does idiotic and often assholish things on purpose [[IdiotHoudini because he knows that his rare trading card, [=SpongeBob=] asks seemingly low intelligence will keep him why he did so. Here is Patrick's answer:
-->'''Patrick:'''
from punishment]]. Throwaway comments in some episodes support this view, such as "Home Sweet Pineapple" ("Is it time already to ruin Squidward's day?! [=SpongeBob=], don't start without me!"), "I Had an Accident" (Sandy asks him, "Don't you have to be stupid somewhere else?", and Patrick responds, "Not till four."), and "The Card" ("[=SpongeBob=], you can't always expect my usual brand of stupidity. I like to mix it up. Keep you on your toes.
toes.").
** An earlier example is in ''I'm In "I'm With Stupid'', when Patrick wants to impress his parents, Stupid," [=SpongeBob=] fakes stupidity.being stupid in an effort to make Patrick look good in front of his parents. Sadly, [[BelievingTheirOwnLies Patrick ends up taking it too seriously and ends up believing SpongeBob really]] ''[[BelievingTheirOwnLies is]]'' [[BelievingTheirOwnLies stupid]].
26th Jan '18 4:38:00 PM Fretless94
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** Nathan, a boy with Down's Syndrome who acts as an antagonist to Jimmy. Despite his disability, he actually has no evident mental impairment, but whenever he either needs an adult on his side or needs to hide his actions from them, he'll pretend to be stupid. This is especially apparent in the episode "Crippled Summer", where a RunningGag is that Mimsy keeps yelling out what Nathan's plans are whenever a camp counselor is about to walk by.
-->'''Mimsy:''' Gee wiz, boss, we're gonna kill all the blue team, and Jimmy, huh!?
-->'''Nathan:''' Shhh!
-->'''Counselor Steve:''' You boys excited for the canoe race?
-->'''Nathan:''' Yes, Counselor Steve. I like the fun canoe.
17th Oct '17 6:23:23 AM DesiredUsernameTaken
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Episode 138 suggests that while Stumpy is actually quite stupid, he may not be ''as'' stupid as he normally behaves.
13th Oct '17 1:52:15 AM babyhenchy1
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** [[TheDragon Princess Azula]] pulls a [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] version of this this on Long Feng in her plan to take over Ba Sing Se, knowing that he'll betray her when the takeover is complete. She doesn't let him see an idiot, but a teenage princess who appears to be in way over her head. He falls for it and when he does try to betray herl is completely taken aback at [[MagnificentBastard her ruthlessness and cunning once she turns the tables on him.]]

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** [[TheDragon Princess Azula]] pulls a [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] version of this this on Long Feng in her plan to take over Ba Sing Se, knowing that he'll betray her when the takeover is complete. She doesn't let him see an idiot, but a teenage princess who appears to be in way over her head. He falls for it and and, when he does try to betray herl her, is completely taken aback at [[MagnificentBastard her ruthlessness and cunning once she turns the tables on him.]]
13th Oct '17 1:51:47 AM babyhenchy1
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** [[TheDragon Princess Azula]] pulls this on Long Feng in her plan to take over Ba Sing Se, knowing that he'll betray her when the takeover is complete. He falls for it and is completely taken aback at [[MagnificentBastard her ruthlessness and cunning once she turns the tables on him.]]

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** [[TheDragon Princess Azula]] pulls a [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] version of this this on Long Feng in her plan to take over Ba Sing Se, knowing that he'll betray her when the takeover is complete. She doesn't let him see an idiot, but a teenage princess who appears to be in way over her head. He falls for it and when he does try to betray herl is completely taken aback at [[MagnificentBastard her ruthlessness and cunning once she turns the tables on him.]]
12th Sep '17 9:18:09 AM CosmicFerret
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** TheFlash did it first, though it wasn't really expanded upon until the ''Unlimited'' episode ''Flash and Substance,'' where he demonstrated that his happy-go-lucky persona hid a hero who was, perhaps, even more in control of his home city than Batman, all the more impressive because he achieves it all with a smile.

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** TheFlash Franchise/TheFlash did it first, though it wasn't really expanded upon until the ''Unlimited'' episode ''Flash and Substance,'' where he demonstrated that his happy-go-lucky persona hid a hero who was, perhaps, even more in control of his home city than Batman, all the more impressive because he achieves it all with a smile.
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.
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