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24th Apr '16 7:00:58 AM Pseudoname
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* Explained in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' by the Villain Traditions that most of the bad guys follow. These traditions include the villains "making their lame pun and leaving" the heroes in a DeathTrap. Senor Senior Senior [[ContractualGenreBlindness sticks closely to this]], even telling Kim how to escape. Shego, on the other hand: "I prefer [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim the direct approach]], but you know Drakken..." Drakken does start getting better about it by season 3, where he immediately launches the doomsday weapon sans countdown.

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* Explained in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' by the Villain Traditions that most of the bad guys follow. These traditions include the villains "making their lame pun and leaving" the heroes in a DeathTrap. Senor Señor Senior Senior [[ContractualGenreBlindness sticks closely to this]], even telling Kim how to escape. Shego, on the other hand: "I prefer [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim the direct approach]], but you know Drakken..." Drakken does start getting better about it by season 3, where he immediately launches the doomsday weapon sans countdown.
30th Mar '16 10:52:03 PM jameygamer
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* A few chefs on ''Series/HellsKitchen'' had actually served a dish that was not completely fresh for the competition's opening signature dish showcase, using something that is prepackaged or frozen. While one of the first chefs to do this, Rock, was able to bounce back and win his season, the other offenders got an imaginary DunceCap put on their heads along with a tongue-lashing from chef Gordon Ramsay (who threatened to kick a few of these people out), and none of them even made it to the halfway point of the show.
15th Feb '16 9:35:58 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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** Subverted at Wrestling/{{CHIKARA}} King of Trios 2012, Night 1, September 14, 2012. Team [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor ROH]] (The Young Bucks [Matt & Nick Jackson- aka Generation Me] and Mike Bennett, w/Maria Kanellis) d. the Faces of Pain (Meng/The Barbarian/The Warlord) when Bennett pinned Meng with a sunset flip.

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** Subverted at Wrestling/{{CHIKARA}} King of Trios 2012, Night 1, September 14, 2012. Team [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor ROH]] (The Young Bucks (Wrestling/TheYoungBucks [Matt & Nick Jackson- aka Generation Me] and Mike Bennett, w/Maria Kanellis) w[=/=]Wrestling/MariaKanellis) d. the Faces of Pain (Meng/The Barbarian/The (Meng\Wrestling/TheBarbarian\The Warlord) when Bennett pinned Meng with a sunset flip.
4th Feb '16 6:28:51 AM LoreKeeper
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* In "VideoGame/XCOM: Enemy Unknown" 's expansion, Enemy Within, [[spoiler: Bradford demonstrates this at the Site Recon Mission saying "At least it wasn't a Cruise Liner."]] With XCOM 2 coming, let's hope there's no Chrysallid and Zombie infestation at a Cruise Liner...
4th Feb '16 6:27:03 AM LoreKeeper
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* In "VideoGame/XCOM: Enemy Unknown"'s expansion, Enemy Within, [[spoiler: Bradford demonstrates this at the Site Recon Mission saying "At least it wasn't a Cruise Liner."]] With XCOM 2 coming, let's hope there's no Chrysallid and Zombie infestation at a Cruise Liner...

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* In *In "VideoGame/XCOM: Enemy Unknown"'s Unknown" 's expansion, Enemy Within, [[spoiler: Bradford demonstrates this at the Site Recon Mission saying "At least it wasn't a Cruise Liner."]] With XCOM 2 coming, let's hope there's no Chrysallid and Zombie infestation at a Cruise Liner...
4th Feb '16 6:25:41 AM LoreKeeper
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*In "VideoGame/XCOM: Enemy Unknown"'s expansion, Enemy Within, [[spoiler: Bradford demonstrates this at the Site Recon Mission saying "At least it wasn't a Cruise Liner."]] With XCOM 2 coming, let's hope there's no Chrysallid and Zombie infestation at a Cruise Liner...
30th Jan '16 10:47:54 PM Vox
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* More than a few examples from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':

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* More than a few examples from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. In general, many characters just can't grasp that they're in a DarkerAndEdgier {{Deconstruction}} of the StandardFantasySetting.
30th Jan '16 10:41:50 PM Vox
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* More than a few examples from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Robert Baratheon started his uprising on the belief he was TheHero of a chivalric romance, nobly rescuing his lady love Lyanna Stark from the vile kidnapper Rhaegar Targayen. Not only did he fail, as Lyanna died under mysterious circumstances, but he ended up stuck with a kingdom he didn't want and politically married to a woman he hated. To top it off, comments made by Eddard Stark and others imply Lyanna never loved him back in the first place and that she (possibly) was in love with Rhaegar instead.
** Petyr Baelish in his youth was another example. After [[spoiler:drunkenly sleeping with foster-sister Catelyn Tully after a feast]], he learns that she is betrothed to Brandon Stark and challenges him to a duel for Cat's hand. [[SarcasmMode After all, in ballads the little hero always defeats the big bully and Cat loves him, right?]] Except he's a short scrawny 15-year-old boy and Brandon is a 20-year-old expert swordsman. RealityEnsues and he nearly dies. [[spoiler:Also, Cat did genuinely love Brandon and the girl in Petyr's bed that night was actually Cat's younger sister Lysa.]] However, he took this lesson very much to heart, and as an adult one of his greatest talents is ''causing'' this trope in other people; he plays the part of a smart, but overconfident, SmugSnake so that people will miss the fact that he's actually a full-fledged MagnificentBastard, and [[ItWasHisSled in the first book]] [[spoiler: he convinces Ned Stark (see below,) that he is a SarcasticDevotee when he is in fact a DevilInPlainSight]].
** Eddard "Ned" Stark, having subscribed to HonorBeforeReason and fought straight-forward battles his whole life, was completely unprepared to deal with the back-stabbing politics of King's Landing.
** Young knight Tristifer Botley is reunited with his childhood sweetheart Asha Greyjoy. He's waited for this for years, and never looked at another woman. She brutally disabuses him of any notion that she's waited for him or is remotely interested in him anymore, and tells him to go find a whore.
** Cersei Lannister believes herself to be TheChessmaster. In reality, she's really just a pawn and has been led to believe this by the ''real'' chessmasters; Varys and Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish.
28th Jan '16 7:18:25 AM StFan
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* Villainous and Jerkass characters in both ''Anime/YuGiOh'' and ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' are quick to label monsters with low ATK/DEF points as "trash". Nevermind said monsters often have [[WeakButSkilled powerful effects]] or are integral part of a combo.
** Also the sheer number of times a character will attack heedlessly after their opponent simply [[SchmuckBait lays a card face down]].
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** The crew arrives to a town that welcomes pirates. Luffy, Sanji and Usopp falls easily for this, while Zoro and Nami were much more GenreSavvy and ''faked'' being drunk to find out what the town was up to.
** Also, when Luffy wakes up, he finds out that Zoro attacked the entire town (who were all actually bounty hunters wanting to kill ''them''). Instead of wondering why his friend would do that, Luffy automatically believed the injured townsfolk and assumed Zoro ruthlessly attacked the "nice people" who gave them food.
* ''Manga/DragonBall''

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* Villainous and Jerkass characters in both ''Anime/YuGiOh'' and ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' are quick to label monsters with low ATK/DEF points as "trash". Nevermind said monsters often have [[WeakButSkilled powerful effects]] or are integral part of a combo.
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combo. Also the sheer number of times a character will attack heedlessly after their opponent simply [[SchmuckBait lays a card face down]].
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
''Manga/OnePiece'':
** The crew arrives to a town that welcomes pirates. Luffy, Sanji and Usopp falls easily for this, while Zoro and Nami were are much more GenreSavvy and ''faked'' ''fake'' being drunk to find out what the town was is up to.
** Also, when Luffy wakes up, he finds out that Zoro attacked the entire town (who were are all actually bounty hunters wanting to kill ''them''). Instead of wondering why his friend would do that, Luffy automatically believed believes the injured townsfolk and assumed assumes Zoro ruthlessly attacked the "nice people" who gave them food.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' ''Manga/DragonBall'':



** Whenever the cast is dismissive towards a current threat because of their appearance. This happened with Frieza's final form, Androids 17 and 18 being teenagers, Cell's final transformation, Fat Buu, and finally Kid Buu. You would think they would learned that appearances mean nothing in this series and it is often the most unassuming villains that are the most dangerous.

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** Whenever the cast is dismissive towards a current threat because of their appearance. This happened happens with Frieza's final form, Androids 17 and 18 being teenagers, Cell's final transformation, Fat Buu, and finally Kid Buu. You would think they would learned they'd learn that appearances mean nothing in this series and it is often the most unassuming villains that are the most dangerous.



* A [[TooDumbToLive phenomenal]] example is seen in ''Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund'' when the Student Council hole up in the campus chapel after dark when a discussion on how to deal with several students being transformed into hostile vampires ran late... and the student council president, who had been violently abducted several nights before after back-talking the self proclaimed [[VampireMonarch Queen Of The Vampires]], starts knocking on the entrance [[MustBeInvited asking to be let in]]. Only one bothered to protest the doors being thrown open immediately.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', [[spoiler: you'd think Carla would have told more than one person about her second deadly premonition, given the way the one about the S-Class exam turned out.]]

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* A [[TooDumbToLive phenomenal]] example is seen in ''Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund'' when the Student Council hole up in the campus chapel after dark when a discussion on how to deal with several students being transformed into hostile vampires ran run late... and the student council president, who had has been violently abducted several nights before after back-talking the self proclaimed self-proclaimed [[VampireMonarch Queen Of The of the Vampires]], starts knocking on the entrance [[MustBeInvited asking to be let in]]. Only one bothered bothers to protest the doors being thrown open immediately.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', [[spoiler: you'd [[spoiler:you'd think Carla would have told more than one person about her second deadly premonition, given the way the one about the S-Class exam turned out.]]



* The characters of ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'' have never seen zombie movies. Fine. But they still don't learn. Multiple characters die/are injured in the exact same zombie-attacking way. Zombies or no, the cop character never quite grasps the concept of 'clear one room before going to next'. In [[Series/TheWalkingDead the TV show]] however they have become considerably more GenreSavvy by the beginning of the third episode.
** One of the reasons that this series is considered one of the better zombie-themed pieces of literature is that there's an actual reason that most of them are acting stupidly: their behavior isn't consistent with low intellect so much as it's consistent with severe PTSD, including everything from panic attacks to physiological symptoms (short breath) to sudden bouts of suicidal depression. Rick himself is the only one that's not really affected-- and he's also [[FridgeBrilliance the only one not awake for the initial outbreak]] where 80% of the population was eaten. He hasn't had to deal with anything much beyond what he was trained to handle psychologically as a police officer in scale.

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* The characters of ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'' have never seen zombie movies. Fine. But they still don't learn. Multiple characters die/are injured in the exact same zombie-attacking way. Zombies or no, the cop character never quite grasps the concept of 'clear "clear one room before going to next'. next". In [[Series/TheWalkingDead the TV show]] show]], however they have become considerably more GenreSavvy by the beginning of the third episode.
** One of the reasons that this series is considered one of the better zombie-themed pieces of literature is that there's an actual reason that most of them are acting stupidly: their behavior isn't consistent with low intellect so much as it's consistent with severe PTSD, including everything from panic attacks to physiological symptoms (short breath) to sudden bouts of suicidal depression. Rick himself is the only one that's not really affected-- affected -- and he's also [[FridgeBrilliance the only one not awake for the initial outbreak]] where 80% of the population was eaten. He hasn't had to deal with anything much beyond what he was trained to handle psychologically as a police officer in scale.



* For beings who have lived for millions of years, [[Franchise/GreenLantern the Guardians of Oa]] are painfully genre blind. Some of their greatest hits include [[OldShame creating an army of conscienceless machines]] and acting surprised when they start committing genocide; inducting ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast someone named Sinestro]]'' into the Green Lantern Corps and acting surprised when he goes evil; banishing Sinestro to a universe full of the Guardians' worst enemies and acting surprised when he comes back and starts killing Green Lanterns; trying to stop a SelfFulfillingProphecy and acting surprised when [[Comicbook/BlackestNight it is fulfilled]]; and firing Hal Jordan after he saved their lives for the umpteenth million time. But probably the most egregious example of blindness is the fact that the Guardians demand absolute obedience from the Green Lantern Corps, an organization made up exclusively of the most willful {{Determinator}}s in the universe. It's gotten so bad at this point that the Guardians are set to become the BigBad of the current Green Lantern arc. The only reason for this is if the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Guardians]] were GenreSavvy they could turn every issue of GreenLantern into a CurbStompBattle. As it is, [[OnlySaneMan Ganthet]] usually manages to be savvy enough that the Guardians get by... [[TheCassandra when they listen to him]].
* Many characters in ''Comicbook/DraculaLives'' stories that are set in past centuries are ignorant to basic vampire weaknesses since many think vampires as nothing but legends. One man learns about them firsthand after stealing Dracula's journal and exploits this fact by selling the information to the villages on his menu.

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* ''Franchise/GreenLantern'': For beings who have lived for millions of years, [[Franchise/GreenLantern the Guardians of Oa]] Oa are painfully genre blind. Some of their greatest hits include [[OldShame creating an army of conscienceless machines]] and acting surprised when they start committing genocide; inducting ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast someone named Sinestro]]'' into the Green Lantern Corps and acting surprised when he goes evil; banishing Sinestro to a universe full of the Guardians' worst enemies and acting surprised when he comes back and starts killing Green Lanterns; trying to stop a SelfFulfillingProphecy and acting surprised when [[Comicbook/BlackestNight it is fulfilled]]; and firing Hal Jordan after he saved their lives for the umpteenth million time. But probably the most egregious example of blindness is the fact that the Guardians demand absolute obedience from the Green Lantern Corps, an organization made up exclusively of the most willful {{Determinator}}s in the universe. It's gotten so bad at this point that the Guardians are set to become the BigBad of the current Green Lantern arc. The only reason for this is if the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Guardians]] were GenreSavvy they could turn every issue of GreenLantern ''Green Lantern'' into a CurbStompBattle. As it is, [[OnlySaneMan Ganthet]] usually manages to be savvy enough that the Guardians get by... [[TheCassandra when they listen to him]].
* Many characters in ''Comicbook/DraculaLives'' ''ComicBook/DraculaLives'' stories that are set in past centuries are ignorant to basic vampire weaknesses since many think vampires as nothing but legends. One man learns about them firsthand after stealing Dracula's journal and exploits this fact by selling the information to the villages on his menu.



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* Surprisingly, in ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'' Tsuruya displayed this, accepting the explanation that Kyon healed quickly, for a cut disappearing in one night.
** A cut that ''required stitches'', and disappeared without a trace. Tsuruya has previously shown (in canon, even) that she's aware that there's something weird and possibly supernatural going on with Haruhi and friends, and later in the story she mentions that she noticed Kyon vanish from her bed later the same night (he was teleported away and back). It's probably better to assume that [[ObfuscatingStupidity she's faking]].

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* Surprisingly, in ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'' Tsuruya displayed this, accepting the explanation that Kyon healed quickly, for a cut disappearing in one night.
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night. A cut that ''required stitches'', and disappeared without a trace. Tsuruya has previously shown (in canon, even) that she's aware that there's something weird and possibly supernatural going on with Haruhi and friends, and later in the story she mentions that she noticed Kyon vanish from her bed later the same night (he was teleported away and back). It's probably better to assume that [[ObfuscatingStupidity she's faking]].



* In FanFic/FlamGush Lucilla just does not understand that [[spoiler: Erik]] could not care less about her and that her MurderTheHypotenuse methods will not endear her to him.
* In ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'', Maledict [[SubvertedTrope seems to be a cliche evil overlord Bond villain at first]]... until his real DangerouslyGenreSavvy [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] nature starts showing; [[spoiler: he didn't want to kill Sonic or Shadow because they [[LukeIAmYourFather are his sons]] and he knows just how powerful they are]]. By contrast, Allysion and most of the Angels are quite genre blind, with the notable exception of the very [[GenreSavvy savvy]] Jesus.

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* In FanFic/FlamGush ''Fanfic/FlamGush'', Lucilla just does not understand that [[spoiler: Erik]] could not care less about her and that her MurderTheHypotenuse methods will not endear her to him.
* In ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'', ''Fanfic/SonicXDarkChaos'':
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Maledict [[SubvertedTrope seems to be a cliche cliché evil overlord Bond villain at first]]... until his real DangerouslyGenreSavvy [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] nature starts showing; [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he didn't want to kill Sonic or Shadow because they [[LukeIAmYourFather are his sons]] and he knows just how powerful they are]]. By contrast, Allysion and most of the Angels are quite genre blind, with the notable exception of the very [[GenreSavvy savvy]] Jesus.



* In ''Fanfic/PrincessOfTheBlacks'', [[Literature/HarryPotter James Potter]] thinks Jen keeping him as her father (after using a magical ritual to remove Lily as her mother) means she still wants to reconcile with her family. In reality, Jen hates her entire family, and only kept him because switching mothers resulted in a more plausible explanation of her parentage than switching fathers, and she couldn't change both.
** Meanwhile Dumbledore simply can't comprehend that [[SelfFulfillingProphecy all the actions he took to keep Jen from becoming a powerful dark witch insured she did]], nor that Jen has no interest in being an EvilOverlord and is capable of acting without sinister motives.

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* In ''Fanfic/PrincessOfTheBlacks'', ''Fanfic/PrincessOfTheBlacks'':
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[[Literature/HarryPotter James Potter]] thinks Jen keeping him as her father (after using a magical ritual to remove Lily as her mother) means she still wants to reconcile with her family. In reality, Jen hates her entire family, and only kept him because switching mothers resulted in a more plausible explanation of her parentage than switching fathers, and she couldn't change both.
** Meanwhile Meanwhile, Dumbledore simply can't comprehend that [[SelfFulfillingProphecy all the actions he took to keep Jen from becoming a powerful dark witch insured she did]], nor that Jen has no interest in being an EvilOverlord and is capable of acting without sinister motives.



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* In ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', the main characters initially suffer Genre Blindness despite being actors ''in'' the genre; this is [[LampshadeHanging underscored]] by Guy's outraged query, "Did you guys ever ''watch'' the show?".

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* In ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', the main characters initially suffer Genre Blindness despite being actors ''in'' the genre; this is [[LampshadeHanging underscored]] by Guy's outraged query, "Did you guys ever ''watch'' the show?".show?"



-->"You best start believing in ghost stories, Miss Turner. ''You're in one!''"
** Also present when various characters expect the pirates to act honorably (Will's first swordfight with Jack, Elizabeth negotiating with Barbossa, etc).
-->"First, your return to shore was not part of our negotiations nor our agreement so I "must" do nothing. And secondly, you must be a pirate for the pirate's code to apply and you're not. And thirdly, the code is more what you'd call 'guidelines' than actual rules. Welcome aboard the Black Pearl, Miss Turner."
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-->"Don't dare impugn me honor, boy! I agreed she go free, but it was you who failed to specify when or where."
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-->'''Will:''' You cheated!
-->'''Jack:''' ''(points to self)'' "Pirate."

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-->"You --->'''Barbossa:''' You best start believing in ghost stories, Miss Turner. ''You're in one!''"
one!''
** Also present when various characters expect the pirates to act honorably (Will's first swordfight with Jack, Elizabeth negotiating with Barbossa, etc).
-->"First,
etc.).
--->'''Barbossa:''' First,
your return to shore was not part of our negotiations nor our agreement so I "must" do nothing. And secondly, you must be a pirate for the pirate's code to apply and you're not. And thirdly, the code is more what you'd call 'guidelines' "guidelines" than actual rules. Welcome aboard the Black Pearl, Miss Turner."
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-->"Don't
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'''Barbossa:''' Don't
dare impugn me honor, boy! I agreed she go free, but it was you who failed to specify when or where."
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-->'''Will:'''
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'''Will:'''
You cheated!
-->'''Jack:''' ''(points
cheated!\\
'''Jack:''' (''points
to self)'' "Pirate."self'') Pirate.



* Any "victim" character in ''Film/TheStrangers'' is so genre blind it's astounding they're not forced to wear dark sunglasses and follow a seeing-eye dog. The first death involves [[spoiler: the husband's friend, Mike, walking into the house after the three killers have already pinned the protagonists down in a corner. The husband, James, has a shotgun pointed at the door to the room they're hiding in. Instead of turning off the deafeningly loud record player and calling out to the couple, Mike slowly....creeps....down....the hall.... ''(BLAM!)'' .]] It gets really horrid when Kristen, the wife, attempts to [[spoiler: run across the backyard for a radio in the barn. Instead of carefully selecting her steps, she tumbles into a two foot deep trench and [[TwistedAnkle snaps her leg like a twig]].]]
* Batman's Genre Blindness is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' when he demands that the Joker let Rachel go while standing near the edge of a broken window high up in a skyscraper. Joker stares at him for a second and responds "Very poor choice of words" before [[UnhandThemVillain tossing Rachel over the edge]].
* In ''Film/TimeBandits'', the dwarves don't recognize RobinHood when they see him. [[GenreSavvy Kevin]] attempts to explain after they have lost all their treasure to the poor.

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* Any "victim" character in ''Film/TheStrangers'' is so genre blind it's astounding they're not forced to wear dark sunglasses and follow a seeing-eye dog. The first death involves [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the husband's friend, Mike, walking into the house after the three killers have already pinned the protagonists down in a corner. The husband, James, has a shotgun pointed at the door to the room they're hiding in. Instead of turning off the deafeningly loud record player and calling out to the couple, Mike slowly....creeps....down....slowly... creeps... down... the hall.... ''(BLAM!)'' .]] hall... (''BLAM!'')]] It gets really horrid when Kristen, the wife, attempts to [[spoiler: run [[spoiler:run across the backyard for a radio in the barn. Instead of carefully selecting her steps, she tumbles into a two foot deep trench and [[TwistedAnkle snaps her leg like a twig]].]]
* Batman's Genre Blindness is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' when he demands that the Joker let Rachel go while standing near the edge of a broken window high up in a skyscraper. Joker stares at him for a second and responds "Very poor choice of words" before [[UnhandThemVillain tossing Rachel over the edge]].
edge]].
* In ''Film/TimeBandits'', the dwarves don't recognize RobinHood Myth/RobinHood when they see him. [[GenreSavvy Kevin]] attempts to explain after they have lost all their treasure to the poor.



* The delightfully cheesy 80s film ''Film/AmericanDreamer'' features a housewife who gets bonked on the head and decides that she's the heroine of her favorite series of books, which feature the female, Film/JamesBond-esque Rebecca Ryan. She manages to live through several assassination plots through sheer luck, dragging along the [[OnlySaneMan only person]] who doesn't buy into her delusion. She's an odd combo of Genre Blind and GenreSavvy, because she seems to be aware of all her tropes but thinks of them as the way the world's supposed to work.

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* The delightfully cheesy 80s '80s film ''Film/AmericanDreamer'' features a housewife who gets bonked on the head and decides that she's the heroine of her favorite series of books, which feature the female, Film/JamesBond-esque Rebecca Ryan. She manages to live through several assassination plots through sheer luck, dragging along the [[OnlySaneMan only person]] who doesn't buy into her delusion. She's an odd combo of Genre Blind and GenreSavvy, because she seems to be aware of all her tropes but thinks of them as the way the world's supposed to work.



* More horror films than not in general that feature a group of teens/ young adults will have all save for maybe one, usually ignored character fall into this.
** ''Film/DeadSnow'' at least nods to this with a round of ConversationalTroping on the HorrorTropes that pertain to their vacation in an isolated cabin in the woods. But there's a limit to how seriously they take it, and especially won't let it spoil their fun -- but they do mobilize quickly at the first sign of zombies. The campers become more victim to bad luck, WrongGenreSavvy, and ThisIsReality than the classic horror deaths.
* In ''{{Film/Volcano}}'', none of the characters seem to understand the signs of a volcanic eruption even as ash, firebombs and lava flows are literally exploding forth and blanketing the city. At first it's understandable that people might be confused by what's happening, but eventually the ignorance becomes so unbelievable that it seems the mere concept of a volcano or even lava is almost fantastical.
* ''Film/StarWars:ThePhantomMenace'' Amidala "...will not condone a course of action that will lead us to war."

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* More horror films than not in general that feature a group of teens/ young teens/young adults will have all save for maybe one, usually ignored character fall into this.
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this. ''Film/DeadSnow'' at least nods to this with a round of ConversationalTroping on the HorrorTropes that pertain to their vacation in an isolated cabin in the woods. But there's a limit to how seriously they take it, and especially won't let it spoil their fun -- but they do mobilize quickly at the first sign of zombies. The campers become more victim to bad luck, WrongGenreSavvy, and ThisIsReality than the classic horror deaths.
* In ''{{Film/Volcano}}'', ''Film/{{Volcano}}'', none of the characters seem to understand the signs of a volcanic eruption even as ash, firebombs and lava flows are literally exploding forth and blanketing the city. At first it's understandable that people might be confused by what's happening, but eventually the ignorance becomes so unbelievable that it seems the mere concept of a volcano or even lava is almost fantastical.
* ''Film/StarWars:ThePhantomMenace'' ''Franchise/StarWars'': ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''. Amidala "...will not condone a course of action that will lead us to war."



* Everyone in the whole world who isn't a member of Tribulation Force, in the ''LeftBehind'' series. Not one person on earth seems to have ever seen "The Omen" or any other movie featuring the AntiChrist; not one seems to recall any popular culture or 70's style paranormal documentary that would tip one off to the true nature of a strangely charismatic world leader. One would assume that even the most hardcore agnostic or atheist would take one look at Nicolae Carpathia and say, "hey, this reminds me of that special I saw on History Channel", but...
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
** In the LB-verse, most people are staggeringly ignorant about the Bible, too.
** Hey, if the writers are genre-blind and [[CriticalResearchFailure ignorant of the material they're referencing]], you can hardly expect the characters themselves to do much better.
* As characters in a fantasy series where mind control magic and shapeshifters exist, the mages of ''AvalonWebOfMagic'' never consider that the aforementioned phenomena are causing their friends' strange behavior. No, they just assume that their friends are being {{Jerk Ass}}es, never figuring out the "if something is weird, it's caused by magic" rule.
* Most of the time the characters in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series manage to avoid this, except for the sixth book. While it is true that Harry is always mistaken about something important, most of the other characters refuse to believe that BigBad Voldemort [[spoiler:would recruit Draco Malfoy to the Death Eaters because they think that Voldemort has no use for a teenage boy, not fully trained as a wizard.]] The only one who ''does'' know can't say anything, because it would risk the life of the recruit.

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* Everyone in the whole world who isn't a member of Tribulation Force, in the ''LeftBehind'' ''Literature/LeftBehind'' series. Not one person on earth Earth seems to have ever seen "The Omen" ''The Omen'' or any other movie featuring the AntiChrist; not one seems to recall any popular culture or 70's style '70s-style paranormal documentary that would tip one off to the true nature of a strangely charismatic world leader. One would assume that even the most hardcore agnostic or atheist would take one look at Nicolae Carpathia and say, "hey, this reminds me of that special I saw on History Channel", but...
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
**
but... In the LB-verse, most people are staggeringly ignorant about the Bible, too.
**
too. Hey, if the writers are genre-blind and [[CriticalResearchFailure ignorant of the material they're referencing]], you can hardly expect the characters themselves to do much better.
* As characters in a fantasy series where mind control magic and shapeshifters exist, the mages of ''AvalonWebOfMagic'' ''Literature/AvalonWebOfMagic'' never consider that the aforementioned phenomena are causing their friends' strange behavior. No, they just assume that their friends are being {{Jerk Ass}}es, never figuring out the "if something is weird, it's caused by magic" rule.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
**
Most of the time the characters in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series manage to avoid this, except for the sixth book. While it is true that Harry is always mistaken about something important, most of the other characters refuse to believe that BigBad Voldemort [[spoiler:would recruit Draco Malfoy to the Death Eaters because they think that Voldemort has no use for a teenage boy, not fully trained as a wizard.]] The only one who ''does'' know can't say anything, because it would risk the life of the recruit.



* The title character in Patrick Senecal's ''Literature/{{Aliss}}'' completely misses the fact that she's inhabiting an [[WholePlotReference updated]] ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''. When she actually speaks a line from ''Alice'' [[spoiler: during the trial]], she hasn't the slightest clue where it came from. By contrast, the Red Queen is fully GenreSavvy.

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* The title character in Patrick Senecal's ''Literature/{{Aliss}}'' completely misses the fact that she's inhabiting an [[WholePlotReference updated]] ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''. ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland''. When she actually speaks a line from ''Alice'' [[spoiler: during [[spoiler:during the trial]], she hasn't the slightest clue where it came from. By contrast, the Red Queen is fully GenreSavvy.



* In Creator/ElmoreLeonard's ''Pronto'' Tommy "The Zip" Bucks is a Italian-born mafioso who constantly fails to realize that US Marshal Raylan Givens is a CowboyCop who does not always play by the rules. Tommy is a ruthless killer who prides himself on his ability to walk up to a person in a crowded restaurant, shoot him dead and then walk away. Yet, until the very end, he cannot imagine that a US policeman would choose to just shoot him dead rather then arrest him and have him face trial. In contrast Nicky, Tommy's ButtMonkey sidekick for most of the book, quickly realizes that Raylan is extremely deadly and should not be antagonized or threatened.

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* In Creator/ElmoreLeonard's ''Pronto'' ''Pronto'', Tommy "The Zip" Bucks is a Italian-born mafioso who constantly fails to realize that US Marshal Raylan Givens is a CowboyCop who does not always play by the rules. Tommy is a ruthless killer who prides himself on his ability to walk up to a person in a crowded restaurant, shoot him dead and then walk away. Yet, until the very end, he cannot imagine that a US policeman would choose to just shoot him dead rather then arrest him and have him face trial. In contrast Nicky, Tommy's ButtMonkey sidekick for most of the book, quickly realizes that Raylan is extremely deadly and should not be antagonized or threatened.



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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has plenty of these characters. Of notable example is the Doctor's [[TheNthDoctor tenth incarnation]], who says "That's impossible" far too many times for someone who's seen what he has.

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[[folder:Live Action [[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has plenty of these characters. characters.
**
Of notable example is the Doctor's [[TheNthDoctor tenth incarnation]], who says "That's impossible" far too many times for someone who's seen what he has.



-->'''Professor Peach''': "I say, what are you doing with that lead piping?"

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-->'''Professor Peach''': "I --->'''Professor Peach:''' I say, what are you doing with that lead piping?"piping?



*** A number of characters in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks Genesis of the Daleks]]'' must surely count too. Despite the fact that Davros is ObviouslyEvil, Kaleds and Thals alike trust him unconditionally, which generally leads to their EX-TER-MI-NA-TION.
** Another example would include Turn Left, [[spoiler:in which Donna Noble doesn't notice that the fortune teller she's talking to is ObviouslyEvil until it's too late]].
* In ''Series/HouseOfCards'', Zoe Barnes starts to suspect that [[spoiler: Underwood killed Russo]], so if she even potentially thought it was true, especially because he is so powerful, a genre savvy thing to do would be to [[spoiler: predict you are going to be disposed of and get a statement of sanity at several psychiatrists that you aren't suicidal and also write a letter/record a video with evidence of all communications with Underwood, copy it and leave it at several civil law notaries, with the instruction to mail it to news sources and the president in case of her death. And also to create a program which would mail all of those informations from several computers to major US and foreign news sources, Facebook, 4chan, YouTube, etc.]] That way [[spoiler: Underwood couldn't simply cover it up as babbling of an insane man.]] In real life, this is what people who know a lot do to protect themselves.
* After the third or fourth time on ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', you would think that the crew of the ''Enterprise'' would realize that if the crew is acting strange, they are being infected by space viruses/spores/controlled by aliens. And if [[TheKirk Captain Kirk]] is acting strange he is either being possessed by a evil villain, [[StarTrekS3E2TheEnterpriseIncident acting on super secret orders]], or a clone/android/manifestation of a split personality. Sheesh.
** Every single ''Franchise/StarTrek'' show and movie suffers this. Guys, when something unusual happens or someone is acting strange, don't just ignore it or shrug it off.

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*** ** A number of characters in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks Genesis [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks "Genesis of the Daleks]]'' Daleks"]] must surely count too. Despite the fact that Davros is ObviouslyEvil, Kaleds and Thals alike trust him unconditionally, which generally leads to their EX-TER-MI-NA-TION.
** Another example would include Turn Left, "Turn Left", [[spoiler:in which Donna Noble doesn't notice that the fortune teller she's talking to is ObviouslyEvil until it's too late]].
* In ''Series/HouseOfCards'', Zoe Barnes starts to suspect that [[spoiler: Underwood [[spoiler:Underwood killed Russo]], so if she even potentially thought it was true, especially because he is so powerful, a genre savvy thing to do would be to [[spoiler: predict [[spoiler:predict you are going to be disposed of and get a statement of sanity at several psychiatrists that you aren't suicidal and also write a letter/record a video with evidence of all communications with Underwood, copy it and leave it at several civil law notaries, with the instruction to mail it to news sources and the president in case of her death. And also to create a program which would mail all of those informations from several computers to major US and foreign news sources, Facebook, 4chan, YouTube, etc.]] That way [[spoiler: Underwood [[spoiler:Underwood couldn't simply cover it up as babbling of an insane man.]] In real life, this is what people who know a lot do to protect themselves.
* After the third or fourth time on ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', you would think that the crew of the ''Enterprise'' would realize that if the crew is acting strange, they are being infected by space viruses/spores/controlled by aliens. And if [[TheKirk Captain Kirk]] is acting strange he is either being possessed by a evil villain, [[StarTrekS3E2TheEnterpriseIncident acting on super secret orders]], or a clone/android/manifestation of a split personality. Sheesh.
**
Sheesh. Every single ''Franchise/StarTrek'' show and movie suffers this. Guys, when something unusual happens or someone is acting strange, don't just ignore it or shrug it off.



** They might have gotten better in later seasons but throughout Season One, the boys were always fighting about if the problem of the week was supernatural or not. With the exception of "The Benders," where it was just human cannibals, you would have thought with their years of training they would know better than that. Possibly explained in-universe in that they presumably follow a lot of false leads looking for supernatural things, which aren't shown in episodes because they're boring.
** Boys, listen very closely. Have you ever noticed than whenever you two split up, something horrible happens or one of you gets kidnapped/tied to something? Just stick together and nothing bad will happen, m'kay?
*** Most of the season finales would like a word with you on that one. How many times has one or the other of the boys been [[spoiler: killed and dragged to hell]] while the other watches in horror? 5? 6?

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** They might have gotten better in later seasons but throughout Season One, the boys were always fighting about if the problem of the week was supernatural or not. With the exception of "The Benders," Benders", where it was just human cannibals, you would have thought with their years of training they would know better than that. Possibly explained in-universe in that they presumably follow a lot of false leads looking for supernatural things, which aren't shown in episodes because they're boring.
** Boys, listen very closely. Have you ever noticed than whenever you two split up, something horrible happens or one of you gets kidnapped/tied to something? Just stick together and nothing bad will happen, m'kay?
*** Most of the season finales would like a word with you on that one. How many times has one or the other of the boys been [[spoiler: killed and dragged to hell]] while the other watches in horror? 5? 6?
boring.



** In Season 4 of "Atlantis", Samantha Carter has two instances of genre blindness combined with ArbitrarySkepticism:

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** In Season 4 of "Atlantis", ''Atlantis'', Samantha Carter has two instances of genre blindness combined with ArbitrarySkepticism:



** Compare to Gen. Hammond in ''[=SG-1=],'' who immediately gives some of Daniel's most outlandish claims his full attention. ''"The things I've heard while sitting in this chair..."''
*** Hammond has at least one instance himself, in the third season, when Daniel is hallucinating and Hammond and everyone else dismisses it as schizophrenia. By this point Daniel has already been presumed dead two or three times (and the entire team has come back from the dead at least once), they have dealt with bizarre alien [[TheVirus viruses]], the team has used TimeTravel and negotiated a peace treaty with the help of [[TheGreys Roswell greys]]... but if Daniel says he sees something no one else can, he must be crazy! It didn't help Daniel thought he was going crazy, too.
* In the opener of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' season 3 Mohinder Suresh, the resident scientist, [[ProfessorGuineaPig tests an experimental Super-power giving serum on himself]]. That's something that's never gone wrong before. What's really bad is that he announces his plan to inject himself right in front of a living example of BlessedWithSuck who [[WhatTheHellHero points this out]].

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** Compare to Gen. Hammond in ''[=SG-1=],'' ''SG-1,'' who immediately gives some of Daniel's most outlandish claims his full attention. ''"The things I've heard while sitting in this chair..."''
***
"'' Though Hammond has at least one instance himself, in the third season, when Daniel is hallucinating and Hammond and everyone else dismisses it as schizophrenia. By this point Daniel has already been presumed dead two or three times (and the entire team has come back from the dead at least once), they have dealt with bizarre alien [[TheVirus viruses]], the team has used TimeTravel and negotiated a peace treaty with the help of [[TheGreys Roswell greys]]... but if Daniel says he sees something no one no-one else can, he must be crazy! It didn't help Daniel thought he was going crazy, too.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
**
In the opener of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' season 3 3, Mohinder Suresh, the resident scientist, [[ProfessorGuineaPig tests an experimental Super-power giving serum on himself]]. That's something that's never gone wrong before. What's really bad is that he announces his plan to inject himself right in front of a living example of BlessedWithSuck who [[WhatTheHellHero points this out]].



* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'':

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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'':''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'':



** Arthur is also pretty genre-blind for ''missing the fact that Merlin is a sorcerer.'' [[spoiler: ''For five entire seasons.'' Merlin has to tell him face-to-face!]] Although Arthur is a bit of a deconstruction in that he constantly curses his inability to see the truth, wonders how fit he is for command if he keeps making these decisions, and goes into HeroicBSOD in the series four finale when he feels that most of his people have died because of his Genre Blindness. But give him credit, he did turn into GoodIsNotDumb in series four, and honestly did suspect his uncle several times.

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** Arthur is also pretty genre-blind for ''missing the fact that Merlin is a sorcerer.'' [[spoiler: ''For [[spoiler:''For five entire seasons.'' Merlin has to tell him face-to-face!]] Although Arthur is a bit of a deconstruction in that he constantly curses his inability to see the truth, wonders how fit he is for command if he keeps making these decisions, and goes into HeroicBSOD in the series four finale when he feels that most of his people have died because of his Genre Blindness. But give him credit, he did does turn into GoodIsNotDumb in series four, and honestly did does suspect his uncle several times.



* An interesting example with the police in ''Series/OrphanBlack''. They haven't yet made the mental leap to clones despite all the evidence of identical people involved in a murder, but they're smart enough to use the evidence they have well - to the point where they're closing in on Clone Club without really knowing what they're looking for.
** This trope is also PlayedForLaughs with Allison's friends and neighbors.

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* An interesting example with the police in ''Series/OrphanBlack''. They haven't yet made the mental leap to clones despite all the evidence of identical people involved in a murder, but they're smart enough to use the evidence they have well - -- to the point where they're closing in on Clone Club without really knowing what they're looking for.
**
for. This trope is also PlayedForLaughs with Allison's friends and neighbors.



** One episode had Clark go through a ItsAWonderfulPlot experience. It takes him over a quarter of the episode to realize what happened. Despite seeing all the alterations to reality, he kept going all "What's wrong with you guys? Don't you remember me?"

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** One episode had has Clark go through a ItsAWonderfulPlot experience. It takes him over a quarter of the episode to realize what happened. is happening. Despite seeing all the alterations to reality, he kept keeps going all "What's wrong with you guys? Don't you remember me?"



** Comically averted by Morgan Grimes, when his obsessive knowledge of bad Kung-Fu movies helps him realize [[spoiler: Shaw faked a fight with several Ring agents and has actually been working with them]]. In fact Chuck and Morgan both show significant multiple-genre awareness throughout the series.

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** Comically averted by Morgan Grimes, when his obsessive knowledge of bad Kung-Fu movies helps him realize [[spoiler: Shaw [[spoiler:Shaw faked a fight with several Ring agents and has actually been working with them]]. In fact Chuck and Morgan both show significant multiple-genre awareness throughout the series.



-->'''Morgan:''' You dreamt Shaw was alive? Chuck, you saw him die. You checked for a pulse right?
-->'''Chuck:''' Well, he fell into a river.
-->'''Morgan:''' "He fell into a river"! Of course he's alive! Haven't you ever seen a John Carpenter movie?
** Typically played straight with Sarah and Casey, who are often left confused by the antics and comments of their more genre savvy partners. Sarah in particular suffers from this. Casey, at least, recognizes that you should never say things like "[[TemptingFate one last mission]]" and displays a much better grasp of popular culture.
* In ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "[[Recap/CommunityS2E06Epidemiology Epidemiology]]" as fitting for a zombie parody.
-->'''[[spoiler: Rich:]]''' I thought I was 'special!'
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Among other things, Regina (The Evil Queen) actually believes that she can curse the entire fairy tale world to be trapped in a world without happy endings, and that she can finally end the fact that BeingEvilSucks and get her ''own'' happy ending. After [[spoiler: she brings back her sleeping-curse-poisoned apple]] to get rid of [[TheChosenOne Emma]] once and for all, she brags to Mr. Gold (Rumplestiltskin) that she's now won and made the curse even stronger. [[GenreSavvy Gold clearly doubts this.]] [[spoiler: He was right.]]
** Emma gets this when she [[spoiler: ends up in the Enchanted Forest]]. [[FishOutOfWater She's "out of her element".]]

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-->'''Morgan:''' --->'''Morgan:''' You dreamt Shaw was alive? Chuck, you saw him die. You checked for a pulse right?
-->'''Chuck:'''
right?\\
'''Chuck:'''
Well, he fell into a river.
-->'''Morgan:'''
river.\\
'''Morgan:'''
"He fell into a river"! Of course he's alive! Haven't you ever seen a John Carpenter movie?
** Typically played straight with Sarah and Casey, who are often left confused by the antics and comments of their more genre savvy genre-savvy partners. Sarah in particular suffers from this. Casey, at least, recognizes that you should never say things like "[[TemptingFate one last mission]]" and displays a much better grasp of popular culture.
* In ''Series/{{Community}}'' ''Series/{{Community}}'', episode "[[Recap/CommunityS2E06Epidemiology Epidemiology]]" [[Recap/CommunityS2E06Epidemiology "Epidemiology"]], as fitting for a zombie parody.
-->'''[[spoiler: Rich:]]''' -->'''[[spoiler:Rich:]]''' I thought I was 'special!'
"special!"
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': ''Series/OnceUponATime'':
**
Among other things, Regina (The Evil Queen) actually believes that she can curse the entire fairy tale world to be trapped in a world without happy endings, and that she can finally end the fact that BeingEvilSucks and get her ''own'' happy ending. After [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she brings back her sleeping-curse-poisoned apple]] to get rid of [[TheChosenOne Emma]] once and for all, she brags to Mr. Gold (Rumplestiltskin) that she's now won and made the curse even stronger. [[GenreSavvy Gold clearly doubts this.]] [[spoiler: He was is right.]]
** Emma gets this when she [[spoiler: ends [[spoiler:ends up in the Enchanted Forest]]. [[FishOutOfWater She's "out of her element".]]



* Peter in ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' takes this to a ridiculous extreme. The standard Fringe formula: person or people die bizarre, horrific death. Title sequence. Team shows up, Walter presents insane-sounding hypothesis on what happened. Peter insists that this is impossible, despite the fact that he works for Fringe Division and Walter has nearly always been correct. Remainder of episode proves that Walter is, in fact, correct. Pretty quickly, Peter is just {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing how weird whatever is instead of doubting it. He stopped entirely by the end of the series.

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* Peter in ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' takes this to a ridiculous extreme. The standard Fringe formula: person or people die bizarre, horrific death. Title sequence. Team shows up, Walter presents insane-sounding hypothesis on what happened. Peter insists that this is impossible, despite the fact that he works for Fringe Division and Walter has nearly always been correct. Remainder of episode proves that Walter is, in fact, correct. Pretty quickly, Peter is just {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing how weird whatever is instead of doubting it. He stopped stops entirely by the end of the series.



* On ''Series/{{Cops}}'' or any RealityShow featuring criminals running from the cops, as well as jail, routinely features suspects who are surprised that their attempts to run from the police are unsuccessful and resisting police officers doesn't go so well for them. This is likely caused by selective editing. It's less entertaining to have the suspects surrender quietly. Well, once in a while it's funny like in the example below where it's the guy's second time on the show, but that's funny precisely because it's a rare subversion of this. Presumably, if shows like ''Series/{{Cops}}'' show chase scenes, then the kind of people who watch that show want to see chase scenes, or the producers think they do. So when suspected criminals don't run, it just gets edited out of the show. Unless ''Series/{{Cops}}'' reports on the percentage of times suspects run even if they don't get filmed, or makes a point to show every single case they follow an officer along on, or something?
* The whole "To Catch A Predator" segments on ''Series/{{Dateline}}''. People, the second Chris Hansen shows up (instead of the jailbait you met over the internet), points out the camera, and asks you to take a seat, just ask where the cops are and turn yourself in rather than embarrass yourself further. At least one guy simply walked out of the house and laid down on the lawn with his hands behind his head, waiting for the cops. This would have been GenreSavvy on his part [[SubvertedTrope had it not been]] '''[[WhatAnIdiot his second time on the show.]]''' On the other hand, genre savvy actually led to one guy's ''death''. As soon as he saw Chris Hansen and company pulling into his driveway, [[DrivenToSuicide he killed himself]]. Perhaps we should be grateful for the genre blindness.

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* On ''Series/{{Cops}}'' or any RealityShow featuring criminals running from the cops, as well as jail, routinely features suspects who are surprised that their attempts to run from the police are unsuccessful and resisting police officers doesn't go so well for them. This is likely caused by selective editing. It's less entertaining to have the suspects surrender quietly. Well, once in a while it's funny like in the example below where it's the guy's second time on the show, but that's funny precisely because it's a rare subversion of this. Presumably, if shows like ''Series/{{Cops}}'' ''Cops'' show chase scenes, then the kind of people who watch that show want to see chase scenes, or the producers think they do. So when suspected criminals don't run, it just gets edited out of the show. Unless ''Series/{{Cops}}'' ''Cops'' reports on the percentage of times suspects run even if they don't get filmed, or makes a point to show every single case they follow an officer along on, or something?
* The whole "To Catch A a Predator" segments on ''Series/{{Dateline}}''. People, the second Chris Hansen shows up (instead of the jailbait you met over the internet), points out the camera, and asks you to take a seat, just ask where the cops are and turn yourself in rather than embarrass yourself further. At least one guy simply walked out of the house and laid down on the lawn with his hands behind his head, waiting for the cops. This would have been GenreSavvy on his part [[SubvertedTrope had it not been]] '''[[WhatAnIdiot his second time on the show.]]''' On the other hand, genre savvy actually led to one guy's ''death''. As soon as he saw Chris Hansen and company pulling into his driveway, [[DrivenToSuicide he killed himself]]. Perhaps we should be grateful for the genre blindness.



* In ''{{Series/Wipeout}}'' you have to get through obstacle courses as fast as possible. Being obstacle courses, there will be traps. Despite this there's a shocking number of contestants that are bum rushing through the qualifier and ignores even the most obvious traps like the sole, muddy panel by the ledge.

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* In ''{{Series/Wipeout}}'' ''Series/{{Wipeout}}'' you have to get through obstacle courses as fast as possible. Being obstacle courses, there will be traps. Despite this there's a shocking number of contestants that are bum rushing through the qualifier and ignores even the most obvious traps like the sole, muddy panel by the ledge.



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-->'''Jonathan Coachman''': "I've decided to give Wrestling/{{Umaga}} a very well-deserved night off."
-->'''John Cena''': "A night off? Like I haven't heard that one before. What does that mean, that he's showing up in five minutes? That he's gonna show up when I go to my car tonight? That he's gonna show up when I'm in the sho-- You know what, just don't let him show up when I'm in the shower. I don't think any of us want that."

-->'''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]]''': "I love how no one in the wrestling program actually watches the wrestling program."

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-->'''Jonathan Coachman''': "I've Coachman:''' I've decided to give Wrestling/{{Umaga}} a very well-deserved night off."
-->'''John Cena''': "A
\\
'''John Cena:''' A
night off? Like I haven't heard that one before. What does that mean, that he's showing up in five minutes? That he's gonna show up when I go to my car tonight? That he's gonna show up when I'm in the sho-- You know what, just don't let him show up when I'm in the shower. I don't think any of us want that."

-->'''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]]''': "I
\\\
'''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]]:''' I
love how no one no-one in the wrestling program actually watches the wrestling program."



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[[folder:{{Radio}}]][[folder:Radio]]



--->'''Base personnel:''' You know, I can't wait to get back to Earth and see my wonderful wife. [[RetIrony Retiring tomorrow, you know]]. Tomorrow, I'm going to start really living. Right then. Just let me put on my [[RedShirt red top]] and [[TooDumbToLive go off down this darkened corridor]]. Goodbye.
--->'''Rory:''' ''(mumbling)'' Mm? Oh yeah. S'ya.

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--->'''Base personnel:''' You know, I can't wait to get back to Earth and see my wonderful wife. [[RetIrony Retiring tomorrow, you know]]. Tomorrow, I'm going to start really living. Right then. Just let me put on my [[RedShirt red top]] and [[TooDumbToLive go off down this darkened corridor]]. Goodbye.
--->'''Rory:''' ''(mumbling)''
Goodbye.\\
'''Rory:''' (''mumbling'')
Mm? Oh yeah. S'ya.



* In an example pertaining not to the game's storyline but instead its marketing, the circumstances concerning ''VideoGame/HaloReach'''s early arrival. Microsoft did everything it could to try and make it successful and apparently decided it was more efficient to distribute it to select reviewers from Live instead of just mailing copies. [[ForegoneConclusion Guess]] [[WhatAnIdiot what]] [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil happened]].



** While most of the cast members are GenreSavvy, there are a few exceptions, particularly among the Azurites. In particular, Lord Shojo actually sits and strokes a [[RightHandCat white cat]] but no one sees him as the cunning Chessmaster that he is until Haley figures it out. [[ObfuscatingInsanity It helps that he pretends the cat in question is talking to him.]]

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** While most of the cast members are GenreSavvy, there are a few exceptions, particularly among the Azurites. In particular, Lord Shojo actually sits and strokes a [[RightHandCat white cat]] but no one no-one sees him as the cunning Chessmaster that he is until Haley figures it out. [[ObfuscatingInsanity It helps that he pretends the cat in question is talking to him.]]



** Elan displays ''intentional'' Genre Blindness, in assuming that Nale [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat must have been killed]] in Azure City's collapse. When Nale calls him out on how genre blind that is, Elan retorts that of course he thought Nale was dead, because "the hero always THINKS the bad guy is dead until he shows up again." [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0793.html This promptly leads to a near aneurysm on Nale's part, when he tries to puzzle through Elan's 'logic'.]] This overlaps with ContractualGenreBlindness because Elan [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass might]] honestly have ''believed'' that Nale was dead...
*** Elan in general displays a stunning mishmash of GenreSavvy, Genre Blindness, and WrongGenreSavvy, which depending on the situation can make him anything from "oddly effective" to [[CloudCuckooLander nuttier than squirrel poop.]]
** Elan also assumes that the two nameless guards staying behind to allow them to escape are dead, unaware that they took the spotlight for a while and had a significant bout of character development and becoming [[HeroOfAnotherStory Heroes Of Another Story]].

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** Elan displays ''intentional'' Genre Blindness, in assuming that Nale [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat must have been killed]] in Azure City's collapse. When Nale calls him out on how genre blind that is, Elan retorts that of course he thought Nale was dead, because "the hero always THINKS the bad guy is dead until he shows up again." [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0793.html This promptly leads to a near aneurysm on Nale's part, when he tries to puzzle through Elan's 'logic'."logic".]] This overlaps with ContractualGenreBlindness because Elan [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass might]] honestly have ''believed'' that Nale was dead...
***
dead....
**
Elan in general displays a stunning mishmash of GenreSavvy, Genre Blindness, and WrongGenreSavvy, which depending on the situation can make him anything from "oddly effective" to [[CloudCuckooLander [[{{CloudcuckooLander}} nuttier than squirrel poop.]]
**
]] Elan also assumes that the two nameless guards staying behind to allow them to escape are dead, unaware that they took the spotlight for a while and had a significant bout of character development and becoming [[HeroOfAnotherStory Heroes Of Another Story]].



* Rare in ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'', but when Dr. Wiley distracts Mega Man with "there's something behind you" -- ''[[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/041202 he forgets to run away]]''.

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* Rare in ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'', ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'':
** Rare,
but when Dr. Wiley distracts Mega Man with "there's something behind you" -- ''[[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/041202 he forgets to run away]]''.



* Webcomic/{{Pibgorn}} [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2003/02/14/ Causes Geoff to be disarmed]]

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* Webcomic/{{Pibgorn}} ''Webcomic/{{Pibgorn}}'' [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2003/02/14/ Causes Geoff to be disarmed]]



* {{Justified|Trope}} with Jordie the Cleric in ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'' since he has no real world adventuring experience. The other members of Julie's group do lampshade it when it pops up.

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* {{Justified|Trope}} with Jordie the Cleric in ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'' since he has no real world real-world adventuring experience. The other members of Julie's group do lampshade it when it pops up.



--> '''Phillips:''' My declaring how safe I am is ''perfectly safe.''
--> '''Unity:''' Ooh, let's hang around and see how he--
--> '''Sweetheart:''' Just keep moving.

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--> '''Phillips:''' -->'''Phillips:''' My declaring how safe I am is ''perfectly safe.''
-->
''\\
'''Unity:''' Ooh, let's hang around and see how he--
-->
he--\\
'''Sweetheart:''' Just keep moving.



* In the fourth episode of the Wiki/TVTropes original webseries WebVideo/EchoChamber, Tom is unaware of the nuances of "having a point" required for a [[DumbassHasAPoint dumbass to have a point]].

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* In the fourth episode of the Wiki/TVTropes original webseries WebVideo/EchoChamber, ''WebVideo/EchoChamber'', Tom is unaware of the nuances of "having a point" required for a [[DumbassHasAPoint dumbass to have a point]].



* Some people in LetsPlay/{{Jayuzumi}}'s videos do not realise that they are being trolled, thus making themselves even bigger targets.

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* ''LetsPlay/{{Jayuzumi}}'':
**
Some people in LetsPlay/{{Jayuzumi}}'s his videos do not realise that they are being trolled, thus making themselves even bigger targets.



* Explained in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' by the Villain Traditions that most of the bad guys follow. These traditions include the villains "making their lame pun and leaving" the heroes in a DeathTrap. Senor Senior Senior [[ContractualGenreBlindness sticks closely to this]], even telling Kim how to escape. Shego, on the other hand: "I prefer [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim the direct approach]], but you know Drakken..."
** Drakken does start getting better about it by season 3, where he immediately launches the doomsday weapon sans countdown.
* You'd think after the first dozen or so times, Timmy of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' would think for more than a few seconds before saying "I wish..."
** Occasionally he inverts it, and has been quite GenreSavvy at times. For example, in the second part of the ''Wishology'' special, he was able to convince [[EvilTeacher Mr. Crocker]] to help him by simply saying he'd show Crocker his fairies.

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* Explained in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' by the Villain Traditions that most of the bad guys follow. These traditions include the villains "making their lame pun and leaving" the heroes in a DeathTrap. Senor Senior Senior [[ContractualGenreBlindness sticks closely to this]], even telling Kim how to escape. Shego, on the other hand: "I prefer [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim the direct approach]], but you know Drakken..."
**
" Drakken does start getting better about it by season 3, where he immediately launches the doomsday weapon sans countdown.
* You'd think after the first dozen or so times, Timmy of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' would think for more than a few seconds before saying "I wish..."
**
" Occasionally he inverts it, and has been quite GenreSavvy at times. For example, in the second part of the ''Wishology'' special, he was able to convince [[EvilTeacher Mr. Crocker]] to help him by simply saying he'd show Crocker his fairies.



-->'''Zuko''': "It's some kind of mystical gem stone."
-->'''Aang''': "Well, don't touch it! ...I'm just very suspicious of [[SchmuckBait giant glowing gems sitting on pedestals]]."
** This is how Azula comes to grief. [[spoiler:Of ''course'' you can trust the man who basically condemned your brother and has shown no scruples in his quest for power, there's no way he'll- oh, wait, he just had you KickedUpstairs. Well, at least you have your servants who never seem to care about your KickTheDog mo- nope, they just ran off.]]
* In ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'', the heroes not only had Genre Blindness, they seemed to have inter-episode amnesia. How many times can you really think say "[[LetsSplitUpGang Let's split up]] to explore the haunted castle" and think it's a good plan?
** This actually ''is'' {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' Long story short, Fred realizes that they ''always'' split up the group the same way and decides to split it up a different way with [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Fred and Shaggy teaming up]]. HilarityEnsues.

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-->'''Zuko''': "It's --->'''Zuko:''' It's some kind of mystical gem stone."
-->'''Aang''': "Well,
\\
'''Aang:''' Well,
don't touch it! ...I'm just very suspicious of [[SchmuckBait giant glowing gems sitting on pedestals]]."
pedestals]].
** This is how Azula comes to grief. [[spoiler:Of ''course'' you can trust the man who basically condemned your brother and has shown no scruples in his quest for power, there's no way he'll- he'll-- oh, wait, he just had you KickedUpstairs. Well, at least you have your servants who never seem to care about your KickTheDog mo- mo-- nope, they just ran off.]]
* In ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'', the ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'':
** The
heroes not only had have Genre Blindness, they seemed seem to have inter-episode amnesia. How many times can you really think say "[[LetsSplitUpGang Let's split up]] to explore the haunted castle" and think it's a good plan?
**
plan? This actually ''is'' {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' Long story short, Fred realizes that they ''always'' split up the group the same way and decides to split it up a different way with [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Fred and Shaggy teaming up]]. HilarityEnsues.



*** Almost ''every'' villain-of-the-week in ''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo'' is suffering from this. In the original series, having so many people hiding their crimes by disguising themselves as monsters could be more excusable, since Scooby and the gang are constantly road tripping across the country, but all of the crimes in this show happen in one city. After reading in the local news about the 10th or 12th person to get caught using a monster disguise to hide their evil plans, you'd think more people would realize that it's not a very good idea.

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*** ** Almost ''every'' villain-of-the-week in ''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo'' ''A Pup Named Scooby-Doo'' is suffering from this. In the original series, having so many people hiding their crimes by disguising themselves as monsters could be more excusable, since Scooby and the gang are constantly road tripping across the country, but all of the crimes in this show happen in one city. After reading in the local news about the 10th or 12th person to get caught using a monster disguise to hide their evil plans, you'd think more people would realize that it's not a very good idea.



* In one WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror episode on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', while being chased by the wolf man Flanders, Homer instructs Marge to hide in the abandoned amusement park, Lisa to hide in the pet cemetery and Bart to hide in the spooky roller disco, while he goes skinny dipping in "the lake where the sexy teenagers were killed 100 years ago tonight."
* WesternAnimation/CountDuckula isn't going to change. He's an aimless, wimpy vegetarian schlub, and he always will be an aimless, wimpy vegetarian schlub. Every time he appears to change for the better (worse?), it's because he's possessed, he ate/drank something he shouldn't have, it's not really him, etc., and it's only temporary. Igor ''never'' learns. Ever.

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* In one WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror ''WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror'' episode on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', while being chased by the wolf man Flanders, Homer instructs Marge to hide in the abandoned amusement park, Lisa to hide in the pet cemetery and Bart to hide in the spooky roller disco, while he goes skinny dipping in "the lake where the sexy teenagers were killed 100 years ago tonight."
* WesternAnimation/CountDuckula ''WesternAnimation/CountDuckula'':
** Count Duckula
isn't going to change. He's an aimless, wimpy vegetarian schlub, and he always will be an aimless, wimpy vegetarian schlub. Every time he appears to change for the better (worse?), it's because he's possessed, he ate/drank something he shouldn't have, it's not really him, etc., and it's only temporary. Igor ''never'' learns. Ever.



* The opening sequence of the ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' animated series shows the main characters being excited to see a Dungeons & Dragons roller coaster at an amusement park. This implies that (1) the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game exists in their home dimension and (2) at least some of them are familiar with the game. Why is it, then, that not one of them seems to knows a thing about the world to which the ride transports them or how to negotiate the remedial plots in which they find themselves?

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* ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'':
**
The opening sequence of the ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' animated series shows the main characters being excited to see a Dungeons ''Dungeons & Dragons roller coaster Dragons'' roller-coaster at an amusement park. This implies that (1) the Dungeons ''Dungeons & Dragons Dragons'' role-playing game exists in their home dimension and (2) at least some of them are familiar with the game. Why is it, then, that not one of them seems to knows a thing about the world to which the ride transports them or how to negotiate the remedial plots in which they find themselves?



-->'''Isabella:''' Phineas is the Beak?!
-->'''Candace:''' Hey! You just earned your ''[[SarcasmMode Uh-Duhr]]'' [[MeritBadgesForEverything Patch]]!

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-->'''Isabella:''' Phineas is the Beak?!
-->'''Candace:'''
Beak?!\\
'''Candace:'''
Hey! You just earned your ''[[SarcasmMode Uh-Duhr]]'' [[MeritBadgesForEverything Patch]]!



* And how long will it take for the Brain or ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'' to understand that the problem in their quest for power is not Minus or Dilat Larat, but themselves?



** She's not the only one. In ''Keep On And Flutter On'', Rainbow Dash insists the Mane Six come up with a backup plan in case the whole "befriending" business with Discord to have him do a HeelFaceTurn doesn't work out, and the other ponies agree with her, with Twilight settling for good old fashioned brainwashing. The blindness is extra bad because not too long before the Mane Six helped another former villain turn good thanks to the PowerOfFriendship. Once again, [[SpoilerTitle read the title of the show]], and [[ForegoneConclusion see how well Twilight's brainwashing plan works out]]. [[spoiler: It doesn't.]]

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** She's not the only one. In ''Keep On And [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E11KeepCalmAndFlutterOn "Keep Calm and Flutter On'', On"]], Rainbow Dash insists the Mane Six come up with a backup plan in case the whole "befriending" business with Discord to have him do a HeelFaceTurn doesn't work out, and the other ponies agree with her, with Twilight settling for good old fashioned brainwashing. The blindness is extra bad because not too long before the Mane Six helped another former villain turn good thanks to the PowerOfFriendship. Once again, [[SpoilerTitle read the title of the show]], and [[ForegoneConclusion see how well Twilight's brainwashing plan works out]]. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It doesn't.]]



** ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation Inspiration Manifestation]]'': Spike apparently hasn't learned from the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E6PowerPonies enchanted comic that was literally enchanted]] that something that ''sounds'' innocuous might be much more dangerous. [[FridgeLogic Also]], you would think that someone who has spent his whole life around a unicorn that specializes in magic and is an expert in spellbooks would know a tome of dark magic when he saw one.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', you'd think after living with him as long as they did the Smiths would probably be GenreSavvy enough by now to know just how much of a [[TheSociopath sociopathic bastard]] Roger is to take precaution not falling for any of his lies and schemes. Especially true with Stan and Francine both who have been regularly shown easily fooled by Roger's plans. The Smiths are the only people in-show who see through Roger's [[PaperThinDisguise disguises]], but they always seem to trust him more than they should in later per episode.

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** ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation Inspiration Manifestation]]'': [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation "Inspiration Manifestation"]]: Spike apparently hasn't learned from the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E6PowerPonies enchanted comic that was literally enchanted]] that something that ''sounds'' innocuous might be much more dangerous. [[FridgeLogic Also]], you would think that someone who has spent his whole life around a unicorn that specializes in magic and is an expert in spellbooks would know a tome of dark magic when he saw sees one.
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E23TheHooffieldsAndMccolts "The Hooffields and McColts"]]: Neither Twilight, Fluttershy or the McColts anticipate the "[[TrojanHorse Trojan Cake]]" filled with hostile ponies... quite unlike a good part of the audience.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', you'd ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': You'd think after living with him as long as they did the Smiths would probably be GenreSavvy enough by now to know just how much of a [[TheSociopath sociopathic bastard]] Roger is to take precaution not falling for any of his lies and schemes. Especially true with Stan and Francine both who have been regularly shown easily fooled by Roger's plans. The Smiths are the only people in-show who see through Roger's [[PaperThinDisguise disguises]], but they always seem to trust him more than they should in later per episode.




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* In a example not-quite-close-enough to the video games section, the circumstances concerning ''VideoGame/HaloReach'''s early arrival. Microsoft did everything it could to try and make it successful and apparently decided it was more efficient to distribute it to select reviewers from Live instead of just mailing copies. [[ForegoneConclusion Guess]] [[WhatAnIdiot what]] [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil happened]].
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\n[[folder:Other]] \n* In a example not-quite-close-enough to the video games section, the circumstances concerning ''VideoGame/HaloReach'''s early arrival. Microsoft did everything it could to try and make it successful and apparently decided it was more efficient to distribute it to select reviewers from Live instead of just mailing copies. [[ForegoneConclusion Guess]] [[WhatAnIdiot what]] [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil happened]].\n[[/folder]]----
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