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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 somehow remain faithfully employed because they are just that good at what they do. Coworkers, superiors, and friends are willing to overlook certain informalities because of this (e.g. a hypothetical highly successful lawyer who happens to wear fuzzy pink bunny ears during all his cases) so long as they get the job done and cause a minimal amount of intentional problems. 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. Not an unusual trait in the 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 InsufferableGenius 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 10th".

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--[[AluminumChristmasTrees we had a whole Real Life section for them]]! 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. While 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.

Luckily, they're never AxCrazy. Usually. 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.

This trope is only for people who ''work'' for other people. If someone's ''boss'' is like this, see TheWonka.

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* BunnyEarsLawyer/AnimeAndManga
* BunnyEarsLawyer/ComicBooks
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* [[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.)
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': Daniel is the GodEmperor of Avalon, an Empire which spans a chunk of TheMultiverse. He is the BigGood of his realm, powerful, ancient, and ever-concerned with protect his subjects and help people in need. He is also "quirky" to say the least. It's deliberately invoked, however, since interacting with people in a friendly and lighthearted manner helps him keep in touch with humanity; that, and anytime Shinji and Asuka see him he is usually "off duty", making culture pop jokes or wearing Hawaiian shirts while sunbathing.
* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': Mari is ''nuts''. She is an Music/ElvisPresley fangirl, sings and makes "Pew, pew" noises during the battles and she will forget about an ongoing mission to try to beat a strong [[TheRival rival]]. And still she is good enough to give the base's [[AcePilot top pilot]] a run for her money.
* In ''FanFic/TiberiumWars'', GDI Commander Karrde finds Lieutenant Kirce James to be pretentious, self-important, and overly dramatic, which annoys him to no end. At the same time, she's able to whip up squadrons of Firehawks, an Ion Cannon, an entire division of GDI Marines, and [[spoiler: a ''thousand'' Mammoth Tanks]] for him on short notice, so he doesn't complain at ''all'' when it comes to the results.
* Dr. Kaminko from ''[[PokeWars The Pokémon They Carried]]'' has a habit of naming his military hardware after Pokémon. Command lets him keep doing this because ''he's just that damn good'' at designing weapons.
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'' has [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Trixie]] playing as the prosecutor; she goes to court in [[RobeAndWizardHat a magician getup]], [[ThirdPersonPerson refers to herself in third person constantly]] and [[SmallNameBigEgo has an ego bigger than the courtroom]] -- Yet she's well versed in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' prosecutor tricks, and she's very capable of being a huge thorn on Phoenix Wright's side.
* Between his incompetence at the digimon card game, lack of experience, inability to make effective plans and shy nature, it's easy to write off Takato from the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries'' as weak excuse for a Tamer. but his outward awkwardness masks an astonishing degree of comptetance.
** FridgeBrilliance time: It is actually the above weaknesses that make him so dangerous, his lack of long term thinking is made up for by his impressive skill at using surprisingly effective IndyPloy's, making him an unpredictable and dangerous opponent
* Sunny Breeze is absolutely this in Fanfic/RacerAndTheGeek, even if he's relatively less quirky than many of the examples here. Switches constantly between the three languages he speaks, knows more about firearms than the rest of the bank security outfit put together, drinks spirits like water, personally owns enough gear to outfit a fireteam, is afraid of talking to girls, and is a ShellShockedVeteran with an itchy trigger finger. He keeps his job for two reasons. Firstly, he is one of the few who can do the job. Secondly, His boss is his longtime friend. Thirdly, he is a very competent fighter with amazing instincts and a strong sense of honor. Fourthly, he hasn't crossed the line so such an extent as to demand something be done about him. In one chapter, they discuss that Sunny is likely one single WhamEpisode away from being terminated, should anything happen that even being friends with the boss can't settle. Think of it this way: Sunny's idea of what to do if being a guard doesn't work out is to return to being a freelance mercenary! Being a BEL in this fic is not a good thing whatsoever.
* The ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' fanfic ''Fanfic/GirlDays'' revealed that the Kuno family was full of BunnyEarsLawyers, such as a WWII fighter pilot who wore a sailor fuku, or a samurai who fought with a live rabbit strapped to the top of his head. The current generation, though, are simply nuts.
** Actually the current generation is pretty impressive. Tatewaki is a swordsman of such caliber and skill, he can use a bokken (bamboo training sword) and perform feats that surpass what is usually considered possible with a proper metal blade. Principal Kuno is a master of disguise, stealth, and using electric razors as weapons and has techniques that can cause weapons to split like banana peels. Kodachi is a mistress of poisons and rhythmic gymnastics combat. Despite delusions of grandeur, Tatewaki is actually considered quite handsome, and is very skilled in romantic gestures, just a bit misguided in who he directs them towards and oblivious to certain facts (mainly that female and male Ranma are the same person, despite Ranma transforming in front of him, both directions, on multiple occasions, including at least once while he was embracing female Ranma). Kodachi is completely psycho crazy, but she is actually pretty tactically skilled, and able to hold her own in fights with Akane, Shampoo, and Ukyo... sometimes simultaneously. The difference between the current generation and the previous ones is that the quirks of the previous generations never directly impacted anyone other than themselves.
* ALL of the scientists in the ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/ProjectTatterdemalion'' fall under this trope: Urahara, Yoruichi, Tessai, Isshin, Masaki. The only reason they're still employed after all their insane prank wars, bizarre personal quirks, and failure to obey military protocol is that their scientific work is unimpeachable.
** Shunsui does a much better job of keeping it under wraps but he's pretty eccentric for a high-ranking security officer.
* {{Discussed}} in ''Fanfic/TheWrongReflection''. Prior to the fic Eleya avoided being cashiered for gross insubordination (cussing out Rear Admiral Tuvok and several dignitaries) because she helped save Earth Spacedock and Qo'noS from the Undine immediately after that. She kept her command and even got a medal, but she also ended up with a black mark on her service record that means she'll probably never make admiral (not that she wants to). [[http://sto-forum.perfectworld.com/showpost.php?p=19317651&postcount=96 The author explains the thought process here.]]
* Ichigo in ''Fanfic/TheWorldInBlackAndWhite''. He's a bizarrely child-like, candy-obcessed Hollow, who is up to something involving notebooks, while still being every bit as overprotective and capable of kicking ass as his canon self.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9474142/6/The-Circle The Circle]]'' Xenophilius Lovegood is considered an excellent political tutor despite such personal quirks as sniffing the top of Harry's head and asking Neville if he likes pudding as much as Luna does.
* ''FanFic/PacificWorldWarIIUsNavyShipgirls'' has Maury, Chester, and Helena. The first is a Captain America {{expy}} who carries around an American flag everywhere she goes, the second a WomanChild who treats other peoples' weapons like toys, and the third [[GoingCommando doesen't even bother to wear underwear]] [[TheTease when going around.]] Yet all three of them are some of the most skilled among the American ship girls.
* In ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'', this trope is the pretty much the only reason Sonic and friends even let Eric anywhere near them. Despite being an IdiotSavant CloudCuckoolander, he's got the technical skills of Tails with the fighting skills of Sonic - and he's genuinely good (most of the time) under all his insanity. This is also the reason why Sonya deeply loves him despite his craziness.
* Cynthia in ''Fanfic/SecretDreamer'' is just as eccentric as she is in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]],'' but she shows herself to be a capable commander during an unexpected skirmish with the Risen, deftly managing the recruits and striking more than a few decisive blows of her own.
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* 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 weirdness slide, and [[spoiler: when he ends up being discriminated against due to being a carnivore, his colleague is shocked to see that he's being moved to a less visible position]].
* 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 BadAss 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.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Essentially everyone in the film ''Film/RealGenius'', which could almost be the trope namer.
* ''Film/TheManWithTwoBrains''. Dr. Hfuhruhurr literally wears them going into surgery. It's a practical joke, but it's a VisualPun as you discover that is ''exactly'' the kind of doctor he is. C'mon, folks - screw-top brain surgery?
* Kuryu, the main character of Japanese movie ''Hero'' (based on the TV series, below) is almost literally a Bunny Ears Lawyer. He constantly wears almost-aggressively casual clothes while his contemporaries wear suits, he indiscriminately buys random items from the shopping channel, and spends the whole movie trying to learn Spanish simply because he inadvertently ordered a book in that language. His quirks are overlooked however, partly because he is a cunning and successful lawyer, but mostly because his co-workers are all subtly quirky too.
* Glen Whitmann, in ''[[TransformersFilmSeries Transformers]]'', is a brilliant computer hacker, who may have ADHD and exhibits extremely erratic, perhaps sociopathic behavior. Apart from a lack of basic manners and some sort of unspecified paranoia, his great passions in life appear to be video games and getting into places he does not belong. Which could honestly be said of 90% of computer hackers. Hacking is, after all, all about getting into places you don't belong.
** Agent Seymour Simmons, who the TF Wiki describes as "just a smidge off his nut", but who is ''very'' good at what he does. In a bizarre subversion of this trope, his Bunny Ears-ness is implied in the novel ''The Veiled Threat'' to be the reason he isn't working for NEST.
* ''Film/AceVenturaPetDetective'' is downright certifiably insane (manic episodes and schizophrenia at the least). He is also very good with animals, a highly observant and capable investigator, a decent actor, ace driver, love-machine ''par excellence'' and no slouch in a fight.
* Elle Woods in ''Film/LegallyBlonde'' is a law student who literally wears a bunny outfit to a party [[note]]if only because she was told that it was a ''costume party'', as a prank[[/note]]. [[ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman Her awesome knowledge of fashion helps her defend her clients.]] She also legitimately got into Harvard law based on her academic record and testing.
** In ''Film/LegallyBlonde 2: Blonde Harder''[[note]]not its real title[[/note]], her awesome knowledge of fashion allows her to root out political shenanigans on Capitol Hill.
* Stéphane from ''Film/TheScienceOfSleep'' is completely... mad, possibly... due to his confusing dreams that keep melding with reality (that he's not entirely about to cope with). However he is a technical genius. He makes a toy horse gallop with robotic parts - rather realistically and [[MindScrew possibly]] a one-second time machine. [[spoiler: His "Disaterology" also becomes a big success.]]
* Film/DrStrangelove is a brilliant former Nazi with a severe case of [[EvilHand alien hand syndrome]] - his right hand gives the Seig Heil salute without his control, and takes extreme effort to force back into his lap, and occasionally attempts [[spoiler: to strangle him]]. Among other things.
* Martin Riggs from the ''Film/LethalWeapon'' series is suicidal in the first film, and then just plain crazy after he gets over it. He deliberately plays havoc with the department's psychiatrist (and starts to make ''her'' snap), for bonus points. His near unstoppability when dealing with thugs is likely the only reason he is left on the force.
* Film/SherlockHolmes is a brilliant detective, but he is also quite eccentric as well as having a recurring cocaine dependency. [[UnfazedEveryman Watson]] is used to this kookiness but a lot more normal.
* John Mason (Sean Connery) from ''Film/TheRock'' is a good example. Despite being considered one of the most dangerous men alive, the US government is essentially ready to give him anything he wants in order to get him to work, because he escaped Alcatraz and lived to tell about it.
* The pilots in ''Film/AirAmerica'' are completely insane, but ''really'' good pilots.
* Subverted in ''Film/SmokinAces''. There is an eccentricly sleazy lawyer. For his first scene, there is literally a costume rabbit head showing in the background. However, he proves to be completely incompetent.
* The detective in ''Film/{{Laura}}'' always plays with a handheld maze game.
* Vinny in ''MyCousinVinny'' is an acerbic Brooklyn stereotype with a mouth like a stevedore(being played by Creator/JoePesci, this is to be expected), but turns out to be a brilliant and tenacious opponent in the courtroom. Also, his girlfriend Lisa, an aspiring hairdresser who knows enough about cars that her testimony ends up proving the defendants' innocence.
* Willie Beamen in ''Any Given Sunday'' had the habit of [[VomitIndiscretionShot throwing-up]] at least once every match. However, he's a reasonably competent quarterback that he took over as the starting QB when the previous one was injured.
* In the 2011 film ''Film/{{Warrior}}'': Frank Campana is known for his unusual training methods involving classical music, but damn if he gets results. %% This entry was added automatically by FELH2. In case the wording doesn't make sense, rewrite it as you like, remove this comment and tell this troper.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d early in ''Film/TopGun'' when Stinger chews out Maverick and Goose for the umpteenth time. Maverick's lost his qualifications as section leader several times, and has a habit of making high-speed passes by control towers and ''at'' [[TheGeneralsDaughter an admiral's daughter]]. About the only reason he hasn't been kicked out of the Navy altogether is that he's a damn good pilot.
* Jimmy from ''Film/{{Timecop}}'' is lucky he knows how to use a computer for more than just watching virtual reality porn. An alternate timeline shows us a much more serious Jimmy with no such vice.
* Ahnuld's buddy Hank in ''Film/The6thDay'' is a goofball who lives with a robotic prostitute, but he takes his job as a helicopter pilot seriously and is more than happy to cover for Ahnuld on his birthday. [[spoiler:He gets killed for his troubles]].
* Daniel Rafferty in the film ''Film/LawsOfAttraction''. When we first see him, he's dozing in court, is scruffy, unkempt, and as we later see, works out of a ramshackle office in a rundown area of Chinatown, despite the fact that he could clearly afford better, as evidenced by his very nice apartment. But within two seconds of meeting uber-uptight attorney Audrey Woods, he wipes the floor with her and it's mentioned that he's never lost a case.
* ''Film/DownPeriscope'' is all about figuring out that this trope applies even in the navy.
** Commander Dodge is famous throughout the Navy for his cavalier attitude to command and his [[WackyFratboyHijinks immature antics]] (not to mention his penis tattoo) but he is also a prime example of immature not meaning irresponsible. His goofball antics never affect his performance on the job in spite of being less than professional, he is well-liked by his subordinates, and he manages to whip a UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era rustbucket of a submarine and a RagTagBunchOfMisfits into an effective fighting force over the course of a {{Montage}}.
** Sonar, the Sonar technician has hearing so good that he's been considered a security threat. He can count money just by hearing it drop on the floor. Also, he's studying the language of whales. And he's a bit off. Nonetheless, he saves his crew from peril with all those abilities.
** Nitro, the electrician and radio operator, is more than a bit off because he's absorbed so much electricity. Nonetheless, he's probably the only one capable of making the electrics on the Stingray actually work.
** Even the Stingray, a World War II relic diesel submarine could count, because it's the only sub that could manage to sneak into Norfolk.
* "Oddball" from ''Film/KellysHeroes'' has a bazillion and nine strange quirks, not least of which is an obsession with positive thinking, but still manages to be a highly skilled tank commander.
* Detectives Gavilan and Calden in ''Film/HollywoodHomicide''. Gavilan is a DeadpanSnarker who moonlights as a real estate broker and is being investigated for financial improprieties by InternalAffairs. Calden is an aspiring actor who fancies himself a WarriorPoet. In the film's climax, they manage to solve their case and catch the bad guys in a wild ChaseScene, while indulging their side interests ''at the same time''.
* In ''Bollywood/RaOne'', Shekar, who is quite good at his job of game designing, but incredibly spacey--to the extent that [[spoiler: no one seems to notice when he is replaced with a robotic double incapable of comprehending sarcasm.]]
* Dr. Newton 'Newt' Geiszler from ''Film/PacificRim''. He's loud and eccentric to say the least. If he wasn't such a competent Kaiju biologist, he'd probably get checked into a mental hospital due to his borderline-obsession with the things.
* Nathan from ''Film/ExMachina'', acts like a drunken frat boy around Caleb, but is smart enough to invent fully intelligent and self aware AI with durable android bodies that easily pass for human.
* ''Film/TheBigShort'':
** Michael Burry, the financial investment genius who goes around the office in T-shorts, shorts, and barefoot, constantly drumming to heavy metal music and monologuing to himself.
** Ben Rickert is a retired investor with connections everywhere, and is also a paranoid survivalist who hates Wall Street.
* The titular character from ''Film/TheCableGuy'' might be pushy, obnoxious, have absolutely [[NoSocialSkills zero social skills]], NoSenseOfPersonalSpace, and be [[spoiler:a dangerous and vindictive sociopath]], but he happens to be one ''hell'' of a cable guy. The man can find where the problem is in your cable simply by ''talking dirty to the walls'' and is able to clear up interference by doing nothing more than moving furniture. [[spoiler:Later subverted when he ''was'' in fact fired from the cable company, ''countless times by using fake identities'', and is now merely impersonating a cable guy.]]
* Creator/RodneyDangerfield's ''Film/BackToSchool'' character Thornton Melon embodies the Dangerfield goofball persona, but also has tremendous business acumen.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* [[IntentionalEngrishForFunny Franz]] of the ''Literature/HIVESeries'' is assumed by everyone to be a total moron because he can't speak English very well. He's also completely lacking in the common sense department and improves his speaking skills only marginally over the course of four years. However, he knows more than his professors about economics and manipulation of people, doubling as well as a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass.
* Some members of V.F.D. in ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''.
** Everyone in the book falls into one of two categories: weird and hypercompetent, or weird and incompetent. The Baudelaires just have the misfortune to mostly be in the care of people who fall under the second category.
* A very controversial example in the novel ''Literature/TheThirtyNineSteps'' is a spy who, while very competent, believes in every anti-Semitic conspiracy theory under the sun. The character ends up assassinated, showing the problems which come from pursuing false conspiracies and overlooking real ones, but he is still treated with respect by his colleagues prior to that.
* Violin-playing, drug-addicted, outwardly disorganized, self-aggrandizing master detective ''Literature/SherlockHolmes''. Holmes also regularly conducted very malodorous chemical experiments, decorated his wall with bullet holes, kept tobacco in a slipper, and correspondence pinned to the mantle with a knife. He also was a ''MasterOfDisguise'' who would often not even tell Watson that it was actually him.
** His older brother Mycroft, who lived down the street from his government office, frequented a social club where none of the members were allowed to take the least notice of each other, had an almost obsessive hatred of going anywhere besides his apartment, his work and his club... and functioned as a living database, archive, and computer for the British government. Holmes himself says that Mycroft is even smarter than he is and could be an even better detective. It's just that the man is [[BrilliantButLazy not willing to do the physical work that comes with being a detective]].
--->"Why do you not solve it yourself, Mycroft? You can see as far as I."\\
"Possibly, Sherlock. But it is a question of getting details. Give me your details, and from an armchair I will return you an excellent expert opinion. But to run here and run there, to cross-question railway guards, and lie on my face with a lens to my eye -- it is not my metier."
* Robots and some staff of Institute in ''Literature/FeliksNetAndNika''. Special mention should go to robot Roznakin, who does his job even too well and is constantly arguing with his own printer (printer is another instance of Roznakin. It's complicated), as well as rocket scientists who are a real crazy bunch, but invented rocket-shooting rocket and shot it in the sky. It succeeded.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** Butters is the best pathologist in the city... but he loves polka music more than is healthy and wears bunny slippers.
** Harry himself from many view points:
*** From the point of view of the {{muggle}}s, . The cops at Special Investigations put up with his proclamations that he's a wizard because he gets results[[note]]since he really ''is'' a wizard[[/note]].
*** Also, the Wardens recruit Harry despite his severe authority issues (especially regarding the White Council) and history of dark magic because he's one of the only really powerful wizards left and is famous for rebelling against the Council, so if someone so anti-council is on their side, they ''must'' be doing the right thing.
*** We also get to see Harry's bunny-ears from Murphy's perspective. Harry is a guy who walks into a scene with an outfit that [[RunningGag looks like it belongs on the set of]] ''El Dorado'', asks a few questions that make absolutely no sense, occasionally does something strange like take a strand of hair from a brush, vanishes for two days and ''somehow'' makes an envelope with the ''exact'' information necessary to crack the case wide open and an invoice for twenty billable hours appear on her desk next Monday morning. Knowing he's a ''bona fide'' wizard doesn't help, especially since he loves to play up the mysterious and all-knowing aspects of wizardry.
** Bob the Skull is an extremely powerful spirit of intellect that has worked for wizards for centuries and has such a wide span of magical knowledge that the White Council considers him a serious threat [[spoiler: and they'd be ''seriously'' pissed if they knew Harry has him]]. And he ''really'' [[DirtyOldMan likes porn and trashy airport romance novels.]]
* ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'': Miracle Max has clearly got a few screws loose (and honestly, who ever heard of a miracle worker named "Max"?) but he ''did'' get the job done.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': Everyone, or at least the main recurring characters, falls into this trope.
** The Librarian of Unseen University is an orangutan. He didn't start out that way, he got accidentally transformed and decided he prefers it. He hasn't been replaced or transformed back against his wishes because a) he's still very good at his job (in fact, he's probably ''better'' at it than he was before[[note]] He can shelve books with his feet and fearlessly read books that Man (note the specification) was not meant to know[[/note]]) and b) an adult male orangutan is considerably stronger than an adult male human, and the Librarian is not necessarily averse to expressing his displeasure physically. It also helps that bananas are cheaper than an actual salary. These days, if someone told the wizards that there was an orangutan in the library, they would probably ask the Librarian if he'd seen it.
** The Bursar of the university is literally insane. It's downplayed in that he has to take dried frog pills in order to perform his job, but they don't actually make him sane, they just make him ''hallucinate'' that he's sane, that he's a bursar, and, incidentally, that he can fly.[[note]]When a wizard hallucinates that he can fly, it's a bit... different from anyone else hallucinating they can fly. He's not allowed above the second floor. Archchancellor's orders.[[/note]]
** Continuing with the Unseen University staff, there's Archchancellor Mustrum Ridcully. By most people's standards he's no stranger than other wizards, but to other wizards he's completely mad. He not only enjoys but actively encourages healthy exercise, puts a homemade and highly volatile condiment on everything he eats, and is about as subtle as a sledgehammer. He handles most matters through ObfuscatingStupidity, on the assumption that if someone is still trying to explain something to him after several minutes, it must be important. At the same time, he brought stability to [=UU=], ending the tradition of KlingonPromotion by being unkillable himself.
** City Watch Captain Carrot Ironfoundersson, a 6'6" dwarf (biologically he is technically human thanks to an odd birth defect commonly known as "both his birth parents are human") who is also (probably) the long lost heir to Ankh-Morpork's throne. Having been raised by dwarves, he has no concept of irony and has become either a GeniusDitz or a master of ObfuscatingStupidity. He also has [[RefugeInAudacity the stones]] to arrest anything, up to and including a dragon and all the soldiers in two opposing armies who are about to fight a battle, for "Behavior likely to cause a breach of the peace."
** This is common amongst reformed vampires: [[AddictionDisplacement channel the obsession away from blood]] and onto a subject which is less likely to get you staked. The one with a coffee obsession was particularly memorable. There's also Otto Chriek, who is a damn good photographer and a pretty nice guy, helpful to anyone who needs it... and a vampire who obsesses over photography like most vampires obsess over blood. He's regularly harmed or reduced to ashes (he gets better) by the flash, much to bystanders' consternation.
** Jeremy Clockson, a clockmaker with no sense of fun who is, in fact, ''too sane''.
** Leonard of Quirm, a parody of LeonardoDaVinci. Despite a habit of stopping in mid-sentence to play with folded-paper gliders and doodle schematics for working instruments of destruction in the margins, Lord Vetinari still employs him, and finds uses for all his ideas. Though "employs" is, perhaps, not quite the right word: the Patrician keeps him imprisoned in a tower and well supplied with parchment. Leonard genuinely appreciates both these things, since it keeps him from being distracted from his thoughts and sketches.
*** Also, after talking to Nobby in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' Leonard is even happier with Lord Vetinari's 'imprisonment': not only does he get all the materials he wants, but he is also well away from everyone who'd seek to turn his genuinely well-conceived ideas (such as guns, nuclear explosives, etc.) into weapons.
** Marco Soto - one of the best field agents the Monks of Time have - refuses to cut his hair, as he believes it to be a separate entity that simply happens to live on his head.
** Maladict, a vampiric Borogravian soldier, is a coffee addict who suffers deprivation hallucinations ''others can see'' about wars that didn't even take place on the Disc, carries a rapier he can't use properly to deter attackers because the only other option is to tear them apart with his fists, and [[spoiler:is actually a woman.]]
** Rincewind the "Wizzard" is the Disc's biggest coward, actively craves boredom, and is as competent at magic as a fish is at mountaineering, but when Ridcully is faced with the task of sending him on a very dangerous mission, he doesn't hesitate. Because no matter what the danger, Rincewind ''always survives''. He spends the entire adventure running away screaming, but he makes it back, even from another dimension, the beginning of time, outer space, or hell itself.
* Creator/NealStephenson's ''Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}'' and ''Literature/TheBaroqueCycle'': Any Waterhouse (see below re: mathematicians) or Shaftoe
** In ''Cryptonomicon'', Lawrence Waterhouse is a man who does something socially ept "once every two or three years" and enjoys three things in the world: cryptology, playing the pipe organ, and sex. (The third clears his mind, enabling the first, and the second can sometimes be used as a substitute for the third.) Very few people understand much of what he says, and he's never very sure of what's going on around him, but since it's World War II, the whole cryptology thing works out well for him.
** Also, his grandson, Randy Waterhouse, who has a strange obsession with Capt. Crunch cereal, and tends to use computer, [=DnD=] or Tolkien analogies to explain things. He's also one of, if not the, best network engineers in the world. And later on, he finds his grandfather's cryptology notes...
** The Shaftoes have a tendency toward violence and a gift at ass-kicking. The extraordinary crazy that runs in the family is not something you want to bring up, because you really want them on your side. Unless you outrank them, in which case, feel free to keep telling Bobby Shaftoe to stop mentioning the giant lizard. (It won't do any good.) The same goes for his son and granddaughter,
** And in ''Quicksilver'', we meet the Esphahnians, who apparently have no middle setting between declaring a blood feud against someone and adopting them into the family, and are so [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} insane]] that even Jack Shaftoe (who, at this point, is being ''literally'' driven insane by syphilis) comments on it. They're also scarily competent business owners.
** Stephenson's version of William of Orange is smart enough to recognize that the best people have the weirdest quirks, so he only employs {{Bunny Ears Lawyer}}s, and he distrusts competent people who have no quirks.
** Neal Stephenson, ''Literature/SnowCrash'' gives us Hiro Protagonist, who lives in a storage container and is neurotically insecure when it comes to women, but is at the same time, one of the best hackers in the world and is globally accepted as the world's best swordsman to boot. Although ''that'' one is mostly because he wrote the sword-fighting code for the Metaverse. In reality, he seems to be competent, but the book doesn't make an enormous deal about how good he is with an actual sword.
* ''TheSilenceOfTheLambs'': Dr. Hannibal Lecter]] is one of the most brilliant psychiatrists in the world and also a cannibalistic serial killer. It's averted in that they actually ''do'' put him in prison as soon as his "quirk" is discovered, although he continues to write articles for psychiatric publications on a regular basis. The "About the Author" blurb must be a scream.
* Hlaine "Mad" Larkin of the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: GauntsGhosts'' novels is a slightly neurotic old man prone to fits who repeatedly has [[[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane maybe]]] hallucinated conversations with angels, statues, and [[DeadPersonConversation dead squad-mates]]. He's also the best sniper in the regiment.
** Never mind being the best sniper in the regiment, he may be the best sniper in the ''Galaxy'', beating even bionically augmented super-snipers who have been blessed by the Chaos Gods...
** Also, technically, no-one knows about the hallucinations except him, since he always has the good graces to have them in private. He's still a bit 'off' at the best of times though.
* Kurt Kusenberg's ''Eine Schulstunde'' is about a school seemingly full of Bunny Ears Lawyers. The teacher brought a living bear to class, the principal would teach Creator/WilliamShakespeare only while disguised as The Bard, and one of the students would speak every A as an I for one month because he lost a bet.
* The Artificial Intelligence Personalities in Donna Andrews' ''Turing Hopper'' mysteries tend towards this as they develop more self-awareness.
* ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'' has His High Judgmental Supremacy, Judiciary Pag, L.I.V.R. (the Learned, Impartial, and Very Relaxed). "He was clearly a bounder and a cad. He seemed to think because he was the possessor of the finest legal mind ever discovered that gave him the right to behave exactly as he liked, and unfortunately he appeared to be right."
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** [[EccenticMentor Albus Dumbledore]]. Aside from the frequent {{plan}}s that usually involved him appearing to do absolutely nothing (getting the school temporarily closed down and Hagrid sent to Azkaban in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]''; getting removed from power in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]''; [[spoiler:getting ''killed'']] in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]''...), there's this gem from ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone Philosopher's Stone]]'', when at the opening ceremony, he says he'd "like to say a few words":
-->'''Dumbledore:''' Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!\\
'''Harry:''' Is he -- a bit mad?\\
'''Percy:''' Mad? He's a genius! Best wizard in the world! But he is a bit mad, yes.
** Just look at his clothing. Every time it's described, it is more bizarre and clashing.
** Half of Hogwarts' other staff is strange. The History teacher is a ghost who doesn't recognize his own students and may not even be aware that he's ''dead'' (the only evidence to the contrary being the one time he entered the classroom through the blackboard) and the Divination teacher doesn't really count as a teacher because ''most'' of the time she's talking out of her behind, when she's not [[TheAlcoholic getting drunk on cooking sherry]]. Hagrid's [[FluffyTamer love of terrifying creatures]] makes him quite suited for the Care of Magical Creatures class. Although most of them (with the exception of Hagrid) aren't particularly odd within wizard society.
** Severus Snape is wildly condescending, overly dramatic, openly disparaging of students he doesn't like, displays undisguised favoritism for Slytherin students and makes no secret that he utterly loathes Harry Potter...but he's also one of, if not the, greatest Potions master in the world and is a damn good teacher when he wants to be.
** One of the members the Order is Mundungus Fletcher, an incessant criminal. As Sirius explains, "He's useful. Knows all the crooks — well, he would, seeing as he's one himself."
* In the ''Literature/XWingSeries'' it seems that Nawara Venn was a Bunny Ears Lawyer who ''wasn't'' taken seriously. He's another obvious alien, one who served as a defense attorney in Imperial courts. Of course, being a nonhuman defending people who tended to have perceived or actual Rebel connections meant that he rarely won, so at some point he left to join the Rebellion as a fighter pilot. By the time he took up lawyering again, it was in a New Republic court, where he wasn't seen as strange because New Republic policies aren't blatantly xenophobic.
* Azdak the judge, in Creator/BertoltBrecht's ''The Caucasian Chalk Circle'', is a maverick pursuer of poetic justice and a hero to poor underdogs, in whose favour he usually rules. [[spoiler:He is an analogue for King Solomon.]] He is also drunken, horny, rude, violent and so completely in contempt of his own court that he is nearly hanged at one point.
* Porfiry Petrovich from ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment''; [[ObfuscatingStupidity while he may act like a buffoon]], could run intellectual rings around most of the people on this page. One of the book's longest chapters is dedicated solely to showing us how he nearly manages to get Raskolnikov to confess merely by talking him (and the reader) to death; it's easily one of the most amusing and gripping parts of the story.
* ''TheAreasOfMyExpertise'' describes this under "Idiosyncrasies of the Great Detectives", including:
** Miss Millicent [=McTeague=], a Literature/MissMarple parody who eats cats
** Juno Dix, a Literature/NeroWolfe parody who solves mysteries without ever leaving the bathtub
** Inspector Franz Duvet-Perez, a Literature/HerculePoirot parody who [[JustAStupidAccent refuses to say exactly what country he is from]], thus [[ObfuscatingStupidity keeping everyone guessing]].
** Buddy Jimmy Smith, a KidDetective who is the reincarnation of an Ancient Egyptian pharaoh
** Brother Metrigon, a tenth-century monk and Literature/BrotherCadfael parody who believes he is actually a ninth-century monk
** Sgt. Demonicus Rex, a Satanist
** Dr. Kathleen [=DiPietro=], a forensic examiner who wears her victim's skin, which is socially awkward at clubs and restaurants
** Lord Miles Overstreet, a LordPeterWimsey parody who does not realize that [[JekyllAndHyde he is his]] [[TheKillerInMe own nemesis]], the mad Dr. Craig Kittles.
* ''Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy''- Lisbeth Salander is a nearly AxCrazy DarkActionGirl with very few morals [[TheRainman or social skills]] and a deep hatred of authority. She also happens to be an incredible hacker and investigator who can find out just about anything given enough time. A very dark example.
* Mark [=McHenry=], the pilot from the ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier'' novels. He actively sleeps at his post, for one. But the best pilot there is. Backed up with alien super-powers of course.
* In ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober'', the ''Dallas'''s sonarman Jones is described as eccentric even by navy standards, but is nevertheless very competent.
* [[OnlySaneMan The Avatar]] from ''[[Literature/GodsDebris The Religion War]]'' found the technical genius behind the Global Information Corporation by seeking out the angriest, loudest, rudest employee. His reasoning was simply that "anyone with lesser value would have been fired for that sort of behavior."
* In ''Literature/TheTimeTravelersWife'', despite going missing for days at a time and often being caught naked among the stacks, Henry is allowed to keep his job at the library because he is great at giving talks about obscure literary things. His co-workers were also hanging out to find out the real reason behind his odd behaviour.
* Rhino A. Ross (yes, that's his actual legal name) from the John Birmingham books ''Without Warning'' and ''After America'' who at times refers to himself as if he were actually a rhino, has an unnatural fixation on his biceps (which [[CatchPhrase "You don't get by patting kitty cats"]]), and in the second book acquires and insists on wearing a Viking helmet. However he managed to achieve the rank of [=CPO=] in the U.S. Coast Guard, is a skilled radar and sonar operator, and is every bit as dangerous in a fight as his namesake.
* Felix Hoenikker in ''Literature/CatsCradle'' was considered an uncontrollable man by his colleagues. He ground the Manhattan Project to a halt because he decided to stop working on it and instead discover if turtles' spines buckle or contract when they draw their heads into their shells. However, he is an absolute genius, responsible (fictionally) for the creation of the atom bomb, and later Ice-9, a substance that causes the end of the world.
* In Bram Stoker's ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', OmnidisciplinaryScientist and vampire hunting expert Abraham Van Helsing has quite the disturbing sense of humor, but his [[FiveManBand friends]] still admire him.
* [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Miles Vorkosigan]] is hyperactive, manic-depressive, has a stunted body, and shows a fascination with a secret identity that can be seen as bordering on multiple-personality disorder. His own mother acknowledges that he's acted crazy. He once had three consecutive commanding officers thrown into the brig in adjacent cells. He spent ten years as the best covert operative [=ImpSec=] had, with a career that included stopping a Cetagandan invasion and enabling another nation to repel its Cetagandan occupiers after they had been invaded (A feat which involved once of the biggest POW breakouts in history). Then he became one of the Emperor's personal trouble-shooters.
** His mother is herself a NobleBigot, and one of the most powerful women in the Empire. Her best friend is an interfering busybody of a mother who also happens to be the Emperor's Protocol Officer, and pretty darn politically influential herself.
* ''Literature/{{Buddenbrooks}}''. Many of the teachers, who have peculiar ways of talking and such. Also, some other characters.
* Sydney Carton from ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities''. Even though he's an alcoholic, he's actually a very clever and observant lawyer, even when he's drunk. (During the court case in England, Carton notices that he looks a lot like the accused Darnay, rendering one of the witnesses' testimonies void, since it was primarily based on "I saw him here." He also notices that Lucie Manette is about to faint, even when he's staring at the ceiling. He does all this... while he "smelt of port wine, and did not appear to be quite sober.")
* In the early Creator/DrSeuss narrative ''The King's Stilts'', the eponymous king is up every morning at five, multitasks handling important documents of state with bathing and breakfast, spends the actual working day personally supervising and inspecting every aspect of the kingdom's implausible flood protection system[[note]]which involves using specially trained cats to chase away birds that would otherwise eat the tree roots which are being substituted for actual levees. Seriously.[[/note]], and at five in the evening every day spends a good hour or so racing around the kingdom on bright red stilts. This is accepted with detached amusement by everyone except his TreacherousAdvisor.
* Many of the squires in ''Literature/DeadSouls''.
* [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Myrnin]] from ''Literature/MorganvilleVampires''. Claire makes a habit of explaining his outrageous outfits. He has ''fanged bunny slippers''. Could be ObfuscatingInsanity, maybe.
* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series of books, many of the emperors of the Andermani Empire count. Gustav Anderman I was a brilliant strategist and mercenary who believed he was the reincarnation of Frederick the Great and insisted on language, dress code and court protocol to match. Gustav VI was quietly deposed after trying to make his prized rose bush chancellor, and was succeeded by Gustav VII, one of his sisters who had herself legally declared a man to stave off a nasty dynastic war between their male cousins. However, the family has a history of being fair and just monarchs who have slowly expanded their empire by rescuing planets in trouble.
** Shannon Foraker. Few other officers could forget to use "proper revolutionary titles" as much as she does and expect not to get shot, but her reputation as a "tac witch" and plucky spirit keeps her own {{Political Officer}}s looking the other way.
* Lieutenant T'Ryssa Chen, the contact specialist in the ''Literature/StarTrekTheNextGenerationRelaunch'' novels. Even in the MildlyMilitary Starfleet, her lack of protocol stands out, expecially since she's a [[HalfHumanHybrids half-Vulcan]] who was raised and acts human. But she's a ''very'' good contact specialist.
* Chef Vlad Herzog in ''Literature/{{Airborn}}'', with his MadArtist streak, somewhat volatile temper and calming down through [[KnifeNut knife line-ups]].
-->'''narration''': Chef Vlad might be loony, but it would be a sad day if he ever left the ship. Or was dragged off kicking and screaming in a straitjacket, as Baz said was more likely.
* M. Paul from ''Literature/{{Villette}}'' is a manic teacher who has an awful temper and can be down right abusive at times, but at the notion that he is leaving the school, students and staff line up to say their farewells to him.
* Brandon in ''Literature/TheLeonardRegime'' fights with [[LaResistance the rebellion]]. Though he is the {{cloudcuckoolander}}, he is still an efficient soldier.
* LordPeterWimsey is a [[MotorMouth motor mouthed]] British nobleman who quotes poetry almost continuously, plays word games with everyone he meets, and has a hobby as an amateur detective. He's a ''very good'' amateur detective.
* Two of particular note in ''Literature/TheTomeOfBill''.
** The reason James puts up with Colin despite Colin being a smarmy buttkisser who sells out anyone that doesn't outrank him at the drop of a hat. Colin is an extremely competent and very loyal assistant who has a knack for making sense of the vampire nation's labyrinthine records.
** Bill himself is this. His (frequently) noted tendency to screw things up is tolerated because he gets the job done, and he is the Freewill after all.
* ''Everyone'' working at [[Literature/BigendBooks Blue Ant]]. It helps that the CEO is an eternally curious EccentricMillionaire with a penchant for military secrets.
%% * Henry Branwell from ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices''.
* Dan Onanian, of the comic neo-noir ''Literature/GetBlank'' is an interesting subversion of the trope. On the surface, he plays it straight to the letter: skilled criminal lawyer who is obsessed with his belief in the Reptilians, a lizardlike alien race that wears human masks. Yet in the Blankverse, the Reptilians are not only real, Our Hero has worked for them. Dan has managed to successfully identify several people as Reptilians, but has no actual proof in the matter.
* Bridget Daly from ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices'' sings annoyingly depressing songs everytime she cleans, which always get on everyone's nerves...and as mentioned above, she's more competent in battle than most ''Shadowhunters''. Will actually commented that she makes more difference in battle than both Lightwood siblings.
* Elizabeth Moon's in the Familias Regnant universe is chock full of these... including one very competent politician with a passion for things Victorian; he is, naturally, "Bunny" to his friends.
* Gary Karkofsky from ''Literature/TheRulesOfSupervillainy'' is a GenreSavvy CardCarryingVillain who acts like he's in a comic book universe. Given everyone else acts like their world is SeriousBusiness and ThisIsReality, he comes off as ''extremely peculiar.''
* Derek Hawthorne combines this and CowboyCop in the ''Literature/RedRoom'' series. He acts exactly the ''opposite'' of how a Red Room agent is supposed to act and, somehow, manages to survive countless horrible situations which should otherwise kill him.
* Magister Elodin from TheKingkillerChronicle. That man makes Dumbledore look sane by comparison, openly despises most of his students and sends them off when they try to ask him anything, and when he decides to gives actual lessons to very few students he never takes part to them for more than fifteen minutes, if he shows up at all. He keeps his job because, before goin completely mad, he was a real genius (first the youngest magister and then the youngest canchelor ever appointed), and because Kvothe himself admits that there actually is a method in his lessons, also, since the subject he teaches often causes to GoMadFromTheRevelation he acts as a walking reminder of that. Oh, there's also the fact they are actually incapable of confining him in any way (and they tried), so they just let him wander around and do whatever he likes.
* Discussed in Creeator/AndrewVachss's Burke book ''Another Life''. Burke (and maybe Vachss himself) disdain these sorts, being of the opinion that commanders giving leeway to high-performing hotshots can all too easily extend to forgiving some pretty heinous trespasses. See the quotes page.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Despite her ditziness, Effie Trinket is extremely good at organising Katniss and getting her the sponsors she needs.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos: Ponix Enaz is Dnnac Ledo's ambassador-to-everywhere and also a strange, puzzle game-obsessed, ditz. Despite these quirks, he's helped maintain peace between elves and mortal races for centuries on a planet where both sides are so scared of each other that they'd jump on any chance to go to war again. In the words of his daughter, "Yes, he is (a flake) but he's a good ambassador".
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* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'''s Topher borrows a Doll to play Laser Tag in the lobby on his birthday. (Note that the Doll is a hot girl who he can program to fulfill his every desire, and he just wants to play games and talk about science fiction. The sad implication being that's the only way he'd have someone to spend his birthday with.)
** His counterpart in the Washington DC Dollhouse, Bennett, isn't quite as bad, only occasionally rolling off into rambling musings. Well, that and [[spoiler:she's psychotic and driven by vengeful rage to hurt Caroline for perceived abandonment and the permanent disabling of her left arm]].
* Detective Charlie Crews of NBC's ''Series/{{Life}}'' who turned to zen Buddhist philosophy after his wrongful imprisonment. Or at least, "Zen-ish" philosophy. Imprisonment left him with a number of quirks, including a complete hatred of furniture, a love of fresh fruit and a slowness to grasp some modern-day technology (usually because it wasn't widespread before he went inside), and yet he keeps his job as a detective. It helps that he's given a certain amount of leeway because he was already wrongfully convicted.
** Some of his quirks do get him into trouble. His habit of always having a knife on him is used to suggest that he is unstable and still suffering from a 'prison mentality'.
** It is implied that for a while in prison he actually went insane [[CrazySane and the quirks are actually a way for him to stay sane]]. He has a nasty reputation among prison guards even after they find out he was wrongfully convicted.
* Kuryu Kohei, the protagonist of the 2001-2002 Fuji Television series ''Hero'', is almost literally a Bunny Ears Lawyer. He constantly wears aggressively casual clothes (the entire office mistakes him for a TV repairman on his first day on the job) while his colleagues wear suits, and he indiscriminately buys random items from the shopping channel. His quirks are overlooked however, partly because he is a cunning and successful prosecutor, but mostly because his co-workers are all subtly quirky too.
* In ''Series/{{CSI}}'' at least half the cast is [[DefectiveDetective messed up in some way or another]] despite being generally competent at their job, but the title definitely goes to Hodges, who is so mentally unbalanced that not only would he never be allowed to work with law enforcement in any capacity in the real world, he probably wouldn't even be allowed outdoors without some kind of supervision. (In fact he was let go for his prior job for just such reasons.)
** It sort of fell by the wayside, but in the beginning of the show, it was mentioned frequently that this was the ''night crew.'' Countless other TV shows kept up a running joke that there was a night shift, rarely seen, also rarely mentioned, but when it was, it was always as an explanation for something odd that had happened; something rearranged, left behind, anything bizarre or out-of-place-- it was the night shift that was responsible. Occasionally, a show would have an episode where a night crew member would join the day shift briefly, or a day shift member would work on the night crew, and usually this trope would play-- the night crew member would be quirky and hard to get along with, and the day people would gripe about him, and worry that they'd end up doing his work, but in the end, he'd turn out to be brilliant, much better at his job than the whole day crew combined. Or, the night crew were a bunch of brilliant misfits, who couldn't get along with anyone else, but made a great crew of themselves. ''CSI'' was an entire series of that episode.
** Before Hodges came about, Grissom held the title, avoiding his paperwork like the plague (even to the detriment of his underlings), yet he kept his position because he is made of awesome.
* The hyperactive Ray Person of ''Series/GenerationKill'' can boast an [[FunctionalAddict addiction to legal stimulants]], a highly bizarre personality, and a tendency to spout hilarious but politically incorrect rants at the drop of a hat. He's also the best CommunicationsOfficer in Bravo Company.
* Coach Finstock of ''Series/TeenWolf'' is ambiguously crazy, competent coach and economics teacher. May or may not be talking to a team member that doesn't even exist.
* Jimmy [=McNulty=] of ''Series/TheWire'' is an alcoholic womanizer, an irresponsible ManChild, a neglectful father, and overall an asshole. However, he's also natural police, known for coming up with creative solutions for hard cases.
* Denny Crane from ''Series/BostonLegal''. Made explicit (in a less humorous way than your usual LampshadeHanging) in ''Series/BostonLegal'''s more serious parent series ''Series/ThePractice,'' in which someone who'd worked with Denny assured Alan that "the plaque comes off his brain" when he's in the courtroom, and he becomes... well, Denny Crane.
** In fact, nearly the entire main cast of ''Series/BostonLegal'', as well as ''Series/LALaw''.
* Chloe O'Brian on ''Series/TwentyFour''. ("I was inappropriately blunt, wasn't I? I do that a lot.") By the end, she's ''running'' CTU.
* The grubby-looking, abrasive, paranoid ex-spy Adam in ''Series/NorthernExposure'' was a world-class gourmet chef.
* John "The Biscuit" Cage in ''Series/AllyMcBeal''. He was painfully shy, had facial and verbal tics (including shouting "Balls! Balls! Balls!"), routinely hung upside-down in his office like a bat to collect his thoughts, had a secret room installed in the office (the only entry to which was in a bathroom stall, by remote control), and harbored a thousand other ecentricities. Yet when he walked into court, or sat down at a conference table, and took a sip of water, everyone present knew that he was about to utterly demolish his opponent.
** To a lesser extent, many of the other lawyers in the show. [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Ally]] has many brilliant legal maneuvers despite her hallucinations, [[IceQueen Nelle]] is the firm's most productive associate and full of quirks involving a dreaded fear of frogs, and [[OutOfFocus Mark Albert]] was ridiculously skilled at closing arguments, and was so obsessed with hygiene he had a dentist's chair installed in his office. Even [[SexySecretary Elaine]] is shown to be a genius inventor.
** However, Richard is completely incompetent as a litigator; his mission is actually to destroy the law just for the fun of it, and his arguments are so over the top ridiculous that the judges groan when he starts to talk. He is, though, ''very'' good at manipulating clients into hiring the firm.
* Adrian ''Series/{{Monk}}'''s obsessive-compulsiveness sometimes throws off other characters, but it is essential to his investigative abilities (as shown on the FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome episode).
** He's one example of a Bunny Ears Lawyer whose weird behaviour ''has'' caused him major troubles with employment: his condition became so severely exacerbated after his wife was murdered that he's no longer allowed on the police force, and in one episode he does a compulsion that causes him to accidentally delete important police information, so the commissioner revokes the license he needs to be a private consultant.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Is the Doctor in the house?
** The First Doctor routinely abused ScrewPolitenessImASenior, repeatedly tried to ditch his first companions Ian and Barbara on any planet that looked like Earth (he eventually grew fond of them) and kept flip-flopping between dangerously capable and dangerously senile.
** In his days acting as [[TheBrigadier UNIT's]] scientific advisor... and wearing an anachronistic velvet jacket and a cape. Or a scarf long enough to touch both sides of the English Channel. Or a... whatever [[http://dailypop.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/c_baker.jpg this is supposed to be.]]
** Even in the relatively serious [[TheNthDoctor regenerations]], the man saves the universe with [[JediMindTrick psychic paper]], a [[MagicTool sonic screwdriver]], and a time travelling police box.
* Is Series/{{House}} even a [[InconvenientHippocraticOath doctor]]?
** Like Sherlock Holmes upon whom he was modeled, Dr. Gregory House definitely qualifies as a BunnyEarsLawyer. He uses comatose patients for cupholders, watches sports with clinic patients, avoids seeing his own patients as long as possible, has a bedside manner akin to Lex Luthor when he finally ''does'' see them, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking refuses to wear a tie]][[note]] A fun little real life note about the tie. In 2007, Britain's NHS has passed rules banning [[http://www.nctimes.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/article_990cfc31-a3e0-538c-8be2-fba174edc1cc.html doctors from wearing long-sleeved shirts and ties]] in state-funded hospitals. The reason? Ties are worn daily but almost never washed, making them travelling petri dishes for hospital born-infections like MRSA. Perhaps House sees a way to flaunt convention and, incidently, [[FridgeBrilliance save patient lives]]. A win-win! [[/note]], plays with his gameboy/cane/ball while his patients code, and has a running commentary on Cuddy's boobs. He is a JerkAss every chance he gets, apparently for his own entertainment. This apparently improves his thinking processes.
** This is lampshaded in ''the first episode'' when Cuddy says, word by word, '''The sonofabitch is the best doctor we have.'''
** It is {{Lampshade}}d by Cuddy and Wilson in the episode ''Let Them Eat Cake'':
--->'''Cuddy:''' Other doctors actually use their offices for crazy stuff like seeing patients. Not throwing a ball against the wall and calling it work.
--->'''Wilson:''' It's his process. That ball saves lives.
** Also {{Lampshade}}d in the episode ''Sex Kills'' (2x14), when guest star Greg Grunberg says, "I assume House is a great doctor. Because when you're that big a jerk, you're either great or unemployed," after [[GroinAttack settling their differences, albeit a bit aggressively.]] Granted, House had it coming for pulling a [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Act]] on him.
** House himself has more or less admitted that he ''wants'' to be a Bunny Ears Doctor, having been inspired by a brilliant Japanese doctor whose family tree makes him a virtual outcast among ''his own staff members''.
** Cuddy mentions at one point that the hospital actually has an annual budget which is basically "House is getting sued" funds, the justification being that House, while being a complete asshole loose cannon, is such a damn good doctor that the hospital doesn't really care that he apparently is threatened with legal action on a fairly regular basis. The reason? '''House is that damn good.''' Just to drive it home, she points out that despite all his assholing and loose cannoning and blowing up MRI machines and smacking patients in the gut with his cane and all manner of other abuses... this fund is ''under budget''. Meaning either the budget is huge, or [[ArsonMurderAndLifesaving House's brilliance and the fact that he saves lives means that his patients rarely resort to legal action.]]
** His coworkers tend to overlook his quirks partially because House is such a brilliant doctor, but also in large part because eccentricity is ''the least'' of his problems.
** House isn't the only one; Doctor Amber "Cutthroat-Bitch" Volakis earned her nickname soon after being introduced. She later gains insight into the fact that since she doesn't care about being liked, she ''has'' to be right all the time, or she isn't any good to the people around her who already dislike her.
* ''Series/{{ER}}'': Doctor Romano mostly just gets away with being an asshole to everybody but occassionally pulls more bizarre stunts, such as bringing in and operating on his own dog. No one dares suggest that it's inappropriate to operate on a dog and the incident is never mentioned again.
* The main cast of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' is a [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits ragtag lot]] that makes the casts of the various ''Series/{{CSI}}''s look downright normal. The most obvious case is Abby, the PerkyGoth [[TheLabRat Lab Rat]] who talks to her lab machines and utterly ignores every dress code ever known to man, woman, or government bureaucracy, but the rest of the team is no less offbeat: Tony [[ObfuscatingStupidity covers his considerable talents]] as an investigator and a leader by acting like an immature JerkJock HandsomeLech; Ziva, the Israelite who consistently mangles her English idioms and DrivesLikeCrazy, started the job as a spy and assassin on loan from Mossad; Ducky talks to the corpses he autopsies (not that uncommon in RealLife) and turns every conversation into rambling stories about his GloryDays; and Gibbs seems to make it a personal mission in life to piss off anyone in authority over him... come to think of it, [=McGee=], best selling author, computer nerd and online gamer, is the most normal member of the team.
** Senior FBI agent and Gibbs's close friend Tobias Fornell sums it up neatly in the third season episode "Frame-Up" when Agent Sacks meets Tony in the interrogation room.
--->'''Agent Sacks''': "[Tony Dinozzo] is implicated in a homicide and he's making jokes!"\\
'''Agent Fornell''': "You've never worked with NCIS before, have you, Agent Sacks?"
* Most of the cast of ''Series/NewsRadio'' fits this description: for all their quirks, Jimmy James is an excellent businessman, Bill and Catherine are great announcers, Dave is a great news director, Lisa is great reporter, Joe is a great handyman and electrician, and, despite her laziness, Beth is about as good a secretary as the insane people around her could expect. Only Matthew can be said to be legitimately incompetent at his job. (Even then he's hyper competant at his real job as a Dentist, Radio is his passion he sucks at).
* Basically the core concept of ''Series/{{Alphas}}''. While a neurological mutation allows them amazing powers (reading EM signals, super-strength, amplified senses), it also gives them debilitating mental conditions (autism, severe temper, OCD respectively). They're technically employees of the Department of Defense, but are kept under the supervision of a psychiatrist. While they are extremely useful, "normal" people would have a hard time working side-by-side with them.
* Pick a ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' character. '''''Any''''' Scrubs character. And yet, they're all excellent doctors. Except for Dr Murphy, who is merely an excellent clinical pathologist on account of accidentally killing so many patients.
** The Todd probably takes the biggest slice of the cake, thanks to his constant sexual comments and idiotic behavior, but Dr. Wen once said that Todd's straightforward thought process makes him a talented surgeon. In fact, for a long time he was actually better than Turk. Though in a case of LinearWarriorsQuadradicWizards, in the end, Turk becomes chief of surgery. Being more traditionally intelligent is more effective in the long run.
*** Special mention has to go to Dr. Cox. His laundry list of bad behaviors all qualify, but what really tells is his antagonistic relationship with Chief-of-Medicine Dr. Kelso. Kelso even admits that, not only did he keep promoting Cox despite his bad behavior because he was the best man for the job, but that he relied on Dr. Cox's antagonism. If Cox asked Kelso for something, and Kelso said no, and Cox let it go, Kelso knew it wasn't important. If Cox kept hounding him about it, then Kelso knew it was something that needed to be addressed.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' had Reginald Barclay, played by Creator/DwightSchultz, who was shy and insecure, had a tendency to stutter, was fearful of being transported, had a holo-addiction problem, and was a hypochondriac. He also saved some lives and the ship at least once. He returned as a recurring guest character in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': his brilliance and scientific insight led to Starfleet finding and establish transgalactic communications with Voyager, though he remained as hopelessly neurotic as ever (initially, the stress of the project and his sympathy for the stranded crew actually made him ''worse'').
* H.M. "Howlin' Mad" Murdock from ''Series/TheATeam'' fits this trope to a T. Completely and totally mentally unbalanced, prone to assuming make-believe identities and over-personifying objects and is just flat-out loony. Who happens to be a crack military pilot.
** Although there's a lot of hints that Murdock is engaged in [[ObfuscatingStupidity Obfuscating Insanity]] when it comes to the authorities and annoying BA when with the team. And like Barclay, he's ''also'' played by Creator/DwightSchultz. The man '''excels''' at this type of character...
*** The fact that it is rumored he fakes it, and can be serious without a hint of insanity (see the first season finale as an example) makes it even more awesome.
* Captains Hawkeye Pierce and Trapper John [=McIntyre=] on ''Series/{{MASH}}'' are never in uniform, chase the nurses, drink to excess, gamble, and use medical equipment to prank others. On the TV series, the early years would be filled with episodes where Generals and Colonels would appear at the 4077 and be appalled at their behavior yet refused to charge them because they were the best doctors around. Occasionally they really are Bunny Ears Surgeons, dressing in crazy outfits to make patients laugh in post-op.
** From RealLife: Battlefield surgeons were often able to get away with anything short of treason because if you brought them up on charges they would be taken out of the O.R., with no guarantee of a replacement. (It goes for other medical staff, too.)
*** Even more so in the [[Film/{{Mash}} movie version]], in which they tend to be more JerkAss.
** A rare example of this trope working against someone would be [[WholesomeCrossdresser Klinger]], who is willing to do anything to get out of the army short of shirking his duty. Unfortunately for him, that's all the army really cares about, so he [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption never does get his discharge]].
*** He is actually offered it once, but to get it, he'd have to sign an official report confirming that he's a transvestite and a homosexual. He's horrified at that -- wisely, since the series is set in the early 1950s -- and protests that he's not any of those things, he's just crazy.
* ''Series/HogansHeroes'': USAAF Sergeant Andrew J. Carter is goofy, absent-minded, prone to trip on his own feet and something of a {{Buttmonkey}} among the team. He's also their best demolition man who cheerfully subverts the MadBomber trope, and has the ability to become someone else entirely when in disguise--including UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler.
* Don Konkey of ''Dirt'' is a functioning schizophrenic with a tendency to skip his meds, but it doesn't stop him from being a very talented photographer, and might at times be seen as an asset, as it results in a reckless disregard for his own safety which makes him willing to go to frankly insane lengths in order to get a difficult shot. Would've gone AxCrazy at the end of the first season if he had listened to his hallucinations.
* Biochemist Bob Melkinov of Canadian [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness hard-scifi]] show ''Series/{{Regenesis}}'' is socially awkward due to his Aspergers syndrome, but his off-the-charts IQ and wiki-like brain more than make up for it. An arc where he was considering leaving to work for a perfume company revealed that he also has an extremely well-honed sense of smell.
* The titular character of ''EliStone'' has the potential to be a partially (or even fully) literal BunnyEarsLawyer, if the writers would stop making him the ButtMonkey of his own show.
* ''Series/CSIMiami'' features Alexx, TheCoroner who refers to all of her corpses as "baby". A minor quirk compared to most.
* John Amsterdam of ''Series/NewAmsterdam'' has lived for over 400 years, but no one on the police force he works with knows. Because, every so often, a case is solved because, say, Amsterdam knows a underground club because it was a speakeasy during Prohibition, everyone treats him like a BunnyEarsLawyer who thinks he's 400 years old.
* Geoffrey Tennant from ''Series/SlingsAndArrows'', who argues with his SpiritAdvisor in public, stores chocolate in the skull of his predecessor, challenges one of his colleagues to a duel (more than once), habitually asks the assistant executive director of the festival (who everyone treats like a secretary) for black coffee with cream and sugar, chews on a razor blade during his rehearsals and meetings, and spends the better part of a season living in a storage closet. He's also a brilliant theatrical director and books plays better than anyone else.
* Neatly subverted on ''Series/ThisIsWonderland'', where no quirk is harmless. One mild example, Elliot Sacks, started out with long hair and a mildly scruffy appearance, but later went through an identity crisis that had him coming to work dressed in a different style every day. Apparently the only person who could get away with [[CourtroomAntic that sort of behaviour]] was ''Judge'' Maxwell Frasier, who wore running shoes into court, loudly complained of boredom and hunger, sang while other people were talking, and would occasionally scream.
--> It's just a little venting.
* ''{{Series/Sherlock}}:'' Sherlock definitely. Self-proclaimed sociopath, does weird things to solve mysteries and keeps skull. John's [[UnfazedEveryman not freaked out by him]], but is definitely [[OnlySaneMan NORMAL in comparison to the guy.]]
* Sam Tyler of ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' frequently looks this way to his 1973 co-workers; the ''real'' bunny ears have to be awarded to Alex Drake of ''AshesToAshes'', whose firm belief that she's actually trapped inside her own subconscious causes her to be, um, less than restrained in her behaviour- as, for example, openly referring to people as "imaginary constructs," to their faces. The most prominent aversion from both these shows is Detective Gene Hunt. He's a borderline alcoholic who frequently abuses suspects and witnesses both physically and verbally. Why does he get away with it? Well, aside from the fact that he's a bloody good copper, it's also more commonly accepted in the time period.
* Dwight Schrute from ''TheOffice.''
** Perhaps even moreso considering his position, Michael Scott -- it's only his prodigious talent as a salesman that keeps him from being fired by Dunder Mifflin.
* Let's get it out of the way: it was stolen from his ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'' counterpart, yes, but the thinking position of ''Series/PowerRangersSPD''[='s=] Bridge Carson (namely, standing on his head) is nice and quirky. "[[ADayInTheLimelight A-Bridged]]" is an episode all about Bridge using his quirkiness to solve the day's crime.
** That's the most normal thing Bridge does. Bridge sniffs people's dogs, wears high heels when a case calls for it, enjoys watching female cadets read from inches away, is obsessed with buttery toast, completely avoids his roommate's best frend for no apparent reason (in fairness, the friend [[spoiler:was evil]] and Bridge is psychic), rambles incoherently, and is terrified of everything. Then again, he also ID'd a perp by her shoes, helped a friend rebuild an obsolete robot into armor, and manipulated a minor villain into giving up a larger villain by threatening to promote the guy's business. The latter is amazing because Bridge lacks any social graces whatsoever.
** Just to emphasise this point, by the time of the [[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive 15th Anniversary Crossover]], Bridge is SPD Red Ranger ''and field leader of the team''.
* Played with in ''Series/{{Psych}}''; Shawn Spencer's [[PsychicPowers psychic abilities]] lead him to indulge in some fairly odd and eccentric behaviour, but almost everyone overlooks it because his visions are nearly always entirely accurate and always help solve the case... except, of course, Shawn ''[[PhonyPsychic isn't]]'' [[PhonyPsychic psychic at all]]; he's just [[HyperAwareness highly observant]], has an eidetic memory and superior deduction skills (having gotten a perfect score on the police's deduction reasoning exam at the age of ''15'',) but he enjoys playing up the psychic thing, partly because it ''does'' let him get away with doing things that under other circumstances he'd be frowned on (or even arrested) for doing. Of course, he also greatly enjoys the attention as well.
** Beyond the need for attention, he shows numerous GeniusDitz tendancies and held literally dozens of jobs within a few years before the start of the show, suggesting an inability to fit in normally in society. Generally speaking, his hyper-observance and ability to come up with a seemingly-insane theory in spite of blatantly obvious (usually fake) evidence allows him to pass off his act as psychic, with Gus, Jules, or his father playing the straight man to explain more mundane things to him. Bad things almost always happen when he does anything on his own.
** Detective Lassiter also has elements of this, being that he fancies himself a sort of action hero and has had multiple "[[NoodleIncident incidents]]" that has had him banned from going undercover. But he is also one of the best detectives on the force with an impressive detective exam grade.
** Woody the Coronor takes CreepyMortician and CloudCuckooLander up to eleven. He is also vital to solving many of the group's cases, sometimes finding forensic evidence even Shawn wouldn't have been able to deduce.
* Walter Bishop of ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' is released from the loony bin when events similar to the experiments that sent him there start showing up. He's still very intelligent and remembers everything about his work, but his time behind bars had some adverse effects: his first act upon being freed is to wet his pants, he obsesses over various foods he hasn't eaten since being locked up, and he constantly forgets the name or even the entire existence of another member of the team.
** He also openly experiments with mind-altering drugs while on the job. His insanity is justified at one point, however, as he is literally missing parts of his brain.
* Penelope Garcia of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' talks two hundred miles an hour, plays [=MMORPGs=] at the office, gets hysterical when people interfere with her workspace, regularly answers the phone with lines like "talk dirty to me," (frequently enough that the BAU opens phone calls with "You're on speaker") and is accustomed to wearing elaborate hairdos and cleavagey tops (both in colors not normally found in nature) to work ''at the FBI''. She also likes to keep a wide variety of quirky and colorful toys in her workspace. She's the resident computer supergenius.
** Technically, the FBI hired her because she's one of the most dangerous hackers in the world. In "Penelope", we learn that she joined the FBI rather than go to prison.
** She also has at least once worn cat ears to work. She's a cat ears hacker!
** Her key skill is her ability to create search programs that sift through massive databases and correlate the information into something the agents can use to catch the killers. With a few hints she can reduce the suspect pool from millions to just dozens.
* Dr. Jacob Hood, the OmnidisciplinaryScientist on ''Series/EleventhHour''. He doesn't have any one bunny ears quirk, but he does act quite oddly, melting someone's watch on a hot plate and then dipping it ice cream, entering a school building (not covertly) through the ventilation system instead of the doors, and so on. He always has some valid exploratory or demonstrative reason for doing these things, but it never occurs to him to explain before hand. Also, his eccentricities were sufficient for the FBI to assign him a handler at all times, and it has been implied that several of his previous handlers quit in exasperation.
* ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' has an episode centered around the protection of a corrupt accountant who Knows Where The Money Is Hidden, after he completes his jail term where he developed a compulsive tic: unconscious masturbation. [[spoiler:The character (Chuck Marstein) has his problem "cured" by a rival gang leader who amputates all but his forefingers. The Sons take him in to prevent his death, which winds up saving their season-long {{plan}} when Chuck comes through in a big way for the club in the third-season finale.]]
** One of the Sons is a professional Elvis impersonator which seems seriously out of place in an outlaw biker gang. He is also a stone cold killer.
** Lincoln Potter, the Assistent U.S. Attorney who's investigating the Sons, shows definite signs of this.
* Patrick Jane of ''Series/TheMentalist''. He enjoys playing mind games with coworkers and suspects alike, whether or not this will actually get results towards solving the crime, and a lot of his more outrageous stunts are inadmissible as evidence. But the CBI keeps him around because he ''does'' always manage to catch the culprit.
** In fact, after Lisbon's previous boss resigns, her new boss tells her outright that Patrick Jane will never get canned or prosecuted for his shenanigans. ''Lisbon'' will. Thus, it's in her best interest to keep Jane in line.
* Most of the cast in ''Series/{{JAG}}'' to some extent, but with Harmon Rabb in particular.
* Basically the entire cast of ''Series/TheWestWing'', all of them being absurdly smart and well qualified that they are forgiven a little eccentricity in how they do their jobs.
** Lord John Marbury defines this trope. He is eccentric to the point of being unstable, constantly refers to Leo as "Gerald" and possesses little social grace or decorum around anyone, with the possible exception of The President and even he isn't immune. Despite this, he is a Brilliant consultant and easily one of the smartest characters on the show, possessing a very keen insight into complex issues and always acting in the best interest of Britain and America.
** The page quote describes Lionel Tribbey, the White House Counsel, who spends much of his first episode wandering the White House and threatening people with a cricket bat. Which he got as a gift from HMTheQueen.
* All of the members of Torchwood Three on ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. Jack's a pansexual from the future and can't die, Toshiko's a shy technical expert who just happens to cover up murders for a living and has a horrible case of the CartwrightCurse, Ianto makes the coffee, uses a stun-gun and has a Cyberwoman hiding in the basement, Owen's an [[DrJerk abrasive medic]] who is just as handy at giving bullet wounds as healing them and Gwen's an ex-policewoman who is, on occasion, just a bit too idealistic. That said, most of the time, they do a decent job of saving the planet (although it was [[NiceJobBreakingItHero often their fault in the first place]]).
* Benton Fraser on ''Series/DueSouth'' has conversations with his deaf wolf-dog and his father's ghost, runs around Chicago in his red serge dress uniform, and analyses evidence by licking it, among other quirks. He is, however, a very effective crimefighter.
* Larry Fleinhardt from ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'' is a highly eccentric scientist who, among other quirks, only eats white food, and once gave up all his possessions and spent several months in a monastery. However, since the latter came about after he got to ''go into space'', he's clearly qualified enough to act however the hell he wants.
* [=LAPD=] Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson of ''Series/TheCloser'' had her boyfriend move back out to avoid the fallout with her mom, is constantly breaking off dates to work on a case, is quite possibly the most insecure character on network television, will cheerfully [[LyingToThePerp lie to suspects]], is generally caustic to anyone she doesn't like, and never takes no for an answer. She is also a brilliant detective who manages to close virtually every case to come her way... [[TitleDrop hence the show title]]. Chief Pope sums it up:
-->'''Pope''': I'm sorry, she sometimes forgets there are other people. In... the world.
* Pretty much all the squints on Series/{{Bones}} are utterly brilliant but quirky. Brennan and Zack are the smartest people on the show, but extremely people dumb; Hodgins is a conspiracy theorist, and Angela is kind of a nympho. Even Booth likes to jazz up his serious FBI-ness with wacky belt buckles and crazy socks.
* Agent Dale Cooper, in ''Series/TwinPeaks'', combines wide-eyed innocence and purity of heart with an array of highly unusual investigation techniques and an openness to the supernatural that makes [[Series/TheXFiles Fox Mulder]] look like a hardened skeptic. Of course, from the other agents we see in the series, the entire FBI seems to be made up of people like this.
** Twin Peaks paints the FBI as a Bereau of quirky and talented people. Apart from Cooper, there is Albert who is the opposite of Cooper in terms of personality; obnoxious and rude, yet he is extremely efficient with his forensics work being able to find and deduce details from the smallest pieces of evidence quickly. There is also Bryson, while technically DEA, he is a cross-dresser with a forte in Sting operations and uses both quirk and talent to quickly formulate a plan to rescue Cooper. He is also played by the actor who plays...
* ''Series/TheXFiles''' Agent Fox Mulder believes in alien abductions and every other wacky paranormal theory under the sun ''except'' the respectable ones, and refuses to shut up or censor himself to make people comfortable. He's such a joke to his peers and headache to his superiors that he is hidden away in the basement at all times. Yet he is kept around, partly because he has some powerful friends and [[CloudcuckoolandersMinder a very competent partner]] covering for him, but mostly just because he is the most brilliant profiler the FBI has.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'':
** FBI Special Agent Frank Lundy is a chipper and quirky man, who does things like stopping what he's doing at one o'clock ''exactly'' every day to have lunch, spending hours looking over evidence while going through various types of music to try and find the type which will put him into the right state of mind to figure out clues, and telling his task force that he'll probably make several food-related metaphors because he "likes food". He is also a legendary investigator who has a reputation for catching serial killers in cases which were considered unsolvable, who comes ''just short'' of determining the identity of the Bay Harbour Butcher. Lundy has some quirks but it's not that prominent in general.
** Dexter's colleague Vince Masuka is a very competent forensic analyst who constantly talks dirty. However, people don't tend to ignore it. They constantly complain until he cuts it and they miss his Bunny Ears Lawyer self.
* In ''Series/TomicaHeroRescueForce'', [[DaChief Eiji Ishiguro]] is the most stoic, silent, by the book character in the whole series. When he [[TransformationSequence "Builds up"]] into [[SixthRanger R5]] he becomes a HotBlooded LargeHam who ... you know what, just [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80wCtlNjDRw&feature=PlayList&p=6F281A8860298FDA&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=22 watch the clip]] it'll explain it a lot better than I ever could.
* River Tam from ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' is insane and a little [[AxeCrazy knife-happy]] at times. Half of the reason she has a bunk on the good ship ''Serenity'' is Mal's tendency toward HonorBeforeReason, but the ''other'' half is because of those exceptionally useful PsychicPowers she has.
** Simon's upper-class core-world behaviour is a symbol of the very people Mal and Zoe fought bitterly against during the War. Mal mainly lets him stay out of a sense of honor, but he really puts up with Simon's posh mannerisms because Simon's actually a ''very'' good doctor but still willing to serve as the ship's physician for a gang of thieves on the run.
** And ''very'' [[BigBrotherInstinct protective of his sister River.]]
* In ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', [[RobotGirl Cameron]] has her... quirks. Some of them being homicidal rampages. However, she's just too damn useful - being the only one among the Connors' group who can go toe-to-toe with a Terminator.
* Bob Pinciotti from ''Series/That70sShow''. A cheerful, dim-witted, somewhat immature man who is completely hopeless when it comes to taking care of himself, has the worst fashion sense of anyone on the show, and is given to try some strange quirks alongside his wife Midge (among them nudist and wife-swapping parties). He's also an incredible businessman, owning at least 2 establishments of his own over the course of the series and well-known to be a rather wealthy bastard throughout it. It's also worth noting that while both businesses eventually went under, it was due entirely to big businesses coming in and robbing him of all his customers with prices he couldn't hope to compete with (specifically noting that Price-Mart sold microwaves for less than the wholesale price Bob had to pay the manufacturers).
* Parker from ''Series/{{Leverage}}''. Possibly the best thief on the planet but she has...quirks. Enough so that she spent an entire scene dressed as a nun and nobody asked her why because they figured that either it was part of a scam or her just being herself. When Nate (who has been away from the team for awhile) asks why they didn't ask for clarification- the answer was literally "It's ''Parker.''" Nate rescinded the question.
* ''Series/MadMen:''
** Bert Cooper, the elderly co-founder of the Sterling Cooper ad agency. He's a Japanophile who insists on having everyone remove their shoes on entering his office, fires secretaries and then forgets he did so, rhapsodizes about Ayn Rand, and congratulates employees on non-existent birthdays. But he also got where he was with a keen entrepreneurial sense, comes in to the office alone in the middle of the night to personally handle urgent business, and recognizes and rewards good work and loyalty. He also doesn't wear shoes even ''outside'' his office. He once fired a secretary because he thought she spat chewing gum onto the floor which got stuck on his socks, making him [[BerserkButton actually furious]]. Also, he popped in and said "Happy birthday" to Harry Crane - when they were holding a baby shower for him.
** Don Draper just walks out of a business trip and disappears for about a month, somehow he holds onto both his job and his marriage (at least for another season) when he gets back. That's in addition to his regular insulting of both clients and pretty much everyone who works at Sterling Cooper -- he's just so good at what he does that he gets away with it.
** Subverted with Michael Ginsberg, who hadn't yet earned the right to get away with his eccentricities. Despite adoring his portfolio, Peggy almost refuses to hire him because of his total lack of professional behavior during his job interview. Don comes within a hair's breadth of firing him after he sells a company on a different, unapproved idea while thinking out loud during a client meeting -- a fact which Ginsberg not only doesn't realize, but even chooses to ignore when Ken points out how angry Don was.
* The Soup Nazi on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''. He treats his customers ridiculously harshly, but his soup is so good they willingly submit to his regime rather than go without it, thus his business is safe. (At least until Elaine steals his recipes.)
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soup_Kitchen_International Loosely based on true events,]] mind you.
** Don't ever call the real one a "Soup Nazi", though; he's Jewish.
** A more literal example would be Frank Costanza's lawyer, whom just happens to wear a cape, and prevents a woman from jumping off of a bridge at the end of the episode.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. Dr. Baltar is always twitching and rambling on to himself as if he's interacting with an invisible person, but no-one gives him more than a funny look because he's a recognised genius and their Cylon expert -- it's not as if he has a Cylon in his head or something. A more straight-up example would be Starbuck, whose flagrant insubordination and conduct unbecoming is only tolerated because she's such a hotshot pilot.
** Well, that and the series premise. When the human race has been reduced to 50,000 individuals and the enemy can [[BrainUploading respawn indefinitely]], throwing away a talented JerkAss or {{Cloudcuckoolander}} is less of an option.
** Starbuck is a heavy drinker and has serious anger management issues, which results in her punching her executive officer on one occasion. Still, she is kept flying due to her being so damn good at it... when she's not too drunk or hung over for it.
** It may help that she has strong ties with the Adama family though. And that the good commander seems to have somewhat fatherly feelings for her.
** For that matter, Baltar's actual lawyer at the end of season 3, Romo Lampkin, is a kleptomaniac who wears sunglasses for almost an entire season and carries his ex-wife's cat around in a bag. He's also an amazing lawyer.
** Saul Tigh. Leave him in charge of the ship with vague orders (such as "Keep everything running smooth until we get this bullet out of Adama's lung"), and you'll find him in the corner curled up in a whiskey-soaked ball wondering where all those dead bodies came from. However, put him in charge of a clearly-defined task, and by the Gods it will get done, even if it means [[IDidWhatIHadToDo killing 80 of his own men to prevent the loss of the ship]] or [[WhatTheHellHero sending men and women on suicide bomber missions.]]
* Arguably all three presenters on ''TopGear'', but the best case can be made for their masked, perpetually silent, possibly [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot non-human]] "[[BadassDriver tame racing driver]]," The Stig.
* The main character of ''Series/DropDeadDiva'' comes off as being a bit eccentric due to her secretly being someone else dropped into her current body, but with the old inhabitant's brains and her ingenuity, she's a good lawyer. At one point, she [[LampshadeHanging actually wears a pair of bunny ears while making closing arguments]].
* Pretty much everyone in Series/{{Eureka}} but two people stand out in particular.
** CrazySurvivalist Jim Taggart who spends most of his time hunting an apparently hyper-intelligent stray dog named Lowjack (whom he maintains is "evil-incarnate"), but is one of the best zoologists in the world.
** Douglas Fargo, the man who put the Schmuck in SchmuckBait. Though lacking in social skills and practical knowledge, as well as being a Creator/SarahMichelleGellar fanboy, he's proven more than once that he deserves to be in Eureka and is long established as the right-hand man of first Nathan Stark, then Allison Blake, the previous and current heads of Global Dynamics respectively.
*** After history is changed by them traveling to the past, Fargo finds himself the head of GD, although this is revealed to be because his grandfather, a prominent Eureka scientist in the old days, was never a HumanPopsicle in this timeline and pulled strings to get Doug the position. It's the old version of Fargo who ends up turning the position into more than a YesMan job for the [=DoD=]. He also finds himself a girlfriend (played by Creator/FeliciaDay) who's just as quirky and nerdy as him.
* The doctor who delivers Phoebe's babies on ''Series/{{Friends}}'' is obsessed with Fonzie, brings him up constantly and insists on watching ''Series/HappyDays'' every day, even if he's delivering a baby while doing so. He's also the head of the department and delivers triplets without a hitch.
* In the fourth season ''Series/TheManFromUncle'' episode "The Summit-Five Affair", U.N.C.L.E.-Northeast head Harry Beldon is pretty much set up as a BunnyEarsLawyer. He's a flamboyant playboy who arrives at his Berlin headquarters garishly dressed, in a chauffeur-driven limousine, while drinking champagne with two beautiful women (at least one of whom is married, since Beldon tells her "remember me to your husband"). Something which is remarked on:
-->'''Illya Kuryakin''': Hmmm. Harry Beldon... Everything a cautious, unobtrusive, successful secret agent shouldn't be, except he's successful.
* The entire staff of [[MegaCorp Veridian Dynamics]] on Series/BetterOffTed, but especially Phil and Lem who are uttery unable to function outside of a laboratory setting but are [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist impossibly brilliant]]. Veronica is also a sociopath who courtship with Mordor the Unforgiving (not Kevin!) involved things like slaughtering a goat.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': averted by Sheldon Cooper. Despite being allegedly of the most brilliant scientific minds on the planet, he gets fired, is not asked to return (nor is hired by anyone else) and only manages to get his job back because [[spoiler:his mother seduced his boss]]. Most telling, the people he calls friends can barely stand him and usually only go along with his plans because they'd literally never hear the end of it from him. He's constantly having to defend his behavior to his boss, and usually ends having to back down because he knows his boss will be all too happy to fire him again.
* Judge Stone from ''Series/NightCourt''. Ironically enough, with all his wacky co-workers & clientele, he often comes off as the OnlySaneMan, despite his own undeniable quirks.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'''s [[TheDitz Brittany Pierce]] is dumber than a jar of mayonnaise, "thinks the square root of four is ''rainbows''", once took cold medicine and forgot how to leave a room, and still believes in Santa Claus . . . but get the girl on a dance floor and prepare to be blown away. She also has a peerless knowledge of feline illnesses, earning her a spot on the school's Academic Decathlon team.
** Also, this trope in combination with desperation is the reason why they let Kurt join the football team, even though he's CampGay, hated and bullied by the football team and almost everyone else, and can't do it unless he gets to listen to his [[{{Beyonce}} music]] meanwhile. The team has had bad enough of a year that, when Kurt shows up, claiming to be ''auditioning for the role of kicker'' and actually pulls it off, the coach is more than happy to have him on the team.
-->'''Coach Tanaka:''' Can you do that, with the game on the line and ten gorillas bearing down on you, wanting nothing more than to taste your sweet virgin blood?"
-->'''Kurt:''' Sounds like fun. Can I have my music?
-->'''Coach Tanaka:''' If you kick like that you can wear a tutu for all I care!
*** Which really doesn't make sense to anyone who knows anything about football. He may be an accurate kicker, but the time it takes him to do it with the music should allow any opponent to block his kicks. All the other schools in the district must be terrible on special teams.
** Sue Sylvester may also qualify; she's CrazyAwesome and possibly AxCrazy as well under the right circumstances, but she genuinely is a world-class champion cheerleading coach who brings in Nationals tropies by the bucketload - and funding to her cash-strapped school - so she's generally allowed to go her length. ''Generally''.
* Dr. Cal Lightman on ''Series/LieToMe''. He sticks his nose into his team's personal business on a regular basis without hesitation, he acts like a JerkAss to ''everyone'' (clients included), and has a fairly big ego. He's also brilliant at what he does. He never seems to miss a single flinch, even on random passerbys.
* Detective Dan Stark from ''Series/TheGoodGuys'' is a fantastic 1981 cop turned BunnyEarsLawyer due to not progressing with the times. Despite this, he still proves himself a fantastic, if unorthodox cop, [[spoiler: uncovering and solving major crimes while handling minor ones. He even once managed to cuff himself to the pimp/murderer while being choked out from behind]].
* Dr. Kylie Johnson on ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' is a 19-year-old doctor who would often never take her job seriously, doing things like wear belly shirts or play practical jokes. However, she is among the best in the medical field.
* ''Series/TheCarolBurnettShow'': A [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3eqWYGahgA literal example]] PlayedForLaughs.
* A poker player in ''Series/BlackBooks'' is nick-named "mouse ears", and does in fact, wear huge novelty mouse ears while playing. One of the other players is apparently deaf and blind, but can still apparently play poker quite well.
* Doctor Martin Ellingham in ''Series/DocMartin'' is abrasive and arrogant, and generally unsociable. He had also developed a [[AfraidOfBlood blood phobia]], which caused him to have to give up his prestigious surgical practice and become the best damned GP (general practitioner) the village of Portwenn ever had.
* Ari Gold from ''Series/{{Entourage}}''. He yells racist homophobic sexist or just degrading insults to pretty much everyone but still (almost) always gets his way. Maybe averted in the end of Season 7.
* Holly from ''Series/TheExes'' is an almost literal example as a divorce attorney.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'' has defense counsel Jason Peters, an obsessive-compulsive germophobe who's never lost a case.
** The closest comparison to Jason Peters from the original ''Series/LawAndOrder'' is Randall J. Dworken. He makes Jack work hard through a liberal use of tapdancing and oafish charm. Dworken is introduced by objecting to 'the people of the state of New York vs. his client' because he is certain that the twelve jurors seem reasonable people.
* Detective Zack Nichols from ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' is described as this (although not in so many words) by Captain Ross in his debut episode. As is typical of Creator/JeffGoldblum characters, everything about him is a little bit off, and he once left the force for seven years to discover the meaning of life. Goren ''seems'' like he should be this, but his offputting quirks appear to make him a more effective interrogator, which puts him closer to CrazyAwesome.
* Judge Mike "The Hammer" Reardon from ''Series/{{Justified}}.'' Man wears little more than a [[BarelyThereSwimwear Speedo]] -- and shoulder-holstered .38 -- under his judicial robes, and spends his off hours in [[RuleOfFun hot pursuit of hard liquor and loose women]]. But once court is in session, he's a HangingJudge who regularly throws, not just the book, but the entire damn Lexington (KY) Public Library, at the guilty.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has Dean, he of the frequent hitting-on girls, affection for junk food, and daddy issues, and Sam, Dean's brother, who has daddy issues, mommy issues, and isn't exactly the most delicate under the covers. They hunt monsters and pal around with an angel with his own set of quirks. The upper echelons of angels and the King of Hell are scared of them.
-->'''Crowley''': ''Am I the only one who doesn't underestimate those denim-wrapped nightmares?!''
** In fact, just about every main or recurring on the show has their own set of traits; even Death has an odd affection for cheap food.
* Dorothy in ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' once dated a [[Creator/DickVanDyke lawyer]] who wanted to retire from law and become a circus clown. He was very serious about this. When the Girls got in trouble over an environmental protest, the lawyer comes to their rescue -- [[CrowningMomentOfFunny wearing part of his clown costume]].
* Dr. Geiger from ''Series/ChicagoHope'' had some quirky habits of playing music in the operating room, dealing with stress by taking off his pants and playing with trains in his office, and just generally being a strange person who was not very easy to get along with. But he was also a brilliant heart surgeon, so people were willing to put up with it.
* ''Series/NecessaryRoughness'' centers on a therapist who helps professional athletes and other celebreties whose quirks have started to affect their job to the point that they cannot get away with it anymore. Often enough they have serious problems that were overlooked specificly because they were so good at their profession that people just accepted them as eccentrics and did not seek help for them.
* Kougami from ''Series/KamenRiderOOO''. He's a LargeHam who has an obcession with birthdays and seems to spend more of his time baking cakes than running his ''massive'' company...and yet is a ''heroic'' {{Chessmaster}} and ManipulativeBastard who managed to OutGambit a ''living embodiment of human Greeed'' and is pretty much the BigGood of the series. His company has invented hundreds of devices that help the heroes out in the battle with the Greeed and he pretty much knows ''everything'' about the Greeed and the events of 800 years ago.
* Shotaro Hidari from ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' also counts. He's obsessed with living the '[[HardBoiledDetective hard-boiled]]' '50s ''noir'' way, yet is good enough as a private investigator that his FriendOnTheForce lets him have full leeway with every case. Example: One of his cases required him to find his client's cat. Reasoning that the best way to find somebody is to think like they do, Shotaro decided to [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} wander around pretending to be a cat]] until he found the real one. ''[[TheCloudCuckooLanderWasRight He succeeded]]''.
* The entire Special Investigations Unit in ''Series/KamenRiderDrive''. You have TheHero who would rather lay on the grass and watch the clouds pass by, his {{Tsundere}} partner who tries to keep him in check, a ChristmasCake and an {{Otaku}} as the Unit's researchers, an OnlySaneMan who [[AgentScully refuses to believe in what the unit is investigating in, even if it's a major phenomenon]], and to top it all off, the chief is obsessed with horoscopes and is very superstitious. However, they all manage to get their moment to shine. The Chief's fortune telling obsession helps the team from time to time, the Otaku is able to pull out information faster than people can ask for them, the sane man winds up believing the team and becomes one of their most valued assets, and the Cake invents the weapons that the hero and his partner use. Not only that, but once TheHero tightens his tie, you ''know'' he's ready to kick some ass.
** They later gain a SitcomArchNemesis in the form of Nira, a higher up who begins keeping a close eye on the unit halfway through the show. When he's not screwing them over, he often jokes around in a silly manner like the unit, though in a way that best insults them. He'd prance around, [[NoSenseOfPersonalSpace rub his head up against them]], and even [[TheHyena laughs hysterically]]. [[spoiler:However, by the endgame of the middle arc, he becomes the EvilCounterpart, in which while he ended up executing a raid on the unit along with attempting to kill two people, including the protagonist himself, he ''still'' pulls off his silly antics.]]
* Implied with Frasier and Niles Crane from ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': they're both ridiculously neurotic, eccentric, and have personal lives so screwed-up and behavioral tics so shocking that if you'd never met them, you'd wonder why ''anyone'' would consent to get therapy from such colorful characters (Frasier, among other breakdowns, once spent several hours on a ledge above Series/{{Cheers}} threatening to kill himself after his wife left him, while ranting about her affair at the crowd below; while Niles once had a HeroicBSOD and stripped stark naked in the middle of Cafe Nervosa after enduring several sleepless nights of constant media hounding and DisasterDominoes when ''his'' ex-wife was arrested for a sensational homicide). The answer, of course, is that they're both absolutely brilliant psychiatrists (and they demonstrate it in nearly every episode too -- it's not an InformedAbility), mentioned to be among the best in the American northwest, enough to retain their respected standing in Seattle's high society despite their general insanity.
** Also on ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', Donnie Douglas is a prime example. He has his first client meeting with Niles while pantsless, and later one while eating a sandwich.
* The civilian crew of ''Series/{{Primeval}}''. As Lester explained to Becker:
-->'''Lester:''' You will be dealing with a highly strung and temperamental team of rank amateurs who just happen to be brilliant at what they do.
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Jeff & Lester]] of ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' are stated by the title character to be ''better'' than the CIA's best computer experts, if they're focused. The kicker? Lester's a somewhat sociopathic [[SmallNameBigEgo egomaniac]], and Jeff (At least for the first four seasons, before recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning) is the show's resident {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.
** Chuck himself qualifies too, but in his spy career, not his computer repair career. The Intersect gave him encyclopedic knowledge of espionage and international conflict, and the Intersect 2.0 gave him basically any skill that could be useful to a spy in short bursts (such as marksmanship and almost every martial art and language). He'd be a perfect TuxedoAndMartini spy if not for being a TechnicalPacifist and [[HollywoodNerd very socially awkward]].
* Dr. Mark Sloan in ''Series/DiagnosisMurder'' occasionally made his rounds on rollerskates, made latex gloves into balloons, seemed to take pleasure in driving [[ObstructiveBureaucrat hospital administrator Norman Briggs]] into apoplexy and generally acted, well, like a character played by Dick Van Dyke. He's also a brilliant surgeon and diagnostician, and frequent consultant to the police department.
* Richard Series/{{Castle}} is a bestselling writer who helps a homicide squad out with their investigations. One of the things he brings to the table is Connections. Another is money to throw at certain problems, including buying a high-end cappuccino machine. The third, and most important, would be his unusual perspective on the cases, compared to the three cops. He comes up with crazy theories all the time, and they are occasionally proved right. One scene had him explaining his latest wacky idea to Beckett, then instead of rejecting him, she admits she can't come up with anything better.
* ''Franchise/StargateVerse'':
** Colonel John Sheppard of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', for the most part, is a laid-back guy who would rather play with all the cool toys and enjoy the perks of being in another galaxy. He's also an AcePilot ColonelBadass who can kick forty different kinds of ass when the safety and lives of Atlantis come under fire, often proving why the position of the military commander of Atlantis rightfully belongs to him.
** Jack O'Neill of ''Series/StargateSG1'' basically paved the way for Sheppard, as Jack's fought off multiple invasions of Earth from the Go'auld and still finds the time for a fishing trip. He's also a thoroughly irreverent DeadpanSnarker with
*** Worth mentioning: Richard Dean Anderson once asked General Michael E. Ryan, then-Chief of Staff of the Air Force, if he had colonels as bunny-eared as O'Neill. Ryan replied that he had colonels who are ''worse''. This happened when Ryan had a cameo AsHimself in "Prodigy", and in the actual episode he commented to General Hammond:
---->"Got your hands full with that one, eh, George?"
*** Jack pretty much sums it up to Hammond after one particularly bad bout of antics in "Upgrades":
---->"Just remember, I retired! ''You'' wanted me back!"
** Rodney [=McKay=] of ''Atlantis'' fits into this trope as well. He's a raging egomaniac with a hair-trigger temper and a tendency toward hypochondria, but he just so happens to save the day virtually every time, so he's considered one of the most valuable members of the team. Not only that, but as the show progressed, he became more of a "main character" than many of the other "main characters", with quite a few more episodes focusing on him than on them.
* Series/{{Merlin 2008}} plays with the trope. Merlin is a horrible servant, his primary job, but his secondary job, providing support for Arthur, is so good that Arthur can't bear to fire him despite the fact that Arthur thinks he's a complete {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. Further played with because, while no one knows it, Merlin is an extremely badass and smart self-appointed CourtMage, and has saved Camelot and Arthur multiple times without anyone knowing.
** Doesn't really fit the trope. Merlin's second "job," as you call it, is nowhere on his contract -- that's just him being a good friend, and Arthur keeps him around because they're HeterosexualLifePartners. A better example to fit this trope would be Gwaine: he's impulsive, TheAlcoholic, the ButtMonkey, an outrageous flirt and, prior to becoming a knight, was constantly on the run from some angry unpaid bar-owner or another -- but with his loyalty to his TrueCompanions and his swordsmanship, Arthur'd be a fool not to include him in the Knights of the Round Table.
* Series/FranklinAndBash: Lawyer Peter Bash has not worn bunny ears, but he has dressed in a Kangaroo character costume (while smoking a fake joint) to win a tort case. In fact, this trope is the overall basis of the series.
* Peter Lattimer from ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' is a manchild and not very book smart compared to the people he works with, but he has good crime-solving instincts, is physically fit and even has low level psychic ability.
* Diego Soto from ''Series/{{Alcatraz}}'' has a case of arrested development and had no aspirations beyond running a comic book store until he was drafted to help track down the "63s". This is despite being a genius with [=PhDs=] in Criminal Justice and Civil War History in addition to being the world's foremost authority on Alcatraz.
* The Stonewall Jackson [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZl_Rykevko&feature=related sketch]] from ''Series/HorribleHistories'' is a succinct demonstration of this trope in action: quirks displayed, disbelief from the newbie, and competency proved.
* The series ''Series/GreenWing'' is loosely based on the premise that hospitals are full of people like this. (Though as they're mostly [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything the doctors who don't do anything]], being any good at their job largely falls into an InformedAttribute.)
* Spencer from ''Series/ICarly'' is an almost literal example. He spent only three days in law school, but in "iPromote Techfoots", he put what he learned in those three days to good use.
* Will Graham from ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' is a [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny Ears Profiler]] thanks to his abnormal empathy. Subverted in that it doesn't make him particularly quirky or cheerful or even liked, but rather more like he's on the brink of going insane.
* While attention isn't brought to the matter, fans have noticed that in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' Regina continues to work as mayor after the curse is broken, using her old office and even doing paperwork. That's right. The ''Evil Queen'' who cursed everyone still runs the place. A fan asked if the good guys sucked so much at being in charge that she just took over again, and the creator replied [[WordOfGod "Pretty much."]]
* Dr. Theodore Morris from CBS's ''Series/NowAndAgain''. He has a tendency to randomly break out into song, has been known to growl at people who annoy him, and when he's smitten with a woman the normally erudite Theo literally cannot construct a proper sentence. He's allowed mostly free reign over his project because he's so brilliant, though; he literally created a new body for Michael with extraordinary abilities, and even outside of his classified work he's lauded as the founder of the "human construction sciences" movement.
* In Season 4 of ''Series/TheVoice'', it's revealed that, as a coach, Music/{{Usher}} has some very... eccentric... ways to train his singers to be better. The best example might be when he gave singer Michelle Chamuel instructions to drop and do push ups, then jump up and start singing, as a means to increase her breath control. Also, he gave Chamuel the Cyndi Lauper classic "True Colors" (a song about never giving up and believing in yourself) for use in a Knockout round performance, and during rehearsals instructed her to sing the song to herself in a mirror, as a way to get her to get her to open up to the audience more. It worked.
** Likewise, Music/BlakeShelton taking his team of would-be country singers to a Karaoke Bar, where they sang everything but country, was a means to get them to realize that the most important part of being a performing musician is loving the music itself and having fun with it. This also worked.
* Floki from ''Series/{{Vikings}}'' generally comes off as a crazy madman, though probably the harmless variety. However, he's a brilliant shipbuilder, a skilled healer... and he is anything ''but'' harmless.
* Harper from ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' is intelligent enough that cribbing off her and getting her to do her homework is one of the reasons Alex hangs with her but she is decidedly odd, especially when it comes to fashion choices. Although, in "Dollhouse", her ability to paint incredibly small things precisely (due to her fashion design skill - those are some very strange outfits) helps Justin make a nice chunk of change.
* Vince Noir of ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'' is an air-headed CampBi weirdo obsessed with fashion, fame and Gary Numan. He has no qualifications for working with a zoo, he dropped out of school, he dresses up animals as pop stars and the owner of the zoo he works at hates him to the point of trying to kill him more than once, but he's always allowed back because he has the magical ability to talk to animals and thus understands their needs better than any of the trained keepers.
* David Creegan in the U.S. version of Touching Evil. After suffering from a bullet to the head, Creegan is literally missing parts of his brain; specifically those that regulate shame. Aside from that (and seizures, and order recognition issues), he's still a brilliant profiler and the place he gets hired at, the Organized and Serial Crimes Unit, he actually helped to found before he was shot. Hilariously, after about the first two episodes, despite the fact that he is the bunniest ear'ed lawyer of all, (rolling cartwheels in the middle of conversations, playing hangman in the middle of a case involving a serial killer who is called the Hangman, hugging people, laying down in the middle of the table while there's a group meeting going on, stripping and shouting in the middle of a flight, interviewing suspects for less than a minute and sending them home, playing with signs and setups, and has an acute schizophrenic as a roommate and generally acting like a two year old in a thirty year old man's body), his behavior is almost never explained to newcomers or people that they're interviewing and is hardly mentioned in the office except when it comes to his clothing. (Occasionally, Creegan will say "I have this thing" and points to his head and doesn't explain anymore than than that.) For the most part, his partner, Susan Branca (and the rest of the OSC) just rolls with his weirdness and she actually starts picking up a few bad habits of her own. Branca even uses it to her benefit ("Tell us what you know and I will totally take him home.") and more often than not, because she ''doesn't'' mention it, Creegan actually makes an effort to self-regulate around her as best he can. Don't think that she's a pushover, though, any time Creegan mentions a physical symptom, Branca is quick to go over what his limits and problems are, citing that they have a dangerous job and they need to be clear on his issues. Could be justified in the fact that as profilers, they know that traumatic brain injuries don't actually have a cure and David actually ''can't'' control himself because it's biological and not behavioral.
* Ed Wachtel in ''Series/HillStreetBlues'' is a lawyer who later becomes a judge. At the advice of his psychiatrist, he wears not bunny ears, but ''[[WholesomeCrossDresser a dress]]'' in court, which causes a few raised eyebrows but no serious repercussions.
* Elsbeth Tascioni of ''Series/{{The Good Wife}}'' is so flat-out wacky that if you took away all her quirks, there'd be nothing left but a law book.
* Jeff in {{Series/Community}} is shown to be one in flashbacks, as though he didn't possess an undergraduate degree and came up with the most ridiculous [[ChewbaccaDefense defenses]], he never lost a case. The same goes for everyone else at his old firm.
** Pierce Hawthorne is a [[RacistGrandpa racist, homophobic,]] [[DirtyOldMan sexist, perverted,]] [[CloudCuckooLander loony]] old {{Jerkass}} bordering on PsychopathicManChild, but he has proved on rare occasions to be a competent businessman, even better than his father. That didn't stop his company from firing him after [[spoiler: his father's death]].
* ''Series/{{Unforgettable}}'''s Carrie Wells is an incredibly effective homicide detective due in large part to having a [[PhotographicMemory highly superior autobiographical memory]]--i.e. she doesn't forget anything. She's also a CowboyCop with a habit of serious risk-taking, including having StickyFingers and a gambling addiction (granted, her memory means she usually wins when the game involves anything but pure chance), in large part because she ''[[BlessedWithSuck can't]]'' [[BlessedWithSuck forget anything]].[[labelnote:*]]One episode establishes a medical basis for this: risk-taking behavior causes an adrenaline rush that interferes with memory development, which makes it like a drug for people with her condition.[[/labelnote]] One first-season episode has her nearly get caught by Vice at an underground casino (Al covers for her by telling them she was there undercover on an unrelated assignment), while season 3's "Cashing Out" has [[DaChief Eliot]] tell her to her face that he knew she was still doing it and let it slide because for all her faults, she's a damn good detective. He does, however, warn her to be discreet, since if word got out it'd be bad for the squad.
* Kimmy from ''Series/UnbreakableKimmySchmidt''
* Woody from ''Series/SunTrap'':
-->'''Woody''': Trust me, if there's one thing I'm good at, it's finding parrots ;that's if there's one thing I'm good at; and trust me, if there is, it's finding parrots.
-->''(Beat)''
-->'''Brutus''': ''(Standing next to Woody)'' I know, I know. But as well as being the most annoying person you will ever meet, he is the best investigator I have ever worked with. Much as I hate to say it, Woody is your man.
* ''Series/JessicaJones2015'': The titular character is an ''extremely'' competent private investigator, but nothing about her (including her office) really suggests an air of professionalism. Fortunately, none of her clients really seem to care about that, and Jeri explicitly keeps hiring her due to her proven track record.
* ''Series:YouMeAndTheApocalypse'': Father Jude has his own approach to things, he smokes like a chimney, swears like a sailor and has a generally casual attitude but he is a devout priest with real faith in his God and a caring man.
* The very first scene in the pilot of "Series/BrooklynNineNine" shows detective Jake Peralta in a recently robbed electronics store quoting Donnie Brasco, playing with the displays, and generally goofing off to the annoyance of his straight-laced partner. He then reveals that he solved the case five minutes ago.
** The series eventually establishes every detective in the precinct as having their own set of bunny ears, and most of them being excellent at their jobs in spite of their eccentricities.
* Rebecca Bunch from ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'' is a very good lawyer (she graduated from both Harvard and Yale) and it's shown that she does extremely well at her law firm (she was even going to be made partner in New York). However, she is also obsessed with her ex-boyfriend and moved across the country, even taking a lower paying job and skipping out of work in the middle of the day to "accidentally" bump into him.
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* [[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.
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* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'s Adeptus Mechanicus are a sect of [[MadScientist Mad Engineers]] who have the [[MachineWorship theology]] of a [[GodGuise cult]], even for things they fully understand.
** In fact, the rigorously theological Imperium, in which any heresy against the God-Emperor is punishable by several of the more eccentric forms of violence, is propped up by the Mechanicus, who openly worship machines, and the Space Marine Chapters, who each have their own wacky and heretical Emperor Cult, but who's going to tell them to change?
*** For some reason, an exception was made the Steel Snakes chapter of the Space Marines, who were mercilessly eradicated for their worship of the Emperor as an animal totem. One step too far out of dogma?
*** For most Space Marine chapters, the fact that they are literally descended from the GodEmperor himself (in a manner of speaking) [[WeirdnessCoupon gives them a free pass]] from accusations of heresy by the Ecclesiarchy, provided that their deviations from the belief in the divinity of the Emperor are discrete and kept to themselves.
*** The Mechanicum gets around it by simply saying that the Omnissiah (their machine god) is simply an aspect of the God-Emperor. It is this technicality that makes their own religion tolerable to the mainstream Imperial Cult.
** Some types of [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Ork]] also qualify. Burna Boyz are pyromaniacs carrying backpacks filled with promethium and willing to set their buddies on fire, but are useful in battle and for metal work. Weirdboyz have a habit of making heads explode, but their powers can be directed at their foes if they focus. Mad Dok Grotsnik performs surgery unorthodox even by Ork standards and often times his bionics will "mysteriously" explode if the owner annoys Grotsnik, but he saved the life of his tribe boss and is highly dangerous in battle.
** Quite a few inquisitors tend to be rather... eccentric, to say the least. They can be rather affable at first glance, or maybe a bit weird depending on how radically they lean, but don't take that as a sign of weakness, or they will kill you on the spot, and that's just if you're lucky. Remember, these are the people who can eliminate entire planets at the snap of a finger, so...
** The entire Space Wolves chapter of Space Marines. They've pretty much entirely discarded the rulebook, deviating wildly from the official code in terms of force organisation, tactical doctrine, career progression, personal grooming, and not occasionally turning into a gigantic berserk werewolf-thing, and they even practice worship of Fenrisian spirits, but they have escaped official censure through a mixture of unerring loyalty to the Emperor and sheer badassery. There are plenty of other chapters that have their share of deviations, but most of them are extremely secretive about it. The Space Wolves don't even pretend to play by the rules.
** Many other Space Marines have practices and beliefs that could be best described as "exotic", at times skirting into outright heresy. Quite a few of them actually count as mutants by Imperial doctrine as well. However, the Inquisition mostly looks the other way entirely due to the fact these chapters get results.
** The Jokearo are a race of space monkeys who look and act like... well, monkeys. That said, they don't let something as petty as "not being sapient" stop them from producing incredibly advanced devices, including some very nice digital weapons technology. It's said that their creations make ''[[OurElvesAreBetter Eldar]]'' technology look crude in comparison. And they seem to produce all these things from instinct alone. Fulfilling the other half of this trope, the Imperium drops their [[KillEmAll standard operating procedure for dealing with xenos lifeforms]] and use of their equipment is sanctioned by Imperial officials, although all attempts to imprison or otherwise hold Jokearo against their will have ended in abysmal failure, due to the Jokearo invariably producing something in their captivity and escaping.
** Nemesor Zahndrekh was one of the Necrontyr's greatest generals in life, but has succumbed to madness upon reanimation; he still believes he is a flesh-and-blood being, and that he's still fighting the inter-dynastic wars of his youth. Zahndrekh still follows ancient Necrontyr rites of war which means he is one of the few people in the setting who treats military prisoners rather civilly; he tends to take prisoners to his ship, show them the glories of the Necrontyr empire, and treat them to feasts and meals, leaving his [[BeleagueredAssistant Beleaguered Bodyguard]] Obyron to ensure that his master's prisoners are dropped off somewhere or [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident "killed while trying to escape"]]. Despite his robo-Alzheimer's, Zahndrekh is still a skilled ruler and an ''amazing'' general. It is suspected by members of his own court that Obyron is only "following" him to use his tactical genius; as Obyron could easily dispatch Zahndrekh and rule the dynasty himself.
* {{TabletopGame/Warhammer Fantasy}}
** Marius Leitdorf, the "Mad Count", of the Empire is a perfect example. His mood swings widely, from thinking he's invincible to screaming vulgar insults at the enemy. The whole time he's getting tactical advice from his friend "Daisy Kurt Von Helboring II", who just so happens to be his horse. Despite it all he's a skilled warrior, and his insanity has proven useful in battle numerous times.
** Bragg the Gutsmen, is the dreaded of the entire Ogre race, feared for the grisly means by which he'll kill members of his own race who cross him. He's openly welcome in every tribe he encounters due to his skill as a peerless killer. Averted in that he will eventually kill someone for one reason or another and be kicked out.
* Any RPG with Flaws, such as TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}} or {{GURPS}}, makes it fairly easy to make this kind of character - if your DM will allow you to get away with flaws that are merely amusing rather than especially detrimental.
** And even if detrimental, so long as they aren't specifically die based, you can probably change them to amusing in certain encounters if you play the cards right.
** Shadowrun actually makes a point of saying the Awakened (anyone capable of using magic) are often even quirkier than other characters. Due to the rarity of magic-users, they are able to get away with things that would make anyone else unemployable. Just picking to come from a shamanic background may result in built-in personality issues even before you get around to inventing ones specific to your character.
* {{Rifts}} has the appropriately-named Crazies character class, a warrior with cybernetic brain implants that [[LightningBruiser greatly enhances his physical prowess]] (and even grants limited PsychicPowers), [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity at the cost of his mental stability]].
** There's also Dr. Desmond Bradford, head of the Coalition State's Lone Star facility. He nurses a serious God Complex, performs illegal and extremelly dangerous genetics experiments without batting an eye, has people killed whom he suspects know too much and even drops subtle hints that he was behind it, and flaunts his intellectual superiority at every opportunity. But he's also the only man smart enough to have figured out how to get the Lone Star Complex, a laboratory from before AfterTheEnd, running, and continues to prove his brilliance time and again. To completely solidify his job security, he's a close childhood friend of Emperor Prosek's. These two factors combine so that even the Emperor's beloved son is unwilling to express his doubts about Bradford without ironclad evidence, which Bradford is too smart to let happen.
* All over the place in ''TabletopGames/BattleTech.'' Due to a shortage of talented pilots and officers, militaries are willing to put up with eccentric soldiers and officers as long as their battlefield performance is stellar. Examples include a famous ''Urbanmech'' lance commander, Lt. Wellesley, who obsessively collects antique teapots (itself a probable ShoutOut to M'Quve from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''), and Ace Darwin, a talented improviser and mercenary warrior who nonetheless constantly causes {{Noodle Incident}}s and pilots a [[VisualPun bright pink]] ''[[Film/ThePinkPanther Panther]]'' everywhere he goes.
* OldManHenderson, a character from a CallOfCthulhu session (arguably being played by another BEL). A half-insane habitual drug user with a stuffed parrot permanently affixed to his shoulder who starts investigating the various eldritch cults because he thinks they stole his lawn gnomes, but by campaign's end he [[spoiler: ''kills Hastur'']].
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* 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.
* ''SaintsRowTheThird'':
** The Mayor of Steelport is often stated to be the only person capable of keeping a city of rampant gang violence, homicidal maniacs running wild and hosting game shows, and general insanity functioning with any kind of stability or sanity. He is also [[spoiler: Burt Reynolds, and still loves going out and solving violent disputes personally]].
** Kinzie Kensington is a paranoid conspiracy theorist whose sexual proclivities frighten even the Boss. She is also a brilliant hacker who can give Matt Miller, leader of a gang of cybercriminals known as the Deckers, a run for his money.
** Miller himself is no slouch when it comes to hacking. He's also a goth and a massive Nyte Blayde fanboy.
** The Boss falls into this a lot, never more so than in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV''. Whether it's singing along to the radio on the way to a fight, pretending to shoot things with a sniper rifle while on lookout duty, installing stripper poles in [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent the renamed White Crib]], proclaiming yourself "the patron saint of America" (even if the accent you use is French or Cockney), blowing up statues of the bad guy just out of spite, doing a striptease routine at the most ridiculous possible moment or bestowing all rights to the Nyte Blayde franchise to a teammate after fighting through their dubious-quality fanfiction, you get up to some fairly ridiculous stuff, but at the same time you prevent nuclear disaster by climbing up a missile ''in flight'', parlay that into becoming the President of the United States, and then bring an interstellar empire to its knees through an unequalled gift for killing stuff.
* ''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 judgements 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 for talking to people without their own theme in Justice for All-on 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 defence 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, actaully 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.
* Since ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'' has the same developer, it's expected that it also has a few bunny ears. Inspector Cabanela stands out as a special investigator with a spotless record and intense ambition to climb his way to the top. He also dances everywhere he goes, including down the stairs.
* ''MapleStory'':
** Checky, the Resistance Job Instructor for the Mechanic path, is a guy in a mascot costume as his civilian self. As one of the leaders of the Resistance, however, he continues to wear the costume head. All the time. Even while sleeping, or piloting a MiniMecha tank against a global organization trying to resurrect the [[BigBad Black Mage]]. He also wears a second costume, under his 'civilian' costume.
** Hersha, the Cygnus Knights' correspondent in Ellinia, is described as a very good informant, who is also paranoid about everything. You can undertake a quest from him where he demands that you attack local monkeys and confiscate their bananas, because he's convinced they're bombs. He does, however, prove to be a reliable, thorough researcher in the Cygnus Knights' questline.
* The leading lady of ''VideoGame/SakuraWars: [[VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove So Long, My Love]]'', Gemini Sunrise, is a southern belle who is absolutely enamored with Japanese culture and has a tendency to get lost in her own head. She's also a highly-skilled swordswoman and one of the most talented members of the New York Combat Revue.
* All the robots in Haven count, One-Eye especially. The whole reason they have more personality than the MechaMooks is due to slight malfunctioning, making them a bit nutty. Still, they're essential in helping your character infiltrate the Black Heaven, and later can produce some of the best armor and weapons in the game.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'':
** [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Excellen Browning]] is a goofy, flirtatious woman who insists upon being called "Big Sister" rather than "Ensign", and has on more than one occasion donned a PlayboyBunny-style costume to raise her teammates' morale. She also happens to be an exceptional mecha pilot and an insanely good sniper, as well as part of one of the most respected and feared teams in the SRW universe.
** Sean Webley[[note]]Said CO from earlier[[/note]] is just an old perv. Plus there's also the Inspectors - [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsClassic Aguija, Mekibos, Vigagi, Sikalog, and their real boss, Wendolo.]] In fact, their debut in ''Original Generation 2 (sans Wendolo) features them bickering amongst themselves on who's the leader.
** The only OG character who ''doesn't'' have shades of this is [[TheGenericGuy Russel Bagman]], who's easily the most "Normal" member of the team. Ironically, this makes him ''stand out'' to many fans.
** During his introduction in scenario 5 of ''VideoGame/ShinSuperRobotWars'', Ryusei quickly establishes himself as some kind of crazed super robot otaku, and Prof. Hamaguchi confides to Akira that as a pilot, Ryusei is first rate.
* ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' gives us Milla, Sasha, and Ford. Milla appears to be [[DiscoDan mentally stuck in the 1960s]], Sasha is a [[TheSpock borderline emotionless stoic]] with an [[BerserkButton irrational hatred for tacky lamps]] and Ford is... well, ''[[SplitPersonality special]]''. Despite this, they form a crack team of psychic spies unparalleled to none.
** Really, all the kids at the camp are this trope in training. They're all (presumably) going to grow up to be Psychonauts, and [[DysfunctionJunction there's not a normal one among the entire bunch]].
** There's also a subversion or inversion of CrazyAwesome going on here as well, as the game is set on an IndianBurialGround stated to mentally destabilize ''everybody'' in its vicinity. The sufficiently curious will discover that all of the kids ([[spoiler:including the protagonist]]) have serious problems (many aren't far from homicidal or suicidal behavior), and that the adults may even have accumulated more (over their longer lives). Their competence, power, and control are the reason ''why'' they're Bunny Ears Lawyers: the available alternatives are far worse. As demonstrated by the game's plot.
* Jodie Foster of ''MetalWolfChaos'' enjoys watching soldiers getting slaughtered by her boss's HumongousMecha a little too much, and apparently spends her spare time wondering about how various buildings would look if they were destroyed, and somehow managed to become secretary to [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent the President of the United States]]. Although considering what President Michael Wilson gets up to, Jodie probably looks like an icon of sanity by comparision.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'':
** The MissionControl for ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' contains an overtalkative genius physician who chatters endlessly about [[TheresNoBInMovie her favourite B-movies]], a ''Film/JamesBond'' fanboy Major with an obsession with his own Britishness and a thing for the paranormal, and a brilliant technician who makes useless objects because they '[[RuleOfCool look cool]]' and considers a human catapault a valid weapons development project (and harbours a complex about [[OnlySaneMan being the only normal person there]]). In ''Portable Ops'', they start a UFO club. [[spoiler:But they are frighteningly competent at throwing the entire world into a long and bitter war.]]
** Hal Emmerich is both a brilliant engineer capable of designing a functional bipedal tank and enough of an {{Otaku}} to program the weapon's movements based on ''StreetFighter''. In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' he's so essential to making Metal Gear REX actually function that the QuirkyMinibossSquad have to keep him alive and programming even after disposing of the rest of the development team.
** Ocelot is a ridiculously superb marksman and the series' resident MagnificentBastard who is also unhealthily obsessed with his revolvers and [[HoYay Big Boss]].
** Even Snake himself, a formidable warrior by anyone's assessment, has his tendency for [[ContemplateOurNavels meaningless philosophical ramblings]] and a rather disturbing relationship with [[CompanionCube The Box(TM)]]. It's also implied he loves trashy action movies and women's figure skating, he's a fan of dog-sledding, and one of the Japanese-only supplemental material guides revealed that his favourite food is blueberries.
* Empress Sanaki of the ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'' games is a [[IncrediblyLamePun Bunny Ears Royal]]. In ''Path of Radiance'', most of her early interactions with the protagonists involve her jerking them around and forcing them to learn for ''themselves'' what's going on instead of just telling them what's up [[ItAmusedMe simply because she was bored.]] Three years later in the sequel, we see her commandeering ''the King of Kilvas'' to carry her onto the battlefield because she couldn't bear not knowing what was going on, then later learns that [[spoiler:he's bound by a blood pact to the Begnion Senate--and that ''she'' can essentially free him from their control since her orders carry more weight than theirs do]]. And of course, when one of her most trusted aides turns out to be, [[EvilChancellor well, not exactly]] ''[[EvilChancellor evil]]'' but still responsible for all of the bad stuff that happened, she decides that his punishment is to be drowned in rancid butter.
* Double H from ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil.'' On one hand, he has a tendency to quote things at random from his military training manual in an [[LargeHam UNECESSARILY LOUD VOICE]], he [[UseYourHead runs things over with his head]] and [[TwentyFourHourArmor never takes off his armor]] because it makes him "feel manly", and he gets really worked up over hovercraft racing. On the other hand, he's the [[LaResistance IRIS Network's]] best operative, he's good at following directions, and he's [[MightyGlacier pretty strong in battle]]. Pey'j too--He's a Texan-accented [[FunnyAnimal anthropomorphic pig]] with a habit of [[CurseOfTheAncients swearing like a prospector]], and he has an [[{{Fartillery}} unusual special attack.]] He's also a brilliant inventor and engineer. [[spoiler: And, you know, the all-mysterious and all-powerful leader of a rebel organization.]]
* The brilliant engineer Dr. Cid from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' fits this trope well--the Draklor Laboratory and the Archadian Empire as a whole manage to ignore his conversations with a [[spoiler:not-so]] imaginary friend due to his skill at manufacturing airships and weapons with nethicite. [[spoiler:Balthier, however, was not quite so tolerant.]]
* ''EliteBeatAgents''. Despite their odd looks, they managed to stop an alien invasion, prevent the ZombieApocalypse, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking rescue a lost puppy]], and fight off a virus.
* A good deal of the commanders in the ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars'' series. A spectacular example is Javier, who wears plate armour all the time and acts like Literature/DonQuixote, and is a BoisterousBruiser to awesome effect.
* The Dungeon Master noble in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' is a talented animal trainer and metalsmith who permits your fortress to train a variety of creatures you usually can't. He or she tends to also wander around the fortress, naked except for a cloak, shoes, and gloves.
* ''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]].''
* The doctors in ''VideoGame/Rayman3HoodlumHavoc''. They're recommended as exceptionally good doctors, and are shown to be at least reasonably competant, but their behaviour is decidedly odd, and their [[ThePowerOfRock methods]] even more so.
* All the teachers of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' that the protagonist has as his personal teachers seem to be this. There's Ms. Isako Toriumi, the homeroom teacher with an almost [[Manga/DeathNote "L"-like]] addiction to sweets (especially cake) [[spoiler: and to playing [=MMORPG=]s as a l33t-speaking alter ego, in which guise she grants the Hermit social link and even forms a crush on the player]]. There's Mr. Edogawa, the school nurse with his over-the-top obsession with mysticism that causes him to insist on making the player drink useless potions when seen for treating ailments and who derails the classes he subs for to give lectures of magic. There's Mr. Edo, the history teacher who always wears his Sengoku-era samurai helmet and geeks out about samurai all the time -- like constantly complaining about having to teach history prior to the Sengoku-era, because there's no samurai to talk about. And then there's Ms. Miyahara, the math teacher who spends most of the class just gushing about the aesthetic beauty of numbers. They're all shown as very knowledgable, and they're all various shades of {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', though, there's only two such kooky teachers, and they are far less bizarre. An older gentleman who likes to teach with a little handpuppet of himself, and a female history teacher, Ms. Sofue, who always wears an Egyptian pharaoh's headdress and carries a ceremonial crook. She's actually the sister of Mr. Edo from Gekkoukan High School above, though unlike him she has a love of history in general instead of being fixated on one era, and so she carries out her lessons with general enthusiasm.
* It is strongly implied that a light-side ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' or ''Knights of the Old Republic 2'' PC tolerates HK-47's AxCrazy discourse because he is the only thing that can translate the Tusken tongue and a rather capable warrior
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'':
** Minsc. He's quite nuts, but when he talks about kicking butt, he knows what he's talking about.
--> '''Dynaheir''': Minsc is, well, [[ShapedLikeItself Minsc]], but he hath a strong sword arm.
** Also, none of the mages are exactly well-adjusted, with the possible exception of aforementioned Dynaheir. And even she [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe speaks funny]].
** Kivan is also pretty quirky: he's reclusive and has attitude issues. But Kivan is also God and the game cannot be won to any kind of satisfaction without him. He's by far the best archer in the first game and his THACO defies all reason.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', this describes your entire [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits crew]] with the exception of [[OnlySaneMan Jacob]].
** Thane seems overly contemplative for an assassin, but we learn that he [[spoiler: has been recently diagnosed with a terminal disease]], Miranda is pretty normal for a member of a shady organization aside from the [[DesignerBabies Designer Baby]] Blues, Samara is a [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Scary Dogmatic]] [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Blue Skinned Space Babe]], Grunt is a [[DesignerBabies Designer Baby]] ProudWarriorRaceGuy, and Garrus is a level-minded realist (quite possibly the most level-headed of all characters despite some issues in his past, and one of the only ones who literally never loses his cool). This leaves Jack and Mordin. The latter however takes this trope to its full extent.
** Jack is an uber-powerful biotic who subjects anyone she meets either to a biotic blast or a ClusterFBomb. She mellows out as the story plays out and, by ''Mass Effect 3'', is slightly more level-headed and even makes a great effort to avoid swearing (unless you happen to be Joker, also an example of this trope). Mordin is a brilliant scientist with a MotorMouth and love for "Gilbert and Sullivan". By the third game, he's close to 40 (making him an old man by salarian standards) and thinks of retiring to a house on a beach. When Shepard points out that he'd get bored collecting seashells all day, Mordin points out that he'll run tests on the seashells. He then [[spoiler:goes out with a bang while singing]].
** Jeff "Joker" Moreau, as his nickname implies, is constantly cracking jokes and is rarely serious about anything. He also has brittle bone disease, making him physically unfit for military duty, technically speaking. He is also ''the'' best frigate pilot in the Systems Alliance, and no one who has seen him in action is going to dispute that claim.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' gives us Javik, who is a rude, selfish, arrogant tool who is profoundly bigoted against synthetics and describes everyone around him as "primitives". He's also the last [[{{Precursors}} Prothean]], has keen awareness of Reaper strategy, and is a potent biotic on top of that. The ''Citadel'' DLC also adds Brooks, who is largely clueless about action away from her desk, names a security program after her cat, gets really giddy after a medi-gel overdose, and is still the only person with the right blend of tech skills and low-tech equipment to be able to infiltrate Elijah Khan's casino...[[spoiler:until it turns out that she's been putting on an act all along, and is in fact a very competent villain who's been playing you the whole time.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' gives us [[ThatOneBoss Sho Minamimoto]]. A MadMathematician, who ''always'' speaks in mathematical terms, makes [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible junk heaps he calls 'art']], and is very egotistical. However, he's one of the youngest Reaper Officers to become a Game Master, and excels in all areas of leadership - [[HatesEveryoneEqually except cooperation]]. He's also one of the [[ThatOneBoss toughest buggers]] to beat in the game. The Secret Reports reveal that [[spoiler:he was working with a Fallen Angel, who picked him ''precisely'' because of this -- since ''everything'' Sho does is unusual, no unusual behavior prompted by the Fallen Angel would be worth investigating further.]]
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'':
** There's the sometimes [[FriendlySniper friendly]], sometimes [[ColdSniper cold]] sniper [[UrineTrouble that keeps his urine in jars]], the HuskyRusskie [[CompanionCube that talks to his guns]], the [[EyePatchOfPower one-eyed]], [[DrunkenMaster alcoholic Demoman who swigs whisky while tossing bombs]], the Scout whose [[SmallNameBigEgo big]] [[BoisterousWeakling ego]] make one wonder how he gets ''anything'' done on a team, the insane [[EagleLand overly patriotic]] Soldier who likes to play drill sergeant to his collection of severed heads and discuss the war with cardboard cutouts (Though he never actually joined the army, instead going on a killing spree in Germany after the war had ended) and TheUnintelligible Pyro [[TheFaceless that never removes his/her full-body flame-retardant suit]]. However, [[ProfessionalKiller they're very good at what they do]] and must be well worth their salaries.
** As first shown in "Meet the Pyro", the Pyro is a BEL among [=BELs=]. [[spoiler:S/he's not at all in touch with the real world, which s/he imagines to be a SugarBowl, even when causing death and destruction. When s/he's burning things, s/he's spreading bubbles, flowers, and magic. [[AnAxeToGrind When s/he splits an enemy's head open with an axe]], s/he's feeding them a lollipop; when using his/her flare gun, s/he's blowing bubbles. S/he also sees his/her enemies as chubby cherubs, wings and all, which prompts his/her "kindness". You also get a promotional "Pyro's goggles" that let you see the world as s/he does. Everybody is laughing ''even as they get shot'', blood is replaced with random items such as gears or balloons, and fire with sparkly rainbows and happiness. To top it all off, you don't get "dominated" and get "revenge", they "become best friends" and "break up"]]. However, as any player will tell you, if you are close to him/her, expect to be dead soon. Very, very soon.
* [[VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition Agent Francis York Morgan]] ("Call me York. That's what everyone calls me") is an FBI investigator who we first see driving a car while working on his laptop and arguing on the phone with his superiors over inter-dependence issues in WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry. He is also routinely late for appointments, rambles on endlessly about old movies and their directors when he's not cheerfully discussing [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant grisly murders and serial rapists over dinner]], and goes over his every action and decision with his imaginary friend, Zach. His methods of "investigating" consist less of actual forensic work and more of chain-smoking until he gains visions of the past, and seeing visions of the future in the milk he pours in his coffee every morning. Despite all this, he's an extremely competent detective who [[InsufferableGenius isn't at all shy over that fact]].
* ''VideoGame/InfiniteSpace'' has a few, but Lord Roth and Thomas Veil stand out the most. Lord Roth is a [[ManChild rather childish]] man who enjoys his ChickMagnet status a little too much (and puts his aide, Nele, into a lot of troubles because of his quirks), yet he is one of Regeinland's top commanders. Meanwhile, Thomas is [[spoiler:an agent of Federation Security Network directed by Brad Lennox]] and a good crew member for your navigational post, who happens to be a fan of young {{Idol Singer}}s, almost to the point of being a {{Lolicon}}.
* [[NobleDemon Demon Prince]] Laharl from ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea|HourOfDarkness}}'' is the heir to the throne of [[{{Halloweentown}} Netherworld]], and he got some strange ideas as to what a King should do: If money is needed, it’s time to loot some noble’s mansion. Assassin love angels are potential recruits. Laughing evilly on a regular basis is a requirement. Ideal Overlord tasks are making it rain pepper so that the humans will sneeze their nostrils out or deprive children of their sleep by giving them addictive videogames. Heroes should not just be defeated; enslavement is the way to go. But he is very passionate and dutiful about the job, not to mention extremely powerful, so he gets it and does a good job all things considered. His [[ReliableTraitor vassel]] Etna has not dethroned him...yet.
* Mike Haggar from the ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' series, a professional wrestler turned mayor who deals with Metro City's gang problem by [[OneManArmy kicking all their asses]] [[PoliceAreUseless without police assistance]].
* Nero from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4''. Much of his {{Jerkass}} attitude would've gotten him excommunicated from the Order a long time ago, such as a blue coat instead of their white uniform (although he does have their insgnia stitched on it), listening to his own ''theme song'' during prayer, and colorful mouth. However, he's very good at his job in the "dirtier" side of things, and is kosher with the idea of God (in fact, he out right states it near the end of the game) - he's just not all that fond of the church he works for.
* ''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.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'' has the leader of the ultra-capitalist [[TheIlluminati Illuminati]], The Pyramidion. He speaks in a calm, evenly-paced tone, and clearly knows everything worth knowing. He just has this peculiar habit of peppering his dialogue with odd Public Announcements and context-relevant memes...
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'':
** Makoto may act like a big kid, but she's an Intelligence operative and quite a talented one at that.
** Kagura from ''Chrono Phantasma''. He's every bit as {{badass}} as you'd expect the head of the top Duodecim family to be, despite the fact his personality seems to be continually stuck between a {{Fratbro}} and [[LovableSexManiac a potential sex offender]].
* Emperor Peony IX of Malkuth in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' is [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure by far the most competent and effective monarch in the story]], not to mention about the only person who can get the better of [[DeadpanSnarker Jade]] in a conversation. He also keeps his five pet pigs loose in his bedroom, and likes forcing the main characters into different outfits so much that he's responsible for no less than ''nineteen'' [[AndYourRewardIsClothes costume titles]].[[note]]Six swimsuits, six final battle outfits, seven PowerRangers {{expy}} cosplays, and Jade's Battle Master costume, minus one because the swimsuit he picked for Tear was apparently so embarrassing she refused to wear it.[[/note]]
* Most of the henchmen you recruit in ''VideoGame/EvilGenius'' tend to ''start'' at "kooky" and go very strange places from there, and usually [[AxeCrazy axe-related places]] at that, but they also bring skills that utterly humiliate the [[SurroundedByIdiots minions]] you start out surrounded by.
* 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.]]
* Mimi Meers in ''VideoGame/PocketStables'' technically wear bunny ears. She also starts off with very well balanced and decent stats.
* Snarky!Hawke in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' can never pass up the opportunity for a joke, [[DudeNotFunny even in some particularly inappropriate situations]]. Much of the time, [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} half of the stuff that comes out of his/her mouth is completely insane and said to no one in particular.]] [[ObfuscatingStupidity Yet, s/he frequently uses this as a disarming tactic to put his/her enemies into a false sense of security]] and, of the three different possible personalities, often comes across as the most intelligent of them because of it. Merrel is another example, she's a [[TheDitz ditz girl]] who gets ridiculously lost whenever she goes out into the city on her own and tends to get sidetracked by daydreaming about things like having a baby gryphon as a pet (dispite gryphons having gone extinct centuries ago). She's also a terrifyingly powerful BlackMagicianGirl.
* 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.
* Dekar in the ''Franchise/{{Lufia}}'' series hails himself as the world's strongest warrior, and proves an excellent soldier as well as a faithful protector and advisor to Bound Kingdom's prince. He's also [[ChivalrousPervert a shameless flirt]] and [[IdiotHero immensely stupid]], to the point where he's unable to remember how to leave a room ''he had just entered''. He'd be TooDumbToLive if he wasn't every bit as good a fighter as he says he is.
* Barnaby "Screwloose" of ''VideoGame/{{Armello}}'' doesn't entirely seem to understand what's going on aaround him, or that he's in the middle of a fight for the throne... but he's still a talented warrior and adventurer, able to compete for the crown on weight of that alone. (His [[CivilizedAnimal literal bunny ears]] are a bonus.)
* All the Goddess [=CPUs=] in the ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' series. Neptune is TheSlacker par excellence, Noire is highly efficient but socially clumsy and neurotic, Blanc enjoy writing trashy fiction and has a staggering temper, and Vert is an online gaming addict and a YaoiFangirl. Their sisters? Nepgear is easily flustered and gets distracted by machines, Uni is a military otaku with an inferiority complex next to her sister, and Rom and Ram are children. It's joked the nations could do a better job taking care of themselves... and in ''Videogame/MegadimensionNeptuniaVII'', [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor we see that happen]]. [[spoiler:The world falls apart, due to Gold Third's inept leadership. C-Sha tried to gently guide Lowee from the shadows, but instead let a corrupt man seize power an institutionalize a dystopian license system to quash dissent and stop social mobility. K-Sha outright ran away from ruling Lastation and allowed a corrupt mercenary group to seize power and take the nation on the warpath. S-Sha is holding Leanbox together only because she needs its resources to meet her personal goals and her short-sighted policies are causing looming problems. Only Planeptune continues more or less the same, because Histoire still has authority and B-Sha is NotSoDifferent from Neptune, although the former is afraid with monsters.]] As eclectic as they are, the Console Patron Units hold power by more virtue than simply being PhysicalGods.
* Cloud in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' is a weird and unpleasant person with a cool-guy JerkassFacade, suspiciously spotty memories and a tendency to have head-grabbing freakout episodes at strange times. He's so good at being a leader that everyone trusts him anyway, and push him to carry on even when he flat out tells them that if he does he'll end up going crazy. Even after he's revealed to have been a delusional liar who never really had any of his real credentials, the party is eager to have him back as a leader and overlook it when he starts threatening to dognap Shinra dogs or having claustrophobic panic attacks in submarines.
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* Emily of ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', who had her final project [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2853 EMP'd by the NRO]] before completion. She also developed a [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3180 collapsible cardigan]] displaying "very advanced programming" to apologise to an amazonian solider AI for hitting her with a mallet. Also see {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', we have Grace, as shown in [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2007-02-07 this strip]].
** And arguably, also Amanda as shown in [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-03-11 this one.]]
** The status of several characters as {{Bunny Ears Lawyer}}s is {{Lampshaded}} [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2007-04-21 here]].
* A truly astounding example: ''[[Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja Dr. McNinja]]''. He's a doctor, and a ninja (and [[HighlyVisibleNinja constantly masked]], to boot). That alone should have been enough, as each profession is the bunny ears for the other. But he's also obsessed with ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', plus everything else about him.
** Dr. [=McNinja=] is self-employed. Judy, on the other hand, is a good receptionist who happens to be a gorilla.
* Ekphobippe from ''Webcomic/{{Amazoness}}''. A fearsome ActionGirl with a long list of victories, she's also a clear parody of ''Franchise/SailorMoon''. Her pink heart-shaped armor and InTheNameOfTheMoon speech is described as "the dumbest and most awesome strategy I've ever seen".
* Danny Hua in ''Webcomic/{{Nukees}}'' is a sweet-tempered {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who [[LiteralGenie can't follow most basic metaphors]], is compulsively honest and has a phobia of speaking with contractions. He is also a brilliant nuclear engineer and one of the finest weapon designers in the world, being personally responsible for the creation of the Giant Robot Ant. There currently is a small contingent of groupies who have decided he is the Wise One for his incomprehensible, [[SeeminglyProfoundFool unintentionally profound-seeming]] speech quirks. He is also, according to author Darren Bleuel, based on a real friend of his, and there is a [[http://www.nukees.com/dannyquotes.html page full of quotes]] to prove it!
** What about King Luca? He literally believes himself to be royalty, wears a crown and cloak, and routinely grants land, nobility, or knighthood to his followers. And he ''does'' have followers, because he's a wonderful physics tutor who singlehandedly helped many students pass their classes.
* Elan from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. The advantage? He's ''unbelievably'' GenreSavvy, such that he even sticks out in the NoFourthWall world of the comic. The catch? He's [[SpoonyBard a bard]] (and a poorly optimized one at that). Well, and a [[TooDumbToLive total moron]]. Then he [[TookALevelInBadass Took a Level in Dashing Swordsman ]] and started [[LetsGetDangerous taking the quest seriously]], so he's starting to balance out a tad.
** Celia may also count, more literally than the other examples. Most of the time she's a GranolaGirl whose fighting skills are negligible, and whose righteous ardor for [[FriendToAllLivingThings small woodland critters, as well as the sanctity of life in general]] borders on infuriating, but get her in front of a lawsuit, or two conflicting parties in need of a settlement, and she is hard and cold business right away.
*** She's more of a fairy wings lawyer.
** And Lord Shojo, who pretends to be senile in order to ward off assassination attempts, but was able to fool not only the paladins he controls, but also the entire Order of the Stick, despite not having any levels in a PC class.
** Veldrina, a Favored Soul, who has a scientific approach to divine magic and an almost terminally clueless approach to everything else, including the concept of danger. She'll walk right up to a vampire she knows nothing about because the way negative energy simulates biological functions is fascinating. And because she thinks he's delivering her dumplings.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' recruiting Bunny Ears [[MadScientist Mad Scientists]] (but keeping them at a safe distance) is basically the whole point of the Hereti Corp freelancer program.
* Doug from ''Webcomic/FletcherApts.'' In high school, he was head of the Science Honor Society and #2 player in the chess club. In college, he's the vice president of the psychology club. Also, he's known for barfing easily and freaking out over female breasts.
* Taisei from ''Webcomic/{{Sakana}}'' is a very goodhearted, yet silly and [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter naive]] person [[TheAlcoholic who gets drunk often]] and is a walking source of HoYay. He's ''also'' a successful assistent director for a pretty big company and the smartest man of the whole cast.
* Rayne Summers from ''Webcomic/LeastICouldDo''. Marcy [=McKean=] - Rayne's boss and CEO of the company - puts up with his Red Bull addiction, childlike behaviour, and non-existant attention span because he is genuinely good at his job.
** Marcy says as much in [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20061102 this comic]].
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Hector]] in ''Webcomic/AntiheroForHire'', but it is later revealed that one of the people he's talking about is... [[DragonWithAnAgenda something quite different.]]
* When Mr. Mighty of ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'' [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=171980 needs a lawyer]], he gets one who wears denim, rides a Harley, and looks like he escaped from the 1960's.
* Othar Tryggvassen, [[InsistentTerminology Gentleman]] [[GentlemanAdventurer Adventurer]]!, of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' appears to be this. Despite his appearing mainly for comedic effect in the main strip, his adventures documented on his [[http://twitter.com/othar Twitter account]] as well as mention of him by pretty much every character other than Agatha are pretty clear on the fact that he's [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121121 almost frighteningly competent.]]
** Othar is a "Spark", and Sparks are the incarnation of this trope and MadScientist turned UpToEleven. They're all highly competent geniuses and supergeniuses; and are all completely and totally barking mad.
* ''Webcomic/{{Collar 6}}'': Sixx is the very successful owner of a chain of hotels, so no one really cares that she has a harem of hundreds of (willing) lesbian slave girls.
** But, considering the background material on the world the author has recently been providing, this is not considered to be in any way unusual ... in fact, it's considered rather admirable.
* ''Webcomic/BladeBunny'' is a bunny ears assassin. A lot of people don't take her seriously because of her style, but then they see her in action.
* Darkly subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}''. Doctor Thalmus thinks that developing a cure for cancer makes his crime [[spoiler:of pedophilia]] acceptable, even going so far as to hold the cure hostage when Aurthor finds out. No one else seems to agree with his viewpoint.
* ''Webcomic/MSFHigh''. In an example that counteracts Doctor McNinja...the entire staff. The sanest people are the MadScientist who is addicted to coffee, and the [[VampiresAreSexGods Vampire with a harem]]. Name a staff member who is not certifiably insane, and frighteningly competant.
* Sarabeth Phoenix of ''Webcomic/WrightAsRayne'' is the fairly serious head of both a company and a criminal group, but is big on anime and dyes her hair blue.
* James Stokoes' short gag comic [[http://www.warrenellis.com/?p=7629 SELFISH DOLPHIN SURGEON!]]
* Gatemaster of ''Webcomic/SurvivorFanCharacters'' is a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who considers his alliance a group of 'friends', and is perhaps one of the most competent strategists in the game, managing the orchestrate (through a combination of blind luck and coincidence), the final four of his choosing. And he does this without even realising he ''is'' in charge.
* ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany'''s Walter. He is an MagiTek [[GadgeteerGenius engineering genius]], with some notable quirks. His self-built airship runs on [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum alcoholism]]. He's a [[TheCaptain good leader]], but learned pirating from [[AscendedFanboy comicbooks]]. An expert on [[AntiMagic magical]] [[AmplifierArtifact theory]], but bounces in and out of an [[TalkLikeAPirate uneducated accent]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': oddly enough, the many variants of the Courtyard Droll, who is completely unprofessional, willingly dresses in the most ridiculous outfits possible (enormous and bizarre hat ''completely mandatory''), has a silly happy dance that he pulls out at the slightest opportunity, and hatches absurd plans involving things like wearing C4 on his head, smuggling a pumpkin full of knives into a prison cell, or constructing a bomb out of shaving cream...''which work''. Next to his boss, he was one of the quickest members of his gang to actually rack up a body-count.
* A number of the characters in ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'' fall under this, from Math (lecherous but unspeakably talented martial artist), to Heatwave (capable of sublimating tanks, but dumb as a brick), to Sydney (has a suite of seven orbs that give her unique and strong powers along with comic book knowledge to apply those powers properly, but severe ADHD, trouble with authority, and overall a PR nightmare). This is explicitly justified; powers are rare enough that they can't pick and choose their team. As long as a super doesn't have an actual criminal record ([[BoxedCrook and possibly sometimes even then]]), they're invited to join, since it's better to have them on the team where they can be monitored and trained than off it where they can get into trouble.
* Apparently, this is a requirement to be a [[DemolitionsExpert demoman]] in Tagon's Toughs in ''WebComic/SchlockMercenary''. Corporal "Pronto" Pontucci had rare moments of weirdness, but was basically intelligent, competent, and most of all, relatively sensible, aside from an odd tendency to use DuctTapeForEverything. His replacement, Lieutenant Shore "Pi" Pibald, is nuttier than a pistachio plantation and several orders of magnitude more eccentric than Pronto ever was, on account of needing significant amounts of medication to come ''down'' to the level of calling himself "GodEmperor Pi the First." Pi might be every bit as irrational as his nickname suggests, what with being a paranoid schizophrenic megalomaniac, but he demonstrates a level of explosives knowledge and technique second only to [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist Kevyn]], and he has Kevyn beat for pure MadBomber tendencies--he's thus far the only person shown to have personally blown a hole ''through'' a [[TheBattlestar battleplate]] through a simple combination of having both an excessive amount of explosives and no self preservation instinct whatsoever.
* Almost the entire main cast of ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent''. To wit:
** The Captain, Sigrun, is a BookDumb {{Motor Mouth}}ed GenkiGirl with strong BloodKnight tendencies, but has proven extremely capable as a leader, being able to effortlessly juggle TheStoic Mikkel, NewMeat Emil and just plain strange Lalli, [[AFatherToHisMen delegating, supporting and making the whole team feel useful.]] Also, when asked to pick a target for the team's first combat mission, she picks the best target in a split second... namely the one that has the best fall-back options.
** Mikkel, TheMedic, has a dark deadpan sense of humor and a tendency to mercilessly troll everyone. However, he is also all-round competent, taking care of unglamorous but necessary stuff like decontamination, heavy lifting and cooking and is generally a much needed emotional anchor.
** Emil, the Cleanser, is [[NewMeat greener than grass in may]], a textbook SpoiledBrat and has the worst case of [[OpenMouthInsertFoot Foot In Mouth Disease]] since someone put a microphone in front of Prince Philip, but he knows his booms and from what we've seen so far his instincts and training are solid, and several of his interactions with Lalli and various kids show him to be quite a softie.
** Lalli, the Scout, is just plain weird. Basically, he acts as much as a cat as is possible without growing a tail, has huge problems with verbal communication and tends to sleep in strange places. He is also an extremely competent scout, capable of finding his way in unknown territory with no apparent effort, very good at reading non-verbal communication (in fact being able to have several meaningful conversations with Emil, in spite of them not having a word of any language in common) and a mage of frightening power. So far, he has shown himself to be able to spirit-walk, control the weather to some extent and combat hostile spirits in the waking world.
* In ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', Darth Vader has a bad habit of executing every underling who makes the slightest mistake. Yet Admiral Firmus Piett manages to survive and continue to be a very valuable officer, despite his tendency to make IfMyCalculationsAreCorrect and CaptainObvious observations and sometimes sassing directly to Vader's face. Vader acknowledges that Piett tends to walk the edge a lot.
-->'''Vader:''' Your competence and your impertinence continue to maintain an unsteady equilibrium.
-->'''Piett:''' Thank you, Lord Facemask.
* In ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' it would be easier to list the characters that ''aren't'' this trope. As it stands:
** First off, Megaman himself. Before [[MadScientist Doctor Wily]] betrayed Doctor Light, he sabotaged Megaman's programing to make him an idiot so that Light would not have anything to face his [[KillerRobot Robot Masters]]; Doctor Light did his best to program him to fight the robot masters, but could only re-prioritize "To be an idiot" as his ''secondary'' mission. He is frightfully-effective at stopping Doctor Wily, but outside of that he's a huge moron obsessed with ice cream and drinking beer until he pukes - ''in spite'' of being a robot.
** Doctor Wily is one of the greatest experts on robotics in the world, his genius is only outmatched by his ego and insanity; robot masters are [[OneManArmy capabable of taking out entire armies]] with an arm tied behind their backs - ''each'' - and yet every last one of them has a... strange quirk that sends them straight into this trope. He also made [[EvilCounterpart Bass]] to be greater than Megaman in all aspects; Bass is stronger, faster, and an even bigger idiot.
** Doctor Light is one of the few capable of matching Doctor Wily's genius, and his program for X is incredibly advanced even for those standards. He's a massive [[TheAlcoholic drunkard]] and BrilliantButLazy - in that he'd rather build an [[SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaid exceedingly-powerful robot to be his lab assistant]] rather than do the chores himself.
* In ''Webcomic/OtakuDad'' Despite being an immature anime obsessed otaku in daily life it turns out that Jack is a savant who manages to turn a tidy profit on unlikely businesses
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSqhpnRNyK4&feature=player_embedded#at=169 This]] episode of SMBC Theater gives us a plumber with rock bottom prices, high skill and reliability, amazing punctuality ....and an insistence that customers watch him act like a plumber in a porno movie. Yes, both the male and female customers. When questioned, he will immediately say he is the best value in the city.
* Matthew from ''Podcast/CriticalHit'' plays Torq, his Half Orc Fighter, like this. Out of combat, he is stupid, tends to blurt out inappropriate things and is described as having a constant vacant expression. However, he gets a + 11 to his attacks, and in combat becomes a whirling dervish with a giant axe.
* Bugs, a brilliant deviser ''and'' gadgeteer in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. Her intense fascinations with rabbits, sparkles, and building things in egg shapes is completely accepted (usually) because she's just that darn good as an inventor. Oh, and she's the most gorgeous inventor at SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy so she gets ''lots'' of slack.
** Jade, and actually most of the Kimbas who are the main cast, might fall into this category. Jade self-mutilates, talks to herselves (okay, yes, she can psychokinetically charge things with a copy of her persona, but they have interactive conversations, and argue with each other, and they in of themselves have quirks, like the Spy Specks all wanting to be Jane Bond with a middle names to differentiate.), chooses to wear both wear armbands that define her as an ultraviolent and a pacifist, has an unhealthy fixation with Hello Kitty. Yes, despite all this, she is brilliant in so many areas, tactically, technically, improvising, and general mayhem causing.
** Ayla is so good at business and math, that as a freshman she has been assigned to be the teacher's aid in every level of the classes relating to those, she plans and back up plans and back ups to her backup plans (we're talking that during a team tactics class, when put in situations where one of the team has turned evil, she doesn't just have one or two plans, but i n the case of a couple of her teammates, she has plans that go past plan Z and start getting into double letters... this is over 27 plans to take down members of her own team, not other training team's members, but to take down her friends), however, she is extremely elitist, scoffs at most food as inferior and has finagled the school chefs to make her surprise special top cuisine meals, is extremely serious (not just for a teenager, but for an adult), even having a quote unquote 'The Queen is not amused' look, which is saying alot since one of her teammates is actually the host to the essence of an ancient Sidhe Queen, and even the Sidhe Queen thinks Ayla is to serious and haughty.
** Chaka is... I think someone else should explain all the awesomeness and insanity of the Soke no Do, a martial artist that can do any martial art trick and them some, but likes to use chi to wedgie people, created a chi attack which she fires from her finger like she is shooting a gun while yelling "CHAKA CHAKA BANG BANG" based off the Kamahameha from Dragonball/Dragonball Z, and when she was given a pair of power gloves which would quadruple the strength of her punches twice a day but required a command phrase, so she chose "IT'S CLOBBERING TIME!!!" and got Ayla (who bought Marvel Comics in canon) to approve her using it so she doesn't violate trademark infringement laws.
* kitten (the lower case k is deliberate), a transsexual goth who functions best when being led around on a leash by her boyfriend, spells her name with a lower case k and is a powerful teleporter psychic and the mainstay of the human invasion of Hell in Literature/TheSalvationWar.
* Most of the Teachers in AHDotComTheCreepyTeenYears. The [[DrillSergeantNasty Gym Teacher from Hell]] is an especially good example. He's a Lunatic who loves to engage his students in games of tag and prefers to use [[TankGoodness Tanks and Rocket Launchers]] for it. Fortunately for everyone involved, It's usually on a Holodeck sort of thing.
* Brigadier General David Adams of ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' spin off The Program. His antics include spontaneously breaking into the American national anthem during an announcement (when he's supposed to be reeling off who died), making bizarre jokes, contradicting himself midsentence and thinking out loud (both also in announcements). For all that, The Program was ''his'' idea, and given the setting, there's no possible way he can be an incompetent leader or tactician.
* [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/no-one-on-swat-team-wants-to-wait-in-ventilation-d,2524/?utm_source=morenews This]] Onion article is about a Bunny Ears SWAT team operative.
* Zack from ''WebVideo/EchoChamber'' is [[TheDitz stupid]] and [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} weird]], but he's good at his job.
** Other ones too. At one point he mentioned [[NoodleIncident delivering a baby once.]]
* Most people in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' see the homeless, ''clearly'' schizophrenic "superhero" known as Mister Easter as this. (He's a deluded religious fanatic thinks he's been given a mission from God to fight evil, despite most of his powers being utterly useless in fighting crime... things like being able to turn water into wine, curing leprosy at a touch, and coming back from the dead after three days). But then New York City was invaded by an army of vampires, and suddenly Mister Easter turned into the hundred-megaton nuclear weapon of anti-vampire superheroes.
* SpoilerWarning has Reginald Cuftbert, who embodies LeeroyJenkins, uses weapons he has no training in and wears a bonnet into battle. He also happens to be extremely efficient at killing anything he's asked to.
* ''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.
* ''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.]]
* Wal Bunkley, Mayor of Funkytown in [[http://lparchive.org/SimCity-3000/ this]] LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/SimCity 3000'' is barely congenial to most of his constituents, has a "Maybe Later" sign made to brush off petitions he doesn't want to deal with, and is probably the only politician to tell the people of his city that they're "fucking awesome" (in the immediate aftermath of a devastating earthquake). He manages to stay in office for a hundred years and runs a very effective ship.
* Website/CollegeHumor's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NPPe6MiUlE "Drunk Girl Therapist"]]. She's a HardDrinkingPartyGirl, treating her office as a bar, yet apparently holds several degrees...and actually ''does'' provide insight to her clients.
* Despite Brian 'WebVideo/TheOddOne' Wylie's Cloudcuckoolander demeanor, he was one of the best jungler for one of the best team to compete in the North American ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' Championship Series before retiring to full-time streamer and content creator and even then, [[http://www.lolking.net/summoner/na/60783 he still managed to stay as one of the top players in NA soloqueue.]]
* In ''Podcast/TheThrillingAdventureHour'', Frank & Sadie Doyle's constant drunkenness and general apathy to anything that is not either booze or each other masks a truly masterful knowledge of the occult and an ability to confront supernatural baddies at every turn.
* ''Film/NoobLaQueteLegendaire'' introduces Abraham Lepape, a [[spoiler:mafia big wig pretending to be a]] priest who can't remember which of his three sons an ex-girlfriend of his gave birth to.
* ''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 grandoise, 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.
* Creator/{{Fictosophy}}: Tom, the titular character in "Jedi Coworker," goes to the office wearing Jedi robes. He's good at his job, according to his manager, but he's still a superfan.
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* Several of the scientists ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' helps out on her adventures. The prize has to go to Dr. Freeman from "Car Trouble," a charmingly childish and eccentrically unfettered scientist who created a house full of funny AIs just so he could have off-kilter conversations with them. In his first few minutes has a dance party with his ''toaster'' (an advanced AI, but still). Then Drakken breaks into his home. This does not immediately stop the dance party - in fact, in general he doesn't seem to mind being kidnapped at all. He eventually proves too kooky for Drakken to use mind-altering technology against, so he has to resort to trickery to get the guy to do want he wants.
** Nearly all of the villains count, some more than others. Before he was fired for refusing to shave his mullet (or rather he quit for being told it had to go), Motor Ed was "widely regarded as the most brilliant mechanical engineer in the country." ''Motor Ed''.
** It may run in the family as his cousin is Drew Lipsky aka Drakken.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': "Say what you will about Creator/MelGibson, but the son of a bitch knows story structure!" (To emphasize this ''after'' they make fun of Creator/MichaelBay with his StuffBlowingUp, and Creator/MNightShyamalan with his TheUntwist PlotTwist)
** Randy Marsh as well: Most of the time, he acts highly impulsively, and when he takes an interest in something, he gets so caught up in it that he makes a public fool of himself. However, he's a respected geologist, even by his peers at the U.S. Geological Survey, and when called on to perform a geology-related task, he'll know exactly what he's doing and ''will'' get the job done perfectly and with minimal difficulty.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' is known for being a TooDumbToLive [[{{Keet}} loud and hyperactive]] [[{{Adorkable}} goofball]], but his ''superhuman'' skills for making Krabby Patties keeps the entire Krusty Krab restaurant together, much to the chagrin of Squidward.
* Mayor Creator/AdamWest from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is a subversion. He doesn't keep his job because he's so good at it. He only keeps his job because of corruption and the stupidity of the city's populace. It is often made very explicit he is quirky AND terrible at his job.
** Glenn Quagmire, who, despite being a raging hypersexual, is an excellent pilot (and quite serious when on the job). The only time he was ever fired from his job was due to Peter's antics. Later that episode, he gets his job back after helping land a plane via Telecom.
** This trope is neatly summed in the cutaway with the Land-Ho Prankster.
* Major Johnny "The Mayor" Bledsoe from ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs'', the mayor of Hill Valley and a masked professional wrestler who never breaks character.
* ''WesternAnimation/SilverHawks'', a sci-fi cartoon by the makers of ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'', has Colonel Bluegrass. Despite his rank, he looks, talks, dresses and acts like a stereotypical cowboy from the WildWest, but he's also an ace pilot described as being able to master anything that flies. If that wasn't strange enough, he's also a skilled guitar player, and is so fanatic about it that his futuristic guitar is not only a weapon, but actually integrates with the piloting mechanism for the Miraj, the team's spaceship.
* In ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', this is a type commonly found in the Decepticon ranks. From ace gunfighter/closet coward Slugslinger to preening victory obsessed egotist Drag Strip, many of the more stable Decepticons find themselves grudgingly accepting the obvious personality disorders around them because the people with them are among the most effective warriors.
** In the case of [[TheStarscream Starscream]], his quirk is that he wants to ''supplant Megatron.'' It is very much due to his superior skill that he is kept on as a Lieutenant, although [[TransformersAnimated later incarnations]] have Megatron far less patient with him.
** The aforementioned Drag Strip is part of the Stunticons, a combiner team whose hat is that the members all have some sort of disorder. Drag Strip is egotistical and competitive, Breakdown is paranoid, Wildrider is insane and Dead End is morbidly depressed. Their leader Motormaster is a cruel bully and his entire team hates him, which adds to the instability of their [[CombiningMecha combined mode Menasor]]. That said, they're all accomplished warriors, though Megatron generally uses them as fire-and-forget weapons due to how unstable they are.
** The Combaticons are some of the Decepticons' most reliable soldiers, but they all have their quirks: Brawl the tank is loud and belligerent, Swindle is a charming con artist and salesman, Vortex is mentally unstable, and Blast Off hides his crippling loneliness behind a veneer of arrogant apathy. Onslaught is the most stable of the team, and even he's considered aloof and difficult to talk to. Unlike the Stunticons, however, the Combaticons under Onslaught make an excellent strike team, as Brawl supplies heavy firepower, Swindle is a weapons expert and negotiator, Vortex supplies air support and is their interrogator/ torturer, Blast Off acts as a bomber and as a living transport (thanks to size changing) and Onslaught provides leadership, direction and focus.
** The Autobots aren't devoid of quirky robots, either. For starters, we have Silverbolt, leader of the Aerialbots, who is afraid of heights... which is a bit of a problem when you and everyone in your [[CombiningMecha combiner team]] turns into an airplane. Broadside, a triple changer who transforms into a jet and an aircraft carrier, is both acrophobic ''and'' prone to seasickness (according to AllThereInTheManual but [[InformedAttribute never witnessed in any show or comic]], mind you.) Also among the heroic forces are the egotistical Sky Lynx, neat freak Wide Load, and Siren, who has NoIndoorVoice, among others. And this is just in [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 G1]].
** If you're an engineer in a ''Transformers'' series, chances are you're one of these. Wheeljack of G1 was a straight-up MadScientist, Brainstorm of ''[[ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye More Than Meets the Eye]]'' seems disconnected from reality a lot of the time, and Ironfist of ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers Last Stand of the Wreckers]]'' is mostly sane... [[TheKnightsWhoSaySquee unless you ask him about the Wreckers.]]
** The Junkions are an entire race of Bunny Ears Lawyers, as their speech is peppered with pop culture references and they rarely seem to take anything, even attacks by Decepticons, seriously. On the other hand, their unique physiology effectively makes them immortal on their home planet (they can repair themselves using any piece of junk nearby) and they are among the best mechanics in the galaxy.
** And then there's the Dinobots...
** Rattrap from ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' is often insubordinate, keeps complaining about his job and single-handedly gets on the nerves of every single one of the Maximals, IE his own side, especially Optimus Primal, IE his boss. Even though they're all stranded, the only reason he's not kicked out of the base to fend for himself alone in the wild against the Predacons is because his skills as a spy, infiltrator, sharpshooter and saboteur are absolutely unparallelled, to the point where when Optimus is gone, Rattrap's actually put in charge because he's just that good.
*** In fairness, the Maximals eventually learn to love Rattrap, who often makes fun of people as a sign of endearment. A much more straight example is Tarantulas, who is completely open to his boss Megatron that he hates him, is working against him, and hopes to destroy him. However, the vast majority of Megatron's other troops are idiots, while Tarantulas has scientific know-how that outclasses Megatron's own. Megatron needs Tarantulas and counts on the fact that when the time comes, he'll be able to outgambit him - [[spoiler: he does.]]
*** Inferno is utterly insane, insists on calling Megatron "my Queen", and really likes to set people on fire. Megatron mainly kept him around due to his loyalty (a rarity for a Predacon) and how good he was at, well, setting people on fire.
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' isn't devoid of these either.
*** Many of the Decepticons are like this. The series is more 'cartoony' than most, but ThePowersThatBe had a rule: ''every Decepticon is a real threat.'' Blitzwing is hilarious and argues with himselves... and has fire powers, ice powers, and MacrossMissileMassacre powers. Lugnut's fanaticism as he declares the awesomeness of the GREAT and GLORIOUS Lord Megatron with extra LargeHam-ness is hilarious... but his firepower makes the aforementioned Blitzwing look like nothing, and if sending out missiles ''literally'' by the dozens won't kill it, he's got a punch that can flatten a city block or two. Swindle's pretty much HonestJohnsDealership... but he kept the best toys for himself. Starscream's more bombastic than ever, but he managed to bring down Ultra Magnus ''moments'' after getting thrashed by Megatron for [[TheStarscream the usual reasons]].
*** Starscream's clones all have some aspect of his personality tuned up to the max, some, like [[DirtyCoward Skywarp]] and [[SmallNameBigEgo Thundercracker]] are about as effective as they seem, and [[BadLiar Ramjet]] is incredibly predictable. [[DeadpanSnarker Slipstream]] takes down the beefier Bulkhead, and continues to display battle proficiency despite her snippy attitude. [[ProfessionalButtKisser Sunstorm]] manages to free Ramjet during the fight, studies and then takes down Prowl, complimenting him all the way.
*** Optimus Prime's FiveManBand in ''Animated'' is such a DysfunctionJunction it's a testament to Optimus' leadership that they manage to accomplish anything, let alone save Earth and Cybertron time and again. Ratchet, their CombatMedic, is a ShellShockedVeteran and GrumpyOldMan who is an ingenious field surgeon; Prowl, the robotic McNinja and [[IWorkAlone lone wolf]] who is legitimately skilled [[spoiler: and eventually masters the MindOverMatter aspects of his cyber-ninja training]]; [[KidAppealCharacter BumbleeBee]], the hyperactive and immature bot that had several LetsGetDangerous moments in the series that frequently result in a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome; Bulkhead, the hick from the countryside that DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength [[spoiler: and is the most brilliant Space Bridge engineer in the universe and an accomplished artist to a lesser extent]]; Optimus himself is the least eccentric and that's probably why Ultra Magnus put him in charge in the first place.
* Wildcat from ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin''. When actually in touch with reality, he demonstrated Series/MacGyver-level feats of improvisational engineering.
** Baloo isn't far behind, he's lazy, slovenly, fiscally irresponsible, clumsy, never graduated grade school.... and is the best pilot you'll find anywhere.
* Shore Leave of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' is a CampGay with a porn stache and a sailor's hat. He's also a former top agent of the OSI, a crack shot, and an overall ass kicker when he wants to be. [[CatchPhrase BOOM, yummy!]]
* Kyösti Pöysti, the main character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Pasila}}'', is a criminal detective who sucks on a pacifier.
* The few times that Dale Gribble of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' has been shown doing his exterminator job, he's ''really'' good at it.
** Despite Bill's [[FatSlob many]] [[FatIdiot flaws]], he's one hell of a barber.
* In the early days of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', [[TheKrusty Krusty The Clown]] was this. Everyone tolerated his JerkAss behaviour because he was considered a universally beloved entertainer on the level of ElvisPresley. In later seasons, he's become a has-been whose popularity keeps sinking, and who's constantly at the risk of being fired by his network.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** Rainbow Dash is rude, crass, tomboyish, eminently egocentric, and prefers to spend her time either napping or practicing flying stunts rather than doing her weather management job - but she's one of the greatest flyers in Equestria, can perform moves other pegasi only dream of ([[BeyondTheImpossible plus one that was supposed to be impossible]]), can clear the skies in ten seconds flat, and is ultimately dependable to the point of being the literal embodiment of the Element of Loyalty.
** Rarity is a renowned fashion designer, commissioned by pop stars and royalty alike, and a massive Drama Queen prone to fainting, freak outs and assorted conniptions. And despite her usual prissiness and tendency to panic at the slightest hint of getting dirty; she has repeatedly demonstrated that she can [[SilkHidingSteel throw down with the best of them]].
** Pinkie Pie works at a bakery and freelances as a party planner, and no doubt drives her employers (and any co-workers that she may have) batty with her unusual but insightful logic. [[DependingOnTheWriter Depending on the episode]], she is either [[GeniusDitz crafty and intelligent]]—often coming to conclusions none of the rest of the cast would have thought of (such as [[CrazyPrepared stashing eye patches and balls all over Ponyville on the off chance they're needed]])—or a straight {{Cloudcuckoolander}} with minimal attachment to reality.
*** "Swarm of the Century" is a good example of this. Throughout the episode, Pinkie seems to be occupied with a meaningless scavenger hunt instead of helping her friends deal with the parasprite infestation. In the end, it turns out that she knew exactly how to deal with parasprites and was working on that plan all along (and assumed that her friends knew that), so from her point of view ''she'' was the one dealing with the problem while her friends kept playing silly games.
** Fluttershy is a pegasus pony who is ordinarily a weak flier with [[ShrinkingViolet crippling shyness]]. But she's a caretaker/veterinarian who is highly skilled with animals, and embodies the element of kindness. On top of that, dare to [[BerserkButton harm an innocent animal]], or threaten her friends, and [[BewareTheNiceOnes you will really wish you hadn't]].
** Twilight Sparkle is a powerful mage, and a highly capable organizer and administrator; with a neurotic fear of failure, and NoSocialSkills. ([[spoiler: She gets better]].)
** In fact, the only member of the Mane 6 who ''isn't'' a BunnyEarsLawyer is Applejack; though she does have a tendency to be TheWorkaholic.
* A lot of KND operatives on ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''.
* Gadget from ''WesternAnimation/RescueRangers'' is a Mouse-Ears Mechanic. She's [[SarcasmMode somewhat]] [[NoSocialSkills deficient]] when it comes to social interaction and is a certifiable {{Cloudcuckoolander}} AbsentMindedProfessor. And she can build pretty much ''[[GadgeteerGenius anything]]''.
** Dale is generally a huge {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, but he's [[MasterOfDisguise really good with disguises]], especially [[AttractiveBentGender in drag]].
* Mrs. Twombly from WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012. She seems to be very quirky for her age but is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure and is a successful owner of the Littlest Pet Shop store.
* The titular character from ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' is self-centred, [[ReallyGetsAround can't keep it in his pants]], [[OvertOperative can't maintain a cover identity to save his life]], all his colleagues hate him and he displays [[PingPongNaivete at times profound stupidity]]... but he's incredibly competent in certain areas of his job.
* O'Farrell from ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'' is a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} of the first order, at one point delivering a curiously philosophical ramble on the Zen nature of being unable to see your own butt, but he's pretty damn good at crime scene photography. To a lesser degree, there's also the CowboyCop protagonist, whose skill at catching the villains is probably the only reason he isn't going to be paying off destruction of school property for the next million years from the carnage-strewn chase scenes that happen [[OnceAnEpisode usually two, maybe three times an episode]].
* Rick of ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' is a scientist (although not by profession) capable of building extraordinary inventions, but is also a drunk with no moral or ethical boundaries.
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