Captain Obvious / Comic Books

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  • Jack Chick, in one of his "works" called Alberto found it necessary to fill the thing with helpful definitions of complex words, like "deacon", and "sacraments" and "Dominicans". And "deny", "documents", and "intense". And "stone". He seriously found it necessary to tell us all what a stone is. It turns out it's actually subverted, however: he fails to define stone correctly.
  • Reed Richards is a king of this trope, especially in the early years of Fantastic Four. It got to be a running gag of the Thing pointing out how crazy it was for Reed to take the time to point this stuff out.
    The Thing: Ya know, Reed, if a Martian came around, you'd be too busy trying ta figure out how he got to Earth than fighting back!
  • In The Dark Tower prequel comic The Fall Of Gilead, The Dragon General Grissom has a Captain Obvious moment when he tells the Big Bad that their troops are falling into traps in full view. The villain then lampshades it.
  • In Hawkeye Vol. 1 #4, a villain helpfully tells Hawkeye, "I am a villain."
  • Several issues of The Mighty Thor back in the 60's had an advanced alien race send a "recorder" android along with him to an unknown galaxy to observe information. He said almost everything that was going on in the panel. Granted he was a recording android and everything, and he was probably making notes to himself, but still...
    [Thor and the android get sent into a vortex of "biochemical molecules"].
    Recorder: Observation: We have been plunged into a vortex of rapidly regrouping bio-versal molecules!
    • There's also this gem, when masses upon masses foes made of said molecules attack Thor and the Recorder:
      Thor: Begone, things of evil! Not all thy masses shall topple mighty Thor!
      Recorder: Observation: it shall take more than platitudes to stem this mighty tide!
  • When the protagonist of CrossGen's Mystic finally caught on that her very obvious beau was one of the bad guys, he got one back at her:
    Darrow: You always did have a fine grasp of the painfully obvious.
  • Mocked by the abrasive Dr Nemesis in New Mutants
    Sunspot: I need help here!
    Dr Nemesis: Is that the game? We all bark out something stunningly obvious? In that case... ICE CREAM IS DELICIOUS!
    Moonstar: You're not funny Dr Nemesis. Amara's hurt.
    Dr Nemesis: Double points. My turn.
    • Also, somewhat unexpectedly, by the usually less testy Kurt Wagner in X-Men Legacy #231 after eight X-Men land on Muir Island:
      Magneto: We shouldn't go into the island's interior until we're sure this site is secure.
      Nightcrawler: Thank you, Magneto. It's good to have you on my team. From now on you can be in charge of stating the obvious.
  • Wallace from Scott Pilgrim is actually helpful most of the time, but once a fight actually starts..."Scott, watch out! I think that guy might be Gideon!"
  • In Sonic the Comic, Tails' Captain Obvious statements did not go unnoticed by Sonic the Hedgehog.
    • From issue #005:
    Tails: Wow! The Death Egg!
    Sonic: Tails, what is it with you and stating the blatantly obvious?
    • And later on in the same strip:
    Tails: Sonic! You're alive!
    Sonic: And you're still stating the obvious, I see.
    • And in issue #115:
    Tails: They... they're joining together!
    Sonic: Tails, you always were an expert at stating the flipping obvious!
    • In one of the Summer Specials:
    Tails: Sonic! He's attacking us!
    Sonic: Thanks Tails, I had noticed.
  • Spoofed in an issue of Peter David's comic book Soulsearchers & Company, where the opening caption reads: What if Soulsearchers And Company talked like 1960's Hanna-Barbera heroes?
    Janocz: Kelly! A giant tentacle is going to grab me!
    Kelly: Oh no! Janocz is being grabbed by a giant tentacle!
    Giant tentacle: Ha ha! I, a giant tentacle, have grabbed Janocz!
  • In Star Wars: Empire's End, Palpatine has an announcement to make after Han Solo has shot him: "The Corellian has killed me."
    • Dark Empire also contains a non-example: When Palpatine is about to pass his spirit into a fresh clone body, Luke walks in, revealing his status as a Fake Defector and his intent to destroy all the clones in the room, preventing Palpatine's perpetuation. Palpatine's response ("Very well... then I must die.") is not a case of stating the obvious, but rather a challenge for Luke to Bring It. He brings it, but it's not enough.
  • Supergirl:
    • In The Supergirl from Krypton, Superman falls into this:
      Supergirl: Why my father's name was Zor-El, your father's brother!
      Superman: Great Scott! Then you're my cousin!
    • Lampshaded in Supergirl Vol 1 #1 when a blackmailer sees Supergirl swooping down on him:
      Crook: S-S-Supergirl!
      Supergirl: Clever of you to notice!
    • In Many Happy Returns this was done in tongue-in-cheek fashion when The Spectre and Fatalist turn up:
      Linda: Now who's this guy?!
      The Spectre: Still thrusting yourself into situations that are over your head, are you, Fatalist?
      Kara: I think he's called "Fatalist".
      Linda: Brilliant, Holmes.
    • During Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade, Supergirl, Lena and Belinda track Streaky down and find a huge hole in the floor.
      Supergirl: He tunneled down into... some kind of secret chamber.
      Belinda: Really? I would never have guessed.
  • In Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man Lex Luthor sometimes falls into due to his hamminess.
    Lex: And, Superman... My greatest enemy... is you!
  • Young Justice dabbed into this at times when exposition was needed to point out something not clear in comic format. Of course, whenever Young Justice did something the author thought was stupid, it got mocked.
    Robin: The kids... They've turned old! And those other kids are dancing out of control!
    Superboy: Wow. I can tell you were trained by the world's greatest detective.