- Adventure Time, "The Eyes", after the horse they've been trying to get rid of falls through their roof:
Finn: Aww! It's in our house now!
Jake: That's obvious, Finn, you don't have to point that out!
- In the episode "What Was Missing":
Princess Bubblegum: It's the door of the Door Lord, Finn. We used to lock them up, but they kept breaking out. Because they're door lords.
- In an episode of The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan, Stanley points out that "Sing Ha is an elephant" upon the discovery of huge footprints leading to an old temple. Henry's reply is pretty much what you would expect.
- American Dad!:
Hayley: They think you're Kevin Bacon!
Roger: Yes, Hayley, I understand things that happen around me.
Steve: It's the last clue!
Stan: DUH! REALLY?! Sorry, it's been a really long night.
- From "Toy Whorey", when the wheels from Stan's SUV have been stolen
A guy in a car: You can't drive with no wheels.
Stan: Thank you, genius.
- In the Animaniacs episode "Brain Meets Brawn," Pinky pulls one trying to make Brain mad.
Pinky: Your mother! She's older than you!
- Subverted in Avatar: The Last Airbender:
Toph: Wait. It's a trap!
Katara: Really? No kidding. Is that why we're sitting in a wooden cage right now? Gee, how'd you figure out it was a trap?
Toph: Not for us, Katara. We're the bait. He wants Aang.
- Played straight with Zuko's completely sincere declaration that:
Zuko: Doing nothing is a waste of time!
Katara: Haru has a gift! Asking him not to earthbend is like asking me not to waterbend!
Man: You wouldn't be so calm if the Fire Nation destroyed your home and forced you to flee! My whole tribe has to walk thousands of miles to the capital city of Ba Sing Se.
Katara: You're a refugee!
Man: Huh, tell me something I don't know.
Hakoda: Everything okay?
Katara: We're fine, dad.
Hakoda: [Offering his hand to Aang] I'm Hakoda. Katara, and Sokka's father.
Katara: He knows who you are. I just called you "dad," didn't I?
Hakoda: I guess you're right.
: [Shaking Hakoda's hand] Nice to officially meet you, Chief Hakoda.
- With a worse variation in the film:
Haru: Dad! (to the Gaang) This is my father.
- Nightwing in Batman: Under the Red Hood partly because he likes to chat and Batman doesn't talk so much so Nightwing just states the obvious as a way to pass the time.
- Also played for laughs (and dissimile) with the Black Mask:
Black Mask: "Maybe my last request was too mired in subtlety. I want this man dead. When I say dead, I mean seriously dead. Beaten, broken, his-head-mounted-on-my-wall kind of dead!"
Ms. Li: "Understood. We'll be taking further precautions at every transaction-"
Black Mask: "Screw that! Time he learns that this is a contact sport! We're going on offense. Rough up his business. Something big! Something loud! When he shows up to shut us down, have a party waiting for him! And when I say party, I actually mean A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE GONNA KILL HIM!"
Ms. Li: [deadpan] "I figured."
Black Mask: "Just being clear."
- An inversion in Cars 2, when McQueen warns Mater that he's not at home and implies to him that Mater should behave appropriately. Mater responds that it is quite obvious he's not at home and thinks McQueen is acting as Captain Obvious.
McQueen: Look, Mater, we're not in Radiator Springs.
Mater: You're just noticing that? Boy, that jet lag really done a number on you.
- In the Luke, I Am Your Father Reveal on Codename: Kids Next Door:
Number 1: But if you're my uncle, then that makes Grandfather my grandfather!
Father: What are you — President of the Obvious Club or something?
- Courage the Cowardly Dog was like this during some early episodes. Though he did this less frequently as the season went on, it contributed to the decision to limit his speaking abilities in the following seasons.
- Dora the Explorer and children's educational TV in general tend to state the obvious. Justified, as a lot common sense knowledge we take for granted aren't privy to many children yet.
- Family Guy had one episode that consisted of this:
Peter: We're playing Texas Hold 'Em.
Ted Turner: Are aces high or low?
Peter: They go both ways.
Ted Turner: Like a bisexual!
- From the Futurama episode "The Honking":
Leela: The tracks lead here!
Fry: Thanks, eagle eye.
- Invader Zim:
Zim: "But I must have my tanks, or I won't... get them!"
Zim (wearing a bear suit): Greetings, my Tallest. I'm in a bear suit.
- Flash in Justice League after seeing the stuffed T-Rex in the Batcave:
Flash: "That's a giant dinosaur!"
Alfred: "And here I thought Batman was the detective."
- In Kim Possible after they spot a lot of helicopters:
Ron: Okay, that looks suspicious.
Kim: Thank you, Captain Obvious.
- Drakken has them too, after Kim and Ron escape from being chained to a wall without being guarded, he gives this insight:
- The entire Theme Song of Krypto the Superdog. Just listen to it, especially at the end, where even after showcasing Krypto's superpowered feats during the intro, one of the last verses of the song is "He's got superpoweeeeers!".
- Dorothy Ann on The Magic School Bus whenever she does her research. "According to my research, after chewing comes swallowing!". Oh, really?
- Metalocalypse: Dr. Rockzo the Rock n' Roll Clown (he does cocaine) will scream that he does cocaine while snorting cocaine.
- Monsuno: Jinja said she didn't want to be one but she felt the need to point out it was a trap.
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, from "The Ticket Master", when Twilight Sparkle is caught in a sudden rainfall caused by Rainbow Dash. Rarity walks by with some shocking news:
Fluttershy: You'd never guess, but when I was little, I was really shy.
Fluttershy: It's so—so—high!
Rainbow Dash: Well, it is a mountain!
Fluttershy: It's so—so—steep!
Rainbow Dash: Well, it is a cliff!
- The New Adventures of Superman had the narrator who simply couldn't allow you to see what was happening without informing you of what was happening.
- Dr. Doofenshmirtz of Phineas and Ferb once proclaimed "Fire is the leading cause of fire!"
- In the Regular Show episode "Death Punchies":
Rigby: I see you have learned the ways of Death Kwon Do.
Mordecai: I see you're pretty good at pointing out things people are already aware of.
- "I am a BANANA!"
- In the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! episode "Spooky Space Kook", the gang enters a building which has a large sign that says "Machine Shop". Upon entering...
Daphne: It looks like a shop!note
- Scooby gave us any number of "no duh" moments.
"It's the (name of monster)!"
"He's chasing us!"
- The biggest offender was Velma's line in the Green Ghost episode:
"They went out the door!"
- In many episodes, after unmasking the bad guy, the gang would all shout in unison who it was.
- One episode of The Simpsons had Homer attempting to play "Horse Whisperer". His advice? "When the race starts, run real fast!"
- And one can't forget, Ralph Wiggum's "My cat's breath smells like cat food."
- Ralph Wiggum is, naturally, a goldmine of these. This is the man who brought us "Fun toys are fun!"
- Another Ralph gem: "All my friends have birthdays this year"
- Dr. Marvin Monroe proposed an experiment wherein he would raise a baby to adulthood in a sealed box, providing it only with basic nutrition, along with the occasional icy shower or electric shock. His theory: "The subject will be socially malajusted, and will harbor a deep resentment towards me".
- There was also a scene in the episode "Homer vs. Dignity": When Homer in the panda suit is repeatedly shocked with a cattle prod, Lisa exclaims, "Something's wrong! Terribly wrong!" No, really?
- "Wait a minute... THAT'S not the wallet inspector..."
- In one episode, Homer's own brain has to remind him "Money can be exchanged for goods and services."
- Marge: "Cannons are designed to hurt."
- Marge: "Maybe [what's in your hair] is just shampoo. That washes right out."
- After Lisa's goalkeeping results in a shining victory for her team, Marge praises her performance: "By blocking the net, I really think you helped your team!"
- Bart: "What good's a credit card if you can't even use it?" As opposed to what else you'd do with it?
- Don Vittorio in "Homie the Clown": "To murder a funny man of such genius would be a crime!" Although he may have meant a crime by mafia standards.
- Also, a slightly subtler example from the episode "Bart's Inner Child", overlapping Exposition:
Homer: Well, here we are at the Brad Goodman lecture.
Lisa: We know, Dad.
Homer: I just thought I'd remind everybody. After all, we did agree to attend this self-help seminar.
- In the episode "Treehouse of Horror IX":
Lisa: Of course, somehow Snake's hair is controlling dad and making him-
- In "Last Tap Dance in Springfield": Chief Wiggum, caught in a rat trap baited with cheese says "My mistake was grabbing the cheese".
- In "Jazzy and the Pussycats" Bart exclaims "My arm! It hurts where the tiger's biting it!"
- Combine with Idiot Hero / Captain Oblivious and Overly Long Gag:
Cult Member: We're having a free get-acquainted session at our resort this weekend.
Homer: How much is this free resort weekend?
Homer: And when is this weekend?
Cult Member: It's this weekend.
Homer: Uh-huh. And how much does it cost?
Cult Member: Um, it's free.
Homer: I see. And when is it?
Cult Member: It's... this weekend.
Homer: And what are you charging for this free weekend?
- The line from an episode of South Park, which Randy delivered like it was a huge revelation.
Randy: If we're still alive in the morning, then we'll know that we aren't dead.
- The Coon and Friends saga has an actual super hero, Captain Hindsight, who arrives at the scenes of disasters to point out that the accident could have been prevented and then leaves. Usually the rescue workers then pack up and leave as well. This being the world of South Park, where all idiocy is immediately embraced by the larger public, Captain Hindsight is considered a legitimate and indispensable hero.
- Invoked on one episode of Spongebob Squarepants, where Dr. Gill Gilliam announces in the sombrest of ways that Gary is, most definitely, a snail.
- In early Super Friends episodes, Robin had a way of pointing out the obvious, usually in the form of his overtly religious catchphrase. This is the third post in a row about Robin.
- Donatello seemed to be the appointed Captain Obvious of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, at least in the '80s-'90s cartoon. Raphael would sometimes call him out on that.
- In Teen Titans, about every time the alarm goes off, one of them says "trouble". Really? I never would have guessed.
- Timon and Pumba The Series — Timon and Pumba volunteer for a circus act and must follow orders from an obviously psychotic clown who puts them in ever more dangerous predicaments. After avoiding death numerous times, Pumba makes this comment.
Pumba: "What I still don't know is, why is he called Mr. Meanie?"
- Oh, boy. Transformers Armada. These kids probably had a lot to do with the Transformers fandom's dislike of human characters in general. A great deal of the time, their role in an episode was to spend half an hour giving statements like this:
Optimus: [Gets hit, falls down]
Alexis, [to Rad and Carlos, who are standing right next to her and watching the same fight] Oh, no! You guys, Optimus is down!
Rad: Oh, no!
- And then Transformers Energon came along. Mostly it was due to an incomplete translation, though. Time would often be filled with Optimus saying to people who probably have some idea as to why they came to some dangerous place locked and loaded, "Remember, our mission is to protect the planet/Energon/injured character." Also, the first third or so of the series consists of episodes in which bad guys will steal a cache of Energon that the good guys just discovered. Every single time, someone (maybe more than one someone) will say "They're after our Energon!" Similarly, the bad guys would talk about their plan and say "We need more Energon!" as if they'd just come to the conclusion. In fact, all of the repetitive dialogue that plagues the series is delivered as if it's something that's just dawned on the person who has said it twice already.
- Winx Club, after Nabu's death and Ogron teleporting away: "He disappeared!" Thanks for the tip, Riven.
- From Yogi's First Christmas, in the scene where Yogi attempts to give skiing lessons:
Yogi: Now then, students, these are called skis, and I use them on this white stuff, which is called snow!
Doggie Daddy: That's it, folks! Stop the lesson! This is mortifyin'!
Augie Doggie: Yogi, we know all that!
- In the pilot episode of The Tick, the heroes demand that a captured Idea Man reveal his group's Evil Plan:
"Well, we thought we'd steal a lot of money, and then we'd be rich, and we wouldn't have to work anymore!"