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10th Jun '17 9:03:52 AM karstovich2
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* Similar in surgeries -- ask any surgeon who's been in the game long enough if they've left something in somebody or known somebody who has. Checklists and questions may seem annoying or unnecessary but its all too easy to glaze over glaringly obvious things. Going double when you have just spent over an hour doing delicate work with a person's life in your hands and now are almost finished and just want to go sit down and do anything else. A common (a study done suggests it happens in 12.5% of surgeries) mistake among surgeons is to leave surgical equipment ''inside the patient.'' This can vary from relatively harmless sponges to life-threatening knife blades.

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* Similar in surgeries -- ask any surgeon who's been in the game long enough if they've left something in somebody or known somebody who has. Checklists and questions may seem annoying or unnecessary but its all too easy to glaze over glaringly obvious things. Going double when you have just spent over an hour doing delicate work with a person's life in your hands and now are almost finished and just want to go sit down and do anything else. A common (a study done suggests it happens in 12.5% of surgeries) mistake among surgeons is to leave surgical equipment ''inside the patient.'' This can vary from relatively harmless sponges and surgical gloves to life-threatening knife blades.blades. These incidents are common enough that they are today considered the main form of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res_ipsa_loquitur res ipsa loquitur]]'' ("the thing speaks for itself") in modern tort law.
9th Jun '17 10:39:57 AM TheCuza
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--->'''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 Paleozoic Era.

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--->'''Chef's Dad:''' Well it was about that time that I noticed this ''Girl Scout'' "Girl Scout" was about eight stories tall and was a crustacean from the Paleozoic Era.
9th Jun '17 10:36:06 AM TheCuza
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* Happens to WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck a lot. The best example is from "The Justice Ducks". Darkwing finds a lone crumb which -- using ridiculously advanced levels of obscure knowledge and Sherlock Logic -- he uses to track down Negaduck's headquarters, which has a giant flag with Negaduck's head on it.
-->'''Negaduck:''' I see you found the crumb. I ''knew'' you'd never notice the enormous flag.

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* Happens to WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck a lot. The best example is from "The "Just Us Justice Ducks". Darkwing finds a lone crumb which -- using ridiculously advanced levels Ducks"; Darkwing, searching the crime scene for clues to the location of obscure knowledge and Sherlock Logic -- he uses to track down Negaduck's headquarters, which has a hideout, is totally oblivious to [[FunnyBackgroundEvent the building in the background currently raising the giant flag with Negaduck's head face on it.
-->'''Negaduck:''' I
it]], but easily spots a tiny bread crumb on the ground which he analyzes under a microscope and determines the hideout's location from that alone. Negaduck even planted the crumb there ''on purpose'' because he new damn well DW wouldn't see you found the crumb. I ''knew'' you'd never notice the enormous flag.
9th Jun '17 2:27:41 AM StFan
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--->'''Moe''' ''[lightheartedly]'' Bet you've been gettin' on a lot of trouble, eh?\\

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--->'''Moe''' --->'''Moe:''' ''[lightheartedly]'' Bet you've been gettin' on a lot of trouble, eh?\\



* WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls fail to notice they're being followed by a tank, a bunch of [[WesternAnimation/WackyRaces Wacky Racer]]-esque cars, and Professor Utonium while they're searching for the MacGuffin of "The Powerpuff Girls Rule".

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* WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls fail to notice they're being followed by a tank, a bunch of [[WesternAnimation/WackyRaces Wacky Racer]]-esque WesternAnimation/{{Wacky Race|s}}r-esque cars, and Professor Utonium while they're searching for the MacGuffin of "The Powerpuff Girls Rule".



** In the historical pageant from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]]", the three rulers of the pony races all get through speeches claiming the future land of Equestria as their new home... before realizing the other two are nearby. Which is kind of a subversion when you consider scale. One was on the side of a mountain, another in the valley, and the third was on top of a cloud.

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** In the historical pageant from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]]", the three rulers of the pony races all get through speeches claiming the future land of Equestria as their new home... before realizing the other two are nearby. Which is kind of a subversion when you consider scale. One was is on the side of a mountain, another in the valley, and the third was is on top of a cloud.



--->'''Twilight:''' [[LampshadeHanging Huh, how did I miss that?]]
** "The Cutie Mark Chronicles" gives "Sonic Rainboom" a justified example with [[JerkJock Billy and Hoops]]: they said there was no such thing as [[spoiler:a sonic rainboom despite having been in a race that produced one]]. However, seeing as at the moment it happened one was spinning out of control and the other painfully ensconced in a pillar, they would have needed Critical Success on their spot checks to notice it.

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--->'''Twilight:''' --->'''Twilight Sparkle:''' [[LampshadeHanging Huh, how did I miss that?]]
** "The "[[hRecap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles The Cutie Mark Chronicles" Chronicles]]" gives "Sonic Rainboom" "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]" a justified example with [[JerkJock Billy and Hoops]]: they said there was no such thing as [[spoiler:a sonic rainboom despite having been in a race that produced one]]. However, seeing as at the moment it happened one was spinning out of control and the other painfully ensconced in a pillar, they would have needed Critical Success on their spot checks to notice it.
9th Jun '17 2:17:21 AM StFan
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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E1TheDominators "The Dominators"]], the 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 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''.

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E1TheDominators "The Dominators"]], "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E1TheDominators The Dominators]]", the 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 classic series story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E6Earthshock "Earthshock"]], "[[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 Ninth Doctor does this in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose "Rose"]]: he and Rose are discussing the Nestene invasion plans by the Thames, with a clear view of the London Eye, and the Doctor mentions that the Nestenes will need an enormous transmitter. "What's it look like?" "Like a transmitter, round and massive. Smack dab in the middle of London, must be completely invisible." She has to make him turn around ''three times'' before the penny drops.
** [[MagnificentBastard The Master]] isn't immune either. In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]], he converts 99.9999999...% of the human race into copies of himself and ''still'' fails a spot check, something which the Tenth Doctor is only too delighted to point out.

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** The Ninth Doctor does this in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose "Rose"]]: "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose Rose]]": he and Rose are discussing the Nestene invasion plans by the Thames, with a clear view of the London Eye, and the Doctor mentions that the Nestenes will need an enormous transmitter. "What's it look like?" "Like a transmitter, round and massive. Smack dab in the middle of London, must be completely invisible." She has to make him turn around ''three times'' before the penny drops.
** [[MagnificentBastard The Master]] isn't immune either. In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End of Time"]], Time]]", he converts 99.9999999...% of the human race into copies of himself and ''still'' fails a spot check, something which the Tenth Doctor is only too delighted to point out.



'''The Doctor:''' ''[gesturing to the guard aiming a gun at Wilfred Mott]'' That guard is two inches too tall. ''[Guard knocks the Master flat on his back]''
** The Eleventh Doctor and 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 that had lost their wings]].

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'''The Doctor:''' ''[gesturing to the guard aiming a gun at Wilfred Mott]'' That guard is two inches too tall. ''[Guard ''[guard knocks the Master flat on his back]''
** The Eleventh Doctor and River Song have one of these in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E4TheTimeOfAngels "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E4TheTimeOfAngels The Time of Angels"]], 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 that had lost their wings]].



** The Eleventh Doctor again in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens "The Pandorica Opens"]]. He's in ancient Britain during the time of the Roman occupation when one of the Roman soldiers who've joined his cause turns out to be [[spoiler:Rory Williams, who had died thousands of years in the future and then was erased completely from ever having existed by a crack in the universe. The Doctor is the only person who still remembers him]]. He tries to approach the Doctor but the Doctor, lost in thought about the other aspects of their situation, asks him to be quiet while he tries to figure it out.

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** The Eleventh Doctor again in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens The Pandorica Opens"]].Opens]]". He's in ancient Britain during the time of the Roman occupation when one of the Roman soldiers who've joined his cause turns out to be [[spoiler:Rory Williams, who had died thousands of years in the future and then was erased completely from ever having existed by a crack in the universe. The Doctor is the only person who still remembers him]]. He tries to approach the Doctor but the Doctor, lost in thought about the other aspects of their situation, asks him to be quiet while he tries to figure it out.



** In a flashback scene from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler "Let's Kill Hitler"]], it's established that Amy took ten years before she realized that Rory [[MistakenForGay was not gay]], and that there was [[SingleTargetSexuality one girl he paid attention to: Amy.]]
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong "The Wedding of River Song"]], with all of time crashing in on itself, the Doctor pleads with Amy to remember who he is... while absently picking up a model of the TARDIS on a nearby table and ignoring various sketches on her office walls depicting her adventures with the Doctor.
** Early on in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E5TimeHeist "Time Heist"]], the Doctor ponders why he isn't just using the TARDIS to do this job. Clara then brings up the more obvious question: where is the TARDIS? The Doctor admits he should have led with that.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E11DarkWater "Dark Water"]], the Doctor massively fails to notice all the Cyberman imagery everywhere.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E1ThePilot "The Pilot"]]: [[TomboyishName Bill]] takes a while to realize the TARDIS is BiggerOnTheInside after entering it -- mainly because she's known the Doctor for months by then and has only ever seen the TARDIS parked in the corner of his office, flush against two walls, and thus assumes it's a knock-through. Even after he pulls the lever to take off, she assumes it's a ''lift''. It takes exiting in a completely new location for her to catch on, which is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by the Doctor and Nardole.

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** In a flashback scene from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler "Let's "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler Let's Kill Hitler"]], Hitler]]", it's established that Amy took ten years before she realized that Rory [[MistakenForGay was not gay]], and that there was [[SingleTargetSexuality one girl he paid attention to: Amy.]]
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong The Wedding of River Song"]], Song]]", with all of time crashing in on itself, the Doctor pleads with Amy to remember who he is... while absently picking up a model of the TARDIS on a nearby table and ignoring various sketches on her office walls depicting her adventures with the Doctor.
** Early on in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E5TimeHeist "Time Heist"]], "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E5TimeHeist Time Heist]]", the Doctor ponders why he isn't just using the TARDIS to do this job. Clara then brings up the more obvious question: where is the TARDIS? The Doctor admits he should have led with that.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E11DarkWater "Dark Water"]], "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E11DarkWater Dark Water]]", the Doctor massively fails to notice all the Cyberman imagery everywhere.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E1ThePilot "The Pilot"]]: "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E1ThePilot The Pilot]]": [[TomboyishName Bill]] takes a while to realize the TARDIS is BiggerOnTheInside after entering it -- mainly because she's known the Doctor for months by then and has only ever seen the TARDIS parked in the corner of his office, flush against two walls, and thus assumes it's a knock-through. Even after he pulls the lever to take off, she assumes it's a ''lift''. It takes exiting in a completely new location for her to catch on, which is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by the Doctor and Nardole.
8th Jun '17 12:24:30 AM AthenaBlue
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* In one series of ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' strips, Granddad wanted to see a movie that was, in his words, "[[RatedMForManly manly]]", so he and Tom went to see ''Film/BrokebackMountain'', thinking that it would fit the bill simply because the newspaper said it was "about cowboys". (Both Riley and Huey knew more about the plot than that, and Granddad had no idea why the two were laughing at him.) In fact, despite the fact that there were several gay couples at the movie, Granddad didn't get the point until he was about halfway through seeing it. (And even then, Tom had to explain it to him; Granddad often had a hard time grasping concepts in modern media.)



* In one series of ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' strips, Granddad wanted to see a movie that was, in his words, "[[RatedMForManly manly]]", so he and Tom went to see ''Film/BrokebackMountain'', thinking that it would fit the bill simply because the newspaper said it was "about cowboys". (Both Riley and Huey knew more about the plot than that, and Granddad had no idea why the two were laughing at him.) In fact, despite the fact that there were several gay couples at the movie, Granddad didn't get the point until he was about halfway through seeing it. (And even then, Tom had to explain it to him; Granddad often had a hard time grasping concepts in modern media.)



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* In ''[[Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo 1635: The Cannon Law]]'', a [[PunchClockVillain Spanish officer]] is irritated by an Inquisitor who accuses him -- an officer from a known noble family -- of being a secret Jew because he slept in on a Saturday, while completely missing the two actual Jews in his unit. Then again, the two Jewish soldiers weren't that observant, to the point that he imagines a hypothetical Jewish Inquisition might suspect them of being secret Christians.



* This trope is used as a major plot point by two members of the main trio in the third ''Literature/HarryPotter'' book to accomplish some daring rescues [[spoiler:during TimeTravel [[NeverTheSelvesShallMeet without being seen by their past selves]]]].



* Franchise/SherlockHolmes never had this problem, and was in fact the [[HyperAwareness polar opposite]], but Watson often seems oblivious to the most thuddingly obvious clues. The level of obliviousness varies depending on the particular portrayal, being fairly low in the original stories, but [[{{Flanderization}} played up]] by Nigel Bruce. In the original stories, Watson just doesn't make logical conclusions in ways that would solve crimes. Holmes usually asks Watson to come with him when there is a slim chance of sudden assault. With firearms. At night. Watson, when prompted by Holmes, can be said to make quite a lot of intelligent and observational jumps -- and in stories like ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'', where he has to function in Holmes' absence, he is nonetheless very effective at helping Holmes. He's good -- Holmes is just so much better.
* Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's ''Literature/ThePurloinedLetter'' is about a man who possesses a letter which is highly embarrassing to the royal family, and is blackmailing them with it. He freely allows the police to search his house, and after a very thorough search they come up empty. He had hidden the letter in the one place no-one would think to look: [[spoiler:in a card holder, out in the open]].
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Harry makes an "invisibility" potion which works by inducing this trope on anyone nearby. [[spoiler:It works too well, and he is unable to get the guard's attention to save him from the [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Loup-Garou]].]]
* One ''Murderous Maths'' book, dealing with ellipses, featured a group of evil aliens dragging a giant space rock into the path of Earth's orbit (which they had plotted as a circle) and adopting a position some distance out of the way, only to be rudely surprised to learn that the Earth's orbit is an ellipse when the planet ''crashes into them unexpectedly''. Needless to say this requires absolutely ''heinous'' incompetence, because even though the Earth moves at thousands of miles per hour, it is a ''frigging planet''.

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* Franchise/SherlockHolmes never had this problem, and was in fact the [[HyperAwareness polar opposite]], but Watson often seems oblivious to the most thuddingly obvious clues. The level of obliviousness varies depending on the particular portrayal, being fairly low in the original stories, but [[{{Flanderization}} played up]] by Nigel Bruce. ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': In the original stories, Watson just doesn't make logical conclusions in ways that would solve crimes. Holmes usually asks Watson to come with him when there is a slim chance of sudden assault. With firearms. At night. Watson, when prompted by Holmes, can be said to make quite a lot of intelligent and observational jumps -- and in stories like ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'', where he has to function in Holmes' absence, he is nonetheless very effective at helping Holmes. He's good -- Holmes is just so much better.
* Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's ''Literature/ThePurloinedLetter'' is about a man who possesses a letter which is highly embarrassing to the royal family, and is blackmailing them with it. He freely allows the police to search his house, and after a very thorough search they come up empty. He had hidden the letter in the one place no-one would think to look: [[spoiler:in a card holder, out in the open]].
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'',
''Literature/FoolMoon'', Harry makes an "invisibility" potion which works by inducing this trope on anyone nearby. [[spoiler:It works too well, and he is unable to get the guard's attention to save him from the [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Loup-Garou]].]]
* One ''Murderous Maths'' book, dealing with ellipses, featured a group of evil aliens dragging a giant space rock into the path of Earth's orbit (which they had plotted as a circle) and adopting a position some distance out of the way, only to be rudely surprised to learn that the Earth's orbit is an ellipse when the planet ''crashes into them unexpectedly''. Needless to say this requires absolutely ''heinous'' incompetence, because even though the Earth moves at thousands of miles per hour, it is a ''frigging planet''.
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* In ''[[Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo 1635: The Cannon Law]]'', a [[PunchClockVillain Spanish officer]] is irritated by an Inquisitor who accuses him -- an officer from a known noble family -- of being a secret Jew because he slept in on a Saturday, while completely missing the two actual Jews in his unit. Then again, the two Jewish soldiers weren't that observant, to the point that he imagines a hypothetical Jewish Inquisition might suspect them of being secret Christians.
* 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 ''Millennium Falcon'' dubbed the ''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 Wookiee.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', during Tyrion's second trial, he notes that there are six Kingsguard in the crowd. Since there are only five active members of the Kingsguard currently in the city--the others being either dead or in Dorne--the sixth member can only be his beloved brother, but he doesn't make this connection.
* This causes a character's death in ''Literature/AMemoryOfFlames.'' He forgets that he's wearing the armor of a dragon knight when he walks into a village filled with people who have hated dragon knights for generations. All the more bizarre when the character himself hates knights.



* This trope is used as a major plot point by two members of the main trio in the third ''Literature/HarryPotter'' book to accomplish some daring rescues [[spoiler:during TimeTravel [[NeverTheSelvesShallMeet without being seen by their past selves]]]].
* This causes a character's death in ''Literature/AMemoryOfFlames.'' He forgets that he's wearing the armor of a dragon knight when he walks into a village filled with people who have hated dragon knights for generations. All the more bizarre when the character himself hates knights.
* One ''Murderous Maths'' book, dealing with ellipses, featured a group of evil aliens dragging a giant space rock into the path of Earth's orbit (which they had plotted as a circle) and adopting a position some distance out of the way, only to be rudely surprised to learn that the Earth's orbit is an ellipse when the planet ''crashes into them unexpectedly''. Needless to say, this requires absolutely ''heinous'' incompetence, because even though the Earth moves at thousands of miles per hour, it is a ''frigging planet''.
* Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's ''Literature/ThePurloinedLetter'' is about a man who possesses a letter which is highly embarrassing to the royal family, and is blackmailing them with it. He freely allows the police to search his house, and after a very thorough search they come up empty. He had hidden the letter in the one place no-one would think to look: [[spoiler:in a card holder, out in the open]].



* Franchise/SherlockHolmes never had this problem, and was in fact the [[HyperAwareness polar opposite]], but Watson often seems oblivious to the most thuddingly obvious clues. The level of obliviousness varies depending on the particular portrayal, being fairly low in the original stories, but [[{{Flanderization}} played up]] by Nigel Bruce. In the original stories, Watson just doesn't make logical conclusions in ways that would solve crimes. Holmes usually asks Watson to come with him when there is a slim chance of sudden assault. With firearms. At night. Watson, when prompted by Holmes, can be said to make quite a lot of intelligent and observational jumps -- and in stories like ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'', where he has to function in Holmes' absence, he is nonetheless very effective at helping Holmes. He's good -- Holmes is just so much better.
* In ''Literature/SimonVsTheHomoSapiensAgenda'', Simon was too caught up in his own insecurities to put on the Elliot Smith shirt Blue got him for Christmas, so he almost missed [[spoiler: the note taped inside that reaffirms his love for Simon]].
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', during Tyrion's second trial, he notes that there are six Kingsguard in the crowd. Since there are only five active members of the Kingsguard currently in the city--the others being either dead or in Dorne--the sixth member can only be his beloved brother, but he doesn't make this connection.



* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** In the ''[[ComicBook/XWingSeries 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 ''Millennium Falcon'' dubbed the ''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 Wookiee.



* In ''Literature/SimonVsTheHomoSapiensAgenda'', Simon was too caught up in his own insecurities to put on the Elliot Smith shirt Blue got him for Christmas, so he almost missed [[spoiler: the note taped inside that reaffirms his love for Simon]].



** This trope is common throughout the 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]]", the 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 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''.

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** This trope is common throughout the 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 they never does do, of course.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E1TheDominators The Dominators]]", [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E1TheDominators "The Dominators"]], the 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 classic series story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E6Earthshock Earthshock]]", [[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 Ninth Doctor does this in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose Rose]]": he and Rose are discussing the Nestene invasion plans by the Thames, with a clear view of the London Eye, and the Doctor mentions that the Nestenes will need an enormous transmitter. "What's it look like?" "Like a transmitter, round and massive. Smack dab in the middle of London, must be completely invisible." She has to make him turn around ''three times'' before the penny drops.
** [[MagnificentBastard The Master]] isn't immune either. In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End of Time]]", he converts 99.9999999...% of the human race into copies of himself and ''still'' fails a spot check, something which the Tenth Doctor is only too delighted to point out.

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** The Ninth Doctor does this in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose Rose]]": [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose "Rose"]]: he and Rose are discussing the Nestene invasion plans by the Thames, with a clear view of the London Eye, and the Doctor mentions that the Nestenes will need an enormous transmitter. "What's it look like?" "Like a transmitter, round and massive. Smack dab in the middle of London, must be completely invisible." She has to make him turn around ''three times'' before the penny drops.
** [[MagnificentBastard The Master]] isn't immune either. In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time]]", Time"]], he converts 99.9999999...% of the human race into copies of himself and ''still'' fails a spot check, something which the Tenth Doctor is only too delighted to point out.



** 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 that had lost their wings]].

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** The Eleventh Doctor, along with Doctor and River Song, Song have one of these in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E4TheTimeOfAngels The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E4TheTimeOfAngels "The Time of Angels]]" 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 that had lost their wings]].



** The Eleventh Doctor again in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens The Pandorica Opens]]". He's in ancient Britain during the time of the Roman occupation when one of the Roman soldiers who've joined his cause turns out to be [[spoiler:Rory Williams, who had died thousands of years in the future and then was erased completely from ever having existed by a crack in the universe. The Doctor is the only person who still remembers him]]. He tries to approach the Doctor but the Doctor, lost in thought about the other aspects of their situation, asks him to be quiet while he tries to figure it out.

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** The Eleventh Doctor again in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens "The Pandorica Opens]]".Opens"]]. He's in ancient Britain during the time of the Roman occupation when one of the Roman soldiers who've joined his cause turns out to be [[spoiler:Rory Williams, who had died thousands of years in the future and then was erased completely from ever having existed by a crack in the universe. The Doctor is the only person who still remembers him]]. He tries to approach the Doctor but the Doctor, lost in thought about the other aspects of their situation, asks him to be quiet while he tries to figure it out.



** In a flashback scene from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler Let's Kill Hitler]]", it's established that Amy took ten years before she realized that Rory [[MistakenForGay was not gay]], and that there was [[SingleTargetSexuality one girl he paid attention to: Amy.]]
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong The Wedding of River Song]]", with all of time crashing in on itself, the Doctor pleads with Amy to remember who he is... while absently picking up a model of the TARDIS on a nearby table and ignoring various sketches on her office walls depicting her adventures with the Doctor.
** Early on in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E5TimeHeist Time Heist]]", the Doctor ponders why he isn't just using the TARDIS to do this job. Clara then brings up the more obvious question: where is the TARDIS? The Doctor admits he should have led with that.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E11DarkWater Dark Water]]", the Doctor massively fails to notice all the Cyberman imagery everywhere.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E1ThePilot The Pilot]]": [[TomboyishName Bill]] takes a while to realize the TARDIS is BiggerOnTheInside after entering it -- mainly because she's known the Doctor for months by then and has only ever seen the TARDIS parked in the corner of his office, flush against two walls, and thus assumes it's a knock-through. Even after he pulls the lever to take off, she assumes it's a ''lift''. It takes exiting in a completely new location for her to catch on, which is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by the Doctor and Nardole.

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** In a flashback scene from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler Let's [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler "Let's Kill Hitler]]", Hitler"]], it's established that Amy took ten years before she realized that Rory [[MistakenForGay was not gay]], and that there was [[SingleTargetSexuality one girl he paid attention to: Amy.]]
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong "The Wedding of River Song]]", Song"]], with all of time crashing in on itself, the Doctor pleads with Amy to remember who he is... while absently picking up a model of the TARDIS on a nearby table and ignoring various sketches on her office walls depicting her adventures with the Doctor.
** Early on in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E5TimeHeist Time Heist]]", [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E5TimeHeist "Time Heist"]], the Doctor ponders why he isn't just using the TARDIS to do this job. Clara then brings up the more obvious question: where is the TARDIS? The Doctor admits he should have led with that.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E11DarkWater Dark Water]]", [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E11DarkWater "Dark Water"]], the Doctor massively fails to notice all the Cyberman imagery everywhere.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E1ThePilot The Pilot]]": [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E1ThePilot "The Pilot"]]: [[TomboyishName Bill]] takes a while to realize the TARDIS is BiggerOnTheInside after entering it -- mainly because she's known the Doctor for months by then and has only ever seen the TARDIS parked in the corner of his office, flush against two walls, and thus assumes it's a knock-through. Even after he pulls the lever to take off, she assumes it's a ''lift''. It takes exiting in a completely new location for her to catch on, which is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by the Doctor and Nardole.



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** 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.

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** The gag was repeated the next year in the crossover between ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'' and ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'', ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger'', except this time Brain saw the battle and desperately tried to point it out to a disbelieving Heart and Medic.


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* Like the aforementioned ''Gaim-Toqger'' example[[note]]and coincidentially, by the writer of ''Toqger''[[/note]], PlayedForLaughs in the ''[[Series/KamenRiderDenO Den-O]]-[[Series/KamenRiderDecade Decade]]'' crossover movie ''The Onigashima Battleship'', where Kuchihiko (the BigBad of the movie) fails to notice Teddy/Neotaros ''standing right in front of him'' when he was riding the Denliner. To a lesser extent, the [[Series/KamenRiderRyuki Gel]][[{{Mooks}} Newts]] also did this, not noticing the other Imagin, the crew of the Denliner, Ryotaro, and Kotaro faking the train passing through time.
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* In ''Film/KamenRiderGenerationsDrPacmanVsExAidAndGhostWithLegendaryRiders'' both [[BigBad Michihiko Zaizen]] and his troops somehow do not realize that they are talking to a rider, nor that [[TheHero he]] is someone that can't be honest about joining them. Haruto simply bluffs them and goes on. Mind you, he wears his driver and rings pretty much all the time. They are somewhat recognizable even when in inactive state. No wonder he is bit smugger than usual when his plan works out without them noticing.
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** He usually is.


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* ''Series/KamenRiderExAid''
** This happens to [[spoiler: Kuroto Dan]] in the web spin-off ''Kamen Sentai Gorider'' where he fails to understand the nature of the Kamen Rider he is disguised as, leading to his plans falling apart in spectacular fashion.
22nd May '17 4:24:37 PM SparkyYoungUpstart
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* In ''Literature/SimonVsTheHomoSapiensAgenda'', Simon was too caught up in his own insecurities to put on the Elliot Smith shirt Blue got him for Christmas, so he almost missed [[spoiler: the note taped inside that reaffirms his love for Simon]].
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