- 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 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!:
- This one:
Hayley: They think you're Kevin Bacon!
Roger: Yes, Hayley, I understand things that happen around me.
- And in another episode:
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!
- And also
Katara: Haru has a gift! Asking him not to earthbend is like asking me not to waterbend!
- In "The Great Divide":
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.
Aang: (shaking Hakoda's hand) Nice to officially meet you, Chief Hakoda.
- With a worse variation in the film:
Dad! (to the Gaang)
This is my father. Murphy:
The guy you just called "Dad?" Get out!
- Code Lyoko has a scene happen in "XANA Awakens Part 1."
- 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.
- Duck Dodgers played this trope during the episode, "In Space, No One Can Hear You Rock", in which they awaken Dave Mustaine of Megadeth when they needed his help.
Dave Mustaine: Where am I?
Dr. I.Q. Hi: Okay everyone, keep it simple. Everything here is foreign to him. [To Dave] You're on a spaaaaceship. That's a ship...that flies...in space!
Dave Mustaine: Thanks, but I'm not an idiot.
- Family Guy had one episode that consisted of this:
- From the Futurama episode "The Honking":
Leela: The tracks lead here!
Fry: Thanks, eagle eye.
- From the movie Bender's Game:
- "From the makers of Futurama"
- From the first "Tales of Interest" anthology:
- From "Crimes of the Hot"
Strange. Why would Nixon, an awkward, uncomfortable man, suddenly throw a party, one of the most social events imaginable? (snaps claw)
It's a trap, is why! They're going to deactivate all the robots! [beat
] I don't hear any gasping. Leela:
We already figured that out.
- From "Love's Labours Lost in Space":
(the Professor activates a holographic projection of a planet with the words "VERGON 6" written in large bold type underneath) Computer: This is Vergon 6. Professor Farnsworth: This is Vergon 6. Amy: Buh!
- The Cartridge Unit from "Obsoletely Fabulous" has a cartridge labeled "State the Obvious".
- In "Raging Bender", Farnsworth explains the rules of Ultimate Robot Fighting: "Two robots enter, one robot leaves. Then later the other robot leaves after being declared the winner."
- The judge from "Insane In The Mainframe" tells Fry and Bender that "robbing a bank is tantamount to that most heinous of crimes: theft of money".
- In "The Why of Fry", Amy reads a book titled "Martians Are From Mars, Venusians Are From Venus".
- 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.
- Kaeloo: In one episode where Kaeloo, Mr. Cat and the rest of the cast are sitting in a library:
- 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!".
- Looney Tunes: In "What Makes Daffy Duck?", Daffy informs the viewer that "it's duck season and-confidentially-I'm a duck".
- 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:
- And then there's this gem from Fluttershy in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles":
Fluttershy: You'd never guess, but when I was little, I was really shy.
- Lampshaded by Rainbow Dash in "Dragonshy":
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.
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:
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. Bart: What an odd thing to say...
- In the episode "Treehouse of Horror IX":
- 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:
We're having a free get-acquainted session at our resort this weekend. Homer:
How much is this free resort weekend? Cult Member: It's free. 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?
- From "Flaming Moes":
Homer: Oh, look at me! I'm making people happy! I'm the Magical Man from Happy-Land, in a gumdrop house on Lollipop Lane! [leaves the room, slamming the door. Pokes his head back in] By the way, I was being sarcastic! [slams door again]
Marge: Well, DUH!
- 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.
- Star Wars Rebels: In "Through Imperial Eyes", Colonel Yularen, brought in to help search for a traitor in the Imperial ranks, asks Agent Kallus his opinion on who the traitor might be. Kallus responds that, given the traitor obviously has access to high-level intel, it must be an officer. He then clarifies that they might be in the communications division. Yularen responds that he believes that's too obvious, and they would have already been caught if that was the case.
- In Steven Universe, Padparadscha Sapphire from "Off Colors" has flawed future vision, and predicts things that just happened.
- 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.
- In the origin story opening of Superman: The Animated Series, Perry White looks at a picture of the strange new figure in the sky and asks what it is. Jimmy Olsen helpfully remarks that it looks like a man flying.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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?
- In the Totally Spies! episode "It's How you Play the Game", where Coach subjects the captured Clover to his muscle-enhancing nanomachines:
Coach: Hmm, maybe I shouldn't have given you three...
(camera pans to Clover, who now has a build worthy of Arnold Schwarzenegger)
Clover: Oh, you think??
- 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!