"The greatest moment in video games is when Solid Snake — the legendary Solid Snake, the icon Solid Snake — is on a military base, out to stop a nuclear-armed walking battle tank; he sees a surveillance camera, and he says, "A surveillance camera?!"We are describing Captain Obvious here, on a trope page. You just read the quote and are reading this now. He strives to be Mr. Exposition... But there's something wrong with his exposition. Most of the time, whatever he has to say should already be obvious — both to the viewers and to any other character with half a brain. After saying anything, another character might state "Gee, you think?" Or if someone's attempt at humor was disrupted, they might say Don't Explain the Joke. In other words, Captain Obvious states the obvious. This means that his statements are self-evident. In some cases, this is justified because Captain Obvious is also The Ditz, or so puzzled by something that he can't help but state, well, the obvious. See also As You Know, Exactly What It Says on the Tin, Narrating the Obvious, Shaped Like Itself, Department of Redundancy Department, Captain Obvious Aesop. Not to be confused with Captain Oblivious. Sometimes, may be demoted to Commander Contrarian, a commander who disagrees. It Makes Sense in Context is what fans will say when other people bring it up. Slightly justified if everybody else is Captain Oblivious. This trope sometimes overlaps with Mathematician's Answer and Circular Reasoning, when Captain Obvious is stating the obvious to be a smartass or to avoid giving a more helpful answer to a question. It can also overlap with Non Answer if the answer is self-evident and clearly not what the questioner wanted to know. Incidentally, do not confuse this trope with Lampshade Hanging. In the case of a Captain Obvious, a character notes something that is self-evident to the characters as well as to the audience (us). A Lampshade Hanging occurs when something that is obvious to us but should go unnoticed by the characters, is noticed by the characters. Note that you can click on the words in blue, and they will take you to a new article. That was a description, on a website called TV Tropes, which can be found on the Internet. Being one is often the cause of this reaction: You Can Talk? Obviously.
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