Exactly What It Says on the Tin
. A character who is a Cloudcuckoolander
reveals hidden Badass
depths if you put them under enough pressure and/or press their Berserk Button
. This can lead to them becoming an Ensemble Darkhorse
Subtrope of Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
. Compare Crazy Awesome
- Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter. She's an archetypal Cloudcuckoolander and once even plays the role of Cuckoolander Commentator. When she joins the DA, she doesn't seem to Take a Level in Badass. Indeed, she doesn't seem to have learned anything much. When she has to fight, however, her hidden Badass abilities are revealed.
- Bear in mind that, at the age of sixteen, she helps reform and lead the DA and gets imprisoned in Malfoy Manor, where she is probably tortured. When she is freed by the Power Trio, she'd be excused for going into hiding, but she returns to Hogwarts for the final battle and fights Bellatrix Lestrange.
- Lieutenant Blouse in Monstrous Regiment. At first he appears to be a Cloudcuckoolander, but he turns out to be a Genius Ditz, takes several levels in badass and has been promoted to Major by the end of the book.