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10th Aug '16 9:08:48 PM nombretomado
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* Often, the limitations or rules of {{Deryni}} magic are explained in answers to questions posed by characters who are ordinary humans or otherwise inexperienced:

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* Often, the limitations or rules of {{Deryni}} Literature/{{Deryni}} magic are explained in answers to questions posed by characters who are ordinary humans or otherwise inexperienced:
9th Jul '16 1:38:00 PM nombretomado
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* Pohatu rapidly became this in the ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' serial ''The Powers That Be'', as he was trying to solve a murder mystery with the increasingly Holmsian [[TheStoic Kopaka]]. Given his RunningGag of asking for clarification every time he hears a new name, this makes sense.

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* Pohatu rapidly became this in the ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' serial ''The Powers That Be'', as he was trying to solve a murder mystery with the increasingly Holmsian [[TheStoic Kopaka]]. Given his RunningGag of asking for clarification every time he hears a new name, this makes sense.
14th Jun '16 7:54:17 PM PaulA
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* Most stories about a {{Utopia}}, particularly those written before the mid-twentieth century, tend to feature a lead character who is a Watson combined with a NaiveNewcomer. The plot generally consisted of the Watson being led around the utopia asking questions about how it works. The ExpositionFairy who lived in the utopia would then explain how the utopia worked in exhaustive detail. Really poorly thought out utopian novels ''did not'' combine this trope with the NaiveNewcomer and hence had the ExpositionFairy tell TheWatson things they already knew for no apparent reason. Generally declined in usage after modern exposition techniques (i.e. "ShowDontTell") were developed. Examples include Julian West from ''Looking Backward''by Edward Bellamy, Guest from ''News from Nowhere'' by Creator/WilliamMorris, and the Botanist from ''A Modern Utopia'' by H. G. Wells. An example of a Watson who ''isn't'' combined with the NaiveNewcomer is Alice from ''Ralph 124C 41+'' by Hugo Gernsback.

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* Most stories about a {{Utopia}}, particularly those written before the mid-twentieth century, tend to feature a lead character who is a Watson combined with a NaiveNewcomer. The plot generally consisted of the Watson being led around the utopia asking questions about how it works. The ExpositionFairy who lived in the utopia would then explain how the utopia worked in exhaustive detail. Really poorly thought out utopian novels ''did not'' combine this trope with the NaiveNewcomer and hence had the ExpositionFairy tell TheWatson things they already knew for no apparent reason. Generally declined in usage after modern exposition techniques (i.e. "ShowDontTell") were developed. Examples include Julian West from ''Looking Backward''by ''Literature/LookingBackward'' by Edward Bellamy, Guest from ''News from Nowhere'' ''Literature/NewsFromNowhere'' by Creator/WilliamMorris, and the Botanist from ''A Modern Utopia'' by H. G. Wells.Creator/HGWells. An example of a Watson who ''isn't'' combined with the NaiveNewcomer is Alice from ''Ralph 124C 41+'' by Hugo Gernsback.
13th Jun '16 1:32:56 AM PaulA
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* You, as the [[NoNameGiven unnamed protagonist]], fill this role to Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's C. Auguste Dupin in the ''VideoGame/DarkTales'' PC games. Dupin is, in-universe, the master detective and hero of the games, but as the player character, you're the one who actually does all the work; Dupin mostly functions as MrExposition.

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* You, as the [[NoNameGiven unnamed protagonist]], fill this role to Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's C. Auguste Dupin Literature/CAugusteDupin in the ''VideoGame/DarkTales'' PC games. Dupin is, in-universe, the master detective and hero of the games, but as the player character, you're the one who actually does all the work; Dupin mostly functions as MrExposition.
6th Jun '16 1:53:29 PM Doug86
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* In David Pirie's ArthurConanDoyle / Joseph Bell mysteries, Doyle plays TheWatson to Bell's Franchise/SherlockHolmes. However, this is also a subversion: Doyle is not less intelligent than Bell, just decades younger, and their working relationship is often TeethClenchedTeamwork instead of friendly.

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* In David Pirie's ArthurConanDoyle Creator/ArthurConanDoyle / Joseph Bell mysteries, Doyle plays TheWatson to Bell's Franchise/SherlockHolmes. However, this is also a subversion: Doyle is not less intelligent than Bell, just decades younger, and their working relationship is often TeethClenchedTeamwork instead of friendly.
30th May '16 5:55:00 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* TomSwift generally has one of these on hand. In the [[http://tomswift.bobfinnan.com/ts2.htm "Tom Swift, Jr."]] series of books published in the 1950s, it was Bud Barclay. The RecycledINSPACE! series which followed in the early 1980s had Benjamin Franklin Walking Eagle. One ContinuityReboot later, TheWatson was Rick "test to destruction!" Cantwell.

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* TomSwift Literature/TomSwift generally has one of these on hand. In the [[http://tomswift.[[http://Literature/TomSwift.bobfinnan.com/ts2.htm "Tom Swift, Jr."]] series of books published in the 1950s, it was Bud Barclay. The RecycledINSPACE! series which followed in the early 1980s had Benjamin Franklin Walking Eagle. One ContinuityReboot later, TheWatson was Rick "test to destruction!" Cantwell.
19th May '16 8:27:15 PM erforce
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-->-- '''Literature/HerculePoirot''' to his Watson: Captain Hastings, ''Lord Edgware Dies''

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-->-- '''Literature/HerculePoirot''' to his Watson: Watson, Captain Hastings, ''Lord Edgware Dies''
''Literature/LordEdgwareDies''



* In the DVD commentary for ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', Ivan Reitman says the character of Winston Zeddemore was intended to serve this purpose.

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* In the DVD commentary for ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'', Ivan Reitman says the character of Winston Zeddemore Zeddmore was intended to serve this purpose.
8th May '16 3:03:54 PM pinkdalek
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** Barret in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' is always the person asking the obvious question and saying what the audience is supposed to be saying, usually when Cloud is giving exposition. When Cloud tells the story about what happened in Nibelheim, Barret's frequent questions highlight details that the audience [[{{Foreshadowing}} ought to be paying attention to]], like when Sephiroth mentions his mother having the same name as the unspeakable monster the party had previously encountered. There may be some connection to his epiphany in late game where he decides he's a lot better at being TheLancer than being a leader, and appoints Cid leader just so he can have someone to ask questions to.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', the PlayerCharacter Tidus fakes amnesia so that he can play the Watson to the rest of the cast (he actually has a real reason for not knowing the the things he asks about, but it doesn't fly too well with the xenophobic people he hangs around with). Unfortunately in order to make sure that every player is keeping up with the plot, Tidus finds himself ''constantly'' bugging people for exposition, to the point where his friends aren't sure if he's actually amnesiac or just an idiot. Fortunately for everyone, he gets better as the plot goes on.

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** Barret in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' is always the person asking the obvious question and saying what the audience is supposed to be saying, usually when thinking, which has the effect of allowing Cloud is giving exposition.to come off as knowledgeable and experienced. When Cloud tells the story about what happened in Nibelheim, Barret's frequent questions highlight details that the audience [[{{Foreshadowing}} ought to be paying attention to]], like when Sephiroth mentions his mother having the same name as the unspeakable monster the party had previously encountered. There may be some connection to his epiphany in late game where he decides he's a lot better at being TheLancer than being a leader, and appoints Cid leader just so he can have someone to ask questions to.
** In **In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', the PlayerCharacter Tidus fakes amnesia so that he can play the Watson to the rest of the cast (he actually has a real reason for not knowing the the things he asks about, but it doesn't fly too well with the xenophobic people he hangs around with). Unfortunately in order to make sure that every player is keeping up with the plot, Tidus finds himself ''constantly'' bugging people for exposition, to the point where his friends aren't sure if he's actually amnesiac or just an idiot. Fortunately for everyone, he gets better as the plot goes on.
8th May '16 3:00:37 PM pinkdalek
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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', the PlayerCharacter Tidus fakes amnesia so that he can play the Watson to the rest of the cast (he actually has a real reason for not knowing the the things he asks about, but it doesn't fly too well with the xenophobic people he hangs around with). Unfortunately in order to make sure that every player is keeping up with the plot, Tidus finds himself ''constantly'' bugging people for exposition, to the point where his friends aren't sure if he's actually amnesiac or just an idiot. Fortunately for everyone, he gets better as the plot goes on.
** It gets to the point where Lulu starts explaining things before he even asks, leading him to comment that she's gotten so used to him asking questions that he barely needs to ask anymore.
** A quote from Lulu after one too many explanations : " Are you sure it's not your brain that's the problem?"

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* In ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Barret in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' is always the person asking the obvious question and saying what the audience is supposed to be saying, usually when Cloud is giving exposition. When Cloud tells the story about what happened in Nibelheim, Barret's frequent questions highlight details that the audience [[{{Foreshadowing}} ought to be paying attention to]], like when Sephiroth mentions his mother having the same name as the unspeakable monster the party had previously encountered. There may be some connection to his epiphany in late game where he decides he's a lot better at being TheLancer than being a leader, and appoints Cid leader just so he can have someone to ask questions to.
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''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', the PlayerCharacter Tidus fakes amnesia so that he can play the Watson to the rest of the cast (he actually has a real reason for not knowing the the things he asks about, but it doesn't fly too well with the xenophobic people he hangs around with). Unfortunately in order to make sure that every player is keeping up with the plot, Tidus finds himself ''constantly'' bugging people for exposition, to the point where his friends aren't sure if he's actually amnesiac or just an idiot. Fortunately for everyone, he gets better as the plot goes on.
** *** It gets to the point where Lulu starts explaining things before he even asks, leading him to comment that she's gotten so used to him asking questions that he barely needs to ask anymore.
** *** A quote from Lulu after one too many explanations : " Are you sure it's not your brain that's the problem?"



* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Barret in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' is always the person asking the obvious question and saying what the audience is supposed to be saying, usually when Cloud is giving exposition. When Cloud tells the story about what happened in Nibelheim, Barret's frequent questions highlight details that the audience [[{{Foreshadowing}} ought to be paying attention to]], like when Sephiroth mentions his mother having the same name as the unspeakable monster the party had previously encountered. There may be some connection to his epiphany in late game where he decides he's a lot better at being TheLancer than being a leader, and appoints Cid leader just so he can have someone to ask questions to.
** Tidus in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' is a FishOutOfWater and the other party members assume he's been given amnesia as a result of an encounter with Sin. Thus, he gets to ask questions about how Spira works - or occasionally assume things about how it works that turn out to be grievously wrong.
8th May '16 2:58:31 PM pinkdalek
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* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Barret in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' is always the person asking the obvious question and saying what the audience is supposed to be saying, usually when Cloud is giving exposition. When Cloud tells the story about what happened in Nibelheim, Barret's frequent questions highlight details that the audience [[{{Foreshadowing}} ought to be paying attention to]], like when Sephiroth mentions his mother having the same name as the unspeakable monster the party had previously encountered. There may be some connection to his epiphany in late game where he decides he's a lot better at being TheLancer than being a leader, and appoints Cid leader just so he can have someone to ask questions to.
** Tidus in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' is a FishOutOfWater and the other party members assume he's been given amnesia as a result of an encounter with Sin. Thus, he gets to ask questions about how Spira works - or occasionally assume things about how it works that turn out to be grievously wrong.
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