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* A ''{{ComicStrip/Garfield}}'' strip [[https://garfield.com/comic/1989/04/27 from 1989]] sees Odie waiting for the other main characters to leave the house... and then turning on the TV and watching Mozart.

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* When Dee Snider of Music/TwistedSister was to talk to a hearing in front of the PMRC regarding accusations about his band and music, he went there in the same trashy clothes he used in the performance the day before, including his now smeared makeup and bed hair, greeted the room with "I don't know if it's morning or afternoon so I'm going to say both: good morning and good afternoon" and took out his talking points from some folded papers he kept in his back pocket... what people didn't know is that he was going out of his way to look like some teenage moron presenting rushed homework, just to drop a bombshell on everyone: in those papers he meticulously deconstructed every lie told about Twisted Sister, defended freedom of speech and music as an art and even turned the tables on Ms. Gore, saying that the only reason she found messages about sadomasochism and rape in one of his songs is because that's what ''she'' was looking for, all in an incredibly intelligent and eloquent matter.


* Miles Morales in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManIntoTheSpiderVerse'' tries to play dumb a few times, but it never works because he tends to play ''too'' dumb for anyone to actually buy. For example, he attempts to flunk out of the prestigious school he's at so he can go back to his old school with his friends; this fails because he gets a zero in a true or false test, and since pure blind guesswork should have led to him getting at least ''some'' answers correct, the teacher figures out that he was giving entirely wrong answers on purpose. There's also this exchange:

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* Miles Morales in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManIntoTheSpiderVerse'' tries to play dumb a few times, but it never works because he tends to play ''too'' dumb for anyone to actually buy. For example, he attempts to flunk out of the prestigious school he's at so he can go back to his old school with his friends; this fails because he gets a zero in a true or false test, and since pure blind guesswork should have led to him getting at least ''some'' answers correct, the teacher figures out that he was giving entirely wrong answers on purpose.purpose ''and'' knew all the right ones. There's also this exchange:

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* Miles Morales in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManIntoTheSpiderVerse'' tries to play dumb a few times, but it never works because he tends to play ''too'' dumb for anyone to actually buy. For example, he attempts to flunk out of the prestigious school he's at so he can go back to his old school with his friends; this fails because he gets a zero in a true or false test, and since pure blind guesswork should have led to him getting at least ''some'' answers correct, the teacher figures out that he was giving entirely wrong answers on purpose. There's also this exchange:
-->'''Security Guard:''' I know you snuck out last night, Morales!\\
'''Miles:''' (thinking) Play dumb. (out loud) [[ImplausibleDeniability Who's Morales?]] (thinking) ''Not that dumb!''


* In the ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' franchise, this is the basis of the Scorpion Clan's ''modus operandi'', as revealed to their founder Bayushi by the great sage Shinsei. Shinsei told Baysuhi a parable that Bayushi believed he already knew, about the scorpion and the frog, which normally ends with the scorpion stinging the frog while they're crossing the river and both of them drowning because it's the scorpion's nature (this parable also appeared in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Scorpion"). However, at the end of Shinsei's version the scorpion's answer to the frog's question of "why are you dooming us both?" is: "I can swim."

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* In the ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' franchise, this is the basis of the Scorpion Clan's ''modus operandi'', as revealed to their founder Bayushi by the great sage Shinsei. Shinsei told Baysuhi a parable that Bayushi believed he already knew, about the scorpion and the frog, which normally ends with the scorpion stinging the frog while they're crossing the river and both of them drowning because it's the scorpion's basic nature to sting even when it's not in its best interests (this parable also appeared in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Scorpion"). However, at the end of Shinsei's version the scorpion's answer to the frog's question of "why are you dooming us both?" is: "I can swim."


* In the ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' franchise, this is the basis of the Scorpion Clan's ''modus operandi'', as revealed to their founder Bayushi by the great sage Shinsei. Shinsei told Baysuhi a parable that Bayushi believed he already knew, about the scorpion and the frog, which normally ends with the scorpion stabbing the frog while they're crossing the river and both of them drowning because it's the scorpion's nature (this parable also appeared in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Scorpion"). However, at the end of Shinsei's version the scorpion's answer is different: "I can swim."

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* In the ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' franchise, this is the basis of the Scorpion Clan's ''modus operandi'', as revealed to their founder Bayushi by the great sage Shinsei. Shinsei told Baysuhi a parable that Bayushi believed he already knew, about the scorpion and the frog, which normally ends with the scorpion stabbing stinging the frog while they're crossing the river and both of them drowning because it's the scorpion's nature (this parable also appeared in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Scorpion"). However, at the end of Shinsei's version the scorpion's answer is different: to the frog's question of "why are you dooming us both?" is: "I can swim.""





* ''{{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'' has Qrow Branwen, who happily makes use of Obfuscating Drunkenness. Qrow might be TheAlcoholic, but he's a FunctionalAlcoholic, and can go from seemingly swaying-on-his-feet smashed to master swordsman in the blink of an eye.

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** ''RWBY''
has Qrow Branwen, who happily makes use of Obfuscating Drunkenness. Qrow might be TheAlcoholic, but he's a FunctionalAlcoholic, and can go from seemingly swaying-on-his-feet smashed to master swordsman in the blink of an eye.eye.
** Qrow's niece, Yang, also uses this in the ''Yellow'' trailer. She comes to a bar and pretends to be a ditzy HardDrinkingPartyGirl, only to show her true side a few moments later when she gets into a fight.

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* ''VisualNovel/{{Grisaia No Kajitsu}}'': [[spoiler:Michiru]] does this, though it's a bit more comlicated then it seems. [[spoiler:While she's genuinely not the sharpest crayon in the box, much of Michiru's more outlandish behavior is revealed in her route to be artificial, as being the ClassClown and PluckyComicRelief is [[HeroicSelfDeprecation the only thing she feels she can succeed at and give to others]].]]
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'':
** [[spoiler:CreepyChild Rika]] seems like a normal little girl however is wise beyond her years [[spoiler:due to the fact she's been stuck in a GroundhogDayLoop for centuries]].
** Rena gives off the [[CuteClumsyGirl clumsy]], [[TheDitz ditzy]] feel, but she may just be the smartest of the gang. She shows incredibly, almost absurdly, good detective skills when [[spoiler:Satoko and Rika disappear in Watanagashi-hen]] and made up an almost believable theory about Hinamizawa in [[spoiler:the Atonement chapter...until she lost it and started [[SanitySlippage talking about aliens]].]]
** Keiichi is also an example of this as before he moved to Hinamizawa he was an InsufferableGenius with no friends that was picked on constantly in school (which lead to his unfortunate stress reliving activity). After moving he decided DumbIsGood and began acting like he is known for in the series; however his intelligence sometimes shines through his act and he appears simply BookDumb. And he's not BookDumb at all. Several scenes show him tutoring the others, including the older [[CoolBigSis Mion]], and it's implied he gets the best grades of the group. He has learned by the start of the story to not put on an act just to feel good about himself and impress others, so he acts the way he does because that's how he genuinely is. So it's really more like he completely lacks common sense. Given [[TownWithADarkSecret the setting]], he [[DysfunctionJunction fits right in]] right away.
** [[spoiler:Hanyuu]] acts like a cute, shy CheerfulChild [[spoiler:however is a centuries old god.]] Even ignoring her [[spoiler:deity status]], she [[spoiler:died as an adult so she isn't even really a kid]]. She does actually have her fair share of [[spoiler:ImmortalImmaturity]] however can show her true colors when provoked.
* ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'' has Kyousuke and Masato. [[spoiler:Kyousuke is naturally silly and childish, but Refrain reveals that sometimes he was acting that way to throw Riki off from considering his true motives by pretending he was just acting on his own whims. Likewise, Masato ''is'' kind of a DumbMuscle, but he dutifully followed the script Kyousuke set for him to continue to act that way and pretend not to know anything Kyousuke was doing so as to uphold the world and keep Riki at ease.]]
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* ''{{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'' has Qrow Branwen, who happily makes use of Obfuscating Drunkenness. Qrow might be TheAlcoholic, but he's a FunctionalAlcoholic, and can go from seemingly swaying-on-his-feet smashed to master swordsman in the blink of an eye.

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* Stories about the Sufi Muslim [[TheTrickster trickster]] Nasreddin Hodja sometimes portray him as a clever person who pretends to be foolish to teach people lessons or get away with doing things he shouldn't (then again, others portray him as kind of a dim bulb in general).


* In ''[[Machinima/SBBBrothers Sims Big Brother 6]]'', Alison's strategy was to appear to be incredibly stupid, so people wouldn't think she was a threat and never nominate her. She unfortunately went a ''tad'' far with it, since managed to misspell "Apple" and people begun to suspect whether or not this was an act or not. It was also [[CrowningMomentOfFunny surprising]] when she suddenly spouted a college-level description of an organelle after a montage of stupid questions. ("Controversy? What does that mean?" "Influenza? What's that?" "How do you work the elevator?")

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* In ''[[Machinima/SBBBrothers Sims Big Brother 6]]'', Alison's strategy was to appear to be incredibly stupid, so people wouldn't think she was a threat and never nominate her. She unfortunately went a ''tad'' far with it, since managed to misspell "Apple" and people begun to suspect whether or not this was an act or not. It was also [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments surprising]] when she suddenly spouted a college-level description of an organelle after a montage of stupid questions. ("Controversy? What does that mean?" "Influenza? What's that?" "How do you work the elevator?")


This is OlderThanFeudalism, occurring in [[Literature/TheBible the Book of Genesis]] and in legends of the earliest days of Rome. [[note]]In this context, the trope name refers to fake stupidity obfuscating the intelligence of the person. In other words, "obfuscating stupidity" is the method being used, a person is not obfuscating stupidity themselves.[[/note]]

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This is OlderThanFeudalism, occurring in [[Literature/TheBible the Book of Genesis]] and in legends of the earliest days of Rome. [[note]]In this context, the trope name refers to fake stupidity obfuscating the intelligence of the person. In other words, "obfuscating stupidity" is the method being used, a person is not obfuscating stupidity themselves.[[/note]]
[[/note]] It is also the core of the [[UsefulNotes/TheThirtySixStratagems 27th stratagem.]]


** Likewise, Literature/CiaphasCain, '''HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!''', isn't so much "stupid" in his obfuscations, but he makes it clear in his monologue that he needs to pretend to be much more of a gung-ho Emperor-lover than he actually is if he hopes to stay alive and maintain his heroic reputation.

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** Likewise, Literature/CiaphasCain, '''HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!''', isn't so much "stupid" in his obfuscations, but he makes it clear in his monologue that he needs to pretend to be much more of a gung-ho Emperor-lover than he actually is if he hopes to stay alive and maintain his heroic reputation. This actually makes him something of an UnreliableNarrator; he frequently mentions doing this with his "humble hero" routine, but the entire series could easily be seen as him doing the same to the reader...


* Music/VanHalen was known for offering tour contracts requesting a bowl of [=M&M's=] with all brown candies removed. If he found a brown candy, they would proceed to trash the whole place. This had a stealthy purpose: failure to get the bowl of [=M&M's=] right implied not reading the contract or failure to get power and safety requirements right.

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* Music/VanHalen was known for offering tour contracts requesting a bowl of [=M&M's=] with all brown candies removed. If he they found a brown candy, they would proceed to trash the whole place. This had a stealthy purpose: failure to get the bowl of [=M&M's=] right implied not reading the contract or failure to get power and safety requirements right.

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* Music/VanHalen was known for offering tour contracts requesting a bowl of [=M&M's=] with all brown candies removed. If he found a brown candy, they would proceed to trash the whole place. This had a stealthy purpose: failure to get the bowl of [=M&M's=] right implied not reading the contract or failure to get power and safety requirements right.

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