Created By: HiddenFacedMatt on November 20, 2011 Last Edited By: HiddenFacedMatt on December 9, 2011

What Do You Mean, It's Not Surprising?

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A variety of studies have shown this -- jailing first-time nonviolent offenders is completely ineffective at deterring future crimes. It's weird -- it's almost like prison puts you in a criminal mindset, as if spending all day and all night living with and talking to other criminals, completely immersed in their lifestyle and morals and way of thinking, makes you start to act like them.
-This article from Cracked.

When sarcastic mockery of those who would treat discovery X as a surprise is used to imply that it's really something one should have been expecting all along.
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  • November 20, 2011
    mtlwriterguy
    You've already identified what this is: Sarcasm. I don't think it needs a deeper explanation than that.
  • November 20, 2011
    FinalStarman
    Bad Snowclone. Pretty much already covered by sarcasm-related tropes.
  • November 20, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    But this is a clearly specific form of sarcasm. It's not the only one to get its own trope.
  • November 20, 2011
    billybobfred
    Anything that perfectly fits the form "Stating that something is X, when the implication is that it is not-X" is just The Same But More Specific of sarcasm itself.
  • November 21, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    Technically, all subtropes are The Same But More Specific by their very nature. It's just the ways they are more specific that distinguish them.

    In this case, it's about contrasting perspectives expecting these facts with those not expecting them. That's a good reason for distinction.
  • November 23, 2011
    FinalStarman
    I guess it's not really The Same But More Specific. It still needs a better title though, and I can definitely see it degenerate into another obnoxious Pothole Magnet.
  • November 24, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ Well, I am open to suggestions for alternative titles.
  • November 26, 2011
    Insignificant
    Needs a better quote. The quote says nothing at all about the trope.
  • November 26, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ Not sure how this can be described other than what I put in the description, but I used the quote because it is a good example of what I am talking about. The general concept seems familiar from elsewhere though.
  • November 26, 2011
    Insignificant
    The quote is not an example of the trope. At least not without context.
  • December 9, 2011
    NESBoy
    I think this could work as an example of Bad Writing. Take The Simpsons Dinner, for example:

    Mr. Burns cammed over and rung the doorbelt.
    Marge took off her apron "Ill get it. don't be a hurry"
    But turns out at the door it was Mr. Burns!

    As you have read, the story at first introduces Mr. Burns in a mundane matter, walking up to the Simpsons' front door and ringing the doorbell, but then the story starts treating his appearance as a surprise when Marge answers the door.

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