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10th Oct '17 5:35:12 PM ZombieAladdin
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* In-universe example in ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon 2}}'': In Salmon Run, if you and your team fail to collect even one Golden Egg, Mr. Grizz will talk about how he's thinking about making the employee handbook mandatory.
8th Oct '17 6:07:54 AM EDP
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* A mass example happens in the ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' fanfic ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/11834730 A Different Type of Inspiration]]'': when holding a fashion design contest hoping to put into production the winning design, ''Gabriel'' specified he wanted nontypical fabrics... And found that over half the designs were made with newspapers, wallpaper and plastic because most contestants apparently missed the fact he did want to see unconventional ''fabrics''. Said designers found out they weren't even in the running when an increasingly grouchy Gabriel Agreste verbally tore into them.
** Averted by Marinette, who not only was GenreSavvy enough to get her unusual fabrics in an actual ''fabric store'' but called the ''Gabriel'' designer who had been assigned to answer questions on the context to get her fabrics (cork-like leather, nylon and plastic mesh) approved, and when Agreste inspected her design and gave her some suggestions she wrote them down less she forgot them and got in trouble the next context because by then she should have known better (exactly why Agreste gave her the suggestions: to not have to tear her apart when she's more experienced). By the way she ''won'', as not only she had read the instructions but had a rather interesting design.
4th Sep '17 11:23:48 AM marcoasalazarm
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* Inverted on ''Film/SilentRunning'': Freeman reads the manual on how to program the ''Valley Forge'''s onboard robots before working on the instructions they will need to follow in order to help him with SelfSurgery on his leg (especially because, in order to reprogram the robots, he has to solder completely new logic boards by hand).
4th Sep '17 11:16:05 AM LadyNorbert
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* In ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' Jongleur is annoyed at having to [[AsYouKnow explain their own]] EvilPlan to one of his co-conspirators due to his chronic failure to do this, and when the man expresses concerns that their [[spoiler:scheme to become immortal via BrainUploading will fail because they can't upload the soul]], he curtly tells him he should have been spending his money on something else if that's a concern to him. Indeed, ''after'' investing billions of dollars in illegal research and development it's a bit late to be questioning the fundamental mechanism everything else was based on.

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* In ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' Jongleur is annoyed at having to [[AsYouKnow explain their own]] EvilPlan to one of his co-conspirators due to his chronic failure to do this, and when the man expresses concerns that their [[spoiler:scheme to become immortal via BrainUploading will fail because they can't upload the soul]], he curtly tells him he should have been spending his money on something else if that's a concern to him. Indeed, ''after'' investing billions of dollars in illegal research and development development, it's a bit late to be questioning the fundamental mechanism everything else was based on.



** According to River, refusing to read the manual is part of the reason why TARDIS makes the iconic Vworp noise when it dematerialises. The Doctor forgets to turn the ''brakes'' off, so when this is pointed out to him, he claims that it's actually because he refuses to do so, as he [[MostWonderfulSound loves the noise]]. WordOfGod is that River was just teasing the Doctor (why else would every other TARDIS make that same noise?) and it's the normal sound of the engines. There ''is'' a mute button, though, which the Doctor was never aware of.

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** According to River, refusing to read the manual is part of the reason why TARDIS makes the iconic Vworp noise when it dematerialises. The Doctor forgets to turn the ''brakes'' off, so when this is pointed out to him, he claims that it's actually because he refuses to do so, as he [[MostWonderfulSound loves the noise]]. WordOfGod is that River was just teasing the Doctor (why else would every other TARDIS make that same noise?) and it's the normal sound of the engines. There ''is'' a mute button, though, of which the Doctor was never aware of.aware.



'''Vyvyan:''' But it says here, Michael look, ĎEnsure machine is clean, and free from dustí!\\

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'''Vyvyan:''' But it says here, Michael Michael, look, ĎEnsure machine is clean, and free from dustí!\\



'''Vyvyan:''' Doesnít it? Well maybe thatís where weíre going wrong!

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'''Vyvyan:''' Doesnít it? Well Well, maybe thatís where weíre going wrong!



--> '''Neil:''' [[spoiler:Well itís not plugged―in [to any power source].]]


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--> '''Neil:''' [[spoiler:Well [[spoiler:Well, itís not plugged―in [to any power source].]]




* In the ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode "Eyes", Garibaldi has the parts to a Kawasaki Ninja ZX motorcycle and is trying to put them together. Good news, Garibaldi has a manual for it. Better news, he's actually trying to read it. Bad news...it's in Japanese, which Garibaldi doesn't understand.

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* In the ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode "Eyes", Garibaldi has the parts to a Kawasaki Ninja ZX motorcycle and is trying to put them together. Good news, Garibaldi has a manual for it. Better news, he's actually trying to read it. Bad news... it's in Japanese, which Garibaldi doesn't understand.



** It's also justified that he probably did not have the manual as he buys a lot of his games second-hand, and with buying older cartridge based games, you're lucky if they do come with a manual.
** In his review of ''[[{{VideoGame/ETTheExtraTerrestrial}} E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial]]'', he points this trope, saying that while the game is bad, it's not as bad as people say, and much of the hate it gets is from people picking up the game and expecting they can just play it instantly like other Atari 2600 games, and never finding out how to play the game, see the quote page.

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** It's also justified that he probably did not have the manual as he buys a lot of his games second-hand, secondhand, and with buying older cartridge based games, you're lucky if they do come with a manual.
** In his review of ''[[{{VideoGame/ETTheExtraTerrestrial}} E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial]]'', he points out this trope, saying that while the game is bad, it's not as bad as people say, and much of the hate it gets is from people picking up the game and expecting they can just play it instantly like other Atari 2600 games, and never finding out how to play the game, see the quote page.



* ''Series/HomeImprovement: Power Tool Pursuit!'' provides perhaps the ultimate aversion possible: In true Tim Taylor fashion, it's "manual" is just a single folded sheet that opens up to show a huge sign covering up most of the text, declaring that "[[CatchPhrase REAL MEN DON'T NEED INSTRUCTIONS]]".

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* ''Series/HomeImprovement: Power Tool Pursuit!'' provides perhaps the ultimate aversion possible: In true Tim Taylor fashion, it's its "manual" is just a single folded sheet that opens up to show a huge sign covering up most of the text, declaring that "[[CatchPhrase REAL MEN DON'T NEED INSTRUCTIONS]]".



* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' has a fan site called UESP, and they tell you that if you have the manual for ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', to flat out ignore it because it was based off of an alpha version and incorrectly describes the game.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' has a fan site called UESP, and they tell you that if you have the manual for ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', to you should flat out ignore it because it was based off of an alpha version and incorrectly describes the game.



* ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriorsOnline'' suffers from this. Most people assume it's just like normal dynasty warriors (though they're not too far off), and will blaze through the first tutorial. Doing this prevents people from going through the flasking tutorial, which teaches players how to upgrade stats in battle. It doesn't help that [[WhatTheHellPlayer everyone insists on recreating your character until you S rank the first mission]].

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* ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriorsOnline'' suffers from this. Most people assume it's just like normal dynasty warriors ''Dynasty Warriors'' (though they're not too far off), and will blaze through the first tutorial. Doing this prevents people from going through the flasking tutorial, which teaches players how to upgrade stats in battle. It doesn't help that [[WhatTheHellPlayer everyone insists on recreating your character until you S rank the first mission]].
26th Aug '17 10:36:36 PM Discar
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** Turns out that refusing to read the manual is part of the reason why TARDIS makes the iconic Vworp noise when it dematerialises. The Doctor forgets to turn the ''brakes'' off, so when this is pointed out to him, he claims that it's actually because he refuses to do so, as he [[MostWonderfulSound loves the noise]].

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** Turns out that According to River, refusing to read the manual is part of the reason why TARDIS makes the iconic Vworp noise when it dematerialises. The Doctor forgets to turn the ''brakes'' off, so when this is pointed out to him, he claims that it's actually because he refuses to do so, as he [[MostWonderfulSound loves the noise]]. WordOfGod is that River was just teasing the Doctor (why else would every other TARDIS make that same noise?) and it's the normal sound of the engines. There ''is'' a mute button, though, which the Doctor was never aware of.
5th Aug '17 11:44:55 AM DaibhidC
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* It's a RunningGag in the City Watch ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels that Sam Vimes never reads the manuals of the imp-powered organisers Lady Sybil keeps buying him, resulting in mutual exasperation; Vimes gets annoyed that the imp isn't doing what he wants (which is usually just being quiet) and the imp gets annoyed that Vimes can't be bothered to find out how to ''tell'' it what he wants.
4th Aug '17 4:06:44 PM Geoduck
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Magic: the Gathering}}'' has an equivalent saying: "Read the Freaking Card", and the more professional translation "Reading the card explains the card"

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Magic: the Gathering}}'' ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has an equivalent saying: "Read the Freaking Card", and the more professional translation "Reading the card explains the card"
4th Aug '17 7:36:00 AM xcountryguy
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[[spoiler: [[Film/{{Patton}} "Rommel, you magnificent bastard, ]]''[[Film/{{Patton}} I read your book!]]''"]]

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[[spoiler: [[Film/{{Patton}} [[spoiler:[[Film/{{Patton}} "Rommel, you magnificent bastard, ]]''[[Film/{{Patton}} I read your book!]]''"]]



* In ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' Jongleur is annoyed at having to [[AsYouKnow explain their own]] EvilPlan to one of his co-conspirators due to his chronic failure to do this, and when the man expresses concerns that their [[spoiler: scheme to become immortal via BrainUploading will fail because they can't upload the soul]], he curtly tells him he should have been spending his money on something else if that's a concern to him. Indeed, ''after'' investing billions of dollars in illegal research and development it's a bit late to be questioning the fundamental mechanism everything else was based on.

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* In ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' Jongleur is annoyed at having to [[AsYouKnow explain their own]] EvilPlan to one of his co-conspirators due to his chronic failure to do this, and when the man expresses concerns that their [[spoiler: scheme [[spoiler:scheme to become immortal via BrainUploading will fail because they can't upload the soul]], he curtly tells him he should have been spending his money on something else if that's a concern to him. Indeed, ''after'' investing billions of dollars in illegal research and development it's a bit late to be questioning the fundamental mechanism everything else was based on.



--> '''Neil:''' [[spoiler: Well itís not plugged―in [to any power source].]]


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--> '''Neil:''' [[spoiler: Well [[spoiler:Well itís not plugged―in [to any power source].]]

25th Jul '17 12:46:59 PM Linda58
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* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': Lucius Fox is showing Bruce the latest batsuit, Bruce is examining the gauntlets when he unexpectedly launches the blades in them across the room. Fox is quick to chastise him "Perhaps you should read the instructions first?" to which Bruce replies with a sheepish "Yeah". Doubles as a ChekovsGun, [[spoiler:when he uses it to defeat the Joker at the end]].
17th Jul '17 12:08:57 AM Nicoaln
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* Related, as more and more games become digital (even rereleases), some actually have an electronic manual. However, it's highly possible to never even ''know'' that it's there.
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