Created By: JobanGrayskull on January 30, 2012 Last Edited By: JobanGrayskull on March 1, 2013

Stating the Subjectively Obvious

A character vocalizes something that is obvious to him/her but not to the audience

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Sometimes characters have information about the environment or setting that the audience doesn't. In order to relay that information, the character says aloud something that is painfully obvious to them so that the audience knows what is going on. For example, a character may walk up to a door, try the handle, and say to no one in particular, "It's locked." This is especially common in video games where animations cannot convey the circumstances, and in detective stories when the detective needs to show the information they gleaned from clues requiring specialized knowledge to interpret.

Related to Captain Obvious, Thinking Out Loud, and As You Know.

Examples

  • In Tomb Raider, Lara will say "No" if you try to use a key that doesn't fit in a certain lock.
  • In the first level of Jedi Knight II, attempting to use a console before it is powered up results in Kyle saying, "It's offline."

Do We Have This? Needs More Examples.
Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • January 30, 2012
    SKJAM
    Common in detective stories, where the detective needs to show the information they gleaned from clues that require specialized knowledge to interpret.
  • January 30, 2012
    elwoz
    Sort of a supertrope of I Cant Use These Things Together (minus the part that's about the devteam's failure to think of everything).
  • January 31, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    related to As You Know
  • February 10, 2012
    JobanGrayskull
    Bump?
  • February 10, 2012
    Karalora
    How about As I Know?
  • February 12, 2012
    pawsplay
    I think this is a case where a cutename like Its Locked might actually be more descriptive.
  • February 13, 2012
    Deboss
    I like the current title actually. It has a good feel for a generalized name.
  • February 13, 2012
    pawsplay
    You could state the subjectively obvious thing that is nonetheless obvious to other people with similar viewpoints. Hence, I do not think it is a good generalized name.
  • February 13, 2012
    Deboss
    I'd really prefer not to have a dialogue title that only applies to part of the trope. Those collect a lot of problems.
  • February 13, 2012
    JobanGrayskull
    ^^The idea is that some piece of information is obvious to a person or group of people (typically a character) and not at all obvious to someone else (the audience). Thus, its obviousness is subjective (i.e. dependent entirely on viewpoint). The only way to clearly present the information, therefore, is to State the [Subjectively] Obvious. I also don't believe dialogue bits make good trope namers.

    Anyway, still Needs More Examples.
  • February 13, 2012
    pawsplay
    I'm betting Fourth Wall Outer Inner Voice is probably too unwieldly as a name. :)
  • February 13, 2012
    JobanGrayskull
    Probably...but now that you mention it, this is related to Breaking The Fourth Wall.
  • February 13, 2012
    ccoa
    Subtrope of Exposition
  • March 1, 2013
    elwoz
    I am discarding this because it has gone for more than a year with no reply. It seems like it might be a trope, but I suspect it overlaps with enough other stuff to not be worth bothering about. Don't let that stop you from resurrecting it if you want; but please do see it gets finished in that case.
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