Captain Obvious / Advertising

All examples found in advertising campaigns are here!
  • Played for Laughs in a commercial for Ace Hardware, advertising the fact that they offer free samples of paint so that you can see what it looks like on your wall before buying a whole bucket, sung this to the tune of their usual jingle:
    Ace is the place for a taste before you buy the whole meal! That's a metaphor. Don't eat paint.
  • An older Allstate ad said "Here's a myth: Nothing bad will ever happen."
  • In the commercials for The Book of Eli, the voiceover boasts "Gary Oldman makes a great villain!"
  • One of Bud Light's "Real Men of Genius" ads is dedicated to athletes-turned-commentators and mentions their giving such critical information as "The team that scores the most points will win the game". Followed by the rock singer intoning "I did not know that!", and not sounding like he's in Sarcasm Mode.
  • An ad for a dietary supplement mentions that "fish oil can have a fishy aftertaste."
  • Samsung Galaxy S III, designed for humans. Who would have thought?
  • From a commercial for age-defying makeup: "Age spots make you look old."
  • From a 50s toy commercial: "Because nothing else is Silly Putty."
  • From a 60s toy commercial: "Remember, only G.I. Joe is G.I. Joe."
  • From a 80s toy commercial: "Only the Transformers are real Transformers."
  • Will Power (yes, that is his real name) opens a commercial with this gem: "In Indy Car racing, it's all about speed!"
  • Anti-Allergy medicine Flonase touts that it blocks six major allergy triggers whereas most other over-the-counter remedies only block one, with the slogan "Six is greater than One." You know, in case you're four years old and haven't learned basic math yet...
  • In the flesh, with a catchy jingle to boot.
  • Hotels Dot Com:
    • The company has their own Captain espousing about things in a hotel.
    "All those word are spelled correctly!"
    • In one commercial, he is subverted when he tells an old lady that her grandson now has an easier time finding hotels. She tells him that he's not her Grandson, he's her lover. The Captain can only blankly stare at the camera for the rest of the commercial.
    • In another commercial, we have this exchange:
    Man locked out of his room: (sarcastically) Thanks, Captain Obvious!
    Captain Obvious: No need to thank me, since I haven't helped you in the slightest!
  • In this KFC commercial, Colonel Sanders claims he had searched the world for the perfect recipe for Nashville Hot Chicken before finding it in the last place he expected - Nashville.