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** In the Unova League, Ash/Satoshi's new rival Cameron has intelligence that makes Ash look smart by comparison, frequently misses important facts and information yet still proves good enough to beat 8 gym leaders to get to the League. [[spoiler:When the two face off, Cameron handicaps himself with 5 Pokémon to Ash's 6 and ends up facing half his team with only Riolu, and still manages to win. Averted moments later when Cameron gets eliminated in the next round.]]

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** In the Unova League, Ash/Satoshi's new rival Cameron has intelligence that makes Ash look smart by comparison, frequently misses important facts and information yet still proves good enough to beat 8 gym leaders to get to the League. [[spoiler:When the two face off, Cameron handicaps himself with 5 Pokémon to Ash's 6 and ends up facing half his team with only Riolu, and still manages to win. Averted Subverted moments later when Cameron gets eliminated in the next round.]]


** In the Unova League, Ash/Satoshi's new rival Cameron has intelligence that makes Ash look smart by comparison, frequently misses important facts and information yet still proves good enough to beat 8 gym leaders to get to the League. [[spoiler:When the two face off, Cameron handicaps himself with 5 Pokémon to Ash's 6 and ends up facing half his team with only Riolu, and still manages to win.]]

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** In the Unova League, Ash/Satoshi's new rival Cameron has intelligence that makes Ash look smart by comparison, frequently misses important facts and information yet still proves good enough to beat 8 gym leaders to get to the League. [[spoiler:When the two face off, Cameron handicaps himself with 5 Pokémon to Ash's 6 and ends up facing half his team with only Riolu, and still manages to win. Averted moments later when Cameron gets eliminated in the next round.]]


'''Remus:''' Don't you be too shure... ain't i done tol'd you that Brer Rabbit, bein' little and without much strength, he's s'posed to use his head instead o' his foots?

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'''Remus:''' Don't you be too shure... ain't i I done tol'd you that Brer Rabbit, bein' little and without much strength, he's s'posed to use his head instead o' his foots?



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* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': Katsuya Jonouchi (Joey Wheeler) perpetually comes from behind to win. Granted, everyone does this, but Jonouchi never seems to be picked as a favorite to win anything, despite several finals showings. Jonouchi's an odd combination of IdiotBall and InformedFlaw. For no explained reason except poverty, his deck is mostly full of [[TheLoad weak cards]], in hard contrast to Kaiba, who owns and runs some of [[PowerEqualsRarity the rarest and most powerful cards]].
** To compensate, he also uses many luck-based cards, which have frequently given him victory over stronger opponents, though this is a double-edged sword, seeing as luck could play against him sometimes.

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* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': Katsuya Jonouchi (Joey Wheeler) perpetually comes from behind to win. Granted, everyone does this, but Jonouchi never seems to be picked as a favorite to win anything, despite several finals showings. Jonouchi's an odd combination of IdiotBall and InformedFlaw. For no explained reason except poverty, his deck is mostly full of [[TheLoad weak cards]], in hard contrast to Kaiba, who owns and runs some of [[PowerEqualsRarity the rarest and most powerful cards]].
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cards]]. To compensate, he also uses many luck-based cards, which have frequently given him victory over stronger opponents, though this is a double-edged sword, seeing as luck could play against him sometimes.



* In the Unova League in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Ash/Satoshi's new rival Cameron has intelligence that makes Ash look smart by comparison, frequently misses important facts and information yet still proves good enough to beat 8 gym leaders to get to the League. [[spoiler:When the two face off, Cameron handicaps himself with 5 Pokemon to Ash's 6 and ends up facing half his team with only Riolu, and still manages to win.]]
** Ash's Kalos companion, Serena, was something of a novice FauxActionGirl that never really improved in battle skills throughout her run. However she ended the series with her team having not lost a ''single battle'', and rarely even getting scratched, either due to outside intervention, one of her Pokemon evolving at the right time, or most of her opponents being even lower level battlers such as Team Rocket.

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In the Unova League in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', League, Ash/Satoshi's new rival Cameron has intelligence that makes Ash look smart by comparison, frequently misses important facts and information yet still proves good enough to beat 8 gym leaders to get to the League. [[spoiler:When the two face off, Cameron handicaps himself with 5 Pokemon Pokémon to Ash's 6 and ends up facing half his team with only Riolu, and still manages to win.]]
** Ash's Kalos companion, Serena, was something of a novice FauxActionGirl that never really improved in battle skills throughout her run. However she ended the series with her team having not lost a ''single battle'', and rarely even getting scratched, either due to outside intervention, one of her Pokemon Pokémon evolving at the right time, or most of her opponents being even lower level battlers such as Team Rocket.



* ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' gives us [[TheDitz Jar Jar Binks]], who almost singlehandedly wins the Battle of Naboo for the Gungans due to his bumbling antics accidentally dealing serious damage to the droid army over and over again. He clearly has no idea what hes doing for the entire battle and yet is somehow alive, unscathed, and victorious in the end despite it.

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* ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' gives us [[TheDitz Jar Jar Binks]], who almost singlehandedly wins the Battle of Naboo for the Gungans due to his bumbling antics accidentally dealing serious damage to the droid army over and over again. He clearly has no idea what hes he's doing for the entire battle and yet is somehow alive, unscathed, and victorious in the end despite it.



*** Explored in ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'' where a [[RealityWarper sourcerer]] is born that acts as a font of magic. He encourages the Wizards to exploit their powers, as the Unseen University's actual purpose is to teach Wizards how to not use magic, instead letting them spend their time on academic politics and massive lunches. As soon as he does, the old, overweight and lazy Wizards immediately [[spoiler:conquer Ankh-Morpork, set up a massive tower and start a devastating war amongst each other threatening to destroy the world. Only after the sourcerer decides to retire to his own pocket dimension do they calm down and return to their normal bumbling selves]].

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*** ** Explored in ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'' ''Literature/{{Sourcery}}'' where a [[RealityWarper sourcerer]] is born that acts as a font of magic. He encourages the Wizards to exploit their powers, as the Unseen University's actual purpose is to teach Wizards how to not use magic, instead letting them spend their time on academic politics and massive lunches. As soon as he does, the old, overweight and lazy Wizards immediately [[spoiler:conquer Ankh-Morpork, set up a massive tower and start a devastating war amongst each other threatening to destroy the world. Only after the sourcerer decides to retire to his own pocket dimension do they calm down and return to their normal bumbling selves]].



* ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'': Ziggy the Green Ranger is several leagues behind the other Rangers in fighting skills - and not just the ones on his own team, but just about every other Ranger, period -- but he manages to bumble his way through fights, providing support for his teammates rather than drag them down.

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* ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'': Ziggy the Green Ranger is several leagues behind the other Rangers in fighting skills - -- and not just the ones on his own team, but just about every other Ranger, period -- but he manages to bumble his way through fights, providing support for his teammates rather than drag them down.



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* This is the concept behind the "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSK0AcFqkyU Build Murray]]" character build on The WebVideo/AnimatedSpellbook. The idea is to play a character who has no business getting into adventuring, but is such a [[BornLucky lucky]] [[TheFool idiot]] that he succeeds regardless. Manipulating the random dice mechanics as a Halfling Diviner allows the player to fortuitously bumble their way to victory. This build is intended to evoke Creator/BillMurray's various characters.
* In ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', Sparadrap, one of the worse players, tends to be this on and off. The only situation consistently having it happen is his "fights" against [[PlayerKilling Dark Avenger]], to the extent of becoming a RunningGag.

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* This is the concept behind the "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSK0AcFqkyU Build Murray]]" character build on The WebVideo/AnimatedSpellbook.the ''WebAnimation/AnimatedSpellbook''. The idea is to play a character who has no business getting into adventuring, but is such a [[BornLucky lucky]] [[TheFool idiot]] that he succeeds regardless. Manipulating the random dice mechanics as a Halfling Diviner allows the player to fortuitously bumble their way to victory. This build is intended to evoke Creator/BillMurray's various characters. \n* In ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', Sparadrap, one of the worse players, tends to be this on and off. The only situation consistently having it happen is his "fights" against [[PlayerKilling Dark Avenger]], to the extent of becoming a RunningGag.



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* In ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', Sparadrap, one of the worse players, tends to be this on and off. The only situation consistently having it happen is his "fights" against [[PlayerKilling Dark Avenger]], to the extent of becoming a RunningGag.
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* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' has this trope in two flavors. The later shows and movies, though still often playing on this trope, gave the gang a bit more of a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass cred, displaying more acts of genuine competance and bravado.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' has this trope in two flavors. The later shows and movies, though still often playing on this trope, gave the gang a bit more of a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass cred, displaying more acts of genuine competance competence and bravado.



* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'': Gadget thwarts Doctor Claw again and again, almost solely on the strengths of his {{Hyper Competent Sidekick}}s or [[TheFool well timed]] [[SpannerInTheWorks slapstick bumbling]]. On the ''very'' rare occasions [[SanityBall he gets a clue what's going on]] however, he is shown to be [[LetsGetDangerous surprisingly competent]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'': Gadget thwarts Doctor Claw again and again, almost solely on the strengths of his {{Hyper Competent Sidekick}}s or [[TheFool well timed]] well-timed]] [[SpannerInTheWorks slapstick bumbling]]. On the ''very'' rare occasions [[SanityBall he gets a clue what's going on]] however, he is shown to be [[LetsGetDangerous surprisingly competent]].



* DependingOnTheWriter, [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]] is this. His continuous stupid bumbling has caused much more trouble than it's actually solved and he is stupid enough to walk into bad situations, but he's also been able to [[StatusQuoIsGod keep his status quo]] when other characters nearly (or ''did'') lose everything and has some interesting stories to tell as a result (like having been an astronaut or meeting former President Gerald Ford). The episode "Homer's Enemy" is all about a LogicalLatecomer lampshading this and [[SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond developing everlasting emnity as a result.]]
-->'''Frank Grimes'': [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech If this was any other country, you would have died of hunger long ago!]]\\
'''Bart''': [[JerkassHasAPoint He's got you there, Dad.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': DependingOnTheWriter, [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]] Simpson is this. His continuous stupid bumbling has caused much more trouble than it's actually solved and he is stupid enough to walk into bad situations, but he's also been able to [[StatusQuoIsGod keep his status quo]] when other characters nearly (or ''did'') lose everything and has some interesting stories to tell as a result (like having been an astronaut or meeting former President Gerald Ford). The episode "Homer's Enemy" is all about a LogicalLatecomer lampshading this and [[SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond developing everlasting emnity as a result.]]
-->'''Frank Grimes'': Grimes:''' [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech If this was any other country, you would have died of hunger long ago!]]\\
'''Bart''': '''Bart:''' [[JerkassHasAPoint He's got you there, Dad.]]





* In the ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'' nobody can decide if Justy Ueki Tylor is this or he's just that good but prefers to ''[[ObfuscatingStupidity look]]'' like it.

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* In the ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'' nobody can decide if Justy Ueki Tylor is this or he's just that good but prefers to ''[[ObfuscatingStupidity look]]'' like it.this.

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* ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' gives us [[TheDitz Jar Jar Binks]], who almost singlehandedly wins the Battle of Naboo for the Gungans due to his bumbling antics accidentally dealing serious damage to the droid army over and over again. He clearly has no idea what hes doing for the entire battle and yet is somehow alive, unscathed, and victorious in the end despite it.

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* This is the concept behind the "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSK0AcFqkyU Build Murray]]" character build on The WebVideo/AnimatedSpellbook. The idea is to play a character who has no business getting into adventuring, but is such a [[BornLucky lucky]] [[TheFool idiot]] that he succeeds regardless. Manipulating the random dice mechanics as a Halfling Diviner allows the player to fortuitously bumble their way to victory. This build is intended to evoke Creator/BillMurray's various characters.


* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': Katsuya Jonouchi (Joey Wheeler) perpetually comes from behind to win. Granted, everyone does this, but Jonouchi never seems to be picked as a favorite to win anything, despite several finals showings. Jonouchi's an odd combination of IdiotBall and InformedFlaw. For no explained reason except maybe poverty, his deck is mostly full of [[TheLoad weak cards]]. While his [[XanatosSpeedChess quick-thinking]] and [[GameBreaker few strong cards]] make up for his weaker monsters in life-threatening scenarios, he'd be MUCH more effective if he'd try a more effective deck-type.
** He also uses many luck-based cards, which have frequently given him victory over stronger opponents, though this is a double-edged sword, seeing as luck could play against him sometimes.

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* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': Katsuya Jonouchi (Joey Wheeler) perpetually comes from behind to win. Granted, everyone does this, but Jonouchi never seems to be picked as a favorite to win anything, despite several finals showings. Jonouchi's an odd combination of IdiotBall and InformedFlaw. For no explained reason except maybe poverty, his deck is mostly full of [[TheLoad weak cards]]. While his [[XanatosSpeedChess quick-thinking]] cards]], in hard contrast to Kaiba, who owns and [[GameBreaker few strong cards]] make up for his weaker monsters in life-threatening scenarios, he'd be MUCH more effective if he'd try a more effective deck-type.
runs some of [[PowerEqualsRarity the rarest and most powerful cards]].
** He To compensate, he also uses many luck-based cards, which have frequently given him victory over stronger opponents, though this is a double-edged sword, seeing as luck could play against him sometimes.


* DependingOnTheWriter, [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]] is this. His continuous stupid bumbling has caused much more trouble than it's actually solved and he is stupid enough to walk into bad situations, but he's also been able to keep his status quo when other characters nearly lose everything and has some interesting stories to tell as a result (like having been an astronaut or meeting former President Gerald Ford). The episode "Homer's Enemy" is all about a LogicalLatecomer lampshading this and [[SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond developing everlasting emnity as a result.]]

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* DependingOnTheWriter, [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]] is this. His continuous stupid bumbling has caused much more trouble than it's actually solved and he is stupid enough to walk into bad situations, but he's also been able to [[StatusQuoIsGod keep his status quo quo]] when other characters nearly (or ''did'') lose everything and has some interesting stories to tell as a result (like having been an astronaut or meeting former President Gerald Ford). The episode "Homer's Enemy" is all about a LogicalLatecomer lampshading this and [[SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond developing everlasting emnity as a result.]]

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* DependingOnTheWriter, [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]] is this. His continuous stupid bumbling has caused much more trouble than it's actually solved and he is stupid enough to walk into bad situations, but he's also been able to keep his status quo when other characters nearly lose everything and has some interesting stories to tell as a result (like having been an astronaut or meeting former President Gerald Ford). The episode "Homer's Enemy" is all about a LogicalLatecomer lampshading this and [[SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond developing everlasting emnity as a result.]]
-->'''Frank Grimes'': [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech If this was any other country, you would have died of hunger long ago!]]\\
'''Bart''': [[JerkassHasAPoint He's got you there, Dad.]]


*** Explored in Discworld/Sourcery where a [[RealityWarper sourcerer]] is born that acts as a font of magic. He encourages the Wizards to exploit their powers, as the Unseen University's actual purpose is to teach Wizards how to not use magic, instead letting them spend their time on academic politics and massive lunches. As soon as he does the old, overweight and lazy Wizards immediately [[spoiler:conquer Ankh Morpork set up a massive tower and start a devastating war amongst each other threatening to destroy the world. After the sourcerer decides to go to his own pocket dimension do they calm down and return to their normal bumbling selves]].

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*** Explored in Discworld/Sourcery ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'' where a [[RealityWarper sourcerer]] is born that acts as a font of magic. He encourages the Wizards to exploit their powers, as the Unseen University's actual purpose is to teach Wizards how to not use magic, instead letting them spend their time on academic politics and massive lunches. As soon as he does does, the old, overweight and lazy Wizards immediately [[spoiler:conquer Ankh Morpork Ankh-Morpork, set up a massive tower and start a devastating war amongst each other threatening to destroy the world. After Only after the sourcerer decides to go retire to his own pocket dimension do they calm down and return to their normal bumbling selves]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/BabyHuey'' combines this with ComicallyInvincibleHero. Particularly whenever the fox is trying to kill and eat him, nearly all of his plans backfire horribly due to Huey's size and strength. Of course, while all of this is happening, Huey is completely oblivious to any danger that he's in.

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*** Explored in Discworld/Sourcery where a [[RealityWarper sourcerer]] is born that acts as a font of magic. He encourages the Wizards to exploit their powers, as the Unseen University's actual purpose is to teach Wizards how to not use magic, instead letting them spend their time on academic politics and massive lunches. As soon as he does the old, overweight and lazy Wizards immediately [[spoiler:conquer Ankh Morpork set up a massive tower and start a devastating war amongst each other threatening to destroy the world. After the sourcerer decides to go to his own pocket dimension do they calm down and return to their normal bumbling selves]].


** Ash himself also comes across as this often, if nothing else than because his intelligence seems to get reset to novice level at the beginning of each new arc, made worse by how he immediately benches all of the trained, powerful Pokemon he had captured previously at these points as well, save Pikachu (whose competence and power ''also'' inexplicably resets).
** Speaking of Pikachu, he is not only deceptively powerful compared to his species in the games, but he wins a lot of battles he shouldn't have simply because of PlotArmor. The incompetence factor comes into play considering that he refuses to enter his Poke Ball even when his life is in danger, he refuses to evolve despite being unable to get any stronger or learn better moves unless he does, and typically goes along with all of Ash's ideas, no matter how stupid they are.

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** Speaking of Pikachu, he is not only deceptively powerful compared to his species in the games, but he wins a lot of battles he shouldn't have simply because of PlotArmor. The incompetence factor comes into play considering that he refuses to enter his Poke Ball even when his life is in danger, he refuses to evolve despite being unable to get any stronger or learn better moves unless he does, and typically goes along with all of Ash's ideas, no matter how stupid they are.


** The elderly faculty of Unseen University display this trope in a different way. Despite being a group of old men who like nothing more than to each huge dinners and bicker with each other, they manage to stroll out of situations which should have left them dead a dozen times over. This really annoys anyone who comes into contact with them. There are hints they could be properly dangerous if it came down to it, but danger almost always gives up and goes away before it comes down to it. In the early books Unseen University was a very dangerous place to work at and was filled with powerful mages prone to KlingonPromotion and ChronicBackstabbingDisorder. The current faculty all lived through that time, survived it and came out on top. They simply decided that not trying to kill each other was more restful.

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** The elderly faculty of Unseen University display this trope in a different way. Despite being a group of old men who like nothing more than to each eat huge dinners and bicker with each other, they manage to stroll out of situations which should have left them dead a dozen times over. This really annoys anyone who comes into contact with them. There are hints they could be properly dangerous if it came down to it, but danger almost always gives up and goes away before it comes down to it. In the early books Unseen University was a very dangerous place to work at and was filled with powerful mages prone to KlingonPromotion and ChronicBackstabbingDisorder. The current faculty all lived through that time, survived it and came out on top. They simply decided that not trying to kill each other was more restful.

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