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19th Apr '16 10:31:26 AM eroock
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->''The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don't alter their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views.''
-->'''The Doctor''', "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E4TheFaceOfEvil The Face of Evil]]"

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->''The ->''"The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don't alter their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views.''
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18th Apr '16 11:12:00 PM MasoTey
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Everyone has their own view on the world and what happens around them. Maybe Bob believes that HumansAreBastards. Maybe Alice thinks Chris is going to betray her. Given enough time, though, these views and opinions can change, allowing Bob to see the good in man, and Alice to start to trust Chris. This trope is when that never happens; A character suffering from Theory Tunnelvision will stick with whatever idea he or she has for way longer than what would be normal. Even if Bob meets hundreds of {{Good Samaritan}}s, he'll keep stating that HumansAreBastards, and Alice will never trust Chris even though he saved her life several times now.

There are several kinds of Theory Tunnelvision, and several reasons for someone suffering of it:

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Everyone has their own view on the world and what happens around them. Maybe Bob believes that HumansAreBastards. Maybe Alice thinks Chris is going to betray her. Given enough time, though, these views and opinions can change, allowing Bob to see the good in man, and Alice to start to trust Chris. This trope is when that never happens; A character suffering from Theory Tunnelvision Tunnel Vision will stick with whatever idea he or she has for way longer than what would be normal. Even if Bob meets hundreds of {{Good Samaritan}}s, he'll keep stating that HumansAreBastards, and Alice will never trust Chris even though he saved her life several times now.

There are several kinds of Theory Tunnelvision, Tunnel Vision, and several reasons for someone suffering of it:



If someone suffering from TheoryTunnelVision at some point ''does'' break, expect a HeroicBSOD, along with muttering about how this should be impossible. A fair warning, though: Do not try to break TheoryTunnelVision on purpose, as there is a good chance that you'll lose your friendship with the sufferer... or worse.

SelectiveObliviousness is the supertrope of this; FlatEarthAtheist and TheScully are subtropes. A staple technique of the TautologicalTemplar. TheFundamentalist is the logical extreme of this, building everything around a few notions held this way. What develops into TheoryTunnelVision may start out as AggressiveCategorism.

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If someone suffering from TheoryTunnelVision Theory Tunnel Vision at some point ''does'' break, expect a HeroicBSOD, along with muttering about how this should be impossible. A fair warning, though: Do not try to break TheoryTunnelVision Theory Tunnel Vision on purpose, as there is a good chance that you'll lose your friendship with the sufferer... or worse.

SelectiveObliviousness is the supertrope of this; FlatEarthAtheist and TheScully are subtropes. A staple technique of the TautologicalTemplar. TheFundamentalist is the logical extreme of this, building everything around a few notions held this way. What develops into TheoryTunnelVision Theory Tunnel Vision may start out as AggressiveCategorism.
29th Mar '16 8:07:26 PM DoctorCooper
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Everyone has their own view on the world and what happens around them. Maybe Bob believes that HumansAreBastards. Maybe Alice thinks Chris is going to betray her. Given enough time, though, these views and opinions can change, allowing Bob to see the good in man, and Alice to start to trust Chris. This trope is when that never happens; A character suffering from Theory Tunnel Vision will stick with whatever idea he or she has for way longer than what would be normal. Even if Bob meets hundreds of {{Good Samaritan}}s, he'll keep stating that HumansAreBastards, and Alice will never trust Chris even though he saved her life several times now.

There are several kinds of TheoryTunnelVision, and several reasons for someone suffering of it:

to:

Everyone has their own view on the world and what happens around them. Maybe Bob believes that HumansAreBastards. Maybe Alice thinks Chris is going to betray her. Given enough time, though, these views and opinions can change, allowing Bob to see the good in man, and Alice to start to trust Chris. This trope is when that never happens; A character suffering from Theory Tunnel Vision Tunnelvision will stick with whatever idea he or she has for way longer than what would be normal. Even if Bob meets hundreds of {{Good Samaritan}}s, he'll keep stating that HumansAreBastards, and Alice will never trust Chris even though he saved her life several times now.

There are several kinds of TheoryTunnelVision, Theory Tunnelvision, and several reasons for someone suffering of it:
29th Mar '16 8:05:21 PM DoctorCooper
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Everyone has their own view on the world and what happens around them. Maybe Bob believes that HumansAreBastards. Maybe Alice thinks Chris is going to betray her. Given enough time, though, these views and opinions can change, allowing Bob to see the good in man, and Alice to start to trust Chris. This trope is when that never happens; A character suffering from TheoryTunnelVision will stick with whatever idea he or she has for way longer than what would be normal. Even if Bob meets hundreds of {{Good Samaritan}}s, he'll keep stating that HumansAreBastards, and Alice will never trust Chris even though he saved her life several times now.

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Everyone has their own view on the world and what happens around them. Maybe Bob believes that HumansAreBastards. Maybe Alice thinks Chris is going to betray her. Given enough time, though, these views and opinions can change, allowing Bob to see the good in man, and Alice to start to trust Chris. This trope is when that never happens; A character suffering from TheoryTunnelVision Theory Tunnel Vision will stick with whatever idea he or she has for way longer than what would be normal. Even if Bob meets hundreds of {{Good Samaritan}}s, he'll keep stating that HumansAreBastards, and Alice will never trust Chris even though he saved her life several times now.
1st Feb '16 3:17:30 PM DaibhidC
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* A regular feature of ''Series/DoctorWho''. The Doctor arrives in a situation, announces that what's going on is nothing like what the local authority figure believes, and is immediately worked into the authority figure's theory as being part of the problem.

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* A regular feature of ''Series/DoctorWho''. The Doctor arrives in a situation, announces that what's going on is nothing like what the local authority figure believes, and is immediately worked into the authority figure's theory as being part of the problem.
problem. However, the Doctor has been known to suffer from tunnel vision himself, for instance in "The Monster of Peladon", where he finds it hard to believe the Ice Warriors aren't the baddies.
1st Feb '16 3:15:57 PM DaibhidC
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->''The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don't alter their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views.''
-->'''The Doctor''', "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E4TheFaceOfEvil The Face of Evil]]"




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* A regular feature of ''Series/DoctorWho''. The Doctor arrives in a situation, announces that what's going on is nothing like what the local authority figure believes, and is immediately worked into the authority figure's theory as being part of the problem.
31st Dec '15 9:20:22 AM billybobfred
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** In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince The Half-Blood Prince]]'', Harry is convinced that Draco has become a Death Eater and is up to some evil scheme. Even after compelling evidence is offered showing Draco wasn't even around when a certain event occurs, Harry refuses to consider the possibility that Draco wasn't involved.
*** The last one is possibly a case of being RightForTheWrongReasons; Draco actually ''was'' up to something, and was involved in several of the mysterious events, but Harry was drawing his conclusions from gut instinct and his personal hatred for Draco rather than any actual evidence. It's also a case of DramaticIrony, as a chapter at the start of the book proves to the readers that Voldemort has set Draco some unspecified task, but none of the good guys knew about it.

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** In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince The Half-Blood Prince]]'', Harry is convinced that Draco has become a Death Eater and is up to some evil scheme. Even after compelling evidence is offered showing Draco wasn't even around when a certain event occurs, Harry refuses to consider the possibility that Draco wasn't involved.
*** The last one is possibly
involved. In a case of being RightForTheWrongReasons; Draco actually ''was'' up to something, and was involved in several of the mysterious events, but Harry was drawing his conclusions from gut instinct and his personal hatred for Draco rather than any actual evidence. It's also a case of DramaticIrony, as a chapter at the start of the book proves to the readers that Voldemort has set Draco some unspecified task, but none of the good guys knew about it.




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* Psychosis is defined as the loss of contact with reality. The surest way to diagnose it is if the patient has delusions; delusions are beliefs the patient has, not shared by his culture or those around him, that are maintained despite being contradicted by evidence or logic.
27th Dec '15 7:29:48 PM thatother1dude
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* Mental disorder: Due to a handicap, Bob believes that whatever he thinks is true, is in fact true; anyone who states otherwise is deemed a liar. In these cases, Theory Tunnel Vision is always justified.

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* Mental disorder: Due to a handicap, Bob believes that whatever he thinks is true, is in fact true; anyone who states otherwise is deemed a liar. In these cases, Theory Tunnel Vision is always justified.\n
6th Sep '15 7:51:44 PM nombretomado
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* Played for laughs in the ''Hordes of the Underdark'' expansion for ''NeverwinterNights'' -- if you have Deekin with you in Hell, he interprets the signs of battle between Demons and Devils as the remnants of something long and complicated involving dragons.

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* Played for laughs in the ''Hordes of the Underdark'' expansion for ''NeverwinterNights'' ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' -- if you have Deekin with you in Hell, he interprets the signs of battle between Demons and Devils as the remnants of something long and complicated involving dragons.
13th Jun '15 8:18:13 AM Willbyr
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* Warhammer40K: Part and parcel of the CrapsackWorld nature of the setting, since the Imperium runs on fundamentalism and rigid discipline. One reason ork kommandoes (seven foot tall killing machines who are stealthy and able to perform covert missions in addition to being the charge-happy dakka-shooting lunatics we know and love) are successful is that a guardsman who tried to report their existence was executed for cowardice as what he said went against Imperial doctrine.


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* In ''SuperPaperMario'', upon hearing that Mushroom Castle was attacked and Princess Peach was kidnapped (AGAIN!), Luigi immediately decides that Bowser must've been behind it.

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* Warhammer40K: ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': Part and parcel of the CrapsackWorld nature of the setting, since the Imperium runs on fundamentalism and rigid discipline. One reason ork Ork kommandoes (seven foot tall killing machines who are stealthy and able to perform covert missions in addition to being the charge-happy dakka-shooting lunatics we know and love) are successful is that a guardsman Guardsman who tried to report their existence was executed for cowardice as what he said went against Imperial doctrine.


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doctrine.

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* In ''SuperPaperMario'', ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', upon hearing that Mushroom Castle was attacked and Princess Peach was kidnapped (AGAIN!), Luigi immediately decides that Bowser must've been behind it.
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