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I have to say here that I think you're all misunderstanding Taniguchi horribly. Taniguchi himself might be somewhat of a laughable goof, and you all get to enjoy amusing yourself at his expense. Do you think he is that way by accident? No, of course not. Taniguchi is an entertainer, a professional. He doesn't care what you think of him so long as you're enjoying Haruhi, Taniguchi is a happy man.
If you take a look at traditional manzai comedy, the boke gets all the laughs and the tsukkomi is made to look foolish. The tsukkomi volunteers to "take one for the team" so that the act can be successful. "Cool" characters like Nagato take no blows to their ego to benefit the show. They just go out and look awesome and everyone loves them. The Taniguchis of the world neglect their public image and look like utter douchebags on camera for your entertainment. He is going to be hearing shit about it for the rest of his life and he knows it and doesn't give half a crap if thats the case because Taniguchi is an entertainer. Guys like Taniguchi and Bacchi-Gu (fat guy from Green Green) will never be anyone's waifu, they don't get to be in the doujin, they don't get the glory or even get to be on screen very much, but Anime would be a whole lot worse without them, god dammit.