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** Before the series proper James Potter was seen as one of these, from what we see he is described as a delinquent, an adrenaline junkie, and a snarker not adverse to outright bullying some of his peers.............But he was also one of the most brilliant students who consistently got top scores and managed to do spells most of his speers could not replicate.

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** Before the series proper James Potter was seen as one of these, from what we see he is described as a delinquent, an adrenaline junkie, and a snarker not adverse to outright bullying some of his peers.............But he was also one of the most brilliant students who consistently got top scores and managed to do spells most of his speers peers could not replicate.

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* David Charleston in ''Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy''. He makes [[{{Dissimile}} bizarre analogies]] and is [[SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining so focused on revenge]] [[YouKilledMyFather against Steelheart]] [[NoSocialSkills that he's socially-awkward even for someone who grew up in the post-apocalypse]]. At eighteen, he's also a killer shot, possibly the [[AwesomenessByAnalysis foremost researcher on Epics]], and becomes so effective [[CapeBusters as a Reckoner]] that even [[AGodAmI some Epics]] [[TheDreaded respect or fear him for it.]]


** Where it regards the Divination teacher, Sybill Trelawney, she certainly does appear to be talking out of her ass, and will frequently use her connection to the "Inner Eye" to excuse any of her eccentric behavior, or to make her . That said, Dumbeldore keeps her around because she ''is'' a legitimate seer (albeit one who makes prophecies she never remembers). And that may not be the full extent of her abilities, either, as she ended up making several predictions throughout the series which ended up coming to pass, usually centered around key events in the series like [[spoiler:the death of Albus Dumbeldore]].

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** Where it regards the Divination teacher, Sybill Trelawney, she certainly does appear to be talking out of her ass, and will frequently use her connection to the "Inner Eye" to excuse any of her eccentric behavior, or to make her .herself more impressive to easily-impressed students. That said, Dumbeldore keeps her around because she ''is'' a legitimate seer (albeit one who makes prophecies she never remembers). And that may not be the full extent of her abilities, either, as she ended up making several predictions throughout the series which ended up coming to pass, usually centered around key events in the series like [[spoiler:the death of Albus Dumbeldore]].

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** Where it regards the Divination teacher, Sybill Trelawney, she certainly does appear to be talking out of her ass, and will frequently use her connection to the "Inner Eye" to excuse any of her eccentric behavior, or to make her . That said, Dumbeldore keeps her around because she ''is'' a legitimate seer (albeit one who makes prophecies she never remembers). And that may not be the full extent of her abilities, either, as she ended up making several predictions throughout the series which ended up coming to pass, usually centered around key events in the series like [[spoiler:the death of Albus Dumbeldore]].


* Before the series proper James Potter was seen as one of these, from what we see he is described as a delinquent, an adrenaline junkie, and a snarker not adverse to outright bullying some of his peers.............But he was also one of the most brilliant students who consistently got top scores and managed to do spells most of his speers could not replicate.

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* ** Before the series proper James Potter was seen as one of these, from what we see he is described as a delinquent, an adrenaline junkie, and a snarker not adverse to outright bullying some of his peers.............But he was also one of the most brilliant students who consistently got top scores and managed to do spells most of his speers could not replicate.

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* Before the series proper James Potter was seen as one of these, from what we see he is described as a delinquent, an adrenaline junkie, and a snarker not adverse to outright bullying some of his peers.............But he was also one of the most brilliant students who consistently got top scores and managed to do spells most of his speers could not replicate.


* ''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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* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos: ''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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* Julia Larwood of the Literature/HilaryTamar books is an Oxford-educated tax barrister with a successful Lincoln's Inn practice. She also routinely gets lost everywhere, even in London, tends to fall over a lot, gravely misunderstands social situations, and forgets that she has to pay her own taxes. At one point she's accused of murder, and one of the arguments mounted in her defense is that even if she wanted to kill someone, anyone who's seen her try to slice a peach knows she couldn't possibly muster the coordination to stab a man to death.

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* In ''A New Kind of War'' by Creator/AnthonyPrice, the head of the counterintelligence unit, Colonel Augustus Colbourne, is first seen conducting a debrief while having a bath, has a bee in his bonnet about Ancient Rome and is reputed to believe himself to be the reincarnation of the emperor UsefulNotes/{{Augustus}}. He is also a highly respected barrister and not in the least stupid.


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* 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]].

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* Violin-playing, drug-addicted, outwardly disorganized, self-aggrandizing master detective ''Literature/SherlockHolmes''. Literature/SherlockHolmes makes this OlderThanRadio. Holmes also regularly conducted conducts very malodorous chemical experiments, decorated decorates his wall with bullet holes, kept and keeps tobacco in a slipper, slipper and correspondence pinned to the mantle with a knife. He He's also was a ''MasterOfDisguise'' who would often not MasterOfDisguise, so much so that even tell Watson that it was actually doesn't always know it's him.
** His older brother Mycroft, who lived Mycroft would seem to suggest that it's InTheBlood. Mycroft lives down the street from his government office, frequented frequents a social club where none of the members were are allowed to speak or even take the least notice of each other, had has an almost obsessive hatred of going anywhere besides his apartment, his work and his club... and functioned functions 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]].



* Butters from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. The best pathologist in the city... but he loves polka music more than is healthy and wears bunny slippers.
** From the point of view of the {{muggle}}s, Harry himself. 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 him 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.

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Butters from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. The 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:
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From the point of view of the {{muggle}}s, Harry himself.is a weirdo with AmbiguousDisorder, a sense of humour as dodgy as his sense of personal hygiene, and a tendency to mouth off at authority figures without provocation. 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 him 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.



* Miracle Max in ''Literature/ThePrincessBride''. He's 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}}'': Pretty much 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 doesn't hurt 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. Subverted slightly in that he has to take dried frog pills in order to perform his job, but played straight in that the dried frog pills 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]]And 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, though. 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 pretty much unkillable himself.

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* ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'': Miracle Max in ''Literature/ThePrincessBride''. He's has clearly got a few screws loose (and honestly, who ever heard of a miracle worker named"Max"?) named "Max"?) but he ''did'' get the job done.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': Pretty much everyone, 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 doesn't hurt 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. Subverted slightly It's downplayed in that he has to take dried frog pills in order to perform his job, but played straight in that the dried frog pills 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]]And when [[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, though.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 pretty much unkillable himself.



*** It's implied that he started out as something of a Ditz, but is now just ObfuscatingStupidity, ''most of the time''.
** Also, Otto Chriek 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. And regularly harmed or reduced to ashes (he gets better) by the flash, much to bystanders' consternation.
*** 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.
** Similarly, Jeremy Clockson, a clockmaker with no sense of fun who is, in fact, ''too sane''.

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*** It's implied that he started out as something of a Ditz, but ** This is now just ObfuscatingStupidity, ''most of common amongst reformed vampires: [[AddictionDisplacement channel the time''.
** Also,
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 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. And He's regularly harmed or reduced to ashes (he gets better) by the flash, much to bystanders' consternation.
*** 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.
** Similarly, Jeremy Clockson, a clockmaker with no sense of fun who is, in fact, ''too sane''.



* Pretty much any Waterhouse (see below re: mathematicians) or Shaftoe from Creator/NealStephenson's ''Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}'' or ''Literature/TheBaroqueCycle''.

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* Pretty much any Waterhouse (see below re: mathematicians) ** Vetinari is a very subtle example, but he definitely has a quirky side. Like showing some MundaneObjectAmazement with a spoon in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'' (and with an inkwell in ''Discworld/TheTruth''--and that while the city's head religious official was waiting to see him!) Or preferring to read music because it always sounds better in his head than it does played with real instruments. He also seems to know really random facts that couldn't possibly help him run the city, like the stats of one of the football teams or Shaftoe from that "pysdxes" are ancient Ephebian needle holders.
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Creator/NealStephenson's ''Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}'' and ''Literature/TheBaroqueCycle'': Any Waterhouse (see below re: mathematicians) or ''Literature/TheBaroqueCycle''.Shaftoe



*** 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...
** And 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,

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*** ** 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...
** And the 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,



** Stephenson's version of William of Orange is GenreSavvy 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.
** Also by 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.
* [[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Dr. Hannibal Lecter]] is one of the most brilliant psychiatrists in the world and also a cannibalistic serial killer. 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}}: Literature/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.

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** Stephenson's version of William of Orange is GenreSavvy 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.
** Also by 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
world and is globally accepted as the world's best swordsman to boot.
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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.
* [[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'': Dr. Hannibal Lecter]] Lecter is one of the most brilliant psychiatrists in the world and also a cannibalistic serial killer. Averted 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}}: Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novels is a slightly neurotic old man prone to fits who repeatedly has [[[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane maybe]]] ([[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane maybe]]) hallucinated conversations with angels, statues, and [[DeadPersonConversation dead squad-mates]]. He's also the best sniper in the regiment.



* ''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'': [[TheDumbledore 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":

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* Pretty much every single one of the alien main characters in ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy.''
** Ford Prefect considers knowing where your towel is at the most important thing in this world, [[SkewedPriorities considers his loss of a perfectly good pair of shoes more important than a person going missing]] and [[ViolationOfCommonSense considers it a good survival strategy to throw himself out of the top floor window of an absurdly tall building.]] He's also still alive, mostly thanks to sacrificing a perfectly good pair of shoes that one time he needed to throw himself out of the top floor window of an absurdly tall building in order to buy himself enough time to figure out a way to employ his towel in a way that would ensure his survival. If there is one hoopy frood you really need to sass in order to make it in the universe, Ford is your man.
** Ford's semi-cousin, Zaphod Beeblebrox, with whom he shared three of the same mothers, is also this to unknown extents. He is the inventor of the Pan-Galactic GargleBlaster and, due to an accident with a contraceptive and a time machine, [[MyOwnGrandpa his direct ancestors from his father are also his direct descendants.]] He also employs ObfuscatingStupidity, mixed with unknown quantities of actual stupidity, to get away with being BrilliantButLazy. He also came up with a plan that would allow him to confront the ruler of the universe, a plan that involved lobotomizing himself so that he wouldn't remember the plan and thus couldn't sabotage it for himself... Unfortunately, the lobotomized Zaphod hates being a pawn of his past self, so he actively tries to sabotage his own plans. Which is, of course, easier said than done since he anticipated this and lobotomized himself in order to prevent himself from succeeding with doing exactly that. Zaphod's just zat kinda guy, you know?
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''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'': [[TheDumbledore ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** [[EccentricMentor
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":



** Just look at his clothing. Every time it's described, it is more bizarre and clashing. And the school song in ''Philosopher's Stone''.
** Half of Hogwarts' other staff aren't precisely normal either. 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]]. Oh, and 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.
** Few of them can hold a candle to Severus Snape. He's 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."

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** Just look at his clothing. Every time it's described, it is more bizarre and clashing. And the school song in ''Philosopher's Stone''.\n
** Half of Hogwarts' other staff aren't precisely normal either. 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... 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]]. Oh, and 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.
** Few of them can hold a candle to Severus Snape. He's 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."
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** 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

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** Buddy Jimmy Smith, a KidDetective who is the reincarnation of an Ancient Egyptian pharaoh
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** Brother Metrigon, a tenth-century monk and Literature/BrotherCadfael parody who believes he is actually a ninth-century monk
monk.
** Sgt. Demonicus Rex, a SatanistSatanist.



* In ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober'', the ''Dallas'''s sonarman Jones is described as eccentric even by navy standards, but is nevertheless very competent.

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* In ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober'', the ''Dallas'''s sonarman Jones is described as eccentric even by navy standards, but is nevertheless very competent. To the point where, in ''Literature/DebtOfHonor'', years after retiring from the Navy, Jones was able to use the SOSUS network to track ''the entire Japanese Navy'', which was deployed in the Phillipines, from Honolulu, with enough detail that his former CO (Now an admiral) was able to use the data to plot out operations.



* 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.

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* 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 are also hanging out to find out the real reason behind his odd behaviour.



** 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.

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** 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 (a feat which involved once of the biggest POW breakouts in history). Then he became one of the Emperor's personal trouble-shooters.



* 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.

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* Lieutenant T'Ryssa Chen, the contact specialist in the ''Literature/StarTrekTheNextGenerationRelaunch'' novels. Even in the MildlyMilitary Starfleet, her lack of protocol stands out, expecially especially since she's a [[HalfHumanHybrids half-Vulcan]] who was raised and acts human. But she's a ''very'' good contact specialist.



* 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.

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* 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''. Shadowhunters. Will actually commented comments that she makes more difference in battle than both Lightwood siblings.
* Elizabeth Moon's in the Familias Regnant ''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.friends.
* ''Literature/IAmNotASerialKiller'' has the SociopathicHero, John, particularly when collaborating with an FBI strike team in book four. He's a skinny, snarky teenager who often holes up alone and insomniatic, reacts to corpses like a little girl would to ponies, and generally acts like he doesn't have a care in the world. He's also a dedicated investigator and a prodigy in criminal psych and strategy.



* Magister Elodin from ''Literature/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.

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* Magister Elodin from ''Literature/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 going completely mad, he was a real genius (first the youngest magister and then the youngest canchelor chancellor 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.likes.
** It should also be noted that the books are told from the point of view of an UnreliableNarrator who's rather arrogant: FridgeBrilliance sets in once one realizes that ''every single one of his classes'' that we see actually contains useful messages-you just have to be willing and able to look beneath the surface and understand what he's actually teaching.



* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Despite her ditziness, Effie Trinket is extremely good at organising Katniss and getting her the sponsors she needs.

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* [[Creator/RickRiordan Percy Jackson]] is this, particularly when observed from the outside. It's highlighted in ''The Son of Neptune'', in which he pieces together a history of Camp Jupiter based on information scattered through Frank's dinner conversation. Hazel explicitly does a mental double-take, as his [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny ditzy]] and flippant tendencies are turned UpToEleven by LaserGuidedAmnesia.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Despite her ditziness, Effie Trinket is extremely good at organising Katniss and getting her the sponsors she needs. Hamitch Abernathy who is able to mentor Katniss and Peeta enouogh to enable them to win the games despite being an extreme alcoholic is also an excellent example.
* ''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".
* ''Literature/HowToAvoidDeathOnADailyBasis'': Colin, the protagonist of the series, is a sullen young man who hates everyone, trusts no one, and spends literally every waking moment trying to get his RagtagBunchOfMisfits to either hate him so much they abandon him or become competent enough that they can survive without him (which they can't, despite his having absolutely no useful skills at first.) He sasses off to kings, an EvilChancellor, and a demon who is ''literally going to end the world'' not because he's brave, but because he can't help himself. Despite this, he comes out on top in every confrontation to the point where said band literally will barely leave his side despite how much they hate him.
* ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'': Morgon Mortimir is a brilliant sorcerer, but his mind is quick to venture on tangents and he has a habit of pondering purely theoretical problems when a practical one is staring him right in the face - such as when he becomes fascinated with an idea of an anticonception amulet and starts considering theoretical problems with making one while there's a ''swarm of sea monsters'' circling his very rickety ship.
* A whole lot of warship Minds in ''Literature/TheCulture'', especially ones tied to Special Circumstances, are a trifle eccentric - for example, ''Falling Outside the Normal Moral Constraints'' loves to screw with random mortals, while ''Me, I'm Counting'' runs around the galaxy collecting very detailed scans of all kinds of fascinating things. At the same time, however, each one has enough firepower to scrape most of the crust off a planet.
* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'':
** Shadowthrone, the feared emperor, {{chessmaster}} usurper of High House Shadow, all around ManipulativeBastard... is deathly afraid of his mother (and all females), apparently. He has some shades of CloudCuckooLander as well, what with his undeniable cunning paired with questionable sanity and odd choices of personnel.
** Iskaral Pust's very first scene has him interrupting his own 'epic' monologue by falling off of his mule, then proceed to almost fail to climb the rope to his own frontdoor. ''Then'' it turns out that he's a High Priest of Shadow, serving one of the more magnificent scheemers of the pantheon. By the end of ''Literature/DeadhouseGates'' it is revealed that he [[spoiler: successfully managed to cheat all shapeshifters on the continent out of their chance at godhood by creating a fake Path of Hands to steer them around his monastery, wich hides the gate they were looking for]], making him exceedingly good at his job.
* In ''LightNovel/TheIrregularAtMagicHighSchool'', the student council president Mayumi is [[TheGadfly a gadfly]] who deliberately irritates her subordinates and occasionally slacks off on paperwork. However, she is so good at the diplomatic side of things- especially persuading otherwise fractious students to work together for the school's betterment- that everyone respects her authority anyway.
* Discussed in ''You're Stepping on My Cloak and Dagger'' by Roger Hall. An OSS agent roughs up a supply officer [[LooseLips who's blabbing about an upcoming mission in a pub]]. He than advises Hall (who already has a reputation as a MilitaryMaverick) against doing something like that himself. Anyone working in a cushy job like the supply officer [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections would have connections]], and while the OSS agent can get away with such stunts because of his extensive behind-the-lines experience which the OSS needs, a new officer like Hall would get in a lot of trouble.
* Subverted in the autobiography ''About Face'' by David Hackworth. During the Vietnam War a MilitaryMaverick who's notoriously ill-disciplined but an excellent soldier is given a promotion. Hackworth rings the man up to inform him of the good news, but his response is say YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe and resign his commission. If the US Army is screwed up enough to promote someone with his record, he doesn't want any further part of it.


* [[TheSilenceOfTheLambs Dr. Hannibal Lecter]] is one of the most brilliant psychiatrists in the world and also a cannibalistic serial killer. 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.

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* [[TheSilenceOfTheLambs [[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Dr. Hannibal Lecter]] is one of the most brilliant psychiatrists in the world and also a cannibalistic serial killer. 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.


* 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.

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* Magister Elodin from TheKingkillerChronicle.''Literature/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.


* ''TheAreasOfMyExpertise'' describes this under "Idiosyncrasies of the Great Detectives", including:

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* ''TheAreasOfMyExpertise'' ''Literature/TheAreasOfMyExpertise'' describes this under "Idiosyncrasies of the Great Detectives", including:


* ''Everyone'' working at [[Literature/BigendBooks Blue Ant]]. It helps that the CEO is an eternally curious EccentricMillionaire with a penchant for military secrets.

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* ''Literature/BigendBooks'': ''Everyone'' working at [[Literature/BigendBooks Blue Ant]].Ant. It helps that the CEO is an eternally curious EccentricMillionaire with a penchant for military secrets.


** Lord Miles Overstreet, a LordPeterWimsey parody who does not realize that [[JekyllAndHyde he is his]] [[TheKillerInMe own nemesis]], the mad Dr. Craig Kittles.

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** Lord Miles Overstreet, a LordPeterWimsey Literature/LordPeterWimsey parody who does not realize that [[JekyllAndHyde he is his]] [[TheKillerInMe own nemesis]], the mad Dr. Craig Kittles.



* 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.

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* LordPeterWimsey Literature/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.

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