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4th Dec '16 3:07:53 PM merotoker
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* ''BoardGame/{{Scrabble}}''. Seriously, how many times did you have the letters to make a high-scoring word but didn't notice it. (Homer had this problem in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E2BartTheGenius Bart the Genius]]", where he didn't realize he could have spelled "oxidize".)



** In Act II, after fighting off a vampire agent in Ashton City, Moka fails to realize several obvious things (the agent's [[FightingFingerprint fighting style]], personal knowledge of Moka, and voice over the radio) that prove the agent's identity as her sister Akua, even [[GenreBlind dismissing the odd coincidence]] that Akua and Kahlua just ''happened'' to show up at Yokai Academy right after the gang returned there from Ashton City. It isn't until Act III chapter 42, where the group discovers from Hokuto that Akua and Kahlua lied and Fairy Tale is not only still active, but coming to Yokai Academy for a full-scale attack, that Moka puts it together; she promptly [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] how blind she was to ''not'' have put it together beforehand.

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** In Act II, after fighting off a vampire agent in Ashton City, Moka fails to realize several obvious things (the agent's [[FightingFingerprint fighting style]], personal knowledge of Moka, and voice over the radio) that prove the agent's identity as her sister Akua, even [[GenreBlind [[GenreBlindness dismissing the odd coincidence]] that Akua and Kahlua just ''happened'' to show up at Yokai Academy right after the gang returned there from Ashton City. It isn't until Act III chapter 42, where the group discovers from Hokuto that Akua and Kahlua lied and Fairy Tale is not only still active, but coming to Yokai Academy for a full-scale attack, that Moka puts it together; she promptly [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] how blind she was to ''not'' have put it together beforehand.



* In the ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' fanfic ''FanFic/TeachingDarkness'', this happens to Iblis when the sun sets, giving Dark the advantage.

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* In the ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' fanfic ''FanFic/TeachingDarkness'', this happens to Iblis when the sun sets, giving Dark the advantage.



* One of the {{Big Bad}}s gets killed in ''Film/DumbAndDumberTo'' because he didn't notice [[spoiler: the car had parked on train tracks.]]

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* One of the {{Big Bad}}s gets killed in ''Film/DumbAndDumberTo'' because he didn't notice [[spoiler: the car had parked on train tracks.]]tracks]].



* ''{{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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* ''{{Series/Wipeout|2008}}'' has the infamous [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cslbz3X2mQE "Where's the pole?"]] incident (at 1:30).
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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!]]"



* 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 seperate 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.

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* 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 seperate 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.



* ''BoardGame/{{Scrabble}}. Seriously, how many times did you have the letters to make a high-scoring word but didn't notice it. (Homer had this problem in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E2BartTheGenius", where he didn't realize he could have spelled "oxidize".)



* In ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'' (the sequel to ''999''), Sigma ''badly'' fails a spot check when he doesn't realize [[spoiler:his voice has changed, or that he's missing an eye, or that with the exception of his arms he's suddenly ''67 years old.'']]

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* In ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'' (the sequel to ''999''), Sigma ''badly'' fails a spot check when he doesn't realize [[spoiler:his voice has changed, or that he's missing an eye, or that with the exception of his arms he's suddenly ''67 years old.'']]old'']].



* [[WebAnimation/ASDFMovie "Hey guys, check out my new camera!"]] '''[[BoomHeadshot *BANG*]]''' "Oh wait, this isn't a camera."

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* [[WebAnimation/ASDFMovie ''WebAnimation/{{asdfmovie}}'': "Hey guys, check out my new camera!"]] camera!" '''[[BoomHeadshot *BANG*]]''' "Oh wait, this isn't a camera."



** It's implied that Equius's "Heir of Void" power amounts to being able to make things impossible to spot check. This can range from [[{{Squick}} pixellization on musclebeast penises]] to [[spoiler:hiding something from the omniscient view of a god.]] Specifically, it was implied with his Ancestor [[AwesomeMcCoolname Darkleer]], who had the ability of the Void.

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** It's implied that Equius's "Heir of Void" power amounts to being able to make things impossible to spot check. This can range from [[{{Squick}} pixellization on musclebeast penises]] to [[spoiler:hiding something from the omniscient view of a god.]] god]]. Specifically, it was implied with his Ancestor [[AwesomeMcCoolname Darkleer]], who had the ability of the Void.



* Yeagar doesn't seem to notice that the guy he's asking for directions is a demon from the pits of Hell (albeit a polite one) carrying a victim in [[http://comic.nodwick.com/?comic=2004-02-05 one strip]] of ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}''.

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* Yeagar doesn't seem to notice that the guy he's asking for directions is a demon from the pits of Hell (albeit a polite one) carrying a victim in [[http://comic.nodwick.com/?comic=2004-02-05 one strip]] of ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}''.''ComicStrip/{{Nodwick}}''.



* Creator/TeamFourStar [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this during their Let's Play of ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', when a giant Covenant capitol ship destroys a human ship idly floating below it.

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* Creator/TeamFourStar [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this during their Let's Play of ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', when a giant Covenant capitol ship destroys a human ship idly floating below it.



* ''Website/NotAlwaysRight'': [[http://notalwaysright.com/your-bigotry-is-kilting-me/22326 This guy]] stopped at a cultural heritage event to rant about Mexican immigrants. The event in question? ''The Scottish Highland Games''.
** Meanwhile, on ''Not Always Friendly'', the world's dumbest carjacker realizes that a stopped car by the side of a road [[https://notalwaysfriendly.com/quick-carjack-turnaround/38738 probably wasn't a good target after all]].
---> My car is broken down, genius! You just carjacked a dead lemon!

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* ''Website/NotAlwaysRight'': ''Website/NotAlwaysRight'':
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[[http://notalwaysright.com/your-bigotry-is-kilting-me/22326 This guy]] stopped at a cultural heritage event to rant about Mexican immigrants. The event in question? ''The Scottish Highland Games''.
** Meanwhile, on ''Not [[https://notalwaysright.com/fact-check-fail/1562 This customer]] complains about what happened at the drive-thru but misses one crucial detail.
* This ''[[NotAlwaysRight/SisterSites Not
Always Friendly'', Friendly]]'' entry has the world's dumbest carjacker realizes realize that a stopped car by the side of a road [[https://notalwaysfriendly.com/quick-carjack-turnaround/38738 probably wasn't a good target after all]].
---> --> My car is broken down, genius! You just carjacked a dead lemon!



** In "Oh, Brother, Where Are Thou?" Homer asks the director of the Shelbyville Orphanage where his long-lost brother lives.
-->'''Director''': Your brother could be anywhere. Even ... Detroit.\\
'''Homer''': I know he could be anywhere, that's why I want you to narrow it down! Please!\\
'''Director''': You know, Mr. Simpson, if you ask me, the city of brotherly love isn't Philadelphia, it's ... Detroit.\\
'''Homer''': Well, if you asked me, changing the subject makes you the most worthless, heartless excuse for a human being I ever…\\
'''Director''': Read between the lines, Mr. Simpson!\\
'''Homer''': Oh, I get it! Okay. Here's twenty bucks. Now will you tell me where my brother lives?\\
'''Director''': Mr. Simpson, I don't want your--\\
'''Homer''': Just take it and tell me!\\
'''Director''': Detroit. He lives in Detroit.\\
'''Homer''': Fine! Thank you!



** In "Children of a Lesser Clod", Ned Flanders has Homer babysit his sons so he can go to a "Christian rock concert". A close-up shot of his ticket shows that he's actually going to a ChrisRock concert. Even when he gets home he's clueless; as he tells Homer, "You know, it's strange, I've never heard a minister use the M-F word so much..."

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** In "Children of a Lesser Clod", Ned Flanders has Homer babysit his sons so he can go to a "Christian rock concert". A close-up shot of his ticket shows that he's actually going to a ChrisRock Creator/ChrisRock concert. Even when he gets home he's clueless; as he tells Homer, "You know, it's strange, I've never heard a minister use the M-F word so much..."



* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "The Coon", Cartman poses as a superhero. When he reports his findings to the police, he "disappears" while talking to them, only to reveal that he is now on the other side of the room. They lose track of him again moments later when he moves back to his original position. Seconds after that, they once again can't find him, until he announces that he's about one foot to the left of where he had been.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
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In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "The Coon", Cartman poses as a superhero. When he reports his findings to the police, he "disappears" while talking to them, only to reveal that he is now on the other side of the room. They lose track of him again moments later when he moves back to his original position. Seconds after that, they once again can't find him, until he announces that he's about one foot to the left of where he had been.



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1st Dec '16 10:54:28 PM OptimalKahada
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* In the demo for ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard'', you have to watch a video tape. After it's over, there will be a note sitting front of the TV that wasn't there before. How on earth the character missed a note appearing ''right in front of the TV he's watching'' is a mystery for the ages.
27th Nov '16 8:18:40 PM eowynjedi
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* 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.
24th Nov '16 6:27:14 PM ZimFan89
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* ''Fanfic/TheNewAdventuresOfInvaderZim'' does this a few times:
** Dib does this twice in the first chapter — first, when he overlooks the Big Red Button on the Spittle Runner's console, and later when he's trying to escape Norlock's castle and doesn't see a nearby window right away.
** In Episode 2, Dib is keeping an eye out for Zim at the Parent Teacher conference, and yet Zim's whole group sneaks up behind him.
** In Episode 7, when Dib and Steve are hiking through the woods to reach the unburied Meekrob ship, they completely miss a dirt road leading right there. Though Dib comments it wasn't on the map, so it's not entirely their fault.
** Also in Episode 7, Zim fails to notice Dib and Steve's presence in the Children of the Bright and Shining Saucer camp, until they speak up.
13th Nov '16 12:54:50 PM mystery_kcad
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** In the season 3 episode "The Succubus", there's a RunningGag of Chef's parents telling stories of the Loch Ness Monster's increasingly ridiculous attempts to get them to give him tree-fiddy [[note]]three dollars and fifty cents[[/note]]. One such story involves the monster dressing up as a Girl Scout selling cookies. Chef's parents don't recognize him...at first.
-->'''Chef's Dad''': Well it was about that time that I noticed this ''Girl Scout'' was about eight stories tall and was a crustacean from the Peleozoic Era.
11th Nov '16 12:00:54 AM tdwally
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* Subverted in ''Manga/ZatchBell''. Zofis shoots an explosive spell at Sherry and, believing her killed, departs the area. Obscured by the smoke from the spell, Sherry had actually survived when Brago arrived and [[TakingTheBullet Took The Bullet]] for her. When they next met, Brago points out that with Zofis's SupernaturalSensitivity the idea that he could miss another demon standing right in front of him is absurd. Which Brago takes to mean Zofis knew full well he was there and ran rather than face him.
10th Nov '16 10:02:05 PM Stealth
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* Because people tend to rely on the radar for detection alerts in ''VideoGame/MechWarrior Online'', a viable tactic for ambushing is to shut your 'Mech down in some isolated corner or blind alley and just ''wait.'' A surprising number of people don't actually notice when they walk right by a 'Mech because it doesn't show up on their radar until it's too late. Even the 100-ton ''Atlas'' can go unnoticed this way. Players who over-rely on the Seismic Sensor equipment also tend to miss obvious enemies because their 'Mechs were holding still, which naturally does not trigger the Seismic Sensor.
5th Nov '16 5:18:09 PM drbreakfast
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* In ''Film/Halloween1978'', Dr. Loomis is looking for proof that Michael Myers has returned to Haddonfield. He hangs around the old Myers house for ''hours'' before noticing that Michael's stolen car is parked on the street nearby, which would have saved him a lot of trouble earlier.
4th Nov '16 10:13:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious 2 Fast 2 Furious]]'', Agent Dunn performs a rather JustForFun/{{egregious}} example while drinking from a soda cup from Gallo's Pizza.

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* In ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious 2 Fast 2 Furious]]'', ''Film/TwoFastTwoFurious'', Agent Dunn performs a rather JustForFun/{{egregious}} example while drinking from a soda cup from Gallo's Pizza.
4th Nov '16 10:12:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/{{Mindhunters}}'': In a DangerRoomColdOpen situation, two FBI trainees enter a house to save a serial killer's latest victim and declare the area safe before they're both "killed" by a second perpetrator. Their supervisor later chews them out about all the telltale signs they missed that the killer might have had an accomplice, including two cars parked in the front.
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