Created By: WanderingTedium on June 18, 2013
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Instant Wristwatch

A character will look as his/her watch for the time when necessary... Despite the fact they don't usually wear one.

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A character glances at their watch for the time, usually during tense situations where a deadline is looming or to show the character's growing impatience.

Then the Fridge Logic hits you: Since when has this character ever worn a watch? In this trope, a character will suddenly have a wristwatch or some other accessory worn merely for a single use, after which the article will be immediately forgotten. In extreme cases, the watch in question is obviously seen not on the character's person before and after its use. Although it can be justified by cleverly hiding such with long sleeves and other concealing clothing.

See also Schrödinger's Gun.
Community Feedback Replies: 7
  • June 19, 2013
    spacemarine50
    So, this appears to be a watch that's in Hammerspace. Subtrope of Conservationof Detail. Not sure if it's a Dead Horse Trope because the watch is.
  • June 19, 2013
    arbiter099
    sometimes sarcastically invoked with a character who isn't wearing a watch looking anyway and commenting, "wrist-o-clock" or something to that effect.
  • June 19, 2013
    TonyG
    Patrick does this twice in Sponge Bob Square Pants. In "Pretty Patties" the watch is quite clearly drawn on his wrist (he procedes to draw a new battery for it), and in "Student Starfish", where he Hangs A Lampshade by asking "When did I start wearing a watch?"
  • June 19, 2013
    NESBoy
  • June 19, 2013
    CaveCat
    • Mr Bogus briefly wears one in the third act of the episode "Bogus Private Eye" when checking what time it is while waiting for the thief to come back.
  • June 19, 2013
    Generality
    • Bugs Bunny will actually pull back the fur on his forearm like a sleeve to display the watch on his naked skin.
  • January 4, 2016
    BuddyBoy600alt
    Marsupilami did wore a watch once on the Disney's Raw Toonage short: Jungle Fever''. When he plays Doctor for his sick gorilla friend, Maurice. He uses his tail as a blood-pressure pumper to check Maurice's blood pressure. As Marsupilami remarks "It might be safer to check your blood-pressure".

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