History PlayingWith / ObfuscatingStupidity

18th Mar '17 5:37:22 AM FieryLion428
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** Alice pretends to be severely mentally retarded so that Bob will not suspect him.

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** Alice pretends to be severely mentally retarded so that Bob will not suspect him.her.
29th Dec '16 11:50:02 PM ectostar
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'''Basic Trope''': An intelligent character pretends to be less intelligent in order to fool people about how effective he or she is.
* '''Straight''': Bob pretends to be naive and unsuspecting so that Alice will not suspect he is investigating her.

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'''Basic Trope''': An intelligent character pretends to be less intelligent in order to fool people about how effective he or she is.
they are.
* '''Straight''': Bob Alice pretends to be naive and unsuspecting so that Alice Bob will not suspect he she is investigating her.him.



** Bob pretends to be severely mentally retarded so that Alice will not suspect him.
** Bob successfully fakes LaserGuidedAmnesia, and he routinely drops the act whenever he's alone with his friend who is in the know, only to continue the act when someone else enters the room.
** Bob pretends to be excessively unintelligent and intentionally talks funny, as well as pretending to know nothing. He also acts annoying and mimics Alice's sentences when given the chance.

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** Bob Alice pretends to be severely mentally retarded so that Alice Bob will not suspect him.
** Bob Alice successfully fakes LaserGuidedAmnesia, and he she routinely drops the act whenever he's she's alone with his her friend who is in the know, only to continue the act when someone else enters the room.
** Bob Alice pretends to be excessively unintelligent and intentionally talks funny, as well as pretending to know nothing. He She also acts annoying and mimics Alice's Bob's sentences when given the chance.



** Bob is not very smart, but he exaggerates the extent of his stupidity.
** Bob is smart, but he just feigns slight cluelessness or average intelligence instead of pretending to be outright stupid.

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** Bob Alice is not very smart, but he she exaggerates the extent of his her stupidity.
** Bob Alice is smart, but he she just feigns slight cluelessness or average intelligence instead of pretending to be outright stupid.



** Bob wants to appear less of a threat to Alice in order to lull her into a false sense of security.
** Alice is expecting investigation and consequently wary of people who appear too smart, forcing Bob to downplay his intelligence in order to avoid suspicion.
* '''Inverted''': FeigningIntelligence

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** Bob Alice wants to appear less of a threat to Alice Bob in order to lull her him into a false sense of security.
** Alice Bob is expecting investigation and consequently wary of people who appear too smart, forcing Bob Alice to downplay his her intelligence in order to avoid suspicion.
* '''Inverted''': FeigningIntelligenceFeigningIntelligence.



** Alice isn't fooled for a second by Bob's 'dumb' act.
** Bob pretends to be naive and unsuspecting, but when he reveals his real self he turns out to be... not so bright.

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** Alice Bob isn't fooled for a second by Bob's Alice's 'dumb' act.
** Bob Alice pretends to be naive and unsuspecting, but when he she reveals his her real self he she turns out to be... not so bright.



** She's not quite prepared for just ''how'' smart Bob is, however.
** He's BookDumb and bad at forensics, as it turns out. When it comes to ''social'' intelligence and puzzling out motives, he's a prodigy.

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** She's He's not quite prepared for just ''how'' smart Bob Alice is, however.
** He's She's BookDumb and bad at forensics, as it turns out. When it comes to ''social'' intelligence and puzzling out motives, he's she's a prodigy.



** Bob's a very poor actor, but Alice is nevertheless completely taken in by him.
** Bob is a supergenius capable of solving derivatives in his head; however, all he has to do to get people to think he's a dunce is say something like "1 + 1 = 11."

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** Bob's Alice's a very poor actor, but Alice Bob is nevertheless completely taken in by him.
her.
** Bob Alice is a supergenius super genius capable of solving derivatives in his her head; however, all he she has to do to get people to think he's she's a dunce is say something like "1 + 1 = 11."11".



** Nobody is ever sure whether Bob is a GeniusDitz, an InspectorOblivious, or using ObfuscatingStupidity
** Bob is a GeniusDitz CloudCuckoolander, but he plays it up to the point where no one is exactly sure how much of this is an act, often coupled with PingPongNaivete
* '''Averted''': Bob's disguise does not include altering how intelligent he appears.
* '''Enforced''': The actor playing Bob is normally cast as a genius and wants to play against type.
* '''Lampshaded''': "He's not as dumb as he appears to be!"
* '''Invoked''': "She'll never suspect anything if I act like an idiot."
* '''Exploited''': Bob gets out of doing favors for people by pretending to be stupid.

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** Nobody is ever sure whether Bob Alice is a GeniusDitz, an InspectorOblivious, or using ObfuscatingStupidity
ObfuscatingStupidity.
** Bob Alice is a GeniusDitz CloudCuckoolander, but he she plays it up to the point where no one is exactly sure how much of this is an act, often coupled with PingPongNaivete
PingPongNaivete.
* '''Averted''': Bob's Alice's disguise does not include altering how intelligent he she appears.
* '''Enforced''': The actor playing Bob Alice is normally cast as a genius and wants to play against type.
type.
* '''Lampshaded''': "He's "She's not as dumb as he appears to be!"
* '''Invoked''': "She'll "He'll never suspect anything if I act like an idiot."
* '''Exploited''': Bob Alice gets out of doing favors for people by pretending to be stupid.



* '''Discussed''': "How can someone this dumb be a private investigator?" "Well, he might not be as dumb as he looks.."
* '''Conversed''': "Bob's such an idiot!" "Yeah? Well, so was Series/{{Columbo}}."
* '''Played For Laughs''': When asked what 1 + 1 is, Bob quotes an obscure law of physics.
* '''Played For Drama''': Bob lives in a world affected by TallPoppySyndrome. If anyone powerful thinks he's too clever, they will get rid of him.
* '''Deconstructed''': Bob is so good at playing the part of the fool, nobody takes him seriously even after he drops the act.
* '''Reconstructed''': ...So he continues to act dumb to his advantage. After all, since everyone still doesn't believe him, it gives him the advantage of surprise [[RefugeInAudacity again]].

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* '''Discussed''': "How can someone this dumb be a private investigator?" "Well, he she might not be as dumb as he looks..she looks..."
* '''Conversed''': "Bob's "Alice's such an idiot!" "Yeah? Well, so was Series/{{Columbo}}."
* '''Played For Laughs''': When asked what 1 + 1 is, Bob Alice quotes an obscure law of physics.
* '''Played For Drama''': Bob Alice lives in a world affected by TallPoppySyndrome. If anyone powerful thinks he's she's too clever, they will get rid of him.
her.
* '''Deconstructed''': Bob Alice is so good at playing the part of the fool, nobody takes him her seriously even after he she drops the act.
* '''Reconstructed''': ...So he she continues to act dumb to his her advantage. After all, since everyone still doesn't believe him, her, it gives him her the advantage of surprise [[RefugeInAudacity again]].



[[ObfuscatingStupidity You're not fooling me! I know you're not stupid, Bob!]]

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[[ObfuscatingStupidity You're not fooling me! I know you're not stupid, Bob!]]Alice!]]
22nd Dec '16 8:04:47 AM ThunderingAlicorn
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* '''Downplayed''': Bob is not very smart, but he exaggerates the extent of his stupidity.

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* '''Downplayed''': '''Downplayed''':
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Bob is not very smart, but he exaggerates the extent of his stupidity.stupidity.
** Bob is smart, but he just feigns slight cluelessness or average intelligence instead of pretending to be outright stupid.
9th Oct '16 12:29:09 AM charcoaly
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* '''Played For Drama''': Bob lives in a world affected by TallPoppySyndrome. If anyone powerful thinks he's too clever, they will get rid off him.

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* '''Played For Drama''': Bob lives in a world affected by TallPoppySyndrome. If anyone powerful thinks he's too clever, they will get rid off of him.
9th Jun '16 10:18:43 PM VPhantom
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** Bob pretends to be excessively unintelligent and intentionally talks funny, as well as pretending to know nothing. He also intentionally acts annoying and mimic Alice's sentences when given the chance.

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** Bob pretends to be excessively unintelligent and intentionally talks funny, as well as pretending to know nothing. He also intentionally acts annoying and mimic mimics Alice's sentences when given the chance.



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9th Jun '16 4:09:57 PM DoctorTItanX
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9th Jun '16 4:09:56 PM DoctorTItanX
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** Bob pretends to be excessively low intelligence and intentionally talks funny, as well as pretending to know nothing.

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** Bob pretends to be excessively low intelligence unintelligent and intentionally talks funny, as well as pretending to know nothing.nothing. He also intentionally acts annoying and mimic Alice's sentences when given the chance.
9th Jun '16 4:05:10 PM DoctorTItanX
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** Bob pretends to be excessively low intelligence and intentionally talks funny, as well as pretending to know nothing.
27th Jul '15 11:48:12 AM randomtroper89
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* '''Played For Drama''': Bob lives in a world affected by TallPoppySyndrome. If anyone powerful thinks he's to clever, they will get rid off him.
* '''Deconstructed''': Bob is ''so'' good at playing the part of the fool, nobody takes him seriously even ''after'' he drops the act.
* '''Reconstructed''': ...So he continues to act dumb to his advantage. After all, since everyone ''still'' doesn't believe him, it gives him the advantage of surprise ''[[RefugeInAudacity again]]''.

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* '''Played For Drama''': Bob lives in a world affected by TallPoppySyndrome. If anyone powerful thinks he's to too clever, they will get rid off him.
* '''Deconstructed''': Bob is ''so'' so good at playing the part of the fool, nobody takes him seriously even ''after'' after he drops the act.
* '''Reconstructed''': ...So he continues to act dumb to his advantage. After all, since everyone ''still'' still doesn't believe him, it gives him the advantage of surprise ''[[RefugeInAudacity again]]''.[[RefugeInAudacity again]].
27th Jul '15 11:47:00 AM randomtroper89
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* '''Played For Drama''': Bob lives in a world affected by TallPoppySyndrome. If anyone powerful thinks he's to clever, they will get rid off him.



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