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8th Mar '17 3:14:31 PM ZimFan89
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** At the start of Episode 4, Zim and Skoodge somehow fail to notice [[CanisMajor Phil]] in the same room as them, despite his size.
8th Mar '17 2:47:43 PM Discar
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* In ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'', Lift fails to notice the Indicium -- the only building in Yeddaw that sticks above the ground level -- until it's pointed out to her. Keep in mind that she actually ran to the city from the hills, and even commented on how flat it was.

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* In ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'', ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'' (a novella of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): Lift fails to notice the Indicium -- the only building in Yeddaw that sticks above the ground level -- until it's pointed out to her. Keep in mind that she actually ran to the city from the hills, and even commented on how flat it was.
4th Mar '17 7:14:40 PM LinTaylor
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* PlayedForLaughs in the {{Crossover}} between ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' and ''Series/ResshaSentaiToqger'', where Takatora gets a phone call about the HumongousMecha vs. [[MakeMyMonsterGrow Giant Monster]] battle going on, then looks out the window at '''the exact moment''' the two giants leave his field of vision. He tells the person on the other end of the line "That's ridiculous, get back to work" and wonders if he's the OnlySaneMan in the company.
** The gag was repeated the next year in the crossover between ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'' and ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'', except this time Brain saw the battle and desperately tried to point it out to a disbelieving Heart and Medic.
2nd Mar '17 11:46:31 AM Spirend
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*Both games in the ''{{VideoGame/Fairune}}'' series feature hidden pathways difficult to see for the player due to the top-down view, which should be readily visible for Hope Girl. Especially egregious and silly when you realize these paths in the Grasslands of Fairune 1 and the Green Fields and Snowy Fields [[spoiler:and the Ashen World]] of 2 take the form of floating trunkless tree foliage.
27th Feb '17 2:29:54 PM ConnorMcLay
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* In Machinima series ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' Badass ActionGirl heroine Tex at one point says she is going to go take out a small army of mooks. Knowing that she is a StealthExpert the audience naturally expects her to move in ninja style and take them on one at a time. Instead she picks a single target and starts thrashing him loudly and in full view. The sentries watching guard continue their inane conversation, even raising their voices to be heard over the screams of their distressed comrade who is right behind them.
21st Feb '17 8:26:51 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** In "Baelor", Arya is by far the most conspicuous person in the crowd, yet no-one but Ned notices her outright.
** Despite suffering FlayingAlive {{Fingore}} on an X-shaped crucifix, Theon fails to guess his torturers are House Bolton, whose sigil is literally a flayed man on just such a cross.
* In ''Series/LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple'', if a team enters with 1 and a half pendants (used to make a temple guard go away, and you need a whole pendant to do so), another half pendant is hidden somewhere in the temple. It's usually hanging from a button that needs to be pressed to open the only unlocked door, but the teammate that needs it usually walks right by it.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'':
** In "Baelor", Arya is by far A criminal planning to rob a jewelry store at gunpoint failed to notice that he entered the most conspicuous person wrong store... and found himself [[TooDumbToLive attempting to hold up a gun shop]].
** Related is the tale of a would-be robber who tried to hold up a gun store, despite walking ''[[TooDumbToLive past]]'' a marked police cruiser sitting outside. Featured
in the crowd, yet no-one but Ned notices her outright.
Website/DarwinAwards.
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'':
** Despite suffering FlayingAlive {{Fingore}} on an X-shaped crucifix, Theon fails A surprisingly non-lethal variant, when Simmons walks into the lab and immediately starts telling Fitz about the covert research they've been conducting together, failing to guess his torturers are House Bolton, whose sigil notice that [[TheMole May]] is standing literally right next to him. Luckily, Fitz is able to stop her from giving away anything definitely incriminating, and the other agents are mercifully better at spot-checks.
** Another benign one in "Parting Shot" where Hunter and Bobbi, the former being an expert soldier and mercenary and the latter one of the best spies in the world, somehow fail to notice that [[spoiler: all of their former co-workers are in the bar with them]] at the end of the episode. Especially strange since they managed to peg
a flayed man complete stranger as a tail in the same scene. Luckily, the people involved aren't hostile and it leads to a HeartwarmingMoment.
* Happens all the time
on just such a cross.
* In ''Series/LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple'', if
''Series/TheAmazingRace'' when a team enters with 1 and a half pendants (used to make a temple guard go away, and you need a whole pendant to do so), another half pendant is hidden somewhere in the temple. It's usually hanging from a button that needs to be pressed to open the only unlocked door, but the teammate that needs it usually walks right by it.a clue, and their cameraman points it out for the audience.
** Particularly good in season 17 when almost every team somehow fails to notice the cypher key covering an entire building wall.
** In season 3, several teams happily fill up their cars with unleaded gasoline, despite the warning on the gas cap that the vehicle takes diesel fuel only.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'':
** The Nazis just plain forget to check under the damn car until Walt points it out.
** In [[MeaningfulName "Face Off"]], the final episode of the 4th season, Tyrus Kitt, a goon of Gustavo Fring does a thorough check for cameras, wires, etc. in Hector "Tio" Salamanca's room at Casa Tranquila Nursing Home, however, he still misses the bomb underneath Tio's wheelchair, which Tio detonates to kill Tyrus and Tio, but also [[BodyHorror blows half of Gustavo Fring's face off]] (and he still survives barely long enough to fix his tie).



* In the ''Series/{{House}}'' episode "Skin Deep", Dr. Wilson gave a patient an ultrasound and failed to notice that she ''doesn't have a uterus''. Actually tends to be a common medical hangup among less experienced doctors (or alternatively, medical technicians and such who have worked so long ''everything'' has become routine). Generally caused by patients having a specific problem, and the doctor searching for then treating that specific problem... only to miss the cancerous growth over the heart.
* Lily Charles of ''Series/PushingDaisies'' misses the fact that Chuck, [[spoiler:her daughter who thinks she's her niece,]] is back from the dead despite Chuck standing right in front of her. While Lily '''is''' [[EyepatchOfPower missing an eye]], it's her right eye that's missing/blind, and in the scene in question the obstruction was to her right -- so the eye that was best placed to see Chuck was actually her good eye.
* Basil Fawlty of ''Series/FawltyTowers'' completely fails to notice that one of his guests has died as he's serving him breakfast in bed. Basil, we suspect, tends to think of most of his guests as somebody else's problem.
* For more British goodness, a blowaway priest in one ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' episode utterly fails to notice a very large cannon pointing out of a grave at his face, just so the Bishop could get there too late to save him.
* ''Series/BreakingBad''
** The Nazis just plain forget to check under the damn car until Walt points it out.
** In [[MeaningfulName "Face Off"]], the final episode of the 4th season, Tyrus Kitt, a goon of Gustavo Fring does a thorough check for cameras, wires, etc. in Hector "Tio" Salamanca's room at Casa Tranquila Nursing Home, however, he still misses the bomb underneath Tio's wheelchair, which Tio detonates to kill Tyrus and Tio, but also [[BodyHorror blows half of Gustavo Fring's face off]] (and he still survives barely long enough to fix his tie).
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'':
** In an episode, Gibbs comes upon the aftermath of a shootout in Mexico. Ocean on one side, desert on the other, and as soon as Gibbs dismounts there's a man with a gun behind him. We guess he was hiding behind the horse?
** In the episode "Jurisdiction", Gibbs and [=DiNozzo=] go into a house with guns drawn and searching for bad guys, and [=DiNozzo=] calls "clear!" on a room with a CGIS agent in it that [=DiNozzo=] would have easily seen, if he'd bothered to look anywhere but straight ahead.
* ''{{Series/Wipeout|2008}}'' has the infamous [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cslbz3X2mQE "Where's the pole?"]] incident (at 1:30). To wit, the contestant was doing great until she was unable to find a thirty foot pole that was ''right in front of her''. According to her, "[[LameExcuse I thought the pole was yellow!]]"

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* In a 2008 game of ''Series/DealOrNoDeal'', host Howie Mandel secretly invited a player's sister to appear as a model with a suitcase. He'd tried prodding the ''Series/{{House}}'' episode "Skin Deep", Dr. Wilson gave player into realizing her sister was there, but she, ''and her parents'' who were also there, kept missing it. It was a patient an ultrasound good thing Howie shaved off his hair otherwise he'd have ripped it out. One wonders if the sister was TheUnfavourite in the family.
-->'''Player:''' Am I missing something?\\
'''Howie:''' Are you missing something? '''''YES!''''' Look at the model holding the briefcase!
* In ''Series/DoctorSynTheScarecrow'', Syn, Mipps, and John all sneak into Dover Castle disguised as a press-gang to free the prisoners inside. Lieutenant Brackenbury sees through at once, but he lets them through as he's doing a HeelFaceTurn. When General Pugh berates him later for "not recognizing" them, Brackenbury points out that ''Pugh'' met them himself
and failed to notice that she ''doesn't have a uterus''. Actually tends to be a common medical hangup among less experienced doctors (or alternatively, medical technicians and such who have worked so long ''everything'' has become routine). Generally caused by patients having a specific problem, and the doctor searching for then treating that specific problem... only to miss the cancerous growth over the heart.
* Lily Charles of ''Series/PushingDaisies'' misses the fact that Chuck, [[spoiler:her daughter who thinks she's her niece,]] is back from the dead
pick up on it, despite Chuck standing right in front of her. While Lily '''is''' [[EyepatchOfPower missing an eye]], it's her right eye that's missing/blind, and in seeing Syn all the scene in question time at the obstruction was to her right -- so the eye that was best placed to see Chuck was actually her good eye.
* Basil Fawlty of ''Series/FawltyTowers'' completely fails to notice that one of his guests has died as he's serving him breakfast in bed. Basil, we suspect, tends to think of most of his guests as somebody else's problem.
* For more British goodness, a blowaway priest in one ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' episode utterly fails to notice a very large cannon pointing out of a grave at his face, just so the Bishop could get there too late to save him.
* ''Series/BreakingBad''
** The Nazis just plain forget to check under the damn car until Walt points it out.
** In [[MeaningfulName "Face Off"]], the final episode of the 4th season, Tyrus Kitt, a goon of Gustavo Fring does a thorough check for cameras, wires, etc. in Hector "Tio" Salamanca's room at Casa Tranquila Nursing Home, however, he still misses the bomb underneath Tio's wheelchair, which Tio detonates to kill Tyrus and Tio, but also [[BodyHorror blows half of Gustavo Fring's face off]] (and he still survives barely long enough to fix his tie).
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'':
** In an episode, Gibbs comes upon the aftermath of a shootout in Mexico. Ocean on one side, desert on the other, and as soon as Gibbs dismounts there's a man with a gun behind him. We guess he was hiding behind the horse?
** In the episode "Jurisdiction", Gibbs and [=DiNozzo=] go into a house with guns drawn and searching for bad guys, and [=DiNozzo=] calls "clear!" on a room with a CGIS agent in it that [=DiNozzo=] would have easily seen, if he'd bothered to look anywhere but straight ahead.
* ''{{Series/Wipeout|2008}}'' has the infamous [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cslbz3X2mQE "Where's the pole?"]] incident (at 1:30). To wit, the contestant was doing great until she was unable to find a thirty foot pole that was ''right in front of her''. According to her, "[[LameExcuse I thought the pole was yellow!]]"
Squire's house.



** This trope is common throughout the original series where the Doctor and/or his companions will be "concealed" so long as the villain doesn't casually glance in their direction. Which he never does of course.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E1TheDominators The Dominators]]", the second Doctor notes that a volcano is erupting on the island he is on, but needs to have it pointed out to him that he should probably leave because ''a volcano is erupting on the island he is on''.
** The Doctor in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E2TheMindRobber The Mind Robber]]" spectacularly fails to remember what Jamie is supposed to look like when he has to reassemble his face. This gives rise to a headcanon that Time Lords are slightly face-blind, or don't recognize other people in the same way as others.
** In the first episode of the original series story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E6Earthshock "Earthshock"]], a pair of assassin robots dart down a corridor just before a soldier turns to look. While the robots themselves are out of view, their shadows are clearly visible retreating down the passage; however, the soldier completely fails to notice ''despite staring straight at them''.
** The technology of "perception filters" are often used as a {{Handwave}} whenever the plot demands that something not be noticed until it needs to be dramatically revealed. The basic principle is that perception filters don't stop you ''seeing'' something, but will stop you ''noticing'' something unless you are either already aware of it or are specifically looking for it, and even then it takes effort to consciously spot it. For things that you would never consciously think about, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour like the number of doors in your house]] or [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger whether your house actually has an upstairs]], the filters are pretty fool-proof, and even the Doctor is not immune to their effects.
*** At one point the Doctor incorporates the technology to sneak around. While demonstrating it and telling Rose to focus on looking at him, she described the effect as "It's like.. I can see you, but I don't want to."

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** This trope is common throughout the original classic series where the Doctor and/or his companions will be "concealed" so long as the villain doesn't casually glance in their direction. Which he never does of course.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E1TheDominators The Dominators]]", [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E1TheDominators "The Dominators"]], the second Doctor notes that a volcano is erupting on the island he is on, but needs to have it pointed out to him that he should probably leave because ''a volcano is erupting on the island he is on''.
** The Doctor in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E2TheMindRobber The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E2TheMindRobber "The Mind Robber]]" Robber"]] spectacularly fails to remember what Jamie is supposed to look like when he has to reassemble his face. This gives rise to a headcanon that Time Lords are slightly face-blind, or don't recognize other people in the same way as others.
** In the first episode of the original classic series story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E6Earthshock "Earthshock"]], a pair of assassin robots dart down a corridor just before a soldier turns to look. While the robots themselves are out of view, their shadows are clearly visible retreating down the passage; however, the soldier completely fails to notice ''despite staring straight at them''.
** The technology of "perception filters" are often used as a {{Handwave}} whenever the plot demands that something not be noticed until it needs to be dramatically revealed. The basic principle is that perception filters don't stop you ''seeing'' something, but will stop you ''noticing'' something unless you are either already aware of it or are specifically looking for it, and even then it takes effort to consciously spot it. For things that you would never consciously think about, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour like the number of doors rooms in your house]] or [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger whether your house actually has an upstairs]], the filters are pretty fool-proof, and even the Doctor is not immune to their effects.
*** At one point the Doctor incorporates the technology to sneak around. While demonstrating it and telling Rose Martha to focus on looking at him, she described the effect as "It's like.. I can see you, but I don't want to."



--->'''The Doctor:''' Six-''billion'' pairs of eyes and you can't even spot what's in front of you.\\

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--->'''The Doctor:''' Six-''billion'' Six ''billion'' pairs of eyes and you ''still'' can't even spot what's in front of you.\\see the obvious, can you?\\



** The Eleventh Doctor, along with River Song, have one of these in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E4TheTimeOfAngels "The Time of Angels"]] when they fail to notice that [[spoiler:while the Aplan race who built the catacombs had two heads, the statues they supposedly put there only have one... so all the statues are angels who had lost their wings]].

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** The Eleventh Doctor, along with River Song, have one of these in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E4TheTimeOfAngels "The Time of Angels"]] when they fail to notice that [[spoiler:while the Aplan race who built the catacombs had two heads, the statues they supposedly put there only have one... so all the statues are angels who Angels that had lost their wings]].



--->'''The Doctor:''' Oh, missing something, obvious, [[spoiler:Rory]]! Something big, something right slap in front of me, I feel it.\\

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--->'''The Doctor:''' Oh, I'm missing something, obvious, [[spoiler:Rory]]! Something big, something right slap in front of me, I can feel it.\\it!\\



'''The Doctor:''' I'll get it in a minute.

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'''The Doctor:''' Well, I'll get it in a minute.minute. ''(walks ''out of the room'' carrying two Cyber guns)''\\
''[A loud clatter is heard from outside]''\\
'''The Doctor:''' ''(slowly walks back into the room, staring at [[spoiler:Rory]], and pokes him in the chest)''\\
[[spoiler:'''Rory:''']] ''(rocks back on his heels from the poke)''\\
'''The Doctor:''' . . . Hello again.



** In "Death in Heaven", the Doctor massively fails to notice all the Cyberman imagery everywhere.

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** In "Death in Heaven", [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E11DarkWater "Dark Water"]], the Doctor massively fails to notice all the Cyberman imagery everywhere.everywhere.
* It takes ''Series/FatherTed'' a few minutes before he realizes [[ItMakesSenseInContext the living room is full of rabbits.]]
* Basil Fawlty of ''Series/FawltyTowers'' completely fails to notice that one of his guests has died as he's serving him breakfast in bed. Basil, we suspect, tends to think of most of his guests as somebody else's problem.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** In "Baelor", Arya is by far the most conspicuous person in the crowd, yet no-one but Ned notices her outright.
** Despite suffering FlayingAlive {{Fingore}} on an X-shaped crucifix, Theon fails to guess his torturers are House Bolton, whose sigil is literally a flayed man on just such a cross.
* One episode of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' has Sophia get misplaced while in the hospital. She ends up in an elevator. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Blanche go to the hospital to search for her. At one point, they get into said elevator, take it to a different floor, and get out without Dorothy and Blanche or Sophia noticing each other.
* In the ''Series/{{House}}'' episode "Skin Deep", Dr. Wilson gave a patient an ultrasound and failed to notice that she ''doesn't have a uterus''. Actually tends to be a common medical hangup among less experienced doctors (or alternatively, medical technicians and such who have worked so long ''everything'' has become routine). Generally caused by patients having a specific problem, and the doctor searching for and then treating that specific problem... only to miss the cancerous growth over the heart.



* Happens all the time on ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' when a team walks by a clue, and their cameraman points it out for the audience.
** Particularly good in season 17 when almost every team somehow fails to notice the cypher key covering an entire building wall.
** In season 3, several teams happily fill up their cars with unleaded gasoline, despite the warning on the gas cap that the vehicle takes diesel fuel only.
* ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'':
** A criminal planning to rob a jewelry store at gunpoint failed to notice that he entered the wrong store... and found himself [[TooDumbToLive attempting to hold up a gun shop]].
** Related is the tale of a would-be robber who tried to hold up a gun store, despite walking ''[[TooDumbToLive past]]'' a marked police cruiser sitting outside. Featured in the Website/DarwinAwards.

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* Happens all GSN game show ''Idiotest'' exploits this. The visual puzzles presented to contestants are designed to test their observation skills. While often filled with misleads and misdirection, the time on ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' when correct answer is usually blatantly obvious.
* In ''Series/LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple'', if
a team enters with 1 and a half pendants (used to make a temple guard go away, and you need a whole pendant to do so), another half pendant is hidden somewhere in the temple. It's usually hanging from a button that needs to be pressed to open the only unlocked door, but the teammate that needs it usually walks right by it.
* On the Creator/DiscoveryChannel series ''Mind Blast'', to demonstrate this trope in action, they had
a clue, and clown on a unicycle ride through a crowded plaza. The people on their cameraman points it out for cell phones were completely oblivious to the audience.
** Particularly good in season 17
existence of said clown, even saying they saw no clown when almost every team somehow they were asked about it later.
* For more British goodness, a blowaway priest in one ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' episode utterly
fails to notice a very large cannon pointing out of a grave at his face, just so the cypher key covering Bishop could get there too late to save him.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'':
** In
an entire episode, Gibbs comes upon the aftermath of a shootout in Mexico. Ocean on one side, desert on the other, and as soon as Gibbs dismounts there's a man with a gun behind him. We guess he was hiding behind the horse?
** In the episode "Jurisdiction", Gibbs and [=DiNozzo=] go into a house with guns drawn and searching for bad guys, and [=DiNozzo=] calls "clear!" on a room with a CGIS agent in it that [=DiNozzo=] would have easily seen, if he'd bothered to look anywhere but straight ahead.
* Lily Charles of ''Series/PushingDaisies'' misses the fact that Chuck, [[spoiler:her daughter who thinks she's her niece,]] is back from the dead despite Chuck standing right in front of her. While Lily '''is''' [[EyepatchOfPower missing an eye]], it's her right eye that's missing/blind, and in the scene in question the obstruction was to her right -- so the eye that was best placed to see Chuck was actually her good eye.
* The final task of series two of ''{{Series/Taskmaster}}'' involves the contestants
building wall.
** In season 3, several teams happily fill up their cars with unleaded gasoline, despite
a bridge that can support a potato on a model field using materials like spaghetti, straws, elastic bands, playing cards, etc. Nobody notices the warning three separate clues that there was useful building materials attached to the underside of the table; the words "debajo de la messa"--Spanish for under the table--painted on the gas cap side of a toy boat; a button on the table which lights up a clue under the table; and a sign above the doorway that tells the vehicle takes diesel fuel only.
* ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'':
** A criminal planning
contestant to rob a jewelry store at gunpoint failed to notice that he entered look under the wrong store... and found himself [[TooDumbToLive attempting to hold up a gun shop]].
** Related is
table.
* The tape [[spoiler:[[http://i.cdn.turner.com/adultswim/big/infomercials/thhpii/l/00083.mp4 00083]]]] for
the tale of a would-be robber who tried to hold up a gun store, despite walking ''[[TooDumbToLive past]]'' a marked police cruiser sitting outside. Featured family 00437 in ''Series/ThisHouseHasPeopleInIt'' has the Website/DarwinAwards.family failing to see the very obvious presence of the [[spoiler:[[HumanoidAbomination pink humanoid]]]].



* One episode of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' has Sophia get misplaced while in the hospital. She ends up in an elevator. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Blanche go to the hospital to search for her. At one point, they get into said elevator, take it to a different floor, and get out without Dorothy and Blanche or Sophia noticing each other.



* ''{{Series/Wipeout|2008}}'' has the infamous [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cslbz3X2mQE "Where's the pole?"]] incident (at 1:30). To wit, the contestant was doing great until she was unable to find a thirty foot pole that was ''right in front of her''. According to her, "[[LameExcuse I thought the pole was yellow!]]"



* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'':
** A surprisingly non-lethal variant, when Simmons walks into the lab and immediately starts telling Fitz about the covert research they've been conducting together, failing to notice that [[TheMole May]] is standing literally right next to him. Luckily, Fitz is able to stop her from giving away anything definitely incriminating, and the other agents are mercifully better at spot-checks.
** Another benign one in "Parting Shot" where Hunter and Bobbi, the former being an expert soldier and mercenary and the latter one of the best spies in the world, somehow fail to notice that [[spoiler: all of their former co-workers are in the bar with them]] at the end of the episode. Especially strange since they managed to peg a complete stranger as a tail in the same scene. Luckily, the people involved aren't hostile and it leads to a HeartwarmingMoment.
* In a 2008 game of ''Series/DealOrNoDeal'', host Howie Mandel secretly invited a player's sister to appear as a model with a suitcase. He'd tried prodding the player into realizing her sister was there, but she, ''and her parents'' who were also there, kept missing it. It was a good thing Howie shaved off his hair otherwise he'd have ripped it out. One wonders if the sister was TheUnfavourite in the family.
-->'''Player:''' Am I missing something?\\
'''Howie:''' Are you missing something? '''''YES!''''' Look at the model holding the briefcase!
* On the Creator/DiscoveryChannel series ''Mind Blast'', to demonstrate this trope in action, they had a clown on a unicycle ride through a crowded plaza. The people on their cell phones were completely oblivious to the existence of said clown, even saying they saw no clown when they were asked about it later.
* It takes ''Series/FatherTed'' a few minutes before he realizes [[ItMakesSenseInContext the living room is full of rabbits.]]
* GSN game show ''Idiotest'' exploits this. The visual puzzles presented to contestants are designed to test their observation skills. While often filled with misleads and misdirection, the correct answer is usually blatantly obvious.
* The final task of series two of ''{{Series/Taskmaster}}'' involves the contestants building a bridge that can support a potato on a model field using materials like spaghetti, straws, elastic bands, playing cards, etc. Nobody notices the three separate clues that there was useful building materials attached to the underside of the table; the words "debajo de la messa"--Spanish for under the table--painted on the side of a toy boat; a button on the table which lights up a clue under the table; and a sign above the doorway that tells the contestant to look under the table.
* The tape [[spoiler:[[http://i.cdn.turner.com/adultswim/big/infomercials/thhpii/l/00083.mp4 00083]]]] for the family 00437 in ''Series/ThisHouseHasPeopleInIt'' has the family failing to see the very obvious presence of the [[spoiler:[[HumanoidAbomination pink humanoid]]]].
* In ''Series/DoctorSynTheScarecrow'', Syn, Mipps, and John all sneak into Dover Castle disguised as a press-gang to free the prisoners inside. Lieutenant Brackenbury sees through at once, but he lets them through as he's doing a HeelFaceTurn. When General Pugh berates him later for "not recognizing" them, Brackenbury points out that ''Pugh'' met them himself and failed to pick up on it, despite seeing Syn all the time at the Squire's house.
20th Feb '17 1:38:22 AM legendaryweredragon
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* In the music video for the ''Music/CaravanPalace'' song "Lone Digger," the dancer is completely oblivious to the fact that a [[{{Gorn}} very bloody]] fight is happening around her, even when blood splashes on her body, until the end of the video when everybody else is dead.
8th Feb '17 11:37:33 PM RevolutionStone
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* This is one reason for many of the most infamous chokes in VideoGame/Osu and other rhythm games, especially when exploited by mappers hiding what needs to be hit next on an animated/bright background or after/under something that's drawn the player's focus/muscle memory elsewhere. For Osu! specifically, it's also a problem with marathon maps or particularly difficult sequences, especially when nearing the end of a map.
24th Jan '17 2:23:38 PM margdean56
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* In ''[[ComicBook/XWingSeries The X-Wing Series]]'', Wedge is preparing to depart on a mission where he is disguised as Han Solo. He is travelling on an imitation of the ''Millenium Falcon'' dubbed the ''Millenium Falsehood'' and has Chewbacca along to fly and help maintain the charade. Literally minutes before launch, Wes Janson points out to Wedge the minor detail that has been overlooked:
-->'''Wes Janson:''' Wedge, you don't speak Wookie.

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* In ''[[ComicBook/XWingSeries The X-Wing Series]]'', Wedge is preparing to depart on a mission where he is disguised as Han Solo. He is travelling on an imitation of the ''Millenium ''Millennium Falcon'' dubbed the ''Millenium ''Millennium Falsehood'' and has Chewbacca along to fly and help maintain the charade. Literally minutes before launch, Wes Janson points out to Wedge the minor detail that has been overlooked:
-->'''Wes Janson:''' Wedge, you don't speak Wookie.Wookiee.



* In ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'', Lift fails to notice the Indicium - the only building in Yeddaw that sticks above the ground level - until it's pointed out to her. Keep in mind that she actually ran to the city from the hills, and even commented on how flat it was.

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* In ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'', Lift fails to notice the Indicium - -- the only building in Yeddaw that sticks above the ground level - -- until it's pointed out to her. Keep in mind that she actually ran to the city from the hills, and even commented on how flat it was.
24th Jan '17 2:20:05 PM margdean56
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* In ''Literature/BattlefieldEarth'' (the book), Fort Knox was one of the first places the gold-loving Psychlos hit. The humans get the gold for their plan from an armored car, which still leads to the same problems an in the movie, of how the Psychlos missed all the gold that humans had already mined.

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* In ''Literature/BattlefieldEarth'' (the book), Fort Knox was is one of the first places the gold-loving Psychlos hit. The humans get the gold for their plan from an armored car, which still leads to the same problems an problem as in the movie, of how the Psychlos missed all the gold that humans had already mined.
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