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28th Aug '17 3:37:06 PM Wyldchyld
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}: [[LovableRogue Sun]] grew up in [[ApocalypseAnarchy Vacuo]] and is being educated in [[{{Dystopia}} Mistral]]. He has never been associated with the [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters White Fang]] or visited the [[LittleBitBeastly Faunus]] island of [[FantasticGhetto Menagerie]]. As a result, he isn't privy to the inner workings of the terrorist organisation or the realities of life on Menagerie. As [[DarkAndTroubledPast Blake]] is from both, she is able to teach him what they're like; through this the audience learns how the White Fang turned from a peaceful civil rights group to a terrorist organisation and why life on the island is difficult.

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}: ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': [[LovableRogue Sun]] grew up in [[ApocalypseAnarchy Vacuo]] and is being educated in [[{{Dystopia}} Mistral]]. He has never been associated with the [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters White Fang]] or visited the [[LittleBitBeastly Faunus]] island of [[FantasticGhetto Menagerie]]. As a result, he isn't privy to the inner workings of the terrorist organisation or the realities of life on Menagerie. As [[DarkAndTroubledPast Blake]] is from both, she is able to teach him what they're like; through this the audience learns how the White Fang turned from a peaceful civil rights group to a terrorist organisation and why life on the island is difficult.
28th Aug '17 3:36:48 PM Wyldchyld
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}: [[LovableRogue Sun]] grew up in [[ApocalypseAnarchy Vacuo]] and is being educated in [[{{Dystopia}} Mistral]]. He has never been associated with the [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters White Fang]] or visited the [[LittleBitBeastly Faunus]] island of [[FantasticGhetto Menagerie]]. As a result, he isn't privy to the inner workings of the terrorist organisation or the realities of life on Menagerie. As [[DarkAndTroubledPast Blake]] is from both, she is able to teach him what they're like; through this the audience learns how the White Fang turned from a peaceful civil rights group to a terrorist organisation and why life on the island is difficult.
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}: [[LovableRogue Sun]] grew up in [[ApocalypseAnarchy Vacuo]] and is being educated in [[{{Dystopia}} Mistral]]. He has never been associated with the [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters White Fang]] or visited the [[LittleBitBeastly Faunus]] island of [[FantasticGhetto Menagerie]]. As a result, he isn't privy to the inner workings of the terrorist organisation or the realities of life on Menagerie. As [[DarkAndTroubledPast Blake]] is from both, she is able to teach him what they're like; through this the audience learns how the White Fang turned from a peaceful civil rights group to a terrorist organisation and why life on the island is difficult.
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28th Aug '17 3:36:18 PM Wyldchyld
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}: [[LovableRogue Sun]] grew up in [[ApocalypseAnarchy Vacuo]] and is being educated in [[{{Dystopia}} Mistral]]. He has never been associated with the [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters White Fang]] or visited the [[LittleBitBeastly Faunus]] island of [[FantasticGhetto Menagerie]]. As a result, he isn't privy to the inner workings of the terrorist organisation or the realities of life on Menagerie. As [[DarkAndTroubledPast Blake]] is from both, she is able to teach him what they're like; through this the audience learns how the White Fang turned from a peaceful civil rights group to a terrorist organisation and why life on the island is difficult.
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5th Aug '17 8:33:16 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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In parody, it is becoming increasingly common for The Watson to be a character who isn't {{genre blind|ness}} to the sillier tropes, often making MrExposition look like something of a buffoon (as in ''Film/AustinPowers: International Man of Mystery'', where Scott Evil [[StatingTheSimpleSolution asks why his father]] [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim doesn't just shoot Austin]], instead preferring to put him in an easily escapable DeathTrap). See GenreSavvy.

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In parody, it is becoming increasingly common for The Watson to be a character who isn't {{genre blind|ness}} to the sillier tropes, often making MrExposition look like something of a buffoon (as in ''Film/AustinPowers: International Man of Mystery'', where Scott Evil [[StatingTheSimpleSolution asks why his father]] [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim doesn't just shoot Austin]], instead preferring to put him in an easily escapable DeathTrap). See GenreSavvy.
DeathTrap).
12th Jul '17 5:23:35 PM Rebu
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** In fact, Watson often ''doesn't'' act very much as The Watson (i.e., asking Holmes to explain what's going on throughout the plot) because Holmes usually dislikes explaining his reasoning as he goes--the stories' mystery often hinges on the fact that we (and Watson) have no idea what's going on in Holmes's head. Watson usually either a) picks up on it himself and explains it to the readers via narration or b) wryly notes that Holmes is loathe to explain his conclusions until he's sure he's right, and just follows along patiently waiting for him to solve the puzzle. The "Watson" trope is most likely derived from film adaptations, where Watson's narration in the books understandably needed to be replaced with dialogue, or from the books' various famous prelude scenes in which Holmes drops some near-telepathically-accurate deduction about Watson's personal affairs out of the blue, and an astonished Watson asks him to explain how the hell he knew that.

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** In fact, Watson often ''doesn't'' act very much as The Watson (i.e., asking Holmes to explain what's going on throughout the plot) because Holmes usually dislikes explaining his reasoning as he goes--the stories' mystery often hinges on the fact that we (and Watson) have no idea what's going on in Holmes's head. Watson usually either a) picks up on it himself and explains it to the readers via narration or b) wryly notes that Holmes is loathe to explain his conclusions until he's sure he's right, and just follows along patiently waiting for him to solve the puzzle. The "Watson" trope is most likely derived from film adaptations, where Watson's narration in the books understandably needed to be replaced with dialogue, or from the books' various famous prelude scenes in which Holmes drops some near-telepathically-accurate deduction about Watson's personal affairs out of the blue, and an astonished Watson asks him to explain how the hell he knew that. And even that is becoming something of a DiscreditedTrope in modern adaptations. ''Series/{{Elementary}}'', for example, eventually makes Waston Holmes' ''apprentice'', and she becomes an investigator at or near his level, to the point where [[spoiler:Moriarty considers Watson her second WorthyOpponent. Because Watson beat her.]]
23rd Jun '17 2:49:02 PM jormis29
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** On the other hand, Nigel Bruce pretty much created the "Bumbling Watson" stereotype when he was teamed with Basil Rathbone's sharp and decisive Holmes in 1940s film and radio. Even so, in the radio series Bruce's Watson was given a few occasions to explicitly show that, while he was a lousy detective, he was an extremely competent doctor, able to diagnose medical problems as quickly and easily as Holmes could deduce anything else.

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** On the other hand, Nigel Bruce pretty much created the "Bumbling Watson" stereotype when he was teamed with Basil Rathbone's Creator/BasilRathbone's sharp and decisive Holmes in 1940s film and radio. Even so, in the radio series Bruce's Watson was given a few occasions to explicitly show that, while he was a lousy detective, he was an extremely competent doctor, able to diagnose medical problems as quickly and easily as Holmes could deduce anything else.
13th Jun '17 5:08:50 AM Piterpicher
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* Mike Rowe of the documentary series ''DirtyJobs'' is a professional Watson, learning the ropes of his latest dirty job from his bemused temporary co-workers.

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* Mike Rowe of the documentary series ''DirtyJobs'' ''Series/DirtyJobs'' is a professional Watson, learning the ropes of his latest dirty job from his bemused temporary co-workers.
7th Jun '17 1:41:40 PM nighttrainfm
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has a procession of short-lived hobgoblin cleric assistants that can cast ''Transmute Redcloak to MrExposition'' at will.
** WordOfGod says that this was always Jirix; he just kept getting resurrected off-screen.

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' tends to give these to its villains:
** Redcloak
has a procession of short-lived hobgoblin cleric assistants that can cast ''Transmute Redcloak to MrExposition'' at will.
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will. WordOfGod says that this was always the same guy, Jirix; he just kept getting resurrected off-screen.


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** Chancellor Kilkil serves as this for Tarquin.
26th May '17 4:11:38 AM foxley
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* Journalist Hutchinson Hatch serves this role in ''Literature/TheThinkingMachine'' stories; giving Van Dusen someone to explain his brilliance to. In the radio adaptations, his role is expanded and he becomes the narrator of the stories, much like the original Watson.
17th May '17 6:47:42 PM nombretomado
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* Little Sally from the musical ''{{Urinetown}}'' is a parody of this.

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* Little Sally from the musical ''{{Urinetown}}'' ''Theatre/{{Urinetown}}'' is a parody of this.
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