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8th Jul '16 12:52:12 AM Chabal2
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* ComicBook/DoctorDoom simply cannot get it out of his head that Reed Richards was responsible for the accident that disfigured him. Being something of an egomaniac, he naturally assumes Richards thinks like him, and occasionally designs traps that would be impossible for Doom to escape... and that Richards just strolls out of.
* Lex Luthor once discovered evidence that Clark Kent is {{ComicBook/Superman}}... and promptly dismissed it, because why would a PhysicalGod use such a humble personality? A lot of his rage can be put down to Superman not acting the way Luthor would act with all that power, and it drives Luthor nuts.
* Hugo Strange projects his many, ''many'' neuroses onto {{ComicBook/Batman}}, certain that he only fights crime because he gets off on beating weaker people (Strange being a short, glasses-wearing psychiatrist who occasionally dresses as Batman).



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* A woman suspects her husband is cheating on her. She takes advice from her friends, who tell her to look for AffairHair. When her husband comes home and she can't find, she's horrified and disgusted- her husband is cheating on her with a ''bald'' woman!




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* Literature/SherlockHolmes believes guesswork leads to this, refusing to discuss a case before he has all available data. He often has multiple theories before finding that out, going on what the newspapers say, but these are inevitably discarded before the end.




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** Redcloak believes O-Chul is hiding the location of the gate from him despite multiple torture sessions and every coercive spell he can think of. The fact that O-Chul ''doesn't know'' (the first five guardians of the Gates swore not to look for the gates' locations precisely in case this happened) isn't about to stop him.
--> '''Redcloak:''' I find it far more probable that you are somehow resisting my magic. This "Soon's Oath" story is just that a cover story designed by your leaders. [...]\\
'''O'chul:''' You find the idea that I have some sort of secret knowledge implanted in my brain by the elders of the Sapphire Guard that has been so deeply suppressed that no magical effect can unearth it to be simpler... than the idea that I just don't know anything?
8th Jun '16 1:33:33 PM Scorntex
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* ''Fanfic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse:'' The Element Bearers are utterly incapable of seeing Corona (also known as [[spoiler:Celestia]]) as anything but an arrogant, cruel, greedy monster who'd kill them all given half a chance. This backfires when they're [[EnemyMine forced to work together]], and the six of them think backstabbing the PhysicalGod who's agreed to work with them is a better idea than stopping the necromancer who's trying to become immortal. In fairness though, they're part of a culture that's been fed a thousand years worth of stories about how evil she is, and when they first she kidnapped some of their loved ones, on account of being completely insane. But even after she's cooled down somewhat, they still refuse to think she's not pure evil
31st May '16 10:13:37 AM Katsuhagi
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* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'' Ryuko comes to believe that StudentCouncilPresident Satsuki Kiryuin was responsible for her father's death before the start of the series, since Satsuki claims to have knowledge about why it happened. She becomes so fixated on this that her flashbacks from when she barely saw the killer fleeing the scene start to shift so the figure resembles Satsuki, meaning that when [[spoiler:the ''real'' killer reveals herself it comes as quite a shock to her.]]

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* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'' Ryuko comes to believe that StudentCouncilPresident Satsuki Kiryuin was responsible for her father's death before the start of the series, since Satsuki claims to have knowledge about why it happened. She becomes so fixated on this that her flashbacks from when she barely saw the killer fleeing the scene start to shift so the figure resembles Satsuki, meaning that when [[spoiler:the ''real'' killer killer, Nui Harime, whose MegaTwintails make her a dead ringer for the initial silhouette reveals herself it comes as quite a shock to her.]]
31st May '16 10:13:07 AM Katsuhagi
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* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'' Ryuko comes to believe that StudentCouncilPresident Satsuki Kiryuin was responsible for her father's death before the start of the series, since Satsuki claims to have knowledge about why it happened. She becomes so fixated on this that her flashbacks when she barely saw the killer fleeing the scene start to shift so the figure resembles Satsuki, meaning that when [[spoiler:the ''real'' killer reveals herself it comes as quite a shock to her.]]

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* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'' Ryuko comes to believe that StudentCouncilPresident Satsuki Kiryuin was responsible for her father's death before the start of the series, since Satsuki claims to have knowledge about why it happened. She becomes so fixated on this that her flashbacks from when she barely saw the killer fleeing the scene start to shift so the figure resembles Satsuki, meaning that when [[spoiler:the ''real'' killer reveals herself it comes as quite a shock to her.]]
24th May '16 11:18:20 AM Katsuhagi
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* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'' Ryuko comes to believe that StudentCouncilPresident Satsuki Kiryuin was responsible for her father's death before the start of the series, since Satsuki claims to have knowledge about why it happened. She becomes so fixated on this that her flashbacks when she barely saw the killer fleeing the scene start to shift so the figure resembles Satsuki, meaning that when [[spoiler:the ''real'' killer reveals herself it comes as quite a shock to her.]]
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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-->-- '''The
Doctor''', "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E4TheFaceOfEvil The Face of Evil]]"
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:

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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 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.
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