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21st Feb '17 3:12:55 PM AutumnLeaves
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* In ''The True Princess and the Wandering Bridge'', a fantasy novel by Aleksandra Yegorushkina, one of the characters learns that he's half-human, half-dragon and can shapeshift into a dragon, and he boasts of it to everyone around. In the middle of a dwarf settlement as well. Too bad he hasn't read much fantasy and doesn't know that dwarves are dragons' bitter enemies.
31st Jan '17 2:43:43 AM Troperinik
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* The eponymous character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' can be this at times. For example, in the episode "Let's Play Magicians", she sees [[CatsAreMean Mr. Cat]], as a magician, stick several swords into [[NighInvulnerable Quack Quack]] and then [[SawAWomanInHalf saw him in half]]. Despite the fact that Mr. Cat spends almost all the episodes torturing Quack Quack, she thinks he is actually doing a magic trick and is shocked when she finds out it isn't a trick.
17th Jan '17 1:04:45 AM DoctorNemesis
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Although genre blindness can be a legitimate flaw, [[TropesAreNotBad it should be noted]] that it can be difficult for writers to create characters who are not genre blind without [[LampshadeHanging hanging a lampshade on it]] by saying something like [[{{Anvilicious}} "This is just like in the movies!"]], especially in genres which require suspense that can easily be undone by such comedic relief (such as horrors, thrillers, etc). Furthermore, some stories in some genres really couldn't function at all if the characters displayed an innate and complete understanding of what genre they were in and exactly how they should act at all times within a story in said genre if they want to avoid trouble. A certain amount of Genre Blindness can be required to provide the story with tension and drama, since if the character knows exactly what to do to avoid trouble and conflict in their particular story, they'll do it, and consequently have an easy, trouble-free life, and... why are we watching again? Finally, not all of a genre's classic tropes are in fact TruthInTelevision, but as far as the characters are concerned, ThisIsReality, so their "blindness" may be the same as common sense. For example, in real life, a single cough usually does not [[IncurableCoughOfDeath herald a fatal disease]], so ItsProbablyNothing is probably rational despite being Genre Blind.

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Although genre blindness can be a legitimate flaw, [[TropesAreNotBad it should be noted]] that it can be difficult for writers to create characters who are not genre blind without [[LampshadeHanging hanging a lampshade on it]] by saying something like [[{{Anvilicious}} "This is just like in the movies!"]], especially in genres which require suspense that can easily be undone by such comedic relief (such as horrors, thrillers, etc). Furthermore, some stories in some genres really couldn't function at all if the characters displayed an innate and complete understanding of what genre they were in and exactly how they should act at all times within a story in said genre if they want to avoid trouble. A certain amount of Genre Blindness can be required to provide the story with tension and drama, since if the character knows exactly what to do to avoid trouble and conflict in their particular story, they'll do it, and consequently have an easy, trouble-free life, and... why are we watching again? Finally, not all of a genre's classic tropes are in fact TruthInTelevision, but as far as the characters are concerned, ThisIsReality, so their "blindness" may be the same as common sense. After all, people in real life don't usually live their lives as if everything they do or which happens to them conforms to a series of strict narrative conventions, so why would fictional characters? For example, in real life, a single cough usually does not [[IncurableCoughOfDeath herald a fatal disease]], so ItsProbablyNothing is probably rational despite being Genre Blind.
7th Dec '16 7:03:03 PM iroanxi
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* In ''FanFic/RobbReturns'', when Viserys Targaryen hears that the Company of the Rose (descended from the Northerners that chose exile over bending the knee to Aegon the Conqueror) is in Pentos, he seriously considers ordering them to fight for him, his argument being that, since they are from Westeros, they should obey the rightful king, i.e. him. Magister Mopatis has to tactfully point out that they are more likely to ''kill'' him[[note]]seeing that (a) it is formed by the descendants of the Northerners that chose exile over bowing to the Targaryens and (b) they all know about what Aerys the Mad did[[/note]].
28th Nov '16 10:33:44 AM Eddy1215
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[[caption-width-right:350: At least he knows just enough to realize how screwed he is.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350: [[caption-width-right:350:[[ContractualGenreBlindness At least he knows just enough to realize how screwed he is.is]].]]
20th Oct '16 5:24:32 PM WillBGood
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'''Jack:''' Then there's no incentive for me to fight fair, is there? \\

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'''Jack:''' Then there's no incentive for me to fight fair, is there? \\there?
20th Oct '16 5:24:20 PM WillBGood
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'''Jack:''' (''points to self'') Pirate.

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'''Jack:''' (''points to self'') Pirate.\\
14th Oct '16 4:44:59 AM kuchiki222
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[...]\\
'''Will:''' In a fair fight, I would have beaten you. \\
'''Jack:''' Then there's no incentive for me to fight fair, is there? \\
6th Oct '16 8:31:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/FaustLoveOfTheDamned'': Lt. Margolies, an honest cop who's been investigating The Hand (a syndicate responsible for satanic sacrifices), just walks straight into their headquarters after he sees his corrupt boss go there for a meeting with M. He probably didn't think that M was ''really'' the devil himself, but even leaving that aside it was an incredibly stupid move to just introduce himself and walk into their base of operations with no real plan or back-up whatsoever. [[spoiler:Sure enough, he gets captured and brainwashed by the bad guys after spying on them for a bit.]]
11th Sep '16 6:29:04 PM TomH1138
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* A textbook example occurs in ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' at the climax of the movie. When Elliot explains to his friends that they have to help E.T. get safely to his ship, one of the kids asks, "Well, can't he just beam up?" to which Elliot replies, "This is ''reality,'' Greg!"
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