->'''Robo:''' Overall, I gotta say, you're taking this rather well.
->'''CarlSagan:''' Astronomy is a long and relentless lesson that the universe is under ''no'' obligation to match up with your expectations. [[INeedAFreakingDrink Also, the alcohol helps.]]
-->-- ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo and the Shadow from Beyond Time''

Take a person. Something fantastic happens to or around them. He or she acknowledges that something as supernatural or as something that should be impossible, but, when people expect them to freak out, they don't. It turns out that the person in question utterly fails to react with the sense of wonder that something fantastic, unnatural or supposedly impossible would entail. This usually happens for one of two reasons:

# The person is just that calm or collected; or
# The person [[UnfazedEveryman has seen enough of this sort of thing]], maybe from the same source, that - though they recognize it IS fantastic - they got used to it enough to view it as "normal" - for them, at least. This isn't quite SeenItAll because the person in question tends to be a MuggleBestFriend or some sort of normal that knows what's going on - and knows it enough not to mind anyways.

In the first case, the person is more likely to berate others for their overreaction, though not always. In the second case, the person already reacted strongly to this kind of thing a few times, if only offscreen, so they won't really mind when others do. Mind that the person does know the event is impressive or surprising - they're just too calm or too used to it to really mind. Superheroes that work in teams depend on this trope not to stare wide-eyed in the middle of a battle whenever a teammate does something.

Compare StiffUpperLip, UnusuallyUninterestingSight, DullSurprise.


[[folder: Comic ]]

* In ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo'', both Carl Sagan and Charles Fort react rather calmly to the reality-warping machinations of an extradimensional EldritchAbomination -- although Sagan ''does'' take a moment (and some booze) to reach this point.
* As noted, superheroes have a tendency to do this, as well as those around them. Even superheroes that don't work in teams, and people from the CityOfAdventure that don't know super-persons personally; the fantastic tends to be common enough a sight and occurrence in such settings that, after a few in-universe years, [[FlatEarthAtheist it becomes more comically notable when people]] ''[[FlatEarthAtheist do]]'' [[FlatEarthAtheist become surprised by something that would be strange to the reader]]. Aliens can only invade (only to be repelled by somebody wearing spandex) so many times before it becomes more like a fire drill for the civilians than a bizarre attention grabber, after all.


[[folder: Fanfiction ]]

* [[FanFic/BecomingPonies Stories in the Pony Earth Verse]] vary in regard to this. Usually, "later" stories have the people transformed into ponies reacting very dryly to their situation, in comparison to "earlier" stories focusing on shocked initial reactions.


[[folder: Film ]]

* Almost everyone in ''Film/{{Hop}}'' except the lead is not overly surprised by a talking bunny.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Ronnie, in ''AnitaBlakeVampireHunter'' has no psychic or magic abilities and despite her job as a P.I. not a lot of contact with such things outside of her association with Anita. When the weird crap happens, though, she takes it pretty well. at least until her character derailment later in the series.
** Also Edward from the same series. Yeah, he's an assassin who kills monsters for a living, but turning into some kind of human vampire who feeds off of sex is still pretty outside his experiences, so when Anita reveals this has happened to her, it should still be a shock, but he's more or less like "Well, that's unusual." And finding out that the vampires who are so scary that other vampires are afraid of them are after Anita should give one pause as well. His response is basically *shrug* "Okay, so how do we kill them?"
* Candy Quackenbush from ''Literature/{{Abarat}}'' is like this. She accepts one bizarre thing after another, just as they come because, she reasons, what else can she do? WordOfGod has said that he intentionally invoked this to spare readers from having to read pages and pages of freak-out scenes.
* The Pikka birds in ''Literature/MostlyHarmless'' embody this trope. They're not surprised by unusual, million-to-one, you'll-never-see-that-again events, because, well, they're unusual, million-to-one, and you'll never see them again in your life, so why bother noticing? And yet, every morning, the sunrise takes them completely by surprise.
* In {{Literature/Dinoverse}}, Janine doesn't take suddenly [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting ending up in the body of a]] [[PteroSoarer Quetzalcoatlus]] with ''total'' calm, but she adjusts much faster than the others, to the point where Mike asks her about it.
--> "I donít want to think about this, I donít want to talk about this. It doesnít do us any good. We know whatís at stake. What we have to figure out is whatís our first move."
* Kazuo Kiriyama of ''Literature/BattleRoyale'' is fairly calm for someone who learns that he's expected to kill or be killed by his classmates. Justified in the novel and manga, where [[spoiler: a car accident in utero/childhood (respectively) gave him brain damage that left him unable to feel emotions]].
** Shogo Kawada is also pretty calm about the whole ordeal, with the exceptions being anger rather than shock. This leads up to TheReveal that [[spoiler: by coincidence, he was part of "the Program" the previous year, and therefore knows exactly how it works]].
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', "The Extreme" - While wandering in the Arctic, the kids run into an Inuit boy named Derek who is bizarrely unfazed by human-Controllers blasting wildlife with "Stark Trek guns", shapeshifting teenagers, and a telepathic four-eyed blue centaur.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* From ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', the first time Oz is caught up in a fight with vampires, Willow hesitantly begins to explain the whole situation, prefacing it with "Now don't freak out..." Oz doesn't, because not only is he really that calm, but because the fact that vampires are real suddenly makes a lot of things about Sunnydale make sense. In the comics, he tops himself when his ex drops by outside the monastery he's meditating at, in a submarine, that she teleported to Tibet. His reaction: a nonchalant "Huh".
* From ''Series/DoctorWho'', when Rory first walks into the TARDIS, both the audience and the Doctor expect him to look around in wonder, saying "It's BiggerOnTheInside". He doesn't, and calmly explains that it's dimensionally transcendental before the Doctor can.
** And really, the Doctor and anyone who travels with him is probably going to become at least a ''little'' Fantastically Indifferent. After all, when you're traveling through time and space with an 1100 year-old-alien who switches bodies, in a sentient Police Call Box that's bigger on the inside, while defeating monsters and aliens of all types, fantastic is an everyday occurrence. And even then, just meeting with him is enough to cause some change in a person's mindset.
---> '''Harriet Jones:''' If we only knew what the Slitheen wanted. Listen to me. I'm saying Slitheen as if it's normal.
** In fact, this attitude is part of what convinces Queen Victoria the Doctor can't be trusted/relied on. He and his companion's delight at the chance to encounter "real werewolves" appalls her in light of the very real danger and very high body count of the "adventure". She calls them out on it at the end of the episode, going as far as to knight the Doctor for saving her life, and then ''banishing'' him for posing a greater danger than the werewolves. [[spoiler: Then she founds Torchwood on the spot, to combat menaces like him]].
* Weird example in ''IDreamOfJeannie'' - while Nelson is used to magic (so he doesn't react with wonder to it per se), he does get caught flat-footed by what Jeannie does with said magic. Not because he thought it was impossible, but because of the situations it gets him in.
* Happens in ''Series/{{Angel}}'', after Angel gives Connor the lowdown on demons and whatnot in "Origin":
-->'''Connor:''' So...demons, vampires, doctors with claws... and I'm some sort of super-hero. *[[{{Beat}} beat]]* [[ShrugTake Okay]].
* Lampshaded in ''For Those Of You Just Joining Us'', an episode of ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' which takes place in the modern day. "Excuse me, but doesn't it worry anyone that the god of war is real?"
* ''{{Series/Supernatural}}''. Sam time travels back to 1861 to get help from Samuel Colt, who barely grunts when handed a mobile phone as proof of Sam's story. Sam is bemused at this underreaction.
-->'''Samuel Colt:''' When you've done this job as long as I have, a giant from the future with some magic brick doesn't exactly give you the vapours.


[[folder: Role Playing Games ]]

* Andrew in ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'', as a result of being an UnfazedEveryman. He even commented to Pterisa that he was not particularly surprised when [[HalfHumanHybrid her identity]] was revealed.


[[folder: Visual Novel ]]

* Masayuki in ''VisualNovel/AProfile'' tends to react this way about almost everything. "Ah, Dissociative Identity Disorder? Neat. Can I meet your other personality some time?"
* The protagonist's classmates in ''VisualNovel/DraKoi'' react to a dragon entering their school and firing mouth beams by trying to ignore her and continue with class while casualties begin to pile up.
* ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' takes place in a school for birds. Supposedly everyone there but the TokenHuman is male. In the manga Okosan mentions laying an egg, and only one character finds this at all noteworthy - the same character who was confused and taken aback to hear that the SchoolIdol [[EvenTheGuysWantHim gets a lot of presents]] on their analogue to Valentine's Day. Poor, sheltered Sakuya.


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2003-02-10 Here]].
** Even more with Liz who is [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2002-10-16 Highly Skilled at Not Giving a Crap]].
* From ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', Faye once mentions that it feels strange being so jaded that Pintsize's antics no longer surprise her.
* In ''Webcomic/AxeCop'', this is the reaction of just about every character to a bizarre situation. For example, when Axe Cop's partner, Flute Cop, is turned into Dinosaur Soldier by dinosaur blood, and subsequently into Avocado Soldier after eating an avocado, there's not even a hint of BodyHorror. Instead, he just accepts his new identity calmly and without comment.
* In ''Webcomic/JetDream'', the T-Birds of the Thunderbird Squadron barely lose a step after [[GenderBender involuntarily becoming T-Girls]]. Turning into a woman has its complications and [[DifferentForGirls differences]], but they're seldom treated as all ''that'' big a deal.
* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob''-- While everyone around him is properly freaking out, Bob's standard reaction to almost anything is a brief moment of DullSurprise, and then he takes it in stride.
* In ''Webcomic/{{UC}}'', when Naim opens his locker into what appears to be a [[http://www.wanderingchaos.com/uc/042304.html lava filled]] room, he just keeps opening and closing it until it opens back up to his school books.
* In ''Webcomic/FreeSpirit'', the other witches and warlocks of MagicalNanny Winnie's homeworld apparently feel less impressed with her abilities than the mortal Harper kids do.
* The kids in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' react surprisingly well to the discovery that they have amazing powers and that the earth is going to be destroyed.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* From ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice:'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA2zt1Y7btw Oh look, Billy's home]]. [[MuggleFosterParents Muggle Foster Parent]] doesn't even look up from his book.
* In ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' both [[TheVoiceless Mrs. Osborn]] and [[StiffUpperLip the family butler]] walk in to see [[NormanOsborn Norman]] and [[WellDoneSonGuy Harry]] (who had just been missing for a week) talking to SpiderMan and the most surprise we get is a raised eyebrow from the former.
-->'''Houseman:''' ''(nodding in greeting)'' Master Osborn, Master Harry. ({{beat}}) Spider-Man.
* Most ''PhineasAndFerb'' characters treat the boys' inventions as creative and interesting, but never seem too surprised by them. Even Candace eventually grows used to them.
-->'''Alien Lizard!Phineas:''' Outer-space alien super-crooks from a planet of frogs and reptiles have [[FreakyFridayFlip taken over our bodies]]!
-->'''Candace:''' Okay. What do you want me to do?
-->'''Alien Lizard!Phineas:''' Really? You believe that weird story just like that?
-->'''Candace:''' Yeah. It's been a long summer, kid. What do you need?
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' has Roadrunner standing on a rock that floats in midair, to which the Coyote responds "I wouldn't mind, except that he defies the law of gravity!". (Road Runner: Sure but I never studied law.)
* On ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse,'' everyone in Beach City seems either completely uninterested in the fact that the MagicalGirl aliens are living in their midst, or don't know what the Gems are and don't really care. [[ConspiracyTheorist Ronaldo]] is the ultimate example: he has a CharacterBlog (InUniverse and in RealLife) where he often chronicles supernatural things from the show. When he discovers that most of his discoveries are related to the Crystal Gems, he's devastated, because apparently, chronicling ''their'' paranormal activities never occurs to him.