Created By: GrandyFebruary 24, 2012 Last Edited By: GrandyMarch 28, 2012

Should Have Learned To See It Coming By Now

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Do We Have This? People from Lost and Found didn't seem able to spot it specifically, so...

This trope is about when, no matter how many times a character faces a sitation, he'll always be dumbfounded and unprepared when it happens again.

So supposing, Evil Overlord Bob faces against Magical Girl Alice, using always the same strategy, on the exact same situation, and losing due the exact same circunstances, he'll be positivelly aghast when it happens again.

Or if a battle mage had his magic powers drained from him on two different episodes, and by the third didn't learn to buy a gun already for when it happens again.

Not to be confused with Aesop Amnesia; the character isn't forgetting lessons, he's not learning them in the first place.

Contrast Crazy Prepared.

Compare to Too Dumb To Live

(will flesh this out as I get examples)

Examples

  • Gladstone Gander has in many, many stories lost his luck in one way or another (and in one particular story it's revealed he becomes extremelly unlucky every year on his birthday), yet in most following stories, he reacts in awe when his luck fails because apparently it has never happened before.
  • After all their adventures, Scooby Doo and his friends should no longer be surprised that the monster they are investigating is just some criminal in a rubber mask.
    • Which does eventually happen, in the movies... when they start finding actual supernatural phenomena.
  • Voldemort attempts to kill Harry Potter with the same spell no less than five times throughout the series. Each time the spell backfires, leaving him at a disadvantage and on the last incident, dead. The reasons for the backfires are different in each case, but all are ultimately the result of his inability to understand love. Nevertheless, it would have been prudent for him to adopt an alternative after about the second failure.
  • Aside some Genre Savvy moments, Bluto really needs to learn how to run away after Popeye eats some spinach.
Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • February 24, 2012
    MorganWick
    We could stand to use more people answering questions on Lost And Found.[[hottip:*:And also a way to see when the OP was posted instead of when it was last replied to.]] This is probably Aesop Amnesia.
  • February 25, 2012
    Grandy
    I don't think it's aesop amnesia because lots of times it's not really an aesop which is forgotten.

    If for example superman is surprised the 20th time Lex Luthoer takes kriptonite out of his pocket, acting as if it's the first shard of kriptonite to come from that baldie's general direction.
  • February 25, 2012
    Alvin
    This may be very off-topic, but this seems to fit real well something I could post somewhere else, like Headscratchers or something in the Meta index. There was this cartoon 'Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century' in which a revived Holmes, with a robot Watson that has been input the original adventures help an ancestor of Lestrade fight crime. Thing is, the new adventures are drawm from the original stories to such a degree they should have deja vu. More related to this trope is an adventure in which Holmes' people have to decrypt the 'Dancing Men' cipher all over again.
  • February 25, 2012
    nman
    Here's a question: What is the inverse of this trope? Is it a trope that already exists?
  • February 25, 2012
    Ninjat126
    ^ Paranoia? Expecting something to happen that never has and never will?

    This one could apply a bit to superheroes with superweaknesses.

    • {Popeye} and spinach. Bluto (?) doesn't quite seem to have grasped the connection, although there are some Genre Savvy moments.
  • February 25, 2012
    MorganWick
    I think Aesop Amnesia tends to get used for this, but that may just be because we don't have it.
  • February 26, 2012
    JoeG
    • After all their adventures, Scooby Doo and his friends should no longer be surprised that the monster they are investigating is just some criminal in a rubber mask.
  • February 26, 2012
    SKJAM
    • This does finally happen in one of the animated movies, at which point the Scooby gang finally start running into real ghosts.
  • March 18, 2012
    Belian
    Related to Too Dumb To Live.
  • March 18, 2012
    Generality
    Voldemort attempts to kill Harry Potter with the same spell no less than five times throughout the series. Each time the spell backfires, leaving him at a disadvantage and on the last incident, dead. The reasons for the backfires are different in each case, but all are ultimately the result of his inability to understand love. Nevertheless, it would have been prudent for him to adopt an alternative after about the second failure.
  • March 28, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    Assuming there's any continuity at all between the Roadrunner cartoons (questionable), Wile E. Coyote should have learned that he can't chase the Roadrunner down. Even if he has a way of matching the Roadrunner's straight-line speed he can't match RR's ability to instantly stop and swerve.
  • March 28, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    This is Fridge Logic being passed off as a trope. And Genre Blind seems to already cover this.
  • March 28, 2012
    Grandy
    @Dragon Quest Z

    Genre Blindness is about people not noticing the medium they are in and committing the same mistakes other people in different movies did. If people are using it to cover this, they are using it wrongly.

    Fridge Logic is for when something makes no sense in the series but you only notice it after a while. i don't see how it relates to the trope at all, unless you mean that this trope can lead to fridge logic. Like many, many other tropes.

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