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->''"Well, obviously, Lionel Tribbey is a brilliant lawyer whom we cannot live without, or there would be very little reason not to put him in prison."''
-->-- '''President Bartlet''', ''Series/TheWestWing''

Some characters have pervasive or extremely noticeable personality quirks, but remain steadily employed because they are just that good at what they do. Coworkers, superiors, and friends find themselves willing to overlook these informalities (e.g., a hypothetical highly successful lawyer who happens to wear fuzzy pink bunny ears during all his cases) so long as the job gets done. This is a cost/benefit ordeal: if they weren't so good at their job or their quirks were too obstructive, no employer would consider them a necessary sacrifice for sanity. In larger numbers, you'd have a case for a RagtagBunchOfMisfits.

Much like the GeniusDitz, it is a strange mixture of brilliant and bizarre. Their quirks don't seem to be ''intrinsic'' to success, a la CrazyAwesome, and the unexpected quirks only tend to bother new characters who don't know them well. Compare the InsufferableGenius, whose quirk is more often just being a {{Jerkass}}. The Insufferable Genius might insist everyone address him as "sir" or "[[Series/LostInSpace Dr. Smith]]"; the Bunny-Ears Lawyer might not answer unless addressed as "Grand Duchess Abigail Chester Wilson Snapdragon Lemmywinks Brian Brain [=McFisticuffs=] the Negative 10 to the Fifth Power".

There are lots of Bunny-Ears Lawyers out there (we had to make subpages because of how many), mainly because having the character be an expert allows the writers to plausibly put them in any situation they want while the quirks make the characters interesting and unique. There is some TruthInTelevision to this trope -- Authorities in educational or professional environments will sometimes ignore quirks, especially if they don't have any relevance to the degree or job at hand. Although you're unlikely to see something as extreme as an actual bunny ears-wearing lawyer, you ''will'' find plenty of examples of people who remain employed despite their personal peculiarities.

A form of UltimateJobSecurity. For situations where the strange guy is the one in charge (and uses their strange behavior to run their business) see TheWonka. Uniformed examples may overlap with the MilitaryMaverick. Not to be confused with the AmbulanceChaser, though they may overlap in some cases. Contrast ConsummateProfessional, who will care about his behavior and appearance as much as his work discipline and skill.

Luckily, they're rarely AxCrazy. (Not never.) For an ultra manly-man who pulls off some girly hobby and nobody minds, take a refresher in the fact that RealMenWearPink.

Remember: In order for a character to qualify he must keep his job through sheer unquestionable competence. Sometimes you have incompetent characters that happen to be quirky and keep their jobs through means that have nothing to do with their competence. That is not this trope. If they are actually competent yet are seen as "renegade" due to their unusual behavior and often are at risk of being fired for their unusual quirks, you are looking at TheLastDJ instead. Also, in order to qualify, the character should have an unusual quirk or eccentricity, not just be slightly more informal than his colleagues.

Not to be confused with KangarooCourt.

!!Examples Subpages:

* BunnyEarsLawyer/AnimeAndManga
* BunnyEarsLawyer/ComicBooks
* BunnyEarsLawyer/FanWorks
* [[BunnyEarsLawyer/LiveActionFilms Films Live-Action]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer/{{Literature}}
* BunnyEarsLawyer/LiveActionTV
* BunnyEarsLawyer/TabletopGames
* BunnyEarsLawyer/VideoGames
* BunnyEarsLawyer/WebComics
* BunnyEarsLawyer/WebOriginal
* BunnyEarsLawyer/WesternAnimation

!!Other Examples:


* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWCzccRDweU Zach, the Lego Maniac!]] He's nuts about Legos -- literally -- but he's a ''genius'' with Legos. (Or so the commercial suggests.)

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Bobby Zimmeruski is shown in ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'' to be skilled at rigging A/V equipment and in the sequel to be excellent at extreme sports. He's also completely ridiculous, doing such things as [[TrademarkFavoriteFood randomly obsessing over spray cheese]], [[AttentionWhore sticking spoons and straws all over his body to "impress" the Gammas]], and nonchalantly wearing Goofy's afro that Max pointedly threw away.
* Benjamin Clawhauser from ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}''. He has a [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny really bad attention span]], is a huge FanBoy of pop star Gazelle, and is extremely flamboyant. He's also a dedicated, reliably helpful front desk officer, who gives friendly service with a smile, delivers consistently accurate information in a reasonably timely manner, and is quick to apologize for any perceived transgressions or failures. His tough-as-nails boss, for whom capability is the number one priority, is perfectly willing to let his idiosyncrasies slide.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', Po starts out as a humorous bumbling glutton prone to extremely awkward moments. By the end of the first movie, and remaining so throughout the second, he becomes a kung fu master capable of plowing through hordes of {{mooks}} with ease and going toe-to-toe with other masters... and who is still a humorous bumbling glutton prone to extremely awkward moments.
** This is further shown in the animated series, where Po is still disobedient, undisciplined, gluttonous, clumsy, accident prone, and the biggest fanboy on the block, but can learn highly advanced techniques after seeing them one time (Including one that blind anyone who sees it performed... which he not once, but repeatedly after learning it, forgets to close his eyes so he doesn't blind himself.) and can even master techniques from reading about them that Master Shifu is unable to perform.
* Georges Hautecourt from ''Disney/TheAristocats''. He takes "you're only as old as you feel" to heart despite being genuinely really old, yet Madame loves that about him and has kept him as her lawyer for decades.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* [[Wrestling/NickDinsmore Eugene]], Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s resident "special" wrestler, started out as a ProfessionalWrestling IdiotSavant who, despite his mental handicaps, was an excellent ring technician with a DittoFighter (type: Tsungxpert) tendency to hit famous finishers like the Rock Bottom and Hogan Leg Drop. {{Face}}s lined up to be his friend thanks to his simple, childlike demeanor and his kicking a lot of ass, and {{heel}}s lined up to manipulate him to their own ends, thanks to... his simple, childlike demeanor and his kicking a lot of ass. Unfortunately, he eventually got [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] and became a {{jobber}}, and towards the end of his run served mostly as a way for heels to KickTheDog.
* Wrestling/JeffHardy has been portrayed like this as well. He gyrates and dances his way to the ring, covers his arms and face in fluorescent paint, makes abstract paintings backstage, openly refers to his fans as freaks and misfits (in a good way, indicating that he's just as much one as them), and throws his body into his every attack with reckless abandon... and is a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE Champion]], a 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-world-h.html WWE World Heavyweight Champion]] and six-time [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-world-t.html WWE World Tag Team Champion]]. Even better? He fits this trope in RealLife as well, as his real behavior is even ''more'' bizarre, and yet he was respected enough and loved by the fans enough during his WWE run that he was given all those title reigns.
** [[{{Wrestling/Lita}} Amy "Lita" Dumas]] wrote in her book how someone once told her that Jeff had bought a Bobcat, her first reaction was that he had acquired an actual wild animal as a pet; as opposed to the skid loader/earth moving equipment that he actually purchased. Even among his close friends he's 'off' enough that both were perfectly logical assumptions.
* Dalton Castle, (or Ashley Remington to you Wrestling/{{Chikara}} fans). A former Radio DJ, he's a LargeHam party boy who coos and poses like a peacock but he's also an amateur wrestling champion who can dead lift a 300 pound man into a German suplex and he held the World Heavyweight Title of the International Wrestling Cartel for over a year.
* British Wrestler Les Kellett, whose shtick was to bumble about the ring in a daze appearing to be confused about what was actually going on, and suffered selective deafness (that always worked to hs advantage) - and then would suddenly explode into action and trash an opponent twice his size without breaking sweat.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** Most of the lawyers. Phoenix Wright is a KleptomaniacHero who usually [[IndyPloy pulls his court strategies out of his ass]] and uses spirit channelling as a legal technique; Miles Edgeworth has NoSocialSkills, [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes multiple debilitating phobias]], and is a huge (closet) Steel Samurai fanboy; Manfred von Karma [[spoiler:once murdered someone for tarnishing his perfect trial record and then adopted his son for the express purpose of making him into the sort of person his father would hate, kept a bullet in his shoulder for fifteen years, once tasered Phoenix Wright and [[WouldHurtAChild his teenage assistant]] in order to hide evidence]], [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and announced his ATM card's number to an entire courtroom]]; Franziska von Karma [[WhipItGood whips everyone in sight]], is obsessed with perfection, and refers to everyone by their full names ([[HypocriticalHumor and gets mad when people do it to her]]); Godot speaks nearly exclusively in incomprehensible coffee metaphors, is something of a sexist, and throws full mugs of hot coffee at his courtroom opponents; Apollo Justice stays up until 5 in the morning doing voice training so that he can yell [[CatchPhrase '''OBJECTION''']] more impressively, carefully gels his hair every day in a way that makes it look like insect antennae, and gets the truth out of witnesses by using a bracelet that enables him to mentally zoom in on them and point out their [[CharacterTics nervous habits]]; Klavier Gavin is both a prosecutor and renowned rock musician, who peppers his speech with [[GratuitousGerman random German words]] and performs air guitar ''in the middle of trials''; Simon Blackquill is a ''convicted murderer currently serving time'' who is still allowed to work as a prosecutor because he's just that good, while also having a fondness for samurai and sword metaphors, and keeps a pet hawk which he uses to attack other people with. All are considered formidable lawyers.
** The Judge, who is famously reliable in passing fair judgments in spite of being a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who will misunderstand basically ''anything'', to the point of Franziska's plan of showing him an illegally-taken photo as vital evidence to make her case (evidence which could just as easily have been turned to Wright's favor) fails - because he [[SpannerInTheWorks just doesn't get the point she's coming across with]]. ''At all''. Until the next year, when Phoenix successfully uses it in a related case.
** Spark Brushel is also worth a mention, being an [[IntrepidReporter investigative journalist]] who seems genuinely knowledgeable despite seemingly never listening to anything anyone tells him, eating far too many breath mints, and indulging in [[{{Metaphorgotten}} overly-complicated metaphors]].
** ''Investigations'' has Shi-Long Lang, an Interpol officer who is really damn good at his job despite having an odd fascination with acting like a wolf, to the point of howling when upset.
** One case in ''Justice For All'' has the Berry Big Circus, which is a circus of bunny-ears performers. There's the [[CampStraight campy and effeminate]] magician Maximillion Galactica. We also have the [[TheIngenue ridiculously innocent]] animal tamer Regina. Then there's Moe the Clown who has a MotorMouth and keeps laughing at his own (bad) jokes. But ventriloquist Benjamin Woodman probably takes the cake, his puppet [[PunnyName Trilo Quist]] had his very own personality who keeps badmouthing Ben himself. When said puppet was taken away, he couldn't even form a single word.
** The theme music played while talking to people without their own theme, from Justice for All onward, is actually called "Eccentric".
** Tateyuki Shigaraki (Ray Shields in the fan translation) from ''Ace Attorney Investigations 2'' as an adult is not only an actual defense lawyer, but is deeply sarcastic and wise-cracking, asks nearly everyone he meets (specifically the women) for hugs shortly after meeting them, his theme is actually called "Joking Motive" and he uses finger quotes/air quotes when speaking. As a teenager and trainee attorney under Gregory Edgeworth, he ''ate paper'' in order to remember what he jotted down on it and is a huge fanboy of a children's cooking programme, actually singing the show's theme with it's two actors when he met them (individually, it should be noted did he meet them)... and yet he's on par with Phoenix in terms of determination, loyalty, and talent, and when he gets serious, his personality does an about-face.
* Kotomi in ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}''. Sure, she may be a little [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} crazy]], but she's also effortlessly among the top ten students for the entire country.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'': Arcueid Brunestud. Ditzy blond. ClingyJealousGirl. Keeps a doll of Shiki under her pillow and magically traps her underwear drawer. Ok maybe that one wasn't canon, but still, it IS like her. Also responsible for Shiki's rather infamous erotic dream. Oh, and she is the most powerful vampire in existence, capable of dragging around moons if she wants. Moons from the future. That she pulled from said future. Why? So red moonlight would splash on her opponent and render him killable. ''[[PersonOfMassDestruction And she was at 30% power when she did that]].''
* ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'':
** Kazuaki Nanaki, the [[TalkingAnimal quail]] teacher, is a scatterbrained narcoleptic who falls asleep mid-sentence while introducing himself to his students on the first day of class (and repeatedly throughout the game). He's also a world-renowned mathematician, and no slouch in physics and chemistry, either.
** Oko San's obsession with pudding doesn't seem to interfere with his athletic performance any. He also seems to be able to pass classes at one of the most demanding private high schools in the world, despite being unable to speak in anything but subtitled coos, most of which are pop culture references and complaints about pudding quality.
** ''The player character'' can qualify, being a HotBlooded [[ContemporaryCaveman modern barbarian]] at the same high-standards high school who occasionally offers political insights in surprisingly erudite terminology... but is late to class the first day because she had to go hunting for breakfast, and didn't finish the summer reading assignment.
* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' has Rin Tezuka, a brilliant armless painter who gets away with smoking and multiple (lighter) violations of school rules. Notably, this example [[{{Deconstruction}} is NOT played for laughs]], and while she starts out seeming like an amusingly quirky ManicPixieDreamGirl following her route quickly reveals that she is a supremely screwed up person, exhibiting many real-life symptoms of schizophrenia which are presented as exactly as terrifying as they would be in real life, and it's implied that in her Bad End [[spoiler:she'll end up killing herself.]]
* Robert Wallson/James Okada in ''VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoMeikyuu'' and ''VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoRakuen'' is a genius communications officer and computer programmer, but he's also a freckled, nerdy otaku with a much poorer grasp on the Japanese language than he believes. [[spoiler:Despite that, he's also brave enough to reconnect the Thanatos system to Kazuki's memories even when he knows the price for discovery would be death. He also manages to marry a CIA agent.]]
* Dina from ''VisualNovel/GenderBenderDNATwisterExtreme'' is quite a competent scientist, for all her obsession with giving everyone GagBoobs, the fact that she turned herself into a CatGirl, and her general tendency to completely ignore laboratory safety.
* In ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'', considering that most of the cast are consisting of people with an exceptional talent in a specific skill, several examples crop up across the series. A lot of characters are flat-out weird with lots of personality quirks that tend to get rather interesting, such as Gundham Tanaka, who stylizes himself as a sort of EvilOverlord despite being a relatively noraml pet breeder, yet even with said personality quirks, they are still considered ultimates for a reason, so this trope is in full effect.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** Professor Peter Port's idea of teaching a lesson involves regaling the students with a story of the time he captured a live [[TheHeartless Grimm]], making bad jokes, and hitting on the pretty female students (to Yang's disgust). But he is an excellent teacher and mentor. How excellent? After one conversation with him, [[AlphaBitch Weiss]] stops treating Ruby like crap, stops demanding to be made the team leader, to making Ruby coffee so she can keep studying. She's been the perfect team-mate ever since.
** By extension, Professor Bartholomew Oobleck, the [[MotorMouth fast talking]] history teacher, [[MustHaveCaffeine who seems to be on a permanent caffeine high]], is a very good warrior, capable of fighting off a few large mechas, all while on top of a speeding train.
** Qrow, the uncle of Ruby and Yang, spends most of his screentime drunk and/or drinking. His first appearance has him so drunk he can't actually stand up straight, as soon as he is in a fight(still not sobered), he is a match to the second in command of the Atlesian Army, he is the right arm of the BigGood, [[spoiler:being the closest thing, together with James, to a BigGood once Ozpin is out of the picture]]. He has the respect as a hunter and as a spy of the most powerful characters in the show.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': Honestly, all of the Blood Gulchers fit into this trope in one way or another. Keep in mind that they were selected from the worst of the worst soldiers so that Project Freelancer could test their SuperSoldiers.
** Sarge is a GeneralRipper and TheNeidermeyer who constantly comes up with dumb and bizarre ideas to beat the Blues. He's also skilled enough to make robots and turn people into cyborgs, ''deadly'' in a fight, and managed to outsmart and defeat Agent Washington.
** Grif is generally known for his uncleanliness, laziness and cowardice. But when he's called to action, he leaps into action without a second thought. (When fighting against the [[ImplacableMan Meta]] in the Season 8 finale, the [[TheDreaded Meta's]] been beating the Reds and Tucker to hell and back with his weapon. Grif uses his weight to his advantage, and leaps atop the Meta, stealing his [[GrenadeLauncher wea]][[BayonetYa pon]] and giving his allies a chance.)
** Simmons seems like a ProfessionalButtKisser, and a bit of a nerd, but put him in command, and [[TyrantTakesTheHelm assuming it doesn't go to his head]], he's quite tactical. Plus, he's usually wields the Rocket Launcher with lethal efficiency.
** Donut may come across as AmbiguouslyGay, but his (grenade) tossing abilities are not to be underestimated. Seriously, he threw a sticky grenade halfway across Blood Gulch into [[TheAce Tex's]] lap, and she was operating the Blue's [[TankGoodness tank]].
** Caboose is the resident [[TheDitz ditz]] of the group, with a '''[[CloudCuckoolander very]]''' loose grasp on reality, but if you know how to order him about, he's a force to be reckoned with. And don't even get started when he goes into UnstoppableRage mode...
** Tucker is a LovableSexManiac, always looking to score in some fashion. But when he grabbed the [[LaserBlade Great Weapon]], and after some time using it, [[TookALevelInBadass this guy officially became the best warrior out of all the above examples.]]
* ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'' has entire organizations of those.
** The Ultramarines are an entire army of {{Parody Sue}}s who speak in PurpleProse and can't shut up about their grandiose, but when something has to be done, they ''will'' do it, even if it violates all the rules of physics and common sense.
** The Custodians are an immortal BadassArmy... and also MachoCamp exhibitionists.
** Salamanders are one of the most successful Chapters despite taking their love of fire to the point of fetish.