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21st Nov '17 3:36:00 PM carkaroth
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* One ApocalypticLog in ''VideoGame/HorizonZeroDawn'' had a pre-apocalypse scientist noting with bitter amusement that [[spoiler: despite a century and a half of science fiction warning them, humanity ''still'' managed to wipe itself out in a RobotWar.]]
14th Nov '17 10:59:35 AM Thesedaysthosedays
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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.

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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 [[NecessaryWeasel really couldn't function at all 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.
12th Nov '17 3:54:39 PM Kirook
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** Another big example occurs in book five when Kreacher (already established to hate Harry, Sirius, and all their friends) tells Harry that Sirius is being held captive by Voldemort. Hermione even points out that Harry has a "saving people thing" which is clearly being exploited, but Harry insists on going anyway. It is, of course a trap, and Sirius dies as a result of Harry's GenreBlindness.

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** Another big example occurs in book five when Kreacher (already established to hate Harry, Sirius, and all their friends) tells Harry that Sirius is being held captive by Voldemort. Hermione even points out that Harry has a "saving people thing" which is clearly being exploited, but Harry insists on going anyway. It [[spoiler:It is, of course a trap, and Sirius dies as a result of Harry's GenreBlindness.]]
10th Nov '17 3:06:25 PM RyzeGuy
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* Almost anyone who uses the word "vigilante" in traditional comics. Most of the real-world problems with vigilanteism are the SubvertedTrope that the genre is built from: here the hero really is TheHero rather than a KnightTemplar loose cannon, and PoliceAreUseless makes "interfering with the authorities" a pointless objection too. (Naturally some comics or some moments in them do allow RealityEnsues instead, but these may serve more as a momentary HeWhoFightsMonsters cautionary tale, or a token StrawmanHasAPoint.)
10th Nov '17 5:38:59 AM Anarquistador
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** In the Prequel Trilogy, Obi-Wan Kenobi demonstrates a surprising amount of Genre Blindness. He knows that there's an AncientConspiracy out there somewhere looking to plunge the Galaxy into darkness, he knows that Palpatine is an ambitious and slimy politician who used a crisis to seize an alarming amount of power...and he can't quite put two and two together. His cynicism about the sincerity and effectiveness of politicians in general blinds him to this possibility; the closest he comes is theorizing that Palpatine is somehow in league with the Sithlord pulling the strings behind the scene. The idea that Palpatine ''is'' the Sithlord is a possibility he simply can't accept until it's far too late.

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** In the Prequel Trilogy, Obi-Wan Kenobi demonstrates a surprising amount of Genre Blindness. He knows that there's an AncientConspiracy out there somewhere looking to plunge the Galaxy into darkness, he knows that Palpatine is an ambitious and slimy politician who used a crisis to seize an alarming amount of power...and but he can't quite put two and two together. His cynicism about the sincerity and effectiveness of politicians in general blinds is what keeps him to this possibility; the closest he comes is theorizing from realizing what's really going on. He just can't accept that Palpatine is somehow in league with anything more than an self-serving coward; at worst he's probably just the Sithlord pulling the strings behind the scene. unknown Sithlord's UnwittingPawn. The idea possibility that Palpatine ''is'' the Sithlord is a - and the possibility he simply can't accept that this entire crisis has been deliberately and systematically engineered ''by'' him - doesn't enter Obi-Wan's head until it's far too late.obvious to deny...and too late to do anything about it.
9th Nov '17 5:49:21 AM Anarquistador
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** In the Prequel Trilogy, Obi-Wan Kenobi demonstrates a surprising amount of Genre Blindness. He knows that there's an AncientConspiracy out there somewhere looking to plunge the Galaxy into darkness, he knows that Palpatine is an ambitious and slimy politician who used a crisis to seize an alarming amount of power...and he can't quite put two and two together. His cynicism about the sincerity and effectiveness of politicians in general blinds him to this possibility; the closest he comes is theorizing that Palpatine is somehow in league with the Sithlord pulling the strings behind the scene. The idea that Palpatine ''is'' the Sithlord is a possibility he simply can't accept until it's far too late.
26th Oct '17 10:17:35 AM gophergiggles
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** This is the same Twilight Sparkle who, in a world of magic, refuses to believe in ''specific'' types of magic like curses or the "Pinkie Sense". [[HilarityEnsues Wacky hijinks ensue]].
23rd Sep '17 12:26:42 PM immortalfrieza
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** Most of the Treehouse Of Horror episodes rely upon either this trope or the family's rampant stupidity or both to work, especially since many of them parody some sort of famous horror movie. One of the early ones has the family stay at a hotel parodying The Shining, with BLOOD gushing out of the elevator not long after they arrive, but the Simpsons don't take [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere the opportunity to leave,]] and that's just a start.
6th Aug '17 2:47:23 PM SickBoy
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6th Aug '17 2:30:36 PM SickBoy
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* In ''Film/NowYouSeeMe'', Agent Rhodes continually takes on the Horsemen on like regular criminals and keeps playing into their hands by refusing to think how a magician would. [[spoiler: Or so everyone thinks, see ObfuscatingStupidity]].

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* In ''Film/NowYouSeeMe'', Agent Rhodes continually takes on the Horsemen on like regular criminals and keeps playing into their hands by refusing to think how a magician would. [[spoiler: Or so everyone thinks, see ObfuscatingStupidity]].
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