Nobody expected a TV comedian to be much of an actual leader. Not even one who made a name for himself by, among other things, starring in a sitcom about an accidental politician fighting Ukrainian corruption by (Russian?) oligarchs. Everyone forgot that the jester, by necessity, was historically often the smartest person in the throne room. Certainly, Zelenskyy's charisma and quick wit has had a lot to do with the world not turning yet another blind eye to what Russia's doing in Ukraine.